Isabella Baxter pilots her own Chief to the win in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby.
Friday’s weather may not have been sunny, but it was raining hunters as Week V at the Gulf Coast Winter Classic celebrated all levels of hunter horses.
The $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Tucci awarded Isabella Baxter of Wright City, Missouri and her own Chief the blue ribbon after earning a combined first and second round score of 163. Sabina Holtzman’s Top Hat, ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, won second place honors after earning a combined score of 157. The yellow ribbon was awarded to James Fisher’s Amara, ridden by Christina Fisher of Alpharetta, Georgia, for their combined score of 155.
Shepherd returned for a fourth place ribbon, this time in the irons of Amy Valiollahi’s Energia. The pair earned a combined score of 153. Fifth place went to Ntec Labros, owned and ridden by Hunter Shedd of Parker, Texas. Sixth was awarded to Eric Lamon of Argyl, Texas and his own Akadian for their combined first and second round score of 134. For complete results, click here.
The $5 Pre-Green Division continues its popularity and Week V saw twenty-six horse and rider teams compete in the 3′ Division. Cecilia Halsey’s Who Dat, ridden by Terry Brown of Canton, Georgia, won the Championship and Joan Alberti’s Hopper Hill, ridden by Jason Berry of Verona, Virginia, won the Reserve Champion honors. Cheryl Rubinstein’s Capisce, ridden by Tim Maddrix of Leeds, Alabama, was awarded Champion in the 3’3 Pre-Green Division, and Jason Berry rode away with the Reserve ribbon in the irons of Frances Porter’s Pappernich.
“We are thrilled that riders are taking advantage of our $5 Pre-Green Division and using these classes to gain valuable show mileage for their horses,” commented Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic. “We’re delighted to continue this offering at our inaugural Jacksonville Spring Classic,” he added.
Next week is the final week of the Gulf Coast Winter Classic and the last opportunity until Jacksonville to compete in the Pre-Green Division for only $5 per horse. That’s right, five dollars! Don’t miss out on this epic offering. A few stalls remain so email firstname.lastname@example.org and enter online for no additional fees.
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