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Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 Capture 1.45m Open Jumper Victory at Kentucky Spring Classic

Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20.

Lexington, KY – May 15, 2013 – The heat was on as the Kentucky Spring Classic got underway today at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.  Five riders produced double clear rounds during the 1.45m Open Jumpers, but it was the last do so that proved to be the fastest. Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 broke the beam at 30.378 seconds for the win by 3/10ths of a second over Reed Kessler and Soraya De L’Obstination. Earlier in the day, Pablo Barrios took home his second blue ribbon in a row during the 1.40m Open Jumpers speed class with Colgate.

Today’s 1.45m Open Jumper track was created by Conrad Homfeld and featured a long bending line to begin, as well as a vertical-oxer-vertical triple combination and an oxer-vertical double combination. Nine competitors advanced to the jump-off, where they began with a bending line to the double combination, before rolling back to two oxers and finishing over vertical near the gate.

The first to show without fault over the short course was Abigail McArdle’s trainer, Katie Prudent. She and V, owned by Michael Smith of Winchester, VA, were able to break the beam in 32.945 seconds, which was good enough for fourth place. The next to complete the jump-off with all the rails intact was Ramiro Quintana and Ollywood Des Horts, owned by Remarkable Farms LP of New York, NY. They increased the speed by almost two seconds, stopping the clock at 31.263 seconds and claiming the eventual third place honors. Margie Engle chose to be more conservative with Cabras, owned by Elm Rock LLC of Bronxville, NY, leaving all the fences in place, but crossing the finish line in 34.614 seconds for fifth place.

Olympian Reed Kessler of Lexington, KY, was one of the last riders to show, and she had her eye on the prize with Soraya De L’Onstination. She was able to top her trainer Katie Prudent as well as Quintana, speeding through the timers in 30.655 seconds. Unfortunately, her time would only hold up for second place, as Abigail McArdle was next to advance to the tiebreaker with Cosma 20. The reigning North American Junior Jumper individual gold medalists are well known for their speed, and today was no exception. McArdle laid on the gas, leaving out a stride through the first bending line and speeding to the final obstacles without even a rub. The duo clocked in at 30.378 seconds to take home the winning prize.

“During the first round, I wanted to see how the first bending line in the jump-off rode, and I was able to shape it and leave a stride out there,” explained McArdle. “Then we still added to the double combination but made up time after the combination and then over to the last line.”

McArdle added, “I was really happy with the way she went; she was super. This was a nice 1.45m win and then we will do the Hagyard Classic tomorrow night. This was a nice way to boost our confidence before that.”

Cosma 20, a nine-year-old chestnut mare, has been partnered with McArdle for a little over a year. “I feel like I really know her well,” she commented. “I know we having been moving up slowly, but she’s green at this level and it’s still new for me, so it’s important to build up slowly. I’m lucky to have such a wonderful horse.  After Kentucky, we will go to Spruce Meadows and then Europe to show in Chantilly, Dinard and Valkenswaard.”

Based out of Barrington, IL, the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows are always on McArdle’s schedule.  “I love these shows and the facility is great,” she noted. “Management is great and they have nice prize money. For us, it’s basically our backyard, and we love showing in Kentucky.”

Pablo Barrios and Colgate
Pablo Barrios and Colgate

Earlier in the day, Venezuela’s Pablo Barrios matched his effort in the 1.40m Open Jumper speed class with Colgate for the second week in a row. Nine riders were able to complete the course without fault, but it was Barrios and Colgate that set the time to beat, finishing in 62.397 seconds. Emanuel Andrade stopped the clock at 66.933 with Crossfire 10, owned by Hollow Creek Farm of Aiken, SC. They were almost five seconds slower for second place. Alison Robitaille was one of the first to show with Candle Light, owned by Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone of Upperville, VA, and finished the course in 67.418 seconds to round out the top three.

“I really tried to go as fast as possible,” said Barrios. “I really liked the course for her because there were a lot of lines and I could leave strides out. She has a very, very big stride. The course was the perfect for her. She’s starting to like to jump at that pace, and she’s being careful. I think she could be a speed horse.

Barrios added, “I’m going to do the Hagyard with her again tomorrow night.  I think she’s schooled enough to keep her brain quiet enough to jump tomorrow, but I’ll have to see.”

The jumper action will continue in the Rolex Stadium tomorrow afternoon with the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. It will mark the second event in the seven-part Hagyard Challenge Series featuring the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus. Riders will also have the opportunity to showcase their mounts during Saturday’s evening’s $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington, and Sunday morning’s $20,000 Bluegrass Classic.

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Abigail McArdle Wins More Money from SSG Riding Gloves

Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 over the SSG Riding Gloves signature fence at the WEF. Photo - Sportfot

January 27, 2013 – Wellington, Florida – Abigail McArdle, a multi-winner in the SSG Gloves ‘Go Clean for the Green’ promotion, added another $1,000 to her bonus money account with a win in Saturday’s $15,000 SJHOF High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic during week three of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.

Eight members of the 35-horse starting field posted a clear effort over the first round course to qualify for the jump-off.  In a blazing fast time of 32.79 seconds, McArdle knocked almost four full seconds off of the time posted by Michelle Navarro-Grau, who had stopped the timers in 36.71 seconds riding Alfi, to take the win.  In addition, McArdle won a $1,000 bonus for wearing SSG ‘Digital’ style gloves on her way to victory.

McArdle of Barrington, IL, has now won a total of $8,000 in the SSG Gloves ‘Go Clean for the Green’ promotion.  Having claimed a $2,000 bonus during the final week of the Winter Equestrian Festival last year, McArdle then traveled to Lexington where she again won $2,000 during the first two weeks of competition at the Kentucky Horse Shows.  At the Alltech National Horse Show in November, she made a clean sweep of the Junior division, taking home $3,000 in bonus money.

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Abigail McArdle Captures $50,000 Junior/A-O Jumper Classic Victory at National Horse Show

Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 won the $50,000 SJHOF Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the Alltech National Horse Show. Photo By: Rebecca Walton/PMG

Lexington, KY – November 7, 2012 – Abigail McArdle of Barrington, IL finished her outstanding junior year with two major victories in the High Junior Jumpers during the Alltech National Horse Show. After winning the $10,000 Deeridge Farm Junior Jumper Welcome Stake her first day out with Cosma 20, the pair returned on Saturday to lead the $50,000 SJHOF Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.

On Thursday, November 1, the top junior riders in the country gathered at the Alltech Arena to compete during the $10,000 Deeridge Farm Junior Jumper Welcome Stake.  Eighteen-year-old McArdle and her speedy mount Cosma 20 would prove to be the best of the day. Even with adding a stride in one of the lines, their smooth turns and quick track bested the competition as they stopped the timers at 62.983 seconds, three seconds faster than the second place finisher. The pair returned to the ring at the end of the class to claim their blue ribbon and lead the victory gallop.

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Emotional Victory for McLain Ward and Antares F in $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix

McLain Ward and Antares F. Photos By: Rebecca Walton/PMG

Lexington, KY – November 3, 2012 – It was a very emotional night at Alltech National Horse Show as McLain Ward piloted his top mount Antares F to victory during the Alltech $250,000 Grand Prix, benefitting the United States Equestrian Team Foundation. The win comes just days after the passing of his father, Barney Ward, who had been Ward’s most important supporter. Ward rode through his grief to beat six others in the jump-off, as the first to compete on his speedy partner.

Christine McCrea followed in second place aboard Romantovich Take One with the only other double clear effort, while the third place award went to Candice King and Whistler with a single time fault over the speed track.

“This has been the hardest week of my life,” admitted Ward. “My dad was my world. If I was right with my father, I was right with the world. My dad certainly had some flaws in his life, but he sacrificed an unbelievable amount for my family and me to live our dreams, and this is our dream. We shared the same dream,” he said with tears welling. “I owe a career and a life to what he provided for me and taught me to do. I didn’t know we would win today, but I knew we would go on and do well, that’s what he taught us to do in life. I think everyone knows how much I loved my father, and how much I am going to miss him. I loved him very, very much. I rode with a heavy heart today, but we forge on and do his dream.”

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Abigail McArdle Leads Zone Five to USEF Prix de States Team Championship

Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 won the USEF Prix de States Team Championship and the Individual Junior Jumper Reserve Championship. Photo By: Al Cook

Harrisburg, PA – October 16, 2012 – The best young riders in the country gathered at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show this weekend to compete during the 2012 Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships. Leading the way was 18-year-old Abigail McArdle of Barrington, IL, who helped Zone Five capture the USEF Prix de States Team Championship and later went on to earn the Individual Junior Jumper Reserve Championship aboard Cosma 20.

McArdle and Cosma 20 kicked the weekend off right with a clear first round on Thursday night, finishing in second place just shy of the leading time. Friday night highlighted the USEF Prix de States Team Championship. McArdle’s Zone Five Team members included Kalvin Dobbs of Carmel, IN riding Winde; Lillie Ross of Wheaton, IL aboard Pako; and Catherine Tyree of Chicago, IL on Wetter.

After the first round the team had 12 faults to their name, and all of the pressure came down on McArdle. As the anchor rider, she needed to lay down a clear round during the second phase to take the gold.

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Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 Claim Individual Junior Show Jumping Gold Medal at NAJYRC

Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 won the Individual Junior Show Jumping Gold Medal at the 2012 NAJYRC. Photo By: Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com

Lexington, KY – July 23, 2012 – Eighteen-year-old Abigail McArdle of Barrington, IL, proved to be unstoppable during the 2012 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC). With her talented mount Cosma 20, the pair laid down five clear rounds in three days to capture the Individual Junior Show Jumping Gold Medal at the prestigious event. This exciting victory came just one week after finishing the Spruce Meadows Tournament with six wins to their name, showing a bright future for this duo.

“It was really great to fulfill this accomplishment; it’s such an honor and I’m beyond happy,” expressed McArdle. “I had a lot of pressure going in, everyone expected me to do well. I really had to keep a cool head and do what needed to be done.”

McArdle and Cosma 20 started off the competition with a winning round in the first speed phase, topping the second place finisher by almost five seconds with the rails intact. As they moved on to the Team Competition, McArdle and Cosma 20 helped Zone 5 win the Silver Medal with two more clear rounds. The real pressure came the next morning, where two more rounds stood between them and the Individual Gold Medal.

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Abigail McArdle Takes Two Blues at Spruce Meadows

Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 won the $3,500 Trimac Junior/Amateur Jumpers and the $5,000 AECOM Junior/Amateur Cup at Spruce Meadows. Photo By: Parker/Russel - The Book, LLC

Calgary, Alberta – June 18, 2012 – Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 continued to take the 1.40m Junior/Amateur Jumpers by storm during the second week of the Spruce Meadows Tournament. The pair claimed two victories, winning the $3,500 Trimac Junior/Amateur Jumper event on Friday and the $5,000 AECOM Junior/Amateur Cup on Sunday. They produced double-clear efforts in each class to lead the victory gallop at the prestigious horse show. McArdle also competed in the Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, winning the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search for the second week in a row with Apartico.

McArdle and Cosma 20 were in top form this weekend, ready to face the challenging courses created by Brazil’s Guilherme Jorge in the All Canada ring. On Friday, seven horse and rider combinations advanced to the jump-off during the 3,500 Trimac Junior/Amateur Jumper class. As the last to go, McArdle knew she needed quick and tidy round to top the four double-clears, and that is exactly what she did. They crossed the finish line in 44.53 seconds with all the rails in place to take home the winning prize.

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Abigail McArdle Showcases Talent at Spruce Meadows

Abigail McArdle and Apartico won the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping's June Classic. Photo Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Show Jumping

Calgary, Alberta – June 12, 2012 – After successful competitions at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows and the Devon Horse Show, junior rider Abigail McArdle has now traveled to Spruce Meadows, one of the leading international events in the world. During the first week of show, McArdle piloted her top mounts Cosma 20 and Bravoman to excellent finishes in the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers. She also traveled to Rocky Mountain Show Jumping for their June Classic, where she was victorious in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search with Apartico.

“The rings at Spruce Meadows are fabulous and my horses have been super consistent,” said McArdle. “It’s been cold and rainy here, but it’s helped because the horses have all stayed really fresh. The courses have been really difficult, and it’s very tough competition. It’s not like any other place where we show; I love being here. It’s such a wonderful experience and every class feels like it is really special.”

McArdle kicked off the week with a fourth place finish in the $5,000 – Gienow 1.40m Junior/Amateur Jumpers aboard Cosma 20, but stepped it up on Friday to finish second in the $10,000 Friends of the Meadows Junior/Amateur Jumpers with a double-clear effort. She also qualified for the jump-off on Saturday, placing third in the $10,000 ConocoPhillips Junior/Amateur Cup.

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Abigail McArdle Named Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month for May

Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 won the title of Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month for May. Photo By: Rebecca Walton/PMG

Lexington, KY – June 7, 2012 – Abigail McArdle, of Barrington Hills, IL, has been named the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month for May.

McArdle competes in the East Conference Junior Division of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series aboard Cosma 20. The month of May was a success for McArdle and her riding partner, as they earned two first place finishes: one at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show and one at the Kentucky Spring Classic.

The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series honors one rider each month as the Rider of the Month. The honor goes to the one rider who earns the most points on one horse in Series competition that month.

“We would like to congratulate Abigail McArdle on being our Rider of the Month for May,” said George Morris, President of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. “Abigail and Cosma 20 have had many successes this year, and we know she will continue to show well in the future.”

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Abigail McArdle Earns Top Honors at Devon Horse Show

Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 placed sixth in the $15,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Classic at the Devon Horse Show. Photo By: Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports

Devon PA – May 30, 2012 – During Junior Weekend at the prestigious Devon Horse Show, young rider Abigail McArdle showcased her skills and earned top ribbons in both the equitation and the jumper rings. She placed in the top three during three of the equitation events with Apartico, and qualified for the jump-off during the $15,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Classic aboard Cosma 20.

The equitation classes were held at the beginning of the week, and McArdle kicked off the competition with a score of 89 in the WIHS Equitation Classic – Jumper Phase, which garnered the second place honors. She then went on to place third in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Classic, as well as the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search with Apartico.

“It’s so nice to walk into the ring at Devon and in the first class lay down a trip and get a second in the Washington,” expressed McArdle. “Even though we didn’t win, we had very consistent trips in every class. There were great courses with a lot of different tests. You could have a forward line and then have to collect, and then need to make a bending line. It really showed off the relationship between Apartico and myself because we work really hard on the flat. It showed off which horses were adjustable, so that’s where all of my flatwork paid off and we could really shine.”

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