O’Hanlon Makes History
No Canadian had ever won the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI*** in Elkton, Maryland, until Selena O’Hanlon rode to victory on John and Judy Rumble’s Foxwood High in mid-October. The pair led after dressage, but added 1.6 time penalties to their score in cross country and moved down to second. Then overnight leaders Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights dropped three rails in show jumping, opening the way for O’Hanlon to regain the lead with a clear round and three time penalties for a final score of 44.
“It feels exhilarating,” O’Hanlon said of her historic performance. “I am super excited for this horse at this level. It was a personal best all the way through. I couldn’t have asked for more from him.”
In second place was William Coleman (USA) and Tight Lines, the Conair Syndicate’s 10-year-old French Thoroughbred gelding, who moved up the leaderboard from 13th in dressage to finish on a final score of 46.3.
St. Jacques Shines in Fall Finals
Taylor St. Jacques added two equitation championships to her ever-growing list of achievements in October. Leading from the start, she and her veteran mount Charisma won the Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Oct. 15. “I thought that from the moment Charisma came out of his stall today he had his absolute A-game on,” St. Jacques said. “He was ready to go out there and put his best foot forward, and that he did—plus more. He was absolutely incredible today. I could not have asked him to be any better.” Two weeks after her win in Pennsylvania, St. Jacques rode her own Di Samorano to victory in the Washington International Horse Show Equitation Final in Washington, D.C.
Goetzmann Earns Maclay Championship
Demonstrating skill and poise in the saddle, Madison Goetzmann, riding Elizabeth Benson’s San Remo VDL, won the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, held in early November during the CP National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky. A field of 177 riders competed in the first round. Twenty- five returned the following day for a flat phase and a final round over fences. Goetzmann, trained by Stacia Madden at Beacon Hill Show Stables, impressed judges Ralph Caristo and Bernie Traurig to earn the title. Jordyn Rose Freedman, coached by 1983 Maclay winner Linda Kossick Langmeier, placed second aboard her own horse, Finnick.
“Honestly, I tear up just thinking about it,” Goetzmann commented. “My trainer also won this final [ in 1987], which makes it a really special win. It’s just incredible. It was a dream of mine to win.”
Earlier in the day, Goetzmann placed second with Prestigious in the Under 25 National Jumper Championship behind Jennifer Gates and Alex.
Taylor St. Jacques and Di Samorano
Madison Goetzmann and San Remo VDL
Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High