Speed was the name of the game in the $33,000 Keystone Classic at the Pennsylvania Horse Show. Some of the biggest names in the sport competed in the class and the spectators cheered and urged on their favorite rider as they galloped around the course. Beezie Madden, of Cazenovia, NY, and her 2012 Olympic team partner Coral Reef Via Volo, 24th into the ring, sailed around the course faultlessly in an unbeatable time of 59.52 seconds to clinch the win out of the 29 starters. The mare is known around the barn as "Shrimp" for her tiny size of 15.2 hands.
Karen Polle, of New York, NY, and What Ever also jumped clear, but had a slightly slower time of 62.16 seconds to finish in second place. Switzerland's Beat Mandli and Zaza Harvey finished just a fraction behind in 62.17 seconds, finishing in third place. Reed Kessler, of Lexington, KY, was Crowned Open Jumper Speed Champion and received the Showday Farm Challenge Trophy for earning the greatest number of points in the section.
Source: Press release from the PA National Horse Show
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