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Morven Park Fall Horse Trials Hosts USEA Area II Championships

August 31, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

LEESBURG, Va. – Morven Park’s fall Horse Trials has long been a favorite annual stop for the nation’s top riders, many of whom live within a few hours’ drive from this Northern Virginia icon.

 

This year will be no exception, as the Horse Trials draw more than 350 horse/rider combinations over the weekend of Oct. 4-6, one of the most spectacular times of year at what is already a stunning setting.

Sharon White with “Merloch” at Morven Park’s 2012 Fall Horse Trials.

Sharon White with “Merloch” at Morven Park’s 2012 Fall Horse Trials.

For the second consecutive year, Morven Park hosts the USEA Area II Championships during the Horse Trials, encompassing eventers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. Riders will compete in all six levels, from beginner novice to advanced.

 

The event will include an advanced combined test, which is expected to draw top American riders who will take this opportunity to prep for the competition in Pau, France, at the end of October, one of the world’s six CCI 4-Star events … the pinnacle of the sport of eventing. In other words, spectators will have a chance to watch the best of the best, competing for the Championship at Morven Park. There is no charge to spectators.

 

Owners and riders also are invited to a dinner at Morven Park on the second day of the event, Saturday, October 5. For details, please contact Sheryl Williams at swilliams@morvenpark.org or 703-777-2890.

Colvin Earns Grand Junior Hunter Championship At The Hampton Classic Junior hunters earn tricolors in Anne Aspinall Ring.

August 31, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

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Bridgehampton, NY-August 30, 2013 -Just as she did in 2012, Victoria Colvin won two junior hunter championships on two horses owned by Dr. Betsee Parker and trained by Scott Stewart. Her victors were even the same two horses-Ovation won the Grand Junior Hunter Championship after winning the Small Junior Hunter, 15 and Under title, and Way Cool won the Large Junior Hunter Championship, 15 and Under title.

 

Way Cool also earned the Junior Hunter High-Score Award for scoring 92 points in one round.

 

“He really likes this ring-I think he likes the grass- and he jumps great in it,” said Colvin, 15, of Wellington, Fla.

 

Colvin has been riding Ovation and Way Cool for more than three years at Stewart’s barn. “They’re really easy and really fun, and they’re both usually perfect at every show,” she said.

 

Way Cool’s secret to success is that “he puts his ears forward and jumps really good.” Ovation’s secret to success is that “he’s a really great mover and such a great jumper.”

 

Colvin said that the two geldings have some common personality traits. For one thing, Ovation and Way Cool are each showmen, almost prima donnas.  “They’re both cranky when other horses get near them, but they think people are their friends,” she said.

 

Outside the ring, they’re each predictably steady to ride, and “you never really know what you’re going to get when you go in the ring, but they’ve both gotten much better. But they still go in the ring and wake up.”

 

Lillie Keenan, 16, won the Large Junior Hunter, 16-17, Championship on Walk The Line. The tricolor ribbon was the latest in a series of victories for Keenan, of New York, N.Y., at the 38th Hampton Classic. On Tuesday she won the $20,000 Hampton Classic Time Challenge, and on Thursday she won the Sam Edelman Equitation Championship. She’s riding eight different horses in the jumper, hunter and equitation divisions.

 

“Walk The Line is a quirky horse, but a whole lot of fun,” said Keenan. She started riding the gelding in early 2013-her friend Meg O’Mara had previously owned him but aged out of the junior division and sold him to trainer Don Stewart. Keenan said she she’d watched O’Mara ride him often, and now she leases him to show.

 

“He jumps unlike any other horse I’ve ever ridden-he really fires over the jumps. At every fence he gives a crazy effort and jumps a 10, if not an 11. He really wants to win,” Keenan said.

 

The 38th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs through Sunday, September 1 and features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions.  The Classic features six show rings with more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages.  A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes are all part of the Classic’s schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.

 

The Classic features an FEI-recognized Grand Prix on three consecutive days – the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier Presented by Longines on Friday, the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday, and the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday.  The world-class field of riders will also be looking to win the new Longines Rider Challenge that awards $30,000 to the rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show’s Open Jumper division.

 

The FTI Grand Prix is part of the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge which awards a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic, and $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix at the Alltech National Horse Show.  McLain Ward won the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Rothchild  in May and now stands to win the $200,000 bonus should he ride Rothchild to wins in the remaining two events in the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge.

 

For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These telecasts can also be seen online at www.WVVH.com.

 

Free live webcasts of all  Grand Prix Ring competition will be available, courtesy  of ShowNet, at www.HamptonClassic.com. Competition in other rings will be available on a pay-per-view basis at www.shownet.biz.

 

Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177.  Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

 

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Victoria Colvin rode Dr. Betsee Parker’s Ovation to win the Grand Junior Hunter Championship at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

 

Weber Undefeated in France Following Win in CAI-A4 Caen Test Event for 2014 WEG-Normandy

August 31, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Ocala, FL (August 28, 2013) – Nine-time U.S. national four-in-hand champion Chester Weber remains undefeated in France following his second win there in the CAI-A4 Caen August 23-25, against a field of 12 drivers and 60 horses representing seven nations. Team Weber’s win at the CAI-A4 Caen is especially significant as the competition was the test event for the 2014 World Equestrian Games. In early June, Weber had the strongest international finish of his career when his team led all three – dressage, marathon and cones – phases of the World Cup-qualifying Saumur CAI-A4 against top whips including Dutch Team Gold medalists Ijsbrand Chardon and Theo Timmerman.

“The highlight of the show was, without a doubt, Ultra’s continued development in dressage,” said Weber, whose team began with a 34.63 winning score in the dressage phase on the opening day of competition at Caen. Team Weber has been undefeated in dressage all season.

“The marathon team worked well.  Again, we used Ultra with the intention of putting in another marathon with him and Boy W together before the National Championships. Both Splash and Para did a fantastic job in the wheel.

“I was very impressed with the facilities and the organization of the three days,” said Weber after the awards ceremony. “I enjoyed the marathon’s technical and fast path.”

 

Weber and his four-in-hand team completed all three phases with a final score of just 108.24, winning dressage, finishing second in marathon (69.65) and incurring just 3.96 additional points after cones.  Finishing a distant second (125.54) was Germany’s Ludwig Weinmayer, and third (132.76) was Georgina Hunt for Great Britain.

“The goal,” added Jean-Pierre Brisou of the WEG Organizing Committee, “was to test the teams and technical choices in full-scale on the site that will host next year’s events. For the first time in the Word Equestrian Games, we will use sand for dressage, obstacle cone driving and the marathon  in order to provide fair conditions of transition to each team. We received very good feedback from the participating federations on this choice.”

Weber added, “Three of the six marathon obstacles were going to be the same as next year and the track in the A section and between the hazards will be the same. The team was fantastic and our depth is evident based on our continuing to drive different combinations at all of the events.”

Weber’s winning team for this European tour included his own Para, Senate, Horus du Bois, Boy W and Boris W, as well as Splash and Uniek owned by Jane Clark and Ultra owned by Koos de Ronde.  The team has continued to prove the success behind Weber’s conditioning and training program by delivering a wire-to-wire win at CAIO Saumur as well as top three finishes at Beekburgen and Aachen.

“These horses,” he said, “are a very consistent group and I could not be more pleased with their success this summer.”

Caen marks the final stop on the Team Weber European tour before returning to the United States to defend and likely claim an unprecedented  tenth national championship title at the Kentucky Classic in September.

 

Follow Team Weber at www.chesterweber.com and via their link to Facebook.

Chester

Photo courtesy of Madeleine Augustsson

Ferreira Earns Grand Championship At The Hampton Classic Children’s hunters shine on show’s third day.

August 31, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Bridgehampton, NY-August 28, 2013 – Children’s hunters, both horses and ponies, took over the hunter rings in Tuesday’s edition of the 38th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show.

 

Erica Ferreira, of Bridgehampton, N.Y., and His Way were named the Grand Champion Children’s Hunter after earning the Children’s Hunter Large Pony Championship.

 

Blu Venture, ridden by Hensley Humphries of Short Hills, N.J., and Simply Magical, ridden by Stella Propp of New York, N.Y., won the championships in the two sections of the Children’s Hunter Small/Medium Pony division.

 

Lilly, ridden by Lili Halterman of New York, N.Y., won the Children’s Hunter Horse, 14 & Under, championship.

 

Carmona, ridden by Paige Israel of New York, N.Y., won the Children’s Hunter Horse, 15-17, championship.

 

The day climaxed with four $2,500 Marshall & Sterling Hunter Classics, one each for the two pony sections and one each for the two horse age groups.

 

Caroline Cline, of New York, N.Y., rode Small Talk to victory in the $2,500 Marshall & Sterling Children’s Hunter Horse, 15-17 Years Classic. The 17-year-old junior at Riverdale Country School took the lead in the first round and achieved an even better performance in the second round.

 

“I have a great horse and a great trainer, so I didn’t really feel any pressure,” said Cline, who trains with Bonnie Cunniffe.

 

“Small Talk went really well in both rounds, but I thought I rode better in the second round. I thought it was more refined,” Cline added.

 

Cline said that Small Talk, a 16-year-old veteran of hunter shows, prefers larger, grass-covered rings like the Hampton Classic’s Anne Aspinall Ring. “He loves it on the grass field, so he’s even more fun to ride then,” she said.

 

Cline’s family usually spends the summer months on eastern Long Island, so the Hampton Classic is a special show for her. “I’ve always wanted to ride here, and winning this makes it even more special. It’s a great way to end the summer!” she said.

 

Coco Faith, of Fairfield, Conn., rode Monopolu to win the Marshall & Sterling Children’s Hunter Horse, 14 & Under Under, Classic.

 

Kathryn Pizzi of Port Washington, N.Y., rode Rhyme ‘N Reason to win the Marshall & Sterling Small/Medium Pony Classic.

 

Sabrina Livigni, of Shoreham, N.Y., rode Benlea Sea Wolf to win the Marshal & Sterling Large Pony Classic.

 

The 38th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs through Sunday, September 1 and features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions.  The Classic features six show rings with more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages.  A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes are all part of the Classic’s schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.

 

The Classic features an FEI-recognized Grand Prix on three consecutive days – the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier Presented by Longines on Friday, the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday, and the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday.  The world-class field of riders will also be looking to win the new Longines Rider Challenge that awards $30,000 to the rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show’s Open Jumper division.

The FTI Grand Prix is part of the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge which awards a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic, and $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix at the Alltech National Horse Show.  McLain Ward won the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Rothchild  in May and now stands to win the $200,000 bonus should he ride Rothchild to wins in the remaining two events in the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge.

 

For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These telecasts can also be seen online atwww.WVVH.com.

 

Free live webcasts of all  Grand Prix Ring competition will be available, courtesy  of ShowNet, at www.HamptonClassic.com. Competition in other rings will be available on a pay-per-view basis at www.shownet.biz.

 

Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177.  Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

 

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Erica Ferreira and His Way were the Grand Champion Children’s Hunter at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

Richter Claims Amateur-Owner Jumper Title At 38th Annual Hampton Classic

August 29, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

With Firefly, he scores a three-peat.

Bridgehampton, NY-Aug. 29, 2013-For the third consecutive year, Phillip Richter rode his Firefly to the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship after winning the $5,000 Strong’s Marine Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the Hampton Classic. Richter’s jump-off time of 37.38 seconds easily defeated the time of 38.22 seconds Tracey Weinberg posted on Linda Z.

Danielle Cooper rode Vegas Du Houssoit to third place (40.33).

Richter, 43, has ridden at the Hampton Classic since its earliest days and won a pony hunter championship here in 1983. His godmother, Christophe de Meniel, was one of the show’s founders, and now he’s on the Hampton Classic Board of Directors.

“So, obviously, this show is very special to me, a part of my life. And Firefly loves this horse show too,” said Richter.

Richter co-founded the investment firm Hollow Brook Wealth Management in 2001, and since Firefly is stabled at mother Judy Richter’s Coker Farm in Bedford, N.Y., and his office is in Manhattan, Phillip doesn’t get much chance to ride. He said that he hadn’t ridden Firefly since winning the championship at the Lake Placid Horse Show in July, and he credits grand prix rider Norman Dello Joio with working Firefly, now 17, between shows.

“I know how to jump, and Firefly knows how to jump, so it’s just a matter of keeping him fit and ready. He’ll do whatever I ask of him,” said Richter. “I’d rather win once at a show like this than win championships at another eight shows. This show is the peak of the year for me, every year.”

The Hampton Classic is also a special show to Cloe Hymowitz, who won the Junior Jumper Championship, because she lives in Bridgehampton. Hymowitz, 17, earned the championship after winning the $5,000 Entrust Junior Jumper Classic on Bon Vivant.

Hymowitz In has been showing at the Hampton Classic since she was 3 years old, and in 2011 she won the Local Non-Pro Hunter Championship.

Hymowitz rode Bon Vivant to a clear jump-off round in 34.74 seconds to defeat Brianne Link on two horses-E-Bay (36.21 seconds) and Zycarla Z (37.05 seconds). Link, 15, lives in East Islip, N.Y.

“He’s an amazing horse-he loves to go really fast and jump,” said Hymowitz. “I knew I had a chance in the classic. I knew I had to just let go of the reins, and he’d do the rest for me.”

The 38th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs through Sunday, September 1 and features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions. The Classic features six show rings with more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages. A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes are all part of the Classic’s schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.

Firefly and Phillip Richter won the $5,000 Strong's Marine Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

Firefly and Phillip Richter won the $5,000 Strong’s Marine Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

The Classic features an FEI-recognized Grand Prix on three consecutive days – the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier Presented by Longines on Friday, the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday, and the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday. The world-class field of riders will also be looking to win the new Longines Rider Challenge that awards $30,000 to the rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show’s Open Jumper division.

The FTI Grand Prix is part of the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge which awards a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic, and $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix at the Alltech National Horse Show. McLain Ward won the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Rothchild in May and now stands to win the $200,000 bonus should he ride Rothchild to wins in the remaining two events in the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge.

For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These telecasts can also be seen online at www.WVVH.com.

Free live webcasts of all Grand Prix Ring competition will be available, courtesy of ShowNet, at www.HamptonClassic.com. Competition in other rings will be available on a pay-per-view basis at www.shownet.biz.

Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament CSIO 5* to Host The World’s Best Show Jumpers

August 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Skelton and Big Star to Contest Next Leg of Rolex Grand Slam of Jumping

Calgary, AB, Canada – August 27, 2013 – Spruce Meadows will host the world’s best show jumpers at the prestigious ‘Masters’ Tournament, held September 4-8, 2013, in Calgary. The ‘Masters’ is a CSIO 5* event and will award $2.115 million in prize money. Seven of the top 10 ranked show jumpers in the world plan to attend, including newly named European Champion, France’s Roger Yves Bost (ranked #9 in the world). Rolex Grand Slam of Jumping leaders Nick Skelton (ranked #11 in the world) and Big Star will compete as well, and competition at this year’s tournament will be electric. Along with top individuals, there are eight teams that will compete in the BMO Nations’ Cup.

The top 10 ranked riders (as of July 31, 2013) that plan to show at the ‘Masters’ include World Number One rider Christian Ahlmann (GER), Beezie Madden (2-USA), Kevin Staut (3-FRA), who is showing for the first time at Spruce Meadows, Gerco Schroeder (4-NED), Steve Guerdat (7-SUI), Kent Farrington (8-USA), and Bost.

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Olympic champion Steve Guerdat, shown here on Tresor V at Spruce Meadows,
will compete with Nasa and Carpalo at this year’s ‘Masters.’
Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Rolex Testimonee and current Olympic champion, Steve Guerdat, looks forward to competing at the ‘Masters.’ He pointed out, “The show itself is just a huge highlight. It’s very exciting to go to the ‘Masters,’ and we all look forward to the $1 Million International Grand Prix on Sunday, especially with the new Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.”

Ranked #11 in the world is Great Britain’s Nick Skelton, who has set the circuit on fire this summer with his top horse, Big Star. The pair won the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen, the first leg of the Rolex Grand Slam of Jumping. The ‘Masters’ CSIO 5* hosts the second leg of the competition, while the final leg is at the CHI Geneva in December.

Spruce Meadows President Linda Southern-Heathcott noted, “We are very excited to have such a strong line-up of riders competing at this year’s ‘Masters.’ With over two million dollars in prize money over five days, we are pleased to be able to attract the top names in the sport, and even more money is on the line with the $1 Million International Grand Prix and the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. Every year we increase prize money and opportunities for riders, and every year they give us the best competition in the world.”

The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping is the first global initiative to reward the outstanding rider who wins the Grand Prix at each tournament in succession. Any rider that wins the Grand Prix at each of the three tournaments consecutively will receive €1 million bonus on top of the prize money for each tournament’s Grand Prix. Moreover, any rider that wins two out of the three tournaments’ Grands Prix will also receive a bonus of €500,000 in succession or €250,000 for winning two out of three.

Skelton and Big Star will attempt to make history when they compete in the highlight event of the season, the $1 Million International Grand Prix, on Sunday, September 8. They will have tough competition from some of the best in the sport, along with last year’s winners, Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) and Cabrio van de Heffinck.

“Winning the prestigious $1 Million International Grand Prix last year was something incredible for me,” Philippaerts expressed, “because I didn’t expect to win it. People remember me from winning that Grand Prix, and it gave myself a boost for the future!”

Spruce Meadows Masters Tournament 2012

Last year’s $1 Million International Grand Prix winners, Olivier Philippaerts (BEL)
and Cabrio van de Heffinck. Photo © Cealy Tetley.


He added, “I think the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ is one of the world’s best show jumping events, and it is an honour just to compete there. The ‘Masters’ is so unique because of the crowd. They love the sport. That makes us European riders come over to Calgary.”

National pride will be on the line when eight countries line up teams to compete in the $350,000 BMO Nations’ Cup. In addition to teams from Canada and the USA, there will be squads from Germany (winners in 2012), France, Belgium, Switzerland, Great Britain, and Ireland.

Guerdat will be a member of the Swiss team in the BMO Nations Cup as well. 2013 European Champions Great Britain will have a team, including Team Gold and Individual Silver medalist, Ben Maher, and Team Gold medalist Michael Whitaker.

There is fantastic prize money on the line each day of the ‘Masters’ Tournament. Spruce Meadows increased the FEI prize money awarded from 2012 by $300,000, making it a total of $2,115,000 in prize money given in the five-day event (not including special prizes or series). Eight of the 10 major events have also increased their world ranking point level, giving riders even more opportunity to raise their ranking in the world.

The schedule includes these major classes:

Wednesday, September 4: $50,000 Akita Drilling Cup 1.50m and $85,000 Finning Cup 1.60m

Thursday, September 5: $50,000 ATCO Structures and Logistics Cup 1.50m and $125,000 CANA Cup 1.60m

Friday, September 6: The Mercedes-Benz “Evening of the Horse” featuring the $205,000 Encana Cup 1.60m and $75,000 ATCO Electric ‘Circuit’ Six Bar under the lights and concluding with the Band of the Irish Guards playing live music to the fireworks display

Saturday, September 7: $125,000 Suncor Winning Round 1.50m and $350,000 BMO Nations’ Cup

Sunday, September 8: $50,000 Telus Cup 1.50m and $1 Million International Grand Prix

Saturday’s BMO Nations’ Cup and Sunday’s $1 Million International Grand Prix will be televised live on the CBC.

Spruce Meadows looks forward to welcoming the world’s best to the ‘Masters’ Tournament next week and invites everyone to come and see the sport of show jumping at its best. For a full schedule and list of riders attending, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com/tournaments.

For further information on the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, please visitwww.rolexgrandslam.com.

Based in Calgary, Canada, Spruce Meadows is the brainchild of the Southern family who built a Show Jumping complex at the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains. It was in 1976 that the first Spruce Tournaments were held, with annual spectator attendances reaching over 50,000 by the end of the decade. Today, Spruce Meadows boasts one of the greatest outdoor equestrian venues in the world and offers an incredible experience for riders and fans alike. Spruce Meadows focuses on the organization and hosting of show jumping tournaments of unmatched quality for junior, amateur and professional athletes in a manner that reflects basic family values in a clean, green and welcoming environment that celebrates the horse and encourages the breeding and training of quality sport horses and the teaching and development of athletes. For more information on Spruce Meadows, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.

Keenan Sets The Pace In $20,000 Hampton Classic Time Challenge

August 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lutz and Kenny victors in other jumper classes.

Bridgehampton, NY-Aug 27, 2013-Lillie Keenan rode her Londinium to a narrow victory in the $20,000 Hampton Classic Time Challenge at the 38th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. Her time of 57.08 seconds barely eclipsed the time of Todd Minikus on Tuxedo, who stopped the clock in 57.51 seconds. Shane Sweetnam rode Cyklon 1083 to third place in 58.47 seconds.

 

Keenan, 16, New York, N.Y., said she’d watched Minikus go on Tuxedo, and she knew that replicating his performance would be the key. Minikus went 10 horses before Keenan, and he held first place until Keenan beat his time. Minikus also rode two other horses to fourth and sixth places.

 

“I knew that to be any faster, I’d have to take the same track and just be a little faster in the air,” said Keenan. “There wasn’t a second out there that I didn’t think, ‘Just keep going forward,’ and I was able to do that because I trust my horse so much.”

 

Keenan has owned Londinium, 11, since January, and this was her most valuable win since moving out of the junior jumper division. “The Hampton Classic is a prestigious event, and to win anything in the Grand Prix Ring is really exciting. And to win this big class is really icing on the cake,” said Keenan.

 

Darragh Kenny, of Warren, Vt., and Peter Lutz, of Golden’s Bridge, N.Y., split the two divisions of the $10,000 Newsday Open Jumper class, in which more than 100 horses started on the rain-dampened Grand Prix Ring. Kenny rode Top Gun IV, owned by Oakland Ventures LLC, to the victory with no jumping faults and a time of 50.2 seconds. Lutz rode Adorose, owned by Kelly Tropin, to victory by jumping faultlessly in 51.8 seconds.

 

“The course was great. It used the whole field, and there were places to gallop and places to save time on the turns. I won, I think, because I left out a stride to the last fence,” said Lutz. “And the footing was great, even with the rain last night and this morning.”

 

Adorose is an 8-year-old, Dutch Warmblood mare. Lutz said they bought her two years ago, “and Kelly and I have been developing her together ever since.”

 

Tropin, of New Canaan, Conn., also shows Adarose in the amateur-owner jumper division. “I think she’s a really great horse for Kelly, but Kelly has a new job, and she may not have the time to show her for awhile, so I may be showing her more. But, ultimately, she’s a winner for Kelly.”

 

Kenny bought Top Gun IV, an experienced13-year-old gelding, in July to sell. “We’ve gotten along quickly because he’s a simple horse to ride, and we won this class because he’s quick across the jumps and fast across the ground. So I could just go in there and go for it,” said Kenny, a native of Ireland.

Darragh Kenny rode Top Gun IV to win section B of the $10,000 Newsday Open Jumper at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

Darragh Kenny rode Top Gun IV to win section B of the $10,000 Newsday Open Jumper at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

Peter Lutz rode Adarose to win section A of the $10,000 Newsday Open Jumper at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

Peter Lutz rode Adarose to win section A of the $10,000 Newsday Open Jumper at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

After winning the show’s first open jumper class, Lutz became the early leader in the Longines Rider Challenge. The $30,000 prize goes to the rider who accumulates the most points in the week’s open jumper classes, with the show’s Sunday finale, the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix, counting for double points. Since he won’t be riding in the grand prix, Lutz allowed that this would probably be his last chance to wear the royal blue armband that designates the current leader.

 

“I’m very happy to wear it now, though,” he said.

 

But with a stable aisle full of jumpers, two of which are entered in the grand prix, Kenny is hoping to be a Longines contender. “I might as well take a shot,” he said with a smile. “It’s not going to change anything I do with my horses, but it’s certainly in the back of my head.”

 

Following Tuesday’s classes, Kenny is leading the Longines Rider Challenge with 62 points, followed by Minikus (60) and Peter Leone (58).

 

 

 

The 38th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs through Sunday, September 1 and features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions. The Classic features six show rings with more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages. A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes are all part of the Classic’s schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.

 

 

 

The Classic features an FEI-recognized Grand Prix on three consecutive days – the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier Presented by Longines on Friday, the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday, and the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday. The world-class field of riders will also be looking to win the new Longines Rider Challenge that awards $30,000 to the rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show’s Open Jumper division.

 

The FTI Grand Prix is part of the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge which awards a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic, and $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix at the Alltech National Horse Show. McLain Ward won the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Rothchild in May and now stands to win the $200,000 bonus should he ride Rothchild to wins in the remaining two events in the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge.

 

For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These telecasts can also be seen online at www.WVVH.com.

 

Free live webcasts of all Grand Prix Ring competition will be available, courtesy of ShowNet, at www.HamptonClassic.com. Competition in other rings will be available on a pay-per-view basis at www.shownet.biz.

Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

Goutal Wins $10,000 Wolffer Estate Jumper Class At The Hampton Classic

August 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Tromp takes lead in Longines Leading Rider Challenge

Bridgehampton, NY-Aug. 28, 2013-Brianne Goutal, of New York, N.Y., urged Uata to the fastest time in the $10,000 Wolffer Estate Open Jumper at the Hampton Classic. Her time of 58.60 seconds just edged Darragh Kenny on Matana (58.99).

 

Chelsea Sundius, on Quiet Lady, claimed third (60.02). A total of 77 horses started in this class, the morning’s feature in the Grand Prix Ring.

 

“I was thinking I might make the top five before I went in,” said Goutal, 24. “I didn’t think the class was that fast, and I really think I could have gone faster. I didn’t go super-fast, but she doesn’t spend a lot of time in the air over the jumps.”

 

Uata is an 11-year-old warmblood mare. “She’s a real winner,” said Goutal. “She’s quite opinionated and very aggressive to the jumps. She likes to come to the jumps with a lot of speed, so classes like this are perfect for her.”

 

Mattias Tromp, 18, continued the younger generation’s winning streak in the Hampton Classic’s jumper classes by winning the afternoon’s feature, the $10,000 Open Jumper, presented by Ariat. Tromp, of No. Salem, N.Y., rode Casey to a perfectly clear round in 55.99 seconds, to defeat experienced competitors Kevin Babington, on Shorapur (56.52 seconds) and Shane Sweetnam, on Diktator Van De Boslandhooeve (56.65).

 

“I thought I could be in the top four, but I could see the other riders were really fast,” said Tromp. “So I just tried to keep an open stride around the course and tried to keep the turns tight.”

 

Tromp thought the key to his half-second victory was how he rode the last part of the course. “The distances [to the jumps] started showing up for me from far away, so I could really go for it, and I left out a stride to the last fence,” he said.

 

This class was Tromp’s first victory in the Hampton Classic’s Grand Prix Ring. “I’ve always wanted to win here,” he said. “I come here every year, because it’s one of the best shows I go to. It’s a classic-it’s the Hampton Classic.”

 

Since Tromp also placed third in Tuesday’s $10,000 Newsday Open Jumper class on Casey, he moved to the top of the Longines Leading Rider Challenge, with 85 points.

With two third-placed finishes on Quiet Lady, Sundius is tied for second place with Shane Sweetnam, on 70 points. Neither Tromp nor Sundius will be showing again in the open jumper division at this year’s Hampton Classic, but they’re each enjoying their brief time atop the leader board.

 

“I never ever dreamed I’d be in this position,” said Sundius, of Bartonville, Texas, who gained the lead after Wednesday morning’s class. “I was hoping maybe just to get a ribbon here, but to have two thirds and be the Longines leading rider-even for just a few hours-is beyond anything I could have imagined,” she said.

 

Goutal, who’s just off the lead with 50 points, will continue to show her jumpers at the Hampton Classic, eager to win the $30,000 prize.

Brianne Goutal rode Uata to victory in the $10,000 Wolffer Estate Open Jumper at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

Brianne Goutal rode Uata to victory in the $10,000 Wolffer Estate Open Jumper at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

“The challenge is definitely something I’d like to win. It’s an amazing bonus and a wonderful incentive, something that all of us are thinking about and hoping to win,” said Goutal. “I think that things like this add to the allure of the show.”

 

The 38th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs through Sunday, September 1 and features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions. The Classic features six show rings with more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages. A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes are all part of the Classic’s schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.

 

The Classic features an FEI-recognized Grand Prix on three consecutive days – the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier Presented by Longines on Friday, the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday, and the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday. The world-class field of riders will also be looking to win the new Longines Rider Challenge that awards $30,000 to the rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show’s Open Jumper division.

 

The FTI Grand Prix is part of the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge which awards a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic, and $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix at the Alltech National Horse Show. McLain Ward won the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Rothchild in May and now stands to win the $200,000 bonus should he ride Rothchild to wins in the remaining two events in the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge.

 

For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These telecasts can also be seen online at www.WVVH.com.

 

Free live webcasts of all Grand Prix Ring competition will be available, courtesy of ShowNet, at www.HamptonClassic.com. Competition in other rings will be available on a pay-per-view basis at www.shownet.biz.

Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

Get Your Entries in for Southeast Medal Finals Featuring New Classes Divisions and Finals

August 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

New at Southeast Medal Finals –  

EMO Equitation Championship

Jacksonville, FL – August 28, 2013 – The Southeast Medal Finals received high praise following the show’s inaugural year in 2012, and this year Southeast Medal Finals management is pleased to announce the addition of new and exciting classes, divisions and finals. Among this year’s added highlights is the EMO Equitation Championship, presented by The EMO Agency, Inc. The EMO Championship will be held on Friday, September 20, during this year’s show, running September 19-22, 2013.

The popular show, held at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, attracts some of the country’s top junior riders and trainers, and this year juniors are invited to enter the EMO Equitation Championship. Riders competing in the EMO Championship will be judged over 3’3″ fences and scored numerically. At the judge’s discretion, riders may be called back for a second round of testing.

 

Meg O'Mara demonstrates her winning style at the 2012 Southeast Medal Finals  aboard Vancouver. Photo by Flashpoint Photography

Meg O’Mara demonstrates her winning style at the 2012 Southeast Medal Finals
aboard Vancouver. Photo by Flashpoint Photography

In addition to the EMO Championship, show management is also excited to have added the $25,000 Land Rover of Jacksonville Grand Prix, as well as the Developing Sport Horse Division sponsored by Team Rakowsky. This new division is inspired by European-style classes in which the horses are judged on their athletic potential to be top contenders in the future of the sport. Horses in the Developing Sport Horse classes will be judged on style, presentation, rideability and their potential to eventually compete at the grand prix level.

 

“Speaking for all of us involved with The Southeast Medal Finals, and thanks to Land Rover of Jacksonville, EMO, Team Rakowsky and all our sponsors, we’re extremely excited to be able to offer these new classes and divisions,” said James Lala, who has partnered with Bob Bell and Classic Company to bring together this year’s Southeast Medal Finals. “Especially with these new offerings, we’re able to provide top of the line competition for everyone.”

 

Entries for the Southeast Medal Finals are due Friday, August 30, 2013. Visitwww.southeastmedalfinals.com to learn more.

 

Get your entries in on time! Click here for Equestrian Connect. Equestrian Connect is the Southeast Medal Finals and Classic Company’s Official Service Provider and allows exhibitors to store their data one time, on the web, and then use that data to automatically fill out hunter/jumper entry forms across the country.  The service offers a free 45-day trial period for new members.  At the conclusion of the trial period, Equestrian Connect offers an annual subscription, or a “pay as you go” service. The service allows exhibitors to save both time and money.  This is the one-minute online entry service that will help you get your entries in on time and get you to the show.

Southeast Medal Finals Fast Facts:

 

WHAT: The Southeast Medal Finals is a USEF A-Rated indoor and outdoor hunter, jumper and equitation horse show. USEF Rated Jumper Level 3

WEBSITEwww.southeastmedalfinals.com

WHEN: September 19-22, 2013

WHERE: The Jacksonville Equestrian Center, Jacksonville, FL, featuring a large indoor coliseum with 3,000 seats, two outdoor rings and 500 permanent stalls.
13611 Normandy Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32221

 

FEATURES:

Phelps Media Group Southeast Junior Medal Finals
Southeast Adult Medal Finals
ASPCA Maclay Regionals
$25,000 Land Rover Grand Prix of Jacksonville
$5,000 Welcome Stake
$7,500 Child/Adult Jumper Finals

New European Style Developing Sport Horse Division sponsored by Team Rakowsky
New Southeast Children’s Hunter Final sponsored by Jerry Parks Insurance
New Southeast Adult Hunter Final sponsored by Jerry Parks Insurance
New EMO Cup Championship

Click here for the prize list, entry forms, schedules and more. 010857

 

HUNTER & EQUITATION JUDGES:  Linda Andrisani & Molly Flaherty (Hunter, Maclay & SEMF), Tony Sgarlatta (Hunter, Equitation & SEMF), Jennifer Drahan (SEMF)

 

JUMPER JUDGES:  Allen Rheinheimer & Fred Brown

 

STEWARD:  Janet McCarroll

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Susan Rindal (904) 655-5497 –rindal@bellsouth.net 

Bob Bell (843) 768-5503 –bbell@earthlink.net

James Lala (561) 906-6668jdlala@aol.com  

SPONSORS:

Land Rover Jacksonville
Cedar Street Advisors

Jerry Parks Insurance Group

www.jerryparksinsurance.com 

Phelps Media Group International

Bruce Duchossios HND Stables, Inc.

Team Rakowsy

http://teamrakowsky.com/
John Deere
http://www.deere.com/wps/dcom/en_US/regional_home.page

Jacksonville Tourist Development Council
http://www.visitjacksonville.com/about-us/TDC

Horse Shows Online
Classic Company
Geddaway Farm
Bridlewood Equestrian Center
Mandarin Equine / Adequan
James Lala’s Wellington Quarantine, LLC
Equestrianstylist

DIRECTIONS: For map and address information visit http://www.southeastmedalfinals.com/Location.aspx

 

Book your reservations today at the Southeast Medal Finals Partner Hotels:

 

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott 

561 Chaffee Point Blvd.

Jacksonville, FL  32221

Click here to visit hotel web site.

904-693-4400

If booking directly with this establishment, please use the discount code shown below to obtain the discounted price for this event.

Discount code: SMFSMF

 

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 

537 Chaffee Point Boulevard

Jacksonville, FL   32221

Click here to visit hotel web site.

904-652-2782

If booking directly with this establishment, please use the discount code shown below to obtain the discounted price for this event.

Discount code: SEMF2013

2013 Atlanta Summerfest Show Series Wrap Up

August 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

August, 28th, 2013-The 2013 version of the Atlanta Summerfest Horse Show series wrapped up this past Sunday.  The event again took place at beautiful Chatt Hills (Bouckaert Farms) in Fairburn, GA August8-25th.  “We were extremely pleased with this year’s show”, said show organizer JP Godard.  “We were sold out again and it always a pleasure putting on an event at such an incredible facility”.  The facility is an exhibitor favorite that boasts an over 8000 acre equestrian paradise filled with established pastures, lakes, and woodlands with ample room to ride all located along the Chattahoochee River. The footing and stabling are both exceptional and the schedule allots for early days so exhibitors can enjoy the nearby lake, Six Flags, or the hustle and bustle of nearby downtown Atlanta which is only minutes away.

Highlights of the week included a $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby that took place Friday evening along with exhibitor’s party sponsored by The Atlanta Hunt Club.  Alyssa Mansfield took home the blue ribbon honors in the derby on Stone Lane Farm’s Calice De Fuyssieu Z.  Julie Curtain took home second through fourth place honors respectively; second place went to Jeffery Sutton’s Visible, third place to Helen Brown’s Tybee and fourth place to Mimi Washburn’s Confetti.  Complete results are as follows:

Calice De Fuyssieu Z and Alyssa Mansfield Photo by Holly Ridge Photography

Calice De Fuyssieu Z and Alyssa Mansfield
Photo by Holly Ridge Photography

$2500 USHJA NATIONAL HUNTER DERBY

Place

Horse Owner Rider
1 CALICE DE FUYSSIEU Z STONE LANE FARM MANSFIELD, ALYSSA
2 VISIBLE SUTTON, GEOFFREY CURTIN, JULIE
3 TYBEE BROWN, HELEN CURTIN, JULIE
4 CONFETTI WASHBURN, MIMI CURTIN, JULIE
5 THE FINAL WONDER HOWE EQUINE LLC SWEAT, TIM
6 BLUE STEEL MANERS, MADISON MANERS, MADISON
7 CARTAIRE PATCHWORK FARM LLC LARIMER, QUINN
8 ZAZOU NESTLEDOWN EQUINE SERVICES, LLC LARIMER, QUINN
9 TRUFFLE KOORNICK, CHELSEA MARGER, MANDY
10 ROCKETEER CHEVALIER, TAYLOR CHEVALIER, TAYLOR
11 CELEBRATION SMITH, ANNA CLAIRE SMITH, ANNA CLAIRE
12 PLAYOFF HOWE EQUINE LLC HOWE, ADDISON
 

The $10,000 Chattahoochee Hills Jumper Classic took place Saturday in the jumper ring.  The hospitality sponsor’s provided the party hillside.  This year’s sponsor’s included; Dr. Juan Gamboa, Hillford Farm, The Curtis Family, New Vintage Farm, Sidelines Magazine, Stevehaven Stables, The Barn Book, The Tack Room, and Eurimports.  Timothy Maddrix of Birmingham, AL and Daniel Grice’s Boysterous came home the victors taking home the blue rosette and custom cooler donated by Integrity Fine Equestrian Linens.  The pair was the only clean round in the jump off marking the timers at 42.463.  Maddrix also took home second place on Claudia Styslinger’s Uluxion, and Danielle Grice rounded out the top three spots with Loretta Patterson’s Rapid Rewards.  Complete results are as follows:

Timothy Maddrix and Boysterous Photo by Holly Ridge Photography

Timothy Maddrix and Boysterous
Photo by Holly Ridge Photography

 $10,000 OPEN JUMPER CLASSIC 1.35M

Place

Horse Owner Rider Trainer
1 BOYSTEROUS GRICE, DANIELLE MADDRIX, TIMOTHY GRICE, DANIELLE
2 ULUXION STYSLINGER, CLAUDIA MADDRIX, TIMOTHY BLACK, ALLISON
3 RAPID REWARDS PATTERSON, LORETTA GRICE, DANIELLE GRICE, DANIELLE
4 HENNESSEY BOGGIO, CHASEN BOGGIO, CHASEN BOGGIO, NANCY
5 KT CHER STYSLINGER, CLAUDIA MADDRIX, TIMOTHY BLACK, ALLISON
6 ALBRECHT FEELEY, KATHLEEN FEELEY, KATHLEEN ENTEEN, SHARON
7 RUMOROSA NOLEN, MISSY MADDRIX, TIMOTHY BLACK, ALLISON
8 BIG PROMISE JARMAN, ALEECE JARMAN, ALEECE NEWMAN, MICHAEL
9 CANTORI JARMAN, ALEECE JARMAN, ALEECE NEWMAN, MICHAEL
10 MONDAVI JERNIGAN, JOSEPH JERNIGAN, JOSEPH JERNIGAN, JOSEPH
11 HAIL MARY BETTS, LOUANN LEHMANN, ADRIA LEHMANN, ADRIA
 

Equus Events would like to thank to all of the exhibitors, sponsors, staff, and spectators for a very successful Atlanta Summerfest Series.  For more information and complete results please log on to www.equusevents.com.

Equus Events continues its schedule with the Aiken Fall Festival September 5-8 and 12-15.  Features include a $15,000 Mini Prix each week, a $5,000 Open Welcome Stake each week, a $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, Take 2 Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper classes, the First Tee Bridles, and Birdies Relay Challenge, and Zone 4 Finals.