Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 3, 2018 – Sarah Kerins and Entertainer V were unstoppable in the Low Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper division Friday afternoon during the Kentucky Summer Classic. The pair completed the power and speed course with no faults and in a blistering time of 27.220 seconds, which clocked in at a half of a second fast than runner-up Alexandra Davidson on Elle. The incredibly competitive class featured 40 horse-and-rider combinations over a course designed by Anderson Lima of Brazil.
Friday’s class was formatted as a single round power and speed course, where faults would be converted into additional time against the clock at the end of the trip. Listed in the middle of the order of go, Kerins and Entertainer V easily sped past the original fastest combination and maintained the lead with ease. Davidson and her own Elle claimed the reserve place with a time of 27.594 seconds, trailed by owner-rider Shanna Beyer aboard Invictus with a time of 28.163 seconds to round out the top three.
Kerins took over the ride on Entertainer V from her husband, Irish grand prix rider Darragh Kerins, after the conclusion of the winter show season in Wellington, Florida. In their short time together the pair has already racked up multiple top placings in the Amateur-Owner Low Jumpers at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, as well as at the Kentucky Horse Park.
The Kerins family calls Wellington, Florida home, but spends the summer traveling to horse shows with their clients and horses that make up Innisfree Stables. A wife and mother as well as a competitor, Kerins believes that having horses as the family business is what allows them to be successful and still have fun with their young children, who are also starting to catch the equestrian bug.
Show jumping competition will continue Saturday with the week’s main event in the Rolex Stadium, the $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix, presented by GGT Footing. The class, starting at 7 p.m., will feature top riders vying for the right to be this week’s Leading Open Jumper Rider, presented by Envisian Products.
To learn more about Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, or to view a complete schedule, click here.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Sarah Kerins – Low Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper champion
On Entertainer V:
“He is just an incredible horse and so careful. You really feel like you can gallop because he is not going to touch anything. I have had him since the end of Florida. My husband rode him while we were at WEF and I ride him now, and he is unbelievable.”
On horses as a family business:
“The key to the business for us is that we could build our family into it. For us it’s brilliant and the kids love it, especially when we are here in Kentucky – they feel like they are on vacation!”
On showing at the Kentucky Horse Park:
“The facility is unreal and I am always in awe of the Rolex Ring! The scenery with the green fields – the horses are so happy to get to eat the green grass. It’s fairly incredible.”
Low Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumpers
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / R1 Faults | Time / R2 Faults | Time
1. Entertainer V / Sarah Kerins / 0 | 54.440 / 0 | 27.220
2. Elle / Alexandra Davidson / 0 | 55.576 / 0 | 27.597
3. Invictus / Shanna Beyer / 0 | 53.158 / 0 | 28.163
4. Super Trooper / Anna Koenig / 0 | 54.471 / 0 | 29.296
5. Catch A Star HSS / Kaely Tomeu / 0 | 54.680 / 0 | 29.366
6. Zodiac / Mary Elizabeth Cordia / 0 | 54.262 / 0 | 29.846
7. Artiflex R / Raquel Scharyj / 0 | 56.924 / 0 | 30.241
8. Cupido Van’t Schuurke / Christina Antonucci / 0 | 58.482 / 0 | 30.267
9. Glitter Glider / Sarah Turner / 0 | 58.994 / 0 | 30.453
10. Kid Safari / Whitney Lind / 0 | 56.381 / 0 | 30.870
11. Darabi / Katherine Bakker / 0 | 57.422 / 0 | 31.076
12. Ashwey Calisto / Mallory Vale / 0 | 57.594 / 0 | 31.128