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The Dressage Foundation Announces New Carolyn Van Cise Memorial Fund

August 23, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Carolyn Van Cise ransom trophy


August 21, 2014 – The Dressage Foundation is honored to announce that friends and family of Carolyn Van Cise have established a new grant Fund in her memory to benefit young riders from Michigan.

Carolyn was active in Michigan’s dressage community for many years as a trainer, instructor, judge, and mentor. Dressage was her passion and she served as a role model for those she knew. In addition to serving in many roles for the Midwest Dressage Association, including President, Carolyn was also very active in her community and church. Carolyn passed away on March 31, 2014.

A Carolyn Van Cise Memorial Sportsmanship Grant will be awarded annually to a Junior/Young Rider who is a current Michigan resident and best exemplifies the qualities that Carolyn found most important in life, including exhibiting the characteristics that demonstrate positive sportsmanship principles. Recipients of this grant will receive $500 to be used towards expenses associated with attending a specific educational eventing or dressage event of their choice.

“We are very honored to be the ‘home’ of this new Fund to benefit young riders from Michigan,” said Jenny Johnson, TDF’s Executive Director. “It is our pleasure to help young riders continue their dressage education while exhibiting the qualities that Carolyn encouraged in so many.”

One annual $500 grant will be available at this time. Applications are due on or before October 15th of each year. A Selection Committee will review applications and announce a decision no later than December 15th. The application can be found at under the Young Rider section of “Apply for a Grant.”

For more information about the Carolyn Van Cise Memorial Sportsmanship Fund or The Dressage Foundation, please contact Jenny Johnson at (402) 434-8585, by email at, or visit


The Dressage Foundation

The Dressage Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, tax-exempt, donor-driven organization that is dedicated to supporting and advancing the sport of dressage. The organization solicits contributions, appropriately allocates the donations, and awards grants and scholarships to dressage riders of all ages and levels. For more information, please visit

Colvin Takes Top Honors in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship Classic Hunter Round

August 17, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – August 15 – Tori Colvin and Inclusive claimed victory in the Classic Hunter Round of the $180,040 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship. Their scores of 92, 90 and 95 for a 289 total was unmatched after a field of 75 horses contested today’s course in the Kentucky Horse Park’s Rolex Stadium.

 Jimmy Torano, the busiest rider with eight mounts in the class, saved the best for last as he guided Mindful to second place with 90, 92 and 94 for 288 total points.

 Liza Boyd and Brunello returned from a nine-month maternity leave just in time to defend their championship, and they placed third in the Classic Hunter Round with scores of 88.65, 89.75 and 90.

 The Classic Hunter Round featured a track of 13 obstacles that simulated the fences found in the hunt field–such as logs, brush and walls–with heights ranging from 3’6″ to 4′. The course offered riders an opportunity to pick up bonus points by taking any one or all of the four optional fences set at a minimum of 4’3 in height (no maximum height).

Photo Credit: Shawn McMillen Photography

Photo Credit: Shawn McMillen Photography

 Inclusive, an 11-year-old warmblood owned by Betsee Parker, hadn’t contested a derby since last year’s International Hunter Derby Championship when they placed second in the Consolation Round after a bobble in the Classic Hunter Round.The judges included James Clapperton, Jeanne Marie Dunford-Miller, Hap Hansen, Scott Williamson, Julie Winkel and Chris Wynne, who were split into panels of two and placed in strategic positions around the Sheila C. Johnson Ring.

 Colvin, 16, of Loxahatchee, FL, wasn’t concerned that her longtime partner might be a little rusty after being sidelined by an injury, and, in fact, their scheduling was part of the plan.

 “We showed him at Devon and Junior Hunter Finals, and a he’s done a couple of shows, but we wanted to keep him fresh and ready,” she said. “He never spooks, and we thought he would be perfect just to go right into Derby Championship.”

 Colvin enjoyed the course designed by Steve Stephens, which was one that Inclusive jumped beautifully.

 “I thought it was really nice. It was very open and beautiful. For the first round it wasn’t too spooky, and the high options weren’t too high so it was a nice course,” she said, noting that she particularly liked the new wagon wheel fence, which caused consternation for some but not the flashy bay gelding.

 While Colvin is known for her nerves of steel, the butterflies just might surface before tomorrow evening’s Handy Hunter Round.

 “I feel amazing,” she said. “I’ve never had a really good round going into the second round. So, it’s very different being on top going into the second round. There’s no pressure, and I don’t really get nervous. I’m just going to go in and see how he feels and what happens.”

 Torano, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, felt some pressure during today’s Classic Hunter Round because he took over the rides for Kelley Farmer, who broke her collarbone and had surgery on August 11.

 Glefke and Kensel’s Mindful, a 10-year-old Hanoverian, rose to the occasion today, performing to expectations and erasing some of the disappointment that occurred earlier in the class when bad luck ensued.

 “So, the nice thing was that in a way they saved the best for last,” said Torano. “Going in, I thought that was the horse we could do it on. I think before I went there was a lot of pressure riding on me. But the fact that [my final horse] was that horse, I was so relaxed. I mean, that horse could jump the course by itself. He is that easy to ride.”

 Glefke praised Torano for his work today and said it’s a rare individual who can jump on eight unfamiliar horses and ride around the Rolex Stadium.

 “Kelley and I chose Jimmy for this job,” he said. “Liza would have been a choice to do that job, too, but she’s just coming back from having a child. There are only a few people in the world that could have done what Jimmy did today. And, I have to say, he did a brilliant job.”

Photo Credit: Shawn McMillen Photography

Photo Credit: Shawn McMillen Photography

 Boyd, of Camden, SC, also rode brilliantly today after returning to the show ring just last month after having her daughter Adeline. While the girls at the barn kept Brunello in work during his nine-month break from the show ring, Boyd had an abbreviated timetable so she was committed to making every day count.
“I really wanted to be fit here really for that horse, because who knows how many more years he has,” said Boyd of the 16-year-old Hanoverian. “And he doesn’t owe me anything. He feels great. I wanted to be ready for him. So, in about 100-degree weather I rode five or six horses a day. It was a lot of sweat and a few tears.”

 Morgan Ward, of Milford, NJ, won the top Junior Owner Rider Award in today’s Classic Hunter Round. After going first in the class and setting the pace, Ward finished 16th aboard Comissario with scores of 84, 84 and 83 for a 263 total.

 Callie Seaman, of Greenwich, CT, finished in 24th place and earned the top Amateur Owner Rider Award aboard Carrico.

 Virginia-based professional Kelley Farmer once again won the 2013-14 Leading Rider of the International Hunter Derby Championship Qualifying Series with $145,448.

 Mythical, owned by David Gochman, won the 2013-14 Leading Horse of the International Hunter Derby Championship Qualifying Series with $51,756.

 Kristy Herrera earned the Leading Developing Pro Rider of the 2013-14 International Hunter Derby Championship Qualifying Series with $11,200.

 This year the riders will once again contest a tiered Handy Hunter Round format. The top 25 pairs return for action in the $135,030 Section A Handy Hunter Round, with 10 horses shown by Tier I Riders and 15 horses shown by Tier II Riders.

 The $45,010 Section B Handy Hunter Round includes a field of 20 riders, with five jumping for Section B money only. The scores for the 15 Tier II Riders in the Section A Handy Hunter Round carry over to the Section B Handy Hunter Round.

 The remainder of the field was invited to contest the $10,000 Derby Challenge, supported by Moyer Farm LLC, and 39 entries are on the order of go for tomorrow.

 To view the full results and to see the orders of go for tomorrow’s Handy Hunter Rounds, please visit

The USHJA, in partnership with the USEF Network, is providing a free live webcast of the evening’s activities, beginning at 3:45 p.m. ET. For a complete schedule of the evening’s competition, please see the USHJA website (

 The 2014 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship is generously sponsored by: Major Sponsor Dietrich Equine Insurance; Official Cooler: Blue Ribbon Custom Blankets; Challenge Prize Money Donor: Moyer Farm LLC; Awards Sponsors: Essex ClassicsDover SaddleryGrand PrixMcGuinn Farm, Gifted Paddock, Shapley’s and Ariat; Hospitality Sponsor: SmartPak,; Gift Donors: Janet Peterson. The USHJA Official Sponsors include: Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Nutrena, Standlee Hay Company and Charles Owen. USHJA Contributing Sponsors including Perfect Products and Crown Equine Services.

Hampton Classic Horse Show to Kick off with The Atlantic Opening Day Sunday, August 24

August 14, 2014 By: janwest Category: General


Bridgehampton, NY – August 14, 2014 – The 39th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show returns to Bridgehampton, NY, starting with The Atlantic Opening Day on Sunday, August 24.  The Classic, which runs August 24-31, features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions.
The highlight of the Classic’s The Atlantic Opening Day is the $50,000 Clear Channel Hunter Derby, presented by MeadowView Farms, which will take place at noon in the Classic’s famed Grand Prix Field.  The Derby follows the adorable SeaAire leadline classes, judged by Olympic gold medalist Joe Fargis, which feature riders as young as 2 years old.  In addition, traditional Local Hunter Divisions will include the Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists Professional Division, the Revco Local Junior Hunter division, and the Local Amateur-Owner division, all open to horses that make their home on Long Island. 


“The Atlantic Opening Day activities set the Classic off on a great foot,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic.  “Our local Long Island exhibitors get their chance to take center stage and spectators are able to see top level hunters in action!”


Kids will not be left out of the Opening Day  fun with many activities taking place in the Kids Tent! Cookie decorating with gourmet market, Citarella, live animals from Long Island Livestock Co., and activities with Church Street School for Music & Art will all be taking place throughout the day.


Singing the national anthem to open the Classic will be stars from the Bay Street Theatre’s “My Life is a Musical,” and Pop Chips samples will be handed out in the boutique garden by popstars. 


Those wanting to get a taste of VIP accommodations without the commitment of booking for the entire week are in luck as Opening Day tables are available a la carte. While the ringside tables are already sold out, some Hunter tables are still available, and reservations to book tickets for Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs’ delicious Hunt Breakfast are still possible. 


white horse

The Hampton Classic features more than 100 classes of competition including jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.  The Classic features 6 show rings, a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options, on its 60-acre show grounds.

 The world-class field of Grand Prix riders competes daily in the Classic’s open jumper division, which features an FEI-recognized Grand Prix on three consecutive days, Friday through Sunday, August 29-31 – the $50,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier presented by LONGINES on Friday, the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday presented by the Crown Family, and Sunday’s $250,000 Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier, presented by Land Rover, a qualifying competition for the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas next April.  In addition, the rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show’s Open Jumper division wins the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge.

The Hampton Classic also features ASPCA Adoption and Animal Welfare Day onMonday, August 25. This event helps with finding permanent homes for rescued, horses, dogs, cats, and pigs.


Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show is available at the Hampton Classic website  or by calling 631-537-3177.  Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.



August 06, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Multi-Olympian Eventer Joins Kenny Rice for Coverage of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping

The Plains, Virginia, USA. August 6, 2014.

 Multi-Olympian Karen O’Connor will be providing the expert commentary for NBC’s coverage of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping from Aachen.  The program will air on the NBC Sports Network on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 6-7pm Eastern.  O’Connor joins veteran sportscaster Kenny Rice, who provides the play-by-play commentary of the action from the Aachen Grand Prix.

 O’Connor has represented the USA at five Olympic Games and four World Equestrian Games as well as two Pan American Games and numerous four-star events around the world.  In 1993, O’Connor was the number one ranked lady rider in the world and she has been named U.S. Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year ten times. She won the Team Silver Medal at the Atlanta Olympics, riding Biko, and the Team Bronze Medal at the Sydney Olympics, aboard Prince Panache.  At the Pan American Games at Fair Hill, O’Connor and Joker’s Wild earned the Individual Silver Medal.  In 2007, O’Connor and Theodore O’Connor won the Individual Gold Medal in addition to leading the U.S. to the Team Gold Medal at the Pan Am Games in Brazil.  O’Connor was the highest placed American eventer at the 2012 London Olympics, riding Mr.Medicott. She was also the oldest female Olympian of all athletes and the oldest U.S. athlete, male or female, in London.


Dressage at Devon Announces Line-Up for Dressage with the Experts

August 06, 2014 By: janwest Category: General



Devon, PA (July 22, 2014) – Since 1978 more and more spectators, riders and trainers have enjoyed Dressage with the Experts.

This year an over-ear style personal receiver allows you to follow all the commentary of some of the foremost experts in the world of dressage. Listen as they comment and give personal opinion and insight into the horse and rider during their performances. For only $35 (pre-ordered) or $40 on the day of the show, you get a behind the scenes perspective exclusive only to those with a radio. More info on pre-purchase can be found at www.dressageatdevon.orgThis year, the expert line-up includes:

Johanna Gwinn
Originally from Princeton, West Virginia, Johanna was introduced to horses at an early age through lessons at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, where her family was living. She holds an advanced degree in biology, and worked for many years in academic and industrial research, while successfully training and competing her Arabian, Pan, through Grand Prix. Johanna has held many equestrian teaching positions, and has recently returned from two years in Cali, Colombia, where she was the dressage instructor at the Club Campestre de Cali. She now teaches, trains, and judges from her base in West Chester, PA. A USEF Senior dressage judge, Johanna has been judging for almost twenty years. She is committed to extending her knowledge of judging as well as of training and riding by attending the annual seminars and other educational opportunities such as the recent FEI courses on Young Horses and on the Musical Freestyle, both of which took place in Germany. Johanna is also an International Paralympic Equestrian Committee (IPEC) International Candidate judge and an American Driving Society (ADS) registered judge for driven dressage in combined driving competitions.

Catherine Haddad Staller
In 2007, Haddad placed 7th in the FEI World Cup with Maximus JSS. In 2009, she won ten national and international Grand Prix with her up and coming horses, Cadillac and Winymaro. In 2010, Haddad was named Reserve Rider for the US Team with Winyamaro for the World Equstrian Games in Kentucky. The following spring, she placed 12th in the FEI World Cup with Winyamaro. In the fall of 2011, Haddad won two Grand Prix in the United States and earned her USDF Gold Medal in Dressage.

Michael Kierkegaard 
Michael Kierkegaard is a recently retired AHSA/USEF “Senior” Dressage Judge of 33 years (1977 – 2010), as well as a former member of the prestigious IDJC (International Dressage Judges Club). Himself a seasoned competitor before becoming a judge, Michael’s own instructors were from among the who’s who of classical dressage: Richard Watjen; Danish Olympic Coach, Gunnar Andersen; German Olympian and National Coach, Harry Boldt; and Reitmeister Egon von Neindorff.
In addition to numerous dressage judging assignments throughout the United States at most major shows, including Devon, plus various USDF Regional Awards, Michael has judged the Ontario, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan Provincial Championships, as well as the Canadian National Championships (1992, ’94, and ’99). He has also judged in Central America, pre Pan Am trials.
Michael has also been a USDF Certified Dressage Instructor (thru 4th level), and was Chairman/Author of the Unites States Dressage Federation Manual, which was well received in the US as a must read for dressage education. He was the originator of the USDF Symposiums. Michael has also successfully brought riders with their own horses into all levels of competition dressage, including several to Grand Prix (among them three USDF gold medalists). His first love, teaching riders and training horses, eventually caused him to end a 33-year judging career in 2010. Michael has done presentations of this sort before, and he is an experienced writer and speaker.

Sidley Payne
Sidley Payne is one of the founders of the show that became Dessage at Devon. Sidley was an FEI judge for more than 35 years before she retired last year. She received scholarships to the American Dressage Institute where she trained with Herr Kotas and Herr Bachinger. Sidley continues to take part in clinics with Herr Herwig Rettner from the Spanish Riding School.

Her years of experience in the equestrian field are shown in a wide variety of skills. Sidley rode in the Grand Prix before there were any awards given. She was alternate for the 1972 Olympic team and a member of the US 1972 World Championship team. Sidley has trained horses and riders to the Grand Prix level. She holds a Level 3 USEA ICP in eventing /dressage. Also, she has earned a USDF silver medal and has completed the qualifications for a Gold medal. In 1994, Sidley received recognition from the USET as Master for her contributions. She is the inventor and creator of Sadltite (now Sekur Grip) which is known by many riders worldwide. Sidley currently rehabilitates injured horses by developing individual physical therapy exercises to rejuvenate injured muscles and rebalance any compensation developed because of the injury.

Monica Sinks
Monica Sinks is a USDF Gold Medalist and has ridden multiple times at Dressage at Devon. She trained in Europe for many years, under Olympic Trainers. In 2003, Monica won the Grand Prix Special aboard Carrera, trained from the beginning by Monica and her husband Ed Borresen. Both Monica and Ed train and teach in Pittstown, NJ area in the summer and compete at the FEI levels. With a strong belief in riding with balance and harmony, they both love training students that are passionate about their horses and learning Dressage.

Suzanne King
Suzanne began riding at the age of 7 in Lakenheath, England and competed in the local Gymkhanas and Show jumping events. In 1976, her father was transferred to Zweibrucken, Germany where she boarded her pony at a Trakehner breeding facility. She was fortunate to have participated in the daily training program with Peter Neumuller. In 1979, she returned to the U.S., where she competed throughout the southeast and worked with top riders such as Jim Graham. Olympic Gold Medalist Tad Coffin, trained with judge (S) Scott Peterson, and attended clinics including Charles de Kunffy and Kaye Smarslic. In 2004, she purchased a young colt named Wango Tango and is currently campaigning the now seven year old Wango Tango. She currently teaches barns in the metro Atlanta area including Moonlight Equestrian Center, Foxberry Riding Academy, Rose Equestrian Center and Westbrooke Farms among other private facilities.

Classes with expert commentary include:
Grand Prix B Qualifier for Grand Prix Special (Friday)
Grand Prix Freestyle (Saturday evening)
Intermediare I  (Saturday)
Young Rider Freestyle (Sunday)
Grand Prix Special (Sunday)

To reserve your Dressage with the Experts receiver,


For reserved seats or for group sales (10 or more) please contact Robbie Kankus at or 610-517-0849.

About Dressage at Devon

Dressage at Devon ( has been the premier North American Equestrian event since its founding by the Delaware Valley Combined Training Association in 1975, and became a separate organization in 2006. It combines world-class dressage competition and the world’s largest open breed show with the international Fall Festival show and special activities for the entire family. The six-day event attracts hundreds of horses from around the world and thousands of spectators.  Dressage at Devon is a 501(c) (3) PA non-profit organization, benefitting equine education.

Nicole Glusenkamp and Eeltsje F Take Center Stage at Dressage in the Rockies I

August 02, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Parker, CO – August 1, 2014 – The flashy Friesian Eeltsje F turns heads everywhere he goes, and he stole the spotlight today at the Colorado Horse Park’s Dressage in the Rockies I. Nicole Glusenkamp rode him to a score of 66.9 percent to secure the win in the Grand Prix Open.

According to Glusenkamp, the 13-year-old stallion, who is owned by Paula Marsh of Wyning Edge Friesians in Boerne, TX, loves showing off for the crowd.

“He likes to compete, and he likes people – the more people are standing around, the more special he feels,” she laughed.

Nicole Glusenkamp and Eeltsje F

Glusenkamp has had the ride on Eeltsje F since he was 4 and has brought him up through the levels. He achieved top 10 finishes as a 5- and 6-year-old at the Markel/USDF Young Horse Championships and was 10th as a 7-year-old at the Developing Horse Championships. This is his second year competing in the Grand Prix.

Glusenkamp said she appreciates the stallion’s levelheadedness, which makes him easy to handle and compete.

“He is very uncomplicated in everything,” she noted. “He breeds and he has babies on the ground, but he acts more like a gelding than any gelding we have. I can ship him with mares, I trail ride him with mares, and I have little children sit on him. I’ve had mares trying to get to him, and he won’t do anything. He won’t scream; he won’t do anything. Sometimes I’m not sure if he is still a stallion or not!”

“This is one of the highlights of him for sure,” she added. “I can trust that horse with all I have and never worry with him. I don’t care about the weather. We can have the world come to an end and he will still do it.”

Eeltsje F

Glusenkamp lives in Elizabeth, CO, and trains and rides with Sharon and Grant Schneidman. She is a big fan of the Colorado Horse Park, where she boarded for a while after coming to the United States from her native Germany in 2000.
“The Horse Park has always been super good to us,” she said. “I love the improvements they’ve made. The footing is awesome. Every year there’s something that makes competing easier and better for us. It’s a good facility – you bring your horse into a safe environment. The stables are safe. The ground is safe. And the staff have always been so helpful.”

Dressage in the Rockies is organized by the Colorado Horse Park and managed by Glenda McElroy of Cornerstone Event Management.

Allen Swafford and Romantic

Taking second in the Grand Prix Open was Allen Swafford on Romantic, a 16-year-old Oldenburg gelding. The pair earned a score of 65.9 percent, and Swafford was happy with how well Romantic has been performing at the Grand Prix level. Lisa Darling, a client of Swafford’s, partnered with him to purchase the horse in September 2013. This is Swafford’s third time competing Romantic in the Grand Prix.

“We’re very excited about him,” Swafford said. “He teaches me a lot, and we’re a good partnership, I hope. He’s really fun. His one-tempis were great today, but we added two at the end, so we had 17. But the rest of the work felt really nice.”

Swafford’s goal is to qualify Romantic for the U.S. Dressage Finals in Lexington, KY.

Allen Swafford and Romantic

Prix St. Georges Open
Swafford also has high hopes for another of his mounts who performed well today: BiCampeao HM, who scored 68.684 percent to win the Prix St. Georges Open. The Lusitano gelding owned by Carolyn Feakes will turn 9 this fall. Like Romantic, BiCampeao HM is showing at this level for just the third time, but he proved he can be quite competitive.

“He’s really fun,” Swafford said. “He’s learning a lot. He’s more than enthusiastic but has that nice quiet demeanor, and he’s very soft.”

Swafford traveled to Dressage in the Rockies from his home base in Santa Fe, NM, and he is coaching seven of his clients at the show. He said he enjoys making the trip to compete at the Colorado Horse Park because he feels it is a great venue, and he appreciated the opportunity to get the horses comfortable with the facility before the Great American/USDF Region 5 Dressage Championships in September.

“We love the footing – they have great footing,” he said. “Colorado’s always so welcoming and so nice to us when we come. Our goal here is to gain confidence since our championships are here. The horses are getting used to the golf carts and the tractors, all those little distractions, since it’s more indoors where we’re from.”

Allen Swafford and BiCampeao HM

Prix St. Georges Amateur/Junior/Young Rider
Christine DeHerrera’s persistence is paying off with Festivo, whom she rode to victory in the Amateur/Junior/Young Rider division of the Prix St. Georges. The pair earned a score of 64.079 percent to come out on top of the class.

“The highlight today for me was how relaxed he was and how much he was listening to me,” DeHerrera said. “I had a lot of fun in the extended trot. It felt like we were both really together. I was smiling to myself while I was riding.”

DeHerrera, who has owned the 13-year-old Westphalian gelding since he was 5, said he was “super athletic” and a bit of a challenge as a youngster. She credited her trainers with giving her and Festivo the support they needed to excel.

“My horse got to this level with Kathleen Raine and David Wightman,” she explained. “My friend Anna Wood works for them, and she’s the one that did all the riding and training of him in the last year, making him into such a fun horse to show.”

Christine DeHerrera and Festivo

DeHerrera, an amateur rider, lives in Parker, CO, and trains locally with Shannon Dahmer, a student of Raine’s. She keeps busy when she’s not riding by raising her two children and writing women’s fiction novels.

“Between the horse and my kids and writing, it’s super busy and crazy,” she admitted. “But I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to do all of those things.”

She competed at High Prairie Dressage at the end of May and is happy to be back at the Colorado Horse Park for Dressage in the Rockies.

“I love showing at the Colorado Horse Park,” DeHerrera said. “Hopefully we’ll come back and do the [GAIG/USDF Region 5 Championships] in September. It’s just a great facility. It literally rained for days and we were able to show today.”

Dressage in the Rockies I wrapped up with a chance for exhibitors to kick back and relax at a party sponsored by Markel Insurance. Competition continues at the Colorado Horse Park with Dressage at the Rockies II and III on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s offerings include a full slate of performance classes, the $250 Add Back Rising Star Challenge for 4-, 5- and 6-year-old horses, and the Great American/USDF Sport Horse Breed Show.


Results: Dressage in the Rockies I
August 1, 2014
Judge for Ring 1: Donna Richardson


Grand Prix – Open

1. Nicole Glusenkamp/Eeltsje F/66.900%
2. Allen Swafford/Romantic/65.900%
3. Julie Burt/Genuine Gem/61.800%
4. Jenny Baldwin/Discovery/60.100%


Grand Prix – Amateur/Junior/Young Rider
1. Suzie Halle/Tennyson-ISF/54.900%
2. Ann Edelman/Boucheron/53.500%
Prix St. Georges – Open
1. Allen Swafford/BiCampeao HM/68.684%
2. Stephanie Leahey/Alaric/62.895%
3. Dee Packard/Get Ready/61.053%
4. Stephanie Leahey/Rubecca/58.684%
5. Gloria Knight/Misha/56.447%


Prix St. Georges – Amateur/Junior/Young Rider
1. Christine DeHerrera/Festivo/64.079%
2. Mary Allyn/Rock On/56.711%
3. Kate Ernst-Todd/Bente fan Meren State/53.289%


Intermediaire I – Open
1. Shannon Dahmer/Lakota Lace/68.816%
2. Julie Burt/SV Percy Sledge/68.684%
3. Gloria Knight/Dancon/63.947%
4. Layne Sandercott/Rolex Tyme/61.974%


Intermediaire I – Amateur/Junior/Young Rider
1. Jennifer Kirch/Paladin/60.263%


Intermediaire A or B – Open
1. Jessica Greer/Matinee SF/63.214%
The Colorado Horse Park Dressage in the Rockies I, II and III Fast Facts
USEF Level 2 Dressage Show

Dressage in the Rockies I – Friday, Aug. 1
Dressage in the Rockies II – Saturday, Aug. 2
Dressage in the Rockies III – Sunday, Aug. 3

Training Level through Grand Prix

Great American/USDF Sport Horse Breed Show on Saturday, Aug. 2
$250 Add Back Rising Star Challenge for 4-, 5- and 6-year-old horses
Prize List:
Click here for the prize list.

Sarah Geikie (Connecticut) – “S”
Hilda Gurney (California) – “S”
Donna Richardson (California) – “S”

Contact Information:
Glenda McElroy, Cornerstone Event Management: (818) 814-3554

Colorado Horse Park Main Office: (303) 841-5550
Colorado Horse Park Main Office Fax: (303) 841-7879

Show Grounds Address: 7375 E Bayou Gulch Rd, Parker, CO 80134

From North: I-25S exit Ridgegate Parkway – go east under the freeway.  Ridgegate Parkway to S. Chambers Road, approx 3 miles (Traffic light) – turn right/south onto Chambers Road. At end of Chambers Road turn left/east onto Hess Road.  Hess Road to Parker Road/Hwy 83 – turn right/south onto Hwy 83 approx 4 miles to Bayou Gulch Road. (Traffic light). Follow signs to Colorado Horse Park.

From South: I-25N, exit Founder’s Parkway.  Founder’s Parkway to Highway 86, approx 4 miles (traffic light). Turn east/left onto Hwy. 86 to Franktown/Hwy 83. At Franktown go north on 83 approx. 7 mi. to Bayou Gulch Rd. (Traffic light), turn right/east onto Bayou Gulch Rd. Follow signs to Colorado Horse Park.

About the Colorado Horse Park: Celebrating its 21th Anniversary, the Colorado Horse Park was founded by visionary Helen Krieble who acknowledged the need for a high-volume horse show and horse boarding facility to serve Colorado.  The Colorado Horse Park welcomes more than 35,000 visitors per year and hosts over 40 competitions annually.  CHP features a derby arena designed by Olympic-designer Linda Allen and a cross-country course designed by Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor and eventing super-star James Atkinson. There are 300 permanent stalls with capacity for more than 1,000 stalls.

The picturesque property, located only minutes from the town of Parker, hosts international equestrian events in multiple disciplines. Visitors enjoy the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountain surroundings and access to miles of trails and open space.  The Colorado Horse Park is committed to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.

Visit CHP at: 

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The Charleston Summer Classic Closes to Rave Reviews and Crowns the Champions

July 31, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Beach riding is one of the many percs to showing at the Charleston Summer Classic

The Classic Company sm  just wrapped up its biggest Charleston Summer Classic since returning to Charleston eight years ago. Record entries and stalls, perfect weather and non-stop party action is how the show will go down in the record books. The overall sentiment was, ‘I’m having so much fun, I don’t want to leave.’

The Unbridled Affair sponsored by the Seabrook Island Beach Club included an open bar, live band and delectable local favorite food.

The Charleston Summer Classic was the first show produced by Bob Bell, President of the Classic Company, twenty two years ago. And while it has maintained its boutique charm, the show has grown in size significantly over the past few years. “I always think of this show as one big party for my friends who own horses,” he said. “I started this show 22 years ago and asked a bunch of my friends with horses to support it,” he continued, “Twenty two years later, the tradition continues,” he said, “But by the looks of it, I have a lot more friends now,” he laughed.

The barns sold out this year so make sure to get your reservation in early next year to insure your spot!

 Numbers this year were up 35% over last year. “This is a tremendous increase for us,” Bell commented. “And truthfully, had we had the stall reservations earlier, we could have accommodated more people who wanted to show with us,” he said. “We simply had no more stalls left and the area barns were sold out as well,” he commented.

 What contributed to this growth? “It’s hard to say,” said Bell. “This year we offered two grand prix which was one more than last year, and we also offered the new Hunter Breeding Division, thanks to Rhett DeStefano,” he said. “But while these class offerings could be a draw, I think the real reason is that people want to go on show-cation,” he said. The opportunity to show in the morning, head to the beach in the afternoon and then back to the show for an evening grand prix or hunter derby is what people love.”

Gemma Paternoster and Osiris were both smiling when they wrapped up the 22nd Annual Charleston Summer Classic with a win in the final $25,000 Bohicket Marina Grand Prix.

And truly, the riders were taking advantage of this! British show jumping superstar Gemma Paternoster experienced her first Charleston Summer Classic this year and not only won both grand prix classes and had all of her horses in the ribbons each week, she also learned to wind surf!

The Owens family of San Antonio, Texas makes this trek every year to show at the Charleston Summer Classic and rents condos at the beach.

 The Hightower family of Texas brought more than 40 horses to town and enjoyed all that the area and show had to offer.  Jordan Gilchrist even celebrated her birthday with a win in the $5,000 Open Welcome.

Sarah Cameron from UlcerGard was on site meeting with riders and explaining the benefits of the product.

Amber Mitchell of Brass Ring Farm in Pittstown, New Jersey has been bringing her barn to Charleston for the past five years. “There is no other show out there where you can ride in the morning and go to the beach in the afternoon,” she said. “Its really a perfect combination and there is a class offering for everyone in my barn,” she said.

 Julie Curtin of Roswell, Georgia won the $2,500 USHJAHunter Derby week II besting the field of 46 horse and rider teams in the largest hunter derby ever produced by the Classic Company. “We had ten horses showing here over the two weeks,” commented Curtin. “I did the inaugural show 22 years ago and I just love it,” she said.  “Charleston is the best place. I use it as my vacation and it is my favorite horse show of the year.  It’s so nice to work in the morning and go the beach in the afternoon.  Where else can you get the best of both worlds?” she said.

The Annual Barbeque at Tissy’s is always fun for everyone at the show!

“We had so many new faces this year, in addition to our regulars, that I expect the show to be bigger next year,” said Bell. “I highly recommend that people book their condosnow for next summer in order to lock in the 2014 rate and insure they will be here for another show-cation,” he said. “In anticipation of another banner year, I am already working on putting in another ring, maybe a covered arena and more tent pads for additional stabling,” he said. “And, I know the county is working on renovating the wash stall areas,” he said.

 “I couldn’t be happier,” said Bell, “the competitors had a great time, we had great weather and people were just delighted to be here,” he said.

 The Tradition Continues:

 The Classic Company recognized its champions yesterday during the Grand Finale Awards Ceremony which concluded two weeks of show jumping competition. “Many of these awards and trophies that we present in Charleston commemorate the lives of horses and equestrians who were near and dear to us,” said Classic Company President Bob Bell. “It is an honor to continue this tradition here at Charleston,” he added.

Fabrege, owned and ridden by Sara Stevens, won the James Vaughn Perpetual Trophy.

The Grand Hunter Champion, the James Vaughn Perpetual Trophy, is awarded to the Hunter with the most championship points in the Green or Regular Conformation, Amateur or Junior Hunter Division. This year’s prestigious honors was awarded to Fabrege, owned and ridden by Sara Stevens. The award was generously donated by Robbie Hunt and the Classic Company.

 Stephens and Fabrege also added the Grand Green Working Hunter Championship to their resume as well as the Sit-Down Perpetual Trophy, donated by Peter Pletcher and PJP Farms.

 All the Best, owned and ridden by Christina Fisher, was awarded the Seabrook Perpetual Trophy for winning the Grand Amateur Hunter Championship. The trophy was donated by Mr. and Mrs. John Horton of Seabrook Island.

 The Grand Junior Hunter Champion, recipient of The Hummel Perpetual Trophy, was awarded to Happenstance, owned and ridden by Bergen Sanderford. The trophy was generously donated by Oak River Farm and the Principe family.

Happenstance, owned and ridden by Bergen Sanderford won the Hummel Perpetual Trophy as well as the Rave Perpetual Trophy.

Happenstance also won the Grand Large Junior Hunter Champion and was the recipient of the Rave Perpetual Trophy which was generously donated by the Ueltzen Family.

 Sanderford added another win to her resume, this time with her mount Confidential; the pair won the Grand Small Junior Hunter Championship and was awarded the Sweet Surprise Perpetual Trophy, generously donated by Brad Spragg and the Atlanta Hunt Club.

Brighton Supposedly, owned by Eric Caleca and ridden by Hana Bieling, won the Keith R. Nichols Memorial Perpetual Trophy.

The Grand Pony Championship and recipient of the Keith R. Nichols Memorial Perpetual Trophy was awarded to Brighton Supposedly, owned by Eric Caleca and ridden by Hana Bieling. The trophy was donated by Robin R. Stoney and Mary Allison Mullis.

Don Ramiro, owned and ridden by Samantha Posey won the Trick or Treat Memorial Trophy.

The Grand Children’s Hunter Champion and the Trick or Treat Memorial Trophy was donated by Danny Robertshaw and awarded to Don Ramiro, owned and ridden by Samantha Posey.

Kayak, owned by the Bristol Bay Company, LLC and ridden by Tracey London are awarded the Hillbright Farm Trophy, donated by Hill Bright Farm.

The Grand Adult Amateur Championship and recipient of the Hillbright Farm Trophy, generously donated by Hill Bright Farm, was awarded to Kayak, owned by The Bristol Bay Company, LLC and ridden by Tracey London.

Creedence, owned and ridden by McKenzie Malone, won the Beverly Finkle Memorial Trophy, donated by Robin Degnan.

 Creedence, owned and ridden by McKenzie Malone, won the the Grand Pre-Green Hunter Championship and the Beverly Finkle Memorial Trophy, donated by Robin Degnan.

 The Grand Children’s Jumper Championship was awarded toTalula, owned and ridden by Sara Dees.

 The Grand A/O 3’3″ Hunter Championship and the recipient of the Trourmaline Memorial Trophy, generously donated by the Coster family, was Versace, owned and ridden by Lynn Seithel of John’s Island, South Carolina.

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 The Classic Company would like to thank its sponsorsMerialBohicket MarinaCWDAntaresDevoucoux,Judy’s Tack ShopThe Tack RoomHorseflight,Contender Boats, Rhett Destefano for their sponsorship of events as well as all VIP Tent sponsors including theDressage CollectionSeithel Law Firm LLC, Atlanta Hunt Club and New Vintage Farm.

A beautiful sunset closes out the Charleston Summer Classic.

The Charleston Summer Classic returns to Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island July 9 through 19 next year, so think about booking your condo now! This is the only horse show destination where you can jump the waves and the jumps. If you’re ready to experience a horse show that exudes Southern hospitality in one of the most beautiful coastal communities in the country; a show that offers something for everyone-so come on down!

On Deck!

The Classic Company will take a break from show jumping action over the next few weeks while it gears up for a busy fall and winter season. The next show to watch for is the Atlanta Fall Classic held at the Georgia International Horse Park November.

A view of the beautiful fall foliage from the covered arena at the Georgia International Horse Park.

Everyone is enjoying the summer but fall will be here before you know it!  And, as the summer transitions to fall, all eyes will be on the prestigious Atlanta Fall Classic set to kick off on November 7th at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia.  The Classic Company calls the Olympic venue home for two weeks each year and welcomes new and familiar faces to the iconic show grounds.

Finals events, such as the Pre-Green Hunter Finals and the National Classic Equitation Finals will highlight the two weeks of show jumping in addition to the crowning of the Classic Circuit Champions. Riders are traveling from across the country to participate in these events.

The magnificent Olympic Arena is home to Classic Company show jumping in November!

Week I opens up with the $10,000 Open Jumper Welcome class and the $65,000 EMO Grand Prix as well as the $15,000 Barry Lane Jumper Classic and the $1,500 Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Division.  The $10,000 Child Adult Jumper Classic, the $5,000 Open Jumper Welcome Class, the $45,000 EMO Grand Prix and the International Hunter Derby take place Week 2 as well as the National Classic Equitation Finals, the Pre-Green Finals and the crowing of the Circuit Champions.

It’s not too late to enjoy the last Classic Show of the year.  There is always something for everyone at Classic Company sm shows and the Classic Atlanta Fall Shows are no exception.  So, make sure to bring everyone to the International Horse Park for the Atlanta Fall Classic and enjoy Classic Company’s world class customer service, beautifully decorated rings, big prize money, great events and fun for all!

The prize list will be on-line by August 1 and starting that date, you can sign up for the Atlanta Fall Classic on-line and for free using  The Classic Company just rolled out the new on-line entry system in time for Charleston and many exhibitors have already experienced the ease of entries on-line with no hustle and no rush to the post office and NO ADDED FEES- just entries made easy!

HORSESHOWSONLINE.COM allows you to not only sign up for the shows, but you can also see orders of go, how many, ring schedules and complete results.  Credit card information is completely secure and encrypted.  This may be the easiest way to sign up for a show.  And….for a limited time, the service is completely free.  Yes, free.

The Classic Company is a USHJA‘s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States.  For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor- friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at

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Competition Comes to Close with Jumping Individual and Eventing Medals at Historic 2014 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championship presented by Gotham North

July 25, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, Ky. – The 2014 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC) came to a close Sunday with the last medals of the Championship being awarded. In the USHJA North American Junior and Young Riders’ Show Jumping Championship, brothers Wilton and Lucas Porter made history at the NAJYRC’s 40th anniversary by being the first brothers to win Young Rider and Junior Individual Gold, respectively, at the Championship. Area III won Team Gold while David Ziegler made history as he took top Individual honors in the CCI2* portion of the USEA North American Junior and Young Riders’ Eventing Championship. In the CCI1*, Area II and their own Alexis Nelson claimed Team and Individual Gold medals.

Four disciplines (a total of seven championships for juniors and young riders) took part in the only FEI Championship to be held annually in North America. The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, ages 14-21.

USHJA North American Junior and Young Riders’ Show Jumping Championship

Wilton Porter (20, Bartonville, Texas) was the second Porter brother of the day to earn Individual Gold after producing four and one fault trips over Steve Stephens’ intricate tracks to finish on a score of 10.52. This is Porter’s second time at the NAJYRC and he was able to utilize experience gained from 2013 to earn a top spot on the podium with Sleepy P Ranch LLc’s Diamonte Darco.

Jumping Young Rider Individual medalists (from left) Michael Hughes, Wilton Porter, and Victoria Colvin (Sportfot)

Jumping Young Rider Individual medalists (from left) Michael Hughes, Wilton Porter, and Victoria Colvin (Sportfot)

“This is my second time here and last year I think on the team day I definitely let the nerves get to me,” said Porter. “But I was able to control my nerves better this year.”

The Zone 7 rider felt it would be a dream come true for one Porter to win an Individual Gold medal but for both to win was unimaginable.

“It’s unbelievable for one us to win a Gold medal and for us both to win is amazing and a credit to our parents and supporters,” Porter shared.

Michael Hughes (18, Allendale, N.J.) and Luxina enter Sunday’s final as the leaders but eight faults in round one and a further four in the second round meant they would finish on a score of 12.23 and earn Individual Silver.

“She’s been so great all week so I’m still really happy,” said Hughes who earlier in the week helped Zone 2 to Team Bronze.

Jumping Junior Individual medalists (from left) Lucy Deslauriers, Lucas Porter, and Sophie Simpson (Sportfot)

Jumping Junior Individual medalists (from left) Lucy Deslauriers, Lucas Porter, and Sophie Simpson (Sportfot)

Victoria Colvin (16, Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Chanel B 2 continued their climb up the leader producing a four fault and clear round on Sunday to finish on a score of 18.01. On Sunday, the pair added Individual Bronze to the Team Silver they earned earlier on the week.

In the Junior division, Lucas Porter (16, Bartonville, Texas) clinched the Junior Individual Gold medal on the strength of two immaculate rounds with Sleepy Pt Ranch LLc’s Phineas. In round one, the pair produced a faultless effort and the Zone 7 rider returned in round two keeping his poise to collect a single time fault to finish on a winning championship score of 1.65.

“The first round was really technical. In the second round there weren’t as many lines but I knew I couldn’t make any mistakes,” said Porter. “I tried to take a few breathes and not get too nervous.”

Zone 2’s Lucy Deslauriers (15, New York, N.Y.) and Hester held the lead going into Sunday but a single rail in round one moved them from the pole position. The pair returned for their second round and jumped a clear round to earn the Silver medal after finishing on an overall total of four faults.

“I think that staying calm and relaxed really helped,” said Deslauriers of her strategy for the second round.

Sophie Simpson (16, Royal Palm Beach, Calif.) and Simpson Show Jumping’s Why Not were one of only two Junior combinations to jump double clear on Sunday, helping the Zone 4 representatives earn Individual Bronze with a championship score of 5.71. 

Area III and Ziegler Top CCI2* Field

Area III, CCI2* Team Gold medalists (Brant Gamma Photography)

Area III, CCI2* Team Gold medalists (Brant Gamma Photography)

Area III claimed the Team Gold medal with their final score of 238.9.Though the team didn’t have the best dressage scores they persevered on cross country day and held onto their lead through the show jumping phase containing a field of 13 horse-and-rider combinations.

“My favorite part about this sport is that you can start at the bottom and move to the top,” said Calvin Ramsay, the team’s top finisher.

The Area III CCI2* team consisted of:
Nicole Doolittle (16, Charlotte, N.C.) and Tops (8/0) – 100.7
Adrian Jones (16, Shamong, N.J.) and Irish Odyssey (0/0) – 127.1
Calvin Ramsay (17, Lafayette, La.) and Flintstar (0/0) – 63.2
Emily Rusinyak (19, Franklin, Ga.) and Reatta HW (12/0) – 75.0

The teammates had ups and downs throughout the weekend but rose to the occasion and didn’t let the pressure get to them.

“My favorite part about being on a team is that even my rides didn’t go to plan I was able to cheer on my teammates and end up finishing with a medal,” Jones explained.

The combined team of Areas V and VI joined together as the only three-person team in the CCI2*. For their efforts, they were rewarded with the Team Silver medal with a score of 258.3.

The Area V &VI CCI2* team consisted of:
Bailey Moran (18, San Antonio, Texas) and Loughnatousa Caislean (0/0) – 83.4
Katie Resnick (18, Dallas, Texas) and The King’s Spirit (4/0) – 116.2
Alexandra Willoughby (21, Davis, Calif.) and Tiki Car (4/0) – 66.7

“We all talked about it and were like alright, let’s put our big girl pants on here because we’re a three-person team, we don’t have a drop score so we all have to ride our best to get on that podium,” Resnick said.

The Canada/Ontario team endured some rough moments but held on to earn a spot on the podium. Their final score of 1138.5 was enough to get them the Bronze medal.

The Canada/Ontario CCI2* team consisted of:
Lauren Clark (18, Uxbridge, Ontario) and Coolumn XV (8/0) – 74.3
Hanna Bundy (20, Toronto, Ontario) and D’Jion – 1000.0 (eliminated on cross country)
Jamie Kellock (19, New Market, Ontario) and Don’t Blink – 1000.0 (rider fall on cross country)
April Simmonds (17, Uxbridge, Ontario) and Impressively Done (4/0) – 64.2

“I did feel a little pressure because I was in second and our team was in third and if the other team had some rails there was a possibility that we would move up so I was definitely really trying,” said the team’s top finisher, Simmonds.

The name at the top of the CCI2* leaderboard didn’t change with David Ziegler (21, Beiseker, Alberta) of Canada claiming the Individual Gold medal. Riding Critical Decision, Ziegler knocked three rails but had a substantial enough lead that he held on for the win with a score of 58.3.

“The first three fences felt fantastic to me but then going down the line to the triple I miscounted two strides in my head…rider error completely,” Ziegler explained.

Ziegler also found success in the dressage portion of NAJYRC, winning Individual Silver in the Young Rider Dressage Individual Championship. He plans to continue with both disciplines as long as he has the horses. Ziegler will see where his dressage mount, Peninsula Top Man, can go and while Critical Decision will likely be retired soon, he has some young prospects who could also be stars. 

Ziegler made history at the 2014 NAJYRC by being the first competitor to earn medals in two different disciplines. On Friday he won Silver in the dressage Young Rider Individual Test and then added eventing Young Rider Individual Gold on Sunday.

Calvin Ramsay of Area III rose from sixth to second to earn an Individual Silver medal. Being one of only three pairs to go double clear and the sole Young Rider competitor to finish on his dressage score, he and Flintstar rose to the occasion to win the Silver with a score of 63.2. 

“It is what I appreciate most about the sport. It’s not just a one day deal. You can come back the next day and the day after that,” Ramsay stated. “With a good jump through cross country and a good jump in stadium you can end up at the top which is what I guess what happened today.”

Ramsay plans to give “Flint” a much deserved break before starting back up with him over the winter. 

April Simmonds of Canada/Ontario also added an Individual Bronze medal to her spoils over the weekend. She and Impressively Done knocked just one rail at fence 10 but finished strongly on a score of 64.2. 

“It was definitely an awesome course. It was very forward which I tend to enjoy at some points. My horse was really, really good. He was jumping out of his shoes,” Simmonds said, praising her horse.

Simmonds’ horse gave her a great feeling and seems to thrive in championship competition. The pair won the Individual Bronze medal in the CCI1* in 2013. Simmonds is now qualified for the 2015 Pan American Games and hopes that she could make the team. If that is not the case, she looks forward to returning to NAJYRC next year. 

Area II and Nelson Are Golden in CCI1*

Area II, CCI1* Team Gold medalists (Brant Gamma Photography)

Area II, CCI1* Team Gold medalists (Brant Gamma Photography)

Area II held onto their lead from Saturday to claim top honors in the CCI1*. An overall team score of 165.9 was more than good enough for the Team Gold medal. 

The Area II CCI1* team consisted of:
Grace Fulton (15, Finksburg, Md.) and Wild Orange (0/0) – 57.9
Margret Schaeffer (17, Quakertown, Pa.) and Grey Area (4/0) – 54.6
Madeline Mosing (16, Hoffman, Texas) and Tako (4/0) – 65.8
Alexis Nelson (18, Purcellville, Va.) and Total Eclipse (0/0) – 49.4

“I think that all of us are just the happiest people in the world right now,” Nelson shared. 

The girls had a strong bond and worked together to make a successful ending a reality. 

The Team Silver medal went to Area V after they finished with a total score of 190.5. The team produced solid rides in the three phases, allowing them to garner a place on the podium. 

The Area V CCI1* team consisted of:
Nicole Hatley (16, Tulsa, Okla.) and Ace (0/0) – 64.6
Margaret Stoker (16, Dallas, Texas) and Second Hand Rose (rider fall on cross country) 
Clara Cargile (17, San Angelo, Texas) and White Indian (0/0) – 55.2
Alyssa Phillips (17, Fort Worth, Texas) and Bliss III (0/0) – 70.7

All the members had high praise for Richard Jeffery’s course and knew they had to ride smart to be successful. 

“I thought it was a good course. I knew she would be a little feisty so I had to control that so we could have a solid round for everyone to go off of,” Phillips said. 

All of the three team members impressively had double clear rounds, not allowing themselves to be phased on the final day of competition.

Area VIII received the Bronze medal on their home turf with a final score of 196.9. All the team members were competing in the NAJYRC for the first time and handled the pressure of a major championship. 

The Area VIII CCI1* team consisted of:
Woods Baughman (18, Lexington, Ky.) and Truckee Bash (4/0) – 66.1
Samantha Laurel (17, Louisville, Ky.) and Baba Creek (12/0) – 69.7
M. Paige Pence (15, Louisville, Ky.) and Class Action (0/0) – 61.1
Kelly Taylor (17, Prospect, Ky.) and Kynynmont Indelibly Irish (0/0) – 82.5

Two of the team members, Pence and Taylor, who rarely have double clear rounds rose to the occasion to help their team earn a medal.

“My round was probably the best that I’ve ever had because I have never had a double clear round, only than one other double clear round, so I was really happy with my horse,” Taylor said. 
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Alexis Nelson of Area II won a second Gold medal for her individual efforts. She and Total Eclipse, a reject from an Appaloosa breeding farm that she bought for $800 and broke herself with the help of trainers, won top honors with a score of 49.4. The pair added nothing to their dressage score to rise to the top. 

CCI1* Individual Gold medalists (from left) Patience O'Neal, Alexis Nelson, and Clara Cargile (Brant Gamma Photography)

CCI1* Individual Gold medalists (from left) Patience O’Neal, Alexis Nelson, and Clara Cargile (Brant Gamma Photography)

“We went up the levels together with a lot of struggles but also a lot of awesome moments,” Nelson fondly said of “Casper.” “He is just the coolest guy in the world and he takes such good care of me.” 

Patience O’Neal (14, Deer Park, Wash.) of the Area VII and IX combined team and her mount Markus rose from fifth place after a double clear round on Sunday to receive Individual Silver. With one of 10 double clear rounds, the pair ended up with a score of 55.0. 

“I thought my horse jumped really well. He was really excited, I think because of the big ring, because in the Northwest we really don’t have big arenas,” O’Neal said. 

Despite the atmosphere, she and Markus found their rhythm just fine, earning an Individual medal. 

Clara Cargile of Area V received another medal, Individual Bronze, when she and White Indian had a strong finish. Also adding nothing to her dressage score, Cargile finished in second with a score of 55.2.

“I thought the course looked really good. I was pretty nervous but not as nervous as I thought I’d be,” Cargile explained. “I just knew I had to stay forward and keep thinking positively.”

 Video On-demand of the top performers is now available on the USEF Network. Visit to find out more and watch!

Zone Team 1/9 Win Junior Division Team Gold and Zone 3 Dominates Young Rider Division for the Win in the Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships

July 24, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY-July 19, 2014-The 2014 Adequan FEI NAJYRC Show Jumping Championship, presented by the United States Hunter Jumper Association, w
elcomed 65 athletes ages 14 to 21 from Canada, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the United States to the Kentucky Horse Park for four days of team and individual competition.
After an individual warm-up on Thursday, Friday’s competition focused on teams with a Nation’s Cup-style format. A combined team from Zones 1 and 9 took the gold in the Junior division, beating out Zone 5 by one fault. Zone 3 dominated to take gold in the Young Rider division. Zone 5 and Mexico took silver and bronze, respectively, in the Junior division while Zone 4 took silver and Zone 2 took bronze in the Young Rider division.


The day’s courses, designed by Olympic course designer Steve Stephens, proved difficult for both divisions, especially the Young Riders. The Junior division saw several clear trips in both the first and second rounds by Adrien Vilcini (Zone 10), Lucas Porter (Zone 7), Sara Nordstrom (Zone 9) and individual leader Lucy Deslauriers (Zone 2).


Combined Team Zone 1/9 Captures Gold in Junior Division. Photo Credit: MacMillan Photography

Combined Team Zone 1/9 Captures Gold in Junior Division. Photo Credit: MacMillan Photography

“The course was challenging, but not unfair,” said Sara Nordstrom, one of four to go faultless in both rounds of the Junior division. “I owe it all to my horse, he jumped beautifully. But I didn’t feel good until after the very last jump in both rounds!”


The Young Rider division rode a slightly different course that many had trouble navigating, except Michael Hughes (Zone 2). Hughes is the only Young Rider to move on to Sunday’s individual round with the least amount faults from Friday’s team competition. Hughes’ ride helped his team to win the bronze with a team total of 46 faults.


Zone 4 earned the silver medal with 35 faults, but it was the ladies of Zone 3 that were unstoppable earning the gold medal by ending on a score of 14 faults.


“Our Chef, Sandra [Ruiz] has a lot of energy and is very inspirational, so giving this back to her means a lot,” said Chloe Reid of Zone 3. Reid noted that Ruiz pointed out after their win that it was the first time that Zone 3 has won a team medal at NAJYRC.


But not all of the Zone 3 riders thought they would be on the podium today. KC Van Aarem of Maryland said she purchased her horse off of an Internet ad with the intention of competing in the Maclay.
Zone 3 Captures Team Gold in the Young Rider Division. Photo Credit: MacMillan Photography

Zone 3 Captures Team Gold in the Young Rider Division. Photo Credit: MacMillan Photography


“It’s been a great experience, but I wasn’t expecting to be here today,” said Van Aarem of her horse Mastermind, a 12-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding. “I bought [Mastermind] to be a 3′ hunter!”


The individual competition will continue on Sunday, July 20 with Lucy Deslauries leading the Junior division with zero faults and Michael Hughes leading the Young Rider division with .23 faults from their three rounds of competition. USEF Network will be live streaming the events through out the day.


USHJA is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Show Jumping for the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, presented by Gotham Northand recognizes the importance this program plays in the development of our sport’s future top athletes.
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FEI World Cup TM Finals All-Session Tickets Now Available to the Public!

July 16, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

 Las Vegas, Nevada – July 16, 2014 – Tickets for the 2015 FEI World CupTM Finals in Las Vegas are now on sale to the general public. 

The FEI World CupTM Finals return to Las Vegas, April 15-19, 2015, marking the Finals’ first time in the U.S. since 2009. The Thomas & Mack Center will host both the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Final and the Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Dressage Final. This marks the sixth time that Las Vegas has had the honor of hosting one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events.


The public now has the opportunity to buy all-session tickets for both the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Final and the Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Dressage Final, which are now available for purchase to anyone.


Spectators have a variety of ticketing options from which to choose. For either the Jumping or Dressage Final, spectators may purchase an all-session balcony level ticket (priority seating) at $200 per person, an all-session plaza level ticket (priority seating) at $350 per person, or the VIP package, which includes one premier all-session seat, access to a private VIP hospitality area complete with deluxe food and beverage each day and VIP preferred parking, for $1,500 per person.


Combo packages are also available with seats for both Jumping and Dressage with discounted prices as follows: balcony level at $350, plaza level at $650, or the VIP package at $2,950.


“Las Vegas has proven to be an extremely successful host city for the FEI World CupTMFinals,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events. “We are just nine months away from hosting this premier event for the sixth time, and the anticipation has never been greater. We look forward to welcoming the world’s top equestrians and fans from across the world to our city in April 2015.”


All of the excitement will begin on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 with the warm-ups for both jumping and dressage. Actual competition begins on Thursday, April 16 with the Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Dressage Grand Prix at noon, followed by the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Final I at 7:00 PM. Competition continues the next day, Friday, April 17, with the Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Dressage Freestyle Rehearsal at 7:30 AM, the Las Vegas Dressage Showcase at noon and the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Final II at 7:00 PM.


Saturday, April 18 features the Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Dressage Final (Freestyle) at noon, followed by the Las Vegas Jumping Grand Prix at 7:00 PM. The competition concludes on Sunday, April 19 with the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Final III at noon. All times are Pacific Time.


Founded in 1979, the FEI World CupTM Jumping Final is an annual international competition featuring the world’s best show jumping horses and riders. In the 36 Finals held through 2014, United States riders have emerged with the most titles, having won the championship nine times. Previous FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals held in the United States include Baltimore (1980), Tampa (1989), Del Mar, CA (1992) and Las Vegas (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009).


Started in 1986, the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final showcases the world’s best dressage horses and riders. The United States has won the championship twice – in 2003 (Debbie McDonald with Brentina) and 2009 (Steffen Peters with Ravel). The Final has been held in the United States in Los Angeles (1995) and Las Vegas (2005, 2007, 2009).


Las Vegas Events is a private, not-for-profit organization that serves as the exclusive major special events agency for the city. Founded in 1982, LVE is funded by hotel room tax. Through its Signature Event initiative, LVE has created a model to integrate all elements of special events and formally improve communication between event producers and Las Vegas’ hotel properties and sponsors. Since 1991, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented or supported more than 600 events.

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