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Christy Russo Wins in Junior Hunters at Zada in Winter Equestrian Festival

Wellington, FL – March 6, 2007 – Christy Russo of Coral Gables, FL, and her mount Westcliffe were victorious this past week in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Russo trains at Ashland Farm with Ken and Emily Smith.

Russo and Westcliffe were the 2005 WEF Circuit Champions in the Large Junior 15 & Under Hunters. They have moved into what is considered one of the most competitive divisions at WEF this year, the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters. "I definitely think this has been the most competitive division for awhile," Russo concurred. "There are really nice horses and so many talented riders. To go from smaller shows in the summer to WEF in the winter is huge because you’re now against the best in the country."

Russo and Westcliffe showed earlier in the season, but took a break when Westcliffe, aka "Henry", was not feeling well. Their return to the show ring this week brought a blue ribbon and confidence back to Russo. "He feels much, much better," Russo acknowledged. "Henry is my rock. I was sad when he wasn’t feeling well and was disappointed. I could feel that he was back to his normal, winning self this week."

"There are so many factors in showing," Russo went on to say, "so when it comes together like this, it’s all the more rewarding."

Russo plans on competing with Westcliffe in the remaining two weeks of WEF in Wellington. She also owns two other junior hunters, St. Christopher and Miracle, who will start competition in the spring.

Russo is a top student at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, FL, which was founded in 1903 and is touted as one of the best college preparatory schools in the nation.



Photo Credit: Westcliffe and Christy Russo, winners in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Photo © 2007 Jennifer Wood.

 

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