WEF Circuit Champions Crowned

Ken Berkley (leading hunter trainer) and Scott Stewart (leading hunter rider) accept their awards with ringmaster Steve Rector; Stuart Winston, Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Director of Retail; and Craig Dickmann, Director

Ken Berkley (leading hunter trainer) and Scott Stewart (leading hunter rider) accept their awards with ringmaster Steve Rector; Stuart Winston, Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Director of Retail; and Craig Dickmann, Director (Photo: Sportfot)

Wellington, FL - Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP) is proud to congratulate all of the Circuit Champions for the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). The 2017 circuit was a huge success featuring 12 weeks of world-class competition from January 11 through April 2 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL.

The circuit awarded more than $9 million in prize money along with many other special awards. The 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival Circuit Champion Awards were presented to the top finishers in every division, based on prize money or points won.

Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ, once again earned the Lugano Diamonds Overall Jumper Rider Award for the 2017 circuit. Chapot was circuit champion of two divisions, riding to the top of the Illustrated Properties 1.40m division with Mary Chapot's Zealous, and also topping the Crown Family 1.35m division with Mary Chapot's Umberto.

Guadalupe Gonzalez was the Lugano Diamonds Overall Jumper Owner for the circuit. Allison Sweetnam was the Lugano Diamonds Overall Jumper Trainer.

Sophie, David, Becky, and Mimi Gochman accept the Jay Matter Memorial Trophy for their horse Catch Me that earned the most points in the High Performance Hunters. They were also presented the award for Lugano Diamonds Leading Hunter Owner.

Sophie, David, Becky, and Mimi Gochman accept the Jay Matter Memorial Trophy for their horse Catch Me that earned the most points in the High Performance Hunters. They were also presented the award for Lugano Diamonds Leading Hunter Owner. (Photo: Sportfot)

Scott Stewart of Wellington, FL, was named the circuit's Lugano Diamonds Overall Hunter Rider once again this year. Rivers Edge trainer Kenneth Berkley earned the Lugano Diamonds Overall Hunter Trainer, and Gochman Sport Horses was named Lugano Diamonds Overall Hunter Owner for 2017.

Stewart and Gochman Sport Horses' Catch Me were circuit champions in the Antarès High Performance Working Hunter division. Catch Me also earned the Jay Matter Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the horse with the most points in the High Performance Hunters.

Stewart jumped Gochman Sport Horses' Fun to the circuit championship in the Shapley's High Performance Conformation Hunter division. Stewart also led three other divisions, topping the Equine Tack & Nutritionals Green Hunter 3'6" with Dr. Betsee Parker's Luster, the Shapley's Green Conformation Hunters with Dr. Betsee Parker's Private Life, and the Equine Tack and Nutritionals Green Hunter 3'9" with Fashion Farm's Captivate.

Augusta Iwasaki of Calabasas, CA, was named the Overall Pony Hunter Rider for 2017. Iwasaki dominated the Rosenbaum Mollengarden PLLC Large Pony Hunter division to take the circuit championship riding Iwasaki & Reilly's Small Soldier.

Equestrian Sport Productions congratulates everyone on a fantastic 2017 circuit. For more information, please visit www.pbiec.com.




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