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Ireland Wins $100,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ at Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ Tournament

June 14, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Judge Tops Husky Energy Cup 1.50m, McArdle and Cosma 20 Win Two in a Row

 

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(SPRUCE MEADOWS, Calgary, AB): Spruce Meadows hosted the second leg of competition for the North American region in the $100,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™, and it was Ireland who took home the win after they logged six clear rounds. The Irish team consisted of Conor Swail and Lansdowne, Darragh Kerins and E Muze Yek, Richie Moloney and Carrabis Z, and Cameron Hanley and Antello. The Team USA Stripes finished second, while Team Canada One were third. Later in the day, it was Quentin Judge (USA) and Dark de la Hart who took the top placing in the $35,000 Husky Energy Cup 1.50m. Abigail McArdle (USA) and Cosma 20 led the victory gallop for the second day in a row, this time in the $33,000 RSA Cup 1.45m.

 

The ‘Continental’ Tournament CSIO-W 5* runs June 12-16. The next highlight class of the week is the $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix CSI-W on Sunday, June 16. There will be complimentary admission and parking for spectators during the ‘Continental’ Tournament.

 

There were seven teams in today’s Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™. The United States, Canada, and Mexico all fielded two teams and nominated one team to earn points toward the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final in September. The course was designed by Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela. Six teams returned for the second round, and the young Team Mexico Maya finished in seventh place.

Conor Swail and Lansdowne. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Conor Swail and Lansdowne. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Ireland came out with a bang in today’s Nations Cup competition when all four riders went clear in the first round. Cameron Hanley, Richie Moloney, and Darragh Kerins were all riding horses that were in their first Nations Cup. They had four clear rounds in the first round and finished on four points in the second round for a winning total of four faults.

 

Conor Swail and Lansdowne, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion by Guidam x Wolfgang owned by Susan and Ariel Grange, were double clear for the Irish team. Swail noted that he had to be aware of the tight time allowed. “My horse in particular is a big, slow mover, so I have to try and take advantage of a few places. The course today was a nice track. Leo did a great job. Thankfully we jumped it the best,” he said. “I have only had one other Nations Cup round with him and that didn’t go so well, so today I’m very happy. I’m glad that first Nations Cup is in the past. Today he showed that he has gotten more educated and is learning his job very well. I’m delighted.”

Cameron Hanley and Antello. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Cameron Hanley and Antello. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Cameron Hanley and Antello, a 10-year-old Warmblood gelding by Animo Z x Continue, were the anchors of the Irish team and were also double clear. Hanley, who just returned to the show ring this year after a long layoff from injury, was excited to be back with Antello and on a Nations Cup team. Hanley had the ride on Antello as an eight-year-old, but when he was hurt, the horse went to British rider Michael Whitaker. When new sponsors Elonore Paschoude and Yves Bouvier were looking for a grand prix horse, Hanley knew Antello would be a great fit.

 

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“He has a lot of blood and is a little tricky and is a real talented jumper.” Hanley described. “I knew I could ride him because I rode him when he was younger. I got him back and started doing well in some shows. Three weeks ago he won the Riders Tour Grand Prix in Wiesbaden, which was a five-star. Robert (Splaine) was good enough to let me come here and do a Nations Cup with him.”

Richie Moloney and Carrabis Z. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Richie Moloney and Carrabis Z. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Richie Moloney and Carrabis Z, a 10-year-old Zangersheide stallion by Canabis Z x Grannusso owned by Equinimity LLC, were clear in the first round and had just four faults in the second round. Moloney noted that Carrabis Z is a “very inexperienced 10-year-old” and that they were just doing 1.35m last year. “I’m very proud of him. He’s a very scopey horse, (and) he doesn’t get tired for the second round,” he said.

 

Darragh Kerins had the youngest horse on the team in nine-year-old E Muze Yek. Owned by Kerins and Maarten Huygens, the For Pleasure x Carthago gelding was also clear in the first round but had three fences down in the second round. Kerins noted, “The biggest classes he’s ever jumped were probably in these last two weeks. To jump two back to back rounds like today, he was a little inexperienced for it, but I’m proud of him.”

Darragh Kerins and E Muze Yek. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Darragh Kerins and E Muze Yek. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Chef d’Equipe Robert Splaine was complimentary of Spruce Meadows and the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ competition. “The arena is just wonderful. When I arrived this morning, there were people in there paying such close attention to the grounds. The whole ambiance of the day was truly special,” he said. “It’s a new Nations Cup for us. We have riders based all over the world, some in America, which makes it quite a great and extra opportunity for us to come and compete.”

 

He pointed out that this competition will help him in choosing teams for future events as well. “For me to come here and get the opportunity to see these guys in action in a venue that could hold the Olympics has given me a lot to consider. I have to continue to look forward and broaden the base of our team to help us in our mission to win medals. So it was great, the guys did a fantastic job, and thank you to the owners of these horses for giving these guys the opportunity to compete at the highest level. It was just a great day, it was great to win. Compliments to the other teams as well.”

 

Team USA Stripes, led by Chef d’Equipe Will Simpson, were not the team competing for Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ points today, but two of their riders finished double clear. Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet, a 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Scherif d’Elle owned by Grant Road Partners, were one of those combinations. For her great riding today, Dinan was named the Furusiyya Rider of the Day, which recognizes the rider that gives the most outstanding contribution to his or her team over the course of two rounds.

 

“I feel very honored,” Dinan said. “I feel honored to be on the U.S. Team and to be chosen as the Rider of the Day in this company. It’s great. This is only my second Nations Cup and I really wanted to show I belonged on the team. It’s a little more pressure being on a team, so I was happy with my performance today.”

Katie Dinan was honored with the Furusiyya Rider of the Day award, presented by John Madden,  Chairman of the FEI Jumping Committee. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Katie Dinan was honored with the Furusiyya Rider of the Day award, presented by John Madden, Chairman of the FEI Jumping Committee. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

The other double clear came from McLain Ward and Rothchild, a 12-year-old Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Artos x Elegant De L’Ile owned by Sagamore Farm. Rounding out the team were Brianne Goutal on Nice de Prissey, who had five and four faults in the two rounds, and Candice King on Campbell VDL, who finished with 12 and nine faults. The Team USA Stripes finished on nine total faults for second place.

 

Chef d’Equipe Will Simpson credited U.S. Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland for his vision and said they were both happy with the team’s performances. “The young kids got some good experience along with the older riders. It’s very important and it’s a stepping stone. This is where the riders get their experience. It’s a great competition that we need to keep going,” he said.

 

Ridland added, “In a perfect world, we would have loved to have beaten the Irish. But what we really came here to do was one, qualify for the final. Number two, was really giving some young horses and young riders some experience on competitive teams.”

 

He went on to say, “To me, the only way to do that is to do what we did, which was a little against the grain. There was no question that normally, as the Canadians did, you stack the deck on one team and that’s your point team. That’s the more conventional way of doing it. My feeling, the whole way along, is that it’s so important for the young riders to be able to experience Nations Cups on contending teams with veterans. We got huge experience today. We saw them perform well. I’m very excited.”

 

The Canada One team was led by Chef d’Equipe Mark Laskin, and he was pleased to see his riders perform well with new horses. Eric Lamaze and Powerplay were clear in the second round (and had five faults in the first round), as were Ian Millar and Dixson (who had four faults in the first round). Joining them on the third place Canada One team were Tiffany Foster and Verdi II, who had four and five faults, and Mac Cone with Amor van de Rostal, who had five faults in the first round and just one time fault in the second round. The team had a total of 13 faults in round one and one faults in round two for a total of 14.

 

On the Canada Two team, Chris Sorensen and Bobby, in their first Nations Cup performance, improved to a clear trip in the second round.

 

“It was a fantastic opportunity for our developing riders. It was an invaluable experience that they’ll both draw on in the future,” he remarked. “We’re only going to get better and it bodes well for the future. We’re really excited to qualify for Barcelona and we’ll be there.”

 

This was the second and final qualifying event for the North American region for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™. The United States won the region with 175 points, while Canada were close behind with 172 points. Both teams will move on to the Final in Barcelona, Spain.

The winning Irish team - Darragh Kerins, Richie Moloney, Chef d'Equipe Robert Splaine, Conor Swail, and Cameron Hanley – with John Madden and Linda Southern-Heathcott. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

The winning Irish team – Darragh Kerins, Richie Moloney, Chef d’Equipe Robert Splaine, Conor Swail, and Cameron Hanley – with John Madden and Linda Southern-Heathcott. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Irish Chef d’Equipe Robert Splain nicely concluded on today’s event, “Nations Cup competition is really what the sport’s all about. It makes great riders because of the special type of pressure it creates. I think the riders that come forward and compete and take the good days with the bad turn into very special competitors. They become the riders that can win at the Olympic level.”

 

RESULTS PDF FOR NATIONS CUP

 

Quentin Judge Tops Husky Energy Cup

 

In the $35,000 Husky Energy Cup 1.50m, it was Quentin Judge and HH Dark de la Hart who brought home the win. They were fastest in a jump-off of 10 competitors when they stopped the clock in 41.20 seconds and no faults. Christine McCrea (USA) and Wannick WH were second in 41.55 seconds, while Ashlee Bond (USA) rode Cadett 7 to third in 41.67 seconds.

Quentin Judge and HH Dark de la Hart. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Quentin Judge and HH Dark de la Hart. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Judge felt that he had to be fast in the beginning of the course in order to catch the early time set by Bond and Cadett 7. “After seeing Ashlee go, I knew I had to go fast. I knew that I needed to be fast from number one through three in the jump-off. After three, you kind of had to do the same strides, except for the last jump. I knew if I could be fast through the start timers and then to one, two, three, I could maybe shave a second off. My horse is really good at eyeing in on a jump and jumping at an angle, so I knew I could be quick there.”

 

The long gallop to the final oxer was an exciting part of the course as well. Heading down to it, Judge said he was thinking, “I hope I don’t get in trouble for going too fast and having the last jump down!” He added with a smile, “I steadied the last three strides. Ian (Millar) and Cayce (Harrison) told me to go quick to the last jump, but don’t blow it out of the water. He came back really well and jumped the last jump great.”

 

Judge and HH Dark de la Hart, a 10-year-old Belgian Sport Horse stallion by Kashmir van Schuttershof x Nonstop owned by Double H Farm, have been paired together for nine months.  “We’ve really just started to click here in Calgary,” Judge revealed. “He was good all through Florida, but I was getting used to him and he was getting used to me. Being here, I think he really loves the venue and the jumps and the grass.”

Quentin Judge raises his trophy and Husky for victory with Asim Ghosh, President & CEO of Husky Energy. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Quentin Judge raises his trophy and Husky for victory with Asim Ghosh, President & CEO of Husky Energy. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

This was Judge’s first FEI-level victory at any show, and his first victory in the main ring at Spruce Meadows. “This venue is amazing, and to win your first big class and have a presentation like that is really special,” he expressed. “I’ve seen people lead the victory gallop for years and I’ve always really wanted to be there. I’ve tried to work hard and get there, and now that it’s happened, it’s a great feeling.”

 

Final Results:$35,000 Husky Energy Cup 1.50m

1. HH DARK DE LA HART: 2003 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Kashmir Van Schuttershof x Nonstop
QUENTIN JUDGE (USA), Double H Farm: 0/0/41.20

 

2. WANNICK WH: 2003 KWPN stallion by Heartbreaker x Joost
CHRISTINE MCCREA  (USA), Candy Tribble: 0/0/41.55

 

3. CADETT 7: 1997 Holsteiner gelding by Cor de la Bryere x Capitol I

ASHLEE BOND (USA), Little Valley Farm: 0/0/41.67

 

4. SANCHA LA SILLA: 2003 SLS mare by Chin Chin x Polydor
DANIEL BLUMAN (COL), Daniel Bluman: 0/0/41.93

 

5. COLORADO: 2002 BWP stallion by Concreto x Cannonball

JONATHAN MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 0/0/42.61

 

6. GAME READY: 2000 KWPN gelding by Andiamo x Polydox
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan Grange: 0/4/40.60

 

7. URAYA: 2001 KWPN mare by Farmer x Zeno
CHARLIE JAYNE (USA), Pony Lane Farm: 0/4/40.88

 

8. CORAL REEF VIA VOLO:  1998 BWP mare by Clinton x Heartbreaker
BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Coral Reef Ranch: 0/4/42.66

 

9. WISTFUL: 2003 Dutch Warmblood mare by Grand Star x Polydor

ASHLEE BOND (USA), Little Valley Farm: 0/4/49.71

 

10. LIGIST: 2000 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Levantos II x Robin Z
REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/8/41.15

 

Abigail McArdle Wins Two in a Row

 

Abigail McArdle of Chicago, IL, won her second competition in a row at the ‘Continental’ Tournament with Cosma 20, a 10-year-old Hanoverian mare by Couleur Rubin x Stakkato owned by David McArdle. They won the $33,000 RSA Cup 1.45m Speed competition by going clear in a time of 71.945 seconds. There were 31 entries in the class. Wilton Porter (USA) and RadioCity finished second in 72.204 seconds, and Conor Swail (IRL) was third with Martha Louise in 75.446 seconds.

Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

McArdle felt that it was Cosma 20’s natural speed that helped her win today. “I had a plan with numbers and we did all the strides. She’s a naturally fast horse. She goes and she’s two seconds faster. Everywhere in the turns I was thinking of picking it up and staying on it. On those long gallops, I have her now that she can come back so easily, so I can really let her go and be able to get her back quick enough,” she said.

Abigail McArdle in her winning presentation with Chris Short, Vice-President, Western Canada, of RSA Group. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Abigail McArdle in her winning presentation with Chris Short, Vice-President, Western Canada, of RSA Group. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Regarding her win, McArdle expressed, “I’m excited because this one gets some world ranking points for me! That will hopefully qualify me for stuff I want to do, and there are plenty of opportunities here at Spruce. It was super; I couldn’t have asked for her to go any better.”

 

Final Results: $33,000 RSA Cup 1.45m Speed

1. COSMA 20: 2003 Hanoverian mare by Couleur Rubin x Stakkato

ABIGAIL MCARDLE (USA), David McArdle: 0/71.945

2. RADIOCITY:  2001 Holsteiner mare by Liatos x Carthago
WILTON PORTER (USA), Gotham Enterprizes: 0/72.704

3. MARTHA LOUISE: 2004 Swedish Warmblood mare by Maloubet de Pleville 1039 x Wolfgang

CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan and Ariel Grange: 0/75.446

4. TWISTHER: 2000 Dutch Warmblood stallion by Farmer

JONATHAN MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 0/76.151

5. ELATRICE: 2004 Belgian Warmblood mare by Toulon x Major de la Cour

ANDRES RODRIGUEZ (VEN), Arao Enterprises LLC: 0/76.293

6. ACE HIGH MIKE: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Randi x Clover Hill
QUENTIN JUDGE (USA), Double H Farm/Andrew Bourns: 0/77.123

7. COULETTO K JAMES: 1996 Hanoverian gelding by Continue x Zeus

KATHERINE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners: 0/77.725

8. LENNOX LEWIS 2: 1999 Oldenburg gelding by Laureatus x Weizenkorn
LESLIE HOWARD (USA), Peter Howard: 0/77.760

9. POLASKO: 2003 Oldenburg gelding by Polytraum x Grannus

NICOLAS PIZARRO (MEX), Nicolas Pizarro:

10. CATHARINA 9: 2004 Mecklenburg mare by Cellestial x Monsum
LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms LLC: 0/83.427

For more information on Spruce Meadows and full results, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.

 

Tomorrow’s coverage includes the $33,000 1.45 meter Alta Gas Cup followed by the $33,000 1.50 meter Scotiabank Cup.

 

Based in Calgary, Canada, Spruce Meadows is the brainchild of the Southern family who built a Show Jumping complex at the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains. It was in 1976 that the first Spruce Tournaments were held, with annual spectator attendances reaching over 50,000 by the end of the decade. Today, Spruce Meadows boasts one of the greatest outdoor equestrian venues in the world and offers an incredible experience for riders and fans alike. Spruce Meadows focuses on the organization and hosting of show jumping tournaments of unmatched quality for junior, amateur and professional athletes in a manner that reflects basic family values in a clean, green and welcoming environment that celebrates the horse and encourages the breeding and training of quality sport horses and the teaching and development of athletes. For more information on Spruce Meadows, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.

 

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Darragh Kerins Tops $35,000 Spectra Energy Cup with E Muze Yeke at Spruce Meadows ‘National’ Tournament

June 07, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

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Ward Wins Again, Tisbo Takes First Victory in International Ring

 

(SPRUCE MEADOWS, Calgary, AB): The $35,000 Spectra Energy Cup 1.60m was the highlight of today’s schedule at the Spruce Meadows ‘National’ Tournament. Darragh Kerins (IRL) and E Muze Yek found the key to a clear round and were fastest in the jump-off for Kerins’ first victory in the International Ring. McLain Ward won for the second day in a row, this time on Zander in the $33,000 ATCO Pipelines Cup 1.45m. Another first-time International ring win came for Lauren Tisbo and Roundthorn Madios in the $33,000 Prairie Mines & Royalty Cup 1.50m.

 

The ‘National’ Tournament continues through Sunday, June 9. Weekend highlights include the $400,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix, CSI-W, on Saturday, June 8, at 2 pm and the $175,000 Nexen Cup 1.60m Derby on Sunday, June 9, at 2:30 pm.

 

The $35,000 Spectra Energy Cup 1.60m had 28 entries that contested a course set by Werner Deeg of Germany. Nine were clear through to the jump-off. The winning time of 40.165 seconds was set early in the jump-off by Kerins and E Muze Yek, a nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by For Pleasure x Carthago owned by Kerins and Maarten Huygens. They went second in the jump-off and no one was able to catch their speedy time and keep the jumps up.

 

 

Darragh Kerins and E Muze Yek. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Darragh Kerins and E Muze Yek. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

 

 

Kerins was “delighted” with the way his horse jumped, and with his progress over the past five months. They started out in the 1.40m classes in Florida this winter, although Kerins has ridden E Muze Yek off and on for over a year. Coming to Spruce Meadows and going into the International Ring, Kerins “didn’t know what to expect.” He described, “He can be a bit sensitive and this ring can be daunting. He’s maturing very quick. I didn’t think he’d be this far a couple months ago. I couldn’t be happier with where he’s at right now.”

 

While he has notched several second place finishes, this was Kerins’ first victory in the International Ring. “The first couple of years I came, it beat me up pretty bad. To come back this year and win was great,” he expressed.

 

Second place went to Ashlee Bond (USA) and Wistful, owned by Little Valley Farm. They were clear in 40.959 seconds. Ian Millar (CAN) and Team Works’ Star Power were third with no faults in 41.023 seconds.

 

Bond noted that this was Wistful’s “third or fourth 1.60m class ever.” She said, “We bought her as a seven-year-old. She’s still very green and I’m trying to give her good experiences and not take too much out of her. I’m elated and so proud of her. It’s a huge accomplishment for her to do that tonight.”

 

Ian Millar was pleased with his partner of four years, but is also looking at the long-term plans of the next World Equestrian Games/Pan American Games/Olympic Games cycle. “They’re long-term partners,” he said, “so it gets very personal with horses and ourselves.”

 

All three riders praised the new turf footing in the International Ring. Millar pointed out, “To get new ground to maturity in about eight months is a huge accomplishment. It’s another first for Spruce Meadows. No other venue in the world has ever put in ground that has come in line this quickly, that’s been this good.”

 

  Darragh Kerins is congratulated with a trophy by Doug Bloom, President Canadian LNG, Spectra Energy, for his win in the $35,000 Spectra Energy Cup 1.60m. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Darragh Kerins is congratulated with a trophy by Doug Bloom, President Canadian LNG, Spectra Energy, for his win in the $35,000 Spectra Energy Cup 1.60m. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

 

Final Results: $35,000 Spectra Energy Cup 1.60m

1. E MUZE YEK: 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding by For Pleasure x Carthago

DARRAGH KERINS (IRL), Darragh Kerins & Maarten Huygens: 0/0/40.17

2. WISTFUL: 2003 Dutch Warmblood mare by Grand Star x Polydor

ASHLEE BOND (USA), Little Valley Farm: 0/0/40.96

3. STAR POWER: 2001 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Quick Star

IAN MILLAR (CAN), Team Works: 0/0/41.02

4. CAMPBELL VDL: 2004 Holsteiner stallion by Cassini I x Carpaccio

CANDICE KING (USA), Stateside Farm LLC: 0/0/44.31

5. DONATELLA C: 2003 Belgian Warmblood mare by Toulon x Mr. Blue

PAOLA AMILIBIA (ESP), Federico Fernandez: 0/0/49.73

6. FLAMING STAR: 1999 AES gelding by Fairman x Unknown

CHARLIE JACOBS (USA), CMJ Sporthorse LLC: 0/4/39.32

7. MIKA: 2000 Selle Francais gelding by Nidor Platiere x Rubis Rouge

REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/4/40.48

8. SANDOR DE LA POMME: 2002 SBS gelding by Vigo D’arsouilles x Darco

MCLAIN WARD (USA), The Wannahave Group: 0/4/41.96

9. LANSDOWNE: 2003 KWPN stallion by Guidam x Wolfgang

CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ariel & Susan Grange: 0/8/49.65

10. BLUE ANGEL: 2002 AES mare by Luidam x Ascendant

KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Robin Parsky:4/83.17

McLain Ward Makes It Two

 

McLain Ward is starting off his Spruce Meadows Summer Tournament in his usual fashion: winning. After a win yesterday with Super Trooper de Ness, he led the victory gallop again today in the $33,000 ATCO Pipelines Cup 1.45m with his own Zander, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Cantos x Saygon, owned by Ward and Grant Road Partners LLC. There were 65 entries in the competition, and 20 advanced to the jump-off.

 

Ward and Zander went into the shortened course chasing a fast time of 35.46 seconds set by Kent Farrington (USA) and Zafira, owned by Haity McNerney, who went first in the jump-off. Ward and Zander boldly left out a stride in the first line, and along with one stride less in the line to the double combination, they cut down the winning time to 34.84 seconds. Third place went to Conor Swail (IRL) and Martha Louise, owned by Susan and Ariel Grange, who finished in 36.54 seconds.

McLain Ward and Zander. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

McLain Ward and Zander. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Ward recapped, “I didn’t see Kent go, but I heard about it. I know him pretty well and we have a great, competitive friendship. I knew the only place was to do one less stride from (fences) one to two. It was a little dodgy, but this horse has a huge stride and I figured it was worth the risk. I had planned it before I went. I saw a few horses getting stuffed in the seven (strides). He does have a massive stride and he’s quite brave off a long spot. There was a moment in the line when I wasn’t sure I was getting there, but he was a good boy.”

 

Ward described Zander as a “confident and a really humble horse.” He added, “He wants to do a good job. Sometimes he’s a little babyish, but he’s really learning. I’ve tried to be really careful with him, but I’ve believed in him from the beginning. I try to move him up when I really think he’s ready to do that. This is the next step of his education.”

 McLain Ward raises the trophy with Brendan Dolan, Sr. Vice President & General Manager, ATCO Pipelines. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.


McLain Ward raises the trophy with Brendan Dolan, Sr. Vice President & General Manager, ATCO Pipelines. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

 

Ward plans to show Zander in Saturday’s $400,000 CN Reliability Grand Prix, CSI-W 5*.

 

Final Results: $33,000 ATCO Pipelines Cup 1.45m

1. ZANDER: 2004 KWPN gelding Cantos x Saygon

MCLAIN WARD (USA), McLain Ward and Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/0/34.84

2. ZAFIRA: 2004 KWPN mare Nassau x Cappucino van Berkenbroek

KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Haity McNerney: 0/0/35.46

3. MARTHA LOUISE: 2004 Swedish Warmblood mare by Maloubet de Pleville 1039 x Wolfgang

CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan and Ariel Grange: 0/0/36.54

4. PLAYER DU QUESNOY: 2003 Selle Francais gelding by Ogano Sitte x Nabab de Reve

CAMERON HANLEY (IRL), Eleonore Paschoude & Yves Bouvier: 0/0/37.51

5. V: 2002 KWPN gelding by Landstreicher Lennard

KATIE PRUDENT (USA), Michael Smith: 0/0/37.90

6. WANG CHUNG M2S: 2003 KWPN stallion by Royal Bravour x Ahorn

ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Morningside Stud & Torrey Pines Stable: 0/0/38.07

7. NICE DE PRISSEY: 2001 Selle Francais stallion by Rosire x Amarpour

BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA), Remarkable Farms LP: 0/0/38.27

8. ASB CONQUISTADOR: 2000 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Clinton x Heartbreaker

KARL COOK (USA), Signe Ostby: 0/0/38.39

9. WOLF S: 2003 KWPN gelding by Numero Uno x Peter Pan

REED KESSLER (USA), Iron Works Partners: 0/0/38.54

10. SLIEVEANORRA: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Voltaire x Flagmount Diamond

RICHIE MOLONEY (IRL), Equinimity LLC: 0/0/38.76

Tisbo Has Inaugural International Ring Victory

The $33,000 Prairie Mines & Royalty LTD Cup was held in a winning round format. From the original 38 entries, the top 16 came back for a second round. From there, the top eight returned again over a shortened jump-off course. The only horse and rider combination to go through all three rounds without fault was Lauren Tisbo (USA) on Roundthorn Madios, an 11-year-old Irish Sporthorse gelding by Condios x Clover Hill owned by Tequestrian Farms LLC.

 

In the third round for speed, Tisbo and Roundthorn Madios finished with the fastest time of 45.22 seconds. Second place went to Katie Dinan (USA) and Nougat du Vallet (46.13 seconds), owned by Grand Road Partners LLC, while Conor Swail (IRL) and Susan Grange’s Game Ready were third in 46.98 seconds.

 

 

 McLain Ward raises the trophy with Brendan Dolan, Sr. Vice President & General Manager, ATCO Pipelines. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.


McLain Ward raises the trophy with Brendan Dolan, Sr. Vice President & General Manager, ATCO Pipelines. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Lauren Tisbo and Roundthorn Madios. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

 

Tisbo felt that it was a big chance to take an inside turn in a rollback to a vertical, but that it is what helped her get the win today. “I think only one or two other people did it. Candice King, who is helping me here this week, said, ‘If you land and you see it, go to it.’ So I guess I got lucky! It just worked out,” she said.

 

Tisbo and Roundthorn Madios have been paired since November; the horse was brought along by Irish rider Andrew Bourns and competed in the BMO Nations Cup at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament. “He brought him along beautifully and already gave him his debut in the International Ring, so I knew I had nothing to worry about,” Tisbo said of their first time together at Spruce Meadows.

 

This was Tisbo’s first win in the International Ring. “I don’t think it’s quite set in yet,” she expressed. “Ever since you first come here, you see the classes in this ring and you think you want to show in them one day. Then you’re showing in them and you think, ‘I want to win one day.’ And it finally was my day.”

Lauren Tisbo and Sean McCaughan, Sr. Vice President of Prairie Mines & Royalty LTD, lift the trophy to celebrate her first win in the International Ring.

Lauren Tisbo and Sean McCaughan, Sr. Vice President of Prairie Mines & Royalty LTD, lift the trophy to celebrate her first win in the International Ring.

Final Results: $33,000 Prairie Mines & Royalty LTD Cup 1.50m

1. ROUNDTHORN MADIOS: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Condios x Clover Hill

LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 0/0/45.22

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

KATHERINE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners: 0/0/46.13

3. GAME READY: 2000 KWPN gelding by Andiamo x Polydox

CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan Grange: 0/0/46.98

4. AMADORA: 2003 KWPN mare by Chin Chin x Indoctro

BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/0/47.89

5. DYNAMO: 2003 BWP gelding by Skippy II x Lys de Darmen

MEAGAN NUSZ (USA), Amalaya Investments: 0/4/47.94

6. OPUS PSG: 2000 Holsteiner gelding by Contender x Landego

FRANCOIS MATHY (BEL), Francois Mathy: 0/4/53.09

7. SIMON: 1999 KWPN gelding by Mr. Blue x Polydox

BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/4/57.23

8. ZERLY: 2004 KPWN mare by Querlybet Hero x Carthago

CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 0/8/47.32

9. MAKAVOY: 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Hors La Loi II x Ahorn

BEN ASSELIN (CAN), Attache Stables: 0/69.82

10. NOTRE STAR DE LA NUTRIA: 2001 Selle Francais stallion by Quick Star x Jalisco B

PAOLA AMILIBIA (ESP), Juan Ramero Huxley: 4/65.89

The ‘National’ Tournament CSI-W 5* continues tomorrow with two main events: the $35,000 ATCO Energy Solutions Cup 1.45m and the $35,000 RBC Capital Markets Cup 1.50m. Junior and Amateurs will contest the $10,000 Mercer Jumper 1.40m in the All Canada Ring. For more information on Spruce Meadows and full results, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.

What Can You Do At Spruce Meadows?

 

Spruce Meadows includes affordable fun for the whole family. With admission starting at only $5 per person, and children (12 & under) and seniors (65 & up) free, it is the perfect venue to unwind and enjoy a day of show jumping, activities, delicious food, and shopping.

 

From Friday through Sunday, there will be a number of activities for the whole family (all included in your admission to Spruce Meadows) such as Pony Rides, presented by Kozy Shack, the Spruce Meadows Prairie Dogs, presented by RE/MAX, Wagon Rides, Face Painting, children’s games in the Garden Court Restaurant and more! Delicious food is offered throughout the grounds, featuring a healthy menu at the Garden Court Restaurant, a wide range of options at the Time Faults Public House, and International Fare in the Plaza.

 

Looking to test your luck? Spruce Meadows has several contest options for those wanting to win excellent prizes, including the Jump to It contest, with a chance to win a full set of jumps, the CN/Sun Media Name the Foal contest, and the Win a Year contest, with a chance to win a year of access to all Spruce Meadows events. If you are looking for some retail therapy, vendors in the Gallery on the Green and Vendor Village offer an excellent variety of gifts and services, both equine and non-equine in nature.

 

For full details, please visit our website or contact us at 403.974.4200 or information@sprucemeadows.com.

 

Based in Calgary, Canada, Spruce Meadows is the brainchild of the Southern family who built a Show Jumping complex at the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains. It was in 1976 that the first Spruce Tournaments were held, with annual spectator attendances reaching over 50,000 by the end of the decade. Today, Spruce Meadows boasts one of the greatest outdoor equestrian venues in the world and offers an incredible experience for riders and fans alike. Spruce Meadows focuses on the organization and hosting of show jumping tournaments of unmatched quality for junior, amateur and professional athletes in a manner that reflects basic family values in a clean, green and welcoming environment that celebrates the horse and encourages the breeding and training of quality sport horses and the teaching and development of athletes. For more information on Spruce Meadows, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.

 

Photos © Spruce Meadows Media Services. They may only be used in relation to this press release and with photo credit.

 

Todd Minikus and Uraguay Speed to Victory in $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix presented by Suncast

May 13, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

North Salem, NY – May 12, 2013 – Todd Minikus and Legacy Stables’ Uraguay won the highlight event of the first week of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix presented by Suncast. They were fastest in the jump-off to beat Darragh Kerins (IRL) on E-Muze Yek and Christine McCrea (USA) with Romantovich Take One. Along with top show jumping, there were Grand Hunter Champions awarded, as well as Classics for the Medium and High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers. This concluded the first week of competition at Old Salem Farm. Week two runs May 14-19.

 

There were 47 entries in today’s grand prix and they jumped a course designed by Brazil’s Guilherme Jorge. Nine found the way to a clear round to advance to the jump-off.

 

Watch an interview with Todd Minikus!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAW8Ft1W7PQ&feature=player_embedded#!

 

Minikus said of the course, “The way it was playing out, it was jumping plenty difficult. The triple bar to vertical-vertical combination was tricky. Green horses didn’t jump that that well. There were some unfortunate (rounds for) horses that I expected to go well, an odd four faults here and there. It ended up being enough clear, and ended up being an almost perfect course for the course designer.”

 

Christine McCrea and Romantovich Take One

Christine McCrea and Romantovich Take One

 

The early pacesetter in the jump-off was Christine McCrea of East Windsor, CT, on Romantovich Take One, owned by Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stables. They won Friday’s Welcome Stake and set a very fast pace of 39.06 seconds that would hold up for third place in today’s class.

 

Three horses later it was Minikus and Uraguay, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding by Nairobi x Colino, who were speedy through the first part of the jump-off, but it was a long run across the field to the Suncast oxer that had the crowd holding their breath. Uraguay gave a great effort, made two more rollbacks, and galloped to the final oxer to stop the timers in 37.36 seconds for the win.

 

Todd Minikus and Uraguay

Todd Minikus and Uraguay

 

“Boy, he sure gave some good efforts today,” Minikus said with a smile. “That was lightning fast in the jump-off. He was really fast.”

 

Minikus said he watched McCrea in the jump-off. “For sure with that horse, she’s always very fast,” he acknowledged. “She blistered the course the other day. I legitimately thought that maybe we were all going for the red ribbon and Chris might have closed the door on us. But I took a pretty good chance and long run to the Suncast jump, and I think that’s where the difference was.”

 

Todd Minikus and Uraguay

Todd Minikus and Uraguay

 

Following Minikus, Leslie Howard and Tic Tac, owned by Jane Clark, were clear in 40.33 seconds for fourth place.

 

Darragh Kerins and E-Muze Yek, owned by Kerins and Maarten Huygens, were the only others to contest Minikus’ time. Another big grey gelding like Uraguay, E-Muze Yek thundered around the course but couldn’t quite catch the time. Their time of 38.87 seconds was fast enough for second place, the same red ribbon that they received in Friday’s Welcome Stake.

 

Kerins said afterward, “I just didn’t know how he would handle it after going so quick on Friday, if he was just going to be a little bit rushed today. I thought he handled it very good. The jump-off today was just crazy fast. I saw Chrissy go on the screen and I thought she was unbeatable. It was just so, so, so quick. I didn’t get to see Todd’s round; I just saw his time. After that I didn’t know what to think. But I thought the horse was going good and I was going to give it a shot. That’s probably about as fast as I could go, at this stage in his career. But I’m delighted with him.”

 

Kerins has ridden the nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by For Pleasure x Carthago off and on since he was imported as a six-year-old by Norman Dello Joio from Belgium. He and Maarten Huygens bought him in the middle of the winter circuit.

 

Darragh Kerins and E-Muze Yek

Darragh Kerins and E-Muze Yek

 

“He’s progressed really quickly. We’ve thrown him in there,” he smiled. “In Florida he was good, he placed in a couple 1.50m (classes). My other good mare Lisona got sold, so he really had to step up.”

 

Kerins added, “Well done to Todd. He had a great round. The numbers are huge and the courses were tough courses. He’ll jump again here next week, have a break, and then go to Spruce Meadows. Actually this was good to see how he’ll handle grass before he goes up there, and he seems to handle it pretty good.”

 

Todd Minikus and Uraguay in their victory gallop

Todd Minikus and Uraguay in their victory gallop

 

Minikus started riding Uraguay toward the end of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival after the horse showed successfully in Europe with Dutch rider Albert Zoer and in the United States with Mario Deslauriers.

 

This was a great win for Minikus, who gave credit to the people around Uraguay. “I’d like to thank everybody at Legacy and Sarah Middleton, who really does all the work. She even flats him before the class. I just get on and ride him in the class, so most of the credit goes to Sarah. And I thank the rest of my sponsors, Purina, Charles Owen, and VitaFlex. Without all of the support and one big team, you can’t do it.”

 

Todd Minikus and Uraguay in their presentation with Alan Keely, Jeannie and Tom Tisbo of Suncast, and Scott Hakim, President of Old Salem Farm

Todd Minikus and Uraguay in their presentation with Alan Keely, Jeannie and Tom Tisbo of Suncast, and Scott Hakim, President of Old Salem Farm

 

Minikus was presented with a pewter cheese plate for his win today. Before the grand prix, the smallest riders at the show gathered on the grand prix field for the Dyer Equestrian Leadline class. All of the kids participating were congratulated with blue ribbons and prizes.

 

Final Results: $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix presented by Suncast

1 URAGUAY: 2001 KWPN gelding by Nairobi x Colino

TODD MINIKUS (USA), Legacy Stables, LLC: 0/0/37.63

2 E MUZE YEK: 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding by For Pleasure x Carthago

DARRAGH KERINS (IRL), Darragh Kerins & Maarten Huygens: 0/0/38.87

3 ROMANTOVICH TAKE ONE: 2000 KWPN gelding by Numero Uno x Karandasj

CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: and Windsor Show Stables: 0/0/39.06

4 TIC TAC: 2003 SBS stallion by Clinton x Darco

LESLIE HOWARD (USA), Jane Clark: 0/0/40.33

5 WANNAHAVE: 2003 KWPN gelding by Manhattan x G. Ramiro Z

MCLAIN WARD (USA), The Wannahave Group: 0/4/38.98

6 CASEY: 2001 KWPN gelding by Ircolando x Ferro

MATTIAS TROMP (USA), Bayaert Farm Inc.: 0/4/42.05

7 UTAN: 2001 KWPN gelding by Burggraaf x Concorde

ANGELA COVERT-LAWRENCE (CAN), Eastwood Group: 0/4/52.37

8 LILLI: 2004 German Sport Horse mare by Lefevre x Diamir

GEORGINA BLOOMBERG (USA), Dietmar Gugler & Gotham Enterprizes: 0/15/55.18

9 CARTIER: 2001 Zangersheide gelding by Caretino x Zeus

MAX AMAYA (ARG), Stonehenge Stables: 0/ret.

10 ROTHCHILD: 2001 Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Artos x Elegant De L’Ile

MCLAIN WARD (USA), Sagamore Farms: 4/76.25

11 ZERLY: 2004 KPWN mare by Querlybet Hero x Carthago

CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 4/77.67

12 ROUNDTHORN MADIOS: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Condios x Clover Hill

LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 4/77.89

 

Junior/Amateur-Owner Classics

After a week of final exams at Harvard University, Katie Dinan came to Old Salem Farm ready to get back on her horse and in the ring. She and her trusty partner of five years, Vancouver, galloped to victory on the grass Grand Prix Field in the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. She and Vancouver, a 15-year-old gelding by Voltaire II, beat a list of 33 competitors and five in the jump-off after they finished in the fastest time of 41.24 seconds. Second place went to Michael Hughes on Luxina as the only other double clear in 42.76 seconds. Finishing in 39.55 seconds, but with four faults, Lillie Keenan and Vanhattan were third.

 

Katie Dinan and Vancouver

Katie Dinan and Vancouver

 

Dinan came in just for today’s class. She explained, “I love this horse show; it’s one of my favorites of all year. When I realized I had exams these two weeks, I was really upset because I always look forward to coming here. My horse felt like he’s jumping the best he has in a while. I think that really speaks about the venue. He’s impressed with this place. To be able to gallop around the big field is really great.”

 

Dinan showed indoors at the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals in Sweden in April, so it took a bit of an adjustment to the big grass field. “I think when the ring is this big, you have to make sure to keep your pace everywhere. When you’re in an indoor, everything comes up much quicker. Here, especially in the first round, you can have time faults without even feeling slow. In the jump-off today, I planned on being very prompt to the first few jumps. There was a little bit of an inside angle that I took to the third oxer. One of the nice things about a big grass field, you have more range of stride. They can really get on a big stride.”

 

Since he is 15 years old, Dinan is keeping Vancouver’s show schedule light. “It’s nice though that for when he does show, he steps up to the plate like this and to bring home a big win is really fun,” she acknowledged. “This is a great venue for him. I won my first grand prix ever, on him two years ago here. This horse show has always been very special for me.”

 

She added with a smile, “I didn’t have a Mother’s Day gift, so I was hoping one of my horses could bring one home! Vancouver did that.”

 

The winner of today’s $7,500 Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic sponsored by The Manocherian Family was 15-year-old Kira Kerkorian of East Hampton, NY. She rode Leopold 221, a nine-year-old Westphalian gelding by Lordanos, to the top of the 48-entry class. There were 13 that made it through to the jump-off, and the best pair of Kerkorian and Leopold stopped the timers in 40.703 seconds. Second place went to Taylor Burns on Cordero Zaffiro in 40.840 seconds, while Wesley Newlands and Vertigo were third in 41.198 seconds.

 

For her win today, Kerkorian was also presented with a $500 Der Dau gift certificate.

 

It was an auspicious start for Kerkorian and Leopold as it’s their first show together, having only been together for a month. “I’ve been learning him. I just wanted to go clear and have a nice, solid round so I could maybe move up to the Highs later on,” Kerkorian said. “I want to take it slow with him because I want to build a good partnership. I think today was great.”

Kira Kerkorian and Leopold 221

Kira Kerkorian and Leopold 221

 

She said of Leopold, “He’s very fast actually. He pulls me to the jump, which is great, because I like something in my hand. He’s super brave; he just wants to go and win. He has his own motor.”

 

“It feels amazing,” Kerkorian said of her victory. “I really wasn’t expecting it, but I’m so happy.”

 

In this morning’s 7/8 Year Old Young Jumper Qualifier sponsored by Watershed Agricultural Council, Jeffery Welles rode Bilion to victory for owner Triton Ventures Farms Inc. Darragh Kenny and Oakland Ventures LLC’s Cequila was second, and Penny Brennan on Class Act, owned by Jacquelyn Ventorino, was third.

 

Final Results: $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic

1 KATHERINE DINAN, VANCOUVER: 0/0/41.24

2 MICHAEL HUGHES, LUXINA: 0/0/42.76

3 LILLIE KEENAN, VANHATTAN: 0/4/39.55

4 CHELSEA MOSS, DOLCE D’IVE Z: 0/4/45.28

5 MICHAEL HUGHES, DROMMA: 0/8/42.73

6 BENJAMIN SIMPKINS, VIVARO B: 1/82.61

7 ISABELLA SALLES, PRINCESS EMILY: 4/73.54

8 KATHERINE STRAUSS, CAPACITY: 4/76.62

9 CATHERINE TYREE, DON’T GO: 4/77.1

10 LILLIE KEENAN, LONDINIUM: 4/78.54

11 WESLEY NEWLANDS, WIEMINKA B: 4/78.87

12 GABRIELLE BAUSANO, UBICO H: 4/79.08

 

 

 

Final Results: $7,500 Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic sponsored by The Manocherian Family

1 LEOPOLD 221, KIRA KERKORIAN: 0/0/40.703

2 CORDERO ZAFFIRO, TAYLOR BURNS: 0/0/40.840

3 VERTIGO, WESLEY NEWLANDS: 0/0/41.198

4 OSCAR 72, LAUREN WARD: 0/0/41.367

5 ALORIEN, CLEMENTINE GOUTAL: 0/0/41.666

6 TURBO R, KELLY TROPIN: 0/0/44.191

7 NORTON DE LA SAP, LAUREN FISCHER: 0/0/47.051

8 TARANTEL’LA, EMILY D’ALESSANDR: 0/4/38.634

9 GAMA CHAMACO, FRANCESCA BOLFO: 0/4/39.668

10 SANDRO, KATHERINE DINAN: 0/4/42.203

11 E BAY, BRITTNI RAFLOWITZ : 0/4/42.972

12 ADOROSE, KELLY TROPIN: 0/4/43.752

 

Grand Champions Reign in Hunter Divisions

 The Grand Junior Hunter Champion was Parkland, owned by Jennifer Gates and ridden by Lillie Keenan. The pair was champion in the Small Junior Hunters and placed fifth, second, and second over fences and won the under saddle. The reserve champion in the Small Junior Hunter division was Wonderland, ridden by Morgan Ward for John Skinner. Keenan was also named Best Junior Rider on a Horse.

 

Keenan has been paired with Parkland since the beginning of January and they had incredible success at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Keenan said, “After WEF, where he was really successful consistently, we gave him a little break. He went to South Carolina and had a nice vacation for a few weeks, just to get time away from a show. I think it’s good for them to get away and relax. This was his first show starting up again in the spring. He was fantastic. We did what we always do. He’s not a difficult horse to prepare, and he wants to win.”

 

One of their wins this week was in the Handy class. Keenen called Parkland “really game” and said that he has learned to be more handy and adjusted to her style. “I like to do tight turns and really gallop at the long approaches, to really test the boundaries,” she explained. “He’s gotten used to me and the way that I like to ride him. He’s really learned to go with it. He’s happy to do whatever I ask him. He’s really good at trot fences too, so it’s nice to have a horse that you can really spin back to that. He’s gotten really handy.”

 

Lillie Keenan and Parkland

Lillie Keenan and Parkland

 

Keenan plans to show Parkland at the Devon Horse Show. “He is really the kind of horse that you can count on for special events, so hopefully that works out for us. He’s fancy, and everything you’d want in your ride to go to Devon,” she remarked.

 

The Large Junior 15 & Under Hunter division awarded the championship to Catwoman, ridden by Ailish Cunniffe for Missy Clark, and Sophie Michaels and Further Lane Farm’s Mahalo picked up the reserve championship.

 

Bishonen, ridden by David Oberkircher for Southlands Farms LLC was named champion in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters, while Cameo, ridden by Mallory Edens for Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Caristo, was the reserve champion.

 

The Grand Pony Hunter Championship went to Isport, ridden by Morgan Ward for Redfield Farm. They won all four over fences classes and were third in the under saddle to win the championship in the Green Pony Hunters. The reserve champion in the division was Pride, ridden and owned by Francesca Dildabanian.

 

Fifteen-year-old Ward is from Milford, NJ, and started riding Isport this winter when they started the 11-year-old mare in Ocala. Competing in both the Green and Large Pony Hunters, Ward described, “She goes like one of my junior hunters. She’s very scopey and has a big stride. She’s always honest, with whatever you put her at.”

 

Imported from Europe by Emil Spadone, Isport had not competed in hunter classes before coming to the U.S., but she learned immediately. “She started out like this and she’s never changed. It’s really weird. We never get (horses like) these!” Ward said with a laugh.

 

Morgan Ward and Isport

Morgan Ward and Isport

 

Of the grand championship, Ward said, “It’s nice to have. It means a lot to me, especially on a green pony. It’s nice to have that from schooling her all week and it’s proven in the ring.”

 

The Small Pony Hunter division, sponsored by Gotham North, awarded the championship to Rolling Stone, owned by Further Lane Farm and ridden by Madeline Schaefer, while the reserve champion was Coco Fath and Blueberry Hill, owned by Jordyn Rose Freedman.

 

Mimi Gochman swept the Medium Pony Hunters with David Gochman’s True Love as champion and Truly Noble, owned by Pegasus Show Stable Inc., as reserve champion. For her great success this weekend, Gochman was named as the Best Junior Rider on a Pony.

 

In the Large Pony Hunter division, Pride and Francesca Dildabanian picked up their second championship of the week. Daisy Farish and her pony Beau Rivage were reserve champions.

 

The Grand Children’s Hunter Champion was They Say, ridden and owned by 16-year-old Page Soper of Southport, CT. They were awarded the Hunter Horse Challenge Trophy. The pair was the Children’s Hunter 15-17 champion. The reserve championship went to Qrocus Landais, ridden and owned by Sabrina Kalimian.

 

Page Soper and They Say

Page Soper and They Say

 

Soper and They Say won all three classes in their division along with the Marshall & Sterling Children’s Hunter Classic. Coming into the second round, they were leading the class. “I was a little nervous, but I knew I could trust him,” Soper said.

 

They have been together for a year and have competed at shows like Fairfield, Vermont Summer Festival, and Old Salem. This was their first Grand Champion award. “I’m really happy. He was so good. My trainer, Jenni Martin-Rudaz, was so helpful. He’s smooth and listens well,” she noted. Soper hopes to go to the Marshall & Sterling Finals later this year.

 

The Children’s Hunter 14 & Under championship went to Allura, ridden and owned by Samantha Cohen. For her top riding, Cohen was named Best Child Rider on a Horse. Reserve champion was Troubador, ridden and owned by Daisy Farish.

 

Best Child Rider on a Pony Eliza Altman

Best Child Rider on a Pony Eliza Altman

 

The Best Child Rider on a Pony Award went to Eliza Altman, who was champion in the Children’s Hunter Pony Large division. They were given a plate donated by Pegasus Therapeutic Riding. The reserve champion was Celtics Creek Irish Belle, ridden by Siena Vasan for Peacock Ridge LLC. In the Children’s Hunter Pony Small/Medium division, Beaucatcher, ridden by Sienna Pilla for owner Abigail Blankenship, won the championship and Canterbrook Prince Charming, ridden by Kathryn McCarthy and owned by Joe Currais, was reserve champion.

 

For full results, please visit www.horseshowsonline.com. The second week of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show continues on May 14-19.

 

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows celebrate its 31st year in 2013 and offer two weeks of exceptional equestrian sport on May 7-12 and May 14–19 at one of the nation’s premier and newly renovated equestrian facilities, Old Salem Farm, in North Salem, New York. Old Salem’s beautifully manicured grounds, list of elite horses and riders, and fantastic social gatherings draw spectators from Westchester County and beyond to watch horses and ponies of every size compete for almost $500,000 in prize money. The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows feature over 130 hunter and jumper classes each week, bringing together top competitors, including Olympic show jumpers, from across the country. For more information, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net/mayhome.

 

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Equestrian Sport Productions Holiday Festival I Show Wrap-Up: December 14-16, 2012

December 18, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – December 17, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions concluded its Holiday Festival I Show competion this weekend on December 14-16, 2012, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. The competition featured a $25,000 Grand Prix, $10,000 Welcome Stake, and a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.

Darragh Kerins and Hot Wheels Roll to Victory in $25,000 ESP Holiday I Grand Prix

Kerins mount, Hot Wheels, is a 15-year-old Silla Argentino gelding by Liliputiense. The speedy gelding has had success for many years and has been a great mount for Kerins, with many top wins. After Sunday’s class, Kerins stated, “He is just a great horse. Every day you take him out, he gives 100%. Last week was probably one of the worst days I have had with him all year. He hadn’t shown for a while and tried to do the grand prix and he had a couple down and he just wasn’t himself. I hadn’t planned on showing him again, but after that I just decided to go again this week and he was a different horse.”

Darragh Kerins and Hot Wheels
Photo by Jack Mancini

“He jumped great the first round and in the jump-off. I knew it was going to be very fast because there were ten clear,”

In the highlight event of the week, forty-four entries showed in Sunday afternoon’s $25,000 ESP Holiday I Grand Prix over a course set by Catsy Cruz of Mexico. Ten entries cleared the first-round course to advance to the jump-off and six jumped double clear. Ireland’s Darragh Kerins and Hot Wheels had the fastest time of 35.182 seconds for the win. Wilhelm Genn and Happy Z finished second in 37.009 seconds. Samuel Parot and Al Calypso placed third in 37.541 seconds.

Kerins said. “Four faults wasn’t going to get me very much of a paycheck, so I just tried to be quick and see what happened. All of the jumps stayed up and it worked out good.”

 

Commenting on the course, Kerins noted, “I thought it was a very good course; she built good courses all week. I thought it was fair for the amount of horses that were in it and she still ended up with ten clears, but there were a lot of good horses in it, so she did a good job.”

 

Hot Wheels will now have off until after the holidays and will then begin competing again during the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival circuit.

“We will just keep trying to keep him fit and aim him towards the circuit here,” Kerins detailed. “He is getting a bit older, so we have to pick and choose our classes with him. He has a lot of miles under his belt, but he is very sound and he is still fresh and he loves this ring here. He is very comfortable in it.”

Kerins described Hot Wheels’ personality and routine at home. “He is a character,” he smiled. “The same guy has looked after him for all of the time that I have had him. We don’t ride him much at home because he is just so difficult to get on and off and stuff, so we just try to keep him happy. We give him a lot of turn out and lunge him every other day. Then once he comes to the show and he walks in the ring, he knows his job.”

Final Results: $25,000 ESP Holiday I Grand Prix

1. HOT WHEELS DARRAGH KERINS DARRAGH KERINS: 0/0/35.182

2. HAPPY Z WILHELM GENN WILHELM GENN: 0/0/37.009

3. AL CALYPSO SAMUEL PAROT SAMUEL PAROT: 0/0/37.541

4. ORMSBY HILL LIZA FINSNESS LIZA FINSNESS: 0/0/38.506

5. LARGO RAMIRO QUINTANA MAVERICK VENTURES LLC: 0/0/39.061

6. CAPALL ZIDANE RONAN MC GUIGAN RONAN MC GUIGAN: 0/0/39.398

7. ATTACK II AMANDA DERBYSHIRE BECKY AND DAVID GOCHMAN: 0/4/38.072

8. GRACIELLA 50 SAER COULTER COPERNICUS STABLES, LLC: 0/4/39.103

9. AX-CENT KENNETH BERKLEY RIVERS EDGE: 0/4/39.743

10. VICTORY DA AUDREY COULTER COPERNICUS STABLES, LLC: 0/4/42.965

11. WHITNEY RAMIRO QUINTANA ST. BRIDE’S FARM: 2/84.156

12. EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE 3E MOLLY ASHE OLIVIA JACK: 3/85.327

Jumper Highlights
Thirty-four entries showed in Friday’s evening’s $10,000 Welcome Stake with 13 clear rounds to jump-off and six double clear competitors. Audrey Coulter and Copernicus Stables LLC’s Rodenburgh’s California had the fastest jump-off time of 36.57 seconds for the win. Michael Murphy and PenelopeStrait’s Valentino Z finished second with a clear round in 37.38 seconds. Samuel Parot and Whisper H.E. were third in a time of 37.19 seconds.

Audrey Coulter and Rodenburgh’s California

In the $1,500 Tackeria NAL Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic, Hannah Murrin rode Whipstick Farm’s Landdame to victory with Samantha Wight and Sweet Oak Farm’s Brooke Van De Zuuthoeve in second.

The $2,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic was won by Brett Burlington aboard Sweet Oak Farm’s ‘T Is Picobello Z. Kenzie Donovan and Volarnah finished second.

The High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic saw victory for Nathalie Mathers and Windline with Sydney Shulman and Back Country Farm’s HH Narcos Du Marais in second.

In the $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic, Hidden Creek’s Shadow, owned by Les Cabrioles, LLC and ridden by Mackenzie Graves, was the winner. McKenzie Wade and Leslie Davies’ Luna finished second.

The $1,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic was won by Amy Masterson aboard DK Masterson Holdings’ Temba B. Kathryn Haefner andKaberle finished second.

In the $2,500 M&S Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic, Katie McNair and Kilimanjaro were the winners with Lynn Yoos and Timba finishing second.

Hunter and Equitation Highlights
Showing in the Adult Amateur Hunter division over the weekend, Leslie Campbell rode E.L. Raymond to the championship tricolor with KellyJones’ O So Soxy and Lisa Butzer in reserve.

In the Amateur-Owner Working Hunters, Lauren Cechini and Graffiti were the champions. Stephanie Danhakl tied herself for reserve riding After Five and Humor Me.

In the Performance Hunter 3’3″/3’6″, Christopher Payne rode Julie Holzberger’s Pure Giving to the championship with Penny Lombardo and Jane Clark’s Goosebumps in reserve.

In the Green Conformation Hunters, Sandy Ferrell rode Stephanie Riggio’s Mariano to the championship with Victoria Colvin and Rose Hill Farm’s Joyful in reserve.

The Junior Hunters also showed over the weekend and Victoria Colvin took both top tricolors, earning the championship with Joyful and reserve championship with Canadian Blue, owned by Scott Stewart.

In the Large Pony Hunters, Emma Kurtz also earned both top honors aboard champion All My Love, owned by Scott Stewart and reserve champion Westside, also owned by Scott Stewart. In the Medium Pony Hunters, Kurtz once again dominated, earning the championship with All Seasons Farm’s Rock the Boat and reserve with Scott Stewart’s Show Me Love. The Small Pony Hunters saw another championship win for Kurtz, this time aboard Double G Stables’ Sparkle Plenty. Sophie Gochman and David Gochman’s Page 6 finished in reserve.

In the equitation classes, Sydney Shulman and The Freedom Group’s Lovely Charity won the Pessoa/USEF Hunt Seat Medal for the week. Brett Burlington rode Sweet Oak Farm’s Sunman to win the ASPCA Maclay class. Victoria Colvin rode Scott Stewart and Alexandra Crown’s Amore Mio to win the WIHS Equitation Overall.

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Equestrian Sport Productions Year End Awards Horse Show Wrap-Up: December 8-9, 2012 Donald Cheska and Imprimis

December 13, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – December 11, 2012 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) held its Year End Awards Horse Show on December 8-9, 2012 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. The show held a $10,000 Welcome Stake as well as a $25,000 Grand Prix as feature events in the International Arena over the weekend with Pierre Jolicoeur as the course designer. Along with a regular week of showing, the ESP Year End Awards, sponsored by The Tackeria, were handed out at a banquet and honored those top performers from ESP shows throughout 2012.

In the $25,000 Year End Awards Grand Prix, 26 entries showed and just two cleared the first round course without fault to make a jump-off. Donald Cheska and Windswept Farm’s Imprimis had one rail down in the short course in 41.980 seconds to earn the second place honors. Gemma Paternoster was the winner aboard Osiris, who she owns in partnership with Julia Harrison Lee, with a clear round but one time fault in the jump-off in 48.708 seconds.

Osiris is a sixteen-year-old gelding by Polydox x Lucky Boy that Paternoster has been riding eleven years. The pair showed in Wellington all summer, winning a grand prix in June and earning many top placings.

 

Gemma Paternoster and Osiris

“Since WEF last year he has had one rail and he has jumped a multitude of classes,” Paternoster stated. “He won the June grand prix and he was double clean in all of those welcome stakes over the summer. There are very few horses I have ever met that love the sport so much and he does. He can’t get enough.”

Speaking about the course, Paternoster described, “Judging by the scores it was a hard course. It was technical. You needed a very careful horse and an obedient one. He is not always the most rideable horse because he is a little hot, but he is so careful he makes up for it. They put the water back in this week, which was a nice test. The triple bar to the plank was hard. The horses had to be smart on their own. You couldn’t really do much for them in there. They had to see the plank and rock back and jump out. I think it was a hard test today.”

“I jumped my young horse too, she was seventh and she jumped fabulous,” Paternoster added. “I am so excited because they are almost ready to switch over so that Osiris can just chill a bit more and she can come up the ranks.”

“He’ll do what he tells me he is comfortable doing,” she said. “He has done all the World Cup classes at WEF, he has ribboned in the $500,000, the $250,000, he has done it all, so I don’t want to hold a ton of pressure on him. He has done ten Nations Cups all over the world. I am so happy that he gets to do this and win and get to be the mega-star in the barn. It is really nice for Julia Harrison Lee who owns half of him because he represents our stables and he is really a good example of what we try to do to produce a horse and make them happy and make them love the sport and perform well because of it. He is a fabulous representation for us and we are lucky to have him.”

Donald Cheska and Imprimis

There were several entries with time faults that kept them from the jump-off, but still placed in the top of the class. Amanda Derbyshire and Attack II, owned by Becky and David Gochman, had one time fault in the first round in 84.062 seconds to place third. Filip Amram and Cederick had one time fault in 84.660 seconds to finish fourth. David Blake and Pine Hollow Farm’s Shalimar had two time faults in 85.969 seconds for fifth place honors.

In the $10,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Welcome Stake, Darragh Kerins rode Elegance Van’t Paradijs, owned by Andrea Van Scheltinga, to victory. Twenty-seven entries showed and seven made it to the jump-off. Kerins and Elegance had the fastest of five double clear rounds in 32.626 seconds. Hector Florentino and Ultimo, owned by Stransky’s Mission Farms, finished in second place in 33.419 seconds. Theo Genn and Eduardo Leon’s Janitzio placed third in 34.973 seconds. Fourth place went to Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Eternal, owned by Bull Run Jumpers One LLC, with their double clear in 35.927 seconds. Gemma Paternoster and Osiris placed fifth in 39.568 seconds.

Commenting on his winning mount, an eight-year-old mare by Heartbreaker x Nabaab, Kerins explained, “I just rode her yesterday for the first time. A good friend of mine, Maarten Huygens, has her and he just asked me if I would be interested in showing her this weekend. I jumped her in a smaller class earlier on today and she jumped very well. She actually won the Level 7 as well, so we decided to give her a run this evening. It is probably the biggest class that she has done in her career.”

“She was good. She was a little bit green in the first round. I just didn’t know what to expect, but she is very careful and seems very competitive,” Kerins said. “In the jump-off, I left out one stride down to the double of verticals and she handled it very well. She is just a very competitive mare.”

Huygens stated, “I showed her myself in the 1.30m the whole summer and this is the first time that she jumped a big class with a big rider. She is for sale and until then Darragh will keep playing with her. She will probably try some 1.45m or maybe even more. I think she would be a really good high junior jumper for someone young.”

In other classes over the weekend, the Tackeria Child/Adult Classic saw a win for Perla Boord’s Don Giovanni LS and Javier Guerra. Diamond In The Rough and Victoria Griffith placed second.

In the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Caya and Ali Wolff were the winners. Emanuel Andrade placed second riding Hollow Creek Farm’s Crossfire 10, third riding Hollow Creek Farm’s Valence 7, and fourth riding Starlight, owned by Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc.

 

In the Reist Low Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic, Noel Powell and Sweet Oak Farm’s Mahogany won top honors. Cameron Morris and Caroline Mason’s Calvin placed second.

The M & S Child/Adult Jumper Classic was won by Diamond In The Rough and Victoria with Don Giovanni LS and Javier Guerra in second.

Hunter and Equitation Highlights

The $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Classic was won by Grant, owned by Marcia Radosevich and ridden by Robert Bielefeld. Shoreline, owned by Carolyn Gouse and ridden by Nicholas Decosta, finished second with Ocean Avenue and Alexandra Cleveland in third.

In the Adult Amateur Hunters, McLain Ward’s Clarity and Amy Mager earned the championship with LDM Dramatik and Lynn Berg in reserve.

In the combined Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunters, Star Lane Farm’s Martel and Olivia Easton earned the championship with Blue Monday and Jessica Pletka in reserve.

The ESP Open Hunter 3′ champion was Jane Hosack’s Masterpiece and Carol Delacy. Grant and Robert Bielefeld finished in reserve.

In the equitation, Sydney Shulman rode The Freedom Group’s Lovely Charity to victory in the Pessoa USEF Hunt Seat Medal. The ASPCA Maclay win went to Sophie Povirk aboard Monty Kelly’s Raleigh.

 

2012 ESP Year End Awards

 

The weekend also featured the presentation of Year End Awards for the 2012 ESP Circuit for all ESP shows throughout the year, including the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.

Top winners included Scott Stewart and Tristan, who were the high point earners in the Green Working Hunter division. Castlekeep, owned by Richard Prant and ridden by Heather Hooker, was the winner in the Amateur-Owner Hunters. Peakewood Farm’s Chromeo and Shawn Casady topped the Junior Hunter divisions for the season.

In the pony divisions, Aleece Jarman rode Hana Bieling’s Bleutiful to top honors overall in the Small Pony Hunters and was awarded the special Butchard Family Trophy. The Shenandoah Geni Memorial Trophy was presented to Stars and Stripes, owned and ridden by Anderson Wagner as the leaders in the Medium Pony Hunter division. For the Love and owner rider Alexandra Crown topped the Large Pony Hunter division. Rose Hill Farm’s Enjoy the Laugher and Cloe Hymowitz led the way in the Green Pony Hunters.

The Pre-Green Hunter division was won by Daybreak, owned by Patricia Monaco and ridden by Sandra Ferrell. The Adult Amateur Hunters awarded top honors to LDM Dramatik and Lyn Berg. Ocean Avenue and owner/rider Alexa Constantakos led the Children’s Hunters. The Outspoken Trophy was awarded to Laura Karet’s Caliber and Hayley Barnhill as the top point earner in the ESP Open Hunter division.

 

The Low Adult Hunters awarded Mainsail and Ashley Briggs as the best of the circuit. Top Low Children’s Horse was Armani, owned and ridden by Kristen Tennant. Best Children’s Pony Hunter was Anderins Memento, owned by Linda Evans and ridden by Ava Stearns.
In the Short Stirrup Hunter, Verry Berry, owned by David Gochman and ridden by Reid Arani, earned the Rita Flynn Memorial Trophy. The top Baby Green Hunter was Armani, owned by Jackie McCutchan and ridden by Ellie Raidt.

In the Adult Amateur Jumpers, Kasmir and Cynthia Screnci earned the most points.

The top Junior/ Amateur-Owner Jumpers were Can Be Good and Alexandra Crown. Sterling Silver LLC’s Little Joey and Emily Rizzo won the Children’s Jumper award. In the Low Children’s Jumpers, Montoga Inc.’s Darn It and Jessica Gollel earned top prize. The Low Adult Jumper champion was Calvin, owned by Caroline Mason and ridden by Cameron Morris.
In the Open Jumpers, Shane Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm’s O’Splendido had a great year to top the division. The Young Jumper champion was Cornishman, owned by SCNC Investments Inc. and ridden by Tiffany Cornacchio-Morrissey.
Windsom’s Prada, owned and ridden by Chase Finizio was the winner in the Cross Rails Hunter/Equitation. Taylor Bloom and Nicole Loy’s Cantageous Star were the champions in the Walk/Trot.

 

In the equitation divisions, Erika Jacobson topped the 11 & Under Equitation. Jordyn Katz won the 12-14 Equitation, and Taylor Shirey topped the 15-17 Equitation. The Adult Equitation winner was Tracey Mack-Gorin. The Show Stirrup Equitation was won by Liana Gavidia.

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