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American Katie Dinan and “Nougat” Glide to Victory in the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix

November 04, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Calling the win a major stepping stone in her competitive career, 20-year-old Katie Dinan of Wellington, Fla., claimed the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix Saturday night at the Alltech National Horse Show. Only a sliver of a second separated Dinan and her mount Nougat du Vallet from other top contenders in a jump off round of four riders representing three countries.

A total of 36 riders competed in Saturday’s prime-time Alltech Grand Prix, which awarded a $62,500 first prize. Dinan’s faultless jump off round was faster than her international competitors Nicola Philippaerts of Belgium and Ljubov Kochetova of Russia. McLain Ward, the returning 2012 Alltech Grand Prix champion who is also Dinan’s trainer, clocked the fastest time in the jump off round, but knocked down a rail crossing the final jump.

“I knew this was a moment for me to take a shot, and I had nothing to lose,” said Dinan. “It all happened very quickly, but to be here as the winner is a great feeling. It’s great to have a highlight like this to finish off the year.”

The stands of Alltech Arena were filled with more than 3,000 spectators for Saturday night’s $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix, the top trophy awarded at the Alltech National Horse Show and an FEI World Cup qualifying event. Saturday night was also a fundraiser for the United States Equestrian Team Foundation, with half of the door ticket sales benefiting the foundation.

“Tonight, there was great level of excitement in the Alltech Arena,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “There was passion, there was fun and there was engagement. If we can continue to make our community aware that these equestrian superstars are coming in, we can continue to make the Alltech National Horse Show a great success.”

Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet complete a faultless run in the jump off round of the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix.

Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet complete a faultless run in the jump off round of the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix.

Additional high-resolution photos from the Alltech National Horse Show are available online at

About the Alltech National Horse Show:

An American equestrian tradition, the Alltech National Horse Show, Oct. 29-Nov. 3, has reached its stride in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. Reserved for the year’s top talent on the North American show circuit, the Alltech National Horse Show opens the ring to a variety of equestrian classes and disciplines, with events including the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix, the $50,000 LIFEFORCE Elite™ Puissance and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Final for youth competitors. For more information,

About Alltech:

Founded in 1980 by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech improves the health and performance of animals, plants and people through natural nutrition and scientific innovation. With more than 3000 employees in 128 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle-East, Africa and Asia. For further information, visit For media assets, visit

Alltech is the proud title sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. For more information about these prestigious global championships,

Goutal Wins $10,000 Wolffer Estate Jumper Class At The Hampton Classic

August 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Tromp takes lead in Longines Leading Rider Challenge

Bridgehampton, NY-Aug. 28, 2013-Brianne Goutal, of New York, N.Y., urged Uata to the fastest time in the $10,000 Wolffer Estate Open Jumper at the Hampton Classic. Her time of 58.60 seconds just edged Darragh Kenny on Matana (58.99).


Chelsea Sundius, on Quiet Lady, claimed third (60.02). A total of 77 horses started in this class, the morning’s feature in the Grand Prix Ring.


“I was thinking I might make the top five before I went in,” said Goutal, 24. “I didn’t think the class was that fast, and I really think I could have gone faster. I didn’t go super-fast, but she doesn’t spend a lot of time in the air over the jumps.”


Uata is an 11-year-old warmblood mare. “She’s a real winner,” said Goutal. “She’s quite opinionated and very aggressive to the jumps. She likes to come to the jumps with a lot of speed, so classes like this are perfect for her.”


Mattias Tromp, 18, continued the younger generation’s winning streak in the Hampton Classic’s jumper classes by winning the afternoon’s feature, the $10,000 Open Jumper, presented by Ariat. Tromp, of No. Salem, N.Y., rode Casey to a perfectly clear round in 55.99 seconds, to defeat experienced competitors Kevin Babington, on Shorapur (56.52 seconds) and Shane Sweetnam, on Diktator Van De Boslandhooeve (56.65).


“I thought I could be in the top four, but I could see the other riders were really fast,” said Tromp. “So I just tried to keep an open stride around the course and tried to keep the turns tight.”


Tromp thought the key to his half-second victory was how he rode the last part of the course. “The distances [to the jumps] started showing up for me from far away, so I could really go for it, and I left out a stride to the last fence,” he said.


This class was Tromp’s first victory in the Hampton Classic’s Grand Prix Ring. “I’ve always wanted to win here,” he said. “I come here every year, because it’s one of the best shows I go to. It’s a classic-it’s the Hampton Classic.”


Since Tromp also placed third in Tuesday’s $10,000 Newsday Open Jumper class on Casey, he moved to the top of the Longines Leading Rider Challenge, with 85 points.

With two third-placed finishes on Quiet Lady, Sundius is tied for second place with Shane Sweetnam, on 70 points. Neither Tromp nor Sundius will be showing again in the open jumper division at this year’s Hampton Classic, but they’re each enjoying their brief time atop the leader board.


“I never ever dreamed I’d be in this position,” said Sundius, of Bartonville, Texas, who gained the lead after Wednesday morning’s class. “I was hoping maybe just to get a ribbon here, but to have two thirds and be the Longines leading rider-even for just a few hours-is beyond anything I could have imagined,” she said.


Goutal, who’s just off the lead with 50 points, will continue to show her jumpers at the Hampton Classic, eager to win the $30,000 prize.

Brianne Goutal rode Uata to victory in the $10,000 Wolffer Estate Open Jumper at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

Brianne Goutal rode Uata to victory in the $10,000 Wolffer Estate Open Jumper at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

“The challenge is definitely something I’d like to win. It’s an amazing bonus and a wonderful incentive, something that all of us are thinking about and hoping to win,” said Goutal. “I think that things like this add to the allure of the show.”


The 38th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs through Sunday, September 1 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 Classic features an FEI-recognized Grand Prix on three consecutive days – the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier Presented by Longines on Friday, the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday, and the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday. The world-class field of riders will also be looking to win the new Longines Rider Challenge that awards $30,000 to the rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show’s Open Jumper division.


The FTI Grand Prix is part of the 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. McLain Ward won the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Rothchild in May and now stands to win the $200,000 bonus should he ride Rothchild 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 telecasts can also be seen online at


Free live webcasts of all Grand Prix Ring competition will be available, courtesy of ShowNet, at Competition in other rings will be available on a pay-per-view basis at

Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at or call (631) 537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.