Jaime Gibson and Cora Claim Grand Open Hunter Championship

Jaime Gibson and Cora

Jaime Gibson and Cora

Lexington, Ky. – July 27, 2017 – As hunter competition continued on the second day of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, Jaime Gibson of Ocala, Florida, rode the 9-year-old mare Cora to the Grand Open Hunter Championship. Owned by Debbie Smith of Beverly Hills, Florida, Cora won two over fences class and the handy, and placed second in an over fences and the undersaddle class in the Green Conformation Hunter division. They picked the division’s championship prize alongside Tim Goguen, who tied for the title with Garland Alban’s Decoy.

TIm Goguen and Decoy

Gibson started riding the talented mare during the winter season and the pair competed in the Ocala circuit and at Devon before heading to the Kentucky Horse Park for their biggest win to date.

The Grand Open Hunter Championship is sponsored by Visse Wedell of Wedell Real Estate. Earlier this year she noted, “I sponsor all of the Grand Hunter Championships at Kentucky Horse Park because I think it’s important to go back in history where they used to do it a lot. They don’t do it at a lot of horse shows anymore and I thought that it would be a nice thing for riders to go home with a trophy.”

Additional Grand Hunter Championships will be awarded later this week to the top Amateur-Owner, Junior and Children’s Hunters. Additional hunter highlights include the $5,000 World Equestrian Center/Kentucky Horse Shows USHJA National Hunter Derby on Sunday in the Stonelea Ring.


On Cora: “Cora is a very special mare that likes to show off. She’s so much fun to ride and she jumps great. She walks in and knows it’s business. She’s only 15.3 hands, so she’s little, but a pleasure to watch because she is smooth and very handy.”

About the Kentucky Horse Shows “I’ve been competing here for probably 10 years. The jumps in Kentucky are great, the rings are fantastic, everyone is nice and it’s such a fun place to come for a horse show.”


Green Hunter 3’6 & 3’9
Champion: Tim Goguen and Perhaps
Reserve: Kelly Mullen and Capisce

Green Hunter 3’3
Champion: Katherine Newman and Dandelion
Reserve: Christopher Payne and Show Me

Green Hunter 3’0
Champion: Jeff Gogul and Best of Me
Reserve: Jeff Gogul and Just Ask

Green Conformation Hunters
Champion: Jaime Gibson and Cora
Champion: Tim Goguen and Decoy

High Performance Conformation Hunters
Champion: Kathryn Haley and Outshine
Champion: Jennifer Waxman and Splendid

High Performance Hunters
Champion: Tim Goguen and Clever
Reserve: Robert Crandall and On The Slye

Performance Hunters 3’6
Champion: Jeff Gogul and Small Gesture
Reserve: Christopher Payne and Scripted

Performance Hunters 3’3
Champion: Christopher Payne and Park Place
Reserve: Christopher Payne and Portofino

USHJA 2’6 Hunter
Champion A: Christopher Payne and To The Point
Reserve A: Molly Sewell and Zorroco
Champion B: Christopher Payne and Lifeline
Reserve B: Sarah Sturges and Spot On

Baby Green Hunter
Champion: Jeff Gogul and Kashmir
Reserve: Jennifer Waxman and Conor

Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter
Champion: Jaime Gibson and Beyond Comparison
Reserve: Dale Dinsmore and Winning Aptitude