Grand Prix veteran Hector Florentino was the first member of “team” of international riders who champion the Step by Step Foundation (www.stepbystepfoundation.com) in competition to put in fault-free and fast rounds at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. The talented Dominican Rider piloted Stransky’s Mission Farm’s Ultimo to the blue ribbon and trophy in the $35,000 Welcome Open on day one of the two weeks of competitions at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky in the beginning of May.
“It’s great to come back to Kentucky and start off with a win,” said Florentino. “Last year, Ultimo and I put in 8 consecutive clean rounds in 4 grand prixs in Kentucky. We placed 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th respectively. Ultimo really likes this weather, this footing, the Kentucky Horse Park as an overall venue and horse show. It would have been nice to have a little more sunshine the first week, but we will keep coming back to Kentucky. For me, it is double the honor when I cannot only put in clean, fast rounds, but also represent Step by Step at the same time. Every time we win, I know we are contributing to those kids with little or nothing, really making a difference in the life of someone who has nothing.”