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Kentucky Summer Horse Show Wrap-up: July 24-29

July 31, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington KY – July 30, 2012 – The Rolex Stadium was alive with excitement as 34 entrants competed in the $40,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. It turned into a nail-biter as five competitors progressed into the jump-off with a clear first round effort. Trailblazer Pablo Barrios aboard Zara Leandra was the first to post a double-clear effort tonight, and it seemed as though no one would be able to best the talented team. It wasn’t until Aaron Vale and Tibor took their turn at the short course that the anticipation became contagious, with the crowd holding their breath as they watched his tight turns and speedy delivery. His time of 41.889 seconds took the duo to the top of tonight’s leader board and the winning title.

It was Pablo Barrios and Zara Leandra, owned by the ZL Group of Wellington, FL, who cleared the course in a time of 85.263 seconds and moved into the pinnacle of the standings. When Andres Rodriguez gathered his reins and moved Arao Enterprises’ Caballito, of Wellington, FL, forward through the course, it became clear that a jump-off was in the works. The pair easily cleared each obstacle, and seemingly unnerved prepared for the jump-off ahead. Aaron Vale had guided two other mounts over the first course; however, unlucky rails left him with Tibor as his final chance. He was the last of the competitors to move into the jump-off for his clear effort aboard Tibor, owned by Bonnie Smith of Charlotte, NC.

Barrios laid down the first attempt at the jump-off course, swiftly guiding Zara Leandra over the defying course. He took tight turns throughout the round, especially cutting time from the oxer-vertical combination to the single vertical. His double-clear effort and time of 43.309 seconds left the pair with a target on their backs as the other four competitors vied for the top slot. The other four competitors tried to match his efforts, but four-fault scores kept Barrios in the top spot.

Then, everything changed.

In a flash, Vale erupted from the in gate with Tibor racing toward the first vertical. It was apparent that they were going to go for a blazing speed to knock Barrios from the lead. Vale’s tidy turn from the vertical in the rollback to the oxer sliced precious time, as he raced forward into the more grueling part of the short track. After completing the oxer-vertical combination, he made a quick turn to the single vertical, clearing it with ease, and picking up momentum as he galloped over the final obstacles. As he landed from the final fence, the crowd erupted in applause. He secured the lead as the final rider, anchoring the victory in 41.889 seconds, a 1.42 second differential.

“My plan was to try to win obviously,” Vale smiled. “He’s a very experienced horse, he’s very careful and quick. You have to be a little careful on the turn backs with him, but at least he’s very fast galloping, so that helps a bit. I had to give a little extra room back to the oxer number two, but I watched Pablo go, and he had a real efficient ride. After I watched Andres and saw that he had a pole down, I had a real gage of time. I figured that my horse had a faster gallop so the foot speed would make the difference.”

“It’s always fun winning but it’s especially fun when you’re the last one in and you get the job done. There is a little more energy when it happens that way,” Vale concluded.

Jumper Highlights: Thursday-Sunday

Thunderstorms plagued the Kentucky Horse Park as riders gathered beneath the lights of the Rolex Stadium to compete in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show on Thursday night. Paige Johnson proved to be the best of the best, controlling the jump-off with one of only seven double-clear efforts aboard Chiron S to lead the victory gallop. Shane Sweetnam and Danielle Goldstein also tackled the short course, but their times could not catch Johnson’s speed, each placed second and third, respectively.
To say that time was the name of the game on Thursday, would be an understatement. Paige Johnson was only the second rider to successfully post a clear round during the first course, and managed to post the single fastest time of 29.663 seconds during the short track, taking the lead with a differential of 1.22 seconds-a time that proved untouchable. Johnson rode veteran mount Chiron S, owned by Salamander Farm of The Plains, VA, with a firm plan in mind, taking the win.

Shane Sweetnam threw caution to the wind as he guided not one, but three mounts over the jump-off track, making remarkable times as he battled against Johnson’s time for the blue. It was Sweetnam’s final effort that had the crowd on edge. He seemingly blasted out of the in gate aboard Diktator Van De Boslandhoeve, owned by Spy Coast Farm, launching over the obstacles with ease. As he landed from the final oxer, there was nothing but silence and then an eruption of applause. He left all rails in their cups, but his speedy time of 30.645 seconds was one second shy of the prize.

Friday marked the third day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, and it seemed as though the competition was only beginning to escalate as the amateur and junior jumper riders showcased their skills in the Rolex Stadium. Topping the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers, Paige Johnson piloted La Martinee to a double-clear victory, and also claimed third with her second mount Monopoly. Chelsea Moss slid into second aboard Dolce D’Ive Z, also completing a fault-free short course. In the High Junior Jumpers, Chloe Reid claimed the blue ribbon with her quick and clear round aboard Damascus, while Emanuel Andrade placed second with Costa, and Kelsey Van Ackeren rode to the third place ribbon with Vernon G.

Eventual winner, Chloe Reid of Washington, D.C., was the pathfinder during the High Junior Jumpers aboard Damascus. They were able to produce the first fault-free short course, and post a second clear effort in the jump-off in 37.445 seconds. Each consecutive rider attempted to move into the jump-off; however, only Emanuel Andrade and Costa were able to clear the first-round course without incurring time faults. During the short track, Andrade navigated Costa with ease, but the pair proved that the track was definitely easier said than done. They took the second place behind Reid, stopping the clock in 38.677 seconds, but collecting 12 faults. Kelsey Van Ackeren of Austin, TX, aboard Vernon G posted the third clear round of the afternoon, but a time fault kept the pair out of the jump-off. Their time of 80.124 earned them the third place finish.

Earlier in the day, the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers took their turn over Azevedo’s course. Paige Johnson was the first to enter the ring and take her try at the course. She rode the nine-year-old Monopoly, owned by Salamander Farm of The Plains, VA, to a clear first round just under the time allowed, and took an immediate lead as she tripped the timers in 37.467 seconds during the jump-off, but an unfortunate rail left them with a four-fault total. Seven rounds later, Johnson entered the ring aboard a different mount, La Martinee, also owned by Salamander Farm. Focusing on the path she laid down with Monopoly, Johnson put forth a double-clear effort in 38.322 seconds, rising in the ranks to the top of the leader board.

Chelsea Moss and Dolce D’Ive Z, owned by Stormfront Stables LLC of Medford, NJ, were the only other pair to go double-clear on Friday’s track in the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers. Over the short track they clocked in at 40.713 seconds, good enough for the second place prize, edging Johnson and Monopoly into the third place position.

The final day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show was afoot with the top amateur-owner and junior riders in the country gathering to compete at the Rolex Stadium. It was a day of domination and diligence as all of the week’s hard work culminated to the final challenging course of the jumper classics. Emanuel Andrade earned the top score in the Low Junior Jumper Classic aboard Casanova Junior, while Chloe Field guided Tiranda to the top of the standings in the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Paige Johnson wrapped up her week with the three of her horses nabbing the top earnings in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. It was Meg O’Mara who stood out above the rest in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior Jumper Classic with Sinatra IV, riding to one of only two double-clear victories in a speedy time of 42.663 seconds to lead the victory gallop.

It was a thrilling jump-off as Meg O’Mara and Elizabeth Patz went head-to-head for the victory. O’Mara watched Alexander’s attempt at the short course, understanding the turns and the places to slice the seconds. After seeing her earn an unfortunate four-fault total for the rail at the large grey oxer in the double combination, O’Mara saw what she needed to do to take the victory. Using her horse’s natural pace, she completed the jump-off course in 42.663 seconds with all rails in place.

Patz and Chantal were next, entering the ring behind O’Mara. The pair rode the course with ease, focusing on placing at the top, but riding accurately more so than focusing on the need for speed. They laid down a beautiful double-clear effort, but their time of 48.013 seconds eventually earned them the red ribbon award. The third place honors were awarded to Kelsey Van Ackeren and Vernon G for their four-fault effort in the fastest time of 42.706 seconds.

26-year-old Paige Johnson dominated the SJHF High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. She qualified all three of her mounts for the jump-off. As the pathfinder, Johnson laid down a clean first round aboard Monopoly, and later guided La Martinee and Kadena R to clear efforts, too. She entered into the jump-off with Monopoly dashing out of the in gate, and completing the course in 42.008 seconds. Nobody could match Johnson’s pace as she sliced turns and cleared the obstacles with ease. In fact, she was the only rider out of the five qualifying entrants to provide a double-clear effort. She rode La Martinee to the second place finish, as well as securing fourth with veteran mount Kadena R. Lisa Kent and Easy Money took the third place finish.

Hunters Highlights: Tuesday-Sunday

The Kentucky Horse Park was filled with anticipation as the top Junior riders in the nation gathered for the first day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show to vie for the championship honors in the 2012 USEF East Coast Junior Hunter Finals. With four divisions of competition, the lead was held by the Victoria Colvin and Inclusive, who posted the high score during the classic round in the Large 15 and Under Junior Hunter division, as well as the under saddle.

The morning kicked-off with the Small 15 and Under Junior Hunters completing the classic course in the Walnut Ring. Vivian Yowan and Whatever, owned by Saddle Ridge LLC, took the top honors of the division receiving a 263-point total. Second place was awarded to Kate Ross aboard Friday Night, owned by Kar, LLC. The pair earned a total of 253 points. It was Kelly Arani and Bolero, who took home the third place award with an overall score of 230.

Next on the schedule was the Small 16-17 Junior Hunter Division where Samantha Batt took control of the first course, guiding her mount Mirasol to the first place finish. Hasbrouck Donovan and Confidential, owned by Donald Stewart, slid into the second place position for the division, earning an overall score of 256. Third went to Shawn Casady and Glass Castle, owned by Elm Rock LLC. In the Large 15 and Under Junior Hunters, it was déjà vu for Victoria Colvin, who took the first place finish two years ago in the 2010 USEF Junior Hunter Finals aboard Dr. Betsee Parker’s Way Cool. Tuesday, she did it again, but this time exhibiting Parker’s bay gelding Inclusive. She took a dominating lead as the third rider in the order of go, wearing a target on her back as others attempted to best her 265 total. Second in the Large 15 and Under Junior Hunters was Spencer Smith and Spotlight, owned by Weslands Farm. They took the red ribbon with a score of 248.50. Katherine Strauss and Extraordinary were third with scores of 85, 80 and 20 from the panel of judges for an overall score of 247 points.

In the Large 16-17 Junior Hunters, it was Meg O’Mara and Walk the Line who held their breath as others tried to top her score of 262. With their high score for their division, they proved untouchable, taking home the blue. Second place honors were awarded to Alexandra Crown and Garfield. They earned straight 85s, totaling 255 points. Lexi Selldorff and Soulja Boy, owned by Stone Horse Farm, nabbed the third place honors with the excellent score of 248.

Ovation and Victoria Colvin garnered the top prize in the Small 15 and Under Junior Hunter Under Saddle, earning a cumulative score of 261. Kelcie Brophy and Holiday took their first blue ribbon of the day in the Small 16-17 Junior Hunter Under Saddle. Maggie Ridenour and Savvy were awarded the top call in the Large 15 and Under Junior Hunter Under Saddle for their excellent effort. Paige Wilson and Best Foot Forward were awarded the top honor in the Large 16-17 Junior Hunter Under Saddle.

The sweat beaded off the competitors’ brow Wednesday at the Kentucky Horse Park. It was the final day of the USEF East Coast Junior Hunter Finals, and the final determinant would be the handy round. Wednesday’s second round course determined both Champion and Reserve Champion for each division, as well as overall High Point Mare, Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion. It was Victoria Colvin and Inclusive who took the prestigious Grand Championship, adding their names to the perpetual trophy.

The Small 15 and Under Junior Hunters were first in the order of go, and it was 14-year-old Victoria Colvin aboard Ovation, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, who posted a clear comeback from Tuesday’s Classic Round to receive scores 92, 90 and 88 for a total of 270 points and the blue ribbon in the Handy Round. The duo posted the high score of the competition, and climbed back into the top rankings. It was Vivian Yowan and Whatever who earned the championship for their consistent efforts. They earned a handy score of 258 points, and an overall total of 643 points. Kate Ross and Friday Night were awarded the Reserve Championship with their score of 630 points. Brett Burlington guided Quigley to the third place finish in the division with the final average of 554.50.

Next to go was the Small 16-17 Junior Hunters where Shawn Casady, aboard Elm Rock LLC’s Glass Castle, took advantage of Tuesday’s combined scores, and secured the Division Championship with confidence. They successfully caught the attention of the judges with a strong hand gallop and smooth course, riding to the Handy Round score of 262 points. Hasbrouck Donovan and Confidential made a run for it with good scores of 86, 83 and 85 across the board, totaling 254 points. In the end, they proved good enough for the Reserve Championship. Rounding out the top three for the division was Anna Cardelfe and Nadia with 606.5 points.

The Large 15 and Under Junior Hunters were one of the more wide-open divisions of the finals. Fourteen-year-old Victoria Colvin and 15-year-old Lillie Keenan went head-to-head to battle to the top of the leader board. Wednesday proved vital for both girls when determining the rankings. It was Colvin aboard Inclusive, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, who took the first place award for the handy with scores a total of 268 points. Colvin and Inclusive were awarded the Division’s Championship. Although Keenan posted the high scores of 88, 88 and 91 aboard C Coast Z, she fell just shy of the title and picked up the Reserve with a score of 630.5 points. Spencer Smith and Spotlight, owned by Weslands Farm, earned the third spot with 611.50 points.

Finishing out the competition was the Large 16-17 Junior Hunters where Meg O’Mara and Walk the Line picked up the Championship. Although the pair sat second in the rankings after Tuesday’s under saddle, they took a leap of faith Wednesday and went full out in the handy, earning a score of 261 points and an overall total of 639.50. Lexi Selldorff and Soulja Boy garnered the Reserve Championship with a score of 633. Alexandra Crown and Garfield took home the third place award in the division with a total of 622.50 points.

2012 Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under Champion, Inclusive, was named overall Grand Champion with rider Victoria Colvin. Coming in for Reserve Grand Championship was 2012 Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under Reserve Champion Vivian Yowan and Whatever. Shawn Casady rode Glass Castle to the center of the Walnut Ring to claim the High Point Mare award.

As the sun began to set on the Kentucky Horse Park, the final work-off of the USHJA Hunterdon Cup Equitation Classic got underway. It came down to Meredith Darst, Lillie Keenan, Hasbrouck Donovan and Genevieve Zock as they completed the final event of the long-awaited 2012 USHJA East Coast Junior Hunter Finals. Genevieve Zock rose in the ranks, placing consistently high scores, and completing a picture-perfect final test. She took the championship prize with Confession, leading the victory gallop in the Rolex Stadium.

In the classic hunter round Meredith Darst aboard Copyright, owned by Lochmoor Stables, scored a modest 82.75 but it was the handy round that she proved her worth with a score of 89 to join the top four ranks in the final test. Darst mounted Hasbrouck Donovan’s horse Drake, showing her equitation credibility in the final round of the competition with a score of 83 for a total of 254.75, and the fourth place ribbon overall.

Lillie Keenan came out of the in gate with a bang, commanding the crowd’s attention as she guided Monterrey, owned by Chansonette Farm LLC, through the handy course, clearing all competitors’ first-round scores with the elite score of 91. With a target on her back, Keenan entered into the final test in the first place position with sights on the championship title only one wild card course away. Aboard Meredith Darst’s Copyright, Keenan delivered an elegant ride to receive a score of 83, which proved good enough for the third place overall score of 261.50.

Genevieve Zock had an admirable score of 90 during the first round with Confession, and together they earned an 88 during the handy round to enter into the test in the second place position. For the final feat Zock switched steeds with Keenan’s Monterrey, riding to victory with a score of 90 and a grand total of 268.00 points, winning Champion of the Hunterdon Cup.

Hasbrouck Donovan riding Drake, owned by Donald Stewart, took a first round score of 86.50 and a second round score of 87, treading on the heels of the top contenders going into the final test. During the work-off she rode Darst’s Copyright and once again laid down a good trip for a score of 88.50 and a total of 262, three points shy of owning the title, and placing second overall.

The quiet morning greeted professional riders at the Stonelea Arena for the second day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, where spectators gathered to watch as top hunter riders competed for the championship prizes. Kimberley Prince navigated Ace of Spades to the Performance 3’6″ Hunter Championship with three blues. Christopher Payne led the way with Dominus in the Performance 3’3″ Hunters, dominating with a clean sweep of the division. Payne also took a second championship tricolor aboard Lugano in the Regular Conformation Hunters, as well as the Combined Hunter Championship with Holden.

Christopher Payne and Dominus, owned by Maria Takacs of Rumson, NJ, were named the victors at the end of the day in the Performance 3’3″ Hunters. They caught the attention of their competitors, yesterday, when they were awarded two first place ribbons in the over fences. Their success continued into the afternoon where they swept the second day of the division, and earning the championship. Rebecca Conway and In To the Blue, owned by Moonlite Beach LLC of Encinitas, CA, took the reserve championship.

Earlier in the day, Payne also earned the Performance 3’6″ Hunters championship aboard Lugano, owned by Susan Moriconi of St. Louis, MO. They were awarded with the first and fourth place awards over fences, and the first place finish for their efforts in the under saddle. Katherine Newman rode Lovely Charity, owned by Freedom Group of Middleburg, VA, came in narrowly behind the team to take the reserve championship.

Payne’s winning streak continued as Holden was presented with the Combined Hunters Championship in the first division of the day. Payne exhibited Holden, owned by Susan Moriconi, to excellent ribbons on both days of competition. Holly Orlando and Cornerstone, owned by Westerly Farm of Unionville, PA, took the reserve championship for their efforts over the two days.

Kimberly Prince showed Ace of Spades, owned by Emily Moran of McClean, VA, to the Performance 3’6″ Hunter Championship. Terry Brown directed Nice, owned by Lori Christman of Atlanta, GA, to the third place honors in all classes Thursday, to score the reserve championship.

It was a moist morning as the Stonlea Arena awoke from a stormy night to the Amateur-Owner competitors ready to show off their horses in the over fences on Friday. The first division for the day was the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters, where Caruso and Kelli Sherrill took the blue ribbon in the first class and a red ribbon in the second, earning the lead in the first rankings. In the Amateur-Owner 3’3 Hunters, the charming Dominus and owner Maria Takacs walked away with first and second place finishes from the Amateur-Owner 3’3 Hunters division, while Tuckahoe and owner rider Camille McNeill will be the pair to beat, earning first and third place in the Amateur-Owner 50 and Older Hunters division, as they head into tomorrow’s championship.

In the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters, Caruso ridden by Kelli Sherrill shined as they rode their way to a first place position in the first round. Natalie Allen-Barinnsky and Val D’isere, cleared fences in fine form earning the duo a second place ribbon for the class. The second round blue ribbon of the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters was pinned on the bridle of Ace of Spades, owner and rider Emily Morin. The two earned the first place, narrowly surpassing first round’s blue ribbon winner Sherrill and Caruso who are the leaders going into tomorrow’s second class.
It was in the Amateur-Owner 50 and Older Hunter division that Joan Ehrhart rode Goodnight to a first class victory. Lescobar and Victoria Marraccini placed second in the division, delivering a smooth round. Camille McNeill rode her steed, Tuckahoe, to a third place finish. The second round brought on new results where McNeill and Tuckahoe advanced in the ranks placing first among fellow riders. Hunt Tosh aboard Southern Comfort rode a clean hunt round claiming a second place ribbon. Putting down a stellar performance and completing with a third place finish, Valentino and rider Susan Stanley.

Spectators gathered on shaded picnic benches as they looked onward to the NAL/WIHS Adult Hunter Classic in the Murphy Ring at the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday, the third day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. They watched as the top amateur riders went against one another, showcasing their mount’s talents as they vied for the top honors. It was Julie Holzberger and Revealed who took on the Classic with a vengeance, winning the prestigious title with an overwhelming 10-point difference. Their high scoring second round set a bar no other participant could reach.

With a combined score of 165 points, Holzberger guided by trainers Christopher Payne and David Belford, accomplished their goal of earning the class’ blue ribbon prize. Although Boggus and Cassino Z had the high first round score, they eventually took the second place ribbon with their overall score of 155 points. Michelle Power and Change Order were awarded the third place award for their total of 148 points.

Prior to the Classic, the Amateur-Owner 50 and Older Hunter division saw competitors return for day two of competition in a new ring. Camille McNeill entered the ring with Tuckahoe, bringing the same edge that shaped their scores in the Stonelea Arena, yesterday. The pair caught the eyes of the judges, riding to the first place finish. The second round saw a different talent take the top score. Written In the Stars, ridden by Kathy Dixon of Galena, Ohio, stole the final course of the division, but it was McNeill and Tuckahoe who took the championship for the division with an additional third and fourth place ribbon. Southern Comfort and Mary Canner were awarded the reserve championship.

Earlier in the morning, amidst the pristine jumps in the Stonelea Arena, the Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunters named their champions. Dominus, guided by Maria Takacs of Rumson, NJ, won the first place prize in the handy, as well as an additional second place ribbon in the over fences. They also were awarded the second place for their efforts in the under saddle. It was Dominus who posed for the presentation photo as the division’s champion.

Elizabeth Degolian and Quite Simply were awarded the reserve championship honors for their efforts. With the second place in the first round of the over fences, and a fourth place ribbon in the under saddle, the duo took the reserve championship with pride. Sarah Ingram and Four Iron also rode to good ribbons, but they fell just shy of the championship awards. The finals yielded Kelli Scherill of Alpharetta, GA and Caruso to take home the Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship, while Emily Morin of Mcclean, VA, and Ace of Spades took reserve championship honors.

The $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby received the top hunters from around the country to ride a course that was certain to keep horse and rider on the edge of their skills. Set in the Stonelea Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, the event saw 24 riders compete for the top prize. It was Shawn Casady and Without Question who rode to the top of the leader board, solidifying an overall victory with the high score of 181 points. Louise Serio and Corvine were awarded the red ribbon for posting an impressive performance, a scored total of 177 points, while Steve Heinecke excelled to the third place finish, with a score of 176 points aboard So Lucky.

Louise Serio posted an early lead during the first round, entering the ring as the eighth rider to attempt the course. Her first round score of 91 definitely caught the judges’ eyes as she put down a careful and consistent round aboard Corvine. The rider left nothing to chance as she demonstrated her hunt sense, earning the top score of 91. She secured the final slot in the handy round to take her try at the short course. Her handy round earned the duo the overall score of 177 points, securing the second place position.

It was upon returning for the handy round that Shawn Casady rode his mount, Without Question, owned by Ponies and Palms Show Stables of Boca Raton, FL, and leased by Marigot Bay Farm of Dover, MA, in such a commanding fashion that he gained the second round high score. The pair opted to take all four high options, worth a point each, which were added to his base score of 88. The overall score put the horse and rider at the top of the rankings with a total of 181 points, and the lead of the evening’s victory gallop.

Steve Heinecke returned for the handy hunter course with a first-round score of 88 points. He once again navigated So Lucky, owned by Jane Fisher of Baton Rouge, LA, to the score of 84 with the additional four bonus points to earn another 88. His overall score of 176 proved good enough for the third place ribbon.

The exciting hunter/jumper action will continue at the Kentucky Horse Park on Tuesday with the Kentucky Summer Classic. The week’s highlight events include the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and the $40,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix. It will also feature the fourth leg of the $5,000 Hallway Feeds National Hunter Derby. The 2012 USEF Pony Finals will get underway August 7-12, followed by the Bluegrass Festival Classic and the KHJA Horse Show.

For more information about the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Goldman Victorious in $30,000 D-Braider Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix

July 30, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Goldman and Jacobs battle for the final Grand Prix blue of the Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival

Traverse City, MI – July 29, 2012 – Opening Day of the 2012 London Olympic Games was celebrated in Red, White and Blue fashion yesterday during the final Saturday evening of the Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival in Traverse City, Michigan.


Spectators and Grand Prix riders competing in the $30,000 D-Braider Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix participated in a “Good Luck Send-Off” for the U.S. Show Jumping Team competing at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Video and electronic messages of support were transmitted to members of the U.S. Show Jumping Team–Rich Fellers, Reed Kessler, Beezie Madden and McLain Ward. All gate proceeds for the day were donated to the USET Foundation by Horse Shows by the Bay and matched by Karin Flint/Flintfields Horse Park.

The final Grand Prix of the series, sponsored by D-Braider and Karin Flint, electrified a sold-out crowd as 25 starters negotiated JP Godard’s deceptively challenging 16-obstacle first round.

Like a siren, Godard lured the riders with a few key options, most notably the bending line from Fences 3 to 4. Riders needed to decide between a bold and slightly direct five strides or stay out in six strides. Inevitably, all but one rider opting for the six strides had a rail at Fence 4.

The starting field was narrowed down to 10 for the jump-off, with two riders on multiple horses. In the end, it was a battle similar to earlier crusades fought between Charles Jacobs and Lisa Goldman during the Traverse City series.

Jacobs was the first of only three to master Godard’s seven-obstacle jump-off track aboard his first mount Secret Love. Never touching a jump, Secret Love effortlessly soared to a clean second round in 38.50 seconds. While the next set of qualifiers all had faults, it was then Goldman’s turn to attempt to repeat her Welcome Prix win earlier in the week on Morocco.

In his now famous “boot, scoot and boogie” sidestep before attacking the course, the 9-year-old Oldenburg gelding, by Roc USA, laid his ears back and took off as if he’d seen a ghost. In typical Goldman fashion, she never touched the reins as the duo roared around the jump-off in a jaw-dropping 35.866 seconds. What the crowd didn’t know, but fellow competitors did, is that Morocco had done his “thing” while preparing in the schooling area for the jump-off. The ever spirited “Cowboy” had spun and bucked Goldman off just before their last prep jump.

A sold-out crowd enjoyed the Red, White and Blue theme and the Grand Prix.

The next to faultlessly conquer the second round course was young Erin Ferguson aboard Captivate Farms’ VDL Umilion H. Sensing that Goldman’s time was going to be tough to beat, Ferguson opted to cruise around the second round for a clean effort in a time of 44.679 seconds.

Knowing that Goldman had yet another shot at the top prize, Jacobs entered the arena on CMJ Sport Horse LLC’s 17-year-old Flaming Star. Studying his plan-of-attack, Jacobs set out at a gallop to challenge Goldman’s leading time, finishing only a margin behind as the timers flashed 36.404 seconds.

Goldman had one more chance to try to bump Jacobs to third aboard Centurion B, but after faulting at the last fence in 35.635 seconds she finished as the fastest four-faulter while capturing the big Grand Prix win on Morocco.

After the Grand Prix, Jacobs said of Goldman, “My hat is off to her…she fell off in the schooling area, she got up and got back on, then came back and made it happen, again!”

And of the battle between Jacobs and Goldman this year at Horse Shows by the Bay, the Principal of the Boston Bruins is as competitive as the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions he oversees. “I’ll be back next year with a vengeance… you can be sure!” he said laughing.

Goldman, a 22-year-old Hawthorn Woods, Illinois native, has nothing but accolades for Morocco, bred by trainer Nancy Whitehead. “He absolutely loves what he does, and while he can be a bit quirky, he gives you 100 percent each and every time! I’ve learned in the last several years not to reprimand him or challenge his antics,” she said. “We have an understanding, and he’s taught me one of the biggest lessons in life…the value of compromise.”


Final Top 8 Results — $30,000 D-BRAIDER Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix

1st: Morocco: Lisa Goldman
2nd: Flaming Star: Charles Jacobs/CMJ Sport Horse, LLC
3rd: Secret Love: Charles Jacobs/CMJ Sport Horse, LLC
4th: VDL Umilion H: Erin Ferguson/Captivate Farms, LLC
5th: Centurion B: Lisa Goldman/Mary Goldman
6th: Pako: Lillie Ross/Allison Ross
7th: Nandy Fontaine: David Jennings/Emily Reiney
8th: Lapacco: Wesley Newlands/Weslands Farm

Complete Results of the 2012 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival can be found by visiting www.horseshowing.com. For more information on the upcoming Reiners by the Bay, which takes place this week from August 3 – 5, please visit www.horseshowsbythebay.com.

Aaron Vale and Tibor Take $40,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix Victory

July 30, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington KY – July 28, 2012 – The Rolex Stadium was alive with excitement as 34 entrants competed in the $40,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. It turned into a nail-biter as five competitors progressed into the jump-off with a clear first round effort. Trailblazer Pablo Barrios aboard Zara Leandra was the first to post a double-clear effort tonight, and it seemed as though no one would be able to best the talented team. It wasn’t until Aaron Vale and Tibor took their turn at the short course that the anticipation became contagious, with the crowd holding their breath as they watched his tight turns and speedy delivery. His time of 41.889 seconds took the duo to the top of tonight’s leader board and the winning title.

Aaron Vale and Tibor won the $40,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix with a blazing speed, defeating Pablo Barrios for the winning title. (Photo by Kendall Bierer/PMG)

Brazil’s Marina Azevedo designed tonight’s course, using obstacles such as a vertical-vertical-oxer triple combination, standalone verticals, bending lines, an oxer-vertical double combination, a triple bar, rollbacks and tight turns. The jump-off allowed 52 seconds for horse and rider to trip the timer, utilizing tight turns and long distances to direct them to the finish. Starting over the first vertical and making a left rollback to a grey oxer, riders moved forward over a single vertical toward the oxer-vertical combination. Upon landing they were required to make a tight right turn to a vertical, and then move toward the timers over the oxer-vertical line with the seconds accumulating and their speed progressing with every stride.

“When I started to design this course, I wanted the triple combination to be exactly where it is now-it is not my usual thing, but I think it was nice in that way, it was challenging,” Azevedo explained. “When I finished my last class the day before, I gained more confidence after seeing the riders jump well. I built up for this course after seeing new riders and horses compete. I am happy with how it went, and for the course designer to have the first rider and last rider go clear, it is nice. The course rode exactly how I designed it to ride, and it was challenging enough for the competitors.”

Pathfinder Gabriela Mershad posted the first clear effort of the evening, navigating the course with Angelstone Farm’s Caprilli HSF, of Rockwood, Ontario. Her conservative effort left all rails intact; however, she was just shy of the 87 seconds allowed, incurring one time fault and moving her into the eventual sixth place position.

Each consecutive rider attempted to master the track, but it was Pablo Barrios and Zara Leandra, owned by the ZL Group of Wellington, FL, who cleared the course in a time of 85.263 seconds and moved into the pinnacle of the standings. When Andres Rodriguez gathered his reins and moved Arao Enterprises’ Caballito, of Wellington, FL, forward through the course, it became clear that a jump-off was in the works. The pair easily cleared each obstacle, and seemingly unnerved prepared for the jump-off ahead.

Chase Boggio of Canton, GA, and his own Hennessey were the next pair to capture a clean course, with Alison Robitaille and Cover Girl 27, owned by M/M Bertram Firestone of Upperville, VA, following on their heels only five rounds later. Aaron Vale had guided two other mounts over the first course; however, unlucky rails left him with Tibor as his final chance. He was the last of the competitors to move into the jump-off for his clear effort aboard Tibor, owned by Bonnie Smith of Charlotte, NC.

“If I enter Tibor in the right classes, he’s pretty much clean every time. I’ve been on him for two full years now, I know him, and I know where I can add a stride. It helps him out, and that is a big key in the first round. I think I added one in almost every line. The relationship we have lets me do that,” eventual winner Vale described.

Barrios laid down the first attempt at the jump-off course, swiftly guiding Zara Leandra over the defying course. He took tight turns throughout the round, especially cutting time from the oxer-vertical combination to the single vertical. His double-clear effort and time of 43.309 seconds left the pair with a target on their backs as the other four competitors vied for the top slot.

“I feel really pleased with the Zara Leandra,” Barrios remarked. “It feels amazing, much better every time I go into the ring with her. I went first in the jump-off and just focused on clearing the round and not taking too much risk but like everyone else, just go for it and hope there are no mistakes.”

It seemed as though Rodriguez and Caballito had the win in their pocket as they successfully completed the first half of the jump-off in record time. An unlucky rail through the final line eventually earned them the third place finish with a total of four faults and a time of 39.785 seconds. Boggio also accrued four faults, but finishing in the fourth place with a time of 42.902 seconds. When Robitaille and Cover Girl 27 took their turn at the course, it seemed as though Barrios’ ride would stick, with Robitaille crossing the finish line in 45.876 seconds and a four-fault effort.

Then, everything changed.

In a flash, Vale erupted from the in gate with Tibor racing toward the first vertical. It was apparent that they were going to go for a blazing speed to knock Barrios from the lead. Vale’s tidy turn from the vertical in the rollback to the oxer sliced precious time, as he raced forward into the more grueling part of the short track. After completing the oxer-vertical combination, he made a quick turn to the single vertical, clearing it with ease, and picking up momentum as he galloped over the final obstacles. As he landed from the final fence, the crowd erupted in applause. He secured the lead as the final rider, anchoring the victory in 41.889 seconds, a 1.42 second differential.

“My plan was to try to win obviously,” Vale smiled. “He’s a very experienced horse, he’s very careful and quick. You have to be a little careful on the turn backs with him, but at least he’s very fast galloping, so that helps a bit. I had to give a little extra room back to the oxer number two, but I watched Pablo go, and he had a real efficient ride. After I watched Andres and saw that he had a pole down, I had a real gage of time. I figured that my horse had a faster gallop so the foot speed would make the difference.”

“It’s always fun winning but it’s especially fun when you’re the last one in and you get the job done. There is a little more energy when it happens that way,” Vale concluded.

In addition to competing for the winning title, riders had the opportunity to win $4,000 in bonus money as a part of the SSG Riding Gloves ‘Go Clean for the Green’ promotion-riders wearing the SSG ‘Digital’ Riding Gloves with the SSG horse head logo clearly visible during all rounds of competition in designated events are eligible for the bonus. Tonight Vale wore the gloves for his first two mounts, but removed them before entering the first round with Tibor. The bonus will continue into the next competition, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Jumper Classic, tomorrow.

The Kentucky Summer Horse Show will conclude tomorrow with the High Junior and Amateur-Owner Jumper Classics in the Rolex Stadium. Riders will return to the Kentucky Horse Park on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, for the Kentucky Summer Classic, followed by the 2011 USEF Pony Finals, the Bluegrass Festival Classic and the KHJA Horse Show.

For more information about the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

KENTUCKY SUMMER GRAND PRIX RESULTS
Order Entry # Horse Name Rider Name JF1 TF1 AF1 Time 1 JF2 TF2 AF2 Time 2
1 762 TIBOR AARON VALE 0 0 0 84.090 0 0 0 41.889
2 44 ZARA LEANDRA PABLO BARRIOS 0 0 0 85.263 0 0 0 43.309
3 1358 CABALLITO ANDRES RODRIGUEZ 0 0 0 81.564 4 0 4 39.785
4 421 HENNESSEY CHASE BOGGIO 0 0 0 84.659 4 0 4 42.902
5 339 COVER GIRL 27 ALISON ROBITAILLE 0 0 0 81.770 4 0 4 45.876
6 651 CAPRILLI HSF GABRIELA MERSHAD 0 1 1 87.825
7 444 URBAN BLYTHE MARANO 0 2 2 88.893
8 281 RIVER OF DREAMS CHRISTIAN HEINEKING 4 0 4 80.000
9 319 CHIRON S PAIGE JOHNSON 4 0 4 83.315
10 636 SIRI SHANE SWEETNAM 4 0 4 83.690
11 1213 NOLDE JACK H. TOWELL 4 0 4 84.262
12 629 DIKTATOR VAN DE BOSLANDHOEVE SHANE SWEETNAM 4 0 4 85.968

 

Laura Chapot Goes Back-to-Back at HITS-on-the-Hudson with a Win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, Presented by Pfizer Animal Health

July 29, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

SAUGERTIES, NY (July 27, 2012) – Just five days after an exciting win in last week’s $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, Laura Chapot found herself holding another blue ribbon thanks to an impressive victory in today’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Hea lth, at HITS-on-the-Hudson. Despite dark clouds overhead, the sun broke through to create a beautiful mid-summer backdrop to a stellar afternoon of show jumping in upstate New York. With crowds lining all four berms of the Strongid® C 2X Stadium, Chapot and Umberto, owned by Mary Chapot, beat out 40 other starters and the 10 teams who advanced with them to the jump-off.

Laura Chapot and Umberto glide effortlessly over a Liverpool in Friday’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS Saugerties. (Photo by ESI Photography)

International Course Designer Florencio Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico set a test for riders and horses that called for a little bit of everything – speed, technique and alertness, thanks to a tight time of 91 seconds, which required some lean rollbacks to stay within the clock.

In the first round, it was Jeffery Welles of Brewster, New York and Noel Love Gross’ Merlin who posted the first clear ride. Two trips later, Olympian Anne Kursinski of Frenchtown, New Jersey followed with a clear round of her own aboard Karen Polle’s UDonnay Z; however, a single time fault kept them from advancing to the short course. Kursinski was one of four riders to be sidelined as a result of time faults, including 12th place finisher Michael Dorman of Wellington, Florid and his own Seventh Fee.

Five trips later, Callan Solem of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania and Torlando Group’s VDL Torlando guaranteed a jump-off when they left all the rails up to the delight of the crowd. The next big applause came when Leah DeMartini of Bronxville, New York and Elm Rock, LLC’s True Love went clear to make it three in the jump-off.

The course’s difficulties proved to be balanced as faults occurred throughout the field; however, the majority of the trouble seemed to come later in the course as 13 riders met their fate on the last half of the test. At the end of the first round, eight other horse and rider combinations joined Welles, Solem and DeMartini in the jump-off.

Marie Letterii of HITS present Laura Chapot and Umberto with first-place awards, including a complimentary bottle of chardonnay, courtesy of Sonoma-Cutrer, after their win in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health. (Photo by ESI Photography)

In the second round, Hernandez brought back the pesky 8A-B combination, as well as fences 9 and 13, and introduced five new fences. Welles and Merlin were first up and had a rail at the second-to-last fence, which earned them the seventh-place ribbon at the end of the class. Solem and VDL Torlando followed and crossed the timers in 48.361 seconds to set the Great American Time to Beat for the lead. Two trips later, they were edged out of first by Danielle Cooper of Syosset, New York aboard Fidelity Farms, Inc.’s Calantus with a time of 47.071 seconds.

The lead changed hands two more times with Ronan McGuigan of Far Hills, New Jersey riding his own Capall Zidane to a third-place finish in 44.189 seconds and Ireland’s Darragh Kerrins, now of Wellington, Florida, riding his own Hot Wheels to a second-place finish in 44.186 seconds. With three trips left and her father, mother, sister and twin nieces watching from the sidelines, Chapot and Umberto entered the ring focused and ready for the task at hand. The pair blazed through the timers in 43.512 seconds to secure the lead.

“This was a nice course for the Friday Grand Prix,” said Chapot, who is sponsored by SmartPak and was very proud of the win. “Florencio [Hernandez] had a lot of different kinds of tests with a spooky wall and a lot of tight distances. I was really pleased with the way my horse jumped; he felt really confident and sure of himself. We’ve been riding as a team for two years now. He’s starting to know my style and we really mesh well. He’s very fast and very careful, so I can always rely on him in that respect.”

Candice King of Wellington, Florida was next to go and managed a clear ride aboard Hyperion Stud, LLC’s Imothep HS in 45.884 seconds, which earned them the fourth-place ribbon. Junior rider Mattias Tromp of North Salem, New York was last to go aboard Beyaert Farm, Inc.’s Casey and hoped to take advantage of his position, but fell short when the A element of the double combination came down, giving the team four faults and the ninth-place ribbon.

For Hernandez, Chapot’s win was no surprise. “She’s a great rider and out of everyone in the class she really rode the course how I envisioned it by taking the options for the tight inside turns. I was hoping for eight clear, and a few more snuck in there, but in all I was pleased.” For Sunday’s $75,000 Chartis Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, Hernandez hopes to see five clear as the road to the Pfizer Million trucks on with just seven more qualifying classes remaining on the schedule.

Ronan McGuigan riding his own Capall Zidane to victory in Wednesday’s $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome at HITS Saugerties. (Photo by ESI Photography)

$10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome

Earlier in the week, McGuigan and Capall Zidane captured their third victory of the season in the $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcome when they beat out 26 other starters to take home the blue ribbon. “This is a great young horse and we really work well together,” said McGuigan.

Karen Polle of New York, New York finished the class in second aboard her own UDonnay Z and Lauren Crooks of Snohomish, Washington took home third place aboard Crooks Show Jumping’s Dancer.

Coming Up…

High-Performance riders will have three more opportunities in the next two weeks to qualify for the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson starting with Sunday’s $75,000 Chartis Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health. Week VI will feature another $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, on Friday, August 3, followed by the much anticipated $100,000 Strongid® C 2X Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, on Sunday August 5.

About SmartPak Equine
Founded in 1999, SmartPak Equine is the country’s largest online and catalog retailer serving the needs of the active and engaged horse owner. The patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has simplified the process of feeding horse supplements and medications, making it easier for thousands of riders to keep their horses healthier by ensuring their supplements are being fed correctly. SmartPak’s diverse and expansive product offering includes its own line of supplements, tack, and horse blankets as well as an extensive selection of leading brands of equine health, apparel, tack, and equipment. SmartPak is a six-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree and is the only equine company ever named to the Inc 500 list. SmartPak is backed by Waltham, Massachusetts-based North Bridge Growth Equity.

About HITS, Inc.
HITS, Inc. produces high-quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia. In 2010, HITS took the industry to new heights when it hosted the first-ever Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix. In 2011, HITS hosted the richest weekend in show jumping with the return of the Pfizer Million and the introduction of the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. In 2012, the historic weekend will get even sweeter with the addition of the $250,000 HITS 3’ Hunter Prix Final September 8-9.

For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit www.HitsShows.com. Stay connected with HITS, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

Media should contact the HITS Media Team at 845.246.8833 or e-mail Media_Info@HitsShows.com.

Inclusive and Victoria Colvin Capture 2012 USEF East Coast Junior Hunter Finals Grand Championship

July 29, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – July 25, 2012 – The sweat beaded off the competitors’ brow today at the Kentucky Horse Park. It was the final day of the USEF East Coast Junior Hunter Finals, and the final determinant would be the handy round. Today’s second round course determined both Champion and Reserve Champion for each division, as well as overall High Point Mare, Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion. It was Victoria Colvin and Inclusive who took the prestigious Grand Championship, adding their names to the perpetual trophy.

Victoria Colvin and Inclusive won the 2012 USEF East Coast Junior Hunter Finals Grand Championship. (Photo by Kendall Bierer/PMG)

Today’s course was designed by Bobby Murphy and involved tight inside turns, bending lines, rollback combinations, an in-and-out, and a strong hand gallop over the final oxer. The course proved difficult for many, testing both horse and rider alike with natural fences, hedges and brush.

The Small 15 & Under Junior Hunters were first in the order of go, and it was 14-year-old Victoria Colvin aboard Ovation, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, who posted a clear comeback from yesterday’s Classic Round to receive scores 92, 90 and 88 for a total of 270 points and the blue ribbon in the Handy Round.

“My plan going in today was to get around,” Colvin laughed reflecting on yesterday’s round. “There are days when he enters the ring and you just know that he is going to be spectacular. Yesterday wasn’t one of those days, probably due to the poor weather. Today was beautiful, and from the moment we left the in gate, I knew he was going to do great-I couldn’t have asked for more.”

The duo posted the high score of the competition, and climbed back into the top rankings. It was Vivian Yowan and Whatever who earned the championship for their consistent efforts. They earned a handy score of 258 points, and an overall total of 643 points. Kate Ross and Friday Night, were awarded the Reserve Championship with their score of 630 points. Brett Burlington guided Quigley to the third place finish in the division with the final average of 554.50. “It’s really amazing to be here and to have done so well; it is only my first time competing in the Junior Finals,” Yowan expalined. “He was a little quiet today, but he always tries his hardest and always jumps so well. I just focus, and really help him have a smooth round.”

Yowan continued, “We saw a few people go and they didn’t do well on the inside turn. My plan was to play it safe for the handy, and make it smooth by going around the inside turn. Not risking that tight turn to give us a little more room and I think it gave us an ultimate edge.”

Next to go was the Small 16-17 Junior Hunters where Shawn Casady, aboard Elm Rock LLC’s Glass Castle, took advantage of yesterday’s combined scores, and secured the Division Championship with confidence. They successfully caught the attention of the judges with a strong hand gallop and smooth course, riding to the Handy Round score of 262 points. Hasbrouck Donovan and Confidential made a run for it with good scores of 86, 83 and 85 across the board, totaling 254 points. In the end, they proved good enough for the Reserve Championship. Rounding out the top three for the division was Anna Cardelfe and Nadia with 606.5 points.

“I just wanted to jump around and use the course to my advantage,” Champion Casady explained. “There was an inside turn to a couple of jumps and a few open strides, but everything was pretty trivial. I thought our hand gallop was really good to the final oxer.”

“She is a sweet mare-big stride and likes to go really slow,” Casady continued. “She is brave and likes to gallop. I knew she was right there with me when I pushed her to move forward for the last fence, she is very dependent like that.”

The Large 15 & Under Junior Hunters were one of the more wide-open divisions of the finals. Fourteen-year-old Victoria Colvin and 15-year-old Lillie Keenan went head-to-head to battle to the top of the leader board. Both riders posted beautiful rounds in yesterday’s division, with Colvin picking up the first in the Classic and the second in the under saddle, and Keenan taking the second in the Classic and the blue ribbon in the under saddle. Today proved vital for both girls when determining the rankings. It was Colvin aboard Inclusive, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, who took the first place award for the handy with scores of 86, 90 and 92 for a total of 268 points. Colvin and Inclusive were awarded the Division’s Championship. Although Keenan posted the high scores of 88, 88 and 91 aboard C Coast Z, she fell just shy of the title and picked up the Reserve with a score of 630.5 points. Spencer Smith and Spotlight, owned by Weslands Farm, earned the third spot with 611.50 points.

“I knew what to do, and he felt great in the schooling ring and even better than yesterday. I knew that I wanted to take it easy and have a smooth round. I don’t really get nervous, and I just went in there and didn’t over think it, it worked for me,” Colvin stated.

Finishing out the competition was the Large 16-17 Junior Hunters where Meg O’Mara and Walk the Line picked up the Championship. Although the pair sat second in the rankings after yesterday’s under saddle, they took a leap of faith today and went full out in the handy, earning a score of 261 points and an overall total of 639.50. Lexi Selldorff and Soulja Boy garnered the Reserve Championship with a score of 633. Alexandra Crown and Garfield took home the third place award in the division with a total of 622.50 points.

“It feels so good to have earned this division championship,” O’Mara remarked. “He is amazing, his canter is so nice. I usually mess up with the hand gallop, but he was right there with me. He was so smooth and the distance was there. I am so proud of how far he has come.”

“I have done the Junior Hunter Finals for several years, and although I haven’t been as successful the others years as this one, my advice to a younger rider would be not to give up, and definitely don’t let your nerves get in your way. I think I got so worked up the other years, but this year we went for it and I had the confidence that we could win.”

Following the competition, the High Point Mare, Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion of the 2012 USEF Junior Hunter Finals were named.

2012 Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under Champion, Inclusive, was named overall Grand Champion with rider Victoria Colvin. Coming in for Reserve Grand Championship was 2012 Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under Reserve Champion Vivian Yowan and Whatever. Shawn Casady rode Glass Castle to the center of the Walnut Ring to claim the High Point Mare award.

Grand Champion Victoria Colvin smiled and said, “It is such an honor to get such a prestigious award, I have competed in the Junior Hunter Finals for the last three years, but this year made me nostalgic. I remember when I won for Pony Finals when I was younger, and today it brought back all of those feelings. I couldn’t have asked for more.”

The 2012 USEF East Coast Junior Hunter Finals has come to an end, but the Kentucky Summer Horse Show has only just begun. The show will run through Sunday, July 29, 2012. Tomorrow the professional hunter divisions will come to a close, and championships will be awarded in the Stonelea Arena.

For more information, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

To access results for the 2012 USEF East Coast Junior Hunter Finals please visit www.equestrianlive.com.

SMALL JUNIOR HUNTER 15 & UNDER OVERALL STANDINGS

Order    Entry #    Horse Name                              Rider Name                             Score

1            156            WHATEVER                              VIVIAN YOWAN                   643.000

2           230            FRIDAY NIGHT                       KATE ROSS                            630.000

3          257              QUIGLEY                                  BRETT BURLINGTON        554.500

4          171              GENUINE                                 CLOE HYMOWITZ               548.000

5         153              PIN-UP                                      LILY BARBER                        528.000

6        261               FINEST HOUR                        LAUREN REED                     520.500

7        248              SUN KING                                VICTORIA PLOTT                 515.500

8        314              KASHMIR                                 CLAY ALDER                         511.000

9        204             CHROMEO                               LILLIE KEENAN                   509.000

10      174             OVATION                                  VICTORIA COLVIN               507.000

11      191              ULTRA                                       TRUE KERSHENBAUM       467.500

12      254            MARIATCHY DE CLUIS        HALLIE ANDERSON            433.500


SMALL JUNIOR HUNTER 16-17 OVERALL STANDINGS

Order   Entry #   Horse Name                            Rider Name                              Score

1       316              GLASS CASTLE                       SHAWN CASADY                   639.500

2      286             CONFIDENTIAL                     HASBROUCK DONOVAN     638.000

3      212              NADIA                                       ANNA CARDELFE                  606.500

4      165              COOL BLUE                             LUCILLE OKEN                      580.500

5      175              SANZIBAR                                ALEXANDRA CROWN          574.000

6     160              MIRASOL                                  SAMANTHA BATT                 568.000

7     263              EVOLUTION                            SYDNEY SHULMAN              560.000

8     196              NORTH COAST                       SIERRA WILSON                    545.500

9      271             PRESTON                                 MEREDITH COMBS               537.500

10    193             MINE                                         MARYANN OSBORNE            528.500

11    195              EMILIO                                     BELLA CRAMER                     522.000

12     185            ZILVER STAR                          LEXI SELLDORFF                  508.500

 

LARGE JUNIOR HUNTER 15 & UNDER OVERALL STANDINGS

Order   Entry #   Horse Name                         Rider Name                                Score

1        172              INCLUSIVE                          VICTORIA COLVIN                 658.500

2       309             C COAST Z                             LILLIE KEENAN                     630.500

3       253              SPOTLIGHT                         SPENCER SMITH                   611.500

4       173              CHIVAS REGAL                   LILI HYMOWITZ                    606.500

5       170              PERFECTIONIST                CLOE HYMOWITZ                 579.500

6       250             OSTENTACIOUS                 LOUISE GRAVES                    579.000

7       285              COLDPLAY                           ASHTON ALEXANDER         571.500

8       189             STARS GO BLUE                  KELLY ARANI                         537.000

9       265             RONALDO Q                         REESA HYLTON                     530.500

10     184             VALEN’S PROPHECY          KIANNA LUSCHER               521.000

11      298            SYLVESTER                           ANN MASON JACKSON       520.000

12      200            RIO                                          HUNTER HOLLOWAY          499.000

 

LARGE JUNIOR HUNTER 16-17 OVERALL STANDINGS

Order   Entry #    Horse Name                        Rider Name                               Score

1        301              WALK THE LINE                MEG O’MARA                         639.500

2       186               SOULJA BOY                       LEXI SELLDORFF                 633.000

3       176               GARFIELD                           ALEXANDRA CROWN          622.500

4       258              DUE WEST                           KELCIE BROPHY                   617.000

5       307              SIENNA                                 LEXI MAOUNIS                      602.000

6       178               FANFARE                             NATALIE D’ELIA                    594.500

7       326              BECKFORD                          GENEVIEVE ZOCK                 589.500

8       251               CAPSTONE                          GEOFFREY HESSLINK         582.000

9      292                LUCKY JACK                       REILY   RIEKER                      575.000

10    151                 BOCA’S COOL WATER      LISA BUTZER                         564.000

11     311                EARLY WINTER                 MAXWELL LEVY                     548.300

12    287               CR MOET                               HANNAH   MARCO                544.500

Mollie Kowalchik Captures First Major Equitation Wins at Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival’s Final Week of Hunter/Jumper Competition

July 29, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

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Traverse City, MI – July 19, 2012 – When Mollie Kowalchik walked into the Grand Prix Arena at Horse Shows By the Bay yesterday for the first time, she never dreamed that she would conclude the day with her first two major equitation wins in her young riding career.


The 16 year-old Loveland, Ohio native captured top honors in both featured equitation classes by winning the USEF Talent Search Medal AND the WIHS Jumper Phase.

Aboard her 11 year-old Dutch and Swedish Warmblood Uccello, Kowalchik expertly guided the big gelding around the first of JP Godard’s challenging courses in the USEF Talent Search Medal, sponsored by Fox Meadow Farm and the Howard Family. Attempting to ‘fix’ mistakes she watched from contenders before her, Kowalchik was able to hold her rhythm while executing tight, neat turns around Godard’s test. When the flat phase was complete, Kowalchik captured the blue earning 30 points toward qualification efforts for the coveted ‘Finals’ held each year at USET headquarters in Gladstone, New Jersey.

Having ridden to the top of the standings in the Talent Search, Kowalchik immediately competed in the next equitation class, the Ogilvy Equestrian sponsored, WIHS Jumper Phase. With the first major equitation win under her belt, Kowalchik did it again! Continuing where she left off minutes before, Kowalchik went early in the order, and demonstrated how the course should be ridden.
After the double win, Kowalchik grinned ear-to-ear, exclaiming, “I can’t believe this! This is my first major equitation win of my life and it feels great!”

“I’m inexperienced in the bigger equitation classes. This is only the fifth pair of major classes I’ve entered since deciding that I want to learn and compete more in the bigger equitation ranks. I had trouble last week here, and have worked incredibly hard to learn from my mistakes. I’m starting to reach my goals step-by-step and strive to one day qualify for all of the Finals – USEF, Pessoa Medal and ASPCA Maclay!”

As the final week commenced for the professionals in the R.L. Polk Family Main Hunter Arena, there was much back and forth in the 1st Year Green Working Hunter division. The Rattlewood Farms entry, Cascina, ridden by Greg Crolick and Black Label, Martien Van Der Hoeven riding for Augusta Pines, took turns at first and second place honors in the over fences’ classes. Edged out for the blue in the Under Saddle by Spoken For, Kelley Farmer aboard, they did the same but this time for second and third place, respectfully.

In Second Year Green Working Hunter action, it was a satisfying day for Freddie Vazquez as he piloted Mark and Dana Senn’s Sweet Spot to top honors in both over fences’ classes and the second spot in the under saddle. No strangers to the winner circle, the perfectly matched pair have consistently been ones to beat during the past three weeks of Second Green Working Hunter competition in Traverse City, MI.

Vazquez credits Horse Shows By the Bay for bringing out the best in his string of horses. “Last year I came for the first time with only one horse, and this year I’m here with a 30 horse contingent!”

“My horses have never jumped better, both in the hunter rings and Grand Prix Arena…which by the way, is singularly the ‘best’ footing in the world! It’s not often that management listens, and cares to listen. I feel that, as an exhibitor, I have a voice and that’s all you can ask for.”

Featured events for the Horse Shows By the Bay Equestrian Festival finale include:

Red, White and Blue Day, a tribute to the U.S. Show Jumping Team competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will take place Saturday, July 28, 2012. Video and electronic messages of support will be transmitted to members of the U.S. Show Jumping Team – Rich Fellers, Reed Keesler, Beezie Madden, and McLain Ward. All gate proceeds for the day will be donated to the USET Foundation by Horse Shows By the Bay and matched by Karin Flint/Flintfields Horse Park.


Additionally, Red, White and Blue Day will conclude with the $30,000 D-BRAIDER Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix and Meijer CANTER Fundraiser.

For complete results, please visit www.horseshowing.com.For more information on the Horse Shows By the Bay Equestrian Festival, please visit www.horseshowsbythebay.com

Darragh Kenny and Tonic Triumph in $10,000 Welcome Stake in Vermont

July 29, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

East Dorset, Vermont – Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and Tonic jumped to victory in the $10,000 Kenneth Cole Welcome Stake, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, on Thursday, July 26 at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT. The six-week Vermont Summer Festival is running at Harold Beebe Farm from July 4 through August 12, 2012.

Darragh Kenny and Tonic triumphed in the $10,000 Kenneth Cole Welcome Stake, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, on Thursday, July 26, at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT. (Photo by David Mullinix Photography)

In a nine-horse jump-off, Kenny and Tonic beat out Georgina Bloomberg and Radio City and Mark Leone and Pleasure de Riverland, who finished second and third respectively.

Ken Krome is the course designer in the grand prix ring for week four’s Valley Classic competition at the Vermont Summer Festival, and had the task of setting the course for Thursday’s $10,000 Kenneth Cole Welcome Stake. With 24 entries, nine horses jumped clear to advance to the jump-off, with three again jumping clear.

Mark Leone, of Franklin Lakes, NJ, and Ri Arm Farm’s Pleasure De Riverland were the first pair to clear the course and jumped off in 40.01 seconds to eventually finish third. Several rounds later, New York City’s Georgina Bloomberg and Radio City, owned by Gotham Enterprizes LLC, also jumped double clear and were quicker in a time of 37.02 seconds to place second. Darragh Kenny and Tonic were the final duo to jump double clear, stopping the clock in 36.44 seconds for the win. Jimmy Torano of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Wayne R, owned by Palm Meadow Farm LLC, had the fastest time in the jump-off with 35.86 seconds, but a rail down left Torano fourth overall in the final standings.

The winning horse, Tonic, is an eight-year-old Hungarian Warmblood gelding by Timorrak Des Isles, owned by Rachael Barnes. Kenny is riding Tonic this week to prepare him for Barnes, who will show the gelding in the Junior Jumper division next week.

Kenny explained, “Rachael is just getting used to the horse and he is young, so she wanted me to show him a little bit. He seems really special. He is careful and scopey and easy. I am really glad that they let me ride him today; he was excellent.”

Kenny had a total of four horses entered in the $10,000 Kenneth Cole Welcome Stake, and also earned the sixth and eighth place prizes. He commented on the course, stating, “I thought it was a really good course for everybody. I think Ken built a great course. It looked and walked a little bit easier than it actually jumped. The jump-off was great; it had a couple of catchy situations in it.”

Kenny rides for Missy Clark and John Brennan at North Run, which is based less than two hours from the competition grounds in Warren, VT. He enjoys the opportunity to show so close to home in the beautiful environment at Harold Beebe Farm.

“It is a great show and it is run really well,” Kenny said. “I am lucky that I get so many horses to show in these classes. Thanks to Missy and John and the owners of the horses that let me show them. It is a competitive show for us and we like to come and do well here. It is kind of like home away from home for us being in Vermont. We go home on Sunday evening and come back on Tuesday. We get to spend some time at home and spend some time here. They do the best that they can and when you have people who run a show who try so hard, it makes a huge difference to the exhibitors, to the owners, to everybody.”

Georgina Bloomberg finished second to Kenny in Thursday’s competition and was pleased with her ride on Radio City.

“I was really happy with my round,” she smiled. “It was a little smaller than last week, so I knew that speed was going to come into play a little bit more in the jump-off, but I was happy with my horse.”

“I just really started back showing,” Bloomberg noted. “Last week was actually my first grand prix back in a year because I had back surgery, so I am a little timid, especially going fast. I am not going as fast as I would like to, or maybe need to, to win the classes, but I was really happy with it and I thought the course was a nice introduction to the week.”

Bloomberg showed in Vermont as a teenager when the festival was in a different location and was excited to return to the competition this year.

“We have been in Europe for a few summers and then I had a summer where I didn’t really have any horses, so this is the first summer where it worked out,” Bloomberg explained. “I was in America and had a few horses that I wanted to be able to show in some nice grand prix events. We heard great things about the show and I have absolutely loved it. Not only is the setting great and the area, but the show itself has been really nice and we have just really enjoyed being here. It is nice to be at a show where you can actually enjoy it as well as enjoy what you are doing in the ring.”

Offering more than $750,000 in prize money, the Vermont Summer Festival is the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont. The first five Saturdays of the Vermont Summer Festival feature a $30,000 Grand Prix. The $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix will be held during the sixth and final week on Saturday, August 11. The weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, are now held each Thursday.

Competition begins at 8 a.m. daily, Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children. All of the gate receipts benefit the a number of Manchester area non-profit organizations, including the Mark Skinner Library, Friends Foundation for MEMS, Community Food Cupboard, and Second Chance Animal Center.

For over 20 years, the Vermont Summer Festival has attracted exhibitors and their families to the Manchester region in southern Vermont. The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall Of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL). For more information about the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail: info@vt-summerfestival.com or visit www.vt-summerfestival.com.

$10,000 Kenneth Cole Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets
Vermont Summer Festival IV

Rider Horse Faults Time

1. Darragh Kenny Tonic 0:0 36.44

2. Georgina Bloomberg Radio City 0:0 37.02

3. Mark Leone Pleasure de Riverland 0:0 40.02

4. Jimmy Torano Wayne R 0:4 35.86

5. Devin Ryan Roman Saluut 0:4 36.50

6. Darragh Kenny Eskador Star 0:4 36.59

7. Miranda Scott Quick Latinus 0:7 49.97

8. Darragh Kenny Valentino 0:8 37.82

9. Paulena Johnson Marlo 0:8 41.16

10. Sloane Coles Chantilly 4

Sunny Southern California Brings Hot Show Jumping and Cool Surf

July 29, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Del Mar, CA – Perfect beach town weather and grass fields welcome some of the top West Coast Show Jumpers and Hunters this week at the Del Mar Horse Park. Catch all kinds of equestrian excitement from top level Show Jumping to High Performance Hunters this coming weekend at the Showpark Racing Festival. Highlights include the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Saturday, July 28th and the $30,000 Racing Festival Grand Prix on Sunday, July 29th. View our upcoming events below or visit the Blenheim EquiSports website for up to date event information.


FREE GENERAL ADMISSION AND
PARKING TO ALL EVENTS!

Del Mar Horse Park – Del Mar, CA

Showpark Racing Festival
$10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Grand Prix Grass Field
Saturday, July 28th

$30,000 Racing Festival Grand Prix
presented by EquiFit, inc.
Grand Prix Grass Field
Sunday, July 29th
3:00PM*

Showpark August Festival
$30,000 August Festival Grand Prix
presented by Mary’s Tack and Feed
Grand Prix Grass Field
Saturday, August 4th
3:00PM*

FREE PARKING AND GENERAL ADMISSION
AT ALL EVENTS

*Event times are subject to change.
Please visit website prior to event for updates.

 

Ken Berkley Leads $10,000 Open Jumper High Score Award Standings, Presented by Sir Ruly, Inc.

July 28, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

East Dorset, Vermont – Ken Berkley of Flemington, NJ, is currently leads the standings for the $10,000 Open Jumper High Score Awards, Presented by Sir Ruly, Inc., at the halfway point of the 2012 Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT. Running July 4 through August 12 at Harold Beebe Farm, the show has completed its first three weeks of competition with three weeks still to come as riders vie for the coveted bonus.

Ken Berkley of Flemington, NJ, pictured aboard Ax-Cent, is leading the standings for the $10,000 Open Jumper High Score Awards, Presented by Sir Ruly, Inc., at the halfway point of the 2012 Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT. (Photo by David Mullinix Photography)

Riders earn points toward the $10,000 Open Jumper High Score Awards by placing in the top eight of the Open Jumper 1.40m and the Open Jumper Welcome Stake classes throughout the six-week circuit. In the Saturday grand prix events, points are awarded to the top 12 finishers.

The $10,000 Open Jumper High Score Awards, Presented by Sir Ruly, Inc., now serves as a legacy and reminder of Raul ‘Ruly’ Torano’s generosity and commitment to show jumping excellence, both at the Vermont Summer Festival and to the sport as a whole. The bonus serves as a great incentive for the riders each year and recognizes their effort in the sport. A total of $10,000 is divided among the top three riders overall, with the winner receiving $5,000, the second place finisher taking home $3,000, and the third place rider earning $2,000.

Currently at the top of the leader board, Ken Berkley enjoyed great success during weeks two and three to earn 182 points in the rider standings. Berkley kicked off week two with a win aboard Waminka in the $10,000 Five Seasons Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, on July 12 and took third place in the class aboard Dione de la Vie. He then captured a one-two finish in the $30,000 Battenkill Grand Prix, sponsored by Johnson Horse Transportation, on July 14 riding Waminka and Ax-Cent.

During week three, Berkley and Waminka topped the $10,000 Vermont Bird Place & Sky Watch Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, on July 19 and also finished third aboard Ax-Cent and sixth with Dione de la Vie. Ax-Cent also won the $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m class in both weeks two and three. All three of Berkley’s horses are owned by Rivers Edge, which Berkley operates with partner, Scott Stewart.

Kaitlin Campbell, of Brookeville, MD, is currently standing in second place in the Sir Ruly, Inc. standings after dominating week one of competition. Campbell captured victory in the $10,000 Overland Sheepskin Co. Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, on July 5 riding Rocky W and was also third in the class riding Grand Pleasure, owned by Rachel Kennedy. She went on to place first and second in week one’s $30,000 Vermont Summer Special Grand Prix on Saturday, July 7.

As neither Berkley nor Campbell will be present for the final three weeks of competition, the door is open for other competitors to move up in the standings. Last year’s top three finishers, Darragh Kenny, Devin Ryan, and Jimmy Torano, are all competing during the final half of the Vermont Summer Festival and hope to rack up significant points.

Ryan, of Long Valley, NJ, sits in third place in the current standings after a win in week three’s $30,000 Otter Creek Grand Prix, sponsored by Equinox Resort & Spa, on July 21. Ryan won aboard No Worries, owned by Barbara Rowland, and also finished fourth riding Calissandro, owned in partnership with Barbara Drake. Ryan and Calissandro also finished second in week three’s Welcome Stake.

Week four’s Valley Classic Horse Show got underway on Wednesday with a full schedule of classes running through Sunday, July 29. Ireland’s Darragh Kenny is off to a good start with a win in the $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m class. Thursday will feature the $10,000 Kenneth Cole Open Jumper Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets. The $30,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix takes place on Saturday, July 28.

Offering more than $750,000 in prize money, the Vermont Summer Festival is the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont. The largest “AA” rated hunter/jumper horse show in New England, the six-week competition attracts the best athletes, including Olympic medalists, from across the country and around the globe.

Competition begins at 8 a.m. daily, Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children. All of the gate receipts benefit the a number of Manchester area non-profit organizations, including the Mark Skinner Library, Friends Foundation for MEMS, Community Food Cupboard, and Second Chance Animal Center.

For over 20 years, the Vermont Summer Festival has attracted exhibitors and their families to the Manchester region in southern Vermont. The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall Of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL). For more information about the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail: info@vt-summerfestival.com or visit www.vt-summerfestival.com.

$10,000 Open Jumper High Score Award, sponsored by Sir Ruly, Inc.
(Standings Following Weeks 1-3)

Berkley, Ken – 182
Campbell, Kaitlin – 68
Ryan, Devin – 56
Scott, Miranda – 39
Flint, Amanda – 38
Torano, Jimmy – 30
Cramer, Adam – 29
North, James – 29
Jacobs, Charlotte – 28
Colvin, Victoria – 27
Demetriou, Teddy – 24
Sadler, Bryn – 22
Mejia, Pablo – 21
Kenny, Darragh – 17
Torano, Danielle – 17
Strain, Amanda – 17
Gray, Jennifer – 15
Thompson, Eric – 13
Leone, Mark – 13
Lutz, Peter – 12
Webby, Kirk – 12

Laura Kraut Awarded Leading Lady Rider at Jumping Chantilly 2012

July 28, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Chantilly, France – July 25, 2012 – Laura Kraut and Cedric continue to jump their way to the top of the European standings. The competition was fierce at the international horse show Jumping Chantilly France 2012 this past weekend. From July 19-22 the sport’s most renowned riders picked up the reins to compete for the top prizes. Kraut guided Cedric to several top rankings, as well as the prestigious Leading Lady Rider award.

Laura Kraut and Cedric scored top ribbons at the international horse show Jumping Chantilly 2012. Kraut also earned the Leading Lady Rider award. (Photo by Sydney Masters)

Friday afternoon was filled with anticipation as the first day of the Jumping Chantilly 2012 got underway. The Prix France Galop saw the highest level of competition as riders prepared for the upcoming days of competition. In the 32nd slot, Kraut entered the ring with a solid plan and determination aboard Cherry Knoll Farm’s Cedric. Out of a field of 43 entrants, the talented team successfully navigated the course without fault; however, their more conservative approach earned them the ninth position in a time of 75.26 seconds.

Kraut has proven time and time again that Cedric is in top form and ready to battle the best during their time in Europe. The Grand Prix Global Champions Tour presented by EADS was no exception. The 1.60m course was designed to test both horse and rider alike, extending them to the best of their abilities. Uliano Vezzani of Italy created a large course consisting of 13 obstacles including an oxer-oxer-vertical triple combination, an oxer-oxer bending line, and a triple bar that led to a difficult vertical-oxer in-and-out. Although the pair had an unfortunate rail, their speedy second-round time of 65.19 seconds secured the fourth place position as the fastest four-faulter.

“Cedric was great, we came in fourth, the first round was very tough, there weren’t so many clears. Beezie was the only American clear, and I was the fastest American with four faults,” Kraut explained. “In order to clear the tie between those of us with four faults, we had to jump the second round both clear and with speed. It was crazy!”

“It was the longest jump-off I have ever ridden,” Kraut laughed. “We went full speed to take the fastest time and the fourth place. I was really happy that Cedric’s owner Margaret Duprey was able to join us and see him do so amazing. He is in great shape, and I am so pleased that he is so consistent. He has been as good as he as ever been this summer. He is only fourteen, so it makes me really happy to know that we have plenty of time left.”

Kraut also earned numerous awards aboard Woodstock O, owned by Joan Kalman/Freedom Group. With a fifth place win in the Grand Prix Equidia Life, the ninth place finish in the Prix Domaine de Chantilly, and her numerous awards aboard Cedric, Jumping Chantilly 2012 recognized her exceptional efforts by awarding her with the Leading Lady Rider award.

“Cedric definitely deserved a little bit of a break, and he will get one for the next three weeks. It is going to be great to come back in August and have him freshened up and ready to go,” Kraut concluded.

Kraut and Cedric will take a break for the next three upcoming weeks, but they will be back in the competition in mid-August. They will compete in the Dublin Horse Show in Dublin, Ireland from August 15 -19.