Schoelen won the 15-17 division riding Capone Z and Topping captured the blue ribbon in the 14 & Under division on Perfektionist, owned by Tracey Topping


Kylie Schoelen and Capone Z Photo credit: Shawn McMillen

Schoelen, of Toms River, NJ, received an 82 in the first round and an 89 in the second to secure her victory in the 15-17 division. The second round score caught her by surprise.

"I was amazed. I never received a score that high before," said Schoelen. "I started out in third after the first round and I ended up winning. It feels great."

Schoelen has only had her 8-year-old Zangersheide for two years, but she has really enjoyed the experience. "My horse is so awesome. I have had so much fun with him. He is so cool, he does anything I ask him to do. He is just so great."


Phoebe Topping and Perfektionist Photo credit: Shawn McMillen

Topping, 14, of Sagaponack, NY, received the highest score in both rounds to win the 14 & Under division and she gives all the credit to Perfektionist.

"I was really happy with him," said Topping. "He was such a good boy all day. I have only been riding him since March of this year, but he is so perfect and smart. He's just a really good boy. I really like him."

Topping has competed at the Classic since she was four years old. "I competed in leadline, but I didn't win. I was happy to win today, it was fun."