Madison Olvert and Kennedy Duke Lead Pérez & Bennett 16 – 17 Equitation Division at 2020 National Horse Show

Lexington, KY – October 23, 2020 – The 2020 National Horse Show (NHS) began Friday, October 23, returning to its home in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park for its 137th year of top competition. As the oldest indoor horse show in America, the National Horse Show is a major fixture on the national and international equestrian sports calendar. Now in its third year, the Opening Weekend highlights age-group equitation classes and two championship events, the Taylor Harris Insurance Services National Horse Show Adult Equitation Championship and the Hamel Foundation National Horse Show 3’3″ Equitation Championship, over the course of three days. In the Pérez & Bennett 16 – 17 Equitation division, Madison Olvert stood out as the big winner of the day, riding to back-to-back blue ribbons in Section A of the split division aboard her own Green Book. In Section B, Kennedy Duke and her own Galan led the way thanks to two top-three results.

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Madison Olvert with Green Book

Friday brought the first over fences round of divisions ranging in height from 2’6”-3’3” and under saddle classes, with a number of exhibitors earning coveted ribbons from judges Keri Kampsen and Chance Arakelian for equitation excellence. Kicking off the Pérez & Anne Bennett 16 – 17 Equitation division, Section A competitors took center stage following the Pérez & Bennett Under 14 and 14-15 Equitation divisions earlier in the morning. Olvert and Green Book jumped to the top of the leaderboard as the early frontrunners ahead of 30 competitors thanks to a stellar over fences round that earned them a first-place prize, and the partnership later returned to the ring to add to their success. Under saddle, Olvert and Green Book once again shone the brightest, nabbing the top honors ahead of a hotly-contested flat class to kick off the horse show on a high note and conclude the day as the division leaders.

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Kennedy Duke and Galan

In Section B, 29 entries attempted to demonstrate accuracy and precision over the 10-fence course, and in the end Duke bested the pack with the ride on Galan following an exemplary trip that kept them at the head of the talented class to earn invaluable points towards the division championship. Duke and Galan once again impressed with a third-place finish under saddle, but were bested by Courtney Craver and her own Kentucky Ter Doorns, who walked, trotted and cantered straight to first place in the class. Duke and Galan will aim to maintain their status as the division frontrunners Thursday with the final over fences class.

The National Horse Show will return for its second day of riding Saturday, Oct. 24, and will highlight the championship crowning of the age group equitation divisions, as well as the Taylor Harris Insurance Services National Horse Show Adult Equitation Championship.

To learn more about the 2020 National Horse Show, click here.

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Madison Olvert

FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

Madison Olvert – Pérez & Bennett 16 – 17 Equitation Section A leader

On her showing in the Pérez & Bennett 16-17 Equitation:
“This morning, I rode Booker, my horse, and he was great. We rode in the covered arena and he felt really honest. Warming up, I was a little stuck under my pace, but as soon as we walked into the ring he woke up and he was right on it.”

On her horse, Green Book:
“He is 10 years old and imported from Germany. His show name is Green Book and his barn name is Booker. He has the best personality and loves to snuggle and have treats. I honestly believe that he loves his job in the ring.”

On preparing for National Horse Show throughout the year:
“We purchased Green Book last November from Don Stewart. Unfortunately, due to COVID, we did not have the opportunity to show this spring but this summer we showed a lot at Saratoga, Fieldstone Show Park and all over! He has been amazing and always at his A-Game.” 

On competing at the National Horse Show:
“This is my first time here at NHS and it is a great opportunity and something really memorable for me to do during my last junior year.” 

RESULTS

Place / Horse / Rider / Owner

Pérez & Bennett Under 14 Equitation Over Fences – Section A

1. Callahan / Abigail Gordon / Lily Walton

2. Handsome DD / Caroline Olsen / Dianne Desroches

3. Classic Kir Royale / Skylar Gurtis / Laura Barrett-Grutis

Pérez & Bennett Under 14 Equitation Flat – Section A

1. Maserati VDL / Paris Levy / Paris Levy

2. Inferno / Taylor Landstrom / Taylor Landstrom

3. Utrillo Du Soleil / Reese Merna / Reese Merna

Pérez & Bennett Under 14 Equitation Over Fences – Section B

1. Charlie / Sterling Malnik / Sterling Malnik

2. Decision Made / Emma Vandenhouten / Emma Vandenhouten

3. El Tigre / Annabelle Brown / Annabelle Brown

Pérez & Bennett Under 14 Equitation Flat – Section B

1. Charlie / Sterling Malnik / Sterling Malnik

2. East / Haley Edwardson / William Stuart

3. It’s Top del Maset / Raine Whitman / Raine Whitman

Pérez & Bennett 14 – 15 Equitation Over Fences – Section A

1. Lago W / Kate Egan / Redfield Farm

2. Clearano Z / Victoria Zahorik / Carriage Hill Farms

3. Calamanzo / Diana Bienstock / Diana Bienstock

Pérez & Bennett 14 – 15 Equitation Flat – Section A

1. Double-07 / Caroline Robelen / MDM Equestrian Group, LLC

2. Farcolle / Mckenzie Clayton / Sophie Baron

3. Lago W / Kate Egan / Redfield Farm

Pérez & Bennett 14 – 15 Equitation Over Fences – Section B

1. Cooper / Samantha Takacs / Samantha Takacs

2. Cetidem / Madison Staiano / Florida Sporthorse

3. Perseus / Emily Clee / Paulina Terranova

Pérez & Bennett 14 – 15 Equitation Flat – Section B

1. Trumpet / Emma Blumenkrantz / Gochman Sport Horse LLC

2. Cooper / Samantha Takacs / Samantha Takacs

3. HD Washington / Isabella Holway / HD Horses LLC

Pérez & Bennett 16 – 17 Equitation Over Fences – Section A

1. Green Book / Madison Olvert / Madison Olvert

2. Oaco’s Son S / Ciara Bolger / Matt Martin

3. Zonder Z Quattro / Caroline Tinsley / Abigail Tinsley

Pérez & Bennett 16 – 17 Equitation Flat – Section A

1. Madison Olvert / Green Book / Madison Olvert

2. Zonder Z Quattro / Caroline Tinsley / Abigail Tinsley

3. Jacarto Van T Laarhof / Sarah Zide / Sarah Zide

Pérez & Bennett 16 – 17 Equitation Over Fences – Section B

1. Galan / Kennedy Duke / Kennedy Duke

2. Vivaldi / Gracie Housley / Spring Creek Ranch

3. Full Count / Caroline Berg / Shaunnah Anderson

Pérez & Bennett 16 – 17 Equitation Flat – Section B

1. Kentucky Ter Doorns / Courtney Craver / Courtney Craver

2. Rantanplan / Bennett Kitchens / Kama Godek

3. Galan / Kennedy Duke / Kennedy Duke

 

Pérez & Bennett Adult Equitation 22 and Older

1. Thrift Shop / Ashton Alexander / Brookside Pines Farms LLC

2. Easton / Elysse Ruschmeyer / Armand Chenelle

3. Red Roc / Kiera Phlipot / Kiera Phlipot

Pérez & Bennett Adult Equitation Flat 22 and Older

1. Red Roc / Kiera Phlipot / Red Roc

2. Cakebread / Anna Rossi / Anna Rossi LLC

3. WT Limited Edition / Amanada Thompson / Amanada Thompson

Pérez & Bennett Adult Equitation 18-21

1. Koenig Eq Horse / Anna Koenig / Laila Klinsmann

2. Odyssey / Jessica Stone / Sorensen Stables

3. Clover / Madison Sellman / Sail Horse Investments

Pérez & Bennett Adult Equitation Flat 18-21

1. Lawrence C / Grady Lyman / Ashland Farm

2. Balito / Madison Myro / Chase Hollow Equestrian Partners, LLC

3. Gold Coin / Olivia Parr / Sandalwood Farms

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