For the second consecutive year, talented junior rider Charlotte Jacobs took home the R.W. "Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship during the prestigious Devon Horse Show. Jacobs and her leading equitation mount Stallone VDL were once again at the top of the leaderboard to claim the coveted honor.
Later that weekend, Jacobs flew to HITS-On-The-Hudson, where she placed first and second in the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic with Kachina and Cyrina Z, respectively.
Charlotte Jacobs and Stallone VDL. Photo by Parker/ Russell-The Book LLC.
Jacobs and Stallone VDL have been top competitors in the equitation ring throughout 2012, and during the Devon Horse Show their mastership of the discipline shone though. They earned the top call in the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal, and then won the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search. At the end of the Devon Horse Show’s Junior Weekend, they were presented with the R.W. “Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship for the second year in a row.
“It is an amazing accomplishment,” expressed Jacobs. “I wasn’t really expecting it after winning it last year. Stallone VDL felt amazing though. The Dixon Oval is his favorite ring and he always performs his best there. It’s a huge accomplishment, and now I am going to just try and do my best during Finals in the fall.”
Jacobs’ winning streak was not over yet for the weekend, when she flew to HITS-On-The-Hudson in Saugerties, NY, for the first week of competition. She stepped into the ring on Sunday for the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, where she proved to be a dominating force with Kachina and Cyrina Z. She posted the only double-clear rounds to win the event with Kachina and place second aboard Cyrina Z.
“I had some bad luck during the Junior Jumper Classic at Devon, and I came to HITS and I knew I wanted to win,” explained Jacobs. “We went in and did what we needed to do. I was so tired, but both of my horses were great and jumped double-clear. It’s a great feeling going in and jumping clear on both of them after not riding them since Saratoga.”
This year, Jacobs has chosen to donate all of her winnings to Danny and Ron’s Rescue, a no kill rescue organization that has placed over 4,196 dogs in loving homes. Her one-two finish in the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic created a new donation of over $4,500 for the rescue.
Later this summer, Jacobs will travel with Missy Clark, John Brennan and the team from North Run to compete during the Lake Placid Horse Shows, as well as the North American Junior and Young Riders Championship.
For more information about Danny and Ron’s Rescue, please visit http://www.dannyandronsrescue.com/