Big Prize Money and Equitation Points Bring Large Crowds to Littlewood

Littlewood Farm held their President's Day shows on February 18-21, 2006. Littlewood offered a plethora of money classes including a $20,000 Grand Prix for the Child/Adult Jumpers. That class along with four $1500 Child/Adult Jumper Classics and two $5,000 Junior/AO Stake classes brought in many jumper riders.

The numerous equitation points up for grabs brought in big names such as Maria Schaub, Brianne Goutal, and Nikko Ritter, who are all currently on Animal Planet's "Road to the Maclay" television show.

Littlewood management had to make quick accommodations for the mass entries. Dave Burton Jr. and team were prepared for the original 125 entries that had been faxed in by the closing date. By Friday the entries had jumped to 380! Burton set up an extra jumper ring and rearranged the schedule. The rings completed competition by 4:15 PM.

Equitation classes were large. Laura King Kaplan bested 48 other entries to win the Pessoa USEF Hunter Seat Medal class. Melissa Barton won the ASPCA Maclay; Maria Schaub won the WIHS jumper phase; and Brianne Goutal won the USEF show jumping talent search with Jessica Springsteen coming in second place.

The $20,000 Grand Prix winner was Kaitlin Campbell and Lucy in the Sky. The mare is a 16.2 hh grey Belgian Warmblood by Capital. They purchased Lucy right before coming down to Florida. Kaitlin showed her in only a few horse shows in Pennsylvania where they live. They came down to Florida in Mid-January and had tremendous success at Littlewood winning many classes and ending up Circuit Champion. While Kaitlin showed her pony jumper Magic BB all last year, winning the USEF Year-End Championship, Lucy is her first in the jumpers on a horse. Last week she won the Children's Jumper Classic out of 60 at The Winter Equestrian Festival and they thought that was amazing. Winning the Littlewood Grand Prix was beyond their wildest imagination.

She went into the class on Tuesday with little expectation. There were 40 in the class. It was much more technical than any of the other courses in the regular Children's/Adult. The outside line got a lot of the riders. It was a four to a four to a one to a one. Many of the horses had a rail in that combination. The course was much longer than anything she had done before.

Kaitlin was second to last to go and at that point there were 10 clean. Kaitlin made it number 11 and was the last one in the order for the jumpoff. There was a big crowd under the tent beside the ring cheering on all the riders.

When Kaitlin came in on Lucy the announcer talked about her being the last rider to go, and how much money was at stake. But Kaitlin didn't let any of this go to her head. She smiled and gave Lucy a big pat at the end of the course.

Kaitlin Campbell and Lucy in the Sky
Kaitlin Campbell and Lucy in the Sky
Photo: Ann Gittins

 

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