Edited Press Release
Avery Glynn wanted to end her Desert Circuit with a bang, and that she did. Saturday evening of Desert Circuit IX, she commanded the R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship, sponsored by Hayutin.
Glynn, 18, sees this accomplishment right up there with some of her greatest successes as a junior rider thus far. “I would definitely put it up there with the Ronnie Mutch trophy at Devon and winning the Hampton Classic Equitation Championship last year,” she remarked. “I have a special appreciation for this class though, because the last time I did it I was a lot younger and a lot greener. This class was my enemy, so my last junior year I was pulling out all the stops. I’m really excited it went so well.”
In round one, Glynn laid it down over Joey Rycroft’s course with scores of 91 and 89 from the two panels of judges, taking an early lead. She and Zeren, owned by Mackenzie Greer, returned last in round two, a jumper-style course, and went above and beyond, earning scores of 96 and 92 for a two-round total of 369, leading the way by 15 points. Glynn captured the win with no additional testing.
Second-place honors went to Zoe Wolf and Catoon, who shot up the leaderboard with a score of 354 overall, while third place was awarded to Audrey Carmody and Colany 9 with a 346.5 final score.
“I felt like this was a course where I could go in and be bold,” she said of the round-two track. “I thought I could do the leave-outs in places and everything would flow nicely. They set a triple-bar as fence one which I like because you can really push up to the base of it. I picked up a gallop and kept it through the entire course. Everything just flowed nicely off of that.”
The R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship is unique in that riders may not consult their trainers or any professional for the duration of the class. Without their phones or any outside assistance, riders are on their own – still able to chat amongst themselves – to walk the course, warm up, and perform.
“I think it gives me time to focus and I can think to myself,” Glynn said of the independence the championship format offers. “I’m used to figuring out things for myself and I think it’s a great practice for everyone. It’s great for anyone who wants to be a professional rider. My parents are trainers so I think they’ve done a good job setting me up for classes like this.”
Zeren is a relatively new ride for Glynn, but he’s not a stranger to her, with experience on both coasts and at the championship level.
“I’ve learned I can really trust him,” she said of her budding relationship with Zeren. “He’s been to indoors previously so I know he’s got all the tricks in the bag. I went out and knew I could show off a little on him. I knew he was always going to be there for me. Even though I haven’t been riding the horse for long, I’ve always known he was a consistent partner.”
If there is one thing Glynn has been this circuit, it’s consistent. With countless rides in all three rings, the accomplished young rider has acquired countless perspectives and learned a little something from every fence jumped and every minute spent in the saddle.
“I have done a lot of rounds this circuit. From six am to six pm I have been busy but I have gotten so much from every ride and every person that’s trained me. I’ve learned so much, and that’s why I felt so confident going into this,” she reflected.
Glynn is not slowing down anytime soon. With plans to attend Auburn University in the fall and ride for their equestrian team, she’s taking advantage of all the time she gets to compete in all three rings, now taking to the higher levels of show jumping as well.
“I know people say the equitation sets you up for the jumpers, but I’ve felt that more this circuit than I ever have before,” she shared. “Two weeks ago I won the High [Junior Jumper] Classic. It was a tricky course with 25 in it, and I was the only double-clean. It was an equitation course but it was 1.45m. As soon as I started thinking about jumpers like it was anequitation course, I was so much better off. It got a million times easier.”
Glynn’s grandparents, Craig and Priscilla Hobday, spent their 51st wedding anniversary watching their granddaughter take on the prestigious class. With her mother, Hope Glynn, watching on the sidelines, three generations were present to celebrate the big victory to close out Desert Circuit.
Final Results: R.W. Mutch Equitation Championship
1. Zeren / Avery Glynn / Mackenzie Greer / 181 / 188 = 369
2. Catoon / Zoe Wolf / Zoe Wolf / 173.5 + 180.5 = 354
3. Colany 9 / Audrey Carmody / Audrey Carmody / 179 + 167.5 = 346.5
4. Edesa’s Revel / Londyn Samlaska / Londyn Samlaska / 172 + 171.5 = 343.5
5. Gusti CK / Anna Kotler / Anna Kotler / 171.5 + 171.5 = 343
6. Joske Van De Knuffel / Jasmine Yannatta / Terrapin Hill Farm, LLC / 176.5 + 161 = 337.5
7. Clearing / Emme Tangen / Emme Tangen / 165 + 166 = 331
8. Caresina / Elizabeth Gray / Hannah Gansert / 166.5 + 125 = 291.5
9. Son House / Greenley Achuck / Greenley Achuck / 176.5
10. Janus Union / Kate Parker / Kate Parker / 165.5
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