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Olivia Woodson and Butterfly Kisses Win 2013 USEF Pony Medal Finals

August 12, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY- August 11, 2013 – Today’s 2013 United States Equestrian Federation Pony Medal Final was the perfect conclusion to a close to perfect week at the 2013 USEF Pony Finals for best friends Emma Kurtz and Olivia Woodson. Kurtz was extremely successful in the hunter divisions throughout the week, and today Woodson bested a field of nearly 190 riders to win the 2013 USEF Pony Medal Finals, while Kurtz finished in a close second. The equitation class, held in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, marked the final event at this year’s USEF Pony Finals.

Bobby Murphy designed the first round course for the class, testing riders and ponies over a track that included a trot fence, bending lines and rollbacks and a halt directly in the middle of a line. Following the completion of the opening round, the top 25 riders returned for a second round of testing over fences. Three small ponies, 16 medium ponies and six large ponies were called back, with Woodson sitting in the eighth place position aboard the medium pony Butterfly Kisses.

Olivia Woodson and Butterfly Kisses

Olivia Woodson and Butterfly Kisses


One by one the small, then large and finally medium ponies returned to be tested over the second round course which required riders to jump 10 obstacles, including an in-and-out and a trot fence, and demonstrate a simple change of lead. Woodson, of Wellington, FL, and Butterfly Kisses, owned by Erika Luter, executed the course nearly flawlessly, electing to avoid tight inside turns and instead make smooth, flowing turns. Two trips later, Kurtz, of Hudson, OH, returned in the sixth place position aboard Trademark owned by David Gochman, and she too delivered an excellent test with a well executed simple change of leads. Also turning in a ride that would shoot her to the top of the pack was Charlise Casas of Kenilworth, IL. She returned for the second round in the 11th place position, but her well-executed test and other riders’ errors moved her up solidly into the top four. Many of the riders called back on top were shaken down from the top by minor errors during their tests, but one who held her ground was Emma Lemke of Franklin, TN. She returned in the third place position and would hold that spot through to the end.

With two rounds of jumping already complete, Lemke, Kurtz, Casas and Woodson were then announced as the top four riders, in no particular order, and called back for additional testing on the flat. The judges put the top young riders through their paces and asked for sitting trot, a hand gallop, and what proved to be a potentially telling turn on the haunches.

Olivia Woodson and Butterfly Kisses

Olivia Woodson and Butterfly Kisses

“That’s Geoff [Teall]’s favorite way to reverse, so we do like eight turn on the haunches every single lesson,” said Woodson.

While others struggled slightly, she executed the turn perfectly, putting the final exclamation point on her three rounds of blue ribbon worthy riding.

As they were called back for awards, Casas rode away with the fourth place ribbon, Lemke finished in third, Kurtz took second and Woodson led the victory gallop for the first place honor.

While Woodson had a catch ride earlier in the week, the USEF Medal Final was her real focus this year, at what will be her last Pony Finals. “Next year I’m going to be moving up to the big equitation, so I was really glad I did well today. It still doesn’t feel real that I just won this,” said Woodson immediately following the class.

Woodson, her parents and her three brothers picked up and relocated from Illinois to Wellington, FL, to allow Woodson to train full-time with Charles Moorcroft and Geoff Teall, which has proved to be a winning move.

“She’s the nicest kid, and they are the nicest family,” Teall said. “They have just stuck with it, and to win that class – that’s what it’s supposed to be about.”

Woodson’s whole family was in attendance to share in the victory, and sharing the top two spots with her best friend also made the moment extra special for 13-year-old Woodson.

Olivia Woodson and Butterfly Kisses Win 2013 USEF Pony Medal Finals

Olivia Woodson and Butterfly Kisses Win 2013 USEF Pony Medal Finals

“We’re best friends,” said Woodson of her and Kurtz’s friendship. “She’s really good, so I didn’t think I would beat her. We both support each other when we do well. I remember when I was walking out from my first trip, I looked up at Emma and her mom, and they both gave me grins and thumbs up. I thought, okay, I must have done well if Emma thinks it’s good.”

Today marked the conclusion of 2013 USEF Pony Finals. Next week’s competition will begin on Tuesday, August 13 at the Kentucky Horse Park for the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. This exciting event will feature the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship, the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix.

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Shane Sweetnam and Solerina Steal the Show in $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix

March 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – March 24, 2013 – Week eleven of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by Artisan Farms, concluded on Sunday, March 24, with a full day of jumper action on the derby field at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and Solerina won the highlight $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix in a five-horse jump-off over Marie Hecart (FRA) and Myself de Breve and Kirsten Coe (USA) and Baronez.


Victoria Colvin and Waminka were victorious in the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix, while Chloe Reid took the series win. Olivia Fry Weeks and Woica won the $10,000 Horseware Don Little Masters Classic. RichardJeffery of Bournemouth, England, set the courses on the derby field for all three classes.


In the $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix, 34 entries showed over Jeffery’s feature track with five clear rounds advancing to the jump-off. Two cleared the short course without fault, and Shane Sweetnam guided Sweet Oak and Spy Coast Farms’ Solerina to victory with the fastest clear round in 41.17 seconds.


Watch an interview with winning rider
Shane Sweetnam!


Marie Hecart and Normandie Connections’ Myself de Breve cleared the jump-off course in 42.45 seconds to place second. In third, Kirsten Coe and Ilan Ferder’s Baronez had one time fault in 45.58 seconds. Kent Farrington (USA) and Robin Parksy’s Blue Angel had one rail down in 42.45 seconds to earn the fourth place honors, and Reed Kessler (USA) and Mika placed fifth with four faults in 43.87 seconds.



Sweetnam’s winning mount, Solerina, is a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare by Cruising x Diamond Lad that he owns in collaboration with his sponsor, Spy Coast Farm. Believe it or not, Sunday’s win was Sweetnam’s first win in an international FEI grand prix as well as his horse’s first time ever showing in a grand prix at any level. The stars aligned for the pair on the field this weekend as they earned an exciting victory.




“It is a great result, especially for myself,” Sweetnam admitted after the class. “It is my first WEF Sunday win and it is great for Spy Coast as well who own half of her with me. I am very, very happy. It was unexpected. She is a really competitive horse and her results have been great all circuit, but this is the first grand prix that I have done her in. She really surpassed herself; she gave everything she had. She is very fast, so I knew that if I could get in the jump-off that I would have a chance.”


Sweetnam has had Solerina since last summer and the pair has done very well together at the 1.45m and 1.50m level. “She has won a few classes; she has been second a lot. She has a very good strike rate,” Sweetnam noted. “She has been placed nearly 70%. She has been very, very good.”


“She has a bit of character, chestnut mare stuff,” Sweetnam said of Solerina. “If she is not fighting you, she is fighting with you, so I prefer if she’s fighting with me. Actually she was very relaxed here, so I was happy.”


Shane Sweetnam and Solerina. Photo © Sportfot.

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina. Photo © Sportfot.


The “chestnut mare stuff” may not be all that bad, as Sweetnam pointed out that three chestnut mares were first, second, and third in Sunday’s class. Second place finisher Myself de Breve is a feisty red headed mare as well, but has also proven herself many times in the arena with French rider Marie Hecart. Hecart got the 13-year-old mare as a two-year-old and has had some great results with her.


“She is very small, but she has all the scope,” Hecart declared. “When she was younger she was crazy, she was totally wild, but she really started to be good two or three years ago. She has really settled down and started working with me really well.”



“She always jumps really well on a big field like that,” Hecart said following the class. “She gets a lot of scope and she was great. I didn’t start the season really early; I started about five weeks ago. I didn’t want to do too much with her, so I wasn’t really ready for the first grand prix and this week she really started jumping like she does. She is 13, so she has all the experience and she doesn’t need to jump that much. I just try to do the big classes and the most important ones and she was really good.”


Third place finisher, Baronez, has had some great results showing on the grass field with rider Kirsten Coe, including a win in week seven’s $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup. She seems to like the different atmosphere.


“She really likes it out here,” Coe stated. “She is brave as a lion, so she really excels in this environment. I didn’t start showing that early in the season either; I didn’t start showing until week six, so it really feels like things are starting to come together now. She was double clear both times this week, so she has had a nice result.”


For Shane Sweetnam, there is no doubt that this year’s FTI WEF and Sunday’s class, especially, will be one to remember for a long time. Sweetnam praised the show after a fantastic day.


“WEF has done a great job this year,” he acknowledged. “Even last night they had such a great crowd and the standard of jumping has been fantastic every week. Personally, I have had a great circuit as well; I have been in the top three or four in the grand prix four times now, which I am very happy with. Every year I think WEF gets bigger and better and the standard is very high.”


Shane Sweetnam and Solerina in their winning presentation with Equestrian Sport Productions' President Michael Stone and ringmaster Cliff Haines.  Photo © Sportfot.

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina in their winning presentation with Equestrian Sport Productions’ President Michael Stone and ringmaster Cliff Haines.
Photo © Sportfot.


Final Results: $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix


1. SOLERINA: 1999 Irish Sport Horse mare by Cruising x Diamond Lad

SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Sweet Oak & Spy Coast Farms: 0/0/41.17


2. MYSELF DE BREVE: 2000 SFA mare by Quidam de Revel x Grand Veneur

MARIE HECART (FRA), Normandie Connection: 0/0/42.45


3. BARONEZ: 2001 Warmblood mare by Heartbreaker x Unknown

KIRSTEN COE (USA), Ilan Ferder: 1/45.58


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

KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Robin Parsky:0/4/42.45


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

REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/4/43.87


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

MCLAIN WARD (USA), Sagamore Farms: 4/84.66


7. OLYMPIC DE CHAMANT: 2002 Selle Francais gelding by Gentleman IV SF x Apache D’adriers

JOHNATHON CORRIGAN (IRL), Sagamore Farms: 4/85.25


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

CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 4/85.39


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

LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 4/85.66



10. AVENZIO 3: 1999 KWPN gelding by Animo x Erdball xx

TAIZO SUGITANI (JPN), Yvonne Young: 4/86.02


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

CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Chinook Valley, Inc: 4/87.00


12. CORTES ‘C’: 2002 BWP gelding by Randel Z x Darco

BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 4/88.15



Victoria Colvin and Waminka Win $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix; Chloe Reid Takes Series Victory



Starting off Sunday’s competition on the derby field,15-year-old Victoria Colvin jumped to victory in the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix presented by the Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte. Thirty-one entries showed in the class with four clear rounds to advance to the jump-off. None of the competitors were able to clear the second round course without fault, and Colvin’s four-fault round was the best with a time of 43.21 seconds aboard Waminka, owned by Rivers Edge.



Dana Scott and Nod Hill Farm’s KM What Ever RV finished second with four faults in 43.65 seconds. Niclas Hofmann and Trelawny Farm LLC’s Babbe Van’t Roosakker placed third with four faults in 50.87 seconds. Fourth place honors went to Alexandra Thornton and Dunwalke Ltd.’s Blue Curacao with eight faults in 45.17 seconds.


Victoria Colvin and Waminka. Photo © Sportfot.

Victoria Colvin and Waminka. Photo © Sportfot.


Sunday’s class was only Colvin’s second time competing in the young rider events in Wellington and she was happy that it went so well. She has had previous experience showing on the grass field in the equitation, hunter and junior jumper divisions, but was excited to compete against some of her top peers in the series.


“It went pretty well,” Colvin smiled after the class. “It is so nice to be out on the field and she just went amazing.”


Waminka is one of Colvin’s top mounts and the pair has had a lot of success recently, including winning yesterday’s $10,000 Griffis Residential High Junior Jumper Classic. Riding on the grass field was a little different, but the pair handled it perfectly.


“With her, I feel like she doesn’t have to get as quiet, so that she just has a nice gallop,” Colvin explained of the different preparation. “We pretty much just walked her this morning and then she was just ready to go.”


“She is pretty straightforward,” the rider added. “You have to hold her mouth a little bit, but she goes to the jumps and you don’t really need much leg. She is one of my favorites except for my own, of course, but she is a lot of fun.”


Commenting on the jump-off, Colvin continued, “I was trying to just have a nice, clear round, but I think I just felt the wind and ran to that oxer. I was gonna go slow and clean, but it didn’t really work that way. I think the wind makes it more fun. It feels like you are on a beach galloping.”


Sunday’s class was the final event in the 2013 Artisan Farms Young Rider Series, presented by the Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte, which also awarded the top prizes on Sunday for its overall standings. Sixteen-year-old Chloe Reid was named the top rider under 21 and will get a spot on the USEF European Young Rider Tour this summer as her prize, with transportation provided by the Dutta Corporation in association with Guido Klatte. Along with that, as the overall winner she takes home a Bruno delGrange saddle. Wilton Porter and Niclas Hofmann were second and third in the overall standings.


Chloe Reid in her winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines, Michael Stone, Carlene Ziegler of Artisan Farms, Bruno delGrange and Sandy Spicer of Bruno delGrange Saddles, Tim Dutta, and Guido Klatte.  Photo © Sportfot.

Chloe Reid in her winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines, Michael Stone, Carlene Ziegler of Artisan Farms, Bruno delGrange and Sandy Spicer of Bruno delGrange Saddles, Tim Dutta, and Guido Klatte.
Photo © Sportfot.


“I am really excited. This was definitely one of my goals for the year,” Reid said of the honor. “Every year we sit down with my trainer (Kim Prince) and my parents and they say ‘Chloe, what would you like to have as your accomplishment for this year?’ Last year it was to make the European Tour and this year I said that I would love to finish in the top for this class and I was able to make that achievement.”


Watch an interview with Chloe Reid!


Reid went on the European tour last year and enjoyed her time competing abroad. “That was an amazing experience last year,” she stated. “I have never really ridden on a team before and it is a completely different atmosphere over there. It is a great learning experience and I learned so much more than if I just stayed here. I was really happy with everything over there.”


Chloe Reid and Damascus. Photo © Sportfot.

Chloe Reid and Damascus. Photo © Sportfot.


Reid is developing a great partnership with her horse, Damascus, and felt that this year’s young rider series was very helpful to their development.


“This series is great with all of the different kinds of rounds they give us,” Reid acknowledged. “We had a night class, we had a Nations Cup theme, we had on the grass today and just all of the different experiences for helping you succeed. I have had Damascus since last spring and she has really learned to become my horse and I have learned our strengths and weaknesses together. Every round I am just getting to know her more and try to exceed even more.”


Artisan Farms Young Rider Series Leaders Chloe Reid (first), Wilton Porter (second), Kalvin Dobbs (fifth), and Niclas Hofmann (third) with Cliff Haines, Michael Stone, Carlene Ziegler, Tim Dutta and Guido Klatte.  Photo © Sportfot.

Artisan Farms Young Rider Series Leaders Chloe Reid (first), Wilton Porter (second), Kalvin Dobbs (fifth), and Niclas Hofmann (third) with Cliff Haines, Michael Stone, Carlene Ziegler, Tim Dutta and Guido Klatte.
Photo © Sportfot.


A full schedule of competition was also held at the main show grounds at PBIEC on Sunday in the International Arena. In the $10,000 Charles Owen Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Daisy Johnson and Atlanta 447 jumped to victory. In the $10,000 Maria Mendelsohn Low Junior Jumpers, Eugenio Garza and Marbella were victorious.




Grand All Over and Emma Kurtz Excel in Visse Wedell Medium Pony Hunters




Grand All Over lived up to his name during week eleven of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The fifteen-year-old Welsh Pony gelding owned by David Gochman was champion of the Visse Wedell Medium Pony Hunter divsion with Emma Kurtz. Kurtz, of Cleveland, OH, piloted Grand All Over to second place under saddle and finished first, third, and third over fences.




Reserve champion was Sassafras Creek, ridden by Daisy Farish and owned by Redfield Farm. Farish and Sassafras Creek were eighth under saddle and were first, second, sixth, and first over fences.




Owner-rider champion for the division was Roxbury and Yasmin Rizvi. Reserve owner-rider honors went to Francesca Dildabanian and her pony Laugh Out Loud.




Grand All Over, known as “Toby” in the barn, is one of twelve-year-old Kurtz’s many successful pony mounts, but she will admit to him being her favorite by far. While Kurtz says his irresistible cuteness is what puts him at the top of her list, trainer Amanda Lyerly knows their bond is more than just skin-deep. “They really trust each other,” Lyerly commented. “He’s really brave and she’s confident on him. They’re such a good match.”


Grand All Over and Emma Kurtz. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Grand All Over and Emma Kurtz. Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.


Lyerly does admit Toby’s looks certainly don’t hurt him in the ring. “He has an amazing look through the bridle and he has a great neck. He always goes with his ears pricked and he pretty much always jumps well no matter how you get to the jump. He just has a lot of presence,” Lyerly described.




Toby has been so successful with Kurtz that the pair is currently in second place in the FTI WEF circuit standings despite a relatively light show schedule. “Emma won the pony classic World Champion Hunter Rider week. She was champion another week and reserve one week. He really hasn’t done a lot since he already has so many points. He gets to have an easy circuit,” Lyerly explained.




Kurtz and her winning partner will continue to show together through the FTI WEF’s final week, after which the duo look forward to showing at the Devon Horse Show in May. Following Devon, their show career together is a little more uncertain. Kurtz has had Toby on lease from the Gochman family until their girls grow into him.




“He belongs to the Gochmans, and their kids were actually a little bit too small for him when they got him, so they’ve let Emma ride him for a little bit until they’re ready for him. It’s very, very generous of them to give her that opportunity,” Lyerly acknowledged.




Kurtz and Toby’s championship finish concluded hunter competition for week eleven of the FTI WEF, sponsored by Artisan Farms. The final week of the FTI WEF, presented by title sponsor FTI Consulting, will run March 27-21, 2013, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. For full results, please visit



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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.


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Daisy Farish and Sassafras Creek Garner Grand Pony Hunter Championship at the 54th Washington International Horse Show

October 29, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Sassafras Creek and Daisy Farish. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Washington, D.C. – The 54th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) concluded competition at Verizon Center in downtown Washington D.C. on Sunday, October 28, with the presentation of championship awards in the pony hunter divisions. Twelve-year-old Daisy Farish, of Versailles, KY, earned the coveted Grand Pony Hunter Championship aboard Bibby Hill’s Sassafras Creek after topping the Medium Pony hunter division. Twelve-year-old Emma Kurtz, of Hudson, OH, was named Best Child Rider on a Pony after winning the Small Pony Hunter division with Bill Schaub’s Hillcrest Blue Halo.The WIHS Pony Equitation Finals were also held in the afternoon with a win for Lucy Deslauriers. The WIHS Regional Finals concluded the day with a win and champfor Devin Vega and Chelsea Director.

Daisy Farish rode Sassafras Creek, a 13-year-old Welsh Pony Cross mare, to championship honors in the Medium Pony Hunters to receive The Shenandoah Sundowner Perpetual Trophy, donated by Evan Coluccio and Ashmont Farms, Ltd.
Farish and Sassafras Creek won all three classes over fences. Francesca Dildabanian and Laugh Out Loud earned the reserve honors with second and third place ribbons over fences and fourth place under saddle.

Farish and ‘Sassy’ were then presented with The Miles River Moonglow Perpetual Trophy, donated by Scott Novick and Rustic Woods, for the Grand Pony Hunter Championship. They were also awarded a special prize for their high score of 86 in the stake class.

It was a busy day for Daisy Farish at WIHS. The young rider just turned twelve on October 12 and had multiple ponies to show on Sunday. She arrived at 4 a.m. to prepare with trainers Patricia Griffith and Andre Dignelli of Heritage Farm, and that preparation paid off. Farish won her first championship ever at WIHS.

“It feels good to win because I have never been champion here before and Sassy was really good,” Farish smiled. “I have done okay here before, but I’ve never done well all the way through, and this year was good.”

© Shawn McMillen Photography

Farish told us about Sassafras Creek, who she has been riding since June. “She is awesome to ride. She has a huge stride and she has a really good rhythm and she is easy to find the jumps on,” Farish described. “I was really proud of Sassy because she was so good for me and she is just so fun to ride.”

Farish has been showing in the ponies at WIHS for a few years now and felt confident going into the arena this weekend. That confidence was bolstered by great advice from her trainers, and comfort with her ponies.

“I have been coming to Washington a long time,” Farish recalled. “I like it here. It is a little bit hard with the times you have to wake up, but once you’re in the ring it is fun.”

“I didn’t get nervous this show because Sassy has always been good for me; she makes me confident,” Farish added. “The last thing my trainers told me before I went in the ring for the last class was ‘Ride it like you want it,’ and that’s what I did.”

Emma Kurtz received the Best Child Rider on a Pony Award. (Shawn McMillen Photography)
Emma Kurtz rode Hillcrest Blue Halo to championship honors in the Small Pony Hunter division to be awarded The Stombock Saddlery Challenge Trophy, donated by Stombock Saddlery, in memory of E.P. (Bud) Stombock. Kurtz and Hillcrest Blue Halo won two classes over fences. Sophie Gochman rode David Gochman’s Weebiscuit to reserve with first, second and sixth place ribbons over fences. Gochman also earned the Potomac Trophy High Score Junior Hunter Rider on a Pony award for her 87 point round in the small pony handy class.

Hillcrest Blue Halo and Emma Kurtz.
© Shawn McMillen Photography

Kurtz was presented with the award for Best Child Rider on a Pony, sponsored by The Chungunco Family, and presented with The Captain V.S. Littauer Perpetual Trophy donated by Hugh J.B. Cassidy III, Mrs. William Dillon and Miss Marion Lee.Kurtz does not have a pony of her own, but catch rode three ponies this weekend. Her top mount, Hillcrest Blue Halo, is a pony that Kurtz had never ridden before. She is a nine-year-old Welsh pony mare by From Me to You.

“Daisy usually rides her, but she had too many ponies this weekend, so I rode her,” Kurtz explained. “This was my first time showing her and I had never ridden her before this. I just got on her at the show for the first time.”

“She was pretty easy and slow,” Kurtz described. “She’s lazy. I didn’t have to do anything special; she is a good girl.”

Kurtz trains with Amanda Lyerly and Mike Rheinheimer, and has ridden ponies for many top owners and trainers this year, including the Gochmans, Mindy Darst, and Bill Schaub.

Emma Kurtz received the Best Child Rider on a Pony Award.
© Shawn McMillen Photography

“I like it; I don’t even own a pony, so catching riding is the only thing I do,” she noted. “This has been a big year for me. I have done more and more riding and it is really fun. I have shown more this year than ever before.”

This was Kurtz’s first time showing at WIHS, and she enjoyed the experience. She will continue showing ponies next year and hopes to move up to compete in the juniors as well.

The final championship of the morning was in the Large Pony Hunter division, sponsored by Rose Hill Farm. Bergen Sanderford, of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, rode Katie Dinan LLC’s Keep Dreamin’ to top honors and The Pegasus Stable Perpetual Trophy, donated by Ms. Fenwick Kollock.  The pair placed first in two classes over fences. Ali Tritschler and Dreamland, owned by Linda Evans, finished in reserve after placing first and second over fences and fifth under saddle.

Keep Dreamin and Bergen Sanderford. © Shawn McMillen Photography

All of the champions also received a special award presented by Ponybeds.

Deslauriers Tops Second Final in 2012

© Shawn McMillen Photography

Later in the afternoon, young riders competed in the WIHS Pony Equitation Finals with a win for 13-year-old Lucy Deslauriers, of New York, NY, aboard GC Ponies’ Center Field. Deslauriers was presented The Jane Marshall Dillon Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by the friend and students of Mrs. Jane Marshall Dillon. She scored an 87 over fences and came out on top after the work-off under saddle. Charlise Casas finished second with a score of 81, Ericka Koscinski was third with a 77, and Daisy Farish placed fourth with a score of 75.Deslauriers is good friends with last year’s winner, Ali Tritschler, and was presented the award by her friend. She has been leasing Center Field since just after WIHS last year and explained that this is her last show on him. She is done with the ponies now and will start riding horses.

“He is my favorite and I love him so much,” Deslauriers praised. “He is really good at these rounds, so I knew he would be a good boy coming into this. He is pretty straightforward; he’s good about turning and stuff, so I was happy to ride him.”

Deslauriers and Center Field also won the EquiSport Insurance/U.S. Pony Medal Finals this year. Speaking about her jumping round today, Deslauriers explained the advice that came from trainer Krista Freundlich.

“Krista told me to just go inside as much as I could and make it look smooth, so I just did what she told me and tried to make it look good,” she laughed. “He seems to like showing here. He was really good. I like it too; it was really fun.”

Regional Hunter Finals Conclude Competition

Devin Vega and Loafer’s Lodge Darling Edwin, presented their trophy by Dr. Betsee Parker. (Shawn McMillen Photography)

Concluding the week of competition at the 2012 WIHS were the regional hunter championships. The WIHS Regional Pony Hunter champion and Finals winner was 12-year-old Devin Vega, of Middletown, DE, riding Kimi Hochstein’s Loafers Lodge Darling Edwin. Vega and ‘Edwin’ received The Liseter Clever Star Perpetual Trophy, donated by Dr. Betsee Parker, who was also the sponsor of the division. The reserve champion was Pret-a-Porter and Brooke Van Nortwick.

In their final class today, Vega and Edwin earned the winning score of 85 to take the championship. Second place in the final went to Linda Foster’s Swizzlestick and Emma Hess, who scored an 84. Third place went to Dr. Betsee Parker’s Liseter Clever Star, ridden by Lydia Davidson.

Vega has had help from several trainers, including her mom, Amy Vega, Chad Keenum, Kelly Wilson, and Elizabeth Mandarino. Vega has only ridden Edwin a handful of times, including the Capital Challenge Horse Show and local shows at Prince George’s Equestrian Center. The pair has partnered up nicely.

“He went to Pony Finals and he was reserve at local day in the Children’s,” Vega said. “I love him; he is fun. He is very floaty and he just jumps up to you. He is a good boy and he is pretty easy.”

This was Vega’s first time showing at WIHS and she had a very successful day. “It is so much fun here,” she smiled. “It is cool to be in a big arena and win here. I was kind of nervous before I went in, but I just knew that I had to do it. I was happy at the end. I was like ‘I did it!’ It was fun and I was proud of Edwin. He was happy I think; he wasn’t nervous or anything.”

The WIHS Regional Hunter Horse Finals immediately followed with a championship win for 14-year-old Mary Elizabeth Cordia, of Alexandria, VA, and Welcome. Cordia was awarded The Black, Starr and Frost Perpetual Trophy donated by Black, Starr and Frost. Reserve went to Be Eme Diablo, owned by Streett Moore and ridden by Alexis Ancel.

Urban and Chelsea Director, of Potomac, MD, won today’s final class with a high score of 83. Be Eme Diablo and Alexis Ancel scored an 81 for second place, and Mary Elizabeth Cordia finished in third with a score of 77 aboard Welcome.

Cordia trains with Jenny Graham at Cedar Creek in Virginia. She bought her horse Welcome this March and has spent the year getting to know him.

“He’s an equitation horse, but since there are not that many three-foot equitation classes, we have been doing the hunters and so far he has been just marvelous,” Cordia explained. “He is different from anything I have ridden, but he is a cool ride. He has such a good canter and he is always willing to go anywhere you want him to. I’ve owned a pony, but he is the first horse I have owned.”

Cordia showed at WIHS last year in the WIHS Children’s Hunter Championships and was excited to come back this year. “It is just so cool being in the city because you are down here in the arena and it is the horse show world, but then you walk up and you are walking your horse down the streets in the city. It is just so unreal,” she remarked.

“It is cool to have the opportunity to show here because I have only had him since March and we have not really done that much because I was just getting to know him,” Cordia added. “We went to Regionals not really knowing what would happen and just looking to have fun, and it was a great outcome.”

The Regional Hunter and Pony Equitation champions were awarded a pair of custom chaps provided by Journeymen Saddlers, Ltd.

For full results and more information, please visit

Final Results: WIHS Pony Equitation Finals
1 140 Lucy Deslauriers NEW YORK NY 87.000
2 536 Charlise Casas KENILWORTH 81.000
3 551 Ericka Koscinski CENTER MORICHES NY 77.000
4 205 Daisy Farish VERSAILLES KY 75.000
5 641 Bernadette Louise 83.000
6 661 Carly Hoft ROLESVILLE NC 74.000
7 422 Yasmin Rizvi GREENWICH CT 73.000
8 398 Elena Desanti VIENNA VA 72.000
9 427 Lili Hymowitz NEW YORK NY 69.000
10 668 Madeline Berry TUSCALOOSA AL 68.000

Final Results: WIHS Regional Hunter Finals – Ponies
1 840 LOAFERS LODGE DARLING EDWIN Devin Vega Kimi Hochstein 85.000
Scores : 85.00
2 836 SWIZZLESTICK Emma Hess Linda Foster 84.000
Scores : 84.00
3 833 LISETER CLEVER STAR Lydia Davidson Dr. Betsee Parker 72.000
Scores : 72.00
4 842 CHINA BLUE Lauren Ginsberg Stacey Schaefer 70.000
Scores : 70.00
5 841 BLUE ON BLUE Sarah Boston Chloe D Reid Llc 68.000
Scores : 68.00
6 834 PRET-A-PORTER Brooke Van Nortwick Brooke Van Nortwick 65.000
Scores : 65.00
7 856 FARNLEY FANCY Peyton Ruddy Peyton Ruddy 63.000
Scores : 63.00
8 839 FARNLEY CROWN PRINCE Christa Strasel Hetty Abeles 55.000
Scores : 55.00

Final Results: WIHS Regional Hunter Finals – Horses
1 848 URBAN Chelsea Director Chelsea Director 83.000
Scores : 83.00
2 850 BE EME DIABLO Alexis Ancel Streett Moore 81.000
Scores : 81.00
3 506 WELCOME Mary Elizabeth Cordia Mary Elizabeth Cordia 77.000
Scores : 77.00
4 845 SOUVENIR Ashley Chucker Ashley Chucker 72.000
Scores : 72.00
5 847 ROCOCO Brittani Director Brittani Director 70.000
Scores : 70.00
6 846 BLACK MAGIC Marissa Simmons Marissa Simmons 65.000
Scores : 65.00
7 851 LUCCA Kimberly Meighan Kimberly Meighan 63.000
Scores : 63.00
8 849 DENTON Victoria Wymer Sara Parrish 60.000
Scores : 60.0

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
© Shawn McMillen Photography

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 For live scoring please visit

Final Results: $10,000 North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Final Round
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 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 or visit the Capital Challenge Horse Show page  on Facebook!

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