by Katherine O. Rizzo
These results are based on the United States Equestrian Federation Zone 3 ranking lists for 2009.
Winning Working Hunters
The highest placing Working Hunter in Maryland for 2009 was Infinity’s End, a Dutch Warmblood owned by Allegra McLaughlin and shown by Timothy Maddrix in the Regular Working Hunter division. With wins at multiple Swan Lake competitions, the Maryland Horse and Pony Show, State College Classic and several other shows, Maddrix and Infinity’s End secured the USEF reserve championship for the Regular Working Hunter division.
Maddrix also rode McLaughlen’s Cardiff Bay to a seventh place ranking on the Green Working Hunter-First Year USEF list.
Ken Krome rode LuAnne Novello’s Winterfeld (pictured) to the ninth spot on the 3’3’’ Pre-Green Hunter list. The young horse had top placings in 2009 at Country Hill Farm, the Upperville Colt and Horse Show and the Maryland National Hunter/Jumper show, just to name a few.
Conformation Hunter Champs
Nora Jodrey’s Wizard earned 636 points this past year with Miranda Scott in the irons. The gelding won at the Maryland Horse and Pony Show, racked up five blues and the championship title at the Virginia Intermont Classic and placed well at the Lexington National Horse Show. All this adding up to a fifth place spot on the USEF Green Conformation Hunter list.
Many Free State adult amateurs found themselves at the top of several USEF lists.
Elizabeth Sponseller rode her own Dubya to the championship spot on the USEF Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3’’ division. Sponseller piloted the Dutch Warmblood at 14 shows in 2009, racking up 818 points. Wins for this pair include Swan Lake’s Indoors Before the Indoors, Bay State Classic and the Halcyon Farm Winter Finale. Sponseller and Dubya also placed well at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.
Cindy Schmidt (pictured) rode her own Surfs Up to win year-end championship honors for the USEF Adult Amateur Hunter 35+ division. The pair completed 25 competitions in 2009 to earn a whooping 2010 points. The highlight of Schmidt’s season has to be the 2009 Washington International Horse Show where she and Surfs Up swept the Adult Amateur Hunter Over 35 divisions, claiming the championship for Local Weekend.
Not far behind Schmidt is Patricia Schindler with 1825 points and the reserve championship for USEF Adult Amateur Hunter 35+. Schindler had a great Indoors season, winning at both Indoors Before the Indoors shows and placing third at both the Pennsylvania National and WIHS with LuvBug.
The number one Adult Amateur Jumper in the country is Maryland’s own Ray Coutley. Coutley rode his own Appendix Quarter Horse Navier Stokes to wins at the North Carolina State Fair, PJA Jumper Classic and the Lexington National Horse Show, among others. His most prestigious win of the year was leading the victory gallop for the Adult Jumper High division at the 2009 U.S. Grand Prix Finals in Culpeper.
Samantha Schaefer (pictured) and Lauren Cortellessa had a stellar 2009 season and each ended the season ranked third in the USEF Junior Hunter lists. Cortellessa rode her own Theodore in 24 shows to earn 1004 points. She was a top finisher at the Quentin Riding Club Fall Show, the Maryland Summer Classic and the Showplace Spring Festival, just to name a few. At the end of the season she earned the third place spot on the USEF Junior Hunter-Small 15 and Under division.
Schaefer won several championships throughout the season on several horses in a variety of divisions. But it was with Garfield, a Holsteiner owned by K & S Show Services, that she was ranked third on the USEF Junior Hunter-Large 15 and Under division. The pair earned division championships at several shows in 2009 including the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and the Maryland Horse and Pony Show. Schaefer and Garfield were also reserve champions at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show, among others.
Kylie Wright is no stranger to championship accolades and 2009 was no different. After a fabulous season in the Junior Jumpers, Wright earned 7880 points aboard Charlie Brown 72 for Silver Glen Farm, LLC. Wright and Charlie Brown 72 won the $1000 Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper High (1.4M) at the USGPL Finals, placed second and fifth at the Winston National Show and fifth at the Pennsylvania National Show. She also won at the Lexington Spring Premiere and placed in the top ten at the Devon Horse Show. The success earned her the USEF Junior Jumper championship for 2009.
Top Children’s Hunters
Alexandra Benjamin and Katie Groomes finished out 2009 in first and second place on the USEF Children’s Hunter Pony-Large ranking list. Benjamin rode Molly Wolfe’s Hakuna Matata in 14 shows to a total of 590 points. She competed mainly in Maryland and Pennsylvania at shows such as the Maryland National Hunter/Jumper Show, Showplace Spring Festival and Mt. Nittany Classic. The pair finished out the season with a fifth place during WIHS’s Local Weekend.
Groomes earned 492 points aboard the Welsh/Quarter Horse Sea Breeze, owned by Lee Fischer. Groomes and Sea Breeze earned the reserve championship at Heritage Acres Summer III and snagged the championship at Hollyhurst.
Other notable Marylanders competing in the Children’s ranks are Kayla Deyarmin aboard her own The Life of Riley and Lauren Ginsbug riding Streett Moore’s Crimson Star. Deyarmin earned 873 points to be named USEF reserve champion in the Children’s Hunter Horse 15-17 division and Ginsburg scored 888 points for the USEF Children’s Hunter Pony-Small/Medium reserve championship.
Number One Children’s Jumper
Kellie Regan (pictured) and Alison Fisher’s Circus Maximus were almost unstoppable in the Children’s Jumper classes, winning the USEF Children’s Jumper championship. The pair sped its way to wins in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. After placing in the top five all winter, Regan earned her first win at the Swan Lake Spring Show. She followed that up with another win, this time at the Summer Kick Off “AA” Show and then again at the first and last Ashley Meadows Farm July shows. Regan finished the season winning the Child/Adult Jumper II 2C NJPHA division at the Snowbird Acres Farm Show in November. There she also placed second in the Child/Adult Jumper II 2.1 division and third in the M/S/NAL Child/Adult Classic.
Pony of the Year
Wilder Mountain Farm, LLC won the USEF Medium Pony Hunter championship with Sugar Cookie, a paint pony ridden by a few different Free State juniors. Sugar Cookie won championship honors and blue ribbons up and down the East Coast, starting at the Barracks January II Show where Sydney Wilder piloted the pony to first place in the Medium Pony Conformation Hunter division.
Brianna Sims took the reins at the Virginia Intermont Classic in February to earn the Medium Pony Hunter reserve championship. Mary Elizabeth Cordia placed third with Sugar Cookie at the Maryland National Hunter/Jumper Show in the Small/Medium Pony Hunter Model class. At the Commonwealth National, Sugar Cookie was reserve champion Medium Pony Hunter again, this time with Ashley Foster in the irons. With Foster, Sugar Cookie also won the Medium Pony championship at St. Christopher’s Hunter/Jumper Show and the Keswick Pony Hunter Classic at the Keswick Hunt Club.
Peyton Smith took over the ride at the Loudoun Benefit. Her highest placing at that show was eighth, but at her next show, Deep Run in Virginia, Smith won the Deep Run Pony Hunter Classic and earned the Medium Pony Hunter reserve championship. Smith added another championship tricolor to Sugar Cookie’s banner with a win at the NCHJA Annual show in Raleigh, North Carolina. The pair also finished 20th out of 131 entries in the Medium Pony divisions at the USEF Pony Finals in Lexington, Kentucky. Smith and Sugar Cookie also had top 10 finished at both the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and WIHS.
The following ponies earned USEF year-end reserve championship awards: Frances Merryman’s Woodlands Lil Bill (Medium Pony Hunter) with Barbara Merryman onboard, Anna Rossi’s One More Time (Large Pony Hunter) and Gay Peterson’s The Loan Roan (Large Green Pony Hunter) who was ridden by Jacob Pope.
Sophia Gali piloted Will Kennedy’s Only Option to the USEF Pony Jumper championship. Sarah Mills claimed the reserve championship riding her own Meadowood’s Oreo No Cream.
Outstanding Open Jumper
Baltimore’s Tracy Magness (pictured) made the top 50 USEF Show Jumping Ranking List. In 2009, she earned 1049 points and $187,300 to be ranked 27th.
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