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Tommy Serio and Tim Goguen Victorious in First Hunter Championships
Pinned at 2007 Winter Equestrian Festival
PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Goguen and Boulevard Deir. Photo (c) 2007 Randi
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Wellington, FL - January 25, 2007 - The Grand Hunter Ring at the 2007
Winter Equestrian Festival awarded the first champions of this year's
circuit today, with professional riders such as Tommy Serio, Tim Goguen
and Scott Stewart coming out on top.
In the Regular Conformation Hunter division, Serio of Keswick, VA,
piloted the 10-year-old bay stallion Popeye K to the tricolor spot with
two wins over fences and a second in the model on Wednesday, and a
second and third over fences and a third under saddle today.
The stallion has had time off since the Washington International Horse
Show in October, but the vacation did not seem to affect his
performance. "I thought yesterday he was good. He can be a little bit of
a bully the first time out of the breeding shed and stuff, but I thought
actually he rode around pretty good. Today I thought the lines got quiet
for him, but again, that's a detail we can work out," Serio said.
The Second Year Green Hunters drew 29 entries, and Tim Goguen and
Boulevard Deir came away with the championship. The pair were 2006
Conformation Hunter Champions at Horse Shows by the Bay in Traverse
City, MI. On Wednesday, they collected a second place under saddle, and
a first and a third over fences. Thursday, however, did not bring the
same results, with Boulevard Deir earning an eighth place finish and a
score of 40.
Goguen cited the rainy, cold weather as a possible cause for the horse's
change of mood. "He was terrible today in this cold weather! He was
quiet yesterday and I thought he'd be all right, and he was just a
horse. He's a good horse, he just got lit up today," Goguen explained.
"He's seven now, he had a great year last year, and he probably would
have been fine if the weather stayed the same. I think actually he's
going to jump the Second Year height really well once he gets going
again and have a really good year. "
In the Regular Working Hunter divisions, it was Scott Stewart of
Flemington, NJ, who took home the most points and the championship on
Beyond. The pair is off to a good start and could have a repeat
performance of 2006, where they were the Regular Working WEF circuit
champions. On Wednesday, Beyond earned first and fourth places over
fences, and first and second over fences and third under saddle on
Stewart noted that Beyond was purchased to do that specific division,
and said that, "He's gotten so easy, he's nice. We know him so well now
that we know how to get him to the ring and keep him fresh."
Stewart continued his winning ways in the Green Conformation division
aboard the 8-year old Bavarian Warmblood West Point, placing second in
the under saddle class, and winning the model and both over fences
classes on Wednesday. Stewart has had the horse since he was two years
old and has slowly brought him through the ranks. The pair were
Pre-Green circuit champion in 2006 at WEF.
"I had to take it slow with him because he's such an over-jumper. He was
always so careful jumping. I think he's really going to be a great one,"
Hunter competition will continue on Friday, with championships for the
Adult Amateur 3'3" Hunter division and the First Year Green Hunter
divisions contested in the Grand Hunter Ring and the Rost Arena at the
Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL.