August 17, 2022

Juan Rodriguez Silva and Il Etait Une Fois A Rivereuille

Juan Rodriguez Silva and Il Etait Une Fois A Rivereuille Set the Pace To Win 1.35m Open Jumpers at the Kentucky Summer Classic

Competition returned to the Rolex Stadium on the opening day of the Kentucky Summer Classic with the 1.35m Open Jumper. Top up-and-coming mounts took to the expansive ring in hopes of proving their training and maturity to top the podium. In the end, it was Juan Rodriguez Silva and Il Etait Une Fois A Rivereuille who bested their competition and took the blue ribbon. Diana Conlon and PDR Pinion took second, while Richard Rinehart and Hendrik Wildricks rounded out the podium.

The developing mounts were given their time in the spotlight, taking to Bernardo Coasta Cabral’s (POR) 13-obstacle track. Featuring four rollbacks and four combinations, Cabral set a competitive track for the horse-and-rider pairs that featured winding turns and tricky bending lines to showcase their confidence and stride on the expansive track.

As it proved to be a competitive group of talented riders, Juan Rodriguez Silva and Il Etait Une Fois A Rivereuille took everything in stride and did not waiver at the chance to go fast and showcase their skills. The pressure was on for the duo to answer all of the questions of the technical course if they wanted to take the lead. Lumiere Horses Inc.’s 8-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, took to the track with the most pleasant expression and carried Silva to win as he made a turn untried by the rest of the field. The pair was victorious with a second round time of 38.367 seconds.

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Juan Rodriguez Silva and Il Etait Une Fois A Rivereuille Set the Pace To Win 1.35m Open Jumpers at the Kentucky Summer Classic – Kentucky Horse Shows