Harrisburg, PA-Thursday, October 18, 2012- Riders from seven countries battled it out tonight, all with their sights on winning Pennsylvania National Horse Show’s $40,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump Class. The State Farm Show Complex stands were filled with an enthusiastic audience that cheered on their favorite horse and rider teams.
Of the 36 entries gave that Alan Wade’s tricky track a go in the first round, nine progressed to the jump-off round. First to return for the short course was Katie Dinan aboard Nougat du Vallet, owned by Grant Road Partners. She left all the rails in tact and posted the time of 35.56, which became the time to beat.
Christine McCrea and the bay stallion, Wannick WH, owned by Windsor Show Stable & Candy Tribble delivered the next clear round, stopping the timer at 36.96, putting the pair temporarily into second place.
Charlie Jayne and Chill R Z, owned by Alex Jayne and Maura Thatcher put in a clean and blazing fast round at 35.00 taking him to the top. Jayne made an incredible and well-executed turn from fence seven to fence 10, which knocked precious time off his round.
But it was Great Britain’s Tim Gredley who would own the night for his performance with partner, Unex Omelli. They broke the beam at 34.56 to win earn blue ribbon and the victory gallop. Jayne took second place and Dinan was third.
“To be honest I though I was going to go six strides to the last one,” said Gredley. “I was lucky to see Charlie go. I thought I could catch him back to the blue oxer (fence ten). So I went tight. When you have a horse as good as Omelli it makes it easy.”
Next, Kent Farrington and Raylyn Farm’s Venus put in another faultless round at 54.688 to take them into the lead.
Then, Michael Murphy and Little Glen's Valentino, owned by Penelope Strait, stole Farringtons’s lead by flying through the course in a time of 51.873, leaving all the rails in tact.
Six additional horse and rider teams would try to best Murphy’s fast time, without success, until Lisa Goldman and Morocco wowed the crown with a clean round with a time of 61.47. To add to the excitement, last to go, Laura Chapot sped through the course, and would have beat Goldman with a faster time but had an unfortunate rail at the last fence leaving Goldman and Morocco the victors.
“He’s my boy- he’s always been my boy,” said Goldman of Morocco. ”I’ve had him since he was four. We have gone through the ranks. We were here in 2010 for the High Amateurs. We were horse of the year that year. We won a ton of prixes last year. This is my first time in open jumpers here. It’s really exciting.”
Morocco is by Roc USA out of a Thoroughbred mare. “I have a bunch of Roc babies. I love them all. He’s the hottest one I have.“
Six went clear in the first round of the $3,000 Amateur-Owner Jumpers this afternoon in Harrisburg. Alise Oken and Lucille Oken’s Aaron 287 were the first to produce a clean round and set the time to beat at 65.106. Laura Gaither and FVF Brulee beat Oken’s time with a 64.026 second round.
Then, Katie Dinan took the lead aboard Sandro, owned by Grant Road Partners, with her fault-free round, finishing in 57.156 seconds. But her lead was to be short-lived. Meagan Nusz aboard Vesuvius, owned by Amalaya Investments, stole the spotlight and took the lead with their fault-free round timed out at 55.496 seconds.
“My horse is leading nationally and on the East coast so I want to be consistent and strong and competitive. He’s a really good partner,” said Nusz, a graduate of Texas Christian University is now riding full time. She trains with Kent Farrington.
The Amateur Owner Hunters got underway today at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. Marianna Bishop Wade and Castleton captured the win the 3’3” 18- 35 class earning an 83 from the judges. What If, ridden by Stephanie Fabiano scored an 82.5 for their round and second place. The yellow ribbon went to Margaret Oberkircher and Bozeman with an 82.
In the handy round Sarah Struges and One Shot scored an impressive 89 to win the class. Elizabeth Feraci and Antilles had a score of 87 for their round and won the red ribbon. Third went to Oberkircher and Bozeman with a score of 83.
Winner was the big winner in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” 36 and Over Darryl Portela and his hunter, Winner were the victors of the both the first over fences class with and 85 and the handy round scoring an 88. In the first class, Catamount and Sandra Epstein scored an 83 for their round and the red ribbon. Tin Furrey and French Kiss earned an 82 and third place honors.
Kelly Champion and All In were second in the handy round and scored an 87. Whispering and Kelly Perkins earned an 85 for their handy round which put them in third place.
Featured events for Friday at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show include Amateur Owner Hunters, the $10,000 North American League Adult Hunter Finals, the $15,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur Owner Jumper Classic and more Open Jumpers.