Beezie Madden Saves Best for Last in $35,000 Salamander Hotels and Resorts Accumulator Class CSI4* at CP National Horse Show

Beezie Madden and HHS Hercules

The CP National Horse Show featured a different style of show jumping competition on Friday evening with the $35,000 Salamander Hotels and Resorts Accumulator Class CSI4* for the Whitney Stone Memorial Trophy. Local groups were invited out for "Barn Night" to watch as Beezie Madden (USA) and Abigail Wexner's HHS Hercules took the top prize of the evening.

The class featured 10 obstacles of increasing difficulty, where points were awarded for each fence cleared. Obstacle one jumped without fault was worth one point, obstacle two jumped without fault was worth two points and so on.

A final fence option called 'The Joker' was worth double points. However, if a rider opted for 'The Joker' and knocked it down, those points were deducted from the total score. Twenty-three international horses and athletes strived to clear the Michel Vaillancourt-designed course for a perfect score of 65 points. Eleven athletes were able to do just that, finishing with no faults and jumping the high point 'Joker' fence without error. Between those 11, it all came down to time.

Laura Kraut and Whitney

Wednesday's big winners, Laura Kraut (USA) and St. Bride's Farm's Whitney were the first to achieve a perfect score of 65 points in a blazing 47.81 seconds to take the early lead for the majority of the class.

None were able to catch Kraut's time until Madden and the 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse entered the Alltech Arena as the very last to go. The pair finished clear for 65 points in 47.62 seconds to outpace Kraut's time by 2/10ths of a second to move into the top spot on the leaderboard. Devin Ryan (USA) and his own Cooper finished in third place with 65 points in 48.03 seconds.

Preceding Friday's $35,000 Salamander Hotels and Resorts Accumulator Class CSI4* was the second round of the $100,000 USEF Under 25 National Championship, which saw Jennifer Gates and Alex, owned by Evergate Stables LLC, claim the blue ribbon.

Jennifer Gates and Alex

Returning in reverse order from Thursday's first round, eight advanced to the jump-off from an original starting field of 20, where Gates was one of five to finish double-clear around Vaillancourt's technical shortened track.

Mattias Tromp and Avon, owned by Swede Ventures LLC, were the second combination to produce a faultless finish in the jump-off in 37.336 seconds to take over the top spot early on in the class. Next, Daisy Farish and her own Great White crossed the finish line with no faults in 38.767 seconds to move behind Tromp in the standings.

As second to last to go, Gates and Alex raced around the short course, using the 13-year-old Westphalian gelding's ability to cut in on tight turns to her advantage, and stopped the timers in 36.885 seconds for the win. Tromp finished in second place, while Farish took home third place honors.

The 21-year-old Stanford University senior just recently acquired Alex in July from Audrey Coulter and Copernicus Stables and claimed their first big win together in September at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show in the $25,000 U.S. Open Hollow Creek Farm U25 Grand Prix.

Going into Sunday's final round of competition with a third place finish from Thursday's first round and Friday's win already under her belt, Gates is sitting in good standing and feeling confident but also grateful for the opportunity to compete in this year's $100,000 USEF Under 25 National Championship at the CP National Horse Show.

The jumpers kicked off on Friday with the $10,000 Equithrive Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper competition, where David Oberkircher and Southfields Farm LLC's Tyson De Verteveuille claimed the win with a quick, clear round in 65.544 seconds.

Oberkircher was awarded the Andrea Fuelhart Douglas Memorial Trophy as the junior rider with the greatest number of points between Friday's class and Thursday's Equithrive Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper Welcome Stake, where he finished in third place.

Close behind was Lacey Gilbertson, who finished in second place aboard Seabrook Farm LLC's Baloppi in a time of 65.830 seconds, while Alex Parrish claimed third place in 66.454 seconds with Lexander Farm LLC's Divace.


Beezie Madden – $35,000 Salamander Hotels and Resorts Accumulator Class CSI4* winner

On HHS Hercules:
"He came from Marion Hughes, in Ireland, and we got him in May, right before Old Salem. I think he is quite scopey, and I think he is going to develop into a horse to jump big courses with. He is only 8 years old and has already done well in some 1.50m classes. He jumps with ease. I am hopeful that we will be doing bigger things next year."

On the accumulator class format:
"I think it's a neat class! There is no combination so it's a nice class for the horses — not easy because you have to go fast — but a good opportunity to help them build some confidence."

On going last in the class:
"I watched the first 10 or 12 go, and I didn't think that I would beat Laura [Kraut]. I was going to go in and try, but I didn't buy him as a speed horse, I bought him to jump bigger fences. He was quite good on the turns today and I think I caught her on the back half of the course."

Jennifer Gates – $20,000 USEF Under 25 National Championship (second round) winner

On Friday's win:
"I'm really thrilled that it went well. I really trust this horse so it's a great feeling. It's unbelievable. I never thought I'd get a ribbon here at the National Horse Show, let alone a win. I'm a little over the moon right now. I've been doing the U25s for a few years but it's always been a goal of mine to win a class. I was lucky enough to win at Central Park so to come back and win on the same horse and have a good result really means a lot. I really appreciate all of the sponsors, USEF especially, for putting on these great classes and giving me the opportunity to jump in them."

On Alex:
"He's so unbelievably sweet. He's a little bit sensitive so you have to be gentle with him. He looks around a lot. He's so sweet and super easy to handle around the barn. He's just a gem."

On her strategy during Friday's competition:
"I was hearing of a lot of people going clear so initially I thought I'd be a little more conservative, but afterwards I thought, to keep my ranking, I wanted to try to go for it. He's a horse I can kind of put the pedal to the metal a little bit and it worked out in my favor. I'm not normally fast so I've been working on getting faster. With Alex, I feel like I can really be confident and take chances in the jump-off so I'm especially happy about tonight because it means a lot for me to have to go fast."

On her plan for Sunday's final round:
"My plan for Sunday is to keep Alex fresh, ready to go and jump a couple more clear rounds. I think he has it in him so hopefully I have it in me."


$35,000 Salamander Hotels and Resorts Accumulator Class CSI4*:
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Owner / Score / Time

1. HHS Hercules / Beezie Madden / USA / Abigail Wexner / 65 / 47.62
2. Whitney / Laura Kraut / USA / St. Bride's Farm / 65 / 47.81
3. Cooper / Devin Ryan / USA / Devin Ryan / 65 / 48.03
4. Ypaja Yando / Richie Moloney / IRE / Equinimity LLC / 65 / 49.23
5. Mr. Visto / Lauren Tisbo / USA / Tequestrian, Farms LLC / 65 / 49.38
6. Dicas / Margie Engle / USA / Storm Ridge Capital, Showhorses LLC, Gladewinds & Garber / 65 / 51.66
7. Quarto Mail / Andrew Kocher / USA / MKO Equestrian LLC / 65 / 52.05
8. Pembroke / Adrienne Sternlicht / USA / Starlight Farms LLC / 65 / 52.35
9. Cartouche / McLain Ward / USA / McLain Ward / 65 / 53.15
10. Giorgio Van't Hagenhof / Quentin Judge / USA / Double H Farm / 65 / 53.52
11. Crack Elle Chavannaise / Mattias Tromp / USA / Beyaert Farm Inc. / 65 / 56.19
12. Harriri / Emily Moffitt / GBR / Poden Farms / 62 / 50.98

$20,000 USEF Under 25 National Championship (second round):
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Faults / R2 Faults / Time

1. Alex / Jennifer Gates / Evergate Stables LLC / 0 / 0 / 36.885
2. Avon / Mattias Tromp / Swede Ventures LLC / 0 / 0 / 37.336
3. Great White / Daisy Farish / Daisy Farish / 0 / 0 / 38.767
4. Gentille / Kaely Tomeu / Siboney Ranch / 0 / 0 / 38.873
5. Quite Dark 2 / Haley Gassel / Westwind Equine Training Center / 0 / 0 / 39.593
6. Clockwise Of Greenhill Z / Uma O'Neill / Uma O'Neill / 0 / 4 / 36.727
7. Prestigious / Madison Goetzmann / Madison Goetzmann / 0 / 4 / 37.424
8. Haylie Van De Groenendijk / Kelli Cruciotti / Serenity Farm / 0 / 8 / 37.827
9. Iliano Van D'Abelendreef / McKayla Langmeier / Linda Langmeier / 4 / 69.818
10. Waliba VDL / Mackenzie Drazan / Mackenzie Drazan / 4 / 69.862
11. Condero 3 / Brian Moggre / DDM Equestrian, LLC / 4 / 70.780
12. Chuck Berry 8 / Abigail McArdle / Plain Bay Sales / 5 / 72.088

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Isha Swani Marks Spectacular First National Horse Show with Junior 3'3" Hunter Championship

Isha Swani and Park Place

Following the unjudged ASPCA Maclay National Championship warm-up on Friday morning, competition began with the Small and Large Junior Hunters at the CP National Horse Show.

Only one hunter horse stepped into the Alltech Arena adorned with a champion tricolor on Friday, and that was Shadowfax Equestrian LLC's Park Place guided by Isha Swani. The 14-year-old junior rider made her first trip to the National Horse Show to earn the title of Junior 3'3" Hunter champion, after claiming top ribbons at HITS Saugerties, the Capital Challenge Horse Show and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show with "Parker" earlier this year. Swani rode the 13-year-old Warmblood gelding to first place in the stake and under saddle classes, second place in the handy round and third place in the over fences class before ultimately capturing the division. Upon consecutive wins in Thursday's over fences class and handy round, Elly Ficca and her own Quatrain were awarded the reserve championship.

Isha Swani and Park Place

Saturday will name champions in the final four hunter divisions, which began on Friday. Mimi Gochman and Gochman Sport Horse LLC's Evermore claimed the blue ribbon in the Small Junior 15 and Under Hunter over fences, while Brian Moggre and MTM Farm's MTM Fashion captured the handy round of the division. In the Small Junior 16–17 Hunter division, sponsored and presented by the Danhakl family, Giavanna Rinaldi rode Alex Jayne's Bugsy Malone to the over fences win. Calou, owned by Diana Firestone, jumped Taylor St. Jacques to first place in the handy round, acquiring the Ovation Perpetual Trophy for the best handy performance overall throughout the Small Junior Hunter divisions.

The Large Junior 15 and Under Hunter over fences win was awarded to Sophie Gochman aboard Gochman Sport Horse LLC's Garfield. Alexandra Pielet rode Emma Farber's Giovanni to win the division's handy round, earning the "Blue By You" Memorial Challenge Trophy for the best Large Junior Hunter handy round overall. The Large Junior 16–17 Hunter division, sponsored and presented by the Gochman family, saw a win from Annabel Revers and MTM Hands Down, owned by Beechwood Stables LLC, in the over fences and Rachel McMullen with her own Clear Sailing in the handy round.


Isha Swani – Junior 3'3" Hunter division champion

On her championship win:
"It feels awesome. I've been working really hard with my trainers, Chris Payne and David Belford. We've worked really hard for this. The most we travel is for the indoor shows. During the winter, I go back and forth on the weekends from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and WEF. This is our first indoor championship and it feels great!"

On Park Place:
"I've had [Park Place] for about a year now. I got him last September and we really connected the moment I got on him. It's been a dream come true. We found him at the Hampton Classic last year and then he came back to my barn and I tried him. He really is a snuggle bug once you get to know him and I love him."


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Emily Moffitt Makes Winning Debut at CP National Horse Show in $130,000 CP Grand Prix International Open Jumpers CSI4*-W

Emily Moffitt and Hilfiger Van De Olmenhoeve

Thursday evening at the CP National Horse Show featured the $130,000 CP Grand Prix International Open Jumpers CSI4*-W. Competing for the first time at the historic event, Great Britain's Emily Moffitt claimed one of the biggest wins of her career to date, along with the Walter B. Devereux Memorial Challenge Trophy, aboard Hilfiger Van De Olmenhoeve.

Course designer Michel Vaillancourt tested 43 international horses and athletes over a 13-fence track in the first round. Out of the 18 combinations who jumped clear, only 14 returned to battle it out in the jump-off, while others elected to save their mounts for Saturday's highly anticipated $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington CSI4*-W.

Beezie Madden (USA) was the first to navigate the short course with no faults, piloting Darry Lou, owned by Abigail Wexner, to a time of 37.260 seconds.

Laura Kraut (USA), winner of Wednesday's $35,000 International Open Jumpers Welcome Speed CSI4* with Whitney, followed Madden and produced another double-clear performance with Confu in 36.990 seconds to move into the first place position.

Emily Moffitt and Hilfiger Van De Olmenhoeve

Moffitt was the fourth out of five combinations to complete the jump-off fault-free, riding the 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood owned by Poden Farms. It was Kraut and partner Nick Skelton who originally found Hilfiger Van De Olmenhoeve for Moffitt and the pair have since established a strong, winning partnership, even contributing to Great Britain's gold medal in the young rider team competition at the FEI European Jumping Championship in August.

The 19-year-old, who trains with British Olympic gold medalist Ben Maher, crossed the finish line one second ahead of Kraut, her former trainer, in 35.700 seconds for the win, while Kraut claimed second place and Madden rounded out the top three.

Jessica Springsteen and Volage Du Val Henry

Prior to Thursday's highlight event, the Alltech Arena welcomed 25 international horses and athletes to vie for top honors in the $35,000 Palm Beach Masters Series International Open Jumpers Speed CSI4*.

The faults converted speed class saw Devin Ryan of the United States and his own Cooper post one of the fastest times early on in the class as 10th in the order-of-go, despite incurring faults, in 66.310 seconds. However, Jessica Springsteen (USA) and new mount Volage Du Val Henry, a Selle Français mare owned by SCEA Elevage De Voise, blazed around the course, designed by Vaillancourt, fault-free in 65 seconds, which would prove to be unbeatable throughout the remainder of the competition.

In the end, Ryan settled for third place honors, while Andrew Ramsay (USA) and The Doodle Group's Cocq A Doodle finished in second place in a time of 65.530 seconds after faults.

Madison Goetzmann and Prestigious

The USEF Under 25 National Championship began Thursday afternoon with the $15,000 faults converted speed competition, where high school senior Madison Goetzmann rode her own Prestigious to the win with a speedy, fault-free round in a time of 61.968 seconds.

Goetzmann and the 10-year-old Westphalian gelding partnered less than a year ago, but have found great success in the jumpers throughout the year. The 17-year-old junior rider from Syracuse, New York, has proved her versatility, winning the Region 2 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship with hopes of also capturing the ASPCA Maclay National Championship on Sunday.

Abigail Mcardle and Plain Bay Sale's Chuck Berry 8 were close behind with a time of 62.784 seconds, while Jennifer Gates followed in third aboard Evergate Stables LLC's Alex in 64.473 seconds. Round two of the USEF Under 25 National Championship will be held on Friday with a $20,000 jump-off competition, while the third and final round will be held on Sunday. The competitor with the lowest number of penalties after all three phases will be crowned the overall champion.

Jumper competition kicked off on Thursday at the National Horse Show with the Equithrive Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper Welcome Stake, presented by Horse Network. Sixteen-year-old Samantha Cohen and her own Carmen bested a field of 29 horse-and-rider combinations to take home the win.

Nine jumped clear over Vaillancourt's first round course to advance to the jump-off, where David Oberkircher and Tyson De Verteveuille, owned by Southfields Farm LLC, were the early clear pathfinders in 39.424 seconds. Cohen and the 10-year-old KWPN mare took over the top spot two rounds later in 38.837 seconds. Their lead held throughout the remaining six rounds to garner them the first place prize and the "Skymaster" Memorial Trophy. Daisy Farish and Stone Ridge Farms, LLC's Alberto II finished in second place in 38.894 seconds, while Oberkircher finished in third place.


Emily Moffitt – $130,000 CP Grand Prix International Open Jumpers CSI4*-W winner

On her win on Thursday:
"I was a little skeptical about Ben [Maher's] decision to go for it because there were so many riders in the jump-off. I was thinking maybe we should save him for the big grand prix on Saturday, but Ben said to go for it, don't pull and hope for the best. I did and 'Tommy' was with me the whole way. It just went our way. It's pretty awesome, and it's even better that we're all girls! This is my first big win. I have been competing on the [Longines Global Champions Tour] for quite some time. I've been having to produce clear rounds rather than focus on winning so it's great to come here and worry about winning the class for myself. It's very exciting."

On Hilfiger Van De Olmenhoeve:
"Tommy is my best horse. I got him through Nick [Skelton] and Laura [Kraut]. I don't think I ever expected him to jump this big, be this consistent or be my best horse. He just steps up to everything you ask of him and he's a really great partner."

Laura Kraut – $130,000 CP Grand Prix International Open Jumpers CSI4*-W second place

On her former student's win:
"It happens all the time. I trained Jessica Springsteen and I sit behind her quite often as well. It's nice. It's a good feeling to see them step up and do well. That's the whole goal of why you are helping these young riders. It's very nice to see. I picked [Hilfiger Van De Olmenhoeve] out for Emily and I would agree with her. We thought he was a lovely horse. You wouldn't have known that he was going to do what he's done for her though. He's been absolutely brilliant."

Beezie Madden – $130,000 CP Grand Prix International Open Jumpers CSI4*-W third place

On her performances with Darry Lou on Thursday:
"I was pretty conservative because I don't know the horse very well. It's his first indoor show. I wanted to go enough that I could get a top placing, but not have the wheels fall off the wagon."

On Darry Lou:
"We got him at the end of April. He's gone to this level a lot faster than I thought. He came from Mexico. He was doing the 1.50m. He's just stepped right up. He started in Aachen and Europe after Spruce Meadows and did Dublin and the Spruce Meadows Masters. He's had a pretty heavy dose. This is actually his last show of the year. He's digested a lot in a year and I am really proud of how far he's gotten and how well he has done."

Jessica Springsteen – $35,000 Palm Beach Masters Series International Open Jumpers Speed CSI4* winner

On Volage Du Val Henry:
"I just recently got [Volage Du Val Henry]. I was showing her a bit over the summer [in Europe], and since bringing her back to the States she's just been going so well. She's only 8. This is our first indoor together so I'm really happy with her. She's really strong minded but she's always going to go. She loves to jump and she's so brave. It's fun to have a horse that really tries and she really wants to do the right thing. I'm really excited about her. I think she's going to become a really competitive horse and I'm excited for the future."

On her strategy for the class:
"I thought I had a good chance to get a good placing. I did not think that I would end up winning, but I just tried to be smooth and do the turns without going too, too crazy. It ended up working out so I was really happy."

On the National Horse Show:
"I love coming here every year. It's something I always look forward to. It's nice because it's indoors but there is a lot of room to ride and you can ride outside. It's just a really special place so it's nice to be back."

Madison Goetzmann – $15,000 USEF Under 25 National Championship (first round) winner

On her plan for Thursday's first round of competition:
"Being that it's the first day of the championship, our plan was to go into the first phase and be assertive and quick enough, but still at a comfortable pace so you're not risking too much. You want to be able to put a little bit of pressure on other riders, while still being within your comfort level and that worked out perfectly. We had a nice, efficient round. I feel pretty comfortable in [the Alltech Arena]. I've had some success with my High Junior Jumper, Wrigley. We've been champion here and have won a few classes. This is my second time competing in the U25 championship. Last year it started off strong but didn't end as well as I wanted so I hope to do one better this year and keep it together through the championship."

On Prestigious:
"Prestigious is a 10-year-old gelding. He was imported from Europe last year and I've had him for a little under a year. I first started competing with him at WEF and we have just been taking things very slow. I think our partnership has really grown a lot these past few months and I'm really excited for our future. He's a very sweet horse. He's like a little pony — he's very small and his character kind of resembles one. He's very easy going and doesn't spook. He's a very straightforward, loving horse. He's kind of been my main horse throughout the spring and summer. I've just had the best results on him so we decided to bring him to this championship and he's proved himself many times."

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