Emanuel Andrade and Clouwni.
Lexington, KY – May 14, 2015 – The flashy 12-year-old chestnut gelding Clouwni has seen the world. He helped Brazil place fifth at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Caen, France and jumped double-clear at the 2013 FEI Furrisyya Nations Cup Finals in Barcelona. Thursday night, Clouwni showcased his speed and scope during the $34,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3* with rising talent and new owner Emanuel Andrade (VEN), as the pair raced to the win with an untouchable 37.690-second jump off time.
“We just got him in December of last year,” Andrade smiled. “Clouwni is a very good horse, very competitive. In the beginning, I didn’t know how to ride him; we needed to learn each other a little bit more. After a little time, I learned how to ride him and he’s incredible; I’m very happy and proud of him.”
Out of a start list of 61 horse and rider combinations, only 17 were able to master Bernardo Cabral’s opening track to take on the seven obstacles in the speed course. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Chaqui Z, owned by Spy Coast Farm, LLC of E Setauket, NY, were the first to break the 40-second pace set early by trailblazer Eugenio Garza and Bariano, owned by El Milagro of Hickory Creek, TX, stopping the clock in 39.870 seconds.
Fellow Irishman Kevin Babington challenged Sweetnam with Shorapur, owned by Shorapur LLC of Antioch, IL, slicing the turns and racing to the time of 38.540 seconds.
“The jump-off was very tough,” Andrade said. “I knew Kevin was fast, and honestly, I was thinking that it would be impossible; I can’t beat his time.”
That did not keep Andrade from trying. Andrade began the course with a speedy opening line where he left out a stride, doing six instead of seven to the oxer. He was on pace with Babington throughout the course until he landed from the vertical and saw the distance that would make the difference.
“I got a very good distance to number three, which helped carry us through the course,” Andrade said. “But, I think that I won time with a very nice distance to the last jump. It was a tough course, and I saw the last jump – it was huge and wide, so it was very difficult, but Clouwni jumped it great and gave me everything I asked for.”
Andrade landed from the signature Hagyard Lexington oxer in a much quicker 37.69 seconds, a time that the remaining five riders could not touch. Andres Rodriguez and Fifty Fifty 111, owned by ARAO Enterprises LLC of Wellington, FL, broke the beam in 38.860 seconds, but were still more than a second from catching Andrade’s time.
David Beisel was one of the last to challenge with the little 10-year-old stallion Amaretto, who set off down the first line, bucking and kicking out as they approached the first fence of the jump-off track.
“He got a little too playful to start,” Beisel laughed. “I was planning on doing six up the first line, which I think he could have gotten up there in six nice enough to do the rollback well and still do the six to the other in-and-out, but I couldn’t get rid of the playfulness.”
Although doing seven down the first line may have lost Beisel the time he wanted, his time was impressive enough to take over second place in front of Babington with 38.110 seconds. He may have been the smallest horse in the class, but at barely 16 hands, Ammeretto has proven himself to be a formidable competitor with Beisel in the saddle – what he lacks in height, he makes up in speed and agile turns.
“I got him as a 3-year-old,” Beisel said affectionately of the stallion. “I brought him along from the Baby Green Hunters. He did his first Grand Prix as a 7-year-old, and hasn’t looked back.”
Beisel continued, “I always really enjoy Bernardo’s courses. I’ve done super well with them. I was first and second this morning in the 7-year-old Jumper division, so I figured tonight might be pretty fun, too. I’m very, very appreciative of having FEI competitions right here in Kentucky. I couldn’t ask for a better place to have these kinds of events.”
Tonight’s victory will earn Andrade valuable points towards the Hagyard Challenge Series, with seven grand prix classes to be held during the 2015 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the final event, a cash prize of $50,000 will be awarded to the rider accumulating the most points throughout the series, as well as a $10,000 prize for the reserve champion.
Andrade said, “This was my first Hagyard Challenge Series win, and I couldn’t be more excited. We love this show; it’s always so nice, and that is why we are such big supporters of the show, as well as sponsors. I plan on competing in all of the classes of the series, and I definitely have my eye on the bonus.”
The jumper action at the Kentucky Spring Classic will continue tomorrow with the $20,000 1.45m Bluegrass Classic in the Rolex Stadium. This week’s highlight events also include Saturday evening’s $127,000 Hollow Creek Farms Grand Prix CSI3*, and the $50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix CSI3* on Sunday.
For more information about 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.
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