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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 www.alltech.com/press.

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, visitwww.alltechnationalhorseshow.com.

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 www.alltech.com. For media assets, visit www.alltech.com/press.

Alltech is the proud title sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. For more information about these prestigious global championships, visitwww.alltechfeiweg2014-normandy.com.

Tim Gredley and Unex Valente Soar to Second Victory in LIFEFORCE ELITE $50,000 Puissance at Alltech National Horse Show

November 02, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – November 1, 2013 – Great Britain’s Tim Gredley is proving he is perfect in the Puissance. He began his reign of the specialty class during last year’s Alltech National Horse Show with Unex Valente, and just last week he won the event during the Washington International Horse Show. He kept his winning streak alive tonight, going two-for-two during this year’s LIFEFORCE ELITE $50,000 Puissance. Gredley and Unex Valente soared over a wall set at 7-feet to capture the winning prize.

 

Tim Gredley and Unex Valentine

Tim Gredley and Unex Valentine

“This was the first puissance I ever did on him last year, so it’s nice to come back and win again, since it was our first ever win,” said Gredley. “He is such a pleasure to ride and go with to the shows. When you come here, the footing is great, and the atmosphere is good. It is a pleasure to ride in here.”

 

The night kicked-off with five entries and wall set at 5-feet, 9-inches, but as the wall got higher the entries got lower. Although Charlie Jayne of Elgin, IL was able to clear the wall with Fly Away, he had a rail at the second fence that knocked him out during the first round. In the second round, when the wall’s height increased to 6-fee, 3-inches, Hillary Simpson of Southern Pines, NC, had a rail at the triple bar as well as a block of the wall with Cantus D, owned by Quiet Hill Farm. Although Catherine Pasmore of Wellington, FL, was faultless in the second round aboard Zaragosa, she opted not to return, leaving two riders to battle it out.

 

Tim Gredley accepts the top prize money, presented by Dr. Pearse Lyons of Alltech

Tim Gredley accepts the top prize money, presented by Dr. Pearse Lyons of Alltech

Aaron Vale of Morriston, FL and Smartie were finalists during the Puissance at the Washington International Horse. They made it through the third round set at 6-feet, 9-inches, but as the wall rose to the height of 7-feet, the challenge became too great. The blocks came to the ground, and for the second week in a row and the second year in a row it was Gredley who came out on top with Unex Valente.

 

“He’s a small horse,” explained Vale. “Last week he went really well until the final round, and then he kind of hesitated off the ground and kind of jumped right through it. I was trying to make sure that I got him off the ground in a positive manner. I think I got a little too much energy and a little too close to it, so he couldn’t elevate quick enough. He gave me a great effort.”

 

Tim Gredley and Unex Valentine. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Tim Gredley and Unex Valentine. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Although Gredley might try to break the record one year with Unex Valente, he felt tonight was not the night. “He has jumped so well,” commented Gredley. “To be honest, last week he felt a bit better. He felt a little tighter today-maybe that’s just from doing two weeks on the truck. For him, it’s just kind of second nature to him now. All I have to do is find a nice stride with a little bit of pace, and he does all the work really. I felt it was better to leave it for the welfare of the horse tonight though. He’s just done two weeks on the truck. He’s a nice horse; I don’t want to ruin him.”

 

Dr. Pearse Lyons, Founder and President of Alltech concluded, “The Puissance for horses, last year someone said, ‘Around here, it’s basketball. It’s the only thing that matters. When you do the Puissance, that’s as close to Kentucky basketball as you get!'”

 

Fast Farrington Pilots Blue Angel to $50,000 International Open Jumper Victory

 

The Town Branch Bourbon $50,000 International Open Jumper Speed took center stage earlier this evening,where the first section of the class proved to be the best of the day. Candice King, of Wellington, FL, was the first to show over Conrad Homfeld’s winding speed class aboard Quality Stud’s Antigone Quality. Despite the pressure of being the pathfinders, King and Antigone Quality were perfect over each fence and set the time to beat at 60.07 seconds.

 

Kent Farrington and Blue Angel

Kent Farrington and Blue Angel

Belgium’s Nicola Philippaerts was next in the Alltech Arena with Frans Lens’ Carlito C, and they made sure King did not hold on to the lead for too long when they also managed to navigate the track with ease, leaving each rail intact and breaking the beam at 58.95 seconds.

 

Four rounds later Kent Farrington of Wellington, FL, entered the ring with Blue Angel, owned by Robin Parksy. The pair picked up a very quick gallop to the first obstacle and never left off the gas, shaving off seconds through each turn and not wasting a moment in the air. They managed to leave each fence standing while blazing across the finish line in 53.26 seconds. The five second difference would prove unbeatable as Farrington led the victory gallop after the 23 remaining riders tried to catch his time, followed by Philippaerts in second and King in third.

 

“Conrad is one of the best course designers in the world,” expressed Farrington. “I find his courses really smooth. They are fair to the horses, and all of his options for speed are up to the rider. Instead of a mandatory inside turn he leaves it up to the rider. You can turn as close as you dare to the fences, and I think today that was really an advantage for my horse. I could just go smooth. She’s naturally quick across the ground, and I used a big gallop from the beginning and stayed on the same clip all the way around.”

 

Farrington added, “I wouldn’t say I left door open, but I came out of the ring thinking if somebody beat me it would be a well earned win today.”

 

Just last Saturday, Farrington and Blue Angel won the $100,000 Presidents Cup at the Washington International Horse Show, so tomorrow he will be riding Willow in the Alltech $250,000 World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix. “I thought Blue Angel jumped her heart out last week at Washington, so I didn’t want to ask her to do that again two weeks in a row,” he explained. “Willow is a new ride for me, and I wanted to see if he will be ready to go to Europe. I thought this would be a good test. I thought it would be a great way to jump a bigger class and know where I stand with that horse for the future.”

 

Land and Colvin Lead the Way in Amateur-Owner & Junior Jumpers

 

The Chansonette Farm $15,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper class was the first jumper event of the day, where Frances Land of Alpharetta, GA, managed to best a five horse jump-off with Vieanne. Despite adding not one but two strides down the final line, the pair’s quick pace and turns to the other obstacles proved uncatchable with a time of 35.428 seconds.

 

Frances Land and Vienne

Frances Land and Vienne

The 19-year-old sophomore at Emory University commented, “For the jump-off I knew I needed to have a really good base rhythm and make neat turns. I made a really tight turn to the combination, but I made a mistake to the last jump and did 11 instead of nine. Everywhere else I was neat, and I just added a little bit to the last jump, luckily Adrienne didn’t catch me.”

 

Adrienne Sternlicht of Greenwich, CT, followed Land’s effort with Quidam MB, and missed the leading team by just one-tenth of a second when she stopped the clock in a clear 35.778 seconds for second place. Catherine Tyree of Chicago, IL, was the pathfinder aboard Wetter, and with double clear day they captured the third place honors having set the time to beat at 37.359 seconds.

 

Land concluded “I have been riding Vienne since January. She’s just been phenomenal-really fast, really careful, and scopey-really my ride. We get along really well.”

 

The Deeridge Farm $15,000 Junior Jumper class was up next, and yesterday’s winner Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, proved that she is on quite a roll. She was the first to return for the tiebreaker with Monsieur Du Reverdy, and once again she was able to make quick turns without touching a single rail, stopping the clock at 34.263 seconds, a time which she proved only she would be able to beat.

 

She returned four rounds later with her second mount Don Juan, and without planning to do so she managed to best her own horse. The duo was quick to each fence and never wasted a second in the air as they tripped the timers at 34.033 seconds to win the class and relegated Monsieur Du Reverdy to second place. The only other rider to come close to catching her time was Katherine Strauss of Southampton, NY, aboard her consistent partner Chellando Z, who broke the beam at 35.052 seconds for the third place award.

 

“On Don Juan I was trying to go slow, it might not have looked like it, but I was trying to pull. I was trying to have a nice, easy round, but he went fast,” laughed Colvin. “They are completely different. Don Juan is like a dirt bike, and he kind of revs around the corner and shrinks at the jump. Monsieur Du Reverdy is a big easy horse; he’s probably the easiest horse to ride because he’s so smooth and amazing.”

 

Frances Land and Vienne

Frances Land and Vienne

The jumper events will conclude tomorrow with the Alltech $250,000 World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix in the evening. Earlier in the day, the $50,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship will be held in the Alltech Arena. The show will wrap up on Sunday with the historic ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championships.

 

For more information or to view the competition live please visit www.alltechnationalhorseshow.com. Coverage is provided by Shownet.biz, iHigh, and HRTV.

Belgium’s Francois Mathy Perfect with Polinska Des Isles in Double H Farm $100,000 International Open Jumpers at Alltech National Horse Show

November 01, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – October 31, 2013 – Sometimes it is a rail, sometimes it is an inside turn and sometimes it is just one-tenth of a second separating the winner from the losers. That is exactly what happened during the Double H Farm $100,000 International Open Jumpers at the Alltech National Horse Show. Todd Minikus was aiming for his second win in a row with Quality Girl, completing a clear jump-off effort, when Belgium’s Francois Mathy was faultless during the 14-horse jump-off aboard Polinska Des Isles, crossing the finish line a fraction of a second faster to capture the winning honors.

 

Forty of the world’s top riders gathered at the Alltech Arena to compete during tonight’s feature class. Conrad Homfeld offered challenging questions for the first round, but 14 horse and rider combinations managed to clear the course and advance to the jump-off.

 

Francois Mathy and Polinska Des Isles. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Francois Mathy and Polinska Des Isles. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

“I think Conrad was probably surprised that he got a couple extra clear, but he truly is a world class course designer,” noted Minikus. “I think he was trying to make it comfortable to get people’s horses going well. A good course designer gets the horses going well during the week and then tests them on the weekend. I think that’s quite a good job.”

 

Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, was the second to return for the tiebreaker with Abigail Wexner’s Amadora, and she wore a target on her back when she made tidy work of the course and left each rail in place to finish in 44.22 seconds, which would hold up for third place.

 

After Madden produced a faultless round, Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, left nothing to chance with his winner from last night’s Taylor Harris $50,000 Open Jumper Welcome Speed, Quality Girl, owned by Chris Brems. The pair was quick over the top of each fence, and they shaved off valuable seconds in each turn to best the clock with a time of 41.51 seconds.

 

Great Britain’s Tim Gredley was up next with Unex Chamberlain Z, but they would have the most conservative of the double clear efforts in 45.06 seconds for fifth place. Kirsten Coe of Royal Palm Beach, FL, was narrowly faster than Gredley aboard Baronez, owned by Ilan Ferder and Lousta Stuteri. While also leaving each fence in place, the pair broke the beam at 45.01 seconds for fourth place.

 

The final double clear round in the jump-off proved to be the best of the night. Traveling all the way from Belgium, Francois Mathy’s focus is on Saturday night’s World Cup Qualifier, but tonight he proved that he and Polinska Des Isles, owned by Team Harmony, will be ready for the challenge. They stayed right on Minikus’ track and managed to finish just slightly ahead of his time, dashing across the finish line in 41.42 seconds to capture the victory by just 1/10th of a second.

 

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

“To be honest, my mare is really fast, but I really came here in order to get some World Cup points,” admitted Mathy. “I went quite neat; I didn’t think I could beat the time from Todd. It was quite a good surprise when I passed the timer. I didn’t see his round, but I saw yesterday he won by three seconds. He was fast so I didn’t really calculate on beating him and watching his round.”

 

“It’s all good sport, you know,” stated Minikus. “I live by the theory if you’re not the winner, you’re the loser, but it’s all good sport. Francois gave his horse a heck of a ride and second place is second place.”

 

Mathy had top placings throughout Spruce Meadows with his 10-year-old mare Polinska Des Isles, including a double clear during the Nations Cup, and they also helped the Belgian team place fifth during the 2013 FEI Nations Cup Finals in Barcelona, Spain. After success in North America during the summer and fall, Mathy decided to spend the indoor season in the United States.

 

“In Europe, it’s quite difficult to get in to the World Cups,” stated Mathy. “I quite enjoyed my tour in North America, and I thought it’d be a good opportunity for me to try and get a few more points. It’s my first time actually doing Indoors in North America so this is quite a nice beginning. I was quite impressed to see the facility here and all of the organization. Everybody’s very welcoming, and I’m really happy I came.”

McLain Ward and Zander Zip to $50,000 International Open Speed Victory

 

The National Horse Show Association of America $50,000 International Open Speed, presented by Copernicus and the Coulter Family tested the foot speed of the top mounts over a faults converted track designed by Conrad Homfeld. About midway through the field it looked like young rider Catherine Pasmore had the win in her sights with Vandavid after carefully navigating each obstacle and breaking the beam at a speedy 65.73 seconds.

 

Unfortunately, Olympian McLain Ward went a few rounds later with his consistent partner Zander. The pair easily left all the rails intact and galloped efficiently through a bending line early in the course, as well as taking the direct route after one of the double combinations. The plan paid off, and they finished in 63.09 seconds to take a commanding lead.

 

McLain Ward and Zander. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

McLain Ward and Zander. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Ward could not breathe a sigh of relief just yet though. The last rider to tackle the course was Meagan Nusz with Vesuvius, and they stayed right on Ward’s tracks. Taking sharp turns and leaving strides out they were on the money and it looked like they could take the win, but Nusz and Vesuvius stopped the clock at 63.95, just tenths of a second away from the lead for the second place prize, while Ward led the victory gallop.

 

“Meagan gave me a good run, but it went our way tonight,” admitted Ward. “I was lucky to go late. Last night I had to go very early. Tonight I had a better draw. He has a really big stride, so I was able to leave out a couple of places, and he is a pretty quick horse.”

 

At just 9 years old with multiple wins to his name, Ward is excited about Zander’s future. “This is Zander’s first time Indoors,” he explained. “He jumped the Grand Prix in Washington last week, and he was good, but a little green. We have been kind of moving him up and down in the shows a little bit. This is a unique show because you have two very big speed classes, and one really big one. With the prize money being as good as it is, this probably wouldn’t be his normal class of the show, but the standards are high and it is good for the horse to learn to do that. I think he is going to be a big top, top horse, he’s almost there.”

 

Victoria Colvin and Adrienne Sternlicht Capture Junior and Amateur-Owner Victories

 

Earlier in the day, the jumper action kicked off with the Deeridge Farm $10,000 Junior Jumper Welcome Stake. Eight combinations traversed the track without fault, but it was Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, who proved to have the key to winning aboard her own Monsieur Du Reverdy. After competing in last week’s WIHS Equitation Classic, they transitioned back to the jumper ring, and Colvin utilized her mount’s improved rideability to best the track in 61.967 seconds and led the victory gallop.

 

Victoria Colvin and Monsieur Du Reverdy

Victoria Colvin and Monsieur Du Reverdy

“He was turning and not jumping as high as usual because we needed to make him ride like a hunter for the equitation,” explained Colvin. “I think he made up time by going forward over the jumps and he turned really fast. I’ve never won a jumper class here, so it’s pretty nice to have won the first one. After doing the equitation I wasn’t sure if he would clear the fences, but he did! It was amazing.”

 

Katherine Strauss was the last to show with her veteran partner Chellando Z, and although they carefully left strides out and left each rail in place, they fell two seconds short of Colvin’s time in 63.465 seconds for the second place honors. Kalvin Dobbs and Winde, owned by Treesdale Farms, were two seconds slower than Strauss, stopping the clock at 65.145 seconds for third place during the speed class. Charlotte Jacobs and Kachina, owned by Deeridge Farms, rounded out the top four with a clear round in 65.600 seconds.

 

The Chansonette Farm $10,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Welcome Stake was up next, and the riders showed over the same speed course to determine the winning combination. Adrienne Sternlicht and Quidam MB set the bar very high midway through the class, easily clearing all of the obstacles and tripping the timers at 66.597 seconds to go to the top of the leader board.

 

Adrienne Sternlicht and Quidam MB

Adrienne Sternlicht and Quidam MB

Melissa Rundershuasen entered the Alltech Arena next with Gunner, and while it looked like they might take the lead, 1/10th of a second separated them from Sternlicht as they stopped the clock at 66.656 seconds for the second place honors. Katie Dinan was the last to show with the Grant Road Partners’ Vancouver, but they also fell just shy of Stenlicht with a faultless round in 67.211 seconds to round out the top three and seal Sternlicht’s victory.

 

“Since there weren’t that many options in the course, I tried to shave off my turns and keep a galloping pace through the course and everything came up really nicely,” smiled Sternlicht. “I thought the course was technical for a speed, but it should be because this is a prestigious show. Quidam MB is only 8 years old, and this is his first show inside. I am a bit green to showing inside, as well, and I haven’t been to Kentucky since I did the ponies. Overall it was a really great experience and I am really proud of him.”

 

Tomorrow’s highlight events at the 2013 Alltech National Horse Show, 130th edition, will include each of the $15,000 Amateur-Owner and Junior Jumper classes, The Triumph Project $50,000 International Open Jumper Speed class, and the LIFEFORCE Elite $50,000 International Open Jumper Puissance. The weekend will wrap up with the Alltech $250,000 World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix presented by Lifeforce on Saturday night, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championships on Sunday.

 

For more information or to view the competition live please visit www.alltechnationalhorseshow.com. Coverage is provided by Shownet.biz, iHigh, and HRTV.

 

Results

 

Class 203, $100,000 OPEN JPR 1.50M

1 347 POLINSKA DES ISLES FRANCOIS MATHY 0 0 0 66.710 0 0 0 41.420

2 339 QUALITY GIRL TODD MINIKUS 0 0 0 66.670 0 0 0 41.510

3 249 AMADORA BEEZIE MADDEN 0 0 0 68.400 0 0 0 44.220

4 213 BARONEZ KIRSTEN COE 0 0 0 67.260 0 0 0 45.010

5 226 UNEX CHAMBERLAIN Z TIM GREDLEY 0 0 0 65.840 0 0 0 45.060

6 244 JUBILEE D’OUILLY LAURA KRAUT 0 0 0 64.210 4 0 4 41.530

7 241 ASLAN LJUBOV KOCHETOVA 0 0 0 66.340 4 0 4 42.280

8 270 DENVER VAN T GOEMANSHOT OLIVIER PHILIPPAERTS 0 0 0 65.290 4 0 4 42.880

9 330 PUMPED UP KICKS LILLIE KEENAN 0 0 0 66.450 4 0 4 44.260

10 307 NOUGAT DU VALLET KATHERINE DINAN 0 0 0 64.180 8 0 8 43.490

11 253 ZERLY CHRISTINE MCCREA 0 0 0 65.810 8 0 8 44.320

12 344 MARK Q KEVIN BABINGTON 0 0 0 68.160 7 1 8 51.870

 

Class 2022, $50,000 FAULTS CONV. 1.45M

1 291 ZANDER MCLAIN WARD 0 0 0 63.090

2 318 VESUVIUS MEAGAN NUSZ 0 0 0 63.900

3 266 VANDAVID CATHERINE PASMORE 0 0 0 65.730

4 328 THE PUGILIST JOS VERLOOY 0 0 0 66.920

5 216 INDIGO MARGIE ENGLE 0 0 0 67.070

6 345 SHORAPUR KEVIN BABINGTON 0 0 0 68.490

7 269 FIDELE OLIVIER PHILIPPAERTS 0 0 0 68.600

8 262 KAID DU RY ALISE OKEN 0 0 0 68.660

9 203 WINTU LESLIE HOWARD 0 0 0 68.710

10 284 CYKLON 1083 SHANE SWEETNAM 0 0 0 70.960

Class 251, $10,000 JR JPR WELCOME

1 559 MONSIEUR DU REVERDY VICTORIA COLVIN 0 0 0 61.975

2 410 CHELLANDO Z KATHERINE STRAUSS 0 0 0 63.465

3 364 WINDE KALVIN DOBBS 0 0 0 65.145

4 524 KACHINA CHARLOTTE JACOBS 0 0 0 65.600

5 578 NO DOUBT HAYLEY WATERS 0 0 0 65.998

6 421 LUXINA MICHAEL HUGHES 0 0 0 67.103

7 683 PATRIOT LUCAS PORTER 0 0 0 69.303

8 594 MTM SUMMIT TAYLOR SUTTON 0 0 0 72.561

9 558 DON JUAN VICTORIA COLVIN 4 0 4 63.826

10 617 BARIANO EUGENIO GARZA 4 0 4 65.833

 

Class 253, $10,000 A/O JPR WELCOME

1 439 QUIDAM MB ADRIENNE STERNLICHT 0 0 0 66.597

2 465 GUNNER MELISSA RUDERSHAUSEN 0 0 0 66.656

3 607 VANCOUVER KATHERINE DINAN 0 0 0 67.211

4 521 DON’T GO CATHERINE TYREE 0 0 0 67.390

5 676 RUBY TUESDAY ROBERT DONALDSON 0 0 0 69.219

6 450 OSCAR 72 LAUREN WARD 0 0 0 71.205

7 452 ANA SIA HALEY SCHAUFELD 0 0 0 72.253

8 368 TOTAL TOUCH CAITLIN HOPE 0 0 0 73.929

9 370 WIEMINKA B WESLEY NEWLANDS 4 0 4 66.047

10 667 WETTER CATHERINE TYREE 4 0 4 67.395

ASPCA Maclay Regionals Features Top Young Juniors Riders Across the Country

September 20, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – Sepetmber 20, 2013 – It was an exciting weekend for the top equitation riders as they competed in numerous ASPCA Maclay Regionals to vie for a spot in the coveted Finals at the Alltech National Horse Show.  The competition was stiff as the top junior riders went head-to-head in a battle of the best and the chance to take it all. In Region 2 the winning honors went to Michael Hughes, while Hunter Holloway took the Region 5 title. Kelli Cruciotti was presented with the Region 6 Championship, while Haley Stradling piloted her mount to the Region 7 top honors. Olivia Champ rode to the top of the ranks for Region 8.

Region 2 Winner Michael Hughes

Region 2 Winner Michael Hughes

The ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class has been held since 1933, and it is one of the most prestigious competitions for junior riders in the United States. Its winners are some of the biggest names in the equestrian sport. Previous winners include: William Steinkraus in 1941, Frank Chapot (1948), George Morris (1952), Leslie Burr Howard (1972), and Nicole Shahinian Simpson in 1992. The 2011 ASPCA winner was Sarah Milliren and Jacob Pope took the title during last year’s 2012 Alltech National Horse Show.

The top 61 competitors from Region 2 gathered at Old Salem Farm during the at 2013 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W to showcase their skills and qualify for the ASPCA Maclay Championships at the Alltech National Horse Show. After an over fences phase, a flat phase, and a test of the top four, it was Michael Hughes of Allendale, NJ, earning the win. Lillie Keenan was awarded the second place honors, while Victoria Colvin captured the third place position.

Region 5 Winner Hunter Holloway

Region 5 Winner Hunter Holloway

The Region 5 Maclay Regionals were held last weekend during the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show in Lake Saint Louis, MO. It was Hunter Holloway who rode to the top of the class, earning the top score, and catching the judges’ scrutinizing eye for the second year in a row. Caroline Mcleese took the second place honors, while Taylor Sutton rode to the third place award.

The Colorado Spring Fall Classic welcomed competitors to Colorado Springs, CO, with a challenging equitation course and a contest that proved fierce for Region 6.  Kelli Cruciotti came out on top, rising to the challenge and leaving nothing to chance. Ruth Foley was awarded the red ribbon, while Alessandra Sozzi finished in third.

Region 6 Winner Kelli Cruciotti

Region 6 Winner Kelli Cruciotti

Haley Stradling piloted her mount to the Region 7 Championship during the Northwest Autumn Classic in Monroe, WA. She posted a fantastic round, securing the top spot. Kendall Pedigo was presented with the second place ribbon for her efforts, while last year’s victor Sara Nordstrom took the third place honors.

The West Coast 2013 ASPCA Maclay Regionals took center stage in the Blenheim Indoor at the Oaks Fall Classic held in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Thirty-four riders qualified for the event, but it was Olivia Champ who rode to the top of the ranks. Morgan Dickerson took the reserve championship, while third place was awarded to Shelby Drazan for her beautiful efforts throughout the class.

Region 8 Winner Olivia Champ

Region 8 Winner Olivia Champ

It was a fantastic start to the ASPCA Maclay Regionals. This upcoming weekend will see Regions 1, 3 and 4 getting underway. Region 1 will compete on Sunday, September 22, at the Fairfield Hunt Club and the Southeast Medal Finals will host Region 3. On Saturday, September 21, the Kentucky National tests the nation’s best from Region 4. The top qualified riders from each region will travel to the 130th Alltech National Horse Show held at the picturesque Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, for the ASPCA Maclay National Championships in November. The anticipation is high as the riders and their talented mounts compete for the coveted title.

Friday Is Barns’ Night Out at the Alltech National Horse Show

September 20, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Horse-crazy kids will put the horses out to pasture and pull on their party boots for Alltech’s Barn Night in the Bluegrass, presented by Group C, at the Alltech National Horse Show. During this barn bazaar on Friday, Nov. 1, youth from around the region are invited to meet with all-star equestrians and show true “barn spirit” for a chance to win prizes in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Open to young riders, equestrian groups and kids who simply love horses, Barn Night in the Bluegrass encourages youth to make banners, dress in horse gear and wear their barn’s logo to participate in spirit competitions held during the evening’s events. Spirit prizes awarded to Barn Night participants throughout the night will include year-long subscriptions to Sidelines magazine, official merchandise of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, a year’s supply of LIFEFORCE Elite™ natural digestive supplement and a Lyons Farm™ barn grill-out package sponsored by Alltech. The most spirited barn or equestrian group will win a golf cart for their facility. One super-spirited Barn Night participant will win a trip for four to attend the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, France.
Jacob Pope (pictured with Uno) of Columbia, MD, won the 2012 ASPCA Maclay National Championships.

Jacob Pope (pictured with Uno) of Columbia, MD, won the 2012 ASPCA Maclay National Championships.

Barn Night in the Bluegrass participants will be grouped in a premier seating section of the Alltech Arena while world-class equestrians aim for record heights during Friday’s LIFEFORCE Elite™ Puissance competition. All Barn Night participants will receive a complimentary gift bag supported by Sidelines magazine and the Kentucky Horse Council. When the class has ended, youth will be invited into the ring for autographs and pictures with elite equestrians competing at the Alltech National Horse Show.
In addition to the equestrian action, Barn Night youth and their families can enjoy activities that are part of Alltech’s first-everKentucky Gathering, including novelty shopping venues, a showcase of local foods and craft brews, and a photo opportunity with the new Alltech National Horse Show mascot. Local band Girls Guns and Glory will amp up the spirit with live music throughout Barn Night.
Alltech’s Barn Night in the Bluegrass is presented by Group C with support from Sidelines magazine and the Kentucky Horse Council. In the weeks leading up to the Alltech National Horse Show, Alltech representatives will visit local equestrian groups to drop off a “Barn Bucket” containing a set of free tickets to Friday night of the Alltech National Horse Show. If your equestrian group or facility would like to request a “Barn Bucket,” please contact Chelsea Magee at cmagee@alltech.com.
Registration for Barn Night is free and required for participants to be eligible for prizes. To register, e-mail the names of participants and their equestrian facility of affiliation, if applicable, to Chelsea Magee atcmagee@alltech.com. Registration is also available at www.alltechnationalhorseshow.com/event-information/barn-night-in-the-bluegrass/.
Kentuckians will gather this fall to celebrate three proud traditions deeply rooted in the Bluegrass state – horses, heritage and hops. Alltech will host the first-ever Kentucky Gathering, Oct. 29-Nov.3, at the Alltech Arena on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park. This week-long festival includes the world-class equestrian sport of theAlltech National Horse Show, the Biggest Loser 5k RunWalk, a Taste Kentucky showcase featuring locally crafted brews and foods, and many other fun-filled activities for the entire family.
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 Finals for youth competitors. For more information, visit www.alltechnationalhorseshow.com.
The 2013 Alltech National Horse Show takes center stage on October 29 – November 3, 2013, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to the top rated hunters and the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, the show features world-class international, open, junior and amateur-owner jumpers competing for the biggest prize money on the United States indoor tour.
Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association’s primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events. Over the years, the National Horse Show has provided financial aid to many worthwhile charities.
For more information on the National Horse Show Association of America, Limited, please visit www.nhs.org.
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 www.alltech.com . For media assets, visit www.alltech.com/press.
Alltech is the proud title sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. For more information about these prestigious global championships, visit www.alltechfeiweg2014-normandy.com .
2013 Alltech National Horse Show Fast Facts
What:
The Alltech National Horse Show is a weeklong championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 29 – November 3, 2013,indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™.
Tickets:
20% off on tickets as compared to night of event purchase! Available now at Ticketleap.comhttp://alltechnationalhorseshow.ticketleap.com/anhs2013/ 
Parking:
The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the Alltech National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the ANHS

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Directions:
The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:
Carolyn Vincent
National Horse Show
PO Box 386
Greenvale, NY 11548

Telephone:
Phone: (516) 484-1865
Fax: (516) 484-1982

Email:  

NationalHS@aol.com 

Website: 

www.AlltechNationalHorseShow.com

Shopping:
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.Additional Contacts:
Vendors  – Matt Morrissey at Mmorri4398@aol.com or call 941 915-3457
VIP Table Sales – Karen Lucca at kll@phelpsmediagroup.com or call 561-753-3389
Corporate Sponsorships – Christian Palmer at christian@phelpsmediagroup.com or call 612-618-8216

Sponsorship – Mason Phelps at mpjr@phelpsmediagroup.com or 561-753-3389 or
Individual Sponsorships – Susie Webb at webb_susie@yahoo.com or 301-520-6162
Program Advertising – Deborah Darwin at dd@phelpsmediagroup.com or 561-313-0384
Hotels:

HILTON – DOWNTOWN – 859-231-9000 – Approximately 6 miles

CLARION HOTEL (formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859 – 233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT – 859 -977-5870 – Approximately 4 miles
FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles
LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles
KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0232 – Approximately 4 miles
EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 – Approximately 6 miles
RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles
RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles
HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
SUPER EIGHT – 502-863-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
MICROTEL INN & SUITES – 502-868-8000 – Approximately 6 miles
For further information on housing in the Lexington area, we invite you to visit:
www.visitlex.com and www.georgetownky.comManagement:
Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
email: hakshows@earthlink.net
website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com 

 
Horse Show Secretary:
Cindy Bozan
859-233-0492
ALLTECH MEDIA CONTACT:
Elizabeth Adams
North America PR, Alltech
Alltech Corporate Headquarters
3031 Catnip Hill Pike
Nicholasville, Kentucky 40356

eadams@alltech.com
(859) 401-2964

 
ALLTECH NATIONAL HORSE SHOW MEDIA CONTACT:
Re: News and Information:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12012 South Shore Blvd.
Suite 105
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)

www.phelpsmediagroup.comRe: Media Credentialing:

Classic Communications
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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 www.WVVH.com.

 

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

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

2012 Alltech National Horse Show, Oct. 30 – Nov. 4, 2012, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY

November 12, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

By Kim & Allen MacMillan, MacMillan Photography & Media Services

The 2012 edition of the historic National Horse Show marked its second year of residence in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Sponsored again this year by Alltech (whose international headquarters is in the Lexington suburb Nicholasville, KY), the show was first held in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden in New York City. The 2011 Alltech National Horse Show was named the top U.S. show by the North American Riders Group.
 The show has been housed in three different generations of Madison Square Garden locations in New York City over the years on and off until 2007. The show moved to The Meadowlands, NY, from 1989 through 1995, then back to the Garden in 1996. In 2002 the show migrated south to Wellington, FL, and finally back north again to the Garden and then to Syracuse, NY, (as part of the Invitational Sporthorse Tournament in 2008) before going to Kentucky. In 2011, the National moved to the Bluegrass State for some Southern hospitality to add to the rich New York traditions.
 Highlights of the 2012 competition were: top-notch hunter and jumper competition for amateurs, juniors and professionals; a return of the Puissance Open Jumper (a high jump competition sponsored this year by Alltech) and Saddlebred (three and five gaited, roadsters and fine harness) classes after a several-year hiatus for both; the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix competition on Saturday night, and the National ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship hunter equitation finals presented by Hatfield’s Saddlery.
 This year the planners headed by Show President Mason Phelps and his committee, with the help of Alltech staff, named themes for each day’s activities to get the public involved. The second day of the show, Wednesday, fell on Halloween, so, of course, there was trick or treating and costumes. Thursday marked “Military Day” when those in the armed forces were given complimentary tickets to the evening session and the public could try their hand in the Army Activity area and meet local military heroes. Day four of the show was “Fit Friday” with complimentary health screenings. Saturday was “Family Fun Day” with a five kilometer fun run/walk, face painting, balloon twisters and cartoon characters. Throughout the week area school children were treated to a day at the show where they had a chance to watch the competition and to play and learn in the “HorsePlay” area located just off the main concourse in the Alltech Arena. 
 The concourse of the arena housed upscale shopping and a number of dining options, as well as the Taylor Harris Club, a place for farms, families and businesses to relax and refresh at reserved tables overlooking the arena. The show entrants and their staff were also greeted by the lavishly decorated North Star Rider’s Lounge near the show office and Groom’s Kitchen near the stables.

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Winners of the $5,000 Amateur Owner 3’3” Handy Hunter were Nancy Hooker and Richard Prant’s Castlewalk. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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– Winners of the $5,000 Amateur Owner 3’3” Handy Hunter were Nancy Hooker and Richard Prant’s Castlewalk. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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A young military academy officer stands at attention as part of the evening festivities on “Military Day” at the Alltech National Horse Show.

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A color guard from Forest Hill Military Academy presented the national and state flags for the singing of the anthems on Thursday night to celebrate “Military Day” at the National. Photo by Sarah Miller

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Winners of the Thursday afternoon $10,000 Junior Jumper Welcome Class were Abigale McArdle riding David McArdle’s Cosma 20. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Winners of the Thursday afternoon $10,000 Junior Jumper Welcome Class were Abigale McArdle riding David McArdle’s Cosma 20. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Kelsey Thatcher took the Amateur Owner Jumper Welcome Class on Thursday with Pony Lane Farm’s Dulf Van Den Bisschop. Photo by Dee Kochensparger

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Lauren Hough and her long-time partner Quick Study owned by Laura Mateo took the Thursday night $75,000 Double H Farm International Open Jumper class. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Lauren Hough and her long-time partner Quick Study owned by Laura Mateo took the Thursday night $75,000 Double H Farm International Open Jumper class. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Sunset over the Kentucky Horse Park on Thursday night Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Friday morning brought a number of under saddle classes like this one – the Amateur Owner Hunters 18-35. Photo by Sarah Miller

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Groom catching up on his social media Photo by Sarah Miller

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School children learn how to wrap a horse’s leg in the “HorsePlay” educational area in the Alltech Arena. Photo by Sarah Miller

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Kids on swings in the “HorsePlay” area during the show Photo by Sarah Miller

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A grand prix for children provided fun and a way to burn off some steam for the kids attending the National Photo by Sarah Miller

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The black-draped Taylor Harris Club, sponsored by Taylor Harris Insurance, was the place to relax and enjoy refreshments while watching the show for those who reserved tables for their family, farm or business. Photo by Sarah Miller

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Southern gentlemen and women in period costume strolled the arena concourse greeting show visitors. Photo by Dee Kochensparger

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Wesley Newlands (left) and her mother brought two horses to compete in Kentucky from Weslands Farm, Toronto, Ontario.

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Great Britain’s Tim Gredley and Unex Valente topped the seven foot wall and the field in the $50,000 Alltech National Horse Show Puissance on Friday night. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Winners of the Saddlebred ES Roaster Cup class were Emerson and Raymond Shively. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Lynn Williams and Mary Gaylord McClean were competitors in the Friday night Five Gaited Saddlebred Championship Stake Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Alltech National Horse Show President Mason Phelps and Dr. Pearse Lyons from Alltech joined University of Kentucky opera student in the opening ceremonies for the Thursday evening session of the National Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Dr. Pearse Lyons, President and CEO of Alltech addresses the media reception held during the National about their sponsorship of the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games to be held in Normandy, France. Photo by Sarah Miller

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Trainer Alan Korotkin of Castlewood Farms, Wellington, FL, discusses a junior jumper round with rider Liza Finsness who is mounted on Ormsby Hill. Photo by Sarah Miller

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A spectator at the show looking through what appears to be rose-colored binoculars and is actually the reflection of the show lights in the lenses. Photo by Sarah Miller

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Karen Healey of Somas, CA, coaches her student Kilian McGrath on Salerno as they prepare for the Junior Jumper round on Friday. Photo by Sarah Miller

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Trainers Abby Blankenship (black jacket) of Treesdale Farm, Carmel, IN, and Laura Kraut, Middleburg, VA, (back to camera in white vest) conference with Junior Jumper rider Kalvin Dobbs, Carmel, IN, on Friday afternoon. Photo by Sarah Miller

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Dr. Betsee Parker’s Inclusive piloted by Victoria Colvin was the Grand Champion Junior Hunter and Champion 2nd Year Green Hunter at the 2012 National Photo by Dee Kochensparger

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Hasbrouck Donovan and Stephanie Keen’s Lyle topped the Small Junior Hunter Division. Photo by Dee Kochensparger

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Inclusive and Victoria Colvin receiving the Grand Champion Junior Hunter Award Photo by Dee Kochensparger

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Saturday night’s festivities included a retirement ceremony for Kent Farrington’s successful Grand Prix jumper partner Up Chiqui Photo by Kim MacMillan

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McLain Ward and his Olympic partner Antares F bested a field of 34 in the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix on Saturday night. Ward and Antares made amazing roll-back turns to post an unbeatable time in the jump-off. The week before the show was filled with sorrow for Ward when his father Barney passed away. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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A tie for the show’s Leading Lady Rider went to Christine McCrae (left) and Lauren Hough Photo by Allen MacMillan

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The Alltech National Horse Show’s Leading Lady Rider Award comes with the lease of a new Audi from Audi of Lexington – two riders tied for the honor: Lauren Hough, driving, and Christine McCrae, passenger. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Parent company of SSG Gloves, Fargo Trading, was a bronze level sponsor of the show. SSG representatives Staff Sergeant Simon Stafford of Great Britain and his financé Jennifer Ward at the Saturday night National Horse Show party Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Kiki Umla (left) was awarded the Welles Family Trophy in recognition for service to the equestrian industry. She served on Hospitality Committee for the National this year and has been involved with the horse show scene for many years. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Marty Bauman (right) of Classic Communications, Foxboro, MA, at the Saturday night party His company provided media services and managed the press room at the 2011 and 2012 Alltech National Horse Shows, as well as the Hampton Classic for many years and the 2010 World Equestrian Games, to name a few events under his media management.

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-“Ducks in a row” – coaches lead their riders on the ASPCA Maclay Medal Course Walk on Sunday Photo by Allen MacMillan

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The ASPCA Maclay Medal competition judges for 2012, Hap Hansen, CA, (left) and George Morris, NJ, assisted by Sally Ike, KY. Photo by Allen MacMillan

 

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The National ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship hunter equitation finals presented by Hatfield’s Saddlery was won by Jacob Pope from Columbia, MD, riding his trainer Andre Dignelli’s Uno. Pope topped a field of 152 starters and survived a top-four riders’ horse swap to be the judges’ top pick in the Maclay. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Jacob Pope, winner of the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Medal finals, mounted on Uno accompanied by show officials and his parents Andy (front row middle in light blue shirt and dark vest holding trophy) and Barbara Pope (dark grey jacket) at the medal ceremony. Photo by Allen MacMillan

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ASPCA Maclay Medal Horsemanship winner Jacob Pope riding Uno with the ASPCA representative (front far left) and his trainers (front row next to ASPCA rep, L-R): Andre Dignelli, Patricia Griffith, Brady Mitchell, Laena Romond, and Dottie Barnwell

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ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship medal final judges Hap Hansen (left) and George Morris Photo by Allen MacMillan

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Top three riders from the 2012 National ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship hunter equitation finals (L-R): Catherine Tyree, Chicago, IL (third); Jacob Pope, Columbia, MD, (winner), and Lillie Keenan, New York, NY (second). Photo by Allen MacMillan

 

 

 

USET Foundation Honored at Alltech National Horse Show

November 11, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Photo Credit: Robin Parsky and George H. Morris spoke on behalf of the USET Foundation at the Alltech National Horse Show. Photo By: Carrie Wirth/PMG. Photo may only be used in relation to this PMG press release.

Lexington, KY – November 9, 2012 – On November 3, 2012, the Alltech National Horse Show, 129th Edition, hosted a special benefit night for the United States Equestrian Team Foundation at the Alltech Arena in Lexington, KY where crowds gathered to watch the nation’s top horses and riders compete during the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix CSI-W. Before the exciting action got underway, the show took time to recognize the important mission of the USET Foundation and its supporters to help the horses and riders of our nation compete at world-class competitions through the year, including World Cup Finals and the 2012 LondonOlympic and Paralympic Games.

USET Foundation Trustee Robin Parsky, joined by USET Foundation Trustee and U.S. Show Jumping Chef d’ Equipe George H. Morris, gave the evening’s speech. She spoke of the USET Foundation’s mission to help provide funding for the High Performance competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing athletes and horses in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation. She also mentioned the exciting events the Team will be participating in over the coming years, including the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Fames in Normandy, France and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“I want to thank the loyal and generous supporters of the USET Foundation who make this a vital part of their charitable giving each year and also the incredible horse owners, without whom none of this is possible,” stated Parsky. “We are most grateful to the Alltech National Horse Show for joining us in this important effort, and helping build awareness of our mission of Supporting Athletes, Promoting International Excellence and Building for the Future.”

Parsky concluded, “Thank you for being here tonight and helping our United States Equestrian Teams. We need all of you to be part of the ‘team’; we cannot do it without you. Thank you!”

The night continued as the grand prix action got underway and U.S. Show Jumping representative McLain Ward and Antares F, owned by Grant Road Partners, eventually earned the win. During the exciting event, USET Foundation supporters enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Taylor Harris Club, which was followed by an elegant after-party at Gracie Street. The USET Foundation is very grateful to all of the patrons who gathered at the Alltech Arena to enjoy the evening’s festivities.  

 

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (www.uset.org) is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United StatesEquestrian Federation.


For more information on the USET Foundation, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE atwww.uset.org.


Hunters Claim Center Stage During Opening Day of Alltech National Horse Show

October 31, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – October 30, 2012– The historic Alltech National Horse Show got underway today at the Alltech Arena, part of the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Today, the professional hunter divisions took center stage as they began competing for top honors during their over fences and handy classes. Elizabeth Boyd had winning rounds aboard Casallo in the Regular Conformation Hunters, while Scott Stewart and Enjoy led the First Year Green Working Hunter division. Chris Payne and Jennifer Alfano also took home winning honors as the horse show began its week along series of events, while 14-year-old Victoria Colvin captured two blue ribbons in the Second Year Green Working Hunters with Inclusive.

Elizabeth Boyd and Casallo go double blue for first day of the Regular Conformation Hunter division at the Alltech National Horse Show, 129th Edition.

The Regular Conformation Hunters presented by Dr. Betsee Parker and Huntland kicked things off this morning, where Elizabeth Boyd and Casallo, owned by Erin McGuire of Cornelius, NC, proved to be a dominating force. They scored the blue ribbon in both over fences classes and placed second in the model for an early lead in the division.

 

“Casallo was awesome,” smiled McGuire. “I am happy with how he went; he was jumping high and kicking up. The courses rode well and Liza rode great, as always.

The handy round didn’t trick the horses, which is what I liked about it. It was as handy as you made it and it rode really nicely.”

 

Although Casallo was very successful at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, he had to skip the Washington International Horse Show due to an abscess. “We need to say a huge thank you to the vets,” commented trainer Jack Towell. “The vets helped the horse get through that: Dr. Steve Cole at Harrisburg and Dr. Jeff Whitworth at home. The horses’ muscles get sore from compensating with the abscess, so a really good vet here named Dr. Diane Schiereck did muscle relaxation and got him feeling really good. Those aren’t training issues; those are veterinary issues. It’s not just trainers anymore, you need to have a good staff of vets and we do. Without those vets this horse would not have been winning those classes today.”

 

Next in the ring to show was the Green Conformation Hunters presented by Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Wheeler. This time the blue ribbon in the first over fences class went to Scott Stewart aboard Beholden, owned by Fashion Farm of New York, NY.

 

Stewart commented on his rounds with Beholden in the Green Conformation Hunters. “Beholden was good. In the first class he went really well, but in the handy I got a little lost coming down one of the lines,” Stewart explained. “He was still really good. He’s a little bit green. This ring is also so much bigger than at Washington last week, so it was a little different for them.”


Scott Stewart and Enjoy placed first in the First Year Green Working Hunters at the Alltech National Horse Show, 129th Edition.

In the handy round Chris Payne and Lugano, owned by Susan Moriconi of St. Louis, MO, stepped up for the winning honors after an excellent performance in the ring. “Lugano is a wonderful horse,” said Payne. “This is his first year of showing, so it’s his first time indoors, but he’s very professional. He goes straight in the ring and does his job. I thought the handy was nice. It had a nice flow to it and a couple tight turns you could do to be handy.”

Payne added, “The National Horse Show is great, I love it. They’ve done an amazing job with the facility to get ready for this show. It looks fantastic and it’s a great place to compete.”

 

In the First Year Green Working Hunters, presented by Ms. Caroline Moran, Scott Stewart rode to the top of the placings, having two blue ribbons pinned to the bridle of Enjoy, owned by Rose Hill Farm of Bridgehampton, NY. Enjoy is a six-year-old gelding, which Stewart has been working diligently with to build experience.

 

“Enjoy was awesome,” Stewart smiled. “I was worried, because he had shown so much already, but he was the best he’s been. A lot of the other horses were spooky, so I think it kept his attention a little bit-he was right on, they were probably my two best trips on him.”


Victoria Colvin and Inclusive led the Second Year Green Working Hunters at the Alltech National Horse Show, 129th Edition.

 

It came down to Stewart’s protégé, the young Victoria

Colvin in the Second Year Green Working Hunters presented by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Oare and Ms. Patricis Adikes-Hill. Colvin has been building an extensive resume throughout her time with Stewart, earning top awards at prestigious shows in the junior and professional hunter divisions, as well as the jumpers. Today, Colvin faced going into contention with Stewart as they vied for the blue ribbons. Colvin swept the first day of classes with Inclusive, owed by Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, VA. Colvin also rode to the second place ribbon with Listen, also owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, in the handy with Colleen Acosta and Now How Z, owned by Kelly Joyner of Southlake, TX.

 

“It’s fun to be able to show against Scott, it’s a fun feeling, and I guess that I see a lot of my own riding in his-it’s a very relaxed style that we both have,” Colvin explained. “It’s interesting, especially doing a professional division, it is entirely different than showing in the Junior Hunters. It’s amazing when you win, they have so much more experience, and it just means that much more.”

 

The final division of the day involved an intricately designed handy round in the High Performance Hunters, presented by the Thatcher Family. Each rider could choose the options that best suited their mount. Elizabeth Boyd and Quatrain, owned by Janet Peterson and Finally Farm of Landrum, SC, proved to be the best for the blue ribbon prize.

 

Jennifer Alfano rode to the second place award in the handy round aboard Jersey Boy, owned by SBS Farms, Inc. of Buffalo, NY, as well as picking up the third place ribbon with Miss Lucy, owned by Helen Lenahan of Buffalo, NY. Alfano also took the first place ribbon with Miss Lucy during the opening round. Boyd took the second place ribbon in the first round, with Stewart and Garfield taking third.

 

“Miss Lucy has been so consistent all through Washington and here in the first class, she has just been unbelievable,” Alfano described. “She is really stepping up for it. No matter what ring you go in she is just one of those horses that aims to please. She tries so hard to be good at everything. She is perfect.”

“I liked all of the courses all day. I thought it was fun. I made a plan and stuck to it with both horses and it worked out for me. It was interesting to be able to make your own course, and choose so many different options that fit to your mold,” Alfano concluded. “As always, this horse show is a success.”

 

Today’s hunter competition set up a fantastic six-day competition for the top horse and rider combinations from across the country. The Alltech National Horse Show, 129th Edition will continue with the start of the Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions, and the professional hunter divisions will award championship and reserve championship honors to the top finishers, tomorrow. For more information about the event, please visit www.nhs.org.

 

Photos by: Rebecca Walton and Kendall Bierer/PMG

The First Weekend of ASPCA Maclay Regionals Filled With Fiery Equitation Competition

September 22, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Hunter Holloway wins the Region 5 ASPCA Maclay Regionals

September 21, 2012 – It was an exciting weekend for the top equitation riders as they competed in numerous ASPCA Maclay Regionals to vie for a spot in the coveted Finals at the Alltech National Horse Show. The competition was stiff as the top junior riders go head-to-head in a battle of the best and the chance to take it all. Hunter Holloway took the Region 5 title. Jeffrey Tolson was presented with the Region 6 Championship, while Sara Nordstrom piloted her mount to the Region 7 top honors. Alexis Graves rode to the top of the ranks for Region 8.

The ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class has been held since 1933, and it is one of the most prestigious competitions for junior riders in the United States. Its winners are some of the biggest names in the equestrian sport. Previous winners include: William Steinkraus in 1941, Frank Chapot (1948), George Morris (1952), Leslie Burr Howard (1972), and Nicole Shahinian Simpson in 1992. The 2010 ASPCA winner was Hayley Barnhill, and Sarah Milliren took the title during last year’s 2012 Alltech National Horse Show.

The Region 5 Maclay Regionals were held last weekend during the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show in Lake Saint Louis, MO. It was Hunter Holloway who rode to the top of the class, earning the top score, and catching the judges’ scrutinizing eye. Caroline Mcleese took the second place honors, while Kristen Lutz rode to the third place award.

Jeffrey Tolson wins Region 6 ASPCA Maclay Regionals

The High Prairie Fall Classic welcomed competitors to Parker, CO, with a challenging equitation course and a contest that proved fierce for Region 6. Jeffrey Tolson came out on top, rising to the challenge and leaving nothing to chance. Caroline Adelson was awarded the red ribbon, while Kelli Cruciotti finished in third.

Sara Nordstrom piloted her mount to the Region 7 Championship during the NorthWest Autumn Classic in Monroe, WA. She posted a fantastic round, securing the top spot. Ali Cornish was presented with the second place ribbon for her efforts, while Lauren Myers took the third place honors.

Sara Nordstrom wins Region 7 ASPCA Maclay Regionals

The West Coast 2012 ASPCA Maclay Regionals took center stage in the Blenheim Indoor at the Oaks Fall Classic held in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Thirty-four riders qualified for the event, but it was Alexis Graves, trained by Nick Haness, who rode to the top of the ranks. Hannah Von Heidegger, one of Karen Healey’s students, took the reserve championship. The third place was awarded to Morgan Geller for her beautiful efforts throughout the class.

Alexis Graves wins Region 8 ASPCA Maclay Regionals

It was a fantastic start to the ASPCA Maclay Regionals. This upcoming weekend will see Regions 1-4 get underway. Region 1 and Region 3 will compete on Sunday, September 23, at the Grand Fall Classic and the Southeast Medal Finals, respectively. Region 2 will host the best riders at Old Salem Farm on Saturday, September 22, while the Kentucky National tests the nation’s best, as well. The top qualified riders from each region will travel to the 129th Alltech National Horse Show held at the picturesque Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, for the ASPCA Maclay National Finals in November. The anticipation is high as the riders and their talented mounts compete for the coveted title.