Lexington, KY - May 9, 2007 - The opening day of the 2007 Kentucky Spring Horse Show brought sunny skies and beautiful weather. Entries for the jumper divisions have increased from last year, and the top competition in the country is here to vie for prizes at the scenic Kentucky Horse Park, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
In the 1.40m Jumper class, Pablo Barrios of Venezuela and Tibor raced through the speed class for victory. Libby McKinney of Connecticut and Gun du Desfi were the winners of the 1.45m Jumper Time First Jump-off class.
The first class in the Sheila C. Johnson Arena was the 1.40m Jumpers, and it was a stiff field of 81 entries. The course designer in the Johnson Arena for the week is Richard Jeffery of Great Britain.
The early leader of the class was Accordion, ridden by Robert Kraut and owned by Happy Hill Farm. They stopped the timers in 77.462 seconds, which would hold up for ninth place. Riding out of the 19th position in the order, Olympic gold medalist Chris Kappler would take the leader's spot with Marcia Dammerman's VDL Maseratie, who motored around the course in 75.015 seconds. They would eventually finish in fourth place.
Later in the class, Molly Ashe Cawley and Jane F. Clark's Lutopia, who went 52nd, blazed around and took two and a half seconds off the winning time. They finished in 72.535 seconds and held the lead until Barrios and Tibor rode in the 63rd spot. Barrios and the speedy Tibor sliced another two seconds off Ashe Cawley's time and recorded a 70.563 second time.
Tibor, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Darco, is owned by Anna Lisa Smith. Barrios has had the ride on the handy bay horse since November and had top finishes at the National Horse Show and the Winter Equestrian Festival. "He's good for a speed class, very fast and careful," Barrios said. "He's very hot and very careful at this height. At this level, it's very hard to have a rail down. He tries hard every single jump.
I'm going to see if he can jump a bit more."
Barrios did not see Ashe Cawley's ride, but he had a plan of how he could be faster and knew in a class this big, he had to go all out. "I knew in this type of class you have to go fast. I could see the track of the other riders in the ring, and I tried to stay inside of it everywhere. I think that works," he explained. "I think I made up time everywhere. I tried to keep the same rhythm for the whole time. Everything came up like a 'green light.' Sometimes you try to go and you have to pull back somewhere, but today was a green light. Everything showed up perfect."
The 1.45m Jumper class was considerably smaller with 22 entries, but the competition was just as challenging. Nine horses were clear and had the opportunity to advance to the jump-off.
The first into the ring and the first in the jump-off was Sharn Wordley of New Zealand on Rockville. Wordley sped around the shortened course in 45.485 seconds. His time would hold up throughout most of the class until McKinney and Gun du Desfi entered the ring.
McKinney made the most of her time in the ring this afternoon as she pushed Gun du Desfi around the course. The 13-year-old Selle Francais gelding reacted accordingly and moved into the lead with a time of 44.094 seconds, which held up through the remainder of the class.
McKinney has ridden Gun du Desfi for three years and said he is "super reliable" as her first grand prix horse. This was McKinney's first time showing in Kentucky. "We did this class for a warm-up. He was super today. Normally we don't jump on Wednesdays, and he jumped this past Sunday," she remarked, "but he came out really fresh and the course was great. The footing feels amazing. It was a nice track. I think a lot of people saved their really good horses for tomorrow, but it's still a good class."
When McKinney won over Wordley, she kept the winning in the barn. "He's actually my boyfriend," she said with a smile. "He's not thrilled about me winning! That's a new horse for him and it's a young horse. He's only jumped him a couple of times in the 1.45m. I saw him go, and we have a little competition in the jump-off. He beat me last weekend, so I had to beat him this week!"
Jumper competition continues tomorrow with the $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix, CSI 3* in the Johnson Arena. The grand prix is the first of seven events in the Hagyard Challenge Series, a summer-long series of major jumper competitions. The Hagyard Challenge Series features $170,000 in prize money and continues the following Thursday at the Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show.
In addition to incredible money in the Hagyard Challenge Series sponsored by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, there will be a Leading Rider Award. Several generous sponsors have helped make this exciting series event happen, including:
Dean, Dorton & Ford
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Fifth Third Bank
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Fort Dodge Animal Health has been dedicated to the growth and leadership of animal health since its beginning in 1912 as a small serum manufacturer. Today, Fort Dodge is a leading international animal health company. Because of a willingness to embrace growth and change, as well as a commitment to innovative research and development, Fort Dodge has developed into one of the world's leading manufacturers of veterinary pharmaceuticals and biologicals for the equine, companion animal, livestock, swine and poultry industries in North America and international markets. Key equine products include West Nile-Innovator(R) and the Innovator combination vaccines, QUEST(R) Gel, PinnacleTM I.N., vaccines for EPM and the Fluvac(R) Innovator line of vaccines. Visit their website at http://www.wyeth.com/divisions/fort_dodge.asp
Hagyard Pharmacy was conceived and designed by equine veterinarians and is staffed by licensed pharmacists and personnel with extensive knowledge of horse healthcare. Years of continually monitoring the use of various medications and formulations on literally thousands of horses has contributed to the knowledge and expertise of Hagyard veterinarians and pharmacists. Therefore, they are available to offer assistance with recommended dosages and applications which might not be available elsewhere. Hagyard Pharmacy dispenses prescription pharmaceuticals and offers a prescription compounding service that is unmatched in the industry which operates only in strictest compliance with the rules and regulations set forth by the governing state and federal agencies, and by the guidelines provided by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Learn more at http://www.hagyardpharmacy.com
Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
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Turf Town Properties
Turf Town Properties is proud to be a sponsor of the Hagyard Challenge Series Leading Rider Award. Since its founding in 1978, Turf Town Properties has consistently sold fine properties in a broad price range with an emphasis on quality service. They would like to offer their expertise and excellent customer service to farm buyers in the area. Turf Town has agents that specialize in Central Kentucky farm properties. If you would like a real horse person to help you find that perfect horse farm or raw land with horse farm potential, please give one of their farm agents a call. You can visit all Central Kentucky farms at http://www.lexhorsefarms.com
For full horse show results, please visit http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
Results of Class 225 - $5000 Open Jumper 1.40M II. Sec 1
Kentucky Spring Horse Show
May 9-13, 2007
1 54 TIBOR PABLO BARRIOS 0.00 70.563 $1500
ANNA LISA SMITH
2 28 LUTOPIA MOLLY ASHE CAWLEY 0.00 72.535 $1000
3 907 PEDRO CARA RAETHER 0.00 74.391 $500
4 447 VDL MASERATI CHRIS KAPPLER 0.00 75.015 $350
5 975 RIOLETTO CHRISTINE MCCREA 0.00 75.555 $300
CANDY TRIBBLE & WINDSOR S
6 1206 INVITATIONAL LINDA SHERIDAN 0.00 75.566 $250
7 1220 VICTOR III SHANE SWEETNAM 0.00 76.474 $225
SPY COAST FARM
8 35 JASON DU BOELE HOLLY MITTEN 0.00 77.013 $200
9 1209 ACCORDIAN ROBERT KRAUT 0.00 77.462 $200
HAPPY HILL FARM
10 43 LANOO ALI WOLFF 0.00 77.648 $175
BLACKLICK BEND FARM
11 1395 MAHON POINT MARK LEONE 0.00 77.655 $150
12 972 ONTARIO CHRISTINE MCCREA 0.00 78.278 $150
CANDY TRIBBLE & WINDSOR S
Results of Class 226 - $5000 Open Jumper 1.45M II, Sec 2(b)
Kentucky Spring Horse Show
May 9-13, 2007
T/A: 79.00 T/A: 55.00
1 1463 GUN DU DESFI LIBBY MCKINNEY 0.00 67.445 0.00 44.094 $1500
2 1464 ROCKVILLE SHARN WORDLEY 0.00 71.440 0.00 45.485 $1000
3 439 MAESTRO ANDREW WELLES 0.00 70.331 0.00 46.478 $500
4 403 QUICK STUDY LAUREN HOUGH 0.00 69.999 0.00 47.105 $350
5 969 TRIOMPHE DE MUZE CHRISTINE MCCREA 0.00 68.329 0.00 47.738 $300
CANDY TRIBBLE & WINDSOR S
6 60 CURIOSO Z PABLO BARRIOS 0.00 68.319 4.00 42.695 $250
RON KRISE AND SPLIT CREEK
7 1338 MARLO JIMMY TORANO 0.00 72.803 4.00 44.954 $225
JIMMY TORANO AND SIR RULY
8 27 VICOMTE D MOLLY ASHE CAWLEY 0.00 71.439 4.00 49.996 $200
9 1465 LICHTEN SPEIL FILIP AMRAN 0.00 69.983 16.00 66.698 $200
10 1223 QUIDAM JUNIOR SHANE SWEETNAM 4.00 67.782 $175
11 411 HIDDEN CREEK'S PASADENA MICHAEL MORRISSEY 4.00 69.637 $150
12 1062 EUROCOMMERCE ROME CHLOE WORMSER 4.00 69.923 $150
Photo Credit: Gun du Desfi and Libby McKinney, winners of the 1.45m Jumpers at the 2007 Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Photo © 2007 Jennifer Wood.
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