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Bluegrass Lands Get Bluer: Julia Lourie and Vivaldi Win High Junior/AO Jumpers at Kentucky Summer Horse Show

Written by: Jacey Wilkins
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
Release Date: 2007-08-03

Lexington, KY—August 3, 2007—The sun-drenched Sheila C. Johnson Arena saw the start of the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper division today at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. Julia Lourie of East Setauket, NY, took the win on the Spy Coast Farm’s Vivaldi against a field of 14 other horse and rider combinations.

Course designer Ken Krome of Westminster, MD, used every inch of the spacious Johnson Arena, but kept his course controlled and technical. While the first round proved to be unproblematic, allowing 10 horses out of 15 to go clear, Krome focused on the second round as the bigger challenge. The addition of a bank obstacle and awkward angles in the jump-off permitted six of the returning 10 horses to jump clean. Agreeing with Debbie Stephens, who said yesterday that the banks “added a dimension” to the course, Lourie excitedly added, “I love jumping the banks!”

“I really liked the course. It was technical, but it rode well,” beamed an elated Lourie. With Callie Bass leading the class on Zorro’s Precision MBA with a second round time of 40.437 seconds and clear, Lourie knew that she and Vivaldi had to keep their tempo allegro in order to secure the top spot. Making tighter turns between the fences and carrying a more open step, Lourie cut the timers in a fast 39.473 seconds in a textbook effort that rocketed her to the head of the class.

Lourie is very pleased at how far she has come with Vivaldi, who she has only ridden for the past year. “My first show with him and the first time I really jumped him was last year here at Country Air. We started in the Children’s and then the Lows, and this is my fourth weekend in the Highs.” Lourie and Vivaldi may be the rookies among the roster of high jumpers, but they certainly proved themselves today. The young rider was also proud of the improvement the team made since their last performance over the big jumps. “The lines for [Vivaldi] were tight because his stride is enormous and that was our downfall last weekend in the Highs. Today, I steadied a little more, and he got over everything.”

Lourie out-jumped an impressive list of competitors, including Tracey Weinberg and Larone, who finished up third with a time of 40.866 seconds and clear. Samantha Tuerk and Loraine 18 also laid down a solid trip, crossing the timers in the jump-off in 42.199 seconds and clear, which put them into fourth place.

While her big win is certainly a perk of coming to the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, Lourie commented on the showground’s environment as a prime factor in her experience in the Bluegrass lands. “It’s a completely horse-friendly atmosphere. This is built for the horses, and the fields are therapeutic for them. We all have fun.”

Earlier in the Johnson Arena, Blythe Marano captured the win in the 1.35m Open Jumper class aboard her ABC Resistencia. Krome, again, set a diverse track with the small bank obstacle, the liver pool, and a triple combination. Marano of Franklin, TN, out-jumped a field of 12 other horse and rider teams, completing a double clear performance with a jump-off time of 35.625 seconds.

The arena also staged another $5,000 1.40m Open Jumper class, in which Angela Moore captured the blue with Stealaway Farm’s Land Baron 4. The pair, out of Wellington, FL, laid down a double-clear round with a jump-off time of 43.160 seconds. Cara Cheska of Waukesha, WI, guided her King to the only other double-clear performance, taking second place honors with a time of 43.501 seconds.

Jumper competition continues tomorrow with the final $5,000 1.40m Open Jumper class, the second High Junior/AO Jumper class, and the anticipated $40,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix.

For a complete set of results or to learn more about the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, please visit

Results of Class 245 AO-Junior High Table II, Sec 2(b)
Kentucky Summer Horse Show
August 1 - 5, 2007
T/A: 84.00 T/A: 45.00
1 793 VIVALDI JULIA LOURIE 0.00 83.192 0.00 39.473
2 327 ZORRO'S PRECISION MBA CALLIE BASS 0.00 80.190 0.00 40.437
3 651 LARONE TRACEY WEINBERG 0.00 80.664 0.00 40.866
4 844 LORAINE 18 SAMANTHA TUERK 0.00 80.287 0.00 42.199
5 1288 INNOVATOR EMILY BRAUNSTEIN 0.00 78.448 0.00 44.508
6 399 CALETTO Z ALI APRUZZESE 0.00 82.118 0.00 44.816
7 764 HIUPPY MEGHAN MORAN 0.00 80.900 1.00 45.702
8 41 WHO'S BUSINESS JENNIFER WAXMAN 0.00 81.906 4.00 41.047
9 356 DIMITRI LAUREN SHERWIN 0.00 76.212 4.00 44.455
10 143 LADDIDOR ALEX PARRISH 0.00 80.503 elim.
11 653 NAOMI 174 TRACEY WEINBERG 1.00 84.847

Photo Credit: Julia Lourie and Vivaldi. Photo © 2007 Jacey Wilkins/Phelps Media Group. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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