INDIO, CA (March 4, 2001)--Daran Cohn, 18, of San Diego, California, riding Gangster, was the only rider in a field of 51 horses to go double-clear in the $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the Indio Desert Circuit in California today. Cohn took home the blue ribbon, an embroidered cooler, a silver trophy, and $3,000 for her win. Gangster is an eight-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Greystone Farms. Cohn trains with Judy Martin and her father, Dan Cohn, owner of Greystone Farms. The class was a qualifier for the Cosequin United States Grand Prix League Finals to be held in Culpeper, Virginia, September 26-30.
Cohn said she started riding Gangster a year ago. "When we got him he was totally crazy. He's been kind of squirrelly for a year. He just moved up a division this show. He's spooky still, but he's coming along. I've been showing him in small classes. This is the first time in the A-Os at Indio. This is the second time he's even had a clear round."
Buddy Brown of Wellington, Florida, was the course designer for the class, which was held in the Grand Prix field. For Round One, Brown built a 12-jump course that included a triple combination at Fence No. 4 and a double at Fence No. 7. Time Allowed was set at 80 seconds. The biggest challenges for Cohn on course were the combinations. "I don't like the combinations, they're tricky. My horse is backed off in combinations. I thought we were going to do two and three strides in the combination. He did one stride and landed spooking, then we almost jumped the standard coming out of the combination. The rest of the course rode nicely. I like a lot of single fences. It's better than lines. My horse doesn't make adjustments very well." Twelve horses had clear rounds and moved on to the jump off.
The seven-jump short course had Time Allowed set at 42 seconds and did not include any combinations. Cohn was sixth in the order of go and had the first and only clear round, clocking in at 39.588. All but three of the jump-off riders were faster than Cohn. Kandi McCoy of Camarillo, California, on Froccs,galloped the course in 36.501, but had a rail for four faults, taking second place and $2,000 for owner Aspen Springs Ranch. Fred Bauer of Millbrae, California, on his Marble Arch tripped the timers in 37.504 but had the No. 2 fence down for four faults, earning third place and $1,400. Bauer and Marble Arch won the $10,000 Junior/Amateur Owner High Class at the Cosequin USGPL Finals in 1999 and 2000.
Cohn said she liked the jump off course and actually changed her game plan once she started to jump. "I was planning to go around everything and just go for a clear round because he's kind of green. Then I got in there and he was turning so well I just took the inside turns. I thought, 'Oh, Judy's going to kill me. My dad's going to kill me."
Cohn has been riding since she was seven years old. Currently, in addition to Gangster, she is riding a four-year old and two seven-year-old horses in the lower Amateur-Owner classes at the Indio Desert Circuit. Cohn said she has ridden horses for clients a few times but mainly rides her own horses. "I would like to be a Grand Prix rider," said Cohn. And the Olympics? "Maybe in the far, far future."
$10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic, March 4, 2001
Indio Desert Circuit V, Indio, California
Course Designer: Buddy Brown
Pl# Horse/Rider/Owner/Prize Money/Rd 1/ Rd 2/Faults/J-O Time
Number of horses who competed in this class: 51
Class Prize Money: $10,000
1. Gangster/Daran Cohn/Greystone Farms/$3,000/0/0/39.588
2. Froccs/Kandi McCoy/Aspen Springs Ranch/$2,000/0/4/36.501
3. Marble Arch/Fred Bauer/Fred Bauer/$1,400/0/4/37.504
4. Brown Boy/Scott C. Lico/Scott C. Lico/$1,000/0/37.587
5. Nighty/Andrew Ramsay/Shalanno Farms LLC/$800/0/4/37.619
6. Glenn 93/Yuko Itakura/Yasuko Itakura/$700/0/4/38.139
7. Mariska/Jenny Williams/Jenny Williams/$600/0/8/38.488
8. Charmer/Julie Jensen/Julie Jensen/$500/0/8/40.591
9. Zucker/Andrew Ramsay/Shallano Farms LLC/0/12/39.419
10. Joker/Holly Scapa/Holly Scapa/0/312/45.526
11. Ukase du Marais/Travis Lubow/Travis Lubow/0/34/58.871
12. Solitude/Andrew Ramsay/Shalanno Farms LLC/0/E
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