Victoria Colvin and Monsieur du Reverdy seize Phase One of the
Randolph College/USEF Junior Jumpers
Harrisburg, PA- October 11, 2012- The Pennsylvania National Horse Show got underway today on a crisp fall morning in Harrisburg, PA. Since 1946, the show has been held at the Farm Show Complex in the heart of Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania. This annual fixture on the show schedule hosts over 1,000 horses and runs for 10 days through Saturday, Oct. 21, 2012. It is one of the largest indoor horse shows in the United States. Among the many highlights of the show are the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals and the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National.
Phase One of The Randolph College/USEF Junior Jumper Championship was the featured attraction of the evening. Alan Wade built a straightforward course with a few tricky distances. Thirty one of the country’s top junior jumper riders met in a one-round speed class that tested their ability to be accurate and blazing fast.
Kira Kerkorian was the first to go clear aboard her own Malcolm, with a time of 67.935. Then Mega O’Mara and Walstib Stables LLC’s Sinatra IV put in another faultless round besting Kerkorian’s time with a 64.840 and Ali Boone aboard Wait and See were clean but not quite fast enough, with a time of 68.197.
Then, Dana Scott with KM Whatever RV, owned by Nod Hill Farm was clean with 65.300. Eleventh in the order, Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 owned by David McArdle, put in an incredibly fast round at 62.335 that put them in first place. Charlotte Jacobs aboard Deeridge Farm’s Kachina and Mattias Tromp and Beyaert Farm’s Vosqinus rode two more faultless rounds. But it wasn’t until the third to last horse and rider team, Victoria Colvin and Monsieur Du Reverdy, put in the clear and fastest round of 61.778 to win the class.
Victoria Colvin and Monsieur du Reverdy
In the end, Colvin and Monsieur du Reverdy were first, Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 were second and Meg O’Mara and Sinatra IV were third.
“Last year I fell off,” laughed Colvin. “The course was nice- it was like a hunter course. He hit a couple but he was good. He’s the best- Frenchie (Monsieur du Reverdy) is the sweetest horse. He’s perfect. I got him a couple of years ago. At the Capital Challenge I did the jump off with no shoes and no stirrups. He lost a shoe because he slid and almost fell so I almost fell off and I lost my stirrups but he still won!”
The North American League $4,000 Pony Jumper Finals, brought the best pony jumpers in the country together to test their skills over Alan Wade’s course. Four ponies and rider combinations had clean rounds and returned to face each other in a jump off. First to go was Talk About Me, owned and ridden by Angela Pollex, who had a rail and a time of 35.117. Next to go were Christine Lonsdale and her Winds of Magic. The pair had a four fault round with a time of 33.134. Taylor Cox had two rails knocking her back to fourth place. Without a clean round in the jump off, it left the door wide open for Katherine Pontone and Wicked. The pair picked their way around the short track, leaving all the rails in place to win the Finals.
Katherine Pontone and Wicked, a grade mare that is blind in one eye.
“I thought the course was really difficult and I didn’t have the best previous Final, so coming here and winning was the best,” shared Pontone. “My Mom and my trainer have helped me so much to get here and Wicked is just the best. I bought her in June and she had never done anything until this year. She was out of field she had done maybe two horse shows in her life. She’s wicked and she tries so hard. She’s so smart and she catches on so quickly. She’s blind in her right eye.”
Pontone, from Red Bank, NJ, just started showing competitively this year and is in her last year as a junior. And what a year it has been. She and Wicked, a grade paint mare were the North American League’s Pony Jumper Division winners for 2012. She plans to move up to a horse and try her hand at the jumpers.
Katherine Ponotne and Wicked
The Hunters got going earlier in the day and in the first class of the morning, Victoria Colvin piloted Ovation, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker. to the win of the Small Junior Hunters 15 and Under. Colvin and the bay gelding put in a brilliant performance earning a score of 84 from the judges, Otis Brown, Steve Wall and Chris Wynne. Earning the red ribbon with a score of 83 was Shannon Hogue and Lovestruck, owned by John Muldoon. Third place went to Kate Ross aboard Friday Night owned by KAR LLC with a score of 82.5. Then in the handy round, Colvin and Ovation exceeded their first score, putting in a solid 85, wowing the audience and winning the class. Again, Hogue and Love Struck were second also besting their first score with an 84. Illusion, owned by Oscany, Inc., and Destry Spielberg were third, scoring an 82.
It was Hasbrouck Donovan’s day as she demonstrated the chemistry she has with Confidential, owned by Don Stewart Jr., in the Small Junior Hunters 16-17. They scored a huge 87 in her first round and laid down another gorgeous performance in the handy class to earn an 86 to win both. Mirasol owned and ridden by Samantha Batt were second with a score of 85 in the first class and Lucille Oken’s Cool Blue ridden by Shawn Casady was third scoring an 82. In the handy round Lyle, owned by Stephanie Keen, was second, also with Donovan with an 84. Lexi Maounis’ Kid Rock was third, piloted by Jacob Pope.
Hasbrouck Donovan and Confidential
In the Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under, Parker, a beautiful black gelding owned by Saddle Ridge LLC, was ridden flawlessly by Vivian Yowan to a solid score of 87. Victoria Colvin and Dr. Betsee Parker’s Inclusive earned 85 points from the judges and second place. In third place, Kelli Cruciotti and Promo’s performance received a score of 81 from the judges and third place. But it was Colvin and Inclusive that captured the handy round earning an unbeatable 88. Thatcher and Summer Place were second with an 86 and Colvin paired with Dr. Bestsee Parker’s Way Cool were third with an 85.
In the first round of the Large Junior Hunters 16-17, Foreign Encounter, owned and ridden by Reid Patton, prevailed with a whopping score of 89. Hasbrouck Donovan and her own Wagner were second earning an 86 and Libretto, owned and ridden by Alliy Moyer scored an 84. In the handy class, it was Donovan and Wagner with the spectacular round that won them first place honors with a score of 86. Garfield, ridden and owned by Alexandra McCrown, scored an 85.5 which put them in second place. David Oberkircher and his own Enzo were third earning a score of 85 for their effort.
Bright and early on Friday at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the Junior Hunter classes will resume and the Championships will be awarded. Later in the day, the Pony divisions will begin and the evening highlight will be Phase 2 of the Randolph College/USEF Junior Jumper Championship.