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Ward Stalls Irish Streak at 37th Annual Hampton Classic

August 30, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

But McGuigan Claims Another Irish Score

Bridgehampton, NY—Aug. 29, 2012— Irish rider Ronan McGuigan scored a narrow victory on Capall Zidane in Wednesday morning’s $7,500 Wolffer Estate 1.4m Open Jumper class, but McLain Ward, a two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist, galloped to victory on Lucky Lord 20 in the afternoon’s $7,500 Equinimity 1.45m Open Jumper class, presented by Ariat.

McLain Ward and Lucky Lord 20 won the $7,500 Equinimity 1.45 meter Open Jumper Class, presented by Ariat. (Photo by Shawn McMillen)

McGuigan, 38, now lives in Far Hills, N.J., and with a time of 55.46 seconds, he topped an Irish sweep, as Shane Sweetnam took second on Elastique (56.50) and Darragh Kenny took third on Zhum CW (58.24).

The Irish have been the riders to beat so far at the Hampton Classic, with Sweetnam already winning one class and either Kenny or Darragh Kerins placing in all five open jumper classes held so far. “We’re hungry!” said McGuigan with a smile. “Plus, we do a lot of jumping on grass at home, so we’re used to riding in a ring like this. The horses can sometimes be a little bit wary on the grass, but so far this ring has been brilliant.”

McGuigan, who lived in Bridgehampton for seven years after moving to the United States, bought Capall Zidane, 8, as a 5-year-old, and he hopes the Dutch Warmblood will soon become a competitive grand prix horse. “He’s always been just a top horse,” said McGuigan.

Ward, of Brewster, N.Y., had to really ride fast (56.06 seconds) to beat Sweetnam by a second on Cyklon 1083 (57.09) and Kerins on S&L Zeppelin (59.92). Cyklon 1083 won the $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge on Sunday.

Ward, 36, has won the Hampton Classic’s featured event, the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix, a record six times, including 2009 and 2010 on his Olympic Gold Medal mount Sapphire, who is now retired, and last year on his 2012 London Olympic mount, Antares F.

The 37th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs through Sunday, Sept. 2, and features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions. The Classic features six show rings with more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages. A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes are all part of the Classic’s schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.

The highlight of the Hampton Classic is the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday, September 2. The Grand Prix, open to horses that successfully complete Friday’s $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier, features Olympians, World Champions and other show jumping veterans such as defending champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward. This year, the Grand Prix is part of the new Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge which awards a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic, and $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix at the Alltech National Horse Show. Ward won the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Antares F in May and now stands to win the $200,000 bonus should he ride Antares F to wins in the remaining two events in the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge.

For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen on line at www.wvvh.tv.

All classes held in the Grand Prix Ring will also be available live throughout the horse show on webcasts provided by ShowNet. Access to this pay-per-view stream may be found on the Hampton Classic website at www.HamptonClassic.com, or via ShowNet membership at www.ShowNet.biz. In addition, most of the Classic’s jumper and hunter classes from all other rings will also be available, many live, through ShowNet at www.ShowNet.biz.

Two additional outlets, the USEF Network.com, Presented by SmartPak, and HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, will both offer free live webcasts of the Classic’s featured event, the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday, September 2 starting at 2:00 p.m. EDT. These free live webcasts are available at www.USEFNetwork.com and www.HRTV.com<http://www.hrtv.com/.

Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show is available at the Hampton Classic website at www.HamptonClassic.com or by calling 631-537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

Ashe-Cawley Victorious In Hampton Classic’s $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

August 27, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

With Kennzo, She Tops Both Rounds In The Grand Prix Ring.

Bridgehampton, NY—Aug. 26, 2012— Molly Ashe-Cawley, of Wellington, Fla., rode Kennzo to first place in both rounds of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by MeadowView Farms, to earn the blue ribbon on the first day of the Hampton Classic.

Molly Ashe-Cawley on Kennzo. (ESI Photo)

Their total score of 373.5 edged out teenage sensations Victoria Colvin on Inclusive (368.75) and Lillie Keenan on Monterrey (368.0). Colvin also finished 11th on Listen (271.0) and 12th on VIP Z (268.0) in the 35-horse field.

This was first time that the USHJA International Hunter Derby has been held in the Hampton Classic’s Grand Prix Ring, but Ashe-Cawley, an accomplished grand prix rider, felt right at home. Kennzo, a 10-year-old Finnish warmblood owned by Kristen Abbatiello-Neff, felt at home too, because he used to show as a jumper, until he made it really clear that he disliked water jumps. “This was fun, and it was a beautiful course—a lovely, flowing course,” said Ashe-Cawley. “He always liked this grass field—he showed here twice as a jumper—so I thought I’d give this a go with him.”

The Hampton Classic was Kennzo’s second start in a USHJA International Hunter Derby. He’d finished second in his first start.

Ashe-Cawley and Kennzo were the final pair on course in the fist round, and they took the lead by scoring 182.0 from the four judges, seated in two locations around the Grand Prix Ring. Ashe-Cawley and Kennzo also earned the top score in the second, shorter “handy” round (191.5).

“Riding a hunter course actually causes me more stress than riding a jumper course. When there are 10 or 12 strides between jumps, I can do all sorts of things wrong!” said Ashe-Cawley with a laugh. “And I never love going last, but there really wasn’t any extra pressure this time.”

The 37th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs through Sunday, September 2 and features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions. The Classic features six show rings with more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages. A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes are all part of the Classic’s schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.

The highlight of the Hampton Classic is the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday, September 2. The Grand Prix, open to horses that successfully complete Friday’s $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier, features Olympians, World Champions and other show jumping veterans such as defending champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward. This year, the Grand Prix is part of the new Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge which awards a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic, and $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix at the Alltech National Horse Show. Ward won the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Antares F in May and now stands to win the $200,000 bonus should he ride Antares F to wins in the remaining two events in the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge.

For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen on line at www.wvvh.tv.

All classes held in the Grand Prix Ring will also be available live throughout the horse show on webcasts provided by ShowNet. Access to this pay-per-view stream may be found on the Hampton Classic website at www.HamptonClassic.com, or via ShowNet membership at www.ShowNet.biz. In addition, most of the Classic’s jumper and hunter classes from all other rings will also be available, many live, through ShowNet at www.ShowNet.biz.

Two additional outlets, the USEF Network.com, Presented by SmartPak, and HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, will both offer free live webcasts of the Classic’s featured event, the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday, September 2 starting at 2:00 p.m. EDT. These free live webcasts are available at www.USEFNetwork.com and www.HRTV.com<http://www.hrtv.com/>.

Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show is available at the Hampton Classic website at www.HamptonClassic.com or by calling 631-537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

Patricio Pasquel and Serge are Perfect in the $40,000 Showpark Summer Classic Grand Prix

August 27, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Nine Nations Represented the Field for the Second HITS Million Grand Prix Qualifier

Del Mar, CA – August 25, 2012 – The exhilarating jump-off of the $40,000 Showpark Summer Classic Grand Prix will be talked about for the rest of the season as top West Coast riders put up their best performances attempting to top the leaderboard and walk away victorious. Of the thirty-four horse and rider duos, eleven qualified for the jump-off and spectators and competitors were on their feet watching each and every round. Speed and accuracy played a huge role as the level of intensity grew throughout the competition.

Patricio Pasquel (MEX) and Serge

German course designer Olaf Petersen Jr. designed a track that ultimately challenged the up and coming young horses, but in turn, tested the veterans. A wide triple bar, a vertical-oxer-vertical combination and skinny vertical collected the most faults in the qualification round. Of the eleven fault-free rounds, crowd favorite Hap Hansen had their full attention as he guided Archie Bunker through the course, posting a flawless round in 85.596 seconds, yet again in pursuit of that number 100 Grand Prix win.

Hap Hansen and Archie Bunker finish 2nd

Of the nine nations representing today’s field, six returned with another chance to post a clean round. “I’m happy with the amount of returners,” Petersen commented on the jump-off field, “I didn’t want to make it too difficult, but next week is a World Cup Qualifier so there are still riders and horses preparing for that.” The crowd was yet again on their feet as Hansen returned to the ring. Kicking off the jump-off track with a new oxer, Hansen guided Archie Bunker through a risky but clean round, posting the time to beat of 44.702 seconds. Brazilian rider Josephina Nor-Lantzman galloped into the ring aboard Chello Z ready to post her infamous swift and clear round. Blazing through the course, Nor-Lantzman looked well on her way to surpass Hansen’s time, but with the final charge to the last obstacle, Chello Z had an unfortunate chip on the back rail to finish with a four fault time of 42.554 seconds.

Josephina Nor-Lantzman (BRA) and Chello Z finish 6th

It wasn’t until Mexican rider Patricio Pasquel entered the ring aboard Serge, that Hap Hansen’s clear round would be challenged. Pasquel flew through the track, dodging between fences, turning on a dime, charging to the final oxer to trip the wire in 43.796 seconds, good enough to top the leaderboard, shifting Hansen to second. Half way through the jump-off, Ashlee Bond returned with Wistful to try and better Pasquel’s time. The small but mighty Wistful was able to keep all the rails in the cups, but with a time of 45.116 seconds, would have to settle for third place.

Ashlee Bond and Wistful finish 3rd

Nearing the end of the jump-off, New Zealand rider Guy Thomas took the field with a mission. From the first obstacle, Thomas was flying through the course and looked to be on his way to posting a winning round. Coming home, Thomas spun Peterbilt around a rollback to a vertical but due to an unfortunate misstep, knocked a rail, resulting in the fastest four fault time of 42.432 seconds.

Guy Thomas (NZL) and Peterbilt finish 5th

The final round of the day was posted by Paige Dotson and Rockford I. Dotson calmly entered the ring looking over the track to finalize her plan of attack. Dotson was ahead of the leading pace throughout her round, however as Dotson approached the final oxer, she collected Rockford I to guarantee a fault free effort, finishing in 45.345 seconds, good enough for fourth respectively.

Paige Dotson and Rockford I finish 4th

“I am so happy,” Pasquel (MEX) shared with a smile from ear to ear. “Olaf’s course was perfect for Serge because he doesn’t have the best scope but he is very fast. It could not have gone any better.” Pasquel (MEX) will return for next week’s $50,000 Showpark World Cup Grand Prix with hopes of posting the same result aboard his fearless 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood.

Paige Dotson and Rockford I finish 4th

The first World Cup Qualifier in California will be held next week during the Showpark All Seasons Summer Classic, August 29-September 2. The $50,000 Showpark World Cup Grand Prix, presented by EQU Lifestyle Magazine, will showcase some of the top West Coast Show Jumpers with hopes of accruing valuable World Cup points as well as HITS Million Grand Prix Qualifying prize money. Visit the Blenheim EquiSports website for all up to date event information.

Patricio Pasquel (MEX) and Serge

Equus Events Atlanta Summerfest I Wrap Up

August 22, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

August, 21st – 2012 – The second annual Atlanta Summerfest I came to a close on Sunday. The show is the first of a two week series hosted by Equus Events that takes place at the Chattahoochee Hills Equestrian Center in Fairburn, GA. “It is one of our favorite venues”, quoted show organizer JP Godard. The footing and stabling is exceptional and the facility itself is one of the most scenic around “.

Kelci Krenshaw and Camera Ready (Photo by Holly Ridge Photography)

One of the week’s highly anticipated events was the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby which took place Friday evening in the main hunter ring which was opened up to include the schooling area allowing riders to gallop along the open and flowing course designed by JP Godard. Exhibitors and spectators were also treated to a “Derby Pizza Party” sponsored by Gagne International and JF Gagne along with Carsten Peters in the hospitality area. A strong field of 24 horse/rider teams competed in classic round with the top 12 graduating on to the second handy round which featured a more technical track with several inside options. New Vintage Farm and trainer Julie Curtain of Woodstock, GA had a banner evening with several rides and students. She took home top honors for the second year in a row on Donna Basinger’s Miramax. The pair garnered the top scores of the evening from judges Joey Darby and William Sparks bringing in a two round total score of 170. Along with the blue, they also took home a fabulous Centaur Turbo Dry Dress Sheet from English Riding Supply. Curtain also took home the second place ribbon with Davis Equine, LLC’s Blackmail and the sixth place with Viaggio owned by Pembroke Pointe, LLC while New Vintage Farm student Morgan Connely and her Hanover On The Rocks came home with an impressive tenth place finish. Earlier in the day New Vintage also picked up a couple of tri-colors in the performance 3’6″ hunters with Blackmail bringing home the championship and Hanover On The Rocks taking the reserve championship with Curtain up for both rides. Complete derby results are as follows:

Place Horse Owner Rider
1, MIRAMAX BASINGER, DONNA CURTIN, JULIE
2 BLACKMAIL DAVIS EQUINE LLC CURTIN, JULIE
3 LEAD STORY FIT TO PRINT FARM CRENSHAW, KELCI
4 CASTELLO FLOURNOY, PAGE FLOURNOY, PAGE
5 FRIEND REQUEST CUMMING, STEPHANIE THAXTON, JESSICA
6 VIAGGIO PEMBROKE POINTE, LLC CURTIN, JULIE
7 CITY BOUND JENNA WEINER, LLC JASON, CHRISTINA
8 CITY OF ANGELS DC SALES &   ENTERTAINMENT LANAGAN, MEGHAN
9 VERALDEA MAGIC Z HANNON, SYDNEY HANNON, SYDNEY
10 HANOVER ON THE ROCKS CONNELY, MORGAN CONNELY, MORGAN

Julie Curtain and Miramax (Photo by Holly Ridge Photography)

Saturday night featured the $10,000 Atlanta Summerfest Jumper Classic along with exhibitor’s party sponsored by the 2012 Atlanta Summerfest hospitality sponsors which includes: Brad Spragg and The Atlanta Hunt Club, Christina Jason and Cn’C Stables, Elizabeth Warmington and Brooksgate Stable, Inc., The Friedman Family, JF Gagne and Carsten Peters/Gagne International, Julie Curtain and New Vintage Farm, Lauren Marcinkoski and Swamp Fox Farm, Matt Martin and Raffi Kechejian/Windy Oaks Farm, Sunny Stevens and Stevehaven Stables, and the Tack Room of Camden, SC. Kelci Crenshaw and Fit To Print Farm’s Camera Ready captured the win with the fastest and only fault free jump off finishing up with a time of 35.212. The pair also took home a Centaur Turbo Dry Dress Sheet and a $50 gift certificate from Free Rein Designs. Junior rider Alexa Bogio and her Straight Guy finished strong bringing home second place honors with just 4 faults and a time of 37.053. Complete derby results are as follows:

Place Horse Owner Rider
1 CAMERA READY FIT TO PRINT FARM CRENSHAW, KELCI
2 STRAIGHT GUY BOGGIO, ALEXA BOGGIO,ALEXA
3 BLACKSTONE WALKER, ELLEN HALBLEIB, J. MICHAEL
4 HARLEY’S HEAVEN KVARTEK, RENEE GARCIA, GONZALO
5 CUBA LIBRE FLOURNOY, PAGE GEITNER, DANIEL
6 TAMINO JASON, CHRISTINA JASON, CHRISTINA
7 ACE OF SPIES TUGGLE, PHYLLIS TUGGLE, PHYLLIS
8 URANDA HIGHRIDGE FARM FRIED, SUSAN
9 DONNATELL HIGHRIDGE FARM FRIED, SUSAN
10 HIGH FIVE VAN AAREM, KC VAN AAREM, KC

Sunday brought many tri-colors and classic wins being awarded in both the hunter and jumper rings. Brittany and Aleece Jarman of Aubry Hill Farm from Pace, FL came to Chatt Hills off of a very successful 2012 Pony Hunter finals in Lexington, KY and made their presence known in the pony hunter ring. Brittany took home the children’s pony hunter champion on her Casanova and the small pony hunter champion on the Michael Newman owned entry of Macgyver while Aleece and Nicole Guthrie’s Hudson were awarded the large pony hunter championship as well as the win in the pony hunter classic.

Julie Curtain with Blackmail and Hanover On The Rocks (Photo by Holly Ridge Photography)

Janet Salem and Lauren Kissel’s Patchwork Farm found themselves in the winner’s circle several times throughout the week. Lauren started off the week with a clean sweep of the green working hunter division bringing home championship honors aboard Doreen Toben’s Zazou and in the performance hunter 3’3″ on Well Wishes owned by Savannah Cohen. Kissel dominated the pre-green hunter division capturing the championship on Caroline Cronin’s Slow Dance and the reserve championship aboard Fernando for owner Stephanie Zimmerman and trainer Brad Spragg. In the small junior hunter division Patchwork Farm students stole the show adding the champion and reserve champion ribbons to the tack room wall. Bonnie St. Charles’s Davinci took home the tri-color with Lindsay Farrel aboard while Nestledown Services LLC’s Concerige ended up in reserve with Quinn Larmier.

Brittany Jarman and Macgyver (Photo by Holly Ridge Photography)

In the jumper ring, Aiken, SC trainer Daniel Geitner coached students to several classic wins. Nico Gamboa rode Juan and Jennifer Gamboa’s Coco Chanel Z to the victory in the low children’s adult jumper classic and in the $1,500 junior amateur owner jumper classic it was Tum Tum and owner rider McKenzie Kasper who took home the blue. Page Flouronoy made her presence known in the amateur divisions by capturing the fifth place ribbon in the junior amateur owner jumper classic as well as the championship and reserve championship in the amateur owner hunter division with her own Costello and Oliver Du Upatoi.

Lauren Kissel with one of many championship honors (Photo by Holly Ridge Photography)

More information and complete horse show results can be found at www.equusevents.com. The Atlanta Summerfest II kicks off on Thursday, August 23rd and will feature the $10,000 Chattahoochee Hills Jumper Classic on Saturday evening. Hospitality offerings include daily breakfast and snacks under the hospitality tent, an exhibitor’s breakfast Saturday morning sponsored by Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club, ice cream social Saturday afternoon, and exhibitor’s party Saturday evening catered by Show Day Cafe and sponsored by the 2012 Atlanta Summerfest hospitality sponsors.

Charlie Jacobs and Flaming Star Win $25,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix

August 22, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

East Aurora – August 21, 2012 – Deeridge Farm has taken the first week of the Fieldstone Summer Showcase by storm, scoring top honors in the hunter and jumper rings. Charlie Jacobs led the way with his talented mount Flaming Star, capturing the victory in the $25,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix for the second year in a row. His son, Charlie Jr, was the winner of the $1,500 Dover Children’s Hunter Classic aboard Rainer, and his daughter Katie claimed the Children’s Hunter Horse Championship with Jouet. Melissa Jacobs also earned winning honors to take home the Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship riding So You Say. Finally, Maggie Robinson received the win in the $500 M&S Children’s Hunter Pony Classic aboard Dawn’s Early Light.

Charlie Jacobs and Flaming Star won the $25,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix. (Photo by Jennifer Wood Media)

The $25,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix was the highlight event on Saturday afternoon. Despite rain on Friday evening, the grass field at Fieldstone held up beautifully, and Charlie easily mastered Philip DeVita Jr.’s first round track to advance to the jump-off with Flaming Star. The pair was the last to tackle the short track, and the clocked in three seconds ahead of the leader to take the winning honors with a fault-free round.

“Flaming Star is one of those horses that the quicker you ride him, the more careful he gets,” explained Charlie. “I think some people saw that when I ran to fence two in the jump off and still had the confidence that he was going to leave it up.”

Earlier in the week, Charlie Sr. and Charlie Jr. competed against one another in the $2,500 Equifit 2’9″ Open Hunter Derby. Charlie Sr piloted Sorcerers Stone to a second place finish, while Charlie Jr. and Rainer captured the fifth place award. “I’m really proud of my son,” smiled Charlie Sr. “He’s been out of the ponies about two years now, and to see him ride out there on the grass field, jumping those jumps, has been really fun.”

Charlie Jr. was also the winner of the $1,500 Dover Children’s Hunter Classic with Rainer, and took home the Children’s Hunter Horse Reserve Championship after his sister Katie stepped up to earn the championship title. Katie and Jouet earned two first place ribbons and two second place ribbons for the prestigious honor.

Charlie Sr also had two nieces competing at the Fieldstone Summer Showcasing. Melissa Jacobs and her veteran partner So You Say were in top form during the Amateur-Owner Hunters, earning two first place ribbons, two second place ribbons, and a third place ribbon for the championship award. In the pony ring, Maggie Robinson showed her mounts Dawn’s Early Light and Carebear to top prizes during the Children’s Pony Hunters, and went on to capture to the first and second place honors in the $500 M&S Children’s Hunter Pony Classic, respectively.

“This horse show has been good to me,” expressed Charlie Sr. “My wife and children are all riding here and it’s about an hour from our home in Weston, so we really make this a family event.”

Deeridge Farm will continue to compete at the Fieldstone Show Park for the second week of the Summer Showcase before returning to New York for the Hampton Classic at the end of August.

Bluegrass Festival Horse Show Wrap Up: August 15-19, 2012

August 21, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – August 20, 2012 – It was a night that will be well remembered, and a win well deserved. The Rolex Stadium was packed at the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday night as the Handy Round brought the 2012 $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals to a close during the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. One of the industry’s most successful hunter professionals, Jennifer Alfano, led the victory gallop aboard her renowned mount Jersey Boy. Elizabeth Boyd and Brunello rode to the second place honors, while Scott Stewart and Garfield took the third place award.

Scott Stewart was the twenty-second in the order to take on the course; however, his finesse with Garfield, owned by Alexandra Crown, made the pair truly shine. He posted scores of 88, 90 and 95 with all four high options and top handy points of 8, 10 and 8. It seemed as though no one would beat his high-scoring round, but with eight more to compete, the onlookers watched with anticipation.

Stewart’s score stood unyielding as each pair put out their best, but fell shy of the top tier. It wasn’t until Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy, owned by SBS Farms, Inc., took their turn at the course that the possibility of defeat seemed plausible.

The chestnut gelding strode into the Rolex Stadium and seemed to brighten beneath the lights. Although Alfano chose to avoid a risky turn to the first or third fences, she kept a pace that outshone all those prior. Jersey Boy is well known for his handiness, having competed with Alfano in the irons for the last three years, and earning prestigious titles including the 2012 Horse of the Year.

“Finally!” Alfano exclaimed as she exited the ring from her victory gallop. “I really am so happy to win because I have done it all four times and I feel like Jersey Boy really deserved to win this class. He was awesome, right from the minute I started schooling-tonight he just felt perfect. He was really loose and galloping, and sometimes he can be a little snarky in the schooling area, but tonight he was perfect; he was ready.”

The scores were tabulated, and Alfano took the lead from Stewart with scores of 92, 91 and 88.5 with a 9, 9 and 8 for their handiness. They also were recognized for their high options, choosing to take on all four of the possibilities. Their overall score of 588.25 points from their combined two-day total pushed them to the top of the leader board.

Following consecutively was Elizabeth Boyd with Brunello, owned by Janet Peterson. She piloted him to a stellar second round, falling just a hair shy of the top score by only a half-point difference. She was awarded the scores of 89, 89 and 94 from the judges, also taking additional points for her high options and a 9, 8 and 8 for their handiness.

Jumper Highlights: Wednesday – Sunday

It was the start of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, and talented horse and rider combinations gathered at the Rolex Stadium to showcase their speed and agility in the 1.35m and 1.40m Open Jumpers. Wednesday was all about accuracy and tripping the timers with a blazing fast time. It was Shane Sweetnam and Kalle who delivered the 1.35m Open Jumper Victory, and later in the day Columbia’s Ilan Bluman rode to the top of the leaderboard in the 1.40 Open Jumpers.

The 1.40m Open Jumper class featured a one-round timed course, and gave competitors a real challenge with courses designed by Allen Rheinheimer. Kim Farlinger and Caprice Van De Brouwerhoeve laid down a competitive time to beat after clearing the course in a speedy 83.693 seconds. Although their time seemed as though it would be hard to beat, while still keeping all rails intact, Jorge Verswyvel aboard Victoria, owned by Louis Garcia of Mexico, stepped up to the plate. The pair posted a clean round more than ten seconds faster than Farlinger’s, proving that Rheinheimer’s course was built to test the strengths of horse and rider alike. Verswyvel’s time of 73.400 seconds proved good enough for the second place.

Jill Knowles and Condesa Z were the next to try to beat the newly set target time; however, their time of 82.166 seconds earned them the fourth place finish. Hector Florentino and Wauw, owned by Stransky’s Mission Farms of Wellington, FL, rode to another dominating pace in only 74.836 seconds, picking up the third place prize.It was Ilan Bluman of Columbia, who showed Quatro, owned by Daniel Bluman LLC of Weston, FL, to a blazing fast time of 68.478 seconds. His time stood alone, with no other competitors coming less than 10 seconds within his time.

The morning was ablaze with fierce competition in the Rolex Stadium as the second day of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show got underway at the Kentucky Horse Park. Time was the bottom line Thursday, with riders speeding to break the beam with both accuracy and an unsurpassed pace. Shane Sweetnam and Solerina exceeded expectations in the 1.40m Open Jumpers, capturing the victory with an insurmountable lead. It was Megan Moshontz-Bash and Pourkoipa Fontaine who emerged triumphant in the 1.35m Open Jumpers with a spectacular double-clear effort, and an outstanding time to beat.

The 1.35m Open Jumpers welcomed riders and their mounts to a challenging second-day course, designed by Allen Rheinheimer of the United States. Megan Moshontz-Bash and Pourkoipa Fontaine, owned by Cleveland Equestrian of Chagrin Falls, OH, were leaving nothing to chance Thursday morning as they entered the ring with the blue ribbon in mind. Shane Sweetnam had previously posted the target time of 32.301 seconds aboard Elastique, owned by Sweet Oak Farm of Wellington, FL. Moshontz-Bash had fallen into the second position during Wednesday’s division aboard Silver Spring, but Moshontz-Bash knew the speed Pourkoipa Fontaine possessed, and she laid down an impressive double-clear effort in a mere 29.738 seconds. Her name flashed at the top of the leaderboard for the remainder of the class, with 28 horse and rider combinations attempting to best the pair.

Andrew Welles and XM came close to catching Bash; however, their time of 31.866 seconds proved good enough for the second place finish. Daniel Blake and Shalimar, owned by Pine Hollow Farm of Parkland, FL, rode to the third place award with a double-clear effort in 31.938 seconds. Sweetnam’s time held solid for the fourth place finish aboard Elastique, while Christoph Schroeder and Balette, owned by GK Performance Horse, LLC. of Andersonville, TN, secured the fifth place finish in 32.338 seconds.

The 1.40m Open Jumpers examined Rheinheimer’s newly set course, figuring out the best approach to deliver a dominating round. The 1.40m Open Jumpers was in the fault-converted format, with 21 entrants vying for the winning slot. It seemed as though Ilan Bluman of Columbia was going to succeed in the Open Jumpers, claiming the victory for the second consecutive day of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. He entered the ring with nothing but speed and accuracy at the front of his mind as he piloted Quatro, owned by Daniel Bluman LLC of Weston, FL. Daring Rheinheimer’s course, Bluman blew through the obstacles in a seemingly easy fashion, leaving all rails in their cups as he tripped the timers in only 69.017 seconds.

Although the next three riders all posted clear efforts, Bluman’s time stood unyielding. Then Sweetnam emerged from the in gate in a flash aboard Solerina, also owned by Sweet Oak Farm. They sliced turns and moved with an unsurpassed agility, beating Bluman’s previous target time and taking the top honors in 67.038 seconds.

Jorge Verswyvel navigated his own Hold Me Now to a clear effort in 72.607 seconds, as well as the third place ribbon. Fatalis Fatum with Steven Bluman in the irons took the fourth place award in 73.580 seconds, with Verswyvel also nabbing the fifth place finish aboard Artifice L.S.

The lights were bright in the Rolex Stadium Friday night as the onlookers cheered on their favorite horse and rider combinations in a highly competitive 14-horse jump off. It was the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic that took center stage Friday, seeing a field of 50 entrants vie for the top prize and valuable series points. Shane Sweetnam and Amaretto D’Arco jumped to the fastest of only four double-clear efforts, leading the night’s victory gallop. Kaitlin Campbell was just a hair shy of Sweetnam’s time, finishing in the second place spot with Rocky W.

The short track became the true adversary Friday, with 14 riders competing over seven obstacles in an attempt to take the winning title. Rebecca Conway and Twister, owned by Blue Hill Farm, were the first to post a faultless second round. Conway had seen three other riders find fault, and took a more conservative approach as the fourth in the return order. She piloted Twister to a time of 46.529 seconds, eventually claiming the fourth place honors.

It was Rachel Udelson and VDL Wardolette who set the pace for the remainder of the contenders. Udelson rode VDL Wardolette to a brilliant round, making a fantastic turn to the vertical and galloping to a finish in 41.316 seconds. Her reign was short lived, however, as Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W followed with a faultless round in 40.235 seconds. It seemed as though Campbell would take the lead for the second consecutive event, but Shane Sweetnam and Amaretto D’Arco were prepared to give it their all for the victory.

Sweetnam moved veteran mount Amaretto D’Arco over the opening oxer at an angle, catching a speedy pace into the following vertical. Similar to that of Campbell, he sliced the turn to the Hagyard vertical and used his mount’s natural speed on the ground to his advantage. Sweetnam crossed the finish line in 39.947 seconds, only two-tenths of a second faster than Campbell to take the lead.

Udelson took the third place award for her efforts aboard VDL Wardolette, with Conway taking the fourth place. David Biesel and Ammeretto, owned by Equine Holdings, earned the fifth with two time faults factoring into their finish. Andrew Welles and XM, owned by Peter Welles, rode to the sixth place finish with the fastest four-fault effort in 40.596 seconds, lowering the final oxer as he tripped the timers.

It was a clear, crisp morning at the Kentucky Horse Park for the fourth day of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. A select group of talented riders looked on to the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper course at the Rolex Stadium with anticipation in hopes of posting the best-marked time. Taking home the division’s blue ribbon, Megan Nusz outclassed other top riders with Vesuvius, riding to one of only two double-clear efforts. Placing the lead score until bested by Nusz was Alexandra Duval aboard Cipriani Z, who expertly navigated a faultless short course and received second place in the class.

Seventeen horse and rider combinations attempted the first round jump course; however only three pairs rode faultless and moved immediately to the challenge of the jump-off course. Meagan Nusz of The Woodlands, TX, aboard Vesuvius her second horse entry, conquered the first course with a qualifying time of 68.773. Last in the order of go, the pair again cleared the course, besting previous leader Duval and Ciprani Z’s time, tripping the short course timers at 38.077 seconds. Nusz and Vesuvius’s fierce finish earned them a first place victory in the division.

The first horse and rider team to take on the short course, Alexandra Duval of Huntington, NY, and Cipriani Z qualified with a clear first round and time of 72.906. In the jump-off, Duval piloted Cipriani Z’s strides to a competitive time of 41.966, also leaving the course free of dropped poles. Their lead was later taken, securing the pair the honor of second place.

From the tenth position in order of go, Rogelio Pellerano Heinsen of Miami, FL, and Precieuse Platiere clocked 69.304 seconds in the first round, advancing them to the jump-off round. With a swift time of 39.041, the fastest efforts up to that point, the duo found eight-faults. Heinsen and Precieuse Platiere were awarded the third place honors in the division.

It was the final day of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, and the excitement was high as the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix got underway in the Rolex Stadium. It was a bittersweet finale to the fourth week of the Kentucky Summer Series, with 41 entrants competing for the top prize. Paige Johnson and Chiron S were one of only four to move into the short course, stealing the show and riding to a double-clear effort with a blazing jump-off speed of 38.371 seconds. Although trailblazer Andrew Welles piloted Boo Van Het Kastanjehof to a clean short track, they fell a nick shy of the winning title to collect the second place award.

Each rider entered the Rolex Stadium with the hopes of securing the winning title on the final day; however, it was not until the eighteenth in the order, Andrew Welles and Boo Van Het Kastanjehof, that anyone was able to tackle the track. The only other rider to come close was Shane Sweetnam and Siri, owned by Spy Coast Farm. The pair had made it through the course with a clear effort, but a tick over the time earned them two time faults, and the eventual fifth place honors.

It was not until 11 rounds later that another rider stepped up and dominated the first round track. Paige Johnson and Chiron S, owned by Salamander Farm, maneuvered the course without fault, and promised the onlookers a jump-off round.

Following consecutively in the order was Patricia Griffith with Wieminka B. Their plan of attack was conservative, but they broke the beam with no fallen rails and within the time allowed becoming the third entry for the short course. Sweetnam returned to the ring once again, this time aboard his more recent mount, Solerina, owned by Sweet Oak Farm. He proved that although their partnership was recent, it was secure. Sweetnam navigated the course in exactly 90 seconds flat, leaving all rails in their cups, and joining the jump-off as the final of the four.

As the day’s trailblazer, Welles was at the helm of Boo Van Het Kastanjehof, taking the course first out of the four. The duo laid down an astounding round, using their turns to their advantage and staying clean and clear throughout. They crossed the timers at 39.808 seconds, seemingly a solid lead.

Johnson and Chiron S moved into the second course in a flash, using their natural fast pace to add speed. Although Johnson guided her mount with careful turns and tidy maneuvers, their speed on the ground won them the class. They were able to clear the course with no faults incurred, and break the beam in 38.371 seconds to take over the lead.

The next pair to post a competitive time was Griffith and Wieminka B. They also left all rails intact, crossing the finish line in 40.140 seconds. Sweetnam was awarded the fourth and fifth place efforts for the afternoon with Solerina and Siri, respectively. Griffith was rewarded with the third place ribbon as her solid round held its position in the standings, with Welles earning the second place finish. Hardin Towell and Nolde, owned by Jack H. Towell, finished as the fastest four-faulter from the first round in a time of 84.798 seconds.

Hunter Highlights: Wednesday-Sunday

It was a welcoming day for the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park show grounds where five divisions were set to display the top hunter horse and rider combinations. Wednesday morning started off with a variation of winners while the two divisions to emerge with double blue ribbons were Scott Stewart and Dedication for the Second Year Working Green Hunters and Hunt Tosh and Rosalynn in the High Performance Hunters.

The first division featured in the Stonelea Arena was the Green Conformation Hunters. Christopher Payne on his mount Lugano, owned by Susan Moriconi of St. Louis, MO, took home the first and sixth place ribbons after a show of beautiful horsemanship on the course. Kelley Farmer aboard Lightning Z, owned by Lochmoore Stables of Lebanon, OH, took two third place ribbons in the over fences classes in the division.

The Second Year Green Working Hunter division was next to show as the afternoon progressed. While Havens Schatt and Valencia, along with Gary Young and Gold Coast, put up outstanding performances, it was Scott Stewart and Dedication, owned by Fashion Farm, who swept the ring with an astonishing set of rounds, bringing home two first place awards.

The Regular Conformation Hunters also saw consistent horses and determined riders. Cookie Beck and Last Call, owned by Lisa Cudahy, earned a first and second place for their notable efforts in the over fence classes. Following close behind came Hunt Tosh and Cold Harbor, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, Middleburg, VA, who scored high, taking the second and third awards.

A second sweep of the day’s classes was in the High Performance Hunter division. Hunt Tosh and mount, Rosalynn, also owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, demonstrated elegance and excellence, earning the duo the top call and awards in the two over fences rounds.

It was perfect weather at the Stonelea Arena for greeting champions into the winner’s circle Thursday at Bluegrass Festival Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park. The Professional Hunters Divisions wrapped up the two-day competition with one name resounding above others. While, Hunt Tosh and Rosalynn earned an honorary moment of pinning in the High Performance Hunter division, it was Scott Stewart who brought an A-team of mounts who gave top-notch performances, all worthy of the championship tricolors in three of Thursday’s five hunter events.

The first of the elite team to make their mark was in the Green Working Hunter Conformation division, the second event to be seen in the Stonelea Arena. Scott Stewart rode Beholden, a dark brown gelding, owned by Fashion Farm of Philadelphia, PA, to a back-to-back class win in the over fences and handy class, as well as a second place in the under saddle class. The duo was awarded the championship honors, while Chris Payne and Lugano owned by Susan Moriconi of St. Louis, MO, also ranked high and took the reserve championship.

The Second Year Green Working Hunters saw a clear leader emerge as Stewart and Dedication, owned by Fashions Farm of Philadelphia, PA, swept the first day of competition. Without any reservations, Dedication, the bay gelding, again stole the show with a hat-trick performance across all classes, shutting out all competition and taking the division championship title. Valencia with Havens Schatt in the irons emerged victorious for their showmanship, receiving the reserve honors.

In the fourth division of the day, the Regular Conformation Hunters, Stewart and steed Showman, a bay gelding with a star marking his forehead, owned by Alexa and Krista Weisman of Sherborn, MA, worked their way to the top of the ranks. Receiving a first and fourth in the over fences classes Wednesday, the pair took first place in the over fences and handy class, to outshine Cookie Beck and Last Call’s finely tuned collaboration. Stewart and Showman stayed true to form, earning their ride to the center of the ring to be pinned with the Championship ribbon, concluding Stewart’s triumphant rein of the divisions. Beck and Last Call were presented with the reserve championship award.

The next division welcomed another foreseen champion. Hunt Tosh and Rosalynn, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, VA, were entitled to their ranks after a double blue ribbon effort in Wednesday’s classes. One of the few mares competing at the professional level, Tosh displayed Rosalynn’s graceful ride through the traditional over fences, handy and under saddle classes, where they accumulated top scores and added the division’s championship to their already numerous accolades.

Also notable across divisions was Kelly Farmer riding Mythical, owned by Larry Glefke and Dr. Kenneth Garber, Keswich, VA, to the commendable championship ribbon for the First Year Green Working Hunters. Louise Serio aboard Casino, owned by Bridget Hallman and Merrylegs South of Oyster Bay, NY, also tallied high marks, taking the reserve championship award for the division.

The crème de la crème of the hunter world gathered at the Rolex Stadium for the first day of the long awaited 2012 $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals. All the attention turned toward the classic hunt course that decorated the Rolex Stadium at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. Scott Stewart rode to the top of the leader board with Dedication, laying down a stunning round and showing the necessity of fluidity, athleticism and rideability along with finesse. Elizabeth Boyd piloted Brunello to the second place finish, while Jennifer Alfano navigated the famous Jersey Boy to the third place slot.

This is the fourth year the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals have been in existence, created purely to bring show hunters to the world stage in an effort to increase spectators, media, sponsorships, and bring tradition and basic riding principles back to the sport of show hunters. The top 81 qualifying horses were invited to showcase their talents over the demanding traditional hunter course this morning. The International Hunter Derby Finals include a 12-month qualifying period, and only the top 30 horses will continue into tomorrow night’s handy round with the hopes of garnering the championship title and lion’s share of the prize money.

Out of the original 81 entrants, only 30 will continue into the Handy Hunter Round, set to take place in the Rolex Stadium Saturday night. Veteran of the hunter sport, Scott Stewart was the 68th entrant in the order to go, but he guided the talented Dedication, owned by Fashion Farm to the impressive scores of 92, 91 and 93, as well as earning an additional four bonus points to each base score for an overall total of 285 points.

Stewart was able to best the earlier leaders of the class, edging Boyd and Brunello, owned by Janet Peterson, into the second place position. The dynamic duo had previously posted the target scores of 90, 89 and 91 with three out of the four options chosen for a score of 279 points. Boyd also qualified for tomorrow’s Handy Hunter Round with Quatrain, owned by Finally Farm, Inc. Her relationship with Brunello has been nothing short of fantastic, riding the 14-year-old Hanoverian to the top of the hunter sport with over $30,000 in prize money in this derby season.

Although the riders came and went with beautiful rounds, Stewart’s score held strong and steadfast. Boyd proved to be a worthy adversary for the qualifier, but it was Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy who left nothing to chance with their stellar round and had the audience on the edge of their seats. The 10-year-old Warmblood gelding has proven himself consistently throughout the years, earning $33,100 alone in the 2011-2012 Derby Season. Alfano guided the chestnut to a beautiful round, eventually falling a half-a-point behind Boyd for the third place finish.

Patricia Griffith piloted Sienna, owned by Lexi Maounis, to the fourth place position. They were awarded scores of 89, 88 and 92 along with three additional bonus points for a score of 278 points. Stewart also picked up the fifth place finish with Garfield, owned by Alexandra Crown. As the penultimate pair to compete, Stewart and Garfield posted a fantastic finish with three out of the four high options chosen, as well as the notable scores of 88.5, 88.5 and 88 for their consistent round.

Out of the top 30 qualifying horse and rider pairs, there were many riders that qualified multiple mounts to continue into tomorrow night’s main event. Kelley Farmer finished in the sixth, seventh and eighth place positions with Bases Loaded, Clearly and Taken, respectively. Griffith also place with her second mount, Arico. Scott Stewart will have a little comfort in having two top mounts in the top five, but the anticipation is high as the riders await the new day and the exciting opportunity to excel with their talent and handiness.

Picking up other notable honors was Kaitlin Campbell aboard October Road, owned by Emma Tchen, who took a good position moving into tomorrow’s Handy Hunter Round, as well as the Top Placing Amateur Rider in the Classic Hunter Round. Lillie Keenan and Monterrey were dually awarded with the Top Placing Junior-Owner Award for their twelfth place finish.

In the fourth week of the Kentucky Summer Series, the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show welcomed riders of all experience to a challenging course, and a chance to earn qualifying points to win the Hallway Feeds Leading Rider Bonus. At the end of two rounds, Kelley Farmer and Act of Valor rose to the occasion seizing the win, and the blue ribbon. Kelli Cruciotti and Promo put forth a determined effort to earn high scores and the red ribbon. Shawn Casady and Bolero rightfully claimed a score among the great, placing in the top three.

Kelley Farmer set the pace early, earning a notable score of 91 in the first round. Judges and fans alike praised Act of Valor’s finesse as Farmer guided the horse to his high score. Louise Serio and Bonaparte, owned by Annette Lauer of Sag Harbor, NY, were the only other pair to also break 90, still catching the judges eye and proving to be stiff competition. Shawn Casady and Without Question, owned by Ponies and Palms of Boca Raton, FL, and leased by Marigot Bay Farm of Dover, MA, followed close behind, receiving an 89 for their showmanship in the first round.

The short course thrived with intensity as all riders chose high options to supplement their scores. Famer and Act of Valor, owned by Larry Glefke and Dr. Kenneth Garber of Keswich, VA, put forth the best performance of the evening, proudly displaying commendable and refined style. The duo earned a second round score of 85 with the addition of the four option fences chosen. Their total of 176 points gave them the top score and $5,000 Hallway Feeds National Hunter Derby top honors.

Kelli Cruciotti and Promo, owned by Nicole Lyvere of Lakewood, CO, excelled in their overall performance, scoring a 175.50. Coming in just half a point behind Farmer and Act of Valor. The pair completed showing the first course with a score of 85.50. The handy round brought on new opportunity. Cruciotti and Promo obtained all four-bonus points equaling a round high score of 90 and placed them second in the final rankings.

Landing in the third place spot, Shawn Casady stepped up with Bolero. Taking an 88 in the first round, a point under his other horse Without Question, Shawn Casady and Bolero, owned by Marigot Bay Farm LLC, laid down a honed handy score of 87. The team set to gain the four optional points, succeeding and equaling an overall score of 175 to take the third place among the top ranked.

Yann Candele Wins $50,000 NationWide Auto Warranty Grand Prix at Inaugural Orangeville Show Jumping Tournaments

August 21, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Orangeville, Ontario – Yann Candele of Caledon, ON, claimed his second grand prix victory in a row at the inaugural Orangeville Show Jumping Tournaments held August 15-19 at the Orangeville Agricultural Society (OAS) Event Centre in Orangeville, ON.

Yann Candele and Carlotta Singular la Magnifica won the $50,000 Grand Prix, Presented by NationWide Auto Warranty, on Sunday, August 19, at the inaugural 2012 Orangeville Show Jumping Tournaments, August 15-19, in Orangeville, ON.
(Photo by Ben Radvanyi)

Candele claimed victory in the $50,000 Grand Prix, presented by NationWide Auto Warranty, on Sunday, August 19, riding Carlotta Singular la Magnifica. Two days earlier, he had won the $25,000 Hayes Co. Grand Prix aboard Game Ready, a 12-year-old bay Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Susan Grange, while Carlotta Singular la Magnifica placed second.

As the traveling alternates for the Canadian Olympic Show Jumping Team at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Candele and Carlotta Singular la Magnifica were making their first competitive appearance since arriving back on Canadian soil. The long trip home didn’t hamper their performance. The pair jumped to the top of the starting field of 22 horses to take the win in the $50,000 Grand Prix, presented by NationWide Auto Warranty.

Candele and Carlotta Singular la Magnifica were one of six horse/rider combinations to jump clear and advance to the jump-off over the track set by two-time Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela, who also arrived direct from London. As the last rider to return to the grass ring for the jump-off, Candele had the advantage of knowing exactly what he had to do to win. None of the other riders who had gone before him had been able to turn in a clear round, leaving the door open for Candele and Carlotta to post a fault-free performance.

“She was really great today,” said Candele of Carlotta Singular la Magnifica, a 10-year-old bay Hannoverian mare owned by Susan Grange. “I was the last to go in the jump-off and no one had gone clear before me, so I made the decision not to run her hard, and instead try for the clear round. She delivered just like I knew she would. It was a very exciting class.”

While they stopped the clock in the slowest jump-off time of 57.71 seconds, their double clear performance secured the win over second place finisher Francois Lamontagne of St. Eustache, QC, who qualified three horses for the jump-off. Lamontagne finished second aboard Noveko’ Rebello, fourth riding Undergroud des Hautes and sixth with Unik Circa.

Despite his second place finish, Lamontagne didn’t leave the Orangeville Show Jumping Tournaments empty-handed. In addition to presenting the $50,000 Grand Prix, title sponsor NationWide Auto Warranty offered two 2012 Kia Soul vehicles, valued at approximately $22,000 each, to the winners in both the Junior/Amateur and Open Jumper divisions. After an intense week of competition, Lamontagne and Nicole Walker of Aurora, ON, drove away with the brand-new cars which are theirs to keep.

Nicole Walker drove away with a brand new car after riding Catania van de Dwerse Hagen to victory in the Junior/Amateur ‘Winner Take All’ class on Sunday, August 19, at the 2012 Orangeville Show Jumping Tournaments. Presenting are Daryl Masterson of NationWide Auto Warranty and his daughter, Amy. (Photo by Ben Radvanyi)

Walker was one of 23 competitors to qualify for the chance to win a car in the Junior/Amateur ‘Winner Take All’ competition on Sunday, August 19, having placed sixth in the Junior/Amateur 1.30m class on Thursday and second in the class on Saturday. Competitors earned points throughout the week with the top six from each Junior/Amateur division advancing to Sunday’s final, where the slate was wiped clean and riders had just one chance to win a brand-new vehicle.

“I think the idea to give away a car was great,” explained Walker, 18. “It drew a lot of competitors to the show, and it was a fun class to watch and to be in.”

She continued, “The car looks amazing! I actually took it for a little spin in the grand prix ring after the victory gallop and I’m really looking forward to driving it some more.”

Walker, who trains with Canadian Olympian Beth Underhill, earned her new vehicle with the help of a different type of horsepower, Catania van de Dwerse Hagen, her 10-year-old Belgium Warmblood mare. The pair has been competing together for the past three seasons.

“She felt super in today’s class,” said Walker. “She’s been excellent all week, I think she really likes the grass footing here. I was so excited for this event. I’m still shocked that I won a car!”

Lamontagne claimed the second car up for grabs after capturing the Leading Jumper Rider Award, which was open to competitors in the 1.15m, 1.25m, 1.35m, and 1.40m classes, as well as the Modified Grand Prix, Open Welcome, and Grand Prix. The top prize was awarded based on the number of points earned in various classes held throughout the week.

“It was absolutely amazing to win the car,” said an excited Lamontagne. “I came here with winning the car in mind and, every day, I was competing with the intention of winning it.”

He continued, “I had five horses here, who were all competing at the different heights. They were all great this week. I made some mistakes here and there, so it wasn’t the best week I’ve ever had in terms of my riding, but I couldn’t be happier with my horses.”

Show organizers Hayes Co., who previously managed show jumping tournaments in Sutton, Collingwood and Ottawa, celebrated their 28th year by mounting the Orangeville Show Jumping Tournaments in their hometown of Orangeville. Two-time Canadian Olympian Jay Hayes, his wife Shawn, and their three daughters, Lauren, Ainsley and Regan, as well as son-in-law Johan Letimonier, all call the area home.

For more information on the Orangeville Show Jumping Tournaments, including complete results, please visit www.hayesco.ca.

Francois Lamontagne won a 2012 Kia Soul after winning the Leading Jumper Rider Award at the Orangeville Show Jumping Tournaments in Orangeville, ON.
(Photo by Ben Radvanyi)

$50,000 Grand Prix presented by NationWide Auto Warranty – Sunday, August 19

Rider Hometown Horse Faults Time

1. Yann Candele Caledon, ON Carlotta Singular LM 0:0 57.71

2. Francois Lamontagne St. Eustache, QC Noveko’ Rebello 0:4 51.40

3. Angela Covert-Lawrence St. Lazare, QC Utan 0:4 51.91

4. Francois Lamontagne St. Eustache, QC Undergroud des Hautes 0:4 53.50

5. Ainsley Vince Burlington, ON Darling 0:8 49.70

6. Francois Lamontagne St. Eustache, QC Unik Circa 0: elim

7. Jordan MacPherson Toronto, ON Piccobello du val de Geer 4

8. Quentin Judge Ridgefield, CT HH Sandor 4

9. Yann Candele Caledon, ON Game Ready 4

10. Mac Cone King City, ON Amor Van de Rostal 4

11. Amy Millar Perth, ON Ferraro K 4

12. Roberto Teran Colombia Niac du Parc 4

Paige Johnson and Chiron S Secure $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix Victory at Bluegrass Festival Horse Show

August 21, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – August 19, 2012 – It was the final day of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, and the excitement was high as the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix got underway in the Rolex Stadium. It was a bittersweet finale to the fourth week of the Kentucky Summer Series, with 41 entrants competing for the top prize. Paige Johnson and Chiron S were one of only four to move into the short course, stealing the show and riding to a double-clear effort with a blazing jump-off speed of 38.371 seconds. Although trailblazer Andrew Welles piloted Boo Van Het Kastanjehof to a clean short track, they fell a nick shy of the winning title to collect the second place award.

Paige Johnson and Chiron S won the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix Victory at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. (Photo by Kendall Bierer/PMG)

Allen Rheinheimer created a course that took on a life of its own this afternoon. He included an oxer-vertical-oxer triple combination, a vertical-liverpool double combination, an open water jump, a triple bar opening to a vertical, as well as numerous turns, rollbacks and technicalities that could challenge horse and rider.

Each rider entered the Rolex Stadium with the hopes of securing the winning title on the final day; however, it was not until the eighteenth in the order, Andrew Welles and Boo Van Het Kastanjehof, that anyone was able to tackle the track. The only other rider to come close was Shane Sweetnam and Siri, owned by Spy Coast Farm. The pair had made it through the course with a clear effort, but a tick over the time earned them two time faults, and the eventual fifth place honors.

It was not until 11 rounds later that another rider stepped up and dominated the first round track. Paige Johnson and Chiron S, owned by Salamander Farm, maneuvered the course without fault, and promised the onlookers a jump-off round.

Following consecutively in the order was Patricia Griffith with Wieminka B. Their plan of attack was conservative, but they broke the beam with no fallen rails and within the time allowed becoming the third entry for the short course. Sweetnam returned to the ring once again, this time aboard his more recent mount, Solerina, owned by Sweet Oak Farm. He proved that although their partnership was recent, it was secure. Sweetnam navigated the course in exactly 90 seconds flat, leaving all rails in their cups, and joining the jump-off as the final of the four.

The short course began over the same first fence, a wide oxer heading away from the in gate, and then brought them with a left turn to a tall vertical. They then tackled the shortened triple combination going into the oxer-vertical one-stride and made a right turn over the gray vertical plank. They finished over a Swedish oxer with a forward right turn to a new oxer and the Hagyard Lexington vertical headed toward the in gate.

“The course was definitely challenging today, midway through I think we were all wondering if anyone was going to make it clean,” Johnson laughed. “Everything came up very fast, the course was complicated, there was no time to really take a breath. The time was tight enough-a lot of us took the inside turn to the triple bar.”

As the day’s trailblazer, Welles was at the helm of Boo Van Het Kastanjehof, taking the course first out of the four. The duo laid down an astounding round, using their turns to their advantage and staying clean and clear throughout. They crossed the timers at 39.808 seconds, seemingly a solid lead.

“I got this horse from my best friend two years ago, which makes this even more special for me,” Welles explained. “She is going into a very big fall campaign, and this was her first Grand Prix back out before we head to the East Coast. She is a fantastic horse and I tried to stick to my plan and stay out of her way and let her do her thing.”

Johnson and Chiron S moved into the second course in a flash, using their natural fast pace to add speed. Although Johnson guided her mount with careful turns and tidy maneuvers, their speed on the ground won them the class. They were able to clear the course with no faults incurred, and break the beam in 38.371 seconds to take over the lead.

“I watched Andrew go first, and seeing him take the inside turn and doing six to the one-stride, I knew that we needed to do that with the horse. I added in a couple of areas, but I definitely jazzed him up at the base of the oxer and knew that I was going to have to run seven strides up to the last vertical. It was all about leaving the jumps up at the end of the day, because naturally he is a quick boy.”

Johnson has been riding Chiron S for five years, but the pair took some time off for his 11-year-old year. “He still has so much blood, I think that time off really kept him alert mentally. Sometimes you have to tell him to simmer down. He is great and so brave, and he is not intimidated by anything. Our only issue is having him respect the jumps; his lack of intimidation can cause him to sometimes have a little too much confidence. Kentucky is fantastic, and we are going to continue into next week for the KHJA Horse Show. We are also looking forward to the upcoming American Gold Cup, as well as the Alltech National Horse Show.”

The next pair to post a competitive time was Griffith and Wieminka B. They also left all rails intact, crossing the finish line in 40.140 seconds. Sweetnam used his usual tight turns to take on the first three obstacles; however, he chose to retire from the jump-off when Solerina shied from fence 15, the triple bar upon taking a sliced turn. Sweetnam was awarded the fourth and fifth place efforts for the afternoon with Solerina and Siri, respectively. Griffith was rewarded with the third place ribbon as her solid round held its position in the standings, with Welles earning the second place finish. Hardin Towell and Nolde, owned by Jack H. Towell, finished as the fastest four-faulter from the first round in a time of 84.798 seconds.

Earlier in the day, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic took center stage in the Rolex Stadium. It was Shawn Casady and Sports Casino who rode to the top of the ranks, not only earning the winning title, but also the SSG ‘Digital Riding Gloves’ bonus of $1,000, 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. They were the only one of the three contending combination to post a double-clear effort, completing the course brilliantly in a time of 41.738 seconds.

Casady also rode to the second place finish with Da Vinci, paving the way in the jump-off as the first to return for the short course. Kaely Tomeu and Belle Bleu S secured the third place finish with a four-fault total in 38.744 seconds.

Today’s $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix was the final event of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. Next week hosts the KHJA Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, where the Leading Rider of the Hallway Feeds National Hunter Derby Series will be named. Shortly after the conclusion, the Kentucky Horse Park will begin preparing for the 2012 Alltech National Horse Show, where the top horses and riders will compete at the highest level of the sport.

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

BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL GRAND PRIX RESULTS

1 356 CHIRON S PAIGE JOHNSON 0 0 0 83.360 0 0 0 38.371
2 794 BOO VAN HET KASTANJEHOF ANDREW WELLES 0 0 0 87.921 0 0 0 39.808
3 28 WIEMINKA B PATRICIA GRIFFITH 0 0 0 87.426 0 0 0 40.140
4 1151 SOLERINA SHANE SWEETNAM 0 0 0 90.000 8 3 11 51.613
5 1146 SIRI SHANE SWEETNAM 0 2 2 93.445
6 711 NOLDE JACK H. TOWELL 4 0 4 84.798
7 1041 WAUW HECTOR FLORENTINO 4 0 4 84.905
8 1254 TAO TAO 3 HALEY WATERS 4 0 4 85.500
9 997 UNEX TIMO 1V TIM GREDLEY 4 0 4 86.042
10 923 KAID DU RY ALISE OKEN 4 0 4 86.797
11 849 STEDET’S LEROY MARIA SCHAUB 4 0 4 87.901
12 149 TWISTER REBECCA CONWAY 4 0 4 88.793

SJHF A-O/JR JPR HIGH CLASSIC RESULTS
1 1283 SPORTS CASINO SHAWN CASADY 0 0 0 87.126 0 0 0 41.738
2 1029 DA VINCI SHAWN CASADY 0 0 0 81.948 4 0 4 37.132
3 1154 BELLE BLEU S KAELY TOMEU 0 0 0 84.530 4 0 4 38.744
4 357 MONOPOLY PAIGE JOHNSON 0 1 1 91.725
5 1236 ZUBANTOS SHAWN CASADY 4 0 4 83.296
6 850 QUICK N EASY CLAUDIA BILLUPS 4 0 4 86.275
7 913 ZINESSE BHASKAR DASGUPTA 4 0 4 86.380
8 193 VESUVIUS MEAGAN NUSZ 4 0 4 86.887
9 1257 NO DOUBT HAYLEY WATERS 4 0 4 86.970
10 1017 SKARA GLEN’S VOLTAN H SPENCER SMITH 4 0 4 87.797

Yann Candele Sweeps $25,000 Hayes Co. Grand Prix

August 20, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Orangeville, Ontario – Yann Candele of Caledon, ON, captured the top two spots in the $25,000 Hayes Co. Grand Prix on Friday, August 17 at the inaugural Orangeville Show Jumping Tournaments running August 15-19 at the Orangeville Agricultural Society (OAS) Event Centre in Orangeville, ON.

Yann Candele, pictured here on Carlotta Singular la Magnifica, won the $25,000 Hayes Co. Grand Prix on Friday, August 17, at the 2012 Orangeville Show Jumping Tournaments, August 15-19, in Orangeville, ON. (Photo by Victoria Clermont)

Fresh off his return from the 2012 London Olympics, where he was the traveling alternate for the Canadian Olympic Team for Show Jumping, Candele was one of only three riders to post a clear round over the track set by two-time Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela, who also arrived direct from London. Candele advanced to the jump-off with two mounts, Game Ready and Carlotta Singular la Magnifica, both owned by Susan Grange.

First to return to the ring was 2008 Olympic team silver medalist Mac Cone of King, ON, riding Amor Van de Rostal, a 12-year-old bay Belgium Warmblood gelding owned by Chadburn Holdings Inc. The pair laid down a clear round, stopping the clock in 46.08 seconds and putting the pressure on those still to come.

Candele was next to contest the shortened jump-off course riding Game Ready, a 12-year-old bay Dutch Warmblood gelding.

“He was fantastic,” said Candele. “He’s a very fast horse and I knew I would have to use that speed if I was going to catch Mac.”

Catch him they did, turning in a clear performance in a time of 44.76 seconds to take over the lead. 22-year-old Jordan MacPherson of Toronto, ON, tried to catch the veterans aboard her 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare Piccobello du val de Geer, but a rail down meant they would finish with a total of four faults.

Already guaranteed the win, Candele piloted Carlotta Singular la Magnifica, the 10-year-old bay Hannoverian mare that accompanied him to London, to his second double-clear performance of the day.

“I was very pleased with her performance, especially since she’s fresh off the flight back from London,” explained Candele. “I knew when I went in the ring that I had already won the class, so I didn’t need to push her too hard.”

He continued, “I think our performance in the grand prix really solidified the fact we deserved our spot as the Olympic alternate.”

The pair’s time of 45.53 seconds was fast enough to secure second place. Candele plans to compete with both Carlotta Singular la Magnifica and Game Ready in Sunday’s $50,000 Grand Prix presented by NationWide Auto Warranty. The grand finale, set to start at 2 p.m., will be televised by Rogers Television. In addition to presenting the $50,000 Grand Prix, title sponsor NationWide Auto Warranty is offering two 2012 Kia Soul vehicles, valued at approximately $22,000 each, to the winners in both the Junior/Amateur and Open Jumper divisions. Both cars will be awarded on Sunday.

The show’s Co-Chair and two-time Canadian Olympian Jay Hayes came out on top in the $10,000 Highland Meadows Modified Grand Prix held Saturday, August 18. Riding Leonidas, a 15-year-old Hannoverian gelding owned by class sponsor Trish Crang, Hayes topped a field of 22 to take the win.

“Leonidas is a very funny character,” said Hayes of Orangeville, ON. “If the ground isn’t perfect, he doesn’t jump his best. When the ground is great, so is he. This is the best footing I’ve ever jumped on, and ‘Leo’ seems to agree. He answered all of the difficult questions asked of him by one of the best course designers in the world. It was a very fast jump-off, which was well suited to him because he’s a very fast horse.”

He continued, “This is the third year in a row that ‘Leo’ has won this class. In 2010 and 2011 he won it with Sarah Johnstone when we held the tournament in Ottawa. He also won it in 2007 with me when we were in Collingwood.”

Darcy Hayes and In Your Dreams 3E won the $10,000 Broccoli Hill Hunter Derby and the $5,000 Hayes Co. Hunter Derby Welcome, pictured here with Paddy Ann and Latham of Broccoli Hill and David Marion of Antares.
(Photo by Victoria Clermont)

Hunters are also in the spotlight during the Orangeville Show Jumping Tournaments, with two hunter derbies taking place in the grass grand prix field. Both derbies were comprised of two rounds of competition, and included many creative natural obstacles.

Darcy Hayes of Aurora, ON, swept both Derby events riding In Your Dreams 3E, an eight-year-old chestnut Canadian Sport Horse mare owned and bred by KingRidge Stables. On Thursday, August 16, the pair took home top honours in the $5,000 Hayes Co. Hunter Derby Welcome, outperforming 21 other competitors to secure the red ribbon. It was a repeat performance on Saturday, August 18, when they won the $10,000 Broccoli Hill Hunter Derby.

“It was a nice, big galloping course with some tight turns,” explained Darcy of Saturday’s competition. “The field was quite fun to ride in. It was a bit of a rolling field, so very similar to riding in the open hunt courses years ago. It would have been a thrill to have competed in the jumpers in there as well.”

She continued, “In Your Dreams has just been amazing this week. We were champions in the Combined Hunter division as well. This was actually her fourth hunter derby win in a row. I couldn’t be more pleased with her performance.”

Show organizers Hayes Co., who previously managed show jumping tournaments in Sutton, Collingwood and Ottawa, are celebrating their 28th year by mounting the Orangeville Show Jumping Tournaments in their hometown of Orangeville. Two-time Canadian Olympian Jay Hayes, his wife Shawn, and their three daughters, Lauren, Ainsley and Regan, as well as son-in-law Johan Letimonier, all call the area home.

For more information on the Orangeville Show Jumping Tournaments, including complete results, please visit www.hayesco.ca.

$25,000 Hayes Co. Grand Prix – Friday, August 17

Rider Hometown Horse Faults Time

1. Yann Candele Caledon, ON Game Ready 0:0 44.76

2. Yann Candele Caledon, ON Carlotta Singular LM 0:0 45.53

3. Mac Cone King City, ON Amor Van de Rostal 0:0 46.08

4. Jordan MacPherson Toronto, ON Piccobello du val de Geer 0:4 46.07

5. Francois Lamontagne St. Eustache, QC Unik Circa 4

6. Roberto Teran Colombia Von Der Graaf 4

7. Mac Cone King City, ON Unanimous 4

8. Francois Lamontagne St. Eustache, QC Undergroud des Hautes 4

9. Amy Millar Perth, ON Ferraro K 4

10. Hugh Graham Schomberg, ON Feature Attraction 3E 4

Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy Capture $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals Victory at Bluegrass Festival Horse Show

August 20, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – August 18, 2012 – It was a night that will be well remembered, and a win well deserved. The Rolex Stadium was packed at the Kentucky Horse Park as the Handy Round brought the 2012 $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals to a close during the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. One of the industry’s most successful hunter professionals, Jennifer Alfano, led the victory gallop aboard her renowned mount Jersey Boy. Elizabeth Boyd and Brunello rode to the second place honors, while Scott Stewart and Garfield took the third place award.

Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy captured the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals Championship at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. (Photo by Kendall Bierer/PMG)

After a 12-month qualifying period, the hunter elite were invited to compete for the coveted championship title. With a record number of 95 entrants, the Derby Finals got underway yesterday in the Rolex Stadium, with the top 30 horse and rider combinations returning to tackle the handy hunter course. The scores from the Classic Hunter Round carried over into tonight’s competition, factoring into the overall score for each pair.

The esteemed Rob Bielefeld, Patrick Rodes, Linda Hough, Geoff Teall, Betty Oare and Scott Williamson had the pleasure of judging the rounds tonight, scrutinizing the style and handiness of each trip. Steve Stephens of Palmetto, FL, designed the final course and riders were able to increase their overall score by attempting the high options, adding an additional point per fence to their base score, as well as earning ‘handy points’ from the judges’ panels for their ingenuity and ability.

The scene was set with obstacles evocative of a traditional hunt field, beautifully set with rustic carriages and natural foliage. The Handy Round provided four key areas where riders had the opportunity to showcase their handiness and earn the crucial bonus points. From start to finish, the Handy Course demanded excellence from horse and rider alike. It began with the USHJA fence headed toward the gate over a bending line. Next, riders made a sharp right to an oxer and cantered forward with a left turn over the in-and-out. From there, riders guided their mounts over a wide set log and forward to the natural brush. Then they transitioned to the trot for the fallen log trot-jump. A left rollback guided riders over the white gate and on to the hay bales. With a right rollback they were faced with a vertical and then moved into a strong open gallop to the final oxer.

Eventual winner Jennifer Alfano remarked, “I thought the course was great. It was really my kind of a course because you could really just keep galloping; you could stay really smooth and just stay on a good pace. There were no places where you really had to slow down if you didn’t want to, which is the best thing for me and Jersey Boy.”

Scott Stewart was the twenty-second in the order to take on the course; however, his finesse with Garfield, owned by Alexandra Crown, made the pair truly shine. He posted scores of 88, 90 and 95 with all four high options and top handy points of 8, 10 and 8. It seemed as though no one would beat his high-scoring round, but with eight more to compete, the onlookers watched with anticipation.

Lillie Keenan entered the ring and left absolutely nothing to chance. She sliced the opening turn to the first fence, making a grandiose attempt to best the competition with her mount Monterrey’s handy ability. She was dually awarded 10 bonus points from each judging panel for her veracity, but her final score of 304 was only good enough for the sixth place finish. Her effort did however set the pace for the remainder of the pack.

Fellow young rider Victoria Colvin rode Inclusive, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, to the impressive scores of 91, 85 and 93. She also chose all four high options and her strong pace and tidy turns provided the pair with 8, 7 and 8 handy points. She eventually earned the fourth place position as her trainer; Scott Stewart continued to hold the lead on Garfield.

Stewart’s score stood unyielding as each pair put out their best, but fell shy of the top tier. It wasn’t until Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy, owned by SBS Farms, Inc., took their turn at the course that the possibility of defeat seemed plausible.

“Pretty much I kept my plan,” Alfano explained. “Originally I was going to go inside the carriage to the third jump, and I just didn’t think I could do nine strides in the first line and get inside. Like I said, Lewis’ best thing is galloping. I thought for me and him the best thing would be to keep galloping, get it in nine and get around it, and make it up elsewhere. It worked out perfect.”

The chestnut gelding strode into the Rolex Stadium and seemed to brighten beneath the lights. Although Alfano chose to avoid a risky turn to the first or third fences, she kept a pace that outshone all those prior. Jersey Boy is well known for his handiness, having competed with Alfano in the irons for the last three years, and earning prestigious titles including the 2012 Horse of the Year.

“Finally!” Alfano exclaimed as she exited the ring from her victory gallop. “I really am so happy to win because I have done it all four times and I feel like Jersey Boy really deserved to win this class. He was awesome, right from the minute I started schooling-tonight he just felt perfect. He was really loose and galloping, and sometimes he can be a little snarky in the schooling area, but tonight he was perfect; he was ready.”

The scores were tabulated, and Alfano took the lead from Stewart with scores of 92, 91 and 88.5 with a 9, 9 and 8 for their handiness. They also were recognized for their high options, choosing to take on all four of the possibilities. Their overall score of 588.25 points from their combined two-day total pushed them to the top of the leader board.

Following consecutively was Elizabeth Boyd with Brunello, owned by Janet Peterson. She piloted him to a stellar second round, falling just a hair shy of the top score by only a half-point difference. She was awarded the scores of 89, 89 and 94 from the judges, also taking additional points for her high options and a 9, 8 and 8 for their handiness.

“Brunello deserved the second place honors tonight,” Boyd described. “I love that horse like crazy, and I know him so well. I am thrilled to be in the top three with him, he was excellent out there tonight, and I really enjoyed the course.”

The air felt tight with eagerness as Stewart entered the ring aboard his second mount of the class, Dedication, owned by Fashion Farm. They had proven their brilliance in yesterday’s Classic Hunter Round; however, Stewart had admitted his hesitation going into today’s Handy Round. With Dedication still being a green mount, and not having very much experience under the lights, Stewart went into the second-day with no expectations, merely the hope of experience for his young horse.

Stewart opened up the course beautifully with a strong opening jump, heading with a steady pace into the second fence. It was the tight turn he made to the third obstacle, an oxer, which seemed to throw off the pair’s performance. Upon landing, they headed into the in-and-out with Stewart legging Dedication forward. It was only a slight miscalculation, but the in-and-out proved to be a worthy adversary for the leader, as Stewart came to a stop before the back end of the line.

“Dedication schooled great out there, but I caught him off guard with the miscalculation going to the in-and-out. He would have jumped the oxer, but I didn’t want him landing in the middle,” Stewart explained. “To be honest, I wasn’t expecting it to be great. I was expecting to do a little better, but I didn’t really have high expectations. He is still a green horse, and it was all experience.”

Jennifer Alfano was the rider that trounced all others and took the coveted championship title. The diligent team proved consistent, remaining at the top and securing the win. Alfano smiled wide as she led the victory gallop with Jersey Boy, a triumph considered well deserved across the board.

“I just have a lot of respect for Jen. She is a great friend and a great horsewoman. I think she knows that horse inside and out,” second place finisher Boyd said. “She really deserved this, and I couldn’t happier for them.”

Alfano trains alongside renowned horsewoman and trainer Susie Schoellkopf out of Buffalo, NY. They have been a team from the beginning, competing with top mounts across the nation and working hard to reach their dream of the Derby Finals Championship.

“Hats off to Steve Stephens. That was unbelievable-two days of unbelievable courses, what a genius,” Schoellkopf explained. “This means everything. Jersey Boy has been an amazing horse and so much fun. Jen told me to come out to the ring, but I told her that it is all about you and that horse. Watching Jen and that horse was the thrill of a lifetime.”

Earlier in the afternoon, riders previously ranked 31-60 were invited to return for the Consolation Round, a recent innovation to the Derby Finals Agenda. It was Erin Bland and Weatherly who rode to the top of the rankings. Although the pair had competed in the middle of the pack, their beautiful handy effort caught the judges’ eyes as they rode to the high-scoring round of 280 points. Their combined two-day total earned them the blue ribbon, as well as the Leading Amateur-Owner Rider Award.

Junior rider Allison Toffolon and Class Action were awarded the second place finish with an overall score of 276 points for their efforts, ranking just ahead of Gary Young and Gold Coast, owned by Becky Nuth, who secured the third place position.

“I came back in the middle, and yesterday I didn’t ride my best,” Bland remarked. “I have only been competing in the derbies for a couple of years, but the chance to come back and compete in this Consolation Round is fantastic. I came from California, and that is a long trip to make, to have the opportunity to come back and give it our all and still win at such a prestigious event was wonderful.”

USHJA High Performance Hunter Committee Chair, Ron Danta beamed at the conclusion of the night, “I think the greatest thing about the newly developed format this year is the Consolation Round. It brought in a lot of young riders and amateurs. It made them feel that no matter what, they came all this way and still had a chance to do a handy round and a chance at the prize money. It’s not always about winning; sometimes it is about the experience and the mileage you give your horse.”

Tonight marked the end of the 2011/2012 USHJA International Hunter Derby Series, but soon the 2012/2013 Series will get underway as a new group of elite horse and rider combinations will compete for the right to qualify and return next year for the opportunity to snatch the winning title at the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals. The Bluegrass Festival Horse Show will conclude tomorrow with the final highlight event, the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix, which will be held in the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park at 2 p.m.

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

$100,000 USHJA INTERNATIONAL HUNTER DERBY FINALS RESULTS

ORD # Horse Name Rider Name Score
1 26 JERSEY BOY JENNIFER ALFANO 588.250
2 56 BRUNELLO ELIZABETH BOYD 588.000
3 17 GARFIELD SCOTT STEWART 575.000
4 22 INCLUSIVE VICTORIA COLVIN 569.000
5 13 BASES LOADED KELLEY FARMER 557.100
6 84 MONTERREY LILLIE KEENAN 556.500
7 11 TAKEN KELLEY FARMER 553.500
8 30 FRIDAY NIGHT SANDY FARRELL 533.250
9 89 SIENNA PATRICIA GRIFFITH 531.000
10 62 RALPH LAUREN BRIAN FEIGUS 527.000
11 94 CARLSON TAMMY PROVOST 520.000
12 95 COPPERFIELD PETER PLETCHER 511.250
13 83 ARICO PATRICIA GRIFFITH 506.750
14 54 YES INDEED JACK H. TOWELL 506.250

$15,000 DERBY CONSOLATION ROUND RESULTS

ORD # Horse Name Rider Name Score
1 7 WEATHERLY ERIN BLAND 492.750
2 82 CLASS ACTION ALLISON TOFFOLON 486.000
3 58 GOLD COAST GARY YOUNG 480.250
4 6 DOLCE SUE TAKATA 471.000
5 41 CASTLEWELLAN ERIN MCCABE 461.000
6 45 BROOKE RACHAEL HERKOWITZ 461.000
7 49 BLACK LABEL MARTIEN VAN DER HOEVEN 450.500
8 79 ISLAND TIME TIMOTHY MADDRIX 445.850
9 92 DRUMLINE NICOLE LYVERE 443.000
10 27 PROMISE ME CHRISTIAN ROGGE 433.850
11 66 DINNER FOR TWO REBECCA REYES 426.000
12 88 CATALYST WINN ALDEN 423.000