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2018 HORSE HEADLINERS


was caused by arson, officials said. FROM THE VENUE TO THE COMPE- TITION to the prize money, the Reining By The Bay is spectacular. This year’s 20th anni- versary version, held July 23-29 at the Horse Park at Woodside, was no exception—so it was the perfect place for Luca Fappani to explode on the scene. The 14-year-old son of Andrea and Tish


By virtue of wins in the $60,000 Grand Prix of California and $30,000 Blenheim Grand Prix, plus a reserve in the $50,000 Spring IV Grand Prix, Carly Anthony earned the EquiJet 1.50m Grand Prix Leading Rider Award.


Fappani, riding Spooks N Jewels, dominated the $55,000-added Non Pro Derby, sweeping levels, 3, 2 and 1. He also took the 13-under Youth Championship. All told, the teen-ager topped 45 other non-pro entries and boosted his career earnings—aſter just two years of competing—to almost $28,000. All but about $5,500 of that came from his Non-Pro titles in California. “It feels good to do good on my mom’s horse,” the young reiner said. “He’s really fun to ride, and I like having him at home and my mom giving me the opportunity to show him.” Luca’s dad, Andrea Fappani, fared well,


too, winning both the $130,000-added Open Derby L4 title on Chic Dreamin, owned by Silver Spurs Equine, and the $65,000- added 3-year-old Open Futurity L4 crown on Designed To Spark, owned by Rancho Oso Rio, LLC. He also took the Open Futurity L Reserve on Diamonds In My Genes, owned by Rhodes River Ranch.


FALL AS FALL NEARED, 119 equestrians in


Luca Fappani and Spooks N Jewels dominated the Derby Non Pro at the 2018 Reining By The Bay, sweeping levels 4, 3, 2 and 1 as well as taking the Youth 13-under Championship.


three age sections hit the books—the USEF Rule Book, that is—to practice the equita- tion tests that are uniquely built into the two rounds of the California Professional Horsemen’s Association Foundation Equitation Championships. Those who had put in extra hours with the counter-canter had an edge throughout the Championships, held late August at the Showpark Summer Classic at the Del Mar Horse Park. Consistency paid off for Jaime Krupnick


Jaime Krupnick, 2018 CPHA Foundation Equitation Finals Champion, 22-over, on Conux.


aboard Conux. Her 83 and 82 scores from Saturday and Sunday put her first in the 22-over four-pair work-off, which she nailed for an 85. With scores of 81 and 82, 13-year-old Stella Buckingham was siting second going into the work-off. She and Nom De Guerre were smooth and efficient with the two lead changes the judges had requested as the work-off’s finish. She recorded an 84 score to secure the win in the 14-under section. Finishing the day, 16-year-old Sophia Sanders


and Cipriani logged one of their biggest victo- ries yet, thanks to 85.5 and 88 initial rounds and a commanding 88 score in the work-off for the victory in the 21-under section. Krupnick, a mother and busy busi-


ness-owner, has a full plate to keep riding at a top level since she returned to the sport two years ago, aſter an 18-year hiatus. Riding Georgy Maskrey-Segesman’s Conux,


Krupnick relished the challenging questions asked. “With courses, the harder the beter,” she said


IF WHAT GOES OVER well in ‘Vegas,


stays in ‘Vegas, than the National Stock Horse Association’s Snaffle Bit Futurity, Derby and World’s Richest Bridle competi- tion has found a new home. Participants and spectators alike


embraced the first year that the August event was held South Point Hotel, and as good as the accommodations were, the com- petition surpassed them. In the Protect The Harvest-sponsored


Open Futurity, Justin Wright shined, finish- ing with four horses in the money and rack- ing up about $42,500. He claimed $27,055 for his championship finish on Eric Frietas’s


Clayton Edsall was a star at the NSHA Futurity, Derby and World’s Richest event in Las Vegas Aug. 21-26, taking Metallic Train to the Open Hackamore Championship and Bet Hesa Boon (pictured) to the Open Derby title. Combined, the wins earned $11,235.


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