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Amazing T with owner Susan McGarry and rider Ann Louise Powers were Low Hunter champions at the first week of the Tampa Equestrian Festival.

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It Was A Clean Sweep For Clarity at the Tampa Equestrian Festival

Written by: Violet Forbes
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG) http://www.stadiumjumping.com/sj/index.cfm
Release Date: 2008-03-20

Tampa, FL – April 20, 2008 – Clarity and Kelley Farmer continued their perfect record of yesterday when they swept the Regular Conformation Hunter division at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa. This is the first week of three in the Tampa Equestrian Festival that runs through April 6.

Winning top honors in all five classes guaranteed Clarity and Farmer the championship. Owner Larry Glefke was overjoyed but not surprised at how the five-year-old handled the competition. “You can put the fences up to the top and he will jump the same way. He is so confident and self-assured,” he said.

Glefke’s talented youngster also took top honors in the Green Conformation Hunter division, winning three of the five classes. Reserve champion in the Green Conformation Hunters went to Mary Eufemia and Pacino, nicknamed “Al” because of the scar on his face.

The champion honors in the Regular Working Hunter division are going back to Ontario, Canada, with Cat Trick II, owned by Rachel Harris and ridden by Kelley Farmer. Wintering in Florida obviously agrees with this horse, as he jumped around the course with authority under the warm Tampa sun.

The local Tampa/St. Petersburg area was well represented in the winner’s circle as Amazing T, ridden by Ann Louise Powers and owned by St. Pete resident Susan McGarry, was named Low Hunter Champion. “I was late this morning,” said McGarry. “I dropped the kids off at school and raced here. I got to the stalls in time to see him go around the corner to the ring. I’m just glad that I made it because he was so good. I had wondered if he would mind the scoreboard in the corner, but I guess he likes to see his name in lights. We are going to take it nice and slow with him – he’s only four. He is too nice to push.”

Unbelievable, owned by Paula Pell, was victorious in both Green Working Hunter classes that were contested today. Piloted by Mary Eufemia, this horse also calls St. Pete home.

Competition for the Suncoast Internationale continues through Sunday, March 23. The Tampa Equestrian Festival runs from March 19-April 6, 2008.The highlight class for hunters at the Tampa Equestrian Festival is the $20,000 ASG Software Solutions USHJA International Hunter Derby. The class will host a “Tradition, Tailgate, Top Hat, and Tails” party and will be held on Sunday, April 6, at 1 p.m. at Wrenwood Farm in Naples, FL.

For more information on the Tampa Equestrian Festival, please visit www.stadiumjumping.com.

Photo Credit: Amazing T with owner Susan McGarry and rider Ann Louise Powers were Low Hunter champions at the first week of the Tampa Equestrian Festival. Photo © 2008 Violet Forbes/PMG. This photo may be used free of charge only in relation to this press release.

 

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