Saloon and Cayman Match Strides in the Non Pro 3'6 at Legacy Cup 2006
May 19, 2006 – Lexington, KY – “He is awesome,” said a delighted Jennifer Waxman after she won the Non Pro 3’6” Go Round aboard Saloon on Friday, May 19, 2006 at the Legacy Cup, which is part of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows taking place in Lexington, KY, through May 21. Saloon also led the ranks in the Juniors while second place finisher Cayman, ridden by Jamie Martin, was the winner of the Non Pro 3’6” Go Round for Amateurs.
The 3’6” Non Pro Division was sponsored by Providence Hill Farm, LLC, Jamie Planck Martin and Tinsley Martin. Saloon and Waxman earned $450 for their win in the 3’6” Non Pro Go Round while Cayman and Martin claimed $330 for their 2nd place finish. In addition, the grooms of the top three placed horses were each awarded $100 in cash.
SALOON IS AMAZING FOR WAXMAN
“He jumps amazing, he is so much fun to ride and he always tries his best,” said the happy 14-year-old who couldn’t say enough good things about the bay, Warmblood gelding who she generally competes in the Large Junior Hunters. “He is the nicest horse ever.”
Waxman was also pleased with the Glen Moody designed course noting, “I thought the course was good – nice but not too overwhelming. He did a good job making it not too challenging.”
“I wasn’t that nervous because it was the Go Round. I just wanted to put down a solid round to come back for tomorrow,” explained Waxman, who didn’t have much time to prepare Saloon for the Go Round. “The schooling area was small and there were a lot of people in it so we only did a few jumps.”
“He’s a show horse and he knows it and he has a lot of experience, which is helpful. He’s won a lot with his owner (Whitney Roper). When I landed after the last jump I was happy because I put down a really good round,” she continued.
Waxman is thankful to so many people for her many achievements and talks about her family with enthusiasm. “My mom comes to every show. She gets excited when I do well. She is not really a horse person but she is learning. My dad will come every once in a while. I have two older brothers – Michael is a freshman in college and Adam is a junior in High School. They support me and when I come home and do well they think it is good but they don’t understand all that I am doing.”
While Waxman, Chagrin Falls, OH, is appreciative of all her mom’s support she also made a point of thanking all her trainers - Ken & Emily Smith, Kristi Cardalico and David Nation and added, “and thank you to my parents for letting me do this and to my mom for taking me to all the horse shows and helping me while I am there. And thank you to Whitney Roper and Susie Humes for letting me have Saloon for this year.”
When asked how she will maintain her cool for the 3’6” Non Pro Finals, Waxman noted, “I will just try not to get nervous. Not think about it too much.”
Waxman, who has her horses stay at her own barn, also makes sure that she does her homework. “I really get to know my horses and I work hard to prepare at home so I know they are ready to go in the ring.”
Yet it all comes down to the horse she can’t say enough good things about. “He is so sweet and he knows he is awesome. He is the king. I love him,” she concluded.
JAMIE MARTIN & CAYMAN ARE THE STARS OF THE AMATEURS
“He is wonderful and I am really lucky to have him,” said a delighted Jamie Martin after winning the Non Pro 3’6” Amateur Go Round. The 11-year-old, 17.2 hand, bay, Holsteiner gelding had tied with Saloon but a judge’s decision broke the tie for the Non Pro Go Round and they place 2nd. Martin, Jackson, MS, was thrilled and talks about Cayman as if he were a member of the family.
“He is a wonderful horse and he is like my pet. If he could ride in the back seat of my car or could hop up on the back of the golf cart; there is nothing that would make him happier. If he could go with me to my hotel room he would curl up with me and go to sleep. He would love to be a dog. They hate to see me come into the barn because as soon as he hears my voice he starts banging at the door. He wraps his neck around me and gives me a big hug,” she said with a smile.
This was Martin’s third Legacy Cup. In 2003 she won with Monte Cristo and then last year she showed Cayman. “I was disappointed because I didn’t ride him very well. This year I was determined that I was not going to blow the Legacy Cup.”
Martin hadn’t schooled him for very long because he will be showing through Sunday and so the horse who is “normally quiet was frisky was jumping the moon today and bucking at the end.”
Martin also liked the course. “It was a nice flowing hunter course to get everyone inside for the first time. It is a little bit of a hard class because you are showing outside and you come in just to do that one class. You are not adjusted to go indoors and the horses are not accustomed to competing indoors.”
Martin is at the horse show with her 10-year-old daughter Tinsley who will be competing in the Non Pro 3’ division on Coconut Grove and Monty Pinto. Her husband E.B., who she has been married to for 21 years, is home with her two boys Joseph (13) and E.B.III (14). She’ll be keeping in touch with them to let them know how things are going.
The lawyer whose face was alive with enthusiasm and determination responded very quickly when asked if she had anything else she wanted to say. “I hope to win!” she concluded.
PHOTO CREDIT: ©Diana De Rosa Photography
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