By Kate Pettersen, Kim Beaudoin, and Sabrina Brashares for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
Sunday marked the final day of hunter competition for the second week of WEF, and 12-year-old Rylynn Conway made sure to end on a high note in the Junior Hunter 3’3” 15 and Under division. Conway rode Perseus YC to champion after earning two firsts, two thirds, and a seventh place.
Conway, of Fair Haven, NJ, and Mountain King Ranch LLC’s Perseus YC are a fairly new combination, having only been paired together for two months. Trained by Beacon Hill Show Stables, Conway and Perseus YC are already off to a successful start to their partnership.
“He loves all people and his treats, which he gets a lot of since he’s perfect,” said Conway of the 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Paparazzo. “I love his jump and how he moves as well.”
The division had a competitive 25 entries, and Conway stayed at the top of the class throughout both days of competition. The duo won the under saddle, as well as an over fences class with a score of 86.
“I thought my rounds were really good,” explained Conway. “I think I stood out in the handy because I tried to make super tight turns.”
Conway hopes to stay consistent and continue earning championships with Perseus YC in the Junior Hunter 3’3” 15 and Under division. This year is also Conway’s first time showing at WEF, and she is thrilled that it is off to a great start.
“Everyone is so nice, and I really enjoy the competitive atmosphere,” commented Conway regarding her favorite aspects of showing at WEF.
New York, NY, resident Clara Propp rode Aquitaine Equine’s Inquisitive to the reserve champion title. The pair took home two firsts and a fourth place.
Hunter, jumper, and equitation competition will return on Wednesday, January 27, and continue through Sunday, January 31, for the third week of the Winter Equestrian Festival.