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Castlewood Farm Concludes Successful Country Heir I USEF Premier Show

Written by: Arianna Delin
Client: Castlewood Farm, LLC.
Release Date: 2014-06-12

Lexington, KY – June 12, 2014- The summer show season hasbegun, and Castlewood Farmhas hitthe road running.Their first stop of the summer was the Country Heir I USEF Premier Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, where they got off to a fantastic start. Among Castlewood Farm’s top finishers were Samantha Senft, Liza Finsness and Tanner Korotkin.

Coming off of a successful winter season, Senft was not going to let her hot streak end on the road. With clean rounds, Early Morning and Senft earned the second place ribbon in the $10,000 Welcome Stake out of a competitive field of 52 horses.

“It went really well, and she was unbelievable,” said Senft. “One of the girls that used to ride Early [Morning] won the class, and she was uncontrollably fast. I decided to just focus on the grand prix in a few days and have fun. For us, going and having fun was going fast and being second.”

Samantha Senft and Early Morning sped to a second place ribbon in the $10,000 Welcome Stake. Photo by Anne Gittins Photography.

In addition to their second place finish in the Welcome Stake, Senft and ‘Early’ took home the eighth place ribbon in the $50,000 George Hennessy Grand Prix. Out of 33 horses entered, only nine had clean rounds in the jump-off, proving the difficulty of the course.

“Everyone in the jump-off was fast, and I was the last one to go, so walking in Alan said, ‘go for it. I’ve never been told that so I did, and Early was amazing. We were eighth, and it was my first ribbon ever in a prix so I was happy. It was a great experience to be in Kentucky in the stadium under the lights and competing with the top people the country,” said Senft. 

“Early is my pride and joy. I love her more than anything on the planet,” Senft said. “This is a dream come true. I never thought in a million years I’d have a horse that I could walk in a do the prix on and travel all over the country showing in major classes. I’m so thankful I have a horse like her.” 

Senft has been riding with Alan Korotkin and Castlewood Farm since she was 4 years old.

Another rider who has been at Castlewood since her pony days, is Liza Finsness.

Just ending her freshman year at the University of Georgia, Finsness started the summer show season off with a bang. She claimed dual reserve championships on her mounts Shiver and Vera Z, in the High Amateur-Owner and Low Amatuer-Owner Jumpers, respectively.

Throughout the week Castlewood riders continued to bring ribbons back to the barn. Tanner Korotkin and Rocketman were third out of 63 entries in the Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic; Madison Butehorn earned a first place finish in the Children’s 15-17 Hunter Over Fences; Sophia Burvenich was third in the THIS National Children’s Medal, and Beth Craven was second in the Ariat National Adult Medal.

Castlewood Farm hopes to continue their success this week at Country Heir II.  Next week, they travel to Atlanta, GA for the second week of the Atlanta Classic. From there the team will head to Fox Lea in Venice, FL to finish up the summer.

About Castlewood Farm, Inc.
Castlewood Farm, Inc. is a full service riding, training and sales facility located on ten acres in the heart of Wellington, FL. Alan Korotkin and his team, including exceptional trainers Susan Tuccinardi, Samantha Senft and Katie Brown, cater to the serious equestrian, offering instruction for the beginner, the medal finals veteran, the grand prix specialist and everything in between.

Castlewood Farm, Inc. presents a vast selection of horses for sale or lease, suitable for all divisions and in every price range. The farm also offers leasing packages, including a WEF lease specifically catered to the winter circuit competitor.

For more information visit Find Castlewood on Facebook here


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