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Sarah Scheiring Brings Home Win in $5,000 1.25m Manhattan Saddlery Welcome Jumper Stake

Written by: Sarah Harper
Client: Monmouth at the Team
Release Date: 2016-08-19

Gladstone, NJ – Aug. 19, 2016 – Friday at Monmouth at the Team saw the start of the jumper divisions. The highlight class of the day was the $5,000 1.25m Manhattan Saddlery Welcome Jumper Stake. While the jumper riders raced the clock, spectators in the hospitality tent enjoyed was a Louisiana Mardi Gras style party sponsored by Devoucoux.

Sarah J. Scheiring and Santa Ana Lux Z, a 9-year-old Warmblood gelding owned by Brianna Branch were the first pair to go in the field of 33 starters. They laid down a clear round that set the bar high on the Skip Bailey designed course. A total of 11 pairs eventually advanced to the jump off to race against the clock.

Scheiring and Santa Ana Lux Z were first to go in the jump-off and broke the beam in 30.239 seconds laying down a time that none of the ten other pairs in the jump-off could match. Scheiring had five rides in the class and finished in third place on Prosper, a 13-year-old Warmblood gelding owned by Thomas Welsh with a jump off time of 32.124. Slipping into second place was the last pair to try to beat Scheiring’s time, Douglas King and Vlinder 407 who came in just over one second shy of the win with a time of 31.327. Making their effort even more impressive was the fact that this was King’s first show of the year on 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Royal Crown Stables.

Scheiring was thrilled with Santa Ana Lux Z on and it was clear that he is very special to her. “That horse is a super star,” she smiled.  “I won my first grand prix on him when he was 7 years old. It doesn’t matter where you get him or what you do, if you are galloping he is going to go clean and fast.”

The Skip Bailey designed course was inviting, but certainly challenged the field to bring their best. “I thought it was a beautiful course,” said Scheiring. “It was very inviting, great for a welcome class at this horse show. The course designer was brilliant.”

She praised the horse show management and the facilities at Hamilton Farm. “I am very impressed with this horse show,” she said. “I think Carrie at the in-gate did an unbelievable job. They got so many horses in so efficiently. The footing is great. The courses were great, it’s been so efficient. Everyone is so helpful at this horse show.”

Scheiring will be back on Sunday for the $10,000 1.30m Horseflight Mini-Prix to ty for a repeat performance of Friday night’s win.

Earlier in the afternoon, the 1.10m High Schooling Jumper division sponsored by Stormfront Sales LLC took center stage. Stormfront Sales LLC is owned by Chester, New Jersey local Chelsea Moss and her fiancé Santos Lamarca. The championship in this division went to Casey Wahl and Contango, a 10-yer-old Irish Sport Horse gelding.

Preceding the Welcome Stake was the $500 1.20m Jumper class was sponsored by Equisport LLC. Equisport LLC in Pittstown, NJ is owned by Grand Prix riders Adam Cramer and Lacy-Morrone Cramer. Dana Blaicher and Lola took home the blue in the event. During the afternoon class, Manhattan Saddlery hosted Ice Cream Party for all of the exhibitors featuring Penguin Ice Cream custom flavor “hoof prints”.

Friday morning featured classes in the new USHJA Outreach program sponsored by the Sameth Family. The Outreach program introduces riders to shows run under USEF/USHJA rules without the cost of becoming a member or paying non-member fees. USHJA Executive Director Kevin Price explained that the goal behind the outreach program is “to engage people who are in the hunter/jumper community and competing in unrecognized environments.”

Price explained, “For some people who haven’t been in a show environment, they may have assumptions about what recognized shows are. ‘Gee it’s just too big, or it’s too expensive,’ whatever it may be, and then they get to see it with their own eyes.” According to Price the new program has been very well received both by the public and show managers and has been growing with additional classes to be added in 2017.
 
Community involvement has been a very important aspect of the development of the Monmouth at the Team horse show. The USHJA Outreach program classes fit perfectly into the mission of the horse show. “One of our missions is to try to accommodate the whole spectrum of riders, from our entry-level ‘grass root’ riders through those riders that have upper level jumpers, who are actually the few who have had the opportunity to compete or be on this premises,” explains show owner Michael Dowling.

“The whole idea was to embrace the grass roots, support the USHJA and USEF’s programs, and give the opportunity to those people at that level,” he continued. “I personally had a short stirrup rider that was here today. They are a family that live right in the neighborhood. They’ve come and they’ve watched the Festival of Champions and the Four-In-Hand Driving competitions. The idea for this young lady to be able to step into this ring and compete was amazing to her.  

“In our very strict schedule, it was difficult to find a time and a place for these classes,” Dowling said. “But we felt it was very important to make that available to those local riders in this community. The people that really are starting out and have them exposed to this. Hopefully they will come back later and watch the Welcome class. That’s the whole point is to expose them and educate them, that’s part of our mission.”
 
Saturday will see the Child and Amateur-Owner Jumpers get their turn in the ring. Additional highlights during the week include Sunday’s $10,000 1.30m Horseflight Mini-Prix. Throughout the week, sponsors, exhibitors and spectators can enjoy wonderful hospitality. For additional information please visit www.monmouthattheteam.com.

 

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