Scott Stewart and Catch Me Repeat WCHR Pro Challenge Victory at Capital Challenge Horse Show

 

Amber Henter Wins WCHR Developing Pro Challenge

 

Upper Marlboro, MD – October 5, 2016 – The Capital Challenge Horse Show, presented by World Equestrian Center, continued on Wednesday evening with two major classes for professional riders. Repeating their 2015 victory, Scott Stewart and Catch Me won the $25,000 WCHR World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) Professional Challenge, presented by The Gochman Family. In the $5,000 WCHR Developing Professional Challenge, presented by the John R. Ingram Fund, Amber Henter rode Si Bene to the win. The Capital Challenge Horse Show, held at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, runs through Sunday, October 5. Every class of the show is live streamed and available to watch online at tv.coth.com or www.capitalchallenge.org
 


Scott Stewart and Catch Me. 
Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

The $25,000 WCHR Pro Challenge had 33 entries, and 12 were called back for the second round. Stewart and Catch Me, a nine-year-old Holsteiner gelding by Casiro owned by David Gochman, set the scores to beat in the first round with judges’ scores of 95, 93, and 92 for an average of 93.33.While Stewart, of Wellington, FL, has been in plenty of pressure-filled situations, returning for the second round tonight gave him some trepidation. “It’s always hard coming back,” he acknowledged. “The first round felt great too, then trying to have to do it again…then I saw John [French] go, and he had such a good round, so I knew it had to be just as good.”

Luckily, Stewart was sitting on Catch Me, a horse he calls “one-of-a-kind”. They returned with judges’ scores of 95, 96, and 95 for a second round score of 95.33 and a total of 188.66. They would finish more than nine points ahead of the second place finishers.

“I thought that that was probably one of the best rounds that I’ve ever had on any horse,” Stewart revealed.


Watch Scott Stewart and Catch Me’s winning round here!

For their win, Stewart and Catch Me were presented with the Little Brook Farm Perpetual Trophy, donated by Gary Duffy.

Second place went to John French and Boss, who scored 88.33 and 91 for a total of 179.33. Elizabeth Boyd and O’Ryan placed third with scores of 87.66 and 88.66 for a two-round total of 176.32.


Second place in the $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge went to John French and Boss.
Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

“It feels awesome,” Stewart said of his win. “He tries so hard. Even though he’s a little bit tired, he went in there, and he really tried. I think even from round one, the scores seemed higher than they’ve ever been for everybody (in the class). It seemed like it was a good class, so it means a lot to be able to do that. It’s all the horse really. That’s a special horse. There’s not too many like him. He’s a mover, he jumps great, he’s so nice to ride. It’s easy. He’s just phenomenal.”

Last year’s win was a special one for Stewart as Catch Me had recently returned to the show ring after a life-threatening illness. This year, he felt more prepared and ready to go for the win.


Elizabeth Boyd and O’Ryan finished third in the $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge.
Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

He noted, “I think he’s even stronger this year, physically. He was good (last year), but he started to get better, better, and better. He was a little bit greener at indoors last year. He was very good here, but this year he’s even more relaxed. It feels like he has even more jump.”

Stewart thanked the Gochman family for the opportunity to ride such a special horse.

“I’m lucky the Gochmans are letting me ride him. I just want to thank [them] for letting me ride him and supporting him. It’s nice to ride a great horse like that for a great family,” he said. 


For the second year in a row, Scott Stewart rode Catch Me, owned by David Gochman,
to the win in the $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge.

Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Riders for Friday’s $5,000 WCHR Professional Finals, sponsored by Madison Hills Farm, have been determined. Going head-to-head in the competition will be John French, Kelley Farmer, Scott Stewart, Hunt Tosh, John Bragg, and Katie Gardner.

Amber Henter Tops Developing Pro Challenge

Amber Henter of St. Petersburg, FL, rode to the top of the Developing Pro Challenge, sponsored by the John R. Ingram Fund, with two solid performances on Si Bene, a nine-year-old gelding owned by Findlay’s Ridge Group. In recognition of their win, Henter and Si Bene received the Bittersweet Trophy, presented by Rachel Kennedy.


Amber Henter and Si Bene.
Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Henter, who is just 24 years old, has been training with and riding for Findlay’s Ridge and Val Renihan for just over a year in her first job as a professional. Her main ride has been Si Bene, who competes in the First Year Green Hunters. This was Si Bene’s first indoor horse show, and the first big competition for Henter, who graduated from the University of South Carolina and rode for the equestrian team.

“I’d first like to say how much I appreciate [Val], and all that she’s done for me,” Henter said. “She couldn’t be here tonight (because) she’s getting ready for USET Finals. We’re really missing her tonight, but I know she would have done anything to be here. It’s been a crazy year, but I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve gotten back into things. It’s really nice. Since Val wasn’t here, I’d like to thank Louise Serio for helping me.”

Henter and Si Bene led from the start with a first round score of 87.41, and they returned just as strong despite the pressure to record a second round score of 87.16 for a total of 174.57.


Watch Amber Henter and Si Bene’s winning round here!

Second place went to Geoffrey Hesslink on Chabliano Z. They scored 86.33 and 87.66 for a two round total of 173.99. Erica Quinn and Kodachrome placed third with scores of 85.08 and 87.33 for a 172.41 total.


Geoffrey Hesslink rode Chabliano Z to second place in the
$5,000 Developing Pro Challenge for owner Elise Buhl.

Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Henter did not have it in her original plan to compete in the Developing Pro Challenge because she “hadn’t ridden that much.” She explained, “Last year was my first time going to indoors in five years, and not competing, I was just training. I knew about the class and I was like, ‘You know what, I might as well give it a try.’ He just showed in the First Year division, and he’s the only one that I showed this week. I know him so well, so I was really hoping that we’d have a great outcome just because he deserves it all the way. We’ve kind of been teetering in the ribbons all year. I feel like he finally got his recognition this week.”

Leading the class and returning on top was “definitely a little nerve-wracking,” she admitted. “I haven’t had pressure on me in awhile. I knew everyone was counting on me no matter how I did, so it was nice. It was a good feeling going in the ring knowing that it was okay to make a mistake, but if I didn’t that was even better.”


Erica Quinn and Kodachrome rounded out the top three
in the $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge.

Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

She said of her victory, “I think that tonight was a big step in my career and in feeling confident moving forward, knowing that I can be successful. Hopefully I will keep on track and keep pushing forward. We have Harrisburg next week, and I’d really like ‘Zip’ to get a nice show in. I just want to keep moving forward off of that.” 

The Capital Challenge Horse Show continues tomorrow with championships for the Amateur-Owner 3’3” and 3’6” Hunters and three sections of Adult Amateur Hunters. The WCHR Amateur-Owner Challenge 3’3” and 3’6” will be held in the afternoon, and the $10,000 Children’s/Adult Jumper Challenge, sponsored by Equis Boutique, will wrap up the evening festivities.


Amber Henter and Si Bene took the win in the
$5,000 WCHR Developing Pro Challenge on Wednesday night at Capital Challenge.

Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Additional highlights of the Capital Challenge Horse Show will include the North American Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Challenge Cup (two rounds held on Oct. 7-8), the ARIAT National Adult Medal Finals (Oct. 7), and the WCHR Professional Finals (Oct. 7).

For additional information, full results, and live stream coverage from Capital Challenge, please visit www.capitalchallenge.org. For behind-the scenes photos, videos and more, find Capital Challenge on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Final Results: $25,000 WCHR Professional Challenge, presented by The Gochman Family

Pl Number  Horse           Rider               J1    J2    J3     Round  Final

1   731 CATCH ME        SCOTT STEWART
95.00 93.00 92.00   93.33

95.00 96.00 95.00   95.33 188.66

2   783 BOSS            JOHN FRENCH
89.00 87.00 89.00   88.33

92.00 90.00 91.00   91.00 179.33

3   195 O’ RYAN         ELIZABETH BOYD
86.50 88.00 88.50   87.66

87.50 88.50 90.00   88.66 176.32

4   726 DOMINIK         HOLLY ORLANDO
90.00 84.25 88.00   87.41

85.00 88.00 88.50   87.16 174.57

5   936 EARLY AUGUST    JOHN BRAGG
89.50 86.50 88.75   88.25

85.50 84.50 86.50   85.50 173.75

6   384 ROCK HARBOR     LOUISE SERIO
88.00 85.50 86.50   86.66

86.00 85.00 88.00   86.33 172.99

7   912 CHRUSH          KATIE GARDNER
85.00 84.00 83.00   84.00

88.00 89.00 89.00   88.66 172.66

8   803 PUBLICIZED      KELLEY FARMER
87.50 89.00 90.00   88.83

83.50 82.00 85.00   83.50 172.33

9   276 WINGMAN         JENNIFER BAUERSACHS
87.00 84.50 87.00   86.16

84.00 86.00 87.00   85.66 171.82

10  1152 BELLE GLOS      JESSICA HARRIES
82.00 85.00 84.00   83.66

83.00 84.00 86.00   84.33 167.99

11  941 SOCIAL HOUR     KELLI CRUCIOTTI
84.50 86.00 85.00   85.16

82.00 83.00 83.00   82.66 167.82

12  1083 COACHELLA       ALEXANDRA ANSTETH
83.50 83.00 84.50   83.66

80.00 81.00 82.00   81.00 164.66

Final Results: $5,000 WCHR Developing Pro Challenge, presented by the John R. Ingram Fund

Place Number  Horse           Rider               J1    J2    J3     Round Total  Final Score

1   919 SI BENE         AMBER HENTER
86.25 89.00 87.00   87.41

86.75 87.50 87.25   87.16 174.57

2   220 CHABLIANO Z     GEOFFREY HESSLINK
85.00 88.00 86.00   86.33

88.00 87.00 88.00   87.66 173.99

3   806 KODACHROME      ERICA QUINN
85.00 85.75 84.50   85.08

87.00 88.00 87.00   87.33 172.41

4   1152 BELLE GLOS      JESSICA HARRIES
87.00 85.25 83.75   85.33

86.50 84.50 86.50   85.83 171.16

5   1192 CASPARO         HEATHER HAYS
86.00 87.00 88.00   87.00

81.00 82.00 87.50   83.50 170.50

6   229 BALENCIAGA      SARA GREEN
84.50 86.00 81.00   83.83

86.00 86.00 86.00   86.00 169.83

7   699 FENWICK         CHIARA CARNEY
82.50 85.50 85.00   84.33

85.50 85.00 84.00   84.83 169.16

8   864 MAPLE BAY       DUSTIN GOODWIN
84.00 84.00 83.25   83.75

85.00 84.00 85.00   84.66 168.41

9   287 LPF WOODFORD    ERIN HASTINGS
85.50 84.50 82.50   84.16

83.00 80.00 82.00   81.66 165.82

10  1083COACHELLA       ALEXANDRA ANSTETH
82.00 82.00 82.00   82.00

84.00 83.00 83.00   83.33 165.33

11  389 CARHARTT        CHRISTINA SERIO
83.00 83.00 84.00   83.33

82.00 81.00 81.00   81.33 164.66

12  345 ILLUSION        HANNAH ISOP
88.00 86.50 86.50   87.00

72.00 75.00 70.00   72.33 159.33