NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 30, 2004--Marni
Lombardo, a commercial banking relationship manager at U.S. Bank in
Newport Beach, Calif. and her horse, Flicka, took first place in their
class at the 47th Canadian National Arabian and Half-Arabian
Championship Horse Show in Regina, Saskatchewan on Aug. 24.
They competed in the Arabian Trail Horse Amateur class, earning
the highest score of their career and the highest score of any ride
that day. Scoring begins at a 70, with points added or subtracted
based on performance. "We try to shoot for anything above a 70,"
Lombardo said. They did it, earning a 79, 74 and 74 from the three
judges that day.
This is the first national championship for Lombardo, 34, who has
been showing horses since she was 10 years old. She has competed in
hundreds of shows including three national competitions, two in the
United States and now this, her first in Canada.
"We're so proud of Marni and this outstanding achievement," said
Todd Hollander, president of U.S. Bank in Orange County. "She's a
tremendous athlete in addition to being a tremendous employee, and
we're honored to be able to support her as she pursues her dreams."
Lombardo has been in banking for 14 years and has worked for U.S.
Bank since April of 2002. While not immediately apparent, she believes
there is a correlation between commercial banking and showing horses -
both are methodical. "Showing trail horses is an art but it is also
pattern work," she said. "You have to be methodical about it. Riding
in the trail horse competition there is a set pattern that you have to
execute. You have to break apart the pattern and do each element
Lombardo's mother, Marilyn Bray, was there to share in the
excitement along with long-time trainer, Lou Roper of San Marcos, who
Lombardo says deserves equal credit. "We seriously could not have done
this without him." Her husband, Angelo Lombardo, wished them well from
their home in San Juan Capistrano, where he needed to be for work.
Flicka's real name is LK Flicka Bey +/. The initials LK stand for
her breeder, Lester Kyllo. Flicka comes from the book, My Friend
Flicka, and Bey is taken from other horses in her lineage. The plus
symbol and the forward slash are based on points earned over the
lifetime of the horse, specifically representing the Legion of Supreme
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SOURCE: U.S. Bank