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Taylor Ann Adams Takes Championship and Reserve Championship Honors at the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival

Written by: Lauren Fisher
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2009-03-29

Tampa, FL – March 29, 2009 - The second week of competition at the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival concluded today with the Tampa Bay Classic’s fifth and final day of competition. The Tampa Equestrian Festival is being held at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds and will run through Saturday, April 4

The Junior Hunters 15 and Under started off their division yesterday with beautiful, sunny weather, but this morning the riders were forced to conclude their weekend showing in the pouring rain. Although it was raining heavily the majority of the morning here in Tampa, that did not stop the young riders from competing their best in the sloppy conditions.

Both the Small and Large Junior Hunters 15 and Under competed in the Main Hunter Ring this morning at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center. After showing under saddle and in two classes over fences today, it was Taylor Ann Adams who took both championship and reserve championship honors in the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under division. Adams showed Eloise to the championship tricolor, placing fourth in the under saddle and first in both classes over fences today. Eloise was also first and third over fences yesterday. Adams rode Ferngully to the reserve championship honors, placing third under saddle and second, second, first and sixth over fences

15 year-old Taylor Ann Adams is from Tennessee and trains with Don Stewart, Jr. The young rider had high praise for both her talented horses after this morning’s wins and didn’t seem to mind the mud and rain at all.

“Eloise is the best horse ever and she always does her job,” Adams smiled. “She has the best personality; she just went out there in the pouring down rain today no problem.”

Eloise is ten years old and Adams has been riding her for about six months. The pair showed in Ocala together, and about halfway through the Ocala circuit, six year-old Ferngully came along.

This was Ferngully’s second week in a row being reserve champion in the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under division, and the young horse just started showing for the first time five weeks ago. “He is a baby,” Adams stated. “He is so great; he is going to be the next big thing. We just love him and he has the best personality.”

Taylor Ann Adams has shown in Tampa for the past several years and really enjoys her time here. “I love this show; it is great,” she said. “I like the setup a lot, there are good people, good judges and good staff. They have great footing and everybody is really nice here, we don’t usually have any problems.”

The Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under division competed following the Smalls. Junior rider Samantha Schaefer rode Garfield to the championship tricolor for the second week in a row. Schaefer also had the ride aboard the division's reserve champion, Lazy Sunday.

The Small and Large Junior Hunters 16-17 also competed this morning. The Small Junior Hunters 16-17 were the first to compete, with Laura Pfeiffer riding Manchineel to the championship win. The reserve championship honors went to last week’s champion, Lyle, ridden by Abby O’Mara.

Next to compete were the Large Junior Hunters 16-17. Earning the championship honors was Practicial, ridden by Laura Pfieffer. Saving Grace and Evy Carroll took home the reserve championship tricolor.

Today was the final day of competition for the Tampa Bay Classic, the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival’s second week of competition. The third and final week of competition, the Tournament of Champions, will begin on Tuesday, March 31 and will run through April 4.

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Photo Credit: Taylor Ann Adams poses for her championship presentation in the pouring rain with Eloise, champion, and Ferngully, reserve champion at the 2009 Tampa Equestrian Festival. Photo © 2009 Lauren Fisher. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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