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Chris Brown and Carpaccio Triumph in the Amateur Owner 35 and Over Hunters at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show

Lexington, KY - August 3, 2008 - Today was the final day at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. The sun shone over the Stonelea Ring, where the Amateur Owner 18-35 Hunters and Amateur Owner 35 and Over Hunters championship prizes were determined.

Today's course was slightly more difficult than the average hunter round. It included a bending eight-stride line, as well as a five-stride to a one-stride combination. In the second round, riders also began with a large, single oxer.

The designer of the hunter courses for the week was Richard Jeffery. "We're doing the hunter derbies now, so we need to gradually start introducing the different types jumps in the regular hunter ring," said Jeffery explaining his decision. "They've been doing four rounds of normal hunter courses all week, so I wanted to add a little bit more variation. The best horses and better riders shone above the others."

The Amateur Owner 18-35 Hunters were the first of the two divisions to compete over Jeffery's course. Tracy Scheriff, of Ramsey, NJ, had very successful trips with her mount Lavari, and earned the championship ribbon. Clara Lindner rode In the Black, owned by All Seasons Farm, LLC of Wellington, FL, to the reserve championship prize.

Sheriff was very pleased with how her courses rode on Lavari. "They both went really, really well. The eight-stride rode well, it came off the turn nicely. It was a little going, but it was nice," she smiled. Sheriff has owned Lavari, a 12-year-old Holsteiner, for three years.

The next to go in the Stonelea Ring was the Amateur Owner 35 and Over Hunters. Chris Brown, of Oakland, NJ, would come out on top with his seasoned hunter Carpaccio. The reserve championship tricolor was awarded to Glass Castle with Shaw Johnson Price, of Chestertown, MD, in the irons.

Brown was very pleased with his first show since Devon. "This was Carpaccio's first time back in the ring since May. He was very excited to be here. The trips were reasonably ok, but there's always room for improvement," he laughed. "The courses were great. They rode off a nice gallop and I thoroughly enjoyed them."

Brown appreciated the challenges that Jeffery's course offered. "We started off the right lead over this big single oxer, and then it was a sharp left turn to a galloping eight-stride bending line. There was no time to take back, and no time for indecision. You had to gallop up and do the eight," he said. "Luckily I have a very scopey, long-strided horse. The rest of the course rode pretty smooth. I think everything was set a little off-stride just to challenge us. There was a five-stride to a one-stride off a short turn. You had to be right on, and continue down the line. It was a lot of fun today, and it's always nice to be challenged."

Carpaccio and Brown will compete again next week at the Kentucky Horse Park during the Kentucky Summer Classic. After that, Brown and the 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood hope to compete at Capital Challenge and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

The Kentucky Summer Classic will kick-off Wednesday, August 6, 2008. The Stonelea Arena will feature the professional hunter divisions. Championship and reserve championship titles will be awarded on Thursday. The show will come to a close Sunday, August 10, 2008.

For more information on the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please go to http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.



Photo Credit: Chris Brown and Carpaccio tackle Richard Jeffery's course with ease in the Amateur Owner 35 and Over Hunters at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. Photo By: Rebecca Walton This photo maybe used free of charge only in relation to this press release.

 

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