From the start, Jobs made a plan that paid off in time saved.
"We looked at the inside turn from two to three when we walked the course and were a little skeptical about trying it," said Jobs. "Then the first one went in and was fast and efficient, and it didn't look too bad, so that was the one turn where I think I made up the most time."
Quickley 3, an 11-year-old Westphalian gelding, is coming off of a successful winter season, having won the Medium Junior Jumper championships three times at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).
"I've had this horse for just over a year," Jobs explained. "I've pretty much kept him in the Medium Junior Jumpers. He's a really simple ride. He loves to go fast; he's really careful, he's catty, he's quick and he's been one of my best horses for about a year now."
Jobs was full of praise for the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, with this being her first time competing at the show.
"This is actually the first time we've been here for the Kentucky Spring series," Jobs said. "I've been here in the summer for young riders and in the winter for the National Horse Show. We decided to come here for the spring because we thought it would be a nice preparation for the Devon Horse Show's junior week. All of the horses have been going great. The weather has been beautiful and I'm really happy we came!"
Jobs plans to compete in the $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix on Sunday and is enthusiastic about the opportunities that the division offers.
"I did the division in Wellington, and I feel my best rounds were in that division," Jobs explained. "I think it's a wonderful bridge between the junior and the professional divisions. There are a bunch of kids in it. It's great competition, and it's big and technical. I've had a lot of success in those classes and I'm really excited that they are having a grand prix here."
Jobs also took her talents to the equitation ring Friday afternoon, placing third in the WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase.
In the Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers, Madison Dehaven scored a meaningful win aboard Chanel, topping a field of 35 in a time of 33.611 seconds - a full second faster than Anna Dryden and Caprice 463 who took second place in 34.622 seconds.
"I have had her since she was three months old, so she's kind of special to me," Dehaven said of the 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare. "I bought her when she was a weanling. I was 15 then and trained her myself and brought her along."
Careful planning in the course walk also paid off for Dehaven and Chanel.
"Everything kind of went as planned," said Dehaven. "I walked with Aaron [Vale's] wife, Mallory, and we came up with our game plan and went out there and rode it pretty much as close to what I wanted to as I could. In the jump-off, I had planned nine down the one line and ended up on a big stride and the eight just came up and was right there so we went with it. That was probably part of the reason we had the time we did. I was really happy with how she went today."
Similar to Jobs, Dehaven was enthusiastic about the environment at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show.
"I love Kentucky," said Dehaven. "There's really no better place to be to show. We spend all winter in Florida and it's nice to change the venue up. The horses all jump great and go great here. We love being here!"
Results: Medium Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumpers
1 QUICKLEY 3 EVE JOBS 52.038
2 OLYMPUS DANA WILLE 52.104
3 MAE NOEL FAUNTLEROY 52.266
4 KENDAL CHARLOTTE CLARK 52.503
5 CARANA 7 CHARLISE CASAS 53.469
6 COEUR DE SEMILLY NATALIE THORNELL 54.778
7 TRUE LOVE LEAH DEMARTINI 55.960
8 ARBITRAGE NOEL FAUNTLEROY 56.064
9 MTM LIGHTS OUT JAELYNN DOWNING 57.222
10 DIVACE ALEX PARRISH 58.364
Results: Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers
1 CHANEL MADISON DEHAVEN 33.611
2 CAPRICE 463 ANNA DRYDEN 34.622
3 COSMA 20 OLIVIA CHOWDRY 34.894
4 TISSEM REID PATTON 35.305
5 VALOU MICHELLE KAMINE 35.316
6 AKATSCHINO MOLLY HAY 36.354
7 LORD LANCER JOHN INGRAM 36.565
8 ASHWEY CALISTO MALLORY VALE 36.632
9 SHALAMAR RACHEL BOGGUS 36.922
10 CAPITOL KAELY TOMEU 37.317
Emma Kurtz Takes Back-to-Back Equitation Wins with Clearway at Kentucky Spring Horse Show
Emma Kurtz dominated the Stonelea Ring on Friday at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show with back-to-back equitation wins in the WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase and the ASPCA Maclay on Clearway, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker.
Kurtz and Clearway are coming off of a successful 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) season, after claiming numerous top placings in the equitation ring, but Kurtz has not shown the 10-year-old Warmblood gelding since the circuit ended in April.
"I'm very excited about today," said Kurtz. "He hasn't shown in probably a month and a half. It's been a long time since these horses have shown, so it's really nice to come out here and have them be perfect."
Kurtz piloted Clearway, who previously had a famously decorated equitation career with Tori Colvin, past 24 horse and rider combinations in the WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase and 22 in the ASPCA Maclay to take the two blue ribbons.
"It's big shoes to fill for sure, but he's an amazing horse and I love him," said Kurtz.
The pair impressed the judges in the ASPCA Maclay on Friday with a smooth and effortless round, navigating an in-and-out combination to a bending line as well as rollbacks and a brush fence.
"Since it was in a hunter ring, it was like a hunter-y kind of course but it was really nice," said Kurtz. "The bending was just a normal eight off the turn, and then just the two straight lines and the in-and-out. It wasn't too challenging so that was nice, especially coming off of the Winter Equestrian Festival [WEF]."
Out of the 22 original entries, 11 were called back to show on the flat.
Kurtz's equitation once again stood out as the judges challenged the riders to demonstrate a working canter, a half turn and reverse at the sitting trot, a lengthening of stride at the trot and a working walk.
Finishing in second in the ASPCA Maclay behind Kurtz was Emma Wujek and Isle of Wight, owned by Castlewood Farm, Inc. of Wellington, Florida.
"Today's course wasn't too technical," said Wujek. "This was like a nice hunter equitation course. My horse was awesome. He's a young one. We just got him this past WEF and he's come so far. He's gotten so much stronger. He's a great horse."
Rounding out the top three was Lauren Brown and Cashmann, owned by Angela Brown.
Sunday is "Derby Day" with the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby taking place.
EQSportsNet will stream live webcasts of the $130,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI3* on Saturday as well as the $130,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI3* during the Kentucky Spring Classic on Saturday, May 21. EQSportsNet Full Access subscribers can also watch all rounds of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows series on demand at www.eqsports.net.
For more information on Kentucky Horse Shows LLC and the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.