American-Breds Shine at the Classic Champions Developing Jumper Finals

5-year-old division champion and Classic Champions Award of Distinction recipient Out Of The Blue SCF (Verdi x Casablanca La Silla) ridden by Jennifer Waxman of Spy Coast Farm. Photo by EQ Media

5-year-old division champion and Classic Champions Award of Distinction recipient Out Of The Blue SCF (Verdi x Casablanca La Silla) ridden by Jennifer Waxman of Spy Coast Farm.
Photo by EQ Media

LEXINGTON - KYSept. 21, 2019 - On the penultimate day of the 2019 Classic Champions Developing Jumper Finals, young jumpers competed in the Rolex Stadium for the final round of competition in the Classic Champions series. The finals, held during the Kentucky National Horse Show, was the culmination of the season at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Classic Champions Developing Jumper Finals opening classes on Wednesday served as a warmup to allow the horses the opportunity to become familiar with the Rolex Stadium. Thursday featured a power-and-speed format and the results were used to produce the final order of go. Each entry returned Saturday with a clean slate. The top prize of the Classic Champions series was fair game for all the contenders.

Taylor Flury won the 4-year-old division aboard Palano ABF, who was given the Award of Distinction. Photo By EQ Media

Taylor Flury won the 4-year-old division aboard Palano ABF, who was given the Award of Distinction. Photo By EQ Media

Tom Holden, vice president of Classic Champions and course designer for the week’s event, asked the horse-and-rider combinations to rise to the occasion with a fair but challenging course as the finale to the series. The Table II Sec.2(ab) format offered riders the option to stay in the arena or return at the end if they were successful in advancing to the jump-off round.

The judges selected the winners of the Classic Champions Award of Distinction to one outstanding jumper from each age division for style, ride-ability, quality of canter and overall potential for future success in the sport. Whether or not these young horses won their classes, the judges gave the award-winners the nod for having the qualities to become a top jumper.

Continuing her hot streak into the weekend, AliBoo Farm’s Belgian Warmblood mare (Calano Z x Role Model), Palano ABF, received the honor in the 4-year-old division.

Cynthia Hampton presenting the champion ribbon and Classic Champions Award of Distinction to Jennifer Waxman and Out Of The Blue SCF owned by Lisa Lourie for the 5-year-old division. Photo By EQ Media

Cynthia Hampton presenting the champion ribbon and Classic Champions Award of Distinction to Jennifer Waxman and Out Of The Blue SCF owned by Lisa Lourie for the 5-year-old division.
Photo By EQ Media

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Jennifer Waxman piloting One In A Million SCF and Maui SCF in the 5 and 7-year-old divisions.
Photos by EQ Media

Jennifer Waxman had one of the most successful days in the final as she piloted almost all of her Spy Coast Farm mounts to top five finishes.

“The horses I get at Spy Coast Farm I usually take on at the beginning of the year and work with throughout the year,” Waxman said. “I’ve been in Kentucky competing at this Classic Champions tour all summer and I cannot pick out one round that wasn’t fair or that didn’t benefit the horses.”

Waxman earned the first, second, and fourth place with Out of the Blue SCF a Belgian Warmblood mare (Verdi x Casa Blanca La Silla), One In A Million SCF (Presley Boy x Werly Chin De Muze) and Olive Martini SCF (Amaretto D'Arco x Allisson) in the 5-year-old section. She then went on to produce a second and fifth place with New Moon SCF (Cunningham x Gera 28) and Nightshade SCF (Baldev x Olisina) in the 6-year-olds, and finished her day with a victory on Maui SCF (Verdi x Lazuli) in the 7-year-olds. 

Out of the Blue SCF earned the Classic Champions Award of Distinction in the 5-year-old division. Waxman, originally from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, thanked Lisa Lourie from Spy Coast Farm for the opportunity to compete her talented young jumpers.

Wisconsin ODF, ridden by Maggie Jayne, finished first in the 6-year-old division. Photo by EQ Media

Wisconsin ODF, ridden by Maggie Jayne, finished first in the 6-year-old division. Photo by EQ Media

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Lisa Goldman-Smolen riding Narcotique B to the third-place finish in the 6-year-old division. Narcotique B was given the Classic Champions Award of Distinction. Jennifer Waxman aboard New Moon SCF claimed reserve. Photos by EQ Media

Our Day Farm’s Maggie Jayne took the charge in the 6-year-old division with Elizabeth Lang’s American Warmblood stallion (Dulf Van Der Bisshop x Ed Dakhla), Wisconsin ODF. Jayne and the stallion edged out Waxman and New Moon SCF by less than one-half second to clock through the timers in 36.378 seconds.

All three top finalists in the 6-year-old section, including third place finisher, Kim Woodsum’s Belgian Warmblood stallion Narcotique B, ridden by Lisa Goldman-Smolen, are all American-bred young athletes. Narcotique B (O’Splendido x Jenna B), bred by Allyn McCracken and her Bannockburn Farm, was awarded the Classic Champions Award of Distinction in the 6-year-old section.

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People need to take the time to raise their own horses,” Goldman-Smolen said. “They will find that the quality is right here in the states. It’s a multi-year process, and a lot of trial-and-error, but we’ve gotten some amazing horses out of it.”

Maggie Jayne’s father Alex Jayne has built a successful breeding operation in Elgin, Illinois, and his family is reaping the benefits with their up-and-coming talent.

“You can breed, but in order to produce top horses you want to breed to a top mare and stallion,” she said. “So, I hope people start to utilize shows such as this Developing Jumper championship to showcase them instead of traveling to Europe to buy them.”

Emma Irwin and Chacothago (Chacco-Blue x Carnette), recipient of the Classic Champions Award of Distinction, in the jump-off of the 7-year-old division. Photo by EQ Media

Emma Irwin and Chacothago (Chacco-Blue x Carnette), recipient of the
Classic Champions Award of Distinction, in the jump-off of the 7-year-old division.
Photo by EQ Media

5-Year-Old Developing Jumper Finals Results:

Place.Horse / Rider / Faults / Time / Total Time

1. OUT OF THE BLUE SCF / JENNIFER WAXMAN / 81.274 / 39.901

2. ONE IN A MILLION SCF / JENNIFER WAXMAN / 77.653 / 4 / 35.307

3. BRADLEY / SARAH STURGES / 79.594 / 4 / 35.746

4. OLIVE MARTINI SCF / JENNIFER WAXMAN / 79.708 / 4 / 37.123

5. OOH LA LA SCF / CIARAN THOMPSON / 81.206 / 4 / 37.170 

6. OCTAVIUS SCF / DAVID O'BRIEN / 4 / 79.788 

7. ORWELL SCF / DAVID O’BRIEN / 4 / 80.769 

8. GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY / KRIS KILLAM / 12 / 78.491 

 

6-Year-Old Developing Jumper Final Results:

Place.Horse / Rider / Faults / Time / Total Time

1. WISCONSIN ODF / MAGGIE JAYNE / 69.521 / 36.378

2. NEW MOON SCF / JENNIFER WAXMAN / 78.448 / 37.072

3. NARCOTIQUE B / LISA GOLDMAN-SMOLEN / 77.544 / 40.131

4. PRINCE ASLAN / ANNABELLA SANCHEZ / 77.292 / 40.720

5. NIGHTSHADE SCF / JENNIFER WAXMAN / 81.982 / 41.893

6. NANETTE SCF / DAVID O'BRIEN / 78.263 / 4 / 36.897

7. N HICKSTEAD'S SUN / WIM JANSSEN / 73.465 / 8 / 41.525

8. VIRGINIA ODF / CHARLIE JAYNE / 4 / 72.687

9. NEFERTARI ABF / TAYLOR FLURY / 4 / 74.948

10. VERMONT ODF / CHARLIE JAYNE / 4 / 75.645

11. NEFERTITTI / JULIA CURTIS / 4 / 78.830

12. IDOL H & H / ANDREW WELLES / 4 / 78.842

 

7-Year-Old Developing Jumper Final Results:

Place.Horse / Rider / Faults / Time / Total Time

1. MAUI SCF / JENNIFER WAXMAN / 79.673 / 43.580

2. HAGELIN / ERIN HAAS / 74.954 / 44.363

3. DOLCE VITA / MEGAN WEXLER / 78.057 / 45.107

4. CHACOTHAGO / EMMA IRWIN / 76.007 / 45.132

5. FLEX STAR / GABRIEL MACHADO / 79.004 / 47.448

6. MERLY CHIN SCF / DAVID O'BRIEN / 76.498 / 4 / 41.760

7. CHANEL 479 / ANDREW WELLES / 78.940 / 4 / 44.728

8. ARIZONA ODF / MAGGIE JAYNE / 4 / 71.148

9. HIGUAIN / HAYLEY BARNHILL / 4 / 75.056

10. BABAR / RYAN SASSMANNSHAUSEN / 4 / 76.707

11. HOLLYWOOD V / GABRIEL MACHADO / 4 / 79.663

12. MALDONADO SCF / DAVID O'BRIEN / 4 / 80.256

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.