January 29, 2015–To kick off WEF 4, Elizabeth Boyd and Dalliance finished the day as the CWD Saddlery Performance Working Hunter 3’6″ champions. Dalliance and Boyd received three seconds and a third over fences, along with a third in the under saddle to top the field of 28 competitors.
Chablis and Peter Lutz ended the two days of competition as reserve champions in the division. Chablis, owned by Libertas Farm, showed off his winning style topping two of the over fences classes.
Last year Dalliance, owned by Avatar Real Estate of Coral Gables, FL, was competing in the jumper ring, but after teaming up with Boyd in the fall, Dalliance has become a natural in the hunters. “He’s [Dalliance] just been so consistent. He was champion of the Performance Hunters 3’3″ the first week, champion of the Performance Hunters 3’6″ the second week, took a week off and is now champion again,” Boyd smiled.
“He [Dalliance] goes in there every day and is the same. He’s really easy and has great form over the jumps. He is the type of horse that a lot of judges really like!” Boyd exclaimed.
One of the things that Dalliance had to learn, moving from the jumpers to the hunters, was slowing down through the inside turns during handy classes. While he was always able to do the challenging inside turns, he would be too quick through them. After a good handy this week, Boyd said, “He [Dalliance] did all the inside turns without dropping his shoulder or speeding up. He’s perfected that.”
While Boyd spends a lot of time showing younger horses, she is thankful for the opportunity to show Dalliance. “It’s nice to have one consistent horse. I don’t have Brunello here this year because he is really just a derby horse now, so it’s nice to have one that I can really count on,” Boyd explained.
Boyd currently has Dalliance as a sale horse, and she has enjoyed being able to show him during the beginning of the season. When talking about Dalliance’s future, Boyd said, “I think he is going to be a great Junior or Amateur Hunter. He has proven himself very well, and he is ready.”
Boyd also added, “He [Dalliance] would do derbies really well because he is super brave, doesn’t need to get in the ring in the morning and comes to work the same every day.”
If Dalliance is still with Boyd during WEF 6, she hopes to show him in the USHJA/WCHR Peter Wetherill Hunter Spectacular.