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Gayle Cox and Dubari Celebrate Championship in Amateur-Owner 35 & Over Hunters at Kentucky Spring Classic

Lexington, KY - May 18, 2008 - After a night of rain, the sun came out this morning at the Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show. Riders enjoyed the change of weather on the last day of competition, and the Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions started the day in the Stonelea Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Top honors went to Gayle Cox of Adkins, TX, and Dubari when they took home the Amateur-Owner 35 & Over Hunter Championship award. John Ingram of Nashville, TN, and Pilgrim received the reserve championship ribbon after four beautiful trips.

"The courses rode really well," Cox beamed. "With all the rain and everything, the footing was still pretty good. I can't complain. My horse is just really soft, and she tries really hard. She's lovely to ride. Even bad trips don't feel that bad on her. She's so forgiving. She and I just really have a great bond together."

Although this is Dubari's first season in America, Cox is thrilled with the 9-year-old Westphalian mare's progress. "She was bought for me by Shane Jordan. He found her over in Europe. He called me and said, 'You have to have this one. This one is perfect for you,'" Cox explained. "I did a couple of adult hunter shows with her at the end of last year. She really has kind of come over and just fallen right into the whole hunter scene. They don't do the hunters over in Europe, so sometimes they come over and have a hard time adjusting. She's really starting to fit right into it and know what her job is. It's fun."

She continued, "I started riding with Will Roberts, who rode my mare in the First Year Greens. I started riding with him and Joan Waterman just this winter, and they've just been incredibly great about preparing us to move up to the 3'6''. It's been a lot of fun with them, and I want them have the credit for where she's going and how well she's doing. They've really been instrumental with me, taking an old event rider and making me a hunter rider," Cox laughed. "They're doing a great job, and I want to give them the credit they deserve."

The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows are one of Cox's favorite stops on the circuit. "I love coming here. There's just no doubt that this is one of the best places to show," she grinned. "There are very few places, given the two weeks of rain, where you can still enjoy yourself. This is one of them. The horses relax here. I've never had a bad show here." Cox hopes to continue on to Colorado, Culpeper, and the Indoors shows, where she has never shown before.

Earlier in the day, the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters competed. Dawn Fogel of Louisville, KY, and Grandeur earned the championship trophy. The reserve championship ribbon went to Clara Lindner and Hush, owned by All Seasons Farm of Wellington, FL.

The pony divisions also awarded championship and reserve championship tricolors today. The Large Pony Hunter Championship went to Lulu Farish riding Royal Seven, owned by Lanes End of Versailles, KY. Emma Roberts of Houston, TX, and What-A-Bean were the reserve champions.

Northwinds Indian Summer, owned by Riverview Farm of Franklin, TX, was champion in the Medium Pony Hunters with Virginia Ingram in the irons. Meredith Darst and All About Me, owned by Megan Davis of Lutherville, MD, earned the reserve championship ribbon.

Finally, in the Small Pony Hunters, Aqua Bay Beach Baby, owned by Tara Spencer, and Katherine Johnson garnered the championship trophy. Uh Oh Spaggetti O's and Alexandria Lach of Cincinnati, OH, took home the reserve championship award.

Today was the final day of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. Starting July 30th, 2008, the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows will kick off at the Kentucky Horse Park.

For more information on the Kentucky Spring Classic, please go to http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Photo: Gayle Cox and Dubari. Photo (C) 2008 Rebecca Walton. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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