Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 pull off a clean second round
to earn the win for Zone 5 in the Randolph College/USEF
Junior Jumper Prix De States Team Championship
Harrisburg, PA- October 12, 2012
- In the second day of competition at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, Junior Hunters, Ponies and Junior Jumpers took center stage.
The highlight of the evening was the $15,000 Randolph College/USEF Junior Jumper Prix de States Team Championship and Individual Championship. Phase Two was competed in modified Nations Cup format. Seven teams rode one round of Alan Wade’s course. The teams accumulating the least amount of faults jumped a second round, with the best three scores of each team to count. The winning team was determined by adding the jumping and time penalties incurred by the best three competitors in each team.
For points toward their Individual scores, each competitor jumped two rounds. In the first round there were only three faultless rounds from Chloe Reid and Damascus on the Zone 3 Team, Charlotte Jacobs and Kachina on the Zone 2 Team, and Dana Scott and KM Whatever RV. After round one, Zone 2 was ahead with only nine combined faults.
But the Zone 5 Team prevailed. Catherine Tyree and Wetter had 12 faults, but Lillie Ross and Pako and Kalvin Dobbs and Winde both had faultless rounds. It was all up to Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20, and they delivered. McArdle produced a clean round to total the lowest team score of 12 to win the Prix de States Team Championship.
Dana Scott and KM Whatever RV had the only double clear round of the night
“Going into the ring for the second round they were announcing on my way to the first jump,” said McArdle about the team’s placing was riding on her performance. “The pressure definitely helped. I had a really solid first round- just a little bobble at the end. She (Cosma 20) landed from the jump and we thought, 'OK. Reorganize. Stay out on this turn.' So then she thought, 'Turn right,' and I lost my stirrup, which made me disorganized and way too deep to the plank. The next round was just more organized through the turns and I tried to repeat everything we did well. We had such a great team, I was really happy to hear we won.”
McArdle is enamored of Cosma 20, a mare she got halfway through the Winter Equestrian Festival last year.
“She’s extremely special. I can’t say enough about this mare. I had an amazing summer. We’ve won classes at Spruce Meadows. We won Young Riders. I’ve actually never shown her indoors. I expected great things from her but everything is different indoors.”
Abigail McArdle showed her team spirit by decorating her face and helmet with fives.
“It was a great course,” she continued. “It had a lot of different questions but it wasn’t huge. I think all the horses were capable of it. Anything that is a team competition is really fun. We all know each other on the team. We’re all good friends.”
Points will be carried over to the Individual Phase Three of the Randolph College/USEF Junior Jumper Individual Championships, which will take place tomorrow night along with the overall awards. All eyes will be on Dana Scott and KM Whatever RV, who were the only horse and rider team to go double clear in tonight’s event.
Earlier in the day, the final classes determined the Championship awards in the Junior Hunters first thing on Friday morning in Harrisburg. In the Small Junior Hunters 15 and Under, it was Victoria Colvin and Dr. Betsee Parker’s Ovation that won the final class of the division. Maintaining her sharp focus after yesterday’s huge wins in the hunters and in the first phase of the Randolph College/USEF Junior Jumpers Individual round, Colvin flawlessly piloted Ovation around the course once again and earned a score of 87 clinching the championship of the division. Rose Hill Farm’s Genuine, ridden by Chloe Hymowitz, earned a score of 83. Kate Ross and Friday Night, owned by KAR LLC, won the yellow ribbon with a score of 82.
Dr Betsee Parker and Victoria Colvin with Ovation
“I have this young rider to thank, Tori,” said Dr. Betsee Parker. Colvin has been riding Dr. Parker’s horses and ponies since she was 8. “I personally believe she is the greatest junior we have ever seen- and I’ve been around a long, long time. I know I’m partial.”
“I get more pleasure out of seeing these juniors go and win. There’s something magical when you share it,” shared Parker.
Jacob Pope and Kid Rock were Reserve Champions of the Small Junior Hunters 16-17
The win in the final over fences class in the Small Junior Hunters 16-17 went to Jacob Pope and Kid Rock, owned by Lexi Maounis, with a tremendous round, scoring an 86 from the judges. In second place, it was Hasbrouck Donovan and Don Stewart’s Confidential who were awarded a score of 85, enough to win the division championship tri-colors. With the beloved veteran small hunter, Lyle, owned by Stephanie Keen, Donovan earned a third place prize with a score of 84. Kid Rock and Pope were named reserve champions of the division.
Hasbrouck Donovan and Confidential were Champions of the Small Junior Hunters 16-17
“His barn name is Comfy,” said Donovan about Confidential. “He was really good. I was worried he might be a little tired but he pulled through. He’s kind of quirky but that’s what makes him so special. He’s really sweet and super brave and really scopey which makes him really fun to ride.”
“Hasbrouck doesn’t make mistakes and the horse doesn’t either,so it’s a good combination,” said trainer and owner of Confidential, Don Stewart. “She had six top, top rounds. I don’t think she could have ridden either horse any better in any of the classes. She’s quite a phenomenal rider. Those are top horses- but she’s at the top of her game and she works hard, she puts a lot of effort into it. She was Grand Champion at Washington when she was 14. It’s been real fun bringing her along since Short Stirrup.”
Dr. Betsee Parker’s Inclusive and Victoria Colvin scored an incredible 87 in the final round of the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under, which won the division for the pair. Parker ,owned by Saddle Ridge LLC and ridden by Vivian Yowan, were second with a score of 86 earning the pair the Reserve Championship. Parker’s Way Cool and Colvin were third with an 85.
Dr Betsee Parker with Inclusive and Victoria Colvin
Champions of the Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under
“Today it happened to work out really well for us in both divisions,” said Parker. “I am so thrilled for ‘Cappy’- Inclusive. He’s named after an old friend of mine, Cappy Smith, an old horseman that would have loved this horse. He’s a lot like a cow pony. He’s very quiet. You feel like you could sit up there with a lariat and rope a cow off his back. This horse is an unflappable champion. He’s got an automatic ride and an athletic jump. He has great presence when he wants to turn it on. He’s a bi,g wonderful, fluffy marshmallow, and those are the kind we love.”
“It is like a dream. It is like it isn’t real,” confided a clearly overjoyed Colvin.
All of Parker’s earnings go to Danny and Ron’s Rescue, a dog rescue based out of Camden, SC. This a cause Colvin also feels passionate about.
“I am thrilled for our team,” continued Parker. “Ken (Berkley) and Scott (Stewart) are professional, wonderful, accurate and careful. It is so important to remember people behind the scenes like Tim Bolton, Bridget Colvin and Jim Colvin.”
Champions of the Large Junior Hunters, Alexandra Crown and Garfield
In the Large Junior Hunters 16-17, the chestnut gelding, Garfield, owned and ridden by Alexandra Crown put in another brilliant round that scored an 86 and secured the tri-colors for the pair. Second place in the class went to Elm Rock LLC’s Vida Blue, expertly ridden by Shawn Casady to a score of 85. Reid Patton rode Foreign Encounter to the third place honors scoring an 84.5. Reserve Championship of the division was awarded to Hasbrouck Donovan and her own Wagner, who scored an 80 in the class.
“He’s fat like the cat-he’s orange,” said Crown of her chestnut gelding, Garfield. “He is a perfect horse. You don’t touch him, he doesn’t care about any of the jumps. He’s so comfortable and his jump is the best feeling in the world. I was nervous but he was perfect. I decided to step up to the occasion.”
The Pony divisions began today, starting with the Small Pony Conformation Hunters. First Edition, owned by Peacock Ridge LLC and ridden by Farah Rizvi, won the first over fences class scoring an 85. Bill Schaub’s Hillcrest Blue Halo and Daisy Farish were second with an 84.5 and Raphael, owned by David Gochman with Mimi Gochman in the irons, were third earning 84 points.
In the Small Pony Handy Hunter class Yazmin Rizvi and Q2, owned by Peacock Ridge, earned a huge score of 88 to win the class. Isabella Russekoff and Suave Pony LLC’s Rico Suave won the red ribbon with a score of 85. Madeline Schaefer and her own Hi Lite scored an 85 and third place honors.
True Love, owned by David Gochman and with Mimi Gochman in the irons, won the blue ribbon in the first Medium Pony Conformation Hunter with a score of 85. Frosted, owned and ridden by Madeline Schaefer, was second, laying down a round to earn them 84 points. Emma Kurtz aboard David Gochman’s Grand All Over were third and scored 84.5.
Francesca Dildabanian rode her Laugh Out Loud to the win in the Medium Pony Handy Hunter class with an impressive score of 87. Sassafras Creek, owned by Bibby Farmer-Hill and ridden by Daisy Farish, scored an 83.5 to win the red ribbon. Coco Fath rode Highlands Heaven Sent ,owned by PeakeWood Pharm Inc., were third with a score of 84.5.
In the Large Pony Conformation Hunters, Dr. Betsee Parker’s For the Laughter and Meredith Darst showed their winning style receiving a score of 85 from the judges and a blue ribbon. Second place went to Linda Evan’s Dreamland ridden by Ali Tritschler. Celtic Creeks Irish Bell, owned by Peacock Ridge LLC and ridden by Jacob Pope, carved out a score of 83.5 and third place.
Then, in the Large Pony Handy Hunters, Happily Ever Laughter owned and ridden by Madison Goetzman, scored an 87 and the blue ribbon for the brilliance of their round. Meredith Darst and For the Laughter were second with a score of 86. Best Case Scenario, owned and ridden by Emma Claire Wujek scored 85 and the third place prize.