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.


FROM THE WINNER'S CIRCLE

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."



RESULTS

$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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Jaden Porter Claims Inaugural National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship

Lexington, Ky. – Oct. 29, 2017 – The 2017 CP National Horse Show kicked off on Sunday with an exciting brand new event: the National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship. Jaden Porter became the first name to be inscribed on the commemorative trophy, which will be proudly displayed at the Kentucky Horse Park Museum.

The inaugural National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship did not require riders to be prequalified in order to participate and was open to junior members of US Equestrian or Equestrian Canada who have never competed in any of the following national equitation finals with fences at 3'6" in height: ASPCA Maclay National Championship, Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final, Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals (East or West), WIHS Equitation Final, Jump Canada Medal Final or the North American Junior Equitation Championship.


Sunday's National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship included a preliminary over fences round, which saw 47 horses and riders come forward to contest the course designed by Bobby Murphy. Judges Robin Rost and Walter T. Kees invited the top 20 riders to return to the Alltech Arena for a flat phase and a final over fences round. After all three rounds were complete, the judges opted to test the top four riders: Jada Fuleky, Molly Canfield, Caroline Blake and Porter.

The test consisted of six obstacles and challenged riders with a trot fence as well as asking for a halt after cantering over the first two oxers.

Porter, 14 years old from St. Louis, Missouri, and Wellington, Florida, was first in the order-of-go in Sunday's first over fences round. With the help of trainer Stephanie Peterson of Dragonfly Farms, she and Dragonfly's Corleone B remained consistent throughout all four rounds to come out on top as the first-ever winner of the National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship.

Finishing in reserve was Blake, trained by Cynthia Williams of New England Farm, aboard Larry, while Canfield, trained by Lorrie Canady of Galway Farm, and Caprioso 2 rounded out the top three.

Left to right: Jaden Porter, Caroline Blake and Molly Canfield posing with the commemorative

National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship trophy.

For 84 years, the National Horse Show has hosted the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, the most highly sought-after prize in equitation for the country's top junior athletes. With the addition of the National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship, riders who have dreams of becoming the next winner of the ASPCA Maclay National Championship have the opportunity to hone their skills in the same ring as their 3'6" counterparts.

The National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship will be held annually the weekend before the National Horse Show in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park using the same format as the ASPCA Maclay National Championship with fences set at 3'3" in height.

While no qualifying classes were required for the 2017 event, qualifying classes and specifications for the 2018 National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship began on Sept. 1.

For information regarding the National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship competition and its rules and regulations, click here.

The 2017 National Horse Show will pick up once more on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 8 a.m. in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park with the professional hunter divisions.

FROM THE WINNER'S CIRCLE

Jaden Porter – National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship winner

On being first in the order-of-go:
"It was very nerve-racking to go first but I wanted to do the best I could and it all worked out. I can't thank everyone enough who helped me get here. Thank you so much!"

On Dragonfly's Corleone B:
"[Dragonfly's Corleone B] was my sister's horse before he was mine but I've owned him for a year now. We've been doing the Taylor Harris medal classes and just kind of playing around. He's been absolutely amazing for me. I really love him. This was an amazing experience."

On her future goals:
"I would love to compete in the Maclay next year and years on if I can."

Stephanie Peterson – Champion Jaden Porter's trainer

On the inaugural National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship:
"We are so fortunate and honored to be here today. We're very thankful for the National Horse Show to offer this opportunity to all of these up-and-coming riders. They're able to get the mileage and experience in a very friendly first-finals setting that will prepare them for future equitation finals. What a great opportunity for us today and we're really appreciative to them to hold this class for these riders."

Cynthia Williams – Reserve champion Caroline Blake's trainer

On the inaugural National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship:
"I want to thank Mason Phelps and Jennifer Burger and everybody at the National Horse Show. You've made this day feel so special and so important. I think, for us, we didn't know what we were going to have when we came here. I knew it was going to be nice but it was over the top. You pulled out all of the stops and everything was fantastic. We all feel very privileged to be sitting here."

Mason Phelps – President of National Horse Show

On the inaugural National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship:
"I think it was a great educational opportunity for all of the riders here — to ride in the same ring as Rodrigo Pessoa, McLain Ward and all of the best riders in the world. It's a taste of the future and these riders today are all very much a part of the National Horse Show."

RESULTS
1. Dragonfly's Corleone B / Jaden Porter / Dragonfly Farms
2. Larry / Caroline Blake / Arly Golombek
3. Caprioso 2 / Molly Canfield / Darby Pease
4. Albert V / Jada Fuleky / Fox Meadow Farm
5. Caracas / Hailey Link / Elvenstar Farm
6. Cocktail 51 / Isabella De Sousa / Ashland Farms
7. Orion / Emily Cyrway / Emily Cyrway
8. Caballero III / Jamie Page / Redwood Farm LLC
9. Kitsilano / Emma Jolly / Elizabeth Summers
10. Easy B / Gillian Galvin / Gillian Galvin

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