Lexington, Ky. – May 10, 2017 – Chilean athlete Samuel Parot rode Quick De Pottier to a blue-ribbon finish in the $35,000 FEI Welcome Speed 1.45m to kick off the first week of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows at the Kentucky Horse Park. Parot blazed through the timers in a time of 58.590 to beat 38 other competitors who joined him in the Rolex Arena. Bull Run’s Faustino, ridden by Kristen Vanderveen, was a close second to Parot, finishing the course in a speedy 59.180.
Parot, who is known internationally as an fast and fearless rider, proved yet again that he is a force to be reckoned with and has a string of very competitive horses. The Kentucky Spring Horse Show is the first show back for Parot, who had a successful winter season at the Winter Equestrian Festival which included winning the $86,000 Suncast 1.50m Grand Prix with Quick Du Pottier. The 13-year-old Selle Francais gelding (Hurlevent De Breka x Cuba) was the second mount for Parot in the opening speed class today and they were in perfect sync over the 14-obstacle course, designed by Marina Azevedo.
The top five spots were rounded out by Aaron Vale on his horses, Quidam’s Good Luck and Carlo, followed by Andrew Welles on Boo Van Het Kastanjehof. Competition will resume in the Rolex Arena tomorrow morning at 8:00 am with the 7-Year Old Young Jumpers. Later the $35,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic kicks off the Hagyard Challenge Series where athletes will vie for valuable points towards the Leading Rider Bonus.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Samuel Parot – $35,000 Welcome Speed 1.45m CSI3* Winner
On the difference between his two rounds:
“This horse is very fast. The other horse I went fast too but made a mistake in the last line. I tried to go in 6 but I decided to do 7 at the last minute. The second time I decided to do the 7 early and it worked out perfectly.”
On showing in Lexington:
“I love showing in KY, nice city, nice place, nice people – just that easy.”
$35,000 Welcome Speed 1.45m CSI-3*
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / Time
1. Quick Du Pottier / Samuel Parot / Samuel Parot / 58.590
2. Bull Run’s Faustino / Kristen Van Der Veen / Bull Run Jumpers / 59.180
3. Quidam’s Good Luck / Aaron Vale / Troy Glaus / 59.680
4. Carlo / Aaron Vale / North Face Farm / 60.710
5. Boo Van Het Kastanjehof / Andrew Welles / Peter Welles / 60.760
6. Zara Leandra / Pablo Barrios / Pablo Barrios / 61.140
7. Rye Val De Mai / Sharn Wordley / Sharn Wordley / 61.520
8. Lady Maria BH / Amanda Derbyshire / Gochman Sport Horse LLC / 61.650
9. Catypso / Eric Navet / Signe Ostby / 62.120
10. Warinde B / Lauren Hester / Hester Equestrian LLC / 62.620