Wellington, Fla. – April 19, 2017 – Led by renowned professional hunter rider, trainer and judge Steve Heinecke, of Sock Inc., and his team of horses, riders and grooms have just recently made the trek back home to Robindale Farm, located directly outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, after spending part of the winter months competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida.
For Heinecke’s clientele this year, the focus was on improving relationships with their horses, growing in their skills and learning how to become more effective riders. Learning under the watchful guidance of Heinecke, his students, who are of all experience levels, grew and moved up to more challenging divisions with favorable results.
“I’ve grown some roots in Charlotte and, as a result, I’m establishing as well as stabilizing myself both professionally and personally. At the same time, I am encouraging my riders to push their boundaries,” Heinecke said.
Heinecke’s primary client competing at WEF this season was Paige Wilson, a senior at Auburn University, who moved up to the Amateur-Owner 18–35 3’6″ Hunter division and Low Amateur-Owner Jumpers for the first time with her two mounts Dicaprio and Aaron 287.
“Paige [Wilson] and I grew as riders, as trainers and as people,” said Heinecke of this WEF season. “It was about growing. I don’t like to do the same thing over and over. I like to keep pushing myself and my clients and I feel we’ve accomplished that this season. Paige did that, and, in her case, she stabilized it. She really found her rhythm.”
In addition, Heineke has a few up-and-coming prospects as well as promising sale horses offered through Sock Inc. All of these horses have gained valuable experience throughout their time campaigning in Florida this winter including the 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Hercules VD Vromboutshoeve, who achieved outstanding scores in the Performance 3’6″ Hunter division at WEF with Heinecke in the irons. Click here and here to watch videos of Heinecke and Hercules VD Vromboutshoeve’s Performance 3’6″ Hunter rounds at WEF.
Heinecke also switched hats from trainer to judge during Week Seven of WEF, where he judged the Performance Hunter divisions as well as the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby.
The team at Sock Inc. are now gearing up for a busy spring and summer show season, and are looking forward to implementing what they learned from WEF this year at other horse shows. Heinecke will be coaching his students to top ribbons throughout some of the foremost horse shows in the country this spring and summer including the Aiken Spring Classic Masters in April, the Aiken Charity Horse Show at Bruce’s Field in May, the NCHJA Annual Horse Show in June, the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show in July as well as the Tryon Spring and Summer Horse Shows in June and July.
Heinecke will also be continuing his judging tour this summer next at the Angelstone Tournaments in Ontario, Canada.
For more information about Sock Inc. and Steve Heinecke, visit www.steveheinecke.com.