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Last Call! Entries Close Today for Atlanta Summer Classics

Devin Ryan and Zosja sail over a jump in the Olympic Stadium during the Classic Company’s Spring Atlanta Classic. Flashpoint Photography.

Today is the last call for entries in order to eliminate a late entry fee and insure you a stall at the most popular Atlanta Summer Classics. Your options are to get started filling out entry forms, run to the post office and overnight them and pay for postage, the gas to get to the post office, and somehow fit this into your laundry list of “to-dos” today… or go to Equestrian Connect.

Equestrian Connect is Classic Company’s Official Service Provider and allows exhibitors to store their data one time, on the web, and then use that data to automatically fill out hunter/jumper entry forms across the country.  The service offers a free 45 day trial period for new members.  At the conclusion of the trial period, Equestrian Connect offers an annual subscription, or a “pay as you go” service.  The service allows exhibitors to save both time and money.  This is the one-minute online entry service that will help you get your entries in on time and you to the show!  There is no easier way to get your entries in today and the Classic Company recommends that you give it a try.

The Georgia International Horse Park is where the action will be and if you want to catch the best of ringside action, make sure to reserve your VIP tables today.  VIP tables are available for the event and cost $300.00 a week for a table of eight.

The Sixteenth Annual Outback Steak House Dinner to benefit the Hope Clinic will take place on Friday night, June 14 at 6 pm during the Freestyle Equitation Classic which will include a buffet dinner and silent auction.  The Hope Clinic provides compassionate and practical help to those in need and offers medical care to the uninsured, plus a variety of social services to minister to the whole person.  One hundred percent of the proceeds (after expenses) generated by the event will be used to support patient care at the Clinic. “We look forward to this event every year and it is such a huge help to care for the uninsured patients, those with heart conditions, diabetes and those number over 9,000 people now.  This fundraising event helps us get through the summer.  It is our favorite event – our staff, our supporters, all look forward to seeing everyone every year,” said Event Coordinator Jessica Geller.  Those interested in sponsoring the event or donating to the Hope Clinic should contact Jessica Geller at 404-399-7735 or by email at jessicageller@hopeclinicgwinnett.info.

Ashley Foster and Indy make it look easy in the Olympic Stadium
Ashley Foster and Indy make it look easy in the Olympic Stadium

The Atlanta Summer Classics will kick off with the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program and will produce the inaugural Children’s and Adult Jumper Regional Championships as well as the Freestyle Equitation Classic.  Week II features the World Champion Hunter Rider and the $2,500 Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter and Jumper Division, the Emerson Burr Program for pony riders, the $10,000 Pony Hunter Derby Classic, the $5,000 Future Class, the Atlanta Cup Equitation Classic and the Grand Puba Junior Hunter Championships.  Of course, Classic Company will also have back to back Grand Prix and Hunter Derbies.

June 17 and 18 the USHJA Zone 4 Committee will offer complimentary riding clinics to its members with noted judge and horseman Bob Crandall and legendary Steve Stephens. These complimentary Zone 4 clinics fill fast, so be sure to reserve your spot now by contacting Janet McCarroll at gcclassic@aol.com or call her at 228-669-2687.  Auditors are welcome to attend.

So get your entries in today because you don’t want to miss the fun at the world class Georgia International Horse Park, home to the 1996 Olympics, for two weeks of non-stop show jumping action.  The venue offers the one of a kind Olympic feel and offers excellent stabling, arenas, footing and of course, award winning service found only with the Classic Company.

Anyone who has shown with the Classic Company knows what sets them apart from the rest:  Classic Shows are FUN!  Complimentary exhibitor parties, luncheons, Saturday pizzas and the friendliest show management team anywhere work hard to make your showing experience the best.  Classic Company never charges an add or scratch fee for those last minute changes and there is no office fee added for credit card payments.

So, whether you are a seasoned veteran or novice looking for a positive show experience, look to the Classic Company shows and join them in Atlanta this summer.  The Classic Company is a USHJA’s Members Choice Award winner, recognized for producing top quality show jumping events in the United States.  For more information on Classic Company and its exhibitor-friendly, top quality hunter jumper events, please visit them at classiccompany.com or call them at 843-768-5503.

All sponsorship, marketing and press inquiries should be directed to Lisa Engel, Sponsorship, Marketing and Public Relations Director at classicsponsorship@gmail.com.  All program advertising should be directed to Nate Poliquin, Program Sales Representative at classicshowads@yahoo.com.

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See you at the ring,
Bob Bell
The Classic Company, Ltd.
Phone/FAX:  (843) 768-5503
Post Office Box 1311  Johns Island  SC 29457

Emanuel Andrade Accelerates at Kentucky Spring Classic

Emanuel Andrade guided ZZ Top v/h Schaarbroek Z to an eighth place finish in the $75,000 Mary Rena Grand Prix. Photos by Rebecca Walton/Phelps Media Group.

Lexington, Kentucky – It was another week of show jumping success for Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela as the 16-year-old continued to test his skills against the top professionals at the 2013 Kentucky Spring Classic held May 15 to 19 in Lexington, KY.

Having dominated the Junior Jumper divisions for the past two seasons, Andrade is quickly proving he has what it takes to compete against the sport’s top professionals.  During the Kentucky Spring Classic, Andrade qualified two mounts for the 13-horse jump-off in the week’s featured event, Saturday night’s $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix.  His jump-off time with Walter 61 would have been fast enough for the win, but a rail down left the pair in seventh place in the final standings.  Another four-fault jump-off effort earned Andrade eighth place with ZZ Top v/h Schaarbroek Z.

One week earlier during the Kentucky Spring Horse Show held May 8 to 12, Andrade had placed third from a competitive field of 42 entries in the $20,000 Bluegrass Classic riding Walter 61, a 12-year-old Sachsen-Anhaltiner gelding owned by Hollow Creek Farm.

Andrade also competed in the Open Jumper divisions at heights of 1.30m, 1.40m, and 1.45m, scoring several wins against the professionals.  Carboni picked up two wins in the 1.30m division, while Boccaccio also scored victory at the same level.  In the Seven and Eight-Year-Old Young Jumper division, Andrade guided Black Pearl to victory.

In the Low Junior Jumper division, open to riders aged 14 to 18, Andrade scored a hat trick in Friday’s competition, sweeping the top three spots.  He won with Carboni, placed second with Casanova Junior, and rounded out the top three with Luky des Rocquelines.  Having also won the $2,500 Low Junior Jumper Classic with Quebec Star and placed second with Luky des Rocquelines, it was no surprise that Andrade took home both the Championship and Reserve Championship titles in the Low Junior Jumper division.  In fact, it was the second week in a row that Andrade and Quebec Star were crowned the Low Junior Jumper Champions.

In Friday’s High Junior/Amateur-Owner competition, Andrade topped a 31-horse starting field to win with Wilkina Lithya, a 10-year-old mare that he began riding during the winter season in Wellington, Florida.  He also placed third with Tiny Tim and seventh with La Fe Forli, and rode away with the Reserve Championship division title.

Angel Karolyi placed fourth with Indiana 127 in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
Angel Karolyi placed fourth with Indiana 127 in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic

Andrade, who commutes between his native Venezuela where he is a student and the United States, trains with Angel Karolyi and Andrea King of Hollow Creek Farm in Aiken, SC.  Already a veteran of the Venezuelan Show Jumping Team, Karolyi, 26, also enjoyed a top 10 finish in the $20,000 Bluegrass Classic riding Amigo, a nine-year-old bay Zangersheide gelding, on the final day of competition.  During the first week of competition, Karolyi guided Indiana 127 to a fourth place finish in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic.

With their combined success at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, Hollow Creek Farm certainly made its mark during the two weeks of competition.

“I am super happy and grateful to have this opportunity with Hollow Creek,” said Andrade.  “I am trying to stay focused so I can continue winning.  Kentucky is one of my favorite shows here in the United States.  The whole team likes it here, and the horses love it.”

Andrade and the Hollow Creek team will return to Lexington in June for their next competition.  Held at the Kentucky Horse Park, site of the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games, the show jumping competition provides a unique opportunity for both horses and riders to gain experience competing at a major games venue.

Hollow Creek Farm has the unique distinction of winning three prestigious titles at the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.  At only 16 years of age, Andrade was named the Leading Jumper Rider, Andrea King was named the Leading Jumper Trainer, and Hollow Creek Farm was named the Leading Jumper Owner.

For more information on Hollow Creek Farm, a large training business focusing on both horses and riders, please visit www.hollowcreekfarms.com.

Contact:  Jennifer Ward
Starting Gate Communications
Cell: (613) 292-5439

Megan Wexler and Cadence Take Top Spot in the $30,000 Fenwick Equestrian Grand Prix

May 20thth, 2013 – It was a family affair for Megan Wexler and Cadence during the Atlanta Spring Challenge’s $30,000 Fenwick Equestrian Grand Prix.  The pair came away the victors in the class topping a tough field of competitors over a course designed by Michel Vaillancourt.   Wexler’s entire family including grandmother and grandfather were on hand to watch the 26 year old win the class and take part in the awards ceremony.  The class took place out on the International field and featured 16 jumping efforts including a double and a triple combination.  11 riders returned for the jump off out of the original field of 22.  Wexler and Cadence, a 12 year old Swedish Warmblood owned by Procedures, Inc., finished with a clear jump off round and a time of 36.899 almost 4 seconds quicker than the second place finisher Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, Ohio and his Happy Z with a time of 40.068.  Frances Land and her Merlin rounded out the top 3 spots with a time of 40.629.  Wexler received amongst other goodies a custom cooler donated by Fenwick Equestrian as well as a sterling silver piece donated by the Mark Lexton Jewelry Collection of Camden, SC.  Wexler rides for Don Stewart Stables out of Ocala, FL.

Not all of the action was located center ring.  During the class the show’s annual Preakness Party was taking place ringside under the VIP tent.  Exhibitors and spectators alike enjoyed dinner and drinks as well as a viewing of the 138th annual Preakness Stakes which was sponsored by DFG Stables and Daniel and Cathy Geitner of Aiken, SC.  Saturday evening’s hospitality was just a taste of what else was offered during the 2013 Atlanta Spring Challenge.  The show’s hospitality sponsors hosted a continental breakfast each morning of the show, a Derby party Friday night, and snacks and goodies daily at the show rings.  The Meadow Hill Stable and The Porath Family also hosted a farewell pizza party at the rings on Sunday.

Don Stewart Stables continued their winning ways from the Grand Prix ring to the hunter and equitation rings over the weekend bringing home several championships and wins before heading on their way to Devon.  Megan Flanagan won the WIHS overall as well as coming away with the large junior 16-17 championship with Sarah Milliren’s CR Moet.  She also picked up the small junior 16-17 championship as well as the classic win aboard her own O’Ryan.  Over in the pony ring Ashton Alexander had a banner weekend capturing the large pony championship and the classic win with Madison Goetzmann’s Happily Ever After while Devon Seek picked up the medium pony championship and the classic win on Christine Carlson’s Tiffany Blue.

For a complete list of results, please go to www.equusevents.com/results.html.

Equus Events would like to thank all of the 2013 Atlanta Spring Challenge Sponsors.  Many thanks to Brick Church Farm and Reflections Farm for hosting the USHJA International Hunter Derby and to Fenwick Equestrian for hosting the $30,000 Fenwick Equestrian Grand Prix.  Thank you to the Mark Lexton Collection for providing awards for the hunter classics, One K Helmets for providing helmets for the jumper classic winners and Integrity Linens for donating their beautiful wool coolers.  Other sponsors include:

Gold Sponsors:

Brick Church Farm, Reflections Farm, Fenwick Equestrian, Equifit, Inc., The Mark Lexton Collection, Dietrich and Company Equine Insurance, One K Helmets, Daniel F. Geitner Stables, The Barn Book, Gamboa Veterinary Services, Sidelines Magazine

Silver Sponsors:

Integrity Fine Equestrian Linens, Hot To Trot Boutique, Finally Farm, Meadow Hill Stables and the Porath Family, Katherine Lily Equestrian, Oak Manor Saddlery

Equus Events continues its 2013 schedule with the Tryon Summer Classic May 30 – June 2 and the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club Charity Horse Show I June 6-9.  Stalls are limited at both events so please contact Equus Events at 803-643-5698 to make reservations.

Equus Events is a horse show production company based in Aiken, SC. We are committed to producing unique exhibitor friendly events that excel in a high level of quality, competition, and hospitality. Equus Events is the current USHJA Members Choice award winning horse show company in zone 4 for an AA rated horse show.

Equus Events, Inc.

Audi Wins Second Spring Title, Beats Piaget in USPA Eastern Challenge at Grand Champions

Piaget’s MVP Moritz Gaedeke of Germany fights for the ball against Audi’s Mike Azzaro. Photos by Scott Fisher.

WELLINGTON, FL – May 19, 2013 — Audi Polo Team became the first team to win two tournament titles Sunday in the Grand Champions Polo Club’s 2013 spring tournament circuit.

It wasn’t easy winning the fast-paced, seesaw battle that saw the lead change nine times.

Lucas Lalor scored the game-winner with five seconds remaining in regulation time to give Audi a thrilling 8-7 victory over Piaget.

With Piaget’s Brandon Phillips closely defending Lalor, the 22-year-old took a pass from teammate Marc Ganzi, whose mallet head broke after hitting the line drive to Lalor, who tapped it in for the score.

Hall of Famer and former 10-goaler Mike Azzaro, making his Grand Champions season debut filling in for injured Nic Roldan, and Lalor, each scored three goals for Audi.

“It was a perfect pass which made it easy for me to score,” said the 22-year-old Lalor, one of six Grand Champions players who competed in the final. “It was a competitive game for sure. Anyone could have won it.”

Piaget’s Moritz Gaedeke of Germany was named Most Valuable Player. He scored two goals and played well defensively including deflecting a penalty shot attempt.

Audi also won the USPA Spring Challenge two weeks ago.

Father-and-son Marc and Grant Ganzi teamed up for the win against wife-and-mother Melissa Ganzi in the good-spirited family battle.

Grant Ganzi defended his mother well, preventing a goal midway through the game prompting announcer Gus Whitelaw to quip, “No dessert for Grant tonight.”

Piaget's Melissa Ganzi on her way to scoring the first of two goals with her son Grant Ganzi of Audi closely defending
Piaget’s Melissa Ganzi on her way to scoring the first of two goals with her son Grant Ganzi of Audi closely defending

Melissa Ganzi won the family scoring battle, however, with two goals. Marc and Grant each scored one goal.

Lalor plays for both Audi and Piaget and was prepared to play against familiar faces Melissa Ganzi, Phillips and Juan Bollini, who he has played with and against since joining Grand Champions.

“It always makes it fun playing with players you know, like Marc and Granti, who played awesome today,” Lalor said.

“We knew it would be a tough game with Bollini. He is always tough to play against especially here. We just wanted to hit the ball well to get into scoring position. We are very happy with the win. Playing with Mike Azzaro was fun. He is a great player and he makes it fun.”

Azzaro is scheduled to return to San Antonio, Texas on Monday morning after filling in this past weekend for Roldan, who has been nursing a rib injury.

Azzaro, 47, coming off back-to-back U.S. Open titles with Zacara, will move up from 7 to 8-goals on June 1st.

“This was painful and fun; the only problem is playing with Lucas – he is difficult,” joked Azzaro. “Seriously, he was awesome and it was a fun deal playing with Grant, Marc and Lucas. I really enjoyed this.”

The teams were so evenly-matched that it was only fitting the game was decided in the final five seconds.

Piaget jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the opening chukker with a penalty goal from Phillips and goal from Melissa Ganzi despite Grant Ganzi closely defending. Piaget missed two scoring opportunities that would have given them a 4-0 lead.

Instead Audi came roaring back in the second chukker, outscoring Piaget, 3-1, with goals from Grant Ganzi, Azzaro and Marc Ganzi, tying the game at 3-3. Gaedeke worked his way through a traffic of defenders to put Piaget back in the lead, 4-3.

Audi came up with another 3-1 scoring barrage in the fourth chukker with two goals from Azzaro and one from Lalor to take a 6-5 lead.  Both teams played evenly in the fifth chukker, each scoring a goal enabling Audi to remain in the lead, 7-6.

Audi's Grant Ganzi keeps possession of the ball despite Piaget's charging Juan Bollini, Brandon Phillips and Melissa Ganzi
Audi’s Grant Ganzi keeps possession of the ball despite Piaget’s charging Juan Bollini, Brandon Phillips and Melissa Ganzi

It was a defensive battle in the final chukker when Bollini and Gaedeke put the pressure on. Gaedeke deflected Marc Ganzi’s 60-yard penalty shot attempt and Bollini shut down Lalor’s goal attempt.

The game deadlocked again at 7-7 after Lalor and Phillips scored. After that it was anybody’s game until Marc Ganzi and Lalor teamed up for the game-winner.

In a competitive subsidiary final, ELG/Palm House (Glenn Straub, Carlucho Arellano, Tommy Biddle, Avery Chapman) won 8-5 over Pony Express (Bob Daniels, Justin/Benji Daniels, Tomas Goti, Pancho Eddy), last weekend’s USPA Sun Cup champion.

“Our team played as a team,” Chapman said. “There is no I in team in polo. You really have to play as a team together, using all your players. That’s what we did. Glenn played fantastic at 1, Tommy and Carlucho in the middle, me assisting them; it worked out well.

“Every year Grand Champions gets better and better,” Chapman said. “We call it Friendly Fridays and Spicy Sundays. We had played this team before and we knew what didn’t work so this time we did something different.”

Ageless Glenn Straub won his second MVP award of the spring season after scoring four goals including an incredible back shot just inside the goal post. Straub said he is thoroughly enjoying the Grand Champions season and it shows in his playing.

“I just hit balls, golf balls, tennis balls, polo balls,” Straub said. “I can’t ride worth a damn but I can go ahead and hit a ball. All people can play this game. Bouncing on top of a horse is not that hard. To be truthful about it, it’s just about hitting a ball whether it’s in the air or on the ground. You just have to concentrate.

“It took a team to win this game,” said Straub, a late bloomer in polo, who has been playing for 16 years.

“I didn’t ride a horse until I was 50,” Straub said. “After that it just took three days a week of riding and hitting that ball.”

Straub also said Grand Champions’ complimentary massages in the players’ tent after each game has helped his stamina and conditioning.

“Getting the lactic acid out of your muscles, I can bounce back and play tomorrow, where before I started doing this I couldn’t,” Straub said. “At first I was skeptical because I am this big, tough guy from West Virginia. I thought getting a massage was for babies but it took 20 years off my life. I can be a young person again.”

Tommy Biddle and Carlucho Arellano each added two goals and Chapman anchored the defense.

A special treat was awards presenter Bruce Steinberg, 12, of Boca Raton, named honorary tournament chairman.

Steinberg, a blood cancer survivor, spent the day with 5-goaler Brandon Phillips to help raise awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It was Steinberg’s wish to spend the day with a polo player. The two spent the day together in the barn, at the game, riding and at the awards ceremony.

The spring tournament circuit, featuring teams rated from 10 to 14 goals, was the fifth of the spring season at Grand Champions.

The 2013 season has been Grand Champions most competitive with four different champions emerging: ELG/Psycho Bunny (Palm City Open), Power Horse (Polo Gear Invitational), Audi (USPA Spring Challenge and Eastern Challenge) and Pony Express (USPA Sun Cup).

Only one spring circuit tournament remains at Grand Champions with the May 24-27 Memorial by Piaget and juniors tournament, hosted by the Polo Training Foundation, USPA and Grand Champions, will be held on Memorial Day Monday.


May 24-27: The Memorial by Piaget


WHERE: On the corner of South Shore Boulevard and Lake Worth Road, Wellington.

INFORMATION: There are great field side views for tournament action at the home base of pro teams Audi and Piaget. Everyone is welcome to watch polo in a relaxed atmosphere during the spring and fall tournament season and other special events including the International Cup in November, Buzz Welker Memorial Junior Tournament in March, Women’s Championship Tournament and Gay Polo League International Tournament, both in April.

Sharon Robb for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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12012 South Shore Blvd #105
Wellington, FL 33414
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Saturday Night at Alltech National Horse Show Will Again Benefit USET Foundation

Photo: Bruce Duchossois.

Lexington, KY – May 20, 2013 – The 2013 Alltech National Horse Show announced today that for the third year in a row, the Saturday evening performance will benefit the United States Equestrian Team Foundation. During the Saturday evening performance, featuring the show’s main event, the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix, the horse show will share fifty percent of the night’s gate receipts with the USET Foundation.

The third edition of the Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky, is scheduled for October 29 – November 3, 2013. The show will once again be held at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. For the second year in a row, the Alltech National Horse Show was named the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame’s Horse Show of the Year and was again named as one of NARG’s (North American Riders Group) top rated North American events.

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international high performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation. Its main tasks are to support athletes, promote international excellence and build for the future.

Bonnie Jenkins, Executive Director of the USET Foundation, spoke of the successful and important partnership. “We are so grateful to the Alltech National Horse Show for highlighting and supporting the important role of the USET Foundation. With so many riders who have represented the United States in Nations Cup competition, as well as the young up and coming talent that will be competing on Grand Prix night, makes it a perfect fit reflecting our core mission of supporting athletes, promoting international excellence and building for the future. Continuing the tradition and partnership of the USET and the National Horse Show is something we feel privileged and grateful to be part of and thank them for helping us achieve our mission,” she said.

“We are excited to continue the worthwhile tradition of the National Horse Show supporting the activities of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation,” said Mason Phelps, Jr., President of the National Horse Show Association. “The Alltech National Horse Show, for the past two years, was honored to make a major commitment to the USET Foundation. Those contributions last year were especially important for the team’s effort in London. Now it’s time to look ahead and with so many events and championships on the horizon, we are proud to once again reaffirm that commitment to the USET Foundation.”

“Saturday night at the Alltech National Horse Show has become a very important part of the USET Foundation’s fund raising efforts. We are grateful and appreciative to the Alltech National Horse Show for once again including us on Saturday night,” said USET Foundation Development Committee Co-Chairman Bruce Duchossois. “Each year the show has gotten better and better and now in its third year, all of us at the USET Foundation are honored to be a part of this great tradition again. We thank Alltech and the National Horse Show for their generosity.”

The 2013 Alltech National Horse Show takes center stage on October 29 – November 3, 2013, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to the top rated hunters and the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, the show features world-class international, open, junior and amateur-owner jumpers competing for the biggest prize money on the United States indoor tour.

Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association’s primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events. Over the years, the National Horse Show has provided financial aid to many worthwhile charities.

For more information on the National Horse Show Association of America, Limited, please visit www.nhs.org.

About Alltech:
Founded by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech is a global animal health and nutrition company with 31 years’ experience in developing natural products that are scientifically proven to enhance animal health and performance. With more than 2650 employees in 128 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle-East, Africa and Asia. For further information, visit www.alltech.com. For media assets, visit www.alltech.com/press.

Alltech is the proud title sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. For more information about these prestigious global championships, visit www.alltechfeiweg2014-normandy.com.

2013 Alltech National Horse Show Fast Facts

The Alltech National Horse Show is a weeklong championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 29 – November 3, 2013, indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the Alltech National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the ANHS.

The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Carolyn Vincent
National Horse Show
PO Box 386
Greenvale, NY 11548

Phone: (516) 484-1865
Fax: (516) 484-1982



Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.

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For further information on housing in the Lexington area, we invite you to visit www.visitlex.com and www.georgetownky.com.

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Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet Stay Clear for Victory in $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix

Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet. Photos – © The Book LLC.

North Salem, NY – May 19, 2013 – Three teenagers and a veteran rounded out the jump-off in the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix presented by The Kincade Group, and the first to go in was the one to return to the winner’s circle. Nineteen-year-old Katie Dinan of New York, NY, and her energetic partner Nougat du Vallet were double clear to win the biggest class of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, which ran May 7-12 and 14-19. Today’s competition concluded two great weeks of equestrian sport in North Salem with incredible entries and top horses and riders.

The $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix had 37 competitors, and they rode over a course designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY. Riding second in the order, Dinan and “Nougat,” a 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Scherif D’elle, made it look easy as they bounded through the course for the first clear round. They returned first for the jump-off and set a quick pace and the only clear round in 39.898 seconds.

Dinan felt that going early in the class was an advantage in today’s rainy conditions. “Going early in situations like this helps a little bit because the footing is only going to get worse, not better. I tried to get a really good idea of what I was doing when I walked the course,” she explained. “We had a lot of time to do that, so I had a really good plan coming in. I think the main thing is that when the footing gets a little bit deep in the field, the jumps ride a little bit bigger than you expect. I tried to take that into account and think of a few oxers early on and get my horse feeling confident. But he couldn’t have jumped any better.”

Nineteen-year-old Meg O’Mara of Rumson, NJ, was next in on Aragon Rouet, a 2000 BWP gelding by Baloubet du Rouet x Remondo, owned by Walstib Stables LLC. They pulled a rail at the first jump and had another jump down for eight faults in 45.182 seconds for fourth place.

O’Mara partnered with Aragon Rouet at the beginning of 2012, but this year the big chestnut was coming back from an injury. “Last week was our first big class back together,” she related. “It’s just really getting experience and going around the big classes. I did not think I’d go clear at all! But he was so good today and it was a good course for him. It was hard, but with the hard courses he always does better, and he’s really good on grass.”

Regarding her jump-off ride, she commented, “I’ve done very few jump-offs with him, so I’m not used to doing these big jump-offs. I didn’t have enough impulsion to the first jump and then I tried to be a little too neat. But he was so good and I’m really happy.”

Eighteen-year-old Mattias Tromp of North Salem, NY, contested the jump-off next on Casey, a KWPN gelding by Ircolando x Ferro, owned by Beyaert Farm Inc. They had one fence down and stopped the timers in 46.092 seconds for third place. “I saw Katie go very fast,” Tromp recalled. “My plan was to have a nice, efficient clear round, but not to catch Katie’s time. After I had my rail at 13b, I immediately hit the brakes and just tried to have the rest of the jumps up.”

Tromp started riding Casey two years ago and started at Level 2 and 3 Jumpers. “We’ve stepped up consistently since then and now we’re doing this less than a year and a half later,” he said. “I just finished high school and just turned professional this week. This was a good start!”

Todd Minikus and Uraguay
Todd Minikus and Uraguay

Last to go in the jump-off were last week’s grand prix winners, Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, and Legacy Stables’ Uraguay. Minikus looked to be on pace for another win, but after a rail, they continued through the course to finish in 41.930 seconds and second place.

Minikus recounted his plan for the jump-off, “I was in the driver’s seat getting to go last, and watching Katie go on Nougat, she was quick enough. She was a little slow on the turn back, I thought, from the combination to the oxer, and then going across the ring to the ditch. I thought she had a nice round, but it was definitely catchable. My horse jumped a great jump at number one and then I thought I was going to be cute and just turn back on the vertical and he rolled it off. And that was it, she wins.”

Minikus and Uraguay, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding by Nairobi x Colino, were one of the most competitive pairs at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, having won the Sunday grand prix during week one, placing third in Friday’s grand prix in week two, and their second place finish today. “The only thing that could have been better was if we won all three of them,” he smiled, “but overall, that was some really nice show jumping for Uraguay.”

For Dinan, this was a turning point for her year. Having just finished her freshman year at Harvard University on Saturday, she returned to Old Salem Farm ready to prepare for a big summer of competition. “He had last week off. I showed him in a 1.40m class on Thursday and he jumped really well, (and then) I had to go finish up at school. I officially finished my freshman year yesterday, so I told everyone I was going to be in a really good mood on Sunday, no matter what! Now I’m extra happy,” she beamed.

Dinan puts her win here among the top on her list of accolades. “For prize money-wise, this is the biggest grand prix I’ve ever won, and it’s really exciting. My other horse Glory Days was really good. We were one of the faster four-faulters and finished seventh. I thought it was one of our better grand prix rounds we’ve done. It was really nice to end on that note with both of them because we go to Spruce Meadows in two weeks,” she said.

Like many other top riders at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, Dinan was happy to have the grass field here to compete on before heading out for the summer circuit in Calgary. “This is a great way to prepare for that,” she acknowledged. “There are not many fields like this that we get to compete on. I always love this horse show for that reason because it’s just so much fun.”

Junior and Amateur Jumpers Take to the Field

Lillie Keenan and Londinium
Lillie Keenan and Londinium

The $15,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic had 34 entries. Two were able to go clear in the first round, but after Michael Hughes and Luxina withdrew for the jump-off, it was an automatic win for Lillie Keenan and Londinium. The fastest four-faulter in the first round for third place was Philip Richter on Ray Ray. Keenan won a gift certificate from Der Dau.

While Keenan said she “doesn’t like winning by default,” she was happy to gain another victory and wished the best for Hughes and his horse. She has ridden her recent High Junior Jumper partner Londinium, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Lord Pezi x Cascadeur, since January of this year. Keenan noted that Londinium had plenty of experience on grass having shown in Europe with his previous owner, who had him since he was four years old. In her own riding, she planned to “ride a little defensively” with today’s inclement weather.

She explained, “I can trust my horse, but you never know what can happen if they slip or have bad luck. No matter the conditions, he’s careful. He’s able to be careful without scaring himself. I went last (in the first round), and watching most of the class and only seeing Michael have a clear round – and he rode great – I knew I really had to step it up. I worried about jumping clear and wasn’t worried about the time. The field held up better than I thought it would.”

Keenan credited her horse as well as her trainer, Andre Dignelli. “Having Andre at the in-gate gives me a lot of confidence,” she said.

Keenan said that Londinium fits in well with her other jumpers, being a light-boned type of horse, and that they “bonded pretty quickly.” She pointed out, “He’s a really special horse. It’s not often you can find a horse like this. There is something that makes him like no other that we have. He’s really part of the family for us now. My mom loves him.”

Keenan continued, “I like having a light-boned horse. My mom grew up riding Thoroughbreds, so she obviously likes that. I think I match better with them. I’m not a big guy; I’m a girl and I’m small. I’m not the strongest rider here physically. Vanhattan, a horse I’ve had for longer (the pair was second in yesterday’s Speed Derby), he can really run. I never have to muscle him.”

While they use loose ring bits at home to school, Keenan feels that her light, forward horses are a great fit for her, and that’s due in large part to the program at Heritage Farm. “We have nice horses, but they’re maintained so well.”

In addition to her success in the jumper ring, Keenan swept top honors in the hunter ring. Riding Brodeur, she was champion in the Small Junior Hunter division. Their four blue ribbons also gave them the Grand Junior Hunter Championship. Brodeur (above left), a six-year-old Warmblood gelding, is owned by Madeline Placey.

Keenan had another win in the equitation as well in the Governor’s Perpetual Hunt Seat Trophy class with Clearway. Kelli Cruciotti and Monterrey were second, while Sydney Shulman and Eli finished third.

For all of her top finishes, Keenan was named the Best Junior Rider on a Horse.

The $5,000 Low Junior Jumper Classic was the opening class on the Grand Prix Field this morning and was sponsored by Kaplow Insurance Agency and Catlin Insurance Company. Twenty-six entries contested, and six of those went through to the jump-off. Michael Hughes and Splash were the fastest of two double clears in the jump-off for the win in 31.700 seconds. Jacqueline Shilen and Wenda AK were second in 41.982 seconds. Finishing with four faults in the jump-off in 33.518 seconds, Anna Cardelfe and Firenze van de Cadzondhoeve were third.

Kenzie Snyder and Waterloo were also the fastest of two double clears in a six-horse jump-off, this time out of 27 original entries in the $5,000 Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. They finished in 34.533 seconds for victory. Just off the pace in 35.258 seconds, Michelle Kamine and Loreana were second. With four faults and a time of 34.447 seconds, Christina Fried and Winchester were third.

Grand Champion Awards for Hunters

Grand Pony Hunter Champion and winner of the “JetSetter Challenge Trophy” donated by Grand Central Show Stables: Blueberry Hill, ridden by Coco Fath and owned by Jordyn Rose Freedman, champion in the Small Pony Hunters sponsored by Gotham North

Best Junior Rider on a Pony and winner of a pitcher award: Daisy Farish, who won the Medium Pony Hunter championship with Redfield Farm’s Sassafras Creek, and winner of $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic sponsored by Gotham North on Beau Rivage

Best Child Rider on a Pony: Claudia Robinson, who competed in the Children’s Pony Hunters Small/Medium with Jay Sargent’s Happy Feet

Samantha Cohen and Sirius Black
Samantha Cohen and Sirius Black

Grand Children’s Hunter Champion and winner of the “Shades of Gray” trophy donated by MeadowView Farm: Samantha Cohen, for the second week in a row, who won the Children’s Hunter 14 & Under division championship with Sirius Black, owned by Christina Gellos

Best Children’s Rider on a Horse: Samantha Cohen

Grand Children’s Pony Hunter Champion: Katie George on Everwood, owned by Celeste Hylton

Leading Hunter Rider Award sponsored by The Gochman Family and awarded a Der Dau gift certificate: Louise Serio

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows celebrate its 31st year in 2013 and offer two weeks of exceptional equestrian sport on May 7-12 and May 14-19 at one of the nation’s premier and newly renovated equestrian facilities, Old Salem Farm, in North Salem, New York. Old Salem’s beautifully manicured grounds, list of elite horses and riders, and fantastic social gatherings draw spectators from Westchester County and beyond to watch horses and ponies of every size compete for almost $500,000 in prize money. The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows feature over 130 hunter and jumper classes each week, bringing together top competitors, including Olympic show jumpers, from across the country. For more information, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net/mayhome.

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NBC Sports Network to Air the 2013 American Gold Cup

North Salem, New York – May 20, 2013 – Stadium Jumping, Inc. and Old Salem Farm announced today that the 43rd annual American Gold Cup Grand Prix, a CSI4*-World Cup Qualifying competition, will air on NBC Sports Network in a one hour presentation on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 4:30 pm ET. The televised event will provide national high-profile exposure for the event, the sport of show jumping and highlight Westchester County and Old Salem Farm as premier equestrian sports destinations.

“Last year it was an all-star cast,” said Michael Morrissey, president of Stadium Jumping and American Gold Cup organizer. “We wanted everyone to have a good experience and go away thinking this was the climax of the season. We feel we really accomplished that. This year, we are particularly excited to share The American Gold Cup in this incredible venue to a national television audience.”

“NBC Sports Network’s coverage offers a rare opportunity for sponsors and advertisers to reach an incredibly large, mainstream audience,” continued Morrissey. “We encourage interested sponsors and advertisers to contact us about this unique marketing opportunity.”

“The American Gold Cup is a prestigious equestrian event and we are happy to provide coverage to our viewers on NBC Sports Network,” said Mike Perman, Vice President, Programming, NBC Sports Group.

Following last year’s enormous success, Old Salem Farm in New York’s Westchester County, will again serve as the picturesque setting for the American Gold Cup.  Old Salem Farm offers state-of-the-art facilities surrounded by 120 gorgeous acres. In 2012, the North American Riders Group (NARG) named The American Gold Cup one of the Top 25 Best Horse Shows in North America. The owners at Old Salem have made many renovations over the past few years to create one of the most extraordinary show facilities in the world.

The American Gold Cup scheduled for September 11-15, 2013 will feature a full array of jumper classes, including sections for Children and Adult Jumpers, Low and High Junior/Amateur Jumpers, plus the Open Jumpers.  New this year, the ASPCA Maclay Regional Championships will be held on Saturday evening in the Old Salem Farm indoor arena. The featured event, the coveted $200,000 American Gold Cup, will be held on Sunday September 15, 2013 and broadcast on NBC Sports Network the following Sunday, September 22, 2013.

For further information, visit: www.stadiumjumping.com or www.theamericangoldcup.com.

43rd Annual American Gold Cup Fast Facts

What: The $200,000 American Gold Cup FEI World Cup Qualifying Competition CSI4*-W

When: September 11-15, 2013

Where: Old Salem Farm, 190 June Road, North Salem, NY

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily with the ASPCA Regional Championships on Saturday night.

Facility: Old Salem Farm is New York State’s Westchester County’s premier equestrian facility, offering 26 annual competitions, boarding, top-level training and sales. It offers state-of-the-art facilities surrounded by 120 gorgeous acres.

Stalls are 10 x 10 and housed under canvas. The FEI stalls are 10 X 12 and stabling area will be secured by fencing with 24/7 security. FEI horses will be scheduled to school separately from non-FEI horses. Schedules will be posted and riders will be given notification of times during the horse inspection.

Available on the grounds

From Interstate 84 or Interstate 287: Take interstate 684 to exit 8 (Hardscrabble Road, turn right. Old Salem Farm is on the right.

Before Show – before 9/7/12 941-744-5465 800-237-8924
During Show – 914-669-5610  ext 201
Stable office – 941-744-5465
Prize List Advertising – 941-744-5465
Vendors – Matt Morrissey 941-915-3457

Website: www.stadiumjumping.com

Television: The 2013 American Gold Cup will air on NBC Sports Network Sunday, September 22 at 4:30 p.m. EST.

Charity Partners:

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Sponsorship Opportunities:

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Advertising Opportunities:

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Ring dimensions and footing:
Grand Prix Field 350′x450′, footing bluegrass mix turf. Grand Prix Annex 200′x250′, Schooling 130′x170′. Jumper Annex 146′x307′, Schooling 155′x173′. Indoor 115′x195′, Schooling 74′x135′. Hunter 138′x243′, Schooling 108′x158′. Footing in all arenas is all weather German-designed fiber and sand.

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Jenna Selati Seals Kentucky Spring Classic Victory with Greytful

Jenna Selati and Greytful.

Lexington, KY – May 19, 2013 – Today marked the end of the 2013 Kentucky Spring Classic and the finale of a winning weekend for Jenna Selati and Greytful. Selati, a Chicago, IL native, will return home from the Kentucky Horse Park with the championship tricolor in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunter division.

Selati navigated Greytful, or “Empire”, to two blue ribbons yesterday over the Bobby Murphy designed courses in the Murphy Ring. She returned today to turn in equally impressive rounds in the Stonelea Ring with the seven-year-old gelding, finishing second in the both first class and over the handy course.

“We got him in November, and he’s just so easy going and laid back. He’s like a big puppy,” Selati shared. “I thought the courses were challenging and fun, and he was great over them.”

Selati is unsure what the future will hold for herself and Empire, but she hopes to aim him at hunter derbies down the road. The young rider also hopes to be back in Kentucky.

“It’s beautiful here; the courses are great, and the weather’s been beautiful this weekend,” Selati concluded.

Finishing in reserve in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters were Piper Benjamin and Corvine. Benjamin and Corvine bested the field in the handy class to claim the blue ribbon, and they immediately returned to win a second blue ribbon in the under saddle class.

Winning the championship in the Large Junior 15 and Under Hunter division was Vivian Yowan aboard Roc A Bye, owned by Marigot Bay Farm LLC of Dover, MA. Yowan picked up the catch ride aboard Roc A Bye, consistently turning in solid rounds. Today, Yowan finished second in both of the division’s over fences classes before being named champion of the division.

“He was a little tired today, because he showed a lot yesterday, but he was still really, really good,” Yowan explained. “I liked the handy course today. I thought it was pretty tricky and there were different options that you could take. I did some inside turns in the Small Junior class that I didn’t do her.”

The blue ribbon in both of today’s over fences classes went to Meredith Darst and Vida Blue, owned by Elm Rock LLC of Bronxville, NY, earning them the division’s reserve championship.

Meredith Darst and Val D'Isere
Meredith Darst and Val D’Isere

Darst also earned a second tricolor today with Val D’Isere, owned by Natalie Allen-Barinsky of Mendota Heights, MN. Like Yowan and Roc A Bye, Val D’Isere is a new catch ride for Darst, but the pair connected quickly, finishing first and second over fences today and earning the division championship.

“Val D’Isere’s been great, and I’ve really enjoyed having the ride,” Darst said.

While the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows have come to an end, the ‘AA’ rated hunter and jumper competition will resume when the Kentucky Summer Horse Show comes to the Kentucky Horse Park on July 24-28, 2013.

For more information about the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

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Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius Victorious in $20,000 Bluegrass Classic at Kentucky Spring Classic

Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius.

Lexington, KY – May 18, 2013 – The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows came to a close today with amateur rider Meagan Nusz claiming her second major victory.  During the 16-horse jump-off in the $20,000 Bluegrass Classic, Nusz piloted Vesuvius to the winning clear time to lead the victory gallop during the Kentucky Spring Classic. Ramiro Quintana of Argentina was hot on her heels, qualifying three mounts for the tiebreaker and scoring second and third with Ollywood Des Horts and Ziedento, respectively.

Thirty-nine entries showed over Conrad Homfeld’s first round course, which mimicked portions of last night’s grand prix with multiple bending lines and sharp bending line. There was also a challenging triple combination and technical vertical-vertical double combination. Sixteen of the original starters managed to master the 1.45m track and advance to the jump-off. The short course began with an oxer-vertical line before riders had to roll back to a skinny vertical to an oxer. After galloping across the ring over two more obstacles the qualifiers had to speed toward the final fence with precision.

Ramiro Quintana was the pathfinder over the first course aboard Ziedento, owned by St. Bride’s Farm of Upperville, VA, and he managed to match the effort as the first in the jump-off. The duo easily maneuvered over all of the fences, setting the time to beat at 42.258 seconds, which would be good enough for third.

Fernando Cardenas had the next clear round with Quincy Car, but they ended up with the most conservative faultless time in 43.729 seconds for fifth place. Canada’s Ian Millar came very close to taking Quintana’s early lead with Baranns, but fell just 2/10ths of a second short. The clear effort would pick up the fourth place award.

Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius, owned by Amalaya Investments of Houston, TX, would produce the next double clear effort, and they had their eye on the winning pace. Easily making the rollback to the skinny vertical, they were able to handily gallop across the middle of the ring before leaving a stride out to the last obstacle. The pair dashed through the timers in 41.462 seconds to claim the victory.

Ramiro Quintana and Ollywood Des Horts
Ramiro Quintana and Ollywood Des Horts

The only other rider to come close to catching them was Quintana with his other mount, Ollywood Des Horts, owned by Remarkable Farms of New York, NY. The duo added to the final fence to leave it intact, but the careful approach proved costly with a time of 41.718, which was just 3/10ths of a second shy of the leader for second place.

“With my first horse Ziedento, I was trying to lay down a trip where it was as fast as I could go without knocking down a rail, and put pressure on the other riders coming behind me,” explained Quintana. “I knew I could go faster with Ollywood. I watched Meagan’s round, and I was neat to one and two and did a good turn back to skinny. I was pretty right on it until the last jump. I did an extra stride there because I felt the horse hadn’t really sighted on the jump, and I wanted to gather him a bit. I didn’t feel like I could leave the stride out, and that’s where I think I lost the class.”

One other competitor managed to leave all the jumps up, but clocked in over the time allowed. Marcelo Barros chose a conservative route with Lordes to trip the timers at 50.558 seconds, for two time faults and sixth place. Nusz also went home with the seventh place award after having just four faults in the jump-off with her second mount Dynamo to claim the seventh place honors, as well as the win.

“Vesuvius is naturally a super fast horse, so I didn’t have to push him out of his element too much in the jump-off,” stated Nusz. “Usually, if I can just get a good distance at the first fence and stay on that pace, I can pretty much match any round and then shave off a little bit here and there. Luckily for me I have a super careful horse that I can push a little for the speed, and he’s always going to try and stay clean. Other horses can get a little frantic when they are going that quickly, but I just to get cruise around. He loves it; he loves going fast.”

Nusz has been partnered with Vesuvius for two years and won the Amateur-Owner Jumper National Championship in 2012. “I get along with him really well; he’s so much fun to ride,” she expressed. “Every time you go in the ring you can’t help but smile when you come out because he’s such a trier and he’s always looking to be a winner for himself and for me, which is a really nice feeling. This year I’ve kind of moved out of the amateurs and have been trying to do more of these types of classes and some speed classes. I am trying to do more with him now and push myself too. I’m learning and it’s exciting when I win because it’s my first time to do all of this. I’m thrilled, I am really happy.”

Although Nusz won the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix last week, they were not as lucky last night and today’s victory came at just the right moment. “Yesterday I had a terrible day with Dynamo, and we were so frantic when we went in the ring that I had a number of rails,” she admitted. “It’s so funny in this sport how you go from hero to zero, so that was a little bit hard on me. I had to move on to today and I am really happy that I was able to go in with Vesuvius and Dynamo and have really, really good rounds. I needed to end the show this way and not the way I ended last night, so I am really excited.”

Nusz has used the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows to help prepare for Spruce Meadows, and it very happy to have classes like the $20,000 Bluegrass Classic available. “It’s nice to have a class that’s worth a lot of money that you can show your second and third string horses in and still have a chance to go in and win and get a little bit of money,” she commented. “Vesuvius can’t go in and do those bigger grand prix classes, but this is perfect for him. They’ve done an excellent job with all the big classes at this show.”

The High Junior and Amateur-Owner Jumper Show Jumping Hall of Fame Classics were held later in the day. The Amateur-Owner Jumpers saw four double clear efforts, with Wilton Porter piloting Neolistio Van Het Mierenhof to the win for Sleepy P Ranch of Bartonville, TX. Canada’s Jordan MacPherson and Aanwinst claimed second, Kenzie Donovan of River Hills, WI, placed third with Boomerang, and Leah DeMartini rounded out the faultless efforts in the jump-off with True Love for Elm Rock LLC of Bronxville, NY.  In the High Junior Jumper Classic, there were no double clear rounds, but Sophie Simpson had the fastest four fault round in the jump-off aboard Chico’s Girl, owned by Katherine Gallagher of Medfield, MA. Kady Abrahamson of Loveland, OH, followed in second with Irish Hunt.

Today marked the conclusion of the Kentucky Spring Classic, but in July competition will continue at the Kentucky Horse Park during the Kentucky Summer Series. Throughout July and August, riders will have the opportunity to compete in top-notch hunter/jumper events, and also try to earn valuable points toward the $50,000 Hagyard Challenge Series’ Leading Rider Bonus, and the $15,000 Leading Rider Bonuses available during the Hallway Feeds National Hunter Derby Series.

For more information about the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

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Laura Kraut and Cedric Lead the Longines Global Champions Tour Rankings after Wiesbaden

Laura Kraut and Cedric rose to the top of the Longines Global Champions Tour rankings yesterday during the Grand Prix of Wiesbaden with a jump-off time of 45.12 seconds. Photo courtesy of the Longines Global Champions Tour.

Wiesbaden, Germany – May 19, 2013 – Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm’s Cedric rose to the top of the Longines Global Champions Tour rankings yesterday during the Grand Prix of Wiesbaden. Kraut’s winning jump-off beat out two-time Champion Edwina Tops-Alexander and her all-star horse Cevo Itot du Chateau by a mere two tenths of a second.  Kraut now sits in the top spot on 77 points, leading the Global Champions Tour standings, and she has her eye set on the fourth leg of the GCT at the Olympic Park in London.

Yesterday saw a first-class lineup of horse and rider combinations in the jump-off, all fighting for the €285,000 in Grand Prix money, but it was Kraut and Cedric who took home the lion’s share.

“It is Cedric’s fourth win on the Global Tour and I am very proud of him,” Kraut stated. “We have a long way to go, but I am just pleased to start off as strong as I have. I am excited about all the upcoming events, London in particular.”

The start list for the third Longines Global Champions Tour boasted 50 of the fastest horse and rider combinations across the globe. The best 18 riders made it through to the second round, and it became clear that the jump-off would see a true battle of the best between top riders Edwina Tops-Alexander, Hans-Dieter Dreher and Laura Kraut. It came down to six in the jump-off, but Kraut and Cedric would prove consistent with their accuracy and speed.

The tension mounted in the stands as the best in the world went neck-to-neck for the coveted championship. Four-time Olympic medalist Ludger Beerbaum took his turn at the short track, clearing all of the obstacles and becoming the pathfinder for the jump-off round. Gregory Wathelet attempted to shave the seconds off of his track, but a slice to the vertical cost him a clean round with a final total of four faults earned.

Tops-Alexander and Itot took over the lead with a fantastic time of 45.35 seconds. Although Dreher gave it his all, he would fall short with a clean round in 46.76 seconds. The tension was palpable as Kraut and Cedric entered the ring. Their performance in the jump-off was the epitome of top riding, demonstrating their long-time partnership as a true bond and understanding throughout their round. They completed the course in 45.12 seconds, never touching a single rail. They captured the victory, and outshined the competition to take the win and stand at the pinnacle of the podium.

“I think it was a good second round course; I had a lot of confidence. I didn’t feel I was that efficient in the jump-off, but I think the mad gallop to the last fence,” Kraut said. “I was a bit lucky; it made the difference. I am very pleased. It is Cedric’s fourth win on the Global Tour and I am very proud of him.”

It was a very exciting event for Team Cherry Knoll Farm as they watched the exhilarating victory unfold. Kraut will continue to compete in the Global Champions Tour, especially excited to show in the approaching leg in London. Kraut plans on staying at the top of her game with Cedric during the approaching legs of the tour. There is no doubt that the talented horse and rider team will stay in peak condition, and be one to watch as she gives her competitors a run for their money.

To stay informed about the dynamic duo’s results, please visit http://www.globalchampionstour.com/events/.

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