Layla Kurbanov Captures High and Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Championships to Conclude Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show

Darien, Conn. – June 16, 2019 – Sunday concluded an exciting week of hunter and jumper competition at the Ox Ridge Riding and Racquet Club for the 88th Annual Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show, presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, culminating with the high and low sections of the Junior/Amateur-Owner and Child/Adult jumper divisions and their respective classic rounds. Layla Kurbanov dominated the day’s competition, capturing the victory in the $3,000 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic, sponsored by Jim Buchanan of Lucky Lawn LLC and Dan Paguette of SCM, LLC, in addition to the second place award in the $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic to earn both divisions’ champion tricolors.

Layla Kurbanov and The Flying Ham with Jim Buchanan of Lucky Lawn LLC
Layla Kurbanov and The Flying Ham with Jim Buchanan of Lucky Lawn LLC

With nearly 30 entries in the $3,000 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic, competition was tight among horse-and-rider exhibitors. Set at the 1.25m height, the fences were arranged in a pattern similar to that of Saturday’s $50,000 Ox Ridge Grand Prix, challenging jockeys to procure best efforts from their horses. Following successful first trips, 16 teams qualified for immediate jump-off performances, with 11 of those logging double-clear efforts by keeping all the fences intact twice within the time-allowed. Besting the pack with the quickest short course ride, Kurbanov efficiently navigated Signe Ostby’s The Flying Ham to a fault-free time of 30.372 seconds, with owner-rider Isabella Gunningham and Calicool claiming second position just tenths of a second behind with a final time of 30.813 seconds. Both riders added to their success Sunday with championship tricolors, tying for the overall honors in the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner division thanks to consistently solid placings over three days of competition.

Layla Kurbanov and The Flying Ham
Layla Kurbanov and The Flying Ham

The $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic followed to close out the day, with horse-and-athlete combinations challenging the same track raised to 1.40m in height. Three pairs mastered the first-round track to advance to the immediate jump-off round, during which Hunter Champey, in her first high junior jumper class, showcased Caprice’s big stride and ability for tight inside turns to speed to the fastest time of 33.726 seconds. Kurbanov and her own For Serrano SR attempted to chase Champey’s leading time, but fell short in 34.456 seconds to earn second place. Adding to Friday’s High Junior/Amateur-Owner class win, Kurbanov and her 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding, For Serrano SR, would ultimately earn the division championship, the third accolade for the day. The reserve champion honors were tied between both of Champey’s MDHT Equestrian LLC-owned mounts, Caprice and Backstory.

Hunter Champey and Caprice
Hunter Champey and Caprice

Earlier in the day, Saturday’s jumper classics kicked off with the $1,500 Low Child/Adult Classic, sponsored by GGT Footing, where Jennifer Platt and her own Diago bested 27 entries to claim the win with the fastest double-clear finish in 34.055 seconds. Platt also earned the championship tricolor in a four-way tie with Sienna Keane and Zindora V/D Kapel, Arabella Visser aboard Zilver Pomme VDL and Jacqueline Van Meter riding Cosma 26.

Following, the $2,500 High Child/Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by First County Bank and ROI LLC, saw Abigail Lowin and Leigh Creamer’s VDL Denia ride to victory out of 22 entries, earning first prize and the Christiana Ley Parker Memorial Trophy, donated by Mr. Parker. With consistent placings over the weekend, Lowin and VDL Denia claimed the reserve champion award behind the champion pair of Sarah Fisher and Blue Star Investments’ Kaprice VD.

After six days of riding, Sunday’s classes conclude the exciting week of equestrian action at the Ox Ridge Riding and Racquet Club for the 88th Annual Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show.

FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

Layla Kurbanov – $3,000 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Champion and Classic winner

Layla Kurbanov and For Serrano SR flew to the $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner championship.
Layla Kurbanov and For Serrano SR flew to the $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner championship.

On The Flying Ham:
“I got Ham at the end of [the Winter Equestrian Festival], and he has been awesome for me. I showed him in Miami and all around, and he has been perfect. He is very speedy and I think the funniest part about him is his ears because they curve in. He is really fast across the ground, he loves jumping and he loves to learn.”

On her strategy for the class:
“My plan going into the first round was to keep him composed and from getting too wild, but at the same time leaving all the jumps up and not letting him take over. In the jump-off, I really wanted to be fast, especially over to the double because I know he gets very careful there, so I think that’s where I won it. Then I just tried to be really fast in the turns.”

On the Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show:
“I have been coming to this horse show for a couple of years now. I love this horse show! It is so fun and the classes are all so much fun to watch.”

Hunter Champey – $5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic winner

Hunter Champey accepts her winning award with her father aboard Backstory
Hunter Champey accepts her winning award with her father aboard Backstory

On her horses:
“This is my first High Junior Jumper class ever, and it’s really special because I won with Backstory yesterday and Caprice today. They are really special horses. Backstory I got a little less than a year ago and he has been really good, safe and careful. He always has clear rounds. He is really big-strided and he is good with inside turns. He is a big, fast horse. Caprice I have had for one and a half years, and she was my second jumper ever. She is a real speed demon, really careful and I love her so much. She is one of a kind.”

On her strategy in the class:
“I think from jump one to two in the jump-off I had a good canter, and then right after I sliced the first jump we were really quick around, which is where I think we made the time. We also did six strides in the seven[-stride line]. The horses are big with quick strides, so they made it the rest of the way because I didn’t do the inside turn like I did in the Low [Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic]. They are just really quick horses and that helped me make up time.”

On the Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show:
“This is actually my first time ever at Ox Ridge, and it is really special because I won on both of my horses in the class that I have never done before.”

RESULTS

$5,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic
Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Faults | R1 Time / R2 Faults | Time
1. Caprice / Hunter Champey / 0 | 67.963 | 0 / 33.726
2. For Serrano SR / Layla Kurbanov / 0 | 71.275 / 0 | 34.456
3. Arno VH Scheefkasteel Z / Jamie Walker / 0 | 67.031 / 0 |36.170
4. All Gold Des Isles / Rosalie Biedron / 4 | 59.792
5. Capitain De Flobecq / Nicole Lakin / 4 | 63.514
6. Tusson Z / Rosalie Biedron / 4 | 65.363
7. Backstory / Hunter Champey / 4| 67.096
8. Daddy Cool / Charlotte Novy / 8 | 63.585

$3,000 Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic
Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Faults | R1 Time / R2 Faults | Time
1. The Flying Ham / Layla Kurbanov / 0 | 66.749 / 0 | 30.372
2. Calicool / Isabella R Gunningham / 0 | 63.244 / 0 | 30.813
3. Eldorado / Isabella R Gunningham / 0 | 66.204 / 0 | 32.018
4. Super Trooper / Ellen Mollerus / 0 | 68.414 / 0 | 32.049
5. Fabel / Morgan Champey / 0 | 69.565 / 0 | 32.072
6. Janina 40 / Susan Dixon / 0 | 65.355 / 0 | 33.560
7. Ardragh Grandslam / Charlotte Novy / 0 | 64.120 / 0 | 33.696
8. Chacom Ask / Gigi Moynihan / 0 | 68.251 / 0 | 33.765

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