Mindful Named 2014 WCHR Hunter of the Year
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Lexington, KY - Mindful, shown throughout the 2014 competition year under dual ownership of Kensel LLC and Larry Glefke, is named the 2014 World Championship Hunter Rider Hunter of the Year and recipient of the WCHR Peter Wetherill Cup. The award will be ceremoniously presented during the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular on February 14, 2015, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
"He is truly one of the finest athletes I have ever seen and one of the easiest horses to prepare because he always wants to win," said Selma Garber of Kensel LLC. "To be in the company of the past [Peter Wetherill Cup Award] winners, it's quite an honor. I am without words; I am so thrilled."
The 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding began his career as a hunter in 2014, making the transition from the jumper ring. Kensel LLC and Larry Glefke purchased the gelding from Devon Craig midway through the 2014 show season, and Mindful quickly began to dominate the High Performance Hunter and Regular Conformation sections with professional Kelley Farmer. Mindful was named the High Performance Hunter Champion at prestigious shows including Devon, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the Washington International Horse Show and the National Horse Show.
Additionally, Mindful and Farmer were named the Grand Hunter Champions at the Washington International Horse Show and were recipients of the 2014 Rave Review Challenge Trophy and the 2014 Protocol Trophy. Mindful was also named the USEF 2014 High Performance Hunter Horse of the Year.
Continuing on his winning streak, Mindful also won USHJA International Hunter Derbies nationwide. With 12 International Hunter Derbies under his belt in the 2014 season, Mindful ended up in the top 10 on the Horse Money Won list, ranking sixth, and helped Farmer maintain the top spot of the Rider Money Won list.
Farmer won her first $5,000 World Championship Hunter Rider Professionals Finals at the 2014 Capital Challenge Horse Show aboard Mindful, an elusive win for Farmer in previous years.
"If any horse deserves such an award, he does," said Glefke. "I've never had a great horse that is as easy, as kind or as straightforward as this horse... He has the greatest work ethic of any animal I've ever had the luxury of being around, and I think Kelley feels the same way... He's a dream horse; he really is."
About the Peter Wetherill Cup
Named after a great horseman, the Peter Wetherill Cup was created in 2011 to celebrate a current equine athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of a top-class show hunter. The classic silver cup perpetual trophy is presented annually at the WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular in Wellington, FL, to the owner of the World Championship Hunter Rider Program's Hunter of the Year.