Weekend Winners: Fresno, Full Gallop, Ocala, Pine Top

We’ve got lots to cover in our recap from a very busy weekend of eventing! Both coasts got in on the eventing action this weekend, with competitors heading out of the startbox in northern California, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. A very wet weekend in Florida made for some cool photos, but it wasn’t enough to stop the sheer hundreds of competitors from toughing it out.

Our lowest score this weekend was earned by Mia Brown and Duke HW, who won their Junior Novice division at Fresno on a 20.5. This is a personal best finishing score for this pair, whose previous record was a 22.5 in 2020. Honorably mentioned this weekend are Jennifer McFall and Stoneman (Open Preliminary, Fresno – 20.8) – Jennifer also capped off a great weekend with a win in the Training Horse aboard Hallelujah DF on a score of 24.3. Also getting a shout-out today is Will Faudree, who pulled off a 1-2-3 finish at Pine Top in the Advanced/Intermediate aboard Mama’s Magic Way, FRH Ramona, and PFun, respectively. Congratulations to all!

Fresno County Horse Park H.T.: Final Results

Open Intermediate: Helen Alliston and Ebay (28.6)
Open Preliminary: Jennifer McFall and Stoneman (20.8)
Preliminary Rider: Sydney Johnson and Ols Take Time (32.8)
Open Training: Erin Grandia and Indio BMW (22.6)
Training Horse: Jennifer McFall and Hallelujah DF (24.3)
Training Rider – Jr.: Grace Wechser and Raskadero (33.8)
Training Rider – Sr.: Kate Helffrich and Coquette (26.9)
Novice Horse: Asia Vedder and Get Cheeky (22.4)
Novice Rider – Jr.: Mia Brown and Duke HW (20.5)
Novice Rider – Sr.: Megan Robinson and Daisy (23.8)
Open Novice: Tommy Greengard and Leonardo Diterma (26.0)
Beginner Novice Rider A: Hailey Bermingham and Ratrod (33.1)
Beginner Novice Rider B: Dannielle Hott and Siberian Storm (21.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Grace Walker Alonzi and Jumara MVS (25.6)
Open Introductory: Amanda Blake and Danny California (25.3)

Full Gallop Farm H.T.: Final Results

Preliminary: Sallie Johnson and Fernhill DiCaprio (43.1)
Training A: Nilson Da Silva and Go Global (29.1)
Training B: Alexander Conrad and Ricky (23.7)
Novice A: Hanna Grace Johnson and Reenmore Riley (25.5)
Novice B: Katherine Windham and All Aboard (22.4)
Novice C: Sidnee Milner and My Valentine (22.1)
Training/Novice: Elizabeth Bortuzzo and Theodore Cornet Obolensky (31.9)
Beginner Novice A: Livy Muntz and FGF DollarsforPennies (28.6)
Beginner Novice B: Samantha Schwartz and Rumble Fish (31.1)
Starter: Jake Tessler and Katano (40.7)

Ocala Winter I H.T.: Final Results

Advanced CT: Leslie Law and First Class (24.5)
Advanced/Intermediate: Colleen Loach and Vermont (28.7)
Intermediate Rider: Benjamin Noonan and Keep Kitty (34.5)
Open Intermediate Jackpot: Leslie Law and Lady Chatterley (27.4)
Open Intermediate A: Hallie Coon and Global EX (27.9)
Open Intermediate B: Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous (22.2)
Open Preliminary Jackpot: Hannah Sue Burnett and Lukeswell (26.3)
Open Preliminary 1 Day A: Forrest El-Effendi and Get Rhythm (28.5)
Open Preliminary 1 Day B: Christina Henriksen and Cierra (27.8)
Open Preliminary A: Hannah Sue Burnett and Stakkato Bronx (29.3)
Open Preliminary B: Hannah Hubsch and Bethel Park (34.2)
Preliminary Horse A: Sharon White and I-Quid J (24.5)
Preliminary Horse B: Kelly Prather and Catch Me Cooley (25.0)
Preliminary Rider A: Kristin Rubash and Capone (33.0)
Preliminary Rider B: Ella Kay Lane and Double Dare (36.9)
Open Modified Jackpot: Dasha Ivandaeva and MHS Instant Karma (27.2)
Modified A: Kurt Martin and D.A. Shannondale Cushla (30.7)
Modified B: Karli Wright and The Diesel Boy (28.7)
Modified C: Cassie Sanger and Redfield Fyre (29.2)
Open Training Jackpot: Jennie Brannigan and Keepsake (29.5)
Open Training A: Alyssa Phillips and Cornelius Bo (21.8)
Open Training B: Michelle Mercier and Shirsheen Fun For All (28.8)
Junior Training: Cayden Gaffney and Hot Wheels (31.7)
Senior Training: Kelly Taylor and Kynymont Indelibly Irish (34.3)
Training Horse A: Stephen Bradley and Erika Louvo (38.6)
Training Horse B: Clayton Fredericks and FE Boogie Woogie (28.4)
Junior Novice: Addie Craig and Aura CF (28.6)
Novice Horse A: Kurt Martin and Favarick (23.3)
Novice Horse B: Holly Jacks-Smither and Josephine (27.4)
Open Novice: Ariel Grald and In Vogue (25.7)
Open Novice Jackpot: Katie Sisk and Long Legs Lenore (25.5)
Senior Novice A: Alyssa Cairo and Paddington (24.8)
Senior Novice B: Sarah Main and Isaac GS (32.3)
Beginner Novice Rider A: Demmi Hersh and Jacks-R-Wild (26.4)
Beginner Novice Rider B: Cami Pease and Vibrant (26.4)
Open Beginner Novice: Christiana Schultz and Alexa Dawn (24.7)

Thanks jj for catching Hudson being the best he’s been on xc. He’s gaining confidence in himself and that’s probably the only missing piece.

Posted by Kyle Carter on Sunday, February 14, 2021

Today was an absolute blast!!!!
I’m so thankful the rain held off until 20 minutes after my XC run (it dumped buckets…

Posted by Katelyn Marlow on Sunday, February 14, 2021

Ron Stephens’ Froggy living up to his name and nicely splashing his way to a 27.1 in the open novice. Clean and clear…

Posted by Madeline Backus on Sunday, February 14, 2021

Pine Top Intermediate H.T.: Final Results

Advanced/Intermediate: Will Faudree and Mama’s Magic Way (34.1)
Intermediate Rider: Meaghan Marinovich Burdick (58.6)
Open Intermediate A: Jenny Caras and Trendy Fernhill (29.7)
Open Intermediate B: Phillip Dutton and Sea of Clouds (28.0)
Open Intermediate C: Jules Ennis and Cooley O (37.6)
Open Preliminary A: Matthew Brown and Super Socks BCF (36.1)
Open Preliminary B: Lillian Heard and Cooley Gentleman (28.4)
Open Preliminary C: Ryan Wood and Cooley Flight (35.4)
Open Preliminary D: Therese Evans and Lost In Ireland (39.9)
Preliminary Rider: Blake Fortson and Quiana AF (38.9)
Preliminary Jr/YR: Jessie Schwartz and WHF Kitaro (41.2)
Preliminary/Training: Sara Beth Anton and SPF Vision Quest (30.9)
Open Training A: Caitlin Silliman and Tuck (23.6)
Open Training B: Sophie Miller and Quarlotta C (29.1)
Junior Training Rider: Margo Deal and Miss TLC (31.4)
Senior Training Rider: Natalie Epstein and Fanta (35.2)
Training/Novice: Clarissa Brown and Aristocrat (33.3)
Open Novice: Jenny Caras and Fernhill Salt Lake (21.4)
Senior Novice Rider: Isabella Rodwig and Dempsey (21.9)
Junior Novice Rider A: Amelia Lohr and Skey Skippa VIP (38.3)
Junior Novice Rider B: Aimee Carson and MHF Christine (29.3)
Senior Beginner Novice Rider: Laura Marie Kramer and Atlas (40.9)
Open Beginner Novice: Rebecca Barber and Rubin Hurricane (26.4)
Junior Beginner Novice Rider: Hudsyn Bagwell and Ardeo Mermus Hill (32.2)


The horses were fantastic this weekend at Pine Top despite some very wet conditions. Thanks to the Pine Top crew for going above and beyond trying to keep the footing as safe as possible for all of the horses and riders!
Super Socks was all business and just added xc time to his dressage score of 26.1 to bring home a blue ribbon in his debut for the season. He’s always struggled with show nerves so it was a relief that he came out listening and keeping a lid on things. He’s capable of amazing work and it’s always hard when his anxiety gets in the way of him showing himself off, and I’m super proud of him for how well he stayed with me in all 3 phases!
Big Berry has really benefited from the light Covid season last year, and his dressage has really started to come along. He’s always been such a talented jumper that he’s easily moved up the levels, but his dressage has always lagged behind. His body is muscled completely different from last year and his gaits are really starting to come out. He suffered from a late round in the show jump ring and by then the footing had really deteriorated, so when he went to push off the ground at one oxer he just didn’t get the purchase he needed and had an uncharacteristic rail down. He was super across the country and finished up his first start of the season in fourth place.
Shelley Onderdonk’s Alderwood is still gaining experience at the preliminary level but boy did he impress me this weekend! A couple little bobbles in an otherwise really nice test kept him just barely outside of scoring in the 20’s, but he gave me such a good feeling and has so much more in there. He also jumped out of his skin for me in the show jumping but also had an unlucky one down due to the ground on take off, but I was super pleased with how rideable he was and how well he was jumping. He went quite late in the division on xc and is also still learning how to gallop in balance, so I took it quite easy with him on the clock to keep his confidence with the ground and to keep him jumping in balance. But he’s a total machine and is always eagerly looking for his next jump, I can’t wait for the future with him!!
With lots more rain that came in overnight on Friday and all day Saturday I decided to scratch the rest of my and my students’ horses, but can’t wait to get back out again in another couple weeks!
Thanks to all the grounds crews, volunteers, and my crew at home and at the show for making the best of a soggy weekend!!
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Posted by Matt Cecily Brown on Sunday, February 14, 2021