Samantha Schaefer Dominates Amateur Division Taking WCHR Amateur-Owner 3’6” Challenge and Earns Grand Champion Amateur-Owner 3’6” Hunter Honors
Danhakl and Quest Win WCHR Amateur-Owner 3’3”Challenge, Maida and Moran Collect Grand Champion Honors, Reisman Finishes on Top in $10,000 Children’s/Adult Amateur Jumper Challenge
Upper Marlboro, MD – Amateur riders were the highlight on the sixth day of competition at the 2015 Capital Challenge Horse Show (CCHS) presented by Well Placed Smile, as a number of divisions crowned their champions and gifted prestigious awards. Local superstar and homegrown talent Samantha Schaefer of Westminster, MD, continued to add to her successful career at CCHS, amassing two more major championship wins as she earned Grand Champion Amateur-Owner 3’6” Hunter honors and topped the $2,500 WCHR Amateur-Owner 3’6” Challenge aboard Classified. Competition at CCHS will continue through Sunday, October 4.
Caroline Moran of Wellington, FL, and Bacardi picked up the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3” 36 and Over division and earned Grand Champion Amateur-Owner 3’3” presented by Will and Lindsay Roberts. Stephanie Danhakl of Pacific Palisades, CA, rode Quest, a former mount of Scott Stewart, to victory in the $2,500 WCHR Amateur-Owner 3’3” Challenge presented by Milestone LLC and Havens Schatt. Alexis Maida, traveling from Danville, CA, piloted Tolstoy to the Grand Adult Amateur Hunter title presented by Steve Martines, while Micki Reisman dominated the $10,000 Children’s Adult/Amateur Jumper Challenge presented by Equis Boutique.
Capital Challenge Horse Show Moves into Week of Competitive Hunter Divisions with Full Live Stream Schedule
Upper Marlboro, MD – Capital Challenge Horse Show (CCHS), presented by Well Placed Smile, began the first day of elite hunter competition at The Show Place Arena at Prince George’s Equestrian Center, as the start of a number of divisions were underway including the Future Hunter divisions, which will be highlighted on Wednesday, September 30, in the Future Hunter North American Championship presented by Douglas Wheeler and Cismont Manor Farm. Live stream coverage from CCHS is available all day through the conclusion of competition on Sunday, October 4, covering both the indoor and outdoor arenas, on the EquestrianCounsel.com CCHS Live Webcast presented by Leone Equestrian Law.
Competition at CCHS today included the First and Second Year Working Hunter Divisions as well as the High Performance Hunter division presented by Rendezvous Farm, which attracted many of the best hunter combinations in the country as they prepare for WCHR Pro Challenge on Wednesday and WCHR Pro Finals on Friday. These divisions will crown their champions tomorrow, Tuesday, September 29 and Wednesday, October 30.
Kelli Cruciotti Makes Her Mark in Private Tutoring Services North American Junior Equitation Championships at Capital Challenge Horse Show
Catalina Peralta Wins THIS National Children’s Medal Finals and Rachel Boggus Proves Victorious in North American Adult Amateur Equitation Championships
Upper Marlboro, MD – Capital Challenge Horse Show (CCHS), presented this year by Well Placed Smile, honored Kelli Cruciotti of Elizabeth, CO, as the champion of the incredibly competitive Private Tutoring Services North American Junior Equitation Championships in The Show Place Arena today. With more than 100 entries in the class, the largest Private Tutoring Services North American Junior Equitation Championships held at CCHS in the past 10 years, many highly touted equitation riders from around the country vied for top honors, with Cruciotti and her mount Darius, owned by Serenity Farm, ultimately besting the tremendous class. Catalina Peralta captured the prestigious THIS National Medal Finals class while Rachel Boggus and Papillon 136 won the North American Adult Amateur Equitation Championship. Competition at CCHS continues through the week at Prince George’s Equestrian Center and will conclude on Sunday, October 4.
Cruciotti and Darius are forming a new partnership, as the dark bay 2008 Warmblood gelding is a recent addition to the Serenity Farms team arriving in the United States this past July as a second equitation prospect for Cruciotti. In only their third competition together, Cruciotti sealed her first equitation finals win with two solid rounds and a brilliant test portion of the division to take top honors.
Equitation competition commenced at the 2015 Capital Challenge Horse Show (CCHS) presented by Well Placed Smile, with several divisions showcasing their talents in front of a respected judging panel in The Show Place Arena at Prince George’s Equestrian Center. The first day of “Equitation Weekend” presented by Biqeq.com, offered several age division championships for equitation riders, including the North American Junior Flat Equitation Championship and the THIS National Children’s Medal Warm Up. Competition at CCHS continues through Sunday, October 4.
Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, collected her first top honors of the week today aboard ten-year-old Warmblood gelding Clearway, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, in the 17-Year-Old Equitation Championship sponsored by Frank Madden and Old Salem Farm. Colvin previously piloted Clearway to the 16-Year-Old Equitation Championships at CCHS in 2014 and also earned the coveted top spot in the Private Tutoring Services North American Junior Equitation Championships in the same year.
Capital Challenge Horse Show To Host National Hunter and Equitation Finals Beginning September 26th at Prince George’s Equestrian Center
Upper Marlboro, MD – The 2015 Capital Challenge Horse Show (CCHS), presented by Well Placed Smile, is proud to offer several of the country’s top indoor hunter and equitation national finals as competition commences at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in two weeks, beginning on Saturday, September 26, and continuing through Sunday, October 4. Each year CCHS plays host to the sport’s top equestrian athletes as they vie for championship titles during this elite week-long competition. Several dedicated class sponsors have continuously provided their support to CCHS throughout the years, awarding titles in the highly touted finals classes, including World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Finals as well as the major equitation finals that draw first-class equestrians to the Show Place Arena. In addition to being the title sponsor of the 2015 Capital Challenge Horse Show, Well Placed Smile, based in Nashville, TN, will also present the $5,000 Professional World Championship Hunter Rider Finals as well as the $5,000 World Championship Hunter Rider Developing Pro Challenge.
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