Brownland Farm Fall Shows

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Continuing the 2016 show season in Franklin, TN, Brownland Farm hosted their Fall I and II shows, September 7-11 and September 14-18, respectively.

At the Fall I show, the highlight was the $25,000 Brownland Grand Prix, held on the grass field. Michael Tokaruk and Charlie Jayne’s Cupid Shuffle won Saturday’s Grand Prix with double clear rounds and the fastest time over 16 other entries. There were seven clean rounds coming into the jump-off, and Eminem was first to go. Tokaruk had another clear round and set a pace that was tough to catch for most of the jump off. When it was Cupid Shuffle’s turn, Tokaruk knew the horse could be quick and handy, so he went for it, taking over the lead with Cupid.  Second place went to Z-Coco Cabana and Glenn Hartigan. Right behind by fractions of seconds, Tokaruk’s other mount Eminem was third. “Both horses are such a pleasure to have,” said Tokaruk. “They are both really consistent and reliable.”

Tokaruk also won the Meter 1.20 Jumper with Cassie Kime’s Tenacious D and the Meter 1.30 Jumper with Maria Roberts’ Qasqai.

The Brownland Hunter Derby is a popular class, drawing 30 entries at this show. Hunt Tosh and Betsee Parker’s Gotham were the winners of the $1500 prize. Tim Maddrix and Cheryl Rubenstein’s Capisce were second, and Julie Curtin was third with Liz Hudspeth’s Fairfax.

The Junior Hunter Classic was another big draw, with 16 entries to judge. Grace Tuton and Sorbet took top honors, with Julia Curtis and Ezra placing second. Tuton was also third with Lautento.

Holly Labry and Red Rooster were the winners of the Amateur Owner Hunter Classic. Christina Fisher and All The Best were second, with Linda Brzoza and Pop the Question coming in third.

Elizabeth Rupp and Fabio Capello won the ASPCA Medal class, the McKenzie Maloney and Creedence coming in second. Abigail Sellers placed third with Tee Time.

Hunt Tosh took first and second places in the Pre-Green Incentive Stake; first with Uptown and second with Chicago. Wheeler Douglas is owner of both horses. Tim Maddrix was third with Mindy Wurzburg’s Shipshape, fourth with Cheryl Rubenstein’s Capisce, and fifth with Missy Nolen’s Just Right.

Plans were to show a private screening of “Harry and Snowman” on Saturday night. But strong winds and rain saturating everything under the pavilion made postponing the screening a necessity.

Fall II Highlights
The Hunter Derby during the Fall II show was another crowd-pleaser with 37 entries and many high scores. Julie Curtin won the class aboard Fairfax, owned by Liz Hudspeth. Hunt Tosh was second with Betsee Parker’s Gotham in this Derby.

The Fall II Grand Prix was held in the Grand Prix Arena, and if this was a “guys against gals” team sport, the ladies came out triumphant! Out of the top 12 placings, 7 were women! Spirits were high as the 12-entry class finished out the show on Sunday afternoon. Whitney Owens, riding Ambienta S (DS Holdings, LLC) won the class with a good size jump-off. Louise Graves and Poker Face M (Deerfield Farm, LLC) were second. Whitney came back with third aboard S&L Shoe Guru (DS Holdings, LLC). Miguel Ventura and Quan placed fourth. For the spectators, Tennessee Equine Hospital hosted everyone with good food in the best viewing area for the class.

Hunt Tosh was again a dominant force in the Pre-Green Incentive Stakes, taking first with the Wheeler Family’s Cavalier and third with Douglas Wheeler’s Chicago. Tim Madddrix filled in the gaps, placing second on Missy Nolen’s Just Right and fourth on Cheryl Rubenstein’s Capisce. Hunt Tosh was also sixth with Wheeler’s Uptown.

Show attendees were able to watch a pre-screening of “Harry and Snowman” during the Exhibitor's Party on Friday night of the Fall II show. Over 50 people stayed to watch it, and no one had a dry eye during the show! What an amazing story about Harry De Leyer and his family.

Full results of the Brownland Fall shows are available at

(Photo of Tokaruk and Cupid Shuffle by Cassie Kime; other photos courtesy of Lili 2016)

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