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Kentucky Summer Horse Show Wrap-Up: July 23 27, 2014

Written by: Rebecca Walton
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
Release Date: 2014-07-28

Lexington, KY – July 28, 2014 – Argentine rider Ramiro Quintana has been partnered with Whitney for two years, but their hot streak just began this summer. After winning their first grand prix together two weeks ago in New Jersey, they traveled to the Kentucky Summer Horse Show to showcase their winning ways. In front of a packed house at the Kentucky Horse Park for Hats Off Day, the pair raced away with the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix victory against an international field.

Thirty-eight entries took their turn over Steve Stephen’s technical and large track this evening, but only five managed to have a perfect round and advance to the jump-off. The first to return was Great Britain’s Gemma Paternoster with Osiris, owned by Julia Harrison-Lee. They were the pathfinders, leaving each rail intact as they stopped the clock in a tidy 40.926 seconds to set the time to beat.

Quintana was prepared to face the challenge at hand with his experienced mount Whitney, owned by St. Bride’s Farm. Tight turns at the end of his round and a stride left out to the final oxer paid off when he dashed across the finish line in a speedy 38.008 seconds with all the fences up to take over the top spot. Venezuela’s Juan Ortiz was the only remaining contestant with Tina De Noyelles, owned by the Synchronicity Group. He gave it his all, but one extra stride to the final fence proved costly when he stopped the timers at 38.700 seconds, just 7/10ths of a second shy of Quintana for second place.

Regarding the jump-off, Quintana said, “My mare is naturally fast. I thought if I stayed tighter on my track and kept the natural pace that she likes to have that she was going to get ahead of Gemma. Whitney left the last jump up, which was kind of nice. I've lost a lot of classes with her at the last fence trying to chase. I stayed calm and just gave her a better ride and the jump stayed up. It worked out well.”

The Kentucky Summer Classic will get underway on Tuesday. The highlight events in the Rolex Stadium will include the fifth $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and the $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix, sponsored by GGT Footing.

For more information on the Kentucky Summer Series please go to

Jumper Highlights: Wednesday – Sunday

The Kentucky Summer Series got underway Wednesday, with familiar names at the top of the leader board at the Rolex Stadium. The 1.40m Open Jumper classes were the feature events, with Aaron Vale and Pablo Barrios each taking home a win. Vale closed out the day with a victory aboard Quidam’s Good Luck in the jump-off class, while Venezuela’s Pablo Barrios sped to the lead earlier with Lascana. Molly Hale also took home a blue ribbon, riding Kahula to the fastest double clear effort in the 7 & 8-Year-Old Jumpers.

Steve Stephens designed the challenging tracks for Wednesday’s events in the Rolex, closing out the day with the 1.40m Open Jumper jump-off class. Seven riders were double clear over the course, making it a hoof race for the victory. Will Simpson set an early time to beat with The Dude as he broke the beam at 33.972 seconds, but it was not good enough to take over the win. Aaron Vale proved why his name is consistently in the headlines as he showed Quidam’s Good Luck to a fast and faultless round in 33.566 seconds for the victory. Matt Cyphert rounded out the top three riding Lochinvar to a clear jump-off in 34.263.

The 1.40m Open Jumpers also competed in a speed event Wednesday, where Pablo Barrios showcased his winning ways aboard Lascana. Hannah Von Heidegger set the time to beat early in the class with E-Unanime De La Haie, leaving all the rails intact in a time of 59.995 seconds. Unfortunately she would need to settle for second when international speedster Barrios left strides out in the lines with Lascana, stopping the clock in a clear 58.317 seconds to take over the top spot on the leader board. At the end of the class, Von Heidegger made another bid for the top with her second mount Axl Rose, and although they were clear, their time of 61.450 seconds would only be good enough for third place.

Earlier in the day, the 7 & 8-year-old Jumpers were moved from the Walnut Ring to the Rolex Stadium, which paid off for rider Molly Hay, who galloped to top honors aboard Kahula. Seven entries advanced to the jump-off, with five completing double clear efforts. Hay and Kahula set the time to beat as they left a stride out to the final jump to finish in 35.626 seconds. Aaron Vale tried to catch her with Selfie but was one second shy as he broke the beam in 36.746 seconds for second place. Colin Syquia took home the third place honors after stopping the clock at 37.385 seconds with Heidi D’Artevelde.

Pablo Barrios will soon be crowned king of the Kentucky Horse Park, and Zara Leandra will be his queen. Thursday night, the dynamic duo notched yet another $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic victory. The Venezuelan native won both of the events during the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, and that was following his domination of the series in 2013. It appears to be a repeat year, as Barrios grabs a firmer hold on the 2014 Hagyard Challenge Series, which awards a $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus to the top finisher following the culmination of the series in September.

Forty-eight horse and rider combinations gathered at the Rolex Stadium for the Kentucky Summer Horse Show’s $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. The final test featured multiple rollbacks and opportunities to gallop across the ring and slice fences. Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam was the pathfinder as the first to return with Solerina, owned by Sweet Oak Farm and Spy Coast Farm. They were able to quickly navigate the track without error and set the pace to beat at 36.600 seconds.

Three rounds later, Chris Ewanouski entered the arena with Orbetello, owned by Hampton Farms. Although they are still forming a partnership, Ewanouski and Orbetello proved they were up to the challenge when they made a hard slice across the ring after the wall. With all the rails intact they broke the beam at 36.285 seconds.

Unfortunately for Ewanouski, Barrios was the final rider to compete with his veteran mount Zara Leandra, and as they landed off of one of the middle verticals it was clear why they are leading the Hagyard standings. They raced over the final obstacles without touching a rail and blazed across the finish in 35.350 seconds to capture the victory, relegating Ewanouski to second place and Sweetnam to third place.

“I was very tight to the combination,” admitted Brrios. “She jumped the combination in the first round really, really good so I took advantage of that, that she would jump it again good. She jumped it really good.”

Barrios is very focused on winning the $50,000 Hagyard Leading Rider Bonus this year. “It's a little more pressure with this class with Zara Leandra because I feel like she should automatically go clear,” he said. “It's so nice to have a horse that you know her percentage of clear rounds is higher than the rounds that she has faults. The Hagyard series puts a little more pressure on, but I think I'm better under pressure.”

Rising talent took center stage Friday at the Kentucky Horse Park as the High Junior and Amateur-Owner Jumpers competed in the Rolex Stadium during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show on Friday. Anna Cardelfe proved that a new partnership can be just as successful as a veteran pairing when she won the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers aboard Dollar Van’t Eigenlo DH. Meanwhile in the High Junior Jumpers, it was Meredith Darst galloping to victory with Zenith Dance.

Steve Stephens designed the track for Friday’s classes, which included two double combinations as well as many technical rollbacks. Many of the questions left the first half of the Junior riders puzzled, but once they started to find the answers there were 11 riders competing in the jump-off, which carried over into the Amateurs for a 10-horse jump-off.

Kate Morrison was the second rider to show in the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers and was the first to tackle the jump-off. She piloted Four Roses DL Vie Z to a faultless finish, setting the pace at 31.987 seconds. Unfortunately, Morrison did not get to celebrate for long. Cardelfe was next in the ring with her new mount Dollar Van’t Eigenlo DH. They sped down the lines, made a sharp rollback to break the beam and set a clear time of 31.380 seconds that no one else would be able to beat. The only other rider that came close was the next in the ring: Chelsea Moss. She was riding Operette St. Loise, and they stopped the timers at 31.643 seconds, sliding into second place and relegating Morrison to third as the rest of the riders tried to catch the leaders.

Earlier in the day, top young rider Meredith Darst stood center stage to accept her blue ribbon for a winning round on Zenith Dance. Mexico’s Eugenio Garza riding Balloon produced the first double clear, but their conservative pace of 35.244 seconds as one of the first to go would only hold up for third place. Meredith Darst and Zenith Dance were the next to show over the short course without error, but they used tight turns to their advantage to cross the finish line in 32.134 seconds. Sophie Simpson tried to catch Darst with her mount Elegance Van’t Paradijs, and although they left all the rails intact, their time of 32.152 seconds would be just 2/10ths of a second shy of Darst to take home second place.

The South American contingent has had a strong showing during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, and Sunday was no exception. Mexico’s Juan Pablo Gaspar proved that speed is the name of the game when he took home top honors in the $7,500 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Jumper Classic, sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch. Gaspar and his new mount Puetras So What were faultless over the jump-off track with a two second lead to take home the victory.

Steve Stephens designed the tracks for Sunday’s events in the Rolex Stadium, and although 24 riders competed in the Junior Jumper Classic, only three horses were able to advance to the jump-off. Kira Kerkorian was the first to return for the tiebreaker aboard Cassi. They had galloped easily over all of the obstacles, setting the pace at a clear 44.488 seconds. Gaspar was next, and with only one horse left he decided to give it his all. The risk paid off as Puetras So What left each rail intact and dashed through the timers in 42.662 seconds to take over the lead. Kerkorian qualified a second mount, Faustino, for the jump-off, but a refusal at the third fence relegated them to third place, sealing Gaspar’s victory.

The weather certainly played its part, as strong thunderstorms rolled through, delaying most of the classes. Although Hayley Gassel was planning a trip to Dollywood with her friends, she decided to stay an extra night to be sure she could compete in the $5,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, sponsored by Audi of Lexington. The decision paid off, and as the pathfinder aboard Quite Dark 2 in the jump-off they set a pace that would not be beat.

Sixteen riders waited for the skies to clear for the Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, and five made it to the tiebreaker to make a final bid for the top spot. Gassel was the first to go, and with a clear trip in 40.951 seconds she set a pace she knew the other riders would need to chase. Three of the competitors had four faults trying to catch the time and not coming close, with Kate Morrison as the fastest challenge on Windoctro in 41.404 seconds. Friday’s winners, Anna Cardelfe and Dollar Van’t Eigenlo DH, are still a new pair, and focused on leaving the jumps up, but their time of 42.995 seconds would only be good enough for second place.

Hunter Highlights: Wednesday – Sunday

Revival and Enticement have not seen the show ring since the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, but Wednesday they picked up right where they left off at the Kentucky Horse Park. With Kelley Farmer in the irons, the two talented young mounts earned multiple blue ribbons on the first day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show.

Enticement, a 6-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Larry Glefke, kicked off Lane Change Farm’s winning day with the top call in the second class of the First Year Green Hunters and kept right on rolling from there, with top three finishes in the Green Conformation Hunters.

Enticement was just edged out of a blue ribbon in the Green Conformation Hunters by Revival. The 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, also owned by Glefke, dominated the division with two blue ribbons over fences. Rounding out the Farmer ridden contingent in Green Conformation Hunters was the greenest of the group, Handwritten. The Oldenburg gelding claimed a second over fences as well as second in the Green Conformation Hunter Under Saddle.

Kelley Farmer will forever have numerous fond memories of Bill Cooney, and she will always treasure the renowned trainer’s beautifully handwritten notes. Those carefully penned notes are what inspired the name Handwritten for the mount she rode to back-to-back blue ribbons in the First Year Green Hunters Thursday morning at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show.

Bill Cooney would likely have been proud of the green, 6-year-old Oldbenburg gelding who really stepped up to the plate this week to take the First Year Green Hunter division reserve championship in one of his first times out competing at that height.

Finishing ahead of Handwritten in the point standings and claiming the First Year Green Hunter championship was Truman, owned by Maypine Farm and shown by Christopher Payne.

Payne also rode to a division reserve championship with Second Year Green Hunter Channing, owned by Susan Moriconi. Claiming the championship in the division was Character, owned by Belhaven Stables, LLC and ridden by Tim Goguen.

After an extremely successful junior career, Reid Patton has found continued success – and a more relaxed atmosphere – in a new division: the Amateur-Owner 18-35 3’3” Hunters. She dominated the division Friday at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, sweeping the over fences classes and finishing second under saddle with her own Sincere.

Her talented mount, Sincere, also seems to be enjoying his job as an Amateur-Owner Hunter; he turned in to back-to-back seamless rounds in the Stonelea Ring of the Kentucky Horse Park Friday morning, giving he and Patton a strong lead in points heading into the second day of the division.

Following Patton and Sincere’s domination of the Amateur-Owner 18-35 3’3” Hunters, Dawn Fogel saw very similar results in the Amateur-Owner 36 and Over 3’3” Hunters. The highly competitive amateur rider earned the top call in both over fences and the third place ribbon under saddle with her own Summer Catch.

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 Saturday 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 Saturday 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 Saturday, coupled with a win and two second place finishes Friday, 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.

Taking a similar approach to balancing horse showing and school is Reid Patton, the champion in the 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 Friday, and they picked up another blue ribbon Saturday 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.

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.

As EL Raymond finished his first round course in Sunday’s $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, Leslie Campbell could be spotted ringside doing a happy dance and cheering enthusiastically. With Molly Sewell in the irons, her horse had just turned in a beautiful round that would shoot him to the top of the leader board, where he would remain untouched through both rounds of the derby.

EL Raymond’s first round score of 92 was closely contended by another mount ridden by Sewell, Joe Cool, owned by Emery Hanson. Sewell and Joe Cool earned a first round score of 91, putting Sewell in both the first and second place position to return for the handy round.  

Following Sewell’s pattern of coming back for the handy round on two consecutively ranked horses was Steve Heinecke. He returned in the third place spot aboard Jane Olsen Fisher’s Swag and in the fourth place position aboard Fisher’s So Lucky. Rounding out the top five returners were Christopher Payne and previous Hallway Feeds Derby winner, Harlan, owned by Susan Moriconi.  

With Payne returning multiple mounts, Heinecke and So Lucky stepped up in the order as the first of the top five ranking riders to come back to compete over the Joseph Carnicom designed handy course. Their trip quickly bumped them to the lead with a score from the judges of 86 plus four high option bonus points for a second round total of 90 and a grand total of 179.

That score would end up holding up for the second place position, only being overtaken by Payne and Harlan and Sewell and EL Raymond. Payne and Harlan turned in the best performance of the second round with a judges’ score of 88.50, coupled with four high option bonus points for a 92.50 total. Combined with their first round score of 87 they would finish on 179.50, just edging out Heinecke for the second place honor.

Sewell and EL Raymond were the last to return and they duplicated their first round performance with a second 92 score, giving them a 184 score overall and clinching the victory.

“He’s pretty much perfect. I will tell you what though – he knows when it means something,” Sewell said of ‘Raymond.’ “He really rises to the occasion. I’ve done him in a couple derbies, and he loves the handy rounds. It gets his attention, and he tries five times harder than he normally does, which is already giving 100 percent.”

The 17-year-old Warmblood, who’s name, EL Raymond, actually stands ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ has lived up to that name ten-fold throughout his longstanding career.

“He’s just kind of a go-to-guy. You always can count on him, and it’s a pleasure to ride him,” Sewell said. “I ride a lot of young horses, and they aren’t always consistent. It’s kind of a joke in the barn, I always ask Leslie every time that she comes back from riding him how he was. She’s always like, ‘really, you have to ask me? He was perfect.’ He always is perfect. Everybody loves Raymond. I think that he has the biggest fan club at every horse show.”


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