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The Charleston Summer Classic Closes to Rave Reviews and Crowns the Champions

July 31, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Beach riding is one of the many percs to showing at the Charleston Summer Classic

The Classic Company sm  just wrapped up its biggest Charleston Summer Classic since returning to Charleston eight years ago. Record entries and stalls, perfect weather and non-stop party action is how the show will go down in the record books. The overall sentiment was, ‘I’m having so much fun, I don’t want to leave.’

The Unbridled Affair sponsored by the Seabrook Island Beach Club included an open bar, live band and delectable local favorite food.

The Charleston Summer Classic was the first show produced by Bob Bell, President of the Classic Company, twenty two years ago. And while it has maintained its boutique charm, the show has grown in size significantly over the past few years. “I always think of this show as one big party for my friends who own horses,” he said. “I started this show 22 years ago and asked a bunch of my friends with horses to support it,” he continued, “Twenty two years later, the tradition continues,” he said, “But by the looks of it, I have a lot more friends now,” he laughed.

The barns sold out this year so make sure to get your reservation in early next year to insure your spot!

 Numbers this year were up 35% over last year. “This is a tremendous increase for us,” Bell commented. “And truthfully, had we had the stall reservations earlier, we could have accommodated more people who wanted to show with us,” he said. “We simply had no more stalls left and the area barns were sold out as well,” he commented.

 What contributed to this growth? “It’s hard to say,” said Bell. “This year we offered two grand prix which was one more than last year, and we also offered the new Hunter Breeding Division, thanks to Rhett DeStefano,” he said. “But while these class offerings could be a draw, I think the real reason is that people want to go on show-cation,” he said. The opportunity to show in the morning, head to the beach in the afternoon and then back to the show for an evening grand prix or hunter derby is what people love.”

Gemma Paternoster and Osiris were both smiling when they wrapped up the 22nd Annual Charleston Summer Classic with a win in the final $25,000 Bohicket Marina Grand Prix.

And truly, the riders were taking advantage of this! British show jumping superstar Gemma Paternoster experienced her first Charleston Summer Classic this year and not only won both grand prix classes and had all of her horses in the ribbons each week, she also learned to wind surf!

The Owens family of San Antonio, Texas makes this trek every year to show at the Charleston Summer Classic and rents condos at the beach.

 The Hightower family of Texas brought more than 40 horses to town and enjoyed all that the area and show had to offer.  Jordan Gilchrist even celebrated her birthday with a win in the $5,000 Open Welcome.

Sarah Cameron from UlcerGard was on site meeting with riders and explaining the benefits of the product.

Amber Mitchell of Brass Ring Farm in Pittstown, New Jersey has been bringing her barn to Charleston for the past five years. “There is no other show out there where you can ride in the morning and go to the beach in the afternoon,” she said. “Its really a perfect combination and there is a class offering for everyone in my barn,” she said.

 Julie Curtin of Roswell, Georgia won the $2,500 USHJAHunter Derby week II besting the field of 46 horse and rider teams in the largest hunter derby ever produced by the Classic Company. “We had ten horses showing here over the two weeks,” commented Curtin. “I did the inaugural show 22 years ago and I just love it,” she said.  “Charleston is the best place. I use it as my vacation and it is my favorite horse show of the year.  It’s so nice to work in the morning and go the beach in the afternoon.  Where else can you get the best of both worlds?” she said.

The Annual Barbeque at Tissy’s is always fun for everyone at the show!

“We had so many new faces this year, in addition to our regulars, that I expect the show to be bigger next year,” said Bell. “I highly recommend that people book their condosnow for next summer in order to lock in the 2014 rate and insure they will be here for another show-cation,” he said. “In anticipation of another banner year, I am already working on putting in another ring, maybe a covered arena and more tent pads for additional stabling,” he said. “And, I know the county is working on renovating the wash stall areas,” he said.

 “I couldn’t be happier,” said Bell, “the competitors had a great time, we had great weather and people were just delighted to be here,” he said.

 The Tradition Continues:

 The Classic Company recognized its champions yesterday during the Grand Finale Awards Ceremony which concluded two weeks of show jumping competition. “Many of these awards and trophies that we present in Charleston commemorate the lives of horses and equestrians who were near and dear to us,” said Classic Company President Bob Bell. “It is an honor to continue this tradition here at Charleston,” he added.

Fabrege, owned and ridden by Sara Stevens, won the James Vaughn Perpetual Trophy.

The Grand Hunter Champion, the James Vaughn Perpetual Trophy, is awarded to the Hunter with the most championship points in the Green or Regular Conformation, Amateur or Junior Hunter Division. This year’s prestigious honors was awarded to Fabrege, owned and ridden by Sara Stevens. The award was generously donated by Robbie Hunt and the Classic Company.

 Stephens and Fabrege also added the Grand Green Working Hunter Championship to their resume as well as the Sit-Down Perpetual Trophy, donated by Peter Pletcher and PJP Farms.

 All the Best, owned and ridden by Christina Fisher, was awarded the Seabrook Perpetual Trophy for winning the Grand Amateur Hunter Championship. The trophy was donated by Mr. and Mrs. John Horton of Seabrook Island.

 The Grand Junior Hunter Champion, recipient of The Hummel Perpetual Trophy, was awarded to Happenstance, owned and ridden by Bergen Sanderford. The trophy was generously donated by Oak River Farm and the Principe family.

Happenstance, owned and ridden by Bergen Sanderford won the Hummel Perpetual Trophy as well as the Rave Perpetual Trophy.

Happenstance also won the Grand Large Junior Hunter Champion and was the recipient of the Rave Perpetual Trophy which was generously donated by the Ueltzen Family.

 Sanderford added another win to her resume, this time with her mount Confidential; the pair won the Grand Small Junior Hunter Championship and was awarded the Sweet Surprise Perpetual Trophy, generously donated by Brad Spragg and the Atlanta Hunt Club.

Brighton Supposedly, owned by Eric Caleca and ridden by Hana Bieling, won the Keith R. Nichols Memorial Perpetual Trophy.

The Grand Pony Championship and recipient of the Keith R. Nichols Memorial Perpetual Trophy was awarded to Brighton Supposedly, owned by Eric Caleca and ridden by Hana Bieling. The trophy was donated by Robin R. Stoney and Mary Allison Mullis.

Don Ramiro, owned and ridden by Samantha Posey won the Trick or Treat Memorial Trophy.

The Grand Children’s Hunter Champion and the Trick or Treat Memorial Trophy was donated by Danny Robertshaw and awarded to Don Ramiro, owned and ridden by Samantha Posey.

Kayak, owned by the Bristol Bay Company, LLC and ridden by Tracey London are awarded the Hillbright Farm Trophy, donated by Hill Bright Farm.

The Grand Adult Amateur Championship and recipient of the Hillbright Farm Trophy, generously donated by Hill Bright Farm, was awarded to Kayak, owned by The Bristol Bay Company, LLC and ridden by Tracey London.

Creedence, owned and ridden by McKenzie Malone, won the Beverly Finkle Memorial Trophy, donated by Robin Degnan.

 Creedence, owned and ridden by McKenzie Malone, won the the Grand Pre-Green Hunter Championship and the Beverly Finkle Memorial Trophy, donated by Robin Degnan.

 The Grand Children’s Jumper Championship was awarded toTalula, owned and ridden by Sara Dees.

 The Grand A/O 3’3″ Hunter Championship and the recipient of the Trourmaline Memorial Trophy, generously donated by the Coster family, was Versace, owned and ridden by Lynn Seithel of John’s Island, South Carolina.

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 The Classic Company would like to thank its sponsorsMerialBohicket MarinaCWDAntaresDevoucoux,Judy’s Tack ShopThe Tack RoomHorseflight,Contender Boats, Rhett Destefano for their sponsorship of events as well as all VIP Tent sponsors including theDressage CollectionSeithel Law Firm LLC, Atlanta Hunt Club and New Vintage Farm.

A beautiful sunset closes out the Charleston Summer Classic.

The Charleston Summer Classic returns to Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island July 9 through 19 next year, so think about booking your condo now! This is the only horse show destination where you can jump the waves and the jumps. If you’re ready to experience a horse show that exudes Southern hospitality in one of the most beautiful coastal communities in the country; a show that offers something for everyone-so come on down!

On Deck!

The Classic Company will take a break from show jumping action over the next few weeks while it gears up for a busy fall and winter season. The next show to watch for is the Atlanta Fall Classic held at the Georgia International Horse Park November.

A view of the beautiful fall foliage from the covered arena at the Georgia International Horse Park.

Everyone is enjoying the summer but fall will be here before you know it!  And, as the summer transitions to fall, all eyes will be on the prestigious Atlanta Fall Classic set to kick off on November 7th at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia.  The Classic Company calls the Olympic venue home for two weeks each year and welcomes new and familiar faces to the iconic show grounds.

Finals events, such as the Pre-Green Hunter Finals and the National Classic Equitation Finals will highlight the two weeks of show jumping in addition to the crowning of the Classic Circuit Champions. Riders are traveling from across the country to participate in these events.

The magnificent Olympic Arena is home to Classic Company show jumping in November!

Week I opens up with the $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome class and the $65,000 EMO Grand Prix as well as the $15,000 Barry Lane Jumper Classic and the $1,500 Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Division.  The $10,000 Child Adult Jumper Classic, the $5,000 Open Jumper Welcome Class, the $45,000 EMO Grand Prix and the International Hunter Derby take place Week 2 as well as the National Classic Equitation Finals, the Pre-Green Finals and the crowing of the Circuit Champions.

It’s not too late to enjoy the last Classic Show of the year.  There is always something for everyone at Classic Company sm shows and the Classic Atlanta Fall Shows are no exception.  So, make sure to bring everyone to the International Horse Park for the Atlanta Fall Classic and enjoy Classic Company’s world class customer service, beautifully decorated rings, big prize money, great events and fun for all!

The prize list will be on-line by August 1 and starting that date, you can sign up for the Atlanta Fall Classic on-line and for free using  The Classic Company just rolled out the new on-line entry system in time for Charleston and many exhibitors have already experienced the ease of entries on-line with no hustle and no rush to the post office and NO ADDED FEES- just entries made easy!

HORSESHOWSONLINE.COM allows you to not only sign up for the shows, but you can also see orders of go, how many, ring schedules and complete results.  Credit card information is completely secure and encrypted.  This may be the easiest way to sign up for a show.  And….for a limited time, the service is completely free.  Yes, free.

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Competition Comes to Close with Jumping Individual and Eventing Medals at Historic 2014 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championship presented by Gotham North

July 25, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, Ky. – The 2014 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC) came to a close Sunday with the last medals of the Championship being awarded. In the USHJA North American Junior and Young Riders’ Show Jumping Championship, brothers Wilton and Lucas Porter made history at the NAJYRC’s 40th anniversary by being the first brothers to win Young Rider and Junior Individual Gold, respectively, at the Championship. Area III won Team Gold while David Ziegler made history as he took top Individual honors in the CCI2* portion of the USEA North American Junior and Young Riders’ Eventing Championship. In the CCI1*, Area II and their own Alexis Nelson claimed Team and Individual Gold medals.

Four disciplines (a total of seven championships for juniors and young riders) took part in the only FEI Championship to be held annually in North America. The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, ages 14-21.

USHJA North American Junior and Young Riders’ Show Jumping Championship

Wilton Porter (20, Bartonville, Texas) was the second Porter brother of the day to earn Individual Gold after producing four and one fault trips over Steve Stephens’ intricate tracks to finish on a score of 10.52. This is Porter’s second time at the NAJYRC and he was able to utilize experience gained from 2013 to earn a top spot on the podium with Sleepy P Ranch LLc’s Diamonte Darco.

Jumping Young Rider Individual medalists (from left) Michael Hughes, Wilton Porter, and Victoria Colvin (Sportfot)

Jumping Young Rider Individual medalists (from left) Michael Hughes, Wilton Porter, and Victoria Colvin (Sportfot)

“This is my second time here and last year I think on the team day I definitely let the nerves get to me,” said Porter. “But I was able to control my nerves better this year.”

The Zone 7 rider felt it would be a dream come true for one Porter to win an Individual Gold medal but for both to win was unimaginable.

“It’s unbelievable for one us to win a Gold medal and for us both to win is amazing and a credit to our parents and supporters,” Porter shared.

Michael Hughes (18, Allendale, N.J.) and Luxina enter Sunday’s final as the leaders but eight faults in round one and a further four in the second round meant they would finish on a score of 12.23 and earn Individual Silver.

“She’s been so great all week so I’m still really happy,” said Hughes who earlier in the week helped Zone 2 to Team Bronze.

Jumping Junior Individual medalists (from left) Lucy Deslauriers, Lucas Porter, and Sophie Simpson (Sportfot)

Jumping Junior Individual medalists (from left) Lucy Deslauriers, Lucas Porter, and Sophie Simpson (Sportfot)

Victoria Colvin (16, Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Chanel B 2 continued their climb up the leader producing a four fault and clear round on Sunday to finish on a score of 18.01. On Sunday, the pair added Individual Bronze to the Team Silver they earned earlier on the week.

In the Junior division, Lucas Porter (16, Bartonville, Texas) clinched the Junior Individual Gold medal on the strength of two immaculate rounds with Sleepy Pt Ranch LLc’s Phineas. In round one, the pair produced a faultless effort and the Zone 7 rider returned in round two keeping his poise to collect a single time fault to finish on a winning championship score of 1.65.

“The first round was really technical. In the second round there weren’t as many lines but I knew I couldn’t make any mistakes,” said Porter. “I tried to take a few breathes and not get too nervous.”

Zone 2’s Lucy Deslauriers (15, New York, N.Y.) and Hester held the lead going into Sunday but a single rail in round one moved them from the pole position. The pair returned for their second round and jumped a clear round to earn the Silver medal after finishing on an overall total of four faults.

“I think that staying calm and relaxed really helped,” said Deslauriers of her strategy for the second round.

Sophie Simpson (16, Royal Palm Beach, Calif.) and Simpson Show Jumping’s Why Not were one of only two Junior combinations to jump double clear on Sunday, helping the Zone 4 representatives earn Individual Bronze with a championship score of 5.71. 

Area III and Ziegler Top CCI2* Field

Area III, CCI2* Team Gold medalists (Brant Gamma Photography)

Area III, CCI2* Team Gold medalists (Brant Gamma Photography)

Area III claimed the Team Gold medal with their final score of 238.9.Though the team didn’t have the best dressage scores they persevered on cross country day and held onto their lead through the show jumping phase containing a field of 13 horse-and-rider combinations.

“My favorite part about this sport is that you can start at the bottom and move to the top,” said Calvin Ramsay, the team’s top finisher.

The Area III CCI2* team consisted of:
Nicole Doolittle (16, Charlotte, N.C.) and Tops (8/0) – 100.7
Adrian Jones (16, Shamong, N.J.) and Irish Odyssey (0/0) – 127.1
Calvin Ramsay (17, Lafayette, La.) and Flintstar (0/0) – 63.2
Emily Rusinyak (19, Franklin, Ga.) and Reatta HW (12/0) – 75.0

The teammates had ups and downs throughout the weekend but rose to the occasion and didn’t let the pressure get to them.

“My favorite part about being on a team is that even my rides didn’t go to plan I was able to cheer on my teammates and end up finishing with a medal,” Jones explained.

The combined team of Areas V and VI joined together as the only three-person team in the CCI2*. For their efforts, they were rewarded with the Team Silver medal with a score of 258.3.

The Area V &VI CCI2* team consisted of:
Bailey Moran (18, San Antonio, Texas) and Loughnatousa Caislean (0/0) – 83.4
Katie Resnick (18, Dallas, Texas) and The King’s Spirit (4/0) – 116.2
Alexandra Willoughby (21, Davis, Calif.) and Tiki Car (4/0) – 66.7

“We all talked about it and were like alright, let’s put our big girl pants on here because we’re a three-person team, we don’t have a drop score so we all have to ride our best to get on that podium,” Resnick said.

The Canada/Ontario team endured some rough moments but held on to earn a spot on the podium. Their final score of 1138.5 was enough to get them the Bronze medal.

The Canada/Ontario CCI2* team consisted of:
Lauren Clark (18, Uxbridge, Ontario) and Coolumn XV (8/0) – 74.3
Hanna Bundy (20, Toronto, Ontario) and D’Jion – 1000.0 (eliminated on cross country)
Jamie Kellock (19, New Market, Ontario) and Don’t Blink – 1000.0 (rider fall on cross country)
April Simmonds (17, Uxbridge, Ontario) and Impressively Done (4/0) – 64.2

“I did feel a little pressure because I was in second and our team was in third and if the other team had some rails there was a possibility that we would move up so I was definitely really trying,” said the team’s top finisher, Simmonds.

The name at the top of the CCI2* leaderboard didn’t change with David Ziegler (21, Beiseker, Alberta) of Canada claiming the Individual Gold medal. Riding Critical Decision, Ziegler knocked three rails but had a substantial enough lead that he held on for the win with a score of 58.3.

“The first three fences felt fantastic to me but then going down the line to the triple I miscounted two strides in my head…rider error completely,” Ziegler explained.

Ziegler also found success in the dressage portion of NAJYRC, winning Individual Silver in the Young Rider Dressage Individual Championship. He plans to continue with both disciplines as long as he has the horses. Ziegler will see where his dressage mount, Peninsula Top Man, can go and while Critical Decision will likely be retired soon, he has some young prospects who could also be stars. 

Ziegler made history at the 2014 NAJYRC by being the first competitor to earn medals in two different disciplines. On Friday he won Silver in the dressage Young Rider Individual Test and then added eventing Young Rider Individual Gold on Sunday.

Calvin Ramsay of Area III rose from sixth to second to earn an Individual Silver medal. Being one of only three pairs to go double clear and the sole Young Rider competitor to finish on his dressage score, he and Flintstar rose to the occasion to win the Silver with a score of 63.2. 

“It is what I appreciate most about the sport. It’s not just a one day deal. You can come back the next day and the day after that,” Ramsay stated. “With a good jump through cross country and a good jump in stadium you can end up at the top which is what I guess what happened today.”

Ramsay plans to give “Flint” a much deserved break before starting back up with him over the winter. 

April Simmonds of Canada/Ontario also added an Individual Bronze medal to her spoils over the weekend. She and Impressively Done knocked just one rail at fence 10 but finished strongly on a score of 64.2. 

“It was definitely an awesome course. It was very forward which I tend to enjoy at some points. My horse was really, really good. He was jumping out of his shoes,” Simmonds said, praising her horse.

Simmonds’ horse gave her a great feeling and seems to thrive in championship competition. The pair won the Individual Bronze medal in the CCI1* in 2013. Simmonds is now qualified for the 2015 Pan American Games and hopes that she could make the team. If that is not the case, she looks forward to returning to NAJYRC next year. 

Area II and Nelson Are Golden in CCI1*

Area II, CCI1* Team Gold medalists (Brant Gamma Photography)

Area II, CCI1* Team Gold medalists (Brant Gamma Photography)

Area II held onto their lead from Saturday to claim top honors in the CCI1*. An overall team score of 165.9 was more than good enough for the Team Gold medal. 

The Area II CCI1* team consisted of:
Grace Fulton (15, Finksburg, Md.) and Wild Orange (0/0) – 57.9
Margret Schaeffer (17, Quakertown, Pa.) and Grey Area (4/0) – 54.6
Madeline Mosing (16, Hoffman, Texas) and Tako (4/0) – 65.8
Alexis Nelson (18, Purcellville, Va.) and Total Eclipse (0/0) – 49.4

“I think that all of us are just the happiest people in the world right now,” Nelson shared. 

The girls had a strong bond and worked together to make a successful ending a reality. 

The Team Silver medal went to Area V after they finished with a total score of 190.5. The team produced solid rides in the three phases, allowing them to garner a place on the podium. 

The Area V CCI1* team consisted of:
Nicole Hatley (16, Tulsa, Okla.) and Ace (0/0) – 64.6
Margaret Stoker (16, Dallas, Texas) and Second Hand Rose (rider fall on cross country) 
Clara Cargile (17, San Angelo, Texas) and White Indian (0/0) – 55.2
Alyssa Phillips (17, Fort Worth, Texas) and Bliss III (0/0) – 70.7

All the members had high praise for Richard Jeffery’s course and knew they had to ride smart to be successful. 

“I thought it was a good course. I knew she would be a little feisty so I had to control that so we could have a solid round for everyone to go off of,” Phillips said. 

All of the three team members impressively had double clear rounds, not allowing themselves to be phased on the final day of competition.

Area VIII received the Bronze medal on their home turf with a final score of 196.9. All the team members were competing in the NAJYRC for the first time and handled the pressure of a major championship. 

The Area VIII CCI1* team consisted of:
Woods Baughman (18, Lexington, Ky.) and Truckee Bash (4/0) – 66.1
Samantha Laurel (17, Louisville, Ky.) and Baba Creek (12/0) – 69.7
M. Paige Pence (15, Louisville, Ky.) and Class Action (0/0) – 61.1
Kelly Taylor (17, Prospect, Ky.) and Kynynmont Indelibly Irish (0/0) – 82.5

Two of the team members, Pence and Taylor, who rarely have double clear rounds rose to the occasion to help their team earn a medal.

“My round was probably the best that I’ve ever had because I have never had a double clear round, only than one other double clear round, so I was really happy with my horse,” Taylor said. 
For full results or to learn more about the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North, please visit

Alexis Nelson of Area II won a second Gold medal for her individual efforts. She and Total Eclipse, a reject from an Appaloosa breeding farm that she bought for $800 and broke herself with the help of trainers, won top honors with a score of 49.4. The pair added nothing to their dressage score to rise to the top. 

CCI1* Individual Gold medalists (from left) Patience O'Neal, Alexis Nelson, and Clara Cargile (Brant Gamma Photography)

CCI1* Individual Gold medalists (from left) Patience O’Neal, Alexis Nelson, and Clara Cargile (Brant Gamma Photography)

“We went up the levels together with a lot of struggles but also a lot of awesome moments,” Nelson fondly said of “Casper.” “He is just the coolest guy in the world and he takes such good care of me.” 

Patience O’Neal (14, Deer Park, Wash.) of the Area VII and IX combined team and her mount Markus rose from fifth place after a double clear round on Sunday to receive Individual Silver. With one of 10 double clear rounds, the pair ended up with a score of 55.0. 

“I thought my horse jumped really well. He was really excited, I think because of the big ring, because in the Northwest we really don’t have big arenas,” O’Neal said. 

Despite the atmosphere, she and Markus found their rhythm just fine, earning an Individual medal. 

Clara Cargile of Area V received another medal, Individual Bronze, when she and White Indian had a strong finish. Also adding nothing to her dressage score, Cargile finished in second with a score of 55.2.

“I thought the course looked really good. I was pretty nervous but not as nervous as I thought I’d be,” Cargile explained. “I just knew I had to stay forward and keep thinking positively.”

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Gabriella Salick and Centuria 2 Win the $30,000 Summer Festival Grand Prix

July 25, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Del Mar, CA – July 20, 2014 – A host of talented equestrians came out to play on a crystal clear afternoon at the Showpark Summer Festival, closing out a busy week of competition. Twenty-seven entries vied for the top prize in the $30,000 Summer Festival Grand Prix, presented by Mary’s Tack & Feed, on an intricate course designed by Venezuela’s Leopoldo Palacios.

Featuring a technical layout with many related distances that covered every corner of the Grand Prix Field, the course required accuracy and adherence to a set track and deliberately short distances. Palacios wanted this course to reflect a higher level of difficulty in comparison to Friday’s Markel Insurance Grand Prix.

“The class on Friday was 1.40m. This is 1.45m. I have a lot more spread today; I treated Friday as preparation for today,” Palacios explained. “Most everything is set at maximum height. It’s a technical course with difficult fences in difficult positions.”


Gabriella Salick and Centuria 2

Gabriella Salick and Centuria 2

Fences 5a-b, fence 9 to triple combination 10a-b-c, and final fence 13 fell many times, in several cases a reflection of the tight distances in the track. Palacios predicted these tests, saying, “The line of the triple combination always catches some. I also think the double with its color and position will be challenging. The lines will require an accurate track or the riders will produce faults.”

However, the standout element of this class was the time allowed. Given a speedy 76 seconds over a 13-effort course, nearly half of the class had time faults. It looked to be a race to the top between the time-faulters until the 20th in the order stepped in the ring.

Aboard Guillermo Zambrano’s Chepepe La Escondida, Fernando Martinez produced the first clear round of the class in a time of 72.66.

Martinez was the single clear until the fourth-to-last entry, Gabriella Salick on her own Centuria 2, made it a jump-off with a clear round in a time of 73.50.

The jump-off included some of the most technical components of the courses. With a sizzling clear jump-off in a time of 36.43 seconds, Martinez laid down quite a challenge for Salick. She proved up to the task, flying around in a time of 35.13 to take home the win. Martinez earned second on Chepepe La Escondida and third, with just a single time fault, on Acardi (Lorenzo Cue, owner).

An elated Salick elaborated on her quick time as she raced to another ring to assist a client. “The time was difficult for me, because I’m normally quite slow. My horse is little with a small stride, so I really focused on trying to be neat with my turns,” she said of her first round. “I think I made up the time in the jump-off down the last line, because I thought I was slower than Fernando everywhere else!”

Today’s win with Centuria, an eight-year-old mare Salick has had since she was a foal, was especially sweet because of the audience waiting for her. “I was so happy because my husband and both my daughters were here today. It was the best!”

Salick celebrates the win with her husband and children

More Showpark excitement to come over the next two weeks, beginning with the 2014 West Coast Junior Hunter Finals on Monday and Tuesday, followed by the Showpark Racing Festival and Showpark August Festival.  Highlights include a $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, the $40,000 Racing Festival Grand Prix, a $10,000 Youngsters U25 (under 25) Classic and a $25,000 Markel Insurance 1.40m Grand Prix.

$30,000 Summer Festival Grand Prix, presented by Mary’s Tack & Feed

Place – Number – Horse – Rider – Owner – Faults/Time

1 – 236 – Centuria 2 – Gabriella Salick – Gabriella Salick – 0/0/35.130
2 – 732 – Chepepe La Escondida – Fernando Martinez – Guillermo Zambrano – 0/0/36.435
3 – 729 – Acardi – Fernando Martinez – Lorenzo Cue – 1/76.344
4 – 777 – Cassina 39 – Paige Beal-Andros – Fairway Farm – 2/77.054
5 – 704 – Paloma – Keri Potter – Melanie Brooks – 2/77.380
6 – 417 – Chello Z – Josephina Nor Lantzman – Josephina Nor Stables, LLC – 4/71.433
7 – 755 – Manolito Fortuna – Manuel Alvarez – Manuel Alvarez – 4/73.368
8 – 754 – Spirit Magic – Manuel Alvarez – Manuel Alvarez – 4/74.898
9 – 745 – Candela – Patricio Pasquel- Patricio Pasquel – 4/75.105
10 – 746 – Carnaval – Patricio Pasquel – Patricio Pasquel – 4/75.685
11 – 654 – Go For Me – Santiago Vallarta – Santiago Vallarta – 6/77.308
12 – 631 – Chatinue – Mario Onate – Mario Onate – 7/82.035


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Chester Weber Secures Major Victory in Aachen

July 24, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Chester Weber in Saturday's Marathon (Shannon Brinkman Photo)

Chester Weber in Saturday’s Marathon (Shannon Brinkman Photo)

Aachen, Germany – A fantastic four-in-hand driving season for American star Chester Weber got even better on Saturday with a hard-earned win at CHIO Aachen. The CAIO4* field full of international talent and former world champions, and the crowd of spectators at the historic show, made the weekend’s win one of the biggest of Weber’s career.

With his and Jane Forbes Clark’s team of KWPN geldings, Weber (Ocala, Fla) took the early lead on Wednesday with a stellar 36.22 score in the dressage phase. He and his team were the only ones to break 40 in the dressage. Weber’s closest competition came from Boyd Exell of Australia, who earned a 41.00 score, and would keep the pressure on for the remainder of the competition.

In the cones phase (at CAIO4* Aachen the cones precede the marathon) Weber was clear through the obstacles. He added 0.66 in time penalties, to finish 6th in the phase, but earned a little breathing room over Exell, who had 3.00 faults total through the cones.

 Exell was excellent in the marathon, winning the phase with a 91.63 score, but Weber was game. With a score of 97.60, Weber finished on a total of 134.48 and the win.

 “Today was a big day for our team and what will be a highlight of my career,” Weber posted to his Facebook page following the marathon. “We won the CHIO Aachen 2014. I am humbled to drive such a wonderful group of horses and work with such a fantastic staff and have the best sponsor in the world.”

 Exell finished second with a total score of 135.63 and Koos de Ronde of The Netherlands was third with 149.54.

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Zone Team 1/9 Win Junior Division Team Gold and Zone 3 Dominates Young Rider Division for the Win in the Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships

July 24, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY-July 19, 2014-The 2014 Adequan FEI NAJYRC Show Jumping Championship, presented by the United States Hunter Jumper Association, w
elcomed 65 athletes ages 14 to 21 from Canada, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the United States to the Kentucky Horse Park for four days of team and individual competition.
After an individual warm-up on Thursday, Friday’s competition focused on teams with a Nation’s Cup-style format. A combined team from Zones 1 and 9 took the gold in the Junior division, beating out Zone 5 by one fault. Zone 3 dominated to take gold in the Young Rider division. Zone 5 and Mexico took silver and bronze, respectively, in the Junior division while Zone 4 took silver and Zone 2 took bronze in the Young Rider division.


The day’s courses, designed by Olympic course designer Steve Stephens, proved difficult for both divisions, especially the Young Riders. The Junior division saw several clear trips in both the first and second rounds by Adrien Vilcini (Zone 10), Lucas Porter (Zone 7), Sara Nordstrom (Zone 9) and individual leader Lucy Deslauriers (Zone 2).


Combined Team Zone 1/9 Captures Gold in Junior Division. Photo Credit: MacMillan Photography

Combined Team Zone 1/9 Captures Gold in Junior Division. Photo Credit: MacMillan Photography

“The course was challenging, but not unfair,” said Sara Nordstrom, one of four to go faultless in both rounds of the Junior division. “I owe it all to my horse, he jumped beautifully. But I didn’t feel good until after the very last jump in both rounds!”


The Young Rider division rode a slightly different course that many had trouble navigating, except Michael Hughes (Zone 2). Hughes is the only Young Rider to move on to Sunday’s individual round with the least amount faults from Friday’s team competition. Hughes’ ride helped his team to win the bronze with a team total of 46 faults.


Zone 4 earned the silver medal with 35 faults, but it was the ladies of Zone 3 that were unstoppable earning the gold medal by ending on a score of 14 faults.


“Our Chef, Sandra [Ruiz] has a lot of energy and is very inspirational, so giving this back to her means a lot,” said Chloe Reid of Zone 3. Reid noted that Ruiz pointed out after their win that it was the first time that Zone 3 has won a team medal at NAJYRC.


But not all of the Zone 3 riders thought they would be on the podium today. KC Van Aarem of Maryland said she purchased her horse off of an Internet ad with the intention of competing in the Maclay.
Zone 3 Captures Team Gold in the Young Rider Division. Photo Credit: MacMillan Photography

Zone 3 Captures Team Gold in the Young Rider Division. Photo Credit: MacMillan Photography


“It’s been a great experience, but I wasn’t expecting to be here today,” said Van Aarem of her horse Mastermind, a 12-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding. “I bought [Mastermind] to be a 3′ hunter!”


The individual competition will continue on Sunday, July 20 with Lucy Deslauries leading the Junior division with zero faults and Michael Hughes leading the Young Rider division with .23 faults from their three rounds of competition. USEF Network will be live streaming the events through out the day.


USHJA is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Show Jumping for the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, presented by Gotham Northand recognizes the importance this program plays in the development of our sport’s future top athletes.
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FEI World Cup TM Finals All-Session Tickets Now Available to the Public!

July 16, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

 Las Vegas, Nevada – July 16, 2014 – Tickets for the 2015 FEI World CupTM Finals in Las Vegas are now on sale to the general public. 

The FEI World CupTM Finals return to Las Vegas, April 15-19, 2015, marking the Finals’ first time in the U.S. since 2009. The Thomas & Mack Center will host both the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Final and the Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Dressage Final. This marks the sixth time that Las Vegas has had the honor of hosting one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events.


The public now has the opportunity to buy all-session tickets for both the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Final and the Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Dressage Final, which are now available for purchase to anyone.


Spectators have a variety of ticketing options from which to choose. For either the Jumping or Dressage Final, spectators may purchase an all-session balcony level ticket (priority seating) at $200 per person, an all-session plaza level ticket (priority seating) at $350 per person, or the VIP package, which includes one premier all-session seat, access to a private VIP hospitality area complete with deluxe food and beverage each day and VIP preferred parking, for $1,500 per person.


Combo packages are also available with seats for both Jumping and Dressage with discounted prices as follows: balcony level at $350, plaza level at $650, or the VIP package at $2,950.


“Las Vegas has proven to be an extremely successful host city for the FEI World CupTMFinals,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events. “We are just nine months away from hosting this premier event for the sixth time, and the anticipation has never been greater. We look forward to welcoming the world’s top equestrians and fans from across the world to our city in April 2015.”


All of the excitement will begin on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 with the warm-ups for both jumping and dressage. Actual competition begins on Thursday, April 16 with the Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Dressage Grand Prix at noon, followed by the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Final I at 7:00 PM. Competition continues the next day, Friday, April 17, with the Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Dressage Freestyle Rehearsal at 7:30 AM, the Las Vegas Dressage Showcase at noon and the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Final II at 7:00 PM.


Saturday, April 18 features the Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Dressage Final (Freestyle) at noon, followed by the Las Vegas Jumping Grand Prix at 7:00 PM. The competition concludes on Sunday, April 19 with the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Final III at noon. All times are Pacific Time.


Founded in 1979, the FEI World CupTM Jumping Final is an annual international competition featuring the world’s best show jumping horses and riders. In the 36 Finals held through 2014, United States riders have emerged with the most titles, having won the championship nine times. Previous FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals held in the United States include Baltimore (1980), Tampa (1989), Del Mar, CA (1992) and Las Vegas (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009).


Started in 1986, the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final showcases the world’s best dressage horses and riders. The United States has won the championship twice – in 2003 (Debbie McDonald with Brentina) and 2009 (Steffen Peters with Ravel). The Final has been held in the United States in Los Angeles (1995) and Las Vegas (2005, 2007, 2009).


Las Vegas Events is a private, not-for-profit organization that serves as the exclusive major special events agency for the city. Founded in 1982, LVE is funded by hotel room tax. Through its Signature Event initiative, LVE has created a model to integrate all elements of special events and formally improve communication between event producers and Las Vegas’ hotel properties and sponsors. Since 1991, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented or supported more than 600 events.

To order your tickets, or for further information, please visit the World Cup’s website at

Ebeling Withdraws Rafalca from CDI4 Aachen and Contention for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team

July 14, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, Ky. – Jan Ebeling has withdrawn Beth Meyer, Ann Romney, and Amy Ebeling’s Rafalca from the CDI4* Aachen and contention for the 2014 Alltech FEI World
“With mixed emotions, we regretfully announce that Rafalca will relinquish her bid for the WEG team in Normandy.  We will be cheering on Team USA from the sidelines, with so many new horses and riders on the forefront,” said Ebeling. “Foremost, Rafalca’s health and welfare are my highest priority, Rafalca and I have had an exceptional run through the years with the support of so many. Her legacy will live on through her offspring and she has left her mark by expanding the sport of dressage to a broader audience that will be felt for years to come.”Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team. Ebeling (Moorpark, Calif.) decided that the welfare of the 17-year-old Oldenburg mare was paramount and that it would be in the best interest of World Cup and 2012 Olympic Games veteran to retire from competition.
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Jan Ebeling and Rafalca (Provided by Ebeling)

 The U.S. Dressage Team and Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover fully supports Ebeling in his decision to put Rafalca’s well-being above all else.

 “Jan has shown great strength and grace in determining that Rafalca, having brought him to both the Olympic Games and multiple World Cups, deserves to go into retirement with no regrets and in good health,” said Dover. “I applaud Jan and his supporters and know we will see him back on fantastic horses in the big arena again very soon.”

 Members of the Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S.

 Dressage Team head to Aachen, Germany to compete in CDIO5* and CDI4* competition, July 16-20.

 Learn more about CHIO Aachen here.

Follow the U.S. Dressage Team here.

Carey is Grand at Horse Shows by the Bay

July 11, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Traverse City, MI – July 10, 2014 –  When Kim Carey traveled to Europe to look for a new horse for client Michelle Carroll, they went with high hopes. But after a long and fruitless search, they faced a trip home horseless. Then, the night before they were to leave, Carey heard about one more prospect.

Kim Carey and Legato

Kim Carey and Legato

“The people we were with said, ‘Oh, you don’t want to go see that horse.’ A couple of good trainers had looked at it and didn’t like it. I said, ‘I don’t care what anyone else thinks until I see it.’ So, I went and said, ‘I don’t know what they’re looking at, but we’ll take him!” recalled Carey.

That horse was Legato, and today he collected the Wrenwood Farms Grand Green Hunter Championship and the First Year Green Hunter Championship during Horse Shows by the Bay Series II. The 8-year-old Hanoverian (by Stakkato) also tied for the Hillside Farm High-Score Green Hunter Award with a score of 87.

“He’s the nicest horse I’ve ever had in my barn,” said Carey. “I’m lucky and privileged to ride him. Michelle does the 3’ adult amateurs on him, and he taught her to do the 2’6″ adults last year. This horse is incredibly versatile and is the best-minded animal. I feel super lucky.”

Carey, of Huntington Ridge Farm in Holly, Michigan, has been showing at Horse Shows by the Bay since the early years and enjoys July in Traverse City.

“Alex [Rheinheimer] has done a great job from the get-go. And making it what it is today is impressive,” said Carey. “She’s really drawing all of the right names and riders and horses. It’s putting Michigan on the map, which is nice. Kudos to Alex for that.”

Carey was grateful to step into center ring for a bounty of awards, ribbons and coolers, and she thanked Carroll for allowing her to show Legato in the professional sections.

“I don’t get to win all that often, so when it happens it feels great,” she said. “I don’t mind not winning all of the time, really, but when I have one like this I can only hope I can rise to his occasion. He’s the winner, and when I don’t win on him it’s me. When I can be good on him, he deserves to win, and I’m lucky to be able to ride him and have him.”

Greg Crolick and Aeroplane

Greg Crolick and Aeroplane

Greg Crolick, another Michigan-based trainer, added to his blue-ribbon collection today with a variety of horses. He topped the Second Year Green/High Performance Hunter section, earning the championship and reserve championship with Zack RVR and Aeroplane, respectively. Crolick also collected the Hillside Farm High-Score Award with Aeroplane with a score of 89, and he tied for the Hillside Farm High-Score Award in the First Year Green section with Revival, who earned the reserve championship.

Crolick, of Top Call LLC in Auburn Hills, Michigan, celebrated his one-year anniversary with Orchard Lake Farm LLC’s Revival, having purchased him at Horse Shows by the Bay last year.

“He was a really green horse and had just shown maybe once, and he was trying to be jumper but needed to be a hunter,” said Crolick. “He really started coming into his own here. I moved him into the 3’6” at HITS Ocala [Florida] knowing he was green for it, and now he’s starting to mature, and I’m so happy with him.

“It’s exciting and wonderful to come to a horse show where there are so many prizes for riders, and it’s up for grabs to anybody,” he continued. “Especially for myself and the clients who own the horses, they want to see their horses out there getting their pictures taken. It’s a beautiful day in Traverse City, and two beautiful days for me. Hopefully, we’ll keep the luck going!”

Amanda Derbyshire finished her first full open hunter section aboard David Gochman’s Fredrick with the Wrenwood Farms Grand Conformation Hunter Championship, the Regular Conformation Hunter Championship and the Hillside Farm High-Score Hunter Award for their mark of 88 in the Handy Round.

John and Stephanie Ingram’s Sizzle and Hayley Barnhill claimed the Green Conformation Hunter Championship, sponsored by Lisa A.H. Cudahy.

The Pre-Green horses vied for championship honors today in addition to the $1,000 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program Stake money. And it was Lynn Walsh’s Hollywood Park who collected dual honors, taking top call in the Stake and the 3’3″ Pre-Green Hunter Championship with Peter Pletcher in the irons.

Peter Pletcher and Hollywood Park

Peter Pletcher and Hollywood Park

Walsh, of Magnolia, Texas, purchased “Woody,” a 7-year-old warmblood gelding (by For Champion), two months ago from Lourdes de Guardiola and Michael Morrissey who had just imported him from Europe. The flashy chestnut has quickly made his mark in the show ring, earning three tricolors in three shows and two PGIP stake victories with Pletcher.

“He’s nice and super straightforward with a great brain,” said Pletcher. “He really started out level headed, and there’s a little hunter changeover, but he’s really coming along. We’re very excited to have a new ‘Park’ for Lynn.”

Walsh, who stood ringside with the PJP Farm cheering section during Woody’s performances, is thrilled with her newest equine family member.

“Actually, it’s almost unbelievable,” she said with a smile. “I thought he was a good horse, but you never know until they get out there and compete. He’s so sweet. I ride him all around the farm, and he doesn’t care. That’s what’s important. Peter gets him for a while until he learns to pull to the chip or go to the ‘Yaha’ distance, and then I’ll get him.”

Fly Boy and Penny Lombardo also impressed judges Bill Ellis and James Toon in the Pre-Greens, winning the 3′ Pre-Green Hunter Championship and placing fifth in the Pre-Green Incentive Stake.

Owned by Jenny Sutton, Fly Boy is a stylish hunter that trainer Kelli MacDonald and Lombardo have brought along meticulously for the past two years with the USHJA

Pre-Green Incentive Program as a goal.


Jenny Sutton, Penny Lombardo and  Kelli MacDonald with Fly Boy

Jenny Sutton, Penny Lombardo and
Kelli MacDonald with Fly Boy

MacDonald found Fly Boy, a 6-year-old Westphalian (Light On–Carexa), in Europe after he’d won the stallion performance testing. They imported him two years ago, and he’s worked his way up in the hunter sections since then, showing lightly. He spends his winters on the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival circuit, travels to Minnesota in June to trail ride and then spends July at Horse Shows by the Bay.

“This is maybe his fifth or sixth show as a Pre-Green horse,” said Lombardo. “He’swonderful, scopey and has a great feel. He really wants to be slow in the air. He’s been that way from Day 1 and is so much fun to ride.”

Sutton’s Wrenwood Farms in Naples, Florida, hosted one of the first stand-alone USHJA International Hunter Derby events in 2008, and MacDonald noted that they really enjoy supporting the USHJA programs.

“We found him right after they announced the Pre-Green Incentive, so that’s one of the reasons we went ahead and bought him,” she said. “Penny rides for Jenny, and she’s been the only one jumping him. She rides him fantastically.”

Over in the Grand Prix Ring, Shawn Casady also had a fantastic performance. Despite some antics from his mount Lucilla before his go in the $2,500 1.40m Speed Class, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone, Casady was the consummate professional. He settled the mare and made it through the start timers with barely a moment to spare.

They scorched around the Guilherme Jorge-designed course, claiming the blue ribbon by 4.35 seconds over Michael Dorman and Valinski S, the class winners during Series I.

Shawn Casady and Lucilla

Shawn Casady and Lucilla

“She knew I was going to turn tight to it [the triple combination], so she wanted me to be on my toes,” he joked.

Casady, 20, who rides for Ashland Farms, described Cory Olson’s Lucilla as fast across the ground.

“She’s not super huge, so I can stay on a good gallop and she’ll put one [extra stride] in if I need it,” he said. “She’s a very straightforward horse to ride. You don’t need to set her up for the first jump; you just gallop and go.”

Casady praised the courses in the Grand Prix Ring and has enjoyed his first trip to Horse Shows by the Bay from his home base in Wellington, Florida.

“I was curious my first day out here and wondering how the designers would use the space,” he said. “The ring feels a little different because you’re kind of down in a bowl, but it’s a blast to ride. The footing rides fast, and the horses like it. They’re not slipping. They’re confident on it.”

Casady chose inside turns and dropped strides on his way to victory. “[Jorge] leaves you options and places where you can make a decision to take the fast round or the conservative,” he said. “There are places where you can make it up and ride quick, and it’s not just a flat-out race.”

Lucilla, an 11-year-old Swedish Warmblood (by Non Stop R) is now finished showing for the week. “I’m out of here this week,” said Casady. “She didn’t show a ton this summer and these two weeks she got good ribbons, so that’s a good class to end on.”

Horse Shows by the Bay Series II is also a United States Hunter Jumper Association/World Championship Hunter Rider member event, so hunter riders earn points toward WCHR regional and national year-end awards.

Amanda Derbyshire, Scott Stewart and Fredrick

Amanda Derbyshire, Scott Stewart and Fredrick


In addition, this week features the Hillside Farm High-Score Hunter Awards, given to the highest-scoring horse/rider combinations from the U.S. Equestrian Federation rated hunter sections, including the Green Working, Conformation, Performance, Junior, Amateur-Owner, Pony, Children’s Pony, Children’s Horse and Adult Amateur.

 Other Featured Winners Today Included:

  • Performance Hunter 3’6″ Championship, sponsored by Team Rakowsky Equestrian – Fonteyn, owned by John and Stephanie Ingram and ridden by Hayley Barnhill
  • Hillside Farm High-Score Performance Hunter – Fonteyn (score of 91)
  • Performance Hunter 3’3″ Championship, sponsored by Baxter Hill – Thanks For The Gold, owned by Rancho De Los Arboles LLC and ridden by Peter Pletcher
  • TAKE2 Thoroughbred Hunter Championship, sponsored by TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program – Westchester, owned by Sarah J. Scuri and ridden by Jennifer Nadalin
  • TAKE2 Thoroughbred Jumper, sponsored by TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program – Just A Dream, owned and ridden by Anika Pirkle

Horse Shows by the Bay Fast Facts
Horse Shows by the Bay is a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Premier (AA) Hunter and Level 4 Jumper competition.


Series I: July 2-6

Series II: July 9-13 (USHJA/WCHR Member Event)

Series III: July 16-20 ($25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby)

Series IV: July 23-27 (HJAM Equitation Medal Finals)

  • Weekly $40,000 Grand Prix
  • Weekly $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome Prix
  • Weekly $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby
  • Weekly $1,000 USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program Stake Classes
  • Weekly TAKE2 Thoroughbred Hunter/Jumper Classes
  • Weekly Charity Fundraisers & Special Spectator Days

Featured events for Horse Shows by the Bay Series II – July 9-13:

  • USHJA/World Championship Hunter Rider Week
  • Hillside Farm High-Score Hunter Awards
  • $10,000 Postive Step Farm Open Jumper Welcome Prix – Friday, July 11
  • $10,000 SJHOF High Jr/AO Jumper Prix – Saturday, July 12
  • $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Walgreens – Sunday, July 13
  • $2,500 NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic – Sunday, July 13
  • $2,500 NAL/WIHS Adult Jumper Classic – Sunday, July 13
  • $7,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic – Sunday, July 13
  • $40,000 Grand Traverse Bay Grand Prix – Sunday, July 13
Hayley Barnhill and Sizzle

Hayley Barnhill and Sizzle

Special Exhibitor functions during Series II include: a Pin Oak Pizza Exhibitor Party on Saturday; a weekend ice cream social sponsored by the Gochman Family; and the Morgan Stanley VIP/Sponsor Luncheon on Sunday during the Grand Prix.

Spectators are encouraged to attend this Saturday July 12 for Rescue Day. All gate proceeds will go directly to Danny & Ron’s Rescue 501(c)(3). Fun activities include a Rescue Doggie Costume Parade right before the first horse on course for the $10,000 SJHOF Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. A Silent Auction will also be held over the weekend, with additional donations being accepted!

Contact Information:

Alex Rheinheimer, Show Manager (561) 723-6287

Julie Agar, Show Office/Entries (248) 892-6806

Ben Fairclough, Feed & Stabling (231) 267-3700

MSU College of Vet Medicine, Show Veterinarian (517) 214-9369

Tricia Booker, Media Relations (703) 431-7103


Horse by the bay

The 2014 Prize List and weekly Time Schedules are available online. For full show results, please

The Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival is located 10 miles east of downtown Traverse City, Michigan. Nearby tourist destinations include the famed Torch Lake Sandbar, which was recently named the clearest lake in the continental United States by and the Sleeping Bear Dunes, which was voted by “Good Morning America” viewers as the Most Beautiful Place in America.

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

For high-resolution photographs, please email:

For more information, schedules and directions, please visit

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



It was a “Dog’s Day Out” at The 2014 Lake Placid Horse Shows

July 11, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Lake Placid, NY–July 10, 2014–On Sunday, July 6, the Lake Placid Horse Shows hosted their 22nd Annual Doggie Costume Contest, a popular competition at the show. All people with leashed dogs in costume were admitted to the horse show free of charge, and the contestants from the horse show and the local community took center stage in a special ring set up near the horse show’s Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field.  The contest co-sponsors, Animal Planet and The Brown Dog Café & Wine Bar, presented the awards to this year’s “top dogs.”  All canine contestants went home with a special event bag of doggie treats!

 Rascal, a 4-year-old Shetland Sheepdog owned by Bruno Freeman of Bloomingdale, NY, took top honors as “China Dog.”  Rascal received 4 scores of a perfect 10 with only one judge giving him an 8.5. Last year, Rascal received the Most Creative Costume award for his costume, “A Salty Dog.”  He also won the overall best costume award in 2011 and 2012!

Rascal was honored as Top Dog at Doggie Costume Contest

  Winston, a 6-year-old Corgi owned by Carolyn Desfor of Elverson, PA, came in second place as “A member of the U.S.A. Bobsled team.”  Carolyn is a seasoned competitor in the Doggie Costume Contest, as Winston won in 2008, and her other dog Fluffy took first place last year!

Charli (a 3 month-old, Beagle Mix rescue dog from Danny & Ron’s) and Petey (a 6-year-old Dachshund), owned by Kim Storey and Schaefer Raposa of Clinton, NY, dressed as “Hot Dogs” and tied for third place with Fern and Elli, dogs owned by Margaret Walsh and Chrissy Daigle of Oyster Bay, NY. Fern and Elli were dressed as “Little Bo’ Peep”.

 Charlie, a 4-year-old Labrador Retriever owned by Nora Van Veen of Havertown, PA, won the Lulu Perpetual Trophy for the funniest costume as “Robben van Barkie, a Dutch soccer player.”

Charlie won the Lulu Perpetual Trophy for the funniest costume as "Robben van Barkie, a Dutch soccer player."

Charlie won the Lulu Perpetual Trophy for the funniest costume as “Robben van Barkie, a Dutch soccer player.”

Honorable Mention was awarded to two residents of Lake Placid! Receiving one Honorable Mention was Sarah and Sophie, owned by Jasmine Bujold, who went as “The Tutu Trio.” The other Honorable Mention went to Scout, an 11-year old English Springer Spaniel, owned by Billy Bellows and walked by Addison Colby. This was Scout’s 10th year competing in the Doggie Costume Contest!

Lake Placid Horse Shows’ Doggie Costume Contest Past Winners
Year    Costume                                              Owner
1993    The Budweiser Hitch                        The Wyckoff Family
1994    LPHS 25th Anniversary Dog           Audrey Lowe
1995    Junior Kroll Jumper                           Katie Ermilio & Tristen Fowler
1996    My Own Olympic Mascot               Audrey Lowe
1997    Bathing Beauty                                 Laura Antonelli
1998    Santa Paws                                        Glenn & Evan Cocks
1999    Doggemora Dog                               Phil Calabrese
2000    Cleopatra                                           Heather & Charlie Hooker
2001    Hurry Home Cinderella                    Heather & Charlie Hooker
2002    Yankee Doodle Doggie                   Laura Antonelli
2003    Voyage Through Neverland          Heather & Charlie Hooker
2004    Over the Rainbow/Pink                   Heather & Charlie Hooker/The Jacobs Family
2005    Budweiser Hitch                               Charlotte and Melissa Jacobs
2006    Pirates of the Caribbean                  Charlotte and Melissa Jacobs
2007    Shrek Comes to Lake Placid            Missy Clark’s North Run and Wide Rill Farm
2008    Winston the Grand Prix Rider         Carolyn & Michael Desfor
2009    Scout the Cow                                   Billy Bellos
2010    Barefoot and Pregnant                     Lisa Wentworth
2011    Some Pig!  From Charlotte’s Web   Bruno Freeman
2012    Plan K-9 From Outer Space              The Buonanno and Freeman Families
2013    Fox Hunter                                          Carolyn Desfor
2014    China Dog                                           Bruno Freeman

The Lake Placid Horse Shows feature many of the nation’s best riders, including Olympic veterans and international show jumping stars. The three-week horse show series hosts all levels of competition, from those just beginning their riding careers on ponies all the way up to grand prix competitors, vying for over $750,000 in prizes.

 Further information on the Lake Placid Horse Shows presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or online at


Kelley Farmer and Unspoken Are Dazzling in the $40,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Sponsored by Serenity Farm

July 09, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Parker, CO – July 8, 2014 –Colorado Horse Park got underway with Week V of Summer in the Rockies-their biggest ever with a Derby Day. Spectators crowded around the Derby Field to watch the feature events of the day, the $40,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby sponsored by Serenity Farm and the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Derby horses from far and wide travelled to Colorado to compete. Some of the country’s finest derby horses showed off their beauty, impeccable jumping form and flowing style in today’s events.   

Kelley Farmer and Unspoken. Photo by AnLi Kelly-Durham

Jasen Shelley of Wellington, FL designed the beautiful courses in the Derby Field.
“I think both the National and the International Derbies rode really well,” said Shelley. “Everyone seemed to have fun and that’s what it’s all about. Juan Diaz is the person to take all the credit for the decorating. He did an amazing job. Pat (Boyle) helped me with the track and we came up with what we thought was a really good track for the competitors.”

Farmer and Unspoken down the bank to the trot jump. Photo by AnLi Kelly-Durham

The Derby Field at the Colorado Horse Park is an immense arena with footing and interesting banks, ramps and hills. Riders had the option of going down a ramp to a trot jump or go down a two-step bank to the trot jump. Shelley said he didn’t want the riders to be forced to take the bank option if they finished the birch oxer on the hill strongly.

 “The hills shaped the way the course rode, We wanted to give them five to six strides at the bottom of the hill before they even had to think about jumping. It was really fun with the hills.

 Twenty-eight derby horses competed in the first classic hunter round then the top 12 scoring horse and rider teams returned for the handy round. Kelley Farmer of Lane Change Farm in Keswick, VA had three mounts that made the cut, Mindful, Point Being and Unspoken all owned by Glefke and Kensel, LLC.

Farmer was third on Point Being. Photo by Carrie Wirth

Farmer piloted Unspoken who to the top placing and the blue ribbon by earning 185 from the judges in the first round and 192 in the handy. The two judges panels awarded extra points for the higher options and one panel awarded a handy score of 9 for a total of 377 points for both rounds.

 “She was wonderful last week in Chicago and she was amazing her,” Glefke said. “I got her from McLain Ward and she was jumping 1.25m-1.30m all last year in Florida and she’s just starting to become a real derby contender now. I’m thrilled with the way she is coming up to the derby finals, which is real cool. They got a lot of experience today for the finals.”

 “We are thrilled to be here,” he continued. “This is a beautiful facility and Pat (Boyle) runs amazing horse shows. I follow Pat around to a lot of horse shows because he always makes it very believable.”

 Farmer expressed her thoughts on Derby Field ring and the course.

 “What a nice change to have hills with footing so beautifully built,” said Farmer who also placed third with Point Being. “It’s great the ring- it is huge and you get to jump the bank and go up and down the hills – I think it is great!

 Leslie Steele from Calabasas, CA and her Acres West Farm returned with Apandanto, owned by 4232 Enterprises. The pair was brilliant, earning option bonus points and a total of 373.5.

Leslie Steele and Apandanto. Photo by AnLi Kelly-Durham

“He was imported into the United States by Ali Nilforushan and he’s been a jumper,” said Steele about Apandanto. “Ali asked me to press on with him so I brought him here and I showed him in the high performance. I said, ‘Okay, you’re going to be a derby horse!’ I’m lucky. He’s a great horse.”

 Steele was also complimentary of the courses.

 “I thought the courses were fantastic,” she said. They were beautiful, fun galloping flowing. I really love it here it has really been a lot of fun. The handy, you could be as handy as you want to be all the options were big and I like that.”

 Steel planned to move up with Apandanto and she said that because he has some jumper experience, he can jump really big jumps.

 “He knows how to turn inside and go,” she said. “So I chose all the hardest options I possibly could and he handled them really well.”

Hunter Holloway and Lyons Creek Bellini. Photo by Carrie Wirth

Two top junior riders impressed the judges in the first round, earning them a spot in the handy round. Hunter Holloway and Hays Investment Corporation’s Lyons Creek Bellini earned the fourth place prize and Kirklen Peterson and Pen Name, also owned by Glefke and Kensel, LLC were eighth.

 The $40,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby was sponsored by Serenity Farm,

recognized as one of the top hunter and equitation centers in the country and is nationally recognized for its reputation of producing champions consistently on the local, regional and national circuits.

 “The courses were wonderful and the USHJA would be very pleased with the high standard that Pat (Boyle) accomplished here today,” said Cindy Cruciotti, head trainer at Serenity Farm.

Meredith Houx Remiger and Leoncito. Photo by AnLi Kelly-Durham

A huge field of 44 negotiated Shelley’s $10,000 USHJA course in the Derby Field. Twelve of the best performers returned for a handy round. Leoncito, owned by Lucy Hunsaker, and ridden by Meredith Houx Remiger from Sandia Farm in Albuquerque, NM. won the blue ribbon and the victory gallop. Remigeraccurately negotiated the course earning a 93 in the first round and an 86 in the second with 4 bonus high option points for a total of 183. In close second was Paul Rohrbach and Nancy Moore’s Morocco with a total score of 181.

 “It was a great course,” said Remiger. “I just rode the best that would show off my horse the way he jumps. He went around and had a blast doing it.”

 “Toby” has been with Remiger for the last three or four years. She started him in 3’3″ and moved him up to the 3’6′. Remiger thanks Hunsaker, who has had him since he was an unbroken 3 year-old, for letting her ride him.

Paul Rohrbach and Morocco. Photo by Carrie Wirth

“I am very lucky,” said Remiger “He loves the derby. He is a wonderful, happy, laid back horse.”

 Earlier in the day the $2500 Pony Hunter Derby (Small, Medium and Large) and the $2500 Children’s/Adult Hunter Derby were held in the Olson Family Main Hunter Ring.


Sarah Bigbee and Cinderella

 Cinderella, owned and ridden by Sarah Bigbee was awarded the top prize in the $2500 Children’s /Adult Hunter Derby. Brooke Brombach and her own Nantucket earned first place honors in the $2500 Pony Hunter Derby .

Brooke Brombach and her own Nantucket.

 “We were a little bit better, we didn’t have as many big chips,” said Brombach about her improvements over her first round. “He loves doing the rollbacks, all the bendings- everything about it was fun. His barn name is Tucker, he is a spoiled little boy. He is 18 years-old. He is always begging for cookies. He is a really good pony. I love doing the pony derbies, they are awesome.”

 $40,000 USHJA Int Derby -Overall

1/672/Unspoken Glefke & Kensel LLC/Kelley Farmer/12000.00
2/800/Apandanto 4232 Enterprises, LLC/Leslie Steele/8800.00
3/677/Point being Glefke & Kensel LLC/Kelley Farmer/5200.00
4/819/Lyons Creek Bellini Hays Investment Corp./Hunter Holloway/3200.00
5/431/Lago W Steve Lockton/Mickie Sage/2400.00
6/310/Spice Boy Bjorn Ikast/Holly Shepherd/2000.00
7/525/Marneux Cynthia Baffa/Freddie Vazquez/1600.00
8/675/Pen name Glefke & Kensel LLC/Kirklen Petersen/1200.00
9/676/Fabled David Glefke/Evan Coluccio/1200.00
10/671/Mindful Glefke & Kensel LLC/Kelley Farmer/800.00
11/125/Escada II Shayla Tocher/Kendra Best/800.00
12/789/LPF Woodford LPF LLC/Holly Shepherd/800.00

 721. $10,000 USHJA National Derby

1/292/Leoncito Lucy Hunsaker/Meredith Houx Remiger/2600.00
2/442/Morocco Nancy Moore/Paul Rohrbach/2000.00
3/127/Cinqocento Z Shayla Tocher/Kendra Best/1500.00
4/750/Barista Anne Fitz/Laurie Jueneman/1000.00
5/790/LPF Lost Shaker of Salt LPF LLC/Holly Shepherd/900.00
6/590/Quinta Bella Signe Ostby/Leslie Steele/800.00
7/851/Spero Tali Dejong/Tali Dejong/600.00
8/709/Ultra True Kershenbaum/True Kershenbaum/600.00
9/589/Triumph Emma Farber/Leslie Steele/0.00
10/612/Charlie Brown Lanie Bricker/Molly Mc Adow/0.00
11/322/Rio’s Firefly Christen Tuxworth/Laurie Jueneman/0.00
12/463/Rock star Rylee Shufelt/Rylee Shufelt/0.00
722. $2,500 CHP Pony Derby
1/550/Nantucket Brooke Brombach/Brooke Brombach/750.00
2/461/Camelot Rylee Shufelt/Rylee Shufelt/550.00
3/321/Rollingwoods Q and A Elizabeth Simpson/Elizabeth Simpson/375.00
4/549/Doc’s Little Lena Brooke Brombach/Brooke Brombach/275.00

 723. $2,500 CHP Ch/AD Htr Derby

1/124/Cinderella Sarah Bigbee/Sarah Bigbee/750.00
2/563/Perfect Summer Day Ashlyn Matheus/Ashlyn Matheus/550.00
3/443/Holy Smoke NTM Enterprises/Nancy Moore/375.00
4/835/Livingstone Michael Allen/Ariel Black/275.00
5/379/Blue Dutch Caitlin Burns/Caitlin Burns/200.00
6/836/Virtue Shannon Holzer/Ariel Black/150.00
7/857/Clark Kent Staybright Electric of Colorado Inc/Annabelle Szymanski/100.00
8/795/Cascaluna Lone Star Stables/Courtney May/100.00
9/201/Bombardier John Pappas/Celia Bresch/0.00
10/269/Ilsa Emma Horn/Emma Horn/0.00
11/810/Tesoro Marlena Carlson/Marlena Carlson/0.00
12/640/Lyric Laurie Cunningham/Emily Ecclestone/0.00

 Click here  to view full results from Week IV. Visit the Colorado Horse Park online and follow them onFacebook and Twitter for updates throughout Summer in the Rockies.

 About the Colorado Horse Park

Celebrating its 21st 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 35,000 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.

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The Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies Fast Facts

What: Summer in the Rockies AA-Rated Hunter Jumper Show Series

Event Dates: 
June 4-8 Summer in the Rockies I
June 11-15 Summer in the Rockies II
June 18-22 Summer in the Rockies III*
July 2-6 Summer in the Rockies IV
July 9-13 Summer in the Rockies V*
July 16-20 Summer in the Rockies VI
     *WCHR Member Events

Hunter Highlights:
$5,000 National Hunter Derby – Week III
$15,000 International Hunter Derby sponsored by Winsome Farm – Week III
$10,000 National Hunter Derby – Week V
$40,000 International Hunter Derby sponsored by Serenity Farm – Week V

Jumper Highlights:
$25,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix sponsored by Holiday Inn of Parker Grand Prix – Week I
$25,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix sponsored by Littleton Equine Medical and Platinum Performance – Week II
$30,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix sponsored by McElvain Energy – Week III
$30,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix sponsored by Griffis Residential – Week IV
$50,000 Kathy and Brad Coors Family Grand Prix – Week V
$50,000 Parker Adventist Hospital Grand Prix – Week VI
$10,000 High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic sponsored by The Kathy and Brad Coors Family
$20,000 High Junior/Amateur Owner Classic sponsored by The Kathy and Brad Coors Family

$10,000 July Grand Prix Rider Bonus for the Leading Grand Prix Rider sponsored by The Kathy and Brad Coors Family – Weeks IV – VI

Prize List:
Click here for an online version of the prize list.

For a hard copy of the prize list, please e-mail with your name, address and phone number and specify which prize list you would like (spring/fall or summer).

Mail to The Colorado Horse Park, 7522 South Pinery Drive, Parker, CO 80134 or fax to (303) 841-7879. Entries close 30 days before each show.

Contact Information:
Pat Boyle, Show Manager                     (847) 274-6834
Brian Curry, Show Manager                   (303) 918-2908
Colorado Horse Park Main Office           (303) 841-5550
Colorado Horse Park Main Office Fax    (303) 841-7879
Show Office                                             (303) 841-7461
Show Office Fax (during show only)       (303) 841-1419

Show Grounds Address: 7375 E Bayou Gulch Rd, Parker, CO 80134

From North: I-25S exit Ridgegate Parkway – go east under the freeway.  Ridgegate Parkway to S. Chambers Road, approx 3 miles (Traffic light) – turn right/south onto Chambers Road. At end of Chambers Road turn left/east onto Hess Road.  Hess Road to Parker Road/Hwy 83 – turn right/south onto Hwy 83 approx 4 miles to Bayou Gulch Road. (Traffic light). Follow signs to Colorado Horse Park.

From South: I-25N, exit Founder’s Parkway.  Founder’s Parkway to Highway 86, approx 4 miles (traffic light). Turn east/left onto Hwy. 86 to Franktown/Hwy 83. At Franktown go north on 83 approx. 7 mi. to Bayou Gulch Rd. (Traffic light), turn right/east onto Bayou Gulch Rd. Follow signs to Colorado Horse Park.

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