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Today, Manning has 40 hors-

es in training at—you guessed it—her Acorn Farm, located near the Rancho Mission Vista Riding Park on property once widely known as The Oaks, built by her grandmother, Joan Irvine Smith. For her inaugural grand prix victory to come here was special, too. "It was great to win the fi rst one here," said Manning, a pro since 2009 who is coached by Michelle Parker. "My grand- mother was really involved in developing that facilty when it fi rst started. And all my clients were there because we train right across the creek. It was great."

Manning acquired Con Spirit,

her fi rst grand prix horse, as a 6-year-old in Belgium in 2012. She nicknamed him "Henry" because she wanted a noble-sounded name—and there already was a horse named Noble in her barn. "I've kind of brought Henry

along the ranks," she said. "He's been a confi dence-builder for me. He's really forward-going, and he's enthusiastic about what he does. He knows when he's doing it well, and he's proud of himself when he does." Plus, he has personality. "Personality is everything," Manning said. "Not only are they your partner in crime, they're your best friend. You build up that partnership. He's a total love bug. Everyone in the barn loves him." Bringing along another young

horse, Manning also won the Six-year Old Jumper Classic

aboard Helium, a horse she named in honor of one of her grandfather's great mounts. She'll continue to campaign both horses at the Blenheim shows. "I'm looking forward to

competing," she said. "And I am grateful for the whole Acorn family here and the guys who take care of the horses. Guillermo and Ricky Flores. Michelle Parker. Alex and Sal Alvarado. It really takes a village, and I am thankful to have such amazing and inspirational peo- ple with me." The class included show jumping up-and-comers like 16-year-old Sophia Mossman and 17-year-old Morgan Dickerson, both alternates for the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships this July, as well as riders with impressive miles, like Mexico's Eduardo Sanchez Navarro and American Michelle Rodal. International course designer

Jack Robson's track handled the mix of experience well. In a winning round format,

faults accrued for the top six scoring riders in the fi rst round carried over to the jump-off . The two riders with time faults returned fi rst, followed by the four who were clean in round one. The fi rst of the four were Manning and Henry, who rode fault free in 45.85. The next three at empts, Misti Cassar on Gavin Brodin's Allstar 5, Eduardo Sanchez Navarro on his Pacifi co and Jamie Barge aboard Kylieco's Lasse, each had rails.

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$30,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix Place Number Horse

Rider 1 2

367 406

3 512 4

494 8

607 158 164

Con Spirit Pacifi co Lasse

Allstar 5

5 513 Luebbo 6 7

257 230 242

Colin Zola

Albert II Caretol


9 311 Grand Chance 10 11 12


Nathalie Manning E. Sanchez Navarro Jamie Barge Misti Cassar Jamie Barge Michelle Rodal Marc Grock

Nicole Haunert Mat ias Ekeroth Michelle Kerivan Sophia Mossman Carol Wright

Augusta Iwasaki rides Ava Peck’s Kingston to the $5,000 Markel Pony Derby title.

Augusta Iwasaki wins $5,000 Pony Derby

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AN JUAN CAPISTRANO— The competition contin- ued after the Grand Prix

with the $5,000 Pony Derby, also presented by Markel Insurance. A unique opportuni- ty for this division, the classic and handy rounds were held on the grass. With an overall total of 175, Augusta Iwasaki rode Ava Peck’s large pony Kingston to a decisive win. In her classic round with

Kingston, Iwasaki received an 87 and in her handy round, scored an 88. “I’ve been riding him since Thermal. He’s actually owned by Ava Peck and I’m very lucky to get to ride him,” she says. Karen Perlow, once a pony rider and now a professional, wanted to see this special event come to life. “The derby started last year for the kids to have something to look up to,” she

said. “It gives preparation for the future, for the nerves, and to think about something other than points.” Intended to go along with the Red, White, and Blue Classic, Perlow created the Just A Minute Perpetual Trophy. Just a Minute, aka “Minnie,”

was purchased by Sam Perlow and Art Got fried at the AHSA pony auction so Karen could start her pony career. “Minnie” led Karen to many championships. Still going strong as one of

the pinnacles for pony riders, Iwasaki will be heading to Lexington in August to compete several mounts in the small, medium and large divisions of the 2015 USEF Pony Finals. With the Markel Pony Hunter

Derby win on Kingston, and her victory last week in the Zone 10 Pony Hunter Challenge on Somekindawonderful, Iwasaki is well-prepared.


Nathalie Manning E. Sanchez Navarro Kylieco

Gavin Brodin Kyleico

Morgan Hill Partners Moonlite Beach, LLC Paul Haunert

Mat ias Ekeroth Michelle Kerivan Sophia Mossman Carol Wright

Faults/Time 0/0/45.857 0/4/44.962 0/4/48.187 0/4/48.277 2/4/45.484 1/8/54.150 4/76.390 4/77.881 4/78.052 4/78.565 5/79.845 6/80.957

$5,000 Pony Derby, presented by Markel Insurance Place Number Horse

Rider 1

2 3 4 5 6 7

8 9

484 591 482 468 478 475 384 282 597

10 476 11 12

593 557

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Augusta Iwasaki Ava Peck Brooke Morin

Augusta Iwasaki

Merlin the Magnifi cent Maci Anderson Tip Top

Evelyn Walker Tanna Seltzer Lilly Goldstein

Wynnbrook Eyes On Me Lexie Looker Blueberry Hill Headlines Madeline

GF Rags to Riches

Laura Strasburg Iwasaki & Reilly Maci Anderson Kailin Kerzner

Score 175 164 163 157 155

Jennifer Wheeler-Winborne 148 Lilly Goldstein Lexie Looker

Stella Wasserman Natalie Jayne Tanna Seltzer Brooke Morin Elizabeth Burke

Tanna Seltzer

Laura Strasburg Elizabeth Burke

146 144 140 129 115 110

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