In Case You Missed it…. Allison Kilroy Named WIHS Regional Hunter Horse Finals Champion

© Shawan McMillen Photographry

© Shawan McMillen Photography

The WIHS Regional Hunter Horse Finals wrapped up on Sunday, October 26 with Maryland’s own Allison Kilroy earning the championships honors. Allison rode Inside Scoop to win on a score of 80. She trains with Amy and Streett Moore at McDonogh and leases “Tank” from the school. Allison is also the captain of McDonogh’s varsity riding team.

For more on the Regional Finals, go to our Sporting Blog by clicking here.

2014 WIHS Barn Night Winners

Congratulations to the winning stables of the 2014 Barn Night at Washington International Horse Show.  We are proud that, once again, MARYLAND dominated the entries and swept the Barn Night Awards!The creative challenge theme (for videos and banners) was “Equestrian Idol.”  (Were you at Barn Night? For lots of Barn Night photos, visit The Equiery‘s Facebook site!)

Summerfield's winning banner!

Summerfield’s winning banner!

Prizes included a clinic with Olympic gold medalist Peter Wylde, a customized golf cart from United Metro Golf Cart and Dover gift certificates.

The Equiery is pleased to salute our fellow Barn Night co-sponsors:

 

Best Banner Winners Summerfield Farm (Lothian)Share your Barn Night story with us!  Email us at editor@equiery.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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KC van Aarem receives the Touch of Class during WIHS Barn Night with the winners of the largest barn category, Meadowbrook Stables (Chevy Chase, MD)

KC van Aarem receives the Touch of Class during WIHS Barn Night with the winners of the largest barn category, Meadowbrook Stables (Chevy Chase, MD)

KC van Aarem has that Touch of Class

As part of the Barn Night festivities, The Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB) presented KC van Aarem (Wheaton, MD) with a Touch of Class award. KC was a member of one of the winning teams at the 2014 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) in Lexington, Kentucky this summer. 19 year old KC rode her 12 year-old Canadian Sport Horse, Mastermind, on the Zone 3 winning 4-person team in show jumping. KC was presented with her award while posing with Meadowbrook Stables, who had the most people at the 2014 WIHS Barn Night!

The Touch of Class Award honors Marylanders and/or their horses who excel nationally and internationally. The award is named after the Maryland-bred mare, Touch of Class, who won two gold medals in show jumping in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.  For more information about the Touch of Class Award and the Maryland Horse Industry Board, contact MHIB Executive Director Ross Peddicord at ross.peddicord@maryland.gov or phone (410) 841-5798.

 

Jessica Springsteen and Lisone capture Washington’s Wall

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(Watch Jessica and Lisone jump the Wall!)

If the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is known for one class, it’s last night’s $25,000 International Jumper Puissance, a.k.a. “The Big Wall,” presented this year by The Boeing Company and won by 21-year-old Jessica Springsteen aboard Stone Hill Farm’s Lisona after clearing the wall up to 6’10”.

Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY, is the course designer for the jumpers at WIHS this week and fittingly holds the 31-year indoor Puissance record for his win at 7′ 7 1/2” aboard Sweet ‘N Low in 1983. He set the wall for the evening’s $25,000 Puissance presented by The Boeing Company, starting at 5’6” in height, and continuing up to 6’10” in four rounds of competition.

For the win after clearing all four heights, Lisona became the first recipient of a brand new trophy named in Sweet ‘N Low’s honor, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Tober.

The Puissance course began with four fences to clear, including an oxer, vertical and triple-bar leading up to the wall set at a starting height of 5’6”. Five combinations, including
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Maryland will miss…Lynne Vyner Shpak

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Lynne Shpak with her beloved Chief of State (a.k.a. Chevy) and sporting one of her custom designed pieces of jewelry.

On Sunday, October 19, 2014, the Maryland equestrian community lost beloved Morgan sport horse breeder and jewelry designer Lynne Shpak, who was killed in a freak accident while unloading an injured horse. She was 74.

The incident occurred near Utica, New York, where Lynne had traveled with a horse and a cart to help celebrate the wedding of a client and a friend. Lynne would want us to note that it was not one of her Morgans involved in the accident.

Born in 1940, Lynne climbed into the saddle at 4 and never left. She rode hunters and jumpers and broke yearlings at the track. In her early twenties, she discovered to dressage, carriage driving, long distance riding and the Morgan horse. In 1969, she established her Morgan breeding and training farm in Woodstock, naming it in honor of her foundation stallion The Statesman. With The Statesman, Lynne paved the way for the modern sport Morgan. Together they foxhunted, showed successfully through 4th level dressage, and drove in carriage events in the days before combined driving, competing in pleasure and obstacle classes, carriage, and marathon classes. The Statesman was undefeated in this early combined events. Through The Statesman’s bloodlines, Lynne has helped to define the modern Morgan sport horse.

In addition to the horses, Lynne was a well-respected fine jewelry designer, and a regular presence at regional trade shows as well as several Baltimore locations.

Formal services will be held
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Jennie Brannigan Wins 2014 Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI***

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2014 Dutta Corp Fair Hill International CCI*** winners Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda

 

The 2014 Dutta Corp Fair Hill International concluded this afternoon with the show jumping phase for the CCI** and CCI*** national and international competitions. Jennie Brannigan (West Grove, PA) and Cambalda (owned by Nina Gardner) were sitting in second place going into show jumping and jumped clean, putting the pressure on over night leader Boyd Martin and Master Frisky. Martin and Master Frisky dropped one rail and added two time faults to their score moving Brannigan into the winning spot to earn both the Fair Hill Bronze (overall winner) and Gladstone Trophy (Highest placing U.S. rider).

Colleen Rutledge (Frederick) and Covert Rights at the final horse inspection

Colleen Rutledge (Frederick) and Covert Rights at the final horse inspection

Colleen Rutledge of Frederick was the only Maryland entry in the three-star this year and she had a stellar finish to the competition with her homebred Covert Rights. The pair jumped clean and added only one time fault to its score to finish in 14th place overall. Fifty-three combinations started the three-star last Wednesday with the first horse inspection. At the end of the competition, 37 completed.
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Eighttofasttocatch & Forest Boyce capture the Maryland Million!

Eighttofasttocatch101814-MMClassicIt was a banner day for Maryland, as Maryland-bred, Maryland trained and Maryland riden Eighttofasttocatch was the popular winner of this year’s Jim McKay Maryland Million Day, defending his title in the $150,000 Classic in wire to wire fashion at Laurel Park.

The Maryland Million is the one of the most important racing days at Laurel Park with 11 events for runners sired by Maryland-based stallions for combined purses totaling $1 million. The 29th annual event drew a crowd of 18,870 on a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon in central Maryland.

Sent to post as the 3-5 favorite, the Sylvia E. Heft gelding carried Forest Boyce (who grew up pony racing in Maryland) to a driving, 4-1/2 length victory in 1:50.54 for the 1-1/8 mile distance. Concealed Identity beat the rest to finish second, while Turbin was third.
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Maryland-bred Champion Cigar Dies

It was officially announced yesterday morning that the great Cigar, bred right here in Maryland at Country Life Farm, died the evening of October 7 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital due to complications following a surgery. Social media throughout the country has been sharing stories and photographs of this great horse. Many of which can be found on The Equiery’s Facebook page. If you have your own photos and stories you would like to share, please email editor@equiery.com.

Below is the official press release from the Kentucky Horse Park, where Cigar lived out his retirement years.

photo provided by the Kentucky Horse Park and James Shambhu

photo provided by the Kentucky Horse Park and James Shambhu

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 8, 2014) – Thoroughbred champion Cigar died last evening, Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital from complications following surgery for severe osteoarthritis in his neck. Foaled April 18, 1990, the Hall of Fame horse and longtime visitor favorite at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions was 24.

At retirement, Cigar’s career had a total of 19 wins out of 33 starts with earnings of $9,999,815, which was a record at that time. He was voted Champion Older Male and Horse of the Year in both 1995 and in 1996.
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Pimlico, OTTBs and Maryland Take Center Stage Through RRP’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred Contest

Phillip Dutton and Icabad Crane. Photo by Megan Stapley Photography

Phillip Dutton and America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred Icabad Crane. Photo by Megan Stapley Photography

With over 10,000 people voting online, countless videos being viewed, blog reads, social media sharing and more, this year’s Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover was one for the record books, bringing Pimlico and Maryland to the center of the country’s attention and helping to push off-the-track Thoroughbreds to the top of many people’s horse wish list.

The America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred contest paired ten top trainers with ten Thoroughbred ex-racehorses, showing their progress throughout the summer on RRP’s website. The trainers represented a variety of equestrian disciplines, which showcased the versatility of the breed. The disciplines showed were Polo, Show Hunter, Eventing, Ranch Work, Steeplechase, Fox Hunter, Show Jumper, Barrel Racing, Dressage and Pony Club.

The horses were brought to Pimlico on October 5 for a final demonstration of their skills before hundreds of people in the stands, a panel of guest celebrity judges and via live streaming online with more than 5,000 viewers. In the end, it was Icabad Crane, owned by Graham Motion (Fair Hill), and trained by Eventing Olympian Phillip Dutton (PA), who took home the win. The nine-year-old gelding ran third in the 2008 Preakness Stakes and his team of trainers from Dutton Eventing pulled out all the stops for the win including allowing Dutton’s 13-year-old daughter Olivia hack him around the track after Dutton jumped a five-stride line in four, five, six, seven, and even eight strides, showing just have responsive Icabad has become. “He is very adjustable and such a sensible horse,” Dutton said. “The last time he was at Pimlico was when he ran in the Preakness Stakes in 2008, so to give it a go in front of the grandstands says a hell of a lot about the horse.”
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OC Police Horse Benson assaulted twice on Saturday

During the last weekend in September, Ocean City Police Horse Benson was assaulted in two different incidents. According to Delmarva Now, two men, in separate incidents, punched Benson and attempted to grab his saddlebag. Each man was arrested. Benson was not seriously harmed – and we can probably all agree that those men are just lucky Benson didn’t punch back. Surely Benson will receive Police Horse of the Month!

 

 

Remembering the Inspirational Elizabeth Solter

Elizabeth Solter aboard the great Rox Dene in the Regular Conformation Hunter class at the 1996 Washington International Horse Show @alcookphoto.com

Elizabeth Solter aboard the great Rox Dene (owned by Elaine Boylen) in the Regular Conformation Hunter class at the 1996 Washington International Horse Show © alcookphoto.com

by Jennifer Webster, first printed in the October 2014 Equiery

On September 12, beloved hunter trainer and rider Elizabeth Solter lost her battle with breast cancer. She was 47. People and horses loved Elizabeth Solter.  She was able to inspire both to go places and accomplish things–to do things they weren’t even sure they could do. “You never lost your confidence, because she always believed in you. She made you believe,” recalled Hunter (Boggs) Messineo, a Davidsonville native who began riding with Solter in 2005. The two remained close friends even after Messineo sold her horse and stopped showing.

Another client and friend, Cindy Allner (Reisterstown), remembers “an exceptional horsewoman who–beyond her riding ability–loved and respected her mounts. They would do things for her that no one else could get them to do.” Allner also noted that Solter had an “extraordinary ability to teach (to others) what was innate to her.”
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