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Raposa Rides to Take Four Tricolors in Large and Medium Pony Hunters

Wellington, FL – January 28, 2007 – The last day of the kick-off week of the 2007 Winter Equestrian Festival concluded with hunter championships being awarded to the pony divisions, adults and amateurs, and the juniors.

In the Large Pony Hunter division, Schaefer Raposa swept the field and took both tricolors on Vanity Fair as champion and Woodland’s Misty Rain as reserve. Vanity Fair, owned by Adrienne Sternlicht, earned first and second places over fences yesterday and third, first and sixth in the hack and the two over fences classes today, respectively. Woodland’s Misty Rain, owned by Madeline Turner, took the same placings over fences during the two-day period and was fourth on the flat.

“I’ve ridden Vanity Fair, but not Woodland’s Misty Rain before. Vanity Fair is so much fun. He’s like a little horse. He has a huge stride, and he’s a really good jumper. He’s always looking for the next jump when you land and turn. He’s so much fun to ride,” Raposa commented.

Raposa added that almost all the horses she competed this week were catch rides for her. She was also successful in the junior hunters for the first year at WEF and in the big equitation classes, noting that “The horses come up a little bit faster. They’re a little bit more difficult than the ponies. They’re bigger. The ponies, you have a little bit more control over, but it’s fun.”

She also had similar success in the Medium Pony Hunters with Blu Venture Rainbeau, owned by Nellie Ann Foosaner, and Light Up the Year, owned by Katie Dinan, LLC, again winning the championship and the reserve.

At the Grand Hunter Field, it was a good ending to a weekend of showing for Deeridge Farm as Katie Jacobs Robinson and Blush took the championship with two first places over fences on Saturday, and a third in the hack and a fifth over fences on Sunday.

Robinson commented, “This is my second season with her and she’s just wonderful. I love her. She’s really sweet and kind, and she loves it when (the conditions) are a little spooky. I’m very fortunate that I never have to worry about her getting scared or spooking. She’s just a really nice, nice mare.”

Her plan for the mare during the season will be to do two weeks of showing, followed by two weeks of rest. Robinson’s other mount Pienvotti, who was champion at the 2006 National Horse Show, also competed in the division.

In the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Year Division, it was Alexandra Stathis and her mount Davis Cup who were victorious. The pair earned two first places finishes over fences on Saturday and were first in the hack and first and second over fences today. This year marks her third year of competition with Davis Cup, and she explained that the pair has become very well matched, and she knows the horse inside and out. At WEF last year, they missed champion by one point and were the circuit reserve champions.

“Scott [Stewart] helped me to train him and get him to the point where I can walk into the show ring and he’s comfortable and he’s relaxed,” Stathis explained. “He’s also grown up a lot – he’s not as frisky and doesn’t look around as much. In terms of me, I’ve learned wonders from both Scott and Ken. They let me ride everything. I think I’ve figured out (Davis’) quirks, very much so, he was kind of like my starting horse and we grew up together. In a way, I feel like he’s a horse that I made for myself. I just know him front to back.”

Stathis also competed with her mount Cool Blue in the Small Junior division, and piloted her own Truly and Paris North, owned by Stewart, to placings in the Large Junior 16-17 Year Division.

In the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 Year Division, Addison Phillips and Morocco came out on top, despite Phillips’ competition against herself and Mimosa. Phillips and Morocco were first in both over fences classes on Saturday, and she and Mimosa were fourth both times. On Sunday, Mimosa bested Morocco in one over fences class for the win, but Morocco shone through in the second round. Taking the reserve championship was Euri Uchiyama, who piloted Pharrell for the placing.

In the Small Pony Hunters, Kristen Lutz and Knock On Wood won the championship, while Lillie Keenan rode Ingenue for Chansonette Farm LLC to the reserve champion ribbon.

This week’s hunter champions were celebrated in the Parade of Champions in the Internationale Arena before the start of the 2 p.m. grand prix. Hunter competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival will resume on Wednesday, January 31, 2007.

PHOTO CREDIT: Alexandra Stathis and Davis Cup, champions in the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Division. © 2007 Randi Muster.


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