Lexington, Kentucky - November 20, 2011 - - Part of the sizzle of a breathtaking Saturday night of world-class show jumping at this year's Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky, was the awarding of the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider title.
The 2011 title was awarded to one of the nation's fastest rising stars, Jessica Springsteen of Colts Neck, New Jersey.
The Alltech National Horse Show concluded on Sunday, November 6, after a highly successful five day inaugural run at the Alltech Arena at the world-renowned Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, site of last year's Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Jolicoeur's award was presented on Saturday night, following the victory gallop for the $250,000 Alltech National Horse Show Grand Prix. Richard Spooner of California, riding Cristallo, raced to the primetime win.
Springsteen's third place performance, with her highly competitive and classy mare, Cincinnati Le Silla, was one of the best of her young career and put the capper on a tremendous week of competition.
"My mare was fantastic. This was a very exciting night for me," said Springsteen following her top finish on Saturday night. "To be on the same podium with these two great, veteran riders is a real honor. I couldn't be happier." Springsteen was speaking of Spooner, the winner, and Great Britain's Nick Skelton, who finished second on Carlo 273.
"I sponsored the Leading Lady Rider award in memory of my friend, Dale Lawler. I know that Dale would be as excited as I am that that award would go to one of the fastest rising stars in our sport, Jessica Springsteen. She proved on Saturday night that she can compete with anyone, on any level," said Martha Jolicoeur.
"I am so happy that we got involved with this year's debut of the Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington," Jolicoeur concluded. "I've talked to so many horsemen and women over the past few days and their reviews of the show have been tremendous. Everyone loved it!"
"We were honored to offer this exciting award to our top women competitors. It certainly couldn't have been won by a more electrifying young rider," said National Horse Show Association President, Mason Phelps, Jr. "We are very grateful to Martha Jolicoeur for this important sponsorship."
Working with Illustrated Properties, an established independent real estate brokerage firm, Jolicoeur is the 'go-to' broker in the Village of Wellington, Florida. Recognized as the leader in preferred properties in the Palm Beaches since 1975, Illustrated Properties generates over 1.2 billion dollars in sales annually. In addition to being an exclusive affiliate of "Christie's Great Estates," the premier luxury real estate network.
The Alltech National Horse Show, 129th edition, will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in 2012.
Photo: Jessica Springsteen and Cincinnati La Silla, 3rd $250,000 ANHS GP. Photo by Shawn McMillen.