Devon, PA-July 10, 2011-The Brandywine Valley Summer Series, presented by Taylor Harris Insurance Services, concluded today at the Devon Horse Show Grounds. Jane Maguire and Nickleback, owned by Barnes Brooks of Southern Pines, NC, took home the championship and circuit championship awards in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters, as well as the Large Junior Hunter Grand Championship honors. Lillie Keenan of New York, NY, was the winner of day's Best Child Rider on a Horse Award, and also scored the Small Junior Hunter Grand Championship with Confidential, owned by Donald Stewart of Ocala, FL.
Maguire and Nickleback led the Large Junior 16-17 Hunter division, taking home two blue ribbons over fences as well as two second place ribbons and a second in the under saddle. "I just started leasing Nickleback in December and he is so much fun to ride, he's so good and so special," said Maguire. "He was perfect, when he is really feeling good and alert he's dynamite. He was very on this week." Maguire added,"I love the show; it was really nice to be able to ride here without a million people in the stands like at Devon. Louise [Serio] is awesome and put on a really nice show."
The reserve championship in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters was awarded to North Shore, owned and shown by Kathleen Fisher of West Chester, PA. They received two firsts, a second, and two thirds.
In the Small Junior 16-17 Hunters, Twilight, owned and shown by Kyra Rumble of Pipersville, PA took home the championship. They placed third, second, second, second, and won the under saddle. Reserve champion went to Andrea Huber and Finger Prince, owned by Ellen Kelley Locke of Chester Springs, PA. Huber and Finger Prince were also awarded the division's circuit championship for their performance over the last two weeks. The duo took home two first places, a second and a third, and were second in the under saddle.
In the Small Junior 15 and under Hunters, the championship was awarded to Lillie Keenan and Confidential. The duo won all four jumping classes and were third in the under saddle. They accumulated the most points in the division, thereby earning them the title of Small Junior Hunter Grand Champion. Keenan has been showing Confidential since January."This horse is really special," smiled Keenan."I expect the most out of him and he certainly proved himself. He is a lot of fun."
The reserve championship was awarded to Gisele, owned and shown by Porter Allen of Boerne, TX. Allen also took home the Circuit Championship in the Small Junior 15 and Under Hunters on her other mount, Photo Shoot, an entry owned by Peakwood Pharm, Inc of Marshall, VA.
"Photo Shoot is a Pre-Green horse, and this is only my second time showing him. He is very lazy but a lot of fun to ride because he jumps really high," smiled Allen, "I really liked the courses here, and I love the Devon facilities, so it's been a great week."
In the Large Junior 15 and Under Hunters sponsored by Meredith Lipke, the championship ribbon was given to Pharrell, owned and shown by Reid Patton of Nashville, TN. The pair earned a first place in the under saddle as well as a first, fifth, and two seconds over fences."I got him two years ago and he is a horse of a lifetime. I got a little nervous, but I went in and did the best I could," said Patton.
The circuit champion for the Large Junior 15 and Under Hunters was Carlsson, owned and shown by Allison Toffolon of Bronxville, NY."He is really young and is brand new to Junior Hunters. It's nice to have a newcomer and be able to show that he is already a winner," commented Toffolon.
Reserve Champion went to Lillie Keenan and Madison, owned by Chansonette Farm LLC of New York, NY. Keenan's championship and reserve championship honors throughout the entire Junior Hunter Division earned her the title of Best Child Rider on a Horse. "It is so exciting, I wish I had been able to come last week. I really love this show and I am looking forward to coming again next year, " said Keenan.
In the Gold Ring, the Pony Hunters had the opportunity to show case their skills. During the $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic, sponsored by D.D. Matz, the blue ribbon was awarded to Sportster, owned and shown my Madison Goetzmann, of Westport, CT. "At the past couple shows Sporty and I have been champion, so he has been doing really well and I've been riding really well," smiled Goetzmann after the victory gallop.
Today marked the conclusion of the first annual Brandywine Valley Summer Series, presented by Taylor Harris Insurance Services, at the Devon Show Grounds. The exhibitors and sponsors had a wonderful two weeks and very excited for next year's potential. Tomorrow, riders from the surrounding community will gather to compete during Local Day.
For more information about the Brandywine Valley Summer Series, please visit http://brandywinevalleysummerseries.com.
Photos: Jane Maguire and Nickleback won the Large Junior Hunter Grand Championship at the Brandywine Valley Summer Series.
Lillie Keenan and Confidential won the Small Junior Hunter Grand Championship at the Brandywine Valley Summer Series.
Madison Goetzmann and Sportster won the $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic at the Brandywine Valley Summer Series. All Photos By: Rebecca Walton/PMG.