Upper Marlboro, Maryland – October 7, 2021 – The 2021 Capital Challenge Horse Show, held at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, featured the North American League (NAL) jumper year-end finals on Thursday, October 7, 2021, when two new NAL jumper champions were crowned.
In the $12,500 NAL Children’s Jumper Finals, presented by EquiFit, Taylor Landstrom (USA) rode her own Colina SN to the victory. Top honors in the $12,500 NAL Adult Jumper Finals, presented by SmartPak, went to Hope Batchelor DVM aboard her own Byolga.
Landstrom (USA), 14, and Colina SN were one of 16 horse-and-rider combinations that returned for the jump-off after producing a fault-free first round. Last to return for the jump-off, Landstrom did not disappoint when she stopped the timers at 33.021 seconds to jump to the top of the leaderboard.
“Going into the jump-off I had to make sure that I kept my mind mentally calm,” explained Landstrom. “There were some fast rounds so I just had to trust my horse. I also had to trust myself and mentally calm myself down through all of it.
“My trainer and I talked about how it was going to be a very speedy jump-off,” continued Landstrom. “Going in I knew I had to trust my plan and not second guess it. I knew I could rely on my horse going into the jump-off, so I just had to believe in my plan and know that I knew what I was doing.”
Landstrom of Excelsior, MN, and the 11-year-old Warmblood mare have been partnered for two years and are going into their final indoors season together. The rider, trained by Abby Blankenship, was thrilled to have this success at one of her favorite horse shows.
“She is a very reliable girl,” said Landstrom (USA). “She’s a lot like me because she’s very competitive and wants to go in and win. We make such a good pair because we want to do well together
because it’s something that I’ve worked towards all year.”
Reserve honors in the NAL Children’s Jumper Finals were awarded to Olivia Sweetnam (USA) and Siboney Ranch’s Gold Lux with a time of 34.194 seconds. Avery Hansen (USA) and Double H Farm’s HH Gypsy stopped the timers at 35.057 seconds to earn third place.
Final Results – $12,500 North American League Children’s Jumper Finals
1) Taylor Landstrom (USA) & Colina SN – 0 / 0 – 33.021
2) Olivia Sweetnam (USA) & Gold Lux – 0 / 0 – 34.194
3) Avery Hansen (USA) & HH Gypsy – 0 / 0 – 35.057
4) Abigail Gordon (USA) & Toy Soldier – 0 / 0 -35.571
5) Emma Covarrubias (USA) & Emy – 0 / 0 – 35.888
6) Charlotte Clivio (USA) & WT Scorsese – 0 / 0 – 36.658
7) Hailey Guidry (USA) & Empty Spaces – 0 / 0 – 36.851
8) Jayden Toomy (USA) & Jonnas Corint – 0 / 4 – 33.099
9) Riley Hogan (USA) & Heer Aldus – 0 / 4 – 34.032
10) Claire Campbell (USA) & Adoctro – 0 / 4 -35.960
11) Olivia Sweetnam (USA) & Just Noble – 0 / 4 – 38.055
12) Madyson Diaz (USA) & Belladonna Z – 0 / 4 – 45.556
Source: Press Release from Jump Media for The Capital Challenge Horse Show
Photo: © Shawn McMillen Photography