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Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W Triumph in $25,000 Equiline Holiday I Grand Prix

Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W. Photos: ©ManciniPhotos.

Darragh Kenny and Zabel D Take $10,000 Equiline Open Stakes Class

Wellington, FL – December 15, 2015 – Kaitlin Campbell and longtime mount Rocky W added another win to their extensive partnership, as the duo captured the $25,000 Equiline Holiday I Grand Prix on Sunday, December 13, at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Campbell, of Springfield, PA, and Rocky W crossed through the timers in 52.192 seconds to take the lead from Irish rider Darragh Kenny and Zabel D who finished in 54.507 seconds, while Abigail McArdle, of St. Charles, IL, and Harriri V.D. Maltahoeve collected third place honors with a time of 54.87 seconds. Competition at PBIEC will continue today with the start of the ESP Holiday II including the $10,000 Pony Up Treats Open Stake and the $25,000 Pony Up Treats Holiday II Grand Prix on Thursday, December 17.

Campbell and her own Rocky W, a 1998 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Libero H x Mona Liza), made easy work of the first round track, set by Hector Loyola (PRI), and dashed to an exciting finish in the jump-off round, where the duo finished nearly two seconds faster than Kenny and Zabel D. With a knack for finding the fastest routes on course, Campbell commented that Rocky W’s ability to cover ground and remain balanced through tight turns offered her the opportunity to push for the win.

“This is his first big class down here and he’s usually pretty on it when he knows we’re back in the International Ring. He was being incredibly careful today. I knew that I could go for it and he would stay off the rails,” commented Campbell. “He’s so quick though the turns that you really only need to think turn and he’ll get there. He was really fast through the second turn and I think that’s where we made up the time.”

The duo has been together for quite some time, earning a number of top wins including the $25,000 Nutrena® Grand Prix hosted at PBIEC in March 2015. As Rocky continues to be competitive at the top levels of the sport, Campbell is sure to keep her partner’s happiness and well-being a priority. She explained, “I try not to waste classes and jumps on him. We don’t jump at home too much and I always try to pick classes where I know he can be successful,” explained Campbell. “I’m not aiming him for 5* Grand Prix classes. It’s more about finding classes that I know he can succeed in. It keeps him mentality sharp.”

After an incredibly successful career together, Campbell and Rocky W have established a bond, which allows them to fully trust each other when taking risks on course. Campbell’s gutsy ride through the jump-off round showcased the duo’s relationship and proved rewarding, as they secured another grand prix win at PBIEC. The experience the pair has gained together throughout the years has been incredibly beneficial and Campbell hopes to continue their success this season.

“He knows he’s the best in the barn and sometimes takes advantage of it,” laughed Campbell. “We’ll do some of the smaller FEI Speed classes this year because I don’t want to push him and over face him. He’s so fast that I think they’ll be a perfect fit for him. We’ll see how he’s feeling throughout circuit and play it from there,” she continued.

Darragh Kenny and Zabel D Take $10,000 Open Stakes Class

Darragh Kenny capped a banner weekend with Zabel D, owned by Kerry Anne, LLC, after the duo captured the $10,000 Open Stakes class on Friday, December 11, and then placed second in the $25,000 Equiline Holiday I Grand Prix on Sunday.

Darragh Kenny and Zabel D
Darragh Kenny and Zabel D

The duo took top honors in the $10,000 Open Stake with a time of 42.318 seconds, finishing the class with one of four double clear trips. Peter Wylde aboard Aimee finished in 43.862 seconds, while Heather Caristo Williams and Cosmopolitan 30 rounded out the top three with a time of 46.00 seconds.

Competition at PBIEC continues today with the start of the ESP Holiday II Series, which will conclude on Thursday, December 17. The ESP Holiday III Series will begin on Friday, December 18, and conclude on Sunday, December 20. Please visit www.pbiec.com for a full weekly schedule of competition events and to view daily results.

Campbell and Rocky W Win the $7,500 Nalley Toyota Stonecrest Open Welcome

Kaitlin Campbell pilots her own Rocky W to the win.

It was all about horsepower in yesterday’s $7,500 Nalley Toyota Stonecrest Open Welcome Class which saw twenty horse and rider teams tackle the course designed by Michel Vaillancourt, former Olympian and 2015 Pan American Games Course Designer.

Only seven advanced to a second round opportunity and Michael Tokaruk of Germantown, Tennessee, in the irons of Charlie Jayne’s Cupid Shuffle, lead the way. The pair turned in a first round effort in a time of 69.112 seconds and clean second round in a time of 36.740 second, within the 45 seconds time allowed.

Wender, owned by Hester Equestrian, LLC and ridden by Lauren Hester of Lexington, Kentucky, was next to post a clean first-round effort in a time of 69.651 seconds but was eliminated in the second round. Hester and Wender would finish in seventh place overall.

David Jennings of Franklin, Tennessee, riding KM Farm’s KM Corfina, followed with the next clean first round effort in a time of 70.684 seconds and a clean second round effort in a time of 35.302 seconds, setting the new time to beat.

Rocky W, owned and ridden by Kaitlin Campbell of Lexington, Kentucky, was next to go fault-free in their first round in a time of 72.623 seconds. Their fault-free second round in 34.034 seconds would steal the lead from Jennings and Cortina and set the new time to beat.

Lyndsay Strafuss of Collierville, Texas, in the irons of Castle Point Farm, LLC’s Troya Montecristo, challenged Campbell’s time but had a rail, and with four jump faults in a time of 35.373 seconds, would finish in sixth place overall.

Hester returned to the ring, this time in the irons of Hester Equestrian, LLC’s Clueless P. The pair posted a first round effort in a time of 70.184 seconds. However, their second round in a time of 33.921 seconds had four jump faults and the pair would finish in fifth place overall.

Daniel Geitner in the irons of Amy Yoder’s Stitch was the next to go clean in the first round, posting a time of 74.588 seconds. Although their second round time was the fastest in 33.618 seconds, four faults would see the pair finish in fourth place overall. Campbell and Rocky W held onto their lead for first place honors while Jennings and KM Corfina took second.

“I’ve owned Rocky for nine years,” said Campbell. “He’s my old soldier. I think the last time I showed here was in 2003. The stalls are so nice now and the improvements are great. This is a great show for our younger horses. The classes are big enough but you can just keep going until you get it right.” Campbell is originally from Doylestown, Pennsylvania and after graduating from American University, now works for Leslie Emerson and Marigot Bay Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. She will be competing in tomorrow night’s $35,000 Classic Grand Prix, presented by EMO.

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Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W Conquer $50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake

Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W.

Every rider hopes to have that special horse that carries them through the ranks, and for Saturday night’s $50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake winner Kaitlin Campbell, that horse is Rocky W. Now 17 years old, the Royal Dutch Warmblood carried Campbell to both a Junior Jumper Championship and an Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, and this year the impressive duo rode away with the Open Jumper Championship.

“I think that’s pretty rare to be junior jumper, amateur jumper and open jumper all on the same horse,” smiled Campbell, who is now a professional working for Marigot Bay Farm. “I’ve had him since he was 8. We know each other so well now.”

Twenty-five combinations entered the Dixon Oval to compete during Saturday’s highlight event. The first rider to complete Michel Vaillancourt’s opening round without error was Olympian McLain Ward and Sagamore Farms’ Rothchild. The duo went on to be the pathfinders in the tiebreaker, setting the pace to beat at 40.236 seconds.

Their time would not hold up for long when 2013 Idle Dice Stake winners Campbell and Rocky W entered the arena. The pair picked up a quick gallop to the first obstacle and, taking the inside track, they overtook Ward’s time by a full second when they broke the beam at 39.007 seconds.

“Going after Rothchild you pretty much have to go for broke and hope that you get lucky,” admitted Campbell. “That’s really all you can do. Rocky’s really fast across the jumps. He’s a little bit of a skimmer, but he knows where his legs are. That’s where I really think we saved time, across the jump.”

Daniel Damen and Bahrain 8, owned by Seth Vallhornrat, also qualified for the jump-off, but a refusal trying to slice a vertical across the middle meant they would settle for fourth place. Hometown hero Callan Solem of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, took home the third place award with B Amelusina for Horseshow Trail Partners, choosing to keep a conservative pace with her young mount.

After leading the victory gallop for the $50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake, Campbell and Rocky W returned to the center of the Dixon Oval to accept the Open Jumper Championship, tying with Kelli Cruciotti and Chamonix H, winners of the $100,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon. The Leading Lady Rider Challenge Trophy also went to Campbell for her performance during this year’s Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, an event that has always been special for her.

“It’s the crowd,” noted Campbell. “It’s the only horse show all year that has a crowd this enthusiastic that is six rows deep, standing room only, and they come to watch the jumping. There’s no other entertainment that they’re coming for. They’re here to watch the jumping, and they get so into it. For sure it pumps Rocky up. It pumps the riders up, and it makes all the difference. ”

The crowd also made a difference for Ward who, in addition to placing second and sixth on Saturday night, won three events earlier in the week to capture the Leading Open Jumper Rider award for the third time in four years.

“Leading rider is always great,” expressed Ward. “It shows consistency throughout a show, which is something to always be proud of. This is such a special venue with as good of crowds as anywhere in the world. They’ve really done great things here with the facility and with the footing. It’s nice to be able to support it and be part of it and hopefully have some success.”

Earlier in the day, the Amateur-Owner Jumpers competed in their highlight event, the $20,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. After winning a class on Friday, Adrienne Sternlicht came back for a second victory with Quidam MB.

Five combinations advanced to the jump-off, with Haley Gassel setting the pace to beat aboard Werner. They turned in a clear effort in 34.891 seconds. Their lead would not hold for long though, and Sternlicht galloped over the track with veteran mount. The duo left out a stride in the first two lines, and with a tight turn to the double combination they finished in a clear and faster time of 33.59 seconds.

Kelsey Thatcher’s attempt to catch Sternlicht with Athena was thwarted when the pair had two refusals and was eliminated. Gassel returned with her second mount Quite Dark 2, but a rail at the third fence would mean third place with four faults in 33.387 seconds. Melissa Rudershausen tried to slice one of the verticals too hard aboard Charmeur Ask, resulting in a refusal and a rail for fourth place and sealing Sternlicht’s win.

“We have a real relationship,” said Sternlicht of Quidam MB. “I’ve had him for three years. We’ve developed together, and he’s such a winner. I feel so lucky to have him because he’s really, really special to me.”

Sternlicht and Quidam MB not only led the lap of victory for Saturday night’s event, but they also returned to the center of the Dixon Oval to accept the Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship and Amateur-Owner Jumper Leading Rider Award.

“This is my first leading rider,” smiled Sternlicht. “It’s nice that they have that. I think it holds a show in a certain sort of esteem, and the environment here is just amazing. The amount of spectators we get and people are so excited – I think it adds a little bit of pressure and a little intensity.”

Sternlicht concluded, “I want to say thank you to the sponsors. Their generosity and continued support of this show is amazing. It’s a really neat show. I hadn’t been back in a while, and it has certain esteem and significance that I haven’t experienced elsewhere in the states, so for that I say thank you.”

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Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W Win $25,000 Nutrena Spring 1 Grand Prix at PBIEC

Wellington, FL – April 6, 2015 – Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) wrapped up its first week of spring competition this weekend at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, with a victory for 23-year-old Kaitlin Campbell of Georgetown, KY and her mount Rocky W in the $25,000 Nutrena Spring 1 Grand Prix. Week one of ESP’s Spring Series featured Richard Jeffery and Hector Loyola as the jumper course designers.

In Saturday’s grand prix, 36 entries contested the course with only four qualifying for the jump-off. When Campbell walked the course, she felt it was perfectly set for Rocky W.

“When I walked the course, the combination was set for him how he likes it. All the lines were perfect for him – I knew he could jump a clear round,” said Campbell. “My only concern was the liverpool next to the makeshift lake – as [Rocky W] can sometimes be a bit funny about water. Once we got over that jump, I knew we would go clear.”

Campbell was one of four to go clear in the first round and took victory in the jump off with a time of 42.72, beating Maggie Jayne of Elgin, IL by only 0.082 of a second. When asked how she felt after seeing Jayne’s jump-off round, Campbell said, “She was really fast and probably a lot smoother and tighter to the jumps than I was. She most likely did less strides than me, but I know Rocky is so fast across the jumps that I feel that is what ultimately won me the jump-off.”

Campbell’s Mount, Rocky W, was bought at the end of his 8-year-old year to move up to the junior jumpers on. She rode him through college in the amateurs and just kept moving up. She ultimately found success in the Grand Prix Ring.

“It was funny because when I was walking out of the ring, Paul O’Shea, that was third place, asked how many Grand Prixs [Rocky W] had won, and my response was that I didn’t know,” Campbell stated. “After thinking about it and counting my past wins, this was our 14th Grand Prix win and our 56th overall class win.”

When asked what the highlight of her day was that Saturday, her response was different than most would expect. “All the people I work for [at Marigot Bay Farm in Lexington, Kentucky] were there afterwards. The oldest girl I train, Kelly, showed right after me and was going into the ring on a new horse,” said Campbell. “She went in right after me [in the next class] and jumped her first clear round. It was a proud moment and highlight of the day for me.”

Wilhelm Genn and Bugatti
Wilhelm Genn and Bugatti

Jumper Highlights

ESP’s spring circuit kicked off its jumper competition with a $10,000 Open Jumper Stake Class with a win for Wilhelm Genn and Bugatti. The class saw 32 entries with nine advancing to the jump-off and three double clear rounds. Wilhelm Genn and Eduardio Leon’s Bugatti had the fastest time of 47.976 seconds for the win. Denise Wilson and Blue Gate Farm’s Galous finished second in 50.883 seconds. Mark Bluman and Stranky’s Mission Farm’s Califa LS placed third in 51.416 seconds.

The $5,000 1.35m Classic was also held with a total of 40 entries and seven competitors advancing to the jump-off round. Amy Momrow and Monty Kelly’s Baldino Du’Rouet claimed first place with a time of 43.418. Second place went to David Blake and his mount, Park Lane, with a time of 46.755. Third place went to Deanna Phelan and her mount, Dubline, with a time of 49.945.

The $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by The Tackeria, saw 20 entries with eight clear rounds. Samantha Johnson aboard Sarah Wayda’s Campol took first place with a time of 31.979. Second place went to Ned Cunniffe and Whipstick Farm’s DollyDoo with a time of 37.631. Third place went to Carina Sola aboard Nadine Beck’s Viktoria 77 with a time of 37.994.

In the $2,500 FarmVet Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Chloe Field and Hidden Brook Farm’s Via Veneto were the winners. The $2,500 Equiline High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic saw a one-two finish for Taylor Reid aboard Ugano and Boucanier respectively.

Hunter & Equitation Highlights

The hunter divisions were in full swing during Week I of ESP’s Spring Series. In the $5,000 USHJA Hunter Derby, Taylor St. Jacques and JT Farm’s Iberia were the winners with Tracy Scheriff-Muser and Caroline Gouse’s Shoreline in second. Rachel Kennedy and Suzanne Smith’s Blue Monday finished third.

In the $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic, sponsored by Sweet Oak Farm, Emma Kurtz took first place aboard David Gochman’s Fredrick. Victoria Colvin and Lili Halterman’s Genuine took second, and Giavanna Rinaldi and Charlie Jayne’s All Wrapped Up took third.

In the $1,000 Amateur Owner Classic, sponsored by Sweet Oak Farm, Piper Benjamin took both first and second place on her mounts Corvine and Topsider, respectively. Third place went to Tina Allen aboard her mount, Galaxy.

Emma Kurtz swept the ribbons in the $500 Pony Classic sponsored by Charles Moorecroft Inc. Taking first place aboard Dr. Betsee Parker’s All My Love, second place on Dr. Betsee Parker’s Enjoy the Laughter and third place on Linda Evan’s Dreamland.

In the equitation classes, Taylor St. Jacques won the Pessoa USEF Hunter Seat Medal sponsored by Randolph College as well as the ASPCA Maclay class. Giavanna Rinaldi topped the WIHS Equitation overall.

ESP’s Spring Series continues this week on April 8-12, 2015, featuring the $30,000 Spring 2 Grand Prix on Sunday, April 12. For full results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

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Rocky W and Kaitlin Campbell Victorious in HITS Ocala $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix

(c) ESI Photography. Kaitlin Campbell and her Rocky W win the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix.

Ocala, Florida (January 29, 2015): Kaitlin Campbell and her Rocky W jumped to victory in 38.220 seconds in a nine horse jump-off in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium on Thursday.

Campbell, of Georgetown, Kentucky, went second-to-last in the jump-off. Only two riders had jumped clear to that point. Campbell and her Holsteiner/Dutch Warmblood cross, fondly known as Rocky, finished clean to collect the winning check for $7,500.

“I’ve had Rocky nine years now. We actually bought him in Ocala in 2006 and this is our first time back. He obviously likes it here,” said Campbell, 23, who works as a trainer at Marigot Bay Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, and aims to jump Rocky in the Great American $1 Million at HITS Post Time Farm on March 23. “He’s 17 years old now – I really want to jump in a big class with him.”

Wannick WH, owned by Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stable and ridden by Christine McCrea of East Windsor, Connecticut, posted the first clear round of the jump-off. Their time of 40.598 held the lead until Campbell rode, putting them in second place to earn $5,500.

Third place went to the only other clear jump-off round, posted by Dorothy Douglas of Flower Mound, Texas on S&L Farms’ S&L Elite with a time of 40.635, over the course designed by Danny Foster of Ontario, Canada.

Mary Goldman’s Centurion B, ridden by Lisa Goldman of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, had the fastest time of 36.542 in the jump-off but failed to clear a rail at Fence 11, dropping them to fourth place. HH Dauphin, owned by Woodrun and ridden by Laura Linback of Mundelein, Illinois, finished with four faults and a time of 40.660 to take fifth place.

Derek Petersen and Cassevel Top the Brookledge Welcome at HITS Ocala

Derek Petersen of Archer, Florida, riding his and Maddie Skimming’s Cassevel, came out on top in the $2,500 Brook Ledge Open Welcome on Wednesday at HITS Post Time Farm, after placing second in the same class during the first week.

The Brook Ledge Welcome included two combinations set in the course designed by Foster, and proved to be a challenge for the competitors. Only two, Petersen with Cassevel and Manuel Torres on Pluto, negotiated the course with no jumping faults and went on to the jump-off.

Petersen and Cassevel went first in the jump-off. Failing to clear a rail at the second fence, and a time of 42.895 seconds, left the door open for Torres of Waterford, Virginia, riding Pluto, owned by his own Santa Catalina Farm, to win it. But a refusal at a combination and resulting time faults put Torres in second place with seven total faults and a time of 57.238.

Seven had four faults in the first round. Among them, Lisa Goldman, from Hawthorne Woods, Illinois, and her Rocs to Riches, an 8-year-old who will be moving up to the Grand Prix level, were the fastest combination, but placed third at 67.816 seconds. Sam Pegg, riding Michael Pegg’s Shaia De Macheco, was fourth at 69.231, and Andrea Torres Guerreiro, riding Santa Catalina Farm’s Victoria, rounded out the top five in 72.545 seconds.

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Kaitlin Campbell & Rocky W Top $35k Sweet Oak Farm Grand Prix at SFHJA Charity Horse Show

Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W. Photo copyright Mancini Photos.

Wellington, FL – November 26, 2014 – The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) hosted the South Florida Hunter Jumper Association’s (SFHJA) Annual Charity Horse Show on November 19-23, 2014, as a benefit for the A-T Children’s Project, Danny & Ron’s Rescue, Equestrian Aid Foundation, Pure Thoughts, Inc. Horse & Foal Rescue, Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, and FAU Equestrian. The week featured a $35,000 Sweet Oak Farm Grand Prix on Saturday night with a win for Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W.

Catsy Cruz of Mexico set the course for 47 entries in round one with five clear rounds to advance to the short course. Margie Engle and Elm Rock LLC’s Bockmanns Lazio were first to jump-off and finished fifth with four faults in 34.61 seconds. Kevin Babington and Mark Q jumped next and had four faults in 34.37 second to finish fourth. Chris Ewanouski and Hampton Farms LLC’s Orbetello jumped the first clear round in 34.01 seconds to finish third. Up next, Campbell and Rocky W set the winning time of 31.57 seconds. Lorcan Gallagher and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Diktator van de Boslandhoeve were last to go and settled for second with a time of 32.67 seconds.

On a rainy evening under the lights of the International Arena at PBIEC, Campbell trusted in her long partnership and experience with Rocky W to go for the win. She has had the 16-year-old KWPN gelding (Libero H x Corofino) since he was eight and knew that the atmosphere of the arena would play to her favor.

“There were only five clear, so it was difficult enough obviously to get that number,” Campbell remarked on the course. “Going into the jump-off, I figured I was already getting a paycheck and I should just go for it at that point. He has shown in this ring under the lights a lot of times, and it always pumps him up a lot. He knows that it’s jump-off time, and it is perfect for him.”

“He is just really quick across the ground, and he is really quick in the air,” Campbell said of her time. “He doesn’t spend too much time in the air. He knows exactly where his legs are and how to spend the least amount of time over the jumps.”

“We have been showing at indoors the past few months, so it was different going to this big international ring,” she added. “I think his stride definitely opened up, and I was able to leave some strides out.”

Since graduating college in May 2014, Campbell has been working for Marigot Bay Farm, which has locations in Wellington as well as Lexington, KY. She will continue to compete at the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival, which beings January 7 with 12 weeks of competition at PBIEC.

SFHJA Charity Horse Show Highlights

The charity show also featured a $10,000 Welcome Stake, sponsored by Paul Tracey Farrier Services, with a one-two finish for Shane Sweetnam on Friday. Sweetnam and Spy Coast Farm LLC’s Solerina took top prize. The rider finished second aboard Sweet Oak Farm’s Echo D.

Sunday’s $10,000 Palm Beach Aggregates/Siboney Ranch High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic saw a win for Michelle Navarro-Grau aboard Yidam with Tina DiLandri and Highpoint Farm LLC’s Juanita in second.

The $10,000 Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by John and Monika Preston, was won by Lindsey Tomeu and Dogwood Hill LLC’s Bonapart with Alicia Gamboa and WCEC LLC’s Kyu in second. The $10,000 Adult Jumper Classic, also sponsored by John and Monika Preston, saw a win for Sheer Levitin aboard Nabuco du Theil. Katherine Johnson and Belle finished second.

In the $5,000 Oakland Ventures Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Danielle Torano jumped to victory riding Herault. Mireya Godoy and Rhea de l’Ici finished second. The $5,000 Oakland Ventures Low Junior Jumper Classic was won by Lucy Deslauriers and Hamlet with Spencer Smith and Artisan Farms LLC’s Nevada in second.

Hunter competition was featured throughout the weekend as well and concluded with a $10,000 Summerfields Equine LLC USHJA National Hunter Derby on Sunday. The win went to San Francisco, owned by Glory Days Farms LLC and ridden by Jimmy Torano. The $5,000 RC Stables Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic saw a win for Cussini, owned by Lilly Halterman and ridden by Victoria Colvin. Peacock Ridge LLC’s Trillville and Farah Rizvi won the $5,000 Sweet Oak Farm Pony Classic.

Competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center continues with Equestrian Sport Productions’ Holiday Horse Show Series beginning on Wednesday. The Holiday Series will host six shows from November 26 through January 4, serving as a precursor to the 2015 Winter Equestrian Festival.

The Holiday Series kicks off with the Holiday & Horses CSI-W 2* on November 26-30, 2014, featuring premier “AA” hunter and 5-star jumper classes. Jumper competition includes a FEI World Cup qualifier and two FEI World Ranking classes.

The week begins with the $34,000 Holiday and Horses Opener on Wednesday, Nov. 26. The $34,000 1.45m will be held on Friday, Nov. 28. The $50,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix will be the highlight event on Saturday evening, Nov. 29. Sunday, Nov. 30 will feature a $5,000 National Hunter Derby as well as a $10,000 Open Jumper Stake. Hunter champions will also be awarded throughout the week. For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

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Kaitlin Campbell Continues to Lead 2012 Hagyard Challenge Series

Kaitlin Campbell continues to lead the 2012 Hagyard Challenge Series (pictured with Rocky W). Photo By: Kendall Bierer/PMG

Lexington KY – August 19, 2012 – Friday night was filled with anticipation as two of the Hagyard Lexington Challenge Series Leading Riders went head-to-head in a battle to the top. Kaitlin Campbell and Shane Sweetnam rode to the leading finishes in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, slots that would determine their ranks in the series. It was Campbell who continued to hold the lead in the Standings after her second place finish, with Sweetnam closing in on her. Sweetnam’s first place finish with Amaretto D’Arco knocked Olympian Reed Kessler from the second place position. Campbell still holds the top spot in the 2012 Hagyard Challenge Series, sponsored by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.

Consisting of seven grand prix classes to be held during the 2012 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park, the Hagyard Challenge Series offers a $50,000 Leading Rider Award. The rider accumulating the most points throughout the series will be presented with the bonus during the $50,000 World Cup Qualifier at the Kentucky National Horse Show in September 2012.

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Kaitlin Campbell Takes the 2012 Hagyard Challenge Series Lead

Kaitlin Campbell holds the current lead in the 2012 Hagyard Challenge Series (pictured with Rocky W). Photo By: Kendall Bierer/PMG

Lexington KY – August 3, 2012 – It was an exciting Thursday night for Kaitlin Campbell as she rode not one, but two mounts to the top awards in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic at the Kentucky Summer Classic. Her double-clear efforts knocked fellow young rider Reed Kessler from the first place position, taking over as the series leader. Campbell now holds the top spot in the 2012 Hagyard Challenge Series, sponsored by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. Consisting of seven grand prix classes to be held during the 2012 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park, the Hagyard Challenge Series offers a $50,000 Leading Rider Award. The rider accumulating the most points throughout the series will be presented with the bonus during the $50,000 World Cup Qualifier at the Kentucky National Horse Show in September 2012.

On Thursday, August 2, 2012, Campbell piloted Rocky W to the first place finish in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, and also picked up the second place award with her other mount Grand Pleasure. The 17-year-old rider jumped to the top of the Leading Rider Standings, holding a prominent lead with a total of 420 points.

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Kaitlin Campbell Rides to the Top of the Leaderboard in the $10,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Welcome Stake at Alltech National Horse Show

Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W earned the top honors for their blazing fast round during the Chansonette Farm $10,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Welcome Stake. Photos By: Kendall Bierer/PMG

Lexington, KY – November 3, 2011 – The exciting jumper action continued tonight at the Alltech National Horse Show as the best Junior and Amateur-Owner riders gathered at the Alltech Arena to compete in the evening’s Welcome Stakes. Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W took the winning honors during the Chansonette Farm $10,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Welcome, and Lillie Keenan earned the top call during the Sleepy P Ranch $10,000 Junior Jumper Welcome.

The Chansonette Farm $10,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Welcome Stake kicked off tonight’s festivities with talented horse and rider combinations vying for the winning honors. The class showcased 21 of the top competitors riding for the highest honors. The speed course consisted of 11 obstacles that tested both horse and rider alike in the time allowed of 68 seconds. The course began over a single vertical reminiscent of a mountain range, bending to an oxer at the far end of the ring. A left hand turn brought the rider to another single vertical and an oxer. With a right turn, riders then took a vertical on the outside and then quickly took the oxer set at a diagonal in the center of the ring, bending to a vertical. A left hand turn then introduced the Alltech triple bar-vertical double combination on the outside where riders then had to make a left rollback to a vertical and a sharp right to the outside Keeneland vertical-oxer combination, where they then turned right over the final Louisville slugger oxer to trip the beam.

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