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From Hunters to Jumpers, Riders Rave About Ridge at Riverview’s Summer Spectacular I & II

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: The Ridge Farm
Release Date: 2015-08-25

Asbury, New Jersey – August 25, 2015 – The Ridge at Riverview Summer Spectacular came to a close on August 16, and exhibitors were abuzz with excitement from two fantastic weeks of showing at the state of the art facility. From big money prize classes to unparalleled hospitality, the Ridge at Riverview take the show experience up a notch to earn rave reviews across the board.

The first week of the Summer Spectacular kicked off in top form with over $100,000 in prize money up for grabs, and the premier USEF hunter/level-four jumper competition was complete with full divisions for hunters, jumper and equitation exhibitors.

Riders gathered at the venue to prepare for the much-anticipated $2,000 Jersey Jumper Derby, $5,000 Ridge Welcome Stake and the $50,000 Asbury Grand Prix. Also slated on the schedule for the first week was the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby.

On Friday afternoon, Amber Harte took rode Emir Van De Helle, owned by Phantom Associates, to the top of the $5,000 Riverview Welcome Stake leader board. She was followed closely by Hugo Huesca and Sat De La Violle, owned by Literacy Orange, with David Tromp and Bill Clinton, owned by Koyo Investment Group, earning the third place finish.

It was Kirk Webby and Brando Du Rouet, owned by Tolleshunt Investment Group, who took home the lion’s share of the earnings with a big win in the $50,000 Asbury Grand Prix. Amanda Flint and the Coverboy Group’s Superbad ranked second, while Tromp returned to the ring with Bill Clinton to finish third.

Emily Smith and Bankwood Boy, owned by Gretchen Wintersteen, won the $500 Jersey Jumper Derby, with Lisa Bac and One Track Mind earning the second place just ahead of Maria Bagdanova Peifer and Djust Berlin. In the Riverview Mini Prix, set at 3-feet, Sarah Rupert and Theodore finished first, while August Torsilieri and Weatherby were hot on her heels in second.

In the $1,000 M&S/NAL/WIHS Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic Kara Krushel and Eclipse captured the victory, while in the $500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic Patricia Scopellite and Constantine took home the blue ribbon.

On Sunday afternoon, wrapping up the first week of competition, all eyes turned to the Derby Field where a large field of horse and rider combinations attempted to win the respect of the judges and the top call during the two-round, $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Tommy Harte and Landritter B led the way from start to finish, riding to the high scoring first round, and closing out the competition with the tricolor. Amber Harte and Meridian came in second, while Reverence with Remi Heller in the irons moved up to the third place finish.

“The Ridge at Riverview is located only about 20 minutes way from us, so whenever they have a horse show we always try to support it,” Tommy explained. “It was actually my first time doing the hunter derby, usually my wife rides the clients’ horses, and I do not compete too much anymore. She asked me, since she had one already in the class, and I decided that it was worth a shot. It was great to go in and win.”

Harte continued, “I cannot say enough good things about The Ridge at Riverview. The courses were all really nice, they have an open derby field that offers banks and natural obstacles and they really make the competition special.”

The Summer Spectacular also featured several USHJA Outreach Hunter Derby Challenges of varying fence heights, with new classes added to the schedule for the USHJA Outreach Program. The competition culminated with the USHJA Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Hunter Derby Challenge classes, with fence heights from 2'3"-3'3," providing all levels of hunter riders a chance to test their skills on the pristine derby field. Jennifer Pennington and Hercules captured the win during the Outreach Bronze Hunter Derby Challenge, Janice Conlon and Winsome Red Rose won the Outreach Silver Hunter Derby Challenge, and Zara Pyzowski and Churchill rode to the win during the Outreach Gold Hunter Derby Challenge.

During the pony division it was Corrine Sweeney and Freeport who stole the show, and then the young talent returned with St. Lazre to complete the show with a 1-2 finish in the M&S Children’s Hunter Pony Classic. Trained by Linda Smith Faver, and sibling Sean was awarded the third place.

“We loved showing at the Summer Spectacular,” Faver said. “I brought the Sagamore Farm kids to show in the Pony Hunter division, and they had a blast. It was my first time visiting the facility, and there are so many opportunities for not only the hunters, but also the jumpers. They have the kind of field that has all of the innovative options that can continue advancing either a rider or a horse’s career. They were very accommodating and it was well-run and well-managed. We will definitely be coming back next year with some of our jumpers, too.”

The second week of the Summer Spectacular resumed Friday, Aug. 14, offering highlight events such as the $10,000 Ridge at Riverview Grand Prix, $2,500 Futures Grand Prix, and the $2,000 Open Jumpers Welcome.

During the $10,000 Ridge at Riverview Grand Prix Katelyn Hess and Layla, owned by Chuck Waters, made their mark, capturing the first place in the coveted event. Nona Garson rode up-and-coming grand prix mount Boukati B, owned by G&W Equine Partners, LLC, to the second place, while Martin Marcelli and Coulash Van De Broy Z finished in third.

Stella Manship and Escalette, owned by Elan Farm, took a win early in the week during the $2,000 Open Jumper Welcome Class. Her student, Alison Cooney followed in the second place with Toluca LS, and Savanna Hajdasz rode Zarousch to the third place award.

This was the first year that the Summer Spectacular II offered the Teeny Tiny Jumper division, featuring a the Itty Bitty Mini Prix with jumps set at 2-feet to 2’3” for up and coming horse and rider combinations. Leah Saltzman, trained by Diane Little, rode Slap Shot to the first place finish, and then during the Asbury Mini Prix Melissa Horn Lacinski and Glitter and Charm took the win.

Do not miss out on the opportunity to experience everything the Ridge at Riverview has to offer. If you missed out on the chance to show during the Summer Spectacular I & II, then mark your calendar for the Asbury Classic, set to take place this fall.

This premier state-of-the-art facility offers the best of the equestrian sports with tough competition, a wide array of classes and generous prize money. Located only an hour from New York City, New York, and an hour from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Ridge at Riverview offers one of the most centrally located horse shows in the northern United States. For more information about the Ridge at Riverview please visit


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