Kentucky Spring Classic

Alma Bjorklund Brings Home Blue for Sweden in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Speed Class

Alma Bjorklund on S.I.E.C. Contessina

Alma Bjorklund and her own S.I.E.C. Contessina sped past the competition in Friday's High Junior/Amateur-Owner speed class during the Kentucky Spring Classic. Out of 33 total entries, Alma was one of only four riders able to navigate the speed course without accruing any faults. Her clear time of 61.477 seconds scored the blue ribbon for the day. 

Emma Kurtz and Dedication Declared Grand Junior Hunter Champions

Emma Kurtz and Dedication end the Kentucky Spring Classic with the Grand Junior Hunter Championship title. Photo Courtesy of Shawn McMillen Photography

On the final day of the Kentucky Spring Classic, talented junior rider Emma Kurtz claimed the Large Junior Hunter division championship as well as the Grand Junior Hunter Champion title aboard Dr. Betsee Parker's Dedication. Accumulating 46 points with the judges, Kurtz consistently placed at the top of the leaderboard on multiple mounts in the Stonelea ring and won the championship sponsored by Visse Wedell of Wedell Real Estate.

Santiago Lambre Saves the Best for Last in the $40,000 Bluegrass Grand Prix

Santiago Lambre on D'Artagnan

The Kentucky Spring Classic came to a close today with a full day of Grand Prix show jumping action in the Rolex Stadium. The final day of competition held not only the $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Hollow Creek Farm, but also the $40,000 Bluegrass Grand Prix, presented by Audi of Lexington as well as the jump off round for the $130,000 Mary Rena Murphy CSI3* Grand Prix. Alex Granato was the quickest ride in the jump off class, earning him the win in the event that was originally scheduled to be held on Saturday evening after the Preakness Stakes.

It's a Win for Mom: Farmer and It's Me Triumph in Green Hunter 3'9

Green Hunter

Returning for the first day of the Kentucky Spring Classic just a few short days after Mother's Day, Kelley Farmer produced two wins aboard her mother's gelding, It's Me, as Bibby Farmer looked on. It's Me, a now 9-year-old Warmblood, is a titleholder in the Stonelea Ring, having swept the Green Conformation Hunter championship as a stallion last spring. He went on to claim the Grand Open Hunter  Championship with Farmer in the irons in 2016.

Richie Moloney Kicks Off Kentucky Spring Classic with $35,000 Welcome Stake Win

Richie Maloney, Welcome Speed

The Kentucky Spring Classic kicked off its international competition at the Kentucky Horse Park with the $35,000 Welcome Speed Stake CSI3*. The class tested 46 athletes over a single round speed course designed by Bernardo Costa Cabral of Portugal. Ireland's Richie Moloney came out on top with his longtime partner Slieveanorra after producing a clear round in a time of 61.88 seconds.

Three-Peat Win for Todd Minikus and Quality Girl with $130,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3* Victory

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl

The Kentucky Spring Classic's main event, the $130,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3*, was an unforgettable one as Todd Minikus (USA) and Quality Girl pulled off their third FEI win for the week. The win was extra meaningful to Minikus as it honored his dear friend and horsewoman Mary Rena Murphy.

Payne, Gogul and Barnhill Take Home Championships at Kentucky Spring Classic

Christopher Payne and Colton

Christopher Payne and Colton, a Selle Français gelding, took home the Grand Hunter Championship as well as the Green Hunter championship at the Kentucky Spring Classic on Thursday. Payne and Colton were first in the handy class, second over fences and third under saddle after winning both over fences classes on Wednesday. A new addition to the Stonelea Ring courses today came in the form of a large stone wall fence that was used in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show.

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl Capture Back-to-Back Kentucky Spring Classic Wins with $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl

The second leg of the 2016 Hagyard Challenge Series, sponsored by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, was held on Thursday evening in the Rolex Stadium as the day's highlight event of the Kentucky Spring Classic. Todd Minikus (USA) took the top spot in the $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*, and second consecutive FEI win for the week, aboard Quality Girl, besting a starting field of 61 and gaining valuable points towards the Hagyard Leading Rider Bonus.

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl Prevail in $35,000 Welcome Speed CSI3* at Kentucky Spring Classic

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl

Speed was the name of the game Wednesday afternoon as the Kentucky Spring Classic kicked off with the $35,000 Welcome Speed CSI3* in the Rolex Stadium with Todd Minikus (USA) and Quality Girl, owned by the Quality Group, racing around the speed course in a time of 65.530 seconds to take the top prize.
 
Thirty-six horse and rider combinations vied for the winning prize money in Wednesday's highlight event, but only 10 were able to produce a faultless effort throughout the Olaf Petersen-designed course.
 

Emanuel Andrade Wins 2015 Hagyard Challenge Series $50,000 Leading Rider Award

Emanuel Andrade Wins 2015 Hagyard Challenge

For the third year in a row, the $50,000 Hagyard Leading Rider Award was presented to a Venezuelan rider, but this time it was to young rider Emanuel Andrade. At just 19 years old, Andrade has taken the international show jumping scene by storm. He kicked off the Hagyard Challenge Series with a win during the Kentucky Spring Classic, and then went on to place first and second during the KHJA Horse Show to top the overall leader board.