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Gold Coast 6 & Series Standings

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The race heats up. Gold Coast 6, August 27-30, was almost the last opportunity for exhibitors to get points toward the Gold Coast Series awards sponsored by Norden Equine Worldwide ( Insurance. Currently, Karen Lucian and King’s Ransom are hoping for one of those top prizes. The pair are leading the “B” Adult Amateur section for the year. With trainer Keri Kampsen in the irons, he was also Green Working Hunter champion. “We prepare him for Karen to show,” said trainer Joe Thorpe. “Our main focus is to prepare the horse for the client.”

Lucian is a stock broker. Despite the fact that this is not the best year to be a stockbroker, she likes to be supportive of the Langer Equestrian Group shows. Of her horse she commented, “He’s happy all the time and always interested in what’s going to happen. He’s unflappable and always jumps the jump.”

Tami Thosath and Classique won the Adult Amateur Hunter section. “Originally we bought him as a three-year-old investment horse so Tami could buy an Amateur Owner horse,” said trainer Jonathan Bradford. “After I began to ride him, we realized how special he and we decided to keep him. I was riding him one day and said to her, ‘Why would you sell him? This is the horse you want.’ And now he is mine.” This was their first horse show together and according to Bradford the five year old stallion just walked off the trailer and acted like he was home. “It’s rare that you come across a stallion that can be competitive at horse shows. Our long term goal is, after a successful show career, to breed him.” According to Thosath, he’s matured a lot in the last six months. “I’ve always wanted to do Amateur Owner Hunters and derbies. He’s the perfect horse for it. He doesn’t look at anything and jumps whatever is in front of him.”

Shannon Davidson cleaned up in equitation on her Tobias (Jeni Brown, trainer). She won all three of the Equitation 36 and Over classes, the CPHA Amateur Medal class, and the USEF Adult Equitation class. She got her eleven-year-old Holsteiner one year ago. “He’s kind of like a dog and has a lot of fans,” she said. “I’m thinking of starting his own Facebook page. I’ve ridden in equitation for several years. I’m a true amateur and don’t get enough practice time. Equitation is technical and focused, but not as high as jumpers. I love the intricate nature of it. Showing is my happy time.” With her strong performance at Gold Coast 6, Davidson is in the hunt for a Gold Coast Series championship.

Ashlyn Matheus and A Perfect Summer Day (trainer Mark Purcell) are another pair who might take home a year end award in the Children’s Hunter Division, winning the show championship. “She’s always so quiet and always wants to listen and takes care of me. She’s really good over fences – not too scopey and not too flat.” They won the Children’s Hunter Classic and she plans to move up to the Junior Hunters next year. They also won the Riding for Reading class for the second year in a row. Matheus holds a commanding lead in the Children’s Hunters in the Gold Coast Series.

Another pair on track for a Gold Coast Series year end award is Emily Kerr and Lucky Charm (trainer Mark Purcell), by winning the Large Pony Hunter and the Pony Equitation championships. “I work on my position and staying the same to jumps. If I make a mistake he covers it up. When I’m sad I can hang with him and he makes me feel better.”

Trainer Alanna Bloomberg’s Roosevelt is not many points behind in the Pre Green section. They helped themselves at Gold Coast 6 by winning the championship. She’s had the eight-year-old Oldenburg for two and a half years. “This is his second and last year doing Pre Green,” she said. “It’s like riding butter; he’s extremely soft in the mouth. He’s careful and wants to do a good job.”

Rose Danthes leases Touch of Luck from Bloomberg. They won in the Low Children’s Hunter section. “We work on her consistently in keeping him straight and forward; he’s lazy,” said Bloomberg.

From Elvenstar, Sydney Hutchins tightened her hold on the year end award for the Small/Medium Pony Hunter championship. Her Peek-a-Blue once again captured the show championship. She won the Pony Hunter Classic on Glenhaven Jester. “We work on keeping the pony in front of her leg and her balance,” said trainer Kay Altheuser.

Complete results and series standings are online at:

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