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Brianne Goutal Wins at Pennsylvania National Horse Show

Wellington, FL – October 24, 2006 – Beacon Hill Show Stables, located in Colts Neck, New Jersey, celebrated another victory this past week at the 61st Annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA. Brianne Goutal of New York, NY, added to her collection of trophies after she topped the leader board in the $25,000 North American League Open Jumper Speed Finals. The eighteen year old piloted Onira, owned by Cloverleaf Farm, and competed against 21 entries for the title. Frank and Stacia Madden, the owners and head trainers of Beacon Hill Show Stables, accompanied their students along with assistant trainer Max Amaya.

Frank Madden explained, “It was Beezie’s idea in Florida that we try to get Brianne qualified for the finals because she thought Brianne would be very competitive in the class. I think she ended up maybe fourth in the standings because they went into the ring in reverse order of rank, with the best going last, and Brianne went towards the end. We walked the course with Max [Amaya] and came up with our strategy.”

“It was a well done course,” he continued. “There weren’t many options to it, so you had to be very clear with your striding and try not to have a rail down. It was pretty clear earlier in the year that Brianne’s horse Onira was going to be the likely candidate for that class because she knows that horse inside and out. Onira’s very careful and brave.” He noted, “Brianne rode very well. There were a couple of places where I thought she made minor mistakes, but they only penalized her slightly with her time.”

He reported, “She left the ring leading the class, but we still had McLain Ward to go on Goldika. He knows that horse very well and has been very successful on it. We were standing on the rail, watching McLain go, and it really looked like he had the class won. He went through the timers and was 2/100ths of a second slower than Brianne,” revealed Madden. “Then we had Laura Chapot to go on Sprite, and that horse is very fast, and she had an unlucky third jump down. So, Brianne ended up being victorious. This was a year-long goal that took some strategy and some luck, and it panned out for her,” he smiled. Goutal also rode Casar (de) to eighth in an Open Jumper class and twelfth place in the $65,000 Budweiser Prix de Penn National.

During Junior Week at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, a number of Beacon Hill students participated in the USEF Medal Finals. These riders included: Carolyn Curcio, Whitney Goulart, Elizabeth Lubrano, Olivia Clancy, Laura King-Kaplan, Jacqueline Lubrano, Sloane Coles, Chelsea Moss, Maria Schaub, Jessica Springsteen, Lindsay Mohr, Nikko Ritter, Catherine Pasmore, Anna Becker, and Alexandra Loprete. Coles, who rode Papillon 136, finished in fourth place.

Marvel and Mr. Wendell, owned by Horizon Hill Farm in Glenmoore, PA, participated in the Older Junior Hunter division with Elizabeth Lubrano in the irons, and Jessica Springsteen came away with ribbons in the Small Junior 15 and Under Hunters with Stone Hill Farm’s Sublime.

In the Junior Jumpers, Sloane Coles and Louisianna placed sixth in the Individual Finals for the Prix de States. Hayley Carlson and Gracia captured the red ribbon in the North American League Adult Amateur Jumper Finals, and Stephanie Dixon followed in third aboard Santa Rocket. Wilhelmina Horzepa and Exhilaration led the victory gallop in the North American League Pony Finals, and Mackenzie Keck finished in twelfth with AK Mickey in the NAL Children’s Jumper Finals.

In the First Year Green Hunters, Scott Stewart earned a second, three thirds, and a seventh with Laura King-Kaplan’s horse Heartfelt.

“All is all, I think everybody had a nice week there,” said Madden. “With the amount of showing that our riders and horses did all year, we just went in with a ‘business as usual’ mind frame. I think that way it keeps the riders relaxed, and you’re not making major changes. So, with a little luck, everything falls into place.”

Beacon Hill Show Stables will show next at the Washington International Horse Show in Washington D.C., where they have numerous riders participating in the Junior classes and the WIHS Equitation Finals.

To learn more about Beacon Hill Show Stables, please visit their official website at http://www.beaconhillstables.com.


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