Jumper’s Creek Farm Takes Zone 2 Hunter Finals by Storm

Huntington, NY-November 4, 2014 – Whether it be hunters, jumpers or equitation, Jumper’s Creek Farm located at Stanhope Stables has the ability to take you to the highest level of competition. Owners Jessica and Danny Santolaya bring over 20 years of equine experience to the beautiful facility in Huntington, New York, and their expertise shows in the top results achieved by their students.

“We had three students who wanted to qualify for the USHJA Zone 2 Hunter Finals this year, and all three made it.” Jessica Santolaya said.

Ava Caputo with Saltwood Tuscany’s owner, Erica Robinson, and trainers
Jessica and Danny Santolaya. Photo by Trey Talbott / CreeksideFoto.com.

Ava Caputo rode Saltwood Tuscany to the Small/Medium Pony Hunter Championship and the Grand Pony Championship, and she was also awarded Best Child Rider on a Pony. Jessica and Danny Santolaya received the Best Trainer Award for the Children’s Small/Medium Pony Hunter division.

Santolaya added, “It was an amazing moment as a trainer to have all three qualify for Zone Finals, but to then have Ava Caputo win champion along with grand champion and receive the Best Child Rider on a Pony award really was incredible to be a part of.  There were lots of happy tears!”

Their success didn’t stop there, as Anna Dolgon-Krutolow on Espoir HL in the younger Children’s Hunter Horse and Lindsey Cowden on Effervescent in the Children’s Large Pony Hunters also had nothing short of incredible rides at the Zone 2 Hunter Finals. On the following weekend, the Jumper’s Creek team headed to the PHA National Finals and racked up good results there as well.

“Anna Dolgon-Krutolow on Espoir HL in the Children’s Hunter Horse, Ava Caputo with Saltwood Tuscany in the Children’s Small/Medium Ponies and then Ava Girdusky with Rosmel’s Stellar in the Small/Medium Ponies all had great trips and great ribbons at the PHA National Finals. We are so proud of them all,” Santolaya said.

Ava Girdusky with Rosmel’s Stellar and Ava Caputo with Saltwood Tuscany at the PHA National Finals. 

To further their riding school, Jumper’s Creek at Stanhope Stables is always looking for new training opportunities for their students. Danny and Jessica are big believers in continuing their education and have done so by training with celebrated riders such as Anne Kursinski, Elisa Shapiro, Lendon Gray and Rene Tebbel.

“This past year, my husband trained under Rene Tebbel for two months over in Germany,” Santolaya said. “We bought three young horses while in Germany and are hoping to do a lot more importing of horses. When some of our riders are coming off the ponies, we are hoping to have a nice selection of quality show horses for them to move up to.”

Although there are numerous equestrian facilities with success in mind, Jumper’s Creek at Stanhope Stables sets themselves apart from the competition by sticking to the old fashioned values of hard work and responsibility.

“The kids come and get their ponies ready,” Santolaya said. “They’re expected to have their ponies clean with the right saddle pads and the right wraps. They all do it themselves. They all pack their trunks for the shows and get their own ponies ready. It is just old school hard work, and I think a lot of places have moved away from that.”

Ava Caputo and Saltwood Tuscany at the Zone 2 Hunter Finals.
Photo by Trey Talbott / CreeksideFoto.com.

She believes that putting in the extra time and effort gives her students a competitive edge.

“It builds great sportsmanship and a great attitude in the ring,” she explained. “Like in any sport, riders will have the occasional bad day.  At the end of a bad day, instead of coming back and saying it was a horrible day, they acknowledge the mistake they made, and they work to fix it the next time. It’s positive attitude and hard work. It has truly paid off for them.”

The students’ work has certainly been made clear through their results in the show ring, and they plan on continuing their streak at many upcoming competitions throughout the United States, including USEF Pony Finals, Marshall Sterling Finals, Zone Finals, Harrisburg and Devon.

Be on the look out for Jumper’s Creek Farm at your next equestrian competition. To learn more about Jessica and Danny Santolaya, visit http://jumperscreek.com/Trainers.php  For more information about Jumper’s Creek at Stanhope Stables, click here