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Keenan Sets The Pace In $20,000 Hampton Classic Time Challenge

August 28, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lutz and Kenny victors in other jumper classes.

Bridgehampton, NY-Aug 27, 2013-Lillie Keenan rode her Londinium to a narrow victory in the $20,000 Hampton Classic Time Challenge at the 38th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. Her time of 57.08 seconds barely eclipsed the time of Todd Minikus on Tuxedo, who stopped the clock in 57.51 seconds. Shane Sweetnam rode Cyklon 1083 to third place in 58.47 seconds.


Keenan, 16, New York, N.Y., said she’d watched Minikus go on Tuxedo, and she knew that replicating his performance would be the key. Minikus went 10 horses before Keenan, and he held first place until Keenan beat his time. Minikus also rode two other horses to fourth and sixth places.


“I knew that to be any faster, I’d have to take the same track and just be a little faster in the air,” said Keenan. “There wasn’t a second out there that I didn’t think, ‘Just keep going forward,’ and I was able to do that because I trust my horse so much.”


Keenan has owned Londinium, 11, since January, and this was her most valuable win since moving out of the junior jumper division. “The Hampton Classic is a prestigious event, and to win anything in the Grand Prix Ring is really exciting. And to win this big class is really icing on the cake,” said Keenan.


Darragh Kenny, of Warren, Vt., and Peter Lutz, of Golden’s Bridge, N.Y., split the two divisions of the $10,000 Newsday Open Jumper class, in which more than 100 horses started on the rain-dampened Grand Prix Ring. Kenny rode Top Gun IV, owned by Oakland Ventures LLC, to the victory with no jumping faults and a time of 50.2 seconds. Lutz rode Adorose, owned by Kelly Tropin, to victory by jumping faultlessly in 51.8 seconds.


“The course was great. It used the whole field, and there were places to gallop and places to save time on the turns. I won, I think, because I left out a stride to the last fence,” said Lutz. “And the footing was great, even with the rain last night and this morning.”


Adorose is an 8-year-old, Dutch Warmblood mare. Lutz said they bought her two years ago, “and Kelly and I have been developing her together ever since.”


Tropin, of New Canaan, Conn., also shows Adarose in the amateur-owner jumper division. “I think she’s a really great horse for Kelly, but Kelly has a new job, and she may not have the time to show her for awhile, so I may be showing her more. But, ultimately, she’s a winner for Kelly.”


Kenny bought Top Gun IV, an experienced13-year-old gelding, in July to sell. “We’ve gotten along quickly because he’s a simple horse to ride, and we won this class because he’s quick across the jumps and fast across the ground. So I could just go in there and go for it,” said Kenny, a native of Ireland.

Darragh Kenny rode Top Gun IV to win section B of the $10,000 Newsday Open Jumper at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

Darragh Kenny rode Top Gun IV to win section B of the $10,000 Newsday Open Jumper at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

Peter Lutz rode Adarose to win section A of the $10,000 Newsday Open Jumper at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

Peter Lutz rode Adarose to win section A of the $10,000 Newsday Open Jumper at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

After winning the show’s first open jumper class, Lutz became the early leader in the Longines Rider Challenge. The $30,000 prize goes to the rider who accumulates the most points in the week’s open jumper classes, with the show’s Sunday finale, the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix, counting for double points. Since he won’t be riding in the grand prix, Lutz allowed that this would probably be his last chance to wear the royal blue armband that designates the current leader.


“I’m very happy to wear it now, though,” he said.


But with a stable aisle full of jumpers, two of which are entered in the grand prix, Kenny is hoping to be a Longines contender. “I might as well take a shot,” he said with a smile. “It’s not going to change anything I do with my horses, but it’s certainly in the back of my head.”


Following Tuesday’s classes, Kenny is leading the Longines Rider Challenge with 62 points, followed by Minikus (60) and Peter Leone (58).




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.

Angel Karolyi Begins New Partnership with $30,000 Raleigh Grand Prix Win

November 21, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Raleigh, North Carolina – Competing in their first show together, Venezuela’s Angel Karolyi and Indiana 127 scored victory in the $30,000 Raleigh Grand Prix at the RMI Raleigh Benefit Horse Show held November 14 to 19 in Raleigh, North Carolina.


2008 Olympic course designer Steve Stephens whittled a large starting field of 26 entries down to four jump-off contenders in the Saturday night feature event.  Karolyi had the advantage of being the last to go, having watched Sloan Coles post a clear round riding Chantilly while Tracy Magness and Regan Roberts both faulted.


“I was able to watch Sloan go with her very quick, careful mare,” said Karolyi.  “She was the only one clear in the jump-off, however she chose to go around one of the inside options.  I thought if I had a chance to beat her, that would be my opportunity to do so.”


Not only did that inside turn help Karolyi win the $30,000 Raleigh Grand Prix, it also got his new partnership with Indiana 127 off to a great start.  Formerly ridden by Peter Lutz, Indiana 127 is a 10-year-old chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding (Indoctro x Voltaire) that Karolyi and business partner Andrea King purchased at the end of October.


“The first time I tried him, I thought he was a lovely horse,” said Karolyi, 25.  “He has an enormous amount of scope and he really wants to be careful.  He has been beautifully produced by Peter; he’s well-educated and easy to ride.  Even though he’s a big horse, he is very handy, which I didn’t expect when I first saw him.”


Angel Karolyi of Venezuela guided a new mount, Indiana 127, to victory in the $30,000 Raleigh Grand Prix at the RMI Raleigh Benefit Horse Show held November 14 to 19 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Karolyi chose the RMI Raleigh Benefit Horse Show to make his competitive debut with Indiana 127, explaining, “I didn’t even plan to jump him in the grand prix.  I just wanted to take it one day at a time and see how he handled it.  We did a 1.15m class on the first day, just so I could get to know him and see how he would react.  I entered the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake on Thursday night and said I would decide on the grand prix depending on how that went.  He placed third, so I couldn’t say “no”!  It turned out to be a good week.”


While victory came with a new partner, Karolyi also enjoyed results with a sentimental favorite, Mississippi L.S.  Bred by La Silla in Mexico, the chestnut stallion has carried several members of the Karolyi family to success over the years.  In Raleigh, Karolyi and Mississippi L.S. placed third in the $7,000 Futures Stake and sixth in the $5,000 Challenge Stake.


“It was a lot of fun,” said Karolyi.  “John Rush and his team did a nice job running the horse show, and everything ran on schedule.  They put on a nice event with featured classes every day.  It’s also really exciting because it was the first show with Indiana, and it’s always nice to start off that way.”


Karolyi’s impressive resume includes a team gold medal at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games, as well as representing Venezuela at the 2011 Pan American Games.  He has also ridden on several Nations’ Cup teams, including at the 2012 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.


Karolyi and King operate Hollow Creek Farms, a large training business focusing on both horses and riders, in Aiken, South Carolina.  For more information, please visit