In one of the most beautiful and historic equestrian settings, many of the country’s top professionals, amateurs, and juniors competed in the Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show (SCHS) between June 12 and 24.
|Shawn McMillen Photography|
|Shawn McMillen Photography|
The premiere classes included the $25,000 Landgero Cup Grand Prix, $15,000 USHJA International High Performance Hunter Derby, $15,000 Thoroughbred Hunter & Jumper classes, and $10,000 Jumper Classic.
“The Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show attracted some of the most accomplished equestrians with our World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) distinction,” said Adele Einhorn, Executive Director of SCHS. “Not only was there healthy competition between exhibitors, their top-level expertise provided a wonderful experience for spectators as well.”
The highlight of Week One of SCHS was the USHJA Hunter Derby. Jennifer Alfano clinched both first and second place aboard Jersey Boy and Miss Lucy respectively. Kristy McCormack placed third on Temptation. Patrick Rodes designed the challenging and beautiful derby course to enhance the judging system of rewarding great jumping style and athletic ability as well as bold hunter riding.
“Jersey Boy had a beautiful handy round, he was so smooth and consistent,” said Ms. Alfano. “We didn’t show Jersey Boy or Miss Lucy during the week, so they hadn’t shown since Devon. They were both fresh and happy, I think it really showed.”
The Hunter Derby was fun to not only participate in but also to watch. The Silent Auction was open for bidding twenty-four hours leading up to the Derby. Prizes were given out as well during the Derby and showcased items from local stores and show vendors. SCHS promotes the concept that you don’t have to win in the ring to be a winner and offers prizes to engage everyone in the horse show experience.
The newest additions to the 2012 SCHS are the $15,000 Thoroughbred Hunter & Jumper Classes sponsored by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), the New York Racing Association (NYRA), and the New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTHB) as part of their Take 2 Initiative. The initiative’s mission is to develop second career opportunities for retired Thoroughbreds. The classes are open to Thoroughbreds only that possess either a Jockey Club certificate of registration, a lip tattoo, or a letter from the Jockey Club verifying their identity.
Star Street, son of 2003 Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker, was one of ten Thoroughbreds who competed in the Low Thoroughbred Hunter Classes. Owned by Mark Gory and ridden by Kelly Wilson, he ended up Champion of the division during Week One.
“The Take 2 program provides such a wonderful opportunity for thoroughbred horses to make a comeback in the horse show world and to have a second career,” said Ms. Wilson. “I am fortunate to have a great horse, Star Street, who I feel does an excellent job representing his breed in the show ring.”
Week Two of SCHS featured the $25,000 Landgero Cup Grand Prix. There were 17 entries in the class. Danielle Cooper won aboard Fidelity Farms Inc.’s Calantus. D.J. Volandre and Tequila took second place while Mary Abbruzzese came in third with Angelina.
Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show
The shows, inaugurated in 1927 and brought back to life in 1998, are a highlight of the early summer season in Saratoga Springs. This top-level historic competition attracts many of the country’s best horses and riders and benefits scholarships to Skidmore College students.