It was a game of cat and mouse for Callie Smith of Bernardsville, New Jersey, in the $5,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic Medium. Twenty-six competitors took a go at the 1.35m course designed by Cabral, but only ten would return for the jump off.
Going first in the jump off, Smith on Smithfield Farm’s Bigshot, made all the inside turns and stopped the clock at 32.870. The next rider to go clear was Laura Linback from Mundelein, Illinois, on Carmina, owned by Woodrun, who crossed the timers in 28.392 to take the lead. Smith returned to the ring on her second horse Upstaire, also owned by Smithfield Farms and she successfully shaved a tiny fraction off Linback’s time, finishing in 28.378 to set the new time to beat.
Linback returned on her second horse Catcher, also owned by Woodrun, to try to beat her own and Smith’s time. With a time of 29.232 she fell just short of the top two and securing her place in third and second on Carmina. Smith stacked the leaderboard with Upstaire taking home the blue ribbon and Bigshot fourth.
The remaining six horses in the jump off all had four faults and had to settle for fourth through tenth. Two riders with four faults from round one received the receiving the final two ribbons.
Smith rides with Devin Ryan of Long Valley, New Jersey, who trained three of the ten horses in the jump off. Ryan’s team has won the Medium Classic Weeks One, Two and Four.
“I liked the courses this week and I want to thank my parents and my team for all their support,” said Smith, who placed first and second in the Medium classes earlier this week.
“Carmina is just a faster horse [than Catcher]. She’s a Ferrari. I can’t be disappointed to be second because she won the last two weeks,” said Linback.
$5,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic Medium
Place Horse Owner Rider Prize R.1 Faults JO Faults JO Time
1 Upstaire Smithfield Farm Callie Smith - - 28.378
2 Carmina Woodrun Laura Linback - - 28.392
3 Catcher Woodrun Laura Linback - - 29.232
4 Bigshot Smithfield Farms Callie Smith - 32.870
5 Acanto 7 Kate Mulligan Kate Mulligan - 4 29.307
6 WEC Quidam-Quidam William Upton Cooper Dean - 4 29.989
7 Vortex Hasbrouck Donovan Hasbrouck Donovan - 4 31.625
8 Goran Fabian Ordonez Fabian Ordonez - 4 33.571
9 Remington Kaitlyn Adair Kaitlyn Adair - 4 43.399
10 Zopala Double S Farm Sima Morgello - 4 38.887
11 Ali Baba B Olivia Dorey Olivia Dorey 4 -
12 Colina Laura Blakemore Laura Blakemore 4 4 -