Christopher Payne Leads the 2014 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series. Photo By: Emily Riden/PMG.
Lexington, KY – May 13, 2014 – The Kentucky Spring Horse Shows began on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, and one of the highlight events was the kick-off of the 2014 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series. The Hallway Feeds Series consists of seven national hunter derby events to be held during the 2014 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the final event, cash prizes totaling $15,000 will be awarded to the series’ leading riders.
The Kentucky Spring Horse Show featured the lead-off event on Saturday evening with the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby. The top riders from across the nation gathered to compete over a challenging course and vie for the winning title and valuable points toward the $15,000 Leading Rider Awards. At the end of the night it was Christopher Payne and Churchill who led the victory gallop, giving Payne the lead in the standings. Hayley Barnhill, who placed second with Walker, and Adrienne Iverson, who picked up the third place award with Cenerife, follow Payne closely in the rankings. The Kentucky Spring Classic, May 14-18, 2014, will host the second event in the series on Saturday, May 17, in the Stonelea Arena.
The USHJA National Hunter Derby program is in its fifth year and is growing in prestige and popularity. Amateurs, juniors and professional riders are eligible to compete, giving it a broad base of support and interest. The $15,000 Hallway Feeds Leading Rider Awards will present a $10,000 cash prize to the professional rider accumulating the most points in the seven classes that make up the Series. The amateur rider and junior rider accumulating the most points will each receive a $2,500 cash prize. Riders will receive points only on their highest placed horse in each of the classes. The awards will be presented at the conclusion of the Hallway Feeds class at the Kentucky National Horse Show on September 20, 2014.
Hallway Feeds’ close proximity to the Kentucky Horse Park provides the opportunity to utilize the freshest feed, manufactured with time-honored commitments to high standards of quality and the latest scientific advances. Combining a premium nutrition package with a professional level of dedication in horsemen and women provides equine athletes with the Formula for Success.
For more information on Hallway Feeds, please visit www.hallwayfeeds.com.
The Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series would not be possible without many generous sponsors including Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Alfagreen Supreme, Sweet PDZ Horse Stall Refresher, Caddel Equine Therapy Center, Trouw Nutrition, EquiVision, Sallee Horse Transport, Tack Shop of Lexington, Tex Sutton, Turf Town Properties and PNC Bank.
For more information about the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please go to www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.
Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International