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Georgina Bloomberg and Fiedi 3 Soar to $30,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix Victory
Georgina Bloomberg and Fiedi 3 won the $30,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix
Victory at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. Photo By: Rebecca Walton/PMG.
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Lexington, KY - August 22, 2010 - It was a beautiful and sunny Kentucky
afternoon, for the final day of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. Today
riders competed for top prizes during the jumper divisions in the new Indoor
Ring at the picturesque Kentucky Horse Park. The highlight event of the day
was the $30,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix where Georgina Bloomberg and
Fiedi 3 stole the show after completing an incredible double clear-effort
with a blazing jump-off time of 40.83 seconds.
Today's class featured a course designed by Richard Jeffery of Bournemouth,
England. The first round included an oxer-vertical double combination and a
vertical-vertical-oxer triple combination, with numerous bending lines.
Six riders were able to show perfection over the technical first round track
and advance to the short course. For the shortened tiebreaker test, they
began by jumping a wide oxer in the corner and then made a right turn to the
double combination before galloping to the end of the ring to jump a single
vertical. Next they made a left turn to another oxer and then had a long
gallop to an oxer-vertical bending line. Riders finished by galloping home
off the left lead over a tall, single vertical.
The first horse and rider combination to complete the opening round without
fault was Margie Engle and Hidden Creek's Pamina L. As the first entry to
compete over the speed round, the pair was setting what appeared to be an
excellent pace, but as they made their way around the turn to the bending
line, there was no distance to the first oxer and Engle tried to fit the
extra step in. Unfortunately, Pamina L was not able to get over the fence
successfully and came down hard on the back rail. Engle became dislodged
from the saddle, but she showcased what a talented rider she is by remaining
aboard. and six strides later she regained her composure and jumped easily
out of the line. The duo stopped the clock at 44.79 seconds with a
four-fault total, good enough for today's sixth place finish.
Shane Sweetnam was next to show over the short course with Traffic Boy,
owned by Sweet Oak Farm. Sweetnam chose to be conservative and kept a steady
canter throughout the course. His plan worked as they left each rail in its
cups, but their slow and careful time of 50.47 seconds was only good enough
for third place.
Mark Bluman and Cataro Ask stepped into the ring next. The pair was having
an excellent round until Bluman extended his mount's stride to the final
vertical in an effort to beat the clock. Unfortunately, the brave move would
not pay off and the top rail rolled out of its cups to incur four faults
with a time of 41.27 seconds, earning Blumen fourth place honors.
Georgina Bloomberg galloped into the ring next aboard Fiedi 3, owned by
Gotham Enterprizes, ready to dominate the class. They picked up a quick
gallop to the first oxer and never held back. The New York duo easily made
their way over each obstacle, increasing their pace as they advanced through
the final test. Bloomberg and Fiedi 3 completed a clear round and tripped
the time at 40.83 seconds to take over the lead. It was a score and time
that would eventually net them the Sunday victory.
Saer Coulter tried to catch Bloomberg's time with Springtime, owned by
Coernicus Stables, but they had to add a stride, and ended up chipping at
the vertical after the double combination, causing the rail to fall and
adding a four-fault penalty to their score sheet. Coulter stopped the clock
at 43.85 seconds and took home the fifth place ribbon.
The final horse and rider combination to challenge Bloomberg's lead was Kent
Farrington piloting Hillary McNerney's Valhalla. Farrington was quick, but
not quick enough. While Farrington managed to leave all the fences standing,
their time of 42.06 seconds, was two seconds too slow, slotting them into
the second spot in the final standings.
"Valhalla is only eight years old, so for me it was more about mileage with
her," noted Farrington after his round. "My plan for the jump-off was just
to go as comfortably fast as I thought she was ready to go, and wherever
that ends up it ends up. Now, I'll probably take her and do a small class
like New Albany. I'm trying to find some smaller grand prix classes to let
her step up and get some mileage."
Georgina Bloomberg and Fiedi 3 were today's big winners and led this
afternoon's final victory gallop. "He jumped great in the first round and I
just really tried to go as quick as I could in the jump-off," she
explained. "After the first jump I misjudged the turn a little bit and I was
just lucky a good distance came up. I turned a little bit tighter into the
double then I would have liked, but he has all the scope in the world so I
knew I could just trust him. I just had to make tight turns and keep him
together and hope that it held up."
Bloomberg traveled to Kentucky to compete during Friday's World Cup
Qualifier, but she had a difficult time getting Feidi 3 to focus after a
long break following Spruce Meadows. "On Friday, I think he got a little bit
nervous and the jumps came up a little bit quick for him because he's big
and a little bit awkward," she commented. "He can jump anything in the
world, but he sometimes gets a little bit uncoordinated and forgets to pick
his legs up out of the way. We just always need to keep him calm and focused
on the jump. In a small indoor like this, it can be a little bit difficult
to just keep his attention. He jumped great though today and he really
focused in the ring."
Now Bloomberg and her talented string of horses will travel to the Hampton
Classic before beginning a full show schedule this fall as they aim for the
2011 World Cup Finals.
"The World Cup Qualifier is really the reason we came all way from New
York," said Bloomberg. "It's great to be here and I love the Horse Park. I'm
excited that WEG is going to be here and I hope it does great things for the
sport in this country."
Earlier today, riders had the opportunity to compete in the $5,000 High
Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper Classic sponsored by Audi of Lexington. The
first place prize when to Christina Kelly with Diamond Edge Farm's Creata
Van Ten Biesen after the pair completed a double clear effort in 39.755
seconds. Hayley Barnhill and Toucan Tango took home the second place award
after crossing the finish line in 41.126 seconds, while Chase Boggio and
Hennessey placed third with a time of 41.993 seconds.
Today's $30,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix was the final event during the
month-long Kentucky Summer Horse Show series. Now, the Kentucky Horse Park
will begin preparing for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, where
the top horses and riders will compete at the highest level of the sport.
For more information about the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.