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Tryon Spring 6/TR&HC Charity Horse Show

June 4th-9th
Tryon International Equestrian Center

The Tryon Riding & Hunt Club (TR&HC) Charity Horse Show is celebrating 91 years! Come celebrate the tradition and history as the nation’s third oldest show and enjoy Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation competition alongside dining and entertainment events.

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club’s 91-year-old horse show is making its debut this year as a “U.S. Equestrian Federation Heritage Show” – one of only 27 shows in the nation to earn that designation.

All Hunter classes this week will have “old style” courses with natural fences throughout.

On Sunday, division winners will be presented with TR&HC historic trophies like the Harry Brown trophy, on which their names will be engraved, plus a keepsake silver bowl to take home.

International Hunter Derby Course Walk with Liza Boyd & Jack Towell

Friday, June 7th at 3:30pm
George Morris Arena
Free and open to the public

On Friday June 7th, International Hunter/Jumper Rider Liza Boyd, and her father, Finally Farms Inc. Owner and Trainer Jack Towell, will lead a special course walk before the $50,000 International Hunter Derby. Spectators can join the walk and Liza and Jack will be miked for those in the stands to hear.

International Hunter Derby

Friday, June 7th at 4:30pm
George Morris Arena
Free and open to the public

$500 Daily “Trip of the Day” Prizes

As a special incentive for all Hunter competitors in the Tryon Spring 6/TR&HC Charity Horse Show, TIEC is awarding a daily $500 “Trip of the Day” prize.

One winner will be chosen daily on Wednesday, June 5th through Sunday, June 9th from all Hunter rings.

For more information, please visit www.Tryon.com.

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).

For more information on WIHS, please visit www.wihs.org.

Longines Masters of New York to Feature Inaugural IHSA Metropolitan Equitation Invitational

Michael Andrade from Centenary University at the Platinum Performance USEF Talent Search West Finals. Photo by Captured Moment Photography.

New York, NY – Athletes from the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) will showcase their equitation on an international stage at Longines Masters New York. The inaugural IHSA Metropolitan Equitation Invitational will be held April 26 at NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, in Uniondale, New York at 3 p.m.

Established in Paris, Hong Kong, New York, and recently-added Lausanne, the Longines Masters series was inspired by the legendary tennis Grand Slam. It is considered is one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the world. The American leg of the Longines Masters Series will feature international show jumping competition and unparalleled sport with the world’s top-ranked equestrian athletes, as well as luxury shopping, dining, and entertainment. Each Longines Masters event is broadcast in close to 100 countries and reaches up to 260 million households.

Longines Masters of New York has provided two of the most respected authorities on hunter seat equitation to judge the first-ever event. George H. Morris is widely regarded as the founding father of hunter seat equitation. At 14, he won both the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Finals and the AHSA Hunt Seat Equitation Medal Finals, the youngest rider ever to achieve the two titles. He is an Olympic silver-medalist and as the U.S. chef d’equipe, he led the team to Olympic gold in 2004 and 2008.

“I’m looking forward to judging the first Metropolitan Equestrian Invitational,” said Morris. “I was the judge at the first IHSA horse show at West Point and support the American system of Equitation. I’ll be judging on the basics of riding: heels down, eyes up, shoulders back, ride forward.”

Brianne Goutal-Marteau will join Morris in the judges’ booth. Goutal-Marteau was the first U.S. junior rider to win all four major equitation finals, including US Equestrian Federation [USEF] Jumping Talent Search Finals-East, the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals, the USEF Pessoa Hunter Seat Medal Finals and the ASPCA Maclay National Championships. She was awarded the Maxine Beard Show Jumping Developing Rider honor and has won several grand prix competitions. Goutal-Marteau is a graduate of Brown University, where she competed in the IHSA.

“It’s a totally different kind of experience than anyone, regardless of [level], would have — to go to a show and sit on a horse that you’ve never sat on before. [The horses] come with very specific instructions: you can use a stick on this one, you can use spurs on that one, and if you do, use this size. I think that really sets you up to deal with a plethora of different types of horses,” said Goutal-Marteau, who is a New York native and resides in Manhattan. “I think, as a New Yorker, we’re always wondering, ‘Why aren’t there more shows close by home?’ I think that comes down to the atmosphere, the level of competition, the level of entertainment that the New York Masters provides. Everything is just at the top, top level, and to have it right in your own backyard, I just think it makes everyone so excited.”

For more information, go to IHSAinc.com

Contact: Jennifer Wood
jennifer@jumpmediallc.com

Victory in $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5* Goes to McLain Ward and HH Azur

McLain Ward and HH Azur. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – The highlight event of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*, was held as the final “Saturday Night Lights” class on Saturday, March 30. Topping the ultimate test at WEF were McLain Ward (USA) and HH Azur in a thrilling eight-horse jump-off.

In a field of 40 entries, some of the best horses and riders in the world vied for the chance to take home the top prize money of the circuit. They were riding over a course set by 2016 Rio Olympic Games designer Guilherme Jorge of Brazil.

There were eight that found the key to a clear round to advance to the jump-off.

Sophia and Madison Mitchell Take Top Honors in Week 12 Alessandro Albanese 15-17 Equitation Division

In the final days of the Winter Equestrian Festival, Sophia Mitchell and Madison Mitchell added their names to the list of champions for the Alessandro Albanese Equitation 15-17 division. The Week 12 class saw 49 horse-and-rider combinations and therefore was held in a California split format which allowed for two champions and two reserve champions.

Sophia Mitchell piloted Lily Walton’s 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Contendo I x Anytime), Callahan, to an impressive total of 30 points to receive the title of section A champion.

Madison Mitchell, a working student for Don Stewart, picked up the section B champion title with Damon, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Massimo x Dubertha) owned by Cleopatra Georgiades.

For full results, please visit pbiec.coth.com.

Sam Walker and Waldo Win George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship

Sam Walker and Waldo. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL — March 22, 2019 — Sam Walker of Nobleton, ON piloted Missy Clark’s and North Run’s Waldo to the win in the 12th Annual George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship. Forty combinations of young equitation athletes and their mounts took to the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on the evening of Friday, March 22, at the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Elli Yeager collected second place, Sophee Steckbeck was third, and Emma Fletcher rounded out the top four.

To qualify for the 12th Annual George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship, each of the entries had to have previously won an equitation class during the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit or during the 2018 Holidays & Horses circuit leading up to it. The competition was held in a three-round format with all participants contesting first-round course designed by Steve Stephens and Nick Granat. Only the top 15 were asked to return for the second phase in reverse order. Unlike a regular equitation class, the championship requires riders to turn off and hand in cell phones before its start and prohibits any interaction with trainers or staff. Riders were in charge of conducting their own course walk and schooling their own horses with the help of only one groom.

Ballard, Jayne, and Verswyvel Capture Spy Coast Farm Developing Jumper Series Classic Wins

Opening up Friday’s competition in the International Arena at the main grounds of PBIEC for the eleventh week of WEF, the Developing Jumper Series Classics, sponsored by Spy Coast Farm, offered top prize money and a chance to compete in the grand prix arena for up-and-coming equine show jumping stars.

There were 25 entries in the $20,000 Spy Coast Farm Seven-Year-Old Developing Jumper Series Classic, and 11 were clear to advance to the jump-off held at the end of the first round. Of those, seven were double clear. The fastest in the class was Maestro Vica v/d Ark, ridden by Erynn Ballard for owner Natalie Dean. They stopped the timers in 31.502 seconds for victory.

The $15,000 Spy Coast Farm Six-Year-Old Developing Jumper Classic hosted 25 entries as well, with nine clear and only two finding the path to a double clear finish. The fastest of those in 38.434 seconds – faster by 5.5 seconds – was Charlie Jayne riding his father Alex Jayne’s Virginia ODF.

The $10,000 Spy Coast Farm 5-Year-Old Developing Jumper Classic had 17 entries and was held in an immediate jump-off format. Eight were clear in their first round and went straight into their jump-off, where four were able to go double clear. With a leading time of 34.667 seconds, Jorge Verswyvel rode his own Majesty to victory.

Luiz Francisco de Azevedo and Collin Are Comeback Kids in $36,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Classic

Brazil’s Luiz Francisco de Azevedo brought his horse Collin back from the brink of slaughter to lead the victory gallop of the $36,000 Douglas Elliman Real Estate 1.45m Classic CSI 4* on the Derby Field at Equestrian Village on Friday, March 22.

Germany’s Olaf Petersen, Jr. set the single-round speed track for 42 starters with 12 jumping clear, leaving the clock to decide their placings. Azevedo and Collin, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Colandro x Amethist), broke the timers in 63.90 seconds for the victory.

Azevedo bested Mexican rider Santiago Lambre, who finished on a time of 64.96 seconds for second riding Dingeman. U.S. rider Hunter Holloway took third with a time of 65.96 seconds aboard VDL Bravo S for owner Hays Investment Corp. Francisco Jose Mesquita Musa took fourth in 66 seconds on Filou Imperio Egipcio, owned by Haras Imperio Egipcio/Equivarandas, LDA, while Canada’s Erynn Ballard rode Z Diamanty to round out the top five in 66.23 seconds for owners The Z Group, Javier Salvador Stables, and Diamante Atelier.

For full results, please visit pbiec.coth.com.

Early Spring Rankings for Washington International Horse Show Heat Up

Mae Mannis, leader of the WIHS Pony Equitation Division, riding Days of Our Lives. Photo by Jump Media.

Washington, D.C. – The first set of rankings have been released for the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), running October 22-27 at Capital One Arena in downtown Washington, D.C., and competition is already fierce from coast to coast.

Qualifying events for the WIHS championships are held at more than 650 horse shows in North America. Riders who earn the most points throughout the year are eligible to compete in the WIHS Championship Finals, which include the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship, $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper Championship, $10,000 WIHS Adult Hunter Championship, $10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper Championship, the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals, and WIHS Pony Equitation Finals.

New leaders for the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals include Alexandra Pielet of Highland Park, IL for the East Coast and Kaitlyn Lovingfoss of Canton Country, CA for the West Coast as anticipation heats up for this year-end equitation final. Additionally, after a championship at the 60th Anniversary WIHS in 2018, Stephanie King of St. Augustine, FL and Co-Starr are poised for another banner year with 2,082 points already in the Adult Jumper ranks.

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As the summer competition season kicks off, WIHS congratulates all of the top competitors in the WIHS rankings as of March 1, 2019.

Current leaders include:

  • Alexandra Pielet of Highland Park, IL – 2,128 points – Lindsay Maxwell Charitable WIHS Equitation East
  • Kaitlyn Lovingfoss of Canyon Country, CA – 1,134 points – Lindsay Maxwell Charitable WIHS Equitation West
  • Greatness VDK ridden by Harper Peterson of Vienna, VA – 1,638 points – Children’s Hunter
  • Glyndon ridden by Pattie Schindler of Reistertown, MD – 1,350 points – Adult Hunter
  • Miss Moneypenny ridden by Hunter Kava of Parkland, FL – 1,946 points – Children’s Jumper
  • Co-Starr ridden by Stephanie King of St. Augustine, FL – 2,082 points – Adult Jumper
  • Mae Mannis of Woodbury, CT – 617 points – WIHS Pony Equitation

With six months remaining in the qualifying period, which ends August 31, there is still plenty of time to qualify for a chance to compete at WIHS and experience an event like no other in the heart of D.C. Riders must be active WIHS members in order for points to count.

“The WIHS Finals have cemented their place on riders’ calendars as a truly unique and special culmination of a year’s hard work. The experience of showing in front of thousands of fans in a professional hockey and basketball arena is unforgettable,” said WIHS Executive Director Mary Helen Shaughnessy. “The summer qualifying season always shakes up the rankings and this year’s finals are shaping up to be a showcase of the best horses and riders across the country!”

Don’t miss the chance to qualify for the WIHS Championships! WIHS looks forward to hosting the best horses and riders from around the nation in 2019 and encourages all riders to continue their drive to qualify. The qualifying period runs from shows starting on or after September 1, 2018, through shows starting on or before August 31, 2019.

For the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals, invitations will be extended to the top 40 junior riders who are eligible to compete based on their points earned during the qualifying period in the East Coast and West Coast Leagues as follows: 30 riders will be invited from the East Coast League and 10 riders will be invited from the West Coast League. Letters of invitation will be mailed in September. For the pony equitation, invitations will be extended to the top 25 junior riders who are eligible to compete based on their points earned during the qualifying period. Letters of invitation will be mailed in September. For the hunter championships, 29 horse/rider combinations will be accepted in each division, while 25 will be accepted for the jumper championships.

For more information on WIHS, please visit www.wihs.org.

Laura Chapot and Chandon Blue Speed to Win $50,000 Grand Prix CSI 2*

Laura Chapot and Chandon Blue. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 24, 2019 – In a field of 45 competitors, Laura Chapot (USA) and Mary Chapot’s Chandon Blue sped to the win in the $50,000 Grand Prix CSI 2*, presented by The Dutta Corp. in association with Guido Klatte. Chapot and Chandon Blue were one of eight clear in the first round and fourth to return in the jump-off over a course designed by Andy Christiansen Jr.

First to return in the jump-off were Bretton Chad (CAN) and The Pugilist, who put down a deceptively fast clear round in 38.72 seconds that would hold up for second place. After a fall and a scratch from the next two competitors, Peter Wylde (USA) and Canamera 2, owned by Kathleen Kamine, entered the ring and finished in 39.99 seconds for fifth place.

Chapot and Chandon Blue went next and through a combination of speed and tight turns, they brought the leading time down to 37.85 seconds for the win.

McLain Ward and Tradition de la Roque Win $72,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic

In the $72,000 CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic CSI 5*, there were 45 entries competing over a course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio. Four were able to go clear in the first 20 trips in the class, and they went on to go for speed in the jump-off.

Ward went first in the jump-off on HH Gigi’s Girl, owned by Double H Farm. A rail and a time of 39.41 seconds left them in fourth place.

Lorenzo de Luca (ITA), riding Stephex Stables’ Evita Van’t Zoggehof, were next in and they were very quick and clear in 37.81 seconds, which would slot into second place. Third place went to Carlos Hank Guerreiro (MEX) on H5 Jemousin, owned by H5 Stables, who was clear in 41.07 seconds.

Last proved to the best when Ward returned with Tradition de la Roque, a 12-year-old Selle Français mare by Kannan x Oberon du Moulin. They sped through the short course in 37.55 seconds, just taking the win by less than three-tenths of a second.

Abigail Lefkowitz and Ava Ellis Successful in ASPCA Maclay

The final day of competition during Week 7 of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival highlighted several FEI events in the International Arena as well as national hunter, jumper, and equitation competition throughout the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Both sections A and B of the ASPCA Maclay took to Ring 9 with upwards of 30 entries each. Section A awarded the first place to Abigail Lefkowitz and Top Saint Aubin, while Section B’s victory went to Ava Ellis aboard Campreoll.

In each section, the top 12 riders were invited to return for a test on the flat in which they were asked to remove their stirrups from the saddle before displaying control at the walk, trot, and canter.

For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Danielle Goldstein and Lizziemary Win $391k Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix CSI 5* at WEF

Danielle Goldstein and Lizziemary. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 23, 2019 – Making their mark in the second five-star event of the circuit were Danielle Goldstein (ISR) and Lizziemary, who topped the $391,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday, February 23, at the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

There were 37 entries in the five-star grand prix, and six were clear and moved on to the jump-off over a course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA).

Jeff Gogul and Jackie MacDonald Take Home Victories in $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

WEF hosted the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby on Friday, February 22. Rings 11 and 12 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center were combined to allow course designer Robert McGregor room for a larger track with more options. The derby was split into two categories — professional and junior/amateur — that each offered $10,000 in prize money and saw over 30 horse-and-rider combinations contest each section.

Jeff Gogul secured the win in the professional section aboard Roaring Brook LLC’s Counselor, while Jackie MacDonald bested the field in the junior/amateur section with Jennifer MacDonald’s Chalk Hill.

Chloe Schmidt and Dramatic TF Win Ariat National Adult Medal

Fourteen adult equitation riders contested the course in the FarmVet Ring in hopes of returning to test for the Ariat National Adult Medal. With a first round score of 82 and a flawless test, Chloe Schmidt of Ridgefield, CT captured the win aboard the seven-year-old Holsteiner mare (Cunningham x Luo-Luo), Dramatic TF.

Of the 14 original competitors, four were asked to return: Isabella Lombardo, Taylor Blackburn, Meghan Knapic, and Schmidt. Those that returned to test were asked to canter the first fence, counter-canter the second fence, canter fence seven, hand-gallop fence eight, and then exit the ring at a walk to demonstrate consistency and control of the horse.

For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.