Harrisburg, PA- October 15, 2012- The Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg resumed today kicking off the professional hunter divisions and featuring the $10,000 North American League Children’s Hunter Finals, the highlight event at the day.
Talented young riders from around the country qualified for the event and competed for the honor to be named on the coveted Laura Palmer Pickett Memorial Perpetual Trophy. In the first round, 31 riders clad in formal attire competed for the highly sought after title.
Lily Blavin, who trains with Archie Cox at Brookway Stables, was the one to beat today. With her two horses, Pringle and Montague, Blavin, went into today’s competition as the North American Children’s Hunter Division year-end leader.
But it was to be Goetzmann’s day when she delivered an equally brilliant second round with Sirius Black, earning an 86 and a combined score of 173 to win the Championship.
“I thought that my second round was really smooth and every jump matched,” she explained. “I was really proud of it.”
Goetzmann, 12, hails from Skaneatles, NY, and trains with Patricia Griffith. She started showing in the pony divisions when she was six. She travels to Heritage Farm on the weekends and shows in Florida in the winter.
“I have had him since the end of April,” said Geotzmann about her horse who she calls “Black.” “He’s my first horse. He’s very easy. He’s 18. My last show (with Black) is Washington. He was a junior hunter but he’s aged a bit so he can’t jump that high any more.”
Results of the North American League Children's Hunter Finals
1 999 SIRIUS BLACK Madison Goetzmann 87.000 86.000 173.000
2 657 PRINGLE Lily Blavin 81.000 84.000 165.000
3 656 MONTAGUE Lily Blavin 84.500 80.000 164.500
4 686 SON OF A SAILOR Emma Fass 84.000 76.000 160.000
5 998 BALISTO Madison Goetzmann 83.000 73.000 156.000
6 149 AZURO 105 Maggie Pollard 80.000 75.000 155.000
7 740 BULLET PROOF Adriana Savettiere 85.000 68.000 153.000
8 141 NAMERETTO Gabriella Thompson 75.500 77.000 152.500
9 969 VERALDEA MAGIC Z Sydney Hannon 78.000 74.000 152.000
10 138 FARGO Kathryn Maginnis 80.500 70.000 150.500
11 1024 SEYMOUR Lauren Fraser 77.000 71.000 148.000
12 932 ELITE Heather Burst 76.000 68.000 144.000
In the first class of the First Year Green Hunters, As Always, owned and ridden by Jennifer Hannan, earned the judges nod for the blue ribbon with a score of 87. Louise Serio and Casino owned by Bridget Hallman and Merrylegs South were second scoring an 84.5 for their round. Serio also rode the third place finisher, Clementina Brown’s Dashing, with a score of 84.25.
In the second class, it was Pony Lane Farm’s Frederick, ridden by Maggie Jayne, who earned the high score of 87. Serio and Dashing were second, scoring an 86. Then Serio was third with Casino, earning an 85.
Young Victoria Colvin wowed the crowd aboard Dr. Betsee Parker’s Listen, earning a score of 86 and winning the first class of the Second Year Green Hunter division. Veteran Peter Pletcher, aboard Becky Gochman’s Empire, was second earning 83 points for their efforts. Erin Galsterer’s Lockhart, ridden by Ehrin Rittmueller, scored an 82 for their round and the third place prize.
Then, in class two of the Second Year Green division, Pletcher earned a score of 89 for an astounding round aboard Empire. Terry Haake Morrison’s Carino, ridden by Paul Mathews were second scoring an 88. Colvin and Inclusive earned an 87.5 and third place.