Mirror Image keeps the winning streak going. Fresh off an incredible season at WEF "Mimi" steps into the First Year Green Division and steps out Champion at The Devon Horse Show. Amanda Steege piloted Mirror Image to the championship and has an opportunity to tell Phelpssports.com what an amazing experience its been. Read the wonderful interview here
JT Farm has been in the limelight at WEF 10 this past week with multiple tri-colors in several very very competitive hunter divisions Congratulations to Elizabeth Chung and Extraordinary, Reserve Champions of the Childrens Hunter Horse 14 and Under Division last week at WEF Ten!
Ellen Toon was Champion in the Amateur Owner Hunter Division on Mirror Image and Champion on Iberia in the Adult Amateur 50+ Division. Mirror Image was also Champion in the First Year Green Hunters with Havens Schatt in the irons. Ellen is standing 4th in the Circuit Standings on Mirror Image having been champion in the Regular Amateur/Owner Champion with Ellen during WEF 5, 8, and 10. In addition, Mirror Image was Low Amateur/Owner Champion with Ellen during WEF 3. Congratulations to all who have been such a help with this wonderful horse!
Liza Boyd rode Beforeanythingelse to a Reserve Championship in the 3'3" Performance Working Hunter division at WEF 3.
Beforeanythingelse, a 16h, 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding, is proudly offered for sale by JT Farm.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Chung on an amazing year on Invincible. Children's hunter champion 3 times at WEF, 5th WCHR Classic, Champion Lake Placid, Champion Hits on the Hudson, Hampton Classic 2014 Reserve Champion, class winner at Capital Challenge.
Champion Lake Placid and I Love N.Y in Pre-Green Hunters and class winner in Amateur-Owner Hunter 3'3" - 36+ Years. USHJA Hunter Derby - 3rd Place.
From the Chronicle of the Horse:
Kingpin Rules First Years at Devon Horse Show
While Amanda Steege has been a regular at Devon for several years, this year marked Kingpin’s first time in the Dixon Oval. The 6-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Carolus II—Mirkowitz) made his debut a winning one, clinching the first year green championship. “He was just so relaxed the entire weekend. This is his first time showing at Devon. You can really never expect exactly how they’re going to act here. Some horses come and seem like they eat up the activity and the attention, and it makes them better and rise to the occasion, and some get nervous, and it goes the other way. For him, I think he really loved it here. Each day he felt better and more relaxed,” said Steege, 37.
“Bruno” is owned by Jimmy and Ellen Toon and lives with them in Wellington, Fla. and South Salem, N.Y., but Steege rode him briefly as a 4-year-old, then picked up showing him again last year. Steege, of Bedminster, N.J., was proud of Bruno’s win in the handy class on Tuesday, and she hopes to continue on with him this year. “I’m a professional rider, so I’m supposed to be able to ride all styles of horse, but there’s certain horses you get on that just feel like you were made for each other, and the style of riding that I like to do is the style he likes as well, which is just a soft, relaxed, trusting ride. It’s never really felt like work for me on him,” she said.
Invincible with Ellen and Jimmy at Hampton Classic Horse Show 2012
Tigger and Jimmy Toon Circuit Champions
Tigger with Jim Toon
The $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix is considered by many the premier event for American Hunters. Top juniors, amateurs, and pros come from all over the US to vie for an unprecedented payout. Since the inception of the Pfizer Million in 2010, Tom Struzzieri and the HITS team have been striving to create additional classes that will give riders a significant year-end goal to work towards. To that end, in 2011 they created the Diamond Mills Hunter Prix, and this year, with the intent to offer juniors and amateurs in the hunter world a shot at big money, they created the $500,000 Hunter Prix Final.
The marquee hunter event, the Diamond Mills Hunter Prix, offers 75 qualified riders, 5 invitees and 1 wild card a chance to duke it out over 4 rounds over 3’3″ fences with spreads not to exceed fence height. The fourth and final round was held over a shortened course, complete with handy elements, in the Grand Prix ring amongst the Pfizer Million Grand Prix fences.
Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix - Final Results
HORSE OWNER RIDER PRIZE MONEY
1 Sienna Lexi Maounis Patricia Griffith 150000.00
2 C Coast Z Chansonette Farm LLC Lillie Keenan 90000.00
3 Balou Lisa Arena Amanda Steege 60000.00
4 Pioneer Heritage Farm, Inc. Matthew Metell 40000.00
5 Invincible Ellen Toon Ellen Toon 25000.00
6 Chance of Flurries Helen McEvoy Hope Glynn 20000.00
7 Kistler Cathy Morris Schmitt Joie Gatlin 15000.00
8 Winner James B Pirtle Ent, Inc. Jimmy Torano 12000.00
9 Highline Catherine Cowie Laena Romond 10000.00
10 Gelato Conor Perrin Nick Haness 9000.00
Click on the video below to see Ellen and Invincible in the final round:
Tyrion scores in the 90s on his way to championship honors in the 3'3" Performance Hunters during WEF 2020!