Sue Ellen Wright and Grace McLaughlin’s “Santo” on course at Sonoma Horse Park’s $10,000 Purina Mills Hunter Derby.
A reprint from the July 1 edition of Langer Equestrian Group (LEG) Up News:
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Chestnut Hill Awash in Tri-Colors
Three weeks of hunter/jumper competition got underway the weekend of June 23 – 27, giving jumper riders the chance to try for the LEGIS Jumper Rider Bonus, hunters a chance to shine in the $2,500 USHJA 3′ Hunter Classic, and juniors and amateurs a chance to accumulate points for their trainers in LEG’s Maui Trainer Incentive.
Chestnut Hill, under the leadership of trainer Beverly Jovais and assistant trainer Katharina Coleman, had a fantastic show. They earned six championships, three reserve championships and dozens of first and other high-placing ribbons. Coleman was the standard bearer, winning three of those championships and one reserve. “It was amazing,” Katharina said. “The horses jumped amazing. It was a very good horse show.”
She was particularly proud of Capital Hill (Gwen McLaughlin, owner), a horse that was champion in the Pre-green Hunters and reserve champion in Low Hunters, taking first in five out of his seven classes and second in the other two. “He just turned five. We were really happy with him,” Katharina explained. “He’s a new horse for us. He’s very brave, a good mover and has a great mind.”
She also did well with Too Cool (Tylor Nowell, owner) in the First Year Green Hunters, winning the championship and four out of his five classes. Tylow took over the reins for her first show at 3’3 in the hunter and equitation rings and was champion in the Modified Junior Hunters and Equitation 11 & Under. She also took some firsts in the Children’s Hunter 13 & Under to complement those in other sections.
Other champions from Chestnut Hill included Caroline Robbins with her Right on Time, who were right on the money to take the championship in the Pony Equitation and two wins in the Medium Pony Hunters. Olympic (Grace McLaughlin, owner) was the champion in the Second Year Green Hunters with Katharina and champion in the Junior Hunters with Julia Nagler (Benson Carroll, trainer). Mia Rudick piloted her Reveille to a reserve championship in the Children’s Hunter 14 to 17, while Blaire Kingsley was reserve champion in Modified Junior Hunters with her Biarritz.
Katharina joined Chestnut Hill nine years ago when she was 19. She was training green ponies at the time. Beverly commented,” Her hard work and dedication have moved her up the ranks and she is winning in open divisions. I am very proud of all my students and their horses. Head groom Guelano Herrera and rider/trainer Sue Ellen Wright also had a huge part in our success. It takes a village!”
Chestnut Hill riders had fun (pictured above left to right are: Caroline DeMoss, Grace and Gwen McLaughlin and Kelley LaFond) and did well at the Northern Winter Classic II show. Results included championships in First Year Green, Adult Amateur Modified and Small/Medium Pony Hunters as well as Equitation 18+ and Pony Equitation divisions, and reserve championships in Children’s and Training Hunters. Equitation riders brought home blues in the WCE, CPHA, National Children’s and NorCal Pony Medals. Congratulations to all!