Lexington, Ky. – July 28, 2018 – Saturday morning in the Stonelea Ring at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show began with Amateur Owner Hunter competition where Lindsay Maxwell and her own Precedent captured the Amateur Owner 3’3” Hunter Championship to ultimately claim the Amateur Owner Hunter Grand Championship, generously sponsored by Visse Wedell.
Maxwell and the 7-year-old Oldenburg gelding nearly swept the Amateur Owner 3’3” Hunter over fences, which was California split, claiming the win in two of the three over fences classes in Section B across Friday and Saturday’s competition. The pair also bested all other entries to win the under saddle in Section B in Precedent’s first outing at the Kentucky Horse Park.
No stranger to the winner’s circle, Maxwell has ridden to many Grand Hunter Champion titles throughout her career. She also claimed the championship tricolor several times in the Amateur Owner 3’3” Hunter division throughout the Tryon Spring and Summer series with “Enzo.”
In addition to her riding career in the hunter ring, Maxwell also founded the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund in 2016 as a means to formalize her commitment to charitable giving. The fund supports meaningful organizations and programs that align with Maxwell’s philanthropic priorities and values such as improving the lives of children with special needs, enabling access to educational opportunities and providing care, compassion and protection to animals.
The Kentucky Horse Shows Grand Hunter Champion Awards are presented by Visse Wedell with champions awarded in the Professional, Amateur Owner, Junior, Pony, Adult Amateur and Children’s Divisions.
Hunter competition will return to the Stonelea Ring on Sunday, July 29, to highlight the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby following the conclusion of the Junior Hunter divisions.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Lindsay Maxwell – Grand Champion 3’3” Amateur Owner Hunter
“I have had Enzo (Precedent) for a couple of years now. He is only 7, so I was fortunate to get him when he was pretty young. He is a wonderful horse and has really blossomed this year and come into his own in the 3’3” division. My plan is to step him up next year, but we wanted to make sure he had a solid year at this level first because he is still so young.”
On her plan for the division:
“It is Enzo’s first time ever being in Kentucky, so I just wanted to help him get around and give him some confident rides. The courses were great, the jumps are beautiful, and we have had the best weather.”
On Showing in Kentucky:
“The last two summers we have come here for the Summer Series through the KHJA and we love Lexington! The horses love it here, and the management does an outstanding job at these shows we we look forward to coming back every summer. We have been really lucky with the weather for the last two years, so we lease a barn and rent a house and just have the best time for five weeks.”
On Visse Wedell’s Grand Champion Sponsorship:
“It is fantastic to have someone who wants to sponsor this award, so I want to thank her for that. It makes the show that much more special and there was great competition here this week, so to be able to say that we were Grand Champion is meaningful. A lot of shows don’t do this award anymore, so it’s exciting. The plate and ribbon are very beautiful and Visse is lovely, so it’s a great memory to have.”