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Lauren Hough Lands $3,000 Bonus in SSG Gloves Promotion

January 31, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, Florida – Lauren Hough was the big winner on Friday morning, claiming a $3,000 bonus for wearing SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves on her way to victory in the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Series Round IV on January 31 at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.

Held Friday morning following the cancellation of all classes due to rain on Thursday, a total of 65 horses crossed the timers in an effort to post the fastest clear round over the track set by two-time Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela.  Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam held the lead for the majority of the class after posting a time of 62.58 seconds with Solerina.  Riding near at the bottom of the order, U.S. Olympian Lauren Hough raced over the track in a time of 61.46 to take the win with Ohlala.

Lauren Hough riding Ohlala is presented with a $3,000 bonus from SSG Gloves President Ed James, promotion manager Jennifer Ward, and ringmaster Gustavo Murcia for wearing SSG ‘Digitals’ on her way to victory in the $34,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round IV on January 31 at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Photo by Sportfot

Lauren Hough riding Ohlala is presented with a $3,000 bonus from SSG Gloves President Ed James, promotion manager Jennifer Ward, and ringmaster Gustavo Murcia for wearing SSG ‘Digitals’ on her way to victory in the $34,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round IV on January 31 at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.
Photo by Sportfot

As part of the SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion, Hough was also awarded a $3,000 bonus for wearing SSG ‘Digitals’ on her way to victory.

“I love the gloves!” said Hough upon being presented with the $3,000 bonus from SSG Gloves.  “I think it’s a brilliant, brilliant campaign that SSG does.  I really like wearing the gloves.  I always ride in gloves, so I have quite a collection now.  I’m really grateful to SSG Gloves for their support.”

SSG Gloves will continue to offer a $3,000 bonus in each of the weekly WEF Challenge Cup Series events, as well as a $1,000 bonus in the High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and the High Junior Jumper Classic competitions.  If the winning rider in any of these three competitions is wearing SSG ‘Digital’ style gloves with the SSG horse head logo clearly visible, they will be presented with bonus money during the awards presentation.  A total of $60,000 in bonus money is on offer from SSG Gloves at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.

SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves are available for purchase at numerous Wellington locations, including Tackeria, as well as on-site at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds at various retailers including Beval Saddlery, Hadfields, Jods and Running Fox.

Please refer to the 2014 FTI Consulting WEF Prize List for complete details.  For further information, contact promotion manager Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate Communications Inc., at cell: 613 292-5439 or jward@startinggate.ca.

McLain Ward and Super Trooper de Ness are Unstoppable in $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 12

March 29, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – March 28, 2012 – McLain Ward (USA) and the powerful black stallion Super Trooper de Ness emerged victorious in the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 12 on Thursday, March 28, as part of the twelfth and final week of competition at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Competing at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, Ward topped U.S. riders Charlie Jacobs, Christine McCrea and Reed Kessler to round out the top four in the international field.

 

Other wins for the day went to Lauren Hough and Ohlala in the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class and Darrin Dlin and Tienna in the $10,000 Adequan 5-Year-Old Young Jumper Final. In the hunters, Havens Schatt and Kaepernick topped the Perfect Products Pre-Green Level 1 Hunters.

 

The 2013 FTI WEF circuit concludes with its final week of competition, sponsored by FTI Consulting, on March 27-31 featuring CSI 5* show jumping. Highlights of the week include Adequan Young Jumper Championship Classics with the $15,000 6-Year-old and $20,000 7 and 8-Year-Old Classics on Friday. The $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Classic and $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5* will be featured on Saturday, and the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby will conclude competition on Sunday.

 

The final round of the Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Series featured 40 horse and rider combinations on Thursday afternoon. Ireland’s Alan Wade designed the course, and seven went clear to advance to the tie breaking jump-off. The challenging track for the short course saw five entries jump without fault with an unbeatable round set forth by McLain Ward and Grant Road Partners’ Super Trooper de Ness in the winning time of 34.82 seconds.

 

McLain Ward and Super Trooper de Ness.  Photo © Sportfot.

McLain Ward and Super Trooper de Ness.
Photo © Sportfot.

 

Ward and the eleven-year-old Belgian Sport Horse stallion (Vigo d’Arsouilles x Polydor) have had a fantastic circuit with many top finishes. They began with a win in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jumpers during week two and moved up to top the $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic later that same week. They also won the $43,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup during week eight, among other top finishes. With this week’s win to cap off an excellent winter season, Ward praised course designer Alan Wade for the great track in Thursday’s class.

 

“Alan Wade is my favorite course designer in the world,” Ward asserted. “I think he is phenomenal; I think he is a horseman. I am a huge fan of his because I think he really thinks about not only the challenge that he is setting for us and how to get the right result, but also how it affects all of us. I think his courses are smooth and I think they allow you to ride well, and if you ride well and smooth, you are rewarded.”

 

Ward was definitely rewarded for his excellent ride in Thursday’s class. Although he admits to not having the smoothest round in the jump-off, Super Trooper put in a fantastic effort. When Charlie Jacobs and CMJ Sporthorse LLC’s Flaming Star blazed an amazing pace in 36 seconds right before their round, Ward and Super Trooper went in and immediately stole the lead.

 

“It is getting to the point at this level that even with a horse with this much quality, you don’t believe they can go as fast as they are going even when you are doing it,” Ward declared. “Charlie is a really competitive guy. He did six strides from fence one to two, which walked eight, so six strides off a triple bar away from home was pretty incredible. I saw that and I thought, ‘no, I don’t like that’, but my competitive nature always gets the best of me. I say, ‘ok, I have to do it to win’, and something clicks.”

 

“I got the first jump right and for four strides I was going for six and then I realized ‘this is not happening’,” Ward laughed. “I took a very severe half-halt, and it wasn’t textbook, but the horse really helped me out to jump the second fence clean. Then he finished up the jump-off great. He jumped spectacular and it came our way.”

 

McLain Ward and Super Trooper de Ness in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines.  Photo © Sportfot.

McLain Ward and Super Trooper de Ness in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines.
Photo © Sportfot.

 

Final Results: $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 12

 

1. SUPER TROOPER DE NESS: 2002 Belgian Sport Horse stallion by Vigo d’Arsouilles x Polydor

MCLAIN WARD (USA), Grant Road Partners: 0/0/34.82

 

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

CHARLIE JACOBS (USA), CMJ Sporthorse LLC: 0/0/36.00

 

3. WANNICK WH: 2003 KWPN stallion by Heartbreaker x Joost

CHRISTINE MCCREA(USA), Candy Tribble: 0/0/38.24

 

4. CYLANA: 2002 Belgian Warmblood mare by Skippy II x Darco

REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/0/38.42

 

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

TAIZO SUGITANI (JPN), Yvonne Young: 0/0/38.71

 

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

BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/3/52.30

 

7. EVITA VAN DE VELDBALIE: 2004 Belgian Warmblood mare by Wandor vd Mispelaere x Clinton

DANIEL DEUSSER (GER), Stephex Stables: 0/12/37.07

 

8. LANSDOWNE: 2003 KWPN stallion by Guidam x Wolfgang

CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Ariel & Susan Grange: 1/79.68

 

9. CARISMA: 2002 Danish Warmblood mare by Willemoes x Racot

EMILIE MARTINSEN (DEN), Emilie Martinsen: 2/83.22

 

10. SHOW SHOW: 2002 BWP gelding by Darco x Royal Fleu

ALVARO DE MIRANDA (BRA), RD Jumping Higher Ltda: 4/72.52

 

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

REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 4/76.37

 

12. RONALDO: 1998 KWPN gelding by Ahorn x Stuyvesant

CARLOS RIBAS (BRA), Roberto Villa Real Jr. & Carlos Ribas: 4/77.63

 

Lauren Hough and Ohlala Fly to Victory in $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Speed

 

Thursday’s busy competition schedule also featured a $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class with the roster of top finishers including Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala, Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and HH Let’s Fly, and Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Wang Chung M2S. Course designer Alan Wade saw 52 entries with 16 clear rounds for the one round speed class.

 

Once again, the rounds got faster and faster as some of the best went late in the line-up. Lauren Hough and The Ohlala Group’s Ohlala were the winners with their typically fast time of 56 seconds flat. The success adds to a long list of FEI world ranking wins for the pair, including a top finish in this same class during week nine as well as a win in last week’s $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m speed class.

 

Lauren Hough and Ohlala. Photo © Sportfot.

Lauren Hough and Ohlala. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Rodrigo Pessoa and Double H Farm’s HH Let’s fly finished second in Thursday’s round with their time of 56.31 seconds. Last week’s winner, Wang Chung M2S, owned by Morningside Stud and Torrey Pines Stable and ridden by Eric Lamaze, finished third in 56.68 seconds.

 

For Lauren Hough and Ohlala, it was once again a smooth and easy gallop to the win.

 

“I went late, and there are a lot of fast horses, but I think mine just happens to be the fastest,” Hough declared. “She just looks for the jumps and she doesn’t spend a lot of time in the air. I even slowed up to the last and I thought that might have caught up with me, but once she cleared (b) she was like a torpedo through the timers. I say it time and time again, she makes my job easy. She just loves to compete and she loves to win.”

 

“I thought it was cleverly built today,” Hough said of the course. “It was probably more of a real 1.45m than what we have jumped in the last couple of weeks. That is good for her because it backs her up a little bit. I thought it asked plenty of questions and there were some good rollbacks and some good long runs. I really like Alan Wade as a course builder a lot.”

 

Lauren Hough and Ohlala in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

Lauren Hough and Ohlala in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Final Results: $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Speed

 

1. OHLALA: 2003 Swedish Warmblood mare by Orlando x Cardento

LAUREN HOUGH (USA), The Ohlala Group: 0/56.00

 

2. HH LET’S FLY: 1999 Hanoverian gelding by Lordanos x Forrest

RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Double H Farm: 0/56.31

 

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

ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Morningside Stud & Torrey Pines Stable: 0/56.68

 

4. LIGIST: 2000 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Levantos II x Robin Z

REED KESSLER (USA), Reed Kessler: 0/56.93

 

5. CYKLON 1083: 2001 Swedish Warmblood stallion by Cardento x Cortus

SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Spy Coast Farm: 0/56.99

 

6. DOMINGO: 2003 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Brownboy

DANIEL DEUSSER (GER), Stephex Stables: 0/58.13

 

7.QUIET EASY 4: 2004 Oldenburg gelding by Quidams Rubin x Zapateado

BEN MAHER (GBR), Mrs. Phillips: 0/58.90

 

8.WOODSTOCK O: 2003 KWPN gelding by Hors La Loi x Ferro

LAURA KRAUT (USA), Joan Kalman/Freedom Group: 0/59.24

 

9. GRACIELLA 50: 2002 Hanoverian mare by Graf Top x Watzmann

SAER COULTER (USA), Copernicus Stables LLC: 0/60.82

 

10.LA CENTA: 2002 Oldenburg mare by Cento x Silvio I

LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 0/62.96

 

11.AL CALYPSO: 2002 Hanoverian gelding by Askari x Calypso II

SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), Samuel Parot: 0/63.77

 

12. LINES 41: 2002 Westphalian gelding by Larenco x Polydor

ALONSO VALDEZ PRADO (BRA), Alonso Valdez Prado: 0/65.58

 

Darrin Dlin and Tienna Win $10,000 Adequan 5-Year-Old Young Jumper Final

 

The $10,000 Adequan 5-Year-Old Young Jumper Classic was held on Thursday morning with a win for Canada’s Darrin Dlin and Tienna, owned by Susan Grange. Held as the final for the division during this year’s FTI WEF circuit, the class saw 31 entries in the first round of competition with sixteen going clear to the jump-off. Darrin Dlin and Tienna completed the fastest of five double clear rounds in 37.201 seconds for the win. Peter Wylde and North Star’s Darthus finished second in 37.496 seconds. Jill Prieto and Hyperion Stud’s Dakota VDL finished third in 37.569 seconds.

 

Darrin Dlin and Tienna. Photo © Sportfot.

Darrin Dlin and Tienna. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Tienna is a Dutch Warmblood mare by the stallion For Pleasure and out of the Polydox mare Bequia. She is home-bred, born and raised at Susan Grange’s Lothlorien Farm in Cheltenham, Ontario, Canada. Tienna is a full sister to the mare Janou that Dlin rode to the win in this same class last year.

 

“It is a wonderful family,” Dlin said of the mares. “They go in the ring and they puff right up and they just really want to win. Tienna is so competitive. She is all heart; she is scopey, fast, careful. She has been very easy to bring along.”

 

“I started her a little bit last summer, just some very small things sporadically, and then she just started off really showing this winter,” he explained. “She did a few weeks of the five-year-olds here and then got turned out for three weeks and grew up a little bit. Then she just came back for the last two weeks and she was right back on her game.”

 

Commenting on their rounds, Dlin noted, “I thought the course was great today. Alan did a wonderful job. In the first round she was a little over-impressed, but then she came out and took a breath, really thought about it, and then in the jump-off she was great. She is wonderful; She just really wanted to win. In one word, she is a winner.”

 

Darrin Dlin and Tienna in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

Darrin Dlin and Tienna in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Final Results: $10,000 Adequan 5-Year-Old Young Jumper Final

 

1. TIENNA DARRIN DLINSUSAN GRANGE: 0/0/37.201

 

2. DARTHUS PETER WYLDE NORTH STAR: 0/0/37.496

 

3. DAKOTA VDL JILL PRIETO HYPERION STUD: 0/0/37.569

 

4. DIORADO VDL JILL PRIETO J.C.Y. SALES LLC: 0/0/41.265

 

5. APRIL MOON NICOLE SHAHINIAN-SIMPSON SILVER RAVENS FARM: 0/0/42.189

 

6. ROBIN’S TWIST MAARTEN HUYGENS MARY CHAPOT: 0/4/36.016

 

7. G&C DON VITO LUIS MIGUEL MARTINEZ GUSTAVO MIRABAL: 0/4/37.884

 

8. DEFENDER J.W.B MARIO GAMBOA STRANSKY’S MISSION FARMS: 0/4/39.111

 

9. LIMELIGHT DARRAGH KENNY DREW SANTAMARINA: 0/4/39.324

 

10. RUNWAY MODEL NICK NOVAK NANCY WHITEHEAD: 0/4/41.583

 

11. HH INDIGO RAMIRO QUINTANA DOUBLE H FARM: 0/4/42.083

 

12. ARMANI SL Z EZEQUIEL PERALTA LINDA BAKKER: 0/4/42.095

 

Kaepernick and Havens Schatt Score Big in Perfect Products Pre-Green Level 1 Hunters

 

Kaepernick and Havens Schatt took home the championship prize in the Perfect Products Pre-Green Hunter Level 1 division during the final week of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). The five-year-old Warmblood gelding is owned by Schatt’s client, Debbie Stevens. Kaepernick and Schatt were first, third, and third over fences and placed fourth under saddle.

 

Reserve champion was Ransom, ridden by Nick Decosta and owned by Carolyn Gouse. Decosta rode Ransom to sixth, second, and second place over fences and wrapped up the division with a second place ribbon under saddle.

 

Schatt imported Kaepernick from Europe last fall but delayed showing him until the 2013 FTI WEF as he was still “very much a baby.” Kaepernick was clearly worth the wait, earning reserve championship honors at his first show during week ten in addition to the week twelve championship title.

 

Havens Schatt and Kaepernick.  Photo © Anne Gitttins Photography.

Havens Schatt and Kaepernick.
Photo © Anne Gitttins Photography.

 

Schatt’s slow but deliberate approach to bringing along her young horses has proven to be a winning approach judging by the myriad of successful young horses she’s shown at the FTI WEF this season.

 

“I really believe in taking my time with them. I brought Kaepernick over here [to the show grounds] maybe three times and did warm-ups on Tuesday but I kept it easy. If I jumped the course, I jumped the course. But if I jumped two jumps or even if he didn’t go in the ring that day, that was okay too. He told me what he was ready for and it’s worked perfectly,” Schatt described.

 

Schatt has plenty to look forward to with the talented young horse after his impressive debut at the FTI WEF. “I have really high hopes for him. He’s really scopey. He’s very brave. When he first came from Europe, he was quite spooky, and that’s one reason I took my time with him. But now, he’s been in two different rings and he’s very brave. He has a big stride and big scope. I think he’s ready to move on from the three-foot [division],” Schatt commented.

 

Kaepernick will continue to compete at his current level throughout the spring, but Schatt aims to have him moved up by the time they return to the FTI WEF in 2014.

 

“He’ll continue to show in the three-foot at the Kentucky Spring Shows [in May] and after that, I would like to move him up to 3’3,” Schatt revealed. “At some point, depending on when he says it’s time, Debbie will start to ride him a little bit in the Adults. Our plan moving forward is that he would be ready to do First Years and at the least the 3’3″ Amateurs next year if not the 3’6.”

 

Kaepernick caught Stevens’ eye the day he was imported and after watching Schatt work with the talented young prospect, she decided to make him her own. “I think she bought him with her heart,” Schatt smiled. “She liked him from the start. She watched us bring him along and what we did with him. She saw the good things and the naughty things he did and she just loved him.”

 

Schatt is eager to see the pair get to know each other and looks forward to watching Stevens compete with Kaepernick in the future. “I let her ride him at home and jump a few days. He’s still very green for an amateur, but they did get along very well. When she made mistakes, he didn’t hold it against her. I think when the time is right, it’s going to be an awesome match,” Schatt expressed.

 

Schatt is also grateful to have an owner completely on board with her approach to training. “For me, if you don’t start on a good note with amateurs, it usually doesn’t go well. She’s been nice enough to tell us when we’re ready, she’s ready, and she’ll enjoy watching him until then,” Schatt stated.

 

The final week of the FTI WEF, presented by circuit title sponsor FTI Consulting, will continue Friday with the Adult Amateur Hunter 36-50 division, hosted in the Rost Arena of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The Adequan Young Jumper Championship Finals will continue with the $15,000 6-Year-Old and $20,000 7 and 8-Year-Old Classics 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.

 

 

 

Lauren Hough and Ohlala Win $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m

March 21, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – March 20, 2013- Week eleven of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), sponsored by Artisan Farms, featured the $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m speed class on Wednesday with a win for Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala. Earning points on the Longines FEI world ranking list, the pair beat Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Solerina, Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Wang Chung M2S, and McLain Ward (USA) and Zhum CW, all within nine one-hundredths of a second separating them.

 

Week eleven runs March 20-24 featuring “AA” hunter and CSI 4* jumper competition. Highlights include the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 11 on Thursday, the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m and George Morris Equitation Championship presented by Alessandro Albanese on Friday, the $100,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic Final on Saturday, and the $15,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix, Don Little Masters Classic and $101,000 Pennfield Feeds CSI 4* Grand Prix all held on the derby field at The Stadium at PBIEC on Sunday.

 

Saturday night’s 1.50m final will be held at 7 p.m., not 8 p.m. as previously stated, due to entries. The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9-March 31, 2013, and will be awarding almost $7 million in prize money throughout the circuit.

 

Richard Jeffery of Bournemouth, England, is the course designer in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center for week eleven. In Wednesday’s $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m, 37 entries contested Jeffery’s speed track with 14 clear rounds. Lauren Hough and The Ohlala Group’s Ohlala were the winners in 61.88 seconds. Just behind, Shane Sweetnam and Sweet Oak and Spy Coast Farm’s Solerina finished second in 61.91 seconds. Eric Lamaze and Wang Chung M2S, owned by Morningside Stud and Torrey Pines Stable, finished third in 61.94 seconds. McLain Ward and Zhum CW, owned by Ilan Ferder and Missy Clark, were right there in fourth with their time of 61.97 seconds.

 

Lauren Hough and Ohlala. Photo © Sportfot.

Lauren Hough and Ohlala. Photo © Sportfot.

 

“She is obviously naturally very fast,” Hough said of the winning Ohlala, a ten-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare by Orlando x Cardento. “Leaving strides out isn’t normally the way I win; she is just quick across the ground. I made a few last minute adjustments. I wouldn’t say I gave her the best ride today, but she certainly helped me out. She doesn’t like to hit the fences and she enjoys winning, so she makes my job pretty easy.”

 

“I thought it was a good course today,” Hough stated. “There were a few good turns and I thought he did a nice job. It was a solid 1.45m.”

 

Commenting on her round, Hough explained, “I really have to stick with my plan. You don’t really end up doing the same number of strides as everybody else, but I did see Eric go. The top three or four were all very close, so I think it was just my lucky day.”

 

“She is good at everything to be honest,” Hough praised. “She is good indoors, she is good outdoors. I wouldn’t say that there is a particular track that suits her best. She just likes to win.”

 

Lauren Hough and Ohlala in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

Lauren Hough and Ohlala in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Also showing on Wednesday, Wilton Porter and Sleepy P Ranch LLC’s Radio City won the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m jump-off class. In the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off, Manuel Espinosa riding Luis Garcia’s Zippo CG and Laura Chapot aboard Mary Chapot’s Umberto were both winners in a split class.

 

Week eleven of the FTI WEF will continue on Thursday with the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 11 in the International Arena at 1 p.m. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

Final Results: $33,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.45m

 

1. OHLALA: 2003 Swedish Warmblood mare by Orlando x Cardento

LAUREN HOUGH (USA), The Ohlala Group: 0/61.88

 

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

SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), Sweet Oak Farm: 0/61.91

 

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

ERIC LAMAZE (CAN), Morningside Stud & Torrey Pines Stable: 0/61.94

 

4. ZHUM CW: 2004 KWPN gelding by Querlybet Hero x Cambridge

MCLAIN WARD (USA), Ilan Ferder & Missy Clark: 0/ 61.97

 

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

CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Chinook Valley, Inc: 0/63.90

 

6. WHISPER: 2003 KPWN gelding by Zandor Z x Hugo

TAIZO SUGITANI (JPN), TS-Showjumping GmbH: 0/64.06

 

7. LINES 41: 2002 Westphalian gelding by Larenco x Polydor

ALONSO VALDEZ PRADO (BRA), Alonso Valdez Prado: 0/65.11

 

8. LA CENTA: 2002 Oldenburg mare by Cento x Silvio I

LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 0/65.53

 

9. PACIFIC BEACH-H.C.: 1999 Belgian Warmblood mare by Kannan x Gaur

CATHERINE PASMORE (USA), Pasmore Stables, LLC: 0/65.57

 

10. BROOKLYN BLUES: 2004 Oldenburg mare by Balou du Rouet x Fruhlingsball

ALEXANDRA PAILLOT (FRA), Carol Sollak: 0/65.80

 

11. BOO VAN HET KASTANJEHOF: 2001 BWP mare by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Pachat II

ANDREW WELLES (USA), Peter Welles: 0/66.03

 

12. MARK Q: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Obos Quality 004 x Positively

KEVIN BABINGTON (IRL), Kevin Babington: 0/66.60

 

Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, us.sportfot.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.

Lauren Hough and Ohlala Are Best in $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m at FTI WEF

March 09, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL, March 8, 2013- Week nine’s CSI-W 5* competition at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) continued on Friday with a win for Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala in the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m speed class, a Longines FEI world ranking event.

 

 

Week nine, sponsored by The Bainbridge Companies, runs March 6-10, 2013. The week will feature the $300,000 FEI World Cup CSI-W 5* presented by The Bainbridge Companies on Saturday evening, and the $82,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday afternoon. The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival features 12 weeks of competition running from January 9-March 31, 2013, and will be awarding almost $7 million in prize money throughout the circuit.

 

In the feature G&C Farm 1.45m class on Friday, 63 entries showed over course designer Steve Stephens’ speed track with just nine clear rounds. The fastest time of 68.03 seconds for Lauren Hough and The Ohlala Group’s Ohlala was the winner. The pair edged out McLain Ward (USA) and Sagamore Farms’ Rothchild with their time of 68.51 seconds. Eiken Sato (JPN) and Stephex Stables’ Cita B finished third in 69.60 seconds.

 

Lauren Hough and Ohlala. Photo © Sportfot.

Lauren Hough and Ohlala. Photo © Sportfot.

 

Lauren Hough first began showing Ohlala, a nine-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare by Orlando x Cardento, in the young jumpers during last year’s FTI WEF. The pair went on to an astounding year and amassed wins all over the world.

 

 

“She is amazing,” Hough smiled. “I think last year I counted that she won over 15 ranking classes and she was best young horse at Aachen and best young horse in Hamburg. I gave her a long break after Holiday and Horses and this is her second show back and she feels great.”

 

 

Commenting on her lightning-fast round, Hough detailed, “With her, you don’t really count strides to be honest. She has her own rhythm. You’re not going to win by leaving strides out. Once you just set her on her pace, she is allergic to wood and she makes my job really easy. She is just naturally a fast horse and she doesn’t spend a lot of time in the air. I am very privileged to have a horse that I think has a really bright future.”

 

 

“She enjoys winning,” Hough added. “She absolutely knows now what it’s about. She is a winner. She likes competing.”

 

 

Ohlala will have next week off and then Hough plans to show her in the grand prix during week eleven. On future plans, Hough explained, “I am not going to put any pressure on her. I believe she can jump the biggest classes, but I am going to let her tell me when she’s ready for that. She can sort of win at any level at this point. I am lucky to have such a great horse.”

 

Lauren Hough and Ohlala in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

Lauren Hough and Ohlala in their winning presentation with ringmaster Cliff Haines. Photo © Sportfot.

Also showing in the International Arena on Friday, Christine McCrea added another victory to her week with a win in the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class aboard Candy Tribble’s Ronaldo de la Pomme. In the $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m speed class, the win went to Alexandra Paillot and her horse Regina de Chamant.

 

 

Final Results: $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumpers

 

 

1. OHLALA: 2003 Swedish Warmblood mare by Orlando x Cardento

LAUREN HOUGH (USA), The Ohlala Group: 0/68.03

 

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

MCLAIN WARD (USA), Sagamore Farms: 0/68.51

 

 

3. CITA B: 2002 Belgian Warmblood mare by Grandeur x Camus

 

EIKEN SATO (JPN), Stephex Stables: 0/69.60

 

 

4. PACIFIC BEACH-H.C.: 1999 Belgian Warmblood mare by Kannan x Gaur

CATHERINE PASMORE (USA), Pasmore Stables, LLC: 0/70.29

 

 

5. ZERNIKE K: 2004 KWPN gelding by Sam R x H Topas

 

BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA), Remarkable Farms LP: 0/71.55

 

 

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

CHARLIE JACOBS (USA), CMJ Sporthorse LLC: 0/72.23

 

7. V: 2002 KWPN gelding by Landstreicher Lennard

 

KATIE PRUDENT (USA), Michael Smith: 0/72.88

 

 

8. BOO VAN HET KASTANJEHOF: 2001 BWP mare by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Pachat II

ANDREW WELLES (USA), Peter Welles: 0/73.47

 

 

9. NORLAM DES ESTISSES: 2001 Selle Francais stallion by Quidam de Revel x Uriel

 

EIKEN SATO (JPN), Stephex Stables: 0/76.33

 

 

10. AD VANGELYS: 2005 Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Rock Du Val Tibermont x Ksar-Sitte

FLAVIO ABREU BERNARDES (BRA), Flavio Abreu Bernardes: 1/78.76

 

11. BARANUS: 2003 Oldenburg gelding by Balou du Rouet x Centauer Z

 

IAN MILLAR (CAN), The Baranus Group: 1/80.95

 

 

12. HH WILCO: 2003 KWPN gelding by Nabab de Reve x Fedor

QUENTIN JUDGE (USA), Double H Farm: 2/84.62

 

 

 

Sizzle and Lissa Brazeal Scorch the Competition in Adult Amateur 36-50 Section A Hunters

 

 

 

Lissa Brazeal and her eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding Sizzle took home championship honors in the Adult Amateur 36-50 Section A Hunter division during week nine of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Brazeal, of Delray Beach, FL, and Sizzle were leading the division after day one of competition when the pair placed third under saddle and second and first over fences. Day two, the pair secured victory with a second place finish in the final over fences round. Reserve champion was Quintas, owned and ridden by Dawn Kelly.

 

 

 

Brazeal had a bumpy start to the second day of the division before making an incredible turn around in round two over fences. “Because we did well [Thursday], I walked into the ring thinking, ‘Oh, we could win this and be champion!’ Most of this is mental. You can’t psych yourself out like that and I did,” Brazeal stated matter-of-factly.

 

 

 

Brazeal’s well-grounded attitude made it easy for her to shrug off the minor setback before putting in a stellar second round performance with Sizzle. Brazeal credits the positive atmosphere her trainer, Amber Harte, maintains at the ring.

 

 

 

“I came out of the ring and Amber just said, ‘Let it go. I’m still proud of you. Just let it go and go do your next trip.’ With her, there’s nothing negative. She has a ‘this is how you fix it’ approach and is very positive,” Brazeal commented.

 

 

 

“It’s such a treat working with Amber and everyone at the barn because it’s such a team effort. I just recently started riding with her and I’ve never had anything like that before. Everything is so positive and happy. They set you up to be successful,” Brazeal continued.

 

 

 

Even more remarkable than Brazeal’s second round turn-around is her trusted mount, Sizzle. “He’s a seeing eye dog, literally. I’m legally blind. I see out of the ride side of my right eye a little bit, so he really is my eyes in the ring,” Brazeal revealed.

 

Sizzle and Lissa Brazeal.  Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

Sizzle and Lissa Brazeal.
Photo © Anne Gittins Photography.

 

“He wants to do everything right and he wants to make you happy. He’s a very rare horse that truly aims to please. He always tries his best and wants to be perfect,” Brazeal described.

 

 

 

Sizzle’s intuition and forgiving nature make it easy for Brazeal to put her complete trust in him. “He knows what I’m going to do before I ask him to do it. He knows exactly what to do and he’s just really good. If I change my mind or make a mistake, he doesn’t punish me for it,” Brazeal explained.

 

 

 

Correction: Thursday’s hunter coverage of the Fumero Law Pre-Green Level 2 Hunters mistakenly identified Sophie and Brian Baldwin as the owners of division champion Lucador. Lucador is owned by Sophie Walker and Susan Gordon’s Sagamore Farm, Inc., and is trained by Brian Walker.

 

 

 

Week nine of the FTI WEF, sponsored by The Bainbridge Companies, continues Saturday with the FarmVet Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Over 35 Hunter division, hosted in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Arena of the PBIEC. The Sam Edelman Equitation Classic will be featured at The Stadium at PBIEC at 2 p.m. The International Arena will feature the $300,000 FEI World Cup CSI-W 5* presented by The Bainbridge Companies at 7 p.m. 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.

Equestrian Sport Productions’ Holiday & Horses Show Wrap-Up: November 28-December 2, 2012

December 03, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

For Immediate Release

Wellington, FL – December 3, 2012 – Equestrian Sport Productions held its annual Holiday and Horses competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on November 28 through December 2, 2012, with lots of exciting competition.

The Holiday and Horses show was rated CSI 2*-W, Jumper 5*, and “AA”. Wednesday’s feature class was the $10,000 Holiday and Horses Open Stakes. On Thursday, riders competed in the $33,000 Holiday and Horses Opener Grand Prix presented by HORSE GYM USA. The $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic was featured on Friday, and the $50,000 Holiday and Horses Grand Prix was held on Saturday. Hunters were featured on Sunday in the International Arena with the $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. A full schedule of hunter, jumper, and equitation classes was offered all week.

 

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

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

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.”

 

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

 

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.”
Jumper Highlights – Wednesday to Saturday

Equestrian Sport Productions’ Holiday and Horses competition began on Wednesday, November 28, at the beautiful Palm Beach International Equestrian Center with a win for McLain Ward aboard Ilan Ferder and Missy Clark’s Zhum CW in the $10,000 Welcome Stake.
A total of 46 entries showed in Wednesday’s $10,000 Holiday & Horses Welcome Stake jumping a course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio, of Red Hook, NY. Twelve competitors were able to clear the first round course without fault, and after four of those entries opted not to jump off, eight advanced to the short course. Five jumped double clear in a race against the clock.
First to go in the jump-off, Shane Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Eregast Van’t Kiezelhof led the way with a clear round in 35.984 seconds and held onto the lead through six more rounds until McLain Ward and Zhum CW entered the ring, last to go. Ward and Zhum CW captured the win with their time of 35.001 seconds to push Sweetnam into second place.

 

Third went to Richie Moloney and Equinimity LLC’s Bailey with a clear jump-off in 36.525 seconds. Fourth place was awarded to David Blake aboard Pine Hollow Farm’s Shalimar in 36.865 seconds. The final clear round and fifth place honors went to Schuyler Riley and South Beach Stables’ Andretti in 39.243 seconds. Luis Larrazabal and Gustavo Mirabal’s G&C Lepanto had the fastest four-fault round in the jump-off in 35.836 seconds to place sixth.
McLain Ward rode to victory on Wednesday in his first time ever showing Zhum CW for owners Ilan Ferder and Missy Clark. Ward flew into Florida from Europe on Tuesday evening, rode the horse briefly, and then showed him to the win one day later. Zhum CW is an eight-year-old KWPN gelding by Querlybet Hero x Cambridge.
The Holiday and Horses CSI 2*-W show continued on Thursday with another big class for show jumpers, the $33,000 Holiday and Horses Opener Grand Prix presented by HORSE GYM USA. The grand prix is a FEI ROLEX ranking class, and the winning amount of points went to Lauren Hough and Ohlala. They were the only double clear round to capture victory.

There were 49 entries in Thursday’s grand prix, and five of them were able to find the clear path over Anthony D’Ambrosio’s course to continue on to the jump-off.

 

Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala, an eight-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare by Orlando x Cardento, were the pathfinders in the first round and were able to put down a smooth, quick round in the jump-off and post a winning time of 40.97 seconds. More importantly, they kept all of the jumps up. The other four riders in the jump-off would have the first part of the combination down.

 

Catherine Pasmore (USA) and Vandavid, owned by Pasmore Stables LLC, were next in. They posted a slower time of 43.20 seconds but had the “a” obstacle the double combination down for four faults. They would finish in third place.

 

Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Diktator van de Boslandhoeve had trouble at the double combination as well, pulling two rails there and then another at fence 9 for 12 faults in 50.14 seconds. They placed fifth. Riding Michael Meller’s Waterloo, Schuyler Riley (USA) placed fourth. They had eight faults in 47.53 seconds.

 

The final combination in the jump-off, Paulo Santana (BRA) and Taloubet, were very fast in 39.91 seconds, but a rail in the middle of the course left them with four faults and second place.

 

Sixth place went to Audrey Coulter (USA) and Victory DA, owned by Copernicus Stables LLC. They had one time fault in the first round with a time of 80.37 seconds.

 

Hough and Ohlala began their partnership a year ago and started in the 7&8 Year Old Young Jumper classes at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. They won the Youngster Cup Final at the prestigious Aachen CHIO in Germany, and went on to win another five FEI ROLEX ranking classes at shows like Norten-Hardenberg, Valkenswaard, Washington International, Alltech National Horse Show, and the Royal Winter Fair.

Mark Bluman (COL) and Gustavo Mirabal’s G&C Blue earned an exciting victory in Friday’s $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic at Equestrian Sport Production’s Holiday and Horses competition. With their first win in a ROLEX FEI World Ranking Class, the pair beat out Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala with a lightning fast round. G&C Sacramento, owned by Anabel Simon and ridden by Luis Larrazabal (VEN), finished third.
Held in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Classic featured 34 horse and rider combinations jumping a speed course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio, of Red Hook NY. Bluman had the fastest of eight clear rounds with G&C Blue in a time of 63.13 seconds.

 

Lauren Hough and Ohlala were the leaders for much of the class with their time of 64.23 seconds, but eventually finished in second. Luis Larrazabal and G&C Sacramento finished third with their time of 67.14 seconds.
Bluman’s mount, G&C Blue, is a nine-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Mr. Blue. Bluman began riding the horse this year and the pair won a $10,000 Welcome Stake in Vermont over the summer.
Other top finishers with clear rounds included Samuel Parot (CHI) and Al Calypso, who placed fourth in 67.89 seconds. Alonso Valdez Prado (PER) and Quick Du Pottier were fifth in 69.73 seconds. Heather Caristo-Williams (USA) and M/M Ralph Caristo’s Evening Star placed sixth in 69.93 seconds. Seventh place was awarded to Liza Finsness (USA) and Ormsby Hill in 71.76 seconds, and Cara Raether (USA) and Trelawny Farm LLC’s Valdato placed eighth in 72.86 seconds.

Hunter and Equitation Highlights – Wednesday to Sunday

Kristen Abbatiello-Neff’s Kennzo and Molly Ashe jumped their way to victory in two rounds of competition in the $20,000 Holiday and Horses USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Dietrich Insurance, on Sunday, December 2, 2012. Concluding the week-long competition, the class was held in the spacious International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center with a beautifully designed course set by Skip Bailey, of Wellington, FL.

 

The class was judged by two panels, including Danny Robertshaw and Scott Williamson on panel one and Robert Bielefeld and Julie Winkel on panel two. For their victory, Kennzo and Molly Ashe earned the high scores in both the classic round and the handy round for the winning overall total. The pair scored a 175 in round one and a 201 in round two for a two round total of 376.

 

Darragh Kenny and Star Lane Farm’s Martel finished in second with scores of 171 and 194.5 for a 365.5 total. Kelley Farmer and Jessica Stitt’s Taken placed third with a 152 and 203 for a two round total of 355. David Oliynyk rode Lori Gaudet’s Generous to scores of 162.5 and 185.5 for a 348 total and fourth place honors.

 

Class winner Kennzo is a ten-year-old Finnish Warmblood gelding by Coriano. Molly Ashe owns Kennzo in partnership with Dr. and Mrs. Abbatiello. Ashe purchased the gelding when he was seven years old. He started out as a jumper prospect, but has now proven himself as an excellent hunter.
In other hunter divisions throughout the week, Carly Nicewonder’s Starbound and Tracey Mack-Gorin earned the Adult Amateur Hunter 18-50 championship with Bernadette Versaggi’s Witzbold and Jessica Versaggi in reserve. In the Adult Amateur Hunter 51 & Over, Debbie Kelly and David Glefke’s Clearly earned the championship with Gina Day and Rosso Di Sera in reserve.
The Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions also showed during the week with a championship win for Danielle Torano riding Jimmy Torano’s Vezna in the Citibank 3’6″ division. Nancy Hooker and Richard Prant’s Castlewalk finished in reserve. In the Citibank sponsored 3’3″ Amateur-Owner divisions, Calero and Susannah Rose were the champions with Lindsey Tomeu and Siboney Ranch’s Take Note in reserve.

In the professional divisions, Kelley Farmer and Jessica Stitt’s Taken were the champions in the High Performance Hunters. Farmer also took the reserve honors aboard Le Reve Farm, Inc.’s Casino. In the Performance Hunter 3’6″, David Oliynyk and Lori Gaudet’s Generous were the champions with Holly Orlando and Woodland Way, Inc.’s Coin Toss in reserve.
In the juniors divisions, all sponsored by #1 Education Place, Victoria Colvin swept the Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under classes with a championship win aboard Scott Stewart’s Tristan and the reserve championship riding Richard Prant’s Castlekeep. In the Large Junior Hunter 16-17, Meg O’Mara and Don Stewart’s Walk the Line were the champions with Hasbrouck Donovan and Wagner in reserve. Victoria Colvin and Rose Hill Farm’s Genuine earned the championship with Cloe Hymowitz and Rose Hill Farm’s Enjoy finishing in reserve in the Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under. The Small Junior Hunter 16-17 championship went to Sydney Shulman and Isabelle Mann’s Einstein with Kristen Lutz and Ally Worthington’s Castelli earning reserve honors.
The Pony Hunter divisions also showed over the weekend. In the Large Pony Hunter division, Kelsey Landrum’s Spellbound, ridden by Bernadette Louise Chungunco and Kristen Lutz earned the championship. Emma Kurtz and Linda Evans’ Dreamland finished in reserve. In the Medium Pony Hunters, Yasmin Rizvi and Peacock Ridge LLC’s Roxbury earned the championship with Emma Kurtz and All Seasons Farm’s Rock the Boat in reserve. The Small Pony Hunter championship went to Emma Kurtz and Double G Stables’ Sparkle Plenty. Mimi Gochman and David Gochman’s Rafael finished in reserve.
In the equitation classes, Sophie Simpson rode Missy Clark’s Chance to the win in the Pessoa USEF Hunt Seat Medal. Hannah Patten rode Agostino to victory in the ASCPA Maclay class. Victoria Colvin and Alexandra Crown’s Amore Mio were the winners in the WIHS Equitation overall, and Sydney Shulman rode Back Country Farm’s Eli to victory in the Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search class.

 

For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com and for full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

 

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Lauren Hough and Ohlala Stay Clear for Victory in $33,000 Holiday and Horses Opener Grand Prix presented by Horse Gym USA

December 02, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Lauren Hough and Ohlala

For Immediate Release

Wellington, FL – November 29, 2012 – The Holiday and Horses CSI 2*-W show continued today with another big class for show jumpers, the $33,000 Holiday and Horses Opener Grand Prix presented by Horse Gym USA. The grand prix is a FEI ROLEX ranking class, and the winning amount of points today went to Lauren Hough and Ohlala. They were the only double clear round to capture victory.

 

The Holiday and Horses show continues through December 2 and is rated CSI 2*-W, Jumper 5*, and “AA”. The $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m class is featured on Friday, and the $50,000 Holiday and Horses Grand Prix, a FEI World Cup qualifier, will be held on Saturday evening. Thursday’s, Friday’s, and Saturday’s highlight classes count toward ROLEX FEI World Ranking points. The feature class on Sunday is the $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.

 

There were 49 entries in today’s grand prix, and five of them were able to find the clear path over Anthony D’Ambrosio’s course to continue on to the jump-off.

 

Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala, an eight-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare by Orlando x Cardento, were the pathfinders in the first round and were able to put down a smooth, quick round in the jump-off and post a winning time of 40.97 seconds. More importantly, they kept all of the jumps up.

The other four riders in the jump-off would have the first part of the combination down. When asked about her approach to the bogey jump, Hough said, “It just sort of showed up for me and she is so good now in jump-offs. She kind of catches on and knows exactly where she is going. She really makes my job quite easy, so it is a pleasure to have her and ride her.”

 

Regarding the first round course, Hough described, “Anthony was clever, because it wasn’t overly big. I thought it was very fair, but there were a couple of places where it caught people. On my other horse Quick Study, I had the fifth jump down, the white oxer, and then I sat and watched the class and saw at least another dozen knock that jump down. It just sort of lured you into it. It wasn’t trappy, nobody got into trouble, but there were rails throughout. I thought five clear was a lovely number. It turned out well for me.”

 

Catherine Pasmore (USA) and Vandavid, owned by Pasmore Stables LLC, were next in. They posted a slower time of 43.20 seconds but had the “a” obstacle the double combination down for four faults. They would finish in third place.

 

Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Diktator van de Boslandhoeve had trouble at the double combination as well, pulling two rails there and then another at fence 9 for 12 faults in 50.14 seconds. They placed fifth. Riding Michael Meller’s Waterloo, Schuyler Riley (USA) placed fourth. They had eight faults in 47.53 seconds.

 

The final combination in the jump-off, Paulo Santana (BRA) and Taloubet, were very fast in 39.91 seconds, but a rail in the middle of the course left them with four faults and second place.

 

Sixth place went to Audrey Coulter (USA) and Victory DA, owned by Copernicus Stables LLC. They had one time fault in the first round with a time of 80.37 seconds.

 

Hough and Ohlala began their partnership a year ago and started in the 7&8 Year Old Young Jumper classes at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. They won the Youngster Cup Final at the prestigious Aachen CHIO in Germany, and went on to win another five FEI ROLEX ranking classes at shows like Norten-Hardenberg, Valkenswaard, Washington International, Alltech National Horse Show, and the Royal Winter Fair.
“I haven’t actually added up the number of classes that she has won this year, but I’m quite certain it is over 15,” Hough noted.

 

Hough has never had a young horse that has won so much. “I am really just so excited about her. I can’t say she is going to go to the Olympics tomorrow, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she did. She really is that character and whatever you tell her to do, she just goes, ‘Okay now what?’ She is just a winner and no matter what level she is going to be at, she is invaluable to have in your string because winning blue ribbons makes us all better,” she pointed out.
While Hough said she is “a tiny horse,” she has never measured her. Size doesn’t seem to matter to the diminutive mare, and heart and speed keep her in the winner’s circle. “She is very fast,” Hough agreed. “I have never put a stick on her because I don’t really want to know how big she is, but she’s tiny. Her stride isn’t very big, but she is just so catty. I am very lucky.”

 

Along with natural talent, Hough said her simplicity under saddle helps too. “She is just easy. She is a pleasure. She definitely has blood; she is a mare, she is feisty, but that is what makes her so good. She goes in a leather bit. I have to say, in the middle of this year I was lucky enough to put a syndicate together to buy out the investors, so I own half together with a wonderful group of people who are so supportive. I am so grateful to be able to keep her for the future,” Hough expressed.

Lauren Hough and Ohlala with Horse Gym USA representative Jill Townsend

Today’s class was sponsored by Horse Gym USA. Representative Jill Townsend said, “Four of the five riders in today’s jump-off own Horse Gyms,” a great testimony to the brand.

 

The Holiday and Horses Show continues tomorrow with the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumper class.
For the prize list and more information on ESP’s Holiday & Horses competition, please visit www.equestriansport.com. For full results, go to www.showgroundslive.com.

 

Final Results: $33,000 Holiday and Horses Opener Grand Prix presented by Horse Gym USA

1 OHLALA: 2008 SWB mare by Orlando

LAUREN HOUGH (USA), LAUREN HOUGH: 0/0/40.97

 

2 TALOUBET: 2000 KWPN gelding by Baloubet du Rouet

PAULO SANTANA (BRA), PAULO SANTANA: 0/4/39.91

 

3 VANDAVID: 2002 KWPN gelding by Madison

CATHERINE PASMORE (USA), PASMORE STABLES LLC: 0/4/43.20

 

4 WATERLOO: 2003 KWPN gelding by Heartbreaker

SCHUYLER RILEY (USA), MICHAEL MELLER: 0/8/47.53

 

5 DIKTATOR VAN DE BOSLANDHOEVE: 2003 BWP stallion by Thunder van de Zuuthoeve

SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), SPY COAST FARM LLC: 0/12/50.14

 

6 VICTORY DA: 1998 BWP mare by Clinton

AUDREY COULTER (USA), COPERNICUS STABLES LLC: 1/80.37

 

7 WHISPER H.E.: 2003 KWPN gelding

SAMUEL PAROT (CHI), SAMUEL PAROT: 4/76.22

 

8 EVERLYCHIN DE LA POMME: 2004 BWP mare by Malito de Reves

SHANE SWEETNAM (IRL), SPY COAST FARM LLC: 4/76.37

 

9 VADETTA VH METTENHOF: 2002 KWPN mare by Orame

NICOLA PHILIPPAERTS (BEL), PHILIPPAERTS STAL LENSENS: 4/76.95

 

10 G&C FLASH: 2002 Hanoverian gelding by Forrester

LUIS LARRAZABAL (VEN), GUSTAVO MIRABAL: 4/77.15

 

11 NOUGAT DU VALLET: 2002 Selle Francais gelding by Scherif D’Elle

KATHERINE DINAN (USA), GRAND ROAD PARTNERS LLC: 4/77.43

 

12 URAGUAY: 2001 KWPN gelding by Nairobi

MARIO DESLAURIERS (USA), LEGACY STABLES LLC: 4/77.76
Photo Credit: photos © ManciniPhotos, www.manciniphotos.com. These photos can be used only in relation to this press release and with photo credit.

2012 Alltech National Horse Show, Oct. 30 – Nov. 4, 2012, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY

November 12, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

By Kim & Allen MacMillan, MacMillan Photography & Media Services

The 2012 edition of the historic National Horse Show marked its second year of residence in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Sponsored again this year by Alltech (whose international headquarters is in the Lexington suburb Nicholasville, KY), the show was first held in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden in New York City. The 2011 Alltech National Horse Show was named the top U.S. show by the North American Riders Group.
 The show has been housed in three different generations of Madison Square Garden locations in New York City over the years on and off until 2007. The show moved to The Meadowlands, NY, from 1989 through 1995, then back to the Garden in 1996. In 2002 the show migrated south to Wellington, FL, and finally back north again to the Garden and then to Syracuse, NY, (as part of the Invitational Sporthorse Tournament in 2008) before going to Kentucky. In 2011, the National moved to the Bluegrass State for some Southern hospitality to add to the rich New York traditions.
 Highlights of the 2012 competition were: top-notch hunter and jumper competition for amateurs, juniors and professionals; a return of the Puissance Open Jumper (a high jump competition sponsored this year by Alltech) and Saddlebred (three and five gaited, roadsters and fine harness) classes after a several-year hiatus for both; the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix competition on Saturday night, and the National ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship hunter equitation finals presented by Hatfield’s Saddlery.
 This year the planners headed by Show President Mason Phelps and his committee, with the help of Alltech staff, named themes for each day’s activities to get the public involved. The second day of the show, Wednesday, fell on Halloween, so, of course, there was trick or treating and costumes. Thursday marked “Military Day” when those in the armed forces were given complimentary tickets to the evening session and the public could try their hand in the Army Activity area and meet local military heroes. Day four of the show was “Fit Friday” with complimentary health screenings. Saturday was “Family Fun Day” with a five kilometer fun run/walk, face painting, balloon twisters and cartoon characters. Throughout the week area school children were treated to a day at the show where they had a chance to watch the competition and to play and learn in the “HorsePlay” area located just off the main concourse in the Alltech Arena. 
 The concourse of the arena housed upscale shopping and a number of dining options, as well as the Taylor Harris Club, a place for farms, families and businesses to relax and refresh at reserved tables overlooking the arena. The show entrants and their staff were also greeted by the lavishly decorated North Star Rider’s Lounge near the show office and Groom’s Kitchen near the stables.

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Winners of the $5,000 Amateur Owner 3’3” Handy Hunter were Nancy Hooker and Richard Prant’s Castlewalk. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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– Winners of the $5,000 Amateur Owner 3’3” Handy Hunter were Nancy Hooker and Richard Prant’s Castlewalk. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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A young military academy officer stands at attention as part of the evening festivities on “Military Day” at the Alltech National Horse Show.

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A color guard from Forest Hill Military Academy presented the national and state flags for the singing of the anthems on Thursday night to celebrate “Military Day” at the National. Photo by Sarah Miller

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Winners of the Thursday afternoon $10,000 Junior Jumper Welcome Class were Abigale McArdle riding David McArdle’s Cosma 20. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Winners of the Thursday afternoon $10,000 Junior Jumper Welcome Class were Abigale McArdle riding David McArdle’s Cosma 20. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Kelsey Thatcher took the Amateur Owner Jumper Welcome Class on Thursday with Pony Lane Farm’s Dulf Van Den Bisschop. Photo by Dee Kochensparger

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Lauren Hough and her long-time partner Quick Study owned by Laura Mateo took the Thursday night $75,000 Double H Farm International Open Jumper class. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Lauren Hough and her long-time partner Quick Study owned by Laura Mateo took the Thursday night $75,000 Double H Farm International Open Jumper class. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Sunset over the Kentucky Horse Park on Thursday night Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Friday morning brought a number of under saddle classes like this one – the Amateur Owner Hunters 18-35. Photo by Sarah Miller

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Groom catching up on his social media Photo by Sarah Miller

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School children learn how to wrap a horse’s leg in the “HorsePlay” educational area in the Alltech Arena. Photo by Sarah Miller

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Kids on swings in the “HorsePlay” area during the show Photo by Sarah Miller

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A grand prix for children provided fun and a way to burn off some steam for the kids attending the National Photo by Sarah Miller

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The black-draped Taylor Harris Club, sponsored by Taylor Harris Insurance, was the place to relax and enjoy refreshments while watching the show for those who reserved tables for their family, farm or business. Photo by Sarah Miller

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Southern gentlemen and women in period costume strolled the arena concourse greeting show visitors. Photo by Dee Kochensparger

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Wesley Newlands (left) and her mother brought two horses to compete in Kentucky from Weslands Farm, Toronto, Ontario.

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Great Britain’s Tim Gredley and Unex Valente topped the seven foot wall and the field in the $50,000 Alltech National Horse Show Puissance on Friday night. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Winners of the Saddlebred ES Roaster Cup class were Emerson and Raymond Shively. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Lynn Williams and Mary Gaylord McClean were competitors in the Friday night Five Gaited Saddlebred Championship Stake Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Alltech National Horse Show President Mason Phelps and Dr. Pearse Lyons from Alltech joined University of Kentucky opera student in the opening ceremonies for the Thursday evening session of the National Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Dr. Pearse Lyons, President and CEO of Alltech addresses the media reception held during the National about their sponsorship of the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games to be held in Normandy, France. Photo by Sarah Miller

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Trainer Alan Korotkin of Castlewood Farms, Wellington, FL, discusses a junior jumper round with rider Liza Finsness who is mounted on Ormsby Hill. Photo by Sarah Miller

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A spectator at the show looking through what appears to be rose-colored binoculars and is actually the reflection of the show lights in the lenses. Photo by Sarah Miller

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Karen Healey of Somas, CA, coaches her student Kilian McGrath on Salerno as they prepare for the Junior Jumper round on Friday. Photo by Sarah Miller

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Trainers Abby Blankenship (black jacket) of Treesdale Farm, Carmel, IN, and Laura Kraut, Middleburg, VA, (back to camera in white vest) conference with Junior Jumper rider Kalvin Dobbs, Carmel, IN, on Friday afternoon. Photo by Sarah Miller

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Dr. Betsee Parker’s Inclusive piloted by Victoria Colvin was the Grand Champion Junior Hunter and Champion 2nd Year Green Hunter at the 2012 National Photo by Dee Kochensparger

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Hasbrouck Donovan and Stephanie Keen’s Lyle topped the Small Junior Hunter Division. Photo by Dee Kochensparger

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Inclusive and Victoria Colvin receiving the Grand Champion Junior Hunter Award Photo by Dee Kochensparger

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Saturday night’s festivities included a retirement ceremony for Kent Farrington’s successful Grand Prix jumper partner Up Chiqui Photo by Kim MacMillan

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McLain Ward and his Olympic partner Antares F bested a field of 34 in the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix on Saturday night. Ward and Antares made amazing roll-back turns to post an unbeatable time in the jump-off. The week before the show was filled with sorrow for Ward when his father Barney passed away. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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A tie for the show’s Leading Lady Rider went to Christine McCrae (left) and Lauren Hough Photo by Allen MacMillan

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The Alltech National Horse Show’s Leading Lady Rider Award comes with the lease of a new Audi from Audi of Lexington – two riders tied for the honor: Lauren Hough, driving, and Christine McCrae, passenger. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Parent company of SSG Gloves, Fargo Trading, was a bronze level sponsor of the show. SSG representatives Staff Sergeant Simon Stafford of Great Britain and his financé Jennifer Ward at the Saturday night National Horse Show party Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Kiki Umla (left) was awarded the Welles Family Trophy in recognition for service to the equestrian industry. She served on Hospitality Committee for the National this year and has been involved with the horse show scene for many years. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Marty Bauman (right) of Classic Communications, Foxboro, MA, at the Saturday night party His company provided media services and managed the press room at the 2011 and 2012 Alltech National Horse Shows, as well as the Hampton Classic for many years and the 2010 World Equestrian Games, to name a few events under his media management.

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-“Ducks in a row” – coaches lead their riders on the ASPCA Maclay Medal Course Walk on Sunday Photo by Allen MacMillan

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The ASPCA Maclay Medal competition judges for 2012, Hap Hansen, CA, (left) and George Morris, NJ, assisted by Sally Ike, KY. Photo by Allen MacMillan

 

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The National ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship hunter equitation finals presented by Hatfield’s Saddlery was won by Jacob Pope from Columbia, MD, riding his trainer Andre Dignelli’s Uno. Pope topped a field of 152 starters and survived a top-four riders’ horse swap to be the judges’ top pick in the Maclay. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Jacob Pope, winner of the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Medal finals, mounted on Uno accompanied by show officials and his parents Andy (front row middle in light blue shirt and dark vest holding trophy) and Barbara Pope (dark grey jacket) at the medal ceremony. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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ASPCA Maclay Medal Horsemanship winner Jacob Pope riding Uno with the ASPCA representative (front far left) and his trainers (front row next to ASPCA rep, L-R): Andre Dignelli, Patricia Griffith, Brady Mitchell, Laena Romond, and Dottie Barnwell

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ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship medal final judges Hap Hansen (left) and George Morris Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Top three riders from the 2012 National ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship hunter equitation finals (L-R): Catherine Tyree, Chicago, IL (third); Jacob Pope, Columbia, MD, (winner), and Lillie Keenan, New York, NY (second). Photo by Allen MacMillan

 

 

 

Lauren Hough and Christine McCrea Tie for Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Title at Alltech National Horse Show

November 09, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, Kentucky – November 8, 2012 – As Saturday night concluded an amazing showcase of world-class talent at this year’s Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky, the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider – or should we say riders – were named. Lauren Hough and Christine McCrea tied for the coveted title. Hough also was awarded the Audi Leading Rider Award, taking home a brand new Audi Q-7 from Audi of Lexington.

 

The Alltech National Horse Show concluded on Sunday, November 4, after a highly successful six-day run at the Alltech Arena at the world-renowned Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

 

 

Christine McCrea and Lauren Hough stand with Martha Jolicoeur as they are presented with the 2012 Leading Lady Rider Award at the Alltech National Horse Show.

Martha Jolicoeur’s award was presented on Saturday night, following the victory gallop for the $250,000 Alltech National Horse Show Grand Prix. McLain Ward riding Antares F, raced to a brilliant win.

Christine McCrea’s second place performance, with her highly competent and talented mount, Romantovich Take One, was an amazing attempt to best Ward. McCrea managed to produce the only other faultless effort, but was just a touch off of the pace with a time of 49.81 seconds. It did, however, give the Pan American Individual Gold Medalist enough points to tie with Olympian Lauren Hough.

 

Christine McCrea and Romantovich Take One

 

 

Lauren Hough and OhLaLa

Although Hough had a single rail at the double combination after a big stumble cutting one of the turns with Quick Study, they clocked in at 50.99 seconds with four faults, which was good enough sixth place in Saturday night’s $250,000 Alltech National Horse Show Grand Prix. Hough had proven herself consistent throughout the week aboard Ohlala, winning both the Double H Farm $75,000 Time First Jump-off and the Chartis Insurance Company $50,000 International Open Jumper Speed class.

 

Jolicoeur sponsored the Leading Lady Rider award in memory of her dear friend, Dale Lawler. After presenting the award to Jessica Springsteen during last year’s Alltech National Horse Show, there was no question that Jolicoeur would sponsor the award for a consecutive year.

 

“The National Horse Show has always been very special to me. I am excited, with the Leading Lady Rider Award, to be able to continue my support of this great American tradition and at the same time, recognize some of our finest women athletes,” said Martha Jolicoeur. “This year’s co-winners, Lauren Hough and Christine McCrea, are two of the most competitive ladies in our sport and are very deserving of the title and I wish them both continued success.”

 

At the end of the night, although both McCrea and Hough posed for the presentation of the Martha W. Jolicoeur Leading Lady Jumper Rider Award, it was Hough who was awarded the Audi Leading Rider Award. It was due to Hough’s fantastic placings aboard OhLaLa earlier in the competition that she was presented with the Audi Q-7 from Audi of Lexington.

 

 

Lauren Hough is awarded the Audi Leading Rider Award, taking home a brand new Audi Q-7 from Audi of Lexington. The Leading Lady Riders took the Audi for a test drive around the ring to celebrate their victories.

 

“It was a night for the ladies,” National Horse Show Association President, Mason Phelps, Jr. said. “We are so honored to be able to offer the Leading Lady Rider Award for our talented female riders, as well as having the support of Audio of Lexington to reward the overall Leading Rider from the Alltech National Horse Show. We are very grateful to Martha Jolicoeur and Audi of Lexington for this important sponsorship.”

Working with Illustrated Properties, an established independent real estate brokerage firm, Jolicoeur is the ‘go-to’ broker in the Village of Wellington, Florida. Recognized as the leader in preferred properties in the Palm Beaches since 1975, Illustrated Properties generates over 1.2 billion dollars in sales annually. In addition to being an exclusive affiliate of “Christie’s Great Estates,” the premier luxury real estate network.

The Alltech National Horse Show, 130th edition, will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in 2013. For more information, please visit www.nhs.org.

Photos courtesy of Rebecca Walton and Shawn McMillen Photography. These photographs may only be used in relation to this Phelps Media Group press release.

 

 

Tim Gredley and Unex Valente Soar to Top of $50,000 Puissance at Alltech National Horse Show

November 04, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Tim Gredle and Unex Valente

Lexington, KY – November 2, 2012 – Great Britain’s Tim Gredley proved to be one of the world’s bravest riders this evening when he galloped up to a 7’6″ wall aboard his talented mount Unex Valente. The pair was already champions of the $50,000 Puissance at Alltech National Horse Show, 129th edition after being the only horse and rider combination to clear the 7″ wall. Although they were unsuccessful during their final attempt, the crowd was on their feet to cheer on the brave rider at the Alltech Arena in Lexington, KY.

 

Eight entries gathered for tonight’s class to jump the wall built by Richard Jeffery of Bournemouth, England, the first time this show had hosted the event in 11 years. For the first round the jump was set at 5’9″, but as the height rose the number of riders left continued to dwindle. First it went up to 6’3″, then 6’6″ and finally for a brave final three, 7′.

 

Having successfully completed all three of the first heights, Gredley was the first to make the daunting gallop towards the in-gate with Unex Valente, owned by Unex Competition Yard. The pair made it look easy, clearing the wall with all the pieces intact.

 

Jessica Springsteen was next with Temmie, owned by Stone Hill Farm. They had been perfect up until 7′, but then the luck was not on their side and the blocks came tumbling down. The experienced Aaron Vale followed Springsteen aboard Wodka L, owned by Thinks Like A Horse. Unfortunately, they did find a great distance in and they also lowered the height of the wall, creating a tie for second place.

 

By being the only rider to clear the wall at 7′, Gredley already had the victory in hand, but Gredley did not want to stop there. They reset the wall to a daunting height of 7’6″. Gredley made a good approach and Unex Valente cleared it with his front legs, but didn’t have quiet enough jump to finish the effort and brought down a block. They were still the victors though, and the crowd went wild.

 

“I have had the horse since he was four, so I know him inside and out,” explained Gredley. “I didn’t do it in Washington, and was annoyed that I didn’t do it. This was his first puissance. He’s a bit of an all-purpose horse, he’s been doing speed classes, and I did the six bar on him. When you know a horse that long, you know what he is capable of.”

 

This was only Springsteen’s second attempt at Puissance, but she was thrilled with her horse’s performance. “It was fun, but I definitely get a little nervous,” she laughed. “You are supposed to go slow and collected, but I want to gallop up to it, and I think that’s where I get it down. Temmie is so brave. I am definitely learning how to ride it better. It is not my favorite class but I will probably keep doing it.”

 

Vale has shown in a number of Puissance classes over the years, and developed his own style, which often results in landing with one hand in the air. “My style where I drop the rein is not planned, just naturally happens. It is a long ways down and the last thing you want to do is be ahead of them. When they get to the top of the wall, have to have balance on the way down.”

 

 

Lauren Hough and Ohlala

Earlier this evening, Lauren Hough used her style to score her second victory in row this week during the Chartis Insurance Company $50,000 International Open Jumper Speed. She piloted her own Ohlala to the fastest clear effort over Richard Jeffery’s faults converted track, which included a fan jump, a stone wall, a Swedish oxer, a vertical-vertical double combination, and an oxer-vertical double combination.

 

Belgium’s Olivier Philippaerts set the time to beat as the first to traverse the course with Fanny Machiels’ Vadetta Van Het Mettenhof. They clocked in at a clear 60.53 seconds, adding no faults to their time for an eventual sixth place ribbon. Beezie Madden managed to best him as the next in the ring with Amadora, owned by Abigail Wexner, tripping the timers at 59.60 seconds, which would hold the lead for a nine rounds, but eventually fall to third.

 

Andrew Welles and Boo Van Het Kastanjehof, owned by Peter Welles, came close to catching Madden, but their time of 60.13 seconds would only be good enough for fourth. The fifth place award went to Christine McCrea and Zerly, owned by Candy Tribble, going late in the class and completing the course in 60.33 seconds.

 

Shane Sweetnam was the first to top Madden riding Spy Coast Farm’s Cyklon 1083. They sped across the course leaving a huge stride out to the Swedish oxer. The pair’s effort was almost good enough, breaking the beam at 59.04 seconds, for an eventual second place finish.

 

Lauren Hough chose to do the same inside turn to the first double combination that Sweetnam did, and despite some glitches through the ring, it proved to be the fastest track. She and Ohlala were quick and clear as they dashed through the finish in 58.76 seconds, good enough for the win. Only Nicola Philippaerts had a faster time with Diebrich De Kalvarie, owned by Stal De Kalvarie, but an unfortunate rail coming into the last combination added four seconds for a final time of 60.94 in eighth place.

 

“It wasn’t one of my smoothest rounds, but it all worked out,” admitted Hough. “She was amazing, I don’t know how she did it. I had looked at the inside turn when I walked the course, but I watched probably five go and thought to myself that it wasn’t possible. Christine McCrea told me Shane did it, and my distance to fence two set me up nicely. It wasn’t the smoothest, but I think it was quicker.”

 

Hough and Ohlala were the winners of a speed class last week at the Washington International Horse Show, and the eight-year-old mare also participated in her first World Cup Qualifier. “I got her at the end of last year, and she campaigned at Florida up to the 1.45m classes. This summer in Europe she won the Young Horse Finals in Aachen and the Young Horse Final in Hamburg. She has just been a winner. She is on the brink of stepping up into the bigger classes; she is very, very competitive. A horse at eight years old to win as much as she has, you don’t see that happen very often. She can go as fast as she did today and then turn around and jump a big class tomorrow and not be fazed by it. It makes my job easy.”
Top Awards Presented in Junior and Amateur-Owner Jumpers

 

The first jumper events in the Alltech Arena today were the $15,000 Chansonette Farm Amateur-Owner Jumpers and the $15,000 Deeridge Farm Junior Jumpers. Each group of riders competed over a course designed by Richard Jeffery that featured a triple bar, a vertical-vertical double combination, and an oxer-vertical-oxer triple combination. The competitors that found the key advanced to the jump-off where mastering tight turns and long gallops led to the victory.

Alise Oken and Kaid Du Ry

 

Alise Oken and Kaid Du Ry, owned by High Hopes Farm, had all the answers in the $15,000 Chansonette Farm Amateur-Owner Jumpers. They made a very tight turn during the short course to the final combination, shaving valuable seconds off their time of 35.610 seconds. With all the rails intact they were good enough for the win and eventually led the victory gallop.

 

“It’s so nice to be able to win here at the National Horse Show, it is a great event,” smiled Oken. “Today I just wanted to go fast during the jump-off. That inside turn ended up working out really well for me. My horse loves this ring and he is a naturally fast horse. I have to make sure that he doesn’t fall in cause he loves to just go to the jumps. I have had him for a year now. I took him over to Europe to do the Young Riders tour and he was just awesome, he has taught me a lot about getting better.”

 

Rachel Udelson was the first to challenge the jump-off, and she set a tough bar to beat with VDL Wardorette. The pair crossed the finish line in a clear 36.039 seconds, which would eventually place second. Lauren Ward was just a second behind the aboard Oscar 72, clocking in at 37.486 for third place. Danielle Torano had the last double clear effort with Capitano, owned by Sir Ruly, Inc, but they broke the beam at a conservative 38.754 seconds which would earn fourth.

 

The $15,000 Deeridge Farm Junior Jumpers were up next, and with an opportunity to watch the course during the Amateur-Owner competition 10 managed to best the track and advance to the tiebreaker. Six of those riders were perfect over the short course and had a double clear round. Lydia Ulrich was the fastest of the day. She piloted Santos Utopia, owned by Up the Creek Farm, through the timers in 35. 559 seconds for the blue ribbon prize.

 

Lydia Ulrich and Santos Utopia

Ulrich continued, “Santos Utopia is unbelievable. I have had him for just a little over a year now. He has been nothing but perfect. He’s a hot horse, needs a strong ride, but he is so scopey that if I do my job he’ll be there for me.””This class was very difficult, you had to go fast to win this one,” stated Ulrich. “The plan was to go clear, and I went a little faster. I have been going slow this week, so I had to make sure I had enough pace from one and everything else fell in place from there.”

 

Yesterday’s winner was Abigail McArdle with Cosma 20, and they fought for another blue ribbon. With all the fences in place they stopped the clock at 35.572, just 2/100ths behind Ulrich, slipping into the second place position. Kilian McGrath rounded out the top three aboard Salerno, owned by Rolling Oaks Ranch, after she finished the short course in a clear 37.840 seconds.

 

Through the SSG Riding Gloves ‘Go Clean for the Green’ promotion, a number of this week’s riders have taken home even bigger checks for their wins. Lauren Hough won a $6,000 bonus last night, and then took another $3,000 today. McArdle’s win with Cosma 20 yesterday captured $1,000 yesterday, and Oken took home $2,000 in today’s Amateur-Owner Jumper class for wearing SSG ‘Digital’ Gloves.

 

The jumper events will conclude tomorrow with the $250,000 World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix in the evening. Earlier in the day, the $50,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship will be held in the Alltech Arena. The show will wrap up on Sunday with the historic ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championships. For more information about the 2012 Alltech National Horse Show, 129th Edition please visit www.nhs.org.

 

Photo Credits: (1) (2) Lauren Hough and Ohlala (3) Alise Oken and Kaid Du Ry (4) Lydia Ulrich and Santos Utopia. Photos By: Rebecca Walton. Photos may only be used in relation to this PMG press release.

 

$50,000 PUISSANCE

1          UNEX VALENTE        TIM GREDLEY

2          TEMMIE                   JESSICA SPRINGSTEEN

2          WODKA L.                AARON VALE

4          BALOUGRIS SL Z      CHARLIE JAYNE

5          CLYDE                      DANIEL BLUMAN

6          CHICAGO VH MOLENEIND   OLIVIER PHILIPPAERTS

6          CANTUS D                           HILLARY SIMPSON

 

$50,000 OPEN SPEED

1          294     OHLALA         LAUREN HOUGH       0          0          0          58.760

2          259     CYKLON 1083            SHANE SWEETNAM 0          0          0          59.040

3          243     AMADORA      BEEZIE MADDEN      0          0          0          59.600

4          266     BOO VAN HET KASTANJEHOF     ANDREW WELLES    0     0      0          60.130

5          246     ZERLY             CHRISTINE MCCREA             0          0          0          60.330

6          304     VADETTA VAN HET METTENHOF  OLIVIER PHILIPPAERTS    0    0     0       60.530

7          263     VENUS            KENT FARRINGTON             0          0          0          60.560

8          302     DIEBRICH DE KALVARIE     NICOLA PHILIPPAERTS    0      0      0      60.940

9          271     GRACIELLA 50          SAER COULTER         0          0          0          62.910

10        268     LALIQUE         MARIE HECART         0          0          0          64.990

 

$15,000 Amateur-Owner Jumpers

1          420     KAID DU RY   ALISE OKEN   0      0      0       5.000  0      0       0          35.610

2          488     VDL WARDORETTE RACHEL UDELSON    0      0      0      1.000  0        0      36.039

3          451     OSCAR 72       LAUREN WARD       0         0      0     4.000  0      0      0      37.486

4          679     CAPITANO      DANIELLE TORANO 0      0      0       6.000  0       0          0          38.754

5          616     VESUVIUS       MEAGAN NUSZ       0      0      0       3.000  4          0          4          35.841

6          385     TOTAL TOUCH          CAITLIN HOPE       0      0      0     7.000  4      0          4        38.943

7          510     LAPACCO        WESLEY NEWLANDS       0      0       0     2.000  4     0      4       39.756

8          436     EVERYTHING            KELSEY THATCHER 4          0          4          64.812

9          434     DULF VAN DEN BISSCHOP KELSEY THATCHER 4          0          4          67.682

10        672     UPSTAIRE      CALLIE SMITH           4          0          4          70.468

 

$15,000 Junior Jumpers

1          594     SANTOS UTOPIA       LYDIA ULRICH      0     0      0     69.059       0     0     0       35.559

2          453     COSMA 20      ABIGAIL MCARDLE   0      0    0     66.012      0          0          0    35.572

3          625     SALERNO       KILIAN MCGRATH    0      0      0      71.460       0       0          0            37.840

4          372     WETTER        CATHERINE TYREE 0       0        0          68.737    0      0      0        38.115

5          404     INDY   ASHLEY FOSTER       0          0          0          69.209       0        0      0       38.976

6          531     ORMSBY HILL            LIZA FINSNESS     0      0      0     70.357      0     0     0          39.977

7          502     SANDRA Z      MATTIAS TROMP      0      0      0      70.432       4       0      4         38.887

8          448     UBICO H         GABRIELLE BAUSANO      0      0      0      68.801        4      0     4    39.385

9          367     ULTIMATE VDL         KALVIN DOBBS     0      0      0      69.386      12     0    12     37.908

10        487     ZUBANTOS     SHAWN CASADY     0     0    0    66.836     16  0     16          46.182

 

 

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

The
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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