Articles: Press Release
Scott Stewart and Way Cool Cruise to Victory in $15,000 WIHS Hunter Classic
Rebecca Walton for
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Washington, D.C. - October 24, 2009 - Today, the best horses and riders from
the hunter divisions competed for the top prize in the $15,000 WIHS Hunter
Classic Derby at the Washington International Horse Show. After two rounds
of competition it was Scott Stewart, of Ocala, FL, and Way Cool that led the
victory gallop after they earned a total score of 170.9. Earlier in the day
the Washington Pony Equitation Classic Finals were held, with Madeyln Keck
and Tango receiving the top call and earning the blue ribbon.
The champions from each of the hunter divisions were invited to compete in
today's $15,000 WIHS Hunter Classic Derby. The six horse and rider
combinations that received the highest scores during the first round were
invited to compete during the second round over a handy course.
Following the first round, Stewart was in the lead with his second mount,
Declaration, owned by Fashion Farm of New York, NY, after the pair received
a score of 91.3. Stewart and Declaration had a difficult time at the trot
jump during the handy round to receive a score of 78.3, for a two round
total of 169.3 and drop into the second place position. Samantha Schaefer
originally held the second place position after the first round, but she had
a costly rub at the trot jump with Bishonen, owned by Marianna Bishop Wade
of Louisa, VA, and her original score of 88.3 combined with her second round
score of 70.6 created a total of 158.9 and dropped her into fifth place.
Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy, owned by SBS Farms of Buffalo, NY, had a
very strong handy round. They returned to the second round in the fourth
place position with a score of 84.3. Alfano and Jersey Boy easily made the
inside turns during the handy round and earned a score of 82.3, for a total
of 166.6, which held up for the third place honors.
After the first round Stewart and Way Cool were ranked third in the order,
having received a score of 86.3. Stewart knew he would have a second chance
with Declaration as the first ranked horse, so we went all out with Way
Cool. The pair took all the harder options and the gamble paid off. Stewart
and Way Cool earned a second round score of 84.6 for a two round total of
170.9, garnering Stewart the victory for the second year in a row.
"It feels great, it was a valiant effort," noted Stewart. "They were both so
good. I almost thought 'Send them home and be done,' because sometimes you
want to quit while you're ahead. They are both very green, so I didn't want
to leave on a bad note. We went for it and it was good, so it was worth it."
Way Cool is seven-year-old First Year Hunter, so Stewart happy that he
handled today's competition so well. "During the handy round I went for it,"
he explained. "He rode great for never having done anything like this
before. I was thrilled because he's really green, but he's a really good
jumper and really careful. I didn't know how he would feel about all the
bushes against the side, but he was perfect."
Stewart decided to send his horses home for a day to get turned out after
they finished competing in the professional divisions, and after finishing
first and second during today's class it proved to be a plan that worked. "I
think it helped that they got to go out in a paddock," noted Stewart. "They
felt exactly the way they did all week. I don't think Way Cool came close to
even touching a jump all week."
The Washington Pony Equitation Classic Finals were also held today, with the
25 junior pony riders from the year invited to compete. Riders began by
completing an equitation course, and the 12 riders that received the highest
scores returned for an under saddle portion.
This year's top finisher was Madelyn Keck, who was aboard Tango, owned by
Porter Allen of Boerne, TX. The pair returned for the under saddle with the
highest score of the day, an 87. Keck and Tango were presented with The Jane
Marshall Dillon Memorial Perpetual Trophy for their excellent effort
today. Allison Toffolon, of Bronxville, NY, earned the second place prize
with Neverlan,d after earning a score of 84. Meredith Darst and Tuscany,
owned by the West End Stables of Los Angeles, CA, took home the third place
honors with a score of 83.
"I knew Tango would be good because he always is," smiled Keck. "I had a lot
of my friends in the class, so I wanted everyone to do well."
Keck chose a difficult route over today's course, but she handled all the
turns well and the judges rewarded her brilliant performance with the top
score. "The was a little bit hard because they moved the lines out, so the
inside turns were a little bit harder to make," she explained. "I knew Tango
could do all the inside turns though, so I was pretty confident. A lot of
people weren't doing them, so I sort of had to tell myself where to go."
Keck is a hard worker and that trains at Beacon Hill Show Stables. Today she
was awake at 5:30 a.m. to start schooling the ponies that she had to ride,
after also schooling at 11 p.m. Next year Keck will begin riding horses in
the Junior Hunter divisions.
Tomorrow will mark the conclusion of the Washington International Horse
Show. The Pony Hunter divisions will wrap-up their second day of competition
with the presentation of the Grand Champion Pony Hunter prize and the Best
Child Rider Award.
For more information about the Washington International Horse please visit
WIHS PONY EQUITATION FINALS
1 515 TANGO PORTER ALLEN MADELYN KECK
2 268 NEVERLAND ALLISON TOFFOLON ALLISON TOFFOLON
3 640 TUSCANY WEST END STABLES, LLC MEREDITH DARST
4 674 PROMISE TOO SCOTT STEWART VICTORIA COLVIN
5 347 MOKOO JUMBEE DON STEWART DANA RIZZO
6 361 ELITE STORM FRONT PARADYSZ FARM LAUREN MARTIN
7 314 POSTER BOY MACKENZIE McGHEE ASHLEY FOSTER
8 820 PRECIOUS CARGO ELIZABETH CATHERINE GARCIA ALISON COONEY
9 173 HIGHLANDS BRIDGET JONES AVERY FINKEL AVERY FINKEL
10 589 MIDNIGHT HOUR PORTER ALLEN PORTER ALLEN
$15,000 WIHS HUNTER DERBY CLASSIC
1 665 WAY COOL SCOTT STEWART SCOTT STEWART 5000
2 669 DECLARATION FASHION FARM SCOTT STEWART 3000
3 604 JERSEY BOY SBS FARMS INC JENNIFER ALFANO 2500
4 417 FRANCESCA PONY LANE FARM MADELINE THATCHER 2000
5 395 CONFIDENTIAL DON STEWART HASBROUCK DONOVAN 1500
6 187 BISHONEN MARIANNA BISHOP WADE SAMANTHA SCHAEFER 1000