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Cara Cheska and King Prevail in Three-Horse Jump-Off in $5,000 1.40m Open Jumpers at Kentucky Summer Classic

Written by: Alex Thomas
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
Release Date: 2007-08-10

Lexington, KY – August 10, 2007 – Competition reached mid-point in the Kentucky Summer Classic this morning with the start of the $5,000 1.40m open jumper class at the picturesque Kentucky Horse Park, home of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Cara Cheska, a resident of Waukesha, WI, was fourth to tackle another challenging course designed by Richard Jeffery, with scoring determined by a timed first round with an immediate jump off. Cheska completed the jump-off in 39.516 seconds. Her ride would become the last in a streak of three clean rounds with riders progressing to the jump-off.

The first of the streak was started by Michael Grinyer of Campbellville, ON, aboard his horse Alcatraz. The pair posted a time of 41.978 seconds and took the early lead. Marilyn Little, a resident of Frederick, MD, would follow his performance with Tinkerbelle, owned by Raylyn Farms & The Fairway Group. Unfortunately the pair went off-course after forgetting jump 11 and were eliminated. With 12 horses to go, their effort would remain good enough for third place. Cheska posted the last of this morning's clean rounds when she took to the course next aboard her own mount King, a handsome 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood by Nimmerdor.

Cheska was surprised at the lack of riders surviving the first round. “There weren't very many clear today were there? On the other hand, that’s Richard Jeffrey for you. You can walk the track and think ‘Oh this seems easy,’ but he is so good that something will always catch someone – it's unusual for him to have a single rail down. Usually horses will have rails down all over the place, and those kind of courses catch you off guard. His designs have great technicality; he's got a really great ability to make nice courses without making them huge and scary.”

The pair completed their first round and jump-off without a bump, and although Cheska admits she had initially entered the class as a warm-up for tomorrow's $40,000 Kentucky Classic Grand Prix, she was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. “I thought he was fast enough,” said Cheska. “I thought he could win, but I thought for sure that more would have made it to a jump-off round. Aaron (Vale) unfortunately had a rail in the first round. He for sure would have been faster; I was definitely beatable. I just went smooth and fast – I didn’t want to run him off his feet before the grand prix tomorrow.”

An initial field of 19 riders was scheduled for this morning's event. After four scratches, the list was narrowed to 15. With the jump-off streak of three riders out of the way, the event continued with 11 trips incurring four or more faults. The fastest four-fault round of the competition was clocked at 67.788 seconds by Manuel Lecuona of Mexico City, Mexico, riding Sr. Doctro VDL. Their time put them in fourth place. Rory Grant's four-fault trip with Secret rounded out the top-five in a time of 69.223 seconds.

The third day of the Kentucky Summer Classic continues as temperatures flirt with triple digits yet again. The show prides itself with having a world-class venue here at the Kentucky Horse Park and has been investing significant time and money into keeping horses and competitors cool as the week-long heat wave continues. For Cheska, the horse park's efforts didn't go unnoticed. “Management has done an excellent job in many ways,” she said, “moving the times up in different arenas, providing people with Gatorade in addition to water. There's not much you can do in conditions like this, but they really are trying.” She added, “For the grand prix horses, they put up some extra stalls too. So if you're clear, you can go back there and cool off in the shade. I think they're doing everything possible; they can't control the weather.”

Action continues at the Kentucky Summer Classic with the $40,000 Kentucky Classic Grand Prix on Saturday, August 9, at 6:30p.m. The series runs from August 8-12, and hosts qualifying events for both the Washington International Horse Show as well as the North American League Finals. The event also hosts the Hagyard Challenge Series – offering $170,000 in prize money and drawing premier equestrian athletes from across the country.

Results of Class 231 - 1.40M Open Jumper

1 138 KING CARA CHESKA 0.00 73.936 0.00 39.516 $1500
2 1380 ALCATRAZ MICHAEL GRINYER 0.00 71.525 0.00 41.978 $1000
3 1310 TINKERBELLE MARILYN LITTLE 0.00 69.698 elim. $500
4 437 SR. DOCTRO VDL MANUEL LECUONA 4.00 67.788 $350
5 1122 SECRET RORY GRANT 4.00 69.223 $300
6 210 PIKEUR'S XTATIC MEGAN NUSZ 4.00 71.400 $250
7 485 CLAUS ANGELA MOORE 4.00 72.129 $225
8 767 ACCORDIAN ROBERT KRAUT 4.00 73.789 $200
9 325 CADANIO Z ANDREW WELLES 4.00 74.735 $200
10 941 HIGH FIVE ROBERTO TERAN 4.00 75.033 $175
11 885 BE LUCKY AARON VALE 8.00 71.055 $150
12 142 KADORIJKE ALEX PARRISH 8.00 71.110 $150

Photo Credit: Cara Cheska and King. Photo © 2007 Alex Thomas/ Phelps Media Group. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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