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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