Hunt Tosh and Lights Out Shine Brightly in $25,000 North American Green Hunter 3’ & 3’3” Championship

05. Oct 17 | 17:31 | By | Category: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

The win in the $25,000 North American Green Hunter 3’ & 3’3” Championship, sponsored by The Wheeler Family and Radwanski Enterprises, went to Lights Out, ridden by Hunt Tosh and owned by Ceil Wheeler.

Tosh, of Milton, GA, and the six-year-old bay gelding by Lights On earned the win from a field of 33 of the best young horses in the country, qualifying to compete in the championship based on their results in the six Green Hunter 3’ and 3’3” sections offered at the 2017 Capital Challenge Horse Show.

Lights Out earned an average score from three judges of 88.33 in the first round to move into the second place position. The top 12 entries then returned to jump a second course, and Tosh and Lights Out jumped to the top of the leaderboard with a second-round score of 90.33 for a 178.66 total and the victory.

Hunt Tosh and Lights Out, winners of the $25,000 North American Green Hunter 3′ & 3’3″ Championship, sponsored by The Wheeler Family and Radwanski Enterprises. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

For the win, Tosh and Lights out were awarded the Beverly Brooks Solter Memorial Trophy, donated by Hilary Scheer Gerhardt and Zan Martin Dillon.

“To end up the year here with the win is very special,” said Tosh, now a three-time winner of the championship. “If you look at the past horses who have won this class, they’ve gone on to have great careers. It’s fun to look at the list. I’ve been lucky to win it a couple of times. You get a great group of horses for this class. Hopefully that means Lights Out will have a great career as well.”

Finishing in second behind Lights Out was the 2017 Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship winner, Playbook, ridden by Scott Stewart of Wellington, FL. Stewart, himself a six-time winner of the class, and the seven-year-old chestnut Warmblood gelding, owned by Fashion Farm, earned a first round average score of 88.50 to lead the class, and they almost duplicated their efforts in the second round for a score of 88.66 and a two-round total of 177.16.

Stewart also finished in third with scores of 88 and 73.66 for a 161.66 total aboard Status, a six-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Alexa Weisman.

“Scott is always such a tough competitor,” Tosh said. “His horse went beautifully both rounds. It kind of came down to the judges at that point.

“I was really thrilled with how my horse went. You couldn’t ask any more out of him,” Tosh said of Lights Out, whose appearance at Capital Challenge marked his first time competing indoors with Tosh since being purchased by the Wheelers in late 2016. “That horse has a beautiful way of going – the way he carries himself. He’s very scopey; the jump is easy for him. He jumped high, gave me loft, and went beautifully everywhere. He was very green to begin with, and he’s been making great progress.”

Sandy Ferrell of Bel Air, MD, and Hemingway, owned by Stephanie Bulger, were presented with the Sidelines Magazine Style Award.


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