Fabio Leivas Da Costa Goes One-Two in $5,000 1.45m Open Jumper at Kentucky Spring Classic PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 19 May 2018 12:00
fabioFriday morning at the Kentucky Spring Classic opened with the $5,000 1.45m Open Jumpers to kick off jumper competition in the Rolex Stadium, where 21 athletes were tested over Guilherme Jorge’s (BRA) 14-effort track. Seven horse-and-rider combinations finished clear rounds, followed by an immediate jump-off. Fabio Leivas Da Costa rode to first and second place aboard Bonne Chance Farm LLC’s Kalisto The Music and Randon Pleasure, respectively.

Leivas Da Costa first entered the ring aboard another mount of Bonne Chance Farm LLC, Luziada Jmen, but one rail down ultimately placed the pair in the twelfth position. He later came back to the ring with new mount, Kalisto The Music, a 7-year-old Belgian Warmblood, to produce a clear round in an unbeatable time of 43.715 seconds for the gelding’s first big win. Last to return, Leivas Da Costa rode Randon Pleasure, a 13-year-old Selle Français mare to a quick time of 44.357 seconds to follow just behind his winning time for second place.
Third place was awarded to Karl Cook and Cyrano VDV, a 9-year-old Zangersheide stallion owned by Signe Ostby, with a close time of 44.579 seconds.

Emma Kurtz navigated Chagrin Saddlery LLC’s Carisma, a 10-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare, to the second place finish in 57.616 seconds, and third place was awarded to Riley Newsome and her own Dakar VDL, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion, in a time of 58.834 seconds.

Show jumping competition resumes Saturday morning in the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park with the Low Junior 1.20m Jumper, and will highlight the $131,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3* beginning at 6 p.m.

FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

Fabio Leivas Da Costa – $5,000 1.45m Open Jumper winner

On Kalisto the Music:
“Kalisto the Music is an 8-year-old horse. He’s quite new to the string. We got him last year and he’s been progressing a lot very quickly. This is his first win and first important class. He has a bright future ahead of him.”

On Randon Pleasure:
“We’ve had her for a couple of years. She was very successful with the other rider and I just took over the reins here in Kentucky last week. I have started slowly with her and now I’m looking to step up with her. She’s a very good mare and has a good future.”

On his plans:
“Both horses are going to show in the Langley Nations Cup in Canada and will do the 2* grand prix there. It will be the first international show for Kalisto and my first international with Randon Pleasure.”

Alma Bjorklund – High Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper winner

On her round:
“I was second to go in the class, so basically I figured I would give it a try and he was great. I saw the distances really well today and it was really fun.”

On Flecu:
“He was originally my brother’s horse and he quit riding when he went to college, so I got him and we’ve been getting along really, really well. It’s been super exciting. I’ve been riding him since this fall.”

On showing at the Kentucky Horse Park:
“This is my third year in Kentucky I believe and honestly I love it. It’s beautiful and peaceful and it’s just great for the horses too.”

RESULTS

$5,000 1.45m Open Jumper
Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Faults | Time / R2 Faults | Time
 1. Kalisto The Music / Fabio Leivas Da Costa / 0 | 73.878 / 0 | 43.715
 2. Randon Pleasure / Fabio Leivas Da Costa / 0 | 72.751 / 0 | 44.357
 3. Cyrano VDV / Karl Cook / 0 | 73.232 / 0 | 44.579
 4. Vagabon De La Valle / Pablo Barrios / 0 | 70.078 / 0 | 44.949
 5. Fursina VDM / Pablo Barrios / 0 | 68.610 / 4 | 42.434
 6. Everest / Alexandre Gadelha / 0 | 74.576 / 4 | 46.077
 7. Disaronno VT / Alexis Bowen-Foster / 0 | 74.820 / 12 | 51.975
 8. McGregor / Thomas Cerra / 2 | 77.168
 9. VDL Elliot / Alejandro Karolyi / 4 | 70.710
 10. LCC Incendia / Maria Schaub / 4 | 71.078
 11. Camira / Sarah Segal / 4 | 72.265
 12. Luziada Jmen / Fabio Leivas Da Costa / 4 | 72.452

High Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper
Place / Horse / Rider / Faults | Time
 1. Flecu / Alma Bjorklund / 0 | 57.378
 2. Carisma / Emma Kurtz / 0 | 57.616
 3. Dakar VDL / Riley Newsome / 0 | 58.834
 4. Quite Close VD Smis / Claudia Villamil / 0 | 59.041
 5. Bijzonder / Lacey Gilbertson / 0 | 60.635
 6. Merida 8 / Alma Bjorklund / 0 | 62.716
 7. Atticus Diamant / Gabriela Reutter / 0 | 63.584
 8. Cantero Da Lagoa / Anna Beth Athey / 0 | 68.252
 9. Baloppi / Lacey Gilbertson / 0 | 68.554
 10. Bonita Z / Addison Piper / 0 | 70.121
 11. Luron S Z / Riley Newsome / 4 | 56.624
 12. Sambuka De Lurberri / Teri Kessler / 4 | 61.084
 
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