Lexington, Kentucky – July 30, 2021 – Junior/Amateur-Owner and professional show jumping competitors took their turn in the spotlight of the Rolex Stadium first thing Friday morning. The High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers competed under overcast skies in hopes of snagging the division’s first big win of the week. It was ultimately Kathryn Hall and All In 9 who rose above the rest to claim the blue ribbon. Immediately following Hall’s win, the 1.40m Open Jumpers took over the arena to see Lorcan Gallagher (IRL) and Ariana steal the victory as the final athlete to compete.
Twenty-three horse-and-rider duos battled it out in the expansive Rolex Stadium during the 1.40m Open Jumpers. Set in the power and speed format, Irishman Lorcan Gallagher did (IRL) not need any luck snagging the blue ribbon as the final rider in the class aboard HKC Collection LLC’s Ariana.
The last horse and rider pair to enter the ring, and Gallagher’s (IRL) fourth entry in the class, the experienced athlete had his strategy to take home the blue down pat. Utilizing the 10-year-old KWPN mare’s natural footspeed, the pair tripped the timers at a time of 29.876 seconds during the speed phase with a double clear, which proved just fast enough to steal the lead from Theo Genn (USA) and Damokles, who lead for a majority of the class with a speed phase time of 29.887 seconds.
Genn (USA) and The Windwood Group’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood Stallion nearly managed to hold off the rest of the pack but were bested by just a few milliseconds. Sayre Happy (USA) and Darprin Enterprises LLC’s 9-year-old KWPN gelding, House, rounded out the top three posting a competitive time of 31.407 seconds during the speed phase and completing a double clear effort.
The Rolex Stadium will resume jumper competition at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning with the Low Junior Jumpers. Show jumping will continue at the Kentucky Horse Park throughout Sunday, August 1, with the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Grand Prix on Saturday serving as the week’s feature event.
From The Winners Circle
Lorcan Gallagher (IRL) – 1.40m Open Jumper winner
“She is a 9-year old, Ariana, owned by HKC Collection LLC. I started riding her at a Nilforushan Equisport Events show out in Temecula in the spring in April. They came over here in the middle of May. We did Split Rock and Traverse City and just got back here to Kentucky. She has been super competitive all summer. She is fun to ride.”
On Kentucky Summer Horse Show:
“It is great. I have been living in Kentucky since 2012, so this is my summer home really. I was based just next door for over nine years. So it is always good to come back here. Hugh Kincannon and Bobby Murphy do a great job running the shows and the ring’s footing is as good as it gets.”
On his upcoming plans:
“I will jump Ariana again tomorrow since there is another 1.40m. She is very careful and competitive, but she is very green at this level and she has only done a couple of 1.40m classes, so once she gets comfortable at this height we will build her up a little bit before the winter in Florida and see what we have.”
Final Results – 1.40m Open Jumpers
1) Lorcan Gallagher (IRL) & Ariana – 0 / 0 – 29.88
2) Theo Genn (USA) & Damokles – 0 / 0 – 29.89
3) Sayre Happy (USA) & House – 0 / 0 – 31.41
4) Lorcan Gallagher (IRL) & Ivaludine S – 0 / 0 – 31.68
5) Caitlin Venezia (USA) & Eckham Van Het Steentje – 0 / 0 – 32.00
6) Lorcan Gallagher (IRL) & Corsica – 0 / 0 – 32.66
7) Tanner Korotkin (USA) & Lyon – 0 / 4 – 32.70
8) Payton Beerbower (USA) & Alfie Z – 0 / 4 – 35.05
9) David Beisel (USA) & Essince W – 4 / 39.59
10) Kaely Tomeu (USA) & Caspar’s Lasino – 4 / 41.44
11) Sarah Meier (USA) & Billionaire – 4 / 41.46
12) Sarah Meier (USA) & Quantofino – 4 / 42.24
Source: Press Release from Phelps Media Group for Kentucky Horse Park
Photo: © Phelps Sports / Cassidy Klein