Young Jumpers Highlight Opening Day at 111th Annual Monmouth County Horse Show
Freehold, NJ – August 16, 2006 - The 111th Annual Monmouth County Horse Show kicked off under gorgeous sunny skies and warm temperatures at East Freehold Park in Freehold, New Jersey on Wednesday. A full day of jumper action in the Stillwell-Hansen Arena was highlighted by the Young Jumper Division.
Blake Alder of Germantown, Tennessee, is designing the courses for the second year in a row at the Monmouth County Horse Show.
In the Five Year Old Young Jumpers, scored under the USEF Optimum Time format, Mexico City’s Simon Nizri emerged victorious with Coronado Citizen, crossing the finish line 3.706 off of the optimum time. Kate Gerhart and Utmost ISF, owned by Cathy Gerhart, finished second. Third went to Leister HB and owner/rider Claude Manuel.
“I got him when he was three years old,” said Nizri. “I broke him and brought him along in Mexico, and we shipped him in two weeks ago. Today was his first day in the ring here in the United States.”
Nizri said that he really has high hopes for this youngster. “He’s a great young horse. I think he has a lot of potential, and I really enjoy riding him,” he said. “I’m very excited about him.”
In the Six Year Old Jumper Class, the scoring was Table II, Sec 2(b), Time First Jump-Off. Five starters went to the post, and when the dust cleared it was Callan Solem taking home the top prize with Peter Ruig’s Torsinaa. Solem blazed home in 25.480 seconds for the win. Kevin Babington and Mel were just off the pace in second. The Irishman broke the beams in 26.029. Kate Gerhart was third with Timo, owned by Cathy Gerhart. Her time was 26.720 seconds.
“I know that she’s very careful, so I just wanted to try and be neat everywhere, but not crazy fast,” said Solem after the victory gallop. “I wanted her to be solid and get in a good practice for the Hamptons. She’s really mature as far as turning back, so I’m sure that’s where I had a bit of an edge in today’s class.”
“She showed here as a five year old last year and did quite well. She did the Five Year Old Young Jumper Finals at the Hampton Classic last year, and she’ll go back again this year as a six year old,” explained Solem. “I think she’s second or third right now in the national standings.”
“She from VDL,” Solem added. “Peter Ruig, the owner, sent her to me before her five year old year. He bought her from VDL when she was six months old. So, this is my second year with her, and I really like her a lot. She’s such a great horse.”
In the 7/8 Year Old Young Jumpers the scoring was again Table II, Sec 2(b). The class featured nine starters, and was highlighted by a battle between Argentina and Ireland. Ireland’s Kevin Babington with two horses and Ramiro Quintana of Argentina with five had the bulk of today’s starting field. The Irish contingent was on their feet as Babington raced home a winner in the final class of the afternoon. Riding Paige Henderson’s Correlli, Babington outdistanced Quintana for the blue ribbon, tripping the timers in 24.131 seconds. Quintana, aboard Kathryn Quirk’s Orlana, finished up in 25.879 seconds. Babington finished third on Audience of One, owned by Frank Wood Transportation. The third place time was 26.248 seconds. Quintana was fifth, seventh, eighth, and ninth. Nona Garson slipped in for sixth.
“She’s naturally a very fast horse,” said Babington. “She’s comfortable going fast. So I really didn’t have a plan for the tiebreaker. I just let her go at her natural jump-off rhythm, and when I do that she’ll usually be in the top two or three.”
Was Babington worried about the five chances Quintana had today? “With that mare, if you leave the jumps up, she’s pretty hard to beat. So, I was confident that she could win no matter who was in the class,” he said with a smile.
“She came over from Michael Whitaker and I sold her to Paige Henderson,” he explained. “I showed her a bit in Florida. She won a class down there, and then she won three 7 Year Old qualifiers over the summer. So we’ll take her on to the Finals, and then Paige will be showing her.”
Tomorrow at the Monmouth County Horse Show, for the first time ever, the show will offer a Thursday Grand Prix competition. “Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Paul Miller Automotive Saab/Land Rover of Woodbridge, we’re able to offer this class,” said Show Manager Leo Conroy. “This is in addition to the $30,000 Stillwell Hansen Grand Prix on Sunday. With this new class, we feel we’ve really upgraded our jumper division at Monmouth this year.” Thirty-five competitors will go to the post in tomorrow’s 3 p.m.
RESULTS – Class 156 Young Jumpers - 7/8 Year Old –Time First Jump-Off
1 – Correlli-Paige Henderson-Kevin Babington0-0/24.131
2 – Orlana-Kathryn Quirk-Ramiro Quintana-0-0/25.879
3 – Audience of One-Frank Wood Transportation-Kevin Babington-0-026.248
RESULTS – Class155 Young Jumpers – 6 Year Old – Time First Jump-off\
1 – Torsinaa-PeterRuig-Callan Sollem-0-0/25.480
2 – Mel – Kevin Babington – 0-0/26.029
3 – Timo – Cathy Gerhart-Kate Gerhart-0-026.720
RESULTS – Class 154 Young Jumpers – 5 Year Olds – Table II Sec 2(b)
1 – Coronado Citizen-Simon Nizri-Simon Nizri-0-0/30.706
2 – Utmost ISF- Cathy Gerhart-Kate Gerhart-0-0/30.942
3 – Leister HB – Claude Manuel- Claude Manuel-0-8/30.715
PHOTO CREDIT: Simon Nizri and Coronado Citizen were victorious on opening day of the 111th Annual Monmouth County Horse Show ©2006 Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports.com
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