Weekends don’t get much better than the one Kent Farrington had. On Saturday, he rode Willow to the top of the $75,000 Hagyard Equine Institute Grand Prix at the Kentucky National. Then, he hopped in the car and drove to Ohio, where he rode Blue Angel to the win in the $125,000 New Albany Classic. The New Albany Classic also played host to a moving retirement ceremony for Abigail Wexner’s Authentic. Farrington’s student Megan Nusz won the $25,000 Prix de Lexington in Kentucky, while young rider Ali Wolff was second to Farrington in Kentucky and ninth at New Albany. See full Kentucky National results.
Also at the Kentucky National, Wolff won the $20,000 7- and 8-year-old Young Jumper Championships Midwest Regionals on her Caya; Lisa Goldman won the $15,000 6-year-old division on Rocs To Riches while Madison Dehaven rode Chanel to the $10,000 5-year-old title. Kelley Farmer won the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Skorekeeper. Christina Firestone took the blue in the Maclay regional.
The Kentucky National also hosted the International Hunter Futurity Finals, and Senona (Zito—Shiraz, Abdullah) won the 3-year-old championship while Walnut Hill (Nob Hill—All The Piczazz, Alla Czar) took 4-year-old honors. See full IHF International results.
She’s baaack. Sinead Halpin has recovered from her injuries this spring to dominate the CIC*** at Plantation Field Horse Trials, winning by almost 10 points on a fit and in-form Manoir de Carneville. There was quite a bit of controversy about the CIC*** results, since officials removed the 15ABC water jump combination mid-way through the CIC*** division after multiple horses had fallen upon landing in the water. The top-placed horses after show jumping didn’t have to negotiate the removed combination. Officials also changed the scoring for horses that had fallen at the water, giving them a “retired” score rather than a “mandatory retirement” that indicates a fall or horse and rider.
Halpin and second-placed Jennie Brannigan both blog for the Chronicle—you can read their most recent musings here. Lauren Kieffer won the advanced at Plantation, while Boyd Martin took blue in the CIC** on Pancho Villa and Courtney Cooper topped the 56-horse CIC* on her homebred R-Star. See full Plantation results here.
In Vienna, Austria, Laura Kraut didn’t win the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Vienna—Gerco Schoder did on London—but she stays in the lead of the series rankings. Read all about it here.
Ashley Holzer continued to make the most of taking over the ride on her student’s horses, Jewel’s Adelante. At the NEDA Fall Festival CDI-W (N.Y.), she topped the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special with the elegant chestnut. Lars Peterson captured the Grand Prix freestyle on Mariett. Canadian Brittany Fraser dominated the small tour, wining the Intermediaire I and Prix St. Georges on her All In. See full NEDA results.
At the L.A. International Jumping Festival in California, Olivia Champ won the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals-West. Jenni McAllister topped the $30,000 L.A. International Grand Prix on Casseur de Prix—she also took fourth and fifth on Legis Here I Come and Legis Touch The Sun. See full results.
In Jacksonville, Fla., during the Southeast Medal Finals, Ashley Foster topped the field in the Maclay regional. Jordan Coyne took top check in the $25,000 on Cordovo. See full results.
John French traveled all the way from California to win the $5,000 Professional Hunter Classic at the Middleburg Classic in Leesburg, Va., with Small Affair. Amanda Steege was second in Zidane, with another Californian, Nick Haness, in third on Paddington. Small Affair also topped the $2,500 Junior Hunter Classic with Samantha Somers. Jane Gaston won the $2,500 Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic on her Amarillo. See full results.