Apr 15, 2013

Twin Rivers Crowns First SmartPak USEA Classic Series Champions

Mallory Hogan of Tiburon, CA and Moonlit Dancer, the first SmartPak USEA Classic Series Champions at Twin Rivers - Photos courtesy of Gina Pearson

Your first win is always unique, but when your first career victory consists of leading the USEA Classic Series Novice Three-Day from start to finish, it is certainly one for the memory books.

12-year old Mallory Hogan of Tiburon, CA posted a double clean show jumping round to secure a flawless victory Sunday at the Twin Rivers Spring Three-Day Event & Horse Trials. Mallory put forth a terrific effort and was thrilled with her pony’s performance saying, “I knew he had it in him to win, but I am still so excited and can’t believe it.”

As well as her prizes for winning the USEA Classic Series Novice Three-Day, 13.2 hand Moonlit Dancer was also awarded the prize for best-conditioned horse in the Novice Three-Day division, something Mallory was thrilled about because of how hard she had worked to get him fit. “ He will need to be a little bit more fit for Montana I think, where we hope to do the Novice-Three day in July, but I had him really ready for this show and did a good amount of conditioning. Dancer was such a good pony this weekend!”

In the Training Three-Day, Whitney Tucker and her own Chavez Ravine pulled out the blue ribbon after putting forth a terrific three days of competition to finish on their dressage score of 31.4.

Whitney was impressed with her gelding and felt he matured over the course of the three days. She also spoke highly of Twin Rivers and their first Classic Series Event saying, “The Baxter Family and everyone at Twin Rivers did a phenomenal job this weekend. Everything seemed to run smoothly and it was great to be a part of their first Training Three-Day.”

In addition to the completion of the SmartPak USEA Classic Series on Sunday, the remaining FEI Divisions also concluded their weekends. The CCI2* was very tight heading into show jumping, and as spectators looked on, it was Katherine Groesbeck who put in the first double clean round of Oz Poof of Purchase’s career to win the division. A very emotional Groesbeck was elated with her win saying, “A lot of hard work has come to fruition with a CCI2* win on Poof. The amount of support I received this weekend is overwhelming; I've never been more honored to be part of the 3-Day Eventing community.”

The top five horse and rider combinations in the CCI* finished the weekend on their dressage scores, with Jolie Wentworth and Kate Miller’s Governess leading all weekend long to secure the top spot.

For more information about Twin Rivers Ranch, visit www.twinrivershorsepark.com. For more information about the SmartPak USEA Classic Series visit www.useventing.com.
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