Articles: Press Release
Francesca and Maggie Jayne Claim Grand Champion Open Hunter Title at
126th National Horse Show
Jennifer Wood of
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Syracuse, NY - October 29, 2009 - The 126th National Horse Show wrapped up
the professional hunter divisions today in Syracuse, NY. Four championships
were awarded, along with the Grand Champion Open Hunter and Leading Hunter
Rider titles. Francesca, owned by Pony Lane Farm of Bluffdale, UT, and
ridden by Maggie Jayne of Elgin, IL, were the Grand Hunter Champions after
they won two hunter division championships. Jayne was named the Leading
The National Horse Show holds classes for hunters through Friday, October
30, and their highlight event, the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, will
be held on Saturday, October 31. The 126th National Horse Show is featured
at the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament, which holds jumpers
classes through Sunday, November 1 in the War Memorial at the Oncenter
Jayne had an incredible two days with her hunters at the 126th National
Horse Show. She and Francesca, an eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare,
finished as the Green Conformation and Regular Conformation Hunter
champions. For their Green Conformation Hunter championship, they were
presented with the "Call You Raise You" Challenge Trophy, donated by
Mrs. Stephen Clark and Cismont Manor Farm. The reserve champion in the
division was South Beach, ridden by Jennifer Alfano for Bright Star 158 LLC.
Francesca and Jayne swept the Regular Conformation Hunter division ribbons
and won the Regular Conformation championship, for which they were presented
with the German Challenge Trophy, donated by The Consul General of the
Federal Republic of Germany. The sweep of all five blue ribbons easily gave
them the Grand Champion Open Hunter title, and they were presented the
"Isglide" Challenge Trophy, donated by Mr. and the late Mrs. Kenneth
Francesca and Maggie Jayne were the Green Conformation champion,
Regular Conformation champion, and Grand Champion Open Hunter.
Jayne said that Francesca has improved since two summers ago when her father
Alex found the mare in Europe. "She's gotten better and quieter because she
used to do a little bit of jumpers. I think she's in the routine. It's all
about the program, and she's definitely got a nice, easy program. She
doesn't take a lot of prep. We show her in a couple of divisions, and it's
easy and nice."
Jayne was reserve champion in the Regular Conformation Hunters on Early
Applause, also owned by Pony Lane Farm. Jayne noted, "It's great. The horses
have been really solid. I'm excited for the owners, and for the horses to go
This is Jayne's first hunter championship at the National Horse Show and
feels that her wins here are "very special." She continued, "All the horses
went great. I think to be leading rider you have to have a lot of horses,
and they all consistently have to be to on your side or it's never going to
Jayne was named the Leading Hunter Rider and won the Leading Hunter Rider
Challenge Trophy, donated by Scott Stewart in memory of Mrs. Kenneth Wheeler
- originally donated by Mr. and the late Mrs. Kenneth Wheeler.
Jennifer Alfano of Buffalo, NY, also had a great day in the hunter
divisions. Starting out, she won the Green Working Hunter championship on
Kid Rock, owned by Bright Star 158 LLC. They were presented with the
"S. Craig Lindner Family" Challenge Trophy, donated by Craig and Frances
Lindner, for their win in the stake class today. For the championship, they
were awarded the "Ashford Castle" Challenge Trophy, donated by Craig and
Frances Lindner. The reserve champion was Bengale, ridden by Jeffrey Ayers
for Gerald A. Camera.
"I was thrilled with him," Alfano said of Kid Rock. "He started making a
name for himself this summer, and he's just gotten better and better and
better. I thought he was just incredible here, every class. He just went in
every time as good as he could be. This summer, I said he was going to be
one to keep your eye on and I think he's turning into that."
Alfano was most pleased about Kid Rock's maturity and development this
year. "He's always had the ability, and he's incredibly scopey. He was just
inconsistent and a little baby-ish," she explained. "This summer he has
really grown up and sort of all of a sudden this light bulb when on, and he
was like 'I want to win all the classes.' I'd like to say it was something I
did, but it was on his own."
Alfano picked up the Regular Working Hunter championship on Kid Rock's "big
brother," Rock Star, who is also owned by Bright Star 158 LLC. They finished
the week with a win in the stake class. The reserve champion was Overseas,
ridden by Hunt Tosh for Laura Wasserman.
"He just felt so great in the stake today," Alfano said. "I'm happy to have
him, since a little over a year ago he had colic surgery and it was pretty
bad. It's great just to have him back showing, and it's really special for
me. He's always been a special horse, but to have him come back and be
champion here is just amazing."
The 126th National Horse Show continues tomorrow with the conclusion of the
amateur-owner hunter divisions and two championship presentations. The four
junior hunter divisions wrap up on Friday. The ASPCA Maclay National
Championship will run on Saturday, October 31.
For more information on the National Horse Show, please visit
www.nhs.org. For more information on the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse
tournament, please visit www.syracuseinvitational.com.