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Equestrian July/August 2015

Young Equestrians Shine in Kentucky NAJYRC 2015

Longines Masters Charity Pro-AM Fun and Philanthropy

Split Rock Jumping Tour Inaugural Event Earns Rave Reviews

Pan American Games United States Tops Medal Count

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Table of Contents


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Cover photo:

26 Pan American Games

United States Tops Medal Count

34 Young Equestrians Shine in Kentucky NAJYRC 2015

46 Split Rock Jumping Tour

Inaugural Event Earns Rave Reviews

52 Longines Masters Charity Pro-AM

Fun and Philanthropy

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8 Sponsors

Take a Look at Our Partners

10 Juniors’ Ring

Earning Their Letters in Equestrian

14 Seen and Heard

Around the Equestrian World

18 Day in the Life

NAJYRC Internship

Combining Studying & Saddle Time

Unique Ways to Display Your Ribbons

22 Inside Perspective 58 Trending



ith summer coming to an end, we at the United States Equestrian Federation look back on a very busy competition season. In this edition of Equestrian Magazine, the editorial team focuses on some of the biggest events over the past several months. The Pan American Games are a contest among athletes of the Americas held every four years in the year prior to the summer Olympic Games. Always a true test of our teams as they prepare for Olympic competition, this year the Pan American Games held greater significance as it was the last opportunity for two of our equestrian teams to directly qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016. We take a look at how the U.S. Team made the Games such a huge success. The 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Riders Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC) held in Lexington, Ky., from July 14-19 were once again a resounding success. This year, the event hosted 222 young athletes, ages 14-21, from Canada, Mexico, and the United States. NAJYRC is not only a showcase of the best and the brightest, but an opportunity for team-building and new friendships among riders in five disciplines. Equestrian Magazine reviews the competition and takes readers through a day in the life of the interns who helped put on the event. The Split Rock Jumping Tour set out to create an “unparalleled show jumping experience”, one not currently available in the U.S. The Tour’s premiere event, the Lexington International CSI3*, was held May 22-24 at Split Rock Farm in Lexington, Ky. Read about what made USEF President Chrystine Tauber call the event, “A great experience.” Combining fun, humor, relaxation, sport, and generosity, the Pro-Am Style & Competition for Charity class is a unique event on the Longines Masters program. Riders wear costumes, have fun, and share their enjoyment with the spectators. The 2014 class was a huge success, and the 2015 edition is sure to bring as much glamour and excitement. With more information on the USEF Athlete Lettering Program and riding in college, everyone is sure to find something to pique their interest in this edition of Equestrian Magazine.

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Equestrian Magazine Volume LXXVIII, No.4

Published by The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Colby Connell Advertising Director Kim Russell Account Executive Crissi White Contributing Writers Sarah E. Coleman Meg Farrer Becky Hopf Jessica Lynn Sissy H. Wickes Contributing Editors Mark Coley Kathleen Landwehr Eileen Schnettler Sissy H. Wickes Design & Layout Courtney Cotton Candice McCown Equestrian magazine (ISSN 1548-873X) is published seven times a year: January/February, Horse of the Year Special Edition, March/April/Spectator’s Guide, May/June, July/ August, September/October, November/December, by the United States Equestrian Federation®, 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511; Phone: (859) 258-2472; Fax: (859) 231-6662. (ISSN:1548-873X). NOTE: Effective Issue 1 of 2015, Equestrian magazine will be published and provided electronically and only four editions will have a limited number of printed copies. Only the Horse of the Year Special Edition will provided in the U.S. Mail. USEF is not responsible for the opinions and statements expressed in signed articles and paid advertisements. These opinions are not necessarily the opinions of USEF and its staff. While the Federation makes every effort to avoid errors, we assume no liability to anyone for mistakes or omissions. It is the policy of the Federation to report factually and accurately in Equestrian and to encourage and to publish corrections whenever warranted. Kindly direct any comments or inquiries regarding corrections to the Colby Connell or by direct dial 859-2252024. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Equestrian, 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. Canadian Publications Agreement No. 40845627. For Canadian returns, mail to Canada Express, 7686 #21 Kimble Street Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, L5S1E9. (905) 672-8100. Reproduction of any article, in whole or part, by written permission only of the Editor. Equestrian: Publisher, United States Equestrian Federation®, Chief Executive Officer, Chris Welton (859) 2256912. Director of Advertising, Kim Russell (859) 225-6938. Copyright © 2014. Equestrian is the official publication of the United States Equestrian Federation, the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sport in the USA, and is an official publication of USEF.

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Juniors’ Ring


Addie Grace Akins, left, Caroline Kirkland, center, and Rachel Harper, right, all 15-year-old students at Northridge High School have recently earned the distinction of High School Equestrian Athlete for the USEF Equestrian Athlete Lettering Program for the 2014-15 year.


hey are an unofficial Jaguars team of three, a trio of Northridge High School students who have recently lettered in the sport of equestrian. Rachel Harper, who will be a junior this fall, and upcoming sophomores Addie Grace Akins and Caroline Kirkland are a part of the United States Equestrian Federation’s Equestrian Athlete Lettering Program. As most schools nationwide, including Northridge, do not field equestrian teams, the program is designed to acknowledge the time, training, and accomplishments young equestrians make in their sport. The hope is it will help encourage them to continue their equestrian pursuits, long into adulthood. It is open to USEF members in grades 5-12. All three train out of Westminster Farm where the owner, Ashley Morrison, also serves as their riding instructor and coach. “Parents received a postcard in the mail about the program from the USEF. We liked the idea. And they were already doing everything it required to earn a letter,” said Cindy Kirkland, Caroline’s mother. “A lot of schools don’t offer equestrian riding, so it’s a way that they can take all the hours that they’ve worked and put it towards something at school and be recognized for it,” Morrison said. “I knew about it, but the mothers were the ones who really got involved and made it work for their children. It requires a lot of hours, just like a normal sport would. The mothers kept up with all the hours for each child, noting it, and then I would check over it. They did all the work sending it in.” In order for students to letter, participants must log 100 hours of riding or training and compete in a minimum of three events between June 1 and May 31. Prospective letter winners can compete at whatever levels and disciplines they chose. They can join at any time, as long as they complete the

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Addie Grace Akins, 15, from Northridge High School. She trains with Ashley Morrison at Westminster Farms with her horse, Belle.

requirements within that time frame. They can also earn credit retroactively for past years they may have missed. To acknowledge their achievement, the three each received an official USEF letterman’s patch, lapel pin, and a certificate of achievement.“It’s really exciting to get the letter because it makes you realize that you’ve accomplished so much within a year,” Harper said. “We encourage the recognition of young equestrian athletes who are dedicating themselves to a sport that requires tremendous training and preparation for competition,” Terra Schroeder, National Affiliates Representative of the USEF, wrote in a statement to the Tuscaloosa News. “Equestrian athletes take the concept of teamwork to the highest level as they form a partnership with a horse: two independent beings working together and communicating with one another to achieve an overall goal.” Indeed, it’s that additional teammate that separates equestrians from their fellow student-athletes. They purchase, clean, gather, and put up their own equipment. And the teammate they count most upon has four legs and a mind and personality of its own. While Harper and Kirkland were new to the program, Akins participated in a similar USEF-supported program offered in Birmingham the year before. “I did an interscholastic riding team,” Akins said of the program for middle schoolers. “I drove up to Birmingham every Wednesday after school. On weekends we would go to shows. You didn’t get to take your own horse. You had to draw for a horse and hope for the best.” All three have made an impact nationally. In August, Kirkland made her third career trip to compete in the national US Pony Finals, her second there with her pony, Winnie, a participant in the hunter, large pony division. Akins, who is also


(Left) Rachel Harper, 15, from Northridge High School. She trains with Ashley Morrison at Westminster Farms with her horse, Johnny. (Right) Caroline Kirkland, 15, from Northridge High School. She trains with Ashley Morrison at Westminster Farms with her pony, Winnie. (Bottom) Rachel Harper, left, Caroline Kirkland, center, and Addie Grace Akins, right, all 15-year-old students at Northridge High School have recently earned the distinction of High School Equestrian Athlete for the USEF Equestrian Athlete Lettering Program for the 2014-15 year.

a second baseman on the Northridge softball team, competed in the 2012 US Pony Finals. She’s been competing in the discipline of show jumping, but is breaking in a new horse, Belle, who will compete in the hunter discipline. Harper qualified for the national indoor championships in 2012. She competes in the hunter discipline with her horse, Johnny. Even though they are not officially teammates, the three feel like they are a team. “At the horse shows we all watch each other compete, and we all cheer each other on,” Kirkland said. “We help each other get ready.” Morrison, who grew up in Tuscaloosa, said she would have enjoyed participating in the program, had it been offered when she was a student at American Christian Academy. “These girls work really hard,” Morrison said. “It’s great that it recognizes them because they put in just as many hours, if not more, than a person competing in another (school-sponsored) sport would. They practice and do all this in extreme temperatures, heat and cold, because they’re working with horses. Horses are animals. They have to be taken care of. That’s a huge responsibility in itself, in addition to the athletic aspect. You can’t just say, ‘I don’t feel like taking care of my horse today.’ They have to take care of the

equipment and the horse and make sure the horses are fit for the competition.” The girls know of at least one more fellow rider from Westminster who plans on joining them in their 2015-16 high school letter winners’ pursuit as well as others who have expressed interest in the middle school program. “It’s a big accomplishment for me because most schools don’t recognize this as a sport, and it’s nice to be recognized. You really feel accomplished when you get that letter,” Harper said. Said Kirkland, “It’s really special because we had to do this mostly on our own. We didn’t have team practices.” Said Akins, “We are our own managers” Added Harper, “You earned it yourself because you did it all yourself. It’s a lot of hard work, but it pays off. It’s an extremely rewarding sport.” Said Akins, “If you have the chance to do this, do it. It’s a lot of fun.” ■ Becky Hopf Edited reprint from The Tuscaloosa News


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Day in the Life


The Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC) is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, ages 14-21. Organizing and running the event is a huge undertaking, led by USEF Director of Development, Mark Coley, and his event interns, Allison Henshaw and Jessica Lynn, both seniors at the University of Kentucky. Henshaw and Lynn take us through their days, leading up to and during the week of the event and share some of their favorite memories from the experience.

A Typical Day in the Office Jessica Lynn: Before the event, I would get to the office at 1 p.m. and began by organizing the paperwork received that day. I handled everything from vendor reservations and hospitality orders to the rider waivers. Next, I began responding to emails, which usually consisted of answering vendor questions, reaching out to the riders, or contacting local equestrian organizations to send event tickets to. Additional tasks included a wide range of responsibilities, which allowed me to help organize, to some degree, most areas of the event.

Lessons Learned AH: The most important lesson I learned was to always be nice and have a smile, because no matter how upset someone gets at you, being mean is never the answer and it will never help! JL: The biggest lesson I learned was that this internship was intended as a learning experience and that I wasn’t expected to come in knowing exactly what to do. It’s okay to ask questions or advice on how to complete a task most efficiently. Along the same lines, it is okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. AH: If I could give a future intern one piece of advice, it would be to have fun! This is a great group of people you can learn from and aspire to be like. Enjoy their company and words of advice; you will miss it when you leave. It’s those relationships that you form with this awesome staff that will continue even after your internship is over! ■ Eileen Schnettler 18  Equestrian  July/August


During the Event Allison Henshaw: During the event I mainly stayed at the accreditation booth and helped athletes, officials, and vendors get everything that they needed to have a successful event. After working the accreditation booth, I tallied points for the Team Challenge. For the Team Challenge, we took all the competitors and, at random, put them on teams. Then we gave them various tasks to do throughout the week like trivia questions and a scavenger hunt with the winner receiving prizes from our sponsors. The goal was to help encourage competitors to meet other riders who aren’t on their team and make new friends. Also, sometimes I got to help raise the flags during the award ceremonies, which was really cool!




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Inside Perspective


There are multiple options for keeping horses in your life while taking college classes.


eciding on a college can be a daunting endeavor; it can feel like your entire future rests on your decision. That is a lot of stress! While considering all the nitty-gritty details like financial aid packages, school location, student body size, and academic programming, one thing is also important if you’re a horse-loving student: the opportunity to ride. It can be easy to get caught up in how you will pursue your equestrian passions while in school, but it is important to remember that you are at school to learn; riding should be secondary. While still an important component of your collegiate career, you will need to graduate with the skills necessary to have a productive profession, not just have spent the most hours in the saddle.

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Riding Opportunities Once you have decided on the academic program you would like to pursue, it is time to begin looking at schools that not only offer your chosen field of study, but also one that will fit your riding goals. The perfect school is out there; sometimes it just takes a while to find it. The options for riding in college are as varied as class offerings; they can range anywhere from weekly riding lessons as gym credits to required early morning gym workouts as a college athlete. You could also bring your own horse to school with you and board him at a local riding stable, or take lessons at a local farm. If riding on a college team is something you would like to try, however, there are a few options available to you. They include: The American National Riding Commission (ANRC) The ANRC is designed to promote the American System of Forward Riding, which is based on the idea that the rider’s seat, control, and schooling of the horse are integral to proper training. Riders are judged on their ability to create a cooperative partnership with the horse, allowing him to move forward freely while remaining calm and alert. There are 39 schools that participate in the ANRC; riders compete on teams that are judged on equitation skills in four phases: a program ride, which includes USEF hunter equitation tests; a hunter seat equitation medal course at 3’; a 3’ derby course (natural jumps in a field); and a written test based on riding theory and stable management.

The Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) The IDA is designed to be an affordable and fun way for students to make dressage part of their college experience through organized competitions. Riders compete both individually and in teams of four at Introductory, Lower Training, Upper Training, and First Level. Currently 58 schools have IDA teams. Riders need not own their own horse. The Intercollegiate Saddle Seat Riding Association (ISSRA) provides beginners through experienced saddle seat riders with the opportunity to learn to ride or continue their riding experience while in college. Owning a horse is not necessary. The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) Competing in the NCEA is every rider’s dream - you get a scholarship to ride in college! The mission of the NCEA is to provide female student-athletes the opportunity to compete in a collegiate national championship event. Unlike the majority of riding programs across the country, the 22 NCEA programs are supported by the school’s athletic departments and equestrians receive the same treatment as other collegiate athletes. In NCEA competition, athletes ride in headto-head competition instead of competing against multiple other schools. Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) While all of these riding organizations are fantastic, the most popular team-riding opportunity for collegiate riders is the IHSA. This organization currently hosts over 400 member colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada, with more than 9,000 riders. Because there are eight levels of hunt seat riding (beginner through Maclay) and six levels of western riding (beginner through Open/ Reining), there truly is something for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned show-ring competitor or you want to try your hand at a new discipline. The IHSA is designed to allow riders with varying levels of experience to continue riding through college, financial means notwithstanding. The emphasis is placed on learning, sportsmanship, and fun.

Get the VIP (Visit in Person) Treatment It can be easy to get caught up in the beautiful images shown on a school’s website or in mailed literature, but nothing replaces actually visiting a college campus in-person and talking to some of the staff to really get a feel for what the school is like. The same applies for riding teams; when scheduling your campus visit, be sure to set up a time to see the riding facilities, as well. While it is important to see how a program runs in person, it is also vital you remember that coaches are extremely busy, especially if you visit in the spring when teams are preparing for year-end competitions. Make every minute you have with them count. Also, if you can, chat with some of the riders and ask them about their experiences on the team. Some important things to know are: Is the riding team a varsity or club team? This will let you know how much (if any) financial support is given to the team by the college. Is the barn on or off campus? If the facilities are off-campus, are they easily accessible? Some campuses do not allow freshmen to have cars, so making sure there is a bus or carpool system in place can be key. How many hours per week does the team practice? Are additional workouts required? How often does the team compete? It is imperative that you know how much time you will be expected to commit to ride on the team. Transitioning to college life can be tough, and you need to make sure you are not overwhelmed with course load and riding commitments. Riding on a college team is a great way to make friends and hone your equestrian skills. With so many options available, one is sure to be the perfect fit for you. ■ Sarah E. Coleman




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United States Tops Medal Count at 2015 Pan American Games

The U.S. Eventing Team takes its victory gallop at the 2015 Pan American Games.

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he Pan American Games are a contest among athletes of the Americas held every four years in the year prior to the summer Olympic Games. Always a true test of teams as they prepare for Olympic competition, this year the Pan American Games held greater significance as the last opportunity for two of the U.S. equestrian teams to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in 2016. As the dressage and eventing teams packed for themselves and their horses to make the trek to Caledon, Ontario, Canada, all eyes were on the prize of Olympic qualification. Already qualified, the show jumping team aspired to gain experience for developing horse-and-athlete combinations. As the curtains closed on the Pan American Games stage, the United States Equestrian Teams earned rave reviews and accomplished their goals through stellar performances. The U.S. Pan American Dressage Team of Sabine SchutKery, Kimberly Herslow, Laura Graves, and Steffen Peters were the first equestrian athletes to compete for the stars and stripes. With a new format combining Small Tour and Big Tour horse-and-athlete combinations, the U.S. was represented by veteran championship competitors in Graves and Peters, as well as first-time representatives in Schut-Kery and Herslow. Aboard Four Winds Farms’ accomplished Legolas 92, American dressage legend Peters turned in superlative tests, aiding the team in the Team Gold win, as well as achieving an Individual Gold for his efforts. After the first day of team competition, Peters called Legolas 92’s performance “the best test of his career,” receiving a huge score of 77.240%. The second day of team competition proved to be challenging for the pair, as Legolas 92 had a difficult day. Peters and Legolas 92 rebounded beautifully in the Individual Free-

style test. Delivering a brilliant performance, they received a rewarding score of 80.175% and a Gold medal. Explaining the nuances of the ride, Peters stated, “He was very relaxed, more relaxed than usual, and I gave it all. It is just like the Olympic Games; there is no difference. I am so extremely proud of him.” Teammate Laura Graves and her own Verdades had a week to remember, earning personal best scores in team competition on their way to a Team Gold medal and the Individual Silver medal. Graves was proud of the great achievement of her horse, which she bought as a yearling and trained up to international Grand Prix success. On the importance of the Games, she stated, “It was the most pressure I have ever been under, not just personally, but as a team.” Thriving in the environment, the combination put forth an energetic and consistent test on day one and, despite a bobble in the one-tempi changes, scored a 75.080%. The final day of team competition dawned with oppressive heat and the pressure of the Canadian team placed just behind the U.S. Graves and Verdades rose to the occasion and performed

Left: Laura Graves presents Verdades at the Veterinary Inspection. Above: The U.S. Dressage Team of Kimberly Herslow, Steffen Peters, Sabine Schut-Kery, and Laura Graves wins Gold in Toronto.

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masterfully in the FEI Grand Prix Special test, earning a personal-best score of 77.177%. Riding high on a wave of success, the duo sailed into its Freestyle with characteristic accuracy and animation, earning a score of 79.825% and a Silver medal. “We went in and did the best we could. It is for yourself, so even though I am not as high as [when we won the Team medal], I am so thrilled to have another American on top of the podium and a Canadian who rode extremely well in the Bronze.” Small Tour riders Schut-Kery and Herslow had stellar international competition debuts. Herslow and Kiroli Enterprises LLC’s Rosmarin entered their first Games arena with confidence and were rewarded with a personal-best score of 75.184% in the FEI Prix St. Georges Test. “I had been aiming for these Pan American Games for two years now and to have him come in and be that amazing- what more could you ask for? He loves his job.” Day two of team competition saw the pair perform with even more success, again earning a new personal-best score of 77.158%. In the Freestyle, Rosmarin produced a solid, though less precise, test to be scored a 73.174%, which Herslow attributes to her horse’s fatigue. She was immensely proud of her efforts on behalf of the U.S. team. “I am still ecstatic about our prior two days competing for the team, and bringing that Gold back to the U.S.” Schut-Kery and Alice Womble’s Sanceo fared well in the first day of competition with a solid score of 71.790%. Always supportive of her equine partner, Schut-Kery stated, “We had a couple of rider errors out there, but he was focused and energetic, so I was very pleased with our test.” Day two saw marked improvement in the pair as it earned a score of 73.553% and contributed to the Team Gold effort. Following a conflict between the FEI and Pan American Sports Organization rules and disagreement between Mexico and Venezuela and all other competing countries, SchutKery and Sanceo were not permitted to participate in individual portion of the competition. Next to compete in equestrian competition for the United States was the eventing team of veteran athletes Philip Dutton and Boyd Martin, as well as new championship contenders Lauren Kieffer and Marilyn Little. With Olympic qualification at stake, the pressure was on. The dressage phase began on a cold, blustery Canadian day; not ideal circumstances for a dressage contest. The riders were pleased with their

Left: U.S. athletes claimed the top two places on the Individual podium for dressage, with Steffen Peters (center) winning Gold and Laura Graves (left) claiming Silver, while Canadian Christopher von Martels collected Bronze. Above: In her championship debut, Marilyn Little became a double Gold medalist, winning both Team and Individual Gold medals.


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Left: McLain Ward and Rothchild on their way to claiming the Individual Gold medal

horses’ tests, and the day ended with the U.S. in first place with a narrow lead over Canada. Following an exemplary dressage effort, Little and Raylyn Farms Inc. and Phoebe and Michael Manders’ RF Scandalous were in third place individually entering the challenging cross-country phase. Revealing the skill and depth of the team, all four combinations completed the cross-country portion with no faults and began Sunday’s show jumping phase on their dressage scores. The U.S. team was in close contention with Brazil and Canada as the crowd watched a nail-biting contest in the Caledon Equestrian Park. Dutton and Thomas Tierney and Ann Jones’ Fernhill Fugitive had an unlucky rail early in the course, putting the pressure on the remaining three athletes. Kieffer and Marie Le Menestrel’s Meadowbrook’s Scarlett performed fault-free, as did Martin and the Pancho Villa Syndicate’s Pancho Villa. Last to enter the ring for the U.S. were Little and RF Scandalous. Sitting in second place individually, the pair needed a clean round to keep its hopes for Gold alive. With her solid background in show jumping, Little delivered a fault-free performance and ultimately earned both a Team and an Individual Gold medal. Thrilled with her medal wins, Little exclaimed, “Nothing really compares to a day like this. This day is indescribable.” Veteran Olympian Martin was ecstatic with the Team win. “I’ve been in this racquet for the last twenty years and I have never [won] a medal. This is my first medal and we had to fight for it pretty hard. It is a very rewarding feeling. I have been trying for this for a long time and I finally got it.” Optimistic about the direction of his team’s trajectory, Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor felt they were reaping the rewards of a productive program for U.S. eventing. “You have to believe in the program, and have belief in the comradery from the public and the community as a whole. Step by step, we have done that.” O’Connor is looking forward to nurtur30  Equestrian  July/August

ing the success of his team as they begin preparations for Rio de Janeiro 2016. The last discipline to contest the Pan American Games for the United States was the show jumping team of McLain Ward, Georgina Bloomberg, Lauren Hough, and Kent Farrington. Although pre-qualified for the Olympic Games via a Bronze Medal win at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the squad felt the pressure of the international stage. On the importance of these games, Ward stated, “The Pan American Games, whether we have to use them for a qualifier [for the Olympic Games] or not, is an important event. It is important for the country and the move towards the Olympic Games next year.” The first round of the Nations Cup proved to result in an unlucky rail for all four horseand-athlete combinations. Unwavering in its confidence and determination, the team returned in the second round to produce the singular feat of four fault-free rounds, earning a Team Bronze medal behind Canada for Gold and Argentina for Silver. Aboard Gotham Enterprizes LLC’s Lilli, it was Bloomberg’s first championship competition and her first medal experience. Robin Parsky and Kent Farrington’s Gazelle and the Ohlala Group’s Ohlala, ridden by Hough, earned valuable experience as they competed brilliantly in their first championship. Riding his longtime partner, Sagamore Farm’s Rothchild, Ward was the anchor for the squad in team competition. Heading into the individual competition, multiple Olympic and Pan American Team Gold-medalist Ward continued his winning ways with Rothchild. With Ward and Rothchild as one of only two combinations to produce two clean rounds, the Gold medal was decided in a thrilling jump-off with Venezuela’s Andres Rodriguez. Famous for his jump-off acumen, Ward and the chestnut gelding flew around the short course, leaving all the poles in the cups. Rodriguez dropped a

Left: Both McLain Ward (center) and Lauren Hough (right) earned their first Individual medals in Toronto, claiming Gold and Bronze, respectively, while Venezuelan Andres Rodriguez won Silver.


Below: Georgina Bloomberg smiles following her round on Lilli in her first championship experience.

rail on course, and Ward was rewarded with Pan American Individual Gold. For Ward, who has a resume of unparalleled success, it was his first individual championship medal. Making the accomplishment more poignant is the fact that Rothchild is the last horse in Ward’s string chosen by his late father, Barney Ward. “Like my father, this horse defies the odds. He doesn’t really look like he should be a show jumper, he doesn’t really go like he should be a show jumper, and yet he has won a couple of million dollars and now the Pan American Games. His heart is as big as they come.” Hough and her gutsy, little mare, Ohlala, had an impressive Games effort. Tied for Individual Bronze, the pair was one of a five-horse jump-off field. In a blistering speed contest, the duo bested the competition to stand on the podium with an Individual Bronze. Having won Team Gold and Bronze in previous Pan American Games, this was Hough’s first Individual medal. Amassing a total of eight medals in equestrian competition, the United States was the leader in medals won. Five individual medals and three team medals represented the hard work of a large contingent of riders, coaches, veterinarians, farriers, and behind-the-scenes support staff. As the 2015 Pan American Games equestrian competition drew to a close, the United States athletes proudly wore their medals as they looked forward to future successes. ■Sissy Wickes


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Previous Page: Area II (l to r) Skyler Decker, Camilla Grover-Dodge, Amanda Beale Clement, and Morgan Booth, stands atop the podium for the USEA North American Junior Eventing Championship. 36  Equestrian  July/August

Dressage The dressage discipline fielded the largest number of competitors with 76 riders participating in the USDF/Platinum Performance North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. Forty-one vied for medals in the Young Rider competition (ages 16-21) with 35 riding down the center line in the Junior championship (ages 14- 18). In team competition, Region 7 Young Riders dominated once again, winning the Team Gold medal for the third consecutive year. The Young Rider Team division was very close this year with the Gold medalists earning a team total score of 199.658 and the Silver medalists, Region 3, earning a 199.369. “It was super close, so kudos to the Silver medal team for really giving us a run for it. It was exciting and nerve wracking,” said Catherine Chamberlain of the Region 7 Young Rider Team. The Region 7 team consisted of Chamberlain on Avesto Van Weltevreden and fellow Californians Lindsey Brewin on Vaillant, Cassidy Gallman on Grand Makana, and Samantha Jenney on Domino. Echoing the shared love of team competition, Chamberlain said, “The best part about this year for us is that it was a real team effort. We all had a few mistakes so we really had to pull together as a team to pull it off, and I think that was really special.” The Silver medal for Young Riders went to Region 3 riders Natalie Pai on Fritz San Tino, Mallory Kent on Okidokie, Lindsey Holleger on Friedensfurst, and Rebecca Roman on Ultimo. Canada’s Alberta/British Columbia team won the Bronze medal. The Junior Dressage Team Gold medal went to Ontario, Canada’s foursome of Vanessa Creech-Terauds on Denzel BC, Yanina Woywitka on Rheirattack, Georgia Wade on Beaumont, and Alexandra Meghji on Iliado II. They were closely followed by U.S. Silver medalists from Region 7, the California riders Veronica West on Nobleman, Shelby Rocereto on Chapeau, Brianna Relucio on Wynsum, and Mia Slaughter on Harrington L. The Junior Team of Region 9 won the Bronze Medal with solid performances from Texans Chloe Taylor on Calecto V, Madison Lacy on Flintstone, Bronwyn Cordiak on Dschingis Blue, and Allison Hopkins on Windsor. In the USDF/Platinum Performance Individual Dressage Championships, it was Helen Claire McNulty from Region 2 who earned the Gold medal in the Junior division with Natalie Pai from Region 3 winning Gold in the Young Riders division. The Junior division was hotly contested with the top three riders finishing within less than one percent of each other. Aboard Checkmate, the Michigan native was pleased with her win. “I did [the NAJYRC] last year, and I finished 11th individually and fifth in the freestyle. It’s pretty cool to come back here and win it.” Individual Silver was won by Canada’s Camille Carier Bergeron riding Delfiano and Bronze was won by Taylor riding Calecto V. Taylor was complimentary of her fellow competitors, “I’m really pleased with my test and my horse, and I really want to congratulate my teammates because I think everybody did a really, really good job today. All of the tests were beautiful,” Taylor said. Having won Team Silver earlier in the week, Pai returned to Wellington, Fla., with two medals, having won the Individual Gold in the Young Rider division. Pai was ecstatic about the performance of her horse Fritz San Tino. “I honestly just came to have a lot fun,” Pai said.


The 2015 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Riders Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC) held in Lexington, Ky., from July 14-19 were once again a resounding success. The only FEI championship held annually on this continent, the event highlights one of the world’s best equestrian facilities, the Kentucky Horse Park. Hosting 222 young athletes aged 14-21 from Canada, Mexico, and the United States, NAJYRC was not only a showcase of the best and the brightest, but an opportunity for team building and new friendships among riders across five disciplines.

Region 7 (l to r, Samantha Jenney, Cassidy Gallman, Lindsey Brewin, and Catherine Chamberlain) won the Dressage Young Rider Team Gold medal for the third consecutive year (left). Bebe Davis rides Rotano to the Dressage Junior Freestyle Gold medal (right).

“I’m so thrilled with how it turned out. He was such a good boy, and I’m so happy with him.” Fresh off the USEF Young Rider European Tour, last year’s Individual, Team, and Freestyle Gold medalist, Chamberlain, came into this year’s competition feeling the pressure of returning as the defending champion. This year, she is thrilled to be leaving with another Young Rider medal as she earned the Individual Silver medal on Avesto Van Weltevreden. Finishing with the Individual Bronze in Young Riders was Montreal, Canada’s Naima Moreira Laliberte on Belafonte. The top 18 Junior Individuals advanced to the Freestyle Championship. Bebe Davis of Region 3 earned the highest Junior Freestyle score of the day and secured the Gold medal with Rotano. “[Winning the Gold] is amazing. It’s been a long journey. This is my last year of juniors; I’m aging out this year. I’ve been working toward this moment for a very long time. It’s amazing to see that my hard work has finally paid off. All of the hours and all of the long days and early mornings have led to this. I’m extremely happy.” McNulty and Checkmate earned the Silver medal. McNulty turned in a solid freestyle test, despite admitting to a slight change of plans part way through. “I picked up the counter canter, and when I asked him to do the changes on the quarter line he threw in a couple one-tempis. That sort of messed up what I was going to do with it, so I sort of had to just play along. It turned out pretty good.” The Bronze medal went to Carier Bergeron of British Columbia-Quebec. She and her mount Delfiano rode their freestyle test set to upbeat African-style music. Moreira Laliberte took two medals home to Canada, earning the Young Rider Individual Bronze medal as well as the Young Rider Freestyle Gold medal. Moreira Laliberte and her mount, Belafonte, earned the top score in one of their first times performing their freestyle test together in full. “I won’t lie. I only rode it once and qualified,” Laliberte said. “I just know the music and know the patterns. That’s kind of my style – just feel the groove, practice every day, and build up. You practice a little piece here and a little piece there. It’s much easier when you put the music together yourself because you know when you make the cues and the timing. You know your music.” The U.S. combination of Hannah Bauer and Trustful won the Freestyle Silver medal with an expressive test. “I’m super excited,” Bauer said. “My freestyle went pretty well. There are some things where you think, ‘oh if I just could have fixed that,’ but I’m super happy.” The Bronze medal went to another American athlete in Kerrigan Gluch on Vaquero HGF.


“It was super close, so kudos to the Silver medal team for really giving us a run for it.”


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Endurance Endurance competition was dominated by Team USA Southeast which won both Team and Individual Gold, while USA Northeast earned Team Silver. Kelsey Russell, 19, of Williston, Fla., rode off with both the Individual Gold and the Best-Conditioned Horse Award aboard My Wild Irish Gold. Her teammate, Annie Whelan, won the Style Award. The Individual Silver medal went to Hanna Weightman with Syrocco Rabia, and the Bronze to Hope Misner with GDE Sweete Legacy. Eleven of 14 starters completed the course designed by Emmett Ross, which drew numerous compliments from competitors. “Emmett Ross got us out of the mud, and we’re very grateful for that,” said Whelan. Ross spent the entire day before the race rerouting the course because portions of the original route were belly-deep in water from torrential rains earlier in the week. At the press conference after the awards, there was laughter and tears, particularly when the competitors talked about their horses, three of which are being retired after this event. Among the retirees is My Wild Irish Gold, Russell’s champion mount with whom she has been paired for six years and won numerous top placings, including this event in 2011. The mare will now become a broodmare. “I won my first ride on her, and she took me to two world championships,” Russell said. “It’s a bond I don’t think anyone will ever take (away).” Team medals are determined by the top three highest-placed combinations based on cumulative time. The Gold medal-winning team included Russell on My Wild Irish Gold, Katie Baldino on Questafir, Whelan on RF Priceless, Mary Kathryn Clark on Kalilas Legacy, and Mallory Capps on SA Beshazzar. The Silver medal team members were Weightman on Syrocco Rabia, India Orino on Frontier Random, Maria Muzzio on Laconic, and Hunter Green on Spotless Summer Magic.

The Endurance Team Gold medalists (l to r, Mallory Capps, Mary Kathryn Clark, Kelsey Russell, Annie Whelan, and Katie Baldino) are all smiles at the press conference.

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Show Jumping The USHJA North American Junior Team Show Jumping competition was dominated from start to finish by the Zone 4 team of Brett Burlington on Anders Wictor L, Louise Graves on Zavira, Mackenzie McGehee on Unique, and Sophie Simpson on Why Not. They clinched the Gold off of stellar performances resulting in five zero scores, including double-clears from both Burlington and Simpson. The Silver medal team of Zones 5/9 included Annika Faught on Quintara, Emma Wujek on Ugaf, Daisy Farish on Triviant, and Vivian Yowan on Vornado Van Den Hoendrik, while the Team Bronze medal was won by Mexico North. Junior Individual Gold was won by Team Silver medalist Yowan on her own Vornado Van Den Hoendrik. Based on cumulative faults incurred throughout five rounds of jumping, Yowan conquered the Alan Wade-designed courses without dropping a single rail. Junior Individual Silver

Jumping Junior Individual Gold medalist Vivian Yowan on Vornado Van Den Hoendrik (left) and Lucy Deslauriers on her way to Jumping Young Rider Individual Gold on Hester (right)

went to Mexico’s Juan Pablo Gaspar Albanez on Puertas So What, while Bronze went to U.S. athlete Simpson on Why Not. Gaining knowledge through her experience last year, Yowan stated, “Last year maybe wasn’t my best year here; it was my first year, so this year I knew what it took. You have to be consistent to even medal, so coming into this, I knew that I just had to keep being consistent to get here.” In Young Rider Team competition, Zone 3/5 won under the tutelage of the Caristo Cup winner, Abby Blankenship, and veteran trainer Sandra Ruiz. The Caristo Cup is awarded to the Chef d’Equipe who best exemplifies Ralph Caristo’s enthusiasm and professionalism. With great trainers at the helm, Zone 3/5 riders Kalvin Dobbs on Bukato, Jacob Pope on Zilvana, Noel Fauntleroy on Cabras, and Meredith Darst on Quester de Virton emerged victorious after a nail-biting finish that came down to the final fence. The team finished on a total of 13 faults, with powerhouse Fauntleroy producing a double-clear. “It really was a team effort. Noel was clear the whole way through; Maddy really carried us through it too, and I had eight faults and one clear, so we kind of all pitched in,” Pope said. “It’s really exciting; this is what I was really going for this year.” The team of Zones 4/8 was neckand-neck with the Zone 3/5 team, leading the competition all the way down to the wire, but a rail at the very last fence of the very last ride would relegate them to the Bronze medal position and secure the Silver for Zone 2. The Zone 2 team finished on a total of 16 faults, with faults spread across riders Katherine Strauss on All In, Sima Morgello on Orientales, Kira Kerkorian on Nightfire 25, and Lucy Deslauriers on Hester. Finishing on a team total of 20 faults to take the Bronze medal was the Zones 4/8 team of Kaely Tomeu on Fidalgo van het Leliehof, Brittni Raflowitz on Baloumina du Ry, Kelli Cruciotti on Wallenberg, and Victoria Colvin on Lumiere. Raflowitz was the anchor of the team, turning in a doubleclear effort. In the Young Rider Individual Championship, the race for the Gold medal came down to less than a single time fault. Going into the fifth and final round of competition, Raflowitz and Fauntle


“I’ve been working toward this moment for a very long time. It’s amazing to see that my hard work has finally paid off.”


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roy sat neck-and-neck. Sitting in third was Deslauriers who had moved up from the fifth-place position going into the day. As the riders came back in reverse order of their standings, Deslauriers and her mount, Hester, delivered. They crossed the timers with just one time fault, guaranteeing that they would finish no worse than Bronze. After already turning in an impressive three clear rounds throughout the week, Raflowitz and Baloumina du Ry finished the final round with five faults. Those faults positioned her nearly just one-tenth of a point behind Deslauriers and guaranteed her a medal. The 20-year-old Fauntleroy was leading going into the final round, but she would have to settle for Bronze as two rails hit the ground. A Bronze at the NAJYRC is still an extremely impressive achievement, particularly as this year marks Fauntleroy’s first NAJYRC appearance. “I honestly had no expectations coming into this,” Fauntleroy said. “This was my first time here so I’m just happy with [the team round], and having another clear round [in the individual final] was more than I could have asked, so I’m happy.” Similarly, Raflowitz was thrilled with her and her mare’s incredible performances throughout the week that put her in the Silver position. “My mare literally gave me everything she could today. I’m so happy with her,” Raflowitz said. “I never thought that I would jump three clean rounds this week with her. I could not have asked for any more of her.” As for Deslauriers, the Gold medal makes the perfect addition to the Junior Individual Silver medal she claimed last year, and she could not have been happier. “It’s really incredible. I really didn’t think going into that this would be the end result. Especially going into this [individual round] I knew I was kind of the underdog coming back in fifth place,” Deslauriers said. “My horse jumped incredibly. He’s really a dream. He’s honestly the greatest horse that I’ve ever ridden for sure.”

Diane Portwood and Cinerescent won the CCIYR2*. (left) Camilla Grover-Dodge and Remington XXV led from start to finish in the CH-J 1* to claim the Individual Gold medal. (right)


Eventing The United States Eventing Association (USEA) North American Junior Eventing Championships were the last equestrian event to be held at the 2015 NAJYRC. In the CH-J 1* portion of the USEA North American Junior Eventing Championship, Area II claimed Team Gold, and Area II rider Camilla Grover-Dodge rode to the Individual win. Area III’s Diane Portwood earned top honors in the CCIYR2* division. Area II led the CH-J 1* competition from the dressage phase all the way to the end of the show jumping phase to claim the Team Gold medal. The Area II CH-J 1* team included Camilla GroverDodge on Remington XXV, Morgan Booth on Twizzel, Amanda Beale Clement on Peter Pan, and Skyler Decker on Inoui Van Bost. The team had a commanding lead heading into Sunday’s show jumping phase, and they knew that they could have as many as five rails amongst them and still clinch the Gold. Then, Booth and her teammates received unfortunate news. Booth’s mount, Twizzel, was withdrawn after being held for re-inspection during Sunday morning’s final horse inspection, and Booth would be unable to continue the competition. This meant the devastating end of the journey toward an Individual medal for Booth, and for the team it now meant that Booth’s score was automatically their one to drop. The Area II riders went from having five rails in hand to only being able to afford having one to still win the Gold.

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The U.S. Team (l to r, Sydney Collier, Katie Shoemaker, and Cambry Kaylor) earned the Gold medal in para-dressage’s debut at NAJYRC.

“When we all got the news, we all cried,” Decker said. “We had a moment, and then we said ‘okay ladies, we have to do this for Morgan. Let’s get it together and go jump some double-clear rounds’.” And that is exactly what they did. Decker and Grover-Dodge both turned in seamless clear rounds to cement their team’s solid position, while Beale Clement had just one rail down for four faults. As for Grover-Dodge, that final clear would guarantee her a second medal – the Individual Gold. “I’m so excited. I was just so happy for everyone. Everyone worked so hard, so it’s just the best feeling,” Grover-Dodge said. The Team Silver medal went to the Area V team of Margaret Stocker on Second Hand Rose, Caroline Testi on Crimson Tide, Olivia Alland on Fable, and Barrett Phillips on Mercedes. The riders of Area VIII claimed the Bronze medal with the team of Jackie Lemastus on Tatton Winter, Emily Hagan on Mr. Mom, Mary Peabody Camp on Rivertown Lad, and Hope Walden on Lilly Langtry. While Grover-Dodge clinched the Individual Gold medal by an impressive margin, the Individual Silver was awarded to Area VII’s Madelynn Snoozy on Udealer, with Canada’s Shelby Brost on Crimson winning the Bronze medal. In the CCIYR2*, Area III’s Diane Portwood and Cinerescent held onto their overnight lead to claim the win. “I’m so happy with ‘Leila.’ She was fantastic all weekend,” Portwood said of Cincerescent. Taking second-place honors were Nicole Doolittle and Tops of Area III, while third place was awarded to Area VIII’s Paige Pence and Class Action.


“You have to be consistent to even medal, so coming into this, I knew that I just had to keep being consistent to get here.”

Para-Dressage Debuting at the 2015 NAJYRC, the para-equestrian dressage discipline had a successful event. An Paralympic event, para-equestrian dressage is conducted under the same basic rules as conventional dressage, but with riders scored on a graded scale based on the degree of their physical disability. Competing at NAJYRC were one U.S. team and one Canadian team, totaling six individuals. Team Gold was awarded to the U.S. squad of Kate Shoemaker, Cambry Kaylor, and Sydney Collier.


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Beyond just being happy with their performances, all members of Team USA were excited to see para-equestrian dressage added to the disciplines offered at the NAJYRC. “I’m just really excited to be here, since it’s the first time ever that [para-dressage] has been in the NAJYRC,” Kaylor said. “I’m just honored to be here, and we’re thrilled.” Kaylor finished with the Individual Silver medal in the Grade 1b competition. Earning the Individual Gold medal in the 1b competition was Kaylor’s teammate, Collier. Remembering her fellow para-dressage competitor now deceased, Collier said, “I feel ecstatic about it. I was here [at the Kentucky Horse Park] about three years ago with Jonathan Wentz, doing our demonstration of our freestyle, and it just really feels like Jonathan is right here with us. It’s such an honor to be here as a team, and I’m so impressed with my teammates and incredibly happy with our horses.” The third member of Team USA, Shoemaker, received the Individual Gold in Grade III. “I just really wanted to thank the whole team that helped get us here,” Shoemaker said. “USEF, USET, Adequan; a whole bunch of people who are unnamed that made everything behind the scenes happen. It was huge, and we couldn’t have done it without the amazing sponsors, and not to mention, our individual help from our families and everybody that helped with our horses.” Riding for Team Canada are Nel Godin-Keating - Grade 1a, Sarah Cummings -Grade II, and Madison Lawson - Grade IV. The Individual Freestyle Gold medal in the Grade III division was won by Kate Shoemaker on Pacifec M. “I was really proud of Pacifec today,” Shoemaker said. “He was really tired in the warmup, and then we got him down in the arena and said, ‘come on buddy, one last time,’ and he said, ‘you got it, girl!’” Kaylor on Markgard Donnewind and Collier on Wentworth performed their freestyles in the Grade 1b division. Kaylor’s score earned her the Gold medal, and Collier took the Silver medal. Of her Gold medal win, Kaylor exclaimed, “I’m really proud of my horse today. We were pretty conservative the last couple days, and we really gave it our all today. I’m still on could nine.” Representatives competing for Team Canada in the Individual Freestyle included Nel GodinKeating - Grade 1a, Sarah Cummings - Grade II, and Madison Lawson - Grade IV. Godin-Keating earned the Gold in Grade 1a on Mr. Itchy, Cummings captured Gold in Grade II on West Bay, and Lawson claimed the Gold in Grade IV on Lawrence.

“I was just so happy for everyone. Everyone worked so hard, so it’s just the best feeling.”

Summary The sun set on the final day of the 2015 NAJYRC and another memorable event was in the books. 222 young equestrians, numerous parents, coaches, and grooms traveled to the bluegrass state from the all areas of the United States, Canada, and Mexico for a week of excellent sport in five disciplines. Tests were completed, challenges were met, and goals for the future were set, all while exemplifying the importance of sportsmanship and comradery. These championships are about more than the gathering of young equestrian stars; they forge lasting values and display the best of team sport and equine partnership. Many athletes won medals, but all won the badge of honor of having qualified to participate in the greatest youth equestrian competition in North America. Sissy Wickes

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Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Inaugural Event Earns Rave Reviews


New Footing from ESI to Be Ready for October’s Bourbon International CSI 3*

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The Split Rock Jumping Tour set out to create an “unparalleled show jumping experience”, one not currently available in the United States. The Tour’s premiere event, the Lexington International CSI 3*, was held May 22-24 at Split Rock Farm in Lexington, Ky. – the “Horse Capital of the World” – and presented riders, spectators, and sponsors with a European-style, boutique horse show, a much-needed and

nationally and internationally. “We want to revolutionize the way competitors, sponsors, and spectators can benefit from show jumping in the U.S., while creating more exposure for our sport as a truly entertaining sporting event. I am thrilled with the feedback we received during and after our inaugural event in May and I am more excited than ever about what we can accomplish!” Along with innovative “All-Inclusive” entry options and helpful staff, the Split Rock Jumping Tour featured over-sized ribbons, crystal trophies from L.V. Harkness, Kingsland Equestrian coolers, podium presentations, great prize money and a CSI-3* rating. The VIP tent featured gourmet catered meals throughout the day and parties each night, including Saturday night’s black tie “Gala at The Rock”, presented by Hoffman International Properties. In addition to the chance to see many of the sport’s top horses and riders competing in world-class show jumping competition, spectators also had the chance to enjoy a variety

“From the moment that competitors arrived, the Split Rock staff ensured they had a world-class experience.” well-received idea that has long been the dream of Split Rock founder and president Derek Braun. “I have always wanted to bring the European show jumping experience to the U.S. and offer a series of this caliber,” said Braun, who grew up on the show jumping circuit where he was one of the nation’s top junior riders before turning professional and competing at the Grand Prix level both


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looking forward to coming again. This is the kind of horse show that we as riders want to see here in America.” From the moment that competitors arrived, the Split Rock staff ensured they had a world-class experience. Charlie Jayne, the winner of the $1,000,000 Great American Million Grand Prix last March, and first alternate to the 2012 Olympic and 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. teams, was impressed with the greeting he received. “There was a staff of ten people they made available to help us unload. It’s the little things, the attention to detail, that this show is all about. I really think it’s a fantastic event.” Candice King, who has represented the U.S. on multiple Nations Cup and Super League Teams, also recognized and appreciated the hospitality. “The staff here has been more than accommodating in every way they can, from the office, to the VIP and the food. The presentations – the ribbons, coolers, and crystal trophies for every class – the ribbons are massive! Derek’s done a great job of putting on a top-class show for us here.” After that event, Braun realized that there was one area that needed improvement and that was with the footing. True to his word that the Split Rock Jumping Tour would be


of boutique shops and food vendors, a Children & Family Festival, a Beer and Wine Garden with live music, as well as free raffles! USEF President Chrystine Tauber praised the event and the foresight it took to bring it to fruition. “It was a great experience,” she said. “We’re really thrilled to have an event of this caliber on the U.S. calendar, and we’re looking forward to having more events like this. We’re very grateful to Derek Braun and Split Rock for doing this and for having the vision to create something this unique and special.” Tauber also appreciated the attention given to the event broadcasting. “I’m thrilled to see that they put such an effort into the coverage of the event, which is really important. They made a big production out of the television side which was fed to the USEF Network. I think that’s really a great way to promote the sport and a special event like this.” Olympic veteran Pablo Barrios of Venezuela, who represented Hagyard Equine Medical Institute as part of Split Rock’s innovative All-Inclusive Sponsor Package, also applauded the event. “For this to have been the first time for the horse show, I think it was an amazing event. Everything from the food to the hospitality to the atmosphere, and I’m


world-class in every regard, he immediately made the decision to install new footing so that it will be completed and ready for this fall’s CSI 3* event, October 9-11. “Our vision had always been to hold our featured classes in a grass Grand Prix field,” explained Braun. “And when conditions are right, nothing is better. However, it is sometimes difficult to get a grass field just right and it became obvious to all of us that our footing was less than perfect. Given that every other detail at our debut show was unparalleled, we made the decision to install new footing that riders could count on being world-class as well.” Installing the new footing is Equestrian Services International (ESI), which has installed footing at some of the nation’s leading horse shows including the Devon Horse Show, Hampton Classic, Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, Lake Placid Horse Shows, and the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla. ESI has also provided footing for many leading international horse shows in Europe, South America, and Asia, including World Cup Finals in Leipzig and Dusseldorf, Germany and the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong. “Our mission at the Split Rock Jumping Tour is to provide riders with an unparalleled experience that is 100% worry free,” Braun continued. “From providing staff to help them unload when they arrive, to check-in right at the stables, we cater to riders’ every need. Our new footing will be second to none and I look forward to unveiling it at our next event in October.” In an effort to give back to the local community, the Split Rock Jumping Tour established a partnership with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation in which a portion of proceeds from all sales of Split Rock Jumping Tour Hospitality packages go directly to the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation to support their programs. Split Rock also provides staff and patients of the Center with free tickets to attend. This is just one more touch in the Split Rock mix. Kevin Babington, the Olympic veteran from Ireland who won the event’s $100,000 CSI-3* Grand Prix, summed up the sentiment that was felt throughout the ranks of the top-level show jumpers who were there in May. “When we heard what Derek had planned, we went out of our way to be sure that we made it to his opening show. The whole experience was outstanding – for me, the grooms, and my customers. My customers had an absolute blast. One of them was second, and was able to get up on the podium – that just means so much to them, and it means so much to us as trainers and riders. They’ve set the bar very high here, and the other shows are going to have to follow.” Further information on the Split Rock Jumping Tour is available online at the Tour’s website at or by emailing ■ Meg Farrer, Classic Communications


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Hannah Selleck as Poison Ivy


Combining fun, humor, relaxation, sport, and generosity, the Pro-Am Style & Competition for Charity class is a unique event on PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES ON BEHALF OF THE LONGINES MASTERS OF LOS ANGELES

the Longines Masters program. Riders wear costumes, have fun, and share their enjoyment with the spectators. Each team consists of two riders, one from among the world’s best professional riders and an “amateur”: celebrities from the world of show business, cinema, television, and business.


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Opposite: Actress Kaley Cuoco dons a Native American-inspired ensemble Jessica Springsteen and Hilary McNerney This page: Rodrigo Pessoa as Katy Perry


Jennifer Gates performs during the Charity Pro-AM

The obstacles are lower (1.10m for amateurs, 1.30m for professionals) and the riders swap their formal riding gear for costumes, turning their sporting performance into an entertaining show. As for the results, the “competition” part is judged under Table A; the “style” part is judged by a jury of international personalities on the quality of the costumes and choreography. At the 2014 Longines Masters of Los Angeles, 22 riders represented eleven charity organizations. A celebrity jury composed of actor Sebastian Roché, TV fashion expert Jeannie Mai, and fashion designer Arianna Rockefeller decided on the pair’s style and elegance as well as the horse’s style. The audience enjoyed the style element with riders showing a good sense of humor, such as Rodrigo Pessoa, who appeared as a “Katy Perry” lookalike (for charity “Jump”). Jessica Springsteen and Hilary McNerney dressed as hippies from the musical Hair (for charity “AMADE”). The jury clearly preferred the JustWorld International’s Batman team of Laura Kraut and Hannah Selleck with Kevin Staut’s backup as the Joker. Stefanie Graff and André Agassi presented the ‘prize’ to Laura Kraut and Hannah Selleck.


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■ Eileen Schnettler

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Jeannie Mai, Sebastian Roche, and Ariana Rockefeller judge the Charity Pro-AM

The 2015 Longines Masters Charity ProAm, which will be held Saturday, October 3, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is sure to bring just as much glamour and excitement as last year’s event. Several riders are expected to return, including Kaley Cuoco, Jennifer Gates, Selleck, and Springsteen, along with newcomers Eve Jobs, the Princess of Monaco Charlotte Casiraghi, and others. Some of the charities to be represented are: AFESIP, AMADE, Hollenbeck Police Activities League, Jr. Posse Youth Equestrian Program, JustWorld International, No Limits, Ride On, South Central Scholars, Sports Spectacular, Thrive Animal Rescue, and Wolf Connection. Tickets to the 2015 Longines Masters of Los Angeles may be purchased at



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The Forest Preserves of Cook County is seeking proposals from vendors who are interested in leasing and operating the District’s horse stable facility at Harms and Golf Road, located in Morton Grove, Illinois. Proposals are sought for a four year term with one optional one year extension. The required services will include the operation of the stable facility, providing boarding of horses, riding lessons and such other services to the patrons, all as specified in the request for proposal (RFP). All proposals are due October 16 at 10:00am and a mandatory site inspection will take place on September 17. Information on how to download the RFP is included below: 1. Go to public/index.php 2. Register as a new customer. 3. Download the “RFP 15-40-401” Leasing of an Equestrian Stable in Morton Grove.


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Tired of seeing your hard-earned ribbons hanging on a string or covering every surface of your room? Look at these creative ideas for displaying them!

(1) Celebrate your victories right on your front door! An easy DIY wreath makes a fantastic first impression of your home!

(2a) Throw pillows are bright and eye-catching, easy to drop on your sofa or chair and admire.



(3) For those with quite a history of ribbon-wins, a trunk cover is a stylish way to show off your best work!

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(4) Teddy bears and other stuffed animals are the cutest way to display your successes!


Here are some simple guidelines on a few ways to repurpose your ribbons: Rosette Wreath

How-To: Use either a wire or branch wreath frame, cut the tail off the rosettes and either hook or hot glue the rosettes to the frame, leaving room for some full ribbons on the bottom.

Gallery Wall

How-To: Gallery walls are all the rage in home décor. Add this equestrian twist to your gallery wall by buying picture frames of various colors, shapes and sizes. Then attach a ribbon in each and there you have it- an equestrian-themed gallery wall.


How-To: Find a vase, candy jar, or apothecary jar of your shape and size choice and start filling!

Lamp base

How-To: You can buy empty lamp bases from a store like Target that you simply take the top or bottom off and fill with whatever you please. In this case it’s your old ribbons! You can pick and choose what colors you want and place them in a way that pleases your eye.

Ribbon Chandelier

A great one for kids - could be created with some ribbon, a hula-hoop, and some silk flowers.

What about on your wedding dress? Something blue?

How-To: This may only be for the brave, but one option is using a blue ribbon ribbon in the lining of your dress as your “something blue”. ■ Jessica Lynn

(6) Special thanks to Jean Christopherson at BarnSmart ( for photos 2a, 3, & 4, Diana M. Berthold at Distinctive Designs by Diana ( for photos 1, 2b and 5, and The Well Appointed House for photo 6. Check out their websites for more great ideas!


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BRAVO We applaud SCAD Equestrian for a championship year. IHSA 2015

ANRC 2015

Collegiate Cup National Champion Team

National Champion Team

Zone 5 Champion Team

Novice National Champion Team

Region 5, Zone 5 Champion Team

Individual National Champion and Reserve National Champion Riders in the Novice and National Divisions

National Tournament of Champions 2014-15 Overall Series Champion Team / equestrian

What’s Next September/October Get ready for fall with a look into fashion that can take you from season to season. As the year comes to a close we look into ways to celebrate the show season, finish the year strong, and lock your points for the USEF Horse of the Year Awards. With the weather getting colder, it’s important that your horse’s blanket keep them warm and dry. Equestrian Magazine’s will have tips about what blankets would best suit your horse and how to properly fit a blanket. Don’t forget to check out the iPad version available through the iTunes App store.

A fresh approach to classic equestrian style.


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