Savanah Stuart and Andover Win Grand Children's Hunter Championship
Upper Marlboro, MD – October 5, 2014 – The Capital Challenge Horse Show, presented by The Gochman Family, concluded with another day of fantastic hunter competition. Junior and Children's riders were featured in the Show Place Arena and the outdoor ring, and six championships were presented. Lili Hymowitz and Tiffani won the Grand Junior Hunter Championship, while Savanah Stuart and Andover were named Grand Children's Hunter Champions. The Capital Challenge Horse Show hosts the premier hunter competition in the United States and welcomed more than 1,000 horses to Prince George's Equestrian Center over the past nine days.
Hymowitz and Tiffani found success in the Large Junior 15 & Under Hunter division, where they won all three over fences classes. Tiffani was also named the High Point Junior Hunter 15 & Under, sponsored by Geddaway Farm, and the Grand Junior Hunter Champion, sponsored by The Schaefer Family. They were presented with The Spontaneous Perpetual Trophy donated by the Listrani Family. Hymowitz won Best Junior Rider honors, an award sponsored by Karen Healey and Karen Healey Stables. The reserve champion in the division was Prologue, ridden by Emma Kurtz for Rendezvous Farm. They placed second, second, and fourth over fences.
Kelli Cruciotti Victorious in $10,000 Junior/A-O Jumper Challenge,
Gochman, Passarelli, Yowan, Petersen, and Humphries Earn Tricolors
Upper Marlboro, MD – October 4, 2014 – Ponies ruled today at The Capital Challenge Horse Show, presented by The Gochman Family. The Capital Challenge Horse Show, held at the Prince George's Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, concludes on Sunday, October 5. Emma Kurtz piloted David Gochman's Valor to the Grand Pony Hunter Championship and Best Pony Rider honors. Six pony and junior hunter divisions awarded championships. In the evening session, Kelli Cruciotti and Zidante won the $10,000 North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Challenge Cup Final Round.
Kurtz (14) of Hudson, OH, rode to the top of the Pony Hunters today on David Gochman's Valor. They were the Large Pony Hunter champions, and with two firsts, two seconds, and a fourth under saddle, and received the Grand Pony Hunter Championship, sponsored by Ali Sweetnam and Sweet Oak Farm. They were awarded the VanderMoore Designs Trophy, donated by VanderMoore Designs. Kurtz was named the Best Pony Rider, an award sponsored by Archibald Cox and Brookway Stables. They were presented with the Kitty Borisoff Memorial Trophy donated by her many friends. The reserve champions were All My Love and Kirklen Petersen, who rode for Dr. Betsee Park. They placed first and second over fences and were first under saddle. Petersen won the EMO Trip of the Show with a score of 91.5 on All My Love.
Rachel Boggus Achieves Goal in Winning ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals
Upper Marlboro, MD – October 3, 2014 – Two major finals were held today at The Capital Challenge Horse Show, presented by The Gochman Family. In the WCHR Professional Finals, sponsored by the John R. Ingram Fund, the top six hunter riders in the country went head to head over three rounds, and Kelley Farmer took the top spot. Rachel Boggus achieved her goal of six years by winning the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals, sponsored by ARIAT International. The Capital Challenge Horse Show, held at the Prince George's Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, runs through Sunday, October 5.
The WCHR Pro Finals used the same three-round format as last year. Riders switched on two donated horses for the first two rounds, then brought a horse of their own for the third and final handy round. In the first round, the high score went to Sandy Ferrell on All The Right Moves, with an 88.16. In round two, Hunt Tosh and Askaro jumped to a high score of 91.33.
Gotham Wins $25,000 Future Hunter North American Championship,
Scripted and Farmer Take Grand Hunter Championship,
Feigus Wins WCHR Developing Pro Challenge
Upper Marlboro, MD – October 1, 2014 – The Capital Challenge Horse Show, presented by The Gochman Family, had a full day of hunter competition on Wednesday. The evening session had two major Challenge classes; Tara Metzner and Davlyn Farms' Come Monday won the $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge, while Brian Feigus rode Cailin McNamara's Quinn to victory in the $5,000 WCHR Developing Pro Challenge. During the day session, the professional hunters completed their championships. Kelley Farmer and Scripted took the Grand Hunter Championship title, while Hunt Tosh entered the winner's circle again with Gotham in the $25,000 Future Hunter North American Championship. The Capital Challenge Horse Show, held at the Prince George's Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, runs through Sunday, October 5.
The $25,000 WCHR Pro Challenge had 26 entries, and 12 were called back for the second round. Tara Metzner of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, and Come Monday, an 11-year-old Holsteiner mare by Cassini I, had a great first round with an average score of 89.33, which put them in second place. Metzner stepped it up in the second round, garnering judges' scores of 91, 88, and 93 for an average of 90.66 and a total of 179.99 for the win. Metzner was presented with the Little Brook Farm Perpetual Trophy, donated by Gary Duffy.
Sandy Ferrell and Fifty Shades, owned by Meredith Lipke, finished second in the Pro Challenge. They had great scores of 88.66 and 89.41 for a total of 178.07. Third place went to Scott Stewart and Rose Hill Farm's Garfield. In the first round, they scored an 87.50. They returned in the second round for a 90.16 and a total of 177.66.
Howell and Swingtown Win Grand Adult Hunter Championship, Ingram and Moran Receive Top Tricolors, Batchelor Victorious in Children's/Adult Jumper Challenge
Upper Marlboro, MD – October 1, 2014 – Adult and Amateur-Owner riders were center stage today at The Capital Challenge Horse Show, presented by The Gochman Family. Four divisions of amateur-owner hunters and three of adult amateur hunters competed. Stephanie Danhakl swept the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championships with her horses Golden Rule and Enough Said. Rachel Howell and Swingtown won the Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Championship. In the evening session, Hope Batchelor was fastest on Orlando to win the $10,000 Children's/Adult Jumper Challenge. The Capital Challenge Horse Show, held at the Prince George's Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, runs through Sunday, October 5.
Thursday was Stephanie Danhakl's day at Capital Challenge. The rider from Pacific Palisades, CA, who is currently in graduate school in Philadelphia, piloted Golden Rule and Enough Said to top honors. Golden Rule was the Amateur-Owner 18-35 3'6” champion, sponsored by The Hallman Family and MerryLegs South LLC, and with their top ribbons of two firsts and a sixth over fences and second under saddle, they also garnered the Grand Amateur-Owner 3'6” Championship and Best Amateur Rider title. Danhakl was presented with the Dr. Harold M.S. Smith Trophy, donated by Dr. Suzanne Smith and Dr. Peter Craig for the grand championship. For the Best Amateur-Owner Rider Award, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest M. Oare, Danhakl was presented with The So Many Ways Challenge Trophy, donated by Karen Kramer.
Hunt Tosh Captures Four Championships
Upper Marlboro, MD – September 30, 2014 – Honoring the best hunters in the country, eight championships were awarded today at the Capital Challenge Horse Show presented by The Gochman Family. The Capital Challenge Horse Show, held at the Prince George's Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, runs through Sunday, October 5.
The professional hunters will wrap up their divisions tomorrow. The highlight classes of the week for the professional hunter riders are the $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge on Wednesday, October 2, and the $5,000 WCHR Professional Finals, presented by the John R. Ingram Fund, for the top six hunter riders in the country on Friday, October 3.
The championship in the Second Year Green Working Hunters went to Fifty Shades, ridden by Sandy Ferrell for owner Meredith Lipke. They started out with first and second places over fences and were fourth under saddle. Returning today, they won another jumping class. Loyalty, ridden by Scott Stewart for Fashion Farm, was the reserve champion. They were first, second, and third over fences.
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