I remember as a young child the yearly tradition of perusing the gigantic Sears catalog in the months leading up to the Christmas season. My cousins and I would eagerly flip the pages, circling various toys, dog-earing pages filled with coveted wares. I imagine that sport horse breeders feel much the same about the annual Chronicle stallion issue.
He may not have won either one of the two rounds of the Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship, but at the end of the day, McLain Ward ended up on top with the national title with Sapphire. His second place on Friday night in the Rolex/USEF National Championship Round 1 CSI-W, combined with his second place today, Dec. 3, in the $50,000 Rolex/USEF National Championship Round 2, at the National Horse Show in Wellington, Fla., earned him the title.
It was Megan Massaro’s last ride in the junior hunters, and she was going to make it count. She guided Lyle to yet another spectacular trip, clinching the National Horse Show Junior & Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship today, Dec. 2 in Wellington, Fla.
There wasn’t much Eric Flameng could do. He was due to go first in a seven-horse jump-off for the $50,000 Rolex/USEF National Show Jumping Championship CSI-W tonight, Dec. 1, at the National Horse Show in Wellington, Fla. And the line-up included speedsters Todd Minikus, McLain Ward, and Candice King.
Flameng guided Roxanne to a steady, but clear round, stopping the timers in 37.92 seconds. “It’s hard to go first—no one likes that,” said Flameng. “She’s not a particularly fast mare, so I just tried to do what was possible for me to do.”
ntil now, Gin Fizz was only known in the hunting field. But after he and Jacqueline Stahl won the New York/New Jersey District competition, qualifying for the finals of the Centennial Field Hunter Competition, his name might be more well known.
"He's kind of been termed a legend in our hunt field," said Stahl, who hunts with the Millbrook Hunt (N.Y.).
Stahl showed "Fizz" in the competition, but the gelding is really her mother's horse. Her mother, Nancy Stahl, has been an MFH at Millbrook for 10 years, and they've had the elegant gray for 14 years.
few days prior to the ASPCA Maclay Finals, Maggie McAlary had reason to be a bit nervous. Her horse, Mid-Accord, suffered a slight bruise and wouldn't be able to compete at the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament, Nov. 2-5 in Syracuse, N.Y.
Three weeks before, McAlary, 16, won the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals and was looking to accomplish the rare Medal-Maclay double. The drama continued as another showdown developed between her and Julie Welles, who had been second in the Medal Finals.
aster and faster was the name of the game in the $75,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Syracuse CSI-W. And in the end, Michael Whitaker and Insul Tech Portofino proved fastest, taking the top check during the Syracuse Invitational Sport-horse Tournament, Nov. 2-5 in Syracuse, N.Y.
It was good to be named Schaefer at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Junior Weekend, to be sure. The dynamic duo of Schaefer Raposa and Samantha Schaefer swept all of the pony hunter honors at the show, Oct. 12-15 in Harrisburg, Pa.
Schaefer rode Rockport to the medium pony hunter tricolor and Winston to the large pony championship and received the best child rider on a pony honors. And Raposa picked up the grand pony and small pony hunter championships aboard Super Trooper, the medium pony reserve on Triple Threat, and was second in the best child rider judging.
Maggie McAlary's first-round course in the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals didn't go quite as she'd planned.
"In the first round, my horse was a little bit nervous. This is his first year doing the equitation. He got a little tense going to 4AB, and he had A down, but he got much better as the round went on," McAlary said.
At the start of the jump-off for the $65,000 Budweiser Grandprix de Penn National, Laura Chapot knew she had a chance to score her second consecutive victory in the class. But she also recognized that it wasn't going to be easy.
"I knew it was going to be close. When you have Laura Kraut and Kent Farrington going after you with those fast horses, you can't take it easy," she said. The class concluded the Pennsylvania National, Oct. 16-21 in Harrisburg, Pa.