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Ben Meredith Withdraws from WEG Jumping Short List


Jumping rider Ben Meredith and his mount Bernadien Van Westuur have withdrawn from Australia's World Equestrian Games shortlist electing not to contest the upcoming two round Jumping nomination series.

"Bernadien Van Westuur has had a long, successful season and has given her best in many tough classes. While I am confident she could excel in the Australian selection trials at Spangenburg and Mons, the World Equestrian Games multi-round format could be a challenge and her longevity as an athlete is always my first priority as well as the owners," said Meredith. Meredith intends to still compete on Bernadien Van Westuur on the USA's east coast and through Wellington, Florida next season...


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River Farm Sporthorses' Bernadien Van Westuur Named to Australian Short List for World Equestrian Games

Eight other combinations have been chosen to contest Australia’s two-round 2014 WEG selection trials.

David Goodwin and Warrego Jericho; Amy Graham and Bella Baloubet; Julia Hargreaves and Vedor; Jamie Kermond and Quite Cassini and Killeter Park Caracas; Ben Meredith and Bernadien van Westuur; James Passy and Yirrkala Cortina; James Paterson-Robinson and Vincente and Boris; Alison Rowland and Bickley Brook Bella.


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Kent Farrington and Blue Angel Smoke the Competition in $84,000 Salamander Hotels & Resorts Valentine's Grand Prix CSI 3*


Australia’s Benjamin Meredith and Bernadien van Westuur finished third... Benjamin Meredith was quite pleased to get a top finish with his mount, Bernadien van Westuur, and explained that this was his first time showing in a big grand prix at the FTI WEF. “I’m stoked to be here with these guys; this is very exciting for me,” Meredith said. “Thank you very much to Sheila Johnson for sponsoring the class. My partnership with this horse is relatively new, and I’m actually not the rider of this horse. My client, Haley Schaufeld, who normally rides it, is up north..."


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Bernadien Van Westuur Takes Fourth in $15,000 Week V Grand Prix


Sarah Segal and Tilghman Clear 1.40m Grand Prix with Time to Space, Winning Week V




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River Farm Sporthorses' Bernadien Van Westuur Receives Top Grand Prix Placing in $15,000 Grand Prix


Diva and Great Britain's Ben Maher break 40 seconds to score $15,000 Friday Grand Prix at Wellington Turf Tour; Ben Meredith and the River Farm Sporthorses entry Bernadien Van Westuur posted a double-clear effort taking home fourth place.




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Haley Schaufeld and Harley 86 Claim High Amateur-Owner Jumper Blue Ribbon


In the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers, seven riders made it to the final round and five were double-clear, creating a race for the winning prize. ... Haley Schaufeld and Harley 86 were on point and easily galloped over the winding course, leaving each fence in place and dashing through the finish in 33.765 seconds to capture the blue ribbon.

"I made up time in the line down the middle because the other people I saw did seven and my horse has such an open stride that I decided to do six," explained Schaufeld. "Sometimes we have trouble with sharp turns, but I feel like Harley was spot on today. We just really tried to go for it."

Schaufeld has owned Harley 86 for about a year and has great chemistry with the talented mare. "Harley is really spectacular in the ring. She has a lot of blood, but when she sees the fence you feel totally confident because you know she's going to try her best to go clear. She just loves her job," said Schaufeld.


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Haley Schaufeld and Harley 86 Earn Third Place in $35,000 Columbia Classic Grand Prix; Barbara Ruziska Named Top Maryland Rider


Haley Schaufeld and Harley 86 were the first to achieve a clear round in the $35,000 Columbia Classic Grand Prix. As the class continued, five more riders including Tracy Fenney and Joe Fargis followed her lead ensuring a fast jump-off. Jumping off first, Harley 86 and Haley Schaufeld laid down a double clear round with a time that would allow them to finish third overall.


Barbara Ruziska took home seventh place on Centennial Farm LLC's FYI, with a stunning first round accumulating only one time fault. She was also named top Maryland rider for placing highest in the most competitive class of any Maryland resident.



Haley Schaufeld Featured Rider on EverythingEq.Com


Rider Profile: Haley Schaufeld

Clemson University graduate Haley Schaufeld has been building up an impressive show-jumping resume over the last year and a half. The twenty-four year old amateur rider currently resides in Leesburg, VA and rides out of River Farm under the direction of trainer Benjamin Meredith.


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Barbara Ruziska Finishes Fourth After 5 Rounds of North American Jr. and Young Rider Championships


Barbara Ruziska and Allison Toffolon finished tied for fourth with eight faults each. Lucas Porter ended up sixth with 9 faults.

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Todd Minikus Wins $30,000 ABBA Vet Supply Open Jumper Classic at I Love New York Horse Show


Other winners on Thursday included David Jennings on Nandy Fontaine in the 1.35m Lake Placid Summit Hotel & Suites Jumper Class; Laura Chapot on Bradberry in the 1.40m CMJ Sporthorse Jumper Speed Stake; and Haley Schaufeld on Ana Sia in the 1.30m Jamaica Tent Jumper Class.



...Lucy Mitchell-Innes on Riley II in the Champlain Valley Equipment NAL & WIHS Adult Jumper Classic (over 40); and Haley Schaufeld on Ana Sia in the Y106.3 Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.

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Haley Schaufeld Claims Champion and Reserve Champion with Ana Sia and Harley 86 at 160th Upperville Colt & Horse Show


Haley Schaufeld ended the High Amateur Owner Jumper division with a win on her mount Harley 86, placing them in the reserve champion spot, only to be beat out by overall champion Ana Sia, also ridden by Haley Schaufeld.

Haley Schaufeld Ends Devon Horse Show with SJHOF Win



June 1st, 2013 – As the Devon Horse Show approaches an end A/O’s gathered on the grounds on Saturday to showcase their talents in front of the judges. Hunters took to the rings during the day, but the real attention grabbers were the Amateur-Owner jumpers that took over the Dixon Oval in the evening for the $20,000 Amateur-Owner Show Jumping Hall of Fame Classic.

Haley Schaufeld had the winning ride aboard her 12-year-old Zangersheide mare, Ana Sia. Going clear in the first round with a time of 73.495s the pair later dominated the jump-off field of 3 with another clear round and a time of 51.943s. The amateur rider was 1 of 23 entries that participated in the classic and her performance is a notable victory.


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Sidelines News Devon Update: June 1, 2013



Haley Schaufeld of Leesburg, Va., rode her Ana Sia to win the $20,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur Owner Jumper Classic, but Tori Corts of Central Valley, N.Y., on  Ultimo van ter Moude had accumulated enough points overall to take the Championship, while Ana Sia was Reserve. Last to go in the jump-off, all Schaufeld had to do was to go clean, which she did, but she rode so carefully that she accumulated four time faults, still enough to give her the win.

“I got Ana a year and a half ago,” said Schaufeld. “She’s been amazing ever since I got her. She rides like an equitation horse.”



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Campbell Steals The Show In The Idle Dice Stakes



Time For Amateur Jumpers To Shine

The amateur division took center stage on Saturday night with the $20,000 Amateur-Owner Showjumping Hall Of Fame Classic, which served as the final class of the amateur-owner jumper division.

Haley Schaufeld and Ana Sia rode away with the class win after a year and a half partnership.

“She rides like an equitation horse,” said Schaufeld. Although they have had a smooth partnership so far, Schaufeld left nothing to chance. “My grandma’s my good luck charm. Every time she comes, I win.”

And Grandma was cheering on Schaufeld for the whole class.    

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Grand Prix Success at Lexington Spring Encore

Brian Ferry March 2012


Harley 86 ridden by Haley Schaufeld was one of two double-clear rounds in the $25,000 George L Ohrstrom Jr. Grand Prix and was awarded second place.

Taking the lead in the Low Junior/Amateur Classic was Barbara Ruziska on Centennial Farm Inc.'s FYI. In the High Junior/Amateur Classic Ana Sia prevailed, ridden by Haley Schaufeld. Barbara Ruziska took the third position with the fastest time but an unfortunate four faults in the jump-off on her mount Victoire Van Het Dingenshof. 

Jumpers Complete Their First Day at WIHS

​Susan Smith March 2012

Second place went to Haley Schaufeld and Ana Sia with a clear jump-off round in 31.572 seconds. Third place went to Hannah Murrin and Valentina, jumping clear in 33.758 seconds. Chiara Parlagreco and Belle Grey Farm LLC’s Chacca Blue completed the other clear jump-off round in 36.232 seconds to finish fourth.

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Victoria Colvin Rides in Style to Win $10,000 North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Challenge Cup
Carol Simons March 2012

​There were 30 entries in tonight’s final round, which was held in jump-off format. There were four clear rounds, and they went for speed over the shortened course, designed by Steve Stephens. First to go was Nathaniel Britell on Kimberlite. They had one rail in 41.064 seconds and finished in third place. Haley Schaufeld and Ana Sia also had four faults, but with a slower time of 43.165 seconds, they placed fourth. Barbara Ruziska and Victoire van het Dingeshof were faster in 42.343 seconds and a clear round, but they would have to wait and see what Colvin could do.

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Equestrian Sports Productions' New Year's Show Wrap-Up



Jumper Highlights

In the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Barbara Ruziska placed first and second. Ruziska piloted Haley Schaufeld’s Kaskade to top honors and finished second aboard Stephanie Barnes’ Victoire Van Het Dingenshof. Kate Morrison and Craig Morrison’s Windoctro placed third.

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Barbara Ruziska Secures Sponsorship with ISellTack.Com


Up-and-coming high-performance riders had $10,000 at stake on Sunday in theStrongid® C 2X Grand Prix Barbara Ruziska is one of the top up and coming riders, and I Sell is happy to be one of her sponsors.  She trains with Benjamin Meredith, and Erynn Ballard out of "Looking Back Farm" Ontario Canada.  In 3 years she has gone to indoor finals in jumper divisions, winning multiple ribbons from WIHS and Harrisburg.  

This year will be Barbara's 4th year travelling to Florida for Winter Equestrian Festival in Welllington, where her goals are to do the Young Rider Series this winter with her 2 mounts, Victoire Van Het Dingenshof and Quite High.  After she wraps up the WEF, Barbara is looking to achieve her first Grand Prix competition in the spring of 2013.  Join us as we cheer on this young superstar on her climb to the top!

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Darragh Kenny scores both first and second place in the $75,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health



$10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper High Classic

Up-and-coming high-performance riders had $10,000 at stake on Sunday in theStrongid® C 2X Grand Prix Stadium. Barbara Ruziska and Stephanie Barnes’ Victoire Van Het captured the blue ribbon in a two trip jump-off.

Ruziska of Namsville, Maryland, battled for the win against Leah DeMartini of Bronxville, New York aboard True Love, owned by Elm Rock Partner, LLC. Ruziska produced a clear effort in 45.58 seconds while DeMartini also had a clear round, but was shy of the lead with a time of 48 seconds, which earned them the red ribbon.

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