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Beacon Hill Show Stables Celebrates Victory

Maria Schaub and Jessica Springsteen Secure Reserve Championships on Equitation Weekend

Upper Marlboro, MD – October 2, 2006 – Beacon Hill Show Stables, located in Colts Neck, NJ, and owned by head trainers Frank and Stacia Madden, added another blue ribbon award to their expanding list of wins this weekend at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The competition at Capital Challenge, known as Monarch International Equitation Weekend, featured the Monarch International North American Equitation Championship. After 93 entries performed for the judges in the championship, Beacon Hill student Sloane Coles of The Plains, VA, was asked to return for a test.

“Our idea in the test was to try to use it for our riders to get to know their horses,” said Stacia Madden. “We were happy with the way the test went for Sloane. This is a fairly new horse for her, so we were glad she was able to get the experience. We told her to ride to win, and she did that beautifully. She had an unfortunate rail down in the ride off,” related Madden, “and I think it was because we didn’t realize there was an additional test. We just had the horse standing by the ring waiting for the award ceremony. I think the rail came down because the horse was cold, and we didn’t get a chance to jump another schooling fence.”

Coles, who rode Bud Martin’s horse Papillon 136, was originally announced as the second place finisher, with Megan Massaro receiving first. After the judges compared their scores, they realized the computer numerical program had malfunctioned and calculated the averages of the riders’ scores incorrectly. A phone call from the horse show manager informed Frank Madden that Coles should have been awarded the win.

“We weren’t upset when she was announced second because we knew both riders were close,” revealed Stacia Madden. “We were hoping that Sloane would win because we really felt she rode well. When [Show Manager] Oliver [Kennedy] called Frank, our initial reaction was that we were happy, but we also were aware that the other rider’s feelings were involved. Frank told Oliver that we wanted to leave it the way it was. We were okay with it because there were a lot of factors involved, such as the feelings of the other rider and the integrity of the horse show.”

She continued, “Then we learned that Megan [Massaro] didn’t want to take the win away from Sloane, so Sloane went back to the arena and received the award. The management handled it super. George Morris came back to take some pictures with Sloane, and we felt that the entire situation was handled well.”

In addition to Coles’ win, Beacon Hill students Maria Schaub and Jessica Springsteen pinned well in the Equitation Championship. Schaub finished in fourth place, and Springsteen came away with twelfth.

“We use this horse show to prepare for the USEF East Coast Show Jumping Talent Search Finals,” commented Madden. “I think we’re well prepared. I feel like we’ve done some good planning, and our riders are mounted on good horses. They need more of a jumper type for the USEF Talent Search Finals. Maria, Sloane, and Jessie rode two different horses this weekend because one class was held indoors and the other outside.”

“Most of the riders who have horses qualified for the Washington [International Horse Show] Equitation Finals, the USEF Medal Finals, and the ASPCA Maclay National Championships showed their finals horses indoors and their USEF Talent Search horses outside. We use this weekend to get our kids ready for indoors and also to help them get used to riding different horses. It was nice to see how consistent our students were on all of their horses and in both arenas.”

In addition, Coles took home the championship tricolor in the 17 Year Old Equitation division. Schaub piloted Whimsey to the reserve championship in the 16 Year Old Equitation, and Springsteen, who rode Stone Hill Farm’s horses Cino and Deneuve, came away with the reserve championship in the 13 and 14 Year Old Equitation.

Beacon Hill Show Stables will continue to compete at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, which concludes on Sunday, October 8th. Other Beacon Hill students who are attending the show include: Karen Polle, Carolyn Curcio, Elizabeth Lubrano, Anne Davidson, Jacqueline Lubrano, Lindsay Mohr, Laura King-Kaplan, Chelsea Moss, Whitney Goulart, Rachel Roter, Olivia Clancy, and Olivia Fass.

Photo Credit: Sloane Coles on one of her equitation horses. Photo©2006 Jennifer Wood/PhelpsSports.com.


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