Wellington, FL – January 22, 2016 – The Animal Medical Center Low Adult Hunter 2’6″ Section A division concluded Friday morning with the tricolor honors awarded to Christy Powell and her own Savion.
The field of 42 exhibitors was split into two sections, with Powell winning one of the Section A championships. Elizabeth Ott and her own Right In Time captured the first Section A reserve title. The pair placed first and seventh in two of the over fences classes, and earned a blue ribbon in the under saddle.
Powell, of Coral Gables, FL, and Savion shined on Friday. They placed first and second in the over fences classes, and earned a second-place and a third-place ribbon over jumps on Thursday. A sixth-place finish in the under saddle secured the overall championship for the longtime pair.
Despite the torrential downpours, Powell was happy about her success this week with Savion, who is an 18-year-old Royal Dutch Warmblood gelding. “The rain is not much fun,” Powell remarked about having to show in less than ideal conditions. Still, wet weather and the remarkably large field of 42 horses did make the pair’s championship win even more gratifying.
“He’s really matured into an easy ride for me,” Powell explained. “He’s cute,” she added fondly while describing her mount of 10 years.
Though the pair competed in the 3-foot divisions in the past, Powell decided to move the older gelding down to the 2’6″ height due to his age. “He’s much happier (there) and not as stressed as he was trying to jump the bigger jumps,” she explained.
The second Section A championship was awarded to Louisa Attenborough and Sundance. The 21-year-old Oldenburg gelding, who is owned by Kim McCormack, earned two first-place ribbons and a third-place ribbon on their way to the championship honors.
Louisa Attenborough and Sundance. Photo © Sportfot, An Official Photographer of the Winter Equestrian Festival.
Stars Go Blue, ridden by Dr. Ana Lisa Carr and Chrystal Knight, took home the second Section A reserve honors. The 17-year-old Selle Francais gelding, owned by Marigot Bay Farm, LLC, earned first, third, and two fifth place ribbons over fences.
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Source: Lindsay Brock and Callie Seaman for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.