Wayne, Il. - On Wednesday morning, Maria Rasmussen rode Corporate Way LLC's With Honors into the winner's circle, claiming the championship title in the Green 3'6"/3'9" Hunter division. The pair's ribbons from Tuesday's classes, combined with their high-scoring rounds this morning, secured their division victory.
Rasmussen explained how pleased she was with With Honors, a 6-year-old, and how much he has matured and "come into his own" recently to be even more successful. Their scores in the Green 3'6"/3'9" Hunter division have certainly reflected that sentiment - Rasmussen and With Honors took the blue ribbon in their first round of the day, earning a score of 84. They then took second place in the handy round, earning 82 points.
Jennifer Alfano and Girl Crush, owned by Susan Kimberly, claimed the reserve championship title on Wednesday. The horse and rider combination took third in their first round, and won first place in the handy round with a score of 85.
To finish out the Performance 3'6" Hunter division on Wednesday, it was Michael Tokaruk aboard Sleepy P Ranch LLC's Major who clinched the championship title after two days worth of high-scoring rounds. Finishing just behind Tokaruk in reserve was Holly Shepherd riding Helen Gilbert's White Lightning.
Today, the main WEC hunter arena will host the ASPCA Maclay and the USEF Hunt Seat Medal classes, as well as the USHJA Green Incentive and several equitation classes. The $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby will take place this weekend, Sunday, August 6 in the Smart Pak Grand Prix arena.
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