Scott Stewart and Catch Me Capture Grand Hunter Championship at Kentucky Spring Horse Show
Friday, May 8, 2015
Posted by Lauren Baker for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
Lexington, KY - May 7, 2015 - After a stellar first day of almost continuous victories, Scott Stewart and his immaculate fleet of hunters showed up to Stonelea Ring at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show ready to sweep day two.
Stewart piloted David Gochman's Catch Me to wins in both of today's over fences classes in the First Year Hunters. The flashy gelding also rose to victory in the under-saddle class, and combined with day one's victories, the pair collected a total of five blue ribbons to sweep the division and eventually capture the Grand Hunter Championship as well.
Stewart acquired Catch Me during week five at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, and the pair has experienced a lot of success in the First Year Hunters since then. "Catch Me is a beautiful horse, a beautiful mover, a beautiful jumper and big strided," Stewart said. "He has it all. He's a super nice horse to ride."
The Green Conformation Hunters presented another victory for Stewart in the first class on First Light, owned by Stephanie Danhakl of Pacific Palisades, California. The handy round, however, went to Kelley Farmer, who gave a smooth performance atop Larry Glefke's horse, In Private.
"In Private is new to us; he is unbelievable to ride," Farmer said. "He has so much ability. For a big horse, he's very light. I'm very excited about him."
Stewart and First Light took the championship ribbon in the Green Conformation Hunters, and Stewart earned reserve champion atop another mount, Wisdom, owned by Rivers Edge in Wellington, Florida.
Just recently turning 6 years old, First Light is Stewart's greenest mount, but that doesn't slow the pair down. "He was circuit champion in Florida," Stewart said. "He's green, but he has a great brain."
The Regular Conformation Hunters kicked off next, with Stewart continuing to deliver beautiful rounds atop Dr. Betsee Parker's Lucador. The duo swept all five classes in the division, earning the division championship for the week, as well as reserve grand championship. "He has been champion every time we have shown him this year, and has pretty much always had a clean sweep." Stewart said. "He's really in the groove and easy.
"Scott Stewart is in a category by himself," Dr. Betsee Parker commented. "It's been an honor to be one of the owners of the horses that Scott rides."
As the Second Year Hunters began, Tim Goguen stepped into the irons on Ransom, owned by Saddle Ridge LLC, and wowed in the under-saddle class, combining a strong over-fences effort with yesterday's blue ribbons to earn division's championship prize. "He's a trier," Goguen said. "He's a real good horse; he went great."
The action will continue in the Stonelea Ring with equitation taking place on Friday. The Claiborne will take center stage on Sunday for "Derby Day." The highlight events will include $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.
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