Lexington, KY- It was a beautiful, sunny day for exhibitors in the final day of competition at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions wrapped up this week's competitions in the Stonelea Ring, awarding championship and reserve champion ribbons to the top horse and rider combinations. Competition continues at the Kentucky Horse Park with the Kentucky Summer Classic, getting underway on August 3, 2010, and running through August 8, 2010.
Alise Oken and her mount Take Away jumped their way to the tricolor ribbon this afternoon in the Amateur Owner 18 to 35 Hunter division. The pair was second and first today, adding to their second and fifth place ribbons from Saturday to secure the championship. Arly Golomber and her Ralanda Z were awarded the Reserve Champion honors for their excellent effort throughout the weekend.
"Today he felt great and the handy was a lot of fun," smiled Oken. "He was great on the inside turns and the course rode really nicely. I've been riding him for three years now and he just tries so hard."
Oken continued, "I've been coming to Kentucky for awhile and I really like it here. The facility is just amazing."
The Amateur Owner 35 and Older Hunters were next in the order at the Stonelea Arena today with Jane Gaston and Lumiere taking home the championship ribbon. The pair was awarded first and second place ribbons in their over fences efforts today, along with a second in the under saddle class to add to their second place finish from Saturday. Brad Wolf and his mount Rio Renior were named the Reserve Champions as the division came to a close.
"Yesterday he was absolutely awesome, and won the first amateur class," beamed Gaston. "I was thrilled with him. Today he was just a good solid horse you can always depend on. I've had him for five years and he's just a love."
Gaston added, "It has been 18 years since I have been to Kentucky and I came to meet my trainer, Larry Glefke, this week. I am enjoying my time here and have really enjoyed this gorgeous facility. They really do a great job with the courses and the footing."
The Amateur Owner 3'3'' Hunters were the final division today to round out this week of showing at the Kentucky Horse Park. Westville and Becky Gochman were awarded the championship ribbon for their efforts in this competitive division. The pair garnered a third and fourth place ribbon today adding to their two blue ribbons from yesterday's rounds. Alise Oken and Alisette were awarded the Reserve Champion tricolor for their weekend efforts.
"Yesterday we were just really on and he felt smooth as butter," smiled Gochman. "I am really happy with this little horse. I just got him in May so we have only had him for a short time but he is really proving himself. I am hoping to qualify for Indoors with him, I just love this horse!"
Today marks the final day of competition for the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, produced by Kentucky Horse Shows LLC. The Kentucky Summer Classic will begin next week on Tuesday, August 3, with the Junior Hunter Finals - East Coast. Next week's competition is a WCHR qualifying event and will feature the nations top horses competing for championship and reserve championship awards.
For more information on the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows please go to www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.
Photo Credit: Jane Gaston and Lumiere garnered the Amateur Owner 35 and Over Hunter Championship at Kentucky Summer Horse Show. Photo By: Alyson Sanderford.