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Monday, November 29, 2021

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Bernie Houghton has four winners while Graham Motion, Ricky Hendriks and Michael Matz also have winners (2)

GRANTVILLE, Pa.--Bernie Houghton recently had two allowance winners plus a 2-year-old Maiden Special Weight winner while Graham Motion, Ricky Hendriks and Michael Matz also saddled winners.

Bernie HoughtonBernie HoughtonHoughton had two winners at Penn National on Nov, 19, one in an allowance race and one in a claiming race.

Midnight Hauler, bred by his mother Betsy Houghton and owned by her Sylmar Fsrm, won a $28,000, 1 mile Allowance race by 1 3/4 lengths.

"He's a really nice horse," said Houghton. "I really like him. Last time out, he stumbled coming out of the gate and finished third. This time he had a good trip, and he won like I thought he would. I had confidence in him. There are a couple more allowance races I could run him in this year and then maybe turn him out for the winter. I think he'd like the grass, too."

The same evening, Richard Bosshard's Sinise won a $18,800, 1 1/16 mile Claiming race for fillies and mares.

"He's a long time owner of mine," said Houghton. "That filly has been running at Presque Isle, and she's running on dirt now and seems to like it."


TERRY ROONEY MEIS' Kilimanjaro, bred by her brother Tom Rooney, who's a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, won a $27,100, 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight race for 2-year-old fillies at Penn National on Nov. 12 by 1 3/4 lengths.

That's a new owner," said Houghton. "She's a nice filly. That was her second race. She's a Maryland-bred, and she's nominated for a stakes race at Laurel. We might run here there and give her a chance."

Houghton's own Beyond the Bend, bred and owned by his WMT Stables, won a $31,600, 6 furlong race by 1/2 length at Penn on Nov, 6.

"I got his dam, Sharp and Sassy, from Chuck Lawrence," said Houghton. "I have a 2-year-old out of that mare, too. I like the 2-year-old a lot, but she hasn't started yet. I'll probably run Beyond the Bend one more time and then give him some time off."

MOTION saddled Wertheimer et Frere's homebred Zatip to win an $84,000 Maiden Special Weight of 2-year-olds at Keeneland by 4 1/2 lengths on Oct. 28.

Zatip dueled for the lead, kicked clear entering the stretch and widened his lead for the win.

Motion then saddled Catherine Parke and Augustin Stable's Sparkle Blue to win a $72,000, 1 mile turf race for 2 year olds at Del Mar on Nov. 3.

Sparkle Blue settled off the pace, tipped three wide on the turn and went on to win by 1 length.

China Horse Club International Ltd.'s Narmer, trained by Motion, won a $33,705 maiden Claiming race at Laurel by 4 lengths on Nov. 5.

MATZ saddled Sycamore Hall Farm Thoroughbreds LLC's homebred Good Life Cider to win a $59,529, 1 mile Allowance race for fillies and mares at Laurel on Oct. 30.

Good Life Cider rated inside, took over the lead in the upper stretch and just held on to win by a nose.

HENDRIKS saddled his own Morningstar Farm's Combating to win a $11,800, 1 mile and 70 yards Maiden Claiming Race at Penn National on Nov. 17.

Reserved early, Combating made a move at the quarter pole and went on to win by 3 1/4 lengths.






Young, untested U.S. team placed eighth in the Nations Cup in Vilamoura, Portugal (2)

VILAMOURA, Portugal--The U.S. Jumping Team placed eighth in the FEI Jumping Nations Cup on Nov. 21 in Vilamoura, Portugal.

Carly Anthoony on Jet Blue Vilamoura PhotosCarly Anthony on Jet Blue (Photo by Vilamoura Photos)Led by Chef d’Equipe Anne Kursinski, the team consisted of Carly Anthony, Olivia Chowdry, Maria Costa and Hilary McNerney.

All four riders on the U.S. team were only competing in their second Nations Cup ever, after having ridden in their first just three weeks ago in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain.

“These riders haven’t competed at the North American Youth Championships either,” said Kursinski, “So this two-round team format is new to them and a totally different experience from their normal individual competition. They can’t get this experience at home, so to have them come over to Europe and ride in Nations Cups is so important."

“It was great that we made it into the second round,” said Kursinski. “Now they want to do this again and improve. The only way you can learn is to actually do it. These experiences are what makes them team riders later for five-star competitions and championships. They were a great group of riders to work with, and they are eager to do more.”


GOING first for the U.S. team, Maria Costa, 29 of Wellington, Fla., started off strong with a clear ride – one of only six in the first round – on Presence, and she had 12 faults in round two.

“I thought it was a very good course for the Nations Cup,” said Kursinski. “It was ‘only’ 1.45m, but it was hard to jump a clear round, especially in the first round. It was technical, very delicate, and challenging for sure. I was really proud of Maria being the lead-off rider and bringing home that clear round.”

Second to go for the U.S., Olivia Chowdry, 29 of Denver, Colo., on Balkana du Tillard, had eight faults in the first round and improved in the second round to finish with just four faults.

Hilary McNerney, 30 of Wellington, Fla., on Lovelight, had eight faults in round one, and also had eight faults in round two.

Riding in the anchor spot, Carly Anthony, 31 of Wellington, Fla., on Jet Blue, had four faults in round one and were able to post a fantastic clear in round two.

“Carly was outstanding and really came back and fought for the second round."said Kursinski. "It was just like you want to see in a Nations Cup ridet.”

The U.S. team finished with 12 faults in round one, making the cut to return for round two out of a 17-team starting order.

In round two, they added another 12 faults for a total of 24 faults and eighth place.

Ireland won with eight faults, while Italy and Switzerland tied for second with 12 faults.

For more information about the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Vilamoura CSIO3*, please visit

Andrew Philbrick and Anne Kursinski among candidates for directors of USHJA (2)

LEXINGTON, Ky.--A number of the candidates on the ballot to be directors of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association have very close ties to the community in the Delaware Valley, particularly Anne Kursinski, whose clinics many in this ares attend, and Andrew Philbrick, whose horse shows many in this area compete in.

Andrew PhilbrickAndrew PhilbrickThe U.S. Hunter Jumper Association announce the slate of candidates who will be on the ballot for the USHJA Board of Directors election in December during the USHJA Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually this year Dec. 4-10.

The Board of Directors will vote on the candidates for four Director At-Large positions during their meeting session on Monday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. ET.

The USHJA Nominating Committee sought individuals meeting the following criteria—Hunter Athlete, Jumper Athlete, Zone Council and Affiliate Council—for the four open Director-At-Large positions.

The following are the nominees for the Board of Directors positions open for election this year:

Director At-Large Seat 1, Hunter Athlete

Caroline Weeden, Lake Bluff, Ill. (Hunter)

Director At-Large Seat 2, Jumper Athlete

Anne Kursinski, Frenchtown, N.J. (Jumper)
Mary Lisa Leffler, Brookeville, Md. (Jumper)

Director At-Large Seat 3, Affiliate Council

Cricket Stone, Gladys, Va. (Hunter)
Suzanne Warmack, Wimberley, Texas (Jumper)

Director At-Large Seat 4, Zone Council

Andrew Philbrick, Princeton, N.J. (Jumper)
Eric Straus, Tryon, N.C. (Jumper)

These candidates were determined through a multi-step process.

USHJA members submitted nominations for USHJA Board of Director positions, from which the above slate was developed by the USHJA Nominating Committee.

All elected and appointed members of the Board of Directors will assume their duties immediately following the close of this year's Annual Meeting on December 10. Each position will serve a four-year term.


THE U.S. HUNTER Jumper Association also recently announced the newly-seated USHJA Zone Committee members.

Zone Committees are made up of a minimum of 15 members: six representatives elected by the Zone membership (three designated Hunter and three designated Jumper), four members appointed by Affiliate Member Organizations (with the largest number of members), and a minimum of five individuals are appointed by the USHJA President.

“We extend a warm welcome to our new USHJA Zone Committee members as they begin their terms,” Knowlton said. “We are excited to have them join the committees and be a voice for members in their zones. We know our newly-seated members have a wealth of knowledge and a wide range of experience in the sport, and we look forward to working together to continue to improve the sport for our members.”


Zone 1

Amy Eidson, Chair
Jay Mullen, Vice Chair
Melissa Barden (New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Association)
Cynsie Broda
Ann Dotoli
Leigh Gallagher
Sally Hinkle Russell
Monica Hunt
Felicia Knowles (New England Horseman's Council)
Carol J. Law (IHSA Zone 1)
April Renzella (Massachusetts Horseman's Council)
Sheila Murphy (non-voting advisor)
Carla Sharp (non-voting advisor)
Kristi Smith
Kenneth Whelihan

Zone 2

Katie Benson, Chair
Andrew Philbrick, Vice Chair
James Benedetto
Wendy Chapot Nunn
Mary Drueding (IHSA Zone 2)
Nora Hanlon
Clare Knapp (IHSA Zone 3)
Linda Mancini
Cynthia McGrath
Faith McKay-Alicea
Tobey McWilliams
Elizabeth Perry
Tamara Woitas

Zone 3

Eric Straus, Chair
Alan Lohman, Vice Chair
Miranda Grabill (Maryland Horse Show Association)
Rachel Howell
Brooke Kemper
Oliver Kennedy
Tracy Magness
Peggy McElveen (IHSA Zone 4)
Streett Moore
Denice De Risio-Perry
Sandra Ruiz
Catherine Schlaeppi (North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association)
Christina Schlusemeyer
Cricket Stone (Southwest Virginia Horse Show Association)

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