Chris Payne Places on Top With Ovo in the Green Hunter Incentive Stake PDF Print E-mail
Written by Barre Dukes   
Thursday, 17 May 2018 12:43
Earlier in the day, in the Stonelea Ring at the Kentucky Horse Park, hunter competition began with 10 competitors vying for the Green Hunter Incentive Stake’s top prize. Horse-and-rider combinations competed in the 3’6’’ and 3’9’’ sections of the Green Hunters, with one round being designated toward the stake’s final results. It was Chris Payne and Ovo who claimed Wednesday’s top ride after putting in a near flawless round that would earn them a winning score of 88.

Ovo, an 8-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding, was purchased by Melissa Jacobs in November of 2017 from The Hunt, a European hunter auction organized by Chris Sorenson. Payne took over the reins during the start of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida. Payne and Ovo have had a successful partnership, finding themselves in top placings consistently throughout the WEF circuit in Wellington, Florida.

Second place was captured by Havens Schatt and Diantendro with a score of 85. Tim Goguen and Just A Cobbler secured third place with a score of 83.

The Green Hunter Incentive Program was created by the USHJA in the hopes of increasing participation at the Green level. This year, the program introduced the option for athletes to compete at the 3’6’’ and 3’9’’ height in order to attract even more entries. At the end of the year, the top placing horse and rider combinations will be invited to return to the Kentucky Horse Park to compete at the the Green Hunter Incentive Championships in August at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, which will include four fence height options upon adding the 3’6” and 3’9” to the existing 3’ and 3’3” fence heights.

Hunter competition will resume in the Stonelea on Thursday with the Green Hunter 3’6” at 8:00 a.m.

Green Hunter Incentive Stake 
Place / Horse / Rider / Score
1. Ovo / Chris Payne / 88
2. Diantendro / Havens Schatt / 85
3. Just A Cobbler / Tim Goguen / 83
4. Just Ask / Jeff Gogul / 82
5. Shameless / Kelley Farmer / 81
6. Talladega / Jennifer Alfano / 74
7. Poetic / Ryan Sassmannshausen / 73
8. Cesar De Lison Z / Ryan Sassmannshausen / 63
9. Arturo / Jeff Gogul / 45
10. Exceptional / Kelley Farmer / 39
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