Kentucky Spring Classic Wrap-Up: May 16-20, 2012
23 May 2012
It was a very exciting Saturday night for Ireland’s Richie Moloney as he captured his first international grand prix victory, riding Slieveanorra during the $75,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix at the Kentucky Spring Classic. The talented duo have been runner up on numerous occasions, even placing third during Thursday’s $32,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, but tonight the luck was on their side. Six horses advanced to the jump-off, but only three were double clear, with Moloney landing at the top of the leader board, while Margie Engle took second aboard Royce, and Egypt’s Nayel Nassar rode Raging Bull Vangelis S to third.
Nayel Nassar set the time to beat with Raging Bull Vangelis S after completing the first fault free round over the shortened track. In an effort to leave the fences in place, Nassar kept a conservative pace and stopped the clock at 46.56 seconds, which held up for third place.
Moloney was not going to leave anything to chance with Slieveanorra tonight, after finishing just short of the winning time with a double clear effort on Thursday with the Equinimity LLC mount. The pair held a strong gallop throughout the track, and they easily made their way through the rollbacks before flying at the final oxer. Moloney and Slieveanorra slipped through the timers in 43.99 seconds, which would prove to be unbeatable and earn them the hard fought victory.
“Slieveanorra is just naturally very quick,” stated Moloney. “Around the turns he’s always going, in the jump-off you don’t have to think about going faster, he’s always going to be quick enough. He’s a little bit nervous, so you just have to take your time around him. He can jump bigger classes, so we’ll have to see how the next few months go.”
Margie Engle and her new eight-year-old mount Royce, owned by Elm Rock Partners LLC of Wellington, FL, stopped the timers a second shy of Maloney at 44.94 seconds, earning the red ribbon.
Three other horse and rider combinations competed over Saturday’s jump-off track, but they each had a pair of rails to add eight faults their total. Katie Prudent and V, owned by Mike Smith of Winchester, VA, placed fourth with the fastest eight fault round, while Derek Braun and Lacarolus, owned by MRN Family Group of Wellington, FL. placed fifth and Blythe Marano and Riverview Farm’s Urban rounded out the top six.
Jumper Highlights: Wednesday-Sunday
Sunny skies greeted the exhibitors as they kicked-off the Kentucky Spring Classic in the Rolex Stadium of the Kentucky Horse Park. Once again it was Reed Kessler at the top of the leader board as she piloted Ligist to the only double clear effort in Wednesday’s 1.45m Open Jumper class to earn the blue ribbon prize. Earlier in the day, Andre Rodriguez and Remonta Eden sped to victory in the 1.40m Open Jumpers, just topping Kessler and Onisha, who placed second during the speed class.
Reed Kessler, of Lexington, KY, and Ligist were third on the posted order, and made the first round look easy as they made their way over each obstacle. Advancing to the short course, Kessler picked up a quick gallop, and despite a hard rub at the first part of the double combination, they left each rail intact and dashed across the finish line in 32.588 seconds.
Wilton Porter and Paloubet, owned by Sleepy P Ranch of Bartonville, TX, were next in the ring, and they also managed to leave each fence up and qualify for the jump-off. The last obstacle of the short track hit the ground, adding four faults to their score. The pair was faster, clocking in at 32.309 seconds, but their effort was only good enough for second place. The third place award went to Meagan Nusz and Dynamo, owned by Amalaya Investments of The Woodlands, TX, who were fault-free over the first round, but just a tick over the time allowed for one time fault.
Earlier in the day, Venezuela’s Andres Rodriguez was victorious in the 1.40m Open Jumper speed class. The talented rider piloted Remonta Eden, owned by Sandra Van Dyke of Lake Worth, FL, to a very quick and clear round breaking the beam at 65.548 seconds. He edged out Kessler and Onisha by almost a full second, and they earned the red ribbon for their clear time of 66.32 seconds. Rounding out the top three was Ilan Bluman and Quatro, owned by Daniel Bluman of Weston, FL, who stopped the clock at 69.898 seconds with all the rails in place.
It was another speedy night at the Kentucky Horse Park, as six double-clear finishers raced for the top prize in the $32,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic during the Kentucky Spring Classic on Thursday. Proving that they are quickly reaching top form once again, veteran duo Ashlee Bond and Cadett 7 galloped over the short track in 38.54 seconds with all the fences in place to earn the lion’s share of the prize. Reed Kessler, often nicknamed Speedy Reedy, lived up to her name with Cylana to place second, while Ireland’s Richie Moloney took home third aboard Slieveanorra.
Jonathan McCrea and Colorado, owned by Candy Tribble of East Windsor, CT, set the pace after completing the first double-clear effort in 44.83 seconds. Their time was very conservative as they focused on leaving all the fences up early in the jump-off, and they eventually placed sixth. Reed Kessler of Lexington, KY, was next with Mika, and they increased the target time to 40.87 seconds with a clear effort that earned the fifth place prize. The fourth place honors went to young Wilton Porter, who completed a double-clear round in 40. 46 seconds with Paloubet, owned by Sleepy P Ranch of Bartonville, TX.
Richie Moloney and Slieveanorra, owned by Equinimity, LLC, of Stony Brook, NY, were one of the fastest pairs early on, after clocking in at 40.39 seconds, but their lead was short lived when Ashlee Bond entered the Rolex Stadium with Cadett 7, owned by the Little Valley Farms of Hidden Hills, CA. They picked up a quick gallop to the first oxer and only increased, making sharp rollbacks and using Cadett 7’s long stride to gallop easily across the ring. The pair left each rail intact and blazed across the finish line in 38.54 seconds, going straight to the top of the standings.
Reed Kessler and Cylana, currently atop the U.S. Show Jumping Long List, made Bond hold her breath as they took a similar track to try and capture the blue. The duo was very quick and easily cleared the obstacles in their path, but they broke the beam at 38.99 seconds, just short of Bond to take home second. Bond led the victory gallop and Moloney eventually finished in third.
Friday, the amateur and junior jumper riders had the opportunity to showcase their skills in the Kentucky Horse Park’s Rolex Stadium during the Kentucky Spring Classic. Topping the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers, Paige Johnson piloted Monopoly to a double-clear victory, and also claimed third with her second mount Amagedon 3. Meagan Nusz slid into third aboard Banana D’Ive Z, also completing a fault-free short course. In the High Junior Jumpers, Abigail McArdle claimed the blue ribbon with her quick and clear round aboard Cosma 20, while Emanuel Andrade placed second and third with Costa and Tiny Tim, respectively.
Alexandra Duval of Huntington, NY, was the pathfinder during the High Amateur-Owner Jumpers aboard Tornado. They were able to produce a fault-free short course, but their time of 35.803 would only be good enough for fourth. Meagan Nusz followed right after Duval riding Banana D’Ive Z, owned by TNT Equine Partners of The Woodlands, TX, and with a clear plan she was able to jump to the top of the standings with a clear time of 34.780.
Six rounds later, Paige Johnson of The Plains, VA, and Monopoly entered the ring, and Nusz saw her lead slip away. Using her mount’s excellent gallop and careful jumping technique, Johnson was able to leave all the fences in place and blaze through the finish line in 34.516 seconds, earning the blue ribbon and forcing Nusz to settle for second. Johnson was also the last compete during today’s class, this time about Amagedon 3, but with the lead well in hand, she focused on a clear effort that earned a time of 35.767 seconds and went into third place.
Earlier in the day, the High Junior Jumpers took their turn over Petersen’s course. This time it was Venezuela’s Emanuel Andrade who led the way, jumping two clear rounds with Tiny Tim, owned by Hollow Creek Farm of Aiken, SC. Over the short track they clocked in at 34.577 seconds, which held up for the third place honors. With his second mount Costa, also owned by Hollow Creek Farm, Andrade was also the second qualifier for the short course. The talented young rider managed to best his own time, breaking the beam at 34.530 seconds, garnering the second place prize.
Abigail McArdle of St. Charles, IL, proved to be the best of the day with Cosma 20, carrying their success over from last Sunday’s victory in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Jumper Classic. The pair showcased their quick and clear way of going as they tackled the jump-off track with a big gallop, and never touched a rail. Tripping the timers at 31.273, almost three seconds faster than Andrade, to earn the winning title. The last rider to challenge McArdle’s lead was Shawn Casady with Viona, owned by Raylyn Farms of Frederick, MD, but their conservative effort ended up in fourth with a time of 34.814 seconds.
Kent Farrington concluded the Kentucky Spring Classic on a great note, claiming first and second during Sunday morning’s $20,000 Bluegrass Classic aboard Venus and Voyeur, respectively. With a baker’s dozen in the jump-off, Farrington completed the fastest two double-clear efforts with the talented mounts. Young rider Michael Murphy earned the third place award with his fault-free short course, following right on Farrington’s heels with Audi’s Allouette Van Het Lambroeck.
Kent Farrington was the pathfinder during the first round with Voyeur, owned by Amalaya Investments of The Woodlands, TX, and as the first to return for the jump-off he set a pace that only he could catch. The pair left each rail in place and crossed the finish line in 40.042 seconds. Michael Murphy of Wellington, FL, was next in the ring with Audi’s Allouette Van Het Lambroeck, and they made an excellent effort to catch Farrington, knowing a number of fast riders would be following. They tripped the timers in 40.100 seconds, less than a 1/10th of a second behind Farrington, and eventually finished in third with no faults to their name.
The only other horse and rider combination to complete a double-clear effort was Alison Robitaille with Cover Girl, owned by Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone of Upperville, VA, who were also very quick across the ground but just short of the leaders in 40.573 seconds, which resulted in the fourth place honors.
Farrington completed the last clear short course riding his second mount Venus, owned by Raylyn Farm of Frederick, MD, and he was just barely able to best his first time breaking the beam in 40.030 seconds, just 1/100th of a second ahead of Voyeur. His wonderful effort over the track with Venus jumped to the top of the leader board, and they took home the winning title.
Later in the day, the $10,000 High Junior Jumper Classic was held in the Rolex Stadium. Continuing her winning ways, last week’s champion and classic winner Abigail McArdle of St. Charles, IL, piloted Cosma 20 to the lone clear effort, earning another victory, the championship honors, and the $1,000 SSG Riding Gloves Bonus as part of the ‘Go Clean for the Green’ promotion.
Source: Phelps Media Group
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