Lexington, KY - November 20, 2018
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHF) is pleased to recognize the winners of the
2018 Hollow Brook Wealth Management SJHF Jumper Classic Series Championships
as well as the year-end division winners for the East and West Conferences.Year-End Championships were held at the National Horse Show in Lexington, KY, and the Las Vegas National Horse Show in Las Vegas, NV.
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame conducts the Hollow Brook Wealth Management Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series to provide an opportunity for amateur-owner and junior riders to compete at higher levels. The Series hosts separate divisions for amateur-owners and juniors in two Conferences - East and West - and follows Grand Prix rules and specifications. The Series serves as a proving ground for many who aspire to represent the United States in international competition.
East Conference Championship
of Lenoir City, TN, was all smiles after winning the
$50,000 Hollow Brook Wealth Management Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series Championship Final
at the National Horse Show in Lexington, KY. Gassel and her mount
Quite Dark 2
produced a beautiful jump-off round over the 1.40m course, topping a field of 28 entries that were a combination of Amateur-Owner and Junior Jumper riders.
Haley Gassel and Quite Dark 2
(c) Lenore Phillips/Phelps Media Group
"Honestly I'm in a bit of shock because when you look at the entire field, it's a star-studded lineup and every single person here could win this championship," said a delighted Gassel after her win. "I'm incredibly honored and excited, not only to be here, but to win this championship for this series."
Gassel was honored as the "
Hollow Brook Wealth Management Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month" in August after her impressive results.
Coco Fath of Fairfield, CT, and
took second place in the championship, while third place went to Sophie Gochman of Wellington, FL, and
West Conference Championship
Natalie Dean and Don's Diamant
of Palo Alto, CA, who rode two horses in the Final, posted the only clear round in the competition aboard her second horse,
to clinch the
$10,000 Show Jumping Hall Of Fame Jumper Classic Series West Coast Championship
at the Las Vegas National Horse Show in Las Vegas, NV.
Although Dean picked up faults on her first horse
she didn't let that get to her when she entered the ring as the last competitor to tackle the 1.40m course designed by Anthony D'Ambrosio that included 11 obstacles and 14 jumping efforts.
"I didn't have a strategy other than to go clear," said Dean who only started riding the 10 year-old stallion
at the beginning of this year. "It helped to have jumped the course earlier with my first horse, but we stuck to our plan and it paid off. This was an extra special win for me.
"He [Don] is a dream and he's not like a stallion at all. He's so scopey, so careful, and so brave. He's the best," added Dean.
Emma Waldfogel, also of Palo Alto, CA, took second place aboard
, while Katie Murray of Anaheim, CA, and
2018 Hollow Brook Wealth Management SJHF Jumper Classic Series Division Winners
Debbie Dolan-Sweeney and La Petite Fleur 6
(c) Taylor Rains/Phelps Media Group
Over the course of the year-long series, Debbie Dolan-Sweeney, of Oyster Bay, NY, clinched the
East Conference Amateur-Owner Division
with a massive total of 1,410 points aboard
La Petite Fleur 6
. The pair was consistent throughout the year, leading the division at the midpoint and at the end. David Oberkircher of Collegeville, PA, and
Tyson de Verteveuille finished in second place with 920 points, while Spencer Brittan of Westlake, TX, and
took third place with 766 points.
|Kelsey Maloney and La Coco
(c) Captured Moments Photography
West Conference Amateur-Owner Division
proved highly competitive with only a few points separating the top three finishers. Kelsey Maloney of
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, took the top honors with a total of 300 points aboard
while Claire Follmer of Westlake Village, CA, finished in second place with
on 295 points. Hot on her heels was Armando Hassey of Wellington, FL, who finished the series with a total of 290 points with
for third place.
Sophie Gochman of Wellington, FL, and
, also maintained their lead from the series' midpoint all the way through to the end in the
East Conference Junior Division
, winning with a total of 1,316 points. Anna Beth Athey of Enid, OK, and
Cantero Da Lagoa
finished close behind with 1,257 points for second place, while Samantha Cohen of New York, NY, took third place with a total of 1,130 points aboard
|| Tali DeJong won the West Conference Junior Division (c) Lenore Phillips/Phelps Media Group
Tali DeJong, of Golden, CO, took the top two spots in the
West Conference Junior Division
, winning the series aboard
with a total of 426 points and also claiming the runner-up spot aboard
with 285 points. Clea Caddell of Carmel, CA, and
finished the series in third place, earning a total of 246 points.
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame was organized to promote the sport of show jumping and to immortalize the legends of the men, women and horses who have made great contributions to the sport. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame is located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Plaques honoring those who have been honored with induction into the Hall of Fame can be seen at the Horse Park's Rolex Stadium. Mementos and artifacts from the sport's history are on display as part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame collection at the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Wheeler Museum at the Horse Park.
The Hollow Brook Wealth Management Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series is sponsored by Hollow Brook Wealth Management LLC, SmartPak, Markel Insurance, the Hampton Classic Horse Show, Kentucky Horse Park, the National Horse Show Association of America and United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA).
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The Hampton Classic is the prestigious culminating event of the Hamptons' famed summer season. Top jumper and hunter riders from around the world compete for some of the richest prize money in the nation. The Classic hosts more than 100 classes of competition in six rings for horses and riders of all ages and abilities. The Classic also features a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, a wide selection of dining options and a Farmer's Market, all on its 60-acre show grounds. More details are available at
The Kentucky Horse Park is the leading tourist attraction for all things "horse" and one of the world's best equine competition facilities and only park open to the public. The Kentucky Horse Park hosts a handful of events each year such as the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Kentucky Summer Horse Show and BreyerFest. For more information, visit
The National Horse Show is a championship event featuring "AA"-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. It is held in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Further information is available at
The United States Hunter Jumper Association, as the official hunter/jumper affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation, is a competition-based sport organization that serves our members through educational programs, awards and recognition, communication and rules. They provide a wide array of programs for all hunter/jumper levels, and are mindful of the well-being of our equine partners. Additional information is available at
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