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Kentucky Summer Classic Horse Show Wrap-Up: July 27 August 2

Written by: Emily Riden
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
Release Date: 2015-08-03

Lexington, KY – August 3, 2015 – Alison Robitaille has traveled to the Olympics as a first alternate, competed at the World Equestrian Games and won team silver at the Pan American Games, but in recent years, as she busily brings along young horses and two young children of her own, she has been continually knocking on the door of a grand prix win. On Saturday night at the Kentucky Horse Park she knocked the door all the way down and rode away with an impressive victory in the $50,000 Kentucky Summer Classic Grand Prix, sponsored by GGT Footing.

“I’m really so excited. It’s been a long time since I’ve won a grand prix,” Robitaille said. “I’m so proud of my horse. I got her at the end of her 7-year-old year and sort of stepped her up into the grand prix. I’m just really proud of her.”

The mare that Robitaille speaks of his Cassinja, a 10-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Robitaille’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone. The pair of Robitaille and Cassinja was the ninth in the field of 41 to try their hand at the Florencio Hernandez-designed course set in Rolex Stadium, and they were the first to execute it without fault.

At the conclusion of the first round, six more combinations would join them on the clear list, advancing seven total on to the jump-off. As the first clear, Robitaille was also the first to return, and she laid it down again, finishing faultless with a time of 55.339 seconds.

“I was thinking going in, ‘it’s a long jump-off.’ So I wanted to put some pressure, but I wanted to really make sure that I was clean,” Robitaille said.

While Robitaille’s time seemed like it could be beatable, her strategy greatly paid off in the end.

Lucas Porter and Sleepy P Ranch’s Doma Sue returned next, finishing on five faults in a time of 58.633 seconds, which would end up being good enough for fourth as the next two to return did not fair quite as well.

Both Scott Lenkart, on Fleur De Lis Farms’ Ziezo, and Blythe Marano, on Riverview Farm’s Quabelle, fell victims to refusals on course. Ziezo’s refusal would result in a finish effort of 10 faults in a time of 63.834 seconds for he and Lenkart; Marano and Quabelle would be eliminated from the jump-off after Quabelle stopped twice at the fourth fence of the short course.   

Sharn Wordley and Barnetta, owned by the Sky Group, came next, finishing clear but on two time faults after electing to take a slightly longer route to the last fence, finishing on a time of 59.259 seconds.

Wilton Porter and Paloubet, owned by Sleepy P Ranch, followed Wordley, but the refusal bug would strike for a third time in the jump-off phase, resulting in Wilton electing to retire and finish tied for sixth with Marano.

From there the final chance to topple Robitaille’s time was in Juan Ortiz’s hands with Dulien Van De Smeets, owned by Synchronicity Group. It looked like Ortiz had it all the way to the end, but as he tripped the timers the scoreboard flashed 53.38 seconds – just tenths off of Robitaille’s winning time.

Jumper Highlights: Wednesday – Sunday


If their performances on Tuesday were any indication, Adam Prudent and the team at Plain Bay Sales were in for a great week at the Kentucky Summer Classic.

The show got underway on Tuesday morning at the Kentucky Horse Park, and Prudent and student Madeleine Stover kicked things off by earning back-to-back victories in the largest jumper classes of the day.

Prudent’s win of the day came in the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumpers aboard IAG Syndicate LLC’s Joy Ride. Prudent and Joy Ride were one of six to go clear over the Florencio Hernandez designed course, but their time of 69.567 seconds is what would clinch them the victory in the Table II, Sec. 1 speed class.  

While no one else was able to break below the 70-second mark, Denise Wilson came the closest. She finished in both second and third, taking second on Nimbus, who finished clear in a time of 70.550 seconds, and third on Catuso, who finished clear in a time of 74.857 seconds.

Joy Ride has recently been competing to much success in the 1.30m to 1.35m divisions, but the mare made the move up seamlessly to the 1.40m today.

Also making a move up the heights this week were Madeleine Stover and Royal Des Etisse. Stover. Stover has been a student of the Prudents for approximately 10 months, and has been seeing great success aboard Royal Des Etisses, a 10-year-old Sell Francais gelding, owned by Chester Ridge LLC. Tuesday was no exception, as the pair produced a double clear effort to win the day’s 1.35m Open Jumpers in a jump-off time of 48.336 seconds.

Stover was one of four riders to complete the first round without fault and one of only two to produce a double clear effort. The second double clear and the second place ribbon went Callie Schott and Lori Custer’s Paratrooper, who finished on a jump-off time of 52.277 seconds. Rounding out the top three were Sharn Wordley and Gran Canyon, owned by Ashland Stables.     


Adam Prudent and Madeleine Stover earned victories for Plain Bay Sales at the Kentucky Summer Classic on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, it was Abigail McArdle’s turn.

McArdle claimed three back-to-back wins in the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumpers, the 1.35m Open Jumpers and the 1.30m Open Jumpers, giving the Plain Bay Sales team a clean sweep of all of the 1.35m and 1.40m Open Jumper classes held so far this week at the Kentucky Horse Park.

In the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumpers, McArdle piloted Plain Bay Sale’s Harriri to the victory, finishing double clear with a jump-off time of 39.050 seconds.

From a starting field of 34 entries, 20 completed the first round Florencio Hernandez designed course without fault, turning the jump-off portion into a close foot race – all mostly in hot pursuit of McArdle and Harriri’s time.

The pair had gone only second in the order and returned immediately to set the jump-off time that would hold up for the entire remainder of the class. While none could beat McArdle’s time, all of the top five would come within just two seconds of it. Amanda Derbyshire and Lady Maria BH, owned by David Gochman, came the closest, finishing in second on time of 39.301 seconds. Rounding out the top three and finishing in a time of 40.276 seconds was McArdle’s fellow Plain Bay Sales rider, Madeleine Stover, on Chester Ridge LLC’s Camillo.

At only 8 years old, Harriri, is a relatively new mount for McArdle, having been purchased by Plain Bay Sales and started during the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival with the intention of turning the mare into a competitive children’s horse for the 1.30m.

“I was just going to get on and do a couple classes,” McArdle said. “Then we realized, ‘hey, this horse has got some scope.’ So then we did a couple of 1.35m, 1.40m and 1.45m classes. We realized that this horse is special. She’s only 8 so we’re taking it a little bit slowly, but you’re definitely going to see her in the grand prix within the next couple of years.”

McArdle continued, “We always say she’s going to be super special and as big a winner as Cosma [20], and so far that’s been very true to form.”

Cosma 20, owned by David McArdle, has continuously been a top mount for McArdle, racking up top finishes internationally and in Kentucky, and on Wednesday it was again Cosma 20 who found her way to the top of the leaderboard. The 12-year-old Hanoverian mare took the top call in the 1.35m Open Jumper speed classs where she finished fast and faultless in a time of 56.682 seconds.

From the field of 35 entries, none would come even within eight seconds of McArdle and Cosma 20’s time. The second best time of 64.807 seconds went to Martin Mallo and Michelle Navarro Grau Dyer’s Sato Yama, and third went to Conor O’Regan and Salamander Farm’s Salome De Mars on a time of 64.863 seconds.

McArdle and Cosma 20 returned on Thursday night for $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, but first McArdle added yet another win to her Wednesday streak. She claimed the victory in the 1.30m Open Jumpers aboard David McArdle’s Tina, while second went to Plain Bay Sale’s Adam Prudent on Pensilvania, owned by Dorothy Cox.

Thursday - $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic

Sydney Shulman is on a roll, and she is not showing signs of slowing down. In the past month and a half the young rider has won four grand prix – first at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club, then at the Fairfield County Hunt Club and just four days ago in the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix. On Thursday night she returned to the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park to capture the win the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic.  

Shulman and Wamira, owned by BCF Group, dominated the class at the Kentucky Summer Classic from beginning to end. They were the very first to enter the ring and contest the Florencio Hernandez designed course, finishing clear and advancing to the jump-off. From the 51 total entries, six other combinations would also qualify to give Shulman and Wamira a run for their money in the jump-off, but none would catch the pair’s double clear effort completed in a time of 35.547 seconds.

In addition to Wamira, Shulman also qualified Jill Shulman’s Quidam 13 for the jump-off, and she was joined by Lorcan Gallagher and Sweet Oak Farm’s Casper, Scott Lenkart and Fleur De Lis Farm’s Ziezo, Wilton Porter and Sleepy P Ranch’s Paloubet, Shane Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm’s Eregest Van’t Kiezelhof and David Beisel and Equine Holdings’ Ammeretto.

At the end of the night, the rider results bore a striking resemblance to Saturday night’s $50,000 Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix, with Shulman and Sweetnam taking the top two spots for the second time in a row in Kentucky grand prix competition, but this time on different mounts.  

Sweetnam was one of only three to go double clear, finishing in second on Spy Coast Farm’s Eregast Van’t Kiezelhof with a jump-off time of 36.109 seconds. Finishing in third with their own double clear effort were Beisel and Ammeretto.


Anna Dryden arrived in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday morning, just in time to sweep the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers on Friday afternoon at the Kentucky Summer Classic before she heads back home to Manhattan on Saturday.

Anna Cardelfe and Firenze Van De Cadzondhoeve set an early pace to beat of 59.308 seconds, and with only seven entries jumping clear around the Florencio Hernandez-designed course, few others came close to the top spot. Dryden, however, last in the order of go, entered the ring confident that she would take over Cardelfe’s lead.

“I didn’t see Anna [Cardelfe] go,” Dryden said. “But Allison [Robataille] said, ‘you’re going to win this class,’ so I have to listen to the trainer! I went in there and never looked back.”

Clocking the fastest four-fault time of 60.405 seconds on her previous mount, Classified, Dryden was able to get a feel for the course before piloting Petrushka III to the winning time of 57.482 seconds.

Cardelfe and Firenze Van De Cadzondhoeve ended up settling for second, while challengers Sabischy Hassler and New Life HM took third with a time of 61.377 seconds. Trailing closely behind in fourth were Bethany Bolen and Domino Van De Hermitage, who stopped the clock at 61.605 seconds – just .228 seconds away from the third place spot.

Before the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers got underway, the Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers took the stage in the Rolex Stadium.

With more than half of the 20 entries turning in clear rounds, it was a race against Maria Brugal and Diabolo Van Cadzanhoeve’s early time to beat of 58.471 seconds.

In the middle of the pack, 14-year-old Sheer Levitin entered the ring on Zin Chin, blazing around the course to trip the timers in just 53.627 seconds and capturing the new lead almost five seconds ahead of Brugal’s time to beat.

A final challenger, Alexandra Pielet, came close to the top spot with Cavalier Knight, stopping the clock at a time of 56.287 seconds to take the second place ribbon home to Norfield Stables LLC. Levitin’s lead would hold up for the blue ribbon, with early leader Brugal taking home third.


This summer marks Hailey Berger’s first time competing at the Kentucky Horse Park, but after the two weeks that she had, she cannot wait to come back.

On Sunday, the 15-year-old from Parkland, Florida closed out her enjoyable and extremely successful time at the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows by earning the win in the $1,500 NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic.

“This is my new favorite show, definitely. I love it here,” Berger said. “I just love the scenery. Going out to the field was definitely the best thing. It was amazing. The rings are great; the people are great. This is a true show, and that’s what I love about it. Everyone’s so supportive.”

While the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows quickly won Berger over, besting a field of 55 entries to win the Children’s Jumper Classic could not have hurt her experience either. She and her own Shannondale Gino were one of 29 combinations to go clear over the Florencio Hernandez-designed course in the Rolex Stadium.

After completing the course without fault, riders had the option to return immediately for the short course or save their jump-off effort for after the conclusion of all riders’ first rounds. Berger, and the vast majority of the clear riders, elected to return immediately, and she and Shannondale Gino delivered once again. This time they finished clear on a time of 32.032 seconds, which would hold through to the end as the fastest double clear.

Following the $1,500 NAL/WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic on Sunday morning, it was the Adult Jumpers turn in the Rolex Stadium for the $2,500 NAL/WIHS Adult Jumper Classic.

From a field of 36 entries, it came down to Sweet Oak Farm barn mates Logan Marksbury and Lindsey Tomeu for the top two spots.

“Normally if she goes clear, she wins,” Marksbury joked of Tomeu.

The two went back-to-back, and while Tomeu and her mount, Bonapart, did go clear, it was Marksbury’s turn for the victory. She and her own Evano S took a slick inside turn to edge out Tomeu’s time of 33.406 seconds, finishing on 32.972 seconds. Both girls’ times would hold through to the end of the class to give Sweet Oak Farm the one-two finish.

Hunter Highlights: Wednesday – Sunday


During last week’s Kentucky Summer Horse Show, Tim Goguen consistently conquered the top spots in the professional hunter divisions with his trio of dark bay geldings: Rookie, Capella and Ransom. The proven combinations returned this week, duplicating their winning ways at the Kentucky Summer Classic.

In the First Year Green Hunters, Goguen piloted last week’s reserve champion, Garland Alban’s Capella, to blue ribbons in both over-fences classes, coming in second to Belhaven Stables LLC’s Rookie in the under saddle. In addition to winning the hack, last week’s champion, Rookie, picked up two second-place ribbons over fences.

As the day continued with the Conformation Hunters, it was Robert Crandall and Casallo who swept the field, claiming all three of the division’s blue ribbons. Last week’s champions, Winn Alden and Covert, followed closely behind and placed second to Crandall in both over-fences classes.

Crandall and Casallo are old friends whose relationship dates back to Crandall importing the now-11-year-old Casallo as a 3-year-old stallion from Europe. The pair was recently reunited after Casallo’s current owner, Erin McGuire, put the gelding up for sale as she heads to college. Crandall jumped at the opportunity to lease the gelding for the year: an arrangement both parties are thrilled with.

“It’s just been great having him back,” Crandall said. “He was very good; he’s a joy to ride, really. He’s a big-strided, scopey horse, and if you have him prepared, he’ll canter down to anything. It’s easy for him. He’s always been successful at everything he’s done. Today was hard because I sat last week at Blowing Rock judging, so I feel like I can’t breathe; he had to do a lot of the work today.”

The Second Year Green Hunters were the next to show, with last week’s reserve champions, Goguen and Ransom, coming back to earn the top spot in all three classes.

The division’s reserve championship is in question, however, as second place went to a different horse-and-rider combination in each class: once to Just D’o, once to Covert and once to Fusagers Carma.


Longtime friends Tim Goguen and Bob Crandall are accustomed to competing against each other across the country, whether they’re in New York, Florida or at the Kentucky Horse Park. On Wednesday, the top riders tied for the Kentucky Summer Classic hunter grand championship, each racking up 50 points by taking home all five available blue ribbons in their divisions.

Crandall and Erin McGuire’s Casallo were the first contenders for the grand championship, adding the final two blue ribbons to Tuesday’s three in the Green Conformation Hunter division. The duo secured the division’s championship, with reserve going to Winn Alden and Elizabeth Nestor’s Covert, who claimed the remaining two second-place spots for a total of five red ribbons.

In the Second Year Green Hunters, Goguen and Saddle Ridge LLC’s Ransom followed suit, claiming the top spot in both the classic and handy hunter rounds for a total of five blue ribbons to earn the division’s championship. The reserve championship went to Isabelle Pott’s Fusagers Carma, who was shown by Jordan Gilchrist.

With both Goguen and Crandall tied with perfect scores of 50 points at the end of the day, the grand champion award, sponsored by Visse Wedell for Douglas Elliman Real Estate, was split between the two riders, who willingly shared in the honors.

Earlier in the day, Goguen continued his domination of the First Year Green Hunters, piloting Garland Alban’s Capella and Belhaven Stables LLC’s Rookie to champion and reserve champion, respectively.

Goguen and Capella added a first and third to Tuesday’s two firsts and second, edging out the rest of the field to earn the title.

Rookie’s second and fourth place finishes added to Tuesday’s two seconds and first gave him enough points for the reserve.

Rounding out the day were the High Performance Hunters, with the division’s championship going to Fleur De Lis Farms’ Bowie, who was piloted by Courtney Calcagnini. The pair earned two blue ribbons, added to Tuesday’s first and fifths for the top spot. The division’s reserve championship went to Bill Schaub’s Avalon, who was ridden by Molly Sewell.


Junior rider Emma Kurtz is a familiar face in the winner’s circle at horse shows across the country, and on Thursday the young talent added a few more blues to her collection in the Junior 15 and Under Hunter divisions at the Kentucky Summer Classic.

As the day began with the Small Junior 15 and Under Hunters, Kurtz piloted Molly Hay’s Kahlua to double second-place finishes over fences, proving to be the most solid combination of the division so far. First place went once Hayley Fleming’s Wesley, ridden by Anna Beth Athey, and once to Hilary Gerhardt’s Count Down and Emma Wujek.

The blue ribbon in the flat portion went to Abigail Dubose and her own Rose Gold, with second place going to Julia Tait and Falcon Ridge Stables’ Legacy, leaving both the division’s championship and reserve championship highly in contention at the end of the day.

The Large Junior 15 and Under Hunters kicked off next in the Stonelea Ring at the Kentucky Horse Park, with Kurtz returning in the field of 16 with two entries: Prologue and Fredrick.

Kurtz and David Gochman’s Fredrick impressed the judges over the Bobby Murphy-designed courses, riding away with the blue ribbon in both over-fences classes and on the flat.

Following closely behind with second and third place finishes over fences were Rachel McMullen and her mare, Clear Sailing. McMullen partnered up with the Thoroughbred-cross in January during the Winter Equestrian Festival, and the duo has been experiencing success ever since.

Kurtz other ride, Prologue, delivered smooth rounds as well, earning third and fourth over fences to round out the day.

Brett Burlington, who had the ride on Sweet Oak Farm’s Caraway, claimed the remaining blue ribbon in the division’s second over-fences class.

Keep an eye out for both young riders during the Bluegrass Festival and KHJA horse shows as they continue to compete at the Kentucky Horse Park this summer.


McKayla Langmeier is no stranger to great success in the equitation ring. For her mount Ilyana, however, the equitation division is a new ball game, but following the mare's equitation debut on Friday at the Kentucky Summer Classic it looks like she will be hitting the ball out of the park.

Langmeier has been competing Ilyana, a 6-year-old Warmblood mare, successfully in the Large Junior 15 and Under Hunters, and on Friday she gave the young horse a go at her first equitation class, riding to second in the WIHS Hunter Phase and first in the WIHS Jumper Phase before also taking the overall WIHS Equitation victory. 

Ilyana and Langmeier earned a score of 88 in the WIHS Hunter Phase, held in the Stonelea Ring at the Kentucky Horse Park, before heading to the nearby Walnut Ring to lay down a second solid 88 trip, securing them both the WIHS Jumper Phase and overall WIHS Equitation victories.

Taking the top call in the WIHS Hunter Phase with a score of 89 were Victoria Press and Allison Fithian's Lucky D'Etenclin. Press has accumulated numerous top finishes in the ASPCA Maclay and the Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Medal Finals aboard her second equitation mount, Clover, but with Lucky D'Etenclin, the hunter phase is their forte.

Preceding the start of the WIHS Equitation, the 3'3" Junior Hunters vied for their championships, were it was newcomer to the division, Elise Buhl, who earned both the championship and reserve championship honors.

The 14-year-old Michigan native just made the move up to the 3'3" Junior Hunters here in Kentucky with her two mounts, Can Fly and Chabliano Z, and she is already proving to be a rising talent under the tutelage of trainers Tim and Kelly Goguen at Boggs Hill Farm. She and Can Fly, a 10-year-old Warmblood gelding, rode away with the championship, while the reserve went to Chabliano Z, Buhl's 8-year-old Zangersheide gelding.

"I'm proud of both my horses. I was shocked, but I'm very, very excited," Buhl said following her successful week. "Chabliano Z I just got at the end of [the Winter Equestrian Festival], and I just got Can Fly in June. They're really both nice; they're really just almost perfect, but they are different. [Chabliano Z] is kind of slower; you have to get around him. [Can Fly] you just flow and go with him."

Buhl hopes to continue to be successful in the 3'3" Junior Hunters before moving both Chabliano Z and Can Fly up to the 3'6" Juniors, but she, too, is presently enjoying her time in Kentucky.

Saturday - $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

Every now and then, Lavish wanders out of semi-retirement to play around in hunter derbies with rider David Beisel. On Saturday morning, Beisel taught a few lessons, loaded up the old pro and headed to the Kentucky Horse Park to compete in the $5,000 USHJA Hallway Feeds National Hunter Derby at the Kentucky Summer Classic on Saturday afternoon.

Despite their casual arrival, Beisel and Lavish came prepared to win, turning in an impressive first round over the Bobby Murphy-designed course to earn a score of 85, including the four extra points for taking all of the high options. With their spot high in the top 12 secured, Beisel watched the handy round from the sidelines, developing his strategy all the while.

“The name of the class is handy,” Beisel said. “I kept watching the other riders, and even as they turned inside from the Hallway Feeds jump back to the oxer, it seemed to take forever. I started seeing different ways to cut it down and make it a little handier. I checked with the owners, and I said, ‘I’ve got something different in mind. I think it’s super, super handy, and if I can pull it off, I can get some extra points.’”

And pull it off he did. Beisel executed a tight rollback to the aforementioned oxer – only one of two riders to attempt to cut down the turn and take the oxer at a sharp angle.

Beisel’s decision paid off, and the judges rewarded the duo with the highest handy round score of 92 for a combined total of 177 points, which would hold out to earn Beisel and Lavish the blue ribbon.

Hot on Beisel’s heels were last week’s derby winners, Molly Sewell and EL Raymond. In the classic round, the duo outscored the field by earning an 88, including the four extra points for taking the high options.

Rounding out the top five were third-pace finishers Virginia Ingram and Comanche, whose scores of 84 and 87 combined to a total of 171. In fourth place were Renee Lenkart and Cayman with a 169.5, while last week’s second-place finishers, Lilly French and Candor, took home fifth with a score of 165.75.


With the 2015 USEF Pony Finals just days out, many of the nation’s top pony competitors have already made their way to the Kentucky Horse Park to prepare during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. Such is the case for young rider Emma Kurtz, who piloted Cherrybrook Skye Blue to the Large Pony Hunter Section A division championship on Sunday.

Although Kurtz only acquired the ride on Cherrybrook Skye Blue three weeks ago, the duo was nearly unstoppable against the field of 35 top-class ponies. During Saturday’s competition, Kurtz and Cherrybrook Skye Blue, owned by Christine Carlsen, navigated the Bobby Murhpy-designed course to back-to-back second place ribbons.

On Sunday, Emma and the eye catching white gelding returned ready to win, claiming blue ribbons in both the conformation and handy over-fences rounds.

The division’s reserve championship went to Claudia Freeman and Spellbound, owned by Ponies and Palms Show Stables, whose first and two thirds yesterday left them in a strong position for Sunday, where the duo placed second twice to secure the reserve honors.

In the Large Pony Hunters Section B, the championship was awarded to Grace Everett and Dianne Randolph’s Hidden Springs Linus, with the reserve going to Maddie Weber’s Kingston and Augusta Iwasaki.

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