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April 22, 2011

Kate Ruppel

Kate Ruppel and Sir Donovan. Photo by Sara Lieser.

Stats: age 24, Adamstown, Md.

Sir Donovan: ch. g., 17 hands, 9 years, Irish-bred Irish Sport Horse (VDL Arkansas—Flown, Imperius), owned by rider.

This pair completed the Fair Hill CCI*** (Md.) in 2009. Last year, they were 13th at the Bromont CCI*** (Que.) and 13th at the Fair Hill CCI***. This spring, they were seventh in an advanced division at Rocking Horse Winter II (Fla.) and 15th in the Red Hills CIC*** (Fla.).

Jimmy's Prediction: Katie Ruppel and Sir Donovan are slowly working their way up the competitive ladder. Their technical skills are still a work in progress, but they should go well here. This will be an educational weekend for them, which will stand them in good stead for the future.

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