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Aiken Summer Classic Week I Wrap Up

Kim Farlinger of Wellington, Florida had the jumper competition “shakin’” in Aiken Week I of the inaugural Aiken Summer Classics winning both first and second place in the $7,500 Aiken Classic Welcome and the $25,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix, presented by Aiken Saddlery.

Farlinger rode into the winner’s circle Saturday night with both the first and second place rides in the $25,000 Purina Animal Nutrition Grand Prix, presented by Aiken Saddlery, besting a field of 31 horse and rider teams. She earned the blue ribbon aboard Keren Halperin’s Free Style and second place with Kindle Hill Affiliates’ Maharees Rock.

“My horses were spectacular, obviously, and you can’t ask them to do any better than they did,” said Farlinger. “They tried their hearts out for me and I was blessed,” she commented.

“This was Freestyle’s first Grand Prix. He’s done a few Welcomes and did a $15,000 1.40 m last winter at The Ridge, but this is the first won he won,” commented Farlinger.

“I’ve been riding him [Free Style] for about six to seven months. He’s done really well. He’s interesting, very scopey, careful and deceivingly fast. He has all three ingredients going for him,” said Farlinger. “I always thought he could be a winner and he has proved me right,” she added.

“I’ve ridden Saly Glasman’s horse Rocky [Maharees Rock] for about a year and we’ve done some grand prix. She has a lot of blood and she really pulled it all together. She couldn’t catch Freestyle, but maybe if she had been my first ride, who knows? Maybe she would have won,” said Farlinger.

The course was designed by Steve Stephens and the first round was set with a time allowed of 84 seconds. Only eleven advanced to the jump off round where the time was set at 47 seconds.

First to go, Jenna Friedman of Morriston, Florida aboard her own Glorix Van De Mispelaere, had a rail in a time of 34.958 seconds which would finish them in sixth overall. She was followed by Farlinger and Free Style who turned in the first clear round in a time of 34.662 seconds and set the time to beat.

Doug Payne of Aiken, South Carolina and Jane Dudinsky’s Quintessence were next in the order, but their time of 35.132 seconds and four jump faults would finish them in seventh overall.

Genevieve Edwards of Guyton, Georgia in the irons of her own Vantablack De Muze followed Payne but four faults in in 36.517 seconds would see them in eighth place.

Adrian Jones of Shamong, New Jersey and Santa Catalina Farm’s Cruising Altitude followed with an eight fault jump of round in 37.891 seconds, finishing them in eleventh overall.

Payne returned to the grand prix arena, this time in the irons of Wendy Luce’s Marshal M. Dillon. Eight jump faults in a time of 36.243 seconds would place them tenth overall.

Farlinger returned with her second mount, Kindle Hill Affiliates’ Maharees Rock. Although clear, their time of 37.497 seconds put them in second behind Free Style.

Kris Killam of Naples, Florida and Empire Show Stables’ Boreale De Talma followed in the order, turning in a four fault round with a time of 33.905 seconds which would see them finish in fourth place.

Friedman returned to tackle the course, this time in the irons of her own Zidoctro. Four jump faults in a time of 38.780 seconds saw them finish in ninth overall.

Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina and Oak Ledge Farm’s Fazous followed Friedman with a four fault round in 33.994 seconds put them in fifth overall.

Michael Kearins of Wellington, Florida aboard his own Sligo Balou Boy sat in the enviable last to go position. Although the pair turned in a fault free round, their time of 37.705 seconds would finish them in second place.

“I am so appreciative of the support I receive from my owners, riders, and sponsors. Without them, I wouldn’t be here. And I love my sponsors, Antares, Fabbri Boots, and Ride Every Stride — they are wonderful and make us ready for the show ring,” she added.

Farlinger Takes Top Two in $7,500 Welcome Class

The jumper action kicked off Week I with the $7,500 Aiken Classic Welcome, which saw 34 horse and rider teams compete for the blue over a course designed by Steve Stephens.

Kim Farlinger did a bit of foreshadowing when she won both the first and second placings in the Welcome with Keren Halperin-Guy’s Free Style and Kindle Hill Affiliates’ Maharee’s Rock, respectively.

Of the nineteen horse and rider teams to advance to a second round opportunity, only twelve went clear over the course with a time allowed of 50 seconds.

Jenna Friedman and Zidoctro were first to go in the second round and set the new time to beat at 41.810 seconds. The Welcome became a horse race, with most every horse and rider beating Friedman’s time. It was only until Farlinger and Free Style’s clear second round in a time of 35.615 seconds that set the time no one could beat. Only Farlinger herself and Maharee’s Rock came close with their clear second round time in 36.561 seconds.

“Rocky [Maharee’s Rock] is really learning how to be a winner and she really pulled it together this week in both classes,” commented Farlinger.

Third place finisher, Maryann Charles of Southern Pines, North Carolina and Tyler Bunn’s Callione, rode a fault free second round in a time of 37.109 seconds. Adrian Jones and Jamie Stryker’s Cavello earned a fourth place ribbon for their fault free second round in a time of 37.775. Genevieve Edwards and Vantablack De Muze finished in fifth place with their fault free second round in 37.775 seconds. Sixth was awarded to Michael Kearins and his own Sligo Balou Boy for their fault-free second round in a time of 38.037 seconds.

Dash for the Cash!

Friday night the exciting $5,000 Fabbri Boots Dash for Cash Non Pro 1.15 m Jumper Classic took place, welcoming a field of twenty horse and rider teams to the grand prix arena.

Erin Mcguire of Cornelius, North Carolina and her own Kasarr rode away with the blue after turning in the fastest clear round in a time of 62.094 seconds.

Isabel Harbour of Alpharetta, Georgia and her own Ramiro Cruise took second place, and Ryleigh Threatt of Mooresville, North Carolina and Crown Sage/Vartech Systems’ All In earned third place.

Fourth place was awarded to Tori Bilas of Charlotte, North Carolina and her own Brisbane, and Chelo, owned and ridden by Quorine Harwood of Napa, California, finished in fifth place.

Arianna Tucker of Kannapolis, North Carolina and her won Polly Pocket placed sixth, and Austin Cumming of Madison, Georgia rode Lily Bennett’s Westpoint Baros to a seventh place finish.

Alexandra Doyle of Canton, Georgia and her own Wrozbita were awarded eighth place honors, and Christina Webb of Bahama, North Carolina rode Fox View Farm’s Lalainy to a ninth place ribbon.

Tinita Hughes of Athens, Georgia and her own Proxio placed tenth, and Celeste Kohl of Alpharetta, Georgia rode Maarten Huygens’ Une Etoile De L’Eclypse to an eleventh place finish. Shelby Sapienza of Ocala, Florida wrapped up the class with a twelfth place ribbon in the irons of Paige Moose’s Flint.

Killam Pilots Ayla to the Win in $5,000 Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby

The $5,000 Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby saw 34 horse and rider teams compete for the blue ribbon and Ayla, owned by Empire Show Stables, piloted by Kris Killam of Naples, Florida, bested all of them with their leading score of 85.

Second place with a score of 84.5 was awarded to True Enough, owned by Kelly Sims and ridden by Michael Leon-Britt of Marietta, Georgia.

Ravello, ridden by Elizabeth Boyd of Camden, South Carolina and owned by Micaela Kennedy, placed third for their overall score of 82.5.

Fourth place honors for their score of 81.125 went to Fitz, owned and ridden by Isabel Harbour of Alpharetta, Georgia. The pair also won the Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby 3’3” $500 Non Pro Rider Bonus.

Absolu De Bloye, owned by Kyle Dewar and ridden by Elizabeth Boyd, earned a fifth place finish, and To-Kalon Z, owned by Quorine Harwood, ridden by Kim Farlinger of Wellington, Florida, placed sixth.

Helen Byrd’s SLF Bellarena, ridden by Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, earned seventh, and Eleventh Hour, owned by Kelly Sims and ridden by Michael Britt-Leon, took eighth place honors.

Kelly Sims of Alpharetta, Georgia and her own Private I earned a ninth place ribbon as well as the Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby 3’ $500 Non Pro Rider Bonus.

Basalt, owned by Allison Mills and ridden by Cathy Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, earned a tenth place ribbon, and Jerez Mail, owned by Micaela Kennedy and ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, placed eleventh. Wrapping up the class with a twelfth place finish was Empty Nest, owned by Linda Gavit and ridden by Stephanie Von Bidder of Aiken, South Carolina.

Carnaval Elite, owned and ridden by Whitney Lind of Bethesda, Maryland, won the Marshall & Sterling Hunter Classic Hunter Derby 3’ $300 Non Pro Rider Bonus, and Cake Walk, owned and ridden by Lily Hiller of Statesboro, Georgia, was awarded the Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby 3’ $200 Non Pro Rider Bonus.

Dress Balou, owned by Donald Stewart and ridden by Tyler Bunn of Cary, North Carolina, won the Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby 3’3” $300 Non Pro Rider Bonus, and Remington, owned and ridden by Mary Antonini of New Orleans, Louisiana, was awarded the Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby 3’3” $200 Non Pro Rider Bonus.

“This was a magnificent class and we couldn’t be happier with the turn out,” commented Bob Bell, Classic Company President. “We’re looking forward to another exciting Marshall & Sterling Classic Hunter Derby next week,” he said.

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Daniel Geitner and One Request Granted $50k USHJA International Hunter Derby Win

Daniel Geitner and One Request ©Sportfot.

Tryon, NC – June 7, 2019 – Daniel Geitner (USA) and Elizabeth Tarumianz’s One Request were awarded top honors in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) with an overall score of 371. Holly Shepherd (USA) with Tybee, a 2007 Hanoverian gelding by Black Tie owned by Helen Brown, finished in second place on a total score of 349. Erin Floyd (USA) claimed third place aboard Any Given Sunday, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding by Indoctro x Victoria owned by Hays Investment Corp., with a score of 347.

Out of 21 pairs to take part in the highlight Hunter class of the Tryon Spring 6 Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity Show, Geitner and the 2010 Selle Francais gelding impressed the judges over the course set by Dean Rheinheimer (USA) and secured first place after their handy performance. Last to go in the second round, Geitner was able to observe competitors ahead of him and adjusted his strategy accordingly, he explained.

“It was a beautiful course. It rode a little trickier than it walked. It walked relatively simple and it just rode a little bit trickier than I think we first thought,” Geitner said. “My original plan [in the handy] was to go to the inside to the two stride, but once I realized I probably didn’t have to, it made it relatively easy. Honestly, his [One Request] jumping style is just spectacular, so I just tried to stay out of his way.

“The jumps were beautiful and my horse obviously jumped amazing,” Geitner continued. “This is only his third Derby, and he’s won two of them now. Last year he did the first years, green conformation, and the amateurs with his owner. This year we’ve done just a couple shows.”

Despite his horse’s newness to the International Derby ring, Geitner reported that One Request took to the atmosphere of Tryon Stadium well: “He was great [in the atmosphere]. Not much phases him, and actually it really had him jumping. He was not close to any jump, and really rose to the occasion,” he said. “I thought the first round was great, and I thought he was even better in the handy. He just jumped higher and higher the more we went.”

Geitner will keep competing One Request in more Derbies, hoping to continue their success thus far, and plans to aim for Derby Finals ahead of the indoor season, he explained. “We just got back from Devon. We sent some ponies here a couple weeks ago with our assistant, but this is our first week. We are happy to be back.

“Unfortunately, we go back home next week, but we come back in July for a couple weeks and for sure a few weeks in the fall,” concluded Geitner. “I personally won’t come back here for Pony Spectacular [Tryon Summer 3] but I hope my wife and some of the pony kids are!”

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Lynne Clibburn and Apple Jack 12 Win $7,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake at ESP June I

Lynne Clibburn and Apple Jack 12 ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – June 5, 2019 – The first week of the ESP Summer Series, June I, was held at Equestrian Village from Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2. Lynne Clibburn of Wellington, FL and Apple Jack 12, owned by Cloud Nine, LLC, captured top honors in the $7,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake on Sunday, after stopping the timers at 45.714 seconds. Close behind at 45.776 seconds was Samantha Senft of Wellington, FL aboard her own Desperado, while Antonio Martinez, Jr. of Loxahatchee, FL claimed third place riding Emilio Mantero’s Rebel for Kicks, with a time of 52.087 seconds and one fault added to their score.

Course designer Hector Loyola set the track for this Sunday’s class, which saw a total of 11 entries contest the first round, and seven combinations return for the jump-off. Only the top two finishers completed the class with a double clear effort.

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Amanda Derbyshire and McLain Ward Share Open Jumper Championship Honors at Devon

Devon Horse Show Open Jumper champions: Amanda Derbyshire (aboard Roulette BH) and McLain Ward.

Devon, Pa. – June 1, 2019 – Since Tuesday, international horses and athletes have been competing for valuable points towards the week’s coveted Open Jumper championship, sponsored by Hermès. Following their top performances throughout the 2019 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s Roulette BH, ridden by Great Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire, and Double H Farm’s HH Azur, ridden by the USA’s McLain Ward, were crowned the 2019 Open Jumper champions and winners of the Little Big Man Challenge Trophy. Both horses tied with 15 points at the conclusion of Saturday’s $72,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake CSI4*, which was won by Derbyshire and Roulette BH.

Becky Gochman and Stephanie Danhakl Shine in Amateur-Owner Hunter Championships

The Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions wrapped up on Saturday with each section awarding the grand champion title to the athletes who accumulated the most points throughout two days of competition. The Devon Grand Amateur-Owner 3’6″ Hunter championship was awarded to Becky Gochman and Catch Me, while the Devon Grand Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunter championship, sponsored by Lugano Diamonds, was presented to Stephanie Danhakl and Enough Said.

Smith Lilly Rides Off in Three-Gaited Park Horse Stake with Extreme Ways

Saturday evening in the Dixon Oval closed out with several championships in the breed divisions. In the exciting Three-Gaited Park Horse Stake, Smith Lilly and Ceil and Kenny Wheeler’s Extreme Ways took the top spot after impressing the judges with his performance, manners, presence, quality, and conformation against six other competitors. They were awarded the championship cooler, sponsored by Misdee Wrigley Miller, as well as the Betsy Van Duren Memorial Perpetual Trophy.

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Todd Minikus Takes Top Honors at Tryon Spring 4

Todd Minikus and Amex Z ©Bailey Beck Photography.

Mill Spring, NC (May 31, 2019) — The 2019 Tryon Spring 4 proved to be a lucky week for Todd Minikus when he took home 7 first place blue ribbons on three different horses at the beautiful Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, North Carolina.  Riding to a faultless performance on 10-year-old Zangersheid mare, Amex Z (Andiamo Z x Landaris), owned by Bit by Bit Group, Minikus dominated the $36,000 Power and Speed Stake CSI 3* with a time of 28.43 seconds.  During the same week, riding JuJu VDM Minikus also won the $1,000 1.35m Open Jumper II2B with a time of 73.438 seconds, plus the $1,000 1.40m Open Jumper II2.1 coming in at 61.439 seconds, as well as the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumper Stake II2B with a 62.7 second ride.  Switching over to the Hunters division, Minikus pulled off another hat trick, this time aboard Omazing, taking first place in three classes of Baby Green Hunter 2’6.

Minikus says that he and his team were thrilled to be back at Tryon. “The whole team loves coming to Tryon… even the horses!” he smiles. “I was very happy with everyone’s performances this week.”

Two-time bronze medal winning US Pan-Am team rider, Todd Minikus, is called The Show Jumping Maverick for a reason.  His decorated record of over 150 national and international Grand Prix wins continues to grow by leaps and bounds.  Best known for his Saugerties, Million Grand Prix win at HITS in 2013, and also for his Pan Am team success, Minikus has consistently jumped his way into the winner’s circle year after year, and 2019 is proving to be another year to remember.

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Amberlee Wentz and Up in Smoke Conquer $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at TIEC

Amberlee Wentz and Up in Smoke ©TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – May 31, 2019 – Amberlee Wentz of Colorado Springs, CO guided Dana Vollbracht’s Up in Smoke to a win in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), earning a two-round score of 168.5. In second, Luke Jensen (Denton, TX) rode Jill Barnett’s Coraggio PF to a 168 after two rounds, while Sara Ketcham and Claire de Lune Farm’s Hudson claimed third place on a score of 165 to represent Columbus, NC.

Nineteen horse-and-rider combinations tested the Skip Bailey (Chicago, IL) course design, and Wentz piloted two mounts of the 12 returning for the handy round, placing fourth aboard Dana Vollbracht’s Davidson on a score of 164.

“The course rode great,” Wentz reported. “It was a nice, fluid course, with only one related distance line and we just went out and had fun.”

Wentz and Up in Smoke have “been doing a few Derbies here and there,” Wentz relayed, but “this is his first Derby win with me. He normally does the 3’3″ Performance classes with me, before the Derbies, and then he shows with his mom.”

Having experienced 20 inches of snow at home in Colorado the week before competing at TIEC for the first time, Wentz admitted that “we are not sure we are going home! We love it – it’s amazing here. Everything that’s been done here, they have given great attention to detail from not only the bathrooms and the barns, but to how the entire grounds are set up,” she continued. “We are thrilled to be here, and staying on-site in one of the cabins, which is absolutely amazing.”

Wentz noted that her barn has traveled for competitions across the country, from Colorado to Texas and Kentucky, and that her horses are able to handle significant venue changes easily:

“The horses have all been pretty experienced and have shown quite a bit throughout the country at different venues. I am just really lucky to have great-minded horses; they have all been pretty good about all the new atmosphere,” she concluded.

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Catherine Tyree Can’t Be Caught in $36,000 Devon Speed Derby CSI4* with BEC Lorenzo

Catherine Tyree and BEC Lorenzo. Photo: The Book LLC.

Devon, Pa. – May 31, 2019 – Following Thursday night’s spectacular performances in the $250,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*, show jumping fans returned to the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Friday afternoon to watch as the USA’s Catherine Tyree of Chicago, Illinois captured her first professional win in the Dixon Oval with Mary Tyree’s BEC Lorenzo in the $36,000 Devon Speed Derby CSI4*, sponsored by GlycoGuard®.

Lindsay Maxwell and Kelly Tropin Start Strong in Amateur-Owner 18-35 3’6″ Hunters

Friday at the Devon Horse Show hosted day one of competition for amateur-owner athletes and their mounts in the Dixon Oval. First up on the schedule was the Amateur-Owner 18-35 3’6″ Hunters, sponsored by Lugano Diamonds. Lindsay Maxwell and Kelly Tropin started the division off with their mounts by producing strong rounds to each win one of the over fences classes.

Helen Rich Claims Four-in-Hand Coaching Championship

Following the $36,000 Devon Speed Derby CSI4*, attention in the Dixon Oval shifted to the Four-in-Hand Coaching championship comprised of four unique classes held throughout the week. Helen Rich and her Brewster Park Drag accumulated the most points to earn the Coaching championship title and the Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bright Perpetual Trophy, donated by the officers and members of the 1972 Devon Horse Show committee, as well as the championship apron, sponsored by Misdee Wrigley Miller.

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Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Prince of Peace Win $36k Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3*

Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Prince of Peace ©TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – May 30, 2019 – Kristen Vanderveen (USA) and Bull Run’s Prince of Peace came out on top in Thursday’s $36,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 3* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), stopping the jump-off timers in 35.167 seconds to take the win. David Blake (IRL) and Keoki, a 2009 Holsteiner male (Catoki x Cassini I) owned by Pine Hollow Farm, secured the red rosette after their 39.292-second performance, while third place went to Hector Florentino (DOM) and Venus, a 2002 Dutch Warmblood mare (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Julius) owned by Raylyn Farms, Inc., for their 39.697-second jump-off effort.

Thirty-three entries tested the Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) course design, with seven pairs returning for the jump-off round. Vanderveen and the 2009 Holsteiner gelding (Cardenio x Contender) owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC have been moving up the ranks together, and “Prince” is beginning to take his place as a reliable member of her FEI string, Vanderveen explained.

“It is quite exciting to see him now more at the top [level], and I’m using him as one of my main horses. And this is actually my first class with him this week!” she added. “So, it was great for him to come out in kind of a bigger class and not need a warm-up.”

Vanderveen is heading to Europe this summer, and mentioned that Bull Run Prince of Peace is proving himself ready for the journey with his performance at TIEC over the last few weeks. “That [using him selectively] was something I was trying out, as I’m going to Europe soon and I’m going to be using him as one of my main horses,” she said.

The competitive field was no big deal for the pair, who bested the class by more than three seconds. “He’s naturally very fast, and he’s super careful,” assessed Vanderveen. “I can take a lot of risks, I think, through the turns, and just never [have] to really slow down because he’s always watching the rails by himself.”

Though Vanderveen is well-known for her success at TIEC with another mount, Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili, Bull Run’s Prince of Peace continues to rack up successes and his future is looking particularly promising, Vanderveen revealed. “I think he might end up being one of my best horses, so you never know, but fingers crossed. I hope to bring him along to be one of my top horses and jump the big classes,” she concluded.

Pablo Barrios and Le Vio Conquer the $6,000 1.45m Power & Speed Stake CSI 3*

Pablo Barrios (VEN) and Le Vio were one of only three pairs to go clean in both phases of Wednesday’s $6,000 1.45m Power & Seed Stake CSI 3* to take an early win in Tryon Spring 5 competition, clocking a first-round time of 37.71 seconds and producing a 33.543-second speed phase round. Savannah Jenkins (USA) and Quitana 11, a 2006 Holsteiner mare (Quick Star x Lucky Lionell) owned by Georgy Sarah Maskrey-Segesman, claimed second place with a speed-round time of 33.665 seconds, and Angel Karolyi (VEN) sped to third aboard Carol Rosenstein’s April Moon, a 2008 Holsteiner mare (Quinar x Landwind II), after clearing the speed round in 35.504 seconds.

Barrios and the 2009 Hanoverian gelding (Van Gogh x Drosselklang II) owned by Gut Einhaus LLC dominated the class and a competitive design by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN), proving to Barrios the quality of his horse, he explained. “This horse is jumping really, really good. I was very impressed because he’s not the most scopey horse, but he is very careful.”

Though he’s been riding Le Vio for about a year and a half, Barrios detailed that he’s been bringing this horse along to the 1.50m level and has already seen good success. “I started in the small classes and I moved up the last year doing night classes,” said Barrios. “He just came last week from a fourth place finish in a 2* class at Split Rock, and he won last summer in the Central American Games and also in Florida. A horse like this is always a winner; he always tries his best. He is a very competitive horse.”

After Wednesday’s solid performance, Barrios believes Le Vio is well on his way to success at the 1.50m and CSI 2* level, he emphasized. The pair will compete at TIEC for the remainder of the Tryon Spring Series before returning again in the Summer Series to keep furthering those goals:

“I hope to get him solid in 1.50m classes, and I would be very pleased if he can win this type of class at a 1.50m level. That would be very good. So now he has maybe one or two 1.50m, one or two more 2* at 1.45m, but I mean, the way he’s jumping, I’m sure he can jump a little more.”

Amberlee Wentz and Five Star Champion the Green Hunter 3’6/3’9/High Performance 4′ Division

Amberlee Wentz of Colorado Springs, CO and Dana Vollbracht’s Five Star came out on top in the combined Green Hunter 3’6/3’9/High Performance Division. The reserve champion title was awarded to Thomas Serio (Aberdeen, NC) and Moody Blues owned by GC Ponies for their performance on the week.

Wentz and Five Star have been paired since November, and is a horse that’s new to the Hunter division, she revealed. “We call him Jerry at the barn. He came from the Jumper division and we’re just bringing him along. He’s already qualified for Derby Finals this year.” She continued, “He just wasn’t quick enough to do the big Junior Amateur Jumper classes, which she [his owner] wanted to do on him, and he jumps really well with the Hunter look, so she decided that Hunters would be the best job for him.”

Five Star’s Jumper instincts sometimes show up in the Hunter ring, Wentz explained. “During the first round, being a Jumper, when we walked in, all of a sudden in the next ring over the buzzer toned, and he got a little bit awake in the first round. He had a decent round, but ended up third. He got down the diagonal line a little bit quicker than I thought we were going to, and just wasn’t quite as relaxed as he was yesterday,” Wentz recounted. “He rides great in the handy rounds, so I just had a good plan in the handy, did the inside turns, and he jumped great.

“We’re from Colorado right near the Colorado Horse Park,” Wentz shared of her plans with Five Star. “We’ll be here this week and next week and then we’ll go back home, as much as we’d like to just stay here all summer! Then, we’ll go to the Colorado Horse Park some this summer since it’s so close to us.”

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Devon Grand Hunter Championship Claimed by Victoria Colvin and Private Practice

Devon, Pa. – May 29, 2019 – Wednesday at the Devon Horse Show and County Fair saw the return of the highly anticipated Ladies’ Day, along with the presentation of the Devon Grand Hunter Championship, sponsored by Hermès, in the Dixon Oval. Taking home the prestigious honors for 2019 was Victoria Colvin with Brad Wolff’s Private Practice. Colvin also claimed the coveted Leading Lady Rider award to complete the special day in addition to being awarded the Fourth Sally Deaver Murray Memorial Challenge Trophy with Private Practice after their beautiful rounds in the High Performance Working Hunter division.

Kevin Babington and Super Chilled Are Super Fast in $36,000 Devon International Speed Stake CSI4*

International show jumpers returned to the Dixon Oval on Wednesday to compete in the $36,000 Devon International Speed Stake CSI4*, sponsored by Herr’s Food. Local athlete Kevin Babington (IRL) of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania outpaced 16 combinations with Debra J. Wycoff’s Super Chilled to ride away with the win and the George T. Pew Jr. Memorial Perpetual Trophy in the one-round speed competition.

Susan Sisco and Ringfort Tinkaturk Top Ladies’ Side Saddle

The Ladies’ Side Saddle division took center stage following the hunters during Ladies’ Day at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. The division featured an undersaddle and hunter hack competition, both sponsored by Courtyard by Marriott, as well as an over fences class, sponsored by Lugano Diamonds. Susan Sisco and Ringfort Tinkaturk ultimately took home the championship tricolor and the True Blue Challenge Trophy after earning first place in the undersaddle and in the hunter hack, and second over fences.

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Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and Akuna Mattata Win $50k Jet Run Devon Welcome Stake CSI4*

Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and Akuna Mattata. Photo: The Book LLC.

Devon, Pa. – May 28, 2019 – The Dixon Oval welcomed its first international show jumping competition at the 2019 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Tuesday evening with the $50,000 Jet Run Devon Welcome Stake CSI4*, sponsored 5R Farms LLC – Helen Rich. After making their Devon debut in 2018 with multiple top placings, the United States’ Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and Silver Raven Farms’ Akuna Mattata returned to Devon, Pennsylvania all the way from California to take home their first win together and the Sylvester L. Quigley Memorial Challenge Trophy at the iconic venue, besting 25 other horses and athletes.

Scott Stewart Scores Back-to-Back Green Hunter Championships

Tuesday at Devon welcomed back top professional hunter athletes in the Dixon Oval as they vied for championship honors in their respective divisions. In the Green 3’6″ Hunters, it was Scott Stewart and Bikoff Equestrian LLC’s Cabrio who walked away with the first tricolor of the day, sponsored by Dr. Betsee Parker and Huntland Farm. The pair accumulated high placings in four over fences classes and in the undersaddle class, spanning two days of competition, to earn a total of 34 points for the James J. Piehler Memorial Challenge Trophy. Immediately following in the Green Conformation Hunters, Stewart dominated once again to win the championship, sponsored by Courtyard Marriott. This time aboard Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s Scandal, Stewart finished the division with a total of 39 points to claim the Just for Fun – Two for One Challenge Trophy.

P. J. Crowley Defends Single Horse Driving Championship Title

The Single Horse Driving championship finished out Tuesday evening with P. J. Crowley claiming the tricolor and taking home the championship apron, sponsored by Misdee Wrigley Miller, and Single Horse Driving Championship Challenge Trophy. Crowley’s Brewster Phaeton, owned by James and Kathleen Leo, earned first place in Tuesday’s Single Horse Pleasure Driving Turnout for the Witteveen Friesan Perpetual Trophy and second place in the Single Horse Scurry Driving competition to secure top honors for the second year in a row.

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