August 16, 2009 — The USEF National Junior Hunter Championships-West Coast, hosted by Blenheim Equisports, took place August 11-12 on the West Grass Hunter Field at the beautiful Oaks Blenheim facility in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
After two days of exciting competition and elegant exhibitor parties under cloudless skies, Caroline Ingalls and Small Town were crowned the new champions. With an overall three-phase adjusted score of 251.6, including impressive Classic scores of 88, 86 and 88, Ingalls and Small Town, a Large Older Junior Hunter Hanoverian gelding, owned by Chris Iwasaki, took home the Monarch International Perpetual Award for the West Coast and a gift certificate for The Clothes Horse. The Overall Reserve Champion was a Small Junior Older Hunter, Pringle, ridden by Amber Henter and owned by Ashley Pryde.
Both the handy and classic courses were designed by Scott Stearn and held in the beautiful grass grand prix field. The handy included a bounce, a trot fence, a hand gallop fence, as well as a halt.
In the individual divisions, Small Town won the Large Older Junior Hunter division; Peter Rabbit ridden and owned by Kilian McGrath won the Large Younger Junior Hunter division; Pringle won the Small Older Junior Hunter division; and Breckenridge, ridden by Hannah Von Heidegger took home top honors in the Small Younger Junior Hunter division.