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Barrios and Elano 22 Earn Blue in $25,000 Osphos Grand Prix in ESP Fall Finale

Pablo Barrios and Elano 22. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – November 6, 2018 – Pablo Barrios of Wellington, FL and Elano 22 rode home with blue in the $25,000 Osphos® Grand Prix to wrap up Fall competition in the 2018 ESP Fall Finale at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Barrios and Elano 22, his own 2009 Dutch Warmblood mare (Harley VDL x Almox Prints), raced through the jump-off in 40.473 seconds to take the lead as the fastest four-fault finish. Jumping in close behind the pair was Marilyn Little of Frederick, MD and RF Casablanca, a 2010 Holsteiner mare (Cosido x Landos) owned by Raylyn Farms, Inc., who claimed second place with a jump-off time of 41.027 seconds on four faults. Derek Petersen of Archer, FL came in third aboard his own, Diamant’s Legacy, a 2009 Oldenburg stallion (Diamant de Semilly x Couleur-Rubin), also accumulating four faults with a time of 42.919 seconds.

Of the 31 competitors to test the course, designed by Hector Loyola of Wellington, FL, eight combinations advanced to the jump-off. “It was a good class. I went first so I was just trying to go as fast as possible in the jump-off with the other eight other riders behind me. I guess I was a little bit lucky that nobody went clear in the jump-off and I ended up winning the class,” Barrios commented.

“It was a new ride for me. I have only been back here for the last seven months. She came from a rest from the summer and she felt really good. Now we will start warming up for circuit. She is a really good mare and I have a lot of hope for her, especially for the winter. I am looking forward to more competitions with her,” concluded Barrios.

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Pablo Barrios Wins the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic

Pablo Barrios and Zara Leandra.

Lexington, KY – July 27, 2017 – Pablo Barrios proved once again that he is the “King of the Ring” in the Rolex Stadium by besting a field of twenty-six competitors to win the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. David Beisel gave the Venezuelan Olympic veteran a run for his money by piloting two mounts to the jump-off and taking the second and third place ribbons. Lacey Gilbertson and Sharn Wordley rounded out the top five places in the ten horse jump off, placing fourth and fifth, respectively.

Athletes were especially competitive as the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic was the third class in the Hagyard Challenge Series. The series consists of seven grand prix classes held in 2017 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the final event, a cash prize of $50,000 will be awarded to the rider accumulating the most points throughout the series.

Although Barrios was part of a handful of riders to only compete one horse in the class, he was confident that he and long-time mount Zara Leandra had what it took to win. The 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, who is owned by Barrios, easily navigated the course, designed by Oscar Soberon. The pair has already had a successful summer with a win in the $50,000 Country Heir II Grand Prix and a second-place finish in the $25,000 Rood and Riddle Grand Prix, both at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Barrios, who has previously received the $50,000 purse for winning the Challenge Series in past years, knows the cash prize is up for grabs as three different riders have won the three classes so far this year.

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Jaime Gibson and Cora Win Grand Open Hunter Championship

As hunter competition continued on the second day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, Jaime Gibson of Ocala, Florida rode the 9-year-old mare Cora to the Grand Open Hunter Championship. Owned by Debbie Smith of Beverly Hills, Florida, Cora won two over fences class and the handy, and placed second in an over fences and the undersaddle class in the Green Conformation Hunter division. They picked the division’s championship prize alongside Tim Goguen, who tied for the title with Garland Alban’s Decoy.

Gibson started riding the talented mare during the winter season and the pair competed in the Ocala circuit and at Devon before heading to the Kentucky Horse Park for their biggest win to date.

The Grand Open Hunter Championship is sponsored by Visse Wedell of Wedell Real Estate. Earlier this year, she noted, “I sponsor all of the Grand Hunter Championships at the Kentucky Horse Shows because I think it’s important to go back in history where they used to do it a lot. They don’t do it at many horse shows anymore and I thought that it would be a nice thing for riders to go home with a trophy.”

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Barrios Secures Second Grand Prix Victory during $25,000 Fall Finale Grand Prix aboard Antares

Pablo Barrios and Antares. Photos ©ManciniPhotos.

Emanuel Andrade Pilots Dipssy and Walter 61 to Top Two Finish in $10,000 Open Stake

Wellington, FL – November 9, 2016 – Pablo Barrios of Wellington, FL and Antares rose to the top of the $25,000 Fall Finale Grand Prix presented by Pilates Rocks at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The duo dashed through the jump-off timers in 46.833 seconds to take the victory, while Ansgar Holtgers of Wellington, FL and Way of Life H captured second place completing the jump-off time of 51.2237 seconds. Darragh Kerins of Wellington, FL guided Rebeca LS to third with a time of 55.84 seconds.

Barrios and his longtime mount Antares bested a class of 28 entries in the International Ring at PBIEC, while five combinations moved forward to contest the short course designed by David Burton of Loxahatchee, FL. Barrios guided Antares to an incredibly efficient jump-off round, finishing nearly five seconds faster than Holtgers.

“In the first round the course was very fair. It was good enough and difficult enough for the field that we had,” said Barrios. “I have a horse with a lot of experience, but he needed to jump a little bit.”

Barrios and Antares represented the nation of Venezuela at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil earlier this summer and this is one of the pair’s first competitions back in preparation for a strong winter season campaign.

“Antares is a fast horse so I let him gallop and he covered a lot of ground. He’s a big horse with a very big step,” he explained. “The jumps were very spread out and he can look slow, but he is very fast, especially in the jump-off if it suits him and this one was on those occasions.”

Basing in Wellington, FL for the remainder of the winter circuit, Barrios is creating a strategic plan for what he hopes will be an educational but successful season.

“We will stay in Wellington, my home base for the remainder of the winter,” commented Barrios. “I have to pick the right classes for Antares because WEF is very competitive and hosts a lot of horses of quality. The one thing Antares and I don’t need is experience together, so I will only show when I feel I can be competitive.”

This is the second grand prix win for Barrios at PBIEC during the 2016 ESP Fall Series and the first set of competitions back in the International Ring at PBIEC following the installation of new footing.

“The footing is different; we have more cushion and it is softer, but it is firm enough for the horses to take off. The warm-up ring is a great improvement. It felt good in the turns and overall is just is great footing,” he added.

Emanuel Andrade Pilots Dipssy and Walter 61 to Top Two Finish in $10,000 Open Stake

Emanuel Andrade of Wellington, FL finished a fantastic day at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) piloting two mounts to a top three finish in the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake at the ESP Fall Finale. Andrade and Dipssy took top honors after completing the jump-off in 39.111 seconds, while guiding Walter 61 to second place after crossing through the timers in 43.213 seconds. Luis Larrazabal of Wellington, FL and G&C Close Up earned third after dropping a single rail in the jump-off round and completing the course in 39.281 seconds.

Emanuel Andrade and Dipssy
Emanuel Andrade and Dipssy

The class saw 16 entries and a competitive jump-off featuring nine combinations. Only Andrade finished the day with two double clear efforts aboard both Dipssy and Walter 61. Andy Christiansen of Delray Beach, FL designed both tracks on the day.

Andrade, who also represented the nation of Venezuela at the 2016 Olympic Games alongside Pablo Barrios, winner of the $25,000 Fall Finale Grand Prix presented by Pilates Rocks, has had a strong fall campaign, displaying his dominance once again in the International Ring during the $10,000 Open Stakes.

Jumper Highlights

Carly Dvorkin of Parkland, FL and Sandora Z, owned by Pine Hollow Farm, rode to victory in the $1,500 NAL Low Child Adult Jumper Classic after the duo completed the short course in 46.847 seconds. Liana Gavidia of Jupiter, FL and her own Tino De La Mazure finished the first round track with a single time fault to take second place. Michelle Kamine of Oldwick, NJ and her own Loreana captured third place after accumulating two time faults on their initial trip around the course.

Javier Guerra of Key Biscayne, FL and his own Chiquey Tiem topped the leaderboard in the $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic after completing their second trip in 42.286 seconds. Logan Renee Marksbury of Lexington, KY, guided her own Esquire to second place, narrowly missing first place after finishing in 42.352 seconds. Anna Beth Athey of Enid, OK and her own Landia 5 earned third place with a time of 52.557 seconds.

The $1,500 M&S Child/Adult Classic presented by Accuhorsemat was championed by Shai Tertner of Miami, FL and her own Shiraz Events Solero de Grasset who were the only pair to complete a double clear effort in the class, dashing through the timers in 43.241 seconds. Liana Gavidia of Jupiter, FL and her own Tino Da La Mazure took second place after dropping a rail in the jump-off and a finishing with a time of 42.206 seconds. Katie Sansone of Coconut Creek, FL guided Asdi Absolut, owned by Gustavo Prato, to a third place finish after collecting four faults and finishing with a time of 43.585 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

Emma Vandenhouten of Plantation, FL and her own Spiderman collected champion honors in the Children’s Pony Hunter Division presented by The Wanderers Club, while Annie Soper of West Palm Beach, FL and Grey Goose, owned by First Blue LLC, took the reserve title in the class.

The Junior/Amateur Owner Hunter 3’3″ Division presented by #1 Education Place saw Siena Vasan of Boca Raton, FL and Baricello, owned by Phoebe Alwine, rise to the top of the division after a strong week of performances. Francis Kruel of Wellington, FL and her own State of Play rose to reserve.

Miranda Green of Palm Beach, FL and her own In Earnest captured the champion accolades in the Low Children’s Hunter Division ahead of Isabella Longo of Plantation, FL and her own Into the Grey who picked up reserve champion.

Eliza Eddy of Lighthouse Point, FL and Ever So, owned by Carriage Hill Farm, made a swift move to the top of the leaderboard in the Low Adult Hunter Division presented by Pilates Rocks to take championship honors for the weekend. Barry Carragher of Ft. Lauderdale and his own Roc Du Triomphe finished with the reserve champion rosette.

The Small Pony Hunter Division was championed by Kathryn Maguire of Wellington, FL and Matilda, owned by Charles Moorcroft, while Jared Hersh of Boynton Beach, FL and Clovermeade Semper Fi, owned by Wendy Brayman, were presented with reserve champion honors.

The $500 Pony Hunter Classic saw Christina Rogalny of Wellington, FL and Webster, owned by Little Brooks Farm Inc., take the victory with a two round score of 165.5. Mia Albelo of Coconut Grove, FL guided her own Child’s Play Hot Topic to second place after earning a 164, while Emma Vandenhouten of Plantation, FL and Jackpot, owned by Marigot Bay Farm, LLC captured third place with a two round score of 153.

For more information on the 2016 ESP Fall Series and to see a full list of results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Pablo Barrios and Charity 33 Capture $25,000 Fall Grand Prix at ESP Fall III

Pablo Barrios and Charity 33. Photo Credit ©ManciniPhotos.

Derek Petersen and Diamant’s Legacy Take Top Honors in $10,000 Welcome Stake

Wellington, FL – November 2, 2016 – Pablo Barrios of Wellington, FL and Charity 33 rode to top honors at ESP Fall III taking the $25,000 Fall Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Barrios and Charity 33 topped the jump-off with a time of 41.068 seconds. Derek Petersen of Archer, FL and Diamant’s Legacy finished just off the winning pace after crossing through the timers in 42.182 seconds. Hector Florentino of Wellington, FL and Allure G collected third place after completing the track in 42.729 seconds.

“First of all it’s nice to be back in Wellington after being away for such a long time. It was very nice to win with Charity because she’s a new mount for me,” commented Barrios. “I’ve been riding her for the last two months and she’s awesome. She can win any class. We’re getting along very well and I’m very happy to have won this class.”

Barrios guided the 2005 Westphalian mare (Cayetano L x Indoctro) to the win in the class, which hosted 22 entries and saw six combinations in the jump-off. The course was designed by Skip Bailey of Wellington, FL and was the first major grand prix of the ESP Fall Series.

“She’s very spicy and competitive. She’s a fighter in the ring, like any other mare,” added Barrios. “She’s very little but she is a very competitive horse. I’m glad to have her in my string of horses right now. I’m looking forward to winning some other classes on her in the 1.45m speed classes on her this season.”

In preparation for the competitive winter season ahead, Barrios was pleased with Charity 33’s performance, as he hopes the mare will be the newest addition to a string of talented horses he has coming through the ranks for the nation of Venezuela.

“As always, it is a very tough circuit here and it’s one of the hardest horse shows of the year. We all know that we have to be prepared for that,” he commented. “The thing is that it’s about getting ready for what we’re going to see and what we’re going to face. I’m glad to be here early to be able to begin preparing.”

Representing his home nation of Venezuela at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this past summer, Barrios has focused his fall campaign on the training and education of young horses, noting that their experience will become be a staple in the success of his team looking towards the future.

“We have a few young horses that I would like to take the opportunity to show the International Ring and develop. There are expectations for them to do the larger classes further on in their careers and this is a great opportunity for them to get in the ring and experience that atmosphere.”

Derek Petersen and Diamant’s Legacy Take Top Honors in $10,000 Welcome Stake

Derek Petersen of Archer, FL and his own Diamant’s Legacy, a 2009 Oldenburg stallion by Diamant de Semilly, captured top honors in the $10,000 Welcome Stake and a strong second place finish in the $25,000 Fall Grand Prix, marking a successful outing for the pair. Petersen and Diamant’s Legacy crossed through the jump-off timers in 35.735 seconds for the win. Paige Jardine of Mildura, Australia and her own Anicmo rode to second place with a time of 38.489 seconds, while Jared Petersen of Archer, FL and Titus 2:11 took third after completing the track in 38.747 seconds.

The class saw 20 entries take to the International Ring as an opportunity for horse and rider combinations to test their skills ahead of the $25,000 Fall Grand Prix hosted on Sunday. Nine riders advanced to the short course, while five pairs secured double clear efforts on the day.

“I think the course rode really well. There was a two stride vertical to vertical combination that was pretty tricky and tough,” commented Petersen. “You had to really think about keeping that one up at the back of the combination. He’s just a seven year old and I’ve been so impressed with his demeanor and attitude.”

Diamant’s Legacy is a young stallion just entering the prime of his career and Petersen is optimistic that the duo can reach the top levels of the sport, as the pair has already accumulated several grand prix wins this year.

“We imported him last year. I breed quite a lot at home and he’s the new boy in town,” laughed Petersen. “He’s unbelievably mature for his age. He’s just like riding a 15-year-old veteran. He’s super cool and easy so we’re excited about his future. He’s already had a lot of success.”

Jumper Highlights

The $1,500 NAL Child/Adult Jumper Classic saw Sabischy Hassler of Wellington, FL and her own Nepturo HM top the class as they completed the course in 35.711 seconds. Taje Warrick of Wellington, FL earned second and third place aboard her mounts Dersey and Mufasa respectively, capping a fantastic weekend for the rising star.

Zachary Yariv of Wellington, FL and his own Missi Cassini captured the $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Classic with a jump-off time of 41.284 seconds to best the class of 17 entries. Hasbrouck Donovan of Gainesville, FL and Spitfire-W took second place in the class, while Nicole Lootchan of Hawthorn Woods, IL guided her own Memory Lane to third with a time of 40.544 seconds.

Bruna Silva of Windemere, FL and his own Biondetta rode to victory in the $1,500 Low Child/Adult Classic presented by Equine Couture & TuffRider after the pair crossed through the finish in 42.498 seconds to best the class. Alexandra Boord of Key Biscayne, FL and Zanina, owned by Perla Boord, earned the red rosette with a time of 48.641 seconds in the jump-off. Tinita Hughes of Wellington, FL and her own Proximo took third place after accumulating four faults in the jump-off, but completing the track in the most efficient time, finishing in 40.603 seconds.

The $1,500 M&S Child Adult Classic presented by Accuhorsemat was championed by Caroline Donnally of Wellington, FL and her own Reve de Razzy, as the duo dashed through the jump-off track in 34.471 seconds for the win. Taje Warrick of Wellington, FL and her own Mufasa collected second place in the class with a jump-off time of 37.363 seconds. Tracy Harris of Wellington, FL and her own Une Etoile De L’Eclypse rounded out the top three finishers after completing the track in 37.716 seconds.

Hunter Highlights

Cindy Harrington of Wellington, FL and Absolute Gold, owned by Piper Oren, earned top divisional honors in the Adult Amateur Hunter Division after finishing a solid weekend of competition. Emily Mitzel of Tampa, FL and her own Pappy Van Winkle took reserve champion honors.

Lielle Rhodes of Wellington, FL and Legendary, owned by Michael Dietrich, rode to the top of the Children’s Hunter Division presented by UHealth Ear Institute and collected champion accolades for their performances. Claire Lube or Orlando, FL and Cordiacado, owned by Kyle Dewar, were presented with reserve champion honors.

The Low Child/Adult Hunter Division presented by Pilates Rocks saw Lynn Blanchette of Jupiter, FL and her own All-Star took divisional champion awards, while Linda Roukis of Jupiter, FL and her own Roosevelt took home reserve.

Olivia Sweetnam of Wellington, FL guided Falling Moon Huckleberry, owned by Richard Cunkle, to champion awards in the Small Pony Hunter Division, while Allison Coleman of Wellington, FL and her own Shenandoah Jack Be Nimble rode to the reserve title.

Jennifer Bliss of Wellington, FL piloted Beso, owned by Astrid Michelson, to top placings in the Performance Hunter 3’6″ Division, ultimately earning them champion honors for the weekend. Mary Eufemia of Palm Harbor, FL and Violets Are Blue, owned by Kevin Eufemia, followed in reserve.

The Children’s Pony Hunter Division presented by The Wanderers Club saw Emma Vandenhouten of Plantation, FL and her own Spiderman, rise to the top of the division, as Savannah Richards of Jupiter, FL and her own Her Prince Charming, collected reserve champion.

Hasbrouck Donovan of Gainesville, FL and Cymplify took the top title in the Performance Hunter 3’3″ Division presented by Gold Coast Feed following their consistent performance throughout the weekend’s competition. Kelsey Donahoe of Ocala, FL and her own Ausone took reserve in the division.

For more information on PBIEC and to see a full list of results, please visit www.pbiec.com.

Pablo Barrios Claims $50,000 Leading Rider Award in 2016 Hagyard Challenge Series

Pablo Barrios and ASD Farfala.

Lexington, Ky. – Oct. 3, 2016 – After seven weeks of challenging competition wrapped up at the Kentucky National Horse Show, Pablo Barrios topped the charts to take home the $50,000 Leading Rider Award in the 2016 Hagyard Challenge Series: a summer-long series of seven show jumping events held at the Kentucky Horse Park. Aaron Vale finished second in the final standings, earning the $10,000 rider bonus for being the runner-up.

Barrios missed one of the Challenge Series events while competing for Venezuela in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and said he worried that Vale would overtake him in his absence. However, Barrios secured a wide enough lead throughout the rest of the season to stay on top, racking up a total of 1130 points to claim the bonus.

“It’s always great to win this bonus,” Barrios said. “This is the first time I got to the last show with someone else so close in the points. In this case it was Aaron Vale. The final class was pretty exciting, especially because we know that any one of us was capable of winning the bonus. I was lucky that my horses jumped great, and Antares ended up winning the grand prix, so that was enough to win the bonus. The series is great; when you know the points are on the line, there’s extra pressure that makes it fun.”

Barrios went on to thank his team and his personal sponsors for their continued support, including Devocoux, Animo USA, Purina, Parlanti, Kask, Choice of Champions, Kentucky Horsewear, Healthy Coat and MDC Stirrups.

For the third year, the Hagyard Challenge Series offered an additional $10,000 rider bonus for the runner-up. This year, it was Vale who collected the secondary bonus, taking home top ribbons throughout the series with multiple horses.

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute’s Dr. Stuart Brown commented, “All of us at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute continue to be proud to support the equestrian competitions here at the Kentucky Horse Park, and no better example of that commitment exists than with the Hagyard Challenge Series. This year saw another exciting series of grand prix-level jumping that began with the first class in May and culminated in September at our finale, The Betsy, where we awarded the Leading Rider and Reserve Champion Bonuses for the series.

Aaron Vale and Quidam's Good Luck
Aaron Vale and Quidam’s Good Luck

“We would like to congratulate Pablo Barrios for a successful quest to win this year’s $50,000 Leading Rider Award and Aaron Vale as the reserve champion and $10,000 recipient. Both these riders bring the highest level of sportsmanship to the series at the Kentucky Horse Park, and we are grateful for their commitment to this competition and the level of exciting performance they bring to this venue along with all the other riders participating in the Series. We can only look forward to wishes for another successful season of great competition next season here in Lexington.”

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is one of the oldest and largest equine veterinary practices in the world. Founded in 1876, the institute offers a staff with qualifications unparalleled by any single non-university veterinary group in the equine industry, and Hagyard veterinarians have dedicated themselves to the health and wellbeing of the horse.

The facility at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offers 13 Digital Radiology systems, 1.5 Tesla Siemens MRI, Nuclear Scintigraphy, an on-site laboratory, an on-site pharmacy, full surgical services, 24-hour emergency services and Hyperbaric Medicine. The institute has practiced veterinary medicine since 1876 and is currently composed of over 50 experienced veterinarians, with 13 board certifications in specialty areas of Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, and Theriogenology. For more information about the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, please visit www.hagyard.com.

Several generous sponsors have helped make this exciting series event happen. These gracious supporters include title sponsor MWI Animal Health and presenting sponsor Zoetis as well as Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC, Hallway Feeds, Audi of Lexington, Pike & Preston, Sallee Horse Vans and Hagyard Pharmacy. Additional sponsors include Equine Therapy and FooteWorks.

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Barrios Brings Home the Blue in $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m at Kentucky Summer Horse Show

Pablo Barrios and Stackfleth.

Professional Hunters Kick Off Kentucky Summer Horse Show

Lexington, KY – July 27, 2016 – Before heading to the Olympics with the Venezuelan team in less than a week, veteran show jumper Pablo Barrios brought his string to the Kentucky Summer Horse Show Series to jump his final classes in preparation for Rio.

Despite entering the 8-year-old Stackfleth in the $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m without expectations to win, Alan Wade’s course proved challenging, producing only three clear rounds.

Barrios and Stackfleth were the first combination to go clear, tripping the timers with a blazing time of 62.319 seconds in the speed class. Their lead would hold out for the win, but not before Juan Ortiz and Mavis Spencer would attempt to challenge the quick time.

“Stackfleth is still green, but I think he has a lot of quality,” Barrios said. “There were a lot of rollbacks on the course, which could cause you to lose a little rideability if you didn’t pick the right pace in the first few jumps. He doesn’t like to have a rail down, and when he has a little rub, he really tries hard at the next one. He still is a horse that you need to take to the jump because he doesn’t go by himself yet, but he’s getting there.”

Barrios said he acquired full ownership of the horse two years ago after owning half of him because he liked him so much.

“I have big hopes for this horse for the future,” Barrios explained. “He already won a national grand prix, and when they’re 8 and they’re capable of doing that, it’s amazing. I think he will be a very nice horse. He has a beautiful back end, and I like him a lot.”

Ortiz and the Synchronicity Group’s D’ulien Van De Smeets delivered the second clear round, but were unable to catch the lead. The duo finished in second place after clocking a time of 70.312 seconds.

Spencer and Dubai, a Neil Jones Equestrian Inc. entry, were the third combination to go clear, ending on a time of 71.968 seconds to secure the third place ribbon.

After finishing two weeks at Kentucky Summer, Barrios will head to the Rio Olympics, where he will represent the Venezuelan team with his horse, Antares, and teammate Emanuel Andrade.

“It’s very nice to be back in Kentucky,” Barrios said. “I love it here, and I think the horses love this place. I have the great opportunity to keep my horses in the Kessler’s facility, so they love it there. This will be my last schooling opportunity before the Olympics, so I’m just going to do tomorrow’s grand prix with Antares, and he will leave [for Rio] on Tuesday.”

Earlier in the day, fellow Venezuelan rider Alejandro Karolyi piloted Vinitienne to a first-place finish in the 7-Year-Old Jumpers. Karolyi’s faultless jump-off round tripped the timers in just 34.646 seconds to overtake Manuel Lecuona’s early lead of 35.817 seconds.

“I think this course had plenty of questions, and to win you had to go fast,” Karolyi said. “Manuel is a very slick and fast rider. I was there when he went, so I counted all the strides he did, and I took two or three strides out from his track, and that’s how I ended up taking the lead.”

Venitienne is a fairly new ride for Karolyi, as he acquired the mare at the Winter Equestrian Festival in March. Karolyi cited the mare’s talent and breeding as two of her best qualities.

“She has an amazing way of jumping,” Karolyi explained. “She has talent. I think she’s for sure one of the most talented young horses I’ve ever owned, so that’s very exciting. Not only does she ride like tiny horse, but she also has the scope and carefulness of a big horse. She’s a very modern type.”

In addition to his victory in the 7-Year-Olds, Karolyi also placed third in the 1.35m Open Jumper division with Isibelle, another talented, up-and-coming mare. The duo was just .2 seconds off the leading time in the tight race for the blue.

“She’s a chestnut mare, so she goes a bit her own way,” Karolyi explained, laughing. “You always have to make them think it’s their idea. She’s evolved amazingly, and she is a gun. She really puts her heart into it, and I think in the end that’s what’s going to make her such a successful horse.”

The victory in the 1.35m Open Jumpers went to Grace Long and Badger Hill Farm LLC’s Gelati, whose time of 37.35 proved unbeatable, despite the top four finishers coming within hundredths of a second of the lead. Second place went to Blythe Marano and Urban, who finished just one-tenth of a second behind Long and Gelati.

The jumper action will continue on Thursday with the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, while other highlights of the week include the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby, the $10,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, and $50,000 Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix.

Professional Hunters Kick Off Kentucky Summer Horse Show

The professional hunter riders enjoyed a beautiful opening day in the Stonelea Ring at the Kentucky Horse Park. To kick off the day, veteran hunter rider Kelley Farmer took home blue ribbons in both over fences rounds of the Green Working Hunter Division.

Farmer was aboard Jane Gaston’s KWPN gelding, Because. Though their partnership is relatively new, the duo had a successful winter season in Wellington and have been racking up wins ever since.

Kelley Farmer and Because
Kelley Farmer and Because

“I thought he went around lovely today,” Farmer explained. “He always tries hard and goes so smooth. He is such a good horse, and if I stay out of his way, I think tomorrow will be great! As usual, this horse show is run well with beautiful jumps and perfect footing.”

As the day continued, Tim Goguen topped the leaderboard in the Conformation Hunter Division on Belhaven Stables LLC’s Splendid. The pair won an over fences round and the under saddle, and also placed third in their first over fences round. Goguen, who is based in Lexington, Kentucky for the summer, also placed second in an over fences round with Garland Alban’s Category.

“Splendid has had a good summer,” Goguen said. “She did well in Florida and has been having nice results coming out of the winter season. She is easy every day and such a nice mare. There are no tricks with her, and she is very steady.”

The day wrapped up with the High Performance Working Hunters where Sydney Shulman dominated the division by earning blue ribbons in both over fences classes and the under saddle class. Shulman, who is based in Greenwich, Connecticut, rode Cosmeo, who is owned by DK-USA Sporthorse.

“I thought my rounds were consistent and he was jumping amazing,” Shulman said. “We have been working on making him more hunter-y as he was previously a jumper in Europe. Every time he goes in the ring he gets better and better.”

Cosmeo left quarantine in March, and this is both Shulman and Cosmeo’s third time competing in a high performance division.

“He is so powerful and scopey when he jumps. It’s really the coolest feeling ever!” she continued. “I cannot imagine not doing this division with him because he is such an amazing athlete.”

This is Shulman’s eleventh year competing at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show and she enjoys showing all her horses at the Kentucky Horse Park.

“I love this show,” Shulman explained. “It is a very well run show with great management, footing and jumps. I bring all of my horses and clients here.”

The professional hunter divisions will wrap up Thursday in the Stonelea Ring, with equitation taking place on Friday.

The highlights of the week include the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby, the $10,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, and $50,000 Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix.

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

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Pablo Barrios Debuts ASD Farfala with $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3* Victory

Pablo Barrios and ASD Farfala.

Kelley Farmer and It’s Me Claim Grand Hunter Championship on Day Two of the Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Lexington, Ky. – May 12, 2016 – The 2016 Hagyard Challenge series, sponsored by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, kicked off its eleventh year at the Kentucky Horse Shows on Thursday evening with the $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. Sixty-six horse and rider combinations went head-to-head in the CSI3* competition, but it was Pablo Barrios (VEN) who took the victory with ASD Farfala. The talented pair beat out of a field of 14 during the jump-off, tripping the timers in a speedy 37.940 seconds.

Riders battled the elements during Thursday’s class, but the rain did not faze ASD Farfala, owned by Barrios, who has only been riding the 12-year-old Warmblood mare for a month. The Kentucky Spring Series marks their first horse show together, but the two are already demonstrating a winning partnership.

“I’ve known the mare for a long time,” said Barrios. “It belongs to a very good friend of mine, Americo Simonetti. He is a legend in the sport in South America from Chile and he kindly let me ride this wonderful mare that I’ve known for a long time.

“The mare came to the Winter Equestrian Festival with a rider from Chile and when she was about to go back to Chile I called him and asked if they could leave her with me,” continued Barrios. “I love the mare and I think I can do a great job with her. It’s amazing, when you have a good horse, how easy it is to go clean and fast. This is my first horse show with her. I was concerned about whether to put her in a lower class, but she’s so smart and talented I thought, ‘Why hold her back?’ So I went straight to it. When I call [Americo] again he is going to be very happy!”

Aaron Vale (USA) and Quidam’s Good Luck, owned by Troy Glaus, were the early pathfinders as well as the fastest pair to navigate the technical first round track, designed by Bernardo Costa Cabral, finishing in a fault-free effort of 74.100 seconds. The two later returned to the jump-off finishing double clear in 38.210 seconds, just one second behind Barrios claiming second place honors.

“Quidam’s Good Luck is a fast horse,” said Vale. “It was a nice galloping track with smooth, sweeping turns, which really suits him. We just took a shot. He feels like he’s going well and he likes this ring, so we took a shot. We had a really quick round. I just couldn’t leave one out to the last on him. We put in a great round and Pablo just beat me by fractions, so can’t complain too much!”

Vale also finished double clear again placing third with his second mount of the evening, Finou 4, owned by Thinkslikeahorse, in 39.540 seconds.

“I saw Aaron and I knew he was very fast,” said Barrios. “I knew he had a horse behind me and I really tried. I saw him doing seven strides one to two. My plan was to do six or seven with her and I made it and I think any other horse would have had fence 15 down but she just left it up because she is amazing. I’m so excited with this mare and I’m thankful to get to ride her.

“The winners always say that the course is really good, but we were talking before the class with all of the riders and I mentioned that every single class has been very well designed so far,” said Barrios. “I think this is one of the difficult classes to build. He had a great jump-off, a great class and I was very excited. Not because I won but because I like it, and it’s always very nice to beat Aaron because he is very fast!”

Barrios is no stranger to the winner’s circle at the Kentucky Horse Shows. He won the Hagyard Challenge series back to back in 2013 and 2014 and is already off to a strong start in the 2016 series.

“I have a good vibe here; I feel like this is home,” said Barrios.

“Every time you come they have done something new” said Vale. “The rings are great, they always get top-notch course designers and they have a great set of jumps. It’s a top quality product and it’s great to be here. I showed here for the first time in 1988. Jumpers back then were on the grass where the Claiborne Ring is now!”

Barrios is also set to compete on the Venezuelan team at the Rio Olympic Games this summer with Antares, his 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.

“I’m going with Antares,” said Barrios. “I’m showing him very lightly. He showed three times at WEF. I used him a lot last year because my mare got hurt. I’m starting to use him a little bit more and working on the fitness when I run him so he gets a little cardio. This is the time to do it before the Games.  Then, I’ll keep him a little fresh for the Games; that’s the plan.

“I want to thank Devoucoux, Purina and MDC Stirrups – without those stirrups it’s very hard to ride in the rain so that’s very awesome that I was wearing them tonight. Also Animo, my new sponsor of boots, Parlanti and Choice of Champions.”

The Hagyard Challenge series consists of seven grand prix classes to be held during the 2016 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the final event, a cash prize of $50,000 will be awarded to the rider accumulating the most points throughout the series as well as a $10,000 prize for the reserve champion.

“Anything that gives us a chance to make a little extra money you have to appreciate,” said Vale. “They have been great supporters for 11 years. It sure is a nice thing for us to have a chance to get a rider bonus at the end of the year. It’s good for the horse show, good for Hagyard and good for the riders.”

Throughout the summer, the top riders from across the nation will gather to compete over challenging courses and vie for the winning title and valuable points toward the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus. The Kentucky Spring Classic, May 18-22, will host the second $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3* on Thursday, May 19. Four more Hagyard Lexington Classic grand prix events will be held during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, the Kentucky Summer Classic, the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show and the KHJA Horse Show. The series concludes with the $65,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic during the Kentucky National Horse Show. Following that exciting competition, the winner of the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus will be announced and presented with the cash prize by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.

New this year to the Hagyard Challenge series is the $200 Best Turned Out award, sponsored by Bob Mickler’s. The award goes to a well-deserving groom following each grand prix. Following Thursday’s competition Andre Luis, groom to Mark Bluman and Uitteraard of Stransky’s Mission Farms, won the first Best Turned Out award of the series.

Kelley Farmer and It’s Me Claim Grand Hunter Championship on Day Two of the Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Kelley Farmer and It’s Me had another banner day in the Stonlea Ring at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show Thursday claiming the Hunter Grand Championship sponsored by Visse Wedell at Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Kelley Farmer and It's Me (Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography)
Kelley Farmer and It’s Me (Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography)

Farmer swept the over fences classes in the Green Conformation Hunters with the 8-year-old Warmblood stallion It’s Me, scoring the division championship and going on to claim the Grand Hunter Championship.

Wedell has been a great supporter of the Kentucky Horse Shows sponsoring grand championship prizes in multiple divisions. “I love that a stallion won,” Wedell said. “Kelley actually rode a horse of mine a long time ago for me so I’m thrilled that they were able to be Grand Hunter Champion at the first horse show here in beautiful Kentucky.

“I love this facility so much,” added Wedell, who recently purchased a property nearby. “It’s such a pleasure to be here I’ve officially decided to based myself here for the season, so I’ve invested myself personally in the area because I love it here so much.”

Farmer was thrilled with her win today as It’s Me is a special horse for her. “He belongs to Sue [Pinney] and my mom [Bibby Hill] and I,” Farmer explained. “The last one my mom owned was Scripted. It is really special for mom to own a part of him with us.”

Farmer was full of praise for the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. “I love this horse show,” She said. “They do such a nice job, the jumps are beautiful, the footing is beautiful, the horses go perfectly and this is home for us now.”

It’s Me is clearly a fan of the show as well. “He’s been fantastic from the first day he’s been here,” noted Farmer. “He tries hard. He finds ways to win and he tries to win blue ribbons. He’s a great horse. I’m excited for Devon!”

Scott Stewart scored a hat trick today winning championships in three divisions. He won the Regular Conformation Hunter Championship aboard First Light, the Second Year Green Championship on Catch Me, and finished out the day winning the High Performance Hunter Championship with A Million Reasons, also bringing home the Reserve Championship with Cameo.

“We always come here because we stay in Florida and this is sort of on the way home,” Stewart explained.  “We take a little break after showing and this is our first time back. It’s always a nice place to come to get ready for Devon. Florida is great, but there’s so much going on. When they get here they get to be turned out and relax more. A lot of the young horses really mature and when they come here, they just relax.”

Catch Me clearly benefitted from this stop on the way home from Florida. “Catch Me is awesome,” Scott said.  “He hasn’t shown since the night class in Florida. He was good there so we stopped showing. He had a month of just hacking and then I jumped some little jumps with him after that, so this was his first time back and it was great!”

Friday will see the Amateur Owner Hunters taking over in the Stonelea Ring. Sunday is “Derby Day” with the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby taking place.

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FEI Tribunal Decision on Pablo Barrios Case

Lausanne (SUI), 26 October 2015 – The FEI Tribunal has issued its Final Decision in the case involving Jumping athlete Pablo Barrios (VEN).

Barrios was selected for in-competition testing at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz (MEX) on 29 November 2014.

Analysis of the urine sample at a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratory revealed the presence of Hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic, which is a Prohibited Substance under WADA’s 2014 Prohibited List.

Barrios has been reprimanded, fined 1,500 CHF and will bear the legal costs of the judicial procedure.

The Central American and Caribbean Sports Organisation (ODECABE – Organización Deportiva Centroamericana y del Caribe) has already disqualified Barrios’ results at this event.

The FEI Tribunal’s Final Decision on this case can be viewed here.

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Heather Caristo-Williams and Pablo Barrios Tie for First in $34,000 FEI HITS Jumper Classic

(C) ESI Photography. Heather Caristo-Williams and Evening Star.

SAUGERTIES, NY (September 5, 2015): Internationally ranked competition continued at HITS Saugerties Friday with the $34,000 FEI HITS Jumper Classic, the only qualifying class of the week for Sunday’s Canadian Pacific $1 Million Grand Prix FEI CSI-5*. Spectators were on the edge of their seats down to the end when Pablo Barrios of Wellington, Florida, and his own Antares, and Saugerties’ own Heather Caristo-Williams and Evening Star, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Caristo, tied for the top spot.

A field of 71 attempted the round one course set by Steve Stephens of Palmetto, Florida, with 23 going clean within the 80 second time allowed. Seventeen would opt to return for the jump off which proved to be a test for even the most seasoned riders.

The first three in the order had four faults, followed by 13 faults for the fourth entry. That was until Conor Swail, of County Down, Ireland, aboard CITA, owned by Susan and Ariel Grange, swooped in to give fans the first clear in a time of 40.040.

“My horse is a new mare to me; this is only my second show with her, so I was very pleased with her,” said Swail. “I thought the track was tough today, first round included. It’s the first time I’ve ridden a jump-off with her. She probably didn’t know what hit her when I landed and started kicking after fence 1. She was great.”

Fifth in the order, Caristo followed in Swail’s footsteps and sailed to a quick, clean round clocking in at 39.90 for the lead.

“I thought the track was fun,” said Caristo after class. “I had a great time and my horse jumped really well.”

Next in the order, and the next to go clear, Christine McCrea rode Candy Tribble & Windsor Show Stables Inc.’s Win for Life to a time of 43.670 to place her just behind Swail. Katie Dinan, tenth in the order, was clean with Amaretto D’arco, owned by Grant Road Partners LLC in a time of 43.830.

(C) ESI Photography. Pablo Barrios and Antares
(C) ESI Photography. Pablo Barrios and Antares

A known speedster, Barrios reentered the ring twelfth and it was no surprise that he was ready to race the clock. With a clear course behind him, his time of 39.90 secured a tie for first with Caristo, bumping Swail to third, McCrea to fourth and Dinan to fifth.

“For my horse, this ring fits him very well,” said Barrios. “He’s a big horse with a big stride. I just did what I saw other people doing. He’s fast in this type of thing.”

“To be honest, I wanted to be in the top three. I wasn’t expecting the best time with Heather. I’m hoping to sit here on Sunday too,” added Barrios who has his eyes set on the CP Million.

Swail agreed. “It’s nice to get into the ribbons early on in the week. And hopefully we can continue the same in the Million.”

Friday wasn’t just a day of competition at HITS; it was a day of horse sport education for 600 Saugerties School Children, grades 4 through 8. McLain Ward showed off his recent Pan American Games Gold Medal as he commentated on the Jumper Classic competition happening in front of them. HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri also explained the significance of the FEI CSI-5* week happening right in their own community while the students enjoyed a complimentary ringside lunch courtesy of HITS.

FEI competition continues Saturday with the $100,000 FEI Hudson Valley Jumper Classic and Sunday for the CP $1 Million Grand Prix FEI CSI-5*, presented by Wells Fargo. Both classes will be available via live webcast at HitsShows.com.

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Barrios and McArdle Speed to Wins on Opening Day of Spruce Meadows ‘Pan American’

Pablo Barrios of VEN riding Fananka A. Photos © Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Calgary, AB, Canada – July 9, 2015 – The 2015 Spruce Meadows Summer Series began its final week of competition, the ‘Pan American’ Tournament CSI 5*, presented by Rolex, with wins for Pablo Barrios (VEN) and Abigail McArdle (USA) on Thursday. The ‘Pan American’ Tournament continues with world-class show jumping through Sunday, July 12.

Pablo Barrios led the victory gallop in the $34,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.50m riding Emanuel Andrade’s Fananka A in the Meadows on the Green. Out of 48 entries, 13 cleared Guilherme Jorge’s (BRA) speed track, and Barrios and Fananka A blazed the winning time of 56.73 seconds. Hardin Towell (USA) and Jennifer Gates’ Lucifer V finished second in 56.91 seconds, and Rodrigo Lambre (BRA) placed third aboard Mario Onate’s Charielle, with a time of 58.09 seconds.

Barrios has had great results throughout the summer at Spruce Meadows, but this was his first international win of the series. Fananka A, a ten-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Chin Chin x Kannan), is a new mount for the rider this summer and he explained that Thursday’s course suited the horse perfectly.

“I am happy that I finally got one victory,” Barrios stated. “I never expected to have it with her because she is just a new ride for me. Emanuel let me ride her because I was a little short on FEI horses. Basically, we trained her to do the derbies. I was a little unlucky in both derby competitions, but she placed in both.”

“Finally, this course was perfect for her,” Barrios continued. “When I walked the course I really liked it for her. It was long lines for a big horse and she has a big step. Two of the tightest turns were to her good side on her left lead. Everything was perfect for her, so I went for it to see if I could win and I was lucky.”

“She has a very different style,” Barrios said of Fananka. “The quality is top; I have never ridden a horse with that much quality, but the rideability is a little tough. You have to place her in a distance that she feels comfortable. Normally, she gets deeper than what you want or she will put herself in a place that you think she is in trouble, but she is so careful and she tries so hard. I do not know how, but she leaves the rails up.”

Further detailing his round, Barrios explained, “I was fast in the rollback from number three to the plank. Then I was the only one in the competition who did seven strides to the combination. She has a huge step and she goes a little left, so I planned the seven and it worked perfect. I think I was very quick there; everybody was doing nine or eight strides. Then I was fast in the rollback after the liverpool. Again, she goes left and she turned great, so I made good time there.”

Barrios hopes to continue riding Fananka and thanked the Andrade Family for letting him compete the mare this summer. He also thanked sponsors: Animo, Hagyard Equine Clinic, Devoucoux, Purina, Choice of Champions, Healthy Coat, and Der Dau.

On Friday, Barrios plans to compete ZL Group, Inc.’s Zara Leandra in the $85,000 Ashcor Technologies Cup 1.55m. The mare has been competing very well and he hopes to jump her in Sunday’s $400,000 Pan American Cup, presented by Rolex, to conclude the Summer Series.

McArdle Opens with a Win

International competition at the ‘Pan American’ Tournament got underway in the North American Ring Thursday morning with a win for Abigail McArdle (USA) and David McArdle’s Cosma 20 in the $34,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m. Held over a one round speed track set by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA), the competition saw 50 competitors with 14 clear rounds. McArdle and Cosma 20 clocked in at 65.90 seconds for the win.

Hardin Towell and Jennifer Gates’ New York placed second in 68.46 seconds, and Kent Farrington (USA) finished third with a time of 68.76 seconds aboard Haity McNerney and Amalaya Investments’ Cha Cha Cha 7.

Abigail McArdle of USA riding Cosma 20
Abigail McArdle of USA riding Cosma 20

McArdle and Cosma 20 have been a winning team for several years, and the 12-year-old Hanoverian mare (Couleur Rubin x Stakkato) proved why she is a winner on Thursday, speeding through the course and giving a little extra effort at the end.

“I got lucky,” McArdle detailed. “She lost a shoe and she slipped a little bit on the way to the last line, but she still true blue left the ground for me and had a super finish.”

Thursday’s win marks the pair’s third victory in the 1.45m division for this year’s Summer Series and McArdle explained that the venue suits her horse well.

“Spruce Meadows is a great venue for her because of the grass fields; she is able to really gallop,” the rider explained. “In today’s course, the way the numbers were, she was able to keep a big stride and a big gallop where the other horses had to steady in the lines. She is also really quick away from the fences.”

“It is important to remember with her that where other people may leave out strides in the lines, I have to not get so focused on that and really try to make it up in the turns and always just stick to my plan,” McArdle added. “We have had a super partnership. I consider her the best 1.45m speed horse there is. She is super careful.”

Competition continues on Friday featuring the $34,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.45m followed by the $85,000 Ashcor Technologies Cup 1.55m.

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