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DIDI MACKENZIE WINS GRAND AMATEUR-OWNER HUNTER CHAMPIONSHIP ABOARD MTM INSIDE SCOOP

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After winning three over fences classes, placing second in the handy and coming in third in the undersaddle during the Amateur-Owner Hunter division, Didi Mackenzie and MTM Inside Scoop claimed the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship. Mackenzie of Flower Mound, Texas, and her 11-year-old gelding commanded both days of hunter competition and she was thrilled to receive the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship title, sponsored by Visse Wedell with Kirkpatrick & Companies.

The breezy and cool temperature on Saturday morning at the Kentucky Horse Park was the perfect weather to add spark to Mackenzie's Inside Scoop, and her second horse, MTM Do Right, who won the division's reserve championship. MTM Do Right placed second in one over fences class, placed third in two over fences classes and placed third in the handy.

Mackenzie purchased both geldings when they were pre-greens from Mike McCormick and Tracy Fenney. She works with McCormick and Fenney when she is home in Texas, but spends her winter competing at HITS Thermal before heading to Kentucky where she spends the summer.

The hunter highlight of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, the $5,000 World Equestrian Center/Kentucky Horse Shows USHJA National Hunter Derby, takes place on Sunday, July 30, in the Stonelea Ring.