Jonathan Corrigan & Jarmensina VDM. Photo © Jess Windhurst Photography

The first $5,000 Horseflight Classic on July 6 marked a thrilling start to six weeks of competition at HITS Vermont in Manchester, Vermont. The skies parted ways for a beautiful Saturday afternoon of elite competition across the venue, where Jonathan Corrigan (IRL), piloted Jarmensina VDM to the first major win of the season in a speedy victory in the $5,000 Horseflight Jumper Classic.

As top field horse-and-rider combinations took to the course designed by Marina Azevedo of Campinas, Brazil, very few rails were falling among the contenders. A total of five combinations advanced to the shortened course, and all five pairs jumped double-clear. The last of his three rides and last to go in the class, Corrigan laid down a brilliant performance to finish in a time of 33.028 seconds, just more than two seconds faster than the second place finisher. 

Jonathan Corrigan stands for presentation. Photo © Jess Windhurst Photography

“She’s just so naturally talented,” said Corrigan of Debra Wycoff’s nine-year old KWPN mare (Hermes de Lux x Corland). “She’s very careful and athletic. I don’t have to use a lot of leg or persuade her. She knows what she’s doing.”

Jarmensina  finished off the winter season in the 1.40m classes before enjoying a break. She proved to be feeling her best, as along with her first show of the summer also came her first win.

Grace Debney & Jesprit H.S. Photo © Jess Windhurst Photography

“I didn’t do anything special,” laughed Corrigan. “I did all the same numbers as the other horses. Maybe on the rollbacks after I jumped each jump, I got my outside leg on a bit earlier and just kept her traveling a bit quicker the first few strides.”

Grace Debney (GBR) and Temple Equestrian LLC’s Jesprit H.S., a 10-year-old KWPN mare (Eldorado van de Zeshoek x Carosso VDL) were the first pair to go, laying down a blazing time of 35.089 seconds, which would ultimately hold up for the runner-up ribbon. Landing just tenths of a second behind Debney, U.S. rider Kyle Perkovich piloted his own Quinto, an eight-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Vision van’t Hazelarenhoekje to third-place honors.

Kyle Perkovich & Quinto. Photo © Jess Windhurst Photography

Competition continues Sunday, July 7, with the $24,500 CWD Grand Prix, the culmination of the first of six weeks of competition  at HITS Vermont. For a full list of results, please visit