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Alexandra Crown and Chloe D. Reid Rewarded with SSG Gloves Bonus Money

January 31, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, Florida – Alexandra Crown and Chloe D. Reid were both rewarded for their loyalty to SSG Gloves with $1,000 bonuses in the SSG “Go Clean for the Green” incentive promotion at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.  SSG Gloves is offering a total of $60,000 in bonus money over the 12-week circuit to reward riders for their loyalty to the SSG Gloves brand.

On Saturday, Alexandra Crown made her High Amateur-Owner Classic debut a winning one, claiming victory over 30 entries in the $15,000 SJHOF High Amateur-Owner Classic.  Riding Verona, her partner since last May, Crown topped a seven-horse jump-off for the win.  For wearing SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves in both rounds of competition on her way to victory, Crown was presented with a $1,000 bonus from the Canadian glove manufacturer.

Alexandra Crown, pictured on Verona, is presented with a $1,000 bonus from SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion manager Jennifer Ward for wearing SSG ‘Digitals’ on her way to victory in the $15,000 High Amateur-Owner Classic held January 25 at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Photo by Sportfot

Alexandra Crown, pictured on Verona, is presented with a $1,000 bonus from SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion manager Jennifer Ward for wearing SSG ‘Digitals’ on her way to victory in the $15,000 High Amateur-Owner Classic held January 25 at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.
Photo by Sportfot

“It’s really exciting!” said Crown, 18, of New York.  “I’ve been using the gloves and I love them; I think they are great.  They are really grippy, which I love, and if they get rained on, they still work.  And they are comfortable.  Thank you to SSG Gloves for sponsoring this bonus.  It’s amazing!”

On Sunday morning, Chloe D. Reid of Washington, D.C., also faced off against 30 entries to win the $10,000 High Junior Jumper Classic with King of Hearts.  Following a 10-horse jump-off, Reid emerged victorious with a clear round in a time of 35.12 seconds to edge out Venezuela’s Emanuel Andrade, who stopped the clock in 35.59 seconds riding Carboni.

“The jump-off class was packed with really great riders, and it was awesome to be in there,” said Reid of her win with King of Hearts, her partner of three years.  “My horse is very relaxed; we call him the slowest horse in the barn.  He will jump anything you point him at but it takes him a while to get there, so I was really happy that he was able to step it up with me today and go fast!”

Reid also claimed a $1,000 bonus for wearing SSG ‘Digitals’ in recognition of her loyalty to the SSG Gloves brand.

“It’s awesome!  It’s a great promotion, I love it so much,” said Reid, 17, of the SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion.  “The gloves are amazing to wear and I love wearing them.  I wear them all the time.  They are really grippy and they have grip all the way around, so you know they are always going to be there for you and your fingers will never slip.”

Chloe D. Reid topped a 10-horse jump-off riding King of Hearts to win the $10,000 Junior Jumper Classic and a $1,000 bonus in the SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion.  Presenting on behalf of SSG Gloves is Jennifer Ward with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia. Photo by Sportfot

Chloe D. Reid topped a 10-horse jump-off riding King of Hearts to win the $10,000 Junior Jumper Classic and a $1,000 bonus in the SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion. Presenting on behalf of SSG Gloves is Jennifer Ward with ringmaster Gustavo Murcia.
Photo by Sportfot

Earlier in the week, Todd Minikus was awarded a $3,000 bonus for wearing SSG ‘Digitals’ on his way to victory in the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round III.

SSG Gloves will continue to offer a $3,000 bonus in each of the weekly WEF Challenge Cup Series events, as well as a $1,000 bonus in the High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and the High Junior Jumper Classic competitions.  If the winning rider in any of these three competitions is wearing SSG ‘Digital’ style gloves with the SSG horse head logo clearly visible, they will be presented with bonus money during the awards presentation.  A total of $60,000 in bonus money is on offer from SSG Gloves at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.

SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves are available for purchase at numerous Wellington locations, including Tackeria, as well as on-site at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds at various retailers including Running Fox, Jod’s, and Beval Saddlery.

Please refer to the 2014 FTI Consulting WEF Prize List for complete details.  For further information, contact promotion manager Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate Communications Inc., at cell: 613 292-5439

Reed Kessler and Ligist Win $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix, CSI 2*

January 21, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – January 19, 2013 – The youngest rider in Saturday night’s $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix was the winner as eighteen-year-old Reed Kessler and Ligist jumped to victory during the highlight event of week two at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). With riders representing fourteen different countries competing in the class, the USA took the top seven placings and the young women were one, two and three. Kessler and Ligist topped Katie Dinan (19) and Nougat du Vallet and Brianne Goutal (24) aboard Nice de Prissey.

The second week of FTI WEF competition, sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty, will conclude with the $25,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Series Classic on Sunday afternoon. The 2013 FTI WEF circuit runs through March 31 featuring 12 weeks of world-class competition.


Luc Musette of Belgium set the course for Saturday night’s $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix. The riders were all complimentary of Musette’s course for the evening. Goutal stated, “I thought it was amazing. I thought this course was beautifully built and spot on with the number of clears. It didn’t kill anyone, it was hard, it was fast, it was exciting. It is the best course I have jumped in a long time, I thought it was wonderful.”

Click the link to watch an interview with Reed!


Kessler agreed, “I thought the course was outstanding. I love really natural-feeling courses and I thought the whole thing felt so natural and smooth. There were options for your horses and I thought it was fantastic. He actually reminded me that this was the second grand prix I have won that he designed. He designed the 2* in Paris that I won when I was 16 and I love his courses.”

Reed Kessler and Ligist. Photo © Sportfot.

Fifty-four entries started the class in round one and nine advanced to the jump-off with four jumping double clear.


Katie Dinan and Grant Road Partners’ Nougat du Vallet were the first pair to clear the short course and set the time to beat at 38.19 seconds in the jump-off, eventually finishing second. Ken Berkley and Ax-Cent, owned by Rivers Edge, also cleared the jump-off course and stopped the clock in 39.12 seconds to place fourth. Reed Kessler and Ligist were next to go and blazed through the course in 37.81 seconds to take the lead. Last on course, Brianne Goutal and Cloverleaf Farm’s Nice de Prissey cleared the short course in 38.53 seconds to secure fourth place honors.

Reed Kessler was thrilled with the effort of her horse Ligist in the evening’s class. Kessler and the 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding (Levantos II x Robin Z) recently jumped up to 2.10m in a six-bar class in Geneva and the rider feels that the class really “raised his sights.”


“I think that is the best Goose has ever jumped; he jumped incredibly,” Kessler smiled after her win. “I just tried to keep a nice, tight track and take a shot and he was fantastic. I did see Katie a little bit on the screen. I’m not sure where I made up the time. He is a really fast horse; I use him as my speed horse mostly.”
Reed Kessler and Ligist in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Matt Varney and Rob and Chris Desino of Wellington Equestrian Realty. Photo © Sportfot.

Reed Kessler and Ligist in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines and Matt Varney and Rob and Chris Desino of Wellington Equestrian Realty. Photo © Sportfot.

Second place finisher Katie Dinan was also very pleased with her mount Nougat du Vallet. Dinan, who is currently in college at Harvard University, is off from school for the month and making the most of her time in Wellington.
“I thought that my horse ‘Nugget’ jumped good tonight, I was really happy with him,” Dinan stated. “We did the Mar-a-lago show two weeks ago and we were aiming for this grand prix. I am down here and I am trying to make the most of that, so it was really nice to have a top three placing in this grand prix. I didn’t get a chance to see Reed go, I was walking out my horse, but I thought my jump-off was pretty fast. My horse takes a little bit more time in the air, so I think maybe if I had started out with a little bit more pace I could have helped that, but I can’t complain; he was fantastic.”
Brianne Goutal went last with her mount Nice de Prissey and had the opportunity to see both riders go in the jump-off, but had to take into account her horse’s large stride.
“I was lucky enough to watch both of them from the schooling area on the jumbotron,” Goutal noted. “My horse jumped amazing; I was thrilled with the way he went. He is a much bigger horse than theirs; he has a big stride and he takes a longer time to cover the ground. I was able to leave out a stride from one to two and I think I was quite fast back to three, but he is quite difficult to turn. I had to take a little time back to the in and out and again back to the last line, but I was thrilled with the results. I was thrilled with the way he jumped and both of their rounds were blazing fast, so I am very happy.”
Seeing three of the best young female riders from the United States take the top spots in an international class is encouraging for all of three competitors. Goutal commented, “I think that is nice. We have all grown up together. I have known them since they were on ponies and I think they saw me do ponies. It is nice to have everybody together. It is great to have all of the girls and it is nice for the sport. We need more of that here I think.”
Katie Dinan, Reed Kessler, and Brianne Goutal. Photo © Kenneth Kraus.

Katie Dinan, Reed Kessler, and Brianne Goutal.
Photo © Kenneth Kraus.

Final Results: $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix CSI 2*

1. LIGIST: 2000 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Levantos II x Robin Z
REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/0/37.81

2. NOUGAT DU VALLET: 2001 Selle Francais gelding by Scherif D’elle

KATHERINE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners: 0/0/38.19
3. NICE DE PRISSEY: 2001 Selle Francais stallion by Rosire x Amarpour
BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA), Cloverleaf Farm: 0/0/38.53

4. AX CENT: 2003 KWPN gelding by Burggraaf

KENNETH BERKLEY (USA), Rivers Edge: 0/0/39.12
5. ZAFIRA: 2004 KWPN mare Nassau x Cappucino van Berkenbroek

KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Haity McNerney: 0/4/37.62

6. ROTHCHILD: 2001 SBS gelding by Artos x Elegant De L’Ile
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Sagamore Farms: 0/4/37.71

7. INDIGO: 2000 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Indoctro

MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Griese, Garber, Hidden Creek & Gladewinds: 0/4/38.42

8. HH LET’S FLY: 1999 Hanoverian gelding by Lordanos x Forrest

RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Double H Farm: 0/4/39.52
9. SS BOBBY: 2002 KWPN gelding by Concorde x Joost
CHRIS SORENSEN (CAN), Britland Hughes: 0/8/44.16
10. SHOW SHOW: 2002 BWP gelding by Darco x Royal Fleu
ALVARO DE MIRANDA (BRA), RD Jumping Higher Ltda: 4/67.99
11. QUALITY GIRL: 2003 Oldenburg mare by Quidam’s Rubin x Dobrock
TODD MINIKUS (USA), Todd Minikus, Ltd:4/69.83
12. ROCKY W: 1998 KWPN gelding by Libero H x Corofino

KAITLIN CAMPBELL (USA), Kaitlin Campbell: 4/70.20


Garfield and Alexandra Crown Surpass Competition in Antares Large Junior Hunters 16-17 Division


Garfield and Alexandra Crown jumped their way to championship honors in the

Antares Large Junior Hunters 16-17 division during week two of competition at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Crown, of New York City, and her eleven-year-old Holsteiner gelding nearly swept the division after winning all four over fences classes. The pair placed fourth in a competitive under saddle class on day two of competition for the division.


The reserve champion title went to Southfields Farm’s Bishonen and David Oberkircher. The eleven-year-old Warmblood gelding, trained by David Raposa, placed second over fences during day one of competition. Bishonen and Oberkircher took home the blue in the under saddle class on day two after earning fifth and third place ribbons in the over fences rounds.


Garfield and Alexandra Crown. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Garfield and Alexandra Crown. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.


Crown and Garfield were also named Junior Owner/Rider Champion for earning the most points of any owner/rider combination in the division. Crown purchased Garfield in late 2011 after deciding to move up from the pony hunter divisions.


“[Trainer] Scott Stewart had shown him for a year before me, so he knew he would be a perfect first year hunter for me,” Crown stated.


Stewart was obviously on to something; Crown and Garfield competed up and down the east coast in 2012 before being named Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under Champion at the Pennsylvania National in Harrisburg, Pa. The pair had strong performances at the Hampton Classic, Capital Challenge, and Washington International horse shows as well.

Garfield has been Crown’s beloved partner ever since their first show together. “He has such a big stride that he can cover up a lot of the small mistakes I made when I first got him. He’s such a good fit for me,” Crown stated.


“He’s the most perfect horse in the world,” Crown continued. “He’s got such a big personality. He’ll do anything you want him to, he’s the best!”


Crown was also complimentary of course designer Philip J. Devita’s course in the Rost Arena. “I really liked the course [on day two]. The long approach to the oxer let you have a good pace and go forward. So did the long bending line. I could go forward and his big stride helped with that,” Crown stated.


Week two of competition at the FTI WEF, sponsored by Wellington Equestrian Realty, concludes Sunday. The Bainbridge Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 division will award championship honors in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Arena. The $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic will be held in the International Arena. For full results, go to


Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival,, Anne Gittins Photography,, and Kenneth Kraus. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.


About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded.


About FTI Consulting 

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found

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The Asbury Classic Wraps Up With Rave Reviews

November 04, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Asburby, NJ – November 3, 2012 – The Ridge at Riverview hosted its fourth annual Asbury Classic in early October, the crowning jewel to their very successful 2012 Hunter/Jumper Horse Show series held in scenic Asbury, New Jersey. The show saw top competitors gather to contend for the coveted prizes in their respective divisions. The show was highly successful with phenomenal sponsorships, fabulous exhibitor amenities and a fantastic turnout for the 2012 Asbury Classic.


The beautiful facility is run by Nona Garson and George D’Ambrosio, both of whom have been involved with show jumping at its highest levels for most of their lives. “George and I have made it our goal with this facility to bring quality, hospitality, and atmosphere back to American Show Jumping, something that’s been lost at so many of the venues where we compete today,” Garson said. “Not enough attention is given to the beauty of the surroundings or the exhibitor experience. I want our exhibitors to feel as if they are at Lake Placid or The International Show at Monterrey-not just another cookie cutter horse show. We have gone to great lengths to make our exhibitors feel special and surround them with beauty.”

Taylor McMurtry and Just an Illusion won the $20,000 Hermitage Farm Grand Prix.

The Asbury Classic was blessed with perfect weather this year. Competition was held in two state of the art “all weather” sand rings and on the beautiful, well-manicured grass derby field. The show was well attended with riders from at least nine different countries competing for top awards in all divisions.


Ken Berkley, a seasoned competitor in both hunter and jumper rings who runs River’s Edge in Flemington, NJ, along with top professional hunter rider Scott Stewart, remarked, “This show is awesome. I arrived to a happy, upbeat atmosphere and the footing in the jumper ring was as good as anywhere in the country. The ring is huge, a perfect size to gallop!”


Garson and D’Ambrosio were grateful for the support they received from top sponsors including Hermitage Farm, B.W. Furlong & Associates and Valley Brook Farm & Nursery to name a few. In addition to the prize money, ribbons, trophies, and coolers that were awarded throughout the event, there were many special awards.


Samshield, maker of high-end helmets and gloves, sponsored three “Jumper Style of Riding Awards” in the Children’s, Adult, Junior, Amateur-Owner and Open Jumper Divisions. Prestige Saddlery awarded bridles to each of the Jumper Classic winners, and Hadfield’s Saddlery presented a beautiful riding jacket to the winner of the Futures Grand Prix.


During the show, the Asbury Classic’s Exhibitor’s Hospitality Tent was a big hit, serving wine and cheese in the afternoon as well as daily specials including a very popular “create your own” baked potato bar on Saturday, and a delicious hot meal on Sunday for all to enjoy while watching the Grand Prix.


From lead line participants to the Futures Grand Prix, a good time was had by all. In fact, Olympic Silver Medalist, Peter Leone stated, “What an unexpected pleasure to compete at the Asbury Classic. I felt like I was at a country show, like the ones I attended when I was a boy, except the facility is at today’s evolved competition standards.”

Alex Crown on Starnato won the Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic, sponsored by Brendon Furlong & Associates. She was also awarded the Samshield Style Award for Junior and Amateur riders


The $2,000 Asbury Hunter Derby saw thrilling action as top competitors vied for the coveted champion title. BJ Ehrhardt and Woodrow rode to the top of the leader board with beautiful flowing rounds, utilizing the open grass field to the best of their ability, catching the judges’ eyes with their traditional hunter athleticism and style. Liz Perry-Merbler and Tycoon rode to the second place finish, while Lacey Morrone-Cramer and Avatar ES took the third place honors.


In the M&S Bit O’ Straw 2’6″ Hunter Classic, Phillip Haber and Windesi took the blue ribbon prize, while Jayna Suoninen and Diesel Only rode to the second place finish. Janet Rizzo and Penny Lane finished with the third place honors.


The M&S Children,s/Adult 3′ Hunter Classic was filled with an array of talent as riders of varying ages vied for the top awards. It was Lacey Morrone-Cramer and Avatar ES who rode to the top, taking it all with a beautiful two-round competition. Kylie Fedynich and Mr. Worldwide rode to the second place ribbon. Hannah Engelman and Little Diamond were awarded third place for their efforts.


The Itty Bitty Mini Prix was a huge hit with a large field of entrants. Melissa Lacamera and Silver Lining blew spectators away with their speedy round. The pair took the top honors, with Kim Fredericks and her own Worlds Bright Abby riding to second. Erin Walk and Traveler finished third, rounding out the top three for the new Mini Prix series.


David Tromp won the Samsheild “Profesional” Style of Riding Award

The $20,000.00 Hermitage Farm Grand Prix had a field of 24 entries. The tension was palpable as riders entered the ring to go against a battle of the best at the Asbury Classic. Although many tried, it was Taylor McMurtry and Just an Illusion who posted the fastest double-clear effort, leaving all rails in place while using their quick pace to their advantage. Ken Berkley took second place with his speedy horse Acxent, also capturing the third place on Alex Crown’s K N Nemo. Ronan McGuigan and High Heels were presented with the fourth place award, with David Tromp and Zadermus capturing fifth place. Penny Brennan and her own Wanda, rounded out the top six of the class with a phenomenal effort.


Leone concluded, “The show offered friendly management, and lots of prizes: trophies, grooming boxes, coolers, and certificates, not like most of today’s shows where all you win is a ribbon and a check. While the management is committed to improvements, this fun and exhibitor friendly show is a definite on my calendar for next year!”


All Photos Courtesy of Paws and Rewind. Photos may only be used in relation to this Phelps Media Group press release.


Scott Stewart Secures 2012 WIHS Grand Hunter Championship and Leading Hunter Rider Award

October 25, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Garfield and Scott Stewart. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Scott Stewart Secures 2012 WIHS Grand Hunter Championship and Leading Hunter Rider Award

Newlands and Portela Top Amateur-Owner Hunter Championships; Montross, Caslin, and Vale Are Best in Jumpers

Washington, D.C. – October 24, 2012 – Day two of the 2012 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) featured the presentation of championship honors in the professional and amateur-owner hunter divisions at Verizon Center in downtown Washington D.C. This year’s professional World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Scott Stewart continued his winning season with multiple division tricolors, the overall Grand Hunter Championship aboard Rose Hill Farm’s Enjoy, and the award for Leading Hunter Rider among his many accolades in the first two days of competition.


Wesley Newlands and Daryl Portela earned the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championships. The $10,000 Children’s and Adult Jumper Championships and the first $10,000 Open Jumper speed class were featured during the evening session with Nina Montross, Ericka Caslin, and Aaron Vale coming away with wins. The show will continue through Sunday, October 28.

Scott Stewart kicked off the day by winning the High Performance Working Hunter championship aboard Alexandra Crown’s Garfield. Stewart and Garfield earned two blue ribbons over fences and placed third under saddle to be awarded The “NOT ALWAYS” Challenge Trophy, donated by Miss Peggy Steinman. 

The High Performance reserve championship was presented to Dr. Betsee Parker’s Rosalynn with Hunt Tosh in the irons. The pair won the under saddle and earned two second place ribbons over fences. Rosalynn was also awarded the special Protocol Trophy as the overall High Point High Performance Working Hunter from the Devon Horse Show, Pennsylvania National Horse Show, and Washington International Horse Show.

Stewart continued to win throughout the day, also taking home the Green Conformation Hunter championship aboard Fashion Farm’s Beholden with first and second place ribbons over fences and wins in both the under saddle and the model. The duo was awarded The Valiant Hark Memorial Challenge Trophy, donated by Mrs. Stephen J. Clark.

Gramercy Park, owned by Lynn Ellen Rice and ridden by Tom Brennan, placed first, second and sixth over fences and fourth under saddle to finish in reserve.

Brennan and Gramercy Park were also reserve champions in the First Year Green Working Hunters with two first place ribbons over fences and a fifth place under saddle. With two reserve championships in a row, Gramercy Park’s owner Lynn Ellen Rice was presented with the show’s Leading Hunter Owner Award, sponsored by The Reid Family.

As the day went on, the First Year Green Working Hunter championship went to Stewart and Rose Hill Farm’s Enjoy, who placed first, second and second over fences and also earned the second place ribbon under saddle. In addition to the division win, Enjoy was presented The Claire Lang Miller Challenge Trophy as the show’s Grand Green Working Hunter Champion, as well as The Rave Review Challenge Trophy, donated by Stoney Hill, as the overall Grand Hunter Champion.

Stewart was then honored with the Leading Hunter Rider Award, sponsored by The Gochman Family.

Beholden and Scott Stewart. © Shawn McMillen Photography

For the win, Stewart was presented with The Robert Coluccio Leading Hunter Rider Perpetual Trophy as well as a beautiful Rolex Luxury Timepiece, courtesy of Tiny Jewel Box, which he also took home last year. This was Stewart’s seventh time earning the leading rider title at WIHS in his illustrious professional career

Following the ceremonies, Stewart spoke about winning at one of the nation’s most prestigious competitions. “It is still always exciting to win,” he stated. “It is a little nerve-wracking here. This horse show always seems to come down to the last class because we only have three jumping classes, so it is always really tight. I think every division was a tight race till the end.”

Lynn Ellen Rice in her winning presentation with WIHS President Juliet W. Reid.
© Shawn McMillen Photography

The big winner this week was Enjoy, a six-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Cassiano that Stewart purchased as a two-year-old and showed for the first time at Capital Challenge last fall. Enjoy has really proven himself this year and had several great rounds in D.C. over the last two days.

“He’s a really simple, easy horse and he usually doesn’t worry about the environment at all,” Stewart noted. “Today he was actually a little bit spooky, but in a good way; it kept his jump sharp. He was nicely spooky up the outside line, but he is usually not that interested in everything. He is such a young horse, but he is the same every day pretty much. He is like a big pony. He is really sweet to work around and he is just really friendly.”

Stewart and his team work hard to make sure that their horses peak at the right time for indoors, and part of that system is planning the horses’ show schedules carefully. The WIHS is always an important stop in the season, and having a good group of people to help makes a big difference. For Stewart, there is a unique quality to the show that makes it special each year.

“The hard part about it is the good part,” he declared. “I like being here in the city, it is different. There are more classes to watch and a little more atmosphere than some of the other shows. I think it is a special place.”

He added, “We have great help in the barn. Brigid and Tori (Colvin), and Samantha Darling helps. I don’t have to be here all night long. My job is pretty easy with the staff that we have; they do a great job.”

In addition to the championship wins, Stewart was reserve champion in the Regular Conformation Hunter and Second Year Green Working Hunter divisions with horses Showman and Dedication respectively. Stewart was beat out in both of those divisions by fellow top hunter rider Peter Pletcher.

In the Regular Conformation Hunters, Pletcher guided Becky Gochman’s Sambalino to the championship honors and was presented with The Mary Farren Perpetual Trophy. Sambalino placed first and fourth over fences and won both the under saddle and the model. Stewart and Krista and Alexa Weisman’s Showman finished in reserve, placing first and second over fences and second in both the under saddle and model.


Lynn Ellen Rice in her winning presentation with WIHS President Juliet W. Reid.
© Shawn McMillen Photography

In the Second Year Green Working Hunter championship, Pletcher and Becky Gochman’s Empire were the winners with Stewart and Fashion Farm’s Dedication in reserve. Empire won two classes over fences and Dedication won one class over fences and topped the under saddle. Although both horses finished with the same number of points overall, Empire’s points over fences took top honors.

In addition to the reserve award, Stewart and Dedication were presented with The Windy Acres Challenge Trophy earlier in the morning. The trophy, donated by Mr. James O. Pease, is awarded to the overall winner of classes 24 and 34 for the best Green Working Hunter stake round. Stewart and Dedication’s high score of 90 in the Second Year Green Working Hunter Stake was the best of the day.

© Shawn McMillen Photography

Newlands and Portela Named Leading Riders and Amateur-Owner Hunter Grand Champions

The Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions concluded their second day of competition on Wednesday and awarded championship honors as well. The Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” championship, sponsored by The Davis Family, was awarded to Wesley Newlands, of Toronto, ON, aboard Pure Abundance. The pair earned the Frank Counselman Memorial Perpetual Trophy donated by Friends of Frank Counselman. Newlands was also awarded the Leading Amateur-Owner Hunter Rider Award for the 3’6” level.

They were the champions of the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” 18-35 division after placing first, second and fourth over fences and winning the under saddle. Jazz Johnson Merton and James Johnson’s Kingston finished in reserve with two blue ribbons over fences and a sixth place under saddle.

Newlands has owned Pure Abundance, an eleven-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Acord II, for five years. The pair has shown at WIHS three times and this was their first championship win as well as her first leading rider title. The 24-year-old rider was thrilled with her horse.

“This is my best horse show!” she beamed. “I have never been grand champion before, anywhere. This is my third year here and I have always wanted to be champion here!”

“He is the best horse,” Newlands said. “I can always depend on him when I go in the ring and I know he is ready to win. My rounds were very good; he felt really good. My stake was my best class because I let him go forward and was loose and we went in to win, and luckily it went in our favor.”


She has been training with Steve Weiss for two years and lives in Toronto, but enjoys spending time in Washington D.C. each year and made the trip worth it this week. “It is a beautiful show,” Newlands concluded. “They do such a nice job and it is always the favorite horse show to come to.”

Empire and Peter Pletcher. © Shawn McMillen Photography

In the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” Over 35, Katie Robinson and Rock Steady, owned by KJ Robinson LLC, earned the division championship. The pair placed first and fourth over fences and first under saddle. Becky Gochman and Sambalino earned two blue ribbons over fences and finished fifth under saddle to earn the reserve championship. Gochman and Sambalino were also awarded The Shari Hollis Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by the Late Col. J.B. Hollis and Ms. Jeannie Hollis, which is presented to the overall winner of classes 54 and 64 in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” stake rounds for their high score of 87.

Pure Abundance and Wesley Newlands.
© Shawn McMillen Photography

As the day continued, it was a clean sweep for Daryl Portela and James B. Pirtle Ent., Inc.’s Winner in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Over 35 division. The pair won all three jumping classes and the under saddle, were awarded the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Championship, sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Earnest M. Oare, and Portela was named the Leading Amateur-Owner Hunter Rider for the 3’3” division overall. The pair also earned the Best Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Stake Round presented to the overall winner of class 74 and 84 with a high score of 86.

“It is awesome. I am on a big time high right now,” Portela smiled. “He was great. Harrisburg was great, but he felt better here. He went great in the ring and every class was just solid and super.”

This was Portela’s first time showing Winner at WIHS and he handled it like a pro. “I felt it didn’t faze my horse at all. This is my first time showing him at indoors. We had a great first year.”

Winner and Daryl Portela. © Shawn McMillen Photography

“This show is special; I like the environment in the city because I am not used to that,” Portela noted. “We live out in the middle of the country. I think it is always exciting; there’s just something about it.”

The Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Over 35 reserve champion was Castlekeep, owned by Richard Prant and ridden by Nancy Hooker. Castlekeep and Hooker placed second, third and fourth over fences.

In the Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3’3” 18-35 championship, Amanda Hone and Instantaneous were the victors with Chelsea Ireland and Surely in reserve. Hone and Instantaneous finished first in two classes over fences and third under saddle. Ireland and Surely won the under saddle and one class over fences.

Instantaneous and Amanda Hone. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Jumpers Complete Their First Day at WIHS

The jumpers took to the arena for the first time on Wednesday with children’s, adult and open jumper classes. Anthony D’Ambrosio, of Red Hook, NY, is the course designer this week.

The $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper Championship was the first jumper class to be held with an exciting win for 14-year-old Nina Montross, of Bedford, NY, aboard Caprifol. 

Thirty-two entries showed in the first round of the children’s championship, and eleven jumped clear to advance to the jump-off. Montross and Caprifol, owned by Palm Meadow Farm LLC, completed the only double clear round to earn the victory in 26.456 seconds, which was also the fastest round. For the win, the pair was presented with The H. Fenwick Kollock Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Friends of Fen.

Caprifol and Nina Montross. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Second place went to Devon Monroe aboard Shinkansen with four faults in 27.430 seconds in the jump-off. The third place prize was awarded to Michael Mahoney and Remonta Haron with four faults in 27.970 seconds.

“It is really exciting to win here,” Montross stated after her win. Montross started riding in the hunters when she was younger, but quickly realized how much fun it was to go fast.”

Her trainer at the time, Jennifer Bliss, got her started in the pony jumpers, and Montross is moving up the levels now riding with Jimmy Torano. 

Montross described what she loves about showing in the jumpers, stating, “It is really just you and your horse against the course and what you can do out there. I really like going fast. I like feeling speed and I like the feeling after you go really fast in the jump-off and then stopping. You just feel accomplished.”

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“Caprifol is always fast,” she said. “I just have to stay on the speed the whole round and work on not being choppy. Sometimes I’ll either be really fast or really slow, so I just have to work on a happy medium.”

The $10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper Championship was held next in the evening session and the win went to Ericka Caslin, of Parkville, MD, riding Rioletto last in the jump-off. Twenty-seven entries jumped in the first round and nine went clear to jump-off. Only four were able to jump double clear through the short course, and Caslin and Rioletto had the fastest time of 30.945 seconds to win The Dorothy Foote “Goodie” Taylor Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ashton Hill and Miss Linden Joan Hill.

Rioletto and Ericka Caslin. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Second place went to Haley Schaufeld and Ana Sia with a clear jump-off round in 31.572 seconds. Third place went to Hannah Murrin and Valentina, jumping clear in 33.758 seconds. Chiara Parlagreco and Belle Grey Farm LLC’s Chacca Blue completed the other clear jump-off round in 36.232 seconds to finish fourth.

Ana Sia and Haley Schaufeld.
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Ericka Caslin’s winning mount, Rioletto, is an 18-year-old Royal Dutch Warmblood mare by Olisco. Caslin explained that the veteran mare showed with Christine and Jonathan McCrea in the 1.40m speed classes and has now stepped down to the adult amateur classes. She purchased the mare from Donald and Kara Cheska a year and a half ago. Caslin works full time for the American Horse Council and commutes to Washington D.C. for work every day, so she does not get to ride very often. Rioletto stays with the Cheskas in Wisconsin and Caslin meets them at shows.

“It makes it a little more special because I don’t get to ride or practice very much,” Caslin said following her win. “I’m a full-time mom and a full-time employee. I only get to ride the horse at shows. I show up and hop on. I’m very lucky to have a horse that knows her job and trainers that keep her well prepared.”

This was Caslin’s third year showing at the WIHS. She showed and won the same championship in 2005 aboard Maizy Totlien. She also returned in 2008 for the 50th anniversary. “I love coming here; it’s such a nice show,” Caslin expressed. “It feels so prestigious; the prizes, the atmosphere, such an incredible show.”

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Caslin also has a lot of family and friends in the area who got to watch her win. “My mom, my dad, my sister, my in-laws, my niece, all my friends, probably 20-25 people came,” she smiled. “We had a box and seats. I had a lot of text messages from people saying they watched it online from the live feed. My family from New York was watching from the live feed, my family in Colorado too. It is neat to have people not only come here and watch, but also be able to watch from Colorado and New York.”

The day’s competition concluded with a $10,000 Open Jumper 1.45m speed class and a win for Aaron Vale (USA) and Palm Sunday, owned by Amen Corner Farm. The pair had the fastest of 11 clear rounds in 49.29 seconds out of 39 competitors. Tim Gredley (GBR) and Unex Competition Yard Ltd.’s Unex Valvente stopped the clock in 49.70 seconds to finish second. Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Stone Hill Farm’s Temmie earned the third place prize with their time of 49.91 seconds.

Aaron Vale and Palm Sunday. © Shawn McMillen Photography

The Washington International Horse Show continues on Thursday with the beginning of Junior Hunter competition in the morning and Junior/Amateur-Owner and Open Jumper competition in the afternoon. The evening session will welcome local horse lovers, riders, trainers, and their families for the “What’s Your Dream?” themed Barn Night, presented by Dover Saddlery and media partner The Equiery, beginning at 6 p.m.

The WIHS is excited to announce that the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, CSI 3*-W will be aired on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, October 28, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST.

The show will also be live streamed in its entirety at, and also available on USEF Network on Saturday evening at

The WIHS Silent Auction is live all week long and includes lots of terrific one-of-a-kind items that can’t be missed. Visit to register to bid on the great items or stop by the Silent Auction Area on the Shopping Concourse at Verizon Center to see the items in person.

WIHS tickets are available at or by calling 800-745-3000. General admission is $15 Tuesday through Sunday with children 12 and under admitted free for daytime performances before 5 p.m., courtesy of Washington Area Chevrolet Dealers. Reserved and VIP tickets are available for evening performances. Ending times are approximate. For Discounted Group Sales, call 202-661-5061. Tickets also may be purchased in person at the Verizon Center Box Office. For information about Verizon Center accessible seating and services, call 202-661-5065 (TTY). Full ticket information can be found by visiting

For full results, more information, or to watch the free live feed of the show, please visit www.wihs

About the Washington International Horse Show (

An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the country’s leading metropolitan indoor horse show and the pinnacle of the equestrian year with top riders, including Olympic medalists and their world-class horses. More than 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunter and equitation events during the six-day show, with many competing all year just to qualify. Highlights include the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix (a World Cup qualifier), the Puissance (high jump) and WIHS Equitation Finals featuring the country’s top junior riders. Exciting equestrian exhibitions, boutique shopping and community activities, such as Kids’ Day and Breakfast with the Mounted Police, round out this family-friendly event.

Since its debut, the WIHS has been a Washington, D.C. institution attended by celebrities, business, military, and diplomatic leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages. Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.