|Gogul, Goguen and Shulman Top Professional Hunters at Kentucky Summer Classic|
|Written by Annan Hepner|
|Wednesday, 03 August 2016 11:38|
Day One of the Kentucky Summer Classic Horse Show kicked off Tuesday with the professional hunter divisions in the Stonelea. To start off the day, Jeff Gogul and Stadium Horses LLC’s Cortes won both of the over fences in the Green Conformation Hunter division, while Jason Schnelle on Calena won the Green Conformation Hunter division under saddle class.
“I was very happy with how Cortes was today,” Gogul said. “The lines were more open than they were at our previous competition, so we made a bit of an adjustment between my rounds, and round two went even better! He is getting stronger and going better and better as the season progresses.
“Cortes is so brave and we have worked on getting him straighter and stronger because he is still pretty young,” Gogul continued.
Gogul of Cleveland, Ohio has been riding the 6-year-old Westphalian gelding for two seasons and he is thrilled with his progression. The pair will continue to show in Kentucky throughout August.
“I’ve been coming to the Kentucky Horse Park since I was 16 so it feels like a second home,” Gogul concluded.
Tim Goguen of Lexington, Kentucky, won an over fences class and placed second in the under saddle and the other over fences class in the Second Year Green Hunter division on Garland Alban’s Capella.
“He is very scopey and jumps well,” Goguen said. “I’m so happy with today, the round was very fluid. He went beautifully.”
The pair competed together last year and they are no strangers to blue ribbons. He was reserve champion at Capital Challenge in the First Year Hunter Division. The 8-year-old gelding also competes with his owner in the amateur divisions and they were champions at Traverse City earlier in this year.
“I could not be happier with him,” Goguen continued. “I hope he performs tomorrow as great as he did today!”
The day wrapped up with the High Performance Working Hunters where Sydney Shulman and DK-USA Sporthorse’s Cosmeo won blue ribbons in both over fences classes and a second place ribbon in the under saddle class. Linda Radigan and Shangri-La Stables’ Geppetto won the under saddle class in the division. Shulman and Cosmeo won last week’s Visse Wedell Grand Hunter Championship in the professional division.
“I thought he was great,” Shulman said. “He jumped really well, but a bit more fresh than I would have liked for the first day. He was similar to our rounds last week because he came in today a little tense, but I thought he jumped better this round though. He gets better and better the more he goes. He is incredible!”
Shulman, 21, is based in Greenwich, Connecticut, and she is appreciative of his owners for allowing her to ride the talented 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion who had experience competing in the 1.40m-1.45m jumper classes in Europe.
“They sent me a video of Cosmeo in November while they were looking to buy a horse in Europe and I thought ‘Oh he is an amazing jumper!’” Shulman explained. “When they imported him I was so excited they called me to be his rider.”
Though he has experience in the jumpers, Shulman believes he has found his calling in the High Performance Hunter division.
“I really like him as a hunter,” Shulman explained. “For me, he’d be a bit too slow in the air for a jumper; he gets too round and high to be very successful as a jumper, but he is great for the hunters. He likes his job and he keeps getting better and better. I am really looking forward to his future.”
In the Regular Conformation Hunter division, Molly Sewell and Jamie Stryker’s Upcountry Charmer won the first over fences round, while Tim Goguen and Belhaven Stables LLC’s Ransom won the second over fences round and the under saddle class.
Highlight events during the Kentucky Summer Classic include the$25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, the $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix presented by GGT Footing and the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 August 2016 11:43|