Wellington, FL – December 14, 2011 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) in cooperation with The North American Studbook and Spy Coast Farm LLC hosted the finals for the 2011 Spy Coast Farm Young Horse Show Series this weekend at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. The exciting 2011 Young Horse Show Series (YHS) Year-End Championships awarded $10,000 in total prize money and was held on December 8th and 9th, 2011.
The competition began on Thursday, December 8th, featuring the first round of competition for classes in the Suitability for Sport In-Hand and Jump Chute divisions. Jos Sevriens and Jana Olof Wannius served as judges, with B. Nicho Meredith announcing. Handlers included Klaus Schengber, Phil Silva, and Brandon Curtis.
On Friday, December 9th, the finals were held for the Suitability for Sport Under Saddle, Style Jumping Under Saddle, and Schooling Dressage divisions.
“The final far exceeded our expectations. The owners, breeders, riders and trainers are to be commended for presenting such talented and well turned out horses. Both of the judges commented that the horses were of International quality and their scoring supported that opinion. Frankly, I think they were a bit surprised! We cannot thank the participants enough for their support of this, our inaugural year of the Young Horse Show Series, and we look forward to next year!” said Lisa Lourie of Spy Coast Farm.
Mark Bellissimo, ESP CEO, stated, “Spy Coast Farm and Lisa Lourie have brought a new dimension to our competitions at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. By partnering with the North American Studbook and bringing young horse competition here, we have expanded our depth and offering for all equestrians. We believe the sport will benefit from competitions such as the Young Horse Series and are proud to offer them.”
The final round of the competition was held on Friday evening in the International Arena at the PBIEC. The evening featured a combined final for the top horses in the Suitability for Sport In-Hand and Jump Chute classes from Thursday, as well as an exciting stallion show.
First to award championship honors on Friday were the In-Hand Yearlings. Kyra Bay (BWP) by Simsalabim/Lotus T, owned by Heather Farmer, scored a 7.93 to earn the championship. The reserve championship was awarded to Gweneviere (NAS) by Balta’Czar/Torino, bred and owned by Lauren Welsh, with a score of 7.65.
The In-Hand Two-Year-Old division presented championship honors to St. Albans (GOV) by Sinatra Song/Asolut, bred and owned by Nina Spivy, with a score 8.89. The reserve champion was Li’Czabeth SCF (NAS) by Balta’Czar/Elmshorn, bred and owned by Spy Coast Farm, with a score of 8.41.
Bragging Rights MF (BWP) was the champion in the Two-Year-Old Jump Chute division. By Balt’Amour/Rio Grande, bred by Marabet Farm and owned by Maggie Fullington, Bragging Rights MF scored an 8.16 to top the division. Li’Czabeth SCF secured the reserve championship in this division, scoring a 7.66.
The Three-Year-Old In-Hand and Jump Chute divisions followed with consistent placings for the top two horses in those classes. The champion in both divisions was Armani SL Z (Z) by Asca Z/Cumano, bred by Thierry Hendrickx and owned by Linda Bakker. Armani SL Z scored an 8.56 to win In-Hand and finished with a 9.78 to top the Jump Chute division. Iago JSF (BWP) by Acodetto/Balta’Czar, bred and owned by Jump Start Farm, scored 8.35 In-Hand and 9.31 in the Jump Chute to earn both reserve championships.
The Four and Five-Year-Olds showed In-Hand next, with a championship win for Hochmut (HAN) by His Highness/Glueckspitz, bred by Bergit Deeken and owned by Ruth H. Poulsen, with a score of 8.81. The reserve champion was Quintini (RPSI) by Quinar/Cassini II, bred by Bonnie Smith and owned by Wendy Peralta, with a score of 8.03.
Showing in the Jump Chute, the Four and Five-Year-Old champion was Canieta (KWPN) by Wittinger/Burgaff, bred by EE Roos and owned by Sabrina Greenwell, with a score of 8.59. Bliss MF (RPSI) by Balou Du Rouet/Argentinus, bred by Marabet Farm and owned by Maggie Fullington, scored a 7.87 for the reserve championship.
The Five-Year-Old Suitability for Sport Under Saddle division saw a championship win for Don Joseph (OLD) by Don Kennedy/Santander H, owned by Gaye Scarpa and ridden by Ilse Schwarz, with a score of 8. Bliss MF earned a second reserve championship in the competition with an under saddle score of 7.2, ridden by Michael Hochstetler.
Don Joseph and Ilse Schwarz then went on to another championship win in the Schooling Dressage with their score of 75.88. The reserve champion was Retrospect (HAN) by Radical/Lynx, bred by Glenhill Farm and owned by Amanda Smith, with a score of 72.62.
The Five-Year-Old Style Jumping Under Saddle concluded the events with a win for Caliando De Shalimar (OLD) by Calido/Rolando, bred by Hubert Hermezing and owned and ridden by Stephanie McComiskey, with a score of 7.59. Bliss MF once again earned the reserve championship ridden by Michael Hochstetler to a score of 7.46.
The Young Horse Show Series is an exciting addition to the sport for American breeders. The series is designed to provide breeders, owners, trainers and riders of young sport horses an affordable show venue to introduce sporthorses of all disciplines to the show environment and “put on necessary mileage” with new and special classes suitable to the proper development of young horses. It is also intended to create a sales environment where numerous young horses are in a single location and their talents displayed in front of a buying audience.
The Spy Coast Farm YHS Finals would like to extend a sincere thank you to its generous sponsors for helping make this series possible and for donating event prizes: Spy Coast Farm, Blue Chip Farms, Belgian Warmblood Breeding Association North American District, North American Studbook, Rising Star Farm, Sakura Hill Farm, Studbook Selle Français North America, Young Jumper Championships, White Horse Tavern, and HorseSport International.
Special thanks go to Jean-Yves Tola of Jump Start Farm for his hard work and dedication to this series and to the future of young sport horses in America.
Following the 2011 finals, two 2012 YHS shows will be held during the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival on February 7th and February 28th this coming year. The 2012 YHS Finals will once again be scheduled to take place at the PBIEC in December 2012.
Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.
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