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$10,000 Children's and Adult Jumper Championships Contested at 2008 Washington International
Photo Credit: Meg O'Mara and Raya de la Cour, winners of the $10,000 WIHS Children's Jumper Cha
mpionship. Photo (C) 2008 Lauren
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Washington, D.C. - October 22, 2008 - The 2008 Washington
International Horse Show (WIHS) opened up jumper competition today, starting
with the $10,000 WIHS Children's Jumper Championship. Meg O'Mara of Rumson, NJ,
took the top placing with Raya de la Cour. Kenzie Donovan of River Hills, WI,
rode her horse Max to first place in the $10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper
In the $10,000 WIHS Children's Jumper Championship, O'Mara
and Raya de la Cour were one of 15 pairs to advance with a first round clear to
the jump-off. O'Mara went seventh in the jump-off and lowered the leading time
to 23.900 seconds with a second clean round. The last to go in the jump-off was
Zoe Glassman on Nobilis. They were clear in 24.078 seconds to finish in second
Of her jump-off round, O'Mara said, "The first person did
the inside turn without a problem when we watched her go, so we decided that
Raya could do it no problem. She is a small horse and she is really compact, so
she can do really tight turns."
Thirteen-year-old O'Mara was very happy
with her win today
on Raya and said she "kind of had a feeling" that she would do well. "It was so
much fun. I usually get really nervous and start pulling a lot, but I told
myself, 'You know what? I am just going to ride well and get over the jumps.'
And I did, so it was good," she smiled.
O'Mara has owned the 13-year-old
mare only since this past
January and calls Raya her "perfect match." O'Mara trains with Mary Babick and
Mary Donner and was excited to compete again at the WIHS.
"This show is
really nice," she said. "I love the stadium. I
have never ridden in the jumpers in this ring before, so I was a little
confused about how I was going to be able to do all the turns because the ring
is narrow. But, I got in there and it seemed bigger and they set the jumps
really well, so it was good."
Kenzie Donovan, a 19-year-old adult jumper
Max to the win in the $10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper Championship. Donovan and Max
were the fastest clear round in a jump-off of 12 competitors. They crossed the
finish line in a blazing fast time of 22.656 seconds to take the lead over
Olivia Fry Weeks and Atman, who were quick in 23.407 seconds.
Max, an 11-year-old gelding, her "great
little horse." Standing just over 15 hands high, Max is fast with a deceptively
long stride, she said. "He is a really fast turner. He can go from nothing to a
huge stride in no time and turn in the air. We say that he has a little jet
pack because he can just gallop right up there," she laughed.
s only been riding in the jumpers since this past
winter, and she had a break this summer for two months when she broke her leg.
She was eager to get back in the saddle, and the pair qualified for the
championship with only a few shows.
"Max has been teaching me a lot. We
have come a long way,"
she noted. "It means so much to me to win this class. I never dreamed that I
would win my first year here doing the jumpers and to be so successful is
Donovan is a student at Georgetown University
and trains with Cody and Emily Williams. "My trainers have been so great and
taught me so much," she said. "I give them so much credit for finding me such a
good horse and really talking me through everything, giving me such good advice
and being enthusiastic and supportive."
The final jumper class of the da
y was the opening
competition for the Amateur-Owner Jumpers. Only three horses were clear to
contest the jump-off, and the winner was Whitney Weeks on Subliem. Marley
Goodman and Ronya were second, while Catie Boone and Naleida finished third.
The 2008 Washington International Horse Show continues
tomorrow with junior hunter competition in the morning. Jumpers come back to
the arena in the afternoon, starting with the Amateur-Owner Jumpers and Junior
Jumpers. The Open Jumpers start their competition with the $20,000 qualifier
for Saturday's $100,000 President's Cup Grand Prix. The fun continues on
Thursday evening with a Celebrity Hunt Teams Class, an Ashley Holzer dressage
demonstration, and the $20,000 Open Jumper Gambler's Choice class at 9 p.m.
or more information and full results, please visit www.wihs.org.
$10,000 WIHS Children's Jumper Championship
1. Raya de la Cour, Meg O'Mara: 0 fault
2. Nobilis, Zoe Glassman: 0/24.078
3. Chloe, Tilden Brighton:
4. Valfee des Hazalles, Karen Polle: 0/25.439
5. Pink Floyd, Elizabeth Allen: 27
6. Words of Wisdom, Ashley Foster: 0/27.658
7. Mio W, Kimberly Saul: 0/28.706
. Carrera Z, Stephanie Dubois-Emond: 4/23.096
Lucky Line M, Annie Davidson: 4/24.828
10. PF Lucy in the Sky, Dani Paradysz: 4/25.330
. Piccolino, Ali Boone: 4/27.138
12. Rebound, Stephanie Dubois-Emond: 8/23.861
$10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper Championship
1. Max, Kenzie Donovan: 0/22.656
an, Olivia Fry Weeks: 0/23.407
3. Fenway, Ahmed Alali: 0/24.782
4. T Naralda, Hayley Carl
5. Picon, Tracy Scheriff: 0/26.276
6. Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay, Emily Colella: 0/26.854
7. Flip, Laurie Kutz: 0/28.459
the Clouds, Rebecca Forbes: 4/23.236
9. Foxy Lady, Jenny Kobriger: 4/24.330
r, Emily Colella: 4/24.693
11. Whisper, Kristin
Elysse Stolp: 4/24.938
12. Changes in Latitude, Kelly Ford: 6/37.136
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