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U.S. Completes Historic Week at CSIO Wellington by Winning the CSIO4* Grand Prix presented by Lugano Diamonds and Sweeps FEI Nations Cup Competition

March 01, 2015 By: janwest Category: General

Todd Minikus and Babalou 41 (Photo Credit: Sportfot)

Todd Minikus and Babalou 41 (Photo Credit: Sportfot)

By Helen Murray

Wellington, Fla. – A week of unprecedented success for the U.S. at CSIO Wellington came to a close on Sunday with Todd Minikus claiming victory in the CSIO4* Grand Prix presented by Lugano Diamonds and the U.S. Teams completing a clean sweep of FEI Nations Cups presented by Hollow Creek Farm.

Minikus (Wellington, Fla.) and his partner from the United States’ winning effort in the FEI Nations Cup presented by Kingsland Equestrian, Babalou 41, charged to the head of the field in Sunday’s feature Grand Prix on the strength of impressive jumping. The pair was one of 10 combinations to jump faultlessly over Anthony D’Ambrosio’s 14-obstacle course and qualify to return for the jump-off. In their return trip, Minikus and Two Swans Farm’s 10-year-old Oldenburg mare again produced a clear round in a time of 35.77, which no other combination could match.

“That was a nice week,” said Minikus. “Babalou is starting to step up to the big leagues. I think she’s got a big future ahead of her and I couldn’t be happier with her.”

Teammates from the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team, McLain Ward (Brewster, N.Y.) and Double H Farm’s 13-year-old Zangersheide gelding HH Carlos Z and Margie Engle and Elm Rock Partners, LLC’s 11-year-old Oldenburg stallion also qualified for the jump-off, finishing in eighth and ninth places, respectively.

FEI Nations Cups presented by Hollow Creek Farm

Postponed because of rain on Saturday, the conclusion of the FEI Nations Cups presented by Hollow Creek Farm began with the completion of the first round of the Children’s competition followed by the second round for Children’s competitors. The second rounds of the Junior and Young Riders Nations Cup were then completed, with the second round of the Nations Cup doubling as the first round of Grand Prix competition. All Nations Cup second round clears returned to jump-off for the Hollow Creek Grand Prix titles. Drawing inspiration from the United States win in Friday’s FEI Nations Cup presented by Kingsland Equestrian, the Child Rider, Junior Rider, and Young Rider Teams all surged to victory, ensuring that the home nation won all four Nations Cup held at CSIO Wellington.

Led by Chef d’Equipe Diann Langer, the three U.S. teams of promising young equestrians held the lead after their respective first rounds over Anthony D’Ambrosio’s course and produced strong second rounds efforts to secure victory.

“It was a great day and a great week all the way through,” said Langer. “I thought the teams were the best of the best. I came in feeling very confident, but you never know what can happen and I’m very pleased with them all and so excited.”

FEI Children’s Nations Cup presented by Hollow Creek Farm

The winning U.S. Child Riders Team. (Photo Credit: Sportfot)

The winning U.S. Child Riders Team. (Photo Credit: Sportfot)

The U.S. Child Riders set the tone for the day as they stormed to victory, finishing on a two-round total of zero, ahead of Brazil in second place on four faults and Argentina in third place on a score of five faults.

Yasmin Rizvi (Greenwich, Conn.) jumped in the lead-off position for the U.S. and produced a double clear with immaculate efforts in both rounds of the Nations Cup. In the jump-off, she again was clear with Peacock Ridge, LLC’s 15-year-old KWPN gelding Delilah, finishing in a time of 30.59 to earn second-place honors in the Hollow Creek Farm Children’s Grand Prix.

“It’s really exciting to win, it was my first time on a team and it was really fun,” said Rizvi. “I felt a little more pressure because I didn’t want to let the team down but it was so much more fun to win as a team.”

Catalina Peralta (Geneva, Fla.) added her name to the list of eight double clears with faultless rounds on Frances Land’s Merlin. In the Grand Prix jump-off, the 15-year-old British Warmblood lowered a single rail in a time of 31.70 to finish in 12th place.

Charles Jacobs (Wellington, Fla.) and CMJ Sporthorse, LLC’s 15-year-old Sachsen-Anhaltiner gelding Campesino IV jumped in the third spot for the United States, incurring four-fault trips in both Nations Cup rounds and finishing in 17th in the Grand Prix.

Anchoring the U.S. effort in the Children’s Nations Cup was Sheer Levitin (Delray Beach, Fla.) and her own 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding Nabuco. With clears in both rounds, the combination secured victory for the Americans as well as finishing in 11th place in Grand Prix after having the final rail in the jump-off where they finished in a time of 27.91.

Brazil’s Thales Marino and Balla 12 were the winners of the Hollow Creek Farm Children’s Grand Prix, going clear in the jump-off in a time of 30.40.

FEI Junior Riders Nations Cup presented by Hollow Creek Farm

The winning U.S. Junior Rider Team. (Photo Credit: Sportfot)

The winning U.S. Junior Rider Team. (Photo Credit: Sportfot)

The Junior Rider Team of Kelli Cruciotti, Lauren Fisher, Madison Goetzmann, and Lucas Porter followed the Children’s victory with a win of their own, finishing on an overall score of one fault. The U.S. headed into the second round on Sunday on a score of one and added nothing more on the strength of three clear rounds.

Cruciotti (Elizabeth, Colo.) jumped first for the United States with Serenity Equestrian Ventures’ 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare Chamonix H and repeated her clear round from Saturday to be one of only two double clears. In the jump-off the pair had a single rail and finished in a time of 32.05 to finish the Hollow Creek Farm Young Rider Grand Prix in sixth place.

“She’s amazing and has a huge heart, and lots of scope and a big stride that I can really use to my advantage,” said Cruciotti of Chamonix H. “She’s a pleasure to ride.”

After incurring one time fault in the first round, Fischer (Bedford, N.Y.) had an improved effort with her own Offenbach Du Granit producing a faultless effort in round two. In the jump-off the 13-year-old Selle Francais gelding had two rails down for eight faults in a time of 30.51 to finish in ninth.

Goetzmann (Skaneateles, N.Y.) and John Madden Sales Inc.’s 12-year-old KWPN gelding Wrigley were clear in Saturday’s first round but jumped a four-fault round on Sunday. The pair completed the Grand Prix in 14th place.

Porter and Phineas, who had a single rail in the first round, jumped clear on Sunday to ensure the U.S. would finish on a score of one. In the jump-off, Sleepy P Ranch LLC’s 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding lowered two rails for eight faults in a time of 33.60 to finish the Grand Prix in 10th place.

Ireland collected second-place honors in Nations Cup competition on 13 faults, as Brazil finished third on a score of 16 faults. Mexico’s Juan Pablo Gaspar and Charlotte were victorious in the Grand Prix, finishing their clear jump-off round in 31.62 seconds.

FEI Young Riders Nations Cup presented by Hollow Creek Farm

The winning U.S. Young Rider Team. (Photo Credit: Sportfot)

The winning U.S. Young Rider Team. (Photo Credit: Sportfot)

The U.S. Young Riders completed the American sweep of Nations Cups at CSIO Wellington as the team of Shawn Casady, Spencer Smith, Chloe Reid, and Michael Hughes finished on a two round total of four faults to finish ahead of Brazil on 24 faults and Ireland in third on 28 faults.

Leading off for the U.S. was Casady (Harriman, Tenn.) and Cavallo Farms, LLC’s 15-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Twister. The combinationduplicated their four-fault effort from round one on Sunday to finish the Grand Prix in sixth place.

Smith (Wellington, Fla.) and Wyndmont’s IV Ever produced two immaculate rounds in the Nations Cup to be one of only two double clear combinations. In the jump-off the pair jumped another fault-free effort in an unmatchable time of 32.84 to win the Grand Prix.

Spencer Smith and IV Ever (Photo Credit: Sportfot)

Spencer Smith and IV Ever (Photo Credit: Sportfot)

“I thought the course was a real test of consistency,” said Smith of D’Ambrosio’s course. The 2014 Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Medal Finals presented by Randolph College champion has only been riding IV Ever a short time but has quickly built a rapport with the 14-year-old KWPN gelding. “I started riding him at the beginning of the circuit and he’s been really great for me.”

Reid (Washington, D.C.) also looked to add her name to the double-clear list with Chloe D Reid LLC’s 10-year-old Athena, but it was not meant to be as they collected four faults on Sunday. The 2014 Randolph College/USEF Junior Jumper Champions finished the Grand Prix in seventh place.

Anchoring the U.S. effort was Hughes (Allendale, N.J.) and Luxina. Not needed to jump in round one, the pair completed the U.S. effort in round two with a clear round. In the jump off, Christina Fried’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare lowered a single rail in a time of 33.67 to finish in fourth.

The USEF would like to thank the owners and families of the Child Rider, Junior Rider, and Young Rider competitors for their generous support of the future stars of the sport.

Todd Minikus Awarded $3,000 in SSG Gloves Promotion

January 23, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, Florida – Todd Minikus claimed a $3,000 bonus for wearing SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves on his way to victory in the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Series Round III held Thursday, January 23, at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.

Todd Minikus riding Quality Girl is presented with a $3,000 bonus from SSG Gloves promotion manager Jennifer Ward for wearing SSG ‘Digitals’ on his way to victory in the $34,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round III on January 23 at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Photo by Sportfot

Todd Minikus riding Quality Girl is presented with a $3,000 bonus from SSG Gloves promotion manager Jennifer Ward for wearing SSG ‘Digitals’ on his way to victory in the $34,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round III on January 23 at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.
Photo by Sportfot

From a starting field of 92 entries, a total of 25 clear rounds were produced over the first-round track set by Guilherme Jorge of Brazil.  Making for an exciting jump-off, the lead changed hands several times before a time of 40.34 seconds was posted by Minikus riding Quality Girl.  Nine more would challenge, including Minikus on a second mount, Uraguay, but his time with Quality Girl held up for the win.

A huge fan of SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves, Minikus was rewarded for his loyalty with a bonus of $3,000 as part of the SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” incentive promotion.

“I love these gloves, especially since the weather has been a little cool here the last couple of days!” said Minikus, who has been a frequent winner in the SSG Gloves “Go Clean for the Green” promotion, most recently claiming a $3,000 bonus at the 2013 Alltech National Horse Show at the end of October.  “Everyone knows how I feel about the SSG Gloves incentive and wearing the gloves from last year and through indoors and on and on and on.  I just think it’s awesome!”

Minikus puts his SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves to work, and never competes without them.

“They get used!” insisted Minikus.  “They do everything from low schooling jumper to the grand prix, and mucking stalls at home and driving the tractor, too.  They do everything!”

SSG Gloves will continue to offer a $3,000 bonus in each of the weekly WEF Challenge Cup Series events, as well as a $1,000 bonus in the High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and the High Junior Jumper Classic competitions.  If the winning rider in any of these three competitions is wearing SSG ‘Digital’ style gloves with the SSG horse head logo clearly visible, they will be presented with bonus money during the awards presentation.  A total of $60,000 in bonus money is on offer from SSG Gloves at the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.

SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves are available for purchase at numerous Wellington locations, including Tackeria, as well as on-site at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds at various retailers including Running Fox, Jods, and Beval Saddlery.

Please refer to the 2014 FTI Consulting WEF Prize List for complete details.  For further information, contact promotion manager Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate Communications Inc., at cell: 613 292-5439 or jward@startinggate.ca.

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl Win $33,000 Nutrena Holiday & Horses Opener

December 02, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

For Immediate Release

Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

 

Wellington, FL – November 27, 2013 – Equestrian Sport Productions’ (ESP) 2013 Holiday & Horses competition began on Wednesday, November 27, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center with a win for Todd Minikus (USA) and Quality Girl in the $33,000 Nutrena Holiday & Horses Opener.

 

Holiday & Horses competition will continue through Sunday, December 1. Upcoming highlights include the $33,000 G&C Farm 1.45m FEI class on Friday, November 29; the $50,000 Holiday & Horses CSI 2*-W Grand Prix on Saturday, November 30 (5:30 p.m.); and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby (12 p.m.) and $10,000 Open Stake 1.40m on Sunday, December 1.

 

A total of 46 entries showed in Wednesday’s $33,000 Nutrena Holiday & Horses Opener jumping a course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio, of Red Hook, NY. Thirteen competitors were able to clear the first round course without fault, and ten of those were also clear through the short course. The fastest time of 34.23 seconds belonged to Todd Minikus and Quality Girl, a 10-year-old Oldenburg mare by Quidam’s Rubin x Dobrock, for the win.

 

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl. Photo (c) Mancini Photos.

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl. Photo (c) Mancini Photos.

 

Finishing second, Ronan McGuigan (IRL) and Capall Zidane stopped the clock in 35.37 seconds. Charlie Jacobs (USA) and CMJ Sporthorse LLC’s Flaming Star finished third in 35.60 seconds. Lauren Hough (USA) and The Ohlala Group’s Ohlala were fourth in 36.52 seconds, and Quentin Judge (USA) guided Double H Farm’s HH Donnatella to fifth place honors in 37.18 seconds.

 

“It was a blistering fast jump-off and it kept getting faster and faster, which is always fun,” Minikus detailed. “I’m not a big planner for the jump-offs, I kind of wing it, but I think the two rollbacks were the trick today. I got lucky that it came up where I could just keep continuing, so that was probably where I made the time.”

 

Quality Girl showed throughout the indoor horse show circuit this fall and had some rest before competing in Wednesday’s class. Minikus thought she felt fresh and ready to go coming back outdoors.

 

“She had a couple of weeks off and it didn’t hurt her any,” the rider noted. “It seemed like she stayed right in form from the National in Kentucky. She had a couple of funny classes in Harrisburg and Washington D.C., but in Kentucky she really was on the game, and then she was awesome today.”

 

“Transitioning back outdoors seemed to be no problem,” Minikus added. “She really went nice in the first round. She always goes well in the jump-off for some reason, but the first round she really jumped fresh, so that was good. She is sometimes quieter in the jump-off. The first round settles her a little bit and just knocks the edge off of her.”

 

Todd Minikus in his winning presentation (aboard Uraguay) with Carolina Arbelaez and Jeff Fosenburg, Sales Consultants for Cargill Animal Nutrition. Photo (c) Mancini Photos.

Todd Minikus in his winning presentation (aboard Uraguay) with Carolina Arbelaez and Jeff Fosenburg, Sales Consultants for Cargill Animal Nutrition.
Photo (c) Mancini Photos.

 

There was an impressive group of horses and riders in Wednesday’s class to kick off the winter competition as the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival quickly approaches. As Minikus pointed out, Wellington draws many of the best in the sport, and the competition is never easy.

 

“It’s welcome to Wellington,” he laughed. “You might as well get used to it because that’s the way it is. It is always a who’s who. Nothing is ever going to come easy, so even at these pre-season shows, you have to come with your ‘A’ game. That’s just the way it is here in Wellington.”

 

Equestrian Sport Productions’ Holiday & Horses competition will continue through December 1 with a full schedule of exciting competition. For the prize list and more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com. For full results, go to www.showgroundslive.com.

 

Final Results: $33,000 Nutrena Holiday & Horses Opener

1. QUALITY GIRL: 2003 Oldenburg mare by Quidam’s Rubin x Dobrock

TODD MINIKUS (USA), Todd Minikus, Ltd: 0/0/34.23

 

2. CAPALL ZIDANE: 2004 KWPN gelding by Concorde x Baloubet du Rouet

RONAN MCGUIGAN (IRL), Ronan McGuigan: 0/0/35.37

 

3. FLAMING STAR: 1999 AES gelding by Fairman x Unknown

CHARLIE JACOBS (USA), CMJ Sporthorse LLC: 0/0/35.60

 

4. OHLALA: 2003 Swedish Warmblood mare by Orlando x Cardento

LAUREN HOUGH (USA), The Ohlala Group: 0/0/36.52

 

5. HH DONNATELLA: 2003 Belgian Warmblood mare by Toulon x Mr. Blue

QUENTIN JUDGE (USA), Double H Farm: 0/0/37.18

 

6. CARISSIMO: 2000 Holsteiner gelding by Calando I x Silvester

MOLLY ASHE (USA), Olivia Jack: 0/0/37.24

 

7. WOKLAHOMA: 2003 KWPN mare by Sheraton x Calvados

ROBERTO TERAN, JR. (COL), ARK Partners LLC: 0/0/37.56

 

8. RECONNAISSANCE: 2005 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Camaro M x Irco Mena

LAUREN HOUGH (USA), Laura & Meredith Mateo: 0/0/38.11

 

9. ASLAN: 2000 Danish Warmblood gelding by Aston x Blue Hors Agent

LJUBOV KOCHETOVA (RUS), Ljubov Kochetova: 0/0/38.13

 

10. LA CENTA: 2002 Oldenburg mare by Cento x Silvio I

LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 0/0/40.94

 

11. URAGUAY: 2001 KWPN gelding by Nairobi x Colino

TODD MINIKUS (USA), Legacy Stables, LLC: 0/4/34.95

 

12. EVENING STAR: 2002 Holsteiner gelding by Coriano x Lenz

HEATHER CARISTO WILLIAMS (USA), Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Caristo: 0/4/38.47

 

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Belgium’s Francois Mathy Perfect with Polinska Des Isles in Double H Farm $100,000 International Open Jumpers at Alltech National Horse Show

November 01, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – October 31, 2013 – Sometimes it is a rail, sometimes it is an inside turn and sometimes it is just one-tenth of a second separating the winner from the losers. That is exactly what happened during the Double H Farm $100,000 International Open Jumpers at the Alltech National Horse Show. Todd Minikus was aiming for his second win in a row with Quality Girl, completing a clear jump-off effort, when Belgium’s Francois Mathy was faultless during the 14-horse jump-off aboard Polinska Des Isles, crossing the finish line a fraction of a second faster to capture the winning honors.

 

Forty of the world’s top riders gathered at the Alltech Arena to compete during tonight’s feature class. Conrad Homfeld offered challenging questions for the first round, but 14 horse and rider combinations managed to clear the course and advance to the jump-off.

 

Francois Mathy and Polinska Des Isles. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Francois Mathy and Polinska Des Isles. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

“I think Conrad was probably surprised that he got a couple extra clear, but he truly is a world class course designer,” noted Minikus. “I think he was trying to make it comfortable to get people’s horses going well. A good course designer gets the horses going well during the week and then tests them on the weekend. I think that’s quite a good job.”

 

Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, was the second to return for the tiebreaker with Abigail Wexner’s Amadora, and she wore a target on her back when she made tidy work of the course and left each rail in place to finish in 44.22 seconds, which would hold up for third place.

 

After Madden produced a faultless round, Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, left nothing to chance with his winner from last night’s Taylor Harris $50,000 Open Jumper Welcome Speed, Quality Girl, owned by Chris Brems. The pair was quick over the top of each fence, and they shaved off valuable seconds in each turn to best the clock with a time of 41.51 seconds.

 

Great Britain’s Tim Gredley was up next with Unex Chamberlain Z, but they would have the most conservative of the double clear efforts in 45.06 seconds for fifth place. Kirsten Coe of Royal Palm Beach, FL, was narrowly faster than Gredley aboard Baronez, owned by Ilan Ferder and Lousta Stuteri. While also leaving each fence in place, the pair broke the beam at 45.01 seconds for fourth place.

 

The final double clear round in the jump-off proved to be the best of the night. Traveling all the way from Belgium, Francois Mathy’s focus is on Saturday night’s World Cup Qualifier, but tonight he proved that he and Polinska Des Isles, owned by Team Harmony, will be ready for the challenge. They stayed right on Minikus’ track and managed to finish just slightly ahead of his time, dashing across the finish line in 41.42 seconds to capture the victory by just 1/10th of a second.

 

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

“To be honest, my mare is really fast, but I really came here in order to get some World Cup points,” admitted Mathy. “I went quite neat; I didn’t think I could beat the time from Todd. It was quite a good surprise when I passed the timer. I didn’t see his round, but I saw yesterday he won by three seconds. He was fast so I didn’t really calculate on beating him and watching his round.”

 

“It’s all good sport, you know,” stated Minikus. “I live by the theory if you’re not the winner, you’re the loser, but it’s all good sport. Francois gave his horse a heck of a ride and second place is second place.”

 

Mathy had top placings throughout Spruce Meadows with his 10-year-old mare Polinska Des Isles, including a double clear during the Nations Cup, and they also helped the Belgian team place fifth during the 2013 FEI Nations Cup Finals in Barcelona, Spain. After success in North America during the summer and fall, Mathy decided to spend the indoor season in the United States.

 

“In Europe, it’s quite difficult to get in to the World Cups,” stated Mathy. “I quite enjoyed my tour in North America, and I thought it’d be a good opportunity for me to try and get a few more points. It’s my first time actually doing Indoors in North America so this is quite a nice beginning. I was quite impressed to see the facility here and all of the organization. Everybody’s very welcoming, and I’m really happy I came.”

McLain Ward and Zander Zip to $50,000 International Open Speed Victory

 

The National Horse Show Association of America $50,000 International Open Speed, presented by Copernicus and the Coulter Family tested the foot speed of the top mounts over a faults converted track designed by Conrad Homfeld. About midway through the field it looked like young rider Catherine Pasmore had the win in her sights with Vandavid after carefully navigating each obstacle and breaking the beam at a speedy 65.73 seconds.

 

Unfortunately, Olympian McLain Ward went a few rounds later with his consistent partner Zander. The pair easily left all the rails intact and galloped efficiently through a bending line early in the course, as well as taking the direct route after one of the double combinations. The plan paid off, and they finished in 63.09 seconds to take a commanding lead.

 

McLain Ward and Zander. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

McLain Ward and Zander. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Ward could not breathe a sigh of relief just yet though. The last rider to tackle the course was Meagan Nusz with Vesuvius, and they stayed right on Ward’s tracks. Taking sharp turns and leaving strides out they were on the money and it looked like they could take the win, but Nusz and Vesuvius stopped the clock at 63.95, just tenths of a second away from the lead for the second place prize, while Ward led the victory gallop.

 

“Meagan gave me a good run, but it went our way tonight,” admitted Ward. “I was lucky to go late. Last night I had to go very early. Tonight I had a better draw. He has a really big stride, so I was able to leave out a couple of places, and he is a pretty quick horse.”

 

At just 9 years old with multiple wins to his name, Ward is excited about Zander’s future. “This is Zander’s first time Indoors,” he explained. “He jumped the Grand Prix in Washington last week, and he was good, but a little green. We have been kind of moving him up and down in the shows a little bit. This is a unique show because you have two very big speed classes, and one really big one. With the prize money being as good as it is, this probably wouldn’t be his normal class of the show, but the standards are high and it is good for the horse to learn to do that. I think he is going to be a big top, top horse, he’s almost there.”

 

Victoria Colvin and Adrienne Sternlicht Capture Junior and Amateur-Owner Victories

 

Earlier in the day, the jumper action kicked off with the Deeridge Farm $10,000 Junior Jumper Welcome Stake. Eight combinations traversed the track without fault, but it was Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, who proved to have the key to winning aboard her own Monsieur Du Reverdy. After competing in last week’s WIHS Equitation Classic, they transitioned back to the jumper ring, and Colvin utilized her mount’s improved rideability to best the track in 61.967 seconds and led the victory gallop.

 

Victoria Colvin and Monsieur Du Reverdy

Victoria Colvin and Monsieur Du Reverdy

“He was turning and not jumping as high as usual because we needed to make him ride like a hunter for the equitation,” explained Colvin. “I think he made up time by going forward over the jumps and he turned really fast. I’ve never won a jumper class here, so it’s pretty nice to have won the first one. After doing the equitation I wasn’t sure if he would clear the fences, but he did! It was amazing.”

 

Katherine Strauss was the last to show with her veteran partner Chellando Z, and although they carefully left strides out and left each rail in place, they fell two seconds short of Colvin’s time in 63.465 seconds for the second place honors. Kalvin Dobbs and Winde, owned by Treesdale Farms, were two seconds slower than Strauss, stopping the clock at 65.145 seconds for third place during the speed class. Charlotte Jacobs and Kachina, owned by Deeridge Farms, rounded out the top four with a clear round in 65.600 seconds.

 

The Chansonette Farm $10,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Welcome Stake was up next, and the riders showed over the same speed course to determine the winning combination. Adrienne Sternlicht and Quidam MB set the bar very high midway through the class, easily clearing all of the obstacles and tripping the timers at 66.597 seconds to go to the top of the leader board.

 

Adrienne Sternlicht and Quidam MB

Adrienne Sternlicht and Quidam MB

Melissa Rundershuasen entered the Alltech Arena next with Gunner, and while it looked like they might take the lead, 1/10th of a second separated them from Sternlicht as they stopped the clock at 66.656 seconds for the second place honors. Katie Dinan was the last to show with the Grant Road Partners’ Vancouver, but they also fell just shy of Stenlicht with a faultless round in 67.211 seconds to round out the top three and seal Sternlicht’s victory.

 

“Since there weren’t that many options in the course, I tried to shave off my turns and keep a galloping pace through the course and everything came up really nicely,” smiled Sternlicht. “I thought the course was technical for a speed, but it should be because this is a prestigious show. Quidam MB is only 8 years old, and this is his first show inside. I am a bit green to showing inside, as well, and I haven’t been to Kentucky since I did the ponies. Overall it was a really great experience and I am really proud of him.”

 

Tomorrow’s highlight events at the 2013 Alltech National Horse Show, 130th edition, will include each of the $15,000 Amateur-Owner and Junior Jumper classes, The Triumph Project $50,000 International Open Jumper Speed class, and the LIFEFORCE Elite $50,000 International Open Jumper Puissance. The weekend will wrap up with the Alltech $250,000 World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix presented by Lifeforce on Saturday night, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championships on Sunday.

 

For more information or to view the competition live please visit www.alltechnationalhorseshow.com. Coverage is provided by Shownet.biz, iHigh, and HRTV.

 

Results

 

Class 203, $100,000 OPEN JPR 1.50M

1 347 POLINSKA DES ISLES FRANCOIS MATHY 0 0 0 66.710 0 0 0 41.420

2 339 QUALITY GIRL TODD MINIKUS 0 0 0 66.670 0 0 0 41.510

3 249 AMADORA BEEZIE MADDEN 0 0 0 68.400 0 0 0 44.220

4 213 BARONEZ KIRSTEN COE 0 0 0 67.260 0 0 0 45.010

5 226 UNEX CHAMBERLAIN Z TIM GREDLEY 0 0 0 65.840 0 0 0 45.060

6 244 JUBILEE D’OUILLY LAURA KRAUT 0 0 0 64.210 4 0 4 41.530

7 241 ASLAN LJUBOV KOCHETOVA 0 0 0 66.340 4 0 4 42.280

8 270 DENVER VAN T GOEMANSHOT OLIVIER PHILIPPAERTS 0 0 0 65.290 4 0 4 42.880

9 330 PUMPED UP KICKS LILLIE KEENAN 0 0 0 66.450 4 0 4 44.260

10 307 NOUGAT DU VALLET KATHERINE DINAN 0 0 0 64.180 8 0 8 43.490

11 253 ZERLY CHRISTINE MCCREA 0 0 0 65.810 8 0 8 44.320

12 344 MARK Q KEVIN BABINGTON 0 0 0 68.160 7 1 8 51.870

 

Class 2022, $50,000 FAULTS CONV. 1.45M

1 291 ZANDER MCLAIN WARD 0 0 0 63.090

2 318 VESUVIUS MEAGAN NUSZ 0 0 0 63.900

3 266 VANDAVID CATHERINE PASMORE 0 0 0 65.730

4 328 THE PUGILIST JOS VERLOOY 0 0 0 66.920

5 216 INDIGO MARGIE ENGLE 0 0 0 67.070

6 345 SHORAPUR KEVIN BABINGTON 0 0 0 68.490

7 269 FIDELE OLIVIER PHILIPPAERTS 0 0 0 68.600

8 262 KAID DU RY ALISE OKEN 0 0 0 68.660

9 203 WINTU LESLIE HOWARD 0 0 0 68.710

10 284 CYKLON 1083 SHANE SWEETNAM 0 0 0 70.960

Class 251, $10,000 JR JPR WELCOME

1 559 MONSIEUR DU REVERDY VICTORIA COLVIN 0 0 0 61.975

2 410 CHELLANDO Z KATHERINE STRAUSS 0 0 0 63.465

3 364 WINDE KALVIN DOBBS 0 0 0 65.145

4 524 KACHINA CHARLOTTE JACOBS 0 0 0 65.600

5 578 NO DOUBT HAYLEY WATERS 0 0 0 65.998

6 421 LUXINA MICHAEL HUGHES 0 0 0 67.103

7 683 PATRIOT LUCAS PORTER 0 0 0 69.303

8 594 MTM SUMMIT TAYLOR SUTTON 0 0 0 72.561

9 558 DON JUAN VICTORIA COLVIN 4 0 4 63.826

10 617 BARIANO EUGENIO GARZA 4 0 4 65.833

 

Class 253, $10,000 A/O JPR WELCOME

1 439 QUIDAM MB ADRIENNE STERNLICHT 0 0 0 66.597

2 465 GUNNER MELISSA RUDERSHAUSEN 0 0 0 66.656

3 607 VANCOUVER KATHERINE DINAN 0 0 0 67.211

4 521 DON’T GO CATHERINE TYREE 0 0 0 67.390

5 676 RUBY TUESDAY ROBERT DONALDSON 0 0 0 69.219

6 450 OSCAR 72 LAUREN WARD 0 0 0 71.205

7 452 ANA SIA HALEY SCHAUFELD 0 0 0 72.253

8 368 TOTAL TOUCH CAITLIN HOPE 0 0 0 73.929

9 370 WIEMINKA B WESLEY NEWLANDS 4 0 4 66.047

10 667 WETTER CATHERINE TYREE 4 0 4 67.395

Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam Tops $8,000 Danbury Porsche Audi 1.40m Open Jumper Aboard Solerina at 2013 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W

September 12, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

North Salem, NY – September 11, 2013 – The 2013 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W returned to the picturesque Old Salem Farm today to kick-off the week-long international jumping competition featuring the world’s top athletes. Thanks to phenomenal reviews from 2012, a large number of entries created a section split for the day’s main event on the Grand Prix Field: the $8,000 Danbury Porsche Audi 1.40m Open Jumper class. During the first section, it was Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and Solerina who bested Todd Minikus and Uraguay by three seconds at the end of the class with a quick and clear jump-off. Allison Robatille made a splash in Section B, competing in her first jump-off class since November with her veteran mount Cover Girl, who was just returning from injury, beating Meagan Nusz and Elias by a full second in the tiebreaker.

 

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina Photo by The Book LLC 2013

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina
Photo by The Book LLC 2013

 

Ireland’s Alan Wade designed two tracks for the day’s feature class, each winding throughout the large field and including multiple bending lines as well a vertical-oxer double combination, and an oxer-vertical double combination. With over 40 competitors in each class, it came down to speed and accuracy in the jump-off. Fifteen horses showed over the short course in the first section, which began at the far end of the field and used the oxer-vertical double combination, as well as multiple places to slice fences and finished over an oxer towards the gate.

Todd Minikus was only the fourth athlete to compete aboard Uraguay, owned by Legacy Stables of Princeton, NJ, but he set the target early in the class. After a faultless round, they managed to mimic the clear effort during the jump-off, making inside turns and breaking the beam at 32.773 seconds.

 

Todd Minikus and Uraguay Photo by The Book LLC 2013

Todd Minikus and Uraguay
Photo by The Book LLC 2013

 

Ten rounds later, Sarah Segal made a bid for the win with Ubris, owned by Chartwell of Flemington, NJ. Although they managed to leave all the fences in tact and leave a stride out to the last fence, their time of 34.273 fell just shy of the leader and they took home fourth place. Meagan Nusz of Houston, TX, was right on Segal’s heels, piloting Waomi to a clear time of 34.763 for the fifth place honors.

 

Roberto Teran missed Minikus’ time by just 2/10ths of a second riding Woklahoma for the Ark Partners of Wellington, FL. They also posted a clear round, but crossed the finish in line in 32.992 seconds for the third place award.

 

Shane Sweetnam was one of the final competitors to show in the first section, but his experienced mount Solerina was ready to win. They had a strong gallop to the first three fences, only steadying for the double combination before slicing the final vertical and leaving a stride out to the last oxer. The duo blazed across the finish line in 29.770 seconds, jumping straight to the top of the leader board and leading the victory gallop.

 

“I think I was quick enough from one, two and three and then I took a little time to the double,” explained Sweetnam. “Then I just let go and went across to the second to last and I knew if I got a good shot there, that I’d have a chance to do the one less to the last. She’s got quite a big stride and she doesn’t spend too much time in the air. In the second round I know she can be quick enough to be lucky enough to keep all the jumps up.”

 

Owned by Spy Coast Farm and Sweet Oak Farm, Solerina is a 14-year-old Irish Sporthorse mare by Cruising that Sweetnam began riding last year. After winning the $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix, Solerina used a month of working at home to come out fresh and ready for a victory.

 

“I think since I’ve had her she nearly picks up a win in every class, so her results are phenomenal,” smiled Sweetnam. “She’s got a little bit of character, but her results make up for it. She’ll do two of the four indoors next. Last year she had a good indoors and I know her better this year, so I think she’ll have a good one again this year.”

 

Sweetnam was happy to return to the 2013 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W noting, “Michael Morrissey and the staff do a great job here. It gets better every year. It’s great money and the footing looks to be so much better this year. They’re trying to upgrade it and make it a really good four-star show. I appreciate it and all the other riders appreciate it.”

 

In the second section of the $8,000 Danbury Porsche Audi 1.40m Open Jumper, fourteen horses advanced to the short course. This time the jump-off was held opposite of the in-gate, beginning with a sharp rollback from a single vertical to a single oxer, and finishing with a double combination to a final wide-oxer.

 

Only five athletes posted double clear efforts, the first coming from Lauren Tisbo of Wellington, FL, and Darconscheefkasteel Z. The pair stopped the timers at 31.227, which would be good enough for fourth place. Judy Garaofalo Torres of Wellington, FL, and Quattro Queen were the slowest of the double clears for fifth place.

 

Megan Nusz scored another top placing for Amalaya Investments, this time piloting Elias to a clear round in 31.084 seconds, which captured the second place honors. Hillary Simpson was just a fraction away from Nusz’s time with Chinwies BZ, owned by Palmyra Partners LLC of Southern Pines, NC. Their faultless round clocked in at 31.149 seconds for third place.

 

Allison Robatille and Cover Girl produced the fast clear jump-off. Despite today’s class marking Cover Girl’s first jump-off after sustaining an injury in November, the mare proved that she was in top form. Utalizing her mare’s large stride, Robatille picked up a quick pace to first fence, slicing the rollback, and then quickly making it towards the next two fences.

 

Allison Robatille and Cover Girl Photo by Rebecca Walton

Allison Robatille and Cover Girl
Photo by Rebecca Walton

 

“Cover Girl is an amazing horse,” expressed Robatille. “She got injured last November after winning the Nations Cup in Buenos Aires. I’ve been slowly bringing her back. I showed her at Spruce Meadows and she did 1.10m and 1.20m, and did her first 1.45m class at the Hampton Classic. This was the first time I felt like she was ready to do two rounds in a row.”

 

Robatille continued, “Now that she is back jumping, I have needed to make myself put the injury behind us and just ride her like I normally would, so I am not being too cautious and too careful. I love her so much, so it’s hard.”

 

This is Robatille’s first return to Old Salem Farm since her days in the Junior Hunters, but after hearing rave reviews from last year’s event she was excited to show at the international jumping competition. “It’s beautiful,” she commented. “I heard great things last year and I am really impressed.”

 

In the $2,500 1.35m Open Jumpers held in the Jumper Ring, winning honors were presented to Roberto Teran and ADC Chef, owned by Richview Farm of Nobleton, Ontario. The duo completed a clear short course in 34.156 seconds, while Charlie Jayne and Speedy Chicolina, owned by Anna Murphy of De Pere, WI, clocked in at 35425 seconds for the second place award. Candice King and VDL Dogan picked up the third place honors, leaving all the fences intact and breaking the bream at 36,499 seconds for owner Bellissimo LLC of Wellington, FL.

 

Roberto Teran and ADC Chef Photo by The Book LLC 2013

Roberto Teran and ADC Chef Photo by The Book LLC 2013

The first class of the day was the $2,000 1.30m Open Jumpers with 69 entries. Kent Farrington came out on top, piloting Monopoly to the winning honors for Salamander Farms of The Plains, VA. The pair’s clear effort broke the beam at 32.439 seconds, while Guillermo Williams’ time of 33.322 seconds with Marbella, owned by El Milagro of Dallas, TX, was good enough for second. Paul Halpern and Royal Flush, owned by Kathleen Kamine of Oldwick, NJ, rounded out the top three, completing a spotless jump-off in 34.523 seconds.

 

Kent Farrington and Monopoly Photo by The Book LLC 2013

Kent Farrington and Monopoly
Photo by The Book LLC 2013

 

The 2013 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W will continue tomorrow with the $33,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake, as well as the $3,000 High Junior/Amatur-Owner Jumpers, presented by Gotham North. Highlight throughout the week include Friday’s $100,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier, presented by Double H Farm & Windsor Show Stables, the $50,000 Hermès Classic and Region 2 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Regional Championships on Saturday, and Sunday’s $200,000 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W World Cup Qualifier, presented by Suncast.

 

For further information, visit: www.stadiumjumping.com and http://www.theamericangoldcup.com/

 

About the American Gold Cup

The American Gold Cup will feature world-class and Olympic athletes, such as current World Cup Show Jumping Champion Beezie Madden and Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward. Also confirmed to compete are show jumping mega-stars Kent Farrington, Margie Engle, Pan American Games Gold Medalist Christine McCrea and many more, all vying to secure their position at the 2014 FEI World Cup Finals in Lyon, France.

 

Highlights of the schedule include the $33,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake on Thursday, the $100,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier presented by Double H Farm and Windsor Show Stables on Friday and the $50,000 Hermes Classic on Saturday. The featured event, the coveted $200,000 American Gold Cup, Presented by Suncast, will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2013

and broadcast on NBC Sports Network the following Sunday, September 22, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. EST.

 

The American Gold Cup will also feature a full array of jumper classes, including sections for Children and Adult Jumpers, Low and High Junior/Amateur Jumpers, plus Young Jumpers and Open Jumpers. New this year, the Zone 2 ASPCA Maclay Regional Championships will be held on Saturday in the Old Salem Farm indoor arena.

 

Old Salem Farm, located an hour north of New York City, boasts a state-of-the-art stabling facility, an historic pristine grass Grand Prix field and outstanding competition and schooling arenas, all of which are surrounded by one of the world’s most quaint and picturesque competition venue settings. For the past two years, the Old Salem Farm competitions have been recognized by the North American Riders Group (NARG) on their NARG Top 25 List. For more information on Old Salem Farm, including its year-long competition schedule, prize lists, clinics, boarding, lessons and training, visit www.oldsalemfarm.net.

 

For further information, visit: www.stadiumjumping.com and http://www.theamericangoldcup.com/.

 

Results

 

Class 10 A $8,000 DANBURY PORSCHE AUDI 1.40

1 148 SOLERINA SHANE SWEETNAM 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 29.770

2 116 URAGUAY TODD MINIKUS 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 32.773

3 397 WOKLAHOMA ROBERTO TERAN 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 32.992

4 1 UBRIS SARAH SEGAL 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 34.273

5 323 WAOMI MEAGAN NUSZ 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 34.763

6 366 BRUGAL VDL JONATHAN MCCREA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 35.138

7 326 CAMBITO PAIGE JOHNSON 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 36.168

8 181 CORONA 93 LAUREN TISBO 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 36.690

9 681 WIN FOR LIFE 111 Z CHRISTINE MCCREA 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 37.207

10 508 SCOUT DE LA CENSE MARIO DESLAURIERS 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 38.240

11 648 WILLOW KENT FARRINGTON 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 41.781

12 178 ROUNDTHORN MADIOS LAUREN TISBO 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 33.714

 

Class 105B, $8,000 DANBURY PORSCHE AUDI 1.40

1 473 COVER GIRL 27 ALISON ROBITAILLE 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 29.949

2 324 ELIAS MEAGAN NUSZ 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 31.084

3 101 CHINWIES BZ HILLARY SIMPSON 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 31.149

4 179 DARCONSCHEEFKASTEEL Z LAUREN TISBO 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 31.227

5 645 QUATTRO QUEEN JUDY GAROFALO TORRES 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 32.904

6 2 RAMSES SARAH SEGAL 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 29.730

7 96 CZARDAS 30 ILAN FERDER 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 30.358

8 443 TOP GUN IV DARRAGH KENNY 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 30.803

9 583 WAYFARER PETER LEONE 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 32.017

10 192 SPEEDY CHICOLINA CHARLIE JAYNE 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 33.601

11 44 UATA BRIANNE GOUTAL 0 0 0 0.000 8 0 8 29.722

12 79 HARLEY 86 BENJAMIN MEREDITH 0 0 0 0.000 8 0 8 32.175

 

Class 107, $2500 1.35 TIME FIRST JUMP-OFF 2(b)

1 399 ADC CHEF ROBERTO TERAN 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 34.156

2 192 SPEEDY CHICOLINA CHARLIE JAYNE 0 0 0 69.700 0 0 0 35.425

3 35 VDL DOGAN CANDICE KING 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 36.499

4 410 Z EMPRESS NICHOLAS DELLO JOIO 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 36.722

5 153 BALDEV SHANE SWEETNAM 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 37.953

6 286 O’ VOL DE LA ROQUE SAMANTHA RAMSAY 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 40.710

7 281 FLAMINGO K RICHIE MOLONEY 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 34.841

8 114 ROMEO TODD MINIKUS 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 36.086

9 596 VANTINA HPF LINDA SHERIDAN 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 36.619

10 34 COMBINA CANDICE KING 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 38.318

11 638 CASALLO 4 QUENTIN JUDGE 0 0 0 72.000 8 22 30 63.400

12 293 LINCOURT GINO MOLLY ASHE-CAWLEY 0 0 0 65.000 Withdr

 

Class 109, $2000 1.30 TIME FIRST JUMP-OFF 2(b)

1 328 MONOPOLY KENT FARRINGTON 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 32.439

2 18 MARBELLA GUILLERMO WILLIAMS 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 33.322

3 73 ROYAL FLUSH PAUL HALPERN 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 34.523

4 190 CHELLANDO Z JENNIFER GRIFFITHS 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 34.546

5 586 ALIAS PETER LEONE 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 35.311

6 189 CAPACITY JENNIFER GRIFFITHS 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 35.448

7 410 Z EMPRESS NICHOLAS DELLO JOIO 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 35.738

8 307 CLEARFOX AS WELL JEFFERY WELLES 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 35.913

9 624 WYSTERIA KYLE TIMM 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 36.159

10 514 ZUBANTOS BLAIR WILLMER 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 36.213

11 368 CLASS ACT LINDA LANGMEIER 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 36.283

12 32 VDL MALEKLOU CANDICE KING 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 36.556

 

43rd Annual American Gold Cup Fast Facts

 

What: The $200,000 American Gold Cup, Presented by Suncast, an FEI World Cup Qualifying Competition CSI4*-W

 

When: September 11-15, 2013

 

Where: Old Salem Farm, 190 June Road, North Salem, NY

 

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday with the ASPCA Regional Championships on Saturday afternoon

Sunday: Gates open at 11 a.m. with family activities with the The $200,000 American Gold Cup, Presented by Suncast, an FEI World Cup Qualifying Competition CSI4*-W at 2 p.m.

 

Facility: Old Salem Farm is New York State’s Westchester County’s premier equestrian facility, offering 26 annual competitions, boarding, top-level training and sales. It offers state-of-the-art facilities surrounded by 120 gorgeous acres.

 

Parking:

Available on the grounds

 

Directions:

From Interstate 84 or Interstate 287: Take Interstate 684 to exit 8 (Hardscrabble Road), turn right. Old Salem Farm is on the right.

 

Information:

Before Show – before 9/6/13 (941) 744-5465, (800) 237-8924

During Show – (914) 669-5610 ext 201

Stable Office – (941) 744-5465

Prize List Advertising – (941) 744-5465

Trade Fair – Matt Morrissey (941) 915-3457

Website – http://www.theamericangoldcup.com/

 

Results:

Results are available at www.ShowNet.biz.

Coverage of American Gold Cup will be provided by ShowNet to the USEF Network at: http://usefnetwork.com/.

 

Televised Broadcast: The 2013 American Gold Cup, Presented by Suncast will be broadcast on NBC Sports Sunday, September 22 at 4:30 p.m. EST.

 

Tickets:

Weekdays: Admission is free to the public

Saturday and Sunday: Admission is $15 per person, $10 per child 4-12 years and seniors 65+, children 3 and under are free.

Gates open at:

Wednesday – Saturday: 8 a.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m.

Tickets are available at the gate and online at www.theamericangoldcup.com

 

Jockey Club

The Jockey Club offers full service gourmet cuisine and beverages for tables of six and eight. Click here to reserve your Jockey Club table. New this year, The American Gold Cup is adding luxury suites for parties of 10 or more on the second floor of the Jockey Club. For more information and to reserve your American Gold Cup luxury suite, contact Matt Morrissey at: matt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com.

 

Charity Partners:

JustWorld International

http://www.justworldinternational.org/

 

ASPCA

http://www.aspca.org/

 

Sponsorship Opportunities:

April Wehle

561.459.9259

aprilw@stadiumjumping.com

 

Connie Sawyer

518.461.6288

sawyer.equestrianevents@gmail.com

 

Advertising Opportunities:

Mary Silcox 800-237-8924

mary.silcox@stadiumjumping.com

 

Ring dimensions and footing:

Grand Prix Field 350’x450′, footing bluegrass mix turf. Grand Prix Annex 200’x250′, Schooling 130’x170′. Jumper Annex 146’x307′, Schooling 155’x173′. Indoor 115’x195′, Schooling 74’x135′. Hunter 138’x243′, Schooling 108’x158′. Footing in all arenas is all- weather German-designed fiber and sand.

 

Hotels:

Official Hotel of the American Gold Cup

Danbury Crown Plaza

http://danburyplaza-px.trvlclick.com/

(877) 270 1393

Ridgefield, CT

West Lane Inn (203) 438-7323

Brewster, NY 5-10 min

Heidi’s Motel (845) 279-8011

Mt. Kisco, NY 5-10 min

Holiday Inn (914) 241-2600

Danbury, CT 10-20 min from grounds

Hilton Gardens (203) 205-2000

Comfort Inn (203) 205-0800

Danbury Plaza (203) 795-0600

Ethan Allen (203) 774-1776

Spring Hill Suites (203) 744-7333

Residence Inn (203) 797-1256

 

Management:

Stadium Jumping, Inc

1301 Sixth Ave. West, Suite 406

Bradenton, FL 34205

Tel: (941) 744-5465 Fax: (941) 744-0874

 

Sponsors:

 

Suncast

http://storage.suncast.com/

 

Danbury Porsche

http://danbury.porschedealer.com

 

Danbury Audi

http://www.danburyaudi.com/

 

Hermes

http://usa.hermes.com/

 

Double H

http://www.doublehfarm.org/

 

Windsor Show Stables

http://www.windsorshowstables.com/

 

Mitchell Innes & Nash Fine Art

http://www.miandn.com/

 

Purina Animal Nutrition

http://horse.purinamills.com/

 

Don Little Memorial

 

Jeffrey Terreson Fine Art

http://www.jterreson.com/

 

Roberto Coin

http://us.robertocoin.com/

 

Ariat

http://www.ariat.com/

 

THIS

http://www.taylorharris.com/

 

Devoucoux

http://www.devoucoux.com/devoucoux_fr/contenu/us/index.php

 

Skiffingtons LLC

 

Dyer Equestrian

http://dyerequestrian.com/

 

Samshield

http://www.samshield.com/

 

Stronghold Equine

http://strongholdequineequipment.com/

 

Animo

http://theanimoexperience.com/

 

Der Dau

http://www.derdau.com/

 

Trelawney Farm

http://www.trelawnyfarm.com/

 

Aden Brook

http://www.adenbrook.com/hay/

 

The Dutta Corporation

http://timdutta.com/

 

Coca-Cola

http://us.coca-cola.com/

 

Farm Vet

http://www.farmvet.com/

 

Houlihan Lawrenece

http://www.houlihanlawrence.com/

 

ESI Footing

http://www.equestrianservicesinternational.com/esi/

 

DJ Johnson

http://www.johnsonhorsetransportation.com/

 

GiGi New York

http://www.giginewyork.com/

 

Media Sponsors:

Equestrian Quarterly

http://equestrianquarterly.com/

 

Morris Media Group

http://www.townvibe.com/

 

Horse & Style Magazine

http://horseandstylemag.com/

 

Media Contact:

Phelps Media Group, Inc.

12012 South Shore Boulevard, Suite 105 Wellington, FL 33414

Tel: 561.753.3389 Fax: 561.753.3386

pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com

www.phelpsmediagroup.com

Todd Minikus Wins $30,000 ABBA Vet Supply Open Jumper Classic at I Love New York Horse Show

July 05, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

 

Lake Placid, New York—July 4, 2013—Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL won the $30,000 ABBA Vet Supply Open Jumper Classic, Thursday’s featured event at the 36thannual I Love New York Horse Show, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC.

Minikus was one of 12 of entries of the 46 who started to reach the jump-off by riding without penalty over the 16-jump, Richard Jeffery designed course at the North Elba Showgrounds.  Late in the jump-off, U.S. Olympic veteran Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, who will be seeking a record eighth Grand Prix win in Lake Placid Saturday in the $100,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix,  blazed to the lead with a clean ride in 32.192 seconds on Indigo.

Minikus Thu ILNY

Todd Minikus rides Quality Girl to victory in the

$30,000 ABBA Vet Supply Open Jumper Classic

(c) The Book LLC

 

Minikus was next to try the 7-jump tiebreaker and he took the lead with a clean ride in 31.824 seconds on Quality Girl.  Irish Olympic veteran Kevin Babington was the day’s final entry and his clean ride in 32.270 seconds on Mark Q gave him a third place finish behind Minikus and Engle.

“Obviously I had the advantage of going late and I think that made a difference today,” said Minikus who won the Woodlea Frams Grand Prix in 2004 and 2011, as well as the Lake Placid Grand Prix in 2007.  “We had some real veteran riders at the finish and I’m thrilled to come away with a win.”

Other winners on Thursday included David Jennings on Nandy Fontaine in the 1.35m Lake Placid Summit Hotel & Suites Jumper Class; Laura Chapot on Bradberry in the 1.40m CMJ Sporthorse Jumper Speed Stake; and Haley Schaufeld on Ana Sia in the 1.30m Jamaica Tent Jumper Class.

Jennings jumping Thu ILNY

David Jennings riding Nandy Fontaine to the win in the

Lake Placid Summit Hotel & Suites 1.35 meter class

(c) The Book LLC

 

The I Love New York Horse Show continues through Sunday, hosting all levels of competition from young children on ponies to grand prix competitors and Olympic medalists, all competing for over $535,000 in prizes. The horse show begins at 8:00 am each day, with competition running in four rings simultaneously.

Highlighting the week is the $100,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC on Saturday, July 6.  This is the first time the horse show is offering a $100,000 Grand Prix!

On Saturday, the horse show also hosts its annual Doggie Costume Contest sponsored by Animal Planet and the Brown Dog Cafe and Wine Bar.  All people with a leashed dog in costume are admitted to the horse show free of charge.  All entrants in the contest, which begins at 12:00 noon, receive treats.

            Another highlighted competition is the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Eastern Hay & Grain and Purina Animal Nutrition. This event, held in the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field on Sunday, July 7, features jumps that resemble natural obstacles seen in the hunt field with a variety of challenges including stone walls, hedges, logs, banks and ditches.

            Upcoming highlights of the I Love New York Horse Show include:

            Friday, July 5 – 1.35m Lake Placid Lodge Jumper Class; 1.40m Lake Placid CVB Jumper Class; The National PHA Equitation Class; Various Jumper & Hunter Classes

            Saturday, July 6 – $100,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC.; Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort High Junior Jumper Classic; FarmVet High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; Pepsico Low Junior Jumper Classic; Clifton Park Rental Center Pony Hunter Classic; Doggie Costume Contest; Beval Saddlery Parade of Champions; Various Jumper & Hunter Classes

            Sunday, July 7 – USHJA International Hunter Derby Presentation Presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Animal Nutrition; P.F. Farm NAL & WIHS Children’s Jumper Classics; Champlain Valley Equipment NAL & WIHS Adult Jumper Classics; Y106.3 Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; Kathy Scholl Equitation Classic Awards Sponsored by the Levy Family & Presented by EquiFit; Presentation of the Derby Trainer Award; Presentation of the Kathy Scholl Trainer Award; Equitation Classes; Hunter Classes

            A generous thank you to this year’s horse show sponsors including: 17 Hands Gallery, Abba Vet Supply, Adirondack Flying Service, Adirondack Life, Animal Planet, Anonymous, Arbor Hill Farm (The Boggio Family), Bainbridge Farms, LLC, Beacon Hill Farm, Beacon Hill Horse Transportation, Inc., Beval Saddlery, Debbie & Jim Burrows, C.M. Hadfield’s Saddlery, Inc., Carr-Hughes Productions, Casella Waste Management, Champlain Valley Equipment, Jane Forbes Clark, Clifton Park Rental Center, CMJ Sporthorse, Community Bank NA, Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club, Dartbrook Rustic Goods, David R. Fowler Custom Tack Trunks, Deeridge Farms, Der-Dau Custom Made Boots, Devoucoux, Inc., Eastern Hay & GrainEquifit, Inc., Equine Insurance Services/Great American, FarmVet, Inc., Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Hannaford Supermarkets, High Peaks Resort, Hollow Brook Wealth Management, LLC, The Hooker Family, Horse Watch, Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC, Hunt LTD, J Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Jamaica Tent Company, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC., Jetway Private Air, Juliam Farm, The Keith and Shilen Families, KJ Robinson, Lake Placid CVBLake Placid LodgeLake Placid Summit Resort Hotel & Suites, The Levy Family, Dan & Cynthia Lufkin, Michael Morrissey Enterprises LLC, Mirror Lake Inn / The Cottage CafeMountain Horse, North Star, Northwoods Inn, On A Fence Designs, ORDA – Whiteface Mountain, Pepsico, P.F. Farm, Price Chopper, Purina Animal Nutrition, Quiet Hill Farm, Ruthie’s Run, Sand Castle Farm, Michael Schultz, Sea Shore Stables LLC, Sidelines, Dennis Sisco & Alexine Lesko, Storm Ridge Capital, Stretton Enterprises, Inc., The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar, The Tack Shelter, The Whiteface Lodge, The Wild Center, Time Warner Cable, Town of North Elba Park District, Woodlea Farms, WPTZ News Channel 5, and Y-106.3 FM.  Special event sponsors include: Hannaford Supermarkets (Horse Club Junior Day); Beval Saddlery Ltd. (Golf Tournament); Animal Planet, The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar (Doggie Costume Contest); Horse Watch (Young Riders Clinics); and Juliam Farm (Lead Line Class).

For the first time ever, show jumping fans across the country and around the world are able to watch competition from the I Love New York Horse Show live as it happens.  HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, is offering free live webcasts of all classes in the horse shows’ Grand Prix Field.  The live webcasts, produced by ShowNet, are available free of charge at www.hrtv.com and through a link at the horse shows’ website atwww.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.

Admission to the I Love New York Horse Show is just $2.00 on weekdays and $5.00 on weekends. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Tickets are available at the gate. The horse show is located at the North Elba Showgrounds, 5514 Cascade Road (Route 73) in Lake Placid, directly across from the ski jumps.

Further information on the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or on line at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.

 

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Chapot Sweeps Thursday Features at Lake Placid Horse Show

June 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lake Placid, New York—June 27, 2013—Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ swept both featured classes Thursday at the 44th annual Lake Placid Horse Show, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC.  The horse show continues through Sunday at the North Elba Showgrounds before giving way to the 36thannual I Love New York Horse Show, July 2-7.

Chapot rode Bradberry to victory in the High Peaks Resort 1.40 meter speed class and then followed that up with a win on Umberto in the WPTZ News Channel 5 1.30 meter class.

In the 1.40 meter class, Chapot completed the 11-jump, one-round course fault-free in 45.765 seconds to claim the win over Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL who finished in 46.331 seconds on Tuxedo.  In the 1.30 meter class, she topped of field of 54 horses by covering the 12-jump course fault-free in 56.202 seconds.  Minikus again placed second, finishing in 56.701 seconds on Romeo.

The Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows host all levels of competition ranging from young children on ponies to grand prix competitors and Olympic medalists, all competing for over $535,000 in prizes. The horse show begins at 8:00 am each day, with competition running in four rings simultaneously.

Highlighting the two weeks of competition are the $75,000 Equine Insurance Services/Great American Grand Prix of Lake Placid on Sunday, June 30, and the $100,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix on Saturday, July 6, both presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC.  These are the pinnacle of show jumping competition and are guaranteed to be action packed events with even bigger prize money this year as the horse shows are offering a $100,000 Grand Prix for the first time ever!

Another highlighted competition is the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Eastern Hay & Grain and Purina Animal Nutrition. This event, held in the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field on Sunday, July 7, features jumps that resemble natural obstacles seen in the hunt field with a variety of challenges including stone walls, hedges, logs, banks and ditches.

Upcoming highlights of the Lake Placid Horse Show include:

Friday, June 28 – 1.35m ADK Flying Svc Jumper Class; $30,000 Devoucoux, Inc. Open Jumper Classic; 1.40m CMJ Sporthorse Jumper Speed Stake; Adult Medal Hunter Class; Various Jumper & Hunter Classes

Saturday, June 29 – Crowne Plaza Resort NAL & WIHS Adult Amateur Jumper Classics; J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; Whiteface Mountain Low Junior Jumper Classic; 1.35 Beacon Hill Horse Transportation Jumper Class; Various Jumper & Hunter Classes

Sunday, June 30 – $75,000 Equine Insurance Service/Great American Grand Prix of Lake Placid, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC.; Mirror Lake Inn High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; North Star High Junior Jumper Classic; Juliam Farm Lead Line; C.M. Hadfield’s Saddlery Parade of Champions; Price Chopper NAL & WIHS Children’s Jumper Classics; MME Adult Amateur & Children’s Hunter Classics; Hunter & Equitation Classes

A generous thank you to this year’s horse show sponsors including: 17 Hands Gallery, Abba Vet Supply, Adirondack Flying Service, Adirondack Life, Animal Planet, Anonymous, Arbor Hill Farm (The Boggio Family), Bainbridge Farms, LLC, Beacon Hill Farm, Beacon Hill Horse Transportation, Inc., Beval Saddlery, Debbie & Jim Burrows, C.M. Hadfield’s Saddlery, Inc., Carr-Hughes Productions, Casella Waste Management, Champlain Valley Equipment, Jane Forbes Clark, Clifton Park Rental Center, CMJ Sporthorse, Community Bank NA, Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club, Dartbrook Rustic Goods, David R. Fowler Custom Tack Trunks, Deeridge Farms, Der-Dau Custom Made Boots, Devoucoux, Inc., Eastern Hay & Grain, Equifit, Inc., Equine Insurance Services/Great American, FarmVet, Inc., Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Hannaford Supermarkets, High Peaks Resort, Hollow Brook Wealth Management, LLC, The Hooker Family, Horse Watch, Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC, Hunt LTD, J Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Jamaica Tent Company, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC., Jetway Private Air, Juliam Farm, The Keith and Shilen Families, KJ Robinson, Lake Placid CVB, Lake Placid Lodge, Lake Placid Summit Resort Hotel & Suites, The Levy Family, Dan & Cynthia Lufkin, Michael Morrissey Enterprises LLC, Mirror Lake Inn / The Cottage Cafe, Mountain Horse, North Star, Northwoods Inn, On A Fence Designs, ORDA – Whiteface Mountain, Pepsico, P.F. Farm, Price Chopper, Purina Animal Nutrition, Quiet Hill Farm, Ruthie’s Run, Sand Castle Farm, Michael Schultz, Sea Shore Stables LLC, Sidelines, Dennis Sisco & Alexine Lesko, Storm Ridge Capital, Stretton Enterprises, Inc., The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar, The Tack Shelter, The Whiteface Lodge, The Wild Center, Time Warner Cable, Town of North Elba Park District, Woodlea Farms, WPTZ News Channel 5, and Y-106.3 FM.  Special event sponsors include: Hannaford Supermarkets (Horse Club Junior Day); Beval Saddlery Ltd. (Golf Tournament); Animal Planet, The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar (Doggie Costume Contest); Horse Watch (Young Riders Clinics); and Juliam Farm (Lead Line Class).

For the first time ever, show jumping fans across the country and around the world are able to watch competition from the Lake Placid Horse Shows live as it happens.  HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, is offering free live webcasts of all classes in the horse shows’ Grand Prix Field.  The live webcasts, produced by ShowNet, are available free of charge at www.hrtv.com and through a link at the horse shows’ website at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.

Admission to the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows is just $2.00 on weekdays and $5.00 on weekends. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Tickets are available at the gate. The horse shows are located at the North Elba Showgrounds, 5514 Cascade Road (Route 73) in Lake Placid, directly across from the ski jumps.

For a special behind-the-scenes look at the horse shows, guided walking tours are offered both weeks on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11:30 a.m.  The tour costs just $1.00 and starts at the Lake Placid Horse Show’s Retail Booth.

Further information on the Lake Placid Horse Shows presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or on line at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.

Todd Minikus Dominates Second Week of the Saratoga Classic Horse Show

June 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Saratoga Springs, NY. June 27, 2013- At the Saratoga Race Course, a historic equestrian setting celebrating its one hundred fiftieth anniversary, some of the country’s top professionals, amateurs, and juniors competed in the Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show (SCHS) between June 11 and 23. The premiere classes included the $25,000 Landgero Cup Grand Prix, $15,000 Gochman Family USHJA International Hunter Derby, $12,000 TAKE 2 Thoroughbred Hunter & Jumper divisions, and the $10,000 Yaddo Jumper Classic.

The highlight of week II of SCHS was the $25,000 Landgero Cup Grand Prix. Todd Minikus clinched both first and second place aboard Quality Girl and Udonnay Z respectively. Out of the nine horses in the jump off, Todd and Quality Girl were the first to go and set the pace with a time of 35.234, followed by his time of 37.040 on Udonnay Z. Sloane Coles placed third on Chantilly. Minikus also received fifth place on Catch Me and ninth on Donnafee.

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl  Photo Credit : Shawn McMillen Photography

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl
Photo Credit : Shawn McMillen Photography

“The course was great to ride. It was straightforward but technical,” said Minikus. “Skidmore provides the ideal competition to bring along horses that need to be challenged but not overwhelmed. It is a perfect place where junior, amateur, and professional riders can compete in the same arena.”

Bobby Braswell’s Terrapin Hill Farm junior riders commanded the equitation classes. Lauren Fabiano brought home the blue in the Skidmore President’s Cup, while Gabriella Collins grabbed the honor of the new Terrapin Hill Excellence in Equitation Award, given to the rider with the most points in the big eq. classes during the two weeks.

Molly Braswell, aboard Jean Bickley’s Felton, took the championship ribbons both weeks in the TAKE2 Thoroughbred Hunter Division. It was Molly’s first time competing on a Thoroughbred. Additionally, Molly was champion in the High Performance Hunter 3’3″ both weeks riding Frontier.

Laugh Out Loud and Weebiscuit, piloted by Sophie Gochman, were awarded tri-color ribbons in Pony Hunters. Laugh Out Loud was champion in the Medium Pony Hunter Division, and Weebiscuit was reserve in the Small Pony Hunters.

Kristy McCormack-Herrera won the $15,000 Gochman Family USHJA International Hunter Derby in the first week of competition and had a repeat performance in week II, winning the USHJA National Hunter Derby riding Fifty Shades.

“I am thankful and grateful for the many world-class riders who competed these past two weeks and made the 16th annual Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show a huge success,” said Adele Einhorn, Executive Director of SCHS.

Molly Braswell Photo Credit: Shawn McMillen

Molly Braswell
Photo Credit: Shawn McMillen

Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show: The shows, inaugurated in 1927 and brought back to life in 1998, are a highlight of the early summer season in Saratoga Springs. This top-level historic competition attracts many of the country’s best horses and riders and benefits scholarships to SkidmoreCollege students.

Third Time is a Charm for Todd Minikus and Quality Girl

June 09, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

SAUGERTIES, NY (June 1, 2013) – After two in-the-money finishes last week at HITS Saugerties, Todd Minikus and Quality Girl kicked off Week II grand prix action by topping a ten-horse jump-off in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis.

 

Minikus won the Week I $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome at HITS Saugerties and picked up sixth and eighth-place ribbons in last week’s grand prix classes, but his spring circuit reached its pinnacle on Friday when he cashed a $7,500 check.

 

“She has really matured a lot over the winter,” said Minikus of Quality Girl, a ten-year-old Oldenburg mare by Quidam’s Rubin x Dobrock. He admits that she started off very green with little hope of making it to the grand prix ring. Her doubters were proved wrong, however, and the young mare has collected her share of successes in recent months. “She has been performing fantastic and between Purina, Vita Flex and Charles Owen, she has what she needs to keep us in the winner’s circle.”

 

Martin Otto of Muenster, Germany set Friday’s course, which included 12 obstacle and 16 jumping efforts with a double and triple combination. Faults were spread throughout the track, but ten riders, of an original 28, were clean to advance to the short course.

 

Margie Engle of Wellington, Florida piloted two mounts and returned first in the jump-off with Elm Rock, LLC’s Cabras. She and the nine riders behind her faced a seven-obstacle course, which include the 5ab double combination from the original course. True to form, the pair was clean and set the Great American Time To Beat at 41.29 seconds.

 

Three trips later, Minikus entered with Quality Girl and it was clear they had one goal – speed. They turned and burned to a clear ride in 34.78 seconds. Their time stood unscathed for the remaining five rounds and was nearly five seconds ahead of second place at the conclusion of the class.

 

©ESI Photography Todd Minikus and Quality Girl jumping their way to a win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Saugerties.

©ESI Photography
Todd Minikus and Quality Girl jumping their way to a win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, at HITS Saugerties.

“She is such a sweet mare, but extremely aware of everything going on around her,” Minikus said of Quality Girl. “She has a lot of blood and she was fantastic today – we have some good things ahead of us I think.”

 

Engle was double clear on both of her rides and picked up second place with Elm Rock, LLC’s Celena Z. Their time on the short course was 39.35 seconds. She and Cabras ended in fourth.

 

Third place went to James North of New York, New York on Fair Play Farm’s The Man To See. North and The Man To See rode in the middle of the jump-off order and posted 40.72 seconds on the clock. Heather Caristo-Williams of Saugerties, New York finished in fifth aboard Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Carsito’s Evening Star. They rode to a final time of 41.90 seconds.

 

The five remaining riders in the jump-off had rails and all ended with four faults.

 

Grand prix competition will return to the Strongid© C 2X Grand Prix Stadium on Sunday with the $75,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis. With a serious spike in prize money, riders will look to pocket qualifying leverage for the fast-approaching Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix of HITS Championship Weekend. Once eligible, the start order for the prestigious event will be determined by a rider’s money won on their leading grand prix mount. Keep tabs on all Zoetis Million qualifying action at HITShows.com.

 

©ESI Photography Lindsay Yandon and Chris Mayone of HITS present first-place honors to Todd Minikus and Quality Girl after the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis. Awards included a $200 gift certificate for an Éce Equestrian Co. shirts, offering the perfect marriage of style and athletic functionality. Éce Equestrian Co. shirts provide comfort in extreme heat, elasticity without losing form, are machine washable and quick-drying, versatile for any athletic sport and for everyday life, and are made in the USA.

©ESI Photography
Lindsay Yandon and Chris Mayone of HITS present first-place honors to Todd Minikus and Quality Girl after the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis. Awards included a $200 gift certificate for an Éce Equestrian Co. shirts, offering the perfect marriage of style and athletic functionality. Éce Equestrian Co. shirts provide comfort in extreme heat, elasticity without losing form, are machine washable and quick-drying, versatile for any athletic sport and for everyday life, and are made in the USA.

 

$10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome

Henrik Gundersen and his own Ahaveros won Wednesday’s $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome to get Week II at HITS Saugerties underway. Gundersen of Wellington, Florida and his eight-year-old bay gelding topped 33 contenders over the 1.40m course.

 

Mattias Tromp of North Salem, New York picked up second aboard Beyaert Farm, Inc.’s Zalicia and Michael Dorman of Wellington, Florida was third with Valinski S, who he owns with Wyndmont, Inc. Michael Desiderio of Chester, New Jersey rode to fourth on Tranquillity Farm’s High Eight, and Peter Wylde of Lake Worth, Florida capped the top five in the irons of Societe Civile de L’Ecurie Meautry’s Ak’s Clowney.

 

Brook Ledge Horse Transportation presents weekly jumper classes at HITS Saugerties. Aside from the winner’s purse, Brook Ledge Open Jumper riders also compete for the Brook Ledge Rider Bonus. The award, given at the conclusion of the circuit, includes a $1,500 shipping credit for the rider who

 

©ESI Photography  Henrik Gundersen and Ahaveros kick off Week II at HITS Saugerties with a win in the $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome.

©ESI Photography
Henrik Gundersen and Ahaveros kick off Week II at HITS Saugerties with a win in the $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome.

 

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis

Place; Horse; Owner; Rider; Prize $; Rd 1 Faults; JO Faults; JO Time 

1 Quality Girl Todd Minikus, Ltd. Todd Minikus $7,500 0 0 34.78

2 Celena Z Elm Rock, LLC Margie Engle $5,500 0 0 39.35

3 The Man To See Fair Play Farm James North $3,250 0 0 40.72

4 Cabras Elm Rock, LLC Margie Engle $2,000 0 0 41.29

5 Evening Star Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Caristo Heather Caristo-Williams $1,500 0 0 41.90

6 Capall Zidane Ronan McGuigan Ronan McGuigan $1,250 0 4 37.78

7 Casey Beyaert Farm, Inc. Mattias Tromp $1,000 0 4 38.02

8 Valentino Mavis Spencer Darragh Kenny $750 0 4 39.21

9 High Eight Tranquillity Farm Michael Desiderio $750 0 4 43.81

10 Rancine Von Het Gravenhof Dagny Mactaggart Judy Garofalo Torres $500 0 4 41.06

11 KT Undercover Michael Kirby Michael Kirby $500 – 1 –

12 Quivola Trade Winds Farm Agatha D’Ambra $500 – 3 –

 

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 hosted a second $1 million class with the AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Thermal and announced the first-ever Triple Crown of Show Jumping with the addition of the Ocala $1 Million Grand Prix in 2014.
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 Horse Show Dates

HITS Desert Circuit
Thermal, CA
January 22 – March 17, 2013

HITS Ocala Winter Circuit 
Ocala, FL
January 16 – March 17, 2013

HITS Arizona Winter Circuit
Tucson, AZ
January 30 – March 10, 2013

HITS Culpeper Show Series
Culpeper, VA
April / July / August / September

HITS Saugerties Show Series
Saugerties, NY
May-June / July-August / September

HITS Championship Weekend
Saugerties, NY
September 6-8, 2013

Todd Minikus and Uraguay Speed to Victory in $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix presented by Suncast

May 13, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

North Salem, NY – May 12, 2013 – Todd Minikus and Legacy Stables’ Uraguay won the highlight event of the first week of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix presented by Suncast. They were fastest in the jump-off to beat Darragh Kerins (IRL) on E-Muze Yek and Christine McCrea (USA) with Romantovich Take One. Along with top show jumping, there were Grand Hunter Champions awarded, as well as Classics for the Medium and High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers. This concluded the first week of competition at Old Salem Farm. Week two runs May 14-19.

 

There were 47 entries in today’s grand prix and they jumped a course designed by Brazil’s Guilherme Jorge. Nine found the way to a clear round to advance to the jump-off.

 

Watch an interview with Todd Minikus!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAW8Ft1W7PQ&feature=player_embedded#!

 

Minikus said of the course, “The way it was playing out, it was jumping plenty difficult. The triple bar to vertical-vertical combination was tricky. Green horses didn’t jump that that well. There were some unfortunate (rounds for) horses that I expected to go well, an odd four faults here and there. It ended up being enough clear, and ended up being an almost perfect course for the course designer.”

 

Christine McCrea and Romantovich Take One

Christine McCrea and Romantovich Take One

 

The early pacesetter in the jump-off was Christine McCrea of East Windsor, CT, on Romantovich Take One, owned by Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stables. They won Friday’s Welcome Stake and set a very fast pace of 39.06 seconds that would hold up for third place in today’s class.

 

Three horses later it was Minikus and Uraguay, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding by Nairobi x Colino, who were speedy through the first part of the jump-off, but it was a long run across the field to the Suncast oxer that had the crowd holding their breath. Uraguay gave a great effort, made two more rollbacks, and galloped to the final oxer to stop the timers in 37.36 seconds for the win.

 

Todd Minikus and Uraguay

Todd Minikus and Uraguay

 

“Boy, he sure gave some good efforts today,” Minikus said with a smile. “That was lightning fast in the jump-off. He was really fast.”

 

Minikus said he watched McCrea in the jump-off. “For sure with that horse, she’s always very fast,” he acknowledged. “She blistered the course the other day. I legitimately thought that maybe we were all going for the red ribbon and Chris might have closed the door on us. But I took a pretty good chance and long run to the Suncast jump, and I think that’s where the difference was.”

 

Todd Minikus and Uraguay

Todd Minikus and Uraguay

 

Following Minikus, Leslie Howard and Tic Tac, owned by Jane Clark, were clear in 40.33 seconds for fourth place.

 

Darragh Kerins and E-Muze Yek, owned by Kerins and Maarten Huygens, were the only others to contest Minikus’ time. Another big grey gelding like Uraguay, E-Muze Yek thundered around the course but couldn’t quite catch the time. Their time of 38.87 seconds was fast enough for second place, the same red ribbon that they received in Friday’s Welcome Stake.

 

Kerins said afterward, “I just didn’t know how he would handle it after going so quick on Friday, if he was just going to be a little bit rushed today. I thought he handled it very good. The jump-off today was just crazy fast. I saw Chrissy go on the screen and I thought she was unbeatable. It was just so, so, so quick. I didn’t get to see Todd’s round; I just saw his time. After that I didn’t know what to think. But I thought the horse was going good and I was going to give it a shot. That’s probably about as fast as I could go, at this stage in his career. But I’m delighted with him.”

 

Kerins has ridden the nine-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by For Pleasure x Carthago off and on since he was imported as a six-year-old by Norman Dello Joio from Belgium. He and Maarten Huygens bought him in the middle of the winter circuit.

 

Darragh Kerins and E-Muze Yek

Darragh Kerins and E-Muze Yek

 

“He’s progressed really quickly. We’ve thrown him in there,” he smiled. “In Florida he was good, he placed in a couple 1.50m (classes). My other good mare Lisona got sold, so he really had to step up.”

 

Kerins added, “Well done to Todd. He had a great round. The numbers are huge and the courses were tough courses. He’ll jump again here next week, have a break, and then go to Spruce Meadows. Actually this was good to see how he’ll handle grass before he goes up there, and he seems to handle it pretty good.”

 

Todd Minikus and Uraguay in their victory gallop

Todd Minikus and Uraguay in their victory gallop

 

Minikus started riding Uraguay toward the end of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival after the horse showed successfully in Europe with Dutch rider Albert Zoer and in the United States with Mario Deslauriers.

 

This was a great win for Minikus, who gave credit to the people around Uraguay. “I’d like to thank everybody at Legacy and Sarah Middleton, who really does all the work. She even flats him before the class. I just get on and ride him in the class, so most of the credit goes to Sarah. And I thank the rest of my sponsors, Purina, Charles Owen, and VitaFlex. Without all of the support and one big team, you can’t do it.”

 

Todd Minikus and Uraguay in their presentation with Alan Keely, Jeannie and Tom Tisbo of Suncast, and Scott Hakim, President of Old Salem Farm

Todd Minikus and Uraguay in their presentation with Alan Keely, Jeannie and Tom Tisbo of Suncast, and Scott Hakim, President of Old Salem Farm

 

Minikus was presented with a pewter cheese plate for his win today. Before the grand prix, the smallest riders at the show gathered on the grand prix field for the Dyer Equestrian Leadline class. All of the kids participating were congratulated with blue ribbons and prizes.

 

Final Results: $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix presented by Suncast

1 URAGUAY: 2001 KWPN gelding by Nairobi x Colino

TODD MINIKUS (USA), Legacy Stables, LLC: 0/0/37.63

2 E MUZE YEK: 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding by For Pleasure x Carthago

DARRAGH KERINS (IRL), Darragh Kerins & Maarten Huygens: 0/0/38.87

3 ROMANTOVICH TAKE ONE: 2000 KWPN gelding by Numero Uno x Karandasj

CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: and Windsor Show Stables: 0/0/39.06

4 TIC TAC: 2003 SBS stallion by Clinton x Darco

LESLIE HOWARD (USA), Jane Clark: 0/0/40.33

5 WANNAHAVE: 2003 KWPN gelding by Manhattan x G. Ramiro Z

MCLAIN WARD (USA), The Wannahave Group: 0/4/38.98

6 CASEY: 2001 KWPN gelding by Ircolando x Ferro

MATTIAS TROMP (USA), Bayaert Farm Inc.: 0/4/42.05

7 UTAN: 2001 KWPN gelding by Burggraaf x Concorde

ANGELA COVERT-LAWRENCE (CAN), Eastwood Group: 0/4/52.37

8 LILLI: 2004 German Sport Horse mare by Lefevre x Diamir

GEORGINA BLOOMBERG (USA), Dietmar Gugler & Gotham Enterprizes: 0/15/55.18

9 CARTIER: 2001 Zangersheide gelding by Caretino x Zeus

MAX AMAYA (ARG), Stonehenge Stables: 0/ret.

10 ROTHCHILD: 2001 Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Artos x Elegant De L’Ile

MCLAIN WARD (USA), Sagamore Farms: 4/76.25

11 ZERLY: 2004 KPWN mare by Querlybet Hero x Carthago

CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 4/77.67

12 ROUNDTHORN MADIOS: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Condios x Clover Hill

LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 4/77.89

 

Junior/Amateur-Owner Classics

After a week of final exams at Harvard University, Katie Dinan came to Old Salem Farm ready to get back on her horse and in the ring. She and her trusty partner of five years, Vancouver, galloped to victory on the grass Grand Prix Field in the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. She and Vancouver, a 15-year-old gelding by Voltaire II, beat a list of 33 competitors and five in the jump-off after they finished in the fastest time of 41.24 seconds. Second place went to Michael Hughes on Luxina as the only other double clear in 42.76 seconds. Finishing in 39.55 seconds, but with four faults, Lillie Keenan and Vanhattan were third.

 

Katie Dinan and Vancouver

Katie Dinan and Vancouver

 

Dinan came in just for today’s class. She explained, “I love this horse show; it’s one of my favorites of all year. When I realized I had exams these two weeks, I was really upset because I always look forward to coming here. My horse felt like he’s jumping the best he has in a while. I think that really speaks about the venue. He’s impressed with this place. To be able to gallop around the big field is really great.”

 

Dinan showed indoors at the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals in Sweden in April, so it took a bit of an adjustment to the big grass field. “I think when the ring is this big, you have to make sure to keep your pace everywhere. When you’re in an indoor, everything comes up much quicker. Here, especially in the first round, you can have time faults without even feeling slow. In the jump-off today, I planned on being very prompt to the first few jumps. There was a little bit of an inside angle that I took to the third oxer. One of the nice things about a big grass field, you have more range of stride. They can really get on a big stride.”

 

Since he is 15 years old, Dinan is keeping Vancouver’s show schedule light. “It’s nice though that for when he does show, he steps up to the plate like this and to bring home a big win is really fun,” she acknowledged. “This is a great venue for him. I won my first grand prix ever, on him two years ago here. This horse show has always been very special for me.”

 

She added with a smile, “I didn’t have a Mother’s Day gift, so I was hoping one of my horses could bring one home! Vancouver did that.”

 

The winner of today’s $7,500 Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic sponsored by The Manocherian Family was 15-year-old Kira Kerkorian of East Hampton, NY. She rode Leopold 221, a nine-year-old Westphalian gelding by Lordanos, to the top of the 48-entry class. There were 13 that made it through to the jump-off, and the best pair of Kerkorian and Leopold stopped the timers in 40.703 seconds. Second place went to Taylor Burns on Cordero Zaffiro in 40.840 seconds, while Wesley Newlands and Vertigo were third in 41.198 seconds.

 

For her win today, Kerkorian was also presented with a $500 Der Dau gift certificate.

 

It was an auspicious start for Kerkorian and Leopold as it’s their first show together, having only been together for a month. “I’ve been learning him. I just wanted to go clear and have a nice, solid round so I could maybe move up to the Highs later on,” Kerkorian said. “I want to take it slow with him because I want to build a good partnership. I think today was great.”

Kira Kerkorian and Leopold 221

Kira Kerkorian and Leopold 221

 

She said of Leopold, “He’s very fast actually. He pulls me to the jump, which is great, because I like something in my hand. He’s super brave; he just wants to go and win. He has his own motor.”

 

“It feels amazing,” Kerkorian said of her victory. “I really wasn’t expecting it, but I’m so happy.”

 

In this morning’s 7/8 Year Old Young Jumper Qualifier sponsored by Watershed Agricultural Council, Jeffery Welles rode Bilion to victory for owner Triton Ventures Farms Inc. Darragh Kenny and Oakland Ventures LLC’s Cequila was second, and Penny Brennan on Class Act, owned by Jacquelyn Ventorino, was third.

 

Final Results: $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic

1 KATHERINE DINAN, VANCOUVER: 0/0/41.24

2 MICHAEL HUGHES, LUXINA: 0/0/42.76

3 LILLIE KEENAN, VANHATTAN: 0/4/39.55

4 CHELSEA MOSS, DOLCE D’IVE Z: 0/4/45.28

5 MICHAEL HUGHES, DROMMA: 0/8/42.73

6 BENJAMIN SIMPKINS, VIVARO B: 1/82.61

7 ISABELLA SALLES, PRINCESS EMILY: 4/73.54

8 KATHERINE STRAUSS, CAPACITY: 4/76.62

9 CATHERINE TYREE, DON’T GO: 4/77.1

10 LILLIE KEENAN, LONDINIUM: 4/78.54

11 WESLEY NEWLANDS, WIEMINKA B: 4/78.87

12 GABRIELLE BAUSANO, UBICO H: 4/79.08

 

 

 

Final Results: $7,500 Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic sponsored by The Manocherian Family

1 LEOPOLD 221, KIRA KERKORIAN: 0/0/40.703

2 CORDERO ZAFFIRO, TAYLOR BURNS: 0/0/40.840

3 VERTIGO, WESLEY NEWLANDS: 0/0/41.198

4 OSCAR 72, LAUREN WARD: 0/0/41.367

5 ALORIEN, CLEMENTINE GOUTAL: 0/0/41.666

6 TURBO R, KELLY TROPIN: 0/0/44.191

7 NORTON DE LA SAP, LAUREN FISCHER: 0/0/47.051

8 TARANTEL’LA, EMILY D’ALESSANDR: 0/4/38.634

9 GAMA CHAMACO, FRANCESCA BOLFO: 0/4/39.668

10 SANDRO, KATHERINE DINAN: 0/4/42.203

11 E BAY, BRITTNI RAFLOWITZ : 0/4/42.972

12 ADOROSE, KELLY TROPIN: 0/4/43.752

 

Grand Champions Reign in Hunter Divisions

 The Grand Junior Hunter Champion was Parkland, owned by Jennifer Gates and ridden by Lillie Keenan. The pair was champion in the Small Junior Hunters and placed fifth, second, and second over fences and won the under saddle. The reserve champion in the Small Junior Hunter division was Wonderland, ridden by Morgan Ward for John Skinner. Keenan was also named Best Junior Rider on a Horse.

 

Keenan has been paired with Parkland since the beginning of January and they had incredible success at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Keenan said, “After WEF, where he was really successful consistently, we gave him a little break. He went to South Carolina and had a nice vacation for a few weeks, just to get time away from a show. I think it’s good for them to get away and relax. This was his first show starting up again in the spring. He was fantastic. We did what we always do. He’s not a difficult horse to prepare, and he wants to win.”

 

One of their wins this week was in the Handy class. Keenen called Parkland “really game” and said that he has learned to be more handy and adjusted to her style. “I like to do tight turns and really gallop at the long approaches, to really test the boundaries,” she explained. “He’s gotten used to me and the way that I like to ride him. He’s really learned to go with it. He’s happy to do whatever I ask him. He’s really good at trot fences too, so it’s nice to have a horse that you can really spin back to that. He’s gotten really handy.”

 

Lillie Keenan and Parkland

Lillie Keenan and Parkland

 

Keenan plans to show Parkland at the Devon Horse Show. “He is really the kind of horse that you can count on for special events, so hopefully that works out for us. He’s fancy, and everything you’d want in your ride to go to Devon,” she remarked.

 

The Large Junior 15 & Under Hunter division awarded the championship to Catwoman, ridden by Ailish Cunniffe for Missy Clark, and Sophie Michaels and Further Lane Farm’s Mahalo picked up the reserve championship.

 

Bishonen, ridden by David Oberkircher for Southlands Farms LLC was named champion in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters, while Cameo, ridden by Mallory Edens for Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Caristo, was the reserve champion.

 

The Grand Pony Hunter Championship went to Isport, ridden by Morgan Ward for Redfield Farm. They won all four over fences classes and were third in the under saddle to win the championship in the Green Pony Hunters. The reserve champion in the division was Pride, ridden and owned by Francesca Dildabanian.

 

Fifteen-year-old Ward is from Milford, NJ, and started riding Isport this winter when they started the 11-year-old mare in Ocala. Competing in both the Green and Large Pony Hunters, Ward described, “She goes like one of my junior hunters. She’s very scopey and has a big stride. She’s always honest, with whatever you put her at.”

 

Imported from Europe by Emil Spadone, Isport had not competed in hunter classes before coming to the U.S., but she learned immediately. “She started out like this and she’s never changed. It’s really weird. We never get (horses like) these!” Ward said with a laugh.

 

Morgan Ward and Isport

Morgan Ward and Isport

 

Of the grand championship, Ward said, “It’s nice to have. It means a lot to me, especially on a green pony. It’s nice to have that from schooling her all week and it’s proven in the ring.”

 

The Small Pony Hunter division, sponsored by Gotham North, awarded the championship to Rolling Stone, owned by Further Lane Farm and ridden by Madeline Schaefer, while the reserve champion was Coco Fath and Blueberry Hill, owned by Jordyn Rose Freedman.

 

Mimi Gochman swept the Medium Pony Hunters with David Gochman’s True Love as champion and Truly Noble, owned by Pegasus Show Stable Inc., as reserve champion. For her great success this weekend, Gochman was named as the Best Junior Rider on a Pony.

 

In the Large Pony Hunter division, Pride and Francesca Dildabanian picked up their second championship of the week. Daisy Farish and her pony Beau Rivage were reserve champions.

 

The Grand Children’s Hunter Champion was They Say, ridden and owned by 16-year-old Page Soper of Southport, CT. They were awarded the Hunter Horse Challenge Trophy. The pair was the Children’s Hunter 15-17 champion. The reserve championship went to Qrocus Landais, ridden and owned by Sabrina Kalimian.

 

Page Soper and They Say

Page Soper and They Say

 

Soper and They Say won all three classes in their division along with the Marshall & Sterling Children’s Hunter Classic. Coming into the second round, they were leading the class. “I was a little nervous, but I knew I could trust him,” Soper said.

 

They have been together for a year and have competed at shows like Fairfield, Vermont Summer Festival, and Old Salem. This was their first Grand Champion award. “I’m really happy. He was so good. My trainer, Jenni Martin-Rudaz, was so helpful. He’s smooth and listens well,” she noted. Soper hopes to go to the Marshall & Sterling Finals later this year.

 

The Children’s Hunter 14 & Under championship went to Allura, ridden and owned by Samantha Cohen. For her top riding, Cohen was named Best Child Rider on a Horse. Reserve champion was Troubador, ridden and owned by Daisy Farish.

 

Best Child Rider on a Pony Eliza Altman

Best Child Rider on a Pony Eliza Altman

 

The Best Child Rider on a Pony Award went to Eliza Altman, who was champion in the Children’s Hunter Pony Large division. They were given a plate donated by Pegasus Therapeutic Riding. The reserve champion was Celtics Creek Irish Belle, ridden by Siena Vasan for Peacock Ridge LLC. In the Children’s Hunter Pony Small/Medium division, Beaucatcher, ridden by Sienna Pilla for owner Abigail Blankenship, won the championship and Canterbrook Prince Charming, ridden by Kathryn McCarthy and owned by Joe Currais, was reserve champion.

 

For full results, please visit www.horseshowsonline.com. The second week of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show continues on May 14-19.

 

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.

 

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