Professional Hunters Kick Off Second Week of Kentucky Summer Horse Show PDF Print E-mail
Written by Annan Hepner   
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 21:22
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As the second week of the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows begins at the Kentucky Horse Park, professional hunter competitors are eager to secure a division championship. During Tuesday morning’s combined Green Hunter 3’9 and High Performance class, three different horse and rider combinations earned blue ribbons, so the division will be up for grabs when it concludes on Wednesday.

In the first over fences class of the division, Samantha Schaefer and the 8-year-old KWPN gelding In the Know, who is owned by her sister, Madeline Schaefer, came away with the win. The pair arrived early in Kentucky from Westminster, Maryland, to prepare for the Pre-Green Incentive and International Derby Finals later in August. Other top hunters took their turn in the beautiful Stonelea Ring and coming into second place in the first over fences was Erica Quinn aboard CF Partners’ Celtic Fire, a 10-year-old KWPN stallion. Emma Wujek and Raylyn Farms, Inc.’s RF Remarkable, an 8-year-old Oldenburg gelding, received the yellow ribbon.

After returning to the ring for the second over fences, Quinn and Celtic Fire topped the leaderboard. Early in 2016, Celtic Fire was competing in grand prixs, but they decided he would flourish in the derby ring. After only four months of hunter training, the pair won the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Chicago Hunter Derby in 2016. Quinn, who is based in Brookeville, Maryland, wanted to use this week at the Kentucky Horse Summer Show as experience to get ready for the international hunter derby later in two weeks.

For the under saddle class, Brandon Gibson won with Lisa Chaney’s Cristal, 7-year-old Westphalian mare. Quinn and Celtic Fire placed second and Schaefer on In The Know, rounded out the top three. 

On Wednesday, the professional hunter divisions will wrap up, and additional 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 Saturday in the Stonelea Ring.

IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

Erica Quinn – Combined Green Hunter 3’9 & High Performance class, second over fences winner

On Celtic Fire:
“He was super. I think today was two of our most consistent rounds back to back. He was a jumper for a little over a year ago, and we turned him into a hunter. He’s been doing great ever since! He’s really light across the ground, his canter so consistent and rhythmic, and he always makes a really nice effort at the jump. He’s beautiful. I’m happy to get to ride him!”

On training young horses:
“I love seeing the improvement and the progression that the green horses make. From where he was a year ago until now, I love to see the growth and progression.”

Samantha Schaefer – Combined Green Hunter 3’9 & High Performance class, first over fences winner

On In The Know:
“I thought it went really well this morning and overall, I’m really happy with how he went. He jumped nicely. I think I was the only one who jumped 4’ in the combined class, and he’s only 8-year-old, but he does it so easily and in good style. He always tries really hard.”

On the Kentucky Horse Summer Shows:
“So far, I love Kentucky! The footing is perfect, the weather has been great, and the jumps are beautiful. They do a wonderful job managing and keeping everything organized — the management works so well together.”

 
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