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Daniel Kerins and Elwood 13 Capture WIHS/NAL Children’s Jumper Classic

Photo: Daniel Kerins and Elwood 13.

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 5, 2018 – Daniel Kerins was on a mission to win when he entered the ring aboard Elwood 13 on Sunday morning to compete in the WIHS/NAL Children’s Jumper Classic. The pair completed the first round course with no faults, and Kerins visibly became more focused, knowing that he would need a fast jump-off to take his place atop the leaderboard. Kerins piloted the grey gelding through several tight turns and stopped the clock in 30.122 seconds, a time that proved unbeatable and allowed the young man to take home the blue ribbon as well as co-ownership of the entire division. Throughout the week, Kerins and Elwood 13 and Layla Kurbanov on Wamira both consistently accrued top results to share the division championship.

Although Kerins is only 12 years old, he is no stranger to success in the jumper arena. On Elwood 13, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Brian Courance, the young athlete has earned several important wins including the $1,000 Ocala Welcome Children’s Classic in February of this year, the 1.10m jumpers during the fourth week of the Tryon Summer Series, and the Junior Classic last week during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show.

Kerins comes by his talents in the show ring naturally. Born into a family of equestrians, Kerins father Darragh is a prominent Irish grand prix rider who relocated to the United States and is now based in Wellington, Florida. He has represented Ireland in two European Championships and the 2009 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Nevada, as well as in many Nations Cup competitions. Sarah Kerins, Daniel’s mother, is also a very competitive adult rider who earlier in the week won the Low Amateur Jumpers in the Rolex Stadium.

Emily Aitken and Zabelle S were the runners-up in Sunday’s WIHS/NAL Children’s Jumper Classic with a competitive jump-off time of 30.170 seconds. Aubade Va and Sarah Steadman rounded out the top three spots with a double clear effort and speedy jump-off time of 30.233 seconds.

In the WISH/NAL Adult Jumper Classic, it was Caroline Donnally and her own Reve Du Razzy who took home the blue ribbon with a double clear effort and a short course time of 30.233 seconds. Donnally has been partnered with the 13-year-old Selle Francais gelding for two years and was thrilled with his performance, as it marks his return to competition after an injury and illness. Vicki Lowell rode Phineas to the second place honors with a double clear effort and jump-off time of 30.733 seconds, followed by Megan Davis and Dean in third position, clocking a time of 31.551 seconds after their double clear ride.

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Summer Victories Continue in the Premier Equestrian 0.80m Low Jumper Division in Tryon

Mihkayla Shetterly and her mount Gypsy Queen (Photos courtesy of Liz Crawley Photography)

Mill Spring, NC (August 7, 2015) – The Premier Equestrian 0.80m Low Jumper Division at the Tryon International Equestrian Center saw winning rides that showcased true partnership this summer. Premier Equestrian – the Utah-based maker of revolutionized horse jumps, expert arena footing, and exquisite dressage arenas – is passionate about the development of equestrian sports, and congratulates riders Mihkayla Shetterly, Shannon O’Hatnick, and Daniel Kerins for their winning rides in the Low Jumper Division sponsored by Premier Equestrian this past month.

Mihkayla Shetterly and her mount Gypsy Queen made their A rated show debut in the Premier Equestrian 0.80m Low Jumper Division at the Tryon International Equestrian Center this summer in hopes of moving up to the Pony Jumper division in the next year. Gypsy Queen is no newbie to the jumper ring. A proven teacher, she has previously helped guide four different students through the levels in the past ten years.

Shetterly’s trainer Trena Kerr recalled, “Mihkayla’s pony has seen the world and is quite brave; however, on the first day of the show, she was really distracted by nearby construction. Mihkayla felt like she shouldn’t be there, and like she might not be ready to do a big show like this.”

However, with her trainer’s encouragement, Shetterly returned to the jumper ring the next day. “She went right in there and won the Pro 0.80m, and then she won the Non-Pro 0.80m!” Kerr exclaimed. Already planning to return to Tryon for a couple weeks next season, Shetterly and Gypsy Queen’s successes will be a story to follow in the upcoming months.

Shannon O’Hatnick won the Premier Equestrian 0.80m Low Jumper Division on Solar Flare, a twelve-year-old Thoroughbred/Trakehner mare known as Willow. The pair trains with Christen Khym. O’Hatnick beamed with pride for Willow after their victory. “If I had to put it in a few words, I’d say that each second of every ride I am always beyond proud of the heart and effort she always gives me. Winning is just a nice treat for a happy finish,” she stated. “The show was run impeccably and the facility was the nicest I’ve been to yet,” she added about the Tryon International Equestrian Center show grounds.

Daniel Kerins with his pony Gentleman Jim
Daniel Kerins with his pony Gentleman Jim

Under the guidance of his father and trainer Darragh Kerins, Daniel Kerins competed with his 12.2 hand pony, Gentleman Jim. The twelve-year-old Welsh bred pony was imported from England three years ago, and has been with nine-year-old Kerins for the past six months. The young rider has gained some incredible experiences throughout the summer series at Tryon, taking home three first place finishes – including in the Premier Equestrian 0.80m Low Jumper Division – as well as a second and fourth place. “Daniel says Tryon was his favorite horse show in the world,” Kerins’s father commented.

Premier Equestrian was happy to share in the excitement of show ring victories with the 0.80m Low Jumper Division winners. Trainer Trena Kerr said, “When you have been going to Tryon for years, you have family there. I’m super thrilled to have Tryon because most of my clients will probably never get to go to the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida due to finances and school, so the fact that we have such a fantastic place like Tryon really drives their excitement.”

Premier Equestrian is honored to be part of the “family” at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, and to help horses and riders progress up the levels by sponsoring the show series. Premier Equestrian’s products are popular with riders of all levels, and are used in several of the world’s top competition venues. For more information about Premier Equestrian and the exceptional products the company has to offer, visit www.PremierEquestrian.com or call 1-800-611-6109.

For more information contact:
Heidi Zorn, Premier Equestrian