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The first day of the Giant Steps Charity Classic finished on a high note with 37 riders entering the Equine Insurance Arena to take part in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Townsend Equestrian.
Hugh Mutch and Spectacular, owned by Sloan Lindemann-Barnett, led from the first round with an excellent score of 94, they followed up with a handy round score of 96 to a total of 196, for a well earned win.
Mutch was delighted with Spectacular a beautiful dark bay gelding. “He is a very inexperienced horse, as he was a jumper before and this is only his fourth show as a hunter. He was extravagant when we started, which is how he got his name Spectacular, he would jump a jump and you would be wow it can’t get any better than that.” Mutch explained, “It took a long time to name him but at the end of the day I think we named him appropriately. Today was his third Derby, he won at Woodside on the 4th of July week, he then went to the Oaks and was Champion in the 3′ Pre Green and I rode him in the Derby, however he spooked at the first jump and jumped 3′ into the air, which is an ok problem to have, much better than others.
Tonight, Spectacular gave me the best two rounds he has ever given me to date in his hunter career and he is starting to figure it out. Going into the handy round it was starting to get dark, it was the bewitching hour as we say in the horse world and you never know what is going to happen, I am so proud of the horse he just went out there and marched around like a seasoned veteran, I never had to do a lead change as he landed on every lead, he turned right, he turned left, he did a beautiful trot jump, kudos to my horse. It was really fun and I thank Ashley for making every class in this horse show feel important and the prizes, the ribbons, the Hermes cooler was fantastic. I am just sorry that Spectaculars owner Sloan was not able to see the second round, but I was on the phone immediately, it was such an exciting night.