List of Riders Grows for the $100,000 Finals at International Omaha
St. Louis, Missouri – November 11, 2017 – Iron and Carmel, Indiana rider Michael Burnett couldn’t be beaten in the third qualifying class for the InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series at the Queenie Productions Lake St. Louis Hunter-Jumper Show on November 11, 2017. The speedy gray won the faults-converted Table III class at 1.40 meters with a faultless winning time of 62.035.
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That was more than five seconds under the time of the second-place horse, Ypslon, owned by White Rock Farm Ltd of Ocala, Florida and ridden by Shannon Hicks of Lake St. Louis. That pair also had a clean round in a time of 67.504.
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Danielle Urban piloted the gray mare, VDL Byacinthe, owned by Flying Change Equine Ventures of Elkhorn, Nebraska, to third place with one rail down and a time of 67.878. The top four placing riders at each of the four qualifying shows are eligible to compete in the $100,000 InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series Finals at the International Omaha on April 13, 2018.
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Because Burnett had already qualified for the Finals on Iron at the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri last month, the qualifiers at Lake St. Louis were Hicks, who also placed 5th on Al Pachino; Urban, Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, who rode Sky High to a 4th place finish for owner Loretta Patterson of Omaha, Nebraska; and Charlie Carrel of Sheridan, Wyoming, who rode Louise Plank’s Utopik to 6th place in a time of 70.247.
The following riders, representing eight states and Canada, have qualified to compete for the $100,000 InIt2WinIt Finals in Omaha:
Chicago - Balmoral – Lisa Goldman (Centurion B), Brooke Cudmore (Cassin), Christian Heineking (Leonie) and Steve Schaefer (Caribe)
Kansas City - American Royal – Brandie Holloway (Lucky Strike), Michael Burnett (Iron), Sam Pegg (Shaia De Macheco), Dan Bedoya (Abracadabra WKT)
St Louis - Lake St. Louis – Shannon Hicks (Ypslon), Danielle Urban (VDL Byacinthe), Holly Shepherd (Sky High), Charlie Carrel (Utopik)
In addition to placing in the top four at the qualifying events, riders who want to qualify a second horse can do it on a rider/horse combination of points won at the qualifying shows, with 1 point for 12th place ascending to 12 points for first. Lisa Goldman has two others qualified by virtue of finishing in the top four, Balavan and Hindsight. Christian Heineking also qualified NKH Selena with a second-place finish in Kansas City.
Brooke Cudmore qualified her second horse, Igor, with points earned at all three of the qualifiers thus far, earning 17 points. Currently in the running for a second horse qualification is Shannon Hicks, whose Al Pachino has earned 13 points. Burnett’s second horse, C-Max, has earned six points at two of the shows. Karen Cudmore’s Southern Pride also has six points earned at the qualifying shows.
The fourth and final qualifying class will be held at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado on January 12. Riders can also qualify through Wild Cards issued by qualifying events and the Omaha Equestrian Foundation, creator of the InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series and host of the Finals.
The goal of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation, host of the 2017 FEI World Cup Finals in both jumping and dressage as well as the International Omaha event, is to bring high caliber international equestrian competition to the Midwest.
The International Omaha on April 12–15, 2018 will be held at the World Cup venue, the CenturyLink Center on Omaha’s downtown riverfront. Besides the InIt2WinIt Championship, it will feature a $130,000 International Grand Prix in jumping and a Dressage Team Challenge featuring Grand Prix, Freestyle, Youth and Amateur riders. Spectators also enjoy outstanding shopping, demonstrations, educational exhibits, entertainment and dining, all under one roof.
Eighteen riders started at the Lake St. Louis InIt2WinIt qualifier. Others who placed were:
Shannon Hicks Al Pachino (5th) 69.465
Karen Cudmore Southern Pride (7th) 70.876
Brooke Cudmore Igor (8th) 70.891
Taylor Flury Carrasca Z (9th) 72.229
C-Max Michael Burnett (10th) 72.637
Brooke Cudmore Cassin (11th) 73.296
Charlie Carrel Fortado (12th) 73.854
Others competing in the InIt2WinIt class at the Lake St. Louis show:
Liz Atkins Carletta 75.798
Charlie Carrel Cassanova 83.415
Phillip Flynn Polar Ice 83.646
Taylor Flury Cosmea Z Eliminated
Taylor Kain AF Karatino Eliminated
Katie Leverick Elano G Retired