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JT Farm's Invincible and Ellen Toon Take Championship at First Week of Winter Equestrian Festival

Lichtenberg and Galbraith Place Well in Equitation

Wellington, FL - January 21, 2008 - Led by trainer Jimmy Toon, JT Farm of South Salem, NY, had a great opening week to the 2008 season. Riding out of their JT Farm in Wellington, they competed at the CN Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida. Ellen Toon and Invincible were Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunter champions, while Carolyn Lichtenberg and Katie Galbraith placed in the highly competitive equitation classes.

Ellen Toon and Invincible, an eight-year-old Bayerisches Warmblood gelding, won all four over fences classes in the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunters. They placed fifth under saddle for the championship. "He was amazing," Toon said. "He jumped great, rode great, and was just simple to ride. This was our first show since the National Horse Show in December, so I didn't know what to expect."

Toon said that this was one of the few shows where he did not also compete in a professional division. "He has grown up a lot in a year," she explained. "Now he knows to look for the second jump in a line and to go to the end of the ring and swap his lead. He was just wonderful."

Toon competed with Attache in the same division and picked up a third, two fourth places, and a tenth in the stake class.

Carolyn Lichtenberg of Pelham, NY, had a great week in the equitation classes. She rode I-Toon, a seven-year-old Warmblood mare owned by JT Farm. I-Toon won the WIHS Equitation Finals last year with Maria Schaub. Lichtenberg had a good round in the ASPCA Maclay and was called back third into the flat phase of the class. She kept her standing in the class and took the third place ribbon. A fantastic round in the medal and work-off gave Lichtenberg second place in the USEF Medal class.

Katie Galbraith of Darien, CT, rode her horse Harley to seventh place in the Maclay and eighth place in the USEF Medal class.

Avalon, owned by JT Farm, won the handy hunter jumping class in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunter division. Avalon was ridden by Alexandra Arute. The fancy bay gelding, who is for sale, was last year's WEF Second Year Green Hunter circuit champion.

Back in New York, JT Farm attended a show at Fairfield Hunt Club. Carolyn Zelentz, a working student for JT Farm, rode Spock, a six-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, in the equitation classes. Spock is a young, up-and-coming equitation talent that JT Farm is producing. He and Zelentz won both the USEF Medal class and the ASPCA Maclay class. They were fourth in the USEF Talent Search and fourth in the PHA Medal class.

JT Farm will compete next at the second week of the CN Winter Equestrian Festival.

For more information on JT Farm, please visit their website at http://www.jtfarm.com.



Photo Credit: Invincible and Ellen Toon, champions in the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunters at the first week of the CN Winter Equestrian Festival. IPhoto (C) 2008 Jennifer Wood/PMG. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.

 

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