Jung Wins Second Consecutive Rolex Title

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PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews Michael Jung of Germany became the second rider to win the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Rolex, on the same horse in two consecutive years by riding Fischerrocana FST to a 13.3-point victory. His winning score (39.2) easily bested Lauren Kieffer on Veronica (52.5) and Maya Black on Doesn’t Play Fair (53.9).In addition to the iconic Rolex watch that goes to the winner, Jung will take home first prize of $110,000.Kim Severson on Winsome Adante is the only previous partnership to record consecutive Rolex Kentucky victories since it became a CCI4* in 1998 is. They won in 2004 and 2005, after also winning in 2002.Prior to that, when Rolex Kentucky was a CCI3*, Bruce Davidson Sr. won it in 1988 and 1989 on Doctor Peaches. Davidson also won Rolex Kentucky in 1983 on J.J. Babu and 1984 on Doctor Peaches, and he won the 1978 World Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park on Might Tango.“I am normally not a man of many words or so much drama as this weekend has been,” said Jung 33. “I have to thank all the people behind me and my horses. It’s a success of the whole team. Every horse in my stable horse has had a part in it.”In addition to Fischerrocana, an 11-year-old German-bred mare, Jung’s stable includes numerous international-level event horses, as well international-level show jumping and dressage horses.Now Jung’s attention turns to the third leg of the Rolex Grand Slam, the Badminton Three-Day Event in England, which begins on Wednesday, May 4. His mount there, La Biosthetique Sam, on whom he won the 2010 World Championships and 2012 Olympics, was due to arrive at Badminton on Sunday. Jung planned to fly out of Cincinnati early Monday morning to meet him there Monday afternoon.If Jung wins Badminton, he will become only the second rider to win the lucrative Grand Slam-the winner earns $350,000–in the 16-year history of the prize. Pippa Funnell of Great Britain is the single previous winner of the Rolex Grand Slam, in 2002-2003.The key to winning Badminton and the Rolex Grand Slam, said Jung, is to ride like it’s a normal event. “I think always the same thing when I go a championship or a four-star event. I say to myself, ‘This is a normal competition.’ I try not to change anything. It’s important to win, but it’s important that you have a good feeling for the horse and that you have a good ride.”Kieffer climbed from sixth place to second place by adding just 1 time fault to her score. That propelled her up the standings when the four horses in front of her faulted, including Phillip Dutton’s third-placed horse, Mighty Nice, and his second-placed horse, Fernhill Fugitive. Dutton finished fourth on Mighty Nice, fifth on Fernhill Cubalawn, and 13th on Fernhill Fugitive.For Kieffer, 28, of Middleburg, Va., second place made her the winner of the Rolex USEF Four-Star Championship for the second time, again on Veronica. Kieffer also finished 18th on Landmark’s Monte Carlo, with 20 show jumping faults.“Monte Carlo exceeded our expectations yesterday and had a learning experience today,” performing in front of the jam-packed Rolex Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, said Kieffer. “But Veronica is better the more atmosphere she has. It lights her up a bit, and she tries harder.”Black, 28, of Clinton, Wash., and Doesn’t Play Fair, an 11-year-old U.S.-bred Holsteiner, lowered one jump to move up one place from their two-phase standing. “He’s kind of a pain in the barn, but he’s a great little horse who comes to work everyday,” said Black of her 15.2-hand partner.Kieffer and Dutton led Team USA to victory in the DuBarry of Ireland Nations Team Challenge, scoring 178.5 faults. Their score handily eclipsed New Zealand (238.0) and the combined team of Australia, Germany and Great Britain (298.5).Sunday’s attendance was 25,545, bringing then weekend’s total paid attendance to 82,100.Known as the “Best Weekend All Year,” the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover is the nation’s premier Three-Day Event and one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions in the world.For more information, please visit the Rolex Kentucky website at www.RK3DE.org. 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STEAM rises during Farmington Founders Festival

first_imgMore than a month has passed since the Greater Farmington Founders Festival, and one thing seems certain: People have differing opinions about how it went.Organized by the Greater Farmington Area Chamber, the event brought music, food vendors, activities for kids and teens, and a little controversy to downtown Farmington. Events were also held at Shiawassee Park.Chamber Director Mary Martin, who was hired last November, jumped into the planning process by meeting with committees in December. She said the STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) theme reflected what’s happening in the community, such as the opening of the Farmington Public Schools STEAM Academy in the former Dunckel Middle School on 12 Mile Road.The Hackbots drew attention on Farmington Road with their robotics display. New activities included two days of “STEAM Heat” in Shiawassee Park with the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum and a Mad Science show on the State Street stage. Martin said a booth on Farmington Road showcasing the Hackbots, a Farmington Public Schools robotics team, was also a big hit.“The kids were just drawn to that,” she said. “They loved it… Seeing how those were accepted, I was really happy about that.”The popularity of a Friday “Light the Night” display of hot air balloons in Shiawassee Park “caught everybody by surprise,” Martin said. Hundreds of people showed up to watch the balloons, even though they never left the ground.Hot air balloons light up the night and drew hundreds of people to Shiawassee Park. But the event wasn’t without controversy. One business owner was particularly vocal on social media with complaints about the closing of Farmington Road, which restricted access to his business.Martin said the decision was made to carve out a space for kids who were “too old for bounce houses” and activities in Shiawassee Park. The State Street stage hosted shows from morning through late afternoon; some booths, several inflatables, and a climbing wall filled in the area south of State.Activities for older children occupied Farmington Road during Founders Festival.One perpetual complaint in recent years has centered around the “Crafters Marketplace,” formerly located on Farmington Road and moved this year to Riley Park and Market Place, the street on the park’s west side. Crafters and artists displayed their wares but seemed outnumbered by commercial vendors, like home improvement and home-based businesses.Farmington Voice reader Kristen O’Dea pointed out a conflict that may limit the Festival’s ability to draw more creatives.“In my opinion, Farmington won’t be in a position to compete for crafters/artists if (the Festival is) held the same weekend as the Ann Arbor Art Fair,” she said. Also held the third weekend in July, that event draws hundreds of artists from around the country.Lesa Ferencz, also a Voice reader, said the Crafters Marketplace usually brings her family out for the daytime part of the festival. This year, they “browsed very little, bought nothing.”“We don’t give the commercial, informational, and carnival-type booths any of our attention,” she said. “The layout felt very disjointed to me which left the daytime activities feeling empty and frustrating. Our faith in the craft booth part of the festival has been slim to none for a very long time.”“We shopped at Bead Bohemia, Sunflour Bakehaus, and Dagwood’s while we were in town for the festival,” she added.Martin said she has considered adding something like a Maker Faire next year.“If we did that with the STEAM stuff, that would be great branding for us,” she said.Financially, the Festival brought in about 5.5 percent more in revenues over last year. What stood out most in her first year, Martin said, was the community, the volunteers (including many Chamber members), attending a “heart-warming” Miss Farmington pageant, and the success of the first-ever Color Run, which preceded Saturday’s parade.“Those are the kinds of things I can look back on and say, that was so much fun, and the community embraced them,” she said. Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Argos Take Third in Season-Opening Meet

first_imgRachel VanWart and Jordan Spicer rounded out the UWF lineup at 27:49.75 and 29:31.44. Cox’s ninth-place finish at 24:25.48 was just ahead of Devin Montalvo in 16th at 25:08.21 and Alexis Parnell in 18th at 25:12.18. Rebekah Lapp, Zeana Guirey, Kimberly Napoleon and Abigail Greenleaf, stayed grouped together, coming in at 26:29.52, 26:48.81, 26:51.29, and 27:03.55, respectively. Those times were good for 28th, 33rd, 35th, and 42nd. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version FULL RESULTSMONTEVALLO, Ala. – Three Argonauts took top-20 finishes in the University of West Florida women’s cross country team’s first meet of the year on Saturday in Montevallo, with junior Renee Cox leading the team and finishing ninth. As a team, UWF finished third with an average time just 13 seconds behind second-place Berry.center_img Like on the men’s side of the meet, Montevallo took first while fellow Gulf South Conference members Auburn Montgomery and Valdosta State finished fifth and sixth. The first group was followed closely by Sarah Carrion and Jasmine Lee, who finished just a second apart in 23rd and 24th and clocked in right at the 26-minute mark. The Argonauts had an extra week to prepare for this weekend’s race after the event at Furman University was cancelled due to the threat of Hurricane Irma. Next up the team heads to Nashville, Tennessee, for the Trevecca DII Showcase Invitational, September 23.last_img read more

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Sara Bareilles & John Legend ready to bring “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” to TV Sunday night

first_img Related Virginia Sherwood/NBC(NEW YORK) — Sunday night, pop star Sara Bareilles and R&B star John Legend star as Mary and Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, NBC’s live production of the classic Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice musical.  Performing a legendary musical live on TV might seem daunting, but for musicians like Sara and John, it’s no big deal.“I’m used to the idea of playing in front of an audience and that being it,” John explains. “You don’t get to go back and do another take, you don’t get to rehearse it more…so I’m excited for the challenge of doing this show live.”“It’s electric and thrilling,” adds Sara, who in addition to performing live concerts has also starred in the Broadway musical Waitress, which she co-wrote.  She jumped at the chance to do this one.“It was a no-brainer. I said yes within 30 seconds of being asked the question,” Sara raves. “I love this project, I love this score, I love this moment in time to be doing this show on this day. I’m just thrilled.”Jesus Christ Superstar follows Jesus in the last week of his life; Sara explains, “It’s the betrayal, it’s the crucifixion, it’s his relationship with Mary Magdalene. It’s a roller-coaster of emotion.”It’s that emotion, John says, that makes the show so impactful.“We’ve seen Jesus as a deity for so long,” he says. “And I think what’s special about this show is that it talks about the human emotions that Jesus quite likely felt…the sense of betrayal, the sense of, ‘Why was I chosen for this?’”As John notes, “The power of this show is that it imbues this deity with emotions that we can all relate to.”Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert airs Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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PSC Fishing Report – December 2011

first_imgI have booked trips for the following dates in 2012:There are still vacancies available for our trips on Saturday 14 January, Thursday 19 January and Thursday 26 January.  I can be contacted on 081 862 6279.  For PSC members wanting to attend, guests of members are welcome but are expected to become PSC members if they wish to participate in later trips.  Four trips will be held each month throughout the year, two on Saturdays and two on Thursdays.A number of participants have commented on the difficulty (and at times unsafe) boarding and exiting the boat.  The captain has assured me he will have an improved ladder available for the next trip and subsequent trips.  Here is hoping!Good fishing and best wishes for 2012! Our trip on December 22, the fourth one of the month, comprised Jeff & Khammoon, John & Marnie, Alan, Charlie and his Canadian friend. The weather was good but the fish not so plentiful.  Nevertheless all were satisfied with their catches.  Marnie was the champ for the day with a nice 3 kilo coral trout and a slightly smaller one.  Unfortunately, no picture was taken that day so I have included one taken on the private trip on 20 December arranged by Tor for his friends; Khun Daeng caught this magnificent fish.Daeng with her prize catch.last_img read more

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