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Havens Schatt and Valencia in scored two blue ribbons at the Kentucky Summer Classic.

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Two Blues for Havens Schatt and Valencia in Professional Hunter Divisions at Kentucky Summer Classic

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Release Date: 2011-08-03

Lexington, KY – August 3, 2011— The first day of the Kentucky Summer Classic started with a bang! Thunderstorms filled most of the morning, however riders in the Stonelea Ring rode without hesitation both before and after the storm. Opening day marked the beginning of the First Year Green Working Hunter, Second Year Green Working Hunter and High Performance Hunter classes. Leading the way in the First Year Green Working Hunters was Havens Schatt with Macallan and Valencia, while Holly Orlando piloted Sailor’s Valentine to top awards in the Second Year Green Working Hunter. Schatt also led the way in the High Performance Hunter aboard Valencia.

Havens Schatt piloted the eight-year-old stallion Macallan, owned by Tracy Scheriff-Muser of Wellington, FL, to a first place ribbon in the First Year Green Working Hunters, as well as a third place ribbon. She also had success on her second mount of the day, Valencia, owned by CH Farm, LLC of Delano, MN, earning a first place ribbon and a fourth place ribbon.

“I really wasn’t supposed to bring Macallan here, but last week we showed at Blowing Rock and started to have a break through,” explained Schatt. “When I showed him today, I was a little concerned because I was next in the ring when it started to rain, we had to go back to the barn. With him being a stallion, he can become very focused, it made me anxious and concerned about what would happen when we came back, but he was perfect.”

Schatt’s second mount, Valencia, just started showing in June in the First Years as well as the High Performance Hunters. “Macallan and Valencia are complete opposites,” described Schatt. “Macallan is really scopey, slow and you always have to be after him to take you there, where as Valencia is a mare and is a little more like a thoroughbred in type. She has a lot more blood and likes to carry you a lot. Both are not spooky, have a big stride and are a pleasure to ride.”

Next to compete in the Stonelea Ring were the Second Year Green Working Hunters where Holly Orlando and Sailor’s Valentine, owned by Westerly Farm, of Unionville, PA, garnered two blue ribbons. “Even when he’s quiet he likes to look around, so he fools you and you get a little worried that he’s too fresh, but you just have to stay calm,” said Orlando. “I just have to remember that he covers so much ground and sometimes gets there a little earlier than I would like; other than that, we suit each other, I like to cruise and he’s the same way.”

The course was exactly what Orlando was hoping for. “The two verticals allowed us to get a little bit of a gallop,” explained Orlando. “We carry a little bit of pace, regroup in the turns, and pick the pace back up. Sailor’s Valentine is very scopey and likes to get right to the base of the oxers, but then he jumps them nice and high.”

The duo started their relationship when Orlando began riding him in the Second Years. “We had some kinks to work out, but once we did, he’s been extremely consistent,” clarified Orlando. Sailor’s Valentine garnered ribbons at Devon and the duo will be competing in the Derby Finals in a couple weeks. “He truly enjoys doing the Derby classes, so hopefully that will go well.”

The final class to compete was the High Performance Hunters, where Havens Schatt took home the top awards. She earned a first place ribbon and a second place ribbon for her return to the ring with Valencia.

Schatt was followed closely by Jordan Siegel and her mount CR Carolato II, owned by Buddrus Equine, LLC of Dallas, TX, who secured a first place ribbon in the first class and a third place ribbon in the second class. “He’s absolutely perfect,” exclaimed Siegel. “We’ve had him a year and a half now and have been training, showing, doing flatwork and of course, doing our homework. Carl is perfect and he can take any ride.” When not competing in the High Performance Hunters and the Derby classes, the talented mount and his owner show in the Pre-Children’s Hunters.

The riders are looking forward to their classes tomorrow ,as well as the hope that it will be a day full of sunshine. “It’s very rare that you have a horse show where they tell you go back to the barn because it’s going to rain, you don’t even get wet, you wait for an hour and a half and then you come out and the horses aren’t even muddy. This footing is amazing” smiled Schatt. “It makes you appreciate what they have done and what we have here at the Kentucky Horse Shows.”

Tomorrow brings the conclusion of the professional hunter divisions where the top rider and horse combinations will compete for the tricolor awards. This week also features the Amateur-Owner Hunter and Junior Hunter divisions. During the upcoming Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals will begin, witnessing 75 of the top riders competing for the $100,000 purse.

For more information, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Photo Credit: Havens Schatt and Valencia in scored two blue ribbons at the Kentucky Summer Classic. Photo By: Kendall Bierer/PMG. Photo may only be used in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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