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Sharn Wordley Continues to Top Hagyard Challenge Series

Sharn Wordley on Famoso D’Ive Z.

Jeff Gogul Increases National Derby Series Lead

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 7, 2017 – Despite Great Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire and Sydney Shulman both earning 310 points during the Kentucky Summer Classic, Sharn Wordley continues to lead the 2017 Hagyard Challenge Series after the Kentucky Summer Classic came to a close.

The Kentucky Summer Classic also featured the sixth event of the series for the 2017 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by the World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC, where Jeff Gogul continues to maintain his place at the top of the rankings.

Sydney Shulman, who earned the blue ribbon during Thursday’s $25,000 Hagyard of Lexington Grand Prix put her within 10-points of Pablo Barrios, who currently sits in third place and only 60 points behind Derbyshire who is second to Wordley. The New Zealand Olympian currently has 410 points.

The Kentucky Summer Classic also featured a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by the World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC. Jeff Gogul has earned the top spot in five of the six of the events so far and is dominating the standings with 1,200 points. Behind Gogul is David Beisel with 750 points is and Victoria Colvin with 475 points.

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Alexandra Duvin and Jorge Gomez Win Jumper Classics on Final Day of Kentucky Summer Classic

Alexandra Duvin and King Chacco.

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 6, 2017 – On the final day of the Kentucky Summer Classic, Alexandra Duvin bested a field of 41 horse-and-rider combinations to claim the victory in the WIHS/NAL Children’s Jumper Classic, sponsored by Equithrive, aboard King Chacco. In the WIHS/NAL Adult Amateur Jumper Classic, sponsored by Hallway Feeds, it was Dr. Jorge Gomez and Dallas De La Bonnett who topped the leaderboard.

Duvin, 16, of Cincinnati, Ohio, performed a double-clear effort on her 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding King Chacco, crossing the finish line in 33.127 seconds during the jump-off. Isabel Harbour placed a close second in the class on Fit to Print Farm’s 15-year-old Brandenburger gelding, Camera Ready, after jumping double-clear and finishing the jump-off in 33.961 seconds.

Following the Children’s Jumper Classic, the adults took over the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park. Gomez, originally from Colombia, went double-clear and raced to the finish in 33.464 seconds on his 11-year-old Warmblood gelding, Dallas De La Bonnett. The lifelong equestrian balances his riding with his career as an equine veterinarian and has been affiliated with Palm Beach Equine Clinic since 2011. He has represented the clinic at prestigious events around the world such as the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Along with taking home top honors in the classic, Gomez also topped the Adult Jumper division and was awarded the championship title.

Samantha Hill rode Attack, a 17-year-old Belgian Warmblood owned by Andrea Simpson, to second place with a double-clear time of 31.123 seconds. The riders who won Sunday’s classics are now qualified to compete in the same division at the Washington International Horse Show as well as the NAL finals that will take place at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show this fall.

Adam Edgar and Fox Creek’s Antony Quinn Claim Grand Pony Hunter Championship

Small, medium, and large ponies took over the hunter rings to compete for the sought-after Grand Pony Hunter Championship on Sunday at the Kentucky Summer Classic. Adam Edgar saved the best for last, winning the final pony hunter class of the day, the Large Pony B Hunters, aboard Fox Creek’s Antony Quinn, a 13-year-old German Riding Pony gelding owned by Dianna Orona. The pair also earned the Grand Pony Hunter Championship title in the Stonelea Ring.

The 18-year-old from Leesburg, Virginia dabbled in a handful of different sports throughout his childhood, but was inspired to try riding because his mother grew up with horses. Ever since, he was hooked and has been finding success in the hunter, jumper and equitation rings. Edgar trains with Bill Schaub as well as Ken and Emily Smith of Ashland Farms.

During the Large Pony B Hunter division, Edgar and Fox Creek’s Antony Quinn won the handy, undersaddle and one over fences class, and the pair placed second in the other over fences.

The reserve champion of the Large Pony B Hunter division and also the Reserve Grand Pony Hunter Championship was Jenna Drago on Rivers Edge’s Rivaldo, a 7-year-old Welsh Pony palomino gelding.

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Luis Biraben Earns Hard-Fought Win in $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix

Luis Biraben and Eres Tu.

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 5, 2017 – The conditions could not have been more perfect for an evening grand prix in the Rolex Stadium on Saturday night. The $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix saw 43 entries that competed over a course designed by Mexican course designer Florencio Hernandez. While the course did not initially seem daunting in size or technicality, only four riders returned for the jump-off. In the end, Luis Biraben of Argentina triumphed by completing the jump-off in a time of 43.737 seconds on his 8-year-old gelding Eres Tu. Hot on his heels was Martien Van Der Hoeven on Zerro Leone who gave a double-clear effort in 46.134 seconds. Young rider Kaely Tomeu finished third on Siboney Ranch’s Gentille and Amanda Derbyshire rounded out the top four on Luibanta BH, who is owned by Gochman Sporthorses LLC.

After walking the grand prix course, Biraben did not expect that he would have much difficulty qualifying more than one of his four mounts for the jump-off. Although the course was not overly high or posed any perplexing questions, rider after rider finished with a rail down or just over the time-allowed. Biraben credits his ability to ride his youngest mount, Eres Tu, to a clear round with the gelding’s heart, scope and sharp mind. Although Eres Tu recently turned only 8 years old, he completed each jump like a seasoned professional. For his winning efforts, Biraben was also presented with the Kentucky Summer Classic Leading Rider Award presented by Envisian Products, LLC. Biraben, who is a native of Argentina, recently moved to the United States and splits his time between Wellington, Florida and top shows on the East Coast.

Van Der Hoeven took the early lead in the grand prix class on his grey gelding, Zerro Leone. The pair was third in the original order-of-go and seemed to have no difficulty completing the course in the tight time-allowed. Van Der Hoeven has successfully competed Zerro Leone, who is owned by Augusta Pines Farm of Spring, Texas, in several major grand prix events including the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix at the Devon Horse Show as well as the Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix, which is annually held during the Kentucky Spring Classic. He and Zerro Leone will make their next appearance together at the Hampton Classic Horse Show and the HITS $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, New York.

Tomeu and Derbyshire were the only two female athletes to produce clear rounds in the Rolex Stadium. Each of them had a fast round but were unable to complete the short course without 4 faults. Derbyshire, who was second on Thursday night in the $25,000 Hagyard Classic Grand Prix, was also one of several riders to have multiple horses in the class, piloting three in all.

Jeff Gogul Maintains USHJA National Hunter Derby Winning Streak

On a beautiful afternoon at the Kentucky Summer Classic, Jeff Gogul continued to dominate the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by the World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC. During the first week of the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, Gogul of Wilmington, Ohio won the derby aboard Cortese, a 7-year-old gelding owned by Stadium Horses LLC. He returned to the Stonelea Ring on Saturday to top the leaderboard with Quite Ruffy, a 15-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Pamela Kahn. The pair won the Cleveland Derby in July and placed tenth in last week’s derby at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show.

During the first round, Gogul and Quite Ruffy earned an 88 plus four additional points for taking all of the high options. Earlier in his career, Quite Ruffy was a grand prix jumper before transitioning to the hunter ring about four years ago.

Out of 49 entries in the week’s derby, only the top 12 combinations from the classic round were invited back to compete in the handy. In the handy round, Gogul and Quite Ruffy confidently tackled the trot jump and took advantage of the inside turns to earn a score of 92 after also taking all of the high options once again. Gogul is no stranger to the USHJA National Hunter Derby winner’s circle and he received a pair of F. Lli Fabbri tall boots in addition to his commemorative blue ribbon at the conclusion of Saturday’s competition with a final tally of 184 between both rounds.

David Beisel, who won the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix aboard Ammeretto on July 30, enjoyed competing in the Stonelea Ring on Phyllis Harlow’s Lavish, a 12-year-old Westphalian gelding. In the first round of the derby, Beisel and Lavish earned a total of 90 after the four high options were calculated into the total. In the handy, they received a score of 93 with the four high options, and they were only one point behind Gogul and Quite Ruffy with a total of 183.

Sophie Gochman placed third on Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s Trumpet, a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, after earning an 85 in the classic round and a 91 in the handy.

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Christina Fisher and Hannah Patten Blaze to Blue Ribbons in Rolex Stadium

Christina Fisher on Zanzibar.

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 4, 2017 – Amateurs ruled the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Summer Classic horse show. Christina Fisher of Atlanta, Georgia won the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class on Zanzibar in a time of 58.482 seconds, beating out 32 other competitors. In addition, Hannah Patten won her own blue ribbon in the Medium Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper speed class aboard Love. The pair completed the course in a time of 52.632 seconds.

Christina Fisher, a 24-year-old and recent graduate of Georgia Tech, competes in both the hunter and jumper rings with equal success. Though she started riding hunters as a child and only just began competing in the jumpers over the past year, Fisher has wasted no time moving up the divisions. After purchasing Zanzibar a year ago, Fisher has shown the 13-year-old KWPN gelding in both the Low Amateur Jumpers as well as hunter classes including the USHJA hunter derbies. The pair is planning to compete together in the upcoming 2017 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship here at the Kentucky Horse Park in two weeks.

Patten’s win in the Medium Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumpers on Love, her 15-year-old Belgian Sport Horse gelding, is just one of the reasons the 18-year-old from Williamstown, Massachusetts is having a great two weeks at the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows. In addition to winning on Friday afternoon, Patten cheered on her trainer, Sydney Shulman, and her 9-year-old gelding Curby Du Seigneur to a win in Thursday evening’s $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic.

Patten, who moonlights as the author of the popular lifestyle blog, The Patten Standard, credits her strong bond with Love to her competitive instinct. The pair has been competing together for five years and most recently won the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the Fairfield Hunt Club June Classic.

Emma Wujek Claims Grand Junior Hunter Championship at Kentucky Summer Classic

On a beautiful afternoon at the Kentucky Horse Park, junior rider Emma Wujek from Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan claimed the Grand Junior Hunter Championship at the Kentucky Summer Classic. Wujek competed John Yozell’s Breeze, a 12-year-old Warmblood mare in the Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under division. The pair won two of the over fences classes, earned a blue ribbon in the handy, placed second in the undersaddle and received a yellow ribbon in the remaining over fences class.

Wujek rides with Tim and Kelly Goguen of Boggs Hill Farm and spends many weeks training with them at their base in Lexington, Kentucky and Wellington, Florida during the winter months. The talented bay mare is a sales horse and the junior rider has had the opportunity to work with her for the past three weeks. The duo competed at the Great Lake Equestrian Festival and then traveled to the Kentucky Horse Shows. Wujek will remain in Kentucky for a few weeks and looks forward to the indoor season.

Though Wujek competes the mare in the junior hunter ring, Havens Schatt occasionally competes Breeze in derbies, and placed ninth overall at the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Devon Horse Show in May as well as third in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the inaugural Deeridge Derby Weekend in Wellington in March.

The Grand Junior Hunter Championship is sponsored by Visse Wedell with Kirkpatrick & Companies. During the show, she noted, “I sponsor the grand hunter champions because I feel it is important to support the hunters and I want to give something extra special to the people that exceed in their divisions whether it is the professionals or the amateurs or pony riders. I love to give a trophy because we all like to go home with something special other than a cooler or a backpack.”

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St. Jacques and Swani Winners at USEF Jr. Hunter National Championship – East Coast

Taylor St. Jacques and Di Samorano (©ESI Photography)

Saugerties, N.Y. – The 2017 USEF Junior Hunter National Championship – East Coast came to a close on Tuesday, August 1, following two days of competition in Saugerties, N.Y. at HITS-on-the-Hudson. More than 178 of the country’s top juniors headed to the Championship to complete three phases in front of the judging panel made up of Ralph Caristo, Todd Karn, and Keri Kampsen over the Rian Beals-designed Classic Round course and Handy Hunter course, both of which counted for 40% of the overall score. The final 20% was earned in Tuesday’s Under Saddle phase, which was judged by Karen Healey, Jimmy Torano, and Andrea Wells. Taylor St. Jacques and Di Samorano posted the best overall score of the 3’6” competition to earn the 2017 Overall Grand Champion title. In the 3’3” Championship, Isha Swani and Park Place earned the Overall Grand Champion honors.

3’6” Championship

The 2017 3’6” Overall Grand Championship was a highly contested title, with just hundredths of a point separating the Champion and Reserve. St. Jacques, from Glen Allen, Virginia, rode her own beloved Di Samorano, a nine-year-old dark bay gelding, to earn the title with an overall score of 253.350. The pair won both the Classic Round, with scores of 85, 87, and 87, and the Handy Round, with scores of 85, 83, and 80. In the Under Saddle, scores of 84.5, 84, and 84.25 placed the pair in fourth. En route to claiming their overall National Title, St. Jacques and Di Samorano took home the USA National Junior Hunter Championship Perpetual Trophy donated by Christina Schlusemeyer for winning the 3’6” Large Junior Hunter 16-17 Championship.

“I think I was a little nervous going in, but once I got in the ring, I had a very, very strong first day. So after that I kind of just thought to myself, ‘Stay the same — it obviously is working,’” St. Jacques said.

The talented St. Jacques also earned the 3’6” Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Championship and USA National Junior Hunter Championship Perpetual Trophy, donated by Pam and Wayne Baker, aboard Diana Firestone’s Calou, who topped the Small division with an overall score of 249.400.

Alexandra Pielet and Emma Farber’s Giovanni earned the Reserve Overall Grand Champion Title with a score of 253.300: 86, 86, and 86 in the Classic Round; 83.5, 84, and 83 in the Handy Round; and 85, 80, and 84.5 in the Under Saddle. The pair was also Champion in the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under section, winning the USA National Junior Hunter Championship Perpetual Trophy donated by Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Stewart, Jr.  Pielet on Catrine Golia’s Royal Expectation also claimed the Championship for the Small Junior Hunter, 15 and Under, section, with their overall score of 245.200 and took home the USA National Junior Hunter Championship Perpetual Trophy, donated by Geri and Whitney Roper.

“Alex went first yesterday in the Classic. I thought she had amazing rounds in the smalls and the larges, and I thought, ‘Oh, I’ve got good competition now. I want to be Grand [Champion].’” St. Jacques said of competing alongside Pielet: “I did my small and I won that class, and then the large and I won that, as well. I thought it was great; she is one of my best friends. I thought it was a really proud moment for us to both win all of our classes yesterday. Today, the same sort of thing: we both did amazing and were champions of both of our sections. It was a really great feeling.”

Ramble On Farm’s Rockette, a stunning chestnut mare with a wide white blaze and shown by Kaitlyn Williams, was honored as the Best Overall Mare in the 3’6” sections. She received the War Dress Memorial Trophy, donated by Cleta S. Turbow and Pamela J. Rush, after receiving an overall score of 234.200.

3’3” Championship

Swani and Shadowfax Equestrian, LLC’s Park Place topped all three of the 3’3” Large Junior Hunter, 15-and-Under, classes on their way to Overall Grand Champion honors in the 3’3” section. The exceptionally graceful duo earned scores of 83.5, 83, and 84 in the Classic Round; 89, 87, and 87 in the Under Saddle; and 77, 76, and 77 in Handy Round to finish on an overall total of 244.800.

Hallie Grimes earned Reserve Overall Grand Champion in the 3’3” section with Can We Keep It, LLC’s Custom Made. The pair won all three sections of the 3’3” Small Junior Hunter, 15 and Under, with scores of 82, 81, and 83 in the Classic Round; 93, 86, 88 in the Under Saddle Round; and 78, 75, and 75 in the Handy Round to finish with an overall total of 243.000.

Taking home the 3’3” Large 16-17 title was Daybreak, owned and ridden by Leah Swope, with a score of 235.800. The Small 16-17 champion was Nino Nacho, owned by Redfield Farm and ridden by Abigail Russo, with a score of 238.900.

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Matthias Hollberg and Lauren Hester Speed to Top Placings during Kentucky Summer Classic

Matthias Hollberg and Mr. Sydney Rocks.

Lexington, KY – August 2, 2017 – Matthias Hollberg and Lauren Hester both had blazing fast rounds in the Rolex Stadium, helping them to win the 1.35m and 1.30m classes, respectively. Both professionals were showcasing the strong talents of the sales horses that they currently have in their programs.

Matthias Hollberg, who owns and operates Hollberg Equestrian with his wife Thaisa Erwin in Middleburg, Virginia, came to the United States from Germany. Since that time, he has competed successfully in shows up and down the East Coast. Hollberg showcased his unique ability to successfully navigate a competitive course with a horse that he does not have much experience riding. The Kentucky Summer Classic marks the first horse show that he has competed Mr. Sydney Rocks. Although it was only their third class together, the pair has yet to knock a rail out of the cups. Hollberg attributes the 13-year-old Westphalian’s talent to his training as an eventing horse. Previously shown by Allison Springer, the bay gelding is fast and fearless, allowing Hollberg to leave out strides that other riders could not in the 1.35m speed class. The pair topped a field of 31 competitors in a time of 72.492 seconds, a whole three seconds faster than the next fastest rider, Daniel Bedoya, who was aboard Abracadabra.

Kentucky native Lauren Hester was also using the classes in the Rolex Stadium to help prove the talent of the sales horses that she currently has at her business, Hester Equestrian. Clueless P, whom Hester showed to double clear rounds in the 1.30m class, was previously a grand prix mount for Hester and is now hoping to find a new career as a successful junior jumper. Hester shows at the Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC frequently, as the Kentucky Horse Park is right around the corner from her farm. It is not uncommon for crowds who gather to watch Saturday night Grand Prix competition to cheer a little more enthusiastically for Hester as she is widely recognized as their hometown girl. Last week, Hester piloted her mare Warinda B to a seventh place finish in the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix.

Jaime Gibson Claims Grand Open Hunter Championship Two Weeks in a Row

Jaime Gibson made the long trip up from Ocala, Florida to the Kentucky Horse Park worth it with Debbie Smith’s 9-year-old mare Cora. After claiming the Grand Open Hunter Championship last week at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, Gibson and Cora returned to Stonelea Ring to sweep the professional divisions during the Kentucky Summer Classic to win a back-to-back grand title. In the Conformation Hunter division, the pair dominated and won blue ribbons for all the over fences, the handy and the under saddle.

The owner, Debbie Smith, purchased the jumper mare from Wendy Peralta of Seabreeze Farm, and since she is an exceptional mover decided to transition her into the hunter ring. Gibson started riding the talented mare during the winter season and the pair competed in the Ocala circuit and at Devon before heading to the summer series at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Next up, Gibson plans on showing Cora throughout the indoor circuit and has her eyes set on moving up to the 3’9″ and derbies next season.

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Martien Van Der Hoeven Wins $5,000 Open Jumper Speed at Kentucky Summer Classic

Martien Van Der Hoeven and Corleone.

Lexington, Ky. – August 1, 2017 – Martien Van Der Hoeven wasted no time in making sure that he had a successful week at the Kentucky Summer Classic. The professional topped the list of competitors in the $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m Speed class aboard Corleone at the Kentucky Horse Park. During the morning classes, David Beisel continued his winning streak from last week by winning the 7-year-old Developing Jumpers with Harlow Investments’ For Sunday.

For Van Der Hoeven, traveling to Kentucky from his home base at Augusta Pines Farm, 30 minutes outside of Houston, Texas, is always a big undertaking. The professional has had a successful string of shows at the Kentucky Horse Park over the years and his appreciates the opportunity to compete in such an iconic venue. Last week during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, Van Der Hoeven had several top placing in both the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Grand Prix on his grey gelding Zerro Leone. During the Kentucky Summer Classic, Van Der Hoeven is showing the 10-year-old KWPN gelding Corleone who is owned by Mary and Catherine Tyree and normally is trained by North Run Stables from Warren, Vermont. Van der Hoeven credits the great training Corleone receives at North Run with his ability to take over the mount with such success.

Another winner in Rolex Stadium during competition was David Beisel and For Sunday, a 7-year-old KWPN mare owned by Harlow Investment Enterprises. The pair won the 7-Year-Old Developing Jumper class, presented by Spy Coast Farm. Beisel believes deeply in the value of the Developing Jumper Series and has even used it to train one of his current grand prix mounts, Ammeretto, to success in the grand prix ring. In 2016, For Sunday won the Young Jumper Championship Midwestern League Finals and Beisel is hopeful for a repeat performance from the mare this year.

Professional Hunters Kick Off Second Week of Kentucky Summer Horse Show

As the second week of the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows begins at the Kentucky Horse Park, professional hunter competitors are eager to secure a division championship. During the combined Green Hunter 3’9 and High Performance class, three different horse and rider combinations earned blue ribbons.

In the first over fences class of the division, Samantha Schaefer and the 8-year-old KWPN gelding In the Know, who is owned by her sister, Madeline Schaefer, came away with the win. The pair arrived early in Kentucky from Westminster, Maryland to prepare for the Pre-Green Incentive and International Derby Finals later in August. Other top hunters took their turn in the beautiful Stonelea Ring and coming into second place in the first over fences was Erica Quinn aboard CF Partners’ Celtic Fire, a 10-year-old KWPN stallion. Emma Wujek and Raylyn Farms, Inc.’s RF Remarkable, an 8-year-old Oldenburg gelding, received the yellow ribbon.

After returning to the ring for the second over fences, topped the leaderboard. Early in 2016, Celtic Fire was competing in grand prixs, but they decided he would flourish in the derby ring. After only four months of hunter training, the pair won the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Chicago Hunter Derby in 2016. Quinn, who is based in Brookeville, Maryland, wanted to use this week at the Kentucky Summer Classic to get ready for the international hunter derby later in two weeks.

For the under saddle class, Brandon Gibson won with Lisa Chaney’s Cristal, 7-year-old Westphalian mare. Quinn and Celtic Fire placed second and Schaefer on In The Know rounded out the top three.

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Sharn Wordley Takes Hagyard Challenge Series Lead

Sharn Wordley on Famoso D’ Ive Z.

Jeff Gogul Holds National Derby Series Top Spot

Lexington, Ky. – July 31, 2017 – New Zealand’s Sharn Wordley has taken over the lead in the 2017 Hagyard Challenge Series after earning ribbons in all three of this year’s show jumping events. During the Kentucky Summer Classic, Wordley took over the top spot with two top ten placings on Thursday’s $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. The Kentucky Summer Horse Show also featured the fifth event of the series for the 2017 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by the World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC, where Jeff Gogul continues to hold the lead in the standings.

Wordley’s consistent efforts in the Hagyard Challenge Series have him atop the leaderboard currently, but Thursday’s winner Pablo Barrios of Venezuela is in a close second, followed by David Beisel in the third place position after earning second and third in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show.

The Hagyard Challenge Series consists of seven grand prix classes held during the 2017 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. The series concludes with the $65,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic held during the Kentucky National Horse Show. Following that exciting competition, the winner of the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus will be announced and presented with the cash prize by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.

The Kentucky Summer Horse Show also featured the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by the World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows. Jeff Gogul has earned the top spot in three of the events to have a strong lead in the standings. David Beisel is currently ranked second, followed by Victoria Colvin.

The $30,000 World Equestrian Center/Kentucky Horse Shows Leading Rider Awards will include a $20,000 cash prize to the professional rider accumulating the most points in the 11 classes that make up the 2017 World Equestrian Center/Kentucky Horse Shows series. The series-leading amateur and junior riders accumulating the most points will each receive a $5,000 cash prize. Riders will receive points only on their highest placed horse in each of the classes. The awards will be presented at the conclusion of the finale event during the WEC Invitational.

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David Beisel and Ammeretto Take Top Honors in $50,000 Rood and Riddle Grand Prix

David Beisel on Ammeretto.

Lexington, Ky. – July 30, 2017 – David Beisel and Ammeretto led a ten horse jump-off to race home with the first place finish in the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Grand Prix. In front of a packed crowd in the Rolex Stadium, Beisel capped off a week of top finishes at Kentucky Summer Horse Show by also winning the Leading Rider Award presented by Envisian Products, LLC.  Amaretto narrowly beat Australia’s Scott Keach on Fedor, with Beisel piloting the mount to a quick time of 39.230 seconds. Taking third place honors was Nicole Shahinian-Simpson on her mare Akuna Mattata.

Ammeretto, who is owned by Equine Holdings, LLC, has been with Beisel since he was a 3-year-old. The now 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion has had a very competitive summer with top place grand prix finishes at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival as well as the Tryon International Equestrian Center before coming to Kentucky. Beisel credits having the stallion his entire career for their unique ability to make quick adjustments while on course. It was one of those quick adjustments on the long gallop to the Rood & Riddle oxer that helped Beisel overtake Australian Olympic athlete Keach who had taken the lead in the jump-off round from Shahinian-Simpson with a time of 41.296 seconds.

With a lineup of 29 top equestrians, the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix was the perfect event to entertain the crowds who had amassed at the Kentucky Horse Park to enjoy ‘Hats Off Day.’ This annual event is held to pay homage to the equestrian industry which holds a very special place in the Bluegrass state. During the day-long event, visitors were able to enter the Horse Park free of charge and enjoy family friendly events throughout the park.

Didi Mackenzie Wins Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship aboard MTM Inside Scoop

After winning three over fences classes, placing second in the handy and coming in third in the undersaddle during the Amateur-Owner Hunter division, Didi Mackenzie and MTM Inside Scoop claimed the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship. Mackenzie of Flower Mound, Texas and her 11-year-old gelding commanded both days of hunter competition and she was thrilled to receive the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship title, sponsored by Visse Wedell with Kirkpatrick & Companies.

The breezy and cool temperature on Saturday morning at the Kentucky Horse Park was the perfect weather to add spark to Mackenzie’s Inside Scoop, and her second horse, MTM Do Right, who won the division’s reserve championship. MTM Do Right placed second in one over fences class, placed third in two over fences classes and placed third in the handy.

Mackenzie purchased both geldings when they were pre-greens from Mike McCormick and Tracy Fenney. She works with McCormick and Fenney when she is home in Texas, but spends her winter competing at HITS Thermal before heading to Kentucky where she spends the summer.

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Anna Dryden Dominates High Junior/Amateur-Owner Speed at Kentucky Summer Horse Show

Anna Dryden aboard Petrushka III.

Lexington, KY – July 28, 2017 – Anna Dryden was the first rider to set foot in Rolex Stadium on Friday morning. The adult amateur competitor from New York had her second child just five months ago, but was determined to have strong finishes in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Speed class on both of her horses, Zartoes and Petrushka III. Although she lost her reins on the way to a fence on Zartoes, the pair still went clear in a time of 67.950. She continued to lead the class until she reentered the ring on Petrushka III and completed the course almost two whole seconds faster, in a time of 66.045. Charlotte Jacobs and Bartani S took home third place honors in the class of seventeen.

The early morning win held more significance for Dryden as it marks her return to serious competition after pregnancy. Although she normally trains with Allison Robataille, Dryden is working with Chilean Olympian, Samuel Parot during this trip to Kentucky. She credits Parot’s can-do attitude with giving her the confidence to go in the ring with an expectation to win and allowing her to enjoy the moment.

Dryden is no stranger to the winner’s circle in the High Amateur-Owner division. Before she gave birth to her second child, she and ‘Petra’ consistently had top placings together including a win in the same division on August 3, 2016. The 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Zartoes, is a slightly more recent acquisition to Dryden’s string, being purchased only a year and a half ago. Dryden is hopeful that once she regains her post pregnancy fitness she will have the opportunity to show Zartoes in bigger classes and put her extra scope to good use.

Alexandra Worthington Rules Friday Equitation

Since purchasing the 10-year-old gelding Outshine during the Florida winter season, Alexandra Worthington, 17, has enjoyed the experience of riding him in the equitation ring. The rising high school senior splits her time between New York and Las Vegas, and has trained with Beacon Hill Show Stables for over two years. On Friday, the pair dominated the Stonelea Ring by winning the ASPCA Horsemanship class and winning the WIHS Hunter Phase with a score of 90.

After 8 riders were selected to return for an undersaddle phase, Maverick Austin Helmar on Canterbury placed second in the ASPCA Horsemanship class. Grace Saad and Bond 016 finished in third place.

Annabel Revers and Contigo 37 followed closely behind Worthington in the WIHS Hunter Phase with a score of 88. Elli Yeager and Copperfield 39 received an 87 and placed third.

Meanwhile in the Claiborne Ring, the THIS National Child Medal 14 & Under took place on the third day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows. Fifteen combinations competed and the top four were invited back for a work-off where they were asked to canter a handful of fences, trot one fence, halt at the end of the course and show a sitting trot. Augusta Iwasaki, 13, of Calabasas, California won the class aboard Cocktail 51, a horse she has only ridden twice. The duo earned a score of 83 and Jaden Porter on Dragonfly’s Corleone B placed second with a 79. Layla Kurbanov and Constantin FZ finished in third place with a score of 78.

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