Beacon Hill Show Stables’ Maria Schaub Triumphs in R. W. Mutch WEF Equitation Championship at Winter Equestrian Festival
Blue Ribbons Keep Coming In for Beacon Hill as WEF Travels to Tampa
Wellington, FL – March 20, 2007 – As the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) hosted its last week of competition in Wellington, the CN Worldwide Wellington Finale CSI 5*, Beacon Hill Show Stables finished out the week with successful rides and ribbons at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. Beacon Hill, which is owned by head trainers Frank and Stacia Madden of Colts Neck, NJ, will travel north to Tampa for the final two weeks of the WEF circuit.
Maria Schaub took home top honors and the trophy in the R.W. Mutch WEF Equitation Championship, which was an invitational competition open to young riders who qualified by having won one of the following classes during the WEF 2007 season: the Pessoa USEF Hunt Seat Medal, ASPCA Maclay, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, and the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Equitation class. The class, which welcomed 40 participants, differed from other competitions because riders were responsible for the management and schooling of their mount. They were required to walk the course on their own, and communication between riders and their trainers was prohibited.
This was the second year in a row that Schaub won the championship, and she piloted Karen Polle’s horse Aaron.
"Maria doesn’t have an equitation horse of her own," explained Stacia Madden. "She had sold her horse, Whimsey, to Erica Polle, and she had been working with a young horse named I Toon down here in Florida. The Polles were nice enough to offer Aaron to Maria for the championship because they knew Maria had a good shot at winning." She explained, "It was great for Frank and I to see the horses that we’ll have at the end of the year compete in a big equitation class, and it was beneficial for Aaron to have an experience similar to an equitation final. We’re really proud of Maria because she had only ridden the horse a few times, and she did such a great job."
In addition to Schaub’s major win, she also earned third place in the Pessoa USEF Medal. In the WIHS, she won another blue ribbon for her ride aboard I Toon in the Hunter Phase, finishing fourth in the overall WIHS results.
Other Beacon Hill students who participated in the WEF Equitation Championship for the R. W. "Ronnie" Mutch Trophy included Chelsea Moss; Jessica Springsteen, who finished in ninth place; Elizabeth Lubrano; Jacqueline Lubrano; Carolyn Curcio, who moved up from tenth to fifth place in the second round; Catherine Pasmore, who recently recovered from a broken collar bone; Olivia Fass, and Hillary McNerney.
"For Frank and I, it was great to see Carolyn move up from tenth to fifth place. She has a fairly new horse. She came down to Florida without a horse and bought Valvert mid-circuit, so her improvement with that horse has been really exciting for us to watch."
Madden noted, "I would like to send out a special thanks to Chelsea Moss for letting Elizabeth [Lubrano] ride Onatello VDL in the Ronnie Mutch class and another to Karen Polle for the use of Aaron for Maria Schaub!"
In addition to the championship, Beacon Hill riders also succeeded for high placings in the regular equitation classes. Springsteen and Papillon 136 rode for the win in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search. She pinned second in the Jumper Phase of the WIHS, eighth in the Hunter Phase and finished second overall.
Moss took second in the ASPCA Maclay with her horse Logan and earned fourth in the WIHS Hunter Phase, finishing overall in sixth place. In the jumper ring, Moss competed with her new horse, Lorena 90, and won first place in the Low Junior Jumpers.
Elizabeth Lubrano rode Moss’s horse Onatello VDL and captured fifth in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, as well as third in the WIHS Hunter Phase, eighth in the Jumper Phase, and third overall. Jacqueline Lubrano and LB Carte Noir received eighth in the USEF Talent Search, fourth in the WIHS Hunter Phase and fifth overall, and McNerney was awarded fifth place in the ASPCA Maclay.
In the jumper arena, Olivia Clancy and Caspar took first in the Children’s Jumpers, second in the NAL Children’s Jumper Classic, and the division championship. Mackenzie Keck and Sensation won the NAL Children’s Jumper Classic and followed Clancy with the division reserve championship. Also a top competitor in the NAL Classic, Karen Polle and I Love Lucy finished in third place.
As the Winter Equestrian Festival relocates to the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, FL, Beacon Hill Show Stables will compete next at the Tampa Bay Classic, which will run from March 28-April 1.
For more information on Beacon Hill Show Stables, please visit http://www.beaconhillstables.com
Photo Credit: Maria Schaub and Aaron. Photo © 2007 Jennifer Wood
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