Jordyn Rose Freedman Tops First Round of 2017 ASPCA Maclay National Championship

Jordyn Rose Freedman and Finnick




Kicking off at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday was the first round of the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, presented by Chansonette Farm, one of the most sought-after prizes in junior equitation riding. In her last year as a junior, Jordyn Rose Freedman of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, and Finnick topped the final callback list after the first round of over fences competition heading in to Sunday’s final rounds.

The championship, which spans across two days, began with the first round of jumping on Saturday, while the flat phase and second jumping phase will be held on Sunday. In addition, further testing may be requested by the judges on Sunday.

The Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park welcomed 177 horses and riders, who have spent all year competing to qualify for this year’s finals across eight regions throughout the country, to compete over Bobby Murphy’s first round course.

Freedman’s confident ride on Finnick impressed judges Ralph Caristo and Bernie Traurig, boosting Freedman to the top spot after her trip, which fell 117th in the order-of-go. Freedman maintained her lead for the remainder of the class, which wrapped up 60 trips later.

Under the guidance of trainer Linda Langmeier of Kelianda Farm, Freedman and Finnick successfully navigated several tricky elements on course including a double and triple combination, a triple bar fence, multiple skinny obstacles, an S-shaped bending line across the center of the ring and a tight inside rollback to the final oxer.

Before Freedman’s round, the talented Annabel Revers of Weston, Massachusetts, and Contigo 37 went 37th in the order, passing the course’s various tests with graceful ease to quickly move into the lead with the announcement of the first standby list. However, Revers would go on to finish the first round of competition sitting in third place as Madison Goetzmann of Skaneateles, New York, and San Remo VDL moved into second place after delivering a textbook round at 128th in the order.

The ASPCA Maclay National Championship will resume on Sunday at 1 p.m. with the flat phase followed by the second over fences round.


Ralph Caristo – 2017 ASPCA Maclay National Championship judge

On Saturday’s first round course:
“When we walked [the course] this morning we had some doubts about some of the lines, but Bobby Murphy did a fantastic job and guided us on some of the ideas that we had and incorporated that in the course. The course rode beautifully. It separated the riders, but it didn’t embarrass them so we were very pleased with how the course turned out. In the flat phase tomorrow, we expect the kids to measure up to what they’ve been taught.”

Bernie Traurig – 2017 ASPCA Maclay National Championship judge

On Saturday’s first round course:
“I thought fence one was a great challenge. It prevented a rideability issue for the riders and took its toll, I thought. It was a very beautiful course that Bobby did. Fence number six seemed to be a problem for a lot of horses — the ASPCA skinny. That spooked a lot of horses, but the course, I think, was really fair. I think we had a group of 8–10 beautiful rounds in this class. It was a really tough group this year. I expect we’re going to have a great finish to this tomorrow.”


Top 25 riders advancing to Sunday’s flat phase, beginning at 1 p.m.:

1. Jordyn Rose Freedman
2. Madison Goetzmann
3. Annabel Revers
4. Paige Matthies
5. Alexandra Worthington
6. Coco Fath
7. Grady Lyman
8. Ellie Ferrigno
9. Abigail Brayman
10. Cooper Dean
11. Alexandra Pielet
12. Natalie Stoyko
13. Daisy Farish
14. Samantha Cohen
15. Taylor St. Jacques
16. Madeline Schaefer
17. Hannah Doherty
18. Tanner Korotkin
19. Elizabeth McKim
20. Yasmin Rizvi
21. Emma Crosbie
22. Natalie Jayne
23. Chloe Wilkenfeld
24. Katherine Dash
25. Caroline Passarelli


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Brian Moggre and MTM Fashion Named 2017 Grand Junior Hunter Champions

Brian Moggre and MTM Fashion

Hunter competition concluded on Saturday as the juniors were awarded their respective championships, separated by small and large with two age divisions in each. Brian Moggre bested these divisions overall with MTM Farm’s MTM Fashion to claim the Grand Junior Hunter Championship and the “Follow Me” Challenge Trophy.

Moggre and the 7-year-old Warmblood gelding were in perfect form, riding to the additional titles of Small Junior Hunter grand champion and Small Junior 15 and Under Hunter champion upon wins in the division’s stake class and handy round. The pair completed a successful indoors season, consistently picking up blue ribbons at the Washington International Horse Show, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and the Capital Challenge Horse Show in the same division.

Moggre has also found great success in the jumpers, recently claiming the $25,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic at the 2017 American Gold Cup with Condero 3. Mimi Gochman and Evermore, owned by Gochman Sport Horse LLC, performed blue ribbon rounds in the over fences and under saddle classes to finish with the reserve championship in the Small Junior 15 and Under Hunter division.

In the Small Junior 16–17 Hunter division, sponsored and presented by the Danhakl family, Kingpin and Annabel Revers claimed the championship. Revers continued from last year’s success with the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding as the duo also claimed the Madison Hills Farm Small Junior 15 and Under Hunter division championship at the 2016 CP National Horse Show. Giavanna Rinaldi finished in reserve with Alex Jayne’s Bugsy Malone after winning Friday’s over fences class.

Brian Moggre and MTM Fashion

Sophie Gochman rode Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s 15-year-old Holsteiner gelding, Garfield, to the Large Junior Hunter grand championship upon claiming the Large Junior 15 and Under Hunter division championship. Redfield Farm’s Capitalized took the reserve ribbon with Ellie Ferrigno.

Revers claimed her second championship aboard MTM Hands Down, owned by Beechwood Stables LLC, in the Large Junior 16–17 Hunter division, sponsored and presented by the Gochman family. The reserve championship was awarded to Katherine Dash and Whish LLC’s Everglow.


Brian Moggre – 2017 CP National Horse Show Grand Junior Hunter Champion

On his championship:
“It’s so exciting. I love the hunters so much because it gives me a chance to take a breath and really focus on my own riding. I obviously have such an incredible horse. He won a blue at Devon and he actually won at every indoors show this season, which I’m very happy with. This is probably one of my favorite horse shows so it means a lot to win champion. I’m very grateful to my trainers who gave me this opportunity. I wouldn’t be anywhere without them. I’m thankful to have the best junior hunter ever.”

On MTM Fashion:
“‘Fashion’ belongs to my trainers Mike and [Tracy Fenney]. Tracy shows him in the First Years and does very well with him and I get to show him in the junior hunters, which I’m very grateful for. He’s amazing. I started showing him this past winter in January or February. He is so snuggly and so kind to be around. I love him.”


Small Junior 15 and Under Hunter division champion:
MTM Fashion, ridden by Brian Moggre and owned by MTM Farm

Small Junior 16–17 Hunter division champion:
Kingpin, ridden by Annabel Revers and owned by Beechwood Stables LLC

Large Junior 15 and Under Hunter division champion:
Garfield, ridden by Sophie Gochman and owned by Gochman Sport Horse LLC

Large Junior 16–17 Hunter division champion:
MTM Hands Down, ridden by Annabel Revers and owned by Beechwood Stables LLC

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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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