LEXINGTON - KY– Sept. 19, 2019 - Day two of the Classic Champions Developing Jumper Finals kicked off competition in the Rolex Stadium at the 2019 Kentucky National Horse Show Thursday. Young Jumpers in the 4, 5, 6 and 7-year-old divisions had the opportunity to gain confidence and experience at one of the country’s most picturesque venues.
Course designer and vice president of Classic Champions, Tom Holden, builds inviting courses that allow the up-and-coming horses to become confident and enjoy the work. Holden, who hails from Ireland, has spent many years working as part of the Irish Young Horse Championships.
Each of Thursday’s divisions from the 5 through 7-year-olds were held in a Table II Section 2(d) format, a two-phase competition. All horse-and-rider combinations complete both rounds regardless of faults in the first phase. Scores are decided by accumulating the faults incurred over both phases and any time penalties.
Spy Coast Farm’s David O’Brien was victorious in both the five-year-old and seven-year-old divisions with Octavius SCF and Maldonado SCF respectively.
“The courses today were great,” said Spy Coast Farm’s Lisa Lourie. “They were very well designed and asked the right questions for young horses but not dumbed down. It was very appropriate."
“We’re very excited at Spy Coast because we are starting to really develop some top quality jumper horses. After a decade of work to inspire quality breeding, America is finally becoming a place where people recognize they can now purchase very good young horses.”
O’Brien and the five-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Diktator Van De Boslandhoeve x Beluga) were one of only six double clear rounds and crossed through the second-phase timers in an efficient 35.320. The farm’s 7-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Diktator Van De Boslandhoeve x Simbette) was one of only three to finish double-clear in his division with a winning time of 29.716 seconds.
“What I really enjoy about this show and these classes is that they are all about bettering the young horses,” O’Brien explained. “Even if a horse has a problem or an error somewhere, they can always get out of it and regroup which builds their self-esteem.”
Maggie Jayne and Alex Jayne’s American Warmblood stallion (Amaretto D’Arco x Athena), Arizona ODF, took the red ribbon while Megan Wexler and Dolce Vita rounded out the top three.
Taylor Flury piloted the 4-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Calano Z x Role Model), Palano ABF, to a second consecutive high score of 85.00 points in the 4-year-old exhibition division. She also picked up another win in the 6-year-old class with Nefertari ABF, a Belgian Warmblood mare (Diktator Van De Boslandhoeve x JFA Cirque D’chiari ABF) also owned by Flury’s Aliboo Farm, Inc.
The Classic Champions Developing Jumper Finals returns Saturday morning to the Rolex Stadium for the final round. All horse-and-rider teams will start with a clean slate.
DJS 4-Year-Old Results:
Horse / Rider / Score
1.Palano OBF / Taylor Flury / 85.00
2.Levistoff / Taylor Flury / 76.00
3.Pharaoh OBF / Taylor Flury / 68.00
DJS 5-Year-Old Results:
Horse / Rider / R1 Time | Faults / R2 Time | Faults
1 Octavius SCF / David O’Brien / 58.356 | 0 / 35.320 | 0
2 Bradley / Sarah Sturges / 60.737 | 0 / 35.370 | 0
3 Orwell SCF / David O'Brien / 57.077 | 0 / 37.004 | 0
4 Out Of The Blue SCF / Jennifer Waxman / 56.739 | 0 / 38.812 | 0
5 Ooh La La SCF / Ciaran Thompson / 59.705 | 0 / 39.949 | 0
6 Fufu Z / Taylor Flury / 60.346 | 0 / 41.754 | 0
7 Olive Martini SCF / Jennifer Waxman / 55.415 | 4 / 35.062 | 4
8 One In A Million SCF / Jennifer Waxman / 56.255 | 4 / 38.542 | 4
9 Golden Opportunity / Kris Killam / 56.917 | 4 / 45.279 | 4
10 Oberon SCF / Ciaran Thompson / 57.010 | 8 / 38.473 | 12
11 Leo L’amour / Beth Franco / 58.465 | 41 / 80.690 | 45
DJS 6-Year-Old Results:
Horse / Rider / R1 Time | Faults / R2 Time | Faults
1. Nefertari ABF / Taylor Flury / 60.769 | 0 / 28.805 | 0
2. Virginia ODF / Charlie Jayne / 62.120 | 0 / 29.680 | 0
3. Wisconsin ODF / Maggie Jayne / 57.030 | 0 / 30.380 | 0
4. Narcotique B / Lisa Goldman-Smolen / 60.666 | 0 / 30.531 | 0
5. N Hickstead's Sun / Wim Janssen / 59.410 | 0 / 32.033 | 0
6. Nightshade SCF / Jennifer Waxman / 63.870 | 0 / 32.474 | 0
7. Idol H & H / Andrew Welles / 63.468 | 0 / 33.515 | 0
8. Nanette SCF / David O’Brien / 62.178 | 4 / 31.092 | 4
9. New Moon SCF / Jennifer Waxman / 64.538 | 4 / 31.515 | 4
10. Prince Aslan / Annabella Sanchez / 62.203 | 4 / 32.710 | 4
DJS 7-Year-Old Results:
Horse / Rider / Faults | R1 Time / Faults | R2 Time
1 Maldonado SCF / David O'Brien / 0 | 65.273 / 0 | 29.716
2 Arizona ODF / Maggie Jayne / 0 | 62.112 / 0 | 32.156
3 Dolce Vita / Megan Wexler / 0 | 68.910 / 0 | 34.428
4 Chacothago / Emma Irwin / 3 | 71.097 / 3 | 33.407
5 Babar / Ryan Sassmannshausen / 4 | 66.794 / 4 | 30.596
6 Merly Chin SCF / David O’Brien / 4 | 65.627 / 4 | 36.977
7 Chanel 479 / Andrew Welles / 4 | 66.093 / 4 | 40.926
8 Flex Star / Gabriel Machado / 7 | 75.479 / 7 | 37.437
9 Maui SCF / Jennifer Waxman / 8 | 64.869 / 8 | 39.776
10 Fessor De Bognar / Jessica Leto / 6 | 70.515 / 4 | 10 34.573
11 Hagelin / Erin Haas / 10 | 63.533 / 10 | 55.064
12 Hijinks / Meghan Kaupp / 12 | 76.700 / 12 | 45.029
ABOUT CLASSIC CHAMPIONS
Classic Champions, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that brings European principles to course design for young jumpers. The goal of the organization is to focus on and facilitate the development of young jumpers to become the future stars of the sport. Classic Champions supports competition opportunities that are both sporting and educational.
Founded in 2015 by Cynthia Hampton, the Classic Champions Tour is tailored for 5, 6 and 7-year-old jumpers. Hampton, who lived in Paris for 20 years, was impressed by how the European riders and breeders educate their young jumpers. She launched Classic Champions as a platform to implement European practices with courses created by experienced, specifically-trained course designers with adapted heights, types of fences, lines and turns in venues with top-notch footing.
With the Classic Champions approach, Hampton hopes to benefit riders, trainers, breeders, course designers, judges and officials. The goal is to build a viable structure for future high-level equine athletes capable of distinguishing themselves both at home and on the international stage. Learn more on their website here.
Classic Champions is the title sponsor of the Developing Jumper Tour at the Kentucky Horse Park, which includes the series Finals Sept. 18-22.