Emma Wujek Claims Grand Junior Hunter Championship at Kentucky Summer Classic 

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Written by Annan Hepner   
Saturday, 05 August 2017 12:34

On a beautiful afternoon at the Kentucky Horse Park, junior rider Emma Wujek from Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, claimed the Grand Junior Hunter Championship at the Kentucky Summer Classic. Wujek competed John Yozell’s Breeze, a 12-year-old Warmblood mare in the Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under division. The pair won two of the over fences classes, earned a blue ribbon in the handy, placed second in the undersaddle and received a yellow ribbon in the remaining over fences class.
Wujek rides with Tim and Kelly Goguen of Boggs Hill Farm and spends many weeks training with them at their base in Lexington, Kentucky, and Wellington, Florida, during the winter months. The talented bay mare is a sales horse and the junior rider has had the opportunity to work with her for the past three weeks. The duo competed at the Great Lake Equestrian Festival and then traveled to the Kentucky Horse Shows. Wujek will remain in Kentucky for a few weeks and looks forward to the indoor season.

Though Wujek competes the mare in the junior hunter ring, Havens Schatt occasionally competes Breeze in derbies, and placed ninth overall at the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Devon Horse Show in May as well as third in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the inaugural Deeridge Derby Weekend in Wellington in March.

The Grand Junior Hunter Championship is sponsored by Visse Wedell with Kirkpatrick & Companies. During the show, she noted, “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.”

Additional Grand Hunter Championships will be awarded later this week to the top Amateur-Owner and Pony Hunters. Additional hunter highlights include the $5,000 World Equestrian Center/Kentucky Horse Shows USHJA National Hunter Derby on Saturday in the Stonelea Ring.


Emma Wujek

On Breeze:
“She has been so awesome and jumping so well! My rounds today felt so good. She has an incredible jump. She just goes around the ring and if you set her up right where she needs to be she just comes off the ground and it’s like a balloon, she’s so nice. Breeze is such a sweetheart. I’ll just go up to her stall and she has her ears up and she starts whinnying.”

On her strategy in the handy:
“My strategy was definitely in those inside turns because she’s very handy. She lands both her leads so she’s really good in the handy. It’s the turning part that keeps us smooth and slick.”

On the Kentucky Horse Shows:
“I think the facilities are so nice! Being able to have the grass field out there to walk the horses around, it’s just so nice. The show is run so well. You never have the worry about the management. I have to ride a bunch of horses a lot of the time, and they’re always telling us where to go — it’s a luxury!”


Small Junior Hunters
Champion A: Augusta Iwasaki and Boris
Reserve A: Augusta Iwasaki and Cavalier
Champion B: Caroline Kahn and Mango
Reserve B: Sophie Gochman and Dominik

Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under
Champion: Emma Wujek and Breeze
Reserve: Chloe White and Tztargazer

Large Junior Hunter 16-17
Champion: Annabel Revers and MTM Hands Down
Reserve: Adam Edgar and Simply Red

Junior Hunter 3’3
Champion: Sofia Roberts and Small Gesture
Reserve: Libbie Gordon and Unexpected

Kentucky Horse Park