Katherine Poulin Neff and Brilliant Too Win FEI Intermediaire I
The stubborn weather front which kept swirling around the Paxton Farm CDI*** in Cincinnati din not dampen the spirits of the competitors and show organizers, as the 5 ring show, packed in rides up to 7PM on Saturday, May 13.
In the FEI Arena, Katherine Poulin and Brilliant Too (KWPN/TB by Brilliant) upped her average in what has now become a prelude to a likely trip to Gladstone, June 15-18, for the National Intermediaire Championships. In a harmonious and accurate ride, Poulin-Neff who lives in Ohio with husband Matt was joined by her mother Sharon, who flew up from Florida to coach and groom her daughter to victory two days in a row. “Michael Barisone pointed out an interesting fact I didn’t realize.” said the soon to be 27-year-old former Young Rider Team Gold Medalist, Poulin-Neff. “This weekend was my first CDI victory as an adult.”
Nicole Bellah's Drive From Missouri Worth The Trip
Finishing second in the Intermediaire was Nicole Bellah and Avant-Garde, a 17 year old KWPN gelding by Beethoven. The first to enter the arena in the FEI arena, the pair put in a solid test, which was recognized by the judges, and set the standard for the rest of the class. The pair had traveled from Lee’s Summit, MO, for the show, taking two days to make the trip. “I take good care of my older guy.” said Bellah, “and invest a lot to keep him happy and healthy.He’s been so good to me, he deserves it.”
Bellah who spent a brief time in Florida in the early part of the winter, would like to make it to the Intermediaire Championships as well, but if that does not happen, it’s OK by her. “I was very proud of him today, and was pleased at such a good test and score being the first one in the class.”
Results May 13, 2006
FEI Intermediaire I
H: Whitham "O", C: Gribbons "I", B: de Quinzanos
Katherine Poulin-Neff - Brilliant Too - 67.667
Nicole Bellah - Avant Garde - 65.417
Tom Dvorak - Fortissimo - 64.750
Shelly Francis - Dominion - 63.667
Jason Canton - Navignon - 63.417
Susan Kolstad - Frulich - 62.750
Laura Moore - Nicolet - 62.417
Kelly Burke Hayner - 60.667
Justin Hardin - Pik Czar - 60.417
Ute Busse - Lindor's Finest - 60.00
Young Rider Veteran Horse and Rider Pass the Torch
It has been five years since Poulin-Neff competed at The North American Young Riders’ Championships, and enjoyed catching up with another former Young Rider, Jackie Paxton, who flew home from Germany where she has been living and training for the past three years, to help her mom Janet Paxton, event organizer.
Jackie Paxton coached Brittany McCarthy on her former Young Rider mount Cinbad to victory in today’s Young Rider Individual Test, switching places with Lee Cross, who won the Young Rider Team Test on Friday. “If Brittany makes Young Riders’,” said Mom Janet, Jackie will definitely be coming home again to coach her, and we can all go to Young Riders again this summer. I really miss Young Riders, so it will be great if we can be a part of the action again.”
Lee Cross traveled from Concord, Massachussetts with her trainer Jane Hannigan and Carolyn Ain's Maksymillian who competed in the Grand Prix. Riding her own 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood Birkman (by Chapman), the pair put in an elegant test earning first place in the Young Rider Team Test.
Results May 13, 2006
FEI Young Riders Team Test
Judges: H: deQuinzanos (I) C: Whitham (O)
1 - Lee Cross - Birkman - 63.185
2 - Brittany McCarthy - Cinbad - 61.556
3 - Katherine Sunder - Fendi - 59.778
4 - Mary Austin Modic - Cupido - 58.370
5 - Jessie Ely - Godspeed - 55.852
6 - Courtney Yeager - Shammer Jake - 55.333
7 - Jennifer Lee Raffi - Rondo Veneziano - 50.667
Cesar Parra and Galant du Serein Rack Up Another Victory
In the Grand Prix, there were many rather tense tests, and the scores were lower than competitors would have hoped. A disappointed Barisone while the highest placed US rider, finished third with a 64.667. Hoping to better his average Barisone headed for the Ohio CDI at Paxton Farm, but today was not their day.
While the talented 11-year-old KWPN gelding by Haarlem showed his brilliance in extensions and passage work, he missed his changes, and did not have clearly defined pirouettes.
Barisone knew when he watched the scoreboard as he left the arena the news was not great.
This opened the door for Dr. Cesar Parra on Horses Unlimited’s Selles Francais stallion by Apache d’Adriers Gallant du Serein, who looking better than ever under the tutelage of Volker Moritz deserved the win, with fluent piaffe-passage transitions, and a stronger uphill frame earned the winning score of 67.250.
Parra, who is qualified for the FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany in August, represents his home country of Columbia.
Both Parra and Barisone have been in transition making the move from Florida to their respective facilities in New Jersey, near Gladstone where they train and work with clients in the summer months.
In second place in the Grand Prix was Canadian Jon Costin on his own young 10-year-old Hannoverian by Warkant showing talent and promise for the future.
The last to go in the class, just as the skies let loose with another round of rain, earned a with a 64.875 from the judges’ panel of Ms. Maribel Alonzo de Quinzanos, Marianne Cunningham, Cara Whitham, Janet Foy, and Gary Rockwell.
Results May 13, 2006
FEI Grand Prix - Version "B"
- 1. Dr. Cesar Parra - Galant du Serein - 67.250
- 2. Jon Costin - Wholia - 64.875
- 3. Michael Barisone - Neruda - 64.667
- 4. George Williams - Marnix - 64.458
- 5. Nancy MacLachlin - Ariston - 61.00
- 6. Jane Hannigan - Maksymillian - 59.417
- 7. Bruno Greber - Carreras 6 - 59.125
- 8. Brad Cutchall - Pointjack - 57.250
- 9. Lynne M Jendrowski - Shapiro - 56.458
- 10. Annie Baird
- Frisbee - 53.917