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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

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