The 2022 Abilene Spectacular took place from January 2nd to January 9th in Abilene, Texas. A total of 853 entries competed for a combined purse of $646,985.06, with an additional $107,000 in prize money. Here are the highlights from the 4-Year-Old and 5/6-Year-Old classes:
In the 4-Year-Old Open division, Dalton Laekea Vicar and his horse “Dont Look for Troubl” dominated the competition, scoring an impressive 226 points. They took home a total of $29,526.31 in earnings. Cara Barry Brewer and “Tagging” secured the second-place position with a score of 222.5 and earnings of $15,000.
4-YEAR-OLD OPEN GELDING
In the 4-Year-Old Open Gelding category, Dalton Laekea Vicar once again emerged as the champion, riding “Dont Look for Troubl” to a score of 226 and earnings of $2,613.33.
4-YEAR-OLD OPEN NOVICE
In the 4-Year-Old Open Novice division, Clay Johnson and “My Little Denver” claimed victory with a score of 221. Their total earnings amounted to $3,292.80.
4-YEAR-OLD STALLION INCENTIVE
The 4-Year-Old Stallion Incentive class witnessed an intense competition. Josh Leign Townsend and “Dva Lizzys Lil Pepto” emerged as the winners with a score of 213 and earnings of $12,750.
5/6-Year-Old Class Results
In the 5/6-Year-Old Open class, Lloyd Dennis Cox and “Baby Talk” proved to be the team to beat. They secured the top spot with a score of 226, earning $15,000. Michael A Kemna and “Kit Kat Apple” followed closely behind with a score of 220.5 and earnings of $11,500.
5/6-YEAR-OLD OPEN GELDING
The 5/6-Year-Old Open Gelding division saw Rodrigo Taboga and “A Catual Affair” take home first place with a score of 216.5 and earnings of $1,960.
5/6-YEAR-OLD OPEN NOVICE
Ed Flynn and “Reyzplendent” claimed victory in the 5/6-Year-Old Open Novice category with a score of 218 and earnings of $1,764.
5/6-YEAR-OLD OPEN INTERMEDIATE
Hayden B Upton and “Kat Play” put on a stellar performance in the 5/6-Year-Old Open Intermediate class, securing a score of 222 and $4,000 in earnings.
Congratulations to all the winners in the 2022 Abilene Spectacular! It was a thrilling event showcasing the incredible talent of both horse and rider.
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