Wellington, FL – February 13, 2016 – The Osphos Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3″ 18-35 division concluded Saturday afternoon in the Rost Arena. A very competitive field of 23 horses and riders contended for the tricolor honors, jumping twice and competing in the under saddle this afternoon.
Martha Ingram piloted her own Fonteyn to the division championship. Ingram won two of the four over fences classes and placed second in another. Vivian Yowan, of Lexington, KY, rode Anytime to the reserve honors. Yowan placed consistently over the two days of competition, earning first, second, third, and fourth place ribbons over jumps and sixth in the under saddle.
Martha Ingram and Fonteyn. Photo: Sportfot
This is Ingram’s first year competing as an amateur rider. The 19-year-old Nashville native decided to defer enrollment at Furman University for one year in order to concentrate on riding. She also competes in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter division with her horse Ice Time, who is a nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding.
Fonteyn is a relatively new mount for Ingram. She took over the reins from her father, John Ingram, just this winter. The pair has already had a great deal of success, earning the reserve champion title during week 3 of WEF. “She goes and tries to win everything. She’s awesome, and you can always count on her to win,” one of Ingram’s trainer’s remarked about the 12-year-old German Sporthorse mare.
Fonteyn’s career began as an elite event horse. Ingram’s father, John Ingram, then piloted the mare to several championship titles in the High Performance hunters and the 3’6″ Amateur-Owner hunters over the past two years. Martha Ingram now hopes to continue that success in the future. One of her goals with the mare is to advance to the 3’6″ Amateur-Owner hunter division by the end of the WEF circuit.
Fonteyn in her championship presentation with Hayley Barnhill. Photo: Sportfot
Hunter action comes to a close on Sunday, highlighting the FarmVet Adult Amateur 36-49 Hunter Section B division champion. Jumper action also concludes with the $86,000 Suncast® 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic, which will take place in the International Arena. For more information and full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.
Source: Lauren Fisher and Callie Seaman for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.