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The Future is Now at Lionshare Farm Peter Leone and Homebred, Wayfarer, Win the Six Year Old Jumper Classic Plus Big Wins for Russekoff’s Rico Suave and Hallejujah

Written by: Carrie Wirth
Client: Peter Leone and Lionshare Farm http://www.lionsharefarm.com/
Release Date: 2012-04-04

Wellington, FL- April 4, 2012 - Olympic Silver Medalist, Peter Leone and Lionshare Farm’s Wayfarer rode a faultless first round along with 11 other riders out of a total field of 46 in the the $15,000 Adequan Six Year Old Young Jumper Classic. Leone and Wayfarer were last to go in the jump off. The formidable team of Jeffery Welles and Bilion, were in first place with a time of 40.044.

“Last year’s five year old Hampton Classic winner, Bilion with Jeffery Welles was leading when I went in the ring, last to go. Jeffery also won this very class for the five year olds last year Bilion. It is a very fast horse. Jeffery is a very fast rider. I am on a big, scopey, power jumper. I needed to tap into his big stride and make tight turns and leave strides out. I went out there to take advantage of my horse’s strengths. Everything worked out. I am very excited that I was able to beat the very fast horse, Bilion.

The fastest clean jump off at 39.704 edged out second place Jeffery Welles and Bilion to put Wayfarer and Leone on top to earn the win.

Wayfarer is by Nona Garson’s Languster, a Danish Warmblood stallion out of a Holsteiner mare, Callie Leone’s Young Rider horse, Angel. And according to Leone, “He was born big and handsome. From day one he showed character, range, scope and intelligence and he is just a genuinely, lovely talent. His nickname, his is “The Future”, because if I do have a future in the sport, it is going to be because of that horse.”
Wayfarer was third in the five-year-old finals at the Hampton Classic. After he came out of the ring he went in the field for two or three months, got fit, and then came down here (Wellington). He won a nice six year old qualifier here and was second in another one. He is so talented and has such a good brain that I did some 1.30 m classes with him and he was magnificent. The bigger the jumps and the harder the course, the more you can see what this horse has to offer.

My biggest challenge is to not rush him. I absolutely will not ask him to do more than 1.30m this year. I will try to find the best possible competition venues so he gets experience jumping on grass, jumping in a stadium-like environment like here. I don’t think I am going to introduce him to indoors yet. My goal is to keep him healthy, keep him fit, keep him confident, and expose him to good arenas. If he does nine more competitions this whole show year – nine more competitions and he usually does two competitions per show – so he has 18 classes between now and the end of the year, and it probably won’t even be that many.

In the 7 year old final Leone was 5th with double clear and very fast rounds with My Pleasure,owned by the My Pleasure LLC. His sire is For Pleasure, the great German show jumper ridden over the years by Lars Nieburg and Marcus Enning. This handsome Chestnut gelding strongly resembles his father in appearance and way of going. Leone looks forward to him competing in some small grand prix later in the show season.

Lionshare Farms celebrated well-earned wins in the pony divisions as well in Week 12. Isabella Russekoff’s Rico Suave came back to win the championship in the Small Pony Hunters and her Large Pony, Hallelujah, was Reserve in that division.

“Daisy Farish rode the pony the first day but had a bad fall on another pony so Michaela Langmeyer, who had ridden Rico in the past rode him the second day. She won the handy which secured the championship. Parker Wright was Reserve Champion on Hallelujah. He won the handy by executing a difficult option that no one else chose. It was a very inside/inside track with an extreme slice on the first jump. He said he could do the inside/inside option and I told him to go for it.

Parker is 13 rides with Bill Shawb and he’s been helping me when Isabella’s not here. He is very smart and has a great feel . Isabella was thrilled- she stays in touch by texting and knows how they’re doing at all times. She gets super excited when they do well.

Peter Leone is an Olympic equestrian, trainer, producer of hunter/jumper instructional DVDs and author. He owns and operates Lionshare Farm in Greenwich, CT. His clients successfully compete in the pony, equitation, hunter and jumper divisions. He is one of three brothers, internationally known as Team Leone, for their success in the show ring. Leone was a member of the 1996 Silver Medal United States Olympic Show Jumping Team and winner of numerous national and international Grand-Prix show jumping competitions.

For more information about Peter Leone and Lionshare Farm go to:
www.lionsharefarm.com

To purchase Peter Leone’s Ride the Body: Select Insights of Peter Leone DVD go to: www.lionsharefarm.com

To be notified when the book, Peter Leone’s Jumping Clinic: Success Strategies for Equestrian Athletes by Peter Leone and Kimberly S. Jaussi, PhD will be available, contact: cw@phelpsmediagroup.com

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