Wellington, Florida - February 24, 2011 - Week 7 of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, which runs through April 3, has begun. Its back to business as usual here at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Early in the week, the Pre-Green 3 & 4 Year Old Hunters have finished and been awarded their championship.
Elizabeth Boyd, riding Caroline Clark Morrison's entry, Iron Station, were this week's Pre-Green 3 & 4 Year Old Hunter champions. Iron Station is a four-year-old Rheinland Pfalz-Saar gelding by Ragtime.
Boyd explained how Morrison found Iron Station as a two-year-old at the Devon Horse Show a couple of years ago. "Caroline was watching the breeding before she showed and was not looking for a horse, and saw him. She called my father and said, 'I found one.'" Boyd went on to explain that her father, and Morrison's trainer, Jack Towell, was skeptical of buying a horse that was only two years old. "My father came and looked at him, and he had such a good mind and was put together so nicely that they bought him," she added.
Iron Station and Boyd secured the championship by winning three of the division's four classes and placing second in the remaining class. The pair topped a field of six entries for the tricolor honor.
"She brought him along really slowly, and he's been so easy and straightforward from day one," Boyd explained about Iron Station's upbringing.
There are high hopes for Iron Station's future in the hunter arena. And so far, he's off to a good start. "We'll take him home, move him up to the regular Pre-Greens this spring and summer, and aim for Capital Challenge in the fall," said Boyd.
Boyd also earned the reserve championship honors aboard Louise Petz's entry, Follow Me Home. Follow Me Home is a four-year-old Trakehner Paint Cross by Skips Omega King. The pair secured the reserve championship by earning second place in three of the division's classes and receiving a sixth in the remaining class.
Week 7 continues tomorrow with the Roberto Coin Low Adult Hunters Section A, showing in the Rost Arena. Stay tuned for more hunter results as the weekend approaches and junior and pony riders hit the show ring for their chance to shine here at the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival.
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Photo Credit: Elizabeth Boyd and Iron Station are the Pre-Green 3&4 Year Old Hunter Champions during the seventh week of the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo © Sportfot, Official Sport Photographer of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, www.sportfot.com