Mandy Porter and Coral Reef Follow Me II Win the CWD Wine Country Grand Prix

It was a nail-biting competition in the CWD Wine Country Grand Prix this afternoon in the beautiful Fairway Field Grand Prix arena. With 17 competitive horse and rider teams and a course from Brazillian course designer Marina Azevedo, it was sure to be a great class.
 
Mandy Porter and Coral Reef Follow Me II win the
CWD Wine Country Grand Prix
Photo by Alden Corrigan
 
The first round contained 16 efforts, including a line from a vertical to a vertical – oxer – vertical triple combination across the diagonal. The final four obstacles were on the rail by the Lounge, with a line to an oxer – vertical combination, then finishing over an oxer towards the in gate.
 
The riders each had their own unique difficulties around the course. A few of the teams’ strides became flat and had obstacle three, a vertical headed toward the berm down and the following fence four, the oxer at the end of the arena down. A couple had some trouble through the triple combination across the diagonal.
 
“The course was fair for the group, but I am surprised with the results,” said Azevedo. “There was not one spot in particular that was difficult in the course, each rider had their own difficulties.”
 
Guy Thomas and Jonkheer Z take second in the
CWD Wine Country Grand Prix
Photo by Alden Corrigan
 
The teams all had a tough time through the course, and it wasn’t until Guy Thomas aboard Jonkheer Z, who came in 10th in the order, produced a four fault score, which maintained the lead going into the second half of the class. Mandy Porter and Coral Reef Follow Me II came in two horses after Thomas and Jonkheer Z to secure the win with the only clean round!
 
The riders also were surprised with the results, having walked the beautiful course in the large grass arena with more confidence than what was produced.
 
“Walking the course, I thought that there would be more clean rounds,” said Porter. “It probably rode how it walked, but I didn’t think it was tricky or difficult when we walked.”
 
Mandy Porter and Coral Reef Follow Me II win the CWD Wine Country Grand Prix
From left: Humberto Gandara, Gwendolyn Sontheim, CWD Representative Genoa Capito 
and Susan Hellman with Mandy Porter aboard Coral Reef Follow Me II
Photo by Flying Horse Photography 
 
Second place finisher, Guy Thomas, also thought the course was fair.
 
“I thought it was a very good course,” said Thomas. “Marina is one of the best, she never sets traps or goofy challenges, but unfortunately we didn’t get a jump off.”
 
In the end, Porter and Coral Reef Follow Me II were victorious with the only clear round in the class. Thomas and Jonkheer Z had four faults and came in second place and Porter rounded out the top three on Milano.
 
Congratulations to Mandy and Coral Reef Follow Me II and thank you to CWD for your support of West Palms Events’ horse show series!
 
Place Number Horse Rider Faults Time
1 105 Coral Reef Follow Me II Mandy Porter 0 81.154
2 202 Jonkheer Z Guy Thomas 4 77.162
3 244 Milano Mandy Porter 4 78.434
4 326 Colin Michelle Kerivan 8 83.686
5 218 Osophia Kevin Winkel 8 77.69
6 443 Venice B Daniel Zilla 8 78.454
7 455 Lady Capital Hannah Loly 8 80.893
8 125 Adamus Leslie Wright 9 82.667
9 240 WT Ca Pow! (7) Mandy Porter 12 80.701
10 563 Zandor Matias Fernandez 12 80.838
11 313 Pasilla Sarah Ballou 12 80.929
12 134 Conejito Carol Wright 18 83.153
 
Missy Froley and Double Play celebrate their victory
Photo by Alden Corrigan

The USHJA National Hunter Derby Presented by Asuncion Valley Farms kicked off the weekend’s festivities with 40 starters in the class and a Complimentary Wine Reception during the Derby in the West Palms Lounge. The gorgeous course was created by designer Mike Gallaway and took the riders and their mounts on a nice track around the big grass field.

 
It was an impressive two rounds, with top Derby riders facing off for the top placings. Missy Froley and Gail Morey’s Double Play topped the field with a score of 186, just one point ahead John French and Meadow Farm’s Soldier, who came in second. Nancy Free and Catherine Antonelli’s Heir Apparent rounded out the top three with a score of 175.5. Just behind them in fourth with 175 points sat John French and Meadow Farm’s Maritime and in fifth with 174 points was Nicole Dicorti Bush and Misa Kokka’s Ucello.
 
Missy Froley and Gail Morey’s Double Play win the
USHJA National Hunter Derby Presented by Asuncion Valley Farms
Photo by Alden Corrigan
Congratulations to all the riders on a wonderful Derby and thank you to our wonderful sponsors Asuncion Valley Farms for their continued support of the Central California Horse Show Series!
Missy Froley and Gail Morey’s Double Play pose for their win photo
Photo by Flying Horse Photography
USHJA National Hunter Derby Presented by Asuncion Valley Farms Results:
Place Number Horse Owner Rider Score
1 189 Double Play Gail Morey Missy Froley 186
2 554 Soldier Meadow Farm LLC John French 185
3 505 Heir Apparent Catherine Antonelli Nancy Free 175.5
4 553 Maritime Meadow Farm LLC John French 175
5 117 Ucello Misa Kokka Nicole Dicorti Bush 174
6 427 Duck Duck Goose Amy Bean Nicole Bourgeois 170
7 410 Tivoli Z Laura Hite John French 169
8 559 Bay Lane Noelle Wolf John French 168
9 340 Askarii Lauren Burke Lauren Burke 144
10 497 Rutherford Michelle Filanc Philip Cillis 134
11 578 Victoria’s Secret Tiffany Sandor Lauren Burke 131
12 529 Catalina Lori Johnston Alanna Snowden 111.5
 
Stay up to date on all our exciting events and the 2016 show season by visiting our website and following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
 
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Mandy Porter and Coral Reef Follow Me II Win the CWD Wine Country Grand Prix

It was a nail-biting competition in the CWD Wine Country Grand Prix this afternoon in the beautiful Fairway Field Grand Prix arena. With 17 competitive horse and rider teams and a course from Brazillian course designer Marina Azevedo, it was sure to be a great class.
 
Mandy Porter and Coral Reef Follow Me II win the
CWD Wine Country Grand Prix
Photo by Alden Corrigan
 
The first round contained 16 efforts, including a line from a vertical to a vertical – oxer – vertical triple combination across the diagonal. The final four obstacles were on the rail by the Lounge, with a line to an oxer – vertical combination, then finishing over an oxer towards the in gate.
 
The riders each had their own unique difficulties around the course. A few of the teams’ strides became flat and had obstacle three, a vertical headed toward the berm down and the following fence four, the oxer at the end of the arena down. A couple had some trouble through the triple combination across the diagonal.
 
“The course was fair for the group, but I am surprised with the results,” said Azevedo. “There was not one spot in particular that was difficult in the course, each rider had their own difficulties.”
 
Guy Thomas and Jonkheer Z take second in the
CWD Wine Country Grand Prix
Photo by Alden Corrigan
 
The teams all had a tough time through the course, and it wasn’t until Guy Thomas aboard Jonkheer Z, who came in 10th in the order, produced a four fault score, which maintained the lead going into the second half of the class. Mandy Porter and Coral Reef Follow Me II came in two horses after Thomas and Jonkheer Z to secure the win with the only clean round!
 
The riders also were surprised with the results, having walked the beautiful course in the large grass arena with more confidence than what was produced.
 
“Walking the course, I thought that there would be more clean rounds,” said Porter. “It probably rode how it walked, but I didn’t think it was tricky or difficult when we walked.”
 
Mandy Porter and Coral Reef Follow Me II win the CWD Wine Country Grand Prix
From left: Humberto Gandara, Gwendolyn Sontheim, CWD Representative Genoa Capito 
and Susan Hellman with Mandy Porter aboard Coral Reef Follow Me II
Photo by Flying Horse Photography 
 
Second place finisher, Guy Thomas, also thought the course was fair.
 
“I thought it was a very good course,” said Thomas. “Marina is one of the best, she never sets traps or goofy challenges, but unfortunately we didn’t get a jump off.”
 
In the end, Porter and Coral Reef Follow Me II were victorious with the only clear round in the class. Thomas and Jonkheer Z had four faults and came in second place and Porter rounded out the top three on Milano.
 
Congratulations to Mandy and Coral Reef Follow Me II and thank you to CWD for your support of West Palms Events’ horse show series!
 
Place Number Horse Rider Faults Time
1 105 Coral Reef Follow Me II Mandy Porter 0 81.154
2 202 Jonkheer Z Guy Thomas 4 77.162
3 244 Milano Mandy Porter 4 78.434
4 326 Colin Michelle Kerivan 8 83.686
5 218 Osophia Kevin Winkel 8 77.69
6 443 Venice B Daniel Zilla 8 78.454
7 455 Lady Capital Hannah Loly 8 80.893
8 125 Adamus Leslie Wright 9 82.667
9 240 WT Ca Pow! (7) Mandy Porter 12 80.701
10 563 Zandor Matias Fernandez 12 80.838
11 313 Pasilla Sarah Ballou 12 80.929
12 134 Conejito Carol Wright 18 83.153
 
Missy Froley and Double Play celebrate their victory
Photo by Alden Corrigan

The USHJA National Hunter Derby Presented by Asuncion Valley Farms kicked off the weekend’s festivities with 40 starters in the class and a Complimentary Wine Reception during the Derby in the West Palms Lounge. The gorgeous course was created by designer Mike Gallaway and took the riders and their mounts on a nice track around the big grass field.

 
It was an impressive two rounds, with top Derby riders facing off for the top placings. Missy Froley and Gail Morey’s Double Play topped the field with a score of 186, just one point ahead John French and Meadow Farm’s Soldier, who came in second. Nancy Free and Catherine Antonelli’s Heir Apparent rounded out the top three with a score of 175.5. Just behind them in fourth with 175 points sat John French and Meadow Farm’s Maritime and in fifth with 174 points was Nicole Dicorti Bush and Misa Kokka’s Ucello.
 
Missy Froley and Gail Morey’s Double Play win the
USHJA National Hunter Derby Presented by Asuncion Valley Farms
Photo by Alden Corrigan
Congratulations to all the riders on a wonderful Derby and thank you to our wonderful sponsors Asuncion Valley Farms for their continued support of the Central California Horse Show Series!
Missy Froley and Gail Morey’s Double Play pose for their win photo
Photo by Flying Horse Photography
USHJA National Hunter Derby Presented by Asuncion Valley Farms Results:
Place Number Horse Owner Rider Score
1 189 Double Play Gail Morey Missy Froley 186
2 554 Soldier Meadow Farm LLC John French 185
3 505 Heir Apparent Catherine Antonelli Nancy Free 175.5
4 553 Maritime Meadow Farm LLC John French 175
5 117 Ucello Misa Kokka Nicole Dicorti Bush 174
6 427 Duck Duck Goose Amy Bean Nicole Bourgeois 170
7 410 Tivoli Z Laura Hite John French 169
8 559 Bay Lane Noelle Wolf John French 168
9 340 Askarii Lauren Burke Lauren Burke 144
10 497 Rutherford Michelle Filanc Philip Cillis 134
11 578 Victoria’s Secret Tiffany Sandor Lauren Burke 131
12 529 Catalina Lori Johnston Alanna Snowden 111.5
 
Stay up to date on all our exciting events and the 2016 show season by visiting our website and following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
 
Danielle Ballard for West Palms Events
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