November 2013 Issue - page 1

LANC., PA 17604
Vol. 20 No.10
Our 20th Year
November 2013
Strawbridge’s Moonlight Cloud Sizzles in
France ... pg. 26
Jan Byyny Clinches Emotional Win in Fair Hill
CCI3* ... pg. 35
Pennsylvania Standardbreds Succeed at Kentucky’s
Red Mile ... pg. 31
Dressage at Devon Boasts Beautiful Weather,
Horses ... pg. 4
... and much more!
Caretaker Award. Brianne Goutal
(Wellington, FL) won the Leading
Lady Jumper Rider Award.
PA Big Jump
Swail and Game Ready,
owned by Sue Grange, also won
the $40,000 Pennsylvania ‘Big
Jump’ in 34.54 seconds on Octo-
ber 16.
Only seven out of 28 starters
made it to the jump-off over the
Alan Wade designed course and
Swail was last to go. Second
placed Kent Farrington and Wil-
low, owned by Amalaya Invest-
ments, crossed the timers in 36.80
seconds, edging out Brianne
Goutal and Nice de Prissey,
owned by Remarkable Farms LP,
who finished in 38.01 seconds
and third place.
“This is my first trip to Har-
risburg so it’s a good start for
me.” Swail said after the class.
“It’s a beautiful place - it’s a
great arena, and the warm-up is
Gambler’s Choice
Darragh Kenny of Ireland
and Top Gun IV were victorious
in the $10,000 Gambler’s Choice,
jumping the ‘All In’ 5’4” bonus
fence, which doubled his score to
2020 points. McLain Ward and
Wings had a flying round and
were the ones to catch for most
of the competition after scoring
1960 points, but finished in sec-
ond place. Of the twelve starters,
four played the ‘Joker’—which
added 200 points or subtracted
200 for a knockdown-- and eight
went ‘All In’, five of them suc-
“I had an attempted plan
which worked out great up until
I ran out of my plan,” joked Ken-
The 68th annual Pennsylva-
nia National Horse Show came to
a thrilling conclusion on October
19 as many of the world’s top
riders competed in the $85,000
FEI World Cup Grand Prix de
Penn National. You could hear
the crowd collectively hold its
breath as each horse sped around
the course, but it was Irish rider
Conor Swail and Game Ready
who pulled out all the stops to
clinch the win.
Twenty-four competitors
attempted course designer Alan
Wade’s big track, set at 1.60 me-
ters with 13 obstacles and a time
allowed of 78 seconds. Riders
had issues with various jumps,
but the combinations seemed
to be the most influential. Only
three riders made it to the jump-
off round, and it was Swail, in
his Harrisburg debut, who set the
pace with a clear round in 35.20
The Grand Prix de Penn
National is one of the few that
McLain Ward (Brewster, NY)
has never won, and for a moment
it seemed as though he may have
finally done it. However, his
fractionally slower time of 35.48
seconds on Rothchild once again
relegated him to second place
-- for the fifth time.
Last year’s winners, Kent
Farrington (Wellington, FL)
and Uceko were up on the clock
half way around the course but
unfortunately had a rail down,
dropping them to third place.
Farrington was attempting a
record fourth win as he and
Beezie Madden are tied with
three Harrisburg grand prix wins
apiece. “That would have been
nice,” said Farrington. “With
these two guys (pointing to Swail
and Ward) it’s hard to do. Maybe
next year.”
Swail also won the Lead-
ing Jumper Rider Award, while
his groom Anne Sophie (Annso)
Canut from France won the
Irish Riders Monopolize the Pennsylvania National Horse Show
ny. “I jumped all the jumps inside
my plan, and then I was left with
time so I kind of just winged it. I
jumped three or four more jumps
than I planned to jump.”
Kenny, 25, and Top Gun
IV, owned by Oakland Ventures
LLC, also won the Open Jumper
Speed Championship. In addi-
tion, Kenny won the $33,000
Keystone Classic Speed Stake in
62.28 seconds with Prof de La
Roque, owned by Postage Stamp
Farm, LLC. More than a second
behind was compatriot Conor
Swail and Ariania, who stopped
the clock in 63.84 seconds to fin-
ish in the runner-up spot.
Beezie Madden (Cazenovia,
NY) and Breitling LS won the
$7,500 Open Jumper II class,
beating nine other riders in the
jump-off with a clear round in
35.486 seconds. Second place
went to Irish rider Shane Sweet-
nam, who now lives in Wel-
lington, FL, and Diktator Van
De Boslandho, who also jumped
clear, but crossed the timers in
35.905 seconds.
Medal Finals
Lillie Keenan, of New York,
NY, topped a field of 234 starters
to win the coveted Pessoa/ USEF
Hunter Seat Equitation Medal
Final riding Clearway. She was
reserve champion last year.
Just 25 riders were called
back by judges Ralph Caristo
and Leo Conroy for a second
round, and only six were asked
to remain for the extremely dif-
ficult final test, which included: a
halt, a trot fence, counter-canter,
(Continued on page 27)
Despite unconventional equitation, Irish rider Conor Swail piloted Game Ready to victory in both
the Grand Prix de Penn National and the PA Big Jump during the Pennsylvania National Horse
Show in Harrisburg, PA.
Photo credit: Al Cook / ©
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