Ashley Foster and Leena L In Perfect Form to Capture the ASPCA Maclay Regional Finals at Southeast Medal Finals
Jacksonville, FL – September 22, 2013 – The highly-anticipated ASPCA Maclay Regionals were held on the final day of the 2013 Southeast Medal Finals at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. Ashley Foster of Brookeville, MD executed Allen Rheinheimer’s course flawlessly aboard Leena L, owned by KMW Ponies LLC, to take home the coveted prize out of a total of 39 riders. Her life-long friend, Haley Waters earned the second place prize with an impressive performance with Quito, owned by Chuck and Dana Waters. Barbara Ann Merryman, who won the Phelps Media Group Junior Medal on Saturday, came in third aboard Don Stewart’s Fernway Park.
Rheinheimer built a challenging course that asked many questions of the junior riders. The first line was an oxer to an oxer going away from the in gate. A tricky forward triple bar to a natural vertical then a quieter five to a natural oxer challenged some, while fence 8, a natural vertical then an immediate rollback to fence 9 had a number of riders cutting it too close.
“I think it was an excellent course,” said show organizer James Lala. “I think it is about precision and pace. The two things we talk about the most in riding and teaching are pace and line. I think it was the foundation of negotiating this course correctly. Having the knowledge and the experience, to know what to do and how to fix it when plan A doesn’t work, is what separates the exceptional riders from the good riders.”
“The errors occurred at different places in the course, not all in one spot,” continued Lala. “To me, that is the sign of a great course designer. I think he asked many important questions in this course. HIs use of oxers, natural hunter-type jumps, jumper-style jumps, the fill, the flowers, the turns and the use of the islands is brilliant. Allen is a master course designer. He asks the right questions, at the right level.”
“It was difficult,” said Foster about the course. “My horse rides more like a jumper and this was more like a jumper course, which played to my advantage. I know her and I knew she would jump the triple bar really big so I stayed out and I did the six to the five and it made the five easier.” From fence 8 to fence 9 Foster also stayed out and did it in seven instead of six.
Foster’s mother, Patty Foster is a trainer and runs Rolling Acres Farm in Brookeville, MD with her sister, Mary Lisa Leffler who also rides and trains. She rides with Bobby Braswell and Courtney de Hechavarria for equitation.
“I had a pretty good week. We came here last year and we came back. I’m glad it went well. I’m glad I made it to Kentucky.”
Watch an interview with ASPCA Regionals Winner Ashely Foster, Patty Foster, and Dana Waters!
Foster and Waters have known each other all their lives, “They have been together since they were a year old at the horse shows,” said Dana Waters, about the top two finishers. “ Same babysitters, same birthday parties together now it is really fun.”
Watch and interview with ASPCA Maclay Regional Second Place winner, Haley Walters!
Earlier in the day, Gallant, owned and ridden by Millie Russell won the SEMF Adult Hunter Classic with smooth and rhythmical performance over the beautiful hunter course in the indoor arena. The pair also won the Adult Amateur 36+ Hunter Stake. Don Perignon, owned by Castlewood Farm and ridden by Barri Plant earned the second place prize. The pair had a great show, also winning the Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Stake.
The win of the SEMF Children’s Hunter Classic went to Carriage Hill Farm’s Lavish, ridden by Jia Meininger. The pair also won the Taylor Harris Medal and the Children’s Hunter Stake 14 and under. Bismark, owned by Harriet Schiele and ridden by Marissa Damone earned the red ribbon. The pair also won the Children’s Hunter 15-17 Handy and the Under Saddle.
The Southeast Medal Finals was a huge success with increased entries and interesting new classes and divisions. Lala and Bob Bell and his Classic Company experienced 100 percent growth in its second year.
“We plan on tweaking a few things,” said Bell. “But, the core of the show is really going in the right direction. We want to thank all our competitors, parents, trainers and sponsors for another great Southeast Medal Finals. We look forward to next year!”
“I have been asked why we don’t make it a 3’ medal and not allow the 3’6” kids to go in Phelps Media Group Junior Medal,” said Lala. “A novice rider that rides the same course as perhaps, the winner of the Maclay Regionals, is not only watching the more experienced rider, but they are executing the same course, the same track, at the same height. They get to see the difference in the smoothness and the intricacies in the same course they ride. When they get to watch all different levels and it starts to click.”
“We would love to see the Adult divisions grow,” continued Lala. ‘I have some ideas, such as higher jumps, so when you’re done with your junior equitation horse you don’t necessarily have to get rid of him. The last junior year is not the end of riding. There is so much more to learn.”
The dates for next year’s Southeast Medal Finals are: Sept. 18-21, 2014.
ASPCA MACLAY REGIONAL CHAPIONSHIPS
470/1/0.00/0.00/$0.00/LEENA L/KMW PONIES LLC, ./FOSTER, ASHLEY/FOSTER, PATTY/3104/
519/2/0.00/0.00/$0.00/QUITO/WATERS, MR. & MRS. CHUCK/WATERS, HAYLEY/WATERS, CHUCK/3104/
405/3/0.00/0.00/$0.00/FERNWAY PARK/STEWART, DONALD/MERRYMAN, BARBARA ANN/HILL, BIBBY/3104/
536/4/0.00/0.00/$0.00/URCO/STEWART, DONALD/ALEXANDER, ASHTON/HILL, BIBBY/3104/
411/5/0.00/0.00/$0.00/THRIFT SHOP/FAIRFIELD FARMS LLC, ./FLANAGAN, MEGHAN/HILL, BIBBY/3104/
455/6/0.00/0.00/$0.00/PAPER GANGSTER/BUTEHORN, MADISON/BUTEHORN, MADISON/KOROTKIN, ALAN/3104/
460/7/0.00/0.00/$0.00/WARRAN/ECKERT, BRUCE/BILLUPS, CLAUDIA/KOROTKIN, ALAN/3104/
479/8/0.00/0.00/$0.00/LIGHTNING/SCNC INVESTMENTS INC., ./CARR, NIKKI/CORNACCHIO-MORRISSEY, TIFFANY/3104/
358/9/0.00/0.00/$0.00/COOPER/KIMMELL, ELLIE/KIMMELL, ELLIE/BEJARANO, SHANON/3104/
476/10/0.00/0.00/$0.00/ALCHEMY/RITTENBERG, ADAM/RITTENBERG, ADAM/CORNACCHIO-MORRISSEY, TIFFANY/3104/
357/11/0.00/0.00/$0.00/REO FOXPAW/WALSTAD, KIMBERLY/WELLER, MACKENZIE/GREER, HEATHER/3104/
540/12/0.00/0.00/$0.00/LYSCO H/SHRYOC, ALLYSON/DINAPOLI, MOLLY/HILL, BIBBY/3104/
SEMF ADULT HUNTER CLASSIC
432/1/0.00/0.00/$300.00/GALLANT/RUSSELL, MILLIE/RUSSELL, MILLIE/RUSSELL, MILLIE/3000/
452/2/0.00/0.00/$220.00/DON PERIGNON/CASTLEWOOD FARM, INC., ./PLATT, BARRI/KOROTKIN, ALAN/3000/
508/3/0.00/0.00/$150.00/THOUGHTFUL/WASSERMAN, LAURA/JONES, EMILY/MILLER, JENNY/3000/
339/4/0.00/0.00/$75.00/EQUANIMITY/BLACK ANKLE, LLC, /JOHNSON, ANSLEY/GOLDSTEIN, COURTNEY/3000/
475/5/0.00/0.00/$50.00/CALERO/ROSE, SUSANNAH/ROSE, SUSANNAH/CORNACCHIO-MORRISSEY, TIFFANY/3000/
481/6/0.00/0.00/$45.00/SASTUNE/BURKEFIELD FARM, ./BURKE BERG, COVENTRY/MILLER, JENNY/3000/
436/7/0.00/0.00/$35.00/ENTREPRENEUR/FULLER, PEGGY/FULLER, PEGGY/FULLER, PEGGY/3000/
439/8/0.00/0.00/$35.00/GIBRALTER/FOSHEE, LAINE/NEWMAN, ALEXIS/FOSHEE, LAINE/3000/
547/9/0.00/0.00/$25.00/FOREVER CLEVER/WESTWOOD FARMS LLC, /EDMONDS, CHERYL/HAWKINS, STEVEN/3000/
349/10/0.00/0.00/$25.00/SAM SPADE/MOORE, LINDA/ROSS, MEREDITH/MARCINKOSKI, LAUREN/3000/
440/11/0.00/0.00/$20.00/ROULETTE/DUNN, ALICE/DUNN, ALICE/YOUNG, KATIE/3000/
SEMF CHILDREN’S HUNTER CLASSIC
43/1/0.00/0.00/$300.00/LAVISH/CARRIAGE HILL FARM, ./MEININGER, JIA/FENNESSY, JANE/3000/
368/2/0.00/0.00/$220.00/BISMARCK/SCHIELE, HARRIET/DAMONE, MARISSA/JONES, SEAN/3000/
554/3/0.00/0.00/$150.00/AFFIDAVIT/ATTAWA ENTERPRISES, ./TENNISON, BRETTE/MARCINKOSKI, LAUREN/3000/
552/4/0.00/0.00/$75.00/COUTURE/OSMOND, BRITTANY/KUIPERS, BROOKLIN/MARCINKOSKI, LAUREN/3000/
359/5/0.00/0.00/$50.00/QUINTOS Z/SHINN, SAMANTHA/SHINN, SAMANTHA/BEJARANO, SHANON/3000/
558/6/0.00/0.00/$45.00/LOUIS VUITTON/PARKER, MADDY/PARKER, MADDY/YOUNG, GARY/3000/
341/7/0.00/0.00/$35.00/CHOCOLATIER/BARN RAT LLC, ./JAKOBSON, ERIKA/FENNESSY, JANE/3000/
360/8/0.00/0.00/$35.00/LETAVICE/DEAN, RACHAEL/DEAN, RACHAEL/BEJARANO, SHANON/3000/
421/9/0.00/0.00/$25.00/RIO DE ROSA/BENTZ, HANNAH/BENTZ, HANNAH/LENGYEL, STEPHEN/3000/
420/10/0.00/0.00/$25.00/JAZZ MAN/WALL STREET FARM, ./RAGAN, REBECCA/LENGYEL, STEPHEN/3000/
356/11/0.00/0.00/$20.00/AVANT GARDE/VINCENT, ABIGAIL/VINCENT, ABIGAIL/STAINTHORPE, BROOK/3000/
473/12/0.00/0.00/$20.00/CASSIS/GIACIN, BROOKE/GIACIN, BROOKE/CORNACCHIO-MORRISSEY, TIFFANY/3000/
Southeast Medal Finals Fast Facts:
WHAT: The Southeast Medal Finals is a USEF A-Rated indoor and outdoor hunter, jumper and equitation horse show. USEF Rated Jumper Level 3
WHEN: September 19-22, 2013
WHERE: The Jacksonville Equestrian Center, Jacksonville, FL, featuring a large indoor coliseum with 3,000 seats, two outdoor rings and 500 permanent stalls.
13611 Normandy Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32221
Phelps Media Group Southeast Junior Medal Finals
Southeast Adult Medal Finals
ASPCA Maclay Regionals
$25,000 Land Rover Jacksonville Grand Prix
$5,000 Welcome Stake
$7,500 Child/Adult Jumper Finals
New European Style Developing Sport Horse Division sponsored by Team Rakowsky
New Southeast Children’s Hunter Final sponsored by Jerry Parks Insurance
New Southeast Adult Hunter Final sponsored by Jerry Parks Insurance
New EMO Cup Championship
Click here for the prize list, entry forms, schedules and more.
HUNTER & EQUITATION JUDGES: Linda Andrisani & Molly Flaherty (Hunter, Maclay & SEMF), Tony Sgarlatta (Hunter, Equitation & SEMF), Jennifer Drahan (SEMF)
JUMPER JUDGES: Allen Rheinheimer & Fred Brown
STEWARD: Janet McCarroll
Land Rover Jacksonville
Cedar Street Advisors
Jerry Parks Insurance Group
Phelps Media Group International
Bruce Duchossios HND Stables, Inc.
Jacksonville Tourist Development Council
Horse Shows Online
Bridlewood Equestrian Center
Mandarin Equine / Adequan
James Lala’s Wellington Quarantine, LLC