Hunter Champey and Dorli Burke are winners in Harrisburg
October 21, 2019
By Staff Writers
HARRISBURG, Pa.--Hunter Champey, 14 of Bedminster, N.J.. rode Hill Top Van Het Gavershof to win the $12,500 North American League Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Final on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS).
Hunter Champey (Photo by Al Cook Photography)Ten of 29 entries qualified for the jump-off by going cleanover the 15-effort, 1.30m first-round course designed by Michel Vaillancourt.
Sixth to try the 8-effort jump-off course, Champey moved into the lead with a clean ride in 30.810 seconds.
The remaining four entries failed to beat her score with the closest being Mimi Gochman of New York, N.Y., who rode SFS Harriet to a clean trip in 31.190 seconds to place second place.
Third place went to Grace Debney of Hampden, MA, who finished clean in 31.330 seconds on Darc Kiss Z.
"Hill Top is just the bravest horse," said Champey. "He really tries his heart out for me. I did make a few mistakes along the way, but he held all the jumps up, and I couldn't be more grateful for such an amazing horse.
"My plan for the jump-off was just to stay neat, not more galloping," Champey said. "It was a good plan because he needs a little more room at the verticals. Then it was just neat everywhere else."
Champey, who trains with Alex Inganamort and Elinor Kunsman, has been competing at Harrisburg since she was 8 or 9, doing small ponies.
"I've grown to this level doing the low juniors, and I owe a lot to my trainers who push me along the way," saod Champey. "Hill Top is the horse I never thought I could have. He's taken me to my first Nations Cup, my first Young Riders, and now my first win in Harrisburg. He's just amazing, helping me feel much more confident in my ride. I love him."
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