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Woodside Circuit Opener

Helen McNaught and Ocean Cat (Doug & Julie White, owners) sailed to the front of the $10,000 Woodside Jumper Classic held during the Woodside Circuit Opener (June 17-21). Seven horses posted clear rounds over Danny Foster’s course, and McNaught blazed around the jump off in a time of 42.556, more than two seconds ahead of second place finisher Macella O’Neill and Incandescent (Melanie Rapp, owner). “She is careful and wants to jump clean,” said McNaught of Ocean Cat, a dark brown ten year old mare. Julie White brought the mare up through the jumper ranks, and McNaught recently took over the reins. “She wants to go and jump,” added McNaughton. “She always has the fastest first round, and then in the jump off I just turn tighter.”

McNaught is new to Northern California, and the Australian native really likes her new home. “This area reminds me of home and the weather is great. Woodside is quiet and filled with horse people, and I love the area shops. I’ve wanted to come up here for years and there is more competition than I expected. The Horse Park (at Woodside) is lovely and the big fields give you lots of riding area. What is there not to like?” she concluded rhetorically.

Over in the hunter rings, Katharina Coleman piloted Olympic (Grace McLaughlin, owner) to the championship in the First Year Green Hunters. McLaughlin took over the ride in the Junior Hunters and finished third in the Junior/ Amateur Owner Hunter Classic (Beverly Jovais, trainer). Amateur rider Andrea R. Oneto made a clean sweep of the Amateur Owner Hunter section aboard Craig 2, and then they also clinched the Junior/ Amateur Owner Hunter Classic (Hope & Ned Glynn, trainers). Sarah Ryan and Deal Me In won the $500 Pony Hunter Classic (Jamie Thatcher, trainer).

Haley Webster showed her riding strengths with wins in the both the hunter and equitation divisions (Patty Ball, trainer). Webster rode Luciano to the championship in the Junior Hunters by winning three of the over fences classes, and she was also second in the Junior/ Amateur Owner Hunter Classic. In the 12-14 Equitation, Webster won both the over fence classes. She also finished second in the USEF Medal behind Elizabeth Guyer (Kelly Van Vleck, trainer).

Alicia Jovais, who has had a break from the show ring while attending college, made a successful apprearance in the show ring. As the daughter of trainer Beverly Jovais, Alicia started in the pony hunters and worked her way up the junior ranks. At the Woodside Circuit Opener, Patrick Seaton had a jumper that he felt would make a nice equitation horse. Jovais just graduated from college a few weeks ago and her mother called and asked if she wanted to show. Aboard Caruso 329 (Lisa Ghilotti, owner) she won both the Foxfield and the USEF Adult. The chestnut gelding seemed to like his new job.

Helen McEvoy (Ned & Hope Glynn, trainers) continued her winning ways by earning the blue in both the WCE and the Pickwick and then second in the USEF Talent Search on the heels of Alison Fithian (Dick Widger, trainer) who also won the jumper phase of the Washington International. Fithian’s younger sister, Madeline won the CPHA Child/Adult Medal. She too trains under Dick Widger’s watchful eye.

The Woodside Summer Circuit continues with the Bay Area Festival (June 25-28) and concludes with the Golden Gate Classic (July 1-5). Complete results are available online, as are class counts and schedules at: http://www.langershows.com.

The Woodside Summer Circuit is supported by a number of sponsors, including the Marriott Courtyard, CWD, Devoucoux, Jake’s Place, Carousel Saddlery, Equitex, Equine Insurance, and HighLine Outfitters.


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