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Clara Propp and Arabesque Emerge Victorious at USEF Jr. Hunter Nat’l Championship – East Coast

Clara Propp and Arabesque.

Devon, Pa. – July 14, 2021 – The final day of competition at the 2021 Adequan®/USEF Junior Hunter National Championship – East Coast, hosted by the Brandywine Horse Shows, concluded Wednesday in the Dixon Oval of the Devon Horse Show Grounds with the Junior 3’3” Hunters. Bringing forth some of the nation’s top up-and-coming junior riders, competition was stiff as horse-and-rider combinations vied for the Grand Junior 3’3” Hunter Champion title. After seeing a total of 213 entries in the Small Junior 3’3” Hunter 15 & Under, Small Junior 3’3” Hunter 16-17, Large Junior 3’3” Hunter 15 & Under, and Large Junior 3’3” Hunter 16-17 divisions, Clara Propp and Arabesque emerged victorious to be crowned Grand Junior 3’3” Hunter Champions.

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Evana Somareddy and Goldrush Win $10k USHJA Pony Hunter Derby

Evana Somareddy and Goldrush ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – July 10, 2021 – Ponies stepped into the spotlight in Tryon Stadium during Tryon Summer 4/Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity II at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC) during Saturday’s $10,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby presented by Star Stable. Evana Somareddy (Clearwater, FL) aboard her own Goldrush took first place honors with a combined score of 170. Elle Boyd (Camden, SC) received second and third place honors on Finally Farm’s Sugarbrook Pink-N-Blue, the 2007 medium Welsh Pony (Blue Who x Tropical Breeze) producing a score of 168, along with Baby Blue, the 2003 small Welsh Pony (Blue Rain x Unknown), who earned a two-round total of 167.

Thirty-six pony riders cantered around the Andres Christiansen course resulting in a handy cutoff score of 76. Somareddy and the 2008 medium Welsh Pony Cross with unknown breeding tackled the classic round with a score of 85, and earned another 85 in the handy round to come out on top. Somareddy said she owes all success to “Monty,” who was “perfect” and “so much fun.” Somareddy enjoyed riding the course, saying, “I kind of was just going around saying, ‘Okay! We’re doing this! First line is done. I love this!’ And before I knew it, it was at the end and we were jumping through the two-stride! And I was just like, ‘Good boy!’”

Somareddy walked in the ring with a mix of jitters and confidence, saying, “I was kind of nervous because I’ve never shown in a big stadium before. But Monty just came in for me and he was amazing. Also, I just want to give my thanks to Schuler Dayner for helping me prep Monty and making him perfect. It was really so much fun! I couldn’t have done it better.”

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Harold Chopping and Catchphrase Collect $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Win

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Mill Spring, NC – July 9, 2021 – Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC) hosted its second $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby of the season during the Tryon Summer 4/Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity II Horse Show, with top honors earned by Harold Chopping (CAN) and Catchphrase, who combined for a two-round total score of 384. Havens Schatt (USA) and Cascartini, the Holsteiner gelding owned by Ken and Amy Wexler LLC, were named to reserve after their two-round score of 378. Finishing on a score of 374, Dorothy Douglas (USA) and MTM Lolah LOL, the 2013 Westphalian mare (Los Angeles x Palma) owned by Abigail Davenport, took home third-place honors.

Chopping and the 2010 Zangersheide gelding (Marome NW x Prelude) owned by Barbara Scott were leading on a score of 181 after the classic round, and navigated the Andres Christiansen (USA) course design with a past loss in mind to maintain their lead, Chopping revealed.

“Years ago, I remember I was leading by quite a bit going into the handy round on a horse that I really trusted – he was really a winner – and I was a bit conservative and I ended up second. I cannot forget riding around in the ring that night because it drives me crazy that I didn’t just walk in there and try and win both rounds,” he explained. “So, my strategy this time was to just be aggressive and try and put in a good score.”

For more info and results, visit www.Tryon.com.

Thrilling International Action Takes Centre Stage on Day Two of Royal Windsor Horse Show

Day two of Royal Windsor Horse Show 2021 featured another typically action-packed day of top equestrian sport, with spectators treated to not one but two international classes of CSI5* Show Jumping, which featured some of the world’s best horse and rider combinations. The CAIO4* Land Rover International Grand Prix kicked off in style with a competitive Dressage phase, which saw Dutchman Ijsbrand Chardon end the day in the lead, ahead of 10-time Royal Windsor champion Boyd Exell. Away from the Showground, Royal Windsor Endurance supported by The Kingdom of Bahrain got underway in the beautiful surrounds of Windsor Great Park, while the Coaching Marathon thrilled onlookers, as competitors were judged as they elegantly navigated their way down the iconic Long Walk.

The first of two CSI5* Show Jumping classes, the Manama Speed Stakes was dominated in the early stages by Israel’s Daniel Bluman riding Gemma W. For the majority of the two phase competition, the round was proving difficult to beat. With just six combinations remaining, Britain’s Guy Williams (fresh from success in the Royal Windsor Puissance) put in an inspired performance to take the lead by 1.53 seconds. However, with just a few to go, Guy Williams was then beaten by sensational Windsor debutante, 24-year-old Lillie Keenan (USA), who took the spoils with a time of 23.73 seconds on her 10-year-old stallion Agana van het Gerendal Z, and demoted Williams to second place. Home favourite John Whitaker delighted the expectant crowd with a fantastic display of horsemanship to take third aboard Unick du Francport.

On a day that the British Olympic Show Jumping team was announced for the Tokyo Olympics, the close of the second day in the Castle Arena at the Royal Windsor Horse Show was a real showcase with all four of the confirmed squad taking part: Holly Smith, Harry Charles, Scott Brash, and Ben Maher. A total of 26 combinations took part in the 5* Pearl Speed Stakes, with 13 managing to make it into the jump-off. The jump-off course looked tight and Harry Charles went first, going clear and setting a speedy time of 36.74 seconds. He was followed by Daniel Bluman, who, whilst fast, had an unlucky four faults. Then to Holly Smith who managed to cut the tightest of corners and set a time of just 35.52 seconds, taking the lead and holding off the competition to take the honours. From there on, the next 10 combinations – which included Great Britain’s Ben Maher on his legendary gelding Explosion W – couldn’t catch Holly’s impeccable time, leaving the Brit to take the win, making it a day to remember!

Cheshire-based Team Walker achieved their prime ambition in the Castle Arena when Robert partnered Jill Day’s amazing Lightweight Hunter, View Point, to take a third consecutive Royal Windsor Open Hunter title.

“Sean,” as the horse is known at home, won here in 2018 and 2019 – the last time the Show was held – and also stood Supreme in 2018. He pinged around the Castle Arena as if on air, not only in his seven-strong weight class in the morning, but then again – somehow producing an extra gear – in the Championship showdown against the reigning Horse of the Year Show Supreme, Jayne Ross aboard the Heavyweight victor Twinshock Warrior. The approving roar of the crowd cemented the judges’ decision when he was called forward as champion.

It was the family’s day, as wife Sarah took the last minute ride on the Wallace family’s big-winning Large Hack, Forgeland Hyde Park, and Robert landed a very strong Novice Heavyweight Hunter class with Greenhall Treasure Island.

Lincolnshire-based breeder Vanessa Compton claimed the hotly contested Horse & Hound Mountain and Moorland Supreme In Hand Championship, wowing Her Majesty The Queen – and a supportive audience – with the lovely Connemara mare Skaergaardens Delicious Love, a past Horse of the Year Show winner under saddle. She was shown by family friend Henry Hird.

The Cob section was headed by another Cheshire-based rider, Vicky Smith, who scored on her partner Alan Marnie’s super-mannerly cob, Bling Cobsby, ahead of Allister Hood’s former champion here and Horse of the Year Show and Royal International supreme, Our Cashel Blue.

Royal Windsor Endurance took place in the beautiful Windsor Great Park.  The day started with a cool misty morning when the riders in the first CEI3* 160km ever to be held at Windsor took to the course at 6.00am.  The event also hosted a CEI2* 120km, CEI1* 100km, and also for the first time a CEIYJ1* 100km.

A total of 31 competitors were entered with 12 completing.  The majority (28) were British riders but the event also welcomed riders from Australia, Italy, and The Netherlands.

John Robertson, TD, said, “In spite of the rain earlier in the week, the course rode extremely well with lovely going.  The views in this park are stunning and the variety of wildlife is exceptional.”

The winner of the CEIYJ1* 100km was 18-year-old Alicia Reeves who has been riding since she was a 2-year-old. It was her first ride of the season and her first appearance at Royal Windsor. She has been partnered with her horse, Oakley, for the past five years. Oakley was born at Bransby Rescue Centre and had to be hand reared and bottle fed. “We thought he wouldn’t make it when he was born,” said a delighted Alicia. “But he’s turned out to be a fantastic horse and we’ve had a great day today.”

Winner of the CEI1* 100km was David Yeoman with his horse, Trop Vite Azureen. “It’s been an absolutely great day and a privilege to be riding in The Queen’s Garden,” said David. “The views down the Long Walk from the Copper Horse Statue are stunning.” David has competed twice before at Windsor, coming third both times, so was delighted with his win. It was Trop Vite Azureen’s first ride in 18 months. “His fitness will have come on a lot today; he’s a fantastic horse, now 14 years old, and I’ve had him since he was a 4-year-old so I’m incredibly proud of him.”

Samantha Mowatt, winner of the CEI2* 120km aboard Lateral Thinking, said: “It’s been a challenging ride; the going was great but you had to keep aware.  When the sun came out in the afternoon, the heat was tough, but she gave me a really good ride.  She’s a home bred mare and a very willing partner.” Samantha also took time to thank the Organisers, HPower, for putting on the ride under COVID-19 conditions and to thank the Officials and Vets as well as The Kingdom of Bahrain for sponsoring.

Sadly, none of the competitors in the CEI3* 160km completed the course.  Brian Dunn, President of the Ground Jury, said: “The ride was very well organised and the ground and marking of the course were superb.  The weather was misty and cool in the morning but it became hotter in the afternoon.  Because of the pandemic, the horses have not had the chance to compete and had limited training over the last 18 months and this told on the 160km horses.  I’ve spoken to all the riders and they have all said that the going was faultless and that they were pleased to have been given the chance to participate.”

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Fans Wowed on Opening Day of Royal Windsor Horse Show

Royal Windsor Horse Show 2021 got off to a scintillating start with top-class national Show Jumping and Showing competitions and spectacular international displays. Amongst the highlights of the day was a ‘Stepping Up to Grand Prix’ Dressage Masterclass with Olympic rider, Richard Davison, and Olympic judge, Steven Clarke, who gave a valuable insight into how riders train at the highest level. With up-and-coming Grand Prix riders, including Jess Dunn, Sarah Higgins, and Gillian Davison in the saddle, the experts demonstrated the techniques used when training for a Grand Prix test, as well as explaining how to score the maximum points possible in the test itself.

The Puissance rounded off a spectacular day of national Show Jumping action in Windsor’s famous Castle Arena, with a duo of greys out-jumping their rivals in the five-round competition. From the six starters, four made it through to the fourth round to face the daunting 2.05m wall. However, with both Robert Whitaker and Shane Breen failing to clear the wall, it was left to Joseph Stockdale and Guy Williams to battle it out in the fifth round as the wall was raised to 2.10cm. Stockdale, riding the 11-year-old grey gelding Florida VDL, was first to guarantee his place at the top of the leaderboard; however, Williams, with the experienced Mr Blue Sky UK, made effortless work of the iconic wall to share the spoils.

Earlier in the day, The Martin Collins Enterprises National 1.40m Open Jumping Competition was a tight affair with less than a second splitting the top five placed riders. Ireland’s Shane Breen, as first to go, set a competitive standard completing the second timed phase with a clear round in a time of 32.79 seconds, good enough for eventual fifth place. Jay Halim, riding Gentleman BD Riethandei, put on an excellent display of horsemanship to temporarily take the lead posting a time of 32.21; however, it was Britain’s leading lady rider, Laura Renwick, who came out on top, taking the tightest lines to post a winning time of 31.85 aboard her nine-year-old mare, Haitske.

Ronnie Jones went one better than his 2019 finish to take victory in The Walwyn Novice Jumping Championship. Riding Kaleche, Ronnie was the fastest of just three double clears, finishing ahead of Adam Whiteway and Katie Speller, who took second and third, respectively.

The day’s Showing classes started with a victory for Derbyshire-based amateur Jessica Taylor, who headed the Show’s opening class in the Castle Arena in fine style. Jessica won the Working Show Horse section with her mannerly intermediate campaigner Randal, a 17-year-old son of John Whitaker’s Show Jumping stallion Randi.

Another home-producer, Shropshire-based Lucy Lockwood, landed one of the hardest-fought titles when she claimed the Amateur Hunter Championship with Chantilly Bojangles, formerly a successful small campaigner for Robert Walker, but now contesting lightweight classes with great success in Lucy’s hands. Reserve went to Suffolk-based farmer’s wife and mother-of-two Cerys Ford, another to land a first Royal Windsor win. She scored in the Middle/Heavyweight division with Rebecca James’s home-produced Alis Real Bright Spark, an eight-year-old in his first season.

The Working Hunter title — fought out this year in the Castle Arena for the first time, to the delight of both riders and spectators — fell to Royal Windsor newcomer Kelly Ward and Cheryl Farrow’s in-form lightweight Bloomfields Incognito, who are already through to this year’s Horse of the Year Show.

For full results from Royal Windsor Horse Show, CLICK HERE.

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Aiken Summer Classic Week I Wrap Up

Aiken’s own Daniel Geitner, in the irons of Oak Ledge Farm’s Fazous, won the $25,000 Nutrena® Grand Prix over a course designed by Michel Vaillancourt.

With a first round time allowed of 79 seconds, only five advanced to a jump off round with a time allowed set at 51 seconds.

Josh Dolan of Wellington, Florida, in the irons of Rebdeck Farms, LLC’s Bronce Des Monts, were the first to tackle the jump off round. Their clear round in a time of 37.837 seconds set the new time to beat.

Geitner and Fazous followed in the order turning in a clear round in a time of 36.202 seconds, taking the lead.

“It was a really nice course and Michel [Vaillancourt] did a nice job as always,” commented Geitner. “I was second to go in the jump off round and so I knew I needed to put some pressure on since I had three after me,” he said. “Fazous is naturally fast and I just needed to let him do his usual pace and that is quick enough,” he said.

Danica Meyerhoff from Statesville, North Carolina aboard Seth Vallhonrat’s Cellisto followed Geitner and Fazous. Although the pair turned in a fault-free round, their time of 43.733 would see them finish in fifth overall.

Lincoln Russell of Columbus, North Carolina and Vick Russell’s Shining De Reve were up next. The pair also went clear and their time of 41.764 seconds would see them finish in fourth place.

Geitner also had the last ride in the jump off with November Hill’s Handsome A. Their fault-free jump off round in a time of 38.865 seconds, earned them a third place finish while securing the win with Fazous.

“Handsome A is new for me and the Grand Prix ring. He’s just a 9-year-old but has lots of talent,” commented Geitner.

Geitner also earned a ninth and tenth place finish with his own Hokyra Fortuna and November Hill’s Lotus Van Het Hagehof, respectively. “Hokyra [Fortuna] is a new ride for me and this was her first Grand Prix, and Lotus [Van Het Hagehof] is a young one and he’s just starting this level. I was happy with all of my horses,” he added.

Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama and Loretta Patterson’s CHS Krooze, the fastest four-fault first round, placed sixth overall, and Adam Sklansky of Birmingham, Alabama and Ellen Waker’s Hakini earned a seventh place finish. Dolan and Page Tredennick’s Ekilly Van De Horst finished in eighth.

Lincoln Russell also secured an eleventh place finish with Michael Popping’s Limoncello SCF, and Tom Foley placed twelfth with Sweet Oak Farm’s Nixon Fortuna.

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Jordan Coyle and Ariso Clinch $213,300 Upperville Jumper Classic CSI4*

Upperville, Va. – June 13, 2021 – The luck of the Irish once again prevailed at America’s oldest running horse show, the Upperville Colt & Horse Show (UCHS). Sunday afternoon’s $213,300 Upperville Jumper Classic CSI4*, co-sponsored by Ethel M. Chocolates and Lugano Diamonds, belonged to Ireland’s Jordan Coyle and Elan Farm’s Ariso after they bested a three-horse jump-off with the fastest double-clear effort in front of a packed crowd. Upperville’s own Alison Robitaille placed second with Lima 47, while Samuel Parot of Chile and Dubai completed the podium.

Mimi Gochman Captures Co-Grand Junior Hunter Champion with Catch Me & Commentary

On the final day of the 2021 Upperville Colt & Horse Show (UCHS), Junior Hunter competition concluded as riders vied for their division’s top prizes. Mimi Gochman and her two mounts, Catch Me and Commentary, were ultimately crowned Co-Grand Champion Junior Hunter, receiving the Marianna Challenge Trophy donated by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Payne. Gochman also claimed the title of Leading Rider on a Junior Horse.

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Joao Eduardo Ferreira de Carvalho Wins $25,000 Bainbridge Companies Grand Prix

Joao Eduardo Ferreira de Carvalho and Volt Du Thot ©ESP.

Wellington, FL – June 13, 2021 – The June portion of the ESP Summer Series came to a close with the $25,000 Bainbridge Companies Grand Prix, which saw 26 contenders take on the course designed by Héctor Loyola (PUR) on Sunday. Riding to the top of the standings as the fastest in the jump-off, Brazil’s Joao Eduardo Ferreira de Carvalho and Volt Du Thot were the big winners of the week as they claimed the largest share of the prize money. The victory was especially rewarding for Ferreira de Carvalho considering he had topped the USHJA National Hunter Derby earlier in the week, making for a weekend of wins in the hunter and jumper rings.

Ferreira de Carvalho, who claimed a victory in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby on Friday, was elated to claim the top prize in the week’s highlight jumper class, as well. “I was really happy with the results in the hunters, and I put in my mind that it would be really nice to win in the hunters and the jumpers, so it was a great day and a great weekend.”

On Friday, Hailey Royce of Wellington, FL and her own Sonic Boom dominated in the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Open Stake to win the class as the only double-clear pair. Going eleventh in the order, Royce and Sonic Boom mastered Loyola’s first-round track, then completed their immediate jump-off in a fault-free time of 47.63 seconds to capture the early lead. Though the rest of the pack chased them down, none were able to come close.

Thursday’s Vita Flex 1.35m Stake saw Gabriel de Matos Machado of Wellington, FL top the leaderboard with RF Casablanca, owned by Raylyn Farms, Inc. Riding twelfth in the order, the pair overtook the initial frontrunners, Daniel Cyphert and Rockstar, by barely a second with a fault-free jump-off time of 41.89 seconds.

In the Junior/Amateur-Owner Medium Jumper Classic, presented by Equiline, Ansley Wright of Wellington, FL and Castlewood Farms’ Diamanto JT Z narrowly grabbed victory by fractions of a second. Competing over 1.30m fences, Wright and Diamanto JT Z were the speediest of four pairs that qualified for the jump-off thanks to their double-clear time of 49.03 seconds.

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Michael Britt-Leon and Private I Win $25k USHJA International Hunter Derby Title at Upperville

Upperville, Va. – June 13, 2021 – The country’s top hunter athletes gathered at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show (UCHS) on Saturday evening. Taking over the B&D Builders Grand Prix Ring, they vied for the winning honors during the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, sponsored by Salamander Resort & Spa. After two rounds of competition, it was Michael Britt-Leon’s top score aboard Private I that would earn the night’s winning prize.

Rodrigo Pessoa and Venice Beach Race to the Finish in $37,000 Upperville Speed Stakes CSI4*

It was all about speed Saturday afternoon at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show (UCHS) with international athletes taking aim at the $37,000 Upperville Speed Stakes CSI4*, presented by GW & Wade. Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa and Venice Beach won their second FEI class of the week, besting USA’s McLain Ward with Blossom Z and Grace Debney aboard Boheme De La Roque who finished second and third, respectively.

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Aaron Vale and Elusive Amaze Crowd with First Saturday Night Lights Win

Aaron Vale and Elusive ©Shannon Brinkman.

Mill Spring, NC – June 12, 2021 – Aaron Vale (USA) and Elusive jumped clear and raced to a blue ribbon in the $137,000 Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club Grand Prix CSI 3* with an impressive jump-off time of 37.426 seconds under the lights at Tryon International Equestrian Center’s USEF Heritage Tryon Spring 6/Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity Show. Pepita Con Spita, a 2011 Westphalian mare (Con Spirit 7 x Come On) owned by Hays Investment Corp. and ridden by Hunter Holloway (USA) snagged the reserve ribbon with a time of 37.92 seconds. Third place honors were awarded to Tracy Fenney (USA) on MTM Apple, the 2011 Danish Warmblood mare (Favorit Ask x Willemoes) owned by MTM Farm.

Elusive lived up to the definition of his name, proving he was “difficult to catch” with an astonishingly fast time and clear round. The Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) course tested 30 riders with his first round design with 11 pairs jumping clean and qualifying for the eight-fence jump-off round. Vale and his 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Rodrigoo x Capfucino) took the win. “The course was, I thought, it was plenty hard,” Vale admitted. “There were probably a couple more in the jump-off than Michel wanted, but it made for a great jump-off and great sport.”

As part of the 93rd Tryon Riding & Hunt Club (TR&HC) Charity One Horse Show, Vale was presented with the Roger and Jennifer Smith Green River Farm Perpetual Trophy as the show’s grand prix champion.

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