IN PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE!
Congratulations to Western Classic Grand Champion
Anna Montagano riding her 12 year-old mare Lolly!
Contestants came from seven states, including Equine Professor/Team Camarillo Instructor Donna Irvin and Team Black Hawk who drove 2,200 miles from Illinois to experience the excitement of the three-day competition at the 24th Annual Camarillo Classic at the Rolling Hills Equestrian Center in Corning California. Donna and Team Black Hawk commended the Staff and the facility for what she called a top notch production with outstanding ground conditions. Donna also said she enjoyed watching the competition and admired the good West coast horses and riders.
We partied at the Friday night Rider's Reception and distributed close to $7,000 in Door Prizes and a Wrangler National Patriot Raffle. We enjoyed a moving and inspiring presentation by RFD's American Fan Favorite Competitor and former Camarillo student, Amberley Snyder. Amberley, paralyzed from the waist down in a single truck accident at the age of 19, against all odds found a way to continue her pursuit of the NFR and finished her extraordinary competitive effort with three clean runs, go-round cash and the 2D Average Award.
Our Grand Champion Anna Montagano agreed that the 2015 Camarillo Western Classic was one of the best productions yet! Anna and her 12 year-old mare Lolly, Meridoc She Be a Daisy, bested the field by winning rounds one and two and placing in round three, handily beating the average by .4 tenths over Classic Reserve Champion Mary Jo Camera, the 2014 Classic Grand Champion.
The Second Division Court's Saddle went to Nevada's Kim Quinn riding Checkinta Cash. Kim also took the Reinsman Pad Award for her 5th place win in the 1D on her second horse, Too Fast To Judge.
A pair of Oregon Cowgirls rounded three sets of barrels to capture the 3D and 4D Court's Trophy Saddles. Kym Van Bergen from Dundee, Oregon, riding Skedaddle Biankus took first in the 3D by .03 hundredths of a second over 2nd place finisher Sandi Acosta. Sixteen year-old Mikayla Woolsey riding Quincy, in her second year of Classic competition, made three consistent, smooth and picture perfect runs to capture the 4D Courts Saddle Championship.
The specialty awards are always an exciting part of the Sunday Winners Circle Celebration. Talented Shelby Bates took the Junior Gist Silversmith buckle, while horsewoman and trainer Mary Jo Camera bested the Seniors Race, riding Joe Dynamite. Mary Jo clocked the 2nd fastest time of the weekend on her four year-old Casas Gotta Gun.
If we gave a Rising Star Award it would have to go to Nevada's sweetheart, reining WPRA Junior World Champion, 13 year-old Stevie Scott Smith. Winning the In Pursuit of Excellence Award by clocking the fastest run of the weeks competition (15.098 in the 3rd Go), Stevie ran just one tenth of a second off the Arena Record.
A very special recognition goes to our award sponsors, including Courts Saddlery, Double Diamond Halters, Equithrive, FarmTek, Gist Silversmiths, Ariat Boots, Horseware Ireland, Macie Bean, Pro Orthopedic, Priefert, SA Walls Stirrups, Sunday and Paul Killgore, Wrangler and our host facility Rolling Hills Casino and Equestrian Center. Thanks to Mandy Staley, Sharra Deniz, and Ground by Jack for their hospitality, arena care and maintenance. Thanks to the Team Camarillo Classic Staff, including General Manager Debbie Wood, Arena Manager Ashland Glenn, Barn an Stalls Manager Don Peterson, Awards and Decorations coordinator Cheryl Price, timer Jenny Hull, and announcer Steve Smart.
Run times can be requested by Emailing our General Manager Debbie Wood, or viewed on the Sharon Camarillo Classic Facebook page. Thanks to James Derra for the event photographs. Please log on to Rafter D Photos to view and purchase photos. For more detailed highlights and to see more winner photos, click here.
The Eastern Classic is scheduled for October 23-25 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Entry information is online now!