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Photo Credit: Indian Summer and Sandy Ferrell, champions of the Second Year Green Working Hunter division. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

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Sandy Ferrell Amasses Tricolors in Professional Hunter Divisions at Kentucky Summer Horse Show

Written by: Jenny Ross Koning
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Release Date: 2007-08-02

Lexington, KY – August 2, 2007 – Sunny skies greeted exhibitors this morning at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, currently underway at the picturesque Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Produced by Kentucky Horse Shows LLC, the competition continues through Sunday, August 5, and the Kentucky Summer Classic follows next week from August 8-12. Professional hunter divisions were held in the Stonelea Arena over courses designed by Philip J. Devita of Apopka, FL.

The First Year Green Working Hunters started off the morning, and Walk The Line and Sandy Ferrell jumped their way to the championship. The pair captured two blue ribbons over fences, along with a fifth place under saddle. Adding to their second and third from yesterday, their top placings resulted in the division championship. Walk The Line is owned by DHS Farms in Westonville, OH. Reserve champion was awarded to Ferrell aboard Cabaret, a horse she piloted for Kelsey Delaplaine of Gettysburg, PA.

“Walk The Line was fantastic,” glowed Ferrell. “He is a beautiful, natural jumper and is very scopey and very athletic. He maybe tries to outdo himself once in awhile, but between yesterday and today he took a deep breath and he rode around the ring beautifully. As long as you get him to the jump correctly, he’s going to give you a beautiful jump.”

“The courses rode very nicely,” she added. “Phil [Devita] changed it up a little bit with oxers to verticals and oxers to oxers, and it rode nicely. It’s a beautiful facility with a beautiful ring and great footing. It’s definitely a great place to show your hunters.”

Green/Regular Conformation Hunters were next up in the order, and From Day One stole the show with three first place finishes and the top tricolor. From Day One, ridden by Michael Dorman for Bonnie Lee Mandich, also won first place over fences yesterday. Dorman finished with the reserve championship with Just James, another horse owned by Mandich.

In the Second Year Green Working Hunters, Ferrell and Indian Summer continued their winning ways and took first place in the first over fences class. They pinned second in the second class and in the under saddle, which added to their two wins from yesterday for the championship. Indian Summer is owned by Stephanie Riggio of New York, NY. Riggio’s second mount, Breitling, also shared the winner’s circle after he won the second class and the under saddle. Breitling pinned second and third yesterday and also took home the reserve championship this afternoon.

“I started riding Indian Summer about four years ago for Ralph and Holly Caristo through his Pre-green and First Year [Green] year,” smiled Ferrell. “He won everything and was very, very successful. Then he took a year off from the professional divisions and did the Adults with Holly, and then he was purchased by the Riggio’s last fall. Luckily I get to do him in the Second Years a couple of times a year. He’s what a hunter is supposed to be, and that’s the bottom line,” she disclosed. “He has a beautiful style, and he does everything correctly. I’m really the lucky one!”

The Regular Working Hunters wrapped up the professional hunter divisions today, and Jenny Miller had a clean sweep aboard Magic Darco. The duo won every class in their division and amassed 50 points for the championship award. Miller showed Magic Darco for owner Anne Koch of Citra, FL.

Rated hunter divisions continue tomorrow, and the Stonelea Arena will play host to the Junior Hunters. The juniors will conclude on Saturday for championships, and the Amateur-Owner Hunters will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

For a full set of horse show results or to learn more about the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Photo Credit: Indian Summer and Sandy Ferrell, champions of the Second Year Green Working Hunter division. Photo © 2007 Jenny Ross/Phelps Media Group. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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