By Phelps Media Group, Inc.
The Stonewall Country Horse Show I, a four-day show that benefits the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, concluded its first week of competition with hunter and jumper riders claiming titles in many of its numerous “A” rated divisions.
The championship title in the Junior Hunter Classic and the reserve championship in the Large Junior Hunters was awarded to young rider Mary McDaniel, who trains with Anne Garnett Wheeler of Rose Mount Farm. McDaniel and her mount Cala Millor clinched the victory after an already successful 2016 show season where the pair claimed the Zone 3 Hunter Championship in the Younger Large Junior division.
|Mary McDaniel and trainer Anne Garnett Wheeler with Cala Millor at the Stonewall Country Horse Show I. Photo Courtsey of Anne Garnett Wheeler|
“Cala is an elegant, dependable mare that is a joy to ride,” Wheeler said. “We are headed to Ocala for the Winter Circuit and looking to qualify for Devon in the spring.”
Jamie Auletto and Carla, owned by Suzanne Auletto of Briar Hill Farm in Tabernacle N.J., took home the blue in the Amateur Owner Classic.
Cismont Manor’s Shakespeare and Jason Berry took the tricolor in the Conformation Hunter division. Owned by Douglass and Kenny Wheeler, Jr., Cismont Manor has been the home of numerous top hunter horses.
“Shakespeare loves to perform at shows and is very business-like when preparing for his classes,” said Kenny. “Jason has his own stable and drives more than an hour each way daily to ride mine. He is a perfectionist and works hard for me.”
The High Performance Green Hunter tricolor was awarded to Chris Wynne of Breckenridge Manor and Devoted, a 12-year-old Chestnut Gelding owned by Victoria Skelding.
“Devoted is a horse that we’ve had now for three years. We brought him along in the pre-greens and now he is doing the First Year Green Hunters, or 3’6″ Green as it is called now. We brought him as a 2-year-old in Europe, unbroken, and we’ve had the whole journey with him which has been exciting,” Wynne said. “He puts a lot of effort into everything he does and a lot of times it makes him the winner of the class. We are very blessed to have seen him develop since he was a 2-year-old, that is something that just never happens anymore.”
The Stonewall Country Horse Show II, Feb. 2-5, will offer “A” rated hunter and jumper classes, schooling classes, and USHJA Outreach classes. The affordable schooling and Outreach classes give exhibitors the ability to school their younger horses before the start of summer season.
In addition to the Outreach classes, Stonewall Country II will provide junior equitation competitors the opportunity to earn valuable points in the WHIS, ARIAT, and the THIS Children’s Medal. Some of these classes can qualify a junior rider for the Amy Tlvisaker Reistrup Equitation Challenge, hosted each year at the Lexington National Horse Show.