Articles: Press Release
Corinne Ashton and Dobbin Win Advanced Championship - Chambers Keeps His
Cool to Win Intermediate at the Wellpride American Eventing
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September 17, 2007
By Amber Heintzberger
Nothing was easy to predict in the stadium jumping phase of the Advanced
championship at the Wellpride American Eventing Championships at
Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL today. Only Canadian rider
Kelly List and Minstral was the only rider to have a double clear round.
Dressage leader Allison Springer, who was in fifth place going into the
final phase riding Arthur, had eight time faults to finish on 40.7.
Fourth-placed Corinne Ashton on Dobbin had one rail down for a score
36.5, then Darren Chiacchia on Timothy Holekamp's Windfall II had two
rails to finish on 38.4. John Williams and Sloopy were ranked second
going into stadium but three rails down plus a time fault dropped them
to a final sixth place (42.6). When overnight leader Becky Holder and
Courageous Comet had four rails down and four time faults they dropped
to a final eighth place, giving Ashton the win.
It has been a successful year for Ashton, who won the Adequan USEA Gold
Cup events at Southern Pines and was second at Stuart horse trials. An
employee of Dover Saddlery and mother of two daughters, she has
commented that she feels now is the time for her to really 'go for it'
with Dobbin. She and the gelding have competed at the Rolex Kentucky
CCI**** and he is now 13 years old.
Nate Chambers is overcome with happiness after winning the Intermediate
Championship on his 11-year old Hessen gelding Rolling Stone II on his
dressage of 33.4. Chambers, 19 of Middleburg, Virginia won the
Preliminary Championship at the inaugural AEC in 2004, also with Rolling
Stone II. The pair moved up to Intermediate level last year and had a
few growing pains, but he started training with Mara Dean and Phillip
Dutton last winter and he said his riding has improved tremendously. The
proof is in his results since last month he earned an individual silver
medal at the NAJYRC in Lexington, Virginia. He said that his horse has
earned a rest and will have some time off until December, when he'll
start work again in preparation for going to Aiken to train and compete
starting in January.
Chambers rose to the occasion and put in a double clear round following
dressage leader John Williams on Sweepea Dean, who won the 2005 USEF
one-star championship, with added time faults to cross-country to tie
Chambers' score. Williams had two rails down and finished with the
reserve championship on a score of 41.4.
"I always love the AEC," commented Chambers. "It's a lot of fun and I
love the big show atmosphere - it feels like a big deal."
Chambers also finished 33rd in the Jr/YR Preliminary Championship riding
George Grayson's Truman IX, a horse that he said is still quite green at
Jennie Brannigan of Temecula, CA had a stellar weekend, winning the
Jr/YR Preliminary Championship with her own horse Cooper, a 6-year-old
Dutch Warmblood gelding that she bought from Kelli Temple. Later in the
day Brannigan claimed the Jr/YR Training Championship on Mona Munos'
Plain Jane (27.9).
"She's a super kid," commented Brannigan's coach and employer, Mike
Winter. "She's going to be good - she's a very talented rider."
Tiffany Lunnie and My Tuition won the Preliminary Amateur Championship
after Lisa Barry withdrew and overnight leader Duncan MacRae crossed his
tracks on course and was eliminated.
Lauren Kieffer and David O'Connor's Walk on the Moon started out in
eighth (29.2), moved up to third after cross-country and finished on
their dressage score to win the Preliminary Horse Championship. Mike
Winter and Jim Walker's Unsteelable moved up from eleventh after
dressage to finish second (30.4) adding nothing to their dressage score,
followed by Justine Dutton who was in the lead with Samson VIII going
into stadium but dropped to third place after a rail down.
Plain Jane and Jennie Brannigan moved into first after dressage and
cross-country leader Nina Ligon on Chai Thai dropped a rail in stadium
to finish on 29.8 in second place. Munos bought the mare at a sport
horse auction and Brannigan has been riding her since March. This was
only the mare's third competition at Training level.
Ashley DeBoer, 24 of Haslett, MI won the Training Amateur Championship
riding her six-year-old Hannoverian mare Safari (30.5) that she imported
from Germany from Alex Gerding. She started in fourth after dressage,
moved up to third and then won the event by finishing on her dressage
score. DeBoer lives and trains at the Foote family's Shoeman Road Family
Farm, home of today's Jr/YR Novice Championship winner Taylor Foote. The
Foote family has four daughters, all riders.
"I went once to the AEC at Training level," said DeBoer. "I finished on
my dressage score but didn't place. My horse was just perfect this week.
We were well prepared and she was awesome."
Mary Jordan and Paxton Abbey moved up from ninth place after dressage to
claim the reserve championship. Jordan, who drove all the way from Maine
for the Championship, also claimed the reserve in the Novice
Championship at the Wellpride AEC last year. She has Multiple Schlerosis
and rides for Team Copaxone, a drug company that sponsors athletes with
MS in various sports. Jordan said that her mother passed away in June
and that riding has helped her stay happy and focused. "I was at the
GMHA adult camp and the instructors there were an inspiration," she
said. "To win here, it's just amazing to have lightning strike twice. I
just moved up to Training level this year and both times I have been
less than a point from the winner. It's just incredible."
Leslie Law and All the Buzz, a horse he brought over from his native
England, won the Training Horse Championship on their dressage score of
23.7. Law said that the young horse is still quite green but he thinks
that he is the most talented horse he has ridden since his successful
international horse Shear L'Eau.
Rebecca Goad and Happy Daze had a rail down and Christina Lawton and
R'Romeo won the Novice Amateur Championship (29.0). Rondi Bystrom and
Blue were close behind (30) with Jim Koctavy and For Play moving up from
ninth after dressage to finish third (30.5).
Emily Beshear and Phinneus led from start to finish (22.6) in the Novice
Horse Championship, besting a field of 52 entries that included top
riders Allison Springer, Boyd Martin and Mike Huber.
"Phinneus was very green but honest on cross-country yesterday," said
Beshear. "Today he was good; he was a little stressed out in the warm-up
but he went in and did his job." Beshear also placed sixth overall in
Intermediate (50.2) riding her husband Jeff's big grey gelding Blue
The Jr/YR Novice Championship went to 11-year-old Taylor Foote of
Michigan riding her beautiful grey gelding Lazerbeam, owned by her
mother Theresa Foote. Taylor also competes in jumpers, which she said
helps her out in the stadium jumping phase at events. She plans to move
up to Training level in Florida over the winter.
In the Open Beginner Novice division Laura Chumley on Neil Sorum's
adorable Fjord pony SNF Maarta finished on their dressage score to win
the division. Dressage and cross-country leader Tera MacDonald, who
scored an impressive 19 in the dressage and went double clear
cross-country riding La Tee Da, was unfortunately found to be ineligible
to compete at the Beginner Novice Championship since she has competed at
the Preliminary level within the last year. She said, "I thought
qualification was by the horse, not the rider. It's too bad, but I am
grateful to have completed the event." For her graciousness in agreeing
to ride Hors Concours, MacDonald was presented with a special award by
Tawn Edwards and Luna had a rail down and dropped from second to fifth
place while Rene and Pancho Villa went clear to finish in second place.
Chumley lives in Kentucky and trains with Cathy Wieschhoff who also
competed this weekend. Chumley also rode Rung Rim's Grainne, owned by
Pat Reichle in the Open Beginner Novice Championship and tied for
seventh place (29.0).
The fourth annual Wellpride AEC proved to be a huge success. Record
entries competed at Lamplight Equestrian Center this week and enjoyed
four days of competition, seminars, socializing and shopping in the
trade fair. New friends were made, old friends reunited, and competitive
goals were achieved. The event will return to Lamplight for the next two
years, and is sure to get better and better. See you there in 2008!
The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation(r) is to provide
equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the
excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games. This is based on a
foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare of horses.
this vision, the USEF strives to be the best national equestrian
federation in the world.