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In a full day of competitions, Keith Farrington of Chicago and his mount, Up Chiqui, took top honors Friday night in the $60,000 Spy Coast Farm Open Jumper Speed Stake at the Alltech National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Farrington and Up Chiqui dominated the class with blazing time, beating second place finishers Nicholas Dello Joio and Notre Star De La Nutria by almost four seconds. Great Britain’s Scott Brash and Bon Ami rounded out the top three with a quick and clear effort.
Earlier in the day, the Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunters were the first to compete. During the stake class Debbie Perkins of New Canaan, CT, and Whispering won the blue ribbon – and coupled a third place finish in Thursday’s over fences class that gave them the division’s reserve championship prize. Tracy Scheriff-Muser of Wellington, FL, and Macallan were the day’s big winners, taking home the Amateur-Owner 3’3″ Hunter Championship. They placed first in yesterday’s over fences class and also earned two second place ribbons and third place ribbons.
The Amateur-Owner Hunters championship was earned by Laura Sexton and her mount Zoom. They also won the Grand Champion Amateur Owner Hunter title. Jamie Auletto of Blackwood, NJ, and Winnetoe picked up the reserve championship honors after earning three second place ribbons.
“I think the Kentucky Horse Park is a great venue, a beautiful arena, I think that they could host a World Cup here one day,” Farrington said. “I think with it being the first year the Alltech National Horse is being hosted here they are putting a huge effort into making it a success. I love that all of the classes have big money; it makes everyone try. You’re going to bring more top riders bringing their best horses, they’re going to go out there and try to win.”
The Chansonette Farm $15,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Stake was won by Thursday night’s reserve champions, Meagan Nusz of The Woodlands, TX, and Banana D’ive Z. Kaitlin Campbell of Brooksville, MD, and Rocky W took the second place honors for their time of 35.075 seconds.
In The Sleepy P Ranch $15,000 Junior Jumper Stake, Charlotte Jacobs of East Aurora, NY, set the pace by posting a clear round as the first rider to challenge the short course with Karonda V. Schl’Hof CH, eventually earning the third place honors in a time of 35.873 seconds.
It was Lillie Keenan of New York, NY, and Vanhattan, for a second night, who emerged victorious in the High Junior Jumper class with their double-clear effort. Chase Boggio and his mount Hennessey secured the second place honors.
Top honors in Amateur-Owner 36 and Over Hunters were won by Becky Gochman, of New York, NY, and Sambalino .Their win was coupled with a second place ribbon and third place ribbon for the division’s reserve championship honors. Katie Robinson of Bronxsville, NY, and Rock Steady won the under saddle and handy class. Their top finishes were recognized with the tricolor for the Amateur- Owner 36 and Over Hunter Championship.
The action continues today with the $50,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Championship Grand Prix. The top horse and rider combinations will return to the Alltech Arena tonight to vie for the FEI World Cup Qualifying Alltech $250,000 Grand Prix.
The Junior Hunters also competed today, showing in their first over fences class and handy class, and will continue tomorrow with under saddle and stake class. Championship and reserve championship awards will be presented to the top horse and rider combinations today in each division as the afternoon and the week’s hunter competition comes to a close.
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