State Horse Show Celebrates Biggest Year Yet
NJMay 12, 2003 The 52nd edition of the Garden State
Horse Show, held April 30-May 4, celebrated a record 1151 entries
during its five days at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta,
NJ. The impressive turnout was also reflected in the $50,000 Garden
State Grand Prix, presented by Junior Essex Troop, held on Saturday,
May 3. Thirty entries vied for the prize money with some of the
nations best show-jumping riders and horses competing.
the class was Chris Kappler of Flemington, NJ, who won the Grand
Prix riding Profox. The pair was the final team to tackle the jump-off
course and they posted a winning time of 32.043 seconds. Profox
was one of ten horses to jump clean over the Anthony DAmbrosio-designed
first-round course. Kappler also piloted two others in the second
round Rafiki and Korina.
battle for the blue came down to Kappler and McLain Ward of Brewster,
NY. Ward rode Galant and Onyx 66 in the jump-off, and it was Galant
who put the heat on Kappler as he posted a time of 32.523 seconds
and jumped into the lead just moments before Kappler returned as
the last to go.
kids lethal, said Kappler referring to Wards speed
and accuracy. Kappler knew he needed to cut time and ride a faster
track than he did on Korina. Sitting in the second and third position
he had nothing to lose.
win at Garden State was the first big grand prix win for Profox,
a ten-year-old Rhinelander owned by Jorgen Winroth.
also picked up ribbons earlier in the week. Kappler and the 2001
winner of the Garden State Grand Prix, Nona Garson, were part of
a three-way tie for the Modified Jumper championship. Kappler and
Garson each won a class riding Profox and Rhythmical, respectively.
The third rider involved in the tie was another USET veteran Laura
Chapot, who was riding Green Card.
also won two classes in the low preliminary division aboard Jewels
Titanium to take the division championship. Jewels Titanium
is owned by Michael Morrone and Equisport. Morrone found and imported
the young bay stallion for Kappler to show. Jewels Titanium
is now seven years old and was started on the Florida circuit.
the lower jumper divisions, the Marshall & Sterling childrens
and adult jumper classes drew the top childrens and adult
riders who are competing for year-end points. These classes were
also North American League (NAL) events. The NAL runs season-long
series in six hunter and jumper divisions Childrens
Hunter, Childrens Jumper, Adult Hunter, Adult Jumper, Pony
Jumper, and Open Jumper Speed. Each series culminates with a championship
final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA,
in October. Riders need not be members of the NAL to compete in
any qualifying classes, but only current members earn points toward
year-end finals. For more information and a list of qualifying competitions
for 2003, please visit the Ryegate Show Services website at www.Ryegate.com.
Garden State, the winner of the adult class was Sean Finn riding
Kylemore Kid, a seven-year-old Irish sport horse. In his second
year at Garden State, Finn said this win is the best so far in his
career with this horse. Finn, of Smithtown, Long Island, trains
with Debbie and Marty deLeyer.
the childrens NAL jumper class, Francesca Bolfo, 13, of New
York, NY, rode her horse LaBaron to the blue ribbon. Bolfo topped
the field of 32 and beat out the six who qualified for the jump-off
by jumping a double clear round in 31.675 seconds. The young rider
was one of only two who posted a double clear. Bolfo trains with
Jeff Cook at Hunterdon in Pittstown, NJ.
Marshall & Sterling Adult Hunter class was won by Melissa Feller,
19, of Mendham, NJ. She topped the two-round $500 class riding Tammy
Craig-Smiths horse Rumors Fly. In addition to picking up the
blue ribbon in the Marshall & Sterling class, she also collected
the younger adult amateur championship as well as the grand champion
ribbon in the adult division.
a Marshall & Sterling class is nothing new for Feller who finished
first last year at Garden State in the Marshall & Sterling Childrens
Hunter class aboard her own horse Imported. Feller and Imported
also took home the Marshall & Sterling Childrens Hunter
Championship held at the Capital Challenge Horse Show last October.
into the adult amateur division has clearly been a smooth transition
for Feller. She and Imported had a successful horse show at Garden
State, taking home the second place in the adult amateur Marshall
& Sterling class and picked up three thirds, a second, and a
fourth place to take the reserve championship for the division.
is finishing her freshman year at Fairleigh Dickinson University
in Madison, NJ. She is also a working student for trainer Robert
Beck of Hunters Crossing in Long Valley, NJ. This is the third consecutive
year Beck has trained the winner of the Marshall & Sterling
Adult Hunter class as well as the grand adult amateur champion.
Last years winner, Alison Fernandez was unable to defend her
two-year title as she stood on the rail nine months pregnant and
watched her stablemate pick up the honors.
the $1500 Garden State Pony Hunter Classic, Kelley Cowperthwait
rode Cheryl Creques large pony Scandal Sheet to top honors.
The pair also took home the Large Pony Hunter Championship. Second
in the classic went to Kaitlin Campbell and her medium pony Crack
of Dawn, a five-year-old bred by Champlain Isle Farm. Crack of Dawn
was named Medium Pony Hunter Reserve Champion and Campbell also
collected the Medium Pony Hunter Championships with Believe in Magic,
a pony she had been leasing since January and recently purchased.
This is Campbells third consecutive year picking up a pony
hunter championship and it is also her second year winning the Best
Child Rider award at the Garden State Horse Show - the May Colquhoun
Perpetual Memorial Trophy. The only other junior to receive the
award twice was Georgina Bloomberg.
Cowperthwait and Campbell train with Patty Miller of Pipersville,
PA. Cowperthwait also rode in the junior hunter division and earned
the Small and Grand Junior Hunter championships riding Tally Over,
a ten-year-old Thoroughbred owned by Jill Goldfine. The Best Child
Rider award has now been won by one of Miller's students for the
past three years (Campbell in 2001 and 2003 and Kate Conover in
the last day of the Garden State Horse Show, twenty junior and amateur-owner
jumper riders attempted an impressive course built by Anthony DAmbrosio
in the $5000 Garden State Junior/A-O Prix, a member event of the
Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. And for the third
consecutive year the big grey Belgian-bred mare named Laurin topped
the class. Ridden this year by owner Leigh Healy of Mount Holly,
NJ, Laurin was the last to go in the four-horse jump-off and stopped
the clock clean in a blistering 36.805 seconds.
put a lot of faith in Laurin. She never lets you down, said
Healy who just moved up into the high junior jumper division this
past March. Healy also rides a ten-year-old Dutch gelding named
Liverpool in the low juniors. That pair picked up a blue in the
$2500 Garden State Junior/A-O Prix.
field of 32 was narrowed as seven horse-and-rider combinations qualified
for the second round. Healy and Liverpool were the first to go and
set the pace with a clear round in 36.077 seconds. No one could
beat their clean go and the win propelled them to the Low Junior
trains with Frank and Stacia Madden of Beacon Hill. The Maddens
also train Maria Schaub, winner of the $1500 Garden State Hunter
Classic, sponsored by Beval Saddlery Ltd. Schaub rode Abigail Carpenters
horse John Courage to the prestigious honors. Schaub picked up the
ride on Johnny since Carpenter needed to take SATs on Saturday
and wasnt feeling well emerged to ride him for the second
day of classes.
Garden State Horse Show is rated AA by USA Equestrian
and is the largest hunter-jumper show in New Jersey.