Harrisburg, Pa. – October 15, 2017 – Daisy Farish of Versailles, Ky., celebrated a perfect week at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, winning the Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Individual Championship riding Alberto II, owned by Stoney Ridge Farm, LLC. Farish also won the first phase of the Individual Championship on her 17th birthday and was a member of the Zone 5 silver-medal team in the Neue Schule/ USEF Prix des States Team Championship and Individual Championship Phase II.
“This week has been surreal. My horse was so amazing, and I’m so happy with him. I can’t even believe it,” said Farish. “This win means a lot to me--it’s amazing. There are so many past winners who have gone on to do great things. It was also really special to finish on a score of zero. That meant a lot to me, as well.”
In the final phase of the championship, scores were carried over from the previous two phases, with the top 60 percent qualifying for Phase III. The riders competed in reverse order of merit, saving the best for last. Farish was the leader with a two-day score of zero, 1.5 faults ahead of Hannah Loly of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., on Ayma de la Demi Lune. Just behind Loly were Alexandra Pielet, 15, of Highland Park, Ill., riding 10-year-old Helene VE, owned by Co-Pielet, LLC, and Coco Fath, 17, of Fairfield, Conn., aboard 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood Huckleberry, owned by Hillside Farm LLC, each with five faults.
Fath was the first of the top four to negotiate the Steve Stephens-designed course and knocked down a rail, adding four faults and finishing with a three-day score of nine faults. Pielet was next and had one of only three clear rounds out of the field of 17, giving her a score of five faults and securing at least a bronze medal.
Loly then entered the arena and had a rail down, which dropped her to third, but then shockingly went off course at the final fence. This costly mistake meant elimination for the 15-year-old and a break for Farish.
“I noticed that Hannah jumped the wrong last fence right before I went in. Andre [Dignelli] mentioned it to me to make sure that I wasn’t too nervous thinking that I had to go clear. It took a little pressure off me, but I still wanted to jump clear,” said Farish. “I tried to stay as calm as I could. I was just trying to keep my cool, not thinking about it too much, and ride the course that I walked. My horse helped me in places that he didn’t have to. I owe it to him. He was incredible.”
Both Fath and Pielet benefitted from Loly’s error. Fath moved up from fourth to third, taking home the bronze medal. Pielet finished second to earn the silver medal.
Farish also won the William C. Steinkraus Style of Riding Award, sponsored by Karen Healey Stables. The award is presented to the Prix des States Junior Jumper Rider who best exemplifies the American style of equitation and the respectful, dignified, courteous, and workmanlike manner of a true sportsman.
USEF Network will be live-streaming the Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final on Sunday, October 15, beginning at 7 a.m. ET.