DEVON, Pa. — The 2019 USEF Junior Hunter National Championships – East Coast concluded on July 9, at the Brandywine Horse Show. Caroline Passarelli, of High Falls, N.Y and Lalique earned the Overall Grand Championship in the 3’3’’ section with a total score of 253.80 points.
Over the course of two days, Passarelli and Lalique, Elite Equines LLC.’s 10-year-old Oldenburg mare, swept the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 3’3’’ section, earning scores of 101.60 in the classic, 51.40 in the under saddle, and 100.80 in the handy round. The pair rode to a total score of 253.80 to clinch the 3’3’’ Overall Grand Champion title. Passarelli and Lalique were presented with the Montserrat Perpetual Trophy donated by Ashley Herman.
“This is my first time coming to Brandywine for Junior Hunter Finals and it’s a great venue here [at Devon],” Passarelli said. “They make it very special and I really like it. The horses really perform well here. I think they know that it’s a big deal and they know they’re coming somewhere special and they rise to the occasion.”
Passarelli trains with the team at Heritage Farm, as well as David Laks and Alex Hamer, and she credits her success to the support of her trainers. Passarelli and Lalique are a fairly new partnership. The pair first competed together just two months ago in May at the Old Salem Spring Horse Show series where they earned the championship tricolor during both weeks of competition.
Of Lalique, Passarelli said, “She tries hard for you and she wants to win. It was kind of an instant partnership. We recently took time off and we went to different shows, but we reconnected the other night here. She really tries hard and it’s really special being able to ride her.”
Diana Beinstock (New York, N.Y.) was awarded the championship tricolor in the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under 3’3’’ section riding Casa Loma, Streett Moore’s 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding, to a total score of 246.10.
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