Scott Stewart of Flemington, N.J., rode Fashion Farm's Playbook to beat out 140 competitors and win the Green Hunter Incentive Championship for the third year in a row.
Playbook was consistent throughout the three phase event, never placing below third place or scoring less than 86.5 points.
With Playbook's winnings of over $42,000 over the three-round championship, Stewart has now earned over $200,000 in the Incentive program.
Stewart showed by huge gelding, who stands 17.3h, lightly throughout the summer with the Championship as his primary goal.
"It took him a while to grow up physically because he's so big," said Stewart. "It took him a little while to get coordinated and finish growing up. He probably just finished growing."
In this, the fifth year of the Championship, more than 350 horses enrolled in the program, and 148 entered the event.
Since the program began in 2013, it has awarded over $1.8 million in prize money.
"I think this program is awesome to highlight the young horses," said Stewart. "It makes in worthwhile for the owners to bring them along."
Glen Senk bought the gelding as a 5-year-old, and Stewart has had Playbook now for two years.
"We bought him off a video," said Stewart. "He was doing a little dressage and had barely jumped at all. But I've had a few others by Samba Hit, and I like them, they're all very pretty. He looked the part. With young horses, you never know, but I think it's great. I love the green horses and bringing them along, so it justifies getting them when one wins."
STEWART credits Playbook's calm demeanor as a help in their winning.
"I'm so happy," said Stewart after the final class of the three-phase event. "He was really good all week. He went early every class, so he was leading a lot until the end. Today was the reverse, and we got to go last, so it worked out better. He was awesome."
Katherine Newman rode Allwyn Court and Dandelion Group's Dandelion to second, and Victoria Colvin rode John & Stephanie Ingram LLC's Snowday to third.
"She's super laid back," said Newman of Dandelion. "She always tries really hard at the jumps. She's very personable and people-oriented, so it's nice to have one like that, too. We imported her at the end of 2015 from England."
"This is his third horse show ever, " said Colvin of Snowday. "He showed two weeks in Michigan. The Ingrams got him from Kent Farrington at the end of Florida. He's 6 years old and very green. He acts a little young, but he rose to the occasion here. He's really fun. He has a big personality. I think he's going to be really nice. Kent said that if he didn't work out as a hunter he knows he could be an amazing jumper because he jumps so well."