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Charlotte Jacobs Wins Big at 60th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show

Carlysle Lipke and Mick O Angelo Race to Win in $1,500 Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic

Buffalo, NY – September 16, 2006 – The 60th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) continued competition today for junior, children’s and pony riders. The show is held at the historic Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC). The ‘AA’ rated show is Buffalo’s most prestigious horse show and is used by many to prepare for the fall indoor circuit and zone finals horse shows. Today was the final day of competition and was capped off by evening performances in the $2,000 Handy Hunter Classic and the $1,500 Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic.

Starting out the day were the Pony Hunters. The Grand Pony Hunter Championship went to Hillcrest Pennywise, ridden by Charlotte Jacobs of East Aurora, NY and owned by Tilden Brighton of Rumson, NJ. They were the Large Pony Hunter champions over Hideways Greystone Shilel and Shannon Kaupp. Jacobs also picked up the tricolor in the Medium Pony Hunter division on Home at Last. Reserve champion in the Medium Ponies was Finally Mine, ridden and owned by Lindsey Ward.

Jacobs and Home at Last are nearing the end of their partnership together, as their lease is up, and Jacobs is getting too tall for the dainty grey pony. “I’m going to miss him. I’m getting too tall from him,” Jacobs affirmed, but added, “I’ve learned to just let go and ride forward from him. He’s made me a better rider.” Jacobs says that he is “really a cute pony in the barn.” “He’ll sometimes give a little nip if you don’t feed him. If nobody gives him treats, he’ll be mad,” she said, grinning.

As her partnership with Home at Last comes to a close, a new one is beginning. Jacobs and Hillcrest Pennywise won the championship today in only their second show together. “It feels really good to win so soon,” she said. Jacobs feels comfortable on the move up to a large pony. “He likes to go forward, and you have to steady him for his turns,” she said of the handsome grey pony. “It feels different because you’re on a bigger pony, and the jumps are bigger than 2’6”. I like jumping the bigger jumps. It’s fun.”

Another brand new relationship that led to Grand Champion honors was in the Children’s Hunters. The champion of the Children’s 15-17 Hunters was Audi Calypso, ridden by Christine Ruh for the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center. Ruh has ridden with Libby McNabb at the Buffalo Equestrian Center for nine years, but first rode “Ozzie” three days ago. Their course today was the first time doing a full course at three feet.

When Ruh’s original ride was unavailable for BIHS, McNabb thought the bubbly teenager and the cute chestnut gelding would make a good match. Ruh agreed, “I liked him a lot; he was a lot of fun. He’s easy if you support him on the way there with a little leg and a little hand and just help him get there. Other than that, it was really easy.” The pair won the Syracuse PHA 3’ Medal 15-17 class before winning three out of four classes in the hunter division for the championship. The reserve champion was Maestro and Amanda Terhaar, who rode for Sherri Terhaar.

It was a great win for the hometown rider, who only lives a mile away from the barn. “I love showing here,” Ruh said brightly. “It’s really cool. There’s a lot of horses and competition here. Most people get to ride their horses a lot and I didn’t, so I was really nervous. It felt good to win. I’m really happy with the way I rode.”

The champion in the Children’s 14 & Under Hunters was Jumping For Joy, ridden and owned by Kate Haley. They won the under saddle class and received two second place ribbons over fences. Reserve champion in the division was Jouet, ridden by Melissa Jacobs for Deeridge Farm.

It has been a change of pace for Haley’s mount who started out his life as a race horse. The seven year old is now happy as a hunter, which he has done for two years. Haley explained, “My trainer Chrissy rode him the baby classes a little bit and then I bought him. We started with 2’6” and then moved up to 3’ at the beginning of last year. When we first got him, he was kind of wild, so he’s gotten more quiet. He’s gotten a lot better at his lead changes.” The 14 year old rider added, “I’ve learned a lot since I’ve gotten him.”

Jumping For Joy may be exuberant in the show ring, but Haley said that he is a perfect gentleman in the barn. “He’s really quiet in the barn. We have a two year old, and he’ll let her hug him. He sleeps on the cross ties.”

Haley enjoys showing indoors and noted, “I really like the footing here too. He felt really good today.”

Champion in the Children’s Pony Small/Medium Hunters was Cosmic Scribbles, ridden by Melissa Jacobs for Bibby Farmer Hill. Jacobs is another rider from Buffalo and has trained at SBS Farms, Inc. for five years. The tricolor ribbon was a perfect birthday present for the young rider who turns 13 on Monday. Reserve champion in the division was Cliff Notes, ridden by Sydney Mosconitz for Lydia Ulrich.

Jacobs has had the cute paint pony for a year and said that it was great to win at home. “I was pretty excited,” she explained. “I have a cold too, so I wasn’t sure I’d be able to ride well.”

Cosmic Scribbles is “really fun to ride and is pretty smooth. He’s really fun to jump,” Jacobs added. “He’s not a lazy pony.”

The Children’s Pony Large Hunter champion this year is My Buddy Sergio. The dependable grey pony was ridden by Cheyenne Bianchi and is owned by Regan McGowan. The pair has been together for two years. Today they won three classes and were fourth in the under saddle for their championship, which gave them the Grand Children’s Pony Hunter championship as well.

They were given top scores of 80 and 82 in two rounds of the $500 Children’s Hunter Classic for the win. Bianchi (10) from Syracuse, NY, was a little nervous being the leader of the classic going into the second round, but came home thinking her performance was “really good.”

My Buddy Sergio, she said, is “pretty easy, except you have to gallop with him because he’s kind of slow. He’s good, but he’s better at shows.” They proved that today with three big wins.

Final Results: $500 Children’s Hunter Classic

1. My Buddy Sergio, Cheyenne Bianchi: 82/80=162

2. Cliff Notes, Sydney Mosconitz: 80/81=161

3. Audi Calypso, Christine Ruh: 77/78=155

4. Cosmic Scribbles, Melissa Jacobs: 70/84=154

5. Jumping for Joy, Kate Haley: 76/76=152

6. The Jig is Up, Kathryn Haefner: 78/68=146

7. Gold Coast, Olivia Quatela: 71/74=145

8. Inspector Gadget, Alex Trolli: 81/63=144

The evening classes began with the $2,000 Handy Hunter Classic, which was composed of riders from professional, amateur, adult, children’s, and junior hunter divisions. They were asked to perform over a turning course that included a trot jump in the first round.

The leader after round one was Up and Coming and Tom Matthews, who rode for Up the Creek Farm. They scored an 82 after a smooth first go. Right behind them was Kacey McCann and Marcellus, who had an 80. McCann was in third with her other horse Comanche, who had a 78.

The second round consisted of more rollbacks that tested the riders’ eye. McCann and Comanche had a disappointing rail down, which put them out of the running. Meredith Lipke Bartolone, who had a 77 in the first round with Churchill, came back for a solid round of 82 and a total of 159. McCann and Marcellus kept their perfect pace and racked up an identical second round score of 80 for a total of 160.

Coming back in the lead was Up and Coming and Matthews. They had a good course, but with some tighter distances, their score of 77.5 was just off the leader. They finished with a total of 159.5 and second place.

Final Results: $2,000 Handy Hunter Classic

1. Marcellus, Kacey McCann: 80/80=160

2. Up and Coming, Tom Matthews: 82/77.5=159.5

3. Churchill, Meredith Lipke Bartolone: 77/82=159

4. Jumping for Joy, Kate Haley: 75/65=140

5. Comanche, Kacey McCann: 78/45=123

6. Harker, Stephanie Karvouniaris: 35/76= 111

7. Adeline, Trish Bookbinder: 66/44=110

8. Audi Calypso, Christine Ruh: 30/72=102

The $1,500 Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic was an exciting finish to a wonderful show. The class was a Table II, section A class that included a triple combination. First in the class, Cassis and Claudia Cataldo, had a mishap in that triple combination and an unfortunate dismount, which eliminated them from the class. The next three riders put in clear rounds to return for the timed jump-off.

Kacey McCann and Mr. Brown were first to return, and they maneuvered easily around the course for a clear round and a time of 31.32 seconds. Next in were Kintyre and Alexandra McPhearson. Bigger turns and more time in the air led to a clear round, but a slower time of 35.97 seconds. Last to go was Mick O Angelo and Carlysle Lipke, who rode for Meredith Lipke Bartolone. They made a fantastic rollback to the two stride and made every jump out of stride. They galloped down to the last jump for a clear round and tripped the timers at 30.66 seconds for the win.

Lipke and Mick O Angelo have been paired for only four months, but the two seemed to click easily on course. Lipke has trained with SBS Farms Inc. for seven years. The win in the classic gave them the reserve championship in the division. Champion in the division was Mr. Brown, ridden by Kacey McCann for BTRC, who won both classes yesterday. For her jumper wins and sweep in the junior hunter division, McCann was named Leading Junior Rider of the 60th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show.

Final Results: $1,500 Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic

1. Mick O Angelo, Carlysle Lipke: 0/0/30.66 seconds

2. Mr. Brown, Kacey McCann: 0/0/31.32

3. Kintyre, Alexandra McPhearson: 0/0/35.97

For more information on BIHS and BTRC, please visit http://www.thebtrc.com or email becandbtrc@aol.com.

Photo Credit: Hillcrest Pennywise and Charlotte Jacobs, Large Pony and Grand Pony Hunter Champions and Best Child Rider at the Buffalo International Horse Show. Photo © 2006 Randi Muster.


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