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David Beisel and Lavish Collect $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Victory

By on May 17, 2015

David Beisel and Lavish.

Lexington, KY – May 16, 2015 – David Beisel was not going to let the pouring rain stop him and Lavish from wowing the judges during the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Kentucky Spring Classic.

Beisel and Lavish, the 10-year-old gelding owned by Phyllis Harlow, shot to the top of the leader board during the classic round, taking all four of the high options along Bobby Murphy’s course to earn a score of 89.

The pair excelled in the handy round, once again taking all of the high options and topping the charts with a score of 94. Beisel said that this is only the gelding’s fifth time showing this year, and he just comes out to play for the derbies.

“He has a great life; he’s spoiled and loves peppermints,” Beisel said. “I think he did some really nice turns today, and I felt like he did a really nice hand gallop. I thought he balanced up really nicely and stayed soft for the next couple of jumps that followed.”

The second-place ribbon was awarded to Kelli Cruciotti and Totem Pole, who coincidentally finished second in last week’s derby, too.

When Serenity Farm imported Totem Pole three years ago, the gelding was never completely sound. The veterinarian eventually discovered a bone chip in his ankle, which was quickly removed. However, the next day, the horse’s condition had worsened. Totem Pole had EPM, but thankfully recovered due to Cruciotti family’s fast response.

Kelli Cruciotti and Totem Pole

Kelli Cruciotti and Totem Pole

Although the horse is coming on 11 years old, Cruciotti said he acts like a 7-year-old due to the three years he spent in and out of training.

“He’s finally really maturing,” Cruciotti said. “He’s an amazing jumper. He just has to learn where to put his legs sometimes.”

In the classic round, Totem Pole showcased his newfound mature side. The duo got a break from the rain, taking the course’s high options to earn a 90, beating Beisel in the first portion of the division.

“He was great,” Cruciotti commented. “The best part about him is that he’s so brave. It was a great class; I loved the course, and David’s horse went great, too.”

The pair returned for the handy, receiving a score of 91, including the added points for all four high options. Cruciotti and Totem Pole ended up settling for second with a two-point differential.

Third-place finishers Steve Heinecke and So Lucky were hot on the leaders’ heels, missing second place by only two points.

Heinecke and Jane Olsen Fisher’s So Lucky took the high options and were awarded a score of 89.5 in the classic round, also beating Beisel’s initial score of 89.

The pair returned for the handy, earning a 90 with the high options to secure the third-place ribbon.

Fourth place was awarded to Emma Kurtz and Scott Stewart’s VIP Z, earning scores of 87 and 85. The fifth-place ribbon went to Helen Voss and Cashmere, who earned scores of 85 and 86. Rounding out the top six were Lilly French and Candor, with their scores of 76 and 89.

The Hallways Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby is a five-part series that has become a staple at the spring shows and will continue into the summer series. The leading riders will be presented with the cash prizes at the end of the Bluegrass Festival on August 16, 2015.

After today’s win, Beisel commented, “It’s very generous of Hallway Feeds to sponsor this, and I appreciate their support. I think I have my eye on that bonus now.”

Coverage of the Kentucky Spring Classic will continue tomorrow in the Stonelea with the Junior Hunter divisions, which will wrap up the spring show series at the Kentucky Horse Park.

For more information on Kentucky Horse Shows LLC and the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, please visit

Kentucky Horse Shows 2015 Horse Show Series Fast Facts

Events: 2015 Kentucky Spring Horse Shows

The Kentucky Horse Shows 2014 series includes two weeks of top hunter/jumper competitions during the month of May. The Kentucky Horse Show Series is the host of the Hagyard Challenge Series and Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series.

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™, home to the United States Equestrian Federation.

$34,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI2*
$85,000 Mary Rena Murphy Grand Prix CSI2*
$25,000 Bluegrass Classic
$25,000 U25 Classic
$15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby
WCHR Recognized Hunter Competition

$34,000 Welcome Speed CSI3*
$34,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic CSI3*
$127,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI3*
$50,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix
$20,000 Bluegrass Classic
$5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby

A special thanks to the generous sponsors of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows: Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Hallway Feeds, Hollow Creek Farm, Audi of Lexington, Sleepy P Ranch, CWD, Farm Vet, Dietrich Insurance, Take2 Thoroughbred Program and the Official Hotel The Clarion.

8am – 5pm daily

Horse Show Exhibitors may purchase a weekly parking pass at the main Horse Park entrance for $15.00. Dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash.

The Kentucky Horse Park is located 8 miles northeast of Lexington, Kentucky at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Before Show – (859) 233-0492, Email:
During Show – Telephone: (859) 254-3343, Fax: (859) 231-6097
Stabling – Email Tom Blankenship at
Stable office – Before Show: (843) 269-4737, During Show: (859) 255-0605
Prize List Advertising – Email Cindy Bozan at or call (859) 608-3709
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Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located adjacent to the Stonelea Ring.


CLARION HOTEL (Formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859-233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles (OFFICIAL HOTEL)
Discover the place where elegant comfort in an ideal location meets excellent service and affordability. At the Clarion Hotel Lexington, you’ll find well-appointed accommodations with options of double/doubles, double queens, king rooms or suites, exceptional amenities such as our free hot breakfast buffet, and Southern hospitality at its finest. The best hotel for Keeneland – located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region – home of the Kentucky Horse Park, the Lexington Convention Center, University of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – our Lexington hotel is on Newtown Pike at Exit 115 on I-75, close to all the big attractions, and is the perfect place to stay whether you’re here to get down to business or have some fun. Best of all, bring your furry friends for any trip because the Clarion Hotel in Lexington is also pet-friendly.

Reservations may not be made through the Horse Show office. To reserve a campsite at the Kentucky Horse Park for any of the horse shows, please call the Campground store at (800) 370-6416 or 859-259-4157 or email Sherry Logan at Be specific as to the show name and the dates you wish to stay. Check-in time is 2:00 p.m. and check-out is 12:00 noon. You must make arrangements with the Campground store if you plan to arrive earlier than 2:00 p.m. or stay later than 12:00 noon. Vehicles that are not removed from a campsite by check-out time will be towed.

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