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Shiraz and Katherine Newman, champions in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunters at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show.

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Katherine Newman Dominates Older Junior Hunter Divisions for Triple Tricolors

Written by: Jenny Ross Koning
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
Release Date: 2007-05-12

Jennifer Waxman Takes Champion and Reserve in Large Junior 15 & Under Hunters

Lexington, KY - May 12, 2007 - The junior and adult amateur hunter divisions concluded for championship awards today at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show in Lexington, KY. The morning started off in the Stonelea Arena with the Small Junior 15 and Under Hunter division, and Alexandra Thornton and Tobasco, owned by Dunwalke LLC, continued their winning ways for the championship award.

Yesterday the pair took home two seconds and a sixth, and today they stepped up their game for two blue ribbon finishes. Thornton resides in Bedminster, NJ, at her family farm Dunwalke. The reserve championship for the division was presented to Unique, owned by Krestwood LLC and ridden by Kaitlin Campbell of Upper Black Eddy, NJ.

Jennifer Waxman rode Whitney Roper’s horses, Saloon and Sister Parish, to the championship and reserve championship in the Large Junior 15 and Under Hunter division. Saloon won first and second today, which added to their first, second, and third place ribbons from yesterday for the championship. Sister Parish, who also received first, second, and third in the previous classes, came away with third and fourth in today’s competition.

Katherine Newman had an impressive afternoon after she piloted Clementine Goutal’s Due North to the championship in the Large Junior 16 & 17 Hunters and then added two more tricolors to her collection in the Small Junior 16 & 17 Hunters.

“Clementine has been riding Due North, but she wasn’t able to come to the show,” said Newman. “So I just get to ride him these two weeks. He’s so much fun and is a really sweet horse. He’s smooth and has a huge step, and he jumps amazingly well. It’s such an awesome feeling.”

The reserve championship for the Large Junior 16 & 17 Hunters went to Odette and Alexandra Biederman.

In the older small juniors, Newman guided Shiraz to the championship after winning a first and two seconds yesterday and first and second today. She catch-rode Shiraz for owner Katherine Llop. “Tommy Serio just asked me this week if I could ride the horse for him, so I said yes,” she explained. “He is the easiest horse I’ve ridden in awhile. You just sort of loop the reins and gallop, and he does everything else himself.”

Day Dream sealed the reserve championship with the young rider when they won second and fifth today and first, second, and fifth in yesterday’s classes. Day Dream is owned by Newman’s family farm Allwyn Court, which is based in Wellington, FL.

“Day Dream has improved so much,” she smiled. “This is his best week showing since last year. He did everything that I asked, and he didn’t even look at the spooky jump. Yesterday they were both the same as today - they were perfect and couldn’t have been any better.”

Championships were also awarded to the Adult Amateur Hunters. Francis Briggs also walked away with the championship and reserve in the Adult Amateur 36-49 Hunter division. Briggs of Nashville, TN, rode Skyy to the championship and Red Carpet to reserve. In the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunter division, the top tricolor went to Wiseman and Julie Fontaine of Wellington, FL. The reserve championship was pinned on the bridle of Espresso, owned and ridden by Alexa Weisman of Sherborn, MA.

Hunters championships will be determined tomorrow for the pony hunter divisions, as well as the Amateur-Owner Hunters. Although the Kentucky Spring Horse Show concludes tomorrow afternoon, the Kentucky Spring Classic will begin on Wednesday, May 16 and continue through Sunday, May 20.

Photo Credit: Shiraz and Katherine Newman, champions in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunters at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Photo © 2007 Jennifer Wood. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.


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