Jessica Springsteen Is Victorious At The Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament Featuri
ng The 125th National Horse Show
Photo Credit: Jessica Springsteen and Tiziano, who were
Large Junior Hunter Champions, Grand Junior Hunter Champions, Best Junior
Hunter Round award and Best Child Rider award. Photo (C) 2008 Randi Muster.
Invitational Sporthorse Tournament Featuring The 125th National
Syracuse, NY - October 31, 2008 - The weather was noticeably
warmer today at the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament featuring The
125th National Horse Show. Exhibitors and spectators showed up festive
in orange and black for Halloween, which also happens to be The National Horse
Show colors. The horse show is being held at the Oncenter Complex in downtown
and will run through November 2.
After the professional hunter classes conclu
ded last night,
it was determined that the Leading Hunter Rider award went to Jennifer Alfano.
Alfano rides for SBS Farms, which is led by Susie Schoellkopf and based in Buf
NY. Alfano was presented with the The
Leading Hunter Rider Challenge Trophy.
The junior hunters were the first clas
ses of the day and
competed for championship honors. The first course for both divisions was a
handy round. It was a twisting, turning course made up of many single fences
and a snake fence.
Champion of the Large Junior Hunters was Lucy Davis aboard
Red Rooster, who is owned by Old Oak Farm. Over the past two days, Davis
piloted Red Rooster to two first place ribbons. The division was sponsored by
Meadowview Farm and Suzanne Marquard and Davis
was presented with The "Whiskey Before Breakfast" Memorial Challenge Trophy. Reserve
champion was Jessica Springsteen and Sublime.
"It is really great to win
here at The National Horse Show.
It is a great way to end the year; for me and for Rooster," said Davis.
"We have worked hard this year, and it is nice to do well. It is really fun out
there in the ring. It's exciting. I love it."
the handy course was challenging, but thought it was a good way to separate the
good from the best riders.
"I thought it was a great handy course. I thi
nk it really
tested the riders. I just wanted to get around with a solid trip, but that
didn't really work out so well," said Davis.
"After the shaky first trip I just wanted to lay down a good round and do the
best I could. I think he was great, and we did well."
n continued her success in the Small
Junior Hunters where she and her eight-year-old horse Tiziano took home Small
Junior Hunter Champion. Sponsored by Up The Creek Farm, Springsteen had two
firsts, a fourth, and fifth place ribbons in the division. For her championship
win, she took home The "Follow Me" Challenge Trophy.
"I only g
ot to watch one person go in the handy class, and I
did not know my course. I was third to go, and as I was getting ready to go
across the street a big truck got in the way," said Springsteen. "So I hopped
off and ran to the ring. I was able to watch one person go before me; I was
afraid that I was going to go off course, but it all worked out. There was an
inside turn that I wasn't supposed to do, but I just kept turning because I
didn't want to forget where I was going."
Springsteen took home several
other awards as well. The
"Blue By You" Memorial Challenge Trophy was presented to her in honor of the
Best Junior Hunter Round award. In addition, Springsteen was also Grand Junior
Hunter Champion and took home The "Theodorus Van Wyck Cusny" Memorial Challenge
Trophy. She also received the Best Child Rider award.
"It has been reall
y fun this year. All of my horses couldn't
have gone any better," said Springsteen. "I am really happy with the way things
have turned out. I am really excited. I think now I am going to take a few
weeks off and catch up on my school work."
Tomorrow, the day is schedule
d to begin at and begin with the ASPCA Maclay
Championship. The class will conclude with the top 20 riders called back to
compete in the second round, which is scheduled to begin after the $15,000 TK99
Speed Derby and the $5,000 Empire Tractor Ride & Drive at 2:10 p.m. The
evening performance will be the $100,000 Budweiser FEI World Cup Qualifier of
Syracuse. This event is scheduled to begin at