Ramiro Quintana didn't begin the Upperville Colt & Horse Show the way he might have wanted. A fall from a young horse early in the week left him with badly bruised ribs and some serious doubts about his effectiveness in the tack.
But the Argentinean professional was determined to end the show on a high note. And he did just that on Sunday, topping the $100,000 Upperville Jumper Classic aboard Whitney.
While American Pharoah ran a wire-to-wire victory in the Belmont Stakes to win the Triple Crown, two derby contenders were coming from behind to finish one-two at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show (Va.).
Tori Colvin and Heritage Farm’s Vaillero made the move from seventh in the first round to first place overall in the $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, held June 6. Hot on her heels was Harold Chopping and Caramo.
When Ireland’s Paul O’Shea headed into the jump-off of the $75,000 Jumper Classic at the Upperville Horse Show with Skara Glen’s Sienna, his strategy wasn’t about speed.
As the last to go, the pair had some cushion since O’Shea’s first entry, River Dance Semilly, and Candice King on Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve, were his only competition out of 28 starters to face Marina Azevedo’s second track.
Any derby competitors hoping handiness could redeem their first round scores were sure to be disappointed Saturday, as a late start time and loss of daylight caused show management to pin Upperville Horse Show’s $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby following the first round.
Kelley Farmer took the top call in the class aboard Glefke and Kensel LLC’s Point Being, one of her many young up-and-coming hunters, who Farmer says is holding his own despite having considerably less experience than his fellow competitors.