Belle Claims Two Hunter Championships At 120th National Horse
FL November 27, 2003 Shachine Belle, 30, of North
Salem, New York, celebrated a Happy Thanksgiving morning in the
Internationale Arena, claiming two championships at the 120th National
Horse Show in Wellington, FL. The show runs from November 26-30
at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club show grounds, highlighted
by the $100,000 National Horse Show Jumper Championship on Friday
evening, the $100,000 AGA Championship on Sunday, and Dressage at
the National, November 28-30.
rode Attaché owned by Ellen Toon to First Year Green Working
Hunter Champion. He went like a very nice smooth hunter, very
pleasant to look at, said Attachés trainer James
Toon. He made crisp jumps and showed relaxed motion at the
ends of the ring. The judges liked the fact that he made special
efforts over every jump. Attaché is a seven-year-old
Oldenburg warmblood gelding that the Toons imported as a three-year-old.
He is new to the First Years, having just started in late April.
This was a nice end of the season win, said Toon. We
feel very strong about him, that he has lots of talents and will
go on and hopefully become a very famous horse.
started riding Attaché as a Pre Green hunter two years ago.
Hes a very big horse, and he has a huge stride,
said Belle, noting that the grand prix field suited him. It
allowed him to canter and show how big and scopey and powerful that
he really is. He jumped so high and it was so easy. Smaller rings
are harder for him because hes got to make himself smaller,
so I think thats why he was so good here.
claimed her second championship of the day aboard In Disguise, riding
him to Second Year Green Working Hunter Champion. The seven-year-old
Dutch Warmblood gelding is also owned by Ellen Toon and trained
by James Toon. Hes an amazing horse, stated Belle.
Hes won everywhere weve brought him. Weve
been working up to this. Yesterday in our first class he was a little
cautious and after that he was spectacular the way he normally is.
last years National Horse Show, In Disguise was champion as
a First Year Green Horse in the Green Conformation. Belle is enthusiastic
about The National Horse Show in Wellington. Here its
great because you dont get many opportunities to ride in that
field. The footing is perfect and the courses are so much fun. Thats
why you come. You have to support it when you get the chance.
MacDonald, 24, of Upperville, VA, and Mistress Connie owned by Mary
Laura Cramer won the Ladies Hunter Side Saddle Under Saddle class.
Seventy-five percent of their score was determined by performance,
manners, style and way of going. Appointments accounted
for the remaining 25%, which includes proper tack and the stylish
habit, top hat and veil along with a sandwich case. I have
turkey on white, of course, said MacDonald in the Thanksgiving
holiday spirit, with the crust cut off, cut in quarters and
wrapped in linen. MacDonald and Mistress Connie, a 12-year-old
Thoroughbred mare, have been partnered for three years and won the
sidesaddle championship at last years National Horse Show.
Shes got lots of style, said MacDonald. She
has a beautiful way of going and shes always picture perfect.
She knows what her job is and I dont expect anything less
from her because she always gives me 100%.
in the Rost Arena treated spectators to music and dancing horses
presented by Frieze Frame Friesians. Using synchronized choreography
and Spanish music, two beautiful gray Andalusians performed a Pas
de Deux, a black Andalusian gelding costumed in dramatic red performed
a routine of exciting trick riding; and a black-and-white Romany
Gypsy horse led off the finale quadrille of eight black Friesian
stallions in Medieval and Renaissance costumes. In the Internationale
Arena, Mexican charro Gerardo Diaz wowed the crowd with his horsemanship
and roping maneuvers.
complete results visit www.nhs.com or www.stadiumjumping.com
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