2018 Winter Equestrian Festival - January 10 - April 1, 2018 - 32
WHO TO WATCH: HUNTER RIDERS
Who To Watch
LIZA TOWELL BOYD (USA)
Liza Towell Boyd was born into a horse-enthused family
at Finally Farm and was competing by the time she
was three years old. By the end of her junior career
fifteen years later, Boyd had been named Overall World
Champion Hunter Rider three times, and won the Best
Child Rider Award at the Washington International Horse
Show four times, a record that still stands today.
was named the USEF Horse of the Year, as well as the
Hunter Horse of the Year by The Chronicle of The Horse.
In 2016, Boyd won the USHJA International Hunter Derby
of Devon aboard Like I Said, just one of numerous wins for
her that year.
Boyd began her season picking up a number of tri-colors at
the Winter Equestrian Festival before heading on to Tryon
Spring III, where she won both the USHJA International
and National Derby classes and she rounded out 2017 with
a win in the $50,000 Duchossois Cup at the Rolex Central
Park Horse Show, before claiming the WCHR Professional
Finals for the second time in her career.
SCOTT STEWART (USA)
Scott Stewart is a household name in the world of
show hunters. He grew up riding in a local pony club in
Connecticut until the age of 14, when he began his formal
training. Today, he owns and operates Rivers Edge Farm.
Over the years, Stewart has had tremendous success,
picking up tricolors at nearly every show he enters. In the
last two years alone, Stewart has won more than many do
in a lifetime.
Amongst the USHJA International and National
Derby competitions Boyd has won and the numerous
championships she's earned, she has had many significant
career highlights. In 2010, Boyd was selected to be a
part of the USHJA Hunter Derby Exhibition Team at
the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ and in
2013 she became the only rider to have won the WCHR
Pony, Junior, and Professional titles, when she won the
WCHR Professional Finals. She was also named the USEF
Equestrian of Honor that same year.
From 2013-2015, Boyd rode Brunello to victory in the
USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships, a
nearly unheard of accomplishment for the same horse
and rider pair. Those same three years, Boyd was honored
with the USEF Emerson Burr trophy. In 2015, Brunello
2018 WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL
2016 would prove to be a year decked in blue for Stewart.
During WEF 6, World Hunter Week, Stewart bested a
field of 29 to win the $100,000 Peter Wetherill Palm
Beach Hunter Spectacular aboard Catch Me. At the 2016
USHJA Pre-Green Incentive Championships, he piloted a
record breaking eight horses around the course, ultimately
winning the Championship Round aboard Storm Watch.