The Mean Queen outdueled Snap Decision in another exciting match-up, while Leslie Young went one up in the Trainers race
By SARA CAVANAGH
FAR HILLS, N.J.--Once again, the highly anticipated match, this time a rematch, between The Mean Queen and Snap Decision turned out to be even better than could have been hoped for.
The Mean Queen leads over the last fence in the Grand National Stakes (Photo by Tod Marks)With only four horses in the $150,000, G1 Grand National Steeplechase Stakes, Irv Naylor's Amschel (GB), trained by Cyril Murphy, went to the lead, followed by Buttonwood Farm''s The Mean Queen (Ire), trained by Keri Brion, and Bruton Street-US' Snap Decision, trained by Jack Fisher, with Meadow Run Farm's Chosen Mate (Ire), trained by Gordon Elliot, who had flown in from Ireland a week earlier, in fourth.
On the final turn of the 2 5/8 mile race, The Mean Queen, ridden by Richie Condon, went to the lead, closely tracked by Snap Decision, ridden by Graham Watters.
The pair dueled through the stretch, but Snap Decision was never able to get past The Mean Queen, who won by a 1//2 length.
The contest between these two is reminiscent of the match-ups between Affirmed and Alydar, and one could wish in both cases that both could win.
"She was amazing, but so was Snap Decision in defeat," said Brion. "Those are two special horses."
Oliver Townend, Tim Price and Boyd Martin finish 1, 2, 3 in the Maryland CCI5*-L
By Staff Writers
FAIR HILL, Md.--World #1 ranked rider Oliver Townend of Great Britain on Cooley Master Class stayed in the lead at the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill following a fault-free round during Saturday’s Cross Country to stay on 24.1.
Oliver Townend on Cooley Master Class (Photo by Allen MacMillan)Tim Price of New Zealand is second on 24.3 with Boyd Martin third on 25, so only one rail separates the top three,
Only 11 horse-and-rider combinations finished clear within the 11-minute optimum time, including Townend, to stay on hisr dressage score of 21.1 and remain in first place moving into Sunday’s showjumping phase.
“The course rode well, all in all,” said Townend, 2021 Olympic Team Gold medalist. “The top-class horses coped with it extremely well. Some of the really good gallopers made it look like a walk in the park. The time was not difficult to get with these horses, but at the same time, there were still some nice challenges, some good technical questions. Obviously, there were fences that looked big and scary, which you want in a 5 Star, but my horse came out very well.”
"My horse is very careful," said Townend. "He needs a bit of encouragement. The distances all rode the way I'd walked them."
Phillip Dutton leads the 4*-L at Morven Park while Will Coleman won the 4*-S
By Staff Writers
LEESBURG, Va.--Phillip Dutton, second after dressage, moved into the lead following cross country, with stadium jumping to determine the winner on Sunday, Oct. 10, in the 4*-L on Quasi Cool at Morven Park, while Will Coleman on Chin Tonic HS won the 4*-S.
Will Coleman, left, and Buck Davidson (Photo from Morven Park)Dutton moved into first place in the 4*-L competition with a score of 33.8 on Quasi Cool.
“He’s definitely proven himself today,” said Caroline Moran, owner of Quasi Cool. “We’ve only had him two years and we’re just blown away by how fast he’s grown up.”
“Today was far and away his biggest test to date, and he stepped up and showed the potential we knew he had,” said Dutton.
Dutton said he was going to rest the horse and continue building his confidence for the future.
Pughtown Agway, a farm, feed and garden center, has all the essentials for farm and barn
By Staff Writers
SPRING CITY, Pa.--Pughtown Agway is a Farm, Feed and Garden center located in Spring City, Pa.
We have all the essentials for your farm and barn! You name it, we've got it!
We carry a complete line of products for all of your animals, large or small including; Horse, Poultry, Livestock, Dog, Cat, Rabbit, and more!
In each of our pet categories, we pride ourselves in offering great quality products at competitive pricing to meet every pet and owner’s needs.
In our Equine section we offer top quality horse feed in over seven different brands with more than 50 individual feed options to find the perfect match for your equine friend. This includes a vast line of organic horse feed.
In addition, we have one of the largest selections of forages available in the area including several options of hay in Dengi, cubed, and pellet form.
We also carry a full line of fly spray, supplements, first aid, and grooming products.
Please stop by and take a look at all we have to offer you and your animal friends here at Pughtown Agway.
And don't forget to check out our big beautiful Garden Center now too. We look forward to meeting you!
The Stables at Fox Crossing monthly schooling shows are back, with a big expansion planned
By SARA CAVANAGH
COCHANVILLE, Pa.--The Stables At Fox Crossing (SFC) offers excellent training opportunities at its monthly jumper shows.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR TWO BIG DRESSAGE AND COMBINED TRAINING SHOWS SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 26 AND SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24TH. Change of date in October.Mark your calendars now and feel free to join us for either or both!
SFC’s mission is to provide an exceptional and fun learning experience for every competitor, whether it be over 2’ fences at a first ever competition or a 3’6 tune-up for the seasoned competitor.
SFC is known for inviting, educational jump courses, rider-friendly management and beautifully decorated jumps.
An electronic timer system and timer board add to the ambience of the shows and spectator enjoyment.
Regular divisions include two-phase, time first round, and jump-off classes, with ribbons for first through sixth plus Division Champion and Reserve.
SFC’s summer shows run in the outdoor ring.
Currently, shows are run to comply with covid restrictions and to preclude all person to person interface, so you can relax and compete.
Pre-entry and pre-payment are mandatory for covid shows.
Closing dates for pre-entries are in effect.
Division size is limited, and time is scheduled between divisions so no crowding in the trailer park.
Efficiency, safety and rider enjoyment are top priorities.
For the future, in May, SFC began construction of a new show ring, called "Moore Stadium" in appreciation of Mr. Walter Moore for the donation of land.
The new show ring will be SFC's largest yet, with well over 30,000 square feet and when combined with the existing indoor arena and two outside rings, SFC anticipates hosting recognized shows upon completion of the Moore Stadium.
With larger shows comes greater demand for parking, so SFC has expanded both the lower and upper parking lots for cars and trailers.
SFC also upgraded the cross country/derby field.
After removing old fence lines and a few trees, SFC has dedicated seven acres for x-country schooling and show.
With the new water complex with banks and steps, three new ditches and multiple new portable obstacles, it’s a safe bet there will be many happy riders in SFC's future.
With so many wonderful additions and upgrades, it's no wonder that the cost of completion is straining the finances of this local boarding and show barn, so SFC is asking its ever-growing equestrian family to help with donations small and large.
When someone donates $100 or more, SFC will engrave a brick paver with your family or horse name to be displayed on the walkway around the new Stadium, a wonderful way to create a lasting memorial to a beloved horse.
Oliver Townend and U.S.’s Tokyo Olympic Team Head All-Star List of Athletes Entered to Compete at Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill
By Staff Writers
BALTIMORE, Md.--Oliver Townend of Great Britain, World number one on the FEI Eventing World Athlete Rankings, heads an All-Star list of riders currently entered to compete in the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill.
Zara Phillips TindallThe list also includes Zara Tindall of Great Britain, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, the world’s numbers two, seven and eight ranked riders as well as Olympians from six countries.
Joining Townend, team Gold Medalist at the Tokyo Olympic Games who will compete with his accomplished gelding, Cooley Master Class, winner of back-to-back Kentucky Three-Day titles (2018-2019), are New Zealand Olympians Tim and Jonelle Price, world ranked number two and 7, plus the entire U.S. Olympic Team from Tokyo – Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin and Doug Payne.
The Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, one of only two 5 Star level events in the United States and just the seventh worldwide, is set for Oct. 14-17 at the newly constructed Fair Hill Special Event Zone in Elkton, Md.
The event’s prestigious 5 Star (CCI5*) designation is the pinnacle of the Olympic sport of Eventing, often described as an equestrian triathlon.
In addition to the 5 Star competition (CCI5*-L), the event will feature a 3 Star competition as well (CCI3*-L), which is serving as the USEF CCI3*-L Eventing National Championship, and The Dutta Corp. USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships Presented by Dubarry of Ireland.
The four days of Eventing competition will feature Dressage (Thu-Fri), Cross-Country (Sat) showcasing the new Ian Stark designed courses, and Show Jumping (Sun).
Phillip Dutton on Fernhill SingaporeThe event will also feature great shopping, demonstrations, kids activities and the Maryland 5 Star Fresh Food Fest, produced in Partnership with the Maryland Department of Agriculture on Sunday, Oct. 17, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
The Food Fest will feature seasonal fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meats and seafoods, and much more!
There will also be an event for adults only – the Maryland 5 Star Beer, Wine & Spirits Showcase Powered by Grow & Fortify on Saturday, Oct. 16, 12:00-5:00 p.m., with a variety of craft beer, wine and spirits from local producers.
The all-star entry list includes: • World ranked #1 Oliver Townend (GBR) – 2021 Olympic team Gold Medalist • World ranked #2 Tim Price (NZL) – two-time Olympic veteran • World ranked #7 Jonelle Price (NZL) – three-time Olympic veteran with a team Bronze Medal
the U.S.’s 2021 Tokyo Olympic team: • World ranked #8 Boyd Martin (USA) – three-time Olympic veteran • World ranked #20 Doug Payne (USA) – sixth-placed individual at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games • World ranked #21 Phillip Dutton (USA) – seven-time Olympic veteran with two team Gold Medals and the 2016 individual Bronze
and several other World ranked riders and Olympic veterans representing Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, New Zealand and the U.S.:
• World ranked #15 Lauren Kieffer Nicholson (USA) – 2016 Olympic veteran • World ranked #30 Maxime Livio (FRA), winner of team Bronze Medal at 2018 World Equestrian Games • World ranked #34 Harry Meade (GBR), winner of team Silver Medal at 2014 World Equestrian Games • World ranked #47 Will Coleman (USA) – 2012 Olympic veteran who recently became the first U.S. Eventing rider ever to win at Aachen • Astier Nicolas (FRA), winner of team Gold and individual Silver Medals at the 2016 Olympic Games • Zara Tindall (GBR), 2006 World Champion, 2012 Olympic team Silver Medalist and granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II • Leslie Law (GBR) – two-time Olympic veteran with two team Silver Medals and the 2004 individual Gold • Clayton Fredericks (AUS) – two-time Olympic veteran and 2008 team Silver Medalist • Hawley Bennett-Awad (CAN) – two-time Olympic veteran • Jessica Phoenix (CAN) – two-time Olympic veteran • Joe Meyer (NZL) – 2008 Olympic veteran
Tickets include entry to all competitions held simultaneously throughout the event.
A variety of single and multi-day ticket packages, along with group sales options are available for purchase.
Levels range from General Admission starting at $15, Grandstand Box Seats, Reserved Club Level and Tier 1 VIP Hospitality offering the most exclusive and elevated experience to spectators overlooking the Main Arena.
The 87th running of the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup Races returns at full capacity
By SARA CAVANAGH
UNIONVILLE, Pa.--The Pennsylvania Hunt Cup Races are planning a full day of racing and entertainment on Sunday, Nov. 7.
The races will be open to spectators, and the event line up will include junior races in the morning, a carriage parade, shops at the Hunt Cup Boutique and four National Steeplechase Association sanctioned races in the afternoon.
The PA Hunt Cup has again chosen the Chester County Food Bank as main beneficiary.
In 2020, a year of great need for the Food Bank, PHC donated over $56,000 to their many worthy programs.
We invite you to partner with us in the Race Against Hunger in Chester County.
Ticket sales, sponsorship opportunities, vendor and advertising opportunities (both for the program and for the live stream) are all accessed via our website, www.pahuntcup.org.
Tickets range in price from $75 to $550, with each pass admitting all occupants of your car.
We hope you’ll join us for a beautiful day in the country in Kennett Square, PA, on November 7th as we are Racing for Food.
Phillip Dutton on Quasi Cool won CCI4*S at Plantation Field International, Walker announced Plantation Field will continue
By SARA CAVANAGH
UNIONVILLE, Pa.--Phillip Dutton on Quasi Cool won the CCI4*S title at the Plantation Field International Three-Day Event, but the big news is that eventing at Plantation Field will continue for years to come.
Plantation Field Last year the future of Plantation Field was uncertain after Eventing Nation started an incredibly stupid brouhaha. saying that the name Plantation Field raised specters of slavery and that it would no longer refer to the event by its name.
Plantation means a place where trees are grown, and Plantation Field eventing offers thousands of riders of every skill from youth and beginners to Olympic veterans a place to compete, for riders to learn and for veterans to bring horses along.
It is a beautiful facility that is exceptionally well run, and to have lost it because, as was rumored and widely reported at the time, one person hoped to raise a publication's advertising.
“We resolved all the issues with the governing bodies, and we expect that this event, Plantation Field, will continue here for many years to come," said Cuyler Walker, who owns the land.
“It’s a very unique venue and it would be terrible for our sport to lose it," said Dutton of West Grove, who was involved in beginning the Internstional competition. "It’s such a good viewing venue and has its own unique atmosphere and style, and it’s great for our local community. My wife Evie and I joined forces with Denis when we wanted to step it up from doing just the national classes; we’ve stepped back bit, but it’s rewarding to see where it is today.”
Kaitlyn Williams and Lucy Matz victorious Saturday evening at the Devon Fall Classic
By Staff Writers
DEVON, Pa.--A packed stadium Saturday evening, Sept. 18, at the Devon Fall Classic cheered on Kaitlyn Williams' win on Cassio Melloni in the $25,000 Devon Fall Classic Grand Prix after Lucy Matz on Jillz won the $7,500 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur Jumper class.
Kaitlyn Williams on Cassio Mellone (Photo by Emma Miller)Eric Hasbrouk’s 13-effort course in the Grand Prix included delicate verticals and multiple rollbacks.
Thirty competitors went in the first round with nine going clean to make it to the jump-off.
Kaitlyn Williams of Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Cassio Melloni was the first in the jump-off in the Grand Prix, and she jumped a second clear round and finished in 36.826 seconds, a time that would hold up through the next eight contenders,
Grace Long went shortly after Williams, and she knew she would have to be quick with Happiness VD Hazel HOF.
While she did not have the chance to watch the others go, she did her best to stay inside the turns, taking numerous risks.
Her last rollback shaved precious seconds off their time as they galloped down the last line to fly through the timers in 38.620 seconds, which would ultimately secure a second place finish.
Second to last to ride, Michael Burnett on Chagrand was clean but not quite fast enough to catch Williams, finishing in 38.979 seconds for third.
AACHEN, Germany--The U.S. show jumping team of Jessie Springsteen, Lucy Deslauriers, Brian Moggre and Laura Kraut beat eight outstanding teams to win the Nations Cup in Aachen for the first time in 16 years.
U.S. winning team at Aachen (Photo by Shannon Brinkman)“Winning in Aachen is the pinnacle. It’s as simple as that,” said Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland after the team’s historic performance. “These were four of our final six riders for Tokyo, so this was pretty simple, we just went straight down the list. We had our Olympic quarantine here, so it gave a good idea as to what to expect a few weeks later.”
An outstanding US team, a fall for the German team and a hot pursuit by the French team turned Thursday evening at the CHIO Aachen into a nail-biting affair.
Finishing on just four faults, Robert Ridland’s US team won the Mercedes-Benz Nations’ Cup in front of approximately 18,000 spectators, precisely the amount that were allowed into the Stadium in line with the Corona regulations.
Kraut remembers the last time a U.S. team rode to victory in Aachen 16 years ago in 2005, as she was also a member of that squad.
And her clear round in the second phase was the one that brought the team the victory in this year's event.
Laura Chapot celebrates her return to competition with two wins at the Devon Fall Classic.
By SARA CAVANAGH
DEVON, Pa.--Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., celebrated her return to riding after seven weeks sidelined by a badly broken arm by winning both the 1.40m Jumpers and the Welcome Stake at the Devon Fall Classic on Sept. 16.
Laura Chapot on Diarado's Flying Dutchman (Photo by Emma Miller) Chapot broke her arm in a fall at HITS in Saugerties, N.Y., and the doctor at the local hospital said she would be out for at least a year and that there was nothing he could do for her.
Luckily, the next day a fellow competitor told her that he traveled to New York City to the Hospital for Special Surgery regularly, and he said, if he was able to get her an appointment, would she like to go.
She said absolutely, and they left the next morning at 4:30 a.m. to drive to New York.
"We got there around 8, and they did surgery at 10 a.m., " said Chapot, who had broke her humus.
"They took the rotator cuff out, repaired it and put it back in," said Chapot's mother Mary.
"They put a plate in to cover the fracture, and nine screws," said Chapot. "They all stay in. I have full use of the arm now. I rode Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before today."
Roxanne Trunnell wins her second gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics
By SARA CAVANAGH
TOKYO, Japan--Roxanne Trunnell of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., on Dolton, a 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding, won her second gold-medal of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in the FEI Grade I Freestyle to Music, earning an 86.927 percent.
Roxanne Tunnell on Dolton Richards Snikus of Latvia and King of the Dance won the silver medal with a score of 82.087 percent, while Sara Morganti of Italy on Royal Delight won the bronze with an 81.100.
Trunnell and Dolton secured their first gold on Friday in the FEI Individual Test before helping the U.S. Para Dressage Team earn their historic team bronze medal yesterday and will leave Tokyo with two individual gold medals and a team bronze.
Trunnell was last to go in the order of go on the evening of Aug. 29 in Grade I competition and left the best for last to close out the equestrian competition at Equestrian Park in Tokyo, Japan.
The U.S. won two team silver medals in a Tokyo Olympics that saw many dramatic changes in format
By SARA CAVANAGH
TOKYO, Japan--The dressage and show jumping teams at the Tokyo Olympics performed sensationally, both winning silver medals and providing great excitement in the dressage Freestyle and the Team Show Jumping.
Mclain Ward on Contagious (Photo by MacMillan Photography)Sadly, though, for the fourth Olympics in a row the Evening team finished in the middle of the pack or worse, performing well under the standards set by teams from 1964 through 2004 that won two team gold medals, four team silver medals, two bronze medals, one individual gold medal, three individual silver medals and one individual bronze medal with riders like Bruce Davidson, Mike Plumb, Mike Page, Jimmy Wofford, Karen Stives, David and Karen O'Connor, Kim Severson and Amy Tryon.
Even in 2008 and 2016, although there were no team medals, Gina Miles and Phillip Dutton did win individual silver and bronze medals respectively.
But in Tokyo, even with the Olympics not even being a true 4*, much less a 5*, with the cross country course shortened by two minutes, the Eventing team finished sixth and as individuals Doug Payne finished 16th, Phillip Dutton 20th and Boyd Martin 21st.
There were many changes in format in Tokyo, the biggest being only three members per team instead of the usual four that allowed for one drop score.
TOKYO, Japan--With three clear rounds at least the U.S. Eventing team moved up a few slots from eighth to fifth, but with a little effort each of those three riders could have cut out a few time faults, and if each of them had gone without time faults the team would now stand second after cross country.
Boyd Martin on Tsetserleg (Photo by Sarah Miller for Macmillan Photography)Not one of the three made an effort to gun their horse to the finish line after the last fence, which would probably have cut two to three seconds off each of their times.
You saw riders from other teams land over the last fence and kick on towards the finish line, but each of the three U.S. riders just kept galloping at the same pace after the last fence.
All the riders and the chef d'equipe sounded delighted with their results.
Is the U.S. just at the Games to finish or is the Eventing team in Tokyo to win a medal?
What happened to our great teams of past years with riders like Bruce Davidson, Mike Plumb, Mike Page, Kim Severson and David and Karen O'Connor.
We're relying on two Australians who moved to this country for all our Eventing teams. Where are our American riders?
U.S. wins dressage silver medal, the first silver in 73 years
By SARA CAVANAGH
TOKYO, Japan--A spectacular ride from Sabine Schut-Kery on Sanceo that gave her a score of 81.596, combined with a 76.109 from Adrienne Lyle on Salvino and a personal best of 77.766 from Steffen Peters on Suppenkasper elevated the U.S. dressage team to the silver medal on a total of 7,747.
Sabine Schut-Kery on Sanceo (Photo by Allen MacMillan)Germany won the gold medal, as expected, with all three riders scoring in the 80s for s total of 8,178, but it was a very tight battle for the silver and bronze with Great Britain taking the bronze on 7,723.
Denmark was fourth on 7,540, followed by The Netherlands in fifth, with Edward Gal scoring 79.98 percent on the flashy Totilas stallion Total US. Sweden was sixth, with Spain seventh and Portugal eighth.
As a measure of a top dressage horse is worth, Totilas was worth $10 million, and Totsl US is so far his best son.
This was the U.S. team's first silver medal in 73 years, in the London Olympic Games in 1948, after finishing in third for a bronze medal seven times at past Olympics.
Stoltzfus Feed & Supply, celebrating 34 years in business!
By Staff Writers
GAP, Pa.--Stoltzfus Feed & Supply, located on Route 41 in Gap, is a family run business, celebrating its 34th year!
SFS is your local feed and pet supply- offering name brand feeds and quality supplies.
We have a well-trained staff to offer advice and answer your questions.
And we are very excited to now offer On-Line Shopping with Curb Side Pick-Up!
Starting early June, you can shop on-line, and we will have your order ready for curb side pick-up!
Visit Stoltzfusfeed.com to place your order.
You will find a wide selection of quality pet food, to fit your pet’s needs and your budget.
We also carry a full line of pet supplies- from crates, collars and leashes to health aids, toys, and treats.
Your pet is always welcome to shop in the store, just have them on a leash.
You can also join the Fur Baby club, get your picture taken and your pet will receive a free treat.
By joining the Fur Baby club, you will also receive valuable coupons to save on your pet supplies!
You will also find Equine and Livestock Feeds from companies such as Buckeye, Blue Seal, Cargill, ADM, Triple Crown, Tribute, our own Private Label feeds and more along with shavings, stall mats, health aids and supplies.
We have a vast selection of Wild Bird feed, seed mixes, suet and feeders at affordable pricing.
Please visit our Lawn and Garden department for flowers, shrubs and perennials, grass seed, fertilizers and more.
And don’t forget the Water Garden department where you’ll find fish, patio fountains, spitters and water garden plants.
Stoltzfus is open Monday thru Friday, 8am to 6pm, and Saturda,y 8am to 5pm.
Come visit us~ Stoltzfus Feed & Supply, 80 Route 41, Gap Pa., or call 717-442-8280or go to www.Stoltzfusfeed.com.