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We Have a Win­ner!

Prac­ti­cal Horse­man is pleased to an­nounce that Joy Gon­za­les, of Hugh­son, Cal­i­for­nia, is the win­ner of the Train­ing with the Stars: Win a Day with Todd Minikus con­test. She was cho­sen by the top show jumper from a group of 10 fi­nal­ists. More than 500 eques­tri­ans en­tered the con­test, spon­sored by Vita Flex, by de­scrib­ing in 250 words why they de­served to win a one­day ed­u­ca­tional clinic with Minikus for them­selves and nine friends. The 10 fi­nal­ists also sub­mit­ted a video of them­selves and their horses.

A life­long eques­trian, Gon­za­les is a fifth-grade teacher and mother of two. She has com­peted in jumpers but now has a 5-year-old res­cue mare who shows prom­ise as an event horse. “My horse, Lot­tie, is not your con­ven­tional mount,” Gon­za­les said. “She was born wild and sent to auc­tion, where I bought her for $75 as a feral wean­ling. Her spirit, how­ever, speaks to mine. And we have lots of laughs to­gether. I think I’m hav­ing my sec­ond child­hood with my spot­ted pony!”

Jersey Boy Re­tires

SBS Farms’ Jersey Boy was re­tired Aug. 19 in a cer­e­mony at the USHJA In­ter­na­tional Hunter Derby Cham­pi­onship in Ken­tucky. “He’s a horse of a life­time,” said his rider and trainer Jen­nifer Al­fano, who with SBS Farms’ owner, Su­san Schoel­lkopf, de­cided to re­tire the 15-yearold Hanove­rian geld­ing af­ter he was di­ag­nosed with a ten­don in­jury. Lewis, as the horse is also known, “did things that no other horse will ever do for me,” Al­fano con­tin­ued. “Our lives will not be the same with­out him.” With 31 ca­reer wins and prize money to­tal­ing more than $297,800, Jersey Boy holds the top spot on the USHJA life­time-earn­ings leader­board. He was vic­to­ri­ous in the Per­for­mance Hunter di­vi­sions and der­bies, in­clud­ing the 2012 $100,000 USHJA In­ter­na­tional Hunter Derby Cham­pi­onship. He was High Per­for­mance Horse of the Year in 2012 and 2013 and named 2012 Hunter Horse of the Year by the Na­tional Show Hunter Hall of Fame. In 2012 he was U.S. Eques­trian’s Na­tional Horse of the Year.

“Jen­nifer and I would like to thank Lewis for tak­ing us on this amaz­ing jour­ney and for giv­ing us both a horse of a life­time,” said Schoel­lkopf. “With­out Jen­nifer he would not have had the fan­tas­tic ca­reer he has had with so many wins that are too nu­mer­ous to list. They were a team that will go down in hunter and derby his­tory. He is a char­ac­ter that his care­givers will never for­get. Life with­out Lewis will be very hard, but the mem­o­ries will last for­ever.”

The geld­ing will spend his re­tire­ment at Stacy Sand­bothe’s farm in Prospect, Ten­nessee.

New Jump­ing Se­ries Comes To Mid­west

The Omaha Eques­trian Foun­da­tion has launched the InIt2WinIt Speed Jump­ing Se­ries, five na­tion­ally tele­vised 1.4-me­ter speed-jump­ing events that cul­mi­nate with a $100,000 cham­pi­onship dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Omaha, April 12–15, 2018, in Omaha, Ne­braska.

Ac­cord­ing to Lisa Roskens, OEF founder and chair, “The InIt2WinIt Speed Jump­ing Se­ries is part of OEF’s mis­sion to pro­duce in­ter­na­tional-cal­iber eques­trian events that change the way the sport is pre­sented in this coun­try and to de­velop Omaha into a hub of the sport-horse in­dus­try. We want to at­tract in­ter­na­tional cham­pi­onships as both ed­u­ca­tional and eco­nomicde­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for the com­mu­nity.”

At press time, the first of four qual­i­fy­ing events was set to be­gin Sept. 22 at HITS Bal­moral in Chicago, Illi­nois fol­lowed by the sec­ond on Oct. 13 at the Amer­i­can Royal in Kansas City, Mis­souri. The two re­main­ing qual­i­fiers are sched­uled for Nov. 11 at the St. Louis Hunter/ Jumper Show in St. Louis, Mis­souri, and Jan. 12, 2018 at the Monarch Casino Jumper Stake in Den­ver, Colorado.

For de­tails on qual­i­fy­ing, go to www.in­ter­na­tional omaha.com.

Joy Gon­za­les and her mare, Lot­tie

Jen­nifer Al­fano and Jersey Boy

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