GLADSTONE, N.J. — May 1, 2019 — Amateur adult riders were the focus of Wednesday’s competition at the 2019 Garden State Horse Show. The day featured a full schedule of hunter competition ranging from the 3’3” Amateur-Owner Hunters to the Adult Amateur Hunters. The day also offered two classics including the $1,500 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic and the $750 M&S/NAS/WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Classic. Those victorious in the classics included Kristen Sameth and Lindsay Ward.
The Garden State Horse Show will hold top AA’ rated hunter and jumper competition through Sunday, May 5, 2019. The week is the inaugural year at the iconic Hamilton Farm, which is home to the United States Equestrian Team Foundation headquarters.
Far Hills, N.J. resident Kristen Sameth piloted Doris Leventhal’s 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Unwritten, to a blue ribbon victory in the $750 M&S/NAS/WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Classic. The pair maintained scores in the 80.00’s over both phases to produce a total score of 168.00 points. Sameth and the gelding have only been in partnership for roughly six months but she says diligent practice at their home facility of Windham Hill paid off today.
“At home we practice riding properly through a lot of broken lines and keeping a consistent pace with my trainers [Michael Dowling and Michael Meyers],” she explained. “I feel like, as an amateur, I’m always working very hard to try and use all of the tools that I learn at home; so, to be able to put it all together in the show ring today was wonderful.”
Three of Sameth’s 4 children also compete with Windham Hill but she said it has been a unique experience to be able to compete at the iconic location herself.
“I’ve been coming to horse shows here for many years with my children, so to be able to compete at this show with them has been a wonderful experience,” she added. “It’s great to show with my kids because I can constantly ask them for tips!”
Meredith Maxwell and Laura Burke’s Clooney earned the second place after producing a final score of 161.00 points. She and the 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood made their first return to the show ring this week at the Garden State Horse Show following a two month hiatus when Maxwell was injured.
“I couldn’t be happier with how today went,” Maxwell stated. “It’s such an honor to be showing here, and to do so well is a huge confidence boost for me.”
Lindsay Ward and Huehuetenango scored the win in the $1,500 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic with a high score of 167.00 points . Lindsay’s mount, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, has already had a successful week after securing the blue ribbon in Saturday’s $10,000 Stal de Eyckenhoeve Hunter Derby with Lindsay’s sister, and professional rider, Morgan Ward.
“This is my second time showing her because Morgan has been doing most of the competing with her in the derbies,” said Lindsay. “She’s such a fun mare to ride and so easy; I’m glad Morgan is starting to share her a little bit!”
“I have never shown at this venue before, but I am really loving it so far,” she added. “The prizes have been great, as has the weather, and the whole thing is very well-run.”
The red ribbon in the $1,500 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic went to Katarina Mulhauser and her self-owned 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Adele. The pair picked up a first-round score of 79.00 and second round score of 82.00 for a total Classic score of 161.00 points. Rounding out the top three with a total score of 159.00 was Penelope Ayers and her 17-year-old Westphalian gelding, Cezanne.
The Style award was presented to Valerie Primavera after successful trips in the 3’3” Amateur-Owner Hunter division. Primavera’s 4-year-old mare Joyful, also earned the USHJA 2’6” Hunter champion title with Libby Dayton aboard in only the mare’s second show.
The Sportsmanship award was presented to young junior Ellie Sadrian, who, after a taking a tumble, hugged her pony and mounted right back on. The award is presented by Lineage Equine and each day the chosen winner is presented with a pair of new Lineage Equine stirrups.
Competition on Thursday, May 2 will host the first jumper classes of the event and features the $10,000 Ted Grant Welcome Stake. To view full schedule details, please visit www.horseshowing.com.
Special Prizes from Valued Sponsors and Vendors at Garden State Horse Show
The Amateur-Owner Hunter champions were awarded a pair of Katherine Page sandals.
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Der Dau, known for their world-class, custom-made boots, presented a $500 gift certificate to the Garden State Horse Show’s Leading Hunter Professional and will present another $500 gift certificate to the Leading Jumper Professional. Der Dau was established over 50 years ago in New York, by master craftsman, Jose Der. The company built its exceptional reputation by using the traditional techniques of master leather artisans and hands-on customer service. Visit Der Dau at the Garden State Horse Show and learn more at derdau.com.
The lucky winner of the USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by Eastern Hay, will receive a tack trunk compliments of Sea Horse Tack Trunks. Sea Horse will also provide gifts through 12th place. Sea Horse Tack Trunks produce hand-crafted tack trunks and other equestrian wood products and are based in Farmingdale, New Jersey.
All division champions receive $50 gift certificates or product from The Clothes Horse, Mona’s, Wild Horses, Charles Ancona, J. Hilburn and Horse Scents. Every class winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to one of these Garden State Horse Show retailers: Boot & Bridle, Outlaw Outfitters or JOTT.