The Virginia Horse Center Foundation celebrated the fourth anniversary of the Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Shows (TCHS) on June 7-9 with increased class offerings and prize money. Thoroughbreds registered with The Jockey Club traveled from Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia, New Jersey, Florida, and all points in Virginia to compete in more than eighty classes over three days of competition, vying for more than $4,500 in prize money, $8,000 in prizes, and nearly 600 ribbons. Thoroughbreds flooded the Daily Racing Form Winner’s Circle all weekend, many making an appearance there for the first time.

Introductory Level Dressage Champion Travision ridden/owned by Jess Bowen

Introductory Level Dressage Champion Travision ridden/owned by Jess Bowen

The Dressage arena had more than 50 rides throughout Friday, including USDF Introductory Level, USEF Training Level, and USEA Beginner Novice through Preliminary levels as part of the Combined Tests offered. Travision (Pollard’s Vision x Tra, by Farma Way) was USDF Introductory Level Champion, with owner/rider Jess Bowen. Lump Sum (Deposit Ticket x Anniversary Star, by Never Down Hill) was USEF Training Level Champion with owner/rider Hannah Ong.

Combined Test results came at the conclusion of the Stadium Jumping rounds on Sunday morning. USEA Beginner Novice Senior was won by Millennium Sunrise, whose TJC name is Millenniumsunrise (Millennium Wind x Into the Sunset, by Magic Prospect) with Kate Samuels riding for owner Michael Bordwell. USEA Beginner Novice Junior was won by Unsolved Mystery O, a 2006 unraced mare, with owner/rider Sydney Ormandy. USEA Novice Senior was won by Reasonable Doubt, whose TJC name is Show Respect (Not For Love x Respectful, by Honour and Glory), with owner/rider Jennifer Wolz. USEA Novice Junior was won by Envious (Dance Brightly x Northland Belle, by Carnivalay) with owner/rider Allyson Rice. USEA Training was won by Altair, an unraced mare whose TJC name is Altair Key Moment, with Karen Conk riding for owner Bobby Jankauskas. USEA Preliminary was won by Taquito, whose TJC name is Don Taco (Private Terms x Gleaming Field, by Metfield) with owner/rider Kiki Osbourne.

First Flight Field Hunter Champion

First Flight Field Hunter Champion Frankly My Dear with owner/rider Katie Gardner

Hunter Trials were held Saturday on the cross country course. The Future Field Hunter (2′-2’3″) Champion was Belvedere, whose TJC name is Madame Belvedere (Prince Joseph x Call Me Madam X, by Power of Mind), with owner/rider Lauren Schock. The Second Flight Field Hunter (2’6″) Champion was King Max (Louis Quatorze x Apalady, by Apalachee) also owned by Lauren Schock and ridden by Nina Davidowski. Belvedere was awarded the Foxhunter Award by the judge and and Lauren Schock earned the High Point Senior Hunt Member, representing Radnor Hunt Club, which was the High Point Hunt Club. Frankly My Dear, whose TJC name is Struggler’s Legend (Struggler x Legend’s Daughter, by Alleged), was First Flight Field Hunter (3′) Champion with owner/rider Katie Gardner. The judge selected Apologies Accepted, whose TJC name is Class Spree (Class Secret x Complete Spring, by Spring Double), owned and ridden by Andrea Cushing, to receive the Eventer Style Award.

TIP Handy Hunter Winner Haley's Comet owned by Christine Rocca and ridden by Marlene Allen

TIP Handy Hunter Winner Haley’s Comet owned by Christine Rocca and ridden by Marlene Allen

Winner of The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) $150 Handy Hunter class on Friday evening was Haley’s Comet, whose TJC name is Greg’s It (Believe It x Mar Toon, by Talinum), owned by Christine Rocca and ridden by Marlene Allen. Haley’s Comet was also selected by the judge to receive the coveted Hunter Style Award, sponsored by Bill Rube & Pat Michael.

Participants enjoyed the Virginia Thoroughbred Association’s Exhibitors’ Dinner and the running of the Belmont Stakes before 33 qualified entries took the arena in the $1,500 After the Finish Line Hunter Stake on Saturday evening. The Real Deal, a 19 year-old gelding whose TJC name is Midniteperspration (April Axe x Intimate Dinner, by Best Turn), owned and ridden by Brittney St. Clair, won the class. The Real Deal was also The Jockey Club T.I.P. English Pleasure Hunter Champion, winning the Walk/Trot and placing second in the Walk/Trot/Canter. He was also awarded the ‘Oldest Horse’ award, sponsored by Hannah Ong in honor of R Huey.

Jumper Stake Winner Money Makes Money with owner/rider Karen Benson

Jumper Stake Winner Money Makes Money with owner/rider Karen Benson

The $1,500 Take2 Jumper Stake also saw a record number of qualified horses competing, with 28. The winner was Money Makes Money (Talk Is Money x Soak, by Devil’s Bag) with owner/rider Karen Benson. Money Makes Money also brought home Reserve Championship honors in the Belmont Jumper division. Gaming Fool (Crafty Friend x Corrairy, by Corridor Key), owned and ridden by Bethany Hume, was selected by the judge to receive the Jumper Style Award, sponsored by North Shore Design and The Ginaven Family.

The TCHS strives to help other Thoroughbreds find new beginnings when their racing days are over. With support from donors, bidders and competitors, TCHS will give $2,000 to After the Finish Line, a 501 (c) (3) funding non-profit. The silent auction, ribbon recycle program and a portion of the entry fees for T.I.P. English Pleasure classes at this show raised these funds. Visit www.afterthefinishline.org for more information.

The Soar to New Heights by Adopting a Thoroughbred program, headed up by TCHS volunteer Sasha Moran, showcased many lovely Thoroughbred prospects. Additionally, several adoptable Thoroughbreds competed at the show and one was adopted! Merlin, available through TRF James River (www.jamesriverhorses.com), who came to the show pre-qualified for both the Hunter and Jumper Stakes, was adopted after the show. Lisa Molloy Training Stables represents several organizations (www.horses4adoption.com) and brought One Bad Texter and Awyn’s Forte, both available through Turning For Home; Direct Current, available through Akindale (but as of this writing has an adoption pending!) and Wicked Climb, also available through Akindale.

The TCHS is grateful to the sponsors, gift in kind donors, volunteers and staff who make the show possible. Complete results and T.I.P. High Score Awards from this show can be found through the following links: www.horseshowsonline.com and www.tjctip.com, click on ‘winners’.