UPPERVILLE, Va., June 8, 2022— Professional hunter rider Scott Stewart earned three championships and one reserve chmpaionship in the Green Hunter divisions at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show presented by MARS Equestrian™.
Riding for Canon Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, Va., Stewart was nearly unbeatable in the 3’9” Green Hunters aboard Nottingham, notching three wins over fences and a second place under saddle.
“This horse is very special,” said Parker of the ten-year-old gray Oldenburg. “He seems to be the perfect fit psychologically for Scott. He is a real worker bee who does everything Scott asks of him.”
Known as “Vinny”, or sometimes “Cousin Vinny” around the barn, Parker explained that the German-bred son of Verdi has been straightforward to train and is a pleasure to have in the barn.
“He and Scott just mesh, they have the same temperament,” she explained. “It’s almost like watching ballet―the form is so highly exquisite, accurate and careful, yet it is fluid. That is what we have aimed for, and this is a horse that can attain it.”
Stewart rode Dr. Parker’s seven-year-old Hanovarian gelding So Cool to the championship in the 3’ Green Hunter Section A, finishing first and third over fences and second in the under saddle.
“He was awesome!” exclaimed Stewart. “He’s a little inexperienced, but he was really good in this ring; I think he liked going in a different ring with the jumps being so nice and the course being a little more. I am really thrilled with him.”
So Cool is a brother to Parker’s famous Way Cool, whom Victoria Colvin rode to much success. Although they share DNA, the sibling’s similarities end there.
“So Cool and Way Cool have completely different personalities,” Parker laughed. “They are polar opposites, yet both of them get the same job done. I’ve owned So Cool since he was a two-year-old and he has always been very easy and very sweet.”
3’9” Green Hunters
Champion: Nottingham, ridden by Scott Stewart, owned by Canon Dr. Betsee Parker
Reserve Champion: Lasanko, ridden by Jimmy Torano, owned by Isalou, Inc.
3’6” Green Hunters
Champion: Casanova Royal, ridden by Scott Stewart, owned by Stephanie Danhakl
Reserve Champion: Adler, ridden by Holly Orlando, owned by James Anderson
3’3” Green Hunters
Champion: Chime, ridden by Ashley Foster, owned by Dorli Burke
Reserve Champion: Florian, ridden by Scott Stewart, owned by Canon Dr. Betsee Parker
3’ Green Hunter Section A
Champion: So Cool, ridden by Scott Stewart, owned by Canon Dr. Betsee Parker
Reserve Champion: Circa, ridden by Kate Conover, owned by Glade Run Farm, LLC
3’ Green Hunter Section B
Surf City, ridden by Jennifer Hannan, owned by Nina Winoker
Arosa B, ridden by Amanda Steege, owned by Jacqueline Kramig