Wednesday, May 1, 2013

April Combined Test Wrap-up

Photo by Lauren Murphy.

Sunday, April 21 we hosted the first in our spring series of three combined tests. The day started chilly, but by mid-morning the sun was out and it began to feel like spring. The show had thirty-two entries from training level to pre-elementary and featured adorable kids and ponies as well as lovely green horses beginning their eventing careers.

First of all, a huge thanks must go out to our wonderful volunteers! We are so lucky to have such committed boarders and friends and truly couldn't do it without you. A BIG thank you also to Lauren Murphy, who provided all of these wonderful photos!

Jan Conlon (R) was the dressage judge. The show jumping course was designed by CBF resident instructor Erika (Hawkes) Hendricks, who made an appearance despite having had her appendix removed last week! Erika said, "I try to design the courses with the parameters of recognized events in mind while keeping the courses flowing and easily adaptable to all levels."

Allie and Chloe finished second in the training division. Photo by Lauren Murphy.

In the Training level division, CBF’s own Allie Kohlberg and her elegant mare Clover Hill put in a polished test to score a 29 in dressage. A clean stadium added no penalties and she placed second, just behind Debbie Carlson and Carlingford Knight, who finished on their dressage score of 24.

Novice was the largest division of the day with eight competitors. Sandy Niles and her eye-catching Black Tie Affair led from start to finish with a score of 30. Daun DeFrance riding Quite the Casanova held onto second place with no jumping penalties, finishing on a score of 34. Victoria Wilson and Quarter Note jumped clean to finish third on their dressage score of 36.5.

Organizer Nici Hornblower sets the novice course. Photo by Lauren Murphy.

In Beginner Novice A, a junior division of two, Katie Santin and Finnegan pulled two rails in show jumping, but won the class with a score of 41.33 after Catherine Grenier and Dancin’ suffered an unfortunate elimination in show jumping after scoring a 33.33 in dressage.

Alyssa Carpenter and Future Perfekt led Beginner Novice B (the senior division with four competitors) from wire to wire, finishing with a score of 37.14. Both Amanda Teft (riding Lacy Lu) and Michelle Fotev (on Urioso) ended on a score of 42.38, but the tie was broken by collective marks in the dressage and Amanda took home the red ribbon.

 CBF trainer/instructor Stephie Baer walks the BN course with Ari Cora. Photo by Lauren Murphy.

The junior division Elementary A featured seven riders. The class was won by Hannah Donovan and Big Time Rush, who were in second place after dressage on a 37, but moved up to first when Dorothea Callen and High Tide pulled a rail in show jumping to add four penalties to their dressage score of 35. Third went to Carlie Cichocki riding Sillygoose with a score of 41.5.

The senior division Elementary B was won by CBF’s own Jennifer Harrison and the lovely paint Cherry, who finished on a 30.5. Second place went to Laura Tracy and Olive Grove, who jumped clean to score a 32. In third was Brenda Casey and Killian’s Irish Red, who scored a 41.

Pre-elementary was split into two divisions, junior and senior, each with one rider. CBF’s Elizabeth Gill and her adorable pony Sweet Dream earned their blue ribbon in Pre-Elementary A with a 38.13 and senior rider Melissa Restifo scored a 47.5 in Pre-Elementary B riding Norma Jean.

 Elizabeth Gill and her pony Sweet Dream won PE-A, as well as the spectators' hearts! Photo by Lauren Murphy.

The full results from the show can be found here

The next combined test in the series is May 19 and entries are now open. We are also accepting entries for our annual Memorial Day clinic with Stephie Baer. More information can be found at CBF's Shows and Clinics page. As always, we could use some volunteers for the May 19 show, so if you're interested please contact us at See you there!

-- Casy

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