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Aaron Vale and Spirit of Alena Capture Young Jumper Victory at Kentucky

The Young Jumpers took center stage at Kentucky Summer Classic as the sun sat overhead the Rolex Stadium, competing in the Six-Year-Old and Seven/Eight-Year-Old Jumper classes. Christian Heineking and Aaron Vale captured today's victories in their respective classes.


Aaron Vale and Spirit of Alena (Kendall Bierer/PMG)

Anthony D’Ambrosio designed today’s technical tracks, including a liverpool, a vertical-vertical double combination, an oxer-vertical double combination, and several turns and bending lines. In the Seven/Eight-Year-Old Young Jumper, Aaron Vale completed an excellent first round with Spirit of Alena owned by Campos and Miranda Investments of Ocala, FL, to advance to the immediate jump-off. They left all rails in their cups as they broke the beam in a timely 33.643 seconds to claim the first place prize.

“The course was good today, Anthony has done a super job, and he is making us really think out there and show the young horses what they need in order to grow and continue their education,” Vale remarked. “It is very technical. He had us jump lines on a set distance to the combination. He is forcing you to get there in a balance you might not want to be in, but that is the education of young horses, you have to get them riding to the jumps no matter what. It is nice for the young horses to experience the combinations and a strong track.”

Vale continued, lively discussing Spirit of Alena, “He’s a pretty scopey horse, he rides real nice for a younger horse. I went out there and tried to win the class, and I think that a lot of the choices I made out there involving subtracting strides allowed me to be quicker.”

Vale utilized the jump-off course to his benefit, knowing that his horse had the scope for accuracy, slicing turns from two distanced obstacles, and left out strides in a tight turn to set the target time for the class. “I made a real good turn from one to two, and they are two separate fences, but I probably made it in about seven strides. I was really quick there. I was really fast turning back to the second to last vertical; I caught that in one or two strides less than most people. He did great out there.”

Finishing second in today’s Seven/Eight-Year-Old Young Jumpers was Taylor Land of Alpharetta, GA, and Levade 35. Although Land went tenth in the order, she showed to a double-clear effort in 36.284 seconds, knocking out the remaining competition and securing the red ribbon.

Ashley Fleischhacker placed third with Erupthion D’or De Wandor, after they completed the jump-off leaving all rails intact and stopping the clock at 37.432 seconds. Allison Robitaille and Chiara, owned by M/M Bertram Firestone of Upperville, VA, scored the fourth place award, finishing the short track in 38.234 seconds. Although Sharn Wordley of Ocala, FL, and Corino rode to the slowest of the double-clears, the duo picked up the fifth place ribbon, crossing the finish in 40.883 seconds with a more conservative effort.

Shortly after the Seven/Eight-Year-Old Young Jumpers came to a close, Christian Heineking rode NTEC Quanto to the Six-Year-Old Young Jumpers first place finish. The pair completed a double-clear effort in 35.573 seconds, a full two seconds ahead of second place finisher Richard Reinhart and Comet who stopped the clock at 37.588 seconds.

Heineking recently imported NTEC Quanto in the spring, and saw great potential in him for a high jumper. “He is very tall, he probably needs to grow into himself, but he is making me very happy, it is an honor to ride him. Today he went really really easy, he is really careful, and has a little rideability that we need to work on, but I think he will definitely be something in a year or two.”

Christoph Schroeder, of Andersonville, TN, took home the third place award for his fault-free short course aboard Catungee in a time of 37.914 seconds. Kent Farrington and River Roc, owned by Lynn Jayne of Elgin, IL, produced the only other clean first round, finishing in 40.327 seconds for the fourth place honors with four-faults during the jump-off over the liverpool.
 

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RESULTS SEVEN & EIGHT YR OLD JP 1.30m – 1.35m
   

1  SPIRIT OF ALENA, AARON VALE

2  LEVADE 35, TAYLOR LAND

3  ERUPTHION D’OR DE WANDOR, ASHLEY FLEISCHHACKER

4  CHIARA, ALISON ROBITAILLE

5  CORINO, SHARN WORDLEY

6  ABERDEEN, ANDRES RODRIGUEZ

7  ASHWEY CALISTO, AARON VALE

8  ALOUETTE, CONOR O’REGAN  

9  QUINAULT VDV, NAVONA GALLEGOS  

RESULTS SIX YEAR OLD JPR 1.20m – 1.25m

1  NTEC QUANTO, CHRISTIAN HEINEKING

2  COMET, RICHARD RINEHART

3  CATUNGEE, CHRISTOPH SCHROEDER 

4  RIVER ROC, KENT FARRINGTON 

5  I COMO NO, ANGEL KAROLYI   

6  DUTCH MARTINI, RICHARD RINEHART

7  KETCHAMS FAVORITE, SANTOS LAMACRA

8  BIG STAR, SAYRE HAPPY 

9  CALLAO, SUSIE FRIED 

10  ROC CANYON, REBECCA YOUNG