Lexington, KY - July 27, 2011- It was a beautiful day at the Kentucky Horse Park for the first day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. The Stonelea Ring was in pristine condition for the competitors in the First Year Green Hunter and Green Conformation Hunter classes. The top horses and riders gathered to compete at the prestigious event during World Champion Hunter Rider week. Leading the way in the First Year Green Working Hunters was Holly Orlando and Sailor's Valentine, while Molly Sewell piloted Photo Shoot and Gisele to top awards in the Green Conformation Hunters.
Holly Orlando and Sailor's Valentine, owned by Westerly Farm, of Unionville, PA, claimed a first place ribbon and a third place ribbon in First Year Green Working Hunters today. "He likes to pick up a little gallop in the beginning. Once or twice in the turns you have to break him up a little bit and then step back on the gas, but he likes to go, which is fine by me because I like that too. You just have to reel him in every once in a while, otherwise you get there a little too early," noted Orlando. "He felt great; he hasn't shown for a couple of weeks. He went home to Pennsylvania and had a little vacation."
Chris Payne and Up Front, owned by Chris Brown of Oakland, NJ, also took home a first place ribbon during today's First Year Green Working Hunter division. Payne, also found success with his second mount Holden, owned by Susan Moriconi, of St Louis, MO, who placed second and third in the division.
Next to compete in the Stonelea Ring was the Green Conformation Hunter division, where Molly Sewell took home the top awards. She won the first class aboard Photo Shoot, owned by Peake Wood Pharm Inc of Sanford, FL. Sewell then garnered the blue ribbons prize in the second class with Gisele, owned by Porter Allen of Boerne, TX.
"Photo Shoot is a little lethargic, so you have to keep him motivated. He's very quiet but he's a very good jumper," said trainer Bill Schaub. "Gisele has a nice natural gallop, Gisele has a sweeping canter, which is so nice and really carries you down there and shows you a nice distance. We bought them both as babies and have brought them along."
"Both horses also compete in the Junior Hunter divisions and we are working to qualify them for Indoors," continued Schaub. "Kentucky is my favorite place to show, so we will be here for the next five weeks."
Tomorrow the professional hunter divisions will conclude with championship and reserve championship honors for the top horse and rider combinations. The week also features the Amateur-Owner Hunter and Junior Hunter divisions. The top horse and riders have gathered to compete at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show during the World Champion Hunter Rider competition for valuable points toward year end awards.
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Photo Credit: Holly Orlando and Sailor's Valentine won a class during the First Year Green Hunters at Kentucky Summer Horse Show. Photo By: Holly Whiteman/PMG.