Huckleberry Finn and Sarah Tyndall Capture Victory in $10,000 3’3″ Hunter Derby at Plymouth Rock Hunter Jumper Classic

Sarah Tyndall and Huckleberry Finn won the $10,000 3'3” Hunter Derby at the Plymouth Rock Hunter Jumper Classic. Photos copyright Tony DeCosta

Halifax, MA – June 24, 2011 – The Plymouth Rock Hunter Jumper Classic held their $10,000 3’3″ Hunter Derby today and it was Sarah Tyndall and Huckleberry Finn, owned by Susan Huyett of Concord, MA, who excelled through two rounds for the win. The Plymouth Rock Hunter Jumper Classic runs through Saturday, June 25, 2011, and is hosted by Fieldstone Equestrian in Halifax, Massachusetts.

The “AA” rated show features exciting competitions for hunters and jumpers including tomorrow’s highlight class, the $25,000 Grand Prix.

In the first round of the $10,000 3’3″ Hunter Derby, Tyndall and Huckleberry Finn went third and received scores of 83 and 84 from the two sets of judges, plus coordinating bonus points of three and three for a total of 173. After the rest of the entries finished, they stood on top of the standings with a four point margin.

Tyndall described her round, “My first round was pretty good. I thought I was a little deep to one oxer and we had a quite a rub. On the way to the coop, there was some standing water and he actually leapt over it. I kept cantering to the next jump and luckily it worked out. It was a bonus jump!”

Coming into the second round, Tyndall admitted that she was nervous, with all of her students from Stoneymeade Farm (Acton, MA) watching and cheering her on. Tyndall said, “All of my kids were here watching me and putting the pressure on! I just wanted to go in there and have fun, and we did.”

Huckleberry Finn had a smooth round that included cantering up a bank, trotting a jump, and opening a gate. The judges rewarded them with twin scores of 83 with two bonus points each for a second round score of 170 and a total of 339. They received the blue ribbon and the Fieldstone winner’s cooler. Second place was awarded to Regalia, ridden by Grace Webster and owned by Adrienne Sternlicht.

Tyndall, who is originally from Greenville, NC, has been riding Huckleberry Finn for two years from the First Year through Second Year Green Hunters. The 10-year-old German Warmblood gelding also shows in the junior hunters with owner Huyett, who rode him to a second place finish in Wednesday’s 2’9” hunter derby. “She got him prepped for me!” Tyndall laughed.

Huckleberry Finn and Sarah Tyndall on their victory gallop

Tyndall feels that Huckleberry Finn’s personality is what makes him good in the derby classes. “He’s a great horse and just a blast to ride. He thinks they’re fun,” she agreed. “He’s kind of like a little boy and thinks it’s fun to go run around in the field. On warm-up day, I took him on top of the big hill and he got up there and thought he was king of the mountain.”

She went on to say, “It’s pretty exciting to win. It’s my first derby win on Huck Finn.”

Hunter and jumper competition will continue tomorrow at the Plymouth Rock Hunter Jumper Classic. The feature class in the Grand Prix Field is also the highlight class of the week, the $25,000 Grand Prix.

Conveniently located just 28 miles south of Boston in the heart of southeastern Massachusetts, The Fieldstone Equestrian and Show Facility is one of the best and most scenic in the New England region. The outstanding competitions provide a great opportunity for riders, owners, and trainers to experience something new and different from their standard horse show destinations. This beautiful, scenic facility is the perfect option for competitors looking to give their horses a breath of fresh air and compete in a beautiful, relaxed environment. Centrally located, the horse show is easily accessible from Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and anywhere in the northeast region.??

The stunning show grounds offer competitors, guests and spectators beautifully manicured grounds, miles of trails and an exhibitor friendly atmosphere. The facility boasts nearly 100 acres, equipped with nine all-weather hybrid sand/felt/fiber show rings, permanent and temporary stabling, ample parking, and a beautiful all-grass Grand Prix field. Renovated in 2009, this field is a world-class venue for the facility’s premier classes. With show schedules boasting over $100,000 in cash and prizes and great exhibitor parties and events, these horse shows are not to be missed!

For more information on the Fieldstone Horse Shows, please visit www.showfieldstone.com, call 781-679-0701, or email info@showfieldstone.com.

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