Gladstone, N.J. – Aug. 21, 2017 –Monmouth at the Team came to a conclusion at Hamilton Farm, headquarters of the USET Foundation, Sunday with an exciting $10,000 Mini-Prix, sponsored by Horseflight. Cassandra Kahle, who entered three horses for Redfield Farms and trainer Emil Spadone, earned first, second and fifth in a highly competitive field.
Out of the 32 entries, 15 progressed to the jump-off of Skip Bailey’s technical course. Kahle was blazing fast on Exite, owned by Redfield Farms, setting the time to beat of 33.130 seconds. With a jump-off round timed at 34.270, Ibrahim Barazi and Softbeat, owned by IB Stables, came close to catching Kahle. He held on to the second-place position until Kahle returned on Blue, a Redfield Farm homebred, and beat her own previous time with Exite at breakneck speed, timed at 32.945.
“I thought the course was really well-designed,” Kahle said. “There were a lot of options; leave one out or add one in, depending on the horse. The footing was fantastic. I’m not the bravest rider out there, so to go that fast, I have to feel pretty comfortable with the footing. I was pleased with that.”
Kahle hails from Langley, British Colombia, Canada. She moved to the area four years ago to work for Spadone and Redfield Farm. “I started riding Blue as a 5-year-old,” she said. “He’s 8 now. It’s been really fun to see him grow up and progress, He’s fast across the ground and he doesn’t spend a lot of time in the air. That may be where he beat Exite, who has a little more hang time. Exite is also 8 and he has been very competitive up to 1.35m. He’s small but has a huge stride.”
Kahle thanked Spadone and the whole Redfield Farm team and was complimentary of the Monmouth at the Team experience. “They did a super job running the show. They had a lot of entries and they did a great job of getting it all done,” she said of the entire Monmouth at the Team staff.
Spadone was pleased with his rider’s success. “She’s really developing as a rider and she’s having a great summer,” he said. “It was a great show. Michael and Tucker did a great job of running the show. It’s a beautiful facility. We’re happy with our first year here and we’re coming back.”
Spadone is a managing partner of Horseflight, along with Bastian Schröder and Seth Vallhonrat. Horseflight is the global leader in equine air transport. They ensure the safety and well-being of horses in transport, coordinate with their clients’ timetables and are known for their integrity. To learn more about Horseflight go to: horseflight.com
Earlier in the day, Lauren Lindner and her own Ladonna were the victors of the class her family sponsored, the $2,500 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Her father, John Lindner was on hand to present the award.
“She’s a little tricky to ride, but when she’s fast, she always wins,” Lindner said. “I’ve had her less than a year. She was hard to figure out at first because she’s so careful. Lately, we’ve been clicking and it’s working out well. We love this show.”
After Lindner’s victory gallop, special awards were presented. The Style of Riding award, sponsored by Le Fash, was presented to 14-year-old Gianna DeMattheis, who rides at Red Oak Farm and trains with Libby and Bethie Dayton. DeMattheis won the championship of the Itty Bitty Jumper division. Le Fash is an equestrian apparel line that offers high-quality equestrian apparel that can go from stable to street. Boost your equestrian style and shop online at lefashny.com.
Stal de Eyckenhoeve sponsors the Top Trip of the Day at Monmouth at the Team. The judges selected Samantha Davis to receive the award. Based in Geel, Belgium, Stal de Eyckenhoeve is an exporter of fine sport horses for equitation, hunters and jumpers. Learn more at stal-de-eyckenhoeve.be.
Janet Rizzo from ColorTACK awarded prizes to the top two finishers of the $5,000 Welcome Stake, sponsored by ColorTACK and Equine Billing Services. Due to a storm during its scheduled time Friday, only eight finished. Kahle and Pablo Mejia were the top two when the class was called.
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Monmouth at the Team thanks all the generous sponsors, exhibitors, trainers, family, spectators and fantastic staff for a spectacular event. The show returns to Hamilton Farm in Gladstone, New Jersey, Aug. 13-19, 2018.