Visse Wedell at Douglas Elliman Real Estate Brings Lifetime Love of Horses to Kentucky Summer Series PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Bozan   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:14

The 2015 Kentucky Summer Series is right around the corner, featuring four weeks of premier hunter/jumper events, including two World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) recognized weeks. This Summer Series will also include Grand Hunter Championships for the Professional Hunter, Junior/Amateur-Owner, Pony Hunter, and Children's/Adult Hunter divisions thanks to the generosity of Visse Wedell at Douglas Elliman Real Estate.  

When Henri and Marsha Wedell let their 8-year-old daughter Visse tag-along to a friend’s riding lesson, they had no idea that she was headed to the farm where soon-to-be Gold medalist Melanie Smith Taylor grew up. In fact, neither of her parents were aware of a world where riders like Conrad Homfield, Joe Fargis, and Leslie Burr Howard would soon make Olympic history as the first U.S. team to bring home a Gold medal in show jumping. One thing they were aware of however, was the cost of riding, and once, when her father heard the price of a nice junior hunter, he offered to buy her a solid gold bowling ball instead. But since then, her dedication to the sport has made both parents realize that the time and expense were worth it, as Visse's love of horses and real estate have blended nicely into a successful career. 

Kentucky Summer Series Promises Exciting Hunter Action with Two WCHR Weeks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Bozan   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:13

 The Kentucky Horse Park is gearing up for a summer of premier competition at the 2015 Kentucky Summer Series. The series features four weeks of premier hunter/jumper events., Both the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, July 22 - 26 and the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, August 11 - 16 are recognized by the World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) program. The prize list and entry forms are posted at

The series will kick off with the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, the first WCHR recognized week, where riders can earn valuable points towards year-end awards. The show runs from July 22-26 and includes the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by Hallway Feeds: one of the five-event Hallway Feeds series, which will provide $15,000 in Leading Rider Bonuses. The series will continue with the Kentucky Summer Classic held July 28-August 2. The $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby will also return on Saturday, August 1.

The third show of the Kentucky Summer Series is the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. Bluegrass Festival is also a WCHR week, with hunter highlights including the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship, which offered more than $180,000 in prize money in 2014. The event will be returning to Rolex Stadium during August 14-15. The USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championship, August 11-13, which offered more than $186,000 in 2014, will be held in the Stonelea Ring. The show will also host the finale of the $5,000 USHJA Hallway Feeds National Hunter Derby Series, where the 2015 Leading Professional, Junior and Amateur riders will be announced as part of the $15,000 Leading Rider Awards.

Kentucky Spring Classic Wrap-Up: May 13-17, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Walton   
Monday, 18 May 2015 16:20
wrapupIt was not chance Saturday tonight that secured the victory for Aaron Vale (USA) and Quidam’s Good Luck during the $127,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI3*. That night, it came down to raw speed and power. Vale bested a field of 41 competitors during the highlight event, claiming his second consecutive Saturday night victory with a blazing jump off ride, breaking the beam in 40.96 seconds.

Thirteen horse-and-rider combinations were able to master Bernardo Costa Cabral’s opening course, moving into a jump-off that would rival the day’s earlier Preakness Stakes.
Andres Rodriguez and Darlon Van Groenhove Conclude Kentucky Classic with $50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix Victory PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kendall Bierer   
Monday, 18 May 2015 16:19

Andres Rodriguez left no door open during the Sunday finale of the Kentucky Spring Classic, riding his own Darlon Van Groenhove to the $50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix winged victory in an untouchable 43.193 seconds. Ireland’s Kevin Babington captured the second place just behind Rodriguez with Mark Q, while Todd Minikus (USA) closed out the competition in the third place.

The rider from Venezuela has been knocking on the door throughout the Kentucky Spring Series, riding to the second place during the $34,000 Hagyard Challenge Series at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, and consistently putting in clear rounds during the second week of competition. Today, as the third in the order of 14 to return for the jump-off, he knew he would have to put on the pressure to keep competitors on their toes in an attempt to catch his trailblazing pace.

Junior Hunter Champions Crowned on Final Day of Kentucky Spring Classic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kendall Bierer   
Monday, 18 May 2015 16:18

For 17-year-old Vivian Yowan, Kentucky is home. The local resident of the Bluegrass State has captured multiple wins over the years, from the ponies to the Junior Hunters, as well as even riding to the top of the Junior Jumper leader board. Today, in the Stonelea Arena on the final day of the Kentucky Spring Classic, Yowan once again impressed the judges to capture three tricolors in the Large and Small 16-17 Junior Hunter divisions, as well as the Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Grand Championship, sponsored by Visse Wedell of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Yowan showed Ransom to two blue ribbons on Saturday during the Small 16-17 Junior Hunter division, and duplicated her efforts today to take the first place finish in the handy and the under saddle with her talented mount.

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