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BY KIM ABLON WHITNEY

Hunter/Jumper news

Thomas Cervelli aboard Universal.

HOLLY HILL SUCCESS

PHOTOS: (TOP) COURTESY OF HOLLY HILL; (BOTTOM) TONY DECOSTA

Holly Hill Show Stable of Marstons Mills, Georgetown, and Harvard, MA, had a very successful 2012 show season. Lily Zarrella and Giovanni won the Bay State Medal, and Taylor Franchi on Bristol Highlands were reserve champions! They also repeated this performance in the Cape Cod Hunter (CCH) Adult Equitation Finals. Amy Chuckrow and Bristol Highlands were reserve champions in the Cape Cod Hunter Adult Mini Medal after returning from a four-month injury from a fall off her bicycle. Caroline Calhoun, Suzanne Powell, and Amy Chuckrow found themselves in the top 20 at Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council (MHC) Finals. Kristin McCuin and Cubbernot were eighth at South East Hunter Association (SEHA) finals and had a great last show together, finishing in first place after the first round at New England Equitation Championships (NEEC) in her age group. Caroline Calhoun and High Regard won the Adult Equitation Reserve Championship at SEHA Finals and were second overall for

Adult Equitation in 2012. Suzanne Powell was third in the year-end award Children’s/ Adult Jumpers on Etiquette in SEHA and won the Adult Equitation Classic on High Regard at SEHA Finals. Thomas Cervelli was year-end champion in the New England Horsemen’s Council (NEHC) Children’s/Adult Jumpers, sixth in the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Zone 1, and champion in the SEHA year-end Children’s/ Adult Jumpers. Thomas was also Reserve Year-end Jumper Champion in the CCH Series on Universal and won the Gambler’s Choice on Contino 5 at the Boston Equestrian Classic at the Myopia show grounds. Anna Zygadlo and Southern Gentleman were Children’s Hunter Champions in SEHA and fifth in CCH. Haley Lamoureux and Giovanni won the 15-17 Equitation year-end awards. Sarah Flink and Aracona Z were NEHC Amateur-Owner Jumper Champions and ninth in USEF Zone 1. Sarah and Logan won the first-ever 23-40 Adult Equitation Classic at New England Equitation Championships, and Lily Zarrella placed in the 18-22

division. Sarah Flink also finished fourth at the Ariat® Finals on Logan at the Capital Challenge Horse Show. Marie Curtain and Last Hati had a great first year at Holly Hill, winning numerous ribbons in the Adult Equitation local finals and qualifying for all the finals. Phyllis and Frank Cervelli had a great trip to Arizona in November, traveling to the Grand Canyon and then to the White Stallion Ranch in Tucson for a week of western riding on the range! Holly Hill families had another great annual holiday party at the Mill Wharf in Scituate, MA. In addition, the farm welcomes new riders Monica Algarra, Laine Rooney, Kate Anderson, and Alex Francescon to their team. And, special congratulations go to Patti Harnois, Cathy Grady, Karla Galasso, and Caitlin Venezia on becoming United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Certified Trainers.

A GREAT LOSS It is with sadness that Silver Oak Equestrian Center announces the passing of its proprietor, David Birdsall. Birdsall, 58, passed away at his Silver Oak property in Hampton Falls, NH, on Wednesday evening, January

16. He had been ill with a bronchial infection. Birdsall worked for Fidelity Investments for 33 years and was a senior executive with the company when he retired last year to spend more time with his family and to enjoy his favorite activity, working on his horse farm. As proprietor of Silver Oak, Birdsall recently announced the start of the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, a USEF-recognized jumper show that will continue as planned this August, of which he was president and CEO. Birdsall is survived by his wife, Karen, and two children, his son Nicholas and his daughter Victoria, as well as by his beloved Great Dane, Libby.

WAY TO GO! Congratulations go out to Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Team Holly Hill Middle School and High School for qualifying for IEA 2013 Regionals to be held at Walnut Hill Farm in Plainville, MA. Holly Hill individual riders and teams will compete to move on to the zone finals at Mount Holyoke College in March. Some Holly Hill IEA riders also competed at the College Prep Invitational, held at the Winter Equestrian Festival in late January. Congratulations also go to Meredith Combs on her acceptance to Brandeis in the fall and Emery Hanson on her acceptance to Rollins College.

NEW HOMES Jay Sargent of Sandy Point Stables in Portsmouth, RI, imported three very nice horses from Canada. Two have already been leased out. Front Page is being leased to Angela Cammarata, who will be showing in the Equitation division, and Swiss Miss is being leased to David Birdsall will be missed.

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