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Hunter Derbies Highlight Saturday Lineup at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Louise Serio took home the Professional Rider Award during the 2012 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series. Photo by Shawn McMillen.

Lexington, KY – May 10, 2013 – The Kentucky Spring Horse Show is excited to welcome the return of the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Dietrich Equine Insurance, and the $5,000 Hallway Feeds National Hunter Derby. The first event in the evening’s lineup is the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Rolex Stadium in the Kentucky Horse Park. The $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, featuring the nation’s top hunter combinations vying for the winning honors, will directly follow it.

The $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby in the Rolex Stadium is an event riders will use to gear up for the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, which will be held in August. Each year the derby includes jumps reminiscent of the hunt field, such as a natural post and split rails, a stonewall, a coop, an aiken, hedges, logs, banks, and ditches.

Presenting sponsor Dietrich Insurance is a company offering the sport horse community numerous comprehensive equine related insurance products. By staying abreast to the latest market trends, Dietrich Insurance is able to provide programs accommodating individual requirements, through qualified companies at competitive premium prices.

Shawna Dietrich, Founder of Dietrich and Company, noted, “I am pleased to support such lovely horse shows in my own back yard.” Dietrich and Company is located in Louisville and they have been sponsoring the Kentucky Horse Shows for over four years.

The USHJA National Hunter Derby program will be in its fourth year in 2013 and is growing in prestige and popularity. Amateurs, Juniors and Professional riders are eligible to compete, giving it a broad base of support and interest. The seven-part Hallway Feeds series will feature a $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby throughout the spring and summer, and at the conclusion of the series the Leading Rider Awards for the Series will be presented.

The $15,000 Hallway Feeds Leading Rider Awards will present a $10,000 cash prize to the professional rider accumulating the most points in the seven classes that make up the Series. The amateur rider and junior rider accumulating the most points will each receive a $2,500 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 Hallway Feeds class at the Kentucky National Horse Show on September 21, 2013.

“Hallway Feeds is pleased to partner with Kentucky Horse Shows to present the 2013 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series,” noted Morgan Akers-McQuerry of Hallway Feeds. “This is a natural partnership as we both hail from the Heart of the Bluegrass, have a mutual respect of commitment to excellence for the equestrian community and the drive to remain cutting-edge to provide exciting, yet proven results.”

Hallway Feeds’ close proximity to the Kentucky Horse Park provides the opportunity to utilize the freshest feed, manufactured with time-honored commitments to high standards of quality and the latest scientific advances. Combining a premium nutrition package with a professional level of dedication in horsemen and women provides equine athletes with the Formula for Success.

For more information on Hallway Feeds please visit www.hallwayfeeds.com.

The Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series would not be possible without many generous sponsors including Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Central Equipment, Alfagreen Supreme, Sweet PDZ Horse Stall Refresher, Caddel Equine Therapy Center, KER Sport Horse Nutrition, The Tack Shop of Lexington, Turf Town Properties, Trouw Nutrition and PNC Bank.

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Pablo Barrios and Zara Leandra Capture $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Victory

Pablo Barrios and Zara Leandra.

Lexington, KY – May 9, 2013 – The 2013 Hagyard Challenge Series kicked off with a big win for Venezuela’s Pablo Barrios and Zara Leandra during the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. Topping an 11-horse jump-off at the Kentucky Horse Park during the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, the duo made a dash for the cash that was uncatchable with a double clear effort in 38.258 seconds. Ireland’s Richie Moloney was right on his heels with Slieveanorra to claim second, while Margie Engle and Indigo took home the third place award.

The first round of tonight’s event proved very difficult with a triple bar, an open water that scored the pole and the tape, a vertical-oxer double combination, a vertical-vertical double combination, and an oxer-oxer double combination. Only 11 of the original 46 entries were able to master the track without fault. Eventual winner Pablo Barrios stated, “I think it was a pretty tough course; it was tougher than I thought. I think the combinations that were clear were good combinations. The distance to the open water was difficult and the rail was very close to the take-off. That was a little difficult for the horses, because there was a lot of space between the rail and the tape. The double after the water was also difficult. You really needed your horse to be really careful.”

For the tiebreaker, riders had to start over a large oxer and then gallop to a single vertical, before making their way toward the line with the vertical-oxer double combination and making a sharp roll back to a wall fence. They finished over a single vertical coming towards the gate to a wide oxer.

Margie Engle and Indigo
Margie Engle and Indigo

Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, was the pathfinder over the short course with her veteran mount Indigo, owned by Griese, Garber, Hidden Creek, and Gladewinds. They had a more conservative time going early in the order, leaving all the rails in place and breaking the beam at 42.273 seconds, which was good enough for third place.

“We still have Sunday to go, so I was just planning on going kind of neat, just smooth and try and go clear without getting too crazy,” explained Engle. “I just wanted to try and have a double clean round.”

Engle was bested by the next duo on course, Richie Moloney riding Slieveanorra for Equinimity LLC of Wellington, FL. Despite having a break between the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, the pair was right on the pace, slicing turns and galloping across the ring. The careful mount left all the fences intact and stopped the clock at 38.847 to earn the second place honors.

“Slieveanorra is a careful horse,” stated Moloney. “He’s quite sensitive so you kind of have to sit as quietly as you can. He’s had six weeks off now so he was looking at things a little bit because he hasn’t been in the ring that much lately. He felt good after his break though. I was planning to be as quick as I could, but to the last jump I think I could have done one less stride. I was happy him with him since he’s just back in the ring this week. He was in good form.”

Richie Moloney and Slieveanorra
Richie Moloney and Slieveanorra

Moloney’s lead over Engle was short lived when Barrios and Zara Leandra, owned by the ZL Group of Wellington, FL, entered the arena. Making a sharp turn after the combination, and opening his mount’s stride to the last oxer, Barrios jumped to the top of the leader board with a time 38.258 seconds to eventually claim the victory.

“The jump-off was great; it had everything: turns and space to gallop and go fast,” noted Barrios. “I think Richard was testing everything. I caught a very nice path from the double combination to the wall. I got there at a sharp angle to help win the class.”

Barrios continued, “Zara Leandra is a super horse. I’ve had her for exactly one year; last year she won the eight-year-old class the first week here. She’s shown that she has a lot of quality and scope. I think this is the best horse I have ever had. She’s only nine years old, but I think she is going to be very good. Yesterday she was a little heavy; she may have had too much rest, but with these two weeks she should get back in shape and ready for Spruce Meadows. I have very big hopes for her.”

“Zara Leandra is very easy,” added Barrios. “When the horses are good they have a lot of instincts, they are very smart. She knows what she is doing. I’ve never had a horse this smart or clever. She has good technique and scope; I think she has everything. I have big hopes to do the World Equestrian Games with her next year.”

Three other combinations had clear rounds but were unable to catch Barrios’ time. Angel Karolyi and Indiana 127, owned by Hollow Creek Farm of Aiken, SC, placed fourth, followed by Schuyler Riley and Waterloo, owned by Michael Meller of Tiverton, RI in fifth, and Derek Braun was the slowest of the clear’s aboard Cyraneiky, owned by Split Rock Farm of Wellington, FL.

Kent Farrington had a single rail with each of his mounts, Zafira owned by Haity McNerney of Lake Forest, IL and Venus owned by Raylyn Farms of Frederick, MD, to finish seventh and ninth respectively. Blythe Marno took home the eighth place award after having a four fault score aboard Urban, owned by Riverwiew Farm of Franklin, TN. Engle and her second mount Celena Z, owned by Elm Rock LLC of Bronxville, NY, had eight faults for tenth, while a refusal and a rail saw Victor Segovia and Romeo, owned by The Romeo Group of Wellington, FL, round out the top eleven.

Tonight’s class marked the start of the Hagyard Challenge Series, which features seven grand prix events throughout the spring and summer where riders can compete for valuable points toward the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus. “I think it’s a great idea,” said Barrios, who has previously won the award. “I love showing in Kentucky. I think the bonus is a good incentive for the riders. It’s always nice to finish the summer with a big check in your pocket.”

Barrios concluded, “I want to thank my team; I have a very good team. My grooms and the group that works with me have been very supportive this last year and I think I am getting back to where I was before.”

The jumper action at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show will continue tomorrow with the 1.45m Open Jumpers and the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers in the Rolex Stadium. This week’s highlight events also include Saturday morning’s $20,000 Bluegrass Classic and the $75, 000 Commonwealth Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

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Lourdes de Guardiola and Autumn Rhythm Prove Victorious in $5,000 Hallway Feeds National Hunter Derby at Kentucky Spring Classic

Lourdes de Guardiola and Autumn Rhythm won the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Kentucky Spring Classic. Photo By: Kendall Bierer/PMG

Lexington, KY – May 19, 2012 – The $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby saw nothing short of fierce competition this evening in the Stonelea Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. It was Lourdes de Guardiola and Autumn Rhythm who rode to the top of the leader board with two fantastic rounds, catching the judges’ eyes and being dually rewarded for their tremendous efforts. Ashley Hotz and Summer Catch eventually were presented with the red ribbon for their efforts and an overall score of 178 points, while Louise Serio took the third place prize aboard Corvine.

Riders were tested over a classic hunter course designed by Bobby Murphy, and the top 12 scoring combinations advanced into the handy hunter round. The course was skillfully set, and was evocative of a hunt field. The two-round course included stonewalls, oxers, standalone verticals, gates, brushes and a vertical-oxer line. Four high options were offered to the riders as a way of earning additional points on their base scores.

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2012 Hagyard Challenge Series to Feature Thoroughbred Award

Beezie Madden and Simon lead the 2012 Hagyard Challenge Series. Photo By: Rebecca Walton/PMG

Lexington, KY – May 17, 2012 – Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC, is pleased to announce that the 2012 Hagyard Challenge Series will feature a high point Thoroughbred Award. The Hagyard Challenge Series consists of seven grand prix classes to be held during the 2012 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the final event, a $10,000 prize will be presented to the high point Thoroughbred participating in the Series. To be eligible for the Thoroughbred award, horses must be registered with the Jockey Club or have a verifiable lip tattoo.

Dr. Stuart Brown, President of Hagyard, commented, “This award is in keeping with Hagyard’s commitment to Thoroughbreds. Since we were founded in 1876, we have had a vested interest in the Thoroughbred industry through the relationships with our traditional clients in the Bluegrass. We want to encourage and reward those who seek opportunities for second careers for these horses in athletic endeavors beyond flat racing.”

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Louise Serio Leads Hallway Feeds National Hunter Derby Series

Louise Serio and Corvine win the lead off $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Photo By: Kendall Bierer/PMG

Lexington, KY – May 16, 2012 – The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows began on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, and one of the highlight events was the kick-off of the 2012 $45,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series, sponsored by Hallway Feeds. The Hallway Feeds Series consists of six national hunter derby events to be held during the 2012 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the final event, cash prizes totaling $15,000 will be awarded to the series’ leading riders.

The Kentucky Spring Horse Show, held May 9-13, 2012, featured the lead-off event on Saturday evening with the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby. The top riders from across the nation gathered to compete over a challenging course and vie for the winning title and valuable points towards the $15,000 Leading Rider Awards. At the end of the night it was Louise Serio and Corvine who took led the victory gallop, giving Serio the lead in the standings. The Kentucky Spring Classic, May 16-20, 2012, will host the second of the six derby events in the series, the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby, on Saturday, May 19, in the Stonelea Arena.

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Cassidy Zimmerman Wins NAL/WIHS Children’s Hunter Classic at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Cassidy Zimmerman and Portafina take the NAL/WIHS Children's Hunter Classic Championship. Photo By: Kendall Bierer/PMG

Lexington, KY – May 13, 2012 – The NAL/WIHS Children’s Classic welcomed the final day of the Kentucky Spring Horse show today. Although the riders were greeted with sheets of rain throughout the duration of the morning and afternoon, this did not lessen the competition as horse and rider combinations vied for the top honors in their respective divisions. It was Cassidy Zimmerman who not only picked up the reserve championship honors in the Children’s 15-17 Hunters, but also triumphed in the NAL/WIHS Children’s Classic with Portafina, riding to the overall total of 159 points.

The early afternoon promised talent for the last class of the day, the NAL/WIHS Children’s Classic, with several high scores and promising hunter rounds. The champion of the Children’s 14 and Under Hunter division, Avery Hinson of Plain City, OH, and Galiano, posted the high score of the division with their second round score of an 81 to carry over into the Classic as their first round total. The duo picked up the first and third place ribbons over fences today, and combined with their honors from yesterday, they picked up the division’s championship honors. Jane Brooks of Cincinnati, OH, and Lifeline, rode to the reserve championship title with their consistent second place ribbons throughout the over fences and under saddle.

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Deslauriers and Urico Win in the Rain, Claim Top Honors in the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix

Mario Deslauriers and Urico (Shawn McMillen Photography)

Lexington, KY – The second of four 2012 US Show Jumping Team Observation Events came to a close Sunday afternoon at the Kentucky Horse Park. With 16 entries contesting the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix, which served as the second class of the Observation Event held in conjunction with the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Grey skies and rain could not deter the 14 members of the USEF Long List for the U.S. Show Jumping Team for the 2012 Olympic Games from showcasing their talents over Richard Jeffrey’s 14 obstacle course.

In the first round of competition four combinations, all from the long list, were able to produce faultless efforts and qualify for the jump-off.

In the jump-off, Mario Deslauriers and Urico were untouchable as they cruised to a fault free effort in a time of 35.15 seconds and claimed top honors in the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix.

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Mario Deslauriers & Urico Win $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Mario Deslauriers and Urico won the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Photo By: Rebecca Walton/PMG

Lexington, KY – May 13, 2012 – Rain plagued the Kentucky Horse Park throughout the day at the Kentucky Spring Classic, but it did not stop the country’s top competitors as they entered the Rolex Stadium for the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix. As the second U.S. Show Jumping Team Observation Event during the show, today’s grand prix event featured a challenging scope test, which only three Olympic hopefuls were able to master. Mario Deslauriers piloted Urico to the fastest clear jump-off to claim the victory, while 17-year-old Reed Kessler placed second aboard Mika with the other fault free round. Beezie Madden also advanced to the short course with both Simon and Cortes ‘C’, but placed third and fourth, respectively, after earning four faults with each.

The first round of Richard Jeffery’s demanding track included to wide oxers in the first line, followed by an even larger triple bar. There was also an open water to an airy vertical-vertical double combination. Riders then headed away from home through an oxer-oxer-vertical triple combination and finished over a long line with two liverpools. Eight of today’s 16 entries managed to complete the course with just four faults to their name, attesting to the level of the competitors in the ring. Four horses left every rail in the cups and advanced to the short course.

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USHJA International Hunter Derby Victory Awarded to Victoria Colvin at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Victoria Colvin and Inclusive won the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Photo By: Kendall Bierer/PMG

Lexington, KY – May 12, 2012 – The night was filled with anticipation and excitement as the nation’s top hunter riders gathered beneath the lights of the Rolex Stadium tonight at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. The evening began with the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby where renowned hunter rider Louise Serio took the championship prize aboard Corvine. The $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby turned into a nail-biter as 14-year-old Victoria Colvin went neck and neck against Jennifer Alfano, with the junior rider eventually emerging victorious.

Riders were tested over a classic hunter course designed by Bobby Murphy, and the top 12 scoring combinations advanced into the handy hunter round. The course was beautifully set, and was reminiscent of a hunt field. The two-round course included stonewalls, oxers, standalone verticals, gates, brushes and an in-and-out. Four high options were offered to the riders as a way of earning additional points on their base scores. The decision to take the higher option came down to whether or not the horse would still be able to demonstrate their style and grace with effectiveness. Additional points were also awarded to riders who demonstrated “handiness” and an elevated amount of difficulty.

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Wilton Porter and Patriot Earn Second High Junior Jumper Victory at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Wilton Porter and Patriot win High Junior Jumpers at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Photo By: Rebecca Walton/PMG

Lexington, KY – May 12, 2012 – For the second day in row, Wilton Porter galloped to victory aboard his talented gelding Patriot in the High Junior Jumpers at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Completing an excellent double clear effort, he managed to edge out Emanuel Andrade and La Fe Forli by just two-tenths of a second to take home top honors. Later in the day, Andrade earned his own blue ribbon, showing Mikos to the top of the leader board in the Low Junior Jumpers. The High Amateur-Owner Jumpers were also held in the Rolex Stadium today, where Meagan Nusz and Vesuvius claimed the top prize with a fault-free jump-off effort.

Andrade was the first to produce a double clear round during today’s High Junior Jumpers with La Fe Forli, setting the pace at a very quick 32.759 seconds. Porter and Patriot proved to be the only other fault-free combination over the short course, clocking in at 32.759 to take over the lead and earn the class win for the second day in a row. Abigail McArdle managed to produce the fastest jump-off track, breaking the beam at 29.968 seconds, but four faults with Cosma 20 earned the third place honors. Porter also managed to pick up the fourth place prize with his second mount Punch, and his brother Lucas Porter was fifth with Psychee D’Amour as the only other duos to show over the shortened track.

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