HITP Graduate Lauren DiTallo Has One-Two Victory at WEC
Maplewood Horse Industry Training Program graduate Lauren DiTallo made news this week when she placed first and second in the $5,000 Welcome Stake at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio. Maplewood is proud to share the news and congratulate Lauren and her family’s High Finance Farm for their continuing success and excellence in horsemanship!
Press Release excerpts courtesy of World Equestrian Center
Welcoming in 2019 with a One-Two Victory from Lauren E. DiTallo
January 3, 2019
We are ringing in the new year at the World Equestrian Center as we kick off a 16-week-long stretch of top tier equestrian sport during the World Equestrian Center Winter Series of the Midwest. Riders and horses alike look refreshed, returning to the show grounds after the first two weeks of the Winter Series in December and a relaxing Holiday break. The new year brings new riding goals, with several fresh faces filling the Sanctuary Arena for this evening’s $5,000 Welcome Stake 1.35 m. Tonight’s course, designed by Bobby Murphy of Lexington, Kentucky, allowed riders many options.
The second clear first-rounder of the night was Lauren E. DiTallo and High Finance Farm’s Wadisson (Radisson x Olivia). The pair delivered a clean first round in 78.298 seconds, well within the time allowed. They continued into the jump off, sailing through the course in a quick 36.061 seconds with just four faults. This put DiTallo in the lead, for the majority of the class, until she bested her previous ride aboard her second mount of the night, Oliver’s Amy. While slightly slower in the first round than Wadisson with a time of 79.808, the pair was still clear and easily within the time allowed. Into the jump off, Oliver’s Amy and DiTallo proved that “slow and steady wins the race”, putting in an easy round in 43.342 seconds for the only clear jump off ride of the night, sending herself straight into first and second place.
Lauren E. DiTallo trains out of High Finance Farm alongside head trainer Kimber DiTallo and has been riding professionally since 2011. A highly accomplished rider throughout her career Lauren E. DiTallo has seen many successes, including finishing as a National Top 12 Finalist in the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program (EAP) for three consecutive years (2009, 2010 and 2011).
DiTallo made a connection with top professional Julie Winkel, of Maplewood Stables in Reno, Nevada, during her experience at EAP, and interned for Winkel for two years. She graduated from high school in 2011 and has continued to work with Winkel and host annual clinics at her family’s farm in Illinois. Through her internship, DiTallo gained valuable experience in riding, training, young horse development, show management and horsemanship, which she still utilizes in her career today.
$5,000 Welcome Stake 1.35 m Results
Oliver’s Amy, Lauren E. DiTallo- 0 | 0 | 43.342
Waddison, Lauren E. DiTallo- 0 | 4 | 36.061
Isarus, Julia Curtis- 0 | 4 | 37.005
United M, Robert Mendoza- 0 | 8 | 33.839
Rodeo VDL, Liz Atkins- 0 | 12 | 35.419
Undine, Liz Atkins- 0 | 12 | 36.722
Calano Z, Taylor A. Flury- 2 | 84.516
Casquinova, Stephen C. Foran- 4 | 76.503
Compis, Stephen C. Foran- 4 | 77.450
Elation, Michael Grinyer- 4 | 79.481