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Penny Brennan and Sun Tzu Steal the Show Winning $25,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix

May 19, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Halifax, MA – May 18, 2013 – The long-awaited $25,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix was hot with competition this afternoon for the fourth day of the Fieldstone Spring Festival. It came down to eight horses in the jump-off, vying for the coveted first place finish. Penny Brennan and Sun Tzu proved victorious, blazing the way from the start of the jump-off with one of only four double-clear efforts. She was the pathfinder with a time of only 46.036 seconds. Brennan rode to a 1-2 finish with her veteran mount, Japan, while Amanda Derbyshire and Attach II took the third place honors.


Keith Bollotte of Culleoka, TN, designed an extensive course to challenge the exhibitors during the $25,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix today. He used 15 efforts in the first round including a vertical-oxer double combination, an oxer-vertical-vertical triple combination, a fan jump, hard rollbacks, a triple bar and a liverpool. Only eight of the entrants were able to go clear over the first round. Penny Brennan and Sun Tzu led the class from start to finish as the pathfinders in the first round with the first clear effort, as well as the first to set the pace during the jump-off.


Those who moved into the second round were faced with new obstacles in the jump-off. They began over the opening red brick oxer and then made a dash toward a hill where they were faced with a skinny vertical. The descent from the hill proved the most efficient in the task to shed the seconds, as riders then took a newly introduced oxer. A left hand turn brought them to the vertical-oxer combination. They then had to race toward the bank and complete a vertical as they turned left for the liverpool. Upon landing they had to make a sharp right rollback to the final vertical to seal their fate.


Although Brennan was the first to tackle the short track, she did not approach it with any form of hesitation or doubt. Sun Tzu is named accordingly after the legendary General attributed to the philosophy and literature of the masterpiece the Art of War, and today he went to war, having already won. They took off from the in gate in a flash, clearing the first oxer with ease and moving to the skinny on the hill without faltering. She sliced the turn down the side and moved straight forward to the third obstacle, covering the ground with a steadfast pace. After landing, she took the inside turn to the double-combination and then raced forward to the bank, jumping up the side and shaving the time with her move. The crowd was aghast as she cleared the final two obstacles and tripped the timers in 46.036 seconds, nearly ten seconds faster than the time allowed.


“When I walked the course I felt I would be adding in places because there were banks and some spooky jumps, but he just carried me around and we did the numbers. I made an inside cut in the first round because the time was tight today. He was awesome and made it in under the time allowed, he pretty much showed me the way,” Brennan stated. “He can also really run, and I had no idea! Ironically enough, when I was in a class last week with him we had a time fault. This is my second time riding him so I had no idea he could run like that and turn. I just decided to try; he really stepped up out there.”


Brennan continued, “This horse takes you to the jumps and is very honest, so you don’t have to plan too much with him. I don’t know how I figured it just happened. He came with a shaggy mane and long whiskers, and sometimes you just have to look past the cover. You just have to sit on and look right into the soul, into him. When a horse comes to me with great big eyes like that, they are usually a champion.”



Penny Brennan and Sun Tzu

Amanda Derbyshire was the next in the ring, and although Attach II rose to the challenge, their time of 47.939 proved conservative in the end. She took a similar path to Brennan, but they could not match her pace across the ground, earning her the eventual third place finish. James North and Wardetta S attempted to take on Brennan, as well, and although they did complete the course leaving all rails in their cups, they were unable to match the pace, finishing in fourth with a time of 52.029 seconds. Brennan returned to the short course to compete aboard Pay It Forward, but a rail down at the double after a hard slice cost them the clear finish, placing them in fifth. North was awarded the sixth place finish with The Man To See, while Juan Jose Lavieri and Don Pedro took the seventh place. Newcomers to the Grand Prix scene, Addison Gierkink and Lady Macbeth DH, rounded out the top eight.


Brennan was the last one to take on the course with her final mount, Japan. As her more veteran mount, she knows Japan inside and out. It came as no surprise that she would try to catch her own time, racing over the obstacles with the bay gelding to take the second place finish in 47.125 seconds.


“I could not even beat Sun Tzu out there with Japan, my fastest horse, and I always win with Japan,” Brennan said with a tone of astonishment. “Japan is probably one of the easiest horses in my life. He just needs a fast good ride, you can be long, you can be deep, it doesn’t matter. He still wants to move the jumps up and he doesn’t think about anything except for moving the jumps up and going over them.”


The $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Competition was filled with anticipation as exhibitors gathered to show on the Grand Prix Field this morning. They were welcomed by nothing but clear skies and a crisp wind as they took on the intricate course. It was Rio with Emily Bickford in the irons who captured the coveted Classic victory, as well as the division’s championship honors.



Emily Bickford was presented with the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship at the Fieldstone Spring Festival.

Emily Bickford was presented with the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship at the Fieldstone Spring Festival.


Bollotte’s course was comprised of 12 efforts spread out amongst the greenery of the Grand Prix Field. He utilized a vertical-oxer double-combination, oxer-vertical-vertical triple combination, a Liverpool, a skinny vertical atop the daunting hill, and the final obstacle uniquely set upon the bank. The jump-off began over an oxer and then led forward to the Boston Red Sox vertical on the bank. With many options from which to choose, riders had to decide if they would ride down the bank or slice the turn by jumping down from it as they headed to a new skinny vertical. After landing they then took the red brick oxer set on the diagonal and made a right rollback to another oxer near the in gate. As they landed, they were forced to open their stride as they approached the final obstacle, the black-and-white EquiFit oxer where they raced to stop the clock.


Emily Bickford and Rio were the first to clear the opening course. With competitors still behind them, Bickford began to formulate her plan for the jump-off as she waited with eagerness. This week at Fieldstone was the first time Bickford and Rio had competed in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers. They must have found their calling, because with only three horse and rider combinations qualifying for the short course, they outran their competition for the victory.


Bickford was the only rider to jump the second obstacle and make a right hand turn down the bank to shave the seconds. She also chose to slice several of the turns with Rio, a choice that put him a little too in front of her leg for the penultimate obstacle where they had the back rail fall to turf. Their time of 35.902 seconds proved unbeatable as they each consecutive rider attempted to post a clear round.


“We went over to Ireland in November of 2012 and we saw him and fell in love. I rode him for about five minutes and couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face,” Bickford said. “I trained with Paul in Wellington all Winter, and we have come a long way.”


Bickford continued, “I love it here, we always support Scott Clawson and the Fieldstone horse shows. The course was very welcoming; we had worked out most of the kinks. The grass was great, and it was a lot of fun. We really went for it today, and this felt great to take home the win.”


: Emily Bickford piloted Rio to the top of the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the Fieldstone Spring Festival. All Photos By: Kendall Bierer/Phelps Media Group.

: Emily Bickford piloted Rio to the top of the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the Fieldstone Spring Festival. All Photos By: Kendall Bierer/Phelps Media Group.


Myrto Iliadis-Koutsikos of Athens, Greece and Voila HE started the course conservatively, with their eyes set firmly on the blue ribbon; however, a rail at the third obstacle forced them to change their plan. Possible victory hung in the difference of seconds between she and Bickford. Although both ended with a four-fault total, Iliadis-Koutsikos’ time of 42.832 seconds only proved good enough for the second place. Abby Bertelson and Sandra Z rode to the third place finish with their final time of 46.667 seconds. Bickford was awarded the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship, while Iliadis-Koutsikos and Addison Gierkink took home the reserve championships.


Tomorrow will conclude the Fieldstone Spring Festival, but exhibitors will have much to look forward to. The jumpers will continue to raise the heat in the Jumper Ring as they compete in the $2,500 Child/Adult Jumper Classic and the $3,000 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. For more information on Stadium Jumping and the Fieldstone Spring Festival, please visit You can also follow the Fieldstone Horse Shows on Facebook at

Kent Farrington and Venus Blaze to Victory in $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic at Kentucky Spring Classic

May 18, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – May 16, 2013 – Although thunderstorms disrupted competition throughout the day at the Kentucky Horse Park, the clouds parted as the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic got underway during the Kentucky Spring Classic. Sixteen horse and rider combinations advanced to the tiebreaker, creating a speed duel for the winning prize. Kent Farrington proved to have all the answers with Venus, blazing an uncatchable clear track that was almost two seconds faster than second place finisher Andrew Bourns of Ireland. Reed Kessler and Mika were the pathfinders to take home the third place honors.


Kent Farrington and Venus


Fifty-four entries showed over Conrad Homfeld’s opening course, which featured multiple bending lines, a vertical-oxer double combination, and an oxer-vertical-vertical triple combination. It yielded 16 clear rounds, all of whom returned for the short course, which began over a vertical-oxer bending line with a roll back to a single vertical followed by another oxer. Riders then galloped to the double combination before doubling back to finish over the final oxer away from the gate.


Reed Kessler of Lexington, KY, was the second rider on the start list and first to complete the course without fault. She and her top mount, Mika, also proved to be pathfinders during the jump-off, completing a clear effort in a speed of 36.217 seconds that would eventually place third.


Seven rounds later, Kessler’s clear round was caught by Andrew Bourns aboard Gatsby. They were able to shave time through the rollback and took a long distance to the oxer before the double combination. Their risks paid off, and they broke the beam at 35.877 seconds with all the rails in tact for the second place honors.


“Thankfully, I watched Reed, and I noticed she steadied up a lot for the double combination, and she was easy to the last, so I figured that’s where I could make up some time,” noted Bourns. “For sure from the first fence to second fence she was faster than me because she did one less stride, but I think I got a better turn after. This is the biggest class my horse has jumped so far. He’s been very successful, but now I am trying to up his level a little bit and have him jump a bigger track. I was very happy with him today.”


Andrew Bourns and Gatsby


It was the next rider on course that would prove to have the winning round. Kent Farrington and Venus, owned by Raylyn Farms of Frederick, MD, were up to the speedy challenge. They quickly zipped from one to two and took a big risk to the combination. The mare easily cleared the obstacles and cut inside Bourn’s track to the final oxer with a clear round in 33.878 seconds for the win.


Five other riders had double clear rounds, with Ramiro Quintata coming the closest to Kessler’s time with Whitney, owned by St. Bride’s Farm of Upperville, VA, for the fourth place prize. Quentine Judge and HH Dark De La Hart, owned by Double H Farm of Wellington, FL, placed fourth, followed by Ian Millar and Team Works’ Star Power in sixth place for Canada.


Ireland’s Richie Moloney qualified three mounts for the jump-off for owner Equinimity LLC of Wellington, FL. Carrabis Z and Call Me Number One picked up seventh and eighth by producing matching clear rounds, while Slieveanorra proved to be the fastest four-faulter over the short course for ninth place.


Farrington and Venus were partnered together during last year’s Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, and he was ready to pull out all the stops for a win today. “The plan for the jump-off was to try to win,” he smiled. “Venus is a fast horse. She is my type of horse, a really thoroughbredy type of horse with a lot of blood. She’s naturally fast across the ground, and I think I just picked up a very fast gallop. I turned very quickly to the vertical at the end of the ring, and I just let her run to the last jump.”


Although champion eventer and show jumper Marilyn Little normally rides the horse, Farrington took over the ride for the last two weeks. “It was sort of a last minute thing,” explained Farrington. “Lynn [Little] called me up and asked me if I wanted to show the horse and if I did they were dropping it off in an hour at my farm, so that was that. I rode him last year and then Marilyn rode it this winter, but they asked if I would ride Venus for these shows.”


Tonight’s class was the second event in the seven-part Hagyard Challenge Series, which features a $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus to the top rider at the end of the season. Farrington has won the award twice already, and is a strong supporter of the series. “I think any kind of rider incentive iss great for the sport, especially at the professional level,” he commented. “There is so much money in the junior and amateur divisions at the shows. We have to keep the true professional sport and people have to be able to win money. I think having rider incentives for the people that are consistently successful is a great thing. I am huge supporter of any kind of incentive or bonus like that for riders that are consistently successful.”



Kent Farrington and Venus won the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic


Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is one of the oldest and largest equine veterinary practices in the world. Founded in 1876, the institute offers a staff with qualifications unparalleled by any single non-university veterinary group in the equine industry, and Hagyard veterinarians have dedicated themselves to the health and well-being of the horse for more than 130 years.


Several generous sponsors have helped make this exciting series event happen. These gracious supporters include: title sponsor MWI Veterinary Supply, and presenting sponsor Zoetis, as well as Audi of Lexington, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, Hagyard Flex-tra HA, Johnson Horse Transport, Hallway Feeds, Kirk Horse Insurance LLC, Pike and Preston, and Stoll Keenon Ogden.


The next event for Farrington and Venus will be Saturday night’s $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington. The jumper action at the Kentucky Spring Classic concludes on Sunday with the $20,000 Bluegrass Classic in the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park.


For more information about the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows please visit


RESULTS: $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic

1 1061 VENUS KENT FARRINGTON 0 0 0 73.710 0 0 0 33.878

2 974 GATSBY ANDREW BOURNS 0 0 0 72.690 0 0 0 35.877

3 149 MIKA REED KESSLER 0 0 0 73.786 0 0 0 36.217

4 832 WHITNEY RAMIRO QUINTANA 0 0 0 73.741 0 0 0 37.123

5 82 HH DARK DE LA HART QUENTIN JUDGE 0 0 0 75.962 0 0 0 37.169

6 856 STAR POWER IAN MILLAR 0 0 0 72.931 0 0 0 37.468

7 342 CARRABIS Z RICHIE MOLONEY 0 0 0 73.354 0 0 0 38.128

8 343 CALL ME NUMBER ONE RICHIE MOLONEY 0 0 0 73.876 0 0 0 40.072

9 350 SLIEVEANORRA RICHIE MOLONEY 0 0 0 72.231 4 0 4 35.342

10 768 RENDEZVOUS 22 NICK NOVAK 0 0 0 74.112 4 0 4 38.186

11 843 LARGO RAMIRO QUINTANA 0 0 0 74.591 4 0 4 38.353

12 818 LASKARA R ALISON ROBITAILLE 0 0 0 70.828 4 0 4 40.920


Fieldstone Spring Festival Kicks Off With Competitive First Day of Show Jumping Competition

May 17, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Halifax, MA – May 15, 2013 – The first day of the Fieldstone Spring Festival welcomed the top riders in the nation to the new and improved Fieldstone Show Park. After an overhaul, the Fieldstone Show Park kicked off the first day of the weeklong show with thrilling hunter and jumper competition. David Oliynyk rode to the top of the 1.15m Jumpers, while Kristen Bumpus piloted Cupid to the top of the ranks during the 1.25m Schooling Jumpers as she tackled the course on the grass field.


Keith Bollotte of Culleoka, TN, designed all of the courses for the jumper divisions today. He used his interesting eye to create the 1.15m course, challenging both horse and rider alike. The course began over a simple vertical set down the middle of the ring. With a left turn, riders then took a vertical-oxer lone and made their way toward the outside vertical, which led to the oxer-vertical black-and-white double combination. Next riders took the blue oxer at the far end of the ring, and with five strides moved into the second oxer-vertical combination. The eighth obstacle, an oxer, led the pairs to the single vertical where they then raced to trip the timer as they took the final green-and-white oxer to stop the clock.


It was David Oliynyk and Carino W, owned by W. Charlot Farms of Stratford, Ontario, Canada, who dominated the 1.15m Jumpers. The time allowed of 70 seconds proved an issue for many of the riders as they put quality over speed during the first round, with many collecting time faults for their conservancy. Oliynyk was the first to tackle the course, completing all 12 efforts in 66.067 seconds, and leaving all rails intact. He immediately moved into the jump-off, but instead of throwing caution to the wind, Oliynyk focused on guiding his new mount through the process of the jump-off with ease and fortitude. Collecting five time faults in the short course, Oliynyk left the ring with a smile, knowing that the time was tight, and others were sure to make the mistake of speed over accuracy. He was able to post one of only two double-clear efforts of the division.


David Oliynyk and Carino W

David Oliynyk and Carino W


“That’s a 7-year-old that has a lot of potential to jump the bigger jumps,” Oliynyk said of Carino W. “I just got him, so I wanted to play over some medium sized jumps before doing the bigger stuff. He has the talent, so we will see.”


The only other rider out of the field of entrants to even come close to challenging Oliynyk was Gregory Mangan and his own Dr. J. After a year away from the show ring to build a new business in Rochester, NY, Mangan decided to try the Fieldstone Spring Festival for the first time, guiding his 11-year-old gelding through the course for their chance at the blue ribbon win.


Mangan took the first course with a simple ease, riding to a time of 67.411 seconds to move into the jump-off. He knew that Oliynyk had already posted a double-clear effort, but with the Grand Prix in mind for Saturday, Mangan was focused on solely mimicking his clean effort and not trying to beat his time. Mangan and Dr. J finished the course in 50.738 seconds to collect the second place ribbon, but Mangan was all smiles as he described his horse’s natural talent.


“He’s great, he just needs to be left alone and do his own thing,” Mangan explained. “He is very keen, he loves going to shows. If there is a trailer pulling up to the barn, he wants to climb in-he is out of a mare I showed for the Irish team, and he has the natural talent and love for the sport.”


Mangan continued, “This is my first time showing at this show, but it was a beautiful course-great footing. They have done a lot of work with the grounds, just look at the stonewall and the Grand Prix ring. When I drove in, I felt like I was pulling up to a European show, it is very reminiscent with the beautiful grass field. I am building up to the Grand prix slowly. We will see how it goes from there.”


Alan Griffin tied for the third place finish aboard two mounts, during the 1.15m Jumpers. He rode Atonement, owned by Tricolor Stables, LLC of Darien, CT, to the clear round in 67.124 seconds, opting to finish with his first round effort to conserve his ride for later in the week. He also chose the same path for Tricolor’s Charlie Brown, finishing the first round course with no faults in a time of 65.388 seconds.


David Oliynyk rode to the top of the 1.15m Jumpers with Carino W on the first day of the Fieldstone Spring Festival. Photo By: Kendall Bierer/Phelps Media Group.

David Oliynyk rode to the top of the 1.15m Jumpers with Carino W on the first day of the Fieldstone Spring Festival. Photo By: Kendall Bierer/Phelps Media Group.


The Fieldstone Show Park opened a rare class in the afternoon for the riders to take the opportunity to school in the newly improved Grand Prix Field. Tomorrow riders will have the opportunity to compete in the $7,500 Speed Derby, as well as the 1.25m Open Jumpers, YJC 7 & 8-Year-Old 1.30m Qualifier, and the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers. Bollotte once again designed an interesting path for the riders to navigate.


With stiff competition, Bollotte knew he would have to utilize the whole space of the field to showcase the horses’ true potential over his course. He designed a course with 14 efforts to test the teams as they took their turn. The course began over a triple bar, and also featured bending lines, a triple combination and a double combination. It was the jump-off that truly separated the competition. The short track opened once again with the triple bar, and then riders continued to a black-and-white oxer, made a hard right to the oxer-vertical double combination, made a left turn to the Boston Celtics oxer and then took the vertical on the left bank as they raced over the maroon vertical and onto the final orange butterfly oxer to break the beam.


The schooling class proved crucial as the horses had the opportunity to ride on new turf and see the brightly colored obstacles. Oliynyk was the first of the field to take his turn at the course. Coming off of his blue ribbon ride in the 1.15m Jumpers, he now guided Sumas Luxury, owned by Melissa Nicholas of Chelmsford, MA. Although this is another new mount for Oliynyk, it was clear that they understood one another with ease. He used today’s 1.25m Schooling to get to know her better without tackling both a difficult track, and high heights. They made the first round look effortless, and as the wind picked up for the short course, nothing seemed to bother Sumas Luxury and Oliynyk. They made it through the open track in 71.464 seconds, earning time faults for being conservative, but posting a second clean effort none-the-less.


“Depending on the numbers tomorrow in the speed derby, that is something she could do-we are kind of gearing towards that,” Oliynyk stated. “She got better as she went along. She over-jumped a bit in the beginning, but as she relaxed a bit, and started to become a little easier, she became less excited.”


Oliynyk continued, “She is a horse that I think has the talent to jump bigger jumps. She is very useful and very talented but I am just getting to know her. This was the first time I’ve shown her. She’s pretty strong, so I think you have to be a little bit of a strong rider but once she goes around a little bit I might change my opinion. She was not spooky, she was over-jumping a bit but she is very safe. I would like to take her in the speed class tomorrow and then hopefully the Grand Prix on Saturday if she goes well.”


It seemed as though Oliynyk was going to walk away as the leader today, that was until Kristen Bumpus and Cupid entered the field. Time was no problem for the duo as they set the pace for the first round course with a speedy time. Picking up pace at the beginning of the track, she took the opening fences with speed, and was able to balance her pace with accuracy as she whipped through the turns and left all the rails in their cups for the winning ride of 55.264 seconds with the only double-clear effort.


“I think this was his best class ever,” Bumpus exclaimed. “I wasn’t quite sure what it was going to be like. This was his first class-he hasn’t shown since last year, and he really hasn’t jumped a whole lot this winter because I went to Florida while he stayed home.”


Kristen Bumpus and Cupid

Kristen Bumpus and Cupid


Bumpus continued, “I thought he rode better than he ever has. Nobody was more pleasantly surprised than me. I wasn’t expecting it to go that well. My plan in the jump-off is to just make sure he is steering because he is always fast and usually pretty clear but sometimes he is so fast he doesn’t steer very well. We were concentrating on steering because he is bad at turning left so if there is a hard left turn sometimes we don’t make it. The last jump was a little tight turn to the left but it felt really good and it was great.”


“He is extremely sensitive, and he’s probably the hardest horse I’ve ever ridden because you never know what to do next. Just when you think you have it all figured out, he will come up with something, and you have to work for a while to figure it out. He is really fun and fast; he’s hard to keep track of because he wants to be fast. He is kind of quirky, which makes it all the more fun. I love showing out on the grass and he probably likes it more,” Bumpus concluded.


Other horse and rider combinations to look out for this week will include Emily Bickford and Rio, who rode to the third place finish during the 1.25m Schooling Jumpers this afternoon. Rhian Murphy and Hopeful Star, owned by Jedd Papows of Cambridge, MA, took the fourth place finish with four jumping faults and five on the clock. Bickford also navigated Melody to the fifth place finish, while Mangan rounded out the top six with Dr. J.


Tomorrow will welcome the second day of the Fieldstone Spring Festival. The Grand Prix Field will once again welcome riders as they attempt the 1.25m Open Jumpers, High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers, YJC 7 & 8-Year-Old Qualifier, and the $7,500 1.35m Speed Derby. The highlight of the week for the jumpers will be the $25,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix. For more information on Stadium Jumping and the approaching Fieldstone Spring Festival, please visit You can also follow the Fieldstone Horse Shows on Facebook at

Aaron Vale and Palm Sunday Ride to Win $25,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake

April 01, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Tampa, FL – March 29, 2013 – In a speedy fashion, Aaron Vale piloted Palm Sunday to victory under the spotlights during the $25,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center. The anticipation was tangible as eight riders moved into the heated jump-off this evening. Riders fought a battle to the top as they tried to qualify for the steadily approaching $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational to be held at the Raymond James Stadium Saturday, April 6. With Vale’s win tonight, he has sealed his spot in the field of entries.

Jordan Coyne and Lazaro

Jordan Coyne and Lazaro

A field of 31 riders showed in the Covered Arena over Michel Vaillancourt’s first round course. It began with a large oxer with twin stone pillars leading to a vertical, where riders then had to make a left turn to move through the diagonal blue-and-white vertical. A right hand turn over the green and purple oxer on the far side of the ring prepared riders for the technical opening fence leading to the triple combination heading toward the out gate. Riders then had to take the outside double combination where they were faced with a vertical-oxer, and then make their way over the vertical set at the far end of the ring. It was fence 11 that saw the most rails fall with ten riders finding fault. After landing from the red-and-white skinny, they moved forward over the large final oxer.


Jordan Coyne and Lazaro were the first to master the track with a fault-free round. She was the tenth in the order of go, but she certainly set the standard with only seven other pairs navigating the course leaving all rails in their place. Eight horses in total continued on to the jump-off, adding pressure as the riders attempted to break the beam, while still navigating the technical course with accuracy.


The jump-off course began with the first round’s opening oxer, and was followed by fence 14, which was fence four from the first round set backwards. With a hard rollback to the right, riders took fence two from the first round in the opposite direction, and made a hard right rollback to 7b of the triple combination. The wide red-and-white oxer forced riders to take a left turn to the double combination, where they then made a hard left to the dreaded skinny vertical. Upon landing, riders raced for home over the final liverpool obstacle.


“I thought he did a great course,” New Zealand rider Sharn Wordley described. “It was a really good jump-off. Eight clear out of 31 is about the number that you want. It was tough enough, and there were faults coming everywhere. Both combinations were tough, the last fence was tough, the skinny before the last fence was tough. A lot of these horses haven’t jumped indoors in a long time or haven’t jumped indoors at all so to jump that course for their first Grand Prix indoors was tough.”


Coyne and Lazaro were the first to compete over the final test, and with a number of riders coming in behind them, they knew they needed to provide a time and a challenge the other riders would be forced to chase. Coyne picked up a speedy pace to the first fence, and kept the solid pace and tight turns on target. The nerves were high as Coyne sped through the double combination, but all rails stayed in their cups as the horse and rider sliced the outside turn to the skinny, took the oxer with ease, and stopped the timers in 42.936 seconds posting the first of only three double-clear efforts.


“I wanted to go fast, and I planned on making an inside turn after the second jump of the jump-off, but I didn’t look in time so I didn’t get it done, and I think that’s what cost me the class,” eventual second place finisher Coyne explained. “I’m just super happy. I tried to step it up as much as I could after I missed that inside, and I thought I did a pretty good job of making up time. Any top three or even top five finish in a $25,000 is a big deal still. I was really fortunate to have a great season in Ocala, so it’s really nice to come here in a completely different ring and have him go just as well.”


Vaillancourt’s short course soon became the story as faults consistently knocked the teams out of the top rankings. It wasn’t until Wordley and Quick Blue Z took a go, that riders began to see the light of a possible victory. Wordley was the first to pilot his mount through the intertwining obstacles, using a different method to succeed-speed and a slight amount of conservancy. Unlike Coyne, Wordley took a bit of time with the grey gelding, falling nearly four seconds behind Coyne.


“I bought him as a 7-year-old and he’s 11 now. He’s really maturing,” Wordley described. “He won a couple of Grand Prixs last year, and he’s been placing in a couple of big Grand Prix this year. He’s just a little bit quirky, and he’s extremely moody. He’s extremely careful, extremely scopey, but he’s just a moody bugger. He’s maturing into it now, which is good.”


Wordley continued, “The ground was a little slippery in the jump off, so I was a little conservative in a couple places. I didn’t go to fast because I didn’t want him to slip. He’s got some Grand Prix coming up, and I want to do him on Sunday. I’m actually mainly up here so that I qualify for the Invitational on my other horse, but I think we’ve qualified now. I’ve got a really good horse for it, and it will be my first time, so I am quite excited.”


Jordan Coyne and Lazaro

Jordan Coyne and Lazaro

Michael Hughes and Dromma, owned by Vanessa Mannix of Calgary, Alberta, gave the other riders a run for their money. Hughes used speed to his advantage, and as the crowd held its breath, the horse and rider made their way through the track. It was an unlucky rail at 9b that sealed their fate in the eventual fourth place spot. They finished with a four-fault score in 42.149 seconds.


Aaron Vale blasted out of the in gate with his eye on the prize. He spurred on Palm Sunday, owned by Amen Corner Farm of Folsom, LA, taking the tight turns necessary while maintaining accuracy over the impressive obstacles. Vale used the opportunity to open Palm Sunday’s stride after the double combination, clearing the skinny and breaking the beam in 41.122 seconds. Vale posted the fastest time of the night, proving that the race against the clock was no deterrence for the focused pair.


“I was hoping to get a good check so that I can ride again next Saturday night,” Vale stated. “It’s always a treat to get to go jump in Raymond James Stadium. I know these classes count toward qualifying, and I picked up three checks this evening so hopefully that’ll be close enough. Maybe I can get another check or two on Sunday to help get in. Right now Palmer is kind of my longest tenured horse. He’s experienced himself. I mean he’s 14-years-old so he’s had mileage before I got him. I know what he can do and what he can’t do. If we get it right he’s pretty competitive. We kind of got it just right tonight.”


It was Callie Smith and Captain Krutzmann, owned by Smithfield Farms, LLC of Bedminster, NJ, who finished with the fifth place award. Although they took a more conservative route than their competitors, Smith and Captain Krutzmann found fault at the last obstacle of the short course, the liverpool. It was heartbreak for horse and rider alike.


Vale had also shown his other mount Zippo II, owned by 2VR Show Jumpers of Morriston, FL, at the beginning of the jump-off. They had tried to follow in Coyne’s path early in the order to return, but Vale accrued 8 faults with his more recent mount, ending with a time of 45.443 seconds to take the sixth place prize.


“I didn’t ride the first line very well on Zippo-he’s kind of a newer horse for me, He’s got a right drift, so where we wanted to do six, I did seven when he jumped way to the right,” Vale elaborated. I didn’t really get what I wanted on him, but Palm Sunday I’ve had him almost a year now.


Vale continued, “There were a couple things – I figured I could just be quick away from the fences; I made sure to really line up the first line and get down there in the six which he did well, and then boy he ducked in and just kind of cut like a barrel horse off of number two. He was super across there, and then as soon as I hit the ground I ran. I was just fast away from the jumps and tried to make sure I got a good enough approach to clear them. I just played to his strengths in the jump-off their tonight.


Tomorrow will welcome the Junior and Amateur-Owner Jumpers to the Covered Arena for another day of competition, while the Adult and Children’s Jumpers will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in the race against the clock. Sunday afternoon will welcome top riders to compete in the long-awaited Grand Prix of Tampa where riders will compete in the battle of the best.


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Aaron Vale piloted Palm Sunday to the top of the leader board, scoring the quickest of only three double-clear efforts during the $25,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake. Photo By: Kendall Bierer/PMG.

Aaron Vale piloted Palm Sunday to the top of the leader board, scoring the quickest of only three double-clear efforts during the $25,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake. Photo By: Kendall Bierer/PMG.

Photo Credit: Aaron Vale piloted Palm Sunday to the top of the leader board, scoring the quickest of only three double-clear efforts during the $25,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake. Photo By: Kendall Bierer/PMG. Photograph may only be used in relation to this PMG press release.





Order Horse Name Rider Name JF1 TF1 AF1 Time 1 JF2 TF2 AF2 Time 2

1 PALM SUNDAY AARON VALE 0 0 0 67.774 0 0 0 41.122

2 LAZARO JORDAN COYNE 0 0 0 66.576 0 0 0 42.936

3 QUICK BLUE Z SHARN WORDLEY 0 0 0 67.259 0 0 0 46.398

4 DROMMA MICHAEL HUGHES 0 0 0 66.679 4 0 4 42.149

5 CAPTAIN KRUTZMANN CALLIE SMITH 0 0 0 69.892 4 0 4 46.697

6 ZIPPO II AARON VALE 0 0 0 68.025 8 0 8 45.443

7 SWEETHEART ADRIENNE IVERSON 0 0 0 66.114 4 0 4 56.997

8 ZIDOCTRO JENNA FRIEDMAN 0 0 0 67.135 12 6 18 56.118






Lars Petersen and Mariett Score Second Sweep at International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI-W

March 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Loxahatchee, FL-March 23, 2013- Lars Petersen and Mariett proved they were consistently in the zone for the second time in two weeks when they delivered another one-two punch by taking the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle at the International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI-W. The pair achieved the same laudable results just two weeks ago at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W, also at the IHS Champions Park at Equestrian Estates.


Saturday’s Freestyle impressed the judges as the pair racked up a 74.950% to a circus-music themed freestyle to win the Champions Cup. Petersen and Mariett, Marcia Pepper’s 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare, scored a 73.745% in Friday’s Grand Prix to set up the double-header.


“I was very happy with her because she is coming along, but I was not so happy with my canter work,” he said after the Freestyle. “It was a little bit against the leg and she had to work today. I think she gets a little shocked because it’s a difficult freestyle. Overall I’m very happy with her.”


Lars Petersen and Mariett

Lars Petersen and Mariett


Shelly Francis and Doktor proved their consistency once again by earning second place in the Freestyle with a 70.746%. Francis and Doktor placed second in Friday’s Grand Prix to add to their second place finishes in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle at the Feb. 28-March 3 Dressage Derby.


“I’m really happy,” she said. “He’s staying consistent and improving and some things are rider-induced but he tries very, very hard. He wants to be a big superstar for next year!”


Not willing to rest on her fourth place laurels from Friday’s Grand Prix, Susan Jaccoma and Wadamur decided to spice up the Grand Prix Freestyle a bit. Strong gusts of wind picked up a tent and bounced it along the grass near Ring 1 where Jaccoma and Wadamur were performing their freestyle. The judges stopped the ride and, once the tent was secured, Jaccoma was permitted to begin her test from the beginning, with the scoring resuming once she reached her earlier stopping point. She placed third with a 70.325%, a score she believed to be her personal best.


“I don’t know what to say,” she laughed. “I’m speechless. Everyone who knows me knows it takes a lot to make me speechless.”


Lars Petersen and Mariett

Lars Petersen and Mariett


Spain’s Marta Renilla and Presumido performed a more traditional freestyle set to Spanish classical guitar music that showcased the P.R.E. stallion’s piaffe and passage, including a one-handed ending by Renilla. The pair edged up from seventh place in Friday’s Grand Prix with a score of 69.025% to place fourth.


“I’m very pleased with him. He really let me ride him,” Renilla said. “It is such a nice experience for me to be here and trying to work hard and keep learning. Getting him to feel at home is my goal.” She said she thinks Presumido feels the music. “It’s like a dance,” she explained.


In fifth place was David Marcus on Don Kontes, scoring a 68.775%. The team also placed fifth in the Grand Prix on Friday.


“I was much happier with him today,” Marcus said. “Today his heart felt like it was in the right place and he was really trying. There was a mistake in the ones and I tried to recover from that but I guess I did six instead of nine.”


Shelly Francis and Doktor

Shelly Francis and Doktor


Marcus added that he used to think that the freestyle music, borrowed from Chrevi’s Capital, would be too dramatic for Don Kontes, but as Don Kontes has become stronger, he has risen to the music. “It’s very powerful music from ‘Clash of the Titans,’ but now I think it suits him quite well,” Marcus said.


Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital, the horse he rode for Canada in the 2012 London Olympic Games, have been tapped as one of two horse and rider pairs invited to represent North America at the Reem Acra World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, next month. Fellow Olympic teammates, Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro, are the other pair with the highest World Cup qualifying scores for the North American League.


Brooks chose to not compete in the Champions Cup to give D Niro a rest. “In order to make a plan for him and if I want him to peak in Sweden again, we rested him this week and just hacked him out,” she said. “We decided as a team that if we get lucky and the stars align and we go to Sweden, then we have made the best plan for that.”


Diane Creech and Devon L

Diane Creech and Devon L


Another Canadian, Diane Creech with Devon L, came to the Champions Cup with her own plan. Creech wanted tomake showing more routine for the horse. “Just going out and doing it,” she said. “It’s no stress. It’s just like training at home. So it just has to become normal for him. And it is slowly but surely becoming that way.”


The pair must be doing something right because they earned a 69.229% to win the Grand Prix Special. “He was a good boy. It’s just too unfortunate about the last pirouette,” she sighed. “We just lost our balance there, but I do have to say the rest was super.”


Collecting second place in the Grand Prix Special was Janne Rumbough with a 62.958% on Junior, a horse she trained herself. Rumbough’s goal in her Grand Prix CDI debut was to compete and obtain the judges’ feedback. “And then, I can have all summer to work on it because I want to go to Devon,” she said. “For me, it’s such a wonderful learning experience.” She added that Junior seems to enjoy competition and that it stems from her trainer, Mikala Gundersen, from Denmark. “She’s always so positive,” Rumbough said. “She’s the best-kept secret.”


Janne Rumbough and Junior

Janne Rumbough and Junior


“I’m so proud of her,” Gundersen said with a smile. “The goal this year was to do the Grand Prix. I was happy with the way he performed today In the Special you are able to push a little bit more and I think Janne was able to do that.”


The final day of the International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI-W features FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle and Young Rider Freestyle competitions and the Young Horse Test for 6-year-olds as well as USEF classes at First through Fourth Level.


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1 Lars Petersen – Mariett – 74.950%

2 Shelly Francis – Doktor – 70.950%

3 Susan Jaccoma – Wadamur – 70.325%

4 Marta Renilla – Presumido – 69.025%

5 David Marcus – Don Kontes – 68.775%


FEI Grand Prix Special CDIW USEF HP

1 Diane Creech – Devon L – 69.229%

2 Janne Rumbough – Junior – 62.958%


FEI Intermediaire 1 CDI1* USEF HP GAIG/USDF Qual

1 Shelly Francis – Danilo – 70.746%

2 Evi Strasser – Rigaudon Tyme – 68.553%

3 Melissa Taylor – Chicco Roslev – 68.377%

4 Juan Matute – Gasper – 65.395%

5 Carmen Elisa Franco – Vinho Dos Pinhais – 62.368%


FEI Young Rider Individual Test NAJYRC

1 Ally Dunlop – Danero – 63.991%

2 Tanya Strasser-Shostak – Deluxe Tyme – 61.930%


FEI Young Rider Grand Prix (16-25) U 25

1 Cassandra Hummert-Johnson – Plato Carlos – 63.093%


FEI Pony Individual Test (2012)

1 Melanie Doughty – Command Performance – 57.122%


USEF Second Level Test of Choice Open GAIG/IUSDF Q

1 Janne Rumbough – Afilado – 70.714%


USEF Third Level Test 2 Open

1 Chris Sanders – Lyric – 75.610%

2 Monica Burssens – Royal Angel – 69.024%


USEF Third Level Test of Choice Open GAIG/USDF Q

1 Maya Markowski – Diego – 66.098%


USEF Fourth Level Test of Choice Open GAIG/USDF Q

1 Hans Werner Dressler – Lotario – 66.857%


FEI Prix St Georges AA,J/Y GAIG/USDF Qualify

1 Carrie Schopf – Demian 12 – 70.526%

2 Megan Glynn – Tyto – 67.895%

3 Barbara Denton – MT Athos – 62.368%


FEI Intermediaire 1 Open GAIG/USDF Qualify

1 Marco Bernal – Farewell IV – 70.526%

2 Diane Creech – Hallmark 3 – 68.421%

3 Dr Kim Aikens – Soarin – 67.237%


FEI Grand Prix de Dressage Open GAIG/USDF Qualify

1 Louisa Marcelle Eadie – Roseview’s Donna Classica – 62.128%


FEI or Equivalent Test of Choice Open GAIG/USDF Q

1 Caroline V Roffman – Sagacious HF – 69.535%

2 Raul Corchuelo – Maybach – 66.974%

3 Katryna J.T. Evans – Winnie Too – 61.711%

4 Sara Spofford-Bilinski – Lagrima – 61.579%

5 Louisa Marcelle Eadie – Baltazar – 60.395%

6 Louisa Marcelle Eadie – Odin – 60.263%

Jayne Marino – Balmoral – 58.684%

Marta Renilla – Wec’s Mistico – 57.895%


FEI Young Horse Test of Choice

1 Holger Bechtloff – Clapton JP – 81.000%




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Juan Matute, Jr., rides not one, but two horses in the awards ceremony

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