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Haley Cassidy and High Jynx led the Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic from start to finish with a their blazing double-clear effort in 27.907 seconds.

Alissa Kinsey and Grisset returned to the Fieldstone Show Park to defend their Spring championship title in the High Child/Adult Jumper Classic, once again riding to the top of the standings on the final day of the Plymouth Rock Hunter/Jumper Classic.

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Alissa Kinsey and Grisset Win High Child/Adult Jumper Classic at Final Day of Plymouth Rock Hunter/Jumper Classic

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG) http://www.stadiumjumping.com/sj/index.cfm
Release Date: 2013-06-23

Halifax, MA – June 23, 2013 – The Plymouth Rock Hunter/Jumper Classic came to a close today with its final jumper highlights of the week. Child and Adult Jumpers gathered at Jumper Ring 5 this morning to compete in their Jumper Classics. It was the returning champions, Alissa Kinsey and Grisset, who rode to the top of the High Child/Adult Jumper Classic with their speedy jump-off time of 32.323 seconds. Haley Cassidy and High Jynx led the Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic from start to finish to lead the final day’s victory gallop.

Phil DeVita of Apopka, FL, designed a technical course today for the High Child/Adult jumpers. He used 13 efforts to test horse and rider alike, utilizing tight rollbacks, an oxer-vertical double combination, vertical-vertical combination and a vertical-oxer double combination. During the jump-off riders began over the original three obstacles, an opening vertical and a right rollback to an oxer, as well as a bending line to an outside oxer. They then had to make up time during a left turn to the vertical-oxer double combination. Upon landing they had to make a hard right rollback to a new obstacle, a blue-and-white oxer and then turn right over the final yellow-and-blue oxer to cross the timers.

The High Child/Adult Jumper Classic saw 13 entrants contend for the top awards, but it came down to a six-horse jump-off. Although Alissa Kinsey and Grisset were the last to take on the track, they prevailed with a clean first round, as well as the quickest jump-off course. Kinsey has been riding Grisset for years, and their partnership was apparent in the ring. They took all inside turns, closed the time during the opening turn to the double combination, and completed the short course in 32.323 seconds.

“I haven’t done a whole lot since the show in May, but we did win a class in Saugerties. It was amazing she won even during the storm where all of the fences blew down. She felt good out there today. We could have gone even a little bit faster, but we will be back in August to defend our title,” Kinsey said. “She needs a very accurate stride with a strong leg and forward pace. She can go very fast, but she also has brakes that we can put on to collect.”

Hannah Janson and Quica, owned by Kimberley Janson of Berkley, MA, rode to the second fastest double-clear effort of the High Child/Adult Classic. They claimed the second place ribbon while Ava Stearns and Little Dancer, owned by Moda Equestre, taking the third place award.

Earlier in the morning, Haley Cassidy and High Jynx took control in the Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic. The pair only started working with one another a short while ago, but their accuracy was on point today as they posted two double-clear rounds, and they were the trailblazers with their jump-off time of 27.907 seconds.

“We imported him from Ireland, and I just got him earlier this year. This was our first year going for Pony Jumpers, and we actually qualified which was really exciting. We used today as a warm-up and practice for the approaching USEF Pony Finals in Kentucky,” Cassidy explained. “Today proved challenging, especially as a pony, and the first to go. We were going against horses, and although they have a bigger stride, he has a quicker turn. We really angled the turn to the second obstacle, and we locked on it and really shaved the seconds. It was a great course, and we had a great ride.”

Only eight riders were able to clear the first course of the Classic to take their try at the short course. Although many attempted to slice the turn from two to three, their times still proved too slow to undo Cassidy’s lead. It was Kinsey and Grisset who rode to the second place finish with a double-clear round in 27.948 seconds. Trading Spaces with Haley Anderson in the irons took the third place award with a final time of 29.541 seconds, also leaving all rails in place as they crossed the finish.

The Plymouth Rock Hunter/Jumper Classic came to a close today, but the August Summer Showcase is quickly approaching. The show will be held August 14-24 with two weeks of top tier competition at the Fieldstone Show Park. The competition is sure to be fierce as the spring and summer champions return to defend their titles, and newcomers rise to the challenge. For more information on Stadium Jumping and the approaching Summer Showcase I and II Horse Show, please visit www.showfieldstone.com. You can also follow the Fieldstone Horse Shows on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fieldstone.equestrian.

 

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