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Katherine Newman Named 2008 WIHS Equitation Classic Finals Champion
Photo Credit: Katherine Newman and Class Action won the 2008 WIHS Equitation Classic Finals. Pi
ctured with Gerry Newman, Jennifer Alfano, Kathy Newman, John Franzreb, Juliet Reid, Maria Schaub,
Chester Weber, and Karen Healey. Photo (C) 2008 Lauren Fisher/PMG.
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Washington, D.C. - October 25, 2008 - Katherine Newman of
Upperville, VA, rode Class Action, a nine-year-old gelding owned by Bar X Ranch,
for the first time three days ago. This evening, she rode through two beautiful
rounds to win the 2008 WIHS Equitation Classic Finals. Samantha Schaefer of Wes
tminster, MD, placed
second, while Matt Metell of North
Falmouth, MA, was
The top 30 junior riders in the nation qualified for the 2008
WIHS Equitation Classic Finals by placing well throughout the year. They
started the competition yesterday with a hunter phase. Newman scored a
respectable 85.42 in the round, while Metell won the phase with a score of 92
on Cadeau. Schaefer scored an 88.67 in the hunter phase on Aston.
phase commenced this afternoon. All 30 riders
returned for the second round and tackled a 12 jump course set by Richard
Jeffrey. Two imposing bending lines in a row with a Swedish oxer proved to be
the most difficult part of the course. Newman noted, "I think the course was
about right. There were certainly some lines that were tricky. I think
altogether it was pretty good. All of it put together was technical, for sure."
Newman won the jumper phase with a fantastic score of 92.67,
an average from six judges at three positions in the ring. Schaefer and Aston
scored an 85.83 to continue their consistency.
After the two rounds of scores
were added up, the top ten
riders were asked to return for the third phase, a final work-off where riders
switch horses. At this point in the class, Newman sat in third place behind
Emma Lipman and Kimberly McCormack.
In the final round, Samantha Schaefer rod
e Logan, a horse owned and ridden b
Moss. She put in a smooth round and received an average score of 91.666, which
gave her a total of 266.165. This moved Schaefer up from fifth place to second
in the final standings.
"It was nice to do the same round in the final t
est on a
different horse. You knew how it rode. We got four jumps in the schooling area
before we went in for the final round. I've watched the horse go, and he's
really perfect. I like to switch horses, and I think it's fun. You always get exp
erience from it; you learn
something from it. I was happy make it back for the final," Schaefer said.
Matt Metell and Rodin, Carolyn Curcio's horse, put in a
solid round as well for an 89 and a total of 263.750. They would end up in
Newman was next and she piloted Papillon 136, Jessica
Springsteen's mount. They flowed easily around the course, hiding the fact that
it was their first course together. The judges rewarded them with an average
score of 91.333 for a total of 269.415. This vaulted them to the lead with only
two riders left to go.
"I wasn't concerned," Newman said of switchi
Papillon. "I've seen the horse over the past two years, so I knew it pretty
well. I wanted to see if I could figure him out in that amount of time. Jessica
told me the basics of her horse and what sort of spurs to wear."
and Chase Boggio's horse Graphiq had trouble,
including a rail for a score of 53.666. Their total of 231.916 dropped them to
tenth place in the class. McCormack and Foreign Encounter, Laura Pfeiffer's
horse, had trouble too. Their score of 78.666 in the final round was not enough
to push them into the lead, and they faded to fourth place.
Schaefer, a 14-ye
ar-old, trains with Kim Stewart and Andre
Dignelli. Her equitation horse Aston is only seven years old, and Schaefer
rides him sporadically throughout the year. "He was so good here, and I'm
really happy to do so well in an equitation final," Schaefer said.
e beginning of the week, Newman was unsure if she would
even have a horse to ride today. "I didn't know what to expect because as of
Monday, I just found a horse and I didn't know the horse I was riding," she
said. "I just went in to do my best. I really just wanted to ride as well as I
could, especially under the circumstances."
Newman trains with her parents, Gerry a
nd Kathy, as well as Jennifer Alfano, and she received help this week from Karen Healey.
Newman does not own her own equitation horse,
so through the
kindness of others, she was able to ride Class Action. The horse, owned by Bar
X Ranch and shown regularly by Navona Gallegos, is trained by Karen Healey. In
a twist of fate, it was Healey who loaned Newman her first equitation horse
years ago as well and helped her in her first equitation final. "Karen Healey
was really nice, and the owners of Class Action, they were so nice to let me
ride him. He's really cool and fun to ride. He's an amazing horse," she said.
Newman was named the 2008 winner of the WIHS Equitation
Classic Finals in her first attempt, a goal that the young rider had for years.
"I certainly wanted to win a final," she acknowledged. "That was definitely a
goal. I wanted to do well with all of the horses I was riding, my hunters and jumpers
too. There is more that I'd like to achieve."
The 50th Washin
gton International Horse Show
For more information and full results, please visit www.wihs.org.
Final Results: WIHS
Equitation Classic Finals
1. Katherine Newman: 85.42, 92.67, 91.33 = 269.415
. Samantha Schaefer: 88.67, 85.83, 91.67 = 266.165
3. Matt Metell: 92, 82.75, 89 = 263.75
4. Kimberly McCormack: 90.17, 91.83, 78.67 = 260.665
5. Laura Pfeiffer: 85, 80, 88.67 = 253.666
6. Jessica Springsteen: 83.67, 86.17, 80 = 249.83
7. Chase Boggio: 84.08, 82.42, 82.67 = 249.165
8. Carolyn Curcio: 83.25, 80.83, 76.67 =
9. Chelsea Moss: 78, 89, 73 = 240
Emma Lipman: 90, 88.25, 53.67 = 231.916
Reserve- Alexandra Biederman: 83, 80.83 = 163.833
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