The team at Uphill Farm continued their Indoor season with top ribbons at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the Washington International Horse Show, and the Alltech National Horse Show. John Ingram and Superman won the Amateur-Owner 36 & Over Hunter Reserve Championship at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. During the Washington International Horse Show Patton continued her success, but this time in the jumper ring, riding to top finishes in the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers. Patton and Regional Champion Taylor Schmidt joined the top 25 in the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals at the Alltech National Horse Show.
John Ingram and Superman had a good appearance in the Amateur-Owner 36 & Over Hunter division at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, taking two third place finishes in the over fences portion, the first place in the under saddle, and the third place award for their score of 86.25 in the handy round. They were awarded with the division's reserve championship.
John's daughter, Martha Ingram, also rode to consistent ribbons throughout the Large 15 and Under Junior Hunters aboard Cayero. Missy Luczak-Smith earned the second place ribbon in the over fences, as well as the third place finish in the under saddle during the Alltech National Horse Show's Amateur-Owner 3'3" Hunter division.
Reid Patton and Foreign Encounter were awarded the first place ribbon for their score of 89 points during the Large 16-17 Junior Hunters along with a third place ribbon the handy. In the jumper ring, Taylor Schmidt and Zana Wofsi rode to the third place effort with a double clear round during the seven-horse jump-off.
Patton was also in the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers at the Washington International Horse Show. Riding Tissem, Patton claimed the third place finish in the Classic and also rode Von Dutch to the fourth place. During her competition in Harrisburg, Patton also was awarded the fourth Leading Child Rider award, a coveted honor awarded to those who exemplify horsemanship, showmanship and the American traditional-style of riding.
At the Alltech National Horse Show, Patton finished in the top 25 during the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. Regional Champion Taylor Schmidt also earned the reserve spot in the top rankings, executing a beautiful second round course after moving up significantly during the flat phase.
The team at Uphill Farm has had an exciting summer and fall circuit. As the Indoor circuit comes to an end, Tom Wright and Uphill Farm will take a short break as their capable mounts enjoy time to recuperate and refresh for the approaching Winter Equestrian Festival, held at the picturesque Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.
"Although the Indoor shows can be a long process, my riders had many positive experiences," trainer Tom Wright said. "Many thanks to our hardworking staff that made all of our travels and success possible. I am now looking forward to a little down time so that we may rest and regroup for the Florida Circuit. Happy Holiday Season to all."
Although originally from California, Wright has trained show hunters, jumpers and equitation on the East Coast since 1980. Wright and his team of trainers and riders at Uphill Farm, have become an unstoppable force in the equestrian sport, earning top honors at the best nation's most prestigious horse shows. Using a training technique that stresses methodical preparation, encourages strong horsemanship, and uses forward thinking; Wright has worked his way to the top. Wright is the only trainer to have won the AHJF Hunter Spectacular of Palm Beach an astounding five times. He has trained numerous Maclay and Medal winners, including 2010 USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals and 2010 ASPCA Maclay Finals winner, Hayley Barnhill.