Halifax, MA - August 21, 2013 - It was a perfect day in New England for the horses and riders showing at the Fieldstone Summer Showcase II. Young riders took center stage in the Main Hunter Ring, where Samantha Perlman and McKayla Langmeier kicked things off by scoring wins in the Junior Hunters. It was Annabel Revers and Quebo who took home the top honors though at the end of the day, leading the $1,000 WIHS/NAL Children's Hunter Classic from start to finish, and capturing the Children's Hunter Championship.
During the $1,000 WIHS/NAL Children's Hunter Classic, the top 15 finishers from the first round were invited to return to showcase a second flowing hunter trip. The best of the day proved to be Annabel Revers and Quebo, owned by Beechwood Stables of Beechwood, Ohio. Revers earned the leading score during the first round of 83, but she did not let the pressure of coming back on top phase her. The duo laid down another flawless round, scoring an 86 for a total of 169 and the winning honors. Revers and Quebo's first round score helped them earn a blue ribbon in the Children's Hunter division as well, to take home the championship honors.
"Our first round was really good," smiled Revers. "I was a little worried that he would be tired for the second round because he has done a lot today. I was nervous that I would mess up the second round, but he was really good."
Revers only began riding Quebo last week, but the pair already has a strong connection. "I really only started riding him at the show, and it was a little rough at first, but I finally figured out that I just need to have the right canter and then the jumps work out," she explained. "He's lazy, so he needs a lot of leg. If you have the right canter and have him going then he's great."
"I would like to do the Junior Hunters with him eventually," continued Revers. "I like the derbies here, they are really fun. I am doing the 2'9" Hunter Derby on Friday with Quebo. My trainer Mitch Steege rode him in the field last week and he seemed to really enjoy himself."
The second place honors in the $1,000 WIHS/NAL Children's Hunter Classic went to Sydney Gever of North Caldwell, NJ, and Platini, who earned scores of 73 and 83 for a total of 156. Taking home the third place award was Sophie Purinton and Guiseppe, owned by Joyce Mersereau of Concord, MA, whose consistent scores of 75 and 74 brought their total to 149. Flavey Brennan and Rochambo, owned by Megan Blair of Hingham, MA, rounded out the top four, earning a 69 in the first round, and toping it with a 75 in the second round for a total of 144.
Earlier in the day, the Junior Hunter division got underway with top riders from across the country. The blue ribbon in the first class went to McKayla Langmeier of East Granby, CT, riding Czar-Z. The duo has been winning all over the country this summer, including a recent victory in the $15,000 NEHJA Hunter Derby at Vermont Summer Festival. They used their derby skills in the handy round to earn the second place ribbon, and also placed second in the under saddle.
The winner of the handy class was Samantha Perlman with Moneypenny, owned by Animation of Pleasantville, NY. With smooth inside turns and a precise trot jump, the duo jumped straight to the top of the leader board, after also picking up a fifth place ribbon in the first over fences class.
"I was really happy with her today," smiled Perlman. "She's usually really good in the handy classes, especially coming down to the trot because she's really lazy. The single jumps are really fun to hand gallop and she is really good at covering up the long spot."
Perlman only began riding Moneypenny a couple of weeks ago for her mother. "We just started showing the Junior Hunters last week and she's been super," she noted. "It's still a new ride for me, but I really like her. She doesn't want to be touched, just stay out of her way and kick."
The Fieldstone Summer Showcase is one of Perlman's favorite events each year. "I think these shows are great," she commented. "The jumps are a little different and I really like riding on the field; it's awesome."
The Junior Hunters will conclude tomorrow, determining championship and reserve championship honors. The riders will also have the chance to compete in the $1,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic. Hunter highlights also include Friday's $10,000 NEHJ 2'9" Hunter Derby Finals and the $25,000 NEHJA $25,000 3'3" Hunter Derby Finals.
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