Scott Stewart and Private Life earned championship honors in the Green Conformation Hunter division on Thursday during WEF Week Two.
Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 19, 2017 – Wednesday marked the beginning of Week Two at the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). The E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring proved to be the perfect setting for the Green Conformation and Hunter divisions, showcasing the next generation of top hunter horses.
Scott Stewart continued to earn blue ribbons after winning numerous championships in the professional hunter divisions during Week One, including earning the championship in the Green Conformation Hunter division. Stewart extended his winning streak by earning another tricolor in the Green Conformation Hunter division to kick-off Week Two aboard Private Life, a striking 6-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Stewart’s own Rivers Edge purchased the champion gelding in November 2015.
“He is really sweet and laid back, and a very easy horse to ride,” said Stewart.
In October 2016, Stewart and Private Life won the $25,000 Future Hunter North American Championship at the Capital Challenge Horse Show. After claiming two champion titles at WEF thus far, the pair will not be competing during Week Three.
Scott Stewart and Private Life
“[Private Life] will probably get the next one or two weeks off and maybe show one more week before Week Six,” explained Stewart. “Week Six is our goal because it is the World Champion Hunter Rider week.”
Winning reserve champion in the Green Conformation Hunter division was Tamara Provost and Salt, owned by Bridget Hallman.
“He is very sweet, very kind and always tries to please,” said Provost of Salt.
Tamara Provost and Salt
Provost has been riding Salt since May and the duo claimed the reserve title on Thursday with little experience.
“He hasn’t shown much and has very few show miles so far,” Provost explained. “I am very proud of him and he is also for sale.”
Because standing for presentations after claiming the championship in the Green Hunter 3’9″ division with Kelley Farmer on Thursday.
Kelley Farmer and Because earned two blues on Thursday with scores of 90 and 92 over fences to claim the champion title in the Green Hunter 3’9″ division. In Wednesday’s classes, the pair won first and fourth over fences and third under saddle. Because is a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Jane Gaston. Since purchasing the stallion in Ocala in early 2016, he has been largely successful in both the amateur and professional hunter divisions.
Kelley Farmer and Because
Kelley Farmer and Because’s Green Hunter 3’9″ Stake round.
“He is a very laid back horse; he is independent and very affectionate,” said Gaston. “Our goals for this winter season are to just be prepared and walk into the ring with the confidence to do our best.”
Havens Schatt and Aristocrat
Havens Schatt and Aristocrat finished Week Two with the reserve champion ribbon in the Green Hunter 3’9″ division. Last week the pair won reserve champion in the same division.
Read more hunter coverage from Week One of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival here!