Scott Stewart Secures Grand Hunter Championship with Private Life and Fun

Private Life

As hunter competition continued into day two at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, Scott Stewart proved to be his biggest competition, tying with two mounts scoring 56 for the Grand Open Hunter Championship. Stewart expertly guided both Fun, a 7-year-old Dutch Warmblood, and Private Life to win their respective division championships and shared Grand Hunter Champion title, sponsored by Visse Wedell of Wedell Real Estate.

Fun, owned by David Gochman, ruled the over fences classes in the High Performance Conformation Hunter division both days with scores in the 80s before going on to win the under saddle class. Earlier in the day, Stewart was aboard Dr. Betsee Parker's Private Life to secure a division championship in the Green Conformation Hunters. The 6-year-old KWPN gelding was first in both rounds during day one with scores of 88 and 90. Stewart is planning to show later this month at the prestigious Devon Horse Show and Country Fair in Devon, Pennsylvania.

This Saturday the Grand Amateur Owner Hunter Champion will be crowned followed on Sunday by the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows.

FROM THE WINNER'S CIRCLE

Scott Stewart:

On the Kentucky Spring Horse Show
"We always come here as the show before Devon because it's a good place to get ready for that event. The horses feel great because they've had a little break since Florida. The Kentucky Spring Horse Show is great, the facility is wonderful, but it's also the town of Lexington. We're done early enough and the whole area is pretty so I really like it."

 

Visse Wedell:
On sponsoring the Grand Hunter Championship

"I sponsor all of the Grand Hunter Championships at Kentucky Horse Park because I think it's important to go back in history where they used to do it a lot. They don't do it at a lot of horse shows anymore and I thought that it would be a nice thing for riders to go home with a trophy."

 

RESULTS

Grand Open Hunter Champion
1. Fun / Scott Stewart / David Gochman
2. Private Life / Scott Stewart / Dr. Betsee Parker  

High Performance Conformation Hunter

1. Fun / Scott Stewart / David Gochman 
2. First Light / Scott Stewart / Stephanie Danhakl

Green Conformation Hunter

1. Private Life / Scott Stewart / Dr. Betsee Parker 
2. True Enough / Kelley Farmer / Kent Farrington 

High Performance Hunters
1. Catch Me / Scott Stewart / Gochman Sport Horse LLC
2. True Enough / Kelley Farmer / Kent Farrington

Green Hunter 3'9"
1. Kodachrome / Kelley Farmer / Nina Moore
2. Captivate / Scott Stewart / Fashion Farm 

Green Hunter 3'6"
1. Decoy / Tim Goguen / Laurie Stevens 
2. Stormwatch / Scott Stewart / Rivers Edge

Scott Stewart and Private Life. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography.