October 2018 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:04


Emma Pacyna Tops Maclay Regionals

Forty-eight top young equitation riders along with their trainers, friends and family, spent their Saturday night, Sept. 15, in the Indoor Arena at Blenheim Farms vying for a prize in the Region 8 section of the 2018 NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Championships. With packed stands and a sold-out VIP, the excitement was palpable as the competitors took to the challenges of the evening.


Competing in her first Maclay Championship, 17-year-old Emma Pacyna rode her handsome mount Constantinos like a seasoned veteran to take a well-earned victory.

Emma Pacyna and Constantinos. Photo: Captured Moment Photography

The Regional had three phases: A competitive jumping phase over a track designed by Jasen Shelley of Wellington that required a solid and confident plan to execute the questions asked, which included tidy turns and adjustability; a flat phase for the top 36 competitors, which counted as 50% of their overall score; and finally a work-off of the top eight riders, as picked by esteemed judges Bill Ellis and Alex Jayne.

After the first two phases, the following eight were chosen to return in this order: Avery Glynn, Austin Krawitt, Catherine Tomlinson, Juliette Joseph, Ella Frey, Julia Stone, Kaitlyn Lovingfoss and Emma Pacyna. These top eight were asked to ride a shortened course of five jumps, with specific instructions to execute a tidy turn, followed by a certain number of strides in a line, then to land on or demonstrate a flying change to the counter lead around a lengthy turn to a final vertical, and halt before exiting the ring at the walk.

Second to last to go in the class of 48 competitors, Pacyna acknowledged that the anticipation was nerve-wracking. “Yes, I was extremely nervous. It was hard sitting there like a ball of nerves the whole time, but in the end it was so much fun. Constantinos was fantastic!”

Avery Glynn. Photo: Captured Moment Photography

Avery Glynn Earns Shelby Drazan Memorial Award

The Shelby Drazan Memorial Award was presented to 13-year-old Avery Glynn of Sonoma Valley Stables. This special annual award is given to a rider who shows sportsmanship, integrity and passion both in and outside of the show arena. Glynn applied with an essay that highlighted all three, as she wrote about her academic and equestrian achievements, as well as her involvement in community service.

The presentation was made Saturday, Sept. 15, at Blenheim Farms’ covered arena, right before the Maclay Region 8 Finals, in which Avery finished third.

NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Regional Championships - Region 8
Place    #    Rider    Horse    Trainer(s)

  1. 481    Emma Pacyna    Constantinos     Karen Healey, Georgy Maskrey-Segesman & Fieldstone Riding Club
  2. 116    Catherine Tomlinson    Elliott    Olivia & Harley Brown
  3. 206    Avery Glynn    Cocon 4     Ned Glynn & Jim Hagman/Elvenstar
  4. 452    Julia Stone     Let’s Go     Jim Hagman/Elvenstar
  5. 603    Juliette Joseph    Simply Bob     Robyn Stiegler/Citrus Hill Farms
  6. 655    Austin Krawitt     Scirocco 91     Sandra Anderson
  7. 448     Kaitlyn Lovingfoss    Caracas 89    Jim Hagman/Elvenstar
  8. 445     Ella Frey    Radcliffe    Jim Hagman/Elvenstar
  9. 754     Brooke Morin     Durango     Leslie Steele & Lee Flick/Bridgeport Farms
  10. 605    Natalie Templeton    Casiro    Robyn Stiegler/Citrus Hill Farms

Para-Driving Champs

Californians Tracy Bowman and Diane Kastama made their long trip to the FEI World Para Driving Championships, Aug. 28-Sept. 2 in the Netherlands, more than worthwhile. They helped the U.S. team to a fourth place standing. Tracy brought her own horse, Taylormore Laurabelle, to the Championships and finished individual eighth. Diane competed with Oosterwijk’s Kasper. Famous Florida-based para-driver Bob Giles completed the U.S. team with First Lady.

Along with excelling in her driving career, Tracy runs Kismet Farms in Northern California’s Martinez. Her partner in the successful eventing training business is Jolie Wentworth, her longtime friend, top rider and navigator in the Championships. Big Kudos!!

Emily Williams participated in the Los Angeles EAP, organized by Stacie Ryan, right. Photo: Kim F. Miller

Zone 10-ers selected for EAP National Finals

USHJA Zone 10 riders were among the 16 athletes selected to participate in the 10th annual Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Found/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session. These will be held Nov. 8-11 in Ohio.

National participants were selected from 187 athletes taking part in 10 regional EAP sessions over the past year. “It has been incredibly satisfying to see the impact this program has had on participants,” said Sally Ike, chair of the Emerging Athletes Program Committee. “EAP marries competition with education, connecting young equestrians to the industry’s best teachers, leading professionals and Olympians. Not only does it offer riding instruction at the highest level, but it places an importance on horsemanship and stable management.” Since its inception in 2009, the EAP has attracted 2,300 applications from which 1,400 were chosen to ride and learn in regional sessions.

Rose Kauffman-Skloff. Photo: Kim F. Miller

The Zone 10 riders are Kit Cunningham and Kiersti Wylie, with Emily Williams and Rose Kauffman-Skloff as alternates. The Zone did not field any stable manager participants for the national EAP session.

Jamie Sailor on Quarter Note. Photo: Kristin Lee Photography

Smooth Sailor on Labor Day

On a beautiful Saturday evening at LA Equestrian Event Center, professional rider Jamie Sailor sealed the win in the USHJA National Hunter Derby aboard Sheila Ryan’s Quarter Note (Mike Edrick, trainer) at Langer Equestrian Group’s Coast Labor Day Horse Show.

With over 20 horse and rider pairs to see in the class and the covered berm full of spectators, the pressure was on as Jamie and Quarter Note were second to see in the first round of competition.

“Since I went second, I tried to be as smooth as possible, staying at one constant speed and finding my distances to the fences from my half seat.”

Jamie and Quarter Note put together a harmonious first round without any riffs, striking the judges’ attention and earning the pair a score of 91.

“Quarter Note is an 8-year-old mare and she’s really coming into her own,” Jamie said. “This was her first ever hunter derby win. We thought it would be fun to put the mare in the derby. She is very sweet, loves to jump, and loves her job.”

If Jamie wins the USHJA National Hunter Derby at Gold Coast October (Oct. 19-21) on either Elite or Quarter Note, she will be collecting a $500 LEGIS Rider Bonus Check. She won the same class at Gold Coast in February on Elite.

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