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Eminent and Hugh Mutch brought the 2017 Sonoma Horse Park show season to a spectacular close with two blazing fast fault free rounds that could not be bested. The duo added a win in the $25,000 Noel Asmar Equestrian Grand Prix to their already impressive resume.
“Eminent has won 4 out of the last 5 classes we have competed in. It is fun to have a horse that is that competitive and careful, she is quirky but so smart. I basically warm her up and enter the ring. I rested her all week and my assistant rode her on the flat every day, and today she was up and excited and ready to go.” Hugh explained.
Hugh shared his jump off strategy “Mariano was fast in the jump off, he has a big horse with a big stride, and he was able to leave strides out, but Eminent makes up for that in her handiness. Mario did one less stride than I did in the first line, but we had about the same to the double combination. Eminent turns like a Reining horse, she can sit down and spin, so that gave us the edge to head on home to the finish line and beat Mariano’s time.”
The Grand Prix win was very special for Hugh, as he rode in the class he was thinking of his mother Patricia Ann Webb who passed on September 23rd, 2016. Hugh dedicated his success to one of the most cherished women in his life and one of his greatest supporters.
Sara Vosburgh, Senior Sales Director of Noel Asmar Equestrian was the guest of honor in the awards presentation for the $25,000 Grand Prix bearing the company’s name. “Noel Asmar Equestrian has had an excellent partnership with Sonoma Horse Park in 2017, and we are excited for the future. It is always a pleasure to work with Sonoma Horse Park, it has a wonderful family feel which we love to be a part of, as family is very important to us. The Noel Asmar Equestrian jump was absolutely beautiful, it really is stunning, I have never seen such a beautiful jump in all my life and the ribbons are incredible. It has been a lovely evening and we thank the vendors that have worked so hard to display our brand.”
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