MacFarlane and her horse Authentic won the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Adult Amateur Hunter Championship and Hamnett placed second riding Showgirl in the competition, which was held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on October 22.
The WIHS reported, “MacFarlane has had her winning mount, Authentic, for 13 years since purchasing the horse as a stallion when he was four years old with the help of then-trainer, Jimmy Toon. The pair has shown all over the country in their years together, and Authentic now spends most his year living in a field and going on trail rides on MacFarlane’s farm in Charlottesville, VA. He showed in order to qualify for the championship this year and completed his years of showing at WIHS with a well-deserved victory.
“‘He is a really cool horse,’ MacFarlane said proudly. ‘He is 17 years young and he is amazing.’”
The Adult Amateur Hunter Championship is part of six days of competition at the WIHS, which is in its 55th year. Each October more than 500 of the top national and international horses and riders, including Olympic veterans, take part. Presidents, first ladies, celebrities, business and military leaders, and horse enthusiasts have attended the event since its inception in 1958.
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