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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