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Hayley Waters and Uppie De Lis Take Early Lead to Win $5,000 1.40m Open Jumpers

Photo: Hayley Waters and Uppie De Lis.

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 1, 2018 – A little rain on Wednesday morning couldn’t stop Hayley Waters from taking the win in the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumpers during the second day of the Kentucky Summer Classic. The pair completed two faultless rounds, finishing the jump-off in a time of 40.288 seconds. F. Peter Jordan put in a solid double-clear effort with one of the three mounts he competed in the class, Igor Van De Grauwe Berg, and finished the jump-off one second slower than Waters in a time of 41.217 seconds. Rounding out the top three places was Martien Van Der Hoeven and Bente, who had 4 faults over the short course in a time of 41.813 seconds.

The 1.40m Open Jumper class hosted 23 horse-and-athlete combinations over a 13- effort course built by Brazilian course designer Anderson Lima. Lima has had success designing courses all over the world, including at the Winter Equestrian Festival, where he designed the $205,000 NetJets Grand Prix CSI4*.

Waters, who calls her family farm in Sparr, Florida home, brought eight horses to the Kentucky Horse Park for the Kentucky Summer horse show series. The 21-year-old equestrian has undoubtedly proven herself as “one to watch” on the list of up-and-coming young American athletes. She is well known for winning her first grand prix at the age of 16 and hasn’t looked back since.

Waters’ parents, Dana and Chuck, acquired Uppie De Lis from Andy Kocher in the early months of 2017. Kocher piloted the 17-year-old Warmblood gelding to top placings in FEI-level classes at many important events including the Washington International Horse Show and the Upperville Colt & Horse Show. Waters has also produced strong results with “Uppie” at the prestigious Devon Horse Show and Tryon International Equestrian Center.

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Aaron Vale Continues to Dominate 1.40m Jumpers with Acolina R at Kentucky Summer Classic

Photo: Aaron Vale and Acolina R.

Lexington, Ky. – July 31, 2018 – Aaron Vale was the first rider in the $5,000 Open 1.40m Jumpers during the opening day of the Kentucky Summer Classic and, after putting in a clear round on Sarah Turner’s Acolina R, he wasted no time in completing a very fast jump-off that proved to be unbeatable throughout the remainder of the class. Alex Granato and Beorn achieved another double clear effort that put them in second place, while Christoph Schroeder finished third on Diamant De Revel.

This was the second time in as many weeks that Vale piloted Acolina R to a top placing in the Rolex Stadium. Last week, the pair finished second in the $5,000 Open 1.40m Jumpers Wednesday, ahead of the mare’s strong performances with owner Turner in the Medium Amateur-Owner Jumper divisions. Acquired by Turner four years ago for Vale to show in the grand prix, Acolina R has proven herself to be an incredibly valuable partner for both Vale and Turner.

The class saw several riders that had multiple mounts, including Vale, who also rode Darling GR and Da Vinci. The competitor was able to draw on his past performances with the 13-year-old Oldenburg mare to make a crucial inside turn that no other competitor attempted during the jump off, which ended up giving him the edge over Granato, who also rode three horses in the class.

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Alyssa Mansfield and Candor Can’t Be Caught in $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Photo: Alyssa Mansfield and Candor.

Lexington, Ky. – July 29, 2018 – The final day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show concluded competition with hunter horses highlighted in the Stonelea Ring for the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows. Twenty-five horse-and-athlete combinations contested Jasen Shelley’s classic round over ten obstacles with four high options, with Alyssa Mansfield posting an unbeatable total score of 178 across two rounds to claim the victory with Ashland Farms’ Candor.

Rachel Kennedy earned the second place ribbon aboard Lissa Bachner’s Meridian, just one point shy of the win with a 177-point total, while Rachel McMullen and Centerfold K, owned by Henge Hill Investments, rode to third place with a score of 175.5.

Twelve riders were called back to challenge the handy round in reverse order of score over nine fences with four high options, finishing with a trot fence. Returning with an 84, Kennedy laid down an impressive second round to capture the highest handy round score of 93. She remained on the top of the leaderboard through the following four riders until Mansfield and the 10-year-old Warmblood gelding returned second to last in the order. Taking all high options to earn a handy score of 90, Mansfield’s combined score caught her the win.

Fresh off of a win in the $20,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, Junior and Amateur Section at Country Heir II in June, Mansfield and Candor have already made a great team within their few short months of partnership. In addition to their derby success, the pair competes in the adult amateur division and recently captured the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunter Championship at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show.

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Jimmy Torano Sprints to Win in $50,000 Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix

Photo: Jimmy Torano and Glasgow De Muze.

Lexington, Ky. – July 28, 2018 – The crowds came to cheer on top athletes at the Kentucky Horse Park and were not disappointed by the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix on Saturday. After a field of 35 horse and rider combinations entered the ring, only five returned for a competitive jump-off. Veteran professional, Jimmy Torano, piloted Ilan Feder’s gelding, Glasgow De Muze, to the win in a time of 40.203 seconds, narrowly beating another favorite, Aaron Vale, on his mount Major who crossed the timers with a speedy 41.557. Torano took home the prestigious grand prix win as well as the Envisian Leading Rider Award.

The Rolex Stadium was filled to the brim with spectators who came to the venue to participate in Hats Off Day, which celebrates the impact the horse has had on the state of Kentucky. The crowd was vibrant and cheered excitedly when Sydney Shulman and the first of her two rides, Villamoura, produced the first clear round.  Vale, who entered the ring after Shulman, wasted no time in producing his own clear round and guaranteeing the crowd a jump-off. The challenging course, designed by Bobby Murphy, did not allow for another clear round until Torano, followed by Katy Abrahamson, and later Sharn Wordley.

Torano, who has been a prominent equestrian and equestrian sports commentator, only took over the ride on Glasgow De Muze a few months ago, when fellow professional, Ilan Feder, called to let him know that the gelding was on his way to his farm. The 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood is no stranger to the winner’s circle, just recently taking home the blue ribbon in the Open Jumper division at the Lake Placid Horse Show as well as top finishes at the Tryon International Equestrian Center.

Returning for the jump-off Shulman set a blistering pace only to have an unfortunate rail at the last fence. Vale, who is known to be almost unbeatable in the Rolex Arena, laid down a fierce ride, besting Shulman and forcing Torano to leave it all on the line. Torano, who has represented the United States in multiple FEI World Cup Finals and was a member on several Nations Cup teams, masterfully navigated the short course to produce a time that proved unbeatable by Abrahamson or Wordley.

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David Oberkircher Dominates Rolex Stadium during Kentucky Summer Horse Show

Photo: David Oberkircher and Castelino Van De Helle.

Lexington, Ky. – July 27, 2018 – Jumper competition returned the Rolex Stadium Friday at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show presented by Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC. David Oberkircher, who arrived in Kentucky on Thursday, dominated the day by winning the both the Medium and High Junior/Amateur Owner jumpers. In the Medium division, Oberkircher piloted Castelino Van De Helle to a win over a field of 28 entries with a double clean effort and quick jump off time that clocked in at 34.907.

Unlike Thursday evening in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, which saw only three clear rounds of 44 starters, 11 of the 28 riders that competed in the Medium Jumpers produced double clear efforts. Oberkircher, who has recently started a new career that leaves him less time to compete at horse shows, knew that he had a chance with his veteran stallion. The 15-year-old Holsteiner, who is owned by Southfields Farm, LLC of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, seamlessly navigated the course that consisted of 13-expertly placed fences. Although the pair has not shown much together over the last year, due to some minor injuries that the stallion sustained, they picked up a gallop and took a dominating lead by more than a second. Sohpia Studd and Hera-V placed second with a jump off time of 35.375.

Earlier in the day, Oberkircher and another one of his mounts, Upper, beat 14 other horse and rider combinations in the High Junior/Amateur Owner class with a double clear effort and jump off time that was two seconds faster than the second place competitor. The Pennsylvania native, who trains with the husband and wife team of John Roche and Chelsea Sundius at JR Show Stables, plans to compete in the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix Saturday as well as the Under-25 Jumper Classic on Sunday.

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Relive Nations Cup CSIO5* at CHIO Aachen on Horse & Country TV

Photo: Courtesy of Horse & Country TV.

London, U.K. – July 24, 2018 – Following the exciting conclusion of the prestigious CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival in Germany on Sunday, Horse & Country TV (H&C TV) is proud to offer its U.S. audience the opportunity to relive all of the action in its exclusive coverage of the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup CSIO5* and the Rolex Grand Prix CSI5*, part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

H&C TV will broadcast highlights from the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup CSIO5* on Tuesday, July 24, at 8 p.m. EST and the Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* as-live on Wednesday, July 25, at 8 p.m. EST. Don’t miss one of the biggest show jumping events of the year! Join H&C TV to watch the coverage from Aachen here.

In addition to Tuesday and Wednesday’s broadcasts, a highlights show recapping the event will also air on Friday, July 27, at 8 p.m. EST.

World renowned athlete from Germany, Marcus Ehning, won Sunday’s Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* – his second Aachen grand prix title in 12 years.

Ehning is highly respected for his stylish, effortless riding and he didn’t disappoint. His partner Pret A Tout was also on top form, having led Germany to its third consecutive Nations Cup victory at Aachen earlier in the week on Thursday. Once again, the 15-year-old Selle Français gelding pulled off a perfect performance.

“First of all, I have to thank my horse,” said Ehning. “He has an incredibly good nature and knows his job! When he enters the ring and hears the crowd it gives him additional motivation.”

Ehning is now in the running for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. The next leg will be held at Spruce Meadows in early September. Following Sunday’s victory, Ehning said he hadn’t planned on competing there but may have to take a second look at his competition schedule. After all, there is €1 million up for grabs!

Watch Ehning’s incredible display of horsemanship in H&C TV’s broadcasts of the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup CSIO5* and the Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* at CHIO Aachen on Tuesday and Wednesday!

Horse & Country TV
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Phelps Sports Mourns the Loss of Founder Kenneth Kraus

Photo: Debra Jamroz.

Wellington, Fla. – June 27, 2018 – Phelps Sports is deeply saddened to report the passing of one of its founders, Kenneth Kraus. He passed away in his home on Tuesday, June 26.

Kraus was involved in the equestrian industry since 1960 – first as a top junior rider and then as an announcer. He announced every major horse show in the country including the National Horse Show, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, the American Invitational, and the Winter Equestrian Festival. Kraus was an R rated US Equestrian jumper judge. Prior to his time as a horse show announcer, Kraus was an on-air personality for four years in the Cleveland, Ohio radio market and also spent a number of years in rock ‘n’ roll as road manager for Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Outlaws.

In 2004, Kraus joined forces with Mason Phelps Jr. to help create Phelps Media Group, the first company established to promote equestrian events. A journalist at heart, Kraus was a talented writer, gifted photographer, and a significant contributor to equestrian media. In 2006 he spearheaded the creation of Phelps Sports, one of the country’s leading equestrian news organizations. Kraus reported on and covered all of the major horse shows as well as did investigative reporting and conducted in-depth interviews with top personalities in the industry. He retired from his position at Phelps Sports in 2017.

“Kenny was a great friend and talented visionary with a passion for equestrian sport,” expressed Phelps. “It was an honor to work by his side for so many years at Phelps Media Group and he will truly be missed.”

Kraus is survived by his sister, Wendy Lewis.

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Mike Smith and Justify Carry American Equus to Flawless Triple Crown Victory

Mike Smith piloting Justify to become the 13th Triple Crown winner. Photo: Adam Coglianese.

Gilbert, AZ – June 14, 2018 – American Equus rode into history with longtime sponsored rider Mike Smith as he and Justify swept the 150th Belmont Stakes on Saturday, making them only the 13th horse and rider pair to win the coveted Triple Crown. A crowd of 90,000 cheering fans, as well as millions of television viewers hoping to see a repeat of American Pharaoh’s historic 2015, went wild as the pair broke from the gate and led the entire field around the historic Belmont Park. American Equus is proud to have carried Smith on his journey with Justify to win the triple crown and solidify his place in horse racing history.

“If you had asked me two years ago, when I founded American Equus, if we would have not only won the richest single race in horseracing, but also the Triple Crown, I would have said ‘absolutely not’,” commented David Shano, Founder of American Equus. “Working with Mike [Smith] has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career. American Equus is honored by his support of company, unwavering belief in our irons, and to have helped him effectively ride this incredible horse to the biggest victory in his incredible career.”

From his very first race, Justify has been nothing short of incredible. The chestnut stallion, owned by China Horse Club, WinStar Farm, and SF Racing, and trained by Bob Baffert, completed the mile and a half on a fast track in 2 minutes 28.18 seconds and became the second undefeated Triple Crown winner, since with Seattle Slew in 1977. Justify has handily won six straight G1 races since beginning his competitive career only four months ago.

“The Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes were certainly less than ideal conditions to race in,” said Smith. “In the Preakness especially, Justify jumped the tracks a couple of times and my foot never slipped. The American Equus irons keep my ride smooth and solid and almost like I am standing on the ground. They definitely make all the difference.”

“Big Money Mike” Smith is considered one of the most successful and influential riders in the sport, with over 5,300 victories and total purse earnings topping $312,243,585. He has held a place in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame since 2003 and has secured wins in two Derby’s, two Preakness’s, two Belmont’s and a record 26-Breeders’ Cup races, as well as the Pegasus Cup, and Dubai World Cup.  At an unbelievable 52 years old, Smith now has the distinction of becoming the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown.

“American Equus is looking forward to many more races with Mike and continuing our relationship of success for many years to come. For as long as Mike wants to race, American Equus will be there to make sure he is as safe and competitive as possible,” commented Shano.

Media Contact: Lenore Phillips
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Bromont International Driving: A Seventeenth Edition on the Horizon

Photo: James Fairclough.

Bromont, Quebec – June 5, 2018 – The Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park is getting ready to host the seventeenth edition of the Bromont International Driving from June 28 to July 1, 2018.

Qualifying Event for the World Championships

The organizing committee is happy to count on the participation of the following officials for its 2018 edition:

Jan-Erik Palsson, president of the jury
Marie de Ronde Oudemans & Sarah Mullins, members of the jury
Richard Papens, technical delegate
Marc Johnson, course designer

The Bromont International Driving will be a qualifier for the FEI World Driving Championships for Singles, held in Kronenberg (Netherlands) August 28 to September 2, 2018.

The 17th edition of the Bromont International Driving will also be a qualifying event for the Canadian and American teams for the World Equestrian Games which will take place in Tryon, North Carolina on September 11, 2018.

The Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park has hosted the event since 2001 and it is the only sanctioned driving competition in Canada. Bromont’s exceptional venue is perfect for presenting the three phases of the combined driving competitions.

Registration Is Open

Drivers are welcome! All necessary forms are available online at www.bromontdriving.org, or by contacting the show office at driving@internationalbromont.org.

Welcome to the St-Martin Bromont

The St-Martin Bromont hôtel & suites, official hotel of the event, offers a special rate to drivers and their team. Simply use the online form to make reservations at the event’s special rate. The reservation form is available at www.attelagebromont.org/en/forms.

About Bromont International Driving

The Bromont International Driving is the only FEI sanctioned driving competition in Canada and one of seven held across North America.

Bromont International Driving would like to thank its major sponsors, the Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, the Ministère du Tourisme du Québec and the town of Bromont for their support.

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Andrew Kocher and Mattias Tromp Share Open Jumper Championship Honors at Devon

Mattias Tromp (left) and Andrew Kocher (right). Photo: The Book LLC.

Devon, Pa. – June 2, 2018 – Since Tuesday, international horses and athletes have been competing for valuable points towards the week’s coveted Open Jumper championship. Following their top performances throughout the 2018 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, Top Line Sport Horse International, LLC’s Kahlua, ridden by USA’s Andrew Kocher, and Beyaert Farm Inc.’s Eyecatcher, ridden by USA’s Mattias Tromp, were crowned the 2018 Open Jumper champions and winners of the Little Big Man Challenge Trophy. Both horses tied with 16 points at the conclusion of Saturday’s $70,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake CSI4*, sponsored by Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar – Radnor, which was won by Kocher and Kahlua.

Lisa Arena Davis and Balou Fulfill Devon Dream with Grand Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunter Championship

The Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions crowned their respective champions on Saturday at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, where Lisa Arena Davis returned to Devon after six years to earn the Devon Grand Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunter championship title aboard Balou.

Miller Young Fina and Maximum Velocity Find Victory in English Pleasure Saddle Seat Championship

The Dixon Oval hosted the English Pleasure Saddle Seat championship on Saturday evening, where 11 competitors put on their best show to vie for the tricolor ribbon. At the end of the evening’s class, it was Miller Young Fina who claimed the top prize with Maximum Velocity. Reserve champion was awarded to Elizabeth Ruffner and SSL Ringo.

For more information, please visit www.DevonHorseShow.net.

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