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Annabella Sanchez and Cassano Z Win $15,000 Equithrive Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Championship

Annabella Sanchez and Cassano Z
The final day of the 2017 CP National Horse Show kicked off with the $15,000 Equithrive Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper series championship, presented by Horse Network. The final class of the series hosted a first round comprised of 31 competitors, which saw nine horse-and-rider combinations advance to the jump-off round.

Six of the nine jump-off competitors were able to pilot their mounts to double-clear jumping efforts. Annabella Sanchez of Chicago, Illinois, rode her own 9-year-old Zangershide, Cassano Z, to a blazing time of 36.623 seconds. That time was a mere 1/100th of a second faster than Giavanna Rinaldi and Carben Farm's Always Me, who completed the short course in a time of 36.631 seconds. Taylor St. Jacques and her 13-year-old Selle Français, Qantar Des Etisses, rounded out the top three spots with a time of 36.840 seconds.

Not only did Sanchez take top honors in the class but she was also awarded the Jean Maccoll Hart Perpetual Memorial Trophy, generously donated by Deborah C. Hart and Gwynn H. Hubbell.

Annabella Sanchez - $15,000 Equithrive Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Championship, presented by Horse Network

On Cassano Z:
"[Cassano Z] is 9 years old. I recently got him this spring. He's pretty new for me but he's been great so far. He's a younger horse so I'm really looking forward to seeing what he's going to be when he's older. He's already amazing."

On the jump-off:
"Gia and I both ride at Our Day Farm with Maggie and Alex Jayne and Haylie Rolfe. She's a great rider and I always look up to her. She had an amazing jump-off. I saw it on the screen and I thought, 'Wow, I really have to go for it!' He's been turning really well lately - we've been working on that with him since he's younger. He was just on it; he was amazing today. I'm just so grateful for him."

On winning the championship:
"This is actually my first indoors. It's amazing. I did the jumpers in Harrisburg then came here. It's just surreal. I wouldn't have expected it to happen, but my horse has been so on top of it. I just do jumpers, but hopefully in the next year I'll get into both the hunter and equitation rings."

$15,000 Equithrive Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Championship, presented by Horse Network:
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Faults / R2 Faults / Time
1. Cassano Z / Annabella Sanchez / Annabella Sanchez / 0 / 0 / 36.623
2. Always Me / Giavanna Rinaldi / Carben Farms LLC / 0 / 0 / 36.631
3. Qantar Des Etisses / Taylor St. Jacques / Taylor St. Jacques / 0 / 0 / 36.840
4. Helene Ve / Alexandra Pielet / Co-Pielet, LLC / 0 / 0 / 37.314
5. Baloppi / Lacey Gilbertson / Seabrook LLC / 0 / 0 / 38.129
6. Carmen / Samantha Cohen / Samantha Cohen / 0 / 0 / 39.899
7. Alberto II / Daisy Farish / Stone Ridge Farms, LLC / 0 / 4 / 38.307
8. Pippi / Kaely Tomeu / Siboney Ranch / 0 / 4 / 40.239
9. Quite Close VD Smis / Claudia Villamil / Claudia Villamil / 0 / 12 / 55.750
10. Bluf / Sophie Gochman / Gochman Sport Horse LLC / 1 / 70.714
11. Conero / Christina Fisher / Christina Fisher / 1 / 70.735
12. Divace / Alex Parrish / Lexander Farm, LLC / 1 / 70.925