Local riders have
their day in the sun
Tucson horse show
Local riders packed up their
horses, tack, clothes and parents for two weeks of competition at the
HITS Arizona Winter Festival in Tucson. Hopefully, they had some extra
room in their luggage because they were packing a few more ribbons and
trophies on the return trip.
HITS is an acronym for Horses In
The Sun and the "A" rated shows attract some of the most talented and
elite riders in the country, March 3-14.
Demberg, Sami Taft (seated), Tori Pfaeffle, Glenn Cooper and friend
enjoy a break during the Arizona Winter Festival Horse Show. Courtesy
The Tucson shows, held at the Pima
County Fairgrounds, attracted local equestrians Sami Taft, Glenn Cooper,
Tori Pfaeffle, Anja Sundali, Kat Dembergh, Karen MacMillan, Tanya Sevy
and Danielle Smith and trainers Kim McDonald Koch (Cottonwood Creek
Farm) and Teresa Englehart (Autumn Hills Farm).
Kat Dembergh on Macallan was named
Champion of Medium Stirrup 17-Under Equitation Over Fences and Reserve
Champion of both Tucson Hunter Low and Medium Stirrup 17-Under
Equitation Over Fences. Dembergh garnered seven blue ribbons and three
Kim McDonald-Koch guided Tom
Foolery, owned by Tori Pfaeffle, to a Championship in Tucson Open Hunter
Low. McDonald-Koch collected seven top three placings.
Tori Pfaeffle also rode Tom
Foolery to a Reserve Championship in two 12-under classes, Short Stirrup
and Equitation. Pfaeffle was extremely busy competing in 22 classes and
finishing in the top three nine times.
Glenn Cooper and Miss Ellie teamed
to take the Championship in Junior Maiden Equitation Over Fences and the
Reserve Championship in Medium Stirrup Under Saddle. The dynamic duo was
very consistent finishing in the top three in 15 out of 23 classes.
Sami Taft on Yours Truly garnered
a Reserve Championship in Short Stirrup 12-Under Over Fences. In 26
classes, Taft was first five times and second four times.
Anja Sundali and The Perfect Storm
rode to several ribbons, including a second place in Children’s Jumper 1
Level I and fourth place three times.
Tanya Sevy and Highland Belle won
a Reserve Championship and were third place or better in four out of the
six classes they competed in.