Martha Ingram Wins North American Adult Amateur Equitation Championships at Capital Challenge Horse Show
The 25th anniversary edition of the Capital Challenge Horse Show began on Friday, September 28, at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, with the start of Equitation Weekend, presented by BigEq.com, and the naming of the show’s first three 2018 champions.
Adam Edgar of Leesburg, VA, riding Magnolia, and Lily Walton of Shelbyville, KY, aboard Callahan, claimed championships in the Adult Amateur Equitation Section A and Section B, respectively, and the North American Adult Amateur Equitation Championship title was awarded to Martha Ingram of Nashville, TN.
Ingram, 21, of Nashville, TN, made the trip from Furman University in South Carolina to Capital Challenge, just long enough to top the 26 total entries in the championship class. “I actually skipped school today to be here, but I fly back tomorrow!” said Ingram, who is currently in her junior year. “This is my first time doing the amateur equitation here. I did the juniors; I did the Taylor Harris [National Children’s Medal Final]; I didn’t even make it to the second round in the Taylor Harris, so really coming here I just wanted to have a good time.”
Ingram sat in second place behind earlier Adult Amateur Equitation championship winner, Edgar, following the first two rounds of over fences competition, but she shot to the lead after a final test of the top three riders. With Ingram taking the victory, second place was awarded to Jacqueline Attwood-Dupont of Los Angeles, CA, and Edgar finished in third. “It was just a really nice surprise,” said Ingram. “I was hoping to do well, but I wasn’t expecting anything. I was going in to have fun, so to come out on top is really nice.”
Ingram’s mount for the class was Airport 48, a 15-year-old Holsteiner gelding ridden to great success in the hunter ring by her father, John Ingram. And while Airport 48 is now known for his amateur hunter accolades, the horse was initially purchased more than six years ago to be Martha’s equitation mount, a role the gelding only now stepped into for the first time—and only temporarily. “The horse I was going to do originally got hurt kind of last minute, so he was the backup,” explained Martha. “Since he was bought to be my equitation horse anyway, we thought, ‘Why don’t we do Airport?’ I’m really lucky that my dad let me show him. He’s like a dog. He just loves people and loves his job. He’s very smooth and comfortable; he really jumps nicely. He’s always there for you, so I’m really lucky.”
While Martha now returns to school for the beginning of the week, she’ll return to Capital Challenge next week to compete in the Amateur-Owner Hunters.