Mill Spring, NC - Kelley Farmer of Keswick, VA, continued her incredibly successful week at Tryon International Equestrian Center's (TIEC) World Championship Hunter Rider Week (WCHR), taking top honors aboard Point Being in the final $50,000 WCHR Open Hunter Classic. The class marked the conclusion of WCHR Week at the Tryon Spring 5 competition.
Farmer, who took home the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby this past Friday aboard longtime mount, Mindful, finished her week at TIEC with a win on another rising talent in her ever-growing string, Point Being. The duo bested the class of 16 to take top honors, scoring an 87.5 in the first round and a 91 in the second. An ecstatic Farmer feels more prepared than ever heading to The Devon Horse Show next week, the next stop on their 2015 show schedule.
"This was a great week! I had him as a First Year horse last year and then he spent the winter in California so we just got him back shortly before the Lexington Spring Shows started. We went to Texas, where he ribboned, and then came here where he was third in the Derby," said Farmer. "When we came back for the Handy round on Friday, I messed up. We're still getting familiar with each other again."
Point Being is a true star according to Farmer and just needs a little bit of refinement before truly coming into his own in the hunter ring. She continues to have high hopes for the gelding heading into the competitive part of the summer season."He's always tries his hardest. It's a benefit, but it can also be a detriment sometimes too because he tries so hard and sometimes its almost too hard," she explained. "That is nothing you would ever want to fault him for though, because that's what we love about him so much."
Farmer's trainer Larry Gleftke agreed, "He can be a little bit difficult because of the fact that when he goes in the ring he doesn't ever try and not jump over the top of the standards." The beautiful bay gelding has the talent to excel in a both the hunters and the jumpers, but Glefke believes the experience in the hunter ring will do nothing but benefit the gelding moving forward in his career, whether that be in the hunter ring or possibly jumping around a Grand Prix.
"We've had some big time jumper riders and trainers tell us that we really need to take him over to the jumper ring. He's only seven years of age, but we've always said, even if he makes it over in the other ring, this is incredible experience for him too," said Glefke and Farmer agreed.
Competing the gelding has been a highlight for Farmer, who has always thought he would be excel under her tutelage. The duo have already been extremely successful upon his return and ultimately, Farmer will look towards USHJA Derby Finals with Point Being later in the summer in Lexington, KY. "I'm so excited to have him back. I've always absolutely loved him, and I have a special place in my heart for horses that give you that much try and he brings that much intensity every time," commented Farmer. "He's always been one of my favorites."
Farmer had four other rides in the class, finishing in second aboard Avatar Real Estate, LLC's Dalliance, fourth on Jessica Stitt's Taken, sixth piloting Kensel, LLC's Mindful, and twelfth aboard Glefke & Kensel, LLC's So To Speak, all of whom have the talent to win on any given day.
"Today's class was lovely and the ring was beautiful. They built a great course, and the horses jumped really well. It's so nice for this venue to give that kind of money for a hunter classic and the footing is beautiful and the facility is just tremendous," said Farmer. "This was such a pleasant experience for us and the horses and J.P. Godard put on just a lovely show. We really couldn't be happier with how this week went for us."
Glefke agreed and continued with the sentiment, "This facility is just top-notch and with the grass rings they're going to build, I truly love this place. We normally don't come to shows that we haven't been to before because we don't know about the footing, but the footing here is absolutely sensational and the stabling is just world-class, plus I love the Roger's Diner and the chocolate milkshakes," he laughed.
Final Results for $50,000 WCHR Open Hunter Classic
Place/Horse/Rider/Owner: Total Rnd 1/Total Rnd 2/Overall
1. Point Being, Kelley Farmer, Derby Hill and David Glefke: 178.5/181/359.5
2. Dalliance, Kelley Farmer, Avatar Real Estate, LLC: 173/181.5/354.5
3. Poker Face, Jennifer Bliss, Harris Hill Farm, LLC: 173.5/179/352.5
4. Taken, Kelley Farmer, Jessica Stitt: 175/176.75/351.75
5. Carino, Paul Mathews, Terry Haake Morrison: 169/178.5/347.5
6. Mindful, Kelley Farmer, Kensel, LLC: 180/166/346
7. Allawishus, Daniel Geitner, Kathryn Mittauer: 171/174/345
8. Smile, Tracey London, Tracey London: 163/176/339
For more information on TIEC and a full list of results, please visit www.tryon.com.