STRANSKY MISSION FARM'S "TEAM STEP BY STEP" RIDERS TOP COMPETITION AT
KENTUCKY SPRING HORSE SHOWS
TRAINER & TEENS CHAMPION CHILDREN'S CHARITY & TAKE LEAD IN $30K CHALLENGE & JUNIOR COMPETITIONS
Lexington KY - May 15, 2011 - The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, held May 11 - 15, featured the exciting debut of the 2011 Hagyard Challenge Series, consisting of seven grand prix classes to be held during the 2011 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the final event, a cash prize of $45,000 will be awarded to the rider accumulating the most points throughout the series. The top riders from across the nation gathered to compete over a challenging course during the lead off event on Thursday night's $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, CSI 2*. At the end of the two round competition, it was Hector Florentino aboardStransky Mission Farm's Ultimo in the winner's circle.
Florentino, the head trainer and rider at Stransky Mission Farm in Wellington, Florida, now leads in the standings. The talented rider from the Dominican Republic is not only riding for owner Liliane Stransky but is a member of "Team Step by Step," a group of riders of different levels, ages, and countries, who compete on the Hunter & Jumper A-Circuit to help raise awareness and funds for her international children's charity,Step by Step Foundation (www.stepbystepfoundation.com).
Florentino kick-started the stable's winning streak by piloting Ultimo to victory against a field of 37 riders. Staying in the ribbons all week, Florentino put in solid rounds on the bay jumper to place 4th during the $55,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix CSI2. Riding another mount from Stransky Mission Farm, Florentino rode VDL Vinzell to the 5th place in the $5,000 Open Jumper Class.
But it was Daniela Stransky of Stransky Mission Farm that showed her winning style by riding her gray gelding Ikarus to the Junior Jumper Low Championship. This was the first time back in the show ring for the 15 year old since she had a terrible accident at the Winter Equestrian Festival in March. Stransky had been kicked in the face during a jumping competition, losing most of her teeth and ending up in emergency surgery. Despite massive dental work, Stransky was all smiles after her she piloted Ikarus to the 1st place and 6th place slots in the Junior Jumper Low classes, and to the 2nd place ribbon in the $2,500 Junior Jumper Classic and in the Rolex Stadium. The determined teen also placed 3rd aboard Clever Captain, another lovely gray from Stransky Mission Farm in the Junior Jumper Lows.
The victories kept coming Week I at the Kentucky Horse Show for the Florida based stable and "Team Step by Step." Jose Fernando Bonetti rode Light to the blue ribbon in the $1,500 NAL/WIHS Children's Jumper Classic. The teen, competing for the first time on the speedy jumper, took on 21 young competitors to win the class and placed 2nd in the $2,250 Children's Jumpers.
All of the riders from Stransky Mission Farm, as well as other competitors from "Team Step by Step" will be back in the arena this coming week to continue to raise funds and awareness for the international charityStep by Step Foundation. The Kentucky Spring Classic, May 18-22, 2011, will host the second the $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, CSI 2* on Thursday, May 19.
For more information about the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.