Traverse City, MI - Scott Lenkart and Impulsive have won more grand prix classes than anyone in the seven year history of Horse Shows by the Bay, and today the pair continued their winning efforts. Competing in the $30,000 D-Braider Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix, Lenkart and Impulsive were the only horse and rider combination to jump double clear today over Michel Vaillancourt's course.
Today's class was the second grand prix win in a row for the pair, after also winning last week's $30,000 Grand Traverse Bay Grand Prix.
Showing in the beautiful Grand Prix Ring at Flintfields Horse Park, 24 entries showed up to compete in today's class, which was generously sponsored by Karin Flint of Wellington, FL. Just six entries jumped clear over the difficult first round course, and Lenkart was the only rider to also clear the challenging jump-off course. Lenkart and Impulsive stopped the clock in the fastest time of 40.193 seconds, and their clear round earned top prize. Victor Segovia and his mount Romeo finished with the fastest four-fault jump-off round in 40.502 seconds to earn the second place prize. Denise Wilson and Life is Life 15 also had one rail in the jump-off to earn third place honors with their time of 40.637 seconds. Kim Farlinger and Bay Street finished in fourth, Frankie Chesler-Ortiz and Aslan took home fifth place honors, and Michael Tokaruk and Lord Byron finished out the top six.
After another exciting win, Lenkart praised Impulsive for his great efforts in the day's class, stating, "He likes to get that ribbon, he really does. He likes to go in there a second time and he likes doing the victory gallop. He tries so hard; today he jumped better than he has all three weeks."
"He was a little fresher than I wanted him to be; the weather is a little cooler and I have not shown him in a late class since we have been here," Lenkart continued. "He was definitely fresher than normal, and usually that would backfire on me, but today he jumped fantastic."
Lenkart commented on the course, which proved difficult for many of the horses and riders. "Today was definitely a tough course. The course was squarer than the last two classes and it was definitely more technical," he noted. "In the jump-off I went fourth and the first three horses each had stops, so my plan was just to go double clear. There were two nice rollback turns to verticals and that is his specialty, he really likes doing that. Then there was a long gallop to a square oxer at the Liverpool, and I happened to find it right. I definitely had a beatable time, but there were already three horses that had rails before me and there were only two horses after me, so there was a little luck out there for sure."
Lenkart and his family enjoy spending time in Traverse City each summer and continue to love Horse Shows by the Bay and all that it has to offer. "We had a great time here," he concluded. "The customers all loved it and this was a great way to end another year."
The 2010 Horse Show by the Bay Equestrian Festival will conclude with its final day of competition on Sunday featuring several prestigious jumper classics for the junior/amateurs and children's/adult riders. For more information, please visit www.horseshowsbythebay.com.
$30,000 D-BRAIDER GRAND PRIX II2A
Order Entry# Horse Name Rider Name Owner JF1 TF1 AF1 Time 1 JF2 TF2 AF2 Time 2
1 39 IMPULSIVE SCOTT LENKART MACMILLAN SPORT HORSE 0 0 0 74.7990 0 0 40.193
2 782 ROMEO VICTOR SEGOVIA THE ROMEO GROUP 0 0 0 78.8434 0 4 40.502
3 233 LIFE IS LIFE 15 DENISE WILSON BLUE GATE FARM LLC 0 0 0 77.8364 0 4 40.637
4 675 BAY STREETKIM FARLINGER PETER FARLINGER 0 0 0 76.8664 0 4 41.478
5 644 ASLAN FRANKIE CHESLER-ORTIZ SHER-AL FARM 0 0 0 74.4578 3 11 50.537
6 281 LORD BYRON MICHAEL TOKARUK MICHAEL TOKARUK 0 0 0 73.1210 0 Withdr0.000
7 72 OBOURG LISA JACQUIN FLINTWOODE FARMS LLC 4 0 4 73.4660 0 0.000
8 46 COURAGE 68 BRIAN SHOOK EQUESTRIAN ENDEAVORS 4 0 4 76.3340 0 0.000
9 825 CINCINNATI VICKY MILLER SHOWCASE 81 LLC 4 0 4 76.6540 0 0.000
10 512 CASINO VAN DE HELLE ERIN HAAS NORTH FACE FARM 4 0 4 78.0580 0 0.000
11 279 LUCIUS 35 LUKE TOKARUK LUKE TOKARUK 4 0 4 78.2690 0 0.000
12 318 CENTURION B LISA GOLDMAN MARY GOLDMAN 8 0 8 70.2640 0 0.000
Photo Credit: Scott Lenkart and Impulsive won their second grand prix in a row in the $30,000 D-Braider Cherry Capital Classic Grand Prix at Horse Shows by the Bay III. Photo © 2010 Lauren Fisher/PMG.