After the treacherous rainstorm Friday evening, a sunny second to last day of Devon was much needed, and an omen of good luck for the Olympic Observation event to take place later in the day. The Amateur Owner Hunter Division of 18-35 year olds took the ring first jumping an exquisite 3'6'' course, with their stakes class following then the Amateur Owner Hunter Championship awarded to the horse that has acquired the greatest number of points from their division.
The Amateur Owner Hunter Division of over 35 years of age followed right after in the same order of events.
After a surfeit of entries had there go around, Jaime Auletto won every class she entered this morning in her 18-35 years of age division; taking the blue for the second consecutive year in the $1,500 Amateur Owner Hunter class, blue in the $2,000 Amateur Owner Hunter Stake, and proudly jogged her way back into the ring to cordially accept the Amateur Owner Hunter Championship with an astounding overall accumulation of points of 36 that she racked up with her handsome bay gelding Winnetoe. A successful day for Auletto didn't end just yet; she made her presence in the ring once again to win the prestigious title of Devon Grand Amateur Owner Hunter Championship.
The older division made great strides in the Dixon Oval, but dominating the first class- the $1,500 Amateur Owner Hunter was Becky Gochman. Gochman, who is certainly no stranger to the ring, proudly jogged Sambalino in and she left with a smile on her face and a blue ribbon on Sambalino's. Gochman settled for second place in the next class, the $2,000 Amateur Owner Hunter Stake by half a point. Taking first place was Janie Andrew of Rancho Mirage, CA and her horse Ante Up. The Duo clenched the win with a score of 85. Gochman may have missed the win of that class but her and Sambalino returned to the ring to get their picture taken with their tri-color for their title of Amateur Owner Hunter Championship.
Photos: Jaime Auletto and Winnetoe and Becky Gochman on Sambolino