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McLain Ward and Tina La Boheme Claim The New Albany Classic

September 26, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: General

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 McLain Ward and Tina La Boheme Claim The New Albany Classic

Event reaches $30 million raised for The Center for Family Safety and Healing

[New Albany, Ohio] September 25, 2016 – In a highly competitive field that included three Silver Medal-winning members of the United States Show Jumping Olympic team, McLain Ward and Tina La Boheme emerged from the group of 25 riders to claim the Authentic Cup and their share of the $125,000 prize money at the 19th annual New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day.  This marks the fourth win for Ward at The New Albany Classic (including 2004 on Goldika, 2011 on Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve, 2012 on Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve).

Photo: Curtis Wallis

Photo: Curtis Wallis

Founded and hosted by Abigail Wexner at her home in New Albany, Ohio, the FEI CSI 2* and USEF 5* rated competition drew over 15,000 attendees and generated more than $1.7 million to support family violence initiatives in central Ohio provided by The Center for Family Safety & Healing.

This year’s class was formidable, with 9 riders of the 25 combinations going clear over the Richard Jeffery designed course. The picturesque Ohio autumn day contributed to the great turnout and the crowd took every opportunity to appreciate the performance of the duos, cheering on the competitors as they navigated the course.  In a very tight finish, Ward of Brewster, New York emerged as the winner in a no fault finish aboard the 9 year old Selle Francais,Tina La Boheme, owned by McLain Ward and Arthur Hawkins.  The pair bested Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Breitling LS by 1.43 seconds. Shane Sweetnam and Chaqui Z finished third, with Leslie Howard and Gentille Van Spieveld in fourth and Andrew Bourns aboard CHS Inception in fifth, all clear in the jump off.  Kent Farrington was sixth with four faults on Gazelle.

“We were so honored to have three of the U.S. Olympic medal-winners here to compete and they certainly did not disappoint,” said Abigail Wexner upon conclusion of the grand prix. “It was another great day of show jumping in New Albany made even more gratifying because of the significant support generated to help families in central Ohio who need our attention. I’m so very proud of the enthusiastic participation of the riders and owners, as well as the results of our collective effort to provide a memorable day for families.”

 

Sean Kissane, groom to Tina La Boheme, was recognized with the Groom’s Award.  The complete class results are as follows:

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The 2017 New Albany Classic is scheduled for Sunday, September 24, 2017.

 

About The New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day

The New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix and Family Day CSI 2* presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co. took place on Sunday, September 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Wexner home in New Albany, Ohio. Annually, the event raises more than $1.7 million for The Center for Family Safety and Healing and features a lively country fair for families, Concert at The Classic presented by Justice, an ascena retail company, and an internationally-sanctioned show jumping competition among the world’s leading equestrians and their mounts competing for $125,000 in prize money. Since its inception, The Classic has raised nearly $30 million to support family violence initiatives in central Ohio.

About The Center for Family Safety and Healing

The Center for Family Safety and Healing fully addresses all aspects of family violence, including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. Our multidisciplinary team approach includes a one-stop, coordinated response to family violence for individuals and families through partnerships with law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, and a wide range of community resources along with an expanded forum for education, advocacy, and ongoing research. Partners include CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence, A member of the Lutheran Social Services, Columbus Division of Police Special Victims Bureau, Franklin County Children Services, Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, Nationwide Children’s Behavioral Health Services, and Nationwide Children’s Division of Child and Family Advocacy.

About JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) employs 19,000 people in Columbus and central Ohio, making it the region’s largest corporate employer. It is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

About Justice

Justice, a division of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ-ASNA), is the largest tween lifestyle specialty retailer in the world. Known as the premier destination for fashion-aware tweens, Justice provides the hottest fashion merchandise and accessories for tween girls, ages 7–14. Justice celebrates tween girls through an extraordinary experience of fashion and fun in an everything-for-her destination. Today, Justice operates over 950 stores throughout the United States and Canada, along with an international presence in Asia, Mexico, Latin America, and the Middle East. Visit shopjustice.com for store information and to shop online.

 

2016 Southeast Medal Finals wraps successful 5th year

September 26, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: General

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Media Inquiries: Angie Francalancia
The Connection Public Relations
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561-324-2412 cell
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla – The Jacksonville Equestrian Center was the setting for exciting competition as junior and adult riders from throughout the southeast and beyond competed in 2016 Southeast Medal Finals Sept. 16-18.
Top junior and amateur adult riders as well as up-and-comers competed in equitation, hunters and jumpers, many preparing to go on to the Southeast Regionals and indoors circuit. The 5th annual Southeast Medal Finals attracted riders from 15 states. For some, it was their first time competing in a coliseum.

Equitation Team Challenge winners, with Coach Leslie Terry

Equitation Team Challenge winners, with Coach Leslie Terry

“The 5th Annual Southeast Medal Finals was fantastic,” said show creator James Lala of Wellington, Florida. “We were happy to see riders and trainers who come out every year to compete are are understanding the mission and how it is a win-win-win for the riders, trainers, sanctioned shows and the Southeast Medal Finals! I was also pleased that we saw a number of new stables who loved the event and plan to return next year. It was really nice to see that the riders and trainers really liked the new events we introduced.”
This year’s new highlight event, the Equitation Team Challenge of the States, drew praise from trainers and riders as it provided an opportunity for top juniors and adults to compete in an equitation team format and to devise their own strategy for the win.
“I’m always about finding places that challenge in different ways,” said trainer Leslie Terry of Cornerstone Farm in Naples, who coached the winning equitation team. Winning the blue ribbon was the team of Reily Rieker, 22, of Jacksonville, McKenzie Kreilich, 15, of Naples, and Erika Jakobson, 14, of Boca Raton.
“Our strategy definitely worked having Erika go first,” Kreilich said. “She had to walk in, lay it down, and get a high score.” The strategy paid off handsomely as Jakobson, who trains under Jane Fennessy of Carriage Hill Farm, posted a first-round score of 90 and setting up the team for the win.
In the prestigious Southeast Junior Medal Finals, Phoebe Alwine of Delray Beach won first, Dominique Gonzalez of Ocala took second, and Camryn Halley of Oveido placed third. Alwine was in the lead after the first round, and held on through the final round.
The Southeast Hunter Finals Under Saddle Challenge presented an opportunity for winners from each of the hunter finals under saddle classes to test themselves against each other. Darby Madden, 15, of Winter Park, who had won a blue ribbon in the Essex Classics Low Children’s Hunter Finals, bested the field. Placing 2nd was Danica Pryce, and 3rd was Paige Moose. Madden, also took first in the GGT Footing Low Children’s Medal Finals.
In the jumper classes, John Angus of Fort Lauderdale had a great showing. He placed both 1st and 5th in the Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks Low Childrens/Adults Jumper Finals, and 3rd in the Wood Craft Solutions High Childrens/Adults Jumper Finals.
Complete results can be found at www.horseshowsonline.com

Selected Results:

Phoebe Alwin, winner Junior Medal Finals, with trainer Jane Fennessy

Phoebe Alwin, winner Junior Medal Finals, with trainer Jane Fennessy

EQUITATION FINALS
Equitation Team Challenge of the States: Gold: Reily Reiker, Erika Jakobson and McKenzie Kreilich; Silver: Sofia Carbone, Caroline Hudon, and Gracie Cammack; Bronze: Allison Postier, Dominique Gonzalez, and Sarah Brecher

Southeast Junior Medal Finals: Gold: Phoebe Alwin, (Trainer: Jane Fennessy), Silver: Dominique Gonzalez (Trainer: Terry Gonzalez); Bronze: Camryn Halley (Trainer: Laura Barrett-Gurtis)

The Riding Habit Adult Medal Finals: Gold: Fiamma Gonzalez-Perotti (Trainer: Karen Flynn), Silver: Reily Rieker (Trainer Kristal Tooma), Bronze: Alexandra Kulick (Trainer Stephanie Gingles)

Ovation Low Adult Medal Finals: Gold: Lindsey Williams (Trainer: Claudia Heath), Silver: Sabrina Schmidt (Trainer: Laura Barrett-Gurtis), Bronze: Daniella Vitale (Trainer: Danica Pryce)

GGT Footing Low Children’s Medal Finals: Gold: Darby Madden (Trainer: Steven Hawkins), Silver: Shira Hadar (Trainer: Peggy Thorndyke), Bronze: Kaci Loveland (Trainer: Jane Fennessy)

Global Horse Transport Pony Medal Finals: Gold: Paige Moose (Trainer: Richard Matthews), Silver: Samantha Palermo (Trainer: Steven Hawkins)

Southeast Children’s Pony Medal Finals: Gold: Savannah Strasberg (Trainer: Steven Hawkins), Silver: Mary Mac Illges (Trainer: Andrea Duffy), Bronze: Meghan Lynch (Trainer: Kristal Tooma)

Darby Madden and Dhirector  , winner Hunter Finals Under Saddle Challenge

Darby Madden and Dhirector , winner Hunter Finals Under Saddle Challenge

HUNTER FINALS
Southeast Hunter Finals Under Saddle Challenge: Gold: Darby Madden riding Dhirector (Owner: Stacey Madden, Trainer: Steven Hawkins), Silver: Daniella Pryce riding Ricochet (Owner: Daniella Vitale, Trainer Danica Pryce), Bronze: Paige Moose riding Masterpiece (Owner: Paige Moose, Trainer: Richard Matthews)

AG Equestrian Junior Hunter Finals: Gold: Dominique Gonzalez riding Ingo De Kalvarie (Owner: T.M. Hills Farm International Corp., Trainer: Terry Gonzalez); Silver: Dominique Gonzalez riding Euro D’Hyrencourt (Owner: Wadsworth Equestrian, Trainer: Terry Gonzalez), Bronze: Alanna Geoffroy riding Voka D.N. (Owner: Comfortside Farm, Trainer: Allison Campbell)

Southeast Amateur Owner Hunter Finals: Gold: Alexis Martin riding Budweis’czar (Owner: Alexis Martin, Trainer: Andrea Duffy), Silver: Alexandra Kulick riding Purple Encore (Owner: Alexandra Kulick, Trainer Stephanie Gingles)

Tenney’s Custom Saddlery Children’s Hunter Finals: Gold: Leah Rodman riding Cartoon (Owner: Anna Feldman, Trainer: Karen Flynn), Silver: Emmanuelle Greenberg riding Vermeer (Owner: Pumpkin’s Patch Farm, Trainer: Jane Fennessy), Bronze: Sara White riding Lexington (Owner: Zoe Reardon, Trainer: Vivianne Marzullo)

Van Dell Equestrain Jewelry Adult Hunter Finals: Gold: Alexandra Carroll riding Chinchino (Owner: Alexandra Carroll, Trainer: Taryn Adamy); Silver: Linda Long riding Amoroso Z (Owner: Long’s Stable, Trainer: Gretchen Arndt), Bronze: Allyson Hall riding Chimay Rouge (Owner: Allyson Hall, Trainer Katie Young)

Essex Classics Low Children’s Hunter Finals: Gold: Nicole Yunick riding Invictus (Owner: Nicole Yunick, Trainer Claire Lee), Silver: Taylor Guasti riding Penny’s Portrait (Owner: Taylor Guasti, Trainer: Michele Blair), Bronze: Taylor Estes riding Patent Pending (Owner Peggy Fuller, Trainer: Claire Lee)

Southeast Low Adult Hunter Finals: Gold: Danica Pryce riding Ricochet (Owner: Daniella Vitale, Trainer Danica Pryce), Silver: Reily Reiker riding It’s Kosher (Owner: Reily Reiker, Trainer Kristal Tooma), Bronze: Sabrina Schmidt riding The Only Exception (Owner: Katie Rudnick, Trainer: Laura Barrett-Gurtis)

Long Creek Farms Pony Hunter Finals: Gold: Samantha Palermo riding Neptune (Trainer: Steven Hawkins), Silver: Emma Arnhols riding Home Aroan (Owner: Emma Arnhols, Trainer: Karen Flynn), Bronze: Paige Moose riding Artwork (Owner: Paige Moose, Trainer: Richard Mathews)

Peterson Bernard Children’s Pony Hunter Finals: Gold: Sophia Ibanez riding Spilt Milk (Owner: Sophia Ibanez, Trainer Vivianne Marzullo), Silver: Savannah Strasberg riding Sugarbrook Game Plan (Owner: Savannah Strasberg, Trainer: Steven Hawkins), Bronze: Clara Schor riding Donatella (Owner: Pam Livecchi, Trainer: Michele Blair)

JUMPER FINALS
Southeast Junior Jumper Finals: Gold: Dominique Gonzalez riding Coca II (Trainer: Terry Gonzalez)

Woodcraft Solutions High Children’s/Adult’s Jumper Finals: Gold: Katherine Weisenmiller riding Paramo (Owner: KMW Ponies, Trainer: Keith Powell), Silver: Amy Nelson riding Popstar (Owner: Amy Nelson, Trainer Clair Lee), Bronze: John Angus riding Nine to Five (Owner: Stephanie Angus, Trainer: John Angus)

Boy-O-Boy Bridleworks Low Children’s/Adult’s Jumper Finals: Gold: John Angus riding Vertigo (Owner: Stephanie Angus, Trainer: John Angus) Silver: Rachel Rolfs riding Lost My Sok (Owner: Katiea Vargas, Trainer Katiea Vargas), Bronze: Sara Takacs riding Maxim Marcos (Owner: Sarah Takacs, Trainer: Janie Reinhard)

Southeast Medal Finals Fact Sheet
WHAT: A finals show offering a special end of season culmination and finals that is more attainable for everyone.
WEBSITE: http://wwwsoutheastmedalfinals.com
PRIZE LIST: http://www.southeastmedalfinals.com/#!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.
HIGHLIGHTS:
• 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
SPONSORS:
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

CONTACT:
James Lala 561-906-6668, jdlala@aol.com
Alexis Newman 904-993-2053, SEmedalFinals@gmail.com

BENEFICIARY:
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 http://www.kidscancersf.org.

2016 Southeast Medal Finals kicks off at Jacksonville Equestrian Center

September 17, 2016 By: maryhaley Category: General

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Media Inquiries: Angie Francalancia
The Connection Public Relations
561-837-3251 office
561-324-2412 cell
angie@theconnectionpr.com

Prizes Victoria DeMore Photography

Prizes
Victoria DeMore Photography

JACKSONVILLE, Fla Sept. 16, 2016 – The 2016 Southeast Medal Finals kicked off Friday at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center with athletes from nine states prepared to compete in hunters, jumpers, and equitation.
The 5th Annual Southeast Medal Finals promised a great weekend of competition for equestrians at every skill level. On Friday, wild card and warm-up classes began in the outdoor ring under a cloudless blue sky and indoors in the coliseum.
Athletes from 13 states throughout the Southeast, plus New York and New Jersey, were registered to compete in one of more than 20 finals. True to his reputation, Southeast Medal Finals creator James Lala has introduced 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. Other new events for 2016 include the Children’s Hunter Pony Finals and Children’s Pony Medal Finals. Lala has reintroduced the World Cup format in the Jumper Finals with a first round speed class.

Emilio ridden by Olivia Albright Victoria DeMore Photography

Emilio ridden by Olivia Albright
Victoria DeMore Photography

Southeast Medal Finals welcomed guests and volunteers from the event’s charity, Kids Cancer Foundation. Proceeds from a silent auction filled with equestrian gear, apparel, jewelry and art, as well as the raffle of a custom jump will benefit Kids Cancer Foundation.
On opening day, twelve jumpers posted clean rounds in the warm-up and wild card classes, giving them the qualifier for their respective jumper finals if they had not qualified previously. And nearly 40 hunters earned marks of 70 or higher in the warm up and wild card classes, earning those riders entry into their respective finals. That included Siena London of Tierra Verde, Florida, and Casira, whose round earned a blue ribbon.
“She’s a great mare,” said London, who trains with Debbie Stevens at Centennial Farms in Palmetto. “Going around the course, she was really working and listening to all my cues. It was the kind of round where you come out and just go, ‘yeah!’

Casira ridden by Siena London Victoria DeMore Photography

Casira ridden by Siena London
Victoria DeMore Photography

“This is my first time in an indoors and first time at the Southeast Medal Finals,” said 14-year-old London, who has been competing for 5 years. “I’m really, really excited and very impressed with the show.” Tomorrow we have the Tenney’s Children’s Hunter Finals, and hopefully I’ll qualify for the Equestrian Challenge of the States. Then on Sunday, we have the Junior Medal Finals.”

Southeast Medal Finals Fact Sheet
WHAT: A finals show offering a special end of season culmination and finals that is more attainable for everyone.
WEBSITE: http://wwwsoutheastmedalfinals.com
PRIZE LIST: http://www.southeastmedalfinals.com/#!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.
HIGHLIGHTS:
• 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
SPONSORS:
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

CONTACT:
James Lala 561-906-6668, jdlala@aol.com
Alexis Newman 904-993-2053, SEmedalFinals@gmail.com

BENEFICIARY:
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 http://www.kidscancersf.org.