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

July 04, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Spooner Makes It Three in a Row

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

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

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

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

Darragh Kenny of IRL riding Alpha VDL

Darragh Kenny of IRL riding Alpha VDL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spooner Scores a Hat Trick

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

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

Richard Spooner of USA riding Tuxedo

Richard Spooner of USA riding Tuxedo

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

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

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

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

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

Richard Spooner and Tuxedo in their winning presentation with Adam Twa

Richard Spooner and Tuxedo in their winning presentation with Adam Twa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos © Spruce Meadows Media Services. They may only be used in relation to this press release and with photo credit.

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

July 04, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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

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

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

Richard Spooner and Uraguay

Richard Spooner and Uraguay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5

Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final Results: $33,500 Westjet Cup 1.45m

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos © Spruce Meadows Media Services. They may only be used in relation to this press release and with photo credit.

EQUUS Foundation & USEF Congratulate Devon’s Best Performers

June 13, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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

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

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

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

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

Week I: June 10-15, 2014
Week II: June 18-22, 2014
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Skidmore College Saratoga Classic I
June 10-15, 2014
Ox Ridge June Horse Show
June 15, 2014
Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show
June 17-21, 2014
Atlanta Summer Classic II
June 18-22, 2014
Skidmore College Saratoga Classic II
June 18-22, 2014
Brandywine Valley Summer Series I
June 24-29, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping Summer I
June 25-29, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping Summer II
July 2-6, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping Summer III
July 9-13, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping August
August 20-24, 2014
Buffalo International
September 10-14, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping September I
September 17-21, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping September II
September 24-28, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping Classic
October 1-5, 2014
Washington International Horse Show
October 21-26, 2014
National Horse Show
October 28, 2014 – November 2, 2014
Ox Ridge December Horse Show
December 6-7, 2014
2015
Gulf Coast Winter Classic V
March 2015
Herring Brook Farm Horse Show
March 2015 & April 2015
Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Week I
March 2015
Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Week II
March 2015
Princeton Show Jumping April Jumper & April Classic
April 2015
Texas Shoot Out
April 2015
Saratoga Springs Horse Show
April-May 2015
Devon Horse Show & Country Fair
May-June 2015
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Top-notch Competition Set to Begin at 2014 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp

June 12, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Gladstone, N.J. – The focus of the dressage world will turn to Gladstone, N.J., this week for the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp, as it runs June 12-15, in the Dick and Jane Brown Arena at the USET Foundation Headquarters. The annual championship will host the best dressage combinations in the United States across six divisions of competition, including Grand Prix, Intermediaire I, Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup,’ Young Rider, Junior, and Pony Rider competition. Grand Prix competition will be doubly important as it will serve as a Selection Trial for the U.S. Dressage Team Short List for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The Dutta Corp/USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship

Arlene "Tuny" Page and Alina (SusanJStickle.com)

Arlene “Tuny” Page and Alina (SusanJStickle.com)

A field of 16 lines up in the Grand Prix Championship/Selection Trial, which gets underway on Thursday, as combinations will earn the first 45% of their championships score in the FEI Grand Prix Test. They return to the Dick and Jane Brown Arena on Saturday to contest the FEI Grand Prix Special, earning a further 40%. Grand Prix competition comes to a close on Sunday with the Freestyles, as competitors earn the remaining 15% of their overall scores. All four riders that represented the U.S. at the London Olympic Games have traveled to Gladstone to stake their claims on a National Title and look to represent the United States at the World Championships in Normandy, France. Steffen Peters (San Diego, Calif.) will look to secure his third consecutive National Championship with Four Winds Farm’s Legolas 92. Jan Ebeling (Moorpark, Calif.), Tina Konyot (Palm City, Fla.), and Adrienne Lyle (Ketchum, Idaho) will all ride their Olympic partners, Beth Meyer, Ann Romney, and Amy Roberts Ebeling’s Rafalca, Konyot’s Calecto V, and Peggy Thomas’ Wizard, respectively. Arlene Page (Wellington, Fla.) brings her own Alina to Gladstone after having spent part of the 2014 season competing in Europe on a USEF Dressage High Performance Pre-Games Training and Competition Grant.

The Dutta Corp/USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship

The Dutta Corp/USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship will host 17 talented combinations in Small Tour competition. Like their Big Tour counterparts, they will perform three tests this week. On Thursday all competitors will earn 40% of their totals for the FEI Prix St. Georges Test, and return the following day to ride the FEI Intermediaire I Test for 45% of their championships scores. The final 15% of the Intermediaire Championship scores will be earned Sunday in the Freestyle. The 2013 champions have come to the historic USET Foundation Headquarters looking to retain their title. Kim Herslow (Stockton, N.J.) and Kiroli Enterprises Inc.’s Rosmarin will look to display the form that led them to a sweep of Small Tour competition at 2013’s Dressage at Devon.

Christopher Hickey

Christopher Hickey and Ronaldo (SusanJStickle.com)

Christopher Hickey (Colora, Md.) brings Cecelia Stewart’s rising star, Ronaldo, to Gladstone this week in hopes of earning the fourth National Title of his career.

USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ Dressage National Championship

presented by Dressage Today

A small but mighty field of five lines up for USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ Dressage National Championship presented by Dressage Today competition. The future Grand Prix stars of American dressage earn the first half of their championship scores on Thursday as they perform the USEF Young Adult “Brentina Cup” Test and earn the remaining 50% of their totals on Saturday in the FEI Young Adult U-25 Grand Prix Test. The Reserve Champions from 2013, Rachel Chowanec (Columbia, Conn.) and Lendon Gray’s Embrujado XI, will head down centerline in the Dick and Jane Brown Arena looking to top the standings this week.

AGCO/USEF Young Rider Dressage National Championship

In the AGCO/USEF Young Rider Dressage National Championship, a talented field of 10 riders, all under the age of 21, have traveled to Gladstone to stake their claims on one of the most prestigious honors a young rider can garner. On Friday they begin performing the FEI Young Rider Team Test and return the following day to ride the FEI Young Rider Individual Test. Both tests will count for 50% of the championship average. Anna Buffini has traveled to New Jersey from her home base in Escondido, Calif., with her own Sundayboy, who competed in Small Tour competition with Olympian Guenter Seidel, to showcase the talent that has seen them rise to the top of the 2014 AGCO/USEF Young Rider Dressage National Championship Ranking List.

AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage National Championship

Twelve of the top junior riders from across the United States will line up to earn bragging rights in the AGCO/USEF Junior Dressage National Championship by contesting the FEI Junior Team Test for 50% of their score on Friday. Competition comes to a close on Saturday as they return to the Dick and Jane Brown Arena to ride the Individual Test for the remaining half of their score. The 2013 Champion Bebe Davis (Bedminster, N.J.) returns to the Festival of Champions with her partner at last year’s championship, Michael Davis’ Rotano, as well as a new mount this year, Michael Davis’ Feivel Mousekewitz, both of whom she has found great success with in the competition arena. Allison Cyprus (Magnolia, Texas) hopes to find success once more in Gladstone after winning the 2011 National Pony Rider Dressage Championship at the famous venue. In her first year competing at the FEI Junior level, she and her mother Kristin Cyprus’ Madoc Gareth have found great success.

USEF Pony Rider Dressage National Championship

A field of 11 will compete in the USEF Pony Rider Dressage National Championship. On Friday the riders will perform the FEI Pony Team Test for the first 50% of their overall championship score, while the remaining 50% from the FEI Pony Individual Test will determine the winner. Emma Patterson (Houston, Texas), winner of the 2012 13-and-Under USEF Dressage Seat Medal Final, will ride her own Wynshire’s Valiant and hope to find success in another USEF National Championship.

Watch the championship divisions unfold on Saturday and Sunday on the USEF Network.

Go to http://www.usefnetwork.com/featured/2014usdfoc/.

Find out more information about the event at http://www.usefconnect.com/festival/.

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

June 09, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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

 

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

 

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

Longines Royal International Horse Show 2014 (c) Samantha Lamb

©Samantha Lamb

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

ENDS

 

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

 

The essentials

 

Download Hickstead’s free App for iPhone and Android

Follow the All England Jumping Course Twitter and Facebook pages

Visit the website www.hickstead.co.uk

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

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

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

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

 

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

June 09, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

George Morris

George Morris

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

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

Savannah Talcott

Savannah Talcott

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

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

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

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

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

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

Atlanta Spring Challenge Wrap Up

June 09, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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

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

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

 Lone Star and Hunt Tosh

Lone Star and Hunt Tosh

$10,000 USHJA INTERNATIONAL HUNTER DERBY OVERALL

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

 

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

 Notaris and Nina Fagerstrom

Notaris and Nina Fagerstrom

$30,000 ATLANTA SPRING CHALLENGE GRAND PRIX

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

 

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

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

June 07, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

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


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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


Final Results: $35,000 Encana Cup 1.45m

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Azcarraga Tips Swail in Winning Round


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


Photos © Spruce Meadows Media Services. They may only be used in relation to this press release and with photo credit.

Mickie Sage Pilots Harlu to the Blue in the USHJA National Hunter Derby at Spring Warm-Up II at Colorado Horse Park

May 26, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Parker, CO – May 8, 2014 – The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby and the Mini Prix both were set to run at the same time during Spring Warm-Up II at the Colorado Horse Park. Professional Mickie Sage planned to compete horses in both classes putting her a little under the gun.

Mickie Sage and Harlu. Photo by Horsin' Around Photography

Mickie Sage and Harlu. Photo by Horsin’ Around Photography

“I didn’t have a lot of time to learn the derby course,” said Sage. “I didn’t even walk the course. I went in the ring and asked the other trainers what the lines were and what the course was, Then, I went up and walked the Mini Prix course and rode that horse first.”

In the Mini Prix, Sage rode Catoctin, owned by Kathryn Kantes, to two clear rounds and third place. By the time she was back at the hunter ring, she only had five rounds before she was due in the ring for the first round of the derby aboard Harlu, owned by Laurie Brants.

“I got on Harlu,” Sage said. “Honestly, he doesn’t take a lot of time to warm up and he just marched in the ring and galloped around like a pro. He’s only just 7 this year. This is his first year showing in the hunters.”

Harlu and Sage negotiated Scott Starnes course as smoothly as if they had had all the time in the world to prepare. The pair earned the win.

Mickie Sage and Harlu. Photo by Horsin Around Photography

Mickie Sage and Harlu. Photo by Horsin Around Photography

Sage also had success in the hunter ring on Friday of the show with Steve Lockton’s Lago W winning the $1,000 Open Hunter Classic.

“He came from Redfield Farm in the fall,” Sage said. “We purchased him as an equitation horse for one of my riders. I actually just introduced him to the hunter derbies at Pin Oak. Hunters are a new thing for him, as far as I know. He’s also been great and a lot of fun to work with.”

Sage was particularly proud of Catoctin whom she also purchased for her client from Redfield Farm. Sage and Catoctin had won the 1.20m Jumpers on Friday of the show.

“He’s really starting to grow up and jump well,” said Sage. “I just played it by ear. I thought, ‘I’ll see how the 1.20m goes.’ He was good; he jumped clean both rounds. I was really proud of him.”

Even though they were short on time, Sage’s positive experience with Catoctin in the jumper ring seemed to have an effect on her performance with Harlu.

“It really set me up for the hunter derby,” said Sage.

Natascha Gates aboard Saterland owned by Kristin Buchanan won the Mini Prix.  Photo by Horsin' Around Photography

Natascha Gates aboard Saterland owned by Kristin Buchanan won the Mini Prix.
Photo by Horsin’ Around Photography

Nicole Lyvere and Faberge were second in the USHJA National Hunter Derby. The pair also won Ariat Adult Medal and were Champions of the Adult Equitation 18-45. Photo by Horsin' Around Photography

Nicole Lyvere and Faberge were second in the USHJA National Hunter Derby. The pair also won Ariat Adult Medal and were Champions of the Adult Equitation 18-45. Photo by Horsin’ Around Photography

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. There are 300 permanent stalls with capacity to house more than 1,000
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: http://coloradohorsepark.com/

To access the schedule: http://coloradohorsepark.com/events

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Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo Capture First Victory for $200,000 American Invitational, Presented by G & C Farm, at Sun Life Stadium Miami

April 11, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Miami, FL – April 5, 2014 – Tonight, history was made as the 42nd Gene Mische $200,000 American Invitational, presented by G&C Farm, found its new home at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL. The class has become a landmark of the showjumping world, and tonight was no exception as 29 horse and rider combinations gathered on the field to compete in a battle of the best. It was an electrifying night as spectators looked on to the stadium turf, but it was with swiftness and accuracy that Beezie Madden was able to emerge as the victor tonight. Aboard Coral Reef Via Volo, Madden rode to her third American Invitational victory, a feat few can claim.

 

Madden navigated Coral Reef Via Volo to a double-clear effort during a five-horse jump off. They tripped the timers in 35.91 seconds after completing a clear short course, while Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Atlanta rode to the second place for the only other double clear effort. Lauren Hough and Ohlala were the third place finishers, taking the honors as the fastest of the four faulters after lowering the height of obstacle 17, an oxer set near the in gate.

 

Designer of the 2008 Olympic courses, Steve Stephens of Palmetto, FL, designed tonight’s toilsome track. The 13 numbered obstacles featured a triple bar-oxer double combination, a scopey vertical leading into the oxer-liverpool combination, a unique, suspended American Invitational wall, a skinny, a blue, square oxer and a daunting G&C Farms final oxer. The most difficult obstacle proved to be the double combination coming off of the Miami Dolphins oxer, resulting in numerous rails on the ground.

 

Hough and Ohlala were the first to traverse the opening track, showing the way as the eleventh to take on the course. The crowd erupted into a resounding applause as she showed that it could be done. Madden guaranteed a jump-off only two rounds later, crossing the finish line without fault. Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa and Citizenguard Cadjanine also rode to a clear effort, while Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum rode Atlanta to the fourth slot of the short course. It was Miami’s own Margie Engle, aboard Royce, who filled the fifth position, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats.

 

   Lauren Hough and Ohlala


Lauren Hough and Ohlala

With a jump off eminent, the stakes were high as riders entered into the seven-obstacle track. Their eyes were set on the prize, but Stephens’ course left much to be determined on the turf.

 

Hough was the first to return, and although she was very quick early on, her approach to the final oxer sealed her fate as a four-faulter with Ohlala. They competed the course in 34.44 seconds.

 

“I am so privileged to get to ride a horse like Ohlala. She is such a trier,” Hough said. “I have to say, I think she’s proven to really be a top international horse. She’s very small, but she doesn’t know she’s small. I think I just needed to take a little bit more pull to the last, because she’s so quick everywhere else. But I’m just thrilled with the results tonight. I’m happy to be sitting up her with the ladies.”

 

Reining Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping Champion, Beezie Madden, took her turn with Coral Reef Via Volo. She posted a more conservative effort than her counterparts, but her intent was clear-accuracy over speed. Using Coral Reef Via Volo’s stride to her advantage, and knowing her mount’s weaknesses, she followed her plan for the jump off and broke the beam without fault in 35.91 seconds.

 

   Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo


Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo

“I was really thrilled for my horse. She’s had a great circuit,” Madden explained. “She’s done a lot of big classes for me down here. I was thrilled to end this way. I have to say, I always kind of miss Authentic when we come here. He loved this class, but she was a good stand in tonight.”

 

Madden secured the victory on Authentic in both 2005 and 2007, but since his retirement, Madden’s talented string of mounts has stepped up to shine.

 

“I was really happy with my first round. I think that was one of our best rounds yet down here,” Madden described. “I thought her rideability was great. I don’t think she touched a fence, so I was really happy with that. Last year I went to Raymond James, and she was a bit star struck in there. I was glad that she reacted well tonight.”

 

Madden continued, “In the jump off, I saw Lauren [Hough] go. She was very fast. I was a bit relieved that she knocked the last fence down [laughed]. Honestly, but then I thought just try to be smooth; try to be very efficient, and give the others something to catch.”

 

Although Pessoa attempted to catch Madden, four faults at the opening oxer of the double and a fault at the penultimate obstacle would earn him the fifth place position tonight. It wasn’t until Michaels-Beerbaum returned to the field that defeat seemed possible.

 

The German rider was aboard a more recent mount, Atlanta, and although this was only their second time competing under the lights and their first time in a jump off, they proved that with time they could become unstoppable. They cleared the course in 38.02 seconds without touching a rail.

 

   Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Atlanta


Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Atlanta

“This was the first jump off I have ever done with Atlanta. I thought I was really good one to two to three, four and the combination. I have to say, I couldn’t believe I was going as fast with her as I was because I never, ever went fast with her,” Michaels-Beerbaum said. “So then I got all nervous and started pulling on the reins and thinking, ‘I better slow down now to make sure I go clean.’ I kind of planted her under the last two fences, but she still jumped them. It was a bit messy to be honest. I was just really pleased because the horse never gave up.”

 

She continued, “She has no experience going fast what so ever. In fact, most of this circuit I had time faults with her. She jumped clear in some of the 1.50m events, but going fast is something that we definitely have to work on. I never really wanted to push her on time. I am just really pleased.”

 

Margie Engle was the final rider to go against the clock, but her choice to do eight strides to the second fence cost her the clean round she was hoping for. She ended on four faults in 36 seconds, finishing in the fourth place position. Pessoa would pick up fifth, while Shane Sweetnam and Eregast Van Kizelhoff rounded out the top six as the fastest of the four-faulters from the first round.

 

Madden is the fourth rider to ever take home three victories from the American Invitational. Although Madden has quite the string of horses, tonight was Coral Reef Via Volo’s time to shine under the lights, and she stepped up for the challenge.

 

“It’s exiting to be here in Miami,” Madden smiled. “Wellington is kind of the heart of the horse world here in Florida, and this is very close and yet special to come down here and be in a stadium like this. We were in Tampa for over four decades, it took some time to get everything figured out-what we need for horses is a little different than football. This event will only grow in prestige, and I think it is going to be fantastic.”

 

For more information about the 2014 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm please visit www.stadiumjumping.com.

 

     Photo Credit: Beezie Madden produced a quick and tidy double-clear effort with Coral Reef Via Volo to win the 2014 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational. Pictured here with G & C Farm for the presentation. All Photos By: V.Valenti/The Book LLC. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


Photo Credit: Beezie Madden produced a quick and tidy double-clear effort with Coral Reef Via Volo to win the 2014 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational. Pictured here with G & C Farm for the presentation. All Photos By: V.Valenti/The Book LLC. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

2014 $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational Results

1 13 CORAL REEF VIA VOLO BEEZIE MADDEN USA 0.00 87.69 0.00 35.91

2 22 ATLANTA MEREDITH MICHAELS-BEERBAUM GER 0.00 86.23 0.00 38.02

3 11 OHLALA LAUREN HOUGH USA 0.00 81.50 4.00 34.44

4 23 ROYCE MARGIE ENGLE USA 0.00 83.24 4.00 36.00

5 17 CITIZENGUARD CADJANINE RODRIGO PESSOA BRA 0.00 82.43 8.00 35.85

6 2 EREGAST VAN KIZELHOFF SHANE SWEETNAM IRL 4.00 85.07

7 9 JUVINA GEORGINA BLOOMBERG USA 4.00 85.08

8 24 ROTHCHILD MCLAIN WARD USA 4.00 85.17

9 10 DYNAMO MEGAN NUSZ USA 4.00 87.08

10 7 LEAP OF JOY CHARLIE JACOBS USA 4.00 87.14

11 6 TITUS 2:11 JARED PETERSON USA 5.00 89.66

12 8 QUALITY GIRL TODD MINIKUS USA 8.00 83.57