Olivier Philippaerts + Chicago VH Moleneind Clear 7 Feet to win $25,000 Puissance; Dello Joio, Hough, Andrade and Jacobs Top Jumper Classes; Cunniffe Earns Grand Junior Hunter; Championship; Donovan Wins Best Child Rider on a Horse

Olivier Philippaerts + Chicago VH Moleneind Clear 7 Feet to win $25,000 Puissance; Dello Joio, Hough, Andrade and Jacobs Top Jumper Classes; Cunniffe Earns Grand Junior Hunter; Championship; Donovan Wins Best Child Rider on a Horse

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Washington, D.C - October 26, 2012 – The 54th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) continued on Friday, October 26, with a full day of hunter, jumper and equitation competition at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The $25,000 Open Jumper Puissance was the highlight class of the evening with a win for 19-year-old Belgian rider Olivier Philippaerts and Chicago VH Moleneind. 

Nick Dello Joio and Lauren Hough each had wins in the Open Jumpers, Emanuel Andrade and Charlotte Jacobs triumphed in the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers, and Michael Hughes took the early lead in the WIHS Equitation Classic Hunter Phase. Good Times and Ailish Cunniffe earned the Grand Junior Hunter Championship and Hasbrouck Donovan was Best Child Rider on a Horse for 2012.

WIHS continues through Sunday, October 28. The $100,000 President's Cup Grand Prix, a FEI World Cup qualifier presented by Events DC, will be the highlight class on Saturday, October 27. 

Anthony d'Ambrosio, of Red Hook, NY, is the course designer for the jumpers at WIHS this week. D’Ambrosio set the wall for the evening’s $25,000 Puissance at 5’9” (1.75m) in height for the first round and continued through four rounds up to seven feet (2.13m). The Armed Forces Cup, sponsored by The Boeing Company, was awarded to Olivier Philippaerts and Chicago VH Moleneind for clearing the seven-foot wall in the final round. Olivier also accepted The Congressman’s Challenge Trophy, donated by the Late Honorable Rogers C.B. Morton and the Late Honorable F. Robert Watkins, on behalf of his father, Ludo Philippaerts, as the owner of the winning horse.

Six entries began the class, all clearing the wall at 5’9” (1.75m) and continuing on to attempt 6’3” (1.90m) in height. Benjamin Meredith (AUS) brought the blocks down in round two riding Kaskade, owned by Haley Schaufeld, to finish in sixth place. The remaining five riders all continued on to a third round where the wall was built up to 6’9” (2.01m). In round three, Charlie Jayne (USA) and Pony Lane Farm’s Balougris SL Z, Laura Kraut (USA) and Beverly Widdowson’s Belmont, and Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Stone Hill Farm’s Temmie were all unable to clear the height and finished in a tie for third place. Philippaerts and Chicago, and Aaron Vale (USA) aboard Wodka L, owned by Thinks like a Horse, continued on to the fourth round to jump the wall at seven feet (2.13m). Chicago was the only horse to clear the imposing obstacle.

Chicago VH Moleneind and Olivier Philippaerts clearing the seven-foot wall.
© Shawn McMillen Photography

Chicago VH Moleneind is a ten-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Kashmir Van Schutterhof x Darco. After his win, Philippaerts explained that this was the first time that either horse or rider has jumped in a Puissance class, and 2.13m was their biggest height.

“This is the first time we’ve jumped the wall. I’ve never done it and the horse has never done it,” Philippaerts noted. “I had a feeling he could be a good horse for that. He has a lot of scope to jump it, so I thought I would give it a try and it worked out very well. All classes have their own difficulty. With the puissance you need a little bit of luck, but you also have to have the horse for it and I think this horse actually really likes it.”

“It looks like he loves to jump the wall because he is not afraid of it,” Philippaerts detailed. “He really wants to go to the wall, so I think that’s a great thing for a puissance horse.”


Olivier Philippaerts and Chicago VH Moleneind with (L to R), ringmaster John Franzreb,
Haity McNerney, The Honorable and Mrs. Kenneth M. Duberstein (leader director of The Boeing Company), WIHS Executive Director Bridget Love Meehan, and Brigadier. Gen. Brian G. Neal, Deputy Director for Antiterrorism and Homeland Defense, Joint Staff Pentagon, present The Armed Forces Cup sponsored by The Boeing Company. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Philippaerts is from Belgium, but he and his twin brother Nicola came to North America to compete in more FEI World Cup Qualifiers and have been taking part in the indoor horse show circuit. They showed in Harrisburg, PA, last week and have plans to continue on to Kentucky and Toronto.

“We decided it would be nice to jump the World Cups over here because in Europe it is very hard to get in,” Philippaerts explained. “We also wanted the whole experience to make new culture and meet new people.”

After winning the CN International $1 Million Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows in September, Philippaerts has a whole new following of fans and enjoyed playing up to the crowd during tonight’s class.

“The win in Calgary was something special and for sure after that more people know me, so I hope that we can keep up like that,” he smiled. 

Philippaerts will show again in tomorrow night’s $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix CSI 3*-W. He commented on the competition at WIHS, stating, “I think it’s a great show. The ring and the crowd is really fantastic. The fans are very good here. I am very thankful that they all stayed for the Puissance. It was very nice for us to ride with all of that crowd.”

Open Jumpers Go For Speed

Lauren Hough (USA) and Ohlala were the winners in the $32,000 International Open Jumper 1.50m faults converted class, sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch, as part of the evening competition on Friday.Nineteen entries jumped the course, and Hough and Ohlala cleared the obstacles in a blazing fast time of 46.82 seconds for the win. 

Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) and Stal de Kalvarie’s Diebrich de Kalvarie cleared the course just a fraction behind in 46.88 seconds to place second. Kent Farrington (USA) and Haity McNerney’s Zafira jumped clear in 46.90 seconds for the third place prize.

Ohlala is an eight-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare by Orlando x Cardento that Hough purchased one year ago, and the pair has excelled.

Ohlala and Lauren Hough. © Shawn McMillen Photography

“She came with the name. I bought her from some people in Sweden who have owned her since she was born and it suits her perfectly,” Hough remarked. “She has had a very good year. She was the best young horse in Aachen and in Hamburg this year. She won the young horse finals and had some good placings in some 1.50m classes.”

“At the end of her eight-year-old year she is quite advanced, so she is just making that step up,” Hough said. “She is a naturally fast horse, so I didn’t even feel like I let it all out today. I just sort of let her go in her rhythm. She makes riding very easy.”

Ohlala will step up to jump her first big grand prix and first FEI World Cup Qualifier tomorrow night in the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix CSI 3*-W, presented by Events DC. Hough feels that tonight’s win was good preparation for the challenge.

“I have very, very high hopes for her,” Hough stated. “She’s small, but she doesn’t know she’s small. She’s just at the brink of making that step and so far she has answered every question.”

Hough has been showing at WIHS since she was a kid and has a personal tie to the show. She explained, “I grew up riding here on small ponies a long, long time ago. I haven’t been here in a few years and it is lovely to be back in the city. (WIHS President) Juliet Reid is a good friend of mine; I have known her for years and I am very proud of what she’s done here at the horse show.”

Dello Joio (USA) rode Wembley Farms, Inc.’s Zemilion to victory in the $10,000 International Open Jumper 1.40m faults converted class, sponsored by Louisburg Farm, earlier in the day. Last to go out of 14 entries, Dello Joio and Zemilion jumped fast and clear to finish on 52.06 seconds. For the win, they were presented the General Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by the late Arthur J. Morris.

Aaron Vale (USA) and Wodka L, owned by Thinks Like a Horse, finished clear with a time of 52.23 seconds to place second. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Sweet Oak Farm’s Solerina cleared the course in 52.33 seconds to earn the third place prize.

Zemilion is an eight-year-old KWPN gelding by Emilion x Voltaire. Dello Joio just started riding him at the end of the summer and explained that they are just getting to know each other.

Zemilion and Nick Dello Joio. © Shawn McMillen Photography

“He is a new horse and he’s green,” Dello Joio stated. “I was using this indoor circuit as just an experience for him, hoping that next year and the following years he will be able to do the bigger events competitively. It is just great for him to learn to go fast inside. Today’s course was perfect and I felt super with him today; it suited him.”

“He is a careful horse. He is a bit slow off the ground, so in order to go fast with him you just have to use his stride and play to his strengths,” Dello Joio added. "I had him in Harrisburg too. I am just getting to know him. Some classes were up, some classes were down. We are just building a relationship. I need to figure him out and he needs to figure me out.”

This is Dello Joio’s first win at the Washington International Horse Show, but he had a second place finish in one of the ROLEX FEI world ranking classes last year.

“I love Washington; I think it is one of the best shows we have in our country,” he noted. “I like the atmosphere, the way it’s run, just the feel of it being in a big city; it beats every other show I think.”

Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers Complete Their Second Classes

Charlotte Jacobs, of East Aurora, NY, piloted Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stables’ Promised Land to victory in Friday’s High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class, sponsored by Oasis Petroleum. Twenty-three entries showed, with six jumping the course without fault while racing against the clock. Jacobs and Promised Land had the fastest clear round in 52.358 seconds for the win and earned The Cover Story Perpetual Trophy, donated by Rolling Acres Farm.

Yesterday’s winners, Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius, owned by Amalaya Investments, finished second in 53.092 seconds. Jacobs also took home the third place prize riding Deeridge Farms’ Kachina. They were through the timers in 53.505 seconds.

Promised Land and Charlotte Jacobs. © Shawn McMillen Photography

The Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class, sponsored by North Star, was the first jumper class of the day with a win for Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela and Hollow Creek Farm’s Casanova Junior. Twenty-three entries showed and six cleared the course without fault. Andrade’s time of 57.527 seconds earned top prize along with The Eleanor White O’Leary Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ashton Hill and Miss Linden Joan Hill. Aleesha Melwani jumped a clear round with Thunder-Ball, owned by Mountain Home Stables, in 60.500 seconds to place second. Wednesday’s jump-off winners, Michael Hughes and Drumnacross Farm Ltd.’s Red Hot, were third in 60.610 seconds.

Casanova Junior and Emanuel Andrade. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Cunniffe and Donovan Earn Top Junior Hunter Awards

The Junior Hunter divisions concluded their second day of competition on Friday morning with the presentation of championship awards at WIHS. Fifteen-year-old Ailish Cunniffe, of South Salem, NY, and Whipstick Farm Ltd.’s Good Times were awarded the Grand Junior Hunter Championship, sponsored by Roseknoll Sporthorse and Victoria Holstein-Childress. Cunniffe and Good Times were presented The Ides of March Perpetual Trophy, donated by Linda Lee and Lee Reynolds.

The pair earned the championship and the grand prize in the Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under division after placing first, first and second over fences and second under saddle. Victoria Colvin was reserve champion in the division aboard Dr. Betsee Parker’s Ovation, placing first and second over fences and winning under saddle.

Cunniffe trains with her mom and dad, Bonnie and Frank Cunniffe, as well as Missy Clark and John Brennan in the equitation. She has owned Good Times, a ten-year-old Warmblood gelding, for two years.

Good Times and Ailish Cunniffe. © Shawn McMillen Photography

“He is basically my pet; he is very sweet and very lazy,” Cunniffe described. “I love how I can just loop the reins with him. He is so much fun to ride.”

Cunniffe showed at WIHS once before in the ponies and has been to the show many times with her parents, but this was her first time showing here in a couple of years and her first championship. 

“It is really exciting,” she smiled. “I am really proud of him and it is so much fun. It was my first time showing him here and the first time he has ever been here. He was great, and he loved it. He was no different in here than anywhere else. He is not too complicated; he is pretty straightforward.”

Good Times and Ailish Cunniffe in their Grand Junior Hunter presentation.
© Shawn McMillen Photography

Commenting on the show, Cunniffe noted, “It is fun how it is in the middle of the city. It is cool how you can just walk outside and the hotel is just a couple of blocks away and everything is nearby.”

Continuing the morning’s competition, the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division awarded championship and reserve honors to Hasbrouck Donovan, of Gainesville, FL. Donovan was champion with Stephanie Keen’s Lyle, placing , first and third over fences. Donovan rode Don Stewart’s Confidential to the reserve championship after winning the under saddle and placing second and third over fences.

Along with the division tricolors, Hasbrouck Donovan earned the prestigious DiVecchia Perpetual Trophy as Best Child Rider on a Horse. The award was sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Crown; the trophy donated by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick DiVecchia. This was Donovan’s second time winning the award, also taking the title in 2009.

Donovan spoke about each of her mounts, including champion Lyle, a 19-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding with a long and prestigious resume.

Lyle and Hasbrouck Donovan. © Shawn McMillen Photography

“I was a little nervous just because he is so awesome and it was just his first show in a while, but he went in there and he knew what he was doing,” Donovan stated. “We did the Hamptons together and I showed him a little bit during HITS because he didn’t have any points and we had to qualify. He was awesome all summer. He was reserve in the Hamptons and he was so awesome at Harrisburg.”

“I was excited here,” she said. “He knows he is at indoors and he is super smart. He has been here plenty of times.”

Donovan won her first Best Child Rider award at WIHS in 2009 after earning the Grand Junior Hunter championship aboard Confidential. The pair also earned a reserve championship at this year’s Junior Hunter Finals. Donovan spoke about Confidential, explaining, “I have had him for a while. We leased him out last year to Lillie Keenan and then I got him back for my last junior year. He is just also a really awesome one to ride.”

“You just have to stay smooth and kind of push him around a little bit,” Donovan said of the ride. “He is almost like a baby; if you just pet him and tell him he’s a good boy then he’s perfect. He is so much fun. He is so scopey that it is just effortless for him.”

A championship with Lyle, reserve championship with Confidential, and a reserve championship with her horse Wagner secured the Best Child Rider title for Donovan this week.

The Best Child Rider presentation for Hasbrouck Donovan.
© Shawn McMillen Photography

She also spoke about Wagner. “I ride him in the equitation and the hunters,” Donovan said. “We just started doing him in the hunters this year and he has adapted to it so well. I have done him in the derbies a lot; he is awesome at that. He has done really well and turned out to be much better at the hunters than we thought.”

Commenting on her second Best Child Rider title, Donovan smiled, “It means a lot just because it is my last junior year, so it is nice to go out doing really well.”

“This is one of my favorite horse shows,” she added. “It is really fun. I like the atmosphere and being in the city.”

Donovan will finish out her last junior year and plans on attending Auburn University in January and will ride on the school’s intercollegiate equestrian team.

Charade and Ashley Foster. © Shawn McMillen Photography

The Large Junior Hunter 16-17, sponsored by Chansonette Farm, awarded championship honors to Mahala Rummell’s Charade and Ashley Foster, of Brookeville, MD. The pair was awarded The Chance Step Perpetual Trophy, donated by Brooke Carmichael McMurray- Fowler and Pam Carmichael Keenan, after placing first, second and second over fences. Hasbrouck Donovan guided Wagner to the reserve tricolor with first and fourth place ribbons over fences and second under saddle.

Dr. Betsee Parker’s Inclusive and Victoria Colvin, of Loxahatchee, FL, earned the championship in the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under division with a clean sweep of blue ribbons over fences. Happenstance and Bergen Sanderford, of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, earned the reserve honors after winning the under saddle and placing second and third over fences. 

Inclusive and Victoria Colvin. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Inclusive and Colvin were also presented with The Lyrik Challenge Trophy, donated by Ashley and Courtney Kennedy, for the best Junior Hunter Stake Round with a high score of 88.Sanderford earned the Georgetown Trophy as the high-score junior hunter owner-rider with a score of 87 in the first class over fences.

In addition to Junior Hunter championships, WIHS hosted the hunter phase of the WIHS Equitation Classic this morning with an early lead for Michael Hughes, of Morriston, FL. Hughes rode Oban, owned by Missy Clark and North Run, to the high score of 89.83 out of 40 competitors. Elizabeth Benson, of Whitehouse Station, NJ, sits close in second with an 89.33 riding San Remo VDL. Jacob Pope, of Owings Mills, MD, is in the third position with a score of 88 aboard Madeline Turner’s Uno. Rounding out the top ten hunter scores are Meg O’Mara, Hasbrouck Donovan, Kristen Lutz, Victoria Colvin, Shawn Casady, Megan MacPherson, and Gabrielle Bausano.

Michael Hughes and Oban. © Shawn McMillen Photography

The WIHS Equitation Classic will continue tomorrow with all riders returning for the jumper phase. The hunter and jumper scores will then be averaged out to determine the top ten riders who will participate in the final work-off.  The riders change horses by determination of a random draw by lot and then compete over the jumper course for final scores.

The Washington International Horse Show continues tomorrow with the opening classes for the pony hunters, followed by the $5,000 Senator’s Cup Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by North Star, and the $10,000 Ambassador’s Cup SJHOF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by Oasis Petroleum. The jumper phase for the WIHS Equitation Finals will close out the afternoon session. 

The evening session begins at 7 p.m. with the WIHS Equitation Finals work-off with the top 10 riders, terrier races and an amazing demonstration from Australian horsemanship master Guy McLean. The $100,000 President's Cup Grand Prix, a FEI World Cup qualifier presented by Events DC, will conclude the night.

The WIHS is excited to announce that the $100,000 President's Cup Grand Prix, CSI 3*-W will be aired on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, October 28, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST.

The show will also be live streamed in its entirety at www.wihs.org, and also available on USEF Network on Saturday evening at www.usefnetwork.com.

The WIHS Silent Auction is live all week long and includes lots of terrific one-of-a-kind items that can't be missed. Visit http://wihs.maestroweb.com/ to register to bid on the great items or stop by the Silent Auction Area on the Shopping Concourse at Verizon Center to see the items in person.

WIHS tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000 . General admission is $15 Tuesday through Sunday with children 12 and under admitted free for daytime performances before 5 p.m., courtesy of Washington Area Chevrolet Dealers. Reserved and VIP tickets are available for evening performances. Ending times are approximate. For Discounted Group Sales, call 202-661-5061 . Tickets also may be purchased in person at the Verizon Center Box Office. For information about Verizon Center accessible seating and services, call 202-661-5065  (TTY). Full ticket information can be found by visiting www.wihs.org/tickets.

For full results, more information, or to watch the free live feed of the show, please visit www.wihs.org.

Final Results: $25,000 Open Jumper Puissance
Placing/Back Number/Horse/Rider/Owner/Height Cleared

1 88 CHICAGO VH MOLENEIND Olivier Philippaerts Ludo Philippaerts 2.13m
2 74 WODKA L Aaron Vale Thinks Like A Horse 2.01m
3 30 TEMMIE Jessica Springsteen Stone Hill Farm 1.90m
3 31 BELMONT Laura Kraut Beverley Widdowson 1.90m
3 94 BALOUGRIS SL Z Charlie Jayne Pony Lane Farm 1.90m
6 50 KASKADE Benjamin Meredith Haley Schaufeld 1.75m

Final Results: $32,000 International Open Jumper 1.50m Faults Converted, Sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch
Placing/Back Number/Horse/Rider/Country/Faults/Time/Score

1 39 OH LA LA LAUREN HOUGH USA 0.00 46.82 46.82
3 84 ZAFIRA KENT FARRINGTON USA 0.00 46.90 46.90
4 49 LIGIST REED KESSLER USA 4.00 46.95 50.95
5 96 ZEMILION NICK DELLO JOIO USA 0.00 51.51 51.51
6 18 VANILLA BEEZIE MADDEN USA 0.00 51.79 51.79
7 77 V KATIE PRUDENT USA 4.00 49.32 53.32
8 25 VALESKA CHARLIE JAYNE USA 4.00 49.72 53.72
10 86 VICTOR E CHRISTINE McCREA USA 4.00 52.87 56.87
11 17 SOLERINA SHANE SWEETNAM IRL 8.00 49.12 57.12
12 10 ROYCE MARGIE ENGLE USA 0.00 57.43 57.43

Finals Results; $10,000 International Open Jumper 1.40Faults Converted, Sponsored by Louisburg Farm
Placing /Back Number/Horse/Rider/Country/Faults/Time/Score/

1 96 ZEMILION NICK DELLO JOIO USA 0.00 52.06 52.06
2 74 WODKA L AARON VALE USA 0.00 52.23 52.23
3 17 SOLERINA SHANE SWEETNAM IRL 0.00 52.33 52.33
4 8 UNEX VALVENTE TIM GREDLEY GBR 0.00 53.33 53.33
5 86 VICTOR E CHRISTINE McCREA USA 0.00 54.35 54.35
6 25 VALESKA CHARLIE JAYNE USA 0.00 55.74 55.74
7 84 ZAFIRA KENT FARRINGTON USA 4.00 52.17 56.17
9 51 ZAZA BENJAMIN MEREDITH AUS 8.00 57.13 65.13
10 2 CARLOS V.H.P.Z. EMILIE MARTINSEN DEN 0.00 69.55 69.55

Final Results: High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Time First Round, Sponsored by Oasis Petroleum
Placing /Back Number/Horse/Rider/Faults/Time/

2 746 VESUVIUS MEAGAN NUSZ 0.00 53.092
4 647 SINATRA IV MEG O'MARA 0.00 54.551
5 219 TOULON CHLOE REID 0.00 59.250
6 633 TINY TIM EMANUEL ANDRADE 0.00 60.555
7 120 INDY ASHLEY FOSTER 4.00 53.732

Final Results: Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Time First Round, Sponsored by North Star
Place/Back Number/Horse/Rider/Faults/Time

3 243 RED HOT MICHAEL HUGHES 0.00 60.610
4 173 S & L PYLOS ANNABELLE GUNDLACH 0.00 60.990
5 212 VON DUTCH REID PATTON 0.00 63.275
7 213 TISSEM REID PATTON 4.00 57.760
8 639 MIKOS EMANUEL ANDRADE 4.00 58.394

Final Results: WIHS Equitation Finals Hunter Phase
Placing /Back Number/Rider/Hometown/Score

1 800 Michael Hughes MORRISTON FL 89.833
Scores : 88.50, 92.00, 89.00
2 793 Elizabeth Benson WHITEHOUSE STATION NJ 89.333
Scores : 90.00, 90.00, 88.00
3 818 Jacob Pope OWINGS MILLS MD 88.000
Scores : 89.00, 87.50, 87.50
4 809 Meg O'Mara RUMSON NJ 87.833
Scores : 84.50, 89.00, 90.00
5 814 Hasbrouck Donovan GAINESVILLE FL 87.333
Scores : 89.00, 87.00, 86.00
6 827 Kristen Lutz PURCHASE NY 86.166
Scores : 87.00, 86.50, 85.00
7 819 Victoria Colvin LOXAHATCHEE FL 86.000
Scores : 87.00, 84.00, 87.00
8 813 Shawn Casady HARRIMAN TN 85.750
Scores : 86.50, 85.50, 85.25
9 791 Megan Mac Pherson NIWOT CO 85.250
Scores : 85.50, 84.75, 85.50
10 790 Gabrielle Bausano NEW YORK NY 85.000
Scores : 88.00, 86.00, 81.00

Credit: Photos © Shawn McMillen Photography, www.shawnmcmillen.com. These photos may only be used in relation to this press release and with full photo credit.