Articles: Press Release
Torano, Renz & Fauth Lead Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic
Beth Gold (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
TAMPA, FL-July 30, 2001- Three riders sit atop the leader boards in the
National Horse Sports Foundation Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic
Series. Danielle Torano of Fort Lauderdale, FL leads the East Conference
with 115 points; Chrissy Renz of Lake Geneva, WI leads the Central
Conference with 41 points; and Morgan Fauth of Wayzata, MN leads the West
Conference with 43 points.
East Conference Action
Danielle Torano and Lojana dominated July's East Conference action. Her two
wins and a second place finish propelled her into the top position of the
leader board with 115 points. Paige Rassas, who has led for most of the
Series, slipped to the second slot with 60 points.
Soggy weather caused the cancellation of July's first series competition at
the Lake Placid Horse Show. The following week was much brighter for
Danielle Torano and Lojana, who assumed the lead in the standings with her
win at the I Love New York Horse Show. Sarah Willeman of Hamilton, MA and
Lapeti garnered second place honors, while Jenny Ross of Kennesaw, GA and
San Sell Sofia finished third.
The following three weeks of competition were held during the Vermont Summer
Festival. In week one, at the Manchester Summer Festival, a field of seven
competitors advanced to the jump-off from a field of 24. Amy Shafmaster of
Portsmouth, NH and Rico set the early time to beat with a clear round in
50.336 seconds. Four other competitors proceeded to turn in clear rounds,
but it was Southampton, New York's Vanessa Stevenson's quick time of 47.628
seconds that secured her first win of the Jumper Classic Series with
Fortunato. Caitlin Venezia of Marstons Mills, MA and Maykel finished close
behind in second with a time of 47.637, followed by Shafmaster in third.
At the Manchester Classic, Torano increased her Conference lead with her
second win of the month. Riding Lojana, she defeated ten jump-off
competitors. Cayce Harrison of Burr Ridge, IL and Jashar finished second.
Venezia's third place finish aboard Maykel moved her into third place in the
overall standings with 54 points.
Anna McNight of Whitehall, MD and her horse, Marina took top honors at The
Valley Classic. McNight posted one of three clean jump-off rounds, and her
time of 40.482 seconds was enough to topple Torano and Lojana, who finished
second in 41.729 seconds. Willeman took third place honors aboard Navaro
with a time of 48.933 seconds.
Central Conference Action
Chrissy Renz maintained her lead in the Central Conference after the
Series' three events in July.
At the Merrill Lynch Hunter Jumper Classic, 7 of 22 competitors advanced to
the jump-off. With several riders going clean, the pressure was on to see
who could turn in the fastest round. Laura Steffee of Wellington, FL rose to
the challenge and turned in a clean, fast round in 33.449 seconds to claim
the win aboard Idole Du Chateau. They edged out Michael Morrissey of
Bradenton, FL and Gera who finished close behind in 33.543 seconds. Sarah
Burton of Ann Arbor, MI and Memphis Minnie took third place honors with a
clean ride in 34.661 seconds.
The following week at the Turfway Classic, it was Amy Van Houten's turn to
take the spotlight. The Chatham, NJ-rider and her horse, Alma Cogan, turned
in the first of only two clear rounds in the seven-competitor jump-off and
won with a time of 40.035 seconds. Her victory also launched her into second
place in the Conference standings. Sherri Wenal of West Palm Beach, FL and
Concerto also rode clean but earned one time fault to finish second. Gina
Mancuso of New Hope, PA and Tellus took third with four faults in 36.514
At the Greater Cincinnati Classic, the first round ultimately
named the winner, as no rider posted a clean round. Kate Bomgaars of
Rochester, MN and Jupiter took the blue with three faults in 80.951 seconds.
Erin Haas of Ann Arbor, MI and Mir finished second with four faults in
73.048 seconds, followed by Rassas of Northfield, IL and Billy with four
faults in 73.747 seconds.
West Conference Action
Morgan Fauth moved to the top of the West Conference leader board with her
solid performances in July. Riding Winston Stables' Cohiba, she claimed her
first Conference victory of the year at the Rocky Mountain Classic. Megan
Kindred of Fairview, TX and her Commissar finished close behind in second,
followed by Allison Kroff of Mesa, AZ and her Camus in third.
At the Colorado Summer Classic, Summer Bruington of Boerne, TX was one of
five competitors from a field of 27 to advance to the jump-off. Her
fault-free ride in 36.144 seconds was enough to defeat Lynn Tron of Mexico
and Puertas Amaranto, who rode clean in 40.269 seconds. Fauth and Cohiba
turned in a quicker time of 34.279 seconds, but their four faults dropped
them to third place.
Overall, Fauth sits atop the leader board with 43 points, followed by
Bruington with 34 points and Megan Kindred of Fairview, TX with 30 points.
The NHSF Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, which runs
February through November, is divided into three geographical conferences:
the East Conference hosting 22 shows, the Central Conference hosting 8 shows
and the West Conference hosting 5 shows. Conference point standings are
calculated separately and updated after all shows. At the end of the
series, a championship is awarded for each conference with East and Central
Conference champions honored at the National Horse Show in New York and the
West Conference champion honored at the Los Angeles National Horse Show in
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series gives Amateur-Owner and
junior riders an opportunity to compete at higher levels and serves as a
proving ground for riders who aspire to someday represent the United States
in international competition.
The focus of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is to encourage
broader interest and participation in the equestrian sport of show jumping,
as well as to educate the equestrian and non-equestrian alike by sharing the
sport's lore, fundamentals, history and greatest achievements.
The National Horse Sports Foundation (NHSF) is a publicly supported
charitable and educational organization whose purposes include providing
financial and technical support for amateur equestrian programs for adults
and children including therapeutic riding and competitions for the disabled.
For more information about the 2001 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper
Classic Series, please visit the Show Jumping Hall of Fame website at
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