Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 1, 2018 – A little rain on Wednesday morning couldn’t stop Hayley Waters from taking the win in the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumpers during the second day of the Kentucky Summer Classic. The pair completed two faultless rounds, finishing the jump-off in a time of 40.288 seconds. F. Peter Jordan put in a solid double-clear effort with one of the three mounts he competed in the class, Igor Van De Grauwe Berg, and finished the jump-off one second slower than Waters in a time of 41.217 seconds. Rounding out the top three places was Martien Van Der Hoeven and Bente, who had 4 faults over the short course in a time of 41.813 seconds.
The 1.40m Open Jumper class hosted 23 horse-and-athlete combinations over a 13- effort course built by Brazilian course designer Anderson Lima. Lima has had success designing courses all over the world, including at the Winter Equestrian Festival, where he designed the $205,000 NetJets Grand Prix CSI4*.
Waters, who calls her family farm in Sparr, Florida, home, brought eight horses to the Kentucky Horse Park for the Kentucky Summer horse show series. The 21-year-old equestrian has undoubtedly proven herself as “one to watch” on the list of up-and-coming young American athletes. She is well known for winning her first grand prix at the age of 16, and hasn’t looked back since.
Waters’ parents, Dana and Chuck, acquired Uppie De Lis from Andy Kocher in the early months of 2017. Kocher piloted the 17-year-old Warmblood gelding to top placings in FEI-level classes at many important events including the Washington International Horse Show and the Upperville Colt & Horse Show. Waters has also produced strong results with “Uppie” at the prestigious Devon Horse Show and Tryon International Equestrian Center.
Jumper competition will continue on Thursday in the Rolex Stadium with the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic. The evening class will be the fourth class in the Hagyard Challenge series. The series consists of seven grand prix classes, where, following the final event, a cash prize of $50,000 will be awarded to the athlete who accumulates the most points throughout the summer competition. With series leading riders spread out across the country, the race for the bonus is still incredibly close.
In addition, athletes are also competing for the title of Leading Open Jumper Rider at the Kentucky Summer Classic. Presented by Envisian Products to the Open Jumper competitor who accumulates the most points over the week-long schedule, the Leading Open Jumper Rider award is another reason many riders choose to compete multiple horses in the bigger classes.
For a complete schedule of events for the Kentucky Summer Classic, click here.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Hayley Waters – $5,000 1.40m Open Jumper winner
On Uppie De Lis:
“I have had him for almost two years now and he is the best guy. He is just coming back from a little break and he felt great today — he was fresh and happy.”
On the course:
“I was planning on just going nice and smooth. He is very reliable in the rain and I just wanted to be consistent and straightforward.”
On being born into an equestrian family:
“My family has a farm in Sparr, Florida, and I honestly can’t even tell you how many horses we have! Both of my parents have always had horses so I was born into it and have always loved it.”
On her plans for the Kentucky Summer Classic:
“I haven’t made definite plans to show in the grand prix on Saturday night. I am planning to show on Thursday night in the welcome with one horse and then I will be able to decide if we will enter in the grand prix.”
$5,000 1.40m Open Jumper:
Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Faults | Time / R2 Faults | Time
1. Uppie De Lis / Hayley Waters / 0 | 67.896 / 0 | 40.288
2. Igor Van De Grauwe Berg / F. Peter Jordan / 0 | 67.878 / 0 | 41.217
3. Bente / Martien Van Der Hoeve / 0 | 71.532 / 4 | 41.813
4. Vaissac / Callie Schott / 0 | 69.541 / 4 | 42.814
5. Atlanta / Christoph Schroeder / 0 | 65.170 / 21 | 67.253
6. Billy Onslow / Lorcan Gallagher / 2 | 73.469
7. Galous / Hayley Waters / 4 | 66.313
8. Amaretas / Gabriel Matos Machado / 4 | 67.300
9. Culino TF / Clark Montgomery / 4 | 68.666
10. Darling GR / Aaron Vale / 4 | 69.715
11. Ferrari DN / Luisfe Morales / 4 | 70.427
12. Contop / Carlos Milthaler / 5 | 72.276