Wellington, FL - March 10, 2011 - Week 9 of the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, which runs through April 3, is up and running, and giving away numerous championships already. The First Year Green Working Hunter division was able to award their championship this morning, before inclement weather.
Photo Shoot, an eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, was awarded the championship ribbon today in the First Year Green Working Hunters. Photo Shoot is owned by Bill Schaub and shown by professional Molly Sewell.
Photo Shoot is a relatively new horse for Schaub and Sewell. "We've had him since October. He was an event horse before this, so we've been taking our time with him and getting him acclimated to everything," explained Sewell.
Photo Shoot does not have a lot of experience in the hunter rings, but he is clearly a fast learner. "This is his first time showing here in Florida, and only his third time showing in the 3'6"," said Sewell.
The points in this week's division of First Year Green Working Hunters were very spread out. Thus, Photo Shoot was able to secure the championship by winning one class over fences and placing third in two other classes.
The First Year Green Working Hunter reserve championship was awarded to Waterford. No stranger to the winner's circle, Waterford secured the reserve championship by winning one class, placing third in another class, and receiving two sixth place ribbons in two more classes. Waterford, a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Don Frederico, is owned by Becky Gochman of New York, NY, and was shown by Scott Stewart.
The junior equitation competition begins tomorrow morning bright and early with the USEF Talent Search. Stay tuned for those results.
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Photo Credit: Molly Sewell and Photo Shoot are the First Year Green Working Hunter champions during the ninth week of the 2011 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo © Sportfot, Official Sport Photographer of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, www.sportfot.com.