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Alexandra Duvin and Jorge Gomez Win Jumper Classics on Final Day of Kentucky Summer Classic

Alexandra Duvin and King Chacco.

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 6, 2017 – On the final day of the Kentucky Summer Classic, Alexandra Duvin bested a field of 41 horse-and-rider combinations to claim the victory in the WIHS/NAL Children’s Jumper Classic, sponsored by Equithrive, aboard King Chacco. In the WIHS/NAL Adult Amateur Jumper Classic, sponsored by Hallway Feeds, it was Dr. Jorge Gomez and Dallas De La Bonnett who topped the leaderboard.

Duvin, 16, of Cincinnati, Ohio, performed a double-clear effort on her 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding King Chacco, crossing the finish line in 33.127 seconds during the jump-off. Isabel Harbour placed a close second in the class on Fit to Print Farm’s 15-year-old Brandenburger gelding, Camera Ready, after jumping double-clear and finishing the jump-off in 33.961 seconds.

Following the Children’s Jumper Classic, the adults took over the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park. Gomez, originally from Colombia, went double-clear and raced to the finish in 33.464 seconds on his 11-year-old Warmblood gelding, Dallas De La Bonnett. The lifelong equestrian balances his riding with his career as an equine veterinarian and has been affiliated with Palm Beach Equine Clinic since 2011. He has represented the clinic at prestigious events around the world such as the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Along with taking home top honors in the classic, Gomez also topped the Adult Jumper division and was awarded the championship title.

Samantha Hill rode Attack, a 17-year-old Belgian Warmblood owned by Andrea Simpson, to second place with a double-clear time of 31.123 seconds. The riders who won Sunday’s classics are now qualified to compete in the same division at the Washington International Horse Show as well as the NAL finals that will take place at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show this fall.

Adam Edgar and Fox Creek’s Antony Quinn Claim Grand Pony Hunter Championship

Small, medium, and large ponies took over the hunter rings to compete for the sought-after Grand Pony Hunter Championship on Sunday at the Kentucky Summer Classic. Adam Edgar saved the best for last, winning the final pony hunter class of the day, the Large Pony B Hunters, aboard Fox Creek’s Antony Quinn, a 13-year-old German Riding Pony gelding owned by Dianna Orona. The pair also earned the Grand Pony Hunter Championship title in the Stonelea Ring.

The 18-year-old from Leesburg, Virginia dabbled in a handful of different sports throughout his childhood, but was inspired to try riding because his mother grew up with horses. Ever since, he was hooked and has been finding success in the hunter, jumper and equitation rings. Edgar trains with Bill Schaub as well as Ken and Emily Smith of Ashland Farms.

During the Large Pony B Hunter division, Edgar and Fox Creek’s Antony Quinn won the handy, undersaddle and one over fences class, and the pair placed second in the other over fences.

The reserve champion of the Large Pony B Hunter division and also the Reserve Grand Pony Hunter Championship was Jenna Drago on Rivers Edge’s Rivaldo, a 7-year-old Welsh Pony palomino gelding.

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European Vaulting Championships for Seniors: Triple Gold for Germany, Italy Takes Pas de Deux

Germany aboard Danny Boy 25 (FEI/Liz Gregg)

First ever Championship titles for German individuals Kristina Boe and Erik Oese and Italian pair Stopazzini and Lupacchini

The FEI European Vaulting Championships for Seniors, hosted in Ebreichsdorf, Austria, once again showed Germany’s dominance in the sport winning three out of the four gold medals on offer, Team gold, individual female for Kristina Boe and Erik Oese winning the individual male, whilst Silvia Stopazzini as Lorenzo Lupacchini made history for Italy with the pas de deux gold.

Kristina Boe put on a dominant display throughout the competition winning her first ever Championship gold medal, and a title which has evaded Germany in the senior female category for almost 10 years. Together with Winnie Schlüter and Don de la Mar, Kristina performed her freestyle interpretation of Rey from Star Wars to great applause from the crowd.  Kristina, a doctor by occupation, couldn’t hide her disbelief as she dismounted from her near faultless 2nd round freestyle, giving her a total score of 8,398. The silver medal went to fellow German Sarah Kay who, alongside Sir Valentin 5 & lunger Dina Menke scored 8,121, proving she is firmly back at the top of the sport after returning from injury, having last medalled in 2012. Switzerland’s Nadja Büttiker won the compulsory round and, with horse Keep Cool and Monika Winkler-Bischofsberger, showed great creative flair throughout her freestyle and technical test to take the bronze medal on 8,090. FEI World Cup 2017 winner Anna Cavallaro (ITA) just missed out on the medals finishing 4th (7,947).

Erik Oese fought off tough competition in the highly competitive individual male category to win another gold for Germany on 8,232. Together with his long time team of lunger Andras Bässler and Calvador 5, he lead throughout the first round and,  after a tricky technical test he performed a dramatic rendition of his final freestyle to win his first ever Championship title. 2015 European Champion Jannis Drewell (GER) alongside Diabolus 3 and his mother Simone Drewell on the lunge fought back from a fall in his first round freestyle to perform an incredible technical test and final freestyle winning him the silver medal (8,148). France’s Clément Taillez won his first ever individual medal, taking bronze (8,078) on Dyronn lunged by Cedric Cottin Holzberger.

2017 World Cup winners Silvia Stopazzini and Lorenzo Lupacchini from Italy brought the party to the Championships as they danced the Samba on the back of Rosenstolz 99 with Laura Carnabuci on the lunge.  Impressing with their intense choreography and creative flair they scored 8,840 to take the gold medal, the first time Italy has ever won an FEI pas de deux senior medal.  European Champions from 2011 Theresa- Sophie Bresch and Torben Jacobs alongside Picardo 13 and Alexandra Knauf scored 8,606 for their seamless Bonnie and Clyde pas de deux earning them the silver medal.  Whilst the young German pairing of Timo Gerdes and Jolina Ossenberg-Engels rectified their first round mistakes to perform an outstanding 2nd freestyle placing them 3rd (8,210) on Caram OE lunged by Claudia Doller-Ossenberg.

The FEI European Championships ended in spectacular fashion with the team competition.  Team Germany who was 3rd after the compulsory round with Danny Boy 25 and Patric Looser on the lunge fought back with two energetic freestyles that highlighted their incredible athleticism. The team consisting of previous individual and pas de deux medallists drew on all their experience to perform an outstanding final freestyle scoring 8,419. Team Switzerland, who had held the lead following an unbelievable compulsory round, narrowly missed out on the gold medal with their new horse Rayo de la Luz and Monika Winkler-Bishcofsberger; they finished a close 2nd on 8,407. Team Austria delighted the home crowd to win the bronze medal with Maria Lehrmann and Alessio L’Amabile (8,164).

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Luis Biraben Earns Hard-Fought Win in $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix

Luis Biraben and Eres Tu.

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 5, 2017 – The conditions could not have been more perfect for an evening grand prix in the Rolex Stadium on Saturday night. The $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix saw 43 entries that competed over a course designed by Mexican course designer Florencio Hernandez. While the course did not initially seem daunting in size or technicality, only four riders returned for the jump-off. In the end, Luis Biraben of Argentina triumphed by completing the jump-off in a time of 43.737 seconds on his 8-year-old gelding Eres Tu. Hot on his heels was Martien Van Der Hoeven on Zerro Leone who gave a double-clear effort in 46.134 seconds. Young rider Kaely Tomeu finished third on Siboney Ranch’s Gentille and Amanda Derbyshire rounded out the top four on Luibanta BH, who is owned by Gochman Sporthorses LLC.

After walking the grand prix course, Biraben did not expect that he would have much difficulty qualifying more than one of his four mounts for the jump-off. Although the course was not overly high or posed any perplexing questions, rider after rider finished with a rail down or just over the time-allowed. Biraben credits his ability to ride his youngest mount, Eres Tu, to a clear round with the gelding’s heart, scope and sharp mind. Although Eres Tu recently turned only 8 years old, he completed each jump like a seasoned professional. For his winning efforts, Biraben was also presented with the Kentucky Summer Classic Leading Rider Award presented by Envisian Products, LLC. Biraben, who is a native of Argentina, recently moved to the United States and splits his time between Wellington, Florida and top shows on the East Coast.

Van Der Hoeven took the early lead in the grand prix class on his grey gelding, Zerro Leone. The pair was third in the original order-of-go and seemed to have no difficulty completing the course in the tight time-allowed. Van Der Hoeven has successfully competed Zerro Leone, who is owned by Augusta Pines Farm of Spring, Texas, in several major grand prix events including the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix at the Devon Horse Show as well as the Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, which is annually held during the Kentucky Spring Classic. He and Zerro Leone will make their next appearance together at the Hampton Classic Horse Show and the HITS $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, New York.

Tomeu and Derbyshire were the only two female athletes to produce clear rounds in the Rolex Stadium. Each of them had a fast round but were unable to complete the short course without 4 faults. Derbyshire, who was second on Thursday night in the $25,000 Hagyard Classic Grand Prix, was also one of several riders to have multiple horses in the class, piloting three in all.

Jeff Gogul Maintains USHJA National Hunter Derby Winning Streak

On a beautiful afternoon at the Kentucky Summer Classic, Jeff Gogul continued to dominate the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by the World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC. During the first week of the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, Gogul of Wilmington, Ohio won the derby aboard Cortese, a 7-year-old gelding owned by Stadium Horses LLC. He returned to the Stonelea Ring on Saturday to top the leaderboard with Quite Ruffy, a 15-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Pamela Kahn. The pair won the Cleveland Derby in July and placed tenth in last week’s derby at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show.

During the first round, Gogul and Quite Ruffy earned an 88 plus four additional points for taking all of the high options. Earlier in his career, Quite Ruffy was a grand prix jumper before transitioning to the hunter ring about four years ago.

Out of 49 entries in the week’s derby, only the top 12 combinations from the classic round were invited back to compete in the handy. In the handy round, Gogul and Quite Ruffy confidently tackled the trot jump and took advantage of the inside turns to earn a score of 92 after also taking all of the high options once again. Gogul is no stranger to the USHJA National Hunter Derby winner’s circle and he received a pair of F. Lli Fabbri tall boots in addition to his commemorative blue ribbon at the conclusion of Saturday’s competition with a final tally of 184 between both rounds.

David Beisel, who won the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix aboard Ammeretto on July 30, enjoyed competing in the Stonelea Ring on Phyllis Harlow’s Lavish, a 12-year-old Westphalian gelding. In the first round of the derby, Beisel and Lavish earned a total of 90 after the four high options were calculated into the total. In the handy, they received a score of 93 with the four high options, and they were only one point behind Gogul and Quite Ruffy with a total of 183.

Sophie Gochman placed third on Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s Trumpet, a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, after earning an 85 in the classic round and a 91 in the handy.

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FEI World Vaulting Championship for Juniors: Gold for Colombia, Austria and Germany

Juan Martin Clavijo with Quiece D Aunis (FEI/Liz Gregg)

Colombia’s vaulting star Juan Martin Clavijo dominated the junior male individual class defending the title he won two years ago at the first ever FEI Junior World Championships.  Alongside Sandra Tronchet and Quiece D’Obliche, Juan performed a final freestyle master class of his interpretation of Jared Leto’s ‘The Joker’ scoring an incredible 8,889 for the round – a score which would challenge in the senior division. Germany’s Gregor Klehe put on a strong show as he performed his Zorro freestyle to take the silver medal on Adlon lunged by Alexander Hartl (7,945).  Philipp Stippel (GER) together with Sir Valentin 5 and Dina Menke rounded off the podium winning bronze (7,817). Jannik Liersch (GER) finished just outside the medals in 4th (7,755). The standard of the Junior male category over the past few years has seen a dramatic increase and with competitors from Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Austria,  USA, Hungary, France, Slovakia Great Britain, Germany and Colombia all making the final 15 – it was truly an international affair.

Nicole Brabec (AUT) captivated the audience at the Magna Racino in Ebreichsdrof, with her ‘Rio’ freestyle. Together with lunger Manuela Barosch on the experienced Royal Salut she took gold in the highly competitive junior female individual class scoring 7,990.  Germany’s Franziska Peitzmeier with lunger Anna Brinkmann and Dorian Grey SN showed great strength to win her 3rd consecutive junior individual silver medal narrowly missing out on the top spot (7,910). Johanna Lindberg together with lunger Dusan Barci and Real Easy made history for Sweden winning them their first ever junior medal (7,831), and their first medal since they won bronze at the World Equestrian Games in team in 2002.

In the Junior Pas de Deux class it was extremely tight at the top which resulted in a nail biting final.  Austria’s Anna Krippl and Viktoria Feldhofer performed an outstanding Pas de deux to win the first gold medal of the Championships.  Together with lunger Eva Maria Kreiner and horse Le Grand Chevalier they scored 7,938, receiving rapturous applause from the home crowd.   Last year’s European Pas De Deux champion Julian Kogl teamed up with new partner Ronja Kahler on Daytona lunged by Lars Hansen. They pushed the Austrians to the very end eventually taking the silver medal on 7,824. The USA pairing of Janie Salisbury and Bridget Kiernan with horse Diva 506 and Carolyn Bland, delighted audiences with their rendition of ‘Singing in the Rain’ to finish 3rd (7,750).

Junior Team Germany was untouchable in the squad competition leading throughout all three rounds. The team performed their Samba inspired routine to much appreciation from the audience and judges alike and together with Humphrey Bogart 6 and Andrea Blatz they finished on an astonishing total score of 8,130. The reigning Junior World Champions, team Austria, put on three great performances but were unable to match the seamlessness of their German rivals. Alongside Darwin and Karen Asmera they scored 7,579 to take the silver medal with Junior team Switzerland on Isabella IV and lunger Corinne Bosshard taking bronze on 7,555.

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Christina Fisher and Hannah Patten Blaze to Blue Ribbons in Rolex Stadium

Christina Fisher on Zanzibar.

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 4, 2017 – Amateurs ruled the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Summer Classic horse show. Christina Fisher of Atlanta, Georgia won the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class on Zanzibar in a time of 58.482 seconds, beating out 32 other competitors. In addition, Hannah Patten won her own blue ribbon in the Medium Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper speed class aboard Love. The pair completed the course in a time of 52.632 seconds.

Christina Fisher, a 24-year-old and recent graduate of Georgia Tech, competes in both the hunter and jumper rings with equal success. Though she started riding hunters as a child and only just began competing in the jumpers over the past year, Fisher has wasted no time moving up the divisions. After purchasing Zanzibar a year ago, Fisher has shown the 13-year-old KWPN gelding in both the Low Amateur Jumpers as well as hunter classes including the USHJA hunter derbies. The pair is planning to compete together in the upcoming 2017 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship here at the Kentucky Horse Park in two weeks.

Patten’s win in the Medium Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumpers on Love, her 15-year-old Belgian Sport Horse gelding, is just one of the reasons the 18-year-old from Williamstown, Massachusetts is having a great two weeks at the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows. In addition to winning on Friday afternoon, Patten cheered on her trainer, Sydney Shulman, and her 9-year-old gelding Curby Du Seigneur to a win in Thursday evening’s $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic.

Patten, who moonlights as the author of the popular lifestyle blog, The Patten Standard, credits her strong bond with Love to her competitive instinct. The pair has been competing together for five years and most recently won the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the Fairfield Hunt Club June Classic.

Emma Wujek Claims Grand Junior Hunter Championship at Kentucky Summer Classic

On a beautiful afternoon at the Kentucky Horse Park, junior rider Emma Wujek from Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan claimed the Grand Junior Hunter Championship at the Kentucky Summer Classic. Wujek competed John Yozell’s Breeze, a 12-year-old Warmblood mare in the Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under division. The pair won two of the over fences classes, earned a blue ribbon in the handy, placed second in the undersaddle and received a yellow ribbon in the remaining over fences class.

Wujek rides with Tim and Kelly Goguen of Boggs Hill Farm and spends many weeks training with them at their base in Lexington, Kentucky and Wellington, Florida during the winter months. The talented bay mare is a sales horse and the junior rider has had the opportunity to work with her for the past three weeks. The duo competed at the Great Lake Equestrian Festival and then traveled to the Kentucky Horse Shows. Wujek will remain in Kentucky for a few weeks and looks forward to the indoor season.

Though Wujek competes the mare in the junior hunter ring, Havens Schatt occasionally competes Breeze in derbies, and placed ninth overall at the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Devon Horse Show in May as well as third in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the inaugural Deeridge Derby Weekend in Wellington in March.

The Grand Junior Hunter Championship is sponsored by Visse Wedell with Kirkpatrick & Companies. During the show, she noted, “I sponsor the grand hunter champions because I feel it is important to support the hunters and I want to give something extra special to the people that exceed in their divisions whether it is the professionals or the amateurs or pony riders. I love to give a trophy because we all like to go home with something special other than a cooler or a backpack.”

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St. Jacques and Swani Winners at USEF Jr. Hunter National Championship – East Coast

Taylor St. Jacques and Di Samorano (©ESI Photography)

Saugerties, N.Y. – The 2017 USEF Junior Hunter National Championship – East Coast came to a close on Tuesday, August 1, following two days of competition in Saugerties, N.Y. at HITS-on-the-Hudson. More than 178 of the country’s top juniors headed to the Championship to complete three phases in front of the judging panel made up of Ralph Caristo, Todd Karn, and Keri Kampsen over the Rian Beals-designed Classic Round course and Handy Hunter course, both of which counted for 40% of the overall score. The final 20% was earned in Tuesday’s Under Saddle phase, which was judged by Karen Healey, Jimmy Torano, and Andrea Wells. Taylor St. Jacques and Di Samorano posted the best overall score of the 3’6” competition to earn the 2017 Overall Grand Champion title. In the 3’3” Championship, Isha Swani and Park Place earned the Overall Grand Champion honors.

3’6” Championship

The 2017 3’6” Overall Grand Championship was a highly contested title, with just hundredths of a point separating the Champion and Reserve. St. Jacques, from Glen Allen, Virginia, rode her own beloved Di Samorano, a nine-year-old dark bay gelding, to earn the title with an overall score of 253.350. The pair won both the Classic Round, with scores of 85, 87, and 87, and the Handy Round, with scores of 85, 83, and 80. In the Under Saddle, scores of 84.5, 84, and 84.25 placed the pair in fourth. En route to claiming their overall National Title, St. Jacques and Di Samorano took home the USA National Junior Hunter Championship Perpetual Trophy donated by Christina Schlusemeyer for winning the 3’6” Large Junior Hunter 16-17 Championship.

“I think I was a little nervous going in, but once I got in the ring, I had a very, very strong first day. So after that I kind of just thought to myself, ‘Stay the same — it obviously is working,’” St. Jacques said.

The talented St. Jacques also earned the 3’6” Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Championship and USA National Junior Hunter Championship Perpetual Trophy, donated by Pam and Wayne Baker, aboard Diana Firestone’s Calou, who topped the Small division with an overall score of 249.400.

Alexandra Pielet and Emma Farber’s Giovanni earned the Reserve Overall Grand Champion Title with a score of 253.300: 86, 86, and 86 in the Classic Round; 83.5, 84, and 83 in the Handy Round; and 85, 80, and 84.5 in the Under Saddle. The pair was also Champion in the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under section, winning the USA National Junior Hunter Championship Perpetual Trophy donated by Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Stewart, Jr.  Pielet on Catrine Golia’s Royal Expectation also claimed the Championship for the Small Junior Hunter, 15 and Under, section, with their overall score of 245.200 and took home the USA National Junior Hunter Championship Perpetual Trophy, donated by Geri and Whitney Roper.

“Alex went first yesterday in the Classic. I thought she had amazing rounds in the smalls and the larges, and I thought, ‘Oh, I’ve got good competition now. I want to be Grand [Champion].’” St. Jacques said of competing alongside Pielet: “I did my small and I won that class, and then the large and I won that, as well. I thought it was great; she is one of my best friends. I thought it was a really proud moment for us to both win all of our classes yesterday. Today, the same sort of thing: we both did amazing and were champions of both of our sections. It was a really great feeling.”

Ramble On Farm’s Rockette, a stunning chestnut mare with a wide white blaze and shown by Kaitlyn Williams, was honored as the Best Overall Mare in the 3’6” sections. She received the War Dress Memorial Trophy, donated by Cleta S. Turbow and Pamela J. Rush, after receiving an overall score of 234.200.

3’3” Championship

Swani and Shadowfax Equestrian, LLC’s Park Place topped all three of the 3’3” Large Junior Hunter, 15-and-Under, classes on their way to Overall Grand Champion honors in the 3’3” section. The exceptionally graceful duo earned scores of 83.5, 83, and 84 in the Classic Round; 89, 87, and 87 in the Under Saddle; and 77, 76, and 77 in Handy Round to finish on an overall total of 244.800.

Hallie Grimes earned Reserve Overall Grand Champion in the 3’3” section with Can We Keep It, LLC’s Custom Made. The pair won all three sections of the 3’3” Small Junior Hunter, 15 and Under, with scores of 82, 81, and 83 in the Classic Round; 93, 86, 88 in the Under Saddle Round; and 78, 75, and 75 in the Handy Round to finish with an overall total of 243.000.

Taking home the 3’3” Large 16-17 title was Daybreak, owned and ridden by Leah Swope, with a score of 235.800. The Small 16-17 champion was Nino Nacho, owned by Redfield Farm and ridden by Abigail Russo, with a score of 238.900.

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Matthias Hollberg and Lauren Hester Speed to Top Placings during Kentucky Summer Classic

Matthias Hollberg and Mr. Sydney Rocks.

Lexington, KY – August 2, 2017 – Matthias Hollberg and Lauren Hester both had blazing fast rounds in the Rolex Stadium, helping them to win the 1.35m and 1.30m classes, respectively. Both professionals were showcasing the strong talents of the sales horses that they currently have in their programs.

Matthias Hollberg, who owns and operates Hollberg Equestrian with his wife Thaisa Erwin in Middleburg, Virginia, came to the United States from Germany. Since that time, he has competed successfully in shows up and down the East Coast. Hollberg showcased his unique ability to successfully navigate a competitive course with a horse that he does not have much experience riding. The Kentucky Summer Classic marks the first horse show that he has competed Mr. Sydney Rocks. Although it was only their third class together, the pair has yet to knock a rail out of the cups. Hollberg attributes the 13-year-old Westphalian’s talent to his training as an eventing horse. Previously shown by Allison Springer, the bay gelding is fast and fearless, allowing Hollberg to leave out strides that other riders could not in the 1.35m speed class. The pair topped a field of 31 competitors in a time of 72.492 seconds, a whole three seconds faster than the next fastest rider, Daniel Bedoya, who was aboard Abracadabra.

Kentucky native Lauren Hester was also using the classes in the Rolex Stadium to help prove the talent of the sales horses that she currently has at her business, Hester Equestrian. Clueless P, whom Hester showed to double clear rounds in the 1.30m class, was previously a grand prix mount for Hester and is now hoping to find a new career as a successful junior jumper. Hester shows at the Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC frequently, as the Kentucky Horse Park is right around the corner from her farm. It is not uncommon for crowds who gather to watch Saturday night Grand Prix competition to cheer a little more enthusiastically for Hester as she is widely recognized as their hometown girl. Last week, Hester piloted her mare Warinda B to a seventh place finish in the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix.

Jaime Gibson Claims Grand Open Hunter Championship Two Weeks in a Row

Jaime Gibson made the long trip up from Ocala, Florida to the Kentucky Horse Park worth it with Debbie Smith’s 9-year-old mare Cora. After claiming the Grand Open Hunter Championship last week at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, Gibson and Cora returned to Stonelea Ring to sweep the professional divisions during the Kentucky Summer Classic to win a back-to-back grand title. In the Conformation Hunter division, the pair dominated and won blue ribbons for all the over fences, the handy and the under saddle.

The owner, Debbie Smith, purchased the jumper mare from Wendy Peralta of Seabreeze Farm, and since she is an exceptional mover decided to transition her into the hunter ring. Gibson started riding the talented mare during the winter season and the pair competed in the Ocala circuit and at Devon before heading to the summer series at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Next up, Gibson plans on showing Cora throughout the indoor circuit and has her eyes set on moving up to the 3’9″ and derbies next season.

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FEI World Cup Jumping North American League to Reach New Heights in Third Season

America’s McLain Ward claimed top honours at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final 2017 in Omaha (USA) with the mare HH Azur. (Liz Gregg/FEI)

When the 2016/2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League capped its second season with a fairytale victory for the USA’s McLain Ward at the Final on home soil in Omaha, Nebraska, it realised a dream for the two-time Olympic gold medalist, who had gone winless in his previous 16 tries at the seasonal finale.

More dreams are certain to become realities again this season, when the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League kicks off its third season this Sunday (6 August) at Quebec’s Bromont International CSI 3*-W, where Canada, Mexico, and the United States’ top Jumping combinations will begin the quest to qualify for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Paris (FRA) in April 2018.

Seven east and seven west coast competitions will determine a total of 14 athletes – seven US athletes from the East Coast sub league, three US athletes from the West Coast league, plus two apiece from Canada and Mexico – that will receive their qualifying tickets for the Final. Putting strategy into play, the League’s format counts the top four scores out of a possible seven results, allowing athletes to determine their route to FEI World Cup™ qualification based on the venues and schedules that best suit their operations.

“The Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League is obviously an example of consistency over quite a decent amount of time,” said the reigning Longines FEI World Cup™ champion McLain Ward, whose participation in last year’s North American League with his mare HH Azur propelled them to ultimate victory in Omaha. “You see the top riders aiming to get points early, while others have other strategies. It’s exciting and leads up to a great Final.”

“I don’t think I change too much,” he added. “We’ll just try to keep doing the best we can. It was a great win, especially to do it on home turf.”

Fellow American Lucy Deslauriers is eligible to contest the entire League for the first time, after turning 18 this year, and the young rider will make her FEI World Cup™ debut at Bromont after competing in the show’s national and two-star competitions in the past several years. Others lined up to kick off the League season in Quebec are FEI World Cup™ veterans Charlie Jacobs (USA), Keean White (CAN), and Lucy’s father Mario Deslauriers (USA) who, in 1984, became the youngest rider to triumph in the FEI World Cup Jumping™ Final when he steered Aramis to victory at just 19 years of age when he was still flying the Canadian flag.

“Obviously it’s something I’ve been working toward for a while now,” Lucy Deslauriers said. “I did my first World Cup qualifier in Ocala this winter at Live Oak, so that was the biggest I had jumped at that point. It went well, and I was pretty happy. I gained a little experience at that height, more so than I had leading up to that show. I hope my performance this coming weekend will reflect that.”

Competing at International Bromont CSI 3*-W also holds special meaning for the young Deslauriers due to a deeply rooted family connection. Lucy’s grandfather Roger Deslauriers is the general manager of the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park.

“It’s very special, and I’ve been doing the two-star competition and some of the other small classes for many years now,” Lucy Deslauriers said. “To finally be able to compete in the World Cup qualifier, with a lot of the family here, including my parents and my brother, it will be very special.”

Bromont kicks off the east coast sub-league of the North American League (NAL).  The west coast sub-league will begin at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, British Columbia on 27 August 2017.

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US Athletes Look for Success at 2017 FEI World Vaulting Championships for Juniors

Lexington, Ky. – Artistry, athleticism, and talent will be on display this week when U.S. vaulting is showcased at the 2017 FEI World Vaulting Championships for Juniors. Running from August 2-5, 2017, in Ebreichsdor, Austria, the U.S. brings a contingent of 14 vaulters competing for titles in the Individual Female, Individual Male, Pas de Deux, and Squad Junior Championships. Chef d’Equipe Mary McCormick and Assistant Chef d’Equipe Jessica Garrod will guide the U.S. vaulters.

Individual Female Championship
Tessa Belardi (Aptos, Calif.) and Ana Schult (Longmont, Colo.) will make their first appearances at the junior world vaulting championships. They will be joined by Bodhi Hall (San Jose, Calif.), who competed in the 2015 junior world vaulting championships. She will vault on First NoBady, a 2004 PZHK gelding, and will be assisted by Lunger Emma Seely.

Recently, Belardi placed third in the Individual Female CVIJ2* competition at the Pacific Cup CVI in May and she will vault with Diva 506, a 2003 Oldenbug mare, and Lunger Carolyn Bland. Schult won the Individual Female CVIJ2* title at the Pacific Cup CVI. She will vault with Dresdn, a 2007 Hungarian Warmblood gelding and Lunger Elke Nousse.

Individual Male Championship
Luke Overton (Stanwood, Wash.) makes his return to the FEI World Vaulting Championships for Juniors after competing in 2015. Jace Brooks (Eagle Mountain, Utah), the 2016 Silver Individual Male USEF/AVA National Champion, will join Overton. Both competed in the Pacific Cup CVI and Canada Cup CVI in May where they placed first and second in both competitions, respectively. Overton and Brooks will vault with Dresdn and Lungers Stefanie Nussmuller and Devon Maitozo, respectively.

Pas de Deux Championship
Hall, a 2015 junior world vaulting pas de deux champion with Michelle Guo, will team up with Caroline Morse (Los Gatos, Calif.) for a chance at the 2017 title. The pair began vaulting together in the spring of 2016 where they have earned four top three finishes. Most recently they won the Pas de Deux CVIJ2* competition at the Canada Cup CVI. They will vault with First NoBady, a 2004 PZHK gelding, and Lunger Nousse.

Bridget Kiernan (San Mateo, Calif.) returns to the FEI World Vaulting Championships for Juniors following a third place finish with Sarah Dunn in 2015. She brings a new partner in Janie Salisbury (Atherton, Calif.). The pair placed first in Pas de Deux CVIJ2* competition at the Pacific Cup CVI. They will vault with Diva 506 and Lunger Bland.

Squad Championship
A talented squad has high hopes in the FEI Squad Championship. Miki Yang (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) and Audrey Kiernan (San Mateo, Calif.) are the most experienced vaulters in the squad, having represented the U.S. at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the 2015 FEI World Vaulting Championships for Juniors. Their teammates, Belardi, Bridget Kiernan, Annika Malmstrom (Palo Alto, Calif.), and Lena Nicoletti (Sunnyvale, Calif.), are up for the challenge of their first world championship appearance. Earlier this year at the Pacific Cup CVI, the squad finished second in the CVIJ2* squad division. The squad will vault with Amontillado 9, a 2008 Holsteiner gelding, and Lunger Bland.

Watch the entire championship live on FEI TV.

Find out more about the 2017 FEI World Vaulting Championships for Juniors.

From the US Equestrian Communications Department

Grand Prix Rolex de Dinard: Amazing Scenario, French Victory

Nicolas Delmotte (FRA) and Ilex VP. Crédit photo: Pixels events.

One more time, the public of Dinard, evaluated at 18 500 persons, was present, and had filled up the stands of the Val Porée stadium to encourage with enthusiasm some of the best riders in the world. This edition 2017 goes to the French Nicolas Delmotte, riding his nine year old stallion, Ilex VP, a son of Diamant de Semilly.

Out of the 33 pairs on the start list for this 1,60m class designed by the international course designer Jean François Morand, only two cleared the course, and were called to ride the final phase against the clock.

The final phase against the clock was run according to a very unusual scenario, since Nicolas Delmotte clears the course, in a time that he considered himself « beatable » but the Egyptian, after a pole down on the first fence, decided to retire and has to do with the second position.

The French rider, based in Douai, in North of France, thanked the Mars family for its organization, and the owners of this very promising stallion (who was competing in its first CSI5*), Beatrice Martens and Véronique Daems Vastapane. If he found the course rather delicate, Nicolas paid tribute to the course designer not asking unnecessary efforts to the horses.

Karim Elzogby, very fair play, said he was very happy to be back in this stadium he knows very well since he worked in Brittany for 20 years. He promised to be back if his only horse, Amélia, is still in good shape next year.

Thanks to the hard work put in by the Mars family, in charge of the site since 2013, and the 120 officials and volunteers, this International Jumping of Dinard has one more time kept all its promises, with a prestigious list of riders, and an outstanding organization.

Results of the Grand Prix Rolex de Dinard: www.worldsporttiming.com/results/jumping-international-de-dinard-2017-152/rolex-grand-prix-de-dinard-6/results.html

TV Highlights free of copyrights: http://transfert.datanaute.com/evs-dinard-2017/

All the results: www.worldsporttiming.com

www.jumpingdinard.com

Véronique GAUTHIER / Agence Consulis
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Bruno OPPENHEIM / O.I.C
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