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Fast, Faster, Fastest: Woodside Spring Preview

Jumper action at the Woodside Spring Preview (Apr. 23-26) was fast, faster, and then fastest in the big jumper classes. Guillherme Jorge (Brazil) designed a challenging track for the $7,500 Woodside Jumper Classic and 32 horse and rider pairs took a shot at the top prize. Seven were clear after the first round and then the speed contest began. Danielle Cojuangco set the pace with Isotop and Mariano Alario quickly bested her time aboard Vayrac de St. Hermelle (Mia Beckham, owner). Duncan McFarlane stopped the clock in a blazing time aboard Mr. Whoopy (Simone Coxe, owner) and let the remaining riders try to go faster.

Helen McNaught tried with Caballo, but one more stride in the first line meant she was just off McFarlane’s time. Buddy Brown then relegated McNaught to third when he slid into second after a stellar jump off round aboard Nola 4. Brown has a lifetime of accolades and he gave a riding lesson aboard a very challenging, but talented horse.

The riders in the Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic were also speed demons. Again Danielle Cojuangco set the pace with Isotop, and then Marnye Langer and Glados moved ahead of them. Their lead was short lived when Emily Livermore and Marbridge Clover Diamond went a little faster. However, the veteran pair of Lindsay Ramar and Puma logged the fastest time of the class when they left out a stride in the first line of the jump off and galloped around the remainder of the course. “He is twelve and I’ve had him since he was five,” said Ramar. “I just know him really well and I know what I can do.”

In the hunter division where the pace may have been a bit slower but not lacking style, Sammy Steiny rode her Kodachrome to the Large Junior Hunter championship. Sophie Verges took the reserve championship with Lifeline. Gail Morey rode her Crown Affair to the Amateur Owner Hunter 36 & Over championship, an extra special win since the gorgeous stallion celebrated a birthday during the show. Sue Saddlier and Double Eagle were reserve champions. Morey also captured the Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter Classic and Steiny was second.

Julia Nagler earned two big victories in the equitation when she won both the USEF Junior and the USEF Talent Search. Benson Carroll coaches both Nagler and Verges. “They are great girls and they work really hard,” said Carroll of his talented students who do equally well in all three rings – equitation, hunters, and jumpers. In the CPHA Foundation Verges took the top prize with Nagler right on her heels.

Action resumes for a second week at the Woodside Spring Classic (April 30 - May 3) to conclude the two week, A-rated Woodside spring shows. For complete results visit the Langer Equestrian Group website at http://www.langershows.com.


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