Jennifer Bauersachs and For Love, winners of the Winners of the $15,000 International Hunter Derby in 2016. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography)
Wellington, FL (November 21, 2016) – Mark your calendar for celebration of the performance hunter! The Ridge Farm has announced the first of three dates for their popular Hunter Derby Days competition, set to commence January 6, 2017 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach. This year’s lineup of hunter festivities includes a $15,000 International Hunter Derby, $5,000 National Hunter Derby, and newly added this year, a $5,000 Pony Hunter Derby which will be held under the lights in the spectacular covered arena! Hosted and organized by Olympian Nona Garson and George d’Ambrosio, the Hunter Derby Days are an exciting addition to The Ridge Farm’s lineup of hunter, jumper, and equitation events that run January through April in Wellington, and two additional Hunter Derby Days are in the works for February and March.
“We are really excited for the Hunter Derby Days,” said Nona Garson. “It’s a great option for our riders to have National and International Hunter Derbies to supplement their show schedule, and in a relaxed environment. We are thrilled to be able to host for the first time the $5,000 Pony Hunter Derby, which is a new offering from USHJA. It will be a spectacular day of rides and then the ponies under the lights!”
Consistently attracting top names in the sport, including Olympians, medal finalists, and international champions, the Hunter Derby Days offers an exclusive way to gain national and international experience, as well as qualifying scores, in a utopian atmosphere. This year’s events will be held at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, just minutes from PBIEC and Wellington; the facility includes a spectacular covered arena, multiple all weather warm up and show arenas, 2 barns of permanent stabling, and a full range of amenities and vendor space.
The Ridge also hosts a full circuit of hunter, jumper, and equitation shows each winter, including the Turf Tour, a selection of elite jumper events that travel to various host farms and venues, and USEF Equitation Tuesdays, which are held every Tuesday at The Ridge at Wellington.
For more information, including a full list of shows and events, visit TheRidgeFarm.com.