Ryan and Munz are Victorious in Final Two Classics of 2019 Garden State Horse Show

Helen Ryan and Charming. Photo by Paws and Rewind

Helen Ryan and Charming. Photo by Paws and Rewind

GLADSTONE, N.J. — May 5, 2019 — The final day of the 2019 Garden State Horse Show, produced by the Junior Essex Troop, wrapped up competition with hunters returning to USET Main Ring at Hamilton Farm. The bright jumper fences from the previous night’s $25,000 EquiJet Grand Prix were tucked away for the more classic hunter fences to be contested by junior riders with both horses and ponies. Championships were awarded for pony hunter divisions as well as children’s and junior hunters. Helen Ryan piloted her small pony hunter, Charming, to a combined score of 171.00 to seal the deal in the $1,500 Pony Hunter Classic.  

The show has played host to world-class, USEF Premier AA-rated hunter, jumper and equitation competition since April 27 and came to its conclusion today. For the first time in Garden State Horse Show history, the event was held at the iconic Hamilton Farm, which is home to the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation.

Pony and Junior Hunter riders had the opportunity to participate in classic rounds, both of which offered $1,500 in prize money. Large, medium, and small ponies were combined for the $1,500 Pony Hunter Classic with the top 12 entries returning for the second phase. As one of the final competitors, small pony rider Helen Ryan combined her original score of 85.00 points with an 86.00 for the victory with her 11-year-old German Warmblood Pony, owned by Town Line Equestrian LLC.

“He’s very adjustable and has a cute jump,” Ryan said of the gelding. “He always has a good expression with his little ears forward on course.”

Ryan says she believes the pair placed well because of their ability to demonstrate a flowing, even hunter course. “Our classic round was smooth and consistent, and all of the jumps came up out of stride very nicely.”

Lauren Reid and Crown Ridge Magic Show. Photo by Paws and Rewind

Lauren Reid and Crown Ridge Magic Show. Photo by Paws and Rewind

Second place went to Lauren Reid and her catch ride, Crown Ridge Magic Show. She and the 4-year-old Welsh Pony gelding picked up scores of 84.00 and 80.00 to land just below Ryan with 164.00 total points.

“I think what really made this young pony stand out today are his gaits and his even temperament,” Reid explained. “This was his first time competing as a medium pony but he had one of the most fluid rounds of the day and his trot when he first enters the ring is so fancy that it definitely draws attention.”

Caroline Signorino and Riveting. Photo by Paws and Rewind

Caroline Signorino and Riveting. Photo by Paws and Rewind

Caroline Signorino and Riveting placed third on a combined score of 161.50 as the only representative of the large ponies in the top three. Signorino and the Signorino Family Farm, LLC’s 13-year-old Welsh Pony mare earned a score of 79.50 in the first round and upped their results with an 82.00 score in the second phase.

The Junior Hunter riders closed out the day with the $1,500 Junior Hunter Classic consisting of eight entries. Morgan Munz and Louis stole the show with 82.00 and 81.00 points in the two respective rounds to produce a 163.00-point finish. The New Jersey native has produced the 7-year-old Westphalian gelding with trainer Ashley DiBongrazio since importing him as a 3-year-old.

Morgan Munz and Louis. Photo by Paws and Rewind

Morgan Munz and Louis. Photo by Paws and Rewind

“We just moved him up to the 3’3” division this past winter in Wellington and he really stepped up to the plate,” Munz detailed. “Today he was super consistent in his rounds and was really on a roll, so I think the gymnastics and handy work we have been practicing at home is paying off.”

Munz also won Saturday’s Style of Riding award, an honor she first achieved five years ago in the pony hunters. “It’s really rewarding to be recognized for something like that because it just shows that all the hard work is paying off,” she said.

Erin Genatt and Alcado. Photo by Paws and Rewind

Erin Genatt and Alcado. Photo by Paws and Rewind

Erin Genatt and Alcado took red ribbon honors by producing a total score of 159.00 points with a 79.00 score first round and an 80.00 in the second. She and Hannah Fuller’s 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding narrowly beat out Kate Egan by just a point. Egan and her 10-year-old Thoroughbred/Holsteiner cross laid down trips of 76.00 and 82.00 points to round out the top three.

Kate Egan and Cobriana. Photo by Paws and Rewind

Kate Egan and Cobriana. Photo by Paws and Rewind

The final Style of Riding and Sportsmanship awards were also presented. Samantha Tackas picked up the Style of Riding ribbon as well as a $150 gift certificate towards a unique shopping experience at Le Fash, and as part of the Sportsmanship award, Brooke Krantz received a new pair of Lineage Equine stirrups.

The entire Garden State Horse Show staff and members of the Junior Essex Troop thank you to all of the sponsors, participants, families, friends and vendors for a successful and fun 2019 event. Full results of the show can be found at www.horseshowing.com.

Return to Hamilton Farm this summer for Monmouth at the Team August 12-19, 2019 and for next year’s Garden State Horse Show April 25-May 3.


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