NDP Equestrian wins at International Jumping Festival

Notre Dame Preparatory junior Elle Haugland recently won the 1.15-meter Children’s Jumper Classic at the International Jumping Festival in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Ms. Haugland, 16, received a cash prize of $1,000 for her blue ribbon achievement on her horse, Invictus, a 16-hand Holsteiner Jumper from Germany.

A Jumper Classic is an equestrian competition in which the horse and rider traverse a course of jumping obstacles with many turns and changes of direction. Ms. Haugland and Invictus cleared all obstacles and in the fastest time to win the top prize, according to a press release.

“This was the most challenging and the most fun course I have ever ridden,” stated Ms. Haugland in the release.  “Invictus rode his heart out and never gave up on me or the course.”

The honors student trains five days a week at Herrick Stables in Scottsdale and is the 2014 Arizona Jumping Champion in the Children’s 1.0-meter division. She is caption of the Scottsdale Equestrian Team for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association.

“The Jumper Classic course in San Juan Capistrano was very challenging because it included 22 jumping obstacles at a height of 3 feet 9 inches with double and triple combinations and turns,” stated trainer Sue Herrick in the release.

Ms. Haugland and Invictus also received placed in several of the 1.10 and child/adult competitions at the festival.

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