Showing off his jumping “Chops,” Picobello Choppin PC and Molly Ashe-Cawley in the
$7,500 Speed Derby.Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Halifax, Mass. – Aug. 18, 2017 – The forecast was a chance of showers at the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament in Halifax, Massachusetts, but that didn’t slow down Molly Ashe-Cawley and Picobello Choppin PC. As the wind picked up, they picked up the pace and blazed around the $7,500 Speed Derby course in 90.987 seconds, well within the time allowed of 120 to claim the win in the MDM Equestrian-sponsored class.

Ashe-Cawley came off a third-place finish in Thursday’s Welcome Stake aboard Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve but she bested the rest in today’s Derby, including Brianne Goutal. Goutal delivered two additional clear rounds but she could not beat Ashe-Cawley’s time.

She described the class as a fun derby without the height to provide the perfect prep for bigger classes and future shows. The field of 41 included a range of riders, including many up- and-coming juniors,

“This class was perfect for our juniors to gain experience from,” Ashe-Cawley said. “It was a long course with enough questions.”

Picobello Choppin PC, aka “Chops,” is a 9-year-old 15.3 BWP gelding she described as “a really cute, sweet, adorable horse.” She’s had him since he was 7 and he’s proven himself over the past two years.

“He’s a winner,” she said. “Every time out you can take a shot; he wins more than he doesn’t win.” Although he hasn’t shown in more than a month, she loves that fact that he just walks out on the field like it’s old hat. “He’s a really fun horse to ride – careful and quick – so a perfect combination for this type of class.” The pair will return to the ring for the Mini Prix on Sunday.

Ashe-Crawley said she enjoys showing at Silver Oak because it’s a perfect environment to move horses up and provide exposure to derbies. “It’s a very welcoming horse show for both developing and seasoned jumpers,” she said.

The $7,500 Speed Derby winners include Molly Ashe-Cawley and Picobello Choppin PC claiming first, Kevin Babington and Call Me Ruth taking second, and Jordan Coyle was third riding Escalette. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
Top Riders Showcase their Skills at Silver Oak
$4,000 Open Jumper 1.40m winner Filip de Wandel astride Jingo Didieu D’arras.
Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
Cloe Hymowitz on the lovely mare Cylana won the $1,500 High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper 1.40m-1.45m. The class was sponsored by the Davis McCullough Foundation.
Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
Alexandra Cherubini pilots her longtime partner Equifit Carlos.
Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
Riders Relax and Unwind After Hours at Silver Oak
Part of the overall experience at Silver Oak goes beyond the horses and focuses on a chance for the riders, trainers and staff to unwind in the early evening after the competition. They gathered for a delicious barbeque, hula lessons and the annual volleyball match.
Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club – Rider’s Tent Sponsor
Visit the gazebo next to the VIP Tent and learn more about the opportunities for equestrian living and club membership at the Golden Ocala Gold & Equestrian Club. Register to win a Golden Ocala National Membership or a Three Day/Two Night Stay at the Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club.
Update! Silent Auction Extended to Saturday Afternoon
You now have another chance to win one of McLain Ward’s championship coolers  while helping to support the Omega Horse Rescue. The coolers, both won on Ward’s Olympic mount, Sapphire, include one from the 2011 Hampton Classic Horse Show’s $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup Qualifier, and one from the 2008 Budweiser Invitational. Ward donated them to benefit Omega Horse Rescue. The current bids are $700 for the FTI cooler and $800 for the Budweiser Invitational.
Content by Dobbin Group.
All photos by Silver Oak Jumper Tournament official show photographer
Andrew Ryback Photography and are available for purchase at his mobile unit at Silver Oak Jumper Tournament.