Mary Litterio, 23, rode Handy Farm's Tanquil to victory in the intermediate-jumper class yesterday at the Middleburg National Horse Show.
In addition to the $130 prize money, Litterio was awarded $100 as the class's winning rider. Her mount, a 9-year-old bay gelding, was among eight horses out of an original list of 16 to qualify for the times jump-off over fences that reaches up to five feet.
Litterio posted a time of 28.26 seconds with no jumping faults. The second-place horse, The Streaker, owned and ridden by Jere Frankhauser, was timed in 29.35 seconds, also with no faults.
Litterio said that Tanquil, a winner of nine races in six years at the track, was "almost given up as dead earlier this summer.
"He was injured on April 9 and was slow in recovering. After I had taken him to the veterinarian, he developed further complications," she said.
Litterio did not begin training with the horse for the Middleburg show until less than two weeks ago.
Immediately following the class competition, the champion of the intermediate jumper division was pinned. Stratage owned by Golden Horsehose Farm and ridden by 25-year-old Jeanie Watt, was the winner with seven points.