Wellington, FL – February 3, 2019 – The fourth week of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) concluded on Sunday, February 3, with a win for 18-year-old Yasmin Rizvi of Wellington, FL and Lumiere in the $10,000 SJHOF High Junior Jumper Classic, presented by Griffis Residential.
Rizvi and Lumiere, a 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Clay x Feodora) owned by Peacock Ridge, LLC, jumped clear in the first round with a time of 69.008 seconds, and clinched their win with a clear trip in the jump-off with a time of 40.333 seconds. “I loved doing the jump-off. I love my horse and I feel comfortable with him so it’s always fun,” commented Rizvi about the class.
Catherine Kramer Wraps Up Week 4 with Champion Title in Junior Hunter 3’3” 15 & Under Division
Week 4 of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) came to a close on Sunday with one final day of top hunter, jumper, and equitation competition. The Junior Hunter 3’3” 15 & Under competitors returned to the E. R. Mische Grand Hunter Field to contest in an under saddle and two over fences rounds to determine who the week’s division champion would be. After a brief “hack-off” between her and a fellow competitor tied for champion points, Catherine Kramer of Carmel, IN ultimately took the lead with her own Casares.
Following the jog, Kramer and Sienna Pilla closed out the final rounds of competition on the same amount of points and the two riders were asked to re-mount their horses for a short “hack-off”. The two pairs would once again display the three under-saddle gaits to the judge in order to determine which horse appeared to be the more correct mover. After several laps in each direction, both riders were directed to turn back to the line-up where Kramer and the 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Casares, were named champion. The pair earned placings of first, two thirds, and eleventh over fences as well as first in the “hack-off”.
Devon, Pa. – The 2014 US Junior Hunter National Championship East Coast came to a close on Tuesday, following two days of competition in the historic Dixon Oval at the Devon Horse Show grounds. More than 100 of the country’s top juniors headed to the championship to complete three phases in front of the judging panel of Leo Conroy, Christina Schlusemeyer, and Bill Ellis over Skip Bailey-designed Classic Round course and Handy Hunter courses, which both counted for 40% of the overall score. The final 20% was earned in Tuesday morning’s Under Saddle phase. Yasmin Rizvi and Flirt posted the best overall score of 3’6″ competition to earn the 2014 Grand Champion title by seven-tenths of a point over Victoria Colvin and Canadian Blue. In the 3’3″ championship, Olivia Easton and Martel earned Grand Champion honors over Emma Ecklin and Forever.
Rizvi (Greenwich, Conn.) and Peacock Ridge LLC’s 13-year-old Warmblood gelding, Flirt, earned the 2014 National Title after scoring 259.00 in the Classic Round, 248.00 Under Saddle, and 264.00 in the Handy Round, to finish on an overall total of 258.80. The talented pair also scored an 11-point victory in the Small Junior Hunter 15-and-Under section. Additionally, the 13-year-old rider earned the Owner/Rider Grand Championship in the 3’6″ section, as well as the Small Junior Hunter 15-and-Under crown.
“Winning Junior Hunter Finals is accomplishing one of my dreams as a rider and a big step in my junior career. This reflects our hard work this year and how far we’ve come as a team,” said Rizvi. “I am so proud of Flirt. He felt the best that he’s ever been and is such an amazing horse. I am so thankful to Flirt, my trainers and my parents for making this possible.”
Two-time and reigning champion Colvin (Loxahatchee, Fla.) brought Dr. Betsee Parker’s Canadian Blue into this year’s competition and scored Reserve Overall Grand Champion and Small Junior Hunter 16-17 titles. The nine-year-old Warmblood gelding finished on an overall total of 258.10 after posting scores of 264.00, 237.00, and 262.75 in the Classic, Under Saddle, and Handy Rounds, respectively.
In Large Junior Hunter 15-and-Under competition, Caroline Dance (West Chester, Pa.) and her own 12-year-old German Warmblood gelding, Show Time, earned top honors on an overall score of 252.10, with Classic, Under Saddle, and Handy Round scores of 243.50, 252.50, and 260.50, respectively. Morgan Ward (Milford, N.J.) and Catherine Pasmore Sales, LLC’s eight-year-old Westphalian mare, Indorada 3, earned the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 title with Classic, Under Saddle, and Handy Round totals of 259.00, 224.00, and 252.00, respectively, to finish on a championship score of 249.20.
Victoria Press’ nine-year-old Warmblood mare, Akinda, was honored as the Best Overall Mare after scoring 247 overall in the Small Junior Hunter 15-and-Under 3’6″ championship.
Easton (Key Biscayne, Fla.) and her own Martel topped the 15-and-Under section on their way to earning Overall Grand Champion honors in the 3’3″ Championship. The 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding earned scores of 261.00 in the Classic Round, 238.00 in the Under Saddle, and 242.50 in Handy Round to finish on an overall total of 249.00. Additionally, Easton was crowned top Owner/Rider in the Grand Championship and 15-and-Under section.
“One of Martel’s greatest attributes is his consistency. This weekend was no exception. He was on his game and that allowed us to do our best,” said Easton. “Winning Junior Hunter Finals has been my goal from an early age; to achieve it means the world to me and to share it with my longtime trainer, Karen Flynn, makes it that much better.”
Finishing just over eight points behind Easton were 2014 Reserve Grand Champion Emma Ecklin (Lancaster, Pa.) and her own eight-year-old Westphalian mare, Forever. The pair, which was also runner-up to Easton in the 15-and-Under division, scored 230.00, 259.00, and 242.00 in the Classic, Under Saddle, and Hand Rounds, respectively, to finish on an overall total of 240.60.
Casey Menna (East Noriton, Pa.) and her own 14-year-old KWPN mare, Ubora, topped 16-17 competition after finishing on an overall score of 236.00. They produced scores of 226.00, 234.00, and 248.00 in the Classic, Under Saddle, and Handy Rounds, respectively.
Lexington, KY – The young riders and their miniature mounts lined the ramp leading to the Walnut Ring Thursday morning at the Kentucky Horse Park. The third day of the 2012 US National Pony Hunter Championships presented by Sallee Horse Vans commenced with the Small Hunter Pony Models and the Under Saddle phases. The final day of competition had arrived for the Medium Pony Hunters, with riders full of anticipation as they walked the course with trepidation. The Overall Medium Pony Hunter Grand Championship was awarded to Yasmin Rizvi for her stunning efforts throughout the three days of competition aboard Roxbury.
A cool breeze greeted riders this morning for the third day of the prestigious championships, and clouds awaited in the distance with the threat of afternoon storms; however, the riders were not deterred as they gathered their reins and showcased their mounts. It was Lili Hymowitz and Rafael, owned by David Gochman of New York, NY, who earned the judges’ compliments with the blue ribbon in the Small Pony Hunter Model, with Madeline Schaefer of Westminster, MD, and Hi Lite taking the second place. Hana Bieling and Bluetiful, owned by Aleece Jarman of Pace, FL, took the third place honors.