The Amateur Owner Jumper class kicked off Friday of Devon 2012, with the A/O 18-35 year-olds following right after. The A/O's over 35 years of age took the ring with countless clear rounds but an unfortunate fall for Cathy Morris-Schmitt.
The Amateur Owner Hunters are judged on performance and soundness as they aim for a clean, consistent round over the course of 3'6''. The horse and rider pair in the $3,750 Amateur Owner Jumper class to take the win from a field twenty-three competitors was Madeline Thatcher trained by Alex Jayne of Pony Lane Farms, where the winning horse Klotaire Du Moulin resides.
As the Amateur Owner classes progressed, the younger division of the 18-35 year-olds next took to the ring. The 9 year old bay gelding Castlekeep ridden by Heather Hooker entered the ring graciously to accept her first place win of the Beeches Brook Challenge Trophy. However, Castlekeep missed a second consecutive win in the next round of the A/O Hunter 18-35 years of age sponsored by Courtyard by Marriot. The win went to the duo of Winnetoe and Jamie Auletto's immaculate ride with the premium score of 88.
The older group took on the 3'6'' course next. Sambalino, owned and ridden by Becky Gochman (previously ridden by Scott Stewart earlier in the week with great success) came out on top with the win over a long list of entries. Unfortunately in the next class, Sambalino and Becky's score did not make the score cut-off. First place was swept up by John Ingram and Costar, owned by John & Stephanie Ingram LLC. John secured the top spot with his score that deemed untouchable.
The Amateur Owners would entered the ring for a third time today for the under saddle class for their division. Superman owned by John & Stephanie Ingram LLC shown by Tracy Sheriff Muser graced the ring and won the over 35 years of age Amateur Owner Hunter Under Saddle. John & Stephanie Ingram LLC's Superman also won the Third Skirmish Hill Challenge Trophy. Next, the younger age division of 18 to 35 year-olds flowed into the ring for the Under Saddle class and took the rail for a competitive go around. Finishing on top with the win was Keri Guanciale on Thoughtful from Clarksburg, MD.
Photos: Heather Hooker on Castlekeep; John Ingram on Costar