Jennifer Gates Captures $100,000 USEF Under 25 National Championship

Jennifer Gates and Alex

Earlier in the day, the Alltech Arena saw jumper competition and the final round of the $100,000 USEF Under 25 National Championship. Twenty-two riders challenged Michel Vaillancourt's test with four rounds spread across three competitions, which began on Thursday. Based on the FEI World Cup format, penalties continued to transfer over from each prior round. Eighteen riders returned Sunday for two rounds of competition in which Jennifer Gates and her mount Alex claimed the overall championship with only 4 faults acquired throughout all three phases.

Upon claiming Friday's blue ribbon in the $20,000 jump-off competition, Gates led the way as the only rider to enter Sunday's competition with no starting faults. Returning in reverse order, Gates entered the ring last and rode Evergate Stables LLC's 13-year-old Westphalian gelding to another fault-free first round, but had one unfortunate rail down in the second round to finish with an overall total of 4 faults. Taking over the ride from Audrey Coulter just this summer, Gates has already ridden Alex internationally and most recently claimed the $25,000 U.S. Open Hollow Creek Farm U25 Grand Prix at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show in September.

On top of winning the prized ASPCA Maclay National Championship, Madison Goetzmann and her own Prestigious finished just behind Gates with 6 total faults for the reserve championship after capturing the win in Thursday's $15,000 faults converted speed competition. Goetzmann and her 10-year-old Westphalian mount also share a fairly new partnership, pairing up at the beginning of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival.

Left to right on the podium: Madison Goetzmann, Jennifer Gates and Abigail McArdle.

Repeating her 2016 third place finish was Abigail McArdle, this year aboard Plain Bay Sales' Chuck Berry 8. McArdle and the 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding finished the last round with 4 faults for a final total of 9 faults.


Jennifer Gates - $100,000 USEF Under 25 National Championship winner

On the U25 series:
"The U25 classes have added a lot of depth to my learning. It's an incredible format. It gives us young riders the opportunity to jump really hard tracks and put us under a little pressure in similar formats to World Cup classes. It's been a priority of mine to try and compete in as many U25 events as possible. Winning this here is a huge honor and I can't thank USEF enough for sponsoring such an amazing championship for us."

On Alex:
"My trainer, Hardin [Towell], had seen [Alex] four years ago when I was jumping the 1.20m. He liked him, but I wasn't ready for a horse of that caliber yet. I have watched him with Audrey [Coulter] and this summer she was kind enough to let me try him. I am grateful for the opportunity to have him."

Madison Goetzmann - Second place

On competing in the ASPCA Maclay National Championship and U25 championship in the same day:
"I really have my trainers, John and Beezie Madden, to thank for [preparing me today]. They're always telling me to slow things down, take a second to breathe and think about smoothness around the courses. When I woke up this morning, my main focus was the U25 and I wanted to successfully complete those courses before switching my focus to the Maclay. It really hasn't been too stressful. My trainers have helped me a lot through that."

Abigail McArdle - Third place

On the U25 series:
"I absolutely love [this championship]. I can't say enough good things about it. It's a great in-between division - between not being a junior or an amateur but trying to step up to being a professional. It's a great division. I think it's super competitive and I'm just happy to be here."

DiAnn Langer - U.S. Show Jumping Young Rider chef d'équipe

On Sunday's U25 results at the 2017 CP National Horse Show:
"These are three incredible athletes. They are fantastic at what they do and courageous, committed and disciplined. It has been an incredible journey to watch their careers progress. They have been on teams and have taken part in all of the educational programs that we have given to enhance their experience. I couldn't be more proud of what they showed us today."


$100,000 USEF Under 25 National Championship (overall ranking):

Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / Total Faults

1. Alex / Jennifer Gates / Evergate Stables LLC / 4
2. Prestigious / Madison Goetzmann / Madison Goetzmann / 6
3. Chuck Berry 8 / Abigail McArdle / Plain Bay Sales / 9
4. Great White / Daisy Farish / Daisy Farish / 9
5. Quite Dark 2 / Haley Gassel / Westwind Equine Training Center / 12
6. Huckleberry / Coco Fath / Hillside Farm LLC / 12
7. Gentille / Kaely Tomeu / Siboney Ranch / 12
8. Iliano Van D'Abelendreef / McKayla Langmeier / Linda Langmeier / 17
9. Waliba VDL / Mackenzie Drazan / Mackenzie Drazan / 19
10. Julio Vh Elzenhout / Giavanna Rinaldi / Blue Chip Bloodstock / 21
11. Clockwise Of Greenhill Z / Uma O'Neill / Uma O'Neill / 23
12. Haylie Van De Groenendijk / Kelli Cruciotti / Serenity Farm / 26


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Annabella Sanchez and Cassano Z Win $15,000 Equithrive Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Championship

Annabella Sanchez and Cassano Z

The final day of the 2017 CP National Horse Show kicked off with the $15,000 Equithrive Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper series championship, presented by Horse Network. The final class of the series hosted a first round comprised of 31 competitors, which saw nine horse-and-rider combinations advance to the jump-off round.

Six of the nine jump-off competitors were able to pilot their mounts to double-clear jumping efforts. Annabella Sanchez of Chicago, Illinois, rode her own 9-year-old Zangershide, Cassano Z, to a blazing time of 36.623 seconds. That time was a mere 1/100th of a second faster than Giavanna Rinaldi and Carben Farm's Always Me, who completed the short course in a time of 36.631 seconds. Taylor St. Jacques and her 13-year-old Selle Français, Qantar Des Etisses, rounded out the top three spots with a time of 36.840 seconds.

Not only did Sanchez take top honors in the class but she was also awarded the Jean Maccoll Hart Perpetual Memorial Trophy, generously donated by Deborah C. Hart and Gwynn H. Hubbell.


Annabella Sanchez - $15,000 Equithrive Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Championship, presented by Horse Network

On Cassano Z:
"[Cassano Z] is 9 years old. I recently got him this spring. He's pretty new for me but he's been great so far. He's a younger horse so I'm really looking forward to seeing what he's going to be when he's older. He's already amazing."

On the jump-off:
"Gia and I both ride at Our Day Farm with Maggie and Alex Jayne and Haylie Rolfe. She's a great rider and I always look up to her. She had an amazing jump-off. I saw it on the screen and I thought, 'Wow, I really have to go for it!' He's been turning really well lately - we've been working on that with him since he's younger. He was just on it; he was amazing today. I'm just so grateful for him."

On winning the championship:
"This is actually my first indoors. It's amazing. I did the jumpers in Harrisburg then came here. It's just surreal. I wouldn't have expected it to happen, but my horse has been so on top of it. I just do jumpers, but hopefully in the next year I'll get into both the hunter and equitation rings."


$15,000 Equithrive Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Championship, presented by Horse Network:

Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Faults / R2 Faults / Time

1. Cassano Z / Annabella Sanchez / Annabella Sanchez / 0 / 0 / 36.623
2. Always Me / Giavanna Rinaldi / Carben Farms LLC / 0 / 0 / 36.631
3. Qantar Des Etisses / Taylor St. Jacques / Taylor St. Jacques / 0 / 0 / 36.840
4. Helene Ve / Alexandra Pielet / Co-Pielet, LLC / 0 / 0 / 37.314
5. Baloppi / Lacey Gilbertson / Seabrook LLC / 0 / 0 / 38.129
6. Carmen / Samantha Cohen / Samantha Cohen / 0 / 0 / 39.899
7. Alberto II / Daisy Farish / Stone Ridge Farms, LLC / 0 / 4 / 38.307
8. Pippi / Kaely Tomeu / Siboney Ranch / 0 / 4 / 40.239
9. Quite Close VD Smis / Claudia Villamil / Claudia Villamil / 0 / 12 / 55.750
10. Bluf / Sophie Gochman / Gochman Sport Horse LLC / 1 / 70.714
11. Conero / Christina Fisher / Christina Fisher / 1 / 70.735
12. Divace / Alex Parrish / Lexander Farm, LLC / 1 / 70.925

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Ireland’s Denis Lynch Clinches $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington CSI4*-W at CP National Horse Show


Denis Lynch and RMF Echo

Lexington, Ky. – Nov. 4, 2017 – The world’s best international horses and athletes went head-to-head in Saturday evening’s $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington CSI4*-W, presented by CP, at the 2017 CP National Horse Show. Show jumping fans gathered in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park to witness Irish Olympic veteran Denis Lynch and RMF Echo secure the week’s top prize.

Forty combinations turned out for the highly anticipated event in Lexington, Kentucky, all striving to collect valuable World Cup ranking points in lieu of the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Paris, France.
Canadian course designer Michel Vaillancourt built a technical track of 13 obstacles in the first round, which saw nine successfully produce clear rounds to advance to the jump-off.

Twenty-one-year-old Jennifer Gates (USA) and Evergate Stables LLC’s Pumped Up Kicks got the jump-off underway, posting the first double-clear performance of the night in 40.79 seconds.

Fresh off their win at the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) exactly one week ago in the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington CSI4*-W, the next clear round came from Switzerland’s Beat Mändli and Grant Road Partners LLC’s Dsarie in 37.80 seconds to take over the lead.

Lauren Tisbo and Coriandolo Di Ribano


Lynch and the 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood galloped around the short course to follow as the next double-clear finisher in 36.16 seconds to move into the top spot on the leaderboard.

With three left to go, it was Lauren Tisbo (USA) and Tequestrian Farms, LLC’s Coriandolo Di Ribano who were the last pair to jump clear in 36.52 seconds, sliding into the second place position ahead of Mändli, who took third place.
Lynch, who was part of the gold medal-winning team at the Longines FEI European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, in August, was approached by owners Frank and Monica McCourt of Rushy Marsh Farm to campaign RMF Echo just under one year ago. After competing all over Europe together for the majority of the year, the pair made their U.S. debut at WIHS last week.

They certainly made their overseas trip worthwhile, winning the prestigious class as well as the National Horse Show World Cup Trophy.

With the conclusion of Saturday’s class, eight of the 14 qualifying events in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League have been completed. After Saturday’s win, Lynch now sits in fourth place, tied with two others, in the Western European League of the 2017/2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping season with 20 points.

Denis Lynch posing for presentations with stand-in mount RMF Bella Baloubet.


During the opening ceremonies prior to Saturday’s feature class, Laura Kraut was awarded the M. Michael Meller Style Award, which was presented to Kraut by Michael Meller for exemplifying the best style of riding along with maintaining a sportsmanlike composure. In addition, Kraut was also awarded the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award for her consistent top performances all week at the CP National Horse Show.

Show jumping competition at the 2017 CP National Horse Show will conclude on Sunday with the $15,000 Equithrive Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper series championship beginning at 8 a.m. followed by the final round of the $100,000 USEF Under 25 NationalChampionships at 10a. .


Denis Lynch (IRL) – $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington CSI4*-W, presented by CP, winner

On his win:

“I went as quick as I could. ‘Echo’ is a naturally very, very quick horse and he’s been unlucky a few times this year where he’s been beaten. There have been maybe three or four grand prix events where he’s finished second. He’s been an incredible asset to Miami Glory, winning two Global [Champions League] team events. I think he really deserved it tonight and I’m very grateful that I am allowed to ride this wonderful horse. A big thank you to Rushy Marsh Farm!”

On RMF Echo:

“He’s got his own special way of jumping but he’s got an incredible heart and really tries a lot for his rider. The most important thing is what’s in their head and he wants to keep the jumps up. I don’t find his style difficult.”
On how he acquired RMF Echo:
“I started jumping him in some shows at the beginning of the year and he started progressing. He was actually sold after Versailles [in May] and I was very lucky that Rushy Marsh Farm stepped in over night and secured me the horse, which I’m incredibly grateful for. We’re very lucky to have him. He’s been fantastic.”

Lauren Tisbo (USA) – Second place

On her second place finish:

“These guys are way more experienced than I am. My horse had a little time off and we really geared him towards this show so I’m thrilled with the result.”

On Coriandolo Di Ribano:

“He goes in a racing saddle. He likes it and he’s happy with it so I’m not going to change it. I’ve had him for about two years in February. He’ll be 11 next year. He’s the best horse I have and I really took my time and gave him more than he needed to come back so he kind of missed a lot this year. I’m really quite pleased with how he’s come off his break.”

Beat Mändli (SUI) – Third place

On his third place finish:

“I just rode my round and I’m super happy with [Dsarie]. She was super to come back after last week and be at the top of the field again today. I’m just super happy with the horse.”

On his plans with Dsarie:

“After tonight’s performance, and gaining more points from last week, it gets me closer to the World Cup Finals, but with this horse I have a chance of going with the team to [the World Equestrian Games] in Tryon so I’ll take it step-by-step and see how it goes. If I’m qualified [for World Cup Finals], I imagine I’d go.”

On Dsarie:

“She is one of the best horses I’ve ever had, if not the best. I’m super happy to have her and come back in the spotlight with her. I’m sure she’ll show more talent in the future.”

Michel Vaillancourt – Course designer

On Saturday’s class:

“It’s such a wonderful arena. Most indoor venues are a lot smaller than this particular ring and it allows the course designer to be a little bit more creative and have a track that actually comes a little closer to outdoor jumping. When we do have a crowd and the event is on television, I really like to use every part of the ring as much as possible. I opted for this particular track because I thought it was a really fast, very open track with not so many twisty turns. I thought it was well balanced. I was very pleased with the first round performance and I thought the level was very strong tonight. The horses jumped fantastic in this footing and the faults occurred a little bit everywhere.”

Michael Morrissey – National Horse Show event manager

On the 2017 CP National Horse Show:

“I think the week has gone great — the competition, the quality of horses and quality of riders. I think our biggest need for this ring is putting a few more people in the seats for the riders that are giving us quality competition. Other than that, the team that has been put together to promote and put on the National Horse Show is astonishing.”


$250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington CSI4*-W, presented by CP:

Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Owner / R1 Faults / R2 Faults / Time

1. RMF Echo / Denis Lynch / IRL / Rushy Marsh Farm LLC / 0 / 0 / 36.16

2. Coriandolo Di Ribano / Lauren Tisbo / USA / Tequestrian Farms, LLC / 0 / 0 / 36.52

3. Dsarie / Beat Mändli / SUI / Grant Road Partners LLC / 0 / 0 / 37.80

4. Pumped Up Kicks / Jennifer Gates / USA / Evergate Stables LLC / 0 / 0 / 40.79

5. Eddie Blue / Devin Ryan / USA / LL Show Jumpers, LLC / 0/ 4 / 36.32

6. Cristalline / Adrienne Sternlicht / USA / Starlight Farms LLC / 0 / 4 / 36.95

7. Confu / Laura Kraut / USA / St. Bride’s Farm / 0 / 4 / 36.98

8. Hilfiger Van De Olmenhoeve / Emily Moffitt / GBR / Poden Farms / 0 / 4 / 40.55

9. California 62 / Andrew Ramsay / USA / The California Group / 0 / 8 / 37.19

10. Dolinn / Sayre Happy / USA / Evergate Stables LLC / 1 / 72.42

11. Veneno / Liubov Kochetova / RUS / Liubov Kochetova / 1 / 72.90

12. HH Callas / McLain Ward / USA / Double H Farm / 4 / 67.82



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