Maddie Tosh Dazzles in Final Phase to Win EMO Insurance/USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Final – East at Capital Challenge
Six new champions were crowned on the second day of Equitation Weekend, presented by BIGEQ.com, on Friday, September 30, at the 2022 Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The day in the Show Place Arena at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center culminated with the final phase of the sixth-annual EMO Insurance/United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Final – East, where Maddie Tosh of Milton, Georgia, piloted Daktari 38 to the high score of 87 to secure the overall lead and don the winning ribbon sash.
Tosh was in seventh after scoring 85.1 in the flat phase and moved up to second place with an 85.5 in the gymnastics phase, in which scores are multiplied by a coefficient of 1.5. Her 213.35 total was just .325 points off of the lead, and with scores in the final phase multiplied by a coefficient of 2, it was still anyone’s game.
“My horse was really great all the way through,” said Tosh, who trains with her father, professional hunter rider Hunt Tosh. “I thought the flat was good, and in the gymnastics phase he couldn’t have been any better, so I felt like we had a strong start coming into today. I’d honestly rather come back in second than on top–it gives me a little wiggle room.”
She continued, “I thought the jumping phase was a forward course, which was good for my horse because he has a big stride. I was able to pick up a gallop and keep it the whole time. It’s always nice in an indoor like this, because I feel like the horses know it’s a little bit different and special.”
Daktari 38, a seven-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Diacontinus, is owned by Missy Clark of North Run and Betsee Parker leases him for Tosh to compete with. The 2021 Capital Challenge Horse Show marked the pair’s second show together, competing only in the age group equitation classes that year.
“He’s just so fun. He’s so sweet and has such a great personality,” expressed Tosh of the striking grey who was awarded Best Equitation Horse. “This has been a lot for him this week, being his first final. He just handles it like a champ. He’s so young, but he’s so brave. I just couldn’t ask for more from him. He’s such a great partner, and he tries so hard for me every time.”
While Daktari 38 might still be relatively new to Capital Challenge, Tosh, at just 16 years old, is already a veteran.
“I’ve always loved Capital Challenge. I’ve been coming here since I was a tiny little pony kid on small ponies, and there’s something about winning here that’s just extra special,” she concluded.
Vivian Golden of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, who was champion of the Section A 12 and Under Equitation earlier in the day, was last to contest the Ken Krome-designed final jumping phase aboard her own Cap Ferrat, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Quasimodo VD Molendreef. Golden, who trains with her mother, Olivia Golden, at their Double G Stables and with Amanda Lyerly at Madison Hills Farm, scored 84.3 from judges Robin Rost Brown and Tammy Provost for a 382.275 total score and the overall reserve championship title.
Third place went to Isa Jensen of Albany, New York, riding her own Happy Boy, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding by Spartacus TN with a final score of 376.75.
Earlier in the day, five Section A age group equitation division champions and reserve champions were named as follows:
Champion Vivian Golden of Wyomissing, PA, and Reserve Champion Emi Richard of Middlefield, CT, in the 12 & Under Equitation
Champion Anna Markcrow of Manchester Center, VT, and Reserve Champion Emily Jernovoy of Woodstock Valley, CT, in the 13 & 14-Year-Old Equitation
Champion McKayla Brombach of Wimberley, TX, and Reserve Champion Maddie Tosh of Milton, GA in the 15-Year-Old Equitation
Champion Grace Shipman of Ridgefield, CT, and Reserve Champion Joe Craver of Shelby, NC, in the 16-Year-Old Equitation
Champion Victoria Zahorik of Bartonville, TX, and Reserve Champion Ruby Ransco of Paradise Valley, AZ, in the 17-Year-Old Equitation
Equitation Weekend, presented by BIGEQ.com, continues Saturday, October 1, with the Section B age group equitation divisions followed by the THIS National Children’s Medal Finals. The Capital Challenge Horse Show features top hunter, jumper, and equitation competition through October 9.
EMO Insurance/USHJA 3'3" Jumping Seat Medal Final - East Results
Place / Rider / Horse / Overall
1 / Maddie Tosh / Daktari 38 / 387.35
2 / Vivian Golden / Cap Ferrat / 382.275
3 / Isa Jensen / Happy Boy / 376.75
4 / Cecelia Perry / Surely / 374.35
5 / Abigail Gordon / Breckenridge / 373.5
6 / Maxine Boeding / Jalabert / 371.75
7 / Lily Epstein / Cumano Boy Z / 371.5
8 / Eva Mackenzie / Demonia GS Z / 369.4
9 / Annabelle Brown / Nemesis 11 / 368.4
10 / Grace O’Connell / Calavino / 368.4
11 / Cassidy Exner / S&L Cellestino / 376.625
12 / Isabella Mullan / Coltino / 366.55
Tracey Gorin-Byrne Catch Rides to Victory in the North American Adult Amateur Equitation Finals at Capital Challenge
September 29, 2022 – Upper Marlboro, MD – Tracey Gorin-Byrne claimed the championship title in the North American Adult Amateur Equitation Finals on Thursday, September 29, at the 2022 Capital Challenge Horse Show at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. This major finals kicks off Equitation Weekend, presented by BIGEQ.com.
A field of 35 competitors contested the Joseph Carnicom-designed course, featuring several lines where riders could choose the striding that best suited their horse. Judges Bobbi Reber and Sissy Wickes scored each round individually with the average of their scores counting as the rider’s overall mark. The top 10 were then called back in reverse order for a second round judged in the same format, with the average from each round yielding the deciding two-round total. After earning the leading score of 86.5 in the first round, Gorin-Byrne was the last to return for the second round aboard Checker 69. Their stylish trip scored an 89 for a 175.5 total, making them the clear overall winner, and no further testing was needed.
“This is my favorite horse show of the year,” said Gorin-Byrne. “I’ve been coming here since I was a little kid, and even though I’ve enjoyed a lot of success and had a lot of fun, I’ve never actually won. Obviously, it means a lot to win anywhere, but to win here is particularly special.”
Gorin-Byrne trains with the team at Sweet Oak Farm in Wellington, Florida, but competes on catch -rides throughout the year to qualify for the finals at Capital Challenge. As an added difficulty, Gorin-Byrne balances her riding with work and being a mom, so she hadn’t ridden for a couple of months before swinging a leg over “Checker” for the first time. Originally, the plan was to arrive on Wednesday morning, but Hurricane Ian caused a change of plans, so Gorin-Byrne and Checker got to know each other in the Adult Equitation division classes ahead of the championship.
Checker also has limited experience in the equitation ring after transitioning from the junior jumpers with owner Reid Arani. Olivia Sweetnam took over the ride during the summer, and evidently Checker is now excelling in his new career.
Gorin-Byrne will get a chance to build on her success in the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals on Friday, October 7, 2022, but the opportunity to compete in itself makes her emotional.
She expressed, “I’m just really thankful to all the people from all the barns who have helped me to be able to do the adult equitation. Over the years there have been so many people–Ali Sweetnam, of course, but also other barns like Beacon Hill and Ashland Farms have helped me too. It’s just really nice that everyone is so supportive and kind, and I really appreciate all the help from everybody.”
Second place went to last year’s third-place finisher, Anna Koenig of Hollywood, Florida, aboard her own Constantin, with a two-round total score of 170.25. Catherine Kramer of Indianapolis, Indiana, scored 169.75 to round out the top three, riding last year’s winner, Audi 2000 Z, owned by Kadley Farms LLC.
Golden Leads the Way in the EMO Insurance Agency/USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Final – East
The first day of competition at the Capital Challenge Horse Show also featured the flat and gymnastics phases of the sixth-annual EMO Insurance Agency/United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Final - East. Following the first two phases, Vivian Golden of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, leads the 164-rider field.
Golden sat in second-place after scoring 85.8 in the flat phase, and then earned fourth-place in the Ken Krome-designed gymnastics phase with a score of 85.25 from judges Robin Rost Brown and Tammy Provost. The gymnastics phase scores are multiplied by a coefficient of 1.5, so Golden’s overall total of 213.675 puts her at the top of the leaderboard.
“I don’t usually add up the scores or anything like that. I actually try not to think about the scores and the results and just focus on doing the plan and what my trainers tell me,” stated Golden.
Golden trains with her mother, Olivia Golden, at their Double G Stables, and with Amanda Lyerly at Madison Hills Farm. Her horse, Cap Ferrat, is a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Quasimodo VD Molendreef, who is a former breeding stallion from Holland that Golden is piloting in his first finals.
“I have a lot of pressure normally, so I am kind of used to it now, and I know how to manage it,” explained Golden. “I am not too stressed out about coming back last, because whatever happens, happens. Since my horse can be a little green here and there, we don’t really know how it’s going to go. He’s been so good, so I’m excited.”
Maxine Boeding, of Sag Harbor, New York, went 57th in the order after scoring 72.25 in the flat phase. She kept her composure, earning an 87 for the win in the gymnastics phase on Jalabert, an eight-year-old KWPN gelding by Arezzo VDL, owned by Nicole Adams.
“After my round, I sat in the stadium and watched every single rider that went until the end of the class,” said Boeding, who trains with Heritage Farm in Katonah, New York. “Typically, as the class progresses, you’re seeing more competitive rounds. Those are the rounds you aspire to have, and the more you watch the more you learn.
“There’s no pressure ever,” she added. “I don’t ever feel pressure from my team, or my parents, or anyone, and that’s a nice way to go into it, because I’m doing this for myself and not for anyone else.”
The Capital Challenge Horse Show continues on Friday with the age group equitation divisions starting at 7:30 a.m. followed by the final phase and culmination of the EMO Insurance Agency/USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Final - East.
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