Jaden Porter and Dragonfly’s Corleone B claimed the first-ever National Horse Show 3’3″ Equitation Championship on Sunday.
Lexington, Ky. – Oct. 29, 2017 – The 2017 CP National Horse Show kicked off on Sunday with an exciting brand new event: the National Horse Show 3’3″ Equitation Championship. Jaden Porter became the first name to be inscribed on the commemorative trophy, which will be proudly displayed at the Kentucky Horse Park Museum.
Sunday’s National Horse Show 3’3″ Equitation Championship included a preliminary over fences round, which saw 47 horses and riders come forward to contest the course designed by Bobby Murphy. Judges Robin Rost and Walter T. Kees invited the top 20 riders to return to the Alltech Arena for a flat phase and a final over fences round. After all three rounds were complete, the judges opted to test the top four riders: Jada Fuleky, Molly Canfield, Caroline Blake and Jaden Porter.
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The test consisted of six obstacles and challenged riders with a trot fence as well as asking for a halt after cantering over the first two oxers.
Porter, 14 years old from St. Louis, Missouri, and Wellington, Florida, was first in the order-of-go in Sunday’s first over fences round. With the help of trainer Stephanie Peterson of Dragonfly Farms, she and Dragonfly’s Corleone B remained consistent throughout all four rounds to come out on top as the first-ever winner of the National Horse Show 3’3″ Equitation Championship.
“It was very nerve-racking to go first but I wanted to do the best I could and it all worked out. I can’t thank everyone enough who helped me get here. Thank you so much!”
As the inaugural winning trainer, Peterson echoed Porter’s gratitude.
“We are so fortunate and honored to be here today. We’re very thankful for the National Horse Show to offer this opportunity to all of these up-and-coming riders. They’re able to get the mileage and experience in a very friendly first-finals setting that will prepare them for future equitation finals. What a great opportunity for us today and we’re really appreciative to them to hold this class for these riders.”
The National Horse Show 3’3″ Equitation Championship will be held annually the weekend before the National Horse Show in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park using the same format as the ASPCA Maclay National Championship with fences set at 3’3″ in height.
While no qualifying classes were required for the 2017 event, qualifying classes and specifications for the 2018 National Horse Show 3’3″ Equitation Championship began on Sept. 1.
For information regarding the National Horse Show 3’3″ Equitation Championship competition and its rules and regulations, click here.
The 2017 National Horse Show will pick up once more on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 8 a.m. in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park with the professional hunter divisions.
National Horse Show 3’3″ Equitation Championship:
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner
1. Dragonfly’s Corleone B / Jaden Porter / Dragonfly Farms
2. Larry / Caroline Blake / Arly Golombek
3. Caprioso 2 / Molly Canfield / Darby Pease
4. Albert V / Jada Fuleky / Fox Meadow Farm
5. Caracas / Hailey Link / Elvenstar Farm
6. Cocktail 51 / Isabella De Sousa / Ashland Farms
7. Orion / Emily Cyrway / Emily Cyrway
8. Caballero III / Jamie Page / Redwood Farm LLC
9. Kitsilano / Emma Jolly / Elizabeth Summers
10. Easy B / Gillian Galvin / Gillian Galvin