The hunter horses were out in force on Monday. Despite the heat, many rose to the occasion with numerous scores over fences in the 90s. The stars of the hunter division, the high performance hunters, showed over fences and under saddle. Judged on movement, style, and soundness, these horses jumped four foot fences and then returned for an under saddle class where their movement was judged on the flat.
First, each horse tackled a course of eight natural-colored fences designed to simulate the obstacles found while foxhunting. The winner of the first over fences class was Miss Lucy, a chestnut mare owned by Helen Lenahan and piloted by Jennifer Alfano. Miss Lucy impressed the judges with her slow, methodical rhythm and impressive athleticism over fences. Her performance garnered a score of 90. Rounding out the primary colored ribbons were Casallo in second place, ridden by Liza Boyd and Declaration in third place, ridden by Scott Stewart.
Next, the horses returned for the hack, which was won by Summer Place, owned by Pony Lane Farm and ridden by Maggie Jayne. As Ms. Jayne allowed Summer Place to nuzzle young spectators over the rail, the red ribbon was awarded to Rosalynn, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker and ridden by Hunt Tosh, and the yellow ribbon was awarded to Perfektionist, owned by Tracey Topping and ridden by Holly Orlando.
The regular conformation hunters also performed over fences. In an impressive showing, both over fences classes were won by Dr. Parker's Cold Harbor. Cold Harbor bested the competition in each over fences class, scoring a 90 and 91 with Hunt Tosh in the irons. When asked to comment on her horse's way of going and personality, Dr. Parket noted "he's as gentle and soft as a marshmallow." Indeed, the judges agreed and rewarded his seemingly effortless performance over fences.
In the first class, second place went to Sambalino, owned by Becky Gochman and ridden by Scott Stewart and third place was awarded to Jessica Stitt's Clearly. In the second class, the red ribbon went to two entries ridden by Scott Stewart in the irons-Touchdown and Sambalino.
Photos: Jennifer Alfano on Miss Lucy; Maggie Jayne on Miss Lucy and Hunt Tosh on Cold Harbor