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Pony Ring Veterans Ali Tritschler and Dreamland Ride to Top Honors in the $2,500 Pony Hunter Classic on the Final Day of the Fieldstone Spring Festival

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG) http://www.stadiumjumping.com/sj/index.cfm
Release Date: 2013-05-19

Halifax, MA – May 19, 2013 – Sunny skies welcomed hunter competitors back out on the grass field for the final day of the Fieldstone Spring Festival. All eyes were on the Pony Hunters, who were given the opportunity to showcase their talent on the grass field for the first time all week in the $2,500 Pony Hunter Classic. The Adult and Children’s Hunter horses and riders also took to the greenery as they completed the second round of the $1,500 Adult Hunter Classic and $1,500 Children’s Hunter Classic.

Today’s feature event, the $2,500 Pony Hunter Classic, was definitely a crowd favorite at the Fieldstone Spring Festival. Twenty-two ponies and their young riders vied for the classic win, but it was ultimately Dreamland with Ali Tritschler in the irons that took home the top prize.

Keith Bollette designed a first round course meant to challenge both pony and rider while still allowing them to show off their handiness and brilliance. The course started over an inviting vertical away from the in-gate. From there, ponies and riders continued down the diagonal to a bending line, followed by a fairly tight rollback to a two-stride combination, and a long approach to a natural barrel roll top on the diagonal. Riders then took a right turn to another vertical, and ended over a bending line towards the in-gate.

Riding to an impressive score of 84 in the first round was Skyler Fields aboard her own medium pony Silly Putty. Close on her heels was Ali Tritschler, who navigated Linda Evans’ Dreamland to a first round score of 83. Tritschler knew she would have to lay down an equally impressive trip in the second round if she wanted to outride Fields for the win.

“I thought my first round was good,” smiled Tritschler. “I’ve ridden him for three years so I am really comfortable on him and we won one of the derbies here before so I knew he would go well out on the derby field. I think he is just so pretty when he canters around on the field and it just shows how unique he is.”

The top 12 ponies returned to the field for the second round of the classic. Riders were to begin over a single vertical going away from the in-gate, proceed to a bending line on the diagonal, and jump another single vertical on the other side of the field. After riding down another bending line towards the in-gate, riders would carefully guide their ponies through a tight right rollback on a two-stride combination and end over the barrel roll top jump.

As the last of the large ponies to show in the second round, Tritschler relied on her consistency and longtime relationship with Dreamland to bring them success. Her helpful guidance in the saddle and trust in her mount’s ability to perform paid off, earning them a second round score of 82. The pressure was on Fields, as Tritschler and Dreamland had set the bar high. Unfortunately, Fields and Silly Putty could not match their first round performance. The duo received a 70 for their efforts, bringing their overall score to 154, good for fourth. However, Fields and Silly Putty’s first round score of 84 remained the highest of any round of the classic. Claiming the win in the $2,500 Pony Hunter Derby with an overall score of 165 was Dreamland with Ali Tritschler in the irons for Linda Evans of South Hadley, MA.

“Going into the second round, I wanted to keep my pace the same around the entire course because I think I changed my pace a few times in the first round,” explained Tritschler. “I really just did not want to change much else because he was being so good. I think the second round went really well. He was just perfect. I played it a little safe but he is so pretty and I think it was a very nice round.”

Tritschler continued, “Dreamland wants you to tell him everything, he needs you to be there with him all the time. He is super confident. I normally show him in the large pony hunters. We won one of the $3,000 Derbies here last year. I love showing out here on the field, it is so fun. I actually won the first pony derby that Fieldstone held out here on the grass. After this, we are going to Devon, and we will return to Fieldstone for the rest of their summer shows.”

In the end, it was Annabel Revers and her own Jeremiah P Duck who took home second place honors in the classic with scores of 81 and 79. Revers also received scores of 78 and 77 aboard Lise Revers’ Romeo, good for the third place ribbon.

Earlier in the day, the Adult and Children’s Hunter riders were given the opportunity to compete on grass in the $1,500 Adult Hunter Classic and $1,500 Children’s Hunter Classic.

All competitors completed the first round of their classic in the Main Hunter Ring before advancing to the grass field for their second and final round of the day. Bollotte designed an inviting course for horses and riders alike. For many, it was their first time competing on the grass at this competition, and they were not given an opportunity to warm up on the field over the fences they would face in their classic round. However, the competitors stepped up to the challenge and turned in many beautiful trips out on the greenery.

First to show on the grass were the Adult Hunters, where Holly French and La Vita took the win in the $1,500 Adult Hunter Classic, and Jacquie Maggiore of Winchester, MA rode her own Contina to a second place finish. Rounding out the top three was Fantasia Rouge, an entry ridden and owned by JoJo Howland from Littleton, MA.

“My first round was good, I haven’t ridden the horse much but it wasn’t a very hard course,” commented French. “Going into the second round, I tried to ride a bit more forward because it was a bigger ring. I think my long run to the oxer was nice because I kept my pace, so that worked out well. La Vita is not actually mine; she belongs to Raven Weinlein out of Palm Coast, FL. She is a sale horse and I was able to show her. She is really fun and an easy ride. This is only my second time showing her, I showed her once in Ocala and now once here. She is very easy, she is a slower horse so you need a lot of leg but other than that you don’t really have to do much; she is pretty straightforward. I really enjoyed riding out on the grass today; it was a lot of fun.”

Following the Adults, the Children’s riders took their turn in the $1,500 Children’s Hunter Classic. Finishing on top was Falvy Brennan riding Roshambo to the blue ribbon win. Roshambo is owned by Megan Blair of Hingham, MA. Annabel Revers was awarded with the second place honors on Lisa Revers’ Bavarian, an entry out of Weston, MA. Cali Ebersole was rewarded with the third place award aboard El Mortio Blue Sea, a horse owned by Jodi Ebersole of North Granby, CT.

“He was really good, we got all of the hunter gaps to the jumps which allowed him to jump really well,” described Brennan. “I could just let him go on a loose rein and he was perfect. He lights up in the field so I usually just take my spurs off. To the first jump, he actually spooked and jumped it really big and I kind of got left behind but other than that he was really good and I just had to use all my space. My bending lines really made me stand out.”

Brennan continued, “Roshambo is ten and he was actually supposed to be a big jumper but he goes really slow so they made him a hunter. He is a barn favorite and I really love him. He takes a lot of leg and he likes a loose gappy rein and a hunter type of ride. My first time on the field was on Friday in the derby and today was my second time. In the Children’s division we won all the over fences and were champion.”

The Fieldstone Spring Festival concluded today with the Pony, Adult, and Children’s Hunter classics. Competition at the Fieldstone Show Park will resume again in June with the Plymouth Rock Hunter Jumper Classic. For more information on Stadium Jumping and the approaching Plymouth Rock Hunter Jumper Classic, please visit www.showfieldstone.com. You can also follow the Fieldstone Horse Shows on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fieldstone.equestrian.

 

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