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Photo Caption: Whitney Weeks and Subliem capture first place in the High Junior/Amatuer-Owner Classic at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. Photo © 2009 Kenneth Kraus/Phelpssports.com. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

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Whitney Weeks and Subliem Master $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic at Kentucky Summer Horse Show

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

Lexington, KY – July 26, 2009 – The Kentucky Summer Horse Show drew to a close today at the Kentucky Horse Park, and the $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic took center stage in the Walnut Ring. Out of 36 horse and rider combinations, only three jumped fault free in the first round. The challenging course was designed by Alan Rheinheimer, and the class was scored under a Table II.2(A) format. Whitney Weeks and her mount Subliem were the epitome of perfection as they mastered the initial round and then jumped penalty free over the short course, coming home with the win.

Gabriel Galan of Monterrey, Mexico, was the first rider to qualify for the jump-off; he showed his horse Aruba La Silla. Over the short course, they lowered the height of one fence and crossed the finish line in 32.637 seconds. Weeks and her mount Subliem went next in the order, and they executed a prompt and polished ride, stopping the clock without fault in 33.962 seconds. The third and final rider in the jump-off was Claudia Billups, who rode Platinum, owned by ABC 4 Horses. Billups and her horse left all of the fences up, and but their time of 34.590 seconds was not fast enough to take over the lead. Billups finished in second, edging Galan into third and revealing that Weeks would lead today’s victory gallop. Weeks resides in Southport, CT.

After her win, Weeks discussed the first course and why some riders had difficulty. “It wasn’t too big, but it was very twisty,” she said. “There were a lot of serpentine turns, but it was a nice course. It was harder than I thought because there weren’t that many clear, but it was nice. I was concerned about the middle line, which was a six (strides) to a triple combination to a six, because she has a hard right drift,” she revealed. “From the triple to the orange oxer, I knew I was going to get there early because she kind of leans to the right, but she helped me out there.”

She commented on the jump-off and her winning strategy. “Going in, I was a little concerned about the second jump because there was a hard left turn after it, and she doesn’t turn to the left that well. But, she ended up doing it really nicely,” she stated. “I did eight strides instead of seven in the first line so that I could get deep and set up the turn. And then she came through the turn nicely. I was originally going to go around the vertical, but I ended up seeing [the inside turn] when I landed, so I just kind of went for it. She was really careful there and was really good for me.”

Weeks has ridden Subliem for four years and has developed a great partnership with the mare. “I’ve had her for awhile. She is the first horse I did the Highs on, so I’m really close with her. She’s like a pet for me,” she noted. “She’s really helped me do some amazing things that I never would have been able to do without her. I’ve been able to jump in classes and do well, all because she’s super nice, very fast, and very careful. She’s really nice to ride.”

Show jumping action at the Kentucky Horse Park continues next week at the Kentucky Summer Classic, which will run from Wednesday, July 29, to Sunday, August, 2.

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

1 846 SUBLIEM WHITNEY WEEK, 0, 33.962
2 548 PLATINUM CLAUDIA BILLUPS, 0, 34.590
3 968 ARUBA LA SILLA GABRIEL GALAN, 4, 32.637
4 187 IVEENA S NELLIE FOOSANER, 4, 84.489
5 926 UNICUM VAN'T MEERDAALHOF HILARY MCNERNEY, 4, 85.640
6 1167 NLF TRANSATLANTIC EIRIN BRUHEIM, 4, 86.185
7 157 LA MARTINEE PAIGE JOHNSON, 4, 86.986
8 625 KOLETTE KIRSTIE DOBBS, 4, 88.435
9 67 AD FUNDUM ERICKA PRITZ, 5, 90.465
10 110 ENDEAVOR LAUREN CROOKS, 8, 82.626
11 156 QUIBBLE N PAIGE JOHNSON, 8, 88.870
12 438 AVAILABLE POETIC OTHELLO MY WEBER, 8, 93.495

Photo Caption: Whitney Weeks and Subliem capture first place in the High Junior/Amatuer-Owner Classic at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. Photo © 2009 Kenneth Kraus/Phelpssports.com. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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