Wellington, FL- The Equine Tack & Nutritionals Green Hunter 3'6" division finished Thursday morning with Scott Stewart of Wellington, FL, taking the championship aboard Dr. Betsee Parker's Celebration.
Over the two days of competition, the pair placed first under saddle, second in the handy, second in the stake, and first and second over fences. Stewart also took reserve honors on Rivers Edge's Luster, who earned second under saddle, first in the handy, seventh in the stake, and third and fifth over fences.
Winning runs in the family for Celebration, as he is the son of Dr. Betsee Parker's extremely successful horse, Dedication. Celebration is a seven-year-old Wurttemberg gelding. "Betsee bought him as a coming three year in Germany," Stewart said. "He did well in the Pre-Greens, and last year I did him just two times in the First Years and he was a little green still, so we reinstated him."
Stewart had nothing but praise for Celebration saying, "He's really sweet and laid back. He's really brave. He doesn't do a warm-up or anything. He's nice to ride." Looking forward with his mount, Stewart highlighted week six WCHR World Championship Hunter Week, when hunters show in the International Arena. "We try to peak for week six, and we'll do the First Years," said Stewart.
The first week of WEF continues on Friday with the Engel & Völkers High Amateur-Owner Jumpers featured in the International Arena and the Triple Crown Adult Amateur 36-49 Hunters crowning championship honors in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.