Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 Capture 1.45m Open Jumper Victory at Kentucky Spring Classic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Walton   
Thursday, 16 May 2013 11:25
AbigailThe heat was on as the Kentucky Spring Classic got underway today at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.  Five riders produced double clear rounds during the 1.45m Open Jumpers, but it was the last do so that proved to be the fastest. Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20 broke the beam at 30.378 seconds for the win by 3/10ths of a second over Reed Kessler and Soraya De L’Obstination. Earlier in the day, Pablo Barrios took home his second blue ribbon in a row during the 1.40m Open Jumpers speed class with Colgate. 

Today’s 1.45m Open Jumper track was created by Conrad Homfeld and featured a long bending line to begin, as well as a vertical-oxer-vertical triple combination and an oxer-vertical double combination. Nine competitors advanced to the jump-off, where they began with a bending line to the double combination, before rolling back to two oxers and finishing over vertical near the gate. 
Kelley Farmer Kicks Off Kentucky Spring Classic With Clean Sweep of Conformation Hunters PDF Print E-mail
Written by Emily Riden   
Thursday, 16 May 2013 11:22

Clear, sunny skies and lush Kentucky bluegrass welcomed riders back to the Kentucky Horse Park for week two of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. The Kentucky Spring Classic runs today through May 19 and attracts the best of the best for five days of ‘AA’ rated hunter competition. Among those leading riders are Kelley Farmer and Shawn Casady, both of whom topped the leader board today.  

 After a successful first week in Kentucky, Farmer returned to the Stonelea Ring to kick things off by sweeping all four of the day’s Conformation Hunter classes with Skorekeeper, owned by Larry Glefke and Quail Run Partnership of Keswick, VA.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 11:24
Shawn Casady Leads Hallway Feeds National Hunter Derby Series PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Walton   
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:35

ShawnThe Kentucky Spring Horse Shows began on Wednesday, May 8, 2013,  and one of the highlight events was the kick-off of the 2013 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series. The Hallway Feeds Series consists of seven national hunter derby events to be held during the 2013 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the final event, cash prizes totaling $15,000 will be awarded to the series’ leading riders

The Kentucky Spring Horse Show featured the lead off event on Saturday evening with the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby. The top riders from across the nation gathered to compete over a challenging course and vie for the winning title and valuable points towards the $15,000 Leading Rider Awards. At the end of the night it was Shawn Casady and Stars Go Blue who led the victory gallop, giving Casady the lead in the standings. Jennifer Hannan who placed second with As Always, and Havens Schatt, who picked up the third place award with Kindle, follows Casady closely in the rankings. The Kentucky Spring Classic, May 15-19, 2013, will host the second event in the series on Saturday, May 18, in the Stonelea Arena.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:37
Meagan Nusz and Dynamo Master $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix at Kentucky Spring Horse Show PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Walton   
Monday, 13 May 2013 10:41

MEAGANIt took precise riding and a talented mount to be at the top of the standings during today’s $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. Richard Jeffery’s challenging track yielded only two clear rounds, but set the stage for a speedy jump-off between Meagan Nusz and Reed Kessler. Nusz had all the answers aboard Dynamo to capture the top honors. The duo clocked in just fractions ahead of Kessler, who was also double clear over the short course with Mika to place second. 

The first round course for this week’s highlight event bested all but two of the 40 competitors that gathered at the Rolex Stadium. Two of the most challenging areas proved to be a vertical-oxer double combination bending line to an open water, that was followed by another oxer, as well as a triple bar-vertical-oxer triple combination to a steady vertical. Meagan Nusz was the second rider on course and the first to advance to the jump-off with Dynamo, owned by Amalaya Investments of Houston, TX. 


Jane Brooks Brings Kentucky Spring Horse Show Championship Home to New Hope LLC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Emily Riden   
Monday, 13 May 2013 10:39

Five days of top-rated hunter competition came to a close today as the Kentucky Spring Horse Show awarded its final hunter championships in the Junior and Children’s Hunter divisions. Leaving the Kentucky Horse Park with the championship tricolor in the Children’s Hunter 14 and Under division was rider Jane Brooks and her mount Lifeline.

Brooks, a Cincinnati, OH native, always enjoys making the relatively short trip from home to horse show at the Kentucky Horse Park and this weekend was no exception – and with good reason. Brooks and Lifeline came in to the day with a first and third place finish over yesterday’s Children’s Hunter 14 and Under courses, and they earned a score of 84 and the blue ribbon over today’s first course before being awarded the division championship honors.


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