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USEF Names Horses for CSIO5* Hickstead as Jumpers Eye Top Finishes

July 31, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY -A talented team of jumpers descend upon Hickstead, England this week to represent the U.S. at the CSIO5* Hickstead. The prestigious competition will run August 1-4 and hosts the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup of Great Britain presented by Longines on Friday, August 2nd. The U.S. will be represented by three veterans as Beezie Madden, McLain Ward, and Richard Spooner all look to score top honors throughout the week. Additionally, young rising stars Reed Kessler and Katie Dinan make their Hickstead debuts.

Madden (Cazenovia, NY), the reigning Rolex/FEI World Cup champion, heads into Hickstead’s prestigious competition on a roll. In addition to collecting her first World Cup title, she was a member of the U.S. team that won the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm at CSIO Wellington. The two-time Olympic Gold medalist most recently won the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Chantilly two weeks ago with Cortes ‘C’.


At CSIO5* Hickstead, Madden will ride Abigail Wexner’s Cortes ‘C’ and Coral Reef Ranch’s Coral Reef Via Volo.
Cortes ‘C’ is a 2002 Belgian Warmblood gelding.

Coral Reef Via Volo is a 1998 Belgain Warmblood mare.


Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C' (Sportfot)

Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’ (Sportfot)


Ward has stood atop the podium alongside Madden on many U.S. Teams including at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and the 2011 Pan American Games. The Brewster, New York, native has enjoyed a successful 2013 campaign on an array of horses. In April, he teamed up with Super Trooper De Ness to finish in fifth place at the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. A month later, Ward won his record eighth Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon with Rothchild.


At CSIO5* Hickstead Ward will ride Sagamore Farms’ Rothchild, Grant Road Partners LLC’s Super Trooper De Ness and Procedure Inc’s Cadence.
Rothchild is a 2001 Warmblood gelding.
Super Trooper De Ness is a 2002 Belgian Sport Horse stallion.
Cadence is a 2001 Swedish Warmblood gelding.


McLain Ward and Rothchild (Randi Muster)

McLain Ward and Rothchild (Randi Muster)

Spooner ( Agua Dulce, CA) has more than 100 Grand Prix victories to his name and has spent much of the last few years adding to his legacy, collecting top finishes at some of Europe’s most prestigious competitions. With longtime partner Cristallo, he closed out the month of June with his third career win in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Monte Carlo. A veteran of numerous U.S. Nations Cup teams, Spooner will look to secure top results throughout the week in Hickstead.


At CSIO5* Hickstead Spooner will ride Show Jumping Syndications International’s Cristallo, Molly Ohstrom’s Caretol 2 and Oscany, Inc.’s  Lets Dance.
Cristallo is a 1998 Holsteiner gelding.
Caretol 2 is a 2003 Holsteiner gelding.
Lets Dance is a 2002 Holsteiner gelding.


Richard Spooner and Cristallo  (Sophie Durieux)

Richard Spooner and Cristallo
(Sophie Durieux)

A year ago, Kessler (Lexington, KY) made her Olympic debut; at 18-years-old she was the youngest athlete to ever represent the U.S. in the equestrian competition. Since returning from London, she has been on a tear, winning both stateside and abroad. In October of 2012, she won the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, CSI 3*-W, Presented by Events DC at the Washington International Horse Show with Olympic partner Cylana. Kessler has continued to impress this year, jumping double clear to help the U.S. win the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm at CSIO Wellington and finishing 10th in her Rolex/FEI World Final debut.
At CSIO5* Hickstead Kessler will ride her own Cylana and Ligist.
Cylana is a 2002 Belgian Warmblood mare.
Ligist is a 2000 Swedish Warmblood gelding.


Reed Kessler and Cylana  (Shannon Brinkman)

Reed Kessler and Cylana
(Shannon Brinkman)

Dinan (Wellington, FL) is another young American talent that is making a name for herself at the highest level. The Harvard University student made her Rolex/FEI World Cup Final debut in April with Nougat Du Vallet, finishing in 16th place. In June, Dinan jumped a double clear with Nougat Du Vallet to help the U.S. Stripes team earn second place in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at the CSIO5* Spruce Meadows. For this effort she was awarded the Furusiyya Rider of the Day title.


At CSIO5* Hickstead, Dinan will ride Grant Road Partners LLC’s Nougat Du Vallet, Glory Days and Couletto K James.
Nougat Du Vallet is a 2001 Selle Francais gelding.
Glory Days is a 2001 Swedish Warmblood gelding.
Couletto K James is 1996 Hanoverian gelding.


Katie Dinan and Nougat Du Vallet (Sportfot)

Katie Dinan and Nougat Du Vallet (Sportfot)

The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup of Great Britain presented by Longines will begin at 2:15pm BST on Friday, August 2.


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ECCO FEI European Championships 2013

July 30, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lausanne (SUI), 30 July 2013

FEI European Dressage Championships 

By Louise Parkes

In the final countdown to the Blue Hors FEI European Dressage Championships, one of the three disciplines to be contested at the ECCO FEI European Championships 2013 in Herning (DEN), the stage is set for another intriguing encounter in the history of a sport that has undergone radical changes in recent years. It was at the last European Championships in Rotterdam (NED) in 2011 that the British bounced to prominence, claiming their very first team title and sending a warning shot across the bows of the other nations that had previously been so dominant.


Germany had long towered like a Colossus over the sport, taking the team title on 21 occasions since the first event took place in Copenhagen (DEN) back in 1963 and undefeated in the battle for the team honours right up until 2005 before the Dutch managed to break their spell at La Mandria (ITA) in 2007. Thanks to sparkling partnerships like Anky Van Grunsven and Salinero, Edward Gal and Totilas and Adelinde Cornelissen with Jerich Parzival, the Dutch then became the ones to beat, but another new era began with the British breakthrough two years ago that has set the template for everything that has followed ever since.


The fluid, forward-going, light-contact riding style demonstrated by Britain’s Carl Hester and his pupil, Charlotte Dujardin, has now become the desired objective, with judges clearly rewarding those who are prepared to follow suit.  Now many riders have effectively used the time since Rotterdam to put even more emphasis on lightness and harmony, and the tidal wave of change has been rewarded by renewed and expanded interest in the sport, which is thriving like never before.



The interest in the British team and Dujardin’s individual triumph at the London 2012 Olympic Games has been little short of phenomenal, but yet another new order has been establishing itself over the intervening months. The 28-year-old rider and the lovely gelding Valegro displaced Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival as the superstars in the aftermath of their success in the British capital, but working quietly away in the background was Helen Langehanenberg, a member of the silver-medal-winning German team in 2011 who was just squeezed out of a medal placing in London last summer. Langehanenberg and the gorgeous stallion, Damon Hill had finished as runners-up to Cornelissen at the 2012 Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final a few months before that, and the German was determined to take the top step of the podium at the Reem Acra Final this spring and did so in convincing style.  She comes to these FEI European Dressage Championships as a formidable threat, and with a powerful back-up team that includes Anabel Balkenhol (Dablino FRH), Kristina Sprehe (Desperados FRH) and Isabell Werth (Don Johnson FRH), putting Germany in a very strong position indeed.


The British aren’t intimated however, despite a relatively modest performance from Dujardin and Valegro during the pilot FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage series in Rotterdam (NED) last month. The pair showed flashes of their usual brilliance as they helped their side to victory with the biggest score of the day, but the Olympic champion admitted: “there are a few things I have to sharpen up”. She will need to be at her very sharpest to keep Langehanenberg at bay this time, and the battle between Germany and the British, who send out three of their 2011 gold medal winning side, promises to be fascinating.


Dujardin’s mentor, trainer and friend, and the man she calls “Grandad”, Carl Hester, took individual silver in both the Grand Prix Special and Freestyle in 2011, while Laura Tomlinson (formerly Bechtolsheimer) took Grand Prix Special bronze. The Olympic gold medal trio will be joined by Michael Eilberg with Half Moon Delphi in Herning.


They must know that expectations are great, with Dujardin awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) following her double Olympic gold medal victory, and Hester and Tomlinson each earning an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire), for their contributions to last summer’s glorious Olympic result. Living up to those expectations will be no mean feat.


The Dressage partnership of The Netherlands’ Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival will be chasing their third consecutive victory in the Grand Prix Special and a back-to-back double in the Freestyle at the ECCO FEI European Championships 2013 in Herning.  Photo: FEI/Peter Nixon. Photo Catalogue: images for editorial purposes are available free of charge from

The Dressage partnership of The Netherlands’ Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival will be chasing their third consecutive victory in the Grand Prix Special and a back-to-back double in the Freestyle at the ECCO FEI European Championships 2013 in Herning. Photo: FEI/Peter Nixon.
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Meanwhile the Dutch have been regrouping despite a health scare for Cornelissen’s Parzival who had to be treated for arrythmia last month. The big chestnut gelding missed the Dutch National Championships as a result, but he has recovered so well that he has been selected to join Glock’s Undercover with Edward Gal on board, Glock’s Romanov ridden by Hans Peter Minderhoud, and Kingsley Siro with Danielle Heijkoop in the saddle for the forthcoming Championships.


There was a real buzz about Gal and Undercover during the Dutch Championships, and with Minderhoud in flying form and Cornelissen and Parzival back in business, it seems there is a fascinating three-way contest for the team title in prospect, while it is also very open for the individual medals. Cornelissen of course will be on an additional personal mission in this context, as she will be hoping to top the Grand Prix Special for the third consecutive time and perhaps also make it a double of Freestyle titles.


Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello will also be ones to watch, their recent results suggesting they will challenge strongly. They will be joined by team-mates Minna Telde with Santana, Patrik Kittel with Watermill Scandic HDC and Malin Hamilton with Fleetwood. The host nation of Denmark will be competitive with Andreas Helgstrand (Akeem Foldager), Anna Kasprzak (Donnperignon), Lone Bang Larsen (Fitou L) and the always-reliable Nathalie zu Sayn Wittgenstein (Digby) flying the home flag.


A total of 15 countries have entered teams – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. And five nations will be represented by individual riders – Armenia, Ireland, Poland, Russia and Ukraine.


Competition Format 

The action will begin on Wednesday 21 August with the first part of the Team Competition and the team medals will be decided the following day. The individual Grand Prix Special will take place on Friday 23 August and, following a rest day on Saturday, the Freestyle will bring the entire ECCO FEI European Championships 2013 to a close.


The task ahead of the Ground Jury will not be a simple one. Led by President Leif Tornblad (DEN), judges Susan Hoevenaars (AUS), Dietrich Plewa (GER), Gustav Svalling (SWE), Isabelle Judet (FRA), Francis Verbeek (NED) and Andrew Gardner (GBR) must choose their champions from a wide-ranging wealth of talent this discipline has never witnessed before. Testament to the level of excellence now almost commonplace in this ever-changing sport, they too will be tested to the limit before the new champions are crowned.


Facts and Figures:

The FEI European Dressage Championships 2013 will take place at Herning in Denmark from 20 to 25 August.

Competitors from 20 nations will participate.

15 countries have entered teams:  Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

5 nations will be represented by individual riders:  Armenia, Ireland, Russia, Poland and Ukraine.

A total of 69 horse-and-rider combinations are listed in the definite entries (17 July 2013).

This is the 26th edition of the FEI Dressage Championships and the fifth time for the event to take place in Denmark.

The Danish capital city of Copenhagen hosted the first two Championships in 1963 and 1965.

Germany has won the FEI European Dressage Team title on 21 occasions, undefeated between 1965 and 2005.

The defending team champions are the British who made history with their very first victory in these Championships at Rotterdam (NED) in 2011.

This year The Netherlands’ Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival will be chasing their third consecutive title in the Grand Prix Special and a back-to-back win in the Freestyle competition.


The full list of entries for the FEI European Dressage Championships 2013 is available HERE 


FEI European Pony Championships 2013

July 30, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lausanne (SUI), 29 July 2013

Peters steals the limelight as brilliant British take four-time gold; team double for Germany while Ireland clinches individual Jumping title

By Louise Parkes

British riders dominated the podium at the FEI European Pony Championships 2013 in Arezzo, Italy where Phoebe Peters created a sensation when storming to victory in both Individual and Freestyle Dressage, and Yasmin Ingham secured double-gold in Eventing.  Germany topped the team events in Dressage and Jumping, while Susan Fitzpatrick clinched the Individual Jumping title for Ireland.


A total of 159 competitors from 17 nations lined out, and the flags of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland adorned the showgrounds.  Temperatures soared throughout the week, but ponies and riders coped admirably under the Tuscan sun.


Arezzo Equestrian Centre has long been a favourite with senior jumping riders throughout the spring season as horses are prepared for their tough summer schedule during the hugely popular Toscana tournament.  In a, literally, ground-breaking move however, the venue expanded its potential with the creation of a brand new cross-country course for this year’s European Pony fixture.  Designed by Italy’s Francesco Finocchiaro the 24-fence track stretched into the surrounding countryside before returning to a dramatic finish within the famous Boccaccio arena. Italy’s Pier Francesco Bazzocchi designed the tracks for the Jumping Championships, and the quality of competition in all three disciplines was nothing short of spectacular.


On the medal podium for Individual Dressage at the FEI European Pony Championships 2013 in Arezzo, Italy - (L to R) bronze medallist Lisanne Zoutendijk (NED), gold medallist Phoebe Peters (GBR) and silver medallist Semmieke Rothenberger (GER).  Photo: FEI/Helen Revington.

On the medal podium for Individual Dressage at the FEI European Pony Championships 2013 in Arezzo, Italy – (L to R) bronze medallist Lisanne Zoutendijk (NED), gold medallist Phoebe Peters (GBR) and silver medallist Semmieke Rothenberger (GER). Photo: FEI/Helen Revington.
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Germany took the team title for the 23rd time in the 27-year history of the Dressage Championships which were first staged at San Remo, Italy in 1986.  The Netherlands claimed silver medal spot and the British stood on the third step of the podium. Britain’s Peters gave warning of what was to come when producing the highest score of the entire competition with SL Lucci who achieved a mark of 77.795.


Germany already held the lead at the halfway stage thanks to excellent rides for Nadine Krauss (Danilo) who scored 75.692 and Sophie Kampmann (Voyager) who earned a mark of 75.513 on the first day. And although Semmieke Rothenberger and the great Deinhard B didn’t show their usual brilliance when scoring 71.846 the following morning, the German side still had the gold in their grasp before last-line rider, Hannah Cichos, extended their margin of advantage over their Dutch rivals with 74.590 from Equestricons Lord Champion.


The German total came to 225.795, with the Dutch combined score 221.513 while the British posted 219.667. Fourth place went to Denmark (212.33) with France in fifth (204.000) and Belgium in sixth place (203.700).  A total of 13 teams competed, with the British returning to the medal podium for the first time in six years.


After the team medal ceremony, Ground Jury member, Freddy Leyman from Belgium, couldn’t disguise his delight with the level of sport.  “We are seeing all of the riders producing very high-quality performances.  The standard just gets better and better every year and there are so many top combinations.  It’s different for the judges than it was five years ago.  Now it is a bigger challenge for us because the difference between the riders is in every little detail” he said.  And there was a great deal more excitement to come.


Peters sensationally clinched Individual gold two days later. She threw down the gauntlet with another fabulous test that oozed confidence, grace, lightness and accuracy for a score of 79.049. Four of the five judges put her in first place with a winning margin of just over half a percentage point ahead of Rothenberger in silver with 78.463, while The Netherlands‘ Lisanne Zoutendijk continued to impress when clinching bronze with Champ of Class scoring 77.317.

British Chef d’Equipe, Liz Mills, said  “we were all hoping for good things here because they (Peters and SL Lucci) have been so very, very consistent.  They won at Saumur and Compiegne – and at Vidauban they won six tests.  In total they have won 11 out of 15 competitions in the last while.  They are a fantastic partnership!” she pointed out.


Peters has been riding SL Lucci for two years and was on last year’s British team at the European Championships in Fontainebleau.  Under the tutelage of Peter Storr, her partnership with her gelding has gone from strength to strength.  Asked how she felt about her incredible victory, the 14-year-old rider said modestly “I’m really pleased.  Every time I ask, Lucci gives me 110 percent, and he tries so hard for me”.  She was particularly pleased with “the simple changes, he’s very strong at that, and today they pulled the score up again”.  She says she is inspired by her trainer and by the stunning Olympic performances of the British senior team.  “Charlotte (Dujardin) and Carl (Hester) have paved the way for us all now!” she pointed out.


While she was waiting to go into the medal ceremony, her pony was standing sleepily, probably wondering if there might be a few extra carrots in his feed that night.  “He’s always like this” Peters said, “but when he goes into the arena he really lights up, that’s one of the great things about him.  He’s the best, he amazes me, and there were things I could have done much better today so we can do even better again!” she added.


And she was right about that too.  When it came to the Freestyle the pair were in a class of their own, placing particular emphasis on their exceptional symmetry in canter-work.  The entire test had a sense of calm cooperation, and as they marched up the centre line it was clear they were about to create another sensation.  The spectators gasped when a score of 84.000 went up on the scoreboard – that was always going to be near-impossible to beat.


And so it proved.  With just four left to go, Germany’s Sophie Kampmann and Voyager earned a mark of 77.875 before Zoutendijk and Champ of Class took their turn.  And, as Dutch Chef d’Equipe Tineke Bartels commented afterwards, “Champ of Class was even more fit than yesterday.  His test was more fresh and he rode more uphill, and his attitude was very nice”.  The Dutch partnership was rewarded with a great mark of 80.775 for silver medal spot while Germany’s Rothenberger and Deinhard B posted 80.625 for bronze medal position.  Peters’ double gold was all the more remarkable for the fact that British riders had never previously taken any individual medal at the FEI European Pony Championships.


Ground Jury member, Susanne Baarup from Denmark, said the judges were all in agreement about the top three riders, and echoed the sentiments of so many of those who witnessed this amazing week of pony dressage. “The standard is getting so high, we just don’t know where it will end!” she said.



In a spectacular battle that went right down to the wire, Germany emerged to claim the Jumping Team title ahead of Great Britain in silver and Ireland in bronze medal position.  At the halfway stage it seemed the defending champions from Britain had it all sewn up with the only zero score, but France, Ireland and Germany were all lying just a fence behind and, in the end, three second-round clears from Germany sealed it.


The French lost out in dramatic style when last-line rider, Megane Moissonnier’s stallion Jimmerdor de Florys, stopped twice for a heart-breaking elimination that opened the door for the Irish.  This was the sixth time for Germany to take Team Jumping gold.  Their last victory was at Bishop Burton in Great Britain in 2010 and their first was back in 1989 at Millstreet in Ireland where Marcus Ehning, now one of the most famous names in the sport, was a member of the winning side.


The British began to look vulnerable when pathfinders Amy Inglis and Lea du Genier hit the middle of the triple combination at fence eight, but Emily Ward steadied the ship when following with a concentrated clear from King Mac.  However when Faye Adams’ chestnut mare, the 14-year-old Some Like it Hot, put a foot in the water the picture began to change again.  By then the Irish looked well out of it following a double-error from opener Tim McDonagh with Imagine If One and four faults apiece for Matt Garrigan (Future Interest) and Killian Norris (Javes Alun).


In contrast, only the opening German partnership of Philipp Schulze Tophoff (Mentos Junior 2) made a second-round error while team-mates Enno Klaphake (Pepper Ann), Justin Tebbel (Okehurst Little Bow Wow) and Lara Volmer (Carrick 13) jumped superb clear rounds to pile the pressure on the French and British in the battle for the gold.  Tressy Muhr had opened the French second-round effort with three fences down with Qredo des Islots, but Jean Zhemal (Nymphe du Sud) and Ninon Castex (Quabar des Monceaux) were foot-perfect so, if Moissonnier could follow suit, then they would be on level-pegging with the Germans and perhaps the British.  But there was a groan of horror when the French rider’s pony decided he had enough, first stopping at the vertical at fence three and then again at the oxer at fence five to bring their day to an end.  France would now have to count those 12 faults from Muhr, and suddenly the Irish were back in the game because their final partnership of Susan Fitzpatrick and Rock Dee Jay produced a brilliant clear to leave them on a total of 12.


It was now all up to 2012 Individual Champion, Mille Allen from Great Britain.  If she could return without penalty then one of the two four-faults on her team’s score-sheet could be dropped and they would go into a jump-off for gold against Germany.  But, as Chef d’Equipe Katrina Moore said afterwards,”the water played a big part in the British result”, and it wasn’t a good one as the judge’s flag was raised yet again.


There were a lot of wet Germans in the aftermath, Chef d’Equipe Peter Teeuwen first to be unceremoniously deposited in the lake in the Baccocchi Arena before his riders joined him.  They all arrived into the post-competition press conference looking a little less than pristine but with big smiles on their faces. “I’m very proud of my riders and my ponies” the winning team manager said.  “We didn’t start so well in the first round but in the afternoon we were better and we really fought for the gold”.  British Chef d’Equipe, Katrina Moore, said “we always knew the Germans would be hard to beat so we were not surprised by how strong they were”. Looking forward she added, “now we have four riders in the top 12 going into the Individual Final and we are very hopeful about that”.


And what a thriller the Individual final was, with Ireland’s Susan Fitzpatrick emerging to take the gold and a five-way jump-off for silver and bronze. Denmark’s Jessica Toelstang held the lead going into the final day with a zero score followed by Ninon Castex from France (Quaber des Monceaux) carrying just a single penalty, while the eventual gold and silver medallists were amongst the group of eight pony-and-rider combinations who had four penalty points each at this stage.  Castex took over the lead when clear in the opening round while Toelstang left a pole on the floor and so was sharing silver medal spot with Fitzpatrick and Allen as round two began, and another five riders were now tied for bronze on eight faults.


It was Fitzpatrick’s double-clear that clinched it for the 14-year-old from Country Kilkenny.  Allen hit the oxer at fence four second time out, while there was a gasp when Toelstang and her 16-year-old mare lowered the second fence moving both of these riders onto an eight-fault tally.  And there was heart-break for Castex who had already left a fence on the floor before her stallion got into a muddle in the triple combination and stopped at the last element.  She circled and finished, but with nine faults on the board all her dreams of Championship glory had slipped away.


With the Irish girl now confirmed in gold medal spot, the five-way jump-off for the remaining medals began with a four-fault round from German team gold medallist Lars Volmer and his fabulous grey stallion Carrick 13.  There were three of the British silver medal winning team still in contention, and Amy Inglis was first of these to go against the clock, but the middle part of the double fell for four faults.  Team-mate Emily Ward was next in with King Mac and produced the first clear in 33.52, but Allen and Song Girl shaved just under a second off that with a superb run in 32.91 that clinched silver while Toelstang and her mare, Nikolina, breezed home in 33.28 for the bronze.


Fitzpatrick, only the fifth Irish rider to take the coveted Individual Jumping title, thanked her trainer, Denis Flannelly, and all her back-up team.  She admitted she had gold in her sights coming to these championship with the 11-year-old gelding son of Arko lll, Rock Dee Jay, who twice earned team silver for Ireland with Max O’Reilly-Hyland in the saddle.  “I did hope for gold, but it’s hard to believe I actually got it!”, the Irish girl said afterwards.



In bronze medal position going into the final jumping phase of the Eventing Championship, all four British team members went clear to finish on their dressage scores and snatch victory from the French who had to settle for silver, while the defending champions from Ireland rose from fourth place to clinch the bronze.


Yasmin Ingham was crowned Individual champion when, lying third going into the final day, the two riders ahead of her both faltered.  The Italian team slipped from the reckoning when two of their riders collected penalties, and eight faults proved particularly costly for Matteo Guidici (Mon Nantano de Florys) who dropped from silver medal position to finish ninth individually for the host nation.  It was also a desperately frustrating day for Victor Levecque from France whose stunning dressage and cross-country performances seemed to have set him up for the individual title, only to be denied by a stop and a fence down on the final afternoon.  However the strength of the lead he had established in the Dressage arena was underpinned by the fact that he was still able to finish in individual bronze medal spot.  Meanwhile a clear with Perle de Boisdelanouse clinched individual silver for his team-mate Marine Bolleret who was hovering just outside the medal zone in fourth as the final phase began.


On cross-country day, all four of the leading nations maintained their Dressage positions.  The French had just a 1.70 point advantage over Italy in second place with Great Britain just over four points further adrift being closely stalked by the Irish.  The Germans were lying fifth as the day began, but their chances were dashed when Anna Kamieth retired with Mr Harvey after a stop at the third element of the Roller Coaster combination at fence 11 and Julian Wipperman was eliminated for a fall from Chessy at the Steeplechase fence at eight.


The Roller Coaster, which followed the Water Splash at 10, produced some interesting moments as the slope on the landing side of the first element seemed to take some ponies by surprise, and the nearby Hill and Boat water complex also proved influential, with refusals for three different riders at the first element.  However it was the brush corner at 20, located in the Boccacci Arena and jumped on a bending line following the previous drop into water, that racked up the most penalties. From the starting field of 49, there were seven cross-country eliminations while a total of 41 completed, and 27 added nothing to their Dressage scores.


Just 1.80 faults separated the top two teams in the final analysis, while the Irish finished six points further adrift.  Ingham (Craig Mor Tom), Rose Nesbitt (Carrowmore Gemstone), Libby Seed (Mr Vick) and Charlotte Bacon (Three Wells Breeze) completed with a tally of 142.20 to take gold for Britain, while the French side of Bolleret and Levecque along with Yfke Bourget (Daijpour) and Marie Gagneux (Plume de Virey) posted 144.00 for silver.  Ireland’s Shannon Nelson (Millridge Buachaill Bui), Lucy Latta (Nono), Donnacha O’Brian (Ice Cool Bailey) and Nessa Briody (Rathnaleen Dark Secret) registered 150.90 to push the host nation off the medal podium by a margin of just 2.80 penalty points.  The relieved Irish Chef d’Equipe, Sue Shortt, said she was glad that her side had not lost out on the medals by such a narrow margin.  “I couldn’t have faced going home if we had been beaten by 0.7 percent!” she pointed out.  Ireland’s Nelson finished individually fourth.


British Chef d’Equipe Sarah Hancox said, “we brought a very talented squad of six girls who have bonded into a great team.  They all achieved personal bests in dressage and they all finished on their dressage scores”.  French Chef d’Equipe, Emmanuel Quittet, held a protective arm around Levecque during the final post-competition press conference.  “I’m feeling very sad for him” Quittet said, “but I’m happy for the result in the end”.


Italy’s Katherine Lucheschi, a member of the Ground Jury for Eventing, praised the organisation of the entire FEI European Pony Championship fixture at Arezzo, and the flexibility and ingenuity shown by the team who made it all happen.  “When we came here on Tuesday we were amazed by the wonderful facilities.  They had never held a three-day-event here in Arezzo, but Francesco Finocchiaro and his assistant Gianni Gusci Renzetti have done an amazing job building the cross-country course from scratch, and the whole week has been a wonderful experience and a great success”.



FEI European Pony Team Dressage Championship:  GOLD – Germany 225.795: Danilo (Nadine Krauss) 75.692, Voyager (Sohie Kampmann) 75.513, Deinhard B (Semmieke Rothenberger) 71.846, Equestricons Lord Champion (Hannah Cichos) 74.590; SILVER – Netherlands 221.513: Hassendonck S Sultan (Joelie Peters) 71.487, Champ of Class (Lisanne Zoutendijk) 75.821, Kingsley Ciske (Demy Kurstjens) 71.974, Dr Watson (Febe van Zwambagt) 73.718; BRONZE – Great Britain 219.667: Valido’s Sunshine (Rebecca Bell) 66.128, Holsteins Derwisch (Rose Hugh-Smith) 67.795, Dynasty (Erin Williams) 74.077, SL Lucci (Phoebe Peters) 77.795.


FEI European Pony Individual Dressage Championship:  GOLD – SL Lucci (Phoebe Peters) GBR 79.049; SILVER – Deinhard B (Semmieke Rothenberger) GER 78.463; BRONZE – Champ of Class (Lisanne Zoutendijk) NED 77.317. 


FEI European Pony Freestyle Championship:  GOLD – SL Lucci (Phoebe Peters) GBR 84.000; SILVER – Champ of Class (Lisanne Zoutendijk) NED 80.778; BRONZE – Deinhard B (Semmieke Rothenberger) GER 80.625.


FEI European Pony Team Jumping Championship:  GOLD – Germany 4 faults: Mentos Junior (Philipp Schulze Topphoff) 8/4, Pepper Ann (Enno Klaphake) 0/0, Okehurst Little Bow Wow (Justine Tebbel) 4/0, Carrick 13 (Lars Volmer) 0/0; SILVER – Great Britain 8 faults: Lea du Genier (Amy Inglis) 0/4, King Mac (Emily Ward) 4/0, Some Like it Hot (Faye Adams) 0/4, Song Girl (Millie Allen) 0/4; BRONZE – Ireland 12 faults: Imagine If One (Tim MacDonagh) 0/8, Future Interest (Matt Garrigan) 4/4, Javas Alun (Killian Norris) 0/4, Rock Dee Jay (Susan Fitzpatrick) 4/0.


FEI European Pony Individual Jumping Championship:  GOLD – Rock Dee Jay (Susan Fitzpatrick) IRL 4; SILVER – Song Girl (Millie Allen) GBR 8/0 32.91; BRONZE – Nikolina (Jessica Toelstang) DEN 8/0 33.28.


FEI European Pony Eventing Team Championship:  GOLD – Great Britain 142.20: Craig Mor Tom(Yasmin Ingham) 44, Carrowmore Gemstone (Rose Nesbitt) 48.00, Mr Vick (Libby Seed) 49.20, Three Wells Breeze (Charlotte Bacon) 60.80; SILVER – France 144.00: Perle du Boisdelanoue (Marine Bolleret) 45.20, Qualitat des Bourdons (Victor Levecque) 45.70, Djaipour (Yfke Bourget) 53.10, Plume de Virey (Marie Gagneux) 73.00; BRONZE – Ireland 150.90: Millridge Buachaill Bui (Shannon Nelson) 47.30, Nono (Lucy Latta) 47.50, Ice Cool Bailey (Donnacha O’Brian) 56.10, Rathnaleen Dark Secret (Nessa Briody) 77.80.


FEI European Pony Eventing Individual Championship:  GOLD – Craig Mor Tom (Yasmin Ingham) GBR 44.00; SILVER – Perle du Boisdelanoue (Marine Bolleret) FRA 45.20; BRONZE – Qualitat des Bourdons (Victor Levecque) FRA 45.70.

Quebec Original World Cup: Irishman Andrew Bourns in First Place

July 29, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Bromont, Quebec – July 28, 2013 – The International Bromont ended this Sunday July 28th with Irishman Andrew Bourns’ stunning victory in the Quebec Original World Cup qualifying event, at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park.


Andrew Bourns and Gatsby - Photo By: Cealy Tetley

Andrew Bourns and Gatsby – Photo By: Cealy Tetley

The course, designed by world renowned Leopoldo Palacios (VEN), comprised thirteen obstacles for sixteen efforts, with a time allowed of 85 seconds. Only three of the twenty-eight participating pairs made it to the jump-off, as there were many technical difficulties.


A first play-off round

The spa (a large obstacle) just before the triple combination proved to be almost insurmountable, forcing riders to play on the scope of the strides. Many had to forget about making it to the jump-off on that fence. The last double combination, with only one stride between both fences, did not leave many survivors. Derek Braun (USA) / Lacarolus, Liubov Kochetova (RUS) / Aslan and Andrew Bourns (IRL) / Gatsby were the only ones to qualify for the jump-off.


A battle of three

American Derek Braun is the first in the ring for the second round, where, with Lacarolus, he executes a clear round in 42.77 seconds. Liubov Kochetova (RUS) on Aslan gets a better time than the first pair, but a fallen bar takes away their chance at first place. Andrew Bourns (IRL), last competitor in the ring, goes for broke on his mount Gatsby, a calculated risk since his quick and precise turns allow him to best Braun’s time by over two seconds, giving him first place.


A sixth place for Angela Covert

Quebec’s Angela Covert Lawrence, who finished in second place in last Sunday’s Grand Prix, climbed to a 6th place ahead of Andrew Bourns and his second horse, New Boy de Logerie.


Montrealer David Arcand, took 9th  place with Vledder, just behind Mac Cone and Armor van de Rostal.


About International Bromont

International Bromont promises an unforgettable 2013 edition with five FEI events, the return of the Royal Canin Challenge (in collaboration with the Club d’agilité de la Montérégie), two Speed Derbies and a Hunter Derby. For more information on the programme, visit our site at


International Bromont, hunter and jumping competition, presents its 38th edition at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park from July 11 to 14, 17 to 21 and 24 to 28. International Bromont would like to thank the Ministère de l’Éducation du Loisir et du Sport as well as the Ministère du Tourisme du Québec for their support. General admission: $10 per person and free for children under 12. Preferred admission: $25 a ticket.


Results – Quebec Orignial World Cup  

1. Andrew Bourns (IRL) / Gatsby 0-0, 40.20

2. Derek Braun (USA) / Lacarolus 0-0,42.77

3. Liubov Kochetova (RUS) / Aslan 0-4,42.68

4. Roberto Teran (COL) / Woklahoma 1,86.91

5. Elizabeth Gingras (CAN) / Avensis 4 4,81.86    6. Angela Covert (CAN) / Utan 4, 82.14

7. Andrew Bourns (IRL) / New Boy de Logerie 4, 82.52

8. Mac Cone (CAN) / Amor van de Rostal 4, 83.03

9. David Arcand (CAN) / Vledder 4, 83.09

10. Liubov Kochetova (RUS) / Wilford 2 5, 85.96


Information: Alexandra Hill, communications – International Bromont, T. 450-534-0787 | C. 450-525-2716






David Beisel and Ammeretto Taste Sweet Victory in $30,000 D-Braider Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix

July 29, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

They post their first grand prix victory together during the finale of the 2013 Horse Shows by the Bay Series.

Traverse City, MI – July 27, 2013 -David Beisel and Ammeretto saved their best for last.


After winning the first class they contested during the 2013 Horse Shows by the Bay Series on July 4, they finally picked up their second blue ribbon today during the $30,000 D-Braider Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix.


“It was worth the wait, for sure,” said Beisel, who also notched his first grand prix win aboard the 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion (Numero Uno–Ranna).

Ammeretto and David Beisel

Ammeretto and David Beisel




Last also proved to be fortuitous for Beisel in the jump-off, as he watched and waited while six other contenders jumped off before he tackled the course as the final qualifier.


“It was great to be in that position and get to see everyone else go,” he said. “And to know how fast everybody was and whether it was necessary to go inside at the Horse Shows by the Bay Island. I knew that the leader had gone around and that I didn’t have to do that to win.”

The J.P. Godard-designed course drew 18 starters on a misty evening in Traverse City before an appreciative crowd celebrating “Hay Day,” a fundraiser and silent auction for Michigan Horse Welfare, sponsored by Meijer.

Ammeretto and David Beisel receive their awards from Karin Flint, left, and National Cherry Queen Sonya Sayler

Ammeretto and David Beisel receive their awards from Karin Flint, left, and National Cherry Queen Sonya Sayler

Pako and Lillie Ross, grand prix victors during the 2012 series, provided the first clean jump-off performance, with a speedy time of 33.20 seconds, setting the early pace.

Nick Novak and Rendezvous 22 followed, and although they had a rail, their time of 32.40 seconds revealed that it was possible to break the 33-second mark.

When Lisa Goldman trotted into the ring aboard Centurion B, she had her eye on the time and a three-peat. Goldman had already won the $2,500 CMJ Sporthorse 1.40m Speed Stake and the $10,000 Positive Step Open Jumper Welcome Prix during Series IV, and she was the defending champion in this grand prix.

David Beisel shares his celebration with Ammeretto's owners, family and friends.

David Beisel shares his celebration with Ammeretto’s owners, family and friends.

She immediately turned on the speed, and Centurion B responded with tight turns and quick jumping, and they took over the lead with a clear round in 33.05 seconds to cheers from the packed Morgan Stanley/VIP and Sponsor Tent.

Charlie Jacobs and Flaming Star gave the crowd more to cheer about with a gallant effort. But they couldn’t quite match Goldman’s time, going clean in 33.15 seconds, which was good for third.

While the jump-off was winding down, Beisel was preparing Ammeretto, but it wasn’t going well.

“Warming up, I had trouble getting him to jump a nice jump off the right lead, and that’s why I ended up taking the funny left lead approach to the first jump,” he said. “I wasn’t planning on that, but he really jumped well off the left lead out here (in the warm up) so I did that.”

Although they had an unusual start, their jump-off turned out to be perfect.


The 15.3-hand bay flew around the course, and, with Beisel’s precise ride, they soared across the finish line without touching a rail in 31.85 seconds, for a decisive and well-earned victory over Goldman and Jacobs.

“He and I have always liked to go for it, and we’ve been doing it since the 5-year-old Young Jumpers,” Beisel said. “We won plenty of 6-year-old classes, and he was the 6-year-old Young Horse National Champion, so we did plenty of going fast, and I think he really enjoys it. He might even like it more than me. Sometimes, I try not to go too fast!”

Yann Candele took first place in the $10,000 Hagyard Leading Jumper Rider Cash Bonus Award for the 2013 Series with 205 points

Yann Candele took first place in the $10,000 Hagyard Leading Jumper Rider Cash Bonus Award for the 2013 Series with 205 points

Beisel said he had a good feeling about their jump-off after he landed from the final D-Braider Cherry oxer and sprinted for the finish line.

“I thought he was quick. Then when I heard people screaming, and I heard my wife, I figured I had it,” he said with a laugh.

After collecting the winner’s share of the grand prix purse, Beisel, of Goshen, OH, also stepped up to claim third place in the $10,000 Hagyard Leading Jumper Rider Cash Bonus Award with 154 points. He finished behind Yann Candele (205 points) and Aaron Vale (163.25 points), who had won classes earlier in the series.

“It was so nice of Hagyard to sponsor this, and what a great bonus in addition to winning,” he said. “I’d been trying to accumulate points ever so slowly, so it’s nice to get a win and get a little bonus at the end.”


As a fitting conclusion to grand prix action during the 10th anniversary of the Horse Shows by the Bay Hunter/Jumper series, the final grand prix awards will remain here in Traverse City with Ammeretto’s owners, Dale and Barbara Nielson, of Equine Holdings LLC.

“This was my favorite thing tonight,” Beisel added. “The owners of the horse were able to be here and watch their horse jump and see his first grand prix win. And it was great to have my wife [Paige], kids [Cooper and Izzy] and fans from the barn here cheering me on. It was so much fun.

“We had a great time here, and I already look forward to coming back next year,” he added. “Alex [Rheinheimer] does such a great job, and it’s so nice for Karin Flint to sponsor this class and to have such a nice horse park for us to come show.”



To watch Ammeretto’s winning efforts, please click here.


Follow the action on July 28, the final day of Horse Shows by the Bay Series IV.


Competition will be held in all five rings, with the Grand Prix Ring and R.L. Polk Family Main Hunter Ring streaming live thanks to ShowNet LLC and this week’s free streaming partner, Alltech Equine TV.


They’re bringing the action right to your screen every day, beginning at 8 a.m. Go and click on “Watch It Live.”  Horse Shows by the Bay Series IV


Stephanie Novas and Amyra R Claim $10,000 1.40m Open Jumper Stake Triumph at Equifest I

July 29, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wayne, IL – July 27, 2013 – The applause and excitement could be heard resounding throughout the Lamplight Equestrian Center this afternoon as the $10,000 1.40m Open Stake got underway in the Grand Prix Ring. It was the fourth day of Equifest I, and the nation’s top riders gathered to show under the blue skies for their share in the prize money, and the coveted $500 SSG Digital Riding Glove promotion bonus. Only three horse and rider combinations were able to ride the first course clear and progress into the arduous jump-off. It was Grand Prix rookie Stephanie Novas who wowed the crowd today, taking the top earnings and the bonus money with Amyra R. Brittini Raflowitz piloted Elios to the second place finish as the only other rider to go double clear, also picking up the third place with her second mount, Zacca Zoeloe.


Manuel Esparaza designed today’s track, creating a technical course including bending lines, tight turns, hard rollbacks, a vertical-oxer double combination and a vertical-oxer-vertical triple combination. The jump-off course began over a vertical heading away from the in gate, and then required a hard left rollback over an oxer. They then took the oxer from the outside line and continued forward through a right turn over a vertical leading into the double combination. Speed was key as they approached the final line, taking the oxer and racing toward the vertical to break the beam on the other side.


Raflowitz, was the first to outwit Esparaza’s first round course, and she was the first to tackle the shortened track with Zacca Zoeloe, owned by Maarten Huygens of Wellington, FL. It seemed as though her plan would go perfectly to plan until she came off of the inside turn to 3 and found a tight distance to the oxer of the double-combination. They pulled out before the oxer, costing them their clean round and time, but they proved good enough for the third place finish.


“That is the biggest class he has done yet, we’ve really worked on raising him up slowly,” Raflowitz explained. “I couldn’t of asked him to perform any better. He jumps better and better every time. Third place isn’t bad, especially for his first 1.40m class. I was really happy.”


Novas and her own Amyra R entered the ring behind Raflowitz, using a quick plan to their benefit. In a blaze, she erupted from the in gate and took the course with ease. Opting not to take any quick turns and rather focus on foot speed, Novas piloted Amyra R to a double-clean effort in 33.883 seconds. This was only the second time Novas has competed at this height and her first Grand Prix win.


“I actually really liked the design. I had done the Lows and Highs earlier, so I had ridden the lines. The jumps were definitely bigger which made me nervous, but I reminded myself not to have high expectations,” Novas said. “There were only three of us in the jump-off. I wanted to set a pace that Brittini would have to work to catch. Amyra R was really good out there, especially considering that I rode off my eye. I didn’t walk the course because we were so busy earlier, but she is very adjustable so it was easier for me to ride the lines. She has a very even step, and I can change my mind last minute if need be.”


Novas continued, “We have been working on getting her to back off of the jumps. She is very hot and she really does like to go. She is very brave. We have to slow her mind down, and keep her relaxed.”


The jump-off continued as the spectators wondered if Raflowitz would be able to catch Novas’ time and duplicate the same accuracy. As she entered the ring, the spectators were on the edge of their seats, knowing that Elios, owned by Huygens, was the Welcome Stake winner with Raflowitz in the irons on Thursday. Elios shaved off seconds with his large stride, and Raflowitz opted for the inside turn from an oxer to the vertical leading into the troublesome double combination. It seemed as though she would catch Novas, but as she tripped the timers, the scoreboard showed her a full second behind. Their clean effort in a time of 34.970 seconds was enough to claim the second place.


“He’s amazing right now,” Raflowitz said of Elios. “He’s jumping the most amazing I’ve ever felt. I mean, second? I don’t care that we didn’t win, he’s fantastic and that’s all that matters. He tried, and it was wonderful.”


She continued, “Going in first, I didn’t get to watch anyone else so I didn’t know how to run it. I thought the inside turn was easy enough to do, just to make sure we were all quick. We didn’t know what his time would be, so better safe than sorry. I am so happy that we went double clean. Consistency is his key quality right now and I couldn’t be happier. He’s just going and going and going and keeps getting better and better.”

David Dorner rode Barack, owned by Sarah Kemper, to the fourth place finish as the fastest of the four-faulters. Natalie Hansen and Raise The Bar finished fifth, while Raflowitz rounded out the top six with K.T. Undercover, owned by Michael Kirby.


Tonight’s winners, Novas and Amyra R, have not always been as smooth as they were today, starting with a taxing beginning. “We had a troublesome time at the beginning. Lance, my trainer, really liked her, and I really liked her, too, but when we got her she was definitely a little inexperienced. She hadn’t jumped larger than a 1.20m. We didn’t jump above a 1.15m for a long time, and it took us a while to make it around a course. She obviously turned out great. I am so proud of how well she did out there today,” Novas explained.


In addition to competing for the winning title and a share in the prize money, riders had the opportunity to win $500 in bonus money as a part of the SSG Riding Gloves promotion-riders wearing the SSG ‘Digital’ Riding Gloves with the SSG horse head logo clearly visible during all rounds of competition in the designated event are eligible for the bonus. Although Novas normally rides sans gloves, she decided to pick up a pair before the class, and according to her, “It was the best investment I have made, who knows, maybe they’ll be my lucky riding gloves!” Novas was thrilled to win the check, and raved about the difference the gloves have made in her riding, especially concerning the grip. She admitted that she will wear them again in tomorrow’s Jumper Classics.


“I really like it here,” Novas concluded. “I have been doing pretty well, so that definitely helps. The grounds are beautiful, the footing is really good, and they have a lot of classes, which Amyra R needs because she never runs out of energy.”


Equifest I will conclude tomorrow with exciting jumper action as the Lamplight Equestrian Center hosts the$1,500 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and the $7,500 Cavalor Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. The Children and Adult divisions will also have their time to shine in the ring during their Jumper Classics earlier in the day. Equifest II will return July 31 – Aug. 4, offering more jumper action as well as the long-awaited $35,000 Grand Prix de Lamplight.


To find out more about Lamplight Equestrian Center, go to: 

Photo Credit: Stephanie Novas and Amyra R tackled the $10,000 1.40m Open Jumper Stake at Equifest I, riding to a double-clear effort in 33.883 seconds. Photo By: Kendall Bierer/PMG.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Novas and Amyra R tackled the $10,000 1.40m Open Jumper Stake at Equifest I, riding to a double-clear effort in 33.883 seconds. Photo By: Kendall Bierer/PMG.



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Shane Sweetnam and Fineman Soar to $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix Victory at Kentucky Summer Horse Show

July 29, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – July 27, 2013 – The Rolex Stadium was full of excited spectators as they gathered on Hats Off Day to watch the country’s top horse and riders compete during the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix. The international riders gave them exactly what they were looking for: an exciting tiebreaker between five-horse and rider combination dashing to the finish. In the end it was Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and his new mount Fineman that led the victory gallop after besting Argentina’s Max Amaya and Cartier by two seconds, while New Zealand’s Sharn Wordley and Derly Chin De Muze claimed third place.


Richard Jeffery of Bournemouth, England set a technical track for tonight’s competitors which included an open water, a vertical-vertical double combination, and the most challenging test: a triple bar-oxer-vertical triple combination. Only five riders managed to leave all the fences intact and advance to the speed round. For the jump-off, they had to show over a wide oxer and roll-back to a vertical before turning to a new oxer and jumping the last two parts of the triple combination. Then they continued over a single oxer, rolling back to another vertical with a bending line to an oxer and finishing over a single vertical just passed the gate.


Shane Sweetnam and Fineman - Photo By: Shawn McMillen

Shane Sweetnam and Fineman – Photo By: Shawn McMillen

Angel Karolyi of Venezuela was the first to return for the short course with Amigo, owned by Hollow Creek Farm of Aiken, SC. They tried to put the pressure on the riders following them, but Amigo lowered the height of the new oxer and finished in 48.159 seconds for fifth place. Aaron Vale and Spirit of Alena, owned by Campos and Miranda Investments of Ocala, FL, were next, and although they had a faster time of 45.180 seconds, they had the same rail down for four-faults and fourth place.


The luck of the Irish proved to be with Shane Sweetnam and his new mount Fineman, owned by Sweetnam and Sweet Oak Farm of Wellington, FL. The pair picked up a quick pace and never held back, finding each fence easily and leaving each rail in place as they sped across the finish line in 44.442 seconds. Their time could not be beat, and Sweetnam claimed the winning title.


Sharn Wordley and Derly Chin De Muze

Sharn Wordley and Derly Chin De Muze


“I think he was quick to the first few fences, as well as the in-and-out to the oxer,” explained Sweetnam. “I was also quick rolling back to the vertical, so I think that won it for me. Fineman is a quick horse in general. He won a good class up in Spruce Meadows, and he’s been very consistent, so I knew that if I could be clear I could be quick enough.”


Sharn Wordley attempted to best Sweetnam’s effort with Derly Chin De Muze, owned by Ashland Stables of Wellington, FL. He was able to leave all of the fences intact, but a clear time of 47.851 seconds was only good enough for the eventual third place.


The final rider to show was Max Amaya with Cartier, owned by Stonehenge Stables of Ocean, NJ. They put on the gas and cleared all the obstacles in their path, but fell two seconds short of Sweetnam with a time of 46.620 seconds to earn the second place honors.


“I think I was very quick at the beginning, but unfortunately I could not see a better distance to the double, and that kind of slowed me down a little bit,” noted Amaya. “For a little horse he has a big stride, and I ended up getting there a little bit slow in the seven so that put me a little bit behind Shane. He gave his best as always, and I did the best that I could. My horse was exceptional.”


Max Amaya and Cartier

Max Amaya and Cartier

Amaya began riding 12-year-old Cartier, previously owned by Alexa Lowe, in the fall of 2012. “Cartier had a very successful amateur and beginning of Grand Prix career,” he said. “He’s a very, very funny horse because he has a lot of personality. He’s very laid back and lazy in the barn, but when he goes in the ring he’s full game face and you have to be paying attention 100 percent.”


Winners Sweetnam and Fineman are a new match, as he just purchased the Swedish Warmblood in June from Maria Gretzer. “She had showed him wonderfully, and since I’ve got him he’s just been great,” smiled Sweetnam. “He’s a 10-year-old, but he doesn’t have all that much mileage. His first 1.50m was here in June, so he still has to get going,, but I think he should jump some of the bigger grand prixs toward the end of the year.”


Sweetnam added, “He makes life easy. You just pick up a rhythm, and you stay with him. He wants to please, and I really enjoy him. ”


Today’s event was a part of Hats Off Day, a special celebration of the horse and it’s impact on the state of Kentucky hosted by the Kentucky Horse Park. A large crowd filled the Rolex Stadium to cheer ton Sweetnam during his winning round. “The crowd was brilliant and I really enjoyed it,” said Sweetnam. “It is one of the biggest crowds we get for a jumping class here in Kentucky so it’s neat to see, and I hope they come out to more weeks as well.”


The Kentucky Summer Horse Shows are always on Sweetnam’s calendar during the year. “Hugh Kincannon and the Murphy Family do a great job,” he commented. “We’ve shown here the last eight years, and we always bring all of our clients. We really enjoy it, and the standard is very high. They really look after you here.”


The Kentucky Summer Horse Show will conclude tomorrow with the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Classics for the High Junior and Amateur-Owner Jumper divisions, as well as the Low Junior Jumper Classic and the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Riders will return next Tuesday for the kick-off of the Kentucky Summer Classic, featuring the fifth $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and the $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington.


For more information on the Kentucky Summer Series please go to



1    1020    FINEMAN     SHANE SWEETNAM     0    0    0    74.585    0    0    0    44.442

2    8    CARTIER     MAX AMAYA     0    0    0    75.568    0    0    0    46.620

3    1169    DERLY CHIN DE MUZE     SHARN WORDLEY     0    0    0    74.691    0    0    0    47.851

4    661    SPIRIT OF ALENA     AARON VALE          0    0    76.070    4    0    4    45.180

5    1281    AMIGO     ANGEL KAROLYI     0    0    0    77.645    4    0    4    48.159

6    1313    SOLERINA     SHANE SWEETNAM     4    0    4    71.347

7    473    PALOUBET     WILTON PORTER     4    0    4    73.357

8    1288    AMBOSELL     PABLO BARRIOS     4    0    4    75.013

9    317    URBAN     BLYTHE MARANO     4    0    4    75.015

10    57    ZARA LEANDRA     PABLO BARRIOS     4    0    4    75.074

11    594    EVITA VAN’T PARADIJS     COLIN SYQUIA     4    0    4    75.699

12    872    GELEDIMAR     HANNAH VON HEIDEGGER     4    0    4    76.387


Hats Off to Sarah Sturges in Amateur-Owner Hunters at Kentucky Summer Horse Show

July 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – July 27, 2013 – Running in conjunction with today’s competition at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show is the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hat’s Off Day, a special celebration of the horse and it’s impact on the state of Kentucky. Sarah Sturges had extra reason to celebrate, as she and her horse One Shot dominated the Amateur-Owner 3’6″ Hunters, winning the division championship.



Sturges and One Shot earned back-to-back blue ribbons over fences yesterday, and this morning they added a blue ribbon in the first class and a second place ribbon in the handy class to their collection, guaranteeing the division’s top tricolor award.




Sarah Sturges and One Shot were named Amateur-Owner 3’6″ Hunter champions.

“I’ve never had a horse that shows up with as much integrity as he does. If he makes a mistake, it’s my fault, and I love that about him. There aren’t a lot of horses that always show up to win and he does,” said Sturges following her victory.


A Sunbury, OH native, Sturges has had One Shot, or “Clifford” for two years, during which time she has seen great continuous success under the direction of David Belford and Christopher Payne at New Hope Farm. With their home base just an hour away from the Kentucky Horse Park, the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows are a convenient and much anticipated destination.


“I love this facility. I love being able to go out in the field; I love the footing, and I love the multiple rings,” smiled Sturges. “The management is great and you really get to know everyone.”




Sarah Sturges and One Shot

In addition to her successful showing with One Shot, Sturges is also competing this week, and throughout the Kentucky Summer Show Series, with her mount Sambalita in the Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers. Following the summer in Kentucky, Sturges and One Shot will gear up to take on the indoor circuit in the Amateur-Owner 3’6″ Hunter division.


Today’s Amateur-Owner 3’6″ Hunter Reserve Championship went to Christina Fisher, of Alpharetta, GA and All the Best. Fisher also took the reserve championship award in the Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunters aboard Johnny, while the championship went to Bianca Buschor and The New Yorker.


“I started with him in the Children’s Hunters. Then we did the Junior Hunters, and now we’ve moved on to the Amateur-Owners. Its been a long road, but he’s been great,” Buschor said of The New Yorker or “Vinny.”


Buschor purchased the now 10-year-old gelding five years ago, and their hard work since then clearly paid off this week as they won both of today’s Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunter classes as well as one class yesterday.


Bianca Buschor and The New Yorker


“He’s gotten to the point where he’s really soft. I give him a little bit of support around the ring, but he doesn’t need too much hand holding anymore, which is really exciting,” Buschor shared. “He always loves going in the ring; he loves doing his job. It’s taken a lot of training, and to see this payoff is really exciting.”


Hailing from Solon, OH, 19-year-old Buschor also frequents the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, and she always enjoys her time here.


“The management is exceptional. The rings are always beautiful, and the management is so easy to deal with, from the ladies at the office to the ring crew. It’s always a pleasant experience, I love it,” concluded Buschor.


Competition continues tomorrow on the final day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show with one of the week’s highlight events, the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby. Tomorrow’s derby is part of a seven class series presented by Hallway Feeds during which riders can vie for their share of $15,000 in Leading Rider Awards.


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Molly Mcadow and Barina Claim $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby Victory at Equifest I

July 27, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wayne, IL – July 26, 2013 – It was a day to remember for Molly Mcadow as she laid down the winning rounds during the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. The Lamplight Equestrian Center was packed with exhibitors and spectators for the third day of Equifest I, and although the skies were gray and torrents of rain poured down from above, the derby contenders were not deterred. Mcadow led the victory gallop this afternoon with Barina, riding to scores of 89 and 94 to take the win. Stephen Foran and Bronizet were awarded the second place, while Amanda Thomas and Catani snatched the third place award.


Exhibitors took to the Hunter Ring early this morning as the Classic Hunter Round commenced, the anticipation was high as 40 entrants, navigated Allen Rheinheimer’s course. There were nine obstacles in the first round including bending lines, a tight four-stride vertical-oxer line set on the diagonal, wide turns and rollbacks. Rheinheimer utilized obstacles evocative of a traditional hunt field, beautifully set with natural foliage, logs and brush. Riders were scrutinized for their style throughout the round, but were also given the option to take higher fences set at 3’6″ for an additional point each.

Mcadow claimed an early lead with Barina, owned by Nina Donnelly of Evanston, IL, after scoring an 89 during the first round. The downpour did not stop them from riding to the top of the standings, taking the tricky parts of the course with ease, and opting for all of the high options. Mcadow also chose to take eight strides down the first line, which helped her to collect and take an edge over her competition.

“It didn’t seem like it was going to be a very hard course but there were a couple places like from 2 to 3 in the bending line, as well as the last bending line of the course. They were all had high options, which changed the steps and made them tricky,” Mcadow explained. “Barina likes to land left, and because the bending lines lead back right, we chose to do the eight strides down the opening line instead of having to gallop it in the seven, and risk a mistake.”

Thomas jumped up in the standings aboard Catani, owned by Samantha McCarty of Zionsville, IN. They completed a beautiful first round with fluidity and finesse, resulting in a score of 87 points. Catani is only a 6-year-old, but on the derby course he rode like a veteran. Thomas also rode Dallas, owned by Vyla Carter of Indianapolis, IN, to the impressive score of 84.

“This is the second time he has ever done one of these derbies, and he is actually very green, but he is huge, and sometimes we forget his age,” Thomas smiled. “He goes in a rubber snaffle and he is such a good boy, and so much fun to ride. He did great out there, I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Foran guided Bronziet, owned by Liberty Equine Ventures of Lake Forest, IL, to a Classic score of 86 points. It was the handy round that would make all the difference for the competitors.

Photo Credit: Molly Mcadow and Barina captured the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby victory at Equifest I. Photo By: Kendall Bierer/PMG.

Photo Credit: Molly Mcadow and Barina captured the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby victory at Equifest I. Photo By: Kendall Bierer/PMG.

The Handy Round provided four key areas where riders had the opportunity to showcase their handiness and earn crucial bonus points. From start to finish, the Handy Course demanded excellence from horse and rider alike. It began with a single vertical set at the far end of the arena, and then required a left rollback over a gray gate. Following a serpentine pattern, riders had to make a right rollback and take the red oxer set on the outside, and then make a right turn to the only remaining line of the Handy, the four-stride. They then had to make a left rollback over the trot fence and then a hard right over the green oxer. Upon landing, they turned left and took a standalone vertical on the outside, utilizing a string hand gallop, and then landed to the left to complete a rollback over the final oxer.

Tackling the tricky handy hunter course was a feat all of its own. The scores from the Classic Hunter Round carried over into the second-round competition, factoring into the overall score for each pair. Mcadow earned a returning position for three of her mounts during today’s $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. She returned first, in the 12th place position, aboard Kenyan, owned by Donnelly, eventually riding to an overall score of 148 points to earn the 11th place award. She returned with Sea Smoke, owned by Marybeth Canfield of Chicago, IL, earning a final total of 151.5 points. Her star mount, Barina, would be the last to return to the ring.

Thomas returned on Dallas, ready to seal a position in the top 12 with her first-round score of 84 points. Although they put their best effort forward, they were awarded a score of 79.5, good enough for the fourth place award. Thomas also rode Bonfire, owned by Helen Gilbert of Saint Louis, MO, to the sixth place position with an overall score of 159 points. It wasn’t until she returned on Catani that victory seemed a possibility.

“I thought the courses were really nice,” she said. “It was pretty straightforward, but the handy round was a lot of fun with its layout. He is such a big horse that we can’t make the tight turns that many of the other horses can. We had to think on our feet a little bit.”

Knowing that she was up against stiff competition, Thomas opted to make an inside turn after fence 2 as a way of showcasing her handiness. That extra move was what gave her the Handy Round score of 85 points, granting her the lead in the second round. Thomas knew that she had to post a score that would be hard to beat, especially with USHJA Emerging Athletes Finals winner Stephen Foran hot on her heels.

Foran picked up a quick but tidy pace with Bronziet, riding through the turns adeptly and showing keen handiness before the trot jump. He was dually awarded for his solid effort with a score of 87 in the handy. Combined with his first round score of 86 points, Foran snatched the lead with an overall score of 173 points.

“I liked the handy course,” Foran said. “There was a lot of turning and flowing, a lot of single jumps, which you could find off your eye, which I really like to do. There weren’t a ton of options, so everyone had a pretty similar course. Whoever was the handiest and found the jumps the best was rewarded for it. My horse is just so easy that I can flow and let him do his thing. I am able to be very soft with him and have a great ride.”

Mcadow and Barina were the last to return to the Handy Round and, in this case, the best was saved for last. Barina exemplified a handy horse, taking all high options, and moving through the turns smoothly. Each jump was crisp, and it was clear that a muddy day would not stand in the pair’s way. The judges announced a score of 94 for the excellent performance, catapulting them to the top of the leader board to claim the winning honors.

“I’m looking forward to doing more derbies with her,” Mcadow smiled. “She’s just so fun and good all the time, and it’s a ton of fun to ride her around the course like that. The course was so nice, open and flowing, that it really makes it a pleasure to ride her. She has such a strong gallop, and the way she jumps each jump is amazing.”


Foran was pleased to claim the second place award with his overall score of 173 points. He only surpassed Thomas by one point, but he was very happy with his most recent mount.


“It’s a new horse; I haven’t had him very long,” Foran explained. “He has a great attitude, anything I am willing to do he is willing to do it. He has done the jumpers for the last several years, but we thought that he would be a great equitation prospect for my last junior year. He is so versatile that he can go into any ring and win. Not only does he win in the hunters and equitation, but I took him in the 1.15m Jumpers yesterday, and he was flawless in there, too. He is so much fun, and easy to ride. It is a blast to have a horse you can rely on.”


Silas Jaramillo of Sun Prairie, WI, rode The Advocate to the overall score of 162 points for the fifth place position. Thomas nabbed the sixth with Bonfire, while Tina Judge and Bond took the seventh place finish. Placing eighth was Shannon Kelly and Trust Me. On Tour with Kelsey Cerkieski in the irons took the ninth place finish, Josey Gentry and Insight finished tenth, and Molly Mcadow rounded out the top 12 with her two mounts Kenyan and Sea Smoke taking 11th and 12th, respectively.


“I’ve been showing here for 20 years,” Mcadow concluded. “I am impressed by the footing and the great consistency it has. The horses are jumping great off of it, and the facility is just beautiful. It was always nice here at Lamplight, but the changes they have made make it that much more special and professional.”


Tomorrow Equifest I will continue with the Amateur-Owner and Junior divisions taking their start. Riders will have the opportunity to compete in the $1,000 Amateur-Owner Classic and $1,000 Junior Classic with their top mounts. All of the hunter action for Equifest I will conclude this Sunday with the final championships for the remaining hunter divisions, but there is more in store at the Lamplight Equestrian Center when Equifest II returns next week for five days of competition.


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Photo Credit: Molly Mcadow and Barina captured the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby victory at Equifest I. Photo By: Kendall Bierer/PMG. Photo may only be used in relation to this PMG press release.




ORD    #    Horse Name    Rider Name    Score

1    284    BARINA   MOLLY MCADOW 183.000

2    347    BRONZIET   STEPHEN FORAN 173.000

3    152    CATANI   AMANDA THOMAS     172.000

4    155    DALLAS AMANDA THOMAS   163.500

5    146    THE ADVOCATE   SILAS JARAMILLO   162.000

6    213    BONFIRE     AMANDA THOMAS   159.000

7    263    BOND     TINA JUDGE   158.000

8    273    TRUST ME   SHANNON KELLY 157.500

9    374    ON TOUR   KELSEY CERKLESKI 155.000

10  376    INSIGHT   JOSEY GENTRY   153.000

11  289    KENYAN   MOLLY MCADOW 151.500

12  288   SEA SMOKE   MOLLY MCADOW 148.000

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National entries soar at Hickstead

July 27, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Organisers at the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead have reported record numbers of entries for its two flagship shows – the British Jumping Derby Meeting in June and the Longines Royal International Horse Show (30 July – 4 August).


All of the classes in all of the rings for next week’s show are already full. Classes held in the brand new all-weather The British Horse Society Ring 4 have been especially popular, with riders flocking to compete in this innovative arena with its own devil’s dyke, steps and water splash.


“We have been inundated with national entries this year, and hope that the increase in competitor numbers will continue throughout the rest of Hickstead’s show season,” said Lizzie Bunn, show director.


Samantha Lamb Photo

On Thursday 8 August Hickstead hosts The Hurstpierpoint College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships. First held in 1964, the championships attract schools and branches of the Pony Club from across the British Isles. The Schools competition is split into a junior and senior division, while the Pony Club teams have to qualify in advance of the show.


The All England Jumping Championships will be held from 5-8 September. Now in its third year, the championships feature a huge range of classes for amateurs and young horses.


Feature classes at the September show include the Douglas Bunn 1.35m Challenge. Formed last year in memory of the All England Jumping Course’s founder, the class includes many of Hickstead’s permanent obstacles, making it the perfect introduction for future Hickstead Derby Horses. The show culminates in the All England Grand Prix, with a £9,000 prize fund.


Entry to both fixtures is completely free of charge to spectators.


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