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Madison Dehaven and Chanel

Isabella Russekoff and Castor Van De Kranenburg

Isabella Russekoff and Castor Van De Kranenburg

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Madison Dehaven and Chanel Capture NAL Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at GLEF III

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2016-07-23

Traverse City, Mich. – July 23, 2016 – Madison Dehaven and Chanel have a rare relationship, one that spans nearly a decade. Dehaven purchased the Irish Sport Horse mare as a weanling eight years prior, not only breaking and training her, but also taking her through the ranks with the help of influential trainers and the support of her family. On Saturday afternoon, they proved their bond with the NAL Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic victory at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival.

“She is pretty special to me,” Dehaven said. “I actually broke her myself and brought her along. Richard Rinehart, who I used to ride with, showed her in the jumpers when she was a 5- and 6-year-old. Last year I moved to Florida to ride and work with Aaron Vale, and took over the ride again. I started to show her in the Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers. It has been a lot of fun watching her grow up, and not many people have their horse from the time they are a baby. I have had her for practically a third of my life, so it makes it special.”

Only four horse and rider combinations mastered the Pierre Jolicouer-designed NAL Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic track, moving into an immediate jump-off. Dehaven knew that she was up against an extremely fast time, following only four behind the class leader, Kate Shaughnessy and Ciro, who had posted the trailblazing time of 39.708 seconds.

“Aaron [Vale] made the comment that five strides could be there in the first line of the jump-off,” Dehaven said as she noted that she had taken a conservative six strides during the opening round. “I made a decision on a whim to move up for the five. I just wanted to be quick and tidy everywhere, and it worked!”

The pair tripped the timers in 39.273 seconds, just a half of a second ahead of Shaugnessy to not only capture the NAL-victory, but also the division championship. The third place was awarded to Madeline Cooley and Carlina, while the fourth place finish went to Alycia Walker and Shaamen.

During the NAL Low Junior Jumper Classic, it was Isabella Russekoff and Castor Van De Kranenburg, owned by Lexus Arbuckle, that clinched the victory with a blazing win in 38.702 seconds. 

“I knew that the person before me went really fast,” Russekoff said. “I knew that in order for me to win, I would have to leave out a stride to the last jump, so I went for it.”

She shaved the seconds off of second place finisher, Logan Taylor’s time of 40.582 seconds, stopping the clock nearly two seconds faster than Taylor and Five Star, owned by REV Media Marketing LLC.

“I thought the course was pretty challenging,” Russekoff admitted. “It is the third day in a row jumping for them, and there were some difficult aspects to it. I knew that I needed to stay very back on Castor to protect the rails, I have to be slow with my body and wait for him to jump up to me, because he has a very quick jump.”

The 16-year-old, who trains with Elizabeth Pandich, already has her sights set on the week four $25,000 Welcome Stake, but Castor holds a special place in her heart. “He is my horse that I can go around on and have fun with on the course in the Low Junior division,” she smiled. 

Sophie Michaels finished third and fourth with Darero, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, and Vatch Me T, owned by Further Lane Farm, respectively. Emily Perez rounded out the top five with Bola de Nieve, owned by Gerardo Pasquel.

GLEF will continue to welcome riders and thrill spectators over the next two weeks throughout the first series of competition, which runs July 6–31. Week Three runs July 20–24 and will feature highlighted jumper events such as the $50,000 Great Lakes Grand Prix, presented by the Ingram family, on Sunday, July 24. 

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