Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 9, 2020 – The Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) kicked off hunter competition on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, bringing top hunter competition to Wellington, Florida for the season. In the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter ring, competition continued into Thursday and the first champions of the twelve week competition were crowned. Kelley Farmer started off her season with a championship tricolor in the High Performance Conformation Hunters with her new mount In Writing.
In Writing, an 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by D L Glefke and Wendy Hofmeister, proved himself to be victorious after consistent scores in the 80s over the first two days of competition. Farmer and the talented gelding sealed the deal with an 87 in the Stake round to claim their third blue ribbon of the division, along with a second place finish in the under saddle. This marked In Writing’s second show in the United States after being purchased by Glefke.
Farmer is incredibly excited about the gelding as he shows great potential for his future career in the hunter divisions. The pair plans to compete in the First Year and High Performance divisions and put him in other divisions and classes where he can excel. Farmer thinks he will be a great horse for her upcoming season.
Taking the reserve championship in the High Performance Conformation Hunter division was Scott Stewart and Bikoff Equestrian LLC’s Critic’s Choice. The 7-year-old Westphalian gelding has acquired many wins in top hunter divisions over the past few years, most recently winning the Green Confirmation Model at the National Horse Show back in October.
Officially underway, the Winter Equestrian Festival 2020 season is looking to be an eventful one for Farmer and Stewart who have already set the bar high to be a successful season. Hunter competition will continue on Friday, January 10 at 7:45 a.m. with the Adult Amateur Hunters in the E.R. Mische Grand Hunter ring.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Kelley Farmer – High Performance Conformation Hunter champion
On In Writing:
“He’s brand new! This is literally his second week showing in America. He showed last week and he was champion. He is unbelievable and he has so much ability. He has plenty of stride and scope, and he is so soft to ride. He’s beautiful to ride.”
On In Writing’s rounds:
“He’s a good boy every time. It’s just a matter of me staying out of his way. He tries to go perfect every time. He won the first class yesterday and then I screwed up. I made a mistake in the handy on him but he was amazing. He is just a cool horse. Larry and I own him, with Wendy Hofmeister. Wendy saw him last week and she was like ‘I have to have part of him!’ So, we’re all really excited about it. He’s really cool and like I said, that was his second show in [the U.S.].”
On her plans with In Writing:
“Since he’s literally still just a first year horse, I think we’ll probably do the First Years and High Performance Hunters – sort of what we did this week and last week. We’re just kind of playing around a little bit and deciding exactly where he’s suited. He’s a winner no matter where you put him. It’s kind of cool and it’s a nice problem to have. I think for the most part we’ll do the First Years and High Performance. I’m excited about him, I think he’s really cool.”