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Christopher Payne and Colton

Christopher Payne and Colton

Jeff Gogul and Cortes

Jeff Gogul and Cortes

Maria Rasmussen and Subject to Change

Maria Rasmussen and Subject to Change

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Payne, Gogul and Rasmussen Top Professional Hunters at Kentucky Spring Classic

Written by: Sarah Harper
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
Release Date: 2016-05-18

Lexington, Ky.- May 18, 2016 – A gray and rainy start did not deter hunter riders in the Stonelea ring on day one of the Kentucky Spring Classic. Christopher Payne and Colton, a Selle Francais gelding, won both First/Second Year Green Hunter classes. In the first class he also brought home second place aboard Anderson. Third place went to Tim Goguen and Splendid. In the second class, second place went to Tim Goguen and Splendid, while Tori Colvin and Batman were third.

“He rode beautifully; I wasn’t sure how it was going to play out with it being cold and rainy but he just went in like a pro,” Payne said of his ride today.  

Colton is a relatively new ride for Payne, having been imported recently. “He’s wonderful, he got imported this winter and he was a stallion, we gelded him,” Payne explained.  “He hadn’t done the hunters before this winter. He has double duty doing the over 50 adults and the First Years. He has such a great mind and he’s so athletic that it works out well”

Maria Rasmussen and Jeff Gogul went one - two in the Regular Conformation Hunter classes today each placing first and second in one class. Rasmussen was aboard Subject to Change a 7-year-old Warmbood gelding. Tim Goguen and Splendid brought home the third place in both classes.

Rasmussen was thrilled with her ride today “My horse was wonderful,” she exclaimed. “He went around really, really well, and I can’t complain especially as cold and gross as it is today.

“He’s just basically a simple horse,” she continued. “He’s just a little bit of keep him together and stay out of his way. We call him smarty in the barn because he’s so smart.”

Jeff Gogul and Cortes, a 6-year-old Westphalian gelding, had excellent rounds today at their first outdoor show of the season. “We were really happy,” he said. “This was the first time outdoors this season, he competed indoors all winter and was really good and was getting more and more consistent. Last week we did the 3’3” Performance just to see where he was outside.”

Payne and Gogul were both full of praise for the Kentucky Spring Classic and the city of Lexington. “I’m from Cincinnati so I’m very lucky that I have this facility an hour away from me,” Payne said. “It’s amazing, great stalls, great rings, great show management. We are very, very lucky to have this. It’s a beautiful place. “

Gogul, who has a long history with the show, echoed these sentiments. “We have been coming here for 30 years,” he said “It feels like home, actually, after 30 years of showing here, when we arrive you feel like you just drove around the block and you get out of the car and you’re home again. We love the area and we love the town and the horse show is great.”

The Kentucky Spring Classic will continue May 18–22, 2016 with the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby in the Stonelea Ring on Saturday May 21, 2016. It will also offer WIHS and NAL qualifiers plus $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Classics.

EQSportsNet will be streaming live webcasts of the $130,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3* during the Kentucky Spring Classic on Saturday, May 21. EQSportsNet Full Access subscribers can also watch all rounds of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series on demand at

For more information about the Kentucky Horse Shows please visit


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