Kelly Tropin – 2017 CP National Horse Show Grand Champion Amateur-Owner Hunter
"I'm really proud of my horse and I'm really grateful to ride such an amazing animal. He's the horse of a lifetime for me. He's only 9 so I hope we have many more years together, but I'm really proud of him because he's been champion now at Washington, Harrisburg and the National [Horse Show]. I really wanted him to have the opportunity to do well at this show. He's such a careful, spectacular jumper and he's not spooky at all. We like him a little fresh and explosive over the jumps. We don't like him to get too tired for the second day. That speaks to what a wonderful horse he is — that he's 9, can be fresh and just walks in the ring and does his job. He's wonderful."
On training with Peter Lutz and Mary Manfredi:
"Not only is he my only hunter, he's the only hunter we have in the barn with my trainers Peter Lutz and Mary Manfredi. They're amazing horse people. They do everything to make Chablis the spectacular horse he is. He does the same gymnastics as the grand prix horses and my amateur jumpers that I have."
On the National Horse Show:
"I haven't been to this horse show since I did the Maclay finals and I remember walking into the ring in 2009 and crying thinking, 'This is my last horse show ever, I'm so sad.' Almost 10 years later, I wish I could've said to myself then, 'You'll be here again and you'll be fine, it'll be better than you ever thought it would be.' I'm back and it's been really nice. It's an amazing show. I love all of the indoor shows, but this one is really special."
Becky Gochman – Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunter division champion
On Catch Me's championship:
"It was a great way to end the season. 'Snoopy' of course is the ultimate horse and he is just a blast to ride. He's a wonderboy and knows his job. He wants to please and is just a really smart horse. Sometimes I feel like he's not real because he just feels like I made him up in my imagination and he came true — he's really one of a kind. For our first go of our amateur season, he's surpassed all of my expectations."
On Catch Me's schedule:
"I'm just enjoying him and I hope that we continue to do that along the way so he lasts a really long time. I think he does spread joy. When people look at him, they get a kick out of him."