By Kate Pettersen and Sabrina Brashares for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
The first class to take place on Thursday morning in the Equine Tack and Nutritionals Ring 6 was the NHS/THIS Adult Medal with 15 competitors. After a first round course and flat phase, Madison Olvert and her own Green Book took home the blue ribbon for the medal.
Olvert, of North Grafton, MA, and her mount Green Book have proven to be a competitive pair in the adult equitation medals this season. The duo earned the top prize in the NHS/THIS Adult Medal last week and returned today for a repeat victory.
“I’ve had him for two years, and we have been down here for two months really enjoying our time,” explained Olvert. “Green Book is a great partner. He has such a sweet personality, and he is always so excited to see people! He is so friendly and really loves to do his job.”
Sixth in the order, Olvert successfully guided the 11-year-old Warmblood gelding by Quintus D’09 around the first course. Olvert and Green Book were then called back for the flat test with the other top 12 horse-and-rider combinations.
“I thought my first round was pretty good, and I rode well,” commented Olvert. “I was conservative but very consistent throughout the whole course.”
Olvert and Green Book hope to continue their success for the remainder of the 2021 show season. The pair, trained by Kathryn Fletcher and Linda Langmeier, plans to attend the adult equitation finals this fall.
“I would love to place at Ariat Adult Medal Finals and NHS/THIS Finals at the end of the year,” said Olvert. “In the meantime, I am hoping to stay consistent this spring and summer.”
Chelsea Carpenter, of Chicago, IL, and Doris Donovan’s Rosalita received the second place ribbon in the medal. Third place honors went to Grace Klein, of Darien, CT, and Dylan Laiken’s Callao.