By Summer Grace and Sabrina Schmidt for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.
The Equine Tack and Nutritionals Ring 6 had 20 entries on Thursday in the Green Hunter 3’3” division sponsored by ARI.
Of the horse-and-rider teams, Wonderous and Christopher Payne, of Cincinnati, OH, rose to the top and secured another tricolor in the division after they won three classes, were third in the stake, and second under saddle.
Payne has competed Wonderous in the Green Hunter 3’3” division in WEF 3, WEF 2, and WEF Premiere Week with results of Champion, Champion, and Reserve Champion respectively.
While the pair have already been successful in the division, Payne was cautiously optimistic today.
“He was very relaxed today, which was great because of the ring,” said Payne. “I was a little concerned with it being such a busy area that he might be a little distracted on course.”
Despite the slight concern, Payne spoke highly of the 10-year-old Warmblood gelding owned by Ellie Sadrian.
“He’s a wonderful horse,” expressed Payne. “He’s peaceful, kind, and always puts in a beautiful effort. He was just imported in the fall but is already such a professional.”
Wonderous and Payne currently lead the standings for their division over the course of the entire circuit, but the future for the gelding lies with his owner.
“The main goal right now is to help him learn his job for Ellie,” said Payne. “We want him to really understand his job so that they can be successful in the juniors together. Ultimately Junior Hunter Finals and indoor finals are what we’re aiming for.”
Reserve champion in the division went to Bohemian Luxe, ridden by Caitlin Boyle and owned by Caroline Grubb, who had two second places over fences and a third under saddle.