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Hunters Take the Spotlight at Brave Horse Week V

Brave Horse Summer Series Week V seemed to belong to the Intermediate Adult and Children’s Hunters, with high numbers and intense competition across both divisions.

Caruso, ridden and owned by Ashley DeMarco, took the Intermediate Adult 2’6” tri color after winning the under saddle, and taking a first, second and third in her top over fences trips.

Caruso ridden by Ashley DeMarco courtesy of Winslow Photography LLC

In the same division, Tall Dark and Handsome, ridden by Debbie Foley and owned by Kate Bucciarelli, claimed reserve and also won the Intermediate Adult Hunter Classic 2’6” with Caruso coming in second. Both riders are trained by Adie Amorose.

Tall Dark and Handsome ridden by Debbie Foley courtesy of Winslow Photography LLC

Written in the Stars, ridden and owned by Melodie Robitaille and trained by Sarah Ash, had a banner weekend winning The Intermediate Children’s Classic as well as the Intermediate Children’s Equitation and Intermediate Children’s Hunter Divisions. Robitaille has had the ride on Aries, a 21 year old bay Holsteiner gelding, for several years and their partnership has flourished as they’ve logged many show miles together.

Written in the Stars piloted by Melodie Robitaille, courtesy of Winslow Photography LLC

In Ohio Derby Cup qualifying competition, Sara Ballinger and Wanderprinz took the 3-3’5” division and Hannah Schlegel and Believe it or Not won the 2-2’6” division. Bachelor is trained by Jamie Mills.

The Ohio Derby Cup finals will be at 5pm on Saturday, September 1st during Brave Horse Show Series week VI.

Sara Ballinger and Wanderprinz, courtesy of Winslow Photography LLC

Believe It or Not with Hannah Schlegel aboard, courtesy of Winslow Photography LLC

The Children’s/Adult Hunter Classic was won by Lila, owned by Peter Pletcher and ridden by Claire Austin. They are trained by Adie Amorose.

Lila with Claire Austin aboard courtesy of Winslow Photography LLC

The Opportunity Limit Rider Hunter Division was won handily by Olano with Anne Cooper aboard. The pair took three firsts in their over fences trips and a third in the under saddle. They are trained by Angela Moore of Stealaway Farm.

Olano ridden by Anne Cooper and owned by Sugar Run Farm courtesy of Winslow Photography LLC

Action has already reconvened at Brave Horse for the Summer Series Week VI with one of the largest group of entries showing since the show park debuted. The show will conclude on Sunday, September 2nd.

As always, photos from Brave Horse Show Park can be found online at

The 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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