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Andrew Kocher and Mattias Tromp Share Open Jumper Championship Honors at Devon

Mattias Tromp (left) and Andrew Kocher (right). Photo: The Book LLC.

Devon, Pa. – June 2, 2018 – Since Tuesday, international horses and athletes have been competing for valuable points towards the week’s coveted Open Jumper championship. Following their top performances throughout the 2018 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, Top Line Sport Horse International, LLC’s Kahlua, ridden by USA’s Andrew Kocher, and Beyaert Farm Inc.’s Eyecatcher, ridden by USA’s Mattias Tromp, were crowned the 2018 Open Jumper champions and winners of the Little Big Man Challenge Trophy. Both horses tied with 16 points at the conclusion of Saturday’s $70,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake CSI4*, sponsored by Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar – Radnor, which was won by Kocher and Kahlua.

Lisa Arena Davis and Balou Fulfill Devon Dream with Grand Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunter Championship

The Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions crowned their respective champions on Saturday at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, where Lisa Arena Davis returned to Devon after six years to earn the Devon Grand Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunter championship title aboard Balou.

Miller Young Fina and Maximum Velocity Find Victory in English Pleasure Saddle Seat Championship

The Dixon Oval hosted the English Pleasure Saddle Seat championship on Saturday evening, where 11 competitors put on their best show to vie for the tricolor ribbon. At the end of the evening’s class, it was Miller Young Fina who claimed the top prize with Maximum Velocity. Reserve champion was awarded to Elizabeth Ruffner and SSL Ringo.

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Mattias Tromp and Avon Win Again, Claiming $25k Devon Fall Classic Victory

Mattias Tromp and Avon.

Devon, Pa. – Sept. 17, 2016 – Embracing the roar of applause from the grand stands, Mattias Tromp smiled and gave a well-deserved pat on the neck to his mount, Avon, after winning the $25,000 Devon Fall Classic Saturday night. The duo led the victory gallop around the historic Dixon Oval after laying down a double-clear effort and impressive time of 39.206 seconds that sealed the win.

Twenty-two competitive horse-and-rider combinations vied for the $25,000 purse, and only seven qualified for the main event’s jump-off round. The top six riders had double-clear efforts, and just tenths of a second separated the second, third and fourth place finishers.

“It is pretty cool,” the North Salem, New York native said about winning at Devon. “It is sensational. I don’t have many words. It is an amazing feeling.”

Tromp and his 12-year-old Swedish stallion were the final pair to contend for the title. The crowd held their breath as he made the final turn, let out a sigh of relief when he cleared the final jump and collectively cheered as he looked to the clock and saw he beat Brooke Kemper by a second.

Beaming with gratitude, Tromp said, “I have to thank McLain Ward again for pairing me up with this horse. I’ve only had Avon since April, and we bought him and immediately started going to horse shows. I got to know his strengths and weaknesses quickly, and I think that has paid off for sure.”

The duo earned the victory in Friday night’s $5,000 Speed Stake, and has plans to take their talents to the indoor circuit this fall.

“I absolutely feel more prepared for Indoors,” Tromp explained. “This ring, this atmosphere, made me feel like I can really trust this horse under spookier circumstances. Going forward to Indoors, I know I won’t have to change my ride. Hopefully I can stay the same, and he will go the same way out there.”

Kemper had just stolen the top spot of the leaderboard from Laura Chapot, before Tromp entered the ring and bettered her effort to take the top spot.

“When I looked up and saw that I was a little faster than Laura, I was thrilled,” Kemper said. “She has a great horse that has done well for her. That is a super horse that Matt’s got. I thought he might be faster than he looks, and he was.”

Kemper beat Chapot by one-tenth of a second, earning the red ribbon with Classified in 40.382 seconds.

Chapot earned third and seventh place honors in the class. She had the initial ride in the speed round aboard Out of Ireland and incurred four faults in a time of 39.828 seconds, but returned aboard Thornhill Kate to trip the timers at 40.404 seconds, laying down a faultless effort.

Amanda Flint attempted to edge out Chapot, but fell two-tenths of a second too short, settling for fourth place with VDL Wittinger in a time of 40.606 seconds.

The fifth place honor was awarded to Linda Sheridan and Vantina HPF. The duo went clear and clocked in a time of 41.654 seconds. Conor O’Regan took home the sixth-place ribbon aboard Barlando with a time of 42.747 seconds.

The crowd enjoyed watching the competitors attempt a technical Paul Jewell-designed course that challenged the riders.

“The class worked out great; the horses went around fabulous,” Jewell said. “It was a fast jump-off. It let them gallop two long gallops on the course, and take a little bit of a risk to the in-and-out, and still protect themselves. It was exciting for the crowd, as well as me. They all jumped great.”

He continued, “It was fabulous. Whenever I can build a grand prix with a nice jump-off, and all the horses go home safe, I am really happy.”

“Frank [Chapot] was a great mentor of mine,” Jewell explained, as he expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to design the course for a class held in the memory of the late Frank Chapot. “He was the one that convinced me to get my license. It was an honor to do this.”

Earlier in the evening, the spotlight was on Adrienne Marciano, who not only earned first and second in the $7,500 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, but also the champion and reserve honors of the division.

“I just got chills thinking of that (winning in the Dixon Oval),” Marciano shared. “There is a crowd out here in the evening, and the atmosphere at Devon is always awesome. I am just really happy.”

Only three horses qualified for the speed portion of the class, and Marciano was in the irons of two of them. She tackled the course aboard Canoso first and with a double-clear effort, set the time to beat at 35.093 seconds. She duplicated her effort aboard Laspari, besting her first go and breaking the beam in 34.636 seconds. Saly Glassman and Z Adermie 56 were the only other pair to qualify for the jump-off, settling for third place with a time of 41.911 seconds and four faults.

“Laspari is amazing,” Marciano smiled. “He can do anything with his body, and he gets me out of some ridiculous situations. I adore him. I love him, and I cannot say enough good things about him. He is a really good guy, and we are a perfect match.”

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Ann Misenheimer and Cornerstone Claim Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Championship at Old Salem Farm

Ann Misenheimer and Cornerstone. Photos by The Book LLC.

Mattias Tromp and KM Whatever RV Win $10,000 Open Jumper 1.45m

North Salem, New York – Ann Misenheimer and her own Cornerstone were presented as Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Champions after topping the 50 and Over Division on Thursday at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, running May 10-15 and May 17-22 at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. On the Grand Prix Field, Mattias Tromp of North Salem, NY topped the $10,000 Open Jumper 1.45m aboard KM Whatever RV for owner Bayaert Farm, Inc.

Misenheimer, who hails from Unionville, PA and trains with Stacia Madden, rode to three blue ribbons over fences to earn the Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Championship, her first-ever grand champion honor at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. Misenheimer and Cornerstone, a ten-year-old Brandenburg mare, were also fifth under saddle and fifth over fences.

“I had no idea that I was going to be grand champion and I was so excited,” said Misenheimer. “This mare is the best. A good mare is a great horse, and she is all of those things.”

Peaches, as Cornerstone is known around the barn, has been with Misenheimer since 2012 and has carried her owner in both the Adult and Amateur-Owner Divisions. Bred as a dressage horse in Germany, Cornerstone was found for Misenheimer by hunter judge, Scott Williamson. But Misenheimer’s attraction to Cornerstone wasn’t exactly traditional.

“[Scott] called me and told me about a horse I needed to see,” said Misenheimer about the first time she saw Cornerstone. “He told me I would love her, and I needed to have her. I watched two videos of her doing the First Years in Ocala and a third video of her as a four or five year old, jumping around bridleless! I said, ‘That’s an amateur horse, and I will end up with her.’”

Four years later Misenheimer admits it’s like a dream come true to be able to show at her current level after riding as a child.

Reserve champion honors in the Adult Amateur Hunter 50 and Over Division were presented to James Anderson and Forever, owned by Rivers Edge. They won the under saddle and were first, second, and third over fences.

Mattias Tromp and KM Whatever RV Rally to Win $10,000 Open Jumper 1.45m

North Salem native Mattias Tromp was first and third in the $10,000 Open Jumper 1.45m on Thursday. He and KM Whatever RV topped 34 contenders in the one-round speed format class for the win. After finishing the $10,000 Open Jumper 1.40m with the fastest time, but an unlucky rail on Wednesday, Tromp made a last-minute decision to enter the 1.45m and it paid off.

Mattias Tromp and KM Whatever RV
Mattias Tromp and KM Whatever RV

Tromp added KM Whatever RV to his string a year ago after finding the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding through McLain Ward.

“I’ve mostly been getting used to him and learning how to ride him,” said Tromp. “We have been doing the 1.40m and 1.45m classes and we led the 1.40m standings in Ocala this winter. He’s such a fun horse to show and compete.”

After only a year together, KM Whatever RV is a mount Tromp would like to keep under him for seasons to come.

“It will be great to show him more and get some results on him,” said Tromp. “He’s a pleasure to have, and I don’t want to see him go anytime soon. You can see your distances a mile away on him.”

This week marked KM Whatever RV’s first time on the Grand Prix Field at Old Salem Farm, and Tromp admitted that he felt very brave.

“It’s a beautiful venue and one of the nicest places to show at,” concluded Tromp, who was also third on Thursday in the irons of Triomphe Z for Bayaert Farm, Inc.

The Grand Prix Field will continue Open Jumper competition with the $6,500 Open Jumper 1.35m on Friday before the $35,000 New York Welcome Stake takes the stage at the revised time of 11 am.

About the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows
Old Salem Farm, located just one hour north of New York City, is one of the best equestrian competition venues in North America, as rated by the North American Riders Group. Host of the FEI 2* and 3* Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, the prestigious American Gold Cup CSI-W 4*, and year-round competitions, the facility offers a state-of-the-art turf grand prix field, indoor riding arena, and two all-weather footing rings. As a boarding and training facility, Old Salem Farm is second to none and home to top trainer Frank Madden. For more information, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net or call 914-669-5610.

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Jumpers Competed for Cash in Week VI of the Ocala Winter Circuit

(C) ESI PHOTOGRAPHY. Mattias Tromp and KM Whatever RV.

Thermal, CA (February 26, 2016): As the big-money, jumper classes commenced during Ocala Week VI, horses and riders prepared to compete for the victory in Wednesday’s $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome and Thursday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix. Amanda Flint and VDL Wittinger came out on top of the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix and Mattias Tromp aboard KM Whatever RV took home the blue in the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome.

$2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome

The $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome was held in the Grand Prix ring at HITS Post Time Farm to kick off Week VI.

Mattias Tromp of North Salem, New York, riding KM Whatever RV, owned by Beyaert Farm, took home the blue. Mary Lisa Leffler of Brookeville, Maryland secured two spots in the top five for Rolling Acres, finishing second on Bling Bling and fourth on Carlot. Mundelein, Illinois equestrian, Laura Linback, was third on Big Smile, owned by Woodrun.

Horses and riders took to the 14 effort course, set at 1.40m and designed by Danny Foster of Canada. Nine jumped clear to advance to the jump-off with five producing double clears. Tromp was first in the order, and right out of the starting gate, laid down the Great American Time to Beat of 45.215 to set the tone for the jump-off.

Leffler and Bling Bling followed Tromp, finishing in a fault-free 46.384 to slip into second place. Tracy Magness aboard Tresor du Paradis, owned by and Mr. and Mrs. John Bartko, followed Leffler to put in a 52.870-second round.

Leffler returned on her second horse, Carlot, determined to take the lead. They stopped the clock at 47.940 to edge out Magness’s round. The final double clear was Linback, who piloted Big Smile to the third fastest time with a fault-free round in 46.630, putting Leffler and Carlot’s round in fourth and Magness in fifth.

“I was very happy with the way my horse performed,” said Tromp. “I thought the jump-off really allowed us to get our horses on a big stride, which really played to [KM Whatever RV’s] strengths.”

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

Amanda Flint of Long Valley, New Jersey finished the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, with three horses in the ribbons, including the first place title with her own VDL Wittinger. Mary Lisa Leffler of Brookeville, Maryland was second on Bling Bling, owned by Rolling Acres, and third place went to German equestrian Christian Heineking, riding from Weatherford, Texas aboard NKH Calango, owned by NKH LLC. Each with multiple mounts in the jump-off the race was on between Flint and Heineking for the top spot.

Canadian course designer Danny Foster set an inviting 16-effort course for Thursday afternoon’s class in the Grand Prix ring at HITS Post Time Farm. Eight jumped clear in the first round to advance to the jump-off.

The jump-off proved to be quite challenging, with only two riders going clean in the second round. Flint was first to contest the shortened course on Coverboy, owned by The Coverboy Group. Three rails earned her twelve faults, for the eventual eighth place spot.

Next to return to the ring was Heineking piloting VEX Cassandra. They collected four faults at a mid-course vertical prior to the combination, finishing in 43.747 seconds for the temporary lead. When all was said and done, they would finish in fourth place.

Leffler, straight off of a second place finish in the Brook Ledge Open Welcome, shot to the top of the leaderboard after putting in a clear round with Bling Bling; they clocked in at 46.859.

Flint returned on her second mount, VDL Wittinger. They sliced a full second off Leffler’s time, taking over the lead as they crossed the timers in a fault-free 45.837.

“He always tries hard, no matter what class it is,” said Flint in regard to VDL Wittinger. “In the beginning of circuit, he jumped four Grand Prix in a row clean and he felt tired. I gave him a week off and he came back great. The jump-off combined turns and running – he was perfect!”

Billie Derouet aboard Bonaparte VP Wisbec followed Flint’s leading round, but had an unfortunate eight faults in a time of 46.398, for the eventual fifth place.

Andre Thieme on his own Cellisto and Flint aboard her third jump-off mount Superbad, both had eight fault rounds, but did not go home empty handed. Thieme took home sixth place and Flint garnered seventh with Superbad as her final horse in the ribbons.

The final rider in the jump-off ring was Heineking with his second mount, NKH Calango, this time determined to stack the leaderboard. The victory was not sealed for Flint until an unfortunate four faults earned Heineking third place as they crossed the timers in 43.456.

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