Wellington, Fla. – March 1, 2018 – The winning ways of Kelley Farmer and Aizlynn Radwanski’s Shameless were put on display on Thursday afternoon as they secured the championship in the Green Hunter 3’9” division during the eighth week of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).
Farmer had only been riding the 8-year-old gelding for three weeks before the pair took home the win in the same division during the competitive World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) Week just two weeks ago. Earning that tricolor qualified the duo for that Saturday evening’s premiere event, the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular, where they placed fourth overall out of 36 entries.
The chestnut gelding was purchased from accomplished show jumper, Todd Minikus. One of the amateur riders at Lane Change Farm, Aizlynn Radwanski, bought him shortly after he arrived. Since then, “Todd,” as he was aptly named, has only been getting better. He was awarded an 88 in the stake round and an 85 in the handy phase on Thursday. In the under saddle, the pair finished up in second.
Since purchasing the talented horse, Radwanski took over the reins and showed him for the first time during WCHR Week and had excellent results in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 division. Going forward, Farmer will compete with Todd at this weekend’s Deeridge Derby before going to Ocala, and then will return to Wellington for a chance at the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.
Narrowly missing Farmer and Shameless in the Green Hunter 3’9” division was Luster, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker and ridden by Scott Stewart, who finished in reserve.
In the Green Conformation Hunters, it was Blanche Strunk’s Kennedy and Peter Pletcher who rose to the occasion and nabbed the tricolor. Taking home the reserve honors was Huckleberry Farm’s Grand Affair ridden by Victoria Colvin.
Hunter competition will resume in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter ring on Friday morning beginning at 8 a.m. with the amateur-owner hunter divisions.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Kelley Farmer – Green Hunter 3’9” division champion
On Thursday’s performance:
“Shameless is just such a great horse. He was wonderful, as always. He really doesn’t ever put a foot in the wrong place. He tries to be perfect every single time.”
On his show debut with owner, Aizlynn Radwanski:
“Yes. It was during WCHR week. Her first time ever jumping a fence on him was Thursday afternoon before she showed him on Friday morning. I was like, ‘Now is as good a time as ever.’ Friday morning at 8 a.m. in that field was her first time ever showing him and she was sixth and second. She was fantastic.”
On their future plans:
“Aizlynn will show him a little bit sporadically. He will do the Deeridge Derby this week with me and she will probably do him once more during circuit. Then, we will go to Ocala before coming back for the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby here.”
On his willing attitude in the ring:
“He’s just a fantastic horse. Todd [Minikus] was right in telling me, ‘I have a really great horse for you.’ He was completely right and Shameless has been trying every week and every time we walk into the ring to get a blue ribbon. And if he doesn’t, it was because I got in his way.”