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Fieldstone Summer Showcase I Wrap-Up: Aug. 14 18, 2013

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2013-08-19

Halifax, MA – August 19, 2013 – The luck of the Irish was with Paul O’Shea Saturday afternoon at the Fieldstone Show Park as he piloted Instant Karma to the victory in the $50,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix, presented by Gallo Dark Horse Wine, Ocean Spray and Samuel Adams, narrowly beating Boston Bruins owner, Charlie Jacobs. Not only did O’Shea claim the win, but because of his back to back victories, he nailed down the inaugural $25,000 Boston Strong Rider Bonus check. Hometown girl Kristen Bumpus rode Cupid to the third place finish, making Saturday a day to remember for Boston at the Fieldstone Summer Showcase I. Spectators looked upon the all-grass Grand Prix Field for the fourth day of the event, filling the sidelines as they felt the building anticipation as 26 entrants attempted the challenging course.

“For $50,000 the class had to have some integrity,” De Vita explained. “ The time allowed was a little snug, the course was spot on for a big field. It had a lot of 1.50m spreads, but I think it was difficult enough. It was a good class, I was very happy. Nothing was really a big bogey jump, there were plenty of big jumps, the triple bar was a run up and get it—it really got you going, and that was my intention. I love starting on a triple bar. I think that it was a good class. I was tickled to death at the outcome. It was my style of a lot of triples, serpentines, a lot of good approaches but straight to the jumps.”

Kristen Bumpus and Cupid, the seventh to take on the first round course, became first to master the tough track. She was the initial rider to return to the ring out of the three qualified contenders to take on the short course. Bumpus unfortunately had a refusal at the second obstacle of the jump-off, but they completed the course sans faults upon clearing it. They incurred four faults for their drive-by, as well as two time faults for their final time of 56.681 seconds.

Paul O’Shea had nearly qualified for the jump-off with three of his mounts, including the winner of the $75,000 Equestrian Estates Planning Group Grand Prix at Silver Oak last week, Primo De Revel. Unfortunately, four faults kept Primo De Revel and Wizz out of the jump-off. He did ride to a clean first round aboard Instant Karma, owned by himself and Michael Hayden, and when he entered the Grand Prix Field, he was riding to win, leaving absolutely nothing to chance on the turf Saturday. Instant Karma won the $20,000 Welcome Stake for O’Shea last week at Silver Oak.

The Irish could be proud of their rider Saturday afternoon as he took the inside options, and answered the many questions that we asked of him along the course. He made a speedy inside turn to the double combination, as well as excluding a stride from the final vertical-oxer line. He broke the beam in 43.875 seconds, setting the pace for Charlie Jacobs and Flaming Star.

O’Shea explained, “Charlie’s horse is very fast, so I knew had to give it a good go. I had to take all of the options, turn inside, give it a good go, and leave out a stride in the last line. She really tried for me out there.”

All of the pressure fell on Jacobs as he entered the ring aboard his hot-blooded 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Flaming Star. If he could take on the track without any rails falling to the ground, and surpass O’Shea with a speedy jump-off, the lion’s share of the prize money would be his, and O’Shea would lose the $25,000 Boston Strong Rider Bonus. Jacobs was hot on O’Shea’s heels, erupting from the in-gate with a quick speed and taking all of the fences with ease. Although he wanted to catch the Irish rider, he focused on accuracy, not daring to test the fates with a possible fault. He tripped the timers in 46.295 seconds for the second place finish.

“What a remarkable two weeks to him,” Jacobs expressed of O’Shea’s win. “Obviously I was hoping to be riding for the rider bonus having jumped clean last week. I’m using this horse show as a set up to go to Spruce Meadows in two weeks, and I didn’t necessarily want to send my horse off his feet until we get to the 1.60m.  I wasn’t prepared to go belly to the ground.”

Irishman O’Shea came to the United States three years ago in October, and he has had nothing short of a phenomenal two weeks. Although it was Primo De Revel who won him the $75,000 Equestrian Estates Panning Group Grand Prix at Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, he knew that Saturday was Instant Karma’s time to shine. The young mare had a multitude of fans to pat her and offer her celebratory compliments, but it was co-owner Michael Hayden who received her affections. The dedicated owner took a plane from Ireland the night before to watch her go in the Grand Prix Saturday, and he could not have been happier as he stood next to the brilliant bay with her blue ribbon waving in the brisk Massachusetts breeze.

Not only did O’Shea win the majority of the $50,000 purse, but he also pocketed the $25,000 Boston Strong Rider Bonus. The rider bonus is the brainchild of Silver Oak Jumper Tournament Chairman Jeff Papows and Fieldstone Show Park CEO Scott Clawson. McLain Ward had mentioned the idea to Papows, and the two show directors jumped at the opportunity to expand their horizons and offer a rider bonus.

“It feels incredible to win that bonus,” O’Shea concluded. “It is fantastic that Jeff and Scott put that up. It was a great idea, and they deserve a lot of credit for running two fantastic shows. I will absolutely be back next year. I think a lot of people will come to these shows next year, and they should, because they are great shows and they are going to grow and grow. These shows have the true makings of a Summer Circuit in New England.”

Jumper Highlights: Wednesday – Saturday

It was only three short weeks ago that Penny Brennan was released from the hospital for a severe case of pneumonia, but no one would have known as she raced Japan to the top of the leader board during the $7,500 South Shore Equine Welcome Stake. Brennan and Japan posted the blazing time of 38.170 seconds, riding to the victory in the first day of the Fieldstone Summer Showcase I at the Fieldstone Show Park in Halifax, MA. Mattias Tromp rode to the second place finish, while his brother David Tromp rode Zidane Z to the third place.

Brennan was the first to clear the course with Greater Good and, although he is a more recent mount for her, they easily found the first spot into the jump-off. She continued her success while piloting Japan and Sun Tzu to two clear rounds.

Mattias Tromp duplicated Brennan’s efforts aboard Casey, owned by Bayaert Farm, Inc. of North Salem, NY. He returned to the jump-off as the first in the order. Tromp picked up a quick pace, leaving out a stride in the opening oxer-vertical line, and made a quick turn to the third obstacle, a single vertical. He then completed the bending line, taking the Antarès oxer, and made a hard left rollback over the next obstacle, and toward the oxer-vertical in-and-out. It came down to seconds as Tromp landed and headed toward the final oxer, breaking the beam in 41.642 seconds without faults. Mattias’ brother, David Tromp, rode Zidane Z to the third place finish in a time of 42 seconds. He was able to post one of only three double-clear efforts of the class.

Brennan returned to the Grand Prix field aboard Greater Good, and although she sped around the all-grass field to the time of 41.396 seconds, she had an unlucky rail at the fourth obstacle on course. She guided Sun Tzu to a similar effort, opting for accuracy over speed. It seemed as though her plan would work, until she had a rail at the fifth effort of the jump-off. She finished in the eventual fourth place position with four faults and the time of 43.341 seconds.

It appeared as though Tromp would take the win; however, Brennan came back with a vengeance. She had her eye on the prize as she navigated Japan through the shortened track. They tackled the track with ease, with Japan’s legs never once touching a rail. The jump-off offered numerous options, but, surprisingly enough, Brennan chose to ride the numbers through the first line. It was her slice to the third obstacle that shaved off the seconds, and she kept her speed throughout, especially during the tight left rollback to the vertical. Japan took the in-and-out without hesitation, and Brennan galloped him to the final oxer. They tripped the timers in a blazing 38.170 seconds.

The Grand Prix Field was alive with action, and the anticipation was tangible as the $7,500 EquiFit Speed Derby commenced. Riders gathered on the all-grass field to not only compete for the lion’s share of the prize money on the second day of the Fieldstone Summer Showcase I, but also to prepare for the quickly approaching $50,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix, presented by Gallo Dark Horse Wine, Samuel Adams and Ocean Spray. Penny Brennan rode Japan to the top of the leader board, sealing her title as defending champion with an overwhelming victory.

Brennan was the first to tackle the track with Sun Tzu, and it came as no surprise that her Olympic prospect left all the rails untouched. Using his large stride, Brennan was able to clear the course in the safe, yet speedy time, of 72.000 seconds. Although Sun Tzu is a more recent mount for Brennan, she has high hopes for the large chestnut. She will continue to show him throughout the Fieldstone Summer Showcase, but she has her sights set on the win at this Saturday’s $50,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix. Brennan is hoping to seal her phenomenal summer with a win aboard Sun Tzu, and possibly find a syndicate to help the pair pursue their potential in the upcoming Games.

Adam Cramer and E.S. Finou, owned by Equi-Sport, LLC of Pittstown, NJ, attempted to best Brennan’s effort, but two rails cost them timely penalties, finishing with the final time of 82.810 seconds.

Brennan was able to duplicate her efforts aboard Greater Good, riding to a fault-free round. She broke the beam in 72.508 seconds, finding her second spot in the ribbons. Brennan also rode Dare Devil to a clean and speedy effort in 70.904 seconds.

It seemed as though Kristen Bumpus and Cupid might outdo the speed demon, but their accuracy paved the way for a more conservative time. They completed the course in 73.742 seconds with all rails intact.

Brennan had one last chance to lay down a clear round with a blazing time, and the former jockey never backs down from a challenge. She picked up the reins with Japan, and burst from the in-gate with an exhilarating speed. Although Japan may be tiny, his foot speed and time in the air are what set him apart from the rest. They cleared each fence with ease, never once touching a rail, and galloped to the final oxer with an astonishing pace. They tripped the timers in 66.699 seconds, emerging the victors.

Hunter Highlights: Wednesday – Sunday

Strikingly set courses greeted hunter riders for the first day of the Fieldstone Summer Showcase I. The professional hunter divisions kicked off the competition in the Main Hunter Ring, where Jennifer Tate rode Florestan to the top of the Pre-Green Hunter division. Competitors were thrilled to return to the Fieldstone Show Park, noting the new improvements to the facility, as they soaked in the sun and brisk summer breeze.

The morning began with the Pre-Green Hunter division in the Main Hunter Ring. Tate showcased the 6-year-old Westphalian gelding Florestan to the first and third place ribbons, setting the stakes high as each consecutive rider attempted to best her rounds. Jennifer Smith of Wellington, FL, and Quincento rode to the blue ribbon during the second round over fences. Jacqueline Roberts guided Olivia K, owned by Trestle Tree Farm of Downington, PA, to the second and third place over fences.

Rounding out the hunter divisions for the day were the Performance 3’3”-3’6” Hunters. Holly Mitten and Balou, owned by Katherine Steenberg of Westfield, NJ, rode to the first and second place ribbons over fences. Fifi Schmidt and Gotta Dance, owned by Alexis Anderson of New Canaan, CT, rode to the first place during the second over fences.

It was Rachel Clawson and Montenegro, owned by B&B Ltd, who stayed hot on the pair’s heels. Clawson competed over the 3’6” height with the bay gelding, and they captured the judges’ attention with their finesse. They were awarded the second and third place ribbons over fences, as well as the second place award in the under saddle.

Fifi Schmidt and Gotta Dance rode to the top of the Performance 3’3”-3’6” Hunter Championship Thursday during the Fieldstone Summer Showcase I. Blue skies greeted riders at the Main Hunter Ring early Thursday morning, welcoming the second day of competition at the Fieldstone Show Park. Lisa Foster and Castleguard returned to the ring to defend their June championship title in the Amateur-Owner Hunters, and they rose to the top of the ranks with a clean sweep of the first day’s classes.

The Performance Working Hunters were up first in the Main Hunter Ring. Many competitors posted solid trips, but it was ultimately Schmidt who claimed the division’s championship with Gotta Dance, owned by Alexis Anderson of New Canaan, CT. Schmidt was awarded the first and third during Wednesday’s classes, and she showed no hesitation as she once again took the third and first over fences Thursday. As Always, owned by Jennifer Smith of Wellington, FL, with Jennifer Hannan in the irons, captured the reserve championship, sealing the award with the first place win in the over fences Thursday morning.

Schmidt is a local resident, and has been attending the shows at the Fieldstone Show Park since childhood. She always attends the shows, and rides several horses for Ken Markosky of Silvermine Farm while showing during the series.

The Pre-Green Hunters took to a different stage Thursday, showing off in Hunter Ring 2. With only three classes remaining before naming the champion, the anticipation was high as each rider took their turn at the courses. It was Jennifer Smith and Quincento who proved victorious, claiming the tricolor, while Jennifer Tate and Florestan, owned by Barbara Kravetz, rode to the reserve championship.

Later in the day, the Amateur-Owner Hunters began their division in the Main Hunter Ring. Lisa Foster and her own Castleguard rode to the top with a clean sweep of the over fences, handy and under saddle classes. The pair has been working together for 10 years, and Foster always puts horsemanship above the competition. Danielle Franchi also rode to good ribbons, earning the third and second over fences, as well as the second place in the under saddle.

Foster laid down two beautiful over fences rounds, especially during the handy course. Although Castleguard is a large bay, his agility and athleticism was apparent as the pair made their way through the turns and collected perfectly for the trot jump.

The hunter riders stole the spotlight Friday at the Fieldstone Summer Showcase as they took center stage for the $2,500 Fieldstone 2’9” Hunter Derby. Posting two fantastic rounds for the winning score of 188 points was Jennifer Bliss and Knockout. It was a day of firsts for the pair as they tackled the derby course with dexterity and finesse. Earlier in the day Skyler Fields and Silly Putty took the win in the $2,500 Fieldstone Pony Classic.

Frank Perla and Samuel, owned by Kathleen Mitchell, were the first to be seen out of the select few to return. They laid down a consistent round, and earned the second round score of 89 points. Combined with his first round total of 84.5 points, Perla proved to be the pathfinder. Each consecutive rider attempted to best his score, as the horse and rider combination wore a target on their back.

Although Caschmier with Kathryn Griffin in the irons earned an 87 in the handy, for an overall score of 169, Perla’s score proved unstoppable with Griffin riding to the fourth place finish. Perla once again entered the all-grass field, but this time aboard his second mount Implicit, owned by Laurie Gundlach of Somers, CT. He left no room for error aboard Implict, riding to the high-scoring second round score of 92 to surpass Samuel in the standings.

The game changed when Jennifer Bliss returned to the ring for her shot at the day’s win. Bliss had navigated Knockout to the first round high score of 90 points, and was the last to return to the ring for their turn to shine. They left nothing to chance as they took the handy course with precision, fluidity and consistency.

They were dually awarded for their efforts on the field Friday, earning the judges’ nods with the final handy score of 98 points. A resounding applause erupted from the sidelines as spectators celebrated their success.

Knockout, or Rocky as he is more commonly called, only recently moved from the Baby Green Hunters to the Pre-Green Hunters. Bliss has high hopes for the young horse, with aspirations to see him one day compete in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship.

Bliss also rode Bolero, owned by Marigot Bay Farm, LLC of Dover, MA, to the fifth place finish after taking all the high options and riding to the cumulative score of 168 points. Kristen Bumpus rounded out the top six with Inspired, owned by Hannah Curran of Concord, MA.

Earlier in the day, ponies and their riders were given the opportunity to compete on the prestigious derby field in the $2,500 Fieldstone Pony Hunter Classic. The class was an enormous hit, drawing in a large field of entrants, and showing fierce competition as riders contended for the ribbons.

Phil DeVita’s course asked many questions of both Skyler Fields and Silly Putty rode away with the win. Fields posted the second highest scoring first round effort, riding to a score of 75 points, but when she returned to the ring she had her eyes set on the blue. They took the second round of the classic with precision, and their flowing canter led them right into the hearts of the scrutinizing judges. They won the $2,500 Fieldstone Pony Hunter Classic with a final score of 154 points.

Abigail Brayman and Jumanji, also owned by Skyler Fields, rode to the second place, with the overall score of 153 points, hot on Fields’ heels. It was Caroline Ellis and Millpond Patchwork who took home the third place Friday.

The Fieldstone Summer Showcase I ended Sunday with the much-anticipated $10,000 GGT Footing 3’3” Hunter Derby where Jennifer Bliss guided her two top mounts to the 1-2 finish. The derby has always been both a competitor and crowd favorite at the Fieldstone Show Park in Halifax, MA, and Sunday’s class was no exception. Bliss rode to two impressive scores with Extraordinary to take the blue ribbon, and duplicated her efforts with Poker Face to ride to the second place. Jennifer Tate and Cavallino were close behind, capturing the third place finish.

The 19 horse and rider combinations gathered at the field with hopes high, and the anticipation was tangible. Only 12 riders would find their way into the second round, and the first round course demanded nothing short of brilliance.

Bliss was only the second rider in the order to take on the course, and her finesse with Extraordinary, owned by Harris Hill Farm, made them shine. She chose to take all of the high options with the bay gelding, and they were awarded for their efforts with a score of 87 points.

Danielle Franchi and Elysium, owned by Blue Ribbon, were the next pair to tackle the track. Bliss knew her score would hold strong for a spot in the top 12, but Franchi was prepared to give her a run for her money, riding to the score of 84 points.

Bliss returned to the ring with her second mount of the class, Poker Face, owned by Harris Hill Farm. The First Year Green horses only just began competing in the derbies, but he put his best foot forward on the field, riding to a score of 90 points. It was apparent that the handy round would be the determining factor.

Jennifer Tate posted a score of 78 points with Cavallino, owned by Barbara Kravetz of Sharon, MA, but she knew she would have to return to the handy and make a solid impression in order to have the win in her hands. The anticipation only mounted as the riders prepared for the grueling second round.

Amateur rider Charlie Jacobs, who placed second in the $50,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix Saturday, found his way into the top 12 with three mounts. He showed each one for his children, smiling as the other hunter riders joked about him encroaching on hunter land. He entered the handy round aboard Ranier, owned by CMJ Sporthorse, returning with first round score of 73. He unfortunately had a hard rub on the second fence and, although he took all of the inside turns throughout the course, he ended with a final score of 70 for a total of 143 points. He was able to secure the ninth place with Ranier, and also rode Sorcerer’s Stone to the eighth place, while nabbing the 11th with In Earnest.

Bliss was the third to return to the turf, and she was leaving absolutely nothing to chance. She took an inside turn to the first oxer and chose to slice the trot jump, setting her up for a perfect beeline to the Fieldstone oxer. She laid down a smooth serpentine through obstacles 8 and 9, finishing with a strong pace and riding to the score of 88 for a total of 175 points.

“I thought the courses were beautiful, and this field was just great. Everything was flowing and smooth, and in the handy you had a lot of options,” Bliss stated. “With Extraordinary being so experienced, I really went for it. I took every inside turn, and I was the only one that went inside to the first jump. The handy is really where he shines because he is so rideable. I really took every risk I could.”

Bliss’ score stood steadfast as each pair fell shy of surpassing her score. Fifi Schmidt and Gotta Dance, owned by Alexis Anderson, posted a second round score of 87 points, proving good enough for the eventual fourth place.

Tate rode Cavallino to a daring second round, choosing the inside turns and showing off with his athleticism. Her score of 85 pushed them up in the rankings, but with Bliss’ second round score of 73 with Poker Face, Tate would take the third place.

The scores were tabulated, and Bliss held the lead with a 1-2 finish aboard Extraordinary and Poker Face, respectively. Her final score of 175 was unbeatable, and she proudly led the afternoon’s victory gallop.

It was this time last year that Bliss first showed Extraordinary in the $10,000 3’3” Fieldstone Hunter Derby. Within the year’s time, he has matured and become her rock. The pair qualified for the $100,000 USHJA International Derby Finals held from Aug. 15-17 in Lexington, KY, but she opted to focus on making her string of horses strong and confident.

The Fieldstone Summer Showcase I came to a close Sunday, Aug. 18, but the exciting hunter/jumper action will resume this Tuesday, August 20, when the Fieldstone Summer Showcase commences. The competition is sure to be fierce as the spring and summer champions return to defend their titles and newcomers rise to the challenge. The NEHJA Derby Finals will take place on the all-grass field, and the $25,000 Antares Grand Prix will take center stage on Friday, August 24, 2013. The two weeks of top-tier competition will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 25 with the MHJ Medal Finals. For more information on Stadium Jumping and the Summer Showcase I and II Horse Show, please visit You can also follow the Fieldstone Horse Shows on Facebook at


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