HITS Ocala 2016

It’s been a busy fall and winter for Phoenix! With our new location just under 3 miles from the HITS show grounds in Ocala, the Phoenix show string has taken root in the Florida sunshine (and rain), jumping better and higher right from the start.

OCALA Week I & II Results

Head Trainer Debbie McCarthy Connor has been moving two horses along from the 1.20 m to the 1.30 m Jumpers in anticipation of upcoming HITS Ocala Prix. Crespo (owned by McCarthy Horse Ventures) has continued to jump better and better making it to the jump off in both the 1.20 m and 1.30 m levels. EF Eline (owned by Edition Farm) has been double clean every round, winning 8th in the 1.20 m jumpers and making it to the jump off round both days in the 1.30 m jumpers during week 2. Click here to watch their jump off round in the 1.30 m jumpers. 

Matthias Hollberg of Hollberg Equestrian, LLC has been jockey for two Phoenix Horse Farm horses. Working alongside Debbie as her shoulder continues to heal and Thom Hardy, Matt has been riding Cassita 10 (owned by Connor & Ebetino Jumpers) in the 1.20 m and 1.30 m jumpers with double clean rounds. His other ride EF Katniss (owned by Edition Farm) continues to bloom in the 1.20 m gaining confidence and stamina with her lofty jump, winning 8th the first week. Watch Kat’s round in the Grand Prix Stadium. 

Caroline and Diabolo du Domaine Z (owner/ rider) made a quick rise to the 1.30 m jumpers in just 3 days the first week of Ocala. We anticipate Caroline and Diablo’s continued progress in the Amateur Owner Jumpers in the upcoming weeks when she flys down from her full time college commitment at Quinnipiac University. Click here to watch a great ride by Caroline in the 1.30 m Jumpers! 

Taylor and Dreamcatcher (owner/ rider) swept the 0.65 mm jumpers and have earned the top spot as Champion for week 1. They continue their winning streak into week 2 making a name for themselves in Jumper Ring 1. 

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October Day Shows

Phoenix has been busy supporting our local shows this October.  We’ve had a lot of success taking the skills learned over the summer and applying them to the show ring. Read below for a list of results and some great snapshots from Karen Bulzacchelli.

October 3, 2015 | STEPPING STONE FARM

Samatha, Nicole and Emily with Little Prince, our fan favorite, super star pony!

Our leadline and walk trotters practiced their skills at Stepping Stone Farm in Ridgefield with our fan favorite pony, Little Prince! Congratulations to both girls for their Champion ribbons in their classes.

Emily Delaney won the Walk Trot Pleasure classes and brought home the Champion Ribbon, as well as a few other prizes.  It was her very first show!

Samantha Granger won the heart of the judge with her great horse knowledge and even rode a little bit off-lead to impress him even further. A big CONGRATS and blue ribbons for her as well.

October 9 & 10, 2015 | HUDSON VALLEY SHOW JUMPING @ Crosswinds

Christina and Renee jumping two fast, clear rounds in the crossrail jumpers

Christina and Renee jumping two fast, clear rounds with their horses in the crossrail jumpers

Our jumper riders headed to Crosswinds in LaGrangeville, NY for an indoor jumper show.  The impressive jumps and multiple level classes were perfect for our riders and their horses.  We spent two days jumping fast and clear.

Congratulations to Renee McAndrew and her horse, Bouazizi on their first ever jumper competition together! They were fast and clear in both rounds winning a blue ribbon.

Christina Prescott-Walker and her horse, Ocean also made their debut in the jumper ring, winning a clear round blue ribbon.  We are so proud of both of them doing two speed rounds!

Jessica Gamby and her horse, Kohana “Petunia” won two classes, one in the 2’6″ jumpers and another in the 3″ jumpers.

Taylor Lampert and HH Sandor (owner/ rider) were 2nd in the 3′ jumpers.

Zoe Reinus stepped back into the jumper ring with Ocean (owned by Christina Prescott-Walker) and were 4th in the 2’6″ jumpers.

In addition, Pam Sorkin showed Ocean in the 2′ jumpers and was fast and clean.  It was her first horse show competition ever!

Ellie Waugh brought Santiago (owned by Taylor Lampert) and were 5th and 6th in the 2’6″ jumpers in their very first show together!

October 25, 2015 | OLD SALEM FARM

Debbie took the crew to Old Salem Farm this past Sunday.  Eight horses were loaded into the Connor & Ebetino tractor trailer and taken to the North Salem farm.  Three hunters showed inside, while five jumpers competed outside. Congratulations to all of our great horses and riders:

Denise Ficano and Big Boy (owned by Phoenix) earned a 5th place ribbon with their gorgeous jumping trip in the Modified Adult Hunter and were 8th in the hack.

Emily Cooley and her horse, Golden Opportunity “Trigger” jumped around beautifully indoors and hacked into 4th place.

Nicole Bulzacchelli competed in the Adult Amateur Hunter with her horse, Semper Fidelis “Bentley”.  They were awarded two 7th placings, a 4th and won a long pink ribbon (5th place) in the Marshall & Sterling Adult Hunter Classic.

Isabelle Fischer Garcia and her horse, Corsica NL were fast and clear in both of their rounds in the 2’6″ jumpers.

Taylor Lampert and her cow-pony Dreamcatcher “Dreamer” won their first 2’6″ class and were 4th in the next trip.

Jessica Gamby and her horse, Kohana “Petunia” won two consecutive 3rd placings in the 2’6″ division and were 6th in the 3′ jumpers.

Ellie Waugh and Santiago (owned by Taylor Lampert) were 8th in a 2’6″ class, as well as 8th in a 3′ jumper round.

Caitlin Malloy Brennan and EF Eline (owned by Edition Farm) were 7th and 8th in their two 3′ jumper rounds.




Winning at PJA

Great results from PJA this past Labor Day Weekend

Congratulations to:

Spencer Lampert and Debbie McCarthy Connor on Roulette’s WIN in the big classic at PJA this past Sunday! Roulette jumped like a super star – we are so proud! In addition she won 7th in a 1.25 m Jumper class.

Debbie and Crespo (McCarthy Horse Ventures) with their 4th place win in the 1.25 m Jumpers.

Connor & Ebetino Jumpers’s horse Cassita 10 won 3rd, 6th and 7th in the 1.20 m Jumpers.

Samantha Pandolfi Bedard and her horse, Dexter, were 7th, 10th and 10th in the Adult Amateur Jumpers.

Taylor Lampert and HH Sandor (owner/ rider) were 9th in the Adult Amateur Jumpers.  Taylor was also 3rd in Schooling and 6th in Low Schooling Jumpers.

Caitlin Malloy Brennan and EF Eline (Edition Farm) were 8th in the Adult Amateur Jumpers.


Summing Up Saugerties

The Phoenix Team had a great week up at HITS-on-the-Hudson last week.  Every rider won a ribbon and the horses jumped great!  Here is a brief summation of our success at Saugerties Week VII:

Debbie and Roulette soared into 7th in the Level 6/ 1.30 m Jumpers.

Caroline and Diablo (owner/ rider) went around clear, winning 6th in the Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers.

Taylor and Santiago (owner/ rider) sped into 2nd in the Level 1 Jumpers.

Taylor and Sandor (owner/ rider) placed 7th in the High Adult Jumpers.

Samantha and Dexter (owner/ rider) zipped around the jumper ring, placing 3rd and 4th in the High Adult Jumpers.

Jessica and Petunia (owner/ rider) won 2nd, 3rd and 5th in the Level 0 Jumpers, and 2nd and 5th in the Level 1 Jumpers. On Sunday they competed in the Saugerties Children’s Hunters, winning 2nd and 7th over fences.

Caitlin and EF Eline (Edition Farm) placed 3rd, 4th and 6th in the High Adult Jumpers.

Thank you to Debbie for her great coaching and thank you to Sal Pandolfi for these great action shots!

Learning How to Leadline

On Saturday, August 15, three of our CAMP Phoenix riders, Kennedy, Taylor and Samantha, dressed up in their tan britches, white collared show shirts and matching braids and bows for a very special Leadline class.  The leadline class simulated a rated horse show format.  There were three separate classes judged individually by our Assistant Trainer, Sue Paganelli.  Each competitor was judged on their riding ability, as well as their knowledge of horsemanship and equipment.  Sue asked them to demonstrate their jumping position, steering on a circle and serpentine, and walking over poles.  At the end of each section she quizzed them on Horsemanship Trivia, such as “What color is your horse?” or “Can you show me where the mane is on your horse?”

Each of our CAMP Phoenix students were great and received blue ribbons and peppermints for their ponies.  We are so proud of all of them and their hard work at the barn!

Thank you to Sue, Nicole, Zoe and Caitlin for organizing the class.  Thank you to Karen Bulzacchelli for taking photos.  Click here for more shots from the show!

Week VI at HITS

The Phoenix Family won ribbons in every ring during Week VI of HITS-on-the-Hudson.  We are so proud of our team of new and veteran clients.


Zim (Connor & Ebetino Jumpers) and Debbie jumped the biggest tracks since re-uniting at the end of last year, jumping into 8th place in the $5k 1.40 m Speed and 11th in the $15k Saturday Prix.

Roulette (Spencer Lampert) and Debbie continue to their road to the Grand Prix jumping clear in the Level 6 – 1.30 m jumpers.

Cassita 10 (Connor & Ebetino Jumpers) and Debbie were 8th in the Level 5 – 1.20 m jumpers.

Crespo (McCarthy Horse Ventures) and Debbie won 6th and 8th in the Level 5 – 1.20 m jumpers.

HH Sandor and Taylor Lampert (owner/ rider) won the Level 3 – 1.10 m jumpers and were Champion in the division.  This recently paired duo also placed 4th in the High Adult (1.10 m) Jumpers.

Dexter and Samantha Pandolfi (owner/ rider) were 8th in the High Adult (1.10 m) Jumpers, and won 11th in their $2,500 High Adult Classic on Sunday.

EF Eline (Edition Farm) and Caitlin Malloy Brennan were clean and 9th in the High Adult (1.10m) Jumpers.

Corsical NL and Isabelle Garcia Fischer (owner/rider) stepped up to the Level 1 Jumpers (.90 m) winning two 7th place ribbons.  They also took on the Equitation ring, winning 4th in the Mini Medal on Sunday.

Kohana (aka Petunia) and owner, Jessica Gamby, moved up two levels in just 4 days of showing, winning 3rd in the 2’ Jumpers, 4th in the Level 0 (.80 m), and 3rd in the Level 1 (.90 m) Jumpers.  The pair finished up with two great medal rounds on Sunday.

Golden Opportunity and Emily Cooley (owner/ rider) made a comeback this week after a year off from showing in the Hunter ring, winning 4th, 6th and 7th in the Saugerties Adult Hunter Division, and 6th over fences in the Pre-Adult Hunters.

Big Boy and Zoe Reinus’s first show together was a great success! They showed in three different rings and won 5th and 8th place in HITS Hunter 2 and 6th in Adult Limit Equitation over fences.

Semper Fidelis (aka Bentley) and owner, Nicole Bulzacchelli, were great in the 3’ Thoroughbred Division, winning 2nd, 3rd and two 4th place ribbons over fences and 3rd on the flat.  They also placed 2nd, 4th and 4th over fences in Adult Limit and 7th under saddle.  In addition, Bentley toted Samantha Granger around in the Leadline Division, where she won three 1st place blue ribbons!

THANK YOU to our grooms for their hard work the last two weeks and to Karen Bulzacchelli for great photos from the show! And most of all THANK YOU to Peter and Debbie for making this show a great success!

Success at Saugerties

Phoenix is back in New York and having great success from the Grand Prix Stadium to the Hunter & Equitation Rings.

Results from HITS-on-the-Hudson Week V


Debbie and Zim (Connor & Ebetino) 8th in the Level 7 Jumpers, 11th in the Level 6 Jumpers

Debbie and Crespo (McCarthy Horse Ventures) 4th in the Level 5 Jumpers

Debbie and Roulette (Spencer Lampert) 7th in the Level 6 Jumpers

Debbie and Cassita (Connor & Ebetino and Phoenix) clean in the Level 5 Jumpers

Caroline Carpenter and Diablo (owner/ rider) clean in the Level 5 Jumpers and Low A-O’s

Taylor and HH Sandor (owner/ rider) 3rd and 8th in the High Adult Jumpers

Samantha Pandolfi and Dexter (owner/ rider) clean in the High Adult Jumpers and a single rail in the jump off in the High Adult Classic

Caitlin Malloy Brennan and EF Eline (Edition Farm) 7th in the Level 3 Jumpers and clean in the Adult Jumper High Speed


Denise Ficano and Big Boy (Michael Kirby) 4th over fences in the 2‘9” Adult Limit Equitation; 3rd and 7th over fences and 6th under saddle in the Saugerties Adult Hunter; and 6th in the HITS Hunter 2 Under Saddle


Wrapping up Culpeper


Our HITS Culpeper Circuit was a great success.  Every horse and rider won a ribbon.

Click here for results from Showday National week.

The following results are from the Cavalier Classic:

Roulette (Spencer Lampert) and Debbie McCarthy won 6th in the $5k Open Welcome.

Crespo (McCarthy Horse Ventures) and Debbie were 3rd and 6th in level 6 jumpers.

Cassita 10 (Connor & Ebetino Jumper and Phoenix) and Debbie won the Level 5 jumpers and were Reserve Champion the week before.

Zim (Connor & Ebetino Jumpers) and Debbie were 5th in Open Speed.

Diabolo du Domaine Z and Caroline Carpenter (owner/ rider) were 5th in the Low Amateur Owner Jumper Classic, as well as  5th in a Low AO qualifying class and 8th in the Level 5 jumpers.

Corsica NL and Isabelle Fischer Garcia (owner/ rider) were 7th in 2ft jumper.

Sandor and Taylor Lampert (owner/ rider) were 2nd in the Level 2 jumpers.

EF Eline (Edition Farm) and Caitlin Malloy Brennan were 8th in the High Adult Jumper Classic and 4th in the Level 2 jumpers.

Fiona (Martin Hall) and Caroline Carpenter were 7th in the 3′ pre-green hunters.

Fila (Taylor Lampert) and Debbie were 5th and 6th in the 3’3″ pre-green hunters.

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Clean at Culpeper


IMG_2544HITS Culpeper has been a great success!  Many horses have moved up, riders have had great results on new horses, and horses with varying degrees of time off are soaring to new heights in the Grand Prix arena.  Every horse had at least one clean round and a ribbon this week!  Here are the results thus far:

Roulette (Spencer Lampert) and Debbie McCarthy – 3rd in the $15,000 Brook Ledge Open Jumper Prix and 8th in the $5,000 Open Jumper Welcome.  We are so pleased to see the leading team of the show string back in action.

Zim (Connor & Ebetino Jumpers) showed by Debbie McCarthy – 6th in the $2,500 1.40 mm Open Speed Jumpers, as well as 2nd and 6th in the $1,000 Level 6 Jumpers (1.30 mm).  We are loving the consistent progression of this horse’s scope and willingness to jump higher and higher!

Cassita 10 (Connor & Ebetino Jumpers and Phoenix) showed by Debbie McCarthy – Reserve Champion in the $500 Level 5 Jumpers (1.20 mm) winning 2nd, 3rd and 5th throughout the week.  We are so excited to see this horse prevail and move up levels!

Crespo (McCarthy Horse Ventures) showed by Debbie McCarthy –  3rd and 4th in the $500 Level 5 Jumpers (1.20 mm).  “The Tank”, one of the younger horses on Debbie’s string, continues to WOW us with his speed and willingness to jump.

EF Katniss (Edition Farm) showed by Debbie McCarthy –  4th in the Level 4 Jumpers (1.15 mm).  Another young horse continues to gain positive ring time down here at HITS Culpeper.

Corsica NL (The Garcia Family) showed by Debbie McCarthy – 5th in the Level 2 Jumpers.  We can’t wait for Isabelle and the rest of the Garcia family to come join us down in VA!

Diabolo du Domaine Z owned and showed by Caroline Carpenter were 3rd in the $500 Low Jr/Amateur Owner Jumper (1.30 mm), 10th in their $5,000 NAL Classic and 6th in the $500 Level 5 Jumper (1,20 mm).  A great consistent ride in the Grand Prix Arena producing great results!

EF Eline (Edition Farm) showed by Caitlin Malloy Brennan – 5th in the $2,000 M&S/ NAL Adult Jumper Classic, as well as 2nd in the Level 3 (1.10 mm) and 3rd in a High Adult Jumper (1.10 mm) class.
Santiago owned and showed by Taylor Lampert won 3rd in the Level 2 Jumpers in the Grand Prix Arena.  She was also 7th in the same class with a horse on trial.  We are looking forward to watching Taylor challenge herself with organizing her own string of jumpers! 

Fila (Taylor Lampert) showed by Debbie McCarthy won 1st, and three 4ths over fences, as well as 2nd under saddle in the 3’3” Pre-Green Division.  In addition he learned how to go around the hunter derby ring in a torrential rain downpour, scoring 70 points in the first round.  We are so proud of our 5 year old super hunter!

Fiona (Martin Hall) showed by Caroline Carpenter – 2nd, 6th, 7th and 8th over fences and 6th on the flat in the 3’ Pre-green Hunter – great results from this new horse and rider combination!

Showtimes Sunday (Debbie McCarthy) and Debbie McCarthy – 2nd and two 4ths over fences in the 3’ Thoroughbred Hunter Division and only his third time showing this year!


What’s Up in Upperville

The show string arrived at the oldest horse show in the country, Upperville Colt & Horse Show, in Upperville, Va. this past Sunday ready for a full week of showing. Despite the rainy, wet conditions our hunters started out the week with great results!

Fila, owned by Taylor Lampert, jumped with Debbie aboard in the gorgeous tree scattered ring with its original grand stand overlooking their rounds in the 3’3″ High Performance Division. On Tuesday he moved on to the 3’3″ Pre-Green Hunter Division, placing 4th over fences and 4th in the USHJA Pregreen Stake.

Showtimes Sunday – “Jack” (owned by Debbie McCarthy and Peter Connor) competed in the Thoroughbred Hunter Division, winning 8th over fences out of 26 entries.

On the other side of the show grounds our jumpers beat the weather with multiple clean rounds.

Roulette, owned by Spencer and Taylor Lampert, had clear rounds all week, including a 6th place win in the 1.35 m speed class.

In addition, Zim, owned by Connor & Ebetino Jumpers, jumped just as great, also moving up to the 1.35 m with a clean round.

Caroline Carpenter and Diabolo du Domaine Z – “Diablo” – were super stars in the 1.20 m – not one rail down all week!

Bella, owned by McCarthy Horse Ventures, jumped the moon, moving up from 1.20 m to 1.30 m.

EF Eline, owned by Edition Farm and shown by Caitlin Malloy Brennan, won a “clear round blue ribbon” early in the week and were clean and fast in the High Adult Amateurs on Saturday.

Our green jumpers Cassita 10, owned by Connor & Ebetino Jumpers; Jazz, owned by Taylor Lampert; and EF Katniss, owned by Edition Farm, dug in in the mud and continued their training between 1.10 and 1.20 m, each earning a clean round.