DAVID BEISEL AND AMMERETTO TAKE TOP HONORS IN $50,000 ROOD AND RIDDLE GRAND PRIX
David Beisel and Ammeretto led a ten horse jump-off to race home with the first place finish in the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Grand Prix. In front of a packed crowd in the Rolex Stadium, Beisel capped off a week of top finishes at Kentucky Summer Horse Show by also winning the Leading Rider Award presented by Envisian Products, LLC. Amaretto narrowly beat Australia's Scott Keach on Fedor, with Biesel piloting the mount to a quick time of 39.230 seconds. Taking third place honors was Nicole Shahinian-Simpson on her mare Akuna Mattata.
Ammeretto, who is owned by Equine Holdings, LLC, has been with Beisel since he was a 3-year old. The now 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion has had a very competitive summer with top place grand prix finishes at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival as well as the Tryon International Equestrian Center before coming to Kentucky. Beisel credits having the stallion his entire career for their unique ability to make quick adjustments while on course. It was one of those quick adjustments on the long gallop to the Rood & Riddle oxer that helped Beisel over take Australian Olympic athlete, Keach who had taken the lead in the jump-off round from Shahinian-Simpson with a time of 41.296 seconds.
With a line up of 29 top equestrians, the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix was the perfect event to entertain the crowds who had amassed at the Kentucky Horse Park to enjoy 'Hats Off Day.' This annual event is held to pay homage to the equestrian industry which holds a very special place in the Bluegrass state. During the day long event, visitors were able to enter the Horse Park free of charge and enjoy family friendly events throughout the park.
Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital veterinarians and staff were on hand to watch all the show jumping action and present Beisel with his commemorative glass trophy. Rood & Riddle are proud sponsors of the annual grand prix as it represents their deep commitment to the Kentucky Equine community and their mission to help equine athletes stay in top competitive condition. To learn more about Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and see a full list of services, please click here.
Showing starts bright and early tomorrow at the Kentucky Horse Park with the Bluegrass Classic Grand Prix which will be followed by the always competitive U25 Grand Prix. The Stonelea Ring will play host to the crowd favorite USHJA Hunter Derby as well as Amateur-Owner Hunters to wrap up competition the Kentucky Summer Horse Show. When all of the rings have been closed, competitors are invited to attend the Buck Off Challenge, Hosted by the EQUUS Foundation in the VIP tent. This unique event will help to raise money for satellite organization of the EQUUS Foundation including Central Kentucky Riding for Hope and the Makers Mark Secretariat Foundation.