Going into the Las Vegas National Horse Show, Amy Coretz knew it would be her final show as a junior rider. Coretz, 18, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a senior at Riverfield Country Day School, already had an incredibly successful year, traveling across the middle of the US to rack up championship ribbons and win large classics. She also rode her way to earn the World Champion Hunter Rider award for the Children’s Hunters at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, and attended the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and Washington International Horse Show, earning top ribbons between her two rides.
Coretz leases both rides she has campaigned this season, Don Ramiro, and Sweet Potato Pie. Don Ramiro, “Sven,” was the horse that took her to win her biggest awards this year, and Sweet Potato Pie, “Potato,” is the horse she relies on to give her the confidence she needs to perform best. Both Potato and Sven traveled to the three East Coast indoors that she attended, and then flew to California to rest for a couple weeks, before being shipped to Las Vegas, where Coretz met them Thursday evening of the week-long show.
Friday was the first day of showing for the Children’s Hunters, and ran late, not starting until 6:30 in the evening. She started with a third place finish on Sven, and fifth on Potato, after an uncharacteristic playful side from his couple weeks off between shows. She then rode Sven to win the hack class, and Cece Siegfried rode Potato to fifth. On Saturday, the class ran first thing, and Coretz was in the winning mood. She rode Sven to top both over fence classes, Potato coming second in one of them.
After tallying up the points, Coretz came to the Children’s Hunter 14-17 Championship with a total of 34 points, and also ended up as the leading Children’s Hunter Rider. After putting her awards away, and giving the horses a break back at the barn while the Adult Amateur hunters ran, she pulled both back out to compete in her final class as a junior rider, the NAL West Coast Children’s Hunter Final. The randomly generated order-of-go gave Coretz the number one spot in the order on Sven. The pair set the pace for most of the class with a score of 84. She then transferred onto Potato, and with a score of 81, she was sitting in second and third after Lauren Burke rode Basic Instinct to a first round score of 85.
Coming back in round two, she rode Potato first to an 82, and sat in the lead position all the way until she beat herself on her other ride with an 83. Coretz finished first and second for the second year in a row, Potato being second both years.
For the future, Coretz is excited to compete in the adult amateur classes with Sven, and to bring along a new horse, Mile High, where they will start in the 3’, but hopes to move up to the 3’3” or 3’6” amateur-owner hunters.