Wellington, Fla. – March 23, 2017 – The second day of competition during Week Eleven of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) began with sunny blue skies and ended with storm clouds looming over head. However, the impending wind and rain couldn’t stop Havens Schatt and Aristocrat from claiming the championship in the Green 3’9″ Hunter division on Thursday in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
Having already claimed multiple titles this winter season in the hunter ring with Aristocrat, Schatt was happy to add another tricolor to her collection.
“This year [Aristocrat] is finally showing the consistency to continuously be a top-placing hunter at shows,” said Schatt. “Last year he was a big winner but he didn’t have the same consistency; he would have a mix of high-scoring rounds and lower scoring rounds.”
While being shown in the Green Hunter division by Schatt, Aristocrat, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding, was also recently introduced to the Adult Amateur Hunter division with his owner Tracy Scheriff-Muser in the irons. Schatt looks forward to his future as a successful hunter.
“He is an exceptional jumper,” smiled Schatt. “With the jumping style that he has, he is almost more horse than most hunters so it has taken a while to reel in his jump and still have that hunter way of going.
“Aristocrat is a pretty laid back guy,” continued Schatt. “It’s hard to keep him fit because he is pretty lazy. You ride him for ten minutes and you’ll end up being more tired than he is. We all think he is a pretty cool guy and a pleasure to have at the barn.”
Scott Stewart and Fashion Farm’s 9-year-old Westphalian gelding, Captivate, took home the reserve honors in Thursday’s Green 3’9″ Hunter competition.
Winning the Green Conformation Hunter division championship on Thursday was Odyssey Farm’s Darrin Dlin and Ann Hartnett’s 9-year old Westphalian gelding, Casanova.
The Ontario native is known mostly for his jumper career, having competed in the 2008 World Cup Finals representing Canada. With his recent results on Casanova, it is clear that Dlin is still a competitive exhibitor in both the hunter and jumper rings. The new pair began showing in the professional hunter divisions during WEF Week Nine. Earning a total of three blue ribbons and three red ribbons during Week Eleven, the duo secured the tricolor award on Thursday.
Jennifer Hannan and Patricia Fulchino’s 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding, Best Regards, were the reserve champions in the same division.
Hunter action continues over the weekend at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center during the second-to-last week of the Winter Equestrian Festival.