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Kentucky Spring Horse Show’s Professional Hunter Divisions Conclude for Championships

Written by: Jenny Ross Koning
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Release Date: 2007-05-10

Alfano Wins Tricolor Once And Again in Regular Working Hunters

Lexington, KY – May 10, 2007 – Championships were presented for the professional hunter divisions today at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, which is currently underway at the Kentucky Horse Park. The horse park, located in Lexington, KY, is the site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Rated hunters are showcased in the Stonelea Arena, and the morning kicked off with the First Year Green Working Hunters.

Nicole Simpson and Hush added to their wins from yesterday and took top honors in today’s under saddle class for the championship award. Hush is owned by All Seasons Farm LLC, which is based in Wellington, FL.

“We got Hush during Palm Beach,” explained Simpson after the awards presentation. “I do him in the First Years, and Clara Lindner shows him in the Amateur-Owner Hunters. He’s really come together,” she said. “He’s really fun to ride and very brave. He’ll always walk in the ring the first time and not bat an eye. He’s got a great gallop and is a super mover.”

The reserve championship went to Raindance and Abigail Blankenship. Raindance is owned by Treesdale Farms in Carmel, IN. Blankenship and the stunning gray won first and fourth over fences today and second place yesterday.

The Green Conformation division, which was combined with the Regular Conformation, found Tommy Serio and Popeye K in the winner’s circle once again. The winning team earned double blues ribbons yesterday, and today they captured the blue in the first over fences class and pinned second under saddle. Serio and his stallion have amassed countless championships together during their partnership, and this week’s performance revealed that the pair still has what it takes to lead the way. Popeye K is owned by Elizabeth Spencer of Keswick, VA.

The reserve championship for the Green/Regular Conformation Hunters was presented to Carpaccio and Avery Dimmig of Rougemont, NC. Dimmig piloted the horse for Chris Brown, who resides in Oakland, NJ. The pair took second yesterday and received first and second today.

Havens Schatt and Federal Hill, who earned two blues yesterday, won high placings today as well and sealed the Second Year Green Hunter division championship. Federal Hill is owned by Tracey Sheriff of Ramsey, NJ. The reserve championship was awarded to Rainmaker and Caroline Weeden. Weeden piloted her mount for owner Jamee Field, and they finished in first, fourth, and fifth place today and captured two seconds in the previous classes.

The Regular Working Hunters wrapped up the professional hunter divisions for the day, and Jennifer Alfano added a tricolor to the SBS Farms curtain. Alfano guided Once And Again to first, second, and fourth place ribbons, which added to their win from yesterday for the championship. Once and Again is owned by Meredith Lipke Bartolone of Buffalo, NY.

“We’ve had Once And Again for awhile now, and she’s a great mare,” said Alfano. “I show her in the Regulars, and her owner shows her as well. She’s very consistent and always goes in the ring the same way. She’s always true blue and fun to ride. The courses rode nicely today, and she went well. It’s great to have a mare like her that is always the same whenever she shows.”

Alister Gatherum finished with the reserve championship for his rides aboard In The Black, a gorgeous mover owned by All Seasons Farm, LLC. After they won third place yesterday, the pair came back to win two firsts and a third this afternoon.

Hunters continue tomorrow at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, and the junior hunters will show in the Stonelea Arena. Adult Amateur Hunters are also on tomorrow’s schedule, and the Children’s Hunters will show in the Murphy Ring. The Kentucky Spring Horse Show will be held through Sunday, May 13, and the Kentucky Spring Classic will follow next week, beginning on Wednesday, May 16 and continuing through Sunday, May 20.

For a full set of results and additional information, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Photo Credit: Once And Again and Jennifer Alfano. Photo by: Jenny Ross. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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