Wellington, FL – August 16, 2012 – The US Pony Finals is the much-anticipated, celebrated annual event held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The finest ponies and young riders earn the opportunity to compete at the event, which showcases our country’s future top equestrians.
US Pony Finals proved very successful for trainer, Elizabeth Pandich, and her Lionshare Farm clients and ponies. The plan was to have the riders and ponies performing at their peak for the coveted competition. Pandich’s focused strategy worked like a charm.
In the Medium Green Ponies, Parker Wright expertly piloted Lionshare Farm’s Anisette to second place overall, earning the red ribbon in both the under saddle and over fences out of 66 of the top medium green pony and rider teams from around the country. The pair was awarded the Reserve Championship of the Division.
Leone and Lincourt Gino Blaze to Third in the BonjourQuebec.com World Cup Qualifier
Wellington – July 26, 2012 – Peter Leone and his Lionshare Farm homebred, Wayfarer, nicknamed “The Future,” earned the win out of a field of 50 international competitors in the 1.25m Open Jumpers at International Bromont. Leone and Wayfarer also placed in the Derby de Vitesse/Speed Derby.
“By Nona Garson’s Languster out of a Holsteiner mare, he was born big and handsome. From day one, he showed character, range, scope and intelligence. He is just a genuinely, lovely talent,” said Leone about Wayfarer. “Because he was born on the farm, he has been my project. We know each other’s nuances and unspoken signals, so together we have the ability to turn and jump.”
Leone and Monica Carrera’s Lincourt Gino delivered the speed and accuracy required to put them in second place on the leader board in the 1.35m Open Jumpers. Then on Sunday, the pair was one of only six horse and rider teams to go faultless in the first round of the BonjourQuebec.com World Cup qualifying event. Leone and Gino, a big Irish Sporthorse gelding, have been in the money all spring and summer and were the second fastest of the four-faulters in the jump-off round, earning the duo third place honors.
Wellington, FL – June 14, 2012 – Peter Leone and Monica Carrera’s Lincourt Gino continue their consistent top placings at important Grand Prix events this spring. Last week, Leone and Gino were third in the $100,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix HITS on the Hudson in Saugerties, NY. They also had a good prize in the Level 7 Jumpers.
“We have been clear in the all of our last three Grand Prix first rounds,” said Leone. “In the first two, I rode aggressively in the second round, and had rails. This time I was the first of five to go in the jump-off. My plan was to be prompt and clear. I ended up with two clear rounds, and my time put me in third place.”
The week before last, Leone and Gino were fifth in both the $25,000 and the $75,000 Grand Prix at HITS-on-the Hudson. The pair won the G&C Farms 1.45m Open Jumpers in March and placed second at the $50,000 Live Oak Derby and fifth at the G&C Farms Jumper Derby at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival with the fastest time. Gino also recently won the 1.40m at Garden State and was second in the Old Salem Spring $20,000 Speed Derby.
Wellington, FL – June 8, 2012 – Olympic Silver Medalist Peter Leone will be on hand to sign copies of his new book Peter Leone’s Show Jumping Clinic: Success Strategies for Equestrian Athletes during the Purina Mills Kids Day at HITS-on-the-Hudson Sunday, June 10. The event will run from noon to 2:00 pm at the horse show grounds on Washington Avenue in Saugerties, New York.
Leone’s book, written along with Kimberly Jaussi PhD, an avid rider, writer and leadership professor and coach, explores every aspect of riding from the basics of correct use of aids through to the psychology of approaching a World Cup course.
The book employs diagrams, exercises and anecdotes, as well as photos featuring riders such as McLain Ward, Richard Spooner and Georgina Bloomberg, as models demonstrating concepts from his text.
The book’s foreword, by United States Equestrian Team Chef d’Equipe in Show Jumping, the legendary George Morris, states simply, “I think that any rider will benefit from the knowledge, experience and insight contained here.”
Wellington, June 7, 2012 – Peter Leone and Monica Carrera’s Lincourt Gino have consistently been in the money at important Grand Prix events this spring. Last week, Leone and Gino were fifth in both the $25,000 and the $75,000 Grand Prix at HITS on the Hudson in Saugerties, NY.
“Gino just keeps feeling better and better,” confided Leone. “Unfortunately, I made a mistake in the jump-off on Sunday. At least I lost trying to win rather than trying to place.”
Lincourt Gino is an Irish Sport Horse that performs as well on grass as he does on footing. Gino and Leone won the G&C Farms 1.45m Open Jumpers in March and were second at the $50,000 Live Oak Derby and Fifth at the G&C Farms Jumper Derby at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival with the fastest time. Gino also recently won the Level Sevens at Garden State and was second in the Old Salem Spring $20,000 Speed Derby.
Wellington, FL – June 4, 2012 – The much-anticipated book, Peter Leone’s Jumping Clinic: Success Strategies for Equestrian Athletes by Peter Leone and Kimberly S. Jaussi, PhD, is now available for purchase. Go to http://www.lionsharefarm.com to purchase your copy today.
This must-have book explores every aspect of riding, from the basics of correct use of aids to the psychology of approaching a World Cup course.
The book employs diagrams, exercises and anecdotes, as well as photos featuring riders such as McLain Ward, Richard Spooner, Margie Engel and Georgina Bloomberg, as models demonstrating concepts from the text.
“Presented in a thoughtful, detailed yet simple style, this book will improve your riding and horsemanship whether you are beginning your riding journey or trying to improve your current skill level,” lauded McLain Ward, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist.
Wellington, FL – May 24, 2012 – The second week at Old Salem Spring Horse Shows brought more good prizes for the Lionshare Farm Team. Peter Leone and Monica Carrera’s Lincourt Gino are consistently placing in the top of their classes. The plan-oriented Leone showcased Gino’s blazing fast speed to earn the second place prize in the $20,000 Speed Derby. The pair was fourth in the 1.40m Open Jumpers and 11th in the $75,000 Empire State Grand Prix.
“Gino is careful and game and has a huge stride. He can also be short catty,” shared Leone. “He likes to take advantage of the big gallops.”
Leone was also in the money with his young horses, Graffiti and Wayfarer, placing third in the Six Year Olds with Graffiti, and had two top-ten placings in the 1.30m classes with both horses.
Wellington, FL (April 6, 2012) – Olympic rider Peter Leone, who took home a Silver team medal at the 1996 Olympic Games aboard Crown Royal Legato as part of the United States Equestrian Team, was back in the winner’s circle during the seventh week of the 2012 Winter Equestrian Festival when he won a World Development Group 1.35m Jumper class. Sponsored by World Development Group, a premier developer committed to building the equestrian lifestyle in Wellington and around the world, Leone rode Annie 66, owned by Ri-Arm Farm, to the win.
Leone, who owns Lionshare Farm in Connecticut with his wife Marcella, has enjoyed a long career in the show world, including a highly successful junior career in which he won the “Best Child Rider” Award at prestigious shows such as the Upperville Horse Show, the Devon Horse Show, the Lake Placid Horse Show, the Pennsylvania National Hose Show, the Washington National Horse Show and the National Horse Show in New York City.
Wellington, FL – March 30, 2012 – The FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival hosted the Adequan Young Jumper Finals today in the International Arena for three age groups. The $20,000 Adequan 8-Year-Old Young Jumper Final victory went to Ronan McGuigan (IRL) and Capall Zidane. Andres Rodriguez (VEN) and Aberdeen took the top spot in the $20,000 Adequan 7-Year-Old Young Jumper Final. Riding Lionshare Farm’s Wayfarer, Peter Leone (USA) won the $15,000 Adequan 6-Year-Old Young Jumper Final. In the Rost Arena, Arriana Boardman of New York City won the Horseware Ireland Adult Amateur 3’3″ Hunter championship with Red Carpet.
Sponsored by FTI Consulting, Inc., the final week of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival will feature the highlight grand prix of the season, the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix, CSI 5*, on Saturday, March 31. The USHJA International Hunter Derby will host the top 25 on the grass field at The Stadium on Sunday, April 1.
Wellington, FL – March 1, 2012 – Olympic Silver Medalist Peter Leone piloted Monica Carrera’s Lincourt Gino (Gino) to the win to kick off CSIO Week during the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Leone and Gino topped a starting field of 28 horse and rider combinations on opening day during the speed class with a quick and clear effort over the challenging course.
“The course, designed by one of our country’s best course designers, Anthony D’Ambrosio, and it was excellent,” noted Leone. “It included water and had a very difficult line by the in-gate and provided the opportunity to work out of a gallop.”
Leone, who is a very methodical and plan-oriented competitor, found the course to ride exactly as anticipated. Gino and Leone were able to answer the course’s questions effortlessly, stopping the clock at 61.23 seconds, a full second a head of the second place finisher. Recently, Leone and Gino were fifth in the $50,000 G & C Farms Jumping Derby, laying down the fastest time of the field.