Emma Catherine Reichow – photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
November 18, 2019 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Of the thirty-four junior and amateur equitation riders who participated in the 2019 CPHA Foundation West Coast Equestrians (WCE) Medal Finals on Friday and Saturday of the Las Vegas National, it was Emma Catherine Reichow who earned the win. Emerging with this victory on Saturday, the sixteenth of November, was a sweet eighteenth birthday celebration for the talented young rider.
Friday afternoon’s first round track, with a triple bar, liverpool, inside turns, and direct as well as bending lines in a power and speed format demanded a precise and forward ride. The top ten riders all received scores of 75.75 or above. Reichow topped the field with 86.75 points. Jessie Rechs picked up the second place ribbon in Round One with a score of 86.5. Clea Caddell rounded out the top three with 84.5 points for third.
Top 10, Round One – photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
On Saturday afternoon, riders returned for the second round of competition in a speed format, and the top ten scoring riders from the two rounds would move on to the third and final round. The second course included a triple combination and opportunities for tidy inside turns, as well as some rollback turns. Emily Steckler had the top score in Round Two with an 85, moving her up from twenty-second into ninth overall. Reichow also had a score of 85 points, but a slower time in the speed round for second place. She still maintained her lead overall, however, with a score of 171.75 points. Kaitlin Perry moved into second place with an 82.5 from Round One and a 83.5 from Round Two for a total score of 166 points. Alexandra Sinclair, who had a total of 162.25, was sitting in third place before going into the final round.
Top 10, Round Two – photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
After sitting separately in the previous rounds, in Round Three, the judges Jimmy Torano and Scott Hofstetter, watched and scored the top ten competitors as a pair. The final test was to execute a speed track designed by Leopoldo Palacios. The final scores caused a shift in the third-place standing, as Clea Caddell moved up two placings. Reichow maintained her lead with a total of 257.75 points, and Perry stayed in second with 251 points.
Kaitlin Perry – photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
Participating in the victory gallop is no new task to Reichow, who has had continued success this season. She won the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals West, USEF National Junior Jumper Championships at PA National, earned team silver at North American Young Rider Championships, and made her international show jumping debut in the FEI divisions. Reichow’s equitation mount, Campitello 5, owned by Highpoint Farm, LLC, just began competing in the equitation ring this season after competing successfully at the Grand Prix level and was crowned best equitation horse in his debut at the Talent Search Finals West in September.
Emma Catherine Reichow with John Franzreb III, Lexie Looker, Augusta Iwasaki, Lyle Perkins, Olivia Brown and Alexandra Zulia – photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
Certainly on her #pathwaytosuccess, the birthday girl took home a champion cake, a bouquet of flowers, a gift certificate for a pair of DeNiro Salento Riding Boots provided by Outdoor Outfitters, a CPHA duffle bag and baseball cap, saddle pad, and $3,000 of Blenheim EquiSports 2020 show credit. Reichow’s partner, Campitello 5, galloped away with a DaMoor’s cooler, sash, and a red carnation wreath.
The top ten finishers earned prizes, including flowers, medals, CPHA baseball caps, and saddle pads.
The California Professional Horsemen’s Association Foundation is a benevolent organization that works on behalf of California Equestrian Professional. The Foundation is dedicated to aiding professionals in times of need, providing higher education opportunities through scholarships and grants, educating good principles of horsemanship, and fostering amateur equestrian sports and sportsmanship. Learn more at cpha.org/Foundation.