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U.S. Para-Driving Team Clinches Bronze at 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships

July 04, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Press Release by:United States Driving for the Disabled (USDFD) adapted by Lindsay Y. McCall for the USPEA

Photographs by: Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Sandringham, England- June 30, 2014- The 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships concluded on June 29 at The Royal Estate in Sandringham, England. Germany held on to their overnight lead to take Team Gold, The Netherlands captured Silver, and the USA clinched Bronze with a mere 3.29 penalties behind The Netherlands. Finally, Great Britain finished in fourth place. Individually, Veteran Robert Giles (USA) and Solo, owned by Koos and Marie de Ronde, won the Grade 2 Silver medal with Virginia (Boo) Fitch (USA) and her own Kiko earning the Grade 2 fourth place finish. Diane Kastama earned an 11th place in Grade I and Mary Gray earned a 10th place in Grade 2. Marie De Ronde served as Chef d’Equipe for the USA Team and Sara Schmitt served as coach.

Veteran Robert Giles with his Silver medal at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Veteran Robert Giles with his Silver medal at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

The U.S. Para-Driving Team for the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships occurred June 27-29, with the three U.S. team members including Diane Kastama with her own Rupert, Virginia Fitch with her own Kiko, and Vietnam Veteran Bob Giles driving Koos De Ronde’s Solo. The first day included driven dressage, followed by the marathon & obstacles course, and the final day concluded with cones and the awards presentation.

It was the first time that these championships were hosted in England. Para-equestrian drivers from eight nations competed in a fiercely fought contest for world supremacy. Four of the nations, including the USA, fielded a team of at least three competitors required for the team awards; the other countries were represented by individual competitors. Individual medals are awarded by “Grade” which is a classification by the FEI according to level of disability (with Grade I being more severely disabled than Grade II). Sixty percent of the competitors were Grade I.

USA Para-Driving Team (Left to Right) Virginia Fitch, Diane Kastama and Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

USA Para-Driving Team (Left to Right) Virginia Fitch, Diane Kastama and Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

United States Driving for the Disabled acknowledged, ” A heartfelt thanks go to Coach Sara Schmitt and Chef d’Equipe Marie de Ronde-United States Driving for the DisabledOudemans who each went above and beyond in their help to the team. We would also like to extend our utmost appreciation to all of the individuals and groups over the past many months who have given us their encouragement, backing and support. They have truly been the ones who have made this possible. Thank you all for being a part of this wonderful accomplishment.”

 USA Team, Individuals, Coaches and support staff at the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd


USA Team, Individuals, Coaches and support staff at the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Results from the 2014 FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships:

1st Germany 227.07
2nd Netherlands 244.74
3rd USA 248.03
4th Great Britain 264.91

Grade I:
1st Jacques Poppen (Ned) 107.18
2nd Heiner Lehrter (Ger) 118.46
3rd Markus Beerhues (Ger) 124.25
4th Lucy Barclay (GBR) 131 73

Grade II:
1st Alexandra Roeder 111.61
2nd Robert Giles (USA) 125.21
3rd Mick Ward (GBR) 127.25
4th Virginia Fitch (USA) 131.82

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Team Members for the 2014 FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships:
Diane Kastama Grade 1
Virginia (Boo) Fitch Grade 2
Vietnam Veteran Bob Giles Grade 2

Alternates
1st Alternate: Theresa (Ginny) Leal Grade 2
2nd Alternate: Mary Gray Grade 2

Representing the U.S. as an Individual at the 2014 FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championships for Singles:

Mary Gray (Brunswick, Maine) will drive Nick Hammond’s Leyeswick the Rooster. Leyeswick the Rooster is a 2006 Welsh gelding.

Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Veteran Robert Giles at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Team USA at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Team USA at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Team USA at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

Team USA at the closing ceremony of the 2014 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships June 27-29. Photos by Marie de Ronde-Oudemans and Patricia Kastama. More at www.facebook/usdfd

For further detailed scores see:
http://www.hoefnet.nl/en/home/site/uitslagen/d8471a0aa505c1165003032658706598

Additional news is at:
http://www.britishcarriagedriving.co.uk/

Germany holds overnight lead to take Team Gold at the 2014 Para-Equestrian World Championships
http://www.hoefnet.nl/en/home/site/news/sandringham-germany-holds-overnight-lead-to-take-team-go

2012 FEI Para-Equestrian Driving World Championships in Breda, the Netherlands. Driver is Diane Kastama, Horse is Ruby KWPN , Groom is Jody Cutler Picture taken by Marie de Ronde.

2012 FEI Para-Equestrian Driving World Championships in Breda, the Netherlands. Driver is Diane Kastama, Horse is Ruby KWPN , Groom is Jody Cutler Picture taken by Marie de Ronde.

About Diane Kastama: Diane Kastama, Arroyo Grande, CA Grade I. In 1991 a car crash left Diane paralyzed from the waist down. Although a lifelong horse person and dressage enthusiast, riding without the use of her legs was not much fun and she soon turned to driven dressage and then the exciting sport of combined driving. Her relatives and friends thought she was crazy for taking on a sport that involves sitting atop a tall carriage, pulled by a horse going “hell-bent” for speed.

Diane started competing with her home bred Appaloosa’s but now Diane competes with a pair of Section D Welsh Cobs, Rupert and George. She drives them single, pair and tandem. She competes against able-bodied drivers all over the Western United States and occasionally on the East Coast at the Intermediate and Advanced level. Diane has also demonstrated her skills at Rolex, KY, Horse Expo in Sacramento, the “Night of the Horse” in Del Mar. The Equine Affair and various therapeutic horse programs throughout California. She has also participated in the closing ceremonies at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. Diane is always willing to share her skills and knowledge and bring driving to the forefront of equine sports. Diane has been very succesful in international Para-Equestrian competition, coming home with an Individual Silver and Team Bronze driving a borrowed Welsh Cob Stallion in 2002 Greven, Germany. 2004 she place 5th with a borrowed Welsh cob in Endinburg, Scotland. In 2006 she came home with Individual Gold driving her own Welsh cob gelding Jasper. In 2008 Diane earned Individual Bronze and Team Silver driving Jasper once again. Kastama will drive Rupert at the Championships who is a 1996 Welsh Cob gelding.

Vietnam War Veteran and Purple Heart recipient Bob Giles. Photo courtesy of Brenda Giles
About Bob Giles: Bob Giles (Morriston, Fla.) is a well known driving horse trainer and clinician who has dedicated his life to the sport of driving. His selection to the USEF Para-Equestrian Driving Team is a dream come true for this accomplished competitor, Vietnam War veteran, and Purple Heart recipient.

Giles was in combat within the the Vietnam War resulting in the loss of 90% of his hearing, a fused elbow and only partial use of his right hand. As a combat-wounded Purple Heart recipient, Bob is dedicating his drive to the memory of the 58,000 + men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

Giles enthusiasm and determination for the thrilling sport of Combined Driving has driven him to the 2014 World Driving Championships in Sandringham, England, June 27-29, 2014. Giles will drive Koos De Ronde’s Solo and Olando.

About Virgina (Boo) Fitch: Virginia (Boo) Fitch is from Pennhook, Va. Fitch grew up fox hunting and showing hunters. She attended Lynchburg College and rode on their intercollegiate riding team as well as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Team. After graduating, she rode jumpers

Virginia (Boo) Fitch
for a prominent family in Quebec Canada. It was during this time that Fitch developed Rheumatoid Arthritis. It came on suddenly and strongly. Within two years she had a hip replacement at the age of 26. By the year 2000, she was having considerable problems with her feet and ankles and it just so happened that she owned a school horse that drove and had a good friend that competed in Combined Driving. Between the safe horse and her friend she started driving and loved it. After five surgeries and three joint replacements over the course of 10 years from 2000 to 2010, teaching children just became too difficult and she was finding herself competing in Combined driving more often. Fitch has become a prominent competitor in the para-equestrian driving world and she looks forward to her recent appointment as a member of the 2014 Team. Fitch will drive Kiko, a 2003 Irish Sport Horse Mare at the Championships.

For more information about United States Driving for the Disabled please go to www.USDFD.org.

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About the United States Para-Equestrian Association:

The USPEA is a network of riders, judges, national federation members, and equestrian enthusiasts. The association gives athletes the ability to get involved and expand their knowledge and experience in the Para-Equestrian sport. The USPEA encourages Para-athletes to participate in all disciplines under the Para-Equestrian umbrella.

The USPEA is a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) which serves as the National Governing Body for the equestrian sport. This relationship between the USPEA and USEF is to encourage Para-Equestrian competitors, leisure riders, coaches, fans and enthusiasts to network and get involved with the entire equestrian sport.

Ultimately the goal of the USPEA is to foster growth in the Para-Equestrian discipline. From growth in the number of participants to growth as a team, and growth in the experience and knowledge of all involved. From local horse shows to international Paralympic Games, the USPEA provides Para-Equestrians the knowledge and resources needed to succeed. The USPEA connects with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), USA Reining, and USEF which provide Para-Equestrians the top equestrian resources.

In June 2010, the USPEA earned its 501 (c)(3) status which has encouraged supporters to help supply funding to the Para-Equestrian Team as a recognized affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation(USEF).

For more information about the USPEA please visit www.USPEA.org or contact USPEA President: Hope Hand by e-mail: hope@uspea.org or by phone: (610)356-6481.

To view an online version of this press release please visit: http://uspea.org/category/recent-uspea-press-news/

Darragh Kenny and Alpha VDL Win $33,500 McDaniel & Associates Cup 1.55m at Spruce Meadows

July 04, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Spooner Makes It Three in a Row

For Immediate Release
Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Calgary, AB, Canada – June 28, 2014 – The ‘Canada One’ Tournament at Spruce Meadows continued on Saturday featuring the $33,500 McDaniel & Associates Cup 1.55m with a win for Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Alpha VDL. The small margin of six one-thousandths of a second separated Kenny from second place finisher Kirsten Coe (USA) aboard Czardas 30.

The $8,000 Francis Family Cup 1.45m was also held in the Chinook Ring in the morning with another win for USA’s Richard Spooner, giving the rider three major wins with three different horses this week. The ‘Canada One’ Tournament concludes on Sunday, June 29, with the $125,000 Imperial Challenge 1.55m.

Cristina Larangeiro of Portugal was the course designer for the McDaniel & Associates Cup, which saw 17 first round entries, and seven advancing to the jump-off in the Meadows on the Green. Darragh Kenny and Eva Castegren’s Alpha VDL jumped the first clear round over the short course in 39.661 seconds for the win. Last to go, Kirsten Coe and Ilan Ferder’s Czardas 30 came incredibly close to taking over the lead, but finished just shy in 39.667 seconds. Ben Asselin (CAN) and Linda Southern-Heathcott’s Doremi completed the only other double clear round in 46.29 seconds to finish third.

Darragh Kenny of IRL riding Alpha VDL

Darragh Kenny of IRL riding Alpha VDL

Alpha VDL, a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Corland x Emilion, has had great success with Kenny in the irons this year and continued his progression by jumping to victory over his first 1.55m track on Saturday. Kenny knew that his horse had the foot speed to win and went for a fast, clear round after the first three riders had rails.

“He is naturally a quick enough horse, and he has won some good classes already,” Kenny noted. “I knew there were places I could be quick. I left out a stride in one line. I did six where most people did seven. I wanted to just have a good round and see where I ended up with that.”

Commenting on Alpha VDL’s rise to the top, Kenny smiled, “His progression has been incredible. The horse has gone from jumping 1.40m classes at the start of Florida to winning grand prixs. He won a grand prix in Ocala, he won a grand prix in Saugerties, and now he won this 1.55m here. This is the biggest class he has ever had to jump, and he coped extremely well. It was great. His owner is here this week, so she got to see him, and it all worked out pretty well.”

Kenny explained that the course was good for Alpha VDL’s first track at that level, noting, “Although it was big, it was a little bit spread out. That was good for him because it gave him time between the jumps. He is a very good horse. He is only nine years old, and he has just been getting better and better. Every time we step him up he just seems to do really well.”

“He is quite conventional to ride,” Kenny added. “He is very careful, and he has a good style. Whatever way I ride him, he seems to like it, so it works good for both of us. He tries really hard to leave the jumps up and that is very important in this sport.”

Darragh Kenny in his winning presentation with Phil Welch, President & Managing Director, McDaniel & Associates Consultants

Darragh Kenny in his winning presentation with Phil Welch, President & Managing Director, McDaniel & Associates Consultants

Second place finisher Czardas 30 is also stepping up his game this summer, and rider Kirsten Coe was very happy with his finish.

“It felt really good,” Coe stated. “That horse has really been knocking on the door. He has been coming along really nicely and jumping a lot of clear rounds. He felt very confident tonight, and I took a chance. He has been progressively moving through the divisions since we have been here. We are just building him up, but we really think a lot of him.”

Coe took over the reins on Czardas 30 this winter after the 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion (Contendro x Grannus) showed briefly with McLain Ward. She explained that it has been a great match ever since, and her mount really stepped up in Saturday’s final round.

“The jump-off was quite fast. There was plenty of room to gallop,” Coe noted. “I didn’t see Darragh go, but obviously it was very close. It was nice to have a top finish.”

Spooner Scores a Hat Trick

Competition kicked off in the Chinook Ring Friday morning with the $8,000 Francis Family Cup 1.45m where Richard Spooner (USA) got his third win in a row this week. Held in a faults converted format, the competition saw 30 entries jumping a course set by Manuel Esparza of Mexico. About halfway through the order, Spooner and Tuxedo cleared the course in a time of 66.44 seconds that would hold on for the win. The 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Gentleman x Hamilcar) is another brand new mount for Spooner riding for Legacy Stables LLC.

Darragh Kenny (IRL) guided Hyperion Stud LLC’s Chin Quidam VDL to second place honors in a time of 68.71 seconds. Frances Land (USA) and Vieanne placed third in 69.04 seconds. Kenny also took the fourth place prize in 69.48 seconds with Oakland Ventures LLC’s Fantasy.

Richard Spooner of USA riding Tuxedo

Richard Spooner of USA riding Tuxedo

“I don’t know what I ate, I don’t know what I ran into, but something happened right and I just have to try to figure out what it was,” Spooner smiled, commenting on his three-day sweep. He also won Thursday’s $33,500 Cargill Cup 1.50m with Cristallo and topped Friday’s $33,500 Duncan Ross Cup 1.50m aboard Uraguay. Although winning with veteran mount Cristallo is nothing new for the rider, Legacy Stables’ Uraguay and Tuxedo are both brand new horses that he has quickly figured out.

“Tuxedo is a wonderful horse,” Spooner stated after his win. “He is a top, top speed horse. I just got the ride of course, so we are still going through a little bit of growing pains, but today we felt great.”

“I am just learning the things he likes and the things he doesn’t like. He lets me know, which is nice of him,” Spooner said. “I think once I figure out the things that he is fond of we should hopefully have some success because he is unbelievably fast and careful and powerful. He actually really gets into it. He is a fascinating horse because you can feel him almost take over and he gets it. He gets that the goal is not to knock anything down and go as fast as you can, and if you get a horse that gets it like that, then they will be getting a lot of top ribbons.”

Detailing his round with Tuxedo, Spooner explained, “It was quick. I wouldn’t describe it as hair on fire, going 100% for broke, but it was quick and tidy. The horse is quite catty and his brakes are great, so you are able to really hit the gas when you land and stay off the brakes for longer than you can on other horses. Then you can kind of tap the brakes just a stride or two in front of the jump, and he settles right back into position. That gives you about a two-tenths of a second advantage at a good five or six jumps out there, and those tenths add up over the length of the course.”

Tuxedo is finished showing this week after a great win and will rest up for next week’s ‘North American’ Tournament.

Richard Spooner and Tuxedo in their winning presentation with Adam Twa

Richard Spooner and Tuxedo in their winning presentation with Adam Twa

Competition at the ‘Canada One’ Tournament will conclude on Sunday with the $33,500 West Canadian Cup 1.50m in the morning followed by the highlight $125,000 Imperial Challenge 1.55m in the afternoon in the Meadows on the Green. For more information and full results, please visitwww.sprucemeadows.com.

Final Results: $33,500 McDaniel & Associates Cup 1.55m

1 ALPHA VDL: Dutch Warmblood / G / 9 Corland x Emilion
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Eva Castegren: 0/0/39.66

2 CZARDAS 30: Hanoverian / S / 11 Contendro x Grannus
KIRSTEN COE (USA), Ilan Ferder: 0/0/39.67

3 DOREMI: Belgian Warmblood / S / 11 Quidam de Revel x Cento
BEN ASSELIN (CAN), Linda Southern-Heathcott: 0/0/46.29

4 ZEUS DU BUISON Z: Zangersheide / G / 10 Zandor Z x Kodarco
SANTIAGO LAMBRE (MEX), Santiago Lambre: 0/4/38.24

5 CRISTALLO: Holstein / G / 16 Caretino x Cicero
RICHARD SPOONER (USA), Show Jumping Syndication Intl: 0/4/42.77

6 ANTARES: Dutch Warmblood / G / 9 Manhattan x Cavalier
PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), Stal Thijssen: 0/4/43.60

7 EXACTO LS: Warmblood / G / 9 Carthago Z x Accord II
DANIEL BLUMAN (COL), Blue Star Investments: 0/8/41.50

8 CARTIER: Oldenburg / G / 9 Cartoon x Sheyenne de Baugy
SALVADOR ONATE (MEX), Mario Onate: 1/86.76

9 BOBBY: Dutch Warmblood / G / 12 Concorde x Joost
CHRISTIAN SORENSEN (CAN), Christian Sorensen: 4/78.24

10 PROF DE LA ROQUE: Selle Francais / G / 11 Kannan x Damiro
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Postage Stamp Farm LLC: 4/79.11

11 SASKIA: Oldenburg / M / 11 Kannan x Silviaire Silvio
NICOLAS PIZARRO SUAREZ (MEX), Monica Burrillo Eguia: 4/82.45

12 TIC TAC: Belgian Sport Horse / S / 11 Clinton x Darco
LESLIE HOWARD (USA), Jane Clark: 8/77.56

Final Results: $8,000 Francis Family Cup 1.45m (Faults Converted)

1 TUXEDO: Dutch Warmblood / G / 13 Gentleman x Hamilcar
RICHARD SPOONER (USA), Legacy Stables LLC: 66.44

2 CHIN QUIDAM VDL: Dutch Warmblood / S / 8 Chin Chin x Quidam de Revel
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Hyperion Stud LLC: 68.71

3 VIEANNE: Dutch Warmblood / M / 12 Andiamo x Voltaire
FRANCES LAND (USA), Frances Land: 69.04

4 FANTASY: Hanoverian / M / 9 For Pleasure x Acorado
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Oakland Ventures LLC: 69.48

5 COMETA: Oldenburg / G / 9 Contender x For Pleasure
NICOLAS PIZARRO SUAREZ (MEX), Veronica Portugal M: 71.06

6 ZAPRILIA M: Dutch Warmblood / S / 10 Chin Chin x Silvio I
RICHARD SPOONER (USA), Maxine and Robert Jack: 72.44

7 GELEDIMAR: Zangersheide / M / 11 Grosso Z x Lord Z
WILL SIMPSON (USA), Monarch International: 74.10

8 NLF BILLY ON SHOW: Warmblood / G / 12 Cevin Z x On Show
EIRIN BRUHEIM (NOR), Nordic Lights Farm: 75.68

9 TAM TAM HERO: Belgian Warmblood / S / 11 Ogano Sitte x Kebah
ROBERTO TERAN (COL), ARK Partners LLC: 75.99

10 MIMOSA: Swedish Warmblood / M / 10 Cardento x Easy San
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm, LLC: 76.40

11 WRIOMF: Dutch Warmblood / M / 11 Tangelo van de Zwthoen x Julius
CHRISTIAN SORENSEN (CAN), Christian Sorensen: 76.44

12 LADYS QUEEN: Selle Francais / M / 10 For Pleasure x Iris Landai
SAMEH EL DAHAN (EGY), Dhr W vd Ham: 76.90

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

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Richard Spooner and Uraguay Victorious in $33,500 Duncan Ross Cup 1.50m at Spruce Meadows

July 04, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Eric Lamaze Takes One-Two Finish in $33,500 Westjet Cup 1.45m

For Immediate Release
Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Calgary, AB, Canada – June 27, 2014 – It has been two days and two major victories for Richard Spooner (USA) at the Spruce Meadows ‘Canada One’ Tournament in Calgary, AB, Canada. Following a win with Cristallo on Thursday, Spooner jumped to top honors with brand new mount Uraguay in Friday’s $33,500 Duncan Ross Cup 1.50m. Eric Lamaze (CAN) also got a win on Friday with new horse Fine Lady 5 as well as taking second place honors aboard Check Picobello Z in the $33,500 Westjet Cup 1.45m. The ‘Canada One’ Tournament runs through Sunday, June 29, concluding with the $125,000 Imperial Challenge 1.55m.

Richard Spooner and Uraguay

Richard Spooner and Uraguay

Cristina Larangeiro of Portugal set the course for 28 entries in the Duncan Ross Cup 1.50m with six starters advancing to the jump-off and five double clear rounds. Richard Spooner and Legacy Stables LLC’s Uraguay blazed through the short course in 33.45 seconds for the win.

Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Postage Stamp Farm LLC’s Prof de la Roque finished second in 34.05 seconds. Egypt’s Nayel Nassar and Lordan placed third in 35.75 seconds, and USA’s Quentin Judge and Double H Farm’s HH Donnatella finished fourth in 36.31 seconds. Paige Johnson (USA) and Salamander Farm’s Cambito completed the fifth double clear round in 39.67 seconds.

Uraguay, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Nairobi x Colino), is a brand new ride for Spooner, but the duo proved a promising partnership with a bold jump-off round and a huge effort to the final jump on course this evening.

“It was pretty exciting actually because Sandy and Bob Mockoviak were here, and it was the first time that they had ever seen me ride one of their horses and they just flew in,” Spooner noted. “That was pretty exciting to go clear, and then to really risk everything in the jump-off and risk again going to the last jump because that was crazy long, and he did it. I don’t know how he jumped from that far away. The wall and that corner were coming up pretty quick, but I was so happy with him.”

Richard Spooner in his winning presentation with Mariel Hamou, General Manager, Duncan Ross Associates

Richard Spooner in his winning presentation with Mariel Hamou, General Manager, Duncan Ross Associates

Spooner first rode Uraguay in Florida just before the start of the Spruce Meadows Summer Series in June and has only shown the horse two weeks before this competition.

“I don’t know much about him,” he admitted. “He is super careful; he is fantastically careful. He is very fast, and he is a real trier. He is also just beautiful to ride. He is lovely, and he has a fantastic mouth. Todd Minikus rode him before me and Mario Deslauriers before that and Albert Zoer before that, so I am lucky getting to follow up some pretty top riders. I am happy that I can do him justice.”

After a fantastic evening, Spooner has chosen to compete Uraguay in this week’s feature class on Sunday, and looks forward to seeing what they can do at the next level.

Lamaze Finishes Top Two in $33,500 Westjet Cup 1.45m

Larangeiro set the track for Friday’s Westjet Cup with a very tight time allowed that caught many of its 93 competitors in the Meadows on the Green. In the end, nine entries finished with one time fault and three more had two faults on the clock. Only seven advanced to the jump-off, where Canada’s Eric Lamaze finished first and second with the only double clear rounds. Lamaze completed the fastest round in 31.84 seconds to earn victory aboard Artisan Farms LLC’s Fine Lady 5. He took second place honors with Artisan Farms’ Check Picobello Z in 35.91 seconds. Ireland’s Richie Moloney guided Equinimity LLC’s Freestyle de Muze to a third place finish with two time faults over the short course in 37.04 seconds.

Fine Lady 5, an 11-year-old Hanoverian mare (Forsyth x Hauptstutbuch), is a brand new mount for Lamaze. “We just got her a little bit before coming to Spruce Meadows,” the rider explained. “My first show with her was Rome. The horse has been winning her entire career, so I knew she was a winner, but you still have to get along with the horse and I was really impressed. I was happy.”

Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5

Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5

“I really click with that horse. The moment I tried it, I knew that she was my type of horse,” Lamaze stated. “I had a gap to be filled in the 1.50m speed competition in Europe and things like that, so that’s how she came around, and then so quickly we made a good team.”

Lamaze plans to show Fine Lady 5 again in Sunday’s 1.50m competition as well as next week and will go from there. He had high praise for the mare and looks forward to continuing their partnership.

“She is modern,” he described. “She is light, careful, she has blood. Everything you want in a modern show jumper, she has. She is very simple. To go fast, she is a little complicated. She is so fast. She is actually one of the fastest horses I have ever sat on, so you have to just not think so fast.”

A technical course with a tight time allowed kept a lot of the riders out of the jump-off, and Lamaze knew it was not going to be easy when he walked the course, but he expertly qualified both of his mounts for the jump-off.

Heading into the short course early with Fine Lady 5, Lamaze completed what would turn out to be the winning round. He then guided Check Picobello Z into second at the end.

“I went second in the jump-off with her and there were fast riders behind me, so I just played my game with her,” he stated. “Then my next horse was easier because I was the only double clear, so I just wanted to make sure I didn’t have a time fault, which I was close.”

“[Check Picobello Z] is an 8-year-old, and I think a lot of him,” Lamaze declared. “I think it is a horse for the future, so I have been taking my time. I think the world of this horse. I think you will see a lot of him in the future.”

Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 in their winning presentation with Mike McNaney, Vice President, Regulatory & Fuel, WestJet; and his daughter Maria

Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 in their winning presentation with Mike McNaney, Vice President, Regulatory & Fuel, WestJet; and his daughter Maria

Competition at the Spruce Meadows ‘Canada One’ Tournament will continue on Saturday featuring the $33,500 McDaniel & Associates Cup 1.55m in the Meadows on the Green. The $8,000 Francis Family Cup 1.45m will be held in the Chinook Ring in the morning. For more information and full results, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.

Final Results: $33,500 Duncan Ross Cup 1.50m

1 URAGUAY: Dutch Warmblood / G / 13 Nairobi x Colino
RICHARD SPOONER (USA), Legacy Stables LLC: 0/0/33.45

2 PROF DE LA ROQUE: Selle Francais / G / 11 Kannan x Damiro
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Postage Stamp Farm LLC: 0/0/34.05

3 LORDAN: Warmblood / G / 10 Lordanos x Landor S
NAYEL NASSAR (EGY), Nayel Nassar: 0/0/35.75

4 HH DONNATELLA: Belgian Warmblood / M / 11 Toulon x Mr. Blue
QUENTIN JUDGE (USA), Double H Farm: 0/0/36.31

5 CAMBITO: Holstein / G / 10 Caretino x Contender
PAIGE JOHNSON (USA), Salamander Farm: 0/0/39.67

6 SUMAS ZORRO: Irish Sport Horse / M / 10 Ard Vdl Douglas x Unknown
SAMEH EL DAHAN (EGY), Joanne Sloan-Allen & Sameh El Dahan: 0/4/35.33

7 HEROS DE PAPIGNIES Z: Zangersheide / S / 10 Heartbreaker x Ahorn Z
KIRSTEN COE (USA), Paillot Equine Consulting: 1/75.35

8 CALVIN KLEIN: Swedish Warmblood / G / 10 Cardento x Feliciano
JONATHON MILLAR (CAN), Millar Brooke Farm: 1/75.42

9 ARISTOTELES V: Dutch Warmblood / S / 9 Padinus x Lux
JONATHAN MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 1/75.62

10 ZARA LEANDRA: Dutch Warmblood / M / 10 Metropole x Ahorn
PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), ZL Group Inc: 4/70.01

11 PICCOBELLO DU VAL DE GEER: Belgian Warmblood / M / 15 Kannan x Skippy II
JORDAN MACPHERSON (CAN), JEM Stables: 4/71.01

12 TRIPPLE X III: AES / S / 12 Namelus R x Cantango
TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Torrey Pines Stable: 4/71.54

Final Results: $33,500 Westjet Cup 1.45m

1 FINE LADY 5:Hanoverian / M / 11 Forsyth x Hauptstutbuch
ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/0/31.84

2 CHECK PICOBELLO Z: Zangersheide / G / 8 Cardento x Orlando
ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/0/35.91

3 FREESTYLE DE MUZE: Belgian Warmblood / G / 9 Lord Z x Cento
RICHIE MOLONEY (IRL), Equinimity LLC: 0/2/37.04

4 GELEDIMAR: Zangersheide / M / 11 Grosso Z x Lord Z
WILL SIMPSON (USA), Monarch International: 0/4/33.91

5 CYKLON 1083: Swedish Warmblood / S / 13 Cardento x Cortus
SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm, LLC: 0/8/32.11

6 PICOLO: Warmblood / G / 11 Diamant De Semilly x Alme
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Oakland Ventures LLC: 0/8/34.47

7 RAGING BULL VANGELIS S: Belgian Warmblood / S / 16 Nonstop x Indocrtro
NAYEL NASSAR (EGY), Nayel Nassar: 0/26/53.01

8 MAKAVOY: Dutch Warmblood / G / 11 Hors La Loi II x Ahorn
BEN ASSELIN (CAN), Attache Stables: 1/69.24

9 POLASKO: Oldenburg / G / 11 Polytraum x Grannus
NICOLAS PIZARRO SUAREZ (MEX), Nicolas Pizarro Suarez: 1/69.27

10 CONTINO 14: Holstein / G / 17 Contender x Calypso I
JONATHON MILLAR (CAN), Millar Brooke Farm: 1/69.48

11 ZANDOR: Warmblood / S / 10 Oklund x Ulster
LUIS ALEJANDRO PLACENSIA (MEX), Luis Gerardo Plascencia: 1/69.68

12 ROSANA DU PARK: Dutch Warmblood / M / 9 Kannan x Ukase
CARLY ANTHONY (USA), Artisan Farms LLC & Torrey Pines: 1/69.73

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.

Show Jumping Mare Sapphire Dies 1995-2014

June 23, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, Ky.– The United States Equestrian Federation mourns the loss of the great show jumping mare Sapphire who died on June 22, 2014 following complications from colic. With longtime rider, McLain Ward, the 1995 Belgian Warmblood mare was a stalwart of U.S. Jumping Teams for years helping the United States to capture Team Gold at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and Team Silver at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games.

“Sapphire epitomized a great mare, and if you have a great mare; you have a great horse,” remembered legendary horseman and former U.S. Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe George Morris. “She was the anchor of so many U.S. teams; she had the scope, she was careful, I can’t say enough good things about her. She was one of the greatest horses of the century.”

McLain Ward and Sapphire at the 2008 Olympic Games (Bob Langrish)

McLain Ward and Sapphire at the 2008 Olympic Games (Bob Langrish)

In addition to great team successes, Ward and “Sara” earned top honors in many of the world’s most prestigious competitions and Grand Prixes, including a second-place finish at the 2009 Rolex/FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas. The duo  twice claimed victory in the FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix (2009, 2010), the Grand Prix of Devon (2007, 2009), the Hampton Classic Grand Prix (2009, 2010), and the President’s Cup at the Washington International Horse Show (2008, 2010). Sapphire’s extensive resume also includes wins at the 2008 Budweiser Invitational, 2009 $1 Million CN International at Spruce Meadows, 2010 La Baule Grand Prix, 2010 Rome Grand Prix, and 2010 Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix.

“Our entire Castle Hill family and every person she has touched has lost a great friend. Thank you Sara not just for all the dreams you made come true but simply for being who you were,” said Ward. “You always will be my champion in every way. Godspeed, good friend.”

Link to Sapphire Tribute Below  

http:/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0msZJaeWr1o&feature=youtu.be

The USEF extends its deepest condolences to Ward, Castle Hill Farm team and all of Sapphire’s owners throughout her storied career; Tom Grossman, Blue Chip Bloodstock, McLain Ward, Double H Farm, Missy Clark and Harry Gill.

EQUUS Foundation & USEF Congratulate Devon’s Best Performers

June 13, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

WESTPORT, CT – June 3, 2014 – Just qualifying for horse shows like the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair is an accomplishment in itself, but over 120 exhibitors went the extra difference by participating in the Best Performance Competition, the new joint effort of the EQUUS Foundation that rewards competitive excellence and also supports horse welfare.

2014 Devon Best Performers Photo by Brenda Carpenter courtesy of the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair.

2014 Devon Best Performers
Photo by Brenda Carpenter courtesy of the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair.

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Devon’s Best Performance Competition Winners
Class Action owned by Meridian Partners LLC & ridden by Megan MacPherson
Patrick owned by Dr. Betsee Parker & ridden by Victoria Colvin
Clearway owned by Heritage Farm, Inc., & ridden by Caitlin Boyle
Spellbound owned & ridden by Bernadette Chungunco*
Way Cool owned by Dr. Betsee Parker & ridden by Victoria Colvin*
Truman owned by Maypine Farm & ridden by Christopher Payne
Mindful owned by Glefke & Kensel, LLC & ridden by Kelley Farmer*
Russian Gold owned & ridden by Kimberly Maloomian*
Humor Me owned by Stephanie Danhakl & ridden by Scott Stewart
Empire owned by David Gochman & ridden by Becky Gochman
Coming Soon – A National Standing of Best Performance Competition Winners!
*Two-time winner.

Next Up with 33 Chances to Win!
Skidmore College Saratoga Classic

Week I: June 10-15, 2014
Week II: June 18-22, 2014
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Competitions
(In Chronological Order)
Skidmore College Saratoga Classic I
June 10-15, 2014
Ox Ridge June Horse Show
June 15, 2014
Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show
June 17-21, 2014
Atlanta Summer Classic II
June 18-22, 2014
Skidmore College Saratoga Classic II
June 18-22, 2014
Brandywine Valley Summer Series I
June 24-29, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping Summer I
June 25-29, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping Summer II
July 2-6, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping Summer III
July 9-13, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping August
August 20-24, 2014
Buffalo International
September 10-14, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping September I
September 17-21, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping September II
September 24-28, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping Classic
October 1-5, 2014
Washington International Horse Show
October 21-26, 2014
National Horse Show
October 28, 2014 – November 2, 2014
Ox Ridge December Horse Show
December 6-7, 2014
2015
Gulf Coast Winter Classic V
March 2015
Herring Brook Farm Horse Show
March 2015 & April 2015
Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Week I
March 2015
Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Week II
March 2015
Princeton Show Jumping April Jumper & April Classic
April 2015
Texas Shoot Out
April 2015
Saratoga Springs Horse Show
April-May 2015
Devon Horse Show & Country Fair
May-June 2015
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About EQUUS Foundation: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, enabling the therapeutic use of horses for those in need, fostering the horse-human bond, and educating the public about the horse’s unique ability to empower, teach and heal. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact the EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail: equus@equusfoundation.org, Website: www.equusfoundation.org.

About USEF: Established in 1917, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), www.usef.org, is dedicated to uniting the equestrian community, honoring achievement, and serving as guardians of equestrian sport. The USEF promotes the safety and welfare of horses and riders while encouraging interest, participation and excellence at every competitive level and for all breed and discipline affiliates within the Federation family equally. The USEF is the only national organization dedicated to the promotion of the equestrian sport, fair competition and equine welfare regardless of breed or discipline.

World’s best riders come to the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead

June 09, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Several of the world’s leading showjumping nations will head to the All England Jumping Course this summer for the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead (29 July – 3 August), the official show of The British Horse Society.

 

The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ (Friday) and the Longines King George V Gold Cup (Sunday) are the showpieces of Hickstead’s CHIO5* fixture, each having a prize fund of €200,000. In the former, the British team will be competing against Belgium, Germany, Ireland and The Netherlands as they all bid to pick up qualifying points towards the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final in Barcelona in October. They’ll face further opposition from the USA, France and Sweden, who have also elected to send teams to Hickstead.

 

Britain has not won the FEI Nations Cup™ since 2010, with Germany winning in 2011 and 2013, and Ireland finishing victorious in 2012. The Royal International comes just a few weeks before the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, so will no doubt prove a useful guide to form ahead of the championships.

Longines Royal International Horse Show 2014 (c) Samantha Lamb

©Samantha Lamb

Last year’s Longines King George V Gold Cup did deliver a popular win for the British supporters. Almost a year to the day from his team gold medal success at London 2012, world number two Ben Maher jumped a double clear to win the King’s Cup on his former Olympic partner Tripple X III.

 

The other class that forms part of Hickstead’s ‘triple crown’ is the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup. This used to be a national championship for lady riders only, but in 2008 it was opened up to men and women. Since then, male riders have dominated in Saturday afternoon’s feature class, with the only ladies to win it in recent years being Laura Renwick in 2009 and Anna Edwards in 2010.

 

The international action begins on Thursday afternoon with the Bunn Leisure Trophy, which forms a qualifier for the Longines King George V Gold Cup. The international classes will feature the highest ranked riders in Britain plus some of the very best competitors in the world; while a huge range of national showjumping classes will attract entries from around 900 riders and 1,500 horses.

 

In the showing classes, around 1,600 horses and ponies will arrive at Hickstead, having qualified for their respective classes at shows around the United Kingdom. The best of these will go through to their respective division championships, and the winners will go through to the final judging of the British Horse Society Supreme Horse and the Underwood Supreme Pony Championships, held on the Sunday.

 

Last year, riding pony champion Dance All Night became the first pony in Hickstead’s history to win the supreme title twice; this year her rider Samantha Elliott is hoping to recover from a broken arm in time to have a crack at winning a third supreme championship. Meanwhile, the 2013 supreme horse winner Pearly King continues to dominate in the show ring with rider Simon Charlesworth, recently winning the hack championship at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, and they will be bidding for further Hickstead success at this year’s Longines Royal International Horse Show.

 
New showing classes at Hickstead this season include a Ponies (UK) mountain and moorland amateur class and an amateur maxi cob class, plus the two highest placed junior riders in each coloured horse and pony class will go through to a brand new championship. Showing riders will also benefit from a new all-weather gallop track in Jacksons Fencing Ring 5.

 

Ladies’ Day will once again be held on the Saturday of the show, and this year proceeds will go towards the charity Dreamflight. A team of ‘spotters’ will pick out the best-dressed guests and invite them into a special ringside enclosure. A celebrity judge will then pick out a winner and two runners-up from the top 10 finalists, with the winner receiving a two-night stay with dinner and spa treatments from the Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa in West Sussex.

 

To book tickets for the Longines Royal International Horse Show go to www.hickstead.co.uk or call 01273 834315.

 

ENDS

 

For more information about Ladies’ Day, click here: http://www.hickstead.co.uk/horse-shows/the-longines-royal-international-horse-show/ladies’-day.aspx

 

The essentials

 

Download Hickstead’s free App for iPhone and Android

Follow the All England Jumping Course Twitter and Facebook pages

Visit the website www.hickstead.co.uk

The Equestrian.com Hickstead Derby Meeting 26th – 29th June 2014

The Longines Royal International Horse Show 29th July – 3rd August 2014

The Hurst College National Schools & Pony Club Championships, 7 August 2014

The All England Jumping Championships 4th – 7th September 2014

 

George Morris Summarizes Four Days of Work on the Flat and Over Fences to Prepare Riders For Final Day of 2014 Gladstone Program

June 09, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Gladstone, NJ – May 24, 2014 – The fifth day of the George H. Morris Gladstone Program saw an abundance of auditors line the stands at the USET Foundation Headquarters at Hamilton Farm for the Saturday mounted sessions. The sessions this morning reviewed the previous four days of instruction, summarizing position, release over fences and exercises using classical dressage.

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“Mostly I read books,” Morris began the session with his words of wisdom. “I read books, lots of books, and I review them over and over again. The key in riding and training is repetition. This is why I am involved with horses, not for the teaching, not for the cheffing, but for the riding. I like training because I hate bad riding.”

Morris continued, “These riders are advanced, they are exemplary riders, but it is important to know that you are always learning. I am teaching you what has taken me a lifetime to learn, and I am only half way there.”

Both groups of riders began their exercises this morning using classical dressage techniques. Morris enunciated the difference between classical and competition dressage, focusing on the importance of preparing all horses with the use of classical dressage and leg aids.
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In normal Morris-style, the riders walked forward with impulsion as he commented on their stirrup lengths, notating that the length of the stirrup should be two to three holes longer for flat work. After a day of no stirrups, it was important that the riders maintained their forward positions in the saddle, staying about 5 degrees ahead of the vertical, using their bodies to be slightly ahead of the base of support and never falling behind the movement of the horse.

“Practice doesn’t make perfect,” Morris chuckled. “Perfect practice makes perfect. That is our goal. Position is a work in progress until the day you stop riding.”
Morris advocated the use of two-point contact as the riders lengthened their legs around the horses, focusing on the forward inclination, referring to the position as “indispensable.” They posted for 10 strides, and then held two-point for 10 strides, observing the position and the change in the base of support. The posting or rising trot is exactly like jumping; the movement of the horse thrusts the rider forward in the saddle, displacing the base of support from the knee to the heel, using the stirrups for stability.

After completing several volte, a little larger than 6 meters in diameter, Morris asked the riders to make the circles smaller and smaller until they were working at the pirouette.

Morris continued to work the riders and horses with the four-track ravers (“haunches in”) and renvers (“haunches-out”), as well as with shoulders-in and shoulders-out to increase suppleness and rideability while working on leg aids. Morris then asked the riders to complete leg-yields and half-passes as part of the lateral schooling.

The riders rewarded their horses with what Morris refers to as “the greatest principal of riding,” the take and give. As they did, the horses became content and submissive, softening their backs and stretching on the hand as they descended their necks. Morris expounded that the riders must resist the horse’s mouth in exact proportion, always keeping contact and using their legs to maintain impulsion with the “petite attaque.”

George Morris

George Morris

“What I teach is no longer the common fashion,” Morris said. “The light seat and forward positioning is no longer taught, classical dressage is no longer used. Remember, anything that is done to excess becomes a defect, look at the crest release. When you release over the fence your hands should be in a straight line to the horse’s mouth, keeping contact and sinking into the saddle after the fence, not sitting, but sinking.”

Morris completed a series of cavaletti aboard Sloane Coles’ horse during the first session, focusing on the position and jumping with contact. For the second group he had the five riders practice over cavaletti, cantering the series in a forward two-stride to a bounce and into a three-stride to complete the exercise with the halt. Morris then had them reverse and complete the exercise at a collected pace adding strides and halting before the in-gate.

Savannah Talcott

Savannah Talcott

After completing a series of questions from the auditors and riders, the morning session was released. The 10 riders proceeded on to a closed Physio Session with Equine Physiotherapist for the United States Show Jumping Team, Janus Marquis.

“I really base the talk around the fact that it is the rider’s ultimate responsibility to care for the well-being of the horse, and the fact that he is an athlete. We are going to run our hands over the horse, feel for irregularities such as heat and inflammation,” Marquis explained. “The riders need to know their horse’s everyday, and when they find things they will know what to do from stretching to modalities. We will use ultrasounds, lasers, electromagnetics and electro stimulation, that are out there and available to them as tools so they get the most out of their performance and longevity out of the athlete.”

After the Physio Session, each rider sat with Morris to speak one-on-one about their career and a program to follow. The Gladstone Program is designed to focus on the training and education for exceptionally dedicated and talented show jumping riders who are serious about their interest and desire to pursue a path that will prepare them to be a “team” rider and represent the United States in international competition.

Tomorrow brings the final day of the 2014 George H. Morris Gladstone Program, focusing on a morning filled with jumping. The riders will face a daunting course promptly at 8 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. The morning sessions are open to the public for auditing.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

For more information on the USET Foundation, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.

Atlanta Spring Challenge Wrap Up

June 09, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Tuesday, May  20th– The 2014 Atlanta Spring Challenge Horse show came to a close this past Sunday.  The event in its 11th year had its biggest turnout to date.  The show again took place at the famed Georgia International Horse Park May 14th-18th home of the equestrian portion of the 1996 Olympic Games.  JP Godard and his Equus Events team handled the managing duties.

Gold sponsors of this year’s event included Fenwick Equestrian, Dietrich and Company Equine Insurance, The Tack Room, Reflections Farm, and DFG Stables.  The Tack Room of Camden, SC presented this year’s daily continental breakfast throughout the event.  Hospitality has always been a key element at the Atlanta Spring Challenge and this year was no exception.  Exhibitors, trainers, and spectators alike were treated to daily ring hospitality, an ice cream party, as well as an exhibitor’s dinner Friday evening sponsored by the 2014 Hospitality Sponsors.  This year’s sponsors were;  Booth Parker, Black Ankle Farms, The Atlanta Hunt Club, DFG Stables, Finally Farm, Liz Tarumianz, The Meadow Hill Stables, Proof of the Pudding, Reflections Farm, The Tack Room, and The Marketplace.  DFG Stables presented this year’s annual Preakness Party on Saturday evening and The Meadow Hill Farm and the Porath Family sponsored a farewell pizza party Sunday afternoon.

Feature events at this year’s show included the popular $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Friday evening which was sponsored by Reflections Farm.  The class took place under the lights in the International Arena along with Exhibitors dinner under the tent.   Hunt Tosh and Betsee Parker’s Lone Star took top call in the class topping an impressive field of 23 competitors.  The pair is no stranger to the spotlight winning the inaugural USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals in 2010; they also were awarded Horse of the Year honors in 2011.  Second place honors in the derby went to Meredith Mateo’s Salto and rider Caroline Willard and the third place rosette went to DSJ Stable, LLC’s Checklist and rider Daniel Geitner.  Complete results are as follows:

 Lone Star and Hunt Tosh

Lone Star and Hunt Tosh

$10,000 USHJA INTERNATIONAL HUNTER DERBY OVERALL

Place Horse Owner Rider Trainer USEF Sect. EC Class
1 LONE STAR PARKER, BETSEE TOSH, HUNT TOSH, HUNT 3030
2 SALTO MATEO, MEREDITH WILLARD, CAROLINE WILLARD, FRANK 3030
3 CHECKLIST DSJ STABLES, LLC GEITNER, DANIEL GEITNER, DANIEL 3030
4 LABRINTH DON STEWART AND APEX EQ ALEXANDER, ASHTON HILL, BIBBY 3030
5 SIGNAL HILL VISCONSI, THOMAS GEITNER, DANIEL GEITNER, DANIEL 3030
6 JULIAN FOARD, AMANDA ALEXANDER, ASHTON HILL, BIBBY 3030
7 CLEAR SAILING REDFIELD FARM, JONES, JENNIFER SPADONE, EMIL 3030
8 CARAMO RUSSELL HOWE, CAROLINE CHOPPING, HAROLD CHOPPING, HAROLD 3030
9 SPECIAL NOLEN, MISSY MADDRIX, TIMOTHY BLACK, ALLISON 3030
10 CHOSEN REFLECTIONS FARM KELLEY, KAREN KELLEY, KAREN 3030
11 BETHEL’S PERI HOWARD, GRACE HOWARD, GRACE TOWELL, JACK 3030
12 SISTER ACT CDS STABLES GEITNER, DANIEL GEITNER, DANIEL 3030

 

Jumpers took center stage Saturday evening in the $30,000 Fenwick Equestrian Grand Prix.  24 horse rider combinations tried their luck against a tricky route designed by course designer Phil Devita.  Spectators were treated to the show’s annual Preakness Party presented by DFG Stables and Daniel and Cathy Geitner.  The crowd cheered Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome to victory while enjoying a Mexican dinner catered by Proof of the Pudding.  Finca Horse’s entry of Notaris and rider Nina Fagerstrom came home the victor’s in the class with a time of 53.728 and 1 time fault topping Happy Z and Wilhelm Genn’s fast time of 46.557 with 4 faults, and Lazaro and Jordan Coyne with 8 faults and a time of 46.804.  Complete results are as follows:

 Notaris and Nina Fagerstrom

Notaris and Nina Fagerstrom

$30,000 ATLANTA SPRING CHALLENGE GRAND PRIX

Place Horse Owner Rider Trainer USEF Sect. EC Class
1 NOTARIS FINCA HORSES FAGERSTROM, NINA ROHLING, ALEXANDER 3700
2 HAPPY Z GENN, WILHELM & PATTY GENN, WILHELM GENN, WILHELM 3700
3 LAZARO COYNE, JORDAN COYNE, JORDAN PETERSEN, DEREK 3700
4 COOKIE MONSTER GENN, WILHELM GENN, RYAN GENN, WILHELM 3700
5 FLOWER FINCA HORSES FAGERSTROM, NINA ROHLING, ALEXANDER 3700
6 CATCHAFIRE PETERSEN, DEREK PETERSEN, DEREK PETERSEN, DEREK 3700
7 BASJE BULLINGTON, KENDRA CHOPPING, HAROLD CHOPPING, HAROLD 3700
8 ADLANTEUR GUNDERSEN, HENRIK GUNDERSEN, HENRIK GUNDERSEN, HENRIK 3700
9 KT CHER STYSLINGER, CLAUDIA MADDRIX, TIMOTHY BLACK, ALLISON 3700
10 BUGATTI LEON, EDUARDO GENN, WILHELM GENN, WILHELM 3700
11 PARADOX BRUINSMA, THOMAS GENN, THEO GENN, WILHELM 3700
12 NO DOUBT WATERS, M/M CHUCK WATERS, HAYLEY WATERS, CHUCK 3700

 

Equus Event’s continues its 2014 show season with the Tryon Summer Premiere May 22-25 at FENCE in Tryon, NC.  For complete horse show results and 2014 show schedule please log on to www.equusevents.com or call 803-643-5698.

Kenny Continues Dream of a Week, Azcarraga Is Best In Winning Round at Spruce Meadows ‘National’ Tournament, Presented by ROLEX

June 07, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Calgary, AB, Canada – June 6, 2014 – Ireland’s Darragh Kenny continued a stellar week at the ‘National’ Tournament, presented by ROLEX, when he won the $35,000 Encana Cup 1.45m with Picolo. Jaime Azcarraga (MEX) and Matador were victorious in the $35,000 RBC Capital Markets Cup 1.50m Winning Round class.


The ‘National’ Tournament, presented by ROLEX, is the first of five tournaments in the Summer Series and runs through Sunday, June 8. The highlight of the week is Saturday’s $400,000 RBC Grand Prix presented by ROLEX. Also on Saturday is the $60,000 TransCanada Parcours de Chasse, while the 210,000 CNOOC Nexen Cup 1.50m Derby is on Sunday, June 8

For his second International Ring win ever, Darragh Kenny set an early unbeatable pace with Oakland Ventures LLC’s Picolo. The 11-horse jump-off in the $35,000 Encana Cup 1.45m was stacked full of big names like Spooner, Foster, Lamaze, and Ward, but Kenny and Picolo completed the jump-off course in their usual smooth fashion in 38.90 seconds. They were 1.3 seconds faster than Richard Spooner (USA) and Amparo Z, owned by Legacy Stables LLC (40.23 seconds). Third place went to Mac Cone (CAN) on Vannety B. They finished in 40.80 seconds.


I knew there were a lot of people in the jump-off that were very fast,” Kenny acknowledged. “I had to go early in the jump-off. He’s a very capable horse; he’s very fast. I thought I’d just go for it and leave the door closed. Lucky enough, that worked out for me.”

Darragh Kenny of IRL riding Picolo during the Encana Cup at the Spruce Meadows National 2014.

Darragh Kenny of IRL riding Picolo during the Encana Cup at the Spruce Meadows National 2014.


Kenny was full of praise for Picolo, who is an 11-year-old gelding by Diamant de Semilly x Alme. “He just wins and wins and wins and tries so hard,” he said. “When you get a horse that wants to do that much for you, it’s incredible.”


This is only the second year that Kenny has shown at Spruce Meadows; last year he came with more clients and only had one horse for the major classes. “Now I’m lucky, I have a couple of very good owners and some really nice horses, and I get to do this at the level I want to do it at,” he said.


In just three days, Kenny has had 13 top three finishes across four competition rings on eight different horses. When asked if he thought he would have a week like this, he replied, “No, I didn’t. I know I have some good horses and some very competitive horses, but you have the best riders in the world here. To try and beat them is very, very difficult. It’s extremely difficult to win here. To do that, I’m very lucky. It’s all about what you’re riding. You can do the best you can, but if you’re riding something that doesn’t want to win, you have no chance.”

Darragh Kenny of IRL riding Picolo during the Encana Cup at the Spruce Meadows National 2014.

Darragh Kenny of IRL riding Picolo during the Encana Cup at the Spruce Meadows National 2014.


Kenny praised the facility of Spruce Meadows, with the variety of classes, competition rings, and support available. “It’s incredible that we have these sponsors and the chance to jump for this prize money in this ring. The feeling when you win here is unbelievable. To win twice in one week (in the International Ring), I’m very happy with that,” he smiled.


He continued, “It’s probably the most amazing facility in the world for show jumping. I love jumping on grass. I grew up in Ireland and always jumped on grass. To have the footing that they have here is absolutely brilliant. They have so many rings, and you can do so many things here.”


Final Results: $35,000 Encana Cup 1.45m

1 PICOLO: Warmblood / G / 11 Diamant De Semilly x Alme
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Oakland Ventures LLC: 0/0/38.90

2 AMPARO Z: Zangersheide / G / 11 Andiamo Z x Calido I
RICHARD SPOONER (USA), Legacy Stables LLC: 0/0/40.23

3 VANNETY B: Belgian Sport Horse / M / 9 Obsession B x Jokinal de Bornival
MAC CONE (CAN), Silver Bay Holdings Inc: 0/0/40.80

4 BRIGHTON KWPN / G / 8 Contender II x Quick Star
TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/0/40.82

5 CHECK PICOBELLO Z: Zangersheide / G / 8 Cardento x Orlando
ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 0/0/45.60

6 DULIEN VAN DE SMEETS: Belgian Warmblood / M / 11 Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Unknown
MCLAIN WARD (USA), McLain Ward: 0/4/40.27

7 LA BAMBA: Swiss Warmblood / M / 9 Lordanos x Chameur
ANTONIO CHEDRAUI (MEX), Antonio Chedrau: 0/4/42.35

8 ALPHA VDL: Dutch Warmblood / G / 9 Corland x Emilion
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Eva Castegren: 0/4/43.20

9 BROOKLYN BLUES: Warmblood / M / 10 Balou du Rouet x Fruhlingsball
YANN CANDELE (CAN), Carol A. Sollak: 0/4/44.50

10 WILCO: Dutch Warmblood / G / 11 Nabab de Reve x Fedor
EMANUEL ANDRADE (VEN), Double H Farm: 0/4/45.78

11 JOHNNY BOY: Dutch Warmblood / G / 9 Unknown x Unknown
SANTIAGO LAMBRE (MEX), Santiago Lambre: 0/8/40.83

12 QUIDAM BLUE: Hanoverian / S / 9 Quidam’s Rubin x Come On
JILL HENSELWOOD (CAN), Ute Brinkmann: 1/79.16


Azcarraga Tips Swail in Winning Round


The $35,000 RBC Capital Markets Cup Winning Round 1.50m had just 22 entries, but the exciting format brought back the top 10 to compete for speed in the second round. Going last in the class, Azcarraga knew exactly what he needed to accomplish, and he sped to victory in 45.77 seconds. He was chasing a time of 46.00 seconds set by Conor Swail (IRL) and Martha Louise, owned by Susan and Ariel Grange. Third place went to Ambosell I and Pablo Barrios (VEN), who stopped the clock in 46.31 seconds.


I was able to see [Conor] because he went right in front of me. I was lucky to be behind because he was running really fast and I had to catch him,” Azcarraga said.


Azcarraga is a familiar face at Spruce Meadows, having first come to compete in 1985, and he has won through four decades. He was the winner of this class in 2008 on Forastero and is known for riding the famous stallions Chin Chin and Presley Boy. Azcarraga found Matador, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion by Indoctro x Corland, as a seven-year-old and has brought him along in preparation for top competitions. This is the horse’s second international competition.


He really likes to do the job,” Azcarraga said of Matador. “He was very good on Wednesday, so I tried to ride him good, and he did the job. It feels good to work with the horses. Every horse is different and some take more time to develop. Matador is 12 years old now, and I think he’s ready.”


As an amateur rider, Azcarraga splits his time between riding “every day” in Mexico and running his family’s business. Azcarraga recalled, “I’m very happy to be here again. It’s tough to win here at Spruce Meadows. I was telling Norman Dello Joio, that to come from Mexico with the level we have, to jump here in the five-star is really shocking, to come here and see the fences. I try to come in the summers and do some trips for international shows. I have to take care of the business in Mexico, so it’s not so easy to go out and compete. But if you come here, you always keep the level. In the summer it’s a good place to stay in front.”


It was a great return to the International Ring for Swail, who severed his Achilles tendon riding Ariana at the Royal Winter Fair this past November. He has been off for more than six months.


One of most difficult things is the mental side of it, where you have to wait for such a long time. When I got the injury, I was unaware of how big an injury it was. It’s a big ligament to damage for a show jumping rider,” he explained. “I have to say though, I got through it fine. It’s just a matter of getting healthy and being able to do the job. It’s fabulous to be back.”


Swail is very happy to be back in the ring and in the victory gallop. He said, “I thought today I was going to get in that winner’s circle. Ariana was third the other day and she was leading for a long time, and I thought that would have been nice. The horses are nice and fresh. I’m a little rusty still, so hopefully there is more to come. I’m delighted with how [Martha Louise] went today; she jumped a fabulous round. It was very fast. I’m happy to be second. It wasn’t our day today, but hopefully it’s just around the corner.”

Final Results: $35,000 RBC Capital Markets Cup Winning Round 1.50m

1 MATADOR: Dutch Warmblood / S / 12 Indoctro x Corland
JAIME AZCARRAGA (MEX), Jaime Azcarraga: 0/0/45.77

2 MARTHA LOUISE: Swedish Warmblood / M / 10 Maloubet de Pleville x Wolfgang
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Susan & Ariel Grange: 0/0/46.00

3 AMBOSELLI: Dutch Warmblood / G / 9 Silverstone x Lancelot
PABLO BARRIOS (VEN), Pablo Barrios: 4/0/46.31

4 FANANKA A: Belgian Warmblood / M / 9 Chin Chin x Kannan
EMANUEL ANDRADE (VEN), Hollow Creek Farm: 4/0/46.31

5 SANS SOUCI Z: Zangersheide / G / 11 Surrealist vh Paradijs x Voltaire
DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Caroline Lloyd: 4/0/46.52

6 SOUTHWIND VDL: Dutch Warmblood / G / 15 Baloubet de Rouet x Ahorn
TIFFANY FOSTER (CAN), Artisan Farms, LLC: 1/0/47.17

7 ANDRETTI: Dutch Warmblood / G / 9 Orame x Ahorn
SCHUYLER RILEY (USA), South Beach Stable: 5/0/50.39

8 ALFIE Warmblood / G / 9 Luidam x Quat Sous
EDUARDO SANCHEZ NAVARRO (MEX), Eduardo Sanchez Navarro: 4/4/47.18

9 ZERLY: Dutch Warmblood / M / 10 Querlybet Hero x Carthago
CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 4/4/50.89

10 CALVIN KLEIN: Swedish Warmblood / G / 10 Cardento x Feliciano
JONATHON MILLAR (CAN), Millar Brooke Farm: 1/4/54.14

11 LILLYFEE: Holstein / M / 11 Limbus x Carthago
SUSAN HORN (CAN), Kingsfield Farm: 5/76.54

12 CARTIER: Oldenburg / G / 9 Cartoon x Sheyenne de Baugy
SALVADOR ONATE (MEX), Mario Onate: 5/78.04


Tomorrow’s schedule brings the highlight of the week, the $400,000 RBC Grand Prix, presented by ROLEX. Phase I begins at 9 a.m. MST, and Phase II will kick off at 2 p.m. MST. In between, the $60,000 Transcanada Parcours de Chasse speed class will run. For more information and full results, 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.


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Palm Beach Polo Wins PoloGear® Challenge Cup; Kris Kampsen Named Most Valuable Player

June 04, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

 Polo Gear co-founders and awards presenters Gary Fellers and Jeanette Sassoon with Palm Beach Polo's winning team of Kris Kampsen, Carlos Gracida Jr., Brandon Phillips and Glenn Straub.  Photo by Scott Fisher


Polo Gear co-founders and awards presenters Gary Fellers and Jeanette Sassoon with Palm Beach Polo’s winning team of Kris Kampsen, Carlos Gracida Jr., Brandon Phillips and Glenn Straub.
Photo by Scott Fisher

Wellington, FL – May 19, 2014 – Palm Beach Polo came from behind to capture the coveted PoloGear® Challenge Cup with a thrilling 11-10 victory over Pony Express on a sun-drenched Sunday afternoon at windswept Grand Champions Polo Club.

In a hard-fought physical battle, Palm Beach Polo (Glenn Straub, Brandon Phillips, Kris Kampsen, Carlos Gracida Jr.) erased a four-goal opening chukker deficit and three-goal third and fourth chukker deficits against Pony Express (Justin Daniels, Pancho Eddy, Tomas Goti, Bob Daniels).

Six-goaler Kris Kampsen was named Most Valuable Player after his Herculean effort playing twelve chukkers over four hours.

Most Valuable Player Kris Kampsen of Palm Beach Polo. Photo by Scott Fisher

Most Valuable Player Kris Kampsen of Palm Beach Polo. Photo by Scott Fisher

Kampsen played for his regular team Casablanca (Gene Goldstein, Grant Ganzi, Roberto Gonzales, Kris Kampsen) in the subsidiary round robin against PoloGear® (Melissa Ganzi, Guille Aguero, Alejandro Gonzales, Joey Casey) and Audi (Matias Gonzalez, Marc Ganzi, Jeff Hall, Lucas Lalor) and then filled in for Palm Beach Polo’s big-hitting star Tommy Biddle, who was hospitalized on Saturday with a medical emergency.

 In the subsidiary round robin, Casablanca's Kris Kampsen warms up for the final against Polo Gear's Joey Casey and Alejandro Gonzales. Photo by Scott Fisher


In the subsidiary round robin, Casablanca’s Kris Kampsen warms up for the final against Polo Gear’s Joey Casey and Alejandro Gonzales. Photo by Scott Fisher

Kampsen, rated at six goals, was a dominant force scoring six goals for Casablanca and four goals for Palm Beach Polo.

Against Pony Express, Kampsen played well defensively, turning back two Pony Express scoring attempts late in the game.

 Kris Kampsen of Palm Beach Polo tries to avoid the hook of Pancho Eddy of Pony Express. Photo by Scott Fisher


Kris Kampsen of Palm Beach Polo tries to avoid the hook of Pancho Eddy of Pony Express. Photo by Scott Fisher

“I got a phone call this morning at 7 to fill in for Tommy,” Kampsen said. “He was in a lot of pain so I told him I would absolutely play.

“Not knowing the horses you don’t know what you are able to do and not able to do,” Kampsen said. “Pony Express has been playing together the whole season and this team has been playing one way with Tommy. It helps that Brandon and I have played a lot together and that with Carlos we grew up playing Gracida polo.

“It took us a couple of chukkers to get incorporated with the four of us, but once we did it felt really good,” Kampsen said. “The fifth and sixth chukkers I felt really good. It’s great to win. Any time you can win it’s great, it’s a great feeling. No one wants to come to lose.”

 Brandon Phillips of Palm Beach Polo double teamed by father and son Bob and Justin Daniels. Photo by Scott Fisher


Brandon Phillips of Palm Beach Polo double teamed by father and son Bob and Justin Daniels. Photo by Scott Fisher

Teammate Brandon Phillips also scored four goals in the final and scored what turned out to be the tying and winning goals. Gracida added two goals and Straub scored one.

“Kris did a nice job filling in for Tommy after already playing six chukkers this morning,” said Straub, wearing a Miami Heat cap. “We started playing like a team and not individually.

“I am starting to learn a little bit more about this game,” Straub said. “It took me 17 years to learn to hit a straight ball. This sport is beyond a doubt one of the most complicated sports to learn. You’re lucky if you can learn one thing each season.”

Palm Beach Polo's Glenn Straub retains possession of the ball despite defense from Justin Daniels of Pony Express. Photo by Scott Fisher

Palm Beach Polo’s Glenn Straub retains possession of the ball despite defense from Justin Daniels of Pony Express. Photo by Scott Fisher

Pony Express, a 10-goal rated team, was the underdog going in against 14-goal rated Palm Beach Polo, but ended up playing tough.

Pony Express started off with its handicapped 4-0 lead which Palm Beach Polo erased by the start of the second chukker with Phillips’ tying goal at the 6:06 mark.

Pony Express regained the lead (5-4) with its first goal from the field by Goti with 6:19 left in the third chukker. Pony Express pulled away for a three goal lead (7-4) with goals from Bob Daniels and Goti’s penalty-three shot.

 Pony Express teammates Tomas Goti and Pancho Eddy try to mount an offensive attack with Carlos Gracida Jr. of Palm Beach Polo defending. Photo by Scott Fisher


Pony Express teammates Tomas Goti and Pancho Eddy try to mount an offensive attack with Carlos Gracida Jr. of Palm Beach Polo defending. Photo by Scott Fisher

Kampsen and Phillips played well off each other in the fourth chukker. Kampsen sent a pass to Phillips who scored on a well-placed cut shot to trail by 7-5. After Gracida’s goal attempt hit the goal post, Eddy came back with a well-placed pass of his own to Goti for a goal and 8-5 advantage. Straub scored in the final seconds to again cut Pony Express’ lead to two (8-6).

The fast and furious pace continued in an exciting fifth chukker where goals from Phillips and Gracida tied the game at 8-8. At the 3:54 mark, Goti scored to give Pony Express a 9-8 advantage but Palm Beach Polo roared back behind Kampsen.

Kampsen blocked Goti’s goal attempt and then turned around to make his way through a crowd of defenders with a great effort to score the tying goal (9-9) with 2:54 left.

Palm Beach Polo went ahead for good on Gracida’s goal with 6:47. After two missed Pony Express goal attempts, Phillips converted a penalty-two shot for an 11-9 lead. Goti scored the final goal with 10 seconds left in the game.

Carlos Gracida Jr. of Palm Beach Polo races towards goal with Justin Daniels of Pony Express defending. Photo by Scott Fisher

Carlos Gracida Jr. of Palm Beach Polo races towards goal with Justin Daniels of Pony Express defending. Photo by Scott Fisher

“We were very happy with our team,” Goti said. “It is very hard for a 10-goal team to play against a 14-goal team. We were right there, we had our chances. I missed shots. Our team is like a family. We were here to have fun and improve.”

Goti led Pony Express with five goals and deft mallet play throughout the contest. Bob Daniels added one goal and four goals were picked up on handicap.

Playing well defensively was Pancho Eddy and Justin Daniels, a freshman at St. Andrew’s School and at 15 one of the youngest players in the tournament.

“We did well in the first half,” Bob Daniels said. “Then all of a sudden we gave up the lead. We had some problems with shooting fouls today. We missed about fifty goals, I don’t know how. It’s just the way it is. We played well against a stronger team.”

Goti’s horse, 8-year-old mare Choppa Floppy earned Best Playing Pony honors.

Joey Casey of Polo Gear drives downfield between Audi defenders Lucas Lalor and Matias Gonzalez. Photo by Scott Fisher

Joey Casey of Polo Gear drives downfield between Audi defenders Lucas Lalor and Matias Gonzalez. Photo by Scott Fisher

PoloGear® won the subsidiary round robin tournament and Audi was runner-up.

PoloGear® had an impressive 7-6 win over Casablanca in which Melissa Ganzi scored a game-high four goals. Ganzi also had two goals in a 4-3.5 loss to Audi including a perfectly-timed 60-yard angle shot within nine inches of the goal post. PoloGear® was eliminated by Palm Beach Polo by one goal in Friday’s opening game.

“We were better today,” Aguero said. “Today we were a different team. Melissa was on fire scoring all the goals.”

Guille Aguero of Polo Gear all alone with the ball downfield. Photo by Scott Fisher

Guille Aguero of Polo Gear all alone with the ball downfield. Photo by Scott Fisher

The tournament featured polo families Marc, Melissa and Grant Ganzi; Roberto and Alejandro Gonzales and Bob and Justin Daniels.

“I like playing with or against him, it doesn’t matter, but I love playing with him,” the 19-year-old Alejandro Gonzales said of his father and mentor. It was the first time Gonzales has competed alongside his PoloGear®teammates.

Matias Gonzalez of Audi tries to bump Alejandro Gonzales of Polo Gear out of the play. Photo by Scott Fisher

Matias Gonzalez of Audi tries to bump Alejandro Gonzales of Polo Gear out of the play. Photo by Scott Fisher

“It was a pleasure playing with them,” Gonzales said. “These tournaments are great for someone my age and level. I am trying to improve every day. You improve your game by playing and that’s the opportunity I have. We played much better today than Friday where it was a little confusing. Today we were more of a team.”

Polo Gear co-founder Gary Fellers, who played polo for nearly forty years from zero to 26-goal, was pleased with the success of the two-day tournament. Fellers and PoloGear® co-founder Jeanette Sassoon presented the post-tournament awards.

“This was incredible, it is so exciting to come and see such a good game…up and down the field, passing the ball, running hard…it was very, very enjoyable,” Fellers said. “For this level of polo to see it so fast and everybody having fun is wonderful.

The coveted Polo Gear Challenge Cup on the Grand Champions Polo Club trophy table surrounded by Polo Gear swag. Photo by Scott Fisher

The coveted Polo Gear Challenge Cup on the Grand Champions Polo Club trophy table surrounded by Polo Gear swag. Photo by Scott Fisher

“We have had the PoloGear® Challenge Cup since the beginning,” Feller said. “We have been involved with Grand Champions for a long time. We will continue this and be involved with them at Polo West and Aspen. We are old friends with Marc and Melissa Ganzi and love what they are doing for polo. We are honored and proud to be part of it in any way we can.”

The five-team PoloGear® Challenge Cup was the fifth of six medium-goal tournaments of the spring season. The May 22-26 Memorial is the final spring tournament at Grand Champions.

PoloGear®, one of the top sponsors and supporters of polo established in 1993 and incorporated in Florida, manufactures, distributes and sells polo products to players, teams and polo events worldwide.

For more information on Polo Gear and to order products, visit www.pologearusa.com.

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