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Ashton Alexander

Ashton Alexander wins the Region 3 Maclay title

Jordyn Katz

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The winners of the Region 3 ASPCA/NHSSA Maclay

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Ashton Alexander Claims Title of Region 3 Maclay Champion at Southeast Medal Finals

Written by: Arianna Delin
Client: Southeast Medal Finals http://www.southeastmedalfinals.com
Release Date: 2014-09-21

Jacksonville, FL - September 21, 2014 - Qualifying for the ASPCA Maclay Championship is a very big deal, and all of the riders at today’s competition knew that. As the final day of the 2014 Southeast Medal Finals took place, the anticipated Region 3 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship was the class to watch. Even viewers not in the stands were able to stream the class from the comfort of their homes and watch as Ashton Alexander impressed the judges and claimed the title of Region 3 Maclay Champion.

Many of the riders were competing on veteran show horses, but judges were focusing their search on the riders themselves and how they connected with their mounts. The ability to practice good horsemanship and to display strong equitation can be vital to success in the industry, and a number of the nation’s top riders have either won or placed high in the Maclay finals themselves.

“The Maclay has created and developed a lot of top riders in our country for many years. Winners have gone on to be top professionals in the industry, and it’s an important class,” said today’s course designer Philip DeVita. “The big key is you have to have excellent flatwork. You have to be well rounded and have the ability to beat the group over fences but then come back and be able to do flatwork and have a strong base and show the judges that you’ve done your homework.”

DeVita continued: “Coming into the class, I don’t say: ‘I’m going to build a hard and challenging course,’ because I think coming into the ring is challenging enough. My style is a lot of bending and serpentining. I make them set their eyes on the jumps and make them shorten and lengthen, because when the riders use their eyes and make adjustments on their own, it separates the good from the best.”

44 horses went through the DeVita designed course and the top 33 were asked back in three groups of 11 for flat work. After the flat phase, the top four were asked back for further testing to determine the final order. 

Alexander earned the winning title on Fernway Park, owned by Don Stewart, after flawlessly completing the test. Second place went to Olivia Woodson, who rode Victor VD Sent from Heels Down LLC.  Aboard Dexter, Jordyn Katz, who trains with Tiffany Morrissey from Davie, FL, grabbed the third place on the podium.

“It’s a big important class, especially since it’s a horsemanship class. It’s based on your horsemanship and the passion you have with your horse, and I think it shows that you care for the horse and not just care about the ribbons. It’s a talent search for riders,” described Alexander. “We had a good day, but some other kids might be stronger when it comes to finals. It can go any way for anyone. You’re dealing with a wild animal so you just have to be confident going into it.“

Confidence seemed to go a long way for Alexander as she had no problem this weekend at the Southeast Medal Finals. In addition to her Maclay win Sunday afternoon, she also won Saturday’s Phelps Media Group Southeast Junior Medal Finals. Assurance and conviction seemed to be the words of the day as Brook Geddes of Jacksonville, Florida completed her courses with ease in the $500 Southeast Children’s Hunter 3’ Final.

The hometown winner who trains with Andrew Lustig out of Gedday Farm mesmerized the judges on Radius H. At the end of the two rounds, the pair ended the day with 321 points, almost 100 points ahead of their closest competitor.

“Radius H was my sister’s equitation horse before we retired him. Now my mom and I are riding him in the hunter ring,” Geddes said. “I just want to say thank you to Andrew, since I wouldn’t have been able to do it without him.”

Finishing the Children’s Hunter 3’ Final in second place were Sage Morris aboard Darwin. Morris trains with Danica Pryce out of Weston, Florida. Morris completed the finals with 263 points. Right on her heels, to claim the third place prize, was Siena Vasan on Cherche from Palm Ponies, who trains with Jane Fennessy.

Completing the day was the $500 Southeast Adult Hunter 3’ Finals, where Charity Durgin, from Fit To Print Farm in Woodstock, Georgia, claimed another win.  With only two and a half years of competing under her belt, Durgin and Lead Story are cleaning up in the Adult Hunters.

“Today was wonderful, and the course was user-friendly and flowy with the jumps coming up nicely. [Lead Story] was excellent as always, and we had a perfect trip. He sealed the deal for me. Now we’re ready for Indoors,” laughed Durgin. “I’m very grateful for my horse. He’s truly a special one. He had done the first and second year [green hunters] and the junior medals with his previous owner, and now he’s doing the adults and equitation with me.”

For the second day in a row, Durgin and Lead Story nabbed the blue ribbon, finishing today with 319 points. Second place with 304 points went to Sherri Geddes on Geddaway who is owned by Geddaway Farm in Jacksonville, Florida. Taking the third place ribbon was Alexis Martin on Budweisczar.

To find out more about the Southeast Medal Finals, visit http://www.southeastmedalfinals.com for more information.

412. REGION 3 ASPCA/MACLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

Sun Sep 21, 2014

result

entry

horse / owner

rider

1

165

FERNWAY PARK
DONALD STEWART

ASHTON ALEXANDER

2

142

VICTOR V.D. SENT
HEELS DOWN LLC

OLIVIA WOODSON

3

126

DEXTER
JORDYN KATZ

JORDYN KATZ

4

379

COURANT
SCNC INVESTMENTS INC.

HAYLEY WATERS

5

133

CRIMSON Z
FIONA STEINMETZ

FIONA STEINMETZ

6

323

CALVADOS
COURTNEY PATTERSON

SAMANTHA PERLMAN

7

163

DON LA ROUGE
KATIE RAMSEY

CARLY HOFT

8

322

CALIFERNIA
DONALD STEWART

BAILEY BRASINGTON

 

9

 

362

 

PLAYBOY
MADISON JOHNSON

 

MADISON JOHNSON

10

187

DARKEST HOUR
GENE CONE

ALEX JOERG

11

162

CRIMEA RIVER
DONALD STEWART

CASSIE CROTTY

12

127

QUIGLEY
MACKENZIE MC GHEE

BRETT BURLINGTON

13

314

VOLAN
WOODLAND FARMS LLC

KAYLEE PINKLEY

14

171

CAPTAIN 33
ELLE YOUNG

ELLE YOUNG

15

114

QUASA GRANDA
CARRIAGE HILL FARM

HAYLEY IANNOTTI

16

211

FTR SENSA
CHLOE PACYNA

CHLOE PACYNA

17

164

FAMOUS LAST WORDS
MADELEINE SWEM

LILLIAN KIRBO

18

385

CLAUS Z
CARON STUCKY

MADDY PARKER

19

186

ATOMIC VDL
NICOLE STEM

REBECCA WARTH

20

115

NOBEL LAUREATE
BARN RAT LLC

ERIKA JAKOBSON

21

400

CAMEO
FALCON RIDGE STABLES

COURTNEY OSBORNE

22

302

CON
DEBBIE MCINTYRE

CAITLIN HEILFERTY

23

343

VENEUR
CAROLINE HARGRAVES

CAROLINE HARGRAVES

24

236

GERICO
EQUUS SHOW HORSES LLC

MARISSA TOMESSETTI

25

292

BROOKHAVEN
SUSAN COWIE

NOELLE JOHNSON

26

390

KHB DREAM HORSE
KARL BEYER

MAVERICK HELMER

27

231

ICARUS
ASHLAND FARMS

MADISON BUTEHORN

28

172

FEDELIO
LIZA FINSNESS

MACKENZIE MICHAELS

29

334

BARLEY, HOPS & WHEY
STEPHANIE EASLER

EMILY KOCHER

30

397

LIVIUS
HEATHER VILLEMAIRE

MARY ELIZABETH CORDIA

31

188

CORDINO
DOUBLETHINK LLC

DEVAN GRAHAM

 

 

275. SOUTHEAST CHILDREN'S HUNTER HORSE FINALS

Sun Sep 21, 2014

result

entry

horse / owner

rider

prize

1

247

RADIUS H
KAREN POLLE

SHERRI GEDDES

130.00

2

191

DARWIN
SAGE MORRIS

SAGE MORRIS

80.00

3

120

CHERCHE
PALM PONIES LLC

SIENA VASAN

60.00

4

255

ONLY BLUE SOUL
LAUREN LEMASTERS

LAUREN LEMASTERS

50.00

5

284

QUINTOS Z
SAMANTHA SHINN

SAMANTHA SHINN

50.00

6

208

KISSME
ANNA WELLS-SHARP

MARY MARGARET DODD

40.00

7

270

SUIT YOURSELF
MELISSA BURNS

PHOEBE ALWINE

30.00

8

121

AVANT GARDE
ABIGAIL VINCENT

ABIGAIL VINCENT

20.00

9

131

WONDER STREET
SOPHIE TRANSOU

SOPHIE TRANSOU

20.00

10

232

CADENZA
SOPHIA BURVENICH

SOPHIA BURVENICH

20.00

11

253

BOMBAY
RACHEL WHALEY

EMILY LEMASTERS

0.00

12

288

SAY NO MORE
OLIVIA ALBRIGHT

OLIVIA ALBRIGHT

0.00

 

262. SOUTHEAST ADULT AMATEUR HUNTER FINALS

Sun Sep 21, 2014

result

entry

horse / owner

rider

prize

1

291

LEAD STORY
FIT TO PRINT FARM

CHARITY DURGIN

130.00

2

242

GEDDAWAY
GEDDAWAY FARM

SHERRI GEDDES

80.00

3

132

BUDWEIS'CZAR
ALEXIS MARTIN

ALEXIS MARTIN

60.00

4

203

GOODMAN
KATHRYN COSTER

TRACEY LONDON

50.00

5

178

GALLANT
MILLIE RUSSELL

MILLIE RUSSELL

50.00

6

204

SMILE
TRACEY LONDON

TRACEY LONDON

40.00

7

134

TOMMY
ALYSSIA MARTIN

ALYSSIA MARTIN

30.00

8

258

ROULETTE
ALICE DUNN

ALICE DUNN

20.00

 

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