Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 3, 2018 – World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week was well underway at the Lamplight Equestrian Center for Equifest II as junior and amateur riders took to the main hunter ring Friday afternoon to compete in the first half of their respective divisions. In the Junior 3’6’’ Hunter division, it was 16-year-old Brian Moggre that found his way to the winner’s circle yet again with two different mounts – Calido’s Son and Mid Knight Memories.
Moggre’s partnership with both Calido’s Son, owned by Mimi Rothman, and Mid Knight Memories, owned by Abigail Davenport, started a short month ago at HITS Balmoral. Though he hasn’t had long to get to know the horses, his success with them in the ring has proven they are off to a great start. The two over fences classes in the Junior 3’6” Hunter division operated under a California split due to the large field of entries, with Moggre receiving two first place ribbons riding Calido’s Son and first and second place ribbons aboard Mid Knight Memories.
Top honors in the Junior Hunter Classic were awarded to Saylor Shea riding Strawberry Hill LLC’s Everglade VDL. The pair had a combined total score of 167 to secure the blue. Claiming the reserve position with marks of 164 was Natalie Jayne aboard Subject to Change, owned by Corporate Way LLC, and rounding out the top three was Teddi Pritzker riding Hello Handsome, owned by Evergreen Stables LLC, with a cumulative score of 163.
In the Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic, Sarah Morris and Gidget rode to the first place finish with a combined score of 173, closely followed by Susan Ross and Blue Moon with a combined score of 169 to finish in second place. Lesley Quillen and Timeless rounded out the top three with a composite score of 167.
Madeline Thatcher currently leads the Amateur-Owner 3’6’’ Hunter division with Coronado and Like I Said, two entries out of the Thatcher family’s Pony Lane Farm. She rode Coronado to a first and second place finish over fences, and received a first and third place aboard Like I Said. Both the Junior 3’6’’ Hunters and the Amateur-Owner 3’6’’ Hunters will conclude Saturday and crown their respective champion and reserve champion.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Brian Moggre – Junior 3’6’’ Hunter division leader
On Mid Knight Memories:
“He is a horse owned by Abigail Davenport and I just started showing him in June for her and he’s been amazing. It’s a great opportunity for me to be able to do that! Abigail owns another horse at our barn. Dorothy [Douglas] shows MTM Exceptional and she has this horse, as well, so they gave me the opportunity to do it.”
On Calido’s Son:
“I started riding Calido’s Son in June, as well. I actually started riding both of them at [HITS] Balmoral. It’s a new ride for me and it’s amazing that Doug [Boyd] let’s me ride him and the owner, Mimi Rothman, that gives me the opportunity. They’re both great horses!”
On the class:
“The courses I thought rode nicely and the jumps look beautiful. Both of my horses went exactly how I wanted them to so I was very happy with it.”