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Bluegrass Festival Horse Show Wrap-Up, August 13-18, 2013

Written by: Mary Adelaide Brakenridge and Emily Riden
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Release Date: 2013-08-20

Lexington, KY – August 20, 2013 – Pablo Barrios and Zara Leandra returned to the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park on Sunday with a vengeance after a close second place finish in Friday’s $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. They edged out Kristen VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Eternal by less than .2 seconds in the jump-off to claim the title in the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington.

Eight riders from the field of 31 starters advanced to the jump-off after clear trips over the first round course set by Allen Rheinheimer. The time allowed for the first course was 92 seconds, with most competitors finishing well within that. The course included a liverpool-liverpool combination, an oxer-oxer combination, and an oxer-vertical combination.

“The course was very fair for the group of riders,” Barrios said. “Again, like Thursday, it was a mixed group – amateurs, juniors, and professionals. I think [Rheinheimer] did a great job.”

For the jump-off, riders began over the same first fence, rolled back to an oxer, returned to the first fence of the liverpool combination, jumped the oxer-vertical combination and continued down the line to the final oxer of the first round course. They finished over two new fences, a vertical and an oxer heading back toward the in-gate.

VanderVeen and Bull Run’s Eternal, owned by Bull Run Jumpers One LLC of St. Charles, IL, were the first to tackle the jump-off course, putting them in a challenging position with several quick riders coming after them. They executed the course cleanly in a time of 37.175 seconds.

“I actually enjoy going at the beginning, though not necessarily first,” VanderVeen said. “I like to have my own plan and stick to it. I find that if I watch too many, I start to change my plan, and it always gets me at the end. So I don’t mind going first, but it was a bit of a hard jump-off. There were some really fast ones behind me. I knew that I needed to definitely lay down a fast round. I tried to take as many comfortable risks as I felt I could without compromising and having one down.”

Like Barrios, VanderVeen had been in the running for a top placing in Friday’s $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, but she and Bull Run’s Eternal fell a few seconds short of the leaders and wound up in ninth. On Sunday, she was determined to put herself in contention for the win.

“I thought I was quick in the jump-off on Friday, and it was shocking to me that they were three seconds faster,” she said. “That did have a bit of an effect on how aggressive I wanted to be in the jump-off today. I didn’t want to be double clean and slow and in fifth or sixth place. I really wanted to be in the top three. So I definitely pushed it.”

Following a four-fault effort from Ali Wolff and Zidane, the third place finishers in the Hagyard Lexington Classic on Friday, Barrios and Zara Leandra entered the ring. Barrios had watched VanderVeen’s round to see where he might be able to make up some ground. Although he took a similar track most of the way around the course, he was able to leave out a stride between two jumps to shave off a little time.

He and Zara Leandra completed the course in 37.024 seconds to take over the lead, and none of the final five riders were able to match his time. Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W made the best attempt, finishing in 37.543 seconds to take third.

As jumpers vied for the top honors in the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix, nearby in the Stonelea Ring a week of the nation’s best hunter derby competition came to a close with the final hunter highlight event, the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby.

Sunday’s USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Kentucky Horse Park marked the fifth event in the seven-part Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series, throughout which Meredith Darst has been extremely successful. She currently stands as the leading junior in the series, and she widened that lead on Sunday. Darst finished first in the 42-horse class aboard Lightning Z and second in the class aboard last week’s second place finisher, Capstone. Finishing in third place were Kelli Cruciotti and Premonition, owned by Serenity Farm of Elizabeth, CO.

Following the completion of the first hunter round, Darst sat in the fourth place position aboard Capstone, owned by Norgan, Inc. of Wellington, FL, and in first place aboard Lightning Z, owned by her family’s Lochmoor Stables of Lebanon, OH.  

She and Capstone came into the second round with a score of 86 prepared to demonstrate their abilities over the handy course. The course utilized a trot jump, provided a number of opportunities for tight inside turns and set the high option fences in such a way that they were separate from the low options, requiring different tracks.

Again electing to take all four of the high options, Darst and Capstone moved into the lead with a handy round score of 89, for a 175 overall.

Kelli Cruciotti returned for the handy round in third place aboard rookie derby mount Premonition.

“This was his first time ever doing a hunter derby,” Cruciotti said of the 8-year-old gelding. “He’s rather green so I was very, very thrilled with how he jumped and handled all of the brush and the jumps.”

Cruciotti proved was able to give Premonition a confidence-building ride while also impressing the judges. The pair earned a score of 86.5, including the four high option points, to put them into position just behind Darst and Capstone in the rankings with an overall score of 174.5.

As the first round winners, Darst and Lightning Z were the last to return, and they pulled out all of the stops.  

“Lightning lives with us so I know him really well,” Darst said. “I know I can do all of the turns with him. I was pretty tight to the first jump of the handy, and everywhere else that I could I took the inside turn options.”

Their expert handiness and high fence options resulted in a second round score of 91 and an overall total of 182, earning them the final victory gallop of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show.

Hunter Highlights: August 13 -17, 2013

The eyes of the hunter world were glued on the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show this week as the country’s top horses and riders converge for the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship Finals and the inaugural USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program Championship. On Tuesday, riders utilized the first day of the World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) week show, running through Sunday, August 18, to prepare for the Pre-Green Championships which kick off tomorrow at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Spectators and golf carts packed the perimeter of the Stonelea Ring as over 120 horses competed in the Pre-Green 3’ Hunters and the Pre-Green 3’3” Hunters. Thanks to the large turnout, the classes utilized a California split, pinning two sections each in both the Pre-Green 3’ Hunter and Pre-Green 3’3” Hunter divisions.  In the Pre-Green 3’3” division, Jennifer Alfano and her own Candid earned the first place award in Section A, and Louise Serio and Rock Harbor took the top call in Section B. 

Alfano and 5-year-old Candid have seen great success in the Pre-Green Hunters throughout the summer, and Alfano is a strong advocate for the newly initiated USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program.

The USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program was designed to provide a series of stake classes across the country to encourage and aid in the development of hunters in the United States, as well as offering a championship event to further benefit and market young horses.

Tuesday’s Pre-Green 3’3” Hunter Section B winner Serio served on the committee that brought the program into fruition. “It’s a fantastic program,” said Serio. “I think the proof is in the support that it’s gotten here, the amount of money that the young horses can jump for and the amount of excitement that it’s brought for people to buy a young horse that can do the Pre-Greens for two years and hopefully get a little bit of money back. It’s also very nice for American breeders to be recognized and for those horses to be eligible for additional awards.”

Serio’s winning mount, Rock Harbor, owned by Bright Star 158, LLC, maneuvered through the course seamlessly to earn a score of 85.

In the Pre-Green 3’ Hunters, Tracy Fenney and MTM Cash, owned by MTM Farm of Flower Mound, TX, took the top call in Section A, while the first place in Section B went to Amanda Steege and Charm, owned by Dr. and Mrs. John McGuire.

Charm, a Swedish Warmblood, was purchased by John and Megan McGuire in December and since then has seen great success with Steege in the saddle, including being named the Pre-Green Circuit Champion at HITS Ocala. Now the Pre-Green Incentive Program and this week’s championship are serving as great stepping-stones for the talented young horse’s future.  

The Pre-Green Hunters concluded their day with the Under Saddle classes of each section. In the Pre-Green 3’3” Hunters, the Section A first place honor went to Peter Pletcher and Lucador, owned by Sagamore Farm Inc. The first place ribbon in Section B was awarded to Christopher Payne and Truman, owned by Maypine Farm.

Payne also took the first place position in Section B of the Pre-Green 3’ Hunter Under Saddle aboard Show Off, owned by Susan Moriconi.

The USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program is in its inaugural year, and based on the huge horse and rider turnout, large spectator draw and beautiful hunter rounds on Wednesday at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, it is already an overwhelming success. Thus far, it has also proved to be particularly successful for Hunt Tosh. The USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program Championship opened with two rounds of competition Wednesday at the Kentucky Horse Park, and it was Tosh who earned the top call in both of the rounds.

To earn the first place award in the first round, Tosh bested an impressive field of 107 horses aboard Casanova, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, VA. With two panels of judges scoring each trip, Tosh and Casanova earned scores of 88 and 86.25 for a combined 174.25. Tosh also rode to the second place position in the first round with scores of 87 and 86.5 for a 173.5 total aboard Crisp, owned by Douglas and Kenneth Wheeler. It was Crisp who then returned to top the leaderboard in the second round with scores of 88.5 and 87 for a combined score of 175.5.

Tosh and Crisp’s two top two finishes, also put them at the top of the day’s overall leaderboard with a combined two-round score of 349. Throughout the day’s two preliminary rounds of competition, riders were vying for a spot within the top 30, which would then allow them to move on to Thursday evening’s final championship round.

While Tosh took the top two spots in round one and the first place honor in round two, the second place award in round two went to Peter Pletcher and Lucador. Pletcher and Lucador also finished in fifth in the first round class, putting them in the second place position overall with a two-round score of 343.05. Lucador is 5-year-old Oldenburg out of Lord Pezi and owned by Sagamore Farm Inc.

Pletcher, Tosh and the other top 30 riders who returned for the championship will had their score slate wiped clean, as day one scores do not carry over. However, the first day scores did have high value and payback today. 25 percent of the total prize money awarded throughout the USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championships went to the top finishers in the first round, and 25 percent went to the top finishers in the second round, with over $9,000 presented to the winner of each round. The remaining 50 percent of the lucrative prize money was presented to the overall top finishers following the championship round on Thursday evening.

The highly well received USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program crowned its inaugural first place winners on Thursday. That is right – first place winners, plural. In an exciting and competitive final round of competition at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, Hunt Tosh rode both Crisp and Casanova to a tied blue ribbon victory.

USHJA rules dictate that in the result of a tie, riders will ‘jump off’ for the winning spot, but with the same rider on both sides of the tie, Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, VA, owner of Casanova, and Douglas and Kenneth Wheeler of Keswick, VA, owners of Crisp, made the honorable decision to split the prize money and forego the tiebreaker.

The USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship awarded a grand total of $157,990 in prize money over the past two days. In the championship round, Casanova and Crisp earned a combined $34,757.80, which was divided equally between the two leading owners.

While score slates were wiped entirely clean to start anew in the championship final, Crisp and Casanova’s impressive rounds on Wednesday made them definite ones to watch Thursday evening, and they did not disappoint.

Casanova was Tosh’s first mount of the evening, and the talented rider of Milton, GA navigated him to scores of 89 and 88 from the two judging panels for a combined 177 over the Patrick Rodes designed course.

Casanova’s score would remain untouched throughout much of the evening until Tosh returned again with Crisp. The pair earned scores of 87 and 90 for the second 177 total of the night, putting them in a tie with Casanova and cementing the dual first place finishes. Kelley Farmer and Scripted, owned by Larry Glefke and Kenneth Garber of Keswick, VA, rounded out the top three with an overall score of 170. To watch both of Tosh’s winning rounds, click here.

The USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Program founding members were honored during Thursday’s session, and they include: Colleen McQuay, Liza Boyd, Joey Darby, Bill Ellis, Jenny Karazissis, Amanda Lyerly, Betty Oare, Peter Pletcher, Susie Schoellkopf, Louise Serio, Diana Strumberg, Don Stewart, Emil Spadone and Geoff Teall.

The press conference following Friday’s Classic Hunter Round of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship bore a striking resemblance to that of last years. For the second year in a row, Scott Stewart sat in the winning seat at the Kentucky Horse Park with Elizabeth Boyd to his right in second and Jennifer Alfano to his left in third. Stewart’s win Friday aboard Garfield, owned by Rose Hill Farm, also marked the talented rider’s third consecutive time winning the Classic Hunter Round of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship.

The similarities for this year’s top three finishers don’t stop there. While it was Dedication, not Garfield, whom Stewart rode to the top of the leader board in last year’s round, Boyd and Alfano’s top three finishes on Friday came aboard the same mounts as last year– veteran derby competitor Brunello for Boyd and last year’s USHJA International Hunter Derby Champion Jersey Boy for Alfano.

For the second year in a row, the point differentials between the three riders were strikingly similar – Stewart marginally out ahead and Boyd and Alfano neck-and-neck in the second and third positions. Stewart and Garfield jumped to the top of the list with scores of 90, 92 and 92 from the three judging panels, plus four high option points added to each score for a 286 total. Boyd and Brunello, owned by Janet Peterson, finished their round with scores of 88, 90 and 86 for a 276 total including all four high options. Alfano was close on her heels with scores of 88.5, 87 and 87.5 plus the four high options for a 275 total.

From a field of 88 contenders, Boyd and Brunello were the first of the three top finishers to compete over the Steve Stephens designed course in the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park. The course featured fences meant to appear similar to what a horse and rider may encounter on a hunt field, including an airy white plank fence, a large brush jump and another large brush and timber fence. The high option fences were also included throughout the course, presenting riders with the opportunity to earn additional points by jumping any or all of the four slightly higher obstacles.

Boyd elected to take all four of those high options, and she did so seamlessly and with ample room to spare as she and Brunello soared over the final fence in front of the in-gate. Their efforts earned them the 276 first round score and shot them to an early lead in the class.

Stewart and Garfield took over the lead as they flawlessly maneuvered the course midway through the order of go to earn their score of 286.

A dozen entries after Stewart and Garfield’s round, it was the defending champions Alfano and Jersey Boy’s turn to tackle the 13-obstacle course, and they proved that they are in the running for the top title again this year with their overall 275 score.

Alfano, Boyd and Stewart led the rankings as the top 30 riders returned Saturday night for the Tier I Handy Hunter Round and the crowning of this year’s USHJA International Hunter Derby Champion.

Liza Boyd and Brunello have consistently been top contenders at the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships, but they have always come just short of the victory. Saturday night at the Kentucky Horse Park Boyd and Brunello made the shot when it really counted, finally securing the win and earning the title of 2013 USHJA International Hunter Derby Tier I Champions. With a huge smile on her face, Boyd led the victory gallop in the Rolex Stadium with reserve champion Kelley Farmer following aboard Mythical.

Rounding out the top four in this year’s prestigious USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show were Kelsie Brittan on Argentum and Shawn Casady aboard Ascot. Their finishes also earned them the top two spots in the overall Tier II standings.

The tier system was newly introduced this year with the hope of creating opportunities for riders to vie for more prize money and for different riders to see a share of that prize money. The 20 highest money earning riders from throughout the year were placed into Tier I, while other contenders qualified as Tier II riders for the shot at additional prize money.

Following Saturday’s Classic Hunter Round, the 30 highest scoring riders, no matter what their tier designation, returned to compete in tonight’s Tier I Handy Hunter Round and vie for the overall honors.

Riders returned in reverse order of their rankings from yesterday to compete over the  Steve Stephens designed course, which included four higher option fences.

Of the eventual top four finishers, Casady and Ascot, owned by HJ Group LLC of Sewickley, PA, were the first to return. Casady picked up a strong canter out of the in-gate and headed straight to the first fence, positioned down the centerline of the ring. The pair continued seamlessly from there. They came into the day in seventh place, but their Handy Hunter Round scores of 84, 85, and 85.75 plus handy bonus scores of 4, 8 and 5 earned them a round total of 283.75, including all four high option fences. That score, coupled with their score of 266.10 from Friday’s Classic Hunter Round, shot them to the top of the leaderboard with an overall score of 549.85.

Farmer and Mythical, owned by Larry Glefke and Kenneth Garber of Keswick, VA, finished Friday’s round in sixth place, positioning them to return immediately following Casady.

Farmer is well known for her handiness and daring inside turns in the handy round, and earlier in the night she tried an extremely tight inside turn aboard her first mount, On Q. When that resulted in a rail down, she, and the other riders knew that option was better left alone.

“Liza and I were talking about that turn earlier,” Farmer said. “I said, I’m going to try it with On Q, and we’re all going to know a) whether it’s possible b) whether it’s going to work or c) whether we even need it.”

With Mythical, Farmer proved that the tight inside turn was not needed to still be extremely handy, as they earned handy bonus scores of 10, 8 and 8. Those were added to scores of 89, 88.5 and 89 plus all four high options for a Handy Hunter Round score of 304.50. Casady’s lead was short-lived as Farmer jumped straight to the top of the list with an overall score of 571.75.

Returning in the fourth place position were 17-year-old Kelsie Brittan and her mount Argentum. The talented young rider soared over all four of the high options, earning handy bonus points of 6, 7 and 5 and scores of 85, 85.25 and 84.75 for a Handy Hunter Round total of 285. Their grand total of 553.50 earned them the third place finish.

Following Brittan and Argentum, last year’s defending champions Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy entered the ring. They looked like they could win it again until an unfortunate rail hit the ground midway through the course.

While luck sadly was not with Alfano, she did share some luck with the next to enter the ring, Boyd and Brunello, co-owned by Boyd and Janet Peterson.

“Jennifer Alfano called me this morning and said, ‘I have a gift for you,’” Boyd shared.  “She had found a ton of four leaf clovers, and she gave me one. That was so nice. It’s so much fun that the sportsmanship is that good. She was really genuine, and it was special to have.”

Boyd had another special token of good luck for her round: a necklace her mother purchased for her at last year’s USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals. The necklace reads, “Make the shot when it counts,” and that’s exactly what she did. She and Brunello earned scores of 84.25, 93 and 88.5 plus handy bonuses of 8, 9 and 7 for a round total of 301.75 and an overall total of 577.75.

Friday’s front runners, Scott Stewart and Garfield, had yet to return, but when their final overall score came in as a 535.50, it was apparent that Boyd and Brunello had earned the victory gallop.

Earlier in the day, those who did not make the top 30 cut for the Tier I Handy Round had the opportunity to compete in the $10,000 Consolation Round, sponsored by Moyer Farm LLC. Winning the consolation class was Scott Stewart aboard Declaration, owned by Fashion Farm LLC, while Victoria Colvin and Inclusive, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, finished in second.

Jumper Highlights, August 13-17, 2013

David Blake piloted the up-and-coming young horse Park Lane to a win in the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumpers to kick off the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show’s jumper divisions. Earlier in the day on Wednesday, Christi Israel rode Bull Run’s Zino Platinum to first place in the 1.35m Open Jumpers.

The $5,000 1.40m Open Jumpers was run as a speed class over the course designed by Allen Rheinheimer. Six of the 24 entrants jumped fault-free rounds within the allowed time of 83 seconds. Blake and Park Lane proved to be the quickest of the six, completing the course in 70.092 seconds. Daniel Damen and Harry the Heartbreaker, owned by Seth Vallhonrat, took second with a time of 70.515 seconds.

Park Lane, an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Pine Hollow Farm in Parkland, FL, showed he will be one to watch as he moves up the ranks. Blake trains out of Pine Hollow, which is owned and operated by Howard and Gwen Dvorkin. His goal for the horse’s first outing of the week was to find ways to cut time without rushing or pushing the horse too hard.

In the 1.35m Open Jumpers, 23 combinations came out to compete, with 10 of those qualifying for the jump-off. Christi Israel and Bull Run’s Zino Platinum, her own 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding, left out strides and took inside turns to complete the jump-off in 39.269 seconds. The final pair in the class, Mario Garcia and Mistletoe Farms LLC’s Pacha de Nantuel, came the closest to their time, finishing in 40.403 seconds to take second place.

Israel, who is currently based out of Ocala, FL, purchased Bull Run’s Zino Platinum last summer from Kristen VanderVeen. She credits her father, William Israel, with finding and purchasing the horse for her, as well as sponsoring her competitive pursuits.

Ali Wolff and Artemis led from start to finish to claim the title in Thursday’s $5,000 1.40m Open Jumpers at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. They completed a speedy jump-off round as the first to go and maintained their position to claim first place. In the 1.35m Open Jumpers, Allen Nabors and Muchacha De Uno similarly laid down a good time early on, but Juan Ortiz and Apple edged them out with a quick and clear round near the end of the class to take the win.

Wolff knew that she would have to set a good mark with Artemis, an 8-year-old mare owned by John Wolff, to make it tough for later riders to beat her time. She navigated through the jump-off in a time of 31.528 seconds, just enough to hold off David Blake and Park Lane. Blake and Park Lane won Wednesday’s $5,000 1.40m Open Jumper class and completed today’s jump-off in 31.796 seconds, just a tick behind Wolff’s time. Wolff noted that the courses, designed by Allen Rheinheimer, suited her horse well.

The 1.35m Open Jumper class was another highlight in the Rolex Stadium. It was run as a speed class, with the time allowed set at 85 seconds. Nabors and his own Muchacha De Uno, an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, set the early target for the field of 39, completing the course in 74.555 seconds. None came close to Nabors’ time until Ortiz and Apple, a 9-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, sped through the course in 73.648 seconds to claim first place.   

Ortiz purchased Apple on Tuesday to take over the number one spot in his string after selling his top horse last week. He is just getting to know the mare, but is already excited for her future. His first major goal for her is the Bolivarian Games, and he has his eyes on the Central American Games, the Pan American Games and possibly even the Olympic Games.

Until the final seconds of the last jump-off ride in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, it looked as though Pablo Barrios would add another title to his three previous victories in the 2013 Hagyard Challenge Series. But young rider Wilton Porter and his mount Paloubet took a tight inside turn and raced down the final line to shave a quarter of a second off of Barrios’ time with Zara Leandra to claim the win Thursday night.

The thrilling upset victory served as the perfect sendoff for Porter, who headed off to college at Vanderbilt University on Saturday.

Allen Rheinheimer’s straightforward course for the first round included an oxer-vertical-oxer triple combination and a vertical-oxer in-and-out. The time allowed was 96 seconds. Ten of the 42 starters in the class went clear to advance to the jump-off.

Riders began the jump-off over the original first two fences, an oxer with a rollback to another oxer. They continued over the first two elements of the first round’s triple combination. From there, they made a tight rollback to a single vertical, turned to an oxer, and then made another rollback to the final line in front of the crowd.

Alison Robitaille and Laskara R were the first to try their hand at the jump-off, finishing clear in a time of 42.998 seconds. Ali Wolff and Zidane followed with another clear effort and knocked several seconds off of Robitaille’s time to finish in 38.491 seconds. Porter and his first mount, Radio City, put in a speedy round of 37.738 seconds but had trouble down the final line, resulting in a rail at the last fence. While several more riders completed clear rounds, Wolff’s time held up until Barrios and Zara Leandra, owned by ZL Group Inc of Wellington, FL, entered the ring.

Barrios navigated Zara Leandra through ground-saving turns to shave more than two seconds off of Wolff’s time, taking all the inside tracks and putting up a tough-to-beat time of 35.952 seconds. But Porter, the final rider, was game for the challenge. He knew he would have to match Barrios’ route and find somewhere to make up just a little extra time.

The crowd cheered Porter down the last line, and he pumped his fist after seeing the scoreboard light up with his time of 35.704 seconds. 

Wolff, who wound up in third place with John Wolff’s Zidane, was pleased with her strong finish on a horse she is still getting to know.

The 2013 Hagyard Challenge Series runs from May to September and includes seven editions of the Hagyard Lexington Classic.

Reid Patton is rapidly developing a strong partnership with new mount Twisther, and the pair demonstrated their promise with a convincing score in the High Junior Jumpers Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. Allen Rheinheimer’s course proved to be a tough test for the High Juniors as well as the High Amateur Owner Jumpers: no riders in either division were clear in the first round.

Patton and five other riders who had achieved four-fault first rounds returned for the jump-off to determine the final placing. Patton went clear and fast in a time of 41.287 seconds to take the win. The High Amateur Owner Jumpers came down to three four-fault riders in the jump-off, where the best performance belonged to Mary Meghann Huitt and her own Honfleur, who finished in 42.415 seconds for the victory in that division.

Kelli Cruciotti and Zidante were the first to return in the jump-off for the High Junior Jumpers, and they set a solid pace of 43.135 seconds. Isabelle Caccamise and Catwalk 19 were next to go and finished in 43.136 seconds, just a thousandth of a second behind Cruciotti. Patton and Twisther then entered the ring and laid down their time of 41.287 seconds to best the leading score by nearly two seconds.

Two more pairs, Lucas Porter with Mill’s Georgia and Alexander Devries with Esquina Van Klapscheut, gave the course a shot but incurred jumping faults and fell behind the leaders. Lillie Keenan and Vanhattan were the last to go. They set a speedy pace that threatened Patton’s lead, but a rail at the final fence dropped them down to fourth and ensured the win for Patton.

Mary Meghann Huitt and Honfleur took home the prize in the High Amateur Owner Jumpers on Saturday, putting in a solid first round and then racing through a quick jump-off round against the other two four-faulters. Huitt said her first round went well, but a forward first line resulted in difficulty in the approach to the third fence.

Huitt was on her way back to the barn when she got the word that there would be a jump-off between the three four-faulters to determine the winner. She returned to the ring with a plan to keep all the fences up while setting a good pace.

Haley Gassel and Quite Dark 2 also finished with a clear round in the jump-off, taking 44.576 seconds to complete the course. They took home second place. Anna Hallene and Wocello had jumping and time faults in the jump-off and settled for third.

To learn more about the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

 

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