Moreland Hills, Ohio – The Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic was welcomed back to the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field in Moreland Hills, Ohio, with three sunny days. Local riders shone just as bright as the sun throughout the Schneider Saddlery Opening Weekend, July 8-10.
Highlighting opening day was the Riders with Disabilities competition, hosted by the Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center (FFTRC). This competition featured five hours of fun-filled competition and produced hundreds of smiles on the faces of the 42 competitors, their parents, instructors, volunteers, and the spectators.
“The smiles, the applause, the enthusiasm and the family atmosphere created a very memorable day for all of the riders as well as our volunteers. Even the horses were showing off,” said Teresa Morris, Program Director at FFTRC.
Local Hunter/Jumper Competition
The weekend’s competition included three rings of hunter and jumper competition. Curious George, owned by Lucy Loper, of Richfield, and ridden and trained by Scott Petrie, of Medina, took the Very Green Hunter division championship. The Low Hunter division championship went to Jack Frost, owned by Dawn Gucciardo, of Chesterland, trained by Pat Swann, of Chagrin Falls, and ridden by Stefanie Portman, of Burton.
Local Hunter/Jumper Competition
With two blue ribbons, Signal Hill, owned by Thomas Visconsi, of Chagrin Falls, and ridden by Jeff Gogul, also of Chagrin Falls, took the Pre-Green Hunter division championship. The Open Hunter division championship went to Cassio Peia, ridden and owned by Molly McDougall, of Bentleyville, and trained by Liz Porter, of Chardon.
Owner and rider Abbey Griffith, of Pepper Pike, took the Intermediate Hunter division reserve championship aboard Rhinestone Cowboy, trained by Megan Udelson, of Russell. With three blue ribbons, owner and rider Larissa Jurczenko, of Mentor, took the Beginner Adult Hunter division championship with Certain Chance. Mary Miglets, of Worthington, was the Low Adult Hunter division champion, with three blue ribbons, aboard her horse, Easy Does It.
Lori Snetsinger, owner and rider from Aurora, was the Adult Amateur Hunter division champion, with two blue ribbons, aboard Wish List, trained by Betsy Lewis, of Chesterland. The Children’s Hunter division championship went to Lucy Loper, of Richfield, and Show Me Mo, owned by Clare Karlovec, of Shaker Heights. Loper and Show Me Mo also won the Fox Smith Memorial Medal.
Rider Micki Reisman, of Moreland Hills, took the Low Children’s Hunter division championship with three blue ribbons aboard Another Moment, owned by Wendy Adelman, of Moreland Hills. The Pony Hunter division champion, with two blue ribbons, was Emma Kurtz, of Hudson, aboard Oriental Rose, owned by Bailey Gingerich, of Shaker Heights, and trained by Cari Gleeson, of Moreland Hills. Elisabeth Blossom, of Gates Mills, was the Children’s Pony Hunter champion aboard Royal Blue. The Walk/Trot Crossrails and Walk/Trot/Canter Crossrails division championships both went to Ryanne Greene, of Mayfield Heights, aboard Wasabi, trained by Megan Udelson, of Russell.
With two blue ribbons, Anna Pallante, of Willoughby, and Say It Ain’t So, owned and trained by Jeannine Palozzi, of Concord, took the Limit Rider division championship. Avatar, also owned and trained by Jeannine Palozzi, was the winning mount for Elizabeth Cox, of Chardon, in the Novice Rider division championship. Owner and rider Lisa Stone, of Beachwood, won the $250 Low Adult Hunter Classic aboard Aneheim and Heather Terdan, of Concord, won the $250 Low Children’s Hunter Classic aboard her horse Dermonti.
In the jumper ring, Julie McElhaney, of Chardon, won both High Schooling Jumper classes aboard her mare Chanel and Helen Lavery, of Hunting Valley, won both Child/Adult Jumper classes aboard Amidala, trained by Cindy Foster, of Novelty. The jumpers took a mid-day break for the youngest competitors, from two to six years old, who competed in the Leadline classes during Saturday’s competition.
The first weekend of the 2011 Classic was a great success. The Classic, organized by the Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, continues Wednesday, July 13, with local and national competition, rated “AA” Hunters and level 4 Jumpers.
For ticket information for the upcoming Family Weekend, July 15-17, including the Classic K-9 dog agility, carriage rides, and the Cleveland Grand Prix, visit www.clevelandhorseshow.com. For more results visit www.horseshowsonline.com.
Photos: A student from Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center (FFTRC), Bainbridge, Ohio, competes in the 2011 Riders with Disabilities competition at the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic Opening Weekend - credit FFTRC.JPG
Rhinestone Cowboy, ridden and trained by Megan Udelson, competing in the Schooling Hunters at the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic Opening Weekend - credit Anne Gittins Photography.jpg