“They’re beautiful together,” trainer Amanda Steege says to me as she sends Mirror Image and Ellen Toon into the ring for the amateur-owner, 36 and over. As I watch them canter to the first jump, I can’t help but agree.
“Mimi” looks like a fun ride, something Toon confirms when we talk after they accept their amateur-owner, 36 and over, champion and the grand amateur-owner champion coolers.
As Balou walked out of the ring, adorned in his championship cooler, he snaked his head around to grab a massive carrot from the basket near the in-gate. When Lisa Arena Davis laughed and tried to take the treat back, the charismatic gelding held on tighter.
If he could talk, he’d be saying, “I think I deserve lots of treats.”
His certainty in his performance was spot on, his efforts in the low amateur-owner, 18-35, gave them the division title and the grand low amateur-owner championship.
Conor Swail’s name had been popping up in headlines quite a bit recently.
First it was a win in the $85,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier (N.Y.) with Viva Columbia. Then it was the $125,000 New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix (Ohio), which he promptly followed with a win in the $40,000 FEI Speed Class at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show (N.Y.) with Simba de la Roque.
Well add the $40,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump at the Pennsylvania National to that list.