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Join Us for the Start of the ESP Summer Series

August 4, 2020 – Wellington, FL – The 2020 ESP Summer Series kicks off next week, Wednesday, August 12, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s Equestrian Village grounds. The series is set to host a variety of competition including five weeks of National “A” & Jumper 4* classes, one week of Regional “C” & Jumper 3* competition, three National Hunter Derbies, and the Region 3 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship. After much positive feedback, the Derby Field and Derby Annex will also continue to be utilized throughout August and September for both hunter and jumper classes.

The ESP show management team has been working tirelessly since the ESP Spring June Series to adapt and reinforce safety protocols to ensure the wellness of all exhibitors, spectators, and staff. Throughout the weeks of May Schooling and June competition, PBIEC had only one individual test positive on the grounds and the situation was handled within 24 hours. An exhibitor survey completed at the end of June reported that 100% of the individuals who came on-site felt comfortable with the protocols and would return. ESP Management is in constant communication with local and regional health officials as well as the United States Equestrian Federation in order to make any necessary changes as quickly as possible.

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The series begins with National “A” & Jumper 4* competition on Thursday, August 13 and continues through Sunday, August 16 (schooling will take place on Wednesday, August 12). Highlights of the week include the $5,000 JTWG, Inc. 1.35m Stake on Thursday, the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake 1.40m on Friday, and the $20,000 Wellington Agricultural Services Grand Prix on Sunday. The $2,500 Equiline Medium and Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classics will also be held on Sunday following the Grand Prix. All highlight classes are set to take place on the Derby Field, weather permitting.

The competition continues the following week (August 20-23) with more Hunter and Jumper classes. On Thursday, the $5,000 Vita Flex/Lactanase 1.35m Stake will be held, followed by the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake 1.40m on Friday. The first $2,500 National Hunter Derby presented by Score At The Top will take place Friday afternoon on the Derby Annex before the weekend wraps up with the $20,000 Resilient Fitness Grand Prix on Sunday on the Derby Field, weather permitting.

The week of August 27-30 follows a similar show schedule, with Thursday’s $5,000 Premier Equestrian 1.35m Stake, the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake 1.40m, and the second $2,500 National Hunter Derby presented by Score At The Top on Friday, and a $20,000 Palm Beach Equine Clinic Grand Prix set for Sunday, August 30 on the Derby Field.

The National “A” & Jumper 4* competition continues during the week of September 10-13. The $5,000 1.35m Stake on Thursday is followed by the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake 1.40m and the final $2,500 National Hunter Derby presented by Score At The Top on Friday. Sunday will showcase the $20,000 ProElite Grand Prix on the Derby Field.

September 17-20 will feature the ESP Florida State Fall & Region 3 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship show with more National “A” & Jumper 4* competition. On Thursday, the Derby Field will be set for the $5,000 1.35m Classic, while Friday will offer the $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake 1.40m. Sunday competition will include the $20,000 1.45m Grand Prix on the Derby Field and the Region 3 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship in the Van Kampen Covered Arena.

The Summer series concludes with the Rita & Irish Flynn Memorial show on September 25-27 with Regional “C” & Jumper 3* competition. Friday will feature the $5,000 1.35m Classic on the Derby Field, while Saturday is set to host the Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Jumper class on the field. The $10,000 Bainbridge Companies Open Stake 1.40m will close out the show on Sunday on the Derby Field, weather permitting.

Entries are now open online for all weeks of competition. Please note that you will not be allowed to enter until an ESP Spring/Summer back number is assigned. Visit PBIEC.com now to begin your entry form online. Stall space is very limited; please send all stabling requests directly to stabling@equestriansport.com.

Please review ALL Safety Protocols before arriving to Equestrian Village HERE. As a reminder, outside spectators and media will NOT be allowed on-site. Only those that match the following criteria will be permitted:

  • ESP Staff & Officials
  • Essential Personnel (Vets, Farriers, etc. actively treating horses on the grounds)
  • Trainers (that have exhibitors competing that day)
  • Grooms (that have clients competing that day)
  • Riders (that are competing that day)
  • One Guest per Rider (One family member or one friend of the rider)

Live streaming will be available HERE for each arena so friends and family can safely watch from home.

For more information, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Nilforushan Equisport Events Donates to COVID-19 Relief and Helmet Safety

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Temecula, Calif. – Aug. 3, 2020 – The entire team at Nilforushan Equisport Events (NEE) is so appreciative of all of its exhibitors and hardworking staff that made the Temecula Valley National Summer Series, presented by Interactive Mortgage, a success from June 24-28 and June 30 – July 4. It is because of the dedication that everyone showed to following the appropriate COVID-19 protocol and the collective sacrifice of the group that NEE has been able to donate money to worthy causes such as the California Professional Horsemen’s Association Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund and the Helmet Safety Research Campaign, in partnership with US Equestrian and the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association. Without ribbons to hand out, plus the funds raised from raffle items, NEE was able to divide a total of $10,000 between the two organizations to help pay it forward in the equestrian community thanks to its supporters.

“We all know that times are different right now due to COVID-19, and to keep everyone safe and healthy we had to make a few changes to our show operations for the Temecula Valley National Summer Series. Although we were sad not to be able to hand out ribbons to our riders, especially the children, those sacrifices by our exhibitors allowed us to conserve funds that we are excited to put back into the equestrian community. We can’t thank everyone enough for their cooperation, and we hope that this money will help to do some good in the horse show world we all know and love. It is our hope that we can continue to do more good work like this going forward,” commented Ali Nilforushan, founder of Nilforushan Equisport Events.

Thanks, in part, to the money raised from three items donated by BioXcellerator and Casa del Mar Golf Resort & Spa that were raffled off during the final weekend of the show, NEE has pledged $5,000 to the California Professional Horsemen’s Association Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Fund is specifically aimed to help support horse show workers, such as grooms, braiders, show secretaries, ring crew, and many more, affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the health of the equestrian community is of paramount importance right now, safety is a part of the sport that should always be improving. With that in mind, NEE is additionally donating $5,000 to the Helmet Safety Research Campaign, which supports the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab’s research to improve helmets used by equestrians. The research will study head impact and concussion risk in an equestrian environment via lab settings and field video data on a variety of equestrian events, with significant attention to jumping, where many injuries occur. The campaign is inching closer to its $450,000 goal, which recently took a huge leap forward thanks to the generous $100,000 donation by the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association.

NEE encourages anyone who has the means to do so to donate to the cause. To donate to the Helmet Safety Research campaign to help Virginia Tech reach the funding goal of $450,000, click here.

NEE is happy to be able to make some contributions to the equestrian community via these donations, as well as through the Trainer Incentive Program that took place during the Temecula Valley National Summer Series. During the show, two percent (2%) of sales from a trainer’s barn were returned to the trainers who participated. NEE hopes these funds will be helpful in allowing trainers to keep working with their clients and traveling the horse show circuit with a bit less stress.

Nilforushan Equisport Events is a horse-show management company owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Ali and Francie Nilforushan. Their mission is to produce world-class events that will make California a top show jumping destination, attract local residents to a number of entertainment experiences including world-class performances and film nights, as well as fine dining. Exhibitors can expect great sport, a first class VIP area and affordable showing options thanks to the inventive style of the Nilforushan management team.

For more information, please visit www.jump-nee.com.

Kentucky Horse Shows LLC and USEF Notice of Competition Cancellations

Lexington, Ky. – August 1, 2020 – We have been notified that two more individuals have tested positive for COVID-19, after attending the Kentucky Summer Classic, for a total of four reported cases. US Equestrian and Kentucky Horse Shows prioritize the safety of our members, participants, support teams, staff, and their families. To mitigate the risk of spread of the virus, USEF and the competition organizer together have made the decision to cancel the Kentucky Summer Classic and to cancel the USEF Pony Finals event scheduled to start Tuesday, August 4th. These cancellations will give the competition organizer time to sanitize the venue and determine whether competition can resume later this month.

With regard to the new reports, one individual worked in Barns 9 & 10 with one of the previously reported individuals. Both of these individuals have been off competition grounds since Friday, July 31. The other newly reported individual is a braider who worked in multiple barns and has been off the grounds since early August 1.

Per the requirements of the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan, we are notifying all individuals who were in attendance at the competition.  Although contact tracing is primarily the responsibility of public health agencies, in accordance with CDC guidelines we are asking these individuals for the names of others at the competition that they had close contact with starting from 48 hours before their symptoms appeared so that we can inform those persons directly that they may have been exposed to the virus.

If you believe you have been exposed to the virus, please follow the ten recommendations from the CDC, found here.

Information about testing for COVID-19 can be found here.

Please be reminded that if you test positive for COVID-19 within fourteen (14) days following a competition you attended, you must notify the competition organizer and USEF.

For additional information, please contact Hugh Kincannon at hak@kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Layover stabling will be available at the Kentucky Horse Park during the week of August 3-9 for those exhibitors whose plans have been disrupted by the cancellation of the final day of the Kentucky Summer Classic and the USEF Pony Finals. Contact Pat Duncan at 503-510-8797 for information.

Shane Sweetnam and Hunters Conlypso II Dash for the Cash in $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic

Lexington, Ky. – July 30, 2020 – It was a drizzly morning in the Rolex Stadium as 51 horse and rider pairs made their way around Bobby Murphy’s track for the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. For the first time in history, the second class of the Hagyard Challenge season tour was adjusted to a 2B format with riders remaining in the ring immediately after their first trip to perform their jump-off track to better fit the Kentucky Summer Classic’s show-and-go protocol. Unaffected by the weather or change in format, it would be Shane Sweetnam and Hunters Conlypso II who would dash for the cash Thursday morning.

Emma Brosius and Aramba Jolie Versace Are Best in USEF Large Pony Medal

Competition at the Kentucky Summer Classic continued Thursday, July 30, featuring another day of top sport at the Kentucky Horse Park. With primarily hunter competition taking place in the Claiborne ring, the USEF Large Pony Medal broke up the hunter judging at the end of the day, highlighting junior talent as they displayed skill and strength in a variety of equitation classes. Besting a competitive field was Emma Brosius and Aramba Jolie Versace, who claimed the top spot in the USEF Large Pony Medal.

For more information on Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Christopher Payne and Reign Crowned Grand Hunter Champion at Kentucky Summer Classic

Lexington, Ky. – July 29, 2020 – Professional hunters took to the Stonelea and Claiborne Rings at the Kentucky Horse Park for the second day of hunter competition at the Kentucky Summer Classic, all contending for the Grand Hunter Championship, presented by Visse Wedell. Awarded to the competitor with the most points accumulated in the Green 3’3″ Hunter, Green 3’6″ Hunter, Green 3’9″ Hunter, Green Conformation Hunter, High Performance Conformation Hunter, or the High Performance Working Hunter divisions, it was Christopher Payne and Reign who jumped to the top of the ranks out of the six considered divisions on a total of 46 points throughout the two days of competition in the Green 3’3″ Hunter division.

David O’Brien Packs One-Two Punch in Classic Champions Developing Jumper Tour 6-Year-Old Jumpers

The Classic Champions Developing Jumper Tour 6-Year-Old Jumper class took place in the Rolex Stadium Wednesday afternoon during day two of the Kentucky Summer Classic. These special classes give riders the opportunity to expose their up-and-coming jumper prospects to horse show life in a formal setting with course design that is educational and age-appropriate. Triumphing in the 6-Year-Old Jumper class was David O’Brien who would collect the first place prize on Olivia SCF and also bring home second place honors with Out Of The Blue SCF.

For more information on Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

All Systems Go for Aaron Vale and Elusive in $5,000 1.40m Open Jumper at Kentucky Summer Classic

Lexington, Ky. – July 28, 2020 – Competition at the Kentucky Summer Classic launched Tuesday with full schedules in five rings at the Kentucky Horse Park. In the Rolex Stadium, upper-level showjumping competition got underway with the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumper class. Out of the 17 starters, it was Aaron Vale and Elusive who started off the week in fine form and earned the first piece of the prize money this week.

Brandon Gibson and As Promised Take Home the Blue in TAKE2 Thoroughbred Hunters

The Claiborne ring played host to the start of the second consecutive week of hunter competition at the Kentucky Horse Park Tuesday, July 28, marking the start of the Kentucky Summer Classic. Showcasing a collection of Thoroughbred horses that have stepped into a new career after their time on the racetrack, the TAKE2 Thoroughbred Hunters saw a number of exhibitors compete for top placings and a solid start towards the championship tricolor to be awarded at the conclusion of the division Wednesday afternoon. Riding ribbon-worthy rounds, Brandon Gibson and As Promised claimed a blue ribbon for their over fences efforts.

For more information on Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Keri Kampsen and Augusta Iwasaki Reign Supreme in $5000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Lexington, Ky. – July 26, 2020 – Serving as the final day of competition at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, hunter competition stole the spotlight Sunday at the Kentucky Horse Park for the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Featuring a strong field of 59 horse-and-rider combinations, the lush greenery surrounding the Stonelea Ring made for a perfect backdrop against the natural fences as each pair contested for a podium finish. Blowing away the competition, however, was Keri Kampsen who rode to victory aboard Ocean Road in the Pro section, while Augusta Iwasaki and Vanderpump took the top spot in the Non-Pro section.

Virginia Bonnie and Efodea Take the Inside Turn to Win the $7500 Amateur-Owner/Junior High Jumper Classic

Junior and Amateur-Owner competitors took to the Rolex Stadium Sunday afternoon to compete in the Low, Medium and High Junior and Amateur-Owner Jumper Classics. In the $7500 Amateur-Owner/Junior High Jumper Classic, sponsored by Johnson Horse Transportation and Audi of Lexington, junior rider Virginia Bonnie and Efodea put in an unrivaled performance early on in the order of go to emerge victorious.

For more information on Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Celso Ariani and Janari Ter Dolen Put On a Show to Win $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix

Lexington, Ky. – July 25, 2020 – Empty stands couldn’t keep the energy down at the Kentucky Horse Park Saturday afternoon as the first horse trotted into the Rolex Stadium for the inaugural Grand Prix of the Kentucky Summer Series, the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix. Competitors and their support teams have done an excellent job all week long following the mandatory COVID-19 procedures, which included pushing the Grand Prix to earlier in the afternoon to better suit the show-and-go atmosphere that the team at Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC has adopted to keep all participants safe. Celso Ariani (BRA) and Janari Ter Dolen didn’t mind the lack of audience, however, putting on a show for all of the viewers watching on the live stream provided by ShowNet.

Jeanine Cash and Freedom Are Grand to Win Grand Amateur Owner Hunter Champion

The Stonelea Ring at the Kentucky Horse Park featured a full schedule of Amateur-Owner hunters Saturday morning at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, all culminating up to the coveted Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Champion award, sponsored by Visse Wedell. Garnering a total of 40 points in the Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunter 36+ division, Jeanine Cash and Freedom topped the field of 33 horses entered in the four Amateur-Owner divisions to walk away with the Grand Hunter Champion tricolor.

For more information on Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Ellie Ferrigno, Lola Head, Samantha Takacs Dominate Equitation Ranks at Kentucky Summer

Lexington, Ky. – July 24, 2020 – Equitation competition took center stage in the Stonelea Ring at the Kentucky Horse Park Friday, July 24 for the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. Showcasing junior talent, a number of medal classes and equitation divisions filled with a hefty number of entries as athletes made their efforts to garner valuable points toward the 2020 indoors season finals. Making her mark in the ASPCA Maclay, Ellie Ferrigno walked away with the blue, while Lola Head won the USHJA Hunter Seat Medal and Samantha Takacs won the Hamel Foundation NHS 3’3″ Medal.

Lucy Matz and Quetal Are Smooth and Speedy in 1.30m Jr/AO Medium Jumpers

A field of 27 junior and amateur-owner jumper competitors entered the Rolex Stadium on Friday afternoon to contest Bobby Murphy’s 1.30m Junior/ Amateur-Owner Medium Jumper course Friday afternoon at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. Despite rain showers earlier in the week, the sun was shining bright, setting a beautiful backdrop for the day’s competition lineup in the famed Rolex Stadium. Topping the large and competitive field was Lucy Matz aboard Dorothy Matz’s entry, Quetal, who delivered a quick and tidy jump-off round to secure the win.

For more information on Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Claire McKean Wins $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic at Kentucky Summer

Lexington, Ky. – July 23, 2020 – The Rolex Stadium was teeming with top-notch competition Thursday afternoon as a lofty 47 entries took to the ring in hopes of securing the win in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. The first of five events making up the 2020 Hagyard Challenge Series, the bar was set high as riders navigated Bobby Murphy’s 16-effort track in hopes of accruing points towards the end-of-series $25,000 Hagyard Challenge Leading Rider Bonus. Proving that the best is often saved for last, Claire McKean delivered the fastest clear of the day to earn her first big win of 2020.

It’s a Tie for Kelley Farmer as In Writing and Undaunted Earn Grand Hunter Champion

Hunter competition continued Thursday, July 23, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky for the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. With a variety of divisions culminating in crowning their respective champions, the professional hunter divisions also wrapped up, naming Kelley Farmer Grand Hunter Champion on both In Writing and Undaunted. Farmer, in a tie with herself, swept both the Green Conformation Hunter and Green 3’6 Hunter divisions with back-to-back wins over the two days of competition for perfect scores of 50.

For more information on Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.