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Plymouth Rock Classic Welcomes Exhibitors Back For a Top-Tier Week of Hunter/Jumper Competition

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG) http://www.stadiumjumping.com/sj/index.cfm
Release Date: 2013-06-19

Halifax, MA – June 19, 2013 – The rings were set, a brisk breeze blew in, and the first day of the Plymouth Rock Hunter/Jumper Classic got underway at the Fieldstone Show Park this morning. It was nothing but blue skies after days of heavy rain, but the riders showed no deterrence as they took to the competition in the hunter and jumper rings. It was Fifi Schmidt and Gotta Dance who stole the spotlight today in the Performance 3’3” Hunters, while Chrissy Gilbertson and Diesel rode to the top of the leader board during the 1.15 Open Jumpers.

Tom Hern of Plymouth, MA, is the designer for this week’s hunter courses. His track proved both flowing and technical as the riders strived to pick up the pace and claim the top call during today’s Performance 3’3” Hunter division and Pre-Green Hunters. Riders were faced with many inside turn options during the handy course of the Performance 3’3” Hunters, and especially had to step up the pace through the two-stride heading away from the in gate. Many riders displayed their handiness when taking the trot fence, bringing their mounts to a trot about three strides before. This was the case with Fifi Schmidt and Gotta Dance, owned by Alexis Anderson of New Canaan, CT.

Schmidt guided the gelding through two beautiful rounds over fences, but it was her handy round that truly made them shine. She saw the options as a chance to rise to the top, and did just that as they nabbed the first place ribbon. Schmidt and Gotta Dance were also awarded the fourth place finish during the first round, as well as the first place for their efforts in the under saddle.

“He’s a really nice horse and very good about turning,” Schmidt explained. “He gets more excited, and jumps better, the more you challenge him. Our plan in the handy was to just do the best turns we could do because he jumps great. He’s a lot of fun, and has a great jump. You always know that if you put him to a good distance he will put in a great effort.”

Rindy Dominguez of Barrington, RI, and her own mount Clear Skies were presented with the first place ribbon after their exemplary opening round, also taking the third place award for their trip in the handy. Jennifer Tate and Cavallino, owned by Barbara Kravetz of Sharn, MA, earned back-to-back red ribbons for their rounds over fences.

Jennifer Tate also showed her winning ways during the Pre-Green Hunters aboard Florestan, owned by owned by Barbara Kravetz of Sharn, MA. The duo swept the over fences with their traditional style, sure to make tomorrow a competitive ride as they strive to hold their lead in the division. Frank Perla and Samuel, owned by Kathleen Mitchell, are just behind Tate with two third place ribbons from today’s Pre-Green Hunters Over Fences.

In the jumper ring Chrissy Gilbertson of Lynnfield, MA, piloted Diesel to the win in the 1.15 Jumpers. She knew she had to be quick and tidy in the jump-off in order to seal her victory, and with a first round time of 63.277 seconds, she knew she could do it. With a forward pace Gilbertson took the jump-off course with ease, nudging Melissa Jacobs of Buffalo, NY, out of the lead. Gilbertson posted a double-clear ride in 39.378 seconds to take the blue ribbon.

“He is very hot in the ring, and he just gets going while I have to try to stay calm,” Gilberston said. “He's very careful. He knows his job and he loves doing it.”

Jacobs settled for second place after posting a jump-off ride sans jumping faults, but she eventually racked up two time faults for her more conservative pace. She and Ultra D’Eclipse accepted the red ribbon, while Sarah Cheever of Hampstead, NH, and Mayhem finished with four faults in the third place position.

Gilbertson bought Diesel in Florida last winter, and the two are just getting to know one another. This was only their third week showing with one another, but their connection in the show ring was apparent.

“I thought the course went great, it felt pretty easy and my horse went really well for me,” Gilbertson stated. “In the jump-off I tried to just keep looking for the next jump, and I trusted that my horse would be careful. I had to get him back a little in the corner so we wouldn't be going too fast—he was definitely going today.”

Gilbertson continued, “I showed at Fieldstone a few years ago, and then came back this spring for the Fieldstone Spring Classic. It is beautiful here. The improvements are great; they make me want to come back again. I will definitely return for the Fieldstone Summer Showcase in August.”

After the 1.15 Jumpers concluded, it was time for the 1.20 Open Jumpers to commence in the Grand Prix Field. The course, designed by Phil DeVita of Apopka, FL, was set beautifully against the all-grass ring. Riders were faced with 13 efforts including a vertical-vertical double combination, an oxer-vertical double combination and a vertical-oxer double combination. The results were based off of the first round time, and riders were forced to utilize their speed and agility as they sliced turns and aimed for the blue ribbon prize.

Gregory Prince and Hopeful Star, owned by Jeff Papows of Cambridge, MA, were the first to take on DeVita’s course. They found fault at obstacle six, a Boston Red Sox oxer, eventually securing the third place position. It came down to a race between Wendy Smith and D.J. Volandre for the first place finish.

Smith tackled the course with no hesitation, riding Wednesday Mornin, owned by Diane Denby of Somers, CT, to a clean effort in 71.167 seconds. Although Volandre and Tequila rose to the challenge and kept all rails in their cups, their time of 74.443 seconds would only prove good enough for the red ribbon today. Smith’s round was ranked as the fastest, and she took home the first place.

The Plymouth Rock Hunter/Jumper Classic will continue tomorrow, where the pony riders will have a chance to showcase their talents and claim the tricolors. Riders are also gearing up for the $7,500 Open Speed Derby, approaching hunter derbies, and the $25,000 Fieldstone grand Prix. For more information on Stadium Jumping and the approaching Fieldstone Summer Showcase, 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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