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Lisa Foster and Castleguard shine in the Amateur-Owner Hunters.

Rindy Dominguez and Clear Skies take home championship honors in the Performance Working Hunter division.

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Lisa Foster and Castleguard Return to Defend their Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship Title at the Plymouth Rock Hunter/Jumper Classic

Written by: AnLi Kelly-Durham
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG) http://www.stadiumjumping.com/sj/index.cfm
Release Date: 2013-06-20

Halifax, MA – June 20, 2013 - Bright skies and beautiful weather welcomed the hunter competitors back to the ring for the second day of the Plymouth Rock Hunter/Jumper Classic, held at the Fieldstone Show Park. The Amateur-Owner Hunters took center stage as the first division to commence this morning. Lisa Foster and her own Castleguard were on top of their game, claiming a first in the handy and a second in the over fences. Today also saw the conclusion of the professional hunter divisions, with Rindy Dominguez riding to the division championship in the Performance Working Hunters aboard Clear Skies, while Jennifer Tate and Florestan took home the tricolor in the Pre-Green Hunter division.

Lisa Foster and Castleguard are no strangers to the Fieldstone Show Park Horse Shows. The duo from Born Free Farm in Dover, MA, just recently claimed the championship at this venue during the Fieldstone Spring Festival, and they returned this week to defend their title. They got off to a great start this morning when they won the handy class and earned the second place over fences. Melissa Jacobs and Deeridge Farms’ So You Say, an entry out of East Aurora, NY, also proved to be a force with which to be reckoned. They won the over fences and received a second in the handy.

“Thomas, which is Castleguard’s nickname, was pretty consistent in the two classes; he was pretty much on his game,” smiled Foster. “In the handy, my favorite class with him, I though he was very responsive. When I asked him to gallop up to the hand gallop jump he did exactly what I asked him and then was able to come back and make a tight turn and resume a normal canter for the rest of the course. I was very happy with him. I find the handy classes to be so much fun with him.”

Foster continued, “We were champion here last time, and since then we have done two HITS shows. He was champion at the first week and won the classic, and then we returned for the third week and took second in the classic and won a class. He’s only done a handful of shows this season, but he’s been pretty consistent. At home, we just flat enough to keep him fit. I like to keep my horses for a long time, and keep them healthy. He is actually pretty made, I got him as a three and a half year old, so I’ve had him for a long time and I know him pretty well. It makes it easier in the ring and he is going to be 13 this Sunday. I think having had him for so long makes it easier. I was pretty happy with him today, and if he goes the same tomorrow I would be thrilled. Next, we are off to Lake Placid, maybe the Vermont Summer Festival, and hopefully Harrisburg for Indoors.”

Lisa Foster’s daughter Elizabeth Foster also had her share of success, taking reserve champion in both the Small/Medium Green Pony Hunters and the Medium Pony Hunters aboard her own Qualen’s Commence the Magic.

Rindy Dominguez, a Barrington, RI native, recently returned to the show ring with her new mount, Clear Skies. After having three children, Dominguez took a five-year break from the show ring, but one could never tell. Coming off of a first and third over fences in the Amateur-Owner Hunters yesterday morning, she returned to the show ring today to take back-to-back wins, securing the championship title.

“My first trip felt really good, we just had a great rhythm. He was really focused and jumped very well; he was right on it. The second trip he started getting a little tired, but he still kept jumping well. He was great yesterday, so today I went in with the same plan: flat him in the ring a bit and do a couple hunter trips to prepare. I just bought him in March, so I have only owned him for three months. This is the first bigger horse show I’ve done since my break. He takes a lot of leg but as long as you keep your leg on he jumps a great jump.”

Despite her hiatus from the show ring, Dominguez is no stranger to the Fieldstone Show Park. “I’ve shown at Fieldstone hundreds of times before. I used to have a show barn before I had the children, and we came here a lot. I love the new improvements to the facility; they are great. After this we will go to Vermont to do the Performance 3’3” Working Hunters, and next year he will start doing the First Year Greens in Florida."

Claiming reserve championship honors was FiFi Schmidt aboard Alexis Anderson‘s Gotta Dance, an entry from New Canaan, CT. The pair added a second and third over fences to their two firsts and third from yesterday.

Rounding out the hunter divisions for today were the Pre-Green Hunters, where Florestan, an entry owned by Barbara Kravetz of Sharon, MA, took the championship honors with Jennifer Tate in the irons. Tate added a second in the over fences to her two wins over fences from yesterday. Right behind them was Thomas Hern with Picture Me, a Jennifer O’Donnell entry of Somerville, MA. They won both the over fences and under saddle today in addition to a second over fences yesterday, good for reserve champion.

Tomorrow will feature the $2,500 Fieldstone 2’9” Hunter Derby and the $2,500 Pony Hunter Classic out on the derby field. The Amateur-Owner Hunter Division will also conclude tomorrow, with champion and reserve honors awarded. For more information on Stadium Jumping and the 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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