Lexington, KY - June 23, 2014 - Revival and Enticement have not seen the show ring since the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, but today they picked up right where they left off at the Kentucky Horse Park. With Kelley Farmer in the irons, the two talented young mounts earned multiple blue ribbons on the first day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, which continues through July 27, 2014.
"I was really happy with them coming back out for the first time since Kentucky Spring," Farmer said of Revival and Enticement. "They were great here today."
Enticement, a 6-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare owned by Larry Glefke, kicked off Lane Change Farm's winning day with the top call in the second class of the First Year Green Hunters and kept right on rolling from there, with top three finishes in the Green Conformation Hunters.
Enticement was just edged out of a blue ribbon in the Green Conformation Hunters by Revival. The 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, also owned by Glefke, dominated the division with two blue ribbons over fences. Rounding out the Farmer ridden contingent in Green Conformation Hunters was the greenest of the group, Handwritten. The Oldenburg gelding claimed a second over fences as well as second in the Green Conformation Hunter Under Saddle.
"Handwritten is a baby. He's really still pre-green," Farmer said. "I was happy with him for his basically his debut at doing anything real. I'm excited about him. He tries hard, and I think he's going to be super."
Farmer and Glefke have had Handwritten since late 2013 but have been taking their time bringing him along since then.
"I did him at Capital Challenge. He was second in a class, he was still very green," Farmer said. "We decided we'd take it easy and just let him go to some horse shows and school. I think in the Green Conformation, next year he's really going to step up in be in Scripted's place."
With a growing string of successes, not only today but also throughout the year, Farmer has her sights set firmly on the final week of the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows - namely the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, now less than a month away.
From her talented string, Farmer is gearing up Mindful, So To Speak, Point Being, Taken, Unspoken, Scripted - and following her success today, potentially Enticement, for the Finals, and for many of them, the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows provide the perfect opportunity to do so.
"The plan leading up to Derby Finals is different for each of them," Farmer said. "Some of them will show here next week. Some of them will show the week of Derby Finals."
Leading up to the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, the hunter competition continues tomorrow with the conclusion of the professional hunter divisions beginning at 8 a.m. In addition to offering a full range of competitive hunter divisions, this week's hunter highlight classes include the highlight $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby on Sunday, July 27.
To learn more about the Kentucky Spring Horse Show please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.