Category Archives: Hunter/Equitation

Darragh Kenny Takes Top Two Spots in 1.45m Open Jumpers at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Photo: Darragh Kenny and Christos.

Lexington, Ky. – May 10, 2019 – The Kentucky Spring Horse Show opened Friday morning competition in the Rolex Stadium with the $5,000 1.45m Open Jumpers, where 38 horse-and-rider combinations contested Anderson Lima’s (BRA) 13-effort track. The top contenders advanced to the second round, but none could catch Ireland’s Darragh Kenny, who rode the quickest double-clear rounds for the top two spots aboard Christos and Sweet Tricia, respectively.

Emily White and Scandeek Seal Win in Ariat National Adult Medal

Hunter competition kicked off in the Claiborne Ring, starting with the Ariat National Adult Medal on Friday. Eleven amateur athletes entered the ring with their mounts attempting to earn the highest score. At the end of competition, however, it was Emily White and her own Scandeek who claimed the blue ribbon.

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Andrew Ramsay and California 62 Win Welcome Speed 1.45m CSI3* at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Photo: Scott Stewart and Castellan.

Lexington, Ky. – May 8 – The first day of competition at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show kicked off on Wednesday, with competition in the Rolex Stadium highlighted by the $35,000 Welcome Speed 1.45m CSI3*. At the end of a class filled with top FEI competitors from around the world, it was Andrew Ramsay and California 62, owned by the California Group, who would walk away with the win.

Scott Stewart and Castellan Capture Green Hunter Incentive Stake

Wednesday morning opened the first day of hunter/jumper competition for two weeks of the Kentucky Spring Horse Show CSI3* series at the Kentucky Horse Park. Hunter competition was highlighted in the Stonelea Ring with the Green Hunter Incentive Stake with the option to compete at the 3’6″ or 3’9″ height as riders look to gain points towards the year-end championships in August. Scott Stewart rode to the top of the leaderboard with a score of 89 aboard Stephanie Danhakl’s Castellan to capture the win.

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Ryan and Munz Are Victorious in Final Two Classics of Garden State Horse Show

Helen Ryan and Charming. Photo by Paws and Rewind.

GLADSTONE, N.J. — May 5, 2019 — The final day of the 2019 Garden State Horse Show, produced by the Junior Essex Troop, wrapped up competition with hunters returning to USET Main Ring at Hamilton Farm. The bright jumper fences from the previous night’s $25,000 EquiJet Grand Prix were tucked away for the more classic hunter fences to be contested by junior riders with both horses and ponies. Championships were awarded for pony hunter divisions as well as children’s and junior hunters. Helen Ryan piloted her small pony hunter, Charming, to a combined score of 171.00 to seal the deal in the $1,500 Pony Hunter Classic.

Pony and Junior Hunter riders had the opportunity to participate in classic rounds, both of which offered $1,500 in prize money. Large, medium, and small ponies were combined for the $1,500 Pony Hunter Classic with the top 12 entries returning for the second phase. As one of the final competitors, small pony rider Helen Ryan combined her original score of 85.00 points with an 86.00 for the victory with her 11-year-old German Warmblood Pony, owned by Town Line Equestrian LLC.

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USEF/Cacchione Cup Featured during Second Day of IHSA National Championships

Adam Edgar in Cacchione Cup Over Fences Phase. Photo by EQ Media.

Western Divisions Celebrate 40th Anniversary

Syracuse, N.Y. — May 3, 2019 — The 2019 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) National Championships resumed for the second day of action at the Expo Center at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. The first two phases of the coveted USEF/Cacchione Cup, the Equitation Over Fences and the Equitation on the Flat, took place. The Western riders and horses also began competition, featuring AQHA Team Open Reining and Individual Open Western Horsemanship. All teams participated in the colorful Parade of Teams.

ADAM EDGAR CURRENTLY IN THE LEAD OF USEF/CACCHIONE CUP FIRST TWO PHASES
In the USEF/Cacchione Cup Equitation Over Fences, Adam Edgar, a sophomore from Lee, Virginia and member of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) team, produced the leading round aboard Vinny, owned by Miami University of Ohio that earned a score of 85. On the Flat, the judges awarded him an 86 aboard Sydney, owned by Penn State University.

“That horse (Sydney) was a little bit slimmer and more my type,” Edgar said. “He really made me feel beautiful. He was a great one – super comfortable; super sweet. All the horses have been so well behaved; they are such good horses.”

Edgar shared that no matter the outcome of the USEF/Cacchione Cup, they’ve worked hard and he feels that he has made his coaches proud.

“It’s taken a while for me to finally be very confident in my riding,” Edgar said. “That’s really been a game changer and it’s nice to go home at the end of the day and not be beating myself up. I feel great.”

Ashley Henry, head coach of the SCAD team, describes Edgar as a person who can go in the ring with multiple things to focus on.

“Honestly, he’s one of the best students that I’ve had that works well under pressure,” she said. “He’s been a very busy bee. A lot of people get distracted with too much information, but he absorbs it and keeps working.”

This year, the IHSA celebrates 40 years of Western divisions. A presentation began when a team of six Belgian draft horses led by the Morrisville State College lapped the arena for a demonstration with Bob Cacchione aboard. Then, AQHA judging professional Joe Carter and Ohio State coach Ollie Griffith joined Cacchione to speak to the audience about the longtime relationship with the AQHA. Concluding the presentation, Cacchione presented a plaque to AQHA representatives.

UNIVERSITY OF FINDLAY TAKES A WIN FOR THE TEAM IN AQHA TEAM OPEN REINING
Morgan Knerr, a sophomore at University of Findlay from Plain City, Ohio and the 2018 NRHA Open Reining Champion, nabbed the first notch to help her team defend their 2018 national championship. She drew one of eight horses provided by the University of Findlay, Louise.

“She was a sweetheart,” Knerr said about Louise. “I rode her at Semis a few weeks ago and so she was really great. I loved her. The pattern went really well. I was really happy with it.”

The University of Findlay Head Coach Spencer Zimmerman was pleased with the outcome. “This venue does not look anything like our arena,” he said. “It’s a little bit more modern, a little bit bigger. We’ve just been soaking it up. They’re all excited to show here.

Anna Woolsey, a 19-year-old freshman from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, earned the reserve championship. She and her parents, Morgan and Chris, made the drive from Oklahoma to Syracuse and spent some time at Niagara Falls before Nationals.

“I had a little bit of tough luck in the Individual Reining class but I pulled it together for the team reining and our team made it,” she said about qualifying to get to Nationals. According to Woolsey it is the first time Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College has qualified for Nationals.

KENDALL WOELLMER WINS INDIVIDUAL OPEN WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP AND TEAM NOVICE OVER FENCES
Kendall Woellmer is a junior from West Texas A&M University who competes in both the Western and hunter seat division and excels. Thursday, Woellmer won the championship of the Team Novice Equitation. She traded in her breeches and boots for chaps and a cowboy hat and bested the field of national qualifiers in the Individual Open Western Horsemanship. She was accompanied by West Texas A&M Assistant Coach Selena Finn. Head Coach Amanda Love cheered at home as the team Facetimed with her. Love is expecting her first child within the month.

“I drew Chester and his nickname is Ham Sandwich (provided by SUNY Oswego),” she said. “He was perfect – a dream come true.”

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Sportsmanship Prevails on First Day of IHSA National Championships

Adam Edgar won the Individual Open Equitation. Photo by alcookphoto.com.

Syracuse, N.Y. — May 2, 2019 — The 2019 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) kicked off their National Championship at the New York State Fair Expo Center in Syracuse.

The first class of the day was Individual Open Equitation Over Fences, sponsored by Cazenovia College Equestrian Team and Cazenovia College, Adam Edgar earned the national championship with a score of 86. Fortune was shining on Edgar, a sophomore at Savannah College of Art and Design, when he drew Lucky, owned by Centenary University. The pair christened the Expo Center arena as the first round of the day.

Lucky was the mount of Centenary University’s Michael Andrade, who recently won the American National Riding Commission National Championship, Edgar finished second.

“I was very excited because Mikey (Andrade) and I are always head to head,” said Edgar, 19, a sophomore from Leesburg, Virginia. “I’ve been able to watch him for two years now and he rides him beautifully. I tried to mirror that and just give it a soft ride. He (Lucky) was great, he couldn’t have been any better.”

Edgar explained that being the most physically and mentally prepared they could be helped offset any first-to-go jitters. The team works out with a personal trainer and does yoga. “I didn’t even think twice,” he said. “I just went in and picked up a canter and tried to do the best I could.”

Andrade, a senior from Poughquag, New York, stepped up to win the Open Hunter Seat Equitation championship on the flat. His Centenary University teammate, Madison Myro, a freshman from Las Vegas, Nevada, earned the nod from the judges for the second-place prize. Edgar nabbed the third spot.

Andrade who majored in Equestrian Business Management qualified for the USEF/Cacchione Cup for the first time and hopes to perform well for his final season in the IHSA.

“There is no better way to teach yourself to ride than to ride lots of different horses and every single day,” said Andrade about the experience in the IHSA. “Catch-riding – it’s so beneficial for being adaptable. You’re not going to be great if you only ride one type. Of course, you have to be able to ride anything you can sit on to do well.”

Andrade has a job after graduation with top equitation trainer Andre Dignelli at the renowned Heritage Farm.

“We could not be happier to have two really hardworking riders in such a competitive class,” said co-coach of the Centenary University team, Michael Dowling. “First and second in amazing company! We are really grateful for the horses that were provided, which were outstanding. Both of our riders had outstanding draws that were fancy enough to win any competition.  It’s a great last note for Mikey as he graduates and Madison is a very up-and-coming first-year student.

University of Massachusetts at Amherst Competitor Demonstrates Remarkable Spirit of Sportsmanship

At the IHSA Regional show for Zone 1, Region 3 (Western Mass) March 30, hosted by Smith College at Stoneleigh Burnham School, the Novice Hunter Seat qualified riders faced tough competition with 13 attempting to progress to Zones by achieving the first or second-place prize. Seven riders were called back for the final heat, and four were tested from the seven.

Then, the judge asked for two riders to switch horses and do the test again. Those two riders were both sophomores: Alexandra Ferris, 20, from Ipswich, Massachusetts, a member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst team, and Elizabeth Sams from Atlanta, Georgia, a Mount Holyoke College team member. They finished their class and were awarded first and second, respectively.

“We’ve always gone head to head in first or second,” Ferris said of Sams. “She’s been the one that has made me the better rider. She has made me work harder.”

The following Monday, the judge called the regional president, Tara Lowary, to tell her that she had made an error in the placings. When she called the final two for the work off, she had been testing for the second and third-place ribbons. Her first place had not needed another test. But she placed that rider in third place erroneously.

When the zone chair, C. J. Law and the national steward, Sherri West, were consulted, it was decided that there was precedent for making the change official. With Sara Hearn of Mount Holyoke claiming the first-place spot, Ferris moved to second and Sams was bumped to third. This meant Sams would no longer qualify for Zones.

“I’d already had a spot over fences and Libby worked just as hard as I did and she deserves just as much as I did, to go to zones and have a chance at nationals. It was worth it to give her a spot and we’ve become good friends.”

In an incredible act of sportsmanship, Ferris declined her place in Novice Hunter Seat Equitation on the flat. She said that she thought Sams deserved to compete at Zones. With Ferris’ qualifying for Novice over fences, she gave her Novice flat qualification to Sams, her competitor from another team.

“I did it because it was the right thing to do,” Ferris said. “She had been working just as hard as I have all year.”

“It was out of the goodness of her heart because we were competitors. We were very friendly to each other, but we were competitors,” Sams said. “She gave me something that I had worked so hard for. And for her to give me that opportunity – it was awesome. And now I have a great friendship.”

Ferris’ thoughtfulness impressed Sams’ coach, C. J. Law. “Talk about a whole different level of sportsmanship,” she said. “It was just unbelievable.”

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Iron Bridge Hounds Pony Clubbers Perfect Their Eq at WIHS Barn Night Clinic

Photo by Jump Media.

Washington, D.C. – Some of the riders of the Iron Bridge Hounds Pony Club were treated to Washington International Horse Show’s (WIHS) “Fundamentals of Equitation with Stacia Klein Madden” Barn Night Clinic, presented by BarnManager, at Fine Idea Farm in Mt. Airy, MD on Saturday, April 27. Iron Bridge Hounds Pony Club won the Group Video Contest, sponsored by BarnManager, during the ever-popular Barn Night at the 60th Anniversary WIHS in October 2018 and earned participation in the clinic as their prize.

Eleven enthusiastic riders between the ages of seven and 16 rode in five groups with an emphasis on perfecting the basics of their riding in order to find success.

“The basics are the same, whether you’re teaching somebody to be on a horse for the first time, or whether you’re trying to win a national championship,” said clinician Madden, one of the top equitation trainers in North America. “It’s just levels and degrees of what you’re trying to fine tune. There’s so much you’re trying to teach at this level, so it’s a lot of fun to be able to get to the bottom of what some of these kids’ problems have been and see if you can scratch the surface of improving them in the hour that you have working with them.

“It’s really refreshing to teach at this level because you can see the kids get it so fast,” continued Madden. “They’re like sponges; they take in the knowledge so fast. When you’re at a grass-roots level, you can see the improvement so much faster.”

Returning to the basics even inspired Madden to bring the philosophy back to her students at Beacon Hill Show Stables based in Colts Neck, NJ. She said, “Teaching is a real passion of mine. Having taught these levels might inspire me to go back to some very simple things with my students at home when I teach this week.”

Pony power was in full force with Iron Bridge Hounds Pony Club as most of the participating mounts were pint-sized. For each participant, Madden emphasized the importance of making a plan in both training and competition and taking time to get each piece correct. She stressed that each rider needs to be the “pilot” of their horse with prompt transitions, deep corners, and straight lines.

“My horse tends to take off after the jumps, so going straight and halting after the jumps really helped me and help her to stay calm,” said rider Grace Stronsnider, 16, who piloted Brandy. “At home, I tend to repeat the same exercises over and over, but now I think I’ll have some new ideas. Riding with different people helps me learn. It was cool to ride with someone who has helped people at very high levels.”

“They would have never had this opportunity if it wasn’t for the Washington International Horse Show and BarnManager putting it together for us,” said Carrie Roesler, mother of clinic participant Penelope Roesler, who rode Fleetwood Mac. “Pony Clubs in general are diminishing and it’s not the same as being in a big barn setting where they have clinics all the time. We have some amazing instructors, but somebody like Stacia is definitely the next level. I was impressed how she tailored each lesson to what she saw in the first five minutes and was able to correct some things that the girls have been working on for a really long time.

“I think Penelope had a huge confidence boost,” continued Carrie. “She’s just started to ride that horse after being on a little pony. Two weeks ago, she was barely cantering on him, even though she’d been jumping big jumps on her pony. When Stacia said, ‘You’re going to jump all these jumps and canter to them,’ I saw her eyes widen. But I think she needed that push, and I think she’s taking home a lot of confidence.”

One of the most popular nights at WIHS, Barn Night takes place Thursday, October 24, and welcomes local barns and horse enthusiasts of all ages for an evening of fun and exciting jumping competition, including chances to participate in group contests like Group Spirit, Group Banner, Group Video, and Largest Group (Md., Va., D.C./Other, and Overall).

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IHSA National Championship in Syracuse – USEF Network Live Stream Details

Photo by Madison Dempster.

Syracuse, N.Y. – April 30, 2019 – The 2019 Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) National Championship will be held in Syracuse, New York, May 2-5 at the Expo Center at the New York State Fairgrounds. For those unable to attend in person, USEF Network will capture every minute of the action via the live stream. USEF Network is providing the broadcast access free with a fan membership.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The IHSA is recruiting volunteers for Nationals. Come be a part of the collegiate enthusiasm and help produce the best event ever in the beautiful New York State Expo Center.

COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIR
In partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension Madison County, the IHSA will hold a free college and career program during IHSA Nationals on Saturday, May 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The event will provide an opportunity for youth and families to explore a myriad of educational and career options within the equine industry.

A presentation on college selection options will begin the activities for the day followed by an opportunity to interact with various college coaches, students, and career professionals. The program concludes with a career panel discussion.

Click here for a list of participating colleges.

About IHSA Nationals

IHSA Nationals will feature 450 men and women from across the U.S. and Canada competing in hunter seat and Western in all levels in divisions from Walk-Trot through Open. The riders have competed throughout the season to qualify and will vie for team, individual, alumni championships and the coveted USEF/Cacchione Cup and the AQHA Western High Point Rider national final. In 2019, the IHSA is celebrating 40 years of the Western divisions.

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Kevin Babington and Mark Q Win $40,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Spring III Grand Prix

Kevin Babington and Mark Q. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – April 25, 2019 – Kevin Babington of Gwynedd Valley, PA made his mark on the $40,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Spring III Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), piloting both his mounts Mark Q and Shorapur to a first and second place finish, respectively. Babington and his own Mark Q dashed through the short course in 35.967 seconds, while stopping the timers in 36.865 seconds aboard Shorapur, owned by Shorapur, LLC. Luiz Francisco de Azevedo and so What HP Z took third place after completing the jump-off course in 37.085 seconds.

Babington and Mark Q have a stored partnership together, collecting wins across the country at the Grand Prix level. The pair navigated the track, built by Richard Jeffery, well, which ensured a solid performance in the jump-off from the duo. A total of 12 combinations moved forward to contest the jump-off, with six pairs completing the course with a double clear effort. Over 35 total combinations attempted the first-round track, with two riders finishing on just a single time fault to keep them from advancing to the jump-off round.

“I thought the course was difficult enough and understand why [Richard] had to build it the way he did. I thought it suited Mark Q really well and he’s a very good oxer jumper. Shorapur is more of a vertical jumper because she’s super careful, but they both rode it well,” said Babington.

“I was glad the time was a little bit tight because for my horses, they’re both experienced and I was able to do a couple of inside turns that kept me inside of the time. It was tight enough and the first three jumps were a little bit difficult, but there were a few places you could make it up.”

Babington had a fantastic week with both horses, particularly with his mount Mark Q, who finished in second place in the $25,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Spring Grand Prix on Friday. Babington commented that he felt Mark Q jumped much better in the jump-off than in the first round on Friday and the feeling was mimicked on Sunday.

“Mark Q was second on Friday and when he came back on Friday, he jumped much better in the jump-off than he did in the first round. I knew that I could really challenge him and take some risks. I did eight strides from one to two, which was the leave-out number,” he explained. “When I was approaching the jump, he swapped leads, so I found a waiting distance and really had work for the eight and then I knew I could stay on that rhythm and everything came up just fine.”

Discussing the ride on his second mount Shorapur, Babington commented, “On Shorapur I knew the eight from one to two may be too much for her. She’s super careful at her oxers, so I stayed wide in nine and everything came up just the way I wanted it. I knew that if I added a stride down the line, I was taking a risk, but it worked for her to do the nine to the last jump and jumped it super well. I figured that if everything came up just right maybe Kent or Darragh would catch me, but all worked out well.”

Following his success at ESP Spring III, Babington will head straight to Kentucky to compete Shorapur, before gearing Mark Q back up for FEI competition in Kentucky during the month of May, with the ultimate goal of competing him at Devon in June.

“The reason I jumped Shorapur is because she’s going to do the class in Kentucky this weekend, we’re leaving tonight, so it was just a prep class for her. Mark Q did a lot at the beginning of circuit and very little at the end. He’ll do the regular FEI shows in Kentucky and then hopefully I will jump him in Devon in the Grand Prix. Shorapur will skip Devon and potentially do Upperville instead. I also have Super Chilled and we’ll just try to break it up a little bit with them to see where they will do best.”

Hardin Towell and Hollywood Be Good Capture Top Honors in $25,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Spring Welcome Grand Prix

Hardin Towell of Camden, SC found himself atop the leaderboard once again during ESP Spring III, this time aboard Hollywood Be Good, owned by Kirsten Ostling, after the pair finished ahead of the class in the $25,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Spring Welcome Grand Prix. The pair finished with a time of 35.683 seconds in the jump-off ahead of Kevin Babington and Mark Q, who completed the course in 36.486 seconds. Alberto Michan of Wellington, FL and El Pacho, owned by Pablo Mejia, rounded out the top three in 37.099 seconds.

The course, designed by Richard Jeffery, saw 26 entries tackle the main track, with 11 entries advancing to the jump-off. Kevin Babington piloted his two entries into the second round, while Towell also guided his two mounts successful into the short course phase as well. A total of seven combinations finished fault free.

Hardin Towell Guides Billy Cool to $10,000 Triple Crown Open 1.40m Stake Win

Towell and Billy Cool, owned by Oakland Ventures, LLC, rode to the top of the $10,000 Triple Crown Nutrition Open 1.40m Stake after stopping the course timers in 37.787 seconds. Towell also piloted Corona 93, owned by Oakmont Stables, LLC, to second place with a time of 41.134 seconds, finishing nearly four seconds faster aboard his first-place mount, Billy Cool. Lorcan Gallagher of Wellington, FL and Cassandra F, owned by Southern Arches, LLC, rounded out the top three with a time of 41.444 seconds.

The class saw a total of 40 entries with eight combinations advancing to contest the jump-off track. Towell and Paul O’Shea were the only two riders with two horses in the jump-off round, as half of the advanced field completed the class with zero faults.

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Accolades Abound for Historic Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

Photo By: Brenda Carpenter.

Devon, Pa. – April 23, 2019 – The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is known for its history and prestige across the country and each spring, the annual event unites a variety of riders, trainers, owners, and horse enthusiasts from a multitude of disciplines as they vie for a spot in the winner’s circle of the famed Dixon Oval. The team at the Devon Horse Show is honored to have been presented with several awards and titles this year that recognize the tireless dedication that has been put forth each year since its inception in 1896. The 2019 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will run this year from May 23 – June 2.

The Devon Horse Show is proud to have been named the ‘Horse Show of the Year’ for 2019 by the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame (NSHHF). The NSHHF is dedicated to honoring excellence by providing recognition, education, and appreciation for the achievements of the horseman and horses who have made the sport of show hunters so rich in history.

Boasting a ‘Premier’ Hunter rating by US Equestrian (USEF), the Devon Horse Show welcomes the foremost hunter riders each year as the event offers a range of hunter divisions for professionals, amateurs, juniors, and pony riders. In addition, the popular $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby is an exciting feature class that allows derby riders to showcase their talents in the Dixon Oval. Hunter competition is further highlighted with hunter breeding and pony hunter breeding classes.

The United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) Chapter 15 also named the Devon Horse Show the ‘Hackney/Saddlebred Horse Show of the Year.’ The UPHA is based in Lexington, Kentucky and is an association composed of professional horsemen and horsewomen who are dedicated to improving the show horse industry and defining their professionalism within the industry.

Peter Doubleday, a notable figure in the equestrian community and renowned horse show announcer for over 40 years, has also been chosen to be inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. He brings a warm, familiar, and knowledgeable voice to top national and international horse shows as he broadcasts the competition. Induction into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame is “bestowed annually upon select individuals whose contributions to the sport have set them apart and whose influence has had a significant impact on the sport of show jumping and the equestrian community.”

Perhaps most important, Doubleday serves as the dedicated manager of the Devon Horse Show. Doubleday will be honored at the Show Jumping Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremony, which will occur during this year’s Devon Horse Show.

Another award that the Devon Horse Show has earned is the The Davey Award to Zer0 to 5ive for the launch of its all-new website. The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) reviews submissions from ad agencies, interactive agencies, production firms, in-house creative professionals, graphic designers, design firms, and public relations firms worldwide to select a winner. Entries are judged based on the “standard of excellence,” as defined by the AIVA. While the Devon Horse Show is deeply rooted in history, the team also strives to maintain a cutting-edge website and stay in tune with current technological advancements.

The team at the Devon Horse Show is thrilled to have been chosen for these awards and is thankful for all of the continued support from the equestrian community and local community throughout the years. The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is excited to be approaching its 125th anniversary in 2021. Be sure to mark your calendars for this year’s Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, which will run from May 23 – June 2, 2019!

To purchase tickets to the 2019 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, email tickets@devonhorseshow.org. For more information, visit www.DevonHorseShow.net.

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Cassandra Kahle and Epeios Win $35,000 EMO Grand Prix

Thirty-four entries competed in the $35,000 EMO Agency Grand Prix in the indoor stadium at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. Cassandra Kahle of Califon, New Jersey in the irons of Redfield Farms’ Epeios rode away with the blue ribbon after a thrilling grand prix.

Brian Moggre of Flower Mound, Texas and Major Wager, LLC’s MTM Vivre Le Reve was the first to go and the first to go clear in the first round in a time of 79.329 seconds.

Just two rides later, Cassandra Kahl and Redfield Farm’s Wallstreet made it a jump off with their clear first round of 81.484 seconds.

Flower Mound, Texas’ Tracey Fenney in the irons of MTM Farm’s Igor Van De Heibos made it a trio in the jump off with their clear first round in a time of 84.253 seconds.

Haley Gassel of Lenoir City, Tennessee aboard Westwind Equine Training Center’s Quite Dark 2 was the next horse and rider team to advance to the jump off round with their clear first round in a time of 85.001.

Rowan Willis of Williston, Florida and Lucinda Huddy & Rowan Willis’ Diablo also added themselves to the jump off roster after posting a clear first round in 81.630 seconds.

Kahle returned to the course, this time in the irons of Redfield Farm’s Pyrenes De Louzes. The pair advanced to the jump off after a clear first round in a time of 81.106.

Fenney and MTM Apple, owned by MTM Farm, joined the jump off roster after going clear in their first round in a time of 82.51 seconds.

Amateur rider Kaitlyn Williams of Paoli, Pennsylvania rode her own Vedor through a clear first round in a time of 84.776 and joined the jump off. Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama and Loretta Patterson’s Manchester also qualified for the jump off with their clear first round in a time of 81.256 seconds.

Kahle returned to the ring, this time in the irons of Redfield Farm’s Epeios. The pair went clear in a time of 78.120 seconds. “I didn’t see where others struggled in that, but for me, everything was working well with the horses and the course,” she said.

Moggre added another mount to the jump off roster, Major Wager, LLC’s MTM Los Angeles, with a clear round in a time of 82.589 seconds.

Kyle Dewar and his own Clever Van De Helle were the final pair added to the jump off roster, after posting a clear first round in a time of 83.878 seconds.

Rheinheimer set the jump off round with a time allowed of 49 seconds.

First to go, Moggre and MTM Los Angeles went clear and set the new time to beat at 44.446 seconds.

Kahle and Wallstreet followed. “I’ve been riding Wallstreet for some time now. He was my first Grand Prix horse and took me around some bigger classes that I’ve never done before. He has taught me so much. I haven’t shown him for a while and this was our first show back together. I have a real soft spot for him,” commented Kahle. The pair turned in a four fault jump round in a time of 45.819 seconds.

Fenney and Igo Van De Heibos followed Kahle and Wallstreet. In a time of 55.937 seconds with four jump faults and seven time faults, the pair finished in eleventh place.

Gassel and Quite Dark 2 followed in the order and with their time of 48.787 second with four jump faults, finished in ninth place overall.

Willis and Diablo were up next and turned in a clear round with a time of 46.665 seconds, placing fourth overall.

Kahle and Pyrenes De Louzes followed and their fault free round in 47.809 seconds finished them in fifth overall. “’Pyro’ is my old guy. He’s sixteen this year and I rode him for the first time at this horse show three years ago. I have gained a lot of experience on this horse. He’s strong, so I have a hard time going fast with him, but tonight we were really good,” she said. The pair ended up fifth overall.

Fenney and MTM Apple followed in the order and earned four jump faults in a time of 45.466 seconds, which earned them sixth overall.

Williams and Vedor earned four jump faults and five time faults for their time of 49.005 seconds which earned them a tenth place ribbon.

Shepherd and Manchester had twelve jump faults and seventeen time faults for their 65.618 second jump off round which placed them twelfth overall.

Kahle and Epeios were up next. The pair turned in a fault free round in a time of 44.432 seconds and set the new time to beat. “The toughest part of the jump off was the skinny to the oxer and you needed to be pretty straight. Actually, the two to the five was pretty tough too. The five turned out to be forward and Epeios has so much heart and is so strong, it worked. The jump off overall was twisty and turny and you still had to ride it neat and fast,” commented Kahle. “Indoor riding is a bit tough because you don’t have a lot of time to get going; you just need to get in there and just go,” she said.

Moggre and MTM Los Angeles followed Kahle and went clear in a time of 45.299 seconds, not fast enough to take the lead.

Dewar and Clever Van De Helle were the last to go. Four jump faults in a time of 47.926 seconds saw them finish in eighth place overall, leaving Kahle and Epeios victorious and Moggre with second and third with MTM Vivre Le Reve and MTM Los Angeles, respectively.

“I think Brian [Moggre] is incredible,” said Kahle. “He can take a fast horse and make him faster,” she said. “You see, I’m not a very fast rider. But my advantage was that my horse is very fast and he’s really fast across the ground. I did as close to the same track that Brian did and this time; my horse was just a bit faster. He’s a really cool horse. I’ve been riding him for a bit over a year now. He had shown up to 1.35 m when I got him and last summer we started doing the 1.45 m and some 1.50 m. He has so much blood and fight in him; I’m really lucky to have him,” she said.

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