Arabians Electrify the Arena at the Central Park Horse Show
The Central Park Horse Show has become a much-needed fixture in New York City and showcases a variety of breeds and disciplines. For the third year in a row the show opened with the electrifying energy of the Arabian breed in U.S. Open competition presented by Aljassimya Farm.
To see one of the world's oldest and most notable breeds competing against the New York City backdrop was truly a site to behold. Known for their elegance and athleticism, each Arabian showed why they are considered one of the noblest of breeds.
The Wollman Rink was truly alive as each Arabian took to the stage for a variety of divisions, including Pleasure, Stallion, Mare and Native Costume classes. In some of the classes professionals and amateurs performed in the division. The professionals warmed up the horses and then handed them over to the amateurs so that the five judges could compare and score these fine specimens.
While the glamour of the Arabian is evident in their stance and attitude, the riders were equally as electrifying, with outfits that awed the crowd.
It was a great kick-off to the fourth annual Central Park Horse Show, which began on September 20 and ran through Sunday, September 24, featuring arena eventing, hunters, and jumpers. The final Sunday was Central Park Family Day presented by Mars, Incorporated. This was a day meant to expose the public to a variety of family friendly demonstrations and competitions, all free of charge.
The Arabian Mounted Native Costume class was the perfect kick-off for the evening as both horse and rider showcased the fashionable side of the Arabian breed.
The largest class was the Arabian Country English Pleasure Pro/Am competition where first the pros rode the horses and then exchanged stirrups with the owners. The big winner in this class was Melissa Fry's Harry Trotter, who first was shown by John Ryan before Fry took her turn.
Adorned with the gold medal was a dream come true for Fry. After a 17-year hiatus, Fry was back in the irons for the second time. ”It's just such a perfect experience. The Arabian has always been a part of my life, so I'm just so proud to be here representing the Arabian breed."
In fact, each of the riders and trainers echoed her sentiments. The key goal of those who initiated the appearance of the Arabian breed at the Central Park Horse Show for the first time in 2015 was to expose the public to this electrifying breed and what better place to show off their prowess than in the heart of New York City.
"New York is New York and what a great place to promote not only the Arabian horses, but also the other disciplines as well,” commented Graham Smith, one of the judges who came all the way from Australia. “The level of talent we saw tonight was very high. I was happy with the placings and the horses are competitive."
Nancy Harvey, President of the Arabian Horse Association (AHA), agreed. "I was amazed at the quality of the horses … I think an event like this is exceptionally important for the outreach that it provides. A lot of people in this city never get to see horses, let alone Arabian horses … if we can show others that these horses are important to us, we've done our job.”
The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal Winners
There was a total of 8 classes shown in the U.S. Open Arabians and a win in this prestigious horse show was a strong goal for everyone who entered. Medals for Gold, Silver and Bronze were given to the highest placed competitors as follows (Place Entry # Horse Exhibitor Owner):
Arabian Mounted Native Costume
Gold-103 EQ Escalade, r/Brooke Fuchs, Dr. James Blevins and Kimberly S Butler
Silver-101 Squeezebox, Virginia Goodwin, Mary Elizabeth Kelly
Bronze-102 HL Sanction, Cathy Vecsey, Hawk Haven Farms
Arabian Junior Mare Halter
Gold-107 Geneva CS, Ted Carson, Jeff and Sybil Collins, James and Kay Smith Collins
Silver-106 MD Mirka, Michael Wilson, Manuel Durini, Medrano
Arabian Hunter Pleasure Pro/Am
Gold-108 PA Mayhem, Caralyn Schrotter / Brooke Hines, Debra Hines
\Silver-110 Wize Beybe, Daniel Weeks / Christina Balch, Combs Family Trust
Bronze-111 Ggrand Slam, Charles Ethier / Kim Bergeron, Kim Bergeron, Rollingwood Farm
Arabian Junior Stallion Halter
Gold-112 SF Baahir Jawhar, Ted Carson, Chloe Cox / Al Cox, Sycamore Farm LLC
Arabian Western Pleasure Pro/Am
Gold-113 PA Kid Khan, Rob Bick / Janie Heslep, J. Frank / Sara Chisholm, Palmetto Arabians LLC
Silver-115 Holdin Aces, Tommy Garland / Ray Price, Joelle Wright, East Manor Arabians
Bronze-114 PA Appalonia Dancer, Tim Phelan / Lisa Gaudio, Lisa Gaudio and James Kazanjian
Arabian Senior Mare Halter
Gold-118 RH Triana, Rodolfo Guzzo, Triana Holding LLC
Silver-117 Sashaa LHT, Michael Wilson, Frank Hennessy, Hennessy Arabian Horse Partners LLC
Arabian Country English Pleasure Pro/Am
Gold-123 Harry Trotter, John Ryan / Melissa Fry, Melissa Fry
Silver-125 CP Manifesto, Joshua Shino / Katherine Kirby, Katherine Kirby, Kirby Arabians LLC
Bronze-127 CSP Hennessy, Jim Lowe / Nancy O'Reilly, Nancy O'Reilly, Amazing Horse Woman LLC
Arabian Senior Stallion Halter
Gold-128 Baha AA, Andrew Sellman, Baha Partners LLC
Silver-130 Tempezst, Ted Carson, Nichole Mesik
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