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Meagan Nusz Picks Up Biggest Career Victory in $127,000 Grand Prix CSI 3* at Tryon

Meagan Nusz and SRI Aladdin. Photos © Sharon Packer.

Mill Spring, NC – August 10, 2015 – USA’s Meagan Nusz (27) landed the biggest win of her career Saturday night competing at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). The young rider guided her ten-year-old KWPN gelding, SRI Aladdin (Quasimodo Z x Burggraaf), to victory in a three-horse jump-off in the $127,000 August I Grand Prix CSI 3*, held under the lights of George H. Morris Stadium. Jonathan McCrea (USA) and Aristoteles V finished second, and Mark Bluman (COL) and Uitteraard placed third. The competition was the highlight event of TIEC’s August I Horse Show, which hosted three FEI world ranking classes, and concluded Sunday, August 9.

A total of 27 entries competed over Saturday night’s grand prix, which was set by Florencio Hernandez, with just three advancing to the jump-off. Five others were clear over the fences, but incurred faults on the clock in the tight time allowed.

Heading into the jump-off, Bluman was first to go, but was ultimately eliminated after going off course with Uitteraard, owned by Stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc. Next to go, Nusz and Amalaya Investment’s SRI Aladdin cleared the track in 48.42 seconds. McCrea and Candy Tribble’s Aristoteles V followed with the final round, clear in 49.02 seconds.

Not only was Saturday’s win Nusz’s biggest, it was a special feat for the rider, who was competing without the help of longtime trainer, Kent Farrington. Farrington was at the Dublin Horse Show in Ireland, and rode to his own grand prix victory on Sunday.

“It was really something quite special for me, especially because Kent wasn’t here and I had to do it all on my own,” Nusz admitted. “He was of course on the phone with me and helping through the whole thing. I also had some good friends that were coaching me, like Candice King and Jon McCrea and my team. To do it by yourself is quite an accomplishment, so I was really excited for the opportunity to try it and to succeed.”

Nusz purchased SRI Aladdin at the end of the 2014 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) when the horse was nine years old. The gelding had only jumped a few 1.50m classes at the time, and Nusz and Farrington spent the last year slowly bringing him up to the grand prix level.

“He was a bit unrideable when I first got him, so Kent and I worked with him for an entire year and just kept him at the lower levels,” Nusz explained. “I brought him out this winter at WEF and jumped a few classes on him. The more broke he got, I kept saying, ‘I really felt like this horse has a really big win in him. I don’t know when it is going to be, but I feel it.’ He jumped his first 1.60m at Spruce Meadows this summer and he was unbelievable there. I think out of the six weeks, he had four or five rails down, which were all my fault. Then I brought him here and he just answered all of the questions for me. He is a tremendous partner and I am really happy to have him.”

Nusz commented on the night’s track, noting, “The course wasn’t huge, but it was quite careful. Right off the bat, we had a short turn right into a double vertical combination, which I thought would get a lot more horses than it did. Then you had to open up your stride a bit to get down the next few lines. I think the trickiest part was at the skinny. We had to come off of a combination. It was a right rollback, right to the skinny jump, which a lot of horses just didn’t jump well. Then it was a sharp 90-degree turn to the in-and-out after that. For the rollback to the skinny, you really wanted to take your time, but the time allowed was so short that a lot of people got caught up in that area.”

Jonathan McCrea and Aristoteles V
Jonathan McCrea and Aristoteles V

Detailing the jump-off, Nusz stated, “Marky Bluman went before me and he put down a hammer round. I was really nervous, but then he unfortunately went off course. He forgot to roll back to the skinny and went straight to the double, which was really unfortunate for him because he was super fast. That kind of made me take a deep breath, but I knew that I still had Jon McCrea behind me, who is always a fast rider. You can never count him out.”

“I talked to Candice a bit and she told me just to stick to my plan,” Nusz continued. “My horse is naturally fast. He has a huge stride and before I went into the ring my barn manager, Erin Everett, told me just to remember my steps. Marky was leaving out strides everywhere and trying to put up a challenge for us. I just stuck to my plan, and used my horse’s stride, and it worked out for me luckily.”

Nusz made a special trip to Tryon this week just to check out TIEC for the very first time and looks forward to returning after a fantastic experience.

“We loved the horse show. We had a blast,” she smiled. “The cabins are amazing; it is great for the horses and the venue is just unbelievable. They have all the venders and restaurants, they have a gym, and everything is just right here, which is super nice. Next year I am hoping to come back for at least two or three weeks. We really enjoyed it.”

Nusz competes next at the Kentucky Horse Park for two weeks before heading to the Hampton Classic at the end of the month and then the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament in September. Then she is off to compete on the West Coast for the fall with stops in Sacramento, Los Angeles and Del Mar.

The week’s FEI competition began on Thursday with a win for Jonathan McCrea (USA) and Candy Tribble’s Special Lux in the $34,000 Suncast® 1.50m Open Welcome. Thirty-seven entries jumped the first round course set by Florencio Hernandez, and 16 went clear to advance to the jump-off. McCrea and Special Lux completed the fastest of 11 double clear rounds in 32.38 seconds for the win.

Emanuel Andrade (VEN) and Bon Jovi finished second in 32.52 seconds. Meagan Nusz (USA) took third and fourth place honors aboard Amalaya Investments’ SRI Aladdin and Dynamo respectively. SRI Aladdin clocked in at 33.32 seconds while Dynamo finished close behind in 33.40.

Competition concluded on Sunday with a win for Angel Karolyi (VEN) and Karen O’Connor’s Clearwater in the $34,000 1.45m Classic. The class saw 19 contenders, with eight moving on to the jump-off, and five double clear rounds. Karolyi and Clearwater stopped the clock in 39.66 seconds for the win.

Gemma Paternoster (GBR) and her own Zonneglans finished second in a time of 39.87 seconds. David Blake (IRL) and Pine Hollow Farm’s Park Lane placed third in 40.45 seconds, and Candice King (USA) finished fourth with Wyndmont, Inc.’s Valinski S in 40.46 seconds.

Competition at TIEC continues August 13-16, 2015, with the Tryon Finale I Horse Show. For more information on TIEC and for a full list of results, please visit www.tryon.com.

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Katie Prudent and V Take Top Prize in $33,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.60m

Katie Prudent and V. Photos © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius Dominate in $15,000 CIBC Junior/Amateur Jumper 1.40m

Calgary, AB – July 12, 2013 –Two exciting feature competitions were held on Friday under beautiful blue skies for day two of the ‘Pan American’ Tournament at Spruce Meadows. In the $33,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.60m, Katie Prudent (USA) and V led the victory gallop, while Meagan Nusz (USA) and Vesuvius took top honors in the $15,000 CIBC Junior/Amateur Jumper 1.40m.

The ‘Pan American’ Tournament continues through Sunday, July 14, featuring CSI 5* competition and $625,000 in total prize money. The weekend will highlight the $40,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup Parcourse de Chasse and $33,000 ASHCOR Technologies Cup on Saturday, followed by the $400,000 Spruce Meadows ‘Pan American’ Grand Prix presented by Rolex to wrap up competition on Sunday.

The highlight competition on Friday afternoon was the $33,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.60m with 28 entries jumping a course set by Peter Grant of Vancouver, BC. Jumping in the beautiful Meadows on the Green, six entries went clear to advance to the jump-off and five of those were able to also clear the short course without fault. Last to go in the jump-off, Katie Prudent and Michael Smith’s V had the fast time of 45.16 seconds for the win.

Second place honors went to Canada’s Ian Millar and Dixson, owned by Susan and Ariel Grange, with a double clear round in 46.94 seconds. Belgium’s Francois Mathy and Polinska des Isles, owned by Mathy and Team Harmony, finished third in 47.10 seconds. USA’s Charlie Jayne and Alex Jayne’s Chill R Z finished fourth in 47.76 seconds. Fifth place honors went to the double clear efforts of Tiffany Foster (CAN) and Artisan Farms LLC’s Southwind VDL with a time of 51.09 seconds.

The afternoon’s 1.60m competition was actually the second win of the day for veteran rider Katie Prudent. Earlier in the day, Prudent guided Reed Kessler’s Onisha to victory in the $1,000 Jayman Jumper 1.40m. The win with V, an eleven-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Landstreicher x Lennard, topped off a banner day.

Prudent describes her partnership with V as “a work in progress”, explaining that his high-spirited nature and boundless energy can sometimes make things difficult.

“I have had some great wins with him this year, but still I am not as consistent as I would like to be,” she admitted. “I think he is a very good horse. There is nothing he can’t jump and he is very careful, but I still get too much fighting from him and I am constantly working on that.”

Peter Grant’s course was big and difficult today, but V successfully cleared all of the obstacles to advance to the jump-off, which is where Prudent feels most confident in her horse’s abilities.

“He is the happiest when I can just let him go,” she detailed. “I always breathe a sigh of relief if I make it to the jump-off because usually my jump-off is better than my first round. The first round where I have to hold him back is a chore, but when I can let him go he is great. Everything came up well; it was just out of stride. When it’s a day like today where he listens to me the jump-off is always just fun.”

Prudent and V will compete in Sunday’s $400,000 Spruce Meadows ‘Pan American’ Grand Prix presented by Rolex and then head back to Europe to compete for the rest of the summer.

“I have a nice little tour with him,” she stated. “I am going to show at Dinard and then Valkenswaard and then a few other shows. I am trying to keep up with some of my students. I have Reed Kessler and Brianne Goutal and they are doing some of the five-stars, so I tag along to do the two-stars behind them. It is fun for me. My main job now is teaching, but I still just love to ride. I like to get out there and try. Once in a while I do it well and once in a while I don’t do it well, but I still feel like it keeps me sharp for teaching to be in there doing it.”

Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius Dominate in $15,000 CIBC Junior/Amateur Jumper 1.40m

Friday’s competition concluded with the $15,000 CIBC Junior/Amateur Jumper 1.40m, also held on the Meadows on the Green over a course set by Peter Grant. Out of 48 entries, Grant saw 18 clear the first round course without fault to advance to the jump-off. One entry chose not to return, so 17 combinations went head to head over the short course with eight double clear rounds. First to go, Meagan Nusz and Amalaya Investments’ Vesuvius set an unbeatable pace that would hold on for the win in 39.32 seconds.

Mexico’s Beatriz Franco Sol and La Guayaba finished second in 40.55 seconds. Clementine Goutal (USA) and Cloverleaf Farm’s Kelline Fonroy were third with a time of 40.56 seconds, and Canada’s Kelly Soleau and Itty Bitty finished fourth in 41.24 seconds.

Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius
Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius

Meagan Nusz, who trains with top show jumper Kent Farrington, has owned Vesuvius for three years now and has an unmistakable bond with the eleven-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Numero Uno x Expert). The duo has many wins to their name and proved their trust in each other with today’s blazing fast round.

“He is the best,” Nusz praised after their win. “It is funny – I bought a group of horses with my trainer Kent and I didn’t try any of them. I just watched the videos and we bought them and trusted Kent’s opinion. When I saw the video of this horse, out of every horse that we bought, I knew he was the horse for me. I knew he was going to be something special for me and he has turned out to be just that. He is amazing.”

Going first in the large jump-off, Nusz knew that she had to set the bar high to challenge the other competitors, and that is exactly what she did. Only one other combination, USA’s Frances Land and her horse Merlin, were able to beat Nusz’s time in 38.89 seconds. The pair had an unfortunate rail at the last fence, however, to finish ninth.

Nusz noted, “It is always hard when you have to go first in anything and then to have a group of 16 top riders behind you. They are all my friends and we go back and forth every weekend. I knew that I had to go in and trust my plan and just put in a round that made everyone else chase me. That is what helped me out with Frances because she actually had my time but she got a little frazzled at the end. You have to put in a fast round and make people make little mistakes.”

Vesuvius and his skill and careful nature also helped Nusz get the winning time.

“He is a little bit spooky, which is good and bad,” the rider described. “I can’t take all the risks that other people can with horses that don’t look at this or that, but it is also good because it really keeps him off of the jumps. As long as you are consistent and you tell him what you want, he is there for you every step of the way.”

“Having a horse like that makes doing this really fun,” Nusz smiled. “He goes in the ring every time, every class, it doesn’t matter if it’s a 1.20m schooling class, and he wants to be a winner and that is a nice feeling. I think I have a stronger bond with him than any of my other horses. I just trust him so much and I feel like we have a really solid partnership.”

Nusz will show in tomorrow’s 1.50m competition and then heads to Europe where she will compete for the United States in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup competition in Bratislava, Slovakia. On winning tonight at Spruce Meadows, she smiled, “It is always special to win here. Even showing here is special. Winning is amazing, but just getting to ride in these rings with the top amateurs, juniors and top professionals is amazing. It is a great feeling, and then to be in the ribbons and then to win is unbelievable.”

“They make it so special,” she continued. “To have a $15,000 class for the juniors and amateurs and last week they had a $20,000 – it is really nice. They do a really good job of trying to promote what we are trying to do. I’m sure all of us would love to be professionals one day and do this for real, so it is nice to go in and be competitive and get nice coolers and have a nice ceremony and win a little bit of money. We love showing here. We come every year, and winning here is unlike winning anywhere else. It just makes you feel really special and you feel like you’ve earned it.”

The ‘Pan American’ Tournament at Spruce Meadows will continue on Saturday with the $40,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup Parcourse de Chasse 1.45m competition in the All Canada Ring as well as the $33,000 ASHCOR Technologies Cup 1.50m to be held in the Meadows on the Green. For more information and full results, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.

Based in Calgary, Canada, Spruce Meadows is the brainchild of the Southern family who built a Show Jumping complex at the foothills of the Alberta Rocky Mountains. It was in 1976 that the first Spruce Tournaments were held, with annual spectator attendances reaching over 50,000 by the end of the decade. Today, Spruce Meadows boasts one of the greatest outdoor equestrian venues in the world and offers an incredible experience for riders and fans alike. Spruce Meadows focuses on the organization and hosting of show jumping tournaments of unmatched quality for junior, amateur and professional athletes in a manner that reflects basic family values in a clean, green and welcoming environment that celebrates the horse and encourages the breeding and training of quality sport horses and the teaching and development of athletes. For more information on Spruce Meadows, please visit www.sprucemeadows.com.

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Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius Victorious in $20,000 Bluegrass Classic at Kentucky Spring Classic

Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius.

Lexington, KY – May 18, 2013 – The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows came to a close today with amateur rider Meagan Nusz claiming her second major victory.  During the 16-horse jump-off in the $20,000 Bluegrass Classic, Nusz piloted Vesuvius to the winning clear time to lead the victory gallop during the Kentucky Spring Classic. Ramiro Quintana of Argentina was hot on her heels, qualifying three mounts for the tiebreaker and scoring second and third with Ollywood Des Horts and Ziedento, respectively.

Thirty-nine entries showed over Conrad Homfeld’s first round course, which mimicked portions of last night’s grand prix with multiple bending lines and sharp bending line. There was also a challenging triple combination and technical vertical-vertical double combination. Sixteen of the original starters managed to master the 1.45m track and advance to the jump-off. The short course began with an oxer-vertical line before riders had to roll back to a skinny vertical to an oxer. After galloping across the ring over two more obstacles the qualifiers had to speed toward the final fence with precision.

Ramiro Quintana was the pathfinder over the first course aboard Ziedento, owned by St. Bride’s Farm of Upperville, VA, and he managed to match the effort as the first in the jump-off. The duo easily maneuvered over all of the fences, setting the time to beat at 42.258 seconds, which would be good enough for third.

Fernando Cardenas had the next clear round with Quincy Car, but they ended up with the most conservative faultless time in 43.729 seconds for fifth place. Canada’s Ian Millar came very close to taking Quintana’s early lead with Baranns, but fell just 2/10ths of a second short. The clear effort would pick up the fourth place award.

Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius, owned by Amalaya Investments of Houston, TX, would produce the next double clear effort, and they had their eye on the winning pace. Easily making the rollback to the skinny vertical, they were able to handily gallop across the middle of the ring before leaving a stride out to the last obstacle. The pair dashed through the timers in 41.462 seconds to claim the victory.

Ramiro Quintana and Ollywood Des Horts
Ramiro Quintana and Ollywood Des Horts

The only other rider to come close to catching them was Quintana with his other mount, Ollywood Des Horts, owned by Remarkable Farms of New York, NY. The duo added to the final fence to leave it intact, but the careful approach proved costly with a time of 41.718, which was just 3/10ths of a second shy of the leader for second place.

“With my first horse Ziedento, I was trying to lay down a trip where it was as fast as I could go without knocking down a rail, and put pressure on the other riders coming behind me,” explained Quintana. “I knew I could go faster with Ollywood. I watched Meagan’s round, and I was neat to one and two and did a good turn back to skinny. I was pretty right on it until the last jump. I did an extra stride there because I felt the horse hadn’t really sighted on the jump, and I wanted to gather him a bit. I didn’t feel like I could leave the stride out, and that’s where I think I lost the class.”

One other competitor managed to leave all the jumps up, but clocked in over the time allowed. Marcelo Barros chose a conservative route with Lordes to trip the timers at 50.558 seconds, for two time faults and sixth place. Nusz also went home with the seventh place award after having just four faults in the jump-off with her second mount Dynamo to claim the seventh place honors, as well as the win.

“Vesuvius is naturally a super fast horse, so I didn’t have to push him out of his element too much in the jump-off,” stated Nusz. “Usually, if I can just get a good distance at the first fence and stay on that pace, I can pretty much match any round and then shave off a little bit here and there. Luckily for me I have a super careful horse that I can push a little for the speed, and he’s always going to try and stay clean. Other horses can get a little frantic when they are going that quickly, but I just to get cruise around. He loves it; he loves going fast.”

Nusz has been partnered with Vesuvius for two years and won the Amateur-Owner Jumper National Championship in 2012. “I get along with him really well; he’s so much fun to ride,” she expressed. “Every time you go in the ring you can’t help but smile when you come out because he’s such a trier and he’s always looking to be a winner for himself and for me, which is a really nice feeling. This year I’ve kind of moved out of the amateurs and have been trying to do more of these types of classes and some speed classes. I am trying to do more with him now and push myself too. I’m learning and it’s exciting when I win because it’s my first time to do all of this. I’m thrilled, I am really happy.”

Although Nusz won the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix last week, they were not as lucky last night and today’s victory came at just the right moment. “Yesterday I had a terrible day with Dynamo, and we were so frantic when we went in the ring that I had a number of rails,” she admitted. “It’s so funny in this sport how you go from hero to zero, so that was a little bit hard on me. I had to move on to today and I am really happy that I was able to go in with Vesuvius and Dynamo and have really, really good rounds. I needed to end the show this way and not the way I ended last night, so I am really excited.”

Nusz has used the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows to help prepare for Spruce Meadows, and it very happy to have classes like the $20,000 Bluegrass Classic available. “It’s nice to have a class that’s worth a lot of money that you can show your second and third string horses in and still have a chance to go in and win and get a little bit of money,” she commented. “Vesuvius can’t go in and do those bigger grand prix classes, but this is perfect for him. They’ve done an excellent job with all the big classes at this show.”

The High Junior and Amateur-Owner Jumper Show Jumping Hall of Fame Classics were held later in the day. The Amateur-Owner Jumpers saw four double clear efforts, with Wilton Porter piloting Neolistio Van Het Mierenhof to the win for Sleepy P Ranch of Bartonville, TX. Canada’s Jordan MacPherson and Aanwinst claimed second, Kenzie Donovan of River Hills, WI, placed third with Boomerang, and Leah DeMartini rounded out the faultless efforts in the jump-off with True Love for Elm Rock LLC of Bronxville, NY.  In the High Junior Jumper Classic, there were no double clear rounds, but Sophie Simpson had the fastest four fault round in the jump-off aboard Chico’s Girl, owned by Katherine Gallagher of Medfield, MA. Kady Abrahamson of Loveland, OH, followed in second with Irish Hunt.

Today marked the conclusion of the Kentucky Spring Classic, but in July competition will continue at the Kentucky Horse Park during the Kentucky Summer Series. Throughout July and August, riders will have the opportunity to compete in top-notch hunter/jumper events, and also try to earn valuable points toward the $50,000 Hagyard Challenge Series’ Leading Rider Bonus, and the $15,000 Leading Rider Bonuses available during the Hallway Feeds National Hunter Derby Series.

For more information about the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

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Meagan Nusz and Dynamo Master $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Meagan Nusz and Dynamo.

Lexington, KY – May 12, 2013 – It took precise riding and a talented mount to be at the top of the standings during today’s $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. Richard Jeffery’s challenging track yielded only two clear rounds, but set the stage for a speedy jump-off between Meagan Nusz and Reed Kessler. Nusz had all the answers aboard Dynamo to capture the top honors. The duo clocked in just fractions ahead of Kessler, who was also double clear over the short course with Mika to place second.

The first round course for this week’s highlight event bested all but two of the 40 competitors that gathered at the Rolex Stadium. Two of the most challenging areas proved to be a vertical-oxer double combination bending line to an open water, that was followed by another oxer, as well as a triple bar-vertical-oxer triple combination to a steady vertical. Meagan Nusz was the second rider on course and the first to advance to the jump-off with Dynamo, owned by Amalaya Investments of Houston, TX.

“The course was just really technical,” stated Nusz. “The triple combination got a lot of people. I think that was more of mental game than anything else because you had to come in steady, when normally you want to ride at the triple bar, which was A, but you had to come in a little bit slow because the two was really short. Then you also had to ride out because the one stride was normal, but you had to ride the back rail. In your mind, you just had to stay calm and ride each fence individually.”

The only other clear effort came from Reed Kessler of Lexington, KY, riding her own gelding Mika. “I thought it was a great course,” she expressed. “It’s a $75,000 grand prix, so it should be difficult enough. It was the course designer’s job to set an appropriate course, and the fact that only two of us rode well enough to clear it is our fault, not his. I was a fan of today’s course; I did not think it was too hard.”

Both Kessler and Nusz managed to produce a second clear effort during the tiebreaker, separated by only fractions of a second. Nusz was the first to return to the ring and she pulled out all the stops with Dynamo. After finding the perfect distance to the first fence they tried to leave a stride out in the rollback to the next oxer, but when Dynamo backed off they chipped at the large fence. Dynamo still managed to clear the back rail, and Nusz sped to the remaining obstacles, leaving a stride out at the last oxer and breaking the beam at 35.97 seconds.

“Kent Farrington and I walked the rollback to have a reference number so I didn’t turn in too tight or too wide,” explained Nusz. “When we walked it, we did an eight, and that’s probably what we should have done, but I thought if I caught a good vertical I could get a seven. When I caught the vertical my eye picked up on the seven, but he kind of backed off the brush, and then I was just wrong. I thought he was going to leave long and he ended up adding. But he left it up and jumped it without a problem. After that jump, I really made sure I was on it. I tried to be smooth in the middle because that was the tricky part, but I trusted him and let him go a little bit at the last couple fences. In the jump-off you have to do whatever you can to get the win.”

Reed Kessler and Mika
Reed Kessler and Mika

Kessler was prepared to answer the challenge Nusz presented when she returned riding Mika. They were right on the pace, but added a stride before the skinny vertical. The pair did leave all the rails intact though, and crossed the finish line at 36.30 seconds, just fractions off of Nusz time to settle for second place.

“I saw the seven in the first roll back, and I could have done it, but I ended up doing the eight after watching Meagan,” noted Kessler. ” Then Mika kicked up a little bit in my leg as I was turning to the skinny oxer, and I ended up doing one more, but for him that was a very fast round. For him to really put the speed on like that and still keep his form was fantastic for him. I’m really happy with him.”

Blythe Marano and Urban, owned by Riverview Farm of Franklin, TN, were the only other horse and rider combination that were able to leave all the fences in place, but they were unable to do so in the time allowed, finishing with one time fault for third. The fastest of the four faulters was Ramiro Quintana of Argentina on St. Bride’s Farm’s Whitney, stopping the clock at 74.46 seconds after lowering the height of the vertical in the middle of the triple combination.

Quitana was followed closely by Canada’s Ian Millar riding Star Power, owned by Team Works of Perth, Ontario. The pair also had an error in the triple combination. Nusz’ trainer Kent Farrington rounded out the top six aboard Zafira, owned by Haity McNerney of Lake Forest, IL, having a rail after the triple combination line before heading home to the gate.

Tonight’s victory marks the biggest win in Nusz’ young career. “I am super excited,” she smiled.  “To only have two clean and go against Reed who is one of the top riders in the world, it was great to go clean and then pull off the win.”

Meagan Nusz and Dynamo
Meagan Nusz and Dynamo

Dynamo and Nusz have been together for three years, and she began riding him in the young jumper classes, before eventually showing in the Amateur-Owner divisions and now the Open Jumpers. “We’ve done everything,” she said. “He’s taught me a lot and I’ve taught him a lot and we have a really good bond. I am an amateur moving up, and it’s nice to have a horse that gives you confidence. He is a jumper and can get you out of sticky situations, but I never go in the ring feeling overwhelmed or over faced because I know that I have him.”

Now, Nusz and her trainer Kent Farrington will aim for Spruce Meadows before traveling to Europe for the summer. “Right now I am focusing 100% on riding. We’re going to Spruce and Europe this summer. It will be my first time in Europe and we will be going to Spain and The Netherlands. I am really looking forward to it. I try to set goals that are achievable, so the World Cup Qualifiers and maybe a Nations Cup in the next two years would be great. This year I want to just start jumping some bigger classes and get the feel for it.”

The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows were the perfect stop for Nusz before heading north. “I love it here; it’s so peaceful and open,” she expressed. “They have classes for everyone from the young jumpers to grand prixs. You can’t pick a better venue. It’s a fun horse show to come to and the management puts a lot of effort into it.”

The jumper action at the Kentucky Horse Park will continue next week with the Kentucky Spring Classic, scheduled for May 15-19, 2013. Highlight events include the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Thursday, the $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix sponsored by Audi of Lexington on Saturday, and Sunday’s $20,000 Bluegrass Classic.

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Laura Linback and Whittaker MVNZ Take First in 2012 Evergreen Invitational $75,000 Grand Prix

Bristol, Wisconsin Charity Event Raises $1.175M for Charity

Laura Linback

BRISTOL, WI — September 8th — The 2012 Evergreen Invitational was a huge success on Saturday with a $25,000 Junior/Amateur Owner Classic and $75,000 Grand Prix. The classic, which kicked off the event, was won by Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius. In the Grand Prix the blue ribbon went to Laura Linback and Whittaker MVNZ, who had the only clear ride of the class.

Hosted by M. K. Pritzker and The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and presented by Northern Trust, the 4th biennial equestrian charity event attracted over 600 guests, who came to support the equestrian sport and to witness nationally and internationally ranked riders compete. More than $1.175 million was raised from the competition. Proceeds will benefit historically under-funded women’s health programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius Garner High Amateur-Owner Jumper Win at Bluegrass Festival Horse Show

Meagan Nusz outclassed other top riders with Vesuvius, riding to one of only two double-clear efforts in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper division. Photo By: Ashley N. Williams/PMG

Lexington, KY – August 18, 2012 – It was a clear, crisp morning at the Kentucky Horse Park for the fourth day of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. A select group of talented riders looked on to the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper course at the Rolex Stadium with anticipation in hopes of posting the best-marked time. Taking home the division’s blue ribbon, Meagan Nusz outclassed other top riders with Vesuvius, riding to one of only two double-clear efforts. Placing the lead score until bested by Nusz was Alexandra Duval aboard Cipriani Z, who expertly navigated a faultless short course and received second place in the class.

The course, designed by Allen Rheinheimer, featured elements from yesterday’s Hunter Derby at the Rolex Stadium, to provide accents for the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper class today. The course used several natural colored hunt jumps, sponsor fences and an option fence offering the liverpool to the left and an oxer to the right. The obstacles of the short course included a vertical-oxer-liverpool triple combination, stonewall pillar oxers, and a vertical-vertical-oxer triple combination. For the jump-off, riders began with a single oxer taking a hard left loop to the Sleepy P Ranch oxer; they then completed a right turn to a natural looking vertical and long line to natural oxer. The rider then rode a line to the right over the vertical-liverpool combination, taking a left to finish over a brick pillar oxer to break the beam within the allotted time of 47 seconds.

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Kent Farrington & Up Chiqui Dominate $60k Spy Coast Farm Open Jumper Speed Stake at Alltech NHS

Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui dominated the $60,000 Spy Coast Farm Open Jumper Speed Stake. Photo By: Shawn McMillen

Lexington, KY – November 4, 2011 – The jumper action continued this evening at the Alltech National Horse Show, 128th Edition, and speed was the name of the game as riders competed in the $60,000 Spy Coast Farm Open Jumper Speed Stake. The speedy veteran pair of Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui dominated the class with blazing time, beating second place finishers Nicholas Dello Joio and Notre Star De La Nutria by almost four seconds. Great Britain’s Scott Brash and Bon Ami rounded out the top three with a quick and clear effort.

Richard Jeffery designed a technical course for tonight’s event, which featured an option fence, multiple rollbacks, a vertical-vertical double combination, and an oxer-vertical double combination. “I thought it was a very fast track, meaning that all of us were going to be taking basically the same lines,” eventual winner Kent Farrington remarked. “It came down to the faster mover, turning even shorter on the rollbacks, because there weren’t too many places to play to your horse’s strength.”

Although he was fifth in the order, Farrington of Chicago, IL, and Up Chiqui, owned by Boone, Dobbs and Farrington, entered the ring ready to win during tonight’s speed competition. The duo has always been known for their quick rounds, and tonight they lived up to the hype. They raced around the technical course with ease, never touching a rail. The pair broke the beam at an incredible 57.35 seconds, setting a pace that would not be caught and eventually leading the victory gallop.

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Tredennick Gallops to Win in $31,000 International Open Jumper Victory at 53rd WIHS

Vigaro and Sarah Tredennick. Photos © Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Washington, D.C. – October 27, 2011 – The 53rd Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) continued today with classes for jumpers. The International Open Jumpers had two classes, and Sarah Tredennick of Denver, CO, rode Vigaro to the win in the $31,000 International Open Jumper Jump-off class. Todd Minikus and Sweetheart wowed the crowd in their Uncle Sam costume and cleared the Georgetown Cupcake Joker fence to win the $20,000 International Open Jumper Gambler’s Choice Costume class. Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers competed today as well. KC van Aarem and Mastermind won the Low division class, while Meagan Nusz and Banana d’Ive captured the High division win.

Tonight was the always popular “Barn Night,” presented by Dover Saddlery, where local barns, teams, and groups celebrate equestrian sport with their barnmates, friends, and families. Breyer Animal Creations had a Stablesmates Painting booth. Contests such as Best Banner, Best Video, Best Barn Spirit, and Largest Group Contest were held for special prizes like a Kawasaki All-Terrain Vehicle courtesy of Gaithersburg Equipment Company, and gift certificates from Dover Saddlery. Additional thanks go to sponsor, Peterson Family Foundation, and media partners The Equiery and Virginia Horse Journal.

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