Isabelle Ehman and San Pedro 15 Receive Grand Junior Hunter Championship at Pennsylvania National Horse Show

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Isabelle Ehman and San Pedro 15. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

By Randolph PR for Pennsylvania National Horse Show

Harrisburg, PA – Following two days of intense competition for junior hunters at the 76th annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Isabelle Ehman and San Pedro 15 emerged victorious as the Grand Junior Hunter Champions, sponsored by Ox Ridge. 

Ehman swept the competition in the Large Junior Hunter 3’6” – 15 and Under division after piloting San Pedro 15, owned by Don Stewart, to the top position in two of three over-fences classes and securing a second place in the under saddle. 

“I can’t believe this; it’s crazy,” said Ehman. “I came this week with no expectations of winning considering this is only [San Pedro’s] second indoors and my first time doing the Junior Hunter 3’6” division finals. I really just wanted to lay down a few nice rounds and have a good experience.”

Ehman and San Pedro 15’s performance earned them the Ovation Perpetual Trophy, donated by Dr. Betsee Parker. The duo were then also named the recipients of the PNHS High Point Large Junior Hunter Trophy, sponsored by Don Stewart Stables.

“When we first got him, San Pedro was supposed to be my junior jumper mount, but he just had a certain style and way of going that made him so beautiful to watch, so we turned him into a hunter,” Ehman explained. “Every aspect of his jumper career has really helped the transition; he’s got so much scope so I can allow him to have a nice, long canter and know he will make a good jump out of it. He is able to jump from anywhere and cover anything up.” 

Isabelle Ehman with Don Stewart, Jose Cruz, and Stevie Hayes. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Much to Ehman’s surprise, she added the title of Pennsylvania National Horse Show Junior Hunter Rider 3’6” Sportsmanship Award recipient to her achievements of the day.. 

“The sportsmanship award means a lot to me,” Ehman enthused. “I always try to put my best foot forward and to be in a good mood, but I don’t ever expect to be rewarded for it. It means a lot that it’s been noticed.”

San Pedro 15’s performance also earned groom Jose Cruz the Junior Hunter Grand Championship Grooms Award, sponsored by the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation; trainer and owner Don Stewart accepted the Grand Junior Hunter Trainer’s Award as well as the Michael Rheinheimer Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Amanda Lyerly. 

Friday, October 14 at the PNHS was a busy one as each junior hunter division determined its champions and awarded a variety of affiliated trophies and awards, including the following:

Augusta Iwasaki won the Best Junior Rider on a Horse title, sponsored by Elvenstar. For the honor, Iwasaki received the Maxine Best Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by the Shahinian Family.

Madeline Rubin and Nuff Said won the Claire Mawdsley Scholarship Award (Small Junior). 

Kellsey Stern and FF Calcutta won the Claire Mawdsley Scholarship Award (Large Junior). 

The EMO High Five Award came down to a tie between Augusta Iwasaki on Montauk and Madeline Brooks on Captain Jack with matching scores of 89.

Bikoff Equestrian Junior Hunter 3’6” Champions 

Clara Propp and Inquisitive won the Small Junior Hunter Championship 3’6” – 15 and Under, sponsored by Ox Ridge, and the Dr. Betsee Parker Perpetual Trophy, donated by Dr. Betsee Parker.  

Isabelle Ehman and San Pedro 15 won the Large Junior Hunter Championship 3’6” – 15 and Under, sponsored by Don Stewart Stables, and the Irene L. Armstrong Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by the Bedard Family. Ehman and San Pedro also received the High Point Large Junior Hunter award, sponsored by Don Stewart Stables, for which they were presented the Large Junior Hunter Perpetual Trophy, donated by the PNHS Board of Directors.

Augusta Iwasaki and Bond won the Small Junior Hunter Championship 3’6” – 16 & 17 and the Tindle Perpetual Trophy, donated by the Robert D. Haas Family. Iwasaki and Bond also received the High Point Small Junior Hunter award, for which they were awarded the Huntland Derby Perpetual Trophy. 

Augusta Iwasaki and Montauk won the Large Junior Hunter Championship 3’6” – 16 & 17 and the John Bryner, Jr. Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by the Bedard Family. 

Augusta Iwasaki and Bond won the High Point Small Junior Hunter, sponsored by Geraldine Nesbitt, and the Huntland Derby Perpetual Cup, donated by Dr. Betsee Parker. 

3’3” Junior Hunter Champions

Royal Chanel and Jordyn Scelsa won the Large Junior Hunter Championship 3’3” – 16 & 17.

Caroline Signorino and Gramercy won Small Junior Hunter Championship 3’3” – 16 & 17 

Madeline Brooks and Captain Jack won the Small Junior Hunter Championship 3’3” – 15 and Under and the PNHS Small Junior 3’3” Junior Hunter Perpetual Trophy, donated by the PNHS Board. 

Ellie Sadrian and Wonderous won the Large Junior Hunter Championship 3’3” – 15 and Under and the PNHS Large Junior Hunter 3’3” Junior Hunter Perpetual Trophy, donated by the PNHS Board. 

Andrea Hilliard won the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Junior Hunter Rider 3’3” Sportsmanship Award.

Groom’s Awards

Krista Goosen won the Small Junior Hunter Championship – 15 and Under Groom’s Award

Jose Cruz won the Large Junior Hunter Championship – 15 and Under Groom’s Award.

Oscar Gonzalez won the Small Junior Hunter Champion 16-17 Groom’s Award.

Luis Rodriguez won the Large Junior Hunter Championship 16-17 Groom’s Award. 

Eric Salvatore won the Small Junior Hunter Champion 3’3” 16-17 Groom’s Award.

Gerardo Calavilio won the Large Junior Hunter Champion 3’3” 16-17 Groom’s Award.

Anna Schierholz won the Small Junior Hunter Champion 3’3” 15 and Under Groom’s Award.

Armando Hernandez won the Large Junior Hunter Champion 3’3” 15 and Under Groom’s Award. 

For a full list of Friday’s hunter awards, visit pnhs.showmanagementsystem.com


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