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First Year Green Hunters See Déjà vu Performances From Stewart and Griffith

Wellington, FL – February 2, 2007 – In a repeat performance from last week, Scott Stewart was again pinned champion in the First Year Green Hunters, section “A,” at the second week of the 2007 Winter Equestrian Festival.

Riding Ovation, owned by Molly Ohrstrom, Stewart swept the field and earned a total of 36 points on the bay. The pair were first in both over fences classes on Thursday, and were first and second over fences and in the hack today, respectively. He also garnered the reserve championship with 14 points on Honored, owned by Karen Long Dwight.

Ohrstrom, who is from The Plains, VA, spoke about her horse. “He’s so gorgeous, and he sort of reminds me of my old horse Compliment, from last year. This is only his second horse show. He was very direct and straightforward for his first time at a horse show.” Ovation is a 7-year-old German Warmblood who was used as a breeding stallion, and Stewart brought him over from Europe just nine weeks ago. Ohrstrom has owned the now-gelded horse for about six weeks.

“We were going to do the 3’3” at first, but the jumping is so easy for him. He’s sweet and I can ride him, too. Kate Cardalico did a lot of work on him. She knew he was a winner. Of all the horses that Scott and I have owned together, this is probably my favorite. He’s got it all; a beautiful jump, wonderful movement, and he is so stunning,” she explained.

In the second section of the First Years, Patricia Griffith and Positano maintained their winning streak and earned the championship for the second week in a row. The 18-hand bay Warmblood gelding won all four jumping classes over the two-day period. Stewart and Winter Place, who earned a tricolor last week, took the reserve placing in section “B.”

In the Adult Amateur Hunter 3’3” division, 23 horse and rider combinations competed to take the place in the winner’s circle. Going into the second day of competition, three riders were tied for the championship with seven points each: Alexandra Cherubini, Christina Onorato and Francis Briggs, who was champion last week with Skyy.

But at the end of the day, it was Briggs bringing home the tricolor again on Skyy, who is owned by Salamander Farm. The pair earned first and eighth places over fences on Thursday, and

The 2007 Winter Equestrian Festival will continue to host more hunter championships this weekend. On Saturday, the Adult Amateur Hunter 51 & Older division and the Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions will be awarded championships, and Sunday will see the conclusion of the Small Junior Hunters, all pony divisions and the Low Adult divisions.

PHOTO CREDIT: Scott Stewart and Ovation, champions in the First Year Green Hunters. ©2007 Randi Muster.


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