Shawn Casady and First Lady in a Clean Round to Claim the High Amateur-Owners/Junior Jumpers Victory


Lexington, KY - It was another beautiful day at the Kentucky Horse Park, host of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, and ultimately, the FEI World Equestrian Games this coming fall. Being clean and fast was key for competitors in today's High Amateur Owners Junior Jumper class. Having a timed first round required riders to be fault free, and with the fastest time possible to be in ribbon contention.

The course in today's class was designed by Richard Jeffery and consisted of fences anywhere from 1.35 meters to 1.45 meters. Beginning with a wide open oxer, riders were then challenged with a vertical-rollback-vertical combination to a galloped open water jump with the pole only being scored.  The course went on to include a one stride vertical combination, a triple bar oxer, an oxer to vertical combination, and an oxer with a Liverpool.

It was a bright beginning with the first rider to go, Dr. Fernando Cardenas and Orphan Car who went through a clean round in 74.728, well under the time allowed of 83 seconds. It was just two more rounds until Audrey Coulter registered the second clean round aboard Copernicus Stables, LLC horse Titania, just a tick quicker in 74.301.

Out of a field of 27 competitors, only five riders went clean . Near the end of the class, it was Megan Fellows and her horse, Le Supra, who took a commanding lead with a clean round in 71. 051. But Fellows stay at the top was short-lived as the next to go was Elizabeth Boyd's First Lady, ridden by Shawn Casady. The pair re-set the stage with another flawless round and stopped the clock in a blazing 69.843, good enough for the win.

"Everything went so well, smiled Casady after his winning ride, "We got out in an open gallop and everything just kept coming up nicely. She jumped very careful and I am learning a lot from her," He went on to add, "She's owned by Liza (Elizabeth Boyd) and she wants to keep doing hunters, so First Lady is currently for sale." When asked about how he is enjoying his time at the Kentucky Horse Shows, Casady replied, "I come to the spring and summer shows a lot because it's in the middle of the north and south, so a good place. It has good people, a great facility, good footing and jumps, fun rings to ride in, and beautiful hunter rings."

The next class in the Walnut Arena was the Low Amateur Owners Junior 1.15m-1.25m class. The course was also designed by Richard Jeffery and despite the lowered jumps, it demanded more turns and attention to lines. Starting with an oxer immediately to a rollback to a vertical and next to an oxer, gave the rider a sense of the focus necessary to complete the course. The rest of the course included another vertical, roll-back, vertical combo, a Swedish oxer, and a vertical to oxer combination.

The time allowed was 69 seconds and was also a timed first round. Being that the class consisted of 60 competitors, the ending outcome resulted in a double pinning, or the so called California split, for first.

Stopping the clock at 54.383 was Marquee Cincotta and Vianco, owned by Centennial Farm, to take home a blue ribbon.  Alison Register and her horse Droxello were the next fastest time of 54.822 to earn the other blue.

Earlier in the day, the Young Jumper classes were held in the Walnut Ring. Twenty-three duos competed in the mid-summer heat for the top prize in the 7 & 8 Year Old young Jumper Championship Qualifier.

Course designer Richard Jeffrey presented a challenging track for the up and coming jumper horses, which included an optional open water jump, a vertical-vertical combination, and a liverpool. The water obstacles resulted in the most snafus for the young horses, as several balked at the unfamiliar sight. The jump off contained three more jumps that weren't included in the original 12-obstacle course.

Eleven pairs had a clear effort in the first round to continue to the jump off. The most accurate attempt came from Sergio Campos aboard Kristianna Lindgren's 7-year-old Holsteiner mare, Circa. Campos negotiated the track expertly as he turned Circa midair and they blazed from jump to jump, keeping each obstacle standing. As Campos cross the timers at 27.179 seconds, which put him in the lead, the crowd was cheering. His time was more than a second faster than runner-up Aaron Vale's, with Tatra Farm's Gunner.

Show jumping competition will continue tomorrow, and the main event will be the $40,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix sponsored by Audi of Lexington, starting at 6:00 p.m. in the main stadium. Also featured will be the finale to NAJYRC, as the individual medals are awarded. The NAJC individual final competition begins at 7:30 a.m. in the main stadium, and the NAYRC individual final begins at 2:00 p.m.

For more information on the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please go to www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

AO-JR JPR HIGH 1.35m-1.45m II 2b  
1 1151 FIRST LADY SHAWN CASADY ELIZABETH BOYD 0 0 0 69.843
2 334 LA SUPRA MEGAN FELLOWS MEGAN FELLOWS 0 0 0 71.051
3 933 CAJUN MAISIE MCSWAIN MAISIE MCSWAIN 0 0 0 72.186
4 505 SPRINGTIME MARY MANFREDI COPERNICUS STABLES LLC 0 0 0 73.333
5 513 TITANIA AUDREY COULTER COPERNICUS STABLES LLC 0 0 0 74.301
6 291 ORPHAN CAR DR. FERNANDO CARDENAS DR. FERNANDO CARDENAS 0 0 0 74.728
7 308 ICE D'ANCOEUR REED KESSLER REED KESSLER 4 0 4 68.415
8 961 NANDY FONTAINE MARGARET REINEY MARGARET REINEY 4 0 4 70.488
9 502 OCTOBER PETER LUTZ COPERNICUS STABLES LLC 4 0 4 71.544
10 421 BORNEO CAITLIN ZIEGLER ARTISAN FARMS LLC 4 0 4 71.976
11 339 RMANI NELLIE FOOSANER NELLIE FOOSANER 4 0 4 72.250
12 1485 GIANINA 9 ELIZABETH BATES ELIZABETH BATES 4 0 4 73.845

AO/JR JPR LOW 1.15m-1.25m II 2b  
1 736 VIANCO MARQUEE CINCOTTA CENTENNIAL FARM 0 0 0 54.383
2 83 DROXELLO ALISON REGISTER ALISON REGISTER 0 0 0 54.822
3 65 OZALIAT REBECCA HUNTER REBECCA HUNTER 0 0 0 55.919
4 259 PISTOL WILTON PORTER SLEEPY P RANCH. 0 0 0 56.324
5 943 ALEGRO CLAUDIA BILLUPS CLAUDIA BILLUPS 0 0 0 57.099
6 188 CANUTE SAMANTHA SCHAEFER SAMANTHA SCHAEFER 0 0 0 57.339
7 1548 PROFYTA VELVET VDL NATALIE THOMPSON NATALIE THOMPSON 0 0 0 57.560
8 1491 LILIUS AINSLEY VINCE LIAM DUMONT-WALKER 0 0 0 58.009
9 904 BRANDER BRIDGET ENNEVOR BEL FARMS, LLC 0 0 0 58.014
10 826 OLYMPIA EMMA ROBERTS ALYSSA JANELLE HEIM 0 0 0 58.540
11 690 LEHMANN HAYLEY BARNHILL CALLIE SCHOTT 0 0 0 58.556
12 538 ANTON ALISON ROBITAILLE ANNA MCWANE 0 0 0 58.818

YJC QUALIFIER-7 & 8 YEAR OLDS 1.30-1.35m,II 2b  
1 1011 CIRCA SERGIO CAMPOS KRISTIANNA LINDGREN 0 0 0 83.505 0 0 0 27.179
2 940 GUNNER AARON VALE TATRA FARM 0 0 0 79.990 0 0 0 28.239
3 936 WELINDE LAUREN TISBO TEQUESTRIAN FARMS, LLC 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 30.518
4 479 DEEP SNOW MAX AMAYA MERIDAN FARM 0 0 0 89.479 0 0 0 31.921
5 102 FRISCO DONALD CHESKA ALEX PARRISH 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 32.937
6 846 CAPITOL HILL CAITLYN SHIELS TRUE NORTH STABLES 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 33.058
7 260 PRIMERO JENNIFER GRIFFITHS SLEEPY P RANCH. 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 33.194
8 325 QUICK QUIRLY ALISON ROBITAILLE M/M BERTRAM FIRESTONE 0 0 0 84.743 0 0 0 33.957
9 1019 WILOMA III RICHARD MOLONEY SPY COAST FARM LLC 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 34.687
10 49 ONCE A WARRIOR MAURICE BEATSON MAURICE BEATSON 0 0 0 0.000 4 0 4 31.011
11 151 OCTOBER HILL'S CONCHO ERIN DAVIS-WALSH OCTOBER HILL SALES 0 0 0 82.377 4 10 14 49.884
12 789 CYRANO JULIO ALVAREZ PABLO VIVERO 4 0 4 79.038 0 0  0.000  

Photo Credit: Shawn Cassidy and First Lady won the top prize in the High Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumpers at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. Photo By: Whitney Campbell.




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