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Stephanie Riggio and Indian Summer Simmer in Younger Amateur-Owner Hunters at Kentucky Summer Horse Show

Written by: Jenny Ross Koning
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
Release Date: 2007-08-05

Carpaccio Paints Perfection with Chris Brown in Older A-Os

Lexington, KY – August 5, 2007 – Rain showers watered the rings at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show this morning as the amateur-owner hunters prepared their horses for competition. The hunter/jumper show, which came to a close today, hosted the amateur-owners in the Stonelea Arena and the pony hunter divisions in the Murphy Ring.

In the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters, Indian Summer and Stephanie Riggio of New, NY, succeeded for the championship after they won both over fences yesterday and earned second and third today. In addition, Indian Summer trotted to first place in the under saddle. Earlier in the week, Sandy Ferrell guided the chestnut gelding to the championship in the Second Year Green Working Hunters.

“He’s a ten-year-old Swiss Warmblood,” smiled Riggio after her win, “and I’ve had him since October. He was so good today! He was a little tired with the heat and because he did the Second Years, but he jumped amazingly well. The more tired he is, the higher and slower he jumps, and I just have to try to stay on. The courses were really fun,” she added. “I thought they were challenging yesterday, and they rode a little bit easier today. But both days I thought they were really nice, tough horses.”

Riggio continued, “This is our first time here ever. I’ve been to Kentucky before, and I love the area. We have racehorses here, so I come here for that. But once I saw this horse park, I said ‘it’s so beautiful, we should come here for a little change of pace.’ We normally do Vermont and some local shows in Long Island at this time of year, but we decided to make a road trip and come here. We’re so happy. We love it here.”

The reserve championship of the younger Amateur-Owners went to Espresso and Alexa Weisman of Sherborn, MA.

In the Amateur-Owner 35 and Older Hunters, Chris Brown of Oakland, NJ, piloted Carpaccio for the top tricolor. Yesterday they received first and fourth place ribbons, and today they moved up to win both over fences. They also pinned second in the under saddle class.

“I’ve owned Carpaccio for about a year,” grinned Brown. “We just celebrated our one year anniversary. Avery Dimmig is my trainer, and Carpaccio does the Regular Conformation division in addition to the Amateur-Owners. I finally feel like I’m getting him,” he disclosed. “Each week he gets better and better the more we show. Avery does a phenomenal job with her program with me, and I feel like I’ve made leaps and bounds with my riding. It’s unfortunate we have to deal with the heat at this time, but I still love it and that’s why we do the sport.”

“Kentucky is my favorite horse show,” he revealed. “I live in New Jersey, and I believe that horses belong on Kentucky bluegrass. I love the fact that my horse is down here, and the show is absolutely incredible. Week after week, all of the different officials do a fantastic job of managing the shows.”

The reserve championship ribbon of the older Amateur-Owners was pinned on the bridle of Pirate, who was ridden by Caroline Moran of Wellington, FL.

In the Murphy Ring, the Small Pony Hunters concluded this morning, and Reid Patton triumphed for the championship aboard First Edition. First Edition is owned by Katie Dinan LLC of New York, NY. Lochmoor Stables’ Magic Carousel and Meredith Darst of Lebanon, OH, received the reserve championship ribbon. Darst also rode her way to the championship in the Medium Pony Hunters with her pony First Blue.

In the Large Pony Hunters, Sir Elton and Megan Davis of Lutherville, MD, came away with the championship ribbon, and Bridgewater took reserve with Elizabeth Boone in the irons. Boone resides in Lexington, KY.

Photo Credit: Indian Summer and Stephanie Riggio. Photo © 2007 Jenny Ross/ Phelps Media Group. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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