Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 16
The late, great writer Ernest Hemingway was notorious for his love of a good stiff drink, so the first question Sandy Ferrell had after finding out she had won the inaugural Platinum Performance USHJA 3’6″ and 3’9″ Green Hunter Incentive Championship aboard Hemingway was appropriate.
“I said, ‘Where’s the Champagne? Where’s the tequila? We’re celebrating right?’ ” Ferrell said with a laugh.
Celebrations were certainly in order—Ferrell and Hemingway topped a field of 42 horse-and-rider combinations to take the top call with scores of 93, 90 and 92 for a total of 275.
“I’m shaking; I’m mostly just so happy for Karen [Caristo] my trainer and for Sandy,” said Stephanie Bulger, Hemingway’s owner. “Karen has been with me for 15 years, and Sandy has been riding for us for 14 years, so they’re like family. I’m just ecstatic for them and for the rest of our team.”
Ferrell has produced Hemingway (“Ernie,” to his friends) since he was a baby green horse, and his name is a bit of a happy accident.
“I’m a literary person and an English professor, and my family is in the book business, but he actually came with the name,” Bulger said. “We knew it was meant to be!
“He’s just a very unique individual; he’s very mellow,” Bulger continued. “I always say he’s kind of boring, but he’s really just a very cool, laid back dude. He just wants to come in and win.”
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