Lexington, Ky. – June 12, 2017 – The first week of the Country Heir Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park was a smash hit. A fixture on the summer show calendar, offering more than $450,000 in prize money, the two-week premier AA-rated hunters, level 5 jumper show is sold out with more than 3,000 stalls sold.
$40,000 George Hennessy Grand Prix
Ireland’s Lorcan Gallagher and Belize D'ive Z (Berlin x Quidam De Revel), owned by Sweet Oak Farm, was one of 12 horse and rider combinations who mastered Steve Stephens track fault-free in the first round of the $40,000 George Hennessy Grand Prix in the Rolex Stadium. Gallagher has had the ride on the 9-year-old Zangersheide mare since January, and the pair have had many clear rounds and good results, including a win in the 1.40m Jumpers and a third-place finish in the $10,000 Welcome Prix.
“I thought it was quite big, and I didn’t expect that there would be 12 clear,” Gallagher said. “I thought we had our work cut out but it jumped quite nice. She’s naturally fast so I knew if I could jump around clear in the first round, I could come back in the jump off and just get a gallop up and keep a rhythm and everything worked out for me.”
Gallagher’s 38.07-second jump off round put him at the top of the 12, earning the pair the victory gallop. It was déjà vu for Callie Schott aboard Christiaan owned by River Mountain Farm, Versailles, Kentucky, who came in second place. The pair also finished second in the $10,000 Welcome Prix.
$30,000 International Hunter Derby
Kelley Farmer piloted Kodachrome, owned by Nina Moore, to the win of the $30,000 International Hunter Derby, held in the Rolex Stadium. The pair bested 21 derby duos with a first-round score of 186. Last to go in round two, Farmer chose all the high options of the Joe Carnicom-designed course, clinching the win with a score of 202 and an overall score of 388.
Farmer took over the ride from Russell Frey, a much beloved professional who passed away suddenly in May 2016.
“They gave away the Russell Frey style award in Upperville while he (Kodachrome) was winning here,” Farmer said. “For me to win while that was happening was really special. When it’s emotional,that horse has a way of coming through. He has a great owner in Nina Moore. She’s been very supportive. I started where Russell left off. He believed in this horse and it is so great to show what Russell saw come true. It’s special. It’s very rare when a horse is as simple as he is and still is the winner.”
“I love this horse show,” she added. “I think it’s great that they have a derby each week. We get to go in the big ring and then we get to go in the Walnut. I love that. They do a great job at this horse show and we love coming here.”
Professional Hunter Highlights
In the 3’6” Green Hunter division, Arturo, owned by Abby Wagner and ridden by Jeff Gogul of Flagship Ltd. of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, won the championship. The reserve championship went to Halston, owned by Susan Mariconi, with Chris Payne of New Hope LLC from Cincinnati, Ohio, in the irons.
Antinori, ridden by Victoria Colvin and owned by John and Stephanie Ingram, Ram LLC, earned the championship of the 3'3 Green Hunter division.
In a California split of the 3’ Green Hunter division, Jeff Gogul and Best of Me, owned by Henry Healy were the section A champions. Molly Sewell rode Big Light, owned by Carolyn Brown Capps, to the Section B championship.
3'6" Amateur-Owner Hunter Division, Sponsored by Canterbury Farm
In the split sections of the 3'6" Amateur-Owner Hunter division, sponsored by Canterbury Farm and Greg Franklin, MTM Inside Scoop, ridden by Didi Mackenzie, and Cuba, ridden by John Ingram, and owned by Ram, LLC John and Stephanie Ingram earned championships. Levland, ridden by Christina Fisher, and Koala, ridden by John Ingram, and owned by Ram, LLC John and Stephanie Ingram were reserve champions.
$10,000 Welcome Prix
On Friday, Country Heir Week I hosted the $10,000 1.40m Welcome Prix, held in the Rolex Stadium. Scott Keach and Chicco W (Cabardino x Rio Grande), owned by Edith Rameika, emerged as the victors. Keach is from Southern Cross Equestrian in Lexington, Kentucky. Callie Schott aboard Christiaan came in second place.
Country Heir Week II kicks off Tuesday, June 13, at the Kentucky Horse Park with Equitation Day, two Grand Prix events, including the $25,000 Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital Grand Prix and the $50,000 Country Heir II Grand Prix, a $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby and a $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.
Click here for complete results of Country Heir Week I.
Canterbury Farm is a premier hunter/jumper facility based in Hampshire, Illinois. With their client’s goals in mind, Canterbury Farm offers competition on a local, regional and national level. With qualified trainers, attention to detail and a caring staff, Canterbury Farm is committed to excellence in horsemanship and to providing positive experiences in the show ring.
From Sheffield, Massachusetts, Caitlyn Shiels was a team and individual gold medalist at the 2004 North American Young Riders Championship. Shiels apprenticed under notable industry leaders, including Andre Dignelli, McLain Ward, Ken Smith and Kate Stoffel-Oliver. Shiels and head trainer Greg Franklin consistently earn championships at major shows. Their partnership is balance of training both on the horse and from the ground.
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Country Heir I & II is a two-week Premier AA Hunter and Jumper competition, World Championship Hunter Rider Event and Level 5 Jumper event. The popular competition is widely recognized for its customer excellence, attention to detail and fun. Country Heir I & II attracts some of the finest horses and competitors from around the world.
Wednesday, June 7 through Sunday, June 18
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