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Grand Hunter and Jumper Championships Presented on Second Day of the 2012 Washington Int’l Horse Show

Day two of the 2012 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) featured the presentation of championship honors in the professional and amateur-owner hunter divisions at Verizon Center in downtown Washington D.C.


Garfield and Scott Stewart (Shawn McMillen photo)
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Beholden and Scott Stewart (Shawn McMillen photo)
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Enjoy and Scott Stewart (Shawn McMillen photo)
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Sambalino and Peter Pletcher (Shawn McMillen photo)
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Empire and Peter Pletcher (Shawn McMillen photo)
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Pure Abundance and Wesley Newlands (Shawn McMillen photo)
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Rock Steady and Katie Robinson (Shawn McMillen photo)
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 Instantaneous and Amanda Hone (Shawn McMillen photo)

This year’s professional World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Scott Stewart continued his winning season with multiple division tricolors, the overall Grand Hunter Championship aboard Rose Hill Farm’s Enjoy, and the award for Leading Hunter Rider among his many accolades in the first two days of competition.

Wesley Newlands and Daryl Portela earned the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championships. The $10,000 Children’s and Adult Jumper Championships and the first $10,000 Open Jumper speed class were featured during the evening session with Nina Montross, Ericka Caslin, and Aaron Vale coming away with wins. The show will continue through Sunday, October 28.

Scott Stewart kicked off the day by winning the High Performance Working Hunter championship aboard Alexandra Crown’s Garfield. Stewart and Garfield earned two blue ribbons over fences and placed third under saddle to be awarded The “NOT ALWAYS” Challenge Trophy, donated by Miss Peggy Steinman. 

The High Performance reserve championship was presented to Dr. Betsee Parker’s Rosalynn with Hunt Tosh in the irons. The pair won the under saddle and earned two second place ribbons over fences. Rosalynn was also awarded the special Protocol Trophy as the overall High Point High Performance Working Hunter from the Devon Horse Show, Pennsylvania National Horse Show, and Washington International Horse Show.

Stewart continued to win throughout the day, also taking home the Green Conformation Hunter championship aboard Fashion Farm’s Beholden with first and second place ribbons over fences and wins in both the under saddle and the model. The duo was awarded The Valiant Hark Memorial Challenge Trophy, donated by Mrs. Stephen J. Clark.

Gramercy Park, owned by Lynn Ellen Rice and ridden by Tom Brennan, placed first, second and sixth over fences and fourth under saddle to finish in reserve.

Brennan and Gramercy Park were also reserve champions in the First Year Green Working Hunters with two first place ribbons over fences and a fifth place under saddle. With two reserve championships in a row, Gramercy Park’s owner Lynn Ellen Rice was presented with the show’s Leading Hunter Owner Award, sponsored by The Reid Family.

As the day went on, the First Year Green Working Hunter championship went to Stewart and Rose Hill Farm’s Enjoy, who placed first, second and second over fences and also earned the second place ribbon under saddle. In addition to the division win, Enjoy was presented The Claire Lang Miller Challenge Trophy as the show’s Grand Green Working Hunter Champion, as well as The Rave Review Challenge Trophy, donated by Stoney Hill, as the overall Grand Hunter Champion.

Stewart was then honored with the Leading Hunter Rider Award, sponsored by The Gochman Family.

For the win, Stewart was presented with The Robert Coluccio Leading Hunter Rider Perpetual Trophy as well as a beautiful Rolex Luxury Timepiece, courtesy of Tiny Jewel Box, which he also took home last year. This was Stewart’s seventh time earning the leading rider title at WIHS in his illustrious professional career.

The big winner this week was Enjoy, a six-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Cassiano that Stewart purchased as a two-year-old and showed for the first time at Capital Challenge last fall.  Enjoy has really proven himself this year and had several great rounds in D.C. over the last two days.

In addition to the championship wins, Stewart was reserve champion in the Regular Conformation Hunter and Second Year Green Working Hunter divisions with horses Showman and Dedication respectively. Stewart was beat out in both of those divisions by fellow top hunter rider Peter Pletcher.

In the Regular Conformation Hunters, Pletcher guided Becky Gochman’s Sambalino to the championship honors and was presented with The Mary Farren Perpetual Trophy. Sambalino placed first and fourth over fences and won both the under saddle and the model. Stewart and Krista and Alexa Weisman’s Showman finished in reserve, placing first and second over fences and second in both the under saddle and model.

In the Second Year Green Working Hunter championship, Pletcher and Becky Gochman’s Empire were the winners with Stewart and Fashion Farm’s Dedication in reserve. Empire won two classes over fences and Dedication won one class over fences and topped the under saddle. Although both horses finished with the same number of points overall, Empire’s points over fences took top honors.

In addition to the reserve award, Stewart and Dedication were presented with The Windy Acres Challenge Trophy earlier in the morning. The trophy, donated by Mr. James O. Pease, is awarded to the overall winner of classes 24 and 34 for the best Green Working Hunter stake round. Stewart and Dedication’s high score of 90 in the Second Year Green Working Hunter Stake was the best of the day.

Newlands and Portela Named Leading Riders and Amateur-Owner Hunter Grand Champions

The Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions concluded their second day of competition on Wednesday and awarded championship honors as well. The Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” championship, sponsored by The Davis Family, was awarded to Wesley Newlands, of Toronto, ON, aboard Pure Abundance. The pair earned the Frank Counselman Memorial Perpetual Trophy donated by Friends of Frank Counselman. Newlands was also awarded the Leading Amateur-Owner Hunter Rider Award for the 3’6” level.

They were the champions of the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” 18-35 division after placing first, second and fourth over fences and winning the under saddle. Jazz Johnson Merton and James Johnson’s Kingston finished in reserve with two blue ribbons over fences and a sixth place under saddle.

Newlands has owned Pure Abundance, an eleven-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Acord II, for five years. The pair has shown at WIHS three times and this was their first championship win as well as her first leading rider title. The 24-year-old rider was thrilled with her horse.


“This is my best horse show!” she beamed. “I have never been grand champion before, anywhere. This is my third year here and I have always wanted to be champion here!”


In the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” Over 35, Katie Robinson and Rock Steady, owned by KJ Robinson LLC, earned the division championship. The pair placed first and fourth over fences and first under saddle. Becky Gochman and Sambalino earned two blue ribbons over fences and finished fifth under saddle to earn the reserve championship. Gochman and Sambalino were also awarded The Shari Hollis Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by the Late Col. J.B. Hollis and Ms. Jeannie Hollis, which is presented to the overall winner of classes 54 and 64 in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6” stake rounds for their high score of 87.

As the day continued, it was a clean sweep for Daryl Portela and James B. Pirtle Ent., Inc.’s Winner in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Over 35 division. The pair won all three jumping classes and the under saddle, were awarded the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Championship, sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Earnest M. Oare, and Portela was named the Leading Amateur-Owner Hunter Rider for the 3’3” division overall. The pair also earned the Best Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Stake Round presented to the overall winner of class 74 and 84 with a high score of 86.

The Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” Over 35 reserve champion was Castlekeep, owned by Richard Prant and ridden by Nancy Hooker. Castlekeep and Hooker placed second, third and fourth over fences.

In the Amateur-Owner Working Hunter 3’3” 18-35 championship, Amanda Hone and Instantaneous were the victors with Chelsea Ireland and Surely in reserve. Hone and Instantaneous finished first in two classes over fences and third under saddle. Ireland and Surely won the under saddle and one class over fences.


Jumpers Complete Their First Day at WIHS

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Caprifol and Nina Montross (Shawn McMillen photo)
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Rioletto and Ericka Caslin (Shawn McMillen photo)
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Aaron Vale and Palm Sunday (Shawn McMillen photo)

The jumpers took to the arena for the first time on Wednesday with children’s, adult and open jumper classes. Anthony D’Ambrosio, of Red Hook, NY, is the course designer this week.

The $10,000 WIHS Children’s Jumper Championship was the first jumper class to be held with an exciting win for 14-year-old Nina Montross, of Bedford, NY, aboard Caprifol. 

Thirty-two entries showed in the first round of the children’s championship, and eleven jumped clear to advance to the jump-off. Montross and Caprifol, owned by Palm Meadow Farm LLC, completed the only double clear round to earn the victory in 26.456 seconds, which was also the fastest round. For the win, the pair was presented with The H. Fenwick Kollock Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Friends of Fen. 


Second place went to Devon Monroe aboard Shinkansen with four faults in 27.430 seconds in the jump-off. The third place prize was awarded to Michael Mahoney and Remonta Haron with four faults in 27.970 seconds.


The $10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper Championship was held next in the evening session and the win went to Ericka Caslin, of Parkville, MD, riding Rioletto last in the jump-off. Twenty-seven entries jumped in the first round and nine went clear to jump-off. Only four were able to jump double clear through the short course, and Caslin and Rioletto had the fastest time of 30.945 seconds to win The Dorothy Foote “Goodie” Taylor Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ashton Hill and Miss Linden Joan Hill.

Second place went to Haley Schaufeld and Ana Sia with a clear jump-off round in 31.572 seconds. Third place went to Hannah Murrin and Valentina, jumping clear in 33.758 seconds. Chiara Parlagreco and Belle Grey Farm LLC’s Chacca Blue completed the other clear jump-off round in 36.232 seconds to finish fourth.


Ericka Caslin’s winning mount, Rioletto, is an 18-year-old Royal Dutch Warmblood mare by Olisco. Caslin explained that the veteran mare showed with Christine and Jonathan McCrea in the 1.40m speed classes and has now stepped down to the adult amateur classes. She purchased the mare from Donald and Kara Cheska a year and a half ago. Caslin works full time for the American Horse Council and commutes to Washington D.C. for work every day, so she does not get to ride very often. Rioletto stays with the Cheskas in Wisconsin and Caslin meets them at shows.

The day’s competition concluded with a $10,000 Open Jumper 1.45m speed class and a win for Aaron Vale (USA) and Palm Sunday, owned by Amen Corner Farm. The pair had the fastest of 11 clear rounds in 49.29 seconds out of 39 competitors. Tim Gredley (GBR) and Unex Competition Yard Ltd.’s Unex Valvente stopped the clock in 49.70 seconds to finish second. Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Stone Hill Farm’s Temmie earned the third place prize with their time of 49.91 seconds.


For full results, more information, or to watch the free live feed of the show, please visit http://www.wihs.org

Final Results: $10,000 Children’s Jumper Championship

1  CAPRIFOL NINA MONTROSS PALM MEADOW FARM: 0/0/26.456

2  SHINKANSEN DEVON MONROE DEVON MONROE:  0/4/27.430

3  REMONTA HARON MICHAEL MAHONEY MICHAEL MAHONEY: 0/4/27.970

4  VIGO JORDYN FRIEDMAN THINKS LIKE A HORSE: 0/4/28.171

5  VOIGTSDORFS OHIO NINA MONTROSS PALM MEADOW FARM: 0/4/29.420

6  CHARMEUR S SAMANTHA WIGHT MELISSA WIGHT: 0/4/30.129

7  PISTOL THOMAS O’MARA JR. THINKS LIKE A HORSE: 0/8/28.038

8  EL CANO ALEXANDRA TIPPETT AINSLEY TREPTOW: 0/8/30.554

9  ANIQUE CLOE HYMOWITZ ROSE HILL FARM: 0/12/27.968

10  KIRIN SYDNEY SWARR SYDNEY SWARR: 0/23/51.242

11  OFRENDA ANNIE BOLLING ANNIE BOLLING: 0/elim.

12  CARNAVAL Z ISABELLA NORTON SNOWBROOK: 2/60.249

Final Results: $10,000 Adult Jumper Championship

1  RIOLETTO ERICKA CASLIN ERICKA CASLIN: 0/0/30.945

2  ANA SIA HALEY SCHAUFELD HALEY SCHAUFELD: 0/0/31.572

3  VALENTINA HANNAH MURRIN HANNAH MURRIN: 0/0/33.758

4  CHACCA BLUE CHIARA PARLAGRECO BELLE GREY FARM: 0/0/36.232

5  TJARDIN KALEY PRATT MAHALA RUMMELL: 0/4/32.808

6  TOMMY TUNE SARA PARRISH SARA PARRISH: 0/4/35.427

7  CRUSADER AHMED ALALI AAA EQUESTRIAN LLC: 0/4/36.315

8  FENWAY AHMED ALALI AAA EQUESTRIAN LLC: 0/8/33.845

9  PEACE VICKI LOWELL VICKI LOWELL: 0/8/34.497

10  TITAN NATALIE GEIST NATALIE GEIST: 1/60.222

11  KICK THE CLOUDS REBECCA SMITH REBECCA SMITH: 4/54.429

12  SANTANNA BRIDGET GREGORY BRIDGET GREGORY: 4/55.569

Final Results: $10,000 Open Jumper Time First Round

1  PALM SUNDAY AARON VALE USA AMEN CORNER FARM: 0/49.29

2  UNEX VALVENTE TIM GREDLEY GBR UNEX COMPETITION YARD LTD: 0/49.70

3  TEMMIE JESSICA SPRINGSTEEN USA STONE HILL FARM: 0/49.91

4  WANNICK WH CHRISTINE McCREA USA CANDY TRIBBLE & WINDSOR STABLES: 0/50.35

5  ZORRO NICK DELLO JOIO USA NICK DELLO JOIO: 0/50.90

6  ESPLANADE 7 CANDICE KING USA LOUISBURG FARM: 0/51.01

7  SIRI SHANE SWEETNAM IRL SPY COAST FARM: 0/51.42

8  BELMONT LAURA KRAUT BEVERELY WIDDOWSON: 0/52.09

9  VINDICAT W JESSICA SPRINGSTEEN USA STONE HILL FARM: 0/55.34

10  CORAL REEF VIA VOLO BEEZIE MADDEN USA CORAL REEF RANCH: 0/57.27

11  ONIRA BRIANNE GOUTAL USA REMARKABLE FARMS LP: 0/58.55

12  UNEX TIMO IV TIM GREDLEY GBR UNEX COMPETITION YARD LTD: 1/62.15