The final day of the Kentucky Spring Horse Show highlighted national jumper competition in the Rolex Stadium with the $35,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix, presented by AUDI of Lexington, and the $20,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Hollow Creek, to conclude the first week of competition in the spring series. Sunday’s featured victories were awarded to Kevin Babington (IRL) and Eugenio Garza (MEX) in their respective classes.
In the $35,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix, the first round saw 32 starters over Robert Murphy III’s 17-effort course, resulting in a 10 horse jump-off. With two mounts in the class, Babington increased his odds when he piloted both Super Chilled and Shorapur to clear rounds and into the jump-off. Babington and the first of his two rides, Debra Wycoff’s 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse, Super Chilled, scored a double-clear round in a time of 38.761 seconds to capture the gelding’s first grand prix win. An unfortunate rail with Shorapur LLC’s Hanoverian mare ended with the pair in seventh place.
“The first round walked as a nice course – tricky enough for a national level Grand Prix, but a nice course. The only difference in my plan from what I walked was that I did, and almost everyone did, six [strides] to the last fence instead of seven. Everything else walked just like it rode,” said Kevin of his plan for that day.
“[Super Chilled] has a huge stride, so it was a little easier to get down the lines on him [versus Shorapur]. In the jump-off, I wanted to make sure I saw Todd [Minikus] go and Todd did seven to the last [fence] – it walked a long eight [strides]. He had it down, but it looked like he could’ve jumped it. I was still planning on the eight when I went in and then the second to last fence I found a flyer at it and I thought let’s just stay on it and it worked out.”
Ramiro Quintana (ARG) rode Corento VH Dingenshof, the 9-year-old Zangersheide gelding owned by Smith Hogan LLC, to a double-clear finish in 40.217 seconds for the second place ribbon. Third place was awarded to Alex Granato (USA) aboard Moyer Farm LLC’s Beorn. Granato and the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding finished just behind Quintana with a time of 40.449 seconds.
Prior to the National Grand Prix, 25 riders challenged a very difficult 1.50m track in the $20,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Hollow Creek. Many of the athletes found trouble at the final combination, consisting of a triple combination to a liverpool oxer, and only the final two riders of the class cleared all 17 efforts fault-free with room to spare under the altered 88 second time-allowed.
The head-to-head jump-off saw Sloan Hopson and her own Costa Rica VH Waterschoot Z put the pressure on as they flew to a clear second round in a time of 46.081 seconds. Eugenio Garza followed as the final rider in both the first and second rounds, knowing he had nothing to lose with longtime partner Bariano.
Garza and the 17-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, owned by El Milagro, flew to the finish in 41.127 seconds to earn the victory. Garza concluded a successful first week at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, hot off his third place finish in Saturday night’s $131,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI3* with Armani SL Z. Hopson and her 10-year-old Zangersheide mare settled for the second place finish.
Lacey Gilbertson and Teddy Vlock ended the first round with just one time fault, but as the faster of the two, only 10 milliseconds over the time-allowed, Gilbertson earned the third place ribbon, finishing in 88.018 seconds with Seabrook LLC’s Cobolt. Vlock received the fourth place prize.
Darragh Kenny also concluded a successful week, capturing the Leading Open Jumper Rider Award, sponsored by Envisian Products, with a total of 28 points based on wins in Thursday’s $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3* and Saturday’s $131,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI3*.
The Kentucky Spring Horse Show series will continue with the Kentucky Spring Classic, held May 16-20, and will also feature a FEI CSI3* rating. The $35,000 Welcome Speed will be held on Wednesday, followed by the $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Thursday, as riders try to accumulate valuable points for the Hagyard Leading Rider Bonus.
On Saturday, May 19, riders will compete under the lights in the Rolex Stadium during the $131,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix. Once again all three FEI classes will count for the Longines Ranking List and the Thursday and Saturday classes will also count for the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List. In addition, the featured national classes will be the $35,000 Bluegrass Grand Prix, which counts towards the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List, and the $20,000 Under 25 Grand Prix to be held on Sunday, May 20, in the Rolex Stadium.
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / R1 Faults | Time / R2 Faults | Time
1. Super Chilled / Kevin Babington / IRL / 0 | 80.922 / 0 | 38.761
2. Corento VH Dingenshof / Ramiro Quintana / ARG / 0 | 80.703 / 0 | 40.217
3. Beorn / Alex Granato / USA / 0 | 81.377 / 0 | 40.449
4. Caillou 24 / Karl Cook / USA / 0 | 80.422 / 0 | 41.168
5. Button Sitte / Richie Moloney / IRL / 0 | 80.646 / 0 | 50.333
6. Amex Z / Todd Minikus / USA / 0 | 77.644 / 4 | 36.880
7. Shorapur / Kevin Babington / IRL / 0 | 79.167 / 4 | 40.067
8. Quintender LS / Carlos Myrrha / BRA / 0 | 79.942 / 4 | 41.925
9. Pappa Ante Portas 2 / Eugenio Garza / MEX / 0 | 81.852 / 4 | 47.782
10. Venus / Hector Florentino / DOM / 0 | 77.785 / 8 | 42.387
11. Corona 93 / Jack Hardin Towell / USA / 1 | 82.372
12. Fedor / Scott Keach / AUS / 4 | 77.542
$20,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Hollow Creek
Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Faults | Time / R2 Faults | Time
1. Bariano / Eugenio Garza / 0 | 84.533 / 0 | 41.127
2. Costa Rica Vh Waterschoot Z / Sloan Hopson / 0 | 86.752 / 0 | 46.081
3. Cobolt / Lacey Gilbertson / 1 | 88.018
4. Gasper Van Den Doorn / Teddy Vlock / 1 | 88.697
5. Elizabeth / Kaely Tomeu / 4 | 81.620
6. Cassius 74 / Stephen Foran / 4 | 83.238
7. Jersey V.D. Hunters / Nicole Bellissimo / 4 | 84.405
8. Pippi / Emma Kurtz / 4 | 84.481
9. Espatako’s Electra R / Savannah Talcott / 4 | 85.013
10. Cantero Da Lagoa / Anna Beth Athey / 4 | 85.059
11. Carjo Z / Marion Head / 5 | 88.842
12. Westbrook / Kerry Mc Cahill / 8 | 83.723