Devon, Pa. – May 30, 2022- Monday marked the start of Senior Week at the 2022 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair where professional hunter athletes kicked off competition in the Dixon Oval with the Green Hunter divisions. Leading the way in the Green 3’9” Hunter at the conclusion of the first two over fences classes with a total of 16 entries was Scott Stewart and Nottingham who swept over fences taking home two blue ribbons.
In the first over fences class, sponsored by The Gochman Family, Stewart and Dr. Betsee Parker’s Nottingham earned the class high score of 92. The pair demonstrated textbook hunter style and consistency over the 3’9” track to put their names on the Lisa Heyman Warren Challenge Trophy. Greg Crolick and Carole Chase’s Chappy took home second place for their score of 90, with Jimmy Torano and Isalou Inc’s Laskano rounding out the top three with a score of 89.
Returning to the Dixon Oval and staying consistent after his first ride, Stewart piloted Nottingham to a new division high score of 93, this time being presented with the Louisa M. Latch Memorial Challenge Trophy. A score of 91 gave Torano and Laskano the second place ribbon, and Geoffrey Hesslink rode Little Brook LLC’s Mon Tresor to third place after scoring 90.
Although it was Nottingham’s first appearance in the Dixon Oval at the Devon Horse Show, the 10 year-old Oldenburg gelding is no stranger to the winner’s circle. He has collected champion and reserve champion titles at prestigious horse shows across the United States, including the Winter Equestrian Festival, The Hampton Classic and the Upperville Colt & Horse Show. As a 9 year-old, Stewart piloted the gray gelding around his first derby to win the 2021 $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show.
Professional hunter competition will continue in the Dixon Oval Tuesday, May 31, where the Green Hunter divisions will champion and the High Performance Hunter divisions will begin.
FROM THE WINNERS CIRCLE
Scott Stewart – Green 3’9” Hunter Division Leader
“Nottingham felt amazing today. We got him at the end of [the Winter Equestrian Festival] last year. He was successful in the first years last year, he’s been champion or reserve almost every time he’s shown.”
On his rounds:
“[Nottingham] felt great, especially in my second round. He was totally relaxed. I could really gallop around to the single oxer and everything. He felt really comfortable and I thought he jumped great.”
On future plans:
“Tomorrow we will just try to keep it the same, then he goes onto the Upperville [Colt & Horse Show], then he gets most of the summer off.”
On the Devon Horse Show:
“I love it! The Dixon Oval is my favorite ring to show in.”