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Danielle Torano Captures Second Consecutive Show Jumping Hall of Fame Classic at Vermont Summer Festival

Danielle Torano and Capitano won the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic. David Mullinix Photography.

East Dorset, Vermont — Danielle Torano of Fort Lauderdale, FL, won her second consecutive $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.  Having captured the win during week two with Cachaca 4, Torano returned to the grand prix arena on Sunday, July 21, for week three’s victory with Capitano.

At 18 years of age, Capitano has made frequent trips to the winner’s circle at the Vermont Summer Festival.  Under Torano’s guidance, he won the $30,000 Otter Creek Grand Prix in 2011 and the Balbuco Challenge Cup for winning the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix in 2005.

“I thought he wanted to be done (after the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival) in Florida,” Torano revealed.  “But while we were showing at Old Salem in New York, (my husband) Jimmy called the barn and told them to bring him in from the field because if he was going to retire, it would have to be in Vermont since Capitano loves this show so much.  He’s always done well here.”

Proving Jimmy Torano right, Capitano demonstrated that he’s not ready for retirement just yet.

“He goes off so much heart.  That’s originally why I retired him.  He wasn’t lame; there wasn’t anything wrong with him.  I just thought he was having to try a little too hard so I thought he was telling me he wanted to be done.  Obviously not!”  Torano laughed.

Capitano has been a beloved member of the Torano family for over a decade, originally competing with Jimmy Torano before Torano took over the ride.  Over the years, Torano and the Holsteiner gelding have gotten to know each other inside and out.

“He’s completely trustworthy and he helps me out.  I know him like the back of my hand and it’s nice to get on something that’s familiar.  He’s totally straight-forward and nice to ride,” she described.

She continued, “We’re very connected.  I feel every little thing on him.  I think that helps us and it hurts us, but I think that’s why he tries so hard.  He knows I’m looking out for him, so he looks out for me.”

Of the three horses that advanced to the jump-off over the track set by course designer Ken Krome, Torano and Capitano produced the only double clear round of the day.  Knowing speed was not their strength, Torano went into the second round focused on navigating a track full of twists and turns.

“He’s not a super-fast horse, so my strategy was to be as smooth as I could.  I failed in a couple of places,” Torano admitted.  “I didn’t think I could get the distance I wanted to jump one, so I added a stride.  It wasn’t a great jump, but he cleared it so it worked out.  He’s a super careful horse.”

Despite having little to no preparation before making his appearance at the Vermont Summer Festival, Capitano proved he is as talented as ever.

“He’s 18 years old and he basically had no preparation for today in the way of riding or jumping or training,” Torano revealed.  “He just wants to be a good horse and he wants to jump the jumps clean.”

The $5,000 North American League Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic was also held on Sunday.  Cloe Hymowitz and Caleta topped a field of 36 entries for the win after laying down a double clear round and crossing the timers nearly two full seconds ahead of the second place finisher, Sima Morgello riding Zopala.

Sunday’s Jumper Classics marked the end of the third week of competition at the Vermont Summer Festival, hosted at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.  The six week circuit continues through August 11.  The Vermont Summer Festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary in its current Manchester location, offers more than $750,000 in prize money, making it the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont.

The first five Saturdays of the Vermont Summer Festival feature a $30,000 Grand Prix.  The $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix will be held during the sixth and final week on Saturday, August 10.  The weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, is held each Thursday.  The hugely popular $5,000 3’3” Hunter Derby is also held each Thursday for the first five weeks, with week six featuring the $15,000 Hunter Derby.

The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL).  For more information about the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail info@vt-summerfestival.com or visit www.vt-summerfestival.com.

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Martin and Doolittle Win Individual Eventing Golds, Area III Takes Two Team Golds at 2013 NAJYRC

Caroline Martin aboard Quantum Solace on their way to the Eventing CCI2* Individual Gold medal (Brant Gamma Photos)

Lexington, KY – The 2013 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC) finished Sunday after another fantastic week of top competition for Junior and Young Riders. Eventing was the focus of the final day with Team and Individual Medals for CCI1* and CCI2* riders. In the CCI2*, Caroline Martin (Area III) and Quantum Solace won the Gold and Area III was the top team. Nicole Doolittle and Tops led the victory gallop in the CCI1* competition for the Gold medal and her Area III team was golden as well.

Five disciplines (a total of 9 championships for juniors and young riders) took part in the only FEI Championship to be held annually in North America. The NAJYRC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, ages 14-21.

The best 10 riders returned for the stadium jumping phase in the CCI2* Sunday. With one of only two clear rounds, Caroline Martin (18, Miami Beach, FL) and Quantum Solace moved up to secure the Gold medal with a total of 52.2 penalties. Their dressage score was 50.2 and they had two time penalties on cross country.

Martin gave thanks to her horse for his great performance in the stadium jumping. “In one of the lines, I added another stride and he kept jumping higher, higher, and higher. I have so much faith in him. It feels like you’re sitting on top of the world on him and I know he can make it over. I’ve never felt a horse that has so much heart and power, and it’s effortless.”

Martin found Quantum Solace, an eight-year-old Argentinian Thoroughbred gelding, as a four-year-old who was originally going to be a jumper. It was an inauspicious start for the “scrawny baby,” Martin said. “I had no idea what kind of horse he could turn into. It’s pretty cool to think two short years ago I didn’t think he could do this. He’s pretty mature for his age. He’s my best friend, and he’s the only thing that stayed consistent in my life. He’s always there for me.”

With two rails down in stadium jumping as the last one in the ring, Rowdie Adams (Area V) had to settle for the Silver medal on No Money Down. Adams had 50.9 penalties after dressage and moved into the lead when she was the only one totally clear in the cross country. She finished on 58.9 penalties.

Adams said that the big spread of the oxers was something her horse struggled with after running cross country. “This was a championship course,” she acknowledged. “It is what it should have been. He’s not the most careful show jumper, and he’s always been that way. I went in today expecting him to probably hit something, but I was really hoping he wouldn’t.”

Like Martin, Adams has a similar close-knit relationship with No Money Down, who is appropriately named. Adams said she found the 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding by Coordinator in a junkyard and rescued him six years ago. “I was a little kid that thought every horse was cool,” she remembered. “He was eight when I got him, and now he’s turning 14. It’s taken a lot of years and all the disappointing rides, but something clicked on him and I never gave up on him. It brought us here today.”

She continued with tears in her eyes, “I had a lot of people tell me he was never going to do anything and he’s proven everyone wrong. It’s fantastic to think that he’s come all this way. The fact that he did a beautiful dressage ride for me, jumped around like a pure genius in cross country, he could have had every rail down today and it would be okay. He’s done so much for me.”

With what No Money Down has given her, Adams said that he doesn’t owe her anything. She is uncertain of what his future will be, but that he will always be a part of her family. “Whatever he wants to do, he can do,” she agreed. “If he wants to continue on and do Rolex, he can. If he’d rather chill in a field, that’s fine. That horse has given me everything. He’s gotten me here. I owe him everything. I have two medals on my neck.”

Jennifer Caras and Fernhill Stowaway had 52 penalties after Dressage and gained 11.6 time penalties on cross country. With one rail down in stadium jumping, she finished on 67.6 penalties for the Bronze medal.

Caras (17, Marietta, GA) said that she thought the stadium jumping course “looked massive,” but that she was happy with her horse since he is only seven years old. Caras found the KWPN gelding by Empire two years ago in England after she “couldn’t stop watching him.” She remarked, “I don’t know if I’ve ever loved a horse this much before. Everybody says their horse is the best, but I definitely think mine is! You mess up and he’s green, but he’ll still handle it fine. He doesn’t hold it against you.”

She added, “He’s a very useful horse. He’s very talented in all three phases. He’s not quite quick enough to be at highest level, but he’s only seven so he has a long way ahead of him hopefully.”

Area III won their first Gold medal of the day in the CCI2*, thanks to very strong performances from their team: Caroline Martin and Quantum Solace (52.2 penalties), Jennifer Caras and Fernhill Stowaway (67.6), Mary Atkins Hunt (19, Mobile, AL) and Nuance (71.7 and fourth individually), and Matilda Segal on Guinness X (Eliminated on cross country). Their team total was 191.5 penalties.

Martin believes that the reason why their team did so well was their “great support group.” She said, “We work together. We all hang out and we’re very close. I’m so sad it’s over. I don’t want to leave.”

Hunt noted that NAJYRC puts different pressure on the riders than any other show, but that is has helped them in their journey as riders. Segal (17, Monticello, GA) agreed, “It’s a great thing this competition does to bring us together like this so early on in the sport. It goes along with what this competition means, furthering kids in sport and pushing us on to something like Rolex or a (senior) team. This puts us in environments early on.”

The Team Silver medal went to Area VII, VIII & IX with a total of 242.1 penalties from team members:
Jacqueline Larouche (19, Aspen, CO) and The Gingerbread Man: 83.2 penalties
Erin Strader (21, Ann Arbor, MI) and Radio Flyer II: 72.6
Lizzie Snow (21, Portland, OR) and Ringfort Tinkaturk: 86.3, clear in Stadium Jumping

Area V won the Bronze medal with the following riders and a total of 285.4 penalties:
Alexa Ehlers (18, Bartonville, TX) and In Any Event: 109.8
Mary Frances Cargile (20, San Angelo, TX) and Take the Mick: 116.7
Rowdie Adams (17, Cash, TX) and No Money Down: 58.9

Doolittle Is Tops in CCI1* to Lead Area III

Nicole Doolittle had all of the pressure on her as she entered the Rolex Stadium for the Stadium Jumping phase of the Eventing CCI1* for Junior riders. Not only was she the leading rider individually, she also had to determine where her team, Area III, would end up in the standings. With a flawless clear round on Tops, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding by Top of the World, Doolittle would end up as a double Gold medalist.

Starting out the week, Doolittle and Tops scored 48.1 penalties in Dressage to stand in second place. They added no jumping or time penalties on cross country to move up to first place, and that all-important clear round in stadium jumping gave them the win.

Nicole Doolittle of Area III, the Eventing CCI1* Individual and Team Gold medalist, riding Tops (Brant Gamma Photos)
Nicole Doolittle of Area III, the Eventing CCI1* Individual and Team Gold medalist, riding Tops (Brant Gamma Photos)

Doolittle (15, Matthews, NC) was riding in her second NAJYRC, but it was on Tops, a newer horse that she has only been riding for eight months and who has competed at the Advanced level. “We had a really great season, so I was fortunate to have some good shows leading up to this. I felt confident coming in,” she stated.

Doolittle described Tops as “quite a goofy horse.” She continued, “He’s a very personable horse. He’s really in tune with how you’re feeling and you can tell how he’s feeling at any time. He’s wonderful under saddle, and I’ve come into a great rhythm with him. It’s been a blast getting to know him. He’s become my best friend in this whole process.”

Tops is “a consistent horse overall,” with being a good mover for dressage, bold on cross country, and a “pretty careful jumper.” Doolittle added, however, “He does get a little Irish attitude sometimes when he doesn’t totally agree.”

Doolittle thanked her groom Carly Whetstone for how beautifully turned out Tops was this week. Regarding her double Gold medal performance, she said, “It was a surreal moment. I’m overjoyed and proud with how my horse has carried (this) out.”

The Silver medal went to Ann O’Neal Pevahouse (Area V) on Don Bosco, a 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Don Bosco. They had 54.4 penalties from Dressage, were clear through Cross Country, and their clear in Stadium Jumping vaulted them into medal contention. They moved from 14th to seventh to second place this week.

Pevahouse (18, Little Rock, AR) has had Don Bosco for five years and said that his strongest phase is cross country. “He likes to open up and gallop a lot. He can get a little lazy at the end, but he’s still really careful,” she described.

While Pevahouse said she hoped she could medal at NAJYRC, she “didn’t think I could move up from seventh to second.” They placed sixth individually here last year. “I’m so happy!” she exclaimed.

The Bronze medal hung around the neck of April Simmonds (Ontario), who rode Impressively Done, an eight-year-old Thoroughbred gelding by Eulogize. They scored 53.7 in Dressage and were in 13th place, but after just 1.2 time penalties on cross country, they moved up to eighth. Their great clear round in stadium jumping moved them to third after the second through sixth place riders had faults in the final phase.

Simmonds (15, Oxbridge, ON, CAN) has ridden Impressively Done for two and a half years and they have moved up from the Training level together. Although she said they have had “good and bad shows” this season, she felt very well prepared for NAJYRC. “His strongest phase is cross country. He’s very fast and he loves it, and he respects the jumps,” she said of her horse.

Regarding her Bronze medal finish, she exclaimed, “I feel shocked. I was eighth going into stadium jumping. I didn’t think I’d move up that much.”

Half of the class Sunday went clear over the course designed by Richard Jeffrey of Bournemouth, England. This helped many riders contribute to their team and kept the team standings the same from after cross country.

Doolittle led the Area III team with just 48.1 penalties for the Team Gold medal, which had a team total of 165.7 penalties. She was joined by Victoria Clayton on The Secret Agent (67.9 penalties), Ashley Dodds with Manhattan (56.0), and Diane Portwood with Cinerescent (61.6).

Diane Portwood (17, Marietta, GA) did not have an ideal situation coming into the NAJYRC as her horse Cinerescent was injured. She was not ridden two weeks before the week of NAJYRC. “I didn’t know what to expect from her. She normally gets one day a week off,” Portwood explained. “It definitely affected how we had to ride the dressage test. I couldn’t push for movements and a bigger trot.”

With some time off, Cinerescent was sound and ready for NAJYRC. Portwood was nervous coming into Sunday’s stadium jumping phase in her first time at NAJYRC. “It was really nerve-wracking being here. I groomed here last year, so I knew what to expect, but it’s much different when you’re riding,” she said. She credited team coach Kyle Carter, who has also been her personal coach for eight months. “He knew me and my horse. That helped calm me down a lot,” she said.

Ashley Dodds (16, Canton, GA) said that for her first time at NAJYRC, it was a great experience. “It helped a lot that we have such an amazing team. We have fun, but we can also be serious,” she noted. While a few jumps were “not as planned” in stadium jumping, Dodds was happy that she was able to fix it and continue to ride positive and finish her course well.

Victoria Clayton (17, High Mountain, GA), another first-timer at NAJYRC, said she had not been here before as groom and “didn’t know what to expect.” She noted, “I’m so lucky to have these girls for teammates.”

The Silver medal went to Area VII & VIII with 175.7 penalties. Their team members were:
Mary Peabody Camp (19, Louisville, KY) and Rave Review: 58.6 penalties
Margaret Ragan (16, Prospect, KY) and Surefire’s Anwar: Did not pass final horse inspection
Emily Macauley (18, Grand Rapids, MI) and Canadian Exchange: 58.8
Ashlynn Meuchel (18, Kalispell, MT) and Morning Star: 58.3

Area II finished with the Bronze medal on 195.2 penalties, with team members:
Morgan Booth and Lucky Little Spy: Rider fall on cross country
David Pawlak (16, Boyce, VA) and Just Bailey: 59.8
Madeline Parisan (14, Rising Sun, MD) and Hope to Star: 63.0
Chase Shipka and (16, Marshall, VA) Victory Shetan: 72.4

Special trophies and awards were given throughout the week. They were:

The Howard B. Simpson High Five Trophy, awarded to the volunteer who best exemplifies Howard’s spirit of volunteering –  Christy Baxter

Style Awards:
Reining – Victoria Cartillar, USA South Central
Jumping – Eugenio Garza Perez, Mexico
Endurance – Micheal Bishop, USA Northeast Combined
Dressage – Krista Spencer, Region 4
Eventing – Erika Carson, Area IX

The Horsepower Trophy, recognizes an outstanding horse from any of the championship disciplines who best demonstrates determination, courage, class, heart and the ability to inspire athletes and spectators alike throughout the competition – DJB Braveheart, Endurance

The Captain Andrew B. De Szinay Memorial Sportsman Trophy, given to the young rider who best personifies the high standards and virtues of integrity, sportsmanship, honor, courage, team spirit, good temper, and unselfishness – Cassandra Roberts, Endurance

The Caristo Cup, given to the chef d’equipe that best exemplifies Ralph Caristo’s enthusiasm and professionalism –  Juan Manuel Cossio, Jumping Chef d’Equipe for Mexico

The Albers Award, given to the dressage chef d’equipe who best demonstrates the same level of dedication, enthusiasm, and team spirit shown by Patsy Albers throughout the years – Ed Lavallee

The Pursuit of Excellence – Fiona Baan Memorial Trophy, awarded to the young rider in the dressage championships who receives the highest combined average percentage score from the Team, Individual, and Freestyle dressage rides –  Ayden Uhlir, Region 6

The Trish Gilbert Award, given to the highest placing current U.S. Pony Club member competing in the NAJYRC CCI2* Eventing Championship – Rowdie Adams, Area V

The Rebecca Broussard Saturday Night Award, given to the highest placed junior and highest placed young rider following the cross country phase of the eventing championships:
Junior – Nicole Doolittle, Area III
Young Rider – Rowdie Adams, Area V

For full results or to learn more about the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North, please visit www.youngriders.org.

USEF Network presented by SmartPak streamed Saturday’s events from the Rolex Stadium during NAJYRC as well as the Individual Reining from the Alltech Arena. Video On-demand of the top performers is now available. Visit www.usefnetwork.com to find out more and watch!

NAJYRC showcases the best young rider and junior horse/rider combinations in dressage, eventing, jumping, reining, and endurance. Young equestrians from across the continent will descend on the Kentucky Horse Park to vie for FEI medals at these Championships.

For sponsorship information, visit www.youngriders.org/Sponsors.aspx.

Jennifer Wood for USEF

Off-the-Track Thoroughbred Timbuktu Shines in 3’3″ A-O Hunters at Summer in the Rockies VI

Elizabeth Hund and off-the-track Thoroughbred Timbuktu sailed to a win in the 3’3″ Amateur Owner Hunters.

Parker, CO – July 20, 2013 – Elizabeth Hund’s Timbuktu, a rescued off-the-track Thoroughbred, proved that his new profession in the hunter ring suits him to a T with a win in the 3’3″ Amateur Owner Hunters. Hund and Timbuktu took all the inside routes and tight turns to earn the blue in the handy round.

Hund bought Timbuktu about a year and a half ago. His previous owner had purchased him for a pittance after his racing career ended. When he came to Hund, he didn’t know how to jump and had been out to pasture for some time.

“He’s been showing at this level for just this year and he’s been doing really well,” Hund said. “He doesn’t have the physical talent – he doesn’t have the jump quite – that a lot of the other hunters do, but he’s got a great heart. He’s a rescue horse and he’s out here competing and doing really well against really expensive horses.”

“It just makes you feel great,” she continued. “Here’s a rescue horse that God knows what would have happened to him, and he’s having a good life and being competitive. We’re having fun and then we occasionally win, which is really great. It is the icing on the cake because I didn’t expect anything.”

While it’s taken plenty of work to get Timbuktu ready to compete at this level, Hund said his work ethic has been a big help. “He just has a lovely attitude,” Hund said. “He’s like, ‘I’ll try to do anything you tell me. I don’t know if I can do it but I’m going to try.’ He has a really big heart so he’s been fun.”

She is thrilled to see how far the horse has come and feels he is quickly gaining confidence. “He can often come in for the first round and be a little up and anxious, but he is clearly getting the hang of this because both rounds today he walked in and was like, ‘I’ve got this. I know what I’m doing,'” she said. “He was mellow and easy and totally confident, and that’s one of the things that we’ve had to work to develop.”

Hund rode with much-loved Colorado trainer Keiri Kaneps until Kaneps’ untimely death in 2012, and Kaneps was the one who helped her find Timbuktu. Hund now trains with Ashley Keeler, a friend of Kaneps’ who has taken on many of her former students.

“She’s great,” Hund said of Keeler. “I think she’s quite a good teacher and she’s quite a good trainer. And she walked into a difficult position, when you think about it. Everybody really liked Keiri but she’s not Keiri. But she’s been really professional and she’s put her brand on it and it’s just been great. I’ve loved her.”

Another winner in the 3’3″ Amateur Owner Hunters was Meg Gehron, who piloted Talan to first place over fences. Gehron and Talan made their debut in the division a winning one, stepping up successfully from the 3′ Adult Amateur Hunters.

Gehron trains with Freddie Vazquez of Messenger Hill Farm, and Vazquez rode Talan to the championship in the Green Conformation Hunters earlier in the week.

“He was really balanced and he was responding really well,” Gehron said. “I could leg him up to the jumps and he’d just walk down the lines – he has a huge stride.”

Gehron described Talan as a horse with a lot of personality. “He’s kind of an instigator,” she laughed. “He really likes to poke at things and grab things, and he’ll pretend like he didn’t do it. He has an innocent face. He’s like the kid who eats glue in class. He’s so cute – you can’t get mad at him.”

Sherri Kahn and Walter
Sherri Kahn and Walter

It is shaping up to be a competitive race for the 3’3″ Amateur Owner Hunter championship, which concludes with three classes on Sunday, the last day of Summer in the Rockies VI. In the 3’6″ Amateur Owners, Sherri Kahn and Walter jumped to an early lead, winning both classes on Saturday.

Kahn and Walter put in a confident first round and then navigated the twists and turns of the handy round with ease.

“Everything flowed well,” Kahn said. “There was one jump where I felt I could have come out of the turn a little bit better. Other than that, he was really good.”

“I thought her riding was very good,” said Frank Kahn, Sherri’s trainer as well as her husband. “She stepped up and made each lead equal. She usually finds the jumps a little better off her right lead, and today she was really good off the left lead.”

Riding and competing is a family affair for the Kahns, who have a farm in Bucyrus, KS. Their daughter, Kara, also had a successful day, winning a class in the Small Junior Hunters with her own Maverick.

“The shows are when we spend the most time together – we make it our vacation – and it’s a lot of fun,” Sherri said. She noted that this is Kara’s last junior year, so mother and daughter will be soon be competing against each other in the amateur owner divisions.

“After the last jump, I was pretty confident,” Kara said after her winning ride. “I didn’t think I would have won, but I felt really good about it. The first time he ever did the juniors was here last summer, so he’s still learning everything, and it’s nice to come full circle.”

“My dad is my trainer, along with Jane Schweiger sometimes,” Kara continued. “It’s really fun because we all work together. It’s fun to watch my mom win and I learn a lot from her. When all of her friends tell me that I ride like her, I just take it as a really big compliment. She’s someone I look up to.”

Kara and Fred will cheer Sherri on as she returns on Sunday to try to continue her winning ways in the 3’6″ Amateur Owner Hunters.

The Small and Large Junior Hunter championships went to the pairs that got off to a strong start on Friday and rode the momentum into Saturday’s competition. Emma Willsky and her own Simply Said, who went three for three on Friday with wins over fences, in the handy and under saddle, picked up another win in the second round on Saturday to emphatically claim the Large Junior Hunter championship over Kai DeVoglaer and Colleen McKenzie’s Castello in the reserve spot. Willsky and Simply Said also won the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic with the high score of 169.

“Our second round was probably our best round of the week,” Willsky said. “He was a really good boy.”

Willsky, like Hund, trains with Ashley Keeler, who was pleased with Simply Said’s consistent effort during the final week of Summer in the Rockies.

“He’s just been great this week,” Keeler said. “He’s been on top of his game. He came out every class jumping as good as he’s ever jumped and listening as well as he’s ever listened. I’m just thrilled with him.  He was ready to be great in every single class this week and he never faltered. He’s just a fantastic animal.”

She watched Willsky’s partnership with the horse improve over the course of the summer. “They were like clockwork at the end,” she said.

Caitlin Boyle and Finders Keepers added a third win on Saturday to their two from Friday to clinch the championship in the Small Junior Hunters. Amanda Hauser and Calido’s Son improved off their solid efforts on Friday to take a win and a second on Saturday and earn the reserve championship.

“The first round he seemed a little fresh, but after that we were a lot better,” Boyle said. “I was more on it yesterday than I was today, but we still finished up well. The singles were nice and the outside lines had a good forward rhythm to them. Everything flowed nicely.”

Boyle will finish out the Summer in the Rockies circuit with a low junior jumper class on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Amateur Owner Hunter divisions will wrap up in the Olson Family Hunter Arena.

Full results available at http://www.showplaceproductions.com/chp/resultsDivisionList.php?competition=23.

The Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies Fast Facts

What: Summer in the Rockies AA-Rated Hunter Jumper Show Series

Event Dates:

Summer in the Rockies I June 5-9, 2013
Summer in the Rockies II June 12-16, 2013
Summer in the Rockies III June 19-23, 2013
Summer in the Rockies IV July 3-7, 2013
Summer in the Rockies V July 10-14, 2013
Summer in the Rockies VI July 17-21, 2013

Prize List:

Click here for an online version of the prize list. For a hard copy of the prize list, please e-mail prizelist@cohorsepark.com with your name, address and phone number and specify which prize list you would like (spring/fall or summer).

Entries:

Mail to The Colorado Horse Park, 7522 South Pinery Drive, Parker, CO 80134 or fax to (303) 841-7879. Opening date for Stall Reservations: April 1, 2013. Closing date May 20, 2013.

Contact Information:

Pat Boyle, Show Manager                          (847) 274-6834
Brian Curry, Show Manager                        (303) 918-2908
Show Office                                                 (303) 841-7461
Show Office Fax                                          (303) 841-1419
Colorado Horse Park Main Office                (303) 841-5550
Colorado Horse Park Main Office Fax         (303) 841-7879

Tentative Schedule:
Wed – Sun: Show starts daily at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted

Directions:

Address: 7375 E Bayou Gulch Rd, Parker, CO 80134

From North: I-25S exit Ridgegate Parkway – go east under the freeway.  Ridgegate Parkway to S. Chambers Road, approx 3 miles (Traffic light) – turn right/south onto Chambers Road. At end of Chambers Road turn left/east onto Hess Road.  Hess Road to Parker Road/Hwy 83 – turn right/south onto Hwy 83 approx 4 miles to Bayou Gulch Road. (Traffic light). Follow signs to Colorado Horse Park.

From South: I-25N, exit Founder’s Parkway.  Founder’s Parkway to Highway 86, approx 4 miles (traffic light). Turn east/left onto Hwy. 86 to Franktown/Hwy 83. At Franktown go north on 83 approx. 7 mi. to Bayou Gulch Rd. (Traffic light), turn right/east onto Bayou Gulch Rd. Follow signs to Colorado Horse Park.

About the Colorado Horse Park

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Colorado Horse Park was founded by visionary Helen Krieble who acknowledged the need for a high-volume horse show and horse boarding facility to serve Colorado.  The Colorado Horse Park welcomes more than 75,000 visitors per year and hosts over 40 competitions annually.  CHP features a derby arena designed by Olympic-designer Linda Allen and a cross-country course designed by Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor and eventing super-star James Atkinson. There are 300 permanent stalls with capacity for more than 1,000 stalls.

The picturesque property, located only minutes from the town of Parker, hosts international equestrian events in multiple disciplines. Visitors enjoy the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountain surroundings and access to miles of trails and open space.  The Colorado Horse Park is committed to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.

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It’s a Threepeat for VanderVeen in the Summer in the Rockies Parker Adventist Hospital Grand Prix

Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Eternal. Photo by Mary Adelaide Brakenridge.

Parker, CO – July 20, 2013 – The crown jewel of the Summer in the Rockies six-week series, the $50,000 Parker Adventist Hospital Grand Prix, was held on Saturday afternoon. It was Military Day at the Colorado Horse Park, honoring and welcoming military and first responders to enjoy family activities and great show jumping.

Title sponsor Parker Adventist Hospital was on hand for helmet fittings and distribution of free riding helmets to children as part of their Equestrian Safety Program. The evening began with lead line featuring cute ponies and children all walking away with blue ribbons, followed by fast and feisty Jack Russell terriers who raced against each other to the delight of the crowd of spectators.

The first horse appeared promptly at 4 p.m. to tackle international course designer Danny Foster’s course, a big and winding course that tested the maintenance of pace around turns, lengthening in forward lines and shortening in tight combinations.

“When you have the series-ending class and there’s extra money, there are all these reasons why you can go to the next level of competition,” said Foster. “I think people love it because it makes the first round so much more exciting.”

It wasn’t until six rounds in that Kristen VanderVeen from St Charles, IL, produced the first clear round aboard Bull Run’s Eternal. Five rounds later, John Pearce and Forest View Farm’s Chianto were fault-free, followed by Madeline Thatcher aboard Pony Lane Farm’s Splendor, then, Caitlin Hope and Total Touch, owned by Kathleen Hope. Armando Hassey put in what appeared to be a beautiful faultless round, but ¼ second over the time allowed cost them one fault.

Several rounds later, Alex Granato and Gangsta put in a clear effort, followed by Karen Cudmore and Southern Pride, and finally John Pearce and Son of a Gun. Altogether, seven horse and rider combinations met Foster’s challenge and progressed to the jump-off round.

“I like when more important classes begin with a championship,” said Foster. “They’re not just flat out decided in the jump-off.  If you get to the jump-off, right away you should be assured of a nice position. It was an accomplishment to go clean in that quality of first round.”

VanderVeen was the first to return for the short course with Bull Run’s Eternal. She delivered a flawless, clean round and tripped the timer at 40.035. Next, Pearce and Chianto had two down but a very fast time of 36.85. Thatcher lost a stirrup when Splendor knocked down a rail in their jump-off round and performed the majority of the round without her stirrup. Hope and Total Touch had a rail then some trouble at an oxer near the in-gate, which landed them in seventh place.

Alex Granato and Gangsta. Photo by Carrie Wirth
Alex Granato and Gangsta. Photo by Carrie Wirth

Granato and Gangsta managed the double clear in a time of 41.170 putting him in second place. Then Cudmore and Southern Pride were clean within 41.318 placing them in third.

Last to go in the jump-off round, Pearce and Son of a Gun attempted to come in clean and best VanderVeen’s time, but the pair had a rail and with a time of 42.069 ended up in fourth place.

VanderVeen had the win, her third grand prix win of the circuit. She had captured the top honors in the Summer in the Rockies II Grand Prix, presented by Littleton Equine Medical Center and Platinum Performance, and the $40,000 Holiday Inn of Parker Grand Prix during Summer in the Rockies V. In addition, VanderVeen had won the 2012 $50,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix and the 2011 $50,000 Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix.

“I felt good going in – he felt great in the warm-up ring,” said VanderVeen. “We felt on our A-game, but I never like to over think it too much.”

“In the first round all the lines were little bit slow, except one random line, so the whole rhythm of the course was a bit slow,” she continued. “My horse has a big stride, so I was trying to change gears in my mind. I was thinking, ‘Rein it back in stay in control; don’t get over-excited.’ The triple walked really tight and tough to jump, especially because it came after the only forward line in the course. It walked a big five then, turn right in the corner and real tight to that triple. I wanted to hit that five-stride and slow down into the triple. The vertical coming in was considerably smaller than B, which for some horses is hard to judge.”

“It is the end of three weeks so Gangsta is a little tired, but he shows it more as getting more tense to ride,” said Granato. “My plan for the first round was to hold it together and ride the best plan for him today – not how I walked. So I talked with John McConnell and Teri Knowlton who were helping me on the ground. We made a good plan for the first round.”

“I have known Danny Foster for years, so I knew exactly what to expect from his course,” said Cudmore.

John Pearce and Chianto. Photo by Carrie Wirth
John Pearce and Chianto. Photo by Carrie Wirth

“It is always hard to go first in the jump-off,” said VanderVeen. “I was going to lay it down and let them chase me. He’s got a really big stride, my plan was to start with that really big canter, be tidy but stay on my rhythm. You know, John Pearce can turn tighter than I can and there are other riders that can sneak in tighter than I can, but our strength is that he can jump off of a big gallop. That was my strategy.”

“My plan for the jump-off was still to hold it together, stick to the plan but be efficient and leave the rails up,” said Granato.  “Today it paid off.”

During the circuit, VanderVeen won the $30,000 Summer in the Rockies II Grand Prix, presented by Littleton Equine Medical Center and Platinum Performance, and the $40,000 Holiday Inn of Parker Grand Prix during Summer in the Rockies V.

“What a great circuit it has been,” said VanderVeen. “We had a great welcome our first class, then Chelsea (VanderVeen’s client, Babcock) really killed it the first three weeks especially, she won almost every junior class, and the classics. Carolyn was champion last week in the low adults. So that was really encouraging, working with the whole team together, things were gelling and once you get that momentum going you can ride on it a little bit.”

“This is the threepeat,” said Keith VanderVeen, Kristen VanderVeen’s proud father. “This is the third year in a row she’s won the $50,000 Grand Prix. What makes me proudest is that every year the horse she won on got sold and she had to come with a new horse. And that’s not easy to do because you don’t have time to build a partnership.  We’ve had this horse for little under a year. She’s getting consistently better as a rider and she can ride a lot of different kinds of horses and get the best out of them. She’s worked very hard.”

“We came here when they were juniors, and now it is not the same show,” said Keith VanderVeen.  “Pat Boyle, in my opinion, has done a fantastic job teaming up with Helen (Krieble) to create a venue that’s  in a whole other league.”

“It is nice to see what Helen and Pat and Showplace Productions are doing,” said Granato. “We had a great circuit and it was a lot of fun. It is nice to be home and it is always good with Pat running a show. He does a good job.”

“The footing has also made a huge difference,” Keith VanderVeen continued. I want to give a shout out to the Coors Family for helping to make that happen. Now good horses can come to Colorado.”

The Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies Fast Facts

What: Summer in the Rockies AA-Rated Hunter Jumper Show Series

Event Dates:

Summer in the Rockies I June 5-9, 2013
Summer in the Rockies II June 12-16, 2013
Summer in the Rockies III June 19-23, 2013
Summer in the Rockies IV July 3-7, 2013
Summer in the Rockies V July 10-14, 2013
Summer in the Rockies VI July 17-21, 2013

Prize List:

Click here for an online version of the prize list. For a hard copy of the prize list, please e-mail prizelist@cohorsepark.com with your name, address and phone number and specify which prize list you would like (spring/fall or summer).

Entries:

Mail to The Colorado Horse Park, 7522 South Pinery Drive, Parker, CO 80134 or fax to (303) 841-7879. Opening date for Stall Reservations: April 1, 2013. Closing date May 20, 2013.

Contact Information:

Pat Boyle, Show Manager                          (847) 274-6834
Brian Curry, Show Manager                        (303) 918-2908
Show Office                                                 (303) 841-7461
Show Office Fax                                          (303) 841-1419
Colorado Horse Park Main Office                (303) 841-5550
Colorado Horse Park Main Office Fax         (303) 841-7879

Tentative Schedule:
Wed – Sun: Show starts daily at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted

Directions:

Address: 7375 E Bayou Gulch Rd, Parker, CO 80134

From North: I-25S exit Ridgegate Parkway – go east under the freeway.  Ridgegate Parkway to S. Chambers Road, approx 3 miles (Traffic light) – turn right/south onto Chambers Road. At end of Chambers Road turn left/east onto Hess Road.  Hess Road to Parker Road/Hwy 83 – turn right/south onto Hwy 83 approx 4 miles to Bayou Gulch Road. (Traffic light). Follow signs to Colorado Horse Park.

From South: I-25N, exit Founder’s Parkway.  Founder’s Parkway to Highway 86, approx 4 miles (traffic light). Turn east/left onto Hwy. 86 to Franktown/Hwy 83. At Franktown go north on 83 approx. 7 mi. to Bayou Gulch Rd. (Traffic light), turn right/east onto Bayou Gulch Rd. Follow signs to Colorado Horse Park.

About the Colorado Horse Park

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Colorado Horse Park was founded by visionary Helen Krieble who acknowledged the need for a high-volume horse show and horse boarding facility to serve Colorado.  The Colorado Horse Park welcomes more than 75,000 visitors per year and hosts over 40 competitions annually.  CHP features a derby arena designed by Olympic-designer Linda Allen and a cross-country course designed by Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor and eventing super-star James Atkinson. There are 300 permanent stalls with capacity for more than 1,000 stalls.

The picturesque property, located only minutes from the town of Parker, hosts international equestrian events in multiple disciplines. Visitors enjoy the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountain surroundings and access to miles of trails and open space.  The Colorado Horse Park is committed to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.

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Devin Ryan and Zosja Triumph in $30,000 Otter Creek Grand Prix in Vermont

Devin Ryan guided Zosja to victory in the $30,000 Otter Creek Grand Prix. David Mullinix Photography.

East Dorset, Vermont — Devin Ryan and Zosja were declared the winners of the $30,000 Otter Creek Grand Prix, presented by the Inns at Equinox, on Saturday afternoon at the Vermont Summer Festival. Ryan and Zosja were the only double-clear round of the day, laying down a steady and careful second trip to secure them the victory.

Ryan and Zosja were second to return in the jump-off, following Thursday’s welcome stake victors Cory Hardy and Camelot 105, who finished with four faults. Jimmy Torano and Walkabout were the only other pair to progress to the jump-off and ultimately finished with four faults just behind Hardy.

Ryan was exceptionally pleased with his rounds aboard Eagle Valley Partner’s nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare.

“Today was one of the smoothest rounds I think I’ve had on her,” Ryan revealed. “I messed around in the spring trying to change bridles and I think it backfired on me. I went back to her old bridle and focused on myself. I focused on what I needed to be doing instead of what I was trying to make her do for me, and that seems to have worked.”

Ryan admitted that “making” Zosja do anything is out of the question.  In the year that has passed since they competed last at the Vermont Summer Festival, their relationship has progressed to one of mutual respect.

“She’s gotten a lot better since last summer. She’s much different. I didn’t have a lot of rideability last year. You have to ride her the way she wants to be ridden. Now, she respects me and listens more. Some horses you can get to adjust to your program, but you have to ride Zosja her way,” Ryan explained.

He continued, “She’s sensitive. She’s strong herself, but she doesn’t like when you get strong with her.”

While it may have caused him trouble initially, Ryan considers Zosja’s strong spirit one of her most valuable qualities.

“She’s so brave. The fences never back her off. She’s willing and never says no. She will take you to the jumps. She really attacks them. I don’t have many horses that attack the jumps like she does. She’s aggressive to each one and for a jumper, that’s not a bad thing,” Ryan commented.

Zosja may be more than eager to get up and over whatever is asked of her, but Ryan rode her to first place by focusing on smoothness rather than going full throttle in the jump off.

“My strategy was to try to stay smooth and not push her. Every time I’ve tried to push her and run in the jump off, I get in trouble with her. The more I push her, the quicker her stride gets, not bigger. Jimmy and Cory were faster than me because I didn’t leave out a stride in the last line. I didn’t want to push her down it, and today it worked out,” Ryan described.

Ryan was quick to mention that Saturday’s victory was not simply the result of his efforts, but that of the entire team of Eagle Valley Partners and Ryan’s River Run Stables, based in Long Valley, NJ.

“It’s the whole team, when it comes down to it,” Ryan stated. “The owners and all of the support making everything flow smoothly throughout the day are so important. Everyone, down to the guys you don’t see because they’re back at the barn, makes this possible. It’s not just one rider and one horse doing it, it’s the entire team.”

The Vermont Summer Festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary in its current Manchester location, offers more than $750,000 in prize money, making it the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont. The six-week circuit will continue through August 11 at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.

The first five Saturdays of the Vermont Summer Festival feature a $30,000 Grand Prix.  The $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix will be held during the sixth and final week on Saturday, August 10.  The weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, is held each Thursday.  The hugely popular $5,000 3’3” Hunter Derby is also held each Thursday for the first five weeks, with week six featuring the $15,000 Hunter Derby.

The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL).  For more information about the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail info@vt-summerfestival.com or visit www.vt-summerfestival.com.

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Frank Owens Wins $25,000 Bohicket Marina Grand Prix at Charleston Summer Classic

Frank Owens pilots MTM Twenties Girl over an oxer in the $25,000 Bohicket Marina Grand Prix. Flashpoint Photography.

The $25,000 Bohicket Marina Grand Prix welcomed 17 horse and rider teams last night over a course designed by Allen Rheinheimer that proved to be quite challenging.  Rheinheimer put the riders and horses to the test and it resulted in a victory for MTM Twenties Girl, owned by DS Holdings, LLC and ridden by Frank Owens of San Antonio, Texas.

“It rode a lot harder than it looked on paper,” said course designer Allen Rheinheimer. “The horses here were jumping great, so I designed a course to challenge them a bit more as the grand finale to the Charleston Summer Classic and the return of the grand prix competition here,” he added.

First to go in the line-up was Christopher Schroeder of Andersonville, Tennessee, in the irons of GK Performance Horses, LLC’s Una Bella.  Although the pair was well within the time allowed of 83 seconds, with a total of eight jump faults and a time of 81.610 seconds, Una Bella and Schroeder would finish in eighth place.

Skymiles, owned by Loretta Patterson and ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, was next to go but eliminated at fence seven.  Frank Owens entered the ring on his first mount, Capricello 2, owned by DS Holdings, LLC, but a combined total of eight jump and time faults and a time of 86.995 seconds would place them in eleventh place overall.  Quan, owned by Allison Ventura and ridden by Miguel Ventura of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was the next to tackle the course and looked to go clean, but four jump faults at the final fence and a time of 81.770 seconds would place them in fourth overall.

Danielle Grice of Northfield, Minnesota in the irons of Rapid Rewards, owned by Loretta Patterson, followed Ventura and accumulated a combined total of fifteen jump and time faults in a time of 85.654 seconds which would land them in twelfth place overall.  Christopher Schroeder and Enrique Van Het Vennehof, owned by GK Performance Horses, LLC, were next to go but opted to retire early after fence five.

Arbor Hill Farm’s Chase Boggio of Canton, Georgia rode his own Hennessey and with only four faults and a time of 82.058 seconds, found themselves in fifth place overall.  Holly Shepherd and Triompf, owned by Loretta Patterson, were next to tackle the challenging course and although the pair went clean, their time of 87.564 seconds would result in five time faults and a sixth place finish.

Josh Dolan of Bluffton, South Carolina and his own SLF Annie Lenox were next in the line-up but eliminated after fence nine.  Christopher Schroeder and GK Performance Horses, LLC’s Diamant De Ravel were next to go and after accumulating eight jump faults in a time of 81.917 seconds, would finish in tenth place overall.

Frank Owens was next up and this time aboard MTM Twenties Girl, owned by DS Holdings.  The pair sailed through the course and with a clean round in a time of 82.769 seconds would eventually win the class.

Amanda Wise of New Fairfield, Connecticut, in the irons of Reiner Niewisch Equestrian’s Collin, looked to make it a jump-off, but with four faults and three time faults in 85.137 seconds, finished in seventh overall.

Grice returned to the grand prix course, this time riding her own Boysterous.  The two were eliminated after fence eight. Sibling rivalry kicked it up a notch when Whitney Owens of San Antonio, Texas and DS Holdings, LLC’s S&L Shoe Guru were next to go and gave her brother Frank a run for the money in the time of 80.880 seconds, but with four time faults finished in third overall.

Schroeder and his fourth mount GK Performance Horses, LLC’s Catungee looked to make it a jump-off when they went clean, but their time of 83.784 seconds penalized the pair with one time fault which placed them in second overall.

Last to go, Shepherd and Loretta Patterson’s Silverstone took to the course.  The pair earned eight jump faults in a time of 81.847 seconds which would place them in ninth place overall.

Frank Owens commented, “It was much more technical than the week before; the course was longer and the time was pretty tight; it wasn’t too big, there were nice rampy oxers and other fences, but the three combinations and the vertical combination at the end made it kind of hard when your horses are tired,” he said. “But, you know, it did work for me,” he added.

Owens continued, “I got this horse from Mike [McCormick] and Tracy [Fenney] about a year ago and I started doing the prix on her last summer.  She’s a 9-year-old Dutch mare and belongs to Diana Stumberg, who is arguably one of the best sponsors I could have,” he said. “Although she [MTM Twenties Girl] has been pretty consistent and we have won a few mini-prix, this is my first grand prix win with her.  So, not only is it nice to go home with a win, but it makes it even nicer that it was her first win,” he said.

“I think we’ll be back in Charleston next year – every one of our amateur ladies said they want to come back with their families next year. It couldn’t be more beautiful here.  We went to all of the parties at Red’s, Tiffany’s and we had such a nice time.  The Classic Company and their sponsors threw such great dinners, breakfasts and parties; they really make you feel like they want you to be here,” he added.

The Classic Company produces twenty weeks of world class show jumping competitions in the Southeast United States and is proud to partner with Equestrian Connect as its Official Service Partner.  For those entering Classic competitions and looking to save the cost of postage, paper and personal time, make sure to go to Equestrian Connect, Classic Company’s Official Service Provider, to submit your entries today!

Equestrian Connect is Classic Company’s Official Service Provider and allows exhibitors to store their data one time, on the web, and then use that data to automatically fill out hunter/jumper entry forms across the country.  The service offers a free 45 day trial period for new members.  At the conclusion of the trial period, Equestrian Connect offers an annual subscription, or a “pay as you go” service. The service allows exhibitors to save both time and money.  This is the one-minute online entry service that will help you get your entries in on time and you to the show!

Anyone who has shown with the Classic Company knows what sets them apart from the rest:  Classic Shows are FUN!  Complimentary exhibitor parties, luncheons, Saturday pizzas and the friendliest show management team anywhere work hard to make your showing experience the best.  Classic Company never charges an add or scratch fee for those last minute changes and there is no office fee added for credit card payments.

So, whether you are a seasoned veteran or novice looking for a positive show experience, look to the Classic Company shows and join them in Atlanta this summer.  The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States.  For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at classiccompany.com or call them at 843-768-5503.

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Andrew Bourns Claims Victory in International Bromont $33,000 FEI 1.50m Open Welcome

Andrew Bourns & Gatsby. Photo: Isabelle Mark Beaulieu.

Bromont, Quebec – July 18, 2013 – As the first FEI event concludes at the International Bromont, Andrew Bourns earns a well-deserved victory over Canada’s Olympian Jill Henselwood, by 2.05 seconds. The first round turned out to be challenging: only 6 teams make it to the jump-off, including Canadian Jill Henselwood on her two mounts, IV Ever and New Idol Z.

On a course designed by Brazilian Guilherme Jorge, with 12 obstacles for 15 efforts including three double combinations, Jaclyn Duff (CAN) on Pater Noster is first to execute a clear round. Jill Henselwood, a member of the 2008 and 2012 Olympic teams, on her first horse IV Ever, a twelve-year-old Dutch warmblood, forces a jump-off with a clear round in 80.38 seconds.

Ljubov Kochetova (RUS) and her horse Aslan join the two leaders for the second round, as do the duo of Mac Cone (CAN) and Amor Van de Rostal and Andrew Bourns (IRL) on Gatsby. Jill Henselwood also makes it to the jump-off on her second mount, a 9-year-old mare, New Idol Z.

First in the ring, Jill Henselwood and IV Ever establish the time to beat with a clear round in 40.23 seconds. They will stay on top for the next four riders, as no pair, including Hensellwood and New Idol Z, beats their time.

The entrance of the last pair, Ireland’s Andrew Bourns, changes the tone: they double the speed and take tight turns in order to best Canadian Olympic athlete Jill Henselwood. In the end, with a time of 38.18 seconds in the jump-off, Andrew Bourns steals the win.

Thursday’s 1m50 is only the first of five FEI (Fédération Équestre Internationale) sanctioned events. The International riders will come back for another 1m50 class on Friday July 19, as well as for the 1m60 Grand Prix on Sunday July 21. The week of July 24 to 28 will give the riders an opportunity to participate in the third 1m50 class before closing the competition with the World Cup qualifier Quebec Original on Sunday July 28.

About International Bromont

International Bromont promises an unforgettable 2013 edition with five FEI events, the return of the Royal Canin Challenge (in collaboration with the Club d’agilité de la Montérégie), two Speed Derbies and a Hunter Derby. For more information on the programme, visit our site at www.internationalbromont.org.

International Bromont, hunter and jumping competition, presents its 38th edition at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park from July 11 to 14, 17 to 21 and 24 to 28. International Bromont would like to thank the Ministère de l’Éducation du Loisir et du Sport as well as the Ministère du Tourisme du Québec for their support. General admission: $10 per person and free for children under 12. Preferred admission: $25 a ticket.

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Kelsey Thatcher and Balougris SL Z Bring Home the Blue in the $2,500 1.30m Open Jumpers

Kelsey Thatcher and Balougris SL Z slice the second fence in the jump-off round.

Parker, CO – July 19, 2013 – Show jumping returned to the Kathy and Brad Coors Family Grand Prix Arena at Summer in the Rockies VI at the Colorado Horse Park. Highlights of the day included the $2,500 1.30m Open Jumpers and the $2,500 1.40m Open Jumpers.

In the 1.30m Open Jumpers, seven of the 13 horse and rider combinations that took on international course designer Danny Foster’s course progressed to the jump-off round. Haylie Jayne aboard Dolce Vita, owned by Pony Lane Farm, were the first in the order. The pair progressed to the jump-off round, where they were clean with a time of 38.958 seconds.

Jayne held on to the lead until Andrew Kocher and Cricket, owned by Lance Williamson, had a clear first round, then delivered a fault-free jump-off round to trip the timer at 36.971. Last to go in the order, Kelsey Thatcher and Balougris SL Z, owned by Pony Lane Farm, put in a double clear effort. Their jump-off round took full advantage of the short course’s time-saving options and the pair bested Kocher with a time of 36.971. When Thatcher and Balougris SL Z, known as Balou in the barn, left the ring, Thatcher was beaming.

“My horse was excellent so I was happy,” said Thatcher. “Balou is one we bought from Denise Wilson, who is from Ocala and the Chicago area. We’re glad that he’s broke finally. When they imported him he was already 8 or 9 years old and had no experience. My sister was the first one that started to ride him and he went around like a giraffe. He had no understanding of leg to hands. He would buck anytime you put your leg on, like a total little punk. But he is super, super talented.”

“He is the definition of team work,” Thatcher continued. “Haylie showed him for several months and Charlie did him in Florida in a couple of the WEFs and Mark Ferris would do lots of flatwork on him. I’ve shown him and my sister has shown him. He’s been great for all of us and we all love him.”

“I hadn’t ridden him in a year,” she said. “I showed him here last year. And my sister rode him for a year and now I’m riding him again. He’s an incredible athlete. It’s amazing how far he’s come. I’m so proud of him. It’s fun to talk about him because he’s been a little secret.”

Thatcher found the course challenging. But with Balou, the jump-off was an opportunity to show off his talent.

“The jump-off was fun,” Thatcher said. “The horses have to pay attention to where their legs are. I am lucky that he is a nice horse. That number two fence of the jump-off was like a 30 degree angle. I think he just barely got his eye on it and jumped it in perfect form. It is not a shot I could have taken on any other horse.”

Thatcher will ride two entries in the $50,000 Parker Adventist Hospital Grand Prix tomorrow, Everything and Athena.

“I’m glad I rode in the class today because it gave me a good idea of what to expect for tomorrow with his course design,” she explained. “It’s funny, from one week to the next, it is the same ring, the same jumps, but the course designers ask completely different questions. There will be a phenomenal quality for a big money class.”

Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run's Holy Smokes
Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Holy Smokes

Foster’s tough course for the $2,500 1.40m Open Jumpers produced only one double clear round, from Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Holy Smokes, one of the latest additions to the impressive string of Bull Run Jumpers.

“We just got her recently and we’ve had a lot of fun trying a new program,” said VanderVeen. . “She only jumped the 1.20m when I got her just a few weeks ago. She’s really moved up quite quickly with us.”

The course today suited Holy Smokes. “The courses that are winding and turny work for her because I can break her up a little bit,” shared VanderVeen. “She likes to go, so that slowed her down a little bit.”

“They are very different than what we’ve been jumping, for sure,” she continued. “It was great for that horse. I like an open forward course. This course breaks up your ride a lot – it makes you jump off your eye with the bending and it challenges the riders in a very different way. It is good to change it up. If you’re not on the rhythm, it can get dicey real fast. If you can’t stay on the pace, the bending lines catch everybody a little bit backwards.”

VanderVeen, who won the Summer in the Rockies II Grand Prix, presented by Littleton Equine Medical Center and Platinum Performance, and the $40,000 Holiday Inn of Parker Grand Prix during Summer in the Rockies V, will attempt another big win in the $50,000 Parker Adventist Hospital Grand Prix on Saturday with her two entries, Bull Run’s Eternal and Bull Run’s Holy Smokes.

The Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies Fast Facts

What: Summer in the Rockies AA-Rated Hunter Jumper Show Series

Event Dates:

Summer in the Rockies I June 5-9, 2013
Summer in the Rockies II June 12-16, 2013
Summer in the Rockies III June 19-23, 2013
Summer in the Rockies IV July 3-7, 2013
Summer in the Rockies V July 10-14, 2013
Summer in the Rockies VI July 17-21, 2013

Prize List:

Click here for an online version of the prize list. For a hard copy of the prize list, please e-mail prizelist@cohorsepark.com with your name, address and phone number and specify which prize list you would like (spring/fall or summer).

Entries:

Mail to The Colorado Horse Park, 7522 South Pinery Drive, Parker, CO 80134 or fax to (303) 841-7879. Opening date for Stall Reservations: April 1, 2013. Closing date May 20, 2013.

Contact Information:

Pat Boyle, Show Manager                          (847) 274-6834
Brian Curry, Show Manager                        (303) 918-2908
Show Office                                                 (303) 841-7461
Show Office Fax                                          (303) 841-1419
Colorado Horse Park Main Office                (303) 841-5550
Colorado Horse Park Main Office Fax         (303) 841-7879

Tentative Schedule:
Wed – Sun: Show starts daily at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted

Directions:

Address: 7375 E Bayou Gulch Rd, Parker, CO 80134

From North: I-25S exit Ridgegate Parkway – go east under the freeway.  Ridgegate Parkway to S. Chambers Road, approx 3 miles (Traffic light) – turn right/south onto Chambers Road. At end of Chambers Road turn left/east onto Hess Road.  Hess Road to Parker Road/Hwy 83 – turn right/south onto Hwy 83 approx 4 miles to Bayou Gulch Road. (Traffic light). Follow signs to Colorado Horse Park.

From South: I-25N, exit Founder’s Parkway.  Founder’s Parkway to Highway 86, approx 4 miles (traffic light). Turn east/left onto Hwy. 86 to Franktown/Hwy 83. At Franktown go north on 83 approx. 7 mi. to Bayou Gulch Rd. (Traffic light), turn right/east onto Bayou Gulch Rd. Follow signs to Colorado Horse Park.

About the Colorado Horse Park

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Colorado Horse Park was founded by visionary Helen Krieble who acknowledged the need for a high-volume horse show and horse boarding facility to serve Colorado.  The Colorado Horse Park welcomes more than 75,000 visitors per year and hosts over 40 competitions annually.  CHP features a derby arena designed by Olympic-designer Linda Allen and a cross-country course designed by Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor and eventing super-star James Atkinson. There are 300 permanent stalls with capacity for more than 1,000 stalls.

The picturesque property, located only minutes from the town of Parker, hosts international equestrian events in multiple disciplines. Visitors enjoy the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountain surroundings and access to miles of trails and open space.  The Colorado Horse Park is committed to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.

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Caitlin Boyle and Emma Willsky Take Charge in Small & Large Jr. Hunters at Summer in the Rockies VI

Caitlin Boyle and Finders Keepers.

Parker, CO – July 19, 2013 – Emma Willsky and Simply Said scored a hat trick in the Large Junior Hunters and Caitlin Boyle and Finders Keepers collected two wins in the Small Junior Hunters as the Junior Hunter divisions got underway at Summer in the Rockies VI.

Boyle and Finders Keepers demonstrated how far their partnership has come, cruising through relaxed, confident rounds that showcased the horse’s flashy jumping style. Boyle has had Finders Keepers for about a year and a half and has enjoyed seeing him develop into the horse he is today.

“We’ve made many, many improvements with him,” she said. “When we got him, he’d probably never jumped over 3′. So it’s nice to see how much he can do. He’s actually really athletic. We improved his smoothness, jumping form, lead changes and strength. He’s so simple now. It’s really nice.”

While Finders Keepers is for sale, Boyle is happy to keep showing him until he finds the right home. “We really love him – he’s a great horse,” she said. “So we’ll just keep showing him until someone wishes to have him. He’s a funny little guy, and he has a really cute personality.”

Boyle and Finders Keepers were 10th in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Sunday at Summer in the Rockies V. “I’m so proud because that was his first derby, and he just walked in there and jumped right around, like he didn’t care about anything,” she said. “He was amazing.”

Boyle also rode her equitation mount, Loredo, to a first place finish in the Washington Hunter and Jumper Phases, securing the overall win with scores in the upper 80s throughout. She and Loredo are shooting for top finishes at the big equitation finals this fall, and they have placed well in the equitation throughout their three weeks at Summer in the Rockies.

“He was really good,” Boyle said after her win on Loredo, whom she leases from Micaela Kennedy. “He was nice and quiet. He has a giant stride and the lines walked nice and easy today. I just needed to stay on one rhythm and have everything look the same.”

“We were 17th at Harrisburg (in the Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Finals) last year,” she added. “Now I know him a little better and hopefully we can do better this year. He’s just an awesome horse – you can do anything with him.”

Emma Willsky and Simply Said
Emma Willsky and Simply Said

Willsky and Simply Said had excellent rounds over fences and in the handy to score the wins in both classes in the Large Junior Hunters, and they stood out in the hack as well, earning another blue ribbon to complete the hat trick. Willsky said the horse shines in the hunter rounds, but came through in the handy as well to best the competition.

“He’s definitely my favorite horse to ride,” Willsky said. “He’s the only reason I still do the hunters – I’ve mostly switched over to the jumpers, but he always keeps it exciting. He’s very scopey.”

Willsky trains with Ashley Keeler, who has also achieved success with Simply Said at Summer in the Rockies. Keeler and Simply Said started off the week by winning the reserve championship in the 3’6″ Performance Working Hunters. Willsky began riding with Keeler after Keiri Kaneps, her previous trainer and the previous rider of Simply Said, passed away.

“I really like her as a trainer,” Willsky said of Keeler. “She’s done a really good job with him. He’s definitely learned a lot since he’s been with her.”

Willsky is headed to Vanderbilt University in the fall, where she plans to study economics. She will bring her jumper to school with her and hopes to bring Simply Said as well.

She recently rode Simply Said in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Summer in the Rockies V. “I’m aging out (of the juniors) this year, and I want to turn him into a derby horse,” she explained. “He’ll do 4′ easily. It’s what we’re working towards.”

Kai DeVoglaer and Colleen McKenzie’s Castello also performed well in the Large Junior Hunters, collecting two second places over fences as well as a third in the hack.

Camila Trejo, like Boyle, has her sights set on the big equitation finals, and she took another step toward that goal with a win in the ASPCA Maclay aboard Don Stewart’s Scarto. “I’m very happy with my ride,” Trejo said. “He was responding to my leg well and he’s jumping really well right now.”

Trejo, who lives in Dallas, TX, and trains with Jim and Joan Hensen, is competing at the Colorado Horse Park for the first time. “It’s a really nice horse park,” she said. “The footing’s great and so far the show’s been really good.”

She is qualified for the Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Medal Finals and the ASPCA Maclay Regional Finals. “My goal is to qualify for Maclay Finals and then do well at Medal Finals,” she said.

The Junior Hunter divisions return Saturday in the Olson Family Hunter Arena. The 3’6″ and 3’3″ Amateur Owner Hunters will also square off as Summer in the Rockies enters its final weekend.

Full results available at http://www.showplaceproductions.com/chp/resultsDivisionList.php?competition=23.

The Colorado Horse Park Summer in the Rockies Fast Facts

What: Summer in the Rockies AA-Rated Hunter Jumper Show Series

Event Dates:

Summer in the Rockies I June 5-9, 2013
Summer in the Rockies II June 12-16, 2013
Summer in the Rockies III June 19-23, 2013
Summer in the Rockies IV July 3-7, 2013
Summer in the Rockies V July 10-14, 2013
Summer in the Rockies VI July 17-21, 2013

Prize List:

Click here for an online version of the prize list. For a hard copy of the prize list, please e-mail prizelist@cohorsepark.com with your name, address and phone number and specify which prize list you would like (spring/fall or summer).

Entries:

Mail to The Colorado Horse Park, 7522 South Pinery Drive, Parker, CO 80134 or fax to (303) 841-7879. Opening date for Stall Reservations: April 1, 2013. Closing date May 20, 2013.

Contact Information:

Pat Boyle, Show Manager                          (847) 274-6834
Brian Curry, Show Manager                        (303) 918-2908
Show Office                                                 (303) 841-7461
Show Office Fax                                          (303) 841-1419
Colorado Horse Park Main Office                (303) 841-5550
Colorado Horse Park Main Office Fax         (303) 841-7879

Tentative Schedule:
Wed – Sun: Show starts daily at 8 a.m. unless otherwise noted

Directions:

Address: 7375 E Bayou Gulch Rd, Parker, CO 80134

From North: I-25S exit Ridgegate Parkway – go east under the freeway.  Ridgegate Parkway to S. Chambers Road, approx 3 miles (Traffic light) – turn right/south onto Chambers Road. At end of Chambers Road turn left/east onto Hess Road.  Hess Road to Parker Road/Hwy 83 – turn right/south onto Hwy 83 approx 4 miles to Bayou Gulch Road. (Traffic light). Follow signs to Colorado Horse Park.

From South: I-25N, exit Founder’s Parkway.  Founder’s Parkway to Highway 86, approx 4 miles (traffic light). Turn east/left onto Hwy. 86 to Franktown/Hwy 83. At Franktown go north on 83 approx. 7 mi. to Bayou Gulch Rd. (Traffic light), turn right/east onto Bayou Gulch Rd. Follow signs to Colorado Horse Park.

About the Colorado Horse Park

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Colorado Horse Park was founded by visionary Helen Krieble who acknowledged the need for a high-volume horse show and horse boarding facility to serve Colorado.  The Colorado Horse Park welcomes more than 75,000 visitors per year and hosts over 40 competitions annually.  CHP features a derby arena designed by Olympic-designer Linda Allen and a cross-country course designed by Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor and eventing super-star James Atkinson. There are 300 permanent stalls with capacity for more than 1,000 stalls.

The picturesque property, located only minutes from the town of Parker, hosts international equestrian events in multiple disciplines. Visitors enjoy the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountain surroundings and access to miles of trails and open space.  The Colorado Horse Park is committed to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.

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Uhlir and Holleger Win Dressage Individual Gold Medals at 2013 NAJYRC

Dressage Young Rider Individual medalists: Devon Wycoff (Reg 5), Bronze; Ayden Uhlir (Reg 6), Gold; Jamie Pestana (Reg 7) Silver (SusanJStickle.com)

Lexington, KY – Dressage riders completed their tests for Individual medals today at the 2013 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC). Taking home the Gold medal in the Young Rider division was Ayden Uhlir (Region 6) on Sjapoer. The Gold medalist in the Junior division was Lindsey Holleger (Region 3) riding Friedensfurst. The NAJYRC continues through Sunday, July 21, with team and individual competitions for the FEI sports of Dressage, Jumping, Eventing, Reining, and Endurance.

The judges for the Young Rider Dressage today were: E – Axel Steiner (USA), H – Mercedes Campdera (MEX), C – Bernard Maurel (FRA), M – Jane Ayers (USA), B – Bo Jena (SWE). In the Junior Dressage, the judges were: E – Joan McCartney (CAN), H – Annette Fransen-Iacobaeus (SWE), C – Linda Zang (USA), M – Janet Foy (USA), B – Martin Richenhagen (GER).

With a fantastic score of 71.605%, Ayden Uhlir (18, Kirkland, WA) and Sjapoer handily took the Gold medal in the Young Rider Individual competition. Their judges’ scores were E: 73.026%, H: 72.763%, C: 70.658%, M: 70.921%, B: 70.658%. Uhlir rides for Region 6, which includes riders from Alaska, Idaho, West Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Uhlir was also last year’s Junior Individual Gold medalist.

Moving up to the Young Rider division this year, Uhlir said she had to focus a lot more than in the juniors. “There was a lot more depth and dedication,” she explained. “I had to cut out some stressors in my life and distractions. I really buckled down.”

Part of that buckling down included a cross-country move from Texas to Washington to train with Jeremy Steinberg, USEF Dressage National Youth Coach, and Shauntel Bryant. “That definitely helped me a lot more to get adjusted to the new level for Prix St. Georges,” she said. “It was quite a journey coming from juniors. It’s a lot harder to do these tests, (but) a lot more fun with all the tempi changes everywhere! But I enjoy it and it was well worth it.”

Uhlir calls Sjapoer, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding by Contango, her “other half,” and said they share personality characteristics. “He’s just like me. We’re very open and ‘How are you?’ We’re kind of like kites; we’re always up in the air. You have to focus us sometimes. We’re very social and overall happy,” she remarked.

Talking about the changes from Wednesday’s Team test to today, she described, “I had to be more aware of where I was and more accurate. I wasn’t focused that much in the last test on my accuracy. Today I had to be super on. I wasn’t riding for a medal, I was riding for us. It was just a great ride.”

The Silver medal went to Jamie Pestana (20, Livermore, CA) and Winzalot, who finished with a score of 68.605%. Their judges’ scores were E: 67.895%, H: 68.026%, C: 66.447%, M: 69.342%, B: 71.316%. Pestana rides for Region 7, made up of riders from California, Nevada, and Hawaii.

Pestana’s history at the NAJYRC has been up and down with Winzalot, a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Wolkenstein II. They competed in the Junior division at the NAJYRC for the first time in 2010 when Winzalot was six years old. Pestana said, “I got him as a baby, and we moved up the levels together.”

In 2011, Winzalot had colic surgery ten days before NAJYRC, and last year’s competition “didn’t go as well as we hoped,” Pestana said. “This year we were coming to redeem our performance from last year. I’d say I had more expectations and he was more ready to come this year. It’s always exciting to do well. When you’re working with an animal, you can never expect them to be perfect, so I was so happy with him today.”

Devon Wycoff (Region 5, 19, Boulder, CO) and Power Play scored 68.579% for the Bronze medal. Region 5 consists of riders from Arizona, Colorado, East Montana, New Mexico, West Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Their judges’ scores were E: 69.079%, H: 67.763%, C: 67.500%, M: 70.395%, B: 68.158%. Wycoff has been riding Power Play, a 16-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Pik Noir, for over two years. Wycoff said that her first experience at NAJYRC was “overwhelming,” but that last year was a great learning experience.

“This year after having another year of Prix St. Georges under my belt, it really upped the ante. (I wanted to) have a really great-moving, accurate ride. Coming in, I was hoping to just be thrilled with my ride each time,” Wycoff related.

Wycoff said of her test, “I could feel in warm-up he was getting a little tired and he was a little tired in the test. I think the trot work was more solid. The canter work lacked a little bit of energy, but I was happy with his frame overall. Wednesday I didn’t really have any mistakes; today we had some more major mistakes, all rider errors. I was a little bit disappointed with myself, but not with him.”

Wycoff hopes to move up to the Intermediaire-1 and I-2 next year while aiming toward the 2014 Brentina Cup.

Junior Dressage Individual Medalists from left: Rison Naness (Reg 7), Bronze; Lindsey Holleger (Reg 3), Gold; and Naima Moreira Laliberte (Quebec, CAN) Silver (SusanJStickle.com)
Junior Dressage Individual Medalists from left: Rison Naness (Reg 7), Bronze; Lindsey Holleger (Reg 3), Gold; and Naima Moreira Laliberte (Quebec, CAN) Silver (SusanJStickle.com)

Holleger Reaches Goal with Junior Individual Gold Medal

In the junior division, it was a close contest for the top two medals. Lindsey Holleger (17, Whigham, GA) and Friedensfurst won the Gold medal with a 70.974% after receiving judges’ scores of: E: 68.026%, H: 70.658%, C: 71.447%, M: 71.842%, B: 72.895%. Holleger rides for Region 3, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Holleger and Friedensfurst were part of the final group to compete. While that added some pressure, Holleger said, “You always want to do your best when you go in the ring.”

Holleger has been riding Friedensfurst, an 11-year-old Trakehner gelding by Donaufurst, for almost four years and they came up levels together. “I’m really proud of that because we’ve come a really long way,” she said. “I love him to death. He’s so special and he tries his heart out for me every time I go in the ring.”

They were just out of the medals in the Individual competition at last year’s NAJYRC in fourth place. “Last year, I got really nervous and he took me around the ring. This year I was more prepared to go in the ring,” she recalled.

Holleger said that the NAJYRC was a “huge goal.” She said of winning a Gold medal, “It’s like a dream come true. I’m still on cloud nine right now. It’s really, really amazing. I’m happy and proud of my horse.”

Naima Moreira Laliberte (16, Outremont, QC, CAN) and Windbreaker 3 received 70.105% for the Silver. They scored from E: 70.000%, H: 70.789%, C: 70.526%, M: 69.605%, and B: 69.605%. Laliberte rides for Team Canada Quebec.

This was a significant accomplishment, as Laliberte has only been riding Windbreaker 3, a 12-year-old Westphalian gelding by Windspiel As, for three months and this was their third show together. She is leasing him, and he will return to his owners in Germany now. “I wish I could have him for a little longer,” she said with a smile.

While she doesn’t know him extremely well, Laliberte noted, “He’s huge at 17.3 hands. He’s a good mover and I think he knows his job. He’s super sweet in the barn and a good trooper. I love him, really.”

Laliberte said she had to focus on her own performance with a long day of competition. “I was trying not to think of this girl or this score, just watch my teammates. I just tried to chill during the day until the ride,” she explained.

Rison Naness (Region 7, 16, Burbank, CA) and Venezia won the Bronze medal with a 68.921%. They scored E: 69.211%, H: 69.737%, C: 69.079%, M: 67.763%, B: 68.816%.

Naness and her 15-year-old Hanoverian mare by White Star had “solid rides” both Wednesday and today, she said. “She really couldn’t have been any better today,” Naness said. “She’s taken me through the entire thing. She is the sweetest mare and she tries her heart out. I couldn’t be happier.”

She added, “It’s such a huge honor to be here.”

The riders thanked Adequan, Gotham North, USEF, USDF, and Platinum Performance for their sponsorship and support of NAJYRC.

Eventing CCI2* Riders Complete Dressage Phase

Following their Dressage tests this morning, Area III jumped into the lead for Team standings for the Eventing CCI2*. With strong performances by Caroline Martin and Quantum Solace (50.2 penalties) and Jennifer Caras on Fernhill Stowaway (52.0 penalties), they are on a team total of 155.9. Joining Martin and Caras on the team are Mary Atkins Hunt and Nuance (53.7 penalties) and Matilda Segal with Guinness X (68.1 penalties).

Area V is in second place with 162.6 penalties, and Area VII, VIII & IX are in third on 173.3 penalties.

Individually, Martin and Quantum Solace are in first place and Caras and Fernhill Stowaway are in third. Second place is Rowdie Adams (Area V) on No Money Down with 50.9 penalties.

Tomorrow’s schedule is full of NAJYRC action. Kicking it off at 7:30 am is the Jumping Individual Junior Final in the Rolex Stadium, followed by the Jumping Individual Young Rider Final. Eventers will tackle cross country starting at 8 am. The Reining Individual Final will be held in the Alltech Arena at 9:30 am. Team and Individual medals will be awarded tomorrow at 1:30 pm in the Alltech Arena for the Endurance riders after their race today, and in the Rolex Stadium, Dressage riders will complete their Freestyle tests starting with Juniors, then Young Riders.

For full results or to learn more about the Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North, please visit www.youngriders.org.

Don’t forget, USEF Network prsented by SmartPak will live stream the entirety of Saturday’s events from the Rolex Stadium during NAJYRC as well as the Individual Reining from the Alltech Arena. Visit www.usefnetwork.com to find out more and watch!

NAJYRC showcases the best young rider and junior horse/rider combinations in dressage, eventing, jumping, reining, and endurance. Young equestrians from across the continent will descend on the Kentucky Horse Park to vie for FEI medals at these Championships.

For sponsorship information, visit www.youngriders.org/Sponsors.aspx.

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