Some of the champions at the Pennsylvania National Junior Weekend, Oct. 18-20 in Harrisburg, Pa., surprised even themselves, and some were confirmed winners adding another line to their resume. In just her first year of riding horses, Taylor Ann Adams, 13, guided Don Stewart’s veteran gray gelding Lyle to the small junior hunter, 15 & under title.
Tanja Hennes has big goals in mind for next year after her adult amateur success.
When Tanja Hennes traveled to the Netherlands two years ago looking for a dressage prospect, an unlikely horse caught her eye.
It’s tough to be a returning champion. Especially when you’re only 4 years old.
But Imperial Crown handled the challenge with flair, following up his 3-year-old grand championship in the International Hunter Futurity Finals last year with the 4-year-old grand championship this year, Sept. 26-27 in Lexington, Ky.
When you’re hot, you’re hot. And right now, Up Chiqui and Kent Farrington are smoking.
They put on a show at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Grand Prix CSI-W on Sept. 28 during the Lexington National (Ky.), turning and burning for the top check. And two days later, they added to the week’s paycheck with second place in the $85,000 New Albany Classic (Ohio).
On a clean, crisp autumn day, with your horse galloping keenly beneath you and the hounds in full cry ahead, it’s easy to live in the moment, rave about the day’s thrills at the hunt breakfast, and look forward to the next day of hunting.
But ask yourself this question: are you doing anything to help ensure that there will be a next day of hunting?
After walking the course for the $100,000 Wachovia Securities American Gold Cup CSI-W, on Sept. 23 in Moreland Hills, Ohio, the riders knew they had their work cut out for them. “I thought it was very imposing. It was big, technical, and I only thought there’d be one or two clean,” said Anne Kursinski.
The 2-year-old carries on a long winning tradition.
This spring, Capitol Hill caught Kenny Wheeler’s eye. And he’s spent the summer winning for Wheeler
Capitol Hill (Nob Hill—Pardon Me Mister, Mr. Inspector) followed up his Devon Horse Show (Pa.) Best Young Horse title by taking the crown of the Sallie B. Wheeler National Hunter Breeding Championship.