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Shane Sweetnam and Fineman Soar to $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix Victory at Kentucky Summer Horse Show

July 29, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – July 27, 2013 – The Rolex Stadium was full of excited spectators as they gathered on Hats Off Day to watch the country’s top horse and riders compete during the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix. The international riders gave them exactly what they were looking for: an exciting tiebreaker between five-horse and rider combination dashing to the finish. In the end it was Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and his new mount Fineman that led the victory gallop after besting Argentina’s Max Amaya and Cartier by two seconds, while New Zealand’s Sharn Wordley and Derly Chin De Muze claimed third place.

 

Richard Jeffery of Bournemouth, England set a technical track for tonight’s competitors which included an open water, a vertical-vertical double combination, and the most challenging test: a triple bar-oxer-vertical triple combination. Only five riders managed to leave all the fences intact and advance to the speed round. For the jump-off, they had to show over a wide oxer and roll-back to a vertical before turning to a new oxer and jumping the last two parts of the triple combination. Then they continued over a single oxer, rolling back to another vertical with a bending line to an oxer and finishing over a single vertical just passed the gate.

 

Shane Sweetnam and Fineman - Photo By: Shawn McMillen

Shane Sweetnam and Fineman – Photo By: Shawn McMillen

Angel Karolyi of Venezuela was the first to return for the short course with Amigo, owned by Hollow Creek Farm of Aiken, SC. They tried to put the pressure on the riders following them, but Amigo lowered the height of the new oxer and finished in 48.159 seconds for fifth place. Aaron Vale and Spirit of Alena, owned by Campos and Miranda Investments of Ocala, FL, were next, and although they had a faster time of 45.180 seconds, they had the same rail down for four-faults and fourth place.

 

The luck of the Irish proved to be with Shane Sweetnam and his new mount Fineman, owned by Sweetnam and Sweet Oak Farm of Wellington, FL. The pair picked up a quick pace and never held back, finding each fence easily and leaving each rail in place as they sped across the finish line in 44.442 seconds. Their time could not be beat, and Sweetnam claimed the winning title.

 

Sharn Wordley and Derly Chin De Muze

Sharn Wordley and Derly Chin De Muze

 

“I think he was quick to the first few fences, as well as the in-and-out to the oxer,” explained Sweetnam. “I was also quick rolling back to the vertical, so I think that won it for me. Fineman is a quick horse in general. He won a good class up in Spruce Meadows, and he’s been very consistent, so I knew that if I could be clear I could be quick enough.”

 

Sharn Wordley attempted to best Sweetnam’s effort with Derly Chin De Muze, owned by Ashland Stables of Wellington, FL. He was able to leave all of the fences intact, but a clear time of 47.851 seconds was only good enough for the eventual third place.

 

The final rider to show was Max Amaya with Cartier, owned by Stonehenge Stables of Ocean, NJ. They put on the gas and cleared all the obstacles in their path, but fell two seconds short of Sweetnam with a time of 46.620 seconds to earn the second place honors.

 

“I think I was very quick at the beginning, but unfortunately I could not see a better distance to the double, and that kind of slowed me down a little bit,” noted Amaya. “For a little horse he has a big stride, and I ended up getting there a little bit slow in the seven so that put me a little bit behind Shane. He gave his best as always, and I did the best that I could. My horse was exceptional.”

 

Max Amaya and Cartier

Max Amaya and Cartier

Amaya began riding 12-year-old Cartier, previously owned by Alexa Lowe, in the fall of 2012. “Cartier had a very successful amateur and beginning of Grand Prix career,” he said. “He’s a very, very funny horse because he has a lot of personality. He’s very laid back and lazy in the barn, but when he goes in the ring he’s full game face and you have to be paying attention 100 percent.”

 

Winners Sweetnam and Fineman are a new match, as he just purchased the Swedish Warmblood in June from Maria Gretzer. “She had showed him wonderfully, and since I’ve got him he’s just been great,” smiled Sweetnam. “He’s a 10-year-old, but he doesn’t have all that much mileage. His first 1.50m was here in June, so he still has to get going,, but I think he should jump some of the bigger grand prixs toward the end of the year.”

 

Sweetnam added, “He makes life easy. You just pick up a rhythm, and you stay with him. He wants to please, and I really enjoy him. ”

 

Today’s event was a part of Hats Off Day, a special celebration of the horse and it’s impact on the state of Kentucky hosted by the Kentucky Horse Park. A large crowd filled the Rolex Stadium to cheer ton Sweetnam during his winning round. “The crowd was brilliant and I really enjoyed it,” said Sweetnam. “It is one of the biggest crowds we get for a jumping class here in Kentucky so it’s neat to see, and I hope they come out to more weeks as well.”

 

The Kentucky Summer Horse Shows are always on Sweetnam’s calendar during the year. “Hugh Kincannon and the Murphy Family do a great job,” he commented. “We’ve shown here the last eight years, and we always bring all of our clients. We really enjoy it, and the standard is very high. They really look after you here.”

 

The Kentucky Summer Horse Show will conclude tomorrow with the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Classics for the High Junior and Amateur-Owner Jumper divisions, as well as the Low Junior Jumper Classic and the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Riders will return next Tuesday for the kick-off of the Kentucky Summer Classic, featuring the fifth $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and the $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington.

 

For more information on the Kentucky Summer Series please go to www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

 

RESULTS: $50,000 ROOD & RIDDLE GRAND PRIX

1    1020    FINEMAN     SHANE SWEETNAM     0    0    0    74.585    0    0    0    44.442

2    8    CARTIER     MAX AMAYA     0    0    0    75.568    0    0    0    46.620

3    1169    DERLY CHIN DE MUZE     SHARN WORDLEY     0    0    0    74.691    0    0    0    47.851

4    661    SPIRIT OF ALENA     AARON VALE          0    0    76.070    4    0    4    45.180

5    1281    AMIGO     ANGEL KAROLYI     0    0    0    77.645    4    0    4    48.159

6    1313    SOLERINA     SHANE SWEETNAM     4    0    4    71.347

7    473    PALOUBET     WILTON PORTER     4    0    4    73.357

8    1288    AMBOSELL     PABLO BARRIOS     4    0    4    75.013

9    317    URBAN     BLYTHE MARANO     4    0    4    75.015

10    57    ZARA LEANDRA     PABLO BARRIOS     4    0    4    75.074

11    594    EVITA VAN’T PARADIJS     COLIN SYQUIA     4    0    4    75.699

12    872    GELEDIMAR     HANNAH VON HEIDEGGER     4    0    4    76.387

 

Professional Hunters Top Leader Board on First Day of Kentucky Summer Horse Show

July 25, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – July 24, 2013 – Beautiful, sunny skies, inviting hunter courses and top levels of competition greeted riders at the Kentucky Horse Park for the first day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. The Green Hunters kicked off the competition in the Stonelea Ring, where Colleen Acosta and Kelley Farmer each earned blue ribbons, while Molley Sewell dominated the Green Conformation Hunters. Shawn Casady and Ascot wrapped up the day with wins in the High Performance Hunters, while Kelly Mullen and Donato scored top calls in the Performance 3’6″ Hunter division.

 

Kelley Farmer took home the first blue ribbon of the day in the Green Hunters riding Skorekeeper, owned by Larry Glefke and the Quail Run Partnership of Keswick, VA. The victory in the second round went to Colleen Acosta, riding with Limbo, owned by Sophia DePumpo of South Lake, TX.

 

“Skorekeeper has been fantastic,” Farmer shared. “Every time that he goes, he just gets better and better. He’s becoming more and more made and more straightforward all the time.”

 

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Kelley Farmer and Skorekeeper. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography.

 

The seven-year-old Skorekeeper made his First Year Green Hunter debut with Farmer earlier this year, and he has since racked up multiple impressive derby finishes including a recent win in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Brandywine Valley Summer Series. The Kentucky Summer Horse Show presented the perfect opportunity and venue to get another show under the horse’s belt before gearing up for USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship, which will also be held at the Kentucky Horse Park during the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, August 13-18, 2013.

 

 

Also performing well in the derby ring is rider Shawn Casady, who is currently atop the 2013 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Leading Rider standings. The Hallway Feeds Series consists of seven national hunter derby events held during the 2013 Kentucky Horse Shows, two of which were completed during the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. Casady will return to attempt to hold on to his title this coming Sunday, July 28, but for today he was topping the leaderboard in the High Performance Hunters. Casady swept all three of today’s High Performance Hunter classes with Ascot, owned by the HJ Group LLC of Sewickley, PA.

 

Casady first got the ride on Ascot during the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, and the pair has only continued  to perform better and better since then, winning both the two over fences classes today and the under saddle.

 

“We’ve definitely gotten closer and are learning each other more and more each week that we’ve been working together,” Casady commented. “He’s a fun horse.”

 

Molly Sewell and Satisfaction, owned by Peakewood Pharm, Inc. of Sanford, FL, also delivered an impressive clean sweep as well this morning. The pair won two blues over fences, as well as during the under saddle, in the Green Conformation Hunter division.

Shawn Casady and Ascot. Photo by Emily Riden

Shawn Casady and Ascot. Photo by Emily Riden

 

In the Performance 3’6″ Hunters, Donato, owned by Katie Ramsey and ridden by Kelly Mullen, leads the way heading into the second day of competition. Mullen and Donato finished first and third over fences before picking up an additional blue ribbon in the under saddle.

 

“He goes in there, and he tries hard every single time,” Mullen said of Donato. “Outside the ring maybe it can be different, but I always know that when I walk in the ring I have a show horse underneath me. He’s very business-like in the ring.”

 

Mullen continued, “The first jump today had a roll-top on both sides, so he looked at it and just gave an amazing jump. The course had enough for them look at so they all jumped really, really well today.”

Kelly Mullen and Donato. Photo by Emily Riden.

Kelly Mullen and Donato. Photo by Emily Riden.

 

Donato will return tomorrow with Mullen in the Performance 3’6″ Hunters and later this week with owner Ramsey, of Mt. Juliet, TN, in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters. Hunter competition continues tomorrow in the Stonelea Ring with the conclusion of the Green Hunters, the Green Conformation Hunters, the High Performance Hunters, the 3’6″ Performance Hunters and the 3’3″ Performance Hunters.

 

To learn more about the Kentucky Summer Horse Show visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

 

 
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