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Lillie Keenan and Aspen Spring, Small Pony champions at Monmouth County Horse Show.

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Heritage Farm Earns Multiple Pony Championships at Monmouth County Horse Show, Carolyn Kelly Wins in Two Divisions

Written by: Jennifer Wood and Jenny Ross
Client: Monmouth County Horse Show
Release Date: 2005-08-19

Jenny Ross and Jennifer Wood for Phelps Media Group, Inc.

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Photo Credit: Lillie Keenan and Aspen Spring, Small Pony champions at Monmouth County Horse Show. Photo by Randi Muster.

Heritage Farm Earns Multiple Pony Championships at Monmouth County Horse Show, Carolyn Kelly Wins in Two Divisions

East Freehold, NJ –August 19- Heritage Farm of Katonah, New York came away with three tricolor ribbons today at the 110th Monmouth County Horse Show. Trainer Patricia Griffith and co-trainer Caitlyn Shiels contributed to the wins of their students and ponies as their Small, Medium, and Large Ponies excelled over courses on the grass field.

Lillie Keenan aboard Aspen Spring won top awards over the last two days and came away with champion in the Small Pony division. The pink-nosed grey pony, owned by Chansonette Farm, resides in New York, New York. Keenan, a bright eight year old, won both classes today after two great performances over the Wendy Chapot designed courses. These were added to second, third, and fourth places from yesterday for the championship. “This is our first time here at the Monmouth County Horse Show, and we love it,” asserted Keegan, “We win really cool prizes too!”

Aspen Spring, nicknamed “Flora,” jumped beautifully through the combination that headed toward the in-gate and was greeted afterward by Lillie’s mother and her friend Reed Kessler. Kessler, also trained by Patricia Griffith, rode her pony Helicon Take Notice in the Small Pony division as well, coming home with two third place ribbons. The Reserve Champion went to Megan Davis of Lutherville, MD and her bay pony Far From Home.

Keenan was a star in the Medium Pony division as well. She piloted Annie Davidson’s bay pony, Debutante, to a double win and earned the tricolor reserve champion. Davidson, Debutante’s owner, lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania and recently won the USEF Pony Medal Finals on Debutante in Lexington, Kentucky. The champion of the Medium Pony division was the adorable white-socked chestnut, Forever After, ridden by owner Claudia Easton.

Easton of Mendenhall, PA trains with Joanne Copeland at J.B.C. Enterprise. Copeland commented, “Claudia rides any chance she can get. She just loves it. She’s very dedicated and lots of fun to teach. She just got a pony jumper, so that’s exciting for us.”

The Large Pony division champion was awarded to Crimson Sky, another Heritage Farm entry. The chestnut, owned by Ashley Toffolon of Bronxville, NY, performed “perfectly” for catch-rider Kaitlin Campbell. Thirteen year old Campbell rides with Patty Miller and showed her pony, Cinderella, in the Medium Pony division today.

The Grand Pony Champion was awarded to the pony with the greatest number of total points during the show. The silver perpetual trophy was presented today by Samantha Conroy and Jennifer Glass to Mapleside Magic Dancer of Pipersville, PA. The dapple grey, owned and ridden by Rachel Roter, earned a first and second today in the Large Pony Division, as well as the reserve champion. “Dancer” also earned first, second, and was champion of the Large Green Pony Division.

Roter and “Dancer” just finished up at the Pony Finals in Kentucky, where they earned fourth overall in their division and were the Welsh Cobb Green Pony reserve champion.

Carolyn Kelly Leads the Way in Small and Large Junior Hunters

The junior hunter riders started their competition today under a light rain, but it did not keep Carolyn Kelly from impressing the judges. The 16 year old from New York City rode her Small Junior 16-17 Hunter, Cool Blue, to the win in the under saddle class and first and second place finishes in the remaining over fences classes. In the Handy Hunter Class, Kelly and Cool Blue received a score of 90 from the judges. Regarding the open numerical format used at this World Championship Hunter Rider show, Kelly commented, “It’s nice to instantly know where you stand.” She added, “He was really good, and I always like the courses where you can go really slow and jump well.”

In the combined Large Junior Hunter division, Kelly was once again the rider leading the jog. She and Dynamic were spectacular today as they won all three classes. Kelly enjoys showing at Monmouth. “I showed here two years ago, but I was in Athens last year to watch the Olympics,” she explained. “I like it and it’s a lot of fun at Monmouth. I’ve done well here also, so that always adds to it.”

Another competitor in the Large Junior Hunter division today was 16 year old Alex Stathis of Short Hills, NJ. Stathis rode Truly for owner Molly Ohrstrom of The Plains, VA. The pair was second in the Handy Hunter class and fourth in the hack. In the Small Junior 15 & Under division, Stathis rode her own Davis Cup and received two blues and a second place. Stathis commented on the adjustment she makes from the full-bodied Davis to the more fine-boned Truly. She remarked, “Truly is more of a slow ride and has an even pace, while Davis has more of a spring to him. They’re a little bit different.”

Stathis also enjoys the fact that Monmouth County Horse Show is in New Jersey, and said, “I still have to stay in a hotel, just because we have to be here first thing in the morning to ride the horses. I do like being relatively close to home, and it’s not that far of a drive.”

The junior hunter classes will continue competition tomorrow, and three championships will be awarded. In addition, the champions will also be determined in the Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions.

Photo Credit: Lillie Keenan and Aspen Spring, Small Pony champions at Monmouth County Horse Show. Photo by Randi Muster.

110th Annual Monmouth County Horse Show Fast Facts

EVENT: 110th Annual Monmouth County Horse Show and Ride for Riverview to benefit Riverview Medical Center

WHAT: New Jersey’s Longest Running and Most Prestigious Hunter and Jumper Horse Show. Sanctioned and recognized by: United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) “AA” USEF 3*, American Hunter Jumper Foundation (AHJF), New Jersey Professional Horseman’s Association (NJPHA), New Jersey Horse Show Association (NJHSA), Marshall and Sterling and USGPL, North American League, Washington International Horse Show, A Member Event of the World Champion Hunter Rider Program Tour. (AHJF/WCHR Series)

WHERE: East Freehold Park, Freehold, New Jersey

WHEN: August 17th through 21st, 2005

ADMISSION: Admission is free to the public.

PARKING: Parking is free to the public.

VIP SEATING: Spectator Club Tables:
Front Row Tables (seating for 12) $1,500
2nd & 3rd Row Tables (seating for 8) $1,000
Includes lunch Wed through Saturday 12-2, Sunday 1-3
We DO NOT sell individual seats.

Caterer is "David's World Famous"

Contact Ellen Tully – 732-291-0389
or email at:

VENDOR/TRADE: Prices range from $200 to $250 with oversized spaces available. Hook ups and water extra. Vendors, please call Ellen Tully, Chairman - Vendor Organizing Committee at 732-291-0389 for further information. Or email at:

Garden State Parkway to Rte. 9 South. Rte. 9 South to Rte. 18 South. Rte. 18 South to Rte. 537 West. Rte. 527 West to Kozloski Rd. jughandle (right turn). Follow ramp to Kozlowski Road West. Show grounds 1 ½ miles on the right.

From South:
Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, Rte. 34 North. Rte. 34 North to Rte. 33 West. Rte. 33 West to Kozlowski Road. Turn right on Kozlowski Rd. Show grounds after first light on left.

From Turnpike:
Exit 8 (from South). Take Rte. 33 East, stay on alternate route (not business) to Halls Mills Road East. Halls Mills Road turns into Kozloski Rd. after third light. Show grounds is on left.

THE FACILITY: East Freehold Park
1500 Kozloski Road, Freehold, NJ
(732) 842-4000 or (732) 431-4664

81 beautiful acres of show grounds for horse shows, dog shows, and special events each year, including the Irish Festival. East Freehold Park is the home of the annual Monmouth County Fair. Upwards of 100,000 people enjoy the 5-day late July event. Permanent show rings. Tens of thousands have attended the Monmouth County Horse Show over the years.

HIGHLIGHTS: The 110th Annual Monmouth County Horse Show and the Ride for Riverview will once again benefit the Jane H. and John Marshall Booker Cancer Center at Riverview Medical Center, located in Red Bank, New Jersey. Through the generosity of sponsors and exhibitors, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for this worthwhile cause.

Friday, August 19, 2005
$10,000 Open Jumper Welcome Stake

Saturday, August 20, 2005
“Family Day at Monmouth” 10am-4pm featuring Pony Rides, Face Painting, Clowns, Rides and Games
Junior, Amateur Owner, Children and Adult Jumpers
$10,000 Paul Miller Automotive Saab/Land Rover of Woodbridge Hunter Classic

Sunday, August 21, 2005
Juliam Farms Leadline classes
Pipe and Drums of the Jersey Shore Shillelaghs
$5,000 Junior-Amateur Owner Jumper Classic
$30,000 Stillwell-Hansen Grand Prix


The Monmouth Group, Inc.

Stadium Jumping, Inc.
1301 Sixth Ave West Suite 406
Bradenton, FL 34205

Prior to August 15 (941) 744-5465
From August 16 (732) 780-3150

Kim Tudor - 908-512-2828

Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Kenneth Kraus
Mason Phelps, Jr.
Jennifer Wood
13833 Wellington Trace
Unit E-4 #221
Wellington, Florida 33414


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