Christina Fisher and Hannah Patten Blaze to Blue Ribbons in Rolex Stadium PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lenore Brown-Phillips   
Saturday, 05 August 2017 12:37

Amateurs ruled the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Summer Classic horse show on Friday. Christina Fisher of Atlanta, Georgia, won the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class on Zanzibar in a time of 58.482 seconds, beating out 32 other competitors. In addition, Hannah Patten won her own blue ribbon in the Medium Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper speed class aboard Love. The pair completed the course in a time of 52.632 seconds.

Christina Fisher, a 24-year-old and recent graduate of Georgia Tech, competes in both the hunter and jumper rings with equal success. Though she started riding hunters as a child and only just began competing in the jumpers over the past year, Fisher has wasted no time moving up the divisions. After purchasing Zanzibar a year ago, Fisher has shown the 13-year-old KWPN gelding in both the Low Amateur Jumpers as well as hunter classes including the USHJA hunter derbies. The pair are planning to compete together in the upcoming 2017 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship here at the Kentucky Horse Park in two weeks.

Patten’s win in the Medium Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumpers on Love, her 15-year-old Belgian Sport Horse gelding, is just one of the reasons the 18-year-old from Williamstown, Massachusetts, is having a great two weeks at the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows. In addition to winning on Friday afternoon, Patten cheered on her trainer, Sydney Shulman, and her 9-year-old gelding Curby Du Seigneur to a win in Thursday evening’s $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic.

Patten, who moonlights as the author of the popular lifestyle blog, The Patten Standard, credits her strong bond with Love to her competitive instinct. The pair have been competing together for five years and most recently won the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the Fairfield Hunt Club June Classic.

Coming up on Saturday evening, the Rolex Stadium will play host to the main event of the Kentucky Summer Classic, the $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix. The grand prix event will start promptly at 7 p.m. and feature some of the most competitive grand prix professionals in the country.


Christina Fisher

On her plan in the Low Amateur Speed class:
“To go fast and leave them up.”

On Zanzibar:“I have had him for about a year and this win was special because he has been off since April. This is his first show back. It was a real confidence booster to know that he could walk back in the ring and win.”

On competing in both the hunter and jumpers:
“I do not actually have trouble going from one ring or the other, especially on Zanzibar because I show him in both. I have only been doing the jumpers for a year. The hunters are my first love but the jumpers are quickly gaining.”

Hannah Patten

On Love:
“I have had him since I was 13 and I know him really well because he used to be my grand prix horse. Sydney [Shulman] was very hungry for a win today so she told me to go in there and win so we went for it. I trust him a lot and he has a huge stride so I knew that we could get down the lines without a problem.”

On why she prefers to compete in speed classes:
“I love the speed classes because you can just get down and dirty and take care of business. Love is such a great speed horse because you can start off going as fast as you can but then immediately adjust and make an inside turn that most other riders can’t. Even though he is bigger than almost all of the other horses, he is very rideable.”

On balancing her blog with her riding:
“The only way that I can get everything done is by multitasking. It is not uncommon for me to be on my dirt bike driving in between classes on a conference call or emailing on a trail ride. It only works because this is the millennial world and you can work from anywhere as long as you have a laptop and a cell phone.”


Low Amateur-Owner Jumper
1. Zanzibar / Christina Fisher / Christina Fisher / 0 / 58.482
2. Kentucky Bourbon SCF / Kelly Arani /  Marigot Bay Farm / 0 / 59.115
3. Condor / Margaret Oberkircher / Southfields Farms LLC / 0 / 59.559
4. Darabi / Katherine Bakker / Katherine Bakker / 0 / 59.975
5. Wiolinde / Sarah Clifton Yandell / Sarah Clifton Yandell / 0 / 61.115
6. Esquire / Logan Marksbury / Exstream Sport Horses / 0 / 62.022

Medium Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper
1. Love / Hannah Patten / Hannah Patten / 0 / 52.632
2. Skribbelino / Teri Kessler / Teri Kessler / 0 / 52.774
3. Balio / Michelle Navarro-Grau / Michelle Navarro-Grau / 0 / 53.226
4. Arena Du Pachis / Monica Carrera / Monica Carrera / 0 / 53.799
5. Casanova P.B. / Shanee Herskovitz / Amanda Derbyshire / 0 / 55.159
6. Ecuador / Anna Beth Athey / Anna Beth Athey / 0 / 55.776

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