They're Baaaack: Ghosts, Dragons And Tom Cruises Take Over Washington's Costume Class

Oct 28, 2022 - 8:05 AM

Upper Marlboro, Md.—Oct. 27

Creatures and characters took over the Show Place Arena tonight as top jumper riders competed in the $37,000 Accumulator Costume Class at the Washington International Horse Show. Daniel Bluman won the class on Ubiluc, but the real prize was the award for the best costume, earned by Grace Debney’s “Game of Thrones”-inspired ensemble. She dressed as Daenerys Targaryen from “Game Of Thrones,” with her partner Zarina De Vidau playing the part of her dragon.

Enjoy this gallery of the competitors.

Grace Debney -Zarina de Vidau-3539
Grace Debney won best costume for her Khaleesi interpretation aboard her dragon, Zarina De Vidau. Mollie Bailey Photos
Brian Moggre-Oh my Star van Strytem-3458
Also working the team costume, Brian Moggre and Oh My Star Van Strytem came as Winnie The Pooh and Tigger.
Margie Goldstein-Engle -Aston des Etisses-3381
Captain America, also known as Margie Engle, piloted Aston Des Etisses to sixth place.
Kent Farrington Austria-3694
Kent Farrington was the ringmaster of his own circus aboard Austria 2. Photos By Mollie Bailey
Katie Dinan -Brego R'n B-3761
Katie Dinan, aboard Brego R’N B, went as Minnie Mouse……
Beat Mändli Chartraine Pre Noir-3516
…While her trainer Beat Mändli went as Mickey Mouse aboard Chartraine Pre Noir.
Paul O'Shea -Carasina HD-3860
Fifth-placed Paul O’Shea went all out for his Day Of The Dead costume aboard Carasina HD.
Connor Swail-2682
There was no monkeying around for Conor Swail, who took third in the class on Theo 160.
Shane Sweetnam Out of the Blue SCF-3026
Shane Sweetnam went as Mr. Incredible on Out Of The Blue SCF.
Natalie Dean -Dotcom d'Authuit-3801
Natalie Dean went as Mrs. Incredible aboard Dotcom D’Authuit.
Rodrigo Pessoa Venice Beach-4092
Rodrigo “Batman” Pessoa rode Venice Beach.
Aaron Vale Prescott-3062
Knight Aaron Vale piloted Prescott.
Capt. Brian Cournane-2863
Capt. Brian Cournane dressed as an astronaut.
Jordan Coyle -Lisaniska Cool Quality-3620
Jordan Coyle and Lisaniska Cool Quality looked spooky together.
Brianne Goutal-Marteau Viva Columbia-3412
Who wore it best? Unicorn Brianne Goutal-Marteau, who took ninth place on Viva Colombia…
Laura Kraut-2707
….or unicorn Laura Kraut? Kraut went on to finish fourth with Calgary Tame.
Kristen Vanderveen -Bull Run's Prince of Peace-3929
Kristen Vanderveen outfitted herself for a safari aboard her giraffe, Bull Run’s Prince Of Peace.
Hunter Holloway Eastern Jam-3206
Hunter Holloway and Eastern Jam went as Shaggy and Scooby Doo.
Daniel Bluman -Ubiluc-4195
Daniel Bluman, dressed as a priest, won the day on Ubiluc.
Sam Walker Evita-3330
Sam Walker and Evita represented House Gryffindor in their Harry Potter-themed costume.

And finally… the most popular costume of the night was Maverick from Top Gun, with four competitors opting to channel their inner Tom Cruise at Washington.

Daniel Coyle -Oak Grove's Carlyle-3990
Daniel Coyle got a little help from his flight deck crew bringing Oak Grove’s Carlyle into the ring.
Evan Coluccio -Egalini-3138
Evan Coluccio and Egalini felt “the need, the need for speed,” galloping to second place in their Top Gun costume.
Jos Verlooy -Newmarket Influence-3949
Jos Verlooy finished 10th on Newmarket Influence.
McLain Ward Contagious-3168
McLain Ward brought his Olympic and world championship partner Contagious out for some low-altitude maneuvers in the 1.45-meter costume class. They took eighth.

Find full results here. Want more Washington International? Check out all the Chronicle’s coverage here. You can see more news and analysis in the Nov. 21 issue of the magazine.

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