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Laura Kraut Leading Open Jumper Rider at the National Horse Show

LEXINGTON, Ky--Laura Kraut, riding Whitney and Corfu, had one win and two seconds to take the Leading Open Jumper Rider and Leading Lady Rider titles at the National Horse Show in Lexington, Oct. 31 - Nov. 5.

Laura Kraut on WhitneyLaura Kraut on WhitneyBut it was the Irish Olympian Denis Lynch riding RMF Echo who won the final jumping class of the show and the week's top prize, Saturday evening's $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington CSI4*-W.

Nine went clean from the starting field of 40 to make the jump-off, which Lynch won in 36.16 seconds, with Lauren Tisbo  of Wellington, Fla., and Coriandolo Di Ribano second in 36.52 and Switzerland's Beat Mändli on Dsarie third in 37.80 seconds.

"I went as quick as I could," said Lynch. "Echo' is a naturally very, very quick horse and he's been unlucky a few times this year where he's been beaten. There have been maybe three or four grand prix events where he's finished second."

"These guys are way more experienced than I am," said Tisbo of Lynch and Mändli. "My horse had a little time off, and we really geared him towards this show, so I'm thrilled with the result."

"Coriandolo Di Ribano goes in a racing saddle," said Tisbo. "He likes it, and he's happy with it so I'm not going to change it. I've had him for about two years in February. He'll be 11 next year. He's the best horse I have, and I really took my time and gave him more than he needed to come back, so he kind of missed a lot this year. I'm really quite pleased with how he's come off his break."

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Scott Stewart sweeps hunter division at Pa. National H.S.

HARRISBURG, Pa--Scott Stewart of Flemington, N.J., dominated the open hunter divisions, taking three of the five championships and a reserve in a fourth, and he was the Leading Hunter Rider for the third time in a row at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Oct. 12-21 in Harrisburg, but Canada ruled in the open jumper division.

Wonderly and Scott Stewart. Photo by Al CookWonderly and Scott Stewart (Photo by Al Cook)Almost all of Stewart's wins came on horses ownd by Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, Va.

Stewart first rode Wonderly to the championship in the 3'6" Green Hunter section and to the Grand Green Hunter Championship on Oct. 17.

Wonderly, an 8-year-old gelding, won four of the five classes contested, and the only class he didn't win went to Parker's other horse in the division, Luster, also ridden by Stewart, who was Reserve Champion.

After the conformation sections were run on the next two days, Wonderly's wins stood up, and he was awarded the Pennsylvania National Grand Hunter Championship and the Beaufort Hunt Perpetual Trophy.

One of the two championships Stewart didn't win was the 3'9" Green Hunter tricolor, which went to Patriot with Hunt Tosh riding for the Wheeler Family.

But Stewart did take the Reserve Championship with the Fashion Farm's Captivate.

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Taylor St. Jacques, second in Talent Search, East, wins Medal in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa.--After finishing second to McKayla Langmeier of East Granby, Conn., in the Show Jumping Talent Search Finals - East on Oct. 8, Taylor St. Jacques, 18 of Glen Allen, Va., was thrilled to finally break through and win the Hunter Seat Medal Final on Oct. 15 at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg.

Taylor St. Jacques and Charisma Photo by Al CookTaylor St. Jacques and Charisma. (Photo by Al Cook)It was an emotional win as this is her last year of eligibility as a junior and therefore her last chance to win the Medal Final.

"This is it," said St. Jacques. "This is honestly a dream come true. I have always wanted to win a Final, and hopefully we can win the rest, and I can go out with a bang."

"I thought the courses were great," said St. Jacques, who rode Charisma. "They tested enough without being too difficult. I thought from the moment my horse came out of the stall today he had his absolute "A" game on. He was ready to go out there and put his best foot forward and he did. He was absolutely incredible. I could not ask him to be better any part of any round."

"I was a little nervous coming back for the final test.," she said. "I've come back on top a few times at some smaller shows, and I think that really prepared me for this big class. I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be. I was really excited when they said no stirrups. I think that's a strong suit of mine. I thought that was pretty cool and funny. My mom called it down at the Winter Equestrian Festival, that at the final there was going to be a test with no stirrups and it happened!"

The long day began with 257 riders in the first round, and the top 25 were called back for a second round, then the top four were tested again.

In the final test, riders jumped a course of eight numbered obstacles, or nine fences, without stirrups.

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Cheshire Hunt dominates Pa. National Hunt Night with help of two fresh from Fair Hill Event

HARRISBURG, Pa.--Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds of Unionville, Pa., won or placed in every class at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show's Hunt Night on Monday, Oct, 16, topping off the evening with a win in the Hunt Team class to take the Championship with 40 points over Bull Run Hunt of Orange, Va.

Cheshire Hunt receives Hunt Night Championship. photo by Al CookCheshire Hunt receives Hunt Night Championship. photo by Al CookTwo of Cheshire's winners, fresh off competing successfully at the Fair Hill International Event the previous four days, had never competed in Hunt Night before, but that didn't stop them from each contributing a win to help Cheshire to the championship.

Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa., who had just finished third in the CCI three-star at Fair Hill on Tsetserleg, won the Gentleman's Hunter Under Saddle, and Erike Nesler, also of Cochranville, who placed in the top 20, finishing 17th, in the CCI two-star on Right Above It, was a member of the winning Hunt Team and placed fifth in Field Hunters - Riders 35 and under. a class that had 34 competitors.

The winning Hunt Team, Joy Slater, Skylar McKenna and Nesler, defeated 20 teams from 13 hunts.

"Neither Skylar nor I had ever ridden on a hunt team before, and we never even got to practice before competing at Harrisburg," said Nesler, who rode another of her event horses, No Doubt DSF, a 7-year-old who has competed successfully at intermediate in eventing.

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Canadian Selena O'Hanlon wins Dutta Fair Hill 3*, Kevin Keene Leading 2* Amateur

FAIR HILL Md.--Selena O'Hanlon of Canada finished first in the dressage phase of the Dutta Fair Hill CCI3*, Oct. 12-15, dropped to second with 1.6 time faults cross country and rose back to the top with a clean show jumping round to win the International 3*, while Will Coleman of Gordonsville, Va., on Tight Lines, second in the International 3*, was the National 3* Eventing Champion.

Selena OHanlon and Foxwod High. Photo by Shannon BrinkmanSelena OHanlon and Foxwod High. Photo by Shannon BrinkmanBut tBut tBut t But the most amazing accomplishment and perhaps the biggest victory was that of Dr. Kevin Keene of Cochranville, Pa., who at 63 has fought his way back from devastating injuries suffered two years ago to ride his Sportsfield Candy to finish eighth on his dressage score of 54.1 and to be the Leading Amateur Rider in the 2* division.

"Exactly two years and a month ago, I broke my pelvis in three places, broke my back and my hip and broke my scapula down the middle," said Dr. Keene, a top veterinarian who not only cares for many other eventing horses but for years has been the chief vet for Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard. "I couldn't walk for five months."

Dr. Keene was riding a horse that he had bought for resale for the first time, and he was in an indoor arena.

The Horse saw himself in a mirror and wheeled and galloped off at full speed, dropping Dr. Keene to land hard on his back.

Despite those horrific injuries, Dr. Keene hardly missed a day of veterinary work while fighting to regain his strength and fitness.

"I'm over 60, but I was determined not to let that be an impediment to my competing," said Dr. Keene, who took over Dr. Danny Marks veterinary practice over 30 years ago and inherited many of Marks' clients, including Sheppard.

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More Articles ...

  1. U.S. ends spectacular year of Nations Cup competitions with a second at the Finals in Barcelona
  2. Andre Thieme won the $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Saugerties to win his third $1 Million GP
  3. Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border win 3* Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials
  4. U.S. wins Nations Cup at Spruce Meadows in a nail-biter
  5. Laura Chapot wins Grand Prix and Championhip at Devon Fall Classic
  6. Buck Davidson, determined to win at Plantation Field, does just that on Copper Beech
  7. Matt Brown on BCF Belicoso wins National Open Horse Trials
  8. Scott Steward wins Green Hunter Incentive for third straight time
  9. U.S. team wins Nations Cup in Dublin, second in Aachen
  10. Laura Graves and Verdades win Grand Prix Special at Aachen, move into 2nd in World Rankings
  11. La La La La wins $7,500 Jumper Stakes at Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show
  12. U.S. team wins FEI Nations Cup held in The Plains, Va.
  13. Devon show bigger and better than ever with record crowds, record revenue
  14. McLain Ward won the $225,000 Devon Grand Prix for the ninth time, but a newcomer took the championship and Leading Rider title
  15. Scott Stewart reigns supreme once more at Devon Horse Show
  16. U.S. win Nations Cup in Canada, qualifies for Barcelona Finals
  17. Sarah Murphy triumphed over Jennie Brannigan and Erika Nesler in an exciting first presentation of Eventing at Devon Horse Show
  18. Taylor St. Jacques wins Devon’s Equitation Championship, Sophie Gochman and Garfield Grand Junior Hunter Champions
  19. Mexico won the second Nations Cup qualifier for Barcelona, making the final in Canada vitally important for the U.S.
  20. Photo Gallery from Rolex, 2017
  21. Phillip Dutton repeats as Eventing’s National Champion, places three in top 10 at Rolex CCC**** Championship
  22. Chapot and Stewart repeat as WEF circuit Leading Riders
  23. U.S. wins Nations Cup CDIO-U25, second in CDIO3*
  24. McLain Ward on HH Azur faultless to win World Cup
  25. The Ridge hosted a 13-week greatly expanded series of Wellington shows, offering a great alternative to WEF
  26. Laura Graves on Verdades placed second in World Cup
  27. U.S. leads in Nations Cup competition to qualify for Barcelona finals
  28. Graves impresses with fifth score in the 80s in Wellington Large Tour
  29. Boyd Martin threepeats in $100,000 Wellington Eventing
  30. Springsteen speeds to win over 76 competitors at WEF, Ward wins $380,000 GP and Little returns to win after bad fall
  31. Chapot takes Winterfest by storm
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