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Syracuse, N.Y., Nov. 6

Margie Engle’s not known for going slow, but she’s getting used to it. And it’s paying off, as careful and conservative won the day for her in the $100,000 Detwiler Fenton World Cup Qualifier of Syracuse presented by G&C Farm.

Engle rode Indigo to the top of a three-horse jump-off against two international challengers, Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands and Marie Hecart of France. Hecart and Smolders made Engle’s life a little easy, pulling a rail each in the jump-off.

Cazenovia, NY – November 4, 2010 – The hunter divisions at the 127th National Horse Show concluded on Thursday afternoon with the presentation of championship awards followed by a special $50,000 National Horse Show Hunter Classic, held to honor Charlie Weaver. Hannah Goodson-Cutt rode Caretano to victory in the $50,000 Hunter Classic and was also named Best Child Rider on a Horse for her excellent success over the two days of hunter competition.

Organizers of the 127th National Horse Show have announced they will add a $50,000 hunter classic to this year’s Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament (N.Y.) on Nov. 2-7. The classic will be held in memory of Charlie Weaver.

Weaver was a fixture in the hunter ring for more than 30 years and rode a number of well-known show hunters, including Ruxton, Stocking Stuffer and Super Flash. He was inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame and also served on their board of directors. He suffered a broken neck in a fall on Feb. 12 and passed away on June 7.

“If I had to lose to anybody, I’m happy it was my best friend,” Hillary Dobbs quipped after placing second in the $100,000 Budweiser World Cup Qualifier to Darragh Kenny.

“The two of us are just a tiny bit competitive,” she joked.

Kenny and Dobbs, both 21, train with Missy Clark and John Brennan, and they went head-to-head in the jump-off of the grand prix tonight, Oct. 31, at the Syracuse Sporthorse International Tournament. Kenny was just fractions of a second faster on Obelix than Dobbs was on Quincy B to take the top check.

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Whitney Weeks couldn’t have asked for a more perfect weekend. She and her Subliem didn’t accrue a single fault over four rounds of competition at the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament to top the $40,000 Beacon Hill High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Grand Prix today, Nov. 2.  Clementine Goutal and Rastella kept the rails up all week, finishing just a hair slower than Weeks in the Thursday’s speed round to accumulate .5 penalty points and take second.

Although Christine McCrea took the top check in the $100,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Syracuse CSI-W, the real winner was course designer Leonardo Palacios. A star-studded line-up which read like a virtual who’s who in the world of show jumping converged upon Syracuse, N.Y., for the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament, but only McCrea and Vegas managed to get around fault-free tonight, Nov. 1.

Todd Minikus took second aboard Pavarotti and Great Britain’s Ben Maher earned third with Robin Hood W after each accrued a time fault.

Bering C will head to a new home tomorrow, but before Sachine Belle loaded him on the trailer, they picked up one last green hunter tricolor for Lindsey Irvin today, Oct. 30, at the National Horse Show at the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament. SBS Farms’ Jersey Boy left the Oncenter in Syracuse, N.Y. with reserve honors.

Belle struggled to control her emotions after she walked out of the ring after a winning trip in the stakes class. “I looked over at his groom and we were both crying,” said Belle. “I said ‘Oh, we’re so pitiful!’ ”

“The jump-off really suited me, and she jumped really great,” was Michael Whitaker’s succinct summation of his winning round in the $75,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Syracuse CSI-W.  Whitaker rode Insul Tech Portofino to the top check tonight, Nov. 3, in Syracuse, N.Y.

“I thought it had quite a few turns, and she’s really good at that.  She’s not that good at galloping long distances, but she can turn,” Whitaker, of Great Britain, said.  “I thought I must have been close to Margie’s time because everything came up well.”

"I've got such a soft spot in my heart for him," Margie Engle said about Hidden Creek's Perin. "He's one of the best horses I've ever sat on. He may not be the fastest, but he's for sure the scopiest and he jumps the big jumps better and easier than any other horse I've ever ridden."

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