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Holly Labry and Red Rooster Rake in the Blues at Kentucky Summer Horse Show

Written by: Emily Riden
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Release Date: 2014-07-26

Lexington, KY – June 26, 2014 – With a busy school schedule, Holly Labry chooses only about eight horse shows to do a year, but the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows are quick to make the list. She elects to spend two weeks at the Kentucky Horse Park during the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, and today she and her mount, Red Rooster, kicked off those two weeks with a championship tricolor in the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters.

Labry, a Memphis, TN native, and Red Rooster were the very first pair to compete in the Stonelea Ring this morning, and they started the day off strong, winning the opening round of the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunter. From there they kept right on rolling, returning for the division’s handy round and picking up another blue ribbon with a second seamless trip.

The back-to-back blue ribbon rounds today, coupled with a win and two second place finishes yesterday, gave Labry and Red Rooster a 38 point total, clinching them the division championship. The reserve championship in the division went to Emily Morin and Ace of Spades.

“Rooster is just awesome,” Labry said. “He jumps great. He takes care of me all the time. You kind of have to keep him together all the time. He’s tricky, but he trusts us so he’ll keep going. You just have to believe in him. We call it the honor code; we trust him, and he trusts us.” 

Labry continued, “He has the best personality. He’s like a lap dog. If he could come back in another life, he’d probably be a Golden Retriever. He just wants to always cuddle with you.”

Labry will show Red Rooster again next week during the Kentucky Summer Classic before returning to school at Southern Methodist University where she is entering her senior year majoring in psychology and sports management.

“I focus on school and horse show when I can,” Labry said. “I go back after these two weeks and then I probably won’t horse show until Indoors.”

Taking a similar approach to balancing horse showing and school is Reid Patton, the champion in today’s Amateur-Owner 18-35 3’3” Hunters with her own Sincere. Patton will be leaving to attend Duke University on August 18, but before she heads to school to begin her freshman year, she is dominating the Amateur-Owner 18-35 3’3” Hunters.

She and her own Sincere won both over fences classes yesterday, and they picked up another blue ribbon this morning in the opening class of the division. The three blue ribbons tabulated to give Patton and Sincere the division championship with Melissa Jacobs and So You Say earning the reserve.

Patton will show at Traders Point Charity Horse Show, before focusing on school, with dreams of one day becoming CEO of a Fortune 500 company. 

“Duke has a really cool program called Program 2 where you can create your own major. Mine will combine markets and management, economics and computer science. It’ll be an entrepreneurial toolkit to have when I graduate,” Patton said. “I may do Indoors with Sincere, but otherwise, I’m going to focus on school.”

Following Patton’s win in the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters, Dawn Fogel took the tricolor in the Amateur-Owner 36 and Over Hunters with her mount Summer Catch. The division reserve championship went to Didi MacKenzie and MTM Inside Scoop.

The Kentucky Summer Horse Show concludes tomorrow with hunter competition starting at 8 a.m. and culminating in the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby. The Kentucky Summer Horse Show series continues next week with the Kentucky Summer Classic, which kicks off on July 29 and runs through August 3.

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

 

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