Meredith won the $15,000 Triple Crown Feed Grand Prix on Saturday the 27th at Sonoma Horse Park! And what a great win it was!
Another beautiful day at Sonoma Horse Park http://www.sonomahorsepark.com/www.sonomahorsepark.com/ in Petaluma, Ca. Wonderful company, wonderful food, beautiful and talented horses, excellent riders.
The first horse and rider of the evening were Lindsay Ramar and “Dance and Jump”, who, jumped clean. but, unfortunately, had one time fault, so they were not to move on to the jump off.
9 went clean, and did move on to the jump off. These included super go’s by: Robert Blanchette and “Silver Roy’s F”, Haley Schwab and “Coya”, Lindsay Ramar and “Watson”, Eduardo Braun and “H.J. El Magnifico”, Macella O’Neill and “Caitano 7”, Allison Kroff and “Washington”, a fantastic horse rider combination that were not on the entry list, Robert Blanchette and “Santana”, Abigail Weese and the gorgeous “Ace”, and Meredith Herman and “Muskateer NZPH”.
The horse and rider combinations in the jump off always ride in the same order of go as they do in the first round.
Each ride seemed to get faster until the last (but certainly never least), Meredith and “Muskateer”. Meredith put in an “all balls out”, “in it to win it ride”, and came away as the winner with the smallest of time fractions, 37.189 seconds, compared to the 2nd place winner Abigaile and “Ace”, who had a time of 37.715 seconds. Wow! So very, super exciting! Way to go Meredith, and what a sweet win it was! I passed the proud dad on his way to congratulate his daughter, and he was grinning from ear to ear. Awesome! A fantastic way to crown the much deserving Meredith, and all the hard work and effort that the Herman family has done to create such a fantastic competition facility for us all to utilize and enjoy. We all thank you. so much! And look eagerly forward to the next Grand Prix at Sonoma Horse Park!
Incidentally, for those of you who are interested…
3rd was Allison and “Washington” with a time of 38.228 seconds,
4th was Haley and “Coya” with a time of 39.869 seconds,
5th was Robert and “Santana” with 40.056 seconds, and,
6th was Robert and his second mount “Silver” with 42.677 seconds. Great job and congratulations, all of you!