Horses

Local Riders Win At Mid-Atlantic Equestrian Festival

883a0e2bfdf4c62713f2_maef_delise.JPG
The $2,500 MAEF R.W. Mutch Scholarship is presented to winner Ashley DeLise. DeLise, of Pittstown, N.J. Credits: Antoinette D’Addario
6d0d9f4b5ae729892174_MAEF_Devon_Thomas.JPG
Devon Thomas, of Millburn, N.J. aboard Cordino, is presented the Young Rider Championship at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival. Credits: Antoinette D’Addario
883a0e2bfdf4c62713f2_maef_delise.JPG

 

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — The Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival’s sixth year of competition was held Nov. 17 to 19 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Several local riders came home with not only ribbons, but scholarships as well.

Sign Up for E-News

This year’s show began with 147 horses and riders in the opening rounds of competition. The day concluded with MAEF’s Flat Championship Champion, with Kendall Fately, of Basking Ridge, N.J. taking reserve.

Nov. 17 also featured another star, Devon Thomas, of Millburn, N.J. aboard her mount of a year and a half, Cordino, who won three of the 12 divisions in the show’s Indoor Ring. Thomas continued to impress the judges throughout the weekend with wins in the USEF Medal 3’6” and the Young Rider Championship on Nov. 19.

“[It’s] so surreal,” said Thomas. “This is such a good end to the year.”

Thomas will continue on to Wellington, Fla. for the winter and is anticipating a successful year after her wins at MAEF.

“This is a good show to get points [at] before the upcoming year,” said Thomas.

Thomas, joined by Vincent Desiderio, of Chester, N.J. and Devon’s brother, Logan Thomas, also took first place in MAEF’s Team Competition 2’6”. The trio made their first appearance of the evening as one of 16 teams in the costume parade, where they were dressed to the theme of Mario Cart. They stayed in full garb for the following team class.

“We spent two months planning our costume!” said Thomas. “Last year [it] wasn’t the best, so we wanted to pull through this year.”

Each year, MAEF’s competitors pick different themes and dress up for the costume parade and subsequent team competition while barn members, family, and friends cheer from the stands. Consequently, the costume parade has earned a reputation as a signature MAEF event.

In addition to the show’s longstanding traditions, MAEF introduced some new additions to its sixth year at the Maryland arena, including $4,500 in scholarship awards.

The $2,500 MAEF R.W. Mutch Scholarship was presented to winner Ashley DeLise. DeLise, a Pittstown, N.J., native, also received a R.W. Mutch sterling silver medal, a jacket, and a winner’s sash for her win.

“It feels really good to win the scholarship,” said DeLise. “A lot of hard work went into it, so I am really proud of my horse and myself.”

DeLise was also the second place winner in the $2,000 Maryland Horsemanship Scholarship.

Sunday’s final rounds at MAEF ended on a high note with Cape May County, N.J. resident, Victoria McCann winning the Intermediate Rider Championship and Amy Porchetta, of South Plainfield, N.J., taking the Novice Rider champion title.

The show’s founders, Ellen Shevella and Mary BeeBee, were already eagerly awaiting MAEF 2018 and hoped to see the same, if not larger, turnout at next year’s event.

“We are always trying to find ways of allowing more young riders to participate in MAEF,” said Shevella. “With the addition of a second ring this year, I expect we will be maxed out in both in 2018.”

Shevella added that she is hoping that the show will offer over $8,000 in awards next year.

“Every year we expand the scholarship program,” said Shevella. “We tweak the schedule a bit and add and delete a few things to give the people what they want.”

In addition to the show’s evolving schedule and awards, MAEF embraces a unique and fun family atmosphere that has kept many barns and teams coming back yearly since the show’s humble beginnings.

“We love that it has become a real MAEF family,” added Shevella.

To learn more about the Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival, visit: www.midatlanticeq.com

See more Equestrian news at www.TAPintoHorses.net

Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TAPintoHorses/

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Fair Lawn/Glen Rock

Conversations with Joan Herrmann: When Men Suffer from Impotence, What Happens to their Female Partners?

Most women, when they're young, believe men are the ones regularly seeking sexual intimacy. That's why later in life, for some male/female relationships, it becomes quite a surprise when it's the woman who is more interested than the man.

Below, Joan taps into her bevvy of experts for answers.

"Intimacy involves feelings of emotional closeness and connectedness with another ...

Belmar Parasail: Soar Into Summer with a High-Flying Adventure Along the Beachfront

July 14, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar finally basks in picture-perfect weather, it may be time to check off a summer activity on your bucket list. And for many, parasailing is one of those “must-do” experiences.

At Belmar Parasail, the season is in full swing, offering boat trips from the Belmar Manutti Marina to the beachfront where passengers are lifted 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean ...

Morristown Happenings: Things to Do in Morristown This Weekend; July 14 - 15

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Jump for joy....it's the weekend! Don't let Friday the 13th scare you away, there are lots of fun things to do in and around town this weekend! Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday July 14

Tri harder Triathlon; Ginty Pool and Ginty Field; 8:30am

25th Annual George Gramby Softball Game; Cauldwell Playground; 9am

Urban Farm Stand is Open; 14 ...

Glen Rock Police Blotter - July 16

July 16, 2018

During the period between July 9 and July 15, 2018 members of the GRPD handled 255 calls for service, the highlights of which included:

July 9 -10:35 AM – During the course of a motor vehicle stop, P.O. Tarantino arrested a 34-year-old male out of Newark, NJ on an outstanding Passaic County warrant for unpaid child support. The male was transported to the Passaic County Jail and turned ...

Rutgers Hikes Tuition, Student Fees for 2018-2019 Academic Year

July 20, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University Board of Governors today approved a 2.3 percent hike in tuition and fees, as well as increases for dorm rooms and meals, for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The increase now brings the annual cost for undergraduate students to $14,975, which is $337 more than this past school year.

Student housing will increase 1.9 percent, and ...

New Restaurant Buys ‘Pocketed’ Westfield Liquor License

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council approved the transfer of a liquor license to Westfield Hospitality LLC for its Westfield Fish & Brew Company during the council's meeting Tuesday night. The license had been bought from Jeffrey’s when it closed in 2014 and remained unused, or “pocketed,” by that owner until now.

Though the restaurant does not ...

Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 16, 2018

Eliminates Prior Approval for Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Medications; Counseling Options to be Expanded

TRENTON, NJ – The Murphy administration on July 16 announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease ...

Glen Rock Green Team Hosts "Plastic Ocean" Movie Screening July 31

GLEN ROCK, NJ - The Glen Rock Green Team Interns will be hosting a movie screening of the documentary “Plastic Ocean”  on July 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Borough Hall Council Chambers. Refreshments and food will be provided before the movie and a question and answer session will take place after the movie.

This life changing documentary is about the growing amounts ...

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey

How often do you read TAPinto?  Have you downloaded the TAPinto APP?  These are a few of the questions for readers in our 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

We want to hear from you!

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will help TAPinto better serve you. 

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

Thank you.  We appreciate your support and ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, July 21, 11:00 AM

The Hermitage Museum, Ho-Ho-Kus

Food Truck Festival at The Hermitage

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_9c2606794bc4352e25c9_hermitage-front-view-1

Sat, July 21, 11:00 AM

The Hermitage Museum, Ho-Ho-Kus

Food Truck Festival

Arts & Entertainment Education Food & Drink

Carousel_image_d5793ba31df740344d18_cadmus_house

Sun, July 22, 1:00 PM

Cadmus House, Fair Lawn

Cadmus Museum Open House

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_b08b01172dd72d3c0114_hermitage_craft_show_photo_5_opt

Sat, August 11, 10:00 AM

Hermitage Museum, Hohokus

Hermitage Museum Outdoor Craft Show

Arts & Entertainment

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...