Articles: Press Release
WIHS - Competitors Brave the First Day of
Competition With A Good Attitude and Much Success
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C – Emily Williams name surprises no one when heard over the
loud speaker these days. This was the case yesterday, on the first day on
the International Horse Show. Emily emerged victorious, but not on her usual
winning partner, Strapless, but on Erin Stewert’s, Hilton.
“I was disappointed with Strapless, but Hilton was great. He is such a
straightforward horse,” claimed Emily. “ It’s so hard here, because even
when your horse feels quiet, you just never know, because of the lack of
room for schooling,” she explained. Strapless (owned by Clara Lindner)
obviously tricked her talented rider, taking a slight aversion to the first
day indoors under the bright lights, but Hilton was flawless, earning not
just one but two blue ribbons in the Regular Conformation Hunters.
Professional Rider Ken Berkley shared William’s earlier sentiments
regarding the difficulty posed for many competitors by the indoor ring.
“I think it was the brightness that got everyone,” Berkley speculated, “and
the sheer color of the ring.”
Berkley rides Susie Scally’s Rio Bravo’s , whose brave manner must have set
him apart from the pack to attain second and fifth place honors in the
Regular Working Hunters. Cozmopolitan and Russell Frey obviously had no
problem with the conditions, emerging victorious in both over fences
All of the judges agreed that the first day went well, although commented
that they were looking forward to today, when the horses will undoubtedly be
“The first round was a bit shaky because there were a lot of jumps in the
ring, and the horses needed to have some time to adjust. By the second
round, they figured it out,” commented Matt Collins.
“Sandy Farell on Estrella, and Winn Alden on Keep the Faith were very
strong today,” chimed in Williamson. These two horses swapped the first and
second positions in the two First Year Greens over fences classes.
“We are not going to say who we favor, but it is definitive that there are
two or three horses after the first days competition that are predominant,”
explained Carleton Brooks.
“We had some great rounds today, but we also had a lot of horses who needed
to acclimate to the situation,” Williamson explained.
When asked what they were most excited to judge during the course of the
show, Brooks and Collins stated that they were “Regular Hunter guys,” and
liked horses to simply be “shown the way they were meant to be shown.”
All three judges agreed that the upcoming Equitation class was to be judged
according to this mantra:
“Equitation is still just part of a horse show, and the horses should be
shown as horses, the way horses like to go,” the men explained.
“If you can actually ride a horse, then it means that you can ride a hunter
well and you can ride a jumper well,” the men explained. This, foreshadowing
the judging of the Equitation class upcoming this weekend, could be useful
Everyone seems to be looking forward to the rest of the week, while
expressing happiness that the first day of competition is out of the way.
Today (Wednesday) will see the completion of the Regular Working Hunter
Division, the Regular Conformation Hunter division, the Green Conformation
Hunter division, both the First Years and the Second Years, as well as the
pinning of the Grand Hunter Champion and the Leading Hunter Rider. Stick
around for the evening session, where the exciting Children’s Jumper
Championships and Adult Jumper Championships will be showcased, as well as
an Amateur Owner Jumper class.