Kelly Tropin Returns to Claim Grand Champion Amateur-Owner Hunter Title

Kelly Tropin and Chablis

The amateur-owner hunter athletes took center stage on Thursday morning as the 2017 CP National Horse Show continued to award championship titles.

Eight years after her performance in the ASPCA Maclay National Championship at the National Horse Show, Kelly Tropin returned to the Alltech Arena aboard Libertas Farm LLC's Chablis to top the Amateur-Owner Under 35 Hunter division, sponsored and presented by Suzanne Thoben Marquard, claiming the championship and the winning cooler, sponsored by Archibald Cox III, and ultimately earning the title of Grand Champion Amateur-Owner Hunter and the "Ruxton and Scot To Do" Challenge Trophy. Tropin and the 9-year-old Warmblood gelding captured wins in the stake class as well as in the under saddle class, and claimed a second place ribbon in the handy round to earn the "In Dutch" Memorial Perpetual Trophy and the "Scot To Do" Challenge Trophy. Lindsay Maxwell rode her own Baranus to the win in the handy round to take home the reserve championship award.

Kelly Tropin and Chablis

Catch Me and owner Becky Gochman continued their domination of the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunter division with wins in Wednesday's over fences and under saddle classes in addition to Thursday's handy round to ultimately claim the championship tricolor. Gochman could not dream of a better partner than "Snoopy," a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding who has guided her to a year full of championships and blue ribbons in their amateur season debut. The pair also earned the same championship title after sweeping the division at the Capital Challenge Horse Show. Staying true to form, Catch Me also claimed the Judith Murch High Performance Hunter division, presented by the Corrigan family and Winners Circle Trailer Sales, on Wednesday with Scott Stewart. The Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunter division reserve championship and the William and Margaret Marquard Memorial Trophy was awarded to stake class winners Virginia Fout and her own Cristiano.

Following the completion of the amateur-owner hunter divisions on Thursday, junior hunter competition began where Elly Ficca and her own Quatrain captured back-to-back wins in the Junior 3'3" Hunter over fences and handy rounds. Ficca and the 13-year-old Westphalian gelding secured maximum points ahead of Friday's stake and under saddle classes to determine the champion.

Junior hunter competition will continue through Friday beginning with the Small Junior 15 and Under Hunter division at 9:05 a.m.

Becky Gochman and Catch Me


Kelly Tropin – 2017 CP National Horse Show Grand Champion Amateur-Owner Hunter

On Chablis:
"I'm really proud of my horse and I'm really grateful to ride such an amazing animal. He's the horse of a lifetime for me. He's only 9 so I hope we have many more years together, but I'm really proud of him because he's been champion now at Washington, Harrisburg and the National [Horse Show]. I really wanted him to have the opportunity to do well at this show. He's such a careful, spectacular jumper and he's not spooky at all. We like him a little fresh and explosive over the jumps. We don't like him to get too tired for the second day. That speaks to what a wonderful horse he is — that he's 9, can be fresh and just walks in the ring and does his job. He's wonderful."

On training with Peter Lutz and Mary Manfredi:
"Not only is he my only hunter, he's the only hunter we have in the barn with my trainers Peter Lutz and Mary Manfredi. They're amazing horse people. They do everything to make Chablis the spectacular horse he is. He does the same gymnastics as the grand prix horses and my amateur jumpers that I have."

On the National Horse Show:
"I haven't been to this horse show since I did the Maclay finals and I remember walking into the ring in 2009 and crying thinking, 'This is my last horse show ever, I'm so sad.' Almost 10 years later, I wish I could've said to myself then, 'You'll be here again and you'll be fine, it'll be better than you ever thought it would be.' I'm back and it's been really nice. It's an amazing show. I love all of the indoor shows, but this one is really special."

Becky Gochman – Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunter division champion

On Catch Me's championship:
"It was a great way to end the season. 'Snoopy' of course is the ultimate horse and he is just a blast to ride. He's a wonderboy and knows his job. He wants to please and is just a really smart horse. Sometimes I feel like he's not real because he just feels like I made him up in my imagination and he came true — he's really one of a kind. For our first go of our amateur season, he's surpassed all of my expectations."

On Catch Me's schedule:
"I'm just enjoying him and I hope that we continue to do that along the way so he lasts a really long time. I think he does spread joy. When people look at him, they get a kick out of him."


Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunter division champion:
Catch Me, ridden by Becky Gochman and owned by Gochman Sport Horse LLC

Suzanne Thoben Marquard Amateur-Owner Under 35 Hunter division champion:
Chablis, ridden by Kelly Tropin and owned by Libertas Farm LLC

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Laura Kraut and Whitney Race to Victory in $35,000 International Open Jumpers Welcome Speed CSI4*

Laura Kraut and Whitney

Lexington, KY - November 1, 2017 - International jumper competition kicked off at the CP National Horse Show on Wednesday evening with Laura Kraut of the United States taking the first jumper win of the week, and the Cavcote Welcome Trophy, aboard St. Bride's Farm's Whitney in the $35,000 International Open Jumpers Welcome Speed CSI4*.

Forty-six horses and athletes challenged the one-round speed course designed by Michel Vaillancourt, but only 11 jumped clear with no faults.

Entering the Alltech Arena as 31st in the order-of-go, Kraut and the 14-year-old KWPN mare took over the top spot from Devin Ryan (USA) and his own Cooper in 61.020 seconds to secure the win.

Ryan and Cooper followed in second place in 61.520 seconds, while Great Britain's Amanda Derbyshire and Gochman Sport Horse LLC's Lady Maria BH rounded out the top three in 62.740 seconds.

Kraut, who is currently the leading female rider in the world in the Longines Rankings, will compete at the National Horse Show all week, riding Confu in Thursday's $130,000 CP Grand Prix International Open Jumpers CSI4*-W to qualify for Saturday's $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington CSI4*-W. Whitney will also compete with Kraut again in Friday's Salamander Hotels and Resorts $35,000 Accumulator Class.

Laura Kraut and Whitney

The 2017 CP National Horse Show will highlight the $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington CSI4*-W on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. followed by a concert with the Original Wailers. Sunday, Nov. 5, will also feature the final round of the ASPCA Maclay National Championship with the flat phase beginning at 1 p.m.


Laura Kraut – $35,000 International Open Jumpers Welcome Speed CSI4* winner

On the competitive class:
"I brought Whitney to do this class. Last week [at Washington] I had one down in every class. Devin Ryan made it difficult for me today, and I wasn't sure if I could beat him, but it all worked out."

On winning at the National Horse Show:
"It feels really good! I love the National Horse Show and I am really excited to be back and win the first class. Sadly, Whitney's owners are not here but hopefully they were able to watch it on the live stream."

On Whitney:
"She is a wonderful horse and has tons of experience. She won a ton with Ramiro Quintana, who rode her before, and knows the ropes. When she is feeling on top this is the perfect class for her because she loves being competitive."

On being the top female rider in the world:
"I am surprised to be the top female in the world but I am very happy about that! Obviously, I would prefer to be the top rider in the world but it is good. I don't focus on ranking too much because, for me, no matter how important it is to you, it doesn't make you try more or less. You have to do what is right for your horses."

On her next competition:
"Next week I go to Doha for the [Longines Global Champions Tour] finale. I have two horses who have been there that Nick [Skelton] has been riding and I will fly from here to there."


$35,000 International Open Jumpers Welcome Speed CSI4*:
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Owner / Total Faults / Time

1. Whitney / Laura Kraut / USA / St. Bride's Farm / 0 / 61.020
2. Cooper / Devin Ryan / USA / Devin Ryan / 0 / 61.520
3. Lady Maria BH / Amanda Derbyshire / GBR / Gochman Sport Horse LLC / 0 / 62.040
4. Cocq A Doodle / Andrew Ramsay / USA / The Doodle Group / 0 / 64.210
5. Tarioso Manciais / Katherine Dinan / USA / Grant Road Partners LLC / 0 / 64.720
6. Igor Van De Heibos / Tracy Fenney / USA / MTM Farm / 0 / 65.470
7. Dicas / Margie Engle / USA / Storm Ridge Capital, Showhorses LLC, Gladewinds & Garber / 0 / 70.260
8. Indra Van De Oude Heihoef / Shane Sweetnam / IRL / The Blue Buckle Group / 0 / 72.540
9. Volage Du Val Henry / Jessica Springsteen / USA / SCEA Elevage De Voise / 0 / 72.710
10. Coriandolo Di Ribano / Lauren Tisbo / USA / Tequestrian Farms, LLC / 0 / 73.590
11. Pembroke / Adrienne Sternlicht / USA / Starlight Farms 1 LLC / 0 / 76.420
12. Hilfiger Van De Olmenhoeve / Emily Moffitt / GBR / Poden Farms / 1 / 78.730

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Scott Stewart and Lucador Win Leading Hunter Rider and Grand Champion Professional Hunter at 2017 CP National Horse Show

Scott Stewart and Lucador

Lexington, Ky. – Nov. 1, 2017 – The professional hunters returned Wednesday to the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park to vie for championship titles at the 2017 CP National Horse Show. The morning began with the under saddle portion of competition and led into the hunter stake classes for each respective division, where champions were crowned based on combined class points from Tuesday and Wednesday.

The first to step onto the red carpet adorned with a champion ribbon was Lynn Seithel's Walk The Moon partnered with Daniel Geitner. The pair captured the Goshen Hill Green 3'6" Hunter division, presented by Ms. Caroline Moran, after winning the handy round on Tuesday and capturing second place in Wednesday's stake class. Reserve champion was awarded to Dr. Betsee Parker's Luster with Scott Stewart in the irons, upon claiming wins in the under saddle class and handy round. After Geitner slid into the champion position, ahead of Stewart by one point, Stewart stole the show claiming all remaining professional hunter championships.

Daniel Geitner and Walk The Moon

Dr. Parker's Private Life and Stewart claimed their fourth Green Conformation Hunter championship this indoor season, accumulating blue ribbon points in the model, handy and stake class to win the Muriel Klein Lens Challenge Trophy and the "Call You Raise You" Challenge Trophy. Although the Dutch Warmblood is only 6 years old, he is already proving his potential, claiming the same title with Stewart at the Washington International Horse Show, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and Capital Challenge Horse Show. Havens Schatt and JT Farm's Playmaker finished as the reserve champions.

Stewart kept with his winning rhythm aboard William Hill, owned by Gochman Sport Horse LLC, building on Tuesday's classic and handy win to claim the tricolor ribbon in the Oare & Adikes-Hill Green 3'9" Hunter division, presented by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Oare and Ms. Patricia Adikes-Hill. Schatt picked up another reserve champion ribbon with Tracy Scheriff-Muser's Aristocrat.

Scott Stewart and Lucador

Most impressive was Stewart's championship performance aboard Dr. Parker's Lucador as the pair won four out of the division's five classes to earn the winning title for the High Performance Conformation Hunter division, sponsored and presented by the Wheeler family, ultimately earning the Grand Champion Professional Hunter title and the "Isgilde" Challenge Trophy for the third time. The trophy has now been retired after it was also earned by Stewart and "Luke" in 2014 and 2015. In addition, the duo was awarded the Cold Harbor Dr. Betsee Parker Perpetual Cup, the German Challenge Trophy and the Ken Berkley Perpetual Cup. Reserve champions Outshine and Kathryn Haley were the only pair to steal a class away from Lucador, winning Tuesday's classic over fences round.

Scott Stewart and Catch Me

Stewart wrapped up the professional hunter championships with Catch Me, owned by Gochman Sport Horse LLC, claiming the Judith Murch High Performance Hunter division, presented by the Corrigan family and Winners Circle Trailer Sales. The 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding received the win in the handy round with Stewart as well as the under saddle class with Amanda Derbyshire, earning the "A Million Reasons" Perpetual Bowl. Olympic Fire and Jennifer Hannan claimed Wednesday's stake class and reserve championship.

Upon winning four out of five professional hunter division championships, Stewart was awarded the title of Leading Hunter Rider for the 11th time at the National Horse Show, earning the Sherri Crawford Leading Hunter Rider Award and Leading Hunter Rider Challenge Trophy.

Scott Stewart won the Leading Hunter Rider title of the 2017 CP National Horse Show.


The amateur-owner divisions followed with Copper Fox LLC's Moonwalk and Kendall Meijer capturing the stake class in the Woodland Way, Inc. Amateur-Owner 18–35 3'3" Hunter division, presented by Ms. Margaret O’Meara, to claim the championship tricolor. Stephanie Danhakl and her own Enough Said finished with the reserve championship.

Virginia Fout rode her own Carma to the top spot in both the stake and under saddle classes on Wednesday to finish as the Meralex Farm and Hunt Ltd. Amateur-Owner Over 35 3'3" Hunter division, presented by Ms. Bryan Baldwin and Ms. Gretchen Hunt, champions, while Seithel rode her own Walk The Line to the reserve championship.

Catch Me kept in winning fashion for owner Becky Gochman, earning blue ribbons in the over fences and under saddle classes of the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunter division ahead of Thursday's championship. In the Amateur-Owner Under 35 division, sponsored and presented by Suzanne Thoben Marquard, Technicolor and Lindsay Maxwell rode to the win in Wednesday's over fences round, while Kelly Tropin and Chablis claimed the under saddle class.

On Thursday, hunter competition will continue with the amateur-owner and junior hunter divisions beginning at 7 a.m.

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