Versatility Challenge

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Tuesday evening’s performance at the Germantown Charity Horse3 Show (GCHS), June 7, 2016 was the $5,000 GCHS Hunter/Jumper Versatility Challenge. This class honors the tradition of Barney Mallace’s horse Keepsake, a 1990 Dutch Warmblood who was noted for her versatility in winning both in the hunter ring and the jumper ring. There are two rounds in this competition: a hunter-style judged round in which the horses jump 3’3” to 3’6” and a jumper course looking for fastest clear round.  The top 12 hunters from round one come back for round two. Overall winner is the highest point total from both rounds. In addition to prize money, the winner receives the Keepsake Perpetual Trophy donated by Peggy Jones and Barney Mallace.

This year’s Versatility Challenge winner was Café Crema, with Colleen Acosta riding. Last year’s winner, White Lightning, placed second this year with Sarah Young riding. Third was Chief, ridden by Isabella Baxter. Fourth was Walk This Way, Michael Tokaruk in the irons. And fifth was VDL Zingaro H, Lauren Taylor riding.

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