Lexington, Ky. – May 19, 2017 – Lindsey Tomeu returned to the Claiborne Ring prepared to win the Ariat National Adult Medal Friday morning of the Kentucky Spring Classic. During last week’s Kentucky Spring Horse Show, Tomeu of Wellington, Florida and Elm Creek Holdings, LLC’s sale horse Red Drum competed together for the first time in the same class, scoring third place honors. In the first round exhibitors were asked to show over an eight fence course designed by Danny Moore. The top four combinations scoring an 80 or above to advance for additional testing.
Tomeu executed a smooth first round, receiving a high score of 83, which put her into second position behind Lizzie Van Der Walde who scored an 85 aboard Sarah Turner’s Holsteiner gelding Cacadu just before the test. In reverse order, riders were instructed to step forward from the line and canter to fence eight, trot fence two, canter fence six, counter canter fence seven, and return to the line in sitting trot.
Tomeu was impressed with the ease in which the Hanoverian gelding Red Drum completed the lead change and the pair made an impression on judge Bobbie Reber, resulting in a favorable adjustment in the standings. With the impressive performance Red Drum and Tomeu claimed the blue ribbon while Van Der Walde placed second. Lyriss Jaeger of Georgetown, Kentucky piloting her own Catanova rounded out the top three.
Tomeu has competed in equitation for four years, and is an accomplished jumper athlete, training with Shane and Ali Sweetnam at Sweet Oak Farm in Wellington, Florida. She can be seen at world-class venues across the country including the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Longines Global Champions Tour, the Devon Horse Show and the American Gold Cup.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
On her rounds:
“The first round was really smooth, I just thought I was a little deep into the double, but it worked out and we got an 83. In the test the counter canter got me a little bit. I got a little joustled in the air and didn’t land right like I’d planned, but Red Drum changes his lead so well and he just did the change. It paid off for us today.”
On Red Drum:
“He’s a really good boy. I’ve only shown him for the first time last week because he’s a sale horse, but I really like him already. He’s really sweet, gentle and easy going and I’ve really clicked with him.”
Ariat National Adult Medal
1. Red Drum / Lindsey Tomeu / Elm Creek Holdings, LLC
2. Cacadu / Lizzie Van Der Walde / Sarah Turner
3. Catanova / Lyriss Jaeger / Lyriss Jaeger
4. Summertime Girl / Amy White / Ann White