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.
Course designer Philip Devita (USA) challenged the amateur athletes to a course of seven fences, which utilized a number of roll back turns throughout the track. After all seven horse-and-rider combinations completed the track, the top four athletes with the highest scores returned to be tested in a flat phase of competition, as requested by the judge.

Second place was captured by Jennifer Speisman and Big Star with a score of 82. The pair dominated during the Kentucky Spring Horse Show the previous week, taking home first place in the Ariat National Adult Medal. Lily Walton and her own Callahan placed third with 79 points.

Hunter competition at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show will continue on Saturday morning in the Stonelea Ring at 8 a.m. with the Large Junior Hunters, and in the Claiborne Ring with the Adult Amatuer-Owner 50 and Over Hunters.

FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

On Devout:
“My horse’s barn name is Tyco, but his show name is Devout. He is so much fun. He is truly the most fun horse that I’ve ever ridden. He is extremely broke. He is 16 years old so I’m very lucky to have had him for the last two and a half years. He just really does anything that I ask, he is so good.”

On Kentucky Horse Shows:
“I’m a Lexington native so Kentucky Horse Shows are always great because they’re really convenient. Occasionally we’ll go to Tennessee or Ohio but we’re so lucky to have so many amazing and well-done shows right here at the [Kentucky Horse Park]. I hope that everyone that comes to these shows enjoys them as much as I do!”

RESULTS

Ariat National Adult Medal
Place / Horse / Rider / Score
 1. Devout / Larissa Hufnagel / 83
 2. Big Star / Jennifer Speisman / 82
 3. Callahan / Lily Walton / 79
 4. Beau Solei / Kendahl Prokop / 78
 5. Crescendo / Meredith Frank / 73
 6. Cool 1 / Sarah Donatelli / 68
 7. La Dolce Vita / Alexa Sciortino / 40
 
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