As week five of the Winter Equestrian Festival approaches this Wednesday, Happy Endings Farms celebrates their success from the first weeks of competition, with top ribbons earned across numerous divisions. Linda Smith-Faver guided her students to various placings in the Adult Amateur Hunters, Short Stirrup Hunters, and the Cross Rails Hunter division, as well as taking home several championships.
Six-year-old Natalia Torano showed in the Walk-Trot division aboard her pony Champlain Clementine, and has been steadily rising through the ribbon ranks. She is consistently placing in her flat classes, and she has just begun to compete the jumping classes, where she rode to a successful second place finish during WEF 2.
Meanwhile, Natalia's best friend and riding partner, seven-year-old Avery Kelley, has piloted her pony Farnley Romeo to consistent improvement in the Cross Rails division. She took top ribbons during WEF 1, was reserve champion WEF 2 and clinched the division's championship WEF 3.
The girls' stable mate Nikko Ramirez piloted his adorable pony, Brighton's Bemused to the championship honors in the Cross Rails division during week one of competition. Nikko sets out to prove that the boys at Happy Endings Farm will not be left behind!
The triplets from Sagamore Farm are also proving to be serious competitors. Sean Sweeney showed off his talents aboard Strawberry Kid, owned by Nina Montross, riding to a competitive second and seventh place finish in the Cross Rails division during WEF 3. Sean's sisters are regular ribbon winners in the Palm Beach Riding Academy Short Stirrups division, with Corinne and Cool Beans, owned by Emma Roberts, capturing ribbons throughout WEF 1 and 3. Helen and Smartie Pants, owned by Eliza Fauntleroy, were reserve champions WEF 1 and ribbon winners WEF 3. Their friend Charlotte Matthews also joined in on the fun, guiding Up Close and Personal, owned by the Mattebella Vineyards, to competitive ribbons in the Short Stirrups, as well.
The twins from Deeridge Farm are also collecting their share of ribbons in the Children's Hunter and Jumper divisions. Charlie Jacobs, Jr. rode Elphaba in the $1,500 Paddock Cakes Low Children's Classic to the fourth place finish out of a field of 45 entrants, capturing the ribbon with a blazing time and impressive accuracy during WEF 1. He is mimicking his finesse with his new mount Cartucho. Keep an eye out for Charlie and his excellent jumpers in the future! Charlie also pilots his very own Ranier to successful trips in the Coldwell Banker Children's 14 & Under Hunter division and the THIS Children's 14 & Under Medal. Katie Jacobs is concentrating her efforts and winning ways with her Children's Hunter mounts, Jouet and Sorcerer's Stone, in both the Coldwell Banker Children's 14 & Under Hunter division and the THIS Children's 14 & Under Medal.
Cousin, Maggie Robinson, made her successful debut in the Autism Speaks Large Children's Hunter Pony division aboard Shenendoah Oasis and Nina Montross' Taschereau during WEF 1, capturing great ribbons on each mount. With only one week of showing experience on her new mounts, Maggie came back to week three to take the reserve championship honors aboard Shenendoah Oasis, and taking ribbons in every class aboard Taschereau.
Karen Walcott and Right On Q have been consistent ribbon winners in the Camping World 51 and Over Adult Amateur Hunters. Karen and her trusted mount have been in the second place position too many times to count, and she is vying for that elusive first place finish. She looks forward to showing in the upcoming weeks, and continuing to gain experience at the Winter Equestrian Festival with Smith-Faver leading the way.
Happy Endings Farm will show at the Winter Equestrian Festival throughout the 12-week series, and then will travel north for the summer shows. To stay up-to-date with Linda Smith-Faver and Happy Endings Farm, follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HappyEndingsFarm?ref=ts&fref=ts . You can also visit their web site at http://www.happyendingsfarm.com/  .