Riders achieve high honors at 2023 Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida
Congratulations to our Ox Ridge riders who competed in the 13-week-long Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., which ended in early April. Several young riders achieved high honors across all divisions. Of special note: Reserve Champions were Isabelle Castellanos and Old School, and Eva Mackenzie and Iladin Du Rouet.
Isabelle Castellanos and Old School
Eva Mackenzie and Iladin du Rouet
Ox Ridge riders win in Florida, New York
Congratulations to our Ox Ridge riders who are participating in the 13-week-long Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., which runs through early April. Our riders have earned top marks in the competition, which draws equestrians from around the world. Others have earned prizes in shows in Old Salem, New York. See below for details.
Pictured, top row: Eva Mackenzie and Iladin Du Rouet, Champion 3’6 Junior Hunter WEF 7; Isabelle Castellanos and Old School, Reserve Champion Small Pony Hunter and 3rd Pony Hunter Classic WEF 6. Lila Juneja and Gelato, 3rd place in the 3'3 Junior Hunter Stake at WEF 6.
Second row: Georgina Arakelian and Cloney’s Pleasure, Reserve Champion Junior Hunters 16-17 3’3 at WEF 6; Chrysopylae Locke Youngman and Captain America, Champion Medium Pony Hunter, 3rd Pony Hunter Classic, and high-scoring pony round award at WEF 6!; Carolyn Carpenter and Home Front. Class winner 3’3 Junior Hunter Older. 3rd in the 3’3 Junior Hunter Classic at WEF 6. Third row: Joanne Arakelian and Eva Mackenzie’s Amazing Grace, Champion USHJA 2’9 Hunter WEF 6; Eva Mackenzie and Demonia, winner of the Hamel Medal WEF 4; Joanne Arakelian and These Days; Champion USHJA 2'6 Hunter WEF 6. Fourth row: Isabelle Castellanos and Old School, Champion Small Pony Hunter and classic winner at WEF 7. This makes for "Blue's" 4th tri-color this circuit!; Emma Coristone and Lucky For You, Champion Children’s Hunter at Old Sam Farm; Hayley Hewitt and Book Of Eli, Winner of the Jump Seat Medal at Old Salem Farm!
Ox Ridge Riders shine at Fall 2022 shows
Congratulations to all the Ox Ridge riders who qualified to compete at prestigious year-end indoor competitions. We had more than 15 horses at Capital Challenge in Maryland in early October, and riders Carolyn Carpenter, Isabelle Castellanos, Haley Hewitt, Eva Mackenzie and Chrysopylae (Cali) Locke Youngman all vied for top awards at multiple venues. At the Pennyslvania National show in Harrisburg, also in October, Cali and her pony Captain America, pictured right, placed 6th in the $10,000 pony winners stakes class against the top ponies at the competition.
At the Old Salem Show in New York in October, 2022, Jamie Edwards, pictured right, won the adult/child jumper championship.
Ox Ridge riders earn top marks at Summer 2022 shows
Clockwise from top left: Eva Mackenzie with Head Trainer Chance Arakelian and Iladin du Rouet; Hayley Hewitt and Head trainer Chance Arakelian with Chantilly; Izzy Castellanos and Head trainer Chance Arakelian with Old School; Maddie O’Hara, Katie Uloth, Maggie Boylan and Chance Arakelian; and Myla Thomas, Chance Arakelian and Maggie Boylan with L No Gotta Go
October 2022: Ox Ridge Riding had a busy and successful summer show circuit, including shows in Saratoga Springs, Traverse City, Princeton, Saugerties, Southampton and Lexington, Kentucky. Congratulations to all riders and Head trainer Chance Arakelian and Assistant trainers Katie Uloth and Maggie Boylan. We are especially grateful to our grooms for all their hard work outside of the ring taking care of our horses. We wish our riders good luck this month as they compete at ‘Indoors’ shows in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Kentucky.
Summer highlights include:
Eva Mackenzie: Champion and Reserve Champion, USHJA Jr/Am Hunter Derby Regional Championship (North) on Demonia GS Z and Iladin du Rouet; 4th overall, 3’6 Junior hunter 15U at USEF Junior Hunter Finals on Iladin du Rouet; Winner of the Hamel NHS medal at Princeton Classic Encore and Hampton Classic on Demonia GS Z; Winner of the USHJA Jumping seat medal at Hampton Classic on Demonia GS Z.
Isabelle Castellanos: Champion, Small pony hunter on Old School at Upperville; Champion and Reserve Champion, Small pony hunter at GLEF 1 on Old School and Smash; Champion, Small pony hunter at Princeton Classic Encore on Old School.
Georgina Arakelian: Classic winner and Reserve Champion, 3’3 Junior hunters at Princeton Summer Classic on Cloney’s Pleasure
Chrysopylae Locke Youngman: Winner of WIHS and USEF pony medals at Princeton horse show. Reserve Champion on Royal Chaperone and Captain America at Saratoga horse show.
Maddie O’Hara: Winner, 3’3 Junior hunter classic at Traverse City Spring Horse Show on Perseus YZ
Hayley Hewitt: Champion, 3’3 Small junior hunter, GLEF 2 on Aerin Genatt’s Chantilly; Winner, USHJA Hunt seat medal and THIS medal, Princeton Classic Encore on Shea Ehrhard’s Fifth Avenue
Isla Roen: Champion, Low children’s hunter at Princeton Summer Classic on Blue Moon
Myla Thomas: Champion, S/M children’s pony hunter at GLEF 1 on L No Gotta Go
Finally, Flavia Callari’s Designer was Reserve Grand Champion, 3’3 Junior hunter at USEF Junior Hunter Finals piloted by Sydney Raidy