- October 21, 2008 - Today
kicked off the first of six days of competition for the Washington
International Horse Show. Held at VerizonCenter in Washington,
DC, the show runs through October 26, 2008.
This evening showcased the $10,000 WIHS Chi
Championship and the $10,000 WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Championship. A
culmination of the top 30 qualified riders were invited to compete.
ren's class went first with 29 riders. Competitors
received one high score after another. At the end of the first round, there was
only one elimination. The top 12 riders were invited back to jump a revised
second round course.
Coming out on top was Kristen Mohr and her horse Marvel.
12-year-old grey Holsteiner was just recently passed down from older sister Lindsey
Mohr to younger sister.
"I am really happy with my horse and how I rode.
and I get along so well. My sister rode him first in the junior hunters and I
moved up to him; he is my first horse," said Mohr. "He is amazing; he is so
reliable and he is always there for me. I show him in the 3'6" equitation and I
also ride him in the hunters. He is just amazing."
Mohr was impressed wi
th the simplicity of the course. She
liked the straight forward hunter aspects with the added bending line. Her plan
was to be as smooth as possible and lay down a consistent ride. This is one of
her favorite shows.
"I qualified last year as well so I was looking forw
coming back," said Mohr. "It is such a cool show. There is a great atmosphere
in the ring and it is so different from other shows. My favorite part is
walking into the ring and seeing everything."
11-year-old Mohr trains wi
th Beacon Hill.
Mohr's older sister Lindsey also trains with them. Mohr looks up to her sister
for confidence and advice.
"She gives me my motivation to do what I am d
oing; I want to
be just like her. I listen to her a lot because she rode the horses before me
and can tell me things I may not know," said Mohr. "A little pressure is a good
thing; it gives you your motivation."
After the children's division was
finished, a short course
change led to the Adult Hunter Championship. Following the same format, 29
riders were pared down to the top 12 scores. Those exhibitors then returned to
jump a revised second course.
Taking home the championship award was 19-year-
Mohr and her Dutch Warmblood Lion King. She has owned him for five years.
ot;I love my horse; he is my favorite to ride," said Mohr. "He
is so consistent and I don't have to worry about him going into the ring and
spooking or taking off. He is just a very quiet horse and he is so sweet."
Just like her younger sister, Mohr also thought the course
to be straight forward with the rideable bending line. She is also a fan of Verizon
"I liked the bending
line because you could really see who
stayed out and who took the inside track," said Mohr. "I also liked how the
lines were open. He has a big stride and we could actually move up out there. I
loved the jumps; it is very colorful in there with a lot to look at."
en asked what she thought about her sister calling her an
inspiration, Mohr was humble.
"I don't know what to say to that. It mean
s a lot to me
because she is my little sister. We have been riding together since she was
four," said Mohr. "Before she goes into the ring I always tell her to relax and
have fun. She has the eye and the horse and just needs to relax. When she is
relaxed she does the best."
Mohr was ecstatic when she received the high
est score of the
night with a 92. Both of her parents were there to watch her victory. Mohr said
her dad does not attend many shows but he was there to watch her win tonight
and also watched her win at Harrisburg.
Mohr calls her father her good luck charm.
Now at C
for Equine Studies, Mohr has aspirations of becoming a trainer one day. "After seeing
all the success my sister has had; I like the thrill of when she wins and I
feel like I had a small part in that," said Mohr.
Last year she purchase
d a young horse to bring along. "This
is my first real baby horse," she explained. "I have never started one from
scratch. It is so cool to work with them when they start to do things like trot
or canter a circle or jump a jump. He is an Oldenberg/Thoroughbred mix. He's
got it in all the right spots."
Tomorrow's highlights include the Adult
Children's Jumper Championship, Professional Division Championships, and
Amateur Owner Hunter Championships. During the Adult Jumpers will be the Urban
Cowboy Party Benefit for Autism Speaks which is scheduled to be held from
For more information and full results, plea
se visit www.wihs.org.
Children's Hunter Championship
1. Marvel, Kristen Mohr, 171
.5 2. Protocol, Kelsey Jefferies, 165.5 3. Nevada,
Katie Dawson, 162 4. Bentley, Brougan Brown, 161 5. Night Game, Lauren Tyree, 159 6.
Meant To Be, Cecily Waud, 158.5 7. Edison, Piper Donnelly, 158 8. Red Carpet, Ashley Ree
d, 157.5 9. Sam Adams, Ashley Foster, 156 10.
Wendy Sly, 155
$10,000 WIHS Adult
Amateur Hunter Championship
1. Lion King, Lindsey Mohr, 179 2
Lynley Reilly, 176 3. Saracen, Tiffany Hammack, 172.5 4. Red Carpet, Tiffany Hammack, 169
5. Samaritan, Jennifer Munday, 162.5 6. Sliver, Caitlin Lane,
159 7. Keep the Faith, Katie Meagher, 158.5 8. No Surrender, Laurie Kutz, 157 9. Car
ize, Kelly Champion, 154 10. Night Game, Mary Tyree, 142
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