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Kelley Farmer and Mindful Victorious in $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Kelley Farmer and Mindful.

Christopher Payne and Churchill Capture $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

Lexington, KY – May 10, 2014 – When Larry Glefke and Kensel LLC purchased Mindful just a few weeks ago they did so with one intention – providing a top hunter derby contender for Kelley Farmer. Mindful proved tonight that he definitely fits that bill, as he and Farmer earned the victory in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show.

Finishing in second place in the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park were Hayley Barnhill and John and Stephanie Ingram’s Airport 48; third place went to So To Speak, another talented Larry Glefke and Kensel LLC owned entry ridden by Farmer.

Six-year-old So To Speak also proved to be a strong contender, leading at the end of the first round with scores from the two judging panels of 84 and 90. Those scores coupled with the bonus points awarded for Farmer’s decision to take all four high option fences gave the pair a combined first round total of 182.

Mindful advanced to the second handy round just behind So To Speak with a combined score of 180. Rounding out the top three after the opening round over the Bobby Murphy designed course were Barnhill and Airport 48.

Entries returned in reverse order of their standings for the handy round, but, as Farmer was juggling three entries in the second round, she and Mindful moved up in the order and were the first of the top three to return.

From the opening vertical to the final high option fence, Farmer and Mindful laid down a seamless trip, and the judges agreed.  The two judging panels awarded them base scores of 89 and 88; with handy bonus and high option points added they would finish on a second round total of 199 and a 379 grand total, shooting them straight to the lead.

Barnhill and Airport 48 looked like they were going to give Farmer and Mindful a real run for their money, but judges’ scores of 88.5 and 80 left them short of the lead with a second round total of 189.5 and a final score of 363.5. While it would not give them the win, it would hold up for second place.

Hayley Barnhill and Airport 48
Hayley Barnhill and Airport 48

“I don’t know the horse that well yet; he’s very new to us,” Barnhill said of Airport 48, who was a grand prix horse with Courtney Boyd prior to being purchased by the Ingrams. “We got him at the end of Florida, and we showed him one week after circuit in the 3’3″ Performance Hunters. This is our first real week showing him. He’s never done a derby or anything. I was really happy with the results.”

Barnhill continued, “He’s so fun to ride. He’s easy; he’s pretty much point and shoot to the jumps.  He’s so scopey and careful. I just had to steer and find the jumps.”

Before Barnhill and Airport 48 took officially claim the second place honor, Farmer had to turn in her final ride of the night aboard So To Speak. The second place award or even the victory seemed to be very much in reach for the pair, but an unfortunate lead swap before the final fence would relegate them to the third place position.

“He’s only 6 years old. He’s got a big future,” owner and trainer Glefke said of So To Speak.

“That baby is so brave. He is not scared of anything,” added Farmer. “I am so excited for him.”

Farmer is equally excited about Mindful, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding purchased from Callie Schott less than three weeks ago. She has her sights set on this year’s USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals with the new gelding, but until tonight, she had no idea how he would even perform in a hunter derby format.

“I was thrilled with him. I know a lot more about him now,” Farmer said. “It’s so easy for him. In both rounds, after a jump or two he settled in. Or rather, I settled, so he settled. It was our first derby. He was great at the show this week, but until you do it, you don’t know what you are going to get.”

Doing well with Mindful at this year’s Derby Finals is a big target on Farmer’s radar this year, so Farmer was appreciative of the opportunity to not only see how Mindful would perform in a hunter derby, but in a hunter derby in the same venue and setting as the Derby Finals.

“It’s the only time we get to get in the ring before Derby Finals, and it’s the same time of night when you have all of the shadows, and it’s really dark,” Farmer said.

“I thought Bobby Murphy built a nice course tonight. You had to ride a little at the wall, but at some point you are going to have to ride them at the first jump. It wasn’t too trappy. You had room to canter. Riding to the oxers you had to have ability and a little scope, but there was nothing to scare them. The ones that made a mistake, I think it was more from shadows than the course.”

With a win in the Rolex Stadium under her belt, Farmer can continue to look toward the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in August during the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show.

Christopher Payne and Churchill
Christopher Payne and Churchill

Chris Payne and Churchill Capture $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

The night kicked off with the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby, the first of seven events culminating with the $15,000 Leading Rider Bonuses. Chris Payne earned the early lead in the year-end standings by leading the first event from start to finish aboard Susan Moriconi’s Churchill. A smooth opening round resulted in a score of 89, and as the last to return for the handy round the pair expertly handled the inside turns and high options to earn a 94 for a 183 total.

Although Churchill is only 7 years old and eligible for the Pre-Green Hunter division, he has proven that he is ready for anything. “We decided do him in the First Years and see how it goes because he’s so brave and has a great mind,” explained Payne. “He got some ribbons so we thought, let’s see if maybe he’s a derby horse because he’s so brave and so easy. This is his first time doing anything like this at all. We just wanted to see how it would go.”

Bobby Murphy built a 10 obstacle course for the first round of tonight’s event set at 3′ with four 3’6″ option fences. There was a two-stride line as well as bending lines and multiple rollbacks. The fences were decorated to imitate natural obstacles a rider would experience when hunting. The top 12 scoring horse and rider combinations were invited to return for the handy round, which also had four options as well as a trot fence and multiple inside turns to showcase handiness.

Hayley Barnhill was ranked fifth going into the handy round after earning a score of 84 aboard Walker, owned by Danielle Leach. They picked up a smooth canter and were able to execute an excellent trot fence, as well as taking the inside and high options. The judges awarded their efforts with a score of 87 for a 171 total.

“We were in fifth place before the handy round, so we thought we might as well try and move up,” explained Barnhill of Walker, who she rode for the first time today. “He is a Pre-Green horse, so he’s still new to this kind of thing, but he’s big strided, scopey and easy. He was right there for everything I wanted to do.”

Adrienne Iverson returned next riding Cenerife for Eight Oaks, having received a score of 85 in the first round. The pair also had an excellent round, galloping easily to the final oxer and jumping easily over the high options. The judges announced a score 86, creating a tie of 171 with Barnhill. In the end, Barnhill’s handy round score would earn her the second place honors, while Iverson settled for third place.

With two good scores already on the leader board, the pressure was on Payne to produce another flawless round with Churchill. The handy was a breeze for the brave horse though; who navigated the inside turns smoothly and accurately. The judges turned in score of 94, for a 183, total making Payne and Churchill the clear winners.

“Churchill is so peaceful and so solid minded that he doesn’t get flustered about anything,” smiled Payne. “He tries to do whatever he asks you to do, and he has this beautiful big, rangy, lopey step. It’s just really enjoyable to ride.

Payne added, “We thought maybe showing tonight would help in the First Years because he takes everything so easily. We thought the bigger jump would help him in the First Years. He was good in the First Years so thought maybe he could be a Derby contender.

Next week, Payne will continue competing during the Kentucky Spring Classic with Churchill.  He commented, “We’ll probably do the same Hallway Feeds National Derby next week and then see where he is and aim for the international derbies. That will be our goal.”

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Tomorrow’s hunter events will include championship and reserve championship awards in the Junior Hunter and Children’s Hunter divisions. Next week, riders will return to the Kentucky Horse Park for the Kentucky Spring Classic, with the second $5,000 Hallway Feeds National Hunter Derby scheduled for Saturday evening.

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Mark Bluman and LaGran Dash for the Cash in the $20,000 Bluegrass Classic at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Mark Bluman and LaGran win $20,000 Bluegrass Classic.

Lexington, KY – May 10, 2014 – When speed is key to winning an event, it helps to be riding one of the fastest horses in the world. LaGran was the fastest horse at the 2010 World Equestrian Games with Pablo Barrios, and today he was the fastest horse in the $20,000 Bluegrass Classic with Mark Bluman of Colombia. The pair outraced a starting field of 38 competitors during the speed event with a blazing clear round three seconds ahead of the closest finisher.

“LaGran is a very fast horse,” smiled Bluman after his victory. “He’s been fast all his life. He was the fastest horse in the WEG in 2010 with my mate Pablo. He’s just fast. I went for it the whole way around, and it worked out well.”

Twelve competitors bested Richard Jeffery’s track, but it was Bluman who was the quickest over the course, breaking the beam at 69.989 seconds under rainy skies. Emanuel Andrade tried to catch him aboard Hollow Creek Farm’s Fananka A, but their time of 72.704 seconds would only hold up for second. Pablo Barrios set the time to beat early in the class with Romeo, finishing in 73.979 seconds, which would eventually claim fourth, while Barrios’ second mount Crossfire 10 slipped into third with a time of 73.775 seconds.

Andrade was pleased with his mount’s efforts, saying, “I think she’s amazing. I got her two months ago, and I’ve only shown her three times. She’s really a winner, and I think she’s going to be a good one. She’s a big, old fashioned horse with a big stride, and I thought the course was really good for her today.”

Emanuel Andrade and Fananka A
Emanuel Andrade and Fananka A

The course proved to be the best for Bluman though. “LaGran is actually better on the left lead, so every left turn that we made I would go a little inside,” he explained. “I have to be careful on the right because he twists a little, but to the left I really went inside.”

The pair is just getting back in a rhythm after some issues toward the end of the Winter Equestrian Festival. “I had a few problems with him in Florida after the Nations Cup,” admitted Bluman. “I was riding him in a way that he doesn’t like. I was trying to collect him and make him round, and he doesn’t like that. He just wants to go fast. He wants you to leave him alone and let him go.”

Bluman took over the ride of the 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding two years ago after Pablo Barrios and G & C Farm parted ways. “I started working for Gustavo [Mirabal] and got the ride on LaGran,” he noted. “When Gustavo and I parted ways, he gave me the horse as a gift, and it was a very nice gift. It’s a great horse with lots of experience.”

The 23-year-old is continuing to further his career, aiming LaGran for the Central American Games in November. “I think WEG would be too much for him,” admitted Bluman. “He was good in this class, so next week I am going to aim him toward it again. We’ll stay in the 1.45m classes, and then maybe this summer move him up to the grand prix.”

Bluman will be based in Kentucky throughout the summer and is excited to have the opportunity to continue to show at the Kentucky Horse Park. “The venue is amazing,” he said. “It pours rain, and the footing is great. The horses love it here. This is the place to come in the summer if you are staying the States.”

Later tonight, the hunter riders will take over the Rolex Stadium during the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby, which gets underway at 5 p.m., immediately followed by the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. The weekend concludes tomorrow with the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix at 4p.m. in the Rolex Stadium, but the riders will return to the Kentucky Horse Park for the Kentucky Spring Classic, scheduled for May 14-18, 2014.

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Pablo Barrios Claims Another Early Lead in Hagyard Challenge Series Standings

Pablo Barrios and Zara Leandra.

Lexington, KY – May 9, 2014 – Pablo Barrios has taken the early lead in the 2014 Hagyard Challenge Series by claiming the top spot during Thursday’s $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic for the second year in a row. The Venezuelan native rode Zara Leandra to a dominating first place finish with a double clear effort in 40.29 seconds. Hector Florentino of the Dominican Republic is holding the second place position in the standings after claiming the second place award on Thursday aboard Anemone’s Vicky. Olympian Margie Engle is currently ranked third in the standings after she went double clear with her veteran mount Indigo to earn the third place honors.

The Hagyard Challenge Series is a summer-long series of seven show jumping events at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The rider who accumulates the most points in the series will receive a $50,000 Leading Rider Award, presented during the Kentucky National Horse Show in September. The second event in the series will be next Thursday during the Kentucky Spring Classic at the Kentucky Horse Park.

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The facility at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers 13 Digital Radiology systems, 1.5 Tesla Siemens MRI, Nuclear Scintigraphy, a high speed treadmill, an on-site laboratory, an on-site pharmacy, full surgical services, 24-hour emergency services and Hyperbaric Medicine. The institute has practiced veterinary medicine for more than 133 years and is currently composed of over 60 experienced veterinarians, with 12 board certifications in specialty areas of Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, and Theriogenology.

Several generous sponsors have helped make this exciting series event happen. These gracious supporters include: title sponsor MWI Veterinary Supply, and presenting sponsor Zoetis, as well as Audi of Lexington, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, Hagyard Flex-tra HA, Johnson Horse Transport, Hallway Feeds, Kirk Horse Insurance LLC, Pike and Preston, and Stoll Keenon Ogden.

To learn more about the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please go to www.hagyard.com.

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Margie Engle and Eckham Van Het Steentje Earn 1.45m Open Jumper Victory at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Margie Engle and Eckham Van Het Steentje.

Lexington, KY – May 9, 2014 – It can take time for new partnerships to come together in the sport of show jumping, but today that happened for Olympian Margie Engle and her new mount Eckham Van Het Steentje. The pair captured their first victory together with a double clear effort in the 1.45 Open Jumpers at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Engle only began riding Eckham Van Het Steentje for owners Elm Rock LLC in December, but today they proved they have been developing a winning partnership.

“He’s starting to ride better and better all the time,” smiled Engle. “I am really happy with Eeckem. He really felt like he put everything together today. He’s really elastic; he’s got a lot of talent, and I am really excited about him.”

Six riders advanced to the short course by completing Richard Jeffery’s first round track without fault, but only three managed to go faultless a second time. Pablo Barrios and Antares were the pathfinders, setting the time to beat at 33.201 seconds, which would eventually earn second place. Blythe Marano came very close to his time on Askarielle P, breaking the beam in 33.209 seconds for third place. Engle was one of the last to compete, and a sharp rollback early in the course had her finishing in a time of 32.963 seconds to capture the victory.

“He turned so nicely,” smiled Engle. “Before, he was rooting around the turns, so it was hard for me to get to the distances I wanted out of the turns. Today he turned really nicely and kept going. It was the nicest he’s felt. I was getting bits and pieces of it. He’s always been careful and scopey, but he really put it together today.”

Elm Rock LLC purchased Eckham Van Het Steentje in England last November, where the 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood was being ridden by David MacPherson. “David is such a good rider, but he rides in a different style,” explained Engle. “He keeps them more collected, and Eckham needed to learn when I soften a little to back up. I was really happy with how he rode today. He’s really learning to back himself up in the combinations. I jumped into the triple, and now I am able to soften; he backs himself off.”

Engle continued, “I’ve been bringing him along kind of slowly during WEF. We just started moving him up to the 1.45m, and I am hoping to show him a grand prix in the coming weeks. It’s just a matter of us working together as a team and building a rapport. It felt like it was really starting to come together toward the end of WEF. It was nice to have a month at home because I was able to work him continuously and play over little jumps and really start putting everything together and not just be at the show all the time.”

Engle plans to show at HITS Saugerties and Lake Placid this summer, and she will also be traveling to Europe to compete at Aachen and Hickstead, having been named to the short list for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. She will be showing in the main events with Elm Rock Partner’s Royce, and Eckham Van Het Steentje might also make the trip to compete in some of the secondary classes.

Harrison Shure and No Fear
Harrison Shure and No Fear

The next event in the Rolex Stadium today was the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers, where Harrison Shure took home the winning honors with No Fear. Only two riders were able to produce double clear efforts, but Shure was a second faster than Alexa Lowe-Wiseman and Ami Du Houssoit, who scored the second place award. Whitney Lyon had the fastest four-fault jump-off with Bugs Bunny V Overis Z to take home the third place honors.

“I’ve ridden [No Fear] for about a year now,” said Shure. “He’s a fairly spooky horse, but once you go in the ring he knows his job and goes around nicely. This is the first time we’ve jumped in Highs in a few months, so he’s stepped it up a little bit. I thought we were pretty neat after the in and out during the jump-off, so we made up some time there. I got a late start in Florida because of a wrist injury, but it’s nice to be back in the groove now.”

Shure will be staying for the full two weeks of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. He commented, “The horses are all really happy here. They love jumping on the footing, and it’s nice to be able to go out and ride in the field after showing.”

In the High Junior Jumpers, there were also only two clear rounds, but this time it was Chloe Reid with the fastest time, earning the winning honors aboard Victor E. Emanuel Andrade’s slower clear time with Tiny Tim was good enough for second, and Kelli Cruciotti’s quick four-fault effort aboard Chamonix H captured third place.

Chloe Reid and Victor E
Chloe Reid and Victor E

Tomorrow’s jumper action in the Rolex Stadium will kick off with the $20,000 Bluegrass Classic, beginning at 8 a.m. The weekend concludes with the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix on Sunday at 4 p.m., but the riders will return to the Kentucky Horse Park for the Kentucky Spring Classic, scheduled for May 14-18, 2014.

To learn more about the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

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Victory for Vivian Yowan in ASPCA Maclay at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Vivian Yowan and Crackerjack.

Lexington, KY – May 9, 2014 – As a Lexington native, Vivian Yowan is no stranger to competing and winning at the Kentucky Horse Park. Today, she added to her list of victories in her own backyard with a win in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Class at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show.

Yowan bested the field through an over fences and a flat phase to ride away with the win aboard Crackerjack, owned by Saddle Ridge, LLC. Finishing in second behind Yowan was Emma Kurtz aboard Scott Stewart’s VIP Z. Lizzie Van Der Walde rounded out the top three riding Gregor, owned by Dasilva Investments.

While riding at the Kentucky Horse Park and in the equitation division is nothing new for Yowan, it is new domain for her winning mount, Crackerjack.

“Cracker just started doing the equitation in Florida, so he’s just figuring it out,” Yowan said of the 8-year-old gelding. “He’s a little young, so at home we practice a lot of courses and bending lines to get him a bit more experienced.”

Yowan is also competing in the High Junior Jumpers throughout the two weeks of Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, but she places high value on the equitation classes.

“It really is the basis of all the other disciplines in riding,” said Yowan of equitation. “I really want to move up in the jumpers, so this really helps you with the track work and all of that so, as you move up, you feel even more comfortable doing those bigger jumps.”

Yowan and Crackerjack also finished second in today’s Hunter Phase of the WIHS Equitation, while Kelli Cruciotti and Monterrey finished in first. Both riders will return for the WIHS jumper phase on Sunday at 8 a.m.

Papillon 136 Sees Continued Success in Second Career with Rachel Boggus

When it comes to experience in the equitation ring, Rachel Boggus’ Papillon 136 is at the opposite end of the spectrum from Yowan’s Crackerjack. With Jessica Springsteen at the reins, the gelding won the 2008 ASPCA Maclay Finals, the 2009 Pessoa/USEF Hunt Seat Medal Final, the 2009 George Morris Excellence in Equitation class and countless other equitation classes leading up to the Finals.

Rachel Boggus and Papillon 136
Rachel Boggus and Papillon 136

Now at 17 years old and with Boggus in the saddle, Papillon 136 has found a new division to excel in – the Adult Equitation. Boggus rode Papillon 136 to the win in today’s Ariat National Adult Medal.

Boggus purchased Papillon 136 in November after she heard from Stacia Madden and Beacon Hill Farm that they were ready to step the older horse down from the 3’6″ equitation. The new pair hit it off, and they come to Kentucky off of a successful winter season at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

“He was circuit champion in the adult equitation at WEF,” Boggus said. “He’s the best. We don’t really do much at home. He just treadmills; we do a lot of flat lessons and some pole courses, but we try to save him for the horse shows, because obviously he knows what he’s doing. We just try to take good care of him and spoil him.”

Boggus now has her sights set firmly on this year’s Ariat National Adult Medal Finals, and if today’s performance was any indication, she has just the horse to take her there.

Competition continues tomorrow at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show and includes this week’s hunter highlight classes: the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby beginning at 5 p.m. in the Rolex Stadium.

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Truman Truly Shines with Christopher Payne at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Christopher Payne and Truman.

Lexington, KY – May 8, 2014 – Maypine Farm’s Truman has bundles of talent and, as of today, a Kentucky Spring Horse Show championship tricolor to his name. This morning, Christopher Payne rode the 7-year-old gelding to the First Year Green Hunter championship title at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Truman and Payne came in to the day with a first and third place finish over fences under their belts, sitting neck-and-neck in the points race with Kelley Farmer and So To Speak, who had finished yesterday with a first and second place ribbons.

Truman and Payne clinched the championship and relegated Farmer and So To Speak to the reserve championship by finishing second in the handy class and earning the win in the under saddle.

“He’s a phenomenal jumper, but on top of being a great mover and a great jumper, he’s just a wonderful horse to be around,” Payne said of Truman. “He has the best personality.”

Payne continued, “We imported him last year. I thought he had done some stuff in Europe, and he really hadn’t. He was greener than we thought, so we just kind of took our time last year. He won a lot, and then we moved him up to the First Years this year.”

Taking the time to bring Truman cautiously up the ranks is something that Payne says is extremely important in bringing him along, and it has already paid of tenfold – Truman was Reserve Circuit Champion at this year’s Winter Equestrian Festival.

“The biggest struggle to bringing along a First Year horse is that it costs so much to do in the Pre-Greens. To have it spend the proper time of a year or two in the Pre-Greens to make it a legitimate solid first year horse is the hardest thing,” Payne said. “To have customers that take the time and are willing to spend that time and money. I’m very lucky with mine; Debbie Bass who owns Truman has been such a supporter of doing everything right for the horse.”

Payne and the team at New Hope Farm, LLC are working to do right by a number of horses at this week’s Kentucky Spring Horse Show; they have brought approximately 25 horses to compete throughout the week at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Farmer and Lane Change Farm have also brought a full, competitive contingent to the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, and they will be returning to their newly acquired home base in Lexington with a full string of tricolors.

After claiming the reserve championship in the First Year Green Hunters, Farmer earned the Green Conformation Hunter championship aboard Scripted, the Regular Conformation Hunter reserve championship aboard Quotable and the Regular Conformation Hunter championship on Mindful. Larry Glefke and Kensel, LLC own all three horses, and Mindful is the most recent addition, having just joined the team less than two weeks ago.

“We’re just meeting for the first time in person, and we couldn’t be more delighted,” said owner Selma Garber. “Somebody spoiled the heck out of him already so I don’t need to work too hard. He’s been well rewarded and well appreciated, and he deserves it. I’m looking forward to seeing him at Devon.”

Hunter competition at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show continues tomorrow with the Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions beginning at 8 a.m. In addition to offering a full range of competitive hunter divisions, this week’s hunter highlight classes include the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Saturday night in the Rolex Stadium.

To learn more about the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

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Mindful and Kelley Farmer at Home at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Kelley Farmer and Mindful.

Lexington, KY – May 7, 2014 – Mindful is a brand new mount for Kelley Farmer, but the gelding looked right at home with Farmer in the irons during today’s opening classes of the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. The pair kicked off the two weeks of acclaimed hunter competition at the Kentucky Horse Park with wins in both the High Performance and Regular Conformation Hunters.

Farmer dominated the leader board in the Stonelea Ring throughout much of the day, earning wins not only on Mindful, but also aboard So to Speak, Scripted, Point Being and veteran champion Quotable.

“They are a great group,” Farmer said of the string of mounts that she is competing this week. “Mindful is brand new. We have had him for less than 10 days, but he’s very cool. He’s got tons and tons and tons of ability. He’s careful; he’s simple, and he’s brave.”

Now owned by Kensel, LLC and Larry Glefke, the 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding was just purchased from Callie Schott with the intention of becoming a top hunter derby contender for Farmer. If today’s performances were any indication, Glefke and Farmer have picked a good one. Mindful claimed top spots in the High Performance and Regular Conformation Hunters and is positioned as a top contender for both of the division championships.

“I’ve got a lot of really nice horses, but right now they’re all still a little young,” Farmer said. “We wanted one for this division and for the [USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals] that had a little bit of seasoning under his belt.”

Kelley Farmer and Quotable
Kelley Farmer and Quotable

While Mindful may be a bit more seasoned than her other mounts competing at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, they all are filled to the gills with talent.

Farmer started her day’s winning streak with a first place finish in the First Year Green Hunters aboard So To Speak, another mount owned by Larry Glefke and Kensel, LLC. In the Green Conformation Hunters, she rode to back-to-back blue ribbons aboard Scripted, and in the first class of the Regular Conformation Hunters, she found the top of the leader board with Quotable.

Finishing just behind her winning mounts in the Regular Conformation Hunters and taking a blue ribbon in the High Performance Hunters was Larry Glefke and Kensel, LLC’s So to Speak.

One of the few to break through Farmer’s streak of wins today was Christopher Payne. Payne took top calls in the First Year Green Hunters aboard Maypine Farm’s Truman and in the Second Year Green Hunters aboard Channing.

“Channing was happy to be in this ring,” Payne said of the 9-year-old Holsteiner stallion, owned by Susan Moriconi. “For a stallion he’s very, very easy and quite focused.”

That focus helped them earn both a first and second place finish today, positioning them at the top of the Second Year Green Hunter division going into tomorrow.

Christopher Payne and Channing
Christopher Payne and Channing

“It’s nice to be back to this venue. The horses love it here,” Payne added. “The weather has been beautiful, and there’s nothing better than a beautiful spring day in Kentucky.”

Riders will have the opportunity to continue to enjoy the beautiful weather, as the Kentucky Spring Horse Show runs through Sunday, May 11. The professional hunter divisions conclude tomorrow in the Stonelea Ring, beginning at 8 a.m.

In addition to offering a full range of competitive hunter divisions, this week’s hunter highlight classes include the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Saturday night in the Rolex Stadium.

To learn more about the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

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Emanuel Andrade Shines at Kentucky Spring Show

Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela guided Walter 61 to a top three finish in the $20,000 Bluegrass Classic. Photo by Rebecca Walton/Phelps Media Group.

Lexington, Kentucky – Sixteen-year-old show jumping sensation Emanuel Andrade of Venezuela earned impressive results competing against some of the top riders in the world at the 2013 Kentucky Spring Show held May 8 to 12 in Lexington, KY.

Andrade was crowned the Low Junior Jumper Champion with Quebec Star, an eight-year-old Holsteiner gelding.  The pair won two out of the three classes comprising the Low Junior Jumper division, including the $2,500 Low Junior Jumper Classic, to take the Championship title, as well as the accompanying cooler and impressive trophy.  He won the third class with Carboni, and also posted top three finishes in the division with Luky des Rocquelines and Casanova Junior.

Proving his talent extends far beyond the junior ranks, Andrade scored an exciting third-place finish in the $20,000 Bluegrass Classic on Saturday, May 11.  In a competitive field of 42 entries which included numerous Olympians, Andrade and Walter 61, a 12-year-old Sachsen-Anhaltiner gelding owned by Hollow Creek Farm, put in a double-clear performance.  Their jump-off time of 39.01 seconds was just over the winning time of 38.87 seconds set by United States Equestrian Team veteran Kent Farrington riding Zidane.  Argentina’s Ramiro Quintana finished second riding Largo with a time of 38.88 seconds.

Andrade also earned a number of impressive results in the Open Jumpers, winning two 1.30m classes aboard Boccaccio and Wilkina Lithya, respectively.  With Wilkina Lithya, Andrade also finished fifth in the $10,000 High Junior Jumper Classic on Sunday, May 12.  He also placed second in a $5,000 1.40m competition with Costa and ninth in a $5,000 1.45m with Crossfire 10.

Proving that no challenge is too great, Andrade also demonstrated that he has what it takes to develop up-and-coming horses.  Riding Reve du Paradis, an eight-year-old Selle Francais gelding, Andrade placed second in two of the 7 and 8-Year-Old Jumper classes offered.

Andrade was not the only Venezuelan achieving success at the Kentucky Spring Show.  His coach, Angel Karolyi, guided Indiana 127, owned by Hollow Creek Farm, to a fourth place finish in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Thursday, May 9.  From the starting field of 43 horses, Karolyi and the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding were one of six horse/rider combinations to jump double-clear, stopping the clock in 42.78 seconds.  The class was won by another Venezuelan Team veteran, Pablo Barrios.  The three-time World Equestrian Games competitor guided the nine-year-old Zara Leandra, who he has been riding for exactly one year, to the winning time of 38.25 seconds.

A competitive show jumper in his native Venezuela, Andrade has made a name for himself since bursting onto the North American jumper scene a little over a year ago.  In 2012, he was named the Future Champions Leading Junior Jumper Rider during the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, FL, and, in 2013, earned the prestigious title of Leading Jumper Rider at the same competition.  Hollow Creek Farm of Aiken, SC, where Andrade trains with Karolyi and renowned horsewoman Andrea King, was named WEF’s Leading Jumper Owner for 2013, and King was named WEF’s Leading Jumper Trainer.

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

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Kalvin Dobbs Dominates High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers with Winde at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Aaron Vale and Palm Sunday – Photo By: Rebecca Walton.

Lexington, KY – May 10, 2013 – Rain and wind proved to be the lucky charm for Kalvin Dobbs’ Winde in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers. The talented young rider took home top honors in the competitive class at the Rolex Stadium during the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Earlier in the day, Aaron Vale also claimed a blue ribbon, piloting Palm Sunday to the fastest double clear effort in the 1.45m Open Jumpers.

A steady rain and chilly wind made for a challenging day at the Kentucky Horse Park. For the 1.45m Open Jumpers and the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers, Richard Jefferys produced a technical track that included an open water, a triple bar, an oxer-vertical double combination, and a vertical-vertical-oxer triple combination. The riders that were able to advance to the tiebreaker had to show over four new fences, as well as the open water option, making sharp turns and using long gallops to beat the clock.

During the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers, ten riders managed to advance to the short course. Emanuel Andrade set the time to beat at a clear 33.036 seconds with La Fe Forli, owned by Hollow Creek Farm of Aiken, SC, which would eventually place fourth. Frances Land of Alpharetta, GA slipped in behind him early in the class riding Vieanne to a time of 34.565 seconds that would earn sixth at the end of the day.

The next fault-free round came from Sophie Simpson, but she would be slowest of the double clears in 37.199 seconds aboard Chico’s Girl, owned by Katherine Gallagher of Medfield, MA. Andrade managed to best his own time aboard his second mount for Hollow Creek Farm, Tiny Tim, clocking in at 32.332 seconds for a speedy second place finish. Chloe Reid of Washington, DC, and Damascus claimed the fourth place honors in 34.246, while her second mount Victor E, owned by Candy Tribble of East Windsor, CT, place third in 33.036 seconds. Leah DeMartini and True Love, owned by Elm Rock LLC of Bronxville, NY, went just before Reid and were also double clear for seventh place in 36.268 seconds.

Kalvin Dobbs and Winde - Photo By: Rebecca Walton
Kalvin Dobbs and Winde – Photo By: Rebecca Walton

The fastest of the double clear rounds went to Kalvin Dobbs and Winde, owned by Treesdale Farm of Carmel, IN. The pair picked up a quick gallop and never held back, making sharp turns and easily soaring over all the fences. They dashed through the timers in 31.516 seconds, almost a full second faster than Andrade and Tiny Tim, to earn the winning prize.

“It was a really good jump-off,” smiled Dobbs. “I was able to gallop the turns and think about numbers a little bit. It was a really smooth trip and I was able to find all the fences. Winde is a very high-strung horse and my trainer [Abigail Blankenship] and I work together with her. The hardest thing to do is the flatting. I have to be very calm around her. Over the past year and a half we have really been able to figure each other out. When we go in the ring we are able to make something good out of it. I hope we continue to grow together, and she has been a blast to work with.”

The high school junior just arrived last night after finishing his ACT exams, but is thrilled to be back in Kentucky. “I love Kentucky; it is so pretty here,” expressed Dobbs. “It is very competitive; you see a lot of great riders and horses. It’s just a great place to show and it’s close to home, so it’s great to come here and show each year.”

The 1.45m Open Jumpers competed earlier in the day, with four double clear efforts posted. Schuyler Riley was the trailblazer aboard Andretti, owned by Southbeach Stables of Wellington, FL, but in an effort to leave all the rails in place she posted a conservative time of 38.112 seconds that would place fourth. Ian Millar and Baranns, owned by The Baranns Group of Perth, Ontario, were the next to leave all the fences intact, and they took home the third place honors for a time of 36.735.

Aaron Vale and Palm Sunday, owned by Amen Corner Farm of Folsom, LA, were the next to show over the short course and they blew by Millar’s time. They easily maneuvered all the turns and had a nice, open gallop to dash across the finish line in a quick 33.611 seconds. Ireland’s Andrew Bourns and Carmina attempted to best Vale’s time. They were just a touch short of the winning time in 34.478 seconds to claim second place and seal Vale’s victory.

“Palm Sunday felt super,” noted Vale. “I didn’t show last night; I wanted to space his classes out a little bit to aim for Sunday’s grand prix. I was just trying to get home to go smooth and canter around nicely. He rode really well for me, stayed relax, and he’s a pretty quick horse, so it wasn’t a lot of work to get around in the pace. Hopefully I’ve got him set up well for Sunday.”

Vale added, “I just let him gallop a little and the turns were pretty good. I didn’t do anything crazy. If I have to I can whip and drive a little harder on him, so that wasn’t crazy for him, but I was really happy with the way he rode around the first round.”

The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows have been on Vale’s schedule for many years and he is happy to be back at the prestigious event. “The footing is great no matter the condition, wet or dry,” he commented. “They put a great course of jumps out there; we have super footing and a good course designer. It’s great showing and good mileage for the young horses.”

Leah DeMartini and Eurocommerce Tampa - Photo By: Shawn McMillen Photography
Leah DeMartini and Eurocommerce Tampa – Photo By: Shawn McMillen Photography

The final event of the day was the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers, where Leah DeMartini was the dominating rider for Elm Rock Partners LLC of Bronxville, NY. DeMartini showed Eurocommerce Tampa to the win with a blazing time of 29.687 seconds in the jump-off. She also picked up the third place award with Zubantos, and the fifth place honors with Pauly Du Breuil. Gabrielle Stern of Chicago, IL, piloted Anjelica to the second place honors in a double clear time of 29.963 seconds, while Sarah Bagworth of King City, Ontario, and Untouchable slipped into the fourth place position.

The weekend concludes with the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix on Sunday at 4p.m., but the riders will return to the Kentucky Horse Park for the Kentucky Spring Classic, scheduled for May 15-19, 2013.

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Fast Kent Farrington Wins $20,000 Bluegrass Classic with Zidane at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Kent Farrington and Zidane.

Lexington, KY – May 11, 2013 – Capturing a ribbon was no easy task during today’s $20,000 Bluegrass Classic at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Forty-two entries gathered at the Rolex Stadium to compete in the 1.45m Open Jumper event, but when 23 qualified for the tiebreaker the results came down to a foot race. Besting the clock and the course was Kent Farrington aboard Zidane, breaking the beam at 38.879 to take home the winning prize. Ramiro Quintana, riding Largo to second place, followed him, and Emanuel Andrade placed third with Walter 61.

Richard Jefferys set a very inviting course for today’s event at the Kentucky Horse Park. The first round included an open water option, an oxer-vertical double combination, and a vertical-oxer-vertical triple combination. Twenty-three were able to master the track and advance to the jump-off, where speed and accuracy were the keys to winning. “That was probably more than Richard expected, but he’s not building it to be the grand prix,” stated Farrington after his win. “I think he just maybe under built for the class today, but that just meant the jump-off turned into a speed class.”

The short course began with two oxers to a vertical-oxer line before winding back to just the oxer at the open water option. Then riders galloped to the double combination because finishing over a single oxer. Competitors could opt to jump-off directly after their first round or return at the end of the class. Schuyler Riley was one of the riders opting to stay in the ring with Andretti, owned by Southbeach Stables of Wellington, FL. She set the clear pace to beat at 41.468 seconds, but that would only be good enough for eighth place when 17 riders produced double clears.

On the return list, young rider Victoria Colvin and Waminka, owned by Rivers Edge of Wellington, FL, were able to best Riley’s time by breaking the beam in a clear 40.877. Their early lead was short lived though, when Kent Farrington entered the arena with Zidane, owned by Windward Farm of Milford, NJ. They spun through the turns and with a huge open gallop managed to leave out strides and zip through the timers in 38.879 seconds, proving to be the best and claim the victory.

Ramiro Quintana and Largo
Ramiro Quintana and Largo

Ramiro Quintana was right on Farrington’s heels with Largo, owned by Maverick ventures LLC of Fox Point, WI, as the next in the ring. The pair stayed right on track and just missed the winning target, clocking in at 38.882 seconds, just 1/100th second short of Farrington for second place. Emanuel Andrade is well known for his quick mounts, including Walker 61 owned by Hollow Creek Farm of Aiken, SC. He was next to challenge and came very close in 39.019 seconds for third.

Young rider Wilton Porter had a great showing with Patriot, owned by Sleepy P Ranch of Bartonville, TX, pressing the gas to finish in 40.296 seconds. The only other rider to complete a clear round in less than 40 seconds was Ireland’s Andrew Bourns riding Gatsby. They were very quick and stopped the clock at 39.043 seconds for fourth place. The last rider to show was Andrew Welles, who rounded out the top six with XM, owned by Peter Welles of Boulder, CO. Their clear time of 40.737 seconds sealed Farrington’s victory.

“Zidane is a pretty fast horse,” explained Farrington. “This is only the second time I’ve shown him. Peter Wylde showed him in Florida with a lot of success in speed classes. He’s pretty experienced at that. He’s a big striding horse and covers a lot of ground. He’s brave, and I took a real shot at the second fence, leaving really far away, but he stretched and tried hard. The rest was just him; he’s a quick horse and he’s very careful so you can run him at the jumps.”

Although Zidane is a new mount for Farrington, he knew that he could take a risk in the jump-off to win with the experienced mount. “I felt confident that the horse is perfectly capable of winning the class, but I don’t really know him so I am still figuring him out as I go,” he noted. “Obviously it’s a very nice horse and good horses always make the job easier.”

When Wylde changed his plans for the year, he recommended Farrington take over the ride, and now the new pair is aiming for the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic next week during the Kentucky Spring Classic. “Usually when the horses are going and winning like that you don’t have them too long, so I am just going make the most of it while I have the ride,” he expressed.

Tomorrow, Farrington will return to the Rolex Stadium to try and pick up another win during the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix aboard his top mounts Zafira and Venus. The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows are always a stop for the top rider, who is happy to be back at the Kentucky Horse Park.

“It’s a great venue and I think they really make the most of that during these shows,” noted Farrington. “There are a lot of different classes in the Rolex Stadium. I bring a lot of young horses here and students here; it’s a great place for horses and riders to move up. There are some classes that feel like a mini grand prix like this, and there is a good water jump in the ring. It’s impressive, and it’s good for the horses to get that experience. The footing is great, so even if it rains you always know the ground is going to hold well.”

Later tonight, the hunter riders will take over the Rolex Stadium during the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby, which gets underway at 5 p.m., immediately followed by the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. The weekend concludes tomorrow with the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix at 4p.m. in the Rolex Stadium, but the riders will return to the Kentucky Horse Park for the Kentucky Spring Classic, scheduled for May 15-19, 2013.

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