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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.

Christine McCrea Doubles Down and Wins $50,000 EMO Grand Prix, Presented by Zoetis, at HITS Saugerties

May 29, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

SAUGERTIES, NY (May 27, 2013) – Christine McCrea finished the first week of spring competition at HITS Saugerties with a hot hand. After piloting Candy Tribble & Windsor Show Stables’ Avenir to the blue in Friday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, McCrea rose to the occasion again for Sunday’s $50,000 EMO Grand Prix and cashed another winner’s check.McCrea was the only rider to end the day with a double-clear effort.

“I think I have found my new favorite course designer,” said McCrea with a smile after the class. Marina Azevedo of Campinas, Brazil set the courses in the Strongid© C 2X Grand Prix Stadium this week, and admits that she attempted to make the tracks welcoming in the beginning of the season, but included some testing elements. “She uses the ground so well,” added McCrea.

Azevedo set a 13-element course with 16 jumping efforts on Sunday, including a scopey triple at fence six and a double at fence nine. She also recycled a technical skinny vertical from Friday as the third-to-final fence.

The scopey, technical track made for a nail-biting first half. The crowd that gathered on the berms of the Strongid© C 2X Grand Prix Stadium waited nine trips before seeing the first clear round of the day. Peter Wylde of Wellington, Florida was the first to crack Azevedo’s code in Friday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix and got it done again on Sunday with Societe Cirile de Necurie de Meautry’s Lewin 5.

McCrea was quick to secure a jump-off in the next trip to later be joined by Margie Engle of Wellington, Florida on Gladewinds Farm, Inc.’s Indigo and Candice King, also hailing from Wellington, Florida, aboard Stateside Farm, LLC’s Campbell VDL.

Wylde returned first in the jump-off and had the makings of a winning ride until a heart-breaking rail fell at the final fence, a wide oxer as he galloped home and ultimately landed him and Lewin 5 in third. McCrea returned next and set a blazing Great American Time To Beat at 37.66 seconds. While she was the only rider to go clear in the jump-off, her time also went untouched.

Engle and Indigo were third to return for the short course and were in prime position to beat the clock, but picked up four faults with a rail at the fourth jump. King and Campbell VDL batted clean-up in the jump-off and were on track to a clear round before the final oxer reared its ugly head again and handed her four faults. Engle landed second, while King finished fourth.

The fastest of the four-fault rounds over the original course, Kevin Babington of Keene, Kentucky rode his own Mark Q to fifth.

Considering some wet weather earlier in the weekend, McCrea was both pleased and surprised at how well her Sunday went. “I was so impressed with how the footing handled the rain – it really came down yesterday, but the footing was practically dry out there today,” she said. “I was only able to get Avenir out for about 20 minutes yesterday and an hour this morning and he often doesn’t listen when he is fresh. Surprisingly, he didn’t get flustered and I was able to control him really well.”

Grand prix competition continues next week at HITS-on-the-Hudson with the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, on Friday and the $75,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, on Sunday. Qualifying for September’s Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix has begun to reach its pinnacle as the HITS Saugerties circuit will feature two weekly qualifying opportunities in the first seven weeks of the circuit with one final Wild Card class on the Friday before the Zoetis Million. Follow all the qualifying action at HITSShows.com.

 


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Christine McCrea and Avenir on their way to a two-for-two weekend at HITS Saugerties.

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Christine McCrea receives winning honors from HITS’ Chris Mayone and Tony Hitchcock.

 

$10,000 Marshall & Sterling Insurance Child/Adult Jumper Classic
No stranger to Marshall & Sterling Jumper Classic success, Alissa Kinsey of Danville, New Hampshire rode her own Grisset to top honors in Saturday’s $10,000 offering. She was the best of 26 who showed over the 1.10m course.

Kinsey was one of six to advance to the jump-off, which came down to raw speed. Five of the six were double clear, but Kinsey was the fastest by over two seconds. She posted a time of 28.98 seconds.

Behind her in second was Angelena DaPrato of Annandale, New Jersey, who rode her own Red Bull to a final time of 30.79 seconds. Tammy Kelly of Long Valley, New Jersey and Kimberly Seay’s Belvedere were third in a time of 33.60 seconds. Rounding out the top five was Mackenzie Burns of Blairstown, New Jersey on her own Zaloubet Zaffiro in fourth and Lisbeth Hume of Nanuet, New York in the irons of her own Sonny in fifth. Burns posted a time of 35.36 seconds, while Lisbeth rode to 35.51 seconds.

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Alissa Kinsey and Grisset jump to a win in the $10,000 M&S Child/Adult Jumper Classic.

 

$50,000 EMO Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis

Place Horse                Owner                          Rider Prize $ Rd 1 Faults JO Faults JO Time
1 Avenir Candy Tribble & Windsor Show Stables, Inc. Christine McCrea $15,000 0 0 37.66
2 Indigo Gladewinds Farm, Inc. Margie Engle $11,000 0 4 38.19
3 Lewin 5 Societe Cirile de Necurie de Meautry Peter Wylde $6,500 0 4 38.56
4 Campbell VDL Stateside Farm, LLC Candice King $4,000 0 4 40.36
5 Mark Q Kevin Babington Kevin Babington $3,000 4
6 Sil Group C, LLC Geoffery Case $2,500 4
7 Evening Star Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Caristo Heather Caristo-Williams $2,000 4
8 Quality Girl Todd Minikus, Ltd. Todd Minikus $1,500 4
9 Zephyr Michael Dorman & Wyndmont, Inc. Michael Dorman $1,500 4
10 Olympic De Chamant Sagamore Farm Jonathan Corrigan $1,000 4
11 Celena Z Elm Rock, LLC/Ashland Farms Margie Engle $1,000 8
12 Leander Honorway Farm, LLC Leann Kelly $1,000 8
About HITS, Inc.
HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia. In 2010, HITS took the industry to new heights when it hosted the first-ever Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix – now the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix. In 2011, HITS hosted the richest weekend in show jumping with the return of the Pfizer Million and the introduction of the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. In 2012, the historic weekend got even sweeter with the addition of the HITS$250,000 HITS Hunter Prix Final. This year, HITS will host a second $1 million class with the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Thermal.
For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit www.HitsShows.com. Stay connected with HITS, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!Media should contact the HITS Media Team at 845.246.8833 or e-mail Media_Info@HitsShows.com.

2013 Atlanta Spring Kicks off

May 19, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

May 18th, 2013– The 2013 Atlanta Spring Challenge Horse Show kicked off on Wednesday to blue skies at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA. The show in its 10th year is produced by Aiken, SC based Equus Events and show manager JP Godard. The popular event is a USHJA Members Choice Award winning horse show and attracts some of the top hunter and jumper talent from across the country.

 

Thursday afternoon featured the 1.40 $5,000 Open Welcome Stake which took place in the International Arena. 21 horse rider combinations tried their luck against internationally famed course designer Michel Vaillancourt, but it was Frances Land and her Vieanne who came home the victors with a speedy jump off time of 37.83 just edging out Derek Peterson’s Titus 2:11 and rider Jared Peterson. Theo Genn and Bridlebourne Stable’s Winchester rounded out the top three. Complete results are as followed:

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$5000 OPEN WELCOME CLASSIC 1.40M

Place Horse Owner Rider

1 VIEANNE: LAND, FRANCES: LAND, FRANCES

2 TITUS 2:11: PETERSEN, DEREK: PETERSEN, JARED

3 WINCHESTER: BRIDLEBOURNE STABLES LLC: GENN, THEO

4 BULL RUN’S ZINO PLATINUM: ISRAEL, CHRISTI: ISRAEL, CHRISTI

5 CALANDO Z: BURNS, PADDY ANN: CHOPPING, HAROLD

6 MERLIN: LAND, FRANCES: LAND, FRANCES

7 CADENCE: PROCEDURES, INC: WEXLER, MEGAN

8 CARDELLA: PROCEDURES, INC: WEXLER, MEGAN

9 HENNESSEY: BOGGIO, CHASEN:BOGGIO, CHASEN

10 LAZARO: COYNE, JORDAN: COYNE, JORDAN

 

The hunter divisions took center stage on Thursday and Friday with many championships being awarded as well as the USHJA International Hunter Derby taking place Friday night. Liza Boyd of Camden, SC made her presence known taking home multiple championships as well as the win in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby with her and Mrs. Janet Peterson’s Brunello. In the first year green division Boyd took home the championship honors with Chestnut Avenue owned by Joann Loheac, the conformation hunter championship honors went to Erin McGuire’s Casallo also ridden by Liza, and in the performance 3’6 -3’9 division it was Friday’s Farm Banderas with Boyd again in the irons. Liza also took home the win in the popular new $1,000 USHJA pre green incentive class on Sarah Orberson’s First Dance.

 

Friday evening featured the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Brick Church Farm and Reflections Farm. Exhibitors and spectators enjoyed a beautiful evening complete with a cool breeze while watching some of the country’s top hunter riders compete under the lights. While the action was taking place in the ring everyone ringside enjoyed the Derby Party catered by Proof of the Pudding and sponsored by the 2013 hospitality sponsors;

 

-Arbor Hill Farm and the Boggio Family

-Booth Parker

-Brad Spragg and the Atlanta Hunt Club

-Brick Church Farm

-DFG Stables and Daniel and Cathy Geitner

-Don Stewart Stables

-Finally Farm and the Towell Family

-Four Seasons Farm

-The Friedman Family

 

-Hot To Trot Boutique

-Janet Salem and Patchwork Farm

-Juan and Jennifer Gamboa

-Liz Tarumianz

-Meadow Hill Stables and the Porath Family

-Mike and Laura Regan

-Proof of The Pudding

– Market Place/Matt Martin and Raffi Kechejian

-Reflections Farm

 

Boyd continued her winning ways taking home first and second place honors in the Hunter Derby with Brunello taking the top spot and Quatrain owned by Finally Farm and Mrs. Janet Peterson taking home second place. Brunello and Boyd are no strangers to the derby winner circle taking home an impressive 15 wins to date. Course designer JP Godard produced a long and flowing course with many 4’ options that were aimed to test the horse’s athletic ability and the rider’s accuracy. “It was such a fun course”, said Karen Kelly of Brick Church Farm who rode Reflection’s Farm Uncle Luc in the class to the overall 11th place finish. “It’s a great warm up for finals in Kentucky because of the size and openness of the ring”. Awards were presented by Meredith Mateo and Matthew Bravo representing Reflections Farm and Brick Church Farm, many thanks to these generous sponsor’s for hosting this year’s derby class.

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$10,000 USHJA INTERNATIONAL HUNTER DERBY OVERALL

Place Horse Owner Rider

1 BRUNELLO: BOYD & JANET PETERSON, LIZA: BOYD, ELIZABETH

2 QUATRAIN: FARM & JANET PETERSON, FINALLY: BOYD, ELIZABETH

3 LIFE IS GOOD: NOLEN, MARY ELISE: MADDRIX, TIMOTHY

4 FIEONA: TOWELL & KELLY MALONEY, HARDIN: BOYD, ELIZABETH

5 DAMOCLES: PETERSON, JANET: GEITNER, DANIEL

6 CARAMO: RUSSELL HOWE, CAROLINE: CHOPPING, HAROLD

7 ELOISE: STYSLINGER, CLAUDIA: MADDRIX, TIMOTHY

8 LEAD STORY: FIT TO PRINT FARM: CRENSHAW, KELCI

9 HANOVER ON THE ROCKS: CONNELY, MORGAN: CURTIN, JULIE

10 TRENDING: STYSLINGER, STELLA: MADDRIX, TIMOTHY

11 UNCLE LUC: REFLECTIONS FARM: KELLEY, KAREN

12 BLUE STEEL: MANERS, MADISON: YOUNG, GARY

New this year was a high point award sponsored by Fenwick Equestrian for the junior or amateur rider accumulating the highest two round total in the derby. Maddison Manners and her Blue Steele took home this award with their two round total of 286. The pair won a Fenwick high performance soft shell jacket donated by Fenwick Equestrian.

 

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The Atlanta Spring Challenge continues today featuring the $30,000 Atlanta Spring Challenge Grand Prix sponsored by Fenwick Equestrian taking place at 6:30 in the International Arena. The annual Preakness Party sponsored by DFG Stables and Cathy and Daniel Geitner will also be taking place ringside along with viewing of the 138th Preakness Stakes. Post time for the Preakness is approximately 6:20.

Grand Adult Hunter Championship Awarded to Sutton Place and Katie Robinson at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

May 10, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

North Salem, NY – May 9, 2013 – The first week of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show runs through Sunday, May 12, and competition today featured the Adult Amateur Hunters. There were two age divisions for the riders, and along with division championships, there was a Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Champion crowned and a $500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Amateur Hunter Qualifier class. Taking home the lionshare of prizes was Katie Robinson of Bronxville, NY, on Sutton Place, owned by KJ Robinson LLC.

 

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows feature two weeks of competition at the beautiful Old Salem Farm show grounds in North Salem, NY. The first week concludes on Sunday, May 12, with the highlight event, the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix presented by Suncast. It will now start at 3 pm (not 2 pm as previously listed). The second week of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows runs May 14-19.

 

On Sunday, May 12, prior to the start of the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix presented by Suncast, join us for the “Rolex FEI World Cup Champion Congratulatory Ceremony for Beezie Madden, and Our American Representatives.” Join us in congratulating Beezie Madden and Simon on their historic win! Beezie was the second American in a row to capture the World Cup trophy and only the fifth woman to win in the 35 year history of the championship.

 

Following the grand prix, there will be an Riders Autograph Signing Session with 2013 Rolex FEI World Cup champion Beezie Madden, and 2013 Rolex FEI World Cup American Representatives McLain Ward, Christine McCrea, and Katie Dinan, Olympic gold medalist Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil, and top local riders Georgina Bloomberg.

 

Katie Robinson and Sutton Place

Katie Robinson and Sutton Place

 

Robinson and Sutton Place topped the Adult Amateur 36 & Over Hunter division, won the Marshall & Sterling Qualifier class with a top score of 172.5, and were named Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Champions. It was an impressive feat for Sutton Place, who is just five years old. Robinson has only been riding him for two months and this was their third show together. In their division, they placed first, first, third, and fourth. The reserve champion was Pembrooke, ridden and owned by Sandra Epstein, and they placed first and second in the division.

 

In addition to his sweep in the Adult Hunters, Sutton Place, a Hanoverian gelding by Valentino, was the Pre-Green Hunter champion with Brady Mitchell. Despite the short relationship, Robinson says he’s like “a made up little man.” She explained, “It’s kind of funny how fast it came along. When I first rode him back in Florida, I couldn’t ride him and he was all over the place. Brady spent 20 minutes on him and I got back on him and he was a different horse. He’s just really smart and he gets it. He’s a team player. He wants to do well, so it makes it really fun and easy for everybody. It’s good; knock on wood!”

 

She went on to say, “I think we’re going to have to control ourselves not to push him into the 3’6” because he’s doing it so easy. We’re going to have to take our time and finish out the year, and then next year, start him as a First Year horse. Hopefully we’ll have many more days like today.”

 

Katie Robinson and Sutton Place with trainer Brady Mitchell of Heritage Farm

Katie Robinson and Sutton Place with trainer Brady Mitchell of Heritage Farm

 

Robinson has come to the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows for five years after showing regularly here as a junior rider. Coming back as an adult rider and with a family, she appreciates the show and its proximity to home. “I love it here because I can drop my kids off at school and then come here and ride. It’s not like I have to leave my life to come and show,” she said. “I can still come and do everything that I’m supposed to do and be a mom, and then come here and have fun.”

 

In the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunter division, Stephanie Riggio of New York, NY, won the championship on Compliment, a 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Rolls Royce. They received two seconds, two thirds, and a fourth place ribbon. They also placed second in the Marshall & Sterling Qualifier with a score of 169. Kristin Montemarano and Skylar were reserve champions in the division after they placed first, second, third, and fifth.

 

Jumpers Compete in Power and Speed

 

The Open Jumper 1.30m Power and Speed class had the largest field of exhibitors in the Annex Ring today with 58 entries. Jumping over Brazilian Guilherme Jorge’s course, the ones who left all the jumps up and were the fastest in the speed phase were Cody Auer of Fairfield, CT, on her horse Timo, a 13-year-old KWPN gelding by Royal Bravour x Joost. They crossed the timers in 27.876 seconds for the win. Just behind them were Chris Kappler and Adriane BB in 28.765 seconds for second place. Third place went to Todd Minikus and Romeo, who finished in 28.849 seconds.

 

Auer returned to the United States at the beginning of the year after three years working in Holland for top show jumper Leon Thijssen. She and Timo showed in Europe up to the 1.50m level. Now a professional rider and working with her former trainer, Olympic gold medalist Leslie Howard, Auer is happy to take the education she learned in both the U.S. and Europe and use it.

 

“It was amazing. It’s really different (in Europe), but I learned so much and got to ride a lot of different kinds of horses. It definitely helped (Timo) too. I was exposed to a lot of different riding styles, and you take what you like from each part and bring it together,” she explained. “It’s great for anyone’s riding. I learned a lot there that I can apply to being over here.”

 

She said of Timo, “It’s a horse I’ve had for a long time. I used to jump 1.50m (classes) on him. Now he’s older and just jumping around the 1.30m and we’re trying to find someone to lease or buy him for a kid to go around and give him some nice retirement years. Yesterday I just went slow because I hadn’t shown him in a long time. Today I thought I might as well go fast, and he loves to go fast. It’s really easy for him.”

 

Cody Auer and Timo

Cody Auer and Timo

 

Auer was happy to ride in the Annex Ring and commented, “I actually love the sand ring here; it’s nicer than most rings! A lot of people, when it’s raining and you can’t be on the grass, say it’s so sad, but the sand ring here is beautiful. They’ve done an amazing job.”

 

Auer can look back and remember her years showing at Old Salem Farm. “I came here with my Small Pony Hunter!” she smiled. “I was in the office the other day and looking at the trophies and I was champion years ago on my Medium Pony Hunter and it’s there. It’s really nice to come back and it’s changed so much since I was here last. It’s amazing. It’s the top facility in this area now, for sure.”

 

Other jumper winners from today included:

 

7/8 Year Old Young Jumpers – G&C Atlanta, Rodrigo Pessoa, Gustavo Mirabal

 

6 Year Old Young Jumpers – By Chance, Hannah Isop, Tracy Freels

 

5 Year Old Young Jumpers – Dido, Sarah Middleton, Sarah Middleton & Legacy Stables

 

Open Jumper 1.40m – Wianta W, Todd Minikus, Legacy Stables

 

Open Jumper 1.20m – Foolish Pleasure, Penny Brennan, Jacquelyn Ventorino

 

ATTENTION EXHIBITORS – SCHEDULE CHANGES:

 

Class 423, Open Jumper 1.30m, will now be run in format II, 1 (not II, 2b), at 8 am on Friday, May 10, in the Annex Ring, followed by Class 411, the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper 1.40m, II, Sec 1

 

Classes 216, 218, and 215, Small Pony Hunters, will now be held in the Indoor Ring on Saturday, May 11, following the Large Green Pony Hunters

 

Classes 217 and 218, Small Pony Hunters, will be held in the Indoor Ring on Sunday, May 12, at 8 am as the first two classes and will be followed by Class 551, the $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic sponsored by Gotham North

 

Class 317, the $5,000 Equitation Classic will run directly following the $5,000 Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic on Saturday, May 11 (no exact start time)

 

Class 513, the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix presented by Suncast, will now start at 3 pm on Sunday, May 12

 

Tomorrow’s schedule will include the highlight class of the day, the $25,000 New York Welcome Stake, held at 12 pm on the Grand Prix Field. It is preceded by the Open Jumper 1.30m class and the High Junior/Amateur Jumper 1.40m class in the Annex Ring. The Amateur-Owner Hunters open up their competition, and jumper classes continue for Children’s, Adults, Juniors, and Amateurs.

 

For more information please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net/mayhome and for full results, please visit www.horseshowsonline.com.

 

Live Webcast and Fun Events Information

 

The $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix, presented by Suncast, on May 12 (starting now at 3 pm), the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate, on May 18, and the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, on May 19 will all be broadcast on the USEF Network.com presented by Smartpak. Watch live streaming of every round in the ring during both weeks on www.shownet.biz and tune into USEF Network

to watch these three highlight events!

 

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, rated the #11 show in North America by the North American Riders Group, has a full schedule of fun events for exhibitors and spectators. General admission, set at $20 per car on Friday-Sunday, generates proceeds to support the Old Salem Farm Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

 

Join us tomorrow for the $1,500 Canine Puissance co-sponsored by Hound Spa at 3:30 pm and the Victoria’s Pizzeria “Make Your Own Pizza” Exhibitor Party from 5-6:30 pm at the Special Events Tent on the side of the Grand Prix Field. You’re also invited to meet Atka, the Ambassador Wolf from the Wolf Conservatory Center of North Salem, at 6 pm in the Grand Prix Field!

 

Final Results: Open Jumpers 1.30m

 

Horse, Rider, Owner, R1 Faults, R2 Faults, R2 Time

 

1 TIMO, CODY AUER, CODY AUER: 0/27.876

 

2 ADRIANE BB, CHRIS KAPPLER, BBDL FINANZ S.A.R.L. EQUINE FUTURE CHAMPIONS: 0/28.765

 

3 ROMEO, TODD MINIKUS, LEGACY STABLES: 0/28.849

 

4 LUPIN DU FRAIGNEAU, MCLAIN WARD, GRANT ROAD PARTNERS LLC: 0/29.365

 

5 TIBOR, TODD MINIKUS, BONITA SMITH: 0/29.695

 

6 BANANA D’IVE Z, JULIE WELLES, NORTH STAR: 0/30.209

 

7 ALTIUS, ANNE KURSINSKI, MARILYN NELSON: 0/30.286

 

8 GAMA CHAMACO, FRANCESCA BOLFO, FRANCESCA BOLFO: 0/30.362

 

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows celebrate its 31st year in 2013 and offer two weeks of exceptional equestrian sport on May 7-12 and May 14–19 at one of the nation’s premier and newly renovated equestrian facilities, Old Salem Farm, in North Salem, New York. Old Salem’s beautifully manicured grounds, list of elite horses and riders, and fantastic social gatherings draw spectators from Westchester County and beyond to watch horses and ponies of every size compete for almost $500,000 in prize money. The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows feature over 130 hunter and jumper classes each week, bringing together top competitors, including Olympic show jumpers, from across the country. For more information, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net/mayhome

 

Photo Credit: Photos – © The Book LLC. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and with proper credit.

 

 

Reed Kessler and Mika Lead Open Jumpers to Kick Off Kentucky Spring Horse Show

May 10, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – May 8, 2013 – The top horses and riders from across the country have returned to the Kentucky Horse Park this week for the start of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. The first day of competition kicked off with the Open Jumper divisions in the Rolex Stadium. Olympian Reed Kessler led the way in the 1.45m Open Jumper class aboard Mika with a double clear effort, while the victory in the 1.40m Open Jumper speed class went to Pablo Barrios riding Colgate.

 

Richard Jeffery of Bournemouth, England set the track for today’s event. In the 1.45m Open Jumpers he challenged riders with an open water option, a vertical-oxer-vertical triple combination, and an oxer-vertical double combination. Five competitors managed to master the course and advance to the jump-off, which also included the double combination.

 

Reed Kessler of Lexington, KY, was the pathfinder and set the bar with her veteran mount Mika. Pushing her mount to open his stride and cut the turns, the duo dashed through the timers in 34.438 seconds. Their clear round was a full three seconds faster than the runner up to take home the top prize.

 

Reed Kessler and Mika

Reed Kessler and Mika

 

Canada’s Ian Millar was the next to challenge the young rider’s time with Baranns, owned by The Baranns Group of Perth, Ontario. They also managed to leave all the rails in place, but a time of 37.804 would only be good enough for third. The next pair on course, Hillary Simpson and Nopus Du Gue Joubert, owned by Quiet Hill Farm of Ocala, FL, bested Millar’s time. The pair left all the fences intact, but clocked in a 37.560 seconds to slide into the second place position. The only other duo to complete a double clear round was Andrew Bourns of Wellington, FL, riding Ace High Mike. Stopping the clock at 38.929 earned them the fourth place ribbon.

 

“Mika was great today,” smiled Kessler. “The horses that didn’t come to Europe with have been hanging out at home and enjoying our big grass property, they haven’t been doing much jumping at all. I am really happy that everyone was so good on the first day back.”

 

Kessler continued, “Mika is not such a speedster, going fast kind of undoes him, but he’s 13 this year, and I’ve gone clear in so many grand prixs that it’s time to go in and be the fastest. This is a national show, so it’s a good time to practice all week pushing him outside his comfort zone. I love this show. It’s a really nice time, and the horses have had a break after Florida. You can start back up again, and it’s a great building block before heading to Spruce Meadows.”

 

Kessler just returned from the 2013 Rolex FEI Show Jumping World Cup Finals, and she used the experience their to help prepare for this week. “Normally the speed is very tricky for Mika,” she explained. “I set the World Cup Finals speed course up at home just as little jumps and rails on the ground last week, and tried to do the fastest numbers with him. I really did go home and practice, so doing a normal speed class seemed easier today.”

 

Just prior to their win, Kessler and Mika were bested by Venezuela’s Pablo Barrios and Colgate during the 1.40m Open Jumper Speed Class. Early in the class, Barrios set the time to beat with his first mount Ambosell at a clear 67.115, which would be good enough for fifth.

 

Barrios’ original time was eventually beat by Wilton Porter of Bartonville, TX riding Neolisto Van Het Mierenhof, who took home fourth place in 65.349 seconds. It was Mario Gamboa and Unico, owned by Stransky’s Mission Farms of Miami, FL who claimed the third place honors, dashing across the course in a clear 64.723 seconds.

 

Kessler almost had two blue ribbons when she and Mika galloped over the track in a speedy 63.574. They would have to settle for second though when Barrios took the lead with his second mount Colgate. Leaving out a stride to the last combination, Barrios and Colgate crossed the finish line in a blazing 62.894 seconds to net the victory.

 

“Colgate is a horse that I have been riding for a year, this was our first show last year,” stated Barrios. “She is starting to get the mileage. She is 10 years old, and she was a little bit green when I got her, but now she is starting to show a little more experience: go a little faster and be a little more competitive. She did great a WEF, and now I think she is ready to start winning these classes. She has a huge stride and I went very fast to the combination. I took the risk and it worked out well.”

 

Now Barrios will aim Colgate and his second mount Zara Leandra towards tomorrow night’s $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, as well as the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix. “I always like it in Kentucky,” he commented. “It’s nice, the horses love it, and last year I spent the whole summer here. This year I am planning to go to Calgary and it’s good to stop here and continue to Calgary, and then stop on the way back. I love it.”

 

Pablo Barrios and Colgate

Pablo Barrios and Colgate

 

The jumper action will continue in the Rolex Stadium tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. with the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, kicking off the seven part Hagyard Challenge Series featuring the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus. Riders will also have the opportuntity to showcase their mounts during Saturday’s $20,000 Bluegrass Classic and the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon.

 

For more information about the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com/.

 

Results – Class 436, OPEN JUMPER 1.45m II 2b,

1 149 MIKA REED KESSLER 0 0 0 82.489 0 0 0 34.438 .

2 693 NOPUS DU GUE JOUBERT HILLARY SIMPSON 0 0 0 83.643 0 0 0 37.560 3

3 857 BARANNS IAN MILLAR 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 37.804

4 977 ACE HIGH MIKE ANDREW BOURNS 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 38.9295

5 256 V KATIE PRUDENT 0 0 0 80.057 4 3 7 46.497

6 445 WATERLOO SCHUYLER RILEY 4 0 4 79.985

7 791 PALM SUNDAY AARON VALE 4 0 4 80.793

8 790 ZIPPO II AARON VALE 4 0 4 81.229

9 145 WOLF S REED KESSLER 4 0 4 83.187

10 769 ACCORDANCE JUAN ORTIZ 8 8 16 91.614

 

Results – Class 435, OPEN JUMPER 1.40m II sec 1

1 281 COLGATE PABLO BARRIOS 0 0 0 62.894

2 149 MIKA REED KESSLER 0 0 0 63.574

3 315 UNICO MARIO GAMBOA 0 0 0 64.723

4 526 NEOLISTO VAN HET MIERENHOF WILTON PORTER 0 0 0 65.349

5 283 AMBOSELL PABLO BARRIOS 0 0 0 67.115

6 318 ANEMONE’S VICKY HECTOR FLORENTINO 0 0 0 68.657

7 691 ARKANSAS HILLARY SIMPSON 0 0 0 68.707

8 864 H H SANDOR AMY MILLAR 0 0 0 69.407

9 170 BRAVOMAN ABIGAIL MCARDLE 0 0 0 72.705

10 680 CARLA ILAN BLUMAN 0 0 0 72.796

11 860 PICCOBELLO DU VAL DE GEER JORDAN MACPHERSON 0 0 0 73.430

12 768 RENDEZVOUS 22 NICK NOVAK 0 0 0 74.578

Kelley Farmer Leads Professional Hunter Divisions at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

May 10, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – May 8, 2013 – Fresh off wins in Lexington, Virginia, Kelley Farmer made the trip to Lexington, Kentucky and once again topped the leader board during the first day of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. Farmer swept the field of top hunter riders in both of today’s High Performance Hunter classes aboard Taken, kicking off the five-days of top-notch hunter competition held throughout the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, May 8-12, 2013 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

 

“I love it out here. We rent a farm here in Kentucky for the spring and summer, so it’s nice to come out and enjoy it,” Farmer stated. “The horses were all great this morning.”

 

Farmer and Taken’s back-to-back scores of 85 secured them the top call over both of the day’s Skip Bailey designed High Performance courses in the Stonelea Ring.

 

“It’s a lovely ring to ride in. You can really canter and then when you build big, full jumps in there the horses jump so nice. Skip [Bailey] always builds them so that the horses jump well and have to try hard,” Farmer shared. “Taken jumped great today. He’s always a good boy for me.”

 

Finishing just behind the experienced Taken in the first class of the High Performance division it was again Farmer, this time aboard green mount Adelmo, owned by Jay Golding of Gordonsville, VA. Farmer and Adelmo earned a score of 84 to take second in the eight-year-old’s High Performance debut. The High Performance divisions provided the ideal opportunity for Farmer to prepare both horses for this weekend’s USHJA Hunter Derbies, which will be held this Saturday, May 11, 2013 in the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park.

 

Kelley Farmer and Taken jumping to back-to-back blue ribbons in today's High Performance Hunter division of the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Photo By: Emily Riden

Kelley Farmer and Taken jumping to back-to-back blue ribbons in today’s High Performance Hunter division of the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Photo By: Emily Riden

 

Also earning a score of 84, were Scott Stewart and Dedication, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, VA. The pair finished with the red ribbon in the second class of the High Performance division.

 

Stewart continuously proved to be another dominating force in today’s professional hunter divisions in the Stonelea Ring, as he swept the Regular Conformation over fences classes aboard Beholden, owned by Fashion Farm of New York, NY. Scores of 87 and 85 had the pair jogging in the first place position just ahead of Jennifer Alfano riding Timber Ridge and Hunt Tosh aboard Cold Harbor who each took the second place position in the first and second classes respectively.

 

“Beholden was great. I was really happy with him because I only showed him a few times in Florida, and it hasn’t been since week three or four there, so he was really good. He was maybe the best he’s been this year,” Scott commented. “The hardest part about him is he has such a big stride you have to go a bit slow. If you go at a normal pace you’d be leaving out strides, so it’s a little hard to go that slow and jump the bigger jumps, but he’s figuring that out. Today was the best he’s done that.”

 

Adding to Stewart’s high placings for the day was Concept, owned by Alexa and Krista Weisman of Sherborn, MA, whom Stewart rode to a first and third place finish in the morning’s Green Conformation Hunter classes.

 

In the Second Year Green Hunters, the blue ribbon over the first course went to Farmer and On the Hour, owned by Jessica Stitt of Elburn, IL.

 

“He’s a lot like Taken and Mythical in that he’s a little horse with a lot of jump and a lot of stride and he tries hard,” Farmer said regarding On the Hour. “He’s a blast to ride. You can pick up a gallop and go.”

 

Finishing with the top award over the second course of the Second Year Green Hunters were Caroline Weeden and Lucky Times, owned by Old Willow Farms LLC of Northfield, IL.

 

All of the professional hunter divisions will conclude tomorrow in the Stonelea Ring with championship and reserve championship awards. This week’s highlight events include the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Saturday evening, as well as the first $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby. The $50,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series features seven events that culminate with the $15,000 Leading Hunter Rider Awards.

 

For more information about the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit

http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com/.

 

Rolex FEI World Cup Final Champion Beezie Madden Returns to U.S. Competition at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

May 01, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

North Salem, NY – May 1, 2013 – The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows are proud to welcome the 2013 Rolex FEI World Cup Final winner, Beezie Madden, back to the United States. Her first competition will be the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, held on May 7-12 and 14-19, 2013. In addition to Madden, local rider and Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, will be at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. Ward placed fifth in this year’s World Cup Final. Come watch both riders as they return to the show ring on U.S. soil!

 

Not only can you watch the world’s best at Old Salem Farm, you can also be a part of a “Welcome Back” celebration on Sunday, May 12. The party will honor Madden, Ward, and all of the United States riders from the World Cup Final. We will honor Madden on her amazing achievement of winning for the United States, and fans will be able to meet her and other riders at an autograph signing following Sunday’s grand prix class.

 

Beezie Madden holds the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals trophy

Beezie Madden holds the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals trophy

 

Madden, one of only five women to have won the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals, is looking forward to showing at the Old Salem Spring Horse Shows. “We love the facility and the improvements they’ve done there. We always look forward to jumping on the grass field,” she described.

 

Madden also pointed out that the effort that Old Salem Farm puts into their events is appreciated by the riders. “We love being at a show where they try to make the show special, and it’s nice to have a show with personality!” she remarked.

 

Some of her mounts, such as Amadora, Vanilla, and Mademoiselle will compete during the first week, and her 2012 Olympic mount, Coral Reef Via Volo, will be aimed for the grand prix during the second week.

 

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, rated the #11 show in North America by the North American Riders Group, has a full schedule of fun events for exhibitors and spectators. General admission, set at $20.00 per car on Friday-Sunday, generates proceeds to support the Old Salem Farm Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

 

Join us at these great events!

 

Sunday, May 5

11:00am-4:00pm: Welcome Day: Off-Road Adventure – Test Drive a Land Rover!, JustWorld’s Horseless Horse Show, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Face Painting, Make a Wolf Mask and Paw Prints with Wolf Conservation Center, Petting Zoo and Pony Rides from Cimarron Ranch, and see Seth Dale – Magicial for all ages!

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Friday, May 10

Noon: $25,000 New York Welcome Stake

3:30pm: Canine Puissance

5:00-6:30pm: Victoria’s Pizzeria “Make Your Own Pizza” Exhibitor Party

6:00pm: You’re Invited! Meet Atka the Ambassador Wolf from the Wolf Conservatory Center of North Salem

 

Saturday, May 11

1:00-3:00pm: $5,000 Equitation Challenge Reception, presented by AIG/Kaplow Insurance Agency and Heritage Farm

1:30pm: $5,000 Equitation Challenge

3:00-4:00pm: Ice Cream Social sponsored by The Gochman Family

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Sunday, May 12

2:00pm: $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix, presented by Suncast

 

Mother’s Day Sunday Ride for Research

 

Friday, May 17

Noon: $25,000 Grand Prix of North Salem

4:00pm: $5,000 Groom’s Class

5:00-6:30pm: Pasta Extravaganza! “Make Your Own Pasta” Exhibitor Party with Hilby the Skinny German Juggling Boy, called “Rivetingly Absurd” by The New York Times

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Saturday, May 18

1:00pm: $20,000 Speed Derby of North Salem

3:00-4:00: Ice Cream Social sponsored by Marshall & Sterling Insurance

3:30pm: $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate

5:00-6:30pm ASPCA Equine Advocacy Reception

(R.S.V.P. devia.brown@aspca.org or 212-8767700, x 4676)

 

Sunday, May 19

2:30pm: $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group

11:00am – 4:00pm: ASPCA Adoption Day! Meet rescued dogs, cats, and miniature horses looking for forever homes!

 

Scan to enjoy the show jumping action at Old Salem

Scan to enjoy the show jumping action at Old Salem

 

The $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix, presented by Suncast, on May 12, the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate, on May 18, and the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, on May 19 will all be broadcast on the USEF Network.com presented by Smartpak. You may watch these events LIVE as they happen at www.USEFNetwork.com or www.oldsalemfarm.net.

 

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows celebrate its 31st year in 2013 and offer two weeks of exceptional equestrian sport on May 7-12 and May 14–19 at one of the nation’s premier and newly renovated equestrian facilities, Old Salem Farm, in North Salem, New York. Old Salem’s beautifully manicured grounds, list of elite horses and riders, and fantastic social gatherings draw spectators from Westchester County and beyond to watch horses and ponies of every size compete for almost $500,000 in prize money. The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows feature over 130 hunter and jumper classes each week, bringing together top competitors, including Olympic show jumpers, from across the country. For more information, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net/mayhome.

 

Photo Credit: Beezie Madden – © The Chronicle of the Horse Photo. Other photos – © Parker/Russell – The Book LLC. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and with proper credit.