Wellington, FL - Hunter competition continued today during the fourth week of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in the Rost Arena and the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring.
The winner of championship in the Pine Hollow Adult Amateur Hunter 3'3" was Sheila Motley, guiding Evie Jaeckle's Remark. Remark and Motley were second and first over fences yesterday, and combined with the pair's first, fourth, and sixth place ribbons today, the duo totaled 28.5 points for the championship. Kathy Mailloux and Margaret Taylor's Classic Control garnered the reserve championship.
Remark was a catch ride for Motley this weekend, and Motley was very grateful to the nine-year-old warmblood's owners and trainers for giving her the opportunity to show him. "My horse had the weekend off, so Kelly and Tim Goguen offered to let me show him. It was great to get back in the ring again and practice some more," Motley acknowledged.
Evie Jaeckle bought Remark as an investment horse, and he has been competing in the Small Junior Hunters every week, receiving top ribbons each time. Motley hopes to get the chance to show Remark again, commenting, "You couldn't ask for a nicer horse to show and practice on."
A veteran to the hunter ring, Motley has been riding since she was about 6 years old. "I did all the ponies, and the junior hunters, a few years of professionals, then I took a few years off when I started in the event management industry. After that I came back as an amateur, and have been doing that for the last three years," Motley explained. Motley lives in Florida full-time and is working with Tudor and Company on sponsor development and event management.
Motley, who rides with Tim and Kelly Goguen, also competes in the Amateur-Owner Hunters with her horse, Tommy Bahama, who is taking the weekend off from showing. She bought Tommy Bahama about three weeks ago, and is already focusing on the AHJF Hunter Spectacular during week 6 of the FTI WEF with her new mount.
The 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 13 through April 4. WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are "AA" rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $5.5 million in prize money will be awarded.
Photo Credits: Sheila Motley and Remark Take the Pine Hollow Adult Amateur Hunter 3'3" Championship. © 2010 Randi Muster/Mustphoto, Inc., Official Sport Photographer of the 2010 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival.