Many of the top equitation riders did not become the talented athletes that they are overnight. It is a big commitment during one's junior years, both financially and socially.
Before she heads to the Hampton Classic on Monday, Tori Colvin snuck in one more victory aboard Take The High Road LLC's Cafino in the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington, on the final day of Bluegrass Festival Horse Show.
It was the 20-year-old, newly-turned professional rider, Geoffrey Hesslink, who took home not only the blue ribbon and championship cooler for Sunday afternoon's $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby, but also for the entire Hallway Feeds Hunter Derby Series.
A hush fell over the Kentucky Horse Park's Rolex Stadium as the final two riders prepared to take the stage in the 2016 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship.
Sophie Michaels was aboard Serenity Equestrian Ventures' Wallenberg to capture the win in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show out of 15 entries. Michaels currently trains with Andre Dignelli and Patricia Griffith at Heritage Farm in Katonah, New York.
When Helen Lenahan's Miss Lucy and rider Kristy Herrera jumped the final 5'1½" fence and concluded their Handy Round in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship, the SBS Farms team knew they'd been a part of something incredibly special.
After winning the 1.40m Open Jumpers on Thursday, Aaron Vale was looking to continue his winning streak under the lights on Friday night. The Ocala-based professional and Finou 4 did just that, stealing the win from Shane Sweetnam and Cobolt in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show.
Out of 66 entries in the first classic round of the USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, Kelley Farmer had four of the rides.
Trainer Larry Glefke may be well known for his loquaciousness, but Kelley Farmer's performance aboard Baltimore in today's Classic Hunter Round of the $275,900 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship left him uncharacteristically speechless after his whooping concluded.
The New Jersey-based rider takes home more than $50,000 in total prize money during the three-day competition.