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Christy Russo Ends Successful Winter Season with High Scores

Wellington, FL – April 12, 2007 – Top junior rider Christy Russo capped off the 2007 Winter Equestrian Festival with a slew of great ribbons in Tampa during the final two weeks of the season.

Riding Miracle, Russo scored a 90 in an over fences class in the Large Junior 16 & 17 Hunters to bring home the coveted blue ribbon. In addition, the pair earned a third place and two seventh place finishes over fences.

Russo had not shown Miracle for a year, and she said she was a little apprehensive about competing her again. “It was, most definitely, a difficult circumstance. It had been exactly one year in Tampa that I hadn’t shown her,” Russo explained. “I rode Westcliffe first in the class and he was extremely fresh and it wasn’t very successful, so to get past all that to win was one of the best feelings ever. Everything came together perfectly, and she couldn’t have been better.”

She continued, “As if it wasn’t enough to just win, to get a 90 was incredible! It’s the highest score I’ve ever gotten in the junior hunters, period. I was just so happy when I finished my course and took a breath. I hadn’t even given a thought to how good it was, but then I heard my score and I was elated.”

Russo also piloted another horse, Westcliffe, also known as Henry, to good ribbons in the same division.

Regarding her results, Russo noted that, “Henry was pretty fresh on the first day of showing. He is an amazing horse but when something interrupts his dinnertime, he isn’t happy. It was a different ring and very late in the day, so there were no hard feelings. On the second day, he was still pretty fresh. He jumped huge in the first class, but it came together nicely in the second class and I ended up fourth, which was good.”

The Junior Hunter divisions at the Winter Equestrian Festival draw the best riders in the country to compete against each other, and Russo explained that winning among such great competition is a thrill.

“The competition in my division at WEF is incredible. The riders and horses are amazing. To be able to compete with them and do well is very rewarding,” she said. “But, now that WEF is over, I’m looking forward to relaxing at home and spending time with my friends before the summer season starts.”

Russo is a native of Miami, FL, and commutes between Wellington and Miami in order to train and compete with Ken and Emily Smith of Ashland Farms. In addition, she is an honor roll student at the prestigious Ransom Everglades School, which is located in Coconut Grove, FL.

PHOTO CREDIT: Christy Russo and Miracle scored a 90 and won in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters at the Tournament of Champions. Photo © 2006 Jennifer Wood.


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