Jaime Gibson and Cora Claim Grand Open Hunter Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Annan Hepner   
Friday, 28 July 2017 11:51

As hunter competition continued on the second day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, Jaime Gibson of Ocala, Florida, rode the 9-year-old mare Cora to the Grand Open Hunter Championship. Owned by Debbie Smith of Beverly Hills, Florida, Cora won two over fences class and the handy, and placed second in an over fences and the undersaddle class in the Green Conformation Hunter division. They picked the division’s championship prize alongside Tim Goguen, who tied for the title with Garland Alban’s Decoy.

 Gibson started riding the talented mare during the winter season and the pair competed in the Ocala circuit and at Devon before heading to the Kentucky Horse Park for their biggest win to date.

 The Grand Open Hunter Championship is sponsored by Visse Wedell of Wedell Real Estate. Earlier this year she noted, “I sponsor all of the Grand Hunter Championships at Kentucky Horse Park because I think it’s important to go back in history where they used to do it a lot. They don’t do it at a lot of horse shows anymore and I thought that it would be a nice thing for riders to go home with a trophy.”

Additional Grand Hunter Championships will be awarded later this week to the top Amateur-Owner, Junior and Children’s Hunters. Additional hunter highlights include the $5,000 World Equestrian Center/Kentucky Horse Shows USHJA National Hunter Derby on Sunday in the Stonelea Ring.


On Cora: “Cora is a very special mare that likes to show off. She’s so much fun to ride and she jumps great. She walks in and knows it’s business. She’s only 15.3 hands, so she’s little, but a pleasure to watch because she is smooth and very handy.”

About the Kentucky Horse Shows “I’ve been competing here for probably 10 years. The jumps in Kentucky are great, the rings are fantastic, everyone is nice and it’s such a fun place to come for a horse show.”


Green Hunter 3’6 & 3’9

Champion: Tim Goguen and Perhaps

Reserve: Kelly Mullen and Capisce


Green Hunter 3’3

Champion: Katherine Newman and Dandelion

Reserve: Christopher Payne and Show Me


Green Hunter 3’0

Champion: Jeff Gogul and Best of Me

Reserve: Jeff Gogul and Just Ask


Green Conformation Hunters

Champion: Jaime Gibson and Cora

Champion: Tim Goguen and Decoy


High Performance Conformation Hunters

Champion: Kathryn Haley and Outshine

Champion: Jennifer Waxman and Splendid


High Performance Hunters

Champion: Tim Goguen and Clever

Reserve: Robert Crandall and On The Slye


Performance Hunters 3’6

Champion: Jeff Gogul and Small Gesture

Reserve: Christopher Payne and Scripted


Performance Hunters 3’3

Champion: Christopher Payne and Park Place

Reserve: Christopher Payne and Portofino


USHJA 2’6 Hunter

Champion A: Christopher Payne and To The Point

Reserve A: Molly Sewell and Zorroco

Champion B: Christopher Payne and Lifeline

Reserve B: Sarah Sturges and Spot On


Baby Green Hunter

Champion: Jeff Gogul and Kashmir

Reserve: Jennifer Waxman and Conor


Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter

Champion: Jaime Gibson and Beyond Comparison

Reserve: Dale Dinsmore and Winning Aptitude

Last Updated on Friday, 28 July 2017 11:58
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