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Alltech National Horse Show Wrap Up: November 2-7, 2011
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Lexington, KY - November 8, 2011 - Open Jumper action at the Alltech
National Horse Show, 128th Edition, wrapped up on Saturday night with a
fast-paced jump-off during the Alltech National Horse Show $250,000 Grand
Prix CSI-W. Richard Spooner and Cristallo set the pace with tidy inside
turns and a clear effort, beating Great Britain's Nick Skelton aboard Carlo
273 by just three-tenths of a second. Jessica Springsteen and Cincinatti Le
Silla rounded out the three as the fastest four-fault combination during the
Spooner and Cristallo, owned by Show Jumping Syndicates of Agua Dulce, CA,
were the first to master the technical course and qualify for the speed
phase. The "Master of Faster" did not disappoint when he returned to the
ring with his veteran mount. He made a very nice inside turn to the first
wide oxer, and followed it with another very tight turn to the wall before
galloping home over the double combination and final oxer. Although it
almost seemed that the turn to the wall would be too much, Cristallo leapt
over it without a rub and the pair broke the beam at 37.970 seconds with all
the rails intact. The pair set a pace that no other horse and rider
combinations would be able to catch, and eventually led the night's victory
Skelton was the last to challenge the short course with Carlo 273, and the
speedy duo produced the only other fault-free round. They also managed to
catch all the inside turns, and although they had a fast gallop through the
end of the course, a slow start proved costly when they tripped the timers
at 38.33 to place second.
Young rider Jessica Springsteen of Colts Neck, NJ, had the fastest
four-fault round after committing to the sharper turns with Cincinatti Le
Silla. They had an error at the same oxer, but stopped the clock at 40.660
to garner the third place award. Springsteen was also the winner of the
Leading Lady Rider Award presented by Martha Jolicoeur, while Skelton earned
the Audi Leading Rider Award and a one-year lease of an Audi Q-7 for his
efforts during the week.
This marked the first year that the Alltech National Horse Show has been
held at the Kentucky Horse Park, and the first year that Alltech has joined
forces with the prestigious event. "I love the National Horse Show, I was
lucky enough to do it one year at the Garden, my last junior year, when I
was doing the equitation," commented Spooner. "I have a kind of fondness for
it. There is a lot of prize money. I heard that the facility was phenomenal,
the management was going to be excellent, and obviously the prize money is a
big factor. Whenever you are planning a trip you have to think of the
risk-reward, and there's a lot of reward coming here and that makes the
decision a heck of a lot easier."
For more information on the Alltech National Horse Show, 128th Edition,
please visit www.nhs.org.
ASPCA Maclay National Championship
Sunday marked the final day of competition at the Alltech National Horse
Show, 128th Edition. The highlight event at the Alltech Arena in Lexington,
KY, was the 2011 Maclay National Championship for the ASCPA Alfred B. Maclay
Horsemanship Classes - Presented by Hadfield's Saddlery. Riders worked all
year to qualify for this event and after three phases of competition and a
final test it was 17-year-old Sarah Milliren of Sapula, OK, leading the
victory gallop and taking home the championship honors.
The riders who rode the first course smoothly, out-of-stride, and with style
were the ones called back in the top 36 to test on the flat. Three groups of
12 were tested, and from there the judges called back the top 18 riders for
a second round over fences. The top 18 returned with Michael Hughes called
back on top and Milliren in second.
Michael Hughes of Ocala, FL had a difficult time with a lead change after
the triple bar, which proved costly and eventually earned him sixth. Chase
Boggio of Canton, GA, and Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, each produced
smooth trips with a good hand gallop to move up in the ranking and place
fourth and fifth, respectively.
The judges asked Milliren, Demi Stiegler of Landera Ranch, CA, and Elizabeth
Benson of Whitehouse Station, NJ, to return to the ring for further testing,
as just a point separated the top three. They were asked to switch mounts,
with Milliren riding Stiegler's Vigo, Stiegler riding Benson's Calito 7, and
Benson riding Milliren's Terrapin Station. The three finalists then had to
show over the course once more aboard the new mount without any warm-up or
advice from their coaches.
Returning in reverse order, Benson led the way but had a slight bobble at
the first vertical causing her to lose her stirrup. She regained her balance
despite a previously broken wrist, but had a late change after the triple
and eventually placed third.
Stiegler was next and kept a conservative pace at the beginning resulting in
light rubs, and a slower hand gallop. The pair quickly became more in sync,
and finished the round nicely to earn the reserve championship.
Milliren was the last to go and she quickly proved that she came to win. She
picked up a nice pace from the beginning and was very smooth through all of
the turns and options. The talented young rider showcased an exemplary hand
gallop and her wonderful horsemanship garnered her the judges' top call and
the ASPCA Maclay National Championship title.
"It's so exciting, I'm so happy," beamed Milliren after leading the victory
gallop. "I was surprisingly not nervous about the course, I was excited
because I knew that it was a good course for the horse I was on. For the
second round I had moved down, so I knew I had to give it my all. I was a
little nervous with my horse at first because he was a little spooky, but he
did great. After switching onto Demi's horse, I think I used a little too
much hand, he wasn't very happy with me, but I really liked riding her horse
and he was a lot of fun."
The ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class has been held since 1933, and it is one
of the most prestigious competitions for junior riders in the United
States. Its winners are some of the biggest names in equestrian
sport. Previous winners include: William Steinkraus in 1941, Frank Chapot
(1948), George Morris (1952), Leslie Burr Howard (1972), Stacia Klein Madden
in 1987, and Nicole Shahinian Simpson in 1992. The 2009 ASPCA Maclay
National Championship winner was Zazou Hoffman, of Santa Monica, CA, and in
2010 Hayley Barnhill was named the winner.
Jumper Highlights Wednesday - Saturday
It was a thrilling night of competition Wednesday in the Alltech Arena at
the Kentucky Horse Park as the Alltech National Horse Show, 128th Edition,
made its debut at its new home. The top horses and riders from around the
world showed up to compete during the Sasco Creek Farm International Open
Jumpers $50,000 Welcome Stake, benefiting the Alltech Sustainable Haiti
Project. Riders raced over the technical track set by Richard Jeffery, and
with a blazing pace of 57.93 seconds the winning honors went to Todd Minikus
riding Sweetheart, owned by Candy Tribble and the Windsor Show Stables of
East Windsor, CT.
Wednesday night's riders set the time to beat from the start, with each
entry trying to catch the top honors. As only the second horse and rider
combination of 44 to compete, Great Britain's Nick Skelton and Unique, owned
by Beverly Widdowson, set a masterful example with quick, neat turns. With
each rail in place they tripped the timers at 60.65 seconds, but it would
only be good enough for fourth. Kraut stepped in to better the time with
Teirra, and with an excellent effort over each obstacle they broke the beam
in 60.56 seconds, sneaking into the third place honors.
The duo's time was quickly bested by 2011 Pan American Team Gold Medalist
McLain Ward riding Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve. They picked up a quick pace
from the start and managed to leave a stride out in the first line, allowing
for a clear round in 58.02 seconds, eventually earning the red ribbon.
Todd Minikus was 13th in the order with Sweetheart, and they also managed to
do five strides in the first line, and add an incredible sliced turn to the
seventh obstacle. Without touching a rail they blazed across the finish line
in 57.93 seconds, setting a pace that the 33 remaining horses would not be
able to best, and leading the night's victory gallop.
The exciting jumper action continued Thursday at the Alltech National Horse
Show as the best Junior and Amateur-Owner riders gathered at the Alltech
Arena to compete in the evening's Welcome Stakes. Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky
W took the winning honors during the Chansonette Farm $10,000 Amateur-Owner
Jumper Welcome, and Lillie Keenan earned the top call during the Sleepy P
Ranch $10,000 Junior Jumper Welcome.
It was Kaitlin Campbell of Brooksville, MD, and Rocky W who blazed around
the course in only 53.110 seconds leaving all the rails in place. Their time
pushed the pair to the top of the leaderboard and stayed intact for the
remainder of the class.
Although Meagan Nusz and Banana D'ive Z, owned by TNT Equine Partners, LLC
of The Woodlands, TX, raced against the clock in an attempt to master
Campbell's time, they claimed the second place award after stopping the
timer at 54.146 seconds. Caitlin Hope of Barrington, IL, and Total Touch
also posted a clear effort, but their time of 56.862 seconds secured the
third place honors.
Lillie Keenan and Vanhattan, owned by Chansonette Farm LLC of New York, NY,
dominated the Sleepy P Ranch $10,000 Junior Jumper Welcome Time First Round
earlier in the evening. The duo set a speedy pace from the start, easily
taking each jump and using Vanhattan's long stride to their
advantage. Although Keenan opted not to take a popular inside turn to save
time, the pair stopped the clock at 53.047 seconds, proving untouchable.
Although last in the ring, Meg O'Mara and Sinatra IV, owned by Walstib
Stables LLC of Rumson, NJ, cleared the course in 53.276 seconds, garnering
the second place award behind Keenan. Charlotte Jacobs and Karonda
V. Schl'hof Ch, owned by North Star Ventures of East Aurora, NY, were the
first to post a clear round in the class, and finished with a time of 54.611
seconds, but she bested herself aboard Promised Land, owned by Candy Tribble
and Windsor Show Stables of East Windsor, CT, later in the class. Her speedy
and consistent efforts eventually earned the junior rider the third and
fourth place awards respectively.
It was an incredible night of competition at the Alltech National Horse
Show, 128th Edition, as 14 of 35 entries qualified for the jump-off during
the $75,000 Double H Farm International Open Jumper class on Thursday. There
was one quick round after another, but at the end of the night it was McLain
Ward and Rothchild, owned by Sagamore Farm of Oyster Bay, NY, who posted a
double clear effort in 36.10 seconds and led the victory gallop. Pan
American Individual and Team Gold Medalist Christine McCrea of East Windsor,
CT, followed in second aboard Avenir with a fault-free effort in 37.72
seconds, while Lauren Hough and Quick Study, owned by Laura Mateo, were
third after setting the pace at a clean 37.73 seconds.
With three fantastic efforts starting the short course, it became a game of
catch-up for the riders that followed, but they were not able to master the
plan. Hough and Quick Study were the first horse and rider combination to
qualify for the jump-off. The duo managed to leave all the rails untouched
and crossed the finish line at 37.73 seconds, setting a pace that eventually
earned them third. McCrea and Avenir were next and they just barely edged
Hough out of the lead, breaking the beam at 37.72 seconds and garnering the
second place award.
Ward was hungry for a victory following a second place finish last night,
and with his veteran partner Rothchild he quickly took over the lead. Using
a tight inside turn after the double combination, and leaving out a stride
across the middle, the successful combination quickly jumped to the top of
the leaderboard. Each fence remained intact and they blazed across the
finish line in 36.10 seconds, an unmatchable effort that scored the lion
share of the final prize.
The jumper action continued Friday evening at the Alltech National Horse
Show, 128th Edition, and speed was the name of the game as riders competed
in the $60,000 Spy Coast Farm Open Jumper Speed Stake. The speedy veteran
pair of Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui dominated the class with blazing time,
beating second place finishers Nicholas Dello Joio and Notre Star De La
Nutria by almost four seconds. Great Britain's Scott Brash and Bon Ami
rounded out the top three with a quick and clear effort.
Although he was fifth in the order, Farrington of Chicago, IL, and Up
Chiqui, owned by Boone, Dobbs and Farrington, entered the ring ready to win
during the speed competition. The duo has always been known for their quick
rounds, and they lived up to the hype. They raced around the technical
course with ease, never touching a rail. The pair broke the beam at an
incredible 57.35 seconds, setting a pace that would not be caught and
eventually leading the victory gallop.
Nicholas Dello Joio was next to tackle the track riding Notre Star De La
Nutria, owned by Thelma Romero-Cloud of Wellington, FL. The pair made a good
effort to better Farrington's time, but after tripping the timers at 61.25
seconds with all the fences intact they garnered the second place prize.
Great Britain's Scott Brash entered the ring just one round later and came
very close to overtaking Dello Joio with Bon Ami, owned by Mrs. Liz
McTaggart. The duo completed a clear round in 61.50 seconds, scoring the
third place honors. Fellow British rider Nick Skelton had one of the night's
fastest rounds with Unique, owned by Beverley Widdowson, but after they
brought down the back rail of oxer four seconds was added to their
time. They finished with a score of 62.03 seconds for the fourth place
Earlier in the evening the Chansonette Farm $15,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper
Stake got underway. Last night's reserve champions, Meagan Nusz of The
Woodlands, TX, and Banana D'ive Z, took the championship honors during the
Chansonette Farm $15,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Stake. The duo was one of
eight to successfully go clear during the first round, and with a blazing
fast time of 34.478 seconds, Nusz rode to the top of the leaderboard during
the jump-off. Kaitlin Campbell of Brooksville, MD, and Rocky W took the
second place honors for their time of 35.075 seconds.
Later in the day during the Sleepy P Ranch $15,000 Junior Jumper Stake, 12
of 23 entries posted clean efforts and moved into the enticing short
course. Charlotte Jacobs of East Aurora, NY, set the pace by posting a clear
round as the first rider to challenge the short course with Karonda
V. Schl'Hof CH, eventually earning the third place honors in a time of
It was Lillie Keenan of New York, NY, and Vanhattan, for a second night,
which emerged victorious in the High Junior Jumper class with their
double-clear effort. The duo picked up a speedy pace from the beginning and
made all the inside turns necessary during the jump-off to stop the clock at
35.106 seconds. Chase Boggio and his mount Hennessey used a long stride and
naturally fast pace to their advantage as the duo secured the second place
honors with their second clear effort of the evening, ending with a time of
Saturday evening hosted an array of talented Junior and Amateur-Owner Jumper
riders as they vied for the top honors at the Alltech National Horse Show,
128th Edition. The $50,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner
Jumper Championship put riders and horses to the test as the qualifying
riders competed for the coveted winning honors. This was the first time in
the history of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame series that such a large purse
was offered. It was Lillie Keenan who rode Vanhattan to the top of the
leaderboard for the third consecutive night and led the victory gallop.
Charlotte Jacobs and her mount Promised Land, owned by Candy Tribble and
Windsor Show Stables of East Windsor, CT, began their turn around the short
track with the plan to give her competitors something to chase. Her tight
and neat turns cut time easily, ending with a time of 36.776 seconds, but an
unfortunate rail over the Keeneland vertical proved detrimental, earning
them the third place prize.
The first double-clear effort of the evening occurred when Robert Lee of Old
Saybrook, CT, guided El Grecco over the short course and stopped the clock
at 41.492 seconds, eventually garnering the second place honors.
Lillie Keenan and Vanhattan, owned by Chansonette Farm LLC of New York, NY,
knew what had to be done in order to ride to the top honors. They took every
inside turn available, shaving off the seconds and leaving all rails
intact. The talented duo tripped the beam at 39.663 seconds, greeted by the
applause of the spectators and fellow exhibitors.
Hunter Highlights: Wednesday - Saturday
It was a historic day in on Wednesday Lexington, KY, as the Alltech National
Horse Show, 128th Edition got underway at its new home in the Alltech Arena
of the Kentucky Horse Park. The top horses and riders from around the world
gathered to take part in this exciting event. The professional hunter
divisions were the first to take place, and it proved to be Scott Stewart's
day as he won over half of the blue ribbons with his talented mounts.
The 14 Hands Winery Regular Conformation Hunters kicked off the first day of
competition at the Alltech Arena. The winner of the first class over fences
was Sambalino, ridden by Scott Stewart and owned by Becky Gochman of New
York, NY. Taking home the blue ribbon honors in the handy round was
Elizabeth Boyd and Casallo, owned by Erin McGuire of Cornelius, NC.
The Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Wheeler Green Conformation Hunters were next and it
was Scott Stewart receiving the top call once again. He piloted Empire to
the win in the first over fences class, and followed it with third place
finish in the handy class. Stewart reversed order in the handy class,
claiming the blue ribbon aboard Touchdown, after placing third during the
first over fences class with the talented mount. Empire and Touchdown are
both owned by Gochman.
Stewart continued his winning ways in the First Year Green Working Hunter
class. He showed Dedication, owned by Fashion Farms of New York, NY, to the
first place honors during both classes, to sweep the opening day. Hunt Tosh
and Triton Z, owned by Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Wheeler of Keswick, VA, claimed
the red ribbon during the first class, while Tammy Provost and Libretto,
owned by Alliy Moyer of Carmel, IN, placed second during the handy class.
The McNeil-Oare Second Year Green Working Hunters were up in the Alltech
Arena, and the first blue ribbon was presented to Haylie Jayne for her ride
aboard Humor Me, owned by Pony Lane Farm of Bluffdale, UT. During the handy
round, it was Holly Orlando and Sailor's Valentine, owned by Westerly Farm
of Unionville, PA. The duo also placed third during the first over fences
The Pony Lane Farm High Performance Working Hunters wrapped up the day's
hunter events. Elizabeth Boyd of Camden, SC, and Brunello led in the first
class to earn the blue ribbon prize, but in a fitting fashion it was Stewart
who ended the day in the winner's circle. An excellent score in the handy
round riding Garfield, owned by Alexandra Crown of New York, NY, earned him
the top call to finish the day.
Thursday marked the second day of competition at the Alltech National Horse,
128th Edition, and it was the professional hunter divisions that took center
stage this afternoon as they completed their under saddle and stake
classes. Scott Stewart earned the highest honor of the day with his First
Year Green Working Hunter mount, Dedication, owned by Fashion Farm of New
York, NY. After scoring three blue ribbons, the duo took home the division's
tricolor and were eventually honored with the Grand Champion Hunter Award.
The First Year Green Working Hunters were the first to complete their stake
class and wrapped up their second day of competition. Stewart and Dedication
showed brilliantly over Richard Jeffery's courses to earn three first place
ribbons and a second place ribbon, which included a win in the stake class
with a score of 88. They picked up the championship award, while Tammy
Provost and Libretto, owned by Alliy Moyer of Carmel, IN, earned the reserve
championship honors. With their impressive effort in all four classes,
Stewart and Dedication returned to the ring at the end of the day to receive
the prestigious Grand Champion Hunter title.
The Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Wheeler Green Conformation Hunters competed next and
it was the beautiful Cold Harbor, owned by Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Wheeler of
Keswick, VA, and ridden by Hunt Tosh, that claimed the championship
prize. The pair won the model and under saddle phases, and also earned a
second and third place ribbon over fences. After winning the stake class
with a score of 86 and the handy class, the reserve championship tricolor
was presented to Scott Stewart and Touchdown, owned by Becky Gochman of New
The blue ribbon prize and score of 88 during the McNeil-Oare Second Year
Green Working Hunter Stake class Thursday went to Jennifer Alfano for her
ride aboard Miss Lucy, owned by Helen Lenahan of Buffalo, NY, but it was
second place finishers Holly Orlando and Sailors Valentine, owned by
Westerly Farm of Unionville, PA, who claimed the division's championship
honors. The pair also won Wednesday's handy class to earn the tricolor
prize, while Haylie Jayne and Humor Me, owned by Pony Lane Farm of
Bluffdale, UT, took home the reserve championship honors with a first,
second, and third place ribbon.
The 14 Hands Winery Regular Conformation Hunters were next to compete in the
Alltech Arena, and once again it was Scott Stewart that earned the
championship honors. The talented rider piloted Becky Gochman's mount to two
first place ribbons and a third place ribbon to earn the championship
rosette. Picking up the reserve championship prize was Elizabeth Boyd and
Casallo, owned by Erin McGuire of Cornelius, NC, after the duo won
Wednesday's handy class and earned two third place ribbons.
Boyd took home her own championship prize at the end of the day in the Pony
Lane Farm High Performance Hunters, riding her long-time partner Brunello,
owned by Boyd and Janet Peterson of Camden, SC. They won the stake class
with a score 88 as well as Wednesday's first over fences classes for the
tricolor award. The reserve championship honors went to Wednesday's handy
winner, Garfield, owned by Alexandra Crown of New York, NY, and ridden by
The Amateur-Owner Hunters took center stage Friday in the Alltech Arena
during the Alltech National Horse Show, 128th Edition. Laura Sexton and her
talented mount Zoom captured the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters Championship
with three blue ribbons over the last two days. The duo was also awarded the
Grand Champion Amateur Owner Hunter title for their excellent efforts in the
The Amateur-Owner 3'3" Hunters were the first to compete, and during the
final stake class Debbie Perkins of New Canaan, CT, showed Whispering to a
score 83 to win the blue ribbon. Their win Friday and third place finish in
Thursday's over fences class garnered them the division's reserve
championship prize. Tracy Scheriff-Muser of Wellington, FL, and Macallan
were the day's big winners, taking home the Amateur-Owner 3'3" Hunter
Championship. They placed first in Thursday's over fences class and also
earned two second place ribbons and third place ribbons.
Next to complete their stake rounds were the Amateur-Owner 36 and Over
Hunters. Becky Gochman, of New York, NY, and Sambalino laid down a beautiful
flowing trip, and the judges award their effort with a score 87, which would
earn the top honors. Their win was coupled with a second place ribbon and
third place ribbon for the division's reserve championship honors. Katie
Robinson of Bronxsville, NY, and Rock Steady proved to be the most
consistent pair, winning the under saddle and handy class. Their top
finishes were recognized with the tricolor for the Amateur-Owner 36 and Over
The final division of the day was the Amateur-Owner 18 and Under
Hunters. Jamie Auletto of Blackwood, NJ, and Winnetoe picked up the reserve
championship honors after earning three second place ribbons, but it was
Laura Sexton of Greenwich, CT, and Zoom that dominated the competition. The
talented pair earned three blue ribbons, winning the first over fences
class, the handy class, and the under saddle class. Sexton and Zoom were
honors with the division championship, and then returned to the ring to
receive the Grand Champion Amateur Owner Hunter title.
Saturday the Junior Hunters showcased their talent during the stake classes
this afternoon in the Alltech Arena during the Alltech National Horse Show,
128th Edition. Olivia Esse and her talented mount Illusion garnered the
Small Junior 16-17 Championship award for their efforts throughout the
division. The duo also was presented with the Junior Hunter Grand Champion
award for their excellent placings over the last two days.
Illusion with Olivia Esse of Pasadena, CA, in the irons earned the top call
for their score of 83.00 points in the Moyer Family $7,500 Small Junior
16-17 Hunter Stake Saturday afternoon. Coupled with their top honors Friday,
they scored the division's championship tricolor. Esse also earned the
reserve championship honors aboard her younger and more recent mount,
Vivian Yowan and Whatever, owned by Boggs Hill of Wellington, FL, rode to
the top honors during the $7,500 Small Junior 15 and Under Hunter Stake with
the score of 86.00 points. Friday, the duo earned the blue ribbon during the
first over fences class as well as the fourth place award for their efforts
in the under saddle. With their high scores, the talented horse and rider
easily earned the division's championship honors. Ailish Cunnife and Good
Times, owned by Whipstick Farm of South Salem, NY, took the reserve
championship tricolor after earning three second place ribbons.
Saturday's Gochman Family Large Junior 15 and Under Champion was decided
after a hack-off between Lillie Keenan and Victoria Colvin, two of the
sport's foremost Junior Hunter riders. It was Keenan of New York, NY, and C
Coast Z who took the championship honors at the end of the judges' decision,
while Colvin and Touchdown, owned by Becky Gochman of New York, NY, scored
the reserve championship prize.
Meg O'Mara and Walk The Line, owned by O'Mara and Don Stewart of Ocala, FL,
posted the highest stake score of the afternoon, executing a beautiful round
during the Greentree South $7,5000 Large Junior 16-17 Stake. Their top score
combined with their second and third place ribbons from Friday earned them
the championship honors. Perfectionist, owned by Richard Prant of
Flemington, NJ, and ridden by Heather Hooker, took the reserve championship
honors for their efforts throughout the division.
At the end of the show, Mason Phelps Jr., President of the National Horse
Show concluded, "All of the riders performed beautifully this week. I am
glad to say that the Alltech National Horse Show has a new home and a new
beginning, I am really pleased that we are here at the beautiful Kentucky
For more information on the Alltech National Horse Show, 128th Edition,
please visit www.nhs.org.