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