Greg Crolick and Grey Street swept first place in all five classes of the Green Working Hunter division at the Tournament of Champions. Photo By: Emily Riden.
Tampa, FL – April 3, 2013 – Day two of Stadium Jumping’s Tournament of Champions marked the first day of the crowning of the show’s division champions. Among the first to receive tricolors today, were Greg Crolick and Grey Street who swept the Green Working Hunter division taking home all five blue ribbons.
After winning three first place ribbons yesterday morning, Crolick and Grey Street returned to the Main Hunter Ring at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center to add two more of the top rosettes to their growing string. Grey Street was originally imported just three months ago as a jumper, but with his continued success among the top-level competition at Tampa, it’s clear that he’s found his calling in the hunter ring.
“He’s got that kind of personality to be a great hunter. He’s a lovely ride. He’s really super easy to ride, and he has kind of that old-school Thoroughbred canter. It really reminds me of an old Thoroughbred. He’s kind, no vices, and he’s really just an all-around nice horse,” Crolick articulated.
Crolick continued, “The courses were smooth today, and I thought they rode really nicely. The ring is nice – big and wide, so it makes for really nice, flowing rides.”
The division reserve championship went to Hunt Tosh and Whiskey Blue, owned by Douglas Wheeler. The two First Year horses, Grey Street and Whiskey Blue, have both been consistently strong performers – Whiskey Blue claimed the First Year Green Hunter championship in the first week of the Tampa Equestrian Series, the Tampa Bay Classic, and Grey Street earned the reserve champion award in the same division.
Adrienne Iverson and Redfield Farm’s Maximus have also seen continued success bridging the two weeks of the Tampa Equestrian Series. The defending Green Conformation Hunter champions returned to win the honor again this week.
“Max was wonderful today. He’s just been very consistent these past two weeks. I’m really proud of him. He couldn’t have been better,” Iverson expressed.
Iverson and the stallion finished first and third over today’s Robert McCune designed courses and rounded out the division with a first place in the under saddle class.
“He’s very docile. He’s well mannered, especially for a breeding stallion. We’re careful with how we manage him, but he’s very easy to deal with,” Iverson said of Maximus who is currently standing at stud at Redfield Farm.
Finishing behind Maximus in the reserve championship position were Winn Alden and Cakebread. The pair finished first and second in today’s Green Conformation Hunter classes.
The day’s competition concluded in the Main Hunter Ring with the High Performance Hunters where Caroline Kellogg’s Trendy was named champion. Kate Conover and Hunt Tosh have shared the ride on Trendy throughout the Tampa Equestrian Series, but it was Tosh who had the reins today, riding Trendy to the first and third place finishes over fences.
Alden returned to the ring on another mount, City of Angels, owned by DC Sales & Entertainment, to ride to her second reserve championship award of the day. Alden was introduced to ‘City’ just last week, but has enjoyed getting to know the horse.
“He’s my favorite kind of ride because I can just chuck the reins and let him do his job. He was great. He loves the big oxers out there, and they were perfect for him. He just picked up the rhythm and never stopped,” Alden stated.
The hunter portion of the Tournament of Champions continues tomorrow with the Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions. For more information on the 2013 Tampa Equestrian Series and the Tournament of Champions, visit www.StadiumJumping.com.
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