Devon, Pa. – July 7, 2019 – The final week of the 2019 Brandywine Horse Shows wrapped up Sunday, July 7 after an exciting two weeks of competition. In addition to this year’s beneficiaries, Danny & Ron’s Rescue and the Main Line Animal Rescue (MLAR), each week of this year’s event had an array of options to fit a variety of riders’ abilities, from lead line to national derbies events. Throughout the duration of the event, over $100,000 in prize money was awarded to riders of all ages from professionals to young riders.
The second week saw equitation riders take to the Dixon Oval for the second and final phase of Brandywine Cup, the Brandywine Cup Hunter Classic. During the first week of competition, Grace Debney and Temple Equestrian LLC’s Quimby took top honors. Coming back for the hunter phase, Debney and Quimby moved up into fourth place after a final test over fences, earning the highest overall score over the two weeks of competition to receive the coveted Brandywine Cup.
In memory of Mike Rheinheimer, the second-annual $2,500 Mike Rheinheimer Trainer’s Award was presented to the trainer of the Brandywine Cup recipient. This year, Debney’s trainers Kate Conover, Samantha Schaefer, and Stacey Weiss received the trophy. In addition, Debney was also awarded a saddle courtesy of CWD Saddlery.
Debney added another win under her belt as she rode away with the Grand Junior 3’6″ Hunter championship Sunday afternoon aboard Rockette, owned by Ramble On Farm. The pair earned a total of 32 points across the junior hunter competition to claim the grand championship tricolor. In the Junior 3’3″ Hunter division, taking place in the Wheeler Ring, Emma Walters and Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center’s Crisp claimed the grand champion tricolor.
In the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, Patricia Griffith and Sonder, owned by Lexi Maounis, rode to the first place finish. Both second and third place were awarded to Taylor Willever riding Barbara Brungess’ Cornetto and Levianot, respectively.
The Grand Amateur Owner 3’3” Hunter championship was awarded to Caroline Kellogg and Antigua after the pair swept all four classes of the Amateur Owner 18-35 3’3” Hunter. In addition to their champion tricolor, the pair also received the West Chester Hunter Perpetual Trophy in memory of Caroline “Cookie” Brown for their standout efforts. The Leading Professional Rider award for week two was presented to David Connors aboard Bieber, owned by Cara Garito.
The USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Regional Championship winner was Patricia Griffith and Silver Lining, owned by Callie Seaman. To round out the week of awards, the Bill Rube Style Award was presented to Gerald Camera riding his own mount Camera Ready.
The 2019 Brandywine Horse Shows is proud to support the efforts of both MLAR and Danny & Ron’s Rescue, the two benefiting charities for this year’s event. On July 8 and 9, the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships – East Coast will take place, with each respective division having a classic, handy, and under saddle class. Divisions are offered at the 3’3” and 3’6” height, and the USHJA Hunterdon Cup will take place Monday, July 8.
For a full list of champions from week two, click here.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Grace Debney – Brandywine Cup recipient
“We just imported him last August, so he’s really new to this. He’s only 7 years old so we were just going into this hoping for practice and experience for him, so it’s just amazing that he did so well. He’s been so amazing this circuit.”
On both phases of the Brandywine Cup:
“For the jumper round we had two plans for every test in the round. Because [Quimby] is a baby we didn’t know how he was going to act, but then he turned out being amazing! During the hunter round I made a couple of mistakes myself but [Quimby] was perfect. After the test we moved up two spots to take fourth.”
On winning the Brandywine Cup:
“It’s really special to me because this is such a great horse show and it’s done so nicely. The Mike Rheinheimer Cup is an honor to earn because I’m good friends with Amanda Lyerly.”
Patricia Griffith – $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby winner
“Sonder is 6 years old and he is owned by Lexi Maounis. This is his third National Derby win. He is a 3’3″ Pre-Green horse but he is really cut out for these classes. He is straightforward and brave despite his age. I can always count on him and he is almost a little better when the jumps are a little scary. He is a pleasure to ride.”
On showing at Brandywine Horse Shows:
“I’ve come here before and the show is awesome and I have to say that the jumps are spectacular. It’s always run really well and we’re excited to be back. The prizes here are unbelievable. There are a lot of nice perks for the riders too.”
Emma Walters – Grand Junior 3’3″ Hunter Champion
“I started riding him in the beginning of 2017 and I did the children’s hunter divisions for awhile. I moved up with him that August and ever since it’s been up from there! He’s super lazy outside of the ring but once he goes in he wants to show off and he really shines.”
On showing at Brandywine:
“It’s my first time here and it definitely made a good impression. It’s been a nice show and it’s run really well.”