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Martien Van Der Hoeven wasted no time in making sure that he had a successful week at the Kentucky Summer Classic. The professional topped the list of competitors in the $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m Speed class aboard Corleone on Tuesday afternoon at the Kentucky Horse Park. During the morning classes, David Beisel continued his winning streak from last week by winning the 7-year-old Developing Jumpers with Harlow Investments' For Sunday.

For Van Der Hoeven, traveling to Kentucky from his home base at Augusta Pines Farm, 30 minutes outside of Houston, Texas, is always a big undertaking. The international professional who now calls the United States home has had a successful string of shows at the Kentucky Horse Park over the years and his appreciates the opportunity to compete in such an iconic venue. Last week during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, Van Der Hoeven had several top placing in both the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic and the $50,000 Rood and Riddle Grand Prix on his grey gelding Zerro Leone. During the Kentucky Summer Classic, Van Der Hoeven is showing the 10-year-old KWPN gelding Corleone who is owned by Mary and Catherine Tyree and normally is trained by North Run Stables from Warren, Vermont. Van der Hoeven credits the great training Corleone receives at North Run with his ability to take over the mount with such success. 

Another winner in Rolex Stadium during competition on Tuesday was David Beisel and For Sunday, a 7-year-old KWPN mare owned by Harlow Investment Enterprises. The pair won the 7-Year-Old Developing Jumper class, presented by Spy Coast Farm. Beisel believes deeply in the value of the Developing Jumper Series and has even used it to train one of his current grand prix mounts, Ammeretto, to success in the grand prix ring. In 2016, For Sunday won the Young Jumper Championship Midwestern League Finals and Beisel is hopeful for a repeat performance from the mare this year. 

The second week of showing in the Kentucky Summer Series will continue tomorrow with hunter and jumper competition at the Kentucky Horse Park. Show Jumping competitors will have the opportunity to earn points for the Hagyard Challenge Series as well as the Envisian Leading Rider award that is presented at the end of each week of competition.

Photo by Lenore Phillips