Juge wins championship in summer equestrian season finale

Greenwich resident Lindsay Juge, and her horse Tango, compete during a recent event this summer.

Greenwich resident Lindsay Juge, and her horse Tango, compete during a recent event this summer.

Greenwich resident and Greenwich Academy freshman Lindsay Juge, along with her pony Two to Tango, finished their summer horse show season with a division championships.

Juge started her summer competing at the Vermont Summer Series in Manchester, Vermont. With her new pony, Juge moved from the Short Stirrup division into the Children’s Hunter division, competing against much older girls.

The team then competed in North Salem, New York and finished at the Connecticut Hunter and Jumper Association state finals held at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport.

Juge competed at the Chase Meadow horse show on Aug. 10. This was one of Juge’s first times out of the Short Stirrup division. Riding in the Pre-Children’s division, she placed first, fourth, and fifth over fences and was second in the under saddle class.

The ribbons gained her enough points to earn the Reserve Championship Rosette for the division.

Juge, and her pony Tango, continued their momentum into the five-day show at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport. This facility hosts the Connecticut Hunter and Jumper Association’s year end finals held during the week of Aug. 12 to Aug. 17.

Juge competed in three separate divisions over the course of two days in the week, all of which were held in the Emerson Burr ring. The first day they competed in the Schooling Hunter division. Pitted against many adults, Juge and Tango jumped to a third place ribbon and were second under saddle. They ended the day in the Children’s Equitation 2’ division and scored a second and a fifth in the jumping classes.

At her final day of the horse show they moved up to the Pre-Child/Adult Hunter division. After a hard week of preparation, Juge finally earned the winning blue ribbon in the over fences class. They entered the arena in the last jumping class hoping for another top placement. Jumping fence after fence, Juge, along with Tango, managed to maintain their lead where they won the overall Championship Rosette against all the other riders and horses in the division.

Juge was trained throughout the week and the summer show season by Amanda Starbuck, Juliana Starbuck and Janie Weber.

Weber is five-time winner of the National Professional Horseman’s Association Trainer of the Year. Juge has been training at Starbuck Equestrian for four years. The farm is located at the Stepping Stone Farm show facility in Ridgefield. Juge will be attending Greenwich Academy in the fall and is the daughter of Anne and David Juge of Greenwich.

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