Canadian Eventer Sophie Kalpin of King City, ON brought home the win in the CC1*-B Division, at the Hagyard Mid South Three-Day Event held at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington KY, USA.
Standing in seventh place after dressage on a score of 53.7 penalties, Kalpin and Rolex, her 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding by Polish Pro, added no cross country jump or time penalties which moved them into fifth place heading into Saturday’s show jumping round where the duo’s second double clear performance sealed the deal, by finishing the competition on their dressage score and giving them the win.
“My goal heading to Hagyard was definitely to win it! I have been working with Rolex for a fairly short time. We have become a really good team. My goals were to compete successfully at the prelim level and then hopefully get a couple intermediates done and at the end of the season top it off with CCI* in Kentucky. I have exceeded my expectations with Rolex and he has proved to be a truly amazing horse, “commented Kalpin. “Overall I felt the weekend went very well we’ve both been working hard on our dressage phase and it paid off this weekend. After the dressage, cross country is always best phase! Rolex is very bold; he ate up the course and finished strong. He absolutely loves cross country! In the show jumping Rolex and I have been working on even pace and riding an accurate course. I thought the stadium went very smoothly and Rolex was jumping extremely well especially after a longer more open cross country course the day before. Rolex finished the event very strong and happy. He’s been working hard all summer so he’s headed into some well-deserved time off.
I would just like to thank Hagyard for sponsoring such a well-run event, my parents their huge support of my goals, Christian Bennet for selling me such an amazing horse, and doing such a good job with him before I bought him, Penny Rowland for coaching and supporting me all summer and helping me accomplish all my goals and Dr. Usha Knabe for always looking after Rolex’s health and soundness.”
Also competing in the division, Sophie Ochocinski of Whitby , ON and Pog Mahome, her 10-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred gelding by Crown Attorney, whose double clear performances in cross country and show jumping placed then seventh overall finishing on their dressage score of 67.5 penalties. Not to be outdone, Justine Smith of Norton, NB and Yahya, Smith’s eight-year-old Thoroughbred gelding by TE Jano Run, also finished on their dressage score of 70.3 which was good for ninth place. Tasha Orr of Beeton, ON and Tahiti Creek, her nine-year-old Canadian Sport Horse mare by Yellow Creek, rounded out the top ten having earned a final score of 70.6.
Chloe Graham of Colborne, ON and With a Whisper, Graham’s 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding by Rubiano, earned a final score of 83.8 for 15th place. Lindsay Beer of Midhurst, ON rode Karbon Kopy, Penny Beer’s 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding sired by Kennedy, to 16th place while Charlotte Evans of Whitevale, ON finished 18th with Easy Company, Evan’s 13-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred cross gelding.
In the CCI1* Division A, Kim Crawford of Arva, ON piloted Rather Swell, her seven-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding by Rather Well, to a top ten finish earning 59.9 penalties for eighth place overall.
Autumn Wells of Whitby, ON and Hot Toddy, her seven-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding by E’spirtu , finished 14th on a score of 68.9 penalties. Jennifer Thompson of Ravenna, ON took Lucy in the Sky, her eight-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred cross mare by Espiritu, to 20th place on 87.4, and Shawn Ferguson of Caledon, ON rode Delgado, Patricia Jamieson’s six-year-old Canadian Thoroughbred gelding by Tejabo, to 24th place followed by Nicole Maclellan of Schomberg ON, who placed 25th with Split Decision, her nine-year-old Canadian bred Belgian Warmblood mare.
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