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Kentucky Summer Horse Show Wrap Up, August 1-5, 2007

Written by: Jenny Ross Koning
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Release Date: 2007-08-06

Lexington, KY – August 5, 2007 – A successful week of hunter/jumper competition at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show came to a close on Sunday, August 5. Produced by Kentucky Horse Shows LLC, the summer shows are held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The Kentucky Summer Classic is scheduled for next week from August 8-12.

Jumper Highlights Wednesday through Friday

On Wednesday, August 1, ten riders exhibited their talents in the 1.45m Open Jumper class in the famously large Sheila C. Johnson Arena. Course designer Ken Krome, of Westminster, MD, set a sizeable track in the 300’x 400’ space, making use of a grass bank and open water.

With the only double-clear performance in the Table II.2(b) class, Ashley Partow piloted Cool Flood to the win with a jump-off time of 52.900 seconds. Partow, who hails from Bernardsville, NJ, has owned the 16-year-old Australian Thoroughbred for the past five years and started out their career together in the High Amateur-Owner Jumper division. “The course was great,” Partow said of Krome’s 10 fence track. “It was built well and was big enough as a warm up for either of the grand prix events. It also had its test points.”

Prior to the highlighted 1.45m class in the Johnson Arena, 15 horses jumped around Krome’s track in the 1.40m Open Jumper speed class. Taking home the blue was Aaron Vale with Copado, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Oare of Warrenton, VA. With 10 clear rounds, Vale took the blue ribbon after setting a 2 second leading time of 60.790.

On Thursday, August 2, 27 horses performed at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix. The event was a continuation of the Hagyard Challenge Series, which features the nation’s top competitors and offers $170,000 in prize money.

Debbie Stephens of Palmetto, FL, took the win on the Split Rock Farm’s Quik. Stephens, the rider and trainer of Centennial Farm, was one of only five riders to return to the jump-off, and one of only two riders to finish double-clear.

“The course was really fun,” beamed Stephens, who commented that Krome has “done a fabulous job this week.” When asked about the bank added in the jump-off, Stephens said that it “added a dimension so that Chris had a rail.” She also noted, “dimension is something that we, as Americans, don’t get to jump a lot. I think it’s great that [Ken Krome] used that obstacle.” Talking about her strategy for the difficult track, Stephens relayed, “it rode a little harder than it walked. We walked it and thought it was a little soft, but with the heat and everything else, there was a lovely result.”

Stephens plans to compete here in Kentucky next week as well, before she heads to Holland and then The Hampton Classic. “The Hagyard Challenge Series is one of my favorites, and I think we need more series,” commented Stephens. “I commend Hagyard a lot because it gives you an incentive to go in the next grand prix and then the next grand prix and so on. They are a wonderful clinic, and the vendors giving back to the sport is exactly what we need.”

In earlier classes on Thursday, Robert Kraut collected top honors in the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumper class aboard Meghan Moran’s Quarnak de Longpre, while Rory Grant guided Betsy Green’s Secret to the top position in the 1.35m Open Jumper class.

On Friday, August 3, the Johnson Arena saw the start of the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper division. 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.

“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.

Earlier in the Johnson Arena, Blythe Marano captured the win in the 1.35m Open Jumper class aboard her ABC Resistencia. The arena also staged the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumper class, in which Angela Moore captured the blue with Stealaway Farm’s Land Baron 4.

On Saturday, August 4, the Kentucky Horse Park hosted $40,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix in the Johnson Arena. Colin Syquia of Wellington, FL, took the win on Ladson LLC’s Qena 2 as the crowd cheered him on.

Against a field of 31 other horse and rider combinations, Syquia out-jumped a notable roster of competitors, including Chris Kappler, Debbie Stephens, and Aaron Vale. “There were some great horses in this class,” an overjoyed Syquia remarked. The Kentucky Summer Grand Prix allowed only seven of 32 horses to move on to the jump-off. “The course was nice,” commented Syquia. “It was very inviting and was a good stepping stone for some horses to move up.” But Syquia did not just step, but leaped into the top spot when he guided Qena 2 to one of only three double-clear performances along with John McConnel and Kim Prince.

Syquia, who has been riding Qena 2 for Ladson LLC for the past year, was all smiles as he commented on the nine-year-old mare’s progress. “We bought her at the end of Florida last year as an eight-year-old and did her in all of the young jumper classes. Just this spring we started moving up and did some smaller grand prix.”

“I went first at Fairfield in the grand prix, and she was clear with a time fault. In Culpeper she was 9th and 3rd, and here we’re just trying to step her up.” The mare’s ascension into grand prixdom started on the right foot with her seventh place earnings in Thursday’s $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix.

On Sunday, August 5, the weekend drew to a close and Callie Bass and Zorro’s Precision MBA carved their names on the wall of fame of the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows. Against a field of 19 other horse and rider combinations, Bass rode to the top position in the High AO/Junior Jumper Classic to tie for the division championship.

As her trainer, Chris Kappler, encouraged her from start to finish, Bass piloted Zorro to capture the blue with the fastest time of 36.698 seconds. Bass commented on Krome’s track, saying that a set plan going into the first-round made for a successful trip. “There were a couple of spots that I was worried about, like jumping out of the lines because they were very steady. Overall, it was pretty straight forward and rode like we walked it.”

Bass, from Houston, Texas, praises her mount for his talent and reliability. “I’ve had him for about a year now. He’s really cool because he really takes care of me. Basically, I just try and stay out of his way.” Bass’s first and second place ribbons enabled her to share the championships honors with Cara Cheska and Game Twist, who captured the necessary blue ribbon on Saturday in the High class. “It’s really exciting and feels really good to be champion,” Bass grinned.

Hunter Highlights Wednesday through Sunday

On August 2, 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 the day before, 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 was ridden by Michael Dorman for Bonnie Lee Mandich. 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 earlier classes 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 the day before and also took home the reserve championship for the division.

“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, 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.

On Saturday, August 4, junior hunters concluded in the Stonelea Arena and scorching temperatures kept the hunters quiet in the ring.

Stephanie Vijan won both over fences classes on Friday in the Small Junior 15 & Under Hunters, and on Saturday she and her catch-ride, Ruby, jumped to second place and received the overall division championship. Vijan showcased the horse for Holly Labry of Memphis, TN. “Ruby was a catch-ride for Phoebe Sheets,” said Vijan. “He’s a really cool horse. He has a cool canter and a huge stride, but he’s a small horse.”

Reserve champion in the younger Small Juniors went to Zoom and Jennifer Waxman of Chagrin Falls, OH.

Vijan’s luck continued in the Large Junior 15 & Under Hunters, and she took another tricolor with Walk The Line. The duo won all three classes on Friday and tallied the most points, resulting in championship honors. Vijan also captured a blue ribbon with her other mount, Sunset Strip. Adding to Sunset Strip’s second and third place ribbons, Saturday’s blue secured them the reserve championship. Vijan resides in Westonville, OH, and rides with Mindy Darst at Lochmoor Stables.

When asked about her large junior hunters, Vijan exclaimed, “I love them so much! Walk The Line is really cool. He’s still kind of a baby, but he’s grown up so much. He learns really fast and is very smart.” She continued, “Sunset Strip is like a big pony. He doesn’t care about anything. You just go in and kick him around. He likes his job.”

Kels Bonham saw double tricolors as well when she came away with the championship in both the Large and Small Junior 16 & 17 Hunters. In the older Large Juniors, Bonham guided Manhattan to two top finishes and a second and third, sealing the top tricolor ribbon. She then returned for the Small Junior 16 & 17 Hunters with Urlala and excelled for two blue ribbons and the championship.

“Manhattan is a catch-ride that I’m showing for Jen Miller,” commented Bonham. “This was my first weekend riding him. He’s really quiet and sweet and a blast to ride. He’s relaxed in the ring and does whatever you want. Yesterday he was little bit more awake, so he jumped fresher,” she revealed. “Today he was tired, but he was still really good. I’m lucky that I get to ride him.”

In the Large Junior 16 & 17 Hunters, Matador and Victoria Lee finished with the reserve championship, and the tricolor was presented to Barri Platt and Manolo in the older Small Juniors.

On Sunday, August 5, rain showers watered the rings at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show as the amateur-owner hunters prepared their horses for competition.

In the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters, Indian Summer and Stephanie Riggio succeeded for the championship after they won both over fences and a second and third. In addition, Indian Summer trotted to first place in the under saddle.

“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. They received first and fourth place ribbons on Saturday, and they moved up to win both over fences on Sunday. 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 in the 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.

 

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