In It To Win It

 Leading Lady Rider Kelly Farmer
Leading Lady Rider Kelly Farmer

The open hunter divisions continued on Wednesday with many familiar names appearing in the jog order.  The first year green hunter stake class was won by Mythical ridden by Kelley Farmer.  Second went to Kingpin ridden by Amanda Steege.  Another of Farmer's mounts, Dancing Solo, rounded out the primary color ribbons in third place.  Farmer has been making the most of her trip from Lane Change Farm in Kewick Virginia, riding six horses in the open hunter divisions.  The first year green hunter champion was Kingpin with Mythical in reserve. 

The second year green hunter stake class was won by Queen Latifa with Jamie Taylor in the irons.  Queen Latifa picked up ribbons in all four over fences classes, winning each class other than the handy class where she placed third.  Second in the stake class went to Fredrick ridden by Maggie Bracco.  Third place was awarded to Small Celebration ridden by Taylor Adams.  The second year green hunter champion was Queen Latifa with Small Celebration in reserve. 

The green conformation hunter stake class could have been renamed the Kelley Farmer show.  She rode all three of the top horses in this class and had a fourth mount that also finished in the ribbons.  The green conformation hunter stake class was won by Quotable.  Second went to Dancing Solo.  Third place was awarded to Back Story.  The green conformation hunter champion was Back Story with Quotable in reserve.

The regular conformation hunter over fences class was won by Showman ridden by Scott Stewart.  Showman has made his third trip to Devon his most winning one yet, picking up ribbons in every class in this year's division.  Second went to Taken with Farmer in the irons.  Third place was awarded to On Q also ridden by Farmer.  The regular conformation hunter champion was Showman.  Back Story was reserve in this division as well, coming in reserve overall in both conformation divisions.

The high performance hunter stake class was won by Mythical ridden by Farmer.  Second went to Dedication, Stewart's mount.  Third place was awarded to Zidane ridden by Steege.  The high performance hunter champion was Dedication.  This marks the second year that the handsome bay has been champion at Devon.  Mythical was reserve champion in this division, adding a second tricolor ribbon to the reserve champion Mythical earned in the second year green division.
 
When all the hunter rounds were in the books, Farmer handily emerged as the leading lady rider and overall top rider.  Queen Latifa was the high point mare. Back Story was the grand hunter champion, an impressive feat for the first time competing at Devon.  Only time will tell if Farmer's winning ways will continue in Sunday's hunter derby.




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