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Andrew Kocher wins Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake at Devon Horse Show

Sunday, 03 June 2018
CSI4* Devon Horse Show 2018

Photo (c) Callie Clement/Phelps Sports. Andrew Kocher and Kahlua. Photo (c) Callie Clement/Phelps Sports.

Since Tuesday, international horses and athletes have been competing for valuable points towards the week’s coveted Open Jumper championship. Following their top performances throughout the 2018 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, Top Line Sport Horse International, LLC’s Kahlua, ridden by USA’s Andrew Kocher, and Beyaert Farm Inc.’s Eyecatcher, ridden by USA’s Mattias Tromp, were crowned the 2018 Open Jumper champions and winners of the Little Big Man Challenge Trophy. Both horses tied with 16 points at the conclusion of Saturday’s $70,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake CSI4*, sponsored by Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar – Radnor, which was won by Kocher and Kahlua.

“She’s a machine! She won two ranking classes in Kentucky and a ranking class in Wellington. Her first grand prix was the World Cup qualifier in Vegas. I jumped her in a 3* in Wellington and then a 5* in Miami then New York. I really threw her to the wolves! She has lots of personality. She has her own way of doing things. Overtime, I’ve gotten her to be more agreeable when I need her to be. In the ring, she’s a totally focused machine. She’s really fit right now but she’s a big, fat horse. She’s obsessed with food in the barn,” Kocher says about Kahlua. 

Additionally, the Leading Lady Rider award and Carol Hoffman Thompson Leading Lady Rider Challenge Trophy went to Beezie Madden (USA) with 12 points, who rode Abigail Wexner’s Breitling LS, Jiva and Darry Lou to top finishes throughout the week.

Prior to Saturday’s championship awards ceremonies, the final class of the Open Jumper division, the $70,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake CSI4*, was held in the Dixon Oval and saw 37 entries turn out to compete.

Nine exhibitors cleared Guilherme Jorge’s first round course to advance to the jump-off round, where Kocher and the 9-year-old KWPN mare (Tygo–Porky, Caritas) rode to the quickest double-clear effort in 38.82 seconds to best the world-class field of international horses and athletes. Nicole Shahinian-Simpson (USA) took home second place with Silver Raven Farms’ Akuna Mattata in a clear 39.25 seconds, while Madden (USA) and Breitling LS rounded out the top three in 39.68 seconds.

Press release from Phelps Media Group, Inc. / Photo © Callie Clement/Phelps Sports

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