Lexington, Ky. – May 16, 2019 – Hunter competition at the Kentucky Spring Classic continued on Thursday with the awarding of the Grand Hunter Champion title. Presented by Visse Wedell, the title is awarded to the horse-and-rider combination that accumulated the most points throughout the professional divisions across Wednesday and Thursday. This week’s award was presented to Tim Goguen and Take the High Road LLC’s Style. With a clean sweep of the Green Conformation Hunters, Goguen earned the division championship before ultimately claiming the grand champion title and a perfect score.
Goguen and the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding secured their championship award and a perfect score across two days of competition by placing first in all four over fences as well as the under saddle class. Competing in the Green Conformation Hunter division, the pair proved to be unbeatable, even amongst the sport’s top hunter professionals. Goguen and Style have been partnered together since the end of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, only just beginning to show last week at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Up next, Style will head to the Devon Horse Show to compete in the junior hunter divisions.
The Grand Hunter Champion award is presented each year by Visse Wedell, who has been a valued and continuous supporter of the Kentucky Horse Shows by sponsoring grand championship prizes in multiple divisions every year.
Competition in the Stonelea Ring will resume on Friday morning at 8 a.m. with the Amateur Owner divisions with the highlight of the day being the National Horse Show Medal 3’3’’, the WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase, and the ASPCA Maclay. In the Claiborne ring, hunter competition will see the Taylor Harris Insurance / National Horse Show Adult Medal.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Tim Goguen – Grand Hunter Champion winner
“We just got him a week before coming [to Kentucky]. He showed last week and got some good ribbons. He did the derby and he was really good, we ended up ninth. This week he was really excellent. He jumped really well all week. He is a lot of fun to ride and really scopey. He jumps in great style.”
On Kentucky Horse Shows:
“We’ve been coming here for a long time. It’s the perfect place to come show after Florida. We really just love it here and we come here every year.”