East Dorset, VA - August 5, 2008 - JT Farm closed out another week of showing with yet more championships to add to their already outstanding collection at the Vermont Summer Festival. JT Farm is led by top rider/trainer Jimmy Toon. JT Farm has two locations in Wellington, FL and South Salem, NY.
Brianne Link was on top of her game last week. Not only was she champion in Children's Small/Medium Pony Hunters and reserve champion in Children's Large Pony Hunters, she was also named Best Child Rider on a Pony. She received the award aboard her pony Asgard Mercury. Asgard Mercury and Link were champion in the Children's Small/Medium, where they picked up two firsts, two seconds and third-place ribbons.
Link and her Children's Large Pony Hunter, Foxcroft Veronsky, rode to a reserve championship with a first, third, fourth and seventh-place ribbons. In the $500 M&S Children's Hunter Classic, Link was fourth on Foxcroft Mercury and eleventh on Asgard Mercury. Link also has a new pony jumper, Tallyman. The pair came away with second and sixth-place awards in the Low Children's Jumpers.
Katie Galbraith was a big winner last week as well. Galbraith and mount Spock were champions of the Children's Large Junior Hunters 15 and Under. The pair earned two firsts and two fourth-place ribbons. In addition, they were also ninth in the WIHS Hunter Phase.
Spock and Gailbraith have been together for only six months, and she is very hands-on with his training. She feels a sense of accomplishment bringing along a younger horse, which she had never done before.
"It felt really good to win an award like this. I have never really ridden a young horse like this. Every horse I have had has always been experienced," said Galbraith. "So it felt really good, like I was more involved in the process of making a better, more educated horse."
Even though six-year-old Spock was champion in the junior hunters, he was actually purchased by Galbraith as an equitation horse, which he does as well. She is very proud of how far he has come in such a short amount of time.
"Over these past few months he has grown so much. When I first rode him, he had never had any experience in the equitation or really even the hunters before. So now, he is much more comfortable in the ring," commented Galbraith. "He is one of the nicest and most comfortable horses I have ever ridden. He is such an amazing jumper. In the air it’s so cool; it feels like we are in slow motion."
Galbraith enjoys competing in both hunters and equitation on Spock since he is so multi-talented. How comfortable he is makes him perfect for the equitation, but she also enjoys the simplicity of the hunters.
"I liked doing the hunters on him. Usually I have to do much harder courses on him so it was so nice to just have roll backs and simple things. It was good practice and he did everything really well," said Galbraith.
While Spock is all business in the show ring, he has another side to him back at the barn. Galbraith describes him as cute and sweet, but he does have an obsession.
"He is really sweet but really messy. All he cares about is food. Food is a main concern with him," laughed Galbraith. "He will stop anyone who walks by, expecting a treat."
At home, she keeps her horse on a strict program that she says has helped bring him along so well. She also talks about her future plans with Spock.
"I ride him six days a week at home. I have a few flat lessons a week and then jump him maybe once or sometimes twice a week," said Galbraith. "I will probably focus on more equitation versus the hunters just because that is what we bought him to do."
Galbraith also rode her other Large Junior Hunter, Harley, in the 15 and Under division. They received third, fourth, fifth and sixth-place ribbons. Latino was ridden by Galbraith in the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers and came away with a seventh place.
Carolyn Lichtenberg continued to do well in the show ring last week. She was fourth in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal on JT Farm's horse Avalon. They picked up a second, two sixths and ninth-place awards in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters. Level 2 Jumpers brought a fifth-place award to Lichtenberg and The Boss and a sixth on Korino.
Trainer/rider Jimmy Toon had yet another fantastic show riding Francesca Giammalva's Cayero in the First Year Working Hunters. In the division, he rode Cayero to three seconds and eighth-place ribbons. On Another Brother, Toon received an eighth-place ribbon in the Level 2 Jumpers.
On her horse Cayero, Francesca Giammalva was third in the $500 M&S Children's Hunter Classic and $500 NAL/WIHS Children’s Hunter Classic. They continued their success in the Hi-Low Hunters, where the pair was second. They were also second and eighth in the Equitation 12-14 and were fourth and sixth in the Children's Hunter Horse 14-17. In the Modified Children's Hunter, she and Cayero were fifth in the class.
JT Farm will continue their winning ways, and compete next at the fifth week of the Vermont Summer Festival on August 6-10, 2008.
For the finest hunter, equitation, and jumper instruction in the South Salem, NY, and Wellington, FL, areas, look no further than JT Farm. At JT Farm, riders of all levels are welcome and are afforded the very best training by a staff of experienced, caring professionals who are committed to excellence in the show ring in equitation, hunters and jumpers. For more information on JT Farm, please visit www.jtfarm.com.