NEWS FROM THE 2001 COSEQUIN WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL
Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club
CANADIAN WINS EQUITATION CHAMPIONSHIP
WELLINGTON, FL - March 10, 2001 - The elite of the equitation divisions competed today in the third annual R.W. 'Ronnie' Mutch Equitation Championship at Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. Sherry Robertson, created the Championship as a challenging and enjoyable equitation class and in honor of legendary horseman, Ronnie Mutch. In order to compete in this prestigious championship, riders must qualify by having won a class at the Medal, Maclay, Washington or USET Horse Shows. The most interesting and difficult aspect of competing in this competition is the fact that the riders must not have any interaction with their trainers. They must do it all alone with the exception of having one groom for basic assistance, interaction with any one else means elimination. Riders are also judged while in the schooling area, very unique to this competition. Basically anything goes; it is all up to the judges. This competition instills an independence and awareness that seems to benefit the riders while showing at the major equitation finals around the country.
17 year old, Brian Walker of Quebec, Canada won the Cosequin Winter Equestrian Festival Equitation Championship aboard Grappa. Second place went to Kisty McCormack up on her mount, Editorial.