Top hunter rider Scott Stewart broke his clavicle on July 3 while showing in a pre-green hunter class at Horse Shows By The Bay I in Traverse City, Mich.
“The horse jumped into the line fine, and he just tripped, buckled and went to his knees, and rolled into the dirt on my left clavicle,” said Stewart, Flemington, N.J. “The footing was good; it was just a freak thing. The horse is fine.”
This year the Pennsylvania National Horse Show will debut the Claire Mawdsley Scholarship and Rider Recognition Program, which rewards junior hunter riders who attend traditional “brick and mortar” high school full time.
Four scholarships will be awarded, one to each of the top-placing eligible exhibitors in each section of the junior hunters. The scholarship will be held in trust and paid directly to a higher education institution, and there will also be a ribbon presentation for the top three eligible exhibitors in each section.
Here at the Chronicle, we spend a lot of time digging through old issuesto fact-check for stories—memory has a tendency to pad the placings of favorite horses—and to track down old photos and articles for various purposes. When George Morris calls the office asking for a photo of Peggy Augustus and Waiting Home to accompany his next column, I always volunteer for the task.
Larry Glefke didn’t send six horses to the Genesee Country Village and Museum for today’s $35,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby just for fun, especially since he had his hands full the day before two states away at the $20,000 class at the Upperville Horse Show.
Shortly after the USHJA National Hunter Derby wrapped up, I wandered back to the barns to catch up with Jen Alfano who’d just won the USHJA National Hunter Derby on Me Again. I chatted with a few other competitors and friends first, then wandered down the aisle to see if that she was free. She was squatting in his stall, wrapping his last leg when I came by. She looked up at Jersey Boy, whose nose reached up above the next stall over to try to visit her horse as she finished the wrap.
You can forgive Becky Gochman for wiping away a few tears during the amateur-owner hunter awards presentations. Her partner for many major hunter wins, including the 2012 Devon amateur-owner championship, Sambalino, died of colic recently. So when her mount Empire earned the amateur-owner, 36 and over, hunter and grand amateur-owner hunter titles, as well as a new award she donated in Sambalino’s honor she felt incredibly moved.
Todd Minikus and Quality Girl didn’t have the best start to the week.
On Thursday, the notoriously speedy rider came into the jump-off for the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon looking to ride for blue. But the snaffle rein on his bridle broke en route to the second fence, and suddenly he found himself without the same control.