Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 20, 2022 – Equitation riders entered the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park Saturday afternoon for the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. Some of the country’s top junior competitors took to the stage to showcase their extensive skill sets in hopes of acquiring precious points towards the 2022 indoors season finals. The course invited the junior riders to demonstrate their technique through a long bending line off of a short turn and multiple tight roll back turns. A total of 12 riders were called back for a flat phase to contest for the win. In the end it was Avery Glynn aboard Gambler B who rode to top honors in the ASPCA Maclay, besting a field of 26 competitors. Kat Fuqua and Class Act rode to second place, while Blythe Goguen and Kinfolk claimed the yellow ribbon.
Aboard her brand new mount Gambler B, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Serenity Farm, Glynn delivered a seamless performance in the Alltech Arena. Demonstrating experience beyond their time together, they answered all of the questions of the track with ease. Glynn, the promising young talent, used all of her knowledge and horsemanship to guide the gelding into his new equitation career, kickstarting a bright future together. After a textbook jumping round and pristine flat phase, the duo secured the blue ribbon to top an incredibly competitive field of some of the country’s top junior riders.
Fuqua sat atop the seasoned 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Ashland Farm to claim second place honors. The versatile young rider continues to add success to her record as she has taken the ride on a plethora of mounts in all three rings. Although the partnership is new, she did not fail to impress the judge with her polished skills and technique in both phases of competition to secure her spot in the winner’s circle. Fuqua is one to watch as she continues to steal the spotlight.
Goguen entered the Alltech looking to flaunt her skill set that she has developed through many miles in the Big Equitation classes. Kinfolk, the 7-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Brookside Pine Farms LLC, is also a brand new mount. Goguen, following the family tradition riding out of Boggs Hill Farm, is familiar with the equitation and the hunter ring. She used her proper and traditional style to guide her to the winner’s circle and pave the way for a successful beginning with Kinfolk.
Competition at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show will come to a pinnacle on Saturday evening at 6:30 pm with the final round of the Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship in the famed Rolex Arena. Sunday morning will feature the Bluegrass Grand Prix and the USHJA National Hunter Derby.
Place / Horse / Rider
1. Avery Glynn / Gambler B
2. Kat Fuqua / Class Act
3. Blythe Goguen / Kinfolk
4. Catoon / Zoe Wolf
5. What’s Poppin’ / Reilly Gogul
6. Easter / Abigail Gordon
7. Surely / Cecelia Perry
8. Calamanzo / Grace Shipman