By Jennifer Wood and Sabrina Brashares for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
The Take2 Thoroughbred Hunter division wrapped up on Thursday in Ring 12 after two days of competition. Samantha Thren, of West Chester, PA, and her own Always Sunny were crowned champions. The duo earned two firsts and three second place ribbons.
Thren has been developing her partnership with the 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding by Lawyer Ron for the past three years. This was the pair’s last time showing before they return to Pennsylvania for the remainder of the winter, and they made sure to end with a tricolor win.
“I didn’t want a Thoroughbred at first,” explained Thren. “I was looking for my first horse for myself to buy after college, and I came across him and didn’t realize he was a Thoroughbred. I’m really glad I got him because doing the Thoroughbred Hunters has been a ton of fun! He is such a good boy and has such a good brain. We are supposed to go home this weekend so this was our last hurrah.”
Thren rode Always Sunny to win an over fences class on the first day of the division, and they also took home a blue ribbon in the under saddle. The pair hopes to continue their success in the Thoroughbred Hunter division for the rest of the year.
“I definitely want to keep doing the Thoroughbred Hunter classes,” commented Thren. “I wanted to come down and do the division here to promote the Thoroughbreds, especially for amateurs because I think they are an affordable option and I think people should realize that they are fun to ride.”
This year was the first time that both Thren and Always Sunny had the opportunity to show at WEF, and they are hoping it is not the last time. Although Thren is sad to be leaving, the rider is thrilled that she had the opportunity to come and show her own horse.
“My experience was amazing,” said Thren. “I’ve been coming down with friends for years but I’ve never come with my own horse or thought that I could. This year I was actually able to get here. It’s been awesome, and I’m really sad that I have to go home!”
Not far behind in points were Julie Curtin, of Woodstock, GA, and Daniel Robertshaw’s Rapporteur, who took home the reserve championship. The pair received two firsts, a second, and two third place ribbons.