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Joe Fargis and Edgar 12 win the $50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix at the Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show

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Smokin’ Joe Does it Again! Fargis Wins $50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix at Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show

Written by: Kenneth Kraus
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Release Date: 2006-05-21

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Kenneth Kraus for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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PHOTO CREDIT: Joe Fargis and Edgar 12 win the $50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix at the Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show. ©2006 Anne Gittins Photography. High resolution copies of this image are available by contacting Phelps Media Group, Inc. International at pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com.

Smokin’ Joe Does it Again! Fargis Wins $50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix at Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show

Lexington, KY – May 21, 2006 – For the second Sunday in a row, Olympic Gold Medalist Joe Fargis and Edgar 12 raced to victory in grand prix competition at the Kentucky Horse Park. The duo’s win brought the two weeks of action at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows to a close in stunning fashion. Fargis topped a jump-off field of five for the win in the $50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in Lexington.

Today’s event was a member event of the American Grand Prix Association tour. Entering its twenty-eighth year, the AGA Grand Prix Series of Show Jumping is the world’s richest and longest running series of equestrian show jumping events. The AGA series offers over $3 million dollars in prize money on a tour that encompasses thirty events and twenty different equestrian markets across the United States.

Twenty-five starters lined up for the 2 p.m. main event, scored under FEI Art. 238.2.2. Time First Jump-Off. Olympic Course Designer Leopoldo Palacios of Caracas, Venezuela created the challenging track for today’s $50,000 class.

Five horse and rider combinations were clear over the initial offering and qualified for the speed round. One rider completed the course without jumping penalties, but failed to cross the finish line in the allotted time and picked up a single time fault. Seven riders had a single rail or a foot in the water for four faults. Four had eight faults, four had twelve, and four had more than twelve.

Keri Potter Pessoa led off the five horse jump-off with her second clear round of the day on her mount Rockford I. Pessoa, while not extremely fast, put the pressure on with an efficient clear go. She posted the time to beat of 33.54 seconds.

Eliza Shuford and Larentino, owned by the Larentino Group, chased down Pessoa’s time but pulled a rail in the process. She moved into second place with a score of four and a time of 29.67 seconds.

Mark Leone and Great American owned by the All Seasons Farm and Ri-Arm Farms, caught Pessoa and moved to the top of the leader board with two remaining. Leone sliced 1.38 seconds off of Pessoa’s time, clocking in at 32.16 seconds.

Leone barely had time to catch his breath before he lost his lead to Joe Fargis and Edgar 12. For the second week in a row, Fargis was superb. While last week’s win was by only fractions of a second, today’s victory was a dominating performance. Fargis put the pedal to the metal, and never let up from start to finish. The Sunday afternoon throng went wild as Fargis raced home in 29.16 seconds, a full three seconds faster than Leone.

“I saw Mark go,” said a smiling Fargis following his victory lap. “Again, like last week, you try and do a little bit better than the other guy. And I had Jimmy [Torano] behind me. So really, I just galloped as fast as I could gallop and not be out of control. And again this week, the horse responded.” Fargis added, “He’s in very good humor these couple of weeks.”

Fargis compared this week’s Course Designer, Leopoldo Palacios, to Richard Jeffery who designed last week’s tests. “The differences are subtle. If you rated course designers on one to tens, they’d both be tens,” he said. “There’s really not much difference. They both had five or six clean. They read their fields very well, and they both did a fabulous job. It’s like handwriting. Everybody’s is different. They got the correct result with no casualties on the course. I think we had a good day.”

For Edgar 12, there are two more shows straight ahead and then a well deserved rest. “He’s goes to Devon and Upperville and then gets a month off before going to Canada,” said Fargis.

“Joe’s extremely fast. I knew, with him and Jimmy [Torano] behind me, for sure they’d have the time,” said second place finisher Mark Leone. “I watched Keri [Pessoa], and I thought I could be a little faster than her and try and take the lead, and then see where it ended up. And, it paid off great. A second place for that horse, with Joe winning, is an excellent finish,” he said.

Leone is please with the progress of Great American. “He’s coming along very nicely. In Florida he jumped some eight fault rounds and had one four fault round and did ok. But coming here, I’m more competitive,” Leone detailed. “I’m looking forward to building this season with him. He’s scopey, he’s alert, and he’s careful. I think he’s a very interesting horse. I am really excited about the future, but I need work to learn how to be competitive and go for speed. But, he’s a real jumper.”

Upcoming Kentucky horse shows at the Horse Park, flying the banner of the Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC management team, include: The Kentucky Summer Horse Show, beginning on July 26th – 30th, the Kentucky Summer Classic on August 2nd – 6th, the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show on August 16th – 20th, The Kentucky Hunter and Jumper Association Horse Show on August 23rd – 27th, and the Kentucky National Indoor on September 20th – 24th, 2006. All shows have a big money Sunday Grand Prix, and each Thursday marks another leg of the all new $170,000 Hagyard Jumper Challenge Series. The Kentucky National Indoor also features an East Coast League World Cup Qualifier. The USEF National Pony Finals win be contested at the Kentucky Horse Park on August 9th through the 13th, 2006.

Results of Class 233 $50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix - Kentucky Spring Classic – Johnson Arena – 5/21/06
1 880 JOE FARGIS USA EDGAR 12 0.00 86.95 0.00 29.16
MARY B. SCHWAB AND O.E.J.
2 810 MARK LEONE USA GREAT AMERICAN 0.00 88.40 0.00 32.16
ALL SEASONS FARM & RI-ARM
3 1141 KERI POTTER PESSOA USA ROCKFORD I 0.00 88.73 0.00 33.54
KERI POTTER PESSOA
4 938 ELIZA SHUFORD USA LARENTINO 0.00 88.24 4.00 29.67
LARENTINO GROUP
5 471 JIMMY TORANO USA ORMSBY HILL 0.00 86.98 8.00 29.96
TORANO AND SIR RULY INC
6 1002 CARA RAETHER USA U BLESCO 1.00 93.95
TRELAWNY FARM
7 548 AARON VALE USA ARTUR 28 4.00 87.87
MILLSTREAM INC
8 293 ERIC FLAMENG BEL ROXANNE 4.00 87.92
FLORIAC LLC
9 1123 KELLEY SMALL CAN CALIBUR 4.00 88.84
CIMMARON FARMS
10 946 ANGELA MOORE USA CLAUS 4.00 88.96
STEALAWAY FARM
11 472 DANIELLE TORANO USA CAPITANO 4.00 89.47
SIR RULY INC
12 846 MARY LISA LEFFLER USA GERONA 92 5.00 90.06
ROLLING ACRES

JUNIOR AND AMATUER-OWNER JUMPER CLASSIC RESULTS

Results of Class 247 Amateur Owner High Classic Table II, Sec 2(A) - Kentucky Spring Classic –Johnson Arena – 5/21/06
1 196 CARA CHESKA MY FAIR LADY 0.00 91.679 0.00 30.599
CARA CHESKA
2 1195 TRACEY WEINBERG LARONE 0.00 95.540 0.00 31.525
TRACEY WEINBERG & THE WEI
3 1122 KIM FARLINGER BAY STREET 0.00 93.116 0.00 34.286
PETER FARLINGER
4 1164 WILL COLEMAN GRAZEU 0.00 90.235 4.00 30.801
TIVOLI FARM
5 870 PAIGE JOHNSON LA MARTINEE 4.00 89.068
SALAMANDER FARM
6 871 PAIGE JOHNSON WINDGATES ILLUSION 4.00 89.650
SALAMANDER FARM
7 1155 AMY LEFFERDINK COSTA SUR 4.00 92.993
AMY LEFFERDINK
8 197 CARA CHESKA GAME TWIST 4.00 93.164
CARA CHESKA
9 1149 SAMANTHA TUERK LORAINE 18 4.00 97.817
SAMANTHA TUERK
10 1163 WILL COLEMAN CRACKIE 8.00 94.169
TIVOLI FARM
11 1121 KIM FARLINGER CORDOBA 8.00 96.276
PETER FARLINGER
12 893 TRACEY WEINBERG LINDA Z 8.00 97.498
TRACEY WEINBERG & THE WEI

Results of Class 252 Junior High Classic Table II, Sec 2(a) - Kentucky Spring Classic – Johnson Arena -5/21/06
1 1089 ALI WOLF LANDOO 0.00 92.413 0.00 31.758
2 147 KELS BONHAM ORLEY 0.00 93.629 0.00 34.819
HEATHER BONHAM
3 1009 EMILY BRAUNSTIEN INNOVATOR 0.00 91.725 4.00 32.372
4 1090 ALI WOLF HERTEL LAND MAN 0.00 89.270 28.00 57.460
5 171 KRISTEN VANDERVEEN BRADBURY 4.00 89.089
DOUBLE H FARMS
6 164 ALEX PARRISH TANDOORI 4.00 89.982
ALEXANDER FARM
7 1517 PAGE ANDROS LAGOTO 4.00 92.920
8 509 AMELIA MCARDLE PILOT 4.00 94.650
9 1054 NICK NOVAK YB BLUE 8.00 94.783
NICK NOVAK
10 498 AMELIA MCARDLE EDWARD HIMSELF 16.00 91.590
MICHELLE KAMINE
11 1518 ALEX SKIFFINGTON GAZZELLE 25.00 107.270
MILLSTREAM INC
T12 1063 NOEL BENNETT SOUTH PAW elim.
MARTHA BENNETT
T12 1062 NOEL BENNETT OLECK elim.
T12 1055 NICK NOVAK VIVA elim.
NICK NOVAK

FOR COMPLETE RESULTS FROM THE KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOWS GO TO: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

PHOTO CREDIT: Joe Fargis and Edgar 12 win the $50,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix at the Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show. ©2006 Anne Gittins Photography. High resolution copies of this image are available by contacting Phelps Media Group, Inc. International at pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com.

 

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