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Sunday, June 16, 2024


The U.S. finished 10th in the Nations Cup in Luxembourg

ROESER, Luxembourg--A young team of up-and-coming riders finished 10th in the EEF Jumping Nations Cup Roeser CSIO3* on 30 faults in the last competition on their European CSIO3* tour.

Kelly Cruciotti Vanderveen on Gideon Tania Wirth LahrKelly Cruciotti Vanderveen on Gideon (Photo by Tania Wirth Lahr)That tour provided invaluable European Nations Cup experience for some of U.S. Jumping’s young riders, with four riders finishing inside the top 15 finishers at Roeser.

The team was led by Chef d’Equipe Anne Kursinski.

“Although the results were disappointing for us in the Nations Cup, the experience gained is critical and we are on the right track to continue building for the future," said Kursinski. "I was extremely impressed by how well our riders finished in the Grand Prix. It was an extremely challenging course 1.55m and a qualifying competition for Paris, They really rallied, and it was great to see them all grow on this 3* tour. It’s so important for our program and helps contextualize a lot of skills for our developing athletes. There is a tremendous amount of learning they will take back home with them as they continue their work and preparation to ultimately represent the U.S. on senior and championship teams in the future.”

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Laura Chapot won the $75,000 Grand Prix at HITS

SAUGERTIES, N.Y.--Laura Chapot on Chandon Blue won the $75,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, June 8 during the third week of HITS-on-the-Hudson.

Laura Chapot on Chandon Blue ESI PhotographyLaura Chapot on Chandon Blue (Photo by ESI Photography)Chapot won over a starting field of 20 in the Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Stadium.

Mark McGowan of Great Britain set the intricate first round course that resulted in five going clean.

Chapot and the 19-year-old Oldenburg gelding, who has won many times in Saugerties, were the most seasoned pair by far, and Chapot used her years of experience to score yet another win.

“Actually, the jump-off was probably not his best type of jump-off because it had a lot of turns,” said Chapot. “He was really there for me today and he was looking and turning really well. That’s really nice when something is maybe not set perfectly for you and you end up doing it as well as you can.”

Chapot finished just fractions of a second ahead of the second place finisher with a time of 40.64 seconds.

“He very much tells you what he wants to do, and today he was just jumping incredibly,” said Chapot. “All week he has felt like he was really into it and like he is excited to be here.”

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Kent Farrington and Karl Cook finish first and second in La Baule Grand Prix

LA BAULE, France--In a spectacular finish, Kent Farrington and Karl Cook, despite going early, finished first and second after an 11 horse jump-off in the 500,000 Euro Grand Prix at La Baule on Sunday, June 9.

Kent Farrington on Greya winning the La Baule Grand PrixKent Farrington on Greya winning the La Baule Grand Prix"To be first and second in one of the biggest and most prestigious Grand Prix, it was pretty impressive," said chef d'equipe Robert Ridland.

Cook on Caracole de la Roque, who had won the Grand Prix in Rome one week earlier, went second in the jump-off and laid down a trip many thought uncatchable, finishing in 34.21.

"To say that Karl is on a roll is a bit of an understatement," said Ridland. "He certainly looked to be unbeatable."

Farrington was one of the few who didn't think Cook was unbeatable.

Riding Greya, Farrington went right after Cook, so he didn't see most of his trip, but he had a plan and stuck to it and just edged Cook by about a tenth of a second, finishing in 34.09.

"That's the first time he's ever gone that fast with Greya," said Ridland. "She's only 10."

Being that young for the top echelon of show jumping, Farrington has just been moving Greya up step by step until she now has won at the top level.

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Allison Springer and Boyd Martin win at Bromont Horse Trials

BROMONT, Canada--Allison Springer on No May Moon won the Bromont CCI4*-L, climbing from third after dressage, to second after an incredibly challenging cross-country day, and finally with one of just three clean rounds in show jumping to win on 46.1 penalties on Sunday, June 9 at the Bromont Horse Trials.

Allison Springer on No May Moon Cealy TelleyAllison Springer on No May Moon(Photo by Cealy Telley)Despite her many years competing, this was Springer's first 4*-L win,

Canada’s Waylon Roberts on OKE Ruby R, leading after cross country, had a rail down for four faults to finish second on a score of 50.0.

Boyd Martin on Miss Lulu Herself posted one of the  two clean rounds Sunday to finish third on a score of 50.7.

Interestingly, the top three horses in the 4*-L were the only three mares in the class.

Martin also finished both first and second in the 2* division.

"I think it's like anything, you get experience by potentially not doing it right in the past," Allison said. "I've had a couple of careful horses that were great at the three-star level and started out great Advanced but were a little too careful, so I learned from that and I just really wanted ‘Mayzie’ to tell me every step of the way.”

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Boyd Martin is first and second in Bromont 2* going into stadium jumping, Waylon Roberts leads the 4*

BROMONT, Canada-Things not only got shaken up but turned upside down following and exciting and influential cross-country day at the Bromont CCI on Saturday, June 8.

Boyd Martin on Feliche Des Rouges XC Cealy TelleyBoyd Martin on Feliche Des Rouges (Photo by Cealy Telley)Of the six leaders at the start of the day, only one has retained his lead heading into the show jumping Sunday, and that's world number two ranked eventing rider, Boyd Martin.

Martin still holds the top two placings in the CCI2*-L with Fetiche Des Rouges and Kolbeinn, having added just a few penalties to their dressage scores, 0.4 time penalties and zero penalties respectively, in a day where just three single rides of nearly 100 came within the time allowed.

Martin's horses are going into show jumping on 21.2 and 21.7.

Canadians lead in both CCI4* Divisions.

The marquee division, the CCI4*-L , had some of the most movement with the elimination of the overnight leader Lucienne Bellissimo of Great Britain who fell off after a chancy jump.

Deep going caused a number of falls of horse or rider and many slow rounds with numerous time faults.

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Boyd Martin first or second in various divisions at Bromont going into cross country

BROMONT, Canada--Boyd Martin, the number two ranked eventing rider in the world,on June 7 after two days of dressage, is first or second in exactly 50% of the divisions offered at the Bromont Horse Trials, and in the CCI2*-L, he’s both first and second.

Lucienne Bellissimo on Dyri Cealy TelleyLucienne Bellissimo on Dyri (Photo by Cealy Telley)But it’s Great Britain’s Lucienne Bellissimo on Dyri who is leading in the CCI4*-L, laying down a beautiful test to score 26.0, a full five points ahead of her closest rival, Martin 0n Miss Lulu Herself who scored 31.5.

Allison Springer on No May Moon is just half a point behind in third on 32.1 going into what will most certainly be an influential cross-country day Saturday.

Bellissimo, who competed in the 4*-S at the 2023 event with Tremanton, is hoping this weekend at Bromont will serve as the perfect preparation, or at least stepping stone, for the next phase in Dyri’s career.

“I love Bromont, it actually reminds me a lot of being back at home in Europe or England,” she said. “It’s just a beautiful track and a typical Derek di Grazia course. You just keep riding, and if you’re riding well and your horses are trusting you, it’s fantastic. And I figured if Dyri jumps around this well, then I’m hoping he’s kind of maybe ready to have a bash at Maryland 5 Star in October. And if not then we’ll keep coming out until he is."

“The goals today were to try and improve a little bit with his canter work, both the changes and the canter half-pass, and I felt we did that," said Bellissimo. "We’ve got a bit of a different system now with the way I’m asking him for his changes. He’s a sensitive horse and can sometimes be a bit of a slow-thinking horse, and the canter’s very big. So luckily today I think it was better, a bit more reactive at the right time. His canter work, again, in the half-pass felt a bit more supple and just a little bit more letting me ride him once he hits the centre line. I genuinely think that we can get this test a lot better by this time next year, hopefully.”

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U.S. jumping team dropped to sixth in La Baule Nations Cup after leading following the first round

LA BAULE, France--The U.S. Jumping Team started off spectacularly, placing first after the first round, but numerous rails in the second round dropped them down to finish sixth from the starting line-up of nine teams.

Lillie Keenan on Argan deBeliard Morgan FremontLillie Keenan on Argan deBeliard (Photo by Morgan Fremont)The U.S. team of Karl Cook on Caracole de la Roque, Kent Farrington on Landon, Lillie Keenan on Argan de Beliard and Aaron Vale on Carissimo 97 led after the first round with four faults but added 20 faults in the second round to finish on 24, part of which was caused by the elimination of Farrington in the first round, leaving the team with no drop score.

Germany won with four faults, while the home nation of France placed second on five faults, with Belgium third on 12 total faults.

"Our number one task is using these Nations Cup and Grand Prix classes as selection trials, so that everyone has an opportunity to compete," said Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland. "Our focus is on the long term goal of choosing the best team for the Olympics. Obviously we always like to be on the podium, and this was disappointing to be sure after the good beginning. These classes are good indicators for our number one task."

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Shannon Lilley and Olivia Dutton first and second after first day of dressage at Bromont

BROMONT, Canada--The first half of the CCI4*-L division completed their dressage tests Thursday at Bromont CCI with Shannon Lilley on Eindhoven Garette leading on a score of 33.8, with the second half of the field yet to ride.

Shannon Lilleyon Eindhoven Garett Cealy TellyShannon Lilley on Eindhoven Garette (Photo by Cealy Telley)“He took a while to develop in the beginning, over the first couple of years,” Lilley said, who found Eindhoven Garette from JP Sheffield and Dirk Schrade in Europe and purchased him on the recommendation of longtime coach Buck Davidson. “He’s come a very long way in the last six, seven months, since Morven Park. He went around the four-long at Morven really well, and he’s now come so far in the dressage, it’s really incredible.”

Lilley prepped for MARS Bromont, which has always been her goal for the spring season with this horse, with a trip to the CCI4*-S at the Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Her plan was to just practice dressage in Kentucky, taking advantage of the atmospheric Rolex Stadium.

“He was super in that atmosphere and that was sort of the plan: to go and to get him in that ring and feel good about it, and he was great," she said. "Today I thought he was even better; the parts that were good were better and then there were a couple parts that need improvement, but we always need that.”

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Darragh Kenny won the Kevin Babington Benefit at Upperville

UPPERVILLE, Va.--It was an incredible day at the Uppervile Colt & Horse Show with some of the best riders coming out and showing their support for the Kevin Babington Foundation.Kevin Babington rehabilitatingKevin Babington rehabilitating

Winning the class was fellow Irishman Darragh Kenny and his Grand Prix mount Hamrah Van Het Exelhof Z.

“Kevin Babington Foundation is fantastic cause," said Kenny. "It is a brilliant thing. The first ever Nations Cup I won Kevin was on the team with me. He has been a very good friend of mine for many years and to win a class to support his foundation is very nice.”

Kenny won in a seven hose jump-off, finishing clean in 40.471.

Sloane Coles on Limocello Z was second, clean in 41.231, and Lizzy Traband on Topgear SR Z was the only other clean in the jump-off, finishing in 41.449 for third.

Cathleen Driscoll on Idalgo was fourth. four faults in 36.714, with William Coleman on Comme Again HS fifth, four faults in 39.377, Kenny sixth on ZG Bella, four faults in 40.364, and Andrea Torres Guerreiro on Fifty Shades seventh with eight faults in 40.971.

The Kevin Babington Foundation would like to thank Upperville Colt & Horse Show, the support staff and all the riders who participated in this amazing event.

We look forward to seeing you at the next Babington Benefit Class at the Aiken Summer Classic starting June 12.

See you there!!

Robert Clark's Harbor Square Best Young Horse at Devon

DEVON, Pa.--Bob and Jane Clark's Harbor Square RWC was named the Best Young Horse in a competition featuring the winners of all the classes in the Breeding Divisions on Sunday, June 2, the final day of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.

Devon Bestyooung Horse Olvia AirhartDevon Best Young Horse (Photo by Olvia Airhart)Harbor Square RWC, who was handled by Christopher Webb and trained by Emily Anne Belin-McDonald, was presented with The Kenneth Wheeler Perpetual Trophy for his win.

“Devon is like the Kentucky Derby, everyone wants to win here, there were a lot of beautiful horses here today, to win here is like the holy grail, we are very blessed,” said Jane Clark.

Harbor Square RWC is known as “Oscar” in the barn.

Crediting Oscar’s Trainer Emily Anne Belin-McDonnell  and Handler Chris Webb, Robert Clark said, “The team is excellent.”

Jay Roach was Leading Handler and won The Michael E. Grady Memorial Perpetual Trophy.

Trainers win points for their placings in the classes throughout the division to determine the leading handleer.

U.S. Eventing team second in the Nations Cup at Millstreet in England

MILLSTREET, Ireland --The  U.S. Eventing Team placed second to the home team of Ireland in the FEI Eventing Nations Cup CCIO4*-NC-S – Ireland on Sunday, June 2 at the event held at the Millstreet International Horse Trials.

The U.S. team Libby Law PhotographyThe U.S. team (Photo by Libby Law Photography)Millstreet is part of the European Development Tour, which is intended to give up-and-coming combinations experience competing overseas in a team environment.

All the U.S. riders finished in the top half of the division, which had 51 starters from seven countries.

Ireland finished on a score of 110.2, just ahead of the United States of America on 113.7 and Australia on 114.2.

Caroline Pamukcu of Springtown, Pa., on King’s Especiale had the top individual score for the team, finishing on 37.1 after adding only 0.8 cross-country time penalties to her dressage score.

Jenny Caras of Buckhead, Ga., on Sommersby also had a clean show jumping round with just two time penalties from cross-country to finish on a score of 38.2.

Alyssa Phillips of Fort Worth, Texas on Oskar, had a good dressage test with a score of 30.8, which put her seventh ,and she added four faults show jumping and 3.6 cross-country time penalties to finish 38.4.

Emily Hamel of Aiken, S.C., on Corvett was clean show jumping and had 8 time penalties from cross-country to add to her dressage score, finishing on 44.2.

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Tamie Smith withdrew Mai Baum from contention for the Paris Olmpics

The U.S.lost a potential star when Tamie Smith withdrew Mai Baum from contention for the US Eventing team at the Paris Olympics this summer just before the team was named.

Tamra Smith Mai Baum by Sarah Miller DSC 4745Tamra Smith Mai Baum at 2023 Kentucky 5* (Photo by Sarah Miller)
Mai Baum,, who won last year's Kentucky 5* Three-Day Event, pulled away from his groom before this year's Kentucky Event and was hurt, so Smith withdrew him from that Event.

Smith now says that she hasn't got enough time to prepare him before the  mandatory team outing at Stable View on June 21-23.

England's Horse and Hound quoted Smith on the withdrawal.

“Leading into a much anticipated Olympic team selection next week and after deliberating with our team and Mai Baum’s owners, we have decided to withdraw him from team consideration,” said Tamie last week.

“This was a difficult decision because we have felt Mai Baum would have contributed positively to the team had he been selected. Since his setback leading into Kentucky, there is not adequate time remaining for preparation and conditioning for him to be in top form for the team mandatory outing in a few short weeks. We are obviously disappointed, but always have his best interest at heart and will be looking to aim him for an exciting fall competition.”

Along with Smith's and Mai Baum's win at last year''s Kentucky 5*, they were the alternates for the US team at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, ninth at Badminton Horse Trials and were a member of the U.S. team that won a silver medal at the World Championships in 2022.

Alex and Lucy Matz finish first and third in Devon's Idle Dice Stake, Lillie Keenan Leading Open Jumper Rider

DEVON,Pa.--It was an all Matz and Keenan evening as Alex and Lucy Matz finished first and third in the $145,100 Idle Dice Stake on Saturday e evening, June 1 at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, and Lillie Keenan swept the championships while Alex was reserve.

Alex Matz on Cashew CR Olivia AirhartAlex Matz on Cashew CR (Photo by Olivia Airhart)Keenan was Leading Open Jumper Rider, Leading Open Jumper Lady Rider, and rode Kick On to the Open Jumper Championship with 27 points, and Alex on Cashew CR was Open Jumper Reserve Champion with 21 points.

Alex on Cashew, despite the handicap of going first in the jump-off, was clean in 34.71 to beat Keenan on Kick On, clean in 36.70, while Lucy on Fyolieta, the only other clean in the six horse jump-off, finished in 38.03 to place third.

Jessica Mendoza on In The Air was fourth with four faults in 37.11, followed by Chloe Reid on Chelsea 179, four faults in 37.74, and Darragh Kenny of Ireland on Serendepety, eight faults in 35.38.

It had been all Ireland and England at the beginning of the week, but the U.S. came thorough in the end, with Americans taking seven of the top eight places in the Idle Dice Stake and all the week's end championships.

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Grace Debney on Zarina de Vidau won the Devon Speed Derby over Jimmy Torano

DEVON, Pa.--Grace Debney of Great Britain on Zarina de Vidau not only won the $38,700 Devon Speed Derby Friday evening, May 31, she did it dramatically.

Grace Debney on Zarian de Vida Olivia AirhartGrace Debney on Zarina de Vidau (Photo by Olivia Airhart)In the Speed Derby, four seconds are added to a rider's time for each rail down, so it's possible to have a rail down and still finish in the money.

Debney did have a rail down, so four seconds were added to her time of 74.46, giving her a final time of 78.45 to beat Jimmy Torano on Kochio Z, clean in 78,82.

The top six places after Debney had all gone clean, so Debney actually finished over four seconds faster than anyone else in the Derby, an incredible margin.

Debney said she hadn't really realized how much faster she had gone than anyone else.

"It was a lot of fun," she said.

"I think I was probably faster at the start of the round and then with the turn to the second to last fence," said Debney..

The course, set by Alan Wade, started in the Dixon Oval, then went under the "Where Champions Meet" sign into the Wheeler ring, where there were five fences, and then back into the Dixon Oval for the finish.

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Jordan Coyle won the $226,000 Sapphire Grand Prix at Devon

DEVON, Pa.--Ireland's Jordan Coyle on For Gold won the $226,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon in a seven horse jump-off in front of a huge, sell out crowd on Thursday evening, May 30 at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.

Jordon Coyle on For Gold Oliia AirhartJordon Coyle on For Gold (Photo y Olivia Airhart)Despite having to go second in the jump-off, Coyle laid down such a quick trip that no one could beat him.

Riding For Gold, Coyle finished in 37.45 to win over Lillie Keenan on Kick On, clean in 38.12, with Mark Bluman of Columbia on Ubiloc third in 38.67, the only other clean in the jump-off.

Sarah Segal on Boreale de Foncombe was fourth , four faults in 38,52m Chloe Reid on Crossover 4 was fifth, four faults in 43.89, Mimi Gochman on Inclen BH was sixth, eight faults in 36.54, and Alex Matz on Ikigai was seventh, eight faults in 39.66.

Two of the favorites, McLain Ward on Contagious and Darragh Kenny on VDL Cartello, both on their mounts from the Tokyo Olympics, had a rail down for four faults in the first round to finish ninth and 10th respectively.

"I've had For Gold for about a year," said Cole. "She's been an amazing horse for me. She's won a lot of classes. She's very genuine."

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St. Gallen Nations Cup cancelled, Karl Cook won the Grand Prix in Rome last week

LAUSANNE, Switzerland--The third leg of the League of Nations, the Nations Cup in St. Gallen, was cancelled following a prolonged period of heavy rain in Europe over the past few days.

Karl Cook on Caracole de las Roque Rome Grand PrixKarl Cook on Caracole de las Roque Rome Grand PrixThe decision was made after discussions that involved the FEI, Ground Jury, Organizing committee, Chefs d’Equipe and riders, to cancel the League of Nations leg in the Swiss town.

“Despite extensive planning, the weather conditions made the situation extremely difficult and we very much appreciate the efforts of riders, chefs, grooms, officials and the Organizer in trying to find solutions in the challenging circumstances,"said Todd Hinde, FEI Jumping Director. "While this is regrettable, we believe under the circumstances this was the right decision to make.”

The League of Nations consists of 10 nations competing in four Nations Cup classes for points to decide the eight teams that will compete in the Final in Barcelona in October.

The league will continue with the next leg in Rotterdam on June 21, and the standings for Barcelona will be calculated based on the three qualifiers of Abu Dhabi, Ocala and Rotterdam, instead of 4.

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Darragh Kenny scored again, with Chic Chic winning the Two Phase Jumpers at Devon

DEVON, Pa.--Ireland's Darragh Kenny won for the second night in a row on Wednesday, May 29 at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, this time on Chic Chic in the Main Line Challenge Two Phase for Open Jumpers.

Darrragh Kenny on Chic ChicDarrragh Kenny on Chic Chic (Photo by Olivia Airhart)
Kenny finished the second half, the speed phase, in 27.46 to beat Jacqueline Ruyle on Cyramo Z, clean in 28.27, and Danial Bluman of Israel on Hummer, clean in 28.29.

Lillie Keenan on Opium JW van de Moerhoeve TN was fourth in 28.36, with Alex Matz on Junior Kannan fifth in2 8.68 and Jessica Mendoza of Great Britain sixth in 29.46.

"I've had Chic Chic for a long time," said Kenny. "He's 13 now, and I bought him when he was 5. He's incredible. He wins a lot. He's a simple, uncomplicated horse."

"I had already gone on Serendepety, and I'd had the last down, which was disappointing," said Kenny. "I thought if I could finish in the same time I could win the class."

Kenny maintains his Irish citizenship and competes internationally for Ireland, but he lives in Darien, Conn.

"I'm based at Ox Ridge Hunt Club," said Kenny. "Actually, I've taken over Ox Ridge and run my business out of there."

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Darragh Kenny on Serendepety won the Open Jumper Welcome Stake at Devon

DEVON, Pa.--Ireland's Darragh Kenny on Serendepety won the $38,700 Devon Welcome Stake a speed class, 0n Tuesday evening, May 28, beating Alex Matz on Cashew Cr by over a second.

Darragh Kenny 3Darragh Kenny on Serendepety (Photo by Olivia Airhart)
Going halfway through the class of 44, Jordan Coyle on For Gold, also of Ireland, took five seconds off the previous fastest time,finishing in 57.72, eventually good enough for third.

Kenny went right after Coyle, and took two full seconds off his time, finishing clean in 55.52.

Eleven horses later, Matz, who won this class last4 year, finished clean in 57.16 to eventually finish second.

In a class where a number of riders chose to just get their horses in the ring and comfortable rather than go for time, 19 of the 44 starters were clean over the course set by Alan Wade.

Despite winning by over a second, Kenny could have apparently gone even faster.

"I got Serendepety as a 5-year-old, so I've had her for a long time," said Kenny."But my horse had never been under lights at night."

"I didn't want to start off too fast as that was her first time under lights." said Kenny. "But we just kept getting faster, and she just kept jumping better. I was very happy with her."

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Alexis Dipasqua and Wendy Chapot Nunn are champion and reserve in Amateur Jumpers

DEVON, Pa.--Alexis Dipasqua of West Chester, Pa., on Copain won the $10,000 Amateur Jumper Classic Monday evening, May 27, to win the championship over Wendy Chapot Nunn on Zealous.

Alexa Dipasqua on CopainAlexa Dipasqua on Copain (Photo by Olivia Airhart)
Dipasqua was one of four clean in the six horse jump-off in the Classic, finishing in 36,844 to beat Debra Wycoff on Rimini, clean in 37.230.

"I've had Copain for a little over  a year," said Dippasqua. "We started slowly because I got engaged right after I got hm. Then I got married 10 days ago, so we spent our honeymoon at Devon."

"I train with Beth Wicas," said Dipasqua, whose married name is Bosacco. "She's an eventer whose farm is Mane Event Stables."

I'm areal estate agent," she said. "I am an A Pony Clubber."

"Copain is a lot to handle," she said."He has a very large bit, and he needs it. I'm small compared to the man who used to ride him. With me, this is his first time not jumping 1.50m. I had trouble in the morning class. I couldn't hold him, so I had a rail down."

"But he's nice."she said."He has a little stuffed animal in his stall. The first thing he does when you get off him is he licks you."

"Zealous is wonderful," said Chapot of the mare the Chapots had bred, who is by the Athens Olympic team and individual silver medalist stallion Royal Kaliber. "Laura showed her in grand prix, so these courses are easy for her."

"She's game, and she gives me a lot of confidence,"said Nunn, "I've only been riding her since last May, so this is my first year showing her at Devon."

Nunn was champion at Devon last year  on Cache, and this  year won the amateur jumper class on Monday and also had a third and a ninth to win the reserve championship.

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Boyd Martin won Arena Eventing at Devon and Richard O'Donnell won the Carriage Pleasure Drive championship

DEVON, Pa.--Boyd Martin on Miss Lulu Herself won the $50,000 Arena Eventing convincingly, beating Sara Kozumplik on Otta B Quality by three seconds.

Boyd Martinon Miss Lucy HerselfBoyd Martin on Miss Lucy HerselfMartin also finished eighth on On Cue in a class in which a third of the starting field either had stops or falls.

"That was the most challenging course we've seen at Devon," said Martin, who won the class for the second time.

Martin and Kozumplik were the only two clean through two rounds, with Julia Batters on Cooley O third with 3.2 time faults in 97.02, and Hannah Holberg on Capital  H I M fourth with four faults in 91.17.

Jennie Brannigan on Pascal was fifth with four faults in 93.78, followed by Shannon Lilley on Eindhoven Garette, 5.6, Tamie Smith in Kynan, 6.4, and On Cue, 8.

"I was thrilled with Miss Lulu," said Martin. "Last year, she was green and very nervous. This year, she was sensational every step. It just shows you what one year's training can do."

"She's done a four star event,and she's going to the Bromont four star next week," he said. "She's taken  long  time to produce because she's so careful. She's quite a hot chestnut mare. In dressage, she's nervous.  But she's always been a good jumper."

"She was as brave as a lion over those courses," said Marin. "She didn't second guess anything."

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Isabell Ehman on Magnolia is Junior Jumper Champion, Ava Barnes was Best Child rider on a Horse

DEVON, Pa.--Isabelle Ehman, 17 of Milton, Ga., on Magnolia won one junior jumper class and finished third in the $20,000,1.46m Junior Jumper Classic Saturday evening at the Devon Horse Show to win the Devon Junior Jumper Championship.

Ava Barnes on Atlas Nemzoff Fine Art PhotographyAva Barnes and Atlas (Photo by Nemzoff Fine Art Photography)Earlier in the afternoon, Ava Barnes won the Devon Grand Junior Hunter Championship and was the Best Child Rider on a Horse.

Elise Stephens on O'Mega H&DB, who won the Junior Jumper Classic, was Reserve Junior Jumper Champion.

Stephens won the Classic in a four horse jump-off, the only one of the four to go clean, finishing in 36.234.

Clara Propp on Cocolina was second, four faults in 36.578, with Ehman third, four faults in 37.195, and also fourth on Aston des Erisse, with eight faults in 34.881.

"I've had Magnolia since the beginning of the year," said Ehman, who trains with Katie Prudent and Don Stewart. "It's a very fresh partnership, but she's fantastic. She's very firey, but her heart is bigger than she is."

"I just try to keep her calm and stay out of her way," said Ehman.

"I travel with the Prudents," said Ehman. "I go to Upper Echelon on-line school. When I'm not riding, I can talk to a tutor and keep my grades up. I think I might go to on-line college. I want to turn pro and see how far I can go."

"This is my third year at Devon, but it was my first year in junior jumpers here," she said. "I love riding in the jumpers. I never expected this. I'd never ridden in a night class at Devon before. It's a memory I'll have forever."

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U.S.team tied for third, finished fourth on time in Rome Nations Cup

ROME, Italy--The U.S.team of Lillie Keenan, Alise Oken, Karl Cook and Aaron Vale tied for third but finished fourth on time in the Nations Cup in Rome on Saturday, May 25

Aaron Vale on CarissimoAaron Vale on CarissimoThis was the first major European Nations Cup for U.S. teams in preparation for the Paris Olympics, to be followed in quick succession by St. Gallen and La Boulle, then in three weeks Rotterdam, followed by Aachen..

The team finished with eight faults over the two rounds of competition, tied for third with Belgium and Mexico in a hotly contested bid for the podium.

In the case of ties for other than first, the aggregate time taken by the team riders decides the placing, so Belgium finished third behind Germany, zero faults, and Ireland, four faults, with the U.S. fourth and Mexico fifth.

“Overall, I think there are a lot of positives to take away from the result today," said Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland. "To be tied for a podium position and just get bumped by a few tenths of a second is a tough pill to swallow, but we really had to fight to stay in it and everyone learned something today. Aaron and Carissimo were impressive as a combination and put in our only double clear of the class, and both Lillie and Karl had an unfortunate rail in the second round after very strong, clear efforts in round one. Alise bounced back to improve on her score in her second go, so I think all and all, it’s a good start to a very competitive few weeks for us here in Europe and sets the tone for us to be in the hunt for podium finishes at these major Nations Cup events.”

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Violet Reingold on SWS High Light won the Junior Hunter 3'3" Grand Championship at Devon

DEVON, Pa.--Violet Rheingold on her SWS High Light was the Devon Grand Junior Hunter 3’3″ Champion at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Thursday, May 23.

SWS High Light Violet Rheingold Olivia AirhartViolet Rheingold and SWS High Light (Photo by Olivia Airhart)Small and Large Junior 3’3” Hunters competed in the Wheeler Ring on the second day of the division competition.

“I am still in shock. This is outside of my dreams,” said Rheingold, riding for only the second time at Devon. “I wasn’t really expecting this.”

Reingold, who has ridden High Light for two years, earned her first championship at Devon earlier in the day in the Small Junior 3’3” Hunter division.

On Wednesday, Rheingold on SWS High Light had won the $3,000 Small Junior Handy Hunter.

Then Reingold, who had traveled all the way from Boulder, Colo., to compete at Devon, finished the competition with a second in the $4,000 Small Junior Hunter Stake to ultimately claim the championship and the grand championship.

Lulu Wells on Coppertone was reserve champion in the Small division.

In the Large Junior 3’3” Hunter Division, Alexandra Rowe on Chaperone was champions while Lily Sonneborn on Spoken was the reserve champion.

In the Dixon Oval, Kate Hagerty won the WIHS Equitation, Jumper phase, and Taylor Cawley won the USET Talent Search equitation class.

Isabelle Ehman on Magnolia won the $3,750Junior Jumper,table II,  class, clean in 54.36, and Ariana Marnell on way Semilly was second, clean in 55.526.


Annings Legacy won Best Pa-Bred Pony at Devon

DEVON, Pa.--Annings Legacy, owned by Peggy Owens and handled by Hayley Raach, won the PBHA Trophy as the Highest Scoring Pa-Bred Pony, while Bonus Point, owned by Alicia Kline won Best Young Pony.

Annings Legacyhandler Hayley ReachAnnings Legacy, handler Hayley Reach (Photo by Olivia Airhart)
Hunter Pony Breed Classes dominated the first day of competition as breeders, handlers, and ponies of all ages competed in the Wheeler Ring for their chance at a Championship Title,.

Small and large junior hunters, 3'3" competed in the Dixon Oval for the first day of Junior Hunter Division competition.

In the breed classes, Bonus Points, owned by Alicia Kline, a Welsh Pony Cross, was Hunter Pony Champion – Colt, Stallion, or Gelding, and the reserve was Twin Oaks Tito, owned by Rhett De Stefano

Bonus Points was also awarded the Best Young Pony Award

Orchard Hills Power of Gold, owned by Elizabeth Lewis, a Welsh Pony Cross, was the Hunter Pony Champion – Filly, and the reserve was Free To Be Me, owned by Ethan Maye

Annings Legacy, owned by Peggy Owens, a Welsh Pony Cross handled by Raach won the PBHA Trophy Winner

“I have been coming to Devon since I was probably two in leadline, and have been coming here ever since, said Raach. "This is my second time winning this, and I am here every year.”

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McLain Ward leads the list of Open Jumper riders to compete at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

DEVON, Pa.--Five time Olympian and spectator favorite McLain Ward will be competing in the Open Jumper division at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, which runs Wednesday, May 22 through Sunday, June 2.

McLain Wardon Contagious galloping Emma MillerMcLain Ward on Contagious at last year's show (Photo by Emma Miller)Ward is one of the favorites to make the U.S. jumping team for this summer's Paris Olympics, but Devon is so important to him that he will be taking time off from the competition in Europe to decide that team to compete at Devon, one of his favorite shows.

And to add to his fans enjoyment, there will be another Ward competing at Devon this year.

McLain's daughter Lilly, the third generation of Wards to to compete at Devon, is showing her ponies Celebration and In My Dreams in the Small Pony division on Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, in the Wheeler Ring.

Jumpers begin with the Welcome Stake Tuesday evening, May 28 at 7 p.m. and then compete every evening through Saturday, June 1, with the featured $226,000 Sapphire Grand Prix Thursday evening.

Ward was the Leading Open Jumper Rider at Devon last year, a title he has won a number of times.

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McLain Ward won the $200,000 Grand Prix at Old Salem

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Five-time Olympian McLain Ward on Quimi Del Maset won the $200,000 Empire State Grand Prix on Sunday, May 19, adding another victory to his record at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows.

McLain Ward on Quimi Del Maset SEL PhotographyMcLain Ward on Quimi Del Maset (Photo by SEL Photography)Ward won by just 0.02 seconds in a time of of 37.82 seconds in a five horse jump-off.

Course designer Alan Wade set a highly technical 16 fence track set at 1.55m for the starting field of 35.

Nicholas Dello Joio was first to go in the jump-off on Cornet’s Cambridge, and he set the time to beat at a fast 37.84 seconds that ultimately gave him second place..

Although Ward was able to beat the time, finishing in 37.82 seconds, it wasn’t without a heart-stopping moment before the final line.

“Quimi was very good. The lines were getting a little bit quiet for me, and I thought I was behind on the clock and had to make up some time to the second-to-last fence,” Ward said. “I think the horse was a little confused on where we were going. This is a very unique venue with grass close to the perimeter of the ring. I think that, for a moment, he thought I was sending him out of the ring into the grass and wasn’t even looking to the fence. He stutter-stepped, and we ended up chipping in. It was a bit of a lucky distance, but he made a great athletic move and got out of the way. Sometimes, the horse helps you out and lets you get away with one, and it makes up for the unlucky days.”

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Erynn Ballard wins again at Old Salem

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Canada’s Erynn Ballard finished both first and second in the $38,700 FEI 1.45m Jump-off class at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows on Saturday,  May 18.

Erynn Ballard on Ginger Ask Tandolph PRErynn Ballard on Ginger Ask (Photo by Tandolph PR)Ballard was clean in the winning time of 35.61 seconds on Ginger Ask and followed closely behind in 36.17 seconds with Coconet for second,.

From  a field of 48 competing over Alan Wade's course, 19 were clean to advance to the jump-off.

“When I came out of the ring on Coconet, I said to Ilan that I gave the class away from #1 to #2,” Ballard said. “If you’re counting strides, which we do in the jump-off, I did nine strides there after she jumped #1 a bit high and I just didn’t get my balance in time to turn her away from the gate. After we jumped #2, I went quite fast everywhere else, but then on Ginger, I did that same early turn in seven. I guess that’s the advantage of having two fast horses, you can do better on the second than you did on the first.

“Even though I took the lead on Ginger, I knew I had Conor Swail behind me, and he’s as fast as anyone in the world,” she said. “I wanted to make sure that I had to make him work for it. Today, it worked out in my favor. He had one down, and we ended up first and second.”

Ballard has been developing her mares for the last year alongside Ferder, and Saturday marked Ginger’s first FEI win.

“I know these two girls quite well,” she said. “Ilan’s the one in charge of their training and regular schooling, so I’m usually following his ride. We actually have a gray girl gang at the moment – three or four gray mares, all 10-year-olds, all horses that I get on and ask, ‘How can I be so lucky to ride?’”

Rounding out the top five placings were Raleigh Hiler in third on Cassina 64, clean in 36.77), Alex Matz in fourth on  Ikigai, clean in 36.89, and Megan McDermott in fifth on Paddington Du Royaume, clean in 36.98.


Young U.S. team finished fifth in Netherlands Nations Cup

KRONEBERG, The Netherlands--A young U.S. Jumping Team finished tied for third but ended fifth on time in the EEF Nations Cup Peelbergen CSIO3* which featured 13 international teams.

team photo largeU.S. team
The team of Kelli Cruciotti Vanderveen of Wellington, Fla., Coco Fath of Fairfield, Conn., Ansgar Holtgers Jr. of Wellington, Fla.,, and Michael Hughes of Franklin Lakes, N.J., finished with eight faults after two rounds and was led by Chef d’Equipe Anne Kursinski.

The Netherlands won with no faults, and Canada was second with four faults.

Ireland, Spain and the U.S. each had eight faults, but the tie was broken on time, with Ireland third, Spain fourth and the U.S. fifth.

“I was really pleased with our young 3* team here in Peelbergen," said Kursinski. "For Kelli, Coco, and Ansgar, this was their first Nations Cup. Our experienced Michael Hughes had an outstanding performance jumping an impressive double clear,T hey learned a great deal riding in the second round, which is totally different than jumping a Grand Prix every week. The only way you learn how to ride a Nations Cup is to ride in them and learn from the experience in every round, and I’m looking forward to Luxembourg in two weeks because I know they want another shot.”

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Mark Bluman won the Welcome Stake at Old Salem

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Colombia’s Mark Bluman on Ubiluc won the $65,000 Welcome Stake of North Salem on Friday, May 17 at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows.

Mark Bluman on Ubiluc SEL PhotographyMark Bluman on Ubiluc (Photo by SEL Photography)Twelve of the 52 in the Welcome Stake were clean over Alan Wade’s course, and of those only three were clean  in the jump-off.

Bluman finished clean in 37.87 seconds to win.

“The first round had a tough track,” Bluman said. “I mean, it’s Alan Wade, one of the best course designers in the world. He set a big enough track with a tricky combination, #4AB],that came early. My horse handled it well, and he had two spectacular rounds. In the jump-off, my goal was just to have a nice, clean round, and then I had to basically hope for the best. I was fast enough for the win, but I didn’t want to go too fast and risk a rail."

“In the first round, he already looked at the early fences a little bit, so I actually made my plan to come nicely into that combination, #3 to #4AB, and run fast everywhere else [for the jump-off],” he said. “I knew Conor Swail would come in just blazing, and I was just lucky enough today. He had one down, but he blazed my time and was two seconds faster than me. Sometimes, you just need a little luck, and today it stayed on my side.”

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Local favorites and past winners Buck Davidson and Boyd Martin to compete in Arena Eventing at Devon

DEVON, Pa.--Three past winners of Arena Eventing at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair are entered to compete again this year on Sunday evening, May 26, with two of them riding the horses that they won on.

Buck Davidson on Erroll GobeyBuck Davidson on Erroll Gobey winning the 2023 Arena Eventing
To make it even more exciting, two of them are local, so spectators can pick their favorites and cheer them on.

Last year's winner, Buck Davidson of Unionville, Pa., will be riding last year's winner, Erroll Goby, as well as Sosocaima.

Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa., who won in 2019, will be competing on Miss Lulu Herself and On Cue.

Martin rode On Cue to win the Maryland 5* Event in 2021, so Eventing fans are very familiar with this lovely , now 18-year-old mare.

Sara Kozumplik of Berryville, Va., will ride the horse on which she won in 2022, Rubens d'Yysieux, as well as Otta B Quality.

Another local  favorite, Phillip Dutton of West Grove, Pa. has entered Denim for this year's Event.

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Conor Swail on Gamble won the Two-Phase jumper class at Old Salem

NORTH SALEM, N.Y--Ireland's Conor Swail on Gamble won the $38,700 FEI 1.45m Two-Phase at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows on Thursday, May 16.

Conor Swail on Gamble SEL PhotographyConor Swail on Gamble (Phoo by SEL Photography)A field of 76 competed over Alan Wade's winding,15 fence course.

Although going ninth, very early in the order, Swail proved to be uncatchable with his clean jump-off time of 28.37 seconds.

Darragh Kenny, also of Ireland, went fifth in the order. posting an early time to beat of 28.57 seconds on Serendepety, leading until Swail finished clean in 28.37 seconds, a time no other competitor could match as the class continued.

“I didn’t see Darragh’s round, but everyone had said it was very quick,” Swail said. “With these two-phases, there’s a really short period of time that you have to go quick in the first phase, and then you really have to run in the second phase. You can’t miss any steps; you’ve got to be quick everywhere. Even finishing ahead of Darragh pleased me. There were so many in the class, and we both went so early. If the horse has jumped great and done everything you’ve asked him to do, after that, you have to take wherever you end up. Today was Gamble’s day, and it was nice to be able to hang onto the lead."

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  1. Darragh Kenny finished first and second in the $10,000 Open Jumper at Old Salem
  2. Kate Shoemaker, Boyd Martin, Kent Farrington and McLain Ward in the top 10 worldwide in their disciplines
  3. Shane Sweetnam won in Kentucky in preparation for competing in the Rome Nations Cup
  4. Paul O'Shea won the $125,000 Grand Prix at Old Salem
  5. Caroline Powell rose from sixth after cross country to win Badminton
  6. Tim Price leads Badminton after cross country, Grace Taylor 19th
  7. Erynn Ballard and Nayel Nasser win at Old Salem
  8. Boyd Martin is fourth at Badminton Horse Trials going into cross country Saturday
  9. Delani Franklin of Lake Erie College won the IHSA Hunter Seat High Point Rider
  10. Darragh Kenny won two of the five jumper classes at Old Salem
  11. Conor Swail won the $225,000 Grand Prix on Saturday evening of the Kentucky Three-Day Event
  12. Will Coleman placed first and third and Boyd Martin was second and fourth in Kentucky 4*
  13. Elisabeth Halliday, Will Coleman and Boyd Martin top three after Kentucky 4* cross country
  14. Boyd Martin leads the Kentucky Three-Day Event four star Olympic selection site over Will Coleman
  15. Elisabeth Halliday and Lucienne Bellissimo lead in a very tight Kentucky four star field
  16. Tamie Smith's Mai Baum withdrawn from Kentuky Three-Day Event
  17. Herrik von Eckermann leads going into the World Cup final day with Kent Farrington fourth
  18. Anna Marek on Fayvel placed ninth in the Grand Prix Freestyle won by Patrik Kittel of Sweden in the Dressage World Cup in Riyadh
  19. Chromatic BF died hours after finishing third in the second class in the World Cup Finals in Riyadh
  20. Scott Stewart leads the list of hunter riders with qualified horses for the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
  21. Conor Swail on Count Me In won the $117,000 CSI3* Blenheim Spring Classic II Grand Prix
  22. Adrienne Lyle on Helix won the Grand Prix Special CDI3* at the World Equestrian Center
  23. Defending champion Tamie Smith and World Number 3 ranked Boyd Martin lead the list of entries in the Kentucky Three-Day Event
  24. Brazil’s Cassio Rivetti on Chagall de Toscane Won the $62,500 CSI2* Grand Prix Over Conor Swail at Blenheim
  25. James Chawke of Ireland won twice at Blenheim
  26. Conor Swail won the $32,000 Welcome Stake at the Blenheim Spring Classic
  27. Cian O’Connor won the Overall Leading International Rider Award at WEF
  28. Eve Jobs won over Callie Schott in final WEF weekend
  29. Alyssa Phillips won the CCI4* at The Event at TerraNova
  30. Adrienne Lyle on Lars Van De Hoenderheide won the CDI3* Grand Prix Special
  31. Anna-Christina Abbelen on Sam Donnerhall won the 4* Grand Prix Freestyle at the Festival
  32. Alyssa Phillips leadsThe Event at TerraNova going into cross country
  33. Conor Swail on Casturano won the $117,000 CSI5* WEF Challenge Cup
  34. Endel Otis on Bohemian won the CDI3* FEI Grand Prix, with Adrienne Lyle second and third
  35. Lillie Keenan won both the WEF Challenge Cup and the $200,000 Grand Prix at WEF
  36. Ireland's Jordan Coyle won over Conor Swail in the $150,000 Grand Prix at WEF
  37. Ireland’s Cian O’Connor Won the $62,500 Winning Round CSIO5* at the World Equestrian Center
  38. Rising star Callie Schott was third in $330,000 Grand Prix during League of Nations week
  39. Simon Delestre won the Grand Prix qualifier on Opening Day of the League of Nations at World Equestrian Center – Ocala
  40. Baylee McKeever won the U25 series final while Frances Derwin won the series title
  41. Daniel Coyle won the World Cup qualifier over Kent Farrington at Live Oak
  42. Chester Weber won the Advanced Four-in-Hand at Live Oak International
  43. Ashley Holzer on Liberty L won the future Challenge Prix St. George
  44. Sharn Wordley on Valentine Car won the $100,000 Grand Prix at the World Equestrian Center
  45. Germany's Felicitas Hendricks and Frederic Wandres won the Grand Prix Freestyle and Special
  46. McLain Ward on First Lady won the four star WEF Cup
  47. Katherine Bateson Chandler won the CDI3* FEI Grand Prix
  48. Germany's Frederic Wandres on Bluetooth OLD won the 5* Grand Prix
  49. Andre Thieme won the $200,000 Grand Prix at WEC for his second grand prix win on March 9
  50. Andre Thieme on Paule S won the $75,000 Grand Prix at HITS

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