Edited Press Release
The Weather or Not Equestrian Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6″ 18-35 division concluded on Sunday during WEF 2 in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. Sophie Gochman, a familiar face in the hunter ring from the pony ranks to the junior hunters, is now a force in the amateur-owner divisions. The 20-year-old piloted Colter, a 2014 Hanoverian gelding by Franziscus to the top tricolor ribbon.
“Colter is green so I’m working on just being calm and being in the hunter rings again,” said Gochman, who recently took a break from the hunter discipline show ring for a time. “I was focused on trying to be still and calm and it worked out pretty well.
“Coming back to the hunter ring after focusing on jumpers for a couple years has given me a new appreciation for it,” continued Gochman. “There is so much technical work that I think I forgot about, so it’s good to focus on that again.”
Gochman guided Colter to two victories over fences during the division that spanned two days. Their high score bested the rest at an 89.
“This is actually my third show on him,” said Gochman of the mount that came into her sting during the summer of 2022. “I got him in August but we are having a great time together.”
Reserve champion honors in the Weather or Not Equestrian Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’6″ 18-35 division went to Aphrodite Papandreou aboard Easton Blue.
Original press release from https://wellingtoninternational.com