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Kyle King and Riptide Win $30,000 D-BRAIDER Cherry Capital Classic Grand
Pix at Horse Shows by the Bay III
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Traverse City, MI - July 25, 2009 - It was an exciting victory for Kyle King
and Riptide in this afternoon's $30,000 D-BRAIDER Cherry Capital Classic
Grand Prix during the third week of competition at the 2009 Horse Shows by
the Bay Equestrian Festival. King and Riptide, owned by Alison Friedman,
topped a field of 16 to earn top honors in the class, which was held in the
Grand Prix Ring at Flintfields Horse Park in beautiful Traverse City, MI.
Today's grand prix class was the conclusion of open jumper competition at
this year's Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival. The class was
sponsored by D-BRAIDER and Karin Flint of Wellington, FL, and 16 entries
showed over the challenging track set by course designer Michel Vaillancourt
of Aiken, SC.
Vaillancourt tested the horses and riders over a difficult course in the
first round and just five entries were able to complete the course without
fault to advance to the jump-off. The top four went double clear and the
top three galloped through the timers, each one faster than the next, in the
jump-off. Laura Pfeiffer was first to jump off with Thorstin and put in a
clear round in 40.551 seconds that earned fourth place upon completion of
the class. Blythe Marano was next to jump the shortened course with Urban
and went clean in a slightly faster time of 38.990 seconds that eventually
earned second place.
Kyle King entered the ring and topped Marano's time, riding Riptide to a
blazing fast round in 36.695 seconds to take the lead. Laura Pfeiffer
followed with her second jump-off mount, Anberlin. Pfeiffer rode Anberlin to
a clear round and finished faster than her time with Thorstin, but stopped
the clock in 40.072 seconds to take over the third place honors. The final
jump-off round belonged to David Beisel, who rode Patoile to a four-fault
round in 38.055 seconds to earn fifth place.
Today's grand prix winner Kyle King is from Ocala, FL, and has ridden
14-year-old Riptide for many years. Riptide is by Ocean II, and King and
his father bought the Holsteiner gelding in California as a two-year-old.
King and Riptide have a long history together that includes over fifteen
grand prix wins throughout the years, and even though King had not ridden
the horse in four years, they proved today that they can still win.
"Riptide is an old horse of mine that I raised, so this is kind of our
little comeback tour," King explained after their victory gallop. "It is
great to have him back and everybody remembers him, which is cool. He is a
winner; horses are either winners or not and he is a winner."
"He is an interesting ride," King continued. "He is a big horse, but he
doesn't really have all that much scope; he is more heart than actual
power. He is really fast across the ground and he kind of skims over the
jumps and rubs on half of them, but he likes to win and he is a good
horse. I think that is why he has won so much."
King was very happy with the course today and noted that it was a good
course for a horse like Riptide that is very broke. "It wasn't very big, but
it was hard," he detailed. "I fell off my first mare over the vertical going
into the triple combination. It was kind of a tough course. I have a really
nice, super scopey young horse that just ran out of juice at the end because
you had to jump in and add in all of the lines, but for Riptide that was
perfect because he has kind of a short step."
Going into the jump-off King explained that although he saw Laura Pfeiffer
go first and take the inside turns, he knew that Riptide would do better if
he went outside. "I know that he is not so good at really short rollbacks,
and he is so fast that I just figured I would get a big gallop and go around
everywhere and just hope that his speed would cover the ground. It turned
out that he is so fast that I was still two seconds faster going around
everything, so it was good."
"I think I made up the most time to the double at the end after the triple
bar," King added. "You could really gallop right in there, and he was really
good in the combo. I didn't have to pull on the reins at all there, which
is good. That is probably where I caught everybody. I think we were all
pretty even to there, but he just kind of put his belly to the ground."
This was King's first time competing at Horse Shows by the Bay and today's
victory topped off a great experience. "This is a fantastic horse show; I
would come back anytime," he smiled. "We got a cabin by the lake, which is
really nice, and the whole area is beautiful. I love it here."
For the rest of the summer King plans to compete at Equifest outside of
Chicago, then he will go to Trader's Point and then spend two weeks in
Kentucky. After that he does not have any definite plans, but will spend
the winter competing in Ocala and would like to spend a little more time in
Wellington as well.
Although he finished fifth in today's class, David Beisel has done
consistently well throughout the three weeks of jumper competition at the
Horse Shows by the Bay Series, and was presented with a special award prior
to the grand prix. Beisel was named the Ovation Leading Open Jumper Rider
and was honored with a $500 gift certificate from English Riding Supply. A
special CANTER exhibitor party and silent auction was also held during the
grand prix today, sponsored by Meijer.
Horse Shows by the Bay Series III will conclude tomorrow with the $10,000
SJHOF Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Prix, $5,000 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner
Jumper Classic, and $10,000 Children's/Adult Jumper Classic. The fourth and
final week of competition will feature dressage and polo through August 2.
For more information, please visit www.horseshowsbythebay.com.
$30,000 D-BRAIDER CHERRY CAPITAL CLASSIC GRAND PRIX
1 981 RIPTIDE KYLE KING 0 0 36.695
2 40 URBAN BLYTHE MARANO 0 0 38.990
3 727 ANBERLIN LAURA PFEIFFER 0 0 40.072
4 722 THORSTIN LAURA PFEIFFER 0 0 40.551
5 414 PATOILE DAVID BEISEL 0 4 38.055
6 75 UN PRINCE SCOTT LENKART 4 74.862
7 208 COURAGE 68 BRIAN SHOOK 4 78.075
8 887 RMW SAN FRIESE KYLE KING 4 78.759
9 416 IRISH HUNT DAVID BEISEL 4 79.605
10 77 ODAUS RENEE LENKART 10 85.391