Finally Farm concluded their 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival experience during Week 8, February 25-March 1 in Wellington, Florida, and it was yet another banner show for horses and riders.
Highlights included a sweep of the Small Junior Hunter, 15 and under, section with Khaki Run LLC's Castelli and Stella Styslinger's Eloise. Both riders were included in the Equestrian Sport Productions News on February 28.
McKayla Langmeier and Castelli Dominate the Equestrian Sotheby's International Reality Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under
Before the rain cancelled the end of classes on Saturday, McKayla Langmeier, from East Granby, CT, piloted Khaki Run LLC's Castelli to championship honors in the Equestrian Sotheby's International Reality Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under. Castelli won both over fences classes the first day and was second in both over fences classes on Saturday. "He [Castelli] is so much fun to catch ride! I'm thankful that I get to ride him," Langmeier said.
Finishing the day as reserve champions was Eloise, ridden and owned by Stella Styslinger. The duo finished first and third over fences, combined with a second place finish in the under saddle. Styslinger was also awarded the owner/rider championship in the division.
Langmeier started riding Castelli during WEF 4 and has enjoyed getting to show him in the Small Junior Hunters. When talking about Castelli, Langmeier said, "He [Castelli] has a really big stride and is really brave."
A highlight for Castelli this week was his winning handy round. "He's a blast in the handy. I can do any inside turn I want, and I know he will stay with me," Langmeier noted.
When Langmeier isn't competing with Castelli in the hunters, she also shows in the Junior Jumpers and 3'6" equitation. "Showing in the hunters helps me stay smooth when I'm showing in other divisions," Langmeier said.
Special thanks to Jennifer Wood Media for the great press!
Langmeier is showing Castelli while owner Alley Millam takes a break from riding to be a Senate Page on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Maddy Thatcher and Dolce Vita also collected tricolor honors during Week 8 when they won a Low Amateur-Owner Jumper class of 70 and earned the section reserve championship.
Please enjoy this gallery of images from the past few weeks. Finally Farm now returns home to South Carolina to prepare for the spring shows!