Developing Pro Honors Go to Brian Feigus

Brian Feigus and Quinn. Photo © Shawn McMillen Photography.
Brian Feigus and Quinn. Photo © Shawn McMillen Photography.

Twenty-four-year-old Brian Feigus of Colts Neck,NJ, had his biggest victory to date in the $5,000 WCHR Developing Pro Challenge. He piloted Quinn, a seven-year-old Warmblood gelding owned by Cailin McNamara, and made a big jump up the standings in the second round.

Feigus and Quinn scored 85.25 and sat in eighth place after the first round of 32 entries. When the top 12 were called back, Feigus decided to go for broke, and it paid off. The judges rewarded them with scores of 87.50, 90, and 90 for an average of 89.16 and a total of 174.41. But Feigus had to wait another seven trips to see if his lead would hold.

“It’s crazy,” he laughed, “especially coming back from eighth to first. Normally, I’m used to being second. We always joke around that I’m always a bridesmaid. I knew it was going to be close. I wasn’t sure I was going to hold on to it (because) the scores were all so close in the first round. I thought it definitely could, but I wasn’t guaranteed anything. It was teeth-chattering toward the end. I’m shocked.”

He continued, “I just decided I had nothing to lose at that point. What’s the lowest you can be, 12th? So I just went in there and rode like I normally do, and it started to just work itself out. As the course went on, it just got smoother and smoother.”

Kristy Herrera and Antwerp. Photo © Shawn McMillen Photography.
Kristy Herrera and Antwerp. Photo © Shawn McMillen Photography.

Finishing in second place was Kristy Herrera on Antwerp, owned by Alexis Meadows. They had scores of 85.25 and 87.16 for a total of 173.16. Jennifer Bliss and Harris Hill Farm LLC's Sugarman were third with scores of 84.25 and 85.08 for a total of 172.28.

Feigus believes that the Developing Pro Challenge is a special opportunity for riders like him. “It just allows you to come to a class like this and experience it and have a chance at winning. Nothing against the big-name riders, but it’s hard to compete against them,” he said.

Quinn was purchased a year ago from Emil Spadone, who trained Feigus before he returned to work with his parents, Barbara and Brad Feigus, at their Nevergreen Farm in New Jersey along with his junior career trainer, Nancy Urban. “I couldn’t have done it without her or Emil or my parents,” he noted.

This was Quinn's first class in an indoor arena. “He’s a Pre-Green horse, and his demeanor is awesome. He’s mellow and such a sweet horse and very reliable,” Feigus said. “I’m by myself and do my own grooming here. He’s that easy of a horse to manage. He always goes in the ring and wants to do a good job. I couldn’t ask for a better horse.”

Final Results: $5,000 WCHR Developing Pro Challenge
1 1213 QUINN BRIAN FEIGUS
87.00 85.50 83.25 85.25
87.50 90.00 90.00 89.16
174.41

2 1436 ANTWERP KRISTY HERRERA
87.50 85.25 85.25 86.00
89.00 86.50 86.00 87.16
173.16

3 546 SUGARMAN JENNIFER BLISS
87.75 89.00 84.85 87.20
85.50 86.75 83.00 85.08
172.28

4 525 ENTOURAGE ASHLEY HOTZ
84.75 86.50 86.25 85.83
85.00 86.00 88.00 86.33
172.16

5 696 NONCHALANT ZAZOU HOFFMAN
86.00 87.00 86.50 86.50
84.50 88.00 84.50 85.66
172.16

6 470 CAMELIA CASSANDRA KAHLE
83.00 85.00 84.00 84.00
84.00 84.00 87.00 85.00
169.00

7 1446 AUTUMN LANE MARISA METZGER
85.50 83.75 82.75 84.00
83.00 87.00 85.00 85.00
169.00

8 1433 INXS COLLEEN ACOSTA
88.00 86.00 90.00 88.00
75.50 77.00 80.00 77.50
165.50

9 799 CAVALLINO MARIA SHANNON
85.00 88.00 88.00 87.00
76.00 70.00 70.00 72.00
159.00

10 1386 IN OUR TIME KERI GUANCIALE
81.25 83.50 84.75 83.16
75.00 75.00 75.00 75.00 158.16

11 403 PROLOGUE CHRYSTAL KNIGHT
84.00 82.00 87.00 84.33
65.00 67.00 71.00 67.66
151.99

12 511 PURE GIVING SARAH STURGES
84.50 87.50 85.50 85.83
40.00 40.00 40.00 40.00
125.83




Brian Feigus and Quinn - winners WCHR Developing Pro Challenge at 2014 Capital Challenge Horse Show

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