Lexington, KY - May 6, 2015 - Scott Stewart is a regular in the Stonelea Ring at the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, and today the veteran hunter rider took home five blue ribbons on opening day to mark his domination of the professional divisions.
Stewart won early in the day with a victory in the First Year Green Hunters aboard David Gochman's Catch Me. The stunning grey gelding showcased classic style over the Alan Lohman-designed courses. "He's been so consistent and easy," Stewart said. "He was Circuit Champion in Florida."
The Green Conformation Hunter division was up next, and once again it was Stewart who took the blue ribbon. Stewart piloted Stephanie Danhakl's First Light to the win in both of the division's over-fences classes, making it clear that their winning streak from the Winter Equestrian Festival will continue this summer. "First Light was also Circuit Champion in Florida," Stewart added. "We're continuing on."
In the Regular Conformation Hunters, Stewart stepped into the irons aboard Dr. Betsee Parker's Lucador to take home the top prize in the division.
"The course rode great; we had a great day," Stewart said. "The jumps are really pretty; they're a little different from the Florida circuit, so the horses are really jumping."
As the day continued, a new name topped the leader board as Tim Goguen and Ransom, owned by Saddle Ridge LLC, took charge in the Second Year Green Hunters with a score of 90, matching Stewart and Catch Me for the two highest-scoring rounds of the day. Goguen was thrilled with Ransom's performance.
"He's a lot of fun," Goguen said. "Hopefully he stays a lot of fun tomorrow. I just stay out of his way; let him do it."
The day wrapped up with the High Performance Hunters, with Kelley Farmer capturing the first class with Dalliance, owned by Avatar Real Estate LLC. The winning ways of Stewart continued as he took home his fifth and final blue ribbon of the day during the second over-fences class with A Million Reasons, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker.
The Kentucky Spring Horse Show provided Stewart with the perfect venue to prepare his mounts before traveling to the Devon Horse Show.
"It's nice to come here for a change of pace," Stewart said. "The horses are always really happy here."
The professional hunter divisions will wrap up Thursday in the Stonelea Ring, with equitation taking place on Friday. The Claiborne will take center stage on Sunday for "Derby Day." The highlight events will include $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.
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