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Molly Mcadow Rides Barina to Pre-Green 3 Hunter Championship at Equifest I

Written by: Ashley N. Williams
Client: Lamplight Equestrian Center http://lamplightequestriancenter.com/
Release Date: 2013-07-25

Wayne, IL – July 25, 2013 – The second day of Equifest I opened to cloudless skies and picturesque hunter courses as the professional hunter divisions came to a close. The anticipation was high as each horse and rider competed in a battle of the best in an effort to secure their division championship. It was Amanda Thomas who took home a multitude of tricolors aboard her top mounts, but Molly Mcadow and Barina truly shined in the Pre-Green 3’ Hunter division.

In the Pre-Green 3’ Hunters, Molly Mcadow dominated, showing two brilliant horses to the top accolades. It was Barina, owned by Nina Donnelly of Evanston, IL, who had an outstanding repeat of yesterday’s performance, jumping to another first and third to win the division’s championship. Mccabe and HH Copyright, owned by Nancy Gordon of Ocala, FL, stepped up to claim the second and first place over fences, but it was Mcadow who guided Charlie Brown, owned by Lanie Bricker, to the reserve championship, falling just behind Barina.

“She the easiest pre-green horse there is,” Mcadow shared about Barina. “She has a huge rhythmical canter, jumps great anytime and at any distance, it doesn’t matter. She does the Modified and Novice Adults also. She’s perfect—they should all be just like her.”

Mcadow elaborated, “Charlie Brown won the reserve championship today, and I love him. He is a 5-year-old Hanoverian, and it’s his first year in the Pre-Greens. I just sold him to one of my students who just moved up off a pony, so he also does the Novice and Modified Children’s Hunters. He is the most adorable horse. He jumps well all the time, and the biggest thing is that he is lazy; but he’s just wonderful, being lazy is probably the best problem I could have.”

The Performance 3’3” Hunter division saw great competition this morning as they got underway completing their over fences courses. Yesterday, Jill Worman of West Bend, WI, rode Random Harvest to the first place finish over fences, and today she completed the trifecta with two more blues to clasp the division’s championship. Amanda Thomas made a comeback with Sunvalley, owned by Kit McClorey, riding to two second place ribbons over fences. Her rounds today knocked her second mount, Confidential, owned by Susan Koedding of Saint Louis, MO, out of the championship running. Although Confidential earned the third place ribbon over fences, Sunvalley’s efforts proved enough for the reserve championship.

“I’m just so proud of him,” Worman shared.  “I started him, I have had him since he was a Baby Green horse. We taught him to jump, taught him his lead changes, and just really brought him along. He was just in a really good mood today, he came out with his game-face on, like a true show horse.”

“I do this for a living, but I wanted my husband to be part of it, so the deal is that we will buy the horses together, and obviously I’ll ride them and Dan gets to name them. Random Harvest is one of his favorite old movies so that is how his name came about,” laughed Worman. “He lives up to the main character’s name, Smithie, his barn name. He is definitely the center of attention.”

Erin Mccabe rode her own Remy Martin to the Pre-Green 3’3” Hunter Championship. Yesterday, she earned the first place in the under saddle, but it was her two rounds over fences today that earned her the tricolor. Amanda Thomas rode Bonfire, owned by Helen Gilbert of Saint Louis, MO, to the reserve championship. Mccabe piloted the 18-hand Remy Martin to two first place finishes in the division, and was nothing but smiles as she accepted the championship. All of her hard work paid off with the young horse as he has grown into himself over the last year, and she is now preparing for the First Year Green Hunters for next year.

“I think the last three horse shows he has been champion or reserve,” explained Mccabe. “All of his parts are coming together, and I think one day he is really going to shine in the big hunter derbies. He’d not scared of anything, and he takes no preparation.”

Mccabe continued, “You know, I loved the course today. Everything rode really nicely. I love the jumps here. The company that produces all the jumps are really neat, you don’t see them anywhere else. They have done a fantastic job with the footing, and the facility is just amazing.”

Earlier in the morning, Amanda Thomas took home both tricolors in the First Year Green Hunters. She piloted Beyond Time, owned by Samantha Hall of O Fallon, MO, to a second-day sweep of the division. Combined with her first and second place ribbons over fences yesterday, she took the championship with ease. Thomas also nabbed the reserve championship with Catani, the second and third place finishes over fences, as well as the third place in the under saddle.

Thomas also snatched the Performance 3’6” Hunter Championship with Kapalua, owned by Hadley Graham of Chesterfield, MO, early this morning. They rode to the top score in the handy round and the under saddle to seal their championship win. It was Farralon, owned by Whitney Kent of Zionsville, IN, who stepped up to the challenge with Thomas in the irons, riding to the reserve championship. They earned the first place over fences, as well as the second place finish in the handy. Their finesse continued into the under saddle where they were awarded the second place. Thomas plans on staying throughout Equifest I and II, and has several mounts in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby.

Tomorrow Equifest I will continue with the first round of the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby commencing early in the morning. The second round will continue into Saturday’s competition as riders compete for the coveted winning title. For more information please visit http://lamplightequestriancenter.com/.

 

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