Stutes Triumphs at Rebecca Farm
Some 600 eventers of all levels tested their skills July 18–22 at The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana. In the toughest challenge—the CCI***— Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin, owned by The Chatwin Group, took top honors. They led the division from start to finish, picking up just 1.2 cross-country time penalties and dropping a single rail on the final day to end their weekend with a score of 32.1.
“I feel so fortunate to have had my family and friends in attendance and to have had the opportunity, thanks to the Broussard family [owners of Rebecca Farm], to compete at such an unbelievable venue,” said Stutes, who owns Athletux, a sports-marketing agency, and has also recently launched a handbag company. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime horse and I am grateful beyond words to be the one who gets to ride him.”
In the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC***, also contested during The Event, Tamra Smith pulled off a huge win with Fleeceworks Royal, a 9-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Judith McSwain. “This is the only event of the year we all bring our families to,” said Smith, who not only rode but also spent time coaching a number of her students while in Kalispell. “This is one of our very favorite events,” she said, commenting on the picturesque venue.
Stearns Wins Junior Championship
Riding Laura Wasserman’s Bocelli, Ava Stearns finished atop the pack in the 2018 U.S. Equestrian Federation Junior Hunter National Championship– West Coast, held July 25 in Del Mar, California. She earned the title Overall Grand Champion in the 3-foot-6 section with a final score of 257.6 for all three phases. “He tries so hard every time you go into the ring,” said Stearns of Bocelli. “He’s a great partner to have.”
Alexis Sokolov and Harvard Grad, owned by Dynamic Sporthorses LLC, claimed the title Overall Grand Champion in the 3-foot-3 section. Their final score was
248.8. “The most thrilling was the gallop and the oxer to the trot jump in the Handy,” Sokolov said. “It was tricky, but I liked it.”
Farish Finishes on Top
With a final score of 261.3, Daisy Farish and Style, owned by Take The High Road LLC, were crowned Overall Grand Champions in the 3-foot-6 section of the three-phase 2018 USEF Junior Hunter National Championship–East Coast, held July 31, at HITSon-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York. “He’s really jumping for fun out there because he is so scopey and athletic,” said Farish of the 9-year-old gelding she began riding last winter.
Nicole Dorwart and Cupido Z were the Overall Grand Champions in the 3-foot-3 section after scoring 258.1. “Each round, my goal was to be patient, keep a consistent canter and wait for the distance to come to me,” said Dorwart. “We put so much time into showing, lessons and flatting. Coming here and putting it all together to do what we practiced for all year is a big accomplishment.”
Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin won the Rebecca Farm CCI***.
Ava Stearns and Bocelli
Daisy Farish and Style