UPPER MARLBORO, Md., Oct. 27, 2022 – The 2022 Washington International Horse Show continued on Thursday, October 27, at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, where daytime junior hunter competition gave way to the first evening session, featuring the opening international jumper classes during Barn Night, held in partnership with Green Is The New Blue. It was the Irish who struck first as Daniel Coyle and Legacy turned and burned for victory in the $75,000 Welcome Stake, followed by a win for Israel with Daniel Bluman and Ubiluc leading the victory gallop for the $36,000 International Jumper Accumulator class.

Daniel Coyle and Legacy. Photo by: Shawn McMillen Photography

“The first class is usually a smaller class, which makes it a little easier for everybody to get introduced to the ring and the crowd, obviously,” remarked Coyle of his first trip around the Show Place Arena. “Sometimes it can be daunting going straight into a big class like that, but it worked out for me tonight.”

Twenty-eight starters represented 10 countries in the star-studded field, where nine combinations managed to jump fault-free across Bernardo Cabral’s (POR) first round track to advance to the jump-off. Katie Dinan (USA) produced the first double clear with Grant Road Partners LLC’s Atika des Hauts Vents in 30.80 seconds. Next in the ring, Coyle shaved more than three seconds off the time, blazing through the timers in 27.42 seconds. Hunter Holloway (USA) and Pepita con Spita, owned by Hays Investment Corp., came the closest with a clear effort in 30.32 seconds, but in the end it was Coyle and Legacy who finished on top. Holloway ended in second, and Dinan was third.

Daniel Coyle and Legacy in their winning presentation with Greg de Bie, WIHS President Vicki Lowell, and ringmaster Steve Rector. Photo by: Shawn McMillen Photography

“Actually, the jump-off was only six fences, and an indoor arena is usually quite short,” explained Coyle. “I would say probably the turn back to the double combination and the second to last fence is where it came up good for me.”

Coyle has had the ride on Legacy for four years. She was purchased with major championship classes in mind, and she’s lived up to those expectations. Last year, Coyle and the 12-year-old Zangersheide mare (Chippendale Z x Bon Ami) made their championship debut at the European Championships with a top 10 finish and were also selected for this year’s World Championships.

“She’s been incredible to me,” said Coyle of the superstar owned by Ariel Grange. “She knows the ropes now, and we’ve sort of gelled together over the last four years, and hopefully we continue to. She’s funny because she’s always trying so hard. At a new place sometimes you’re not sure how much effort she’s going to put in. Her main thing is she doesn’t want to knock the jumps down.”

Daniel Bluman and Ubiluc. Photo by: Shawn McMillen Photography

When you’re the boss mare of the barn, you basically get to do what you want, and Coyle wouldn’t have it any other way.

“She’s very opinionated,” shared Coyle. “My groom, Greg, gets on great with her. Sometimes he’ll leave food sitting where he’s tacking her up, and she’ll take it. She kind of gets away with everything because she wins a lot and she’s a fantastic horse, and nobody ever wants to tell her anything. It’s great because I only need her for an hour a day, so whatever she does in her own time, that’s up to her.”

For his win, Coyle was presented with the Ben O’Meara Memorial Cup.

Daniel Bluman and Ubiluc in their winning presentation with ringmaster Steve Rector, Phoebe Leger, and Jennifer Glass. Photo by: Shawn McMillen Photography

Final Results: $72,900 Welcome Stake

1 LEGACY: 2010 Zangersheide mare by Chippendale Z x Bon Ami
DANIEL COYLE (IRL), Ariel Grange, Daniel Coyle: 0/0/27.42

2 PEPITA CON SPITA: 2011 Westphalian mare by DSP Con Spirit x Come On
HUNTER HOLLOWAY (USA), Hays Investment Corp.: 0/0/30.32

3 ATIKA DES HAUTS VENTS: 2010 Selle Français mare by Rock’N Roll Semilly x Scherif D’Elle
KATIE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners LLC: 0/0/30.80

4 CONFU: 2007 Holsteiner gelding by Contact Me x Cambridge 8
LAURA KRAUT (USA), St. Bride’s Farm: 0/0/34.56

5 GEMMA W: 2011 KWPN mare by Luidam x Unaniem
DANIEL BLUMAN (ISR), Blue Star Investments: 0/4/27.51

6 IMERALD VAN’T VOORHOF: 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Emerald x Bacardi Orange de Muze
PAUL O’SHEA (IRL), Imerald Partners LLC, Paul O’Shea, Tequestrian Farms LLC: 0/4/27.67

7 DIJON TERDOORN Z: 2011 Zangersheide gelding by Diamant de Semilly x Lord Z
BEAT MÄNDLI (SUI), Grant Road Paartners LLC: 0/4/29.19

8 CHANCE STE HERMELLE: 2008 Belgian Sport Horse mare by Calvaro F.C. x Hemmingway
NATALIE DEAN (USA), Marigold Sporthorses LLC: 0/WD

9 DICAS: 2009 Rheinlander gelding by Diarado x Cassini I
MARGIE GOLDSTEIN-ENGLE (USA), Gladewinds Partners LLC, Selma Garber, Show Horses Inc, Storm Ridge Capital: 0/WD

10 VALDES Z: 2013 Zangersheide gelding by Vigo d’Arsouilles X Ircolando
EVAN COLUCCIO (USA), Hampton Green Farm LLC: 2/66.44

11 NOORTJE VD WINDHEUVEL: 2013 Belgian Warmblood mare by Farfelu de Muze x Kannan
MARK BLUMAN (COL), Over the Top Stables LLC: 4/60.42

12 CENTRIKO VOLO: 2012 Oldenburg gelding by Centadel x Chacco-Blue
JORDAN COYLE (IRL), Celtic Park LLC: 4/61.42

Bluman and Ubiluc Are Blessed with a Win

Daniel Bluman (ISR) came with a plan, and Ubiluc executed it, to be christened the winners of the $36,600 International Jumper Accumulator class, where riders earn points for each clear fence they jump in the course plus an additional 20 points for the final fence. Bluman and Ubiluc finished with a perfect score of 65 in a lightning-fast time of 41.58 seconds to be presented with the Crown Royal Trophy.

Though Ubiluc was dressed to kill from the start, Bluman needed a little extra push before the course walk to get into character.

“I was going to dress as an Hermés rider, which is normally how I dress every time I compete, and I’m very proud to wear that,” stated Bluman. “I felt like I was out of place before the class when we were going to walk the class, so Baylee McKeever very kindly gave me this priest outfit to wear in tonight’s class.”

Savannah Smith was presented with the Laura Pickett Trophy for Excellence in Horsemanship. Photo by: Shawn McMillen Photography

McKeever’s divine intervention paid off for Bluman and the 10-year-old Mecklenburg gelding by Ubiko x Lucian. Though he’s normally used to jumping five-star grands prix, Ubiluc looked like a true speed specialist.

“My strategy was to try and turn as tight as I could all over the place and do the leave-outs in the lines,” explained Bluman. “Ubiluc felt really good, and he was responsive from the get-go. I felt like he was looking for the jumps and felt great. The time held up all the way, so I’m very happy with the result.

“Ubiluc is a pretty easy ride, I would have to say,” continued Bluman of the bay owned by Blue Star Investments and Over the Top Stables LLC. “He has personality, and he plays. He’s not a very big horse, so he has to have some personality in order to perform. Today the distances showed up out of the turn, so I didn’t have to pull. I was just going forward the entire way. That’s the name of the game, and it worked out for me tonight.”

Bluman hasn’t set foot in the Show Place Arena since he competed in the Children’s Jumper Finals at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in 2001, but it was nice to be back in a familiar venue with a whole new look.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been here,” noted Bluman. “We’re very happy to have the Washington International Horse Show here. The horses are happy. The ring seems to be in good condition. We have the possibility to attract the best riders in North America and Europe. It’s great, and we have great sport.”

The night was made even better by packed stands of horse enthusiasts, many of which were kids and riders from local barns celebrating and enjoying the Barn Night festivities.

“We always really like when the crowd comes and enjoys the event,” said Bluman. “It’s fun for us. Not that many years ago, I was one of them in the crowd, cheering and watching for the riders that I liked. It’s really cool, and I honestly really like it. It’s good that all the kids were here and made the time to come. They have school tomorrow and still they’re here and supporting until the late hours of the night. We’re very grateful that they show up.”

The best costume award went to the Mother of Dragons, Grace “Khaleesi” Debney of Great Britain and her fearless dragon, Zarina du Vidau.

In this class, a clear round meant more than just a top placing as each fault-free effort raised money for the Jump for a Cure initiative. In the end, $5,000 was donated to the Capital Breast Care Center.

More than 25 local barns and groups participated in Barn Night, in partnership with Green Is The New Blue. Photo by: Shawn McMillen Photography

Savannah Smith, who trains with Dorna Taintar and Michelle Mahoney, was presented with the Laura Pickett Trophy for Excellence in Horsemanship, donated by Vicki Lowell in memory of Laura Pickett, who was a very special equestrian and trainer who lost her fight with breast cancer at just 52 years old after a five-year battle. The award honors the “up-and-coming” adult or child rider and their trainer who best exhibits the enthusiasm, dedication, style, and commitment to excellent horsemanship that brings out the best in horse and rider at the Washington International Regional Horse Show and Zone 3 Finals.

The Delta Trip of the Day went to Augusta Iwasaki and Bond, owned by Shadowfax Equestrian LLC, who won the Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under Handy class.

Final Results: $36,600 International Jumper Accumulator

1 UBILUC: 2012 Mecklenburg gelding by Ubiko x Lucian
DANIEL BLUMAN (ISR), Blue Star Investments, Over the Top Stables LLC: 65/41.58

2 EGALINI: 2009 AES gelding by Cheers Cassini x Jalisco B
EVAN COLUCCIO (USA), Hampton Green Farm LLC: 65/42.24

3 THEO: 2012 Holsteiner gelding by Christian 25 x Calando IV
CONOR SWAIL (IRL), Conor Swail, Team Philippaerts: 65/44.66

4 CALGARY TAME: 2012 Selle Francis gelding by Old Chap Tame x Kashmir van’t Schuttershof
LAURA KRAUT (USA), Eugenie Angot, Stars and Stripes: 65/44.68

5 CARASINA HD: 2011 Holsteiner mare by Carrico x San Patrignano Cassini
PAUL O’SHEA (IRL), Trelawny Farm LLC: 65/45.61

6 ASTON DES ETISSES: 2010 Selle Francis gelding by Mylord Cathargo x Quidamam de Revel
MARGIE GOLDSTEIN-ENGLE (USA), Gladewinds Partners LLC: 65/53.16

7 CHARTRAINE PRE NOIR: 2012 Selle Francis gelding by Kannan x Corrado II
BEAT MÄNDLI (SUI), Grant Road Partners LLC: 65/54.22

8 CONTAGIOUS: 2009 Zweibrucker gelding by Contagion x For Keeps
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Beechwood Stables LLC: 65/57.00

9 VIVA COLOMBIA: 2005 Oldenburg mare by Couleur-Rubin x Landor S
BRIANNE GOUTAL-MARTEAU (USA), Brianne Goutal LLC: 65/59.79

10 NEWMARKET INFLUENCE: 2013 gelding by Newmarket Jewel x Equador
JOS VERLOOY (BEL), Ballwalter Stables, Maximillian Lill: 63/52.97

11 BULL RUN’S PRINCE OF PEACE: 2009 Holsteiner gelding by Cardenio 2 x Contender
KRISTEN VANDERVEEN (USA), Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC: 62/53.63

12 VENICE BEACH: 2009 Hanoverian mare by Voltaire x Escudo 19
RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC: 60/46.73

About Washington International Horse Show
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of North America’s most prestigious, competitive, and entertaining equestrian events. Highlights include the $406,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington CSI5*-W for the President’s Cup, the WIHS Equitation Finals and Children’s and Adult Hunter and Jumper Championships, plus popular community and charity events, including WIHS Kids’ Day and Barn Night. WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition, and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. For more information, visit wihs.org.
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WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition, and holds the highest rating,  CSI5*-W, awarded by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, as well as a US Equestrian 6* Jumpers and  Premier Hunters. It is recognized by the US Hunter Jumper Association, Maryland Horse Show Association, and Virginia Horse Show Association. WIHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.