North Salem, NY - May 19, 2009 - JT Farm, which is based in South Salem, NY, and Wellington, FL, and led by trainer Jimmy Toon, had two great weeks of competition at the Old Salem Farm Horse Shows on May 6-17, 2009. They won six tricolor ribbons and were honored with two Best Rider Titles.
Toon said of the shows, "It was a great warm-up show to work out everything after our long break from showing. It's our first time back showing from Florida, and it's also the first time we've really shown outside since then. I think this was great for our riders to prepare for the Devon Horse Show this week and for other riders to get a positive experience."
Taylor Kain of Lake Worth, FL, was named the Best Junior Rider on a Horse at the second week of the Old Salem shows. Kain piloted Midnight Sun, owned by Cortie Wetherill, to the championship in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters. They won all four over fences classes in the division and were fourth under saddle. They were also named the Grand Junior Hunter champions.
"We've only had Midnight Sun for three weeks," Toon mentioned. "He's done really well and is a very nice horse. He is for sale and would be a great junior hunter for someone."
Kain rode Spock to first place in the PHA Medal and second in the WIHS Hunter phase. During the first week on JT Farm's Charlie Brown, Kain was third in the WIHS hunter phase and fifth overall.
Twelve-year-old Mimi Chiquet rode Topaz, owned by Ellen Toon, to first place in the Marshall & Sterling Children's Hunter Classic, which clinched the Best Children's Rider on a Horse title for her. They were also third and fifth in the Children's Hunter 14 & Under division. During the first week of competition, Chiquet was sixth in the Equitation 12-14 flat class and seventh in the Mini Maclay class.
Toon related, "Mimi has been with us a little over a year. She started in the Short Stirrup and moved up to the three-foot divisions in December. This was her first real big success. The first horse she rode on our farm was Topaz, and she's ridden him ever since. They're a nice pair. She's getting ready to move up at the shows and to a new horse."
Jimmy Toon rode Silas V, owned by Brianne Link, to the championship in the First Year Green Hunters during week one. They were first, second, and fifth over fences. They added a win in the under saddle to take the top tricolor in the division.
Brianne Link and her old partner Foxcroft Veronsky captured a championship two weeks in a row. During the second week, they were first, first, and fourth in the Children's Pony Large Hunter division for the top tricolor. At the first week's show, they won two classes and were third in the remaining class. They also won the Marshall & Sterling Children's Pony Hunter Classic during both weeks of competition. Foxcroft Veronsky is available for lease or for sale.
Brianne Link rode Spock to fourth place in the Marshall & Sterling Children's Hunter Classic during the first week of competition. They also picked up a third place in the Marshall & Sterling Children's Medal in the first week, and in the Children's 14 & Under Hunters, they won two fourth place ribbons. She rode Black Diamond to fifth place in the Marshall & Sterling Children's Jumper Classic in the first week. On Silas V during the second week, she won the Mini Medal and was seventh in the Marshall & Sterling Children's Medal.
Alexis Gajwani took over the ride on Foxcroft Veronsky in the Beginner Rider division. They placed first, second, and third in the hunter classes for the reserve championship. They were also second, third, and third in the equitation classes. In week two, Gajwani brought home another reserve championship in the Beginner Rider Hunter division with first, second, and third place ribbons. She was also first and fifth in the equitation division.
On Ellen Toon's Commander, Noelle Duncko was eighth in the Children's Hunter 15-17 division. In week two, Duncko placed fifth in the Marshall & Sterling Children's Medal, fifth in the Mini Medal, and sixth in the Children's Hunter 15-17 division.
Ellen Toon and Attache were solid in the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunters, placing second, third, fifth, and fifth in the division. In the second week, they won a class in the division as well as two fourth places. On Invincible, Toon won a second and three thirds.
Dudley MacFarlane rode Authentic in the Adult Amateur 46 & Over Hunter division and took home top ribbons. They also finished twelfth in the Marshall & Sterling Adult Amateur Hunter Classic. In week two, MacFarlane piloted All the Stars to top ribbons in the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunters, including a second place in the under saddle class. On Authentic, she was third in the Junior/Amateur Hunter 3'3" division.
During week two, Carolyn Lichtenberg and JT Farm's I-Toon were second in the WIHS Equitation hunter phase, fifth in the PHA Medal, and sixth in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search class. Celeste Mastronardi rode Celestial to fourth place in the Equitation 12-14 flat class.
JT Farm will compete next at the Devon Horse Show. Carolyn Lichtenberg and Taylor Kain will compete in the equitation classes, while Ellen Toon will be a force in the Amateur-Owner Hunters.
For the finest hunter, equitation, and jumper instruction in the South Salem, NY, and Wellington, FL, areas, look no further than JT Farm. At JT Farm, riders of all levels are welcome and are afforded the very best training by a staff of experienced, caring professionals who are committed to excellence in the show ring in equitation, hunters and jumpers.
For more information on JT Farm, please visit http://www.jtfarm.com
Photo Caption: Foxcroft Veronsky and Brianne Link
Photo Credit: Taylor Kain and Midnight Sun were the Grand Junior Hunter and Large Junior 16-17 Hunter champions at Old Salem Farm Horse Show. Kain was named the Best Junior Rider on a Horse. Mimi Chiquet was named the Best Child Rider on a Horse and won the Marshall & Sterling Children's Hunter Classic on Topaz. Brianne Link and Foxcroft Veronsky were double champions in the Children's Pony Large Hunters and won the Marshall & Sterling Children's Pony Hunter Classic. Photos © 2009 James Leslie Parker. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.
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