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The Medal and Maclay Championships, stepping stones to the future (2)

LEXINGTON, Ky.--The Medal and Maclay Finals can be stepping stones to a future on international teams or championships as demonstrated by Brian Moggre recently at The National Horse Show where he won the Maclay Championship in 2018 and just one year later won the $225,000 World Cup over such international stars as Beezie Madden and Beat Mandli.

But an in-depth study of the results reveals some interesting facts about year to year results and the changes in the sport.

Frank ChapotFrank ChapotFor the first five decades of the Maclay and three decades of the Medal, over two-thirds of the winners of the Finals went on to outstanding careers, with 21 winning medals in Olympics, World Championships, Pan American Games or World Cup Finals.

Then the next 20 to 25 years brought a drought, with only one Medal winner winning an Olympic medal.

But the final 15 years, including 2019, saw a resurgence, with half of the Maclay winners and six of the Medal winners, despite their young age, having already ridden on Nations Cup teams and others having gone on as trainers and amateur riders.

 

THE FIRST 50 years also saw winners going on to very varied careers while in the next 40 years the winners only continued their careers in show jumping, either as riders or trainers.

"We had a bigger life with horses then," said George Morris, a show jumping team silver medalist, top trainer and prior chef d'equipe. "We went fox hunting. We went racing. Our parents and our families were horse people. It's a totally different atmosphere now."

"The sport has become more specialized," said show jumping chef d'equipe Robert Ridland.

Bill SteinkrausBill SteinkrausDuring the first 50 years, many foxhunted during the winter, showed during the summer and often competed in more than one discipline as well as serving on committees and as CEOs.

The 1934 Maclay winner, Elizabeth (Lib) Hyland, married Hall of Fame trainer Jim Maloney, and one of her children, Sheila, rode the Junior Hunter Horse of the Year Champion three tim and her son, Woody, still officiates at steeplechase meets.

The 1937 Maclay winner, Walton Perry Davis continued hunting and founded the Walton P Davis horse vanning company, which was later bought by Tom Struzzieri before he sold it to found HITS.

Davis also won the Goodands in 1934, a saddle seat competition.

The 1940 Maclay winner, James Thomas Jr. went on to be President of the National Horse Show.

George Morris as a chef dequipeGeorge Morris as a chef dequipeThe 1941, 1947 and 1952 Maclay winners, Bill Steinkraus, who also won the Good Hands Saddle Seat Championship, Frank Chapot and Morris, who also won the Medal, went on to win multiple team and individual medals in Olympic and World Championships show jumping.

Steinkraus went on to serve as Chairman of the USET, and Chapot helped to write many of the show jumping rules for the AHSA and designed show jumping courses all over the country.

Chapot also rode successfully in steeplechase timber races and finished the world's toughest timber race, the Maryland Hunt Cup.

Morris served  as chef d'equipe for medal winning Olympic teams and is one of the greatest trainers of all  time,

The 1956 Medal winner, Michael Page, won team and individual medals in Three-day Eventing and went on to serve as chef d'equipe of numerous eventing Olympic teams.

Mike PlumbMike PlumbThe 1957 Maclay winner, Mike Plumb, won numerous team and individual three-day eventing Olympic medals and his son Charlie also competed in eventing.

Mary Mairs, winner of both the Medal and Maclay in 1960, married Frank Chapot, rode on an Olympic team, was the first woman to win a Pan Am gold medal and her daughters Wendy, as an amateur, and Laura, as a Pan Am medalist and Grand Prix winner, continue in her footsteps.

Bernie Traurig, who won both the Medal and Maclay in 1961, rode on a World Championships show jumping team and won championships in both dressage and evening and continues as a trainer today with his Equestrian Coach.

Chrys Jones Tauber winner of both the Medal and Maclay in in 1965, rode on two Olympic and two World Championships teams and served as President of the U.S. Equestrian Foundation.

Conrad Homfeld, winner of both in 1967, won a team gold and an individual Olympic medal and went on to an illustrious career as a course designer.

Joy Slater on CancottageJoy Slater on CancottageJoy Slater, the 1971 Medal winner, was the first woman to win the Maryland Hunt Cup and still rides as a amateur show jumper.

The 1972 Maclay winner, Leslie Burr Howard, won a Olympic team gold medal and still continues to compete, and the 1972 Medal winner ,Katie Monahan, won a World Championship team gold medal.

During the next 10 years, Maclay winners Katherine Burdsall and Peter Wylde and Medal winners Buddy Brown, Francie Steinwedell and Joan Scharffenberger all won in international competition.

The first 40 years of Medal and Maclay competition also produced such outstanding trainers and judges as Ronnie Mutch, Victor Hugo-Vidal, Wilson Dennehy, Carol Alltman and Fred Bauer.

 

IN THE 20 years from 1983 to 2004, only Kent Farrington, the 1998 Medal winner, won an Olympic medal, although Nicki Shahinian-Simpson and Erynn Ballard for Canada rode on teams and won internationally, and a few, most notably Stacia Klein Madden, are trainers.

Farrington, who led the World Show Jumping Rankings in 2017, now stands 11th.

While the Medal and Maclay are excellent pathways to the U.S. team, they're not a necessity.

This country's other top three riders never won either the Medal or the Maclay.

Beezie Madden, who stand seventh, and McLain Ward, who stands 10th, are double team Olympic gold medalist, and neither won either class, nor did Olympic team gold medalist Laura Kraut, who stand 42 in the world rankings.

Brian Moggre on EfendiBrian Moggre on Efendi winning the Maclay championship in 2018However, in the 15 years from 2005 through 2019, the Medal and Maclay produced a slew to winners that went on to ride successfully internationally.

"The winners in the past 15 years are a very strong group," said Ridland, who has already used eight of them on Nations Cup teams. "The Medal and Maclay serve as great stepping stones. They teach mental toughness as well as revealing great ability. Getting up at 4 a.m. to prepare for a Final and then riding through three or four ride-offs against the best of their age  teaches mental toughness."

"Some of these winners well may be on the team at the Tokyo Olympics and on future Olympic and Wold Championships teams."

Brianne Goutal, who won both the Medal and Maclay in 2005, has ridden on Nations Cup teams and in the World Cup Finals,and Maggie McAlary, also a double winner in 2006, rode on a Nations Cup team at Spruce Meadows.

Jessie Springsteen,2008 Maclay winner and 2009 Medal winner, has ridden on multiple Nations Cup teams and won at a number of international shows.

Brian Moggre on MTM Vivre Le ReveBrian Moggre on MTM Vivre Le Reve a year later winning the World Cup at The NationalZazou Hoffman, 2009 Maclay winners, rode on a Spruce Meadows Nations Cup team, and 2010 double winner Hayley Barnhill is a trainer in Waukesha, Wisc.

Jacob Pope, 2012 Maclay winner, shows hunters, and 2013 double winner Lillie Keenan has competed for the U.S. on many Nations Cup teams.

Victoria Colvin, 2014 Maclay winner, wins grand prix classes and is a super hunter rider, while Spenser Smith, 2014 Medal winner, has ridden on teams.

McKayla Langmeier, 2015 Maclay winner, competes in amateur jumpers, and Kelli Cruciotti, 2015 Medal winner, went to the World Cup Finals.

2016 Maclay winner Hunter Holloway, is a trainer, and Madison Goetzmann continues to compete successfully.

Sam Walker of Ontario, the 2018 Maclay winner, is already winning grand prix and looks destined to make a Canadian team, while Moggre has already won two World Cup classes and will be competing in the Finals next year.

 

 

 

Vault, trained by Bernie Houghton, set a track record, and Graham Motion saddled a stakes winner (2)

GRANTVILLE, Pa.--Bernie Houghton saddled Barlar LLC's homebred Vault to win a $28,900, 1 mile and 70 yards Allowance Optional Claiming race for fillies and mare 3 years old and up at Penn National on Nov. 6.

bernardhoughton400pxBernard HoughtonVault finished in 1:39:55 to break a 23 year old record and set a new track record.

By Jump Start out of Di's  Delight, bu French Deputy, Vault was born at Sylmar, Bernie's mother Betsy Houghton's farm in Christiana, Pa.

"Vault is a half sister to Mirth, who just ran in the Breeder's Cup," said Houghton. "She's won four races now. She's a very nice filly, and she's going to be even better as a 4-year-old."

Houghton also saddled HnR Nothhafr Racing LLC's homebred Sunny Holly to win a $15,293, 6 furlong Claiming race for fillies and mares at Penn National on Oct. 26.

 

GRAHAM MOTION saddled Madaket Stables' Empressof the Nile to win the $125,000 1 1/2 mile Zagora Stakes on the turf at Aqueduct o Nov. 3.

"She's a filly we bought last November," said Motion. "She ran second to another ofour fillies, Mrs. Sippy, in the Glens Falls Stakes at Saratoga in August. this was her first stakes win. We'll probably run her back in the Long Island at Aquduct."

Empressof  the Nile ran mid-pack, swung three wide at the three-eighths, then was five wide in the stretch and got up late in a blanket finish of five horses to win by a 1/2 length.

Michael Dickinson saddled Augustin Stable's Lift Up to win the $125,000 1 1/4 miles G3 Maple Leaf Stakes at Woodbine on Nov. 2.

Bred by George Strawbridge, Lift Up ran eighth early, ran into traffic in the stretch, split horses, surged to the front and won in hand by 1 1/4 lengths.

Art Form, bred, owned and trained by Jonathan Sheppard, won a $18,100 , 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race for fillies and mares at Penn National on Oct. 26.

Rated midpack, Art Form moved four wide around the turn and went on to win by 1 length.

 

 

 

 

Captain Canada Ian Millar honored during the Royal Winter Fair (2)

TORONTO, Canada--Captain Canada Ian Millar, 71, who holds the record for most Olympic appearances by any athlete in any sport,was honored for his contributions to show jumping during the Royal Winter Fair following his retirement last May.

Ian MillarIan Millar (Photos by Sarah E. Miller, MacMillan Photography)Millar, born Jan. 6, 1947, a Canadian Show Jumping Team rider for decades is a two-time winner of the Show Jumping World Cup and an Olympic silver medalist.

A member of Canada's 2012 Olympic Games team, he broke the record when he took part in his 10th Games in London 2012.

Millar was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

He operates "Millar Brooke Farm" near the small town of Perth, Ontario along with his children Jonathon Millar and Amy Millar, and daughter-in-law Kelly Soleau-Millar.

He is a  12 time winner of the Canadian Show Jumping Championship, has been a staple on the Canadian Equestrian Team for decades, and has amassed over $3.5 million in prize earnings at the prestigious Spruce Meadows venue in Calgary, Alberta..

 

WITH HIS horse, Big Ben (1976–1999), Millar won more than 40 Grand Prix titles worldwide and the Show Jumping World Cup two years in a row in 1988 & 1989.

Ian Millar rightIan Millar At the Pan American Games in August 1987, Millar became the second Canadian to win an individual gold medal.

He now has nine Pan American Games medals, including two individual golds.

He holds the North American record for Grand Prix and Derby wins.

He was a member of every Canadian Equestrian Team at the Show Jumping World Championships from 1972 to 2014.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Millar competed at his 10th games, breaking the record set by Hubert Raudaschl.

On Aug. 18, at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, at the age of 61, Millar anchored his team that including Jill Henselwood, Eric Lamaze, and Mac Cone to a tie for first place.

Riding In Style, he completed a clean round to lead the Canadian team into a jump-off for gold with the United States.

Canada lost to the American team to win the silver medal, Millar's first Olympic medal.

Ian Millar 2Ian Millar Millar was named to the 2012 Olympic team, making that appearance, his 10th, a record for any Olympic athlete's appearances at Olympics.

In the 2012 Olympics' Individual Jumping event, Millar finished in a three-way tie for 9th aboard his gelding Star Power, the best Canadian result.

In Team Jumping, Millar, along with fellow riders Jill Henselwood and Eric Lamaze, scored a fifth-place finish for Canada.

On Sept. 14, 2014, Millar won the $1.5 million International at Spruce Meadows on Dixson, who shares bloodlines with Big Ben, making it the third time he had won the class, having won previously in 1987 and 1991 with Big Ben.

On July 23, 2015, Millar won a gold medal in the Pan American Games team jumping event.

On May 1, 2019, Millar announced his retirement from international competition to re-focus his attention on coaching and developing young horses.

In 1986 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada, in 1996 was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame  and in 2013, he was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.

He has a degree in Business Administration from Algonquin College and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Guelph.

His wife Lynn died of cancer in March 2008.

A 2017 fireworks law has horse and dog owners among those traumatized (2)

HARRISBURG, Pa.--A new fireworks law passed in 2017 that allows anyone in Pennsylvania to buy and set off commercial size fireworks has caused at least one barn fire, set neighbors bushes on fire, traumatized veterans with PTSD and caused huge problems for horse and dog owners.

fireworksFireworks set off in a field adjacent to a horse farmIn 2017, language was added in Act 43 that legalized consumer-grade fireworks including aerial devices like bottle rockets and roman candles, as well as powerful firecrackers containing up to 50 milligrams of explosive material. Previously, Pennsylvania law only allowed sparklers and non-airborne novelties.

State Senator Andy Dinniman, who in August introduced two bills to amend the fireworks bill to improve public safety, said his office worked with burn prevention organizations in drafting the bills.

He said communities across the commonwealth have seen a skyrocketing number of complaints since the legalization of larger and more powerful fireworks has taken effect.

In 2018, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated 9,100 fireworks-related, emergency department-treated injuries, with 62 percent of them occurring during the month surrounding the Fourth of July.

 

THE FIRST bill calls for:

Increasing the distance from an occupied structure, veterans facility, agricultural livestock building or dog kennel for using consumer fireworks from 150 ft. to 500 ft.
Increasing penalties for violations from $100 to $1000 and increasing the offense to a misdemeanor.
Limiting the use of consumer-grade fireworks on private property to specific times of day/year.
Requiring reporting of emergency and fire incidents related to fireworks for collection in a database that can be referenced and utilized by all first responder disciplines.
Providing the option to set local regulations for consumer fireworks.

 

fireworks 3More fireworks set off near horse farmsBut horse owners interviewed fear that, because of the huge revenues raised by the fireworks tax, a bill changing that law has no chance of passing, and even if it did it's not strong enough and not enforceable.

An article in the Patriot News of Harrisburg stated that according to the state Department of Revenue, the fireworks tax generated $3.5 million in the first two quarters of 2018. That doesn't include July 4th sales, which are peak season for fireworks sales.

The sales tax in July alone from fireworks purchases produced just shy of $5 million, which is more than the $4.1 million collected for those purchases in all of 2017-18, according to figures provided by the revenue department.

 Judy Szela of Quakertown submitted a  letter the public hearing that was held Sept. 24 in Harrisburg that included a video of fireworks landing feet away from her barn and even hitting her.

A number of videos of dangerous commercial sized fireworks like those set off at Longwood Gardens can be seen on the Facebook page Ban Backyard Fireworks.

Riannon Walsh, an eventer from Chester County, started a petition to the Pennsylvania State House entitled Stop Terrorizing Pets with Fireworks!

"I've had a lot of trouble with my dogs, but people in this area have had a lot of trouble," said Walsh. "I got about 1,000 signatures on the petition, but 1,000 signatures means nothing to those politicians."

"Two days before Halloween, on a week night evening, someone set off fireworks for 45 minutes," said Walsh. "My horses are eventers, so nothing bothers them, but I've had dogs in life threatening situations. I've had two dogs that had to be sedated. My older dog had a heart condition, so I had to knock him out with Ace, but when people set off fireworks year round, not just on holidays, you can't know to sedate in advance."

"I got an email from someone who had to put an older horse down after he broke through his stall door," said Walsh.

barn on fireLaurie Sack's  barn on fireLaurie Sacks' barn burned down in Bucks County, but luckily here were no horses in it at the time.

"A neighbor who can see our barn said the the fireworks started about 15 minutes before the barn burned down," said Sacks. "The police came two days after the barn burned and said the fire was caused by spontaneous combustion of hay, but I hadn't put in any new hay in months, and the hay that was there had at least 12 inches around it to allow for air flow."

Spontaneous combustion comes from newly mowed hay.

Susan Moons, also in Bucks County, had a horse severely injured due to fireworks.

"On Labor Day, I had a close neighbor set off loud fireworks," said Moons. "It sounded like machine guns in our stone house. When I went outside, I found one of our horses had panicked and was loose. He had a pretty bad laceration on his hind leg."

injuredhorseA deep gash onSusan Moons' injured horse"I called the vet, and he sewed him up and said he had to have six weeks stall rest," said Moons. "He's a valuable horse. This had a huge economic impact. If we'd had notification that our neighbor was going to set off fireworks, this could have been avoided. I could have put the horses in the barn. I wrote a letter to our neighbor, but I haven't heard back."

"I reported this to the police, but they said the neighbor told them he hadn't been setting off fireworks," said Moons. "I'm hearing that the new law restricting fireworks isn't enforceable. We need stronger laws than what has been proposed."

Samantha Brok-Potts, yet another in Bucks County,has a young, healthy mare in foal that died during a night of fireworks.

"She was fine when I fed her the night before," said Brok-Potts. "The next morning, I found her dead. Neighbors had been setting off huge fireworks. She probably died of a heart attack due to panic. We raise thoroughbreds. We've had a lot of young horses injured because  of fireworks."

Susa Pizzini, who lives near Fair Hill but in Chester County, has a next door neighbor who sets off commercial sized fireworks in the field next to her.

"The horses totally freak out," said Pizzini. "I'm afraid one of them is going to break a leg or break through the fence and get on the road. We're near Route 472. It's a frightening situation."

"I have one neighbor who puts ear plugs in her horses ears and also drugs them, and she's offered to drug mine during the fireworks," said Pizzini.

Kris Meyer of Jamison, Pa., has seven horses and dogs, and she said that she and her husband have to be home before 7 every evening to be with their animals lest fireworks start.

"One of us stays in the house with the dogs and the other stays in the barn with the horses," said Meyer. "You never know when people are going to set off fireworks.

"Even when it's 90 degrees, we have to shut the barn up completely," said Meyer. "We have fans on, but it gets very hot. I told the police, and they said, `Why don't you air condition the barn.'"

"One person set off a rocket that landed in my ring, 15 feet from the barn," said Meyer. "I have one horse that we keep in a double stall that's 25 feet. He was catering in his stall."

A barn near Pittsburgh burned down Labor Day weekend, killing five horses and a pig.

Go to Facebook, Ban Backyard Fireworks, to see the videos and read more problems resulting from neighbors setting off commercial sized fireworks near horse farms.

 

 

 

 

Adrienne Sternlicht wins Thermal World Cup, moves into third in qualifying standings (2)

THERMAL, Calif.--Adrienne Sternlicht, 25 of Greenwich, Conn., riding a relatively new mount, won the $100,000 World Cup at HITS Thermal on Nov. 9.

Adrienne SternlichtAdrienne SternlichtSternlicht had only jumped Bennys Legacy at three events before heading to the west coast for World Cup competition, but it appears to be already a strong partnership.

Last to go in a five-horse jump-off, Sternlicht and the 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding went right into the lead, crossing the timers of Irish course designer Alan Wade’s  shortened course in 39.56 seconds.

Californian Keri Potter and Ariell la Sirene finished second with a 40.89-second time, while Adam Prudent  of Middleburg, Va., and Baloutine, the only other double-clear performers on the day, finished third in 41.83 seconds.

 

"IT'S MY THIRD show with him and my third jump-off," said Sternliicht, who trains with McLain Ward and was a member of the gold medal winning 2018 World Equestrian Games. "I thought that this jump-off played to his strengths. He's not a horse that's particularly used to going fast, as he's incredibly careful. I just tried to ride a smooth round and take advantage of his stride, take time where I needed and challenge him in a few places."

Bennys Legacy has been in Sternlicht’s string since the summer, and the gelding’s victory held special meaning given its timing.

“He’s named after an Irish boy that bought him as a foal," said Sternlicht. "He passed, and they named the horse after him. It’s a really special story. My groom and manager Emma Chapman was there with him the night before he died. For her, when I got the horse, it was a bit emotional. Thursday was the anniversary of his death. Those that knew Benny say the horse reminds them a lot of him. The horse knows that he has something special.”

Sternlicht was making her first trip to Thermal, traveling with Chapman while Ward was competing in Toronto on a double-header weekend of North American League action.

She sealed her win by leaving out strides in the first and final lines of the jump-off.

“It gives me a lot of confidence to prepare on my own,” Sternlicht said. “The two grooms I have here know me and my horses inside and out, and I know I can always call on them. As a rider, I’ve learned a lot from these experiences of being on my own. Ward called me after the first few went and asked if I had any questions. He tries to watch as much as he can, and I watch him. It’s a real team effort the way we do the sport.”

Following her win, Sternlicht moved into third place in the east coast sub league standings of the North American League with 26 points. She trails only Beezie Madden with 48 points and Brian Moggre, who has 41 points.

On the west coast, Karl Cook remains atop the standings with 49 points, while Ashlee Bond is second with 39 points. Potter moved into third with 32 points.

Betsy Houghton's Pocopson Station wins first time out(2)

CHRISTIANA, Pa--Pocopson Station, bred by Betsy Houghton, owned by her Sylmar Farm and trained by her son Bernie, won an $18,100, 5 1/2 furlong Maiden Claiming race for 2 year olds at Penn National on Nov. 8.

Bernie Betsy Thomas HoughtonThe Houghtons, Bernie, left, Betsy and Bernie's son Thomas "We bred him here," said Houghton of the gelding who was in for a price of $25,000. "He's by Friesan Fire out of Sabbath Bay, by Real Quiet.

"We really liked him, but we never thought he'd win first time out. We thought he'd need a race. He ran terrific.

"He was born and raised here. He's named for where I came from, Pocopson Station. My parents had a farm two farms down from the Lyman's. My brother Harry built a house on that farm, and he still lives there.

"Pocopson Station is a nice, big horse. In the beginning of the race, he didn't know what was going on, and then it suddenly clicked. I thought the other horse that Bernie trains, Life Master, was going to win. He led through most of the race but he finished third. I was glad when I thought he was going to win," said Houghton. "We  like his owner, Nicholas Fazzolari.

 

POCOPSON STATION, bumped leaving the gate, was second into the stretch and got up to win by a head over Daredevil Carl, who was ahead in front of third placed Life Master.

"I don't know where we'll run him next," said Houghton. "They run so few non-winners of two for 2 year olds at Penn. We'll just look for the best place for him."

Houghton runs Sylmar Farm. a family affair that breeds and raises thoroughbreds.

"We had 45 mares here last year and foaled 38," said Houghton. "We foal about 40 each year. We have a real good set up for it. We don't take mares in to foal any more. All the mares have to live here."

Bernie also saddled Robin H. Perry's homebred Roses for Ruby to win an 11,800, 1 1/16 miles Claiming race for fillies and mares at Penn National on Nov. 9.

Rated mid pack early on, Roses for Ruby moved three wide in the stretch and moved to the lead 70 yards from the tape to win by 1 3/4 lengths.

 

RICKY HENDRIKS saddled Debra Kachel's Trace to win a $28,000, 6 furlong Allowance race for fillies and mares at Penn National on Nov. 8.

Although Trace, a 4-year-old mare by Ghostzapper out of an Arch mare,  runs in Debra Kachel's name, she is actually owned by Wendy and Ricky Hendriks and Ken Kachel, Debra's husband.

"I bought her at Keeneland last summer," said Wendy Hendriks. "She was third at Delaware and now won this. We're very pleased with her."

Trace settled off the pace on the backstretch, made a strong move around the turn, moved four wide in the stretch and won by 2 1/4 lengths

 Saguaro, by Union Rags, who was bred by Phyllis Wyeth's Chadds Ford Stable in Pennsylvania, won the $100,000, 7 furlong Pumpkin Pie Stakes for fillies and mares at Aqueduct on Nov. 9.

Making her first start in New York since running second in the Shine Again this summer at Saratoga, Saguaro Row rallied from last to win.

Breaking from post 6, Saguaro Row was last of seven while the the favorite Philanthropic set fractions of 22.88 seconds for the opening quarter mile with the half going in 46.32.

The 4-year-old was four-wide into the turn, set into a drive in the late stretch and rallied to win over Philanthropic to win by 4 1/4 lengths in 1:25.36.

"She broke a little slow," said jockey Joe Rosario. "I rushed her a little bit to get her into the race, and then I let her do what she wanted after that. She tried very hard."

Owned by Newton Anner Stud and Mark Breen, Saguero Row  picked up her first career stakes victory and third win of the year from seven starts and boosted her career earnings to $214,104.

"She's a nice filly. We were always confident in her," said Jose Vargas, assistant to winning trainer Michael Stidham. "Joel knows her very well. She trained well into this race. It's no surprise that she ran like that because she was training so well and she got the job done."

 

Kevin Babington went home briefly to see his horses (2)

MARLTON, N.J.--Dianna Babington posted a short and very encouraging update on Kevin's recovery from his spinal injury suffered in a fall at the Hamptons Classic.

Kevin Babington familyDianna and Kevin Babington flanked by their daughters"Kevin took a short road trip home to see his horses today! " said Dianna. "It was a happy occasion for him and especially the horses who were gentle with him and clearly missed him.

"I have pasted a link (below) to a video posted on FB by his daughter Gweneth. Both Gweneth and Marielle (younger daughter) are so helpful and loving towards Kevin. I know that they are helping him heal.

https://www.facebook.com/gwyneth.babington/videos/pcb.2491583557777662/2491581864444498/?type=3&;__tn__=HH-R&eid=ARDx4wKI-6U3x2xTCfH-S60GIOhUdAf83AWsSDlTRuj_fzAWUfX83p27zCWBiCtdaXQiJibFKeUVD3ID

Brian Moggre finished his junior career with a third in the World Cup in Toronto (2)

TORONTO, Canada--Brian Moggre, 18 of Flower Mound, Texas, ended his amazing junior career with a third place finish on MTM Vivre Le Reve in the $210,000 World Cup at the Royal Winter Fair on Nov. 9 that catapulted him into the lead in the east coast sub league standings of the North American League with 56 points.

Brian Moggre Toronto Shelley HiggingsBrian Moggre on MTM Vivre Le Reve (Photo by Shelley Higgings, MacMillan Photography)Beezie Madden is second with 49 points, and Rowan Willis of Australia is third with 34 points.

Moggre's third in Toronto followed his win in the World Cup class at The National a week earlier, his second World Cup victory.

At just 18, Moggre is winning over many of the top riders in the world rankings such as Ben Maher, currently standing fourth in world rankings, Beezie Madden, seventh, McLain Ward, 10th, and Kent Farrington, 11th.

Ireland’s Bertram Allen won the World Cup over second placed Belgium’s Jos Verlooy in Toronto on Saturday night in front of a sold out house to close out the Royal Horse Show, held as part of the 97th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

 

"THIS YEAR has been completely surreal," said Moggre, who trains with Mike McCormack at MTM Farm in Dallas, Texas. "At the beginning of the year, I certainly didn't expect to do so well. I'm over the moon."

Brian Moggre galloping Kim MacMillanBrian Moggre (Photo by Kim MacMillan)"Toronto was my last show for this year," said Moggre. "We're off to Wellington now. The horses will have some well deserved time off and then get back up in January."

Moggre campaigns three horses, MTM Vivre Le Reve and MTM Flutterby in grand prix and MTM Los Angeles, a 7-year-old, in 1.45m classes.

Moggre is looking forward to competing in the World Cup which will be held April 15-19 in the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., and is hopeful of making an international team in the future.

"I talked to Robert Ridland during one of the Young Riders competitions," said Moggre, referring to the chef d'equipe of the U.S. teams. "I'm hoping to spend more time with him. I would love to make a team. That would be a wonderful goal to achieve."

Canadian course designer and Olympic individual silver medalist Michel Vaillancourt set a course in Toronto that challenged some of the world’s best show jumping athletes and their horses in the sold-out Coca-Cola Coliseum, which was packed to maximum capacity with a crowd of 6,631 in attendance.

Only four riders jumped clean to advance to the jump-off, and the times became faster and faster until the final challenger, Allen, 24, brought the crowd to its feet with a thrilling jump-off performance riding GK Casper in a time of 34.70 seconds to overtake Verlooy, 23, who had stopped the clock in 35.41 seconds on Igor.

Bertram Allen on GK Casper rightBertram Allen on GK Casper “This is a super show,” said Allen, who was making his Royal Horse Show debut. “I didn’t have my best week until tonight, but it all came together. It’s one of the biggest classes that GK Casper has jumped and his first World Cup. It was hard, but I knew if I got the first round behind me, I didn’t have to worry about the jumps as much in the second round. I could really give it a lash."

“He’s always been a fantastic jumper, but it has taken him longer to get to this height,” said Allen of his 11-year-old Holsteiner stallion. “Most horses start their first season off doing this at about 9, but this is his first season now.”

Allen, who finished third in the World Cup Final when it was last held in Las Vegas in 2015, now has his sights set on a return trip.

“The atmosphere is incredible at this show, and that gives you extra motivation to do well,” said Verlooy, who won team gold and individual bronze medals at the 2019 European Championships earlier this year with Igor. “At the beginning of the year, I called Bertram, and I said, ‘Let’s do a tour in America.’ I actually regret it now!”

Margie Engle Leading lady TorontoMargie Engle, Leading Lady RiderJoking aside, Jos continued, “My horse is a great horse, and I was really looking forward to today. I am very happy with my second place.”

Moggre was the first rider to jump clear in the opening round and again set the standard by jumping clear in the jump-off riding MTM Vivre le Reve, finishing in a time of 35.83 seconds that placed him third.

“Toronto is a spectacular city and this horse show is incredible,” said Moggre. “When I got the first email saying that I was on the wait list, I was hoping every day that I was going to get in. This is a wonderful show that I would love to be invited back to. My horses seem to like it as well. It is my last show of 2019 and last show of my junior career. It was very special to do that here, and it meant a lot to me and to everybody on my team to be invited here.”

As the only other jump-off challenger, 2012 Olympic team gold medalist Maher, 34, rode Tic Tac to fourth place with a clear round in a time of 36.32 seconds.

Rowan Willis, 39, of Australia on Blue Movie had the fasted four-fault trip in the opening round to place fifth over Canadian Eric Lamaze, 51, on Cgacco Kid.

Margie Goldstein-Engle on Dicas 4 was seventh and Kent Farrington on Austria 2 was eighth.

The Royal Horse Show has been selected as the only Canadian venue to hold a World Cup North American League qualifier for the next three years.

Lamaze was both the Leading International Rider and the Leading Canadian Rider, and U.S. Olympian Margie Goldstein-Engle was the Leading Lady Rider.

 

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The deadline is Dec. 30. 2019.

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CONTEST PET fox cub berkowitzWinner of the 2018 Pet Contest, a fox cub by Steve BerkowitzThe three top winners in each category will receive a certificate suitable for framing.

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