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    Juniors, Amateurs vie for titles, too

    Special to the Horsetrader - April 7th, 2016 - Show & Event News

    THERMAL — Junior and Amateur riders rode for the win and a piece of the prize money, as they competed in the March 19 $25,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic of HITS Desert Circuit VIII. Along with the purse, the equestrians who are between 13 and 21 years of age were also vying for points as a class was a selection trial for the North American Junior & Young Rider Championship (NAJYRC).

    Thirty-four riders took a swing at the 16 jumping effort 1.45 meter technical course set by Alan Wade of Tipperary, Ireland. A tight double-combination and short triple-combination took many riders by surprise. After a nail-biter, Saree Kayne who took home the winning $7,500 purse.

    “This is our first big win in a class like this,” said an excited Kayne on her first-ever $25,000 Jr/A-O Jumper Classic win. “It’s so great to have an outlet to show in a class with this prize money, and I’m just thrilled to have an opportunity to compete in it.”

    First to go clear in the first round and move onward to the jump-off was Erin Davis-Heineking riding Casino, owned by Heineking Show Stables. Casino and Davis-Heineking set the tone for the rest of the class as the horse and rider duo perfected the shortened course of 8 jumping efforts. They stopped the clock in 43.240 seconds, taking the temporary lead. That time would end up good enough for third.

    Saree Kayne was sitting in the wings as she watched Davis-Heineking perform the jump-off. Kayne was abroad W Zermie 13 who is owned by Woodacres Stables LLC. They needed to go fast and clear to catch Davis-Heineking time and they did just that. The tight roll-back turn to A of the combination helped Kayne secure the win as she crossed the timers in 38.832 seconds, making this the Great American Time to Beat and pushing Davis-Heineking into second. Kayne would stay at the top for the rest of the class and go home with the win.

    Last to go was Sydney Callaway riding Wolf S, owned by Callaway Stables LLC. The pair galloped through the jump-off, but a slight bobble to the last fence cost the pair valuable time as they crossed the markers in 41.137 seconds, taking home second place.

    Fourth place belonged to Jodie Camberg riding her own Veneto DH Z. Rounding out the top five and taking home the fifth place ribbon was Mitchell Endicott of Encinitas riding Wynmont’s Zaldorado.

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