California Riding Magazine • June, 2013

Winner's Circle

Photo: Captured Moment Photography

CR Haribo, owned by Emma Townsend and ridden by Hope Glynn, en route to winning the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Showpark of San Diego. Sonoma Valley Stables and Hope Glynn had four of the top 10 finishers out of the 40 entered in the class.

Whoopin' It Up In Del Mar

Mr. Whoopy and Duncan McFarlane continue a great show jumping season with a big win in the $100,000 Del Mar Grand Prix. Performing in front of a packed house at the Del Mar Arena, the pair made a dramatic gallop to the last fence pay-off in the class' four-way jump off. Eduardo Menezes, Rusty Stewart and young Canadian Jonathan Asselin finished second, third and fourth, unable to catch Mr. Whoopy's time.

Stanford is IHSA Reserve Champ

Stanford University's equestrian team made their long trip to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Assn.'s National Championships well worth it by finishing reserve champion in the high point Collegiate Cup standings.

In back-to-back rides that left Stanford not to be underestimated, Eliza Richartz won Walk/Trot and Victoria Greenen won Walk/Trot/Canter, contributing to the 20 points overall that would earn the 2013 Collegiate Cup reserve title.   

The Championships were held May 2-5 at the Pennsylvania Show Complex and the Collegiate Cup top prize was shared by two schools: The St. Lawrence University Saints and the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds. These East Coast colleges were champion and reserve champs last year.

"To have our riders come all this way and leave as reserve national champions is incredibly gratifying," said coach Vanessa Bartsch. "We had a young team of first-year riders and sophomores, except for senior, Alison Smith. Winning back-to-back championships in Walk/Trot and Walk/Trot/Canter speaks to the work ethic of our riders and quality of our coaching staff.     

"Eliza was on varsity sailing before learning to ride less than a year ago. Team captain, Claire Margolis, a sophomore, was the only rider to qualify in five classes (Individual Open Flat and Fences, Team Open Flat and Fences, and Cacchione Cup). She kept her focus and led her team, despite drawing first to go in all three over fences classes." After her rides, Margolis, a mathematics major, drolly noted to coach Bartsch that such odds had been 1 in 9,000.

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