Strong At Garden State
6, 2004 New Jersey professional riders shined at the Garden
State Horse Show as the second day brought some of the nations
top riders to the main ring. The Garden State Horse Show is being
held May 5-9 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ. Last
years winner of the Garden State Grand Prix, Chris Kappler
of Flemington, NJ, warmed up to defend his title riding Korina to
the top of the class in the first Modified Jumper Stake class.
The pair stopped
the clock in a blistering 35 seconds. It was no contest for Korina
who bested Callan Solem riding Quiet Winter Farms Warsaw.
Solem piloted Warsaw to a 38.001-second finish.
piloted Profox, his winning mount in last years grand prix,
to a fifth in the modified class.
In the second
modified class course designer Michael Rheinheimer set a track that
narrowed the field of 19 to six. Another New Jersey resident, Laura
Chapot of Neshanic Station, took the blue riding Little Big Man.
The pair left the rails in the cups while posting a winning time
of 32.884 seconds. Chapot also piloted a second mount named Sprite
to the fourth-place finish.
In the hunter
divisions rider Kate Milton rode Justice to the championship in
the Green Conformation hunter division. Justice, a 15.3-hand bay
gelding had a consistent showing over two days, picking up four
firsts and two seconds. Justice is owned by Danielle Glass of New
showing was demonstrated by horses from Lanes End Stables.
In the Hopeful Hunter division Kipling collected the championship
with Rob Burroughs of Hoboken, NJ, in the irons. The reserve championship
also went to Lanes End Farm for the points collected by Charming
Billy and rider Megan Maillet. Maillet also piloted a second Lanes
End Stables horse named Season Pass to the reserve championship
in the Special Working Hunter division. The championship in that
division was awarded to Lasandro, owned and shown by Janice Hess.
The Garden State
Horse Show, presented by Junior Essex Troop, has long been a part
of every horsemans calendar. This year is the shows
53rd year and with nearly 1200 horses registered it is a record
year for entries. This weekends events include the $50,000
Garden State Grand Prix, a member event of the King Shavings/US
Grand Prix League, to be held on Saturday at 1:30pm in the main
ring. Saturday will also feature the $7500 Colonial George S. Saunders
Memorial Gamblers Choice class to be held in the main ring following
the main ring.
free every day except for Grand Prix Saturday. Tickets on Saturday
are $10 a carload. For more information on the Garden State Horse
Show call the show grounds at 973-948-5022.