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ASPCA Offers Animals For Adoption At Hampton Classic

August 27, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Rescued horses, dogs, cats and more made available for new owners.

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Bridgehampton, NY-Aug. 26, 2013-Two donkeys named Rose and Violet and a former racehorse named Nate were the most popular animals during ASPCA Adoption Day at the 38th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. All three equines were adopted by the Project Sage Horse Rescue, which brought them to the Hampton Classic to be part of the day’s activities.

The Project Sage Horse Rescue, based in Northport, N.Y., was founded I 2010 by Brittany Rostron and her cousin Steven Katz.

Hayley Barnhill, who on Sunday won a Local Professional Hunter Rider championship ribbon, rode Nate around the Anne Aspinall Hunter Ring for about 10 minutes, at all three gaits, to demonstrate his demeanor and his training. Barnhill had never ridden Nate, a 9-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, before.

“He was great and easy to ride. I had a lot of fun on him,” Barnhill said.

The Project Sage team also brought a yearling hinni (a cross between a donkey and a miniature horse) and a gray draft horse-cross for adoption.

Grand prix rider Georgina Bloomberg, who is an ASPCA ambassador, implored the more than 100 people in attendance, “This is you’re chance to learn some of the issues facing animals and to make a difference. It’s your chance to be a voice for animals.”

Hayley Barnhill (left) and Georgina Bloomberg urged people to take an animal home during ASPCA Adoption Day at the Hampton Classic.

Hayley Barnhill (left) and Georgina Bloomberg urged people to take an animal home during ASPCA Adoption Day at the Hampton Classic. 

Bloomberg has rescued five dogs, two donkeys and a pig.

Jill Rappaport, NBC-TV’s animal advocate, hosted the ASPCA Adoption Day activities. Looking at the horses available for adoption, Rappaport said, “They have the same heart and soul as the horses competing here at the Hampton Classic. And I believe that they know when they’ve been saved-and they’ll thank you every day for it.”

The 38th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs through Sunday, September 1 and features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions.  The Classic features six show rings with more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages.  A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes are all part of the Classic’s schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.
The Classic features an FEI-recognized Grand Prix on three consecutive days – the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier Presented by Longines on Friday, the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday, and the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday.  The world-class field of riders will also be looking to win the new Longines Rider Challenge that awards $30,000 to the rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show’s Open Jumper division.
The FTI Grand Prix is part of the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge which awards a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic, and $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix at the Alltech National Horse Show.  McLain Ward won the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Rothchild in May and now stands to win the $200,000 bonus should he ride Rothchild to wins in the remaining two events in the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge.
For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These telecasts can also be seen online at www.WVVH.com.

Free live webcasts of all  Grand Prix Ring competition will be available, courtesy  of ShowNet, at www.HamptonClassic.com. Competition in other rings will be available on a pay-per-view basis at www.shownet.biz.

Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177.  Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

Ward Victorious Twice In One Day at Spruce Meadows ‘Canada One’ Tournament

June 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Calgary, AB – June 27, 2013 – The Spruce Meadows Summer Tournaments are in their third week and the competition is as tough as ever. Two FEI-level events were held today at the ‘Canada One’ Tournament, which runs through Sunday, June 30. Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward and Wannahave sped to their second win in the summer series in the $33,000 AKITA Drilling Cup 1.45m. Ward won his sixth FEI competition of the Summer Tournaments in the $33,000 Cargill Cup 1.50m with Zander.

 

The tournament wraps up on Sunday with the $100,000 Esso Challenge, the third FEI World Cup qualifier to be held at Spruce Meadows this summer. Admission and parking are complimentary for the ‘Canada One’ Tournament.

 

The $33,000 Cargill Cup 1.50m had 55 entries, and 19 of those were were clear rounds, but in the speed format of the competition, it was all about who was fastest over the course set by Michel Vaillancourt of Canada. Today, that was McLain Ward on Zander, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Cantos x Saygon that Ward owns with Grand Road Partners. They finished in 66.114 seconds. Reed Kessler (USA) and Ligist were just behind in second place in a time of 66.790 seconds. Tiffany Foster (CAN) and Victor placed third after they stopped the timers in 67.559 seconds.

 

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

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

Ward said of his ride, “Zander’s really coming along well. I didn’t want to run him off his feet today. He has a really big stride and it was a course where a big stride could come in handy in a lot of the lines. He’s getting so seasoned now at this level of jumping that you can take some nice cuts. Early on, with the wall being a bit funny, and the line to the skinny (fence), I could take a hard cut on it and I knew he was going to respond well. I was actually a little surprised the time held up, but sometimes you get lucky.”

 

Ward also placed seventh with Cadence, a new ride for him owned by Procedures Inc. Cadence was previously ridden by Megan Wexler in the grand prix ring. Ward rode Cadence for the first time yesterday and this was their first competition together. “His owner is pregnant, so she asked me to show him. He’s a seasoned grand prix horse and he’s a nice addition to the string,” he said.

 

With his two victories today, Ward will gain FEI World ranking points. Many FEI competitions are on the schedule at Spruce Meadows, and it gives riders a great opportunity to increase their standing. While Ward said that the world ranking system is suited to the European style of show jumping, it is great to have as many FEI competitions as there are in the Summer Tournaments, “particularly here in North America where we’re a little bit isolated from the European scene.”

 

He added, “I’m a professional who just can’t pick up my business and spend the year in Europe. I try to find a balance and I want to stay current in the sport. I try to go to Europe enough to know where I’m at against the best in the world. If I do go to Europe, I usually can only take two horses, and if one gets a little tired or injured, you don’t have the luxuries that they have while showing on the continent or we do when competing here at Spruce Meadows or Florida. To have this opportunity, to do this in the same fashion as the Europeans do, it’s a great asset.”

 

McLain Ward in his winning presentation with Chantale Entz, spouse of Scott Entz, General Manager Excel Beef/Cargill Foods. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

McLain Ward in his winning presentation with Chantale Entz, spouse of Scott Entz, General Manager Excel Beef/Cargill Foods. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

With the devastating flooding in Calgary and the local communities, Ward commented, “It’s a tragedy, and you hear about things more and more with mass media. It was lucky that the weather didn’t affect Spruce Meadows. I’m a big believer that it’s great for things to go forward. It’s terrible when you have a tragedy, whether it be a natural disaster or a death, but you have to continue forward with life the best you can. Whether it’s Spruce Meadows or other public events, I think it’s good for morale to feel like life is normal, as much as possible.”

 

Final Results: $33,000 Cargill Cup 1.50m

1. ZANDER: 2004 KWPN gelding Cantos x Saygon
MCLAIN WARD (USA), McLain Ward & Grant Road Partners: 0/66.114

2. LIGIST: 2000 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Levantos II x Robin Z
REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/66.790

3. VICTOR: 2002 KWPN gelding by Elmshorn x Grandeur
TIFFANY FOSTER (USA), Artisan Farms LLC: 0/67.559

4. GAME READY: 2000 KWPN gelding by Andiamo x Polydox
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan Grange: 0/69.188

5. BLUE ANGEL: 2002 AES mare by Luidam x Ascendant
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), Robin Parsky: 0/69.222

6. BARANUS: 2003 Oldenburg gelding by Balou du Rouet x Centauer Z
IAN MILLAR (CAN), The Baranus Group: 0/69.537

7. CADENCE: 2001 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Cardento x Irco Marco
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Procedures, Inc.: 0/70.045

8. SCARFACE: 2001 Argentine gelding by Unknown
NICHOLAS DELLO JOIO (USA), Tony Weight: 0/71.152

9. IV EVER: 2001 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Now or Never x Indoctro
JILL HENSELWOOD (CAN), Brian Gingras: 0/72.090

10. ANY GIVEN SUNDAY: 2003 Oldenburg stallion Indoctro x Condor
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Hays Investment Corp: 0/73.005

 

Ward and Wannahave Are Tops Again

Showing that the derby obstacles are no match for them, McLain Ward and Wannahave, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Manhattan x G. Ramiro Z owned by The Wannahave Group, sped to victory in the $33,000 AKITA Drilling Cup 1.45m over 61 other entries. Ward and Wannahave took all of the natural obstacles in galloping stride to finish clear in 61.490 seconds for the win.

 

The course in the All Canada Ring was designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio of the United States. There were 25 clear rounds in the competition. Second place went to Wilton Porter (USA) on RadioCity in 61.568 seconds, while Leslie Howard was third with a time of 62.465 seconds on Lennox Lewis 2.

 

The AKITA Drilling Cup 1.45m was another in a series of competitions at the Spruce Meadows Summer Tournaments that offered the natural derby obstacles in an effort to promote the derby style. Ward appreciates these opportunities.

 

“They have a series of these derbies, which are nice. Wannahave started out the Spruce Meadows tour a little bit not understanding the derby, and he’s gotten progressively better,” Ward noted. “He won in the second week and then today, so he’s really comfortable with the natural obstacles. That right there makes you faster because you can take a little bit more of a risk to them, as far as angles and leaving out strides. Now that I trust him with that stuff, I can just let his stride carry him and in these big fields, it makes him quite quick.”

 

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

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

Ward said that Wannahave is “jumping better and better” and they plan to show in Saturday’s $25,000 Direct Energy Derby 1.45m and is aiming toward the $140,000 Cenovus Energy Classic Derby during the ‘North American’ Tournament

 

Having been a regular competitor at the Spruce Meadows Summer Tournament in the past and for the last three years, Ward has had a lot of success. “Last year didn’t win as much, trying to make the Olympic team and being injured; there was a lot on our plate. We have a good string of horses and it’s nice to pick up a few classes,” Ward acknowledged. “The horses across the board are handling it well, and my student Katie Dinan is doing great, which is exciting.”

With more entries than ever, the Spruce Meadows Summer Tournaments are extremely competitive, Ward said. “I think the level in the last three years has gone up a lot. There were always some good people here and it was always hard to win a class in the summer. But to get good ribbons, you could have a normal round and get a piece. That’s not the case right now,” he pointed out. “These classes are fast, there are lots of clear rounds, and they’re difficult. I think the level is quite good and for the next group down, for horses or riders, I think it’s a great education. You definitely have to be on your game to win here.”

 

McLain Ward and Wannahave receive their trophy from Fred Hensel, Vice President of Marketing at AKITA Drilling. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

McLain Ward and Wannahave receive their trophy from Fred Hensel,
Vice President of Marketing at AKITA Drilling. Photo © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Final Results: $33,000 AKITA Drilling Cup 1.45m

1. WANNAHAVE: 2003 KWPN gelding by Manhattan x G. Ramiro Z
MCLAIN WARD (USA), The Wannahave Group: 0/61.490

2. RADIOCITY: 2001 Holsteiner mare by Liatos x Carthago
WILTON PORTER (USA), Gotham Enterprizes: 0/61.568

3. LENNOX LEWIS 2: 1999 Oldenburg gelding by Laureatus x Weizenkorn
LESLIE HOWARD (USA), Peter Howard: 0/62.465

4. ONISHA: 1999 Holsteiner mare by Caretino x Athlet Z
KATIE PRUDENT (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/62.546

5. MARTHA LOUISE: 2004 Swedish Warmblood mare by Maloubet de Pleville 1039 x Wolfgang
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan & Ariel Grange: 0/62.902

6. FALCO VAN DE CLEHOEVE: 2005 Warmblood gelding by Quickfeuer van Koekshof x Fellini
FRANCOIS MATHY (BEL), Ingrid Normar: 0/64.061

7. TWISTHER: 2000 Dutch Warmblood stallion by Farmer
JONATHAN MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 0/65.277

8. FRIEDA: 2001 Warmblood mare by For Future x Graf Anhalt E
AINSLEY VINCE (CAN), KMA Group: 0/65.562

9. COLGATE: 2003 Holsteiner mare by Concorde x Calando I
PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), Pablo Barrios: 0/65.723

10. OPERETTE ST LOISE: 2002 Selle Francais mare by Papilon Rouge x Sire des Champs
BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA), Remarkable Farms LP: 0/65.989

 

The ‘Canada One’ Tournament continues tomorrow with the $33,000 WestJet Cup 1.45m and the $33,000 Duncan Ross Cup 1.50m in Meadows on the Green. For full results and more information, please visit www.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.

Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’ Victorious in $125,000 FEI World Cup™ Qualifier Grand Prix, Presented by Spy Coast Farm

February 17, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 16, 2013 – Two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Cortes ‘C’ were victorious on Saturday night in the $125,000 FEI World Cup™ Qualifier Grand Prix, CSI 3*-W presented by Spy Coast Farm, during week six of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) in Wellington, FL. Madden beat out an impressive roster of top riders and finished in first place over Katie Dinan (USA) and Nougat du Vallet and Shane Sweetnam (IRL) aboard Amaretto d’Arco, who finished second and third respectively.

 

Brazil’s Guilherme Jorge set the track for 46 entries in Saturday night’s grand prix with nine jumping clear to advance to the jump-off. Four were able to complete the short course without fault, with the fastest time of 41.50 seconds belonging to Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’ took top prize.

 

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Margie Engle (USA) and Elm Rock, LLC’s Royce were first to clear the jump-off course in 45.69 seconds and eventually placed fourth. Shane Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm, LLC’s Amaretto d’Arco cleared the jump-off track in 42.56 seconds to place third. Up next, Katie Dinan and Grant Road Partners, LLC’s Nougat du Vallet upped the ante with their time of 41.84 seconds to place second. They were immediately followed by an even faster clear round from Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’ in the winning 41.50 seconds. Week four grand prix winners Ben Maher and Jane Clark’s Cella had the fastest time of the night in 40.46 seconds, but had one rail down in the short course to place fifth.

 

Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C'. Photo © Sportfot.

Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Spy Coast Farm owners Robert and Lisa Lourie were thrilled with the success of the evening and the great class along with a third place finish for their horse and rider. Lisa Lourie commented, “I think it was an extremely exciting grand prix. It was very competitive and you could not have asked for a better lineup for the jump-off. It was a world-class event and we were happy to be a part of that jump-off. As they say, anytime you lose to Beezie when she is riding at her best that is not a bad thing. We are very pleased with how it went and very happy to do it.”

 

Madden’s winning mount for the evening, Cortes ‘C’, is an eleven-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Randel Z x Darco that Madden has now had for three years. Madden describes Cortes as a horse with fantastic ability. “He can jump the moon,” Madden stated. “He’s a bit of an internal worrier and I think he is just starting to come into his own. If he can relax like he did tonight under the lights in a big atmosphere I think he’s going to be fantastic.”

 
This was the first big grand prix of the year for Cortes and Madden was happy with his performance. “He felt fantastic,” she smiled. “Last year he was a little inexperienced under the lights and he was very tense when he came up here each time. This time he started out very relaxed and he felt terrific.”

 
“He felt very relaxed in the first round; very rideable and jumping well,” Madden continued. “I saw Katie go right before me. I was lucky to go right behind her so I could see how fast she went, so the strategy became try to pull out all the shots you can and it worked.”

 
In addition to the grand prix win, Madden was named the Leading Lady Jumper Rider, an award presented by Martha Jolicoeur of Illustrated Properties in memory of Dale Lawler.

 
“I’d just like to thank Spy Coast and the Louries,” Madden said. “They are great enthusiasts of the sport and without people like them we wouldn’t be here.”

 
Second place finisher, nineteen-year-old Katie Dinan, has grown up with Beezie Madden as a riding idol and was excited to finish in the top of the class with her. Dinan’s horse, Nougat du Vallet, jumped two great rounds as well. “He felt great,” Dinan smiled. “He jumped so well in the first round and we had a good school before the jump-off. I knew he wasn’t going to try to touch any of the jumps. It was just up to me to go fast. He can do most things for me, but I have to tell him when we need to go fast. He felt really good.”

 
Shane Sweetnam was pleased to finish in the top three for Spy Coast Farm with their top stallion Amaretto d’Arco, and had a great night.

 
“I was very happy with my horse tonight,” Sweetnam stated. “Obviously, the Spy Coast Grand Prix, I would have liked to have won it, but I was very happy. It is his first grand prix of the year and I’m just happy to be here.”

 
“Guilherme did a good job with the course,” Sweetnam said. “I think nine is a good number for clear rounds. No one got hung up anywhere, so for the young riders it was good experience for them as well as a good class for the public.”

 

Beezie Madden and Cortes 'C' in their winning presentation with  ringmaster Cliff Haines, Katherine and Mark Bellissimo,  and Lisa and Robert Lourie. Photo © Sportfot.

Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’ in their winning presentation with
ringmaster Cliff Haines, Katherine and Mark Bellissimo,
and Lisa and Robert Lourie. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Also showing in the International Arena on Saturday, Jessica Springsteen and Stone Hill Farm’s Vindicat W won the $15,000 RCG Farm SJHOF High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Lucas Porter and Mill’s Georgia, owned by John Roche, won in the Hollow Creek Farm Medium Junior Jumpers. Alvaro Tejada Arriola and Isabel Tejada’s Velinta Palo Blanco won in the Animo USA Medium Amateur-Owner Jumpers, and Diederique Van Der Knaap and G&C Con Air won in the Griffis Residential High Junior Jumpers.

 


Final Results: $125,000 FEI World Cup™ Qualifier CSI 3*-W Grand Prix, presented by Spy Coast Farm

1. CORTES ‘C’: 2002 BWP gelding by Randel Z x Darco
BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/0/41.50
2. NOUGAT DU VALLET: 2001 Selle Francais gelding by Scherif D’elle
KATHERINE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners: 0/0/41.84
3. AMARETTO D’ARCO: 2000 BWP stallion by Darco x Tenor Manciais
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm LLC: 0/0/42.56
4. ROYCE: 2004 Oldenburg stallion by Café au lait x Grandilot
MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Elm Rock LLC: 0/0/45.69
5. CELLA: 2002 BWP mare by Cento x Chin Chin
BEN MAHER (GBR) Jane F. Clark: 0/4/40.46
6. BIG STAR: 2003 KWPN stallion by Quick Star x Nimmerdor
NICK SKELTON (GBR), Beverly Widdowson: 0/4/41.53
7. UCEKO: 2001 KWPN gelding by Celano x Koriander
KENT FARRINGTON (USA), RCG Farm: 0/4/42.73
8. LANSDOWNE: 2003 KWPN stallion by Guidam x Wolfgang
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ariel & Susan Grange: 0/8/44.65
9. MACOEMBA: 2003 KWPN gelding by Zeoliet
TODD MINIKUS (USA), Todd Minikus, Ltd: 0/8/52.32
10. QUICK STUDY: 1999 SFA gelding by Quick Star x What a Joy
LAUREN HOUGH (USA), Laura Mateo: 1/84.25
11. AD RAHMANNSHOF’S BOGENO: 2000 Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Baloubet du Rouet x Elanville
ALVARO DE MIRANDA (BRA), Alvaro De Miranda & Victory Equestrian Sport BV:4/79.16
12. CHILL R Z: 2003 Zangersheide stallion by Chellano Z x A Lucky One
CHARLIE JAYNE (USA), Alex Jayne and Maura Thatcher: 4/80.08


Parkland and Lillie Keenan Are An Unstoppable Force in Small Junior 16-17 Hunters

Parkland and Lillie Keenan continued their domination of the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division during week six of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. The pair has taken home championship honors every week they have competed in the division, making this win their fourth tricolor victory. Keenan and Parkland, an eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Jennifer Gates, were a force to be reckoned with throughout the two days of competition for the division. They placed third and first over fences on day one and won both over fences rounds day two before wrapping up the division with a fourth place on the flat.

 
Reserve champion was Romance, ridden and owned by Spencer Smith. Smith and Romance were sixth over fences on day one and placed second in both over fences rounds day two. The pair edged out Keenan and Parkland under saddle, placing third in the final class of the division.

 
Romance and Smith were also honored with the Owner/Rider championship title for the division. The award recognizes riders in junior divisions competing on their own horses and is tallied separately from overall division championship awards. Reserve Owner/Rider champions were MTM U Call It and Cloe Hymowitz.

 

Lillie Keenan and Parkland.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Lillie Keenan and Parkland.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

Keenan, of New York City, and Parkland began their partnership during week one of the FTI WEF, when the pair first took home the tricolor prize. Since then, the two have proven that it wasn’t just beginner’s luck that earned them top honors.

 

“He’s a really special horse. He’s really fancy and it’s nice to have [a horse] in the division that you can trust to do his part. He’s a great mover and his strongest quality is how beautiful he is across the ground. His owner, Jennifer Gates, is so nice and comes to see him all the time, so it’s nice to have a lot of support behind you with a horse as special as Parkland,” Keenan stated.

 
“We’ve gotten closer as circuit has gone on,” Keenan continued. “He’s really part of the [Heritage Farm] family. When he first came, I’d never ridden him before he got to Florida but we’ve gotten to know each other very well. We can rely on each other in the ring.”

 
Keenan attributes much of her success with Parkland to the gelding’s incredible natural talent, but the bond the two shares is an undeniable factor. “I know what he likes and I know what to expect. He’s a very reliable horse. The style I ride is very similar to the way he wants to go. It’s a lot easier to match up with a horse that goes the way you like to ride. We naturally have a connection and we’ve worked on it a lot,” Keenan described.

 
“He’s dead brave and he moves and jumps well, which is a great foundation to work from. I just have to hold him together and keep him in a solid rhythm. It’s really just monitoring his pace and that’s all it takes,” Keenan continued.

 
Keenan and Parkland will aim to continue their winning streak over the remaining six weeks of the FTI WEF. Keenan is eager to return for week seven of the FTI WEF for the World Championship Hunter Rider Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular, hosted in the International Arena next week.

 
Week six of the FTI WEF concludes Sunday with the La Mundial Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Section B division, which will determine its champion in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Arena. The $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic will conclude jumper competition in the International Arena. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

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

 

 

About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

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

 


About FTI Consulting

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

 


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

Katie Dinan and Nougat Du Vallet Victorious in $50,000 Holiday & Horses FEI World Cup Qualifier

December 02, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet

Wellington, FL – December 1, 2012 – Nineteen-year-old Katie Dinan (USA) and Grant Road Partners’ Nougat Du Vallet earned an exciting victory in Saturday night’s $50,000 Holiday and Horses FEI World Cup Grand Prix at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. American riders took top four honors in the eleven horse jump-off. Dinan beat Todd Minikus and Macoemba and Margie Engle and Royce, who finished second and third respectively.

 

More than 4,000 spectators were at PBIEC tonight to partake in an evening full of activities, including watching the FEI World Cup Qualifier and the drawings of charities for the 2013 FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge, as well as the Wellington Chamber of Commerce WinterFest sponsored by International Polo Club Palm Beach, The Wellness Experience, Equestrian Sport Productions/PBIEC and LED Source.
Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY, set the course for the 41 entries in Saturday night’s class with eleven returning for the jump-off and four of those entries completing double clear rounds.

 

“I thought it was a good course,” Engle said. “They had a nice crowd. There were more clean than I thought there would be. When we walked it, I thought there would only be six or eight. I was surprised there were that many clean.”

 

Todd Minikus and Macoemba were the first pair to jump double clear and set the pace in the jump-off at 45.55 seconds to eventually finish second. Saer Coulter (USA) and Copernicus Stables’ Springtime were the next duo to jump clear over the short course and stopped the clock in 47.90 seconds to place fourth. Margie Engle and Royce finished in 46.42 seconds for third place. Katie Dinan and Nougat Du Vallet were last to go in the jump-off and raced through the finish in 44.67 seconds for the win.

Following the class, Dinan explained her strategy, which involved a little encouragement from trainer McLain Ward.

“I knew that there were quite a few in the jump-off, so my plan was just to go as fast as I could while staying composed and making sure that I didn’t do anything stupidly trying to go fast and having a unnecessary rail down,” Dinan stated.

 

She continued, “I knew that there were some good long approaches where I could really let my horse gallop and make up some time there. He is really good at covering distance quickly and then still letting me have rideability to the jumps. My trainer, McLain, told me that if I heard whistling after the first combination, I probably needed to go a little faster. I was luckily able to gallop pretty hard at the last vertical and he stayed careful and jumped it really well, so things ended up going my way tonight. I was really excited.”

“I think he does everything really well,” Dinan smiled. “I just try to stay out of his way and not screw him up. Usually if I have a long approach to a tall vertical in the jump-off, I know that if I ride that correctly I can make up a lot of time because he can gallop really fast and then he will still balance up to the end and not lose his shape or get flat, so that is what I try to use to my advantage.”

Dinan has had a great year with Nougat Du Vallet, winning a grand prix during last year’s FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival and going on to top placings in Spruce Meadows and Europe throughout the summer.

“This show last year was the first time that I had ever done him in an FEI class and he was second in the FEI class on Friday that week,” Dinan noted. “That was our first really good placing. That was really where I had figured out how to ride him and we were really optimistic about the year ahead, so to come back and then win the grand prix this year was really exciting. I am so lucky to have him and I feel blessed that we were able to find him and that he has been everything that we hoped he would be.”

Margie Engle, Katie Dinan, and Todd Minikus

Dinan is currently a freshman at Harvard University and is figuring out how to juggle school and riding this year.

“It has been a little busy. I feel like I am trying to be in two places at once, which is I guess is what I am trying to do,” she laughed. “I haven’t been able to ride even a quarter as much as I was riding last year. Sometimes I think I have to adjust my expectations a little bit. At the beginning of the week I am maybe not as sharp as I would have been two weeks before that, but luckily over the last year I have gotten to know ‘Nou Nou’ really well, so jumping on him after not riding as much has been okay so far. I am lucky because McLain and Craig Pollard, who runs our barn, keep him in perfect shape. I never worry about him; I just worry about me, so that is a good situation to be in. I am trying to do my school work and ride as best I can and not get too stressed out.”

Dinan plans to show at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival during her school break in January this year. For tonight, she was excited with the win with Nouget du Vallet, an 11-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Scherif D’elle.

“I just want to thank my parents,” she acknowledged. “They were able to come down today to watch the class with my little brother. It was nice that they were able to watch me win. I also want to thank everyone at our barn Staysail, because without them I wouldn’t be anywhere, and McLain and his entire team. They have helped me so much for the last two years and I am really grateful.”

Second place finisher Todd Minikus joked about getting beat by a youngster like Dinan, but was happy for her success.

“Katie doesn’t listen very well, because when she and I were standing by the in-gate I tried to explain to her that when we are in the jump-off we play ‘old guy wins.’ I don’t think she took me serious enough,” Minikus laughed. “I will have to talk to McLain about the lack of respect for her elders. But no, Katie has got a great horse and she does a really good job with that horse and congratulations to her.”

Todd Minikus and Macoemba

Minikus and his nine-year-old KWPN gelding by Zeoliet won last week’s grand prix at the SFHJA Charity show, but said that this was the biggest test his horse has seen.

“I was just very proud of my young horse,” Minikus said. “My horse is very inexperienced and he jumped outstanding tonight, not only just in the first round, but he jumped really well in the jump-off, which I had some concerns about. Katie is very excited, but maybe I am the happiest owner here. He did some grand prixs this summer, but this was for sure the biggest task that he has taken on.”

Margie Engle won the class last year on her top mount Indigo, and had a third place finish on Royce this year. Engle is getting back into the groove with Royce after four months out of the saddle.

“I was very happy with him. I haven’t shown much since I hurt my ankle,” Engle noted. “This is the first World Cup class I’ve done with him. He’s got all the ability in the world. I just have to still get the rideability a little better in between the jumps, but the jump is amazing. He’s got all the raw talent. He’s probably one of the nicest horses I have ever sat on in terms of raw talent. I was really pleased with how he handled it.”

Margie Engle and Royce

The 2012 Holiday and Horses competition concludes tomorrow with the $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com and for full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

Final Results: $50,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix

 

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

KATHERINE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners: 0/0/44.67

 

2. MACOEMBA : 2003 KWPN gelding by Zeoliet
TODD MINIKUS (USA), Todd Minikus, Ltd: 0/0/45.55

 

3. ROYCE: 2004 Oldenburg stallion by Café au Lait x Grandilot

MARGIE ENGLE (USA), Elm Rock LLC: 0/0/46.42

 

4. SPRINGTIME: 1999 KWPN gelding by Indorado x Elmshorn
SAER COULTER (USA), Copernicus Stables LLC: 0/0/47.90

 

5. WHISPER HE: 2003 KWPN gelding
SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Samuel Parot: 0/4/41.60

 

6. QUICK STUDY: 1999 SFA gelding by Quick Star x What a Joy
LAUREN HOUGH (USA), Laura Mateo: 0/4/43.37

 

7. BARONEZ: 2001 Warmblood mare by Heartbreaker x Unknown
KIRSTEN COE (USA), Ilan Ferder & Lovsta Stuteri: 0/4/43.96
8. DIKTATOR VAN DE BOSLANDHOEVE: 2003 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Capital
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm: 0/4/44.81

 

9. ANY GIVEN SUNDAY: 2003 Oldenburg stallion by Indoctro x Condor
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Hays Investment Corp: 0/4/49.39

 

10. UNEX OMELLI: 1996 KWPN gelding Burggraaf x Equador
TIM GREDLEY (GBR), Unex Competition Yard: 0/8/48.93

 

11. WATERLOO: 2003 KWPN gelding by Heartbreaker x Ekstein
SCHUYLER RILEY (USA), Michael Meller: 0/12/ 45.03

 

12 . PATRIOT: 2003 Holsteiner gelding by Colman x Sir Shostakov
WILTON PORTER (USA), Sleepy P Ranch LLC: 1/85.65

Photo Credit: Photos © ManciniPhotos, www.manciniphotos.com. These photos may only be used in relation to this press release and with full photo credit.


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

 

 

 

 

2012 Washington International Horse Show Wrap Up – October 23-28, 2012

October 29, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Washington, D.C. –October 29, 2012 – The 2012 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) concluded on Sunday after a great week of competition at Verizon Center in Washington D.C. With exciting competition, amazing exhibitions, fun with Barn Night and Kids’ Day, and wrapping up safely before the storms, the show was an fantastic success in 2012.

All six days of competition at WIHS were streamed live online at www.wihs.org. While numbers were impressive last year, they were unprecedented in 2012, with more than 180,000 views of the live stream.

WIHS would like to thank their sponsors, exhibitors, spectators, volunteers and staff for a wonderful 2012 show.

 

Reed Kessler and Cylana Capture Victory in
$100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, CSI 3*-W, Presented by Events DC

Eighteen-year-old U.S. Olympian Reed Kessler added yet another accolade to her impressive year with a win in the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, presented by Events DC, at the 54th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS). A FEI World Cup Qualifier, Kessler topped an impressive list of international competitors aboard her phenomenal mare Cylana to win in her first time competing in the class. Brazil’s Paulo Santana and Taloubet finished second, while Australia’s Matt Williams and Watch Me VD Mangelaar were third.

Anthony D’Ambrosio, of Red Hook, NY, set the course for the week’s show jumping competition at Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. D’Ambrosio set a great course for the Saturday night grand prix, which featured 28 international horses and riders. Nine entries were able to clear the first-round course without fault to advance to the jump-off, and only four of those were faultless through the short course.

Margie Engle (USA) and Indigo, owned by Griese, Garber, Hidden Creek and Gladwinds, cleared the jump-off course in 36.42 seconds to eventually finish fourth. Matt Williams (AUS) and Samantha Tuerk’s Watch Me VD Mangelaar improved on that time in 36.15 seconds to secure the third place honors. Brazil’s Paulo Santana and Taloubet were a full two seconds faster than Williams in 34.15 seconds to take the lead, but would have to settle for second. USA’s young show jumping sensation Reed Kessler was last to go in the jump-off and shaved another two seconds off of Santana’s time aboard Cylana to win the class in 32.62 seconds.

For their victory, Kessler and Cylana were presented with the President of the United States Perpetual Cup. As Leading Jumper Rider, an award sponsored by Robin Parsky, Kessler was also presented with the Margaret Chovnick Memorial Trophy and awarded a Rolex luxury timepiece from Tiny Jewel Box. Kessler’s parents, Teri and Murray Kessler, received a special award as the Leading Jumper Owner, sponsored by The Reid Family. Paulo Santana was named the Leading International Rider.

Reed Kessler has had an incredible year, competing as the youngest member in history for the U.S. Show Jumping Team at this summer’s Olympic Games in London. She can now add one of the nation’s most prestigious grand prix honors to her resume. Kessler was elated with the win, and praised Cylana on another great effort. The ten-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (by Skippy II x Darco) has become a superstar in her own right this year.

“This is one of the most historical classes in our country and it is my first year being old enough to do the grand prix,” Kessler noted. “Last year I was actually leading rider going into it and I wasn’t old enough to do it, so I really wanted to come back this year and seal the deal. I am thrilled; I brought the red coat for it and everything.”

Kessler has been competing at WIHS since she was a child on ponies and has had many wins throughout the years. “I can’t even count (how many years I’ve been coming to WIHS),” she laughed. “I think I was champion here in the small ponies when I was little, I did the equitation final, then junior jumpers for a bunch of years and then to be all the way to the President’s Cup now. It is one of my favorite shows. I have been coming here my whole life and I love being in the middle of the city.”

“There is a great interaction with the audience here,” Kessler said further. “Everyone gets really into it. Barn night is genius; they always get a huge turnout. There was quite literally a mile-long line of children asking for autographs after the Gambler’s Choice. It is a great show and the crowd gets really into it. I think it is probably one of the biggest turnouts at a show jumping event in America.”

Second place finisher Paulo Santana had great results with Taloubet this week and spoke about his round and the pressure of having Kessler, a known speedster, following him in the order. “I had to play a little with the risk. I was afraid to try and then have a rail really early,” he said. “I had to chase my points one by one and do a safe course, but that doesn’t mean that I would beat her. To win by two seconds in an indoor competition is a lot.”

Santana was very excited to qualify for WIHS this year and have the opportunity to compete for World Cup points. He praised the show as well. “For me it is one of the best, if not the best show in the United States,” he declared. “The best restaurants, hotels, the crowd, the footing; it makes everybody feel good.”

“I was on the waiting list, like lighting candles to get in,” Santana laughed. “Brazilian black magic! I hope next year I don’t have to do that. I found out that I got in between three and four weeks ago. It was really kind of the organizers, who called right away; we were first on the waiting list.”

Santana also acknowledged the great crew at WIHS. “We have to always appreciate what the crew does here; they work literally 24 hours,” he added. “We show up here at 3 o’clock in the morning and somebody is already dragging the arena. We know that probably this horse show costs much more than what it gets to be done, so we really appreciate the effort that the organizers put to keep doing this tradition in the capital, inside of the city. It makes a better display for our sport. It is very nice and I hope they never quit doing this show because it would be a very big loss for the sport here in the United States.”

Third place finisher, Matt Williams, added, “This show is amazing. You are so close to everything; you walk outside and the restaurants are right there. It is well-publicized, so people are coming in who know nothing about horses and learning about the sport. They have other things happening other than jumping to keep people entertained, which is nice for the riders as well, to watch some of the events that are happening here. It is nice to see something different. If you can cope with the warm-up ring, it is such a fantastic place to be in the center of the city. The arena is great, the grounds are great, the courses have been super all week and it is a privilege to be here.”

“I thought the class developed beautifully; I was not surprised to see riders on fast horses figure out a way to be a bit faster than the horse before them,” said course designer Anthony d’Ambrosio. “It’s what they do and they take calculated risks, but certainly know what they have to do to win. Having a good animal that can make the adjustments necessary to be faster, they often times come through. I think it just unfolded in a very nice way this evening where it had a chance to develop to be very nice for the crowd. You didn’t have to have ever seen horses jump before to appreciate a competition like that I think, and those who know show jumping could also appreciate it very much.”

Highlights – Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship was the opening class of the evening session on Tuesday with 29 entries competing. J.P. Godard, of Aiken, SC, set the course and the top 12 entries from round one returned for a second round over fences.

Coming out on top, Madison Goetzmann, of Skaneateles, NY, earned scores of 76 and 82 for a combined total of 158 aboard Sirius Black, owned by Christina Gellos. For the win, the pair was awarded the H. Fenwick Kollock Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Friends of Fen.

Catherine Rodda guided her horse Weekend Affair to second place honors with scores of 82 and 73 for a 155 total. Third place was awarded to Emma Fass and Son of a Sailor with a 154 point score (83 and 71.5).

The $10,000 WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Championship concluded day one at the 2012 WIHS with 31 entries showing over the first round course. The top twelve were brought back and Amy Zettler, of Aldie, VA, rode her horse Glad Rags to the championship with scores of 79 and 82 for a 161 point total.

Kathryn Clapp was awarded the second place prize aboard The Barracks’ Donnerkind with scores of 77 and 75 for a two-round total of 152. Laurie Barna and Laguna led the first round with a score of 81 and then earned a 70.5 in round two to finish third with a 151.5 point total.

Earlier on Tuesday, the professional hunter divisions completed their first day of competition at Verizon Center. The Robotyping Challenge Trophy was presented to Tom Brennan and Gramercy Park, owned by Lynn Ellen Rice, for the best Green Working Hunter round of the day. Brennan and Gramercy Park scored an 86 to win the trophy as the overall winner of classes 22 and 32 as a First Year Green Working Hunter.

The Fairfax Hunt Race Association Challenge Trophy was awarded to Scott Stewart and Enjoy, owned by Rose Hill Farm, for the best Green Working Hunter handy round. The pair had a high score of 87 as the overall winner of classes 23 and 33, also a First Year horse.

Highlights – Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper Championship was the first jumper class to be held with an exciting win for 14-year-old Nina Montross, of Bedford, NY, aboard Caprifol. two entries showed in the first round of the children’s championship, and eleven jumped clear to advance to the jump-off. Montross and Caprifol, owned by Palm Meadow Farm LLC, completed the only double clear round to earn the victory in 26.456 seconds, which was also the fastest round. For the win, the pair was presented with The H. Fenwick Kollock Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Friends of Fen.
Second place went to Devon Monroe aboard Shinkansen with four faults in 27.430 seconds in the jump-off. The third place prize was awarded to Michael Mahoney and Remonta Haron with four faults in 27.970 seconds.

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

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

The day’s competition concluded with a $10,000 Open Jumper 1.45m speed class and a win for Aaron Vale (USA) and Palm Sunday, owned by Amen Corner Farm. The pair had the fastest of 11 clear rounds in 49.29 seconds out of 39 competitors. Tim Gredley (GBR) and Unex Competition Yard Ltd.’s Unex Valvente stopped the clock in 49.70 seconds to finish second. Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Stone Hill Farm’s Temmie earned the third place prize with their time of 49.91 seconds.
Highlights – Thursday, October 25, 2012

2012 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) continued on Thursday with the first day of classes for the Junior Hunters and several International Open Jumper and Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper classes at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The course designer for the jumpers at WIHS this year is Anthony D’Ambrosio, of Red Hook, NY. The International Open Jumpers had two classes on Thursday, and Brianne Goutal, of New York, NY, rode Remarkable Farms LP’s Onira to victory in the $32,000 International Open Jumper jump-off class. Reed Kessler jumped Ligist to the high score in the $20,000 International Open Jumper Gambler’s Choice Costume class. Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers competed as well with a win for Michael Hughes and Red Hot in the Low division and Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius in the High division.
Thursday was also the always popular “Barn Night,” presented by Dover Saddlery and media partner The Equiery.

There were 28 entries in the $32,000 International Open Jumper time first jump-off class, sponsored by AAA Equestrian LLC. Nine entries were able to navigate a clear first round and advanced to the jump-off. Five jumped the short course without fault and the win went to Brianne Goutal and Onira, last to go, with a time of 29.06 seconds.
For the win, Goutal and Onira were presented with The Ben O’Meara Memorial Challenge Trophy.

Paulo Santana (BRA) and Taloubet completed the first clear jump-off round in 32.08 seconds to finish in fourth place. Christine McCrea (USA) went clear in 29.83 seconds aboard Candy Tribble & Windsor Show Stables’ Wannick WH to place third. Reed Kessler (USA) upped the pace to 29.63 seconds aboard Cylana to eventually finish second. Tim Gredley (GBR) and Unex Competition Yard Ltd.’s Unex Timo IV also jumped clear, and their time of 34.94 seconds placed fifth. The final entry, Brianne Goutal completed the fastest clear round with Onira for the win. Laura Kraut (USA) actually had the fastest time of the jump-off in 28.33 seconds aboard Hi Hopes Farm LLC’s Teirra, but a tough rail at the last jump placed the pair in sixth.

The $20,000 International Open Jumper Gambler’s Choice Costume Class, sponsored by Hollow Creek Farm, is always an exciting event at WIHS, especially with Barn Night and thousands of young fans cheering on the riders. In Thursday night’s class, 18-year-old Reed Kessler, of Lexington, KY, jumped to victory aboard Ligist. The duo earned 860 points over the course and jumped clean over the Joker fence for an additional 200 points. Their 1060 total was the winning score.

Kessler was presented with the Crown Royal Trophy, donated by Crown Royal, as the winning rider, while Ligist, a 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding by Levantos II x Robin Z, won The Sue Ann Geisler Memorial Trophy, donated by the Washington International Horse Show, as the winning horse.

Belgium’s Nicola Philippaerts rode Stal De Kalvarie’s Deibrich De Kalvarie to second place with 980 points dressed as Luigi from the Super Mario Bros. Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam scored 940 points aboard Sweet Oak Farm’s Solerina dressed as a hot dog and finished third.

Sixteen-year-old Michael Hughes, of Allendale, NJ, claimed the win in Thursday’s $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper jump-off class, sponsored by North Star. Twenty-three entries showed in the class, with nine advancing to the jump-off. Hughes and Drumnacross Farm Ltd.’s Red Hot had the fastest of six double clear rounds in 30.543 seconds for the win and were presented with the Beagle Brook Farm Perpetual Trophy.

Anna Cardelfe and Sorensen Stables’ Wenda AK finished in second place after setting the pace in the jump-off at 31.160 seconds. Nicole Lakin and Theodoor finished third in 31.246 seconds.

The $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper jump-off class, sponsored by Oasis Petroleum, was held during the evening session with a repeat victory for Meagan Nusz, of The Woodlands, TX. Last year, Nusz won the class riding Banana D’Ive Z, and this year she piloted Amalaya Investments’ Vesuvius to victory.

Twenty-three horse and rider combinations contested the class with five entries making it to the jump-off. Chloe Reid and Damascus were first to jump off and went clear in 31.900 seconds over the short course to eventually finish second. Charlotte Jacobs and Deeridge Farms’ Kachina also cleared the course and stopped the clock in 31.971 seconds to earn fourth place. Victoria Colvin and Monsieur Du Reverdy were faster, but had a rail in 30.920 seconds to finish fifth. Gabrielle Bausano went next and cleared the course in 31.957 seconds aboard Ubico H to place third. Last to go, Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius stole the lead, racing through the course in 29.509 seconds for the win.

Nusz is 25 years old and trains with show jumper Kent Farrington. Her horse, Vesuvius, is a ten-year-old KWPN gelding by Numero Uno x Expert. The pair was awarded The “Footloose” Perpetual Trophy in remembrance of Ruth Ellen Wilmot, donated by The Curtin Family, for their win tonight.

Highlights – Friday, October 26, 2012

The 54th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) continued on Friday, October 26, with a full day of hunter, jumper and equitation competition at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The $25,000 Open Jumper Puissance was the highlight class of the evening with a win for 19-year-old Belgian rider Olivier Philippaerts and Chicago VH Moleneind.

Nick Dello Joio and Lauren Hough each had wins in the Open Jumpers, Emanuel Andrade and Charlotte Jacobs triumphed in the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers, and Michael Hughes took the early lead in the WIHS Equitation Classic Hunter Phase. Good Times and Ailish Cunniffe earned the Grand Junior Hunter Championship and Hasbrouck Donovan was Best Child Rider on a Horse for 2012.

Anthony D’Ambrosio set the wall for the evening’s $25,000 Puissance at 5’9” (1.75m) in height for the first round and continued through four rounds up to seven feet (2.13m). The Armed Forces Cup, sponsored by The Boeing Company, was awarded to Olivier Philippaerts and Chicago VH Moleneind for clearing the seven-foot wall in the final round. Olivier also accepted The Congressman’s Challenge Trophy, donated by the Late Honorable Rogers C.B. Morton and the Late Honorable F. Robert Watkins, on behalf of his father, Ludo Philippaerts, as the owner of the winning horse.

Six entries began the class, all clearing the wall at 5’9” (1.75m) and continuing on to attempt 6’3” (1.90m) in height. Benjamin Meredith (AUS) brought the blocks down in round two riding Kaskade, owned by Haley Schaufeld, to finish in sixth place. The remaining five riders all continued on to a third round where the wall was built up to 6’9” (2.01m). In round three, Charlie Jayne (USA) and Pony Lane Farm’s Balougris SL Z, Laura Kraut (USA) and Beverly Widdowson’s Belmont, and Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Stone Hill Farm’s Temmie were all unable to clear the height and finished in a tie for third place.

Philippaerts and Chicago, and Aaron Vale (USA) aboard Wodka L, owned by Thinks like a Horse, continued on to the fourth round to jump the wall at seven feet (2.13m). Chicago was the only horse to clear the imposing obstacle.

Chicago VH Moleneind is a ten-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Kashmir Van Schutterhof x Darco. After his win, Philippaerts explained that this was the first time that either horse or rider has jumped in a Puissance class, and 2.13m was their biggest height.

Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala were the winners in the $32,000 International Open Jumper 1.50m faults converted class, sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch, as part of the evening competition on Friday. Nineteen entries jumped the course, and Hough and Ohlala cleared the obstacles in a blazing fast time of 46.82 seconds for the win.

Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) and Stal de Kalvarie’s Diebrich de Kalvarie cleared the course just a fraction behind in 46.88 seconds to place second. Kent Farrington (USA) and Haity McNerney’s Zafira jumped clear in 46.90 seconds for the third place prize.

Nick Dello Joio (USA) rode Wembley Farms, Inc.’s Zemilion to victory in the $10,000 International Open Jumper 1.40m faults converted class, sponsored by Louisburg Farm, earlier in the day. Last to go out of 14 entries, Dello Joio and Zemilion jumped fast and clear to finish on 52.06 seconds. For the win, they were presented the General Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by the late Arthur J. Morris.

Aaron Vale (USA) and Wodka L, owned by Thinks Like a Horse, finished clear with a time of 52.23 seconds to place second. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Sweet Oak Farm’s Solerina cleared the course in 52.33 seconds to earn the third place prize.

Charlotte Jacobs, of East Aurora, NY, piloted Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stables’ Promised Land to victory in Friday’s High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class, sponsored by Oasis Petroleum. Twenty-three entries showed, with six jumping the course without fault while racing against the clock. Jacobs and Promised Land had the fastest clear round in 52.358 seconds for the win and earned The Cover Story Perpetual Trophy, donated by Rolling Acres Farm.

Thursday’s winners, Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius, owned by Amalaya Investments, finished second in 53.092 seconds. Jacobs also took home the third place prize riding Deeridge Farms’ Kachina. They were through the timers in 53.505 seconds.

The Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class, sponsored by North Star, was the first jumper class of the day with a win for Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela and Hollow Creek Farm’s Casanova Junior. Twenty-three entries showed and six cleared the course without fault. Andrade’s time of 57.527 seconds earned top prize along with The Eleanor White O’Leary Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ashton Hill and Miss Linden Joan Hill. Aleesha Melwani jumped a clear round with Thunder-Ball, owned by Mountain Home Stables, in 60.500 seconds to place second. Wednesday’s jump-off winners, Michael Hughes and Drumnacross Farm Ltd.’s Red Hot, were third in 60.610 seconds.

The Junior Hunter divisions concluded their second day of competition on Friday morning with the presentation of championship awards at WIHS. Fifteen-year-old Ailish Cunniffe, of South Salem, NY, and Whipstick Farm Ltd.’s Good Times were awarded the Grand Junior Hunter Championship, sponsored by Roseknoll Sporthorse and Victoria Holstein-Childress. Cunniffe and Good Times were presented The Ides of March Perpetual Trophy, donated by Linda Lee and Lee Reynolds.

The pair earned the championship and the grand prize in the Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under division after placing first, first and second over fences and second under saddle. Victoria Colvin was reserve champion in the division aboard Dr. Betsee Parker’s Ovation, placing first and second over fences and winning under saddle.

Cunniffe trains with her mom and dad, Bonnie and Frank Cunniffe, as well as Missy Clark and John Brennan in the equitation. She has owned Good Times, a ten-year-old Warmblood gelding, for two years.

Continuing the morning’s competition, the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division awarded championship and reserve honors to Hasbrouck Donovan, of Gainesville, FL. Donovan was champion with Stephanie Keen’s Lyle, placing , first and third over fences. Donovan rode Don Stewart’s Confidential to the reserve championship after winning the under saddle and placing second and third over fences.

Along with the division tricolors, Hasbrouck Donovan earned the prestigious DiVecchia Perpetual Trophy as Best Child Rider on a Horse. The award was sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Crown; the trophy donated by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick DiVecchia. This was Donovan’s second time winning the award, also taking the title in 2009.

The Large Junior Hunter 16-17, sponsored by Chansonette Farm, awarded championship honors to Mahala Rummell’s Charade and Ashley Foster, of Brookeville, MD. The pair was awarded The Chance Step Perpetual Trophy, donated by Brooke Carmichael McMurray- Fowler and Pam Carmichael Keenan, after placing first, second and second over fences. Hasbrouck Donovan guided Wagner to the reserve tricolor with first and fourth place ribbons over fences and second under saddle.

Dr. Betsee Parker’s Inclusive and Victoria Colvin, of Loxahatchee, FL, earned the championship in the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under division with a clean sweep of blue ribbons over fences. Happenstance and Bergen Sanderford, of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, earned the reserve honors after winning the under saddle and placing second and third over fences.

Inclusive and Colvin were also presented with The Lyrik Challenge Trophy, donated by Ashley and Courtney Kennedy, for the best Junior Hunter Stake Round with a high score of 88.Sanderford earned the Georgetown Trophy as the high-score junior hunter owner-rider with a score of 87 in the first class over fences.

In addition to Junior Hunter championships, WIHS hosted the hunter phase of the WIHS Equitation Classic on Friday morning with an early lead for Michael Hughes, of Morriston, FL. Hughes rode Oban, owned by Missy Clark and North Run, to the high score of 89.83 out of 40 competitors. Elizabeth Benson, of Whitehouse Station, NJ, sits close in second with an 89.33 riding San Remo VDL. Jacob Pope, of Owings Mills, MD, is in the third position with a score of 88 aboard Madeline Turner’s Uno. Rounding out the top ten hunter scores are Meg O’Mara, Hasbrouck Donovan, Kristen Lutz, Victoria Colvin, Shawn Casady, Megan MacPherson, and Gabrielle Bausano.
Highlights – Saturday, October 27, 2012

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2012 WIHS Equitation Finals concluded on Saturday evening with an exciting win for 18-year-old Elizabeth Benson of Whitehouse Station, NJ. Benson rode San Remo VDL, a twelve-year-old Latvian Warmblood gelding by Sudanas, through the first two phases of competition, finishing with a score of 89.33 in the hunter phase and a 91.17 point total in the jumper phase.

Returning for the final work-off sitting in first place overall, Benson’s ride aboard Catherine Tyree’s mount Patrick scored a 90.33, giving her a three round total of 270.832 for the win. The judges for the class were Todd Karn, of Fayetteville, NY, Jimmy Clapperton, of Savannah, GA, Alison Robitaille, of Upperville, VA, Ralph Caristo, of Saugerties, NY, Lauren Hough of Wellington, FL, and Scott Williamson of Wellington, FL.

Benson earned the victory over Hasbrouck Donovan, of Gainesville, FL, who totaled 267.833 with scores of 87.33, 89.50, and 91.00. Donovan rode Don Stewart and Derbypie LLC’s Drake in the hunter/jumper rounds and then piloted Benson’s mount San Remo VDL in the final work-off.

Third place went to Jacob Pope, of Owings Mills, MD, with a three round total of 263.082. Pope rode Madeline Turner’s Uno to scores of 88 and 84.42 in the first two rounds. His ride in the final work-off aboard Sarah Milliren’s mount Alando, owned by Devney Hoft, scored a 90.67.

This was Elizabeth Benson’s second time competing in the WIHS Equitation Finals after placing third in the competition last year. This year she stepped up to the plate to secure the title.

Benson was presented The WIHS Equitation Classic Trophy donated by Mr. and Mrs. G. Ralph Ours, III and a pair of custom chaps provided by Journeymen Saddlers, Ltd. San Remo VDL was awarded The Lugano Memorial Trophy donated by Stoney Hill as the winning horse of the night.  Championship coolers were sponsored by Mrs. Margaret Hamilton Duprey.

The $10,000 Ambassador’s Cup High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by Oasis Petroleum, saw a win for 13-year-old Katherine Strauss, of Southampton, NY, riding Chellando Z.

Twenty entries showed in the class with seven advancing to the jump-off. Three entries completed the short course without fault, and Katherine Strauss and Chellando Z set the pace at 33.344 seconds to win the Ambassador’s Cup Perpetual Trophy, donated by Ambassador and Mrs. Marion H. Smoak.

Gabrielle Bausano and Ubico H finished in 33.573 seconds to place second. Ashley Foster and RAF LLC’s Indy placed third in 33.586 seconds.

The High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper champion, sponsored by Oasis Petroleum, was Amalaya Investments’ Vesuvius and Meagan Nusz. They were awarded the Greenberg Challenge Trophy donated by Mr. and Mrs. Hermen Greenberg. Strauss and Chellando Z were reserve champions. The Shalanno Style of Riding Award was given to Charlotte Jacobs, of East Aurora, NY.

In the $5,000 Senator’s Cup Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, sponsored by North Star, sixteen-year-old Michael Hughes, of Allendale, NJ, had a repeat victory from last year riding Drumnacross Farm Ltd.’s Red Hot.

Twenty-two entries showed in the class, with nine advancing to the jump-off. Hughes and Red Hot had the fastest of five double clear rounds through the short course in 30.658 seconds. For their win, the pair was presented with the Swan Lake Perpetual Trophy donated by Beagle Brook Farm in honor of the 1992 winner Swan Lake, ridden by Jennifer F. Miller.

Venezuelan rider Emanuel Andrade finished second in 31.072 seconds aboard Hollow Creek Farm’s Casanova Junior.  Reed Patton had two horses in the jump-off and finished third aboard Tissem in 32.745 seconds and fourth aboard Von Dutch in 35.204 seconds. Lillie Keenan also had two rides in the jump-off and took a fall from her first mount, but returned to earn the fifth place honors aboard Abigail Wexner’s Zycarla Z with a clear jump-off round in 35.204 seconds.

The Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship, sponsored by North Star, went to Hughes and Red Hot. They won the Foxbrook Perpetual Trophy in honor of Space Citation, donated by Joy Slater. Andrade and Casanova Junior were the reserve champions.

Highlights – Sunday, October 28, 2012

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Sunday’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.

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

For full results and more information, please visit www.wihs.org.

About The Washington International Horse Show (www.wihs.org):

 

An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the country’s leading metropolitan indoor horse show and the pinnacle of the equestrian year with leading riders, including Olympic medalists, and fabulous horses. More than 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunter and equitation events during the six-day show. Highlights include the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix, the Puissance high-jump competition; and WIHS Equitation Classic Finals featuring the country’s top junior riders. Special exhibitions, boutique shopping and community activities will round out this family-friendly event.

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

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