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Kentucky Summer Classic Wrap-Up: July 29 August 3, 2014

Written by: Rebecca Walton
Client: Kentucky Horse Shows LLC http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Release Date: 2014-08-04

Lexington, KY – August 4, 2014 - If Saturday night’s $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix sponsored by GGT Footing is any indication of how the Venezuelan team will perform at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy France, then they look very strong. Pablo Barrios’ rule of the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park continued as he piloted Antares to blazing double clear victory, while fellow Venezuelan rider Angel Karolyi took home the second place honors aboard Indiana 127, just shy of Barrios’ winning time.

With 46 entries in the night’s main event and only two belonging to Barrios, it might not have seemed like the odds were in his favor, but the speedy South American was ready to showcase his winning ways once again. Richard Jeffery’s first round track yielded 16 clears, creating a tiebreaker where only those that took the risks would end up on top.

The pathfinder was another well-known Venezuelan rider: Emanuel Andrade with Hardrock Z. They were able to neatly make their way over each obstacle, and they set the clear time to beat at 40.945 seconds, which held up for fifth place. The next rider in the ring bested his time, which was Brazil’s Paulo Santana on Taloubet. They were three seconds faster in a clear 37.803 seconds, but even that time would not claim the top spot and was beat by the next on course. Angel Karolyi, fresh off of speedy duels at the Spruce Meadows Tournament with Hollow Creek Farm’s Indiana 127, was ready for the challenge. Going early in the order, he added a stride in one of the rollbacks, but left out a stride in the last line, resulting in a clear score of 36.819 seconds.

Unfortunately for Karolyi, Barrios was two rounds later, and with the opportunity to watch Santana and Karolyi he knew where he could make up time with Antares. The duo sliced sharply back to the combination and galloped full speed to a vertical on the other side of the ring, resulting in a time of 35.315 seconds that would go straight to the top of the leader board and prove unbeatable. The only other rider to slip into a top five position was the United States’ Chelsea Moss with Stormfront Stables’ Operette St. Loise, clearing the course in 39.949 seconds to place fourth.

“I knew that I had to take every risk, and I did it,” explained Barrios after his win. “Antares responded amazingly. I'm definitely taking him to the WEG. He's just jumping great. He's strong, powerful, clever, careful and fast. Antares has everything. The only thing that he doesn't have is experience, and I think I've given him a lot of good experience in the last two months.”

Although Barrios bought Antares knowing he was talented mount, he did not expect him to be ready for the World Equestrian Games this year. “I knew he had the scope, but I didn't know that he would develop this quickly,” he noted. “In Calgary, I did the Queen's Cup and then the $400,000 Grand Prix and he jumped both really well. I still have a month to work with him, but I think I can be competitive at WEG with this horse. I think I can make it to the top 30 because I know he has the scope; I know he's brave, and I know he's careful."

Barrios’ record at the Kentucky Horse Park is unmatched, and he knows that Saturday night’s victory was very special. “I love this place,” he expressed. “It feels like home. The first time that I came here ever I won the grand prix. It's something about this place that I feel like I belong to this place."

This week, the Kentucky Horse Park will host the 2014 U.S. Pony Finals, followed by the Bluegrass Classic Horse Show and the 2014 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals.

For more information about the Kentucky Summer Series, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Jumper Highlights: Tuesday – Sunday

Many top riders consider the Kentucky Horse Park horse heaven, and Tuesday, they took the opportunity to prepare their mounts for upcoming events during the Kentucky Summer Classic. Riders geared up by showing the in the 1.40m and 1.35m Open Jumpers. Sharn Wardley and Kyle Timm each respectively picked up top honors aboard their speedy mounts during the competition.

The 1.40m Open Jumper class tested riders’ speed and accuracy as they showed over 11 obstacles, which included an open water option and a vertical-oxer-vertical triple combination. Matt Cyphert was the first to test the speed over the track aboard Lochinvar, leaving all the rails in place and setting the pace to beat at 62.275 seconds. The score did not hold up for long though, as Sharn Wordley and Popstar Lozonais easily made their way over each fence leaving out strides and shaving the turns to break the beam at 58.977 seconds. Only one other rider would come close to challenging Wordley’s time, and that was Will Simpson aboard Katie Riddle, who clocked in at a clear 61.699 seconds, taking over the second place position and relegating Cyphert to third place.

Kyle Timm is also a regular to the Kentucky Horse Park, but his mount Platinum is making her debut and they just scored a blue ribbon together. Fourteen horses advanced to the tiebreaker during the 1.35m Open Jumper class, but only six were able to produce a second faultless effort. Shane Sweetnam was the pathfinder with All Star De L’Aube, leaving all the rails intact in a time of 31.043 seconds, forcing other riders to chase him. Alexis Bowen came close with Oley, breaking the beam at 32.090 seconds to take home the third place award, but the next in the ring would take the lead. Timm and Platinum picked up a big gallop to the first fence. They never held back, leaving out a stride to the final oxer to take over Sweetnam’s lead with a time of 30.958 seconds.

All eyes were on the up-and-coming horses of the future in the Rolex Stadium Wednesday as they vied for winning honors in the 7 & 8-Year-Old Jumpers and the 6-Year-Old Jumpers. Chris Ewanouski captured the first blue ribbon with his 8-year-old mount Cortina, while amateur rider Joyce Green piloted Cassidy to the top prize in the 6-Year-Old Jumpers.

Great Britain’s Richard Jeffery designed the track for the 7 & 8-Year-Old Jumpers, which yielded nine clear rounds for the first round. Emanuel Andrade was the second rider to enter the ring with Boy IV. He was the pathfinder in the jump-off, stopping the clock at a speedy 38.804 seconds to set the time to beat. Luifer Larrazabal did not let his fellow Venezuelan hold on to the lead for long though, tackling the jump-off with G&C Close Up in a clear time of 36.524 seconds. When the jumps went up for the 8-year-old horses, Chris Ewanouski set out to show the other riders how it is done with Cortina. They easily cleared all of the obstacles in the tiebreaker, dashing across the finish line in 35.402 seconds to capture the win and relegate Larrazabal and Andrade to second and third, respectively.

The 6-Year-Old Jumpers were up next to showcase their skills in a power and speed event. Unfortunately, the course proved to be too challenging for the young horses, and only the last to compete advanced to the speed phase. Ramiro Quintana was the first to show over the power phase without any jumping faults, but a conservative pace aboard Duplikaat would result in one time fault for second place. David Blake was next in the ring and had just a single rail during the power phase with Dinozo to capture the third place award. Besting the professionals was amateur rider Joyce Green with Cassidy, the last to show. She left each rail intact during the power phase to take home the blue ribbon prize.

Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam is well known for helping produce top young mounts, and Thursday night he showed how it is done with the 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Bijzonder. When seven horses go double clear in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, the only way to win is with speed, and although Bijzonder is just learning to go fast, he clearly has a knack for it. Sweetnam sped across the finish line two seconds ahead of second place finishers Ramiro Quintana and Caramello Z to lead the victory gallop.

After winning last Saturday night’s $50,000 Rood and Riddle Grand Prix, Argentina’s Ramiro Quintana was hunting for another blue ribbon, this time aboard St. Bride Farm’s Caramello Z. He dashed over the obstacles in the jump-off and made a quick gallop to the final oxer, going straight to the top of the leader board with a time of 39.191 seconds.

Juan Ortiz of Venezuela was second to Quintana on Saturday, and he made another bid to beat him with the Synchronicity Group’s Tina De Noyelles. Although he was clear, he was a second shy of the time in 40.046 seconds, which would only be good enough for fourth place.

 Shane Sweetnam was the next to enter the arena with Sweet Oak Farm’s Bijzonder. He knew he was going to need to go quick for a top placing, and he began taking chances early, leaving a stride out in the first line, as well as to the final oxer, while also making quick turns. The effort paid off and they broke the beam at 37.618 seconds to take over the top ranking from Quintana.

The crowd held their breath when Venezuela’s Pablo Barrios stepped into the ring, knowing that he has won all three of the previous Hagyard Lexington Classics. This time he was aboard his newer mount Antares, and although they gave it a shot, a slip turning back after one of the verticals proved costly, and they galloped home in 39.681 seconds to take home the third place award.

“I got to see Juan Ortiz just before I went. He looked very fast so I knew that I was going to have to go very fast,” admitted Sweetnam after his win. “Bijzonder is only an 8-year-old, so I haven't really had that much experience going fast on him. He's got a big stride, and he really covered the ground.”

It’s always been a family affair for the Lands, but with young riders Frances and Taylor Land usually picking up the spotlight, it was exciting to see father Jay Land in the winner’s circle at the Kentucky Summer Classic on Friday. Despite taking a few months off from the show ring, Jay returned ready to win as he laid down a flawless round aboard his veteran mount Nepal in the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers.

Richard Jeffery designed the tracks for the High Junior Jumpers and High Amateur-Owner Jumpers in the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park, which the Amateurs tackled first. Three were able to complete the course without fault, but with speed as the main goal of the evening, it was Jay leading the victory gallop. He set the original time to beat at 63.725 seconds as only the fourth rider on course. Jay was focused on making tight, neat turns with Nepal, and it paid off.

Keely McIntosh was the next in the ring aboard Accordance, but their conservative clear round in 68.911 seconds would only be good enough for third place. Last week’s winners of the Classic, Haley Gassel and Quite Dark 2, managed to slip into the second place position when they stopped the clock at 66.934 seconds, but a three second margin gave Jay the victory.

The Junior Jumpers were next where Texas native Alexis Bowen showed the other riders that great things come in small packages. Although her 9-year-old mount Oley is only 15.3 hands, his quick gallop and careful precision left the other combinations in the dust.  Bowen and Oley were only the second duo to attempt the course, and they set the pace at 61.200 seconds, a feat which one else could catch without a rail. Maria Brugal came the closest with Diablo Van Cadzandhoeve, but as they tried to beat the clock with a time of 61.386 seconds, they lowered the height of the third obstacle to place third. The only other rider to leave the fences intact was Jackson Brittan with Garcia, and their slower pace of 69.620 seconds would capture the second place award.
The Kentucky Summer Classic concluded Sunday with another day of perfect weather as riders gathered at the Rolex Stadium for the NAL/WIHS Adult and Children’s Jumper Classics, sponsored by Johnson Horse Transportation. Isabel Coleman proved that age is just a number when she sped to victory in the Children’s Jumper Classic aboard 19-year-old Pistol, and Sydney Crenshaw had the fastest jump-off of the day with Camera Ready to win the Adult Jumper Classic.

The Children’s Jumper Classic was up first with 54 competitors showing over Richard Jeffery’s track. Thirteen advanced to the jump-off, but only eight were able to produce a second clear effort. Madison Charlton set the original time to beat with Petit Flipper, besting the course in a clear 36.882 seconds. Avery Hinson was the first to beat her, riding Vaillant to clear round one second faster in 35.817 with quick turns a fast gallop.

Coleman was one of the last to show with Pistol, and they put themselves on track for a win when they were able to roll back sharply through each turn. A hard slice to the second to last fence almost cost them the win though when they had to take the outside turn to the final oxer. They picked up the pace and galloped home, beating Hinson by just fractions in a time of 35.465 seconds.

The Adult Jumper Classic was up next, and although Sydney Crenshaw was the first to show with Camera Ready, watching the Children’s Jumper Classic paid off. They were able to advance to the jump-off and post the best time of the day by taking every inside turn and opening up the mare’s large stride. They galloped over the final obstacle in a clear 33.174 seconds, setting a mark that the other riders would fin uncatchable. Lindsay Tomeu gave it a try with Cilke Quality SC, but their time of 35.978 seconds would only be good enough for second place. Diego Morales rounded out the top three, piloting Tropbella 3K to a double clear effort in 37.263 seconds.

Hunter Highlights: Tuesday – Sunday

Cardozo just became a hunter three days prior, but Tuesday at the Kentucky Summer Classic he showed signs of a promising future ahead in his new found division. Evan Coluccio guided the 7-year-old Dutch Warmblood through his first hunter courses and to his first blue ribbon hunter win in the High Performance Hunters at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Cardozo seemed to improve with every trip Tuesday in the Stonelea Ring, picking up both a third and first place finish in the High Performance Hunters. With his strong performances Tuesday, Coluccio is optimistic for what is to come for the gelding.

Besting Cardozo for the win in the second High Performance Hunter division was one of his new barn mates, Enticement. After several weeks off, the 6-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare came back to the show ring last week with Kelley Farmer in the First Year Green and Green Conformation Hunters, and this week the pair shot to the top of the leader board in the High Performance Hunters.

In the Second Year Green Hunters, Christopher Payne and Susan Moriconi’s Channing continue to be a dominating force. The duo has been extremely competitive in the division throughout both the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows and the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, and Tuesday they added another first and second place ribbon to their string of division accolades. Besting Channing in the second over fences class of the division were Tim Goguen and Character, owned by Belhaven Stables, LLC.

At the end of Wednesday’s Kentucky Summer Classic Second Year Green Hunters, the hotly contested division championship had come down to a tie. Both Character, ridden by Tim Goguen, and Silhouette, ridden by John French, sat tied at 32 points, but with more points earned over fences it was Goguen and Character who claimed the division’s top title.

Goguen and Character came into the day with a blue ribbon already under their belt from Tuesday, and they added the points from a second and third place finish Wednesday to their cumulative tally. French and Silhouette also started the day with a blue ribbon in the under saddle class to their name, and they added one more win to their list with the victory in the Second Year Green Hunter Handy class.

Kelley Farmer swept this week’s Regular Conformation Hunters with Kensel LLC’s Quotable, winning all five of the division’s classes.

In the High Performance Hunters it was again Farmer who took the tricolor, this time with Why, an 8-year-old Oldenburg gelding. Since being purchased from Bridget Hallman by Larry Glefke and Kensel LLC, Why has been ridden by Evan Coluccio much of the time, but Farmer took the reins this week, earning back-to-back blue ribbons in Wednesday’s High Performance over fences classes. The reserve championship in the High Performance Hunters also went to Lane Change Farm, with Evan Coluccio and Cardozo riding away with the tricolor.

Victoria Press and Satisfaction rode away with the Large Junior 15 & Under Hunter division championship last weekend during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, and the pair was back on track to do it again during the Kentucky Summer Classic.

Press and Satisfaction, owned by Peakwood Pharm, Inc., started the opening day of this week’s Junior Hunters at the Kentucky Horse Park with a win over fences and followed it up with a win in the under saddle class.

Satisfaction has been extremely successful in the Conformation Hunters with Molly Sewell, and since teaming up with Press during the Winter Equestrian Festival, the 8-year-old Hanoverian gelding has been racking up the successes in the Large Junior Hunters as well.

Joining Press in showing across the divisions and in winning in the Junior Hunters is Vivian Yowan. She took the top call in the first class of the day’s Small Junior Hunters aboard Shockwave, owned by Saddle Ridge LLC.

Also earning a top call in the Small Junior Hunters were Charlotte Curry and Tomcat, who finished second behind Yowan and Shockwave in the first class before taking the win in the second over fences class.

Vindoctro was bought as a sales horse, but last month Megan Bifano decided to give the former big equitation veteran a spin in the Ariat Adult Medal. Now it looks like he may be sticking around. The duo won the class their first time out, and they came back to do the same again Friday during the Kentucky Summer Classic.

Following the first round of the Ariat Adult Medal Friday afternoon in the Stonelea Ring at the Kentucky Horse Park, Bifano and Vindoctoro, owned by Kira Zelman, sat at the top of the class with a score of 81. That top spot made them one of five pairs to be called back for additional testing, and they maintained their lead position with a flawlessly executed test.

The top five riders, Sydney Crenshaw, Anna Moersdorf, Leylan Gleeson, Brooke Bailey and Bifano, were asked to line up in the ring and canter directly to fence 6b, an oxer set as the out of a two stride combination across the diagonal in the first round. From there, riders were to go around the turn at the far end of the ring, trot the first fence of an outside line, canter down the line to the final oxer and halt facing the rail before returning to line.

Riders returned in reverse order of their standings to perform the test, and for the most part those standings would uphold through the testing. Only Gleeson saw a rail at the final oxer and her ranking fall, moving her from third to fifth. Bifano and Vindoctro remained firmly on top while Bailey and her mount All Rise finished in a close second.

Bifano and Vindoctro picked up the right lead and never faltered, giving them their second Ariat Adult Medal victory at the Kentucky Horse Park.  

Prior to Bifano’s victory this afternoon, it was Ally Marrinan’s turn in the winners’ circle. Marrinan made the trip to the Kentucky Horse Park all the way from Rhode Island, but it has proved well worth the trip. Marrinan and her mount Kobo claimed the victory in the THIS Children’s Medal last weekend during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, and they came back to earn the win again Friday during the Kentucky Summer Classic.

Winning Saturday’s $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby was no easy feat. It required besting a competitive field of 59 entries and waiting out a few passing rain showers, but there was one mount who made riding away with the victory look easy – Jane Olson Fisher’s Stoli.

With Steve Heinecke in the irons, Stoli took over the lead halfway through the first round, and he held it all the way through to the end, earning the victory gallop around the Stonelea Ring at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Heinecke and Stoli came into the handy round with a score of 94, following a seamless first round course in which they elected to take all four of the high option fences. Hot on their heels were Molly Sewell and EL Raymond, the winners of last week’s $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. Sewell and EL Raymond, owned by Leslie and Stuart Campbell, came into round two with a score of 93; they were followed in ranking by Adele Norton and her own Pitch Perfect who rounded out the top three with a score of 92.

Norton and Pitch Perfect were the first of the top contenders to return to compete over the Bobby Murphy designed handy course, and they turned in another solid round that fell just short of their first round in score at an 88.5, including the four high option bonus points. That score, coupled with their first round score 92, would be good enough to shoot them to the top of the leader board with 180.5 cumulative total.

That lead would not hold for long, as the next pair in the ring, Christopher Payne and Channing, bested it. Payne and Channing, owned by Susan Moriconi, had finished the first round in fifth place with a score of 90, but their consistency and a second round score of 91 would prevail, landing them in the temporary lead with a score of 181 and giving them the eventual second place finish.

Sewell and EL Raymond returned next to earn a score of 86.50, which, at a 179.50 total, would hold up for the fourth place spot. Following their course, it all came down to Heinecke and Stoli.

The pair did not disappointed. They perfectly matched their first round course, earning a second, equal score of 94 and clinching the far and away winning total of 188.

“I thought the first round was really nice. It was a lot of single jumps, which is nice sometimes because so often when you have a course there are so many jumps that you just have to count to the second one. This demonstrated a little bit more of the horses jumping ability,” Heinecke said. “In the handy, I think it gave some options depending on if you had to make up some points or not which is always nice. Bobby Murphy did a nice job with the courses.”

Heinecke continued, “I love the quality of the horses and the quality of the competition here at these shows in Kentucky. It’s a great place for your horses, and it’s a great place to grow and get better against good competition.”

The Kentucky Summer Horse Shows have seen large numbers of entries all summer, but this weekend those numbers skyrocketed in the pony divisions.

The 2014 US Pony Finals competition kicks off at the Kentucky Horse Park tomorrow, and hundreds of ponies and young riders took advantage of the opportunity to prepare for the prestigious Pony Finals at the Kentucky Summer Classic. Among them were two Pony Finals veterans who were among Sunday’s top finishers: Sofia Roberts and Alexandra Pielet.

Both Roberts and Pielet will be riders to watch in the Small Pony Hunters as they head into the week aboard Brownland’s Mr. Mack and Secret Love, respectively.

The two ponies dominated Section A of this weekend’s Small Pony Hunters, with Brownland’s Mr. Mack earning the division championship and Secret Love picking up the reserve. Roberts and Brownland’s Mr. Mack finished in the top two of both of the over fences classes Sunday afternoon, including besting a field of 30 competitive ponies to take the top call in Section A of the Small Pony Conformation Hunters.

With Pielet in the irons, Secret Love finished with both a first and second over fences and ended the day with the Section A Small Pony Hunter reserve championship.

In Section B of the Small Pony Hunters, it was Christina Rogalny and her own Firefly who dominated the day, riding away with the victory in both of the division’s over fences classes.

The U.S. Pony Finals festivities get under way Tuesday morning with the Large Hunter Pony Model and Large Hunter Pony Under Saddle classes beginning at 11 a.m.  

 

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