Kristin Hardin and Bert Win the GGT-Footing Grand Prix

The Huntington Beach Surf Classic’s special classes and weekend activities provided spectators and exhibitors a fun weekend of events and competition in the beautiful beachside city.
The most difficult class to judge: Leadline
Photo by Captured Moment Photography
for West Palms Events

Saturday afternoon began with the GGT-Footing Grand Prix Pre Party Sponsored by Windsong Farm benefiting Horse Nation Foundation. The event is a pre cursor to Horse Nation Foundation’s Annual Gala at the Huntington Beach Summer Classic, August 13, 2017. Tickets are selling out quickly, buy yours by clicking here!

The Foundation is a nonprofit program that pairs rescued horses with young people who are working on life-enriching lessons including gang and bullying avoidance, effective communication and building strong morals and values. The horses in this program have suffered abuse and neglect, and are receiving a second chance at life with kindness and proper care. The youngsters who interact with them are working toward building a strong emotional foundation in order to grow into confident, productive individuals. This innovative educational program helps the kids gain self-esteem and life skills through positive action and horsemanship skills.
We moved into the arena to celebrate 11 lead line riders participating in the event, arguably the most difficult class of the week to judge. Guest judge and course designer Paul Jewell was stumped and awarded blues and special prizes to the adorable kids and their horses!
Hailey Link was awarded the Junior Style of Riding Award
Photo by Captured Moment Photography for West Palms Events
Style of Riding Awards are always a pleasure for the judges to award to the riders who showed the best style and way of going consistently throughout the week. This week, Hailey Link was awarded the Junior Rider Style of Riding Award and Haley Webster earned the Amateur Rider Style of Riding Award! Congratulations on your fantastic week of competition!
We were honored to have Cynthia Brewster-Keating, the GGT- Footing Sales Team

Haley Webster is awarded the
Amateur Style of Riding Award
Photo by Captured Moment Photography
for West Palms Events

National Account Manager, make the trip from South Carolina to attend the Huntington Beach Surf Classic for the GGT-Footing Grand Prix!

“What I love about the Huntington Beach Horse Show Series is that after the show you have the opportunity to go down to the ocean and enjoy the many restaurants and adorable shops that are by the beach. I saw many riders in their britches and boots after the show downtown enjoying the great atmosphere,” explained Brewster-Keating. “Due to its coastal location, the weather is typically cooler and the horses and exhibitors seems to really enjoy the break from the normal summer hot weather. GGT-Footing was proud to sponsor tonight’s Grand Prix and we have are excited to continue working with Dale Harvey and his West Palms Events’ team. We hope all exhibitors a wonderful time and hope that the spectators enjoyed tonight’s performance.”

The field of riders tackled Paul Jewell’s course in the first round, which included one triple combination and a double combination with a triple bar out of a roll back turn. With six advancing into the jump-off, they faced eight obstacles, including one double combination! Fence eight proved to be the most challenging in the jump off for the riders and their mounts, with it coming down for three of the riders.

Kristin Hardin and Bert take the win in the GGT-Footing Grand Prix
Shown from left: Taylor Spooner of WPEM, Dean Hendrickson for GGT-Footing,
Cynthia Brewster-Keating of GGT- Footing, and Kristin Hardin on Bert
Photo by Captured Moment Photography for West Palms Events
Kristin Hardin and Bert lead the way in the six horse jump off, leaving the arena with a clean round and a scorching time of 40.056! The next three riders each had faults, leaving Hardin and Bert in the lead with only two to go. Laura Ware and Ursina du Perchet marched into the arena and put up a clean round in a pace just off the lead, in 41.214 to move into second. Last to go was Hardin on her second mount, Firestone S. They had a bobble at fence eight and had a rail, but were the fastest of the four faulters to take third place! Hardin took first on Bert, with Ware just behind them in second place and Hardin wrapped up the top three on Firestone S! Congratulations!
Kristin Hardin takes first place on Bert and third on Firestone S in the GGT-Footing Grand Prix
Photo by Captured Moment Photography for West Palms Events
“Tonight’s class was great,” said Hardin. “The course designer did an expert job building in a tight area. It was challenging, but fair. The jump off was fun, a great test that took a careful horse. I was thrilled with how my two horses jumped, they were fresh with the atmosphere and really tried. I love winning, but more importantly leaving a show with better horses than I came with.”
GGT-Footing Grand Prix Results:
PLACE

NUMBER

HORSE
RIDER
ROUND 1 FAULTS
ROUND 1 TIME
JUMP OFF FAULTS
JUMP OFF TIME
1 759 BERT Kristin Hardin 0 70.879 0 40.056
2 905 Ursina du Perchet Laura Ware 0 71.818 0 41.214
3 758 Firestone S Kristin Hardin 0 72.979 4 40.525
4 964 Ottavia Des Hayettes Sophie St. Clair 0 71.818 4 42.15
5 584 Cavalos Lisa Mccluskey 0 74.92 15 52.587
6 982 Baumann’s Mandella Jamie Taylor 0 70.074
7 996 Allstar 5 Gavin Brodin 2 76.541
8 850 Baylon Mark Watring 4 73.01
9 575 The Admiral Derek Chang 4 74.984
10 977 Simpatica 33 Wendy Lee Thompson 14 84.64
11 848 Wylie Courtney Shattuck 22 80.263
Friday night kicked off the weekend with the USHJA National Hunter Derby, which included top riders such as Peter Lombardo, Jamie Taylor and Kristin Hardin. The flowing course by Paul Jewell included four high options in both the first and handy round and a few snug inside turns in the handy round that set riders’ scores apart.
Peter Lombardo and Tache Rouge win the USHJA National Hunter Derby
Photo by Captured Moment Photography by West Palms Events
“I thought the derby was really fun,” said Peter Lombardo. “I had students in it too, so we got ready together and we all made it into the second round so it was very fun. It’s nice to be near the beach, great places to go for dinner [in Huntington].”
In the end, Lombardo and Janie Andrew’s Tache Rouge came out on top with an overall score of 181.5! In second, 3.5 points behind Lombardo, was Jamie Taylor and Marion Lowry’s Patton with an overall score of 178 and Jamie Taylor and Hunter Samlaska’s Future Romance rounded out the top three with a score of 175.5.
Congratulations to the riders and their horses on a wonderful Hunter Derby!
Jamie Taylor and Patton earn second in the USHJA National Hunter Derby
Photo by Captured Moment Photography for West Palms Events
USHJA National Hunter Derby Results:
Place
Number
Horse
Owner
Rider
Overall Score
1 993 Tache Rouge Janie Andrew Peter Lombardo 181.5
2 984 Patton Marion Lowry Jamie Taylor 178
3 839 Future Romance Hunter Samlaska Jamie Taylor 175.5
4 600 Bleeker St. Heidi Kane Heidi Kane 172
5 868 Cantare E Paris Sommerfeld Paris Sommerfeld 171
6 752 Samba Gracious Heidi Kane Nicole Kane 167.5
7 990 Academy Award Mary Kathryn Dick Ashley Weiman 167
8 751 Pirouette Heidi Kane Nicole Kane 166
9 577 Cupcake Amanda Freeman Erika Rickard 165
10 807 Regency Julie Price Zoey Pacyna 155.5
11 992 Black Ivory Alexandra Nitti Alexandra Nitti 155
12 991 Weekend Romance Ashley Weiman Ashley Weiman 150
Thank you all for joining us for the special classes this weekend, we will see you tomorrow for Classic Sunday! Don’t forget that entries for the Huntington Beach Summer Classic, August 11-14, are due this Monday, July 11! Find all the entry blanks and prize list by clicking here!
Danielle Ballard for West Palms Events
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Kristin Hardin and Bert Win the GGT-Footing Grand Prix

The Huntington Beach Surf Classic’s special classes and weekend activities provided spectators and exhibitors a fun weekend of events and competition in the beautiful beachside city.
The most difficult class to judge: Leadline
Photo by Captured Moment Photography
for West Palms Events

Saturday afternoon began with the GGT-Footing Grand Prix Pre Party Sponsored by Windsong Farm benefiting Horse Nation Foundation. The event is a pre cursor to Horse Nation Foundation’s Annual Gala at the Huntington Beach Summer Classic, August 13, 2017. Tickets are selling out quickly, buy yours by clicking here!

The Foundation is a nonprofit program that pairs rescued horses with young people who are working on life-enriching lessons including gang and bullying avoidance, effective communication and building strong morals and values. The horses in this program have suffered abuse and neglect, and are receiving a second chance at life with kindness and proper care. The youngsters who interact with them are working toward building a strong emotional foundation in order to grow into confident, productive individuals. This innovative educational program helps the kids gain self-esteem and life skills through positive action and horsemanship skills.
We moved into the arena to celebrate 11 lead line riders participating in the event, arguably the most difficult class of the week to judge. Guest judge and course designer Paul Jewell was stumped and awarded blues and special prizes to the adorable kids and their horses!
Hailey Link was awarded the Junior Style of Riding Award
Photo by Captured Moment Photography for West Palms Events
Style of Riding Awards are always a pleasure for the judges to award to the riders who showed the best style and way of going consistently throughout the week. This week, Hailey Link was awarded the Junior Rider Style of Riding Award and Haley Webster earned the Amateur Rider Style of Riding Award! Congratulations on your fantastic week of competition!
We were honored to have Cynthia Brewster-Keating, the GGT- Footing Sales Team

Haley Webster is awarded the
Amateur Style of Riding Award
Photo by Captured Moment Photography
for West Palms Events

National Account Manager, make the trip from South Carolina to attend the Huntington Beach Surf Classic for the GGT-Footing Grand Prix!

“What I love about the Huntington Beach Horse Show Series is that after the show you have the opportunity to go down to the ocean and enjoy the many restaurants and adorable shops that are by the beach. I saw many riders in their britches and boots after the show downtown enjoying the great atmosphere,” explained Brewster-Keating. “Due to its coastal location, the weather is typically cooler and the horses and exhibitors seems to really enjoy the break from the normal summer hot weather. GGT-Footing was proud to sponsor tonight’s Grand Prix and we have are excited to continue working with Dale Harvey and his West Palms Events’ team. We hope all exhibitors a wonderful time and hope that the spectators enjoyed tonight’s performance.”

The field of riders tackled Paul Jewell’s course in the first round, which included one triple combination and a double combination with a triple bar out of a roll back turn. With six advancing into the jump-off, they faced eight obstacles, including one double combination! Fence eight proved to be the most challenging in the jump off for the riders and their mounts, with it coming down for three of the riders.

Kristin Hardin and Bert take the win in the GGT-Footing Grand Prix
Shown from left: Taylor Spooner of WPEM, Dean Hendrickson for GGT-Footing,
Cynthia Brewster-Keating of GGT- Footing, and Kristin Hardin on Bert
Photo by Captured Moment Photography for West Palms Events
Kristin Hardin and Bert lead the way in the six horse jump off, leaving the arena with a clean round and a scorching time of 40.056! The next three riders each had faults, leaving Hardin and Bert in the lead with only two to go. Laura Ware and Ursina du Perchet marched into the arena and put up a clean round in a pace just off the lead, in 41.214 to move into second. Last to go was Hardin on her second mount, Firestone S. They had a bobble at fence eight and had a rail, but were the fastest of the four faulters to take third place! Hardin took first on Bert, with Ware just behind them in second place and Hardin wrapped up the top three on Firestone S! Congratulations!
Kristin Hardin takes first place on Bert and third on Firestone S in the GGT-Footing Grand Prix
Photo by Captured Moment Photography for West Palms Events
“Tonight’s class was great,” said Hardin. “The course designer did an expert job building in a tight area. It was challenging, but fair. The jump off was fun, a great test that took a careful horse. I was thrilled with how my two horses jumped, they were fresh with the atmosphere and really tried. I love winning, but more importantly leaving a show with better horses than I came with.”
GGT-Footing Grand Prix Results:
PLACE

NUMBER

HORSE
RIDER
ROUND 1 FAULTS
ROUND 1 TIME
JUMP OFF FAULTS
JUMP OFF TIME
1 759 BERT Kristin Hardin 0 70.879 0 40.056
2 905 Ursina du Perchet Laura Ware 0 71.818 0 41.214
3 758 Firestone S Kristin Hardin 0 72.979 4 40.525
4 964 Ottavia Des Hayettes Sophie St. Clair 0 71.818 4 42.15
5 584 Cavalos Lisa Mccluskey 0 74.92 15 52.587
6 982 Baumann’s Mandella Jamie Taylor 0 70.074
7 996 Allstar 5 Gavin Brodin 2 76.541
8 850 Baylon Mark Watring 4 73.01
9 575 The Admiral Derek Chang 4 74.984
10 977 Simpatica 33 Wendy Lee Thompson 14 84.64
11 848 Wylie Courtney Shattuck 22 80.263
Friday night kicked off the weekend with the USHJA National Hunter Derby, which included top riders such as Peter Lombardo, Jamie Taylor and Kristin Hardin. The flowing course by Paul Jewell included four high options in both the first and handy round and a few snug inside turns in the handy round that set riders’ scores apart.
Peter Lombardo and Tache Rouge win the USHJA National Hunter Derby
Photo by Captured Moment Photography by West Palms Events
“I thought the derby was really fun,” said Peter Lombardo. “I had students in it too, so we got ready together and we all made it into the second round so it was very fun. It’s nice to be near the beach, great places to go for dinner [in Huntington].”
In the end, Lombardo and Janie Andrew’s Tache Rouge came out on top with an overall score of 181.5! In second, 3.5 points behind Lombardo, was Jamie Taylor and Marion Lowry’s Patton with an overall score of 178 and Jamie Taylor and Hunter Samlaska’s Future Romance rounded out the top three with a score of 175.5.
Congratulations to the riders and their horses on a wonderful Hunter Derby!
Jamie Taylor and Patton earn second in the USHJA National Hunter Derby
Photo by Captured Moment Photography for West Palms Events
USHJA National Hunter Derby Results:
Place
Number
Horse
Owner
Rider
Overall Score
1 993 Tache Rouge Janie Andrew Peter Lombardo 181.5
2 984 Patton Marion Lowry Jamie Taylor 178
3 839 Future Romance Hunter Samlaska Jamie Taylor 175.5
4 600 Bleeker St. Heidi Kane Heidi Kane 172
5 868 Cantare E Paris Sommerfeld Paris Sommerfeld 171
6 752 Samba Gracious Heidi Kane Nicole Kane 167.5
7 990 Academy Award Mary Kathryn Dick Ashley Weiman 167
8 751 Pirouette Heidi Kane Nicole Kane 166
9 577 Cupcake Amanda Freeman Erika Rickard 165
10 807 Regency Julie Price Zoey Pacyna 155.5
11 992 Black Ivory Alexandra Nitti Alexandra Nitti 155
12 991 Weekend Romance Ashley Weiman Ashley Weiman 150
Thank you all for joining us for the special classes this weekend, we will see you tomorrow for Classic Sunday! Don’t forget that entries for the Huntington Beach Summer Classic, August 11-14, are due this Monday, July 11! Find all the entry blanks and prize list by clicking here!
Danielle Ballard for West Palms Events
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