Upper Marlboro, MD – Emily Williams rode Beach Boy to the Overall Grand Junior Hunter Championship on Sunday, October 6, to conclude the 2019 Capital Challenge Horse Show at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.
Williams, 17, of Newhall, CA, and the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding claimed two wins over fences and a second place under saddle in the Small Junior Hunter 3’6”, 16-17 division to first claim the division championship before ultimately being named the High Point Junior Hunter, 16-17, sponsored by Somerset Farm, and clinching the Overall Grand Champion Junior Working Hunter title, sponsored by Shadow Ridge. For the top honor, Williams received the Spontaneous Perpetual Trophy, donated by the Listrani Family, as well as being named the recipient of the Best Junior Rider Award, sponsored by Karen Healey.
“It feels so amazing,” said Williams. “I’m so, so honored, and I’m just so happy. I thought [Beach Boy] was super consistent and jumped super well in every round.”
While Williams and Beach Boy may have claimed the highest Junior Hunter award, contesting the hunters was not actually Williams’ primary goal for her second visit to the Capital Challenge Horse Show.
Shiloh Roseboom Rides Heavenly Patch of Blue to Grand Pony Hunter Title at Capital Challenge Horse Show
Upper Marlboro, MD – Shiloh Roseboom, 12, of Corona, CA, has competed at the Capital Challenge Horse Show for the last four years, but Saturday, October 5, marked a major highlight of the young rider’s visits to the 10-day show held annually at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.
Aboard Heavenly Patch of Blue, Roseboom claimed the Small Pony Hunter championship before ultimately being awarded the Grand Pony Hunter championship title and the Best Pony Rider Award, sponsored by Archie Cox and Brookway Stables.
“It’s special because I've never really won anything big quite like this,” said Roseboom, who rides with Christa Endicott. “Last year, the best I got was fifth, so this year something really actually happened!”
Roseboom has had Heavenly Patch of Blue for five years, and her long-time relationship with the 13-year-old Welsh Pony, owned by Enchantment Farms LLC, has made “Annie” a partner that Roseboom really trusts in the show ring – including when it comes to executing difficult maneuvers.
Monday Balous Crowned Connaway & Associates High Point American-Bred Horse at the Capital Challenge Horse Show
Upper Marlboro, MD – Monday Balous, piloted by Cassandra Kahle of Langley, British Columbia, was named the Connaway & Associates Equine Insurance Services High Point American-Bred Horse at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, MD, in a special presentation on Friday, October 4, 2019.
“As a passionate sport horse breeder myself, I was so honored to be able to work with the Capital Challenge Horse Show to recognize the accomplishments of fellow breeders in this country,” said Connaway & Associates President Laura Connaway of Little Rock, AR. “There is so much talent being bred in North America and I was very pleased to see Monday Balous’ achievements this week. I am proud of this award and I look forward to continue shining a spotlight on American breeders and the accomplishments of American-bred horses in the future.”
Monday Balous, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood, competed in the High Performance Hunter division, and scored a 90 in an over-fences class before carrying Kahle to top the $30,000 World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Professional Challenge. The award was designated to be presented to the horse competing in Capital Challenge with the highest score in a professional division. To be considered for the award, horses had to be recorded as bred by an American breeder. The gelding, formerly known as Eros SCF, was bred by Karin Morgenstern Jimenez and Carlos Jimenez DVM of Sporting Chance Farm in Coatesville, PA.
Upper Marlboro, MD – Tori Colvin added another line to her resume as professional hunter competition at the Capital Challenge Horse Show concluded on Friday, October 4, with the highlight $10,000 World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Professional Finals.
Seven of the top professional hunter riders in the country went head to head at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center, with Colvin, of Wellington, FL, claiming the title for the first time.
“This class has meant a lot to me,” Colvin, 22, said. “I’ve been watching it since I was riding in the juniors, and I’ve seen Scott Stewart win it a lot, so to be able to be someone who won it is amazing.”
This was Colvin’s third appearance in the class, and she joined Liza Boyd, John French, Jeff Gogul, Cassandra Kahle, Amanda Steege, and Stewart in the line-up.
Colvin qualified for the WCHR Professional Finals by placing second in the WCHR National Professional year-end standings by virtue of points earned at WCHR-designated shows throughout the year. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the horses that got me here,” she said. Many of Colvin’s mounts in the professional divisions are horses owned by the Ingram family of Nashville, TN.
Riders From Texas and Tennessee Claim Amateur-Owner Hunter Grand Championships at Capital Challenge Horse Show
Upper Marlboro, MD – Lindsey Roberts of Kingwood, TX, riding Snippet, and Martha Ingram of Nashville, TN, aboard Fonteyn, claimed the 3'6" and 3'3" Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship titles on Thursday, October 3, at the Capital Challenge Horse Show.
Sharing the Adult Amateur Hunter Grand Championship honors at the show, which continues through Sunday, October 6, at the Prince George’s County Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, were Ellen Toon on Playmaker and Vivian Yowan on Calou.
Roberts was a bit taken aback with her Amateur-Owner Hunter 3'6" Grand Championship title, sponsored by Finally Farm, which came after she had claimed the Amateur-Owner 3'6", 18-35 championship title, sponsored by The Hallman Family and MerryLegs South LLC.
“This feels like a dream, it truly does,” Roberts said. She and Snippet won all three over-fences classes in the division and took third place in the under saddle for her tricolor honors. “We’ve had a phenomenal year, but to be able to come back east to the Capital Challenge Horse Show and show against the best of the best and have it go so well, it makes it that much more sweet.”
Upper Marlboro, MD – October 2, 2019 – In her first year of competing in the class, young professional Cassandra Kahle of Langley, British Columbia, rode Monday Balous to capture the top prize in the $30,000 World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Professional Challenge, sponsored by The Gochman Family, at the Capital Challenge Horse Show (CCHS) on Wednesday, October 2.
In the $5,000 WCHR Developing Pro Challenge, sponsored by the John R. Ingram Fund, Sara Taylor piloted Noah to the win.
Scott Stewart and Regent topped the $25,000 North American Green Hunter 3' and 3'3" Championship, sponsored by The Wheeler Family. The three classes marked a highlight day of CCHS, which runs through Sunday, October 6, at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.
One of the coveted titles offered at CCHS, the $30,000 WCHR Professional Challenge brought out 33 of the best horses and riders in the country to compete over two rounds.
At the conclusion of the first round, Kahle and Monday Balous were tied for the lead with last year’s Professional Challenge winners, Amanda Steege and Lafitte de Muze, with both scoring 90.33. Kahle’s second-round score of 91.16, resulting in a 181.49 total, put her into the top spot.
Upper Marlboro, Maryland – Twelve professional hunter champions were named on Tuesday, October 1, at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, MD, which continues through Sunday, October 6, at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center.
Earning the first championship of the day inside the Show Place Arena were Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, and Gabriel, owned by JT Farm. Colvin, 22, and the eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding won two Green Conformation Hunter over-fences classes and finished second in the handy before ultimately claiming the Green Conformation Hunter division championship, sponsored by Joie Gatlin – Morley Abey Show Jumping Inc.
“All of his rounds were very consistent; he didn’t get anything lower than an 84 or 85,” said Colvin, who first rode the gelding a year ago at Capital Challenge. “It’s neat to see how he’s come along since last year. This is like a one-year anniversary.”
Throughout much of the summer, Gabriel shows with owner Ellen Toon in the Amateur-Owner Hunters – which Toon will contest with the gelding at Capital Challenge as well – but Colvin enjoys the opportunity to compete Gabriel at Capital Challenge.
Dominic Gibbs Gets the Win in Palm Beach International Academy North American Junior Equitation Championships at Capital Challenge
Upper Marlboro, Maryland – The final national championships of the BIGEQ.com Equitation Weekend at the Capital Challenge Horse Show were awarded to Dominic Gibbs and Eleanor Rudnicki on Sunday, September 29, at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.
From September 27-29, more than 450 riders contested the three days of equitation competition that mark the start of the Capital Challenge Horse Show, which runs through October 6, and on Sunday, Gibbs bested a field of 116 of those riders to win the Palm Beach International Academy (PBIA) North American Junior Equitation Championships.
“It’s really just an unbelievable feeling,” said Gibbs, 15, of Colorado Springs, CO, following his win. “I can’t thank my trainers and horse enough. It’s just incredible to be here.”
Following an opening jumping round, the top 20 riders in the PBIA North American Junior Equitation Championship were invited back to jump a second round in reverse order of their standings.
Morgan Rosia Rides to Victory in EMO Insurance/USHJA 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Final – East at Capital Challenge
Upper Marlboro, Maryland – Eleven new equitation champions were named on Saturday, September 28, during BIGEQ.com Equitation Weekend at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, MD.
Prominent among Saturday’s champions at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center was Morgan Rosia of Germantown, MD, the winner of the third annual EMO Insurance/United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) 3’3” Jumping Seat Medal Final – East.
In securing the victory, Rosia topped a field of 114 entries over three phases of competition, including flat and gymnastics phases held on Friday and a final, jumping phase held on Saturday.
Rosia came into Saturday’s third and final jumping phase in second place with a score of 220, while Sophia Mitchell of Wrightsville Beach, NC, held the lead on a score of 220.6.
With riders contesting Saturday’s class in reverse order of their Friday standings, Rosia was the penultimate rider to jump, and she shot to the top of the overall leaderboard after earning a jumping phase score of 81.90 from judges Jimmy Torano and Steve Wall. That score, multiplied by a coefficient of two and combined with her score from Friday, gave Rosia an overall score of 383.80.
Jacqueline Attwood-Dupont Wins North American Adult Amateur Equitation Championships at Capital Challenge
Upper Marlboro, Maryland – The 2019 Capital Challenge Horse Show kicked off on Friday, September 27, at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, with the start of BIGEQ.com Equitation Weekend and a win for Jacqueline Attwood-Dupont in the North American Adult Amateur Equitation Championships.
Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, Attwood-Dupont, 32, made the cross-country trip to contest the North American Adult Amateur Equitation Championships for the third year in a row, this time besting 22 entries to clinch the victory aboard Black Label, owned by Dorothy Attwood.
“I loved every minute of it,” said Attwood-Dupont, who finished second in the class in 2018 and this year led the class from beginning to end after an initial score of 88.33 shot her to the top of the leaderboard. She then replicated her performance when the top 10 returned in reverse order of their standings for a second round, this time scoring an 88.00 to secure the win with 176.33 total score.
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