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Selcuk Koksalan and Carla Fly to Victory in the $10,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake

Selcuk Koksalan and Carla. ©Anne Gittens Photography.

Wellington, FL – September 17, 2019 – The ESP Fall Series continued with the ESP September competition this past weekend at Equestrian Village. The $10,000 Lactanase 1.35m Open Stake saw 18 total entries compete for a spot on the podium. Selcuk Koksalan of Wellington, FL flew to victory aboard his entry, Carla, after a 33.15-second jump-off round. Luis Larrazabal of Wellington, FL and Cassini Miraflores, owned by San Francisco Stables, LLC, were the only other pair to complete the second round, finishing in 33.739 seconds. Third place went to Tanimara Macari of Mexico, FL after she piloted Clio S around the first round in 71.357 seconds.

Course designer, Leopoldo Palacious of Venezuela, built the Sunday track which saw only two combinations complete the jump-off round. Koksalan and his nine-year-old mare also had the fastest time in the first course with 69.16 seconds. Francesca Damasceno of Palm Beach Gardens, FL rode Maidensway’s Cello Capital to a fourth-place finish after the pair’s first round time of 72.284 seconds with five faults added to their score, while the recent Open Stake champion, Samuel Parot of Wellington, FL, claimed fifth place after his 73.293-second round aboard Bahira S with six total faults added to their score.

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Callan Solem Continues Streak to Win $5,000 Speed Stake with VDL Wizard

Callan Solem and VDL Wizard.

Devon, Pa. – Sept. 13, 2019 – Highlighting the day at the 2019 Devon Fall Classic was the $5,000 Speed Stake, with 27 competitors vying for the lion’s share of prize money. Hosted at the iconic Dixon Oval, horse-and-rider combinations were pressured to produce a clear round with the fastest time. Ultimately, Callan Solem and VDL Wizard emerged victorious to take home the coveted Devon Blue at the end of the competitive speed class.

Amanda Dobbs and MJ Claim Championship Title in Thoroughbred Jumper Division

A fall feel in the air, cool temperatures, and a light breeze set the stage for jumper competition Friday morning at the Devon Fall Classic. Midway through the day, Thoroughbred Jumpers took to the Dixon Oval, which was lined with festive pumpkins and cornstalks. Several entries made an appearance over the two days of Thoroughbred competition but ultimately, it was Amanda Dobbs and MJ who took the overall championship title.

For more information, visit www.devonhorseshow.net/fall-classic/.

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Callan Solem and Imogen De Regor Start Out Strong at Devon Fall Classic

Callan Solem and Imogen De Regor.

Devon, Pa. – Sept. 12, 2019 – The 2019 Devon Fall Classic returned on Thursday, with a large number of entries entering the iconic Dixon Oval to try their hand in a vast selection of jumper classes. The highlight of the day’s events was the $5,000 Welcome Jumper Stake, with Callan Solem aboard Collin and Virginia McNeil’s Imogen De Regor claiming the top spot ahead of the field of competitors.

Taryn Nolte and Pablo Mejia Capture Wins in the Young Horse Jumpers

Thursday also saw up-and-coming horses competing in the 6-Year-Old Jumpers and 7-Year-Old Jumpers. Taking to the ring first, it was Taryn Nolte and New Normandy Farm’s Domino Normandy who captured the win in the 6-Year-Old division. Following, Pablo Mejia and his own Don’t Worry VH Scheefkasteel Z produced a clean and clear round to take the top placing in the 7-Year-Olds.

For more information, visit www.devonhorseshow.net/fall-classic/.

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Aiken Fall Festival I – Wrap Up

Nicky Galligan and Javas Miss Jordan.

Our feature class of the week, the $25,000 Aiken Saddlery American Standard Grand Prix, was held Saturday evening along with Hospitality under the VIP Tent hosted by Full Circle Farm and Solo Show Stables. Nicky Galligan piloted his own Javas Miss Jordan to the top prize. David Jennings rode Maffitt Lake Farms’ Aventador to second place and Laura Gaither Ulrich earned third aboard her entry Garda.

The $5,000 GGT Footing Welcome Jumper Classic and the $15,000 William E. Howard III Memorial Professional & Junior/Amateur USHJA National Hunter Derbies were held Friday evening along with Hospitality under the VIP Tent hosted by Barb Gould Uskup, Find Aiken Homes and Farms.

David Jennings and Maarten Huygens’ Iliano Van D’Abelendreef took home the win in the $5,000 GGT Footing Welcome Jumper Classic. Laura Gaither Ulrich and her own entry Garda finished in second place and Christina Webb aboard Fox View Farm’s FVF Sailor Man rounded out the top three.

In the $15,000 William E. Howard III Memorial Professional & Junior/Amateur USHJA National Hunter Derbies, Liza Boyd and Finally Farm, Inc.’s Ravello captured the top honors in the Professional Derby. Daniel Geitner rode Caroline Maude Hedges’ Dress Balou to the second place finish and Hunt Tosh earned third place aboard Ceil Wheeler’s Bastogne. Maddie Tosh and Betsee Parker’s Cold Harbor won the Junior/Amateur Derby. Salter Hydinger finished second with her entry Anthem and Christina Fox rode Southland Stables, LLC’s En Tune to the third place honors.

The 2019 SCHJA Governor’s Cup Medal Finals were held Sunday morning along with an Exhibitor Breakfast under the VIP Tent hosted by M&M Sport Horses and SCHJA. Derek Holt, trained by Charles Hairfield, won the competitive finals riding his own entry Let It Go. Grace Baranowski, trained by Courtney Goldstein, rode Joyful LLC’s Diesel to second place and Sophia Strahan, trained by Lynley Reilly, finished third aboard her entry Zeus.

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ESP Fall Series to Feature Six Weeks of Competition Beginning October 11

Wellington, FL – September 10, 2019 – Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC (ESP) has announced the release of the official prize list for the 2019 ESP Fall Series, which will host six weeks of competition at both Equestrian Village and the main grounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), beginning October 11 and continuing through the month of November. Click here to view the 2019 ESP Fall Prize List. Equestrian Village is located at 13500 South Shore Boulevard. The Main Grounds of PBIEC are located at 14440 Pierson Road.

The ESP Fall Series will begin October 11, with the start of ESP Fall I, and is set to host National & Jumper 3* competition through Sunday, October 13. The weekly $10,000 1.40m Open Stake will count towards the USHJA Show Jumping Ranking List.  ESP Fall II will take place October 18-20 at Equestrian Village and also features National & Jumper 3* competition. Highlight classes include the $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Classic presented by Score At The Top, the $2,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Equiline, the $2,500 NAL Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Equiline, the $2,500 High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Stake presented by Equiline, the $10,000 Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital 1.40m Open Stake, and the $1,500 Low Child/Adult Classic presented by French Horse Exports.

Competition during ESP Fall III, held October 25-27, will welcome National & Jumper 4* classes as well as the $25,000 CCTV Agent National Grand Prix on the GDF Grass Derby Field at Equestrian Village. Additional highlight classes to be held on the Derby Field will include the$1,500 M&S Child/Adult Classic presented by Score At The Top, the $2,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Equiline, the $2,500 NAL Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Equiline, and the $2,500 High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Stake presented by Equiline.

November 1-3 will feature the Fall Finale with National & Jumper 4* competition taking place at the Main Grounds of PBIEC. The $25,000 Osphos® Grand Prix is set to take place on Sunday, November 3 in the International Arena. Other highlight classes to be hosted in the International Arena include the $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Classic presented by Score At The Top, the $2,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Equiline, the $2,500 NAL Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Equiline, the $2,500 High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Stake presented by Equiline.

The ESP November competition, held November 8-10, and the ESP Pre-Charity competition, held November 15-17, will both see Regional & Jumper 3* competition along with the $25,000 ESP November Grand Prix and the $25,000 ESP Pre-Charity Grand Prix to wrap up the Fall series. Highlights include the $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Classic presented by Score At The Top, the $2,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Equiline, and the $2,500 NAL Medium Junior/Amateur Owner Classic presented by Equiline. ESP November’s $25,000 National Grand Prix will be presented by Pilates Rocks and ESP Pre-Charity’s $25,000 National Grand Prix will be presented by Equine Tack & Nutritionals.

The competitions will also include classic opportunities for hunter competitors and include a $1,000 Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter Classic, $1,000 Green Hunter Incentive, as well as $500 Small/Large/Green Pony Hunter Classics.

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Future Hunter Stars Showcased at Capital Challenge Horse Show

Hunt Tosh aboard Lights Out in 2017. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography.

Upper Marlboro, MD – Before Declaration, Dream Date, Gray Slipper, and Popeye K were winning grand hunter championships at major horse shows across the country and before their names were well-known in the hunter rings, the famous hunters were earning victories in the Green Hunter 3′ and 3’3″ division at the Capital Challenge Horse Show.

Created in 2001, the Green Hunter 3′ and 3’3″ division (previously known as the Future Hunters) at the Capital Challenge Horse Show included some of the first classes of their kind, spotlighting the future stars of the sport and providing an avenue for many of the best young horses in the nation to compete against their peers.

This year, the Capital Challenge Horse Show will again welcome many of the nation’s top, up-and-coming hunters for the $45,000 Green Hunter 3′ and 3’3″ division, to be held Monday, September 30 through Wednesday, October 2 at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.

Green Hunter competition will culminate on Wednesday afternoon as the top six entries in each of the six Green Hunter 3′ and 3’3″ sections return to contest the $25,000 Green Hunter 3′ and 3’3″ North American Championship, sponsored by the Wheeler Family.

“It’s an awesome showcase for the young horses,” said Laena Romond, who topped the 2018 championship aboard Traveller, owned by Catherine Cowie. “It’s a great chance to let the young horses shine in a nice ring and against the best competition.”

“If you look at the past horses who have won this class, they’ve gone on to have great careers,” said Hunt Tosh, a three-time winner of the championship class. “It’s fun to look at the list. I’ve been lucky to win it a couple of times. You get a great group of horses for this class.”

Sections of the Green Hunter division at the 2019 Capital Challenge Horse Show will include the Green Hunter 3’3″, split into Section A and Section B and sponsored by Hunt Tosh, Inc.; the Green Hunter 3′ – Five and Under, sponsored by Jennifer and Roger Smith; the Green Hunter 3′ – Six and Over, sponsored by David Belford and Christopher Payne of New Hope, LLC; the Green Hunter 3′ and 3’3″ Mares, sponsored by Penelope Ayers; and the Green Hunter 3′ Colts & Geldings, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Tim Goguen of Boggs Hill.

“Year after year, the Green Hunters are some of our most popular and heavily contested classes,” said show manager Oliver Kennedy. “If your horse is the best Green Hunter at Capital Challenge, chances are good that you have a star down the road as well.”

Learn more about the Green Hunter division and the Capital Challenge Horse Show by visiting www.capitalchallenge.org.

Emily Riden
Jump Media
emily@jumpmediallc.com

IHSA Founder Bob Cacchione to Retire from Executive Director Position

Bob Cacchione shakes Lizzy Traband’s hand during Nationals at Harrisburg in 2018. Photo by Madison Dempster.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sept. 3, 2019 – Robert E. “Bob” Cacchione, the charismatic leader of the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA), will retire from the executive director position of the organization he founded. Cacchione announced his decision in a letter to the IHSA board of directors, effective Sept. 1. He will continue to promote and support the IHSA and will assume the role of founder emeritus. Peter Cashman, IHSA second vice president and co-coach of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s equestrian team, will assume the role of interim executive director until a formal board election will take place June 2020.

“It’s been a great ride,” Cacchione said. “It’s been my passion and my life’s work. Never did I dream that it would be what it is today. I want to thank all the dedicated coaches and past and current board members for working to build this great organization. It has been an honor. The IHSA is in capable hands and will continue to grow and thrive. I’ll still be around to advise and help in any way I can.”

Cacchione has made a profound impact on the equestrian world. As many as 250,000 men and women have participated in the IHSA since 1967 when he founded the organization as an 18-year-old student at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. Cacchione’s brainchild was born out of his determination to find a way to ride while in college without the financial support of his parents. He and mentor and adviser Jack Fritz, a renowned horseman active in the governance of several equestrian disciplines, developed the prototype of IHSA competition, which included catch-riding appropriate horses, drawn out of a hat, that were supplied by host schools.

Launched with just two colleges competing in hunter seat equitation, the IHSA was praised for its innovative format and quickly caught on. In 1979 the Western divisions premiered at the IHSA National Championship Horse Show. In 1999, IHSA Inc. was established as a nonprofit organization.

The organization now has over 400 participating colleges and universities and 10,000 members. IHSA is comprised of 39 regions in 8 eight zones in 47 states and Canada. Because the IHSA offers all levels of competition, from beginner through advanced, and offers college students a way to learn to how to ride, it makes a significant impact on the grassroots development of the equestrian sports.

IHSA members make up 10 percent of the membership of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) and the IHSA is credited for being the single greatest source of new members to the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).

Some of the most notable riders in show jumping and the Western disciplines competed in the IHSA during their college years. Four-time Olympian and two-time Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden competed for Southern Seminary and won the Cacchione Cup in 1984. Olympic gold medalist Peter Wylde won the Cacchione Cup in 1986 while he attended Tufts University.

As executive director for 52 years, Cacchione has proudly led the IHSA, shaking the hands of every competitor at the IHSA National Championship Horse Show and working tirelessly alongside board members who have become lifelong friends. With his devotion to the IHSA and the number of lives it has impacted, Cacchione is regularly recognized and acknowledged during his travels by people from all walks of life who once participated in the IHSA.

“From September to May, I traveled to a show every weekend,” he said. “I’ve loved it, but I look forward to less travel and more time with family.”

Cacchione has been recognized for his commitment to college riding with the IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award, the USHJA Presidents Distinguished Service Award, US Equestrian/EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award, a Doctor of Humane Letters from Centenary College, and the American Horse Publications Equine Industry Vision Award. He also serves as vice-chairman of the Gentlemen’s Committee of the National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park.

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Karie Jane Pearson and Addison Reed Earn Blue to Conclude Southeast Medal Finals

Karie Jane Pearson and Enamored.

Tampa, Fla. – September 1, 2019 – The 2019 Southeast Medal Finals concluded Sunday, September 1, with horses and riders returning to the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center to vie for championship titles. The Medal Finals classes kicked off the morning, drawing a competitive field of adult and junior riders to the Lykes Indoor Arena. In the Adult Medal Finals, it was Karie Jane Pearson and Enamored that came out on top to claim the leading title. Addison Reed and Windsor rode away with the Junior Medal Finals win, sponsored by Up Country.

In the Adult Medal Finals, sponsored by Dover Saddlery, the technical eight-obstacle course offered riders the chance to showcase their handiness and adjustability through rollback turns, an in-and-out combination and opportunities to take an inside track. After the first round, Dorian Cieslak led the class riding her own Fellow Van’t Polderhof with a score of 84. Pearson followed close behind with their score of 80. Also in contention for the top spot was the third place rider Jennifer Giraldin riding her own Quesnel with a score of 78.

For the work-off round, the judges elected to challenge riders to a shortened course, asking them to demonstrate rollback turns and showcase their skills over a trot fence. With first place honors up for grabs, Pearson impressed the judges enough to move up into the top spot. Second place was ultimately awarded to Morgan Mulcahy riding her own Centara. Ceislak and Fellow Van’t Polderhof rounded out the top three.

Pearson and Enamored, an 18-year-old Westphalian Warmblood mare, have been paired together for two years. Prior to competing in the equitation divisions, Enamored was a seasoned jumper mount. Pearson recently started competing with the mare in both equitation and hunter divisions, and their transition to the new rings is clearly paying off.

Earlier in the day, the junior riders took center stage for the Junior Medal Finals, sponsored by Up Country. Following a competitive first round, Madison Ryan and Caprio owned by Jai Smith Rezac, sat in the lead with their score of 86. Reed and Windsor, owned by Bailey Tims, sat close behind in second with a score of 85, followed by Paige Moose in third riding her own Quintilus to a score of 83.

The judges invited all riders back to the arena to challenge them over a shortened track. Riders were asked to tackle a course of just four fences with technical rollback turns, as well as a trot fence, and return to the gate showcasing a sitting trot. The second round could lend any of the top three riders the leading title, but ultimately it was Reed that impressed the judges the most to move up and earn first place. Moose and Quintilus would finish the class in second place, with Ryan and Caprio rounding out the top three.

Sunday’s finals concluded the 2019 Southeast Medal Finals. Horses and riders enjoyed a weekend of competition and camaraderie, with many new champions crowned, and those hoping to enter next year have a whole year of qualifying possibilities ahead of them prior to the 2020 Southeast Medal Finals.

For more information about the 2019 Southeast Medal Finals, please visit www.southeastmedalfinals.com.

Kasey Parker and Hamlet Claim Jumper Final Win at Southeast Medal Finals

Kasey Parker and Hamlet.

Tampa, Fla. – August 31, 2019 – Jumper competitors took center stage in the Grand Prix arena during the second day of the 2019 Southeast Medal Finals (SEMF). Riders competed in a Nation’s Cup format for the 0.85m Jumper Final, sponsored by Tenney’s Custom Saddlery, aiming to remain clear over two rounds of competition. Riders that remained on a zero fault score over the course of the two rounds were invited to the final jump-off to decide the top placings. Ultimately, it was Kasey Parker and Hamlet, owned by Rachel Williams, that earned first place.

For the first round, 18 competitors took the arena with only six managing to complete a fault-free round within the time allowed. Clear riders included Parker, Rebecca Holcomb, Stephanie Welborne, Janice Brodkin, Gretchen Swanson, and Stephanie Engler. Following the second round, just four horse-and-athlete combinations remained fault-free in order to advance to the jump-off.

The pathfinder for the jump-off course was Swanson riding Broadway Joe, owned by Peggy Stevens. The pair completed a clear effort in 39.377 seconds to set the pace for the competitors that followed. Engler and her own Conquistadora attempted to take over the lead, but were just short with a fault-free time of 40.489 seconds. As the second-to-last competitor to tackle the jump-off, Parker and Hamlet entered the Grand Prix arena determined to take the win. The pair completed a swift, clean effort three seconds faster than the leading time to claim the top spot in 36.483 seconds.

The final competitor for the jump-off, Brodkin and Aber-Ka-Dabra, had an unfortunate rail on course, finishing on 4 total faults in 41.99 seconds. Parker’s quick clear effort was enough to hold her lead, ultimately garnering her the first-place honors. Second place was awarded to Swanson aboard Broadway Joe, with Engler and Conquistadora rounding out the top three.

Parker, a 24-year-old based out of Sanford, Florida, trains with Peggy Stevens at Brookmore Farms. She has had the ride on Hamlet, an 18-year-old Thoroughbred Warmblood gelding, for five years while his owner, Williams, has been away at veterinary school. This year marks Parker’s second year in a row returning to competition at the Southeast Medal Finals.

Earlier in the day, pony riders had their time to shine in the Stampede covered arena for the $500 Pony Handy Hunter Classic. Ultimately, it was Susannah Morrell riding CYR Point Pulitzer Prize, owned by CYR Point Stable, that took home top honors. Finishing in second place was Bailey Benner riding Brighton Paragon, owned by Keith Alaimo, with Lilly Mack and her own Special Agent rounding out the top three. Morrell and CYR Point Pulitzer Prize also took home the championship honors in the Pony Hunter division, sweeping all three classes.

For more information about the 2019 Southeast Medal Finals, please visit www.southeastmedalfinals.com.

Addison Reed and Lauren Carpenter Kick Off Southeast Medal Finals in Winning Fashion

Addison Reed and Windsor.

Tampa, Fla. – August 30, 2019 – The 2019 Southeast Medal Finals kicked off its third year at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, Florida, drawing a crowd of qualified horses and riders to compete for year-end finals titles. The prestigious competition presented many opportunities for athletes to showcase their skills and get experience in the ring prior to Saturday’s finals. Junior riders Addison Reed and Lauren Carpenter nabbed the win in the CWD $3,000 3’0 Hunter Spectacular and $1,000 2’6” Hunter Spectacular, respectively.

Reed took to the Stampede arena aboard Windsor, a mount that she only started riding Friday morning. She often catch rides various mounts for her trainer, Jamie Stryker, and she plans to continue the weekend riding Windsor in the Junior Hunter division. In the classic round of the $3,000 3’0 Hunter Spectacular, Reed and Windsor, owned by Bailey Tims, rode to a class-topping score of 80 to take the early lead.

Heading into the handy round, Reed’s trainer, Stryker, sat in second place aboard Quintilus, owned by Paige Moose, with a score of 81. Sophie Baron and Trident, owned by Stryker, sat in third place with a score of 68. Coming back for the handy round, Jessica Cross and Varina, owned by Waters Edge Stable, moved up in the ranks with a handy score of 83 for an overall total of 148.

As the second-to-last pair to enter the ring, Stryker and Quintilus earned a score of 78, enough to take the lead from Cross and Varina. As the final competitors to tackle the handy round, Reed and Windsor remained consistent, earning a score of 83 for a total overall score of 163 to clinch the win. Second place was ultimately awarded to Stryker and Quintilus, and Cross and Varina rounded out the top three.

Following the $3,000 3’0 Hunter Spectacular, competitors took to the Stampede arena for the $1,000 2’6” Hunter Spectacular. The class winner, Carpenter and her mount Bellini sat in the lead after their classic round received a score of 82. As the final pair to enter the arena, Carpenter and Bellini came back strong in the handy to earn a score of 81, ultimately clinching the blue ribbon.

Second place was awarded to Mia O’Brien aboard her own mount Dom Perignon after earning two scores of 80 for an overall total of 160. Rounding out the top three was Gina Zambrano riding her own Azalea Decor to scores of 77 and 65 for an overall total of 142.

For more information about the 2019 Southeast Medal Finals, please visit www.southeastmedalfinals.com.