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Elizabeth Boyd and Casallo Showcase Winning Ways for Professional Hunter
Grand Championship at Alltech National Horse Show
With a clean sweep of the Regular Conformation Hunters over fences,
Elizabeth Boyd piloted Casallo to the prestigious Professional Hunter Grand Championship.
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Lexington, KY - October 31, 2012 - The Grand Champion Professional Hunter
title at the Alltech National Horse Show, 129th Edition, is one of the
country's most coveted awards, and this year it went to Elizabeth Boyd
aboard Casallo. The pair swept the over fences classes in the Regular
Conformation Hunters for the division's championship award, and eventually
the Grand Championship. Scott Stewart claimed two championship honors and
the Leading Rider Award, while Victoria Colvin and Inclusive swept the over
fences classes in the Second Year Green Working Hunters.
Today's Grand Champion Professional Hunter title was very special for Boyd,
who has never earned the prestigious title. She and Casallo, owned by Erin
McGuire of Cornelius, NC, have earned top honors across the country, but
this years clean sweep over fences marked a new milestone at the national
championship. The pair was perfect over fences in the Regular Conformation
Hunters presented by Dr. Betsee Parker, and with a second place win, they
sealed the championship award, while Hunt Tosh and Cold Harbor, owned by
Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, VA, earned the reserve championship. At the
end of the day they returned to center ring for the Grand Championship
ceremony and the Isglide Challenge Trophy.
"Casallo has all the scope in the world-He studies the jumps a little bit
and he has a little bit of spook, which makes him crisp and jump really
high. Erin always loved that horse, even before we bought him," Boyd
admitted. "She always knew that was the right horse for her. It was a quick
trial; she just knew he was right. I have to give her a lot of credit
because he's matured a lot. She's done a lot of handy hunters and junior
hunters, and she's been really successful and made him come along."
"It's really exciting to win the Grand Championship, this is my first
time. It means so much. It means a lot to be champion here. It's a top, top
horse show," Boyd exclaimed.
With a clean sweep of the Regular Conformation Hunters over fences,
Elizabeth Boyd piloted Casallo to the prestigious Professional Hunter Grand
"I have to give Erin and her mother Jane McGuire so much credit, because
they do it right. They really listen to their trainers-they trust us. They
have their own barn, a beautiful facility, probably more glamorous than
ours, but they understand that our program is a real show barn and they
leave him there. This horse wouldn't be who he is without the support and
the program that they allow us to do."
Jack Towell works with Casallo on an individual basis, even eating breakfast
together with him every morning during the horse show. "That horse requires
some individual attention-I ride him in the morning, feed him grain in the
ring, and although I make time for all of the horses, we specialize on that
horse. He needs his special time, but it pays off."
Scott Stewart won two of today's championship honors. He was aboard Enjoy,
owned by Rose Hill Farm of Bridgehampton, NY, in the Goshen Hill First Year
Green Working Hunters presented by Ms. Caroline Moran, with two first place
ribbons yesterday, as well as a second and a third place finish today,
helped win the championship award. Stewart also captured the Green
Conformation Hunter Championship presented by the Wheeler Family, this time
aboard Beholden, owned by Fashion Farm of New York, NY. The pair won today's
under saddle class, as well as an over fences class yesterday, showcasing
their beautiful partnership in the ring.
"I thought that the course today rode beautifully," Stewart stated. "There
seems like there are a lot of jumps out there, there is a lot of open room
to gallop and the lines are set quite forward in a good way. I thought it
was a great stake course."
Stewart had purchased Enjoy when he was a two-year-old, but kept him in
Germany for an expanse of time to ready him for the shows here. After
showing at Capital Challenge and the Winter Equestrian Festival, Stewart has
formed a terrific bond with the grey gelding. "He is so good. If you're
coming to these horse shows, Enjoy is the horse you want to ride. He's so
easy and he tries really hard. He touched the fourth jump in the stake
class, but then he jumped unbelievable. He deals with the environment so
nice, it is really comfortable to be riding him around," Stewart elaborated.
Stewart continued about Beholden, "A lot of horses touched the first jump in
the stake, the brown vertical, and so did he. It was a pretty good class. I
was really happy with him. He has been so consistent with Capital Challenge
and Washington. I am super happy with him."
Stewart was also awarded the Leading Hunter Rider Challenge Trophy for
accumulating the most points throughout the Green Working, Green
Conformation, Regular Conformation and High Performance Hunters. This was
his seventh time winning the coveted trophy. "I try to bring along horses
that I can stay that consistent with. I try to bring some conformation
horses, as well as First Year horses. It feels really good to keep working
at that goal and succeeding at it," Stewart beamed.
The reserve championship in both the First Year Green Working Hunters and
the Green Conformation Hunters went to rider Chris Payne. He and Revealed,
owned by Julie Holzberger of Fairfield, OH, earned three second place
ribbons in the First Year division for the special honor. With Lugano, owned
by Susan Moriconi of St. Louis, MO, a first place finish in the handy and a
third in the stake class and under saddle class proved to be the winning
ticket for the Green Conformation Reserve Championship.
In the Second Year Green Working Hunters presented by Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Oare
and Ms. Patricia Adikes-Hill, it was Stewart's protege Victoria Colvin that
earned the top call. The talented young rider swept all three over fences
classes and also placed fourth in the under saddle, returning to the ring
for the division's championship award. She was followed by Havens Schatt and
Macallan, owned by Tracy Scheriff-Muser of Wellington, FL, who took home the
reserve championship after winning the under saddle.
Trainer Stewart commented, "It is always so great to watch her go. She and
that horse have such a nice relationship, he jumps the best for her. A lot
of people were having trouble in the Second Years, it was such a scopey
course, but she made it look easy. She is pretty cool for being where she is
in her career at such a young age-she does a great job."
"It is amazing to win a championship in a professional division; it's really
exciting," smiled Colvin. "I haven't won many championships in the
professional hunters, and this is Indoors so it's very prestigious. I am
still in shock. Inclusive is amazing. He doesn't spook, so I wasn't worried
about that, and today he was quieter and jumping higher."
The Pony Lane Farm High Performance Hunters, presented by the Thatcher
Family, saw great competition, especially as the friendly foes Jennifer
Alfano and Elizabeth Boyd battled for the top of the leader board. The
points were tight, but Alfano's stake win put she and Miss Lucy, owned by
Helen Lenahan of Buffalo, NY, within reach of the championship tricolor. The
duo posed for the presentation, and stepped off to the side as Boyd entered
to claim the reserve championship with Quatrain, owned by Janet Peterson and
Finally Farm of Landrum, SC. As the presentations concluded, Alfano and Boyd
gave each other a hug, acknowledging the sportsmanship of the equestrian
sport, as well as their friendship.
"Lucy was unbelievable today, she jumped out of her skin!" Alfano
remarked. "After the first jump, I knew she was on. She has been
unbelievable all through Indoors. The longer I have her she keeps getting
better and better."
Alfano explained the relationship between she and Boyd, "It's so fun to
compete with one another. We have a good time, and we are both
competitors-good competitors-if we can't win we want the other one to
win. So it's been really fun. We're both the same we love our horses like
they are our kids, it's not just our job, they're our life. So I think it
means so much to us when they do well."
"This is our favorite horse show out of all of them. We want to thank Mason,
Leo, and the Jacobs for everything," Towell concluded. "Especially the
exhibitors lounge, that is fabulous. They make it really special. I wish
every show could be like this. This is the nicest show of the year. "
The Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions got underway today with their first over
fences class and handy class, and will continue tomorrow with the under
saddle and stake class. Championship and reserve championship awards will be
presented to the top horse and rider combinations as the afternoon comes to
a close. For more information at the Alltech National Horse Show, 129th
Edition, please visit www.nhs.org.