Grand Prix and Malcolm Rossell
The 97th Annual Flintridge Horse Show is in full swing, with the highlight $15,000 Grand Prix of Flintridge presented by Land Rover of Pasadena taking place on Saturday night in the Flintridge Riding Club Grand Prix arena. The area's most talented horse and rider combinations took to the field to tackle the Mike Gallaway-designed course.
Nine riders finished the first course clear and proceeded to the jump-off. Tali Dejong and Amadeus emerged victorious from the exciting jump-off round. With a time of 44.107, the pair was awarded first place and the Malcolm Rossell Perpetual Trophy. Amadeus is a 13-year old bay KWPN gelding owned by rider Tali Dejong of Golden, Colorado. Finishing in second place, less than one second behind the winner, was Alyce Bittar and Lara Croft B, owned by Georges Bittar. Coming in third was Signe Ostby's The Flying Ham ridden by Carly Anthony.
West Palms Events remembers Malcolm Rossell, who passed away this year at the age of 98. Many exhibitors would recognize Rossell's voice, as he was a show announcer at area horse shows for many years and did not retire until he was 90 years old. A native of Apple Valley, California, Rossell by all measures lived a full life, and a life full of horses. He was a horse show exhibitor and show judge, and he was a bareback rodeo rider. He was also a skilled driver and handled trick rider Montie Montana's 7-up horse coach. When not piloting a horse or carriage, he spent time flying his own plane. He received the Pegasus Award from the American Horse Show Association, and is a member of the CPHA Hall of Fame. Malcolm Rossell will be greatly missed by all who knew him, and West Palms Event is honored to present the Malcolm Rossell Perpetual Trophy to the winner of the Grand Prix of Flintridge each year.
On Friday afternoon, the hunters took center stage in the Grand Prix arena for the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. The beautiful course saw 38 horses in the first round. After the top twelve returned for the handy round, Limequyl and Savannah Jenkins earned the judges' highest score of 183 to win the class. Limequyl is an 11-year odl warmblood gelding owned by Alison Locke.
Taking the reserve championship was Black Label, a 12-year old black Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Catherine Guyman and ridden by Molly Graham. Rounding out the podium in third place was Quentin, a 7-year old bay Hanoverian gelding owned by Charlotte Murray and ridden by Emma Lindstrom.
Stay tuned for more coverage of the competition and special events at the 97th Annual Flintridge Horse Show!