Lexington, Kentucky, USA – 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 (USA) 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 and Ariana steal the victory as the final athlete to compete.
Ansley Wright (USA) became the first contender to secure the double elusive round over Anderson Lima’s (BRA) course aboard Diamanto JT Z. Wright and her own 9-year-old Zangersheide gelding shot to the top of the leaderboard with their clear and fast round. Tripping the timers in 47.620 during the tiebreaker, their conservative time would be good enough to secure a third-place finish. Holding onto the lead until the bottom of the order, Kathryn Hall and her own 13-year-old Holsteiner, All In 9, left nothing on the table blazing around the ring, turning in a faster second-round time of 39.770, which would prove fast enough to top Wright’s lead.
Returning for her second ride of the class, Reid Arani (USA) piloted Evergate Stable LLC’s, Hocus Pocus de Muze, the 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, to 41.988 seconds in with all the rails intact during jump-off. Though they gave a valiant effort, their time was not fast enough to beat Hall as they settled into second place.
Kathryn Hall (USA) began riding All In 9 three years ago, and with plenty of experience under their belts, she felt confident she could ask the talented mare for the extra speed during the jump-off. They will continue to compete in the High Junior/Amatur-Owner division during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show with one win already secured before heading to the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) in August.
Winners Circle – Kathryn Hall – High Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.40m Jumper winner
On her All In 9:
“I have had her for about three years. She is a Holsteiner mare that just turned 13-years-old. We have gotten to know each other really well and she makes me feel really confident. She had come from Europe the year I got her. Daisy Farish competed her through the WEF circuit in the High’s and had a lot of success there, so she had been around the block.”
On Kentucky Summer Horse Show:
“This is one of my favorite shows! I have been coming here for about 10 years now since I did the ponies. My horse and I know the venue, so we felt super comfortable and I am really excited to be here!”
On her upcoming plans:
“I think I will just be competing in the High’s this week and am planning on heading to Young Riders in Traverse City in two weeks, so next week we will probably get a week off.”
Final Results – High Junior/Amateur-Owner 1.40m Jumper
1) Kathryn Hall (USA) & All In 9 – 0 / 0 – 39.770
2) Reid Arani (USA) & Hocus Pocus De Muze – 0 / 0 – 41.988
3) Ansley Wright (USA) & Diamanto JT Z – 0 / 0 – 47.620
4) Sofia Cady (USA) & Deleyn – 0 / 4 – 39.674
5) Reid Arani (USA) & Freetown – 0 / 4 – 42.097
6) Hensley Humphries (USA) & Hutchinson – 0 / 4 – 46.522
7) Katherine Benard (USA) & Colvelle – 0 / 8 | 46.317
8) Charlotte McLaughlin (CAN) & Vantastico – 2 / 80.216
9) Skyler Fields (USA) & Cornetta – 4 / 73.445
10) Mackenzie Carreras (USA) & Contessa K – 4 / 74.709
11) Nicole Roach (USA) & Heaven VH Bloemenhof – 4 | 77.917
12) Alexandra Smith (CAN) & Carlson 135 – 19 / 93.432
Source: Press Release from Phelps Media Group for Kentucky Horse Shows
Photo: © Phelps Sports / Cassidy Klein