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Kevin Babington claims second consecutive National Grand Prix victory to close Kentucky Spring Horse Shows

Monday, 21 May 2018
CSI3* Kentucky Spring Classic 2018

Photo (c) Barre Dukes/Phelps Media Group. Kevin Babington and Mark Q. Photo (c) Barre Dukes/Phelps Media Group.

The final day of the Kentucky Spring Classic concluded jumper competition in the Rolex Stadium with the $35,000 Bluegrass Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington, to close out the spring horse show series. Course designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA) tested 31 athletes across his 16-efforts track, but Ireland's Kevin Babington (IRL) was the only double-clear pathfinder with Mark Q to claim his second consecutive National Grand Prix victory of the series.

"I wasn't planning on showing [Mark Q] this week, but my groom pointed out that he would be too fresh for Devon, so I should do him in the class. He'll have next week off and then he'll go to Devon. He didn't do a lot when we were in Wellington, so he needs to get back up and running. He hadn't jumped a jump since last week. He ended up being great today," Babington explains. 

The technical track only saw four clear rounds consisting of just three different riders as Babington directed two mounts to the jump-off. Babington first entered the second round aboard his own Double O Seven 7, but with one rail the pair ended on four faults in a time of 43.260 seconds, to be overtaken and they finished in fourth place.

Next in the ring, Alex Granato (USA) and Moyer Farm LLC's 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, Beorn, followed to better their time in 41.221 seconds, but with one rail down they still left room for improvement. The duo once again claimed the third place prize, repeating their finish in last week's $35,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix.

Todd Minikus (USA) returned next aboard Amex Z, the 9-year-old Zangersheide mare owned by the Bit By Bit Group, to fly to the speediest time of 39.168 seconds, but also misplaced one unfortunate rail and the 4 fault total placed the pair into the second position. 

The last to enter the jump-off round, Babington knew all he needed was a clear, conservative round aboard Mark Q and the duo delivered as the only horse-and-rider combination to produce the long-awaited double-clear effort in a time of 47.272 seconds. He and the 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding claimed the win to repeat Babington's victory in last week's $35,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix with Super Chilled.

Earlier in the day, the $20,000 Under 25 Grand Prix saw 18 horse-and-rider combinations tackle the 16 effort track created by Guilherme Jorge (BRA). Six athletes jumped clear rounds to qualify for a competitive jump-off that saw each athlete pushing the time limit. Abigail McArdle and Plain Bay Sales LLC's Fanta Light B were the fastest pair in the jump-off to stop the timers at 35.025 seconds. 

The 8-year-old mare recenlty moved up the ranks during the Florida winter season with McArdle. The pair secured big wins at the Palm Beach Masters and a CSI2* at the Winter Equestrian Festival class. McArdle plans to continue to bring the young mare up the Grand Prix level ranks. 

Lacey Gilbertson and her superstar mare, Baloppi, come in close for second at 35.037 seconds. Gabriela Reutter and Juan Reutter's Atticus Diamant jumped to third with a time of 34.707 seconds. 


Source: Press release from Kentucky Horse Shows LLC / Photo (c) Barre Dukes/Phelps Media Group.

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