In a fantastic two days of competition, the riders of North Run dominated the equitation divisions at the prestigious Devon Horse Show, taking home eight victories, including a sweep in the ASPCA Maclay classes, along with a co-championship. North Run is led by head trainers Missy Clark and John Brennan.
"I have to give special thanks to our North Run staff, both at home and on the road, for all of their endless work and dedication. They are all simply amazing, to say the least!” Clark acknowledged. “Thanks also go to the wonderful group of co-trainers that we work with. It was a spectacular two days and we are so proud of all of our riders."
Victoria Colvin, of Loxahatchee, FL, was named the co-winner of the R.W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship after she won the WIHS Section B (California split), won Section B of the ASPCA Maclay, and placed fourth in the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Section B with Scott Stewart's VIP Z. Colvin also trains with Scott Stewart and Ken Berkley of Rivers Edge.
Colvin began training with Clark two years ago. “It's been a nice team effort with Scott and Ken,” Clark said. “She is a gracious, nice kid and a pleasure to work with. I can't say enough about her, and she works extemely hard.”
Taking home two wins as well was Charlotte Jacobs of East Aurora, NY. She and Patrick, owned by Catherine Tyree, won the Pessoa/USEF Medal Section C and the ASPCA Maclay Section C. Clark noted, “Charlotte rode beautifully. She was kind of in the hot seat after winning the championship for the past two years. She kept it together and it was nice for her to win both days.”
Michael Hughes of Allandale, NJ, won the Pessoa/USEF Medal Section A on Zaro, owned by Missy Clark. Zaro is a new addition to North Run and has only been in the barn since April. This was his first time at Devon and only his second show in the equitation division.
Winning the ASPCA Maclay Section A was Sophie Simpson of Wellington, FL, on North Run's Arandelli. At just seven years old, it was Arandelli's first time at the Devon Horse Show, and it was Simpson's first time riding him. After small errors in their first class together, they improved with each time in the ring. They finished sixth in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Section B. Simpson also trains with her mother, top show jumper Nicole Shahinian-Simpson. “Her ride on Friday morning was lovely,” Clark said. “It was fun to work with her and Nicki.”
Adeline Audette of Fall River, MA, captured the win in the WIHS Equitation Classic Section A in the California Split of the class. She rode Cortes 7, owned by Royal Palm Equine LLC. Audette and Cortes 7 got a ribbon in every class; they placed fourth in the Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search Section A, fifth in the Pessoa/USEF Medal Section Section B, and eighth in the ASPCA Maclay Section B.
Jack Morgan of Norfolk, CT, and Missy Clark's Corvall won the WIHS Equitation Classic Section B (California Split).
Lauren Tyree of Chicago, IL, rode CoCo Pop, owned by Missy Clark, to second place in the WIHS Equitation Classic Section B.
North Run riders will continue to show at the Devon Horse Show on Saturday in the $20,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Jumper Classic.
The following week, riders will head to the HITS Saugerties shows with assistant trainer Julie Welles, or to Spruce Meadows in Calgary, AB, Canada. Joining North Run at Spruce Meadows is Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward, who will compete with Wannahave and Sandor de la Pomme, owned by The Wannahave Group.