Two Kierson Farm riders win World’s Championships in Kentucky
On the left, Grace Allison busts into tears of joy as her name is announced as the winner of the Junior Equitation World Championship at the Kentucky State Fair. At right she takes her victory lap (Howard Schatzberg)
Hunterdon County Democrat By Hunterdon County Democrat
on August 29, 2014 at 12:00 PM, updated August 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM
The American Saddlebred World’s Grand Championship horse show was held at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. this year from Aug. 17-24. The World’s Championship Horse Show brings riders and horses from around the world to compete with the best of the breed on the green shavings of Louisville. This year Kierson Farm, in Readington Township took several horses and riders and came away with a World Champion, Ava Kimmel, and a Word Champion of Champion’s, Grace Allison.
Kierson Farm is owned by Mike and Jessie Richardson. The Richardson’s specialize in the training of American Saddlebred Horses and run a large lesson program for riders of all ages and ability levels. Riders from the Kierson lesson and training program compete at a local and national level, allowing all of the riders an opportunity to grow and flourish in the show ring.
Ava Kimmel Tax Man
Ava Kimmel on Tax Man
This year was Ava Kimmel’s first year out of Academy and on to the big leagues of showing. She started the season with her horse Imagination Station, a.k.a. “Maggie” and was finishing in the top at major shows. Half way through the season Jessie Richardson found the perfect teammate for Ava to finish the show season with CH Tax Man, Ava’s younger sister began showing Maggie and Ava and Tax Man started their partnership by taking the Blue Ridge Horse Show by storm. Heading to Louisville, Ava was excited to show on the green shavings and to get more experience with Tax Man. With just 3 1/2 years of riding under her belt 7-year-old Ava was looking forward to her first Louisville experience.
Ava and Tax Man trotted into the ring for their class at Louisville and blew the competition away, capturing Ava’s first world title winning the Walk Trot 8 and Under class and wowing the crowd. Ava said, “it made me happy and proud to win at the World’s Championship Horse Show!” Ava is looking forward to many more rides in the future and has big goals of winning the Equitation triple crown as well as competing on the Saddleseat World Cup team someday.
Parents Gary and Laura Kimmel could not be more proud of their daughter Ava and Tax Man bringing her World Championship Title back home to Lebanon, and both their daughter’s commitment to riding and love of their horses. Trainer Jessie Richardson says of Ava, “I could not be more proud of all the hard work she put in over the summer or more excited for the years to come that Ava and Tax Man will have!”
Grace Allison has been a consistent top finisher in the Equitation ribbons from Academy all the way to her current horse Number One Girl, a.k.a. “Callie.” Grace and Callie have had a great season finishing in the top ribbons and winning classes at major horse shows and headed to the World’s Championship Horse Show ready to compete.
Grace and Callie started their week off with a strong ride in their qualifying class to be second and came back hungry for more in their championship ride. Grace followed Mike and Jessie’s directions to a “T” and made it into the work out, a performed beautifully again. As she stood in the line up knowing she had done her best, the announcer called out that the World Champion of Champions Title would be returning to Ringoes, N.J. with Grace Allison and Number One Girl!
Grace, 13, captured the Junior Equitation Championship in her last year of eligibility and is ready to move on to the finals this fall and the senior division next year. Trainer Jessie Richardson said, “Grace’s hard work really shows. It was such a proud moment for me, Kierson Farm, and Grace.”
Grace’s proud parents Keith and Jane Allison were thrilled with Grace’s wins aboard Number One Girl. Jane, Grace, and Keith came to the barn as soon as the horses got home to congratulate Callie with treats and gather Grace’s ribbons and prizes. “We could not be more proud of all Grace has accomplished under the direction of Kierson Farm,” said Jane of Grace’s wins.
Grace now strives for wins at the UPHA American Royal National Finals, the USEF Medal class, and the NEHC Medal this fall.
Last November, Grace was the youngest rider to qualify for the final in the USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final at the United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) American Royal National Championship in Kansas City, Mo.
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