By Interns Jordan Cobb, Mackenzie Shuman, Irene Elise Powlick, Dominique Gonzalez, Emma Dubinsky and Olivia Schrager
Small Pony Hunter: Bit of Laughter
Reserve: Rollingwood’s Lemony Snicket
An astonishing year earned Bit of Laughter and owner rider Augusta Iwasaki the Small Pony Hunter HOTY title. The pair started off the year with numerable championship during HITS Thermal, Blenheim Spring, Del Mar National, and ShowPark before heading off to Devon where the pair earned 4th, 7th, and 8th. The pair headed back to California for back to back championships at Blenheim June then were on the road again for KY Summer when they earned the championship. The pair then rode to a remarkable finish at Pony Finals not only earning the win in the overfences for the Small Pony Hunter championship but also for the Overall Regular Pony Grand Championship. After Pony Finals, the pair earned championships at Blue Grass and Middleburg Classic then geared up for indoors. The pair earned top ribbons at Capital Challenge before their reserve championship at Pennsylvania National. The pair picked up top ribbons at Washington International before heading home and handing over the ride to Gabrielle Sokolow to finish out the year.
Annakate Long and Rollingwood’s Lemony Stickit have been a long time pair, and earning the reserve championship in the Small Pony Hunters is among other National HOTY placings. In 2013, the pair earned 3rd in the Small Greens, and in 2014 they earned 7th in the Regular Smalls. The pair started a championship streak early in the year which was hardly broken the whole year. Among these championships include: 3 weeks of GSWEC Winter Series, both weeks of Pin Oak Charity, Spring Gathering Charity, Tyler 4, Germantown Charity, Brownland Summer, and Final Chase with a championship at Zone 7 finals. Long recalled that a win in the handy the first week of Kentucky Summer and a 2nd the second week meant very much to her.
Medium Pony Hunter: Sportin Around
Reserve: Rollingwood’s Stickler
AKA Showstoppers LLC.’s Sportin Around rose to the top of the Medium Pony Hunter division to earn the HOTY honors. Kierstin Antoniadis started the year off with a reserve championship and a classic win at Old Salem December and a championship at Gardnertown Farms January. The pair headed to the Atlanta Winter Classic for the championship and classic win then earned the reserve honors at Swan Lake Winterfest. During the Gulf Coast Series, the pair earned a top prize in the classic and a championship almost every week. Kierstin rode to one more reserve before handing over the reins to Amelia Ruth who showed at Devon and switched off with Antoniadis for the ride during the summer for numerous championships. After Pony Finals, Ruth earned a championship and a reserve before heading to indoors, where she earned an 8th over fences at Pennsylvania National. Ruth rode to one more championship before handing the ride over to Christina Rogalny to finish up the year.
Medium Green and Grand Green, Rollingwood’s Stickler and owner rider Annakate Long, earned the reserve HOTY for the Medium Pony Hunters with championships at GSWEC Winter Series, Pin Oak Charity, Spring Gathering Charity, Tyler 4, Texas Sport Horse Cup, Texas Rose Classic, Southwest Fall, Britannia Farm Fall, Zone 7 Finals, and Final Chase.
Linda Evans’ Dreamland claimed not only the Large Pony Hunter HOTY honors but also Grand Pony Hunter honors. Emma Kurtz started out the year earning numerable championships through pre-circuit WEF, WEF, and post-circuit WEF with Taylor St. Jacques and Hayley Iannotti picking up the ride in the spring. Abigail Brayman then took up the ride for a championship and a classic win at Fieldstone Spring before heading to Devon, where the pair earned 3rd, 6th, 6th, and 7th. Claudia Freeman, Ava Stearns, and Sarah Kessler rode to championships early in the summer until Brayman picked up the reins again for a week of HITS on the Hudson and Kentucky. The pair jumped to an impressive 2nd over fences and 3rd overall at Pony Finals. Brayman picked up 4 more championships before Kessler and Freeman hopped on for 2 successful shows. Brayman rode to an 8th and 11th place finish at Pennsylvania National and 4th, 7th and 7th at Washington International. Kierstin Antoniadis, Freeman, and Brayman each picked up a championship in Wellington to finish out the year, Brayman recalled, “The biggest challenge with Cinco has been riding him consistently since I’m unable to ride him except at shows. He has handled everything so well. He loves to horseshow and never puts a foot wrong in the ring. Being Horse Of The Year with Dreamland this year has been absolutely amazing and I can’t thank everyone enough for such a wonderful year with him.”
Peacock Ridge’s Glynhafen Red Kestral had the picture perfect year to earn the reserve Large Pony HOTY title. Taylor St. Jacques rode to numerable championships during WEF before Farah Rizvi got on for championships at HITS on the Hudson and Old Salem. Taylor St. Jacques took over the ride to bring home the Large Pony Hunter championship at Pony Finals as well as the High Scoring Half Welsh Pony title and the reserve Overall Grand Pony Hunter title. From there Farah Rizvi earned ribbons at the Hampton Classic before heading off to indoors where the pair had a perfect showing earning the championship at both Pennsylvania National and Washington International.
Small Green Pony Hunter: With Applause
Reserve: Clovermeade Razzbunny
Jessie Spade’s With Applause earned the HOTY in the Small Green Pony Hunters. “Colby” picked up multiple championships at the Winter Equestrian Festival with Taylor St. Jacques in the irons. Jessie Spade started riding him by spring, and the pair picked up 2 championships at Tryon Spring, a championship at Brownland Summer, and a championship at Tryon Summer before heading to Kentucky in the summer where the pair earned a reserve championship. ‘Colby’ also picked up the reserve honors at the USEF Pony Finals in August with Sophia Calamari in the irons. After Kentucky, Spade picked up a championship at Aiken, a reserve at North Carolina State Fair, and championships at Tryon Fal;. Spade mentioned that her favorite memory this year was, “Tryon in October. I had my first clean sweep.” Spade mentioned that ‘Colby’ loves to show, “It’s like he knows everyone is watching him. He is full of himself.”
Kyla Sullivan rode Rabbit Hill Farm’s Clovermeade Razzbunny to the reserve Small Green HOTY honors. The pair picked up 14 championships before heading to Pony Finals where they earned 5th in the model, 14th in the hack, and 4th over fences for a 6th overall. The pair earned 4 championships after Pony Finals to round out their successful year.
Medium Green Pony Hunter: Rollingwood’s Stickler
Reserve: Gap Spring’s Heart Desire
Annakate and Rollingwoods Stickler had great success this year with a the Medium Green Pony HOTY spot and Grand Green Pony Hunter honors. A long time ride on the grey registered welsh gave way to numerous championships throughout the year in both the Medium Greens and the Regular Mediums as the pair also earned the reserve HOTY spot in the Regular Mediums. The pair earned the championship all but a handful of times out, and among their many championships were GSWEC Winter Series, both weeks of Pin Oak Charity, Spring Gathering, Tyler 4, Germantown Charity, Brownland Summer, and Final Chase. They finished the year with a double Zone 7 Championship earning the title in both the Regular & Green Mediums. Annakate remarked that one of her favorite wins this year was topping the $5000 Pony Classic out of 20+.
Dale Crittenberger’s Gap Spring’s Heart Desire earned the reserve Medium Green HOTY. Jordan Toering started the year out with back to back championships at Barracks December and January then picked up reserve at Stonewall Country. Devin Seek took the ride for numerous championships throughout the HITS Ocala circuit. Devin remembered, “She came a long way from the beginning. When I first rode her, she hardly knew the point in going around a course, but by the end of the circuit she knew her job and how to deal with mistakes, and we could add style into the round.” After HITS, Jordan Toering took over the ride once again for 7 consecutive championships until Kierstin Antoniadis got on for multiple placings during KY Summer before Pony Finals. After KY, Nina Shilling then rode the rest of the year for a successful finish.
Large Green Pony Hunter: Park Avenue
Reserve: Top That
Jordan Cobb and Park Avenue started on top of the Large Green Pony division and held it throughout the year with numerous championships throughout the year including all 4 weeks of GSWEC Winter Series, both weeks of Pin Oak Charity, Tyler 4, Brownland Spring, Brownland Summer, Texas Rose Classic, Southwest Fall, Britannia Farm Fall, Zone 7 Finals, and Final Chase. The pair also earned the Reserve Grand Green honors. Cobb recalled, “When I first got Parker he was shortly off the boat from Germany, and we were trying to decide whether to show him as a 2014 green or wait a year. If he was “special” we would hold him back a year, and everytime he walks into the ring he gives me no doubt that he is the special pony we were after. I cannot wait to see what the future hold for this once in a lifetime pony and could not be more proud of what he has done so far.”
Emily Elek’s Top That earned the reserve HOTY in the Large Greens. Top That started the year off successfully with Elizabeth Woods during Lake St. Louis, then Grace Egan got the ride for two weeks of stellar Ledges showing. Elizabeth Woods rode again for championships at the Queenie Shows and Tulsa GoShow. Gia Rinaldi then partnered with Elek to earn 7 consecutive championships at Showplace and Ledges. Heading to Kentucky, Gia earned a reserve at KY Summer Classic and a 5th Overall at Pony Finals. Devin Seek took up the ride at Blue Grass earning the championship before Raegan Rast rode for double championships at the end of the year.
Pony Jumper: EZ to Spot
Reserve: Just One Look
Ponies Unlimited LLC.’s EZ to Spot was piloted to many wins by both Catherine Wilson and Marisa Ferrante to top the Pony Jumper standings. Wilson rode to the Team Bronze and a win in the Farwell at Pony Finals, a win at Devon, and Zone 2 Pony Jumper Finals. Wilson recalled, “I was about 10 or 11 the first time I rode him and that was almost 7 years ago. I did everything from my first jumper show to my first finals on him, and this year was my first time at Devon and Pony Finals, and we won a class at both so that was awesome. I really have to thank Donna Owen who owns him now because last year he was having issues, so she asked me to ride him. We worked through a lot, so for this year to go so well was amazing! It’s safe to say he’s very high maintenance but you gotta love him; he definitely has a personality. I’m so proud of him and thankful for everyone on the Ponies Unlimited team who made it possible.”
Owner rider Prime Rose Bonaventura rode to the Reserve HOTY spot in the Pony Jumper on Just One Look. This pair picked up 2nd, 3rd, and 8th at Devon and a 9th in the farewell at Pony Finals as well as championships throughout the year to earn this title.
Small Junior Hunter 15/Under: Vertu
After earning back to back reserve championships and 1st and 2nd in the classic, Annabeth Athey and Christine Binder Man’s Younger Small HOTY Vertu moved to claim circuit champion for the Gulf Coast Series. From there the pair earned ribbons during the Texas High Performance Series and championships during the Tyler 4. The pair then earned a championship during Brownland Summer then went to Charleston Summer and Kentucky Summer where they earned ribbons. They headed back to Brownland Fall and Kentucky National where they took home ribbons before going up to indoors. Athey said “Chester was awesome all year long, but he was really at the top of his game at indoors this year; he handled everything wonderfully.” This proved true as they rode to a 3rd and 4th at Capital Challenge, an 8th at Pennsylvania National, and successful rounds at Washington International. The pair ended the year with ribbons at Zone Finals and a reserve championship at Final Chase.
Annabel Revers and Beechwood Stables’ Kingpin jumped to the reserve HOTY honors for the Younger Small Juniors. The pair jumped to numerous championships during HITS Ocala then moved on to championships during Kentucky Spring Series. The pair earned two 5ths and a 6th at Devon and picked up a reserve championship at Fairfield Hunt Club June before heading to East Coast Junior Hunter Finals. The earned a 2nd and 3rd over fences to finish Reserve Champion Younger Small. The pair picked up a reserve championship at KHJA Show then headed to Pennsylvania National where a win over fences helped them earn the reserve championship. The pair then earned a 4th and 7th over fences at Washington International and finished up the year with two wins over fences for the championship at The National Horse Show.
Small Junior Hunter 16-17: Broadway
Reserve: Cold Case
Morgan Ward and Broadway claim Horse of The Year for the Small Older Junior. hunters with an almost unbeatable year. For only knowing each other shortly they rose to the top of the standings with numerous accolades such as: circuit champion HITS Ocala, top placings at Devon, winner of the WCHR 3’6 junior challenge, as well as reserve at Harrisburg. “When I first got him he was always champion and reserve every time out. I started him the third or fourth week of Ocala and still ended up circuit champion. Me and him have a bond together. We both trust each other so much it’s impressive….Getting HOTY means a lot to me. For my last junior year with my own horse, it’s a big accomplishment.”
Ashton Alexander and Don Stewart’s Cold Case pull out an impressive record to establish themselves as reserve HOTY in the Older small Jr. Hunters. The pair earned numerous championships throughout HITS Ocala then moved on for a classic win and championship at Atlanta Summer. Alexander then piloted him to the Reserve Championship at Junior Hunter Finals east. The pair then earned multiple championships during HITS on the Hudson. They earned multiple ribbons at Pennsylvania National, the reserve championship at Washington International, and the win in the stake at The National Horse Show. They wrapped up the year with two championships at Atlanta Fall. Alexander said, “I would say the biggest challenge was getting him used to being a hunter. He came out of the jumper ring when [Don Stewart] bought him in the beginning of the year. After I finished up my last couple shows with him I can see how much he has developed in his hunter career and how much he has changed since the first time I did them. My favorite thing about him is that he always walks into the ring looking to win; he does not have a mean or bad bone in him. He always looks to please you. My favorite show was WIHS, we ended up reserve champion which was a highlight for me because it was his first time being inside. Kentucky National was also special because I had never won a blue ribbon there.”
Large Junior Hunter 15/Under: As Always
As Always, owned by Mountain Home Stables and Hunter Siebel had a remarkable season for the Large Younger HOTY honors. The pair started off the year with championships during HITS Thermal then moved venues but kept the success with them, earning Championships at Del Mar National Horse Show, Showpark Ranch and Coast Classic, and Showpark Summer Festival, and a Reserve Championship at Blenheim June. As Always then got an outstanding Champion at West Coast Junior Hunter Finals for the Large Junior Hunters 15 and Under. However, As Always and Hunter Siebel were not finished, as they earned top placings at Zone 10 Finals and Reserve Champion at the Menlo Charity Horse Show. To finish up their season, the pair won Reserve Champion at Capital Challenge Horse Show, top placings at WIHS and PNHS, along with a final Championship at the 2015 National Sunshine Series II.
David Gochman’s Fredrick earned the Younger Large reserve HOTY honors with an outstanding season. Becky Gochman rode to success in the A/Os during WEF before handing the ride over to junior Emma Kurtz. Kurtz then earned a championship every week during Post- Circuit WEF, KY Spring Series, Country Heir, and Brandywine Valley. The pair earned the win in the classic round and the under saddle at East Coast Junior Hunter Finals. They then moved to earn champion during both weeks of KY Summer and the championship at Blue Grass. The pair then earned the Grand Champion Jr. / A/O honors at Kentucky National before moving on to earn the championship at Pennsylvania National. The pair finished up the year with a ribbon in every class at The National Horse Show.
Large Junior Hunter 16-17: Wish List
Reserve: Small Affair
Kaitlyn van Konynenburg and her own Wish List earned the Older Large HOTY honors. With tricolors earned almost every week out during HITS Thermal, she started the year stronger than ever. After ribbons at Devon, Kaitlyn went on to win the US Junior Hunter Finals Championship in the Older Large Junior Hunters, and also took the Overall championship. The pair also had top ribbons at the Menlo Charity Horse show, and brought home plenty of ribbons from this year’s indoor shows. “It has been an amazing last junior year with all of my horses, particularly Wish List! I am so thankful for the opportunity to ride incredible horses like Donner (Wish List) and compete at the level that I do. I owe all of the year’s success to my amazing trainer, Traci and Carleton Brooks, my parents, and most of all my fantastic horses who never stop giving me my all. I have had an amazing time being a junior, but I also can’t wait to see what lies in the future as an amateur, and possibly a professional one day.”
Augusta Iwasaki’s Small Affair and Tori Colvin had a banner year earning them the Reserve HOTY honors in the Large Olders. The pair earned 9 championships during WEF and a remarkable reserve championship to Colvin’s other ride, Ovation, in the $100,000 WCHR Spectacular. The pair earned the championship at Old Salem may before heading to Devon, where Colvin picked up the reserve championship to herself once again. The pair earned a reserve at Blue Grass and Hampton Classic before heading to indoors. They finished the year with a double championship at Pennsylvania National and Washington International.
Junior Hunter 3’3″: Quirrel
Reserve: Hey Sailor
Despite being only 7 years old, Quirrel and Tabitha Brown were able to rise to the top of the newly added 3’3 Juniors. The pair earned uncountable championships along the way including a championship at Loudoun Benefit and reserve championship at US Junior Hunter Finals. “I am very lucky to have such a strong bond with my horse. When we show together it’s always a partnership. Squirrel has been such a consistent partner and has always loved showing. Being HOTY is an amazing accomplishment and means so much to me. I never thought it would happen. This horse has been a blessing and I can’t wait to see what next year has in store for us!”
Lekha Ramachandran’s Hey Sailor was piloted by Alex Trolli to earn the reserve 3’3” Junior Hunter title. They started the year with numerable championships throughout HITS Ocala and were reserve champion at Brandywine Valley Summer before handing the reins to Carly Hoft who piloted the warmblood to the Reserve 3’3” Junior Hunter honors. Alex Trolli got the ride again to earn a championship at Chagrin Valley and a championship and classic win at Equifest. The pair earned a championship at Buffalo International before heading to indoors where they finished champion at both Pennsylvania National and The National Horse Show.
Junior Jumper: Hester
Lucy Deslauriers and Hester earn HOTY for the Junior Jumpers after an unstoppable season. They claimed individual Gold at 2015 NAJYRC, U-25 National Championship at the CP National Horse Show, she was part of the Zone 2 team who took Gold Medals for Prix De States at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, as well as Individual Gold at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. “At the beginning of this year I set some goals for Hester and myself. The challenge for us, like any athlete, was to monitor when we wanted to peak and how to manage that. I feel very lucky to have had a number of exciting victories this year, but I think my biggest win was individual gold at the North American Young Rider Championships. With the combination of representing Zone 2 and having the whole week to focus on one horse and one goal, the six days I spent in Kentucky felt very special. Last year I was able to earn the individual silver medal in the North American Junior Championships so to have moved up that one placing and to have done it in the Young Rider division feels like a true accomplishment for my partnership with Hester. Winning HOTY is truly icing on the cake. This award was not something I was chasing this year but it is a great accolade for a very special horse who has been more than exceptional this past year, and I am very honored that he has been recognized in this regard.”
Daisy Farish and Triviant earned the Reserve HOTY in the Junior Jumpers. Farish and ‘Trivi’ picked up numerous championships and classic wins at WEF then went on to earn the classic win at KY Spring before Devon, where they earned the Junior Jumper Championship. Farish recounts, “[It] meant a lot to me because I had always watched older kids win those classes when I was in the ponies for so many years and to then be in that spot after all those years was a really cool experience for me!” From there the pair earned top placings at Tryon Summer and returned to KY for NAJYRC, where they earned a 5th in the Individual Final and the silver in the Team Final. The pair earned a reserve at Blue Grass before heading to Pennsylvania National they earned 5th in the Prix de States Team Finals and 7th in the Individual Finals. ‘Trivi’ is fun around the barn as well, and Farish mentions, “If you ever ask him to stand still he kicks out with his hind leg repeatedly until he gets what he wants! He is a very confident and stubborn horse who will get what he wants and that is why he is such a fighter in the ring! He’s such a fun horse to have as a partner.”
Low Junior Jumper: Nabuco
Reserve: Psychee D’Amour
Owner and rider Sheer Levitin piloted Nabuco to numerous impressive championships and classic wins out for massive numbers during WEF early on in the year. From there they proceeded to earn wins at Old Salem and Kentucky Summer. The pair took 2nd in the American Gold Cup, 9th in the Low Jr. NAL Final at Pennsylvania National, and two 3rd place finishes at Washington International Horse Show.
Sleepy P Ranch’s Psychee D’Amour and Lucas Porter jumped to the reserve HOTY honors for the Low Junior Jumpers. Numerous wins throughout WEF, Kentucky Spring, and Tryon Spring only made way for more success. The pair earned a championship during Tryon Summer then headed to KY Summer for another championship. They finished the year with a win in the 1.35m American Gold Cup.
Amateur-Owner Hunter 35 and Under – 3’6″: Zazou
Reserve: Easy Company
Quinn Larimer rode Nestledown Equine Services, LLC’s Zazou to championships in Atlanta, Aiken, Gulfport, Tryon, Browland, and Blowing Rock. The pair also earned 2nd at Devon, 2nd and 8th at Capital Challenge, and three 3rd place finishes and a 5th at Pennsylvania National.”This year has been absolutely incredible! It was my fourth year with Zazou and everything fell into place. We weren’t even expecting to go to Devon this year because I aged out of the juniors in December and this was the first year with the new point system. But we ended up qualifying and had a great time!. Zazou is affectionately known around the barn as “the hippo” because of his small ears, square nose, and sassy personality. He is currently leased as Junior Hunter but will eventually come home to retire at our family farm. Zazou is a once in a lifetime horse!”
Tiffany Sullivan rode Easy Company to the reserve HOTY A/O 35 and U 3’6″. The pair rode to top ribbons during HITS Thermal as well as championships at Blenheim, Thunderbird ShowPark, ShowPark Summer, ShowPark Racing Festival, Del Mar International, National Sunshine Series, and Las Vegas National.
Amateur Owner Hunter Over 35 Years – 3’6″: Lovely Charity
Owner and Rider Nicole Hiehle and Lovely Charity earned ribbons throughout the winter at both WEF and HITS Ocala, then moved to win back to back championships at Showplace Spring. After ribbons at Kentucky Spring, the pair moved on to Devon where they earned 5th, 6th, 6th, and 7th place finishes. After Devon they earned two more championships at Showplace Spring and a championship at Chagrin Valley. The pair earned ribbons during Equifest and Bluegrass and earned championships in Kentucky in the early fall. After championships at Showtime fall and Brownland fall, the pair took home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd to earn them the reserve championship at the National Horse Show.
Robert Peters and Celano earned the 35 and Over 3’6″ A/O reserve HOTY. The pair took championships at Gold Coast April, Flintridge Classic, 94th Annual Flintridge, Memorial Day Classic, Blenheim June, Blenheim Classic, Santa Barbara National, Showpark Summer, Zone 10 finals, Portugese Bend National, International Jumping Fest, Flintridge Autumn, Del Mar International, Verdugo Hills, National Sunshine Series, Las Vegas National, LA Season Finale, and Autumn Jubilee.
Amateur Owner 3’3″ 35 and Under: Orlon
Reserve: Back in the Game
Margot Peroni rode her Dutch Sport Horse Orlon to the A/O 3’3” 35 and Under HOTY spot. The pair earned championships at Old Salem December, during HITS Ocala, RMI Florida, Garden State, HITS on the Hudson, Lake Placid, Sussex County, Worcester Stables, Woodedge, and Northeast Regional. The pair also earned a 2nd in the $250,000 HITS on the Hudson Hunter Prix, ribbons at Capital Challenge, 2nd, 6th and 8th at Pennsylvania National, 3rd and 7th at Washington International, and two fourths at the National Horse Show.
Rainie Rose and Younger Amateur Owner 3’3″ Reserve HOTY Back in the Game earned top ribbons throughout Blenheim Spring, a championship at Flintridge, and a reserve championship at Del Mar national before heading on to earn a reserve championship at the Memorial Day Classic. From there they moved to earn top ribbons at Blenheim June ending the series with a classic win a reserve championship, and a championship. From there, they earned back to back championships at Snowpark. The pair moved on to earn the Zone 10 Finals Championship and championships at Snow Park, Flintridge, and International Jumping Fest before heading across the country for indoors. The haul payed off as the pair earned an impressive reserve championship at Pennsylvania National with two wins over fences and an 8th place in the handy. At Washington International, the pair earned a ribbon in every round marked by a win in the first class. The pair finished up the year with a championship at the Sunshine Series. Rose recalled, “One of my most favorite memories from this year was when I was in Washington for WIHS showing Back in the Game, or Corey, and after I had come out of the arena my daughter, who had flown in from California to watch, came running and in tears up the ramp for me saying ‘I can’t believe you got an 87!’ and it was just so incredible and moving. The biggest challenge for me this year was definitely that I had only started riding Corey in March so I had to get to know him really quick. I was very grateful for all the support I had this summer, from my sister and my trainer, they helped me get to this place.”
Amateur Owner 3’3″ 36 & Over: MTM Do Right
Didi Mackenzie and MTM Do Right earned the A/O 3’3” 36 & Over HOTY honors. The pair started off the year with championships at HITS Thermal and a circuit championship at the Texas High Performance Series. They went on to earn championships at Country Heir and KY Spring. The pair also rode to ribbons at KY Summer, Bluegrass, KY National, and Capital Challenge. They finished the year with double championship at Zone 7 Finals and Final Chase.
Daryl Portela rode Isalou, Inc.’s Winner to the reserve championship HOTY honors in the 3’3” 36 & Over division. The pair started off the year with numerous championships during WEF then moved on to earn a 2nd, 2nd, and 7th at Devon. From there they took a reserve at Lake Placid and a championship at Manchester Classic before earning top ribbons at The Hampton Classic. The pair earned a 2nd, 2nd, and 7th at Capital Challenge to lead into a reserve championship at Pennsylvania National. At Washington International the pair did a clean sweep over fences to earn them the championship and the Best performance by an amateur award. The pair ended the year in similar fashion with a clean sweep over fences for the championship honors at The National Horse Show.
Low Amateur-Owner Jumper: Zopala
Reserve: X M
Double S Farm’s Zopala earned the Reserve HOTY in the Low A/O Jumpers with Sima Morgello. They started the year with multiple championships during HITS Ocala then moved on to win the Low Jr./A/O Prix at Garden State. They then picked up a reserve championship at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show and multiple championships at the Lake Placid summer series. From their they earned top classic placings at Silver Oak and Princeton September. They finished the year with the Low A/O championship at the Washington International Horse Show this fall, winning the classic. Morgello remembers, “this year at the Washington International Horse Show, standing at the in-gate before our final winning round, she whinnied as soon as the announcer said her name.” She also has a very interesting personality, as Morgello mentions, “At home she is one of the laziest horses I have ever ridden, but as soon as she gets to the horse shows she lights up and is ready to compete.”
Alexandra Duval’s X M earned the the Low Amateur Owner Jumper HOTY honors. The pair ended a successful WEF with a championship and a classic win the last week then moved on for success during KY Spring and Tryon Spring. They earned a reserve championship each week they showed at Tryon Summer as well as a 1st and 2nd classic finish. The pair earned ribbons out of the massive classes at Blue Grass and Split Rock then finished up the year with top ribbons at ESP Fall, SFHJA Charity, and Holiday and Horses.
High Amateur-Owner Jumpers: Qurint
Reserve: Enjoy Louis
Hayley Waters keeps it consistent with Qurint to claim the High Amateur Owner Champion. Since the start of the 2015 year Hayley has put her best foot forward at HITS Ocala taking several first places in the High AO jumpers. At the Tryon Spring Horse Show she claimed first place in the U25 Grand Prix.One of her more recent success was taking home the win in the Vetera XP Vaccines $250,000 Junior/A-O Jumper Prix at HITS on the Hudson. “She had an amazing year and she’s a really special horse. I think we have a great partnership and I am so fortunate to ride her. My biggest win this year was the $250,000 Jr/AO class at HITS in Saugerties, New York. It meant a lot to me because it was the class we had been preparing for all year and everything fell into place for Qurint and I that week. Receiving Horse of the Year means a lot to me because it’s a great accomplishment and I’m very thankful that I have the opportunity to ride a horse like Qurint.”
Belgian Warmblood Enjoy Louis and Catherine Tyree earned the reserve HOTY in the A/O Jumpers. The pair started the year late in April with a win in the High A/O Classic at Saratoga as well as placings in the Grand Prix both weeks. The pair then went to HITS on the Hudson where they earned two Jr & A/O placings as well as a second place in the Grand Prix. A trip to Lake Placid proved successful with a 5th place in the classic and another 2nd place Grand Prix finish. At Lake Placid, they earned a 5th in the 1.50m Classic and a 3rd in the Grand Prix. The pair then flew to Chantilly, France for the Global Champions Tour where they picked up an impressive win out of over 100 in the 1.40m as well as an 8th in the CSI** Grand Prix. Enjoy Louis then went to London for 6th and 12th in the 1.40m and a 3rd in the CSI** Grand Prix. Heading back to the states, the pair earned the 2nd in the $250,000 Jr & A/O HITS on the Hudson Prix. Before going to D.C., they earned a 5th in the 1.60m American Gold Cup. At WIHS, they earned the 2nd in the 1.50m Welcome Stake, then finished up the year with a 3rd in the U-25 Championship at the National Horse Show.
Green Working Hunter First Year By Increment Chart: Social Hour
Laura Strasburg’s Social Hour earned numerous accolades with John Bragg on their way to the 1st Year Green HOTY including championships throughout HITS Thermal, the win in the stake at Devon, and a reserve championship at Las Vegas National.
David Glefke’s Symbolic jumped to the 1st Year Green Money Won HOTY honors. Kelley Farmer piloted the horse to championships during WEF, Country Heir, and Equifest, as well as numerous International Derby finishes including 4th at Camden Spring, 2nd at The Ridge, 8th at Fleur de Lis Classic, 10th at Devon, 11th at Country Heir, 9th at Showplace Spring, 2nd at Summer in the Rockies, 5th at Equifest, and 7th in the Derby Challenge.
Select Sporthorses LLC’s Jus D’o was piloted by Brandon Gibson to earn championships during the Gulfport Series and numerous titles in Atlanta and Brownland along with ribbons at Devon, Upperville, and Kentucky National.
Green Working Hunter Second Year By Money Won: Point Being
David Glefke’s Point Being earned the HOTY honors in the 2nd Year Greens for Money Won. The bay warmblood started out the year with Vanessa Brown during HITS Thermal before handing the ride over to Kelley Farmer during the spring. The pair went on to earn championships and International Derby placings during the summer. During the fall the pair kept up their International Derby record with a 2nd at KY National and a 3rd in the $100,000 Derby. The pair earned ribbons at Washington International and The National Horse Show, but 3 wins overfences at Pennsylvania National earned them the championship in the 2nd Years.
Laura Wasserman’s Boss jumped to the top of the Green Conformation Hunter increment standings and the reserve championship for money won. Picking up late in the HITS Thermal Circuit, the horse earned 4 championships before moving to top the class at Blenheim Spring and a near clean sweep at Snowpark. At Devon the horse earned a win and four other ribbons in the 1st Year Greens, and 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 5th in the Green Conformation Hunters. At Blenheim June the pair earned the championship in both the Green and Regular Conformation Hunters along with an impressive 2nd in the West Coast WCHR Spectacular. From there, they earned a championship at Giant Steps Charity, Menlo Charity and Zone 10 Finals. Before heading to indoors they earned champion at Showpark Summer and Blenheim Fall. Two wins earned them the reserve championship at Capital Challenge while 5 blues earned them the championship at Pennsylvania National along with a win in the First Year Greens. At Washington International, the horse earned reserve honors in the First Year Greens and the championship honors in the Green Conformation with 4 wins. Tosh and Boss finished the year with a clean sweep at National Sunshine Series.
Green Conformation Hunter By Money Won: First Light
Scott Stewart rode Stephanie Danhakl’s Hanoverian stallion to the top of the Green Conformation Money Won standings. He rode First Light to 6 championships during WEF, the championship at Kentucky Spring, four wins at Devon for the championship, the championship at Farfield, the championship at Blue Grass, reserve at the Hampton Classic, reserve at Washington, and the championship at the National Horse Show.
5-Year-Old Young Jumpers: Flashdance
Reserve: Catania Saflo Z
Feyln Farm’s Hanoverian Flashdance earned wins at HITS Thermal, Snow Park, Menlo Charity, Blenheim, and Del Mar National with Jamie Sailor. The pair finished up the year with a clean sweep at International Jumping Fest.
AliBoo Farm’s Catania Saflo Z (Chippendale Z x Landor S) had a stellar year in the 5 yr. old young jumpers with Taylor Flury. Her nickname is Minnie Mouse because whenever she is fresh she will squeal like a mouse. Over the course of the year she jumped 21 rounds with only 1 rail down all year before competing at the World Championships for Young Horses. When she competed at Devon Horse Show, she was the only 5 year old to turn in 2 clear rounds. After such a stellar year in the US, she qualified and was invited to attend, the World Championships for Young Horses at Zangersheide in Belgium where she finished in 4th place in the consolation round out of 160 horses. “Her favorite treat is applesauce, she is one of the cleanest horses in her stall and with her habits, and she is very easy going showing in a loose ring with no other equipment. She is a special mare and I am lucky to have her.”
6-Year-Old Young Jumpers: Cassini du Boy
Reserve: EOS M
Cassie Berke’s grey Holsteiner gelding Cassini du Boy was piloted by Tiffany Hammack to the top of the 6-year-old standings with numerable wins at WEF, Showplace Spring, Kentucky Spring, Ledges, Equifest, and Bluegrass along with earning the championship at Kentucky National.
Patrice Schreiber gave David Beisel the ride on her Dutch Warmblood EOS M to earn the Reserve HOTY honors. The pair earned numerable championships during both the HITS Ocala and WEF circuits, earned top placings during Kentucky Spring and Tryon Spring, a win during Country Heir, a circuit championship a Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, and placings in the American Gold Cup and at Kentucky National.
7-Year-Old Young Jumpers: Vanrock
Vanrock was piloted by David Beisel, Michael Tokaruk and owner Alex Turner to the top of the 7-year-old standings. The Irish Sport Horse gelding earned wins at WEF and HITS Ocala during the winter, ribbons at Country Heir and Tryon, and a clean sweep for the championship at Kentucky National.
Makayla Weber’s Donnaludine earned the reserve championship in the 7-year-old jumpers. David Beisel piloted the horse to championships all throughout the HITS Ocala circuit, a reserve championship during WEF, top placings during Kentucky Spring and Tryon Spring, a win at Country Heir, a circuit championship at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival and wins at Kentucky National.
As rider Kelley Farmer will put it “He’s a winner, and he proves it every time we walk in the ring,” so another HOTY honor in the High Performance Money won and Increment section is one of many accolades for the Kensel LLC’s Mindful. Last year he was HOTY High Performance and Derby Horse of the Year. Mindful started off the year with numerous championships at WEF before moving on to be champion at Kentucky Spring. The pair then headed to Devon where they earned the championship, and Kelley remarked, “He is a very deserving horse. Being champion at Devon for two years in a row was very significant.” The pair also earned the championship at Pennsylvania National for the second year in a row after claiming the reserve championship at Capital Challenge. The pair also picked up the reserve championship at Washington International and The National Horse Show. Mindful jumped to over $140,000 dollars this year with the help of an unmatched International Derby Record. Mindful earned the top honors in 9 out of 17 derbies this year and placed in the 6 others among them being Intl. Derby Finals about which Farmer said, “We were second at derby finals, it was a nice class and good that we were second. He is a great horse and I’m very grateful for everything.”
Despite having barely set a foot in the hunter ring before this year, Avatar Real Estate LLC.’s Dalliance earned the 3’6” Performance Hunter Increment and Money Won Championship even after stepping up to the High Performance in May. Liza Boyd had the ride during most of WEF claiming multiple championships to be reserve circuit champion with the help of Shawn Casady. Kelley Farmer then took over the ride saying, “He’s been a big winner ever since I got him after Florida. The first derby I did with him was Aiken and he was second to Mindful right of the bat.” From there it was only upwards for the pair moving into the High Performance and claiming championships at Country Heir, KY Spring, Equifest, KY Summer, and KY National. The pair’s International Derby record was equally as impressive with numerous top placings throughout the year at Derbies of the likes of Devon, Tryon, Showplace Spectacular, Atlanta Summer and Chicago Hunter Derby. “Lance” also earned a 5th place finish his first time at International Derby Finals. He jumped to the top of multiple prestigious derbies including Genesee Valley and the $100,000 derby. Farmer remarked, “He’s a really good horse and he has been since I’ve gotten him. He’s been a pleasure. He’s handled it well, he’s a quiet horse and a beautiful jumper. He really shines as a derby horse. He’s very deserving of it. and it’s great when my horses get credit for what lovely things they’ve done.”
Peter Lombardo rode 3’3” Performance Increment and Money Won HOTY Tache Rouge to numerous championships during HITS Thermal and WEF for Janie Andrew. Lombardo also earned championships at Blenheim, Zone 10 Finals, International Jumping Fest, Del Mar International, and National Sunshine Series.
Regular Conformation Hunter By Money Won and Increment: Luchador
Reserve: Cold Harbor
Dr. Betsee Parker’s Luchador and Scott Stewart had an almost unbeatable year in the Regular Conformation Hunters topping both the increment standings and the money standings by earning the championship every time out but one, where they earned reserve. The pair started the year in formidable fashion earning the championship each of the 5 times it showed during WEF. They continued on with a clean sweep at Kentucky Spring to lead into Devon, where they placed no lower than 4th in any round to earn them the reserve championship. The pair then earned the championship at Blue Grass and at the Hampton Classic before gearing up for indoors. They continued their championship streak earning the championship at all four indoor shows: Capital Challenge, Pennsylvania National, Washington International, and the National Horse Show.
Parker’s Cold Harbor earned the reserve championship HOTY in the money standings with a similarly stellar year. Hunt Tosh piloted Cold Harbor to the championship the four weeks it showed of HITS Ocala then moved to Tryon to earn the championship there. Three wins at Devon edged Luchador out of the championship at Devon for Cold Harbor. The pair then moved to earn the championship at Upperville. A clean sweep in the 3’6″ Performance earned them the championship at Capital Challenge And they ended the year with a reserve championship to Luchador at Pennsylvania National and the National Horse Show.
$25,000 + Grand Prix Jumper: Rothchild
Reserve: Chill RZ
McLain Ward and Sagamore Farm’s Rothchild claims the $25,000+ Grand Prix Jumper HOTY honors winning over $600,000. The pair earned a 2nd in the $127,000 Prix at WEF 7, a 2nd in the Great American Million during HITS Thermal, a 2nd in the Great American Million at HITS Ocala, a 2nd in the $50,000 Open Jumper Stake at Devon, the win in the 1.60m Prix in Spruce Meadows, and a 3rd in the 1.60m Prix the following week. They then earned the Individual Gold at the Pan American Games. They finished the year with a 4th place at the Hampton Classic in the $50,000 World Cup Qualifier, a 3rd in the Great American Million of HITS on the Hudson, and a win in the $100,000 Classic at National Sunshine Series.
Chill R Z had stellar year despite being only lightly shown through the summer to earn the reserve HOTY Grand Prix Jumper. The 2012 Olympic reserve horse jumped to the top of the leaderboards when he was third in the $1,000,000 AIG Thermal Grand Prix, and skyrocketed to from there when he won the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala. He was also third in the $210,000 FEI Grand Prix of Tryon. Charlie Jayne has been campaigning Chill for 5 years now, after finding out he was a little more than a junior jumper, and after his father, Alex, bought into him so they could keep the horse with their Our Day Farm and Pony Lane Farm teams. “It has been such an honor to own this great horse. It was such a surprise when they qualified to be the Olympic reserve team. I’ve loved owning him and it’s been great working with Jayne’s” – Maure Thatcher, owner of Pony Lane Farm.