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Shane Sweetnam and Amaretto D’Arco Capture $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Victory at Bluegrass Festival Horse Show

August 19, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – August 17, 2012 – The lights were bright in the Rolex Stadium as the onlookers cheered on their favorite horse and rider combinations in a highly competitive 14-horse jump off. It was the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic that took center stage tonight, seeing a field of 50 entrants vie for the top prize and valuable series points. Shane Sweetnam and Amaretto D’Arco jumped to the fastest of only four double-clear efforts, leading the night’s victory gallop. Kaitlin Campbell was just a hair shy of Sweetnam’s time, finishing in the second place spot with Rocky W.

Shane Sweetnam and Amaretto D’Arco rode to the top of the leaderboard during the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. (Photo by Kendall Bierer/PMG)

Tonight’s class was the fifth of seven grand prix events that make up the Hagyard Challenge Series, sponsored by Hagyard Medical Institute and presented by Pfizer Animal Health. The rider accumulating the most points throughout the series will be presented with the bonus during the $50,000 World Cup Qualifier at the Kentucky National Horse Show in September 2012.

Allen Rheinheimer designed the track tonight, utilizing standalone verticals, rollbacks, technical lines, an oxer-oxer double combination, a vertical-oxer double combination, and a tight oxer-vertical combination leading into a daunting oxer. Riders had to navigate the course within the tight time allowed of 95 seconds, treading carefully with the agility to leave all the rails in their cups.

“I thought it was a fair course tonight, Allen always does a good job,” eventual winner Sweetnam stated. “There were some really nice clear rounds in there, and since it was $25,000 you couldn’t make it too massive. Whether you are a veteran of the sport or rising in the ranks, the course rode fair. He did a good job with it.”

The short track became the true adversary tonight, with 14 riders competing over seven obstacles in an attempt to take the winning title. The course began over a natural oxer and then demanded a left turn over a new vertical, from there riders had to make a sharp right turn and take the oxer-vertical double combination and then make a hard left rollback to the Hagyard vertical. Pace became crucial when heading toward the “L” shaped gate where riders took the vertical and then made a right rollback over a second vertical, finally progressing forward to break the beam after landing from the final oxer near the in gate.

Rebecca Conway and Twister, owned by Blue Hill Farm, were the first to post a faultless second round. Conway had seen three other riders find fault, and took a more conservative approach as the fourth in the return order. She piloted Twister to a time of 46.529 seconds, eventually claiming the fourth place honors.

It was Rachel Udelson and VDL Wardolette who set the pace for the remainder of the contenders. Udelson rode VDL Wardolette to a brilliant round, making a fantastic turn to the vertical and galloping to a finish in 41.316 seconds. Her reign was short lived, however, as Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W followed with a faultless round in 40.235 seconds. It seemed as though Campbell would take the lead for the second consecutive event, but Shane Sweetnam and Amaretto D’Arco were prepared to give it their all for the victory.

“Rocky is pretty good in the jump-offs,” Campbell explained. “He knows it’s a jump-off, so I can really focus on speed. As long as he gets his legs in there, I just go for it. He’s trustworthy and knows his job, and we have been working together for so long that we know each other by now.”

Sweetnam moved veteran mount Amaretto D’Arco over the opening oxer at an angle, catching a speedy pace into the following vertical. Similar to that of Campbell, he sliced the turn to the Hagyard vertical and used his mount’s natural speed on the ground to his advantage. Sweetnam crossed the finish line
in 39.947 seconds, only two-tenths of a second faster than Campbell to take the lead.

Campbell laughed as she explained her professional relationship with Sweetnam, “I don’t know if it was a good or bad thing that he beat me tonight, especially since he used to be my trainer and helped guide me through my entire junior career. It was one of those bittersweet moments, but I am so thankful for everything he has done for me. That horse is amazing for him, and he had a great round.”

“Amaretto is my best horse, we have done a lot together,” Sweetnam explained. “Recently he was reserve for the Ireland Team for the Olympics, and he just came off of some top earnings at Spruce Meadow. I decided to compete with him in two classes this week to prepare him for the Hampton Classic, and the Rolex Stadium also provides such great practice for jumping under the lights.”

Udelson took the third place award for her efforts aboard VDL Wardolette, with Conway taking the fourth place. David Biesel and Ammeretto, owned by Equine Holdings, earned the fifth with two time faults factoring into their finish. Andrew Welles and XM, owned by Peter Welles, rode to the sixth place finish with the fastest four-fault effort in 40.596 seconds, lowering the final oxer as he tripped the timers.

“I thought the course was great tonight,” Campbell remarked. “Rocky loves going under the lights, and I think that kind of brightened him up a bit. Tonight all of the weight was on him since he was my only horse for the evening, but he did great and we are trying to get as many wins as we can to maintain the lead in the Hagyard Leading Rider Series Standings.”

In addition to competing for the winning title tonight, riders had the opportunity to win $2,000 in bonus money as a part of the SSG Riding Gloves ‘Go Clean for the Green’ promotion-riders wearing the SSG ‘Digital’ Riding Gloves with the SSG horse head logo clearly visible during all rounds of competition in designated events are eligible for the bonus. Tonight Sweetnam was wearing a pair of the SSG ‘Digital’ Riding Gloves, and collected the bonus. He admitted that the gloves may have had some play in the way the results panned out.

“I have been using the SSG Digital Riding Gloves for quite a while, and I have really grown to like them. They have a really good grip, are comfortable and work no matter what the weather is like,” Sweetnam explained. “I would like to think that my riding was the real cause for tonight’s victory, I know my horse very well and we were able to make a lot of tight turns, have a strong pace and be quick everywhere. We maneuvered the course great, and I am thrilled to have earned the bonus money again.”

Riders will have the opportunity to compete for the highly desired bonus money this Sunday during the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix. Sweetnam will also be a contender, and someone who will wear a target on his back for his recent victories during the Kentucky Summer Series.

Tomorrow, the exciting line-up of events will continue at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. The Final Round of the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals will get underway at 8 p.m. in the Rolex Stadium, with the Consolation Round taking place at 4 p.m. On Sunday, the competition will come to a close after riders compete in the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix.

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ORD # Horse Name Rider Name JF1 TF1 AF1 Time 1 JF2 TF2 AF2 Time 2
1 1140 AMARETTO D’ARCO SHANE SWEETNAM 0 0 0 90.405 0 0 0 39.947
2 897 ROCKY W KAITLIN CAMPBELL 0 0 0 93.965 0 0 0 40.235
3 1030 VDL WARDOLETTE RACHEL UDELSON 0 0 0 93.787 0 0 0 41.316
4 149 TWISTER REBECCA CONWAY 0 0 0 93.804 0 0 0 46.529
5 63 AMMERETTO DAVID BEISEL 0 0 0 90.976 0 2 2 50.531
6 792 XM ANDREW WELLES 0 0 0 92.018 4 0 4 40.596
7 566 VALENTINO MICHAEL MURPHY 0 0 0 84.505 4 0 4 42.834
8 98 ZARA LEANDRA PABLO BARRIOS 0 0 0 91.353 4 0 4 42.845
9 28 WIEMINKA B PATRICIA GRIFFITH 0 0 0 93.774 4 0 4 44.772
10 713 FIEONA JACK H. TOWELL 0 0 0 90.567 4 0 4 45.209
11 1145 ESQUINA VAN KLAPSCHEUT SHANE SWEETNAM 0 0 0 89.482 4 0 4 45.237
12 809 CEDERICK SHARN WORDLEY 0 0 0 90.241 4 0 4 46.817

Lionshare Farm Wins Top Honors at US Pony Finals and The Jumper Classic

August 19, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL –   August 16, 2012 – The US Pony Finals is   the much-anticipated, celebrated annual event held at the Kentucky Horse Park   in Lexington, KY. The finest ponies and young riders earn the opportunity to   compete at the event, which showcases our country’s future top equestrians.

Parker Wright and Anisette (Photo by Shawn McMillen)

US Pony Finals proved   very successful for trainer, Elizabeth Pandich, and her Lionshare Farm   clients and ponies. The plan was to have the riders and ponies performing at   their peak for the coveted competition. Pandich’s focused strategy worked   like a charm.

In the Medium Green   Ponies, Parker Wright expertly piloted Lionshare Farm’s Anisette to second   place overall, earning the red ribbon in both the under saddle and over   fences out of 66 of the top medium green pony and rider teams from around the   country. The pair was awarded the Reserve Championship of the Division.

“I’ve been riding   Anisette since March,” said Wright, who recently moved to Bedford, NY.   “I really like her because you have to wrap your legs around her and   ride. She likes the way I ride and I like the way she goes. She has a lot of   personality and she loves attention. We’ve developed a bond.”

Isabella Russekoff   generously gave Wright the ride on Rose Hill Farm’s Hallelujah, or   “Louie,” as he’s known at the barn, in the Pony Medal, where the   pair earned sixth place out of 183.

“Elizabeth   Pandich has given me some of the best lessons I’ve had−basically in my whole   life,” confided Wright.

Parker Wright and Hallelujah with Elizabeth Pandich (Photo by Shawn McMillen)

In the Small Ponies,   Isabella Russekoff and Rico Suave placed 14th in the model class out of huge   field of 105. Then, Russekoff put in solid performances that landed her 11th   under saddle and fifth over fences. The pair won third place overall with   their high scores.

According to Pandich,   “Isabella and Parker have been working very hard, I am so proud of their   achievements.”

While Pandich and the ponies   experienced their success at US Pony Finals, Olympian Peter Leone and the   rest of the Lionshare Farm team headed to The Jumper Classic in Hampton   Falls, NH, for a very successful week of showing.

Leone sped to victory   in the $3,500 DG Ventures Speed Derby, aboard Tuvalu, owned by Alison Finger,   putting in the fastest clean round. In the same class, Leone piloted   Lionshare Farm’s Wayfarer to fifth place. Leone and Wayfarer were fifth, as   well, in the $15,000 Equine Insurance Speed Stake.

With Lincourt Gino,   owned by Monica Carrera, Leone was third in the $75,000 Fidelity Investments   Grand Prix and were sixth in the 1.45m Welcome Stake. The team of Gino and   Leone has had consistent top ten placings in grand prix events and jumper   derbies since last winter.

Finger rode her own,   Tuvalu, to third place honors in the $1,000 1.05m Masters Jumpers.

Leone also had a win   and second place in the 1.10m Jumpers with Matti Fisher’s San Souci, which   landed them the Reserve Championship of the division.

Monica Carrera and her   own Tiffany garnered a good prize in the $3,500 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner   Jumpers.

Isabella Russekoff and Rico Suave (Photo by Shawn McMillen)

This week, look for   the Lionshare Farm team at Fairfield Hunt Horse Show in Westport, CT.

Peter Leone is an   Olympic equestrian, trainer, producer of hunter/jumper instructional DVDs and   author. He owns and operates Lionshare Farm in Greenwich, CT. His clients   successfully compete in the pony, equitation, hunter and jumper divisions. He   is one of three brothers, internationally known as Team Leone, for their   success in the show ring. Leone was a member of the 1996 Silver Medal United   States Olympic Show Jumping Team and winner of numerous national and   international Grand-Prix show jumping competitions.

For more information   about Peter Leone and Lionshare Farm go to:

To purchase the book,   Peter Leone’s Jumping Clinic: Success Strategies for Equestrian Athletes   by Peter Leone and Kimberly S. Jaussi, PhD or Peter Leone’s Ride the Body:   Select Insights of Peter Leone DVD go to:

Scott Stewart Takes the Lead With Dedication in $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals at Bluegrass Festival Horse Show

August 19, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – August 17, 2012 – The crème de la crème of the hunter world gathered at the Rolex Stadium for the first day of the long awaited 2012 $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals. All the attention turned toward the classic hunt course that decorated the Rolex Stadium at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. Scott Stewart rode to the top of the leader board with Dedication, laying down a stunning round and showing the necessity of fluidity, athleticism and rideability along with finesse. Elizabeth Boyd piloted Brunello to the second place finish, while Jennifer Alfano navigated the famous Jersey Boy to the third place slot.

Scott Stewart and Dedication took top honors during the Classic Hunter Round of the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. (Photo by Kendall Bierer/PMG)

This is the fourth year the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals have been in existence, created purely to bring show hunters to the world stage in an effort to increase spectators, media, sponsorships, and bring tradition and basic riding principles back to the sport of show hunters. The top 81 qualifying horses were invited to showcase their talents over the demanding traditional hunter course this morning. The International Hunter Derby Finals include a 12-month qualifying period, and only the top 30 horses will continue into tomorrow night’s handy round with the hopes of garnering the championship title and lion’s share of the prize money.

Today’s judging panels were comprised of Rob Bielefeld, Patrick Rodes, Linda Hough, Geoff Teall, Betty Oare and Scott Williamson. Steve Stephens of Palmetto, FL, and Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, IN, worked in tandem to design the first of three courses in the derby finals. They utilized 14 obstacles to challenge the pairs with fences ranging from 3’6″ to 4’0″ with four additional options set between 4’0″ to 4’3″. Riders were able to increase their overall score by attempting the high options and adding an additional point per fence to their base score. The fences being used throughout the weekend are reminiscent of those that would be found on a traditional hunt field.

Obstacles on the course included oxers made up of natural posts, rails and white board fences, gates, hedges, hay bales, a brush, logs, an aiken, natural foliage and a fence symbolizing the bourbon industry in Kentucky with barrels as standards. Trees were scattered across the Rolex Stadium, with brightly colored flowers enhancing the scenery. Vintage wagons, wheels and gates set the scene as the horses and riders navigated the course with care.

Top contender of the day, Scott Stewart said, “I thought it was a beautiful course. I think it rode harder than it walked, but I thought it was the perfect test for this group of horses. You had to think, and there were some big jumps. It maintained the traditional hunter attitude, but it was also challenging enough to be a derby course.”

Out of the original 81 entrants, only 30 will continue into the Handy Hunter Round, set to take place in the Rolex Stadium tomorrow night. Veteran of the hunter sport, Scott Stewart was the 68th entrant in the order to go, but he guided the talented Dedication, owned by Fashion Farm to the impressive scores of 92, 91 and 93, as well as earning an additional four bonus points to each base score for an overall total of 285 points.

“Dedication was prefect,” Stewart beamed. “He had the right amount of energy, and he was really good today, especially during the bending line. I wasn’t sure which side we should go to, it seemed as though he got a little lost, but at the last moment he proved he could handle the option just fine.”

Stewart continued, “The truth is that he is still green, and I wasn’t sure before yesterday if we were even going to do the derby, but I am glad that we did, he definitely stepped up and proved himself today. I haven’t had the best luck with him under the lights yet, but I am hoping that tomorrow night will be the night and we will exceed all expectations.”

Stewart was able to best the earlier leaders of the class, edging Boyd and Brunello, owned by Janet Peterson, into the second place position. The dynamic duo had previously posted the target scores of 90, 89 and 91 with three out of the four options chosen for a score of 279 points. Boyd also qualified for tomorrow’s Handy Hunter Round with Quatrain, owned by Finally Farm, Inc. Her relationship with Brunello has been nothing short of fantastic, riding the 14-year-old Hanoverian to the top of the hunter sport with over $30,000 in prize money in this derby season.

“We have an unbelievable team that is always doting on Brunello and giving lots of support,” Boyd described. “He was very well prepared for this. We had derived a good strategy, and the plan went accordingly. It was a great course, and Steve made it so rider-friendly. It allowed me to take a mature horse, like Brunello, and really make him shine.”

“Right from the beginning the course rode fantastic,” Boyd continued. “The whole thing was fun and couldn’t have been a better course. He was spunky, biting and was being enthusiastic. You have to keep him fiery over the jumps. He actually did the 1.30m Open jumpers on Wednesday, and although that is not the normal schooling class for a derby horse, I think that it definitely allowed for him to get a little fire going and get his jump up a bit.”

Although the riders came and went with beautiful rounds, Stewart’s score held strong and steadfast. Boyd proved to be a worthy adversary for the qualifier, but it was Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy who left nothing to chance with their stellar round and had the audience on the edge of their seats. The 10-year-old Warmblood gelding has proven himself consistently throughout the years, earning $33,100 alone in the 2011-2012 Derby Season. Alfano guided the chestnut to a beautiful round, eventually falling a half-a-point behind Boyd for the third place finish.

“I am so excited,” Alfano smiled. “I always love to ride in this ring. The course was so beautiful, and after seeing it last night I was just really excited to come and ride today. Jersey Boy was great today. It was such a smooth flowing course, you could really pick up the gallop and keep flowing.”

Patricia Griffith piloted Sienna, owned by Lexi Maounis, to the fourth place position. They were awarded scores of 89, 88 and 92 along with three additional bonus points for a score of 278 points. Stewart also picked up the fifth place finish with Garfield, owned by Alexandra Crown. As the penultimate pair to compete, Stewart and Garfield posted a fantastic finish with three out of the four high options chosen, as well as the notable scores of 88.5, 88.5 and 88 for their consistent round.

Out of the top 30 qualifying horse and rider pairs, there were many riders that qualified multiple mounts to continue into tomorrow night’s main event. Kelley Farmer finished in the sixth, seventh and eighth place positions with Bases Loaded, Clearly and Taken, respectively. Griffith also place with her second mount, Arico. Scott Stewart will have a little comfort in having two top mounts in the top five, but the anticipation is high as the riders await the new day and the exciting opportunity to excel with their talent and handiness.

Picking up other notable honors was Kaitlin Campbell aboard October Road, owned by Emma Tchen, who took a good position moving into tomorrow’s Handy Hunter Round, as well as the Top Placing Amateur Rider in the Classic Hunter Round. Lillie Keenan and Monterrey were dually awarded with the Top Placing Junior-Owner Award for their twelfth place finish.

The Consolation Round will begin tomorrow at 4 pm in the Rolex Stadium, where qualifying riders who narrowly missed the cut off will be welcomed back for a second round of competition, as well as the chance to vie for $15,000 in prize money. The top 30 riders from today’s qualifying round will then return later in the evening for the Handy Hunter Round, which will determine the champion of the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals. The Bluegrass Festival Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park will continue through Sunday, concluding with the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix.

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Place, Number, Horse, Rider, Total Score
23 42 C. QUITO JESSIE LANG 237.550
29 16 VOX KELLEY FARMER 230.000

Hunt Tosh and Rosalynn Repeat Excellence for Double Blue Ribbons at Bluegrass Festival Horse Show

August 17, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – August 15, 2012 – It was a welcoming day for the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park show grounds where five divisions were set to display the top hunter horse and rider combinations. The morning started off with a variation of winners while the two divisions to emerge with double blue ribbons were Scott Stewart and Dedication for the Second Year Working Green Huntesr and Hunt Tosh and Rosalynn in the High Performance Hunters.

Hunt Tosh and Rosalynn were awarded two blue ribbons in the High Performance Hunter division at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. (Photo by Ashley N. Williams/PMG)

The course, designed by Patrick Rodes, was made up of nine fences signature of a traditional hunt field. Made of natural woods, the obstacles assorted of vertical oxer combinations, decorative stand alones and a grassy rolltop, all strategically arranged on a bed of freshly churned footing. The course lines ran smooth, with pleasant stride counts and thoughtful approaches, suggesting fine ingenuity.

The first division featured in the Stonelea Arena was the Green Conformation Hunters. Christopher Payne on his mount Lugano, owned by Susan Moriconi of St. Louis, MO, took home the first and sixth place ribbons after a show of beautiful horsemanship on the course. Kelley Farmer aboard Lightning Z, owned by Lochmoore Stables of Lebanon, OH, took two third place ribbons in the over fences classes in the division.

“He rode great,” Payne smiled. “Last week he had off, so he laid low. He had a fresh start with a happy appeal coming into it today,” Payne smiled. “He went out there enthusiastic and ready to jump. He really impressed everyone today.”

The Second Year Green Working Hunter division was next to show as the afternoon progressed. While Havens Schatt and Valencia, along with Gary Young and Gold Coast, put up outstanding performances, it was Scott Stewart and Dedication, owned by Fashion Farm, who swept the ring with an astonishing set of rounds, bringing home two first place awards.

“The course rode great,” Stewart shared. “It’s always nice to show in this ring. The jumps are beautiful and I was really happy with my horse, he went spot on.”

“For a big horse you really don’t have to leg him so much. He is very sensitive; you don’t really get in his way. He is capable of leading himself. The hardest part will be keeping him fresh for good rounds – Friday, for the Derby. Hopefully he won’t get too tired,” Stewart commented about his prized derby horse.

The Regular Conformation Hunters also saw consistent horses and determined riders. Cookie Beck and Last Call, owned by Lisa Cudahy, earned a first and second place for their notable efforts in the over fence classes. Following close behind came Hunt Tosh and Cold Harbor, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, Middleburg, VA, who scored high, taking the second and third awards.

“I’ve been riding him for three years,” Beck beamed as she watched the horse being escorted back to the stable. “He is a fabulous horse. He is a brilliant jumper, very scopey, great mover, I can’t say enough good things about him. He’s been like that his whole life.”

“I look forward to going into tomorrow and doing as well as I did today. To go in, to win,” Beck described.

A second sweep of the day’s classes was in the High Performance Hunter division. Hunt Tosh and mount, Rosalynn, also owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, demonstrated elegance and excellence, earning the duo the top call and awards in the two over fences rounds.

“Rosalynn is such a lady and so scopey,” Tosh charmingly described. “She is a classic hunter and is smooth to ride. She is coming off a break and she rides well when she’s refreshed and feels good. We’ll come back and try for another 95.”

“Overall, the classes went smoothly and the course rode good. The jumps were big enough and the horses rode well over them. Kentucky always does a great job and it’s always nice to come here,” Tosh explained as he walked toward his next afternoon event.

Tomorrow the Professional Hunter divisions will complete their second day of competition. Points will be totaled and the top and horse and rider combinations will score championship and reserve championship honors. On Friday, the first round of the $100,000 USHJA Hunter Derby Finals will get underway.

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Darragh Kenny Wins $10,000 Open Jumper High Score Awards, Presented by Sir Ruly, Inc.

August 14, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

East Dorset, Vermont – For the second year in a row, Ireland’s Darragh Kenny was the winner of the $10,000 Open Jumper High Score Awards, presented by Sir Ruly, Inc. at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT. Held July 4 through August 12 at Harold Beebe Farm, the Vermont Summer Festival has completed six weeks of competition in which riders vied for the coveted bonus.

Ireland’s Darragh Kenny won the $10,000 Open Jumper High Score Awards, Presented by Sir Ruly, Inc., at the 2012 Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT. Pictured, from left to right, are Maria Teresa Torano, Darragh Kenny, Danielle Torano with daughter, Natalia, and Mary and Antonio Albertini.
(Photo by David Mullinix)

Kenny finished the circuit with 200 points to win the $5,000 first place bonus for the second consecutive year. Kenny also won the award in 2009 and placed third in 2010.

Ken Berkley of Flemington, NJ, earned the $3,000 second place prize with a 182 point total. Devin Ryan of Long Valley, NJ, took home a $2,000 bonus for third place with 98 points. Ryan had finished second in the standings in 2011.

Riders earn points toward the awards by placing in the top eight of the Open Jumper 1.40m and the Open Jumper Welcome Stake classes throughout the six-week circuit. In the Saturday grand prix events, points are awarded to the top 12 finishers.

The $10,000 Open Jumper High Score Awards, presented by Sir Ruly, Inc., now serves as a legacy and reminder of Raul ‘Ruly’ Torano’s generosity and commitment to show jumping excellence, both at the Vermont Summer Festival and to the sport as a whole. The bonus serves as a great incentive for the riders each year and recognizes their effort in the sport. A total of $10,000 is divided among the top three riders overall, with the winner receiving $5,000, the second place finisher taking home $3,000, and the third place rider earning $2,000.

“It is a fantastic thing that the Torano Family put up this bonus here because it is a great thing for us riders at the end of the circuit,” Kenny said. “It is so nice and I would like to thank them very much for putting it up.”

Kenny raked in the points during his four weeks at the show riding for John Brennan and Missy Clark’s North Run, which is based in Warren, VT. During week two, he rode North Star’s Cyrina Z to a third place finish in the $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m, finished eighth in the $10,000 Five Seasons Welcome Stake riding The Wannahave Group’s Lipton De L’othain, and earned the eleventh place prize in the $30,000 Battenkill Grand Prix aboard Mavis Spencer’s Valentino.

In week four, Kenny won the $10,000 Kenneth Cole Welcome Stake riding Rachael Barnes’ Tonic and also finished sixth with Missy Clark’s Eskador Star and eighth with Spencer’s Valentino. Kenny also won the $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m that week riding Eskador Star and placed fifth with Missy Clark/North Run’s Bazooka De Muze. In the $30,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix, Kenny finished second aboard Tonic, third aboard Valentino, and ninth aboard Bazooka De Muze.

Week five was a busy one for Kenny. He earned another win in the $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m with Lipton De L’othain and finished second riding Bazooka De Muze, fifth with Valentino, and sixth riding Missy Clark/North Run’s Con Air. The $10,000 Vineyard Vines Welcome Stake earned Kenny more points after he finished second riding Lipton De L’othain and eighth aboard Bazooka De Muze. In the $30,000 Manchester & The Mountains Grand Prix, Lipton De L’othain placed tenth and Valentino finished twelfth.

Kenny took over the lead in the standings during week six with more top finishes. He rode North Star’s Umberto to sixth place and Cyrina Z to a seventh place finish in the $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m for the week. He guided Paulexi LLC’s Quastor Van De Helle Z to a seventh place prize in the $10,000 Not Your Daughter’s Jeans Welcome Stake. He also finished second aboard Lipton De L’othain and ninth riding Valentino in the final $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix.

On winning the award, Kenny commented, “It is great. It is a fantastic bonus for me as a rider. It just shows the consistency of the horses that we have in our barn, that I can manage to win this two years in a row on a whole different set of horses this year than last year. I am very lucky to have such great horses and so many of them.

“Thanks to John and Missy for managing to do that for me,” Kenny acknowledged. “I am so lucky. I have great people behind me. Missy and John do a fantastic job and they have helped me so much. They put together a group to buy horses. My two most experienced grand prix horses are not even here and I still had four great horses to do the grand prix on this week, which is really nice. They have done a wonderful job on the horses and on my riding. Basically it is thanks to them for everything they have done because that is how I have ended up with so many horses in these classes and can win these rider bonuses.”

Ken Berkley led the standings up until week five of the six-week circuit and finished a close second to Kenny. Berkley only showed during weeks two and three, but enjoyed great success during those weeks to earn enough points to remain at the top of the standings until the very last week of competition.

Berkley kicked off week two with a win aboard Waminka in the $10,000 Five Seasons Open Welcome Stake and took third place in the class aboard Dione de la Vie. He then captured a one-two finish in the $30,000 Battenkill Grand Prix riding Waminka and Ax-Cent.

During week three, Berkley and Waminka topped the $10,000 Vermont Bird Place & Sky Watch Open Welcome Stake. Berkley also finished third aboard Ax-Cent and sixth with Dione de la Vie. Ax-Cent then won the $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m class in both weeks two and three. All three of Berkley’s horses are owned by Rivers Edge, which Berkley operates with partner Scott Stewart.

Devin Ryan earned the third place bonus with multiple top finishes during week three and four. Ryan won week three’s $30,000 Otter Creek Grand Prix aboard No Worries, owned by Barbara Rowland, and also finished fourth riding Calissandro, owned in partnership with Barbara Drake. Ryan and Calissandro also finished second in week three’s Welcome Stake. Ryan then went on to win the $30,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix during week four riding his own horse Roman Saluut.

The Vermont Sumer Festival is set to return to Harold Beebe Farm in 2013, running from July 2 through August 11. Offering more than $750,000 in prize money, the Vermont Summer Festival is the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont. For over 20 years, the Vermont Summer Festival has attracted exhibitors and their families to the Manchester region in southern Vermont. 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: or visit

$10,000 Open Jumper High Score Awards, Sponsored by Sir Ruly, Inc.

1. Darragh Kenny – 200

2. Ken Berkley – 182

3. Devin Ryan – 98

Pony Tails: Final Day at Pony Finals

August 14, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

This is the Final Blog from our Pony Finals Mystery bloggers! They did a great job! Wonder if we will ever discover who they are?

Friends Addison Piper, Yasmin Rizvi, Caroline Passerelli, and Maddie Schaefer pose for a picture in the Alltech Arena.

Hello readers from R, one of the survivors of PONY FINALS 2012.

Pony Finals was a great time this year and everyone had lots of fun.

The Medal was very spooky and many ponies added a stride in the first diagonal eight stride. I think that everyone had lots of fun showing in the big indoor even if they didn’t have great rounds. Many kids found it easy to qualify for the second round because many others had bad rounds. Lucy Deslauriers ended up winning with two PERFECT ROUNDS on her large pony Center Field a.k.a “Bernie”. Since Lucy won the Medal, she isn’t allowed to do the Medal ever again so she gets to finish her PF medal years with a win!

Winner of the pony medal Lucy Deslauriers

Parade of champions- Winners of the best child rider 10 & under cantering and jumping around the ring. 1st place went to Maddie Schaefer.

During PF there were many ups and downs. Some of the ups were: Hanging out with friends, showing in a big ring, ice cream, snow cones, more riding experience, and many exciting meetings and dinners! Many kids thought the opening meeting was boring, but it was also important to learn all the Pony Finals rules. One Pony Finals rule is that no one can train you while you are in the show ring. During Pony Finals only juniors can warm up your ponies. But once you are 24 hours away from showing, you are the only one allowed to ride your pony.

At Pony Finals there are many annual awards such as high score Virginia Bred Pony, high score Welsh Pony, and high score half Welsh p\Pony. There were winners in each division, and over all winners as well. I thought that these awards were great because some people didn’t get regular ribbons but they had a chance to win these prizes. The prizes included champion ribbons, small trophies and cups, flower necklaces for your pony, and flower covered champion ribbons! You also received a picture with your pony and a halter for your pony!

Leaving Pony Finals was sad. For some it was because of how they did, but for others it was because of their friends. Most people will not be seeing all of their friends again until indoors. Even though many people will be at the Hampton Classic, not everybody will! So through the hugs and tears and laughs, everyone exchanged goodbyes. Some even made new friends, and had a few more phone numbers added to their contacts (including me)!

A hug goodbye from Addison Piper to Yasmin Rizvi, while her friend Caroline Passerelli watches.

For those who were completing their last year riding a certain size pony, or are completely moving to horses: Good luck with horses, and just remember all the great ponies that taught you how to ride. Ponies can be hard sometimes but they are definitely worth it when you move to horses and think: wow horses are easy compared to ponies! So be thankful for your ponies and good luck with the rest of riding!

For those who didn’t place at pony finals 2012:

Don’t worry. Even if you didn’t place, you have so many more years of riding! For all you know, you might get champion next year! Or maybe even champion at a different exciting show! Just remember that a lot of the people that got champion this year didn’t start out like that. Just keep trying your hardest and one day it’ll all pay off.

Thank you all for reading my blog, and I hope you enjoyed the tips and input from my friends and I! I hope you all listen to our advice and we’ll hopefully reveal ourselves eventually, or maybe even continue this next year! Thank you to EMILY ALLONGO PHOTOGRAPHY for making this all happen, and enjoy the rest of the summer sunshine! We’ll see you next year…But until then, GOOD LUCK! <3

~From the Survivors~

Pony riders surround Frosted (Reserve Medium Green) and Hi Lite (Grand Champion Small & Grand Overall Champion) while talking to Sam Schaefer.

Hi Lite was the Grand Overall Champion with Maddie Schaefer trained by Patricia Griffith of Heritage Farm.

Victory in $75,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix Goes to Candice King and Kismet 50 at The Jumper Classic®

August 13, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Leslie Howard and Lennox Lewis 2 Win $15,000 Equine Insurance Speed Stake Presented by Great American Insurance Group

Hampton Falls, NH – August 12, 2012 – More than 5,000 spectators came to watch the final day of The Jumper Classic®, presented by Fidelity Investments® and Audi of America. Held at the Silver Oak Equestrian Center, The Jumper Classic had their two final highlight classes of the week. In the $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix, Candice King and Mark Bellissimo’s Kismet 50 took first place. In the opening class of the day, the $15,000 Equine Insurance Speed Stake presented by Great American Insurance Group, Leslie Howard and Lennox Lewis 2 were fastest for the win.

Kismet 50 and Candice King (Photo © Tammy Hardy Photography)

Located in the beautiful town of Hampton Falls, NH, The Jumper Classic is New England’s premier equestrian event. This elite level competition attracts the country’s top riders, past Olympians and local equestrians. The Jumper Classic ran from August 8-12, 2012, with top jumper competition.

The Coldwell Bankers Previews Grand Prix Field was surrounded by spectators cheering on the riders in the $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix. Olaf Petersen Jr. of Munich, Germany, designed the course and only one rider found the clear path to the jump-off. Candice King piloted Mark Bellissimo’s Kismet 50 to the win after a strong, clean round.

There were five four-faulters from the first round and the fastest of those was Leslie Howard on Utah, who finished in 81.572 seconds for second place. Stopping the timers in 82.539 seconds, Peter Leone and Lincourt Gino placed third. Fourth place went to Nick Dello Joio on Rado, who had a time of 84.347 seconds, while Charles Jacobs and Leap of Joy were fifth with a time of 86.034 seconds. Teenager Chloe Reid rode Damascus to a time of 87.347 seconds and just missed the jump-off when they stepped in the water.

King said of the course, “I think for sure the first part was the conditions. We had a big storm last night. We had a lot of heavy rain. It didn’t absorb as well as you would have liked. The footing was good today, but it definitely was a factor. As you go along and the conditions change, it makes for a harder course. Olaf is a great course designer and he knows how to set it. He didn’t set anything too trappy; he just built a nice, big, strong, technical course. I was extremely pleased with it.”

King got the ride on Kismet 50, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare by Kannan, in May at the Old Salem Horse Show. This is their ninth horse show together. She noted, “When I got her, I was just trying to form a partnership, as we all do. I knew she was a great horse. The Dvorkins and Pine Hollow believed in me and it was nice to have their support and to give me the chance to have the ride on such a great horse. I just took awhile to get to know her and get her in my program so that we could work together. It’s been a fun ride so far.”

Mark Bellissimo recently purchased Kismet 50, and King said that she felt like she and Kismet have “been knocking on the door.” She explained, “We’ve had mostly clear rounds. I’ve had a rail in the jump-off with the winning time four times now. I felt really confident today when we walked the course, on how she felt and the conditions like this. I was excited. The Bellissimos have supported me from the get-go on having the ride on her and they bought her. I’m very fortunate to have them supporting me. We’re having a great adventure with it, so I’m excited.”

Kismet 50 competed at the grand prix level with German Olympian Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, who is originally from California, and showed with Ray Texel before King got the ride. King also grew up in California, and said she called Michaels-Beerbaum to talk to her about the ride on Kismet 50. King is known for bringing along young horses (two of her former mounts include HH Rebozo, fourth place at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, and Davos, who won the team bronze medal at the Olympic Games in London), so having an established grand prix mount like Kismet 50 is something she appreciates.

“For me, she’s like a hand in glove,” King described. “From the first time I showed her, I felt like I was back at home on her. I’ve been bringing along young horses all my career, so for me to have a horse like Kismet who’s already had a lot of experience under her belt is great. The mare is a winner. She knows the game and we suit one another, so I’m quite excited.”

This was King’s first grand prix win at The Jumper Classic. She said that she has shown regularly here since 1996 and laughed, “I’ve been here a lot of years and I finally won it. I’m usually the consistent one, not the winner here, so I’m very excited. I thank all of my sponsors.”

There were 27 entries in the $15,000 Equine Insurance Speed Stake, and they competed in a faults converted format. Riding out of the third spot in the order, the early leading time was set by Leslie Howard and Lennox Lewis 2, a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Laureatus. They had the all-important clear round and didn’t add anything to their time of 60.718 seconds.

There were some challengers to Howard’s time: Francesca Bolfo and Venus TR were very speedy in 57.765 seconds, but with four faults added, they finished just off the pace in 61.765 seconds for second place. Dana Scott and KM Whatever RV were clear in 64.554 seconds for fourth place. Fifth place went to Peter Leone and Wayfarer, who stopped the timers in 66.205 seconds. Howard went last in the class on her third mount, Zack, and had a faster time of 59.586 seconds but also had a rail at fence four to finish on 63.586 seconds and third place.

“It was a fairly steady pace I had,” Howard said of her ride on Lennox Lewis. “Probably what was so nice for me with him was that inside turn to the fourth jump. For a greener horse it’s a little intimidating, but for him, he knows his job so well. I just sort of pointed him at it and he knew right where he was going. That was probably the place where I could be a little less cautious than others, a little bolder. I found it nicely out of stride and it worked out beautifully. Everywhere else we just sort of stayed on a nice rhythm and kept the jumps up. There were other faster horses, and I knew there would be, but I knew that with luck on your side maybe the faster ones would have a rail.”

This was only Howard’s third time riding Zack, an eight-year-old KWPN gelding by Nebab de Reve. She described, “I really thought he behaved well. I overrode the jump that I was talking about (jump 4) because it is a heck of a slice and awkward for them to see. I think I probably overrode that a little bit which is why he had it down. For the rest, he was great.”

Howard has been riding Lennox Lewis 2 for seven years and says it’s a “great marriage.” She added, “It’s just a great partnership and we think alike now. You know that a 1.35m speed is a fairly easy task for him. Provided luck is on your side, he’s probably going to get it done. But, there are lots of times when luck isn’t on your side. You always have a great feeling when you walk into this type of class with him.”

Howard is a regular competitor at The Jumper Classic. “It’s a beautiful field and we don’t have a lot of grass fields in our country, which is a shame. I think grass fields are by far the best. The grass field is why I come, particularly, but the date change was a good move,” she said.

The Jumper Classic would like to thank their sponsors, exhibitors, staff, and volunteers for another fantastic, successful event and looks forward to welcoming everyone back next year.

Final Results: $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix

1. Kismet 50, Candice King, Mark Bellissimo: 0/85.397

2. Utah, Leslie Howard, The Utah Group: 4/81.572

3. Lincourt Gino, Peter Leone, Monica Carrera: 4/82.539

4. Rado, Nick Dello Joio, N/A: 4/84.347

5. Leap of Joy, Charles Jacobs, Deeridge Farms: 4/86.034

6. Damascus, Chloe Reid, Chloe Reid LLC: 4/87.347

7. Twisther, Jonathan McCrea, Candy Tribble: 8/84.936

8. Colorado, Jonathan McCrea, Jonathan McCrea: 8/86.540

9. Lyonell, Cara Raether, Trelawny Farm: 11/90.067

10. Secret Love, Charles Jacobs, CMJ Sporthorse LLC: 12/83.928

11. No Worries, Devin Ryan, Barbara Rowland: 12/84.008

12. Roman Saluut, Devin Ryan, Devin Ryan: 13/88.718

Final Results: $15,000 Equine Insurance Speed Stake presented by Great American Insurance Group

1. Lennox Lewis 2, Leslie Howard, Leslie Howard: 60.718

2. Venus TR, Francesca Bolfo, Francesca Bolfo: 61.765

3. Zack, Leslie Howard, Gabriel Coumans: 63.586

4. KM Whatever RV, Dana Scott, Nod Hill Farm: 64.554

5. Wayfarer, Peter Leone, Lionshare Farm: 66.205

6. Arkansas, Hillary Simpson, Palmyra Partners: 67.372

7. Zosja, Devin Ryan, Eagle Valley Partners: 68.091

8. Maestro de Shalimar, Stephanie McComisky, Stephanie McComisky: 68.343

9. Calissandro, Devin Ryan, Devin Ryan:69.271

10. Huapango, Eugenio Garza, El Milagro: 69.629

11. Via Veneto, Paul Halpern, Dammerman & Kamine LLC: 69.936

12. Palio, Peter Leone, The Palio Group LLC: 71.215

The Jumper Classic® presented by Fidelity Investments® and Audi of America, now in its 23rd year, annually attracts some of the nation’s most elite equestrian athletes as well as international competitors. The show offers five days of competition and culminates in the premier event, the $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix, held on one of the top grass grand prix fields on the east coast. For more information on The Jumper Classic, please visit

Spend “A Day in the Country” at the $50,000 Chicago Hunter Derby presented by CN

August 13, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Taken & Erynn Ballard by Wendie Aull

The discipline of hunters is deeply rooted in tradition, and when the USHJA High Performance Hunter Committee developed the International Hunter Derby, their goal was to bring that tradition and the art of horsemanship back to the show ring. One event that captures the essence of the class is the $50,000 Chicago Hunter Derby (CHD) presented by CN.

Held in the suburbs of Chicago at the beautiful Annali Farm in Antioch, IL, the Chicago Hunter Derby is one of the most traditional classes held throughout the country each year. CN is one of the biggest supporters of the sport and their sponsorship helps to keep the tradition alive at this event.

The popularity of the USHJA International Hunter Derby continues into the 2012-13 Qualifying Series as 64 Member Event classes are being offered throughout the country. Many fantastic classes are hosted and a few far exceed expectations.

The CHD is hosting its fourth annual event in 2012 and is going above and beyond this year. The CHD has doubled its prize money from $25,000 to $50,000 for this year’s class. The increased prize money makes the CHD one of only three classes out of all 64 Member Events in the 2012-13 Series to award $50,000. The Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton, NY, and The FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, are the only others.

The $50,000 Chicago Hunter Derby presented by CN will be held on September 9, 2012, with the $5,000 ABBA Vet Supply National Hunter Derby on September 8. An impressive roster of judges has lined up to evaluate the classes, including Ken Smith, Geoff Teall, Bob Crandall, and Julie Winkel. Teall will be co-course designing with Bobby Murphy.

The movement to expand the discipline and feature international classes for the high performance hunters has given new life to the industry. The USHJA International Hunter Derby Series has brought attention to show hunters at the international level and showcases a very special type of horse. Competitors show over complex courses featuring natural obstacles such as logs, brush fences, and stone walls. The classes highlight the tradition and excitement of the American hunter discipline and give competitors the opportunity to earn significant prize money at many of the country’s most prestigious horse shows.

The Chicago Hunter Derby is a very unique event that draws some of the best athletes in the country, both horses and riders. The class is held on the beautiful grass in-field of an old steeplechase track with a stunning pond in the background. The class is true to the roots of the hunter discipline, featuring elements of the hunt fields of days past.

As an esteemed judge who has presided over many derby classes throughout the country and in fact judged the Chicago Hunter Derby during its first year, Geoff Teall praises the event on maintaining that tradition and noted that it is a special horse that wins in that setting.

CHD CN Jump Photo by Allumyn Photography

“It is a different group of horses that excel in derbies in general, but at that derby in particular, because it is on grass and it is up on a hill. It is kind of through the woods and over the stream and to grandmother’s house we go,” Teall described with a smile. “It is really interesting to watch. It is fun to see which horses handle it and which ones don’t. It is also really fun to see the riders that can handle that – the ones that have had enough experience that they can handle the grass, the hills, everything.”
“It is very different than what we are used to, but it is exactly what that class was designed for,” Teall pointed out. “Their committee does a great job and they make a big effort to make sure that they really keep the concept of the derbies in mind.”

Many of the nation’s top hunter horses and riders compete in the derby each year. Last year, Canadian rider Erynn Ballard won the international derby riding the well known gelding Taken, a mount of top hunter rider Kelley Farmer. Taken is a horse that excels in many venues, but has taken a particular liking to the unique hunter derby setting. In the 2011-12 derby series, Taken was the highest money earner of all horses for the year from the 16 competitions that he took part in. Farmer was also the highest earner as a rider. Prior to Ballard and Taken’s win, top hunter derby competitors Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy won the class for the first two consecutive years.

In addition to the fantastic competition, The Chicago Hunter Derby is also held as a charity event. Following in the footsteps of its first three years, the 4th Annual CHD hopes to raise even more money for Chicago Equestrians for a Cause, a philanthropic group that donates money to significant charities.

The CHD has been held as a benefit for the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago for the past three years and will continue that assistance in 2012. In addition, the event will raise money for The USHJA Foundation for a second year and, always looking to increase their support in the community, has also added the University of Chicago’s Cancer Research Foundation as a brand new beneficiary this year.

For more information on the upcoming Chicago Hunter Derby, please visit

By Lauren Fisher

Warm Weather and Hot Competition Take Over the Blenheim Summer Classic

August 13, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Eduardo Menezes (BRA) guides the eight-year-old Caruschka to the only double clear effort of the day . Photos ©

“We have a lot of young jumpers moving up today so it will be a unique class,” course designer Jack Robson noted as competitors began to warm up for the $25,000 Blenheim Summer Classic Grand Prix, presented by Royal Champion. Twenty-five horse and rider combinations attempted Robson’s track, but only three were able to leave all of the sixteen efforts untouched. “I built a course for the class,” Robson adds, “There are many young horses so it is still a technical track, but with many options to take.” The course set up nicely for the majority of the class, however faults began to add up when competitors approached Robson’s double combinations. A triple bar to plank vertical, a vertical-vertical, and an oxer-vertical combination on the final line whittled down the competition where nearly half the class accrued numerous faults.

Antonio Maurer (MEX) and Callao have an unfortunate rail in the jump-off, settling for second respectively


San Juan Capistrano, CA – August 11, 2012 – It was a day designed for the next generation of top show jumpers as Eduardo Menezes (BRA) guided his up and coming eight-year-old star, Caruschka, to the only double clear round of the day in the $25,000 Blenheim Summer Classic Grand Prix. The Southern California weather was all the rave but it truly was the competition that brought the heat as many riders look to Blenheim to prep for their World Cup Qualifying season and aim to wrap their year with a bang.
Eduardo Menezes (BRA) guides the eight-year-old Caruschka to the only double clear effort of the day

“We have a lot of young jumpers moving up today so it will be a unique class,” course designer Jack Robson noted as competitors began to warm up for the $25,000 Blenheim Summer Classic Grand Prix, presented by Royal Champion. Twenty-five horse and rider combinations attempted Robson’s track, but only three were able to leave all of the sixteen efforts untouched. “I built a course for the class,” Robson adds, “There are many young horses so it is still a technical track, but with many options to take.” The course set up nicely for the majority of the class, however faults began to add up when competitors approached Robson’s double combinations. A triple bar to plank vertical, a vertical-vertical, and an oxer-vertical combination on the final line whittled down the competition where nearly half the class accrued numerous faults.

Antonio Maurer (MEX) and Callao have an unfortunate rail in the jump-off, settling for second respectively

Antonio Maurer (MEX) and Callao were the first pair to turn in a fault free round one half of a second under the 86 seconds time allowed. Brazilian rider Eduardo Menezes (BRA) took on the challenge and guided his new mount Caruschka to an even quicker clear round, making it a jump-off. Following Menezes was Nicole Shahinian-Simpson aboard Picturized. Shahinian-Simpson rode a beautiful course, leaving all the rails in the cups however stopped the clock with one unlucky time fault, securing her a third place finish.


Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and Picturized rode a picture perfect round, but with one time fault did not advance to the jump off, finishing third respectively

The battle between Maurer (MEX) and Menezes (BRA) was underway after a quick course change. Maurer galloped in and took off after the jump-off course like a bullet knowing he had to again create a challenge for Menezes to chase. After clipping the second obstacle, Maurer continued to gallop between fences and cut his corners hoping to set an unbeatable four fault time of 34.313 seconds. Coming into the jump-off, Menezes knew he simply had to be clean to seal the win. “I knew going in, we just had to be careful, but that’s what she is, she’s careful” Menezes commented regarding his mount (Caruschka).” Menezes calmly entered the ring eyeballing each obstacle to confirm his clear round plan of action. Riding each line with precision, Menezes guided Caruschka to an effortless fault free round, earning the victory.

Menezes and Caruschka were also the runner-up in Friday’s $10,000 1.35M Jumper Classic. “This young mare is great and she has quite a future ahead of her,” Menezes praised the eight-year-old. “I only started working with her after the spring series in Spruce Meadows so that was only her second Grand Prix with me. She is just so careful and makes everything easy. I will continue to show her next week here at Blenheim, but I am also really looking forward to next weekend’s Grand Prix with my other Grand Prix horses as well.”

Tracy Magness and Tarco Van Ter Moude Triumph in $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix

August 12, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

East Dorset, Vermont – Tracy Magness, of Hughesville, MD, rode M/M John Bartko’s Tarco Van Ter Moude to victory in the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix, on Saturday, August 11, at the 2012 Vermont Summer Festival. In a ten-horse jump-off, Magness had the only clear round to earn the win in the final grand prix of the circuit. The six-week Vermont Summer Festival, held at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT, will conclude on Sunday.

Tracy Magness and Tarco Van Ter Moude won the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix on Saturday, August 11, at the 2012 Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT. (Photo by David Mullinix Photography)

Eric Hasbrouck, of North Salem, NY, set the track for Saturday’s class with a total of twenty-nine entries competing in the first round. Ten cleared the course to advance to the jump-off, and Tracy Magness and Tarco Van Ter Moude had the only double clear round, completing the short course in 37.73 seconds, for the win.

The big problem spot in the jump-off course was a tight rollback turn to an oxer-vertical double combination. Five of the ten entries had a rail down at fence (a) going into the double, and one rider had a refusal there as well.

Jumping right before Magness, Ireland’s Darragh Kenny had the fastest time in the jump-off in 34.70 seconds riding The Wannahave Group’s Lipton De L’Othain, but the pair had a rail at that oxer to incur four faults and finish in second place.

Callie Schott, of Cazenovia, NY, had the same jump down riding John Madden Sales, Inc.’s Wrigley and finished in third with four faults and a time of 35.14 seconds.

The bogey fence also caught Ireland’s Paul O’Shea and Wizz, owned by O’Shea and Daniel Walsh, who finished fourth with four faults in 36.61 seconds.

Lydia Ulrich, of Rochester, NY, had the vertical before the double combination down with Up the Creek Farm’s Santos Utopia and finished in fifth with a time of 36.83 seconds.

Bryn Sadler, of Santa Fe, NM, placed sixth riding Showcase 81 LLC’s Cincinnati after scoring four faults at the double and finishing in 40.97 seconds.

Paul O’Shea attempted to go clear with a more conservative ride aboard his second jump-off mount, Skara Glen’s If, and made it through the entire course until having a rail at the last jump. The pair finished with four faults in a time of 43.35 seconds to place seventh.

Saturday’s win marks the twenty-sixth grand prix victory in Tracy Mangess and Tarco Van Ter Moude’s six-year partnership. ‘Tarco’ is making a comeback after having a year and a half off due to injury. The 16-year-old BWP gelding (Darco x Jalisco B) also won the $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m class earlier this week.

“I can’t believe it, I will be honest with you,” Magness beamed following her win. “I always say he is amazing, but I came here just thinking I would move up and I am just happy to have him back. It has nothing to do with the winning; I am just happy to be in the class with him, so I am really excited.”

“He felt fantastic today,” Magness stated. “Actually, I thought that he jumped the best today out of the two weeks here. Not because he won, but because he was just listening really well. He is really a strong horse, and a lot of times he drags me around a little bit, but today he was really listening and jumping nicely.”

Tarco has a habit of spinning around when he first walks into the show ring. He did it on Saturday as usual, but Magness explained that she has gotten used to it and just has to push him along.

“He always does it and a few times he has actually gotten me off before I ever went,” she laughed. “He has done it for the whole time I’ve had him. Some days he does it worse than others. Today I thought it was a little half-hearted, so I just have to know to expect it.”

Magness spoke about the course and her surprise at being the only clear round in the jump-off.

“I thought the course was really nice; I thought it was technical,” she described. “There were a lot of steady, careful lines. In most of the first round you couldn’t leave a stride out because the next one would be steady, and the triple was very steady, so you had to add going into it.”

“I didn’t really expect to be the only clear with ten in the jump-off,” Magness continued. “I went fourth and the first three all had trouble with the double, so when I went, I was a little conservative. When I came out I was really happy with my round and how I went, but I thought for sure I would get beat, but they just kept having trouble with that. Maybe it was lucky that I was conservative.”

It has been a long road to recovery for Tarco in the last year and Magness is happy to see her top horse back in winning form. She thanked her vets and sponsors for their support.

“I want to thank Tarco’s vet Christiana Ober, because it has been a long process getting him back to this level,” Magness acknowledged. “She has worked with me a lot; she has been his vet the whole time I have had him for six years. I would also like to thank Dr. White at Morven Park, who has also helped me out.”

“I want to thank my sponsors as well,” Magness concluded. “I am sponsored by Pessoa and Mountain Horse.”

Offering more than $750,000 in prize money, the Vermont Summer Festival is the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont. The first five Saturdays of the Vermont Summer Festival featured a $30,000 Grand Prix. This Saturday’s $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix was the final grand prix event of the circuit. The weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, were held each Thursday. The six-week competition will conclude on Sunday with the $15,000 Vermont Celebration Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic.

Competition begins at 8 a.m. daily, Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children. All of the gate receipts benefit the a number of Manchester area non-profit organizations, including the Mark Skinner Library, Friends Foundation for MEMS, Community Food Cupboard, and Second Chance Animal Center.

For over 20 years, the Vermont Summer Festival has attracted exhibitors and their families to the Manchester region in southern Vermont. 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: or visit

$50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix Vermont Summer Festival VI

Rider Horse Faults Time

1. Tracy Magness Tarco Van Ter Moude 0:0 37.73

2. Darragh Kenny Lipton De L’Othain 0:4 34.70

3. Callie Schott Wrigley 0:4 35.14

4. Paul O’Shea Wizz 0:4 36.61

5. Lydia Ulrich Santos Utopia 0:4 36.83

6. Bryn Sadler Cincinnati 0:4 40.97

7. Paul O’Shea Skara Glen’s If 0:4 43.35

8. Bryn Sadler Bon Giorno 0:7 47.53

9. Darragh Kenny Valentino 0:8 37.14

10. Wesley Newlands Lapacco 0:8 38.76

11. Luis Larrazabal G&C Lepanto 4 64.20

12. Paul O’Shea Instant Karma 4 65.59