Halifax, MA - Competition at today's Fieldstone Summer Showcase was accompanied by sunny skies, warm weather, and a sea of perfectly turned-out horses and riders. The Summer Showcase, which runs August 24-29, features top-notch equestrian competition, great prize money, and nightly parties.
The schedule for this year's Summer Showcase is highlighted by the $35,000 Grand Prix, which will be held on Fieldstone's pristine, all grass Grand Prix field on Saturday afternoon, August 28.
Leading the day's classes in the Grand Prix field was the $2,500 Pony Hunter Classic/Derby, which was won by 8-year-old Ava Sterns of Pond View Farm. Stearns bested a field of 13 entries with Blue On Blue, owned by Clohe D Reid LLC, for the win.
"Having the Pony Hunter Derby is great for the kids," said Stearns' mother and trainer, Sarah Doyle, who is the owner and trainer at Pond View Farm. "It's a wonderful learning experience for them and something that makes Fieldstone a unique place to compete."
Stearns echoed her mother's sentiments saying, "I like riding on the field and being able to open up my pony's stride. Winning this class is a big accomplishment, and my goal is ride this well all week."
Also taking home top honors today was Madeline Stover and her mount Concierge in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Classic/Derby, which was also held on the show's Grand Prix field. Stover, who trains with Kristen Bumpus of Winter Street, bested a field of 24 horse-and-rider combinations for the win.
"I love showing at Fieldstone because it's a big show, and all of the people are so nice," said Stover. "My horse goes well on the grass, so to come here and compete on the field is a lot of fun for both of us."
Rounding out the third, and final class of the day, on the Grand Prix field was the $5,000 EquiFit Welcome Stake. Out of a starting field of 12 horse-and-rider combinations to compete over the Eric Hasbrouck designed course, 7 returned for the final jump-off round. Winning the class was Kristen Bumpus and her mount, Cupid, with a lightening fast time of 36.708 seconds.
Bumpus, who was overheard saying, "He [Cupid] was awesome," as she excited the ring following her win, routinely attends the shows at Fieldstone as a competitor as well as a trainer with her students from Winter Street at Arrowhead Farm.
"It was a great course, and my horse performed very well," said Bumpus, who plans to show Cupid in Saturday's $35,000 Grand Prix. "It's been a great day for Winter Street, and I am looking forward to the rest of the week."
Highlights from the equitation ring included the CWD Junior/Amateur Equitation Challenge, which was won by 17-year-old Colin Quinlan. Quinlan, who trains with Ronnie Andersen and Mary Beth McGee at Herring Brook Farm, rode High Class, owned by RI Arm Farm, to the victory.
"I show here every year," said Quinlan. "There's always a great turn-out and I love the ring and the show grounds."
Winning the ASPCA Medal Maclay, sponsored by Esterbrook Farm, was Nikki Ayoub and Touche, owned by Anne Holman. Ayoub, who rides at Grazing Fields Farm, has only been riding Touche since June, but the pair has already enjoyed much success.
"I'm excited for my win, and I'm looking forward to showing in Sunday's MHJ Junior Medal Final," said Ayoub.
Additional competition highlights throughout the week include the, $5,000 SmartPak Children's Adult Jumper Classic, $7,500 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, a member event of the Cavalor Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, $10,000 3'3" Hunter Derby, $35,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix, and the Massachusetts Hunter Jumper (MHJ) Finals.
The 2010 Fieldstone Summer Showcase would like to thank its sponsors: Ariat, Cumberland Farms in Halifax, MA, CWD, Elite Equine Shavings, Empire Wine and Spirits, EquiFit, inc., Equine Journal, Equine Realtors, Esterbrook Farm, Horsemen's Ltd., Leather Therapy, Response Products, SmartPak, Stonymeade Farm, Tedeschi Food Shops in Halifax, MA, and Woodridge Farm.
Fieldstone Equestrian & Show Facility is one of New England's premier equestrian event venues. Its 100-acre show grounds are located just 28 miles south of Boston, MA. The recently renovated facility offers nine all-weather hybrid sand/felt/fiber show rings, permanent and temporary stabling, ample parking, and a state-of-the-art all-grass Grand Prix field.
Photos: Madeline Stover and Concierge, winners of the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Classic/Derby. (c) Anne Gittins
Kristen Bumpus and Cupid, winners of the $5,000 EquiFit Welcome Stake with EquiFit, Inc. President, Alexanda Cherubini and Fieldstone Vice President, Shawn Clawson. (c) Tony DeCosta