We returned home yesterday after a great three days at the HITS Commonwealth National Horse Show in Culpeper. What a fun time! There were many successes as each rider worked toward their goals for the weekend. Alyssa Rhee had am amazing weekend. She won the Culpeper Equitation Classic on Saturday afternoon. She rode a great jumping round and then had to endure a grueling flat test with no stirrups and came out with the win. Great job! Alyssa and Futuro were also Reserve Champion in the Large Junior Hunter, 15 and Under. To round things out, Alyssa placed third in the USEF Medal, fourth in the Maclay and second in the VHSA Equitation on the Flat. Awesome!

Julia Rhinehart rode in her first “away” show since joining Clairvaux and she and Dunny (“Key the Mike”) were Champion in the Pre-Child/Adult Hunter on Friday afternoon with two blues over fences! What an auspicious beginning! She also ribboned well in the Maiden Equitation and the Culpeper Child Hunter (despite having the show in the pouring rain Saturday evening). Julia made amazing progress at this show; I’m so proud!

Alison Anderson and Zenith started off on Friday with some good ribbons in the HITS Hunter, quite a large division. They then went on the place in four of the five Older Children’s Hunter division with a third, fifth and eighth over fences and another eighth in the hack. Ali also placed fourth in the Gittings Equitation and sixth in the MHSA Equitation. Great job!

Kate Murphy and Charisma made their debut in the Large Junior Hunter, 15 and Under. It was a great education for Charisma, as he learned to deal with the commotion of Hunter Ring 1, which is surrounded on all sides by other arenas, so there are a lot of distractions. Kate earned some solid ribbons in the Juniors and placed seventh in the USEF Medal.

Glendon Mohan placed seventh in the Maclay and eighth in the VHSA Junior Medal. She also placed well in the Adequan Hunters on Friday, including a win in the Under Saddle! Congrats!

Eliza Caprio rode her Calamity Jane well and improved each ride, earning a fifth in the Younger Children’s Hunter division. Great job!

Summer Sarver won two blues in the VPBA classes on Friday afternoon. She rode Dragonfly Farms Brookside Fandance, an adorable small pony who is one freakishly good mover. In addition, she went to the VPBA Benefit show in Warrenton on Saturday and won again! Congrats!

Congratulations to everyone who showed. I can’t wait for Lexington Spring Encore in two weeks!

Group shot of Clairvaux riders at HITS Culpeper, April '12
Group shot of Clairvaux riders at HITS Culpeper, April '12
Congrats to Alyssa Rhee on her win in the Culpeper Equitation Classic!
Congrats to Alyssa Rhee on her win in the Culpeper Equitation Classic!
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