Jaden Porter Claims Inaugural National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship

Lexington, Ky. – Oct. 29, 2017 – The 2017 CP National Horse Show kicked off on Sunday with an exciting brand new event: the National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship. Jaden Porter became the first name to be inscribed on the commemorative trophy, which will be proudly displayed at the Kentucky Horse Park Museum.

The inaugural National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship did not require riders to be prequalified in order to participate and was open to junior members of US Equestrian or Equestrian Canada who have never competed in any of the following national equitation finals with fences at 3'6" in height: ASPCA Maclay National Championship, Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final, Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals (East or West), WIHS Equitation Final, Jump Canada Medal Final or the North American Junior Equitation Championship.


Sunday's National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship included a preliminary over fences round, which saw 47 horses and riders come forward to contest the course designed by Bobby Murphy. Judges Robin Rost and Walter T. Kees invited the top 20 riders to return to the Alltech Arena for a flat phase and a final over fences round. After all three rounds were complete, the judges opted to test the top four riders: Jada Fuleky, Molly Canfield, Caroline Blake and Porter.

The test consisted of six obstacles and challenged riders with a trot fence as well as asking for a halt after cantering over the first two oxers.

Porter, 14 years old from St. Louis, Missouri, and Wellington, Florida, was first in the order-of-go in Sunday's first over fences round. With the help of trainer Stephanie Peterson of Dragonfly Farms, she and Dragonfly's Corleone B remained consistent throughout all four rounds to come out on top as the first-ever winner of the National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship.

Finishing in reserve was Blake, trained by Cynthia Williams of New England Farm, aboard Larry, while Canfield, trained by Lorrie Canady of Galway Farm, and Caprioso 2 rounded out the top three.

Left to right: Jaden Porter, Caroline Blake and Molly Canfield posing with the commemorative

National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship trophy.

For 84 years, the National Horse Show has hosted the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, the most highly sought-after prize in equitation for the country's top junior athletes. With the addition of the National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship, riders who have dreams of becoming the next winner of the ASPCA Maclay National Championship have the opportunity to hone their skills in the same ring as their 3'6" counterparts.

The National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship will be held annually the weekend before the National Horse Show in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park using the same format as the ASPCA Maclay National Championship with fences set at 3'3" in height.

While no qualifying classes were required for the 2017 event, qualifying classes and specifications for the 2018 National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship began on Sept. 1.

For information regarding the National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship competition and its rules and regulations, click here.

The 2017 National Horse Show will pick up once more on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 8 a.m. in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park with the professional hunter divisions.

FROM THE WINNER'S CIRCLE

Jaden Porter – National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship winner

On being first in the order-of-go:
"It was very nerve-racking to go first but I wanted to do the best I could and it all worked out. I can't thank everyone enough who helped me get here. Thank you so much!"

On Dragonfly's Corleone B:
"[Dragonfly's Corleone B] was my sister's horse before he was mine but I've owned him for a year now. We've been doing the Taylor Harris medal classes and just kind of playing around. He's been absolutely amazing for me. I really love him. This was an amazing experience."

On her future goals:
"I would love to compete in the Maclay next year and years on if I can."

Stephanie Peterson – Champion Jaden Porter's trainer

On the inaugural National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship:
"We are so fortunate and honored to be here today. We're very thankful for the National Horse Show to offer this opportunity to all of these up-and-coming riders. They're able to get the mileage and experience in a very friendly first-finals setting that will prepare them for future equitation finals. What a great opportunity for us today and we're really appreciative to them to hold this class for these riders."

Cynthia Williams – Reserve champion Caroline Blake's trainer

On the inaugural National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship:
"I want to thank Mason Phelps and Jennifer Burger and everybody at the National Horse Show. You've made this day feel so special and so important. I think, for us, we didn't know what we were going to have when we came here. I knew it was going to be nice but it was over the top. You pulled out all of the stops and everything was fantastic. We all feel very privileged to be sitting here."

Mason Phelps – President of National Horse Show

On the inaugural National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship:
"I think it was a great educational opportunity for all of the riders here — to ride in the same ring as Rodrigo Pessoa, McLain Ward and all of the best riders in the world. It's a taste of the future and these riders today are all very much a part of the National Horse Show."

RESULTS
1. Dragonfly's Corleone B / Jaden Porter / Dragonfly Farms
2. Larry / Caroline Blake / Arly Golombek
3. Caprioso 2 / Molly Canfield / Darby Pease
4. Albert V / Jada Fuleky / Fox Meadow Farm
5. Caracas / Hailey Link / Elvenstar Farm
6. Cocktail 51 / Isabella De Sousa / Ashland Farms
7. Orion / Emily Cyrway / Emily Cyrway
8. Caballero III / Jamie Page / Redwood Farm LLC
9. Kitsilano / Emma Jolly / Elizabeth Summers
10. Easy B / Gillian Galvin / Gillian Galvin

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Barn Night Returns With Incredible Prizes to CP National Horse Show

Lexington, KY - Oct. 17, 2017 - Barn Night is returning for the fourth year, to the CP National Horse Show on Friday, November 3, starting at 7:30 pm. Spectators of all ages are invited to this family-friendly event, where they can see their favorite equestrian athletes, be thrilled by all the action of the $35,000 Salamander Hotel and Resorts Accumulator class and be entered to win incredible prizes like a John Deere X350 Lawn Tractor!

Open to barns, equestrian team, or groups of friends who simply love horses, registered Barn Night participants will be able to enjoy all of Friday night’s festivities for free. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the night to the Largest Group in Costume, Best Group Spirit, and Best Group Costume. Individual prizes will also be available!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


2017 BARN NIGHT GRAND PRIZES

White EZGO Electric Golf Cart Stocked with McCauley's Performance Equine Products
Courtesy of McCauley's Feeds

John Deere X350 Lawn Tractor
Courtesy of John Deere, Official Equipment Provider of the National Horse Show

"Share the Wins" Package
Courtesy of the Grayson-Jockey Research Foundation
including a Horse Country Farm Tour, a framed print of 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes Winner Silver Charm, a Kentucky Derby Winner Orb halter, and a Top Jock Tack Boxes Gold Edition Saddle Rack.

Murphy Manor, 2016 Winners of the McCauley's Golf Cart

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

All Barn Night participants must pre-register online at NHS.org/barn-night in order to be eligible to win prizes. Groups will then receive a unique ticket code that can be used to claim their complimentary barn night tickets. Each member of your group must have their own ticket to ensure that their attendance counts towards the Grand Prizes!

With $810,000 in prize money offered, this year’s show has been designated a CSI-W 4* show by the FEI and the International Open Jumpers will compete for almost a half a million dollars in prize money. For the sixth year in a row, The National Show Hunter Hall of Fame has named the CP National Horse Show the ‘Horse Show of the Year’. In 2017, the top-rated hunter sections have a total purse of $195,000.


ABOUT McCAULEY'S
McCauley Brothers, Inc. has been building champion equine athletes since 1938. McCauley’s, now an Alltech company, is a dedicated equine-only nutrition company specializing in the formulation of premium feeds and nutritional supplements. They are home to one of the equine community’s most trusted technical teams, aligning expertise and practical experience with personalized problem solving.


ABOUT JOHN DEERE
John Deere, the official equipment provider of the CP National Horse Show, is committed to excellence and has a longstanding relationship with equestrian's, who appreciate their durable and versatile equipment. This year they will be donating an X350 Lawn Tractor to Barn Night to be one by one of the best-dressed teams. For more than 175 years John Deere has been a proud partner to those linked to the land. As part of the equine family, John Deere will provide qualified horse owners with discounts up to 28 percent on select John Deere equipment, including lawn and garden tractors, compact utility tractors, Gator utility vehicles, commercial mowing equipment and much more.


ABOUT GRAYSON-JOCKEY RESEARCH FOUNDATION
The Grayson-Jockey Research Foundation is a leading, non-profit charitable organization that any horse lover can join. Committed to the advancement of horses of all breeds, the Grayson Jockey Research foundation exists to help all horses by funding excellent and significant veterinary research at universities throughout North America and beyond.


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HUNTER/JUMPER Acceptance Letter Response Requested by Oct 11th

Lexington, KY – Oct. 9, 2017 – All 2017 National Horse Show hunter/jumper acceptance letters are due on October 11.

Please review the qualifying lists. All acceptance emails were sent by September 23, 2017. If your entry appears on a qualifying list but you have not received the acceptance email, please contact Cindy Bozan at cindy@nhs.org.

Note: All Maclay Finals entries have been received and processed.


If you have been accepted to compete in a hunter/jumper section during the 2017 National Horse Show, you should have received an acceptance email that will be linked to your account in the Show Management System™. The acceptance e-mail will contain instructions on how you can accept or decline your invitation and pay any remaining balance through the electronic platform. If you haven’t created an account yet at Show Management System™ you will be given the opportunity to do so and your paper-submitted entries will be imported into that account. Instructions will be included in the acceptance e-mail.

The Acceptance Process must be completed by 5:00 pm (EDT) on Wednesday, October 11th or your spot will be given to a waitlisted entry. If you have corrections or questions regarding points and money, please e-mail corrections@usef.org


With $810,000 in prize money offered, this year’s show has been designated a CSI-W 4* show by the FEI and the International Open Jumpers will compete for almost a half a million dollars in prize money. For the sixth year in a row, The National Show Hunter Hall of Fame has named the CP National Horse Show the ‘Horse Show of the Year’. In 2017, the top-rated hunter sections have a total purse of $195,000.

To view the 2017 qualifying lists, click here.

To learn more about the CP National Horse Show, click here.


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