Hardin Towell made his presence known at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, B.C., Canada, in August. He and student Jennifer Gates collected a variety of top ribbons and honors during one of Canada's premiere summer shows.
A highlight of their show was Hardin and Man In Black's second-placed finish in the $55,000 CSI** Bryan Anderson Memorial Grand Prix. After an even dozen qualified for the jump-off, it turned into quite a horse race for the top spot, with just fractions separating the top competitors.
Californian Susie Hutchison just edged Hardin through the timers in what veteran Thunderbird attendees called one of the best jump-offs in recent memory. It was so fast that World Cup champions Flexible and Rich Fellers placed third!
Hardin didn't return to the States without a victory at Thunderbird, however. He guided Lucifer V to top honors in the $10,000 Keg Steakhouse & Bar Welcome over 37 other competitors and also topped a competitive Open Jumper 1.35m class aboard Saskia.
On the heels of her team gold medal at the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in July, Jennifer enjoyed a variety of excellent placings at Thunderbird with a third aboard Silence in the 1.40m High Junior/Amateur-Owners and fourth in the $2,500 1.40m Open Jumper Classic.
She also galloped to fourth place in an Open Jumper 1.35m class riding Cadence, whom she also piloted in the $50,000 Dianne Tidball Legacy Grand Prix. Aboard her Young Riders mount Lord Levisto, Jennifer also tackled the grand prix with a solid performance.