Traverse City, MI - July 28, 2013 - Kammie Berns may have been nervous during the testing phase of the HJAM Open Junior Medal Final, but it didn't show. Called back fourth to test, Berns moved all the way up to take the blue ribbon in the class of 19 entries, aboard her mount Insignia. "She executed the test and did it beautifully," said judge Leo Conroy. "Her test was flawless."
The HJAM Medal Finals are featured during Horse Shows by the Bay Series IV and attract equitation riders from throughout the state. Sponsored by Equis, Ltd. and Polly Howard, each of the six finals are open to the top 15 riders in the standings. The medal finals consist of a minimum of two rounds, with a flat phase and a test.
Conroy's work-off for the 3'3" Open Junior Medal Final asked the top eight riders to return without stirrups, and then the test included a counter canter fence off of a tight right-hand turn, a hand-gallop to the final oxer and a halt. "I was really nervous because we haven't jumped higher than maybe 3-foot or so at home, let along doing the test without stirrups and counter cantering," she said. "It was a little bit tricky, but he was great and we had a great test."
Berns, 15, got the 10-year-old warmblood in March, and she trains with Polly Howard-Coberley and Meg Howard-Fuleky at Fox Meadow Farm in Temperance, MI. This was Berns' first medal finals victory, and she credited her at-home practice without stirrups for helping her to achieve her goal. "I thought she had a strong performance in both rounds and [her test] was well thought-out for what they were asking," said Howard-Coberley. "I think she had a good plan, and she put herself in a good position."
Emma Wujek earned second-placed honors aboard Captivate, for a one-two Fox Meadow Farm finish.
HJAM Adult Medal Finals winner Jessica Howard had perhaps her best show day ever during Horse Shows by the Bay Series IV. She started the morning with reserve championship honors in the Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter section aboard Argent et Noir and then finished up with the top call in the medal final. "This is awesome. It's the first medal final I've ever won," said Howard. "This is probably the best show for me ever; it's really exciting."
Howard, 19, of Temperance, MI, trains with Suzanne Bates and has leased Argent et Noir, a 10-year-old gray (Slew Gin Fizz--Gilded Night), from Amanda Gosman for the past two years. For the test, Howard was called back second and moved up for the blue ribbon with a precise test.
"I thought the counter canter would be a little tricky for me because we've had problems with that, but he was really good," she said. "And we had a nice hand-gallop. We were a little rusty on the halt, but we made it work."
Howard's banner week also included good news on the educational front as she was accepted into the Radiology Program at Mercy College of Northwest Ohio.
"It was a pretty awesome week," she noted. "We don't do the A-rated shows a whole lot, so to come out here and win an A-circuit medal is great. I'm on Cloud 9 right now. I was going up against a great group of riders, and we all did really well, and it feels great to win."
In the HJAM Pony Medal Final, trainer Andrew Farless' students earned three of the top four placings.
Madison Mitchell took the blue ribbon aboard Smartie Pants, Annalise Reed placed second with Monkey Business and Anika Vreeken claimed fourth riding Rollingwoods Over The Top.
In the HJAM Limit Junior Medal Final, Hannah Satterlund, of Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, topped the card aboard Apollo, for trainer Dorothy Campbell. Satterlund and Apollo, an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood (Indorado--Sanne) also had success in the Children's Hunter, 15-17, section during Horse Shows by the Bay. They won the $1,000 NAL/WIHS Children's Hunter Classic during Series III out of a field of 47 entries.
In the HJAM Low Adult Medal Final, the blue ribbon went to Nicole Ivanovic, of Fort Wayne, IN. She guided Alexandra to the blue ribbon under the watchful eye of trainer Edward Bunsold. Ivanovic and the 15-year-old Danish Warmblood (Come Back II--Ronja) also earned ribbons in the Low Adult Hunter section and claimed third in the Series IV Low Adult Hunter Classic.
In the HJAM Low Children's Medal Final, Olivia Jacob, of Lake Angelus, MI, rode to the top call aboard Barney B. Jacob's Cashmoe, a 10-year-old Danish Warmblood. Jacob trains with Heather Irvine of Hillside Farm.
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