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JT Farm Gathers Blue Ribbons and Championships at Vermont Summer Special Horse Show

East Dorset, Vermont - July 14, 2008 - JT Farm had no shortage of blue ribbons or championships last week at the Vermont Summer Special Horse Show, which ran July 9-13, 2008. JT Farm has barn locations in South Salem, NY, and Wellington, FL. JT Farm is led by hunter/jumper trainer Jimmy Toon.

Dudley Macfarlane was the one to beat last week. Champion in the Adult Amateur 46 and Over Hunter division, she rode her mount Authentic. She came away with two seconds, a third and two fifth-place ribbons. In addition, Macfarlane was also second in an Adult Amateur Equitation 46 and Over class.

"My horses were great. My horse Authentic was amazing. He is an old Amateur-Owner horse who had suspensory operation about three and a half years ago. We gave him about two years off, and he came back and now does just the three foot divisions with me during the summer," said Macfarlane.

Macfarlane believes in giving horses ample time to heal after a surgery. As much as she wanted to get back to riding Authentic, she knew the three and a half years off were worth it. With all that she and her horse have been through, it makes winning that much more special.

"I have seen so many people that don't give them enough time. It is very frustrating, but I am fortunate enough to have my other horses to ride so I wasn't desperate to get him back right away. He is the loveliest horse. I'm sure I could do the 3'6" on him again, but I would rather have him for another six years as a three foot horse," said Macfarlane. "He is amazing; he just walks into the ring. It's very special to me to win this championship. We have a very special relationship, and I am so thankful just to be able to ride him. When we walk into the ring, he gets just enough spark and knows what his job is. He rarely makes a mistake. If anything, it's me who makes it."

Aboard another one of her horses, Accolade, she competed in the Amateur Owner Hunters. In that division, she picked up second, third, fourth, fifth and seventh-place ribbons. On another mount of hers, All the Stars, she was awarded a fifth-place ribbon in the Adult Amateur Hunters 46 and Over, a fifth-place ribbon in the Pre-Green Hunters, and fifth, seventh and eighth-place ribbons in the Low Hunters.

Not only was she champion, she also did extremely well in the Hunter Classics. In the $500 M&S Adult Amateur Hunter Classic, Macfarlane triumphed with a sixth-place ribbon on Authentic. Her success continued on in the $500 NAL/WIHS Adult Amateur Hunter Classic, where she and Authentic were awarded with a fifth-place ribbon.

Brianne Link was a star in her own right as well. The yound rider from East Islip, NY, picked up double championships in Children's Small/Medium Pony Hunters and Children's Large Pony Hunters. In the Small/Medium Pony Hunters, Link rode her pony Asgard Mercury to two firsts, a second and eighth-place ribbons. Also on Asgard Mercury, Link defeated the competition in both classes to win the Marshall & Sterling League Children's Medal as well as the M&S Children's Pony Hunter Classic.

In the Children's Large Pony Hunters, Link was aboard her pony Foxcroft Veronsky. Link and Foxcroft Veronsky were champions of the division, and were awarded two firsts, a fourth, seventh and eighth-place ribbons. Also on Foxcroft Veronsky, Link competed in the Modified Children's Hunters and came away with second, fourth and ninth-place ribbons.

For the Equitation 11 and Under flat, Link and Foxcroft Veronsky placed well in fourth. Link also competed in a Children's Jumper Low class, where she and horse Tallyman came away with a fourth-place ribbon.

JT Farm will continue their show season and compete at Manchester Summer Festival Horse Show on July 16-20, 2008.

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 Credit: Brianne Link and Asgard Mercury, Champions in Small/Medium Pony Hunters at Vermont Summer Special Horse Show. Photo by: Jen Wood for Phelps Media Group. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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