Lexington, KY - August 12, 2008 - The Kentucky Summer Classic came to a close Sunday, August 10, 2008. The show was hosted at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park, and managed by Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC. The show featured the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, and the $40,000 RV Sales of Broward Kentucky Classic Grand Prix.
During the $40,000 RV Sales of Broward Kentucky Classic Grand Prix, a member event of the AGA Grand Prix Series, the win went to Margie Engle and Hidden Creek's Pamina L, owned by Hidden Creek Farm of Oak Creek, WI.
Engle and Pamina L went double clear in a time of 32.427. "Pamina is a naturally quick horse. She hadn't done a lot of grand prix, but she did do some speed classes before I got her," explained Engle, "I figured I'd take a shot. I was a little worried about the long gallop to the two-stride because that was tight for me in the first round. I wanted to be quick enough in the rest of the course so I could get to the two-stride slow enough. Her style of going makes the combinations ride very tight."
Engle was one of six to go clear. "It was a little more technical than the other day, but I thought there were going to be a lot more clean then there were," said Engle, "You had a mixture of some experienced horses and experienced riders, and you had some really young horses and some younger riders. It wasn't really big but it was technical, you had rails everywhere."
For the other five who made it to the jump-off, the water did not seem to be a problem. Second place honors went to Joe Fargis and Kimber, owned by Hidden Trail Farm of The Plains, VA. The pair went double clear in a time of 35.131. Third place was awarded to Angel Karolyi and Boxster, owned by Manor Bridge Farm of Elgin, IL. They also went double clear, and did it in a time of 39.526. In fourth place, it was Hillary Simpson and Stedet's Leroy, owned by DK-USA Sport Horse LLC of Durham, NC. They completed the course in a time of 35.470 with a rail at fence 12B, a yellow, blue, and white oxer. Engle came back to pick up the pink ribbon aboard Hidden Creek's Coroya Z, owned by Hidden Creek Farm of Oak Creek, WI. Engle's second jump-off round took 44.969 seconds, with a refusal at fence 4, the stone wall. Rounding out the jump-off in sixth place was Tracey Weinberg and Cromwell, owned by Tracey Weinberg and The Weinberg Brokerage Group of Lovettesville, VA.
The $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic came to an exciting finish, when Tracey Weinberg and Cromwell, owned by Tracey Weinberg and The Weinberg Brokerage Group of Lovettesville, VA captured their first ever grand prix win.
"Cromwell is my first jumper, in the barn we call him El Profesor because he has taught me everything," Weinberg smiled. "I started with him in the low amateurs and he brought me up to the grand prix level." Cromwell is a 13-year-old Holsteiner.
The pair was one of seven to compete in the jump off, and one of two to go clear in both rounds. "When I walked it, it was a little overwhelming, I thought it was tough. I thought Richard, as always, is tricky about where he sticks the verticals in the combinations," said Weinberg. The winning time was 41.220. "The first line, I think I saved some time from 3 to 4, I rode 2 to 3 a little bit wide so I had more room to turn. I jumped the liverpool oxer a little left to right so that I was heading towards the 6 jump on the end. Once I cleared 6, I just wanted to be careful," explained Weinberg. "I sat up for the vertical and drove to the base of the triple bar, and just let him carry me down to the combination. He set himself right up, and he cleared. I thought it was pretty fast."
Second place went to Graf Lando, owned and shown by Meghan Moran of Malvern, PA, with a time of 43.457. They were the only other horse and rider combination to go double clear. Third went to Debbie Stephens and Callaway 4, owned by Centennial Farm of Palmetto, FL. Stephens had the fastest overall time, 39.324, but took a rail down at fence 13A, a yellow and white vertical. Picking up the fourth place award was Joe Fargis and Kimber, owned by Hidden Trail Farm of The Plains, VA. The duo finished in a time of 41.460, and had a rail at the last fence, 13B, an oxer that was the "bogey" fence of the day. Debbie Stephens came back to pick up the pink ribbon on All Star, owned by Centennial Farm of Palmetto, FL with a time of 41.804 and a rail at fence 11, an orange, yellow, and blue vertical. Sixth place went to Geoff Case and Mashaallah, owned by ADBF Inc. of Miami Beach, FL. Case was the first to go clear in the first round, but took a rail down in the jump off, which he rode in 43.003 seconds. Rounding out the jump off in seventh place was Mary Shirley and RMW New Day, owned by Rocky Mountain Warmbloods of Wellington, FL. The pair had rails at fences 2 and 4. They also had trouble at fences 11 and 12, and were excused with two refusals.
The first day of the Kentucky Summer Classic the Walnut Arena hosted the 1.45m jumpers, followed by the 1.40m jumpers. Jorge Zamundio and his mount Ultimo, owned by Stransky's Mission Farm of Hallandale, FL, won the 1.45m class. The pair went double clear in a time of 41.684.
"I'm happy about it. I didn't take too many risks, because there were not too many risks to take. I knew my horse was going to be clear. I galloped a little bit to the two last fences, but I didn't do really tight turns," Zamundio said.
Second place went to Sinatra, owned and shown by Aaron Vale of Ocala, FL. The duo completed the course in a time of 43.665. Third went to Angel Karolyi and Boxter, owned by Alex Jayne of Elgin, IL. The two finished the short course in 50.043 seconds and had 12 jumping faults. Rounding out the jump-off in fourth place was Arturo's Boy, owned by Casey Hodges of Aiken, SC, with Daniel Damen in the irons. They had 25 jumping faults and a time of 63.444.
The next class to show was the 1.40m, scored under table II .1, a timed first round. Sergio Campos and Monkey Du Parc, owned by Dianna Rodolpho of Longwood, FL, won by 0.902 seconds, beating out Angel Karolyi and Galant, owned by Mclain Ward of Brewster, NY.
Campos and Monkey Du Parc had a clean round in a time of 51.654. Karolyi and Galant went clear, and had a second place time of 52.556. "I didn't think I could beat his time with speed, I had to use tighter turns and different angles," Campos said.
Picking up the yellow ribbon in a time of 57.429 was Robert Kraut and Nemo, owned by Meghan Moran of Malvern, PA. Fractions of a second back to fourth place with a time of 57.956 was Joe Fargis and Kimber, owned by Hidden Trail Farm of The Plains, VA.
The pink ribbon went to Hillary Simpson and Stedet's Leroy, owned by DK-USA Sport Horse LLC of Durham, NC in 59.501 seconds. In sixth, with a time of 60.309 was Cromwell and Tracey Weinberg of Lovettsville, VA. 61.105 seconds was the last time on the board, and was good enough to secure seventh place for Jill Knowles and Timberley, owned by Lisa Greenspon of Highland Park, IL. Eighth place went to Quentin Judge and Silvo, owned by Double H Farms of Wellington, FL with a time of 63.530. The last to go clear was Robin Sweely and Coming Star, owned by Acorn Hill Farm of Madison, VA. The pair completed their round in 67.668 seconds.
The last day of the show featured the High Amateur Owner/Junior Jumper Classic. The sun shone down on the Walnut Arena, while six horse and rider combinations vied for first place honors. Coming away with the blue was Julia Lourie and Vivaldi, owned by Spy Coast Farm of East Setauket, NY.
Lourie and Vivaldi were one of two pairs to go double clean, and did so in a time of 40.018. "That horse is the love of my life," Lourie exclaimed. "I give all the credit to him. I had a couple jumps that I didn't help him out as much as I could have, but he covered up all the mistakes I made."
Second place honors went to Tracey Weinberg and Linda Z, owned by Tracey Weinberg and The Weinberg Brokerage Group of Lovettsville, VA. They were the only other pair to go double clear, and did so in a time of 42.629. Third went to Outline and Jennifer Waxman of Chagrin Falls, OH. They completed the jump-off in the fastest time, 34.020 but had a rail down at fence 3, a natural colored oxer. Fourth place was awarded to Magigue Des Vaux and Samantha Tuerk of Wellington, FL. They finished in a time of 36.358, taking down the same rail as Waxman. Coming back to pick up the pink ribbon was Tracey Weinberg. This time Weinberg was aboard Larone, owned by Tracey Weinberg and The Weinberg Brokerage Group of Lovettsville, VA. Their time was 36.954 with a knockdown at fence 4, the stonewall. Rounding out the jump-off, in sixth place, was Alicia Gamboa and Firewater, owned by WCEC LLC of Coral Springs, FL. The pair finished the course in 45.288 seconds, and had some trouble at fences 2, 4, and 12B.
Starting the show were the First Year Green Working Hunters. For the second week in a row Penny Lombardo took home the championship ribbon aboard Bring It On, owned by Ellen St. John of Delray Beach, FL. Lombardo said, "He jumped great today. He did those same kinds of jumps at Devon. He was wonderful and relaxed." The reserve championship award went to Bob Crandall on Sigal, owned by Caroline Gottwald of Richmond, VA.
Next to go in the Stonelea Ring were the Green Conformation Hunters. Terry Brown, of Canton, GA, also took home her second championship prize with her horse Tasty. Brown was very happy with the course Murphy designed. "I liked the course design, it keeps the horses interested. I think the horses like jumping natural obstacles." Brown added, "This week Tasty jumped a little sharper. He was a little fitter. I was very pleased."
Megan Udelson, of Russell, OH, and her mount, All The Best, took home the reserve championship award in the Green Conformation Hunters. They then went on to garner the championship tricolor in the Second Year Green Working Hunters. Beyond Belief, owned by Marian Giffen of Moorpark, CA, and Geoff Case took home the reserve championship ribbon in the Second Year Green Working Hunters.
Kelly Farmer had a very good day in the Regular Conformation Hunters, winning the championship and reserve championship prizes. The championship ribbon was awarded to Mio, owned by Rosalie Morton of Charlottesville, VA, and reserve championship was awarded to His Splendor, owned by Christine Macalla.
The final professional division was the Regular Working Hunters. Haven Schatt and Olivier, owned by Pinecroft LLC and Annie Frazier of Wellington, FL, had a clean sweep of the division, winning all the blue ribbons and the championship tricolor. The reserve championship award went to The New Yorker, owned by Christine Biederman of Dallas, TX, with Jordan Siegel in the irons.
On the third day of competition the first division of the day was the Small 15 and Under Junior Hunters. Victoria Colvin put in excellent rounds aboard Trousseau, owned by Scott Stewart of Wellington, FL, and rode away with the championship award. Paulena Johnson, of Bristol, VA, and her mount, Davis Cup, came away with the reserve championship prize.
The next to compete were the Large 15 and Under Junior Hunters. Gatsby jumped beautifully across the natural obstacles with Colleen Holton, of Hillard, OH, in the irons, to secure the championship tricolor. The reserve championship prize was presented to Ali Boone, of Lexington, KY, and Mactier.
The third division of the day in the Stonelea Ring was the Large 16-17 Junior Hunters. Caroline Gottwald, of Richmond, VA, and Red Moon successfully garnered the championship ribbon.Â The reserve championship tricolor was awarded to Katherine Newman and All The Answers, owned by Sherri Crawford of Atlanta, GA. Newman took home the reserve championship prize in the next division, the Small 16-17 Junior Hunters, this time aboard Lifetime Guarantee, owned by Craig Shegog of Lexington, KY.
Jennifer Waxman, of Chargin Falls, OH, and Zoom earned the championship prize in the Small 16-17 Junior Hunters. Waxman also rode Zoom in the $20,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby last week during the Kentucky Summer Classic, and finished in the top twelve. "Today was good. He likes the natural obstacles. I thought it was nice to do a little bit of a change, something different in the hunters is always nice," said Waxman."
Next, junior riders competed in the Indoor Arena in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal and the ASPCA Maclay.
Barri Platt took home the blue ribbon during the USEF Hunter Seat Medal on her mount Isis, owned by Don Stewart of Ocala, FL. "My first round felt pretty good. It was forward and she had a great pace to all the jumps," said Platt. She was the first rider to take the inside turn from the five-stride line to the two-stride. "I think if you're going in to win you might as well do whatever is most difficult."
Chelsea Huss rode Collin, owned by Jason Schnelle of Collierville, TN, in the class and took the red ribbon. Third place was awarded to Brian Stucky and Grand Traverse, owned by Robert Stucky of Cherryville, NC. Katherine Lee Gay and Chesterfield's Finally Found, owned by Elizabeth Morgan Gay of Carrollton, GA, had an unfortunate stop at the trop jump, and received fourth place honors.
The next class in the Indoor Arena was the ASPCA Maclay. Riders started with a bending line, followed by a single oxer on the diagonal. Then they rode to the two-stride line, continuing to the five-stride diagonal line. Riders finished over a long, three-fence, bending line.
The winner of the class was Danielle Menker with Countdown, owned by Margie Engle of Wellington, FL. Andrew Farless of Novi, MI, and Strictly Business took home the red ribbon. Third place honors went to Caroline Donnally aboard The New Yorker, owned by Christine Biederman of Dallas, TX.
On the final day of competition riders competed in the $1000 WIHS/NAL Children's Hunter Classic. The day's top score went to Shelby Benjamin, of Lake Forest, IL, and Amor Van Den Hoendrik. During the first round Benjamin received the high score of 85. She returned for the second round and received a score of 83, leaving her with an overall score of 168.
Today's second place ribbon went to Kaitlyn King and Kiss Me Quick, owned by Morgan Rusnak of Menton, OH. King was fourth after the first round with a score of 79.5. She had an excellent second trip earning a score of 83, for a total of 162.5. The third place prize was awarded to Meehan Shirey aboard Hadij, owned by Alison Register. Shirey earned a first round score of 82, and followed with a second round score of 79, totaling 161 points.
The Kentucky Horse Park will host the 2008 Pony Finals this week, followed by the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show and the KHJA Horse Show.
For more information on the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please go to http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com
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