Ransome Rombauer of St. Helena took first place Sunday in the 14 and under class of the Pacific Coast Horse Show Association's Horsemanship Medal Finals at the Portugese Bend National Horse Show in Palos Verdes, Calif.
Rombauer, 14, who trains with Daniel Ighani of Ighani Sporthorses at Toyon Farms in Napa, topped 45 other riders in three rounds of competition, said Robin Serfass, horse show manager.
"She competed in this class two other times," Serfass said, adding that Rombauer won ribbons previously but not the top prize.. "Third time's a charm."
After the three rounds of competition, Rombauer, riding Charmeur Z, had to then "work-off" competition among the top five riders, whose scores were all very close together. The competition involved lots of jumps and the riders were judged on their horsemanship during the jumps, Serfass said.
"(Rombauer) will be too old to compete in the class next year," Serfass added.
Serfass said the Portugese Bend show is one of only two "Heritage" horse shows in California, meaning that it has been around for more than a quarter-century and it contributes to the community. The show, in its 56th year, raises money for the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.