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CHRISTINA FISHER AND HANNAH PATTEN BLAZE TO BLUE RIBBONS IN ROLEX STADIUM

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Amateurs ruled the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Summer Classic horse show on Friday. Christina Fisher of Atlanta, Georgia, won the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper speed class on Zanzibar in a time of 58.482 seconds, beating out 32 other competitors. In addition, Hannah Patten won her own blue ribbon in the Medium Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper speed class aboard Love. The pair completed the course in a time of 52.632 seconds.  

Christina Fisher, a 24-year-old and recent graduate of Georgia Tech, competes in both the hunter and jumper rings with equal success. Though she started riding hunters as a child and only just began competing in the jumpers over the past year, Fisher has wasted no time moving up the divisions. After purchasing Zanzibar a year ago, Fisher has shown the 13-year-old KWPN gelding in both the Low Amateur Jumpers as well as hunter classes including the USHJA hunter derbies. The pair are planning to compete together in the upcoming 2017 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship here at the Kentucky Horse Park in two weeks. 

Patten's win in the Medium Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumpers on Love, her 15-year-old Belgian Sport Horse gelding, is just one of the reasons the 18-year-old from Williamstown, Massachusetts, is having a great two weeks at the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows. In addition to winning on Friday afternoon, Patten cheered on her trainer, Sydney Shulman, and her 9-year-old gelding Curby Du Seigneur to a win in Thursday evening's $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. 

Patten, who moonlights as the author of the popular lifestyle blog, The Patten Standard, credits her strong bond with Love to her competitive instinct. The pair have been competing together for five years and most recently won the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the Fairfield Hunt Club June Classic. 

Coming up on Saturday evening, the Rolex Stadium will play host to the main event of the Kentucky Summer Classic, the $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix. The grand prix event will start promptly at 7 p.m. and feature some of the most competitive grand prix professionals in the country. 

Photo by Lenore Phillips