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USG FlexiVest

March 19, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

KL Select’s mandate is to feature ‘only the best’, and in line with that philosophy, they now offer the Flexi Protective Vest, nicknamed the “bodyguard”, one of the newest developments from USG (United Sportsproducts Germany). Dorothea Carters, Managing Partner at KL Select, remarked that when researching body protectors, “We were appalled that many of the safety vests on the market today are not ASTM approved or tested, and to avoid that costly testing are marketed as ‘vests’ – which is misleading to the American rider”. As trend setters, we here at KL Select recognize that it is only a matter of time before ASTM-approved Body Protectors are mandatory in certain competitions.

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The Flexi vest offers the latest innovations in safety, comfort and fashion for riders. The vest meets the highest European safety standard – Level 3 EN 13158- 2009 and for US ASTM F1937-04, SEI approved. The ASTM Certification is a special production and only available in the USA. It has been proven and tested that wearing a body protector that is made of flexible parts, instead of one rigid form, gives the rider a wide range of motion and agility. The Flexi vest fits the rider like a second skin and does not hinder the rider or their performance in any way. The “USG Flexi” is ergonomically cut, fits every body shape and is very light. The cover material is stain–resistant and to clean the vest, simply wipe with a damp clean cloth. The hook and loop fasteners at the waist and shoulder allow for a perfect fit every time. A fashionable and functional cover with bow is included. “USG Flexi” is available in black for kids M – XL and adults in sizes S – XL. It is light and comfortable to wear providing much needed protection.”

MSRP is $238 (Adult) & ($219) Children
Contact KL Select info@klselect.com or 860 437 7232 (9 to 5 EST)

Greg Crolick Leads From Start to Finish in WCHR Developing Pro Challenge

October 07, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Upper Marlboro, MD – October 5, 2013 – The World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Developing Professional Challenge saw 28 talented entries, but there was one pair that stood out from beginning to end. Greg Crolick and Grey Street finished both rounds of the two-round class with average scores of 88 for a total of 176 points, earning them a well-deserved victory gallop around the indoor ring at the Capital Challenge Horse Show.

 

Crolick and the 10-year-old Brandenburg gelding’s impressive first round ride shot them straight to the top of the leaderboard going in to round two. One by one the top twelve riders returned in reverse order of their rankings to compete over the second round course. That put Crolick and Grey Street, owned by Adrienne Marciano, as the last to return and made for a climatic finish to the class.

 

Just two trips before Crolick, Jamie Taylor and Cipraiani turned in a seamless round, earning them an overall score of 175.66 and setting the bar to beat. In order to earn the championship cooler and ribbon, Crolick and Grey Street had to earn at least an average score of 87.66 from the three judging panels. Thanks to a meticulous second round ride, the pair did just that, earning an 88 average and clinching the win.

 

“Grey Street is a wonderful horse, and he really rose to the occasion,” Crolick said. “This class really catered to him. He has that beautiful lope across the ground that is consistent and organized, and he was really able to showcase that.”

 

Crolick may fit the developing professional class criteria, but the Bloomfield Hills, MI native has in fact been moving his way up the professional ranks quite successfully over the past years, earning a number of top honors along the way.

 

“There was some banter among my friends because it used to be called the emerging professional challenge, and they all said ‘haven’t you emerged by now?'” joked Crolick.

 

Crolick has definitely emerged, and he continues to develop a top string of horses. Grey Street is among that top lineup that will be heading with Crolick to the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA before he heads back home for another exciting development – the birth of he and wife Jessica’s second child.

 

Greg and Jessica Crolick own and operate Top Call Farm, a full service riding and training program located at the beautiful Bloomfield Open Hunt Club. Top Call Farm offers training of the show horse and rider, as well as riding instruction for those just starting out. Top Call can also aid in the purchase or sales of your show horse. For more information please visit Top Call Farm on Facebook.

Greg Crolick and Grey Street. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography. Photo may only be used in relation to this PMG press release.

Greg Crolick and Grey Street. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography. Photo may only be used in relation to this PMG press release.

Madeline Schaefer and Armani Awarded Grand Pony Hunter Championship at Capital Challenge

October 06, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Patton and Twisther Clear for Victory in North American

Junior/Amateur Jumper Challenge, Foster, Sommers, Farish, and Pilla Win Tricolors

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Upper Marlboro, MD – October 5, 2013 – Saturday of Capital Challenge Horse Show highlights the country’s young rider talent with championships for pony, junior and children’s pony hunters. The Grand Pony Hunter Championship was awarded to Madeline Schaefer on Armani. Ashley Foster on Sin City and Samantha Sommers riding Small Affair picked up the top tricolors in the Small and Large 16-17 Hunters, respectively, while Sienna Pilla was the Children’s Hunter Pony division champion. In the evening session, Reid Patton took the top prize in the $10,000 North American Junior/Amateur Jumper Challenge Final Round sponsored by ARIAT on Twisther. The Capital Challenge Horse Show, held at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center, concludes on Sunday, October 6.

“I’ve always had terrible luck at this show. I couldn’t get myself together here,” Madeline Schaefer of Westminster, MD. At the young age of 12 she has been able to change her bad luck at Capital Challenge in a big way. The talented rider rode Armani to the lion’s share of awards today on two ponies.

Armani and Madeline Schaefer. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Armani and Madeline Schaefer.
Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Piloting Armani, her nine-year-old Welsh Pony gelding by Bronheulog Roya, she won the Small Pony Hunter Championship, sponsored by Spring Mill Farm/Jenny Yandell. They placed first, first, and second over fences and were sixth under saddle. The reserve champion was Love Me Tender, ridden by Mimi Gochman for David Gochman. They won an over fences class and were second under saddle.

The Harper Taskier Wright Memorial Trophy, given in memory of Harper by her loving parents Michael and Alexandra Borissoff Wright, friends, and family whose lives she touched, was given to Schaefer for winning the Small Pony Hunter championship.

Armani and Schaefer won the Grand Pony Hunter Championship, sponsored by Lochmoor Stables/Mindy and Greg Darst, and were awarded the VanderMoore Designs Trophy, donated by VanderMoore Designs. Schaefer was named the Best Pony Rider, an award sponsored by Archibald Cox and Brookway Stables. They were presented with the Kitty Borisoff Memorial Trophy donated by her many friends.

    Armani and Madeline Schaefer received many accolades today. Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.


Armani and Madeline Schaefer received many accolades today.
Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

The EMO Trip of the Show for Pony Hunters went to Mimi Gochman on Love Me Tender for their score of 90.

Schaefer believes that her luck changed this year due to the hard work she has put in here. “I had a lot of rides this year – four rides – so I got a lot of practice. I got the miles in the saddle in the ring,” she remarked.

Her partner Armani, she said, has “an amazing rhythm.” She added, “He likes to play a little, but we’ll put up with it if he goes like that every day. I showed him here last year when he was a green, and he’s improved a lot. The way you ride him now is a lot easier. He’s a lot more adjustable.”

In addition to the Small championship, Schaefer won the Medium Pony Hunter championship, sponsored by Flagship & Jeff & Kelley Gogul, with Sports Cast, an eight-year-old German Riding Pony gelding by Munser II owned by Gary Schaefer. They won two over fences classes. Mimi Gochman picked up her second reserve championship with True Love. They were first and second over fences.

   Sports Cast and Madeline Schaefer. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.


Sports Cast and Madeline Schaefer. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Schaefer started riding Sports Cast just over a year ago and said that his ride was more like a bigger horse than a pony. “He has a big stride and his canter is similar to some of my sister’s horses,” she explained.

The Large Pony Hunter championship went to 12-year-old Daisy Farish of Versailles, KY, on Beau Rivage, a 17-year-old Holsteiner/Welsh gelding by Magical. They won two over fences classes and placed second and third in the remaining jumping classes. Barbara Ann Merryman rode Storyteller for Samantha Kasowitz to the reserve championship after they placed first, first, and second over fences.

Farish has been paired with Beau Rivage for two years, and they competed at Capital Challenge last year. “He’s really fun because he has a great rhythm and when you get to the jump in the right spot, he just fires over it,” she said.

    Beau Rivage and Daisy Farish. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.


Beau Rivage and Daisy Farish.
Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Farish is a Capital Challenge veteran already. “I was either six or seven when I showed in the children’s ponies. It is one of my favorite shows because it isn’t all spread out. You can see everyone go and everyone comes here. It’s really competitive because at indoors there are only a certain amount who can be there. Here there are a lot more, so there is a lot more competition.”

Farish was awarded the Stewart Warner Cup for pony riders, given in memory of Laurie Gilbert Stewart & Mary Warner Brown by Donald E. Stewart, Jr. and Louise W. Serio. It is awarded to up-and-coming junior riders, who, in the opinion of the panel of judges, exhibit the best hunter style and show potential as a young hunter rider.

The Children’s Hunter Pony championship went to Beaucatcher, ridden by eight-year-old Sienna Pilla of Ridgefield, CT. Pilla and Beaucatcher, a 17-year-old Welsh Pony Cross gelding owned by Abigail Blankenship, won an over fences class and the under saddle. Alyx Goldstein and Summerland were the reserve champions after they placed first and fourth over fences and were fifth under saddle.

    Beaucatcher and Sienna Pilla. Photo copyright Parker/The Book LLC.


Beaucatcher and Sienna Pilla. Photo copyright Parker/The Book LLC.

Pilla has ridden Beaucatcher since January and started out in the Short Stirrup division, but when a show they attended didn’t have the division, they moved up to the Children’s Hunter Pony classes. With a Grand Champion Hunter title secured there, they never looked back. Advice from her trainer, Lainie Wimberly, has helped get her to this point. She recalled, “I try to keep my hands up and go forward. It helps me get a good distance at the jump – not too tight and not too big.”

Pilla said that she has attended Capital Challenge before to watch her older sister Sophia compete, but this was her first time showing. When she returns to school on Monday, she said, “I’ll tell everyone that I got champion, and I’m really excited about it.”

    Sienna Pilla and Beaucatcher in their champion presentation. Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.


Sienna Pilla and Beaucatcher in their champion presentation.
Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Wimberly noted, “I think she’s really talented and once she got past the fear of going forward her natural talent and abilities have come out. She has a natural eye and good feel. I was really impressed with the way she rode. I have high hopes for her. She comes from a really great riding family. She’s following in her sister’s footsteps.”

 

Patton’s Only Clear Round Wins

The course itself was the biggest obstacle in the $10,000 North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Challenge Cup Final Round. There were 30 entries in tonight’s final round, which was held in jump-off format. There was only one clear round over the course designed by Steve Stephens. It featured wide oxers and challenging distances; 18-year-old Reid Patton was the only rider to find the key to a clear on Twisther, a 13-year-old KWPN stallion by Farmer. Vivian Yowan and Stone Hill Farm’s Vornado van den Hoendrik were just over the time allowed to finish with one time fault for second place. Madeline Thatcher’s fast four-fault round on Pony Lane Farm’s Licapo put her in third place.

    Twisther and Reid Patton. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.


Twisther and Reid Patton. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Patton, of Nashville, TN, started riding Twisther this summer, but she had never ridden him indoors before yesterday. “I was a little nervous because he’s so big and has a giant stride. I was a little nervous for this course, but sometimes I rise to the occasion. I knew I had to be aggressive.”

Thinking the course was “set for a very scopey horse,” Patton felt that it suited Twisther, who previously jumped at the grand prix level with Jonathan McCrea. “He’s a little over-qualified. He’s just really good at scoping over oxers, so I can really leg him over and he won’t run into the front rail. I think that’s what set him apart – his ability to cross these oxers.”

    Second place finishers Vornado van den Hoendrik and Vivian Yowan. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.


Second place finishers Vornado van den Hoendrik and Vivian Yowan.
Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Despite being a stallion, Patton said that Twisther is very calm. “I’ve never ridden a horse like him. When you’re riding him, it feels like he thinks he’s on a trail ride. He just lopes around. He has a really good eye himself, so I never really get nervous if I’m a little off. I try and do my part, but I can’t be perfect all the time.”

About her win, she said, “I’m still kind of shocked. It hasn’t really sunk in. It feels amazing. I’m so thankful to Cara and Donald (Cheska). (They) couldn’t be here since Cara’s grandmother died right before the show. Tom Wright and Hayley Barnhill kind of came in (they are my hunter and equitation trainers) and trained me. I have a great team.”

    Reid Patton and Twisther in their winning presentation. Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.


Reid Patton and Twisther in their winning presentation.
Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

For their win in the final round, Patton was presented with the Remy Martin Perpetual Trophy, donated by Rolling Acres and Melanie Wright. With her win in yesterday’s first round and seventh place finish in today’s round, Victoria Colvin was the overall winner of the North American Junior/Amateur Jumper Challenge on Monsieur du Reverdy and was awarded the Ariat Congressional Cup. The Best Junior Jumper Rider Award, sponsored by Back Country Farm, was given to Victoria Colvin, while Kelsey Thatcher won the Best Amateur Jumper Rider Award sponsored by Lyman T. Whitehead and Eight Fences, LLC.

    Monsieur du Reverdy and Victoria Colvin. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.


Monsieur du Reverdy and Victoria Colvin.
Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

 

Older Junior Hunters Awarded

Traveling from California is never an easy proposition with horses, but Samantha Sommers of Malibu made the trip worth it when she won the Large Junior 16-17 Hunter championship, sponsored by Beacon Hill Show Stables, with Iwasaki & Reilly’s Small Affair. The 18-year-old rode the 10-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Elf d’Or to two firsts and a second over fences. Erin McGuire and Casallo were reserve champions after they won and placed third in two classes and were sixth under saddle.

Sommers started riding Small Affair in January and felt “a lot of pressure” initially due to her horse’s great success with previous rider Olivia Esse and with professional John French. She needn’t have worried since she was the Overall Champion at the U.S. Junior Hunter National Championships – West among other success. “I ended on the West Coast with a bang, and now I got to do it here too. It’s so hard to compete against the East Coast people with jet lag and the horses have to ship out here across the country. It’s nice when you can represent the West Coast well!” she mentioned.

    Small Affair and Samantha Sommers. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.


Small Affair and Samantha Sommers.
Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Sommers said that it take some getting used to Small Affair’s great style. “He has a spectacular jump and an amazing canter. Finding the jumps is nice and easy,” she said. “If you just take your time it’ll just work out.”

In her last junior year, winning at Capital Challenge was a goal. “I’ve never been champion at Capital Challenge before so I was so excited. It’s a really good feeling. It’s fun to be champion anywhere, but to do it at one of the top shows in the country is great. I’d like to thank Elizabeth Reilly, Chris Iwasaki, John French and my parents for all they’ve done for me,” she said.

Ashley Foster of Brookeville, MD, won a junior hunter championship last year, and this year she repeated that feat. This time it was in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunters, sponsored by Heritage Farm, on Sin City, an 11-year-old Warmblood gelding owned by Annie Friedman. The pair won two over fences class, were second in the remaining jumping class, and won the under saddle. The reserve champion was Illusion, ridden by Destry Spielberg and owned by Oscany, Inc. They placed first, second and fifth over fences and were second in the under saddle. In addition to Foster’s division championship, Sin City was named the High Point Junior Hunter 16-17, sponsored by The Clothes Horse.

Foster, who is in her final junior year, started riding Sin City this past winter and picked up the ride again at the Maryland Horse and Pony Show. She described, “He’s a blast to ride. He’s so smooth you don’t even know you’re cantering. He’s got the biggest stride possible. You can definitely feel his jump. He’s really fun,” she said.

    Sin City and Ashley Foster. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.


Sin City and Ashley Foster.
Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Capital Challenge is like a hometown show for Foster, and winning here is “so exciting.” She said, “I just love riding and winning is great but riding other people’s horses is really great.”

The winner of the $5,000 WCHR Handy Hunter Challenge, sponsored by Johnson Horse Transportation Inc., was Nick Haness on Winfield, owned by Lexie Looker. In yesterday’s $2,500 WCHR Adult Amateur Challenge, Polly Sweeney rode to victory on Karen Long Dwight’s Pimm’s Cup.

The Capital Challenge Horse Show concludes tomorrow with championships for the 15 & Under sections of the junior hunters, both sections of the Children’s Hunter Horses, the WCHR Pony Challenge, WCHR Junior Challenge, WCHR Children’s Hunter Finals, and the World Champion Hunter Under Saddle Junior class.

For full results, more information, or to watch the SmartPak live webcast, please visit www.capitalchallenge.org.

Final Results: $10,000 North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Final Round

1 TWISTHER REID PATTON: 0/66.703

2 VORNADO VAN DEN HOENDRIK VIVIAN YOWAN: 1/72.673

3 LICAPO MADELINE THATCHER: 4/64.471

4 KALLE KAELY TOMEU: 4/65.706

5 D’ARTAGNAN DARBY TOBEN: 4/71.256

6 PERLE HEATHER HOOKER: 4/63.162

7 ATHENA KELSEY THATCHER: 8/63.994

8 MONSIEUR DU REVERDY VICTORIA COLVIN: 8/65.957

9 WINDE KALVIN DOBBS: 8/67.881

10 VIRGIN MEDIA DARBY TOBEN: 8/70.096

About Capital Challenge

In its 20th year, the Capital Challenge Horse Show sets itself apart with a distinct and unique focus on preeminent hunter competition. Held each autumn at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, this year’s show will take place on September 28-October 6.

Top competitions include the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals and the THIS National Children’s Medal Finals, along with the Capital Challenge Equitation Weekend, presented by Bigeq.com. In addition to these prestigious equitation events, the Capital Challenge Horse Show will once again host the World Champion Hunter Rider Finals and will assemble the country’s best horses and riders to compete in junior, amateur, and professional hunter classes.

 

For more information, please visit www.capitalchallenge.org or visit the Capital Challenge Horse Show page on Facebook!

 

Photo: © Shawn McMillen Photography, Parker/The Book LLC, and Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. These photos may only be used in relation to this press release and with full photo credit.

Gochman and Sambalino, Baker and Q, Robinson and Sutton Place Awarded Grand Hunter Titles for Amateur-Owners and Adults

October 04, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Kirby and Winter White Win $10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Challenge

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Upper Marlboro, MD – October 3, 2013 – The 2013 Capital Challenge Horse Show continued today with competition for the amateur and adult hunter riders, along with a evening session final for Children’s/Adult Jumpers. Grand Championship ribbons were pinned on the bridles of Sambalino and Becky Gochman, Q and Susan Baker, and Sutton Place and Katie Robinson in the Amateur-Owner and Adult Hunter divisions. In the evening session, the fastest jump-off round came from Elizabeth Kirby and Winter White for the win in the $10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Challenge.

 

The remaining highlight class of the week for the professional hunter riders is the $5,000 WCHR Professional Finals, presented by the John R. Ingram Fund, for the top six hunter riders in the country on Friday, October 4. The Capital Challenge Horse Show, held at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center, will run through Sunday, October 6.

The Amateur-Owner 3’6” Hunter 36 & Over champion, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest M. Oare, was Sambalino, ridden and owned by Becky Gochman of New York, NY. They won two classes and were second over fences, and they placed third under saddle. The reserve champion was Lyn Pedersen, who rode Silhouette to second, third, and fourth places over fences and the victory under saddle.

Sambalino and Becky Gochman. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Sambalino and Becky Gochman. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

For their top finish, Gochman and Sambalino, an 11-year-old Brandenburg gelding by Samba Hit, won the Grand Amateur-Owner 3’6” Hunter Championship, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Will Roberts. They were presented with the Dr. Harold M.S. Smith Trophy, donated by Dr. Suzanne Smith and Dr. Peter Craig. Gochman was named the Best Amateur-Owner Rider, which was sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest M. Oare. She was presented with The So Many Ways Challenge Trophy, donated by Karen Kramer. They also won the Amateur-Owner 3’6” EMO High Point Trip of the Show with an 89.37.

After a small injury in April, Sambalino was brought back into work slowly, but Gochman made the decision not to ride him. This week was her first time back on him, and she explained, “Samba’s the kind of horse that you can have total faith in him to get the job done, even if you haven’t practiced. I feel like we’re such good friends now.”

It took a short time for them to get to know each other, but Gochman said it’s a great partnership after four years. “I was a little scared of him when I first got him because his jump feels so different,” she recalled. “He just has such a long, beautiful stride, but that stride can shorten in an instant. All you have to say is the littlest whoa and he’ll shorten that stride up and make any distance look good and jump the heck out of it. With his kind of adjustable stride, he can make anything happen. He gets plenty of opportunity with me to use his athletic ability to cover things up. I think he enjoys the challenge of that.”

   Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Gochman, who trains with Peter Pletcher and Steve Weiss, had never been champion at Capital Challenge before today. “This is a really special show for us. He is by far the best horse I’ve ever sat on. There is no way that any horse in my mind will ever compare to him,” she expressed.

In the Amateur-Owner 3’6” Hunter 18-35 division, sponsored by The Hallman Family and MerryLegs South LLC, the championship went to Kingston, ridden by Jazz Johnson Merton of Oldwick, NJ, and owned by Jamie Johnson. They placed first, second, and second over fences. Lexi Selldorff and Stone Horse Farm LLC’s Soulja Boy were the reserve champions after they won a jumping class and the under saddle.

 

Johnson Merton and Kingston, a 16-year-old Warmblood gelding, were previous Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Champions at Capital Challenge, and to return again and win was exciting for her. “It’s a wonderful horse show and it’s obviously very competitive, so I’m thrilled to be getting champion again. I’m so fortunate to have my horse. At the end of the day, he does all the real hard work!” she said.

    Kingston and Jazz Johnson Merton. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Kingston and Jazz Johnson Merton.
Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

She has been paired with Kingston for eight years. “He’s just amazing and he takes great care of me. My trainer, Sandy Lobel, with whom I’ve been riding since I was four years old, has an amazing ability to match a rider and a horse,” she said.

 

Calling Kingston “extremely opinionated” about the distances she finds to jumps and his sugar treat routine before going into the show ring, Johnson Merton is happy to do what it takes for him, which includes lots of cross-country riding between shows. “He has a whole system that we try to follow as a team,” she explained. “He really does step up to the plate and perform like a real showman when we’re at the big shows.”

 

The WCHR Amateur-Owner 3’6” Challenge, sponsored by Serenity Farm and Tangarae Farm, victory went to Laura Wasserman on Back in the Game. Nancy Hooker place second, while Krista Weisman rode Reality to third.

 

Q Keeps On Winning

The Amateur-Owner 3’3” Hunter 45 & Over division, sponsored by Wood Run Farm/The Tredennick Family and Woodland Way, Inc., had its championship ribbon pinned on the bridle of Q, ridden by and owned by Susan Baker of Argyle, TX. They placed first, third, and third over fences. Daryl Portela and Winner were reserve champions with first and second-place jumping ribbons.

    Q and Susan Baker. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Q and Susan Baker. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Q and Baker were also named the Grand Amateur-Owner 3’3” Champions, sponsored by Augusta Pines, and Baker was honored with the Best Amateur-Owner 3’3” Rider Award, sponsored by Team Rakowsky. Their EMO Trip of the Show for the 3’3” division was a score of 91.

 

After watching her seven-year-old Warmblood gelding by Quite Easy win a Future Hunter division championship and triumph in the $20,000 North American Future Hunter Championship, Baker felt a little pressure walking into the ring yesterday. “You feel like everybody is watching and expecting the same thing from you. But I’m an amateur and I do silly things!” she said. “I was glad yesterday when that first class couldn’t have gone any better. I think it was the best trip I’ve ever had in my entire life.”

    Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

It has been a big turnaround for Baker since this winter, when her mare passed away and her jumper tore a suspensory. When friends told her about a jumper she needed to see in Florida, Baker wasn’t sure until she saw him standing on the cross-ties. “He had this look and presence,” she said. Since then, she noted, “It’s just been an incredible year with him. He’s exceeded any expectations we could have possible have. He’s one of those horses where you’re very, very lucky they come into your life. I feel very fortunate.”

 

She added, “It’s been an unbelievable show and an absolute dream week. I just kept thinking I’m going to wake up at some point.”

 

In the Amateur-Owner 3’3” 18-44 Hunters, sponsored by Doug and Missy Smith, Kathryn Haefner of Buffalo, NY, rode Kathryn Haefner LLC’s Columbus to the championship. They won an over fences class and placed second in the under saddle. The reserve champion was Crusader, ridden and owned by Jaime Auletto. They placed second, second, and third over fences and was sixth under saddle.

Haefner has been riding Columbus, a seven-year-old Westphalian gelding, for two years. They moved up to the 3’3” this year. Columbus was originally purchased to be a sale horse, but his sweet personality has made him a possible “permanent fixture” in the barn.

“He’s a little bit like a pony,” Haefner described. “You just loop the reins and he’ll just go around. If you ride him a little bit more, he gives you a really nice jump. That’s what taken me a little while to get used to, is making him go a little bit, and then he always gives you a nice jump. He’s super smooth. His canter is really comfortable, and he has a perfect lead change. To hack him around at the barn, he’s one of the best to ride.”

 

    Columbus and Kathryn Haefner. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Columbus and Kathryn Haefner. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

As a full-time student at the University of Miami, Haefner isn’t able to ride very often, so she thanked the group that takes care of her horses, including trainer Stewart Moran. This is the third time that Haefner has competed at Capital Challenge. Although she has won a class each previous year, she related, “This was definitely our biggest moment so far at Capital Challenge. I really love coming to this horse show. There are always so many nice horses. There were almost 40 horses in our division, and I knew it was going to be tough. Being champion here is quite an accomplishment.”

 

In the $2,500 WCHR Amateur-Owner 3’3” Challenge sponsored by Milestone, LLC and Havens Schatt, Jane Gaston rode Amarillo to the win. Didi Mackenzie and MTM Inside Scoop was second, and Elizabeth de Golian placed third on Quite Simply.

 

Another Future Hunter Steps Up in the Adult Divisions

At only five years old, Sutton Place has certainly proven that he has what it takes to be a top hunter. The Hanoverian gelding by Valentino was the champion of the Adult Amateur 36-50 Hunters after a championship performance earlier in the week in the Future Hunter 5 & Under division. Sutton Place and Katie Robinson of Bronxville, NY, won both over fences classes and were fifth in the under saddle. The reserve championship went to Brad Wolf’s Winterplace, ridden by Laura Karet. They received two third places over fences and won the under saddle.

    Sutton Place and Katie Robinson. Photo copyright Parker/The Book LLC.

Sutton Place and Katie Robinson. Photo copyright Parker/The Book LLC.

Robinson and Sutton Place also won the Grand Adult Hunter Championship, which is sponsored by Steve Martines. They were presented with the Equus Entries Challenge Trophy, donated by Equus Entries and Sue and Ralph Caggiano. Robinson won the Best Adult Amateur Rider Award, sponsored by Phoebe Weseley and River Run Farm, LLC. Robinson’s trainer, Brady Mitchell, was presented with the Gail Knieriem Memorial Trophy, donated by Lynley Reilly and Randy Johnson.

 

“I’m glad I didn’t let the team down. That would have been a real bummer,” Robinson said with a smile. “He was just a dream. He’s a real team player and I think that’s what it’s all about. He makes it fun for everyone. He’s not a bummer for the groom or anyone. He’s just an all-around good horse. And the fact that he’s so young only means he’s going to get better. I’m excited.”

 

   Sutton Place with trainer Brady Mitchell. Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Sutton Place with trainer Brady Mitchell. Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Looking into the future was important for Robinson. “I figured I should take the time and find a young one and have some fun with it,” she remarked, “and grow together. Hopefully we’ll have lots of days like today.”

 

Polly Sweeney of Pasadena, CA, rode Karen Long Dwight’s Pimm’s Cup to the championship in the Adult Amateur 51 & Over Hunters sponsored by R. Bruce Duchossois and H n’ D Stables Inc. They place first and fourth over fences. Patricia Raynes and Rockford, owned by John and Stephanie Ingram, LLC picked up the reserve championship after they were first and fourth over fences.

 

Sweeney, who is 71 years old, has been riding since the age of three. She laughed, “I feel like I’m 30 years older than everyone else here and I’m in the 51 and Older section! But I wear it as a badge of honor.” Although she has had a “few hiatuses” from riding for her career and children, she has been riding regularly since 1990 and now trains with Archie Cox. She debated coming to Capital Challenge, but was assured that she could get the ride on Pimm’s Cup, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding by Silverstar, from Long Dwight. In the end, she also brought her mare Duet, who she also rode in the division.

      Polly Sweeney and Pimm’s Cup. Photo copyright Parker/The Book LLC.

Polly Sweeney and Pimm’s Cup. Photo copyright Parker/The Book LLC.

Of her catch ride, she said, “He was just a machine. I’m a violinist by profession, and I told Karen it was like playing chamber music with people you really understand. You just look at each other and you get it. I could read where I was coming to a fence, and he knew that I knew and I knew that he knew.”

 

Sweeney’s daughter, Alison, is the host of “The Biggest Loser” on television, and she is aware of the fitness it takes to ride. “Riding is a very good, vigorous sport. If you do it right you don’t just lounge around. It’s very good for your body and keeping fit. It’s so much more fun than running!” she exclaimed.

 

The championship in the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunters, sponsored by Lainie Wimberly and Brigadoon Show Stables, Inc., went to Willow, ridden by Andrea Huber of West Chester, PA, and owned by Bryan Baldwin. They placed first and second over fences and were fourth under saddle. The reserve champion was Scott Stewart’s Content, ridden by Alexa Weisman. They placed first over fences.

 

This was only the third show for Huber and Willow, a seven-year-old Oldenburg mare by Last Man Standing. Huber, who is 19 years old and studies at Centenary College, rides with Louise Serio. This was her first time at Capital Challenge. “Louise gave me the opportunity to show Willow. She asked me if I wanted to show her at Middleburg and Capital Challenge and I was ecstatic about that,” Huber said. “The fact that it was my first time here and Willow is a relatively new ride for me, it’s really incredible. I haven’t had the opportunity to show at many big shows across the country, so this is probably my biggest win.”

 

   Andrea Huber and Willow. Photo copyright Parker/The Book LLC.

Andrea Huber and Willow. Photo copyright Parker/The Book LLC.

She described the mare as “really easy-going, quiet, (with a) sweet personality.” She continued, “She’s very straight forward and easy to get along with. You’d never know she was a mare. I couldn’t have asked for better trips. She was very consistent.”

 

The WCHR Adult Hunter Under Saddle victory went to Manhatten, ridden by Katie Cook.

 

Winter White and Elizabeth Kirby Are Fastest Out of 54 entries in the $10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Challenge, six of them were clear over Steve Stephens’ course to advance to the jump-off, and three of those were double clear. It was Elizabeth Kirby of Mendham, NJ, who was able to speed through the timers on Winter White for a 2.7 second margin of victory. They finished the jump-off in 32.106 seconds.

 

   Elizabeth Kirby and Winter White. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Elizabeth Kirby and Winter White. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Kirby was presented with the Best Adult Amateur Jumper Rider Award, sponsored by Mead Grove Farm and The Belfield Trophy, donated by Julie Karpan. The Best Children’s Jumper Rider Award, sponsored by Memorial Park Hunters, went to John Darst.

 

Second place went to Hope Batchelor on Orlando, who turned in a time of 34.890 seconds. Charlene Graham and Capricette were third in 36.021 seconds with a clear round. With four faults and a quick time of 33.884 seconds, Abigail Walker and James T. Kirk finished fourth. John Darst and Underberg placed fifth with four faults in 38.210 seconds.

 

   Hope Batchelor and Orlando. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Hope Batchelor and Orlando. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Kirby has had Winter White, or ‘Patches’ as she’s known due to her distinct coloring, since May of 2012. Today’s win was somewhat bittersweet for Kirby as she recalled how she found the 10-year-old Selle Francais mare by Modesto (NL). “My trainer Gary Zook found her for me the day before he passed away,” she said. “He went to McLain Ward’s with me to pick her up and we went back home. I was supposed to have a lesson with him the next day, and he just never showed up.”

 

Although Zook has never been there to see Kirby and Patches compete, it’s clear he chose the right horse for her. “She’s been wonderful ever since day one. I never thought I’d get this far, especially with her. It’s been a blessing because I wouldn’t have been able to do this without Gary,” she expressed. “He picked her out for me, and I tried her and he said, ‘You need to get this horse now.’ The next day I bought her.”

 

Kirby also gives credit to her trainer Kelly Wilson for figuring out the horse for her. Patches as a “great work ethic,” Kirby said. “’No’ is not in her vocabulary. She is very indifferent. She does her work and doesn’t like to be pet. She likes her treats and that’s it. She goes in, does her job, and goes out. It’s another day for her. I’m blessed, and I love her so much,” she added.

    Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Kirby last competed at Capital Challenge in 2010. Since she graduated college in May, she was able to make time to come this year. She remarked, “I was just happy to even go clear. There are so many great people here. Just being in the top six to make the jump-off, I was so happy. To win, I was shocked.”

 

Final Results: $10,000 Children’s/Adult Amateur Jumper Challenge

1 WINTER WHITE ELIZABETH KIRBY: 0/0/32.106

2 ORLANDO HOPE BATCHELOR: 0/0/34.890

3 CAPRICETTE CHARLENE GRAHAM: 0/0/36.021

4 JAMES T. KIRK ABIGAIL WALKER: 0/4/33.884

5 UNDERBERG JOHN DARST: 0/4/38.210

6 SHINKANSEN DEVON MONROE: 0/16/43.198

7 ZENTA ALEXANDRA MCREADY: 1/75.602

8 CENTER COURT LILI HYMOWITZ: 1/75.653

9 RIOLETTO ERICKA CASLIN: 4/64.782

10 ANDINO VON STEKERBEND ALICE HOWLAND: 4/69.270

 

The Capital Challenge continues tomorrow with the start of the junior and pony hunters and will host the WCHR Adult Amateur Finals, the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals, and the North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Challenge Cup Round 1. The evening session includes one of the highlight classes of the week, the WCHR Professional Finals.

 

For full results, more information, or to watch the SmartPak live webcast, please visit www.capitalchallenge.org

 

About Capital Challenge

In its 20th year, the Capital Challenge Horse Show sets itself apart with a distinct and unique focus on preeminent hunter competition. Held each autumn at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, this year’s show will take place on September 28-October 6.

 

Top competitions include the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals and the THIS National Children’s Medal Finals, along with the Capital Challenge Equitation Weekend, presented by Bigeq.com. In addition to these prestigious equitation events, the Capital Challenge Horse Show will once again host the World Champion Hunter Rider Finals and will assemble the country’s best horses and riders to compete in junior, amateur, and professional hunter classes.

 

For more information, please visit www.capitalchallenge.org or visit the Capital Challenge Horse Show page on Facebook!

 

Photo: © Shawn McMillen Photography, Parker/The Book LLC, and Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. These photos may only be used in relation to this press release and with full photo credit.

Third Time’s A Charm for French and Small Affair in $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge

October 03, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Crolick Named Winner of Developing Pro Challenge, Pletcher and Q Win North American Future Hunter Championship, Stewart and Farmer Share Top Hunter Honors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Upper Marlboro, MD – October 2, 2013 – The Capital Challenge Horse Show, presented by The Gochman Family, featured the best hunters in the country as well as up-and-coming talent in both horses and riders. The day was full of competition, but the highlight class was the $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge. John French took home the win for the third time in class history on Small Affair.

The $5,000 WCHR Developing Pro Challenge victory went to Greg Crolick riding Grey Street. Peter Pletcher rode Susan Baker’s Q to the win in the $20,000 Added North American Future Hunter Championship. After the final four professional hunter divisions finished competition today, the Grand Hunter Champion and Leading Hunter Rider honors were awarded as well. Don’t forget, you can watch all of the winning jumping rounds by clicking on the “Individual Rounds” button at www.capitalchallenge.org.

The remaining highlight class of the week for the professional hunter riders is the $5,000 WCHR Professional Finals, presented by the John R. Ingram Fund, for the top six hunter riders in the country on Friday, October 4. The Capital Challenge Horse Show, held at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center, will run through Sunday, October 6.

Small Affair and John French. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Small Affair and John French. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

The $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge, sponsored by Pony Lane Farm, had 23 entries, and 12 of those returned for a second round in the evening session. Coming back on top for the second round was John French on Iwasaki & Reilly’s Small Affair, the winner of this class in 2010 and 2011. In the first round, they scored 90.33, and they returned to score 88.08 for a total of 178.41 for victory. Second place went to Kelley Farmer on Mythical. They scored 88.50 and 89.33 for a total of 177.83. Hayley Barnhill and Fonteyn were third with a total score of 175.66. Jennifer Bauersachs and Avignon placed fourth with a score of 173.91, while Havens Schatt and Bacardi scored 171.66 for fifth place.

French said of his rounds, “His first round was exceptionally great. He just jumped high and it was super smooth. I think I had enough of a lead coming into the second round. I’m not sure where I ended up in the second round, not the top, maybe third or fourth. But when you add the two scores together, it was enough to win. That was good having that cushion coming in. He had a rub in the second round, but otherwise he was great.”

Mythical and Kelley Farmer. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Mythical and Kelley Farmer. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

“Third time’s a charm,” French said with a smile. “He loves this class. It’s pretty hard to win it three times on the same horse. Those are the best horses. Most professionals bring in their heavy hitters, their top horses.”

It was a redeeming class for French, who has had a tough year of injuries. In a fall in January, he broke his foot and had major tendon and ligament damage. It has not healed as well as he hoped, and in June, he underwent shoulder surgery as well. “It was kind of an off year, but I got well enough to come to indoors,” he acknowledged. “At first, it was nice to take a little bit of a break. Then when these kinds of shows come, you want to be better and back riding again. I love this horse show and what they do for the World Hunter rider awards.”

French said that his five-year relationship with Small Affair, a 10-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Elf d’Or, is what leads to their success, even if French doesn’t compete with him very often. “I think there are some horses that you just have a partnership with,” he expressed. “I know what upsets him, what he likes, how much work he needs. I wouldn’t have wanted to ride any other horse in the class tonight because I know him so well. He always gives and tries to jump a beautiful jump every time.”

   Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. French and Small Affair were presented with the “Little Brook” Perpetual Trophy donated by Gary Duffy.


Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
French and Small Affair were presented with the “Little Brook” Perpetual Trophy donated by Gary Duffy.

Greg Crolick and Grey Street Rise to Top of Developing Pro Challenge

Twenty-eight entries lined up to compete in the $5,000 WCHR Developing Pro Challenge. With equal scores of 88 in both rounds, Greg Crolick and Adrienne Marciano’s Grey Street jumped to victory with a total 176. Close behind in second place was Jamie Taylor on Cipriani. They received scores of 87 and 88.66 for a total of 175.66. Taylor Adams and Taken were third with a score of 174.99, while Jennifer Bliss rode Poker Face to 171.83 and fourth place. Fifth place went to Trentino and Megan Young, who scored 170.50.

Grey Street and Greg Crolick. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Grey Street and Greg Crolick. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Crolick hails from Bloomfield Hills, MI, and admitted that he doesn’t fit the typical expectation of a “Developing” professional. “This year it was weird to be qualified as a Developing Professional because I’m 41 and have been doing this a while,” he said with a laugh, “but I met all of the qualifications. Hopefully, next year I’ll be in the Professional Challenge.”

Staying relaxed was on the game plan for this class, since it was more of a hunter classic-style course. Crolick explained, “I have a tendency to get aggressive when I’m in there, like a handy derby. So in this type of classical hunter round, you need to be a little quieter and be a little more subdued.”

Second place finishers Katie Taylor and Cipriani. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Second place finishers Katie Taylor and Cipriani. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

He has been riding Grey Street, a 10-year-old Brandenburg gelding, since January. The horse was originally imported from Europe to be a jumper by Seth Vallhonrat. When he knew he was qualified for tonight’s class, Crolick chose Grey Street immediately.

“He’s a wonderful horse,” Crolick said. “Just the way he canters across the ground, he’s so pretty between the jumps. The whole picture looks so consistent and nice. And I know his mind-frame walking in there will be dependable. I know him the best.”

Crolick was happy to be a part of the class. “I think this class really highlights the rider and how the rider goes in the ring. It’s nice to have your peers at the gate whooping for you and congratulating you and you’re in competition with them,” he related. “Outside of that, this helps for your profile as a professional moving forward.”

Greg Crolick and Grey Street with last year’s winner Melissa Feller and Geoff Teall. Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Greg Crolick and Grey Street with last year’s winner
Melissa Feller and Geoff Teall. Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

He continued, “Even though I’ve been teased this whole week about why I’m in the Developing Professionals, it’s all fun banter. It means a lot (to win). Last year I was here watching it and this year I’m doing it. I’m glad I was here and had a great outcome. It worked out really well.”

 

Q Is Letter Perfect In North American Future Hunter Championship

The country’s best Pre-Green horses gathered for the $20,000 Added North American Future Hunter Championship, sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Wheeler, Kocher Tack, Corrine Bevis/San Marcos Training, and Makoto Farm, Inc., in the Show Place Arena this morning. The top Future Hunters from six divisions went head-to-head in the indoor arena, and it was Peter Pletcher on Susan Baker’s Q who took the title. They scored 89.80 in the first round and improved to 90.80 in the second round for a total of 180.60.

Q and Peter Pletcher. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Q and Peter Pletcher. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Havens Schatt and Kaepernick, owned by Deborah Perkins, were second with scores of 85.40 and 87.40 for a total of 172.80. Third place went to Louise Serio on Lulu, owned by Merrylegs South, who had a total score of 170.90. Hunt Tosh rode Kenneth and Douglas Wheeler’s Crisp to a score of 170.10 for fourth place. Fifth place went to Truman, ridden by Chris Payne and owned by Maypine Farm. They scored a total of 166.05.

Havens Schatt and Kaepernick. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Havens Schatt and Kaepernick. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Pletcher and Q, a seven-year-old Warmblood gelding by Quite Easy, were the Future Hunter 3’3” champions yesterday and while he mentioned that usually it takes Q a round to get used to a new environment, he easily adapted in today’s class. “It was unbelievable. He was game on, ready. The jumps were little, and that helped me a lot. If he had to walk in there and do a true 3’3” (course), I think he might have been a little more impressed,” Pletcher pointed out. “This is the third day he’s shown. Taking all that into consideration, he was a superstar.”

Pletcher said the second round was even better, “He’d been in there once and he was all business. He was like, ‘I got it.’”

Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

For their win, Q and Pletcher were presented with the Beverly Brooks Solter Memorial Trophy donated by Hilary Scheer Gerhardt and Zan Martin Dillon. The EMO Trip of the Show for Future Hunters went to Scott Stewart and Classical, who scored a 90.5.

 

Professional Hunter Divisions Wrap Up Competition

The First Year Green Working Hunter Section A championship, sponsored by Peter Pletcher/PJP Farm, went to Bacardi, a seven-year-old KWPN gelding by Casco, ridden by Havens Schatt for Caroline Moran. Bacardi placed first in two classes and second in two classes over fences. The reserve champion was Avignon, ridden by Jennifer Bauersachs and owned by Francesca Migliore. They placed first, second, and fourth.

Bacardi and Havens Schatt. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Bacardi and Havens Schatt. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Bacardi is no stranger to Capital Challenge, having been Grand Future Hunter Champion in 2011 and victorious in the North American Future Hunter Championship in 2012. This year, going from the indoor arena to the outside ring was a benefit, Schatt thought. “Today woke him up a little bit. I think he jumped the best today of the three days because it was something new. He was fresh and it was a new place,” she added.

Having two years of solid competition under his belt has made Bacardi a solid campaigner. “He’s always been a show horse. He loves it here. He was a bit of a quirky horse when he was younger, and now you can count on him when you need him,” Schatt said. “He’s just such an amazing horse. When they win at Pre-Green as much as he did, you hope that they can go on and do it in their First Year because the competition is just so much stronger. He was consistent in every class here. I’m very proud that he’s maintained his top level of competition through three years of showing.”

Bacardi was also presented with the Grand First Year Green Hunter Championship, sponsored by Summer Hill Farms, Jordan Gilchrist, & Laura Hightower and was presented with the Magda and George Z. Lefton Memorial Trophy donated by Stacey Lefton Glick. In addition, they won the Tribute Perpetual Trophy donated by Scott Stewart for the highest cumulative numerical point total in a single professional division. They tied with Victoria Colvin and Way Cool for the EMO Trip of the Show with a score of 90.5

Kelley Farmer picked up two championship ribbons today. The first came in the First Year Green Working Hunters Section B, sponsored by the Sadrian and Kellogg Families, with Mythical, owned by Larry Glefke and Dr. Kenneth Garber. They placed first in three over fences classes. Fashion Farm’s Loyalty, ridden by Scott Stewart, was the reserve champion with first, second, third, and third place ribbons.

Farmer has been riding Mythical, a nine-year-old Westphalian gelding by Cornet Obolensky, just over a year and he immediately stepped up to the winner’s circle. They are on track to win the USEF Horse of the Year award, they won four USHJA International Hunter Derbies, and finished second at the derby finals. “He’s done nothing but be a great horse for me. When it goes wrong, it’s because of me,” she said with a smile. “He’s the smartest horse I’ve ever had. He really believes there’s nothing he can’t do, and he’s probably right.”

Quotable and Kelley Farmer. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Quotable and Kelley Farmer. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

She and Quotable were the Green Conformation Hunter champions, sponsored by Lisa A.H. Cudahy, as well as the Regular Conformation Hunter reserve champions. In the Green division, they won the model and three over fences classes, and they finished third in the remaining jumping class. They were also second in the under saddle. In the Regular division, they won the model, were second, second, and fifth over fences, and were second under saddle. Farmer also rode the Green Conformation reserve champion, Backstory, who is owned by Tia Schurecht. They were second in the model, first, fifth, and sixth over fences, and they won the under saddle.

Quotable is an eight-year-old Warmblood gelding owned by Larry Glefke and Dr. Kenneth Garber. Although he was ridden by Holly Orlando this winter, a change of rider was no problem for the young horse. He has been champion or reserve every time out in 2013. “He’s unbelievable to ride; there are no tricks to him. He’s not a hard horse,” Farmer said.

Quotable also won the Grand Conformation Hunter Championship and was presented with the Kenneth M. Wheeler Perpetual Trophy donated by BJ Meeks and Pablo Perez.

Having two such great horses in their first year of major competition is fun for Farmer. “They’re like a little and big version of each other. But we don’t do Quotable in the derbies. Mythical is the derby horse. Quotable is the pretty boy and Mythical is the tough boy,” she laughed.

She continued about her young stars, “We’re lucky enough to have one of them, let alone a barn full of them. You always have to look for the next one. If you’re just looking for ‘the one’ or just waiting for one, then that’s all you’ll have.”

The Regular Conformation Hunter champion for the second year in a row was Showman, ridden by Scott Stewart and owned by Alexa and Krista Weisman. They won three over fences classes along with the under saddle, and they placed second in the model. The division was sponsored by Hidden Hollow LLC & Ginny Edwards and Joie Gatlin/Morley Abey Show Jumping Inc.

Showman and Scott Stewart. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Showman and Scott Stewart. Photo copyright Shawn McMillen Photography.

Thanks to a light showing schedule, Showman, an 11-year-old Westphalian gelding by Showstar, always arrives at Capital Challenge fresh. He is a successful product of the Future Hunter division, having won a Grand Future Hunter championship here in 2009, the First Year Green championship in 2010, the Second Year Green championship in 2011, and last year’s Regular Conformation win.

As a veteran competitor, Showman makes Stewart’s job easy. “It’s nice to have him and Everly. They’re easy horses. They try to do their best, and there are no tricks to them. He’s really simple and he never tries to do anything wrong. It’s nice to fall back on them.”

Showman was one of three horses that finished with 40 points in a division and tied for the Grand Hunter Championship, which is sponsored by RSB Farms, Inc. and Rob Bielefeld. Scott Stewart had two mounts in the presentation in Dr. Betsee Parker’s Everly and Showman, owned by Alexa and Krista Weisman. Kelley Farmer and Quotable joined them in the presentation, and all three were presented with the Janet Polk Read and Margaret Hough Sabbatini Memorial Trophy, donated by the Goguen Family. Stewart and Farmer also shared Leading Hunter Rider honors, which were sponsored by the Gibson Family and Shadyside Farm and Hobby Family Foundation. They were presented with the BJ’s Hunt Room Trophy, donated by BJ Meeks and Pablo Perez.

Everly and Scott Stewart, Showman and Krista Weisman, Quotable and Kelley Farmer, with Jennifer Glass. Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Everly and Scott Stewart, Showman and Krista Weisman,
Quotable and Kelley Farmer, with Jennifer Glass.
Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

There was also a tie for the Grand Future Hunter Championship between Knob Creek, ridden by Jocelyn Martin and owned by Dana Nifosi, and Crisp, ridden by Hunt Tosh for Kenneth and Douglas Wheeler. The championship was sponsored by David Belford and Christopher Payne/New Hope LLC & Susan Moriconi. They were presented with “A Rare Diamond” Perpetual Trophy donated by “The Friends of Mickey.”

The Grand Green Hunter Championship is sponsored by Balmoral Farm Inc. and Traci & Carleton Brooks. This year the award went to Queen Lattifa, ridden by Hunt Tosh for Kenneth and Douglas Wheeler.

The Grey Slipper Award and Perpetual Trophy, donated by Bridget Hallman, was awarded to Stephanie Riggio’s Indian Summer and Fiddler’s Bridge for excellence in the professional and amateur hunter divisions.

The $1,000 Senior WCHR Under Saddle victory, sponsored by Arcadia Farm, went to Andover, ridden by Alicia Saxton and owned by Savannah Stuart. They were presented with the Hollywood Challenge Trophy donated by Paula Polk Lillard.

Andover and Alicia Saxton. Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Andover and Alicia Saxton. Photo copyright Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Correction: Yesterday’s release included the incorrect reserve champion for the Performance 3’6” Hunters. The reserve champion was Small Affair, ridden by John French for Iwasaki & Reilly.

The Capital Challenge Horse Show continues tomorrow with championships for the Amateur-Owner 3’3” and 3’6” Hunters and three sections of Adult Amateur Hunters. The WCHR Amateur-Owner Challenge 3’3” and 3’6” will be held in the afternoon, and the $10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Challenge will wrap up the evening festivities.

For full results, more information, or to watch the SmartPak live webcast, please visit www.capitalchallenge.org.

Final Results: $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge

1 SMALL AFFAIR JOHN FRENCH 91.00 90.00 90.00 90.33

88.25 87.50 88.50 88.08 178.41

2 MYTHICAL KELLEY FARMER 89.00 87.50 89.00 88.50

87.50 89.50 91.00 89.33 177.83

3 FONTEYN HAYLEY BARNHILL 87.00 88.00 87.00 87.33

88.50 88.50 88.00 88.33 175.66

4 AVIGNION JENNIFER BAUERSACHS 83.75 84.50 86.50 84.91

89.00 89.00 89.00 89.00 173.91

5 BACARDI HAVENS SCHATT 82.50 82.00 84.50 83.00

91.00 91.00 84.00 88.66 171.66

6 PADDINGTON NICK HANESS 86.00 84.00 86.00 85.33

87.00 87.00 85.00 86.33 171.66

7 BAY LANE JAMIE TAYLOR 87.50 87.00 85.00 86.50

85.00 83.00 82.00 83.33 169.83

8 QUATRAIN ELIZABETH BOYD 83.50 81.00 83.00 82.50

86.00 88.00 87.00 87.00 169.50

9 EVERLY SCOTT STEWART 84.00 83.00 81.00 82.66

88.00 84.00 86.00 86.00 168.66

10 UNDENIABLE JENNY KARAZISSIS 88.00 85.00 88.00 87.00

83.00 82.00 80.00 81.66 168.66

11 INVINCIBLE AMANDA STEEGE 82.00 86.00 84.00 84.00

84.00 86.00 83.00 84.33 168.33

12 ROMANCE PETER PLETCHER 87.75 85.50 86.75 86.66

50.00 45.00 45.00 46.66 133.32

Final Results: $5,000 WCHR Emerging Pro Challenge

1 GREY STREET GREG CROLICK 87.50 88.00 88.50 88.00

89.00 87.50 87.50 88.00 176.00

2 CIPRIANI JAMIE TAYLOR 85.50 86.50 89.00 87.00

90.00 88.00 88.00 88.66 175.66

3 TAKEN TAYLOR ADAMS 88.00 87.00 88.00 87.66

88.00 87.00 87.00 87.33 174.99

4 POKER FACE JENNIFER BLISS 86.25 84.50 85.75 85.50

87.00 86.00 86.00 86.33 171.83

5 TRENTINO MEGAN YOUNG 87.00 86.50 86.00 86.50

84.00 84.00 84.00 84.00 170.50

6 HUNDRED ACRE KEIRSTIN JOHNSEN 86.00 86.00 85.00 85.66

82.00 82.00 83.00 82.33 167.99

7 LIMBO COLLEEN ACOSTA 86.50 86.25 86.00 86.25

83.00 80.00 82.00 81.66 167.91

8 SAMBA SHAWN CASADY 84.00 80.50 84.50 83.00

85.00 83.00 85.00 84.33 167.33

9 ALLURA LAENA ROMOND 85.00 81.00 81.00 82.33

80.00 81.00 80.00 80.33 162.66

10 MAXIMUS CASSANDRA KAHLE 85.75 83.50 85.50 84.91

77.00 77.00 79.00 77.66 162.57

11 TUNDRA HILLARY JOHNSON 83.00 85.00 84.00 84.00

78.00 78.00 78.00 78.00 162.00

12 MALDINI KATIE GARDNER 85.25 79.75 82.50 82.50

45.00 45.00 45.00 45.00 127.50

Final Results: $20,000 Added North American Future Hunter Championship

1 Q PETER PLETCHER 92.00 91.00 88.00 90.00 88.00 89.80

92.00 91.00 89.00 90.00 92.00 90.80 180.60

2 KAEPERNICK HAVENS SCHATT 86.50 86.50 82.75 86.25 85.00 85.40

87.00 87.00 87.00 87.00 89.00 87.40 172.80

3 LULU LOUISE SERIO 83.00 85.00 86.00 86.00 86.00 85.20

86.00 85.00 85.50 85.00 87.00 85.70 170.90

4 CRISP HUNT TOSH 82.00 82.00 87.00 86.50 87.00 84.90

84.00 86.00 85.00 86.00 85.00 85.20 170.10

5 TRUMAN CHRIS PAYNE 77.25 80.50 86.50 89.00 86.50 83.95

80.00 81.00 83.00 83.00 83.50 82.10 166.05

6 RANSOM TIM GOGEN 87.00 87.00 83.75 85.00 84.50 85.45

83.00 80.00 78.00 83.50 78.00 80.50 165.95

7 CANDID JENNIFER ALFANO 90.00 89.00 84.50 87.00 83.85 86.87

79.00 75.00 82.00 82.00 75.00 78.60 165.47

8 MTM YOWZA TRACY FENNEY 80.00 84.00 82.00 82.00 81.00 81.80

85.00 84.00 82.00 81.00 81.00 82.60 164.40

9 MTM CASH TRACY FENNEY 80.50 83.00 84.00 83.00 82.50 82.60

80.50 81.00 82.50 80.00 80.00 80.80 163.40

10 CLASSICAL SCOTT STEWART 80.50 88.00 76.25 77.00 83.35 81.02

81.00 82.00 81.00 84.00 82.00 82.00 163.02

11 WISDOM SCOTT STEWART 89.00 90.00 85.00 88.00 83.50 87.10

62.00 65.00 63.00 70.00 60.00 64.00 151.10

12 STAND ALONE CHRIS PAYNE 86.00 86.00 80.00 84.00 84.00 84.00

40.00 40.00 40.00 40.00 40.00 40.00 124.00

 

About Capital Challenge

In its 20th year, the Capital Challenge Horse Show sets itself apart with a distinct and unique focus on preeminent hunter competition. Held each autumn at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, this year’s show will take place on September 28-October 6.

Top competitions include the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals and the THIS National Children’s Medal Finals, along with the Capital Challenge Equitation Weekend, presented by Bigeq.com. In addition to these prestigious equitation events, the Capital Challenge Horse Show will once again host the World Champion Hunter Rider Finals and will assemble the country’s best horses and riders to compete in junior, amateur, and professional hunter classes.

 

For more information, please visit www.capitalchallenge.org or visit the Capital Challenge Horse Show page on Facebook!

Photo: © Shawn McMillen Photography and Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. These photos may only be used in relation to this press release and with full photo credit.

The 2013 Capital Challenge Horse Show Starts This Saturday!

September 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

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Upper Marlboro, MD – September 24, 2013 – The 2013 Capital Challenge Horse Show (CCHS) presented by The Gochman Family is just days away, kicking off on Saturday, September 28, at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD. The show begins with its Equitation Weekend presented by Bigeq.com, and the fantastic competition continues through October 6 with top USEF “AA” rated events. The management team at Capital Challenge looks forward to welcoming many of the nation’s top horses and riders for its 20th year of exceptional equestrian sport.

 

Equitation Weekend Welcomes the Nation’s Top Young Riders

 

One of the highlights at Capital Challenge is the Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) National Children’s Medal Finals, which will be held during Equitation Weekend on Sunday, September 29. Following a year-long qualification process, the nation’s top children’s riders will compete through two rounds in an attempt to take the national title. Fifteen-year-old Avery Hinson of New Albany, OH, sits third in the standings coming into this weekend’s competition and looks forward to the opportunity to show.

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This is Hinson’s third and final year competing in the children’s medal classes and her first year qualifying for the finals. Hinson rides with Angela Moore at Stealaway Farm in Dublin, OH, and will show Elaine (shown at left, with Hinson), an 11-year-old Warmblood mare that she recently leased.

 

“It is quite surreal to finally be going to the THIS Finals and I’m so excited to have this opportunity,” Hinson noted. “Last year I was in the top 40, but was knocked out in the final week, so it is a relief that I made it this year! Even though it is my third year competing in the THIS medal classes, they didn’t get any easier.”

 

Hinson is happy to be sitting third in the country coming into the finals and explained that she tried to be as consistent as possible at every show this year.

 

“The THIS Finals are very hard to qualify for because you have to place well in almost every class you show in to stay in the top 40,” she detailed. “Because the barn I ride with tends to travel to the larger equestrian destinations, I have had the opportunity to compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival, all the way up to the Lake Placid Horse Show in New York where I have gained a lot of experience, which I think will help me greatly. I look forward to the Finals this year and can’t wait to see what it has in store for all of us. I also can’t wait to reunite with my friends that live all over the country that will be there.”

 

New Artwork by Michael Tang Revealed for 2013 Show Program and Official Poster

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Every year, the Capital Challenge Horse Show’s program and official poster feature new artwork by artist Michael Tang. This year’s cover art is a beautiful painting of 2012 World Championship Hunter Rider champion Scott Stewart and one of his top mounts, Dedication, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker.

 

The process that goes into creating the cover art each year is a great challenge for artist Michael Tang, and he is meticulous in his research and planning.

 

“Each year, as I begin to think about rendering the painting for the Capital Challenge poster, there is anxiety,” Tang expressed. “Will I be able to find a suitable photo to use as inspiration; one that flatters both horse and rider? In the last eighteen years or so that I’ve created the painting for the poster, there have been only one or two times that I’ve found a photograph that I can utilize straightaway.”

 

Tang explained, “As one might imagine, there is never one photo that is perfect. There might be good shot of the rider in which his equitation is exemplary, but then he or she is riding a different horse. Little by little, answers are found and forms take shape and there is always relief when the end is in sight, in other words, when I know instinctively how to finish the final painting.”

 

Father Michael Tang is a professor, priest and an artist who paints large watercolors reflecting his interest in religious subjects, his life in California, and of course his love of horses. Tang received his bachelor’s degree in studio arts from Loyola Marymount University in 1981, as well as a Masters of Fine Art in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1983. He earned two other master degrees in theology and divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California.

He is a Professor of Art and Art History at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. The award-winning artist specializes in brilliant watercolors and his sporting art has appeared on the covers of The Chronicle of the Horse, Horse Show, The New York Times Magazine, and Dressage Today, as well as many other publications. When not teaching or painting, Tang enjoys bringing along young show hunters.

 

Posters will be available for sale at the souvenir stand located on the concourse of the Show Place Arena at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center.

 

About Capital Challenge

In its 20th year, the Capital Challenge Horse Show sets itself apart with a distinct and unique focus on preeminent hunter competition. Held each autumn at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, this year’s show will take place on September 28-October 6.

 

Top competitions include the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals and the THIS National Children’s Medal Finals, along with the Capital Challenge Equitation Weekend, presented by Bigeq.com. In addition to these prestigious equitation events, the Capital Challenge Horse Show will once again host the World Champion Hunter Rider Finals and will assemble the country’s best horses and riders to compete in junior, amateur, and professional hunter classes.

 

For more information, please visit www.capitalchallenge.org or visit the Capital Challenge Horse Show page on Facebook!

 

Top Photo: © Shawn McMillen Photography – www.shawnmcmillenphotography.com. These photos may only be used in relation to this press release and with full photo credit.

 

Join Us for 2013 Ride & Learn Clinic Series at PBIEC!

January 11, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – January 10, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions is pleased to announce that their Ride & Learn Series presented by Palm Beach Riding Academy and Lunch & Learn Series presented by Copy and Print Depot at Office Depot will return for the 2013 season during the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.

 

The Ride & Learn Series will begin at 3:00 p.m. with the first clinic, sponsored by Deux Chevaux, on Tuesday, January 15, with top hunter trainer Charlie Moorcroft on the “Road to the Pony Finals.” Riders will have the opportunity to ride and learn from the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the sport throughout the series. The Ride & Learns will start FTI WEF 2 and run every Tuesday through FTI WEF 12. Contact Sean Jones at 561-784-4275 or sean@equestriansport.com to sign up!

 

Year-round Wellington based Charles Moorcroft has spent his life working with horses. Charlie grew up riding and showing in Glastonbury, CT and has an extensive background in classical dressage, hunters and equitation although his first love is teaching kids on ponies. A passionate teacher to all ages and levels, Charlie has had great success coaching students to numerous championships up and down the east coast.

 

In addition to numerous championships at FTI WEF, his students have competed at Devon, Junior Hunter Finals, NEHC Finals, Capital Challenge, Harrisburg, Washington International, Syracuse and of course the USEF Pony Finals where Benjamin Buttons was this year’s Small Green Pony Champion.

 

Charlie is a USHJA certified trainer and serves on the following committees: The USHJA Pony Task Force, The USHJA Zone Four Hunter Committee, The USHJA Foundation Board of Directors, The USHJA Young Professionals Committee as an advisor, and The USEF National Hunter Committee.

 

The first Lunch & Learn, sponsored by Equestrian Sport Productions, will be on Thursday, January 17, and focus on the topic of Stress Management for Horse and Rider by Mary Ann Simonds. They take place from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in the Wellington Club. Admission is free for riders, trainers and owners!

 

The first Lunch & Learn topic, “Stress Management for Horse and Rider,” is a comparison of horses and humans to form the perspective that we are both “social mammals and share a number of similar needs,” Simonds says. “Breathe together, calming signals, how we store stress, compensation syndrome, and more. I have done this talk for years from the USDF to Germany Equitana and it can be a little ‘hands on’ which makes it fun and relaxing.” For more information, please visit www.maryannsimonds.com.

 

See the schedules below for more upcoming Series information! Full season details will be available FTI WEF 2.

 

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 at www.fticonsulting.com.

 

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

 

Victoria Colvin Rides in Style to Win $10,000 North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Challenge Cup • Daisy Farish and Hillcrest Blue Halo Win Grand Pony Hunter Championship

October 07, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Barbara Ruziska and Victoire van het Dingeshof
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Upper Marlboro, MD – October 6, 2012 – The $10,000 North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Challenge Cup Final Round highlighted the evening session today at the Capital Challenge Horse Show. Fourteen-year-old Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, sped to the win in the jump-off on Monsieur du Reverdy and captured first place, despite finishing the course with no stirrups. That also gave her the overall win for the North American Junior/Amateur Challenge Cup, sponsored by Ariat, for which she was awarded the Ariat Congressional Cup. Earlier in the day, the Grand Pony Hunter Championship was presented to Hillcrest Blue Halo, ridden by Daisy Farish for Bill Schaub. The Capital Challenge Horse Show, held at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center, will run through Sunday, October 7.

There were 30 entries in tonight’s final round, which was held in jump-off format. There were four clear rounds, and they went for speed over the shortened course, designed by Steve Stephens. First to go was Nathaniel Britell on Kimberlite. They had one rail in 41.064 seconds and finished in third place. Haley Schaufeld and Ana Sia also had four faults, but with a slower time of 43.165 seconds, they placed fourth. Barbara Ruziska and Victoire van het Dingeshof were faster in 42.343 seconds and a clear round, but they would have to wait and see what Colvin could do.
It turns out, Colvin could do quite a lot. She and Monsieur du Reverdy, a 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Quidam de Revel, started out with speed, but had a hiccup after landing from the liverpool oxer into the corner. The horse tripped and caught his shoe, pulling it off, and Colvin lost a stirrup. She continued through the double combination, but after that finished the rest of the course with no stirrups.

When asked about her jump-off plan, she said with a smile, “I didn’t know if I was going to go inside or around to the second jump. I wasn’t deciding to drop my stirrups either. I jumped the liverpool and kind of fell down, and he pulled a shoe. Then I almost fell off. Then I jumped the in and out with one stirrup. I couldn’t get it back, so I just decided to drop my stirrups since it was much easier.”

 

 

Monsieur du Reverdy and Victoria Colvin. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Colvin said that the same thing happened at the Devon Horse Show where she lost one stirrup but decided to drop both of them and was able to win there too. Last weekend, Colvin finished second in the equitation finals after completing a work-off without stirrups. She compared, “This was easier than the equitation because I didn’t have to think about my position, even though I almost fell off!”

 

 

Victoria Colvin crossing the finish line with no stirrups
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Despite winning by two seconds, Colvin didn’t think she was fast enough for victory. “I didn’t think I had the time because I slipped and thought that would take time. I didn’t think I was going that fast,” she acknowledged. “Maybe because I was without stirrups, it seemed slower or something.”

Colvin was excited to add this win to her career highlights after finishing in second place last year with Waminka. She remarked, “This one is pretty cool. Since it’s indoors, it’s pretty prestigious. It’s pretty nice to win this.”

 

 

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For their win in the final round, Colvin was presented with the Remy Martin Perpetual Trophy, donated by Rolling Acres and Melanie Wright. The Best Junior Jumper Rider Award, sponsored by Back Country Farm, was given to Victoria Colvin, while Darby Toben won the Best Amateur Jumper Rider Award sponsored by Lyman T. Whitehead and Eight Fences, LLC.

Daisy Farish Cleans Up Pony Awards

The Grand Pony Hunter Championship, sponsored by Lochmoor Stables/Mindy and Greg Darst, went to Hillcrest Blue Halo, owned by Bill Schaub and ridden by 11-year-old Daisy Farish of Versailles, KY. They won three out of four classes in the small pony hunter division and placed second in the remaining class.

 

 

Daisy Farish and Hillcrest Blue Halo. © Shawn McMillen Photography

They were awarded with the VanderMoore Designs Trophy, donated by VanderMoore Designs. Farish was named the Best Pony Rider, an award sponsored by Archibald Cox and Brookway Stables. They were presented with the Kitty Borisoff Memorial Trophy donated by her many friends. They also won the EMO Trip of the Show with a score of 88. The reserve championship went to Rico Suave and Isabella Russekoff, who rode for Suave Pony, LLC. They placed first, third, and fourth.

The Harper Taskier Wright Memorial Trophy, given in memory of Harper by her loving parents Michael and Alexandra Borissoff Wright, friends, and family whose lives she touched was given to Farish for winning the Small Pony Hunter championship.

 

 

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Schaub bought Hillcrest Blue Halo, a nine-year-old Welsh mare by Vida Blue, as a five-year-old, and his student Parker Wright started the pony in competition. Farish started riding her this year at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Schaub said, “It’s a good match. The pony wants you to be confident because she’s such a careful jumper. She wants a rider who sits still and gives her confidence. Daisy does a good job at it. The pony is just nine now; she’s just coming into her own. It’s her time.”

Farish described, “She has a huge stride and she has no problem with any division. She can do it very easily. She’s really good.” Farish also said that the pony is “easy to handle” at home and her six-year-old sister, Coco, is able to ride her as well. There isn’t really a difference between at home and the shows. “She likes to come up to the challenge at the shows, but she’s always good at home too,” she said. “She’s a clever pony and she can learn things very fast.”

Farish won the championship in the same division at Capital Challenge last year and said, “I love this horse show. I like the rings and their shape. I like the way you can ride in them.”

 

Daisy Farish and Northwind Marin. © Parker/Russell – The Book LLC

Farish also won the Children’s Pony Hunter championship on Northwind Marin, a six-year-old Crossbred gelding by Small-Land Martello and owned by Prue Richardson. They won an over fences class and the under saddle. The reserve champion was Woodlands Not Quite White, ridden and owned by Chloe White. They were first and third in the division.

In the Medium Pony Hunters, sponsored by Jeff and Keeley Gogul/Flagship Ltd, Topeka King and 13-year-old Taylor St. Jacques of Glen Allen, VA, won the championship. The pair won two classes in the division. St. Jacques rode for her trainer, Kim Stewart, who she thanked for the opportunity to ride Topeka King. The reserve champion was Trillville, ridden by Lili Hymowitz and owned by Rose Hill Farm. They placed first, third, and fourth in the division.

 

Taylor St. Jacques and Topeka King. © Shawn McMillen Photography

The pair won the handy hunter class, and St. Jacques said it is one of her favorite classes. “I like doing the handy because it’s really fun and energetic. You get to do lots of turns, so it makes it more fun than just doing outside-diagonal, outside-diagonal,” she explained.

St. Jacques started riding when she was six years old, but only started riding Topeka King, a 10-year-old Welsh gelding by Stonehedge Spectacular, two months ago. This is only their fourth show, and this is St. Jacques’ first time at Capital Challenge. She described, “The pony is really fun and really easy. He really is a good pony and I’m so happy that I got to ride him here. He’s been doing shows for a year or two now. He takes a lot of leg. He’s really lazy, but when you ask him to go, he goes really easily. He’s very responsive.”

The Large Pony Hunter championship went to Aladdin, ridden by Emma Kurtz for Spencer Chapin. Kurtz, a 12-year-old rider from Hudson, OH, rode Aladdin to first, second, and third place ribbons. The reserve champion was Reservations Required, ridden by Meredith Darst and owned by Alicia Moellering. They received three second place ribbons.

 

 

Emma Kurtz and Aladdin. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Kurtz has been riding Aladdin for a year and got the ride since the pony is for sale. She noted that Aladdin is “usually really laid-back.” This was her first time at Capital Challenge and said it “feels good to win.” Kurtz and Aladdin will also compete at the Pennsylvania National and Washington International Horse Shows.

The Small Junior 16-17 Hunter championship was awarded to Peakewood Pharm Inc.’s Photo Shoot, ridden by Shawn Casady of Harriman, TN. They placed first, second, third and fifth in the division. The reserve champion was Parkland, ridden by Barbara Ann Merryman for Jennifer Gates. They placed first, second, and fourth.

 

 

Shawn Casady and Photo Shoot. © Parker/Russell – The Book LLC

The nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding was originally a low-level event horse when trainer Bill Schaub found him. Schaub noted that he is a “really, really good jumper,” but at the time, “He wasn’t a good mover and he wasn’t very pretty at that time. He was all bony. But he jumped everything really well and that’s what I liked about him.”

Photo Shoot started out in the First Year Green Hunters with professional rider Molly Sewell, and has since shown in the junior hunters with Casady, Barbara Ann Merryman, Porter Allen, and Victoria Press. Press will continue on with Photo Shoot in the remaining indoor horse shows.

“We just had to work through some greenness about horse shows,” Schaub said of the horse’s early show career. “He was lazy and didn’t know to go forward. Now all of a sudden he’s just decided that he’s a show horse. He’s figured it all out. We named him Photo Shoot because he’s always looking like he wants to get his picture taken. It makes me really proud that he won here because it’s one we picked as a baby.”

Schaub added, “It’s nice because this is Shawn’s last junior ride on him and he was champion, so that meant a lot to us.”

Mahala Rummel’s Charade and rider Ashley Foster of Brookeville, MD, took the championship in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters, sponsored by Beacon Hill Stables and RC Stables. They finished first, second, and fifth in the division. Savant, ridden by Shawn Casady and owned by First Partners LP, was the reserve champion after placing first, fifth, and sixth.

 

 

Ashley Foster and Charade. © Parker/Russell – The Book LLC

Foster started riding Charade, a 12-year-old Warmblood gelding, last November to help sell him. They are qualified for all four indoor shows, and she believes that his qualities are that “he’s very slow and he has a very low attitude. He really doesn’t care and is totally chill.”

Foster said that since she started riding him, their partnership has grown. “I think we’ve gotten to know each other much better. We get along and we’re a pretty good pair,” she said.

This is Foster’s first hunter championship at Capital Challenge. “It’s great; I love showing here,” she remarked.

The winner of the $5,000 WCHR Handy Hunter Challenge, sponsored by Johnson Horse Transportation Inc., was Nick Haness on Gelato.

The Capital Challenge Horse Show concludes tomorrow with championships for the 15 & Under sections of the junior hunters, both sections of the Children’s Hunters, the WCHR Pony Challenge, WCHR Junior Challenge, WCHR Children’s Hunter Finals, and the World Champion Hunter Under Saddle Junior class.

If you can’t attend the Capital Challenge Horse Show, remember you can see all the action live and find full results at www.capitalchallenge.org. For live scoring please visit www.equestrianlive.com.

Final Results: $10,000 North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Final Round
1   MONSIEUR DU REVERDY  VICTORIA COLVIN: 0/0/40.832
2   VICTOIRE VAN HET BARBARA RUZISKA: 0/0/42.343
3   KIMBERLITE      NATHANIEL BRITELL: 0/4/41.064
4   ANA SIA         HALEY SCHAUFELD: 0/4/43.165
5   VICKY           TAYLOR ALEXANDER: 0/8/72.117
6   SALERNO         KILIAN MCGRATH: 0/8/75.108
7   KING OF HEARTS  CHLOE REID: 0/8/77.081
8   TORSINAA        MEGAN CACCHIO: 0/9/78.058
9   UPSTAIRE        CALLIE SMITH: 0/12/69.309
10  KASKADE         SHAWN CASADY: 0/12/73.745
11  CHAUCER         DARBY TOBEN: 0/13/78.294
12  PRINCETON       DARBY TOBEN: 0/15/80.939

About Capital Challenge
In its 19th year, the Capital Challenge Horse Show sets itself apart with a distinct and unique focus on preeminent hunter competition. Held each autumn at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, this year’s show will take place on September 29-October 7.

 

Top competitions include the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals and the THIS National Children’s Medal Finals, along with the Capital Challenge Equitation Weekend, presented by Bigeq.com. In addition to these prestigious equitation events, the Capital Challenge Horse Show will once again host the World Champion Hunter Rider Finals and will assemble the country’s best horses and riders to compete in junior, amateur, and professional hunter classes.

For more information, please visit www.capitalchallenge.org or visit the Capital Challenge Horse Show page  on Facebook!

Photos © Shawn McMillen Photography – www.shawnmcmillen.com, Parker/Russell – The Book LLC, and © Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. These photos may only be used in relation to this press release and with full photo credit.

 

© 2012 Jennifer Wood Media Inc.

Scott Stewart Rides to Fifth All-Time Win in WCHR Professional Finals ● Annie Finch Finishes at Top of ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals

October 06, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Scott Stewart and VIP Z. © Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Upper Marlboro, MD – October 5, 2012 – The best six hunter riders in the country this year  – Peter Pletcher, Scott Stewart, Elizabeth Boyd, Kelley Farmer, Hunt Tosh, and John French – competed in the WCHR Professional Finals sponsored by the John R. Ingram Fund. The head-to-head unique competition saw Scott Stewart ride four different horses for his fifth win, the most of any rider in the 19 year history of the class. In the afternoon session, Annie Finch was honored as the winner of the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals sponsored by ARIAT International. The Capital Challenge Horse Show, held at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center, will run through Sunday, October 7.

It was a great night for Stewart, who led the class from the very start when he rode his horse VIP Z to a score of 91.33. In the second round, he and Winnetou had another fantastic round and the judges rewarded them with a score of 90. The third round had Stewart up on Capilan 2, and he received his highest score of the night, a 91.66. The final round was a handy hunter class, and Stewart rode Savvy to another high score of 90. Stewart finished with a total of 362.99, almost eight more points that the second-placed rider, Peter Pletcher.
“The horses went really well and the courses were a little bit more challenging than past years,” Stewart said. “Everybody did a great job and the horses were super.”

Pletcher brought his new junior hunter horse Savvy to the competition, and they scored an 81.33 after an unfortunate rail. His second ride on CR Carolato II scored an 88.66, and his third ride was on Sander, who helped him score a 90.5. Pletcher excelled in the handy hunter class, scoring a 94.33 on equitation horse VIP Z.

 

Peter Pletcher and VIP Z. © Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Pletcher said, “It was excellent to get to ride with these guys and girls. The horses were probably the best they’ve been.” He noted that he knew VIP Z could handle the tricky inside turn he did in the handy course because he saw Victoria Colvin accomplish it during Equitation Weekend. Pletcher brought Savvy to this class because he felt that the horse has “a great attitude, excellent personality, and he always tries.” He added, “He’s a good hunter choice. I thought it would be nice to have more of a hunter type for the class.”

John French brought Sander who was named the Best Horse. They scored an 89.66 to start out French’s night, and French went on to have a 90.66 on VIP Z, an 89.16 on Winnetou, and an 84.33 on Capilan 2 for a total of 353.81 and third place.

 

John French and Winnetou. © Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

“I was really happy with the horse that I brought and that he ended up winning the high score horse,” French remarked. “Even if I didn’t win, it was good he won. I’ve done a few derbies on him. He wasn’t supposed to come to this show; he came two days ago and he’s doing the Children’s Hunters here. I knew he would be a great horse for the class. I said to his owner before, ‘He’s probably going to get leading horse.’ Afterward I saw her and she said, ‘You called that one.’”

Elizabeth Boyd of Camden, SC, finished in fourth place with a total of 346.33. She received scores of 84 (Winnetou), 86 (Capilan 2), 86 (Savvy), and 90.33 (CR Carolato II).

 

Elizabeth Boyd and Capilan 2. © Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

She said, “This class was good quality and they were great courses. Everybody did a great job and it was fun to be a part of it.” Boyd noted that Winnetou has not had as much hunter experience after moving from the jumper ring, but that he was “cute and a good boy.” She added, “It was nice of them to let me use him.”

Fifth place went to Hunt Tosh, who received scores of 87.33 (CR Carolato II), 90.66 (Sander), 83 (VIP Z), and 82 (Winnetou) for a total of 346.33.

 

Hunt Tosh and Sander. © Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Tosh noted that while all of the riders are very serious during the week, this night class lets them have a good time. In the handy class, he said he “had nothing to lose,” so he tried an inside turn that no one else attempted. It didn’t quite work for Tosh, but he had fun in the class nevertheless.

Of the horse he brought, he noted, “He behaved for everyone. He was fun to ride.”

Kelley Farmer finished up in sixth place after her horse Red Sky was replaced after her round. She scored a 35 in the first round after Red Sky had a refusal and looked uncomfortable in the ring. The WCHR Appeal Committee for the show decided that Farmer would have to keep her score since it was her horse that she brought for the class, but replaced Red Sky with the alternate horse, Capilan 2.

Farmer rebounded for her final three rounds, scoring 83.33 (Savvy), 90 (CR Carolato II), and 90.66 (Sander) for a total of 298.99.

 

Kelley Farmer and Savvy. © Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Farmer explained of the situation, “He felt like he hit himself or stung himself. I wouldn’t have walked in the ring if he didn’t feel great. He showed here this week. He can be a little quirky, but that had nothing to do with it. He warmed up perfectly. From the first jump, I knew something was wrong, and I didn’t know if he was going to level out. He obviously didn’t; the more he jumped, the worse it felt.”

The Chair of USHJA WCHR Committee, Geoff Teall, also explained, “This is the procedure and why we have an alternate horse in case something went wrong. We ultimately made the right decision. We want it to be even for everybody. It was not an easy choice, but we made the right choice.” Teall noted that this was the third time in the 19-year history of the class that the alternate horse was needed.

Stewart won his first WCHR Professional Finals in 1998, and then again in 1999, 2003, and 2010. He expressed, “It’s always an honor to be in the group of top riders. This was probably the most relaxed I’ve been. I had a really good week here, so it was really just a nice, fun class to do.”

 

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For his win tonight in the WCHR Professional Finals, Stewart was presented with the “All the Way” trophy. The Far West Farms Perpetual Trophy donated by the Karazissis Family was given to Sander as the Best Horse.

 

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All of the riders thanked the owners for letting them use their horses in the WCHR Professional Finals. The horses in tonight’s class were:

Hunt Tosh
CR Carolato II
12-year-old Holsteiner gelding
(O) Buddrus Equine LLC
(T) Jordan Seigel and Laura Hightower

Scott Stewart
VIP Z
9-year-old Zangersheide gelding
Sire: Hemmingway
Dam: My Illusion
(O) Scott Stewart
(T) Scott Stewart

Liza Boyd
Winnetou
Nine-year-old KWPN gelding
(O) Ponies and Palms LLC.
(T) Gary Duffy

Kelly Farmer
Red Sky
Nine-year-old DWB gelding
(O) Ken and Selma Garber
(T) Larry Glefke

John French
Sander
13-year-old KWPN gelding
(O) Lily Blavin
(T) Archie Cox

Peter Pletcher
Savvy
Nine-year-old German Sporthorse gelding
(O) Ashley Cross
(T) Peter Pletcher

Alternate Horse
Capilan 2
Seven-year-old Holsteiner Gelding
(O) Georgie Maskray Segesman
(T) Karen Healey

Annie Finch Clinches Second Finals Win

Annie Finch of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, and W.C. Swing, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding by Guidam, led the victory gallop for the second time this week in the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals. Just five days ago, Finch won the North American Adult Amateur Equitation Finals. Finch beat 28 other riders in the competitive class by scoring 87.45 in the first round and an 85.4 in the second round for a total of 172.85. Elysse Ruschmeyer and Metro finished second with a total of 168.05, while while Quinn Traendly and Parcheesi were third with 165.8.

 

Annie Finch and W.C. Swing. © Shawn McMillen Photography

After her win last weekend, Finch felt nervous today. “We waited all week because I don’t do the hunters,” she explained. My mom and I had the best time, hanging out and watching everyone. Then there was pressure, everyone’s saying, ‘You won last week so you’re going to win this week.’”

Finch remarked, “I don’t ever think I’m going to win, I just think I don’t want to make a mistake. My goal has always been to fit in, I really have a hard time watching other people. I’m always like, ‘Oh you’re so good, what am I doing here?’ I’m just trying to go around!”

 

Elysse Ruschmeyer and Metro. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Her plan for today’s second round course changed when they decided to leave a stride out in the last line, which was a bending seven or direct six strides to a one-stride combination. Finch urged “Swing” down the line and he made it look easy. “My horse is so good, whatever you ask him to do, he‘ll do,” Finch said. “We could do eight or five (strides). I just do what my trainer (Chance Arakelian) tells me to do. He says slice it this way to that way, land left but don’t swap. The horse is amazing—he won those rounds. Last weekend was good, but he helped me out a lot today.”

Finch has ridden Swing for two years, and the talented horse has plenty of experience in the equitation ring – he won the USEF Talent Search Finals – West twice, plus numerous other classes.

 


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Of her win, she said, “I said my goal is to have a good time, since this is my first time here! I’m still in shock from last weekend!”

Earlier in the afternoon, Debbie Kelly and Say What, owned by Rodney Bross, were victorious in the WCHR Adult Amateur Finals.

Round 1 of the North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Challenge Cup sponsored by Kate Considine/Willow Brook Stables kicked off this afternoon with a speed class. Victoria Colvin and Monsieur du Reverdy were the fastest to win in 65.682 seconds. Second place went to Alexandra Crown and Starnato in 70.200 seconds, while Vivian Yowan and Coral Z were third in 73.509 seconds. The jumpers will return tomorrow night for their final round, the $10,000 North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Challenge Cup.

The Capital Challenge Horse Show continues tomorrow with championships for the 16-17 sections of the junior hunters, the pony hunters, the Children’s Pony Hunters, the WCHR Handy Hunter Challenge, and the final round for the junior/amateur-owner jumpers.

If you can’t attend the Capital Challenge Horse Show, remember you can see all the action live and find full results at www.capitalchallenge.org. For live scoring please visit www.equestrianlive.com.

Final Results: WCHR Professional Finals
1 SCOTT STEWART
90    92    92      91.33
90    89    91      90.00
93    92    90      91.66
92    88    90      90.00 362.99

2 PETER PLETCHER
85    78    81      81.33
86    90    90      88.66
91    91.5  89      90.50
95    95    93      94.33 354.82

3 JOHN FRENCH
91    90    88      89.66
92    89.5  90.5    90.66
92    85    90.5    89.16
87    81    85      84.33 353.81

4 ELIZABETH BOYD
81    86    85      84.00
83    86    89      86.00
84    87    87      86.00
94    89    88      90.33 346.33

5 WINNETOU        HUNT TOSH
87    89    86      87.33
89    91    92      90.66
82    82    85      83.00
84    80    82      82.00 342.99

6 KELLEY FARMER
35    30    40      35.00
85    81    84      83.33
88    91    91      90.00
93    90    89      90.66 298.99

Final Results: ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals
1   W. C. SWING     ANNIE FINCH
87    84    88    89    89.25   87.45
87    87    83    83.5  86.5    85.40 172.85

2   METRO           ELYSSE RUSCHMEYER
89    85    81    81    85.75   84.35
81.5  81    85    85    86      83.70 168.05

3   PARCHEESI       QUINN TRAENDLY
82    81    79.75 79.5  82.75   81.00
84    85    84    84    87      84.80 165.80

4   LOGAN           SARAH FLINK
78    83.75 87    87    80.5    83.25
81    80    82    83    78      80.80 164.05

5   LEONETTI        STEPHANIE GOODSON
78.75 80    84.25 86    84.9    82.78
82    79    78    79    81.5    79.90 162.68

6   LIGHTNING       APRIL WEHLE
85    83    79    82    82.25   82.25
77    76    79    80    79      78.20 160.45

7   LION KING       ASHLEY TICE
81    77    84    85    88      83.00
79    78    76    74    74      76.20 159.20

8   ROSSO ROSSINI   MIRANDA SCARPONE
86    83.5  83    80    83      83.10
78    76.5  73    75.5  75      75.60 158.70

9   LINDEGARDENS LOR  ALEXA BAYKO
84    78.5  86.25 77    77.9    80.73
80    77    74    73    77.1    76.22 156.95

10  SPYGLASS        AMY COOPER
78.5  83.8  80.5  82.5  78      80.66
69    70    77    75    76.75   73.55 154.21

About Capital Challenge
In its 19th year, the Capital Challenge Horse Show sets itself apart with a distinct and unique focus on preeminent hunter competition. Held each autumn at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, this year’s show will take place on September 29-October 7.

Top competitions include the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals and the THIS National Children’s Medal Finals, along with the Capital Challenge Equitation Weekend, presented by Bigeq.com. In addition to these prestigious equitation events, the Capital Challenge Horse Show will once again host the World Champion Hunter Rider Finals and will assemble the country’s best horses and riders to compete in junior, amateur, and professional hunter classes.

For more information, please visit www.capitalchallenge.org or visit the Capital Challenge Horse Show page on Facebook!

Photos © Shawn McMillen Photography – www.shawnmcmillen.com, and © Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. These photos may only be used in relation to this press release and with full photo credit.

 

© 2012 Jennifer Wood Media Inc.

 

Three Grand Champion Awards Presented in Amateur and Adult Hunters at 2012 Capital Challenge Horse Show

October 05, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Tracy Scheriff-Muser with Absolut and Macallan. © Shawn McMillen Photography


Upper Marlboro, MD –  The 2012 Capital Challenge Horse Show continued today with competition for the amateur and adult hunter riders, along with a evening session final for Children’s/Adult Jumpers. Tracy Scheriff-Muser and Absolut captured the Grand Amateur-Owner 3’6” Hunter Championship, while Nancy Hooker and Castlewalk were named the Grand Amateur-Owner 3’3” Hunter Champions. Alexa Weisman rode Showman to the Grand Adult Hunter Championship. The winner of the $10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Challenge sponsored by Peacock Ridge was Kaley Pratt, winning for the second year in a row, this time on Tjardin.

In the Amateur-Owner 3’6” Hunter 18-35 division, sponsored by The Hallman Family and MerryLegs South, Tracy Scheriff-Muser of Wellington, FL, swept the tricolor presentations. She and Absolut were named champions, while Macallan took the reserve champion ribbon. Absolut finished first and second over fences, second in the stake, and third in the under saddle. Macallan placed first and third over fences and was fifth in the under saddle.

For their top finish, Scheriff-Muser and Absolut won the Grand Amateur-Owner 3’6” Hunter Championship, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Will Roberts. They were presented with the Dr. Harold M.C. Smith Trophy, donated by Dr. Suzanne Smith and Dr. Peter Craig. Scheriff-Muser was named the Best Amateur-Owner Rider, which was sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest M. Oare. She was presented with The So Many Ways Challenge Trophy, donated by Karen Kramer.

To cap off their amazing day, Absolut and Scheriff-Muser won the $2,500 WCHR Amateur-Owner 3’6” Challenge, sponsored by John Turner and ThumbsUp Farm.

“This is one of my favorite horse shows,” Scheriff-Muser said with a smile. While she has been reserve champion before at Capital Challenge, this was her first championship.

Tracy Scheriff-Muser with Absolut and Macallan. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Scheriff-Muser found Absolut, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding by Cassini, in 2007 when he had just been imported from Europe and had no show experience. Trainer Havens Schatt campaigned him in the Pre-Green Hunters before he became a solid show horse for Scheriff-Muser. “Havens did a phenomenal job with him. Now he’s all mine. He’s my go-to horse. I can always count on him. He’s always right there whenever I need him,” she said. “I love grey horses and I always wanted a grey. That’s kind of how I ended up with him. We never really thought he’d get this far. He has far exceeded all of our expectations. I love him so much, especially since my old horse retired. Absolut had to step up to the plate and he has. I’m very lucky to have him.”

Macallan is a newer partner for her, and they have been together for a year and a half. She described, “He’s a funny horse. He’s lazy. You have to wake him up before you go in the ring. Absolut, once you get him going he will carry you but Mac, you have to kick him the whole way around the ring. Macallan and I are still getting used to each other a little bit. A lot of times he’s second behind his brother.”

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The Grand Amateur-Owner 3’3” Champion, sponsored by Augusta Pines, was Castlewalk, ridden by Nancy Hooker of Wellington, FL, and owned by Richard Prant. They were tops in the 36 & Over division, sponsored by Wood Run Farm/The Tredennick Family and Woodland Way, Inc. after they won two classes. Hooker also won the Best Amateur-Owner 3’3” Rider Award, sponsored by Team Rakowski, and she and Castlewalk won the EMO Trip of the Show for the 3’3” division with a score of 87.5. The reserve champion in the Amateur-Owner 3’3” Hunters was Winner, ridden by Daryl Portela. They were first, second, and fourth over fences and placed sixth in the under saddle.

Hooker got the ride on Castlewalk, formerly her daughter Heather’s junior hunter, when Heather went to college this fall. “I went into her closet, stole some of her clothes, and got one of her horses! It was fun,” she laughed.

Nancy Hooker and Castlewalk. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Castlewalk, an 11-year-old Wurttenberger gelding by Araconit, has been a part of their family for five years, and competed in his first show in the Future Hunters at Capital Challenge with Scott Stewart. Hooker said, “I’ve known him for years, and I’ve been his exercise rider. That’s what made it fun today. We had a relationship when we got to the horse show.”

Hooker said she was “very nervous” coming into the show, but knew she could count on Castlewalk. “In a show like this, he’s very keen and he’s a show horse. He likes to go in the ring and look where he’s going. He wants to win, which made it fun today.”

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Hooker took satisfaction in the fact that she was able to win the handy class this year, the same feat Heather accomplished last year with Castlewalk. “I had a little pressure on me because Heather won. She’s been texting me all morning from the middle of a lecture, saying, ‘Remember, I won the handy last year.’ I had to text her back in the middle of her class and say, ‘I won it this year!’ Turnaround was fair play,” she remarked.

Showman kept his winning streak going with his owner Alexa Weisman of Sherborn, MA, in the saddle after his successful outing earlier in the week with Scott Stewart in the Regular Conformation Hunters. They were division champions in the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunters, sponsored by Lainie Wimberly and Brigadoon Show Stables, Inc. Weisman also picked up the reserve championship on Content, owned by Scott Stewart. They placed second in both over fences classes and were fourth in the under saddle.

Showman and Weisman’s top finishes of first and third over fences plus a second under saddle gave them the Grand Adult Hunter Championship, which is sponsored by Steve Martines. They were presented with the Equus Entries Challenge Trophy, donated by Equus Entries and Sue and Ralph Caggiano. Weisman won the Best Adult Amateur Rider Award, sponsored by Phoebe Weseley and River Run Farm, LLC. Weisman’s trainer, Scott Stewart, was presented with the Gail Knieriem Memorial Trophy, donated by Lynley Reilly and Randy Johnson.

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Showman, a 10-year-old Westphalian gelding by Showstar, was imported by Stewart. He had no show experience, “had barely jumped and didn’t have shoes on,” Weisman said. After some early professional rides, Weisman started showing him in the Adult Hunters and moved up to the 3’6”. However, now that she has a full-time job, Weisman has moved back down to the adult division.

“He’s so wonderful. It’s so nice to have one for long enough, to where I got here late last night and I got on him today. I know him well enough that it was easy to just hop on and go ride him,” she said. “He’s always good. It’s always dependent on me!”

Over the years, Weisman said that Showman has “gotten more mature and that he knows his job.” She added, “If he’s at a horse show, he knows what he’s doing and I feel like I can depend on him to know what to do. When he was just starting out, he would get a little nervous once in awhile. But he’s always been so laid-back and so easy. Now we joke that when he’s at the farm, he’s Dylan, but once he gets to the horse show, he’s Showman. I really think that stands true. Once the knots are in his mane, he is good to go.”

Alexa Weisman and Showman. © Parker/Russell – The Book

This was Weisman’s first championship at Capital Challenge. “It feels great. I’m so excited. It almost doesn’t seem like it’s happened yet,” she expressed.

The Amateur-Owner 3’6” Hunter champion, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest M. Oare, was Rock Steady, ridden by Katie Robinson of Bronxville, NY, for KJ Robinson LLC. They placed first and second over fences and were first in the under saddle. The reserve champion was Sambalino, ridden by Becky Gochman. There were second and third over fences and second in the under saddle.

This is the second year that Robinson has ridden Rock Steady, a 12-year-old Warmblood gelding. The pair won the same championship at last year’s Capital Challenge. “He’s my steady guy for sure,” Robinson said. “I gave him two and a half months off, and this was really our first show back together. I was happy to see he felt good and remembered how to do it all. I was really proud of him.”

Katie Robinson and Rock Steady. © Shawn McMillen Photography

She said of his demeanor over the past two days, “He was really relaxed. His stride was huge and he just felt great. Everybody works so hard and my trainers – Andre Dignelli, Patricia Griffith, Brady Mitchell – they were really excited. I was happy to win for them.“

The Amateur-Owner 3’6” EMO High Point Trip of the Show was an 88.5 from Lisa Williams and San Morino.

In the Amateur-Owner 3’3” 18-35 Hunters, sponsored by Doug and Missy Smith, Castleton and Marianna Wade of Charlottesville, VA, won the handy hunter class and placed second in another class to capture the championship. The pair also won the $2,500 WCHR Amateur-Owner 3’3” Challenge sponsored by Milestone, LLC and Havens Schatt. The reserve champion in the division was One Shot, ridden by Sarah Sturges. They were first, fourth, and fifth over fences and fourth in the under saddle.

Marianna Wade and Castleton. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Although Wade has only been riding Castleton for a year, she has known the horse for more than six years. “We got him from one of the customers who had him for a junior hunter,” she said. “I never rode him though, before November.” After Wade sold her horse in March 2011 and took six months off riding to be with her family, she got the itch to ride and show again that December. “It was time to show and everybody was getting ready to start the new year,” she recalled. “I thought, ‘Maybe I’m ready to ride again.’ They said if I wanted to do it, Castle was all mine.”

Castleton, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Corismo, also shows in the derby classes with Wade’s sister, Maria Shannon, a trainer at The Barracks. Wade said that her horse is a real “show horse” and loves the handy classes. She described, “He goes in the ring and puts his ears forward. You go to the jump, he knows his job. He’s very handy; he could jump fire backwards.”

It’s been 16 years since Wade last showed at Capital Challenge as a junior rider and she noted, “It was amazing to win here.”

The Adult Amateur 36-50 Hunter championship went to Surf’s Up, ridden and owned by Missy Luczak Smith of Charlotte, NC. The pair were second over fences and won the under saddle. The reserve champion was Smith’s best friend, Lindsey Evans Thomas, who rode Fitzwilliam, owned by Shane Mackey. They won an over fences class and clinched the reserve tricolor by winning a hack-off over Lynn Ellen Rice and Purple Heart. Lynn Ellen Rice and Purple Heart won the EMO Adult Hunter Trip of the Show after they scored a 90 in their division.

Missy Luczak Smith and Surf’s Up. © Parker/Russell – The Book

Smith has been riding Surf’s Up, an eight-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Casall, for a year and a half and said they have “an interesting relationship.” She went on to say, “He has got all the personality in the world. He can be very naughty or he can be very, very good. He always steps it up for me when I need him though. The one moment when I call on him, he will step up, like he did today, and give me an 89. But, it’s his way or the highway!”

Smith thanked barn manager Holly Kinsey, rider Hayley Barnhill, and trainer Tom Wright for her success. While her focus this week was on her other 3’3” horse, she knew she would have fun on Surf’s Up.

“He’s got the best jump and when he’s good, it’s so much fun. It’s effortless. In a sport this competitive, showing against all these great horses and all these great riders, it means so much to me to win here,” she said. “You’re with the best of the best.”

The Adult Hunter 51 & Over division championship went to Laura Lee Montross of Bedford, NY, on Wind Dancer. They won an over fences class and were fourth in the under saddle. The reserve champion was Say What, ridden by Debbie Kelly for Rodney Bross. They won an over fences class.

Laura Lee Montross and Wind Dancer. © Parker/Russell – The Book

This is Montross’s fourth year riding Wind Dancer, and they won a championship at Capital Challenge in 2010. Montross credited her trainer, Jimmy Torano, for her win due to her good relationship with him and he with her horse. “He has a lot to do with it because he prepares him,” she said.
She described of Wind Dancer, “He’s like a pet and we just click. Every once in a while it works! He’s wonderful to ride, very easy, smooth gait, pleasant personality. I just love the horse.”

She said of her win, “It feels absolutely wonderful, beyond. He likes Capital Challenge!”

There were 55 entries in the $10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Challenge, and Kaley Pratt of Gainesville, FL, was able to win her second Challenge in a row. Last year, Pratt was the fastest to win with her horse Shane. The pair went on to win the Adult Jumper Championship at the Washington International Horse Show as well. After that, Shane was sold, and Pratt didn’t find a new horse until February of this year.

Kaley Pratt and Tjardin. © Shawn McMillen Photography

She and Tjardin, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Mahala Rummel, were able to beat out 22 other entries in the jump-off with a clear round in 30.532 seconds. Second place went to Alex Volta on Lover Boy, who finished in 31.971 seconds. Lili Hymowitz and Barbara were third with a time of 32.146. Hymowitz won the Best Children’s Jumper Rider Award, sponsored by Memorial Park Hunters. Pratt won the Best Adult Amateur Jumper Rider Award, sponsored by Meadow Grove Farm and was presented with The Belfield Trophy, donated by Julie Karpan.

Alex Volta and Lover Boy. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Pratt tried not to think about the size of the class and focused on the course and what she needed to accomplish. “That way it keeps me from getting too nervous,” she revealed.

On the jump-off, Pratt felt that she made up time and won the class on the rollback from the second to third jump, a tall vertical. “We caught it at just the right angle,” she said. “Then she actually tripped after the liverpool. Somehow I just kicked her back up and she helped me out to the last jump. I didn’t know (if we won), but I knew it was really close, especially with the trip. I was just happy because we had a great round.”

When asked about her second win in a row, Pratt expressed, “It feels amazing because I just started leasing this horse in February. She’s just been great, but it’s taken us a couple months to figure each other out. She just takes me a lot more than my last one did. My last one I had to kick, and this one I have to hold. Everything is coming together at the right time. It’s really unbelievable. It’s such a hard horse show to win at with so many people. I don’t know what to think right now!”

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The Capital Challenge continues tomorrow with the start of the junior and pony hunters and will host the WCHR Adult Amateur Finals, the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals, and the North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Challenge Cup Round 1. The evening session includes one of the highlight classes of the week, the WCHR Professional Finals.

Final Results: $10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Challenge
1   TJARDIN         KALEY PRATT: 0/0/30.532
2   LOVER BOY       ALEX VOLTA: 0/0/31.971
3    BARBARA         LILI HYMOWITZ: 0/0/32.146
4    RIVER BIRD      JENNIFER GATES: 0/0/32.569
5    UNDERBERG       JOHN DARST: 0/0/32.573
6   CASCADINI       ERIN MCGUIRE: 0/0/32.957
7   CENTER COURT    LILI HYMOWITZ: 0/0/35.013
8   BACKLASH        KRISTEN BERIAN: 0/4/30.201
9    SHINKANSEN      DEVON MONROE: 0/4/30.356
10   CHARMEUR S      SAMANTHA WIGHT: 0/4/30.514
11   MAX             TRACY SCHERIFF-MUSER: 0/4/30.887
12  KENZO DESFI     ABBYGALE FUNK: 0/4/30.928

 

About Capital Challenge
In its 19th year, the Capital Challenge Horse Show sets itself apart with a distinct and unique focus on preeminent hunter competition. Held each autumn at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, this year’s show will take place on September 29-October 7.
 

Top competitions include the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals and the THIS National Children’s Medal Finals, along with the Capital Challenge Equitation Weekend, presented by Bigeq.com. In addition to these prestigious equitation events, the Capital Challenge Horse Show will once again host the World Champion Hunter Rider Finals and will assemble the country’s best horses and riders to compete in junior, amateur, and professional hunter classes.

For more information, please visit www.capitalchallenge.org or visit the Capital Challenge Horse Show page on Facebook!

Photos © Shawn McMillen Photography – www.shawnmcmillen.com, © Parker/Russell – The Book, © Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. These photos may only be used in relation to this press release and with full photo credit.

 

© 2012 Jennifer Wood Media Inc.