Caroline Ingalls and Concerto in Perfect Harmony to Win the Amateur Owner Hunter Challenge, presented by USHJA Zone 10

Caroline Ingalls and Concerto with Cheryl Wheaton from Blenheim EquiSports

July 22, 2019 – Del Mar, CA – From the USHJA National Hunter Derby to the Markel Insurance 1.45m Grand Prix in the indoor on Friday and Saturday evenings, and the hunters galloping in the sunshine on the Grand Prix field, the Showpark Summer Festival was a superb summer event. This week, the expansive grass field was host to a new challenge, presented by USHJA Zone 10 , featuring Amateurs in the rated divisions at 3’3”, and 3’6”, and also the 3’0” Amateur Owner Hunters, presented by Outdoor Outfitters of CA. All gathered on Saturday and Sunday for division competition, as well as hunter classics and special awards. Certainly a weekend to remember for Amateur rider Caroline Ingalls aboard Concerto, the pair were unstoppable to earn the Grand Champion honors. Claiming the Grand Reserve Champion honors was Call Me Maybe and Mark Miness.

Caroline Ingalls aboard Concerto

3’6” Amateur Owner Hunters

In the pinnacle Amateur Owner division, it was Ingalls and Concerto who dominated, winning every class and earning a perfect 40 points. By doing so they also claimed the aforementioned Grand Hunter Championship, presented by USHJA Zone 10, out of the two rated Amateur Owner divisions. The pair had a very successful week, also taking a reserve championship in the USHJA National Hunter Derby on Friday night under the lights of the indoor.

The reserve championship honors were taken by Paige Junker and Duet, who consistently placed in the top of the division.
In the 3’6” Amateur Owner Challenge, presented by Marshall & Sterling , Ingalls and Concerto took home the lion’s share of the prizes yet again. With scores of 84 and 87 points, they showcased another two beautiful rounds to take the win, a fitting end to a wonderful week.

Second place prizes went to Lindsey Schiefelbein and her new ride Prestige, who posted scores of 86 and 80 points to take the red rosette. Rounding out the top three were Bayou and Michelle Filanc, who received scores of 80 and 83 points to take home the yellow ribbon.

Mark Minnes aboard Call Me Maybe

3’3” Amateur Owner Hunters

In the Balmoral Farm sponsored 3’3” Amateur Owner Hunter division, Mark Miness and his longtime partner Call Me Maybe, owned by Glen Haven Farm LLC, posted two wins in the division and consistent placings in the other two classes to earn 30 points and the division championship. Miness and Call Me Maybe received the Reserve Grand Championship honors out of the 3’3” and 3’6” Amateur Owner Hunter sections.

Sybil Rose also rode her longtime partner HLF Wanderlust, owned by the Homestead Lane Farm, to first and second places in the division to earn 17 points and the reserve championship in the division.

In the 3’3” Hunter Challenge, presented by Callidae , ten horse and rider combinations took the grass field, and Rose came out on top with HLF Wanderlust. The duo posted 88 points in the first round, followed by 78 points in the second round to take 166 points and the win.

Chelsea Samuels and Adele, owned by Woodvale, posted scores of 84 and 78 points to take the second-place ribbon. Caren Kelley and her own Leonetti rounded out the top three, earning scores of 77 and 82 points.

Tonia Cook Looker and Deja Blue

3’0” Amateur Owner Hunters

The 3’0” Amateur Owner Hunter division, presented by Outdoor Outfitters, consisted of three over fences classes and an under saddle. With three wins in the division and a second-place in the under saddle, Tonia Cook Looker and Deja Blue, owned by Lexie Looker, dominated the division and earned 36 points to take the championship.

“This was DJ’s first time showing out on the grass, and he exceeded all of our expectations. As a six-year-old hunter, this is his first year showing and he has come such a long way in under a year. Showing with him out here on the grass field was a blast and we’re grateful to Blenheim EquiSports for holding the AO Hunter Challenges,” Cook Looker beamed.

Finishing the division in the reserve champion spot, Julie Taft rode her own horse Valentin to consistent placings in all four classes and a total of twelve points.

Sunday afternoon brought the 3’0” Hunter Challenge, presented by Outdoor Outfitters. Nine entries took the field, and Deja Blue took the blue yet again with Cook Looker. The pair came into the second-round sitting in second place with a score of 84 points, and their beautiful second round provided a score of 86 points and a total of 170 to take the win.

The second-place ribbon went to Dot Com and Lexie Looker, who cantered around the first round effortlessly to earn 86 points, and provided another beautiful second round to earn 83 points, a total of 169, and a very close second-place finish overall. Looker also rounded out the podium with her other mount, Wilten’s Bubblegum, who earned scores of 81 and 84 points, and a total of 165.

Division Champions as well as the Grand and Reserve Grand Champions received scrim sheets, provided by Outdoor Outfitters, as well as beautiful ribbons. Winners also received neck sashes, beautiful pewter trays, and lavish ribbons presented by USHJA Zone 10.


Place – Horse – Rider – Owner – Point Total

Overall Grand Champion – Concerto – Caroline Ingalls – Caroline Ingalls – 40

Overall Reserve Grand Champion – Call Me Maybe – Mark Miness – Glen Haven Farm LLC – 30

3’6” Amateur Owner Hunter

Champion – Concerto – Caroline Ingalls – Caroline Ingalls – 40

Reserve Champion – Duet – Paige Junker – Paige Junker – 10

3’3” Amateur Owner Hunter

Champion – Call Me Maybe – Mark Miness – Glen Haven Farm LLC – 30

Reserve Champion – HLF Wanderlust – Sybil Rose – Homestead Lane Farm – 17

3’0” Amateur Owner Hunter

Champion – Deja Blue – Tonia Cook Looker – Lexie Looker – 36

Reserve Champion – Valentine – Julie Taft – Julie Taft – 12

3’6” Amateur Owner Hunter Challenge

1 – Concerto – Caroline Ingalls – Caroline Ingalls – 171

2 – Prestige – Lindsey Schiefelbein – Lindsey Schiefelbein – 166

3 – Bayou – Michelle Filanc – Michelle Filanc – 163

4 – Ciacolini – Sybil Rose – Homestead Lane Farm – 156

5 – KF pretty Much – Kristian Lupinski – Kristian Lupinski – 149

6 – Duet – Paige Junker – Paige Junker – 138

7 – Calandra – Megan Kerpsack – Megan Kerpsack – 136

8 – Verdict – Lindsey Schiefelbein – Lindsey Schiefelbein – 125

3’3” Amateur Owner Hunter Challenge

1 – HLF Wanderlust – Sybil Rose – Homestead Lane Farm – 166

2 – Adele – Chelsea Samuels – Woodvale – 162

3 – Leonetti – Caren Kelley – Caren Kelley – 159

4 – Twinkle Toes – Irene Neuwirth – Irene Neuwirth – 155

5 – Berlin – Camille Burdick – Camille Burdick – 154

6 – Landillo – Deebie Symmes – Deebie Symmes – 149

7 – Legato – Jennifer Mclean – Nicole Callinan – 125

8 – Godiva – Gabriella Cinquini – Del Cielo LLC – 104

3’0” Amateur Owner Hunter Challenge

1 – Deja Blue – Tonia Cook Looker – Lexie Looker – 170

2 – Dot Com – Lexie Looker – Lexie Looker – 169

3 – Wilten’s Bubblegum – Lexie Looker – Lexie Looker – 165

4 – Casallo – Amy Concha – Amy Concha – 152

5 – Valentin – Julie Taft – Julie Taft – 144

6 – Taboo – Pam Theodosakis – Pam Theodosakis – 135

7 – Kaspar – Pam Theodosakis – Pam Theodosakis – 134

8 – Easy Street HU – Jennifer Elliott – Double Down Farm LLC – 122

Photos by  Captured Moment Photography