Three Grand Champion Awards Presented in Amateur and Adult Hunters at 2012 Capital Challenge Horse Show

The 2012 Capital Challenge Horse Show continued Thursday with competition for the amateur and adult hunter riders, along with a evening session final for Children's/Adult Jumpers.

Tracy Scheriff-Muser with Absolut and Macallan (Shawn McMillen photo)
Tracy Scheriff-Muser and Absolut (Shawn McMillen photo)

Tracy Scheriff-Muser and Absolut captured the Grand Amateur-Owner 3’6” Hunter Championship, while Nancy Hooker and Castlewalk were named the Grand Amateur-Owner 3’3” Hunter Champions. Alexa Weisman rode Showman to the Grand Adult Hunter Championship. The winner of the $10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Challenge sponsored by Peacock Ridge was Kaley Pratt, winning for the second year in a row, this time on Tjardin.

In the Amateur-Owner 3’6” Hunter 18-35 division, sponsored by The Hallman Family and MerryLegs South, Tracy Scheriff-Muser of Wellington, FL, swept the tricolor presentations. She and Absolut were named champions, while Macallan took the reserve champion ribbon. Absolut finished first and second over fences, second in the stake, and third in the under saddle. Macallan placed first and third over fences and was fifth in the under saddle.

For their top finish, Scheriff-Muser and Absolut won the Grand Amateur-Owner 3’6” Hunter Championship, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Will Roberts. They were presented with the Dr. Harold M.C. Smith Trophy, donated by Dr. Suzanne Smith and Dr. Peter Craig. Scheriff-Muser was named the Best Amateur-Owner Rider, which was sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest M. Oare. She was presented with The So Many Ways Challenge Trophy, donated by Karen Kramer.

To cap off their amazing day, Absolut and Scheriff-Muser won the $2,500 WCHR Amateur-Owner 3’6” Challenge, sponsored by John Turner and ThumbsUp Farm.

Scheriff-Muser found Absolut, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding by Cassini, in 2007 when he had just been imported from Europe and had no show experience. Trainer Havens Schatt campaigned him in the Pre-Green Hunters before he became a solid show horse for Scheriff-Muser.

Nancy Hooker and Castlewalk (Shawn McMillen photo)

The Grand Amateur-Owner 3’3” Champion, sponsored by Augusta Pines, was Castlewalk, ridden by Nancy Hooker of Wellington, FL, and owned by Richard Prant. They were tops in the 36 & Over division, sponsored by Wood Run Farm/The Tredennick Family and Woodland Way, Inc. after they won two classes.

Hooker also won the Best Amateur-Owner 3’3” Rider Award, sponsored by Team Rakowski, and she and Castlewalk won the EMO Trip of the Show for the 3’3” division with a score of 87.5. The reserve champion in the Amateur-Owner 3’3” Hunters was Winner, ridden by Daryl Portela. They were first, second, and fourth over fences and placed sixth in the under saddle.

Hooker got the ride on Castlewalk, formerly her daughter Heather’s junior hunter, when Heather went to college this fall. “I went into her closet, stole some of her clothes, and got one of her horses! It was fun,” she laughed. Castlewalk, an 11-year-old Wurttenberger gelding by Araconit, has been a part of their family for five years.

Alexa Weisman and Showman (Parker/Russell–The Book photo)

Showman kept his winning streak going with his owner Alexa Weisman of Sherborn, MA, in the saddle after his successful outing earlier in the week with Scott Stewart in the Regular Conformation Hunters. They were division champions in the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunters, sponsored by Lainie Wimberly and Brigadoon Show Stables, Inc. Weisman also picked up the reserve championship on Content, owned by Scott Stewart. They placed second in both over fences classes and were fourth in the under saddle.

Showman and Weisman’s top finishes of first and third over fences plus a second under saddle gave them the Grand Adult Hunter Championship, which is sponsored by Steve Martines. They were presented with the Equus Entries Challenge Trophy, donated by Equus Entries and Sue and Ralph Caggiano. Weisman won the Best Adult Amateur Rider Award, sponsored by Phoebe Weseley and River Run Farm, LLC. Weisman’s trainer, Scott Stewart, was presented with the Gail Knieriem Memorial Trophy, donated by Lynley Reilly and Randy Johnson.

Showman, a 10-year-old Westphalian gelding by Showstar, was imported by Stewart. He had no show experience, “had barely jumped and didn’t have shoes on,” Weisman said. After some early professional rides, Weisman started showing him in the Adult Hunters and moved up to the 3’6”. However, now that she has a full-time job, Weisman has moved back down to the adult division.

This was Weisman’s first championship at Capital Challenge. “It feels great. I’m so excited. It almost doesn’t seem like it’s happened yet,” she expressed.

Katie Robinson and Rock Steady (Shawn McMillen photo)
Missy Luczak Smith and Surf’s Up (Parker/Russell–The Book photo)
Laura Lee Montross and Wind Dancer (Parker/Russell–The Book photo)
Kaley Pratt and Tjardin (Shawn McMillen photo)

The Amateur-Owner 3’6” Hunter champion, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest M. Oare, was Rock Steady, ridden by Katie Robinson of Bronxville, NY, for KJ Robinson LLC. They placed first and second over fences and were first in the under saddle. The reserve champion was Sambalino, ridden by Becky Gochman. There were second and third over fences and second in the under saddle.

The Amateur-Owner 3’6” EMO High Point Trip of the Show was an 88.5 from Lisa Williams and San Morino.

In the Amateur-Owner 3’3” 18-35 Hunters, sponsored by Doug and Missy Smith, Castleton and Marianna Wade of Charlottesville, VA, won the handy hunter class and placed second in another class to capture the championship. The pair also won the $2,500 WCHR Amateur-Owner 3’3” Challenge sponsored by Milestone, LLC and Havens Schatt. The reserve champion in the division was One Shot, ridden by Sarah Sturges. They were first, fourth, and fifth over fences and fourth in the under saddle.

The Adult Amateur 36-50 Hunter championship went to Surf’s Up, ridden and owned by Missy Luczak Smith of Charlotte, NC. The pair were second over fences and won the under saddle. The reserve champion was Smith’s best friend, Lindsey Evans Thomas, who rode Fitzwilliam, owned by Shane Mackey. They won an over fences class and clinched the reserve tricolor by winning a hack-off over Lynn Ellen Rice and Purple Heart. Lynn Ellen Rice and Purple Heart won the EMO Adult Hunter Trip of the Show after they scored a 90 in their division.

The Adult Hunter 51 & Over division championship went to Laura Lee Montross of Bedford, NY, on Wind Dancer. They won an over fences class and were fourth in the under saddle. The reserve champion was Say What, ridden by Debbie Kelly for Rodney Bross. They won an over fences class.

Speed is the Name of the Game in Children’s/Adult Jumpers

There were 55 entries in the $10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Challenge, and Kaley Pratt of Gainesville, FL, was able to win her second Challenge in a row. Last year, Pratt was the fastest to win with her horse Shane. The pair went on to win the Adult Jumper Championship at the Washington International Horse Show as well. After that, Shane was sold, and Pratt didn’t find a new horse until February of this year.

She and Tjardin, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Mahala Rummel, were able to beat out 22 other entries in the jump-off with a clear round in 30.532 seconds. Second place went to Alex Volta on Lover Boy, who finished in 31.971 seconds. Lili Hymowitz and Barbara were third with a time of 32.146. Hymowitz won the Best Children’s Jumper Rider Award, sponsored by Memorial Park Hunters. Pratt won the Best Adult Amateur Jumper Rider Award, sponsored by Meadow Grove Farm and was presented with The Belfield Trophy, donated by Julie Karpan.

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Final Results: $10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Challenge

1 TJARDIN, KALEY PRATT: 0/0/30.532

2 LOVER BOY, ALEX VOLTA: 0/0/31.971