Lexington, KY - July 31, 2014 - Victoria Press and Satisfaction rode away with the Large Junior 15 & Under Hunter division championship last weekend during the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, and the pair is back on track to do it again this week during the Kentucky Summer Classic.
Press and Satisfaction, owned by Peakwood Pharm, Inc., started the opening day of this week's Junior Hunters at the Kentucky Horse Park with a win over fences and followed it up with a win in the under saddle class.
Satisfaction has been extremely successful in the Conformation Hunters with Molly Sewell, and since teaming up with Press during the Winter Equestrian Festival, the 8-year-old Hanoverian gelding has been racking up the successes in the Large Junior Hunters as well.
"He's really, really sweet," said Press. "You have to be really soft with him. If you let him just canter down the lines and let him do it on his own that's when he's the best."
Press has been at the Kentucky Horse Park for the last three weeks, competing first in the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, held July 15-20, and in the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows the last two weeks.
"I love Kentucky," Press said. "These shows are great because they have such good competition for all of the divisions - the hunters, the jumpers and the equitation."
Joining Press in showing across the divisions and in winning in the Junior Hunters is Vivian Yowan. She took the top call in the first class of today's Small Junior Hunters aboard Shockwave, owned by Saddle Ridge LLC.
"He's been great. He's kind of a little more comfortable now being a hunter," Yowan said. "He comes out and knows what he's doing now."
Shockwave has enjoyed some time off following a successful Devon Horse Show and a strong finish in the USHJA International Hunter Derby there in May. He has returned to the show ring now with Yowan in preparation for the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, coming up Aug. 14-16.
"The courses today were a little bit tricky, but he was very good," Yowan said. "Every line is sort of right off the turn which is a little tricky, especially with him. He's a little bit stiffer. You really want to be soft with him, so it's harder with the tight turns to get the jump you want. He was great in the ring though. He's very sweet, and he just loves his job."
Also earning a top call in the Small Junior Hunters were Charlotte Curry and Tomcat, who finished second behind Yowan and Shockwave in the first class before taking the win in the second over fences class.
The Junior Hunter divisions conclude tomorrow beginning at 8 a.m. in the Stonelea Ring. Young riders also take center stage this weekend in the numerous Pony Hunter divisions as they gear up for the U.S. Pony Finals, to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park Aug. 4-10.
In addition to offering a full range of competitive hunter divisions, the Kentucky Summer Classic features the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby on Saturday, August 2.
To learn more about the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.