Compiled by Winkie Motley
The Wheeler Family take home Championships at the recent Capital Challenge Horse Show
Lights Out, ridden by Hunt Tosh and owned by Ceil Wheeler was awarded the North American Green Hunter 3’ & 3’3” Championship and Sallie Mason Wheeler on Whisper was awarded the Children’s Hunter reserve championship.
The win in the $25,000 North American Green Hunter 3’ & 3’3” Championship, sponsored by The Wheeler Family and Radwanski Enterprises, went to Lights Out, ridden by Hunt Tosh and owned by Ceil Wheeler.
Tosh, of Milton, GA, and the six-year-old bay gelding by Lights On earned the win from a field of 33 of the best young horses in the country, qualifying to compete in the championship based on their results in the six Green Hunter 3’ and 3’3” sections offered at the 2017 Capital Challenge Horse Show.Lights Out earned an average score from three judges of 88.33 in the first round to move into the second place position.
The top 12 entries then returned to jump a second course, and Tosh and Lights Out jumped to the top of the leader board with a second-round score of 90.33 for a 178.66 total and the victory. For the win, Tosh and Lights out were awarded the Beverly Brooks Solter Memorial Trophy, donated by Hilary Scheer Gerhardt and Zan Martin Dillon.
“To end up the year here with the win is very special,” said Tosh, now a three-time winner of the championship. “If you look at the past horses who have won this class, they’ve gone on to have great careers. It’s fun to look at the list. I’ve been lucky to win it a couple of times. You get a great group of horses for this class. Hopefully that means Lights Out will have a great career as well.”
Coleman and Smith Earn 2017 The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3* and CCI2* Eventing National Championship Titles
The show jumping phase proved influential for CCI3* competitors on Sunday October 15 at the 2017 The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event, with Will Coleman and Tight Lines claiming the title of The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3* Eventing National Champions. Tamra Smith and Sunsprite Syrius remained unaffected by the challenging show jumping phase to close out a start-to-finish win of the CCI2* division.
In the CCI3*, the leaderboard shuffled to put Canada’s Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High on top as the winning pair of the 2017 The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event. It was a rollercoaster weekend for O’Hanlon (Ontario, Canada), as she bounced from first to second and back on top again with Foxwood High.
Coleman (Charlottesville, Va.) and Tight Lines were crowned The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI3* National Eventing Champions and second overall at the 2017 The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event after a faultless show jumping round left them on their dressage score (46.3) as the highest placed American pair. As the national champion, Coleman will also receive one free, round-trip flight to Europe for one horse from the The Dutta Corp.
“He was magic yesterday on the cross-country. I was thrilled with how he ran. He made it feel like it was well within his capabilities, and today he just tried his heart out,” Coleman said of The Conair Syndicate’s 10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. “I think the horse’s biggest attribute is that he just gives 100% all of the time. He’s not the simplest, but he really tries. As long as you can harness that the right way, you can do some good things. We’ll just try to reproduce it now over and over again.”
Coleman and Off The Record moved nimbly around Sally Ike’s winding show jumping track to finish in second place in The Dutta Corp./USEF CCI2* Eventing National Championship. The Off The Record Syndicate’s eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding avoided jump penalties throughout the weekend for a final result of 49.8.
“Anytime you finish a three-day event on your dressage score, I think it’s a major accomplishment,” Coleman said proudly. “This horse has done it twice this year, which I’m really proud of. There are some things we will try to improve on over the winter. He’s been consistent this year, and that’s something we can hang our hat on.”
2017 Equine Welfare Society and Keswick Hunt Club Hunter Pace
Sunday, October 1st, was a gorgeous fall day and the crowds were out in force! A record 160 riders participated in the 2017 Equine Welfare Society and Keswick Hunt Club Hunter Pace over the five-mile course in the heart of Keswick hunt country at Bridlespur and Tall Oaks farms with thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Kundrun. Funds raised from entries will go to the club and to help horses in need in our community (www.EquineWelfareSociety.org).
HUNT :1st: Team – Rosie Campbell, Amy Savell & Jamie Temple 2nd: Team – Anne Riley & Jennifer Campbell 3rd: Team – Shelley Payne & Darlene Murphy 4th: Team – Sandy & Lizzie Rives
PLEASURE: 1st: Team- Robert Davis, Billy Hill & Randy Hagan, 2nd: Team – Rebecca Yount 3rd: Team – Cheryl Riddle, Budd Riddle & Becky Galloway 4th: Team – Cat Meyers & Buck Jones
JUNIOR: 1st: Team – Joanne Kline, Rory Gudka, Nick Gudka & Fiona Tustian 2nd: Team- Ellie Graham, Caroline Keville & Gabriella Hoarde West, 3rd: Team-Chandra Boylan, Hannah Thomas, Julie Caruccio & Evalina Caruccio 4th: Team – Rachel Jones & Emily Jones
Transitioned from Rescue or Racing: Team – Rosie Campbell, Amy Savell & Jamie Temple