Abigail McArdle Victorious in $50,000 USEF U25 National Show Jumping Championship with Victorio 5

Dec 3, 2018 - 2:00 PM
For Immediate ReleaseWellington, FL – December 3, 2018 – Abigail McArdle (Barrington, IL) maintained her lead to take the title after a double-clear performance in the final day of the USEF U25 National Show Jumping Championship at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), piloting Victorio 5, a 2006 Hanoverian stallion (Uccello x Graefin) owned by Victorio Equine Group LLC, to the top and besting a field of 15. North Salem, NY, native Mattias Tromp had one rail down in the first round of Finals competition but countered with a fault-free score of 70.73 seconds in round two with Eyecatcher, a2009 Dutch Warmblood mare (Harley VDL x Ninewood) owned by Beyaert Farm Inc., to improve his rank by one and claim reserve honors on the week.

Samantha Cohen of New York, NY, entered round two on just two penalties with her own Carmen, a 2007 Dutch Warmblood mare (Whitesnake x Wanado), and finished the day on a four-fault score of 74.05 seconds to be recognized with third place. The $25,000 USEF U25 National Show Jumping Championship Class 3 welcomed back the top twelve pairs for the second round in order to discern the day’s winners, influencing the weeklong results as well.

Abigail McArdle and Victorio 5
The course design by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) “asked all the questions,” asserted McArdle, who has finished on the podium twice prior at the USEF U25 National Show Jumping Championship. “This is actually my third year competing. Every year I’ve had a great horse and it felt like it was just my time. I was ready to win it. I have a lot of belief in this horse right now and I sort of walked into this week knowing I was going to win,” she recalled.
“It’s not at all like a normal show, where you jump a few classes or do your round and then get ready for the grand prix,” McArdle said of the multi-day format. “It asks different questions of your horse. If they’re tired because they’ve jumped a lot of rounds, it’s hard for them to jump that many clean rounds. You also had to go fast – it’s a lot.”
Abigail McArdle in her presentation ceremony, joined by DiAnn Langer, Anne Kusinski and ring master Steven Rector.
Runner-up Tromp touched on the importance of the U25 division for up-and-coming riders like himself, saying, “I think this division gives the opportunity for younger riders to compete in a championship format that I think will be very important later on in our careers. I think it’s also a great place for us to develop as riders, and also some younger grand prix horses also fit very nicely into this division.

“I think the hardest part is the first day because it’s faults-converted,” Tromp elaborated. “And although the format is done that way so that a good rider can still be in it if they have a rail down, the reality is there are very fast riders involved. I think going into several days of competition it can undo a horse very quickly, so I think as riders we have to be conscious of our horses – yes, we have to ride fast because it’s a faults-converted format, but we can’t undo the horses, either, so that they’re rushing at fences the rest of the week.”

Cohen agreed, “After the first day with Carmen, I had to do a lot of work on the flat before Friday’s class to kind of reel her back in, because I really made her go the first day and she was at the end of stride. I think remaining consistent is definitely a challenge through all of the rounds – it’s really not over until you’ve jumped the last jump.”

But for Cohen, the week’s youngest competitor, the pressure of a national championship was not a hindrance, and might have pushed her to perform at a higher level, she revealed. “Being on Carmen, the pressure doesn’t really get to me as much because I’m so confident on her, and she really never puts a foot wrong in the ring. This summer I’ve gotten to jump a lot of big classes with her and in a couple of pressure situations, and she’s really helped me out. Sometimes pressure helps me ride better, and I just try to block everything out and just focus on myself and my horse. When I’m on a horse like her, the pressure never seems too bad,” she concluded.


Jumper Highlights
The $25,000 Omega Alpha Grand Prix awarded top honors to Fabio Leivas Da Costa of Rio de Janeiro, BZ, with Randon Pleasure, owned by Bonne Chance Farm LLC. The duo dashed through the course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA) in 41.38 seconds to secure the win. Celso Ariani of Wellington, FL, claimed second place with Ukulman De La Nutria, owned by Ricardo Romero. The pair stopped the timers in 52.589 seconds. Samuel Parot of Wellington, FL, jumped into third with Thriller P, owned by Parot Horses LLC. Parot completed the course in 42.565 seconds.

Fabio Leivas Da Costa in his presentation ceremony alongside ring master Steven Rector with family and trainers.
The $10,000 1.40m Open Stake Class granted first place to Manuel Fernandez Hache of Wellington, FL, riding Divin Du Haras Des Barrages owned by Aristides Fernandez Zucco. The pair stopped the timers in 33.093 seconds to secure the win. Second place was awarded to Taylor St. Jacques of Glen Allen, VA, with mount, Qantar Des Estisses. The duo dashed through the course in 34.826 seconds. Kristen Vanderveen of Wellington, FL, claimed third place riding Bull Run’s Divine Fortune owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC. Vanderveen stopped the timers in 31.625 seconds.
Margie Engle receives the Leading Lady Rider Award presented by Martha Jolicoeur of Douglas Elliman, with Waverly Ernst and Sharon Loayza.
Margie Engle, who took top honors in the $35,000 Dever Golf Cars 1.45m Speed Stake CSI 4* aboard Dicas and the $205,000 Holiday & Horses Grand Prix CSI 4* presented by Palm Beach County Sports Commission with Royce, earned the Leading Lady Rider Award presented by Martha Jolicouer of Douglas Elliman for her top performances throughout the week.

In the $2,500 Equiline 1.35m Medium Jumper Stake, Sheer Levitin of Delray Beach, FL, claimed first place with mount Zin Chin. The two stopped the timers in 37.675 seconds. Jumping in close behind, Mimi Gochman of Palm Beach, FL, took second riding Celina BH, owned by Gochman Sport Horses LLC. Gochman finished the course in 37.781 seconds. Third place was awarded to Virginia Bonnie of Upperville, VA, riding Zumba owned by Kingfish Stables, LLC. Bonnie jumped through the course in 35.043 seconds.

The $2,500 Equiline 1.35m Medium AO Jumper Stake awarded Ransome Rombauer with top honors. Rombauer of Saint Helena, CA, completed the course in 38.018 seconds aboard mount Emorkus RE to secure the win. Lacey Gilbertson jumped into second riding Stalanda Z, owned by Seabrook LLC. Gilbertson of Lake Forest, IL, finished the course in 40.953 seconds. Third place was granted to Joshua Vanderveen of Wellington, FL, riding mount Haylie Van De Groenendijk. Vanderveen stopped the timers in 36.389 seconds.

The $2,500 Osphos® 1.35m Open Jumper Stake congratulated top honors to Roberto Teran Tafur of Wellington, FL, with Karina R, owned by Erika Sergent. The duo dashed through the course in 60.655 seconds. Tafur also claimed second place riding mount, Dena-Sienne with a time of 63.69 seconds. Alise Oken of Charlotte, NC, took home third with Grasshopper, owned by Hi Hopes Farm, LLC. Oken completed the course in 66.411 seconds.

The $1,500 1.0m Low Child Jumper Classic awarded Olivia Dornau of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, top honors aboard mount Top Notch with a score of 31.667 seconds. Second place was awarded to Morgan Rosia of Germantown, MD, with Chipie B F Z, owned by Taje Warrick with a time of 32.355 seconds. Texie Loyd of Windermere, FL, took third with a time of 34.557 seconds riding Available Ohio, owned by Carly Hoft.

The $1,000 1.30m Open Jumper Stake awarded first place to Sebastian Robayo of Jupiter, FL, aboard Aruba ISF owned by Peter Lloyd. The pair completed the course in 64.976 seconds to secure the win. Second place was awarded to Cristobal Diaz of Santiago, CHI, with mount, Paquirri. Diaz finished the course in 73.753 seconds. Third place was granted to Colin Syquia of Wellington, FL, riding Kartouche Van Molenveld, owned by Eurasia, Inc.

In the Omega Alpha 1.15m Jumper Division, Jordyn Friedman of Alpharetta, GA, earned first place with mount Bombay completing the course in 31.006 seconds. Kelli Cruciotti of Elizabeth, CO, claimed second riding Anthemis Du Maquis owned by Grace Jackson. The pair flew through the course in 31.155 seconds. Kevin McCarthy of Omaha, NE, took third with mount, Sig Beaujolais finishing the course in 31.641 seconds.

The Osphos® 1.30m Jumper Division awarded Roberto Teran Tafur of Wellington, FL, top honors with Karina R, owned by Erika Sergent. The pair stopped the timers in 29.745 seconds. Second place was granted to Manuel Fernandez Hache of Wellington, FL, riding Kanisso owned by Aristides Fernandez Zucco. The duo dashed through the course in 30.397 seconds. Third place was awarded to Alex Granato of Wellington, FL, aboard Criss Cross owned by Top Line Farm, LLC. Granato finished the course in 31.198 seconds.

In the Wellington Ag Services 1.10m Open Jumper Division, Richard Cheska of Waukesha, WI took top honors with mount, Belenos. Second place was bestowed upon Katie Sippel of Houston, TX, aboard Cassuro TSP owned by Performance Veterinary Imaging. The two stopped the timers in 32.148 seconds. Third place was awarded to Christine Kear of Wellington, FL, with Forrest Gump 108 owned by Donald Stewart. Kear completed the course in 32.926 seconds.


Hunter Highlights
The $5,000 #1 Education Place USHJA National Hunter Derby awarded top honors to Molly Sewell of Winter Park, FL. Sewell earned an overall score of 359.5 to top the derby riding Niko owned by Cynthia Chaconas. Reserve honors were awarded to Geoffrey Hesslink of Shelbourne, VT with Elementary owned by Lindsay Maxwell. Hesslink earned a score of 352.1 to secure the reserve title. In addition to her champion title, Molly Sewell also claimed third place riding What a Wonder owned by Olivia Woods with an overall score of 347.

Molly Sewell in her presentation ceremony with Anita Kane, Co-Founder of #1 Education Place and ringmaster, Steven Rector.

The USHJA Hunter 3′ Division awarded Geoffrey Hesslink of Shelbourne, VT, with champion honors riding Sovereign, owned by Lindsay Maxwell. Reserve honors were awarded to Tiffany Morrissey of Wellington, FL, aboard Sebastian, owned by Stacey Shore Werner.

In the USHJA Hunter 2’9″ Division, Jennifer Bliss (Loxahatchee, FL) took home the champion title with Collanto, owned by Fair Haven Farm LLC. Mindy Coleman of College Grove, TN, earned the reserve champion title with Cheval De Coeur, owned by Peggy Andrews.

The USHJA Hunter 2’6″ Division congratulated Heather Caristo Williams (Saugerties, NY) with the champion title atop Signal Hill, owned by Daphne Richards. Maggie Gould of Wellington, FL, claimed the reserve champion title with San Sebastian, owned by Marlen Rouco.

In the Gold Coast Feed Performance Hunter 3’3″ Division, Jennifer Bliss (Loxahatchee, FL) claimed the champion title with Harris Hill Farm, Inc.’s Face the Music. Reserve honors were awarded to Steven Gregorio of Wellington, FL, with Carasco, owned by Bill Schaub.

The High Performance & Performance Hunter 3′ 6″ Division congratulated Michael Murphy of Apopka, FL, champion honors with Seaside, owned by Eliza Kimball. Reserve honors were awarded to Jennifer Bliss (Loxahatchee, FL) riding Poker Face, owned by Harris Hill Farm, LLC.

In the #1 Education Place Junior Hunter 3’3″ Division, Tessa P. Brown of Jamaica, VT, claimed the champion title in tandem with Candy Crush, owned by Woodridge Farm, Inc. Morgan Kazerman of Glyndon, MD, took reserve honors with mount, Skorekeeper.

The Triple Crown Nutrition Green Hunter 3’3″ Division awarded Michael Murphy of Apopka, FL, with top honors in tandem with Rainier, owned by Susan Stanley. Reserve honors were bestowed upon Tiffany Morrissey of Wellington, FL, aboard Hannes, owned by East Wind Farms, LLC.

In the Vita-Flex Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6″ Division, Lindsay Maxwell of Beverly Hills, CA, earned champion honors with mount, Barnanus. Linsey Phipps of Tallahasse, FL, earned reserve champion honors with mount, Aubergine.

Alex Gascoigne of Deerfield, IL, claimed the champion title with mount, Quigley in the Low Children’s Hunter Division. Lily Turner of Dover, DE, earned reserve honors with Louis Terramagra’s mount, Replay.

The Cross Rail Hunter Younger Division awarded Alexander Reizen of Bay Harbor Island, FL, top honors with Lucky owned by Take 3 LLC. Reserve honors were bestowed upon Amalia Macias of Coral Gables, FL, and Blue Again owned by Ansley Wright.

The Cross Rail Hunter Holder Division congratulated Nancy Batchelor of Miami Beach, FL, with the champion title aboard her own Con Couer. Tanya Gascoigne of Deerfield, IL, took reserve honors riding Bull Run’s Kaleo owned by Bull Run Jumpers, Inc.

In the Vita-Flex Amateur Owner Hunter 3′ 3″ division, Daryl Portela of South West Ranches, FL, took both champion honors aboard Argentus owned by Isalous, Inc. and reserve honors with Exclusive, also owned by Isalous, Inc.

For full results from the $25,000 USEF U25 National Championship Class 3, click here.

For overall results from the $50,000 USEF U25 National Championship, click here.

Competition continues at PBIEC the 2018 ESP Holiday I, II, and III, the 2018 ESP New Years competition, and the 2019 ESP Holiday Finale to conclude the season. For more information, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography. These photos may only be used once in relation to this press release with proper credit.

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