Lexington, KY – November 3, 2016 – Jessica Springsteen and Stone Hill Farm’s Davendy S topped the leaderboard in the $35,000 Suncast® Commerical™ International Open Jumper Speed. Their time of 57.68 seconds would hold out for the win in the faults converted speed class, even with a 4-fault score, besting Wednesday night’s winners, Richie Moloney and Equinimity LLC’s Slieveanorra. Moloney’s time of 57.79 seconds would be good enough for second, while the early leaders, Leslie Howard and Peter Howard’s Donna Speciale, took third place with their time of 58.4 seconds.
“I’m so excited!” said Springsteen. “She jumped so well yesterday. She is trying so hard and she really deserved the win tonight. She can be done for the week. I thought it was a good course. These classes are nice because even if you have a rail down you may still be in contention. It worked in my favor. She was so quick everywhere that I was able to still win with a rail. There was a lot of tight inside turns and she handled it very well. I didn’t want to watch [Richie’s] round because he is super fast and very competitive on that horse. I definitely got lucky!”
Earlier in the day, in the first round of the USEF Under 25 National Championship, Hilary McNerny and her own Z Acodate DDL clocked a time of 63.507 seconds in the speed-style, faults converted competition to take home the win. Second place went to Brett Burlington and Alden Burlington’s Bluf, who tripped the timers in 64.145 seconds. Finishing in third was Lucy Deslauriers and Hester, owned by Lisa Deslauriers, with a time of 64.752 seconds.
Other highlight classes throughout the CP National Horse Show include Friday’s $35,000 Salamander Hotels and Resorts Accumulator Class, Saturday’s $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington CSI4*-W and Sunday’s $30,000 USEF Under 25 National Championship. The ASPCA Maclay National Championship will take place over the course of Saturday and Sunday.
Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association’s primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events.
National Horse Show Speed Class, Top Placed: