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Reed Kessler and Cylana Win $130,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 5

Reed Kessler and Cylana. Photos copyright Sportfot.

Kelley Farmer and Tara Metzner Crowned Champions of the CWD Saddlery 3’6″ Performance Working Hunter

Wellington, FL – February 11, 2016 – USA’s Reed Kessler and Cylana were the winners of the $130,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 5 on Thursday afternoon at the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL. Competing in the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), Kessler and Cylana topped the week five class over Elizabeth Gingras (CAN) and Coup de Chance in second, and Yann Candele (CAN) aboard First Choice 15 in third.

Watch Reed Kessler and Cylana in their winning jump-off round!

WEF 5, sponsored by Fidelity Investments®, runs February 10-14, 2016. The week will feature the $380,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday, February 13, for which Thursday’s Challenge Cup competition was a qualifier. Other highlights include the $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m Classic on Friday and the $86,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Sunday. The 12-week WEF circuit runs through April 3 offering more than $9 million in prize money.

Bob Ellis (GBR) is the course designer for international CSI 5* competition throughout week five. For Thursday’s $130,000 Ruby et Violette Challenge Cup, Ellis saw 55 competitors, with a 13-horse jump-off to follow. Seven were then double clear over the short course.

Katie Dinan (USA) was first to return with Grand Road Partners’ Nougat du Vallet and set the pace at 45.82 seconds, eventually placing seventh. Margie Engle (USA) and Elm Rock Partners’ Royce were next to clear the short track in 41.58 seconds, finishing fifth. Gingras and B Gingras Equestrian Ltd.’s Coup de Chance followed with a time of 38.64 seconds, soon settling for second place. Kessler and Cylana were next to clear the short course and took the lead in a time of 38.03 seconds that would hold on for the win.

Candele and the Watermark Group’s First Choice 15 clocked in at 39.23 seconds to secure third place honors. Cian O’Connor (IRL) and Adena Springs and Ronnoco Jump Ltd.’s Good Luck followed with a double clear in 40.97 seconds to place fourth, and Eduardo Menezes (BRA) locked up the top six with his time of 43.27 seconds aboard Quintol.

Kessler did not compete at WEF in 2014, opting to remain in Europe for the winter, but in an Olympic year the young rider chose to show on home turf early in the season. Kessler was the youngest rider ever to compete on the U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team at the age of 18 four years ago, and now has her sights set on once again securing a coveted spot on the team. She hopes to make that dream come true once more with Cylana, her now 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Skippy II x Darco), owned by Kessler Show Stables.

“My horse has been jumping so well. She is really feeling well,” Kessler said after her victory Thursday. “She had a great fall in Stuttgart and Geneva, and she jumped beautifully last week, so I could not be happier with her.”

“It is an Olympic year, and it is my number one goal to try to make the team again,” Kessler declared. “The first step is to make the short list, and I had a long talk with my Chef d’Equipe and he suggested that for the selectors to see everybody, it would be good to do a few weeks here. I did last week and this week. Now I go back to Holland for two weeks to jump some other horses, and then I come back and [compete] another two weeks here.”

Since competing in the 2012 Olympic Games, Kessler has had made a lot of changes in her program and her riding. One big difference is her flat work, as the rider explained that she has been working with Spanish dressage rider Morgan Barbançon Mestre, a close friend.

“I was only just turning 18 this last cycle of Olympics, so a lot has changed for me,” Kessler noted. “I am a young rider. I went out on my own this year. One of my best friends rode at the Games for the Spanish dressage team and she started helping me at the end of the summer and that has made the biggest difference for sure in my riding. I think my flat work is night and day and my horses are much better for it. They have all put on muscle in places that they have never had muscle. I can easily leave out one, maybe two strides in every jump-off I do now because I have such a better connection with all of them turning.”

The extra work combined with her longtime partnership with Cylana was an advantage for Kessler in Thursday’s jump-off.

“She is an amazing horse. I have had her so long, and I know her like the back of my hand,” Kessler stated. “I am really blessed because she is a horse that is really easy on herself physically, knock on wood. She is very sensible, she is brave, and she is experienced now. She goes her best with a lot of blood, so I can save her. I did not jump a class this week. I just put her straight in the qualifier, so I think in that way I am really lucky because she is easy on herself and it is easier for her to stay sound.”

Kessler will now jump Cylana in Saturday night’s $380,000 Fidelity Investments® Grand Prix CSI 5* and hopes for a good result.

“I would love to win the grand prix with her. That’s why I am here, is to show her off,” Kessler said. “She is in great form. She is in great condition, and she is jumping beautifully, so as long as I ride her well she is going to keep jumping well.”

In addition to the winning prize money, Kessler picked up a $3,000 bonus for wearing SSG ‘Digital’ style riding gloves as part of the SSG Gloves ‘Go Clean for the Green’ promotion.

Also competing in the International Ring on Thursday, Laura Chapot and Mary Chapot’s Thornhill Kate won the $8,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m jump-off class. Kelsey Thatcher and Pony Lane Farm’s Everything topped the $2,500 MAYBACH – ICONS OF LUXURY High Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class later in the afternoon.

Kelley Farmer and Tara Metzner Crowned Champions of the CWD Saddlery 3’6″ Performance Working Hunter

The very competitive CWD Saddlery 3’6″ Performance Working Hunter concluded in the Rost Arena on Thursday morning. Thirty-five horses vied for the championship honors, resulting in a California split of the division. Kelley Farmer and Dalliance were crowned Section A champions, and Tara Metzner piloted Celebrity to the Section B championship title.

Dalliance and Kelley Farmer
Dalliance and Kelley Farmer

Kelley Farmer, of Keswick, VA, piloted well-known mount Dalliance to 24 points on their way to the champion honors this week. The pair earned two second place ribbons, as well as a first and fourth over fences.

Farmer has been competing Dalliance, who is a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Avatar Real Estate, for a little over a year. The pair has stacked up quite a few blue ribbons, including a USHJA International Hunter Derby win.

“He’s just a good horse,” Farmer said about the gelding’s character and temperament. “He’s always careful, always jumps good, always quiet; he walks from the stall to the ring.”

“He’s a little bit like a pony. You kind of have to rev him up, but he’s got tons of jump. He’s a winner,” she remarked. Farmer will continue to compete the gelding in the 3’6″ Performance Hunter Division as well as the High Performance Hunter division throughout the rest of the WEF circuit. She also plans to show him in the USHJA International Hunter Derby during Week 12.

Tara Metzner, of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, was pleased with Celebrity’s performance this week. The pair placed first, seventh, second and third over fences and fourth in the under saddle. “The courses were nice. I found the lines a little more open today than yesterday so we got to show off a little and gallop,” Metzner said about her jumping rounds on Thursday.

Celebrity is a nine-year-old gelding owned by Davlyn Farms, who was originally meant to be an equitation horse. Purchased and imported from Europe as an eight-year-old, the gelding suffered an unfortunate bone bruise upon his arrival in the United States, which sidelined him from competition for six months.

Once Metzner began showing Celebrity last summer, it became apparent to the team at Davlyn Farms that he should be a hunter. “The more we ride him, the fancier he gets, so we decided to make him a hunter instead of an equitation horse,” Metzner explained. “He’s just such a good egg. He gets better each time in the ring.”

Celebrity also competes in the Low Adult Hunter division with rider Tammy Williams. While Metzner generally shows the gelding in the Performance Hunter divisions as a warm-up for Williams, the more she shows him, the more she believes he will make an excellent derby horse. “For sure I think he’s going to end up being a derby horse. He’s super brave. We’ll probably start doing those at the end of the season here and see how it goes,” she said.

The Section A reserve championship was awarded to Louise Serio and eight-year-old gelding As Promised, owned by Meralex Farm, Inc. Section B reserve honors went to Holly Orlando and Tidal Wave, who is owned by Elizabeth Monaco.

The fifth week of competition at WEF will continue on Friday with the Camping World Adult Amateur 50 and Over Section A, which will be held in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. Jumper action will also continue in the International Arena with the $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m Classic. For more information and full results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Lauren Fisher and Callie Seaman for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Three for Three: Lamaze Tops $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 4

Eric Lamaze and Check Picobello Z. Photos copyright Sportfot.

Kelley Farmer Clinches the Equine Tack and Nutritionals First Year Green Hunter Championship aboard Like I Said

Wellington, FL – February 4, 2016 – Week four of the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) continued on Thursday with a win for Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Check Picobello Z in the $35,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 4. The win marks three in a row for Lamaze in this year’s Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Series, with victories in weeks two and three aboard Rosana du Park.

WEF 4, sponsored by Ariat®, runs February 3-7, 2016, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL. The week will feature the Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® on Saturday, February 6. Other highlights include the $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m Classic in the WEF International Ring and the $25,000 Artisan Farms U25 Grand Prix Team Event, presented by the McNerney Family, at The Stadium at PBIEC on Friday; the $35,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic on Saturday; and the $216,000 Ariat® Grand Prix CSI 4* at The Stadium at PBIEC on Sunday. Also held on Friday and Saturday at The Stadium at PBIEC is the Asheville Regional Airport Wellington Eventing Showcase, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty. All of these events will be live streamed at www.COTH.com. The 12-week WEF circuit runs through April 3, offering more than $9 million in prize money.

Guilherme Jorge (BRA) is the international course designer for WEF 4 and set the track for 56 entries in Thursday’s Challenge Cup. Fourteen jumped clear in round one, and 12 continued on to the jump-off, where six double clear rounds were completed.

Kevin Babington (IRL) and Mark Q set the pace in 42.02 seconds, which eventually placed third. Daniel Bluman (COL) and Conconcreto Believe were next to clear the short course in 42.57 seconds to finish fourth. Lillie Keenan (USA) and Chansonette Farm LLC’s Super Sox were next to go, clear in 41.86 seconds to take over the lead, but eventually finish second. Audrey Coulter (USA) also cleared the jump-off with Copernicus Stables LLC’s Alex, placing sixth overall, with a time of 43.46. Lamaze and Check Picobello Z followed with the winning round in 41.43 seconds, and last to go, Pedro Muylaert (BRA) jumped into fifth with a time of 42.90 seconds riding Rubens Takaneo’s Colorado.

Tiffany Foster (CAN) and Brighton, and Todd Minikus (USA) and Babalou 41 were each faster than Lamaze, but incurred faults.

Check Picobello Z is a 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Cardento x Orlando) that Lamaze purchased from Ilan Ferder when the horse was seven years old. Check Picobello Z is owned by Artisan Farms, LLC & Torrey Pines. The gelding had an injury that kept him from competing at the end of the 2015 season, but he came back to place second in the $35,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic during week one and now picked up a win.

“I am really excited, especially today,” Lamaze stated following his round of honor. “I believed in this horse from the beginning, but it was a long time in the making. He was not the easiest horse to ride, and he was always really careful. He is still a little hard to maneuver at times, but I always believed that he could be a really good horse. He started to show us that by the middle of Spruce Meadows in the summer tour, and then he got hurt, so he missed the rest of the summer. I was not sure what I was going to have at the beginning of this circuit with him, but he came right back where he left off, so I could not be happier.”

Lamaze watched some of the early jump-off rounds and made his plan to do nine strides in one line where everyone else paced ten, but once in the ring, he did not need to leave out the stride.

“I did not count between jumps one, two, or three, to be honest,” Lamaze detailed. “After fence one, we landed a little right, so I just got back on track and then I stayed on ten strides. I got a good slice at the Liverpool and then I knew I could trust him at the double. He has a big stride, so coming home was good. I was not sure if I was on it. It did not feel like the fastest jump-off to me, but today it was good enough.”

The rider spoke further about Check Picobello Z and the transformation that the gelding has made in the last couple of years, specifically coming back for jump-off rounds.

“His ride is a bit different,” Lamaze said. “He does not really appreciate help. He likes to go his own way, and you have to just leave it up to him and he really does amazing things. At the beginning of last year in Florida, he jumped a lot of clear rounds, but I had trouble coming back in the jump-offs. I always had a rail or two, either from conditioning or from him trying so hard in the first round and being tired for the jump-off, or me trying too hard in the warm-up. It just did not work in the jump-offs. Now a year later, things have changed. This is his first big win.”

“As an eight-year-old, I never went fast in any classes because he was not so easy to ride, and I did not believe it was a good thing for him to learn,” Lamaze continued. “When he was nine I tried, and by then I was a little bit confused about how to come back with him in a second round, but by the summer he started getting things.”

With another win under his belt, Lamaze plans to bring out his big guns next week with another horse, Fine Lady 5. ‘Fine Lady’ was the rider’s mount for three out of his five Challenge Cup wins in the 2015 circuit and will contest the class in next week’s CSI 5* competition.

“That is my most ready, competitive horse,” Lamaze stated. “She is so dependable, and I know her so well. She is so quick. She will do two 1.40m classes this week and come out in the WEF (Challenge Cup) next week, so we will see what comes of it. I am starting every horse very easily. I do some easy classes and then I come into these classes with horses that are fresh and capable, but you need a certain amount of luck as well, which I seem to be having on Thursdays.”

In addition to the winning prize money, Lamaze picked up a $3,000 bonus for the third week in a row for wearing SSG ‘Digital’ style riding gloves as part of the SSG Gloves ‘Go Clean for the Green’ promotion. That brings his tally up to $9,000 in bonus money for the circuit so far.

Also showing in the International Ring on Thursday, Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Kerry Anne LLC’s Glamour van de Kakebeek won the $8,000 Douglas Elliman 1.45m jump-off class. Emanuel Andrade was victorious in the $2,500 MAYBACH – ICONS OF LUXURY High Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class with Belita.

Kelley Farmer Clinches the Equine Tack and Nutritionals First Year Green Hunter Championship Aboard Like I Said

The First Year Green Hunter division, which was presented by Equine Tack and Nutritionals, awarded Kelley Farmer and Like I Said championship honors on Thursday morning in the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Field. Kelley Farmer and Tara Metzner had to stand out in a competitive field of 23 entries in an intense battle for the championship win. Having earned only a second-place finish over fences on Wednesday, Farmer needed wins in both jumping classes on Thursday to beat out Tara Metzner and Davlyn Farm’s Cy Young. Farmer succeeded, winning both over fences classes on Thursday.

Kelley Farmer and Like I Said
Kelley Farmer and Like I Said

Farmer shined in the second over fences class, earning an impressive score of 98 and securing her championship victory by one point. Metzner and Cy Young settled for the reserve honors, after winning both over fences classes on Wednesday, placing fourth in an over fences class on Thursday, and earning a third in the under saddle.

Like I Said is an eight-year-old Mecklenburg mare owned by David Glefke and Kent Farrington. The mare is a recent import from Europe, and this was Farmer’s inaugural show with her. The cancellation of professional hunter divisions due to rain prevented them from competing last week.

“Wow,” was Farmer’s excited response to her impressive score of 98 today over fences. It was an unexpected honor that left Larry and Kelley visibly overjoyed. “This was her maiden voyage. She was great!” Farmer remarked.

“She just does it so easily, and she jumps so careful and high. You never have to pick up the reins on her,” Farmer explained about what she believes makes this horse and her round today so special. “She goes so smooth and then gets high and crisp,” she added.

“She is easy, brave, simple… she just wants to do it,” Farmer said. Like I Said also competed in the High Performance Hunter division on Wednesday, earning a second and a sixth over fences.

“I think she can do a little bit of everything. I think she has it all,” Farmer noted about her future plans with the mare that she will continue to show throughout circuit in the First Years and the High Performance Hunters.

The fourth week of competition at the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival continues on Friday with a busy schedule on two sides of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. The $35,000 Illustrated Properties 1.45m Classic will be featured in the International Ring, and the Asheville Regional Airport Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49 Section A will award championship honors in the Rost Arena in the morning. The $25,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Grand Prix Team Event, presented by the McNerney Family, will be held at The Stadium at PBIEC in the evening. For more information and full results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Lauren Fisher and Callie Seaman for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

David Beisel and Ammeretto Race to $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Victory

David Beisel and Ammeretto.

Lexington, KY – August 14, 2015 – For David Beisel, the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show holds incredible memories, yet there is one in particular that stands out for him. It was three years ago exactly that David Beisel and Ammeretto, owned by Equine Holdings, LLC, entered into only the second grand prix of their show jumping partnership during the week of the USHJA Hunter Derby Finals, and they won. Friday night, under the lights of the Rolex Stadium, it was déjà vu for Beisel as he entered into a 12-horse jump-off with the small but mighty warmblood stallion, winning the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, presented by Zoetis.

“Before the jump-off, as I was getting ready to go over the course, I was thinking to myself that it was three years ago that he competed his second grand prix, and now, here were are,” Beisel smiled. “I knew that if I had a little faith in him, and with the good partnership we have now, that it all would work, and it did.”

Out of a field of 47 horse and rider combinations, Beisel and Ammeretto rose to the top of the leader board, besting 11 fellow contenders during an exceptionally fast jump-off. Shane Sweetnam and Easy Contact Humlan, owned by Sweet Oak Farm, were the first to tackle the shortened course, designed by Allen Rheinheimer. Although they posted the quick time of 40.487 seconds, he left the door open just enough to let Beisel take his shot.

Beisel sat ringside during the course change, observing Rheinheimer’s changes to the track. He noted that deeper cups were added to the skinny, warranting a tight turn back, and the black oxer originally the 11th obstacle of the opening track was narrowed, allowing for a tight rollback. It was the race to the final oxer with Ammeretto that would have spectators on the edge of their seats.

“I knew I really had to take a shot to the last one,” Beisel explained. “Allen had made the black oxer quite narrow, and I hoped to turn back as tight as I could and trust that he would hop over it. It didn’t come up exactly how I would imagine, but he gave a huge effort. I tried to be smooth to the in-and-out and then trusted him to fly to the Hagyard. He did just that.”

Ammeretto and Beisel have a special partnership, rooted in time and trust. Ammeretto originally found a home with Beisel as a 3-year-old, and now, seven years later, the pair has an unspoken understanding.

Beisel continued, “He is such a smart horse; he really truly enjoys competing and jumping. I think he totally understands to adjust his speed out there and slow up for the jumps. If I have an error in the jump-off it is usually because I am pulling on the reins and mess up his rhythm. I think staying out of his way is the best way to go.”

Beisel and Ammeretto stopped the clock in an astonishing 38.229 seconds.

Sweetnam did not want to take no for an answer tonight. Having already lost the lead to Beisel, as well as to the 18-year-old Emanuel Andrade who posted a clean and speedy effort in 39.962 seconds, he returned on his second qualified mount, Eregast Van’t Kiezelhof.

Although Sweetnam gave it a gamble on the course, his time would still fall 1/10th of a second shy of Beisel’s winning time, landing from the oxer in 38.332 seconds for the second place, pushing Andrade into third.

“This horse was also second in the most recent Hagyard Challenge I did two weeks ago. He was close then and close again tonight. David is a very fast rider,” Sweetnam said. “Eregast Van’t Kiezelhof is not the fastest horse in the world, but he’s learning to be faster, as you saw tonight. He makes my job quite easy. I just have to find the jumps, and I think we’ll have a chance.”

All three top finishers plan to return to the Rolex Arena on Sunday afternoon for the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington. For Beisel, he is aiming for even bigger purses and dreams.

“We plan to jump the HITS Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix and the [American] Gold Cup and to keep trying to climb up the ranking list,” Beisel concluded. “It is a dream of mine to get on the short list for Team USA, so I want to keep chipping away at getting more points and prove that [Ammeretto] is a competitor. I cannot thank Equine Holdings enough for their support; you cannot do this without owners; I am blessed to have them and for them to back our goals.”

Fourth place was awarded to Sweetnam for his earlier round aboard Easy Contact Humlan as the first of the class, while fifth place was won by Victoria Colvin and Echo Von T Spieveld with a clear effort in 42.645 seconds. Amanda Derbyshire and Lady Maria BH rounded out the top six as the last of the clear efforts in a conservative 48.232 seconds.

Liza Boyd, Kelley Farmer, and Sandy Ferrell Lead the Way in Day One of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Final

The question of impending retirement has been in the air recently for 17-year-old chestnut Brunello, famously ridden by Liza Boyd to two USHJA International Derby Championships in the last two years, but the elder horse put those rumors to rest in the Rolex Stadium Friday as he earned three top marks above 90 for a cumulative score of 287 to secure the lead after the Classic Round. Kelley Farmer and Mindful, one of Farmer’s numerous mounts of the day, closely trail the current frontrunners headed into the second day of competition, featuring the handy round. Sandy Ferrell, having just come off a reserve showing in the Pre-Green Incentive Finals Thursday, kept her momentum going by clinching the third position with El Primero ahead of the 76 other entries.

Liza Boyd and Brunello
Liza Boyd and Brunello

“I think we can say that he is not retired. That is a question I have gotten a lot this year and I don’t think he wants to be retired. He just felt like he was six years old again,” Boyd gushed. “The horse is amazing. I will never have a horse like this again. I get a little emotional about him. He tries so hard; he loves what he does and he makes my life so easy. He is just really, really special; I can’t thank him enough.”

Although Brunello, co-owned by Boyd and Janet Peterson, has a few more notches in his belt than his younger counterparts, Boyd feels that the Hanoverian horse is still in great shape, which can be attributed to the training and fitness regimen she keep him on at home in Landrum, South Carolina. She credited lots of trail riding, treadmill workouts, turnout, and double rides on some days as their secret weapons to keeping him looking and feeling his best, a recipe that has shown successful.

“We do really focus on fitness, and this horse doesn’t have to show super often. The week before I locked him up in the stall and barely did anything with him. He had a massage, and I had a facial,” Boyd laughed. “I wanted him to be as fresh as possible.”

The winning pair laid down a stellar trip, proving that the best was saved for last as the final in the order to go over designer Steve Stephens’ classic round track, which presented riders with 13 efforts to show off their talents. Four fences offered high and low height options, giving competitors a chance to earn up to 12 additional points, four from each of the three judges, to their score. Boyd and Brunello opted for all the high options, contributing to their seamless round.

“I think it [the course] is typical Steve [Stephens]. You walk it and it seems pretty straightforward, but you get out there and they get a little wiggly; the horses don’t know where they are. It isn’t so much the height or that he didn’t test us with a lot of numbers. We only had one line. It was really where he placed the jumps,” Boyd said. “Even starting out with fence one, they didn’t expect the jump to be there; it was away from the in gate. He definitely placed them in tricky spots, but it was very rideable for a young horse and kept an old horse enthusiastic and sharp. Once again, he did an unbelievable job.”

As the two-time defending champions, Boyd and Brunello felt the pressure headed into the ring, but did not exude any of that anxiety to the crowd or, more importantly, the judges. The duo’s 287 score was pieced together of 90.5, 91.5, and 93.0 scores from the judges, plus the bonus 12 earned due to the high fence options.

“Last year was a thousand times less stress. I think I should have another baby before next year because last year I was just hoping to hold on and have fun. This year was a lot more stress; my palms are still sweating. I was super nervous,” Boyd reflected.

Currently in the reserve position, hometown rider Kelley Farmer aboard veteran mount Mindful, owned by Larry Glefke and Kensel, LLC, are hot on the heels of Boyd and Brunello, only a singular point behind the current leaders. She and the black gelding Mindful have an impressive résumé together, having accrued lifetime prize money topping $97,000, of which $65,000 was won this year alone.

“I can’t say enough about that horse. He is a fantastic horse, and he went beautifully today. I hope it goes the same tomorrow. I made some mistakes on some of the others, but the course was nice and the horses went well,” Farmer said.

Farmer also earned a stop amongst the frontrunners in the saddle aboard Dalliance, who is owned by Avatar Real Estate, LLC out of Coral Gables, Florida. The pair rode to a 276.600 score to claim the sixth position headed into the handy round.

On the opposite side of the age spectrum from Brunello sits El Primero, the 6-year-old bay stallion navigated to third in the standings by Sandy Ferrell of Bernville, Pennsylvania. The talkative horse whinnied all the way around the ring, but that did not detract from the strong performance as he proved to not only talk the talk, but also walked the walk to the tune of a 280.250 score in his first Derby Finals.

“He is a newcomer to the derby world. He just turned six this year, and he is a baby, and must be the youngest out there. I think that we are just seeing the beginning of his career. He was a little bit talkative out there today; I think he was wondering where his friends went because he couldn’t see anybody. He was talking all the way around the ring,” Ferrell said.

El Primero, owned by Bryan Baldwin and Meralex Farm of Brandon, Florida, is known as ‘Sexy’ outside the ring and was imported from Europe as a jumper, but smoothly transitioned into the hunter ring, where he has shined under the tutelage of Louise Serio.

“As a horseman, you are going to fall in love with that horse. Whether it is his look, his athletic ability is endless; his desire to perform is endless. He is an amazing horse, and I think great things are only yet to come,” Farrell commented. “It is rare that a horse comes out of the jumper ring in Europe and plops into the hunter ring and off we go. He is just an incredible animal. He has such a wise soul. He is so in control of everything.”

The top six horse and rider partners are separated by 11 points headed into Saturday’s handy phase. Trying to surpass the top three will be Cassanto, ridden by Brady Hamilton and owned by Emily Perez of Pittsford, New York, the current fourth place contenders, as well as Jennifer Alfano and Miss Lucy, owned by Helen Lenahan of Buffalo, New York, who rank fifth. Alfano also claimed the seventh and eighth position with Maggie May, owned by Billie Steffee of Noelty, Ohio, and Jersey Boy, owned by SBS Farms Inc. of Buffalo, New York. Farmer and Dalliance round out the top six.

Tomorrow the hunters will return to the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park for the Handy Round, which serves as the USHJA International Hunter Derby Final during the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show.

By: Kendall Bierer and Elaine Wessel

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Derek Braun and Lacarolus Lead Wire-to-Wire at Kentucky Summer Horse Show

Derek Braun and Lacarolus. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography.

Lexington, KY – July 22, 2015 – On the first day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, it was the first horses in the ring that dominated the competition. Both Derek Braun and David Blake led their classes at the Kentucky Horse Park wire-to-wire to win the 1.40m Open Jumpers and the 7-Year-Old Jumpers, respectively.

As the first pair to go in the one round 1.40m Open Jumpers in the Rolex Stadium, Braun and MRN Family Corp’s Lacarolus laid down a quick and clear round to set the early pace-to-beat at 64.028 seconds.

A few of the 28 additional competitors came close, including Sharn Wordley on Ashland Stables’ Popstar Lozonais and Alfonso Diaz and his own Virginia, but their times of 65.082 seconds and 65.290 seconds would only be good enough for second and third.

“I went first, so I just thought I’d kind of go for it a little bit. It was fun,” Braun said. “I thought it was a great first day for us. He has the Grand Prix tomorrow, so I just wanted him to look for the next jump. I didn’t want him to run too fast. He was great; he was really on.”

Lacarolus has been one of Braun’s top horses for years, and after coming back from an injury, he is on form and better than ever, as he exhibited on Wednesday afternoon.

“He started showing again this winter, and he’s come back stronger than ever,” Braun said. “He’s amazing. I always can trust him. I always feel like he can win every class that he goes in. He’s been close the past few weeks in some grand prix. It’s nice for him to go a little bit faster in the 1.40m class.”

Braun and Lacarolus will return to Rolex Stadium on Thursday evening for the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and again on Saturday evening for the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix.

Immediately preceding the 1.40m Open Jumpers, the 7-Year-Old Jumpers had their go in the Rolex Stadium, where David Blake and Pine Hollow Farm’s Dinozo demonstrated another commanding wire-to-wire victory.

Blake and Dinozo went clear over the Alan Wade-designed course and advanced to the jump-phase where they turned in a second clear effort, with a quick time of 35.261 seconds.

Benjamin Meredith and Thalys Z, Jordan Gilchrist and Happyboy Van De Doornakkers, Martin Mallo and Tao and Blake and his second mount, Freeman, all also produced double clear efforts, but Blake and Dinozo’s time would hold out as the best all the way through to the end.

“I came to the show yesterday, and he felt really relaxed here,” Blake said of Dinozo. “I think he really likes Kentucky. I knew the horse was going to jump well. In the first round, he was really relaxed. He never felt like he was going to make any mistake at all. So I said to myself in the jump-off, ‘just be nice and neat.’ He’s naturally a quick horse. I think in the future he’s going to win a lot of classes without trying too hard at all.”

Blake continued, “He’s got a really, really good mind for the job, and he always wants to jump clear. Even if he is a little bit spooky or nervous, he always wants to jump clear. He likes this ring a lot because there’s a lot of space in there. He doesn’t feel too confined. He’s more relaxed in this big ring then in a normal, smaller ring. I like bringing him here because I feel like he learns a lot with these courses.”

Finishing in second were Benjamin Meredith and Thalys Z, owned by The Thalys Group, on a jump-off time of 35.332 seconds, and third went to Blake and Freeman, owned by Pine Hollow Farm.

Jumper competition at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show continues on Thursday beginning in the Rolex Stadium at 8 a.m. with the 1.30m Open Jumpers. Jumper highlights throughout the week include Thursday night’s $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and Saturday night’s $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix.

Strong Start for Kelley Farmer on Day One of Kentucky Summer Horse Show

Veteran hunter rider Kelley Farmer is back in Kentucky preparing for the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals and showcasing her winning ways atop her elite fleet of hunters to kick off day one at the 2015 Kentucky Summer Horse Show.

As partial owner Larry Glefke watched from the sidelines, Farmer piloted Point Being to double blue ribbons and a third during the Second Year Green Hunters.

Kelley Farmer and Point Being
Kelley Farmer and Point Being

“I love Point Being; he’s such a good horse,” Farmer said. “He’s the horse that won the $50,000 Hunter Classic in Tryon. He tries super, super hard. He’s super careful, which I love. I think he’s right on track for Derby Finals; I’m really excited.”

In the irons on Glefke’s So To Speak, Farmer claimed the blue on the flat, also taking a second place ribbon over fences. Tim Goguen and Saddle Ridge LLC’s Ransom were hot on her heels, finishing second and third over fences and third on the flat.

“Literally today was So To Speak’s first day back showing,” Farmer said. “He actually had a minor injury, so he hasn’t shown since the tenth week in Florida. I was hoping to have him back in time to be ready for Derby Finals, so I think I took the right amount of time. I couldn’t be happier with him.”

Earlier in the day, it was Goguen who claimed the top spots in the First Year Green Hunters. With Rookie, Goguen earned a blue on the flat and over fences, finishing second to himself in the third class. Goguen’s other mount, Capella, took home that blue ribbon and a third in the flat class, marking a successful first day for the Lexington-based rider.

“Rookie went really well,” Goguen commented of his earlier ride. “Capella made a mistake in the first class; he had the rail. He went well the second time, and he won. Rookie can move well, so he won the hack. They’ve been very, very good coming out of Florida. They’re two lovely, lovely horses.”

During the Green Conformation Hunters, Winn Alden and her own Covert swept the field, taking home all three blue ribbons. Sarah Rice and Before Anything Else followed closely behind with two seconds and a third.

As the day came to a close with the High Performance Hunters, it was once again Farmer’s name that topped the leaderboard. So To Speak’s smooth rounds claimed him two out of three blue ribbons, with the talented Dalliance, owned by Avatar Real Estate LLC, taking two seconds and a third. Point Being earned a first and third, and Symbolic rounded out the lineup with two fourths.

Farmer was extremely pleased with the day’s results, as all of her horses are preparing for the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals in August. Farmer also plans to compete in the Finals with Mindful, who is happily resting until then.

“The others don’t quite have the knowledge that he does yet,” Farmer laughed.

In addition to offering a full range of competitive hunter divisions, the Kentucky Summer Horse Show features the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby on Sunday, July 26.

To learn more about the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Kentucky Horse Shows 2015 Horse Show Series Fast Facts

Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, USEF National Pony Finals, Bluegrass Festival Horse Show and KHJA Horse Show, and the 2015 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals and the Pre Green Incentive Championship.

The Kentucky Horse Show LLC’s 2015 series includes five weeks of top competition throughout the summer. These premier hunter/jumper competitions host the Hagyard Challenge Series with seven grand prix competitions that culminate with a Leading Rider Award, as well as the Hallway Feeds National Derby Series.

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™, home to the United States Equestrian Federation.



$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix
$50,000 Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

KENTUCKY SUMMER CLASSIC – July 28 – August 2, 2015
$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix sponsored by GGT Footings
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

2015 USEF PONY FINALS – August 4-9, 2015

USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship
USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship
$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix sponsored by Audi of Lexington
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby
WCHR Member Event

KHJA HORSE SHOW – August 19-23, 2015
$10,000 Hagyard Welcome Stake
$30,000 KHJA Grand Prix
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
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Horse Show Exhibitors may purchase a weekly parking pass at the main Horse Park entrance for $15.00. Dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash.

The Kentucky Horse Park is located 8 miles northeast of Lexington, Kentucky at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

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Reservations may not be made through the Horse Show office. To reserve a campsite at the Kentucky Horse Park for any of the horse shows, please call the Campground store at (800) 370-6416 or 859-259-4157 or email Ryan McGaughey at Ryan.mcgaughey@ky.gov. Be specific as to the show name and the dates you wish to stay. Check-in time is 2:00 p.m. and checkout is 12:00 noon. You must make arrangements with the Campground store if you plan to arrive earlier than 2:00 p.m. or stay later than 12:00 noon. Vehicles that are not removed from a campsite by check-out time will be towed.

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Farmer Pilots Mindful and Dalliance to the First and Second Finish

Kelley Farmer pilots Mindful to the win in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Week II of the Atlanta Summer Classic.

The $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby saw the best in the sport tackle the course in the Olympic Arena designed by none other than Steve Stephens of Palmetto, Florida. Besides a resume that includes his role as the Official Course Designer for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Stephens also designed the 2012 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals.

Thirty-one horse and rider teams had their eyes on the win. The sold out VIP tent and ringside spectators were treated to a first round competition that saw Dalliance, owned by Avatar Real Estate, LLC, Mindful, owned by Kensel, LLC, and Taken, owned by Jessica Stitt, all piloted by Kelley Farmer of Keswick, Virginia in the lead with scores of and 183, 182 and 180 respectively.

Caramo, owned by Caroline Russell Howe, ridden by Harold Chopping of Southern Pines, North Carolina, finished their first round with a score of 179 and David Glefke’s Point Being, also ridden by Farmer, stood in fifth place with a total first round score of 174. Standing in sixth after the first round was North C, owned and ridden by Jaime Steinhaus of Milton, Georgia, with a score of 167. Quinta Bella, owned by Signe Ostby and ridden by Ashton Alexander, followed with a first round score of 166. Lee Cesery’s Comanche, ridden by Megan Young of Jacksonville, Florida, earned a first round score of 160.5 and Fitz, owned by Fairfield Farms, LLC and ridden by Megan Wexler of Reddick, Florida, followed with a first round score of 160. Grace Albritton of Westlake, Texas, piloted her own Inxs to a first round score of 159 and Donald Stewart’s Lilly Wood, piloted by Alexander, turned in a first round score of 156. Cherche, owned by Palm Ponies, LLC and ridden by Hayley Iannotti, wrapped up the top twelve with a first round score of 154.

The Handy round offered options at fences 1, 2, 8 and 9 with a trot option at fence 7. Iannotti and Cherche were the first to go and took the options, receiving a combined total of 8 option bonus points plus a total of 7 handy points and a second round total score of 100. Combined with their first round score of 154, they would finish eleventh overall with 254 points.

Alexander and Lilly Wood were next to go and earned a second round score of 84. Combined with their first round, their total score of 240 would see the pair finish in twelfth place.

Inxs and Acosta received a total of two option bonus points and five handy bonus points and a second round score of 135. Their total overall score of 294 would see them finish in ninth overall.

Wexler and Fix received a total of eight option and eleven handy bonus points and a second round score of 109. Their overall total score of 269 would see the pair finish in tenth overall.

Comanche and Young received a total second score of 166 which included eight bonus option points and eight handy points. Their overall total was 326.5 which would have them finish in eighth place overall.

Alexander and Quinta Bella followed with a second round score of 174 which included two bonus option points and seven handy points. Their overall score of 340 earned them seventh overall.

North C and Steinhaus were next to tackle the course and earned a second round score of 179.5 which included eight bonus option points and five handy points. Their combined overall score of 346.5 placed them in sixth place overall.

Point Being and Farmer followed North C and received a second round score of 178, which included eight bonus option and eight handy bonus points. Their overall score of 352 would see the pair finish in fifth place overall.

Caramo and Chopping followed Farmer and North C and with a second round score of 197 which included eight option bonus points and eighteen handy points. Their overall score of 376 would place them in third place overall.

Farmer was back again, this time in the irons of Taken and earned a second round score of 193 which included eight bonus option points and fifteen handy points. Their overall score of 373 would see them finish in fourth place overall.

Farmer had the final two rides in the Derby. She and Mindful earned a second round score of 206 which included eight bonus option points and seventeen handy points. Their overall score of 388 would take the lead over Chopping and she still had one ride to go.

Dalliance, ridden by Farmer, was the last to go and earned a second round score of 204.5 which included eight option bonus points and sixteen handy points. Their total score of 387.5 would give them the second place finish while Mindful and Farmer took championship honors.

“It was such a great class, beautifully designed course and great horses,” commented Bell. “Steve [Stephens] did a wonderful job designing the derby course. We couldn’t be happier with how it all went,” he said.

Zone 4 USHJA Pony and Junior/Amateur Handy Hunter Classic Results

Friday the Zone 4 USHJA $1,000 Pony and $1,000 Junior/Amateur Handy Hunter Classic saw 15 and 22 entries, respectively, compete for the honors of winning a ribbon and qualifying for the Finals. Ribbon winners have the opportunity to compete in the Finals either at the Atlanta Fall Classic this November or in Tampa.

The $1,000 Pony Handy Hunter Classic awarded Pride Rock, owned by KMW Ponies, LLC and ridden by Devin Seck, the blue ribbon while Flyer Miles, owned and ridden by Hagen Blackwell, received second place. Devin returned for the third place ribbon, this time in the irons of Ashley Vail Aycox’s Peterpotamus. Fourth place was awarded to Just My Style owned and ridden by Whitney McKinley and fifth went to Jet Blue, owned by Amber Hill Farm and ridden by Sydney Monckton. Abigail Dubose piloted her own Northwind Marin to sixth place honors and Margaret Wolfe rode her own Crowd Pleaser to seventh place. For full details on this class, click here.

Bellwether, owned and ridden by Amber Dunn, won the $1,000 USHJA Junior/Amateur Handy Hunter Classic and Patowmack, owned by Stone Lane Farm and ridden by Alyssa Mansfield, was awarded second place. Third was awarded to Rose Gold, owned and ridden by Abigail Dubose, and fourth place went to Lead Story, owned by Fit to Print Farm and ridden by Charley Durgin. Fit to Print Farm’s Page Turner, ridden by Sydney Crenshaw won fifth place. Sixth was awarded to Lyons Creek Ciroc, owned by Maggie Lewis and ridden by Ashley Scott Armstrong, and Simple, owned and ridden by Gianna Cobb, placed seventh.

To participate, the rider and owner of the horse or pony must have the USHJA Zone 4 as their home zone of record and be eligible to compete under Zone 4 Specifications, be in good standing with USEF and USHJA, and horses must be registered with the USHJA.

The USHJA Zone 4 Hunter Committee created the Handy Hunter Classic program to test skills that riders and their horses might use during an enjoyable day of foxhunting, combining elements of flat and over-fences classes. A “handy hunter” is a horse or pony that is very easy to maneuver around a course in a ring or in the hunt field. Elements that may be seen in a handy hunter class include fences at the gallop, rollbacks, trot fences, and a gate to open and/or close while mounted.

“As a committee we thought that offering free classes all over the zone with prize money was a great way for our zone to spend some of the allocated money from the $2 USHJA Zone Support fee we all pay to compete. This idea for a Handy Hunter as a simple class will help the lower heights prepare for the Handy classes that are required in many A-rated divisions. So far the classes have been a big success,” said Bob Bell, President of Classic Company and USHJA Hunter Zone 4 Chairman.

Sunday wrapped up the Atlanta Summer Classics so stand by for the Great Magnolia Show Jumping Tour Circuit Standings! Brownland Farms is the next stop on the Tour with MORE and the Charleston Summer Classic on Johns Island, South Carolina will be the home of the grand finale of the show jumping tour, awarding beautiful silver loving cup trophies to Circuit Champions!

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.

All sponsorship, marketing and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Sponsorship, Marketing and Public Relations Director at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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Farmer on Fire Adding Win in $50,000 WCHR Open Hunter Classic aboard Point Being

Kelley Farmer and Point Being. Photos ©Sportfot.

Hayley Waters Bests $3,500 NAL Low Jr./AO Jumper Classic on Final Day of Tryon Spring 5

Mill Spring, NC – May 17, 2015 – Kelley Farmer of Keswick, VA continued her incredibly successful week at Tryon International Equestrian Center’s (TIEC) World Championship Hunter Rider Week (WCHR), taking top honors aboard Point Being in the final $50,000 WCHR Open Hunter Classic. The class marked the conclusion of WCHR Week at the Tryon Spring 5 competition. The Tryon Spring Series will continue on Wednesday, May 20, with the start of Tryon Spring 6 and the Tryon Spring Series will continue through June 7.

Farmer, who took home the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby this past Friday aboard longtime mount, Mindful, finished her week at TIEC with a win on another rising talent in her ever-growing string, Point Being. The duo bested the class of 16 to take top honors, scoring an 87.5 in the first round and a 91 in the second. An ecstatic Farmer feels more prepared than ever heading to The Devon Horse Show next week, the next stop on their 2015 show schedule.

“This was a great week! I had him as a First Year horse last year and then he spent the winter in California so we just got him back shortly before the Lexington Spring Shows started. We went to Texas, where he ribboned, and then came here where he was third in the Derby,” said Farmer. “When we came back for the Handy round on Friday, I messed up. We’re still getting familiar with each other again.”

Point Being is a true star according to Farmer and just needs a little bit of refinement before truly coming into his own in the hunter ring. She continues to have high hopes for the gelding heading into the competitive part of the summer season.

“He’s always tries his hardest. It’s a benefit, but it can also be a detriment sometimes too because he tries so hard and sometimes it’s almost too hard,” she explained. “That is nothing you would ever want to fault him for though, because that’s what we love about him so much.”

Farmer’s trainer Larry Glefke agreed. “He can be a little bit difficult because of the fact that when he goes in the ring he doesn’t ever try and not jump over the top of the standards.” The beautiful bay gelding has the talent to excel in a both the hunters and the jumpers, but Glefke believes the experience in the hunter ring will do nothing but benefit the gelding moving forward in his career, whether that be in the hunter ring or possibly jumping around a Grand Prix.

“We’ve had some big time jumper riders and trainers tell us that we really need to take him over to the jumper ring. He’s only seven years of age, but we’ve always said, even if he makes it over in the other ring, this is incredible experience for him too,” said Glefke and Farmer agreed.

Competing the gelding has been a highlight for Farmer, who has always thought he would be excel under her tutelage. The duo has already been extremely successful upon his return and ultimately, Farmer will look towards USHJA Derby Finals with Point Being later in the summer in Lexington, KY.

“I’m so excited to have him back. I’ve always absolutely loved him, and I have a special place in my heart for horses that give you that much try and he brings that much intensity every time,” commented Farmer. “He’s always been one of my favorites.”

Farmer had four other rides in the class, finishing in second aboard Avatar Real Estate, LLC’s Dalliance, fourth on Jessica Stitt’s Taken, sixth piloting Kensel, LLC’s Mindful, and twelfth aboard Glefke & Kensel, LLC’s So to Speak, all of whom have the talent to win on any given day.

“Today’s class was lovely and the ring was beautiful. They built a great course, and the horses jumped really well. It’s so nice for this venue to give that kind of money for a hunter classic and the footing is beautiful and the facility is just tremendous,” said Farmer. “This was such a pleasant experience for us and the horses and J. P. Godard put on just a lovely show. We really couldn’t be happier with how this week went for us.”

Glefke agreed and continued with the sentiment. “This facility is just top-notch and with the grass rings they’re going to build, I truly love this place. We normally don’t come to shows that we haven’t been to before because we don’t know about the footing, but the footing here is absolutely sensational and the stabling is just world-class, plus I love the Roger’s Diner and the chocolate milkshakes,” he laughed.

Hayley Waters and Carthesino Z Win $3,500 NAL Low Jr./AO Jumper Classic

Hayley Waters of Sparr, FL took the top prize in the $3,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic besting the class of 23 entries. Waters and Carthesino Z finished the first track in 78.314 seconds and completed the jump-off nearly three seconds faster than the second place finishers, Madeline Thatcher aboard Skilliane De Varnel, crossing the timers in 30.628 seconds.

Hayley Waters and Carthesino Z
Hayley Waters and Carthesino Z

“He’s a really quick horse, and he turns really well in the ring. I know I can ask him for the tight turns, and he’s super careful all the way around,” commented Waters. “I trust him at the jumps, and he’s confident in the ring, so I felt like he did a really great job for me today.”

The course had several tight inside turns that made riders work hard to finish clear and within the time allowed. Waters looked to take the risky turns, but knew that Carthesino Z would stay with her throughout the course.

“I definitely thought the inside turn to the last fence was going to be hard. I didn’t know if it was going to be faster to go inside or right around, but when I was riding and saw it, it was right there so I just took a chance and went for it and he handled it brilliantly,” she said.

Carthesino Z packs a lot of punch for his smaller and more compact frame. He can turn on a dime and made the 1.20m course look easy. Waters, who has been riding the gelding for a little bit over a year, has been impressed with his ability to step up to the plate and is looking to move him towards the High Amateur classes over the summer.

“He’s just the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. We started him mostly in the Lows and then we moved him to the Mediums when we were in Ocala this winter, so this is his first week back from his vacation after the winter season,” commented Waters. “I’m hoping to move him up to the Highs pretty soon at some point this summer.”

Waters competed two horses in the $50,000 Tryon Grand Prix held last night, May 16, under the lights in the George H. Morris Stadium. She piloted both mounts around the large Guilherme Jorge (BRA) with no jumping faults, adding only time penalties to both rounds. The numerous opportunities TIEC offers have made it a successful stop in her seasonal schedule this year.

“We came to TIEC last fall, and we decided that it was a place we wanted to continue competing at. The atmosphere is perfect and everything is so beautiful. The footing is also just top notch. Overall it’s a great show,” she said. “I’ve been able to gain valuable experience here, and we’re hoping to come back in July after we do Devon and Upperville later in the month.”

Madeline Thatcher of West Bluffdale, UT finished the class in second and third place. She rode to second aboard Skilliane De Varnel in 33.352 seconds and Dolce Vita to third in 33.943 seconds.

For more information on TIEC and a full list of results, please visit www.tryon.com. Please “Like” the TIEC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tryonresort to be eligible for various contests and promotions.

About Tryon International Equestrian Center

The Tryon International Equestrian Center is destined to become one of the premier centers in the equestrian world. This new facility opened in June 2014 with sanctioned horse shows and initial supporting amenities including 10 riding arenas, 850 permanent stalls, a covered riding facility and fitness center. Future expansion includes a sports complex, two hotels, sporting clay course, and an 18-hole golf course plus a full calendar of equestrian competitions and activities. It is a spring, summer and fall haven for eastern and northeastern American equestrian competitors and enthusiasts. For more information, call 828-863-1000 or visit www.tryon.com.

Farmer and Mindful Take Fourth Consecutive Derby Win at $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Kelley Farmer and Mindful.

Coyne and Cascada Top First Leg of $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix Series

Mill Spring, NC – May 15, 2015 – Today served as a day of firsts at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) as the venue hosted their inaugural $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the first $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix of the series. Kelley Farmer and Kensel, LLC’s Mindful took the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby in fashionable form, which is Mindful’s fourth consecutive derby win. Jordan Coyne and her own Cascada topped the $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix. Tryon Spring 5 continues with competition tomorrow highlighting the “Saturday Night Lights” $50,000 Tryon Grand Prix beginning at 6:30pm and the $50,000 WCHR Open Hunter Classic starting 1pm on Sunday, May 17. The Tryon Spring Series continues through June 7.

Kelley Farmer and Mindful led from start to finish in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby with an overall score of 380.5 to best the class of 20 entries. Farmer and Mindful laid down their usual smooth and crisp rides to earn a 181 in the first round and a 199.5 in the second handy round.

“He absolutely tries his heart out. He wants to win that ribbon as much as you do when you go into the ring,” commented Farmer about her successful relationship with longtime partner, Mindful. “He knows his job and he’s just a total class act.”

The duo took each of the high options during their handy round, greatly improving their final score with the additional points awarded for their decision to do so. Mindful, a true competitor in the ring, made the difficult rollback turns and large options look simple and easy.

“We’re trying to save him for Derby Finals in Lexington, KY later this year. This weekend will help to prep for Devon next week. We learned in Florida this past season that he just loves to work. We tried to give him time off, and he wasn’t happy. He wants to be ridden and wants to win as much as anyone out there,” said Larry Glefke, Farmer’s trainer.

Farmer had an extremely successful night piloting three other horses in the class to top ten finishes. She placed third aboard Derby Hill’s Point Being, fifth aboard Avatar Real Estate LLC’s Dalliance and seventh aboard Glefke, Hill & Kensel LLC’s In Private. Farmer currently has six mounts entered in Sunday’s $50,000 WCHR Open Hunter Classic, which was the reason her team made the trip to TIEC this week.

“We always feel like when there is a support of our sport, it’s our job to be here competing,” she explained. “We don’t see that kind of money and support for our sport very often and when it is there, we are big believers in whether you have to travel or not, when someone finds a way to support the sport like that, whether it be a derby or a classic, you need to be there.”

Jordan Coyne and Cascada Win First $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix of the Season at TIEC

Jordan Coyne, 23, of New Port Richie, FL, had two excellent trips aboard Cascada in the inaugural $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix at TIEC to take home a well-deserved win. Coyne and the 2007 Rhinelander mare (Christiano x Carmina) are new to the 1.45m level and Coyne was pleased with her mare, as she entered the class looking to gain experience and came out with an unexpected win.

“We just got her in November so I’m still figuring her out. She’s coming along really nicely. We showed in Ocala [FL] over the winter, starting in the Mediums and then moved to the Highs and we finished in the High Amateurs there,” explained Coyne. “This was her first real 1.45m track, and I am just really happy with her.”

Jordan Coyne and Cascada
Jordan Coyne and Cascada

The class of 13 entries saw six clear rounds, moving riders towards a competitive jump-off where Coyne ultimately put in the fastest clear round, finishing in 39.965 seconds. The Guilherme Jorge course tested riders in all of the right places, and Coyne believes the series will continue to be a growing success at TIEC.

“This was a perfect track for this class. I thought it wasn’t too big but it was technical and you really had to pay attention the whole time to what was coming next. I thought for the class, it was perfect,” she commented. “I’m so glad they’re offering this class. It’s a great to have it here, and we’ll keep doing the Under 25 Grand Prix throughout the rest of our stay. She obviously likes it and maybe some of the High Amateur Classics too.”

Cascada’s impressive performance today has given Coyne confidence that the mare is ready to tackle some of the bigger tracks the duo will face as their season continues this year. As the relationship between the two is still budding, their win today felt like an extraordinary accomplishment for Coyne.

“I went in knowing that I wouldn’t be disappointed if we dropped a few rails because like I said, this is her first real class at this level and I was going more for miles than anything and when I finished the last jump and realized I was clean I was just ecstatic. Completely above all of my expectations.”

Bryn Sadler took both second and third place in the class aboard Bon Giorno in 41.378 seconds and Mullentine Imperial in 42.104 seconds, respectively.

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Kelley Farmer & Mindset Win $15,000 USHJA Int’l Hunter Derby at The Ridge at Wellington

Kelley Farmer and Mindset.

Wellington, FL – February 6, 2015 – An underdog rose to the top of the ranks today at The Ridge at Wellington’s second annual Hunter Derby Days. Mindset is the rising superstar of Rose Hill Farm, bought for Lilli Hymowitz to show in the Small Junior Hunter division, but today professional hunter rider Kelley Farmer captured the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby victory with consistent rounds and finesse on the turf derby field. Farmer and Mindset bested a field of top competitors, while David Oliynyk and Generous captured the second place and Brady Mitchell and Answer Me This finished third.

Kenneth Krome and Nick Granat of the United States captured the essence of a traditional hunt field as he transformed the turf Hunter Derby Field at the Ridge at Wellington into a challenging and beautifully set course. He utilized natural objects such as logs, brush and birch to set the scene, while challenging riders with a serpentine of obstacles. Set amidst the surrounding water and an array of palm trees, the top 12 riders had to traverse the technical second round course track while still earning valuable handy and high option points, adding crucial tallies to their already impressive score.

Out of a field of 22 horse and rider combinations, 12 would find their way into the challenging handy course, with Farmer and Mindful leading the way with a base score of 188 points. Returning in reverse order, each round showed handiness and accuracy with riders choosing inside turns, angles and strong hand gallops to impress judges Linda Andrisani, R. Scott Fitton, Mindy Minetto and Dee Thomas. It was Oliynyk who shined with veteran partner Generous, owned by Lori Gaudet. They earned seven points for their handiness through the course, and chose all four high options for a combined handy score of 194 points, jumping from seventh with the high scoring handy round to the second place position.

“It’s a wonderful venue. Being able to show out on the grass is so different than being at the show grounds,” Oliynyk said. “It is different to come and do and give the horses a different experience. We can to the second hunter derby last year, and we loved it so much we returned for this year. He has always been really good on the grass. He really hasn’t shown that much this year, this is his first show back.”

Oliynyk continued, “The first round he was a little spirited, but he settled down for the second round. He came back in beautifully and really felt like he was jumping well; it was fun to go out there. I thought the courses were very fair and considering the amount of rain we had yesterday, the turf was great, they maintain it so well.”

Although Farmer led the standings coming back for the handy round, a mishap at the birch trot jump ultimately lost her one-two finish she was hoping for with Mindful.

“I am dumbfounded as to what happened at that trot jump,” Farmer laughed. “My bravest horse! He has jumped every course in North America. I don’t know if it was the birch or the background, but it was a good experience for us. We will practice with more birch logs at home and more distractions in the background. He has given so much though, that he owes nothing.”

It was Mindset who would stand in the limelight today for his two consistent rounds in the International Hunter Derby. The young gelding has only been in the United States for a little over two months, but he is already earning a name in the hunter ring, and now in the hunter derby competitions.

“What an amazing animal — they all are!” eventual winner Farmer exclaimed. “We bought him and then we sold him to Rose Hill Farm. Lilli Hymowitz has been showing him in the Younger Small Juniors and it looks like it is going to be a beautiful match. Ideally, he is for her, but since yesterday got scrapped with all of the rain, we thought it would be best to bring him out and show him here where he can have a good experience.”

Taking a more conservative approach to the first round, Farmer chose to only jump the low options, earning the first round score of 86 and 86.5 for a cumulative base score of 172.5 points. They returned for the handy round with a little more gusto, choosing two high options and adding seven handy points to their score for an 85 and an 81.

“I jumped all low in the first round since he is such a good jumper,” Farmer said. “I had to think about what he has to do tomorrow; I may have taken a different option, but I didn’t want to overdo him. I used my better judgment.”

Farmer continued, “He is brave, scopey and athletic. I thought he might do well out here; I thought he had a chance; it is great that he won. This field is tough with the water and how open the field is; the horses sometimes get lost out here. He is a fantastic horse, and I am lucky enough that I still have the opportunity to ride him.”

Oliynyk would finish second with a combined score of 349 points, 12 points off of Farmer’s winning total. Brady Mitchell and Answer Me This, owned by Phoebe Weseley, took home the third place finish with a final score of 330 points.

Farmer described the courses, saying, “It was enough course for a young horse. This field is great! They take great care of it, and it rides nicely. I thought they built beautifully; it looks nice, and it was hard enough but still allowed riders to have the option.”

Chad Keenum and High Five captured the fourth place with a score of 329 points, while Evan Coluccio and Rarity finished fifth, just a point behind. Peter Wylde and Candor rounded out the top six with a cumulative score of 328 points.

Earlier in the day, riders from across the country traveled to compete in the first of two USHJA National Hunter Derbies, offered as part of The Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour Series: Hunter Derby Days. The day kicked off with perfect conditions under sunny skies at The Ridge at Wellington, where the picturesque facility provided an incredible backdrop. The conclusion of the National Derby saw Dexter at the top of the ribbons, ridden by Peter Pletcher for Hollis Hughes Grace. Pletcher finished the day with a score of 356. Bringing home the second place prize was Coltrane, ridden by Dotti Barnwell Areson for Karle Rudy with a score of 324.5.

A total of 24 entries traveled back to the era of the traditional hunt courses and tried their hand at the National Hunter course, also designed by Krome and Granat. The Ridge’s beautiful all-weather sand arena was filled with exquisite jumps complete with all the finery one would expect from a top-tier competition.

Krome and Granat’s course required accuracy and finesse in order to garner top scores. Riders began over a single vertical on the diagonal, then continued to the options of either the outside line as low fences, or a bending line on the inside track for high options. The course continued to a one stride. Next the riders were presented with the same high or low questions mirrored on the other side of the ring. They continued through the turn to the other combination on the course and concluded over a single oxer on the way home.

Dexter earned an 87 and 88 for a combined score of 175 in the first round to lead the class going into the handy. Dotti Barnwell Areson and Coltrane presented a beautiful picture, garnering a 152.5 from the judges to finish second. Santinero, with Marissa Damone in the irons, floated around the ring and completed the first round with scores that totaled 152. Olivia Notman scripted a lovely course with Signature to finish with a combined score of 159 in the first round.

Twelve entries continued on to the Handy Round. The shortened course challenged the riders, with several questions being asked, including with a trot fence across the ring to an oxer option. In the handy, Pletcher took all of the high options to add 4 to each of his scores of 87 and 86, to conclude with an overall score of 356. Coltrane added an impressive 172 to his original tally to total at 324.5. Santinero’s handy round also wowed the judges with a score of 168.5 to wrap up with a cumulative score of 320.5 points. Signature added his own flourish to the course to add 161 to the first round and finish on 320 points, only half a point behind third place.

In the world of hunter derbies, The Ridge at Wellington provides an exhilarating opportunity for riders of all levels. As a stand-alone derby day, the national and international classes are fully dedicated to showcasing and perfecting the derby classes with ideal turf that rivals the traditional fox hunting fields, reveling in the sport and athleticism of the horse.

The Ridge at Wellington is a premiere state-of-the-art facility that offers the best of the equestrian sports with varying competition levels. Their shows offer a wide array of classes, as well as generous prize money and sponsorship opportunities. Located only two miles from the prestigious Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the Ridge at Wellington offers one of the most centrally located horse shows in Wellington. The Hunter Derby days provided unparalleled hospitality for exhibitors and owners, with a breakfast and lunch spread that impressed. Dover Saddlery generously sponsors all coolers and banners for the 2015 Wellington Turf Tour.

If you missed your chance to ride for the first Hunter Derby Days of the Wellington Turf Tour, there is no need to worry. The USHJA National and International Hunter Derbies will return to The Ridge at Wellington on Friday, March 20, 2015.

The Ridge at Wellington Horse Show Series Fast Facts

The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour offers their popular 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix for its third year, with an open in gate format taking place once a week at beautiful venues throughout Wellington. The Ridge at Wellington Grand Prix Finale will take place March 27, 2015.

The Turf Tour also will host 1.30m-1.35m Jumpers every Wednesday beginning January 7, 2015 and running until March 18, 2015.

Young Jumper Classes and both Children’s/Senior Jumper Classics will find their home intermittently throughout the Wellington Turf Tour, running concurrently with the 1.30-1.35m and 1.40m Jumpers.

The Ridge at Wellington offers Equitation Shows every Tuesday of the month from January 6 – March 23, 2015. There will also be a series of schooling shows at the Ridge at Wellington for all experience levels.

Two USHJA International Hunter Derbies will take place February 6, 2015 and March 20, 2015.

The Ridge at Wellington series includes several weeks of competition throughout the Winter Season with USEF Rated Equitation Shows. This winter will also feature five two-day schooling shows. The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour will offer 1.30m-1.35m Jumpers, 1.40m Invitational Grand Prix, Young Jumpers, Children’s/Adult Classics, Masters Jumpers, Junior/Amateur Classics, two hunter derbies and the Pre-Green Incentive Stake.

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Friday Is Derby Day at the Atlanta Fall Classic Week II

Lindsey Ayres pilots Samba Sensation to the win in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby yesterday. Flashpoint Photography.

Some of the best in the hunters took to the Olympic arena at the Georgia International Horse Park yesterday. A very talented, seasoned field took some of the top ribbons as well as the up and coming hunter riders.

The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby started the Friday festivities. Kat Chyrsostom’s Samba Sensation won the class, ridden by up and coming, talented fifteen-year-old Lindsey Ayres of Lenoir City, Tennessee with an overall score of 172. In second position was Auto Correct, owned by Julie Curtin and Harbor Hill Farm. Curtin, of Roswell, Georgia, rode Auto Correct to an overall score of 171. Pommegranate, owned by Heather Geller and ridden by Natalie Geller of Canton, Georgia, secured the third position with an overall score of 169.

Fourth place was awarded to Cooper, owned by Ellie Kimmell and ridden by Matt Martin of Petersburg, Tennessee. The pair earned an overall score of 164. Spatz, owned by Christopher Ford and ridden by Richard Mathews of Odessa, Florida, placed fifth with an overall score of 161. Martin returned to the winner’s circle for his sixth place ribbon, this time in the irons of Alliah Kassem’s C Wonder; the pair earned an overall score of 144.5.

The ‘Who’s Who’ in the Hunter World were all on site for the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby which took center stage last night to wrap up the hunter festivities for the day. Joe Carnicom of Toledo, Ohio designed a beautiful course which consisted of long flowing lines and high options at the first fence for both the first and handy rounds. The first round also offered high options at fences three, four and ten and the handy round had high options at fences three, five and seven.

Kelley Farmer pilots Why, owned by DL Glefke and Kensey LLC, over an oxer en route to the win in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Flashpoint Photography.
Kelley Farmer pilots Why over an oxer en route to the win in the USHJA International Hunter Derby. Flashpoint Photography.

Well-known hunter rider Kelley Farmer of Keswick, Virginia, in the irons of DL Glefke and Kensey, LLC’s Point Being, kicked off the competition as the first to go and earned a score of 176 in their classic round, which held the lead until Farmer returned to the ring on Why, also owned by DL Glefke and Kensey LLC; the pair earned a score of 180 in their classic round. Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina went fourth in the line-up in the irons of DSJ Stables, LLC’s Checklist and sat in third place after the classic round with a score of 174.

The handy round started off with Unspoken, owned by DL Glefke and Kensey, LLC and ridden by Farmer, earning a second round score of 86. Their combined score of 237 would see them finish in twelfth place overall.

Haley Gassel of Lenoir City, Tennessee aboard Westwind Equine Training Center’s Werner 61 was next to go and the pair earned a second round score of 149; their overall score of 304 would see them finish in eight place overall.

I’LI Say Jsf, owned by Glefke, Pinney and Schafer, ridden by Farmer, received an overall score of 154 in the handy round and their combined score of 309 would see them finish in seventh place overall.

Jaime Steinhaus of Milton, Georgia was next to go riding her own North C and earned a score of 101 in their handy round which gave them an overall score of 258 and a tenth place overall.

Farmer was back in the ring, this time riding LPF Woodford, owned by LPF, LLC of Ocala, Florida, and was awarded a second round score of 181. Their overall score of 336 would see them finish in fourth place overall.

Signal Hill, owned by Thomas Visconsi and ridden by Daniel Geitner of Aiken, South Carolina, earned 99 points in their handy round and a total score of 266.5 which would place them in ninth place overall.

Ava, owned and ridden by Kathryn Jarriel of Collins, Georgia, was next to go under the lights and the pair earned a score of 167; their overall score of 324 would see them finish in fifth place overall.

Phoebe Weseley’s Answer Me This, ridden by Brady Mitchell of Bedminster, New Jersey, earned a handy round score of 145 and an overall score of 310 which would see the pair finish in sixth place overall.

Caramo, owned by Caroline Russell Howe and ridden by Harold Chopping of Southern Pines, North Carolina, earned a handy score of 188. Their total score of 360 would see them finish in fourth place overall.

Point Being and Farmer were next up and earned a second round score of 79. Their combined score of 255 would have them finish in second.

Checklist and Geitner earned a handy score of 191 and a total score of 365 which place them in third position overall.

Why and Farmer were last to go and earned the highest handy score of 200; their combined score of 380 locked in the win.

When asked ‘Which was her favorite ride of the evening?’ she answered, “I enjoyed all of them, but I liked this one [Why] best – because we won!” she said.

Kastel Denmark Hunter Style of Riding Award

With the “Who’s Who” in the hunter world ringside, the Kastel Denmark Style of Riding Award was presented after the $15,000 USHA International Hunter Derby. The Classic Company staff chose Haley Gassel of Lenoir City, Tennessee as this week’s recipient of the Kastel Style of Riding Award for Hunter Riders. “Haley is a great horseman and consistently displays excellent sportsmanship,” commented Allen Rheinheimer, Classic Company Technical Coordinator. “We’re happy to award Haley the Kastel Denmark Style of Riding Award for Hunters this week,” said Bob Bell, President of Classic Company. “Her good sportsmanship should be recognized,” he added.

It’s Pizza Time!

It’s Saturday so be sure to look for the complimentary pizza lunches brought to you ringside by Classic Company staff! Enjoy!

Flashpoint Photography News

As a note to all, this will be the last weekend Flashpoint Photography will be photographing the Classic Company shows. Be sure to place your orders now.

Dinner Call!

Did you reserve your table for tonight’s $45,000 Cedar Street Advisors Grand Prix, presented by EMO? The heaters are warm, the tables are ringside and the food is out of this world, with complimentary bottles of wine! The dinner menu tonight is: Grand Prix Surf and Turf Kabobs Grilled on Site * Montreal Seasoned Beef Tips, Sweet Onions, Bell Pepper, Sweet Onion * Teriyaki Chicken, Red Onions, Pineapple, Red Pepper Grilled Citrus Shrimp, Lemons, Limes, Oranges * Vegetable Kabobs, Assorted Vegetables Wild Rice Pilaf Grilled Fall Vegetables Desserts: Assortment of Proof’s Posh Puddings, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Banana, Key Lime

Order your table now in the show office. Individual seats are only $50 each – last call!

Final Weekend for the 2014 Classic Experience!

This is the last weekend to enjoy the Classic Company’s 2014 show season at the Georgia International Horse Park! Tonight, the $ $45,000 Cedar Street Grand Prix, presented by EMO, takes place in the Olympic Arena and tomorrow the celebrated EMO Circuit Champions are crowned.

Home to the 1996 Olympics, riders have the opportunity to compete in the Olympic arena and ride for some of the top prize money offered this fall. With more than 300,000 in prize money offered, world-class stabling and arenas, top show management staff and a division for everyone in your barn, there is no better place to be in November. From the jumper ring to the short stirrup arena, each competition ring is highly decorated and staffed with top-notch, friendly professional show staff.

Pssst… Pensacola is on deck! What are you doing this winter? The Classic Company is going to the beach! Join them on the Gulf of Mexico for the best in show jumping action! This circuit has received rave reviews and equestrians travel from around the country to get their “leg up” on the competition.

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.

All sponsorship, marketing and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Sponsorship, Marketing and Public Relations Director at lisa@classiccompany.com.

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Mindful Is Unbeatable to Win WIHS Grand Hunter Championship

Kelley Farmer and Mindful. Photos © Shawn McMillen Photography.

Scott Stewart Named Leading Hunter Rider; Last Call and Becky Gochman, Voila and Kyle Owens Top Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championships

Washington, D.C. – October 22, 2014 – Day two of the 2014 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) featured the presentation of championship honors in the professional and amateur-owner hunter divisions at Verizon Center in downtown Washington D.C. on Wednesday.

Kelley Farmer guided Mindful to the overall Grand Hunter Championship after sweeping two divisions. Scott Stewart earned the Leading Hunter Rider Award following championship wins aboard Lucador, Quest, and A Million Reasons. A Million Reasons also earned the Grand Green Working Hunter Championship. Concluding the day session, Becky Gochman and Last Call and Kyle Owens and Voila each earned Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championships. The show will continue through Sunday, October 26.

Kelley Farmer and Mindful were in a league of their own this week to win the 2014 WIHS Grand Hunter Championship and receive the Rave Review Challenge Trophy, donated by Stoney Hill. The ten-year-old Hanoverian gelding swept every class in both the High Performance Working Hunter and Regular Conformation Hunter divisions to earn each championship tricolor.

In the High Performance Working Hunters, sponsored by The Wasserman Foundation, Mindful and Farmer accepted The “NOT ALWAYS” Challenge Trophy donated by Miss Peggy Steinman along with championship prizes for winning all four classes in the division. Todd Minikus and LPF LLC’s LPF Woodford finished in reserve after placing second, third and fourth over fences and third in the under saddle.

In the Regular Conformation Hunters, sponsored by Lynn Ellen Rice, Farmer and Mindful once again topped every class and were presented with The Mary Farren Perpetual Trophy. Glefke and Kensell LLC’s Why earned reserve honors ridden by Elizabeth Sanden-Mulvey. The pair placed second, second, and third over fences as well as fourth under saddle.

“He is an unreal horse. He is unbelievable,” Farmer said of Mindful. “I can’t say enough about him. I am very lucky. He tries to win all the time, he wants to win, and he doesn’t let me down. He has so much ability. When he doesn’t win, it’s my fault. It’s just because I have gotten in his way. He is an awesome animal, and he has been unreal.”

In addition to the grand championship, Mindful’s owners, Glefke and Kensell LLC, were presented with the Leading Hunter Owner Award sponsored by The Reid Family. Mindful and Farmer were also presented with the special Protocol Trophy, sponsored by Platinum Performance, as the overall High Point High Performance Working Hunter from the Devon Horse Show, Pennsylvania National Horse Show, and Washington International Horse Show.

“Mythical won the Protocol last year, and Rosalynn won it three years ago. It is a very hard trophy to win, and I think it is very special,” Farmer stated. “For those three different venues that are so different, I think that is really a testament to a really good horse. It takes a hell of a horse to do it, and I am very proud that I have had three horses do it. All three of them were unbelievable animals and all three of them were capable of winning no matter the circumstances. It is really a true sign of a great horse.”

Showing in the city did not faze Mindful this week, who has proven himself in many different environments and even had a very successful jumper career before turning to the hunters. “He is out of a Thoroughbred mare, so he has enough blood to make him careful and aware, but he is a quiet horse,” Farmer mused. “He has so much ability that this is really easy for him. There is nothing that I have asked him to do that he thought was hard or that he hasn’t given us 100%.”

Farmer has been showing at WIHS since she was a child on ponies, but noted that you never lose that special feeling of nerves and excitement showing in the nation’s capital. “It always gives you a special feeling,” she said. “If you don’t get that feeling, then you should stop. It’s the best feeling in the world when you walk to the ring. It’s do or die. It’s excitement.”

While Farmer earned the overall grand championship, Scott Stewart guided Dr. Betsee Parker’s A Million Reasons to the Grand Green Working Hunter Championship to receive The Claire Lang Miller Challenge Trophy. The pair topped the Second Year Green Working Hunter championship, earning three first place ribbons over fences, and a second place under saddle. The Windy Acres Challenge Trophy was also presented to A Million Reasons earlier in the morning for the best Green Working Hunter stake round with a score of 87. The reserve championship went to Amy Guth’s Inspired ridden by Louise Serio, placing second, second and third over fences and sixth under saddle.

A Million Reasons, a nine-year-old Holsteiner mare by Coriano, is a brand new ride for Stewart as of just this week. She is owned by Maura Thatcher’s Pony Lane Farm and was leased to show.

“We tried her last week at Harrisburg. I jumped three jumps with her, and they were nice enough to let Betsee lease her,” Stewart explained. “Originally, the horse came from Larry (Glefke) and Kelley. I never jumped a line until yesterday, and she was amazing. She was so easy, but I was obviously nervous having never done anything with her before.”

A Million Reasons showed in Harrisburg with Maggie Jayne and was ready to go for Stewart this week. Although he does not know her well, the mare was unfazed by the impressive venue and change of rider.

“So far I think she is the easiest horse I have ever ridden,” Stewart acknowledged. “I think she goes exactly the way you want her to go. She is beautiful; she moves great; she is scopey. I have watched her go for a couple of years and I didn’t realize she would be available, so it is great.”

Continuing the day, Stewart went on to win the Green Conformation Hunter championship, sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. John R. Ingram. He guided Dr. Betsee Parker’s Lucador to top honors after placing first, second and second over fences and winning the under saddle. The pair also won Tuesday’s model. For the championship honors, they were presented with The Valiant Hark Memorial Challenge Trophy, donated by Mrs. Stephen J. Clark. California’s John French rode Montana Coady’s Ranger to the reserve championship with two wins and a second place finish over fences as well as second place under saddle.

Lucador, a six-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Lord Pezi, has been a solid mount for Stewart all year and handles the excitement of WIHS like an experienced veteran at such a young age. “He has been great, and he is so young,” Stewart said. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to show him this year at 3’6”, but he does it so easy. This is the most consistent he has been. He was first or second in every jump class. I think it came down to the hack. We had to win that to be champion, so it was a tight race.”

“He is really great in the ring,” Stewart added. “He’s a little quirky in the schooling area and he doesn’t like the crowd, so it’s a little hard to get ready, but once he is in the ring he is easy. I literally don’t have to jump a jump with him. I can jump one little jump and go in the ring or not even jump, so I knew he could just go in there and be fine.”

Securing his third championship of the day, Stewart continued on to win the First Year Green Working Hunter division sponsored by Montana Coady. He guided Stephanie Danhakl’s Quest to the win after placing first, second and third over fences. Nilani Trent’s Autumn Rhythm and Sloane Coles finished in reserve with first and second place ribbons.

Seven-year-old Quest, a Warmblood gelding by Verdi, shows in the 3’3” Amateur-Owner Hunters with his owner and also had success in Harrisburg. “He just started back showing; he had a little time off, so he was out of the groove, but he was right on track here today,” Stewart noted. “It took him a show to get ready, but he was awesome. He is brave and not spooky. He is basically quiet, so he’s perfect for this situation.”

With three championships under his belt, Stewart was named the 2014 WIHS Leading Hunter Rider, receiving a special $5,000 bonus for the award sponsored by Dr. Betsee Parker. He was also presented with The Robert Coluccio Leading Hunter Rider Perpetual Trophy. This marks Stewart’s eighth time earning the title at WIHS in a long-standing and illustrious professional career. It was a close race with Farmer, who won the award last year, but Stewart got the winning edge.

“We figured it out this morning. Larry and I added up the points and I think Kelley was one point ahead coming into today,” he noted. “It all came down to today.”

Gochman and Owens Win Amateur-Owner Titles

The Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions concluded their second day of competition on Wednesday and awarded championship honors as well. The Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” championship, sponsored by Kim Davis, was awarded to David Gochman’s Last Call ridden by Becky Gochman. The pair earned the Frank Counselman Memorial Perpetual Trophy after topping the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” Over 35 division, sponsored by Cembell Industries. They placed first, second and fifth over fences and won the under saddle. The reserve champion was Walk the Line, owned and ridden by Lynn Seithel, who placed first and second over fences.

Becky Gochman and Last Call
Becky Gochman and Last Call

Gochman was also presented with the Leading Amateur-Owner Hunter Rider Award for the 3’6” level, sponsored by Kessler Show Stables. This was her third time receiving the honor.

“It has been a lucky show,” Gochman remarked. “I love Washington, D.C. and the diversity here. I absolutely love that the show is next to Chinatown, and I am really excited that it is the Year of the Horse and there is a special jump made to represent Chinatown. I love the city show because you get to see all the people on the street admiring the horses and it is all different kinds of people. That is pretty cool just to break up somebody’s day. They watch the horses being braided, and they ask people questions. I just get a real kick out of that. My husband and I also get to come without our kids, and there are so many great restaurants. It has been a special place for me and maybe I feel that too; I feel the love of it.”

Gochman bought her winning mount, Last Call, this spring and has been working with trainers Scott Stewart and Ken Berkley to get to know the 13-year-old Warmblood gelding and solidify their partnership.

“I haven’t had him for very long and it has just been a matter of making small adjustments to get him right,” she explained. “To be honest, I didn’t come in to indoors with the greatest amount of confidence on him. I wasn’t sure how he was going to be, especially without doing a professional division, and he really proved himself to be a true amateur horse. He went right in and he knew his business, and he made it completely easy on me. He gives 100%.”

Last Call is also a much bigger horse than the rider is used to, but Gochman enjoys the challenge. “I like how big he is,” she smiled. “It is extra hard to get on, and I have to get a super high leg up. It is just a different experience than I have ever had. It is that much more important that I have to stretch up and sit up tall. It is fun because the straighter you get and the calmer you are, the more he is really going to power off the ground. It has been a lot of fun getting to know him in that way.”

Gochman received several other awards for her high score stake round of 87 aboard Empire on Wednesday. She earned The Shari Hollis Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by the Late Col. J.B. Hollis and Ms. Jeannie Hollis, which is presented to the overall winner in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” stake rounds. She also received an award for the EQUUS Foundation Best Performance of the Day.

In the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” 18-35 division, the championship was awarded to Stephanie Danhakl and Golden Rule. The pair placed second, second and third over fences and won under saddle. There was a tie for the reserve championship between Danhakl and her second mount, Humor Me, as well as Krista Weisman and Reality. After a coin toss, the prize was awarded to Weisman and Reality, who placed first and fourth over fences.

Continuing the day, the Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3’3” 18-35 division concluded its championship with a win for Kyle Owens and Voila. They won two classes over fences and finished third under saddle. Taylor Willever and Whisper finished in reserve, placing first, second, and fourth over fences. Willever was also presented with the award for Best Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Stake Round for her high score of 85.

At the conclusion of the afternoon, Voila was named Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Champion, sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Earnest M. Oare. Owens was named the Leading Amateur-Owner Hunter Rider for the 3’3” division overall. The 23-year-old rider from Columbus, OH, trains with Peter Pletcher and although he has ridden for many years, he only began showing competitively this year. This was the first trip to WIHS for both horse and rider and far exceeded expectations.

“This was his first time inside and mine too, so I was thinking it wasn’t going to go as well, but he was perfect,” the rider smiled. “This is my first time at Washington. I have never done any of the indoors (before this year), so I was thrilled. I am shocked, and I am so thankful that it happened.”

Owens bought Voila, a six-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Verdi, this past winter and has been impressed with the horse’s quick progress. Although Voila is young and inexperienced, the horse took little preparation for this week’s competition.

“We just rode him in the ring the first day, and that is all I had to do,” Owens stated. “We did Capital Challenge and we did Harrisburg and got some ribbons, but second was as good as it got, so I am thrilled with what happened here. I couldn’t believe it. I have never gotten a leading rider title or any of this. I have not even gotten it at a smaller horse show, so for that to happen here is just really cool.”

Owens began riding when he was ten and only competed locally until he was an amateur. He decided to step up to the next level this year and purchased Voila and several other horses that he showed in Florida throughout the winter with great results.

“He is so sweet, and he is really smart,” the rider described of Voila. “He is actually one of the smartest horses I have ever ridden. I didn’t expect him to come along so fast. We started him in the 3′ Pre-Greens thinking he was going to be super green and we would just do him for a year at 3′, but after several weeks we moved him right up to the 3’3” because he was just learning so fast. He is really smart to learn, he is super brave, and he has a lot of step. He has all the right parts.”

The final hunter division of the day was the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Over 35, which saw a win for Glen Senk aboard Fashion Farm’s Beholden. The pair won two classes over fences and was fourth in another. The reserve championship went to Becky Gochman aboard David Gochman’s Touchdown with first, second and sixth place ribbons over fences.

The Washington International Horse Show continues on Thursday with the beginning of Junior Hunter competition in the morning and Low and High Junior/Amateur-Owner competition followed by a $34,000 International Jumper Welcome Stake in the afternoon. The evening session will welcome local horse lovers, riders, trainers, and their families for Barn Night, presented by Dover Saddlery, beginning at 6 p.m. The $20,000 International Jumper Gambler’s Choice costume class will be the highlight event of the evening.

For those who cannot make it to the show, it will be live streamed in its entirety, sponsored in part by The Nutro Company, at www.wihs.org, and is also available on USEF Network at www.usefnetwork.com.

About the Washington International Horse Show
An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the country’s premier metropolitan indoor horse show. Each October, more than 500 world-class horses and riders, including Olympic medalists, arrive in Washington for six days of exciting show jumping and hunter competition. Highlights include the $125,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix (a World Cup qualifier), the Puissance (high jump) and the WIHS Equitation Finals, an important goal for top American junior riders. Exciting equestrian exhibitions, boutique shopping and community activities, such as Kids’ Day and Breakfast with the Mounted Police, round out this family-friendly event. WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition and recognized as a Top 25 Horse Show by the North American Riders Group.

Since its debut, the Washington International has been a Washington, DC, institution attended by presidents, first ladies, celebrities, business and military leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages. Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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