Annabel Revers and Quax.
Lexington, KY – May 15, 2015 – Annabel Revers has become a familiar face in equitation ring, and today the 15-year-old rose to the top in a field of 29 entries, taking home the blue ribbon in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Class at the Kentucky Spring Classic.
The young talent from Weston, Massachusetts placed fourth last week, but came back today with Quax ready to win. The pair impressed the judges with a smooth trip around Bobby Murphy’s course, which included an in-and-out to a single on a bending line, rollbacks and a brush jump.
“I thought it was a great course, but I wasn’t sure how Quax was going to react to the jump at the end of the ring,” Revers said. “He spooked a little bit, but it wasn’t enough to be noticeable. He was great, though. He turns so well and maintains a really nice rhythm around the whole course.”
Revers’ equitation also stood out on the flat, where the judges asked the riders to show at the walk, working trot, sitting trot and canter. The pair rode away with the win, continuing on the path to Regionals, which Revers has already qualified for.
Coming in second place behind Revers and Quax were Sophie Simpson and Clifford, an entry from Blue Hill Farm LLC of Wellington, Florida.
Although 16-year-old Simpson competes regularly in the equitation ring, her horse Clifford is brand new, doing the Maclay for only the second time today.
“Clifford is a really green horse; he’s only 8,” Simpson said. “He’s just starting equitation, but he was awesome. I thought that for a horse’s second time going around the Maclay, the course was spooky enough with the brush jump and the wall, but I knew he was going to be really good. He’s really straightforward and really brave, so I was really happy with him. He handled everything very well.”
Simpson has also qualified for Regionals and is looking forward to competing there, with her sights set on eventually qualifying for Finals.
“I’m hoping everything goes well, and we can continue to Finals,” Simpson commented. “It would be a heartbreak if it didn’t, but I’m excited for both.”
Third place went to Martha Ingram and Tenacious, owned by John and Stephanie Ingram from Nashville, Tennessee. Helen Voss and Mark Bone’s Cashmere took the fourth-place spot, with fifth place going to Elizabeth Bailey and her horse Acido 7. Rounding out the top six were Anna Bremermann and her horse Pretentious K.
Up next at the Kentucky Spring Classic is “Derby Day,” with the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby taking center stage.
For more information on Kentucky Horse Shows LLC and the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.
Kentucky Horse Shows 2015 Horse Show Series Fast Facts
Events: 2015 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows
The Kentucky Horse Shows 2014 series includes two weeks of top hunter/jumper competitions during the month of May. The Kentucky Horse Show Series is the host of the Hagyard Challenge Series and Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series.
Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™, home to the United States Equestrian Federation.
KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOW – May 6-10, 2015
$34,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI2*
$85,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI2*
$25,000 Bluegrass Classic
$25,000 U25 Classic
$15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby
WCHR Recognized Hunter Competition
KENTUCKY SPRING CLASSIC – May 13-17, 2015
$34,000 Welcome Speed CSI3*
$34,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*
$127,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI3*
$50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix
$20,000 Bluegrass Classic
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby
A special thanks to the generous sponsors of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows: Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Hallway Feeds, Hollow Creek Farm, Audi of Lexington, Sleepy P Ranch, CWD, Farm Vet, Dietrich Insurance, Take2 Thoroughbred Program and the Official Hotel The Clarion.
8am – 5pm daily
Horse Show Exhibitors may purchase a weekly parking pass at the main Horse Park entrance for $15.00. Dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash.
The Kentucky Horse Park is located 8 miles northeast of Lexington, Kentucky at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.
Before Show – (859) 233-0492, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
During Show – Telephone: (859) 254-3343, Fax: (859) 231-6097
Stabling – Email Tom Blankenship at email@example.com
Stable office – Before Show: (843) 269-4737, During Show: (859) 255-0605
Prize List Advertising – Email Cindy Bozan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (859) 608-3709
Vendors – Email Cindy Bozan at email@example.com or call (859) 608-3709
Shownet – www.shownet.biz
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located adjacent to the Stonelea Ring.
CLARION HOTEL (Formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859-233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles (OFFICIAL HOTEL)
Discover the place where elegant comfort in an ideal location meets excellent service and affordability. At the Clarion Hotel Lexington, you’ll find well-appointed accommodations with options of double/doubles, double queens, king rooms or suites, exceptional amenities such as our free hot breakfast buffet, and Southern hospitality at its finest. The best hotel for Keeneland – located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region – home of the Kentucky Horse Park, the Lexington Convention Center, University of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – our Lexington hotel is on Newtown Pike at Exit 115 on I-75, close to all the big attractions, and is the perfect place to stay whether you’re here to get down to business or have some fun. Best of all, bring your furry friends for any trip because the Clarion Hotel in Lexington is also pet-friendly.
Reservations may not be made through the Horse Show office. To reserve a campsite at the Kentucky Horse Park for any of the horse shows, please call the Campground store at (800) 370-6416 or 859-259-4157 or email Sherry Logan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be specific as to the show name and the dates you wish to stay. Check-in time is 2:00 p.m. and check-out is 12:00 noon. You must make arrangements with the Campground store if you plan to arrive earlier than 2:00 p.m. or stay later than 12:00 noon. Vehicles that are not removed from a campsite by check-out time will be towed.