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Katherine Newman Starts Up Season with Successful Catch-Rides

Wellington, FL - January 29, 2008 - This past week, Katherine Newman of Allwyn Court earned impressive ribbons aboard a string of stellar catch-rides. Sixteen-year-old Newman resides in Wellington, FL, at her family's farm. She trains with her parents, Kathy and Gerry, and Todd Minikus, a grand prix show jumper and Olympic veteran.

In the hunter ring, Newman piloted Boulevard Deir for Tim Goguen and owner Janet Read in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters. "This was the first week I ever showed him," commented Newman. "He was fantastic. He won the first class on Saturday with an 89, and he also won the hack." She and Boulevard Deir also earned two fourths on Sunday. Additionally, Newman showed Zenith in the Large Junior Hunters for Dee Thomas and Jay Matter. Zenith came away with a second, two sixths, and an eighth.

"I showed a Small Junior named Without Doubt for Jay as well," Newman added. "It was my first show with that horse, and he was awesome. He finished with a second, third, and fifth in three of the over fences classes. The last hunter I showed was named Merlin. I only showed him on Sunday in the Small Juniors, but I had never ridden him before either. I got an 84 and an 83 in the two classes I showed him in, so I was really pleased."

In the jumper ring, she competed in the Low Junior Jumpers with Forever Blue, a horse owned by Mimi Abel-Smith. "He used to be a jumper, but we bought him as an equitation horse, and now he is a jumper again," smiled Newman. Forever Blue was third in the speed class on Friday and received twelfth place in the classic on Sunday.

Minikus showed Chellapo Z, a new addition to Allwyn Court, in the first class of the 7 and 8 Year Old Jumpers on Wednesday. His clear, fast round resulted in a fifth place finish. Chellapo Z is also owned by Abel-Smith, and Newman will compete with him this season in the junior jumpers.

In addition to the hunters and jumpers, Newman showed in the equitation with two more catch-rides. She rode Fahari for Erynn Ballard in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, the USEF Medal, and ASPCA Maclay. "I had some good rounds with Fahari and was sixth in the Medal," said Newman. She showed a horse named Aspirant for Lauren Hough in the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Equitation class. "This was the first week I showed him as well. I got an 85 in the hunter phase and ended up seventh overall."

Newman will continue to show at the 2008 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington with the horses at Allwyn Court and additional catch-rides. She will compete in the High Junior Jumpers with Costa Sur, her winning mount at the CN North American Junior and Young Riders' Championships in Lexington, VA. He was also the recipient of the 2007 USEF Silver Stirrup Award for Junior Jumpers for the second year in a row.

Photo: Katherine Newman and Erynn Ballard's Fahari. Photo (C) 2007 Jennifer Wood for PMG. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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