Wellington, FL - Sherri Geddes and her longtime mount Geddaway earned the championship tricolor this week at the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival in the Farmvet Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49 Section B. Geddes placed second and fourth over fences on Saturday, then topped both over fences classes on Sunday to clinch the championship win.
Geddaway also earned a fifth place ribbon in the under saddle, bringing his point total for the week to 29. Victoria Watters and Beckham settled for the reserve title after netting 28.5 points. Watters topped the under saddle and earned a first, two thirds, and a sixth over fences with the six-year-old Warmblood gelding.
Geddes, of Jacksonville, FL, owns and operates out of Geddaway Farm. She has developed a special partnership with Geddaway since she purchased him in 2005. "I have had him for a long time so I know him inside and out," Geddes remarked. Geddes has been competing with Geddaway, a 17-year-old Rhinelander gelding, in the Adult Hunter divisions for ten years. "I got him from a lady who competed him in the amateurs, but I have always done the adults," she explained.
Earning the championship tricolor this week was especially gratifying for Geddes, who has been working all circuit on becoming more consistent with the gelding. "I'm really excited because it's been a little bit of a difficult year with this horse. He's a great horse, but we've been having a little bit of a challenging year, so it's really great to have it all come together," she explained.
Geddes was thrilled she won both over fences classes on Sunday afternoon. "Today felt really, really good. I felt like I finally pulled it all together," Geddes remarked. "Today it all clicked."
Geddaway has quite the personality, Geddes stated, but when he is in the show ring, he is all business. "He's very athletic so when he goes out in the paddock he can buck like no other. His stride is massive, he is very rideable, and he doesn't care about anything. He is never scared of the jumps," she said.
It was important to Geddes to finish out the circuit strong with her elderly mount because she plans to retire him at the end of this year. "I hope to finish out this year with him, but he will probably be retiring soon. I've had him for a long time, and he's had a good life," she stated.
It will be hard for Geddes to retire her longtime mount, but she does have some new horses that she is excited about bringing along. "He's hard to give up because he's my special boy," Geddes smiled. "He's just really sweet and really laid back. He's really easy to be around."
Geddes credits her trainer Andrew Lustig, the team at Geddaway Farm, and of course her mount Geddaway for all of her success. "I'm a very lucky girl!" she said.
The 2016 WEF circuit concludes with its twelfth and final week of competition, sponsored by Rolex, running March 30 - April 3, 2016. The week highlights the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*, the $130,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic Final, and much more.
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