Lexington, KY – May 26, 2017 – Kady Abrahamson has made a habit of winning at the Split Rock Jumping Tour, and kept it going winning the $2,000 Brook Ledge High Junior/Amateur 1.40m Jumper class at the Lexington International CSI 3* with Charline 28.
Abrahamson, of Lexington, KY, who attends Jacksonville University, bested a field of 22 horse-and-rider combinations for the win. Her time of 27.979 with double clear rounds was a full second faster than her closest challenger.
“Second yesterday, first today, so today was more fun,” said Abrahamson. “She jumped great. She is a newer horse for me, I’ve only had her for a year. I bought her from Sharn Wordley. She is only 11 years old, and I am just starting to move her up to the bigger stuff. Hopefully she will be my next grand prix horse. I love her. She might be a chestnut mare, but she is a real tryer. I love this show and my farm is five minutes away so it is right in my back yard.”
Competition was intense for the top award in the $2,000 Child/Adult 1.10m Jumper, between 12-year-old Ansgar Holtgers Jr. and older amateur Lea Allen. Both had two horses in the class and both planned on winning. Holtgers was the first in the ring with his mount Fort Lauderdale, but the outcome was not what he had planned, and the pair were eliminated. Next came Allen’s first try with her horse Alter Ego. They were more successful, going double clear in a time of 36.673, and took the lead. Even with a great round on the scoreboard, Allen could not rest easily because Holtgers still had one more try.
Holtgers rode into the ring on No Regrets VIII, and 29.645 seconds later emerged as the undisputed leader of the class. Allen went again with her second horse, Komedie De Montsec, and put up a better time than her first round, 33.649 seconds with no faults, but although it was good enough for second, it was not good enough to knock Holtgers out of first place.
“He has been beating me all season”, said Allen. “I have been hinting to his parents to move him up to the Juniors so I can win a class.”
“I really wanted to win this and hopefully I can win more”, said Holtgers. “Someone told me that if you win here at Split Rock there is an award for the best fist pump and I want to win that because I want to buy some more riding stuff. I think that it is really cool.”