Jaime Auletto and Carla (Photo: The Book LLC)
Jaime Auletto, of Tabernacle, New Jersey, has been coming to the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair since she was doing leadline. Growing up, she continued showing in the pony and junior hunter divisions at Devon, but being able to win a class in the Amateur-Owner 18-35 3’6″ Hunters on Friday with her mother’s horse, Carla, was extra special to her.
Fifth to go, Auletto guided her mother, Suzanne’s, 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare to the top of the leaderboards after earning the highest tally of 91 in the initial over fences round out of 27 entries. Auletto trains with Emil Spadone out of Redfield Farm in Califon, New Jersey, and has been riding Carla since her mother purchased her a little over a year ago at the end of the 2016 Florida winter circuit.
Originally, the pair was competing in the Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunters as the mare was still considered a First Year Green horse, and together they were champion at the 2016 Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In December, the team felt Carla was ready to move up to the 3’6″ level, and that decision paid off as she ended up circuit champion for the 2017 season in Florida.
Despite not showing much this spring, Auletto took home another noteworthy score of 87.5 in the second round of over fences to place third and also grabbed the blue ribbon and the Summerbank Farm Perpetual Trophy in the under saddle portion of competition on Friday, sponsored by Holly H. Griffin, Gowrie Insurance Group and Great American Insurance Agripak. Saturday’s classes will round out the division, and Auletto is aiming to be as consistent as possible and give her beloved mare the best ride she can.
The H.C. Baldwin Perpetual Trophy was presented to Aizlynn Radwanski and her own Because, who won the second over fences class in the Amateur-Owner 18-35 3’6″ Hunter division on Friday with a score of 88.5.
In the older section of the Amateur-Owner 3’6″ Hunters, judges Rick Fancher and Chris Wynne awarded Becky Gochman and Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s Catch Me with a score of 92 to sweep the first over fences class, sponsored by Courtyard by Marriott, as well as the undersaddle class. The pair also claimed the Beeches Brook Challenge Trophy and the Third Skirmish Hill Perpetual Trophy for their spectacular performances on Friday. The next round of over fences was taken by Koala, owned by John and Stephanie Ingram, LLC and ridden by John Ingram with a high score of 86.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
On coming to the Devon Horse Show:
“I grew up not too far from here in south Jersey and now I have a condo in Philly so I am close by. I did leadline, ponies and the junior hunters here. It’s always one of our favorite horse shows.”
“Carla is the sweetest mare. It’s so true that when you have a good mare, you have a great mare. They always try so hard. Long, short, whatever I do, she’s always there for me. She’s a sweet horse. She’s also good for my mom, and then to come to shows like this and be such a star is amazing. She’s like a diamond – they’re rare.”
On what it means to win at the Devon Horse Show:
“I actually didn’t get to show [Carla] here last year. We had just gotten her and I didn’t really start showing her until the summer. We did the Amateur-Owner 3’3″ last year and she was amazing. She was circuit champion in Florida and she was perfect. We were trying to breed her so I didn’t show a lot this spring. I’ve been trying to get back in the groove, and to come here and have a good first trip was a sigh of relief!”
On her plan for Saturday:
“I just want to be consistent and have my horse go well and ride well. They’re all amazing horses and everyone rides well. At the end of the day, you just have to worry about yourself and being consistent. I just want to show my horse well. I want people to see her for how nice she truly is.”