Hot competition in cool Vermont
by Abbie Trexler
August 28, 2018
The 2018 ADS North American Preliminary Champions were crowned on August 26 after three days of stiff competition at the Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) in South Woodstock, Vermont.
18 competitors from New England, the Mid-Atlantic and Canada vied for the North American Championship titles.
Attention to detail by the organizers set the GMHA’s competition apart. Potted annuals added depth and color to the cones course, and FEI Course Designer Richard Nicoll designed and built an impressive course that was both challenging and fun for the competitors and visually spectacular for fans.
Simon Rosenman and GMHA’s Executive Director Tracy Ostler co-organized the event. President of the Jury Francois Bergeron was joined by Mickie Bowen and Sem Groenewoud. Ellen Ettenger was the Technical Delegate.
New Jersey’s Mary Mott and Townshend Robinhood edged out New York’s Dirk Young and Averil Yes for the Single Horse Championship. Mott and her Morgan came into Sunday’s marathon neck in neck with Young and his Haflinger after Dressage and Cones, a close battle that separated the two by less than two-tenths of a point in the final results.
Daniel Rosenthal drove his two Dartmoors, Millcreek Rice Krispy and Singletree Roadside Skipper, with his trademark precision to secure the Pony Pair Championship. The pair from New Jersey boasted a 51 in Dressage.
Fourteen-year-old Riley Wiltison of Maryland bested a field of eight to claim the Pony Single Championship with Willow’s Aslan. These two sat fifth coming into Sunday’s marathon, but their blisteringly fast times that topped the charts in each of the six obstacles moved them into championship position. Reserve champion was Ontario’s Michelle Courtemanche and Fashionista, who scored an impressive 43.6 in Friday’s Dressage test followed by a double clear in cones.
The Small Pony Champion was Connecticut’s Cynthia Bliven and Stonecroft Fancy Package. The duo held on through all three phases.
Linda Peterson, of Connecticut, and Dually claimed the VSE Single Championship with a notable double clear in cones. Reserve went to Dorothy Maggio and Royal Oaks Painted Berry of Vermont. Both VSEs topped the steep mound in obstacle six, inspiring boisterous cheering from the throngs of fans milling about the obstacle.
Visit americandrivingsociety.org for complete results. Make sure your ADS membership is current to receive the November issue of The Whip that includes full coverage from GMHA, complete with photographs.