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Top Call Farm Heads into Devon Horse Show With Winning Michigan Circuit

Written by: Emily Riden
Client: Top Call Farm
Release Date: 2013-05-27

Grass Lake, MI – May 27, 2013 – From the professional hunters to the equitation ring to the jumpers, Top Call Farm was a winning presence across the divisions at this spring’s Hunter Jumper Association of Michigan (HJAM) shows. Throughout the three weeks of “AA” rated competition held May 1-5, May 8-12 and May 15-19, Greg Crolick dominated the professional hunter divisions, winning championships in the First Year Green Hunters, Second Year Green Hunters and the High Performance Hunters.

Crolick and Carson, owned by Orchard Lake Farms (Mark & Alyssa Mitchell), led the High Performance Hunters each time they competed, winning division championships at both the HJAM Welcome Show held May 1-5 and the HJAM Annual Show held May 15-19 before ultimately being named circuit champions. Together with Crolick, the Dutch Warmblood’s name has frequently graced the top of the leaderboard, including at HITS Ocala’s $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, and the same held true in Top Call Farm’s home state. Carson swept all five of the High Performance division classes during the first week of competition.

Similarly, Crolick racked up the points and top honors during the HJAM horse shows with Grey Street, owned by Adrienne Marciano. Grey Street, a first year Brandenburg gelding, delivered another impressive division sweep, winning every First Year Green Hunter class during the HJAM Welcome Show. Crolick and Grey Street returned the following week to again be named First Year Green Hunter champions.

Also making a mark with Crolick was Comprende’, owned by Courtney Schwabauer.

Comprende’ earned top ribbons during week one and returned with Crolick to be named the week two reserve champion and the week three grand champion. Comprende’s consistently strong performances throughout the series earned him the Performance Hunter Circuit Championship, one of several circuit championships for Top Call Farm. Schwabauer also rode Comprende’ to the top of leaderboard in the Junior 16-17 Hunters during the last week of competition.

7-year-old Lasalle, owned by Savannah Mannes, added to the impressive Top Call Farm list of wins and championships. The extremely talented mount was named champion at all three of the HJAM spring shows competing as a Second Year Green Hunter with Crolick at the reins. Crolick and Lassalle went on to win the acclaimed Grand Green Hunter Circuit Champion.

Lassalle earned additional top ribbons with owner Mannes as the pair made their junior hunter debut in the 16-17 year-old division, clinching an impressive win in the Junior Hunter Classic.

“He had a great showing,” Crolick said of Lassalle. “It was Savannah’s first time in the Junior Hunters, and he marched right around for her and was absolutely wonderful. The 3’9” was easy for him, so we’re really excited about the summer and possibly looking toward indoors for them.” 

While Mannes is new to the junior hunter ring, she’s competed in the equitation divisions throughout the past year. During her time at the HJAM shows, she rode Mambo King, owned by she and Equi-Sport, LLC, to high placings in numerous equitation classes including a third place finish in the ASPCA Maclay class.

Fellow Top Call Farm rider Jackie Wood secured numerous ribbons in the equitation classes, including a win in the Pessoa Medal during week two, riding Cancun owned by she and Seth Vallhonrat. Wood also won top awards in the Children’s Jumper division with Papageno. Owned by Maggie Levy, Papageno and Wood were named division champions at the HJAM Welcome Show and reserve champions at the HJAM Annual Show.  

In the Low Children’s Hunters, Alyssa Mitchell rode Carlotta to the reserve championship during week two, while Collie Ballard and Come Together earned the reserve championship in the Schooling Hunter Horse division during week three.

Rounding out the three weeks of winning for Crolick was Black Pearl, a new lease for Shelby Kassab. Black Pearl finished in the top two of all of the Conformation Hunter over fences classes, earning him the reserve championship award.

The HJAM horse shows served as the perfect opportunity to earn points and prepare for Top Call Farm’s next stop on the show schedule – the Devon Horse Show in Devon, PA. Starting today, Crolick will be competing in the show’s esteemed Dixon Oval aboard both Carson and Grey Street, whom he’s qualified in the High Performance Hunters and First Year Green Hunters, respectively.

“Devon’s a really special place to horse show, and right now I’m feeling confident with both of them. They’re both fit and ready to go following our shows here,” Greg shared. “We’re going to be competing against some extremely nice horses. There are always those strong adrenaline-pumping nerves when you’re sitting at that in-gate waiting to walk into the ring. It definitely makes you perform at a higher lever, for both me and also for the horses.”

About Top Call Farm:

Located at the beautiful Bloomfield Open Hunt Club, Top Call Farm, owned by Greg and Jessica Crolick, offers full service riding and training programs for horse and rider. Top Call Farm provides training of the show horse and rider as well as riding instruction for those just starting out.

 

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