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Kelley Farmer Takes Top Spots in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Kelley Farmer and Mythical rode to the top of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.

Jersey Boy and Jennifer Alfano in the Top Ribbons in Chicago Again

Antioch, IL – September 8, 2013 – The beautiful Annali Farm, owned by Rush and Caroline Weeden of Antioch, IL, was the setting for the 2013 Chicago Hunter Derby presented by Chicago Equestrians for a Cause. The event featured the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by ABBA Vet Supply and the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, and generously sponsored by Canadian Pacific (CP). The proceeds from this unique stand-alone event benefit three charities:  Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, The United States Hunter Jumper Association Foundation, and the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation.

The event is always meticulously prepared with beautiful landscape, amazing jumps, great judges, and excellent hospitality for both riders and spectators. Opening ceremonies built anticipation with the Mill Creek Hunt Club galloping across the field with the hounds howling and the hunting horn blaring.

The grassy field was in tiptop shape and the course was classic. Designed by Bobby Murphy of Lexington, KY and the legendary George H. Morris of Wellington, Florida, the course consisted of classic, “back in the day” type jumps such as rock walls, logs, rustic coops and fence lines.

“I’ve learned a lot about the history of the sport while designing this course with George,” commented Murphy. “It’s much more difficult to design with George because he has specific specs in mind for the jumps. He makes you really think. You want him to step out and look at the course and say, ‘It’s good’”.

Morris wanted a variety of jumps reminiscent of the field hunting days and specifically, four jumps with minimal ground lines, not exceeding 18″ from the base of the standard, and were noted as such on the course sheet.

“There really was some history to the course,” added Murphy.  “For example, the snake fence was built like farmers used to build them. They started with a split rail, zig zag fence, then collected all the rocks from the field before plowing and piled them up along the fence. Eventually the wood rails deteriorated and the stones remained.”
“This is what the sport should look like,” said Morris. “There should be more venues like this one.”

Morris not only designed the course but judged as well. Geoff Teall, Steve Wall and Scott Williamson made up the rest of the panel, scoring the horses as they navigated the field and the vintage obstacles.  For the handy round, panel 1 was Wall and Teall, panel 2 was Morris and Williamson.

Twenty six horses took on the course for Saturday’s classic round and twenty horses returned for Sunday’s handy round. The course for the handy round started in the woods jumping out over the stone wall, then to a coop, across the field on a diagonal to a bending four stride line, rolling back over a beautiful log jump bending through the woods again and out over the stones, continuing up and down the hill, finishing on a white coop or the high option of the white fence line.  The last jump proved to be the trouble spot, being a tall vertical at the bottom of a hill, it took its toll on a few of the riders.

It was definitely a great venue for Kelley Farmer as she took first on Mythical, second on Skorekeeper, fourth on On Q and sixth on Taken.

“We’ve been showing at this event since it began,” said trainer Larry Glefke of Keswick, VA. “We love it here.”

Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy have won the Chicago Derby three times
Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy have won the Chicago Derby three times

Jennifer Alfano of Buffalo, NY and Jersey Boy have also been attending the event since it began in 2009. The pair took the third place overall ribbon home this year but also won on this field in 2009, 2010, and 2012.

“The thing I love about the derbies is it challenges us all to be better riders and George brings out the best in all of us,” said Alfano. “When I walked the course I thought it was hard but it was actually fun to ride. Yesterday’s course, especially, allowed good horses to get great scores.”

Farmer agreed, saying, “The course allowed you to show off a good horse but you really needed a good horse. George wanted you to show brilliance but it wasn’t easy. The course asked a lot early on – you needed to be prompt right off the bat. It was difficult to keep up the pace up and down the hills but I loved it.”

“The pace and the undulation of the field is what got riders today and George knew that,” added Glefke. “You never have to worry about a horse like Mythical. He’s truly a mythical horse. I’ve trained a lot of horses to a lot of blue ribbons but you can’t train horses to do what Mythical does. He can win in all the hunter divisions and then go out in the field and do what he does. That’s rare.”

Glefke got the horse a year ago at Lamplight just off the airplane.  He knew then he finally had a horse that could do it all. Farmer won both the classic round and the handy round with the mythical horse. Entering the handy round with a seven point lead, they galloped to an 88 plus 7 handy points from panel 1 and a 93 plus 8 handy points from panel 2, with 4 high option points for a handy total of 204 and an overall total of 398 for the win.

“This horse show is the epitome of what the classes were meant to be,” Farmer added. “They really go above and beyond with two days of beautiful courses. Who better to put on this event than Rush and Carl who were in on the start of these classes?”

The Mill Creek Hunt Club was part of the opening ceremonies
The Mill Creek Hunt Club was part of the opening ceremonies

The event not only featured top-notch horses, but also had something for everyone. Fabulous food and drinks added to the weekend festivities. Activities included a horseless horse show and petting zoo for the kids, shopping at great boutiques for the ladies, and Land Rovers and an RV to peruse for the gentlemen.

Fantastic raffle prizes and a Calcutta helped to raise money for the charities. Generous sponsors such as Ann K. Hubbards Tack Shop matched the proceeds raised from the raffle and Le Fash donated $500, which was earned since Alliy Moyer was wearing a Le Fash shirt in their “Wear It and Win It Challenge” during the National Hunter Derby.

The event also featured a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Topping the field of 39 entries was Alliy Moyer, 19, and her horse, Carlson. Second went to five-year-old In Print, owned by David Glefke and ridden by Taylor Adams.

The 2013 Chicago Hunter Derby is one of the most prestigious single events of its kind in the country, raising over $300,000 net for their charities so far, thanks to the generosity of their sponsors. The Derby is presented by Chicago Equestrians for a Cause. The Mission of the group is to showcase high-level equestrian events with the express purpose of raising funds for selected charitable institutions in the Chicago area.

For more information, please visit www.chicagohunterderby.com.

The 2013 Chicago Hunter Derby Fast Facts:

The Chicago Hunter Derby rated Hunter Special Competition by USEF


September 7-8, 2013

Annali Farm, 18752 Edwards Road, Antioch, IL 60002


Saturday’s schedule:
10:00am The National Derby will begin
12:00pm lunch served
2:00pm The International Hunter Derby Round 1
5:00pm Cocktail party

Sunday’s schedule:
10:30am Gates open and ticket holders welcome
11:00am International Derby course walk, brunch and bar open, children’s horseless derby
12:00pm Calcutta
1:00pm First horse on course
3:30pm Awards ceremony (all times are TENTATIVE)

$50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

George H. Morris, Geoff Teal, Scott Williamson, Steve Wall

Prices for VIP tables on Sunday:
$10,000 – Grand Champion Table (Front row, center) VIP parking
$5,000 – Champion table (front row)
$2,500 – Blue ribbon table
$250 – individual seat
$75 – children’s seating

Visit www.chicagohunterderby.com to purchase tables for Sunday.

Attend Saturday’s events with a $25 donation at the door.

From Chicago and Suburbs: The drive will take 60-70 Minutes. Take the Edens (94 West) to the Toll Way (94 North) toward Milwaukee. Follow 94 West/North approximately 6 miles beyond Great America. Exit at 173/Rosecrans Road. At the stop sign on the off-ramp, turn left onto Rosecrans Road. Go 1/2 Mile to the first intersecting Street, Hunt Club Road. Turn right onto Hunt Club Road. Go approx 1 mile to Edwards Road and turn left onto Edwards. Once you are on Edwards Road, go past the first stop sign, the entrance will be on your right (2nd driveway).


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Traders Point USHJA International Hunter Derby Win Makes Kelley Farmer First Million-Dollar Hunter Rider

Kelley Farmer and Mythical make history in the Traders Point USHJA International Hunter Derby.

Zionsville, IL – August 11, 2013 – The Traders Point Hunt Charity Show grounds were abuzz with activity anticipating the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby held in the Grand Prix field of the gorgeous Wild Acres Farm. The horse show did not disappoint spectators with activities for the whole family including pony rides, bouncy houses, shopping and plenty of food. Spectator and VIP tents were adorned with flowers and filled with both local and out of town spectators to watch the big event. What spectators didn’t know was that they were witnessing history being made.

Phil J. Devita designed the thirteen jump derby course, making use of the hills in a serpentine type course with jumps donated by Diane Carney. Jumps included coops and split rails, a sod roll top, a snake jump, some rustic gates and a special Trader’s Point natural jump on top the small hill in the middle of the field.  Nineteen horses took on the challenge to catch a score from the four judge panel that would get them into the top 12 for the handy round. The judges were Linda Andrisani, Sue Ashe, Scott Hoffstetter, and Jimmy “Walter” Lee.

A few rails and refusals narrowed the field to the top 12 with Kelley Farm, Keswick, VA, leading the way with Mythical, owned by Kenneth Garber and Larry Glefke, with a smooth round and a score of 190. Close behind was Holly Shepherd with her Grand Prix mount Triompf, owned by Loretta Patterson. Shepherd was very smooth and consistent, galloping to a score of 185. Taking the third spot in the first round was Aaron Vale and Zenith UHS owned by 2VR Showjumpers.  Vale piloted the handsome bay to a 181.

Finishing fourth were the Caroline Weeden of Antioch, IL and The Spy, followed by two more Farmer mounts, On Q and Skorekeeper.  Seventh went to Corvine ridden by Piper Benjamin and eighth to Relevant and Kalvin Dobbs.  Taking the ninth spot was Belle Fulmer’s All That ridden by Emily Williams and Ferrari with Russell Frey, filled the tenth place. Finishing off the top twelve was Crack On with Caroline Weeden and Tory Burch, another ride for Emily Williams.

After a small course adjustment changing the direction of the oxer oxer two stride and the final green and white oxer, riders battled out the handy round for the top handy scores. Returning in reverse order, low score to high score, the top horses in the handy round galloped the first four jumps then had to roll back to a trot jump placed next to the open water jump in the field. When walking the course, several riders made mention that the water might possibly spook their horses. But the water didn’t seem to shake this field.  Many in the second round chose not to do some of the higher options. Riders tried to make handy turns to the Traders Point jump on the hill, then tidy to the two stride and finish with a gallop to the single oxer.

Returning in the tenth spot, Frey and Alexis Cohen’s Ferrari galloped a smooth round and moved up the ladder with a 186 to finish second in the handy round. A few horses later, Farmer and her mount On Q were the first and only pair to make a tight inside turn from the Traders Point hill to the two-stride combination, earning them generous handy points and clinching the third spot in the second round with a 182.5.  Vale and Zenith UHS, returning in the third slot from the first round, galloped a beautiful track in usual Vale style, but had a heart wrenching stop at the trot jump, knocking them to the lower slots.

Left to battle out the second round was Shepherd with Triompf and Farmer with Mythical.  Shepherd kept a good gallop, as her Grand Prix mount is no stranger to a speedy second round. But it was Farmer and Mythical who galloped to the smoothest handy round and a score of 202. After doing the inside turn on On Q, Farmer opted to take the longer approach to the combination on Mythical, earning high scores for smoothness and form.

Farmer commented, “We love the derby on the grass here. The jumps are big and tough. It definitely helps get ready for the finals.”

Kelley Farmer is the first hunter rider to earn $1 million in prize money, thanks to the Hunter Derby program
Kelley Farmer is the first hunter rider to earn $1 million in prize money, thanks to the Hunter Derby program

When the dust settled, it was Farmer taking the top two awards and the prize money to go with them, putting her total hunter rider earnings over the $1 million dollar mark.  Farmer is the first hunter rider in history to join the Million Dollar Club and currently, 9 other U.S. jumper riders, including Aaron Vale, who have won over a million dollars in prize money.

“I wasn’t sure it was going to happen, especially before finals,” said Farmer regarding the earnings. “I owe it to the derbies; otherwise it would still be a difficult thing to do. As much as Larry won in his career, it just wasn’t possible before to win that kind of money. It’s an amazing accomplishment and it’s not only mine but everyone’s. I owe it to USHJA, the sponsors, the owners, the great horses we have and Larry. It’s a milestone for everyone.”

The USHJA (United States Hunter Jumper Association) began tracking earnings in 2005 and awards riders for their achievements. The first USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals was held in 2009. The popularity of the USHJA International Hunter Derby continues, now offering 61 Member Event classes throughout the country. The 2013 Derby Championship is scheduled for August 16 and 17, 2013, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.  The Derby Championship offers over $100,000 in prize money. The program was designed to bring interest back to the hunters and improve basic riding principles.

The Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show, now in its 36th year, continues with the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby and the $75,000 Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Proceeds from the event benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation.

For more information on the Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show, please visit www.stadiumjumping.com.

Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show and Country Fair Fast Facts:


The Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show and Country Fair is pleased to announce their 36th benefit horse show and country fair in Zionsville, IN. The location makes for a relaxing and fun show experience. Competitors are welcome to enjoy the horse trails on the property.


The Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show has a Jumper 5 star rating, is Hunter rated AA and is a WCHR member event. 2013 highlight events include:

  • $75,000 Grand Prix of Indianapolis
  • $35,000 Mr. and Mrs. Russell Fortune Jr. Memorial Grand Prix
  • $15,000 PNC Bank Junior/Amateur-Owner SHF Jumper Classic
  • $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
  • $5,000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic
  • $2,500 Adult Jumper Classic
  • $1,000 Adult Hunter Classic
  • $1,000 Children’s Hunter Classic
  • $1,000 Junior Hunter Classic
  • Garden Party benefitting Riley Hospital for Children
  • A Taste for the Cure
  • Paws to Applause Dog Show
  • The Riley Children’s Foundation Kids’ Day and Country Fair

Where: Zionsville, Indiana

August 6-11, 2013

Prize lists available online at: http://server1.charityadvantageservers.com/client/TPHCHS_Co_KD7M0YWE3/Prize%20List%202013.pdf.

For general inquiries please contact:
Debra Jaramillo at 317-205-5827 or TPHCHS@aol.com

For more information, please contact:
Stabling Office 317-873-5552 (During Show Dates)
Show office 317-873-3418 (During Show Dates)

Address: P.O. Box 402 Zionsville, In 46077

By supporting the Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show, you are helping to bring hope and healing to children from every county in Indiana. The Riley Children’s Foundation honors its mission – to improve the health and well-being of Indiana’s children – through Riley Hospital for Children, Camp Riley for Youth with Physical Disabilities, and the historic James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home. To learn how you can do more to help Indiana’s most seriously ill and injured children, visit RileyKids.org.

For more information please visit www.stadiumjumping.com.

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Kelley Farmer Kicks Off Kentucky Spring Classic with Clean Sweep of Conformation Hunters

Kelley Farmer and Skorekeeper.

Lexington, KY – May 15, 2013 – Clear, sunny skies and lush Kentucky bluegrass welcomed riders back to the Kentucky Horse Park for week two of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. The Kentucky Spring Classic runs today through May 19 and attracts the best of the best for five days of ‘AA’ rated hunter competition. Among those leading riders are Kelley Farmer and Shawn Casady, both of whom topped the leaderboard today.

After a successful first week in Kentucky, Farmer returned to the Stonelea Ring to kick things off by sweeping all four of the day’s Conformation Hunter classes with Skorekeeper, owned by Larry Glefke and Quail Run Partnership of Keswick, VA.

The seven-year-old gelding is a relatively new mount for Farmer, having just been purchased following the winter circuit in Florida. The pair made their debut in Lexington, VA before traveling to Lexington, KY to finish in the ribbons in last week’s Kentucky Spring Horse Show. After traveling to Tennessee this past weekend to finish sixth in the Memphis in May USHJA International Hunter Derby, Skorekeeper came back to Kentucky ready to win.

“That was his first derby ever, and then he came back here today like he was an old, made horse,” Farmer shared. “When I showed him at Lexington, VA, he was still making very green mistakes. It’s funny what a couple weeks of showing and a derby will do. He came back today like he really knew what he was doing. I couldn’t be happier with him. I was thrilled.”

And with good reason. Skorekeeper started the morning with a blue ribbon in the Conformation Hunter model class and then delivered two back-to-back polished rounds over the Bobby Murphy designed Conformation Hunter courses to take first place in both classes.

“Bobby does a great job,” Farmer commented. “He builds so that the horse jumps really well. He builds them fences out, and he builds them beautifully. Today rode really smoothly and really comfortably, and the horses all jumped well.”

Farmer and Skorekeeper finished the day with another blue ribbon, this time in the Conformation Hunter under saddle class, leaving the pair well ahead of the pack going into the awarding of the division championship tomorrow.

Farmer also saw success in the same division aboard her second mount Dancing Solo, owned by Larry Glefke and Dr. Kenneth Garber of Keswick, VA. The duo finished second over the first course as well as second in the under saddle.

“We’re just doing Dancing Solo once before we go to Devon. With Skorekeeper, he needs to get a little more showing under his belt because he doesn’t have as much. She just needed to get out and do a horse show before Devon,” Farmer explained. “I’m lucky to be in the position I’m in right now with so many great horses.”

In the combined Second Year and High Performance Hunters, it was Shawn Casady who led the jog following the second course. Casady finished high in the ribbons in both of the over fences classes and the hack aboard Ascot, owned by the HJ Group LLC of Sewickley, PA.

Today marked only the second time Casady has shown Ascot, with the first time being last week in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby where they finished sixth.

“He’s awesome. He’s slow and big strided, and he spends his time in the air over the fence,” Casady stated. “I liked the courses today. It wasn’t just your average diagonal seven or five stride; there was a four stride that was kind of sharp out of the corner. They were nice courses and decorated beautifully too.”

Winning the first class of the Second Year and High Performance Hunter division were Caroline Weeden and Lucky Times, owned by Old Willow Farms LLC of Northfield, IL.

Weeden, Casady and Farmer will be among those returning tomorrow to vie for the hunter division championships as competition continues at the Kentucky Horse Park. Among the highlight events of the week is the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby, the second in the $50,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series, a seven event series that culminates with the $15,000 Leading Hunter Rider Awards.

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Kelley Farmer Leads Professional Hunter Divisions at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Kelley Farmer and Taken jumping to back-to-back blue ribbons in today’s High Performance Hunter division of the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Photo By: Emily Riden.

Lexington, KY – May 8, 2013 – Fresh off wins in Lexington, Virginia, Kelley Farmer made the trip to Lexington, Kentucky and once again topped the leader board during the first day of the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. Farmer swept the field of top hunter riders in both of today’s High Performance Hunter classes aboard Taken, kicking off the five days of top-notch hunter competition held throughout the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, May 8-12, 2013 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

“I love it out here. We rent a farm here in Kentucky for the spring and summer, so it’s nice to come out and enjoy it,” Farmer stated. “The horses were all great this morning.”

Farmer and Taken’s back-to-back scores of 85 secured them the top call over both of the day’s Skip Bailey designed High Performance courses in the Stonelea Ring.

“It’s a lovely ring to ride in. You can really canter and then when you build big, full jumps in there the horses jump so nice. Skip [Bailey] always builds them so that the horses jump well and have to try hard,” Farmer shared. “Taken jumped great today. He’s always a good boy for me.”

Finishing just behind the experienced Taken in the first class of the High Performance division it was again Farmer, this time aboard green mount Adelmo, owned by Jay Golding of Gordonsville, VA. Farmer and Adelmo earned a score of 84 to take second in the eight-year-old’s High Performance debut. The High Performance divisions provided the ideal opportunity for Farmer to prepare both horses for this weekend’s USHJA Hunter Derbies, which will be held this Saturday, May 11, 2013 in the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Also earning a score of 84, were Scott Stewart and Dedication, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker of Middleburg, VA. The pair finished with the red ribbon in the second class of the High Performance division.

Stewart continuously proved to be another dominating force in today’s professional hunter divisions in the Stonelea Ring, as he swept the Regular Conformation over fences classes aboard Beholden, owned by Fashion Farm of New York, NY. Scores of 87 and 85 had the pair jogging in the first place position just ahead of Jennifer Alfano riding Timber Ridge and Hunt Tosh aboard Cold Harbor who each took the second place position in the first and second classes respectively.

“Beholden was great. I was really happy with him because I only showed him a few times in Florida, and it hasn’t been since week three or four there, so he was really good. He was maybe the best he’s been this year,” Scott commented. “The hardest part about him is he has such a big stride you have to go a bit slow. If you go at a normal pace you’d be leaving out strides, so it’s a little hard to go that slow and jump the bigger jumps, but he’s figuring that out. Today was the best he’s done that.”

Adding to Stewart’s high placings for the day was Concept, owned by Alexa and Krista Weisman of Sherborn, MA, whom Stewart rode to a first and third place finish in the morning’s Green Conformation Hunter classes.

In the Second Year Green Hunters, the blue ribbon over the first course went to Farmer and On the Hour, owned by Jessica Stitt of Elburn, IL.

“He’s a lot like Taken and Mythical in that he’s a little horse with a lot of jump and a lot of stride and he tries hard,” Farmer said regarding On the Hour. “He’s a blast to ride. You can pick up a gallop and go.”

Finishing with the top award over the second course of the Second Year Green Hunters were Caroline Weeden and Lucky Times, owned by Old Willow Farms LLC of Northfield, IL.

All of the professional hunter divisions will conclude tomorrow in the Stonelea Ring with championship and reserve championship awards. This week’s highlight events include the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Saturday evening, as well as the first $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby. The $50,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series features seven events that culminate with the $15,000 Leading Hunter Rider Awards.

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Kirsten Coe and Baronez Beat the Field in $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 7

Fierce Competition Kicks Off World Championship Hunter Rider Week at the FTI WEF

Wellington, FL – February 21, 2013 – Week seven of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival, sponsored by Hermès, continued on Thursday in Wellington, FL, with the $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 featured on the grass derby field at The Stadium at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). American duo Kirsten Coe and Ilan Ferder’s Baronez were the winners of the class with the only double clear round in a jump-off of five starters. Darragh Kenny (IRL) and Hays Investment Corporation’s Any Given Sunday finished second; Meagan Nusz (USA) and Amalaya Investments’ Dynamo were third.

Week seven of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival runs February 20-24, 2013. The week will feature World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) competition in the International Arena at PBIEC all week.

The highlight USHJA/WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular will be featured as the “Saturday Night Lights” main event. Also on Saturday is the Special Olympics Palm Beach County Equestrian Games.

Additional show jumping competition, including the $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic (Saturday, 1 p.m.) and the $50,000 Hermès Jumper Derby (Sunday, 3 p.m.), will also be held on the grass derby field at The Stadium at PBIEC.

Richard Jeffery, of Bournemouth, England, is the course designer on the derby field for the week. On Thursday afternoon, Jeffery set the track for 44 entries in the seventh edition of the Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Series. Five jumped the first round course without fault to advance to the jump-off, and Kirsten Coe and Baronez were the only pair to also clear the short course. Their faultless jump-off round in 43.303 seconds was the winning round.

Darragh Kenny and Any Given Sunday finished second with their four-fault round in 40.469 seconds. Meagan Nusz and Dynamo had four faults in 41.658 seconds to place third. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) and Spy Coast Farm, LLC’s Diktator van de Boslandhoeve had one rail down in 43.648 seconds to finish fourth. Mario Gamboa (COL) placed fifth aboard Stansky’s Mission Farms, Inc.’s Unico with four faults in 44.963 seconds.

In addition to winning $9,000 in prize money for her win in Thursday’s class, Kirsten Coe was also awarded an impressive $18,000 in extra bonus money for the SSG “Go Clean for the Green” promotion. A $3,000 bonus is offered each week if the winning rider of the Challenge Cup class is wearing the SSG ‘Digital’ Riding Gloves in all rounds of competition with the SSG logo clearly visible. The bonus went unclaimed for five weeks straight until Thursday, when Coe was presented with six-$3,000 checks following her win. The rider, originally from California but now a Florida resident, had not originally planned to show this week but definitely made the ride worth it.

She was very pleased with the performance of Baronez, a twelve-year-old chestnut Belgian Warmblood mare by Heartbreaker, who she has had for two years.

“She was great today,” Coe smiled. “It wasn’t my original plan to show this week, but last week she was great in the WEF and then she jumped her first night class and I thought she was a little nervous and tense. She didn’t really jump that great, so I decided to change my plan and jump again today and it worked out well.”

“I knew she is really good on the grass; that’s why it kind of benefitted me,” Coe continued. “She jumps really well at Spruce Meadows and any of the venues with grass, so I knew it would be fine for her to walk right out here and show. She is really happy on the grass and I think it is a nice change of venue. The field is wonderful and it is nice that they use it; they should use it more.”

Describing Baronez, Coe stated, “She is very sensitive for such a big mare. She is your typical chestnut mare. She is quite opinionated, she tries to kick you, but she is a real fighter and she is really talented.”

Nusz, Gamboa and Kenny went before Coe in the jump-off and all had rails down, so the strategy was obviously to jump clear, but she knew that Sweetnam was last to go and time was still a factor.

“I knew Meagan’s horse is fast,” Coe detailed. “It has a very big stride and I have seen it show a lot at Spruce, so when I went in and I saw Darragh have one rail before me, I thought, ‘Just be prompt and clean.’ At least if I went clean or Shane went clean, I was first or second.”

On the question of where this win ranks in her career, she smiled, “It’s a good one. It was a nice win and the bonus was nice. I think the promotion is amazing and I think I was lucky that no one has won it in the last six weeks.”

Also showing on Thursday, Paul Halpern and Hermine 44, owned by Kamine and Fisher Families, LLC, won the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m Jumper Classic in the DeNemethy Arena at PBIEC.

Fierce Competition Kicks Off World Championship Hunter Rider Week at the FTI WEF

The hunters have officially taken over the International Arena during week seven of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF). Week seven showcases hunter competition at its finest as riders and horses go head-to-head as they battle to qualify for Saturday night’s USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular.

Holly Orlando and Kelley Farmer took home an astounding majority of championship titles awarded for the first half of the week. Three of the four titles among them were mounts from Larry Glefke’s Lane Change Farm. Not surprisingly, the unstoppable pairing of Quotable and Holly Orlando took home tricolor honors in both Regular Conformation and Green Conformation Hunter divisions, which are sponsored by the Sanctuary.

Quotable and Holly Orlando. Anne Gittins Photography
Quotable and Holly Orlando. Anne Gittins Photography

Orlando and Quotable, a seven-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Glefke and Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Garber, were first and second over fences and first under saddle to earn Sanctuary Regular Conformation Hunter division championship honors. Reserve champion went to another Lane Change Farm pairing, Kelley Farmer and Jessica Stitt’s Taken. Farmer and Taken were second, first and first over fences and fifth under saddle.

Quotable and Orlando won every over fences round in the Sanctuary Green Conformation Hunter division before placing second under saddle. Green Conformation reserve champion was Bacardi and Havens Schatt, who placed fourth under saddle in addition to two second place finishes and a fourth place over fences.

Quotable and Orlando are no stranger to the winner’s circle at the FTI WEF, but Orlando described this week’s victory as especially significant. “It’s always nice to know you didn’t peak too early. When World Hunter Rider week comes around, you want to know you’ve still got it,” Orlando stated.

“Quotable is so consistent and we’re thrilled with him,” Orlando continued. “I get in trouble daily for spoiling him with treats, but he deserves it! He tries to win every time he goes in the ring, and it’s so nice to have a horse like that.”

Orlando also expressed excitement for Farmer’s success aboard several other Lane Change Farm horses. “Kelley and I are not competitive with each other; we’re a team,” Orlando emphasized.

Mythical and Kelley Farmer. Anne Gittins Photography
Mythical and Kelley Farmer. Anne Gittins Photography

Farmer, an integral part of the Lane Change team, brought home two championship titles of her own in addition to the reserve with Taken. Farmer took the Equine Tack & Nutritionals First Year Green Hunter division with Mythical, also owned by Glefke and the Garbers. Farmer and the nine-year-old Warmblood gelding were fourth, second and first over fences. Reserve champion honors went to Danielle Baran’s Say When, ridden by Christopher Payne. The pair was fifth and first over fences.

“Mythical is easily one of my favorite horses,” Glefke stated. “He jumps in perfect style. He’s got a wonderful attitude about life. He stays on one rhythm and he has a brilliant jump.”

Farmer also had nothing but praise for Mythical. “He’s not afraid of anything. The bigger, the harder, the scarier the course, the better he is. He just wants to win. He’s a fantastic animal and he was perfect today,” Farmer commented.

“This is a big, prestigious week. To be on a First Year champion this week means a lot. You have to not only have a good horse, but all the chips have to fall into place. Everything has to work,” Farmer continued.

Farmer’s victory on Mythical was her third horse to qualify for Saturday’s Hunter Spectacular competition, leaving her with the tough decision of which horse to leave in the barn Saturday night. Ultimately, she decided on her veteran ride, Taken, and Mythical.

“It’s a great class and it’s an honor to qualify. It’s a hard decision to make, but I’m lucky enough to make it. There’s a barn full of animals that we are lucky to have,” Farmer explained.

Farmer chose Taken based on his experience under the lights during previous years competing in Hunter Spectacular classes. When asked what stood out about Mythical, Farmer deadpanned: “Everything. He’s a special horse and he deserves to be in it.”

Selma Garber, part owner of both Quotable and Mythical, declared the 2013 FTI WEF the “circuit of a lifetime” thanks to her wildly successful geldings. “It’s a dream come true to have them both qualified for Saturday night. I’ve got quite a team that worked with these animals – riders, trainers, grooms, and of the course the animals themselves. It’s a very lucky formula,” Garber continued.

“Seldom does a plan come together quite like this,” Glefke echoed. “At the beginning of the week, I told [Orlando and Farmer], ‘Girls if you could get Quotable, Taken and Mythical in there [on Saturday night], it would make my week.”

At One's Word and Kelley Farmer. Anne Gittins Photography
At One’s Word and Kelley Farmer. Anne Gittins Photography

Farmer’s second championship ride was with At One’s Word in the Equine Tack & Nutritionals Second Year Green Hunter division. Farmer and the eight-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Woodland Way, Inc., were first and fourth over fences and third under saddle for the division. Reserve championship honors went to Lapis, also ridden by Orlando and owned by Missy Luczak-Smith. Lapis and Orlando were fourth under saddle and second in two over fences rounds.

At One’s Word is another Lane Change Farm alumni, and Farmer is pleased to be able to continue to ride such a competitive horse. “I’ve gotten the pleasure of still getting to ride him since he was sold. He’s lovely. He’s got a big stride, he’s scopey, and he’s a brave horse. He’s not spooky at all. He walked right into the International Ring and won his first class,” Farmer stated.

Scott Stewart also enjoyed a championship victory aboard Dedication in the Gold Coast Feeds High Performance Working Hunter division. The eight-year-old Holsteiner gelding, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, was first, sixth and second place over fences in addition to winning the under saddle class with Stewart in the irons. Liza Boyd and her own Brunello were reserve champions for the division, finishing fourth, first and first over fences.

Stewart describes Dedication as one of his most talented rides. “He’s an amazing jumper. He’s probably one of the best hunters I’ve ever had. He’s one of the few horses that is a beautiful mover and really athletic. He’s the most athletic hunter I’ve seen in a long time,” Stewart commented.

Parker echoed Stewart’s sentiments about Dedication in addition to describing Stewart as the horse’s perfect match. “You can feel that Scott genuinely loves this horse from the bottom of his heart. Dedication is as much of a perfectionist and an athlete as Scott, and we all know Scott is the consummate perfectionist,” Parker stated.

Scott Stewart and Dedication. Anne Gittins Photography
Scott Stewart and Dedication. Anne Gittins Photography

Thursday’s competition concluded with the Performance Hunter divisions, which will be included in tomorrow’s press release.

WCHR Week at the FTI WEF will continue on Friday in the International Arena with the FarmVet Amateur-Owner 3’3″ divisions. Both age groups, 18-35 and Over 35, will be seen in the International Arena. The $6,000 Spy Coast Farm 1.40m Speed Challenge will be featured in the DeNemethy Arena at PBIEC. For full results, please visit www.showgroundslive.com.

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About the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival
The 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival has 12 weeks of top competition running from January 9 through March 31. The FTI WEF is run by Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC, and Wellington Equestrian Partners and held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. All 12 shows are “AA” rated and Jumper Rated 6, and more than $7 million in prize money will be awarded. For more information, please visit www.equestriansport.com.

About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.56 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2011. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.

Please visit www.equestriansport.com or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

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Equestrian Public Relations

Kelley Farmer and Act of Valor Validate Victory in $5,000 Hallway Feeds National Hunter Derby at Bluegrass Festival Horse Show

Kelley Farmer and Act of Valor won the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show of Kentucky Summer Series. Photo By: Ashley N. Williams/PMG

Lexington, KY – August 19, 2012 – Along the fence line of the Stonelea Arena, people watched as the first competitor entered the ring for the $5,000 Hallway Feeds National Hunter Derby. In the fourth week of the Kentucky Summer Series, the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show welcomed riders of all experience to a challenging course, and a chance to earn qualifying points to win the Hallway Feeds Leading Rider Bonus. At the end of two rounds, Kelley Farmer and Act of Valor rose to the occasion seizing the win, and the blue ribbon. Kelli Cruciotti and Promo put forth a determined effort to earn high scores and the red ribbon. Shawn Casady and Bolero rightfully claimed a score among the great, placing in the top three.

Participants definitely had their work cut out for them as they took on this week’s hunter derby course. Designed by Patrick Rodes, the top 12 horse and rider combinations qualified from the first round, returned to the ring to ride the skillful handy course and compete for the chance at the top honors. The course contained four option fences where the rider could navigate their horse to the higher option and receive additional points. The short course options where presented at the first, second, sixth and ninth fences while the trot jump presented itself later.

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Kelley Farmer and Taken Sweep Two Rounds to Win USHJA International Hunter Derby

Kelley Farmer and Taken win both rounds to take the USHJA International Hunter Derby

Zionsville, IN – Aug. 11, 2012 – Kelley Farmer and Taken stole the show on the Grand Prix Field at the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show held on the grounds of Wild Air Farms. Not only is Taken a pro when it comes to the Derby, he took his owner, Jessica Stitt of Elburn, IL, to the championship win in the Amateur 3’3″ class in Traverse City, MI, just one week ago.

“He’s the coolest thing I’ve ever owned,” Stitt said with a big grin. “He loves his job and he loves his life. He’s the sweetest horse in the barn, but he knows when it’s time to work. He is the most self-assured and wonderful horse.”

Farmer piloted the 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood imported from Holland to a win in the first round while taking two higher options to earn points. The course, designed by Phil DeVita, started with a birch bark oxer with a right turn over a wagon wheel vertical, then up a ramp to a vertical at the top of the course with a high/low option to earn more points. After a left turn and a cross on the diagonal was an oxer to oxer stone wall combination with two strides in between. After a right turn, a solid wood snake fence with a high/low option was followed by a trek up a small bank with a pillar vertical. After a dogleg, a sawn-log oxer offered another high/low option and then a cross on the diagonal to a gray stone pillar oxer was followed by a gallop to an oxer with plank walls and birch standards for another high/low option.

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Kelley Farmer Brings Home Bundles of Ribbons in Day One of the Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show

Kelley Farmer and On Q

Zionsville, IN – August 7, 2012 – Kelley Farmer showed a strong start aboard On Q opening day of the Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show Tuesday, Aug. 7. She placed in the blue ribbons riding the 6-year-old stallion owned by CH Farm in Delano, MN, in the First Year Green Working Hunter, First Year Green Handy Hunter and won a red in the Green Working Hunter Under Saddle Class.

“The stallion was great. We think he is going to be very special,” she bubbled. “We’re very excited about him.”

The day was warm and cloud-free as the riders mounted up surrounded by the green, rolling hills of Wild Air Farm owned by Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Johnson. Striped tents dotted the landscape and spectators and riders alike enjoyed the gleaming horses and blue skies.

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Engle, Fellers, and Kessler Share the Lead after Three Rounds in USEF Selection Trials

Skelton Continues Winning Streak in $30,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 11 with Big Star, Farmer and Taken Win High Performance Working Hunters

Reed Kessler and Cylana. Photo © Sportfot

Wellington, FL – March 22, 2012 – Margie Engle and Indigo, Rich Fellers and Flexible, and Reed Kessler and Cylana are all tied at the top of the standings after round #3 of the USEF Selection Trials, which are being held to determine the riders that will represent the United States Show Jumping Team in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Riders showed in round #1 on Wednesday afternoon and round #2 earlier in the day on Thursday. The scores from all three rounds will carry over to Saturday evening when competitors will compete in a fourth and final round. This event also serves as the USEF National Show Jumping Championships, a return to the event that was last held in 2008.

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Kelley Farmer Rides into the Winner’s Circle in Hunter Classes Sponsored by The Sanctuary during Third Week of FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival

Kelley Farmer won the Championship in the First Year Green Hunters with Cinema, pictured with Larry Glefke, and the Championship in the Regular Conformation Hunters with Nanook during the third week of the 2012 Winter Equestrian Festival. (Photo courtesy of Sportfot.com)

Wellington, FL (February 16, 2012) – Hunter trainer Kelley Farmer has been in the hunter spotlight for many years, and the Virginia based rider rode into the winner’s circle during the third week of the 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival capturing the Championship in the First Year Green Hunters and the Regular Conformation Hunters. The Sanctuary at PBIEC, a world-class rehab and conditioning facility located on the grounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, sponsors the hunter divisions.

Farmer, who rides and trains out of Larry Glefke’s Lane Change Farm in Keswick, Virginia, piloted Cinema to the Championship in the First Year Greens and Nanook to the Regular Conformation Hunter Championship. “Kelley is a phenomenal rider and we are always thrilled when she wins classes that we sponsor,” said Brenda McDuffee, General Manager of The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center in Ocala. “The Sanctuary is dedicated to supporting the equestrian community, which is why we enjoy sponsoring classes and divisions at the Winter Equestrian Festival.”

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