Lexington, Ky. – May 20, 2022 – Hunter competition continued Saturday morning in the StoneLea ring welcoming the amateur-owner hunter competitors to step up to the plate with their mounts in hopes of taking home the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Champion title. It was Ashton Alexander and her partner Toosie Slide who took home the coveted honor after riding to success throughout Friday and Saturday’s competition.
Ashton Alexander’s own mount, Toosie Slide, a 12-year-old Westphalian gelding, first impressed the judges Friday morning with his eager expression, terrific jump and even pace throughout the course, which would help them to win the over fences class. The blue ribbon score in addition to a first-place finish on the flat helped set the pace for the remainder of the Amateur-Owner Hunter division Saturday and placed Ashton Alexander and Toosie Slide in contention for the Grand Champion honors.
The Amateur-Owner competitors concluded Saturday morning, each hopeful to claim the coveted title. Ashton Alexander and Toosie Slide proved to be a force to be reckoned with as the dynamic duo started the Amateur-Owner 3’3’’ Hunter division. Judges continued to be impressed with the pair as they earned multiple second-place finishes on Saturday morning, clinching the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Champion tricolor. Ashton Alexander and Toosie Slide are no strangers to the winners circle, as they have claimed several Grand Champion awards throughout their time competing together.
Hunter competition will return to the StoneLea Ring Sunday at 8 a.m. with the Junior Hunters.