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Lauren Crooks and Cincinatti La Silla Win $50,000 CSI-W Hagyard Lexington
Classic at Bluegrass Festival Horse Show
Rebecca Walton for
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Lexington, KY - August 20, 2010 - Another incredible crowd turned out at the
new Indoor Ring tonight, this time to watch riders compete for the top prize
during the $50,000 CSI-W Hagyard Lexington Classic at the Bluegrass Festival
Horse Show. It proved to be an interesting night when the first four riders
all completed clear rounds to start, but as the class progressed no other
combinations were able to duplicate the effort and join the jump-off. Lauren
Crooks and Cincinnati La Silla led the victory gallop after they laid down
the fastest clear effort over the short course, continuing their winning
streak after taking the top prize in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic
during the Kentucky Summer Classic.
Tonight's long and winding course was designed by Richard Jeffery. The first
round course featured 16 jumping efforts and included a
vertical-oxer-vertical triple combination, an oxer-vertical double
combination, and a number of tall, single verticals. At first it looked as
though the course was too simple when the first four riders to take to the
track all posted clear efforts, but as the evening continued, the rails
began to come down and no one else was able to advance to the short course.
The jump-off round began over a single oxer followed by a bending line to a
single vertical. Riders then made a left turn to another wide oxer before
jumping through the oxer-vertical double combination. Finally, the
competitors made an inside turn and galloped to a tall vertical just before
the finish line.
Michelle Spadone and Melisimo, owned by Morgan Hill Partners, were the first
in the ring to show over the opening course, and with a fault free effort,
she led the way back for the jump-off. As Spadone picked up a gallop to the
first obstacle in the jump-off, Melisimo had a slight misstep, but that did
not seem to hinder them as the duo easily made their way over each fence. It
looked as though they were going to mimic their first round with a clear
effort, but an unfortunate rub at the last vertical caused the rail to
fall. Spadone's four-fault score in a time of 35.12 second held up for the
third place prize.
The new partnership of Kent Farrington and Top Gun, owned by Iron Horse
Farm, was next to tackle the short course. The pair was not as lucky during
their second attempt however, incurring faults at both the third and fourth
obstacles. They galloped through the timers in 35.43 seconds, and with eight
faults, taking home tonight's fourth place honors.
Margie Engle and Indigo, owned by Shay Griese and Gladewinds Farm, stepped
into the arena next and at that point, all they needed to do was leave all
the fences standing to take over the lead. That is exactly what the
incredible duo was able to do, leaping over each obstacle with an efficient
track. Indigo broke the beam at 36.83 seconds, but Engle's beautiful
fault-free effort would not hold the top spot for long, as they ended up
taking home tonight's second place ribbon.
"No one had gone clear so I thought I would just ride medium and try and put
the pressure on Lauren," commented Engle. "I didn't want to pull a rail down
so she could just go around easily. It's never a shame to lose to a nice
horse like Lauren's though."
Lauren Crooks and Cincinnati La Silla, owned by Glen Youell, were the final
horse rider combination in the ring. After winning the $25,000 Hagyard
Lexington Classic just two weeks ago, the pair knew exactly how to ride the
course in the Indoor Arena. Crooks picked up a quick canter and easily made
her way over the first fence, the move allowing them to leave a stride out
before the second obstacle. Cincinnati La Silla stretched out her stride and
as they left each rail in its cups, the duo was able to cross the finish
line in 34.08 seconds, almost three seconds faster than Engle, to win
"This mare is amazing, I just can't say enough about her," smiled Crooks
after the victory gallop. "She's so fun to ride and she gives me to much
confidence, it's great! During their first round there were a lot of tall
verticals so I really had to think about being patient and trusting her, but
we have a good relationship and it worked out very nicely."
Crooks added, "During the jump-off I knew I had to go clear and Margie is
very fast. You have to compete to beat her. I just went in, I tried not to
think about that, and I rode the best track and plan I could and I ended up
having a faster time. With all my turns the distance to the jump just came
right up and we stayed very forward."
This is the second grand prix victory in a row for Crooks at the Kentucky
Summer Horse Shows, and she also placed second during last week's $60,000
Grand Prix at Trader's Point in Indianapolis. "It's a great thing for the
new business with my brother, Sean," she explained. "Once you're on a roll
you're on it, so we'll see where it goes from here."
Tonight's event was a World Cup Qualifier, and now Crooks will be in the
running to represent the United States at the 2011 FEI World Cup Finals in
Leipzig, Germany. "This mare is very young, she's only nine years old, and
she's a new ride for me, but she is at another level indoors," said
Crooks. "I think she could certainly be a World Cup horse, we'll see how the
future plays out."
In addition to being a World Cup Qualifier, tonight's class was the final
event in the Hagyard Challenge Series, which features five grand classes
throughout the spring and summer. During the Series, riders compete for
points towards the $50,000 Leading Rider Award.
After the prize giving ceremony it was announced that Pablo Barrios of
Venezuela was this year's winner. Barrios is currently competing in Royan,
France, but during the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows he completed a one-two
finish in the first $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and earned a second
place ribbon in the second $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. Those early
season totals for Barrios were enough to seal the victory for the 2010
Crooks commented, "The Hagyard Challenge Series is really great thing. If I
had the rider on this mare earlier in the year it is something I definitely
would have gone for, it is a great goal for riders."
Equestrian Life provided a live, free webcast of tonight's grand prix. If
you missed it tonight you can visit their website anytime to see the class
in its entirety at www.equestrianlife.com/bluegrass.
Tomorrow, the exciting line-up of events will continue at the Bluegrass
Festival Horse Show. The Final Round of the $100,000 Chronicle of the
Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals will get underway at 6p.m. in
the Indoor Ring. On Sunday, competition will come to a close after riders
compete in the $30,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix.
For more information about the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows please visit
$50,000 HAGYARD LEXINGTON WORLD CUP QUALIFIER CSI-W
1 565 CINCINATTI LA SILLA LAUREN CROOKS GLEN YOUELL 0 0 0 85.330 0 0 0
2 769 INDIGO MARGIE ENGLE SHAY GRIESE AND GLADEWINDS FARM 0 0 0 86.960 0 0 0
3 406 MELISIMO MICHELLE SPADONE MORGAN HILL PARTNERS 0 0 0 88.620 4 0 4
4 888 TOP GUN KENT FARRINGTON IRON HORSE FARM 0 0 0 82.300 8 0 8 35.430
5 464 LORD SPEZI MARGIE ENGLE ASHLAND FARMS & STADIUM SPORT HORSES 4 0 4
6 314 APRIL PETER LUTZ COPERNICUS STABLES LLC 4 0 4 84.470
7 374 COMTESS III CARA RAETHER TRELAWNY FARM, LLC 4 0 4 87.870
8 180 FIEDI 3 GEORGINA BLOOMBERG GOTHAM ENTERPRIZES 8 0 8 84.930
9 483 CLEU DEBBIE STEPHENS CENTENNIAL FARM 8 0 8 88.430
10 847 TRAFFIC BOY SHANE SWEETNAM SWEET OAK FARM 8 0 8 90.000
11 272 ATHENA CHARLIE JAYNE THE LONDON GROUP 12 0 12 80.300
12 842 ZAMIRO 16 SHANE SWEETNAM SPY COAST FARM LLC 12 0 12 85.850