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Take on the Five Day Charity Challenge

December 28, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

 

The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show (CPI) will hold its third annual competition January 18-20, 2013 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL and we need your help to bring on another one-of-a kind experience to student riders.

To fulfill the dreams of the students, CPI is reaching out to individuals and corporations willing to donate funds to help provide student riders the opportunity to showcase their horsemanship and riding talents to top recruiters while trying to earn CPI scholarships. CPI scholarships are more than financial aid intended to cover the cost of study. The CPI scholarships also serve to set standards of excellence, reward hard work and achievement, and create leaders in the equestrian community with a sense of responsibility and service.

Make a charitable contribution to the CPI Horse Show in the next five days, by December 31, 2012, and your tax deductible donation will be matched by a generous anonymous donor!

During this season of giving, your help will directly impact the 180 riders participating in the 2013 CPI by providing them:

  • show horses and tack for the competition
  • the experience of showing in a state of the art facility during WEF
  • meet college representatives from 30 participating colleges
  • free clinics and presentations
  • comprehensive education and insight to future equestrian collegiate competition
  • opportunity to win one of the thirteen CPI scholarship awards
  • the opportunity to be recruited by the nation’s top colleges and universities offering degrees in equine studies as well as equestrian competition program

Please make your tax deductible contribution by clicking on this link “DOUBLE MY DONATION by December 31, 2012 and help  make college bound riders’ dreams come true!

 

Show Jumping Riders Announced for $100,000 Trump Invitation​al

December 27, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – December 26, 2012 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) announces that the riders for the $100,000 Trump Invitational, held at The Mar-a-Lago Club on Palm Beach Island on Sunday, January 6, at 12 p.m., have been announced.

 

The riders that will be invited to compete in the inaugural $100,000 Trump Invitational are:

From the United States:

Kent Farrington

Laura Kraut

Reed Kessler

Mclain Ward

Lauren Hough

Katie Dinan

Brianne Goutal

Christine McCrea

Saer Coulter

Charlie Jayne

Candice King

Margie Engle

Jessica Springsteen

Leslie Howard

Kirsten Coe

Schuyler Riley

Catherine Pasmore

Lauren Tisbo

Quentin Judge

Paige Johnson

Nicole Bellissimo

Gabrielle Mershad

Nick Dello Joio

 

As well as:

Nick Skelton (GBR)

Ben Maher (GBR)

Alvaro de Miranda Neto (BRA)

Shane Sweetnam (IRL)

Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA)

Daniel Bluman (COL)

Danielle Goldstein (ISR)

Richie Moloney (IRL)

Tiffany Foster (CAN)

Tim Gredley (GBR)

Athina Onassis de Miranda (GRC)

Luis Larrazabal (VEN)

Mark Bluman (COL)

 

The Trump Invitational will be a fundraiser for the 2013 FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge, an event that raises and distributes over one million dollars annually for 32 lucky Palm Beach County charities in a pro-am team competition that takes place in late January. The FTI GCC event was founded by Mark Bellissimo and his daughter Paige, and has raised and distributed over $2.7 million over the last three years. The event is targeting to raise $1.3 million this year.

New tables have been added for the event after an initial sell-out. Limited table reservations are still available for the Trump Invitational. If you would like to buy a table at this historic show jumping event, please call Anne Caroline Valtin as soon as possible at 561.784.1133 or annecaroline@equestriansport.com. Tables will be fulfilled on a first come, first served basis.

 

Tina Konyot and Calecto V to Perform

Tina Konyot, an Olympian for the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, will perform a five-minute dressage demonstration following the first round and before the jump-off of the show jumping event.

“We are excited to have Tina and Calecto perform at the Trump Invitational,” said ESP CEO Mark Bellissimo. “With the amazing growth of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, more people in our area are recognizing and enjoying the sport of dressage. We want to showcase it along with show jumping at the Trump Invitational.”

Konyot will show her striking musical freestyle to the music of Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.”

Konyot expressed, “Just visiting The Mar-a-Lago Club is spectacular. It’s an incredible venue. Just imagine getting to go there and do what you do best and love to do; ride your horse. Imagine how much fun that is! This event will be wonderful for show jumping too, and it will be a fantastic sight. I think it’s going to be very special.”

Konyot and Calecto V, a 14-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion, reached the pinnacle of the sport when they competed at this summer’s Olympic Games in London. Along the way, they have set some incredible milestones in their careers. They represented the United States at the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games and had top placings in Europe that year, including a top eight finish at the CHIO Aachen.

Mar-a-Lago, the former Marjorie Merriweather Post Estate purchased and restored by Trump in 1985, is one of the most spectacular mansions in the world and in the national register of historic places and a designated U.S National Landmark. It will be the first ever equestrian event held on Palm BeachIsland and will serve as an exciting kick-off to the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, the 12-week circuit that runs at the Palm Beach InternationalEquestrian Center on January 9 – March 31, 2013.

Show jumpers Georgina Bloomberg, Paige Bellissimo, and dressage enthusiast Kim Van Kampen Boyer will co-chair the event, and it will include sponsorship by the Suncast Corporation, G&C Farm, and Gut Einhaus. Along with top show jumping competition, there will be a seaside garden party and brunch for spectators, as well as a meet and greet rider poolside party after the event.

 

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) has 12 weeks of world class competition running from January 9 through March 31, 2013. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach InternationalEquestrian Center in Wellington, FL. All 12 weeks are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, with approximately $7 million in prize money awarded. Please visit
www.equestriansport.com for more information.

 

Equestrian Sport Productions’ Holiday Festival II Show Wrap-Up: December 20-22, 2012

December 24, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – December 23, 2012 – Equestrian Sport Productions held its Holiday Festival II competition this weekend on December 20-22, 2012, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington FL. The competition featured a $25,000 Grand Prix, $10,000 Welcome Stake, and a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.

Jorge Verswyvel and Victoria Win $25,000 ESP Holiday II Grand Prix

In the highlight event of the week on Saturday, 33 entries showed in the $25,000 ESP Holiday II Grand Prix jumping a course set by Catsy Cruz of Mexico. Mexico’s Jorge Verswyvel was the only rider to clear the course without fault riding Loisse Garcia’s Victoria to win with a time of 75.344 seconds. Molly Ashe and Olivia Jack’s Executive Privilege 3E were clear over the jumps but incurred one time fault in 79.479 seconds to finish second. Maggie Jayne had the fastest four-fault round aboard Alex Jayne’s Thomas Edison to place third in 69.857 seconds.

Jorge Verswyvel and Victoria
Photo by Jack Mancini

Other top finishers included Capall Zidane and Ronan McGuigan in fourth, Kesley Thatcher and Pony Lane Farm’s Dulf Van Den Bisschop in fifth, Gemma Paternoster and Sabine Ohly’s Indochine in sixth, Gemma Paternoster and Zonneglans in seventh, and Ramiro Quintana and St. Bride’s Farm’s Whitney in eighth.

In the $10,000 Welcome Stake on Thursday, Georgina Bloomberg jumped to victory aboard Radio City, owned by Gotham Enterprizes, LLC. Seven out of 29 entries advanced to the jump-off and Bloomberg and Radio City completed the fastest of four double clear rounds in 32.986 seconds for the win.

Ramiro Quintana earned both the second and third place prizes. Quintana jumped Alice, owned by Maverick Ventures LLC, to second place with a time of 34.596 seconds. He piloted Whitney to third in 36.347 seconds. Fourth place went to Heather Caristo Williams riding Evening Star, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Caristo, in 37.518 seconds.

Georgina Bloomberg and Radio City

On Friday, Cynthia Screnci jumped to victory in the $1,500 Tackeria Child/Adult Jumper Classic riding Kasimir. Andrea Dowd finished second riding Lillian Dowd’s Mademoiselle Zoe. Third place honors went to John Tredennick riding Wood Run Farms’ Trueman’s Affair.

Saturday’s $2,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic saw a win for La Fleur 43 and Leo Paoli. Carl Loui TSP and Alison Slott finished second with Ultimo Van Ter Moude and Tori Corts in third.

The High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic was won by Nerval De La Batia and Margaret Bopp. L.B. Stanislaus and Filip Amram placed second with Hollow Creek Farm’s La Fe Forli and Emanuel Andrade in third.

In the $1,500 Low Child Jumper Classic, Joanne Janson’s Sunshine and Francesca Dildabanian earned victory. Kelly Davato’s Joyride and Rylie Alewine finished second. CMJ Sporthorse LLC’s Elphaba and Charles Jacobs were third.

The $1,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic was won by Waldina and Maria Alejandra Andrade. Fabio Mazzarella rode Laurie Berry’s Don Argentino to second place. Andrea Jackson and Sandhya finished third.

The weekend’s jumper classes concluded with the $2,500 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic with a win for Amanda Harris and Brijant. Andrea Dowd and Mademoiselle Zoe finished second and Elizabeth Craven and Silverado were third.

Final Results: $25,000 ESP Holiday II Grand Prix

1. VICTORIA        JORGE VERSWYVEL   LOISSE GARCIA: 0/75.344

2. EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE 3E    MOLLY ASHE        OLIVIA JACK: 1/79.479
3. THOMAS EDISON   MAGGIE JAYNE      ALEX JAYNE: 4/69.857
4. CAPALL ZIDANE   RONAN MC GUIGAN   RONAN MC GUIGAN: 4/72.683

5. DULF VAN DEN BISSCHOP    KELSEY THATCHER   PONY LANE FARM: 4/75.403

6. INDOCHINE       GEMMA PATERNOSTER    SABINE OHLY: 4/75.839

7. ZONNEGLANS      GEMMA PATERNOSTER    GEMMA PATERNOSTER: 4/76.446

8. WHITNEY         RAMIRO QUINTANA   ST. BRIDE’S FARM: 4/76.500
9. EVENING STAR    HEATHER CARISTO WILLIAMS    MR. & MRS. RALPH CARISTO: 4/76.547

10. OSIRIS          GEMMA PATERNOSTER    GEMMA PATERNOSTER & JULIA HARRISON LEE: 4/77.039

11. CROSSFIRE 10    EMANUEL ANDRADE   HOLLOW CREEK FARM: 4/77.671
12. WINCHESTER      THEO GENN    BRIDLEBOURNE STABLES LLC: 4/77.861

Final Results: $10,000 Welcome Stake

1. RADIO CITY    GEORGINA BLOOMBERG    GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES, LLC: 0/0/32.986

2. ALICE    RAMIRO QUINTANA    MAVERICK VENTURES LLC: 0/0/34.596

3. WHITNEY    RAMIRO QUINTANA    ST. BRIDE’S FARM: 0/0/36.347

4. EVENING STAR    HEATHER CARISTO WILLIAMS    MR. & MRS. RALPH CARISTO: 0/0/37.518

5. WALTER 61    EMANUEL ANDRADE    HOLLOW CREEK FARM: 0/4/35.473

6. VICTORIA    JORGE VERSWYVEL    LOISSE GARCIA: 0/4/36.122

7. FLY AWAY    HAYLIE JAYNE    ALEX JAYNE: 0/8/34.128

8. CAPALL ZIDANE    RONAN MC GUIGAN    RONAN MC GUIGAN: 4/60.659

9. PALIM PALIM    WILHELM GENN    NANCY GOODING: 4/63.211
10. NERVAL DE LA BATIA    MARGARET BOPP    MARGARET BOPP LLC: 4/65.443

Hunter and Equitation Highlights

In the hunter divisions, Laurie Stevens and Iceman earned the championship in the Adult Amateur Hunters over Jenna Weiner and Ferragamo’s Feature.      In the Green Conformation Hunters, Erynn Ballard and Syndey Taylor’s Aoki were champion with Tina Allen’s Galaxy and Brooke Baldwin-De Grazia in reserve. In the Working Hunters, Jennifer Bliss rode Poker Face to the championship win with Erynn Ballard and Aoki in reserve.

The Performance Hunter 3’3″ & 3’6″ championship went to Lainie Wimberly and Postage Stamp Farm LLC’s Supernova with Angela Covert and Eastwood Equine Inc.’s Valentin in reserve.

The Arenus Low Working Hunter champion was Heiress owned and ridden by Andrea Holland. Ashley Shobert’s Striptease and Josee Stedding finished in reserve.

Sophie Michaels dominated the Large Junior Hunter championship for the week, earning the championship aboard Further Lane Farm’s Stellar and finishing in reserve aboard Further Lane Farm’s Mahalo.

In the pony divisions, Francesca Dildabanian rode Laugh Out Loud to the Medium Pony Hunter Championship with Emma Kurtz and Erika Luter’s Butterfly Kisses in reserve. The Large Pony Hunter champions were Ali Tritschler and Linda Evans’ Dreamland. Emma Kurtz and Scott Stewart’s All My Love earned the reserve championship.

In the equitation classes, Sydney Shulman and Back Country Farm’s Eli won the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal, presented by Randolph College, as well as the ASPCA Maclay class.

For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

Photo Credit: Photos © ManciniPhotos, www.manciniphotos.com. These photos may only be used in relation to this press release and with full photo credit.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

2013 College Preparatory Invitational Welcomes Top Colleges and Guest Speakers

December 21, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – December 21, 2012 – The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show (CPI) will hold its third annual competition on January 18-20, 2013, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. The CPI looks forward to welcoming college-bound hunt seat equitation and dressage riders at the nation’s premier College Equestrian Recruiting event, offering them more scholarship opportunities than ever. The event will feature a College Expo presented by Practical Horseman Magazine with representatives from many of the nation’s top equestrian colleges in attendance as well as several educational speakers.

The mission of the CPI is to prepare and educate student riders in grades 8 – 12 about the format of college equestrian competition, encourage academics and horsemanship, and to provide the riders with resources to create their desired college equestrian experience.

Along with the fantastic CPI competition, the event will offer seminars and question & answer sessions during the show. Riders and their families will hear about the college equestrian experience and familiarize themselves with the different associations that govern collegiate riding. Those will include presentations from Robert Cacchione, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Executive Director and Peter Cashman, IHSA Director at Large and United States Military Academy (USMA) Head Coach. Other special presenters will include Ellen White, Merrilee Wroten, Janet Harms, Dr. Karen Bump, and Randi Heathman.

 

Special Presenters at the CPI

Ellen White

 Ellen White, Head Coach at Baylor University, will introduce the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (formerly NCAA). White has been Baylor’s head equestrian coach for seven seasons. She has led the program to six straight Varsity Equestrian National Championship appearances, including a third place overall finish in 2012. As the Hunter Seat coach, she coached the team to the 2012 National title after finishing third in 2011, its previous best finish. White, an internationallyrecognized dressage trainer, was selected as the first head coach in the history of Baylor’s women’s equestrian program in 2005.

White joined the Baylor staff from Waco’s Willow Spring Farm, which she has owned and managed for the past 25 years. White also serves as an instructor for the American Pony Club Association & Junior Young Rider throughout the Lone Star state.

Still training with internationally known clinicians and Olympians, White was awarded U.S. Dressage Federation silver (1992) and gold (1999) medals, captured Selle Francais Horse of the Year honors three times (1992, 1993 and 1994) and won USDF Horse of the Year honors in 1993. White received qualifying scores for the U.S. Olympic Festival and Pan American Games, and she also was invited to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team in dressage.

Merrilee Wroten

Merrilee 
“Mimi” Wroten is the director of the riding program at Sweet Briar College and will be introducing American National Riding Commission (ANRC) at the 2013 CPI. Wroten is a USEF ‘R’ judge, an ANRC recorded judge and holds the ANRC top rider rating. She enjoys teaching and training riders of all levels and coaches successfully at home and away competitions. While at Sweet Briar, she has coached the ANRC team, the IHSA team, the Field team, and the Hunter show team.

In 2012, Wroten coached the Championship Old Dominion Athletic Conference(ODAC) Equestrian team, while at the same time being voted the 2012 ODAC coach of the year. In 2010 Mimi was awarded the Professional service award for the American National Riding Commission(ANRC).

Janet Harms

Harms is the Director of Dressage at The University of Findlay (UF) and will be introducing the Intercollegiate Dressage Association to the CPI competitors. Harms has been the head Dressage instructor and head coach of the IDA team at UF for the past ten years.

Harms grew up on a farm, and has been riding horses and ponies from the time she was three. Upon graduation from high school, Harms worked at Friendship Farm, an Arabian horse farm in Moline, IL, while attending college. An opportunity to become part of Friendship Farm’s Carriage Horse Division presented itself and for the next eight years, Harms learned the sport of competitive driving. All of the carriage horses had to be ridden, which is where the passion for Dressage entered the picture.

Harms took lessons from Betsy and Uwe Steiner who were the farm’s Dressage trainers. When the carriage division closed, Harms was offered a position as assistant trainer to Betsy Steiner. After eight years, Harms opened her own facility, Emerald Hills Equestrian Facility in northwestern Illinois.

Harms has competed through I-2, and has had the opportunity to train and compete many different types of horses. Harms taught Intermediate and Advanced riding lessons at Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She then applied and was hired at The University of Findlay to teach basic Dressage skills to students and to coach the Intercollegiate Team.

 

Dr. Karin Bump

Dr. Karin Bump will speak about equine academic offerings across the US. She will detail those types of offerings, types of degrees, educational focuses, and how those offerings and educational focuses fit into different career fields and aspirations.

Dr. Karin Bump, PAS, PhD, is a professor of Equine Business Management at Cazenovia College as well as Director of the National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics.  She has been involved in the equine industry since her youth and been employed in leadership roles within the field of equine academic offerings for the past 24 years.  As part of her research interests, Dr. Bump has traveled the country visiting colleges and universities and, together with her husband and business partner Tim Williams, developed a national database of undergraduate educational offerings in the equine discipline.

Dr. Bump is active in a variety of industry and professional organizations including: Founder and Director of the National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics, Board of Directors for the Equine Science Society, NY Equine Committee liaison to the American Farm Bureau Federation and Chair of the New York Farm Bureau Equine Committee, and founding member of the New York Equine Leaders. She is certified as a Professional Animal Scientist through the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois and a PhD from the University of Albany.

Randi Heathman

Randi Heathman’s presentation will summarize the equestrian opportunities that students have available to them in college and walk them through the college search and application process while keeping their equestrian goals in mind.

Randi C. Heathman is an independent educational consultant whose decade of experience in higher education and lifetime involvement in equestrian sports give her a unique foundation from which to assist families. Heathman holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in communication studies.  She honed her craft as senior assistant director of admission at Albion College while also working extensively with their equestrian teams and equestrian program from its creation in 2004. She is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and travels to many college campuses, educational workshops, and equestrian college fairs each year so that she can best assist students in finding their right-fit school.

A lifelong horsewoman, Heathman is a member of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the United States Dressage Federation (USDF).  Growing up, she competed in a variety of disciplines before concentrating her efforts on dressage.  In 2009, she and her Dutch Warmblood gelding Ricochet were named GAIG/USDF Regional Champions at second level in the adult amateur division. She is also a USDF bronze medalist.

 

CPI College Expo – Meet College and University Representatives!

The expanded CPI College Expo will take place in conjunction with the CPI competition and seminars and will be presented by Practical Horseman Magazine. The College Expo offers a two-day opportunity to all college bound riders and their families to attend the CPI to explore all of their collegiate riding and scholarship opportunities even if they are not entered to compete.

Representatives from colleges and universities with equestrian teams and programs will be on hand to talk with any and all potential student riders and their families. Even if you aren’t riding in the CPI, anyone is invited to attend. The expo will be a great opportunity to meet many of the top equestrian schools all in one place.

Participating colleges will include: University of North Florida, George Washington University, Averett University, Wilson College, University of Florida, Maryville College, Cazenovia College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Converse College, Colby Sawyer College, Florida International University, Auburn University, University of Miami, Florida Atlantic University, Sweet Briar College, Lake Erie College, Virginia Intermont, William Woods University, Skidmore College, Baylor University, Mount Holyoke College, South Dakota State University, Randolph College, Albion College, Mississippi College, Georgetown College, Centenary College, St. Andrews University, and The University of Findlay.

The CPI also offers many great scholarships to it participants. Thanks to Charles Owen, the 2013 CPI has doubled the amount of money for its High Point Rider Scholarships. The scholarships will award $2,000 each to the High Point Hunt Seat Equitation Rider and the High Point Dressage Rider. The Essay Award, Champion of Service Award and Written Horsemanship Test will all award $1,500, and the eight Photo Journalist Awards will now award $100 to each winner. CPI will also feature the opportunity of three $1,500 scholarships to high school seniors who participate in the 2013 CPI and enroll at the Virginia Intermont College.      CPI would like to thank all of its 2013 contributing sponsors, including: Alfred University, Centenary College, Charles Owen, CWD, Dietrich Insurance, Dover Saddlery, Dyer Equestrian, EQUUS Foundation, FootingFirst, LLC, Mississippi College, Practical Horseman Magazine, Purina, Randolph College, The Clothes Horse, The University of Findlay, and the USHJA Foundation.

 

2013 CPI Schedule

Friday, January 18, 2013 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Registration opens for Riders, Coaches, Sponsors, Speakers at GDF Tent

10:30 AM Horse Schooling/Review begins, Ring TBA (CPI Riders cannot school horses, only observe them being schooled)

12:00 PM – 4:30 PM College Expo presented by Practical Horseman Magazine open for all spectators to visit 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Written Horsemanship Test Available at Event Tent – Riders are required to pick up the test before 3:30 PM and will need to turn it in no later than 4:00 PM

3:00 PM Walking a Course and Basic Course Design- hosted by Pierre Jolicoeur, 2013 CPI Course Designer, Ring TBA. Visit PJ Saddles Table to enter your name in drawing to walk the course with Pierre. All CPI riders are invited to watch.

4:00 PM College Expo presented by Practical Horseman Magazine closes

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Presentation on Governing Associations of Collegiate Riding at GDF tent:

Robert Cacchione, IHSA Executive Director and Peter Cashman, Director at Large and USMA Head Coach Introduction to the IHSA

Janet Harms, University of Findlay, Introduction to the IDA

Mimi Wroten, Sweet Briar University, Introduction to the ANRC

Ellen White, Head Coach Baylor University Introduction to the NCEA (formerly NCAA)

Question and Answer Session with the four Representatives of the Governing Associations of Collegiate riding will follow their presentations

 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Horse Draw Reception presented by Dietrich Insurance at GDF Tent 6:30 AM  Open and Limit Hunt Seat Riders 10:00 AM Intermediate and Novice Hunt Seat Riders 11:30 AM Draw for Dressage Riders

7:00 AM Horse Schooling Begins, Ring TBA (CPI Riders cannot school horses, only observe them being schooled)

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM College Expo presented by Practical Horseman Magazine Open

Hunt Seat Eq Ring # 1, TBA 7:00 AM – 7:50 AM Course Walk 7:45 AM Class 1 Mounts 8:00 AM Show Begins in this order: Open Level Hunt Seat Classes 1 – 8 Intermediate Level Hunt Seat Classes 9 -16

Hunt Seat Eq Ring # 2, TBA 7:00 AM – 7:50 AM Course Walk 7:45 AM Class 17 mounts 8:00 AM Show Begins in this order: Limit Level Hunt Seat Classes 17 – 24 Novice Level Hunt Seat Classes 25 – 30

Dressage Ring, TBA 1:00 PM Dressage Classes 31 & 32 & 33

3:00 PM Silent Auction Closes at GDF Tent 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Coaches Cocktail Reception exclusive to Coaches, Judges, Speakers and Sponsors Sunday, January 20, 2013   11:00 AM Presentations and Awards at GDF Tent

Making the Grade – and the Team: Your College Riding Options Explained Randi C. Heathman, The Equestrian College Advisor

The Right Program For You! – Matching Equestrian Interests with College Options and Degree Offerings. Karin D. Bump, Professor Cazenovia College

 

Scholarship Winners & Special Awards Announced

About the College Preparatory Invitational The mission of the CPI is to prepare and educate student riders in grades 8 – 12 about the format of college equestrian competition, encourage academics and horsemanship, and to provide the riders with resources to create their desired college equestrian experience. The show is specifically geared to promote college recruitment of equestrians by providing the opportunity for coaches and potential students to meet in person. The College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show is rooted in the belief that equestrian talent, not finances, should dictate a rider’s opportunity to be a part of a collegiate team. 


Along with the competition, the CPI will offer seminars and question & answer sessions during the show. Riders and their families will hear about the college equestrian experience and familiarize themselves with the different associations that govern collegiate riding. There will also be a number or College and Universities present at the CPI to distribute literature and introduce the academic and riding opportunities, including scholarships, offered at their respective institutions.

For more information, please visit www.CollegePrepInvitational.com or visit their Facebook page.

Christmas Spirit Lights Up at Spruce Meadows!

December 20, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

(SPRUCE MEADOWS, Calgary, AB): Spruce Meadows invites everyone to join with the thousands that have already come through the Spruce Meadows grounds to enjoy the Spruce Meadows Christmas Lights, presented by Scotiabank, Bennett Jones, ATCO Group and Akita Drilling Ltd.

With over 74 kilometers of lights aglow around Spruce Meadows, it is truly a winter wonderland for the whole family to enjoy. Be our guests and bask in the glow of the season each evening until January 6th.

Spruce Meadows Christmas Lights on the Pond.
Photo Credit: Spruce Meadows Media

If you have the entire family gathered in one place for the holiday season, or are just looking for a unique and cost free outing, why not come skating, or enjoy a leisurely walk at Spruce Meadows?

With one of the best outdoor rinks in Calgary, the Spruce Meadows Pond is now open for skating and shinny. For those who have missed watching hockey this season, strap on some skates, grab your stick and bring your friends for a game. Two regulation hockey goals have been placed on the pond for those looking for a friendly game or to hone their skills.

Spruce Meadows employees enjoy a friendly game on the Pond.
Photo Credit: Spruce Meadows Media

After an amazing season of sport, Spruce Meadows is excited to begin the New Year with many new and exciting projects in the making.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Spruce Meadows!

 

Equestrian Sport Productions Holiday Festival I Show Wrap-Up: December 14-16, 2012

December 18, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – December 17, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions concluded its Holiday Festival I Show competion this weekend on December 14-16, 2012, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. The competition featured a $25,000 Grand Prix, $10,000 Welcome Stake, and a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.

Darragh Kerins and Hot Wheels Roll to Victory in $25,000 ESP Holiday I Grand Prix

Kerins mount, Hot Wheels, is a 15-year-old Silla Argentino gelding by Liliputiense. The speedy gelding has had success for many years and has been a great mount for Kerins, with many top wins. After Sunday’s class, Kerins stated, “He is just a great horse. Every day you take him out, he gives 100%. Last week was probably one of the worst days I have had with him all year. He hadn’t shown for a while and tried to do the grand prix and he had a couple down and he just wasn’t himself. I hadn’t planned on showing him again, but after that I just decided to go again this week and he was a different horse.”

Darragh Kerins and Hot Wheels
Photo by Jack Mancini

“He jumped great the first round and in the jump-off. I knew it was going to be very fast because there were ten clear,”

In the highlight event of the week, forty-four entries showed in Sunday afternoon’s $25,000 ESP Holiday I Grand Prix over a course set by Catsy Cruz of Mexico. Ten entries cleared the first-round course to advance to the jump-off and six jumped double clear. Ireland’s Darragh Kerins and Hot Wheels had the fastest time of 35.182 seconds for the win. Wilhelm Genn and Happy Z finished second in 37.009 seconds. Samuel Parot and Al Calypso placed third in 37.541 seconds.

Kerins said. “Four faults wasn’t going to get me very much of a paycheck, so I just tried to be quick and see what happened. All of the jumps stayed up and it worked out good.”

 

Commenting on the course, Kerins noted, “I thought it was a very good course; she built good courses all week. I thought it was fair for the amount of horses that were in it and she still ended up with ten clears, but there were a lot of good horses in it, so she did a good job.”

 

Hot Wheels will now have off until after the holidays and will then begin competing again during the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival circuit.

“We will just keep trying to keep him fit and aim him towards the circuit here,” Kerins detailed. “He is getting a bit older, so we have to pick and choose our classes with him. He has a lot of miles under his belt, but he is very sound and he is still fresh and he loves this ring here. He is very comfortable in it.”

Kerins described Hot Wheels’ personality and routine at home. “He is a character,” he smiled. “The same guy has looked after him for all of the time that I have had him. We don’t ride him much at home because he is just so difficult to get on and off and stuff, so we just try to keep him happy. We give him a lot of turn out and lunge him every other day. Then once he comes to the show and he walks in the ring, he knows his job.”

Final Results: $25,000 ESP Holiday I Grand Prix

1. HOT WHEELS DARRAGH KERINS DARRAGH KERINS: 0/0/35.182

2. HAPPY Z WILHELM GENN WILHELM GENN: 0/0/37.009

3. AL CALYPSO SAMUEL PAROT SAMUEL PAROT: 0/0/37.541

4. ORMSBY HILL LIZA FINSNESS LIZA FINSNESS: 0/0/38.506

5. LARGO RAMIRO QUINTANA MAVERICK VENTURES LLC: 0/0/39.061

6. CAPALL ZIDANE RONAN MC GUIGAN RONAN MC GUIGAN: 0/0/39.398

7. ATTACK II AMANDA DERBYSHIRE BECKY AND DAVID GOCHMAN: 0/4/38.072

8. GRACIELLA 50 SAER COULTER COPERNICUS STABLES, LLC: 0/4/39.103

9. AX-CENT KENNETH BERKLEY RIVERS EDGE: 0/4/39.743

10. VICTORY DA AUDREY COULTER COPERNICUS STABLES, LLC: 0/4/42.965

11. WHITNEY RAMIRO QUINTANA ST. BRIDE’S FARM: 2/84.156

12. EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE 3E MOLLY ASHE OLIVIA JACK: 3/85.327

Jumper Highlights
Thirty-four entries showed in Friday’s evening’s $10,000 Welcome Stake with 13 clear rounds to jump-off and six double clear competitors. Audrey Coulter and Copernicus Stables LLC’s Rodenburgh’s California had the fastest jump-off time of 36.57 seconds for the win. Michael Murphy and PenelopeStrait’s Valentino Z finished second with a clear round in 37.38 seconds. Samuel Parot and Whisper H.E. were third in a time of 37.19 seconds.

Audrey Coulter and Rodenburgh’s California

In the $1,500 Tackeria NAL Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic, Hannah Murrin rode Whipstick Farm’s Landdame to victory with Samantha Wight and Sweet Oak Farm’s Brooke Van De Zuuthoeve in second.

The $2,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic was won by Brett Burlington aboard Sweet Oak Farm’s ‘T Is Picobello Z. Kenzie Donovan and Volarnah finished second.

The High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic saw victory for Nathalie Mathers and Windline with Sydney Shulman and Back Country Farm’s HH Narcos Du Marais in second.

In the $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic, Hidden Creek’s Shadow, owned by Les Cabrioles, LLC and ridden by Mackenzie Graves, was the winner. McKenzie Wade and Leslie Davies’ Luna finished second.

The $1,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic was won by Amy Masterson aboard DK Masterson Holdings’ Temba B. Kathryn Haefner andKaberle finished second.

In the $2,500 M&S Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic, Katie McNair and Kilimanjaro were the winners with Lynn Yoos and Timba finishing second.

Hunter and Equitation Highlights
Showing in the Adult Amateur Hunter division over the weekend, Leslie Campbell rode E.L. Raymond to the championship tricolor with KellyJones’ O So Soxy and Lisa Butzer in reserve.

In the Amateur-Owner Working Hunters, Lauren Cechini and Graffiti were the champions. Stephanie Danhakl tied herself for reserve riding After Five and Humor Me.

In the Performance Hunter 3’3″/3’6″, Christopher Payne rode Julie Holzberger’s Pure Giving to the championship with Penny Lombardo and Jane Clark’s Goosebumps in reserve.

In the Green Conformation Hunters, Sandy Ferrell rode Stephanie Riggio’s Mariano to the championship with Victoria Colvin and Rose Hill Farm’s Joyful in reserve.

The Junior Hunters also showed over the weekend and Victoria Colvin took both top tricolors, earning the championship with Joyful and reserve championship with Canadian Blue, owned by Scott Stewart.

In the Large Pony Hunters, Emma Kurtz also earned both top honors aboard champion All My Love, owned by Scott Stewart and reserve champion Westside, also owned by Scott Stewart. In the Medium Pony Hunters, Kurtz once again dominated, earning the championship with All Seasons Farm’s Rock the Boat and reserve with Scott Stewart’s Show Me Love. The Small Pony Hunters saw another championship win for Kurtz, this time aboard Double G Stables’ Sparkle Plenty. Sophie Gochman and David Gochman’s Page 6 finished in reserve.

In the equitation classes, Sydney Shulman and The Freedom Group’s Lovely Charity won the Pessoa/USEF Hunt Seat Medal for the week. Brett Burlington rode Sweet Oak Farm’s Sunman to win the ASPCA Maclay class. Victoria Colvin rode Scott Stewart and Alexandra Crown’s Amore Mio to win the WIHS Equitation Overall.

For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com. Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Silver OakEquestrian Center to Host USEF Recognized Jumper Show

December 17, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

 

 

HAMPTON FALLS,NH—December    13, 2012—SilverOakEquestrianCenter inHampton Falls,NH will host a USEF-recognized all-jumper horse show, August 7-11, 2013.

                   Silver Oak was home of The Jumper Classic for the last five years and will now continue to bring world-class show jumping competition to New England under the leadership of Silver Oak proprietor David Birdsall, who will be President and CEO of the new event, and Dr. Jeff Papows, who will be the event’s Honorary Chairman, a position he held with The Jumper Classic for    14 years.

                   “We are thrilled and honored that the USEF has recognized our commitment to putting on a first-class event and to presenting the sport of show jumping in the best possible manner,” said Birdsall.  “Our plan is to utilize the outstanding features of the facility to attract the nation’s best horses and riders and to add exciting entertainment attractions that will continue the tradition of attracting large crowds of enthusiastic supporters to Silver Oak.  We are committed to making this event a showcase for our sport in every regard.”

                   Focusing strictly on jumpers, the event will offer divisions for children,    adults, juniors and amateurs in addition to an international open jumper division for North America’s leading Grand Prix riders.  The horse show will benefit the Children’s Wish Foundation International and all classes will be USEF recognized.

                   “Silver Oak is an outstanding facility,” said two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward.  “Dave Birdsall and Jeff Papows are both well    liked  and both have outstanding reputations.  There is no doubt that their horse show will be a premier world-class event.  I look forward to riding there next summer!”

SilverOakEquestrianCenter has built a reputation as one of the leading equestrian sports venues inNew England.  For the past five years it has attracted top Olympic riders and other show jumping stars.  The 150-acre facility is dedicated to providing a first-class experience for equestrian com­petitors and spectators alike.  Its unique grounds offer one of the country’s largest grass Grand Prix andDerby fields along with four all-weather rings featuring world-class GGT footing.

Located right off Route 95, less than 50 miles from Boston, Silver Oak features top quality jumping surfaces, first-class equine accom­modations and pristine fields and landscaping.  The HamptonFalls area is also home to many fine restaurants and hotels and is in close proximity to Boston, MA and Portsmouth, NH.

                   “The nation’s leading riders and trainers have gotten used to coming to Silver Oak for a world-class horse show and we look forward to welcoming them back next August,” said Jeff Papows, PhD.  “They will find a lot of what they liked when they came to Silver Oak in the past and, with the leadership of our new event, some changes that are sure to please them.  This will very much be a ‘Riders’ Horse Show.’”

 Further information is available at www.silveroakjumpertournament.com and http://www.facebook.com/SilverOakJumperTournament.

A Wicked Good Team

December 17, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Katie and Wicked blending in with the jump.
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Katherine Pontone will always remember her last year as a junior as a “wicked” experience with the best pony jumper she could have ever imagined. Katherine, 18, and her pony Wicked won the North American League’s (NAL) 2012 Pony Jumper Division Championship at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg in October. Katherine acquired Wicked in the summer of 2011 and describes the dazzling black and white pony – who is blind in one eye – as a forgotten pony.

“When I decided that I wanted to compete in the pony jumper division I was looking for a pony who could be successful jumping 3’6. Wicked was rarely ridden and had not been shown in over a year. Wicked didn’t even have an active USEF number then. In spite of her obesity and lack of training, I got a glimpse of her true heart. She loved to jump and she was so willing to please me. I knew I was taking a big risk when I bought Wicked. She needed to loose a lot of weight, she needed a lot of training and she had very little show experience; but I knew she had what it takes to be a winner. Everyone doubted her abilities but I never did,” Katherine said.

 

Even though Wicked was far from ready for showing, the pair worked together as Katherine entered her senior year of high school to get prepared for competition. After gaining some show experience, Katherine brought Wicked to the pony jumpers and joined the NAL’s Pony Jumper Division two months into the 2012 season.

Katie surveys her course.

When did you start riding?

I started riding when I was six-years-old. I just started showing competitively this year, including competing in the NAL. I showed in cross rails when I was 12 then I took a couple of years off and learned how to ride and then started showing again this year.

 

What is your favorite thing to do when you ride?

My favorite thing is trail riding and racing around with my Mom, who just started riding.

 

Who are the biggest influences on your life?

My mom is my biggest influence. She supports me in every way.  Also my trainer – Kali Jerman. She helps me perfect my technique. She won on her horse as a junior in the NAL Children’s Jumper division. I have been with Kali for seven months now. She is based in Colts Neck, New Jersey.

 

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment?

I would say the transformation of Wicked from being an overweight, forgotten pony in a field to an NAL Champion. My mom loved her from the start. She said, “Oh she’s pretty so we’ll get this one.” Wicked is a 13-year-old mutt that had been to three show grounds in her life; but she really didn’t have any kind of experience or show record. She is also blind in her right eye. She’s been blind for a couple of years now; but it doesn’t bother her and you can’t tell by her performance.

 

What are your goals in life and as a rider?

My lifetime goal is to become the best person I can be through horses and as a rider.

 

What do you like to do in your free time?

I don’t have much free time. I spend all my free time riding or caring for the horses. I am a working student at Bella Terra Farm.

Katie congratulates Wicked on a job well done at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

NRHA’s First Nine Million Dollar Sire – Topsail Whiz

December 14, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Photo Credit: John Brasseaux

December 12, 2012 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – By Christina Brezack – The sky is the limit for the record-breaking Topsail Whiz, as he becomes the first, and only, National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Nine Million Dollar Sire. His offspring at the 2012 NRHA Futurity made this feat possible by earning over $72,500 to push his Offspring Earnings to new heights. Those money-earners include: CC Chica Whiz (owned by Brent Loseke), CJ Whiz (owned by Euro-Vets Inc.), Hot Chic Whiz (owned by Bob Loomis), USS Whiz (owned by St-Onge Reining Horses Inc.), Whiz Starbrite (owned by Amabile & Strusiner), Whizen Starlight (owned by Robert Peterson) and Whizzer Whiz (owned by Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC). Topsail Whiz’s official NRHA Offspring Earnings are $9,030,000.

Bob Loomis Reining Horses’ Topsail Whiz (Topsail Cody x Jeanie Whiz Bar by Cee Red) is an NRHA Hall of Famer who earned $49,865 in the NRHA show ring. His successes included an All American Quarter Horse Congress Junior Reining Championship, 1991 NRHA Lazy E Classic Open Championship, a third place finish in the 1990 NRHA Open Futurity, and a fourth place finish in the 1991 NRHA Derby. In 2009, the reining community mourned the loss of this great stallion when he was humanely euthanized at Loomis’ ranch in Marietta, Okla.

Topsail Whiz’s top money earners include:

  • The Great Whiz (out of Pines BH by Great Pine): $256,500 NRHA LTE, owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Lance Griffin. 2003 NRHA Futurity Open Champion and 2003 Canadian Reining Breeders Classic Champion.
  • Easy Otie Whiz (out of Miss Poco Easy by My Lucero): $233,600 NRHA LTE, owned by Bobbie Cook and Outwest Stallion Station LLC. 2002 NRHA Futurity finalist, 2003 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open finalist, 2004 NRHA Derby Level 3 Non Pro Champion, 2004 NRHA Derby Level 4 Non Pro finalist and 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games Team Gold Medalist.
  • Whizkey N Diamonds (out of Princess In Diamonds by Shining Spark): $216,300 NRHA LTE, owned by CDR Farms and Rhodes River Ranch. 2011 NRHA Derby Co-Reserve Open Champion, 2009 NRHA Futurity Open third place finalist and 2012 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Senior Reining World Champion.
  • Walla Walla Whiz (out of Shiney Walla Wanda by Shining Spark): $187,800 NRHA LTE, owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Arcese Quarter Horses USA. 2007 NRHA Derby Open Champion and two-time National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) finalist.
  • Star Spangled Whiz (out of Sheza Shady Slider by Shining Spark): $175,300 NRHA LTE, owned by Bevilacqua Quarter Horses. 2009 NRHA Open World Champion, 2008 NRHA Open Reserve World Champion and 2008 Italian Reining Horses Association Futurity Open Champion.
  • Whizard Jac (out of Bees Honey Jac by Hollywood Jac 86): $155,200 NRHA LTE, owned by William and Dawn Pohl. 2012 NRHA Million Dollar Sire, 1996 NRHA Futurity Open Champion and first-ever USEF Reining Championship winner.
  • Remin Whiz (out of Sure Remedy by Docs Remedy): $145,700 NRHA LTE, owned by Lucy Van Swearingen. 2002 AQHA Junior Reining World Champion and two-time NRHA Derby Open finalist and two-time NRBC Open finalist.
  • Topgun Whiz (out of Ms Tidy Jac by Hollywood Jac 86): $145,600 NRHA LTE, owned by Leonardo Arcese. 1998 NRHA Futurity Limited Open Champion, 1999 NRHA Derby Open Champion and 1999 NRBC Open Reserve Champion.

Topsail Whiz is also the sire of four NRHA Million Dollar Sires: Conquistador Whiz, West Coast Whiz, Whizard Jac and Whiz N Tag Chex.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.

Equestrian Sport Productions Year End Awards Horse Show Wrap-Up: December 8-9, 2012 Donald Cheska and Imprimis

December 13, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – December 11, 2012 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) held its Year End Awards Horse Show on December 8-9, 2012 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. The show held a $10,000 Welcome Stake as well as a $25,000 Grand Prix as feature events in the International Arena over the weekend with Pierre Jolicoeur as the course designer. Along with a regular week of showing, the ESP Year End Awards, sponsored by The Tackeria, were handed out at a banquet and honored those top performers from ESP shows throughout 2012.

In the $25,000 Year End Awards Grand Prix, 26 entries showed and just two cleared the first round course without fault to make a jump-off. Donald Cheska and Windswept Farm’s Imprimis had one rail down in the short course in 41.980 seconds to earn the second place honors. Gemma Paternoster was the winner aboard Osiris, who she owns in partnership with Julia Harrison Lee, with a clear round but one time fault in the jump-off in 48.708 seconds.

Osiris is a sixteen-year-old gelding by Polydox x Lucky Boy that Paternoster has been riding eleven years. The pair showed in Wellington all summer, winning a grand prix in June and earning many top placings.

 

Gemma Paternoster and Osiris

“Since WEF last year he has had one rail and he has jumped a multitude of classes,” Paternoster stated. “He won the June grand prix and he was double clean in all of those welcome stakes over the summer. There are very few horses I have ever met that love the sport so much and he does. He can’t get enough.”

Speaking about the course, Paternoster described, “Judging by the scores it was a hard course. It was technical. You needed a very careful horse and an obedient one. He is not always the most rideable horse because he is a little hot, but he is so careful he makes up for it. They put the water back in this week, which was a nice test. The triple bar to the plank was hard. The horses had to be smart on their own. You couldn’t really do much for them in there. They had to see the plank and rock back and jump out. I think it was a hard test today.”

“I jumped my young horse too, she was seventh and she jumped fabulous,” Paternoster added. “I am so excited because they are almost ready to switch over so that Osiris can just chill a bit more and she can come up the ranks.”

“He’ll do what he tells me he is comfortable doing,” she said. “He has done all the World Cup classes at WEF, he has ribboned in the $500,000, the $250,000, he has done it all, so I don’t want to hold a ton of pressure on him. He has done ten Nations Cups all over the world. I am so happy that he gets to do this and win and get to be the mega-star in the barn. It is really nice for Julia Harrison Lee who owns half of him because he represents our stables and he is really a good example of what we try to do to produce a horse and make them happy and make them love the sport and perform well because of it. He is a fabulous representation for us and we are lucky to have him.”

Donald Cheska and Imprimis

There were several entries with time faults that kept them from the jump-off, but still placed in the top of the class. Amanda Derbyshire and Attack II, owned by Becky and David Gochman, had one time fault in the first round in 84.062 seconds to place third. Filip Amram and Cederick had one time fault in 84.660 seconds to finish fourth. David Blake and Pine Hollow Farm’s Shalimar had two time faults in 85.969 seconds for fifth place honors.

In the $10,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Welcome Stake, Darragh Kerins rode Elegance Van’t Paradijs, owned by Andrea Van Scheltinga, to victory. Twenty-seven entries showed and seven made it to the jump-off. Kerins and Elegance had the fastest of five double clear rounds in 32.626 seconds. Hector Florentino and Ultimo, owned by Stransky’s Mission Farms, finished in second place in 33.419 seconds. Theo Genn and Eduardo Leon’s Janitzio placed third in 34.973 seconds. Fourth place went to Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Eternal, owned by Bull Run Jumpers One LLC, with their double clear in 35.927 seconds. Gemma Paternoster and Osiris placed fifth in 39.568 seconds.

Commenting on his winning mount, an eight-year-old mare by Heartbreaker x Nabaab, Kerins explained, “I just rode her yesterday for the first time. A good friend of mine, Maarten Huygens, has her and he just asked me if I would be interested in showing her this weekend. I jumped her in a smaller class earlier on today and she jumped very well. She actually won the Level 7 as well, so we decided to give her a run this evening. It is probably the biggest class that she has done in her career.”

“She was good. She was a little bit green in the first round. I just didn’t know what to expect, but she is very careful and seems very competitive,” Kerins said. “In the jump-off, I left out one stride down to the double of verticals and she handled it very well. She is just a very competitive mare.”

Huygens stated, “I showed her myself in the 1.30m the whole summer and this is the first time that she jumped a big class with a big rider. She is for sale and until then Darragh will keep playing with her. She will probably try some 1.45m or maybe even more. I think she would be a really good high junior jumper for someone young.”

In other classes over the weekend, the Tackeria Child/Adult Classic saw a win for Perla Boord’s Don Giovanni LS and Javier Guerra. Diamond In The Rough and Victoria Griffith placed second.

In the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Caya and Ali Wolff were the winners. Emanuel Andrade placed second riding Hollow Creek Farm’s Crossfire 10, third riding Hollow Creek Farm’s Valence 7, and fourth riding Starlight, owned by Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc.

 

In the Reist Low Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic, Noel Powell and Sweet Oak Farm’s Mahogany won top honors. Cameron Morris and Caroline Mason’s Calvin placed second.

The M & S Child/Adult Jumper Classic was won by Diamond In The Rough and Victoria with Don Giovanni LS and Javier Guerra in second.

Hunter and Equitation Highlights

The $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Classic was won by Grant, owned by Marcia Radosevich and ridden by Robert Bielefeld. Shoreline, owned by Carolyn Gouse and ridden by Nicholas Decosta, finished second with Ocean Avenue and Alexandra Cleveland in third.

In the Adult Amateur Hunters, McLain Ward’s Clarity and Amy Mager earned the championship with LDM Dramatik and Lynn Berg in reserve.

In the combined Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunters, Star Lane Farm’s Martel and Olivia Easton earned the championship with Blue Monday and Jessica Pletka in reserve.

The ESP Open Hunter 3′ champion was Jane Hosack’s Masterpiece and Carol Delacy. Grant and Robert Bielefeld finished in reserve.

In the equitation, Sydney Shulman rode The Freedom Group’s Lovely Charity to victory in the Pessoa USEF Hunt Seat Medal. The ASPCA Maclay win went to Sophie Povirk aboard Monty Kelly’s Raleigh.

 

2012 ESP Year End Awards

 

The weekend also featured the presentation of Year End Awards for the 2012 ESP Circuit for all ESP shows throughout the year, including the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.

Top winners included Scott Stewart and Tristan, who were the high point earners in the Green Working Hunter division. Castlekeep, owned by Richard Prant and ridden by Heather Hooker, was the winner in the Amateur-Owner Hunters. Peakewood Farm’s Chromeo and Shawn Casady topped the Junior Hunter divisions for the season.

In the pony divisions, Aleece Jarman rode Hana Bieling’s Bleutiful to top honors overall in the Small Pony Hunters and was awarded the special Butchard Family Trophy. The Shenandoah Geni Memorial Trophy was presented to Stars and Stripes, owned and ridden by Anderson Wagner as the leaders in the Medium Pony Hunter division. For the Love and owner rider Alexandra Crown topped the Large Pony Hunter division. Rose Hill Farm’s Enjoy the Laugher and Cloe Hymowitz led the way in the Green Pony Hunters.

The Pre-Green Hunter division was won by Daybreak, owned by Patricia Monaco and ridden by Sandra Ferrell. The Adult Amateur Hunters awarded top honors to LDM Dramatik and Lyn Berg. Ocean Avenue and owner/rider Alexa Constantakos led the Children’s Hunters. The Outspoken Trophy was awarded to Laura Karet’s Caliber and Hayley Barnhill as the top point earner in the ESP Open Hunter division.

 

The Low Adult Hunters awarded Mainsail and Ashley Briggs as the best of the circuit. Top Low Children’s Horse was Armani, owned and ridden by Kristen Tennant. Best Children’s Pony Hunter was Anderins Memento, owned by Linda Evans and ridden by Ava Stearns.
In the Short Stirrup Hunter, Verry Berry, owned by David Gochman and ridden by Reid Arani, earned the Rita Flynn Memorial Trophy. The top Baby Green Hunter was Armani, owned by Jackie McCutchan and ridden by Ellie Raidt.

In the Adult Amateur Jumpers, Kasmir and Cynthia Screnci earned the most points.

The top Junior/ Amateur-Owner Jumpers were Can Be Good and Alexandra Crown. Sterling Silver LLC’s Little Joey and Emily Rizzo won the Children’s Jumper award. In the Low Children’s Jumpers, Montoga Inc.’s Darn It and Jessica Gollel earned top prize. The Low Adult Jumper champion was Calvin, owned by Caroline Mason and ridden by Cameron Morris.
In the Open Jumpers, Shane Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm’s O’Splendido had a great year to top the division. The Young Jumper champion was Cornishman, owned by SCNC Investments Inc. and ridden by Tiffany Cornacchio-Morrissey.
Windsom’s Prada, owned and ridden by Chase Finizio was the winner in the Cross Rails Hunter/Equitation. Taylor Bloom and Nicole Loy’s Cantageous Star were the champions in the Walk/Trot.

 

In the equitation divisions, Erika Jacobson topped the 11 & Under Equitation. Jordyn Katz won the 12-14 Equitation, and Taylor Shirey topped the 15-17 Equitation. The Adult Equitation winner was Tracey Mack-Gorin. The Show Stirrup Equitation was won by Liana Gavidia.

For more information, visit www.equestriansport.com and for full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.