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October 22, 2008

The Mohr Sisters Make The Most Of Washington

Red Carpet earned ribbons in both the children's and adult amateur hunter championships, including the eighth award with owner Ashley Reed in the children's division.

The Mohr sisters stole the show at the Washington International Horse Show last night, Oct. 22, in downtown Washington D.C. Lindsey captured the $10,000 WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Championship win on Lion King, and her sister Kristen took top honors in the $10,000 WIHS Children’s Hunter Championship with Marvel. The sisters, who hail from Long Valley, N.J., train with Stacia Madden and Krista Freundlich of Beacon Hill Stables.

Lindsey earned the top score of 92 in yesterday's two-round championship, and stayed consistent to finish at the top in the adult ring, edging out Lynley Reilly and Damascus. The win rounds out a stellar indoor season for Lion King. "King" and Lindsey won the $10,000 NAL Adult Amateur Hunter Classic at the Pennsylvania National last week.

“It’s so much fun to show here in Washington—King really likes this ring,” said Lindsey. “It’s especially great to show at night here because more people can come and watch.” Her father was among the spectators who made a special trip to watch the evening’s competition.
 
“My dad doesn’t get to watch me ride much,” she said. “He was here and at Harrisburg. I think he’s my lucky charm!”

Since finishing her junior career last year, Lindsey, 19, has spent the season rounding out her equestrian resumé, while her sister has taken over the rides on her two steady Eddies, Marvel and Lion King, at home. Lindsey has been riding for the IHSA team at Centenary College (N.J.), where she majors in equine studies, and started bringing along her first young horse.

Kristen rides Marvel—a hand-me-down from her sister’s junior hunter days—in the children’s hunters and 3’6” equitation. “He went so well here,” said Kristen, 11. “He’s just amazing. I came here not expecting anything, I just wanted to put down a good round.”

Marvel serves as Kristen’s first full-sized mount, and her partner in her first trip to the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals at the Pennsylvania National this year, where she placed fourth in one of the warm-up classes. Kristen also topped the Taylor Harris National Children’s Medal at Capital Challenge (Md.) aboard King.

Rather than encouraging any sibling rivalry, growing up riding together has proved mutually beneficial for the two sisters. Having helped her sister learn to ride has inspired Lindsey to set her sights on becoming a professional trainer. And the younger Mohr considers herself lucky to follow in her sister’s footsteps.

“She gives me my motivation to do it,” said Kristen. “I want to be like her. I try to listen to her, because the horses are hers. And a little pressure is a good thing!”

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