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Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009 1
Vol 4 Issue 7
Ashley Holzer FEATURES
Ashley@TodaysEquestrian.com 28 Karyn Foley Joins Benchmark Farm
By Ann Jamieson
Editor 32 Bill Warren Clinic at Lost Island Farm
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38 Everything Wellington!
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6 Calendar of Shows & Events
12 News Corral
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From the Publisher’s Desk..
he holiday season is upon us, and although it gets a little hectic, it is a wonderful time of year. If you are
finding the weather a little unbearable, we have an article on all things "Wellington." There is nothing
like a little warmth in January to bring a smile to your face! We hope to see you there!
Today's Equestrian would like to congratulate all the champions of 2009 and wish everyone the best of luck
for 2010. We've had a wonderful time sharing in your victories and watching the promising stars of 2010 begin
I hope when you glance back at 2009, you do it with a smile on your face. I would be lying if I said 2009 was
a completely great year for me. Yes, it had some incredible moments, but my father's passing in September was
tough. Cancer is an awful disease and to see it take someone you deeply love is, frankly, awful.
My Dad was a fighter to the very end. As sick as he was, he threw caution to the wind and travelled to
Hickstead in July to watch me compete in the Masters. So many of my friends, realizing I might need some help,
also made the journey to England. Dane Rawlins, the organizer of the show and an old friend, gave Dad the best
VIP treatment. I am indebted forever to him, my friends and my family, for making Dad's last show his most
memorable. As we left the show grounds, he put his arm around me and said, “That was the best show ever!" In
September he was still convinced he would get to Devon as he lay deadly ill in the hospital. He astounded all the
doctors and specialists. Time after time I heard, "Boy, your father is tough." Yet not tough enough to conquer
that wretched disease for which today there is still no cure.
The huge outpouring of support I received from the equestrian community was so touching. I had emails
from old friends remembering how Dad taught them to back up a two-horse trailer. Emails about how wonder-
fully supportive he was when things went well in the show ring, and even more supportive when they didn't.
Emails about him helping chase down a loose horse, and laughing when they finally caught it 40 minutes later!
These countless emails reminded me of how many people’s lives he touched.
He was my biggest fan and supporter.
He knew all the ins and outs of dressage. He loved the sport, but if you were one of those judges who didn't
think I (or any one of my close friends) had a great ride when he thought we did––watch out! You were the talk
of the dinner table that night!
He was fiercely protective and realized how much hard work it required to put in a great test.
I hope all of you reading this issue remember your loved ones at this time of year, and treasure everything
I hope 2010 brings all of us great tidings of joy.
From everyone at Today's Equestrian, Happy Holidays!
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The National PHA
Wishes to Congratulate
Emma Johnson on winning the ���� PHA Medal
Finals and wishes her success in her future endeavors!
Emma Johnson, winner of the National PHA Championship Class, with her trainer Val Renihan,
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believe my wins are due to teamwork. I think this weekend
was a true testament to teamwork and it shows things can
happen when everyone works together.” Ω
Wellington Classic Dressage Masters Symposium
The Wellington Classic Dressage Masters Symposium will
be featuring ride sessions and lectures by Kyra Kyrklun,
international rider and trainer.
The Symposium is scheduled for Friday and Saturday,
January 29-30 at the Palm Beach County Jim Brandon
Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, FL. For details and
more information, call 561-227-1525 or check their website at
What’s new around our region www.WellingtonClassicDressage.com. Ω
Ashley Meadows to Host “A” Rated Winter Shows
Good news for local riders––You don’t have to travel to
2009-2010 Edition of L'Annee Hippique Hits the Presses Florida to garner “A” points for qualifying for the Indoors next
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and BCM year! Ashley Meadows Farm in Berwyn, PA, as in years past,
PAARD to announce the newest Island, NY
are pleasedHILL FARMS, Shelter edition of their incredible has planned a series of horse shows geared to riders of all
Up-to-Date, a 5-year-old KWPN in the international disci-
handbook for equestrian competitionDutch Warmblood owned divisions and levels.
by Paard Hill Farms jumping, three day eventing, driving,
plines of dressage, showand Pieter Ruig, has been having a The “A” rated series will feature pony hunters, junior
reining and endurance. The beautiful book is your guide to all hunters, amateur-owner hunters, as well as Marshall &
banner season in the dressage world. His latest coupe
of the thrilling events of 2009. Sterling and NAL classes for both hunters and jumpers. But
was his win at Dressage at Equestrian Estates in Florida
L'Annee Hippique's coverage of the event showcases the it doesn’t stop there as divisons are also being offered for the
this past winter, topping a large field of quality young-
memorable rides of World Cup Champions Steffen Peters professionals for their green working hunters, regular work-
sters to demonstrate that he has Beerbaum (Jumping)
(Dressage) and Meredith Michaels what it takes to repre-as ing hunters as well as green conformation hunters.
well asthe United States at the FEI Young Horse Trainers will also find that the Ashley Meadow series is
In addition to in exciting World Cup highlights,
Championships theVerdun, Canada this summer. L'Annee also a great place to introduce their newer riders to the show
With Jan Brons in the on all Up-to-Date has scored
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Level Driving World Championships, and the at
League, and Open at the competitive DressageFEI European Horse show manager Dolores Swann, who has been run-
Equestrian Estates (White Fences) circuit. This was fol-
Championships. ning shows at Ashley Meadows for over twenty years, is very
The newest edition of L'Annee Hippique is which the
lowed by an outstanding previous season in available now, much aware of what exhibitors want and has put together a
attractive bay in English and won the It makes an
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lent gift. Over 44,000 hardcover copies are published annual-
Dressage Derby First Level Test 1and his Materiale class Swann said, “It’s all about the people and giving them a good
and sent to at Devon.
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To order L'Annee Hippique at $130 (which includes shipping
Championships and Brons agrees, “We’re going!” Courtney King Loses Top Horse
and handling, as of mid-October), please call Classic
Up-To-Date is an imported KWPN registered 5-year- Courtney King's top horse Mythilus had to be put down due
Communications at (508) 698-6810 or email info@classic-com-
old, 17 hand Dutch Warmblood by Flemmingh, an inter-
munications.com. Discounts for orders of five or more. Ω to colic on October 9th. About Myth, Courtney said, “I feel
nationally appreciated dressage stallion with the highest blessed to have had Myth in my life. We went through many
dressage index in the Netherlands of 164. Up-To-Date's struggles and heartbreaks as well as many pinnacles and joy-
Dr. Cesar Parra Stars at Devon
dam is out ofParra and Olympia wrapped up Dressage at ous times. I can’t believe I won’t be greeted by his incredibly
Dr. Cesar Argus and an impressive motherline of
enthusiastic, curious, and happy face each time I pass his
KWPN September with another hat trick– PREF, all
Devon in mares with STER, KEUR, KEUR winningand three
stall. He was a treasure. Such a generous, courageous, kind,
STER PREF designations including one of Best FEI
CDI classes as well as the high score award for the most Rider.
warm, and giving horse I never expect to see again. My heart
famous Olympia, a Dutch stallions of all time, H. Alme
Parra andfoundation jumperWarmblood gelding owned by Dr.
Z. Washton, won the FEI Prix St. Georges class, the FEI
Today’s Equestrian extends heartfelt sympathy to
Intermediaire I and the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle.
Courtney, his owners, and all who loved and knew him. Ω
Parra’s Dressage at Devon hat trick follows on the heels of
his recent three-for-three victories with Olympia during the
Fundraiser to Benefit the USET Foundation
New England Dressage Association Fall Festival CDI. “I was
really excited to win at Devon because winning at Devon is dif- On December 11-12 in Wellington, FL, the SUCCEED and
ficult,” said Parra. “The standard of judging is high and there Wellington Classic Dressage will be hosting an exciting
are so many competitors and anything can happen.” Holiday Gala Fundraiser which will feature a combination of
Parra, who recently became a United States citizen, said it clinics, fun demonstrations, team competitions, and many hol-
was a wonderful experience to hear the National Anthem of iday surprises.
The United States played three times for him during the week- Among the many riders participating in the Gala are some
end. “I rode a hat trick another time at Devon but that time I of the biggest names in the equestrian world such as Courtney
rode as a Columbian,” Parra said. King Dye, David O’Connor, Karen O’Connor, Kate Levy,
Para and Olympia earned a 72.456 in the Prix St. Georges, Steffen Peters, Tami Hoag, Monty Roberts, Chester Weber,
a 72.193 in the Intermediaire I and a 73.850 in the Cathy Wieschhoff, Gina Miles, and many others.
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Emma Johnson Wins 2009 National PHA Medal
As the 2009 National PHA Medal Finals came to a close at
Old Salem Farm on September 18, it found Emma Johnson of
Somers, New York, leading off the victory gallop as this year’s
champion. Judges Carol Molony and Todd Karn were delighted
in awarding Johnson the top prize after her performance.
Molony and Karn said, “Emma is a very smooth rider and we
felt she knew where she was from start to finish. Her mount
was well trained and the overall picture was very nice.” Of
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before she started riding him and trotting jumps was the hard- COUNTRY RIDING SHOP
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Day in the Country Horse Show
Ramapo Equestrian Center Fun galore was had by all despite a windy, chilly day, at the
55th Day in the Country Horse Show held at the Milliken
845-354-PONY (7669) Estate in Greenwich, CT, in
September. The show is run by
the Greenwich Riding and
Trails Association (GRTA), a
Numerous fun classes were held
including a Costume Class, A
Bloody Mary or Coca Cola Class,
family Class, and Pairs Classes.
Performing a wonderful job
as Show Manager was Christina
Schauder, who with her hus-
band Fred, owns Country Lane
• Private or Group Lessons Farm in backcountry
• Dressage/ Hunter/ Jumper/ Western According to the GRTA’s web-
• Summer and Winter Camps site, “The mission of the GRTA
• Birthday Parties/ Pony Rides is to: Encourage the preserva-
• Schooling Shows/ Gymkhanas tion of open spaces and our Avery Schauder in front of
unique rural countryside. Nancy Perkins riding Ol’ Blue
• Horses & Ponies for Sale and Lease Promote all forms of horseback Eyes in the Costume class.
• Miles of Woodland Trails riding. To maintain the nearly
• Olympic Size Indoor Ring century-old system of trails throughout Greenwich and the sur-
rounding area. This is made possible only through the coopera-
• Two Outdoor Rings
tion of our generous landowners and conservation land man-
agers.” Ω Peter Herman
1152 Haverstraw Road (Rte 202) Head Trainer/Manager:
Suffern, New York, 10901 Bertrand Legriffon Driving for Surviving Holds Fundraiser at USET
www.ramapoequestriancenter.com Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ
The children of sharingVillage Survivor Groups’ Driving
For Surviving program performed in the Olympic ring of the
United States Equestrian Team Foundation Headquarters
OPEN in Gladstone on Sunday, October 11, to a crowd of almost
7 DAYS 350 people. The occasion was the 5th Human Spirit Award
A WEEK! luncheon honoring Candi Covino Aversenti, CEO, General
Magnaplate Corporation, Board Member and Volunteer
Coach of sharingVillage.
American Dressage Legend, Robert Dover, was pleased
to act as Honorary Chair as he and Candi presented each of
the children of sharingVillage with blue ribbons for their
expert driving performance. TV star and celebrity Carson
Kressley, a lifelong rider and friend of Candi, was in atten-
dance to show his support.
Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception in the rotunda while
bidding on over 100 items in the silent auction. A seated
served in the sta-
The event raised
close to $150,000
for the Driving
For S u r v iving
program, part of
which works with
children who have
or other life-
Honoree Candi Covino Aversenti and
Honorary Chair Robert Dover hand out blue
ribbons to Gary and Jasmine.
(Photo by Nancy Jaffe)
14 Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009
Barry Bernstein, Vice
President of the Long
Island Chapter of the
National PHA, passed
away on October 21 after
Welcomes Karyn Foley
suffering a stroke. He was Karyn brings a world of experience with
75 years old. He had joined hunters and jumpers. Her reputation on the
the LIPHA as a profession-
circuit is vast as well as her experience with
al member many years ago
and was active on many a sales barn. We are excited to have Karyn
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Island Hills Stable Hosts Rita Timpanaro Clinic
On Sunday, November 8, Long Island riders had a chance
to hone their skills at a clinic given by former AHSA Medal
Finals Champion and USEF “A” judge, Rita Timpanaro, of
The clinic took place at the newly renovated and state-of- Farm
the art Island Hills Stable in Middle Island, NY and was open
to all levels of riders and horses. Each session began in an out-
side ring and then moved into the indoor arena. Several topics
were covered, one which was adjusting the horse’s stride. In
the outside ring, riders practiced adjusting the stride by jump-
ing three fences in a circle, 60’ feet apart. Then each rider
entered the indoor ring and navigated a horse show course,
under Timpanaro’s critique.
After the riding part of the clinic, lunch was served in the
lounge where riders and parents had the opportunity to ask
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Legendary Movie Star Tony Curtis Saves Horses
Great Gifts Famed Hollywood movie star Tony Curtis hosted a
reception in Huntington, Long Island, on Friday evening,
November 7, to raise funds for Shiloh Horse Rescue, a not-
For the Horse Enthusiast for-profit ranch which was founded by his wife, Jill
at VandenBerg in 2003.
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Tony and his wife Jill also celebrated their 11th wedding
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At the In Gate
with Stella Grand
Equestrian getaways are all the rage, and Washington
has noticed. The U.S. Senate passed the Travel Promotion Act
of 2009 (S.1023) introduced by Senator Byron Dorgan to
benefit tourism involving horses. “Equine tourism, because it
encompasses recreation, showing and racing, is beneficial to
the entire industry,” says AHC President, Jay Hickey. “We
believe this bill has the potential to increase the number of
international visitors to the U.S. who participate in equestri-
tella says, sshh, can't you hear it in the distance? The an events and activities.”
huntsman's horn? It was certainly a-blowin' for New The purpose of the bill is to market the U.S. as a tourist
Jersey riders at the big indoor circuits this fall at destination, create a non-profit Corporation for Travel
Harrisburg and Washington... Colt's Neck darling Jessica Promotion responsible for correcting misconceptions regard-
Springsteen rocked the house (and when doesn't she?) with ing U.S entry policies, and provide information to foreign
two, count 'em two, Junior Hunter Reserve Championships tourists and others interested in horsing around here. Stamp
with Stone Hill Farm's Tiziano and Sublime. And there was my passport with a hoofprint. Ω
nothing small about the big performances in Small Junior
Hunters 16 & 17 for Abby O'Mara of Rumson, who won We’re soooo proud of the Juniors at the Connecticut
aboard Stephanie Keen's Lyle. In Small Junior Hunters 15 & Hunter Jumper Association (CHJA) Medal Finals at the
Under, kudos go to Scott Stewart and champion, World Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, who took time out of
Time, with V-as-in-victorious Vicki Colvin in the irons. Ω their busy schedules to raise funds for The EQUUS
Foundation. Annie Eick of Fairfield, Katie Swindler of
Seems we’re not the only lovers of fine equestrian art. Norwalk, Leal Morehouse, Lena Smart, Tori Stewart,
Cazenovia College busy bee, Christina Baker, has been and Lauren Wessan of Westport participated in the
rounding up artists for the I Love NY Horses art contest at Foundation's "carrots4acause" program by baking and selling
the Syracuse International. "What better way to celebrate our horse treats at the show, and raising $1,000. "carrots4acause"
love for horses and how they continue to be an integral part raises involvement and investment in programs that use the
of the American fabric," said Olympic Gold medalist and horse to benefit the public, and promote horse welfare and
Cazenovia resident Beezie Madden. "This show will involve equestrian sport. The initial focus is on stimulating volun-
students and adults of all ages, furthering the goal of the teerism among youth in the equestrian community.
Invitational to enhance development of equestrian sports and Katie, Leal, Tori and Lauren ride at Larkspur Farm in
impact our industry locally." Ω Wilton and are trained by Leslie Kogos and Michele West.
Leslie's daughter, Lena Reeb, and Grace Peck also volun-
The 63rd annual Buffalo International has shuffled off teered. Annie and Lena Smart organized the pre-show
with a slew of winners from our neighborhood. Kudos to baking of more than 1,000 horse treats in between riding at
first-time competitor, Penelope Ayres, of Bernardsville, NJ, Tashua Farm in Darien, and training with Suzanne Fisher. Ω
and Colani, reserve champions in the Amateur-Owner Hunter
division, and generous sponsor of the "Full Monty" Pony Course designer and Puissance record-holder Anthony
Hunter, "Full Monty" Adult Hunter, and "Shogun" Children's D'Ambrosio and his wife have launched www.adambrosio.com
Hunter Classics. Pen gave hotly-contested custom-made touting all things D’Ambrosio––from building barns and put-
stuffed animals as gifts for her classes. Ω ting in footing, to finding the perfect horse and training the
Old Salem Farm is “walking tall” with Brian Walker on
its team. The hunter/jumper champ’s junior career began And for those heading to sunny Florida this winter for
with Missy Clark at North Run, winning the 2001 ASPCA the HITS Horse Shows in the Sun circuit, here’s an offer
Maclay Finals. “I have been fortunate to work with some of you won’t want to miss! A limited number of Equestrian
our leading trainers and look forward to using what I have Memberships are being offered, by invitation only, at Golden
learned with Old Salem’s clientele." Following his Maclay Ocala from December through March. The family member-
win, Brian worked for Todd Minikus, then for Peter Leone ships include full service spa, swimming pool, clubhouse,
and Lionshare Farm before taking a job overseas, with Dutch social, dining and catering with banquet privileges. Lucky
Olympian Jan Tops. In 2006, he returned to oversee training members will also be invited to all member events during the
at Woodside Farm in New Jersey until the move to Old term of membership.
Salem. "Brian will be a wonderful addition," said OSF So if you want not only to horse show in style, but enjoy
President Scott Hakim. "His ability to develop horses and private club amenities when you leave the showgrounds,
riders is respected by all and his expertise, dedication and Stella says this might be just the ticket for you.
work ethic will play a major role in our goal of bringing Old There’s only a limited number of these memberships
Salem back as a training facility and year-round show available, so call Mary Harris at Golden Ocala at 352-402-
venue." Like hosting the 2009 ASPCA Maclay Region 2 4343. Or to take a closer look at this equestrian paradise,
Finals. Ω check out their website at: www.goldenocala.com. Ω
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Elite Equine Imports, Inc.
158 North Street, Mattapoisett, Mass. 02739
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do not "hog" these lines. Always keep a improve your skill of warming up at a
Ask Ashley safe distance from other riders. If there
is a stallion in the ring, try to give him
a bit more room.
show. Remember, warming up well is a
skill, and to be good at any skill
requires practice, so get out there when
Remember, if you are nervous I the ring is busy!
would always recommend that you
begin your warm-up tracking to the left. In Conclusion:
Question That way you have the right of way and My last piece of advice has to do
At a horse show, I get more nervous that can give you some time to get with being organized and aware. If you
in the warm-up ring when there are so accustomed to the other riders and know the warm-up makes you nervous,
many horses going in different direc- horses. Think of "going to the left" as a go to the show secretary and ask if
tions. What can I do to overcome this safe haven where you can gather your- there are any other places to warm-up.
stress? self and relax. Check them out before you get on to see
which one is less busy.
Second Tip: Look where you are going! Also allow yourself some extra
Answer You would never drive your car on a "breathing" time. If you feel your emo-
This brings up a very good topic that highway without looking where you tions get out of hand, come off the track
many riders overlook: how to ensure a were going, so please don't try it in the and walk. Take some deep breaths.
good warm-up! When you enter the warm-up ring! By looking up at the Look around and get a feel of who is in
show ring after having a great warm- other riders’ faces, you can also often the ring and start up again. Having the
up, your performance is typically tell where they are going just by where extra time to do this will help you get
enhanced. You enter the ring with the they are looking. Other riders will be better and better at warming up "stress
confidence that you are as prepared as able to do the same with you. If you are free."
possible for your next task, the dressage not looking, it is likely that a crash will Ashley Holzer
test. occur, whether in the warm-up ring or
If you are stressed by the warm-up, on the highway! LOOK UP!
the opposite happens. Stress has an
actual physical effect on your body. It Third Tip: Know your test and make
increases blood pressure, heart rate, sure the other riders are warming up for
perspiration and creates those annoying the same test.
and distracting stomach butterflies. This isn't always possible but having
That is no way to begin your perform- an idea of the patterns that riders will
ance. want to practice is beneficial to predict-
So, how do we fix it? Here are a few ing where the horse traffic will be trav-
suggestions: elling. For instance, if the test calls for
two pirouettes in a row on the diagonal,
First Tip: Know the rules of the warm- and you see a rider execute one pirou- About Ashley Holzer:
up ring. ette, it would be safe to assume he may Ashley Holzer has ridden internationally
The first and most important rule is try the second and you should stay off for over 20 years and is currently ranked 8th
that you always pass left to left. This the diagonal for a while! in the world in dressage. She competed on
rule must be adhered to! Never halt on the 2008 Canadian Olympic Dressage Team
the rail unless there are no horses in China which was her third Olympics. She
Fourth Tip: Practice riding with other
is an Olympic Bronze Team Medalist and
around you, and call it out to announce horses at home. Pan Am Gold and Silver Medalist. She also
to other riders your intentions. I often hear of people riding early so competed in the 2006 World Equestrian
Never cut directly in front of anyone. they can have the ring all to them- Games in Aachen, Germany. She lives in
Walk off the track. If you need the cen- selves. While this does make training NYC with husband Rusty and their two chil-
terline or diagonal, call it out, but easier as there are no other horses to dren, Emma and Harry.
remember, you are sharing the ring so navigate around, it does nothing to
Where are Your Show Ribbons?
TURN THEM INTO A TREASURED HEIRLOOM!
Diana M. Berthold
Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009 23
Betty Spearrin and her horse Moving On and Marty Whittle with Crossing
Jordan after winning the Reserve and Championship at the Magic Fund
Ashley DeGiorgio and Hootie were champions of Special Beginner at Dressage series at High Hopes Farm on Sept. 27th. Their median scores
HillCrest Schooling on Sept. 13. were 63% and 71% respectively. One picture says it all!
Kelsey Kaub and La Jolla Sunset's Magical
Monmouth were champion of the Children's
Hunter - Older division on June 13, 2009 at the
Jodie Sipala rode Mighty Mouse to lots of Erica Bufkins and Designer Choice competed at the North
Monmouth County Horse Show, Freehold NJ.
ribbons at the Hampton Classic and Fork Classic and the Hampton Classic in August to a
Sagaponack Horse Shows in August in bunch of ribbons and great days!
Short Stirrup 10-12.
Sunny and Mitch Green were reserve champions in Ann Jamieson and Fred Astaire won both the
the Schooling Hunter division at River Run in Hunter Under Saddle and Open Equitation on the
Brewster, NY, on Sept. 26. Flat at River Run in Brewster, NY, on Sept. 26.
Junior, owned by Tammy Hoefer of Brook Run
Do you have a Show Shot you’d like to share with us?
Farm, and shown by Courtney Dulac, were E-Mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
reserve champions in the Walk/Trot/Canter Be sure to tell us your name, division, what you won,
equitation division at River Run on Sept. 26. horse’s name, date, and name of show.
It was Junior's very first show!
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“My daughter wants to
become a professional.”
By Kip Rosenthal
Q. My daughter is showing very suc-
cessfully in the big eq and jumper
divisions. She has decided she wants to
become a professional but she's not sure
what is the best way to prepare herself.
Could you give her some advice?
A. I think every young high school
graduate should take advantage of
a college education if financially possi-
ble. I suggest majoring in psychology or
business. Both will be helpful in their
equestrian pursuits. It also gives them
choices in their lives.
However, if continuing school is nei-
ther an option nor an avenue to follow,
then she or he should go to a profession-
al and see if it's possible to be a working
student, perhaps minimally paid. No
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"food chain." But it is a way to begin to
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At the Long Island Classic Horse Show in September, pony riders joined together as
The Pony Posse and helped to award ribbons to class winners.
Alan Schmerzler, Sydney Schmerzler, and
Michelle Schmerzler after winning the family
Class at Day in the Country Horse Show in
Greenwich, CT, in September.
Jennifer Libbey rode Ardfield Rover
at the Kent School Horse Trials on
The gang at Kelsey Farm are all geared up ready to rock the Haunted
October 4th where they won
Hayride at River Ridge Stables on Oct. 23.
Training “A”. Jennifer, of Northport,
NY, had only owned him a week,
and they scored a 29.5.
Blaine Ferraro rode My White Knight to
the Championship of the Pre-Children’s
Equitation division at the Long Island
Classic Sept. 5-6.
Lola Consuelo was the High Point Short
Stirrup Hunter Champion at the Long
Island Classic Sept. 5-6.
Aurelie Guss was the Mini Short Stirrup Bonnie Ascher and Chance Encounter
Champion at Hunters Isle on October 25th. were champions of the Adult Amateur
Hunters 18-35 at the Zone 2 Hunter Finals
on Oct. 18th at Harrisburg, PA.
26 Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009
Winners Circle Hunters Isle
Horse Show Horse Show
Congratulates its 2009 Series GRAND CHAMPIONS! Congratulates its 2009 Series GRAND CHAMPIONS!
Adequan Hunter CH: Ramses, o/r Andre deLeyer Children's Hunter Horse CH: Cara Mia, Kelly McGuinness
Children’s Hunter Horse (Younger) CH: Oaks, Gabby RES: Worth The Wait, Sarah Brandow
Stephenson Pre-Mini Equitation CH: Mallory Slack
Pre-Mini Equitation CH: Miranda Bottachiari Mini Equitation CH: Nikki Friedman
Mini Equitation CH: Cori Fredrickson RES: Heather Spagnoli
RES: Brittany Diaz Pre-Children's Hunter Horse CH: Speak Unto Me,
Pre-Children’s Hunter Horse CH: Connor, o/Andrea Geraldine Bagshaw
Misuraca, r/Kendall Sarna RES: Juno. Elizabeth Cromack
RES: Touch of Finesse, o/Robin Gibbs, r/Nicole Smith Pre-Children’s Hunter Pony CH: Good & Plenty, Emma
Children’s Hunter Horse Older CH: Renaissance, Rebecca Brandow
Weissbard RES: Barney, o/Olivia Graham, r/Lily Barnard
RES: Man of the Hour, Alexis Asch Adult Amateur Hunter (Older) CH: Stonewall Jackson,
Pre-Children’s Hunter Pony CH: Good & Plenty, Emma Denise Gumbs
Brandow Adult Amateur Hunter (Younger) CH: Alamo, Carol Volk-
RES: Dandy Lion, o/Chris deLeyer, r/Katherine Wallace Hurnyak
Special Hunter CH: Neptuno, o/Island Hills Stable, RES: Truly Tempted, o/Alora Corr, r/Jessica Scher
r/Heather Acker Short Stirrup Hunter CH: Keep It Simple, o/Topping
RES: Captain Chino, o/Christina Clark, r/Andre deLeyer Riding Club, r/Scarlett Alysworth
Adult Amateur Hunter CH: Alama, CarolVolk Hurnyak RES: Clovercroft Cinnabunny, o/Karin Torsiello,
Short Stirrup Hunter CH: Clovercroft Cinnabunny, r/Amber Lynn Alysworth
o/Karin Torsiello, r/Amber Lynn Alysworth Pre-Children Equitation CH: Samantha Sapienza
RES: Keep It Simple, o/Topping Riding Club, RES: Allison Bagshaw
r/Scarlett Alysworth Baby Jumper CH: New Moon Zip, Alexandra Denby
Pre-Children’s Equitation CH: Kendall Sarna RES: Just Kevin, Laura Sloey
RES: Kimberly Bulmer Low Jumper CH: Just Kevin, Laura Sloey
Child/Adult Jumper CH: Santa’s Rocket, Avery Marks RES: Top O' The Morning, Karen Halby
RES: Verdron, o/Patrick Rice, r/Julia Kunsnick LIHSAA Jumper CH: Scandalous, Holly Reece
Baby Jumper CH: Little Bit of Luck, Merrill Harvey RES: Life's A Breeze, o/Jane Meisse, r/Connie
RES: Dare to Dream, Alison Condon Giamanco
Low Jumper CH: Shimmer, o/Robin Gibbs, r/Rhyan Serres ChildrensHunter Pony (S/M) CH: Field Mouse, Deanna
RES: Ties That Bind, o/Paula Petrone, r/Melissa Barber Speranza
LIHSAA Jumper CH: Mission Control, o/R. Kaplan, RES: In The Game, Liana Cohen
r/Sarah Ach Pre-Adult Hunter CH: Center Ice, Kim Montana
Children’s Hunter Pony S/M CH: Playwright, Cloe Hymowitz Baby Green Hunter (Amateur) CH: Great Expectations,
RES: Pretty Boy Floyd, Cloe Hymowitz Steven Gordon
Open Equitation CH: Kimberly Sarrica Low Hunter CH: Got To Be, Olivia Graham
RES: Jennifer Dorfman RES: Truly Tempted, Alora Corr
Pre-Adult Equitation CH: Kim Montana Childrens Hunter Pony (Lg) CH: China, Sarah Brandow
Pre-Adult Hunter CH: Center Ice, Kim Montana Mini Short Stirrup CH: Kathryn Pizzuti
RES: Starry Knight, Wendy Schoenfield Adult Equitation CH: Nancy Panarese
Baby Green Hunter (Amateur): Great Expectations, Steven RES: Lisa Anatra
Gordon Short Stirrup Equitation (A) CH: Scarlett Alysworth
RES: Halo, o/Pine Tree Farm, r/Marty deLeyer RES: Cameron Glassman
Baby Green Hunter (Pro) CH: Round Trip, o/Sheila Short Stirrup Equitation (B) CH: Vivian Zetterstrom
Rogers, r/Pamela Marsden RES: Clementine Talmage
RES: Shennandoah Sweet Dreams, o/Island Hills
Stable, r/Heather Acker
Low Hunter CH: Riamos, o/Lisa D’urso, r/Brenna Doherty
RES: Ice Princess, Nicole Sottilo
Children’s Hunter Pony (Lg) CH: Baccardi, Morgan Wilsberg
RES: China, Sarah Brandow
Mini Short Stirrup CH: Skyler Graebner
Adult Equitation CH: Susan Homan
Many Thanks to All for Your Support!
RES: Kelly Ayers
Short Stirrup Equitation (A) CH: Amber Alysworth
RES: Scarlett Alysworth Happy Holidays and
Short Stirrup Equitation (B) CH: Madeline Flocks
RES: Megan Romeo
Good Luck in 2010!
Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009 27
Karyn Foley Joins Benchmark Farm
By Ann Jamieson When she discovered how much she liked catch riding,
she decided to take two years off from college to experience
ip Rosenthal and Benchmark Farm are delighted to riding many different horses, of different types. It was at
welcome Karyn Foley to the farm. Karyn joined that point that she headed to Virginia to work at the sales
Benchmark in mid-September. Kips says Karyn will barn. She says, “It was a terrific learning experience.”
“bring another dimension to the business.” The farm will Karyn rode around a dozen horses a day. In addition to train-
expand their sales horse program, with people sending horses ing the barn's sale horses, she also sold a few of her own
to Karyn to make up and get them sold, as well as the farm while she was there. She had the opportunity to ride a great
doing some sales horses of their own. Karyn will be teaching many horses, meet a lot of people, and learn about all aspects
and training as well. of a sales barn.
Karyn comes to the farm with years of sales experience. Karyn spent two years in Virginia and on the Florida cir-
She worked for a sales barn in Virginia where they imported cuit, expanding her knowledge. As all horses are different,
European horses. The horses generally had some experience she thoroughly enjoyed discovering what worked for each
from competing in Europe but needed to be “Americanized.” youngster that she trained.
Karyn also worked at Lionshare for a while with their sales As far as training riders, Karyn says “I really enjoy
program, showing hunters and helping train the equitation teaching the student how to communicate with a horse. As
kids while Bill Cooney was there. each horse is different, I believe that we as riders and train-
Karyn enjoys the sales aspect of the business. “I love ers need to communicate with them as individuals. Through
seeing the change in the horses as you work with them. It's using our aids (legs, seat, hands) we speak to the horse and
fun!” see what amount of aids each horse responds best to. I
Growing up in our area, Karyn rode with Greek and Pat believe riding is a language, and from the moment we sit on a
Neff at Twin Lakes Farms in Bronxville, New York. Initially horse we are communicating with them through our aids.
Karyn competed in just hunters and equitation, but then she When they respond it is like a dialog between us. We need to
moved into the jumper divisions. In the jumpers, she did a install the basics: forward, straight, turning, and using the
lot of catch riding and found she enjoyed trying to figure out hind end correctly.”
how to ride individual horses so that they would be at their Through the proper use of this dialog, “we can reach our
best. ultimate goal of a horse that is straight, responsive, and self
28 Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009
carrying which will then produce a better jump and a
Another thing Karyn particularly enjoys about teaching
is “setting a goal with a rider and then being there to see
them achieve it.”
Great opportunity to buy that horse farm you
She feels that the best part of teaching is “when a stu-
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doing it correctly.” Karyn teaches them the skills she would
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When teaching at the farm, Karyn tries to ride every stu- $34,000 yearly income from hay. Motivated seller.
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Karyn never went the pony route as a child, but she
opportunity for boarding or breeding business.
remembers her first horse very clearly. It was a palomino
named Pal that she competed with in the short stirrup divi-
Great opportunity at $1,100,000.
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Polo Power! This time of year polo is “arena polo,” played indoors
with three players instead of four. Intercollegiate games
between teams of undergraduates are played in the arena.
The outdoor high goal (players are rated from -2 to 10)
By Peter Herman season was dominated by two teams in 2009, White Birch and
Great Oaks. At the Greenwich Polo Club in Connecticut,
White Birch won all the trophies: the Churchill Cup, the
Thomas B. Glynn Cup, the East Coast Open, and the Piaget
At Bridgehampton in July and August. Great Oaks won
he annual Harriman Cup fundraiser for the teams of both the Mercedes Benz Challenge and the Hampton Cup. In
Virginia and Yale was held September 19 with Yale the final of the Hampton Cup in August, Tomas Garcia del
emerging victorious, 13-10, in the 25th anniversary Rio scored the winning goal in overtime.
game. This year- for the first time in history the game was On the team with Tomas Garcia del Rio were: Dillon
held at the Meadowbrook Polo Club on Long Island, NY. Bacon, rated 0-goals, Marcos Garcia Del Rio, a 3-goaler, and
While the game was moved from its longtime site, the Sebastian Merlos, one of about one dozen players in the world
Ox Ridge Hunt Club in Darien, CT, the game still had a nice- to hold the rating of 10-goals.
sized crowd, tailgating while cheering on their favorite school. Thus the season that began on Governor’s Island in
Jim DeAngelis led the scoring for the victorious New York City in May (with Prince Harry playing) has come
Bulldogs with seven goals, five of them in the first half help- to an end and players have scattered, mostly to Argentina,
ing to give the Eli a 9-5 lead at the half. The overall top scor- where it was spring at press time. Ω
er on the day was Chevy Beh, who scored all but one of
Cavalier’s goals. It was a co-ed game with Liz Brayboy play-
ing position No. 1 for the Bulldogs. Yale leads the series
15-9-1. The one tie was a wild one, 21-21 in 1992.
Following the post-game awards ceremony there was
music and dancing. Buses ran continuously between the polo
field and the Westbury train station.
Meadowbrook is the oldest established polo club in the
United States, and was formally incorporated in 1881.
The Harriman Cup is the traditional end to outdoor polo in
the region for the year.
Nacho Figueras (center) with his grooms and Barista, the Best
Playing Pony at Greenwich on September 6, owned by Figueras. The White Birch team which won every tournament at Greenwich.
L-R: Mariano Aguerre, Peter Brant, Todd Offen, Santi Torres
Prince Harry (L) and 10-goaler Mariano Aguerre at the Manhattan Polo Classic in May.
30 Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009
North Shore Equestrian Center
and Brooke Chasin
Wish to Congratulate Their Students
On a Fabulous 2009
and Wish Them
Continued Success in 2010!
North Shore Equestrian Center
Located at C.W. Post College
700 Northern Blvd. • Old Brookville, NY
Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009 31
Bill Warren Clinic and not to sit too heavily to the outside. They worked on leg
yields so Peter could “get better control of the inner hip and
at Lost Island Farm It was a very hot, humid day and Bill gave frequent
breathers to allow horse and rider to recover.
When going straight along the long side. at times Noah
By Ann Jamieson went sideways because Peter was not applying his legs even-
ly. Bill helped correct the problem, and the horse straight-
ill Warren, an “S” (Senior) dressage judge, held a clinic ened out nicely. Bill also taught Peter to slow his horse down
at Corinna Scheller's Lost Island Farm in Falls Village, merely by stretching up with his upper body.
CT, on August 4th and 5th. (The Senior designation Elijah, an eight-year-old warmblood was ridden by
means Bill is able to judge all levels through Grand Prix at Sharon Curran. Bill instructed her to “challenge the hind
the National Level). Bill worked with a variety of horses and legs without just getting more speed. But don't change your
riders at different levels. It was clear that he truly loves posting rhythm. Be clear about asking for more,” he told her,
what he does and enjoys working with everyone to help them “Don't be cautious.”
improve their horses. One movement they worked on was a turn on the fore-
Bill's relaxed attitude, patience and good humor, along hand. When the horse started to back, Bill encouraged her to
with his kindness to both horse and rider, helped participants “think more forward.”
relax and focus on being the best they could be. With Bobbi They also worked on transitions within the gait. Bill
Carleton and Leonardo, an upper level team, he worked on instructed her not to go too deep in the corners just yet.
pirouettes, passage, half pass and tempi changes. He encour- “We're after the quality of the trot, so don't go so deep in the
aged Bobbi to “go forward into the changes. Be brave even if corners, then you lose the trot.” He asked Sharon to tap the
you make a mistake. It doesn't matter.” To get the bigger horse's hind legs, but not to allow more speed, just more
canter he said, “Don't kick him, hold him with your spur until impulsion.
he melts into the bigger canter. When he goes there, the spur Another exercise they worked on was walking, followed
fades away.” by a turn on the haunches, trot, walk, turn on haunches, trot.
Bill said, “If you want the 8 or the 9, you have to get out Then they halted on a circle, backed, and walked on. Both
of what feels comfortable. Then you start making lots of little exercises encouraged the horse to rock back on its hindquar-
mistakes, but that's OK, this is where to do it, at home.” ters and move off from behind. Always, they were to be sure
He cautioned Bobbi in the pirouettes to, “Pay attention to to be round as well.
the alignment, not too much bend.” He advised, “Almost For the canter, Bill advised, “Use the least amount of
without me seeing it, do a little counterbend.” This resulted aids.” Then after a short but nice canter, “Let him stretch
in a much better pirouette. “That was a good try at a pirou- and go back to the walk and have a break.” Many of the
ette, much better. Now go forward and let him stretch.” horses had worked with Bill before and were continuing in
To get a good passage he encouraged Bobbi to play their education with him. Elijah was one of them.
between a medium trot and passage until the “medium is Previously, he had been tense and resistant. This time the
part of the passage and the passage is part of the medium.” horse was trying hard and making progress.
Once she got a few good steps of passage, then she went back “When he's this good,” said Bill, “I'd rather he chill more
to the medium trot. “Get some good steps, then get out and than work hard.”
give him a break.” Corinna has been riding with Bill since 2002 and loves
When Bobbi was working hard to get the passage and working with him because of "his fun but no nonsense way of
Leonardo wasn't stepping up to the plate, Bill told her, “Don't teaching and because he is very good with any kind of horse
work hard. Give him one tough correction and then be peace- and student as long as the student is willing to put in the
ful and quiet.” work and the horse is sound."
In the half pass, Bill advised, “Do it almost thinking you Bill rode Kapriool, Corinna's 17 year-old KWPN gelding
could do medium trot, in order to keep the energy.” He told for her because she had hurt her back that morning. He
her, “When you're working at home, refuse to struggle. Find worked on the tempi changes by focusing on straightening
a way you don't have to work for it.” Kapriool and keeping the horse in front of the rider's left leg
The next rider was Peter, a man in his 70's riding a love- without losing the straightness.
ly Dutch Warmblood, Noah. Bill worked with Peter to devel- Bill was patient, kind, and always on an even keel. He
op better body control: stiller legs and upper body. Bill returns frequently to Lost Island Farm for clinics. To partici-
instructed him to open his chest and apply his legs evenly pate in a clinic yourself, call 860-824-0897. Ω
Bobbi Carleton and Leonardo of Weatogue Stables. Clinician Bill Warren
Leonardo is owned by Roxanne Bok.
32 Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009
Sleepy Hollow Riding Academy,
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conveniently located less than one hour from NYC.
Front view of the stables The interior of the Logan arena with
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Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009 33
Isabel Ryan on a wonderful 2009!
James L. Parker
Champion Reserve Champion
HITS III Garden State
HITS Spring Circuit Champion Old Salem I
Lake Placid HITS I
Lake Placid Grand Children's Hunter Champion Old Salem Farm
Manchester Classic WCHR Northeast Region
North Fork I Zone II USHJA Hunter Finals
North Fork II
North Fork Circuit Champion
Best of Luck in the Small Pony Hunters with Lands End Eros and Tee Time!
Congratulations to Samantha Cohen on the purchase of Asgard Mercury!
34 Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009
now James Bene
an da K detto
a s Q: What do these riders Gr
ise all have in common? Be
R ay Texe Norman Dello Joio Gary
el la Chery
F ra n c es c a M a z l Wils
Cassie Herman hew S
Clare Bronfman Courtney McKay
A: Peter Leone & Mike Henaghan
You can join this list.
Accepting riders and horses for the 2010 WEF season
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Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009 35
BRADLEY W. AMERY, DVM
46 Hillendale Drive
New Milford, CT 06776
Show Day Therapies (FEI Approved)
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36 Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009
Wishes to thank its clients and would like to wish
friends for a very successful year. a very happy
Happy Holidays to All to their horse show
and Have a Great Season friends, trainers
and barn buddies---
in 2010! Kelly McGuinness & Cara Mia
Thanks for a great year and
91 Bethway Road • Bethany, CT hoping for a Lucky New Year!
Wishing all our friends and family at
Stonyhill Equestrian Center
a holiday season filled with joy and hope
for the New Year!
Trainer - Dehri Levine 516-356-9341 email@example.com
Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009 37
Everyone knows that Florida is a great place to compete during the frigid winter months.
Here’s a guide to help you get the most out of your visit!
By Ashley Holzer
any people opt for Ocala, while Hermes has a beautiful shop with • Wellington Day Spa
others Wellington. I have trav- everything from saddles to scarves and In the heart of Wellington, this first-
elled to Wellington for so many belts. class spa has every service you can
years that I've seen this village turn I personally love the clothing bou- imagine. 561-792-4404
from a quiet, swamplike, warm haven tique, Biba. The owner has great taste
for competitors to what it is today: a and always has the most in-demand Shopping
community of beautiful horse stables, pieces at great prices! It’s like Madison
• The Mall at Wellington Green
facilities, clubs, and competitions. Avenue in Wellington!
This huge mall, right in the middle
Competitors now travel from all over • The Stadium at the Palm Beach of Wellington, is also the home to major
the world to this destination to compete. International Equestrian Center department stores and dining choices.
Back in the 80's (yes, I said 80's!), the Though early this year, this beautiful
competitions were great but certainly • City Place and Clematis Street District
stadium is the host of the Thanksgiving
not the top ones offered today. And on About 25 minutes from Wellington in
Palm Beach steeplechase event which is
your day off, the only options were to go West Palm Beach, City Place is an out-
very exciting. Visit www.palmbeach-
to the pool to relax or drive 30 minutes door mall brimming with shops, dining
to the beach. (Still a great option, espe- and nightclubs. Clematis Street, just
• The International Polo Club (IPC) down the road, offers a view of the more
cially in February !)
This is THE destination for the best historical side of West Palm during the
Today's Wellington offers so much
polo around. You can enjoy brunch on day and comes alive at night with its
more. Arguably one of the world's best
Sunday while taking in this exciting great night clubs and restaurants.
equestrian competition destinations, it
is also alongside the best shopping, • Worth Avenue in Palm Beach
nightlife, restaurants, golf, playgrounds, A definite MUST SEE. This beautiful
spas, etc. I don't think there is some- Tack Shops street, like no other in Florida, offers
thing you COULDN'T find in There are great tack shops in the the best of shopping, art galleries and
Wellington! area, including: dining.
For those of you who have never been • Tackeria
to Wellington, I hope you are able to Just minutes from the WEF show For Kids
take the opportunity to visit and see grounds, this shop is filled with every- • Lion Country Safari
worldclass competition at its very best thing from horse brushes to equestrian It’s like having Africa in your back
while enjoying the warm weather and furnishings for your home. 561-793-2012 yard. You are able to drive through
all this area has to offer. I have made a herds of wild animals and it’s just 15
• Euro American Saddlery
list of my favorite things to do and minutes from Wellington. Enjoy! My
This tack shop specializes in needs of
places to see. I hope you are able to kids loved it so much we bought the
the dressage rider. Speak to Charlie if
enjoy them, too! year pass and went all the time. The
you have any questions about what sad-
dle to buy. He has all the answers. lions are just great to watch. Their web-
Competition Sites 1-888-snaffle (762-3353) site is very informative and gives infor-
• Jim Brandon Equestrian Center • Red Barn mation about other fun things in the
Located in Okeeheelee Park, this Just outside Wellington, the helpful area. www.lioncountrysafari.com
facility was built by Palm Beach County staff at Red Barn make shopping a • Coldstone Creamery
Parks and Recreation. Many top dres- delight. 561-790-0004 If you like ice cream, you will love
sage competitions are held here. For a this place! 561-798-8737
full calendar, visit
Home Decor • Color Me Mine
If the “equestrian look” is what you A fun place where kids can pick out
• Palm Beach International Equestrian ceramics and paint them. 561-784-1451
fancy for your home, Susan Rubin from
Beyond the Barn is the person you want • Rapids Water Park
Most of the hunter/jumper and inter-
to talk to. This interior decorator has a Not open until March, but a definite
national competition excitement occurs
knack for designing with equestrian trip worth taking. It’s about 25 minutes
at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival.
flare. Her beautiful homes can be seen from Wellington in West Palm Beach.
It is held from January 13-April 4, 2010.
in many books and magazines. For an The water slides are lots of fun and the
Visit their website at www.equestri-
appointment, call 561-333-5255. water is not too cold (I promise!).
ansport.com Here you can find out
everything you need to know from com-
petition dates of upcoming events and Relaxation • Palm Beach Water Sports
clinics. The showgrounds offer a shop- If you are in the mood for a little "r For water skiing and wake boarding,
ping venue with over 60 shops for eques- and r", here are my favorite spots: Chip from Palm Beach Water Sports
trians and the non-horsey, too. gives instruction from sun up to sun
• Anushka Spa and Salon
Farmvet has a huge trailer parked on down. Located right by the Palm Beach
Located in City Place and recom-
the grounds with every possible supply airport, it is very convenient. If you are
mended by Vogue and In Style, you can't
you could ever need for your horse. as crazed about water skiing as my hus-
go wrong! 561-662-8669
band is, you can book a lesson the
38 Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009
minute you land and go straight there!
• Fun Depot
This arcade, go-kart raceway and
laser tag center offers hours of fun Proudly Offered for Sale
when it gets too hot. I would bring a
hand sanitizer, though. A lot of kids go
through this place. 561-547-2021
• Paint Ball
Not my scene as I hate getting hit
with anything, let alone painful paint
pellets, but I have friends who can't
wait for their weekly fix! 561-798-4717
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• Silverscreen in Wellington
• Regal in Royal Palm Beach
• Wellington Theatre 8
Beach Outings He’s the One (“Joey”)
There is a public beach at the most 1995 b/w Pinto Welsh cross, 12.1 5/8
easterly end of Lake Worth Road. I
haven't been there but everyone tells
me it’s a lot of fun. Don't forget that Very reasonably priced
Miami's South Beach is about an hour Contact Kalyn Healey 631-428-2189
away. The wide beaches are just out of email: firstname.lastname@example.org
this world. Always full of great people Can be tried in CT this winter
watching, it makes for a fun trip!
How to Get There Congratulations to
If you book early, Jet Blue, Delta,
AA and Continental all fly from our Cameron Glassman and He’s the One
area at reasonable prices. Long for a wonderful year in Short Stirrup.
Islanders will enjoy the convenience of You and “Joey” were an awe-inspiring pair!
flying out of Islip MacArthur on
Southwest which offers many flights to
West Palm. Try www.kayak.com for
Where to Stay
• Hampton Inn and Suites
This hotel is not big, so book early.
It is 10 minutes to the WEF show-
grounds, clean and very reasonable. On the Cover...
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• The Breakers Hotel
Located in Palm Beach, it is worth The image on our front cover can be your Holiday
the 35 minute trip. This top-notch Card this year! For 17 years the United States
famous hotel is right on the beach. It Equestrian Federation has sold unique equestri-
has a great spa and fun programs for an-themed Holiday Cards to their members and
kids. www.thebreakers.com other supporters worldwide. The beneficiary of
I hope you are able to make the trip card sale proceeds is USEF’s sustaining affiliate,
to Wellington this year, and cheer on the USA Equestrian Trust whose mission is to
your favorite riders as they gear up for support equine health research and the advance-
the World Equestrian Games being ment of excellence in equestrian sport.
held in Kentucky in September, 2010. To view the entire USEF 2009 Holiday Card
Remember to book some extra time collection, visit www.holidaycardcenter.org
to enjoy ALL of what Wellington has to or call 1-800-556-5495.
offer! Ω It’s not too late to order!
Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009 39
Return to the Outside Course
In some areas of the country, the outside course is making a welcome comeback.
In other areas, it never left.
By Ann Jamieson
he northwest corner of This fall, several shows featured courses before and these shows serve as
Connecticut, along with pockets of classes that took place outside the ring. a good introduction before actually
Dutchess County, still sport won- Although not USEF recognized, each attempting to ride in a USHJA hunter
derful outside courses. The Dutchess show enjoyed enthusiastic attendance derby.
County Fair show boasts a roomy out- by riders and trainers who wanted to
side course with natural obstacles; experience the fun and challenge of The Washington Horse Show
hunter trials in the county are held over riding a “real” outside course. Many The Washington Horse Show held
beautiful natural courses. riders have never navigated such at, and as a benefit for, Steep Rock
Preserve in Washington, Connecticut, is
an old-fashioned show that is exhibitor
and horse friendly. This year the show
was held over two days to allow a more
leisurely pace. The first day was for
young riders and green horses; the sec-
ond day was for more experienced com-
petitors. Exhibitors received a genuine
paper prize list with a class list and
explanations for each class, something,
unfortunately, often missing these days!
The hunt course is on the side of a
Top Photo: Hunt teams competing on the
outside course at the Washington
(Connecticut) Horse Show.
Left: A competitor tackles the wall at the
Tatra Farm Jumper Derby in Clinton
Corners, New York.
40 Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009
gently sloping hill, adding to the chal-
lenge as riders must be able to ride
uphill and down, not just on a flat sur- Congratulations
face. The jumps are primarily logs
flanked by mums, with some hay bales
Gabby Stephenson & Oaks
added to the mix. Jumps form part of with guidance from talented trainer
the fence line circling the ring, so part
of the fun of the course is jumping out
of the ring onto the course, or jumping for a successful 2009 season
back into it!
One of the highlights of the show is
competing in Children’s Hunter Horses!
the hunter teams where three riders
must jump a fence together (there are
three sections of fence so each has a sec-
tion to jump), split up to follow each
other in a line around the course, and
then reassemble at the last fence to
once again jump as a whole. It's an
entirely difference challenge to master,
attempting to perfect one's timing to
jump in perfect unison!
A beautiful tent housed tables for
exhibitors and spectators to enjoy a
tasty lunch catered by New Milford's
Food for Thought. While inside, they
could check out the fabulous items to be
bid on, which included quality tack, spa
treatments, hot air balloon rides,
Pilates classes, and fine dining. The
Lions Club was also on hand, purveying
their famous fresh cut fries, hot dogs,
Reserve Champion Zone II Hunter Finals
hamburgers and refreshing drinks.
Vendors representing horsey ALSO….
antiques, clothing, books, face painting • Grand Circuit Champion North Fork Series
and unique glass plates with photo • Grand Circuit Champion Winners Circle Series
decoupages attracted the crowd and • Currently Champion in LIPHA Children's Hunter Younger
gave non-horsey relatives and friends • Currently 5th Zone II standings Children's Hunter Younger
something to do. • Many Champions and top ribbons at Marshall & Sterling Finals,
...Sagaponack, Hits Ocala, Hampton Classic, HITS on Hudson & more!
Lakeville Open Horse Show
On September 20, the Lakeville
Open Horse Show took place at Riga We are proud of your dedication, attention to detail
Meadow Equestrian Center in and talent! A special Thank You to Miles for
Salisbury, Connecticut. This show fea- being a supportive and kind brother.
tures one of the nicest hunt courses
around. An expansive grass field deco- XO TAMARA and RANDAL STEPHENSON
rated with brush jumps, coops, hay
bales, pumpkins and evergreens begged
to be ridden on. Chris Barnard
designed open, flowing courses that short and long stirrup, to pleasure Rivendell Farm hacked over!
invited some to show a brilliant pace classes, children's hunter, green, pony, The show offers everything from
and a true hunter ride. adult and open working hunters, as well Itty Bitty Jumpers (under 2') to classics
In the background, the Berkshire as jumpers and equitation. The show is (up to 4') and a Gambler's Choice.
foothills were donning their fall attire, a great place for green horses and Tatra's Derby Field has a great assort-
brilliant in reds, oranges and yellows. novice riders, or for more experienced ment of natural jumps, from an Irish
The show is a great event to attend riders to go play on a beautiful outside bank to stone walls, slopes, logs, an
with the whole family, with its scenic course. “American” grob (because it's red, white
beauty, easy access to the rings, and and blue), coops, and ditches. What a
large old maples providing shade for Tatra Farm Horse Show great way to get out of the ring and
spectators. Again a real prize list was Tatra Farm in Clinton Corners, have some fun!
provided, listing the classes and their New York, has held several jumper With the burst of interest in hunter
requirements, and even giving a back- derbies this fall, with a couple taking derbies, these local outside courses are
ground on the officials. Who knew that place in October. Secretary Joanne great places to school and get some
judge Karen Manning began her riding Knapp was happy to see competitors practice over natural obstacles before
career in Alaska? riding down the road as she drove to the attempting a hunter derby. And they're
Classes ranged from walk/trot to show—competitors from nearby just plain fun to do! Ω
Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009 41
For Horse Lovers!
For the Rider
� Keeping warm this winter, whether at a show, schooling
at home, or riding the trails, will be a cinch with the special-
ly made riding wear from some of our favorite manufactur-
ers. Kerrits has a line of winter breeches that are fleece Just for Women
lined, as does Ariat, and are available at your favorite tack
� Every woman on your gift list will welcome horse-themed
jewelry, and Equus Entries has been putting smiles on
� The savvy equestrian could match her horse this year
equestrian faces for many years. One of their most popular
since Horseware has a line of cozy jackets made in the
items is a pair of stirrup earrings in yellow 14kt gold for
same fleece as their Rambo Newmarket horse blankets
$395. Add diamonds and the pair is $695. Other perrenial
and sheets. The colors are the traditional Whitney
favorites are 14kt gold bracelets in snaffle designs, with or
gold/red/black stripe and the full line is available at The
without diamonds, either loose or bangles. And then there’s
Country Riding Shop and other fine tack shops.
a line of exquisite necklaces....and rings...and (sigh) too
� To keep your hands warm and comfy this winter––and
much to cover in a few words. Stop by their website to fulfill
looking great––a gorgeous collection of Signature Gloves
the dreams of your favorite equestran!
for riding are available at Heart & Soul Tack. Made of
leather with knit palms and velcro straps, they come in lots
� Another line of jewelry to die for is by Mark Lexton. His
of colors or you can customize your own. They are perfect for
collections encompass 14kt, 18kt gold and sterling silver
either schooling or showing because of their flexible fit. $75
and many of the pieces are a combination of both gold and
and up. Gift cards available so your rider can choose her own
silver. We loved the pair of snaffle bit huggie earrings
that come in 18kt yellow gold for $675 or sterling silver for
� For the dressage rider, Lightning G carries a full line of
$565. Then there is the wheat chain design in either gold or
Golden Dress dressage breeches which are totally cus-
silver that is made into a bracelet or a necklace. The clasps
tomizable. The breeches come in a variety of solid colors and
are stirrup and crop toggles, some with diamonds. From
you could choose a coordinating plaid for the waistband.
$295 for the silver bracelet all the way up to $6175 for the
18kt gold necklace. Feast your eyes at
� Another boon to winter riding are the fleece helmet cov-
ers by Crazy Horse. They go right over your helmet and
� For unique fashion jewelry, check out the new Heart &
extend under your chin and around your neck to keep you
Soul Tack which proudly offers a hand-crafted line of
toasty on the coldest of days. They are available at
Catherine Canino jewelry. The pieces are created from
Equestrian Outfitters in lots of colors and patterns and are
mother-of-pearl from the Pacific Seas and enhanced with
priced at $32.50.
stirrup hooks, horse shoes, and other equestrian details.
� For those into fox hunting, Horse Leap in Amenia, NY,
Bracelets, necklaces and earrings run $100-$300.
specializes in both vintage and new fox hunting riding
� For lovely one-of-a-kind handmade bracelets, check out
attire for adults and children. The shop also has new and
Lightning G. A favorite is a horseshoe bracelet in sterling
antique whips and other hunt appointments.
silver with leather and pearls for $120.
� For traveling to horse shows, would could be better than
�..For the gal on your list who loves Indian jewelry,
a four-piece set of luggage designed specifically for riders?
Equestrian Outfitters has two huge display cases of silver
The set includes a garment bag, a boot bag, a hat bag and a
and turquoise bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces from
kit bag. Only $49.95 for the entire set, it is made by
$4 to $200.
Horseware Ireland and can be purchased at Green Valley
� A beautiful selection of ladies’ scarves with equestrian
Tack. Also available is a matching set for all your horse gear:
themes can be found at North Fork Saddlery. In assorted col-
tote bag, saddlebag, bridle bag and outerbag. Also $49.95
ors, they are the perfect fashion accessory. $38.99.
and in the same blue with grey trim.
� A full line of gorgeous equestrian handbags by
� Have you seen the new denim breeches from Latigo?
Rebecca Ray Designs can be found at Heart & Soul Tack.
This Denver-based company has come up with a breech that
The bags have images of horses, dogs, or foxes, and are
is not only super comfy (even the leather has lycra in it!), it
equipped with blanket snaps. They are crafted from fabric
is also great looking! The fabric is stain resistant, so that
and micro-suede and are totally customizable. $325-$500.
means less washing. The black, beige and blue denim
� Another line of equestrian-themed handbags is available
breeches are so attractive that wearers have even had com-
at Rider’s Choice and is offered as a close-out special. The
ments while walking in New York City. Super flattering and
bags are faux leather with embroidered horses, horse shoes,
really durable, these pants are a hit. See their website for
etc. In black/red and tan/brown. From only $22.50.
all Latigo has to offer. www.LatigoEquestrian.com
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� Lightning G carries a full line of Amber Hill purses
which are made in the same fabric as the traditional Baker
horse sheets. They come in four different sizes and styles, � A favorite among outdoorsy people is footwear by
from $228.95. BOGS for both men and women. These boots are not only
� Leather wallets and pocketbooks in equestrian themes warm, but waterproof, too, and trainers have said they are
are available at North Fork Saddlery in many colors and the best things that ever happened to their feet. They also
many styles. With prices ranging from $32.99 to $315.00, make a very thoughtful gift for your groom or barn help. $85
they’ll fit anyone’s pocketbook! a pair at The Country Riding Shop, and gift certificates are
� Whether you want to keep warm while riding or hanging available to assure the correct size and fit.
out at the barn or horse shows, a fleece turtleneck shirt � Regardless of your riding discipline, all horse people love
by Dublin will surely fill the bill. In red or teal, they are donning a cowboy hat. Little B Barn specializes in cowboy
available at Equestrian Outfitters for $35.95. hats and boots and has probably the largest selection in the
� The hottest jeans this year are by Cruel Girl and you can east for men, women and children from all the leading man-
find them at Little B for $50 a pair. ufacturers. To make sure you give the correct size, you can
purchase a gift certificate so that your recipient has some-
thing to open!
� Another shop with a large selection of cowboy hats for
For Men everyone is North Fork Saddlery which run in price from
� We know the guy on your list is a true cowboy at heart so $35-$49. They also carry a great selection of cowboy boots
why not surprise him with the coolest western shirts in the for everyone from $89.99-$279.99.
east? Lightning G carries the top-of-the-line Cinch collection � Belts, belts and more belts! One of the nicest selections
of western shirts for casual wear as well as show wear. They can be found at North Fork Saddlery. In leather with bits,
also have an extensive collection of men’s Ariat boots and there are sizes for everyone and range in price from $39.99-
Justin boots, $149-$199. $79.99.
� Great looking western leather belts are available at � Snuggle up with a good read this holiday season with the
Equestrian Outfitters. The selection includes rawhide, tooled third edition of For the Love of the Horse by our own staff
leather, with braiding or studs. $30-$60. member, Ann Jamieson. Acclaimed as “a little gem of a
� A nice selection of men’s ties can be found at North Fork book” by Practical Horseman, the stories are bound to uplift
Saddlery. Our favorites are the horses over fences and the your spirit and give a deeper appreciation of the horse.
bits design. $36.99 each. Three volumes are available at $17.95 each or get the set of
� And of course he’ll need a tie rack to hang it on, so why three books for only $45. Give Ann a call and she will auto-
not treat him to a one-of-a-kind vintage horse head tie rack? graph them for you! www.LoveOfTheHorseBook.com
It’s an estate piece from the ‘50’s and is available at Equus
Entries for $55. www.EquusEntries.com
For the most beautiful gifts,
visit our website at....
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Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009 43
For Kids books, as well as party invitations and CDs. With most items
priced under $20, they also make great gifts for kids to
� Breyer Horses and accessories are always on top of the exchange with their friends.
list for kids and every year a new horse joins the Breyer � Have you heard about Enchantmints? It is a line of the
herd. This year look for Courtney King’s Idocus at your cutest boxes with paintings of horses on them. From tiny
favorite tack shop. “tooth fairy boxes” to musical jewelry boxes, your little
� Keep in mind that Breyer also has a smaller version of equestrian will be delighted with them. The Hideaway Horse
horses and accessories that have a smaller price tag as well. Box has secret side compartments for special treasures and
In fact, The Country Riding Shop will put together a cus- the interior has a horse that spins around when you open it.
tomized gift box of the miniature Breyer models and acces- Available at Green Valley Tack, they range in price from
sories for under $50. $4.95 for the mini boxes to $28.95 for the larger jewelry box.
� The cutest stocking stuffers can be found at Heart & � Horsey notepaper and cards are available in boxed sets
Soul Tack: jewelry, puzzles, stock pins and more, from $8 at Green Valley Tack. Made by Eliquus, the patterns vary
and up. and include a horse design, a great plaid pattern and sever-
� What kid would not welcome a new grooming tote, espe- al others. $11.95 and up.
cially when it comes in bright sassy colors? Lightning G has
a purple/orange tote that includes six brushes in
purple/orange/lime for $49.95.
� An adorable addition to any horse-crazy kid’s accessory For Your Trainer
wardrobe would be a charming bag with a horse riding pat- �One of the most thoughtful gifts you could give your train-
tern in lavender from www.MyLittlePumpkin.com. The col- er this year (or any other year) is a horse show photo
lection includes a pencil case, large washbag, shoulder bag, taken at a favorite show. Contact your local horse show pho-
riding backpack, cosmetic bag, lunch bag and more. From $9- tographer who will be happy to help you with your selection.
$54. Next, head out to your favorite tack shop to pick up a deco-
� Most pony kids know the importance of an accurate meas- rative horsey picture frame to put it in. Then watch your
urement of their pony, and now they can accurately keep trainer beam!
track of their own height with a Horse Show Growth � We heard about the most perfect trainer gifts from The
Chart from www.MyLittlePumpkin.com. Made from sturdy Clothes Horse. They are coolerettes which are smaller-
canvas and adorned with colorful horse show scenes by artist sized coolers specifically for display purposes at horse shows.
Donna Ingemanson, it is a great addition to every child’s If you’ve won a cooler as a championship award and it wound
room. $54. up on your horse or pony, you can now give your trainer a
� Popular among computer savvy kids (and that means all replica of it that can be hung on any blanket rack at the
of them) is the Bella Sara collection. Horse Leap has a full horse shows or the barn. Only about $100 which includes
line of trading cards and a portfolio to put them in, sticker monogramming, we guarantee your trainer will love it!
Happy Holidays to All
Providing photographic services
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For Your Horse
� Most horses enjoy being groomed and now you can go one As Dynamic As The Animal...
step further with the Andis Power Deshedder. It removes the
undercoat while giving your horse a nice light massage. He’ll
As Elegant As The Rider.
love it! It can also be used on dogs. $43.95 at Lightning G.
� A Spa Bucket for your horse can be customized at
Country Riding Shop. Fill it with such goodies as grooming
brushes, massage tools, snacks, mashes and liniments and
your horse will think Santa made the trip from the North
Pole just for him! $20-50, depending on what you put in it.
� Treats, treats and more treats! Lightning G has a huge
assortment of horse treats, many which are homemade by
local residents. Your horse will neigh his thanks!
� Your jumper will look like a fashion plate with fantastic
custom ear bonnets from The Clothes Horse. They are
available in any color combination for $65. If you want him to
look a little more dashing, you can add beads, crystals or Available in sterling silver, 14k, 18k & platinum
other ornaments from $85 and up. ©2009 Mark Lexton
� If you have a horse with high withers, don’t despair.
EcoGold has a new saddle pad which has detachable wither
pads that you can customize by stacking the pads. They vel-
cro in place and stay put. Visit www.ecogold.com
� Spending a lot of time in the stall over the winter can be
very boring for your horse. Treat him to a Likit Boredom
Breaker, the best toy on the market for reducing boredom S T E R L I N G – G O L D – P L AT I N U M
and relieving animal stress. It utilizes two Little Likit treats
To place an order please call,
and one standard Likit treat (treats not included). Available
at Agway. 843.662.1971
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For the Barn Become a Fan of the Mark Lexton Collection on
� A travel trunk with wheels is perfect for the barn and
then convenient enough to transport to the horse shows.
Made of lightweight plastic, it has easy access to bits and
other small items. By Georgetown Stable Outfitters at
� Having trouble mounting your tall warmblood? The perfect
solution is a folding mounting block by Georgetown Stable
Outfitters. It’s compact, lightweight, and so very well made
Unique and personalized gifts for everyone.
that you will wonder how you ever lived without it! Great gifts for horse lovers:
www.stableoutfitters.com wall art, stationery, bags, buckets, clipboards
� Do something special for your horses this year by installing
and so much more!
a Stall Safe Disinfectant System in your barn. It is an effec-
tive way to kill and prevent the spread of contagious viruses
and bacteria. It can also be used for trailers to prevent the
spread of harmful germs. Easy to use by just connecting the
sprayer to a hose. $25.95 at Lightning G.
� Spruce up your barn with some new brass accessories
from Equestrian Outfitters. They have a whole line of shiny
bridle hooks, harness hooks and door knockers. $6-$30.
� Show your horse you love him by hanging an Emergency
ID Card on his stall door. The card has space for all impor-
tant contact numbers and the plastic frame has a horse on it.
Hopefully, it will never need to be used, but better safe than
sorry. $9.40 at Little B Barn.
� Hate to chop ice in the buckets during the winter months?
Well, you won’t have to if you invest in the heated buckets
that are available at Agway. They are thermostatically con-
trolled to operate only when necessary and have a heavy-duty Enjoy 10% off your order!
bail with reinforced connectors and a table of measurements.
Unique 'Hide-Away' compartment conceals cord for year- Please use coupon code: HORSE at checkout on our
round use. One year warranty. You’ll love them and so will the website. Free shipping on orders of $100 or more.
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� Give a decorative touch to your barn this season by � Another one-of-a-kind decorative accessory is a vintage
installing a horsey weathervane by AA Statuary and glass ceiling shade with prancing circus horses. It is spec-
Weathervane Company. They are made of copper and brass or tacular and would be perfect in a child’s room. Only $52.95,
bronze and can be treated with a Stay Brite Lacquer also at Horse Leap.
to keep it looking new for many years. Many different hors- � If you are not familiar with Elmer, he is a cartoon horse
es to choose from including running horses, mare and foal, that adorns ceramic pieces for the home. Equestrian
horse and bugle, horse and buggy, and even a flying horse. Outfitters has the cutest Elmer Cookie Jar for $50 as well
From $240 and up, AA Statuary guarantees that their prices as an Elmer wine stopper, ceiling fan pulls and other small
are the best around! accessories from $8.
� You could add a whimsical touch to your barn this year � Keep your home smelling fresh with scented candles
with horsey wind chimes from The Country Riding Shop. that come in jars with equestrian themes. They make a nice
They can be hung either inside or outside the barn. $32.50. decorative touch for under $20 at The Country Riding Shop.
� Be prepared this winter by installing the very best snow � Put a finishing touch on your holiday table this year with
guards on your barn roof! SnoBlox-Snojax snow guards have hand-painted pottery in equestrian motifs, available at
been designed to prevent snow slides by holding snow evenly Rider’s Choice. Serving bowls, butter dishes, platters and
over the entire roof thus allowing it to melt gradually and more are available in fox hunting, dressage and
drain off into gutters and leaders. And best of all, not only are hunter/jumper patterns, in a variety of colors. In fact, the
they safer for horses and people, but decorative, too! Our artisan will customize any of the pieces in your choice of col-
favorite is a horse head which comes in 50 colors. Check it out ors. Prices range $28-$50
in color at www.snoblox-snojax.com � Lightning G has decorative horseshoe accessories hand-
crafted by a local blacksmith. There is wine rack for $125, a
Christmas tree for $125, and a set of bookends for $40.
For the Home � Heart & Soul Tack carries bowls and mugs by Frederique
� For vintage and antique glassware and accessories, which come in hunter/jumper, fox hunting and dressage pat-
check out Horse Leap. The shop specializes in horsey col- terns and range in price from $30-$75.
lectibles as far back as the ‘30’s. Right now they have a 36- � A great collection of art prints can be found at Heart & Soul
piece set of Libby Tally Ho glassware from 1936 for $175. Tack. The selection includes horses, landscapes, fox hunting
A smaller set of six water glasses from 1931 by Hazel Atlas scenes, hunters and jumpers. There are small, medium and
can be bought for $55. Other Hazel Atlas pieces are available large sizes, framed and unframed, $30 and up. Many are from
from $15-$125. These rare one-of-a-kind collectibles go fast, local artists and photographers.
so if you are interested, call right away! � Don’t overlook the bedrooms this season! Rider’s Choice has
comforter sets in brown and gold with a free-spirited horse
pattern and they are on closeout, 50% off. The set includes
comforter, pillow shams and dust ruffle. Twin is $63; full/dou-
ble is $75; and queen is $80. And while you’re at it, pick up
the matching sheet sets, also 50% off. $36-$48.
� You know those bronze statues of horses that are usu-
ally museum quality? Now you can own replicas of them rea-
sonably priced from $79. They are made by Oklahoma
Casting and are available at Green Valley Tack.
� Green Valley Tack also has a full line of Arthur Court
pewter bowls and serving pieces with a horsehead
design, from $24 and up.
� So what are you doing with your horse show ribbons? Why
not have them turned into a gorgeous quilt or pillow by an
award-winning quilt designer? Diana Berthold of Distinctive
Designs by Diana will custom design and create for you a wall
hanging in any size, according to your price requirements.
The pillows or quilts can be made of show ribbons and can
also include photos of your horse, giving them even more of a
personal touch. Gift certificates are available telling your
lucky rider that a cherished keepsake is on the way! By the
way, these wall hangings also make beautiful and thoughtful
trainer gifts, too!
For the Family
� Every horsey family should have a Jack Russell pup, and
Foxfield Farm breeds the most adorable pups year after year.
What is special about the Foxfield puppies is that their stud,
Foxfield’s Simon, has a pedigree that goes back 30 years.
Simon is known to produce pups with the very best tempera-
ments, very quiet and laid back–not to mention extremely
cute and appealing! The puppies have smooth, rough, or bro-
ken coats and you’ll have your choice of male or female. Call
today and give your family the gift of love this holiday! Ω
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The Roving Reporter Asks....
“What is the Most Memorable Horsey Gift You
Anne Kursinski Marty Whittle
Grand Prix Rider and Olympic Silver Medalist Owner/trainer Top Cat Farm in Killingworth, CT
Owner/trainer Market Street, Inc. Founder of Equi-Yoga, a technique developed by
Frenchtown, NJ Marty which combines the benefits of yoga, breath
and movement, creating a rider more in tune with
ne of my most their own body, and their horse's.
gifts was when I was
11 and I got my first
horse. I started rid-
“W ow, I remember THE BEST Christmas
present was my first REAL saddle. I had a
very ancient, basically prehistoric, flat saddle that
ing in California I had from when we lived in England that came
when I was four on with my fat little 13.2 Connemara and fit quite
school horses. When nicely with a sheepskin numna (saddle pad in the
I was 10, a handsome Queen's English) according to the British Pony
liver chestnut gelding Club.
named Rice Field “When
came to the Flintridge we moved
Riding Club as a sales back to
horse. He was a very America
typey Thoroughbred. and I took
I took some lessons the antique
on him and really saddle to
liked him. Kent School
“I turned 11, and with me, I
that Christmas when basically got
I unwrapped my gifts I found a bridle and a halter. The laughed out
halter had a plate on it that said Rice Field I just of the
couldn't believe it! I was just the most excited little girl! barn––it
“We went to the club that day and saw him. The was awful. It sure wasn't going to fit the assort-
name plate on his stall said Rice Field with Anne ment of school beasties that were there, and I
Kursinski as his owner. I was in tears, it was MY horse, stood out like a sore thumb with a weird accent.
my very own horse. I always loved horses, and loved all “That Christmas, though, under the tree was
the school horses, but this was MY horse. I still remem- a big round container with a beautiful new Crosby
ber the feeling and I still get emotional when I think Prix De Nations (the good old kind). T'was truly
about it. one of the best Christmases ever. I still have that
“We went on to win in the junior hunters. He was a saddle. It's been reflocked a few times, but it still
great horse and taught me a lot." Ω works just fine.” Ω
Trainer, Stony Hill Equestrian Center, Northport, NY
Amateur Rider, Westbury, NY
D ehri: “My most memorable present was my very first saddle that Santa left
me on Christmas morning on the front porch, with a big red bow on it. I was
8 years old. My sister, Abby, and I had just gotten our first pony, Mahoney The
Pony, and the saddles were a very welcomed gift. I had gotten a Phase IV which
was an exclusive at The Saddle Shop which was located in Huntington at the
time. It was flat and hard and uncomfortable but that was what everyone rode
in back then.”
A bby: “That year I had gotten a Stubben Rex and I remember how excited we both were when we saw them
waiting for us on the porch. We had sent our Wish List to Santa Claus but never really thought we would both
get our very own saddles. The first thing we did was condition them and attach the stirrups and then beg to be
brought to the barn to try them out!” Ω
50 Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009
Barn Manager for Kate Levy
North Salem, NY, and Wellington, FL Nona Garson
Grand Prix Rider
“P robably when I got my first saddle. I was eight
and sooo excited!
It was a Beval Devon
Owner/trainer The Ridge
NJ and Wellington, FL
and my parents picked it
out with my pony train-
er. I was showing in the
“W hen I was a kid, I got my great pony
Bam Bam. I tried the pony, and my
Dad said it was a little more than they wanted
medium pony division on to spend. But then I got him as a Christmas
an Appaloosa pony gift! It was the best surprise in the world.” Ω
named Connect the Dots.
The saddle was under
the tree on a rocking
horse with a big red
ribbon on it!” Ω
First Edition Farm at Island Hills Stables
Middle Island, NY
“I have had many great Christmas presents includ-
ing my first pony, but the one that stands out in
my mind the most was a portrait of two of my horses
painted by equine artist, Angelo Calamuso.
The reason this gift was so special was because it
was such a total surprise. It was back in 1995 and at
the time my mother, Barbara Messina, was publishing
a magazine called HorsePeople. I had two wonderful
horses at the time, Dakota and Snap Decision, that I Ross Kaplan
would lease out to different students every year and Trainer
everyone who rode them was very successful at the Sagamore Hill Stables
horse shows. I literally considered these horses to be Brookville, NY
my business partners.
“Well, one November afternoon, my Mom walked
into the ring while I was giving a lesson and handed “L ast year one of my students, Sarah Ach,
gave me a beautiful album that she had
put together with photos of all my students.
me the December issue of HorsePeople, which had
just come off the press. I looked at the issue and could There were pictures of all the kids and all the
not believe my eyes––right on the cover was a painting different horses that they had ridden over the
of my horses! My mother had secretly arranged for years. On each page was a note from the rider to
Angelo Calamuso to render a painting of my horses, me.
which included a photo session of them both braided, “I just loved it. It was one of the most
and I never suspected a thing. thoughtful gifts that I have ever received and I
“Although both of those horses are no longer with will always treasure it.” Ω
me (Dakota passed away and Snap is retired in North
Carolina), I treasure the years they gave me and the
portrait of them hanging in my home.” Ω
Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009 51
October 8-17, 2009
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show
SBS Farms' Jennifer Alfano Wins Two Tricolors at McLain Ward Jumps to Five Wins at the Penn
Pennsylvania National Horse Show National!
Jennifer Alfano of SBS Farms in Buffalo, NY, had a McLain Ward from Brewster, NY, topped the leader
prosperous competition. She and The Specialist, owned board for his fifth win of the week aboard Goldika 559 in
by Meredith Lipke, were champions in the Second Year the North American League $25,000 Open Jumper Speed
Green Working Hunters. Alfano also rode Bright Star Final. A field of 23 horses started over Steve Stephens’
158 LLC's South Beach to the reserve championship in 14-jumping effort course which demanded perfection in
the Green Conformation Hunters. Alfano is the rider just one round, for a clean, fast win. Only seven horse
and trainer along with head trainer Susie Schoellkopf at and rider combinations could keep the rails up as the
SBS Farms. tricky distances and combinations challenged competi-
This was The Specialist's second time showing at tors.
Harrisburg, and he competed with Meredith Lipke in "I got to see a few early, and I got to see a few after
the Amateur-Owner Hunters as well, both last year and me. I watched the last couple go from the stands. I had
this year. Alfano said, "He just was really good. He is a nice draw," said Ward, who was 16th in the order and
just a good horse. He is not fazed by Harrisburg or the fourth clean round of seven.
Washington. He doesn't get nervous indoors or anything "I had my plan of what I was going to do and I was
like that; he is just always the same. He felt great, and just hoping it was going to be fast enough. "I was a little
he was very consistent." Ω Jennifer Wood lucky that Hillary [Dobbs] knocked a jump down because
she was very fast. Goldika is a great horse and I thank
her owners, it's very nice to have her. I always feel good
with her. She's pretty solid and she normally doesn't let
you down." Goldika 559 is owned by Ward and Blue
Earlier in the week Ward and Goldika 559 triumphed
Al Cook Photography
over an original starting field of 33 horse and rider com-
binations, winning the $25,000 Big Jump competition for
a record third time at the Pennsylvania National Horse
Ward also had another mare to contest the $5,000
Southside Open Jumper Speed class at the Penn
National, and true to form, left the ring with a blue rib-
bon. His mount for this class was Esplanade 7, an 11
Jennifer Alfano and The Specialist were champions in the Second year-old chestnut mare owned by Louisburg Farm in
Year Green Hunters at Harrisburg.
Wellington, FL. Nine horse and rider combinations com-
pleted the round without penalties, but none could beat
the time turned in by Ward.
Judy Garofalo Torres and Oliver Win the $7,500 Ward’s third mount of the show was another mare,
For The Moment Open Jump-Off Miss Liberty 7, that sped around two courses to win both
Handily defeating an international field of 19 horses Open Speed classes. Ω
and riders, Judy Garofalo Torres and Oliver delivered
two clear rounds and their jump-off time of 40.519 to
give them the win in this exciting class. Nicole Kehrli and Northwind's Opus Win North
The class is named in honor of For The Moment, a American League Pony Jumper Final
horse that represented the United States in two In her first year showing at rated horse shows, 15-
Olympic Games, 1984 and 1988, winning a team Silver year-old Nicole Kehrli of Glenmoore, PA, galloped away
Medal in Seoul, Korea. In 1995, "Fred" became the with the victory in the coveted North American League
oldest horse ever to win a show jumping Grand Prix at (NAL) $5,000 Pony Jumper Finals at the 64th
the age of 21. Over the course of his career, For The Pennsylvania National Horse Show. Riding her 8-year-old
Moment became one of the most successful American Welsh pony, Northwind's Opus, the pair captured the
Thoroughbreds ever to compete. hotly contested blue ribbon and $1500 prize.
It is fitting that Garofalo Torres, Dover Plains, NY, "I got 'Opie' four-and-a-half years ago to be a hunter
should win this class with its oldest entry. Oliver is a pony but he was too crazy to do the hunters so we decided
19 year-old stallion that has been her mount ever since to do jumpers," explained Kehrli. Her trainer, Linda
she found him in Norway 10 years ago. He was her Furches, added that when they were trying Opie as a
first grand prix horse, and the duo has been competing hunter, she asked Nicole to halt at the end of the ring, but
successfully ever since, including a superlative second the pony jumped out instead, and a pony jumper was
place finish behind Olympic veteran McLain Ward and made.
Sapphire in the 2009 $250,000 Grand Prix at the Kehrli is looking forward to returning to the NAL
Hampton Classic Horse Show. Ω Pony Jumper Series next year. Ω
52 Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009
Jessica Springsteen Rocks the Pessoa/USEF Hunt Seat Schaefer, Westminster, MD. The test included fence number 4
Medal Final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show (at a hand gallop), then canter number 5, 6A, 6B, 7, counter
Seventeen-year-old Jessica Springsteen was the biggest canter to number 8, canter number 9, halt and canter final
star at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show as her famous fence number 10 before returning to the line-up at the end of
parents cheered her on. She bested 237 riders over two the ring where riders stood separated from trainers.
rounds of competition, and a four-rider work-off to win the Each rider faced challenges. Dilandri seemed uncharacteris-
nation's top equitation prize, the Pessoa/USEF Hunt Seat tically disorganized while Hoffman and Schaefer both knocked
Medal Final. down a rail. Springsteen, however, produced a polished solid
Course designer Steve Stephens, in conjunction with trip. The ride-off was very effective in determining the clear
judges Ellen Raidt and Leo Conroy, were very specific about winner.
the distances they required between related fences, mandat- Springsteen is trained by the Beacon Hill team led by
ing that the riders perform with precision. Stacia Madden and Max Amaya, with assistance from Olympic
After the first round of over 200 starts, 25 riders were veteran Beezie Madden. Springsteen has one more year left
called back to jump in round 2, which consisted of a series of to show as a junior rider, but with this win, coupled by her
bending lines and numerous options for the riders. After the win last year in the Maclay Final, there are not many awards
first three jumps on the left lead, riders faced an option on left for her to win. "I plan on concentrating more on the
how tight to roll back to fence 4, then continued on to the jumpers," said Springsteen when asked about her future
natural coup then a vertical to oxer one-stride combination. plans. Ω
The course bent right to the skinny wingless wall which,
although relocated, continued to haunt riders, before the
course looped left to the fan fence and then right to fence 9
then left to finish over 10, where a few horses had hind rubs
and pulled rails.
Al Cook Photography
"The second round was really tricky so I planned to stick to
the same strides I did in the first round", commented
Springsteen. "It was a little nerve wracking to watch every-
one else for hours because I went so early in the first round.
I was supposed to be doing homework, but I never quite got
After the second round, the judges called back four riders
to jump-off in the following reverse order: Tina Dilandri,
LaJolla, CA, Jessica Springsteen, Colts Neck, NJ, Zazou Jessica Springsteen aboard Papillon 136 was the winner of the
Hoffman, Santa Monica, CA and top ranked Samantha Pessoa/USEF Hunt Seat Medal Finals at the Penn National.
Congratulations to Samantha Sapienza
and Caspian Knight
On a Successful 2009 Show Season!
Winners of the Grand Championship
at the Hunter Isle Horse Show Series,
Pre-Childrens Equitation Horse Division
We want to wish you continued
success in 2010 and beyond.
We are all so very proud of you both!
Dad, Mom, Grandma, Gerard,
Grandma & Carly
And a special congrats from your trainer,
Lisa Cacoperdo, who told you all your hard work
would pay off! Love you both!
Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009 53
The Pennsylvania National....
Jennifer Gurney and The Other Brother Win $10,000 Reed Kessler and Ice D'Ancoeur Finish On Top In
North American League Adult Hunter Finals the USEF Junior Jumper Championship
The third time was the charm for Jennifer Gurney Reed Kessler finished the USEF Junior Jumper
from Cazenovia, NY, as she guided The Other Brother to Championship in the same manner that she started, in
the win in the $10,000 North American League Adult the winner’s circle.
Hunter Final held during the Pennsylvania National The 15-year-old from Armonk, NY, won the USEF
Horse Show. Junior Jumper Individual Championship aboard her 11
Gurney had shown in the final on two other occasions, year-old chestnut
but the third time around was perfection. "Two years ago mare Ice
Wahoo was 10th in the NAL class," said Gurney. "Last D'Ancoeur by post-
year The Other Brother was 7th and Wahoo didn't get a ing a clear effort,
ribbon." her third of four
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"I kind of got hooked on the NAL a couple of years ago possible clear
when I did Wahoo," Gurney went on to say. "It seemed rounds, to finish
like a reasonable goal to set. The show is a blast, so the with a penalty
first time I came here I thought wow, this is where I want score of 4 faults
to be. I don't get to show every weekend, so we had to over the three days
pick and choose as to where we could rack up enough of competition.
points to get in. I think I showed nine or ten times, he's "Winning this is
fifth in Zone 2 and has been champion every time out and great,” said a
won almost every class. He's been a star. If I get him right beaming Kessler. I
and prep him right and get him in the right frame of feel like I did
mind, he is just an absolute pleasure. You just sit there everything I came here to do. My horse went beautiful-
and enjoy the ride." ly. Yesterday in the first round, I was not a very strong,
The NAL qualifying period started September 1, 2008 accurate rider, but she was amazing. It is a long four
and ended August 31, 2009. While riders did not need to rounds, and she was just as good today as she was the
be members of the NAL to compete in any qualifying class- first day. Ice is very quirky, her style is very different,
es, only current members earned points toward year-end but it doesn't matter what it looks like as long as it hap-
finals. Ω pens. I feel like I have mastered her, but she took a
while to get used to. I've had a lot of really nice and
easy horses that just go around by themselves, but Ice
The Silver Medal in the Individual competition went
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to Lucy Davis from Los Angeles, CA and her amazing
True Love. The Bronze Medal went to Saer Coulter, San
Francisco, CA, with her Chalan. Ω
In the Small Junior Hunters 15 & Under, Scott
Stewart’s World Time was champion with Victoria
Colvin in the irons. Reserve Champion was Don Stewart
Ponies and Meg O'Mara's Fern Gully, ridden by Taylor Ann
The Small Pony Hunter Champion was Victoria Adams.
Colvin’s Ballou, ridden by 8-year-old Daisy Parish on her The Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Championship was
first trip to the Pennsylvania National. The Reserve won by Lyle, owned by Stephanie Keen and ridden by
Champion was Marigot Bay Farms' Made For Me, ridden Abby O'Mara of Rumson, NJ. Reserve champion in the
by Pearl Theodosakis. division was awarded to Stone Hill Farm's Sublime, rid-
Medium Pony Hunter Champion was Tuscany ridden den by Jessica Springsteen.
by Meredith Darst, who was also crowned Grand The Large Junior Hunters 15 & Under
Champion Pony Hunter. Reserve Champion was Championship was Garfield ridden by Samantha
Neverland, owned and ridden by Allison Toffolon. Schaefer of Westminster, MD. The busy 15-year-old
Vanity Fair, a legend in the pony world, continued his rider dominated the division and also rode the reserve
dominance, winning the Large Pony Hunter Champion- champion, Marianna Bishop Wade's flashy bay,
ship for the third year in a row. Vanity Fair is owned by Bishonen.
Dr. Betsee Parker, and was ridden to the win by Victoria Riding to the championship of the of Large Junior
Colvin. The beautiful bay gelding's stable mate, For the Hunter 16-17 was Jennifer Waxman of Chagrin Falls,
Laughter, was Reserve Champion with Colvin again in the OH on Laura King’s mare, Vida Blue. Reserve
irons. Champion in the division went to Stone Hill Farms'
Victoria Colvin was also named Best Junior Pony Tiziano ridden by Jessica Springsteen of Colt's Neck,
Rider. The winner of the Pennsylvania National Horse NJ, which was her second Junior Hunter Reserve
Show Pony Rider Sportsmanship Award was Sophie Championship of the show. Ω
Michaels of New York, NY. Ω
For full results, see www.Ryegate.com
54 Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009
O/F: 1.The Rainman; 2. Ironic; 3. Wellington; 4. O/F: 1. Crackerjack; 2. Brighton’s Sketch; 3.
The USHJA Zone Twelfth Night, Peggy McNeil
U/S: Clover, Gerry Chasin; 2. The Rainman; 3.
Wellington; 4. Metronome, Patti Lachmanik
Silver Lining, Michelle Wolff; 4. Galen
Raintree, Adriana Savettierre
O/F: 1. Brighton’s Sketch; 2. Silver Lining; 3.
2 Hunter Finals
Chase The Rain, Taylor Willever; 4. Around
Children’s Hunter 14 & Under The World, Annie Stathis
CH: Enzo, David Oberkirch U/S: 1. Brighton’s Sketch; 2. 2. Woodland’s Berry
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania RES: Oaks, o/Redfield Farm LLC, r/Gabby Hazy, Kiersten Glynn; 3. Chase The Rain; 4.
Stephenson Bacardi, Morgan Wilsberg
October 18, 2009 O/F: 1. Loretta, David Oberkircher; 2. Enzo; 3.
Say It Again, Lindsay Schodowsky Amateur Owner Hunter
4. Stonewashed, Abigail Johnson CH: Sailaway, Kelly Kaiser
Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 O/F: 1. Enzo; 2. Oaks; 3. Handor F, Elizabeth RES: Coldplay, Jacqueline Wadsworth
CH: Chance Encournter, Bonnie Ascher Berman; 4. Opening Night, Daniel Sconzo O/F: 1. Sailaway; 2. Astoria, Christa Carson; 3.
RES Truly Tempted, o/Alora Corr, r/Jessica Scher U/S: Oaks; 2. Enzo; 3. Say It Again. 4. Loretta Atlantis, Greer Luce; 4. Grandstand, Jennifer
O/F: 1. Truly Tempted; 2. Grand Total, Lindsay Basile
Frank; 3. Catwalk, Kylie Samuel; 4. Fresco, Children’s Hunter Horse 15-17 O/F: 1. Sailaway; 2. Coldlay; 3. Astoria; 4. Le
Walk The Line CH: Logan, Jared Depermentier Blanc Reynard, Christina Wolf
O/F: 1. Chance Encounter; 2. Tripoli, Dana RES: Victor, Amanda Zwaan U/S: 1. Hullabaloo, Elizabeth Kalaris; 2. Coldplay;
Gattuso; 3. Best Foot Forwrd, Kristen Vetterl; 4. O/F: 1. Victor; 2. Apartico, Alli Ross; 3. Logan; 4. 3. Le Blanc Reynard; 4. Espresso, Tory
Grand Total, Lindsay Frank Renaissance, Rebecca Weissbard Veneziale
US: 1. Chance Encounter; 2. Fresno; 3. Catwalk; O/F: 1. Logan; 2. Cara Mia, Kelly McGuiness; 3.
4. Truly Tempted Victor; 4. Man of the Hour, Alexis Asch Junior Hunter
U/S: 1. Call Your Bluff, Rose Feldman; 2. Cra Mia; CH: Elysium, Danielle Franchi
Adult Amateur Hunter 36-50 3. Renaissance; 4. Shortstop, Jayme Shapiro RES: Mandella, Meghan Kaupp
CH: Abundance, Cara Garito O/F: 1. Mandella; 2. Viaggio, Kelsey Bernini; 3.
RES: Enticing, Susan K. Kelly Children’s Small/Medium Pony Hunter: Spanish Accent, Callie Morgan Smith; 4.
O/F: 1. Abundance; 2. Enticing; 3. Carize, Kelly CH: Misty Blue Paris, Colby Nyland-Elliott Midnight Rendezvous, Meghan Kaupp
Champion; 4. What Was I Thinkin, Suzanne RES: Asgard Mercury, Isabel Ryan O/F: 1. Spanish Accent; 2. Elysium; 3. Mandella;
Atcavage O/F: 1. Proud Hawk, Julie Dettman; 2. Misty 4. Killian’s Red, Carly Fischer
O/F: 1. Abundance; 2. Enticing; 3. Larger Than Blue Paris; 3. Asgard Mercury; 4. This Buds U/S: 1. Elysium; 2. Eden, Kristina Sprenkle; 3.
Life, Dr. Linda Corvani; 4. Why Not Me, Maria for Me, Anna Feldman Papageno, Alexa Harris; 4. Mandella
Sgariat O/F: 1 .Asgard Mercury; 2. Silver Icing,
U/S: 1.Abundance; 2. Enticing; 3. Why Not Me; 4. Samantha Hurley; 3. Browlands Bella Luna, Grand Adult Amateur CH
Larger Than Life Casey Donaghy; 4. Ribbons and Roses, Olivia George Patterson Tropy
Bloch Abundance, Cara Garito
Adult Amateur Hunter 51 and Over U/S: 1. Misty Blue Paris; 2. Silver Icing; 3. The Best Amateur Rider Award: Cara Garito
CH: The Rainman, Maria D/Anza Game, Liana Cohen; 4. Butterfly Kisses, Annie
RES: Ironic, Debbie King Stathis Grand Children’s Hunter Pony CH
O/F: 1. Ironic; 2. The Rainman; 3. Wellington, Cordial Image Trophy
Louise Petz; 4. Resort Casual, Christine Childrens Large Pony Hunter Brighton’s Sketch, Olivia Bruyn
Scherrer CH: Brighton’s Sketch, o/Erica Polle, r/Olivia Bruyn Best Child Rider: Olivia Bruyn
RES Crackerjack, Anna Feldman
and BRIGHTON'S SKETCH
Grand Champion & Best Child Rider at
2009 USHJA Zone 2 Hunter Finals!
on all your success this year!!
Thank you to Kristina Muse, our outstanding and exceptional trainer!
Thank you to John Colon, our amazingly talented trainer!
Thank you to Sergio, our hero.
the dream work!
Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009 55
October 20 - 25, 2009
The Washington International Horse Show
Scott Stewart and Way Cool Win the WIHS Hunter Classic
Every year best horses and riders from the hunter divisions Junior Hunters
at the Washington International Horse Show compete for the
The Large Junior Hunter 16-17
top prize in the $15,000 WIHS Hunter Classic Derby. This year,
Championship was presented to Jennifer
after two rounds of competition, it was Scott Stewart, of NJ and
Waxman, aboard Vida Blue, owned by Laura
FL, who dominated the event by finishing first with Way Cool
King of Irvington, NY. Jacqueline Lubrano and
and second with Declaration.
Charade, owned by Mahala Rummell of
The champions from each of the hunter divisions were invit-
Jacksonville, FL, were the winners of this year's
ed to compete in the two-round derby. The six horse and rider
combinations receiving the highest scores in the first round
The Large Junior 15 and Under Hunter
were invited back for a second round over a handy course.
Championship was presented to Samantha
After the first round, Stewart was in the lead with
Schaefer and Bishonen, owned by Marianna
Declaration, owned by Fashion Farm of New York, NY, with a
Bishop Wade of Louisa, VA. Reserve went to
score of 91.3. In the handy round, they had difficulty at the trot
Hasbrouck Donovan for her ride aboard Quality
jump and received a score of 78.3, for a two-round score of
Time, owned by Scott Stewart.
169.3, which dropped them into the second place.
The Small Junior Hunter16-17 Champion
Samantha Schaefer, a junior hunter rider, was in second
was Lyle, owned by Stephanie Keen of Ocala, FL,
place after the first round with a score of 88.3, and had a costly
for the second year in row, this time with Abby
rub at the trot jump with Bishonen, owned by Marianna Bishop
O'Mara holding the reins. The reserve champi-
Wade of Louisa, VA, resulting in a second-round score of 70.6 for
onship ribbon was presented to Kelsey Thatcher,
a total of 158.9, which dropped them into fifth place.
of Bluffdale, UT and Mirasol.
Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy, owned by SBS Farms of
In the Small Junior Hunters 15 and Under,
Buffalo, NY, were lying fourth with a score of 84.3 after round
taking home the championship trophy was
one, but a very strong handy round with inside turns earned
Hasbrouck Donovan and Confidential. The
them 82.3, for a total of 166.6, which held up for the third place.
reserve championship honors were awarded to
After the first round, Stewart and Way Cool were ranked
Genuine, owned by the Chansonette Farm LLC
third with a score of 86.3. Knowing he would have a second
of New York, NY, with Lillie Keenan in the irons.
chance with Declaration as the first ranked horse, he went all
Hasbrouck Donovan and Confidential were
out on the handy course with Way Cool. The pair took all the
the winners of this year's Grand Champion
harder options and the gamble paid off with a score of 84.6 and
Junior Hunter prize, after winning three first
a two-round total of 170.9, enough to win the class and garner
place ribbons. This was also Confidential's sec-
Stewart his second victory in two years. Ω
ond Grand Championship of the show after earn-
ing the co-Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter
Championship title with Erin Stewart in the
The Small Pony Hunter Champion was
Elation, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker and ridden
by Meredith Darst. The team also hailed as
Grand Champion Pony Hunter and Darst was
named Best Child Rider on a Pony. Reserve
Championship Small Pony was Rico Suave rid-
den by Aleece Jarman of Pace, FL.
The Medium Pony Hunter Champion was
Tuscany, also ridden by Meredith Darst. The
reserve championship honors went to Victoria
Colvin and Promise Too, owned by Scott Stewart.
The Large Pony Hunter Championship went
to All The Best, owned by Scott Stewart, with
Victoria Colvin in the irons. Reserve went to
Center Field, owned by Grand Central, Inc. of
North Salem, NY, and ridden by Sydney
Scott Stewart and Way Cool showing the jumping
style that brought them to the WIHS Hunter Classic
Full Results may be found at www.WIHS.org
56 Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009
Todd Minikus and Alaska Win the $100,000
Samantha Schaefer Wins WIHS Equitation Classic President’s Cup Grand Prix
Samantha Schaefer of Westminster, MD, won the In an exciting three horse jump-off, three American
WIHS Equitation Classic finals, a top national competi- riders took top honors in the $100,000 President’s Cup
tion for junior riders. The three-phase event is run over Grand Prix World Cup qualifier presented by The
two days, with hunter, jumper and a final phase for the Boeing Company. Todd Minikus and Alaska were the
top ten riders, who draw to ride another competitor's fastest clear round and emerged as winners, while
mount. Kate Levy and Lirving du Volsin finished second, and
Schaefer led Mario Deslauriers (formerly of Canada) and Vicomte D
from the beginning were third.
with a top score of The courses were designed by Guilherme Jorge of
87.92 in the Brazil, and out of the 29 entries in the class, only three
hunter phase, and could find the path to the jump-off. Ken Berkley (USA)
added a jumper and Carlos Boy, owned by Alexa and Krista Weisman,
phase score of just missed the jump-off by accumulating one time fault
86.92. As the last in 78.84 seconds to finish fourth. Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA)
to go in the top 10 kicked up his speed after having a rail down to finish
work-off, where as the fastest four-faulter in 67.17 seconds on Night
the riders Train, owned by Double H Farm.
switched horses, The first to return in the jump-off was Levy and
she was feeling Lirvin du Volsin, owned by LA Horsepower and Kate
the pressure from Levy. She went for the safe clear round, but was very
Chase Boggio, of efficient with her speed. She finished clear in 36.32 sec-
Canton, GA, who onds and would have to wait and see how the riders
had a high score in chased her time.
the work-off of Levy noted, “I was really happy with my jump-off.
89.67. Boggio mas- This is definitely the biggest grand prix that I have had
terfully rode Molly to do with that horse. I was not expecting much with
Braswell’s The these two behind me, so I just really wanted to jump a
General to clear round and be as neat as possible because my
increase his lead- horse is so game, but I didn’t want to take too many
ing point total to 261.999. risks and have a rail.”
Schaefer returned on Lucy Davis’ mount, Patrick. Minikus had kind words for Alaska, who won multi-
She had a smooth round and a bold final line. The judges ple grand prix events this year including the grand prix
rewarded her with a score of 91.67 for the work-off and a qualifier in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. “He has a lot
total of 266.498 for the win. Schaefer trains with Andre of quality. He is a careful horse, and he is very good
Dignelli, Kim Stewart, Kirsten Coe, Patricia Griffith and with his technique. He doesn’t have enough mileage
Don Stewart. really at this point, but he always gives it a good effort.
“It went really well. I thought I stayed pretty consis- When he guesses, he usually guesses with the right
tent through all three phases, and I got pretty lucky. I answer, so he is a very enjoyable horse, and I am very
got a really nice horse to ride in the final phase too,” glad I have him to ride.”
Schaefer said of Patrick. “I didn’t know anything about It has been 19 years since Minikus last won the
the horse. I have never seen it go, but they told me a lot President’s Cup Grand Prix, and he was happy to
about it and it rode just like they said. He was really receive once again the President of the United States
easy. I think it is a young horse, but he has a really big Perpetual Cup. “There is history behind the President’s
stride and he doesn’t really move you over the jumps.” Cup; it is for sure one of our most prestigious grand
This was only the third time that Schaefer has prix. It starts off the indoor circuit, so any win is a good
shown her original horse, Travino. “I have never shown win for sure.”Ω
my horse in the jumper phase,” she remarked. “He is
young. He did the First Years earlier in the week. He is
really sweet to ride, he is easy, and he has a nice
rhythm. He is fun; I like him a lot.”
For her victory, Schaefer was awarded the WIHS
Equitation Classic Trophy, donated by Mr. and Mrs. G.
Ralph Ours III. Schaefer’s mount Travino, owned by
Heritage Farm, won the Lugano Memorial Trophy donat-
ed by Stone Hill.
WIHS Equitation Classic Finals
1. Samantha Schaefer; 2. Chase Boggio; 3. Tina
Dilandro; 4. Lucy Davis; 5. Reed Kessler; 6. Lillie
Keenan; 7. Alexandra Arute; 8. Zazou Hoffman;
9. Taylor Kain; 10. Molly Braswell
Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009 57
The Washington International...
McLain Ward and Vancouver Clear 6’7” to Win the WIHS Puissance
The WIHS Puissance is one of the most exciting equestri-
an competitions in the country, and it is one of only two
shows in North America that offer a puissance, or "high
jump" class. This year’s $25,000 Puissance presented by
Chevron Corporation saw a very familiar face for the awards
presentation. Seven-time winner McLain Ward of Brewster,
NY, was victorious in the class on Vancouver with the winning
height of 6' 7". David Beisel of Cincinnati, OH, finished sec-
ond with Patoile, owned by Harlow Investment Enterprises
Inc. The record height of 7'-71/2" set in 1983 by Anthony
D'Ambrosio and Sweet 'N Low still holds.
Amazingly enough, this was Ward's first class showing
with Vancouver, an 11-year-old New Zealand-bred Dutch
horse. "We just got the horse about two or three weeks ago.
He had jumped very successfully in New Zealand and had
done a few World Cup Leagues. He had a very good record
before, and we brought him here because we knew he was
very brave and thought he could go a couple of rounds in the
Puissance," Ward explained. "It is a great event here at
Washington and very good prize money, and we wanted to give it a try." Ω
Ashley Holzer and Pop Art Perform Musical Freestyle
Once again three-time Olympic dressage rider Ashley Holzer and
her mount, Pop Art, thrilled the audience as they performed a musical
freestyle under the lights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights as
well as Sunday when their performance concluded the World of the Horse
event. It was clear from the the reception they received that the audi-
ence knew they were witnessing greatness. Each time they performed a
hush permeated the arena, followed by enthusiastic applause at the con-
Holzer credited her horse (“Poppy”) saying he loves competition and
literally shines in front of a crowd. “He gets bored when he is not compet-
ing!” she said.
Holzer and Pop Art competed on the Canadian Dressage Team in
2008 in Hong Kong, and she also was a member of the Canadian Team in
2004 and 1988 when she rode to a team bronze medal.
The road to world-class success is never an easy one and Holzer said
it takes “a lot of work and some luck” to reach the Olympics, as well as a
great support team on the sidelines. She is appreciate of the sponsorship
she receives from Purina and “how good they are in keeping a careful
watch on my horse.” Ω Diana DeRosa
Sienna Sumavielle and Lexington Win Children’s Hunter Championship
The opening day of the 2009 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) ended
with an evening session for Children's and Adult Hunters. The two divisions each had a
two-round $10,000 championship. Sienna Sumavielle rode Lexington to the win in the
Children's Hunter Championship, while Ainsley Sadlo and Vermilion took first place in
the Adult Hunter Championship.
In the $10,000 Children's Hunter Championship, Sumavielle and Lexington started
out the first round with a combined score from three judges of 232. They were consis-
tent with their scores and were awarded a 237 in the second round for a total of 469 for
the win. Dani DiPietro and Davenport came in second with a score of 466, while At Last
and Leigh Anne Kline were third with 451 points. For their win, Sumavielle and
Lexington were awarded the H. Fenwick Kollock Memorial Perpetual Trophy donated
by Friends of Fen.
Lexington, owned by Margaret Horowitz, is a 16-year-old gelding, and Sumavielle
(14), of Ridgewood, NJ, has been riding him for two years. This was Sumavielle's first
time showing at the WIHS and it was her goal to qualify for this year. Ω
58 Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009
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Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009 59
Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, 2009
The National Horse Show
Zazou Hoffman Wins 2009 ASPCA Maclay Finals presentation, and the countdown of the top ten riders,
When the 2009 ASPCA Maclay National before she knew the outcome.
Championships came to a close, it was 17-year-old Zazou The judges rewarded Hoffman's style and consistency
Hoffman of Santa Monica, CA, who prevailed through with the honor of winning the longest-running and most
three rounds to win this year's coveted equitation final. historical of the equitation finals. She said through tears,
In the first round of competition, 150 riders were test- "It's unreal. It's nice to see that I've improved that much
ed on a course designed by the judges, Bill Moroney of over last year. I was just so excited that I finally did it."
Middleburg, VA, and Jack Towell of Camden, SC, in co- Hoffman trains with Missy Clark, John Brennan, and
operation with course designer Richard Jeffery of Dorset, Kristy McCormack at North Run and spends much of her
England. The riders who rode the first course smoothly, time on the East Coast as a working student. The North
out-of-stride, and with style were the ones called back in Run team was in tears when Hoffman was announced as
the top 30 to test on the flat. Three groups of ten were the winner. Clark said, "I'm so thrilled for Zazou. She's
tested, and from there the judges called back the top 24 worked so hard. She's such a great worker and really
riders for a second round over fences. The top 24 returned devoted to the whole part of horsemanship. It isn't just
with Samantha Harrison of La Canada, CA, called back about riding for her. It's the whole picture, which is really
on top. refreshing and unusual. She's in the barn working all day.
The course for the second round was a unique design, She really deserves it, and I'm very proud of her."
with 12 jumps available for riders to make their own Judge Bill Moroney pointed out that Hoffman made
nine-fence course. The trot jump was required, as was a smart decisions that eventually put her to the top of their
hand gallop to a fence of their choice. list. He commented, "She was consistent. In the second
After the second round, the judges made the decision round, she created a course that suited her horse. They had
to call back four riders for a test. The test included a bro- a shot to show off, and it did change the order a bit. That's
ken line, two rollbacks to oxers, and a bending line down what we liked about her. She continued to ride forward.
the long side of the ring to finish. While the test looked She didn't get overly conservative and try to play it safe." Ω
relatively simple, the catch was that the riders had to do
this without stirrups. Final Results:
The first rider called back was Samantha Harrison on 1. Zazou Hoffman; 2. Chase Boggio; 3. Morgan Hale; 4.
Triple Lutz. Harrison had a smooth round, but had sever- Samantha Harrison; 5. Laura Pfeiffer; 6. Lucy Davis; 7.
al rubs at the jumps. Lillie Keenan; 8. Amber Henter; 9. Hasbrouck Donovan;
Following her was Morgan Hale of Odessa, FL, on 10. Molly Braswell
Urco. Hale had a very solid test and performed a nice
slice across the third jump after the first rollback.
Fifteen-year-old Chase Boggio of Canton, GA, was next
in on Golou II. While he had some slight rubs, his body
stayed quiet, his leg was solid, and his pace never
© 2009 Jennifer Wood/PMG
The last to test was Hoffman, who had to feel the
pressure of being on top. Hoffman placed third in the
National Championship last year, and this was her last
competition as a junior rider.
She and Ivy, the horse she rode last year, performed a
smooth test and made the work without stirrups look
very easy. The crowd erupted after she jumped the final
fence, but she would have to wait for the awards
Jennifer Alfano Rocks Again in the Professional About Rock Star, Alfano said, "I'm happy to have
Hunter Divisions him, since a little over a year ago he had colic surgery and
Jennifer Alfano of Buffalo, NY, had another great it was pretty bad. It's great just to have him back show-
ing, and it's really special for me. He's always been a spe-
indoor show at the National. Starting out, she won the
cial horse, but to have him come back and be champion
Green Working Hunter championship on Kid Rock, owned
here is amazing."
by Bright Star 158 LLC. The reserve champion was
Grand Champion Open Hunter and Leading Hunter
Bengale, ridden by Jeffrey Ayers for Gerald A. Camera.
Rider titles went to Francesca, owned by Pony Lane Farm
Alfano then went on to pick up the Regular Working
of Bluffdale, UT, and ridden by Maggie Jayne of Elgin, IL.
Hunter championship on Kid Rock's "big brother," Rock
They were named the Grand Champion Open Hunter after
Star, who is also owned by Bright Star 158 LLC. The
they won two hunter division championships in the Green
reserve champion was Overseas, ridden by Hunt Tosh for
Conformation and Regular Conformation Hunters. Ω
60 Today’s Equestrian November/December 2009
Invincible and Ellen Toon Win A/O Over 35 Hunters Lillie Keenan and North Country Win Large Junior
In the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunters, Ellen Toon Hunter 15 & Under Championship
of South Salem, NY, repeated her championship perform- Lillie Keenan of New York, NY, stepped up to the
ance from last year on Invincible. They won the opening championship spot on North Country, owned by Blantyre
class, were second in the handy, fifth in the under saddle, Farm. The reserve champion was Quality Time, ridden by
and finished fourth in the last class for the champi- Hasbrouck Donovan for Don Stewart Jr.
onship. The reserve champion was Fine Kiss, ridden and Keenan leases North Country, and this was their last
owned by Betty Oare. show together. "This is my first time showing here. I
Toon was happy to be showing here after a health didn't really expect it, and since it's the last indoor show
issue with Invincible before the Capital Challenge Horse of the year, I was really happy," Keenan expressed.
Show. Although Invincible recovered quickly, Toon was North Country was the first large junior hunter that
unsure of how he would be. They competed in Keenan showed, and the talented gelding taught her a
Harrisburg, and after a few days off, Toon said that "new way of riding." She explained, "He taught me how
Invincible was "back to his old self." to always be ready, to ride forward but be aware of what's
She described, "You don't have to worry about him. going on. He's always been a really nice horse, and he's a
He's always on your side. I wasn't perfect, but he was." good teacher."
Toon was thrilled to be back in the winner's circle at The Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under Champion was
the National Horse Show. "They make a huge effort here. Safari, with Caitlin Ziegler in the irons. The reserve spot
The courses were great, and the jumps were big and full. went to Genuine, ridden by Lillie Keenan and owned by
My horse jumps great here. The NHS definitely means Chansonette Farms LLC
something to me," she expressed. In the Large Junior Hunters 16-17 Jennifer Waxman
Darby Toben and Nijinski have been on a roll this fall of Chagrin Falls, OH, finished her last show as a junior
and picked up their second Grand Champion title here, with a championship on Vida Blue. Reserve went to
thanks to their championship in the Amateur-Owner 18- Positano and Saer Coulter.
35 Hunters, presented in part by Virginia Fout in honor Jennifer Waxman also rode Red Panda for John
of Paul and Eve Fout. They won the same titles at the PA Ingram to the championship in the Small Junior Hunters
National Horse Show two weeks earlier. Here at the 16-17. Taking the reserve honors were Amalfi and
NHS they won all three over fences classes and finished Danielle Cooper. Ω
second under saddle. The reserve champion in the divi-
sion was Londeur, ridden and owned by Elizabeth Perry. Ω
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