GLADSTONE, N.J. — Aug. 17, 2019 — Monmouth at the Team continued at Hamilton Farm, headquarters of the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation and former training grounds for the USET. Junior and Amateur jumper riders channeled the greats of the sport as they competed in a full day of competition culminating with the $6,000 Marshall & Sterling/NAL/WIHS Child Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by Maybe forever Stable and True & Associates.
The evening feature class of the day, the $6,000 M&S/NAL/WIHS Child/Adult Jumper Classic hosted an impressive 34 entries. The class is one in a series of multiple qualifying events leading up to national finals. Junior and amateur riders were invited to contest Skip Bailey’s first track and only eight passed through to the jump-off round. Competitors were given the option to return at the end of the class for the jump-off course or perform immediately after their first round. Ultimately, only one of the eight advancers opted to return for the second track while the rest stayed in the ring for the short course. Of the eight, two combinations were double clear.
When Christina Kourgelis and Mitesche took to the ring as the final combination, they immediately advanced to the jump-off and were the only pair to complete both the first course and jump-off with no accumulated faults.
“Whenever I have the chance to advance directly to the jump-off, I always do because I already have my groove going on,” Kourgelis said.
Their efficient 33.140 was more than enough to steal the top spot in the extremely challenging class. However, the day was not all blue ribbons for the pair as Kourgelis admitted she had come off the 13-year-old Warmblood mare earlier in the day.
“I was beginning to think this show was bad luck for me, because I fell off of her in our class earlier today, and I fell off of her here last year as well,” she said. Despite earlier issues and a challenging track, the Mount Saint Claire University student stuck to her original jump-off plan and her confidence paid off.
“I did show my horse the first jump when we came in because I saw a lot of horses having difficulty with the first fence,” she said. “Other than that, we executed the same plan we had decided on during the course walk.”
Kourgelis also captured the fifth place ribbon aboard her second mount, Luna.
Having opted earlier to return at the end of the class, Emily Sumeray put in a lightning-fast round, hitting the timers at 33.743 seconds, and becoming the only other competitor to go clean twice. The speed was mere seconds behind Kourgelis’s but was easily enough to secure the second-place position.
Fifteen-year-old Sumeray and Hart Farm’s eight-year-old Oldenburg mare (Tenor D’Arioso x Gaiete Du Parc) Toulouse have only been paired for the past two months but they have already formed a strong partnership.
“This horse was so great for me throughout the whole course, I haven’t had her long but she’s already accumulated a lot of good ribbons,” the young junior said. “All of the lines were set up quite nicely for her stride, so we didn’t have very many issues. I really just wanted to focus on having a clean round.”
Westfield, New Jersey resident Emily Throop piloted the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Pierrot x Puntasie V), Capitalist, to the third-place finish with only one fault in the jump-off and a time of 36.426 seconds.
“Capitalist is the most honest horse you will ever meet,” Throop said. “We were a little conservative because no one had gone clear yet, but I am still very happy with this result in such a big class.”
This class is a feature at this show so the technicality is a bit more advanced than at some other venues,” she continued, “But I thought the course was great and we come every year to this show because it’s a fantastic event and group of people.”
Earlier in the day, Faith Phillips and Raffie's Magic stole the spotlight in the Low Schooling Jumpers .80m
New Jersey resident and social media sensation, Kianna Luscher, made a victorious return to the main ring at Hamilton Farm today as she and her famous Ludwig Von Bayern II topped the $500 1.20m jumper class today. Luscher is well-remembered for her viral social media video featuring an impressive dismount onto the Monmouth at the Team fence during the 2019 Garden State Horse Show.
The day kicked off with breakfast, sponsored by the Leventhal family and Ashwood Farm. Show co-owner Tucker Ericson served refreshing drinks of Watermelon and Lemonade with Sourland Mountain Spirits and guests in the packed hospitality tent enjoyed the music of Alison Kurtz & Company. Many thanks to Horseman’s Outlet for providing leather halters for those who placed first through sixth in the classic. All Saturday winners received a custom key chain form Romano Custom Leather Work.
Monmouth at the Team returns Sunday for another day of jumper competition and the feature class, the $10,000 Mini Prix, sponsored by Horseflight.
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