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By Izzy Feinstein | Photo by Olivia Schrager
Catch Me, or more affectionately known as “Snoopy,” owned by Becky and David Gochman, was named 2016 USEF National Horse of the Year. Snoopy is a ten year old Holsteiner gelding whom the Gochman’s purchased in 2015 from Lisa Cudahay while he was being shown in the Green Performance hunters by Cookie Beck and Crystal Knight.
In May of 2015, Snoopy was diagnosed with botulism, an illness that causes disruption of communication between the nerves and muscles, leading to debilitating and possibly fatal neuromuscular damage. However, with the outstanding care given to him by Dr. Rodney Belgrave and the staff at Mid-Atlantic Equine Center and daily visits from Baxter Hill rider Terrence Prunty, Catch Me was able to make a miraculous recovery and return to the show ring with Scott Stewart in August of 2015 for the Kentucky Bluegrass Festival, where he won reserve champion in the First Year Green hunter division.
Throughout 2016 Snoopy’s success continued when he won the WCHR Hunter Spectacular, the WCHR Pro Challenge at Capital Challenge for the second consecutive year, and was champion at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Washington International Horse Show, and CP National Horse Show in the Second Year Green hunter division. Catch Me is currently being shown in the 3’6” Amateur Owner hunter division by owner Becky Gochman.
CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO SCROLL THROUGH MORE PHOTOS OF CATCH ME! *Below photos by Irene Elise Powlick: David Gochman’s Catch Me and Scott Stewart.
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