LEXINGTON, Ky.– June 18, 2018 – Country Heir I & II resumed at the Kentucky Horse Park for another world-class week of hunter and jumper action. Tuesday kicked off with Equitation Day, sponsored by Ashland Farms, and Local Day. It was World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) week and the show featured a $40,000 USHJA National Derby, sponsored by Stal de Eyckenhoeve, the $30,000 USHJA International Derby plus two grand prix events; the $25,000 Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital Grand Prix and the $50,000 Country Heir II Grand Prix.
$30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Timothy Maddrix and Indecision, owned by Wimberly Debono of Birmingham, Alabama, won the USHJA International Derby out of 40 horse and rider combinations. After the first round, the pair tied for the lead with Liza Boyd and Clemens, owned by Finally Farm LLC, with 183 points each. Boyd won the option to go last and had the advantage. Maddrix and Indecision wowed the judges with tidy turns and beautiful form, earning a score of 205 in the handy round and exceeding Boyd and Clemens’ total score by 3.5 points to clinch the win. Boyd and Clemens took second place honors.
“We show against Liza a lot and we’re all really good friends,” Maddrix said. “The first people to congratulate me were Liza and Jack. I really appreciate them.”
Maddrix complimented Joe Carnicom’s course and was pleased that in the first round, the track went up and down a hill, jumping a railroad tie back into the ring. “We don’t get to do that stuff very often,” Maddrix said. “He was jumping his eyeballs out," he said about Indecision. "He sights in on the jump and he wants to just go get it.”
Maddrix and Billy, as he’s known in the barn, won the challenge class at the 2017 USHJA Derby Finals but this marks their first USHJA International Derby win. Maddrix describes him as an in-your-pocket type. Wimberly Debono and her mother Helen Montgomery originally bought him as a jumper three years ago. They gave Billy to Maddrix to bring along doing the derbies.
Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Maddrix now calls Birmingham, Alabama, home. He runs M & M Sport Horses with his financée Camille Maynard. Maynard won the $10,000 1.35m Half Million Jumper Classic, so it was a good week for the barn.
“They do such a great job," he said. “They have so many horses to get in and out of the rings. You see Tucker on the golf cart with drinks, trying to make sure people are happy. What they’ve put into all these hunter rings—it’s no wonder everyone wants to show here.”
Hector Florentino and Venus Claim the $50,000 Country Heir II Grand Prix
Of nearly 30 entries, six horse-and-rider combinations finished the first round of the Nick Granat-designed track of the $50,000 Country Heir II Grand Prix fault-free to qualify for the jump off. Anselmo Alvarado (VEN) and his own Inesse were the first to go double-clear with a time of 41.53. Next to go in the order, were Hector Florentino (DOM) and Venus. The duo stopped the timers at 39.50, leaving all the jumps intact to win the class.
“We all liked his courses throughout the week,” Florentino said. “They were smooth and the lines came out naturally. He set the time allowed just right to provoke you to go fast enough but nothing crazy.”
Venus is a Dutch Warmblood mare (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Julius).
“She belongs to Farms Raylyn Farms and Marilyn Little,” he said. “I knew the mare because Angel Karolyi (VEN) used to ride her. I made an offer to lease her for an important championship, the Central American and Caribbean Games in July. She’s my kind of ride. She’s a small horse with blood. She is fast and careful. I just have to keep her in the middle of the jump and all the distances come up really easy.”
At the Central American and Caribbean Games in Bogota, Colombia, in July, Florentino hopes that he will qualify for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. “The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are the ultimate goal,” he said.
$40,000 USHJA National Derby, sponsored by Stal De Eyckenhoeve
Saturday was a busy day in the Walnut Arena and the schedule included a full day of derby action. Nearly 100 horse-and-rider combinations were going for the largest prize for a USHJA National Hunter Derby history.
It has been raining ribbons for Havens Schatt at Country Heir I & II and she notched another major win by earning the top prize of the $20,000 USHJA National Derby Open. Her partner was Caemlyn Z (Clinton x Heartbreaker), an 11-year-old Zangersheide stallion, owned by Julia McNerney from Santa Monica, California. The pair won the $30,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at the World Equestrian Center last fall.
“He did some national derbies last year,” Schatt said. “After the World Equestrian Center Derby, he got a little injury and this is his first horse show back. He only showed about three times as a hunter last year. He was a jumper in Europe."
Tamara Provost and All In, owned by Brenda Christenson, took the second-place prize.
$40,000 USHJA National Derby, sponsored by Stal De Eyckenhoeve
In the $20,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, Junior and Amateur Section, Candor, owned by Ashland Farms and ridden by Alyssa Mansfield from Wellington, Florida, nabbed the top prize. Mansfield trains with Ken and Emily Smith and the Ashland Farms team. Second place went to Well Versed, owned by Aster Hill and ridden by Adam Edgar from Leesburg, Virginia.
“I really enjoyed the course,” Mansfield said. “Candor had been leased out for a while but he came back during (winter) circuit. They (Ken and Emily Smith) asked me if I wanted to ride him. I got to show him (in the Adult Amateur division) once at WEF and was champion and was champion with him at Kentucky Spring and was reserve champion with him last week.”
Mansfield describes the smallish 15.3-hand Candor as a chow hound. He likes to take big bites out of the shrubbery at the end of his courses and he’ll stop and graze at any opportunity.
“He’s a funny horse,” she said. “We nicknamed him Candy Cane.”
$10,000 USHJA Joey Darby Green Hunter Challenge
Clockwork, owned by CeCe Williamson and ridden by Havens Schatt, earned the victory gallop of the Joey Darby Green Hunter Challenge. The judges awarded incredible scores for their performances, with a 92 in the first round and a 95 in the second round. Clockwork is a gray Dutch Warmblood gelding by Charisma.
Maggie Boylan found the prospect for Williamson in Holland and he came to the U.S. in October. Williamson renamed him Clockwork, because of his wonderful canter, and calls him Casper in the barn.
“He’s been with Havens since March,” Williamson said. “He just turned 5 in April. Our plans were just to see where he was and figure out what had and what he was going to do. He’s really excited us. The whole Milestone team are top professionals. I can’t thank them enough for how far they’ve brought this horse so quickly. I’ve never had a horse that scored in the 90s, and he got two!"
Williamson plans to eventually show him in the Amateur-Owner Hunters. She describes him as a big, young boy that is very mature under saddle.
Williamson has shown in Kentucky but never at Country Heir I & II. “They made the horse show so special—all the little touches, like the bouquets of flowers,” she said. “The set up in the pavilion was over-the-top. It was really a pleasure to sit and watch the show.”
Christopher Payne navigated Moore Park, owned by Still Water Farm LLC to the second-place prize. Payne was also third with Best of Me, owned by Blue Mountain LLC.
$25,000 Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital Grand Prix
Out of a field of 40 entries, 11 returned for the jump-off round. Kaely Tomeu and Gentille, owned by Siboney Ranch, secured the win by mastering Nick Granat’s short track with a speedy time of 35.55. Tomeu’s round edged out Hector Florentino (DOM) and Heliante Ter Wilgen, owned by Marion Head, by two-tenths of a second. Week I Welcome Prix winner, Javier Berganza Anderhub (MEX) and Idefix De Laubry, owned by Keystone Stables, took third-place honors.
WCHR Hunter Highlights
Just Ask, owned by Roberts Stables, piloted by Jeff Gogul and trained by Patty Rogers, was crowned the champion of the WCHR 3'6 Conformation Hunter and the 3’6” WCHR Green Hunter divisions for the second consecutive week. The pair added to their many accolades and lead the 3’6” Green Hunters in the national standings. Christopher Payne had the ride on Ovo, the 3’6” Green Hunter reserve champion, owned by Melissa Jacobs. Maria Rasmussen and Sidarta, owned by Over Fences Farm LLC, earned the reserve championship of the WCHR 3’6” Green Conformation Hunter division.
Aizlynn Radwanski’s Because and pilot Kelley Farmer, swept the division to win the championship of the 3’9” HIgh Performance Hunters. Then the pair also took command of the 4’ Performance Hunters making their tricolors a matched set. Tamara Provost and Wendy Hofmeister’s Fashion nabbed the reserve of the 4’ Performance Hunters and the 3’9” Performance Hunters.
Aristocrat, ridden by Havens Schatt and owned by Tracy Scheriff-Muser, was the champion of the 3'6” WCHR Performance Hunter division. Remarkable in all rings, Scheriff-Muser also piloted the bay Oldenburg gelding to the championship of the 18-35 Amateur-Owner division and won the 18-35 Amateur-Owner Classic. Cassanto, owned by Maggie Hill and ridden by Liza Boyd, earned the reserve championship.
A California split of the popular WCHR Performance Hunter 3'3” division resulted in two champions. Katherine Newman was the jockey for Dandelion, owned by Allwyn Court. Bacardi, owned by Caroline Moran and ridden by Havens Schatt, took the twin championship honors. Megan Kaupp and Boca’s In Pursuit, owned by Ponies & Palms Show Stables, earned a reserve championship. Cypress, owned by Missy Nolen and ridden by Timothy Maddrix also garnered reserve championship of the division.
The WCHR 3' Performance Hunter division was also split yielding two champions. Moore Park, owned by Still Water Farm LLC and ridden by Christopher Payne and Clockwork, ridden by Havens Schatt and owned by CeCe Williamson, were awarded the tri-colors. Summit, owned by Just H LLC and ridden by Jeff Gogul, and Publisher, owned by Paula Polk Lillard and ridden by Tim Goguen, were the division’s two reserve champions.
Junior Hunter Highlights
Talented junior riders and their lovely hunters were another highlight of Country Heir I & II. In the 15 and under 3’6” Small Junior Hunters, Hallie Grimes and Inquisitive, owned by Can We Keep It LLC, took the championship honors. The reserve championship went to Sofia Roberts and Double Oaked, owned by Sofia Roberts LLC.
In the 16-17 3’6” Small Junior Hunter division, the judges awarded Kahlua, owned by Katherine Hay and ridden by Emma Kurtz, earned the championship with Cleopatra’s Smile, owned and ridden by Elly Ficca, were the reserve champions.
Brooke Brombach and Monday Balous, owned by Redfield Farm, won four of their classes and took championship honors in the 15 and under 3’6" Large Junior Hunter division. Hannah Hock and her own Clear Sailing took the reserve championship.
Emma was the junior name of the week at Country Heir I & II in the 16-17 3’6" Large Junior Hunter division. Emma Wujek and Puppet, owned by John and Stephanie Ingram clinched the championship and Emma Kurtz and Dedication, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker claimed the reserve championship.
It was a busy week for the junior hunters. Each of the 3’3” junior hunter divisions had 20 entries or more. In the younger 3’3” Junior Hunters Emma Flett and her own Drommels earned the top tricolor. Henry Healy and Best of Me, owned by Blue Mountain LLC, were the reserve champions.
Vanessa Mazzoli and her own Oh Brother walked away with the championship of the 16-17 3’3” Junior Hunters and Anneliese Kolaska showed her own Caesar Augustus to the reserve championship.
Annual Equitation Day
Tuesday was Equitation Day at Country Heir I & II, sponsored by Ashland Farms' Ken and Emily Smith. The Ashland Farms team celebrated a successful day. Eliza Kimball and Cashman, owned by Carly Hoft, won the ASPCA Maclay. Kathryn Hall and Prophet, owned by Showcase Limited, were champions of the Open 3’ Equitation division. Daisy Farish and Adair Hbc, owned by Clea Caddell, took home the top prizes in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search and the WIHS Hunter Phase.
“The horse show does a very nice job,” said Emily Smith. “It’s a great idea to have an equitation day Tuesday between the two shows. We really enjoy sponsoring it. The jumps are beautiful and everyone really tries to make this a wonderful show.”
Stal de Eyckenhoeve’s Niels Haesen and Maxime Tyteca are based in Geel, Belgium and Ocala, Florida and buy and sell world-class hunters and jumpers. They also have a breeding operation and take young stallions to European breed approvals and compete at European-approved stallion shows.
They look for potential hunters, jumpers and equitation horses all over Europe and sell direct to clients in the U.S. Stal de Eyckenhoeve caters to trainers looking for standout prospects. They sell hunters to some of the best trainers in the business.
Just Ask, owned by the Roberts Stables, was the 2017 3’ Green Hunter national champion and currently leads the 2018 national standings for the USHJA 3’6” Green Hunter Incentive Program and was champion during both weeks of Country Heir I & II of the 3’6” Green Conformation Hunter and the 3’6” Green Hunter divisions. He was the first horse Patty Rogers imported with Stal de Eyckenhoeve. Now she works with Stal de Eyckenhoeve on a regular basis.
“We look to find potential hunters all over Europe,” Tyteca said. “We buy 2 to 3-year-olds and then keep them for one or two years, train them and sell them or bring them over to the US.”
Two years ago, Tyteca and Haesen made their first trip to Kentucky and came away more than impressed. They decided that sponsoring Country Heir I & II would be a great choice to gain greater exposure for Stal de Eyckenhoeve.
“This is our third time at Country Heir I & II. It’s a really nice show,” Haesen said. “There are a lot of quality hunters and so many good trainers. It made sense for us to sponsor the Derby.”
Country Heir I & II thanks Stal de Eyckenhoeve for their sponsorship of the $40,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby.
On behalf of Frankie Stark and show managers, Tucker Ericson and J.P. Bordeleau, thank you to all Country Heir I & II sponsors, exhibitors, trainers, owners and families.
We look forward to seeing you in 2019 when the show returns to the Kentucky Horse Park for Country Heir I, June 5-9, Country Heir II, June 12-16. Equitation Day and Local Day June 11
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