Video: Scott Stewart and Playbook Are Your Green Hunter Incentive Champions

Scott Stewart and Playbook. PC: Phelps Media

After coming in second on both the first two rounds of competition, Scott Stewart and Playbook finally got the round they’d been looking for all week in the championship round to win the Platinum Performance / USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship.

Scott Stewart and Playbook are your winners of the 2017 Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship!

Posted by EQSportsNet on Thursday, August 17, 2017

“I’m so happy. He was really good all week and he went early every class so he was leading a lot until the end,” said Scott. “Today was reverse and we got to go last, so it worked out better. He was awesome.”

Scott couldn’t resist glowing endlessly about Playbook, a horse they bought after seeing a video of him doing dressage – he had hardly jumped at all when he arrived at their farm.

“He’s really laid back, almost too quiet. It took him a while to grow up physically because he’s so big. He’s probably 17.3hh, so he was a little uncoordinated for awhile, and it took him a little while to get coordinated and finish growing. He really just finished growing now that he’s 7 [years old].”

Scott narrowly edged Reserve Champion Katherine Newman and Dandelion, who won day two and were eighth in the order today. They led on a 263.5 right up until the very last ride.

Katherine Newman and Dandelion. PC: Phelps Media

“I was really excited,” said Katherine after the awards ceremony. “Even after I went, I knew I was in the lead but I wasn’t sure – there are a lot of nice horses in that class so I really didn’t think I’d hang on until the very end. It’s been a goal of mine this entire year for this horse to do this class and the win yesterday really meant a lot. Even today it was amazing and it was fun just to do it because I’ve never gotten to do this before. I knew [Dandelion] could win it if I gave her a good shot so it was nice to have one that I had a good chance with.”

Third place honors went to Tori Colvin and Snowday, one of two horses Tori qualified for the finals Thursday night.

Tori Colvin and Snowday. PC: Phelps Media

“This is his third horse show ever,” said Tori. “He showed two weeks in Michigan and now he’s here.The Ingrams got him from Kent Farrington at the end of Florida. He brought him over and then we tried him and then we bought him basically right there.”

“He’s 6 years old and very green. He acts a little young, but he rose to the occasion here. He’s really fun. He has a big personality. I think he’s going to be really nice. [Kent Farrington] said that if he didn’t work out as a hunter he knows he could be an amazing jumper because he jumps so well.”

You can watch all three rounds below, courtesy of EqSportsNet. Go Jumping!

Watch how the Top 3 marched to the top of the leaderboard in the Championship Round of the Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship!

Posted by EQSportsNet on Thursday, August 17, 2017