From Atop the Spiral Staircase, Horse Show Announcer brings you the 2016 Fox Lea Camp Series Show Wrap Up.
This 2016 Fox Lea “Camp” series was the most exciting and most competitive that I have been fortunate enough to be a part of yet. Many thanks go to Linda and Doctor Aldrich, Kim Aldrich-Farrell and Clay Farrell for producing such amazing shows. I’d like to give a personal thanks to all the in-gates for making things easy in what are sometimes difficult situations, but specifically to Anthony “Bubba” Morano who handled the main jumper and Grand Prix in-gate, and Jenn Farri-Adams for managing the main hunter ring and all the Hunter Derbies. Thank you as well to Victoria Demore Heil for the use of her fantastic photographs.
All the riders put their hearts into the competition as expected, although there are always some standouts. One of those in this “Camp” series was Kyle Dewar of Ocala riding out of his farm, Chestnut Hill. Kyle certainly dominated the hunter derby winning not only first place but placing in the top ten every time out. Kyle also happened to win the final Grand Prix of the series.
The winningest farm in the Grand Prix was Legacy Farms with Derek Petersen at the helm, while Jared Petersen and Jordan Coyne added to the domination of just about every Welcome class and Grand Prix class of the series. Each rider had at least one of their mounts in the top twelve each week. Debbie Stephens who is one of my favorite riders to watch as she is an amazing tactician brought youngster Everest to “Camp” this year. He has such a wonderful way of going and together they won the Welcome Stakes in week 3. This young horse owned by The Everest Group of Fort Lauderdale is for sure an up and coming superstar.
With all good things there also comes sadness. We’d like to take a moment to remember our four-legged friend Amper. Amper was a hunter owned by Brooke Aabel and the Aabel family. Brooke rides with Fairwin Farm,and the Fox Lea family would not be as strong as it is without the Bejarano family and those of Fairwin Farm. We all mourn the loss of a beloved horse and our thoughts continue to be with the Aabel and Bejarano families.
I have enjoyed watching you all compete and look forward to what the future holds for each of you. I’m especially excited to congratulate Savannah Unger, our 17-year old Grand Prix rider earning the yellow ribbon riding her horse Nana Mia. Savannah was kind enough to sit with me for a quick interview. I’m pleased to share she will be competing at the HITS $250,000 Junior Amateur Owner Jumper Prix that starts on September 10th and finishes on the 11th. Good luck Savannah and Nana Mia and look forward to speaking to you upon the conclusion of the class.
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