Ottawa, Ontario—Canadian Reining Team member, Lisa Coulter of Princeton, BC, finished in second place on July 23 at the 2009 Reining Kentucky Cup CRI 4* held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.
As the only woman in the competition, Coulter’s goal was to go fast and accurate during the Individual competition to make it to the podium. She expertly guided Hollywood Aces, a six-year-old Quarter Horse gelding owned by Robert Thompson, to score 219.5 securing the silver medal.
“My horse felt tired in the team event, so I stayed off him for the next day and just warmed him up lightly and went and showed. Ace responded beautifully and we had a great run. I had a lot of confidence going in to the individual competition,” said Coulter. “Bob Thompson has always believed in me. He bought this cool horse and allowed me the chance to go for it. The crowd was amazing and I had over 2500 people rooting for me. It was one ride I won’t ever forget.”
Tom McCutcheon of the United States and Darlins Not Painted won the competition with 222.5. Jose Vazquez and Juiced Up Doc from Mexico and Dell Hendricks of the US with Starbucks Sidekick tied for the bronze medal with a score of 218.0.
Francois Gauthier, of St. Hyacinthe, QC, aboard Jim O’Neil’s Smartys Lil Image, a six-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, finished in eighth place with a score of 208.5. Cochrane, AB, native Dave Young, riding Angels Mark, a six-year-old paint gelding also owned by Robert Thompson, scored 205 for 10th place.
The 2009 Kentucky Cup CRI4* was held from July 21-23 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, US, and will act as a test competition for the 2010 World Equestrian Games which will be held at the same event site.
Complete results are available at http://www.alltechfeigames.com/news/detail.aspx?id=2796.