Christine Mc Crea and Ronaldo de la Pomme (Stakkato x Darco).
In today’s Young Jumper Championship 8 Year Old class, Christine McCrea and Ronaldo de la Pomme were one of seven clear rounds out of 15 entries in the class. They finished in 35.521 seconds in the jump-off to win over Darragh Kenny on Cequila (Cancoon x Kolibri) and Candice King with Antigone Quality (Eurocommerce Berlin x Heartbreaker). This week’s course designer is Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY.
Continue reading Young Jumpers Learn the Ropes at Old Salem
Kent Farrington and Zidane (Sam R 60 x ) win the $20,000 Bluegrass Classic.
Lexington, KY – May 11, 2013 – Capturing a ribbon was no easy task during today’s $20,000 Bluegrass Classic at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Forty-two entries gathered at the Rolex Stadium to compete in the 1.45m Open Jumper event, but when 23 qualified for the tiebreaker the results came down to a foot race. Besting the clock and the course was Kent Farrington aboard Zidane, breaking the beam at 38.879 to take home the winning prize. Ramiro Quintana, riding Largo to second place, followed him, and Emanuel Andrade placed third with Walter 61.
Kent Farrington and Zidane Richard Jefferys set a very inviting course for today’s event at the Kentucky Horse Park. The first round included an open water option, an oxer-vertical double combination, and a vertical-oxer-vertical triple combination. Twenty-three were able to master the track and advance to the jump-off, where speed and accuracy were the keys to winning. “That was probably more than Richard expected, but he’s not building it to be the grand prix,” stated Farrington after his win. “I think he just maybe under built for the class today, but that just meant the jump-off turned into a speed class.”
Continue reading Fast Kent Farrington Wins $20,000 Bluegrass Classic with Zidane at Kentucky Spring Horse Show
Young Horse Trainers School
with Linda Allen, Julie Winkel, and Jose Alejos
October 8-13, 2013 – Maplewood Stables – Reno, NV
This intensive 6-day event will be specifically directed toward the care and training of today’s purpose-bred sport horse. Educational opportunities abound, and we promise to fill your week with a unique chance to network with others who share your special outlook on the sport.
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Ludger Beerbaum and YJC Graduate Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You) are victorious in Paris.
Chaman placed in the YJC Western League Finals in 2005 as a 6YO with Antonio Maurer. In 2006 he moved to the east coast to compete at WEF with Luciana Diniz before returning to Europe.
April 14, 2013 — The Kaiser came, saw and conquered! But a princess almost stole the show. Ludger Beerbaum’s goal was very clear at the Grand Palais this year; he wanted to make his mark at the Saut Hermès.
That goal meant winning the Grand Prix, “one of the most prestigious Grand Prix on the circuit, if not the most prestigious,” pointed out the German rider. The most successful rider on the circuit is at a point in his career where he is putting the finishing touches to his amazing record by seeking to add certain illustrious titles that have so far eluded him. At the Grand Palais, he had entered just one horse, Chaman, and he only arrived yesterday to allow his fanciful stallion to get used to the specific environment of the venue’s noble glass-roofed nave.
Today, he moved onto the serious business. The first step was to surmount the thirteen obstacles and sixteen difficulties of the initial course. Along with thirteen other riders, he succeeded in doing this with no problems, since the course was not overly difficult. So the jump-off had some serious contenders, with fourteen riders in total. The danger could come from anywhere! Hence his delight, after winning the class with a textbook round:
“I was really pleased with the way the horse jumped today, and the way I rode. I felt as if the horse and I were one. When we are on the same wavelength, it’s a bit like slalom skiing where the transition from one gate to another is really smooth. When the horse is so receptive and responsive, everything becomes easy. Winning is one thing, but to win like that, with a feeling of total empathy, is something that does not happen every day. I’m really happy.”
Continue reading Grand Prix Hermès CSI 5* Goes to Beerbaum & YJC Graduate Chaman
John Pearce and YJC Graduate Chianto (Carano x Primus). McCool photo.
San Juan Capistrano, CA – April 14, 2013 – On a couple of cool, breezy afternoons, Blenheim EquiSports presented two stellar high performance events, the $50,000 Blenheim Spring III Grand Prix, presented by Equine Insurance, and this season’s first $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, both on the International Grand Prix Field. Exciting twists and turns captivated competitors and spectators alike.
With grand prix prize money increased by over 20% for week three of the Blenheim Spring Series, internationally renowned course designer Leopoldo Palacios intentionally built a tough track. “From the three weeks this is the week with the most money. I needed it to be a touch harder than the other weeks. The field of riders is good, so I built a more difficult course.
” Thirty-nine pairs attempted to master the tight time allowed, distance and scope challenges, including a flowing first line, a bending line from three to a light skinny plank jump as the fourth obstacle followed by a triple combination set at a tough angle directly off the arena fence. Lines got tighter towards the end of the course, making the time allowed a factor. This technicality caught up with three riders who had no jumps down but finished with time faults.
Palacios explained, “My way of building and what I want doesn’t always happen (he laughs). A course is not one distance; it’s a flow and a lot of distances together. From one to two, already the distance is a little bit forward. But I put this forward so they make decision to add or go forward. At the end I have short distances. I change the mind of the horse several times and this is where they have faults.”
Continue reading Speed is Key for Pearce & YJC Graduate Chianto in the $50,000 Blenheim Spring Classic 3 Grand Prix
Christian Heineking and YJC graduate NKH Selena (Stakkato Gold x Quattro B) rule the jumper ring Photo: Shawn McMillen Photography
No matter the script during the second week of the 68th Annual Pin Oak Charity Horse Show (Mar 26-30), Christian Heineking found himself in the leading role. During Thursday night’s $25,000 Pin Oak Grand Prix presented by Moet Hennessy, USA, twelve advanced to the jump off and it became a horse race. In the end, it was Christian and NKH Selena (NKH, LLC, owner) leading the victory gallop. Francisco Galli of Argentina made the riders work a little harder in the $30,000 Grand Prix presented by Walter Oil & Gas Corporation on Saturday night, but Christian and NKH Selena rose to the challenge again, and the crowd loved it.
Continue reading Heineking and YJC Graduate NKH Selena Rule Jumpers at Pin Oak
Michael Hughes, pictured aboard YJC Graduate Zammetje (Sam R 60 x Karandasj), led the victory gallop in both the NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic and the SJHOF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic today in Tampa. Photo by Emily Riden.
Tampa, FL – March 31, 2013 – Michael Hughes sped to victory in the North American League (NAL) Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic, and he kept right on cruising. Hughes immediately followed up his NAL win today with a blue ribbon in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame High (SJHOF) Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic under the lights of the Covered Arena at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center.
The SJHOF Classic course, designed by Michel Vaillancourt, provided a great test of the horses and riders at the Tampa Bay Classic with only four pairs passing to move on to the jump-off round. The course opened over a single oxer, followed by a turn to the right over another single oxer, then on to a liverpool vertical. Coming off of the liverpool riders were sent around to the left to a single oxer before whipping around a tight right turn to jump a vertical skinny. The second round course concluded over an oxer-vertical in-and-out to a final oxer off the right.
As the first of four to return to the short course, Darby Toben took her turn in the race against the clock. Toben and her mount Virgin Media, owned by Doreen Toben, finished the course in a time of 45.736, under the time allowed of 50 seconds, but a rail down left her susceptible. KC Van Aarem came back next to best Toben’s time aboard her own horse, Mastermind, but with two poles hitting the ground, Aarem would finish the day in the third place position.
Continue reading Michael Hughes Takes Consecutive Victories in Jumpers For Final Day of Tampa Bay Classic
Peter Breakwell and YJC Graduate Lucas (Landphoenix I x Lukull). McCool Photography.
San Juan Capistrano, CA – March 30, 2013 - The $40,000 Blenheim Spring Classic I Grand Prix, presented by the Orange County Register, welcomed twenty-two horse and rider participants onto the International Field at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park. The Peters were in stride today – Peter Cottontail handled Easter brunch for exhibitors, Canadian Peter Holmes set an inviting course and New Zealander Peter Breakwell took home the top prize.
Seven riders piloted their mounts without fault to secure a spot in the jump-off. And of that group only two were double clean, Breakwell and second place finishers Michelle Spadone aboard Tembla (Morgan Hill Partners, owners). Both of these top riders now call California home.
“My plan was to go fast, I didn’t know if I would be fast enough. But everything just kind of worked out,” explained Breakwell.
Continue reading Peter Breakwell & YJC Graduate Lucas Claim Victory in the $40,000 Blenheim Spring Classic I Grand Prix
Ronan McGuigan and 6YO winner Chapeau (Indoctro x Ramiro). Photo © Sportfot.
Wellington, FL – March 29, 2012 – The twelfth and final week of competition at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF) continued on Friday, March 29, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, with the finals for the Adequan 6, 7 and 8-Year-Old Young Jumper divisions. In the $15,000 Adequan 6-Year-Old Jumper Classic Final, Ronan McGuigan and Chapeau were victorious. The $20,000 Adequan 7-Year-Old Jumper Classic Final saw a win for Laurenz Buhl and Calista, and the $20,000 Adequan 8-Year-Old Jumper Classic Final completed the day with a win for Daniel Bluman and Apardi.
Week twelve, sponsored by FTI Consulting
, runs March 27-31 featuring CSI 5* competition. Highlights include the $33,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic and $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5* on Saturday and the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Sunday.
The $15,000 Adequan 6-Year-Old Jumper Classic Final was the first class of the day with a win forIreland’s Ronan McGuigan and Blythe Masters’ Chapeau. Sixty entries navigated course designer Alan Wade’s track with 19 clear rounds and 11 double clears in the jump-off. McGuigan and Chapeau completed the fastest round in 35.058 seconds for their victory.
Devin Ryan pilots IJF/YJC Graduate No Worries (d'Accord II x Galoubet A), bred and owned by Barbara Rowland, over an oxer on their way to the win in the $25,000 EMO Grand Prix
No Worries was voted the horse with the Most Grand Prix Potential at the 2005 International Jumper Futurity Eastern Regional. He placed 3rd at the YJC Eastern League Finals as a 5YO, and 7th as a 6YO.
March 30, 2013 — It was a sold out scene in yesterday’s VIP as spectators watched Devin Ryan, from Long Valley, New Jersey make his way to the winner’s circle in the irons of Barbara Rowand’s No Worries, to win the $25,000 EMO Grand Prix! This was Ryan’s first time to the Georgia International Horse Park and the Atlanta Spring Classic and the first grand prix win for No Worries!
Frances Land of Alpharetta, Georgia in the irons on her own
Merlin, was first to go in the prix, but after a first round time of 83.230 seconds and eight time faults, the pair would settle for seventh place. Next to go was The Coverboy Group’s VDL Zedaldine ridden by Amanda Flint of Long Valley, New Jersey. With a first round time of 91.142 seconds, one time fault and twenty jumping faults, the pair would not place. Third in the line-up was Collin, owned by Positive-ism, Inc. and ridden by Amanda Wise of Fairfield, Connecticut. The pair jumped the first round in a time of 89.579 seconds and accumulated eight jump faults which would see them finish in eleventh place.