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Another Honorable Mention, Action

Pamela Bastings of Coatesville, Pa., took this photo of the carriage of Dr. Donald and Judy Rosato of Chester Springs and guests during the Carriage Pleasure Drive at the Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance.

CONTEST ACTION carriage 2

 

MATCH races expanded to 35 stakes at eight tracks (2)

The highly popular Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships Series (MATCH) has been renewed for 2020, with an expanded schedule and an increase in owner, trainer and breeder bonus money thanks to new partner racetracks, horsemen’s groups and breeder associations.

Bronx Beauty Match SeriesBronx Beauty, 2019 Overall Champion, leads Ms Locust Point to the wireThis year’s slate grows to 35 stakes at eight tracks.

Colonial Downs and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, both of which were part of the MATCH Series during its initial run from 1997-2001, have rejoined the series, as have the Virginia and Charles Town HBPAs.

The 2020 Series, which expands from four divisions to five, will begin April 18 with a unique split schedule at Laurel Park and Charles Town and run until Championship Day at Parx Racing on Oct. 10.

 

EXCEPT FOR the split sites on opening day to accommodate Charles Town’s entry into the Series, and Pimlico Race Course’s races split between Black-Eyed Susan Day and Preakness Day, the Series will continue the new and highly successful concept begun in 2019 of conducting a race in each of the divisions on a single-card format at each participating track, roughly one month apart over a six-month period.

match seriesLast year, there were 20 stakes spread over five MATCH Series days, and pari-mutuel handle increases were significant.

The other 2020 racetrack partners are Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, PARX, Delaware Park and Monmouth Park.

On the horsemen’s side, the Delaware THA, Maryland THA, New Jersey THA, Pennsylvania THA, and Pennsylvania HBPA are participating again this year.

The 3-Year-Old Sprint—Dirt Division will join the four divisions from last year: 3-Year-Olds and Up Sprint—Dirt; Filly and Mare Sprint—Dirt; 3-Year-Olds and Up Sprint—Turf; and Filly and Mare Long—Turf.

The division for 3-year-old sprinters was part of the MATCH Series before it went on hiatus.

Charles Town and Laurel Park will combine for the launch, with the three dirt stakes in West Virginia and the two turf stakes in Maryland as part of big-event programs at both tracks.

Following the first round of competition, the MATCH Series will be held at Pimlico May 15-16, Penn National June 21, Delaware Park July 11, Colonial Downs Aug. 15, Monmouth Sept. 12 and Parx Oct. 10.

Each division will offer $75,000 in bonus money for owners and trainers to the top three finishers by points, while the overall MATCH Series leader by points regardless of division will earn an additional $75,000.

Owner and trainer bonuses total $450,000, while purse money for the 35 stakes totals $3.75 million.

Horses must have three series starts to qualify for bonus money, and bonus points will be awarded to horses who make five to seven starts in their respective divisions.

Last year four breeder organizations—the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Thoroughbred Breeders Association of New Jersey, Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association and Delaware Certified Thoroughbred Program—each offered $5,000 bonuses for the top colt or gelding and filly or mare by overall MATCH Series points.

The Virginia Thoroughbred Association and West Virginia Thoroughbred Breeders Association will join that program in 2020, so up to $60,000 will be available in breeder bonuses for horses that start at least three times in the series.

In 2019, 2W Stables’ Bronx Beauty was the overall championship after winning the Filly and Mare Sprint—Dirt Division in dramatic fashion for trainer Tony Margotta on the final day of the series at Monmouth.

Bronx Beauty won the Regret Stakes to tie with Cash is King and Jim Reichenberg’s Ms Locust Point, her division rival, and then won the tie-breaker based on MATCH Series rules

The connections of Bronx Beauty earned a total of $110,000 in bonus funds, and the filly’s breeder, Blackstone Farm of Pennsylvania, collected a $5,000 bonus.

For further information, contact Alan Foreman at 410-336-0525; David Richardson at 410-984-2770; or Tom LaMarra at 859-492-8365.

Honorable Mention 13 (2)

Elaine Deutsch of Brandamore, Pa., took this photo of Sydney Soloman of Dayton, Md., on Early Review at Plantation Field #-Day. She caught an extraordinary expression on Early Review's face.

CONTEST ACTION Sydney Soloman

Honorable Mention 14 (2)

Beth Harpham of Aiken, S.C., took this photo of Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa., competing in the CCI4* at Plantation Field.

CONTEST ACTION boyd Plantation

New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents included in East coast clinic (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Six Delaware Valley residents are among the 22 participants in the 2020 Gold Star Clinic on the East coast that will be held in Wellington.

Gold star clinicIncluded are Emily Dehoff of Far Hills, N.J., Julianna Empie of Chester Springs, Pa., Kailey Fuchs of Sinking Spring, Pa., Olivia Holtz of Villanova, Pa., Katherine Pugliese of Malvern, Pa., and Kendra Walmer of Reinholds, Pa.

The Gold Star Clinics are the pinnacle of the USHJA Emerging Jumper Rider Program, which identifies Jumper riders who have the skill and desire to excel in the sport, while educating riders to become well-rounded horsemen on their path to excellence.

The East Coast Clinic, led by Todd Minikus, is scheduled for Jan. 22-26, 2020 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.

 

THE CLINIC will feature Colleen Reed as the stable manager clinician and will include mounted instruction with some of the industry's top clinicians.

A member of the 2007 Pan American Games bronze medal team, Minikus has many wins under his belt, including the $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Saugerties, the Longines FEI World Cup Qualifier at Live Oak International and the Winter Equestrian Festival Challenge Cup

In her years in the industry, Reed has worked as a groom and manager for top show hunters, Grand Prix horses and equitation veterans at Beacon Hill Show Stables, Fairfield County Hunt Club, and for Leslie Burr.

Each clinicians' experiences in the industry will bring valuable knowledge to clinic participants.

The clinic will also offer four days of additional education from top athletes and horsemen.

This includes horse health and nutrition discussions, education about what to expect as a member of a competitive Jumping team and information about international Jumping competition.

The clinic's mounted instruction will conclude with a competitive team format.

The reamining East Coast Clinic Participants include Christopher Ferralez of Elgin, Ill., Christina Gaither Webb of Bahama, N.C., Samantha and Summer Hill of Lexington, Ky., Madison Jones of Longwood, Fla., Faith Lee Kollien of Acton, Mass., Avery Moore of Atlanta, Ga., Eileen O'Leary of Montverde, Fla., Alexis Ortiz of Hoffman Estates, Ill., Adeline Pavlin of Cincinnati, Ohio, Natalie Pedley of Wellington, Fla., Emily Schneider of Ridge Spring, S.C., Emma Scott of Conroe, Texas, Michelle Stacy of Ipswich, Mass., Jacqueline Van Meter of Ridgefield, Conn., and Ansley Wright of Manalapan, Fla.

The clinic will be streamed live on Horse & Country TV through livestream provider EQSportsNet.

Current subscribers to EQSportsNet will be able to use their same login credentials to receive access through Horse & Country TV.

New subscribers can join for just $10 to watch all live and on-demand coverage from both events.

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Honorable Mention 15 (2)

Elaine Deutsch took thisphoto of Dr. Kevin Keane of West Grove, Pa., on Sportsfield Candy at Plantation Field.

CONTEST ACTION Kevin Keane

Honorable Mention 7 (2)

Elaine Deutsch of Brandamore, Pa., took this photo of Marley Stone Bourke on LVS Dassett Charisma of Berryville, Va., at Fair Hill, with the comment, "What a beautiful face!"

CONTEST ACTION marley Bourke

Beezie Madden named International Equestrian of 2019 and also won the Steinkraus trophy along with Boyd Martin (2)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.--Two time Olympic team gold medalist and 2019 Pan Am Games individual gold medalist Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, N.Y., was voted the 2019 International Equestrian of the Year.

Beezie Madden presentationBeezie Madden, center, is presented with the Stub Trophy by Murray Kessler (right) (Photo by Taylor Pence/US Equestrian)Nick Haness of Temecula, Calif.,was voted the 2019 National Equestrian of the Year. and Madden and Boyd Martin won the William C. Steinkraus Trophy.

Madden and Haness were presented with the Robert P. Strub Trophy at the Pegasus Awards during the U.S. Equestrian Annual Meeting.

For nearly three decades, Madden has represented the United States in the world’s most prestigious competitions, including four Olympic Games, three Pan American Games, and three FEI World Equestrian Games.

In 2019, Madden represented the U.S. at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and helped anchor a team of rising U.S. jumping stars in their first major championship.

There, Madden and teammates Lucy Deslauriers, Alex Granato and Eve Jobs won the team bronze, while Madden also went on to win individual bronze on Breitling LS in Lima.

Earlier in the year, Madden and Breitling LS placed in the top five at the Jumping World Cup Final in Gothenburg.

She also became the first rider to win the $1 Million HITS Grand Prix in all three locations offered following her win with Darry Lou at HITS Thermal.

 

MADDEN also won the William C. Steinkraus Trophy along with Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa.

The William C. Steinkraus Trophy is presented to an equestrian competing in the Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing, or show jumping.

Boyd Martin Taylor PenceUS EquestrianBoyd Martin (Photo by Taylor Pence/US Equestrian)Martin had an excellent year in 2019, collecting 17 top 10 finishes with eight different horses in international competition.

He started off the year with a CCI4*-S win with Tsetserleg at The Fork Horse Trials and scored another CCI4*-S win with On Cue at the Fair Hill International April Horse Trials.

Next, Martin and Tsetserleg finished second in the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, thus winning the CCI5* Eventing National Championship as the highest-placed U.S. combination.

Martin collected two wins at the Bromont CCI Three-Day Event: one in the CCI4*-L with Ray Price W and one in the CCI3*-S with Barry.

Martin and Tsetserleg were selected for the U.S. Eventing Team for the 2019 Pan American Games and won their final preparation event at the Maryland International CCI3*-S before heading to Lima, Peru.

There they delivered a phenomenal performance, helping the U.S. Eventing Team claim the gold medal.

Also, Martin earned his first individual medal of his career by winning the gold.

Upon returning to the U.S., Martin clinched the $60,000 United States Eventing Association (USEA) Advanced Final and USEF Advanced Horse Trials National Championship with Long Island T at the USEA American Eventing Championships.

"I can't reiterate enough what a fantastic team I have behind me," said Madden. "One of my favorite moments of 2019 was the Pan Am team medal. We had three rookies there in Eve Jobs, Lucy Deslauriers, and Alex Granato, and we were there with teams trying to qualify for the Olympic Games with all their best riders. And we came away with the bronze. We had the gold in our sights at one point, and we let it slip away, but that night, with those kids, we celebrated with medals around our necks and toasted their first medal and first world championship. I thank them for that experience."

 

HARNESS, owner of Hunterbrook Farms, has become a household name on the show hunter circuit, amassing an impressive record in 2019 and fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a successful, well-respected professional in the sport.

Early in his career, Haness won the 2006 USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals - West, and also was fourth at the 2006 ASPCA Maclay Final, before going out to his own to start a now thriving business.

Haness has had tremendous success aboard Technicolor in the high performance hunter section, as well as with Verdict, who finished second in the 2019 International Hunter Derby Championship with a total score of 578.5. After capturing the reserve championship in his USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship debut, Haness was the highest-placed rider of the Tier II combinations.

"Horses can be purchased, ribbons can be bought, but you cannot buy respect from your peers. 2019 was an incredible year and I am forever grateful," said Haness. "This is a complete dream come true. I never dreamed in a million years that this moment would be my moment. Thank you to the horses that have been instrumental to my entire life. I am so grateful. This award means more to me than you can imagine."

Georgina Bloomberg of New York, N.Y. was awarded the USEF/EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award, and Judy Richter of Bedford, N.Y., was awarded a Pegasus Medal of Honor, an annual award to recognize individuals who have exhibited outstanding service to horses and the sport through their dedication, and Tim Dutta, sponsor of the Fair Hill International 3-Day Event, won the Sallie Busch Wheeler Trophy for distinguished service to equestrian sport.

Laura Chapot wins a second 1.40m jumper class at WEF, while Canada has dominated in dressage (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--Laura Chapot again placed both first and second in a 1.40m class, this time in the $6,000 1.40m Speed Challenge on Friday, Jan. 10, during opening week of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington.

Laura Chapot and Thornhill Kate by SportfotLaura Chapot on Thornhill Kate (Photo by Sportfot)WEF continues through March 29, 2020, with 12 consecutive weeks of world-class competition and prize money of $13 million dollars.

Coming off another 1.40m victory on Wednesday, Chapot won over a field of 76 horses over Eric Hasbrouck’s speed track aboard 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare Thornhill Kate.

Her time of 57.849 seconds was good enough to bump her second-place mount and Wednesday’s winner, Out of Ireland, a horse she owns with The Edge, into the runner-up position in 57.855 seconds.

 

“I WAS THRILLED that she went as well as she did and I am hoping to move her up by the end of season,” said Chapot of the mare she imported from Ireland four years ago through Irish Olympian Cian O’Connor and owns with her mother Mary. “She has been a really good horse for me, so it’s nice to start off on such a good note. It’s so exciting to have the horses jumping this well so early. They feel fresh and enthusiastic about going in the ring!”

Chapot is back in Wellington for the season with a dynamic string of horses, saying, “There are so many classes offered here, so we always bring a large string with some young ones, some that are moving up, and a couple for the big classes.”

When asked about the upgraded footing that was installed in the International Arena in preparation for WEF, Chapot was complimentary.

“It seems really good so far.," she said. "The horses like it and they are jumping great. They put in a lot of effort into stepping this facility up every year and are very conscientious about trying to do the best thing for the riders and horses, so I think this is a step in the right direction.”

Argentina’s Tomas Yofre took a chance on catching Chapot, but wassn't fast enough and settled for third in a time of 60.216 seconds riding Dasino.

Luis Larrazabal of Venezuela on Luminaria LS La Silla was fourth in 62.627 seconds, while Peter Lutz on Quinta 106 rounded out the top five in 62.847 seconds.

 

DAY TWO of the opening week of the 2020  Global Dressage Festival included the first Friday night under lights of this competitive season at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.Jill Irving on Degas 12Jill Irving on Degas 12 wins under the lights during Friday Night Star

The result in the Grand Prix Freestyle was an exact repeat of the previous day’s results, with three Canadians, all trained by Ashley Holzer, on the podium.

They were led by Jill Irving on her own long-time partner, the De Niro gelding Degas 12, who scored 76.06 percent, a personal best score.

Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu rode All In to second place on 75.74 percent, while 23-year-old Naima Moreira Laliberte was third with 75.645 percent on Statesman.

“Degas is 18 this year so I’m thrilled with his energy,” said Irving, who rode to a Beatles compilation. “His piaffe and passage felt great. He’s really flexible and, with age, he’s become less nervous, which used to be an issue. I was super thrilled with him, and it’s really fun to be part of all this at Global. It takes a village to make this sport roll.”

“This is my second competition back, and he’s the type of horse that needs to be in the ring a fair amount, so yesterday in the Grand Prix I felt he was a little sticky and unsure," said Fraser-Beaulieu, who is back riding after the birth of her first child in the summer of 2019. "Today he came out ready to rock. The beginning of my test felt incredible, the best feeling I’ve ever had on him. Then I had a mistake in my ones, which was a pity.”

Laliberte was riding in her first Friday Night Stars class, a long-held dream of hers.

“I’m really happy to finally be competing here." she said. "I thought Statesman did a great job in there. It’s a different atmosphere and apart from one rider mistake, the rest felt quite amazing. We’re still newcomers, so I’m happy to break the ice.”

This is her third season with the 13-year-old Sandro Hit gelding, and only their seventh grand prix competition together. They were part of the gold medal winning Canadian team at the Pan American Games in July 2019 and this was their first show since then.

The 2020 season’s first small tour class, the Prix St Georges CDI3* also went to Canadians, with Ariana Chia returning to Wellington with Fiderflame for the second year running and winning their first class of the show.

The 10-year-old gelding by Fidertanz was the only one to break the 70 percent mark, scoring 71.47 percent.

In the Prix St Georges CDI1* class, all three top finishers of the nine starters scored over 71 percent, with the win going to Great Britain’s Susan Pape on Bourani.

Second was the breeding stallion Bon Coeur 1389, ridden to 72.529 percent by Sweden’s Caroline Darcourt, and Katie Johnson of the U.S. on Paxton rounded out the top three.

Honorable Mention 8 (2)

Pam Coath of Wayne, Pa., won an Honorable Mention with this photo of Iron Spring Farm's Friesiam stallion Tjalbert 460, handled by Quentin Alston.

After the top three photos, there were so many equally technically good, interesting photos that most of these Honorable Mentions are of equal merit, like this terrific photo that catches both handler and stallion with all feet off the ground.

CONTEST ACTION Friesian stallion

Darry Lou and El Primero voted International and National Horses of the Year (2)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.--Darry Lou, Abigail Wexner’s 2008 Dutch Warmblood stallion, has been voted the 2019 International Horse of the Year and El Primero, Bryan Baldwin and Meralex Farm’s 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding, has been voted the 2019 National Horse of the Year.

Darry LouDarry Lou, 2019 International Horse of the Year (Photo by Andrea Evans/US Equestrian)Darry Lou, by Tangelo van de Zuuthoeveout of Venus, by Nabab de Reve, has become a stalwart in the talented lineup of mounts for five-time USEF Equestrian of the Year and Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden, as the pair have captured numerous international wins since their partnership began in 2017.

The 2019 competition year was highlighted by several historic finishes for Madden and Darry Lou as they capped an exceptionally strong seasonal campaign with back-to-back wins at the prestigious Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ CSIO5*.

 

FOLLOWING A win in the Tourmaline Oil Cup 1.60m, Madden and Darry Lou went on to secure top honors in the world’s largest grand prix, the $3 Million CP International Grand Prix, beating a field of 49 renowned competitors.

Madden and Darry Lou earned two additional wins during the ‘National’ Tournament at Spruce Meadows in June and produced a double-clear effort for the U.S. Jumping Team during the Nations Cup Aachen CSIO5* competition prior to earning a top-10 finish in the prestigious Grand Prix of Aachen in July.

Their 2019 campaign began at the Winter Equestrian Festival, where they won the $209,000 Marshall & Sterling Grand Prix CSI4* before going on to top the $1 Million Grand Prix in Thermal, Calif., in April.

"The Peagsus Awards was a really fun night because you get to meet a lot of interesting people and hear about their stories, but tonight is honoring the horse," said Madden. "And that's why we're all here and why this entire organization exists. It's reallt special to be able to honor the horse, and I feel really lucky to have sucha talented horse like Darry Lou."

 

EL PRIMERO was voted National Horse of the Year.

El PrimeroEl Primero, 2019 National Horse of the Year (Shawn McMillen Photography)

El Primero, by Numero Uno out of Zo-Special, by Indorado, won the 2019 International Hunter Derby Championship, ridden by Victoria Colvin, over a field of 35 entries.

For Colvin, it was her third personal win, but a first for El Primero.

The pair received scores of 92, 94, and 95 and finished nearly 25 points ahead of the second-place finisher with an overall total score of 603 in the year’s most prestigious derby competition.

El Primero has captured numerous derby titles throughout his impressive career, but his first International Hunter Derby Championship win was one to remember, as he collected 26 of 30 handy points and earned an additional 12 points for using the four high options on course.

El Primero and Colvin began 2019 with a strong performance in the $50,000 International Hunter Derby at the Deeridge Derby in Wellington, Fla., which they won, before collecting another prestigious win in the $50,000 International Hunter Derby at the Winter Equestrian Festival only a few weeks later.

El Primero is trained by Peggy Gehman and has competed with Sandy Ferrell, Louise Serio and Colvin throughout his career in the United States.

Purchased and imported from Stal Hendrix in 2014, El Primero is a workmanlike and consistent competitor, who enjoys living outdoors in his five-acre pasture at night and has become a beloved member of the Baldwin and Meralex Farm family.

"El Primero has always lived up to his name. His talent and easy way of going made him successful right away," said Serio. "When you have an extraordinary horse and an extraordinary rider like Tori, the magic happens. They're beautiful to watch together."

 

Steffen Peters wins the Grand Prix Special on Suppenkasper, Adrienne Sternlicht wins a 1.50m class (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla.--USA Olympic team medallist Steffen Peters rode Suppenkasper to win the Grand Prix Special CDI3* in the opening week of the Global Dressage Festival.

Steffen Peters on SuppenkasperSteffen Peters on SuppenkasperPeters on the huge, 18.2h gelding Suppenkasper had a fault-free performance and scored 76.149 percent, including a high score of 78.404 percent from the Colombian judge at H, Cesar Torrente.

This is the horse’s first visit to the Festival, and he and Peters will remain in Wellington until the CDI5* show in week seven, Feb. 19-23.

“That was really fun," said Californian Peters. "He has endless energy, he’s a dream. If any rider would get on this horse they would say that this is the ultimate feeling.”

Peters attributed his almost 6 percent improvement from the Grand Prix to an altered warm-up routine for the big-framed but light-footed 12-year-old.

 

“HE'S SUCH A firecracker, like he was in the grand prix," said Peters. "My dream is always to keep the feeling from the warm-up into the ring, and that worked out perfectly today."

“I walked him this morning, and then I worked him for half an hour at lunch time, then I put him away and let him completely settle down, then I did another 20 minutes before the test," said Peters. "That’s what I used to do with Legolas, and maybe this might be the new recipe for ‘Mopsie’."

Peters has the World Cup Dressage Final in Las Vegas in mid-April and the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan in July in his crosshairs.

“Mopsie is sometimes a bit tricky in the arena, and we still have a huge hurdle to go with the freestyle, as it’s quite a different atmosphere, and it's still a bit about desensitizing, but hopefully with one more good freestyle score, we will head to Vegas,” said Peters, who picked up nines for the extended canter, pirouettes and for his riding.

“Since Tryon, where he got extremely excited, he’s been getting better and better," he said. "I’m one of those extremely lucky guys who gets to ride a horse like that, and I think there’s an 80 percent in there; so many times we’ve been close, but I rate him as my big hero, as my best friend. He’s one of those horses that can easily make you shed happy tears.”

Of the 15 starters, Great Britain’s Susan Pape rode Harmony’s Eclectisch to second place with a shade under 70 percent after mistakes in the one-time changes pulled their score down.

The USA’s Anna Marek was third with the charming bay mare Dee Clair on a score of 68.851percent.

In the FEI para classes, Roxanne Trunnell won the Grade I after scoring a career-high of 83.167 percent on Dolton.

Beatrice De Lavalette dominated the Grade II para division after receiving her highest score of the week, scoring 73.667 percent on Duna, while Canadian Jason Surnoski was a close second with 72 percnet on Phoenix.

In the Grade III para division, Rebecca Hart won after scoring an impressive 72.644 percent on Fortune 500.

 

ADRIENNE STERNLICHT began WEF with a bang by winning a 1.45m class earlier in the week and again winning the $25,000 1.50m Classic on Saturday riding Cadans Z.

Adrienne Sternlicht and Cadans Z by SportfotAdrienne Sternlicht on Cadans Z (Photo by Sportfot)From a field of 31, 10 horses advanced to an Eric Hasbrouck-designed jump-off where Sternlicht stopped the clock in an uncatchable 36.769 seconds over her trainer and two-time U.S. Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward on Heavenly W, who stopped the clock double clear in 38.026 seconds.

“At the end of last year, McLain was riding Cadans Z, and this is my first week back on her," said Sternlicht. "She’s a great mare, has a lot of quality, and today I was able to get out of her way. She has not been the easiest horse for me to figure out. Having the experience of watching McLain ride any horse, especially one that you’ve been working with, is always incredibly educational.”

 “I think I won by a little bit of shock factor," said Sterlicht. "Once I got going, I didn’t slow down. Today I don’t think was my prettiest, but my horse was really good to me."

“We come here to compete, so we have a full string of horses going,” said Sternlicht. “For that reason, I think it is great that the new footing feels so fantastic. It is a huge improvement!”

Coming off a team gold medal at the 2018 World Equestrian Games, Sternlicht has hopes for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, and is using WEF as preparation for her bid for the U.S. team.

“I think this year has the potential to be the most important year of my riding career,” she said. “I have the best group of horses that I’ve ever had. I’m very, very fortunate to have some depth in my string of grand prix horses. Last year I missed out on several Saturday night classes, so I’m very excited to be able to compete this WEF and to be able to enjoy all that the season has to offer.”

Canada’s Mario Deslauriers rounded out the top three in a time of 38.078 seconds riding Uris de la Roque.

Also winning in the International Arena at WEF on Saturday, Charles Jacobs won the $15,000 High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic riding Cassinja S.

Honorable Mention 9 (2)

Jodie Clineschmidt of Perkiomenville, Pa., won an Honorable Mention with this excellent photo of Hannah Sue Burnett of The Plains, Va., coming out of the water in a 3-Day Event.

CONTEST ACTION Hannah Sue Burnett

Honorable Mention 10 (2)

Pam Coath of Wayne, Pa. took another excellent photo, this one of Imanol Echeverria on Evelina in the OT division at the Radnor Hunter Trials.

CONTEST ACTION stumble in water

Ireland's Cian O'Connor wins WEF Grand Prix (2)

WELLINGTON, Fla,--Irish Olympic bronze medalist Cian O’Connor won the $75,000 Grand Prix riding Lazzaro Delle Schiave to close out opening week of the Winter Equestrian Festival on Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Cia OConnor on Lazzaro Delle SchiaveCian OConnor on Lazzaro Delle Schiave (Photo by Sportfot)From a 46-horse field, 17 advanced to the jump-off set by course designer Eric Hasbrouck.

Returning sixth, O’Connor and 11-year-old Italian Sporthorse gelding Lazzaro Delle Schiave stopped the clock in a time of 35.956 seconds, a time that would eventually take the victory by less than a half a second over runner-up Molly Ashe Cawley riding Balous Day Date to a time of 36.455 seconds.

“We went early and I knew there were some fast ones and good ones behind me, so I took out a few strides, particularly to the last, and really used my horse’s strength there,” said O’Connor, who has settled in Wellington for the duration of the season with his three top horses. “The course was fast and a nice test for the rest of the circuit.”

 

O’CONNOR has only had the ride on Lazzaro Delle Schiave, a horse previously campaigned by Italian rider Massimo Grossato, for two months.

The pair, however, has wasted no time finding success by winning a CSI2* in Europe before heading to Wellington to open up the season on top.

“This year is a big year for me and for team Ireland,” said O’Connor, who is a hopeful for a spot on the Irish show jumping team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “So, I wanted to come here to try and be in shape physically and also on the horses during three months of intense riding and working. I came out here today to try and win this class, and it’s great that it happened."

“The main goal is to try and be up and running coming out of here and take what we can on the way, but not to overdo any of the horses,” said O’Connor. “It’s only the build-up of the season toward the rest of the year, and obviously the goal all year in the back of my mind is Tokyo.”

Third in the Grand Prix was Brianne Goutal-Marteau riding Zernike K with a double-clear performance in 37.708 seconds.

Fourth went to Schuyler Riley and Iceman de Muze in a time of 38.516 seconds, while Tomas Yofre of Argentina was fifth on Kavalli di Magico in 39.019 seconds.

 

Jack Fisher elected President of the Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation (2)

MONKTON, Md.--Jack Fisher, a record-setting trainer and a prominent member of the steeplechase community, has been elected president of the Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation.

Jack Fiasher Tod MarksJack Fisher (Photo by Tod Marks)Based in Monkton, Md., Fisher succeeds Charles C. Fenwick Jr., who had completed his maximum term as a foundation trustee.

Also elected by the foundation’s Board of Trustees were Emily Day, a Virginia horsewoman and member of the National Steeplechase Association’s Safety Committee, as vice president; Blair Wyatt, a Maryland horsewoman and Maryland Hunt Cup-winning rider, as secretary; and Michael Hoffman, a steeplechase owner and rider who also rode a Hunt Cup winner, as treasurer.

Fisher assumes the Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Foundation presidency after completing his eighth straight year as the sport’s champion trainer.

In 2019, he established a record for annual earnings, nearly $1.6-million, and shattered the mark he set in 2017.

He also serves on the National Steeplechase Association’s Board of Directors.

Honorable Mention 11 (3)

Pam Coath of Wayne, Pa., took another extraordinary photo at a Keuring - this one of the Friesian mare Yjke fan Fjiildsicht, owned by Iron Spring Farm, competing in the Category 10 - Crown Mare for Premium. Again, she caught both handler and horse with all six feet off the ground.

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