Molly Sewell Repeats One-Two Finish in $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at Kentucky Summer Classic

Molly Sewell Repeats One-Two Finish in $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at Kentucky Summer Classic

 Molly Sewell and Acado

Molly Sewell and Acado

Saturday competition in the Stonelea Ring at the Kentucky Summer Classic featured the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by the World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows, where Molly Sewell rode to the top two spots aboard Acado and Niko, respectively, with her leading scores separated by only one-fourth of a point. Third place was awarded to Lindsay Maxwell and her own Belgravia with a two-round total of 172.

Sewell rode to a similar finish after claiming the first and second place awards just two years ago in the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby at the 2016 Kentucky Summer Classic, also leading the field with Sidney Porter’s Acado after just one month of partnership, and capturing the second place award with EL Raymond, owned by Leslie and Stuart Campbell.

This year’s derby class, set by Danny Moore, saw 38 entries test over 11 fences in the classic round, featuring four high options. The top 12 combinations returned for the second round in reverse order, allowing riders to showcase their horse’s handiness with a trot fence and multiple opportunities for tight rollbacks. Sewell returned to the handy round with the third and fourth highest scores of 87 and 85.5 on Acado and Niko, respectively, hoping to best her two leading competitors.

 Molly Sewell and Acado

Molly Sewell and Acado

With two mounts in the handy round, Sewell elected to move Cynthia Chaconas’ 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Niko, up in the order-of-go, returning fourth instead of their slotted spot of ninth. The pair posted an impressive handy round score of 89 to capture and maintain the lead with a total score of 174.5 until she later returned third to last with Acado. The 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding rode to a total score of 174.75 to just edge out Sewell’s other mount for the victory.

Acado is a familiar mount for Sewell with over two years of partnership and multiple derby competitions between the two when the gelding is not competing in the Adult Amateur Hunter division with owner Sidney. However, Niko is a newer ride for Sewell as the pair just partnered last week at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show.

Saturday’s feature class is part of an 11-event USHJA National Hunter Derby series collaboration sponsored by the World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows that includes $20,000 in rider bonuses to be awarded at the World Equestrian Invitational in October.

 Molly Sewell and Niko

Molly Sewell and Niko

Competition will resume in the Stonelea Ring with the Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions beginning at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, for the final day of competition at the Kentucky Summer Classic.

FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

Molly Sewell – $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by the World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows, winner

On Acado:

“Acado is 14 years old. He’s our client, Sidney Porter’s, horse. He’s a lovely horse. We’ve had him in the barn going on three years. We got him right before we came to this horse show a few years ago. I just know him really well. He’s a lovely horse. He’s brave and he’s just a good horse. He’s fantastic for his owner, too. She does the adult hunters on him. Acado is like an old shoe to me. I’ve ridden him for the past two years and I do a good amount of derbies on him.”

On Niko:
“Niko went really nice in the first round. I don’t know him as well. This is my first show with him, but [Acado] I know very well. With Niko, I was a little conservative in the first round, but then I felt like I could trust him in the second round and he was fantastic.”

On the course:
“It was fairly straightforward but there were a couple of spots where you could show off a little more. I just tried to be smart but show off my horses a little bit. I was a little conservative on both horses in the first round. Then I just went for it in the handy round. That’s my favorite part of derbies — the handy — it’s where my horses typically shine.”

On her plans with Acado:
“We’ll stay and do the Bluegrass Festival. It depends on [Sidney’s] schedule because we don’t like to do too much with him. I just try to keep him going for her.”

On Kentucky:
“I was here last week. This is my favorite horse show of the year and I always like to come here. The footing is always great and my favorite part is being able to take the horses and prepare them out in the field because it’s such a horse friendly place. They are all so happy here.”

 Molly Sewell and Acado

Molly Sewell and Acado

RESULTS

$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows


Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Score / R2 Score | Total
1. Acado / Molly Sewell / 87 / 87.75 | 174.75
2. Niko / Molly Sewell / 85.5 / 89 | 174.5
3. Belgravia / Lindsay Maxwell / 87.5 / 84.5 | 172
4. Last Call Z / Geoffrey Hesslink / 85 / 85.5 | 170.5
5. Candor / Alyssa Mansfield / 82 / 87 | 169
6. Action Hero / Sophie Transou / 84 / 84 | 168
7. Hobbs Lane / Maria Rasmussen / 88 / 79 | 167
8. Quite Ruffy / Campbell Kahn / 80.75 / 85 | 165.75
9. Gabli / Daniel Bedoya / 79.5 / 86 | 165.5
10. Ziggy Stardust / Lindsay Maxwell / 83 / 77 | 160
11. Welcome / Mary Elizabeth Cordia / 81 / 69 | 150
12. Lavish / David Beisel / 81.5 / 53 | 134.5

WEF Was A Blast!

Special thanks to Jill Levine Hechtman who captured the joy we shared during the 12 weeks of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival circuit:

WEF Grand Finale

From beginning.... to end....it was FUN! 

There are not enough Thank You's that could describe how truly thankful we are. William Schaub and Molly Sewell Schott your coaching and hard work are unmatched! We are so happy to be part of your family.

To our grooms Amado Ramos and all the others, you are tops! Not only do the horses and ponies shine, they are HAPPY! I watch you slip them pats and treats and take the time to make sure even my kid looked sharp! It did not go unnoticed and we are appreciative! 

WEF is an amazing place to show. Beauty, competition, excellent management, the rings run so efficiently and everybody smiles. What stood out to me though was what amazing kids we had on Pony 🌴 Island. Everyone wants to win, but if you didn’t, you were still excited for the kid that did! And when one of those kids had a hard day (they all had those) the other kids were there to cheer them up.

I watched other trainers get excited when my kid won her first WEF blue! That is awesome! It makes being there so much more enjoyable! I’m pretty sad WEF is over, but can’t wait to see everyone at the next show!

Success at WEF in the Show Ring and More

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The Over The Hill Farm team is having great success at WEF 2018, and it's not over yet! Not only are the riders and the horses performing well in the ring, but also the farm was recognized with an award for the tack room, and a hard-working group wowed the crowd at a popular event benefiting a great cause. Check out some great highlights from the series so far below.

Wynne Weatherly and Bill Schaub were recognized With The Vita Flex Tack Room Award During Weeks 5 and 6 of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival:

Wellington, FL (February 21, 2018) - When it comes to recognizing the difference between good and great performances during the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival, Vita Flex does it best. During the exciting hustle and bustle of this esteemed international show series in Wellington, Florida, many equestrians can overlook the importance of maintaining attractive and well organized tack rooms and the competitive advantage this can bring. That’s why Vita Flex is, for the second year in a row, presenting the Vita Flex Tack Room Award to the barns and equestrians who show exceptional attention to detail and organization in their tack rooms during this year’s festival. 

Winning the award during Week 5 of Winter Equestrian Festival was Wynne Weatherly and Havens Schatt/Milestone Farm. Weatherly says she loves the competitive atmosphere of Winter Equestrian Festival and explains that teamwork has been the key to keeping the tack room well organized. “Every day is a challenge,” she describes, “but we like to approach it with a team effort. Everyone pitches in where help is needed!” Weatherly is familiar with the many benefits of Vita Flex® products, and she says she is super excited and grateful for the supplements that are included as a part of the award prize.

Bill Schaub of Over The Hill Farm was also excited to receive the Vita Flex Tack Room Award during Week 6. “We’re trying to build a team where everyone works together,” Schaub explained about his barn. “We’ve recently hired some new guys and we’re trying to get them to blend together. It’s important to put the right people in the right places!” he continued. This attention to detail is paying off for Schaub and the Over The Hill Farm team. “We’re bringing in these young horses, and we’ve got a great group of kids and adults this year. In fact, four or five of them are already way up in the standings!” Vita Flex is excited to support Schaub’s riders, and are confident that the Tack Room Award prize packet will help them all climb even higher.

Vita Flex is dedicated to helping aspiring riders and professionals cross the fine line between good and great performances by developing some of the best supplements available for performance horses. The company produces a wide range of products that have helped horses maintain the competitive edge necessary to perform at the Winter Equestrian Festival and beyond. Backed by research and loved by top owners, trainers, and riders alike, Vita Flex’s line of equine performance products includes antioxidants, electrolytes, topical solutions, vitamins, and minerals that help keep equine athletes in peak condition. For more information about Vita Flex and its line of products, visit the official Facebook, Instagram@VitaFlex, and www.vitaflex.com, or call (800) 848-2359.

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Time out of the Saddle to Support Danny and Ron's Rescue

Danny and Ron's Charity Lip Sync has become a huge fundraiser for a great cause during WEF, and this year's event was full of talent! Congrats to our team from OTHF for their great performance and WIN in the Lip Sync! Did anyone catch Molly making a surprise appearance and showing off her lip syncing and dancing skills?

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We are feeling very grateful for our amazing equine partners!
Congratulations to our tricolor winners:

  • Alexa Lignelli was Reserve Champion on Entourage, Reserve Champion on Rollingwood’s Knee Deep, and Grand Champion on Foxcreek's Curious George
  • Megan Pulice was Reserve Champion on Corban in the Low Children’s Hunter
  • Accolades to our ribbon winners: Agatha Lignelli, Emma Hechtman and Sidney Porter were all in the ribbons on their mounts.

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Congratulations are in order for Alexa Lignelli! Awards included:

  • Champion Medium Green Pony on Entourage
  • Champion Small Pony Hunter on iParty, first in the Classic
  • Reserve Champion Small Pony Hunter on Rollingwoods Knee Deep
  • Agatha Lignelli and Pajama Party had beautiful rounds in the Children’s Pony division
  • Emma Hechtman and Sir Dragon were very competitive in the Small Pony Hunters
  • Megan Pulice won her class in the Low Hunters
  • Leslie Campbell and Raymond were in the Parade of Champions

Winning Ways at Indoors 2017

Over The Hill Farm Team

Over The Hill Farm had a successful East Coast Fall Indoor circuit, with great performances and many wonderful memories made from the Capital Challenge in Maryland at the end of September to the Washington International Horse Show in late October in Washington, D.C.

The Capital Challenge Horse Show started the series, and we want to congratulate our amazing team of horses and riders! 

Special recognition to:

  • iParty, owned and ridden by Alexa Lignelli- Small Pony Hunter Champion, 1st in the Small Pony Handy Hunter Stake
  • Pajama Party, ridden by Agatha Lignelli- 3rd in the Children's Hunter Horse & Pony Challenge
  • Sir Dragon, owned and ridden by Emma Hechtman - great ribbons at Emma's Capital Challenge show, including 3rd place in the Small Pony Handy Hunter Stake
  • Rollingwood's Knee Deep, owned and ridden by Alexa Lignelli- great ribbons in the Small Pony Hunters, including 2nd in the Small Pony Handy Hunter Stake
  • Fox Creek's Curious George, owned and ridden by Alexa Lignelli- great ribbons in the Medium Pony Hunters
  • Adam Edgar riding Bill Schaub's Magnolia - 10th out of over 100 riders in the North American Equitation Championship
  • Q-Pid, new owner Ally Sinclair, ridden by Adam Edgar- Grand Champion 3'3" Junior Hunters, Champion Sec A 3'3" Junior Hunters, Best 3'3" Junior Hunter Trip, Best Junior Rider on 3'3" Junior Hunter
  • Money Tree, owned and ridden by Agatha Lignelli- WCHR Midwest Champion Children's Horse/Pony

Our talented team continued to show off their hard work and great riding at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

  • iParty, owned and ridden by Alexa Lignelli- Small Pony Hunter Champion
  • Rollingwood's Knee Deep, owned and ridden by Alexa Lignelli-Small Pony Hunter Reserve Champion with the help of Agatha Lignelli riding in the Under Saddle class
  • Alexa Lignelli was also awarded 2nd in Best Child Rider on a Pony
  • Sir Dragon, owned and ridden by Emma Hechtman- 4th and 5th in the Small Pony Hunters at Emma's first Pennsylvania National Horse Show
  • Adam Edgar, riding Bill Schaub's Magnolia, had a lovely Medal Finals round in his last trip to Harrisburg as a junior

Our team capped off an amazing Indoors series with great results at the Washington International Horse Show.

  • iParty, owned and ridden by Alexa Lignelli- Champion Small Pony Hunter
  • Rollingwood’s Knee Deep, owned and ridden by Alexa Lignelli- Small Pony Hunter Over Fences class winner
  • Sir Dragon- owned and ridden by Emma Hechtman- Small Pony Handy Hunter class winner
  • Alexa Lignelli riding her own Fox Creek’s Curious George- 4th in WIHS Pony Equitation Final

Kentucky National Successes

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It's time to offer more congratulations to our riders and horses that worked so hard at the Kentucky National Horse Show, September 20-24 at the Kentucky Horse Park. 

Special recognition to:

  • Castlekeep - Rider: Molly Sewell, Owner: Lili Halterman, Champion USHJA 3'0" Hunter
  • Inverness - Rider: Molly Sewell, Owner: Stuart & Leslie Campbell, Champion Baby Green & Reserve Champion Special Hunter
  • Rollingwoods Knee Deep - Rider/Owner: Alexa Lignelli, Champion Small Pony Hunter
  • Quicksilver Bells - Rider/Owner: Alexa Lignelli, Champion Green Pony Hunter & Reserve Champion Small Pony Hunter
  • iApprove - Rider/Owner: Alexa Lignelli, Reserve Champion Green Pony Hunter
  • Fox Creek's Curious George - Rider/Owner: Alexa Lignelli, Champion Medium Pony Hunter
  • Fox Creek's Antony Quinn - Rider: Adam Edgar, Owner: Dianna Orona, Champion Large Pony Hunter & Grand Pony Hunter Champion
  • Pajama Party - Rider: Agatha Lignelli, Owner: Megan Pulice, Reserve Champion Children's Pony Hunter
  • Adam Edgar riding Bill Schaub's Magnolia earned sixth in the Midwest Regional ASPCA Maclay Championship