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Olivier Philippaerts and Chicago VH Moleneind Clear Seven Feet in $25,000 WIHS Puissance

The 54th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) continued on Friday, October 26, with a full day of hunter, jumper and equitation competition at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

The $25,000 Open Jumper Puissance was the highlight class of the evening with a win for 19-year-old Belgian rider Olivier Philippaerts and Chicago VH Moleneind. 

Nick Dello Joio and Lauren Hough each had wins in the Open Jumpers, Emanuel Andrade and Charlotte Jacobs triumphed in the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers, and Michael Hughes took the early lead in the WIHS Equitation Classic Hunter Phase. Good Times and Ailish Cunniffe earned the Grand Junior Hunter Championship and Hasbrouck Donovan was Best Child Rider on a Horse for 2012.


Chicago VH Moleneind and Olivier Philippaerts clearing the 7-foot wall (Shawn McMillen photo)

Anthony d’Ambrosio, of Red Hook, NY, is the course designer for the jumpers at WIHS this week. D’Ambrosio set the wall for the evening’s $25,000 Puissance at 5’9” (1.75m) in height for the first round and continued through four rounds up to seven feet (2.13m). The Armed Forces Cup, sponsored by The Boeing Company, was awarded to Olivier Philippaerts and Chicago VH Moleneind for clearing the seven-foot wall in the final round. Olivier also accepted The Congressman’s Challenge Trophy, donated by the Late Honorable Rogers C.B. Morton and the Late Honorable F. Robert Watkins, on behalf of his father, Ludo Philippaerts, as the owner of the winning horse.


Six entries began the class, all clearing the wall at 5’9” (1.75m) and continuing on to attempt 6’3” (1.90m) in height. Benjamin Meredith (AUS) brought the blocks down in round two riding Kaskade, owned by Haley Schaufeld, to finish in sixth place. The remaining five riders all continued on to a third round where the wall was built up to 6’9” (2.01m). In round three, Charlie Jayne (USA) and Pony Lane Farm’s Balougris SL Z, Laura Kraut (USA) and Beverly Widdowson’s Belmont, and Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Stone Hill Farm’s Temmie were all unable to clear the height and finished in a tie for third place. Philippaerts and Chicago, and Aaron Vale (USA) aboard Wodka L, owned by Thinks like a Horse, continued on to the fourth round to jump the wall at seven feet (2.13m). Chicago was the only horse to clear the imposing obstacle.


Chicago VH Moleneind is a ten-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Kashmir Van Schutterhof x Darco. After his win, Philippaerts explained that this was the first time that either horse or rider has jumped in a Puissance class, and 2.13m was their biggest height.

“This is the first time we’ve jumped the wall. I’ve never done it and the horse has never done it,” Philippaerts noted. “I had a feeling he could be a good horse for that. He has a lot of scope to jump it, so I thought I would give it a try and it worked out very well. All classes have their own difficulty. With the puissance you need a little bit of luck, but you also have to have the horse for it and I think this horse actually really likes it.”

Philippaerts is from Belgium, but he and his twin brother Nicola came to North America to compete in more FEI World Cup Qualifiers and have been taking part in the indoor horse show circuit. They showed in Harrisburg, PA, last week and have plans to continue on to Kentucky and Toronto.

“We decided it would be nice to jump the World Cups over here because in Europe it is very hard to get in,” Philippaerts explained. “We also wanted the whole experience to make new culture and meet new people.”

Open Jumpers Go For Speed

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Ohlala and Lauren Hough (Shawn McMillen photo)
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Zemilion and Nick Dello Joio (Shawn McMillen photo)
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Promised Land and Charlotte Jacobs (Shawn McMillen photo)
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Casanova Junior and Emanuel Andrade (Shawn McMillen photo)

Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala were the winners in the $32,000 International Open Jumper 1.50m faults converted class, sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch, as part of the evening competition on Friday.Nineteen entries jumped the course, and Hough and Ohlala cleared the obstacles in a blazing fast time of 46.82 seconds for the win. 


Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) and Stal de Kalvarie’s Diebrich de Kalvarie cleared the course just a fraction behind in 46.88 seconds to place second. Kent Farrington (USA) and Haity McNerney’s Zafira jumped clear in 46.90 seconds for the third place prize.


Dello Joio (USA) rode Wembley Farms, Inc.’s Zemilion to victory in the $10,000 International Open Jumper 1.40m faults converted class, sponsored by Louisburg Farm, earlier in the day.

Last to go out of 14 entries, Dello Joio and Zemilion jumped fast and clear to finish on 52.06 seconds. For the win, they were presented the General Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by the late Arthur J. Morris.


Aaron Vale (USA) and Wodka L, owned by Thinks Like a Horse, finished clear with a time of 52.23 seconds to place second. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Sweet Oak Farm’s Solerina cleared the course in 52.33 seconds to earn the third place prize.

Zemilion is an eight-year-old KWPN gelding by Emilion x Voltaire. Dello Joio just started riding him at the end of the summer and explained that they are just getting to know each other.

Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers Complete Their Second Classes

Charlotte Jacobs, of East Aurora, NY, piloted Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stables’ Promised Land to victory in Friday’s High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class, sponsored by Oasis Petroleum. Twenty-three entries showed, with six jumping the course without fault while racing against the clock. Jacobs and Promised Land had the fastest clear round in 52.358 seconds for the win and earned The Cover Story Perpetual Trophy, donated by Rolling Acres Farm.

Yesterday’s winners, Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius, owned by Amalaya Investments, finished second in 53.092 seconds. Jacobs also took home the third place prize riding Deeridge Farms’ Kachina. They were through the timers in 53.505 seconds.

The Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class, sponsored by North Star, was the first jumper class of the day with a win for Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela and Hollow Creek Farm’s Casanova Junior. Twenty-three entries showed and six cleared the course without fault. Andrade’s time of 57.527 seconds earned top prize along with The Eleanor White O’Leary Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ashton Hill and Miss Linden Joan Hill. Aleesha Melwani jumped a clear round with Thunder-Ball, owned by Mountain Home Stables, in 60.500 seconds to place second. Wednesday’s jump-off winners, Michael Hughes and Drumnacross Farm Ltd.’s Red Hot, were third in 60.610 seconds.


Hunter Awards

The Junior Hunter divisions concluded their second day of competition on Friday morning with the presentation of championship awards at WIHS. Fifteen-year-old Ailish Cunniffe, of South Salem, NY, and Whipstick Farm Ltd.’s Good Times were awarded the Grand Junior Hunter Championship, sponsored by Roseknoll Sporthorse and Victoria Holstein-Childress. Cunniffe and Good Times were presented The Ides of March Perpetual Trophy, donated by Linda Lee and Lee Reynolds.

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Lyle and Hasbrouck Donovan (Shawn McMillen photo)
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Charade and Ashley Foster (Shawn McMillen photo)

The pair earned the championship and the grand prize in the Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under division after placing first, first and second over fences and second under saddle. Victoria Colvin was reserve champion in the division aboard Dr. Betsee Parker’s Ovation, placing first and second over fences and winning under saddle.


Cunniffe trains with her mom and dad, Bonnie and Frank Cunniffe, as well as Missy Clark and John Brennan in the equitation. She has owned Good Times, a ten-year-old Warmblood gelding, for two years.


Continuing the morning’s competition, the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division awarded championship and reserve honors to Hasbrouck Donovan, of Gainesville, FL. Donovan was champion with Stephanie Keen’s Lyle, placing , first and third over fences. Donovan rode Don Stewart’s Confidential to the reserve championship after winning the under saddle and placing second and third over fences.

Along with the division tricolors, Hasbrouck Donovan earned the prestigious DiVecchia Perpetual Trophy as Best Child Rider on a Horse. The award was sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Crown; the trophy donated by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick DiVecchia. This was Donovan’s second time winning the award, also taking the title in 2009.


A championship with Lyle, reserve championship with Confidential, and a reserve championship with her horse Wagner secured the Best Child Rider title for Donovan this week.

“This is one of my favorite horse shows,” Donovan said. “It is really fun. I like the atmosphere and being in the city.” Donovan will finish out her last junior year and plans on attending Auburn University in January and will ride on the school’s intercollegiate equestrian team.

The Large Junior Hunter 16-17, sponsored by Chansonette Farm, awarded championship honors to Mahala Rummell’s Charade and Ashley Foster, of Brookeville, MD. The pair was awarded The Chance Step Perpetual Trophy, donated by Brooke Carmichael McMurray- Fowler and Pam Carmichael Keenan, after placing first, second and second over fences. Hasbrouck Donovan guided Wagner to the reserve tricolor with first and fourth place ribbons over fences and second under saddle.

Dr. Betsee Parker’s Inclusive and Victoria Colvin, of Loxahatchee, FL, earned the championship in the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under division with a clean sweep of blue ribbons over fences. Happenstance and Bergen Sanderford, of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, earned the reserve honors after winning the under saddle and placing second and third over fences. 


Inclusive and Colvin were also presented with The Lyrik Challenge Trophy, donated by Ashley and Courtney Kennedy, for the best Junior Hunter Stake Round with a high score of 88.Sanderford earned the Georgetown Trophy as the high-score junior hunter owner-rider with a score of 87 in the first class over fences.

In addition to Junior Hunter championships, WIHS hosted the hunter phase of the WIHS Equitation Classic this morning with an early lead for Michael Hughes, of Morriston, FL. Hughes rode Oban, owned by Missy Clark and North Run, to the high score of 89.83 out of 40 competitors. Elizabeth Benson, of Whitehouse Station, NJ, sits close in second with an 89.33 riding San Remo VDL. Jacob Pope, of Owings Mills, MD, is in the third position with a score of 88 aboard Madeline Turner’s Uno. Rounding out the top ten hunter scores are Meg O’Mara, Hasbrouck Donovan, Kristen Lutz, Victoria Colvin, Shawn Casady, Megan MacPherson, and Gabrielle Bausano.


For full results, more information please visit http://www.wihs.org

Results: $25,000 Open Jumper Puissance

1 CHICAGO VH MOLENEIND Olivier Philippaerts Ludo Philippaerts 2.13m

2 WODKA L Aaron Vale Thinks Like A Horse 2.01m

3 TEMMIE Jessica Springsteen Stone Hill Farm 1.90m

3 BELMONT Laura Kraut Beverley Widdowson 1.90m

3 BALOUGRIS SL Z Charlie Jayne Pony Lane Farm 1.90m

6 KASKADE Benjamin Meredith Haley Schaufeld 1.75m


Results: $32,000 Int’l Open Jumper 1.50m, Sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch

1 OH LA LA LAUREN HOUGH USA  LAUREN HOUGH

2 DIEBRICH DE KALVARIE NICOLA PHILIPPAERTS BEL STAL DE KALVARIE

3 ZAFIRA KENT FARRINGTON USA HAITY MCNERNEY

4 LIGIST REED KESSLER USA REED KESSLER

5 ZEMILION NICK DELLO JOIO USA WEMBLEY FARMS INC

6 VANILLA BEEZIE MADDEN USA ABIGAIL WEXNER

7 V KATIE PRUDENT USA MICHAEL SMITH

8 VALESKA CHARLIE JAYNE USA PONY LANE FARM

9 WATCH ME VD MANGELAAR MATT WILLIAMS AUS SAMANTHA TUERK

10 VICTOR E CHRISTINE McCREA USA TRIBBLE/WINDSOR SHOW STB

11 SOLERINA SHANE SWEETNAM IRL SWEET OAK FARM

12 ROYCE MARGIE ENGLE USA ELM ROCK PARTNERS


Results: $10,000 Int’l Open Jumper 1.40, Sponsored by Louisburg Farm

1 ZEMILION NICK DELLO JOIO USA WEMBLEY FARMS INC

2 WODKA L AARON VALE USA THINKS LIKE A HORSE

3 SOLERINA SHANE SWEETNAM IRL  SWEET OAK FARM

4 UNEX VALVENTE TIM GREDLEY GBR UNEX COMPETITION YARD LTD

5 VICTOR E CHRISTINE McCREA USA CANDY TRIBBLE & WINDSOR S

6 VALESKA CHARLIE JAYNE USA PONY LANE FARM

7 ZAFIRA KENT FARRINGTON USA HAITY MCNERNEY

8 TEMMIE JESSICA SPRINGSTEEN USA STONE HILL FARM

9 ZAZA BENJAMIN MEREDITH AUS HALEY SCHAUFELD

10 CARLOS V.H.P.Z. EMILIE MARTINSEN DEN EMILIE MARTINSEN


Results: High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper, Sponsored by Oasis Petroleum

1 PROMISED LAND CHARLOTTE JACOBS CANDY TRIBBLE & WINDSOR SHOW STABLES

2 VESUVIUS MEAGAN NUSZ AMALAYA INVESTMENTS

3 KACHINA CHARLOTTE JACOBS DEERIDGE FARMS

4 SINATRA IV MEG O’MARA WALSTIB STABLES LLC

5 TOULON CHLOE REID CHLOE D REID LLC

6 TINY TIM EMANUEL ANDRADE HOLLOW CREEK FARM

7 INDY ASHLEY FOSTER RAF LLC

8 CHELLANDO Z KATHERINE STRAUSS KATHERINE STRAUSS

Results: Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper, Sponsored by North Star

1 CASANOVA JUNIOR EMANUEL ANDRADE  HOLLOW CREEK FARM

2 THUNDER-BALL ALEESHA MELWANI  MOUNTAIN HOME STABLES

3 RED HOT MICHAEL HUGHES DRUMNACROSS FARM LTD

4 S & L PYLOS ANNABELLE GUNDLACH POSTAGE STAMP FARM

5 VON DUTCH REID PATTON REID PATTON

6 ISHANA III KELLI CRUCIOTTI SERENITY FARM

7 TISSEM REID PATTON REID PATTON

8 MIKOS EMANUEL ANDRADE HOLLOW CREEK FARM

Results: WIHS Equitation Finals Hunter Phase

1 Michael Hughes MORRISTON FL 89.833

2 Elizabeth Benson WHITEHOUSE STATION NJ 89.333

3 Jacob Pope OWINGS MILLS MD 88.000

4 Meg O’Mara RUMSON NJ 87.833

5 Hasbrouck Donovan GAINESVILLE FL 87.333

6 Kristen Lutz PURCHASE NY 86.166

7 Victoria Colvin LOXAHATCHEE FL 86.000

8 Shawn Casady HARRIMAN TN 85.750

9 Megan Mac Pherson NIWOT CO 85.250

10 Gabrielle Bausano NEW YORK NY 85.000