GLADSTONE, N.J. – Aug. 20, 2018 – Monmouth at the Team, presented by Precise Buildings, concluded a full week of top-notch competition Monday at beautiful Hamilton Farm, headquarters of the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation and former training grounds of the U.S. Equestrian Team. Riders competed on what U.S. equestrians consider hallowed ground.
Angela Jager (15, Kinnelon, New Jersey) piloted Cassini’s Home Run (Cooper) to the championship of the Children’s Hunter division. The pair won the under-saddle class and earned two second-place prizes and a third over fences. Jager purchased Cooper, a 6-year-old bay Holsteiner gelding by Cassini, through Michael Dowling two years ago, but just started riding with Dowling at Windham Hill six months ago.
“I’ve learned so much since I’ve been at his barn,” Jager said.
“They’re very detailed,” added Jager’s mother, Paula Jager. “She’s grown and Cooper has matured a lot.”
Jager’s barn mate, Mia Chimenti was reserve champion of the division with Chocolat 15, owned by Doris Leventhal.
In the Small/Medium Children’s Hunter Pony division, 9-year-old Tarin Kiely from Redbank, New Jersey, earned the championship with Copper Penny, a medium pony owned by Geddaway Farm.
“He is fancy in the flat class and he goes better when he’s in the show ring,” Kiely said.
The pair train with Tiffany Jastram and have had success at the Winter Equestrian Festival, Old Salem Spring Horse Shows, Kentucky Summer and Princeton Show Jumping. Next, they head to the Hampton Classic.
Kiely was impressed with Monmouth at the Team. “I like that it’s at the U.S. Equestrian Team and I like the ring,” she said.
During Monmouth at the Team, Autumn Siliato (16, Wall, New Jersey) moved up to the 3’3” divisions with Rey Momo (Momo), owned by Nina Mazzella, and it went swimmingly. The pair has only been together for a month and this is their second show. Momo is a 10-year-old Argentine Warmblood.
“He’s so honest,” Siliato said of Momo. “When I first started riding him, I hadn’t ridden in five months. School was my main focus. He took care of me. That’s just who he is. He knows when you need help and takes care of you.”
Siliato trains with Nancy Bloom at Best Chance Farm. She also looks to her aunt Bethie Dayton and cousin Libby Dayton, from Red Oak Farm, for coaching at shows that are not on the Best Chance Farm schedule. Siliato earned the first-place prize in the National Horse Show 3’3” Medal.
Siliato is a junior in high school, an entrepreneur and a musician. She owns and runs Autumn Elizabeth Apparel, a successful equestrian apparel company that features custom sun shirts. A portion of all her sales goes to children with cancer and blood disorders through The Valerie Fund at The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. Siliato was featured as a young entrepreneur and philanthropist on Varney & Co on Fox Business News in December of 2017.
Siliato is also a talented singer and sang the national anthem before the start of the $10,000 Mini Prix, sponsored by Horseflight. She also plays piano and saxophone and is learning the guitar. She writes music and has two new songs. She will perform at a concert in Asbury in September.
“I want to thank my mom and my dad for letting me ride,” Siliato said. “And of course, my trainers, Libby, Bethie and Nancy. Thanks to Tucker and Michael for a great show.”
Another year of outstanding competition at Monmouth at the Team has come to a close. Monmouth at the Team thanks title sponsor, Precise Buildings, and all their generous sponsors, exhibitors, trainers, family, spectators and fantastic staff. The show returns to Hamilton Farm in Gladstone, New Jersey, Aug. 11-18, 2019.