Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 21, 2021– The Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) continued hunter competition midday Thursday, January 21, with 12 horse and rider pairs taking center stage to conclude the Green 3’9’’ Hunter division. After earning top scores across the over fences rounds and under saddle portion of the division, Scott Stewart and Love Note, Richard Prant, emerged as the champions of the division. Reserve champion honors were awarded to Penny Lombardo and Charismo, owned by Joyce Kutcher.
Stewart piloted Love Note with ease throughout the two days of competition. To start off Wednesday’s portion of the division, the pair received two second place ribbons in the over fences and placed fourth in the under saddle. During Thursday’s rounds, Stewart and his partner took home first and third place to conclude the division. To cap off his awards aboard Love Note, Stewart also claimed second place in the $1,000 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive.
Love Note, an 8-year-old Warmblood gelding, has an impressive presence in the ring. Stewart was pleased with how Love Note performed throughout each round of the division. The pair is looking forward to continuing their accomplishments throughout the winter season.
Reserve champion duo, Lombardo and Charismo, a 10-year-old Warmblood gelding, were consistent over the two days of competition. The pair placed in the top three in almost every class, earning a first and fourth place in the over fences and a third place in the under saddle Wednesday. For the final portion of the competition Thursday, the team received a second and fifth place to clinch the reserve championship honors.
Hunter competition during Week Two of WEF will continue in the E.R. Micshe Grand Hunter Arena, kicking off Friday at 7:45 a.m.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Scott Stewart – Green 3’9’’ Hunter champion
On Love Note:
“He was great. I thought he was really good in every round yesterday and today. Today he was really consistent and I was really happy with it.”
On the course:
“I thought the course was great. It was two single oxers you could really gallop to. I really enjoyed the course today. We could really gallop around a little bit, so that was nice to do.”