Three top High Performance Working Hunter combinations kicked off competition in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Field on Thursday during Week 10 of the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival. Greg Crolick, Tiffany Hammack, and Chaz Harpman all returned with their mounts to contest for champion in the Antares High Performance Working Hunter division. Finishing on a win in four out of the five division classes, Greg Crolick of Clarkston, MI, took home the tricolor ribbon aboard Renaud Farm’s Corallo Z.
Crolick and the 10-year-old Warmblood gelding put in impressive performances to win both the handy round with a score of 81 points and the stake class on 83 points.
“We’ve only had him for about four months and he’s only started doing the hunters since he came to us; he was a jumper and equitation horse before,” Crolick explained. “I saw him and just really thought he had an incredible jump that would make him a nice High Performance horse.”
“He’s incredibly brave,” he continued. “He’s so easy to get to the ring too, without putting a ton of preparation into him. He’s really pretty unflappable.”
Crolick will continue to market and show Corallo Z in the High Performance Hunters and potentially some hunter derbies throughout the remainder of the season.
Reserve champion was awarded to Tiffany Hammack and Diane Giard’s Singular Sensation. Hammack and the nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Stolenberg x Santana) racked up one first place, three seconds, and a third for their efforts.
The E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Field will resume with hunter competition Friday, March 15, with the Adult Amateur Hunter Younger (Sec. A) division. Jumper highlights include the $36,000 Bainbridge 1.45m Classic in the International Arena.