Sunshine and Rain — September Shows were a Blend of Odd Weather but Consistently Good Riding!
From Riding Director Kate Worsham
The riders at Foxcroft jumped right in as soon as school started in August, taking lessons and making friends at the barn, settling in with private and leased horses, and preparing to compete in the September horse shows. The first rated show of the school year was the Middleburg Classic horse show in Upperville, VA, from September 21-25.
Two returning riders represented Foxcroft at this prestigious competition, which showcased beautiful movers and stunning jumpers from all over the country. Patty A. ’25 rode her horse, Trending, to several ribbons in three of her over fences classes in the Middleburg Junior/Amateur Hunter division to finish 4th, 5th, and 7th out of 28 stellar competitors. Foxcroft’s Dapper Dan picked up a 6th place in that same division and then, later in the week, was piloted by Isabelle M. ’23 to the Reserve Championship in the Older Children’s Hunter division with a win and a 3rd place over fences. Capping off the show, Isabelle and Danny also took 3rd in the $1,000 NAL/WIHS Children’s Classic out of a field of 19 very fancy hunters. With a beautiful second round and a score of 83, Isabelle was all smiles as she patted Danny on the neck and gave him an extra banana for a job well done!
After the hunters had their time to shine, the following week was all about the jumpers at the Piedmont Jumper Classic, also held in Upperville, VA. For this show, the Foxcroft riding program had a blend of returning and new riders participating in a variety of classes. A number of the riders who were feeling out new mounts contested the Piedmont Child/Adult .85m division. This group of riders did their homework by flatting in the ring early the first morning to get a sense of the ring shape and the track between the jumps so they could help their horses answer the course questions competently and confidently.
All the riders gathered ribbons in this division throughout the week, putting them in top form for the Stake class on the final show day. This talented and game group took home half of the ribbons awarded in a class of 17 riders. Chiara D. ’25 and her Chellimo led the group with a fast and clean jump-off to earn 2nd place. Also double clear with tidy tracks and good jump-off times was Valeska F. ’26 on Foxcroft’s Cappuccino Ice riding to 5th place. Isabelle M. ’23, shining at her first ever jumper show, piloted Foxcroft’s Lucylle to finish 7th, and Sarah B. ’25, catch riding The Dude Abides, brought home the 8th place ribbon. Also catch riding a new horse was Emilie S. ’24 on Simone in the Low Children’s Jumper division. Earning a 6th place during the week and finishing 6th in the Classic on Sunday, Emilie enjoyed getting to know Simone and spending time at her first show with Foxcroft. While that pair connected, the tried and true combination of Sage W. ’23 and Blue Star also competed in the Low Children’s, ending the week with a technically savvy ride in the Classic to earn 2nd place honors.
Although the rain and chilly weather could have put a damper on the show, Irene B. ’24 and Cierra C. ’25 chose to tune out the wet and the wind and dial in their focus to ride beautifully over some very technical tracks in the High Children’s division. Irene and her lovely horse Pablo have begun to create a solid and reliable partnership at the 1.10m height, and he jumped in beautiful form throughout the week. This duo earned 8th place in the Classic on the coldest and wettest of the days and is looking forward to contesting the USHJA Zone 3 High Children’s Finals later this month. While Cierra and her Generosa MK (Jenny) are kindred spirits full of tenacity and the will to win, they are also adept at executing a plan and putting in consistent rounds no matter what height the jumps. In their first competition together in the High Children’s, Cierra looked early and Jenny turned smoothly as they cruised to 2nd place in the speed class, then added another 2nd place to the banner from their double clear round in the Classic on Sunday.
When all was said and done, the incoming riders were excellent and excited about learning the ropes of showing with Foxcroft and learning their new horses, while returning riders illustrated how much they had developed their skills in the tack by producing thoughtful and successful rounds time and time again. The riders from these shows will be joined by an additional hunter rider and three additional jumper riders when we pack up to head to WIHS Regional to compete the third week in October. Stay tuned for highlights from that adventure!
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