Lexington, Ky. – July 25, 2019 – The professional hunter divisions came to a close Thursday during the Kentucky Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. It was a day of blues as three horse and rider combination swept their classes, winning every over fences class in their respective divisions, garnering a three-way tie for Grand Hunter Championship, presented by Visse Wedell. In the Green 3’6” Hunter division, Gossi, owned by Garland Alban and ridden by Tim Goguen, won every class to earn the championship ribbon. In the Green 3’9” Hunter division, Chris Payne and Fibonacci, owned by Still Water Farm LLC, dominated their division for the championship. To round out the three-way tie, Kelley Farmer piloted David Glefke’s Witness to five straight wins and the championship. All three combinations earned a total of 50 points.
Gossi, an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding ridden by Tim Goguen, turned in consistent rounds all week. On Wednesday, the judges gave him the top call in all three over fences classes. The duo also earned first place in the under saddle class and second in the model, as well as fourth place in the Green Hunter Incentive Stake. On Thursday, Gossi continued his winning ways, taking the top placing in the all three over fences once again.
Just back from the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, Goguen and Gossi were champion both weeks there before having a week off to return to Kentucky, where Goguen is based when not in Florida. Today marked Gossi’s first time being honored with the Grand Hunter Champion title, totaling 50 points.
Fibonacci and rider Chris Payne were no strangers to the winner’s circle this week either. Wednesday the pair won both over fences and the under saddle to put them in the lead for the championship. They repeated their performance Thursday with a clean sweep of the over fences classes, including the handy round to tally up to 50 points. The flashy KWPN chestnut gelding returned to the ring for the first time since the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair last May, but were still able to walk away with the win in every class.
Kelley Farmer also earned a perfect point total of 50 aboard Witness. Farmer and Witness were stars of both the Green 3’6” Hunter, the Green 3’6”/3’9” Hunter Incentive Stak eand the High Performance Working Hunters, receiving the champion ribbon in both divisions and the win in the Green Hunter Incentive Stake class. The crowd witnessed a grand slam of the High Performance Hunter over fences both days, including Thursday’s handy round and a win in Wednesday’s under saddle class.
Farmer raved about Witness and his rideability and consistency. The bay Holsteiner gelding was just recently gelded after coming to the United States and won his first hunter championship just 10 days later at the Tryon Summer 4 and has been champion everytime out since then.
Hunter action continues in the Stonelea ring with the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunter division at 8:00 am.
FROM THE WINNERS CIRCLE
Tim Goguen – Grand Hunter Champion with Gossi
“Gossi went well both days. The last three or four weeks of showing he’s been very consistent. He was champion both weeks in Michigan at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. He came here and had a week off and was champion here, so I’m hoping he’s putting it together. He started putting it together in Florida, but then we gelded him, so he started back here in the spring. It’s his first Grand Hunter Champion, so it’s really exciting. He’s been pretty consistent, so hopefully he can keep that up and I’ll try to stay out of his way!”
On what’s next for Gossi:
“He’ll have a week off and then he’ll do the Green Hunter Incentive Finals here and then Indoors.”
On showing at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show:
“I personally love it here. My house and farm are just down the road. We always have 20-25 horses here. It’s a great facility to work out of so for us it’s like home other than Florida.”
Chris Payne – Grand Hunter Champion with Fibonacci
“Yesterday, he was amazing. Today, he was just a nickel fresh. He was kind of aware in the handy and it got him a little going. I usually do him in the High Performance Conformation, but right now he’s leading the country so we thought we’d do some Green Hunters. He hasn’t shown since Devon, so he was a little rusty starting out, but he came to the party nicely.”
On what’s next for Fibonacci:
“Next up for him is the Green Hunter Incentive Finals next month and then Capital Challenge and Indoors.”
On showing at the Kentucky Horse Shows:
“I love showing at the Kentucky Horse Shows. I show here all the time. It’s the best facility, the management runs the show great. Every aspect of it is spot on.”
Kelley Farmer – Grand Hunter Champion with Witness
“He jumped phenomenal today. He won the Green 3’6” Hunters and the High Performance Working Hunters. He’s amazing. This is the most beautifully schooled, beautifully broke, beautifully educated horse I’ve ever ridden and he does it in a rubber snaffle. I’ve ridden a lot of nice horses, I’ve ridden a lot of beautifully educated horses. I’ve been very fortunate to ride a lot of horses from some really good people, but this horse is as schooled and beautifully broke as any horse I’ve ever ridden. He’s really easy on himself, he’s quiet, he’s brave and he’s beautiful.”
On what’s next for Witness:
“They’ll both [Witness and Consent] do Green Hunter Incentive Finals and Derby Finals. I’m really excited for both of those events at the Kentucky Horse Shows for both those horses, it’s going to be great.”