The JT Farm team concluded the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida, with many achievements and accolades from January through March.
Ellen Toon and Gabriel finished the 10-week circuit on a high note, earning the 3'6" Amateur-Owner Hunter, 36 and over, championship during the final week, which concluded on March 15. The pair won both over fences classes on the second day with scores of 86 and 87!
Ellen and the attractive 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Azteca VDL x Ribaliah H.B.) also earned tricolor honors during WCHR Week 6, arguably the most competitive hunter week on the circuit. They earned two scores of 87 to win two over fences classes, as well as receive a third place.
Ellen is thankful for her trainers: her husband, Jimmy Toon, as well as Rodney Bross, who have been instrumental in her success. “[Gabriel] is on your side,” said Ellen. “He doesn’t look to do anything bad. When he goes how he was tonight, which we weren’t expecting because we have never shown him this late, then anybody could ride him. He was so easy.”
Gabriel also captured the 3'9" Green Hunter reserve championship during WEF 10 with Tori Colvin aboard for a fantastic finish, including an impressive victory in the stake class
JT Farm kept Tori busy in the open sections throughout the winter. She also guided Playmaker to top ribbons in the 3'3' Performance Hunters during the WEF circuit, including wins in classes with 50+ horses. Tori and JT Farm's Tyrion captured the 3'3" Performance Hunter championship during Week 9, winning two classes and placing second in two others out of 50+ horses! The pair earned impressive scores of 91 and 89 for their winning efforts!
Margot Peroni and her horses Q The Music, Limited Edition and First Class collected top ribbons and honors in the 3'3" Amateur-Owners and USHJA Hunters consistently during circuit. A highlight was Margot and Q The Music winning reserve championship honors during WEF 5 with beautiful rounds!
Kimberly Maloomian and her hunters Finch Hatton and Light It Up also shined on the WEF circuit. Highlights included blue ribbons in the 3'6" and 3'3" Amateur-Owner, 36 and over, sections. Kimberly's For The Record also earned top ribbons in the Take2 Thoroughbred Hunters.
Please enjoy some of our many memories in the WEF Photo Gallery below!
Ellen Toon and Gabriel wrapped up an unbelievable indoor show season with the Reserve Championship in the 3’3" Amateur-Owner, 36 and over, Hunter section at the National Horse Show in Kentucky!
This pair won two out of three over fence classes and earned second in the third over fences class!
Congratulations on an incredible show season! Special thanks to Jimmy Toon and Rodney Bross for all of your training help, Adonis for making Gabriel alway look so stunning, and Megan Young for giving Gabriel great rides in the Conformation Hunters this week! It truly takes a village!
Gabriel and Ellen Toon continued their top performances this fall by clinching the 3'3" Amateur-Owner Hunter, 36 and over, Reserve Championship at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, October 18 in Harrisburg.
The pair scored a winning 90 in the first over fences class for a fantastic start and then placed fourth in the competitive handy with an 86. It was a repeat performance on the second day, with another score of 90 and the blue ribbon in the first over fences class and a third in the formal attire class to clinch the reserve championship.
By the conclusion of the Capital Challenge Horse Show on October 6 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, the JT Farm banner was loaded with ribbons.
Earning the show's first championship inside the Show Place Arena were Victoria Colvin, of Loxahatchee, Florida, and Gabriel, owned by JT Farm. Colvin, 22, and the 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding won two Green Conformation Hunter over fences classes and finished second in the handy before ultimately claiming the Green Conformation Hunter division championship, sponsored by Joie Gatlin – Morley Abey Show Jumping Inc.
“All of his rounds were very consistent; he didn’t get anything lower than an 84 or 85,” said Colvin, who first rode the gelding a year ago at the Capital Challenge. “It’s neat to see how he’s come along since last year. This is like a one-year anniversary.”
Throughout much of the summer, Gabriel shows with owner Ellen Toon in the Amateur-Owner Hunters – which Toon will contest with the gelding at Capital Challenge as well – but Colvin enjoys the opportunity to compete Gabriel at Capital Challenge.
“It’s a nice show, and everybody – East Coast, West Coast – comes together to compete here,” said Colvin, who noted that she has been competing at the horse show for more than 12 years. “I was here in the ponies; I showed here in the junior hunters when I was nine.”
Then, on Thursday, Playmaker and Ellen Toon captured the co-Grand Championship in the Adult Amateur Hunters after claiming the tricolor in the Adult Amateur, 51 and over, section. They won both over fences classes and placed seventh under saddle for the overall title.
Ellen and Playmaker shared the Grand Championship title with Vivian Yowan and Calou, which was sponsored by Steve Martines, and both of their names will be engraved on the Equus Entries Challenge Trophy, donated by Equus Entries and Sue and Ralph Caggiano. Each earned 20 points in the Adult Amateur Hunters, 51 and Over and the Adult Amateur Hunters, 18-35, respectively.
“The first round was our best trip ever with me,” said Ellen, of South Salem, New York, who earned a score of 90.50 for both the win in the class and the Adult Amateur Hunter EMO Trip of the Show. “The second round, I didn’t feel was as good on my part. I got a little deep, but he still jumped really well. He still got an 89, so that was nice.”
That score was enough to secure a second over fences victory for Ellen and the 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by JT Farm, giving them the division championship.
“I’ve been coming here since the beginning, and I think it’s the hardest of all of the indoor horse shows,” said Ellen. “Because it isn’t a qualifying hose show, you get such a variety [of riders] from all over the country. The competition is really great. The horse show does a beautiful job of making the hunters special. The footing’s fantastic; the indoor is fantastic. Everything is really great. It’s really rewarding when you do well here. I love this horse show.”
Special thanks to Jump Media for sharing excerpts from their Capital Challenge press releases. Photos by Shawn McMillen Photography
The JT Farm team enjoyed ample success on the Winter Equestrian Festival circuit in Wellington, Florida, with green horses earning valuable mileage and veterans winning many great prizes.
JT Farm's Tyrion and Havens Schatt made their presence known in the 3'3" Green Hunter section, with multiple wins, tricolors and victories in the USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Stake classes. Tyrion, a 2011 Dutch Warmblood (by Caleandro), earned scores of 90 on his way to top honors. He currently stands in the top 10 in the United States Hunter Jumper Association USHJA Green Hunter Incentive standings in the National, Stallions/Geldings and 6- and 7-Year-Old categories.
Libby Melbourne and Eastwood jumped to championship honors in the 3'3" Junior Hunter, 16-17, section, even capturing the coveted championship during Week 11.
Mirror Image and Ellen Toon returned to the show ring together and started the circuit during Week 2 with championship performances in the Adult Amateur and in the 3'3" Amateur-Owners (Week 10) before moving up to the 3'6" Amateur-Owner, 36 and Over, section, where they earned the reserve championship during WEF 11.
JT Farm's Gabriel, a 2011 Dutch Warmblood gelding (by Azteca VDL), starred in the 3'6" Green Conformation section with Havens Schatt. The pair earned the reserve championship during WEF 11 in just their second outing together at that height.
Ellyn Fritz rode the sale horse Doc to excellent performances in the big equitation classes, with top ribbons in the Equitation, 15-17, section as well as the highly competitive ASPCA Maclay and USEF Medal classes.
We also had a great weekend with Alex Coursen showing in the Adult Hunters, with more smiles than we've ever seen!
JT Farm had a wonderful winter season, and we look forward to returning to the Northeast shows for the spring and summer!
Undergrad made his debut in the Green Conformations this week in Wellington, Fl and did so in style as Reserve Champion at the ESP New Year's Show. Congratulations to Sheldon with rider Havens Schatt, trainer Jim Toon and owner Alexandra Beaumont. Aly also won the Junior/AO 3'3" Classic at ESP Holiday Festival III at Wellington on Undergrad!
Awesome week for JT Farm at The Hampton Classic Horse Show. Amanda Steege Champion on Mirror Image in the First Year Green Hunters and Ellen Toon follows that up with Championship in the Amateur-Owners 36+. What a very special mare this is!!
Invincible was Reserve Champion in the Younger Adult Hunters with Kimberly Maloomian. Aly Beaumont and Undergrad were under saddle winners in the Older 3'3" Amateur Hunters. Elizabeth Chung was 3rd int he Children's Jumpers with Levantino L and 8th in the Children's Jumper Classic. Libby Mewbourne was 4th in the Small Jr. Hunter Youngers
Check out this video of Mirror Image and Ellen Toon receiving a 92 in the Amateur-Owner Hunters.
We recently received this email from a customer who purchased a horse from us in 2012. We wanted to share her excitement.
My name is Allison Talbot and we purchased Mowgli from you back in 2012. We renamed him "Moonrise Kingdom" aka Kingsley I just wanted to write and say he has been the most amazing horse. We have been zone 9 A/O champion for the past 2 years and he was also 4th nationally for HOTY in 2014 for the 2nd year greens. He has had championships this year in the high performance hunters and has pretty much won every hack class he has ever done. His jump has really evolved and he will jump fire without batting an eye. Here is a little video from last august from a $15,000 International Hunter derby where he won. He just won another last week. And has won 3 total and been third overall twice against top west coast horses. I just love him!
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After Amanda Steege and Mirror Image are Champions in the First Year Green Division, Ellen Toon continues the winning ways in the Amateur-Owners
Mirror Image ("Mimi") continues her amazing winning ways with Ellen Toon - first in the the Amateur Owner 36+ Stake Class with a high point division score of 90 and winning her second under saddle class of the week (see the video below of Ellen's winning stake round). Mimi and Ellen are crowned Reserve Champion at The Devon Horse Show 2015. In addition, Mirror Image and Ellen win the prestigious Sambalino Award which is given by the judges to the horse which most epitomized how you want your amateur hunter to go, jump, and move. Congrats to Team Toon!!
Mirror Image and Ellen Toon, Amateur Owner 36+ Stake, Devon Horse Show 2015
Tyrion scores in the 90s on his way to championship honors in the 3'3" Performance Hunters during WEF 2020!