Didi Mackenzie Wins the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship Aboard MTM Inside Scoop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Annan Hepner   
Sunday, 30 July 2017 11:54
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After winning three over fences classes, placing second in the handy and coming in third in the under saddle during the Amateur-Owner Hunter division, Didi Mackenzie and MTM Inside Scoop claimed the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship. Mackenzie of Flower Mound, Texas, and her 11-year-old gelding commanded both days of hunter competition and she was thrilled to receive the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship title, sponsored by Visse Wedell with Kirkpatrick & Companies.

The breezy and cool temperature on Saturday morning at the Kentucky Horse Park was the perfect weather to add spark to Mackenzie’s Inside Scoop, and her second horse, MTM Do Right, who won the division’s reserve championship. MTM Do Right placed second in one over fences class, placed third in two over fences classes and placed third in the handy.

Mackenzie purchased both geldings when they were pre-greens from Mike McCormick and Tracy Fenney. She works with McCormick and Fenney when she is home in Texas, but spends her winter competing at HITS Thermal before heading to Kentucky where she spends the summer.

The hunter highlight of the Kentucky Summer Horse Show, the $5,000 World Equestrian Center/Kentucky Horse Shows USHJA National Hunter Derby, takes place on Sunday, July 30, in the Stonelea Ring.

FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

Didi Mackenzie

About Inside Scoop: 
I have not shown since June when we last showed in Kentucky and the horses have had time off and turned out. I felt really good about my rounds — the courses were really nice. The horses felt great this week and they have wonderful personalities. Inside Scoop is such a sweetheart. He doesn’t get lunged and he is a horse of a lifetime. He tries to always do the right thing. His jumping style is quite nice, jumps round and he’s an attractive horse and a nice mover.”

About the team behind her: 
I can’t say enough about everyone who helps me. Between the horses, to Colleen [McQuay], Manuel Tamayo Pacheco, the man who works for me, and especially my husband Kenny, who is my main stay. Manuel is unbelievable. He is the reason the horse’s go as well as they do. I absolutely could not do this without all of them. They are a very important part for me.”

On the Kentucky Summer Horse Show: 
“This is by far my favorite place to show. My horses and I love it here! It’s such horse country. Between the farms and seeing the mares and foals grazing out in the fields, it’s beautiful. The horse park is unbelievable and they do so much to make it a world class facility. Hugh [Kincannon] has done so much for the show. It takes a lot to run a show and facility like this.”

Visse Wedell

On Sponsoring Grand Champion Awards:

“I sponsor the Grand Hunter Champions because I feel it is important to support the hunters and I want to give something extra special to the people that exceed in their divisions whether it is the professionals or the amateurs or pony riders. I love to give a trophy because we all like to go home with something special other than a cooler or a backpack.”

On Partnering with Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC:

“I love the Kentucky Horse Shows. I live here for a large portion of the year, I have a farm down the street and I sell real estate here and I feel very connected to the community. The sponsorship is my way and Kirkpatrick and Companies way of demonstrating our support of the horse show.”

 

 
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