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Ellen Toon Wins Amateur-Owner Grand Hunter Championship at Pennsylvania National Horse Show

October 19, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Harrisburg, PA – October 19, 2013 – Ellen Toon, of South Salem, NY, and her aptly named horse INVINCIBLE, were crowned Amateur-Owner Grand Hunter Champions today at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. This is the third time the pair have won this prestigious title.

 

Toon and INVINCIBLE also won their third Amateur-Owner Hunter 36 & Over Championship, while Nancy Hooker and CASTLEWALK, owned by Richard Prant, were Reserve Champions.

Toon and INVINCIBLE also won their third Amateur-Owner Hunter 36 & Over Championship, while Nancy Hooker and CASTLEWALK, owned by Richard Prant, were Reserve Champions.

“To be a Champion here is like a dream for anybody, but to be Champion here three times – and especially on him – means a lot to me”, said Toon, who purchased the horse in Europe seven years ago when he was a stallion. “He was a jumper and it took a little time to turn him into a hunter, but he’s just been like a dream horse. I can do a lot of things with him. I show him in the 3’3″ Derby, and I have a lot of fun with him. He’s competitive everywhere and he’s just so easy”, said Toon.

  Ellen Toon and INVINCIBLE (photo © AlCookPhoto.com)


Ellen Toon and INVINCIBLE
(photo © AlCookPhoto.com)

Toon’s trainer and husband of 17 years, Jim Toon, received the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Groom’s Award, which was especially fun for her. “Sometimes when we only have one horse we go to the shows together. He does most of the work as well as the training, but we do it together and we do enjoy it. It’s great that he got the Groom’s Award. He worked very, very hard this week,” she said with a grin.

 

Colby Hassfurther and her horse OPTIMIZED won the Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 Championship earlier today, and the Reserve Championship went to Jazz Johnson Merton and KINGSTON, owned by James Johnson.

 

“Winning this Championship means the world to me”, said Hassfurther who is a senior at the University of Texas. “I go to school and I only get to ride every couple of months while I’m at school, so it’s really awesome to come here and do so well”, she said. “I’m so happy right now!”

 

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the 2011 National Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year and the sixth ranked horse show in North America in the 2012 North American Riders Group (NARG) annual rankings, is one of the largest indoor horse shows in the U.S. It hosts horses and competitors from across the country with 10,000 spectators attending from the Mid-Atlantic region.

  Colby Hassfurther and OPTIMIZED (photo © AlCookPhoto.com)


Colby Hassfurther and OPTIMIZED
(photo © AlCookPhoto.com)

With over 1,400 qualified horses competing for $450,000 in prize money, the show features Hunter and Jumper competition and is the site of the Pessoa/US National Hunter Seat Medal Final Presented by Randolph College, the Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, North American League (NAL) National Finals and the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National.

 

In addition to world-class equestrian competition, the horse show offers a unique shopping environment with boutique vendors that offer everything from fine art to custom jewelry, clothing, accessories and horse show memorabilia.

 

Proceeds from the event benefit community equine and youth programs. Since its inception in 1945, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation has donated over $1.5 million to charitable entities.

 

Horse show competition can be viewed live free of charge at www.usefnetwork.com and live scoring and results are available at www.Ryegate.com.

 

For more details on show events, competitors and vendors, please visit the show’s website, www.PAnational.org or contact the Pennsylvania National Horse Show at 717-236-1600 or by email, eventinfo@PAnational.org.

 

Emilie Rucci Wins North American League Pony Jumper Finals at Pennsylvania National Horse Show

October 19, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Harrisburg, PA – October 18, 2013 – Emilie Rucci, of Pittstown, NJ, and I SPY A RAINBOW won the $4,000 North American League (NAL) Pony Jumper Finals today at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

 

Out of eleven starters, only four made it to the jump-off. Spectators – including the top jumper riders – filled the best seats in the house and encouraged the smaller competitors with cheers and ‘clicks’ at moments where the ponies might have had a moment’s hesitation.

 

Rucci and her 9 year old home-bred I SPY A RAINBOW raced around the jump-off course cutting corners wherever possible, and crossed the timers in 34.107 seconds. Merrill Harvey and PANDAMONIUM had a faster time in 29.522 seconds, but they incurred 8 jump faults which relegated them to second place.

 

“Jumping in the NAL Pony Jumper Final means a lot to me because this is probably our last pony jumping show ever – I’m getting too tall for him”, said Rucci. “He’s probably going to do hunter ponies now, and I think he’s tired of doing jumpers. He always tried really hard and he tries to go clean. He doesn’t go very fast, but he can turn really, really well”.

 

“I thought the course was fun, they didn’t make it boring but didn’t make it impossible, so it was just enough to keep them interested”, said Rucci.

 

When Rucci was asked what kind of courses she prefers, she said, “I like jump-offs the best. They’re shorter and I just like to go fast!”

Emilie Rucci and I SPY A RAINBOW (photo © AlCookPhoto.com)

Emilie Rucci and I SPY A RAINBOW
(photo © AlCookPhoto.com)

The North American League (NAL) offers year-long Series in six divisions – Adult Jumper Presented by SmartPak, Children’s Jumper Presented by EquiFit, Adult Hunter Presented by Practical Horseman, Children’s Hunter, Pony Jumper, and Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper. The Series includes classes held at hundreds of horse shows across the United States and Canada. The NAL gives riders in these divisions a chance to ride in year-end finals at two major indoor shows – The NAL National Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show at Harrisburg, October 10-19, and the NAL West Coast Finals at the Las Vegas National Horse Show, November 12-17. Further information on the NAL is available at www.ryegate.com or by contacting Ryegate Show Services at 717-867-5643 or NAL@Ryegate.com.

Emilie Rucci and I SPY A RAINBOW accept their award (photo © AlCookPhoto.com)

Emilie Rucci and I SPY A RAINBOW accept their award (photo © AlCookPhoto.com)

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the 2011 National Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year and the sixth ranked horse show in North America in the 2012 North American Riders Group (NARG) annual rankings, is one of the largest indoor horse shows in the U.S. It hosts horses and competitors from across the country with 10,000 spectators attending from the Mid-Atlantic region.

 

With over 1,400 qualified horses competing for $450,000 in prize money, the show features Hunter and Jumper competition and is the site of the Pessoa/US National Hunter Seat Medal Final Presented by Randolph College, the Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, North American League (NAL) National Finals and the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National.

 

In addition to world-class equestrian competition, the horse show offers a unique shopping environment with boutique vendors that offer everything from fine art to custom jewelry, clothing, accessories and horse show memorabilia.

 

Proceeds from the event benefit community equine and youth programs. Since its inception in 1945, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation has donated over $1.5 million to charitable entities.

 

Horse show competition can be viewed live free of charge at www.usefnetwork.com and live scoring and results are available at www.Ryegate.com.

 

For more details on show events, competitors and vendors, please visit the show’s website, www.PAnational.org or contact the Pennsylvania National Horse Show at 717-236-1600 or by email, eventinfo@PAnational.org.

 

Susan Clark Wins Ladies Hunter Sidesaddle Championship at Pennsylvania National Horse Show

October 17, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Harrisburg, PA – October 17, 2013 – Susan Clark and her own NU MOON won the Ladies Hunter Sidesaddle Championship at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show today. It was an exciting finale to the division as the Championship had to be decided in a rare three-way ‘hack off’. Reserve Champion was Devon Zebrovious and QUEST, owned by Cherry Blossom Farm LLC.

 

“This show is a beautiful place to ride”, said Clark, who has been riding sidesaddle since the ’80s. “It proves it to me that this is a really nice horse”, she remarked about NU MOON, a horse she has owned for 6-7 years, and was bred at the farm where she rides.

 

Clark had not actually done any sidesaddle riding since Devon, as she sent out her special 100 year-old Whippy sidesaddle to be redone, and only just received it back. “Today was the first time I even saw it, let alone ride in it!” said Clark. She also competes NU MOON in the amateur division at various shows, and spends three months of the year professionally braiding horses on the Wellington circuit.

Susan Clark and NU MOON win the Sidesaddle Championship sponsored and presented by Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Hornberger (photo © AlCookPhoto.com)

Susan Clark and NU MOON win the Sidesaddle Championship sponsored and presented by
Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Hornberger
(photo © AlCookPhoto.com)

The Ladies Hunter Sidesaddle Under Saddle class was judged at the walk, trot, and canter both ways of the ring, after which the judges closely inspected their formal hunting attire and appointments. Out of the five entries, it was Cindy Buchanan and THE LONE SPY who took first place, while Zebrovious and QUEST finished second.

 

 

NU MOON and Clark also won the Ladies Hunter Sidesaddle Over Fences class, where riders had to jump a course of 8 obstacles and were judged on performance and soundness, with an emphasis on manners. Second place went to Buchanan and THE LONE SPY.

 

Zebrovious and QUEST were the winners of the Ladies Hunter Sidesaddle Hack class, with Clark and NU MOON taking second place. In this class, competitors had to walk, trot, and canter both ways of the ring, jump a line of two fences, gallop down the long side of the ring, and halt halfway down.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Hornberger sponsored all the classes in the Sidesaddle division, and presented all the awards.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Hornberger sponsored all the classes in the Sidesaddle division, and presented all the awards.

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the 2011 National Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year and the sixth ranked horse show in North America in the 2012 North American Riders Group (NARG) annual rankings, is one of the largest indoor horse shows in the U.S. It hosts horses and competitors from across the country with 10,000 spectators attending from the Mid-Atlantic region.

 

With over 1,400 qualified horses competing for $450,000 in prize money, the show features Hunter and Jumper competition and is the site of the Pessoa/US National Hunter Seat Medal Final Presented by Randolph College, the Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, North American League (NAL) National Finals and the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National.

 

In addition to world-class equestrian competition, the horse show offers a unique shopping environment with boutique vendors that offer everything from fine art to custom jewelry, clothing, accessories and horse show memorabilia.

 

Proceeds from the event benefit community equine and youth programs. Since its inception in 1945, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation has donated over $1.5 million to charitable entities.

 

Horse show competition can be viewed live free of charge at www.usefnetwork.com and live scoring and results are available at www.Ryegate.com.

 

For more details on show events, competitors and vendors, please visit the show’s website, www.PAnational.org or contact the Pennsylvania National Horse Show at 717-236-1600 or by email, eventinfo@PAnational.org.

Emma Fass Wins $10,000 NAL Children’s Hunter Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show

October 15, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Harrisburg, PA – October 14, 2013 – Emma Fass, of Newport News, VA, rode her own horse SON OF A SAILOR into the winner’s circle today, after clinching the title of the $10,000 North American League Children’s Hunter Finals and the Laura Palmer Pickett Memorial Perpetual Trophy at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. Alexandra McReady, of Annapolis, MD, and her own CZECH were the Reserve Champions.

 

 

Emma Fass and SON OF A SAILOR receive the Laura Palmer Pickett Memorial Perpetual Trophy (photo © AlCookPhoto.com)

Emma Fass and SON OF A SAILOR receive the Laura Palmer Pickett Memorial Perpetual Trophy (photo © AlCookPhoto.com)

“This title means so much!”, said Fass. “I’ve been doing Children’s for a long time and it’s great to be able to come here and to compete against so many kids that have done so well throughout the year. To do well in this competition means a lot and shows that I’ve progressed so much over the year”.

 

Peg Seals, who Fass has trained with for the past three years was also thrilled. “I’m very proud of her”, said Seals. “I expected no less of her, to be perfectly honest. She’s a great student, a great kid, has a great mother that has been so supportive, and the horse just wants to be good at all times. He always puts his heart in anything he does. Everything came together for us today”.

 

The competition was fierce, as the top 30 qualified riders from across the nation competed against each other in the first round. The top 12 scoring entries from that round then proceeded to the second round. Scores from both rounds were then combined to determine the placings and winner. Going in to today’s Final, Fass was actually lying 15th in the NAL rankings. She scored an 85 in the first round which put them into second place going into the second round. In the second round, she scored 82.5 giving her a finishing total of 167.5.

 

“I was really happy with my first round so I tried to make my second round similar”, said the 17 year-old Fass. “In the first round I tried to be more ambitious but in the second round I tried to make it prettier and nice”.

 

Alexandra McReady and CZECH also had a super trips, scoring an 83.5 in the first round and an 81.5 in the second to give her a total score of 165.0.

 

The North American League (NAL) offers year-long Series in six divisions – Adult Jumper Presented by SmartPak, Children’s Jumper Presented by EquiFit, Adult Hunter Presented by Practical Horseman, Children’s Hunter, Pony Jumper, and Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper. The Series includes classes held at hundreds of horse shows across the United States and Canada. The NAL gives riders in these divisions a chance to ride in year-end finals at two major indoor shows – The NAL National Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show at Harrisburg, October 10-19, and the NAL West Coast Finals at the Las Vegas National Horse Show, November 12-17. Further information on the NAL is available at www.ryegate.com or by contacting Ryegate Show Services at 717-867-5643 or NAL@Ryegate.com.

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the 2011 National Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year and the sixth ranked horse show in North America in the 2012 North American Riders Group (NARG) annual rankings, is one of the largest indoor horse shows in the U.S. It hosts horses and competitors from across the country with 10,000 spectators attending from the Mid-Atlantic region.

 

With over 1,400 qualified horses competing for $450,000 in prize money, the show features Hunter and Jumper competition and is the site of the Pessoa/US National Hunter Seat Medal Final Presented by Randolph College, the Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, North American League (NAL) National Finals and the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National.

 

In addition to world-class equestrian competition, the horse show offers a unique shopping environment with boutique vendors that offer everything from fine art to custom jewelry, clothing, accessories and horse show memorabilia.

 

Proceeds from the event benefit community equine and youth programs. Since its inception in 1945, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation has donated over $1.5 million to charitable entities.

 

Horse show competition can be viewed live free of charge at www.usefnetwork.com and live scoring and results are available at www.Ryegate.com.

 

For more details on show events, competitors and vendors, please visit the show’s website, www.PAnational.org or contact the Pennsylvania National Horse Show at 717-236-1600 or by email, eventinfo@PAnational.org.

Lillie Keenan Wins Pessoa/ US Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Finals At Pennsylvania National Horse Show

October 14, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Harrisburg, PA – October 13, 2013 – Lillie Keenan, of New York, NY, topped a field of 234 starters today, winning the coveted Pessoa/ US Hunter Seat Equitation Medal in the Final riding CLEARWAY at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

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Lillie Keenan wins Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Final

“I’m very, very excited!”, exclaimed Keenan. “To have won this title after coming second last year means the world to me”.

 

“In the first round, I think that I over-rode my horse”, commented Keenan. “In the second round, by not being first I feel we had the advantage because I was able to show off and really prove what I could do. The final test was extremely difficult, but it is a championship and that would be expected.”

 

“I’m on top of the world”, said Andre Dignell who trains Keenan. “She’s a great rider, he’s a great horse, and you want these things to happen for riders that ride like she does. I’ve been doing this a long time and this feeling never gets old. I’m thrilled”.

 

Second placed Michael Hughes riding CALVIN

Second placed Michael Hughes riding CALVIN

 

Just 25 riders were called back by judges Ralph Caristo and Leo Conroy for a second round, and only 6 were asked to remain for the extremely difficult final test which would determine the winner and top placings. The final test included: a halt, a trot fence, counter-canter, demonstrating two changes of lead before the final combination, and sitting trot to the line-up. All without stirrups.

 

Michael Hughes of Allendale, NJ, moved up from sixth place after the first round to fourth after the Round 2 aboard CURTIS to finish in second place. “I was hoping there was going to be a test so that I could try to move up”, said Hughes. “The final test was very intimidating. You had to have a lot of control especially without the stirrups and your horse really had to be listening to you.” This was only the third time the pair had competed together.

 

Third place went to Charlotte Jacobs, who was actually in the lead after Round 2 on PATRICK, but unfortunately she didn’t get the two changes of lead in the final test before the last combination. “He was just unbelievable in all three rounds, and I’m very happy with him”, said Jacobs.

 

The judges were extremely impressed by the competitors. “It had to be a hard test, look at the quality of the riders”, Ralph Caristo. “They all rose to the occasion and any of these three could have won”.

 

“Lillie’s changes at the end is what slammed the door for her”, added Leo Conroy.

 

“The most concerning part of the test for me was the two lead changes before the combination”, said Keenan. “I’m lucky I was on a big horse and I was able to make up a lot of ground in the combination”.

 

“That test was survival of the fittest”, said Dignelli. “I’m so glad I didn’t have to ride it!”

 

Third placed Charlotte Jacobs riding PATRICK

Third placed Charlotte Jacobs riding PATRICK

FINAL RESULTS

1) Lillie Keenan

2) Michael Hughes

3) Charlotte Jacobs

4) Alexandra Maracic

5) Lauren Tyree

6) Allison Toffolon

7) Abby Bertlelson

8) Sydney Shulman

9) Alexandria Desiderio

10) Kelli Crucioti

Honorable Mention: Caitlin Boyle

 

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the 2011 National Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year and the sixth ranked horse show in North America in the 2012 North American Riders Group (NARG) annual rankings, is one of the largest indoor horse shows in the U.S. It hosts horses and competitors from across the country with 10,000 spectators attending from the Mid-Atlantic region.

 

With over 1,400 qualified horses competing for $450,000 in prize money, the show features Hunter and Jumper competition and is the site of the Pessoa/US National Hunter Seat Medal Final Presented by Randolph College, the Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, North American League (NAL) National Finals and the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National.

 

In addition to world-class equestrian competition, the horse show offers a unique shopping environment with boutique vendors that offer everything from fine art to custom jewelry, clothing, accessories and horse show memorabilia.

 

Proceeds from the event benefit community equine and youth programs. Since its inception in 1945, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation has donated over $1.5 million to charitable entities.

 

Horse show competition can be viewed live free of charge at www.usefnetwork.com and live scoring and results are available at www.Ryegate.com.

 

For more details on show events, competitors and vendors, please visit the show’s website, www.PAnational.org or contact the Pennsylvania National Horse Show at 717-236-1600 or by email, eventinfo@PAnational.org.

Zone 5 Team Wins Second Consecutive Gold in the $15,000 Randolph College/USEF Prix de States Team Championship at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show

October 12, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Harrisburg, PA – October 11, 2013 – In an exciting night of junior jumper action, the Zone 5 team captured their second consecutive gold in the $15,000 Randolph College/USEF Prix de States Team Championship at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show tonight. Under the guidance of team Chef d’Equipe Alex Jayne, the Zone 5 Team consisted of: Kalvin Dobbs, of Carmel, IN, rode TEA PARTY; Gabriela Mershad of New Albany, OH, was aboard SKARA GLEN’S BASEL; Lauren Tyree of Chicago, IL, competed AUDI’S TOP SECRET; and Vivian Yowan of Lexington, KY, rode RALVESTHER.

 

The Prix de States Team Championship follows a modified Nation’s Cup format whereas each team jumps one round. The six teams plus any ties accumulating the least number of faults will be required to jump a second round – the three best scores count for the team. Teams then return in reverse order of first round team scores. The winning team is determined by adding together the jumping and time penalties incurred by the three best competitors of each team in each round. It’s an important competition for the Juniors, and all the team members tastefully decorated themselves and their horses to represent their own Zone team in the spirit of competition.

 

Zone 5 team newcomer Vivan Yowan, was one of only seven competitors who scored a clear trip in the first round of the night. Yowan was very pleased with the 15 year-old dutch mare RALVESTHER. “She’s a really good horse”, commented Yowan. “And she’s such a good rider”, added teammate Kalvin Dobbs. “It’s so nice to see a Zone 5 rising star as we’re leaving, and to know that someone we know will be here to continue.” Dobbs, Tyree, and Mershad are in their last year and will be moving on to other things including college.

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After the first round of the evening, Zones 1, 2, and 5 were in a three-way tie, having accumulated 4 faults each, thus putting the pressure on the riders going into the second round. Kalvin Dobbs on TEA PARTY, and Mershad on SKARA GLEN’S BASEL incurred 4 faults each for the Zone 5 team in the second round, but a clear trip from Lauren Tyree and the 13 year old Dutch gelding AUDI’S TOP SECRET secured the Gold for their team once again with an overall total of 12 faults.

 

The Zone 2 team tried their best to reclaim the top spot that they held in 2011, but this year it was not to be, and they had to settle for Silver with a total of 16 faults. The team consisted of Charlotte Jacobs and KACHINA; Michael Hughes and LUXINA; Katherine Strauss and CHELLANDO Z; and Lillie KEENAN and LONDINIUM. Zone 2 Chef d’Equipe was John Brennan.

 

The Bronze went to the Zone 1 team with a total of 20 faults. Chef d’Equipe Darren Graziano assisted team members Sydney Shulman and HH NARCOS DU MARAIS; Megan McDermott and BULL RUN’S BECKY BLUE; Dana Scott and KM WHATEVER RV; and Victoria Arute and ZAKENMAN ZAFFIER.

 

The scores Friday’s Phase II class and Thursday’s Phase I carry over into Saturday’s Phase III of the Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Individual Championship.

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the 2011 National Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year and the sixth ranked horse show in North America in the 2012 North American Riders Group (NARG) annual rankings, is one of the largest indoor horse shows in the U.S. It hosts horses and competitors from across the country with 10,000 spectators attending from the Mid-Atlantic region.

 

With over 1,400 qualified horses competing for $450,000 in prize money, the show features Hunter and Jumper competition and is the site of the Pessoa/US National Hunter Seat Medal Final Presented by Randolph College, the Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, North American League (NAL) National Finals and the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National.

 

In addition to world-class equestrian competition, the horse show offers a unique shopping environment with boutique vendors that offer everything from fine art to custom jewelry, clothing, accessories and horse show memorabilia.

 

Proceeds from the event benefit community equine and youth programs. Since its inception in 1945, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation has donated over $1.5 million to charitable entities.

 

Horse show competition can be viewed live free of charge at www.usefnetwork.com and live scoring and results are available at www.Ryegate.com.

 

For more details on show events, competitors and vendors, please visit the show’s website, www.PAnational.org or contact the Pennsylvania National Horse Show at 717-236-1600 or by email, eventinfo@PAnational.org.

Junior Hunters Set The Stage On Opening Day of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show

October 10, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

The hunter competition proved tough on opening day, but it was Victoria Colvin, of Loxahatchee, FL, who stood out and proved why she is a formidable opponent in the hunter ring, winning a total of five classes.

In the Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under Division, Colvin’s beautiful rounds aboard Dr. Betsee Parker’s OVATION clinched the win for the pair in all three classes: Over

Fences, the Handy Over Fences, and on the flat Under Saddle.

Victoria Colvin and WAY COOL

Victoria Colvin and WAY COOL

In the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Over Fences, the rounds varied and so did the placings. Destry Spielberg and ILLUSION won the first class over fences, while Cloe Hymowitz and ENJOY claimed the Handy Over Fences. Ashley Foster and SIN CITY strutted their stuff on the flat, winning the Under Saddle class.

In the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Division, Victoria Colvin rode both INCLUSIVE and WAY COOL, but it was the latter who kept his cool winning both the Over Fences and Handy classes.

“He went amazing today!”, said Colvin about her ride on WAY COOL. “Usually INCLUSIVE is a little easier, but today he was fresh”. Colvin has been riding both horses for almost 3 years and trains with Scott Stewart and Ken Berkley.

Courtney Butz and BROOKLYN, competing at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show for the second time, won their second Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under, Under Saddle class. “He’s usually very lazy”, laughed Courtney.

In the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 classes, it was Lillie Keenan who put the pressure on with WALK THE LINE, winning the first two classes, but it was Taylor Willever and ELOQUENCE who stole the under saddle class.

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the 2011 National Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year and the sixth ranked horse show in North America in the 2012 North American Riders Group (NARG) annual rankings, is one of the largest indoor horse shows in the U.S. It hosts horses and competitors from across the country with 10,000 spectators attending from the Mid-Atlantic region.

With over 1,400 qualified horses competing for $450,000 in prize money, the show features Hunter and Jumper competition and is the site of the Pessoa/US National Hunter Seat Medal Final Presented by Randolph College, the Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, North American League (NAL) National Finals and the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National.

In addition to world-class equestrian competition, the horse show offers a unique shopping environment with boutique vendors that offer everything from fine art to custom jewelry, clothing, accessories and horse show memorabilia.

Proceeds from the event benefit community equine and youth programs. Since its inception in 1945, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation has donated over $1.5 million to charitable entities.

Horse show competition can be viewed live free of charge at www.usefnetwork.com and live scoring and results are available at www.Ryegate.com.

For more details on show events, competitors and vendors, please visit the show’s website, www.PAnational.org or contact the Pennsylvania National Horse Show at 717-236-1600 or by email, eventinfo@PAnational.org.

A Wicked Good Team

December 17, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Katie and Wicked blending in with the jump.
AlCookPhoto.com

 

Katherine Pontone will always remember her last year as a junior as a “wicked” experience with the best pony jumper she could have ever imagined. Katherine, 18, and her pony Wicked won the North American League’s (NAL) 2012 Pony Jumper Division Championship at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg in October. Katherine acquired Wicked in the summer of 2011 and describes the dazzling black and white pony – who is blind in one eye – as a forgotten pony.

“When I decided that I wanted to compete in the pony jumper division I was looking for a pony who could be successful jumping 3’6. Wicked was rarely ridden and had not been shown in over a year. Wicked didn’t even have an active USEF number then. In spite of her obesity and lack of training, I got a glimpse of her true heart. She loved to jump and she was so willing to please me. I knew I was taking a big risk when I bought Wicked. She needed to loose a lot of weight, she needed a lot of training and she had very little show experience; but I knew she had what it takes to be a winner. Everyone doubted her abilities but I never did,” Katherine said.

 

Even though Wicked was far from ready for showing, the pair worked together as Katherine entered her senior year of high school to get prepared for competition. After gaining some show experience, Katherine brought Wicked to the pony jumpers and joined the NAL’s Pony Jumper Division two months into the 2012 season.

Katie surveys her course.

When did you start riding?

I started riding when I was six-years-old. I just started showing competitively this year, including competing in the NAL. I showed in cross rails when I was 12 then I took a couple of years off and learned how to ride and then started showing again this year.

 

What is your favorite thing to do when you ride?

My favorite thing is trail riding and racing around with my Mom, who just started riding.

 

Who are the biggest influences on your life?

My mom is my biggest influence. She supports me in every way.  Also my trainer – Kali Jerman. She helps me perfect my technique. She won on her horse as a junior in the NAL Children’s Jumper division. I have been with Kali for seven months now. She is based in Colts Neck, New Jersey.

 

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment?

I would say the transformation of Wicked from being an overweight, forgotten pony in a field to an NAL Champion. My mom loved her from the start. She said, “Oh she’s pretty so we’ll get this one.” Wicked is a 13-year-old mutt that had been to three show grounds in her life; but she really didn’t have any kind of experience or show record. She is also blind in her right eye. She’s been blind for a couple of years now; but it doesn’t bother her and you can’t tell by her performance.

 

What are your goals in life and as a rider?

My lifetime goal is to become the best person I can be through horses and as a rider.

 

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Katie congratulates Wicked on a job well done at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

Abigail McArdle Leads Zone Five to USEF Prix de States Team Championship

October 17, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 won the USEF Prix de States Team Championship and the Individual Junior Jumper Reserve Championship. Photo By: Al Cook.

October 16, 2012– The best young riders in the country gathered at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show this weekend to compete during the 2012 Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships. Leading the way was 18-year-old Abigail McArdle of Barrington, IL, who helped Zone Five capture the USEF Prix de States Team Championship and later went on to earn the Individual Junior Jumper Reserve Championship aboard Cosma 20.

McArdle and Cosma 20 kicked the weekend off right with a clear first round on Thursday night, finishing in second place just shy of the leading time. Friday night highlighted the USEF Prix de States Team Championship. McArdle’s Zone Five Team members included Kalvin Dobbs of Carmel, IN riding Winde; Lillie Ross of Wheaton, IL aboard Pako; and Catherine Tyree of Chicago, IL on Wetter.

After the first round the team had 12 faults to their name, and all of the pressure came down on McArdle. As the anchor rider, she needed to lay down a clear round during the second phase to take the gold.

Pressure is no stranger to McArdle, who laid down five clear rounds to win the NAJYRC Junior Show Jumping Gold Medal in July, and also led Zone Five to the Team Silver Medal. Once again she and Cosma 20 rose to the challenge and managed to leave each rail in the cup, vaulting Zone Five to the top of the podium for the Gold Medal.

“I had never shown Cosma indoors before, but after doing so well the first day the team decided to have me ride in the anchor position,” explained McArdle. “It was a lot of pressure, but it was good pressure because it’s always an honor to ride as the anchor for your team. Knowing that I had to put in a clear round to secure the gold medal was a very exciting moment.”

On Saturday night, the Individual Junior Jumper Championship continued. McArdle was ranked second going into the event and needed to go clean to hold on to her position. Cosma 20 was brilliant again and never touched a jump, helping McArdle garner the Reserve Championship.

“It’s a great competition and I think I really rode my best,” expressed McArdle. “I couldn’t be happier with Cosma’s performances this weekend. A lot of horses get backed off or spooky inside and she really proved that once again at a different venue she’s able to perform with confidence.”

McArdle will now prepare for the 2012 Alltech National Horse Show, where she will be competing in the Junior Jumpers with Cosma 20 and the prestigious ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Medal Finals aboard her veteran mount Apartico.