Sarah Ketcham and her mount Siracha won the $2,000 Classic Champions 6-Year-Old Jumper Speed Competition with a faultless round in a time of 65.484 seconds. Siracha is by Larentino and is owned by the rider.
“I have always preferred the speed classes, and she is such a speedy horse that it was a lot of fun,” said Ketcham. “She has really grown up and it showed in the ring today. This has been like a vacation for us, and we will definitely be back next year in the 7-year-olds.”
Kennedy Z and Kara Chad emerged from the ring with a win in the $3,000 Classic Champions 7-Year-Old Jumper speed class. Kennedy Z, owned by Gut Einhaus LLC, is by Kashmir V Schuttershof out of Donnerlitchen. The pair left all the obstacles intact in a time of 63.980 seconds.
G-Force and Schuyler Riley, the winners of the first 7-year-old class in the division, had to settle for second place, clear in 65.257.
Nick Dello Joio and Catemaco LS, owned by San Francisco Stables, placed third with a clear round in 68.507 seconds. Catemaco LS is by Carusso and Dello Joio was very pleased with his result today.
“I think that he has matured tremendously over the past month,” said Dello Joio. “This venue is tremendous. Just the opportunity to be on grass as opposed to sand, and the course was very technical with a lot of bending lines and jumps set to take advantage of the shadows that were available this morning. My horse is green and this was a really great test for him.”
Created in 2015 by Cynthia Hampton, Classic Champions Tour is specifically for 5, 6, and 7-year-old jumpers and is based on European principles which modernize the show experience for young horses in North America. Created by experienced, specifically-trained course designers, the courses are made to fit horses’ age with adapted heights, types of fences, lines, and turns, all over top-notch footing, which is a trademark of Deeridge Farms. The series gives young horses the opportunity to compete at different shows to develop their experience and it helps them become the future stars they can be.
“My goal is to offer adapted classes and also to educate riders, trainers, breeders, course designers, judges and officials,” said Hampton. “We need a viable structure capable of identifying, selecting and educating future high-level horses. I believe that we can breed and develop future athletes capable of distinguishing our region both at home and on the international stage.”
“We think it’s extremely valuable for young jumpers to get the best education and show experience possible right from the start, which is why we are delighted to include the Classic Champions classes at our shows,” said Lou Jacobs, event co-founder along with siblings Charlie Jacobs and Katie Robinson. “It’s always exciting to watch as young horses start their careers and develop through the levels.”
The Classic Champions young horse classes are non-USEF rated, held in Deeridge Farms’ beautiful grass Grand Prix Ring, and offer $20,000 in prize money. In addition to the general results, the judges of Classic Champions Tour classes will reward one horse per generation with the “Classic Champions Award of Distinction.” The goal being to highlight jumping style, quality of canter and rideability.