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Win for Anna Dryden and Petrushka III in High Amateur-Owner Jumpers at Kentucky Summer Classic

By on August 1, 2015

Anna Dryden and Petrushka III.

Lexington, KY – July 31, 2015 – Anna Dryden arrived in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday morning, just in time to sweep the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers on Friday afternoon at the Kentucky Summer Classic before she heads back home to Manhattan on Saturday.

Anna Cardelfe and Firenze Van De Cadzondhoeve set an early pace to beat of 59.308 seconds, and with only seven entries jumping clear around the Florencio Hernandez-designed course, few others came close to the top spot. Dryden, however, last in the order of go, entered the ring confident that she would take over Cardelfe’s lead.

“I didn’t see Anna [Cardelfe] go,” Dryden said. “But Allison [Robataille] said, ‘you’re going to win this class,’ so I have to listen to the trainer! I went in there and never looked back.”

Clocking the fastest four-fault time of 60.405 seconds on her previous mount, Classified, Dryden was able to get a feel for the course before piloting Petrushka III to the winning time of 57.482 seconds.

Cardelfe and Firenze Van De Cadzondhoeve ended up settling for second, while challengers Sabischy Hassler and New Life HM took third with a time of 61.377 seconds. Trailing closely behind in fourth were Bethany Bolen and Domino Van De Hermitage, who stopped the clock at 61.605 seconds – just .228 seconds away from the third place spot.

Dryden, a new mom, recently hopped back into the saddle during the Winter Equestrian Festival, where she acquired Petrushka III from Shane Sweetnam at the advice of trainer Allison Robataille.

“I’m just having a good time getting back in there,” Dryden said. “[Petrushka III] is perfect. I love her; she’s totally my type. She’s a little quirky, but she’s got a huge heart. Shane finds great horses, and Allison is so good at matching the right horse to the right rider, so I’m really spoiled in that way.”

Before the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers got underway, the Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers took the stage in the Rolex Stadium.

With more than half of the 20 entries turning in clear rounds, it was a race against Maria Brugal and Diabolo Van Cadzanhoeve’s early time to beat of 58.471 seconds.

In the middle of the pack, 14-year-old Sheer Levitin entered the ring on Zin Chin, blazing around the course to trip the timers in just 53.627 seconds and capturing the new lead almost five seconds ahead of Brugal’s time to beat.

“Today was my first Medium Junior class,” Levitin said. “Zin Chin was really good. He’s very brave, but he needs a very quiet ride. I was a little nervous; I didn’t want to mess up, but I thought it couldn’t have gone better today.”

A final challenger, Alexandra Pielet, came close to the top spot with Cavalier Knight, stopping the clock at a time of 56.287 seconds to take the second place ribbon home to Norfield Stables LLC. Levitin’s lead would hold up for the blue ribbon, with early leader Brugal taking home third.

The jumper action will continue at the Kentucky Summer Classic with Saturday’s $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix, sponsored by GGT Footing, beginning at 7 p.m.

McKayla Langmeier Leads WIHS Equitation at Kentucky Summer Classic

McKayla Langmeier is no stranger to great success in the equitation ring. For her mount Ilyana, however, the equitation division is a new ball game, but following the mare’s equitation debut on Friday at the Kentucky Summer Classic it looks like she will be hitting the ball out of the park.

Langmeier has been competing Ilyana, a 6-year-old Warmblood mare, successfully in the Large Junior 15 and Under Hunters, and on Friday she gave the young horse a go at her first equitation class, riding to second in the WIHS Hunter Phase and first in the WIHS Jumper Phase before also taking the overall WIHS Equitation victory.

McKayla Langmeier and Ilyana

McKayla Langmeier and Ilyana

“I’ve been showing her in the junior hunters for a little bit,” Langmeier said. “It’s always been a goal to be doing the junior hunters and the equitation on her. My other mount that I normally do, Skyfall, I did earlier in the week so we decided to try her out in the Washington.”

Ilyana and Langmeier earned a score of 88 in the WIHS Hunter Phase, held in the Stonelea Ring at the Kentucky Horse Park, before heading to the nearby Walnut Ring to lay down a second solid 88 trip, securing them both the WIHS Jumper Phase and overall WIHS Equitation victories.

“She’s really scopey, and she has a huge stride. It was her first time doing it, and she was amazing, so I was very happy with her,” Langmeier concluded.

Taking the top call in the WIHS Hunter Phase with a score of 89 were Victoria Press and Allison Fithian’s Lucky D’Etenclin. Press has accumulated numerous top finishes in the ASPCA Maclay and the Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Medal Finals aboard her second equitation mount, Clover, but with Lucky D’Etenclin, the hunter phase is their forte.

“I really especially like doing him in the hunter phase, because he has a really nice, slow rhythm,” Press said. “I ride hunters too, and I think that’s just where I’m really the most comfortable.”

Both young riders have their sights firmly set on earning ribbons at the equitation finals this fall, but for now, they are greatly enjoying their time at the Kentucky Horse Park.

“I love Kentucky. I like that you can come and show everything in Kentucky,” Press explained. “I was in Spruce Meadows and then Lake Placid, so I did just the jumpers and then just the equitation. Then I did junior hunter finals with just the hunters. This is nice because you get to show everything while you’re here.”

Preceding the start of the WIHS Equitation, the 3’3″ Junior Hunters vied for their championships, were it was newcomer to the division, Elise Buhl, who earned both the championship and reserve championship honors.

The 14-year-old Michigan native just made the move up to the 3’3″ Junior Hunters here in Kentucky with her two mounts, Can Fly and Chabliano Z, and she is already proving to be a rising talent under the tutelage of trainers Tim and Kelly Goguen at Boggs Hill Farm. She and Can Fly, a 10-year-old Warmblood gelding, rode away with the championship, while the reserve went to Chabliano Z, Buhl’s 8-year-old Zangersheide gelding.

“I’m proud of both my horses. I was shocked, but I’m very, very excited,” Buhl said following her successful week. “Chabliano Z I just got at the end of [the Winter Equestrian Festival], and I just got Can Fly in June. They’re really both nice; they’re really just almost perfect, but they are different. [Chabliano Z] is kind of slower; you have to get around him. [Can Fly] you just flow and go with him.”

Buhl hopes to continue to be successful in the 3’3″ Junior Hunters before moving both Chabliano Z and Can Fly up to the 3’6″ Juniors, but she, too, is presently enjoying her time in Kentucky.

“I love just being here,” Buhl said. “The show grounds are so big, and I love all of the rings.”

Hunter competition continues on Saturday with the start of the Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions beginning at 8 a.m., and Saturday afternoon’s schedule will also feature the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby.

To learn more about the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please visit

Kentucky Horse Shows 2015 Horse Show Series Fast Facts

Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, USEF National Pony Finals, Bluegrass Festival Horse Show and KHJA Horse Show, and the 2015 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals and the Pre Green Incentive Championship.

The Kentucky Horse Show LLC’s 2015 series includes five weeks of top competition throughout the summer. These premier hunter/jumper competitions host the Hagyard Challenge Series with seven grand prix competitions that culminate with a Leading Rider Award, as well as the Hallway Feeds National Derby Series.

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™, home to the United States Equestrian Federation.



$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix
$50,000 Rood & Riddle Kentucky Grand Prix
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

KENTUCKY SUMMER CLASSIC – July 28 – August 2, 2015
$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix sponsored by GGT Footings
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

2015 USEF PONY FINALS – August 4-9, 2015

USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship
USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship
$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
$40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix sponsored by Audi of Lexington
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby
WCHR Member Event

KHJA HORSE SHOW – August 19-23, 2015
$10,000 Hagyard Welcome Stake
$30,000 KHJA Grand Prix
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

A special thanks to the generous sponsors of the Kentucky Summer Series: Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Hallway Feeds, Hollow Creek Farm, GGT Footing, Rood and Riddle, Audi of Lexington, Sleepy P Ranch, CWD, Farm Vet, Dietrich Insurance, Take2 Thoroughbred Program, and the Official Hotel The Clarion

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The Kentucky Horse Park is located 8 miles northeast of Lexington, Kentucky at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

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