December 2017 - 37th Annual Foxfield Medal Finals
Written by by Jaime Krupnick Geffen
Thursday, 30 November 2017 23:28


Dreams come true during a true “family affair” weekend.

by Jaime Krupnick Geffen

Foxfield Riding School opened their gates and their “home” to 22 excellent Medal Finalists Oct. 7-8 in Westlake Village. After months of preparation and an extraordinary course built by Mike Nielson, the Foxfield Medal Finals began early Saturday morning.

Foxfield’s own David Scapa continues a great medal season by winning the Foxfield Medal Finals in early October on Dream Catcher.

The day started out with the annual Nedra Diskant Equitation Challenge, sponsored by the Krupnick Family in honor of one of the Foxfield Matriarchs, Nedra Diskant. All of the exhibitors were able to “warm up” over the colorful jumps in and out of the main ring and get a feel for the course. Alexis Maida took home the blue ribbon with a score of 84, trained by Ned Glynn at Sonoma Valley Stables.

Then each of the finalists drew their order for Round 1 and Round 2 and were gifted with a Foxfield embroidered shirt or stadium blanket. The finalists are given first-class treatment from start to finish!


Round 1 was a combination of bending lines, a tough track up the hill to the outside field with tight half turns and finished with a triple combination back inside the main ring. The scores were solid and competitive, but finishing up on top was David Scapa on Dream Catcher with an overall average of 84.25, trained by the Foxfield Riding School Team of Nancy Turrill, JoAnn Postel and Susie Postel.

After the lunch break, all of the 22 finalists returned for another challenge with Round 2. Again victorious were David Scapa on Dream Catcher but not far behind was Jessica Smith on Freedom, trained by Kevan and Nikki Husky.

Awards were given to the top 10 of each age division before the work-off of the Top 10 overall.

The work-off for the top 10 was technical and made the riders really think with a trot jump, tight roll back, simple change, counter canter and halt. Most of the riders were excellent and really gave the judges a tough choice. However, in the end, David Scapa rose to the challenge and nailed the work off to lock in the victory.

Foxfield Riding School put on a top shelf weekend and all of the exhibitors had the opportunity to be a part of a very special and historic medal finals “behind the gates.” Overheard throughout the day were compliments and stories being told about this magical place, overseen by Nancy Turrill and JoAnn Postel and their families. It was a true family affair. Congratulations to all!

Author Jaime Krupnick Geffen is a longtime and very accomplished Foxfield rider. This article first appeared on the PCHA Facebook page.


Foxfield Medal Finals:

  • Champion: David Scapa - Dream Catcher - Foxfield
  • Res Champion: Jessica Smith - Freedom - Nikki and Kevan Husky
  • 3rd: Molly Hartung - Solitaire - Victoria La Cagnina
  • 4th: Alicyn Roy - Hullabaloo - Rainbow Canyon
  • 5th: Hannah Klinedinst - Caravaggio - Elvenstar
  • 6th: Julianna Ball - Santanita C.S. - Tammy Chipko
  • 7th: Alex Maida - Calligraphy - Ned Glynn
  • 8th: Lauren Morlock - Mighty Quen - Rainbow Canyon
  • 9th: Darby Furth Bonomi - Little Wing - Ned Glynn
  • 10th: Jacilyn Felton - Socialite - Victoria La Cagnina