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Popeye K and Tommy Serio, Regular Conformation Hunter champions at Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show

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Charleston Z and Cookie Beck Dance Their Way to Second Year Green Hunter Championship at Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show

Written by: Jennifer Wood
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Release Date: 2006-05-18

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Photo Credit: Popeye K and Tommy Serio, Regular Conformation Hunter champions at Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show. Photo © 2006 Jennifer Wood/PhelpsSports.com. High Resolution copies of this photo can be obtained by contacting pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com.

Charleston Z and Cookie Beck Dance Their Way to Second Year Green Hunter Championship at Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show

Ken Smith Sweeps First Year Hunters, Popeye K Wins Again in Regular Conformation Hunters

Lexington, KY – May 18, 2006 – The rated hunters competed in the Stonelea Ring for five division championships on Thursday. One such impressive performance was that of Charleston Z and Cookie Beck, who rode for owner Caitlin Ziegler. Beck and the six year old Zangerscheide gelding jumped to an impressive three firsts, one second, and one sixth in the Green Conformation Hunters. Reserve champion in the division was Marshall, ridden by Louise Serio for Meralex Farm.

Beck found Charleston Z through Canadian grand prix rider Eric Lamaze a little over a year ago. “When we tried him, we saw him three days in a row, and he didn’t put a foot wrong. He had just come over from Europe and was just gelded,” Beck remembered. “We jumped him four foot, four foot six, and he didn’t do a thing wrong. I thought ‘How can we not buy him?’”

Not doing anything wrong seems to be the liver chestnut gelding’s forte. “He’s one of the most consistent horses I’ve had,” Beck said. “He’s the best all-around horse in the sense that an 11 year old owns him and shows him in the Children’s Hunters, and yet I can get on and jump him around a four foot course. He’s great either way. He’s really smart. He could go do jumpers if he wanted, and he can do the equitation because he’s really broke.”

Charleston Z’s consistency and willingness over fences is his greatest attribute. Beck mentioned, “He gives you a great, scopey feel over the jump. He always feels the same and would jump through fire if you asked him to.”

It was a sweep for Ken Smith today in the First Year Green Working Hunter division. He piloted Cosmo for Susan Stanley to the championship and Far Niente Equine LLC’s Whitecap to the reserve championship.

Cosmo picked up a first and two seconds in the division. Smith, who owns and trains out of Ashland Farms in Wellington, FL, with wife Emily, explained of Whitecap, “He was first and second yesterday over fences. He was a little green jumping today, but was second in the hack.”

Both horses had some time off before they came to the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, and they both competed in the Legacy Cup as a warm-up for this week’s classes. Cosmo finished third in the Pro Hunter 3’6” Finals. “Cosmo went super this week,” Smith said. “He jumped beautifully today in the ring. He tried hard and was careful. He was really impressed with the jumps here both weeks, which was nice.”

Smith mentioned that neither horse, even Whitecap who only jumped three feet last week, had any problem with the move up to the 3’6” height in the First Year division. “They’re both nice, scopey horses. They’ve had enough mileage at the three foot to where they pretty much ride normal in the ring. They’re comfortable with it.”

Smith feels that the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows are the perfect place to prepare his horses for the prestigious Devon Horse Show. He explained, “Hopefully you have horses going to Devon. So it’s nice for them to show here, have a week off, and then feel like you’re ready to go there.”

In the Second Year Green Working Hunters, the championship went to MacArthur Park and Peter Pletcher of Magnolia, Texas. Pletcher rode for owner Lynn Walsh. MacArthur Park was first and second over fences on Wednesday and won another blue ribbon over fences on Thursday. His ribbon in the under saddle sealed the tricolor for them over Affadavit and Brian Shook, who rode for Danielle McCluskey Schink.

Course designer Glenn Moody caught a few horses unaware with a stylish barrel and flower design at the end of the ring in Thursday’s hunter classes. Even with an uncharacteristic refusal in one over fences class, Elizabeth Spencer’s Popeye K and Tommy Serio were able to come home with the championship with five out of six wins in the Regular Conformation Hunters. The reserve champion was Corvet Z, who was ridden by Todd Minikus for Gerry and Kathy Newman of Allwyn Court.

Sequel and Terry Brown, who have entered the winner’s circle at some of the nation’s biggest shows, came away with the championship in the Regular Working Hunter division. Sequel won three over fences classes, was second in the remaining over fences, and earned second in the under saddle class. Reserve champion was Game On, ridden by Tommy Serio and owned by Cherry Knoll Farm.

Hunter competition continues tomorrow in the Stonelea ring with the opening classes for the junior hunters, as well as Adult and Children’s Hunter classes in the Murphy and Claiborne rings.

For full results of the Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Photo Credit: Popeye K and Tommy Serio, Regular Conformation Hunter champions at Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show. Photo © 2006 Jennifer Wood/PhelpsSports.com. High Resolution copies of this photo can be obtained by contacting pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com.

 

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