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Bluegrass Festival Horse Show Wrap-Up, August 18-22

Written by: Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
Release Date: 2010-08-24

Lexington, KY - August 24, 2010 – An incredible crowd turned out at the new Indoor Ring Friday night to watch riders compete for the top prize during the $50,000 CSI-W Hagyard Lexington Classic at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. It proved to be an interesting night when the first four riders all completed clear rounds to start, but as the class progressed no other combinations were able to duplicate the effort and join the jump-off. Lauren Crooks and Cincinnati La Silla led the victory gallop after they laid down the fastest clear effort over the short course, continuing their winning streak after taking the top prize in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic during the Kentucky Summer Classic.

Michelle Spadone and Melisimo, owned by Morgan Hill Partners, were the first in the ring to show over the opening course, and with a fault free effort, she led the way back for the jump-off. As Spadone picked up a gallop to the first obstacle in the jump-off, Melisimo had a slight misstep, but that did not seem to hinder them as the duo easily made their way over each fence. It looked as though they were going to mimic their first round with a clear effort, but an unfortunate rub at the last vertical caused the rail to fall. Spadone’s four-fault score in a time of 35.12 second held up for the third place prize.

Margie Engle and Indigo, owned by Shay Griese and Gladewinds Farm, stepped into the arena next and at that point, all they needed to do was leave all the fences standing to take over the lead. That is exactly what the incredible duo was able to do, leaping over each obstacle with an efficient track. Indigo broke the beam at 36.83 seconds, but Engle’s beautiful fault-free effort would not hold the top spot for long, as they ended up taking home Friday night’s second place ribbon.

Lauren Crooks and Cincinnati La Silla, owned by Glen Youell, were the final horse rider combination in the ring. After winning the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic just two weeks ago, the pair knew exactly how to ride the course in the Indoor Arena. Crooks picked up a quick canter and easily made her way over the first fence, the move allowing them to leave a stride out before the second obstacle. Cincinnati La Silla stretched out her stride and as they left each rail in its cups, the duo was able to cross the finish line in 34.08 seconds, almost three seconds faster than Engle, to win Friday’s class.

In addition to being a World Cup Qualifier, this class was the final event in the Hagyard Challenge Series, which features five grand classes throughout the spring and summer. During the Series, riders compete for points towards the $50,000 Leading Rider Award.

After the prize giving ceremony it was announced that Pablo Barrios of Venezuela was this year’s winner. Barrios is currently competing in Royan, France, but during the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows he completed a one-two finish in the first $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and earned a second place ribbon in the second $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. Those early season totals for Barrios were enough to seal the victory for the 2010 season.

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$100,000 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals

The day that all riders, trainers, owners and spectators have been waiting for all month at the Kentucky Horse Shows Series had finally arrived, the 2010 $100,000 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals First Round. Attendees could not have ordered a more perfect day with sunny skies and moderate temperatures to kick off such an anticipated event. This is the second annual USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals and it has returned to the Kentucky Horse Park, the host of the upcoming 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Scott Stewart and Fashion Farm’s Summer Place won Friday’s class with ease and are one of the top 25 who will advance to Saturday evenings’ final event.

This event was created to bring show hunters to the world stage, to increase spectator, media and sponsorship interest, and the bring tradition and basic riding principles back to the sport of showing hunters. It is an event that involves a 12-month qualifying period and only the top 75 horses are invited to compete for the Championship title. After opening ceremonies, the competition got underway with the qualifying round for all 61 horse and rider combinations in the new Indoor Arena.

Out of 61 competitive horse and rider duos, only 25 moved onto the second round, the Handy Hunter course, which will be held tomorrow evening. Jennifer Alfano and her eight-year-old Warmblood, the Specialist, owned by Meredith Lipeke, were the first to earn a substantial lead on the rest of the field earning scores of 81.5-88-88-88, totaling 357.5, which held up for fifth place. Well into the second half of the entries no one had passed The Specialist. Scott Stewart and eight-year-old Summer Place, owned by Fashion Farm earned an astounding group of scores of 90-93-94-92, totaling 377 to take over the lead and eventually win the class.

Jennifer Alfano returned to try and reclaim her lead with the six-year-old Warmblood, Extraordinary, owned by Helen Lenahan, but was just shy with scores of 88-94-95-89, for a total of 374 for fourth place. Nearing the end of the competition, Liza Boyd returned with her second mount, 12-year-old Hanoverian Brunello, owned by Janet Peterson and Boyd, to try and move ahead of Stewart but with an 89-93-90-94, Boyd would have to settle for third with 374 points.

The last horse and rider team to enter to arena was Jennifer Alfano and the 2009 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals Reserve Champion, Jersey Boy. The crowd looked on with anticipation as many knew if anyone could surpass Stewart and Summer Place for the lead it would be this pair. Landing off of the final oxer the crowd erupted into applause as they waited for the judge’s scores. The eight-year-old Jersey Boy, owned by SBS Farms, and Alfano were awarded 90-83-84-86, totaling 375 points, just shy of the lead but overall good enough for second place. The Qualifying Round victory would go to Scott Stewart and his brave mount Summer Place.

It was an incredible night for the Final Round of the 2010 $100,000 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. After taking a tremendous lead during the opening round, it was Hunt Tosh and Lone Star leading Saturday’s victory gallop after repeating their amazing effort during the Handy Round. Yesterday’s Round One winner, Scott Stewart and Summer Place, took home the reserve championship honors, while Elizabeth Boyd and Brunello placed third.

Last year’s Reserve Champions, Jennifer Alfano and SBS Farms’ Jersey Boy, were the first to set the standard during the opening round, earning scores of 88-86-87 and 90 for a total of 367, with the additional bonus points added on. Their lead lasted for five rounds, until 2010 WCHR Hunter Classic winner’s Elizabeth Boyd and Brunello, owned by Boyd and Janet Peterson of Camden, SC, took to the course and earned scores of 95-90-90 and 93 for a total of 384.

Three rounds later, the wonderful duo of Hunt Tosh and Lone Star, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, VA, showed over the course and demonstrated why they won three Regular Working Hunter championships during Indoors and the WCHR Professional Finals. Lone Star jumped each fence with amazing form and the judges happily awarded the highest scores of the night: 98-93-93 and 94 for a gaudy 394 total, creating a very comfortable lead to eventually win the class.

Scott Stewart and Summer Place, owned by Fashion Farm of Philadelphia, PA, also entered the ring ready to win after earning the top award during yesterday’s First Round. The pair laid down a beautiful trip and earned scores of 92-90-89 and 87 for a total of 375 points to enter the Handy Round in the third place position.

The horses with the top 12 scores advanced to the difficult Handy Round, which included having the hay bale circle closed, a wide trot jump, a hand gallop fence, and different options at different jumps to make tighter turns and create the handiest round possible.

The youngest rider at the event, 12-year-old Victoria Colvin, and Scott Stewart’s World Time, had the handiest round of the evening, taking a daring route through the hay bale circle and making a very tight turn for hedge option. The duo received scores of 94+8, 93+9, 88+5, and 84+6 to earn a Handy Round total of 403 and bring their overall total to 756. They were second in the Handy Round and moved from eighth place to fourth overall.

Sitting in fourth place going into the Handy Round was Alfano and Jersey Boy of Buffalo, NY. Their course began wonderfully, but in an unexpected turn of events, Jersey Boy put on the breaks going into the hay bales, which cost them dearly, as they dropped to twelfth place at the end of the night.

Stewart and Summer Place were next in the ring and Colvin’s trainer mimicked the same route to lay everything on the line with even greater success, earning scores of 92+9, 90r+9, 89+8, and 87+7 for 406 points and 781 total, eventually earning the Reserve Championship.

Boyd and Brunello were slightly more conservative during the handy round as they did not want to make any mistakes and drop too far in the rankings. Their sold effort was awarded scores of 89+6, 91+6, 87+4, and 86+6 for 391 points and an overall score of 775, taking the third place honors.

When Tosh entered the ring with Lone Star they had all the pressure in the world to perform. Tosh, knowing that he still had a comfortable lead after earning excellent scores during the first round, stayed conservative with his track, but Lone Star jumped every fence brilliantly. The judges awarded the duo scores of 90+8, 92+7, 85+6, and 85+7 for 396 points and whopping final total of 790 points. The remarkable effort earned them the Championship title and the opportunity to lead the victory gallop.

Jumper Results: Wednesday – Sunday

Cooler climates welcomed competitors to the first day of the 2010 Bluegrass Festival Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park. Antonio Maurer scored a one-two finish in the first 1.40m Open Jumpers class of the week. Merely looking for a warm up class for the upcoming events later in the week, Maurer’s two promising jumpers seem to be on their A-game.

Andres Rodriguez and his mount, Da Vinci, rode a very speedy 1.35m first round and looked promising the clinch the lead with a jump off time of 27.585 seconds, but it eventually held up for the third place honors. Audrey Coulter came back with her second mount owned by Copernicus Stables, LLC, October, to stop the clock in 27.56 seconds, resulting second place finish.

The top horse and rider duo was Aaron Vale and Cartier, owned by Hampton Farms, LLC. They crossed the wire in a blazing 26.953 seconds with ease as they left all the rails in their cups, earning them the first place ribbon.

After a quick reset of the course, the 1.40m Open Jumpers got underway with Antonio Maurer first on course with mount Callao, owned by Francisco Del Rio. Maurer easily set the bar with a clean round in 64.398 seconds, leaving numerous rider and horse pairs to try and pass them over the timed first round course. Lauren Crooks and Cincinatti La Silla, owned by Glen Youell had a clean trip but was not quick enough in 68.252 seconds, settling for fourth place.

Norman Dello Joio also had a bold trip on Notre Star but could only stop the clock in 67.252 seconds, good enough for third place. Nearing the end of the entries, it looked like only Antonio Maurer would be able to surpass himself on his second mount, Charro, owned by Enrique Conzalez. The pair tripped the wire in 64.398 seconds, just two hundredths of a second quicker than Callao to take home the first place prize.

It was cool and overcast for the second day of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, host of the upcoming 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. It was a day that required speed at accuracy for a victory and it was Margie Engle and Hidden Creek’s Lonesome Boy who delivered in the 1.35m Open Jumpers. Later in the day, junior rider Audrey Coulter and Rodenburgh’s California captured the 1.40m Open Jumper victory with a quick trip and no faults.

Nicholas Dello Joio aboard Tavanna, owned by Beatrice Mack blazed through the course and leaving every rail up, Dello Joio reset the standard with a fault free time of 25.985 seconds, which held up for the second place prize.

Erin Haas and North Face Farm’s Casino Van De Helle made the next effort in the jump off and did so without fault, but were unable to better Dello Joio’s speed and settled for third with a time of 27.203 seconds. Returning to the jump off was Margie Engle and her second mount, Hidden Creek’s Lonesome Boy. It was going to take a very quick time to pass Dello Joio, but Engle’s inside turns, angled jumps, and galloping between fences paid off with a faultless time of 25.221 seconds, enough to reclaim the lead and take the victory.

The next class in the Indoor Arena was the 1.40m Open Jumpers. A new course and faults converted format gave competitors a real challenge. Daniel Bluman and his mount Lifestyle chose a very bold course route coming up with a fault free effort in 66.845 seconds, earning second place. Antonio Maurer returned after a successful first day of competition and attempted to earn the quickest time over the course. Maurer and Callao did so with an ill-timed rail down resulting in four added faults to his speedy time of 63.701 seconds, good enough for a third place finish.

It looked like a focused, well timed course would be needed to take top honors and Audrey Coulter and Copernicus Stables’ 12-year-old mare, Rodenburgh’s California, delivered. Coulter guided her mount over a demanding course leaving every rail in their cups and crossing the wire in 65.715 seconds for the top prize.

Earlier in the day on Thursday, the 7/8 Year Old Jumpers competed for top honors. Donald Cheska and Isotropi’s Viekie were the first to advance and rode a safe route in 31.677 seconds, good enough for fourth place. Tracey Weinberg and Wild Card made another clean effort bettering Cheska’s time, but settled for third with a time of 30.499 seconds. Cheska returned with his second mount, Frisco, owned by Alex Parrish, to reclaim his lead and jump fault free with a time of 29.326 seconds. However it would be Joe Fargis and Avec Couer, owned by Hidden Trail Farm, LLC to take top honors riding a swift and accurate route crossing the wire with zero faults in 28.575 seconds.

The new Indoor Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park was a real asset on Saturday as a storm rolled through the shows grounds of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. It was all about speed as riders competed in the High and Low Amateur–Owner/Junior Jumpers. Christina Kelly galloped Camirage to victory in the High Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumpers in a blazing time of 31.899 seconds, while Kenzie Donovan and Nikon’s Prima Donna took the top prize in the Lows.

Alyssa Mansfield and her mount Ulla Blue were the first pair to go clean in the jump-off, but unfortunately took a safe route and had one time fault in a time of 43.664 seconds, settling for fourth place. Christina Kelly and her eight-year-old mare, Camirage, also went fault free in the jump off, taking inside turns and tripping the wire in a blazing time of 31.899 seconds. Alex Parrish was next to make it to the jump-off and was able to keep every rail up but was unable to beat Kelly’s time stopping the clock in 40.496 seconds, good enough for third place.

Out of 19 entries, the final horse and rider to enter the ring weas Shawn Casady and Lady Mary Jane, owned by Jimmy and Danielle Torano. Jumping a clean first round gave them the chance in the jump-off to claim the lead over Kelly. Casady and Lady Mary Jane went fault free in the in a time of 40.066 seconds for second place. The speedy Camirage and 17-year-old Christina Kelly held their lead and took home the first place ribbon.

After a quick course change, the Low Amateur-Owners/Junior Jumpers were next to compete. Out of 39 horse and rider duos, an astounding 21 made it back to the jump-off. It would take a quick time to take top honors as 12 of those returners went double clear. Setting the bar was Kenzie Donovan and Nikon’s Prima Donna. Donavon guided her mount through a very risky route in the jump-off, taking inside turns and galloping between fences to stop the clock in a quick 29.133 seconds without fault.

Immediately following Donovan was Sandra Porath and Meadow Hill Stabless’ ten-year-old Le Beau Cheval. Porath and Le Beau Cheval managed to jump clear but taking wider turns cost them in their time of 31.060 seconds. It came down to Sarah Sturges and her horse Kick Az to try and surpass Donovan. Taking a similar route by cutting off turns and galloping to each jump, Sturges crossed the wire in a quick 29.890 seconds, just enough for second place. Taking home first place honors would be 21-year-old Kenzie Donovan and Nikon’s Primma Donna.

It was a beautiful and sunny Kentucky afternoon, for the final day of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. Sunday riders competed for top prizes during the jumper divisions in the new Indoor Ring at the picturesque Kentucky Horse Park. The highlight event of the day was the $30,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix where Georgina Bloomberg and Fiedi 3 stole the show after completing an incredible double clear-effort with a blazing jump-off time of 40.83 seconds.

Shane Sweetnam was next to show over the short course with Traffic Boy, owned by Sweet Oak Farm. Sweetnam chose to be conservative and kept a steady canter throughout the course. His plan worked as they left each rail in its cups, but their slow and careful time of 50.47 seconds was only good enough for third place.

Georgina Bloomberg galloped into the ring next aboard Fiedi 3, owned by Gotham Enterprizes, ready to dominate the class. They picked up a quick gallop to the first oxer and never held back. The New York duo easily made their way over each obstacle, increasing their pace as they advanced through the final test. Bloomberg and Fiedi 3 completed a clear round and tripped the time at 40.83 seconds to take over the lead. It was a score and time that would eventually net them the Sunday victory.

The final horse and rider combination to challenge Bloomberg’s lead was Kent Farrington piloting Hillary McNerney’s Valhalla. Farrington was quick, but not quick enough. While Farrington managed to leave all the fences standing, their time of 42.06 seconds, was two seconds too slow, slotting them into the second spot in the final standings. Georgina Bloomberg and Fiedi 3 were Sunday’s big winners and led this afternoon’s final victory gallop.

Earlier on Sunday, riders had the opportunity to compete in the $5,000 High Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper Classic sponsored by Audi of Lexington. The first place prize when to Christina Kelly with Diamond Edge Farm’s Creata Van Ten Biesen after the pair completed a double clear effort in 39.755 seconds. Hayley Barnhill and Toucan Tango took home the second place award after crossing the finish line in 41.126 seconds, while Chase Boggio and Hennessey placed third with a time of 41.993 seconds.

Hunter Results: Wednesday – Sunday

The first division featured on Wednesday in the Stonelea Ring was the Green Conformation Hunters. Elizabeth Boyd on her mount Mackett, owned by Sarah Orberson, took home the first and fifth ribbons after a show of beautiful horsemanship on the course. Kelley Farmer was aboard Wordly, owned by Jennifer Smith, to placed first and second in the over fences classes held during opening day.

The Second Year Green Working Hunter division was next to show in the Stonelea Ring. Louise Serio and Do Tell, owned by Bridget Hallman, swept the ring with an astonishing set of rounds, bringing home two first place awards.

Last in the order of divisions was the Regular Working Hunters. Kelley Farmer and her ride, Taken, owned by Nancy Amling, demonstrated excellent showmanship, earning her the top call in both over fences classes.

The first division to show Thursday morning in the Stonelea Ring was the First Year Green Working Hunters. Reserve Champion was awarded to Sarah Young aboard Select, owned by Carrie Quirin. Pulling out top notch, however, was Hunt Tosh on Good Humor, proudly owned by Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wheeler. The pair was awarded the championship honors for their incredible performance over the last two days.

Next to compete in the Stonelea Ring was the Green Conformation Hunters division. Kelley Farmer atop Wordly, owned by Jennifer Smith, and won the reserve championship prize after being awarded second and fifth place over fences and first prize under saddle. Hunt Tosh once again scored the championship tricolor, but this time riding Tasty, owned by Showcase Ltd. They demonstrated beautiful horsemanship, accomplishing the difficult feat of two first place ribbons for his rounds and fourth place under saddle.

The Second Year Green Working Hunter division got underway next with two over fences classes and an under saddle class. Louise Serio and Do Tell, owned by Bridget Hallman, was awarded reserve champion following a set of third place ribbons for both rounds and under saddle. It was Kelley Farmer, however, who stole the championship award on her mount Sunshine, owned by Shelia Motley. Farmer rode crisply and smoothly, taking home first and second place ribbons for her rounds and the first place prize under saddle.

The final division to compete Thursday was the Regular Working Hunters. Reserve Champion was awarded to Louise Serio aboard Castle Rock, owned by Bryan Baldwin and Meralex Farm. Serio won first and third place prizes for her rounds, and a first place ribbon under saddle. Earning her third tricolor ribbon of the day was Kelley Farmer, this time riding Taken, owned by Nancy Amling. Farmer was awarded the grand championship honors after winning both of her over fences classes Wednesday as well as third place ribbon under saddle Thursday.

Excellent horsemanship was displayed in the Stonelea Ring at 12:30 p.m. during the Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions. First in the ring was the Amateur Owner 18-35 Hunter over fences classes. For the first round of this division, it was Bridget Hallman on her mount, Hearsay, who took home the blue ribbon prize. The incredible duo received a distinguished score of 87. The first place winner for the second round of the Amateur Owner 18-35 Hunter class was Saer Coulter aboard Positano after earning remarkable final score of 90.

The next division featured in the Stonelea Ring Friday was the Amateur-Owner 35 & Over Hunters. Crowds were amazed as Stacy Arani on Bolero exhibited a beautiful ride over the course. Sailing over the jumps sharply and keeping up a perfect stride won her the first place ribbon for the first round and the second round.

The ASPCA Maclay class began at 12 p.m. on Saturday in the Covered Arena. After thirteen riders rode their best, it was Michael Murphy and his mount, Conditor, who came out on top with the first place ribbon. Alliy Moyer, atop Bennington, was awarded the second place prize. Caroline Spogli on Prosecco 24 took home the third place ribbon, followed closely by Nikki Carr aboard Luxor, who was awarded the fourth place prize.

Following the ASPCA Maclay was the Platinum Performance USEF Show Jumping Talent Search at 1:00 p.m. Eight riders met in the Covered Arena to show off their hard-working efforts. After the flat phase, Michael Murphy, this time riding Winnetou, once again took home the first place award after a wonderful show of horsemanship with a nearly perfect ride. Alliy Moyer on Bennington secured the second place ribbon for the second class in a row, and Catherine Hanlon aboard Coronado took home the third place prize.

The final day of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park ended with the top riders competing for the $1000 Amateur-Owner/ Junior Hunter Classic winning title. Clear skies and warm temperatures made for a tough day of competition but for Classic winner Porter Allen and new mount Maddox, the heat was of no concern. Hayley Barnhill and her infamous mount Red Panda were named Champion after a clean sweep of the Small Junior 16-17 Hunter Division earlier in the day.

The $1,000 Amateur/ Owner Junior Hunter Classic was the last event of the day and tested rider over two rounds with courses designed by Danny Moore, Leading the second round with a high first round score of 86 was Lillie Keenan and Valedictorian, and Keenan hoped to maintain her top spot with an 87 for her handy round, totaling 173. Laura Pfeiffer and her mount Elliot were the next pair in contention to claim the lead from Keenan, entering the second round with an 84, but with an 82 in her handy round, Pfeiffer would have to settle with 166 points, good enough for third place. Porter Allen and new mount Maddox entered the ring for their handy round after scoring a solid 85 in the first round. With a score of 89, totaling 174, Allen moved into first place and earned the top prize.

Earlier in the day, the Junior Hunters competed for the championship and reserve championship honors within their divisions. Beginning the day in the Stonelea Ring was the Small Junior 15 & Under Hunters with Lillie Keenan and Winter Place, owned by Artisan Farms and Caitlin Ziegler, sweeping the over fences to take the championship prize. Accepting the reserve championship award was Shawn Casady and Ramsey Hanson’s Kurious. Lillie Keenan came right back in the Large Junior 15 & Under Hunters to take the championship title with Valedictorian, owned by Chansonette Farm, LLC. Claiming the reserve championship honors was Porter Allen and Lissa Bachner-Braze’s Maddox.

Hayley Barnhill was the leader in Sunday’s Older Junior Hunters, sweeping both divisions. Barnhill and Boggs Hill Farm’s Word For Word were awarded the championship honors in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunter division, while Emma Kennedy and Pamela Allardice’s And Then Some earned the reserve championship prize. Barnhill and Red Panda, owned by John and Stephanie Ingram, swept every blue ribbon in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunter division to be awarded the championship title. Barnhill made it a one-two finish claiming the reserve championship prize as well with her second entry, Landius.


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