Win­ner’s CIR­CLE

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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

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