Lexington, KY. – July 26, 2017 – On the opening day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, the Rolex Stadium played host to four show jumping classes that offered combinations the opportunity to warm up for an upcoming week of competition. David Beisel of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Sharn Wordley of New Zealand both achieved blue ribbons and set themselves up for a successful week of showing at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Beisel and Colato Sabata were the fastest of seven entries in the 7-Year-Old Young Jumper class, presented by Spy Coast Farm. The chestnut gelding navigated the first portion of the power and speed class with no faults, allowing him to move on to the speed phase, where he was also clear in a time of 33.094. In addition to Colato Sabata, Beisel rode two other entries in the class, which made for an exciting hour as he quickly dismounted one horse just to mount another that was being held for him at the ingate.
“Colato Sabata is a newer horse for me — we got him in January and he was relatively inexperienced because he had not done any 5-year-old or 6-year-old classes to that point,” Beisel said. “He really stepped up this year and I am thrilled with him. He’s super brave and he seems to really enjoy it. And his stablemate, Fourth Sunday, that I went first on, is typically much faster so it’s cool that he beat her today.”
Beisel has been busy getting his horses and students settled into the Kentucky Horse Park, which will be their home away from home for the next five weeks.
“The Horse Park is a beautiful facility,” Beisel explained. “Hugh and his team do an excellent job of running a really nice horse show, so we enjoy the weeks that we spend here during the summer.”
New Kentucky resident, Sharn Wordley, also found success in the Rolex Stadium on Wednesday afternoon in the $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m Speed class, besting a field of thirteen other competitors with his gelding Famoso D Ive Z. The pair completed the course in a time of 62.934, a full three seconds faster than the next fastest competitor.
“Today was a nice warm up for the Grand Prix because he hasn’t shown in a couple weeks,” Wordley said. “This class was easy for him because he naturally travels fast and has a big stride. I don’t think he even knew he was going that fast today!”
A native of New Zealand, Wordley is in the final stages of renovating a farm close to the Kentucky Horse Park and enjoys being able to have the world class horse shows and facilities in his new backyard.
“The rings are fantastic and the show staff maintains the footing very well compared to a lot of other horse shows which is really one of the best things. It’s such a nice environment,” commented Wordley.
Show jumping competition kicks off again tomorrow with the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic that is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Riders will have the chance to qualify for the highlight event of the week, the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Grand Prix to be held on Saturday night beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Results Class: 406 7-Year-Old Young Jumper
1. Colato Sabata / David Beisel / 50. 689 / 33.094
2. For Sunday / David Beisel / 48.055 / 33.548
3. Kioki Coffee SCF / David O’Brien / 51.747 / 36.302
4. Fabriano / Lorcan Gallagher / 53.200 / 37.396
5. Ferragamo / David Beisel / 50.006 / 38.020
6. Fire Flame / Kyle Timm / 58.680 / 43.110
Results Class : 435 $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m
1. Famoso D Ive Z / Sharn Wordley / 62.934
2. Brando Du Rouet / Kirk Webby / 66.219
3. Fursina VDM / Pablo Barrios / 67.164
4. AF Karatino / Natalie Thornell / 70.535
5. Hey Joe / Tony Font / 75.290
6. Nightfire 25 / Nicole Shahinian-Simpson / 76.056