Lexington, KY. – July 26, 2017 – On the opening day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, the Rolex Stadium played host to four show jumping classes that offered combinations the opportunity to warm up for an upcoming week of competition. David Beisel of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Sharn Wordley of New Zealand both achieved blue ribbons and set themselves up for a successful week of showing at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Beisel and Colato Sabata were the fastest of seven entries in the 7-Year-Old Developing Jumper class, presented by Spy Coast Farm. The chestnut gelding navigated the first portion of the power and speed class with no faults, allowing him to move on to the speed phase, where he was also clear in a time of 33.094. In addition to Colato Sabata, Beisel rode two other entries in the class, which made for an exciting hour as he quickly dismounted one horse just to mount another that was being held for him at the ingate.
New Kentucky resident, Sharn Wordley, also found success in the Rolex Stadium on Wednesday afternoon in the $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m Speed class, besting a field of thirteen other competitors with his gelding Famoso D Ive Z. The pair completed the course, designed by Oscar Soberon, in a time of 62.934, a full three seconds faster than the next fastest competitor.
Show jumping competition kicks off again tomorrow with the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic that is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Riders will have the chance to qualify for the highlight event of the week, the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Grand Prix to be held on Saturday night beginning at 7:30 p.m.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
On Colato Sabata:
“Colato Sabata is a newer horse for me, we got him in January and he was relatively inexperienced because he had not done any 5-year-old or 6-year-old classes to that point. He really stepped up this year and I am thrilled with him. He’s super brave and he seems to really enjoy it. And his stablemate, Fourth Sunday, that I went first on, is typically much faster so it’s cool that he beat her today.” – David Beisel
On Showing at Kentucky Horse Shows:
“The Horse Park is a beautiful facility, Hugh and his team do an excellent job of running a really nice horse show, so we enjoy the weeks that we spend here during the summer.” – David Beisel
On His Plan for Famoso D Ive Z:
“Today was a nice warm up for the Grand Prix because he hasn’t shown in a couple weeks. This class was easy for him because he naturally travels fast and has a big stride. I don’t think he even knew he was going that fast today!” – Sharn Wordley
Class: 406 7-Year-Old Young Jumper
1. Colato Sabata / David Beisel / 50. 689 / 33.094
Class : 435 $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m
1. Famoso D Ive Z / Sharn Wordley / 62.934
Hunter Divisions Kick-Off on Opening Day of Kentucky Summer Horse Show
On the opening day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, top hunter competitors were eager to head into the Stonelea Ring to kick-off competition. On Wednesday morning, Tim Goguen aboard Belhaven Stables LLC’s Perhaps led the way in the Green 3’6″/3’9″ Hunter division after placing second in the first over fences round, winning the second over fences round and placing third in the under saddle.
Goguen rode the talented gelding to a handful of championship titles at the Winter Equestrian Festival earlier in the season and he has mainly competed in the Pre-Greens. Robert Crandall and On the Slye are following behind in the division standings after winning the first over fences round and earning a red ribbon in the second round.
In the High Performance Conformation Hunter division, Kathryn Haley of Colts Neck, New Jersey, won both over fences classes on Outshine, a 9-year-old Warmblood gelding owned by Alexandra Worthington. The pair placed second in the under saddle behind Jeff Gogul and Cortese.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
“Perhaps is a very scopey horse and I couldn’t be happier with him. He’s a good jumper. I was surprised he was as direct in there today but it went well. I was really pleased with him.” – Tim Goguen
About her classes:
“Outshine felt great! This is a warm-up division for him, so it was nice to see him come out, really behave and win a couple of classes. He’s actually an equitation horse. He’s a very beautiful horse – he’s got a great coat and he’s very smooth. I think that’s his biggest quality.” – Kathryn Haley