Just So and rider Peter Pletcher were in perfect form as they won two classes over fences to claim the 3′ Green Hunter Championship at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, being held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA, October 11-20, 2018.
The 6-year-old chestnut, Just So, owned by Susan Baker, was the recipient of the PNHS Green Hunter Perpetual Trophy. Rubin Medina received the Grooms Award as the caretaker of Just So.
“I imported Just So as a four-year-old,” said Pletcher. “I saw him in a video and decided to buy him. I could see that he had some good talent. Susan [Baker] rides him in the 3’3″ Amateurs. He is a good mover, has a beautiful jump and is totally chill. He just goes to the shows and jumps right around.”
Sandra Ferrell piloted another of Stephanie Bulger’s horses to victory. Sher Khan won the 3’3″ Green Hunter Championship with two first place ribbons, two second placings and a third place in the division. Sher Khan’s caregiver, Tonio Vargas won the Grooms Award.
“Sher Khan is pretty newly acquired.” Said Ferrell. “He is fairly new to us. He is very striking looking, but to me, he is a big horse, but he is so light across the ground and so scopey and so slow. I think it is just his whole rhythm. He can jump mountains, so he has the scope to do a lot in his career.”
The $15,000 USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Stake was also won by Ferrell and Sher Khan with a score of 88. Second place went to Alisto and Courtney Lenkhart for owner Lori Mathews, with 87.5 points. Summit, owned by Just H LLC, and Jeff Gogul placed third with an 87.0.
“What a week,” said an emotional Ferrell. “I should just officially retire. It is like a dream. Heminway was Grand Champion, that was like he graduated high school, then for our two young horses, Sher Khan and Dapper to do so well. All four of my horses, trained by Meadowview, and owned by Stephanie, got a ribbon in every class they went in. To have four horses not make a mistake, to have me not make a mistake, and to have the judges like them that consistently says a lot for the program at Meadowview. Everything was working.”