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Cole Battershall and Rogelio Presentation

Cole Battershalland Rogelio

Rachel McMullen and Clear Sailing Presentation

Rachel McMullen and Clear Sailing

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Alliy Moyer and Carlson

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Rachel McMullen and Clear Sailing Claim Junior 15 and Under Hunter Championship

Written by: Sarah Harper
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2016-07-29

Traverse City, MI – July 29, 2016 – On Friday, the R.L. Polk Family Main Hunter Ring was host to the division championships for Junior and Amateur Owner Hunters. The junior riders showed off their talents in the hunter ring, but many have been putting in time in the jumper and equitation rings as well and are preparing for Saturday’s $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by the Gochman Family and Baxter Hill Farm.

In the Junior 15 and Under Hunter division, the championship cooler went to Rachel McMullen and Clear Sailing, a 9-year-old mare owned by Redfield Farm. The reserve champion was Sloan Hopson and Coachella, a 14-year-old warmblood gelding owned by Avery Griffin.

McMullen was multi-tasking on Friday, taking third place in the W.I.H.S. Equitation Jumper Phase and fifth place in the Hunter Phase. The 15-year-old also has her sights set on Saturday’s $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by the Gochman Family and Baxter Hill Farm.

She was thrilled with her Thoroughbred-cross mare Clear Sailing’s performance on Friday morning. “She was exceptional today,” McMullen grinned. “She’s a bay mare, so she has your typical bay mare attitude, but she tries really hard. She has an amazing jump and a really huge stride. She’s just a top quality mare.”  

McMullen praised the horse show and her experience competing in all three rings. “This is actually my second year back here but my first time with the new management,” McMullen said. “I show in all three rings, so it’s been great. Exhibitor services are amazing, the rings have been great and I’m just really thrilled with how it’s been going. I’ll be doing the equitation and hopefully the international derby tomorrow night and some of the jumpers too.”

McMullen was not the only busy junior rider winning championships on Friday. In the Junior 16-17 Hunter division, Cole Battershall and Rogelio, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Rolling Acres, took home the tricolor. The reserve champion was Emma Lena Green and Hennessy, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding.

Battershall had two horses in the division and was happy with both of their performances on Friday. “They are two completely different horses,” Battershall explained. “Rogelio I have to ride a little bit different than Foremost. Foremost is pretty young, so I was really happy that he got a first today. They were both really really good this morning, I was really happy with them. Rogelio is your basic hunter, he needs more of a looser rein, he jumps really well, he’s all around perfect for the hunters.

Batershall is another junior rider who will not just be sticking to the hunter ring. “I’ll be in the jumper ring, doing the modified jumpers,” she explained.  “I did the Pessoa and the Maclay yesterday. So I’m pretty busy in all three rings here. This is one of my favorite horse shows. I love it here and every year we seem to have a good year.”

Alliy Moyer and Carlson, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding, were the champions in the Amateur Owner division. The reserve champion Susan Baker and Q, a 10-year-old warmblood gelding.

Moyer was pleased with her ride on Friday. “He was great,” Moyer smiled. “He’s a professional by now, he’s 12 years-old. He’s just very consistent, if I ride well then he always performs to his best.”

The pair have a solid partnership that is a joy to watch. “I’ve had him for six and a half years,” Moyer explained. “We pretty much know each other, and know what the other is thinking. I can do whatever I want and he’s like ‘OK sure Mom’.”

Moyer enjoyed the Thomas Hern Jr. designed course. “I thought it was really nice,” she said. “I love being out here, it’s so open and the lines are long and very flowing.”

Hunter competition will continue Saturday with the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by the Gochman Family and Baxter Hill Farm as well as the $5,000 Glory Days Farm LLC, USHJA National Hunter Derby on Sunday July 31.

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