Edited Press Release
The Hunt Ltd. 3’6” Amateur-Owner 36 & Over Hunter division was the exclamation point on hunter competition during WEF Premiere and saw Jean Sheptoff’s Verdict pinned as champion.
Verdict, a 2011 Zangersheide gelding by Verdi, earned two wins over fences in addition to a second a third ribbon for the tri-color at the conclusion of the week. “Verdict jumped beautifully this weekend,” she said of the mount, which is coming off a long break since indoor competition in the fall. “He’s feeling his best as we start to gear up for [WCHR] hunter week [during WEF 6].”
Sheptoff has had the ride on Verdict since he joined her string as a six-year-old pre-green horse. They have progressed into a solid partnership that is now earning champion honors in the highly competitive amateur-owner hunter ranks.
“The handy yesterday was a really fun course and my horse really rises to the occasion in the handy, so that was a great day,” said Sheptoff her handy victory on Saturday. “I have basically been the only one riding him since we got him, so he always tries hard for me.
Sheptoff and her husband Cory Hardy own Newbury Farm and are based in Wellington for the winter season. “[Wellington International] looks great,” continued Sheptoff, who hails from Littleton, Massachusetts. “The footing is great and I’m excited to show here for the season.”
Blink, ridden by Lee Kellogg Sadian claimed the reserve champion tri-color in the Hunt Ltd. Amateur-Owner 3’6” 36 & Over division.
Original release from https://wellingtoninternational.com.
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