by Katherine O. Rizzo
With the leaves finally changing and the weather cooling down, eventing for Marylanders heats up. Several Maryland event riders traveled up and down the East coast chasing year-end championships, three-day titles and horse trials ribbons in the final days of the 2010 season.
Grace Fulton and FMF Griffin have won all three of their last three starts at Beginner Novice.
The Middleburg Horse Trials
September 25-26 was the Middleburg Horse Trials held in Middleburg, Virginia. There, Kristen Parris of A Deck Above Farm (Mt. Airy) rode Lord Ivanhoe to a 27.5 in dressage and first place in Novice Horse 2.
Katie Wherley of Rock Solid Training (Middletown) took home a second place in Open Preliminary 2. She rode Mr. Indiscretion to a 33.6 in dressage and only added a few time faults cross-country to that score.
At Training level, Louise Foster of Frederick and Lisa Warnock of Hagerstown each won a division. Foster and Along Came A Spyder topped the Training Senior Rider 1 division on a dressage score of 34.1. Warnock rode Constant Sorrow to win Training Senior Rider 2 scoring a 35.9 in dressage.
Also placing in the top three of Training Senior Rider 2 was Claire McElwain of Fulton aboard Que Sera Sera. She placed third overall.
Louise Foster and Along Came A Sypder topped their winning 2010 season with a second place at the Waredaca Training 3-Day.
As well as having a great fall season, Danny Warrington was named Best Coach at the Waredaca Training 3-Day in October.
Flora Lea Fall Horse Trials
While some Marylanders headed south to Middleburg, others went north to Medford, New Jersey to ride in the Flora Lea Fall Horse Trials on September 26. Danny Warrington (Elkton) placed well in several divisions.
Warrington earned second place in Novice Horse A riding Guiness St. James for owner Kelly Stawka. He then won Novice Horse B aboard Dana Stowell’s Bombadil.
Morven Park Fall Horse Trials
After a week of rain, the footing at Morven Park couldn’t have held up any better on the cross-country course but those who had to jump show jumping late in the day on Sunday were met by very deep, muddy footing. Despite the somewhat tricky spots, Marylanders faired well at the Morven Park Fall Horse Trials, October 2-3 in Leesburg, Virginia.
Colleen Rutledge of Turnabout Farm in Mt. Airy rode Shiraz in the Advanced B division as one final prep before competing at Fair Hill International CCI***. At Morven, the pair dropped one rail in show jumping and jumped clean cross-country to place third overall.
Courtney Sendak of Sparks also competed at Morven Park before heading to Fair Hill. Sendak rode Wil’ Ya Love Me to third place in Open Intermediate B and then went on to compete in the CCI** at Fair Hill.
Katie Ruppel and Helios
At Novice, Mackensie Smith of Frederick won a blue ribbon aboard Douglas in Novice Rider A. Laura Pitts of Dickerson rode Honestly So to second place in Novice Rider B. Katie Ruppel of Yellow Rose Eventing (Adamstown) also earned a second at Morven Park. She rode Helios to second place in Open Novice.
Mardi Herman of Darlingtown and Zoe earned a third place in Preliminary Rider.
After winning at Middleburg, Louise Foster and Along Came A Spyder won again at Morven Park. The pair jumped clean again to win the Training Rider B division on a dressage score of 28.2.
Radnor Hunt Horse Trials
On October 9, the Radnor Hunt Horse Trials took place in Malvern, Pennsylvania. The event held horse trials at a variety of levels as well as combined tests.
A pair of Elkton riders came home with blue ribbons at the Preliminary/Training level (Preliminary dressage and show jumping with Training level cross-country). Emily Rzucidlo jumped clean and to the win riding Serendipity in the regular P/T division. Trainer Danny Warrington rode Classico Z for Stephanie Morrongiello to win the P/T Horse division.
Warwick rider Julie Kessler jumped clean to win Training/Novice Rider with Ballycanew.
The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm
Beginner Novice through Intermediate competition took place at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown on October 9-10. Dominating the Junior Beginner Novice division was Grace Fulton of Full Moon Farm (Finksburg). Fulton won the division aboard FMF Griffin on a dressage score of 28.5. She scored just one point higher riding Hillcrest Country Squire and placed second. Brooke Mannix of Mt. Airy rode Summer to fourth place in the same division.
Kelly Shine of Frederick also earned a fourth place at Loch Moy. She rode Sport to a 43 in Open Beginner Novice A. Winning Open Beginner Novice B was D.C. rider Yvette Seger and Finders Keepers.
In Open Beginner Novice C, Nanette Schumaker of Annapolis earned a third place aboard Baltic Devotion. Reisterstown rider Audrey Basler and Gideon placed fifth. Sara Miles of Pocomoke rode Misty’s Rain Drop to sixth place.
Maryland juniors earned all but one of the ribbons in the Junior Novice A division. Leading the pack and in first place was Mt. Airy’s Skyler Decker aboard Nickels and Dimes. She won by nearly four points over Ellicott City rider Casey Muller and Claremont. In fourth place was Katherine Georges of Baltimore riding Spyglass Hill. Fifth place went to Addie Thornley of Damascus aboard Juice Box and sixth was earned by Holly Chase of Frederick riding Snap Decision.
Chaney Taggart of Poolesville and Leigh Oehrig each earned ribbons in the Junior Novice B division. Taggart placed fifth aboard Cowboy while Oehrig rode Lionheart to sixth place.
Topping Open Novice D was Laura Beebe of West Friendship aboard High Roller. Leslie Favre of Crofton placed fourth in the division riding Remington. Kristen Gray of Woodbine and Makers Mark jumped clean to place fourth in Open Novice A.
Seger earned another ribbon at Loch Moy, this time riding Roger Rabbit to second place in Open Novice E. Mt. Airy rider April Johns placed fourth in the division riding Mariah’s Top Dollar. Placing fifth was Lisa DeHart of Silver Spring with Lookndownthebarrel.
Josie Bennett and M-S Reddy Fox
Finksburg junior Mary Ballew won the Junior Training division by two points. She rode General MacArthur to a 30.5 in dressage and for the win. Josie Bennett of Fallston and M-S Reddy Fox placed fifth in the same division.
Mardi Herman of Darlingtown rode Go Gilda to third place in Open Training B. Brittany Meyer of Ellicott City rounded out the ribbons in Open Training C aboard Parker Station. Adamstown trainer Katie Ruppel rode Compass Rose to fourth place in Open Training D. Rose Agard of Boyds earned fourth place in Open Training E aboard Warrie Hill. Nancy Verzi of White Hall was just behind Agard, earning fifth place aboard Journey Leader. Chelsea Eldridge of Frederick placed second in Open Training F riding Slim Jim. Claire McElwain of Fulton rode Que Sera Sera to sixth in the same division.
Jules Ennis of Queenstown had a great showing at Loch Moy in the Preliminary divisions. She rode Walstread for the win in Junior/Young Rider Preliminary A and Findhorn to fifth place in Junior/Young Rider Preliminary B. From Loch Moy, Ennis traveled to Chattahoochee Hills in Georgia on October 28-31 to compete in her first CIC*. There she placed second with Walstraed and fourth with Findhorn.
Jules Ennis and Walstraed
Sarah Bratton of Linesboro rode Aztec Gold to fifth place in Junior/Young Rider Preliminary A. Kristen Parris of Mt. Airy and No Halo Here finished fifth in Open Preliminary D.
Erika Gonzalez of Germantown was the only Maryland rider to place in the ribbons at the Intermediate level. She rode Copper Dancer in her first event at this level and placed sixth in Open Intermediate C.
Erika Gonzalez and Copper Dancer
CDCTA Fall Horse Trials
CDCTA hosted its fall horse trials in Culpeper, Virginia on October 16. There, Lia McGuirk (Bel Air) and Kelsea Blazek (Forest Hill) each earned a third place at Beginner Novice. McGuirk rode Tequila Sonrise to a 38 in Beginner Novice Baby while Blazek and The Lumberjack finished the day on a 33.1 in Beginner Novice Rider.
Also placing for Maryland was Dickerson rider Laura Pitts. She earned fourth place in Novice Rider aboard Honestly So.
Waredaca Horse Classic Training 3-Day Event
In conjunction with its regular horse trials, Waredaca in Laytonsville offered the classic format Training 3-Day with over 40 riders entered in three divisions. The event spreads over four days and included several lectures and demonstrations from the country’s top event riders and trainers. Awards were given through 12th place, as well as special awards for Best Conditioned Horse, Best Turned Out Rider, etc.
Nicole Coffey and Contortionist
Topping the A division was Nicole Coffey of West Friendship riding Contortionist. The pair had a narrow lead after the first day of competition with a 36.3 in dressage over New Jersey rider Devlin Kathleen Murphy. Both riders jumped clean on all phases of endurance day, but Murphy had a few time faults on phase D (cross-country). The pressure was on come Saturday morning while the competitors jumped in reverse order of standings. Coffey jumped clean to secure her first place.
Molly Rosin of Baltimore finished third in the A division aboard Sprite. Also earning ribbons in the A division were Sarah Shearin of Middletown riding Volturno’s Evening Star and Tori Pickett of New Windsor riding Houston.
Molly Rosin and Sprite
Sarah Shearin and Volturno’s Evening Star
The top placing Maryland rider in the B division was Louise Foster of Frederick. After a very successful season at Training level, Foster rode Along Came A Spyder to second place with a final score of 40.5. The pair jumped clean all week and just added a few cross-country time faults to its dressage score.
In the same division, Claire McElwain of Fulton rode Que Sera Sera to third place while Cary Chavis of D.C. rode The Tin Man to fourth. In sixth place was Constant Sorrow, ridden by Lisa Warnock of Hagerstown. Daryl Layfield-Insley of Princess Anne rode William Street to seventh while Carol Danforth of Boyds rode Renaissance to ninth.
Claire McElwain aboard Que Sera Sera with friends and family from A Bit Better Farm
Cary Chavis and The Tin Man
Daryl Layfield-Insley and William Street
The C division was made up of mostly junior and young riders. The top Marylander in this group was Sarah Magill of Kensington riding Sawyer. Magill was in third place going into the final phase of the competition Saturday morning. Unfortunately, two dropped rails resulted in eight points being added to her dressage score of 36.4. This moved the pair down to sixth.
Chloe Brownlee of Chevy Chase placed ninth riding Springtime. Josie Bennett finished 10th riding M-S Reddy Fox.
Mary Macklin and California Comet
Waredaca Horse Trials
In the midst of the Training 3-Day, Waredaca also held Beginner Novice through Preliminary divisions over the weekend of October 23-24. Although the weather was fabulous, and rain free (a curse Waredaca is often plagued with this time of year), the schedule was a bit off all weekend due to the Training 3-Day and some competitors having several rides in the same divisions.
At Beginner Novice, Mary Macklin of Red Hawke Eventing (Damascus) rode her new mare California Comet to second place in the Beginner Novice Horse division. The pair jumped clean and finished on its dressage score of 28.1.
Earning a second in Beginner Novice Rider A was Kaitlyn Capasso of Westminster aboard Treasure. Third place went to Hana Dudley of Owings Mill riding Lady B and Audrey Basler of Reisterstown riding Gideon earned fifth place.
Grace Fulton of Full Moon Farm (Finksburg) continued her domination of Beginner Novice riding FMF Griffin and Hillcrest Country Squire to first and second places again. This time she topped Beginner Novice Rider B. Westminster rider Natalie Sturtz placed fifth in the same division riding Bumble.
Katie Wherley and Godiva Chocolate
Katie Wherley (Rock Solid Training, Middletown) earned second place in Novice Horse A riding Godiva Chocolate. In third place was Courtney Sendak of Sparks aboard Cover Girl. Valerie Vizcarrondo (Blue Clover Eventing, Harwood) placed fourth riding Freddie Mac.
Second place in Novice Horse B went to Molly Rosin of Baltimore riding Rivan. Rumsey Keefe of Sandy Spring placed fifth aboard Tequila Punch.
Leslie Favre of Frederick riding Remington won the Novice Masters class. Mini Gammell of Beallsville rode Prince Buttercup to third place while Jaye Younkers of Potomac earned fourth aboard Shamus Brown. Fifth place went to Kimberly Clark of Upper Marlboro riding My Baby Bird.
Molly Rosin and Rivan
Rumsey Keefe and Tequila Punch
Elkridge rider Elise Bonin and Mr. Moonbeam placed second in Novice Rider A. Addie Thornley of Damascus placed third aboard Juice Box. In sixth place was Kai Bradley of Walkersville riding Promise Ima Zipper.
Madeline Parisan of Rising Sun and Hope to Star earned third place in Novice Rider B. Kari Archambault of Mt. Airy was just 0.5 points behind her in fourth place riding Knickerbocker. Full Moon Farm riders Kelsey Parks Smith and Emily Arches rounded out the top six in the division. Smith rode Louie for fifth place while Arches and On Eagles Wings placed sixth.
Kayle Muller of Centreville rode Giselle to second place in Open Novice. Carly Easton of Sandy Spring came home from college for the weekend to compete Cooperstown Caliber to fifth place.
Kari Archambault and Knickerbocker
Marilyn Little-Meredith and Udonna
Mardi Herman and Go Gilda
Sendak, on her second ride of the weekend, topped the Open Training division with Paint It Black. She was one of only two riders in the division to finish on her dressage score. The other rider to do so was fellow Marylander Marilyn Little-Meredith of RayLyn Farm in Frederick. Little-Meredith recently crossed over from Grand Prix show jumping and placed fourth riding Udonna at Waredaca. Interestingly enough, Udonna was seen the following week at the Washington International Horse Show with fellow RayLyn Farm trainer and husband Ben Meredith in the irons. Danny Warrington of Elkton wrapped up the top six aboard Guiness St. James.
Darlington rider Mardi Herman rode Go Gilda to double clean rounds and third place in Training Horse. With one rail down in show jumping, Brittany Meyer of Ellicott City finished fourth riding Parker Station.
John Secan of Brookeville rode two horses to ribbons in Training Rider A. He won the division aboard Opus and earned sixth riding Two Harbors. In second place was Cherie Chauvin of Silver Spring riding Katchi Kapshi. Lisa Warnock of Hagerstown and Hit and Run earned third place. Denise Connelly of Germantown placed fourth riding Cat in the Hat.
Mary Ballew of Full Moon Farm led the Training Rider B division from start to finish. She and General MacArthur put in clean jump rounds to add yet another blue ribbon to their collection. Clare Gottsch of Glencoe placed sixth in the same division riding Serendipity.
Alexandra MacLeod of Chevy Chase and her new mount Railroad Man Jim jumped clean to win Open Preliminary A. Keefe and Gmork placed fourth, also jumping clean. Beth Wheeler of Harwood and Uncle Fred earned second place in Preliminary Rider.
Beth Wheeler and Uncle Fred
Rumsey Keefe and Gmork
Area II Novice and Training Championships
The Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington, Virginia held the Area II Novice and Training level championships along with its regular horse trials on October 29-31.
Maryland juniors took the champion and reserve champion spots at the Novice level. Kelsey Parks Smith of Catonsville and Emily Arches of Elkridge, both training out of Full Moon Farm, earned the top two spots. In fact, the pair tied for first place on a dressage score of 35. In the end, Smith and Louie were closer to optimum time on cross-country and were awarded the win. Arches settled for second riding On Eagles Wings.
Kelsey Parks Smith and Louie
Emily Arches and On Eagles Wings
Carolyn Oehrig of Woodbine rode Lionheart to fifth place and Casey Muller of Ellicott City and Claremont placed 10th.
In the Open Novice Championship division, Leslie Favre of Frederick was the top Maryland rider. She and Remington scored a 25 in dressage but dropped a rail in show jumping to place third overall. Beth Mueller of Bethesda rode Rave Review to clean jumping rounds to place fifth. April Johns of Mt. Airy also jumped clean, riding Mariah’s Top Dollar to finish ninth.
Laura Pitts of Dickerson placed 16th aboard Honestly So. West Friendship rider Laura Beebe rode High Roller to 18th place.
Silver Spring rider Cherie Chauvin scored a 35.5 in dressage aboard Katchi Kapshi to place third in the Training Championship division. Finksburg junior Mary Ballew placed fourth riding General MacArthur.
Virginia Horse Trials
Competing over the same weekend in the Virginia Horse Trials were a few more Marylanders.
Grace Fulton and FMF Griffin won their third division in a row on a final score of 41.6. The pair topped Beginner Novice Horse A. Liza Horan, who summers at Southwind Farm in Damascus, rode Truckee Bash to third place in Beginner Novice Horse B.
Nanette Schumaker of Annapolis captured the blue in Beginner Novice Rider aboard Baltic Devotion.
Also winning at Virginia was Lia McGuirk of Bel Air. She rode Aerial to first place in Training Rider C.
More Photos of Maryland Riders
Sam Hellerman and Landon Calrissian
Ashley Beheler and Noblesse Oblige
Kate Chadderton and Queen of Phoeba
Stephen Fulton and FMF Ides of March
Melissa Smith and Smarty
Sharon Ossi and Cappy
Kristen Parris and Always Fancy
Beth Sokhol and Buckaroo
Savannah Fulton and Sweet Talkin’ Dillon
Maddi Fleit and Hail To Flight
Kathy Savory and Brandenburg’s Andromeda
Lexi Cindric and Sesame Street
The Equiery welcomes your sport stories and photos! Stories and photos will not immediately appear online, but will be reviewed by the editor and publisher for appropriateness and will be considered for either online posting or printing in an upcoming print issue, or both. Send pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org . The Equiery reserves the right to edit comments or letters that are published in print or online.