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Cornerstone Unveils Exciting New Competition Venue

May 30, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Thorton, Ontario — Equestrian sport will benefit from a new facility as the Cornerstone hunter/jumper competitions make the highly-anticipated move to the Essa District Agriplex in Thorton, ON, this summer.

The artistic rendering of the new Essa District Agriplex in Thorton, ON, home of five equestrian competitions produced by Cornerstone in 2012. (Photo Courtesy of Cornerstone)

Cornerstone will organize four weeks of hunter/jumper competition and one dressage competition in its first year at the Essa District Agriplex. Conveniently located close to Highways 400 and 27, the new venue is less than a 10 minute drive from the beautiful waterfront of downtownBarrie,ON, with all of its hotels, restaurants and other amenities.

Situated on 100 acres, the facility features two jumper rings and four hunter rings, each with their own warm-up areas.  All competition rings feature sand footing on an engineered, tile-drained base and are generous in size, measuring 300 square feet.  The star attraction will be the Collard Grand Prix Ring, named in memory of long-time horsewoman, judge, mentor and friend of the sport, Yvonne Collard.

Comfort and convenience were foremost in the planning of the new Essa District Agriplex.  Once the horses are finished competing for the day, they can head back to the barn to relax in large 10 x 12 stalls with walls eight feet in height.  Situated under a permanent steel roof, the 480 stalls are not only well-ventilated and airy, but are also clean, hygienic, and easily sterilized.  Grooming and bathing is made easy and comfortable with 24 permanent wash racks, all with hot water.

“The entire facility is extremely well laid-out to allow ease of access,” said John Taylor, Co-Chair of Cornerstone.  “The stabling is most impressive; the stalls are sensational!  It is very user-friendly with paved parking lots and, in the future as the facility is developed, there will be lots of green space for exercise riding.  Best of all, it is an easy commute from the Greater Toronto Area.”

With five barns currently ready and two more still to be built, the Essa District Agriplex is an ideal equestrian competition facility.  Future plans include an indoor arena and permanent offices.

Cornerstone will host its first show, the Cornerstone Premier I hunter/jumper competition, from June 20-24 followed by the Cornerstone Premier II from June 27 to July 1.  Both weeks of competition will feature the Lothlorien Young Horse Championship Series, as well as a full slate of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.

The Cornerstone Premier I will also feature the extremely popular $10,000 1.25m Modified Grand Prix, which last year attracted more than 50 entries, followed by the $25,000 1.35m Grand Prix on Sunday, June 24.  Phillip DeVita, Jr. will set the jumper courses in the Collard Grand Prix Ring throughout the week.

Stalls at the new Essa District Agriplex measure 10 x 12 and feature walls that are eight feet in height. (Photo Courtesy of Cornerstone)

The Cornerstone Premier II will also feature a $10,000 1.25m Modified Grand Prix and $25,000 1.35m Grand Prix on Sunday, July 1.  Hunter competitors can look forward to the $5,000 Adequan Hunter Derby, part of the Canadian Hunter Derby Series, held in the main Hunter Ring on Saturday, June 30.  Canada’s own Chris Brandt will handle course designing duties in both the hunter and jumper rings.

“We are thrilled to be back inBarrie,” explained Cornerstone Co-Chair Barbara Mitchell, noting that Cornerstone ran hunter/jumper jumper shows inBarriefrom 1996 through 2007.  “We ran our shows inBarriefor many years, but we have been away for four years now while the new facility was being developed and built.  We are so excited to be back, and to be able to offer a new state-of-the-art facility to the equestrian industry.”

Known for their hospitality, the husband and wife team of Barbara Mitchell and John Taylor are introducing the Popcorn Lounge hospitality tent, complete with an old-fashioned popcorn machine.  For $125 per week, patrons can enjoy a light lunch, snacks, drinks and, of course, fresh popcorn, from Wednesday through Sunday.

Barbara’s internationally-famous Strawberry Social will be held each Saturday afternoon of the Cornerstone Premier at 1:30 p.m.  An Exhibitor’s Reception will be held on Friday at 5 p.m. during the first week of competition in conjunction with the Jump Canada Talent Squad, while the following week, the Exhibitor’s Reception will begin at 5 p.m. for the Adequan Hunter Derby.

In August, the hunter/jumper action continues with the Cornerstone Encore I from August 22 to 26 and the Cornerstone Encore II from August 29 to September 2.

Also dressage competition organizers, Cornerstone will mount the Cornerstone Summer Classic, a national gold show, from August 10 to 12 at the Essa Agriplex inThorton,ON.  Two of Cornerstone’s dressage competitions will continue to run at theCaledonEquestrianPark, home of the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.  Cornerstone’s Spring Into Dressage will be held June 1 to 3 while the Cornerstone Summer Fest will take place July 13 to 15, 2012.

For more information on equestrian events produced by Cornerstone, please visit www.cornerstonefarms.com or e-mail csfhorses@aol.com.

High Performance and Conformation Hunters Hit the Ring!

May 30, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

High Performance and Conformation Hunters Turn Up the Heat
By Veronica Finkelstein

The hunter horses were out in force on Monday.  Despite the heat, many rose to the occasion with numerous scores over fences in the 90s.  The stars of the hunter division, the high performance hunters, showed over fences and under saddle.  Judged on movement, style, and soundness, these horses jumped four foot fences and then returned for an under saddle class where their movement was judged on the flat.   

Laura Chapot on Zealous

First, each horse tackled a course of eight natural-colored fences designed to simulate the obstacles found while foxhunting.  The winner of the first over fences class was Miss Lucy, a chestnut mare owned by Helen Lenahan and piloted by Jennifer Alfano.  Miss Lucy impressed the judges with her slow, methodical rhythm and impressive athleticism over fences.  Her performance garnered a score of 90.  Rounding out the primary colored ribbons were Casallo in second place, ridden by Liza Boyd and Declaration in third place, ridden by Scott Stewart.

Leigh Cofer on Camera Ready

Next, the horses returned for the hack, which was won by Summer Place, owned by Pony Lane Farm and ridden by Maggie Jayne.  As Ms. Jayne allowed Summer Place to nuzzle young spectators over the rail, the red ribbon was awarded to Rosalynn, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker and ridden by Hunt Tosh, and the yellow ribbon was awarded to Perfektionist, owned by Tracey Topping and ridden by Holly Orlando. 

Schuyler Riley on Andretti

The regular conformation hunters also performed over fences.  In an impressive showing, both over fences classes were won by Dr. Parker’s Cold Harbor.  Cold Harbor bested the competition in each over fences class, scoring a 90 and 91 with Hunt Tosh in the irons.  When asked to comment on her horse’s way of going and personality, Dr. Parket noted “he’s as gentle and soft as a marshmallow.”  Indeed, the judges agreed and rewarded his seemingly effortless performance over fences.  In the first class, second place went to Sambalino, owned by Becky Gochman and ridden by Scott Stewart and third place was awarded to Jessica Stitt’s Clearly.  In the second class, the red ribbon went to two entries ridden by Scott Stewart in the irons-Touchdown and Sambalino.

Scott Stewart on Dedication

 

A Conversation With Dr. Betsee Parker
By Veronica Finkelstein

Conformation horses are the triple threats of the horse world.  Like all hunter horses, they are expected to jump in perfect style and to move ideally on the flat.  Unlike most other hunter horses, they must also model-a class in which their every conformational flaw from musculature down to scars, are scrutinized.  Given the difficulty of the conformation hunter division, finding a top conformation horse is a challenge unlike most others.

Some owners have excelled, repeatedly finding top conformation hunters.  One such owner is Dr. Betsee Parker.  When asked her secret, Dr. Parker is quick to defer credit to others.  She noted that her horse, Cold Harbor, was discovered in Germany by Douglas Wheeler who is known for having discovered numerous top hunter horses.  As Dr. Parker notes, Mr. Wheeler is a true “diamond in the rough” horseman with the ability to spot a horse before it is out showing and to see that horse’s potential.

Cold Harbor clearly has a special place in Dr. Parker’s stable-as is evident in the warmth and genuine pride with which she describes this special horse (whose favorite treat are carrots).  She also revealed that her connection to Cold Harbor began last year at Devon.  As she explains, she was watching a class in the gold ring and then went to the Dixon Oval to watch a different horse jump.  She stayed to see the next horse-which turned out to be Cold Harbor.  She was smitten from that moment forward and knew she had to buy the lovely bay gelding.  Cold Harbor returned to Devon again this year and is already bringing home the blues for Dr. Parker.

 

Plein Air at Devon

The Art Gallery at Devon has teamed up with Wayne Art Center to present Plein Air at Devon.  Wayne Art Center is well known its highly respected Plein Air Festival now in its sixth year.  The term plein air is derived from the French “en plein air” meaning “in the open air”.  It’s a style of painting in which the artist captures the scene entirely while painting outdoors.  What better place to capture vibrant images than the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. 

Plein Air Grand Stand

Wayne Art Center reached out to nine local plein air artists, Valerie Craig from Radnor, PA, Elaine Lisle from Bryn Mawr, PA Monique Lazard from Bryn Mawr, Jeremy Shires from Maplewood, NJ, Barbara Berry from Phoenixville, PA, Abby Laible from Wayne, PA, Charles Newman, from Haddonfield Township, NJ, Stewart White from Baltimore, MD, Michele Byrne from Reading, PA.  The artists were on-site at Devon on opening day, and will return tomorrow to continue painting.  Please feel free to observe and ask questions!

Flower Boxes

Each artist will create several works that will be exhibited and available for purchase at the Ladies’ Day Tea Wednesday afternoon and at a private event in the Devon Club on Wednesday evening.  After that, they will be moved to the Gallery at Devon for the duration of the show.  At the conclusion of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, any paintings not yet sold will move to Wayne Art Center.  There they will join the works of thirty-four plein air artists from across the country as part of Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Festival which is ongoing now through June 30.  For more information please visit, www.wayneart.org.

Michele Renshaw And Bon Orpheo Win Interagro Lusitano High Score Award During Gold Coast Dressage Finale

May 30, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL (May 30, 2012) – Bon Orpheo, a beautiful bay Lusitano, rode away with the Interagro Lusitano High Score Award at the Gold Coast Dressage Association Finale. The six-year-old Lusitano competed in the First Level Test 3 class with trainer Michele Renshaw, earning a 70.968% as well as the Lusitano High Score, sponsored by Interagro Lusitanos, the largest breeder of Lusitano horses in the world. Interagro has sponsored the award at select shows during the winter show season to recognize the most successful Lusitanos and their riders.

Michele Renshaw (left) and Bon Orpheo won the Interagro Lusitano High Score Lusitano Award at the Gold Coast Dressage Association Finale. Sponsored by Interagro Lusitanos, the largest breeder and exporter of Lusitano horses in the world, the award recognizes the outstanding achievements of the Lusitano breed in the competitive world.

“I just got the ride on Bon Orpheo in February and we have done one schooling show and this was our first recognized show together,” Renshaw said. “He was super and I look forward to moving him up to Third Level.”

The Lusitano has proven to be an exceptional performance horse on the Florida dressage circuit in 2012, with professional riders, amateurs, and young riders all bringing home ribbons aboard the talented breed. Cecilia Gonzaga, the Managing Director of Interagro Lusitanos, congratulated Bon Orpheo and his rider and owner on their success at the Gold Coast Finale.  “Bon Orpheo is out of an Interagro mare, Pitomba Interagro, and has won the Lusitano High Score Award at other shows in the past. It was wonderful for us to see him back in the spotlight,” Gonzaga said. “Interagro Lusitanos enjoys sponsoring the Lusitano High Score Award because we love to promote this talented and versatile breed. It’s always wonderful to see a Lusitano competing at the upper levels of the sport, and we take equal enjoyment in seeing an amateur or young rider exhibit these horses.  They have the mind and athleticism to succeed in many different endeavors.”

Interagro Lusitanos was named the 2009/2010 Best Lusitano Breeder by the ABPSL, and won the Best Breeder Award at a regional show in 2011. “It’s exciting to see that our tradition in breeding excellence continues,” Gonzaga said, adding that the Brazilian farm has also opened their doors for private buying trips for prospective buyers.  Interagro Lusitanos also hosts The Lusitano Collection® International Horse Auction and the Interagro Collection National Horse Auction each year, giving prospective buyers a chance to hand select the perfect Lusitano.  The auctions are always an action-packed event, featuring everything from lively Samba dancers to exhibition rides to a showcase of demonstrations by each of the sale horses taking part in the auction.  The Lusitano Collection® usually features young horses under saddle, while the National Auction features young foals and weanlings; this year, both auctions will be combined into one dynamic auction with a selection of trained, mature horses and younger prospects and will include horses both from Interagro and from Coudelaria Rocas do Vouga, a partner breeder who participates in the Lusitano Collection® auctions.  The date for the combined auctions is set for August 25, 2012, and will feature an excellent selection of talented, athletic young Lusitanos.

To learn more about Interagro Lusitanos, visit their website at www.lusitano-interagro.com.  For more information on the combined auctions, travel information, or the horses, contact Interagro at info@lusitano-interagro.com or 917-363-0383.

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About Interagro Lusitanos

Founded in 1975 by Dr. Paulo Gavião Gonzaga to preserve the Lusitano breed, Interagro Lusitanos is now recognized as the world’s largest breeder and exporter of Lusitano horses. Dr. Gonzaga started with a small band of four mares and one stallion imported to Brazil from the breed’s native Portugal; to date nearly 800 horses populate the 1200-acre ranch outside São Paulo. Today, Cecilia Gonzaga manages the farm and operations. Interagro Lusitanos are handled, prepared, and evaluated from birth, with a handful of the best stock presented at auction each year.

McLain Ward Heads List of Winners at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

May 30, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Horse Show is the Biggest Winner With Rave Reviews Across the Board 

North Salem, NY—May 22, 2012— Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, made his long-anticipated return from a three-month layoff and showed that he hasn’t lost a thing as he swept both featured Grand Prix at the 2012 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows.

As impressive as Ward was in his two Grand Prix wins, it was Old Salem Farm itself that seemed to make the biggest impression. “These horse shows were phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal,” said Grand Prix rider Jimmy Torano, a member of the Board of the North American Riders’ Group (NARG).  “The field, the footing, the hospitality — everything!  I think it’ll be in our top 10 and there’s one thing I can tell you for sure — you will absolutely see me back here next year!”

McLain Ward and Antares

The horse shows attracted a star-studded line-up that included Olympic riders such as Ward, Beezie Madden, Chris Kappler, Nona Garson, Leslie Howard, Anne Kursinski, Peter Leone and Mario Deslauriers.  It also featured internally-respected course designers like Alan Wade of Ireland and Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela who had great words or praise for Old Salem’s huge, grass Grand Prix Field.

“It was a privilege for me to design courses in a ring like this,” the Olympic course designer said.  “The footing was perfect and the terrain gave me the chance to design courses that allow horses to be horses!”

McLain Ward and Zander at the awards presentation.

 

In the ring, Ward announced loud and clear that he is back, riding to the win in the first week’s $40,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix on Grant Road Partners’ Antares F and then electrifying a packed crowd on Grant Road Partners’ Zander to capture the top prize in the second week’s $75,000 Empire State Grand Prix Sponsored by the Kincade Group.

“It hurts but it’s holding up well,” said Ward of his kneecap, fractured in January. “I have had such great people behind me during my recovery – my owners never wavered, my own team which has been together for 25 years and got these horses ready to go, a great orthopedic surgeon, physical therapist and the person who has done the most in my recovery, my wife Lauren.  It hasn’t been easy but all these people deserve the credit for what we’ve been able to accomplish.”

Ward’s injury caused him to miss the Olympic trials but the Selection Committee chose to give Ward a bye and included him on the list of finalists riding in two observation events in May-June which determine the final team.  His Grand Prix win over a 33-horse field on Antares F, his candidate for a spot on a third consecutive Olympic team, showed him to be more than ready to contend.

An Olympic spot would not come, however, with Sapphire, his two-time Gold Medal mount as Ward announced the mare’s retirement during the Old Salem horse shows.  “While it is the end of her incredible career, I refuse to be sad,” he said. “She is retiring healthy, happy and at her best.”

But Ward was able to show that he is capable of winning on a number of horses, as he rode the inexperienced Zander to the win in the featured $75,000 Empire State Grand Prix Sponsored by the Kincade Group.  Ward, who topped another field of 33 entries, had high praise for the 8-year-old KWPN gelding, “We bought him at the end of last summer with Elizabeth Miller [Grant Road Partners] as a young prospect.  We thought the world of him.  I showed him the first week of Palm Beach in two classes and then I got hurt.  He’s just kind of been on ice since then.

“Last week we started him in the 1.30 Meter class and then this week we tried him in the Friday Grand Prix because he is an incredible horse and I wanted to see where he was.  I decided to put him in the big Grand Prix today because I wanted to ride him again and he was incredible.

“He’s on a fast learning curve because of my injury.  We are blessed with great horses on every level and this is another testament to the great group of people I have on my team.  They had him ready to go.”

Ward also had words of praise for Old Salem and its Spring Horse Shows.  “We are right in the middle of horse country and you see it in the quality of the horse show, the crowd, the sponsors, everything,” he said.  “I’ve always been a fan of what the Hakim family does here and now they have this horse show at the level where I think it can become a major international event.”

 Dinan and Ashe-Cawley Also Claim Grand Prix Wins

Also winning Grand Prix events at Old Salem were Ward’s student, 18-year-old Katie Dinan, who rode Nougat Du Vallet to the win over a 47-horse field in the $25,000 New York Welcome Stake Grand Prix and Molly Ashe-Cawley on Carissimo who topped a field of 45 in the $25,000 North Salem Grand Prix Presented by Presented by Land Rover of Mt. Kisco and Larchmont, members of the Premiere Group.  Top honors in the $20,000 Speed Derby of North Salem went to Ireland’s Darragh Kerins on Hot Wheels.

Molly Ashe-Cawley and Carissimo at the presentation - North Salem Grand Prix

Winning the first week’s $10,000 High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic was Michael Hughes on Luxina and winning the second week’s $15,000 High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, sponsored by Catlin Kaplow Insurance, was Dana Scott on KM Whatever RV.  Both classes are member events of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series.

 

Keenan and Griffith Head List of Hunter Winners

Lillie Keenan winning the Derby.

Fifteen year-old Lillie Keenan also added to her reputation as a standout rider, taking top honors in both the $10,000 USHJA Hunter Derby and Old Salem’s inaugural Equitation Challenge, sponsored by Heritage Farm.   She took top honors in the Hunter Derby on Kid Rock, owned by Lexi Maounis, with a two-round score of 388 points and won the Equitation Challenge on Chansonette Farm’s Monterrey, on whom she also finished second in the Talent Derby and won the Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search.

Patricia Griffith, Katonah, NY, was the first week’s Grand Hunter Champion on Sutherland with Jennifer Bauersachs, Frenchtown, NJ, earning that honor during the second week on Wingman.  Griffith won the horse shows’ $5,000 Leading Hunter Rider Award, given to the rider who earns the most points in the Pre-Green, Green, Conformation, High Performance 3’3”and High Performance 3’6” Hunter classes during the two weeks of the Old Salem Spring Horse Shows.  Griffith amassed a total of 171.5 points with mounts such as Sutherland, Lourdanos, Grid Iron and Akinda.  Second place went to Amanda Steege, Far Hills, NJ, with 117.5 points and Bauersachs was third with 117 points.

Patricia Griffith and Sutherland.

Action Outside the Ring

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows benefited the Old Salem Farm Foundation.  The goal of the Old Salem Farm Foundation is to use the Spring Horse Shows as a vehicle to help support charitable organizations and create an opportunity for corporate sponsors and equestrian athletes to benefit the community during the annual event.  This year, the Old Salem Farm Foundation is providing support to four charities – ASPCA, JustWorldInternational, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, and the Voss Foundation.

The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and its Mobile Adoption Center were at the show, bringing shelter animals and potential adoptive families together, with two of the dogs finding homes. In addition, ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador Georgina Bloomberg, who like Ward made a long-anticipated return to competition at Old Salem, signed copies of her newest book, My Favorite Mistake, with proceeds benefiting the ASPCA Equine Fund, a lifeline for at-risk horses.  The day was capped off with the “Spring Frolic for Horses” Cocktail Party, featuring celebrity bartenders including Georgina Bloomberg, Beezie and John Madden, and Lorenzo Borghese from ABC’s “The Bachelor.”

Over the years, Old Salem Farm, located an hour north of New York City, has played host to major equestrian competitions including Selection Trials for U.S. teams for World Championships and Olympic Games. Old Salem Farm boasts a state-of-the-art stabling facility, its historic pristine grass Grand Prix field as well as outstanding show and schooling rings, all surrounded by one of the nation’s most quaint and picturesque settings. All the action from all the rings at the 2012 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows was available daily on shownetvision.com.  In addition, the USHJA International Hunter Derby and $75,000 Empire State Grand Prix were broadcast free of charge over usefnetwork.com sponsored by SmartPak.

 Parting Words of Praise

As riders prepared to leave Old Salem, they continued their praise of the horse shows and looked forward to returning in 2013.  Grand Prix rider Candice King said, “The footing is perfect in every ring so we can use all the rings no matter what the weather.  It’s great for our young horses and for our old horses.  They fixed the problems they used to have with the stabling and they expanded the parking so now everything is perfect.  They’ve made this one of the nicest facilities in America.”

Amateur-Owner jumper Philip Richter agreed, “This is a world-class facility in every regard – the stabling, the footing, the food, the way they treat you.  The field is fantastic and they have people like Leopoldo designing courses.  Riding here feels just like riding at the Hampton Classic.”

Two-time Olympic Medalist Leslie Howard added, “The footing is as good as any place in the world, both the grass field and the sand rings.  It’s truly become a world-class facility.”

“Really, what they’ve done here,” concluded three-time Olympic Medalist Beezie Madden, “is turn it into the best show facility in the country!”

Further information on the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows is available on line at www.oldsalemfarm.net or by calling 914-669-5610.

Lillie Keenan and Monterrey

Juniors’ Reign at Devon Continues

May 29, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Last Night: Casady Trumps the Joker in “Gambler’s Choice”

The $3,750 Junior Jumpers Gambler’s Choice couldn’t have taken place on a more perfect evening, Friday night in the Dixon Oval. The air was full of excitement and the tension continued to build as the ring crew set boldly colored, towering jumps that looked like they would present quite a challenge for the 17 competitors. Each obstacle was valued at 10 to 120 points based on the level of difficulty and points could only be gained when jumped correctly. All obstacles had to be jumped once but were allowed to be jumped twice, then the finish line had to be crossed in order for the time to be counted. Once the course was completed the rider was allowed 20 seconds to jump the “Joker” which could either gain them 200 points or deduct 200 points from their previous round.

Winds of Magic

First in the order of go was Kalvin Dobbs riding Winde, he was the first to successfully make it clean over the “Joker” but unfortunately was outside the time allowance so he had to settle for third place. Following Dobbs in the order of go was Shawn Casady, of Wellington, FL riding Zubantos owned by Elm Rock LLC. A fiercely executed, clean first round, which he personally devised, ended in 59.897 seconds earning a total of 990 points. Casady rose to the challenge of the “Joker”. Like the rest of his round before, Casady took on the “Joker” with complete ease soaring to the top of the chart early where he would hold onto a lead that far surpassed the other scores.  Michael Hughes took second and Kalvin Dobbs third.

With the “Joker” jump putting up a challenge few were able to overcome, the Gambler’s Choice was a great spectacle in the Dixon Oval Friday night.

I’ll Take a Small, a Medium and a Large

The day started early and small in the Gold Ring on Saturday, featuring the Small Pony Hunters first. Hi Lite, now owned by Madeline Schaefer won the Handy Hunter and Hunter Stake class, attaining the championship ribbon for topping the smalls. Hi Lite takes home the “Lucky Too” Challenge trophy for the third consecutive year, but under new ownership (previously owned by Madison Manners). The Chocolate Drop Trophy Challenge trophy goes home with Hi Lite as well for the second consecutive year. Made for Me, owned by Marigot Bay Farm LLC and ridden by Francesca Dildabanian, second in the Hunter Stake class, finished as Reserve Champion.

Groom's Best Friend (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)

Laugh Out Loud, owned by John and Stephanie Ingram Inc. and ridden by Daisy Farish and Lucy Deslauriers, won the Medium Pony Hunter Under Saddle, was second in the Hunter Stake class and third in the Handy Hunter, with all points culminating in the Medium Pony Hunter Championship. Hilcrest Kilkenny, Isabel Ryan, won the Handy Hunter class and Sportster, Mark Goetzmann, won the Medium Pony Hunter Stake class. Cleverist, Daisy Farish, finished as Reserve Champion. Hi Lite takes home the Carolyn L. Havens Memorial Challenge Cup, for the highest scoring Small or Medium pony in the Handy Hunter class, for the third consecutive year.

In the heat of the afternoon Mapleside Denzel, owned by Nancy Baginski, won the Large Pony Hunter Undersaddle and the Hunter Stake class, finishing as Reserve Champion Large Pony Hunter. For the Laughter, Dr. Bestee Parker, finished as Large Pony Hunter Champion, having been second in the Handy Hunter class, second in the Hunter Stake and third in the hack. For the Laughter’s performance this year also secured the Devon Grand Pony Hunter Championship for the second consecutive year, taking home the Wizard of Oz Challenge trophy. The Best Child Rider on Pony Award went to Daisy Farish as Champion and Madeline Schaefer as Reserve Champion. Ms. Farish was voted Best Child Rider on Pony two years ago in 2010. The Pony Sportsmanship Award or Beatrice M. Marshall Sportsmanship Award went to Sarah Boston. Congrats!

Victoria Colvin Wins Big in Junior Hunter Stake

As the $2,500 Junior Hunter Stake took over the Dixon Oval Saturday afternoon, the crowd grew to watch what the juniors have been trying to prove since Thursday; they have what it takes to be a stand-out at Devon.  At the end of the day the strenuous efforts and undeniable talent shone from the Dixon Oval, and the top riders were recognized for their consistent unsurpassable aptitude.

The afternoon kicked off with the Small Junior Hunter Stake, 16 & 17 with 24 entries hoping to have the top score once completing the 3’6” course.  Anna Cardelfe riding Nadia, whom she also owns, grasped the first win of the afternoon in the Small Junior Hunter Stake with a score of 87. Moving onto the younger group in the Small Junior Hunter Stake, 15 & Under, as suspected, Victoria Colvin and Ovation, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker came out on top with a score of 91. It would be a spot Victoria would become accustomed to as the day progressed. Continuing on to the higher age group in the Large Junior Hunter Stake, 16 &17, the pair of Bishonen, owned by Southfields Farm LLC of Wellington, FL and David Oberkircher took the first place finish with a score of 86. Once again Victoria Colvin made an appearance with the blue ribbon on Way Cool in the Large Junior Hunter Stake, 15 & Under with a winning score of 88.

Victoria Colvin on Way Cool

Making it into the money with all four horses, and two outstanding wins on both Ovation and Way Cool, Victoria Colvin won the Jeffrey B. Wilson Memorial Challenge Trophy. Not only did she win her classes but she also won the titles of Small Junior Hunter Champion, 15 & Under on Ovation, Large Junior Hunter Champion, 15 & Under on Way Cool, Overall Small Junior Hunter Champion on Ovation, Devon Grand Junior Hunter Champion on Ovation, The Angelo Award winner, and Best Child Rider on a Horse Award. When asked how it felt to walk into the ring countless, consecutive times to receive all her awards she was at a loss for words but managed to squeeze out that it was ” Amazing, just great, fantastic!” Ms. Colvin replied to the question, which of Dr. Betsee Parker’s horses was her favorite with mentioning that, ” They are all completely different. Inclusive was more ‘handy’ and that Way Cool jumps amazing.” Best of luck to Colvin as she gets ready for the two classes she’d be riding in this evening.

Hasbrouck Donovan aboard Confidential took the title of Small Junior Hunter Champion, 16 & 17.  Meg O’Mara riding Walk the Line, also clinched the Large Junior Hunter Champion, 16 & 17 as well as the Overall Large Junior Hunter Champion.  The long afternoon presented challenges to some and great success for others, but those competing in the Junior Jumpers were relentless and ready to go this evening for the Junior Jumper Classic -II

Hackney Carriage

 

Markie Plom (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)

 

Radnor Hunt Hounds Return to DevonThe Radnor Hunt Hounds made a return appearance in the Dixon Oval this evening under the supervision Huntsman Joe Cassidy and his brother, Mark, acting as whipper-in.  The huntsman can best be described as the quarterback of the pack, while the whipper-in is responsible for keeping the pack together and making sure no one strays.  The pack appearing in the Dixon was comprised of all female hounds or bitches.  The male hounds are referred to as dogs.

Most often the hounds are hunted as a single sex pack.  The females tend to be a bit fleeter of foot and keener making them ideal for hunting on open ground.  The males tend to be more methodical hunters and the skills are well suited for woods and hilly areas.  When the hunt is taking place on varied terrain, a combined pack may be used with a lot of thought as to which animals are most suitable at any given time.

According to Collin McNeil, current Master of the Hounds along with Mike Tillson and Esther Gansky, the breeding of the pack is crucial to where they hunt.  In the 1930’s and 40’s the pack was almost entirely PenMaryDel hounds, a breed that was developed by then Master, Roy Jackson (father of Barbaro owner, Roy Jackson, Jr.)  Radnor Hunt has moved more into hunting the Brandywine Valley with greater expanses of open space. The pack, over the past 7 or 8 years, has been bred with hounds from other hunt clubs producing a pack that is predominantly American and Crossbred Hounds.  Always mindful of their roots, some the hounds are still of the original PenMaryDel bloodline.

 

Champagne and Flowers (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)

 

Opening Day at Devon

May 27, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Opening Day in the Dixon Oval

The opening day of Devon started out brilliantly in the Dixon Oval as the WIHS Equitation Classic- Jumper Phase got underway, with over 120 riders making the competition nothing but arduous. With a double and triple thrown into the mix, and an allowance of 81 seconds to complete the 3’6” course, this challenge set the standards for the junior jumpers.

Meg O'Mara on Fernleigh (Photo by James Leslie Parker)

The WIHS is divided into four sections and had strong riders in each setting the bar high for scores. The highest open numerical score was set by Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL who rode VIP Z to the score to beat of 91, and won the first of the four sections, Colvin had a fluid and flawless ride.  A spectator commented as the section continued, “She’ll win, she’ll stay on top,” and she most certainly did. Junior jumper Meg O’Mara of Rumson, NJ brought in the blue in the second section of WIHS atop Fernleigh in a flawless round with acute accuracy giving her a score of 90 finishing in a clean 68.778 seconds.  Continuing on to the third section of the first junior jumper class of the day, Elizabeth Benson of Whitehouse Station, NJ and trained by Stacia Madden put up a clean score of 89 on San Remo VDL for the win. In the fourth and final section of the WIHS Equitation Classic- Jumper Phase, a mere point put Schaefer Raposa of Wellington, FL riding Charlie Z.  with a score of 87 safely ahead of Julia Fowler’s 86.

Elizabeth Benson on San Remo VDL (Photo by James Leslie Parker)

A long list of robust junior equestrian athletes commanded all attention in the Dixon Oval during the WIHS Equitation Classic sponsored by Turner Investments and set high expectations for Junior Weekend.

 

Lillie Keenan Takes the Honey Craven

Lillie Keenan on Monterray (Photo by James Leslie Parker)

The Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search began relatively on time, right on the heels of the WIHS Jumper Phase. Though the introduction of the open water for the USEF Talent Search found a few unprepared, the course rode well. Towards the end of Section A, during Geoffrey Hesslink’s round it began to rain. He entered the ring dry and left it drenched. Following the deluge, the last few rounds led into the flat phase, with 11 riders called back to be tested on the flat. Charlotte Jacobs (first) and Michael Murphy (second) topped Section A. Lauren Tyree took third place. Ms. Jacobs accepted her awards with smiles and gratitude. The afternoon warmed as the sun came out and Section B progressed. Lillie Keenan topped Section B, stood out in her green coat and gave her mount praise as she exited with her awards. Shawn Casady took second. Catherine Tyree finished in third. As the afternoon waned Section C began with many rails down and tired horses. 11 riders advanced to the Section C flat phase with Michael Hughes finishing first, Diederique Van Der Knapp in second and Abigail Mc Ardle in third. Michael Hughes won the Honey Craven Perpetual Memorial Trophy last year and this year Section B winner Lillie Keenan takes it home.


Junior Jumpers Strive for Medal

As the WIHS Equitation Classic came to a close at noon-time in the Dixon Oval, numerous flawless and concise rounds were just getting started in the Gold Ring. The Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Class, open to Junior Active Members of the Federation and the USHJA who are under 18, is a course of no less than eight obstacles at 3’6”.  The course must include one combination, including an oxer, and two changes of direction after the beginning obstacle. The chosen top riders in each class proceed to the testing round where they vie for the win.

Charlotte Jacobs on Stallone VDL (Photo by James Leslie Parker)

With a large competitor list of about 160 riders, accuracy and timing were of the utmost importance to finish strong and on top. The first section was comprised of nearly all of the riders from the early morning class in the Dixon Oval, including the first place finisher of the WIHS Equitation Classic-Jumper Phase, Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee Florida on VIP Z.  Colvin once again came out with a clean, precise ride deserving the first place win for a second time. Although the sudden torrential downpour put a damper on Section B of the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Class, it surely didn’t stop Chloe Schmidt of Ridgefield, CT on Coasting from winning her section with an impeccable, faultless ride. Charlotte Jacobs of Wellington, FL took the win in the third section riding the big bay Stallone VDL of North Star with a solid performance and clean course.

All competitors in the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Class made great rounds in the Gold Ring vying for a spot in the top 10 against the lengthy list of competitors in each section. The three riders who came out on top earned their spots with their resilient, seamless rides, and will undoubtedly give great performances the rest of the weekend.

Plein Air midway (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)

 

Souvenir Baskets (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)

 

New England Farms Takes Old Salem Spring Horse Shows By Storm

May 25, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Bedford, NY – May 23, 2012 – New England Farm showed nothing short of success during their two weeks of competition at the Old Salem Spring Horse Shows. Cynthia Williams and her students took numerous hunter championships throughout the two weeks, as well as garnering top ribbons in varying divisions against some of the nation’s best.

The first week of the Old Salem Spring Horse Show was filled with anticipation as top riders vied for the esteemed championship honors. It was Alex Beyrer who rode Papillon, owned by Deb Howard, to the top of the leader board in the Adult Amateur 36-45 Hunters. The pair earned three blue ribbons for their efforts in the over fences, as well as the third place ribbon over fences and the first place in the under saddle. They also earned the second place honors in the M & S/NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Qualifier.

“I have had him for around five years, and he is the perfect horse,” Howard explained. “Cynthia was the one who matched us up, and I remember after standing ringside at a show in Vermont, we watched plenty of horses go, but when we saw him, we fell in love with him and bought him. He is absolutely the most perfect horse for me. Every single need I have, he has met. Cynthia is by far one of the best trainers I have ever had to match up a horse and a person. He is evidence of her ability to do that.”

Alex Beyrer and Papillon

“You sit there and point him at the jumps and he does it. I am an older person and I need a horse that is quiet and doesn’t spook. He has a nice, smooth, comfortable ride, and he knows his job. He has only gotten better since I bought him,” Howard continued. “He doesn’t object to anything, and he doesn’t have a time clock. He just does his job, and if I make a mistake on him he is very patient and immediately understands what to do. He will take care of his rider.”

“I have been on and off riding all year long, and I have just started to come back again. He is the kind of horse where even with such a long expanse in between, he doesn’t seem to mind much of anything. I have had a couple of other extremely special horses, but he is very out there. He has the heart and the personality to do well. It’s who he is and what he does,” Howard concluded.

Beyrer also rode the bay Warmblood gelding Eastwood, owned by Chelsea Cohn, to the fourth place ribbon in the over fences during the Adult Amateur 36-45 Hunters. She also was awarded the fourth place ribbon in the M & S/NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Qualifier.

It was the young Coco Fath who emerged the winner in the Small Green Pony Hunters with her mount Well Played. The pair earned two first and two second place ribbons for their rounds in the over fences. They were also awarded the third place ribbon in the under saddle. As the points were calculated, it became apparent that Fath and Well Played were the well-deserving winners, and they took home the champion tricolor.

Jennifer Padovani and Believe You Me recently came off of a championship win in the Adult Amateur Hunters at Hunter Farms in Princeton, the week before they began showing at the Old Salem Spring Horse Shows. They continued to score excellent marks throughout their division, taking home excellent ribbons for their continued consistency.

Morgan Graber welcomed in the second week of the Old Salem Spring Horse Shows with a championship win aboard Red Drum. Graber piloted Red Drum to the top ribbons in the Local Hunter Section “A” classes. They were awarded the first place ribbon in the over fences, and were awarded the third place ribbon for their efforts in the under saddle.

Patricia Griffith stepped up for Cynthia Williams and exhibited Grid Iron, owned by Natalie Gizzi. They were awarded with championship prize in their division. The pair laid down nothing but consistent rounds in the Performance 3’6”-3’9” Hunters, riding to two first place ribbons and one red ribbon. They also took the third place in the under saddle, securing their lead. Grid Iron also was shown by Heidi Driscoll in the Adult Amateur 46 & Over Hunters, earning several good ribbons.

Papillon with Beyrer in the irons competed for the second week in the Adult Amateur 36-45 Hunters. The pair once again took top ribbons in the division, including the first place in the under saddle and the third place in the over fences.

Chelsea Cohn rode Glenview to the fourth place position in the Children’s 15-17 Hunter division for their round, as well as other good ribbons in the division. The score of ribbons proved the team’s consistency as they also picked up the M & S/NAL/WIHS Children’s 15-17 Hunter Qualifier. Cohn also guided Glenview to the fourth place finish in the Equitation 15-17 Flat Tests (1-19).

New England Farm, Inc. was founded in 1978 by Cynthia Williams and Dennis Mulcahy, and again in 2001 by Cynthia Williams. It is devoted to distinction in all phases of horse production, training and care. New England Farm is well known for its excellence and quality of products, including horses and riders alike, as well as superior customer service. The team looks forward to their upcoming three weeks at HITS-on-the-Hudson, where they will compete against some of the nation’s best. To stay updated with New England Farm, please visit their Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-England-Farm/219793438071863.) For more information, please call New England Farm at (914) 330-1443.

 

Tryon Summer Classic Just Under a Week Away

May 25, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Lucky One and Vick Russell- winners of the 2011 $10,000 EMO Agency Jumper Classic. (Photo by Mark Lenher and Hoofclix photography)

May 25th, 2012- Aiken, SC- After a full week of competition and record attendance at the Atlanta Spring Challenge Horse Show there is no down time for the staff at Aiken, SC based Equus Events.  The 2012 Tryon Summer Classic to benefit the Tryon Hounds is just under a week away and preparations are already underway for the event which takes place May 31-June 3 at beautiful FENCE (Foothills Equestrian Nature Center).   FENCE is an over 380 acre nature, education, and recreation facility nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  There are many activities in the area including numerous shops and antique stores as well as adventures whitewater rafting on the Green River.  This year’s show will again benefit the Tryon Hounds.  www.tryonhounds.com.  This event encompasses the days of old with a rich tradition but also attracts some of the top riders and trainers in the southeast.  Many will be competing for some of the numerous Grand Champion and perpetual trophies.

Lucky One and Vick Russell- winners of the 2011 $10,000 EMO Agency Jumper Classic. (Photo by Mark Lenher and Hoofclix photography)

Some of last year’s winners included;

*Hoffman Van Wieren Trophy for Grand Champion Hunter- Goodman owned by Katherine Coster and ridden by Bruce Christison

*Federick B Farwell Grand Champion Amateur Owner- Good Thing and Carol O’brien

*The Fox Creek Farm Challenge Trophy Grand Junior Hunter- Funny Face owned by Charlotte Hoffman and ridden by Michael Kocher

*The Red Frazier Memorial Grand Pony Hunter-Winter Wardrobe owned by Hannah Siegel and ridden by Elizabeth Butterworth

*The George Webster High Point Short Stirrup- Savannah Smiles and Kendall Edwards

*Grand Adult Hunter-Road to Time owned by Daniel Robertshaw and ridden by Grayson Schirmer

*Grand Children’s Hunter-Bulls Bay owned by Ann Rice Ervin and ridden by Jessica Rooks

Bruce Christison and Goodman- 2011 Grand Hunter Champions. (Photo by Mark Lenher and Hoofclix photography)

The Tryon Hounds will again host an exhibitor’s party Friday June 1st that will take place under the VIP tent during the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by Brick Church Farm and Reflections Farm.   The tentative start time for the derby is 6:30 and it is always a crowd favorite as some of the area’s top hunters take center stage in the main arena.  Joseph Carnicom of Toledo, Ohio will again be handling the course designing duties for the class which will consist of many natural obstacles including brush boxes, gates, coups, stone walls, and natural logs.

Tryon Hounds (Photo by Mark Lenher and Hoofclix photography)

Saturday evening, June 2nd will feature the $10,000 EMO Insurance Agency Jumper Classic and Tryon Hounds Benefit dinner which will be catered by the Hare and the Hound of Landrum, SC.  The Tryon Hounds and Equus Events would like to thank Martha Hall and the EMO Agency for their continued support of this event.  The evening’s festivities will also include the annual Parade of Tryon Hounds prior to the start of the class.   The tent will open at 6PM and dinner will be served at approximately 7 PM with action in the ring starting at approximately 6:30.  For information on table sales for the event please contact Pam Minnick at 828 606-8778 or PMINN1@aol.com or you may call Equus Events at 803-643-5698 for more information.  All proceeds will go directly to the Tryon Hounds.

Grand Pony Champion Winter Wardrobe and Elizabeth Butterworth (Photo by Mark Lenher and Hoofclix photography)

For more information on the Tryon Hounds or the 2012 Tryon Summer Classic Horse Show please call 803-643-5698 or log on to www.equusevents.com.

Fun at the show! (Photo by Mark Lenher and Hoofclix photography)

 

Vermont Summer Festival Announces $15,000 Hunter Derby, Presented by Oughton Limited

May 25, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

East Dorset, Vermont — Hunter competitors will enjoy time in the spotlight with the introduction of the $15,000 Hunter Derby, presented by Oughton Limited, at the 2012 Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, Vermont.  Running July 4 through August 12, 2012, the six-week hunter/jumper competition is the richest sporting event based on purse in the state ofVermont, offering more than $750,000 in prize money.

Vermont-based equestrian luggage manufacturer, Oughton Limited, will be the title sponsor of the $15,000 Hunter Derby on Thursday, August 9, during final week of the 2012 Vermont Summer Festival. (Photo by Oughton Limited)

A favorite among competitors, the weekly $5,000 3’3″ Hunter Derby will be returning for 2012, and will be held each Thursday for the first five weeks.  Based on the success of the Hunter Derbies during their inaugural year, Week Six will now feature a $15,000 Hunter Derby sponsored by respected Vermont-based equestrian luggage manufacturer, Oughton Limited.  In order to qualify for the $15,000 Hunter Derby, presented by Oughton Limited, on Thursday, August 9, a rider or owner must have competed in one of the Hunter Derbies offered during the first five weeks of competition.

“The introduction of our $5,000 Hunter Derby series last year was a rousing success,” said Ruth Lacey, Marketing Director for the Vermont Summer Festival.  “That enthusiastic reception from our exhibitors, along with the support of our sponsor, Oughton Limited, is allowing us to add the $15,000 Hunter Derby to our schedule for sixth and final week.  If last year was anything to go by, we expect some keen competition leading up to a very exciting finale.”

Oughton Limited was launched in 2007 by competitive equestrian Daphne Markcrow, who is both the founder and president.  Born of her own need for great looking bags to carry everything needed for life on the road with horses, the line has since expanded into a wide range of equestrian-chic travel bags for the horse-show set, constructed of iconic waxed canvas and trimmed with bronze halter fittings.

“Hunter derbies are a good fit with the Oughton brand,” explained Markcrow, who resides locally in theManchesterarea.  “They combine the best example of classic show hunter style with more advanced technical demands, and have energized the sport from a spectator and participation perspective.  I really enjoy watching them!  The courses are gorgeous, the riding inspirational, and so many of the horses simply spectacular.  Oughton believes – whether in the ring or not – in the importance of organization, presentation and showmanship, and is honored to have the opportunity to recognize the hours of effort and preparation that culminate in these hunter derbies.  We are committed to giving back to the industry and to the customers that have been so supportive to us, particularly the Vermont Summer Festival and its participants.”

Also new for 2012, the first five $30,000 Grand Prix events at the Vermont Summer Festival will move to Saturday.  During the sixth and final week, the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix will be held on Saturday, August 11.  The weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, will now be held each Thursday.

For junior and amateur show jumping competitors, a $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic will be the highlight each week, while Week Six will feature a $15,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic.

For over 20 years, the Vermont Summer Festival has attracted exhibitors and their families to theManchesterregion in southernVermont.  Known for its wide variety of area amenities including a large range of lodging options, restaurants to suit every taste, outdoor activities, and lots and lots of shopping, Manchester-area businesses warmly welcome horse show competitors to the area each summer.

The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall Of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL).  For more information about the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail: info@vt-summerfestival.com or visit www.vt-summerfestival.com.

Abigail McArdle Dominates High Junior Jumpers at Kentucky Spring Horse Shows

May 23, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – May 22, 2012 – ay 22, 2012 – The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows proved to be hugely successful for young rider Abigail McArdle of Barrington Hills, IL, who dominated the High Junior Jumper division with her eight-year-old mare Cosma 20. The unstoppable duo captured the division’s championship award during the competition’s two consecutive weeks, and also won each of the $10,000 High Junior Jumper Classics.

Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 won the High Junior Jumper Championship during both weeks of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. (Photo by Rebecca Walton/PMG)

McArdle was thrilled with her new mount’s performance and commented, “It’s one thing to win a Junior Jumper class, but I think it takes it to a whole new level to be that consistent at that level on a new horse. I am really lucky, Cosma 20 is so talented and went clear in every first round that we jumped. She’s only eight, and I have really big hopes for her in the future.”

During the first week of the horse show, McArdle and Cosma 20 placed third during the first High Junior Jumper class with a four-fault effort in the jump-off. They then went on to a double clear victory during the $10,000 High Junior Jumper Classic, which netted them the division’s championship tricolor. The talented pair continued their winning ways the following week, with a victory in the first High Junior Jumper class, and another blue ribbon effort during the $10,000 High Junior Jumper Classic as the lone clear effort over Olaf Petersen Jr.’s challenging course. With two championship awards to their name, McArdle and Cosma 20 will now travel to the prestigious Devon Horse Show to compete against the country’s top horses and riders.

McArdle and Cosma 20 have only been paired together since the middle of the Winter Equestrian Festival, and although they are still getting to know each other, they have proven to be quite the winning combination. “Cosma 20 is kind of a hot mare,” explained McArdle. “She’s super special, super careful, I am just trying to learn what she likes. She’s got a great front end and it’s nice to have one that’s hot and has a big step, but is also very rideable and adjustable.”

During the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, McArdle also found success in the equitation ring with Apartico. The pair earned the top call in the WIHS Equitation Jumper Phase with a score of 87, and also placed second in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search.

“Apartico is really the opposite of my jumper, and it is really nice for me to have such a different ride; it’s good practice,” expressed McArdle. “He’s a big, slow going horse with a giant stride. It really helps to slow down my processes from the jumper ring, because you have to be very specific and precise in the equitation.”

With the help of Henri and Katie Prudent in the jumper arena, and Frank Madden in the equitation, McArdle feels confident as she prepares to compete at Devon following her winning streak. “It feels absolutely great to go into Devon after such a successful two weeks in Kentucky,” she concluded. “I am super excited, Devon is a great show, and I know it’s going to be fun. During the first week of Kentucky there was a really big crowd because of the Observation Events, so I think that helped prepare us for the crowds that will be at Devon.”

The Devon Horse Show will be held in Devon, PA, from May 24-June 3, 2012. McArdle and her talented mounts will then travel to Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta, where they will gain international experience against the best in the world.