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Adele Norton and Pitch Perfect Top Bainbridge Companies Amateur-Owner 18-35 Division at WEF

by Maddy Stover for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. | Jan 11, 2015, 8:12 PM EST

Adele Norton and Pitch Perfect (Sportfot)
Adele Norton and Pitch Perfect (Sportfot)
Wellington, Fla.
- On the final day of week one hunter competition Adele Norton, of Falls Church, VA, and her horse Pitch Perfect took home championship honors in the Bainbridge Companies Amateur-Owner 18-35. Norton and Pitch Perfect won the handy hunter round yesterday and finished first and second over fences today.

Chablis, owned by Libertas Farm and ridden by Kelly Tropin, finished the day as reserve champion. Tropin guided Chablis to a first and third over fences, paired with a win in the under saddle.

Norton had always wanted a hunter and in June, trainer Kimberly Prince found her the perfect one. "He [Pitch Perfect] was my 21st birthday present, best present yet!" Norton said smiling.

Taking most of the indoor season off, the pair got back in the show ring last week. Norton explained, "I was a little star struck. It had been a while since I showed, but he [Pitch Perfect] took care of me."

After starting out this week in the First Year Hunters, Norton and Pitch Perfect were confident going into the weekend. The pair had a score of 83 in the first round, topping the field of 18. In the second round, Pitch Perfect and Norton remained consistent, earning a score of 85.

Not only is Pitch Perfect a superstar in the ring, he is an "honors student" at home. Pitch Perfect earned the nickname because of his brave attitude and smart personality. "I've had a lot of horses I've been in love with, but I've never had a horse I've loved as much as this one!" Norton beamed. 

One of Pitch Perfect's favorite things is water. In Lake Placid this past summer, Pitch Perfect was the only one who would go in the river. "He [Pitch Perfect] loves it. He splashes it all around and the other horses look at him like he's a dolphin," Norton laughed.

Norton is currently a student-athlete at the University of South Carolina.  At school Norton is pursuing her love of reading and writing as an English major and is a member of the Equestrian Team. Being a part of the team allows Norton to ride when she is away from her own horse.

Despite a busy schedule, Norton hopes to come back to Florida as much as possible to show Pitch Perfect. She is hoping to earn enough points during the winter season to qualify for indoor finals this coming fall.