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Beacon Hill Show Stables in Top Twelve at USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals

Laura King-Kaplan Named Best Children’s Jumper Rider at Capital Challenge Horse Show

Wellington, FL – October 11, 2006 – A busy competition weekend for Beacon Hill Show Stables resulted in top honors and numerous successes at both the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, MD, and the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals- East Coast in Gladstone, NJ. The show barn, based out of Colts Neck, NJ, is owned and managed by head trainers Frank and Stacia Madden. Assistant trainers Max Amaya, Krista Freundlich, and Jennifer Griffiths also contribute to the reputable training and showing program at Beacon Hill.

This past weekend, Stacia and Frank Madden accompanied their students at the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals- East Coast. Beacon Hill riders who qualified for this event included: Jessica Springsteen, Chelsea Moss, Nikko Ritter, Jacqueline Lubrano, Whitney Goulart, Catherine Pasmore, Sloane Coles, Elizabeth Lubrano, Maria Schaub, Carolyn Curcio, Lindsay Mohr, and Alexandra Loprete.

“We had a very diverse group of students at the Finals this year,” commented Stacia Madden. “Some of our kids were attending the Finals for their very first time, some were seasoned riders who had horses that they didn’t know very well, and some were seasoned riders on horses they had ridden for a long time. It was a nice group, and we were really happy with how all of the kids did.”

“This year they divided the riders into groups of eight for the flat portion, which made it more like the USEF Talent Search classes throughout the year,” she continued. “The riders also received their numerical scores right away, which provided some immediate gratification for those who did well.”

The USEF Talent Search riders completed the flat phases on Saturday, October 7, as well as a two-minute time period where judges observed the riders’ ability to prepare their horses for jumping. This phase was followed by the gymnastics phase, where horse and rider were tested on communication and physical ability to successfully navigate a course composed of a variety of lines of jumps. On Sunday, all riders returned for the third phase, a timed show jumping course.

“We thought the gymnastics phase really helped prepare the horses for the Show Jumping phase,” said Madden. “We had a nice day on Sunday. The course was difficult to do well, but it wasn’t too difficult to do. So, we didn’t see any riders struggling to get around.”

Beacon Hill student Nikko Ritter finished in fifth place with his ride on Clover Count, and Whitney Goulart rode VDL Cadillac to sixth. In addition, Sloane Coles received seventh place for her performance on Loisianna, Maria Schaub captured eighth aboard Teddy Bear, and Carolyn Curcio finished in twelfth with her horse Croft Temptation.

At the Capital Challenge Horse Show, Krista Freundlich and Max Amaya coached Beacon Hill riders to high placings as well. After taking home the win in a Children’s/Adult Jumper class with her horse Zeitgeist, Laura King-Kaplan was named Best Children’s Jumper Rider.

King-Kaplan, who resides in Irvington, NY, also earned eighth place in the Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic with Harlem de Mescam. Mackenzie Keck of Allamuchy, NJ, competed in the Children’s/Adult Jumpers and picked up fifth place aboard Sensation and sixth in the Classic on AK Mickey. In the same division, Hayley Carlson came away with an eighth place on Gracia, and Eleanor Bright was 12th in the Classic and 13th in another class with her horse Rosey.

Brianne Goutal was second and third in the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers on Mon Gamin, owned by Cloverleaf Farm. She also earned fifth in a class on Urithmic and was fourth in the Open Jumper Stake on Onira. Max Amaya was ninth in the Open Jumper Stake on Church Road, owned by Sarah Becker and B&B Saddlery.

In the hunter ring, Sharon Coleman and her mount Mickey Mouse were third and sixth in the Adult Amateur 36-45 Hunter division and sixth in the WCHR Adult Amateur Finals. In the pony division, Erica Polle won the Children’s Pony Hunter under saddle on Brighton's Sketch.

Beacon Hill Show Stables will compete next at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harriburg, PA, from October 12-21.

For more information on Beacon Hill Show Stables, please visit http://www.beaconhillstables.com.


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