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Betsy Carter’s Horse Scene: East Coast horses dominate at events
THE Sallie B. Wheeler U.S. National Hunter Breeding championships, held Sept. 1 at the Warrenton show grounds, is a very prestigious event and over the years it has grown so large it had to split between the East Coast and the West Coast.
This year both championships were overwhelmed by East Coast horses that earned most of the top spots.
A Hanoverian filly, Sabrina, owned and bred by Donna Struve, was named the overall grand champion after earning the best young horse championship in the East Coast phase in early September in Warrenton.
The overall reserve grand champion in the thoroughbred gelding was Westfield, owned and bred by Meg Valnoski, after earning the East Coast reserve champion best young horse honors.
The Holsteiner filly Walk the Talk, owned and bred by Pam Stubbs, won the best young horse championship in the West Coast phase in late August in Del Mar, Calif.
Oct. 23–28: Washington International Horse Show
Oct. 27: Whitestone; Coventry; Evergreen Dressage; Willow Way Dressage.
Oct. 28: BHSA Hunter Classic
Betsy Carter can be reached at The Free Lance–Star, 616 Amelia St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401; or by fax at 540/373-8455.