Spring Ledge collected a variety of blue ribbons and championship rosettes during their time at the Lake Placid and I Love NY horse shows, held June 23-July 5 in Lake Placid, New York.
During the first week it was Autumn Rhythm who shined brightest in the hunters, taking top calls in the Green and Amateur-Owner 3’3″ sections with Sloane Coles and Nilani Trent, respectively.
“This was so exciting. It was her first time in the Amateur-Owners with him,” said Sloane. “Nilani won two over fences classes and the reserve championship. He just marched right around and was so consistent with her. She showed him at Old Salem (in May) in the Adults and was champion. He just jumps so well it’s hard for him not to win, and Nilani did a great job!”
Nilani also piloted her new horse Casablanca 108 to top ribbons in the Adult Amateur Jumpers. “Old Salem was their first show together, so they haven’t had much time to get to know each other, but they posted lots of clear rounds here,” said Sloane. “I wasn’t intending to buy her a 7-year-old, but this mare has the best attitude. She walks straight out of her stall to the ring with no preparation. She’s very mellow and does her job extremely well. I’m very excited about her. I’d like to show her a little, too, to see what she has in her and maybe jump a little bigger. It would be great if she could move up to the Low Amateur-Owners with Nilani in the future.”
In the 7-year-old Young Jumpers, The Windwood Group’s WEC Damokles picked up excellent ribbons, while their L’Ami Noir did the same in the 1.35m open jumpers.
During the second week’s I Love NY show, it was Sloane and The Spring Ledge Group’s Esprit who took center stage in the jumpers, claiming second in the $30,000 Welcome. “There were 11 in the jump-off, and I went last,” said Sloane. “I was conservative to fences 1 through 4 and then stepped on the gas for the last three fences to make up time. It was really exciting because I haven’t done many jump-offs with him. He’s so fast across the ground. I decided not to do the grand prix and instead save him for the third week’s $100,000 class on Friday (July 10).”
In the hunter ring, it was Sloane’s mom Julie Coles who hung a tricolor on the banner with top honors in the Adult Amateur, 50 and over, section. She guided the 13-year-old Odiel, owned by Janice Aron, to victory in three out of four over fences classes for the championship. Odiel started the year in the 1.40m jumpers but has successfully transitioned to the hunters this spring. The Spanish-bred earned the Performance Working Hunter 3’3″ Reserve Championship at Upperville and placed 12th in his first USHJA International Hunter Derby outing there.
“We weren’t planning on having my mom show him, but he did the High Performance the previous week and had gotten an 85 in the handy. So, I did him in the derby, and he was great. He just got a little jumpery over one fence,” said Sloane. “Since he didn’t do a division, I thought it would be good for him to go around and have some nice trips, and my mom gets along really well with him. They ended up winning, and it was the first time she’d ever shown him. She was amazing!”
While Sloane was up in New York, Assistant Trainer Lillibet Motion stayed in Virginia to hold down the fort and attend the Showday National in Culpeper, Virginia. There, she helped Rachel Paradise to top ribbons in the Junior Hunters aboard Island Life. Lillibet will remain in Culpeper for the Cavalier Classic, and Sloane will join her after she returns from New York.