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Lovingfoss shines in CPHA WCE Medal Finals


Kaitlyn Lovingfoss aboard Hasta La Vista.


Kaitlyn Lovingfoss and Hasta La Vista with (from left) CPHA President Paul Bennet , Assistant Trainer Javier Abad, Trainer James Hagman, Dawn Miller, Emily Esau Williams, Alexandra Rheinheimer, and Lexie Looker.


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AS VEGAS, Nev.—You can call it a “tri- fecta” for Kaitlyn Lovingfoss. The junior rider faced 41 junior and


amateur equitation riders who had come to South Point Hotel and Casino Nov. 17-18 for the 2017 CPHA Foundation West Coast Equestrians (WCE) Medal Finalsat the Las Vegas National. Friday aſt ernoon’s fi rst round course with


rollback turns and bending lines demand- ed an accurate ride and track. Lovingfoss topped the fi eld with an initial score of 88, seeking to pull off her third medal fi nal victory of the season. Natalie Dean sat in sec- ond place with a score 86. On Saturday aſt ernoon, every rider had


the opportunity to return for the second round, but only the top 10 from the two rounds moved on to the third and fi nal round. The second course included a triple combination and a multitude of tight turns,


as well as a time allowed of 78 seconds. Sit ing in sixth aſt er day one, twenty-one- year old amateur riderJayme Omand and her mount Zador dominated this round with a score of 83.75, with a total of 159.25 over the two days, moving into second place over- all. Lovingfoss still held a narrow lead with a total of 162.75. Having sat apart in the previous two


rounds, in round three, judges Alex Jayne and Don Stewart watched and scored the top ten competitors as a pair. While maintaining their control and position, their fi nal test was to exectute a 10-obstacle speed track. Lovingfoss came out on top with 90 points, followed by Omand, who fi nished with a round three score of 81. The third medal fi nal victory for her this


season, Lovingfoss also won the 2017 CPHA Foundation Equitation Championship Final, 21 & under, and the 2017 CPHA Junior Hunter Seat Medal Final. Now having been


paired with her horse Hasta La Vista for a year, Lovingfoss has now set her equitation goals even higher for 2018, looking to be top ten in the national medal fi nals on the West Coast and at Indoors. The champion took home giſt certifi -


cates from One-K Helmets, Equifi t, Roeckl Sports Riding Gloves, plus a new pair of Deniro Salento Riding Boots provided by Outdoor Outfi t ers. Blenheim EquiSports awarded Lovingfoss a $1,500 giſt certifi cate from English Riding Supply and a $1,500 show credit for any Blenheim EquiSports show in 2018. Her mount, Hasta La Vista, galloped off with a cooler, sash, and a carna- tion wreath. All of the Top Ten fi nalists earned extraor- dinary prizes that included a cooler, fl owers, a medal, a CPHA baseball cap, saddle pads from Ogilvy and WCE, as well as giſt cards from WC Equestrian, Roeckl Riding Gloves and a pair of Foot Huggies boot socks.


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