SHARN WORDLEY AND SYDNEY SHULMAN TAKE HOME TOP HONORS
The final day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show got off to a fast start this morning with the $10,000 Bluegrass Classic Speed class held in Rolex Stadium. Sharn Wordley was the first rider in the ring on Famoso D' Ive Z and laid down a blistering pace that proved to be unbeatable by the other horse and rider combination. Wordley completed the course in a time of 70.444 seconds, a full 10 seconds faster than runner up Nicole Shahinian on Cassi who finished the class in a time of 81.033 seconds. Later in the day, the U25 Grand Prix, which hosted the up-and-coming grand prix hopefuls, was ultimately won by Sydney Shulman aboard Curby Du Seigneu with a clear jump-off that stopped the clock at 39.648 seconds.
To say that Sharn Wordley has had a busy week at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show would be an understatement. The New Zealand Olympian has had three horses in both the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic as well at Saturday night's $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix and has other horses showing in divisions throughout the horse park. Earlier in the week, Wordley piloted Famoso D' Ive Z to a win in the $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m, but has since been unable to recreate their top place finish until Sunday. Nicole Shahinian of Wellington, Florida, has also had multiple horses showing in the top classes this week and has consistently placed in the top three spots. Placing second to Wordley today was a repeat for of the $5,000 Open Jumper for Shahinian-Simpson as well.
The $10,000 U25 Grand Prix was a very competitive class, seeing only have three of those combinations return for the jump off: Sydney Shulman, Spencer Brittan and Summer Hill. Shulman was the first to return to the ring for the short course, aboard Curby du Seignue who is owned by Helen Patten. Although this was only the pairs second time competing in a Grand prix together, they put down a fast and flawless effort. Brittan and Hill both also put in clear rounds, they simply could not match the early pace set by Shulam and the 10-year-old chestnut gelding. The U25 Grand Prix Series has become a popular staple of the Kentucky Horse Show, LLC events because of the opportunity it presents for riders whose goal is to compete successfully at the National and FEI grand prix level. The class routinely proves to be the perfect opportunity to gain invaluable experience who helping riders to maintain the confidence level.
Photo by Lenore Phillips