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Southeast Medal Finals celebrates 5th anniversary with mix of traditional and unique classes

August 29, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: General


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Every rider remembers his or her first pony, and every competitor can recall their first big win in the competition ring. For many young competitors throughout the southeast, that memory will be made at the Southeast Medal Finals Sept. 16-18 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center.
Now in its fifth year, the Southeast Medal Finals provides up-and-coming riders with an exciting finals, offering classes for every level of hunters, jumpers and equitation. Many SEMF riders have gone on to big wins at the fall indoor shows! In addition, the SEMF has become known for unique classes to keep it fun and present unusual challenges.
This year is no different. Creator James Lala has reintroduced the World Cup format in the Jumper Finals with a first round speed class. New for the 2016 SEMF are the Children’s Hunter Pony Finals and Children’s Pony Medal Finals. And riders will find a unique new challenge in the Equitation Team Challenge of the States, combining junior and/or adult riders from their respective states in a team competition.
While the SEMF gives riders an opportunity for challenging competitions, it is known for making it fun. The show features several fun events such as a doggie costume class, doggie high jump, horse-less horse show and the always popular Parent Lead Line class. All proceeds from the fun shows directly benefit the 2016 SEMF charity, Kids Cancer Foundation.
Hundreds of riders from throughout the Southeast United States already have qualified, but others have the opportunity to qualify at wild card classes at the show. Make plans now to attend the 5th annual Southeast Medal Finals. Discounted stall rates available through Aug. 31.

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Southeast Medal Finals Fact Sheet
WHAT: A finals show offering a special end of season culmination and finals that is more attainable for everyone.
PRIZE LIST:!prize-list-time-schedule/c72d
WHEN: Sept. 16-18, 2016
WHERE: Jacksonville Equestrian Center, Jacksonville, FL, featuring a large indoor coliseum with 3000 seats, two outdoor rings, and 500 permanent stalls.
• Finals classes in hunters, jumpers, and equitation
• Equitation Team Challenge of the States
• Hunter Finals Under Saddle Challenge
• Tally Ho Farm Pony & Developing Rider Jumper Classic
AG Equestrian
Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks
 C. M. Hadfield’s Saddlery
• Essex Classics
GGT Footing
• Global Horse Transport
• Noble Outfitters
• Ovation Riding
• Peterson Bernard
The Riding Habit
• Tenney’s Custom Saddlery
• Tally Ho Farm
• Van Dell Fine Jewelry
Wellington Quarantine
Wood Craft Solutions

James Lala 561-906-6668,
Alexis Newman 904-993-2053,

Kids Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2001 whose mission is to provide resources and emotional support to children battling cancer and their families. Kids Cancer Foundation provides numerous programs, including a pediatric oncology patient care navigator, arts and health programs, tutoring and homework club for patients and siblings, and family socials. For more information, visit

Game, Set and Match to Center Court and John French in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Presented by Dr. Daryl K. Hoffman

August 12, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: General

John French & Center Court lead the victory gallop in the $25,000 Hunter Derby Photo:Alden Corrigan Media

John French & Center Court lead the victory gallop in the $25,000 Hunter Derby
Photo:Alden Corrigan Media

ATHERTON, CA – August 12, 2016

One of the highlights of the Menlo Charity Horse Show is the USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Dr. Daryl K. Hoffman, this anxiously anticipated class on Thursday afternoon is steeped in tradition never ever disappoints.

“The Menlo Horse Show in general is a very special show, it’s unique event held in the middle of a beautiful residential neighborhood. Menlo is a gorgeous show, with great jumps and the crowd is always involved,” said Nick Haness, the winner of back-to-back Derbies in 2014 and 2015. “There is a certain element of excitement to the show, and it’s always been a fun Derby to participate in and to watch.”

As the excitement builds on the MCHS showgrounds and the VIP tent begins to fill, the Grass Hunter Field is prepared for the late afternoon event.

Winners of the $25,000 Hunter Derby Photo:Alden Corrigan Media

Winners of the $25,000 Hunter Derby
Photo:Alden Corrigan Media

“When the other classes are over and the volunteers are decorating the jumps for the Derby. It looks like the Rose Parade is coming through the horse show.” laughed Nick. “The volunteers are out on the field; placing flowers, and decorating with all sorts of materials, greenery, flowers and plants. It’s definitely a production. You can see the care that goes into it, another element that makes the Derby extra special and fun to compete in and to watch.”

There are many differences between the MCHS Derby and other events on the circuit, as one of a handful of venues in California that run Derbies on grass, the MCHS in Northern California is pretty special. When 4.30pm arrives all eyes were on the 20 horses competing in the first of the two rounds.

“It’s a really inviting and pretty course, this venue is awesome and as you only show here once a year that makes it much more unique. Often times many other Derbies get put to the end of the day or moved to another ring and people aren’t always able to watch, this event people want to see. There is obviously people here that are not horse people, they are here to watch pretty horses go round, you get a lot of those people oohing and aahing from the sides, that’s always really fun.” said Nick.

Nick was especially looking forward to this year’s class, because for once he actually got to hang up his show clothes, grab a glass of wine and sit and watch, no pressure. Nick not only was able to support his fellow competitors and friends, but he was also able to help his student, Karina Sanchez on Way Out West. Karina is a big part of Nick’s business and her family owns multiple horses in partnership with him. Riding in the class had been a goal and a dream for Karina, and she did an exceptional job, just missing the cut off in the first round, not bad at all for the first time in such a prestigious Derby.

The first round of the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented twenty wonderful Hunters. The top scores as they moved into the Handy Round with a cut off score of 150 were as follows:

  1. Tara Metzner and Cy Young 186
  2. John French and Center Court 181
  3. Hugh Mutch and Bunistar 179.5
  4. John Bragg and Early August 179.5

As the twelve riders prepared to come back for the Handy round a very special event took place, a celebration of Widget and his retirement from competitive life. Widget’s owner Lindsay Maxwell also announced a new trophy in Widget’s honor. The Widget Perpetual Trophy will go to the highest scoring single round in the Junior Hunters or Amateur Owner Hunters.

Widget and Lindsay Maxwell Photo: Alden Corrigan Media

Widget and Lindsay Maxwell
Photo: Alden Corrigan Media

When Lindsay Maxwell first moved to California, Archie Cox told her, “I know a horse who is a movie star…and you’ll be so grateful for him.” The movie star was Widget. Like many things precious and rare, Widget never truly “belonged” to any one rider. He embodies the spirit of California – ambitious, courageous, and bold. Widget retires from showing healthy, happy, and forever a champion in residence at Brookway Stables.

Through the years, Widget enjoyed great success at the Menlo Charity Horse Show. A winner of countless championships, hunter prixs, hunter classics, and medals, Widget also recently won top ribbons at the Devon Horse Show. In imitable Widget fashion, at his final show in the amateur owner hunter division, Widget won both the championship and classic.

Lindsay graciously provided a champagne toast for all in attendance in honor of Widget.

In preparation for Widget’s retirement Lindsay looked to Archie and her friends at Brookway Stables to suggest a suitable venue.

“I spoke with Archie about where we would do it and Archie said Menlo is such a special show with wonderful tradition and Widget has won here so many times that I felt this would be a really special place to do it.” Lindsay explained.

“True to its reputation, the Show is proving to be a fast favorite of mine. Its history of excellence and charity is second to none – it is such a wonderful asset to the community and I am humbled to share in its tradition.”

The Show also has an additional significance for Lindsay due its support of the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Lindsay has close friends and family members who have been challenged by sight-related issues. Her charitable fund has a programmatic focus on access for special needs and at-risk children, and the Vista Center’s work in the Bay Area is an outstanding model for communities nationwide that provide counseling, support, and life skills for the visually impaired.

Lindsay explained,” The volunteers who donate thousands upon thousands of hours to support the MCHS for the benefit of the Vista Center personify the generous spirit that makes the equestrian community so wonderful. More than being a spectacularly beautiful event, the spirit of the Show is made most manifest in the generosity of its volunteers.”

As Widget left the ring for the last time a beautiful garland around his neck, the final round of the Hunter Derby began.

As the shadows began to fall in the field the 12 leading horses completed the course in reverse order, a beautiful scene with the exceptional fences and a course providing opportunity for all to show the handiness of there horses.

At the end of the competition the same four hunters remained at the top of the field. The overall results:

1st Center Court and John French

2nd Early August and John Bragg

3rd Bunistar and Hugh Mutch

4th Cy Young and Tara Metzner

5th Osilvia and Ashlin Bowen

6th Lulavani and Sami Milo

7th Pacific Heights and John French

8th Lukatoni and John Bragg

9th Boss and Brooke Morin

10th Dinner For Two and Hugh Mutch

11th Frederick and Natalie Dean

12th Sambuca and Kylee Arbuckle

John French who has been attending MCHS for almost 30 years was delighted with Center Court, and praised the work of the volunteers who prepared the fences, many known to John; people he has trained with or used to train with, in his home town.

Talking about Center Court John explained, “I liked the fact that in the first round he was good, he was not quite awake at the beginning of the course, but then all of a sudden of realized, we were jumping bigger jumps. He hasn’t been showing for a while so we have not done much with him. We showed him at HITS Thermal where he was circuit champion in the winter. He has had some time off now, so we were debating wither to bring him here.” I just showed him in one class earlier in the week, he’s not afraid of anything. He seemed like he was fine to me and I wanted to save him for this class today and not tire him out. The more impressive it is the better it is for him that’s why you save him. I like coming in second or third after the Classic round because there isn’t as much pressure on you going into the Handy round when you have to move up. Center Court was super smooth in the Handy I think they rewarded him because he can turn really tight to the jumps and does it effortlessly, he does it easily your not trying to create the jump or legging him to get him over he can do it in his sleep that’s how scopey he is .

Widget Perpetual Trophy perpetual trophy will go to the highest scoring single round in the Junior Hunters or Amateur Owner Hunters at either height

Widget Perpetual Trophy perpetual trophy will go to the highest scoring single round in the Junior Hunters or Amateur Owner Hunters at either height Photo: Alden Corrigan Media

It’s so nice to be on the Grass Hunter Field, with a big crowd which great preparation for Derby Finals. We were waiting to see how well he did here today and whether to send him back to Kentucky next week, you never know, we just might go for it.

Center Court’s owner Kristen Hiller was also delighted with her seven-year-old horse in only his second Menlo Derby outing “Last year we just missed by a lead change, but this year he was awesome,” said Kristen “I live two blocks away, so Menlo is the horse show that I grew up going to and was always hoping that I would have a champion like Billy (Billy the Kid aka Center Court) he’s made Menlo very special very quickly.”

Blue Sky and Blue Ribbons for Mother and Daughter Team Hope and Avery Glynn on the First Day of the Menlo Charity Horse Show

August 10, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: General

Avery and Hope Glynn

Avery and Hope Glynn

ATHERTON, CA – August 10, 2016

Blue Sky and Blue Ribbons for Mother and Daughter Team Hope and Avery Glynn on the First Day of the Menlo Charity Horse Show

Hope Glynn is delighted to be back at the Menlo Charity Horse Show (MCHS). Although it has been several years since her last attendance, this has not been through choice, but due to the difficulties in scheduling the growing annual show circuit calendar; not only for themselves but also for the clients and horses in their program. The logistics getting to the USHJA International Hunter Derby Fails and Pre Green Incentive Championship in Kentucky have resulted in missing out on this historic event and the only opportunity in Northern California to show on the grass. This year Hope made a special effort to make it to Menlo, albeit for a short two days, she even brought her daughter Avery along for the ride.

Hope was quick to point out that in the few short years she has been away from MCHS she sees fantastic changes; dramatic improvements in the footing, beautiful new jumps in the Pony and 3’ Arena, far better scheduling providing shorter days; Open Hunters now taking place at the prime of the day not early evening. Praise was also given to Phil J. DeVita Jr. on his first year at Menlo Charity Horse Show in the new role this year as Technical Coordinator.

Hope Glynn and Lake of Stars

Hope Glynn and Lake of Stars

“I am really excited that Phil DeVita is part of the Menlo team. He is someone I’ve worked with many times in my life, and his positive attitude and care about the horses’ well being always makes for a good horse show.” Hope said.

While attending MCHS Hope has three horses arriving in Kentucky: Corriendo Tau and Full Circle both owned by Karen Trione for the Derby Finals and Kismet, owned by Sabrina Hellman for the Pre Green Championship. Hope is also catch-riding Speakeasy in the Pre-Greens for trainer Robin Waugaman and of course the Pony Finals will be under way.

In addition to the complexity and logistics, Hope wishes to support her client’s goal to attend the Capital Challenge Horse Show (CCHS) for the World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) Finals. Why does this add to the dilemma?

Hope explained, “The only shows in Northern California we have that are WCHR are Giant Steps and Menlo, knowing that was a goal and we would like them to compete in the Championship class there, so therefore I needed to start thinking about points and we were lucky enough to get in.”

Sabrina Hellman, owner of Hope First Year Green Hunter Lake of Stars supported the decision to bring him to show on the grass. Hope was excited to share that today was her first win at Menlo in the $350 First Year Green Working Hunter 3’6” class.

Not only is Hope considerate to the needs and requirements of her clients and their horses attending Capital Challenge she is also highly invested in the future of her assistant,

“I would really like Kylee to be able to compete at the Capital Challenge in the Developing Professional Challenge. It is a great class and a wonderful opportunity,” said Hope, “I know what a fantastic rider she is but its really important that the country knows what a fantastic rider she is; it’s good for me, it’s good for my business, and it’s good for her.”

Avery Glynn and Always Happy

Avery Glynn and Always Happy

Thoughtful and considerate come to mind in the way Hope manages her business, and her style of approach does not end when planning for her daughter Avery. Avery has been very successful this year on a fabulous pony named Always Happy, who is owned by Brooke Morin. Brooke kindly passed her pony on to Avery to ride when she moved up to Junior Hunters, this very kind gesture from a friend, just when Avery did not have a pony to ride, highlighted the importance of this special friendship, which also includes coming to support Avery when she competes. Avery and her pony garnered three blue ribbons on her first day of MCHS in the Medium/Large Pony Hunter classes and NorCal Pony Equitation Medal. Avery was delighted to tell us about the two Tiffany jewelry boxes that she received as prizes and how they will have a place of honor in her bedroom.

Hope commented on the wonderful sponsorship at Menlo (MCHS) and the wonderful volunteers who make everything possible, “I think of the support and the hours that the sponsors and volunteers put into the show is truly remarkable. I feel the community supports this event, and the event supports the community.”

Menlo Charity Horse Show is the biggest fundraiser in the year for the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and supports many in the community.

Attending the Pony Finals had been a hot topic of discussion in the Glynn Family home recently.

“We weren’t planning on bringing Avery and her pony here,” Hope explained, “we looked at the cost of shipping a pony back East, even with help from a lot of great friends who would help us out with training, layovers etc. you know when we looked at the budgeting for going for two weeks, we had to make a choice because we know Avery’s legs are getting longer, we know we are going to be in the market for a 3’6” horse soon and when we looked at the budget we had to say ok where could this money be best spent.”

Avery was quick to support her parent’s final decision, “I agree with my mom, I think it’s smarter to save the money, and this is a really nice show (MCHS) and I though it would be cool to come”

At the end of the day the decision was made not to attend the Pony Finals, but it was a win for MCHS as Avery got to show here. Avery, with her mom will now fly to support her friends at the Pony Finals and is taking along her camera to enhance her time spent cheering on her friends.

The biggest thing Hope and Avery work on is how do you handle yourself when things don’t go well, its normal to feel disappointed when things don’t go well. How do you channel that to turn it into a positive I think that is a game changer in this sport.

“It is easy to be happy and focused if everything goes well in the ring, but what happens when you biff the first fence? You have to get your focus back and try to win your second round, which I think is a much harder thing to do.”

Avery and Hope have a shared that the search will soon be on the search for her new 3’6” horse. Avery took the time to describe her new perfect partner, “I want one that would jump really big, but would also take care of me if I don’t make the right decision. I would like it to have just a little bit of energy, but where I don’t have to pull that much, because I like to feel like I can control my horse and not spooky.”

Avery is obviously a very smart young lady with a great horse sense. As we know the equestrian life involves a great deal of travel and it is no different for the Glynn’s. Avery attends her local Public School, she excels in Math and loves Art and Science. Avery took the time to share her school week, and she explained how the school supports her by giving her the Friday’s off to attend shows and on the longer trips, such as Thermal, they provide an Independent Study Packet. Avery also gets support from a tutor in Thermal. It was enlightening to hear children who compete in sports today can be supported by our schools.