Scott Stewart and Lucador Win Leading Hunter Rider and Grand Champion Professional Hunter at 2017 CP National Horse Show
Scott Stewart and Lucador
Lexington, Ky. – Nov. 1, 2017 – The professional hunters returned Wednesday to the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park to vie for championship
titles at the 2017 CP National Horse Show. The morning began with the under saddle portion of competition and led into the hunter stake classes for
each respective division, where champions were crowned based on combined class points from Tuesday and Wednesday.
The first to step onto the red carpet adorned with a champion ribbon was Lynn Seithel's Walk The Moon partnered with Daniel Geitner. The pair captured
the Goshen Hill Green 3'6" Hunter division, presented by Ms. Caroline Moran, after winning the handy round on Tuesday and capturing second place
in Wednesday's stake class. Reserve champion was awarded to Dr. Betsee Parker's Luster with Scott Stewart in the irons, upon claiming wins in the
under saddle class and handy round. After Geitner slid into the champion position, ahead of Stewart by one point, Stewart stole the show claiming
all remaining professional hunter championships.
Daniel Geitner and Walk The Moon
Dr. Parker's Private Life and Stewart claimed their fourth Green Conformation Hunter championship this indoor season, accumulating blue ribbon points
in the model, handy and stake class to win the Muriel Klein Lens Challenge Trophy and the "Call You Raise You" Challenge Trophy. Although the Dutch
Warmblood is only 6 years old, he is already proving his potential, claiming the same title with Stewart at the Washington International Horse
Show, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and Capital Challenge Horse Show. Havens Schatt and JT Farm's Playmaker finished as the reserve champions.
Stewart kept with his winning rhythm aboard William Hill, owned by Gochman Sport Horse LLC, building on Tuesday's classic and handy win to claim the
tricolor ribbon in the Oare & Adikes-Hill Green 3'9" Hunter division, presented by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Oare and Ms. Patricia Adikes-Hill. Schatt
picked up another reserve champion ribbon with Tracy Scheriff-Muser's Aristocrat.
Scott Stewart and Lucador
Most impressive was Stewart's championship performance aboard Dr. Parker's Lucador as the pair won four out of the division's five classes to earn
the winning title for the High Performance Conformation Hunter division, sponsored and presented by the Wheeler family, ultimately earning the
Grand Champion Professional Hunter title and the "Isgilde" Challenge Trophy for the third time. The trophy has now been retired after it was also
earned by Stewart and "Luke" in 2014 and 2015. In addition, the duo was awarded the Cold Harbor Dr. Betsee Parker Perpetual Cup, the German Challenge
Trophy and the Ken Berkley Perpetual Cup. Reserve champions Outshine and Kathryn Haley were the only pair to steal a class away from Lucador, winning
Tuesday's classic over fences round.
Scott Stewart and Catch Me
Stewart wrapped up the professional hunter championships with Catch Me, owned by Gochman Sport Horse LLC, claiming the Judith Murch High Performance
Hunter division, presented by the Corrigan family and Winners Circle Trailer Sales. The 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding received the win in the
handy round with Stewart as well as the under saddle class with Amanda Derbyshire, earning the "A Million Reasons" Perpetual Bowl. Olympic Fire
and Jennifer Hannan claimed Wednesday's stake class and reserve championship.
Upon winning four out of five professional hunter division championships, Stewart was awarded the title of Leading Hunter Rider for the 11th time at
the National Horse Show, earning the Sherri Crawford Leading Hunter Rider Award and Leading Hunter Rider Challenge Trophy.
Scott Stewart won the Leading Hunter Rider title of the 2017 CP National Horse Show.
The amateur-owner divisions followed with Copper Fox LLC's Moonwalk and Kendall Meijer capturing the stake class in the Woodland Way, Inc. Amateur-Owner
18–35 3'3" Hunter division, presented by Ms. Margaret O’Meara, to claim the championship tricolor. Stephanie Danhakl and her own Enough Said finished
with the reserve championship.
Virginia Fout rode her own Carma to the top spot in both the stake and under saddle classes on Wednesday to finish as the Meralex Farm and Hunt Ltd.
Amateur-Owner Over 35 3'3" Hunter division, presented by Ms. Bryan Baldwin and Ms. Gretchen Hunt, champions, while Seithel rode her own Walk The
Line to the reserve championship.
Catch Me kept in winning fashion for owner Becky Gochman, earning blue ribbons in the over fences and under saddle classes of the Amateur-Owner Over
35 Hunter division ahead of Thursday's championship. In the Amateur-Owner Under 35 division, sponsored and presented by Suzanne Thoben Marquard,
Technicolor and Lindsay Maxwell rode to the win in Wednesday's over fences round, while Kelly Tropin and Chablis claimed the under saddle class.
On Thursday, hunter competition will continue with the amateur-owner and junior hunter divisions beginning at 7 a.m.