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Pam Coath took this photo of Chris Talley of Norther, Va. showing a horse at Dressage at Devon.

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Lillie Keenan wins second Leading Lady Rider Award (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Lillie Keenan of New York, N.Y., won her second consecutive Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award during week two of the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival on Saturday night, Jan. 18.

Lillie Keenan by Jump MediaLillie Keenan (Photo by Jump Media)After a top placing in the $37,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 2 CSI2* on Thursday, Jan. 16, Keenan was again in contention for the award she won during week one.

The 23-year-old and her mount Fasther then won the award with a fifth-place finish in the $73,000  Grand Prix CSI2* after leading the way by posting the first clear in the opening round.

It’s great to start out on a strong foot,” said Keenan after her win during the first week of WEF. “I’m ridiculously lucky to have these special horses that are on the young side and just working their way up. I get to learn with them, and they were unbelievable all week. I’m so grateful to the team behind me; my parents for supporting me, my management, grooms, and of course my trainer, McLain Ward. Hopefully the circuit continues like this!”

 

“I WASN'T expecting it this week, but it’s a great way to continue the season,” said Keenan. “I so appreciate Martha’s support of women in show jumping. It’s a great place to be and hopefully next week I can add a win in the grand prix!”

Keenan has had a banner two weeks aboard Fasther, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding that came from Moerings SportHorses in the Netherlands.

“McLain Ward and François Mathy found him for me, and we bought him from the family who bred him,” said Keenan, who trains with Ward. “They produced him, and he’s their family. They watch every time I jump, and it’s fantastic to have a relationship with breeders like that. They motivate me to show what good breeding and raising a horse right can do.”

For her week two title, Keenan was presented with a bottle of champagne, a bouquet of flowers, and a gift certificate for a shopping spree at Hunt, Ltd. by Martha W. Jolicoeur and Dr. Stephen Norton.

 

CATHERINE WACHTELL of Chatham, N.J., finished third on Coverboy behind Great Britain's Emily Ward and Sydney Shulman of Greenwich, Conn., in the $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix CSI2* on Jan. 19.

Catherine Wachtell and Coverboy by Sportfot 520 0459Catherine Wachtell on Coverboy (Photo by Sportfot) Less than one second separated the top three, with Ward on Millioninmind finishing in 35.99 seconds, Shulman on 36.18 seconds riding Jill Shulman’s Azilis du Mesnil finishing in 36.18, and Wachtell on Coverboy stopping the clock in 36.71 seconds.

Wachtell, 24, is in her second year of law school at Fordham University in New York, NY.

“The course really tested rideability, and my horse and I have a good partnership,” said Wachtell of the mount she’s had for nine years. “He’s not the fastest or the most scopey, but he listens really well, so that worked to my advantage.

“I feel lucky to have been able to develop with him,” continued Wachtell. “We went from Low Junior Jumpers to Mediums to Highs, and now to be able to do the Under 25 is really special. I am a weekend warrior and a true amateur. I flew in on Friday on a 7:30 a.m. flight, and I had to just get on and go. Having a horse that you have a special partnership with is the only way to make it possible.”

Fifty-five horses started over Oscar Soberon’s opening track with 19 returning for a deciding jump-off.

After winning the Hermès Under 25 Welcome just a day earlier, Ward wasted no time in establishing herself as the one to beat this season.

“I’ve actually never competed in America before, but I am off to a great start,” said Ward, 20, who rides for Canadian Tiffany Foster’s Little Creek Equestrian. “We’ve owned Millioninmind since he was 6 years old, so we’ve had him quite a long time. He took me on my first senior Nations Cup team, and won my first international grand prix with me. Now, he has come over here and flourished.

Fractions of a second off the win, Shulman’s top finish was an early birthday present to herself before turning 25 on Monday.

“It’s an amazing division,” she said. “It’s a great stepping stone for riders like me. When I was younger coming up, and I couldn’t do FEI legally, it was great to get my feet wet in FEI competitions. The horse I did today, Azilis du Mesnil, I bought her a little less than a year ago, and she’s so competitive. She was a little bit green when I got her, but all she wants to do is jump the jumps and go fast.”

WEEK TWO for hunters ended with Stephanie Danhakl, who trains withScott Stewart and Ken Gerkley of Flemington, N.J., riding her new mount, Tufton Avenue, to the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” 18-35 championship by winning three firsts, a fourth, and a fifth.

Stephanie Danhakl and Tufton Avenue by Sportfot 520 0755Stephanie Danhakl on Tufton Avenue (Photo by Sportfot)After riding Tufton Avenue only one time, Danhakl walked right into one of her favorite arenas, the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring, with her new mount.

“Yesterday I was still trying to figure him out but we still had two good trips, and then today he won every class. I couldn’t ask for him to be more perfect!” said Danhak of Pacific Palisades, Calif.,who is pursuing her PhD in Art History at Boston Universtiy.

“Even when I make a few mistakes he just jumps higher and better,” said Danhakl.

Tufton Avenue is a first year green horse that was ridden and brought along by Katie Cooper of Owings Mills, Md.

“She has done an incredible job with him, he doesn’t feel like a green horse at all,” said Danhakl.

Motion and Houghton have winners (2)

WESTCHASE, Fla.--Graham Motion had three winners. including two allowances races, while Bernie Houghton saddled two winners, including a homebred for his mother Betsy.

Graham Motion breeders cupGraham Motion with his 2019 Breeders' Cup trophy (Photo by Patricia  McQueen)Motion saddled Alex Campbell's homebred Bye Bye Melvin to win a $75,000, 1 mile turf Allowance race at Tampa Bay Downs by 3/4 length on Jan. 8.

"He's won back to back races now," said Motion. "He'll probably run next in a stakes at Tampa. His sister is Mean Mary, who just won an allowance race at Gulfstream, and she'll race next in the La Preveyante Stakes at Gulfstream."

Bye Bye Melvin, by Uncle Mo, broke his maiden at Tampa on Dec. 7 and now has two wins and a third from five starts and $32,840.

Calumet Farm's homebred Bee Catcher won a $50.000, 1 mile turf Maiden race at Gulfstream Park by 1 length on Jan. 18."He's a nice  little horse," said Motion. "He's bred closely to English Bee, who was a graded stakes winner for me. He's improved a little every time I've run him."

Bee Catcher now has one win, one second and one third from four starts and $43,400.

Earle I Mack LLC's homebred Robin Hood won a $29,667. 1 mile Starter Optional Claiming race at Laurel Park by 1/2 length on Jan. 16.

"He's a useful horse," said Motion. "He had throat issues, and he had throat surgery. This was an easier spot for him. He's been pretty consistent since he had the throat surgery."

Robin Hood has three wins, one second and three thirds from 13 starts and $86,475  in earnings.

 

HOUGHTON saddled his mother Betsy''s homebred Musical Times to win a $17,000, 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race at Penn National on Jan. 10

Musical Times is by Bourbon Courage out of Prairie Heat, by Malibu Moon," said  Betsy. "She was a really good mare that we bred. She won  a maiden race and then went right through her conditions. We bred her to Malibu Moon when his stud fee was only $3,500."

Malibu Moon now stands for $60,000 at Spendthrift in Kentucky.

"Prairie Heat was a good race mare, but she hasn't produced much," said Betsy. "Musical Times is her fourth foal. We put blinkers on her for this last race and it made all the difference in the world."

Musical Times now has one win and one third from four starts and $16,360.

Houghton also saddled HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing LLC's homebred Great Again to win a $18,000, 5 1/2 furlong Claiming race at Penn National by 1 length on Jan. 17.

Great Again now has two wins and two seconds from five starts and$31,410 in earnings..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is another photo of Becca Barker competing in the side saddle photo at the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup on Shiloh, owned by Melanie Boyle, taken by Tinamarie Powell of Coatesville, Pa.

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Pam Coath took this photo of race horses at Parx.

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Proceeds from a horse auctioned at the Palm Beach Auction to benefit the Babington Family (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--The Palm Beach Young Elite Auction at Deeridge on Feb. 13 will debut during the CSIO4* Nations Cup week at Palm Beach Masters in Wellington.

Palm Beach AuctionThe auction will include a special effort to support Kevin Babington as he continues to recover from the catastrophic fall he sustained in 2019.

The Palm Beach Auction will present 16 elite young jumpers for sale via live auction on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the VIP tent at Deeridge Farm.

The 16 horses are the result of a selection process that involved a wide search across Europe and the involvement of the sport’s best breeders, trainers and selectors.

 

BABINGTON'S journey to recover from life-changing injury became a touch point upon which the entire equestrian industry rallied around because Kevin himself is a sportsman who is held in the highest esteem both for his show jumping accomplishments and for his unselfish manner and help delivered to so very many of us.

The Palm Beach Auction gratefully accepted his assistance in the selection process, and to give back, a 17th horse will be auctioned off on Feb. 13, with 100 percent of the sale proceeds going directly to Kevin and his family to help offset the costs of his recovery.

A stunning 3-year-old by Balou du Rouet out of Clinton gelding named “Balou Son” was donated by friends of Kevin to be auctioned as the first horse of The Palm Beach Auction.

Prior to the auction on Feb. 13, there will be the official Presentation of horses on Feb. 2, directly following the World Cup Jumping qualifier at Palm Beach Masters.

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NARG announces reorganized Top 25 as Murray Kessler announces he will not run for a 2nd term as US Equestrian President (2)

LEXINGTON, Ky.--The North American Riders Group was organized by Chris Kappler and McLain Ward to give a voice to exhibitors as they strove to improve horse shows, and under their leadership NARG brought about huge improvements in a large number of shows, mainly through its Top 25 Shows program.

Murray KesslerMurray KesslerWhen one of its most prominent members, Murray Kessler, became president of US Equestrian, the directors of NARG felt that with Kessler serving as the leader of the organization that oversees horse shows, NARG could step back a little, as Kessler would continue to make improvements to shows.

Kessler recently announced that upon completion of his term next year that he would not seek another term.

NARG also announced an updating to its Top 25 Shows.

Follows a Statement from USEF President Murray Kessler

 

DEAR US Equestrian Members,

After much thought, I have decided that I will not run for a second term as US Equestrian President. The reason is simple: my professional circumstances have changed. While I am confident that I can successfully balance my leadership positions at both USEF and at Perrigo, a multi-national company, as its President and Chief Executive Officer for my final year as USEF President, I believe this would be difficult to sustain for the long term.

Over the last three years, we have brought about significant changes to USEF through implementation of our Strategic Plan including growing membership, sponsorship and advertising, revamping leadership, bringing on new coaches, relocating our headquarters, outsourcing the laboratory, implementing Safe Sport, regaining our place as a global powerhouse in international high performance, winning our first Para-Medals in years, and much, much more.

I won’t say my goodbyes yet. I will save that for this time next year when my term ends. In the meantime, we have a lot to do to keep the great momentum we have created together for USEF over the last three years!

Sincerely,

Murray S. Kessler

President

 

ON JAN. 15  the North American Riders Group (NARG) announced new conditions for evaluations of the Top 25.

NARG announced that, as it rolls into a new decade, it would also roll up its sleeves to kick off evaluations for the NARG Top 25 of 2020.

The first key aspect to note is how the pendulum has swung in regards to FEI events in North America:

The number of FEI events of any star rating in 2015 was 17, but the number of FEI events of any star rating in 2020 has risen to 100 plus.

Due to this significant change, for this initial year of bringing back this third-party evaluation of the continent's top-rated equestrian events in the show jumping niche, NARG will be rating FEI 3*, 4*, and 5* events only.

This alone will be close to 80 events over the next 12 months.

The organization said that it is fully aware that there are key pathways to reaching this level of elite competition, from young horses to Young Riders, as well as that there are a host of quality FEI 2* shows, National horse shows, and special events on the calendar.

NARG intends to consider this in the future, as it creates a strategic plan that spans multiple years, initiatives, programs, and pathways.

With that in mind, in order to begin evaluating, NARG felt it was important to get feedback from organizers, owners, and riders.

Taking that feedback, NARG is finalizing the new evaluation form that will include subjective and objective scores.

The anonymous subjective position from the riders is a key aspect to the NARG Top 25.

However, NARG  also would like to give the organizers an opportunity to provide facts and feedback, plus it will conduct research on the details of each event.

As the organization sets off on this journey to evaluate and report on the top events, it looks forward to the support of riders, owners, trainers, organizers, media, and sponsors.

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Jodie Clineschmidt took this photo of Lillian Heard of Cochranville, Pa., competing at the Kentucky 3-Day Event.

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Elaine Deutsch took thisphoto of Colleen Rutledge of Frederick, Md., on Covert Rights at Plantation Field.

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Elaine Deutsch took this photo of Jennie Brannigan of Kennett Square, Pa., on Twilightslastgleam at Plantation Field.

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Pam Bastings of Coatesville, Pa., took this photo of John and Marlou Gregory's carriage in the Carriage Pleasure Drive at the Radnor Hunt Concours d'Equip.

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Boyd Martin awarded Whitney Stone Cup, Brian Moggre and Abigail Wexner also honored (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--The United States Equestrian Team Foundation presented the organization’s three most prestigious awards to Boyd Martin, Brian Moggre and Abigail Wexner on Jan.17 at the “Take Me To Tokyo” gala in Wellington.

Boyd Martin awardWilliam Weeks (left) and James McNerney (right) presented the 2020 Whitney Stone Cup to eventer Boyd Martin. (Photo by Jump Media)The 2020 Whitney Stone Cup was awarded to Olympic eventer Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa., identifying him as an active competitor who displays consistent excellence in international competition, as well as exemplifying high standards of sportsmanlike conduct, while serving as an ambassador for the United States and equestrian sport.

“It’s an absolute privilege and honor to receive the Whitney Stone Cup this year,” said Martin, who operates his training business, Windurra LLC, alongside his wife Silva, a grand prix dressage rider. “Winning this award is one of my proudest achievements. To be recognized alongside some of the past winners is truly a humbling feeling. The USET Foundation has given me every chance and every opportunity to allow me to be the best I can be and to achieve all the success I had in 2019.”

 

MARTIN is one of today’s leading event riders, having enjoyed success at the highest level of the sport and every major eventing competition in the world.

He has consistently been ranked top 10 in the world since leaving Australia in 2007 and has competed on every U.S. Championship team since changing his citizenship in 2010.

Martin has represented the U.S. at two Olympic Games, three FEI World Equestrian Games, and two Pan American Games.

He has twice been the highest-placed U.S. rider at the FEI World Equestrian Games and led the U.S. to team gold at both Pan American Games appearances.

At the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Martin finished second with Tsetserleg, owned by Christine Turner, to win the USEF CCI5*-L National Championship.

This result landed Martin and Tsetserleg on the Pan American Games team for Lima, where the team had to win gold or silver to qualify the U.S. for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Martin delivered under pressure to win individual gold – the first individual medal of his career – and secure team gold and Tokyo qualification.

“I really feel like I’m starting to hit top gear coming into 2020, and I’m so proud to be an American, representing the stars and stripes,” said Martin. “I can’t wait to get out there and see what this year brings.”

 

BRIAN MOGGRE, 19, of Flower Mound, Texas, was awarded the 2020 Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy, presented annually to a junior/young rider in one of the Olympic disciplines who demonstrates the team’s values of sportsmanship and horsemanship.

Brian Moggre awardBrian Moggre (pictured second from right) was presented as the 2020 recipient of the Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy by (from left to right) Leah Rogers Meirfeld of Hermès, USET Foundation Vice President William Weeks, and USET Foundation Chairman, President, and CEO James McNerney. (Photo by Jump Media)Riders who are awarded the Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy are identified as athletes with great potential, and the list of winners who have received the award is a “who’s who” of the U.S. Equestrian Team in the Olympic disciplines – to which Moggre now adds his name.

 “I am awestruck to be receiving this award,” said Moggre, who has made a name for himself as a rising show jumping star to watch after winning the both the 2019 $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Ocala CSI3*-W at Live Oak International and the $225,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Lexington CSI4*-W at only 18 years of age.

“It takes a huge team to make all of this happen, and that’s really what I’m thankful for,” said Moggre. “I’m so thankful to Gianna Aycock, Mike McCormick, and Tracy Fenney and my current team of Emily Smith and Ken Smith as well as my parents and Lesley Leeman, who takes care of my horses.

"I’m very honored to now have my name on a trophy with the best riders in the entire world, and it means so much to me.”

Included on the list of past winners of this award inscribed on the perpetual trophy are such notable names as Greg Best, Chris Kappler, McLain Ward, and Buck Davidson, among many others.

 

ABIGAIL WEXNER was presented with the 2020 R. Bruce Duchossois Distinguished Trustee Award, recognizing her distinguished service to the USET Foundation Board of Trustees.

Abigail Wexner awardBeezie Madden (pictured second from left) accepted the R. Bruce Duchossois Distinguished Trustee Award on behalf of Abigail Wexner from presenters (from left to right) Bill Weeks, Kim Duchossois, and James McNerney. (Photo by Jump Media)Wexner has been a member of the board for 12 years, and she has been one of the lead donors to the Campaign for Achieving Competitive Excellence, the Campaign for Continuing Our Competitive Excellence, and she is now chairing, along with Jim McNerney and Jacqueline B. Mars, the Raising the Bar Campaign.

As part of the campaign, Wexner has established the Wexner Olympic Endowment as a source of support for U.S. athletes and teams in Olympic years.

Wexner is a long-time horse owner and has been partnered with top jumper rider Beezie Madden for more than 15 years.

Madden has ridden Wexner’s horses on numerous Nations Cup teams, along with the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games and the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games.

This partnership has produced for the United States two gold, three silver, and three bronze medals in Olympic and World Championships, two World Cup Finals victories, and been a part of 18 winning Nations Cup teams.

 A true ambassador of the sport, Wexner’s distinguished service through excellence in leadership, philanthropy, and character has positively impacted the Foundation’s mission of supporting athletes, promoting international excellence, and building for the future.

The presentation of the USET Foundation’s three distinguished awards and this year’s Take Me To Tokyo gala, hosted by honorary chairmen Lou and Joan Jacobs and chairs Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, were made possible thanks to the USET Foundation’s generous donors and sponsors.

McLain Ward on Catoki wins 1.45m class at WEF (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--U.S. Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward opened week three at the  Winter Equestrian Festival with a win riding Catoki in the $37,000 1.45m CSI3* on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

McLain Ward and Catoki by Sportfot 1199 517 4523McLain Ward on Catoki (Photo by Sportfot)With a second and a half to spare, Ward and the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Catoki beat a field of 48 over British course designer Kelvin Bywater’s course.

Their time was enough to win over runner-up Ireland's Darragh Kenny on Billy Dorito, who finished in 31.22 seconds.

Ward picked up Wednesday’s win while introducing Catoki, a new mount in his string, to FEI competition in North America.

The horse was previously campaigned in Poland before carrying U.S. rider Brian Feigus to top national-level placings over the past two years.

 

“I HAVE known the horse and have seen him a few times and always liked him. Seth Vallhonrat brought him to my attention again, and we ended up purchasing,” said Ward, who bought Catoki in November with Marilla van Beuren and Bob Russell. “We have high hopes for him!”

Standing at only 15.1 hands high, according to Ward, Catoki is small but mighty.

“He’s barely a horse," said Ward. "He’s almost a pony, but fast as lightning and very careful. I think he can be like another Carlos.”

Ward’s plan is to get to know the gelding this season.

“We will keep trying to figure him out in Florida and step him up to a few bigger classes," he said. "We will see where we get.”

Of riding a smaller mount, Ward joked, “Mentally, when I get on him, I have to believe he can actually jump the fence. But honestly, he’s a bold horse that doesn’t have a practically short stride. I just have to keep him together, and he’s always right there.”

Rounding out the podium finishes, Catherine Tyree finished third riding BEC Lorenzo in 31.81 seconds, Jessica Springsteen was fourth on Tiger Lily in 32.54 seconds, while Great Britain’s Jessica Mendozawas fifth on Dublin.

 

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Another photo of Becca Barker competing in the side saddle race at the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup taken by Tina Marie Powell.

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Ellie Glaccum took this photo of Ellet Sharp hunting near Ryan Road last October.

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Elaine Deutsch took thisphoto of Dr. Kevin Keane of West Grove, Pa., on Sportsfield Candy at Plantation Field.

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New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents included in East coast clinic (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Six Delaware Valley residents are among the 22 participants in the 2020 Gold Star Clinic on the East coast that will be held in Wellington.

Gold star clinicIncluded are Emily Dehoff of Far Hills, N.J., Julianna Empie of Chester Springs, Pa., Kailey Fuchs of Sinking Spring, Pa., Olivia Holtz of Villanova, Pa., Katherine Pugliese of Malvern, Pa., and Kendra Walmer of Reinholds, Pa.

The Gold Star Clinics are the pinnacle of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program, which identifies Jumper riders who have the skill and desire to excel in the sport, while educating riders to become well-rounded horsemen on their path to excellence.

The East Coast Clinic, led by Todd Minikus, is scheduled for Jan. 22-26, 2020 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.

 

THE CLINIC will feature Colleen Reed as the stable manager clinician and will include mounted instruction with some of the industry's top clinicians.

A member of the 2007 Pan American Games bronze medal team, Minikus has many wins under his belt, including the $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Saugerties, the Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier at Live Oak International and the Winter Equestrian Festival Challenge Cup

In her years in the industry, Reed has worked as a groom and manager for top show hunters, Grand Prix horses and equitation veterans at Beacon Hill Show Stables, Fairfield County Hunt Club, and for Leslie Burr.

Each clinicians' experiences in the industry will bring valuable knowledge to clinic participants.

The clinic will also offer four days of additional education from top athletes and horsemen.

This includes horse health and nutrition discussions, education about what to expect as a member of a competitive Jumping team and information about international Jumping competition.

The clinic's mounted instruction will conclude with a competitive team format.

The reamining East Coast Clinic Participants include Christopher Ferralez of Elgin, Ill., Christina Gaither Webb of Bahama, N.C., Samantha and Summer Hill of Lexington, Ky., Madison Jones of Longwood, Fla., Faith Lee Kollien of Acton, Mass., Avery Moore of Atlanta, Ga., Eileen O'Leary of Montverde, Fla., Alexis Ortiz of Hoffman Estates, Ill., Adeline Pavlin of Cincinnati, Ohio, Natalie Pedley of Wellington, Fla., Emily Schneider of Ridge Spring, S.C., Emma Scott of Conroe, Texas, Michelle Stacy of Ipswich, Mass., Jacqueline Van Meter of Ridgefield, Conn., and Ansley Wright of Manalapan, Fla.

The clinic will be streamed live on Horse & Country TV through livestream provider EQSportsNet.

Current subscribers to EQSportsNet will be able to use their same login credentials to receive access through Horse & Country TV.

New subscribers can join for just $10 to watch all live and on-demand coverage from both events.

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Jodie Clineschmidt of Perkiomenville, Pa., took this photo of Boyd Martin's victory gallop at the Kentucky 3-Day Event.

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Kent Farrington and Scott Stewart win at WEF (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--U.S. Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington rode Kaprice to win the $37,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 2 CSI2* on Thursday, Jan. 16.,

Kent Farrington and Kaprice by SportfotKent Farrington on Kaprice (Photo by Sportfot)WEF also announced that the Wellington Eventing Showcase will be held at PBIEC’s Equestrian Village venue on Feb. 8 and 9.

The Dressage phase will be competed on Saturday, followed by both the Stadium Jumping phase and the Cross-Country phase on Sunday.

About 30 top Eventing riders representing the USA, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand are expected to attend this advanced-level competition.

Captain Mark Phillips will once again design the cross-country course, which will be built by Eric Bull, the architect of the acclaimed course at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, N. Ca.

The 22-horse jump-off of the Challenge Cup was a who’s who of top sport from a competitive starting field of 103 horses.

 

FARRINGTON finished the jump-off in 37.44 seconds to beat Abigail McArdle on Victorio 5, who finished in 38.36.

“For this level of competition, I’m producing younger horses, so for me it was more about what the horse is ready to do than how fast the class is going,” said Farrington. “Kaprice is naturally very quick, and she grows in her confidence off riding with a bit of speed because she is extremely careful. She's an incredible horse, and it’s all about keeping her confidence high.”

Farrington got the ride on Kaprice, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare ,at the end of her 6-year-old year but took his time with her.

“I spent a lot of time not showing," said Farrington. "She had a lot of blood and energy, so I spent almost a year playing with her on the flat and jumping really small fences to get her more manageable. In the last year, she is coming into her own.”

Farrington’s plan is to compete Kaprice in the $73,000 Grand Prix CSI2* on Saturday evening in the mare’s second appearance under the lights.

“My plan is to grow her this season,” said Farrington. “With things like Tokyo coming up, it’s great that we have WEF and this new ground to jump on. I’m confident to show all my horses here, and it’s a great place to produce horses.”

Under 25 rider Taylor St. Jacques held the lead for several trips, but settled for third riding her own Upsilon de la Liniere, in a time of 38.62 seconds, while Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa was fourth in 38.82 seconds on Venice Beach.

 

SCOTT STEWART of Flemington, N.J., rode Everwonder to win the championship in the Green Hunter 3’9” section for the second week in a row.

Scott Stewart and Everwonder by SportfotScott Stewart on Everwonder (Photo by Sportfot)Stewart on Everwonder won three classes, as well as finishing secondtwice to secure the championship.

The 8-year-old gelding is in his third season with Stewart.

“We bought him when he was a 5-year-old stallion from Canada, where he was mostly doing dressage,” Stewart said.

In their first few outings, the pair did a few pre-green classes and had a successful season last year showing in the first year green hunters.

While Stewart will continue to show Everwonder, owner Ella Bikoff, of Whitestone, N.Y., is also starting to ride him.

“The idea is to bring him along for Ella to do in the Small Junior Hunters,” said Stewart., who said that after the World Championship Hunter Rider week during week six is finished, the gelding will mainly just show with Bikoff.

After scoring in the 90s in three of their rounds, Stewart was very impressed with Everwonder’s performance.

“He is a really spectacular jumper and jumped well in every round to get a few high scores,” Stewart said.

Stewart was especially pleased to earn champion considering how tough the competition was.

“It’s a very competitive division this year," said Stewart. "Yesterday, I was second with a score of 93.”

 

"Devon Legends" to be honored in April at Ardrossan (2)

DEVON, Pa.--The year 2021 will see the 125th anniversary of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, and in honor of its longevity, Devon is holding a year-long celebration.

ArdrossanArdrossanThat celebration begins with the Devon Horse Show hosting a "Devon Legends" Induction Ceremony at the Ardrossan Estateon Saturday, April 25.

International equestrian luminarieswill be honored during that event.

The honorees will be announced at the end of January as the inaugural group of Legends.

Olympians, national champions, and other luminaries connected to the success of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair are expected to be included in the prestigious list.

"We knew we had to do something truly remarkable to launch the 125th anniversary celebrations," Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Chairman and CEO Wayne W. Grafton said, "and we're thrilled to induct the first class of 'Devon Legends' at the fabled estate home of Hope Montgomery Scott, who was an integral part of our organization's history, having served as both Chair and Executive Director."

 

TICKETS for the event are expected to be available in late February and will be limited.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will be celebrating its 125-year legacy with many special events, commemorations and future-focused initiatives, all leading up to a gala event in May 2021.

This year's Devon Horse Show and Country Fair twill be held May 21-31.

Started in 1896, the Devon Horse Show is the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States and draws in top competitors from around the world.

With Philadelphia's historic Main Line as its backdrop, the show continues to reflect the local traditions and lifestyles of the community.

The Devon Country Fair, run by more than 2,000 volunteers, offers a variety of boutique shops in miniature cottages, amusement rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.

Proceeds support Bryn Mawr Hospital.

 

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Elaine Deutsch took this photo of Felicia Barr of West Chester, Pa., on Galloway Sunrise at Plantation Field 3-Day Event.CONTEST ACTION Fylicia Carr

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Ginny Lippincott of Downingtown, Pa., took this photo of vaulters at Dressage at Devon. A different photo of vaulters at DAD that she took placed third.CONTEST ACTION DAD vaulters 2

 

USET Foundation’s Take Me To Tokyo Gala Raises $1.5 Million for the “Raising the Bar” Campaign (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation launched its $40 million “Raising the Bar” campaign on Friday, Jan. 17, at the Take Me To Tokyo gala at Deeridge Farm in Wellington.

Bruce Patti SpringsteenPatti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen brought the crowd to their feet with their surprise performance. (Photo by Jump Media)With more than 500 guests in attendance, the gala event, featuring chairs Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa and hosted by honorary chairmen Lou and Joan Jacobs, raised more than $1.5 million to support U.S. equestrian riders and the teams headed to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Springsteen and Scialfa were also among those instrumental in making a lasting impact in the success of the Take Me To Tokyo gala, thanks to their live auction donations of a Springsteen-signed Harley Davidson motorcycle and a signed FENDER guitar.

 

SPRINGSTEEN took the stage to help auction off the items, and, with Springsteen inciting higher bids by offering to start singing if the value reached a certain point, the two items raised more than $300,000 – enough for Springsteen to take over the stage and bring the full-house crowd to its feet and onto the dance floor.

Bruce SpringsteenBruce SpringsteenThose funds help put the USET Foundation one step closer to the non-profit’s $40 million “Raising the Bar” campaign goal, and, thanks to the generous support of committed donors, it was announced on Friday night that that goal is now less than $9 million away.

Since 2017, the “Raising the Bar” campaign has privately raised more than $31 million that will allow the USET Foundation to ensure that U.S. equestrian athletes and teams have the financial resources needed to be competitive around the world.

“The USET is the not-for-profit entity that funds our teams in all international disciplines – the engine that enables our teams to represent us around the world,” said USET Foundation President James McNerney in Friday evening’s opening remarks. “The funds support our High Performance programs, including our senior teams – for their travel, logistics, coaches and veterinarians."

“We also support developing teams and our emerging level athletes – the [USEF] Talent Search, for example, and the North American Youth Championships,” said McNerney. “As you can imagine, this is an ambitious agenda, and it requires hard work and significant funding. It takes a committed community to keep us at the top of the sport and ensure we have a pipeline of talent to stay there.”

Lou Joan JacobsHonorary Chairmen Lou and Joan Jacobs hosted the Take Me To Tokyo gala at their Deeridge Farm. (Photo by Jump Media)Each and every campaign donor is critical to the campaign’s success. Included among the lead donors, whose gifts have and will continue to make a lasting impact, are:

Abigail Wexner who funded the Wexner Olympic Endowment
Fritz and Claudine Kundrun who funded the Development Dressage Program
Jane Forbes Clark for the establishment of the Clark Endowment Fund
Jacqueline B. Mars for the establishment of the Giltedge Endowment
Paul and Wendy Raether for the Raether Show Jumping Endowment

Now, following the event and the “Raising the Bar” campaign’s public kick-off, the USET Foundation looks to others to help reach the final fundraising goal.

“In this public phase, we will need everyone’s help to reach our $40 million goal this year,” said McNerney. “We have a big year ahead with the [FEI] World Cup Finals in [the United States], and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The money raised through this campaign will help fund development through senior programs, not only this year, but also into the next quadrennial.”

The USET Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel, and educational needs of America's elite and developing international, high performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

To learn more and to support the Raising the Bar campaign, please visit www.uset.org.

George Mahoney's Global Freedom is the 3-year-old steeplechase champion (2)

BALTIMORE, Md.--Global Freedom, owned by Geroge Mahoney's Rosbrian Farm, shipped in from Ireland to secure a victory in Far Hills’ Gladstone Stakes for leading Irish trainer Gordon Elliott and was honored as the 3-year-old champion steeplechaser on Jan. 16.

Scorpiancer and Moscato by Sam RobinsonScorpiancer and Moscato, a painting by Sam RobinsonThe champions of 2019 were all honored Thursday evening at the annual Steeplechase Awards Dinner and Dance, sponsored by the National Steeplechase Association and the Steeplechase Owners and Trainers Association and held at the Maryland Club in Baltimore.

"Global Freedom  is on vacation now," said Mahoney. "He's at Ricky Hendrik's farm, and he'll be trained by Ricky next year. He'll start back up in the spring."

"Ricky spent a week in Ireland at Gordon Elliott's farm a couple of weeks ago." said Mahoney. "Gordon has over 200 horses in training. He won four races at one meet the first day Ricky arrived."

 

"I HAVE one horse with Gordon," said Mahoney. "He's going to bring  him over to race at Iroquois. Gordon is going to bring over a whole string of horses to race at Iroquois, to give the American trainers and horses a run for their money.

"Ricky was back from Ireland and sat at my table. Tom Kelso and his wife were also at my table. Tom is the chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority, and he was instrumental in the Fair Hill project. He oversaw the whole project of redoing the track. The track is all sodded, so it will be ready for races this year. And the 3-day event is now a 5* event and  will be held there. Fair Hill was a project that Jay Griswold and I were very involved with.

"It was a very nice evening. It was really well attended, and everybody had a really good time. There was music after the awards. It was a wonderful evening.

There was a portion of a fence there, I think it's called an Easy Fence, that everybody could look at and touch." said Mahoney. "They're just looking at another fence. It would replace the fence we use now. No decision has been made, but his fence emulates what is sometimes used in Ireland and England."

Racing commentator Michael Finney served as the master of ceremonies for the sold-out awards program, music was provided by Release, and NSA official artist Sam Robinson displayed several of his works.

His painting of Scorpiancer and Moscato graced the front of the awards-dinner program.

 

THE TIMBER Champion was Ballybristol Farm’s Andi’amu, trained by Leslie Young, who won three timber stakes, including the Virginia Gold Cup, to lock up the title in a competitive division.

Andiamu leads Doc Cebu over water jump in Gold Cup 1Andiamu leads Doc Cebu over the water jump in the Gold Cup (Photo by Tod Marks)"Paddy and I went to the awards dinner," said Leslie Young. "It was a nice evening. Andi'amu's owners, Tom and Roxy Collins, who live in Chicago, came all that way for the dinner, and they enjoyed it. Mr. Collins is now on the board of directors."

"As for plans for next year, we're going to keep it simple and do the same thing we did this year," said Young. "We went in a flat race at Green Spring Point-to-Point and then to Middleburg and the Gold Cup. Then in the fall, we went to Shawan Downs and then to Middleburg and the Gold Cup.

"We had done the same thing the year before, when he won both steeplethon races. It's a good plan for him, go in a flat prep race, and then he likes both those courses.

"We've had that horse for a long time. I bought him as a 4-year-old, and he's 10 now. I think he'd won a hurdle race in France before I got him. He now has 37 starts with nine wins, nine seconds and five thirds with $337,300. He's a pleasure to train. He's a cool dude. He's been a super star.

"It was great that Paddy was able to go to the dinner," said Young. "Paddy's good.  Physically he's well. But mentally, he struggles with anxiety and crowds. He gets a little better every day."

Paddy, five-times the champion steeplechase jockey, suffered major injuries in a fall at Radnor Races in 2017 and has been recuperating since.

Paddy suffered head trauma after being kicked by a trailing horse when his mount, King’s Apollo, fell in the $30,000 Radnor Hunt Cup, a timber stakes race.

 

MICHAEL BUCKLEY'S Brain Power, the year’s leading earner in competition over fences, was honored with the
Lonesome Glory Award.

Brain Power's one start, a victory in Far Hills’ G1 $450,000 Grand National earned him $270,000.

The Leading Novice: was Bruton Street-US’s Snap Decision, who won four of six starts, including Belmont Park’s William Entenmann Memorial Novice Stakes and Far Hills’ Foxbrook Champion Hurdle, and ranked as the year’s fourth-leading earner.

The Filly and Mare champion was owner-breeder Beverly R. Steinman’s Market Alley, who led a competitive group of female competitors with a victory in Saratoga Race Course’s Mrs. Ogden Phipps Stakes.

For the second time in three years, Bruton Street-US led all NSA owners to win the Leading Owner title.

The operation of friends Mike Hankin, Charlie Fenwick, and Charlie Noell campaigned G1 winner Scorpiancer and novice champion Snap Decision, among others.

The Leading Trainer went to Jack Fisher, who dominated the season from beginning to end, won a personal-best 37 races and established an earnings record of nearly $1.6-million.

The Leading Jockey title was shared by Jack Doyle and Michael Mitchell, who ended the season in a tie with 20 wins apiece after Doyle sustained an injury at the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens and, in a gesture of superb good sportsmanship, Mitchell declined to take a shot at winning the title outright at the Steeplechase of Charleston.

The Leading Apprentice Jockey was Brian Linehan, an Irish point-to-point jockey who rode the fall season and took the apprentice title with five wins in 14 mounts.

TheLeading  Amateur Jockey was Hadden Frost, who secured the amateur title with five victories, including Schoodic’s wins in the International Gold Cup and Genesee Valley Hunt Cup.

The Woodville Award, which is awarded to one of steeplechase racing’s unsung heroes, was presented to Julio Herrera Jiminez, who was sponsored by Madison Meyers and Kieran Norris.

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Elaine Deutsch took this photo of Erin Sylvester of Cochranville, Pa., on Campground at the Plantation Field 3-Day Event in Unionville.

CONTEST ACTION Erin Sylvester

 

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