Thank you to everyone who attended the NFHJA 2012 Year End Banquet. We enjoyed wonderful food, atmosphere and camaraderie as NFHJA 2012 Year End Awards recipients were recognized and congratulated. A special congratulations goes out to our Child and Adult Sportsmanship Awards recipients Lauren LeMasters & Peggy Fuller. This is a notable accomplishment as they were chosen by their peers.
Week 1 of the Jacksonville Winter Series is about to kick off on Jan. 16th! We are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and new friends. Week 1 hospitality includes a reception in conjunction with the Welcome Class on Thursday night, courtesy of Mooseknuckles Sandwiches, our new concession vendor! Please make plans to attend.
Please also note that a Model class will be added to all Pony & Green Pony hunter divisions, so get in your extra practice in Jax!
Feel free to email or call with any questions or for additional information.
Christmas & New Years have flown by and the Winter Series will be here in just a couple short weeks. Keep in mind that stalls are limited so please get your stall counts and entries in as soon as possible!
NFHJA is thrilled that Equestrian Game Tape will be with us Week 3 to provide video services. You can check out their work at equestriangametape.com.
A limited number of tables will be available for purchase Week 3. Tables will seat 10 and dinner and cocktail service will be provided on both Friday and Saturday evenings as you watch the $25,000 International Hunter Derby and $25,000 Grand Prix in comfort & style. Please reserve your table now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $350 per table.
The Jacksonville Winter Series is thrilled to announce our OFFICIAL ENTRY PARTNER, Equestrian Connect. Online entry has never been so easy. This streamlined process will save you valuable time and money as your information is stored for later use, in addition to saving money on expensive postage costs! This exciting service is FREE for a trial period. Once you try it you will be hooked! Check out the Website at: https://www.equestrianconnect.com (Zone 4).
PRE-PAID are eligible for a discount, so get your entries and stall money in early! Pre-Payment can be done via check or credit card by mailing entries or via Equestrian Connect.
The VIP Tent will be back this year. The NFHJA is thrilled to offer hospitality in it all three weeks! Weeks 1 & 2 will host complimentary parties. A limited number of tables will be available for purchase Week 3. Tables will seat 10 and dinner and cocktail service will be provided on both Friday and Saturday evenings as you watch the $25,000 International Hunter Derby and $25,000 Grand Prix in comfort & style. Please reserve your table now by emailing Alexis Newman at email@example.com. The cost is $350 per table.
I finally got to see an indoor hunter derby under the lights at the huge covered arena at the Clay County Agricultural Center in Green Cove Springs, FL (just south of Jacksonville) at the annual Jacksonville Winter Series. I missed it last year due to other commitments I had, but made it to the USHJA $25,000 International Hunter Derby this year. Read more about the derby and the Jax Winter Series here.
Every year I get to see the hunter classes and the grand prix jumping, but I haven’t seen a hunter derby other than what I can see online. I was really cool and not what I expected – a lot faster! Hard to shoot pictures and figure out a good spot to be in, but I got a few good shots anyway.
I was really great to see some of the hunter riders here that we put articles online about. It’s amazing that some of these riders can do so many different horses all in one class, too! Kelly Farmer rode 6 horses; Jennifer Alfano, who won the class on Jersey Boy, rode 4 horses; Liza Boyd rode 2 horses. Talk about being in shape – what athletes these women are. They are all winners in my eyes, including the 15 year old young lady that rode!
As usual, the North Florida Hunter Jumper Association put on a great dinner before the show with viewing access to the whole ring. I will definitely be making it to the next hunter derby that we have in close proximity.
We are overwhelmed with shows in our area and I wish I could go see them all. On my list next is to go to a combined driving show. Here’s hoping we have good weather since these aren’t in a nice covered arena. I have been shooting pictures in the covered arena during a rain with the wind blowing hard and gotten slightly wet and cold. That’s no fun, lol. We Floridians aren’t used to the cold. It went from 21 degrees in the morning 2 days ago back up to 78 degrees today!
This weekend is my dressage club’s schooling show and it’s supposed to rain. We desperately need the rain here as we are so dry and my pastures need it, but can’t it be when it’s not the day of a show?
February 3, 2012 – Green Cove Springs, FL – The Jacksonville Winter Series wrapped up its three week run on January 29th with the naming of Circuit Champions and a lot of fond memories for those attending.
Alexis Newman of the North Florida Hunter Jumper Association summed up the series: “We enjoyed a fantastic three weeks of shows that were marked with great exhibitor parties, superb competition, wonderful camaraderie, near perfect weather, plus a touching and successful benefit dinner.” The support of attendees raised in excess of $14,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project and local 4-H clubs. Show manager Bob Bell echoed Newman’s sentiment: “The number of exhibitors may not have been what we hoped for, but the competition was nothing less than fierce! I really feel this was one the best Jacksonville series yet – like Alexis said, we just had the best of everything come together and make for a great three weeks.”
The Jacksonville Winter Series has come and gone. We enjoyed a fantastic three weeks of shows that were marked with great exhibitor parties, superb competition, camaraderie, perfect weather and a touching & successful benefit dinner. Thank you to all of our exhibitors who supported not only the series, but the Wounded Warrior Project & the Clay County 4-H as well. In excess of $14,000 was raised for these very worthy causes.
Congratulations to the following Circuit Champions:
Adult Amateur Hunter – Cezanne & Carrie Ettinger
Adult Amateur Jumper – Leroy Brown 17 & Kelly Maloney
Amateur Owner Jumper – Thoughtful & Keri Guanciale
Children’s Hunter – Unlimited & Madison Maners
Children’s Jumper – 2 The Nines & Sophia Bertot
Green Pony Hunter – Blue Ridge Sweet Dreams & Devin Seek
High Performance Hunter – MJ & Mary Eufemia
Junior Hunter – Felicci & Caroline Kellog
Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper – Tanimara & Anne Bingler
Short/Long Stirrup Hunter – Barrington’s Brew of Magic & Samantha Palermo
Pony Hunter – Tuscany & Ashton Alexander
Pre-Children’s/Adult Hunter – Summer Daze & Patricia Simpson Zeh
Pre-Green Hunter – Summer Daze & Patricia Simpson Zeh
Buffalo, NY – January 31, 2012 – As 2012 kicks off for SBS Farms, Inc., it is apparent that nothing is going to stand in their way. Professional rider and trainer Jennifer Alfano rode Jersey Boy to a spectacular win in the Jacksonville Winter Series $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby last week. She and her mounts have earned numerous distinctions in the hunter rings, riding to the top scores with ease and consistency.
Alfano rode Jersey Boy to the reserve championship in the High Performance Hunters earlier in the week, earning the first and second place ribbons over fences as well as the blue ribbon for their efforts in the handy course. The team was only getting started for the week.
“Jersey Boy was awesome this week; he did great in the High Performance Hunters and then was spectacular for the derby,” Alfano described. “The first round he went around really lightly and skillfully but in the handy he was really just beautiful.”
Today was a kind of sad day in Pensacola because it’s the day we say good-bye and pack, but are very excited to head to our flagship show in Gulfport. Success is the best word to describe the new Florida winter circuit in Pensacola. We did not get the numbers we were hoping for our first year but all the divisions filled and our Grand Prix classes jammed the stands with spectators. We have signed on the dotted line to come back next year and maybe even for four weeks.
I flew back and forth for three weeks from east to west spending my time at both circuits in north Florida. I will be glad to stay in one time zone when we get to Gulfport next week.
The shows in Jacksonville were also a success. Again, the shows were lighter than they have been in the past but the shows ran well, thanks to a great crew and staff. The shows in Jacksonville will run in 2013 and NFHJA is also planning four weeks next year.
Week 2 of the Jacksonville Winter Series is complete. We enjoyed beautiful warm and sunny weather, exhibitor parties, an exciting Grand Prix and a wonderful benefit dinner for the Wounded Warrior Project.
C-Rated Division Champions & Reserves.
Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Entrepreneur, Owned by Peggy Fuller
Venice, Owned by Kendra New
Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49 First Class, Owned by Jennifer Wallen
Karla, Owned by Roberta Previ
Adult Amateur Hunter 50+ Mackenzie, Owned by Cynthia Kellog
Rebel’s Last Yell, Owned by Kathleen Gurley
The Jacksonville Winter Series is off to a great start with two spectacular Exhibitor Parties hosted by Chad & Brooke Watridge of Ridgewater Show Stables & Sweet Sensations of Green Cove Springs. The 4-H had a great turnout for their auction and all who attended had a wonderful time.
A huge thank you to all our Barns, Trainers & Exhibitors who showed at Week 1 and a special congratulations to all of our Champions & Reserve Champions.
A-Rated Division Champions & Reserves. The full list of results is fully searchable at Horse Shows Online.
MJ, Owned by Kevin & Mary Euphemia
Thoughtful, Owned by Keri Guanciale
Performance Working Hunter 3’6” & 3’9”
Quincy & Sportin Life, both owned by Lindsay Wolf