Blenheim June Classic III

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What a great week for Aleron at the Blenheim June Classic III!

The week started off with some tricolors!
Gatsby- Champion in the green hunter 3’6″
Likely Story- Champion in the green hunter 3’9″
Cayambe- Champion in the performance hunter 3’6″
Lewis Hamilton- Reserve Champion in the performance hunter 3’3″
Now Or Never- Reserve Champion in the  green hunter 3’3″
Counselor- Reserve Champion high performance hunter & Brownie Points Reserve Champion in the small hunters

Any by weeks end…
Gatsby galloped to the win the USHJA International Hunter Derby while Anne Mullally’s Counselor finished 2nd and Liliana Kaneshige’s Likely Story took 5th!



Blenheim June Classic 2


Alexis Taylor rode Anne Mullally ‘s Counselor to the win in the USHJA International Hunter Derby.

Camille Leblond was Champion in the Adult Hunters catch riding Bella Vita and just had one down aboard Tomcat in the 1.20m Classic.

Isabella finished Reserve Champion in the Short Stirrup Equitation and won the Short Stirrup Hunters. Liliana Kaneshige placed 2nd and 3rd in the Junior Hunters aboard both of her boys, Cayambe and Callesandro.

Liliana Kaneshige‘s Likely Story was 1st, 2nd and Reserve Champion in the Green 3’9″ with Alexis.

Aleron’s Gatsby was 1st and 2nd in the Green Hunters 3’6″ on the first day of the show.

Hanna Meyer rode to a fast 4 faults in the Children’s Jumpers aboard Eljero.

Claire rode Rollingwoods Walking Tall to 2nd place in the Green Pony Hunters and Mia finished with great ribbons in the Junior Hunters 3’3 aboard Now or Never!

Isabella Knapp rode Bleeker St. to top ribbons in the Short Stirup Equitation.

Alexis Taylor and Counselor Take the Top Prize in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby


Trainer, Owner, Junior, Amateur and Groom’s Awards Announced

San Juan Capistrano, CA
– Saturday morning during Blenheim June Classic 2 kicked off with 32 high performance hunters galloping on the grass in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. The class culminated with a win for Alexis Taylor and Anne Mullally’s seven-year-old gelding Counselor.

Four judges made up the two panels: Christina Schlusemeyer and Mary Cohen were Panel One, while Liz Adler and Rachel Kennedy sat on Panel Two. The course, designed by Jasen Shelley of Wellington, Florida, included two high options, bending and direct lines, and a two-stride combination.

For those who advanced to the handy round, another two high options and a hand gallop played a role in the scoring. Taking both higher options and tight inside turns, Taylor used the track to her advantage, earning handy bonus scores from both panels to take the victory.

Taylor explained her strategy. “I knew that Jenny Karazissis, who is a great rider, was leading after the second round and that John Bragg would still have to go after me, so I really went for it at the hand gallop jump and got lucky!”

“We recently imported Counselor from Nick Haness, where he had been doing the 1.40m jumpers in Europe. I thought he’d be a great derby prospect, and he’s obviously proving that to be true,” Taylor said of her derby-winning mount. “The course was great out here [in the Pacific Field]. I love riding on the grass fields. It makes for a great class.”

Alexis Taylor and Counselor, Anne Mullally and family, with Melissa Brandes of Blenheim EquiSports. Photo by Amy McCool.

Along with ribbons and a USHJA cooler and halter, the pair was awarded a pair of Roeckl Sports riding gloves and an EquiFit hunter girth.

Sponsored awards also went out to many of the riders and contributors to recognize their outstanding performances. Anne Mullally received the Balmoral Winning Owner Award, and Alexis Taylor was the Blue Ribbon Blankets Winning Trainer.

Once again Augusta Iwasaki earned the The Plaid Horse Highest Scoring Junior Rider Award, with an eighth place finish aboard Small Occasion. Cherie Callandar took home the One K Helmets Highest Scoring Amateur Rider Award on her mount Pacific Heights.

Armando Pelayo was recognized for his excellence in grooming with the Makoto Farms Groom’s Award for Best Turned Out Horse, partnered with Skyhawk, owned by Laura Wasserman, and ridden by Stella Wasserman.

Today’s highlight action continues at four o’clock with the $30,000 Blenheim June Classic 2 Grand Prix, presented by The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

$10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Place – Entry Number – Horse – Rider – Owner – Rd1 Score/Rd2 Score/Overall Score
1. 577 – Counselor – Alexis Taylor – Anne Mullally – 176/192/368
2. 705 – Big Shot – Jenny Karazissis – Dulcie Lou Morris – 170/191/361
3. 189 – Now We’re Talkin’ – John Bragg – Lee Flick – 181/178.5/359.5
4. 550 – Small Kingdom – Jamie Taylor – Iwasaki & Reilly – 169/190/359
5. 141 – L’Con Reyes – Jamie Taylor – Bravado LLC – 174/185/359
6. 491 – Puissance R – Jenny Karazissis – Lisa Hankin – 171/186/357
7. 223 – Really- Jenny Karazissis – Michelle Cobb – 171/176/347
8. 552 – Small Occasion – Augusta Iwasaki – Iwasaki & Reilly – 165/179/344
9. 341 – Camera Ready – Stephen Pellett – View Point Farms – 165.5/171/336.5
10. 105 – Fanciful – Jessica Allen – Jayme Jenkins – 171/165/336
11. 833 – Bella Vita – Kaitlin Campbell – Carol Irwin – 169.5/154/323.5
12. 432 – Verdict – Nick Haness – Lindsey Schiefelbein – 170/64/234

Photos by McCool Photography

Blenheim June Classic 1


Huge congrats to Gatsby for winning in the Green Hunters 3’6″ and the Green 3’6″/3’9″ Incentive Stake with scores in the 80’s. Also top ribbons for Bleeker St, Ceremony, Callesandro, Cayambe, Likely Story, Counsellor and Airplay.

On Friday, Liliana Kaneshige won both rounds of the older Large Junior Hunters on Callesandro and Camille Leblond’s Cayambe.

Tbird Canadian Premier


Cayambe finished 4th overall in the $25,000 International Hunter Derby. Gatsby, Airplay and Likely Story were also in the top 12. Alexis Taylor  earned the Leading Hunter Rider and Leading Trainer awards. We won a jump!

Cayambe and Likely Story finished day 1 by winning both rounds of the Performance 3’6″ & Green 3’9″.

Gatsby won 3 out of 4 over fences classes in the Green 3’6″ to take the Championship. Cayambe won all 4 over fences in the Performance 3’6″ for the Championship and Likely Story swept the Green 3’9″ division! Now Or Never was Reserve Champion in the Green Hunters 3’3″ and all the girls had fun in the National Hunter Derby.

Emmma swept the Pre-Children’s Hunters and Claire was the Short Stirrup winner – both claimed Reserve Championships in their divisions. Lizzy was 5th out of 20 in the Maclay, Lily was Reserve Champion in the Junior Hunters 3’6″, and Mia was Reserve Champion in the Junior Hunters 3’3″. Also, great rides by Hanna, Piper and Zoe at her first show. Hanna was 6th in the Dover medal!

Pacific Northwest Hunter/Jumper Show


We’re so proud of all Aleron horse and riders for a great show in Monroe, WA. We had double Incentive Stake winners with Gatsby, Ceremony, Counselor, Callesandro, and Philosophy all earning tricolors in their divisions. Likely Story and Alexis finished 2nd in the Derby with Airplay and Gatsby in the top 10 as well.

HITS Coachella DC VIII


It’s our last hurrah week at the HITS Coachella VIII! We closed out the circuit with a great finish!

Congratulations to Hanna Meyer & Ceremony – Reserve Champion in the Small Junior 3’3″ division. Also to Anne Mullally & Camille Leblond who were also winners and champions in their divisions.

Claire finished Reserve Champion in the Green Ponies on your her new pony. Also Isabella was Reserve Champion in Short Stirrup and Heather was Champion in the Long Stirrup division!