“I’m going to be feeling very posh now, wearing this,” Jessica Kürten joked after picking up a Rolex watch for her win in the International Jumping Riders Club Top-10 Final at the Geneva CSI on Dec. 7-9 in Geneva, Switzerland.
The talented junior works her way to the top of the class this time.
It was a different kind of pressure this time.
Two weeks earlier,Kimberly McCormack had led from start to finish to win the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals (Nov. 9, p. 30). But on Nov. 3, she capped a remarkable come-from-behind victory in the ASPCA Maclay Finals, completing the coveted Medal-Maclay double.
It’s tough to beat Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui, but McLain Ward and Phillipa pull it off by fractions of a second. “To be honest, I didn’t think I had a shot to beat Kent [Farrington] tonight,” McLain Ward said. “I go week in and week out trying to beat him, and I can’t. I mean this in the most complimentary way, but what Kent wins is absolutely staggering."
Just about every amateur rider can recall a best and a worst moment that stand out from their riding careers. Here are a few from riders just like you.
Lori Snetsinger, Aurora, Ohio, has been showing hunters since she was 4. Now 23, she graduated from college last spring with a degree in business management. Throughout her riding career, she has braided and worked to be able to show. She rides Cashmere in the amateur-owner hunter, 18-35, division.
The pony rider notches another remarkable accomplishment.
This summer, Lillie Keenan accomplished a feat all pony riders dream of—sweeping all three divisions at the USEF Pony Finals. Little could anyone imagine that she’d do it again.
But that she did, during Pennsylvania National’s junior weekend, Oct. 18-20 in Harrisburg, Pa. Keenan rode Vanity Fair to the grand and large pony hunter tricolors, Enchanted Forest to the medium pony hunter championship and won the small pony hunter title on Pink Floyd.
After the first round and the flat phase of the ASPCA Maclay Finals, Maria Schaub sits atop the standings, and the judges—George Morris and Linda Hough—have called back 18 to ride again this afternoon.
The standby, in order of go (reverse order of standing) is… Jennifer Walters Hayden Warmington Matthew Metell Kate Salzman Melissa Barton Cathy Rolfs Stephanie Underwood Tatiana Dzavik Carly Anthony Shelby Wakeman Lucy Davis Mallory Olson Katherine Newman Kimberly McCormack Elizabeth Lubrano Emily Gardner
It was déjà vu all over again. McLain Ward went last in the jump-off. Kent Farrington was leading with a seemingly unbeatable time aboard Up Chiqui. And there was a long gallop to a vertical as the last jump.