Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 10, 2019 – Scott Stewart started off the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) season strong on Thursday by taking both tricolors in the Green Conformation Hunter with Scandal and Theory, respectively. Scandal, the 2013 Oldenburg gelding owned by the Gochman Sporthorse LLC proved unstoppable with consistent scores in the 80s over the two days of competition. Stewart also piloted Theory, the 2012 gelding owned by Rivers Edge, to the reserve championship, with top placings in the under saddle and over fences.
Becky Gochman purchased Scandal as an unbroke 3-year-old, and Stewart has been increasing his exposure over the past year. The flashy chestnut secured his championship with scores of 86 and 83 in the over fences, winning the under saddle and winning the stake with an 85.
Stewart plans to show Scandal next week, and then prepare him for Gochman to do in the amateurs, which Stewart has high hopes Scandal will excel at.
Theory, the younger of Stewart’s mounts, owned by Rivers Edge, claimed the reserve title with top placings throughout the division, including winning one over fences with an 86.
In the High Performance Conformation Hunter division, it was Kelly Farmer aboard Consent, the 2012 Westphalian gelding owned by Kent Farrington LLC and D L Glefke, who came out on top to take the championship tricolor. Judges awarded Farmer scores of 84 in the handy phase and 84.1 in the over fences. Taking home the reserve title was Holly Orlando and True Story, owned by Cathy Zicherman.
Officially underway, the WEF 2019 season is looking to be an exciting one for Stewart and Farmer, who have set the tone early for their successes in the coming weeks.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Scott Stewart – Green Conformation Hunter division champion and reserve champion
“He is a 5 coming 6-year-old stallion. Becky [Gochman] bought him when he was 3 years old and he was barely broke. We did the Pre-Green Hunters last year a little bit. So I showed him a few times last year and he did quite well. This is his first time [in the Green Conformation Hunter division].”
On Scandal’s performance today:
“He was awesome. He was really good. Yesterday, he was a little greener, but today he acted like a pretty made up horse.”
On his plan for the season with Scandal:
“He will probably show again next week, skip the other one and then eventually he will get ready for Becky to show in the amateurs. He will be a great horse to do the amateurs.”
“I think he is turning 7 years old. I bought him when he was a 2 year-old. He did well last year in the Pre-Green Hunters, too and [today] is also his first time [in the Green Conformation Hunter division]. They are both two nice horses.”
Larry Glefke – Co-owner and trainer of Consent, Champion in the High Performance Conformation Hunter
“It’s a horse that Kent Farrington sent me, maybe in August. He did one horse show, at Kentucky last year. Then he did Capital Challenge, and was champion both places, then I brought him down here, he’s been champion in both divisions he’s done. He’s just 6 years old, he’s an amazing animal.”
On the plans for Consent:
“He’s going to go on and do some derbies, and like all of them he’s for sale. He’s a lovely horse, brilliant jumper and mover, just a good guy. He’s an amazing jumper, kind and quiet and will make a wonderful amateur horse.”
On Consent’s Performance:
“He had a little bad luck in the Green Conformation today, but he’s a lovely horse, kind, quiet and a brilliant jumper. He’s always good, probably this is the most he’s ever done in his life, he did two divisions this week, he won I think four out of five classes yesterday, and today he came back after a mishap in the first round and was amazing.”