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Jill Knowles and Molly Sewell Earn Kentucky Summer Horse Show Championships

July 26, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – July 25, 2013 – In English the phrase “c’est si bon” translates to “it’s so good.” It’s a fitting name for a horse who’s Performance 3’6″ Hunter rounds today at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show were ‘so good.’ Jill Knowles and C’est Si Bon claimed the blue ribbon in the Performance 3’6″ Handy Hunter class and the division championship today, the second day of the ‘AA’ rated show running now through July 28, 2013 at the Kentucky Horse Park. In the Green Conformation Hunters it was Molly Sewell and Satisfaction who took the top honors, while Shawn Casady and Ascot swept all five classes of the High Performance Hunters to claim the division title.

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Jill Knowles and C’est Si Bon

 

Knowles and C’est Si Bon, or “Bon Bon”, owned by Molly Zisook of Lake Forest, IL, came into the day with a first and second over fences yesterday and added a first and third over the Joseph Carnicom designed courses today.

 

This week marked the 8-year-old mares first time competing at the 3’6″ height with Knowles, and she clearly took it all in stride.

 

“She’s a good girl and a really sweet, really nice horse. I’m very pleased with her. You just have to get her in front of your leg and then she’s very fun to ride,” Knowles shared. She handled the courses very well this week.”

 

Owner Molly Zisook has been competing C’est Si Bon successfully in the Children’s Hunters for a little over a year, making the move up to the Small Junior Hunters just recently, and she and the mare will return to the Stonelea Ring this weekend to compete in the division.

 

Finishing close behind Knowles and C’est Si Bon to take home the reserve championship award were Kelly Mullen and Donato, owned by Katie Ramsey of Mt. Juliet, TN.

 

In the Green Conformation Hunters, Molly Sewell and Satisfaction, owned by Peakewood Pharm Inc. of Sanford, FL, were more than satisfactory, earning three blue ribbons yesterday and claiming the division tricolor today.

 

“Satisfaction is a lovely horse. He’s the whole package. He jumps beautifully; he moves beautifully; he’s beautiful, and he’s really, really sweet,” Sewell said of the seven-year-old Hanoverian.

 

“We started him in the Green Conformation back in December. We showed him through Florida, and then he had a little bit of a vacation after that. We’ve started him back up, and he’s grown up so much,” explained Sewell. “The nice part about him is that he has his own motor, and he’s got a big stride. You just have to pick up the canter and go around. You don’t have to kick; you don’t have to pull. He’s really, really fun to ride, and he’s very scopey.”

 

Sewell always enjoy the Kentucky Horse Shows, and twill remain in Kentucky through mid-August for the Kentucky Summer Classic and the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show.

 

“We love coming here, and there are so many great class options. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone. It’s a really nice horse show, and they do a beautiful job,” complimented Sewell.

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Molly Sewell and Satisfaction earned the Green Conformation Hunter division championship.

Another Kentucky Horse Shows regular, Shawn Casady earned the division championship in the High Performance Hunters with a clean sweep of all five classes aboard Ascot, owned by the HJ Group LLC of Sewickley, PA.

 

Hunter competition continues tomorrow in the Stonelea ring starting with the Amateur-Owner 3’6″ Hunters, followed by the Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunters and the Adult Amateur 50+ Hunters.

 

To learn more about the Kentucky Summer Horse Show visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

 

International Bromont 2013 Grand Prix: Kochetova Double Winner

July 26, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Bromont, Quebec – July 21, 2013 -The second week of the International Bromont ended today, July 21, with Russian Liubov Kochetova winning the 1m60 Grand Prix.

 

Before a crowd of horse lovers and fans of equestrian sports, twenty-three pairs competed on a courseby FEI 4* course designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA). For this event, offering $ 100 000 in prize money, seven participants made it to the jump-off round, including St-Lazare Angela Covert Lawrence.

 

On her first mount, Aslan, Liubov Kochetova (RUS) executed a fast first clear round, insuring her participation in the jump-off. She also qualified later with Wilford 2, a 9th place finish in the FEI 1m50 on Friday July 19.

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Liubov Kochetova and Aslan – Photo By: Cealy Tetley

Canadians are in good shape as well for the second phase; with 3 out of the 7 seven pairs. Derek Bran (USA), winner of the July 19 1m50 event on Lacarolus, and Schuyler Riley (USA) on Waterloo (7th in the FEI event on Friday), complete the roster for the jump-off.

 

Of the seven riders in the jump-off, only two will be able to overcome the technical difficulties and get a clear round: Liubov Kochetova (RUS) / Aslan, and Angela Covert Lawrence (CAN / Utan. Bested by 2.48 seconds only, Angela and Utan take second place in the International Bromont Grand Prix.

 

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Angela Covert Lawrence and Utan – Photo By: Cealy Tetley

 Russian rider Liubov Kochetova will round-up the top 3, taking third place on Wilford 2, ahead of American Derek Braun.

 

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  www.internationalbromont.org.

 

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 – Grand Prix

1. Liubov Kochetova (RUS) / Aslan 0-0, 46.29

2. Angela Covert Lawrence (CAN) / Utan 0-0, 48.77

3. Liubov Kochetova (RUS) / Wilford 2 0-1, 55.66

4. Derek Braun (USA) / Lacarolus 0-4, 45.12

5. Lauren Patava (CAN) / Sly 0-4, 48.89

6. Ainsley Vince (CAN) / Darling 0-8, 44.30

7. Schuyler Riley (USA) / Waterloo 0-12, 47.42

8. Roberto Teran (COL) / Tam Tam Hero 4, 77.56

9. Keean White (CAN) / Pironella 4, 78.82

10. François Lamontagne (CAN) / Noveko’s Rebelle 4, 80.71

11. Roberto Teran (COL) / Woklahoma 4, 82.80

12. Mac Cone (CAN) / Amor van de Rostal 4, 83.06

13. Elizabeth Gingras (CAN) / Avensis 4 4, 84.73

14. Derek Braun (USA) / Cyraneiky 4, 85.38

15. Jill Henselwood (CAN) / IV Ever 8, 79.75

 

 

Information:

Alexandra Hill, communications – International Bromont, T. 450-534-0787 | C. 450-525-2716 communications@internationalbromont.org

 

 

 

 

Lisa Goldman Flies to Second Consecutive Victory at Horse Shows by the Bay

July 26, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

The Illinois-based professional wins the $10,000 Positive Step Farm Open Jumper Welcome Prix at Flintfields Horse Park.

Traverse City, MI – July 25, 2013 – Lisa Goldman took a chance. When she came around the corner to the last line in the jump-off of the $10,000 Positive Step Open Jumper Welcome Prix, she had a choice to make: pull or kick.

 

Her split-second decision to kick made all the difference. She and Centurion B earned their second consecutive blue ribbon at Horse Shows by the Bay Series IV, by a margin of just .06 seconds.

Centurion B and Lisa Goldman

Centurion B and Lisa Goldman

 

Charles Jacobs, of Boston, MA, who challenged Goldman eight horses later aboard Flaming Star, fell just short and took the red ribbon, while Nick Novak and Rendezvous 22 claimed third.

 

“I had a flyer,” said Goldman laughing. “It was in the jump-off at the end of the course. His stride was big, and I knew I was fast, so I tried to be careful to the last line. I saw it big and went for it. He doesn’t care, and he took it for me. He’ll never say no.”

Today’s featured class in the Grand Prix Ring, designed by J.P. Godard, tested a field of 19 riders. Seven qualified for the jump-off, and all seven jumped clear, so speed became the sole determining factor.

 

“The first round course was great,” said Goldman. “It started off with a nice ramped oxer that got you in, and the course built as it went.

 

Centurion B and Lisa Goldman celebrate with sponsor Patrice Schreiber

Centurion B and Lisa Goldman celebrate with sponsor Patrice Schreiber

“I love his courses,” continued Goldman. “He sets you up well and makes you think about your jump-offs, and there are always a lot of options. There was one inside turn we decided not to do in the jump-off. Lillie [Ross] did it, but we thought you would have to slow down too much to do the turn and that it was faster to stay on the pace and go around.”

 

 

Goldman’s strategy worked perfectly, and Centurion B, her 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood (Rebel Z–Paloma G), had no difficulty keeping a quick pace and leaving out strides throughout the eight-effort course.

 

“What I think did it for me is that I did the five strides to the in-and-out, from fences 4 to 5AB, at the beginning, and only Charlie did that, too,” she said.

Ferrari and Alexis Cohen

Ferrari and Alexis Cohen

 

“I was worried about Charlie,” Goldman admitted. “We were one-two here last year, and I know he’s faster than anyone, and I know he wants to get it.  We were only .06 apart, and that generally doesn’t go in my favor, so it was really exciting to have that close of a spread go in my favor today.”

 

Last year Goldman won the $10,000 Positive Step Farm Welcome Prix prior to her victory in the $30,000 D-Braider Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix, so she hopes that her good fortune continues to follow a familiar path.

 

Goldman, 23, of Red Coat Farm in Hawthorn Woods, IL, said she’s feeling back to 100 percent after a serious illness sent her to the hospital and kept her away from the horse show most of Horse Shows by the Bay Series III. Her mother and trainer, Mary Goldman, held down the fort and kept their 15-horse contingent running smoothly.

 

“I must say thank you to my mom for nursing me back to health and still somehow training everyone that we have here,” she said. “I feel perfect, and the horse feels spectacular. He’s in it to win it, and if I don’t mess up we’ll be good on Saturday.”

 

Alexis Cohen experienced a day many riders only dream could happen. The 17-year-old made her debut this week in the Brookwood Farm Small Junior Hunter section, aboard Ferrari, and finished with the section championship and the Hunterpointe Grand Junior Hunter title.

Taylor Schmidt aboard Calvi.

Taylor Schmidt aboard Calvi.

 

Cohen and Ferrari made their first 3’6″ start in the Pine Hollow Farm Performance Hunter section Wednesday morning in Ring 3, where she said it didn’t go as well as she’d hoped. After regrouping and switching to the R.L. Polk Family Main Hunter Ring, however, everything fell into place.

 

 

 

“When we came in here to do the Small Juniors, it was really smooth and probably the best I think I’ve ever ridden him,” she said. “We won both classes [over fences] yesterday, and that was so exciting. Then, today we got two thirds, and we ended up champion.”

 

Cohen, of Highland Park, IL, trains with Denise Lenn and Russell Frey, and she said their wonderful words of wisdom and advice helped keep her calm and focused as the fence heights increased from the Children’s Hunters she’d done the previous weeks.

 

“He’s been an amazing horse, and I couldn’t ask for a better horse,” said Cohen, who has owned Ferrari for almost a year. “He’s really sweet and tries really, really hard. I asked Denise if I could do the juniors and kind of stretched it a little bit, but I think it turned out to be a good decision.”

 

Taylor Schmidt, 17, of Batavia, IL, also made a great decision. She was called back into the ring to test third of six in the English Riding Supply Pessoa/USEF Medal and moved up for the blue ribbon with a precise performance aboard Calvi that included a difficult inside turn that only one other rider attempted.

 

 

 

“I really wanted to go for the inside turn and be as slick as I could, with a good hand-gallop going to the oxer,” she explained. “My horse is really good at turning; it’s his strength, so I really wanted to make sure I could do the inside turn from 1 to 2. He was very good.”

 

Judge Bucky Reynolds also asked the riders for a “strong trot” back to the line up, and Schmidt had no difficulty making a lasting impression. “He responds really well coming off your leg, so I knew that we’d be able to show off at the end,” she said.

Corvine and Piper Benjamin

Corvine and Piper Benjamin

 

Schmidt, whose victory came over a field of 34 riders, trains with Andrew C. Welles. She said the former jumper is new to the equitation division but is quickly finding his niche. “He’s 7 and a young horse, so we’re really happy with how he went today,” she added.

 

Piper Benjamin was also working with a jumper-turned equitation horse, and her patience paid off in the Fox Meadow Farm ASPCA Maclay, where she guided Roosevelt to the blue ribbon over 28 contenders.

 

“I just got him, so Traverse City is the first time I’ve shown him,” said Benjamin. “We were third the first weekend here, so this win will help me get [to the finals]. We’ve been working on him being calm in the hunter ring because he’s not really used to that, he’s just done jumpers. I just made sure all the distances were nice and easy, making sure that he was calm, and I was calm, and then it works when that happens.”

 

Benjamin, 17, of Lake Forest, IL, trains with Rush and Carl Weedon at Brookwood Farm and has been with them for six years. She said during the flat phase she focused on her upper body position. “I have a problem with slouching, as my trainer said, so definitely staying tall was it,” she said laughing.

 

 

Benjamin’s banner day also extended into the Junior Hunters, where she rode Corvine to the Huntsover Farm Large Junior 16-17, section championship and also won the $1,000 CWD Sellier Junior Hunter Classic with scores of 81 and 86.

 

“It was a great day and really exciting,” she said with a smile. “Corvine is my 6-year-old. He acts like a 12-year-old, like you’d never know he was a baby. I did him in the USHJA International Hunter Derby last week, and it was the first time either of us had done it, so it was really fun and exciting. He was really good today.”

 

The first of the Ovation Leading Rider Awards were presented today, with Kelley Farmer winning the Ovation Leading Professional Hunter Rider title for Lane Change Farm and Larry Glefke. Their student, Kirklen Petersen, also claimed an Ovation Leading Rider Award, taking the Junior Rider honors. And the Ovation Leading Equitation Rider was presented to Bethany D. Bolen.

 

Larry Glefke’s Scripted, ridden by Farmer, received The Susan Wallace Memorial Trophy, presented to the horse accumulating the most points throughout the series in either the Green or Regular Conformation Hunter Division. The trophy is donated by Top Call Farm and Greg Crolick in loving memory of Susan Wallace.

After Horse Shows by the Bay Series I, II and III have concluded, the race continues for the remaining Ovation Leading Rider Awards. Current standings include:

  • Adult Hunter Rider – Terri Irrer – 81 points
  • Adult Jumper Rider – Emily Reder – 71.50
  • Amateur Hunter Rider – Becky Gochman – 149.50
  • Children’s Hunter Rider – Madeline Pogorzelski – 70
  • Children’s Jumper Rider – Emma C. Wujek – 40
  • High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Rider – Ali Wolff – 50.50
  • Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Rider – Madison A. Billings – 30.50
  • Pony Hunter Rider – Sophie Gochman – 153.50
  • Modified Children’s/Adult Jumper Rider – Erin M. Walker – 30
  • Pro Jumper Rider – Wilhelm Genn – 112

Follow the action on July 24-28 during 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 to www.horseshowsbythebay.com and click on “Watch It Live.”

Horse Shows by the Bay Series IV

Featured events for July 26-28:

  • $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by Walgreens – Friday, July 26
  • HJAM Junior, Adult and Limit Medal Finals, sponsored by Equis Ltd. – Saturday, July 27
  • $30,000 D-Braider Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix of the Great Lakes – Saturday, July 27
  • $5,000 NAL Low JR/AO Jumper Classic, sponsored by Graystone Catering – Sunday, July 28
  • $10,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic – Sunday, July 28
  • $10,000 Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Children’s/Adult Jumper Prix – Sunday, July 28

Special Exhibitor functions this week include the Wine & Cheese Social on Thursday, with wines from Verterra Winery in Leland, MI, sponsored by Plante Moran Financial Advisors. The ice cream socials will be sponsored by CMJ Sporthorse LLC on the weekdays & the Gochman Family over the weekend. The “Hay Day” Michigan Horse Welfare Fundraiser and Silent Auction Dinner, sponsored by Meijer, will be held on Saturday, and the Morgan Stanley VIP/Sponsor Luncheon will be held on Sunday afternoon.

For full show results, please visit www.horseshowing.com.

 

For daily updates and photos, please visit the Horse Shows by the Bay Facebook Page.

 

For more information, schedules, directions, or to Watch It Live, please visit www.horseshowsbythebay.com.

Horse Shows by the Bay – Flintfields Horse Park – 6535 Bates Road – Williamsburg, MI 49690

Brittini Raflowitz Rides to an Emotional Win With Elios in the $5,000 GGT Footing Welcome Stake at Equifest I

July 26, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wayne, IL – July 25, 2013 – Accuracy was key for Brittini Raflowitz and Elios this afternoon during the $5,000 GGT Footing Welcome Stake at Equifest I. The pair out jumped all fellow contenders as the only ones to post a double-clear effort, eventually leading the victory gallop in the Lamplight Equestrian Center’s Grand Prix Ring. David Dorner and Barack captured the second place award, and he also guided Casino to the third place position.

 

Manuel Esparaza of Mexico designed the $5,000 GGT Footing Welcome Stake course, testing horse and rider alike with 12 obstacles. He utilized a liverpool, vertical-oxer double combination, and a oxer-vertical-vertical triple combination. The course was the story this afternoon as each rider attempted to leave the rails in place.

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Brittini Raflowitz and Elios rode to the top of the $5,000 GGT Footing Welcome Stake leader board at Equifest I, riding to the only double-clear effort of the class.

David Dorner was the first to take the track this afternoon. He piloted Casino, owned by Blackdog Enterprises of Marion, IN, through the first round, incurring eight faults in a time of 87.335 seconds. As the first rider to take on the course, Dorner continued to have hope for his next mounts. It was Brittini Raflowitz of New York who would make Dorner put on a chase.

 

Raflowitz was only the second rider to take the challenge, but she went into the ring with brimming with confidence aboard Elios, owned by Maarten Huygens of Wellington, FL. She cleared the first round going with a conservative pace, focusing on accuracy after watching the previous round.

 

“He needs constant leg to hand,” Raflowitz explained. “He likes a nice forward step, and the base of the jump. If you can get him to the base, he just explodes every time. I liked the course today, the designer did a nice job where everything was a little bit spread out, but it was nice. It wasn’t too technical for the contenders we had today, and I thought it was a very smooth course. I am excited to see what he builds later in the week.”

 

Raflowitz went immediately into the jump-off upon tripping the timers with all rails in their cups. She started over the original last obstacle, a green vertical, and made a right rollback over a single vertical set on the outside of the arena. She made an inside turn over the oxer set on the diagonal, and then with a left rollback took the vertical-oxer double combination. With a smooth left turn that called for a pick up in pace, she took the single vertical and moved forward through an inside left turn to the orange-and-white oxer where she made a sharp right turn to finish over the final obstacle. Her strategy proved good as she broke the beam in 42.410 seconds with a double-clean effort.

 

“We tried our hardest to clean it up out there,” Raflowitz said jokingly. “I began riding him in March, and very slowly we moved him up. He is just beginning with the 1.45m, so this is a good start to the week. I am really happy with how today went, and proud of how far he has come.”

 

Dorner attempted to best the young rider as he entered the ring aboard Barack, owned by Sarah Kemper of Chicago, IL. The quick-footed Thoroughbred was a class winner yesterday, but an unfortunate step at the fourth obstacle cost them the win. With four faults from the first track, the pair did not move into the jump-off; however, they did eventually take home the second place.

 

“He is a little bit crazy, but a lot of fun. He is crazier than all get out, but we have a great time out there,” Dorner stated. “He needs an easy ride. We had a cheap rail, but he was perfect the rest of the way around. He was jumping great, but he just got a little careless for a moment.”

 

It was the young Casino who really stood out today for Dorner’s mounts. This was his first time competing over the 1.40m height, and with only eight faults on the course, he made his owner proud. Dorner was dually awarded the third place award for their effort.

 

David Dorner and Barack earned the second place finish as the fastest of the four-fault efforts in the $5,000 GGT Footing Welcome Stake.

David Dorner and Barack earned the second place finish as the fastest of the four-fault efforts in the $5,000 GGT Footing Welcome Stake.

 

“Casino took that height for the first time ever today. He was very, very good, and I was very proud of him,” Dorner said. “He needs a lot of leg and support out there. You really have to be on your game with directing. He jumps great; he just needs a little bit more time in the ring.”

 

It was Christina Williams who captured the fourth place award with Clean Slate, owned by Blackdog Enterprises. Dorner also rode to the fifth place position with Upido, while Belvue Ben with owner Sarah Kemper rounded out the top six.

 

It was a very exciting moment for Welcome Stake sponsors, GGT Footing, as they presented Brittini Raflowitz with the first place ribbon in the winner’s circle. Her father, Brett Raflowitz, is one of GGT’s largest distributors, and it was with his assistance and that of his crew, that the footing at the Lamplight Equestrian Center is in such pristine condition.

 

“We wanted to show support to this individual show, Allen Rheinheimer is someone we have really had a longstanding relationship with, as well as this doing all of the footing for the Lamplight Equestrian Center,” GGT Footing National Account Manager Cynthia Brewster-Keating said. “It was a real honor that we were able to present the ribbon to one of our top distributor’s daughters. We are so happy to have this moment; it is so special.”

 

Raflowitz was all smiles as she accepted the award and rode the victory gallop with the blue ribbon waving in the breeze from Elios’ bridle.

 

“It was exciting for us, as well as GGT Footing,” Raflowitz smiled. “A couple of days ago, we were joking around about the possibility of me winning the class, and then it happened. We are taking it day-by-day with Elios. Since he was great today, we are going to put him in the Grand Prix. We plan on staying for both weeks of Equifest, and then we have a long drive back to New York.

 

Raflowitz concluded, “Winning any class, is a big deal for me. Whether you win a lot or not, each class win is exciting all in its own. He was jumping great, and that was all that matters. It’s all about him feeling good, and us having fun.”

 

The third day of Equifest I will commence tomorrow when the riders will have the opportunity to continue competing in the Open Jumper divisions, as well as the Junior and Amateur-Owner classes. Riders are gearing up for the approaching $35,000 Prix de Lamplight to take place this Saturday at 4 p.m., as well as the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classics this Sunday.

 

To find out more about Lamplight Equestrian Center, go to:  http://lamplightequestriancenter.com/ 

 

All photos by Kendall Bierer/Phelps Media Group. These photos may only be used for free in relation to this Phelps Media Group press release.

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Professional Hunters Top Leader Board on First Day of Kentucky Summer Horse Show

July 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – July 24, 2013 – Beautiful, sunny skies, inviting hunter courses and top levels of competition greeted riders at the Kentucky Horse Park for the first day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. The Green Hunters kicked off the competition in the Stonelea Ring, where Colleen Acosta and Kelley Farmer each earned blue ribbons, while Molley Sewell dominated the Green Conformation Hunters. Shawn Casady and Ascot wrapped up the day with wins in the High Performance Hunters, while Kelly Mullen and Donato scored top calls in the Performance 3’6″ Hunter division.

 

Kelley Farmer took home the first blue ribbon of the day in the Green Hunters riding Skorekeeper, owned by Larry Glefke and the Quail Run Partnership of Keswick, VA. The victory in the second round went to Colleen Acosta, riding with Limbo, owned by Sophia DePumpo of South Lake, TX.

 

“Skorekeeper has been fantastic,” Farmer shared. “Every time that he goes, he just gets better and better. He’s becoming more and more made and more straightforward all the time.”

 

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Kelley Farmer and Skorekeeper. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography.

 

The seven-year-old Skorekeeper made his First Year Green Hunter debut with Farmer earlier this year, and he has since racked up multiple impressive derby finishes including a recent win in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Brandywine Valley Summer Series. The Kentucky Summer Horse Show presented the perfect opportunity and venue to get another show under the horse’s belt before gearing up for USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship, which will also be held at the Kentucky Horse Park during the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, August 13-18, 2013.

 

 

Also performing well in the derby ring is rider Shawn Casady, who is currently atop the 2013 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Leading Rider standings. The Hallway Feeds Series consists of seven national hunter derby events held during the 2013 Kentucky Horse Shows, two of which were completed during the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. Casady will return to attempt to hold on to his title this coming Sunday, July 28, but for today he was topping the leaderboard in the High Performance Hunters. Casady swept all three of today’s High Performance Hunter classes with Ascot, owned by the HJ Group LLC of Sewickley, PA.

 

Casady first got the ride on Ascot during the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, and the pair has only continued  to perform better and better since then, winning both the two over fences classes today and the under saddle.

 

“We’ve definitely gotten closer and are learning each other more and more each week that we’ve been working together,” Casady commented. “He’s a fun horse.”

 

Molly Sewell and Satisfaction, owned by Peakewood Pharm, Inc. of Sanford, FL, also delivered an impressive clean sweep as well this morning. The pair won two blues over fences, as well as during the under saddle, in the Green Conformation Hunter division.

Shawn Casady and Ascot. Photo by Emily Riden

Shawn Casady and Ascot. Photo by Emily Riden

 

In the Performance 3’6″ Hunters, Donato, owned by Katie Ramsey and ridden by Kelly Mullen, leads the way heading into the second day of competition. Mullen and Donato finished first and third over fences before picking up an additional blue ribbon in the under saddle.

 

“He goes in there, and he tries hard every single time,” Mullen said of Donato. “Outside the ring maybe it can be different, but I always know that when I walk in the ring I have a show horse underneath me. He’s very business-like in the ring.”

 

Mullen continued, “The first jump today had a roll-top on both sides, so he looked at it and just gave an amazing jump. The course had enough for them look at so they all jumped really, really well today.”

Kelly Mullen and Donato. Photo by Emily Riden.

Kelly Mullen and Donato. Photo by Emily Riden.

 

Donato will return tomorrow with Mullen in the Performance 3’6″ Hunters and later this week with owner Ramsey, of Mt. Juliet, TN, in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters. Hunter competition continues tomorrow in the Stonelea Ring with the conclusion of the Green Hunters, the Green Conformation Hunters, the High Performance Hunters, the 3’6″ Performance Hunters and the 3’3″ Performance Hunters.

 

To learn more about the Kentucky Summer Horse Show visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

 

 
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Amanda Thomas Takes to the Top For Opening Day of Equifest I Professional Hunter Divisions

July 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wayne, IL – July 24, 2013 – The Lamplight Equestrian Center grounds were immaculate as exhibitors gathered for Equifest I. Blue skies and a light breeze welcomed riders to the hunter ring as they took on the first day of courses. Of the competitors, Amanda Thomas rode four horses to the top of the rankings. Aboard Kapalua in the Performance 3’6″ Hunter division, Thomas swept the two rounds over fences, as well as piloting Beyond Time and Catani to the top honors in the First Year Green Hunters. Her success continued into the afternoon when she guided Bonfire to the Pre-Green 3’3″ Hunter victories over fences.

 

The course was designed by Allen Rheinheimer, with fences skillfully placed among the newly installed GGT Footing. The course was arranged in the classic hunt field style where in-and-outs and diagonals were all connected by wide left and right turns at the top and gate side of the ring. Natural woods and painted green-and-white, as well as red-and-white oxers paralleled the ring fences and populated the inner lines while riders jumped a total of eight obstacles to complete the course.

 

The first division of the day, the Performance 3’6″ Hunters, saw Amanda Thomas compete several top mounts against her fellow contenders. Thomas rode Kapalua, owned by Hadley Graham of Chesterfield, MO, and Beyond Time, owned by Samantha Hall of O Fallon, MO, in a battle of the best during today’s Performance 3’6″ Hunters. It was Kapalua who caught the judges’ attention, placing first in both rounds to sweep the over fences. Last Wish, ridden by Amy Farmer and owned by Madision Edwards, took second during the first round, while Beyond Time fell short and took second behind Kapalua during the second round over fences.

 

“He went amazing today,” shared Thomas. “I was so pleased. He was unsure about the footing yesterday, so I was a little nervous how he would do, but he went very nicely and I was so pleased with him.”

 

Thomas continued affectionately, “He is a fantastic horse. He was champion at Harrisburg in 2008-in the Greens-and he’s a wonderful horse. He is so sweet in the barn. Honestly, he’s my pet.”

 

In the First Year Green Hunter division, rider Amanda Thomas brought two horses to showcase their talents. Beyond Time reemerged from the earlier Performance 3’6″ Hunter division, eager to earn his rank. They took first place in the first over fences with a picturesque round, while Thomas’ other horse, Catani, owned by Samantha Mccarty of Zionville, IN, took the first place position in the consecutive class, perpetuating Thomas’ supreme skills as a rider. Erin Mccabe and Golddigger, owned by Elizabeth Miller of Union MO, held strong throughout the rounds to earn a pair of third place ribbons.

 

“Beyond Time is a First Year horse with his junior owner, Samantha Hall. He just turned 7 years old, and he is a puppy dog of a pony,” Trainer Meghan Trilling informed. “She [Samantha] just moved up from the Large Ponies to him, and they are a great match. He is quiet, safe, easy, and just a sweet horse. He walked off the trailer yesterday and went first and fourth in the Performance Warm-Up, and was first and second today. He doesn’t look at the jumps, he’s just quiet and a good boy.”

 

In the Pre-Green 3’3″ Hunter division, Erin Mccabe proved to be a worthy adversary, placing first in the division’s under saddle upon Remy Martin, owned by Nancy Gordon of Ocala, FL. It was Amanda Thomas’s outstanding horse Bonfire though, that rose to the top of the leader board with high marks in the over fences to take home the blues. Bonfire is owned by Helen Gilbert of Saint Louis, MO. Sarah Robertson and Denmark took the second and fourth place finishes over fences, while also earning the third place in the under saddle.

“I love this horse show, it’s beautiful. The grounds are beautiful, and the footing and course rode great,” Explained Thomas. “His [Bonfire] right to left change is a bit hard, but he landed correctly after the first jump and did the change perfectly, so I was so pleased with that. It’s his last real thing to figure out, so he rode beautifully. I just looped the reins and put him in a rubber snaffle and he responded well.”

 

Among the other divisions of the day, in Performance 3’3″ Hunters, Amanda Thomas rode Confidential, owned by Susan Koedding of Saint Louis, MO, to the blue ribbon in the first of over fences class. Owner and rider, Jill Worman of West Bend, WI, rode Random Harvest to the top award in the second class over fences. Molly Mcadow guided Kenyan, owned by Nina Donnelly of Evanston, IL, to high ranks among the division’s rounds, nabbing the second and third place ribbons.

 

In the Pre-Green 3′ Hunters Molly Mcadow returned aboard Barina, owned by Donnelly, and rode to the first and the third place ribbons over fences. Shema with Lynda Zema in the irons capturing the second place over fences today. Shema is owned by Andrea Ferguson, and the hardworking pair of Zema and Shema are sure to return tomorrow with their eyes on the championship.

 

Equifest I at the Lamplight Equestrian Center started with nothing less than the perfect conditions today, but more is in store for the rest of the week as the hunter action continues. Tomorrow the divisions with wrap up with the championship titles in the Professional Hunter divisions, and riders will be looking forward to the approaching hunter classics, as well as the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby this Friday and Saturday.

 

To find out more about Lamplight Equestrian Center, go to:  http://lamplightequestriancenter.com/. 

 

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Photo Credit: Amanda Thomas and Bonfire swept the Pre-Green 3’3″ Hunter division over fences for the first day of Equifest I. Thomas rode to the top of the hunter leader board throughout the professional divisions. Photo By: Ashley N. Williams/Phelps Media Group. These photos may only be used in relation to this Phelps Media Group press release

 

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Summer in the Rockies VI Wrap-Up: July 17-21 at the Colorado Horse Park

July 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Parker, CO – July 25, 2013 – The crown jewel of the Summer in the Rockies six-week series, the $50,000 Parker Adventist Hospital Grand Prix, was held on Saturday afternoon of Week VI. It was Military Day at the Colorado Horse Park, honoring and welcoming military and first responders to enjoy family activities and great show jumping.

Title sponsor Parker Adventist Hospital was on hand for helmet fittings and distribution of free riding helmets to children as part of their Equestrian Safety Program. The evening began with lead line featuring cute ponies and children all walking away with blue ribbons, followed by fast and feisty Jack Russell terriers who raced against each other to the delight of the crowd of spectators.

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Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Eternal. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

The first horse appeared promptly at 4 p.m. to tackle international course designer Danny Foster’s course, a big and winding course that tested the maintenance of pace around turns, lengthening in forward lines and shortening in tight combinations.

It wasn’t until six rounds in that Kristen VanderVeen from St Charles, IL, produced the first clear round aboard Bull Run’s Eternal. Five rounds later, John Pearce and Forest View Farm’s Chianto were fault-free, followed by Madeline Thatcher aboard Pony Lane Farm’s Splendor. Then, Caitlin Hope and Total Touch, owned by Kathleen Hope, also went clear. Armando Hassey and Taggert Enterprises LLC’s Eminem put in what appeared to be a beautiful faultless round, but ¼ of a second over the time allowed cost them one fault.

Several rounds later, Alex Granato and Gangsta put in a clear effort, followed by Karen Cudmore and Southern Pride, and finally John Pearce and Son of a Gun. All together, seven horse and rider combinations met Foster’s challenge and progressed to the jump-off round.

VanderVeen was the first to return for the short course with Bull Run’s Eternal. She delivered a flawless, clean round and tripped the timer at 40.035 seconds. Next, Pearce and Chianto had two down but a very fast time of 36.85. Thatcher lost a stirrup when Splendor knocked down a rail in their jump-off round and performed the majority of the round without her stirrup, ending up in fifth. Hope and Total Touch had a rail then some trouble at an oxer near the in-gate, which landed them in seventh place.

Granato and Gangsta managed the double clear in a time of 41.170, putting them in second place. Then Cudmore and Southern Pride were clean with 41.318, placing them in third.

Last to go in the jump-off round, Pearce and Son of a Gun attempted to come in clean and best VanderVeen’s time, but the pair had a rail and with a time of 42.069 ended up in fourth place.

VanderVeen had the win, her third grand prix win of the circuit. She had captured the top honors in the Summer in the Rockies II Grand Prix, presented by Littleton Equine Medical Center and Platinum Performance, and the $40,000 Holiday Inn of Parker Grand Prix during Summer in the Rockies V.

In addition, VanderVeen had won the 2012 $50,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix and the 2011 $50,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix.

JUMPER HIGHLIGHTS

$10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur Classic – Sunday

On the final day of the Summer in the Rockies six-week circuit, the featured classes in the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Grand Prix Arena at the Colorado Horse Park included the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur Classic and the $5,000 North American League Low Junior/Amateur Classic.

Brooke Cudmore and Shea. Photo by Carrie Wirth.

Brooke Cudmore and Shea. Photo by Carrie Wirth.

FEI course designer and former Canadian Show Jumping Team member Danny Foster designed the courses for the final week of the Summer in the Rockies circuit. He created championship courses that tested riders in the first round. Progressing to the jump-off round was an accomplishment that required skill and an extremely rideable horse.

In the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur Classic, 23 horse and rider combinations attempted clean trips in the first round. Nine passed the test and returned for the short course.

Of the nine, only two went double clear, 19-year-old Brooke Cudmore and 16-year-old Hannah Holik. Cudmore and Karen Cudmore’s Shea had the second jump-off round of the class and stopped the timer at 39.664 seconds, which would remain the fastest time. Holik and Morgan Hill Partners’ Cupido de Laubry completed their short course in 39.869, putting them in second place.

$5,000 North American League Low Junior/Amateur Classic – Sunday

In the North American League (NAL) Low Junior/Amateur Owner class, 37 entries tried to execute flawless first rounds and 12 succeeded. The first pair to deliver double clear rounds was Haley Griffis and Cici’s Angel with a time of 39.272. Then Hannah Holik and Santiago went clean in the short course and bested Griffis’ time with a 38.653.

Next, Caitlin Boyle and Carus Z beat Holik’s time with a 38.166, putting them in first place. Madeline Thatcher was next to accomplish a clean first round. Their jump-off round was fault-free, blazing fast and timed out at 36.871 to earn them the win of the class.

$2,500 Open Jumper 1.3m and $2,500 Open Jumper 1.4m – Friday

In the 1.30m Open Jumpers, seven of the 13 horse and rider combinations that took on Danny Foster’s course progressed to the jump-off round. Haylie Jayne aboard Dolce Vita, owned by Pony Lane Farm, were the first in the order. The pair progressed to the jump-off round, where they were clean with a time of 38.958 seconds.

Kelsey Thatcher and Balougris SL Z. Photo by Carrie Wirth.

Kelsey Thatcher and Balougris SL Z. Photo by Carrie Wirth.

 

Jayne held on to the lead until Andrew Kocher and Cricket, owned by Lance Williamson, had a clear first round, then delivered a fault-free jump-off round to trip the timer at 36.971. Last to go in the order, Kelsey Thatcher and Balougris SL Z, owned by Pony Lane Farm, put in a double clear effort. Their jump-off round took full advantage of the short course’s timesaving options and the pair bested Kocher with a time of 36.971. When Thatcher and Balougris SL Z, known as Balou in the barn, left the ring, Thatcher was beaming.

Foster’s tough course for the $2,500 1.40m Open Jumpers produced only one double clear round, from Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Holy Smokes, one of the latest additions to the impressive string of Bull Run Jumpers.

$15,000 McElvain Energy Welcome Stake – Thursday

The $15,000 McElvain Energy Welcome Stake was the highlight of the day on Thursday. The Colorado Horse Park’s scenic views of distant mountains paired with blue skies and gentle breezes set the stage for an ideal day of show jumping competition.

Danny Foster built a large, challenging course appropriate for the final week of the Summer in the Rockies circuit. Of the 29 horse and rider combinations that tackled Foster’s course, 10 progressed the jump-off round. Of the 10, John Pearce and Forest View Farm’s Chianto were the first to complete the short course fault-free with a time of 44.409. Then Stransky and Twister, owned by Stransky’s Mission Farm delivered a brilliant performance, leaving all the rails in their cups in a time of 48.467 to eventually take third.

Caitlin Hope and Total Touch. Photo by Carrie Wirth.

Caitlin Hope and Total Touch. Photo by Carrie Wirth.

Next, Caitlin Hope and Total Touch, owned by Kathleen Hope, put in an incredibly fast and accurate performance that edged Pearce out of the first place position, stopping the timer at 43.806. Hope, who rides with Diane Carney, and Total Touch were second in the Welcome Stake during Summer in the Rockies Week V.

Sarah Tredennick returned on Page Tredennick’s Zenith Dance and also accomplished a double clear effort, timing in at 52.492, landing the pair in the fourth place. Pearce and Forest View Farm’s Johnny B Good ended up in fifth place and were the fastest four-faulters.

$2,500 Open Jumper 1.3m and $2,500 Open Jumper 1.4m – Wednesday

Danny Foster built a track with turns and bending lines that provided the opportunity for horse and rider combinations to demonstrate their abilities while singling out the top contenders for the jump-off rounds. The day’s courses got things rolling after the two-day break in the Summer in the Rockies circuit.

For the $2,500 1.30m Open Jumpers class, 12 of 23 horse and rider combinations progressed to the short track. Of the 12, 8 were double clear. Mario Gamboa and VDL Vinzell, owned by Stransky’s Mission Farms, were the fastest double clear, crossing the timer at 40.762. Andrew Kocher and Wicoca, owned by Alexandra Biederman, earned second with a time of 40.775 and Delaney Flynn and Jennifer Flynn’s Quite Quick received third place honors with a time of 42.423.

Gamboa works for trainer Hector Florentino and Stransky’s Mission Farms. All proceeds of their winnings go to the Step by Step Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Liliane Stransky that enhances the lives of underprivileged children. The Foundation creates and supports health, nutrition, water, and education programs that promote the human rights and development of children worldwide.

Florentino has a committed group of clients who all ride for the Step by Step Foundation, including Daniela Stransky and Jackson Brittan, who won the Summer in the Rockies V $10,000 Low Junior Amateur Classic out of 51 entries aboard Ugaz. Brittan’s twin brother, Spencer Brittan, another talented junior rider, went double clear in the 1.30m Open Jumpers, ending up in seventh place.

In the $2,500 1.40m Open Jumper, Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Revive edged out the competition, including second place finishers Armando Hassey and Eminem and third place pair Sarah Tredennick and Zenith Dance, to clinch the win. VanderVeen was surprised and pleased with the win. Revive is an 8-year-old that VanderVeen imported from Germany last year.

HUNTER HIGHLIGHTS

Performance Working Hunter 3’6″ – Wednesday/Thursday

Hannah Holik is moving up the ranks in the jumpers and showing that she is capable of dominant performances in the hunter ring as well. She and Czech Mate LLC’s Dahlila notched two wins on Wednesday and placed well on Thursday to secure the championship in the 3’6″ Performance Working Hunters, with Ashley Keeler and Emma Willsky’s Simply Said taking the reserve.

Caitlin Hope and Total Touch. Photo by Carrie Wirth.

Hannah Holik and Dahlila. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

 

Later in the day, Holik paired with her jumper, Cupido de Laubry, for a clear first round and a top 10 finish in the $15,000 McElvain Energy Welcome Stake. She said the switch from the hunters to the jumpers was made easier by Dahlila’s background as a jumper.

Holik’s next target with Dahlila will be the ASPCA Regional Finals, and she plans to continue gaining experience and mileage with Cupi at the grand prix level. Holik, of Jackson Hole, WY, trains with Randy Henry.

Riding is a family affair for Holik. Her mother, Renée, introduced her to the sport when she was young, and she has pursued it with dedication ever since. Renée rarely competes now, but she helps her daughter keep her horses fit while balancing a busy school schedule.

While Holik has ample talent and drive to succeed, she is not necessarily planning to make a career out of riding and training. She hopes to attend college and continue riding in the higher-level jumpers, and her ultimate goal is to become a vet.

Summer in the Rockies has been an important show circuit for Holik. She rode in the grand prix last year and then rode Cupido de Laubry in their first grand prix together this year.

Performance Working Hunter 3’3″ – Wednesday/Thursday

Jodi and Freddie Vazquez demonstrated the value of teamwork as they started Summer in the Rockies VI off with a bang, racking up the ribbons in the hunter divisions. The husband and wife duo earned wins and top finishes with the string of talented horses they train, and Freddie ultimately claimed the 3’3″ Performance Working Hunter championship with Cynthia Baffa’s Marneux.

Freddie Vazquez and Marneux. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Freddie Vazquez and Marneux. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Freddie and Marneux also won the $1,000 Open Hunter Classic. Freddie knew Marneux had a good shot to win the Classic, and Marneux rewarded his confidence with an outstanding effort. Marneux, a 6-year-old, looks to be a good prospect as he continues to mature.

Jodi and Freddie, who train out of Messenger Hill Farm in Lake Forest, IL, said they enjoy their joint endeavor. They have found a way to balance the workload and draw on their individual strengths while also going to each other for support. Jodi said she and Freddie often turn to each other for advice or help with the horses they ride.

The Vazquez family has plenty to celebrate after their success at the Colorado Horse Park this summer. Freddie rode Presently, owned by Mark Senn, to a big win in Sunday’s $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby to close out Summer in the Rockies V.

Amanda Hauser and Calido’s Son earned the reserve in the 3’3″ Performance Working Hunters after accumulating two second place finishes and a win in the hack.

First Year Green/Second Year Green/High Performance Hunter – Wednesday/Thursday

Consistency was the ticket for the championship in the First Year Green/Second Year Green/High Performance Hunters. Haylie Jayne and Summer Place compiled an impressive record of two wins and three seconds to take the honors, while Laurie Jueneman and Rio’s Firefly finished in the top four in every class to earn the reserve.

Haylie Jayne and Summer Place. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Haylie Jayne and Summer Place. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Christen Tuxworth, the owner of Rio’s Firefly, said he lives at home with her, goes trail riding, and shows a few times a year. She lives in Black Forest and was evacuated during the fire in June, but fortunately her house was unharmed. She described Rio’s Firefly as a horse with a lot of personality.

Summer Place is owned by Pony Lane Farm, and Jayne enjoys having the opportunity to prepare him for Madeline Thatcher to ride. Thatcher plans to show him at indoors in the fall.

Small and Large Junior Hunter – Friday/Saturday

The Small and Large Junior Hunter championships went to the pairs that got off to a strong start on Friday and rode the momentum into Saturday’s competition. Caitlin Boyle and Finders Keepers added a third win on Saturday to their two from Friday to clinch the championship in the Small Junior Hunters.

Caitlin Boyle and Finders Keepers. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Caitlin Boyle and Finders Keepers. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Boyle and Finders Keepers demonstrated how far their partnership has come, cruising through relaxed, confident rounds that showcased the horse’s flashy jumping style. Boyle has had Finders Keepers for about a year and a half and has enjoyed seeing him develop into the horse he is today. The pair finished 10th in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Summer in the Rockies V.

Boyle also rode her equitation mount, Loredo, to a first place finish in the Washington Hunter and Jumper Phases, securing the overall win with scores in the upper 80s throughout. She and Loredo, whom she leases from Micaela Kennedy, are shooting for top finishes at the big equitation finals this fall, and they have placed well in the equitation throughout their three weeks at Summer in the Rockies.

Amanda Hauser and Calido’s Son improved off their solid efforts on Friday to take a win and a second on Saturday and earn the reserve championship in the Small Junior Hunters.

Emma Willsky and Simply Said, who scored a hat trick on Friday with wins over fences, in the handy and under saddle, picked up another win in the second round on Saturday to emphatically claim the Large Junior Hunter championship over Kai DeVoglaer and Colleen McKenzie’s Castello in the reserve spot. Willsky and Simply Said also won the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic with the high score of 169.

Emma Willsky and Simply Said. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Emma Willsky and Simply Said. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Willsky trains with Ashley Keeler, who has also achieved success with Simply Said at Summer in the Rockies. Keeler and Simply Said started off the week by winning the reserve championship in the 3’6″ Performance Working Hunters. Willsky began riding with Keeler after Keiri Kaneps, her previous trainer and the previous rider of Simply Said, passed away.

Kai DeVoglaer and Colleen McKenzie’s Castello also performed well in the Large Junior Hunters, collecting two second places over fences as well as a third in the hack for the reserve championship.

Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6″ – Saturday/Sunday

Sherri Kahn and Walter scored a personal best of 88 in their second round over fences on Sunday to seize the win and ultimately the championship in the 3’6″ Amateur Owner Hunters. After wins over fences and in the handy on Saturday, Kahn and Walter were the clear choice to top the division, though they faced stiff competition from other high-scoring pairs.

Sherri Kahn and Walter. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Sherri Kahn and Walter. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Riding and competing is a family pursuit for the Kahns, who have a farm in Bucyrus, KS. Their daughter, Kara, also had a successful day on Saturday, winning a class in the Small Junior Hunters with her own Maverick.

Fred Kahn, Sherri’s husband and trainer, was thrilled with Walter’s performance over the Skip Bailey-designed courses. Sherri and Walter were stepping up in height from the 3’3″ Performance Working Hunters after claiming the championship in that division at Summer in the Rockies V.

Kelsey Thatcher and Pony Lane Farm’s Starina B collected wins over fences and in the hack to take the reserve championship. Starina B was a bit exuberant on Saturday, but settled in on Sunday and showed off her eye-catching style over fences. Thatcher and Starina B also took third place in the $1,000 Amateur Owner Hunter Classic, which was won by Nicole Lyvere and All In.

Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″ – Saturday/Sunday

In the 3’3″ Amateur Owner Hunters, Nicole Stern and Calabria scored two wins on Sunday to earn the championship ribbon. Calabria just moved up from the Pre-Green Hunters and is also competing in the 3’3″ Performance Working Hunters with trainer Michael Dennehy.

Elizabeth Hund and Timbuktu wound up with a total of two wins to take home the reserve championship. Hund bought Timbuktu from Sharon Kvistad, who rescued the off-the-track Thoroughbred to give him a chance at a new career. Timbuktu proved that his new profession in the hunter ring suits him to a T with his success in the division.

Adult Amateur Hunter – Saturday/Sunday

Gabrielle Barnes and EEA Timberland were unbeatable over fences in the Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 division. They swept all four classes and also picked up a fourth place in the hack en route to the championship honors. Barnes rides with Jessica and Dylan Harries of Cypress, TX, and EEA Timberland is owned by European Equine Associates. The reserve went to Abigail Albrecht’s MTM Nameworthy, ridden by Shelby Albrecht.

Joyce Baldwin and Palmer were the clear champions in the 36 & Over Adult Amateur Hunter championship after three wins over fences. Crisanne McGuire and Quoit Amber earned the reserve.

Summer in the Rockies VI Hunter Champions

First Year Green/Second Year Green/High Performance Hunter

Champion: 1498/Summer Place/Pony Lane Farm/Haylie Jayne

Reserve: 1372/Rio’s Firefly/Christen Tuxworth/Laurie Jueneman

Performance 3’6″ Hunter

Champion: 1435/Dahlila/Czech Mate, LLC/Hannah Holik

Reserve: 1295/Simply Said/Emma Willsky/Ashley Keeler

Performance 3’3″ Hunter

Champion: 1573/Marneux/Cynthia Baffa/Freddie Vazquez

Reserve: 1417/Calido’s Son/Amanda Hauser/Amanda Hauser

Small Junior Hunter

Champion: 1543/Finders Keepers/Caitlin Boyle/Caitlin Boyle

Reserve: 1417/Calido’s Son/Amanda Hauser/Amanda Hauser

Large Junior Hunter

Champion: 1295/Simply Said/Emma Willsky/Emma Willsky

Reserve: 1433/Castello/Colleen McKenzie/Kai DeVoglaer

Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6″

Champion: 1518/Walter/Sherri Kahn/Sherri Kahn

Reserve: 1497/Starina B/Pony Lane Farm/Kelsey Thatcher

Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″

Champion: 1646/Calabria/Nicole Stern/Nicole Stern

Reserve: 1471/Timbuktu/Elizabeth Hund/Elizabeth Hund

Pre Adult Hunter

Champion: 1568/Debatable/Nancy Pfeifer-Fox/Nancy Pfeifer-Fox

Reserve: 1475/Malbou/Dorothy Loughran/Dorothy Loughran

Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35

Champion: 1390/EEA Timberland/European Equine Associates/Gabrielle A. Barnes Reserve: 1627/MTM Nameworthy/Abigail Albrecht/Shelby Albrecht

Adult Amateur Hunter 36 & Over

Champion: 1683/Palmer/Joyce Baldwin/Joyce Baldwin

Reserve: 1458/Quoit Amber/Crisanne McGuire/Crisanne McGuire

Full results available at http://www.showplaceproductions.com/chp/resultsDivisionList.php?competition=23.

About the Colorado Horse Park

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Colorado Horse Park was founded by visionary Helen Krieble who acknowledged the need for a high-volume horse show and horse boarding facility to serve Colorado.  The Colorado Horse Park welcomes more than 75,000 visitors per year and hosts over 40 competitions annually.  CHP features a derby arena designed by Olympic-designer Linda Allen and a cross-country course designed by Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor and eventing super-star James Atkinson. There are 300 permanent stalls with capacity for more than 1,000 stalls.

The picturesque property, located only minutes from the town of Parker, hosts international equestrian events in multiple disciplines. Visitors enjoy the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountain surroundings and access to miles of trails and open space.  The Colorado Horse Park is committed to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.

 

” Amateur Owner Hunters, Nicole Stern and Calabria scored two wins on Sunday to earn the championship ribbon. Calabria just moved up from the Pre-Green Hunters and is also competing in the 3’3″ Performance Working Hunters with trainer Michael Dennehy.

Elizabeth Hund and Timbuktu wound up with a total of two wins to take home the reserve championship. Hund bought Timbuktu from Sharon Kvistad, who rescued the off-the-track Thoroughbred to give him a chance at a new career. Timbuktu proved that his new profession in the hunter ring suits him to a T with his success in the division.

Adult Amateur Hunter – Saturday/Sunday

Gabrielle Barnes and EEA Timberland were unbeatable over fences in the Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 division. They swept all four classes and also picked up a fourth place in the hack en route to the championship honors. Barnes rides with Jessica and Dylan Harries of Cypress, TX, and EEA Timberland is owned by European Equine Associates. The reserve went to Abigail Albrecht’s MTM Nameworthy, ridden by Shelby Albrecht.

Joyce Baldwin and Palmer were the clear champions in the 36 & Over Adult Amateur Hunter championship after three wins over fences. Crisanne McGuire and Quoit Amber earned the reserve.

Summer in the Rockies VI Hunter Champions

First Year Green/Second Year Green/High Performance Hunter

Champion: 1498/Summer Place/Pony Lane Farm/Haylie Jayne

Reserve: 1372/Rio’s Firefly/Christen Tuxworth/Laurie Jueneman

Performance 3’6″ Hunter

Champion: 1435/Dahlila/Czech Mate, LLC/Hannah Holik

Reserve: 1295/Simply Said/Emma Willsky/Ashley Keeler

Performance 3’3″ Hunter

Champion: 1573/Marneux/Cynthia Baffa/Freddie Vazquez

Reserve: 1417/Calido’s Son/Amanda Hauser/Amanda Hauser

Small Junior Hunter

Champion: 1543/Finders Keepers/Caitlin Boyle/Caitlin Boyle

Reserve: 1417/Calido’s Son/Amanda Hauser/Amanda Hauser

Large Junior Hunter

Champion: 1295/Simply Said/Emma Willsky/Emma Willsky

Reserve: 1433/Castello/Colleen McKenzie/Kai DeVoglaer

Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6″

Champion: 1518/Walter/Sherri Kahn/Sherri Kahn

Reserve: 1497/Starina B/Pony Lane Farm/Kelsey Thatcher

Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″

Champion: 1646/Calabria/Nicole Stern/Nicole Stern

Reserve: 1471/Timbuktu/Elizabeth Hund/Elizabeth Hund

Pre Adult Hunter

Champion: 1568/Debatable/Nancy Pfeifer-Fox/Nancy Pfeifer-Fox

Reserve: 1475/Malbou/Dorothy Loughran/Dorothy Loughran

Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35

Champion: 1390/EEA Timberland/European Equine Associates/Gabrielle A. Barnes Reserve: 1627/MTM Nameworthy/Abigail Albrecht/Shelby Albrecht

Adult Amateur Hunter 36 & Over

Champion: 1683/Palmer/Joyce Baldwin/Joyce Baldwin

Reserve: 1458/Quoit Amber/Crisanne McGuire/Crisanne McGuire

Full results available at http://www.showplaceproductions.com/chp/resultsDivisionList.php?competition=23.

About the Colorado Horse Park

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Colorado Horse Park was founded by visionary Helen Krieble who acknowledged the need for a high-volume horse show and horse boarding facility to serve Colorado.  The Colorado Horse Park welcomes more than 75,000 visitors per year and hosts over 40 competitions annually.  CHP features a derby arena designed by Olympic-designer Linda Allen and a cross-country course designed by Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor and eventing super-star James Atkinson. There are 300 permanent stalls with capacity for more than 1,000 stalls.

The picturesque property, located only minutes from the town of Parker, hosts international equestrian events in multiple disciplines. Visitors enjoy the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountain surroundings and access to miles of trails and open space.  The Colorado Horse Park is committed to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.

Sponsors:

Animo

http://theanimoexperience.com/ 

Bessemer Trust

http://www.bessemertrust.com/

Cherry Creek Insurance Group

www.cherrycreekins.com

Comfort Suites Castle Rock

www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-castle_rock-colorado-CO154

Days Inn Castle Rock

www.daysinn.com/hotels/colorado/castle-rock/days-inn-suites-castle-rock/hotel-overview 

Equine Sport Solutions

http://www.equinesportsolutions.com/ 

KBC Foundation

Guaranty Bank

www.guarantybankco.com

Hampton Inn Parker

hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/colorado/hampton-inn-and-suites-parker-DENPAHX/index.html 

Hertz

www.hertz.com

Hilton Garden Inn

denversouth.HGI.com 

Holiday Inn

http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/parker/denpr/hoteldetail 

Horse Connection

http://www.horseconnection.com/ 

Littleton Equine Medical Center

http://www.littletonequine.com/ 

Murdoch’s Home and Ranch Supply

http://www.murdochs.com/ 

Nutrena

http://www.nutrenaworld.com/ 

Parker Adventist Hospital

www.parkerhospital.org 

Platinum Performance

http://www.platinumperformance.com/select/ 

Sidelines

http://sidelinesnews.com/ 

Super 8

www.super8.com/hotels/colorado/parker/super-8-parker-se-denver-area/hotel-overview 

Suzy Sweitzer/Remax Alliance

http://www.suzysweitzer.com/

Trappers

www.trapperschophouse.com

Weathertech

http://www.weathertech.com

Griffis Residential

http://www.griffisresidential.com 

Wells Fargo Advisors

https://www.wellsfargoadvisors.com/ 

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12012 South Shore Boulevard

Wellington, FL 33414

561-753-3389 (phone)

561-753-3386 (fax)

pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com 

www.phelpsmediagroup.com

 

Wellington’s Marc Ganzi, Nic Roldan Head U.S. Team Against Brits In Sunday’s Westchester Cup

July 24, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

WELLINGTON, FL-July 24, 2013—Longtime teammates Marc Ganzi and Nic Roldan head the U.S. team roster for Sunday’s Westchester Cup against England in Windsor Great Park’s Guards Polo Club in England.

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(L-R) Captain of the UK polo team Luke Tomlinson and Captain of the USA polo team Nic Roldan are seen ahead of the Westchester Cup on July 5, 2013 in Windsor, England. (Photo Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Audi)

The oldest rivalry in U.S. polo history dating back to 1886 features one of the most coveted and prestigious Cups in the game.

 

It will be the 16th time the competition will be held between the two countries and is the flagship event of the Audi International Polo Series and featured event of the Hurlingham Polo Association, the UK’s sport’s governing body.

 

The U.S. leads the head-to-head competition with ten victories but England has won their last two meetings in 1997 and 2009.

 

Ganzi, one of the nation’s top amateur polo players, will be joined by Roldan, an 8-goal rated player and Cardinal Newman High School alum; Hall of Famer Mike Azzaro, recently raised to 8 goals after an outstanding 2013 high goal season and Polito Pieres, a 9-goaler.

 

England’s 28-goal team features 8-goaler John Paul Clarkin, 7-goalers James Beim and Luke Tomlinson and 6-goaler Mark Tomlinson.

 

Luke Tomlinson, captain of the Audi England team, will play at back with Beim playing at the No. 1 position and Mark Tomlinson playing at No. 2.

 

In keeping with tradition and rules of the Westchester Cup, which allows England to feature one player from the Commonwealth, New Zealand’s JP Clarkin will play for England at No. 3.

 

Ganzi and Roldan were teammates on the 2009 U.S. team that suffered a heartbreaking 10-9 loss to England on U.S. soil in their last Westchester Cup meeting in Wellington. In 1997, England won, 12-9.

 

“Any time you play England, you know you’re in for six chukkers of a war when these two countries get together,” Ganzi said of the fierce rivalry.Ganzi will play five of his prized ponies.

 

“The last time these guys came here for the Westchester Cup (2009) we didn’t defend our home court and they beat us badly,” Ganzi said. “That match was a tough one for us to swallow. This is a rare and fabled competition that gave rise to polo throughout the U.S.”

 

The U.S. team, which has been practicing for more than week on British soil, is being sponsored by Equus & Co.

 

“This is the most historical tournament, it’s what Americans strive for,” said Roldan, team captain of the Equus & Co. USA Team.

 

“It is emotional. We are playing for our country. Thanks to Marc, he is the one that’s taking us over there.

 

“Winning the Westchester Cup is every man’s dream in polo,” Roldan said. “It’s America. We are all very patriotic. To win for the U.S., there is no greater feeling. It doesn’t get any better. It is a different feeling when you are representing your country and wearing red, white and blue.”

 

In November, 2012, Ganzi and Roldan played a big part in a winning Team USA effort against England, 8.5-6, in the International Cup at Wellington-based Grand Champions Polo Club, which Ganzi and his wife Melissa own and host polo events year-round and is home base for the Audi and Piaget pro teams. Roldan was the game’s Most Valuable Player.

 

In addition to the afternoon Westchester Cup match, the day will begin with a morning match for the Diamond Jubilee Trophy, featuring a Prince of Wales team against a Hurlingham squad.

 

Sunday’s match will be taped for re-broadcast on NBC Sports Network on Aug. 11 at 4 p.m.

 

GRAND CHAMPIONS POLO CLUB

England captain Luke Tomlinson and American captain Nic Roldan (R) pose during a tea party prior to England competing against the USA in the Audi International Polo Westchester Cup on July 5, 2013 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Audi)

England captain Luke Tomlinson and American captain Nic Roldan (R) pose during a tea party prior to England competing against the USA in the Audi International Polo Westchester Cup on July 5, 2013 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Audi)

 

WHERE: On the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington.

 

INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro teams Audi and Piaget. Everyone is welcome to watch polo in a relaxed atmosphere during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the International Cup in November, Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament in March, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League International Tournament, both in April.

Alltech National Horse Show Named a USEF Heritage Competition

July 24, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – July 24, 2013 – The Alltech National Horse Show announced today that it has been named an official USEF Heritage Competition. The legendary show made the successful move to its new home in Lexington, Kentucky in 2011. During the debut season at the Kentucky Horse Park, the show was named as the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame’s Horse Show of the Year and was ranked as the nation’s top show by the North American Riders Group (NARG).

 

Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars.

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The Alltech National Horse Show has been designated a Heritage Competition by the United States Equestrian Federation

 

The designation of a USEF Heritage Competition is reserved for competitions that have been established for a long period of time and have made substantial contribution toward the development and promotion of the sport, both within the broader community, by achieving, maintaining and promoting the equestrian ideals of the sportsmanship and competition.

 

Eligibility for the Heritage designation requires a minimum of 25 consecutive years of operation excluding any Act of God interruption and application by the Competition Licensee. In addition, the Competition must be in good standing with both USEF and the representing affiliate. The event must show significant involvement and support from the community where the competition is held and significant contribution to promotion of the sport of equestrian. Also, the show must be widely recognized within the sport of equestrian as being a Regional, National or International level of competition, or possessing other characteristics that make it unique within the sport of equestrian.

 

“On behalf of the United States Equestrian Federation, I would like to congratulate the Alltech National Horse Show,” said USEF President Chrystine Tauber. “This show has been a part of the fabric of the American showing scene for more than a century.  The longevity, dedication to philanthropic efforts, and impact on the community, makes this competition a perfect example of what we look for when designating USEF Heritage Competitions.”

 

Mason Phelps, Jr. President of the National Horse Show Association - photo by Tony Parkes

Mason Phelps, Jr. President of the National Horse Show Association – photo by Tony Parkes

“Speaking for Alltech, the Board of Directors and all of our staff and management here at the Alltech National Horse Show, I’ve got to tell you how honored we are to receive this designation from our federation,” said Mason Phelps, Jr. the President of the National Horse Show Association. “With the unparalleled history and legacy of this great event, I can’t think of a horse show in this nation that is more deserving of the Heritage Competition designation.”

 

Bill Maroney, the President of the United States Hunter Jumper Association commented on the designation. “The National Horse Show well deserves the USEF Heritage Competition designation. Longevity, community and excellence are synonymous with the National. Congratulations on receiving this recognition,” he said.

 

“We are extremely proud of the 130 years of commitment to providing a great competition in a world-class atmosphere,” Phelps went on to say. “We’re also proud of the service to our many wonderful charities and to the ASPCA in particular as the hosts of the ASPCA Maclay National Championship.”

 

The Alltech National Horse Show joins an impressive list of competitions with the Heritage Competition designation 2013 Heritage Competitions. That list includes the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, the Devon Horse Show, Upperville, Waterloo, Fairfield, Warrenton, the Hampton Classic and others.

 

The Alltech National Horse Show returns to the Alltech Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 29 through November 3, 2013.

 

ABOUT ALLTECH:

Founded in 1980 by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech improves the health and performance of animals, plants and people through natural nutrition and scientific innovation. With more than 3000 employees in 128 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle-East, Africa and Asia. For further information, visit www.alltech.com. For media assets, visit www.alltech.com/press.

 

Alltech is the proud title sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. For more information about these prestigious global championships, visit www.alltechfeiweg2014-normandy.com.

 

2013 Alltech National Horse Show Fast Facts

 

What:

The Alltech National Horse Show is a weeklong championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 29 – November 3, 2013,indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™.

 

Parking:

The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the Alltech National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the ANHS

 

Directions:

The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

 

Information:

Carolyn Vincent

National Horse Show

PO Box 386

Greenvale, NY 11548

 

Telephone:

Phone: (516) 484-1865

Fax: (516) 484-1982

 

Email:  

NationalHS@aol.com 

 

Website: 

www.AlltechNationalHorseShow.com

 

Shopping:

Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.

 

Additional Contacts:

Vendors  – Matt Morrissey at Mmorri4398@aol.com or call 941 915-3457

VIP Table Sales – Karen Lucca at kll@phelpsmediagroup.com or call 561-753-3389

Advertising – Christian Palmer at christian@phelpsmediagroup.com or call 612-618-8216

Sponsorship – Mason Phelps at mpjr@phelpsmediagroup.com or 561-753-3389 or Susie Webb atwebb_susie@yahoo.com or 301-520-6162

 

Hotels:

HILTON – DOWNTOWN – 859-231-9000 – Approximately 6 miles

 

CLARION HOTEL (formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859 – 233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles

FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT – 859 -977-5870 – Approximately 4 miles

FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles

LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles

KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0232 – Approximately 4 miles

EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles

MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles

RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles

COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles

HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 – Approximately 6 miles

RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles

RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles

HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles

SUPER EIGHT – 502-863-4888 – Approximately 6 miles

MICROTEL INN & SUITES – 502-868-8000 – Approximately 6 miles

 

For further information on housing in the Lexington area, we invite you to visit:

www.visitlex.com and www.georgetownky.com

 

Management:

Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC

P. O. Box 11428

Lexington, KY 40575-1428

859-233-0492 (phone)

859-233-0495 (fax)

email: hakshows@earthlink.net

website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com 

 

Horse Show Secretary:

Cindy Bozan

859-233-0492

Email: secretary.nhs@aol.com

 

ALLTECH MEDIA CONTACT:

 

Elizabeth Adams

North America PR, Alltech

Alltech Corporate Headquarters

3031 Catnip Hill Pike

Nicholasville, Kentucky 40356

eadams@alltech.com

(859) 401-2964

 

ALLTECH NATIONAL HORSE SHOW MEDIA CONTACT:

 

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Suite 105

Wellington, FL 33414

561-753-3389 (phone)

561-753-3386 (fax)

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Fieldstone Summer Showcase Partners With Children’s Wish Foundation International As Official Charity Partner

July 24, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

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Halifax, MA – July 22, 2013 – The anticipation is building as the Fieldstone Summer Showcase starting date is drawing closer. The two-week competition will return to the Fieldstone Show Park from August 14 – 24, 2013. In addition to the world-class competition, the Fieldstone Show Park is pleased to announce their alignment with the Children’s Wish Foundation International. This reputable organization is dedicated to bringing joy and happiness to children with life-threatening illness around the world.  This dedication has created memorable experiences for children and families in 53 countries, and the Fieldstone Summer Showcase is thrilled to partner with them.

 

Andi, diagnosed with Wilm's Tumor, wished for a miniature horse of her own to love and take care of.

Andi, diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumor, wished for a miniature horse of her own to love and take care of.

Executive Director Linda Dozoretz pioneered the Children’s Wish Foundation International when she lost her eldest daughter to bone cancer. Dozoretz became an active fundraiser, supporting causes that searched for a cure for cancer. For her efforts, she was awarded a trip to Disneyland, which she donated to a little girl from Susan’s hospital who was also losing her battle with cancer. She provided a wish for a child who would never have the chance to grow up. Wishes for more children followed, and her community showed support by becoming actively involved in her efforts. With a determination to bring happiness to seriously ill children around the world, several years after that first wish Dozoretz formed Children’s Wish Foundation International and continues to serve as the organization’s Executive Director.

 

As part of the Fieldstone Show Advisory Board, Jeff Papows, author of Unbridled Passion and Chairman of the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, connected CEO of the Fieldstone Show Park, Scott Clawson, with the charitable organization.

 

Papows was conducting an interview with Ian Millar about his relationship with Big Ben for Papows’ book Unbridled Passion, and Millar told him the most heartfelt story he could have imagined.

 

Andi, diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumor, wished for a miniature horse of her own to love and take care of.

It was Big Ben’s last class at Spruce Meadows, and as the pair was exiting the ring, Millar saw a family walking toward him with a young child in a wheel chair. Millar described the scene as “emotional” to Papows as he witnessed the eyes of the young girl light up at the sight of Big Ben. Her parents asked if she would be able to pet the horse, and Millar’s first thought was, “This is going to be a disaster, he’s like dancing dynamite right now.” He told them that although he would love to be able to allow it, it was just too dangerous; they would have to come back another time. The mother leaned toward him, and said, “She doesn’t have much time left.”

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Against all odds, Big Ben lowered his head into the little girl’s lap, and she was able to pet him. The father then asked if she would be able to sit on him for a picture. Big Ben’s long-time groom, Sandy Patterson, assured Millar that Big Ben knew what she needed, and what he was supposed to do. With some help, they lifted the girl from her wheel chair and placed her in the saddle where she smiled boldly for a photograph. Big Ben stood perfectly still, and her final wish was made true.

 

Three weeks later, Millar received a letter in the mail telling him that the girl had passed away. Attached to the letter was the photograph. The letter explained that the picture sat in her hospital room until her passing, and her parents included the photograph with her burial. He had helped make a little girl’s dream a reality, and to this day, Millar still has the photograph from that fateful day.

 

“It was after hearing this story that I became interested in the Children’s Wish Foundation International, and I made them the recipient of the profits from my book,” Papows explained. “I eventually joined their Board of Directors, and connected Scott [Clawson] with the organization. We did several auctions for them last year, raising a lot of money, it was my idea to make them the official charity partner for the Fieldstone Summer Showcase, and Scott was more than happy to help an organization that helps so many terminally ill children.”

 

Children’s Wish Foundation International has been awarded the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence. The seal is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.

 

 

Since its inception, the Children’s Wish Foundation has continued to expand its programs to enhance the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses. Recognizing the families’ needs outside of the scope of wish fulfillment, they stepped up their commitment to the children by developing a hospital enrichment program wherein they place educational and entertainment materials in children’s hospitals throughout the world. They also created a Family Focus program that allows the Wish Families a respite from hospital and treatments.

 

“I am thrilled to help such an inspirational organization,” Clawson said. “They have completed more than 35,000 wishes, and more than 300,000 hospital visits. They help children achieve dreams that would otherwise be impossible. It is with sincere pleasure that we welcome them as our official charity partner.”

 

CWFI, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is an international Foundation, fulfilling wishes for children around the world, yet keeping costs to a minimum by maintaining only one office and a small staff. They take pride in providing personal attention to each family, developing and maintaining relationships with them that last years after their child’s wish has been fulfilled. To ensure that the families can reach someone at anytime, each staff member carries a cell phone, resulting in availability 24 hours a day. Additionally, they have the help of volunteers worldwide, allowing them to bring happiness to children in communities across the globe.

 

All wishes are fulfilled through the loving support of corporations and individuals who care about the happiness of the Wish Children. Individuals also give annually, or may choose to donate in lieu of a gift honoring a birthday, wedding, anniversary, or in memory of a loved one who has passed away. All contributions are tax-deductible. CWFI is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization and all contributions are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. Tax receipts for all donations are provided.

 

Entries for the Summer Showcase will close August 6. Please contact Michael Morrissey for more information, including stall reservations. Morrissey can be reached at the office by calling (941) 744-5465 or on his cell phone (941) 915-3449. Questions and stall reservations can be faxed to (941) 744-0874. The prize list and entry blank are posted on www.ShowFieldstone.com and www.stadiumjumping.com.

 

For more information on Stadium Jumping and the approaching Fieldstone Summer Showcase I and II Horse Shows, please visit www.showfieldstone.com . You can also follow the Fieldstone Horse Shows on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/fieldstone.equestrian.

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Photo Credit: The Fieldstone Summer Showcase prize list is now available online. Photo Courtesy of the Client.Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

SUMMER SHOWCASE I AND II 2013 HORSE SHOW FAST FACTS

 

Events: 2013 Summer Showcase I and II

 

What:

 

The Summer Showcase I and II Horse Show includes two weeks of top hunter/jumper and equitation competitions during the month of August. The series is host to the $50,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix, $7,500 Welcome Stake, $7,500 Open Speed Derby and the all-new $15,000 3’3″ Hunter Derby and $5,000 2’9″ Hunter Derby.

 

Where:

 

Fieldstone Show Park

21 Plymouth St.

Halifax, MA, 02338

 

When:

 

SUMMER SHOWCASE I – August 14 – 18

 

$50,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix

$7,500 Welcome Stake

$7,500 Open Speed Derby

$10,000 3’3″ Hunter Derby

$2,500 2’9″ Hunter Derby

$2,500 Pony Classic

 

FIELDSTONE EQUITATION SHOW – August 19, 2013

 

M&S Children’s Medal Horse 3′

M&S Pony Medals

Equisport Insurance U.S. Pony Medal

WIHS Pony Medal

THIS National Children’s Medal

M&S Junior Medal

ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship

Pessoa U.S. Hunter Seat Medal

Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search

WIHS Equitation 3’6″

Ariat Adult Medal 3′

 

SUMMER SHOWCASE II – August 20-24, 2013

 

$25,000 Antares Grand Prix

$7,500 Welcome Stake

$7,500 Open Speed Derby

$15,000 NEHJA 3’3″ Hunter Derby Finals

$10,000 NEHJA 2’9″ Hunter Derby Finals

$5,000 NEHJA Pony Hunter Classic Finals

 

Hours:

8am – 5pm daily

 

Animals: No dogs or other pets are allowed on the grounds unless they are leashed and under control. Unrestrained pets will be impounded and released only upon payment of fine,

 

Directions:

 

From Route 3: Heading south or north take Exit 9(Rte. 3A, Kingston, Plymouth). Top of the ramp turn right on Rte 3A (towards Kingston). Through two sets of lights to a blinking light, bear left on to Rte 27-106. Travel about one mile to set of lights and fork. Take left at fork onto Rte 106. Fieldstone Farm is approximately 5 miles on the right in Halifax, MA.

 

From the West: Rte 495 to Rte 24 North. First exit Rte 104 and head east. Rte 104 merges with Rte 106. Cross over Rte 58 in Halifax Center. Fieldstone Farm is 1.2 miles on the left.

 

Information:

Before Show – (941) 527-6602, susiemorr@aol.com

During Show – Telephone: (781) 422-7978, Fax: (781) 679-0739

Stabling – Call (781) 422-7978

Stabling office – (781) 422-7978

Shownet –  www.shownet.biz

Website:  www.showfieldstone.com 

 

Ring Dimensions/Specs:

The Grand Prix Field is grass. The Jumper Ring 5, Hunter Ring 1, Equitation Ring 2, Hunter Ring 4, Jumper Schooling areas and other schooling areas have Sand Euro Felt footing. The lunging area has a sand surface. The dimensions of the competition areas are as follows:

 

Grand Prix Field: 350′ x 400′, Jumper Ring 5: 200’x 250′, Hunter Ring 1: 175′ x 240′, Equitation Ring 2: 175′ x 250′, Hunter Ring 4: 100′ x 210′

 

Management:

Stadium Jumping

1301 Sixth Avenue West Suite 406

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 527-6602 (phone)

(941) 744-0874 (fax)

e-mail: susiemorr@aol.com website:  www.stadiumjumping.com

 

 

Media Contact:

Phelps Media Group, Inc.

12012 South Shore Blvd

Suite 105

Wellington, FL 33414

561-753-3389 (phone)

561-753-3386 (fax)

pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com 

 

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