By Sabrina Brashares and Kate Pettersen for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Equitation competition continued on Sunday with the ASPCA Maclay taking place in Ring 9. The class was split into Section A and Section B with 34 riders in each section. Eric Krawitt aboard Saludo took home the blue ribbon for Section A, while Natalie Jayne and Bristol Des Tuileries received top honors for Section B.
Krawitt, of Okotoks, AB, and Laila Klinsmann’s Saludo are a new partnership trained by Valerie Renihan. Saludo, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Linton, is currently for sale and Krawitt was thankful to have the ride on him this weekend.
“He is an experienced equitation horse and today was my first time riding him in the ring,” commented Krawitt. “We got off to a great start, and he was super today.”
The class first asked riders to complete a technical course before the top 12 were called back for a flat phase. Krawitt and Saludo stood out in both portions of the class to come out on top.
“I thought I found the jumps well, and everything showed up nicely for me,” said Krawitt. “Luck was on my side today.”
Second place in the ASPCA Maclay Section A went to Chase Finizio, of Boca Raton, FL, and Skyler Field’s Commentator. Third place honors went to Anna Robson, of Dallas, TX, aboard her own Checkland.
Jayne and Coral C Stables, LLC’s Bristol Des Tuileries also caught the judge’s eye to top Section B of the ASPCA Maclay in Ring 9. While Jayne, trained by Heritage Farm, is an experienced equitation rider often seen in the winner’s circle, Bristol Des Tuileries is new to the division.
“He was awesome. I was really proud of him,” said Jayne of the 10-year-old Selle Français gelding by Quaprice Boimargot Quincy. “Andre [Dignelli] has had him for a couple weeks, and this was actually his first time doing the equitation. He is a really nice horse. Hopefully I can continue to ride him the next couple weeks.”
Jayne is currently competing in her last junior year and hopes to make it count. The rider plans on continuing her success in the equitation and is looking forward to the WEF Equitation Championship during Week 11.
“My goals are to keep doing well consistently in the equitation,” described Jayne. “Also it would be great to do well in the equitation class Week 11.”
Cary, NC, resident Alexandra Ryden and her own Vagrant Z earned second place in Section B. Third place went to Augusta Iwasaki, of Calabasas, CA, and Ashland Farm’s Attendu De Lannois Z.
Sunday was the last day of competition for the fifth week of the Winter Equestrian Festival. Competition will resume on Wednesday, February 17, and continue through Sunday, February 21, with hunters taking the center stage for World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week.