Courage, owned and ridden by Rachel Demuro won today’s $500 Adult Amateur Hunter Classic, besting a field of twenty-one horse and rider teams in the Anderson Arena.
Demuro calls Courage, who is just coming six years old, ‘Baby C’.
This is the first rated show back for Baby C Demuro said, “He was coming back from an injury, and I had him at a barn in Middlebury getting rehabbed. The rehab barn had a fire, and he was the last horse out, thanks to the barn’s staff. Since then, he has really earned his name. After the fire, I moved him to Orchard Manor Show Stables where we continued his rehab process and started him back into the show world."
“This was his first rated show back to kick off his 2023 show season. We were here last week but just warming him up and reacclimating him to the show scene. This weekend we really had him doing a lot of divisions and getting him used to being back in the show ring. He exceeded all expectations,” commented Demuro.
Demuro continued, “The adult divisions are very competitive. It is always fun to see some of these newer younger horses in there that are now competing against the veteran horses in this division.”
Demuro also owns and shows Gameboy. “I’m getting to the point where I might need to tone it down with Gameboy and now it will be Baby C’s [Courage] turn to show us what he’s got."
Demuro works in a technical field for the government and tries to ride every day. “I have a lot of support from my family and fiancé and working remotely has helped immensely,” she said.
Holly Longest rode Diaro, owned by Doug Longest to a second placing and Kardinal, owned and ridden by Ashley Crouse placed third.
Matador, owned and ridden by Sandra Bravo-Greenberg earned a fourth place and Christy Abbruzzese piloted her own Delamango to a fifth placing.
Lumineer, owned and ridden by Grace Blum finished in sixth place and Final Four, owned by Caroline Booker and ridden by Brooke Cole took home a seventh.
Heather Bamford piloted her own Wyatt to an eighth placing and Modelo, owned and ridden by Neysa Bryant finished in ninth.
Lestienne GPH, owned and ridden by Jennifer Mehalko earned a tenth placing and Coldplay, owned by Mary Catherine Burnette and ridden by Adriane Myers finished in eleventh place.
Caitlin Weibel’s Lancelot Z, ridden by Ashley Crouse wrapped up the class with a twelfth place.
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