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Kyle Perkovich Claims $7,500 NAL Low Junior Amateur Jumper Classic

Kyle Perkovich and Roc My World capture the $7,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic victory.
During the $7,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, 15-year-old Kyle Perkovich took an early lead as the class' trail blazer, and continued his stronghold as only five other riders would find their way to the speed track.

"My initial plan was to go clear, of course," Perkovich said. "I wanted to tighten up my turns, especially from one to two, and then take advantage of my turns. I knew I needed to be careful and quick in the one stride up the middle as well as the green oxer off the turn and the final fence, that was where I could really take advantage of the time.

"I knew that in order to keep the rails up, I needed to take that one extra step and use my hands and legs to keep her in the middle and jumping up, versus going right through it," continued Perkovich. "Lisa [Goldman] told me not to get her flat, which can happen if she gets going too fast."

Perkovich was the first to jump the short track, and he stuck to his plan until the final line, which was an eight-stride. He made the last minute decision to leave one out in order to put the pressure on his competitors.

"I knew it was an eight-stride, but the seven was already there so I gave a growl because I didn't want for her to get flat," Perkovich smiled. "I love Roc My World because she lights up in the ring. Outside of the ring, she is very calm and very friendly. She is very different in the ring, she is on immediately when you walk in."

Natalie Horween and Quenotte P claimed the second place in 31.803 seconds, while Lily Hahn and Victoria VII finished with the third place with a double-clear effort in 31.985 seconds.

Perkovich concluded, "I think this facility is great. The footing is fantastic and my horse really feels great. This show allowed me the opportunity to move up a level and try the High Junior Jumpers as well as the 1.40m Open Jumpers. It was a great experience, and Roc My World was phenomenal. It was a great experience to be in the Grand Prix Ring and I hope to continue to move up and even compete in a grand prix one day."