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Edgewood’s Wonder aka Stevie made his first USHJA National Hunter Derby appearance one to remember. The seven year old piloted by Hugh Mutch has only competed in six shows to date, but gave no indication that he wasn’t a seasoned veteran in the showcase event presented by Circle Oak Equine.
The beautiful bay owned by Edgewood Equestrian Enterprises produced a flawless Classic Round which the judges rewarded with a score of 98 and the lead going into the Handy Round.
“In April at the Woodside Show Series I was invited to ride him on warm-up day and I took him into the jumper ring in the 1.0m. We then continued into the Grand Prix ring and tried a few jumps, up on the bank, down off the bank, he did all that and I thought you know what I am going to take him in the Hunter ring. He really felt like a Hunter to me, not a Jumper.” Hugh explained “I could see his knees every time he jumped a jump, so I took him into the Hunter ring and he just cruised around like he had been doing this all his life. I said to the owners, “Guys I really think we should try to show this horse in the Hunters.” Since that point he’s been Champion or Reserve every time out, he just gets better and better. Stevie stepped up with me and he was Circuit Champion in the 3’3″ Performance and he gets to go in the Parade of Champions on Sunday, he is making a quite a little name for himself.”
On the next chapter for both 2 Mutch Show Jumping and Stevie Mutch expalained “He is under my wing all the time now that I am based at Edgewood Equestrian Enterprises. Until now I would come ride him a couple of times a month and would meet him at the horse show. But now that I have my stable at the Edgewood facility I will have the opportunity of bringing this horse along at home as well as it the shows.”
Today the $25,000 Noel Asmar Equestrian Grand Prix is scheduled to start in the Wells Fargo Arena at approximately 4.30pm this Saturday.
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