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Nutter Notches Three Wins At ABIC/USDF Region 3 Championship PDF Print E-mail

By Cathy Cottrill

Reprinted by permission of the Chronicle of the Horse. For subscription call 1-800-877-5467. Appeared in the November 24, 2000 issue.

gg&katinka2000.jpgIt was a blue ribbon week-end for Gigi Nutter at the ABIC/USDF Region 3 Champion-ships, Oct. 28-29 in Newberry, Fla., and no one was more proud than her husband, Scott.

'I'm her No. 1 supporter," said Scott Nutter after his wife's trio of victory gallops.

Aboard Fahrenheit, her 10-year-old, Hanoverian gelding, Gigi won the open Prix St. Georges championship with a 66.75 percent, and the open Intermediare I championship with a 63.87 percent. She also claimed the blue in the open second level championships (70.69%) on Katinka, an 8-year-old, Dutch mare owned by Julie Haralson.

With Fahrenheit (a.k.a. "Wendel"), Nutter couldn't have been more satisfied with Saturday's Prix St. Georges test. "High points?" she said when asked what she liked about the test. "Everything was a high point! I had his attention. He listened. He was just right there! It was just a gorgeous ride."

The duo earned 8s on their walk and canter pirouettes, and on their halt and reinback. "In the extended canter, I had a big smile on my face," she said.

She bought Wendel as a 3-year-old jumper prospect but decided to stick to dressage after be-coming pregnant with her daughter, Cassidy Anne, now 5. Wendel, who was shown at first level at age 5, began fourth level in 1999. He and his rider won the fourth level championship at Region 3 last year.

"I never thought he would come this far," Nutter confessed, adding that Wendel has had his difficult moments. Nervous and spooky, he frequently asks, "Do I have to do this?"

She has her sights set on the Intermediare II championships next year and "maybe Grand Prix," adding that Wendel already knows his one tempis, piaffe and passage. In addition to her second level championship ride with Katinka, Nutter won open third level, test 2 (64.47%) and open Third level, test 1 (66.66%). "She is wonderful," said Nutter. "I think she'll go all the way."

On the down side, the mare has a tendency to "get tense and blow." We call it "from Katie to Crazy Horse," she said with a laugh.

The Nutters own Touch n Go Farm in Whitesburg, Ga.
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