Cara and her 7 yr old Durant had 2 lovely clear rounds in the Low Jr A/O. They ended up 2nd!
Kate Mulligan rode her Acanto 7 very well in both rounds of the High Jr A/O Classic. Their 2 clear rounds put them in 3rd place!
Caitlyn and Bink were clear in the High Jr A/O Classic. They finished up in 4th place!
Morgan and her Charmedino had a faultless first round in the Princeton Cup. But .103 over the time allowed gave them 9th place. In the final standing in the Princeton Cup the took home 12th place!
DJ and Cesna were clear in the Low Child Adult Classic. He rode well, but pulled 1 in the jump off. DJ & Cesna finished 8th today and were Champion of the Low Child Adult! Very exciting being DJs first attempt at jumpers!!
Motto jumped well in the $50,000 Grand Prix. He barely rubbed the plank and was a bit green at the Liverpool for 8 faults. I am thrilled with how well he handled this very big track.
We started off with DJ Eakin in his first ever jumper classes. He rode Cesna super in the Low Child Adult Jumpers. There were a great team and placed 2nd in both the Speed and Power & Speed classes! An impressive start to riding in the Jumpers! Caitlyn and Bink had a good round in the High Jr A/O Power & Speed. Double clear, they got another red ribbon for the tack room!
Katie Cox and her Twilight tied for 1.35m Champion. They had another clear round today in the 1.35m. Morgan Hoffman jumped a very nice clear round on Charmedino in the first round of the $25,000 Princeton Cup! Cara Dayton had a great day, 4th on Elton in the 1m. 6th on her 6 year old grey mare, Esprit in the 1.20m. On Durant in the 1.30 clear again and 8th place!
These photos were taken today. He is forever young!! He has had a couple of pears so far today. When he was competing Hermes would send him a monthly box of pears from Harry & David's!
Katie Cox has had 2 super days. Today, she and Twilight won the 1.35m jump off class! Their 2 smooth and flawless rounds were unbeatable! Yesterday, in 1.35m they were 3rd. Katie and her Arizona took 2nd with a double clear in the 1.20m.
She and Winner Star nearly won the Jr A/O Classic today! They were double clear and very fast. They took second place by a fraction! Yesterday, in the 7 Year Old Championship she and Durrant jumped a clear round. They finished 5th overall!
We will be returning to Princeton next week, with more horses and riders from Market Street.
As a whole, the 4yr olds did well today. A few improved from yesterday, others fared about the same. I feel it is a great program and experience for these youngsters. Alan Wade's courses were extremely inviting and the atmosphere quite friendly. There is a bit of money for the owners and breeders. All of the horses have grown up a little after this Championship at Princeton Show Jumping.
I really enjoyed judging the 4 year olds with Alan Wade today at Princeton Show Jumping. He is a great Irish horseman, with super observations of conformation, way of going, types etc. The horses handled the course well, some greener than others. I am looking forward to watching them perform tomorrow in the final round.
Cara Dayton is showing at Princeton this week. Her horses have been going well, consistently in the ribbons. Durrant, her 7 year old, will jump in the 7 year old final tomorrow!
The show is relaxed with great competition. These show grounds are unique and very special. The footing is extraordinarily good. I have many fond memories of great wins here in the Dixon Oval. Motto has enjoyed jumping here too. Friday night, in the Open Speed, he was clear and 5th. I wasn't sure how he'd handle the impressive atmosphere with lights and crowd. No problem.
Last night, in the $25,000 Devon Classic, Motto was super. This was his toughest class to date. He jumped double clear! We were nearly as fast as some of the seasoned Grand Prix horses to finish up 5th. I am thrilled with his performance!
Morgan and her Charmendino had a competitive round in the High Children Speed. They made all of the turns and jumped clear to earn 5th place!
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