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Maria Shannon and Alexa Lowe Wiseman Dominate First Week of Lexington Spring Festival

Maria Shannon aboard Buble’. Photo by Teresa Ramsay.

Lexington, VA – May 5, 2017 – Virginian riders ruled the ring during the first week of the Lexington Spring Festival. On Friday, Maria Shannon won the $3,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, claiming victory aboard Buble’, a Danish Warmblood owned by Mohammad Attar. The pair rose to the challenge with a score of 169 to claim the blue and Laura Pickett Perpetual Trophy, donated by Rolling Acres Show Stable.

Twenty entries competed over the Paul Jewell designed course in the Wiley Arena. Buble’ in addition to the reserve champion, Cavallino, were trained by Shannon’s well known mother, Claiborne Bishop of The Barracks Farm in Charlottesville, VA. Shannon has worked for the farm since 2000 where she competes in the professional divisions.

“My plan was to give both horses a nice, confident ride and have fun. It was very exciting that they both went so beautifully,” noted Shannon. Cavallino, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding, scored a total of 160 with Shannon while Carly Ziegler aboard Vanessa Massaro’s Fashion Forward placed in third with an overall 157.

Show jumping took center stage on Saturday night. Alexa Lowe-Wiseman and Windsor Farm’s Synapse De Blondel were the only combination to produce a double clear effort, winning the $30,000 Rockbridge Grand Prix and Dubliner Trophy. Out of 14 entries, only 5 returned for the jump-off, with Wiseman qualifying with two mounts.

Synapse De Blondel, a 10-year-old Selle Francais mare, had previously shown with Wiseman in her first grand prix as a sale horse a year earlier. “My mother negotiated a trade deal with Nicholas Pio to get Blondie (Synapse De Blondel) to stay in the family after the great year we had, so it was my first grand prix with her as ours. It was very special and very exciting for Synapse De Blondel to win.”

Wiseman had the first and last attempt at the jump-off, her first aboard Udstrum Du Lys, a green horse who was competing in his first grand prix. As the round continued every combination had at least one rail down before Wiseman reentered the ring and expertly piloted her chestnut mare to victory.

“Normally the strategy if everyone has had a rail you still have to go fast because if you also have a rail you don’t want to be the slowest 4-faulter. Knowing that I was the last one on course on my chestnut mare that is so careful I actually played it safe and executed a slower, but safe, clear round. It’s nice when you know that you can count on your horse to leave the jump when you are sitting in that position.”

As a native Virginian, Lowe-Wiseman looks forward to continually supporting the shows at the Virginia Horse Center. “Everyone is friendly, the horse show staff, the ladies in the office, and the stable manager. They do everything they can, including having people to run you up and down the hill in golf carts so you don’t have to walk. The grand prix is special because the crowd shows up at night and cheer you on and it’s all because of the management of the show.”

Shannon echoed these sentiments of the Virginia Horse Center from the hunter ring. “Leslie Brown and Andrew Ellis do a really good job of trying to make everything as perfect as possible. The staff was wonderful, the courses rode beautifully, the decorating was gorgeous, and it’s really run very well.”

Although completing the fastest round in the jump-off, Colombian rider Andrea Torres Guerreiro took second place aboard her own Fifty Shades, an 8-year-old Westphalian gelding. Torres Guerreiro also owned the third place finisher for Colombia, Christofolini H, a 9-year-old Rheinlander gelding ridden by Manuel Torres.

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Once in a Lifetime “Olympian Experience” Offered at US Dressage Festival of Champions

Gladstone, N.J. – April 21, 2017 – The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions, hosted by the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation at historic Hamilton Farm in Gladstone, New Jersey, is pleased to offer a very special “Olympian Experience” package to train with an Olympian and enjoy this year’s event, held May 18-21, as a VIP.

This opportunity of a lifetime, presented by Dressage Today, will include a training session with a U.S. dressage Olympian on Saturday, May 20, and the chance to ride a dressage test (of your choice) critiqued by an FEI international judge. Furthermore, participants will receive two VIP Patron tent seats and hospitality throughout the championships, two invitations to the competitors’ Welcome Reception on Wednesday, May 17, two invitations to the Olympic Celebration Cocktail Reception on Saturday, May 20, one VIP parking pass and a one-year subscription to Dressage Today. In addition, there will be a special “draw” for Olympian Experience participants at the Olympic Celebration Cocktail Reception.

The Olympian Experience packages are $5,000 and are very limited on a first come, first serve basis. For federal income tax purposes, the tax-deductible portion of your charitable donation to the USET Foundation is $3,800. The USET Foundation’s federal tax identification number is 22-1668879.

Please contact Maureen Pethick at 908-234-1251 (ext. 207) or email for more information and to apply for the Olympian Experience package.

The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions will draw top horse-and-rider combinations from across the country to compete for the three coveted champion titles. The prestigious ‘Brentina Cup’ for riders ages 16-25 attracts highly talented youth and their mounts for the opportunity to ride with other competitive athletes their age.

The event will also feature the USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship, the USEF Intermediaire I Championship and the USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ Dressage National Championship, presented by Dressage Today.

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Claim Your Tickets Now for Junior Weekend at Devon Horse Show

Lucy Deslauriers and Class Action, winners of the 2016 R. W. Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship.

Devon, Pa. – April 14, 2017 – For many people, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair conjures up images of deeply rooted traditions in the quaint town of Devon, Pennsylvania. In addition to the competitive horse show, which horses and riders must earn points to qualify for, this family-friendly event attracts a diverse crowd ranging from Pennsylvania locals to those hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the top names in show jumping to shopping enthusiasts to those wanting to experience all that an authentic country fair has to offer.

This year, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will run from May 25 – June 4 and junior riders will have their time to shine in the famed Dixon Oval during Junior Weekend, May 25-28. In addition, the pony hunter breeding takes place in the Gold Ring beginning at 7am on Thursday. The most promising young ponies in the country will have their chance in the spotlight, and breeders will have the opportunity to display their up-and-coming foals, yearlings, and young ponies.

Horses will not be the only animals that get to show off their talents. Canine competition will kick off Thursday at 7:30 p.m. during the first annual Dog Show at the Horse Show, which is open to dogs of all shapes and sizes. Classes will include Walk Trot with Me, Jumpers (including a jump-off round), Tricks Class, Speed Weave, Lead Line/Devon Costume Class, as well as special awards and championship prizes.

Friday of Junior Weekend will feature the highly-anticipated ASPCA Maclay, the reformatted R. W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship, and Junior Hunter competition. Nearby in the Gold Ring, child riders will be able to showcase their talents in the Regular Pony Hunters. In the evening, riders will compete under the lights of the Dixon Oval in the Junior Jumpers.

Junior Hunter competition will resume on Saturday morning in the Dixon Oval, followed by Pony Jumpers. Next up, pint-sized equestrians will take center stage in the Dixon Oval competing in Lead Line. Championship awards such as Overall Small Junior Hunter, Devon Grand Junior Hunter, Angelo Awards, and Best Child Rider on a Horse will also be presented following the conclusion of Saturday’s events. Ponies will take over the Gold Ring, and entertaining classes such as Pony Hunt Teams, where teams of three dress in costumes and jump over a set course, will also be held. Later that evening at 7 p.m., there will be more Jumper Awards presentations in addition to Horse Hunt Teams, Parent and Child classes, and the Family class.

The charming Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will conclude its Junior Weekend on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with more Pony Jumpers, and Carriage Pleasure Driving Exhibitions. At 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, spectators can watch the first ever $50,000 Arena Eventing class.

On Monday, which is also Memorial Day, Devon will continue its tradition of honoring our community’s heroes. Active and retired military, as well as police, fire, and EMT personnel, will be given free admission for their families. Starting at 6:30 p.m., Devon will be hosting the second annual Tribute to Heroes recognition ceremony in the Dixon Oval, featuring a performance by the Church Farm School Choir. That night, awards will be distributed for Coaching, Best Tailgate Award, and awards for Carriage Pleasure Driving. The action does not stop there, however. Competition will continue at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair until June 4.

This event should not be missed, and Junior Weekend is sure to be action-packed and thrilling for spectators of all ages. Grab your tickets now in order to ensure that you can experience the thrilling competition, shopping, famous lemon sticks, tea sandwiches homemade fudge, and more.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The event also includes the Country Fair that offers world-class shopping, rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.

For reserved seating to experience arena eventing, please call the Devon Horse Show at (610) 688-2554 or email


Media Contact: Rebecca Walton
Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
phone 561.753.3389 fax 561.753.3386

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Proudly Introduces New $50,000 Arena Eventing Class

Photo By: Brenda Carpenter.

Devon, Pa. – April 6, 2017 – The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is pleased to announce the newest addition to its 2017 lineup of exciting equestrian events. A new $50,000 Arena Eventing Class will be the first in the show’s history, blending cross country and show jumping obstacles to highlight the best of the discipline.

Presented by Mid-Atlantic Packaging, this class will include 40 eventers who will take to the Dixon Oval on the evening of May 28, 2017 at 7 p.m. Olympic gold medalist Captain Mark Phillips, former coach of the U.S. Eventing team, will design the course for the athletes.

“[Arena Eventing] is always a big success. It’s really exciting because they are going a lot faster than the jumpers go,” noted Phillips. “In other places they have had sellout crowds because the crowd really gets behind it. The ones I’ve been to have always been a great atmosphere. Obviously the first year at Devon is a little bit of a learning curve. It’s starting off at 40m per effort, which is a bit more spaced out then they are for normal show jumping, so riders can gallop a bit faster than they do in a grand prix.”

In addition to the support of Captain Mark Phillips, riders of both disciplines have embraced Devon’s Arena Eventing. These prolific riders include the current coach of the U.S. eventing team, David O’Connor, Rio Olympians Phillips Dutton and Boyd Martin, and Irish international show jumper Kevin Babington.

To be eligible for this class, athletes must have received a qualifying score in a CCI** or be jumping at 1.40m in show jumping.

Of the 25 total jumps, horse and rider will have to navigate 15 standard cross country jumps and 10 show jumps over a 1,000 meter course. Fault penalties will be given for any knockdowns and exceeding the course time limit. Prize money for competitors will be awarded up to 10th place and there is no entry fee to enter.

“We were going to do it over two rounds and take the top horses through to the second round, but in the first round you use both arenas, the Dixon Oval and Gold Ring,” explained Phillips. “In the second round, just the top riders who went through go under lights just in the Dixon Oval.”

Athletes interested in competing can contact Elly VandeMerkt for more information about the entry process by emailing All sponsors, owners, riders, and other financial supporters can make their reservations first for a table in the Devon Club by emailing or calling (610) 964-0550 x204.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The event also includes the Country Fair that offers world-class shopping, rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.

For reserved seating to experience arena eventing, please call the Devon Horse Show at (610) 688-2554 or email


Contact: Rebecca Walton
phone 561.753.3389 fax 561.753.3386

Virginia Horse Trials Welcomes Captain Mark Phillips as New Course Designer

Overlooking the Horse Center cross country featuring Beginner Novice through Preliminary courses. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Lexington, VA – April 4, 2017 – The Virginia Horse Trials (VHT) at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington is pleased to announce Capt. Mark Phillips as the new FEI course designer for the May 25-28, 2017 and October 26-29, 2017 CCI/CIC and horse trials.

The Virginia Horse Center, a state-of-the-art equestrian facility nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, features two separate cross country courses, each with rolling terrain and a stunning view of the mountain range.

Capt. Phillips will design the CCI*, CIC2*, CCI2* and Intermediate tracks, with VHT Organizer Andy Bowles assisting at the two-star level and John Michael Durr, designer of the Beginner Novice through Preliminary courses, assisting at the one-star level.

“We’re glad to be bringing Mark to VHT,” Bowles said. “Our hope is that his experience will increase the quality of our FEI courses and present to the competitors a challenge that is true to the level and appropriate for a destination event.”

The FEI and Intermediate competitors will experience a totally new cross country challenge than in years past. The course has been reversed and a second water complex will be constructed.

“There had been some concern that the Oak Hill course sent horses downhill too long near the end of the course, so to lessen the impact on the horses we reversed the track,” Bowles said. “Now all the significant climbing is done within the first third of the course. This will also place the finish line and vet box closer to the road crossing back to the barns.”

The team also received feedback on the cross country footing and so has committed considerable efforts towards preparing the best possible galloping conditions. Construction and jump placement are scheduled to be completed early to preserve the footing on cross country, and all tracks will be aerated in advance of both competitions. Mowing has already begun and will continue on a regular basis throughout the year.

“This year we’re really focused on good grass maintenance. Between mowing, aerating and keeping heavy machinery off the course as much as possible, we expect the footing to be better than ever,” Bowles said.

“We’re sincerely listening to competitor feedback and making every effort to set a high standard and provide a world-class experience for horses and riders.”

The second cross country area is home to the Beginner Novice through Preliminary courses designed by John Michael Durr. As a USEF “r” Course Designer, he joined the VHT team as part of the Course Design Mentor Program in 2015 under the tutelage of John Nicholson. As part of the natural progression for the program, Durr will be assisting Capt. Phillips in designing the one-star courses this year.

“It feels great to be involved in the design of an FEI course for the first time in my career,” Durr said. “My goal as a course designer is to educate horses and riders and prepare them for the next level. Being a part of the Mentor Program has given me invaluable experience, and I’m excited for the next step in my own education as a designer.”

The Horse Center course will also feature a newly constructed water complex that will be unveiled in May. Durr feels that this addition as well as the multitude of other new fences constructed at VHT in the last two years will “maximize the experience” for competitors.

Media Contact: Leslie Threlkeld
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Caroline Martin and Mackenna Shea to Represent US during Karen Stives European Developing Tour

Caroline Martin with Pebbly Maximus. Photos By: Shannon Brinkman.

Gladstone, N.J. – March 29, 2017 – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is proud to announce that Caroline Martin and Mackenna Shea have been named as the recipients of the 2017 Karen Stives Eventing Endowment Fund Grants. Martin and Shea will participate in the Karen E. Stives European Emerging Athlete Tour, which will give these E25 athletes a chance to represent the United States on an international stage at the 2017 Houghton Hall CICO3* and Bramham International CCI3*-U25 in Great Britain.

Established with a generous $1 million gift from Olympic Gold and Silver medalist, Karen Stives, the Karen Stives European Emerging Athlete Tour aims to encourage up-and-coming eventers in the USEF’s Emerging Athlete Program to step up and prepare themselves to represent the United States internationally in the future, strengthening the pipeline of qualified riders to create future medal-winning teams.

Under the mentorship of British Olympic Gold Medalist Leslie Law, the two emerging athletes will spend a month in Great Britain furthering their education and gaining valuable competition experience. In addition to working with Law, Martin and Shea will have the opportunity to visit Olympian Carl Hester’s yard and a steeplechase yard.

Martin will compete with Pebbly Maximus, her 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. In 2015, the duo completed their first CIC3* at the Red Hills International Horse Trials, and in 2016 they went on to complete The Fork CIC3*, the Bromont CCI3* and the Richland Park Horse Trials CIC3*. They closed out the year with an impressive eighth place finish at the Fair Hill International CCI3*. In 2015, Martin competed in the Bramham International CCI3*-U25 with Quantum Solace, placing tenth during the valuable European experience.

“I was actually really surprised,” expressed Martin. “This is an awesome opportunity. It’s really great that we have the backing for Under 25 riders. To be able to go overseas and compete with the world’s best Under 25 event riders – we’re really lucky that our country does this for us. It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to represent this grant and Karen Stives.”

Martin added, “I’m looking forward to being able to make the jump from junior to professional and being able to go over and compete and be on my top form. It’s definitely the next step into becoming a professional and, thanks to this grant, I think it’s a great start to my professional career.”

Mackenna Shea and Landioso

Shea is based in California with Tamra Smith, and will be competing with Landioso, a 15-year-old Bavarian Warmblood gelding that she has owned for 10 years. The pair completed their first CCI4* during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2016, and later went on to win the Event at Rebecca Farm CIC3*. Thanks to the Karen Stives Endowment Fund Grant, Shea will have her first opportunity to compete in Europe.

“I’m honored and grateful to have been chosen to receive the Karen Stives grant,” expressed Shea. “Without Karen’s generosity to set up this fund, a trip like this truly wouldn’t be possible for my longtime partner Landioso and me. Being a part of the Emerging Athletes program has been a huge asset to my development, and now with the help of this generous grant, I will be able to take what I have learned abroad. Spending several weeks in Europe at two different venues will be unlike anything I have ever experienced before, and I hope this trip can bring me closer to my goal of one day riding on a team. I would not have even been in a position to apply for this opportunity had it not been for the team supporting me so I would like to especially thank them as well.”

Martin and Shea will travel to Great Britain in May to begin the Karen Stives European Emerging Athlete Tour, where they will gain valuable experience as they represent the United States on the international stage.

For more information on the USET Foundation, visit

Contact: Rebecca Walton
phone 561.753.3389 fax 561.753.3386

Entries for 2017 Devon Horse Show Close Monday, April 3rd

Devon, Pa. – April 1, 2017 – We are soon approaching the closing date of entries for the 2017 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair held Thursday, May 25 through Sunday, June 4.

Entries for all qualifying divisions including Hunters (including Local Hunter), Jumpers, Hunter breeding, Pony Hunter breeding, Coaching, and Equitation close on Monday, April 3rd. The qualifying period will conclude Sunday, April 2nd.

You may submit your competition entries and payment online through and for any questions regarding entries, email Please select the correct entry form, as they are separate for qualifying and non-qualifying class entries.

Entries for the non-qualifying divisions including Saddlebred, Hackney, Harness, Roadster, Driving, Carriage Marathon, and Friesian are due by Monday, April 24th.

Driving/Coaching has a separate entry form from the Saddlebred, Roadster, Hackney, Harness, and Friesian entry form.

If interested in participating in the new Devon Arena Eventing class, riders must enter through the FEI Entry System and will be notified by Monday, May 8th if the request was accepted. All confirmed entries for this class only will be due Monday, May 15th and substitutions can be made until Sunday, May 28th.

Exhibitors entering any non-qualifying class of Hunters, Leadline, Side Saddle or Family Class are required to include entry, office, stall, drug, and showing fee with entry blanks.

Please reference for any additional information regarding your specific discipline.

You may contact the Devon Horse Show office at (610) 964-2723 for any additional help. We look forward to hosting you this May!

Acceptance letters:

Your acceptance e-mail will be sent to the address linked to your Show Management System™ account or the contact point you provided on your paper entry blank. The acceptance e-mail will contain instructions on how you can accept or decline your invitation and pay any remaining balance through the electronic platform. If you haven’t created an account yet at Show Management System™ you will be given the opportunity to do so and your paper-submitted entries will be imported into that account. Instructions will be included in the acceptance e-mail.

Changes/scratches for any class or division:

Changes: If you need to make changes or additions to your entry, please contact the Horse Show office as soon as possible. (610) 964-2723.

Scratches: See the full prize list for rules and procedures regarding scratches from the horse show. All scratches must be handled in writing.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The event also includes the Country Fair that offers world-class shopping, rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.

For tickets, please visit We look forward to seeing you May 25th!

Contact: Rebecca Walton
phone 561.753.3389 fax 561.753.3386

USET Foundation Presents 2017 Maxine Beard Award to Catherine Tyree and Chloe Reid

Catherine Tyree and Bokai represented Team USA in the $150,000 Nations Cup CSIO4* at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival.

Wellington, Fla. – March 25, 2017 – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is pleased to announce that this year’s recipients of the prestigious Maxine Beard Award are Catherine Tyree and Chloe Reid. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C., Tyree and Reid will be adding this award to their already impressive lists of show jumping accomplishments.

The Maxine Beard Award is presented annually to young riders who have proven their talents in the sport of show jumping and also show great potential to represent the USA in Nations Cup competitions and international championships in the future. Both Tyree and Reid recently represented Team USA in the $150,000 Nations Cup CSIO4* during Week Eight of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

After a fall in January 2016, which left the young rider sidelined for six months due to a foot injury, Tyree, 23 years old and a senior at Northwestern University, came back stronger than ever, consistently proving herself among some of the world’s top riders.

Trained by John Brennan and Missy Clark of North Run, Tyree wrapped up 2016 collecting victories at some of the most esteemed horse shows across the country including the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix at the Vermont Summer Festival and the $86,000 Fidelity Investments® Classic CSI4* at the American Gold Cup. Tyree also kicked off the 2017 WEF season strong, placing third in the $75,000 Rosenbaum Mollengarden PLLC Grand Prix in addition to claiming the Leading Lady Rider title during Week One as well as placing third in the $380,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI5* during Week Five, both aboard Bokai, Tyree’s 10-year-old KWPN gelding.

“I’m very humbled and honored to be receiving this award this year,” said Tyree. “Looking back at the list of prior recipients, it’s not only a lot of people I consider my peers but also a lot of people that I look up to. To be recognized as someone who could potentially have the same career path, results or just riding capabilities as them is something that is really special for me. I’m very excited to be getting this award.

“I jumped my first Nations Cup in Wellington a few weeks ago and that went as well as I could’ve hoped,” continued Tyree. “As I keep working and doing what I’m doing, hopefully I’ll get more opportunities to represent my country in the future.”

At only 20 years old, Reid spends the summer training and showing in Germany under the tutelage of Markus and Meredith Beerbaum. In the spring, she heads to south Florida to attend school at the University of Miami and to compete at WEF in Wellington, Florida.

Chloe Reid and Codarco competing in the $150,000 Nations Cup CSIO4* at WEF

Presently, Reid has a string of five top horses, but her most seasoned partners are Codarco, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse stallion, and TNT Explosive, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding.

Some of Reid’s many successes in 2016 include being chosen to represent the United States on the Nations Cup team in Samorin, Slovakia aboard TNT Explosive. Reid also piloted Codarco to a third place finish in a CSI3* grand prix and a top ten finish in a CSI5* grand prix in Wellington. Looking ahead, Reid says she will return to Germany upon completion of her spring semester at the University of Miami to continue her training with the Beerbaums. Her ultimate goal during the summer is to make it onto more Nations Cup teams and represent the United States.

“It’s an extreme honor to be chosen by the USET Foundation [for the Maxine Beard Award],” said Reid. “It’s even more special to be receiving it alongside one of my really close friends, Catherine Tyree.

“It’s always been a huge goal of mine to be able to represent my country,” continued Reid. “To be able to do that, in any form, especially to be on a Nations Cup team, is always the highest honor. My goal this summer is to try to be on a couple of other Nations Cup teams if I can. In the long term, I would love to represent my country at Aachen and in future championships.”

Tyree and Reid were recognized and honored as the 2017 Maxine Beard Award recipients in the International Arena prior to the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* on Saturday, March 25, during Week Eleven of WEF. Presenting the award was USET Foundation President and CEO Jim McNerney, Vice President Bill Weeks and Treasurer Philip E. Richter alongside Linda Hough representing the Beard family.

For more information on the USET Foundation, visit

Contact: Rebecca Walton
phone 561.753.3389 fax 561.753.3386

Top Hunters and Jumpers Showcased at Hollins Spring Welcome Horse Show

Chris Wynne aboard Up. Photo Courtesy of Teresa Ramsay.

Lexington, Va. – March 8, 2017 – The Hollins Spring Welcome Horse Show, which was hosted by the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, concluded on Sunday, March 5, with talented riders claiming championship victories in numerous national rated hunter divisions and USEF 1* jumper classes.

The Hollins Spring Welcome uses the annual horse show to promote the historical university that shares its name as well as its successful competitive riding program. In the past 30 years alone, Hollins students have claimed 18 national championships, and four Cacchione Cup wins.

The championship title in the 3’3″ Amateur Owner Hunter division was awarded to Brooke Cole and her own Emoji, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding called ‘Gibson’ at home. The duo also won the $1,000 Hollins Spring Welcome Amateur Owner Hunter Classic.

“The best part about Gibson is the reassuring feeling of knowing that he has so much power and scope that I know he can get me out of any difficult situation I put him in,” said Cole. “He didn’t have a lot of show experience before I got him about a year and a half ago, but he has really come along quickly. Gibson is so quiet and kind and always tries to do what I ask of him.”

As an amateur rider, Cole seamlessly manages balancing both work and riding, winning blue ribbons with little time to herself.

“I am a braider, and I usually don’t show and braid in the same week because I don’t like to show when I have had to stay awake all night. I got about 3-4 hours of sleep between Thursday and Sunday, so I was really counting on Gibson to step up this weekend,” explained Cole. “Winning this weekend was extra special for me. I was just hoping I could remember my courses correctly, so to win on top of it was really the icing on the cake. I couldn’t have done it without the support from my barn though. They were there every step of the way, offering help whenever I needed it.”

Chris Wynne and Up, a 9-year-old Zangersheide gelding owned by Reann Jones, took home the tricolor in the Performance Working Hunter division after winning the blue ribbon in all but one of the divisions classes.

“I sold Up to Reann Jones at our barn last year,” said Wynne. “I’m just keeping him tuned up in the 3’3″ division while Reann is catching on to everything. Hopefully they can be competing in the 3′ Amateur Hunters by the end of this year.”

Topping the Child/Adult Jumper division, Michael Mahoney and his 15-year-old gelding Remonta Haron took home the championship. Mahoney was freely gifted the talented gelding in November of 2010, and asked only to provide the horse a loving forever home in return. In 2012, at the Atlanta Summer Classic II horse show, the duo claimed the individual and team children’s gold medal in the inaugural U.S. Hunter Jumper Association’s Children’s and Adult Amateur South Regional Jumper Championships.

The Virginia Horse Center provides an unparalleled experience for both horse and rider and with recent upgrades being completed in time for the competitive summer show season, competitors readily commented on the value in the improvements that the staff at the VHC are making to their facility.

“The horse center has had an upward trend of being exhibitor friendly,” remarked Chris Wynne. “It was very much a great indoor setting, the rings and jumps were decorated beautifully, and it’s great to see how exhibitors have become an even bigger priority for the Virginia Horse Center.”

“I think the best part about the facility is the friendly and caring staff,” said Brooke Cole. “They are always helpful and accommodating. The stalls are large, which is great when you have a big horse like I do, and the facility has a ton of rings so there is always a place to ride or prepare.”

With the conclusion of the Hollins Spring Welcome, the Virginia Horse Center is now preparing for its many exciting spring events including the Lexington Spring Premier Horse Show from April 27 – May 1, 2017.

To learn more about the Virginia Horse Center Foundation and its mission, please visit

Contact: Rebecca Walton
phone 561.753.3389 fax 561.753.3386

Championship Titles Awarded to Top Contenders at Stonewall Country Horse Show I

Chris Wynne and Trouvaille. Photo Courtesy of David Bell.

Lexington, Va. – Jan. 27, 2017 – The Stonewall Country Horse Show I, which benefits the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, concluded its first week of competition with hunter and jumper riders claiming titles in many of its numerous “A” rated divisions that were offered over the course of four days.

The championship title in the Junior Hunter Classic and the reserve championship in the Large Junior Hunters was awarded to young rider Mary McDaniel, who trains with Anne Garnett Wheeler of Rose Mount Farm. McDaniel and her mount Cala Millor clinched the victory after an already successful 2016 show season where the pair claimed the Zone 3 Hunter Championship in the Younger Large Junior division.

“Cala is an elegant, dependable mare that is a joy to ride,” said Wheeler. “We are headed to Ocala for the Winter Circuit and looking to qualify for Devon in the spring,” Wheeler explained. “Mary has the drive and desire to ride on an NCAA Varsity Equestrian team.”

Jamie Auletto and Carla, owned by Suzanne Auletto of Briar Hill Farm in Tabernacle, N.J., took home the blue ribbon in the Amateur Owner Classic.

Cismont Manor’s Shakespeare and Jason Berry took the tricolor in the Conformation Hunter division. Owned by Douglass and Kenny Wheeler, Jr., Cismont Manor has been the home of numerous top hunter horses.

“Shakespeare loves to perform at shows and is very business-like when preparing for his classes,” said Kenny. “Jason has his own stable and drives more than an hour each way daily to ride mine.  He is a perfectionist and works hard for me.”

The High Performance Green Hunter tricolor was awarded to Chris Wynne of Breckenridge Manor and Devoted, a 12-year-old Chestnut Gelding owned by Victoria Skelding.

“Devoted is a horse that we’ve had now for three years. We brought him along in the pre-greens and now he is doing the First Year Green Hunters, or 3’6″ Green as it is called now. We brought him as a 2-year-old in Europe, unbroken, and we’ve had the whole journey with him, which has been exciting,” said Wynne. “He puts a lot of effort into everything he does and a lot of times it makes him the winner of the class. We are very blessed to have seen him develop since he was a 2-year-old; that is something that just never happens anymore.”

The Stonewall Country Horse Show II, Feb. 2-5, will offer “A” rated hunter and jumper classes, schooling classes, and USHJA Outreach classes. The affordable schooling and Outreach classes give exhibitors the ability to school their younger horses before the start of summer season.

In addition to the Outreach classes, Stonewall Country II will provide junior equitation competitors the opportunity to earn valuable points in the WHIS, ARIAT, and the THIS Children’s Medal. Some of these classes can qualify a junior rider for the Amy Tlvisaker Reistrup Equitation Challenge, hosted each year at the Lexington National Horse Show.

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Contact: Rebecca Walton
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