Lexington, Ky. – May 19, 2019 – The final day of the Kentucky Spring Classic concluded jumper competition in the Rolex Stadium with the $35,000 Bluegrass Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington. Thirty horse-and-rider combinations tested Kelvin Bywater’s (GBR) 16-effort first-round track where eight pairs returned to challenge the abridged jump-off phase. Athletes chased a double-clear finish, but Sunday’s finale saved the best for last as Ryan Genn (USA) and Dieta stopped the timers fault-free in 38.234 seconds to clinch the grand prix victory.
Genn’s grand prix lap of honor was followed by the presentation for the Leading Open Jumper Rider Award, sponsored by Envisian Products, which he earned in part with Alex Granato (USA). Both athletes tied for points to share the award after Granato rode to first place in Saturday night’s $134,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3* with Carlchen W.
Brian Moggre and MTM Los Angeles Claim $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix
Earlier in the day, the sport’s up-and-coming athletes took to the ring in the $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix in the Rolex Stadium. Eighteen horse-and-rider combinations tackled Bywater’s course, which asked pairs to complete 14 efforts under the time allowed of 71 seconds. With five pairs advancing to the jump-off, it was ultimately Brian Moggre and MTM Los Angeles who tackled the course expertly to walk away with the blue ribbon.
Havens Schatt and Happy Thoughts Ride to First Place in $5,000 USHJA National Derby
Hunter competition in the Stonelea Ring began with the highlight of the day, the $5,000 USHJA National Derby, sponsored by the World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows. After taking the win in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby in the previous week at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, Havens Schatt returned to take another impressive win in the hunter ring, this time with Caroline Moran’s Happy Thoughts. The pair claimed their victory after scoring a total of 185 points.
Wilhelm Genn and his own Happy Z fly over a fence on the CWD fence en route to the winner’s circle. Photo by MH Hamm.
Patriarch Wilhelm Genn of Lebanon, Ohio and his sons Ryan and Theo took the top three placings in Sunday’s $50,000 CWD Grand Prix at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Winter Classic in Gulfport Sunday.
World-renowned, international course designer Michel Vaillancourt, originally from Montreal, Canada and now living in Aiken, South Carolina, designed the course. Vaillancourt made history by becoming the first Canadian equestrian athlete to win an Individual Olympic medal. Even more meaningfully, it was a feat he accomplished in his hometown of Montreal during the 1976 Olympic Games.
Due to the less than perfect weather last weekend, Technical Adviser, Allen Rheinheimer of Zionsville, Indiana, decided to run the class in one of the all-weather footing jumper arenas. Theo Genn commented on the move of rings: “It was the right call to put it on the sand and off the grass. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen them move the grand prix from the turf field to sand in the past seven years. But even though the weather had been less than nice, Michel [Vaillancourt] designed a pretty tough course. It was a pretty good height and technical I’m sure because of that new rule that requires a certain amount of meter fifty jumps, and it was tough.”
Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Classic Company, said, “Janet, Allen and I sat ringside and made a plan because of the weather forecast. We decided to put up a second VIP tent and prepare for either rings. The morning of the grand prix, we had both VIP tents up and ready with tables, champagne and centerpieces. The weather would decide which tent and which ring was going to be used. Since the rain continued, although not pouring, just raining, we went with the all-purpose ring, Jumper 2, and opted out of the turf grand prix field,” he said. “The tent was filled and all went great. The rain stopped when they were building the course and there was no rain during the class.”
“I give Allen Rheinheimer a salute for his foresight and planning. We revised the entire schedule because of the weather last weekend. The hunters finished about noon on Sunday since Saturday’s schedule was revised and all in all, everyone, including the management team, was pleased with the how we handled the schedule and the rings while planning for the weather,” he concluded.
But despite the weather, the Genn men were the only three to go clean in the class. Wilhelm Genn rode his own Happy Z to the win in a first round score of 74.578 seconds, while his son Ryan rode Wilhelm’s Cookie Monster to a second place finish in 81.752 seconds and Theo Genn rode Thomas Bruinsma’s Paradox to the third place finish in a time of 76.614 seconds. In view of the weather, the Genn trio opted to not jump off and call it a tie. “We were the only three to go clean, so we’re going to split up the prize money evenly. We all really won,” commented Theo Genn of Lebanon, Ohio.
The fastest of the four-faulters was CWD sponsored rider, Devin Ryan of Long Valley, New Jersey, who rode Sima Mogrello’s Chantilly to the fourth place finish with four jump faults and a time of 74.741 seconds. Trapp O’Neal of Magnolia, Texas rode TKG Partnership’s Capitano to fifth place in a time of 77.098 seconds and four jump faults while Jay Land of Alpharetta, Georgia rode his and Kim Land’s own Nepal to a sixth placing in a time of 82.881 seconds and four jump faults. Eagle Valley Partners’ LLC’s Boucanier, ridden by Devin Ryan, turned in a time of 76.682 seconds and eight jump faults, finishing in seventh, while Christi Israel of Birmingham, Alabama piloted her own Cracky Z to an eighth place finish with a time of 77.637 seconds and eight jump faults. Loretta Patterson’s horses Rapid Rewards, ridden by Dani Grice of Northfield, Minnesota, and Skymiles, ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, finished in ninth and tenth places, respectively.
Wilhelm Genn commented, “This is our last winter circuit for Happy [Z] before we retire her and start her second career as a brood mare, so we’re very happy to see her win and add yet another grand prix to her resume. We’re hoping that she can hold onto the title of the most grand prix won in America.” Genn continued, “That’s for all mares, geldings and stallions. She has been amazing. She is a once in a lifetime horse and we have a very special relationship.”
Ryan Genn is a full time student at SCAD [Savanah College of Art and Design] in Charleston, South Carolina and was unavailable for comment. However, his brother Theo spoke on his behalf: “Ryan is a full time student at SCAD and it’s really hard for him to balance his time between riding and school… but he does it. It is really impressive that he can fly in on a Friday and jump so well on Cookie Monster and go clean on him, especially since he [Cookie Monster] is still pretty green in the grand prix. Ryan is an extremely talented rider and he will undoubtedly be one of the best in the sport,” he added.
Why did only the Genn horses go clean? Theo Genn provided his perspective: “Our horses are jumping just incredible. On Sunday, I tried to jump less in the warm up, so I jumped half of the jumps I would usually jump. I just tried to stretch him out. My Dad and Ryan and I all do our own thing in the warm up, but I would guess they probably did the same thing.”
What is the secret of their success? “I think we just try to keep the horses happy. We’re trying not to over work them. And when we work, we’re having fun with them and I think that makes them happy and love to do their job,” he added.
Genn continued, “Paradox is pretty experienced and he is having the best year he has ever had. He is 14 this year and I think he’s hitting his prime. He was a difficult, nervous horse when he was younger but as he matures, he is starting to relax and is jumping with a lot of confidence. We bought him in Germany as an un-shown six year old and brought him to the States. Thomas Bruinsma bought him from us but has kept him in training with us in order to support me and allow me to ride him. He has been very supportive and helpful and what can I say, he is an amazing, very selfless man,” he said.
“Paradox has been jumping the grand prix like they are schooling classes. Out of the last five grand prix, he has been second twice, third, fourth and tied this one for first. Top four in the last five grand prix – he is jumping so well!” he added.
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Ryan Genn following his victory aboard Umberto. Photo by Emily Riden.
Wayne, IL – September 14, 2014 – Perfect weather, a newly remodeled Grand Prix Ring and a beautiful course set the stage for another great show day at the Showplace Fall Classic Championship Horse Show at Lamplight Equestrian Center. The headline event for the day was the $30,000 WeatherTech Grand Prix presented by WeatherTech.com.
Hector Loyola designed the course to test the twenty-four competing horse and rider combinations. The course used every inch of the Grand Prix Ring, weaving from one side to the other and down to the very end. A triple combination to the half wall-half plank Chicago Equestrian jump at the end of the course seemed to be the true test for most horses. Passing all the tests with flying colors to earn the victory was Ryan Genn of Lebanon, OH aboard Umberto.
Brother Theo Genn was the first of eight to attempt the jump off on Paradox, owned by Thomas Bruinsma of Ada, MI. The youngest Genn set the bar high with a clear round and a time of 45.259 seconds.
Next to take on the jump off track were Lisa Goldman and Centurion B, known for their speedy jump-offs. The pair pulled a rail at the WeatherTech jump, ending up with 4 faults and a time of 45.366 seconds.
Fourteen-year-old Giavanna Rinaldi of Wayne, IL, in her first Grand Prix attempt, pulled the plank at the Chicago Equestrian jump but put in a good time of 44.706 seconds on GPS Brilliant Disguise. The pair placed third in their first Welcome Stake earlier in the week.
Putting in a fast time of 44.342 seconds was Athena and Kelsey Thatcher of Bluffdale, UT, but they unfortunately pulled a rail on the out of the combination for four faults.
Taking another turn was Theo Genn on his second mount, Palim Palim owned by Nancy Gooding of Larkspur, CO. Taking his time in hopes of adding another clean round to the list, Genn had a slower time of 48.562 seconds, but he pulled a rail as he angled the second to last jump.
Happy Z with Wilhelm Genn is a Chicago favorite with long record of wins. Returning for the jump-off Wilhelm Genn now had a chance to take over the lead from son, Theo and Paradox. Wilhelm Genn set another fast time with 44.354 seconds, but he had two rails for eight faults.
It was then back to Ryan Genn, who would not be outdone with his mount Umberto, owned by North Star of East Aurora, NY. Ryan managed to one-up brother Theo with the only other clear round and a faster time of 44.065 seconds.
“Theo’s horse doesn’t like to turn left, and my horse turns amazingly so I just flew around. My horse is like a little motorcycle so I knew I had him in the left hand turns,” said Ryan Genn.
In usual fashion as the last one to jump off, Lisa Goldman and Zacantos Z put in a very quick round for the fastest time of the class in 43.945 seconds, but they pulled a plank at the Chicago Equestrian jump. The round landed her in the third place slot, and she also took sixth on Centurion B.
The Genn family proudly took home first, second, sixth and seventh place, but the win today was more than that for the group. The boys’ grandfather passed away just a few days ago, and the three decided they wanted to try to win one for the grandpa they were so close to – and they did.
The family has a program for getting multiple horses organized and ready for their posted order of go. Having enough staff is key so the next horses can be brought down, and each rider has a jump setter so they can warm up at their own pace.
“It’s a lot of fun to compete against each other,” Ryan said. “We’re really competitive, but it doesn’t get to the point where someone gets mad. I definitely wanted to beat Theo when I went in there, but I would have been just as happy if he would’ve come right behind me and beat me. We want each other to do their best.”
“We’re all on the same team,” remarked Wilhelm. “We’re happy for each other but individually we all like to win. We’re a pretty competitive family.”
The boys are eager to learn and improve and are hard workers.
“When you lose that you lose your edge. I’m very proud of them,” said Wilhelm, “especially today.”
$5,000 Marshall and Sterling Children’s/Adult Jumper Championship
Another of the Championship classes held at the Showplace Fall Classic was the $5,000 Marshall and Sterling Children’s/Adult Jumper Championship held in the Grand Prix ring and sponsored by Luxmax USA and the Scarnechia Family. Luxmax USA is a manufacturer of LED video displays for architecture and concerts. The company has produced the background screen displays for such groups as Maroon 5, Keith Urban, The Rolling Stones, Springsteen, Michael Jackson and Beyonce’s Superbowl halftime show. Vice President of the company, Robert Scarnechia, has two daughters, Sarah and Emily, who ride with Lisa and Mary Goldman, and he decided to get involved.
“I’m really impressed with the professionalism of the show and the facility is amazing,” said Scarnechia. “I think our company and our sponsorship can do some good here.”
Daughter Sarah recently attended the Children’s Adult Jumper Championships in Saugerties, NY. The Children’s team from Illinois was guided by Chef Mary Goldman and included team members Caelinn Leahy, Louisa Brackett, Sarah Scarnechia and Grace Knox. The team won the gold. Scarnechia also placed third today in the Marshall and Sterling Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic today.
Today, thirty-eight horse and rider combinations tackled the thirteen jump course for the M&S Children’s/ Adult Jumper Classic Championship. The course included a triple combination midway through and oxers, which allowed for turning and galloping. The jump off also demanded turning and galloping with an additional oxer-vertical combination. The course produced eight double clear rounds, but one rider clearly rose above the rest. Grace Knox, 14, of North Barrington, IL and Rapidash set a speedy time of 35.743 seconds for the win. Knox had an interesting dismount at the end of the course, thankfully just after going through the timers.
“I tried to turn inside the jump on the landing to shut the timers off faster, but he turned really quickly and I didn’t,” laughed Knox. “He really tried hard. I wasn’t mad at all.”
Knox was also part of the Gold Medal Team at the Championships in Saugerties and also placed third in the individual competition. She plans to show in Ocala this winter and complete online school.
Competition continues tomorrow with the anticipated Illinois Hunter Jumper Association Medal Finals and more Marshall and Sterling Championships. For more results, please visit www.showplaceproductions.com.
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Katy TX – April 9, 2011 – Today was another great day of showing in the sunshine for competitors at the Spring Gathering Charity Horse Show held at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center. Jumper riders competed for the top spot in the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers, the High Junior Jumpers, the Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers, and the Low Junior Jumpers. Ryan Genn was successful in the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers, taking the win aboard Jolly Mon and placing second with For Farina. Earlier in the day, Jennifer Scholl and Electric Avenue prevailed in the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper class.
Richard Jeffrey of Bomemouth, England designed today’s courses, which did an excellent job testing the horses and riders. The High Jumper classes followed the Table II format with 13 jumping efforts and a time allowed of 74 seconds. The Low Jumper classes followed the Table 2b format and the first round included 12 jumping efforts with a time allowed of 71 seconds. The short course consisted of seven jumping efforts and a time allowed of 38 seconds.
Ryan Genn and Jolly Mon were the first to enter the arena in today’s High Amateur-Owner Jumper class. The pair set a blazing fast pace without fault, which couldn’t be beat and earned them the win.