Maplewood Stars at Sonoma Horse Park
The Maplewood team collected many tricolors and fantastic ribbons during the Sonoma Horse Park Spring Classic and HMI Equestrian Challenge, from May 9-20 in Sonoma, California.
"I'm totally impressed with the first outing for many of these new horse-and-rider partnerships," said Julie Winkel, Maplewood CEO. "And I really have to hand it to head trainer Andrew Jayne for preparing the horses and riders so thoroughly to be so successful."
During Week 1, championship honors went to Georgia Brown's Onyx (by Osilvis) in the 1.10m Jumpers with Andrew, and Tricia Booker and Carma (by Cartouche Z) in the 1.0m Adult Jumpers. Tricia and Carma also placed second in the Low Children's/Adult Jumper Classic and in a 1.10m Adult Amateur Jumper class in the Grand Prix Ring the second week.
"Tricia's ability to not ride for six weeks and then come to the show and win everything is amazing," said Andrew of Tricia, who commutes from Virginia to Maplewood to train and show. "She and 'Stormy' have such a good relationship that watching and helping them is so much fun."
During Week 2, Devina Stone and Orizon (by Osilvis) claimed the championship in the Modified Adult Jumpers. It was Devina's first major show championship. "I couldn't be happier with the confidence that Devina showed in the ring in the past couple of weeks," said Andrew. "She and her horse, 'Ash,' look better than ever."
Katherine Miller and Dardam Q won two blues in the Pre-Adult Jumpers for the tricolor in that section. "I'm so proud of this relatively new partnership doing so well at their first show away from home," said Andrew.
Reserve championship honors went to Lisa Petersen-Trujillo and Outspoken (by Osilvis) in the Adult Beginner Equitation, with an impressive win over fences. "Lisa did such a good job staying calm and focused in the ring and not letting her nerves get the best of her at her first show," Andrew noted.
Onyx and Andrew also collected a second tricolor in the 1.20m Jumpers, with the reserve championship during Week 2.
Louisa Baker's Illuminesche (by Emerald) jumped clear in every 5-year-old Jumper class during the two weeks for an impressive blue-ribbon collection. The chestnut mare wowed spectators with her spectacular jumping efforts and boundless scope.
Outlier (by Osilvis) and Andrew also added wins and great ribbons in the 1.25m classes, while Devina and Diane Irvin's Candy's Gone also collected excellent ribbons in the Adult Schooling Jumpers during the two weeks.
In between teaching clinics in Michigan and Georgia, Julie Winkel spent time at the Sonoma Horse Park showing her stallion Good To Know. The pair earned a ribbon in every 1.30m class they entered during Week 1, with impressive double-clears.
Andrew joined Julie in the 1.30m classes aboard Maplewood's homebred Cartel (by Cartouche Z), and the pair enjoyed great performances and ribbons throughout the two weeks.
Kevin Winkel, of Maplewood Northwest, also had a successful two weeks. Kevin won the $7,500 Kastel Denmark Welcome Prix aboard Kaylee Cannon's Tuxedo and placed fifth in the $25,000 CWD Grand Prix during Week 2. Kevin and Osophia (by Osilvis) also placed fifth in the 1.35m Jumper Classic and earned the 1.30m Jumper championship during Week 1.
Team Maplewood couldn't do what we do in the show ring without our wonderful staff and supporters. Special thanks to Devina and Sadie Baeumler for their hard work and dedication in caring for the Maplewood horses and to our cheering squad, Wynette Helsel, Carly Garamandi, Mark Trujillo and Derek DeVre'.
"Not only did we win, but we had fun and spent time in two beautiful rental houses in the Sonoma area," said Julie. "We had a great group of fun-loving people who enjoyed parties and fine dining as well as their horses and dogs. It was a great two weeks in a beautiful part of the country, and we look forward to returning later this year."