Lexington, Ky, – May 14, 2017 – The Kentucky Spring Horse Show concluded a week of action packed hunter and jumper competition today at the Kentucky Horse Park. Although today was the last day of competition, there was no shortage of excitement in Rolex Stadium.
Sarah Segal Speeds to the Win in $40,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix
Under perfect blue skies, Sarah Segal and Cantara 59 won the $40,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix presented by Audi of Lexington, while Lacey Gilbertson and Baloppi topped the Under 25 Grand Prix presented by Hollow Creek Farm.
Cantara 59 has been part of Segal’s string of show horses for two years but Segal has been taking her time with the 11- year- old Hanoverian mare. Segal made the decision to only compete Cantara 59 in select CSI2* Grand Prix classes at the end of the Winter Equestrian Festival and chose to come to the Kentucky Spring Horse Show as her first show of the 2017 summer competition season.
The pair went towards the midpoint of the class which featured 43 horses and riders. After jumping a tidy clear round, they returned as part of a field of 12 in the jump off on Sunday afternoon.
While there were many fast riders in the jump-off round, including: Todd Minikus, Aaron Vale, Samuel Parot and Amanda Derbyshire just to name a few, Segal stuck to her plan with Cantara 59 and put in a blistering pace of 44.705. Aaron Vale achieved a faultless round but came up short with a time of 45.946. Ramio Quintana and Iluna finished third in a time of 46.783.
Lacey Gilbertson Runs the World in U25 Grand Prix
Just before the $40,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix, another lady rider, Lacey Gilbertson, stole the show in the $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, sponsored by Hollow Creek Farm. Gilbertson did not have the opportunity to watch many of her peers rounds in the class of twenty-eight as she went early in the long course and first in the jump-off.
Gilbertson knew that with six other riders vying for the blue ribbon she would need to ride Baloppi smart and fast. The ten-year-old Danish Warmblood mare did not miss step and jumped an impressive clear round in 38.457 that proved impossible to beat. Hollow Creek Farm’s own Emanuel Andrade was second on Jenni’s Chance in 39.76 and Kaley Tomue placed third with Gentille in 40.211.
Although Aaron Vale did not win a class today, he did earn the title of Envisian Products Leading Jumper Rider for this week’s competition. Envisian Products sponsor the weekly Leading Jumper Rider Award, which will be presented following the Sunday Grand Prix, each week of the 2017 Kentucky Horse Shows series. Brian and Visse Wedell are partners in Envisian Products, which offers several products and services, but is presenting this award with a focus on Polylast Rubberized Flooring.
Hunter and Jumper action at the Kentucky Horse Park resume next week during the Kentucky Spring Classic begining on Wednesday May 17 and will feature FEI CSI3* competition including the $130,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix as well as ‘A Day in the Park’ to honor Ellen Veitch on Saturday, May 20.
Colvin Rides to Victory in the USHJA Hunter Derby
Lexington, Ky. – May 14 – 2017 – Hunter competition for the Kentucky Spring Horse Show culminated on Sunday with both the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby in the Stonelea Ring of the Kentucky Horse Park. Of the 12 combinations that qualified to return for the handy round of the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, it was Victoria Colvin aboard Laura Karet’s, Caliber, who took top honors with an overall score of 183.
Victoria Colvin and Caliber. PC: Phelps Sports
Earlier in the afternoon, twenty-four entries took to the ring for the classic round of the USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC. Exhibitors were asked to navigate a Bobby Murphy designed course of ten fences with four high options in the first round.
Victoria Colvin rode three horses in the class, but Caliber’s smooth round earned the gelding an 87 from the judges and a total of 91 in the classic after adding all four high option bonus points. Colvin was in a great position to take the class upon returning for the handy round and again took all four high options, executing a beautiful and consistent second round that resulted in a score of 92. In addition to winning top prize money, Colvin also received a pair of Fabbri Boots.
Professional and Amateur hunter competition will resume next week during the Kentucky Spring Classic Horse Show beginning on Wednesday, May 17. Along with a USHJA National Hunter Derby, the Kentucky Spring Horse show will host ‘A Day in the Park’ to honor Ellen Veitch on Saturday, May 20.
$40,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix
1. Cantara 59/ Sarah Segal/ Sarah Segal/ 0 / 44.705
2. Carlo / Aaron Vale / North Face Farm / 0/ 45.946
3. Iluna / Ramio Quintana / Michael Smith / 0 / 46.783
4. Lady Maria BH / Amanda Derbyshire / Gochman Sport Horse LLC / 4 / 43.234
5. Catungee / Catherine Tyree / Mary Tyree / 4 / 43.574
6. Casal / Ali Wolf / Black Lick Bend Farm/ 4/ 43.746
7. Hard Rock Z / Emanuel Andrade / Emanuel Andrade/ 4/ 45.240
8. Sancento / Todd Minikus / Alice Lawaetz / 8 / 48.378
9. Basimodo / Eric Navet / Signe Ostby / 10 / 65.665
10. Lacarolus / Derek Braun / Mrn. Family Corp. / 16 / 49.740
11. VDL Aberlino / Samuel Parot / Samuel Parot / 76.341 / EL
11. VDL Torlando / Callan Solem / 75.009
13. Caramello Z / Francisco Zamuido / St. Brides Farm / 1 / 79.173
$25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix
1. Baloppi / Lacey Gilbertson / Seabrook LLC / 0 / 38.457
2. Jenni’s Chance / Emanuel Andrade / Emanuel Andrade / 0 / 39.761
3. Gentille / Kaely Tomeu / Siboney Ranch / 0 / 40.21
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
1. Caliber / Victoria Colvin / Laura Karet / 91 / 92 / 183
2. Halston / Christopher Payne / Susan Moriconi / 87 / 91.5 / 178.5
3. Sidarta / Victoria Colvin / Two Swans Farm / 88 / 90 / 178
4. Snowbird / Jeff Gogul / Sofia Robberts, LLC / 84 / 86 / 170
5. Premium Blend / Alyssa Mansfield / Stone Lane Farm / 79 / 85 / 164
6. Market Trend / Taylor Kain / Tanna Seltzer / 85 / 77 / 162
*$15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
1. Point Being / Kelley Farmer / Derby Lane LLC & Kensel LLC / 184 / 189 / 373
2. It’s Me / Kelley Farmer / Bibby Farmer Hill / 168 / 193.5 / 361.5
3. Monterrey / Kelli Cruciotti / Kelli Cruciotti / 172 / 189 / 361
4. Convertus 2 / Martien Van Der Hoeven / Lani Sutherland / 167 / 185 / 352
5. Any Given Sunday / Hunter Holloway / Hays Investment Corp. / 170.5 / 177 / 347.5
6. True Enough / Kelley Farmer / Kent Farrington & Derby Lane LLC / 172.5 / 173 / 345.5
*Editor’s note: Pending the results of the USEF drug tribunal for Kelley Farmer later this summer, Jumper Nation will be sharing only strict results from Kelley Farmer’s victories rather than full releases with photos, quotes, etc.