Two for Two - Shulman & HH Narcos Du Marais Triumph in $25,000 Fairfield Grand Prix
RELEASE: June 25, 2013
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: Lynn Coakley for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Left to right with Sidney Shulman on HH Narcos Du Marais: John E. Franzreb III, Krista Goosen, Alex Pielet, Jill Shulman, Jane Henderson, Jennifer Ross, Gregory Venizelos, George N. Venizelos, Frederick Ablabob, Michele Ippolito, Jenny Belknap Kees, Lynn Coakley, and David Shulman (Reflections Photography)
- It was "Two for Two" for rider Sydney Shulman and horse HH Narcos Du Marais at the $25,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, June 22, 2013, the culminating event of the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show in Westport, Connecticut benefiting the EQUUS Foundation. Shulman won last year's Grand Prix at the Fairfield Horse Show aboard Gun Du Desfi, and HH Narcos Du Marais with his former rider, Christina Kelly, won the 2011 Fairfield Grand Prix.
Owned by the Shulman's Back Country Farm, the Shulman family joined Grand Prix presenting sponsor Wells Fargo Advisors & George N. Venizelos, to present the top honor. Over 400 guests of the EQUUS Foundation and hundreds more spectators applauded Shulman's win over the 21 other competitors that attempted the demanding course designed by world renowned course designer Richard Jeffreys.
The top finishers (2nd through 6th) included My Pleasure ridden by Peter Leone and owned by My Pleasure, LLC, Londinium ridden by Lillie Keenan and owned by Chansonette Farm, Oscar 72 ridden by Lauren M. Ward and owned by McLain Ward, Blink ridden by Jacob Pope and owned by Coker Farm and Copilot ridden & owned by Jackie McQuade.
"It's a year for celebration - the Club's 90th Birthday and the Foundation's 10th Birthday," said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President, as she addressed the crowds in the opening ceremonies and recognized the three horse show co-chairs, Jane Henderson, Michele Ippolito, and Jennifer Ross, for their contributions to making the horse show a tremendous success.
"This is a special year in another important way," continued Coakley. "Thanks to the expertise of the current show managers, William Aguirre and JP Godard, and their long standing predecessor Billy Glass - and in recognition of the Club's commitment to philanthropy and community, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) designated the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show as a USEF Heritage Competition."
The Heritage Designation is the highest honor that can be bestowed to a horse show. Only 16 of more than 2,500 horse shows in the United States have been honored with this distinction. Jane Dow Burt, representing the USEF, presented the award to Club President Tom Mullen.
On Thursday, the featured events were the $7,500 Poland Spring Welcome Jumper Stake presented by Official Beverage Sponsor, Nestlè Waters North America and the $3,000 High Amateur Owner (AO)/Junior Jumper Classic presented by Official Automotive Sponsor, Audi Fairfield, Mercedes Benz of Fairfield and Porsche of Fairfield.
James A. North aboard The Man To See owned by Fair Play Farm claimed victory in the Welcome Stake. On hand to present the awards were (left to right upper left photo) Jane Henderson, Elizabeth Crossfield, Michele Ippolito and Jennifer Ross.