Boyland and Weseley Capture Top Prizes in $10,000 Children’s and Adult Hunter Championships
Washington, D.C. – October 26, 2010 – The 52nd annual Washington International Horse Show began today with hunter competition for professional and amateur riders, who had the first classes of their divisions and finish for championships tomorrow. In the evening session, children’s and adult hunter riders reigned the ring.
Movado and Bailey Boyland won the $10,000 Children’s Hunter Championship, while Phoebe Weseley on Just Ask Me took the blue ribbon in the $10,000 Adult Hunter Championship. The WIHS continues through Sunday, October 31. The highlight classes of the week are the $25,000 Puissance sponsored by The Boeing Company on Friday, October 29, and the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix presented by Washington Convention and Sports Authority, CSI 3*-W on Saturday, October 30.
Boyland and Movado, a nine-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Katie Stewart, went 29th out of 35 in the first round and scored an 84 from the three judges – Ralph Caristo, Linda Hough, and Jimmy Torano. They returned second to last in the second round of the top 12 horses and received another score of 84. That was the highest in the second round, and they finished on a winning total of 168. For the Fun and Kaylen Schwartz placed second with a total of 166, while Scott Petrie’s One Hundred and One and Jenna Petrie-Moran were third with a combined score of 162.5.
For their win tonight, Movado and Boyland were awarded the H. Fenwick Kollock Memorial Perpetual Trophy donated by Friends of Fen.
Boyland is 14 years old and from Potomac, MD. She trains with Alan Lohman and she started leasing Movado this past December. “He’s my first horse. I went from a medium pony to him, and he’s the best,” she explained.
Boyland said that Lohman had his usual advice for her before she went in for the second round. “I was so nervous (before the second round). I just didn’t let the nerves get to me. He said, ‘Just go out and ride.’ That’s what he always says, and that’s what I did!” she said with a smile. “My rounds were good and I had a lot of fun. I just tried my best, and I guess this is where it got me, so I’m really happy.”
When she first competed at the WIHS in 2005, the outcome was different. “ I had a small pony here in the Children’s (class) and we didn’t get around. This was a big change,” she laughed.
She went on to say, “This is my biggest win. It means everything to win here. It’s what I’ve been working for all year. I can’t believe it. I’m just so excited.”
After four years of competing in the $10,000 Adult Hunter Championship, Phoebe Weseley and Just Ask Me finally got their victory. The pair had a first round score of 75 and came back with a vengeance in the second round. They scored 86 for a total of 161 and the win. First round leader Wise Counsel and Jessica Lohman, who rode for Alan Lohman, finished second with a score of 158.5, and Laurie Barna on Laguna placed third with a total of 155.
Weseley hails from Bedminster, MD, and has owned Just Ask Me, a 10-year-old Mecklenberg gelding by DeNiro, for more than four years. They placed fourth in last year’s Championship. For this year’s competition, Weseley felt about her rounds, “My first round was good. The five (strides) rode a little tighter than I thought and I had a little rub because I over released in the four to the two. But I fixed it all in the second round,” she remarked.
Weseley gave credit to her horse and her team. She said, “My horse tries; he gives you 110%. His name is Just Ask Me and when you ask him, he does it. He really has a big heart. Eric Salvadore is great, and Patty Foster, Mary Lisa Leffler and my whole team. They make it easy for me.”
“It feels great,” Weseley said of her victory. “It has been a lot of hard work. (In Harrisburg) he got a ribbon, but not what I expected so this was really great redemption for him.”
The Washington International Horse Show continues tomorrow with championships for the professional and amateur-owner hunter divisions as well as the $10,000 Children’s Jumper Championship. The evening session, which begins at 6:30 p.m. with opening ceremonies, features the $10,000 Adult Jumper Championship and a military polo exhibition.
For full results and more information, please visit www.wihs.org.
Final Results: $10,000 Children’s Hunter Championship
1. Bailey Boyland MOVADO 84.000 84.000 168.000
2. Kaylen Schwartz FOR THE FUN 83.000 83.000 166.000
3. Jenna Petrie-Moran ONE HUNDRED AND ONE 83.500 79.000 162.500
4. Ashley Reed RED CARPET 78.000 80.000 158.000
5. Callie Alderman ACCOMAC 80.000 67.000 147.000
6. Stephen Foran CANADIAN SUNSET 72.000 74.000 146.000
7. Jocelyn Terry PFEFFERESSENCE 79.000 62.500 141.500
8. Abigail Brodsky SUNDAY DRIVER 75.000 66.000 141.000
9. Allison Karlovec ADENA 71.000 68.000 139.000
10. Sandra Crabtree FOLLOW ME 73.000 65.000 138.000
11. Lene Bruheim NLF CASABELLA 76.000 56.000 132.000
12. Charlotte Scharfenberg LEMIEUX 85.000 45.000 130.000
Final Results: $10,000 Adult Hunter Championship
1. Phoebe Weseley JUST ASK ME 75.000 86.000 161.000
2. Jessica Lohman WISE COUNSEL 84.000 74.500 158.500
3. Laurie Barna LAGUNA 78.000 77.000 155.000
4. Chiara Parlagreco PARIS NORTH 69.000 84.000 153.000
5. Dr. Suzanne Smith FLEET WEEK 80.000 70.500 150.500
6. Victoria Watters EYE REMEMBER RIO 68.000 82.000 150.000
7. Kathryn Clapp DONNERKIND 65.000 75.500 140.500
8. Heather Geller POMMEGRANATE 64.000 76.000 140.000
9. Lara Mcpherson DELORIAN 70.000 68.750 138.750
10. Heather Hawkins-Shaffer CHAUNCEY 64.500 74.000 138.500
11. Laurie Barna TRIBUNE 72.000 66.000 138.000
12. Kiersten Litzsinger GIBSON 63.000 73.000 136.000
About the Washington International Horse Show
An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show brings top horses and riders from the U.S. and abroad, including Olympic champions, to the nation’s capital to compete for more than $400,000 in prize money and championship titles. About 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunter and equitation events during the six-day show. Special exhibitions, Kids Day, Barn Night, WIHS World of the Horse, boutique shopping and educational and community events round out this family-friendly show. Since its debut, the Washington International has been a popular Washington, DC, fixture visited by presidents, first ladies, celebrities, business and military leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages. WIHS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization, is headquartered in Washington, DC. Learn more at www.wihs.org.
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