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Alexandra Thornton Dominates Junior Hunters for Double Tricolors

Wellington, FL – February 21, 2007 – This past week, Alexandra Thornton upped the ante yet again after she took home championship honors in both the Small and Large Junior 15 and Under Hunter divisions. Thornton, who trains with renowned trainer and judge Susie Humes, only moved up to the Junior Hunters last August, and she just added two new championships to her long list of wins.

Thornton, of Bedminster, NJ, piloted Tobasco to the championship in the Small Junior 15 and Under Hunters after she won first, second, fourth, and fifth place ribbons. In the Large Junior Hunters, Thornton competed with her horses For The Music and High Noon. With For The Music, the young rider captured first and fifth place ribbons. She also earned the championship award with High Noon after she took home two firsts, a sixth, and an eighth place. She received the two highest scores of the week, a 92 with Tobasco and a 90 with High Noon. All of Thornton’s horses reside at her family farm, Dunwalke.

“My horses went really well this weekend,” commented Thornton. “I was especially excited about my success with High Noon. When I bought him, he had previously been a jumper, and we have been working on becoming a team in the junior hunters. I feel an improvement in the way he goes every time I ride and show him,” she said. “This week things really came together for us, and it was such a rewarding experience to see the results of all of our hard work.”

“Tobasco was also wonderful this weekend,” she related. “He was jumping so well and trying so hard. It was really exciting when we got a 92 in the handy. I love the handy classes because they are a challenge. To make the hard turns and to do it well motivates me to try the harder tracks in other classes.” Thornton added, “I was really pleased with For the Music too. He won one of the over fences classes the first day. Usually I make one or two little mistakes on him, but this week it came together for us as well.”

Her horses also competed in the professional hunter divisions with Charlie Weaver, who rode High Noon to high placings in the Regular Working Hunters. Weaver rode For The Music to top ribbons in the Regular Conformation Hunters and Whistlejacket, one of Thornton’s young horses, to first place in the Baby Green Hunters.

“Charlie Weaver has been riding the hunters for us, and his preparation and insight have been invaluable,” said Humes. “Whistlejacket won a Baby Green class with him, and it was only his second show. Charlie did the open divisions with the two larges, just to feel them out for WCHR week,” she explained. “After WCHR, they will go back to competing primarily in the Juniors Hunters, except an occasional four foot class, if necessary.”

“Agincourt, who Alexandra has very sadly outgrown, was ridden by Katherine Newman, and he went really well,” she added. “He won a class last week and is going beautifully for Katherine with Morgan Thomas’ expert help.”

Thornton reported, “The success from this past weekend could never have happened without Charlie Weaver. He has been working with my horses when I am at home in New Jersey, and it has made a huge difference. All of my horses, especially High Noon, could not have gone as well as they did this weekend without his help.” She noted, “My horses could never go as well as they do without the hard work and dedication of everyone at the barn. In particular, Phil Kiley, who does a phenomenal job with the horses, and, of course, Susie: I would be nowhere without her.”

Humes concluded, “We had a great weekend, and the credit is due to the whole team. Weekends like this are truly dreams, and we are all enjoying the moment and are thankful to have such incredible animals in our lives. Alexandra really rode well, and I am very proud of her, most importantly because she really loves her horses.”

Alexandra Thornton and the Dunwalke horses will continue to show next week at the Bainbridge Farm Florida Classic CSI-W World Championship Hunter Rider Hunter Spectacular.

Photo Credit: Alexandra Thornton and High Noon. Photo© 2007 Randi Muster.


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