Hunter competition in the Rost Ring continued on Friday with the crowning of Krista Weisman and Concept as the Adult Amateur Hunter Younger (Section A) champions. Weisman rode Concept to two first and two second-place finishes in the division.
Weisman, of Brooklyn, NY, was excited to get back into the show ring with Concept after recently having a baby. “We like to joke that he was on paternity leave over the summer and now this is his second show back in a year,” Weisman explained.
The pair had a successful return to the show ring and definitely stood out to the judges. “He has the most comfortable canter and feels like he is just floating along,” Weisman said.
Weisman bought the 13-year-old gelding, who had been a stallion for many years, as a pre-green horse. The pair, trained by Scott Stewart and Ken Berkley, have been together for eight years, creating a great relationship between them. “No matter what happens you just hug him when he comes out of the ring because he’s so lovable,” Weisman commented.
Although Concept is for sale, Weisman still plans to continue to show him until he sells. “I still want to keep being consistent and spend as much time with him as I can,” she described.
Not far behind in points was Lili Halterman and Kingston who received the title of reserve champion in the Adult Amateur Hunter Younger (Section A) division. Halterman, of New York, NY, rode her horse Kingston to two firsts, second, third, and fifth place.
Competition will start off Saturday morning in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring with the Large Junior Hunters 15 and Under division.
Photo Credit: Photos © Sportfot, Official Photographer of the Winter Equestrian Festival.