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Brave Horse Summer Series Week IV features Exceptional Medal and Classic Competition

Brave Horse riders turned out in droves to compete in the fourth week of the Summer Series July 19 – 21. As happened in the previous show week, Brave Horse reached capacity with hundreds of horses and riders competing throughout the weekend.

Despite intermittent rainfall the weekend turned out to be a beautiful one for exhibitors and spectators. Friday afternoon included a party with fun refreshments (donut wall!) featuring all of our wonderful vendors for the weekend. Special thanks to A Bit Above, CWD, Equestrian Team Apparel, Equus Now!, LM Custom Boots, Sweet Nays, Urban Sundry, Voltaire Design and Winslow Photography for being a part of the Brave Horse Show Park family.

There was plenty of thrilling competition throughout the show with some of the most competitive divisions being the Classic and Medal classes.

In the Junior/AO Hunter Classic, Oh Brother, ridden and owned by Vanessa Mazzoli and trained by Janet Mazzoli, emerged with the tri color. This same pair also won the extremely competitive Junior Hunter 3’3” Division. In both divisions Anneliese Kolaska’s Herr Drosselmeyer, trained by Sarah Ash, took the reserve spot.

Oh Brother ridden by Vanessa Mazzoli courtesy of Winslow Photography LLC

Photo of Herr Drosselmeyer ridden by Anneliese Kolaska courtesy of Winslow Photography LLC

In the combined Intermediate Child/Adult Hunter Classic 2’6” Division Ava Mercker rode Holly Helbig’s Dorchester to the top placing.

Photo of Ava Mercker and Dorchester courtesy of Winslow Photography LLC

In the WIHS/NAL Children’s Hunter Classic 3’0” Division Katie Rankin rode Kingston Lane to first place. Rankin is trained by Patricia Rogers and Kingston Lane is owned by Roberts Stables, LLC.

Photo of Katie Rankin and Kingston Lane courtesy of Winslow Photography LLC

Things were very busy in the cross rails division with lots of great trips by our exhibitors. There was a hotly contested race for the Champion spot in Outreach Cross Rails with Helen Griffith aboard Hillcrest Red and Blue in her very first horse show ever taking the top honors and Delanie Borders and Camelot in Reserve. Griffith trains with Holly Helbig and Borders trains with Colleen Holton.

Photo of Hillcrest Red and Blue ridden by Helen Griffith courtesy of Winslow Photography LLC

Photo of Camelot ridden by Delanie Borders courtesy of Winslow Photography LLC

Dreamaker dominated the Opportunity Short Stirrup Hunter Division. Piloted by Madeline Havens, Dreamaker is trained by Ellen Jennings and owned by Jessica Jude.

Dreamaker ridden by Madeline Havens courtesy of Winslow Photography LLC

Ohio Derby Cup qualifying class winners were as follows:

  • 3’ and 3’5” Division: HH Gabriel ridden by Sarah Burton and owned by Front Row Sport Horses.

  • 2’ and 2’6” Division: Woodford Reserve ridden by Ella Ballard, owned by Shelby Mahaney and trained by Nicole Parrill.

  • 2’ Division: Jack in The Box ridden by Britton Bachelor and owned and trained by Nancy Arledge.

Brave Horse Summer Series Week V is the final show to capture qualifying points for the Ohio Derby Cup finals. Please make sure you contact the Brave Horse Show Office to register for the Ohio Derby Cup finals. You can read more about this new series at .

OHJA Medal classes results included:

  • 3’ Division: Adeline Pavlin aboard her own Ragazzo Carino trained my Maria Kneipp.

  • 2’ and 2’6” Division: Melodie Robitaille aboard her own Written in the Stars trained by Sarah Ash.

  • Opportunity 1’6” – 2’3” Division: Alex Friedman aboard Lake Erie College’s Lolita trained by Angela Moore.

As always, photos from the show can be found online at

We’d like to extend special thanks to our show and ring staff. Our professional team loves to make our exhibitors happy and that means serving you with a smile and keeping the rings moving. Thanks for your help as exhibitors and trainers in making sure that you’re at the ring and ready to go wherever you are in the order. It requires effort from all of us to make sure the show runs smoothly, even when rain delays happen.

Brave Horse will next host the Ohio Dressage Society Down Centerline 3 & 4 August 11-12. Hunter jumper action reconvenes later in August with the USEF Regional 1 – B Brave Horse Summer Series Week V from August 23 - 26 and then the USEF National A rated Summer Series Week VI from August 30 – September 2.

Split Rock Jumping Tour returns to Brave Horse this fall with The Columbus International CSI2* September 26 – 30 and The Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Columbus CSI3*-W October 3-7. This is the first time that central Ohio will host a World Cup Qualifier. You can find out more information on the award-winning Split Rock Jumping Tour here.

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