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34th annual “Jump for the Children’ hosts two weeks of show jumping competition and raises funds for therapy dog research

August 29, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: General

2016 GP winner- Brooke Kemper riding Classified, courtesy of Anne Gittins photography

The 34th annual ‘Jump for the Children’ Horse Show, benefiting Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center, is thrilled to be hosting TWO WEEKS of Premier rated hunters and international level show jumping at the Gov. James B. Hunt Horse Complex, 4601Trinity Road, Raleigh NC 27607: ‘Jump for the Children I, Nov. 8-12 and ‘Jump for the Children’ II, Nov. 15-19, 2017.  ‘Jump for the Children’ is the longest continuously-held, annual fund raiser for Duke Children’s, raising over $1.9 million for the hospital and health center to date.  While ‘Jump for the Children’ has always supported research and patient treatment at Duke Children’s, 10% of show proceeds in 2017 will go to research seeking empirical proof that therapy dogs reduce anxiety and the need for sedation in child patients.

“Duke Children’s could not continue its mission of providing world-class care for children without the support of events like ‘Jump for the Children,’” stated Amy Deshler, senior executive director of Duke Children’s Development. “Proceeds from the event will aid our physicians and researchers in their work to treat and understand the medical conditions our young patients are fighting.”

2013 $10,000 Welcome Stake and 2016 $50,000 Duke Children’s Grand Prix winner, Brooke Kemper- with her thirteen year old, American bred Holsteiner/Thoroughbred cross, Classified- plans to return this fall to defend her titles.  The daughter of a professional horsewoman, Kemper started her riding career as a toddler on ponies in Harrisonburg Virginia.  In addition to North Carolina, Kemper’s career include wins in Florida, Mississippi, Kentucky,  Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Her Shadow Pond Stables in Culpepper VA boasts 15 show horses belonging to Kemper and her clients.

Her first year competing at ‘Jump for the Children’ in 2013, she received the Max Bonham Sportsmanship trophy-  a much coveted honor bestowed by fellow competitors.  In addition to her love of the show for the charity work it supports, its extraordinary community involvement, its exemplary hospitality, and its coliseum full of cheering jumper fans, Kemper has a sentimental and personal reason that ‘Jump for the Children’ holds a favorite place on her show calendar.

Kemper says, “I decided to show that first year in 2013 in part because my uncle and aunt lived in Chapel Hill.  My aunt was in the hospital with a serious illness.  When I inquired about the possibility of accommodations for them at the Saturday night Grand Prix, show officials Ralph Alfano and Vinnie Card went all out to welcome them.  They provided car-to-coliseum golf cart transport and seated my uncle and aunt in the most comfortable seats, with the best view of the arena, at a table reserved only for show officials.  That night was the only time my aunt ever got to see me ride and the last time she left the house before passing away.”

Show highlights include

$10,000 Duke Welcome Jumper Stake, Thurs. Nov. 9, 6:00 p.m.

KID FUN & Stick Horse Race:  Fri. Nov. 10, 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

$10,000 USHJA (United States Hunter Jumper Association) International Hunter Derby Fri. Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m.

$50,000 Duke Children’s Grand Prix I, Sat. Nov. 11, 7:00 p.m.  Watch the best riders on the East Coast compete for $50,000 in prize money in international caliber showing jumping.  Admission $10 per person, children under 10 free.  Box office opens at 4:30 p.m.

$10,000 Duke Welcome Jumper Stake, Thurs. Nov. 16, 6:00 p.m.

KID FUN & Stick Horse Model:  Fri. Nov. 17, 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

$10,000 USHJA (United States Hunter Jumper Association) National Hunter Derby Fri. Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m.

$50,000 Duke Children’s Grand Prix II, Sat. Nov. 18, 7:00 p.m.  Watch the best riders on the East Coast compete for $50,000 in prize money in international caliber showing jumping.  Admission $10 per person, children under 10 free.  Box office opens at 4:30 p.m.

 

WOW! JENNI MCALLISTER DOES IT AGAIN IN THE $40,000 COORS FAMILY CHARITY GRAND PRIX! Comly, Patterman and Williams Triumph During Grand Prix De Santa Fe Week at the Santa Fe Summer Series

August 15, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: General

What a close to an incredible week at HIPICO’ Santa Fe’s 2017 Santa Fe Summer Series!  Cool mornings and gorgeous New Mexico skies were the perfect backdrop for the final week of top show jumping, fine art, phenomenal fashion, and so much fun!

Jenni McAllister took the the top honor in the final $40,000 Kathy & Brad Coors Grand Prix, riding the beautiful gray mare, Legis Venice, owned by Legis Equine.  “We’re very excited and always love coming to HIPICO Santa Fe. We feel like we’re part of the family and really appreciate the vision HIPICO has.  The course design is second to none.  Thank you to all involved – especially the Coors family for sponsoring this Grand Prix.  The team at HIPICO always make us feel like superstars.”   Jenni’s husband and trainer, Steve McAllister, echoed Jenni’s sentiments about HIPICO’s Summer Series.  “The whole horse industry talks about how HIPICO has the right idea.  They have the vision and put the horse first and the exhibitor second. “We’re believers,” McAllister continued,  “In today’s world, everyone needs more positive thinking.  Jenni and I and our whole team know ’we can do it’  – and we do. The atmosphere at HIPICO is also ‘can do’. I am very proud of this whole team.”

Colleen Acosta of Showtime Farm took second place on Himini, owned by Evalyn Grace, LLC. followed by McAllister’s second mount, Sweet Chocolate PJ, owned by Viksberg Sateri ABGuy McElvain’s entry Wallstreet RC took the fouth place ribbon, trained and ridden by Chenoa McElvain of Rancho Corazon.

HIPICO Santa Fe is very grateful to Diamond Sponsors, The Kathy & Brad Coors Family, for making this showjumping tradition possible.  The Grand Prix de Santa Fe is a is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting, advancing and showcasing the equestrian community of New Mexico. Since it’s inception in 2004, the Grand Prix de Santa Fe has generated more than $150,000 for local and regional nonprofit organizations serving at-risk children and equines, as well as land and cultural preservation.

SANTA FE SUMMER SERIES BRAD AND KATHY COORS FAMILY

$40,000 GRAND PRIX

Place Horse Owner Rider Rd 1

Time

Rd. 1 Flts JO Time JO Flts
1 LEGIS VENICE LEGISEQUINE.COM JENNI MCALLISTER 82.315 0 37.703 0
2 HIMINI EVALYN GRACE, LLC. COLLEEN ACOSTA 83.814 0 38.873 0
3 SWEET CHOCOLATE PJ VIKSBERG SATERI AB JENNI MCALLISTER 79.849 0 38.595 4
4 WALLSTREET RC GUY MCELVAIN CHENOA MCELVAIN 85.66 2
5 TRISTAN ERIC LAMON AMANDA COMLY 80.397 4
6 UTOPIK LOUISE PLANK CHARLIE CARREL 80.605 4
7 CAPRICELLO 2 DS HOLDINGS, LLC FRANK OWENS 82.540 4
8 CAYLEE PCH KRISTIN BUCHANAN NICKI WILCOX 87.1044 4
9 J.E.S. QUITO NICKI WILCOX NICKI WILCOX 87.543 4
10 OTARD CHESTNUT EQUESTRIAN JENNI MCALLISTER 84.28 5
11 S&L SHOE GURU DS HOLDINGS, LLC. WHITNEY OWENS 86.8843 7
12 CAPITANO TKO PARTNERSHIP TRAPP O’NEAL 79.1002 8

Before the jump-off on Sunday, the crowd enjoyed a special treat – The Miniature Donkey Puissance!  The high-jump competition featured Hipi and Little Breeches – each showing beautiful jumping form as the jump was raised through the competition.  The two jennies were head to head until a refusal from Little Breeches.  Hipi continued to go even higher – demonstrating great jumping aptitude.  Next year – she might have a career in the meters!

Hipi and Little Breeches were a gift to Guy McElvain on his 50th birthday from his daughter, Chenoa. When he was 5 years old, Guy had a pet donkey whom he named Cinnamon Beauty, whom  he loved and he always wanted another one. Now he has Hipi and Little Breeches, who split their time between HIPICO Santa Fe and the Ranch in Lemitar.  The little Jennies survived a coyote attack this year and are the favorite companions of Grand Prix stallion, Wallstreet RC in the barn.

Two special Circuit Awards were presented on the final day of the Santa Fe Summer Series. The 2017 Stable of the Year Award honors the trainer and barn that excels both on the field, and in their adherence to show protocol, throughout the Santa Fe Summer Series.  Caroline Invicta Stevenson and Invicta Farms were the first to receive this honor, during the $40,000 Grand Prix de Santa Fe, the final Grand Prix of the 2017 Santa Fe Summer Series .  Not only did Invicta Farms deliver a successful Series, bringing home many championships through the circuit, Caroline continues to bring dignity to our sport.  Always courteous and conscientious, she demonstrates kindness to other competitors as well as to our show staff, even under pressure.   Thank you, Caroline and Invicta, for your support of HIPICO Santa Fe.  You inspire us t o keep kindness and civility a priority while we work to acheive our goals!

The Heart of the Horse Award was created by the McElvain family in honor of 5 horses who perished in a trailer fire in 2009. It has been given each year to the horse and rider combination scoring the most points during the entire Summer Series.  This Award honors all of the wonderful animals in our lives.  This year’s winner is Carrick and rider Jessica Harries.  Carrick is owned by Kathleen Rose and Dylan Harries of JNL Stables is the trainer.  Congratulations on a stellar 2017 Summer Series!

On Friday of Grand Prix de Santa Fe Week, Amanda “Happy” Comly graced us with her mega-watt smile as she won the final Santa Fe Summer Series Welcome Stake. Riding her new mount, Clock-wise CSH, Happy told us, “My horses love this weather!”  Like all of us, Happy felt wistful about the close of  the Series – “We don’t want it to end – but we are excited for 2018. HIPICO is so nice and gorgeous.  Next year I’m going to get my entries in real early to be safe.  From what I’m hearing, I think next year is going to be twice the size!”

SANTA FE SUMMER SERIES $7500 WELCOME STAKE
Place Horse Owner Rider Rd. 1

Time

Rd. 1 Flts JO TIme JO Flts
1 CLOCK-WISE CSH AMANDA COMLY AMANDA COMLY 79.189 0 43.637 0
2 CAYLEE PCH KRISTIN BUCHANAN NICKI WILCOX 84.66 0 46.290 0
3 OTARD CHESTNUT EQUESTRIAN JENNI MCALLISTER 85.650 0 47.242 0
4 LEGIS VENICE LEGISEQUINE.COM JENNI MCALLISTER 81.712 0 43.912 8
5 CHELSEA FREDERICO DANERS FREDERICO DANERS 87.04 2
6 MULLENTINE IMPERIAL AMANDA COMLY AMANDA COMLY 79.300 4
7 HIMINI EVALYN GRACE, LLC. COLLEEN ACOSTA 81.370 4
8 CRACK DE MUZE CARSON GRISHAM COLLEEN ACOSTA 81.564 4

The $2,500 USHJA Hunter Derby was held on Friday, August 12th, with a big win for Hannah Pattermann. Riding Sharon McElvain’s Cesars Crack, Patterman piloted the stunningly handsome gelding in two beautiful rounds – a 90 and 89 – besting last week’s Hunter Derby winner, Jenni McAllister on Charly Oboliensky, who finished second. Pattermann’s mother was visiting HIPICO Santa Fe from Wisconsin – perfect timing to see her daughter’s well-executed rounds. Ms. Pattermann shared how Hannah started riding western at the age of 7 before turning to jumping two years later. Clearly a good decision! Trainer, Chenoa McElvain told us, “Hannah has been working for Rancho Corazon for the past year and it was a pleasure to offer her this opportunity.  We couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”

Congratulations to Sharon, Hannah, and Rancho Corazon!  Sharon describes Ceasar as her favorite horse to ride out on the trail at home on the ranch. And look how Caesar loves the camera!

Erin Murphy and MTM Top That edged out Mike Elmore for third. Elmore’s exciting ride showcased how close the competition can be – as standings change rapidly. Carey Corlew Bhalla’s Alciboades notched a 4th place after being in the lead merely minutes earlier.  Standings aren’t the only thing that changed for Elmore, who moved this week from Albuquerque, NM to just down the road in Arroyo Hondo.  He hasn’t even settled his new barn yet – but performed beautifully throughout the Series.

“This show managed to keep all the wonderful aspects of last year and make them even better,” Elmore, who has been with HIPICO since its inception, told us. “The grass footing is in better shape than ever and the course is challenging. The VIP tent is so welcoming and the food is great.  It’s just a wonderful atmosphere. HIPICO keeps raising the bar. Even the Community Show is a great standard in our sport.”

$2,500 USHJA INTERNATIONAL HUNTER DERBY
Place Horse Owner Rider Trainer Score
1 CESARS CRACK GUY MCELVAIN HANNAH PATTERMANN CHENOA MCELVAIN 179
2 CHARLY OBOLIENSKY JENNI MCALLISTER JENNI MCALLISTER JENNI MCALLISTER 177
3 MTM TOP THAT ERIN MURPHY ERIN MURPHY ERIN MURPHY 169.5
4 ALCIBIADES CAREY CORLEW BHALLA MIKE ELMORE MIKE ELMORE 169
5 WINTER WHITE ELIZABETH STORK COLLEEN ACOSTA COLLEEN ACOSTA 166.5
6 RIO’S FIORELLA ELLEN MURPHY ELLEN MURPHY ERINN MURPHY 166
7 5280 PHOENIX SOPHIE ONODY SOPHIE ONODY MARK MEAD 164
8 CACOLA DEBORAH ORENT MARK MEAD MARK MEAD 150
9 LONDON FOG LISA PIASECKI STEPHANIE GERSHON STEPHANIE GERSHON 149
10 DURGIN PARK HENRIETTA HALL SARAH INVICTA WILLIAMS CAROLINE INVICTA STEVENSON 146.5
11 SUPER CZAR JAMIE ESSIG JAMIE ESSIG ERIN MURPHY 146
12 MAN ON THE MOON ERIN CHRISTIANSEN ERIN CHRISTIANSEN FRANCES OLSON 130.5

The All-in-One Jackpot Grand Prix, HIPICO Santa Fe’s unique class, invites jumpers of varying heights to compete together in one fun class, took place on Saturday. The last week of the series saw the largest field of competitors – 34 riders jumped fences ranging in height from a 1 to 1.40. Marlo WIlliams rode into the winner’s circle with a clear round at 1.20 m on Lux Like Clover. Trainers Gianna Aycock and Colby Coltrain said, “Lux jumped great – better than ever on this grass field, which is a treat for us!  Lux is from Ireland she and loves the grass. We have had such a great time and look forward to next year.” Lux Like Clover’s talent was on display again Sunday as Marlo Williams partnered with the speedy mare to win the High/Low Jr/AO Jumper Classic. Amanda Comly rode C2 Vitesse, owned by Catteeuw Chantal for second place and Nicki Wilcox took third on Kristin Buchanan’s Quickly.  A great time was had by all in this competitive field of talent.

The final championship of the Wiener Races did not disappoint, after a record number of entries and supporters who lined the track rail. Sponsors, Stephanie and Cameron Richards were on hand to enjoy the doggie antics!  Among the standouts were dachsund newcomers on their maiden run, #9 T.G., a dapple who is eight and trains every day for 2 miles on greenbelt space in Eldorado, #5 Lita, a Santa Fe based piebald who is very focused mentally, owing to her trainer’s generous inspiration of treats…and more treats.  Other notables included #13 Oliver who trains in dog school in Chimayo and is in charge of squirrel hunting on 4 and a half acres.

Special recognition goes to # 6 who refused to enter the starting block because he was more interested in doing the “Gator Dance” he no doubt learned from his owner demonstrating college dance moves.

Then there was local favorite, Kenny Rogers, a rescue chihuahua who works “back of house” in the HIPICO Lounge. Kenny had been practicing in the early dawn hours to avoid other trainers who might try to duplicate his regimen.  Credit goes to 9 year old twins Ella and Julia on Team Kenny, who coached Kenny for the past few weeks. He did not disappoint – performing a flawless and difficult serpentine free style pattern – even though it had little to do with the actual finish line.

In the end, it was Austin Powers, known to his friends as “Porky” who triumphed in the first heat for the third week in a row!  Porky and his mom, Sharon McElvain, take their speed training very seriously, with winning results. The second heat was dominated by rescue dog, Jemma Veenstra, of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jemma was the poster child for the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. She was rescued from a municipal shelter in Los Angeles, brought to Santa Fe, where she recovered from a badly broken leg, surgically repaired by the wonderful Dr. Snook. Jemma found her permanent home with Annie Veenstra two years ago.  In the mixed breed race, it was Lily Invicta – again!  Lily now prefers to be addressed as “Champion Lily,” and is ignoring her mom, Sarah Invicta Williams, when addressed without her new title.  Sarah adopted Lily almost 10 years ago when she was an unwanted dog.  “I said I would take her and thought she would be a good companion for my mom’s dog, Lulu,” Williams told us.  “Well, one night with Lulu and it was over – they’ve pretty much hated each other ever since!”  Both Lulu and Lily help train at Invicta Farms, and maintain a healthy competition for “Queen Bee”.

Special appreciation to the Richards family and to Volunteer Race Manager, Geri Eigenberger, whose dedication raised over $300 for the New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding and brought so many people together for the love of Wiener dogs!  Thank you to Santa Fe businesses Marty’s Meals, Critters & Me and Tulliver’s who  provided baskets full of treats and toys for the winners each week. In the Championship Races, Corrales Mercantile provided gift baskets with a total value of $500 for the winners of the three heats.  Thank you Corrales Mercantile!

Rancho Corazon’s team, lead by Head Groom, Ulises Rubio and including Pedro Antillion Jr. and Gustavo Gomez, was recognized as Groom of the Week for the Hunter Derby winner Hannah Pattermann. Hunter Rider of the Week was Colleen Acosta, picked unanimously by the hunter judges. Amanda Comly was selected as the Jumper Rider of the Week. Trainer of the Week was Nicki WIlcox of NW Showjumping. Grooming for Jenni McAllister, Sydney Pleiss was recognized as Groom of the Week for the winning Grand Prix rider.

Youth ruled the day at this final Children Adult Jumper Classic. John Gilpin, who won again aboard Sampras, “just may be the top children’s jumper in America,” stated the announcer as John took the blue.  “John has only been riding for a year”, said his Dad.  “He started schooling his sister’s horse when she injured her shoulder and couldn’t ride.”  The rest is history.  “I love riding on grass.  I’ve never shown on it before.”  His trainer, Coleen Acosta, whole heartedly agrees about John’s bright future.

Second place went to Dr. Guy Hodgson on Eton Royal 1916, one of three young horses Guy rides in competition.  “I’m not expecting to win, but just to give the younger horses some experience as part of their training.  My young mare didn’t know what to do when she first saw the triple combination; but the next time, she sailed right through!  At 5, I think she is the youngest horse here in the Summer Series.”

Lauren Bloss, riding Glamour, took first place in the Children’s Hunter Classic.  Lauren trains with Meredith Houx Remiger of Sandia Farm.  Lauren hails from El Paso.  She has been riding Glamour with Meredith for only two months and will continue to come to New Mexico to train on weekends, once school starts.  “HIPICO is only Lauren’s third show.  And, this is her birthday as well.” What a way to celebrate!

Another familiar winners circle exhibitor, Marlo Williams of Dallas took first place in the HI/Lo combined $5,000.  “What can I say…she was perfect”’ said Marlo of her mount Looks Like Clover. “Marlo had the only clear round in the class,” noted her trainers Gianna Aycock and Colby Coultrain of StoryBook Sport Horses.

Annette Peterfly, who trains with Invicta Farms, exemplifies our exhibitor’s dedication to horses.  She took time to talk about her history with hunters while on her mount, Lettuce Prey. “I don’t really rescue horses; I just find those that need a second chance.  Some are not sound and do not pass vet checks. I take time and figure out what’s wrong – either emotionally or physically – or both and bring them back to competition.” Annette lives south of Chama where she continues her important work. She has given second chances to so many great horses that she stopped counting at 11.  Wonderful work, Annette!

Each week, the HIPICO WORKHORSE of the Week is awarded to a HIPICO Workforce team member who particularly shines during the week. This is difficult to choose as all of the team are amazing! This week’s winner is Andreas John de Leyer “AJ”.  AJ comes from a long line of expert horsemen.  AJ really knows his business, from the ground up.  He not only works as jump crew, he is a whipper-in his father’s hunt rides, trains, breaks, and shows as well. Thank you AJ for your incredible hard work, dedication to the team and for exemplifying a generosity of spirit for the HIPICO Santa Fe workforce.

A special thank you to our Show Manager, Patrick Rodes of Southbound Show Management for another wonderful year of show jumping competition.

In the Closing Ceremony of the Santa Fe Summer Series, the HIPICO flag was lowered to Dale Evan’s ‘Happy Trails.’  We wish Happy Trails to all of our treasured sponsors, exhibitors, grooms, vendors and spectators!  What a show season!  We cannot wait to welcome you all back next year!
THANK YOU 2017 SPONSORS ~ WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU!

 RESERVE YOUR STALLS AND TABLES FOR 2018!

Welcome Week July 18 – 22
Sonrisa Week July 25 – 29
Fiesta Week August 1 – 5
Grand Prix de Santa Fe August 8 – 12

The HIPICO VIP Lounge in 2017 was completely sold out, so be sure and plan ahead! Email us at info@hipicosantafe.com.

THE SANTA FE SUMMER SERIES RUNS JULY 18 – AUGUST 12, 2018

HIPICO Santa Fe is New Mexico’s premier venue for equestrian events.  HIPICO Santa Fe is committed to providing the very best in equestrian competition and an extraordinary show experience for our human and equine athletes, as well as our treasured sponsors, owners, vendors and spectators. The full service equestrian facility features enhanced, all-weather footing in competition arenas, beautiful grass rings, designated horse-only bridle paths, and miles of trail riding on adjacent public lands. It is located in the world-class tourist destination, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

It Was A Classic Sunday On The Sixth And Final Day Of The Iconic Menlo Charity Horse Show

August 14, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: General

Kaitlin Lovingfoss finished 1st on Triumph, 3rd on Easy Time in the $2500 Strideaway Peterson 3’6″ Jr. Hunter Classic
Photo: Alden Corrigan Media

ATHERTON, CA – August 13, 2017

The competition was stiff in the $2,500 Strideaway/Peterson 3’6” Junior Hunter Classic in the Grass Hunter Ring with a field of 16 entries. In the end, it would be Kaitlyn Lovingfoss and Triumph leading the victory gallop after two hotly contested rounds. Katherine Dash and Everglow followed on her heels to take second and Kaitlyn also took home third on Easy Time.

Winners of the $2500 Strideaway Peterson 3’6″ Jr Hunter Classic Triumph and Kaitlyn Lovingfoss
Photo: Alden Corrigan Media

Reflecting on the class Kaitlyn explained. “Triumph is owned by Emma and Rebecca Farber and I have been riding him for the past month. He has been a pleasure to ride, and he was Regional Champion at the Junior Hunter Finals and the Small 15 and under. This is my second year at Menlo Charity Horse Show. I just love being here. It is such a lovely change in venue, with amazing prizes and a great experience riding in the grass fields.”

Nancy Hey of Strideaway Farms and the Peterson Family sponsored the classic. “I love watching the Hunters go on the grass.” exclaimed Nancy, “My daughter has jumped here since she was a Junior and I hope my grandchildren will go on the grass eventually, but they are still too small at the moment. I love the Menlo Show, and I serve on the committee. I work on the Tuesday and Saturday night dinners. I am grateful to Ann and Erin for all the help they give me.”

Erin Peterson and her mother Ann Peterson are co-sponsors of the class. “My mother has loved coming to the show every single year. Erin explained. “We love attending and watching the horses on the grass arenas.” The show also has significance to Nancy as she is legally blind and with the funds raised supporting Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Winner of the $1,000 Trick or Treat Children’s Hunter Classic NAL Siri & Bailey Rose with an impromptu jump added to the victory gallop
Photo: Alden Corrigan Media

The Trick or Treat Children’s Hunter Classic winner’s sash was awarded to Baily Rose and Siri who produced two beautiful rounds scoring and 81 in the first and an 81.5 in the second to a final score of 162.5. “I was a little bit nervous and I did not want to think about the scores, if I think about that it usually goes wrong as I start to worry. Siri is so perfect we got he when he was a sale horse and I fell in love with him. I then took him to Junior Hunter Finals; it was my first year, and I did not win anything, but that does not matter. He is so sweet and will do anything for me. I want to thank my mom Rainie, Sherrie Rose and Nick Haness. They all brought me here, helped school the horse and got me to the ring.”

MCHS Committee member Melissa Freeman and Trick-or-Treat Classic sponsor Gail Morey
Photo: Alden Corrigan Media

Unknown to Baily there was a lovely coincidence happening, which would touch them all. Gail Morey and her twin sister Sara Jorgensen now sponsor the class following in the footsteps of their parents. “The class was originally sponsored by my parents, it was done on a deal with Betsy Glikbarg, where my father supported one of her causes which was Menlo Circus Club and she in turn supported one of his causes, the Children’s Health Council. Trick or Treat was our Junior Hunter and my older sister Robin showed him as well way back in the 70’s. His barn name was Tantrum and Tommy Lowe was our trainer. Her mother and grandmother train Bailey and Tommy Lowe is family to them…. they did not realize today that Tommy was Trick or Treat’s only trainer, so after the class there were lots of tears and they called Tommy to tell him Bailey had won the classic. “ Gail explained

In the Grass Jumper Field the $7,500 Charlebois Farm 1.20m Junior/Amateur Modified Jumper Classic was taking place. 25 riders contended for the top spot, and in the end it was Sydney Shelby and Colt 45 heading to the winner’s circle. “Colt 45 is leased by us from Cody and Ulea, this has been his first year back after having a year off and his owners went back to Europe. We love him. He has been phenomenal and has been so good for me. This is my first year doing Jumpers at Menlo and I am delighted, it’s wonderful here.” Said Sydney.

Winner of the 1.20m Modified Jr-Am Jump Classic Sponsored by Charlebois Farm Colt 45 Sydney Shelby
Photo: Alden Corrigan Media

John Charlebois, sponsor of the class talked about MCHS. “Menlo Charity Horse Show is a tradition in Northern California. The entire Silicon Valley gives the event tremendous support. Parents, friends and family come out to see this horse show, and it really helps the horse industry and Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  It’s an event that every child and adult that has ridden with me has aspired to show here.  It’s a great event for so many reasons…

We’re pretty serious about showing at Menlo.  We went to Bend, Oregon for two weeks to compete on the grass so our horses were better prepared for what we consider to be the most important (and special) event of the year.”

John explained why he supports the 1.20m Modified Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic that bears his name and signature Charleobois Farm jump “They are all great classes, but I love the Amateurs and Juniors, so my wife and I thought this classic would be a nice one to support, so we have done it almost every year.  I have Hunters here as well but we wanted to support the Jumper division.”

John shared his sentiments about the Menlo Charity Horse Show “This show has done so much for so many people. Menlo is the gold standard (in my opinion) for horse shows in Northern California. It’s just a fabulous horse show, and Charlebois Farm is proud to be part of it.”

Robert Blanchette & Kashmir Retain Their Title In The Windy Hill Larry Mayfield 1.20m Horse and Hound Jumper Classic

August 10, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: General

Robert Blanchette’s lap of honor included the entire hound course
photo: Alden Corrigan Media

ATHERTON, CA – August 9, 2017

Equestrian Legacy is celebrated annually with the Windy Hill Larry Mayfield 1.20m Horse and Hound Jumper Class.

Laura Mayfield Gerst of Windy Hill Equestrian, Larry Mayfield’s daughter and close family members selected Menlo Charity Horse Show to host an annual event in his memory. Larry had been an exhibitor at MCHS since the early days, so making the decision to honor his memory was an easy one for the family, due to Larry’s love for this iconic show. In fact three generations of this equestrian family have consistently participated in and attended MCHS; Larry himself, his daughter Laura and granddaughter Natalie.

Team Windy Hill Equestrian, L-R: Maja Lindemann, Laura Mayfield, Gerst & Dakoda Mower
photo: Alden Corrigan Media

The Horse & Hound Classic is a jumping relay race in which the fastest time for the combined Horse & Hound course completion wins. A team of four, consisting of horse and rider plus hound and handler complete a course of jumps; first the horse and rider jump seven jumps on course, they then quickly dismount and race to touch the hand of the hound handler who then races off with their hound to finish the course on foot over a set of smaller dog sized jumps. Each team in turn complete the course with penalty points for a knock down or refusal, the fastest time wins. “The idea was all Maja’s,” explained Laura. “I was in Sweden, my parents lived in Sweden,” continued Maja. “I was watching the Stockholm Horse Show on TV and it was the Horse & Hound Class; I thought, someone needs to do this class at a horse show, it was so funny, with one rider even picking up the dog to carry it over the jumps. The crowd loved it.”

Windy Hill Equestrian is more than a Sponsor of the classic, As a family orientated barn their team spirit is contagious, whether competing in the class or cheering on their teammates. “Our assistant Dakoda Mower is competing on Cool Cristal, they were third last year, he can be fast so they are a strong team. Madeline Panaccione and Winston are partnered with my daughter Natalie and our dog Scooter, who has competed for four years now.” Laura shared.

Winners of the Windy Hill Larry Mayfield 1.20 Horse and Hound Classic Kashmir and Robert Blanchette
photo: Alden Corrigan Media

The Horse & Hound is a great class and only a 1.20m, so Juniors and Amateurs can take part, while family and friends can do the ‘Hound’ leg of the relay. “It’s nice to have the team and camaraderie aspect, everyone plays a role.” Laura explained, “The grooms play a huge part, they have to catch and calm the horse, as the riders launch themselves from their horses to tag the dog handler, a very entertaining part of the class. The event is really fun and low key, big dogs and little dogs, children and adults, we love the event.”

Laura shared some of her memories of years gone by. “One year Scooter (Laura’s dog) got loose and ran into the VIP tent. I even remember Hugh Mutch doing an acrobatic flip after leaping from his horse and Robert Blanchette, defending champion, jumping a dog jump in the victory gallop.”

Windy Hill Equestrian has changed over the 21 years they have been in business, attracting more children as Laura herself had a family. The barn is very much family orientated and they have a lesson program, you can literally start your riding career and finish it all at Windy Hill Equestrian. Laura explained a little about the barn and her team. “We have 12 horses here at Menlo Charity Horse Show and another 33 at home. Dakoda and Maja came here, while I continued to work at home in Los Altos Hills, we will all swap about to make attending the show work for us all. We have a really good team, John, Dakoda, Maja and I have worked together now for 6 years. When we are away at shows John Wohr is at the barn, I don’t even have to call home, he takes care of everything.”

Thirteen teams raced around the course this year; the winners being Robert Blanchette and Kashmir, the very same partnership as in 2016, however, Hello Kitty has had a name change to Kashmir. This year Nicolas and Star were the partners on the dog section.

“I am thrilled with the win” Robert exclaimed “Second year in a row on the same great horse, I want thank the owner, Courtney Pacheco for letting me ride. It was Nicolas and Star who really made it happen this year their time was fantastic. This is a wonderful event, excellent fun.”

“Star is six years old and really fast, we bred her ourselves.” Nicolas explained, “I competed three years ago and tried it again today, I will definitely try again next year.

2018 will be a fun one to watch as Robert attempts three wins in a row.

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Lindsay Maxwell Equestrian, Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

August 10, 2017 By: maryhaley Category: General

ATHERTON, CA – August 8, 2017

Lindsay Maxwell returns to Menlo Charity Horse Show for her second year, last year as a competitor, and this year with her own barn, Lindsay Maxwell Equestrian.

Lindsay has achieved success in show rings across the country both as an amateur rider and owner. In addition to training with Archie Cox, Lindsay has hired Jaime Taylor to manage and ride her horses as part of her show team.

Lindsay Maxwell and Archie Cox ©Alden Corrigan Media

Lindsay explained the reason behind the development of Lindsay Maxwell Equestrian, “This was frankly not an easy decision. Due to family health circumstances, it was necessary to relocate to the east coast very quickly last fall. We absolutely love California and especially our time with Archie, so we moved east with every hope that we would again be back on the west coast. Having Lindsay Maxwell Equestrian gives us the flexibility to be bi-coastal, allowing us to continue to grow and evolve with my favorite people. I am so grateful to be back on the west coast this summer. It has been a treat!

Jamie and Archie work incredibly well together. We recently hired Jamie as a rider and trainer working in conjunction with Archie, and she has exceeded expectations. She is an extremely talented rider who consistently brings out the best in my horses, and, as an additional bonus, is a wonderful person and representation of my program and values. Archie has really enjoyed working with her and constantly praises her for her “trainability” as a rider as well as her natural ability on a horse. I count myself very lucky to work with two of the best in this sport!” Lindsay continued.

Lindsay Maxwell Equestrian resides with Archie while showing in California. It is quite an undertaking to manage and plan competitions across the country. “Right now I do have horses on both coasts, but typically I keep the whole “herd” together (including my retired horse, Widget!). I am extremely fortunate to have a very talented team of individuals whom I trust implicitly with my horses. Right now, half of the team is in Lexington readying the horses for the Bluegrass Festival while the other half is here with me in Menlo. It is whirlwind, but I love every second of it!” Lindsay exclaimed. “Archie, Jamie, and the rest of my team try to determine a horse show schedule in advance for the year. Though the schedule inevitably changes, we look at factors such as venue, footing, points, location to name a few when making these decisions. Menlo is an easy choice because it checks every box: beautiful venue, lovely time of year, lush grass arenas, World Champion Hunter Rider show, two round classics, an international derby…I could go on and on! The showgrounds look outstanding this year, and the horses are all going beautifully.”

After Menlo Charity Horse Show Lindsay and the Lindsay Maxwell Equestrian team head back East. “On Sunday, both myself and the horses will take a red eye to Lexington, Kentucky where we will compete at the Bluegrass Festival and USHJA International Derby Finals. We spend two weeks in Kentucky, and then the horses and humans get a well deserved break for most of September before we head to indoors.” Lindsay explained.

In talking about the future goals for Lindsay Maxwell Equestrian, Lindsay continued, “At this moment in time, my plan is to count my blessings and continue to enjoy every moment of this wonderful ride (no pun intended). I am very proud of the successes my team has accomplished this year, and equally proud of everything we have been able to accomplish with the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund. I hope to continue to support causes and events that help enable future generations to have opportunities to enjoy this incredible sport.”

Archie Cox has known Lindsay since she was 15 years old. “I first met Lindsay and her mom at Harrisburg. We all came together to compete when Lindsay started riding in California a couple of years ago. She came to my barn and it was a rapid rise to success.” Archie explained, “Now Lindsay has a jumper and is stepping into the jumper ring. However, she will continue to show in the Amateur Hunters and the International Hunter Derbies.”

Archie also lives a bi-coastal life. “I have about 40 horses in training not including Lindsay’s and I have a great staff headed up by Carlos Suriano who has been with me since I started my business 17 years ago. We have beautiful horses in top condition and he is ready to go 24/7. Karli Postel, Rick Federman and Jenny Ross give me the flexibility to travel to other horse shows helping customers like Lindsay and Hunter Siebel who don’t stable with me full time. My team enables me to take a lot of liberties that help produce a winning and positive environment.” Archie explained, “I get excited every time I walk to the in gate and they start painting the horses feet, taking the polo wraps off that adrenaline kicks in and we are ready to go.”

Technicolor and Jamie Taylor ©Alden Corrigan Media

Jaime Taylor is delighted to be the newest member of the Lindsay Maxwell Equestrian team. “It all started with a conversation with Archie to ride Technicolor, and it spun off from there into a full time position with Lindsay.” Jaime explained, “Denise and I both manage the horses and everyone involved in their care. We have a really good group of people who excel at their jobs, looking after the horses as we travel across the country, which makes our jobs really easy. I really enjoy working day to day with the horses and I appreciate the wins come from that solid base. Wins are really about looking back at how we got there.”

Archie and Jamie commented on their fondness of Menlo Charity Horse Show, and why they return year after year. “Menlo is a fantastic, dream-like horse show. It’s recognized by USEF as a Heritage Competition and that is a huge community involvement, showing top of the sport hunters and jumpers. For 47 years the Chairman of the show has been Betsy Glikbarg, she does a fantastic job with sponsors from the community…. I’m a sponsor myself. It is an amazing group of volunteers who work together to put on a great horse show, benefiting the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Menlo has raised millions of dollars over the years, and we’re proud to be a part of that.” Archie explained. Jaime continued, “I have been coming to Menlo since I was little, and although I can’t make it every year, whenever there is an opportunity I jump at it. To go somewhere different, see new jumps, grass rings, and provide new experiences for the horses makes a show more exciting for me. Menlo’s fun parties, prizes, ribbons etc. make this show so special for me. We just love it here.”

Menlo Charity Horse Show running through August 13 at Menlo Circus Club, Atherton, CA.

 

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