Halifax, Ma-June 26, 2021- The Hunters took over the field today for the Children’s Hunter 14 & Under Derby and the 3’3” Hunter Derby. In the 3’3” Hunter Derby it was Johanna Hyyppa on Skyler Wahlberg’s Colander who rode to the top of the class. 16 entries took the field but it was Johanna’s impressive Handy Round that secured the top spot. Earlier this week, Johanna piloted Colander to the 3’3” Performance Hunter Championship. When we spoke with Johanna about this impressive young hunter on Thursday she was hopeful that he would be an International Hunter Derby horse one day.
Tara Govindarajan and Parc Monceau were the first winners to be crowned in the Grand Prix Field. Tara bested a field of 24 to take the win. After her win, we caught up with her to talk about her exciting win.
“Parc Monceau is 11 years old and I have had him for about a year. I ride with Grazing Fields Farm and I love it. I show in the 3’ and 3’3” Equitation and Derbies. Parc Monceau tries so hard for me and is really sweet on the ground which is what makes him such a great partner. I thought that the courses rode well-the classic round had nice lines and the handy had places where we could show off. My goals this year are to qualify for all the 3’ and 3’3” Finals and to make it to indoors such as Capital Challenge, New England Equitation Championships and The National Horseshow. I love Fieldstone because it’s an A rated show that is close to home.”
Due to weather, the Junior Hunters were moved to today. In the combined 3’3” & 3’6” Junior Hunters, it was Laurel Smith and CL Sporthorses Federer receiving the Championship accolades. Laurel and Federer won two over fences, a second in the hack and were second in the classic accumulating 26.50 points for the title. Set Sail and Lily Rusis were also awarded Championship honors accumulating 28 points with two over fences wins and the win in the hack. In the 3’3” Junior Hunters, it was Katelyn Coveney and her own MTM Fashion riding to scores of 87 and 88 to secure the win in both Classic rounds. Katelyn also rode High Jack to the win in the High Child/Adult Jumper class. We sat down to talk to Katelyn about her two horses.
“Fashion is just amazing, I am so grateful that he is mine. In the 3 years that I have had him, he has taught me so much and brought me up from the 2’6” Divisions all the way to the 3’3” Junior Hunters. Fashion is just the best boy and I am excited to see what is to come in our partnership. Jack (pictured below) is a horse that I recently have started riding to get myself into the Jumper ring. I am really enjoying learning the ropes of the Jumpers on him and I just love the karate chop he does over the fences!”
In the Junior Equitation, Liv Gannett rode Continental to the blue ribbon in the MHJ Junior Medal out of 12 entries. After her win, we sat down with Liv.
“Hi I’m Liv Gannett and today I was aboard my horse Continental (Lux) in the Junior Equitation Medals! Lux is a new horse for me, and I am incredibly lucky to ride him. He is a 13 year old Holsteiner who is so sweet and an absolute dream to ride. Today, I thought the courses were very well thought out and definitely tested the rider. Lux helped me secure a win in the MHJ Junior Medal and a 3rd in the New England Medal. I’m so grateful to be on a horse like Lux and to be able to show at this beautiful facility. I love coming to Fieldstone to see my friends from all over the East Coast and connect with my community from my blog, Breechesandsweats.com “
In Ring 2, the ring was set for Adult equitation. In the Ariat Medal, it was Dominika Silvestri on Baylor’s Sir Theodore with a score of 82, besting a field of 12 entries. Dominika is a member of the Baylor Equestrian Team and we spoke with her about the unique opportunity to bring a Baylor horse home for the summer.
“Teddy is a 13 year old Dutch Warmblood Gelding that I have brought home from Baylor with me for the summer. Baylor gives students the option to bring home some of their horses for the summer as it lightens their load while all the students are away. Teddy has been really amazing and is very adjustable and reminds me of my Junior Equitation Horse Nice which helped me secure the win in the Ariat. I love having a horse from school because it gives me time to improve before going back to school in the fall.”
Danielle Franchi and her own Duncan rode to the win in the NEHC Adult Medal out of 13 entries. After her win, we caught up with Danielle.
“Duncan is 13 years old and I have had him for over a year now. Duncan is simply the best, he is the biggest goofball, has the best personality and always tries his hardest. He is truly perfect. Besides cookies, his favorite thing to do is nap. Around noon everyday, no matter if he is in his stall or outside in his field, you can find him taking a serious nap! I love showing at Fieldstone because I ride with Kingsway and can just walk out the barn door and be here! Duncan has his own official hashtag, #weloveduncan."
Tomorrow is the last day of competition for Week One! Be sure to catch the Grand Prix to find out how many bags of grain Purina and Hanson Grain will be donating, two bags per clear round!