Tops $500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Hunter Class and Earns Grand
NJMay 2, 2003 Melissa Feller, 19, of Mendham, NJ, topped
the two-round $500 Marshall & Sterling adult hunter class riding
Tammy Craig-Smiths horse Rumors Fly on the third day of the
Garden State Horse Show. Garden State is held April 30 May
4 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ.
In addition to picking up the blue ribbon in the Marshall &
Sterling class, she also collected the younger adult amateur championship
as well as the grand champion ribbon in the adult division.
Winning a Marshall & Sterling class is nothing new for Feller
who finished first last year at Garden State in the Marshall &
Sterling Childrens Hunter class aboard her own horse Imported.
The pair also took home the Marshall & Sterling Childrens
Hunter Championship held at the Capital Challenge Horse Show last
Moving into the adult amateur division has clearly been a smooth
transition for Feller. The young adult also piloted her own horse
Imported to the second place in the adult amateur Marshall &
Sterling class and picked up three thirds, a second, and a fourth
place to take the reserve championship for the division.
Feller is finishing her freshman year at Fairleigh Dickinson University
in Madison, NJ. She is also a working student for trainer Robert
Beck of Hunters Crossing in Long Valley, NJ. This is the third consecutive
year Beck has trained the winner of the Marshall & Sterling
Adult Hunter class as well as the grand adult amateur champion.
Last years winner Alison Fernandez was unable to defend her
two-year title as she stood on the rail nine months pregnant and
watched her fellow stablemate pick up the honors.
In the $1500 Garden State Pony Hunter Classic Kelley Cowperthwait
rode Cheryl Creques large pony Scandal Sheet to top honors.
Second went to Kaitlin Campbell and her medium pony Crack of Dawn.
Campbell also took the fifth place riding Jean Russells medium
Believe in Magic.
Nona Garson and Chris Kappler, both New Jersey residents, have proven
to be clear contenders for the $50,000 Garden State Grand Prix scheduled
for a 1:30pm start on Saturday in the main ring. Garson and Kappler
were part of a three-way tie for the Modified Jumper championship.
Both won a class aboard Rhythmical and Profox, respectively. The
third rider involved in the tie was Laura Chapot riding Green Card.
also won two classes in the low preliminary division aboard Jewels
Titanium to take the division championship. Jewels Titanium
is owned by Michael Morrone and Equisport. Morrone found and imported
the young bay stallion for Kappler to show. Jewels Titanium
is now seven years old and was started on the Florida circuit.
schedule also includes the $2500 John H. Fritz Challenge. The Challenge
class showcases junior and adult jumpers over fences 33
in height and will run at the conclusion of the Grand Prix.
schedule on the final day of the show includes the Marshall &
Sterling Childrens and Adult Jumper League classes, the $5000
Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior & Amateur Owner Prix, and the
$2500 Garden State Junior & Amateur Owner Prix. Hunter action
will also continue with the $1500 Garden State Hunter Classic and
the $500 Marshall & Sterling Childrens Hunter class.
can get into the show grounds free of charge except for Saturday.
The admission on Grand Prix Saturday is $10 a carload with the gate
proceeds going to the Sussex County 4-H. For information on the
Garden State Horse Show please call the show office at 973-948-5022.