Langley, BC — The Summer Fort Welcome’s U25 division kicked off Thursday with the MarBill Hill U25 1.35m jump-off class—and a win for Stella Chernoff (CAN).
In a seven-horse jump-off, Georgia Knight (CAN) and Ecolano vs Romano were holding onto a commanding lead of more than five seconds when Chernoff entered the ring, last to go. Aboard a developing mount in Gutascha, Chernoff edged Knight at the wire, crossing the timers of Peter Holmes’ short course in 42.33 seconds. Knight settled for second (43.53 seconds), with Brooke Morin (USA) and NKH Carrido third (48.75).
With two rides in the jump-off, Chernoff was determined to improve upon the mistake she made aboard her first mount, Connador. Her knowledge and familiarity with the track pushed her ahead, as she chose to ride smart early in the course and take more risks at its end.
“I knew I had Jump 4 down on my first horse, so I kind of wanted to stay out a little bit more to that one. I didn’t do the same thing, make the same mistake [on Gatascha],” Chernoff explained. “Then [it was just about ] putting [Gatascha] into another gear and galloping to the last jump.”
Navigating the show circuit is a balancing act for Chernoff, who is also pursuing studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. That has made developing a partnership with Gutascha a bit of a slower process, but maintaining patience has proved fruitful.
“It’s pretty new,” Chernoff said of her relationship with the 12-year-old mare. “We got her last year, but I was away at university, so I pretty much just started riding her this May.”
$5,000 MarBill Hill U25 1.35m
Horse / Rider / Nationality / Owner / Faults / Time
1. Gutascha / Stella Chernoff / CAN / Stump Lake Ranch and Cattle Co Ltd / 0/0 42.33
2. Ecolano vs Romano / Georgia Knight / CAN / Georgia Knight/ 0/0 43.53
3. NKH Carrido / Brooke Morin / USA / Strasburg Morin Inc / 0/0 48.75
4. Ielinea JTL / Jaydan Stettner / CAN / Jaydan Stettner / 0/4 42.19
5. Fair Play D’Esquelmes / Nyah Chernoff / Stump Lake Ranch and Cattle Co Ltd / 0/4 43.79
6. Fenelon WF / Kassidy Keith / CAN / Kassidy Keith / 0/4 44.47
7. Connador / Stella Chernoff / CAN / Stump Lake Ranch and Cattle Co Ltd / 0/4 44.55
8. Lestat OLD / Ashley Arnoldt / CAN / Jennifer Arnoldt / 1 79.15
9. Fay / Stella Chernoff / CAN / Stump Lake Ranch and Cattle Co Ltd / 4 74.91
10. Levando V / Samantha Schulze / CAN / Samantha Schulze / 4 76.35