|Hunt Tosh Pilots Top Mounts to Sweeping Victories In Professional Divisions at Kentucky Summer Classic|
|Written by Ashley N. Williams|
|Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:58|
Looking forward to a warm, dry day after the first week of unpredictable weather, the Stonelea Arena saw a lineup of divisions from the morning’s First Year Green Working Hunters to the Performance 3’6” Hunter divisions. The footing and course made for a congenial ride for all participants for the first day of the professional divisions. Onlookers ultimately beheld two strong contenders and their steeds overwhelming the competition with enough talent to sweep today’s divisions.
Christopher Payne delivered exceptional performances aboard his mounts today, picking up top honors in the First Year Green Working Hunters, Green Conformation Hunters and the Second Year Green Working Hunters. It was Hunt Tosh who stole the show with a clean sweep of two divisions on two very memorable mounts. Tosh guided Cold Harbor to a dominating performance in the Regular Conformation Division, as well as capturing two blues with veteran Lone Star in the Performance 3’6” Hunter division.
Tosh and Lone Star put forth a performance reminiscent of the Kentucky Spring Classic, where they had made a sweeping comeback. The pair once again returned to dominate. Lone Star, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, VA, showed with a familiar finesse seen in the Performance 3’6” Hunters, and took the claim of the division’s top prizes. They earned both blue ribbons today, and go into tomorrow’s classes with an immense lead.
“Lone Star has been a wonderful horse for us,” Tosh shared. “He has won so much in his career, but was out with an injury. He has had a little over a year off so his first show was here in the spring and he was champion again in Upperville, Pennsylvania. This was his third show back, and he is doing great. He is such a good horse. There will be a soft spot in my heart for him forever. He’s so dependable.”
Also taking ribbons in the Performance 3’6” Hunters, Charmed ridden by Timothy Maddrix was awarded two second place ribbons for their commendable efforts in both rounds. Erin Quinn and Chit Chat showed sensible style, receiving a pair of yellows in bow classes of the division.
Tosh also shared about Cold Harbor, “He’s been champion reserve every time he’s showed which is special. He’s grown so much compared to last year and he tries so hard when he jumps. He’s a beautiful horse, really steady and a blast to ride.”
Tomorrow will conclude the professional hunter divisions in the Stonelea Arena. The Kentucky Summer Classic holds many exciting hunter features, including the upcoming $5,000 Hallway Feeds National Hunter Derby on Saturday, August 4, 2012. The Kentucky Summer Series will continue with the 2012 USEF Pony Finals, the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show and the KHJA Horse Show.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:01|