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Photo Caption: Angel Karolyi and Galant capture the win in the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumper Welcome Class at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. Photo © 2009 Kenneth Kraus/ Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

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Angel Karolyi Secures One-Two Finish in $5,000 1.40m Open Jumper Welcome Class at Kentucky Summer Horse Show

Written by: Jenny Ross Koning
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
Release Date: 2009-07-22

Lexington, KY– July 22, 2009 – Opening day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show featured the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumper Welcome Class in the newly built Main Outdoor Stadium. The class was held at 6:30 p.m. and scored under a Table II, Sec 1, Time First Round format. Angel Karolyi of Aiken, SC, had a strong performance with both of his horses and came away with first and second place.

After a damp day of rain showers, ten competitors participated in today’s main event. The newly resurfaced footing in the Main Outdoor Stadium held up beautifully throughout the wet conditions, and the course, which was designed by Olaf Peterson Jr., was extremely inviting for the first day of this week’s competition.

Max Amaya and Wintina Deux , owned by New York City’s Senartmont Management, were the first to take on the course. They lowered the height of the oxer at 3b and finished in 61.450 seconds, well within the 79 second time allowed. Sharn Wordley piloted Zorro next in the order. They too accrued four faults; however their penalty occurred over a vertical at fence 10. They came home in 62.716 seconds. Zorro is owned by Filip Amram of Ocala, FL.

Aaron Vale and his mount Kryptonite were the first duo to come home clear. Stopping the clock in 72.023 seconds, Kryptonite, owned by ABC 4 Horses, took over the top spot. However, the lead quickly changed hands when Angel Karolyi executed a quick clear round aboard Galant, topping the leader board in 63.900 seconds.

Martine trotted in the ring next with Luis Larsava in the irons. They lowered the height of one fence, scoring four faults in 65.869 seconds. Juan Pablo Gnecco produced the next clear round aboard his own mount Ukoon. Their prompt time of 69.213 seconds would hold up for third place.

Antonio Martinez had an unfortunate 12 faults with his horse Aramis Van Het, and Sharn Wordley exceeded the time allowed with Swept Away Farm’s Andiamo Pyon, adding seven time faults to their score with a time of 85.056 seconds. Sayre Happy added another name to the clear list when she guided Tarzan La Cantera, owned by Daniel Rihan, to a faultless finish in 70.516 seconds.

Karolyi rode his second mount, James T. Kirk, for another brilliant round, tripping the timers without penalty in 69.055 seconds. James T. Kirk finished in second place behind his first mount Galant.

“We did good,” Karolyi smiled. “Galant is McLain Ward’s horse. He’s a super horse, and he’s 19 years old. He just knows his job. He is in perfect condition to keep on jumping, so we still have him in the ring and he enjoys his job.”

He continued, “The other one [James T. Kirk] is Abigail Walker’s horse. He’s a great horse that has come a long way since last year. He’ll be doing the grand prix here; this was a warm-up for him. That’s why I didn’t go quite as fast as Galant,” he explained. “Galant does smaller grand prixs at other places, but this is really his height where he’s really a winner.” Karolyi described the courses as “wonderful” and added “It was a nice schooling course. I enjoyed it a lot. It was a nice warm-up for my two horses.”

Karolyi explained that the weather was not a factor for him today. “You know what? I’m so happy,” he said. “Ok, the weather, yeah, it could be sunshine right now, but thank God for Kentucky. I’m so happy with it,” he expressed. “It’s been pouring rain all day, and the footing is just wonderful. You could go a million miles an hour and be alright. So it’s lovely to finally have a place in the United States with top, top footing and top everything. They are doing a wonderful job for next year for the World Equestrian Games.”

Karolyi resides in Aiken, SC, and works for Andrea King. “She’s been very kind to me,” he added. “For a year and a half we’ve been working together, and I’m looking forward to working with her more.” Karolyi will compete in the grand prix classes this week and will also show next week at the Kentucky Summer Classic.

Earlier in the day, Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, captured first and second in the 1.45m Open Jumpers in the Walnut Ring. First place went to Hidden Creek’s Campella, owned by Hidden Creek Farm of Oak Creek, WI. Second place was awarded to Candilio, a horse co-owned by Engle and Wyndhurst Stables.

In the 1.35m Open Jumpers, Jorge Zamudio triumphed for the win aboard Ultimo, a horse he rode for Stransky’s Mission Farm in Miami Beach, FL. Joe Fargis piloted Diams 111 to the second place finish. Diams 111 is owned by Mary B. Schwab and O.E.I.J. Farm LLC of Middleburg, VA.

Aaron Vale rode his mount Concorde B for the blue ribbon finish in the 1.30m Open Jumpers, with Engle following in second place aboard Cadanza Z, owned by Erin Holder of Pleasant Valley, NY. Richard Rinehart was victorious in the 1.20m Open Jumpers with Chin Chin, owned by Niki Martin of Carmel, IN. Kris Killan pinned second behind Rinehardt with Canguro, a horse he rode for Mark Atkins of Hampshire, IL.

In the Seven & Eight Year Old Jumpers, Christina Kelly guided Camirage to a double clear victory, and Engle added another second place ribbon to her collection for her ride aboard Alison Register’s horse Landini. Tiffany Morrissey and Fly Girl, owned by Olive Watson, won the Six Year Old Jumpers, and David Wright guided Callie Schott’s horse Lehmann to second. Schott resides in Lexington, KY. The Five Year Old Jumper class was won by Hidden Creek’s Serenity and Simon McCarthy, and Maggie Jayne of Elgin, IL, earned second place on Alex Jayne’s Independiente.

The Kentucky Summer Horse Show will continue throughout the week, concluding on Sunday, July 26, 2009. Show jumping action continues tomorrow with the highly anticipated $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. This grand prix, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Outdoor Stadium, is one of seven events in the Hagyard Challenge Series. The series is a summer-long string of grand prix competitions held at the Kentucky Horse Park. The leading rider of the entire Hagyard Challenge Series will win a $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus at the conclusion of the final grand prix, held in September at the Kentucky National Indoor Horse Show.


1 1020 GALANT, ANGEL KAROLYI, 0, 63.900
2 1021 JAMES T. KIRK, ANGEL KAROLYI, 0, 69.055
3 1109 UKOON, JUAN PABLO GNECCO, 0, 69.213
5 553 KRYPTONITE, AARON VALE, 0, 72.023
6 1046 WINTINA DEUX, MAX AMAYA, 4, 61.450
7 448 ZORRO, SHARN WORDLEY, 4, 62.716
8 639 MARTINE, LUIS LARSAVA, 4, 65.869

For more information on the Kentucky Summer Horse Show or for a complete set of horse show results, please go to

Photo Caption: Angel Karolyi and Galant capture the win in the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumper Welcome Class at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. Photo © 2009 Kenneth Kraus/ Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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