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Rio Renoir and Lucerne Take Top Honors in Pro Finals at Legacy Cup

Tammy Provost Wins Walter J Lee Trophy

May 13, 2006 I was holding my breath until the end because I knew there were several good horses after me, commented a jubilant Nicole Simpson after she rode Rio Renoir to win the Pro 36 Finals in the Legacy Cup on Saturday, May 12. Winner of the Restricted Pro 36 Finals was Kristi Cardalico riding Lucerne, owned by Rachel Udelson. The Legacy Cup is part of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows taking place in Lexington, KY, through May 19.

Riders had to qualify to compete in the Finals by first riding in the Thursdays Pro 36 Go Round. That class was won by Violets Are Blue ridden by Jennifer Alfano and owned by Helen Lenehan. Winner of the $500 36 Restricted Pro Go Round was De-Lovely ridden by Chris Cawley and owned by Claudine Laserjohn. Lucerne was 2nd. The Walter J. Lee Trophy for the professional rider accumulating the most money in the Pro divisions was presented to Tammy Provost after she totaled $7,754 in winnings. The purse for the Pro 36 division totaled $10,200, with $8,700 allocated to the Finals. The winning horse received $3,178.

The Legacy Cup is unique in that it focuses on being different than the other typical Hunter classes. Riders receive more money and prizes thanks to an add-back format and the support of sponsors. Bryan Baldwin/Meralex Farm sponsored the Pro 36 Finals. Mr. & Mrs. Rush Weeden sponsored the $3,000 36 Restricted Finals. The $1,500 Pro 36 Go Round sponsor was Lynn Jayne/Our Day Farm. McQuay Stables sponsored the $500 Restricted Pro Go Round. Gifts to the horses and riders were thanks to Personalized Products, Essex Classics and Malvern Saddlery. The Pro Finals jacket awarded to the winner was sponsored by Stacey Lefton Glick.

RIO RENOIR ALWAYS A CHAMPION

Winning is not new to Rio Renoir who has dominated Hunter classes for years. So it was no surprise when even though he placed 22nd in the Go Round he went on to win the Finals.

Hes beautiful and so fun to ride, explained Simpson. He has a great canter and when he jumps he feels like he wraps his knees around his head. Hes very animated and has a great expression.

Simpson couldnt say enough nice things about the eight-year-old, 16.3H, bay, Canadian Sport Horse gelding (by Rio Grande) adding, Hes real brave and rises to the occasion. When he goes in the ring he pricks his ears and looks and feels like he is enjoying himself.

Even with all that talent under her Nicole knew that there were a lot of great Hunters in this Finals round and she waited patiently to see if anyone could surpass her score of 265. I knew it wasnt over until it was over but he did his best in this class and you cant ask for more than that.

Not only is Rio good in the show ring but hes great in the barn. Hes like a big pony and hes spoiled. He also knows when hes been good.

While Nicole has ridden many Hunters over the years more recently she has been seen in the Jumper arena and has even represented the U.S. abroad, including at the 2002 World Equestrian Games. Yet she was glad to get back into the Hunter arena. It was fun to do it again it felt like a blast from the past and you never mind when you have quality horses to ride. And the Hunters are nice because it keeps you smooth, helps maintain your style and its great practice, added Nicole after her first Legacy Cup experience.

Nicole especially appreciated the fact that the Legacy Cup takes place indoors, which is something the Hunters dont generally do until the Fall Indoor Circuit. Its great to be able to take advantage of an indoor venue. It helps prepare for the Fall Circuit and they do a first class job at this event.

LUCERNE DOMINATES IN RESTRICTED PRO 36 FINALS

Lucerne had finished the Junior Hunters earlier in the day before competing in the Pro 36 Restricted Finals and he was just a little tired. So, Krista didnt have to do very much in the warm-up arena as he was already prepped. We kept it very simple, she explained.

They entered as the next to last Restricted Pro combination to compete (with only De-Lovely to go) and Krista admitted she was a little nervous. Yet in the end the 10-year-old, bay, Warmblood gelding continued his winning form.

The course had a nice flow to it and he has a very nice form over the fences, explained Krista about the horse who loves candy, but is not pushy about getting some.

He loves the indoors, she added. It makes him feel like its a little more special. For Krista it was the second day in a row in the Winners Circle as she had won the Restricted Pro 3 Finals just the day before on Manolo and the year before on Say the Word.

Im really excited because I didnt expect this much and now Im looking forward to next year.

ABOUT THE LEGACY CUP

The two-week Legacy Cup was developed to benefit the show hunter sport with a unique format, unprecedented rewards and a pleasant environment to showcase the hunters. It is the brainchild of the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation, Inc. (AHJF).

The Legacy Cup includes two professional and two non-pro divisions; one at 3' and one at 3'6" and the Legacy Cup Pony Hunter Division. In addition the format allows for multiple awards within each class and division. Each division has a Go Round and a Finals.

Each Go Round offers a guaranteed purse of $1,500. Go Rounds rank the top 25 horses for a clean slate Final. The 2007 Legacy Cup entry fee is $400 of which 50% goes directly to the division purse and 50% to the AHJF for the expenses associated with the event. In addition the Legacy Cup Committee committed an added purse of $13,000.

For more information about the Legacy Cup and complete results and photos visit http://www.legacycup.com or contact the AHJF (335 Lancaster Street, West Boylston, MA 01583-0369), Phone: 508-835-8813, http://www.ahjf.com, email: ahjf@earthlink.net.



Results of 4 PRO 36 FINALS 27 Qualifiers

Kentucky Spring Horse Show - May 12, 2007

Judges- Team #1: Matt Collins, Joe Darby; 2: Gary Duffy, Bobbie Reber, 3: Betsy Perry, Phillip DeVita

PLC HORSE/RIDER OWNER/HOMETOWN SCORE MONEY





1 RIO RENOIR

Nicole Simpson, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Brad Wolf

Memphis, TN 265.000 $3,178.00



2 JUST JACK

Havens Schatt, Ocala, FL Caroline Moran

Wellington, FL 263.000 $1,368.00



3 TOMMY BAHAMA

Rob Bielefeld, Wellington, FL Laurie Stevens

Boca Raton, FL 257.000 $744.00



4 ROCK STAR

Jennifer Alfano, Buffalo, NY Bright Star

Buffalo, NY 253.000 $620.00



5 GIRLSCOUT

Rob Bielefeld, Wellington, FL Robert Fisher & Brett Carter

Amerlia Island, FL 252.500 $496.00



6 VIOLETS ARE BLUE

Jennifer Alfano, Buffalo, NY Helen Lenahan

Buffalo, NY 252.000 $372.00



7 SAVING GRACE

Ken Smith, Wellington, FL Grace Stuntz

Alexandria, VA 252.000 $310.00



8 CALL IT ART

Chris Payne, Cincinnati, OH Jordan Baird

Cincinnati, OH 244.750 $248.00



9 PARAMOUNT

Rob Bielefeld, Wellington, FL Lilly Zarrella

Rochester, NY 243.000 $186.00



10 LIANA

Havens Schatt, Ocala, FL Carol & Jan O'Donnell

Hingham, MA 241.000 $186.00



Results of 12 RESTRICTED PRO 36 FINALS

Kentucky Spring Horse Show - May 12, 2007

Judges- Team #1: Matt Collins, Joe Darby; 2: Gary Duffy, Bobbie Reber, 3: Betsy Perry, Phillip DeVita

PLC HORSE/RIDER OWNER/HOMETOWN SCORE MONEY





1 LUCERNE

Kristi Cardalico, Lake Worth, FL Rachel Udelson

Russell, OH 225.000 $1,400.00



2 CARNEGIE

Amanda Thomas, St. Louis, MO Gale Theis

St. Louis, MO 212.000 $640.00



3 LANCE

Chrystal Knight, Wellington, FL Robert Fisher

Amelia Island, FL 195.000 $300.00



4 DE-LOVELY

Chris Cawley, Westport, Ct Claudine Laserjohn

New Cannan, CT 132.000 $180.00



5 INSTRUMENTAL

Holly Stanley, Poughkeepsie, NY Louisa Manfredi Batki

Fayetteville, NY EL $120.00



Walter J. Lee Trophy

Tammy Provost - $7,754 in winnings



PHOTO: Rio Renoir riden by Nicole Simpson at the Legacy Cup, DeRosaPhoto

 

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