Crabcakes named Maryland's Champion 3-Year-Old Filly and Champion Sprinter
By SARA CAVANAGH
BALTIMORE, Md.--Crabcakes, trained by Bernie Houghton, won both the Champion 3-year-old Filly and the Champion Sprinter titles in Maryland's inaugural Renaissance Awards on Monday evening, Feb. 12, at the Sagamore Pendry hotel in Baltimore.
Crabcakes winning the Maryland Million Distaff Handicap (Photo by Jim McCue)Crabcakes won two stakes at Laurel, the Miss Disco Stakes on Aug. 19 and the Maryland Million Distaff Handicap on Oct. 21, and she placed second in two others, the Wide Country Stakes at Laurel on Feb. 18 and the Alma North Stakes on June 17.
Crabcakes, by Great Notion out of Aunt Elaine, by Charismatic, has started 11 times with six wins, three seconds and one third, including also winning the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship Stakes as a 2-year-old.
Crabcakes was bred by the late Mrs. Edward (Binnie) Houghton's Buckingham Farm and Houghton left to her present owners, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Chatfield Taylor's Morgan's Ford Farm.
"We've had her since she was a yearling," said Bernie Houghton. "She was foaled at (Mr. & Mrs. Charles McGinnes's) Thornmar Farm, and then we got her as a yearling."
Eclipse winner Scorpiancer had rough beginning to his career
By SARA CAVANAGH
MONKTON, Md.--Steeplechase Eclipse Award winner Scorpiancer came perilously close to never making it to this country to race.
Scorpiancer, in the yellow and blue silks, and Mr Hot Stuff early in Temple GwathmeyHe was bred in Ireland and first won a maiden hurdle race in England as a 6-year-old in 2015.
He was a fairly expensive purchase by Bruton Street-US to race in England, but he ran poorly there and his owners almost gave him away.
"I've had Scorpiancer for two years," said his trainer Jack Fisher of Monkton, Md. "He came from England. Bruton Street bought him to run over there, He ran there four times, but he's a mental case. He just freaks out."
"He ran no good over there, but they'd spent a good bit of money on him, so they thought they'd try something else," said Fisher.
Bruton Street-US is a partnership between Mike Hankin, Charlie Noell and Charlie Fenwick, all of whom work for the investment banking firm of Alexander Brown & Sons, of which Hankin is CEO.
"Alexander Brown has an office in London on Bruton Street," said Hankin. "We three were in London in 2013, and we were having breakfast together. We thought we'd join our resources and thus compete more effectively."
Sandy C. Smith won First Place in Candid Photos with a charming photo of her grandson Connor waiting to feed an apple to a horse
By SARA CAVANAGH
Sandy C. Smith of Broque, Pa., won First Place in Candid Photos with a charming photo of her grandson Connor, who loved to feed the cats and horses in her barn.
"Connor is my one and a half-year-old grandson." said Smith. "My daughter Gretel (who lives in San Diego, Calif.) and Connor took a long Labor Day weekend to fly back to Fox Brush Farm from San Diego. Connor delighted in the daily chores of feeding everyone. The blanket he carries has a pony head and tail which he calls Lovely. Lovely went with him most of the time! The box he is standing on was won by his mother, Gretel, in a jumping class years ago.The gray nose belongs to First Twilight and the helper kitten is Darrel."
"I am a licensed race horse trainer in the mid Atlantic," said Smith. "My best horse ever was Hear Hear , a turf sprinter, who equaled the track record at Laurel when he was 9 years old."
"Thank you for continuing THE HORSE OF DELAWARE VALLEY as it is a much needed publication for our area.," said Smith. "I hope my photo brings many smiles to those that see it!"
Smith, who entered The Horse's Photo Contest for the first time, took this photo with a cell phone.
"It's pretty darn hard to beat a cell phone," said Smith. "You can carry it around with you in your back pocket and just whip it out when you see a picture you want to take."
"A picture says so much more," said Smith. "It's fun to share your life with people"
"Connor was adamant about feeding apples to the horses," said Smith.
Laura Graves set a new high Freestyle score at the Dressage Festival in Wellington
By SARA CAVANAGH
WELLINGTON, Fla.--Laura Graves and Verdades posted the best score ever given at the Global Dressage Festival, 84.675, to win the FEI World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle on Jan. 26, following up their win in the FEI World Cup Grand Prix the day before.
The Festival is an annual 12-week dressage circuit at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington.
Laura Graves on VerdadesGraves, riding Verdades, had ensured an electric start to week three of the Festival, winning the Grand Prix on a score of 79.63 percent on Jan. 25.
The score would have been over 80 percent, achieved twice by them in this test at the 2017 AGDF, but for a leap into canter from passage just before the final halt.
Graves’ riding received nines from all five judges, and the 16-year-old gelding by Florett As was bursting with energy.
“This is my first show out this season,” said Graves, 30. “I was super pleased with my horse, so for the first time back in almost six months to pick up where we left off, and I think maybe improving some things, is just fantastic.”
“I normally wait until the last show of the season to try something new, but this year I decided to try it at the first show," said Graves. "‘Diddy’ gets so hot on the final center line, so I tried bringing him back a little more, but he got even hotter, and when I touched him with my leg he over-reacted.”
McLain Ward awarded Equestrian of the Year and HH Azur wins International Horse of the Year title
By SARA CAVANAGH
LEXINGTON, Ky. -Mclain Ward, a consistent and always gracious champion, was awarded the Robert P. Strub Trophy as the 2017 USEF Equestrian of the Year at the USEF Pegasus Awards Dinner on Jan. 18, and the following evening one of his mounts, HH Azur was named the International Horse of the Year.
McLain Ward on HH Azur (photo by Shannon Brinkman}Both awards were made during the U.S. Equestrian Federation's annual meeting.
Ward of Brewster, N.Y., is a decorated and respected equestrian with an international acclaim that continues to grow.
Ward started the season by winning the $380,000 Suncast Grand Prix CSI5* during the Winter Equestrian Festival with HH Azur.
The following month, Ward clinched a home turf victory, winning the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final with HH Azur in Omaha, Neb.
In May, Ward was successful at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, winning the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon with Rothchild.
Ward has proven himself a consistent competitor and helped anchor the U.S. team to several FEI Nations Cup medals, including a silver-medal finish at the Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final in September.
“I am very honored to receive this award and humbled that it is an award voted on by our entire equestrian community,” said Ward. “This for me is a special award on many levels. It is and should be a reflection of much more than simply being a good rider, driver, or trainer. It encompasses all that you do as a horseman, mentor, and ambassador of our sports. It is said that what you do in the arena makes you a champion, but what you do outside of the arena is what makes you a leader. I believe that’s what this award is about.”
Jennifer MacNeill wins Action Photo Contest with photo of Boyd Martin
By SARA CAVANAGH
Jennifer MacNeill of East Petersburg, Pa., won the Action division of the 21st annual Photo Contest with a photo of Boyd Martin on Tsetseleg on cross country day at the Dutta Fair Hill CCI3* on Oct. 14.
Tsetseleg appears to be twisting in midair to get over the jump.
Boyd Martin on Tsetseleg at Dutta Fair Hill CCI3*
MacNeill took the photo of Martin, who finished third on Tsetseleg at Fair Hill, with a Canon 5D Mark 3 camera.
"I've been taking pictures seriously for about five or six years," said MacNeill. "My biggest success so far is that I got a picture in National Geographic. It was a photograph of a 4H girl nestled with a cow."
The Horse's final print edition was the 2016 December issue, and The Horse Online was not begun until March of 2017, so there was no photo contest last year.
The Horse will continue to hold an annual Photo Contest every yeaar from now on.
PAM THOMPSON of Cochranville, Pa., finished second and third in the Action division with a photograph of a cowboy on a bucking bronco placing second and a photograph of four race horses in a turf race at Delaware park placing third.
Hold On The second placed photo, entitled "Hold On", was taken at the Cecil County Fair in Fair Hill, Md., which is held annually on the last weekend of July.
Thompson said there was no program, so she doesn't know the name of the cowboy or where he finished.
The third placed photo, entitled "On the Turf" was taken at Delaware Park last summer, but Thompson said she didn't know the names of the horses.
On The Turf
Thompson had placed first in the 2016 Photo Contest in two categories, winning the Best Pet/Animal division with a shot of two identically marked Chincoteague ponies grazing and the Best Candid photo with a shot of a child taking a nap on the back of a Longhorn steer.
"I've been taking photographs seriously just for the last couple of years, since I got a nice camera," said Thompson, who took these two photos with a Nikon 750 camera. "Right now, it's just a hobby, but someday I might do it seriously as a profession."
Additional Honorable Mention photographs will be featured throughout the month of January, with Candid Photos featured in February and Pet/Animal photos featured in March.