Edited Press Release
An ever-present “one to beat” in the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) hunter ring, Scott Stewart collected tri-colors in three divisions during the first two days of professional hunter competition at WEF. The first championship came in the Equine Tack & Nutritionals 3’9” Green Hunter division in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Stadium on Thursday.
Stewart, of Wellington, FL, piloted Jordan, a 10-year-old Selle Français gelding by Paname de Varnel owned by Sophie Gochman. Earning first, second, and third-place ribbons across the board, Jordan posted two scores of 88.5, 87 and 88 throughout four rounds of jumping.
“It’s exciting to be back – I love it here. I brought out a small group of horses and they all did well this week,” said Stewart of the start to his WEF season. “Sophie bought Jordan at the end of last year and he was champion throughout indoors. He’s such a good jumper and a real trier.”
Standing at about 15-hands, Jordan is small but has enough style to catch the judges’ eye in the hunter ring every time. “He’s so scopey and one of the most fun to ride,” continued Stewart. “The goal for him this season is really to do well in the amateurs with Sophie.”
When not winning the professional ranks with Stewart, Jordan is in the reins of Gochman in the 18-35 Amateur-Owner Hunter division.
Reserve champion in the Equine Tack & Nutritionals 3’9” Green Hunter division was presented to Jeff Lauwers of Magnolia, TX, aboard Easton Blue, owned by Aphrodite Papandreou of Houston, TX. Their tri-color finish was highlighted by a win over fences on a score of 88.
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