Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 7, 2019 – Hunter competition during Week Five of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) continued Thursday, with the Green 3’9” Hunter division concluding in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter Ring. Maria Rasmussen rode SKF On My Own to the championship tricolor after winning three out of four over fences classes from the two days of competition. Over the course of the division’s five classes, Rasmussen and SKF On My Own were awarded ribbons in everyone to accrue significantly more points than any other contenders.
Rasmussen and SKF On My Own, a 2010 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by the Bailiwick Group, consistently produced scores in the high 80s to earn their place in the winner’s circle ahead of a talented field of entries that included other high-profile hunter names such as Scott Stewart, Kelley Farmer and Havens Schatt. Though SKF On My Own was only purchased a month and a half ago, Rasmussen is already excited about the horse’s performance since she has had the reins on him. The gelding’s natural winning ways were proven Wednesday and Thursday as he collected scores of 82, 85, 85 and 88 over fences plus a top finish in the under saddle to capture their place in the winner’s circle.
Sandra Ferrell and Hemingway, a 2010 gelding owned by Stephanie Bulger, also earned top ribbons over fences to take the reserve championship. The pair clinched the runner-up spot thanks to their scores of 82.5 83, 85 and 85 over fences and a third place ribbon on the flat.
Hunter action will continue throughout the weekend, with the juniors and amateur-owners finalizing their division standings. Weekly jumper competition continues through Sunday, Feb. 10, with the exciting CSI 5* $391,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix set to take place on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:00 p.m as part of WEF’s Saturday Night Lights events.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Maria Rasmussen – Green 3’9” Hunter champion
On SKF On My Own:
“He is owned by the Bailiwick group, and we’ve had him for about a month and a half. He just started doing the hunters [here at WEF] Week One, and he has been great at it from the first day. He felt amazing today, he was awesome. He’s super easy in the barn, easy to live with and fun to ride. He hopefully will do some derbies and things like that. We are just getting a feel for him and what he will do. I am excited to see where he goes.”