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Nail-biting competition was in store for 14 of 35 equestrians who qualified for the jump-off during the $75,000 Double H Farm International Open Jumper class at the Alltech National Horse Show Thursday evening. One quick round after another ended with McLain Ward and his mount, Rothchild, taking top honors.
Rothchild is owned by Sagamore Farm of Oyster Bay, NY. Pan American Individual and Team Gold Medalist Christine McCrea of East Windsor, CT, followed in second aboard Avenir and Lauren Hough and Quick Study, owned by Laura Mateo, were third.
Professional hunter divisions took center stage at the Alltech National Horse Show earlier in its second day at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Scott Stewart earned the highest honor of the day with his First Year Green Working Hunter mount, Dedication, owned by Fashion Farm of New York, taking three blue ribbons, the division’s tri-color ribbon and the Grand Champion Hunter Award. Stewart also won the Winery Regular Conformation Hunters.
Tammy Provost and Libretto, owned by Alliy Moyer of Carmel, IN, earned the reserve championship honors.
The championship prize for Green Conformation Hunters went to Cold Harbor, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wheeler of Keswick, VA, and ridden by Hunt Tosh. The reserve championship tricolor was presented to Scott Stewart and Touchdown, owned by Becky Gochman of New York, NY.
The blue ribbon prize for the McNeil-Oare Second Year Green Working Hunter Stake went to Jennifer Alfano for her ride aboard Miss Lucy, owned by Helen Lenahan of Buffalo, NY, but it was second place finishers Holly Orlando and Sailors Valentine, owned by Westerly Farm of Unionville, PA, who claimed the division’s championship honors.
The 14 Hands Winery Regular Conformation Hunters reserve championship prize went to Elizabeth Boyd and Casallo, owned by Erin McGuire of Cornelius, NC, after the duo won yesterday’s handy class and earned two third place ribbons.
Boyd took home her own championship prize at the end of the day in the Pony Lane Farm High Performance Hunters, riding her long-time partner Brunello, owned by Boyd and Janet Peterson of Camden, SC. They won the stake class wias well as yesterday’s first over fences classes for the tricolor award. The reserve championship honors went to Wednesday’s handy winner, Garfield, owned by Alexandra Crown of New York, NY, and ridden by Stewart.
The Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions started Thursday and will continue today with under saddle and stake class.
The Alltech National Horse Show continues through Sunday at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena.
Today’s highlights include the Chansonette Farm $15,000 Amateur-Owner Jumpers, the Sleepy P Ranch $15,000 Junior Jumpers, and finally the Spy Coast Farm $60,000 International Open Jumper Speed Stake.
Photo by Shawn McMillen
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