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Photo Caption: Stephanie Riggio and Saline, who won all five classes in the Amateur-Owner Hunters, earned the division championship at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. Photo © 2009 Gillian Ellis. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press re

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Stephanie Riggio and Saline Sweep Amateur-Owner Hunter Divisions at Kentucky Summer Horse Show

Written by: Gillian Ellis
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Release Date: 2009-07-26

Lexington, KY – July 26, 2009 – The Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions concluded this morning at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. The two Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions of 18-35 and Over 35 were combined in to one division. In addition, the Amateur-Owner 3’3’’ division, a new addition to the hunter lineup, was held in the Stonelea arena. Championships were awarded following the over fences class, the handy hunter class, and the under saddle.

Stephanie Riggio and her own mount Saline took home the blue ribbons in all three classes of the Amateur-Owner 18-35/Over 35 Hunters. The pair also won both over fences classes yesterday. Riggio resides in New York, NY.

“I’m very excited about Saline. This is the first time ever in the Amateurs that I’ve won all five classes. That was really exciting and I’m really thrilled with her. I’ve only had her since the end of Florida,” Riggio exclaimed. Riggio’s feat earned her and Saline the grand championship in the division. Riggio’s second horse in the division, Indian Summer, put in a good performance today and picked up the reserve championship.

In the Amateur-Owner 3’3” Hunters, Riggio showed off her third horse, Breitling. The pair won all three of today’s classes and collected the division grand championship. Ellen St. John of Delray Beach, FL, rode her own horse, Bring It On, and received the reserve championship.

Riggio noted, “Breitling was a little fresh yesterday. With the rain in the morning, we couldn’t get any of the horses ridden before their classes. He was much better today, and he jumped beautifully. I’m very happy with him.”

Overall she stated, “The horses were excellent today. They were very, very good.” She enjoyed the courses today and remarked, “The fences were very full, which I like because it made the horses jump better.”

She added, “We like Kentucky, and we really like showing here. It’s a great place to come and it’s our third year here. I think Kentucky is going to become a permanent show on our schedule.”

After a stellar week of competition, the Kentucky Summer Horse Show concluded today at the Kentucky Horse Park. Hunter/jumper excitement continues next week with the Kentucky Summer Classic, which will be held the week of July 29-August 2, 2009.

For more information on the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, please go to www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Photo Caption: Stephanie Riggio and Saline, who won all five classes in the Amateur-Owner Hunters, earned the division championship at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. Photo © 2009 Gillian Ellis. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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