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Kevin Babington Claims Second Consecutive National Grand Prix Victory With Mark Q to Close Kentucky Spring Horse Shows PDF Print E-mail
Written by Barre Dukes   
Monday, 21 May 2018 11:52
KevinThe final day of the Kentucky Spring Classic concluded jumper competition in the Rolex Stadium with the $35,000 Bluegrass Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington, to close out the spring horse show series. Course designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA) tested 31 athletes across his 16-efforts track, but Ireland’s Kevin Babington (IRL) was the only double-clear pathfinder with Mark Q to claim his second consecutive National Grand Prix victory of the series.

The technical track only saw four clear rounds consisting of just three different riders as Babington directed two mounts to the jump-off. Babington first entered the second round aboard his own Double O Seven 7, but with one rail the pair ended on four faults in a time of 43.260 seconds, to be overtaken and they finished in fourth place.
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Jordan Allen and Eclypse Eliminate Competition to Win $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby PDF Print E-mail
Written by Callie Clement   
Monday, 21 May 2018 11:49
jordanThe final day of the Kentucky Spring Classic saw hunter competitors vying for the top prize in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by the World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows. Twenty-five horse-and-rider combinations entered the Stonelea Ring with hopes of capturing the top prize, but no one could catch Jordan Allen and Eclypse, who claimed first place with a total score of 184.

The first round of competition asked athletes to demonstrate their skills over a lengthy course which involved bending lines and multiple combinations. After all 25 horse-and-rider teams completed their course, the top 12 athletes who scored an 80.5 or higher were asked to return for a second handy round. During the handy round horses demonstrated their horse’s handiness by executing tight turns and a trot fence was also added to the course.
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Fabio Leivas Da Costa Goes One-Two in $5,000 1.45m Open Jumper at Kentucky Spring Classic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Barre Dukes   
Saturday, 19 May 2018 12:00
fabioFriday morning at the Kentucky Spring Classic opened with the $5,000 1.45m Open Jumpers to kick off jumper competition in the Rolex Stadium, where 21 athletes were tested over Guilherme Jorge’s (BRA) 14-effort track. Seven horse-and-rider combinations finished clear rounds, followed by an immediate jump-off. Fabio Leivas Da Costa rode to first and second place aboard Bonne Chance Farm LLC’s Kalisto The Music and Randon Pleasure, respectively.

Leivas Da Costa first entered the ring aboard another mount of Bonne Chance Farm LLC, Luziada Jmen, but one rail down ultimately placed the pair in the twelfth position. He later came back to the ring with new mount, Kalisto The Music, a 7-year-old Belgian Warmblood, to produce a clear round in an unbeatable time of 43.715 seconds for the gelding’s first big win. Last to return, Leivas Da Costa rode Randon Pleasure, a 13-year-old Selle Français mare to a quick time of 44.357 seconds to follow just behind his winning time for second place.
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Larissa Hufnagel and Devout Dominate in the Ariat Adult National Medal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Barre Dukes   
Saturday, 19 May 2018 11:55
AdultHunter competition in the Claiborne Ring began Friday with the Ariat National Adult Medal taking place at the Kentucky Horse Park. A total of seven horse-and-rider combinations put their skills to the test on a cool Kentucky morning, but it was Larissa Hufnagel and Devout who put in the best effort to take home the top prize.

A Lexington native, Hufnagel often frequents the Kentucky Horse Park with her veteran partner, 16-year-old Devout. The pair earned their blue ribbon in the class by putting in the highest first round score of 83.
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Andy Kocher and Kahlua Capture Back-to-Back Wins at Kentucky Spring Classic With $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3* PDF Print E-mail
Written by Barre Dukes   
Friday, 18 May 2018 13:13
ANDYThursday evening at the Kentucky Horse Park once again welcomed the $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*, the second event in the seven-part series, sponsored by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. The audience of the Rolex Stadium watched 61 starters over Guilherme Jorge’s (BRA) 16-effort course as an impressive 16 horse-and-rider combinations delivered clear rounds, but once again Andy Kocher (USA) and Kahlua could not be caught and the pair captured their second consecutive win of the Kentucky Spring Classic.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 May 2018 13:19
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