Shiloh Roseboom, 12, of Corona, CA, has competed at the Capital Challenge Horse Show for the last four years, but Saturday, October 5, marked a major highlight of the young rider’s visits to the 10-day show held annually at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.
Aboard Heavenly Patch of Blue, Roseboom claimed the Small Pony Hunter championship before ultimately being awarded the Grand Pony Hunter championship title and the Best Pony Rider Award, sponsored by Archie Cox and Brookway Stables.
Shiloh Roseboom rode Heavenly Patch of Blue to the Grand Pony Hunter Championship. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography
“It’s special because I’ve never really won anything big quite like this,” said Roseboom, who rides with Christa Endicott. “Last year, the best I got was fifth, so this year something really actually happened!”
Roseboom has had Heavenly Patch of Blue for five years, and her long-time relationship with the 13-year-old Welsh Pony, owned by Enchantment Farms LLC, has made “Annie” a partner that Roseboom really trusts in the show ring – including when it comes to executing difficult maneuvers.
“I was the only one to do an inside turn in the handy. I went inside of the trot jump after the first jump,” explained Roseboom, who topped a field of 42 entries to win the handy class with a score of 89.50. “It was really tight, and they moved it in more for the mediums and larges. I also did it on my medium, but that wasn’t very successful! The first time it was good; the second time not as much!
“We tried [the turn] in the warm-up ring too, with just a little flower box,” said Roseboom. “My pony was like, ‘Whoa! What’s that?’ I almost flew off the side. Then we did it a few times, and she was like, ‘Okay, I know what we’re doing,’ and it ended up really well!”
In addition to winning the handy class, Roseboom and Heavenly Patch of Blue earned a second over fences and fourth in the under saddle before winning the Small Pony Hunter division championship, sponsored by Bitloft Game Studio, and the Grand Champion Pony Hunter title, sponsored by Enchantment Farms. For the Small Pony Hunter Champion honor, Roseboom was also awarded the Harper Taskier Wright Memorial Trophy, given in memory of Harper by her loving parents, Michael and Alexandra Borissoff Wright; friends; and family.
Shiloh Roseboom and Heavenly Patch of Blue. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography
“I thought this year was just really good,” said Roseboom. “It’s my final year at indoors on [Heavenly Patch of Blue], but I’m going to ride her at [the Devon Horse Show next spring]. Then she’s going to go to my little sister, Devon.”
While Roseboom claimed the Small Pony Hunter championship, the reserve championship came down to a hack-off between Payton Flanders on Marantha Flash and Eva Mackenzie aboard Farmore State of the Art, with Mackenzie, of Darien, CT, ultimately clinching the tricolor.
In the Medium Pony Hunters, the competition for the division championship also concluded with a hack-off, this time between Alexa Karet aboard Astro Boy and Clara Propp riding Island Grace. Propp, of New York, NY, and Island Grace ultimately finished as the reserve champions while Karet, of Pittsburgh, PA, and Astro Boy, owned by GC Ponies, LLC, claimed the championship.
“My trainer Tom [Wright] always tells me that I used to be a cling-on,” said Karet, who first tried Astro Boy at Capital Challenge three years ago and has been riding him ever since. “Astro would go around, and he would take care of me. Now he’s really taught me how to find distances. According to my mom, I now have presence in the ring. I actually kind of know what I’m doing now.
“My first round yesterday, we got an 88,” continued Karet. “There was no pressure, and I went in relaxed. I was really able to focus, and I was able to remember everything that happened. I used to be super nervous. Now when I go in, I can relax a little bit and really have perspective. If I don’t do well, I still love the ponies, and I’m still going to keep riding.”
Following another tie and hack-off, marking the rare third tie-breaker of the day, the Large Pony Hunter championship, sponsored by World Equestrian Center, and the Tampa H.S. Trophy, donated by Dr. Suzanne Smith, went to Savonna Adell and Spellbound, owned by Ponies & Palms Show Stables, LLC. The division reserve championship went to Sterling Malnik of Ocean Ridge, FL, riding Prestige.
Additional pony hunter awards presented on Saturday included the Pony Hunter EMO Trip of the Show, given to Payton Flanders and Maranatha Flash for a high score of 92.50, and the Stewart-Warner Cup, given in memory of Laurie Gilbert Stewart & Mary Warner Brown by Donald E. Stewart, Jr. and Louise Serio, and awarded to Sterling Malnik of Ocean Ridge, FL.
The Children’s Hunter Pony champion and two Junior Hunter champions were also named on Saturday afternoon, with the Small Junior 16-17 Hunter division title, sponsored by Treesdale Farms, going to Emily Williams of Newhall, CA, and her own Beach Boy.
With two wins over fences and a second place under saddle, Williams and Beach Boy also clinched the High Point Junior 16-17 Hunter award, sponsored by Somerset Farm.
The reserve championship in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunters went to Maggie Hill of Jackson, WY, and her own O’Ryan.
In the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters, Hill claimed the championship aboard her own Cassanto after winning both of the division’s over fences classes. The reserve championship in the division, sponsored by Beacon Hill Show Stables, went to Ella Reinauer of St. Louis, MO, riding her own Unanimous.
The Children’s Hunter Pony Championship, sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Gary Duffy and Little Brook Farms, Inc., went to Natalie Shin of Larchmont, NY, and Effervescent, owned by Ava Pearlman. Winning the division’s reserve championship was Peyten Seltzer of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, aboard Ontario, owned by Olivia Hershey.