Beacon Hill Remains in Winner’s Circle at Winter Equestrian Festival
Nicole Lakin of Beacon Hill Show Stables Triumphs in Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic
Wellington, FL – February 19, 2007 – During the fourth week of the Winter Equestrian Festival, Beacon Hill Show Stables continued to capture top honors in the hunter, jumper, and equitation arenas with its string of top notch riders and horses. Beacon Hill Show Stables, located in Colts Neck, NJ, is owned and managed by head trainers Frank and Stacia Madden.
“Beacon Hill’s biggest thrill this past week was Nicole Lakin’s win on Opus Sept in the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic,” revealed Stacia Madden. “Her entire family was here: her mom, sister, brother, and father. It was a year ago that Nicole fell off, went to the emergency room and had chest x-rays taken, which was when they found a tumor and she was diagnosed with cancer. She is now healthy and in remission,” stated Madden. “If she hadn’t fallen off, they wouldn’t have found it.”
“She was so determined to ride that she rode between her chemotherapy sessions, and she had such a positive attitude the entire time. Everyone is so proud of her, and it was great that her entire family could be here this weekend,” she said. Lakin also received the championship award for the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper division.
Also in the jumper ring, Karen Polle’s horse Valfee Des Hazelles earned seventh place in the 1.30m class with Ramiro Quintana in the irons, and Brianne Goutal earned ninth with Mon Gamin. Goutal and Mon Gamin also received third place in the $6,000 Acorn Hill class, and she piloted her horse Urithmic to seventh in the 1.35m speed class.
In the High Junior Jumper division, Maria Schaub and Marga received two fifths, one of which was in the classic. The Low Junior Jumpers pinned Jessica Springsteen fifth with La Movida, Carolyn Curcio sixth with Croft Temptation, and Schaub twelfth with Seduction.
Karen Polle and I Love Lucy rode to fourth place in the Children’s 14-17 Jumpers, and fifth place went to AK Mickey and Mackenzie Keck. Laura King-Kaplan also picked up tenth place with Harlem De Mescam. On Sunday, Keck and AK Mickey took home second place and the reserve championship for the division. Polle also earned fifth with her horse Valfee Des Hazalles.
Also on Sunday, Hayley Carlson and Gracia finished in eighth place in the $10,000 Adult Jumper 18-35 Classic, and Eleanor Bright took fifth with Rosey in the $10,000 Seniors Classic. Bright also won eight place in the Seniors division earlier in the week.
In the equitation classes, Jacqueline Lubrano took top honors in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search (Section A) on LB Carte Noir, and Springsteen finished in fifth place with Papillon 136. In Section B, Chelsea Moss finished in third with Onatello VDL.
Moss came back to win second place in the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Equitation hunter phase aboard Logan. She then finished in second in the jumper phase and took home the blue ribbon in the WIHS Overall standings for section A.
Also in the WIHS, Springsteen won the jumper phase and took seventh in the hunter phase, finishing second overall, and Lubrano received fourth overall for her third and fifth place ribbons. She also came in fifth in the ASPCA Maclay.
In the WIHS (Section B), Elizabeth Lubrano finished third overall and Karen Polle ranked fifth in the overall standings. In the hunter phase, first place went to Hilary McNerney, Polle won third, and Elizabeth Lubrano took fourth and later finished third in the jumper phase.
Blue ribbon honors went to Elizabeth Lubrano in the Pessoa USEF Hunter Seat Medal (Section A), and Moss finished in second. Third place went to Molly Forlines for her ride aboard Leo Z. In Section B, Carolyn Curcio earned second place with her mount Valvert, and McNerney earned third.
“Carolyn just bought Valvert, and this was their first show together,” explained Madden. “It was exciting for us because she doesn’t know the horse that well, and she really rode well in the USEF Medal.”
In the hunter arena, Jessica Springsteen received high placings in the Small Junior 15 and Under Hunters with Sublime, earning first and third. In the Large Junior 15 and Under Hunters, Springsteen guided Tiziano to first, third, and fourth place finishes, and the duo also came away with the reserve championship.
In the Small Junior 16-17 Hunter division, Maria Schaub earned the tricolor with E L Raymond, owned by Abigail Quirk Cooper, after they won two firsts, a second, and a seventh.
Erica Polle and Whimsey, Schaub’s former equitation horse, were presented fourth and sixth place ribbons in the Children’s Hunter 14 and Under division, and they also earned seventh in Show Circuit Magazine’s National Children’s Medal.
In the Children’s Hunter Large Pony division, Brighton Day Glo and Oliva Fass continued to do well and earned first, third, and two eighth place ribbons.
Beacon Hill Show Stables will continue showing next week at the Bainbridge Farm Florida Classic CSI-W World Championship Hunter Rider Hunter Spectacular.
Photo Credit: Nicole Lakin and Opus Sept. Photo©2007 Randi Muster.
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