Articles: Press Release
Capital Challenge Horse Show Wrap-up, September 26-October 4, 2009
Jennifer Wood of
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
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Upper Marlboro, MD - October 6, 2009 - The 2009 Capital Challenge Horse Show
was a great success this year with fantastic competition in hunters,
jumpers, and equitation. The show was held at the Show Place Arena in Upper
Equitation Weekend Highlights, presented by BigEq.com:
Cayla Richards of Calabasas, CA, was a big winner on the first day of
Equitation Weekend after she took the 15 Year Old Equitation Championship
and outlasted top riders to win the Flat Championships.
Richards won the North American Junior Flat Equitation Championships,
sponsored by Caraneen Smith, over 14 other riders from the five other
equitation divisions. Second place went to Amber Henter and Diederique
Vander Knapp was third.
The reserve champion in the 15 Year Old Equitation division, which is
sponsored by Caraneen Smith, was Theo Boris of Culver City, CA. Boris rode
Du Calme to first and second places over fences.
The champion of the 17 Year Old Equitation, sponsored by Caraneen Smith, was
Morgan Hale of Odessa, FL. Hale was the reserve champion last year in the 16
Year Old division and was happy that she improved from last year. Hale rode
Urco, a horse she has shown for a year, and she trains with Don
Stewart. They placed first and second over fences and were fourth on the
flat. The 17 Year Old reserve champion was Jacqueline Lubrano of Glenmoore,
PA. She and Golou II finished first, second, and sixth.
Jessica Springsteen continued her success at Capital Challenge this year
with the championship in the 16 Year Old Equitation, which is sponsored by
Frank Madden Show Stables. She rode Papillon over fences to a blue ribbon
indoors and Class Action to second place on the flat and first place in the
outdoor over fences class. The 16 Year Old reserve champion was Amber Henter
of St. Petersburg, FL. Henter rode Triumph to first on the flat and to two
fourths over fences.
Caroline Spogli made her debut in the equitation weekend count when she won
the 13/14 Year Old Equitation championship, sponsored by Erin Duffy, Laurie
Derosa, Newmarket, and Tammy Provost. Spogli, who is from Rancho Santa Fe,
CA, is 14 years old and trains with Ken and Emily Smith. She rode Superfly
to two first places, one over fences and one under saddle. Hasbrouck Donovan
of Gainesville, FL, was the 13/14 Year Old Equitation reserve champion. She
rode Almost Famous and placed second, third, and fifth.
The final equitation championship of the day was in the 12 Year Old
division, sponsored by Caraneen Smith. Sydney Callaway of San Diego, CA,
captured the championship when she and her mount Cassius were first and
second over fences. Callaway trains with Erin Duffy at Newmarket
Stables. The 12 Year Old Equitation reserve champion was Hannah von
Heidegger of Chatsworth, CA, on Ambassador. They placed first, third, and
fifth in the division.
Chase Boggio of Canton, GA, rose to the top of 87 competitors to win the
2009 North American Equitation Championships. Sixteen-year-old Boggio rode
Graphiq, a 12-year-old gelding, to victory today. Boggio led through the
entire class, scoring an 88.6 in the first round and an 89.45 in the second
round. Sara Green and Samson made a jump up the standings from eighth to
third place with a strong second round score of 86. Laura King had two
steady trips on Uno to score 85.6 and 86.8 for second place.
Sylvia DeToledo of New York, NY, won a work-off for victory in the Taylor
Harris Insurance Services (THIS) National Children's Medal Finals. In the
THIS National Children's Medal Finals, it came down to the two top riders
after two rounds of competition. They were separated by only two-tenths of a
point, which mandated a work-off to be held. Sylvia DeToledo and Lion King
had a near-perfect work-off for the win. In second place, also with a very
strong work-off, were Sydney Callaway and Cassius.
In the North American Adult Amateur Equitation Championships, Charlene
Graham of Rochester, NY, finished on top with her horse Only You.
Jessica Springsteen was honored in a presentation as the Best Equitation
Rider of the weekend by Jonathan Rabon of EMO Agency.
Professional Hunter Highlights- Monday through Friday:
The first championship of the week went to Rumba and John French in the
Second Year Green Working Hunters. The nine-year-old Danish Warmblood
gelding is owned by Mountain Home Stables of Woodside, CA. Rumba and French
won both over fences on the first day of competition and were third in the
under saddle. They picked up second places in the handy and stake classes.
Hunt Tosh of Milton, GA, rode Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wheeler's Lone Star to
the championship in the Regular Working Hunters. They started out the week
with a win and second place over fences and were second under saddle. They
won the first class today and added a third place ribbon. The reserve
champion in the division was On Top, ridden by Keri Kampsen for Laurel Ridge
Sport Horses of Temecula, CA. They placed second, third, and fourth over
Tosh also rode Rosalynn, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Oare of Warrenton, VA,
to the reserve championship in the Second Year Green Working Hunters after
placing sixth over fences, second in the handy class, and winning the stake
class. Tosh has ridden the mare since last fall, sharing riding duties this
year with Kelley Farmer.
In the Future Hunters, the champion of the 6 & Over division was Showman,
ridden by Sandy Ferrell for Alexa and Krista Weisman of Sherborn, MA. The
pair won three of four classes in the division and was second under
saddle. Scott Stewart and Too Cool finished as reserve champions. They
placed second in all three over fences classes and were third under saddle.
Ferrell also finished as champion in the Future Hunter Mares division with
Torrey Pines Stables' Prudence. They won three out of four classes. The
reserve champion was Rosebud, ridden by Kelley Farmer for Spencer
Ranch. They were first, third, and fourth over fences and fourth under
Hunt Tosh and Good Humor were champions in the Future Hunter
Non-Thoroughbred division. They were first, first, and fourth over fences
and fourth under saddle. The reserve champion was Summer Place, ridden and
owned by Scott Stewart, who placed first and third over fences.
Scott Stewart picked up a Future Hunter championship with Nescio in the
Thoroughbred/TB Cross division. They were first, second, and fourth over
fences and they won the under saddle class. The reserve champion was Listen,
ridden by Kelley Farmer and owned by Jane Gaston. They won two over fences
classes and placed sixth in the remaining over fences class.
Tim Goguen and Tripoli, owned by Boggs Hill, won the championship in the
Future Hunter 5 & Under division. They placed first, third, and third over
fences and won the under saddle class. Peter Pletcher and Vibe, owned by
Becky Gochman, were reserve champions with first, third, and fifth places.
The final championship went to Premier and Ken Berkley in the Future Hunter
Colts & Gelding division. Owned by Gina Day, Premier won three out of four
classes in the division. Premier's barn-mate Crownpoint, ridden and owned by
Scott Stewart, was first, second, third, and fifth for the reserve
Scott Stewart and World Time won the $15,000 WCHR Professional
Challenge. After the first round earlier in the day, the top 12 were asked
back for the second round. Scott Stewart and World Time won the first round
with a score of 90.83 and won the second round with an 89.66 to score a
total of 180.49 for the win over John French and Rumba, who scored 176.74,
and Hunt Tosh on Rosalynn with 173.66.
Ken Berkley rode Sambalino to the Grand Hunter Championship after their
Green Conformation Champion win. Berkley and Sambalino, owned by Gina Day,
were champions in the Green Conformation Hunters, winning over Fashion
Farm's Declaration and Scott Stewart. With their 37 points in the division,
they were awarded the Grand Hunter Championship and Berkley was named the
Leading Hunter Rider.
Katherine Newman guided Daydream to victory in the $5,000 Emerging
Professional Rider Challenge. In the evening session, the up-and-coming
riders in the hunter/jumper industry showed their stuff in the $5,000
Emerging Professional Rider Challenge. In the one-round class, it was all or
nothing with one score determining the winner. Eighteen-year-old Katherine
Newman rode a precise, smooth round on Daydream, owned by Mimi Abel-Smith,
to score an 87.66 from the judges for the win. Newman is riding in her first
year as a professional for her parents Gerry and Kathy Newman, and their
farm, Allwyn Court.
Sandy Ferrell and Showman were the Grand Future Hunter Champions and won the
Future Hunter World Championship. The $25,300 Future Hunter World
Championship was held indoors, and Sandy Ferrell and Showman, who were
crowned Grand Future Hunter Champions, carried away the World Championship
with two scores of 90.2. Showman is owned by Alexa and Krista Weisman. They
also collected the EMO Trip of Show for the Futures, with a high score of
John Ingram of Nashville, TN, rode his horse Hush to victory in the World
Champion Hunter Under Saddle Senior class. Hush is no stranger to the
winner's circle, and he floated across the ground to win the blue ribbon.
In the WCHR Professional Finals, the top six qualified hunter riders in the
nation went head-to-head in a four-round class to determine the 2009
Professional World Champion Hunter Rider. Hunt Tosh of Milton, GA, led the
class from the beginning to win in his debut in the prestigious event.
Tosh started out the night with a bang when he scored a 93 in the first
round on the horse he brought to the competition, Lone Star, who is owned by
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wheeler. In the second round, he rode Camira, owned by
Melanie Barnes, brought to the competition by Peter Pletcher. They scored a
90.16 to raise Tosh's total to 183.16.
In the third round, Tosh and Lindsay Wolf's Lazy Sunday had a score of 89.33
for a total of 272.49. Tosh qualified as one of the top three riders to
return for the final handy round. He piloted Fine Kiss, owned by Mr. and
Mrs. Ernest M. Oare. They scored the highest round of the night with a 94.33
to give Tosh a total of 366.82 points for the win.
Tosh was thrilled to win his first WCHR Professional Finals. "When you win
in a class like this, it's an especially big victory, and it is fun to
do. I've watched it in the past, and it's something that you always want to
win and hope you can come back. I hope to do it again like these guys."
WCHR Professional Finals
1. Hunt Tosh 93+90.16+89.33+94.33= 366.82
Lone Start owned by Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wheeler
2. Scott Stewart 87.66+85.66+91.66+89.66= 354.64
Lazy Sunday owned by Lindsay Wolf
3. Kelley Farmer 88.33+88.00+87.66+88.00= 351.99
Fine Kiss owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Oare
4. Ken Berkley 85.33+82.00+79.00= 279.33
Rio Fino W owned by Wendy Hofmeister
5. Peter Pletcher 84.33+87.33+91.00= 262.66
Camira owned by Melanie Barnes
6. John French 82.33+85.66+89.66= 257.65
Illusion owned by Paige Dotson
The championships awarded for the professional hunter divisions are as
First Year Green Working Hunter Section A
Champion: Ante Up, Sandy Ferrell, Ann Thompson
Reserve Champion: Triton, Peter Pletcher, Don Stewart Jr.
First Year Green Working Hunter Section B
Champion: Arabella, Peter Pletcher, Becky Gochman
Reserve Champion: Travino, Patricia Griffith, Heritage Farm
Green Conformation Hunter
Champion: Sambalino, Ken Berkley, Gina Day
Reserve Champion: Declaration, Scott Stewart, Fashion Farm
Regular Conformation Hunter
Champion: Luigi, Kelley Farmer, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Oare
Reserve Champion: Declaration, Scott Stewart, Fashion Farm
Grand First Year Green Hunter: Arabella, Peter Pletcher, Becky
Grand Green Hunter: Rumba, John French, Mountain Home Stable
Grand Conformation Hunter: Luigi, Kelley Farmer, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Oare
Tribute Perpetual Trophy: Lone Star, Hunt Tosh, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wheeler
Best Hunter Performance: tie: Rumba, John French, Mountain Home Stable
Lone Star, Hunt Tosh, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wheeler
EMO Trip of the Show: tie: Rumba, John French, Mountain Home Stable
Lone Star, Hunt Tosh, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wheeler
Hunter Highlights: Thursday through Sunday
The Amateur-Owner Hunters were split by age into two divisions. In the
Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters, Erin Stewart of Ocala, FL, rode Quality Time to
the championship for her father, Don Stewart. Quality Time and Stewart swept
the division, impressively winning all five classes. Their incredible
performance easily gave them the Grand Amateur Hunter Championship, and
Stewart was named the Leading Amateur Hunter Rider. They also won the EMO
Amateur Trip of the Show. The reserve championship went to Dawn Fogel on
Royal Oak, who had two second places over fences and a fourth under saddle.
The championship in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 36 & Over division went to
Stacy Arani and Bolero. Arani and Bolero earned a first, two seconds and a
fourth over fences. Bolero is owned by Marigot Bay Farm of Dover, MA. The
reserve championship went to John Ingram and his own Hush. Hush earned a
first over fences and a first under saddle.
The World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) Amateur-Owner Challenge immediately
followed the championship pinnings. Tracy Scheriff of Wellington, FL, rode
her own Absolut to victory. The refined pair had a graceful and faultless
round collecting the high score of 85.66. The class featured the top amateur
riders and their horses from both divisions in a one-round class.
In the outdoor arena, Annie Frazier and her horse Bijou took home the
championship in the Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 division. The pair was first
and third over fences and won the under saddle. The reserve champion was
Lisa Arena aboard her own Endo Fino. They took home a first and a third over
Frazier's top ribbons gave her and Bijou the Grand Adult Amateur Hunter
title and Leading Adult Hunter Rider. The EMO Adult Trip of the Show award
went to Bliss and Laura Beckworth, who scored an 88.5 in the Adult Amateur
51 & Over Hunter division.
In the Adult Amateur Hunter 36-50 division, Amy Brubaker and CR Franz Marc
took home the champion tricolor. CR Franz Marc is owned by KAC Horses
LLC. Reserve went to Laura Beckworth and her own Bliss.
Marilou Case and her horse, Unwritten, were the Adult Amateur Hunter 51 and
Over division champions. The reserve championship went to Motown ridden by
Karen Long Dwight. Motown is owned by Karen Long Dwight and Barbara Ridder
Amy Brubaker had a repeat performance in this year's World Championship
Hunter Rider (WCHR) Adult Amateur Finals. She won the Finals aboard Caitlin
Zeigler's Relentless. The pair also won the National WCHR Adult Championship
this year. The top twelve horses from the first round were invited back to
compete in the second round. Brubaker and Relentless were in fifth place
after round one with a score of 83.66. Coming back for round two, they put
in a very consistent and composed round earning a high score of 87.00. The
duo finished with a combined score of 170.66 to secure the win.
The ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals was won by Jeanine Cash riding
Calinka. The two achieved a first round high score of 87.20. The top ten
horses from the first round returned to the ring for another go. Once again,
Cash and Calinka took the high score of the round with an 86.60 for a final
score of 173.80. Calinka is owned by Laura Gamino.
This year's Grand Pony Hunter Championship went to the winner in the Large
Pony Hunter division, Franklin's Tower, ridden by Taylor Ann Adams for Meg
O'Mara. They won three over fences classes and also placed third over
fences. The reserve champion in the Large Pony Hunters was For the Laughter,
ridden by Victoria Colvin for Scott Stewart. They won an over fences class
and the under saddle. Adams was also named the Best Pony Rider and they won
the EMO Pony Trip of the Show with a score of 90.
The Small Pony Hunter championship went to Elation and rider Meredith
Darst. Elation is owned by Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, VA, and trained
by Rob Coluccio and Richard Cunkle of Wellington, FL. Today, Elation and
Darst won the first over fences class and the handy hunter class. The
reserve championship in the Small division went to Prince Monticello, ridden
by Kirklen Petersen for owner Ashley Delgado. They were second and third
over fences and finished sixth in the handy hunter class.
In the Medium Pony division, Allison Toffolon aboard Heart's Desire, owned
by Stone Ridge, took home the championship. Toffolon and Heart's Desire
finished first and third over fences, first under saddle, second in the
handy hunter and fifth in the conformation class. Reserve champion Meredith
Darst and Chloe Hirtenstein's Champlain Treasure Me collected a first in the
handy hunter, a second over fences and a second in the conformation class.
The Large Junior Hunter 16-17 champion was Sarah Sturges and her horse Sweet
Addiction. The duo won twice over fences and took fifth under
saddle. Reserve champion was Laura King and Pharrell, who had a second,
sixth and third over fences and a first under saddle. Pharrell is owned by
Blantyre Farm, of Irvington, NY.
In the $5,000 Handy Hunter Challenge, 13 competitors took on a course full
of turns, a trot jump, hand gallop, and an option that included opening and
riding through a gate. The first horse in the ring was Lyle, ridden by
17-year-old Abby O'Mara of Rumson, NJ, and they laid down a fabulous trip
that no one could come near for a score of 88.66.
To finish Saturday in the outdoor ring, the Children's Hunter Pony division
gave out their championship ribbons. Madelyn Keck rode Porter Allen's Tango
to the champion tricolor, while Taylor Willever on Chase the Rain, owned by
Kimber-view Stables was the reserve champion.
The Grand Junior Hunter Champion was Laura King aboard Heartfelt, the
champions of the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division. Heartfelt is owned by
Blantyre Farm of Irvington, NY. The pair finished with a first and two
seconds over fences. Their top finishes also gave them the Grand Older
Junior Hunter Championship. Alexandra Arute and Red Rooster secured the
reserve championship with a first and sixth over fences and a first under
saddle. Red Rooster is owned by Old Oak Farm of Los Angeles, CA. King was
also presented with the best Junior Hunter Rider Award. The EMO Junior Trip
of the Show was a tie with a score of 88.5 between Red Rooster and Alex
Arute and Sarah Sturges with Sweet Addiction.
The Small Junior 15 & Under Champion was Victoria Colvin and
Ovation. Ovation is owned by Scott Stewart and Colvin has been riding the
nine-year-old Brandenburg since the beginning of Florida. Colvin and Ovation
finished with a first under saddle, second in the handy hunter and fourth
over fences. The reserve champion was Casey Green and her own Savannah. The
pair was first in hunter stake, second over fences, and fifth under saddle.
The Large Junior 15 & Under Champion was Sambalino, another mount for
Victoria Colvin. They earned a second, third, and sixth over fences and were
first under saddle. Sambalino is a seven-year-old Brandenburg owned by Gina
Day that Colvin started riding at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. Sambalino
was also the Grand Champion Junior Hunter of the two younger divisions. The
reserve champion was Hasbrouck Donovan aboard Quality Time for Don
Stewart. They finished with a second over fences, third in the stake and
fourth under saddle.
Kelly Cruciotti and Q were named the Grand Children's Hunter Champion and
collected the EMO Trip of the Show along with the Children's Hunter 14 &
Under Section tricolor. Q was first and second over fences and was first
under saddle. The reserve champion was Chloe Johnson aboard Park Place. Park
Place is owned by Tina Hubbard of Shaker Heights, OH. Johnson and Park
Place finished with two thirds over fences and second under saddle.
The champion of the B Section of the Children's 14 & Under Hunters was
Independence, ridden by Alyson Jacoff for Rach Schaeffer. The reserve
championship in the section went to Limoges, ridden by Megan MacPherson for
Audrey Carlson. Talie Lynch and Sunfest won the Children's 15-17 Hunter
championship over Phoebe Hersh and One Up, who were awarded the reserve
The WCHR Children's Final victory went to Silas V and Brianne Link, while
the WCHR Pony Challenge was won by Madelyn Keck Tuscany. Tuscany is owned by
West End Stables of Los Angeles, CA. They had a smooth and consistent round
earning the high score of 83.00. Red Rooster and Alexandra Arute won the
WCHR Junior Challenge with a score of 88.66. Red Rooster is owned by Old Oak
Farm in Los Angeles, CA.
The award for Leading Trainer of Capital Challenge for Ken Berkley of
Flemington, NJ. Hayley Barnhill was given the Stewart Warner Cup for junior
riders. Parker Wright was the recipient of the Stewart Warner Cup. The Cup
is given to an up-and-coming junior rider who exhibits the best hunter style
and show potential.
Jumper Highlights: Thursday through Saturday
In the $10,000 Children's/Adult Jumper Challenge, 52 entries went to post,
but only 17 were able to find the path to a clear round. These 17 returned
for a jump-off against the clock. The eight-fence jump off was a fast track
offering up long galloping lines yet tested riders with a tight roll-back to
an in and out. Eleven riders kept the rails from hitting the dirt and the
chase for the blue came down to speed.
The last rider on course was Katherine Edgell on Miss Kitty. They were the
fastest fault-free round, stopping the clock in 34.755 seconds. They beat
the next fastest time by more than two seconds as the last horse in the
ring. Second place went to Joann Williams on Weekend Warrior, who was double
clean in 36.949 seconds. Jeanine Cash and Turbo were third with a clear
round in 36.979 seconds. Edgell was named Leading Adult Jumper Rider, while
Colleen Lewis on Orlando was named Leading Children's Jumper Rider.
The North American Junior/Amateur Challenge Cup kicked off on Thursday
evening with a Time First Round class. There were 27 entries in the class,
and there were eight clean rounds. This was the first round of three in the
Challenge Cup, which awards $40,000 in total prize money and was sponsored
by Heritage Farm and Kate Considine/Willow Brook Farm. Tim Hooker of
Wellington, FL, rode Sirius 127 to a very quick round of 53.734 seconds to
win over Tracey Weinberg, who finished second on Larone in 54.483 seconds
and third with Cromwell in 58.459 seconds.
In the $10,000 North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Challenge Cup Round Two,
only eight managed to go clear over the speed course designed by Conrad
Homfeld. Last to go was Thursday night's winner Tim Hooker and his own
Sirius 127. Hooker rode the course impeccably with quick turns and shaved
time off the clock by leaving out a stride in the first line. Hooker tried
to leave out a stride again in the last line but got into a tight spot to
the last oxer. The ever-athletic Sirius 127 made a great effort to easily
clear the jump. They finished with a time of 54.574 seconds, 0.552 seconds
faster than Lauren Crooks and Endeavor, who finished second with a time of
Early leader Tim Hooker on Sirius 127 was able to retain the lead for the
series win in the North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Challenge Cup. Hayley
Barnhill and Toucan Tango won the $25,000 final class. In the final round of
the $40,000 North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Challenge Cup, 15-year-old
Hayley Barnhill from Memphis, TN, rode Toucan Tango, a seven-year-old
Holsteiner/Selle Francais gelding, to the win. The Time First Jump-off
course was designed by Conrad Homfeld, and the class was presented by the
Oken family and Hi Hopes Farm.
Out of 24 entries in the class, there were eight clear rounds. Barnhill
returned fourth in the order and put in a quick, clear round in 38.669
seconds. Every rider after her had faults, which gave Barnhill the win.
For Hooker, his plan of taking the early lead in Thursday night's speed
class came to fruition. Hooker and Sirius 127, a 14-year-old Hanoverian
gelding, won the first two speed phases of the Challenge Cup. In the final
round, they had four faults and placed ninth. Hooker had to wait and see how
Tracey Weinberg did in the jump-off to determine whether he would lead the
victory gallop. If Weinberg had won, she would have repeated her victory
from last year. If she was second, she would have had to jump-off against
Hooker. When Weinberg had a rail on her final mount, it gave the win to
Along with winning the Ariat Congressional Cup, Hooker was named the Best
Amateur Jumper Rider. Barnhill was named Best Junior Jumper Rider.