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Sharn Wordley Claims Overall Victory in Hagyard Rider Challenge Series

Lexington, KY – October 21, 2021 – After holding onto a strong lead throughout the Hagyard Rider Challenge series, New Zealand’s Sharn Wordley ultimately took home the Leading Rider Award after earning a total of 540 points. The Hagyard Rider Challenge was a four-part series of premier show-jumping events held at the Kentucky Horse Park, concluding on September 26th with the $50,000 Betsy Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Medical Institute at the Kentucky National Horse Show.

After winning the $137,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3* presented by Hagyard at the Kentucky Spring Classic and placing ninth in the $135,000 Hagyard Lexington Grand Prix CSI3*, Wordley led the pack with 290 points going into the final competition at the Kentucky National Horse Show. Wordley once again proved to be a force to reckon with at the Kentucky National Horse Show, speeding to victory in the $50,000 Betsy Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Medical Institute, helping him secure the overall win for the Hagyard Rider Challenge series.

Cormac Hanley took home second in the series, earning 330 points after claiming victory in the $50,000 Hagyard Grand Prix Saturday, August 7th, at the Kentucky Summer Classic. After starting the series out strong, Daniel Coyle was not far behind Hanley, claiming the blue ribbon in the $137,000 Hagyard Lexington Grand Prix CSI3* Saturday, May 15th at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show.

“Once again, we are proud sponsors of this series. It was great to see people back at the Kentucky National Horse Show and to feel the energy surrounding the event,” said Dr. Kevin Pfiester. “The entire series was exciting, and Sharn certainly didn’t disappoint in the finals. We congratulate him and all of the amazing participants.”

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Sharn Wordley Leads Hagyard Rider Challenge at Kentucky National Horse Show

Lexington, KY – August 16, 2021 – As the conclusion of the Hagyard Rider Challenge quickly approaches, New Zealand’s Sharn Wordley remains the rider to beat.

After winning the $137,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3* presented by Hagyard at the Kentucky Spring Classic and placing ninth in the $135,000 Hagyard Lexington Grand Prix CSI3*, Wordley leads the pack with 290 points. Following behind Wordley are Cormac Hanley and Daniel Coyle, tied for second with 250 points.

The Hagyard Rider Challenge is a four-part series of premier show-jumping events held at the Kentucky Horse Park, concluding on September 26th with the $50,000 Betsy Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Medical Institute at the Kentucky National Horse Show.  As in previous years, points are tracked throughout the Series, with the leading rider receiving a bonus cash prize at the end. This year’s bonus will be $20,000, and Hagyard will team up with Audi of Lexington and Central Kentucky Ag Credit to award the top rider at the end of the last event.

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute has hosted the popular challenge series since 2006. Each spring and summer, the events are held at the Kentucky Horse Park directly across from Hagyard’s Campus in Lexington. In September, the rider that accumulates the most points in the Series will be presented the Leading Rider Award during the Kentucky National Horse Show. The Series typically feature two CSI3* classes making riders eligible to earn points toward international show-jumping rankings.

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Sharn Wordley and Gatsby Grab $25,000 Everglades Farm Equipment Grand Prix Win

Wordley and Gatsby. ©Anne Gittins Photography.

Wellington, FL – October 19, 2020 – The $25,000 Everglades Farm Equipment Grand Prix closed out the ESP Fall II show on Sunday at Equestrian Village. The course, set by Andy Christiansen, tested a total of 22 horse-and-rider pairs on the Derby Field, but ultimately Sharn Wordley of Citra, FL and his own Gatsby came out on top after stopping the jump-off timers in 33.385 seconds. Santiago Lambre of Wellington, FL and his Cetano Van Aspergem Z claimed the red rosette with a 34.017-second jump-off, while Fabio Leivas Da Costa of Brazil piloted Verdi O’Merveilles through the jump-off in 34.292 seconds to earn a spot in the winner’s circle.

Wordley commented that although it’s always “nice to be on grass,” competing on the Derby Field provided him with a particular advantage. “He (Gatsby) won the derby here with Andrew Bourns years ago and has won many other classes on this field. He loves this field. It’s a pleasure when you’ve got one that loves the field and jumps better on it.”

For more information and results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Sharn Wordley Saves Best for Last to Sweep $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix

Sharn Wordley and Any.

Lexington, Ky. – July 27, 2019 – The feature event of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix, was held Saturday evening in the Rolex Stadium with an enthusiastic crowd excited to cheer on the field of competitors during the Kentucky Horse Park’s annual Hats Off Day. Designed by Brazil’s Marina Azeveo, the 16-effort 1.50m course asked many difficult questions including a triple combination and a triple-bar. Following a competitive eight-horse jump-off, it was New Zealand’s Sharn Wordley and Arnoud Dobber’s Any who returned to the ring to race to the top spot. Jimmy Torano and Glasgow De Muze came in a close second while Celso Ariani took third place aboard Ukulman De La Nutria.

Mazzoli and Rossi Tie for Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Champion

Saturday at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show began with the naming of the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Champion presented by Visse Widdel in the Stonelea Ring. Following suit from the professional hunter divisions earlier in the week, two horse-and-rider combinations tied for the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Champion title. Anna Rossi on Cakebread and Vanessa Mazzoli on Oh Brother both earned a total of 42 points from the Amateur-Owner 3’3″ division to earn the coveted grand champion tricolor ribbon.

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Sharn Wordley Claims Second FEI Win in $36k Sunday Classic CSI 2* Riding Rye Val de Mai

Sharn Wordley and Rye Val de Mai ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – July 16, 2019 – Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Rye Val de Mai sped to win the $36,000 Sunday Classic CSI 2* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), stopping the jump-off timers at 36.358 seconds fault-free to claim the win. Diego Perez Bilbao (ESP) and the Starlight Farms 1 LLC entry, Helios, a 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding (Couleur Rubin x Grandeur), took second place on a clear jump-off performance of 37.168 seconds, while Samantha Rice (CAN) and Ringwood Zebo, a 2009 Irish Sport Horse gelding (Califax x Ringwood Audacity) owned by NRG Farm LLC, claimed third-place honors with a clear round and time of 40.211 seconds.

Course designer Bernardo Costa Cabral (POR) had 22 entries test the first course, with five returning for the jump-off. “The first round rode great. Bernardo is such a good course builder,” Wordley explained. “All of his courses ride well; I’ve never ridden one of his courses that didn’t ride well, and he always nails it. Everything is smooth and is always challenging enough, but with nothing that doesn’t make sense, so I really love riding his courses.”

Wordley shared that he has owned the 2005 Selle Francais stallion (Helios de La Cour II x Type D’Elle) for about three years now. “He’s a big trier, and he’s just a really good horse to have on your team. You can pull him out for any class and he gives his all.”

Wordley continued, “He does the ranking classes at different shows and I’m deciding whether I’ll keep him for next week’s class here or take him home and jump him in Kentucky. I haven’t decided yet. He’s always busy, because he’s a good part of the team. He has a light winter, so summer is when he does most of his jumping.”

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Sharn Wordley and Gatsby Navigate to $72,000 Nutrena Grand Prix CSI 2* Win at TIEC

Sharn Wordley and Gatsby ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – July 13, 2019 – Sharn Wordley (NZL) and his own Gatsby raced to a 36.033-second win in the $72,000 Nutrena® Grand Prix CSI 2* at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC). Adam Prudent (USA) and Romeo de Villaret, the 2005 Selle Francais stallion (Mr. Blue (NL) x If de Merze) owned by Plain Bay Sales, claimed second-place honors, halting the jump-off timers with a time of 36.242 seconds. Abigail McArdle (USA) and Victorio 5, a 2006 Hanoverian stallion (Uccello x Graf Top) owned by Victorio Equine Group LLC, rounded out the podium with their 36.609-second performance in the short course.

Bernardo Costa Cabral (POR) had 42 pairs challenge his first-round course, with seven returning to compete in the jump-off. “He [Cabral] did a really good job,” emphasized Wordley. “He made the course tricky enough that it was hard to jump. I think the height was perfect, and the time was just right that you had to go quick enough, which caused some problems, but without making it too difficult for people. So, I think he nailed it. He did such a good course.”

Wordley piloted two horses through the first-round track, and explained that tonight was Gatsby’s time to shine. “My second horse, [Any], didn’t have a very good warm-up, so it just wasn’t her night, but Gatsby was awesome.”

Though it was Gatsby’s night, it wasn’t a jump-off designed for the 2004 Irish Sport Horse stallion (Simba x Cruise On), Wordley admitted: “In the jump-off, my strategy actually didn’t go to plan. Gatsby doesn’t turn so well to the right, and there were two tight turns to the right in the jump-off,” he explained. “I actually wanted to do two less strides from [fences] two to three, and two less strides [in the other turn], but I just wanted to go fast enough to put pressure on the others.

“That way,” Wordley continued, “if they wanted to beat me, they needed to do something that could cause a rail, which is what happened. I think the only one who was faster had two [rails] down trying to beat my time, so it worked out.”

Though both Wordley and Gatsby have found great success at TIEC, Wordley is hoping that this win carries him forward to his next venture. “Gatsby will have next week and the week after off, then he’ll probably do the two star in Angelstone, which he won last year.

“I like winning… it’s good!” Wordley concluded. “Gatsby likes winning; he loves it. And it’s always good to beat Santiago Lambre,” he added of his competitor who piloted two rides in the jump-off. “Even if it’s in the 1.30m, I like to beat him, because that guy is fast!”

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Sharn Wordley and Gatsby Win $72,000 St. Luke’s Hospital Grand Prix CSI 2*

Sharn Wordley and Gatsby ©TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – May 4, 2019 – Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Gatsby kicked off the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) “Saturday Night Lights” 2019 series with a win in the $72,000 St. Luke’s Hospital Grand Prix CSI 2*, stopping the jump-off timers in 39.018 seconds to take a second win on the week. Annabella Sanchez (USA) and Incitatus, her own 2009 Oldenburg gelding (Stakkatol x Con Air), was just behind on a time of 39.154 seconds to earn second, while Fernando Cardenas Jr. (COL) and Quincy Car, a 2004 Oldenburg stallion (Galiani Car x Amour Parfait) owned by Fernando and Meredith Cardenas, dashed around the short course in a time of 39.941 seconds to secure the final podium spot.

Course designer Manuel Esparza (MEX) tested 20 entries over his first-round course, with eight pairs accepted back for the jump-off round. The entire podium all finished just under 40 seconds, and Wordley explained that he and Gatsby would have been more comfortably in front had they not had a little hiccup on course:

“My strategy [in the jump-off] was to go not crazy fast, but to keep all the jumps up. The second-to-last jump, on the rollback – it didn’t quite work out the way I wanted to and I had to add an extra stride,” he said. “That’s why I was on the same second as the second and third [place riders] – I was planning on being a bit faster than what I was, so I got lucky there.”

His advantage, then, came from his naturally fast horse, Wordley detailed. “I just have a very fast, smart horse. That’s where I had the advantage – I have a great horse. The other riders have great horses, too, and it was very close. But I could’ve been beaten at that one line – I got lucky.”

Wordley and his 2004 Irish Sport Horse stallion (Simba x Cruise On) also took the win in Thursday’s $36,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake, and he was quick to compliment the course build for a competitive field under the lights in Tryon Stadium: “Fantastic week. I love Tryon. It was a very good course,” Wordley continued. “I thought he had the time just right – it was tight enough. Because the time was quite tight, it forced a few faults that riders wouldn’t have had otherwise. It was a very good course: very square and very wide.”

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Sharn Wordley Captures $36,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 2* Win at Tryon

Sharn Wordley and Gatsby ©TIEC.

Tryon, NC – May 2, 2019 – Sharn Wordley (NZL) and Gatsby took home the win in Thursday’s $36,000 Horseware Ireland Welcome Stake CSI 2* to kick off Tryon Spring 1 competition, clearing the short-course in 38.28 seconds with his own Gatsby. Fernando Cardenas Jr. (COL) and his own Quincy Car, a 2004 Oldenburg stallion (Galiani Car x Amour Parfait), put in a 40.653-second jump-off round to land in second place, while Alberto Michan (ISR) and El Pacho, a 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Cardento 933 x Goodtimes) owned by Pablo Mejia Villa, claimed third place on a time of 40.736 seconds.

Course designer Manuel Esparza (MEX) had 32 pairs test the first-round track, with 12 entries returning to challenge the jump-off course. Wordley and the 2004 Irish Sport Horse stallion (Simba x Cruise On) took a very technical approach to shaving off time in the second round, he explained.

“The jump-off was quick. I chose a different tactic than most: I went inside a jump they didn’t go inside, and went around a jump they did go inside. I think it was more a technical thing, and that’s where I made up the time,” he said.

“It was a nicely-built course,” Wordley elaborated, “and good for the first day. It rode well. I got caught out [of the first round] on my first horse, Rye Val De Mai, because I was just a second over the time. I didn’t realize the time was as tight as it was.”

His winning mount, Wordley revealed, took the win on his first show back after a break. “Gatsby hasn’t shown in two months, but he jumped well. He’s fifteen years old. He’ll jump the $72,000 St. Luke’s Hospital Grand Prix Saturday night, and I usually use him for 2* Grands Prix and 1.50m classes. He’s a great horse and he wins a lot,” Wordley concluded. “He’ll be showing here a lot.”

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Sharn Wordley Wins $25k #1 Education Place Grand Prix in 2018 ESP Year End Awards

Sharn Wordley and Rye Val De Mai. Photo Credit ©AnneGittinsPhotography.

Wellington, FL – December 12, 2018 – Sharn Wordley of Wellington, FL secured top honors in the $25,000 #1 Education Place Grand Prix at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Sunday. Wordley took top honors riding his own Rye Val De Mai, a 2005 Selle Francais stallion (Helios Da La Cour II x Type D’Elle), dashing in at 42.222 seconds. Carlos Quinones of Wellington, FL earned second place riding Satoyama, a 2006 gelding owned by Michelle Navarro-Grau, stopping the timers in 43.581 seconds. In addition to his first-place win, Wordley captured third place with his own Gatsby, a 2004 Irish Sport Horse stallion (Simba x Cruise On), completing the course in 44.256 seconds.

Wordley remained ahead of the additional 16 competitors, who tested the course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio (USA). Wordley commented, “Both of my horses are experienced and they are both fourteen. I use them for the national Grand Prix classes and the FEI ranking classes.”

On his first-place finish, Wordley stated, “It was a good trip [for Rye Val De Mai]; he jumped really well. He’s had a bit of time off so he’s just come back. Rye could have gone a bit faster, but it wasn’t that fast of a class. He jumped great. I was really happy with him. With Rye, I wanted to make sure that I won it.

“I’ve been doing some quite fast rounds on Gatsby, so I didn’t want to go too fast on him,” Wordley said of his third-place mount. “I wanted to give him a nice round and a comfortable trip because he’s been going fast lately.”

Wordley commented of both mounts that “they’re both very careful horses and very fast horses with experience. They’ve been doing this awhile and they know the game, so this was a really nice class for them.”

For full results from the $25,000 #1 Education Place Grand Prix, click here.

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Sharn Wordley Continues to Top Hagyard Challenge Series

Sharn Wordley on Famoso D’Ive Z.

Jeff Gogul Increases National Derby Series Lead

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 7, 2017 – Despite Great Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire and Sydney Shulman both earning 310 points during the Kentucky Summer Classic, Sharn Wordley continues to lead the 2017 Hagyard Challenge Series after the Kentucky Summer Classic came to a close.

The Kentucky Summer Classic also featured the sixth event of the series for the 2017 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by the World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC, where Jeff Gogul continues to maintain his place at the top of the rankings.

Sydney Shulman, who earned the blue ribbon during Thursday’s $25,000 Hagyard of Lexington Grand Prix put her within 10-points of Pablo Barrios, who currently sits in third place and only 60 points behind Derbyshire who is second to Wordley. The New Zealand Olympian currently has 410 points.

The Kentucky Summer Classic also featured a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by the World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC. Jeff Gogul has earned the top spot in five of the six of the events so far and is dominating the standings with 1,200 points. Behind Gogul is David Beisel with 750 points is and Victoria Colvin with 475 points.

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