Farmington Riders Compete “On the Road” this Fall
FHC equestrians were busy this fall. Traveling to show both in-state and beyond, in hunter trials and national "A" rated hunter competitions, these accomplished riders were hard to beat. Marianna Bishop Wade and her sister Maria Bishop Shannon worked hard competing for top rankings in their divisions during the month of October and brought home some big ribbons for the Barracks: here’s a report from father Tom Bishop, ex- MFH and honorary whipper-in:
- Capital Challenge, Upper Marlborough MD Oct. 12, 2012
Castleton- Marianna Wade , Champion in the 18-35 year old Amateur Owner at 3'3". (7th the first day, 1st in the Handy Hunter and 2nd in the Stake class, no hack prize) and 1st in the World Champion Hunter Rider 3'3'' Amateur Owner Hunter Challenge Class with scores of 87, 87.5 and 92. It's no surprise that these girls have done so well, coming from a distinguished family of show professionals.Marianna reported that their mother and lifetime member of the Farmington Hunt Club,Claiborne Bishop received special recognition at Capital Challenge from the World Champion Hunter Rider program(sponsored by the United States Hunter Jumper Association): she was named World Champion Amateur Owner Trainer!
- Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Harrisburg, October 11-20, 2012
Falcon- Maria Shannon - 1st in the Handy Hunter and 4th and 11th in the other jumping classes.
Castleton - Marianna Wade - 1st, 12th in the handy ,3rd in the stake, 5th in the under saddle 3'3'' younger AOs ( missed reserve by 1 point ughh)
- Washington International (October 25-26, 2012)
Falcon- Maria Shannon- 6th in the handy, 11th in the stake in the 1st year greens
Castleton- Marianna Wade, 5th, 2nd in the handy and 10th in the stake no hack prize
- Bedford Hunt Club Hunter Trials, Sweet Briar,VA, October 20th, 2012
Dale Dealtrey and Stephanie Guerlain traveled to Sweet Briar College to visit our old friends there at the riding center, and to compete in the annual Bedford Hunt Club Hunter Trials held at the “Proving Grounds”.
Dale reported: “We were 5th in the Junior/Adult Amateur Hunters, 2nd in the Open Fox Hunters, 1st in the Seasoned Hunters, and 2nd with Stephanie and Abacus in the Pairs/Teams class. We also qualified for the Championship class and we won the Best Turned Out (in good Farmington tradition!)" photos courtesy Cassandra Campbell
Stephanie reported, “This was Abacus' first show, and he placed 1st and 5th in the Green Hunters, 2nd in the Handy and in the Pairs with Dale, and he won the Executive Challenge trophy in the Championship Class, presented to the horse that the judge feels best meets the qualities of a good hunt horse. Camden placed 3rd in both the Green Hunter and the Open Foxhunter." photos courtesy Cassandra Campbell
- North American Field Hunter Championships, Fairfax County Hunt, October 1st:
Liz Callar Photo
Report from Stephanie Guerlain, (who competed on her horse Eddie for their first try in this field hunter competition):
“Carolyn Chapman riding her chestnut gelding Burghley was selected
during the first day of the North American Field Hunter Championships for Sunday's finalist round. A big congratulations! Burghley is homebred, and his mother, also a homebred, won these same championships twice!”
Comments from Carolyn:
“There were three of us who were returning champions for the prize called "Champion of Champions". So we each got a bottle of champagne: Kathleen O'Keefe who has won many times,Rick Laimbeer MFH Warrenton who won in 1997 (I was reserve). He was reserve this year, and myself, Champion in 1998. They call it the champion of champions and used to have it as a separate award but haven't had any until this year. For complete photos, visit www.lizcallar.com) I will go again next year!”
- The Junior North American Field Hunter Championships held in Radnor PA.
Report from Carolyn Chapman: “Emily Digney took my horse Mariah to Radnor hunt for the North American Junior Field Hunter Championships 11/4/2012 and came in second. (She won it last year on her pony Mr. Goodbar) . The North American Junior Championships are held each year and the qualifying rounds take place at different hunts . FHC hosted a qualifying meet October 22, 2011. See photos.
The JUNIOR NORTH AMERICAN FIELD HUNTER CHAMPIONSHIP is run by Mrs. Robert “Iona” Pillion, Mrs. M. Douglas Wise-Stuart, MFH , and Ms. Marion Chungo. FHC limited associate member Jennifer Nesbit has been involved with this fine event for many years helping find judges and encouraging participation among junior riders who love to foxhunt. According to event organizers,“Our goal is to stress the junior rider and their pony or horse; the fox hunting mount and its proper turnout is important, but their suitability for the young rider is foremost. We hope the children, the future of our hunts, will come out for hopefully a great day of hunting, meet new friends, see new country, and realize how important our countryside is and do their best to protect it for their future generations.”
- Deep Run Hunter Trials, November 11, 2012
Liz King's Millington Stable loaded up a full van and drove a big group to Deep Run, along with other energetic FHC riders who were ready to ride the Sunday following Opening Meet. FHC riders included Emily Rector, Molly Duncan, Mary Quinn Martin, Sandy Kendall, Calvin Lewis, Stephanie Guerlain, Carolyn Brandt, Dale Dealtrey, Ellie Summers and Dr. Kelly Giunta. Molly Duncan, Emily Rector and Pattie Boden reported that all riders and spectators had a fun day. FHC was well represented with respectable placings all around. Emily Rector and Kelly Giunta were first in the pairs class at Deep Run- as well as Emily placing second in a 2'6" division out of 33 , Mary Quinn placed 6th in the same class and Stephanie placed 6th in the other 2'6" class. Sandy Kendall and "Above and Beyond" placed 2nd in the handy hunter under saddle class. Pictured here are Molly and Mary Quinn who came in second in the pairs division. For a complete report and album of photos go to the Deep Run website, and Ranson Photography.
- Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Shows:
- Virginia Field Hunter Championships.
Hosted by Fairfax Hunt, held near Middleburg on Sunday, November 11, 2012 Farmington Hunt Club was represented by Joy on Seamus, Mark on Eli.
- Orange County Team Chase
This Team Chase event was held in The Plains on November 18, 2012. Joy on Seamus, Mark on Eli and Middleburg Hunt member Tracy Cover formed a team winning 1st Optimum Time and 2nd Best Hunt Team in the Genuine Hunter Division.
- Special USEA award for Liz Riley
Many of you know Anne Riley's daughter, Liz, who competes annually in our FHC fall show jumper night. Liz is currently ranked 2nd nationally in the United States Eventing Association Intermediate Adult Amateur Rider category, and 6th in the overall Adult Amateur category.
Congrats to Liz and Anne! (report from Stephanie Guerlain 11/24/2012)
photos courtesy Liz Callar,Cassandra Campbell ,Jennifer Wood Media, Inc., Ranson Photography