Lexington, Ky – May 20, 2022 – Equitation competitors kicked off a beautiful morning at the Kentucky Spring Classic II in the Claiborne arena Friday with the Ariat Adult National Medal. Adult amateur riders took to the arena to show their style on their partnered mounts in the hopes of claiming the top honors.. In the end, it was Jordan Allen piloting Carino B, owned by Ashland Farm, who took the blue ribbon and the highest score.
The two-part class asked the participants to complete a first round course asking various questions of the riders, being judged on their style and execution. The top riders who obtained the highest score from the first round were asked to return to complete a test where they were given a new, shortened course of jumps winding throughout the original track.
Allen and Carino B, the 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding, navigated the course with ease to earn themselves a score of 84. As the judge asked the top four to return to the test round, it was Allen and Carino B who sealed the deal in the Ariat Adult National Medal to take home the win. Exhibiting consistent pace and ease while navigating through the roll back turns and showing a smooth track ultimately earned them the top honors.
Second place was awarded to Kylie Geddes and Optimist, the 16-year-old Belgian Warmblood owned by Geddaway Farm. Geddes and Optimist navigated the course with skill and style, clinching the second place ribbon after completing a successful test.
Coming in third place was Alexa Sciortino and her own mount La Dolce Vita, the 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare. Close behind both Allen and Geddes, Sciortino earned a score of 82 in the first round course, getting a callback to complete the test and finishing out the class in the top three.
As the morning continued, the next group of competitors stepped foot into the Claiborne Ring to compete in the THIS/NHS Adult Medal. As the group took to the track one at a time to vie for the first place ribbon, it was Mackenzie Carreras and her own Cornet’s Diamond, the 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding, who claimed the top honors. Following Carreras to come into second place was Anne Koenig and Voodoo, owned by Ashland Farms. Rounding out the top three was Addy Piper and Carlo E, owned by Strawberry Hill LLC.
Competition will resume at the Kentucky Spring Classic II Saturday morning with the Ameteur-Owner Hunter competitors taking the StoneLea Ring by storm, while the Adult Ametuer-Owner Hunter division will take place in the Claiborne Ring. The hunter rings are set to start at 7:30am Saturday morning.
FROM THE WINNERS CIRCLE
Jordan Allen and Carino B:
On her partnership with Carino B:
“He is a newer horse to Ashland Farms, we got him last week I believe. He was jumping some bigger classes in Europe, I think this is one of his first equitation classes. He is awesome. He’s really straight forward, I really like riding him. I think he’s really a top horse so it was really fun. He rides similarly to my junior equitation horse because he is so big and jumps so easily, so it’s nice for him to do this job. I can’t thank Ashland Farms enough for letting me show him, he really is a fun horse and I look forward to what he has coming next.”
On the Kentucky Horse Shows:
“I love showing at Kentucky. It’s one of my favorite shows. I’ve been with Ashland Farms for about five years now. We have a farm here, and it’s where we spend our entire summer.”