Louise Serio took home the Professional Rider Award during the 2012 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series. Photo by Shawn McMillen.
Lexington, KY – May 10, 2013 – The Kentucky Spring Horse Show is excited to welcome the return of the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Dietrich Equine Insurance, and the $5,000 Hallway Feeds National Hunter Derby. The first event in the evening’s lineup is the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Rolex Stadium in the Kentucky Horse Park. The $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, featuring the nation’s top hunter combinations vying for the winning honors, will directly follow it.
The $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby in the Rolex Stadium is an event riders will use to gear up for the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, which will be held in August. Each year the derby includes jumps reminiscent of the hunt field, such as a natural post and split rails, a stonewall, a coop, an aiken, hedges, logs, banks, and ditches.
Presenting sponsor Dietrich Insurance is a company offering the sport horse community numerous comprehensive equine related insurance products. By staying abreast to the latest market trends, Dietrich Insurance is able to provide programs accommodating individual requirements, through qualified companies at competitive premium prices.
Shawna Dietrich, Founder of Dietrich and Company, noted, “I am pleased to support such lovely horse shows in my own back yard.” Dietrich and Company is located in Louisville and they have been sponsoring the Kentucky Horse Shows for over four years.
The USHJA National Hunter Derby program will be in its fourth year in 2013 and is growing in prestige and popularity. Amateurs, Juniors and Professional riders are eligible to compete, giving it a broad base of support and interest. The seven-part Hallway Feeds series will feature a $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby throughout the spring and summer, and at the conclusion of the series the Leading Rider Awards for the Series will be presented.
The $15,000 Hallway Feeds Leading Rider Awards will present a $10,000 cash prize to the professional rider accumulating the most points in the seven classes that make up the Series. The amateur rider and junior rider accumulating the most points will each receive a $2,500 cash prize. Riders will receive points only on their highest placed horse in each of the classes. The awards will be presented at the conclusion of the Hallway Feeds class at the Kentucky National Horse Show on September 21, 2013.
“Hallway Feeds is pleased to partner with Kentucky Horse Shows to present the 2013 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series,” noted Morgan Akers-McQuerry of Hallway Feeds. “This is a natural partnership as we both hail from the Heart of the Bluegrass, have a mutual respect of commitment to excellence for the equestrian community and the drive to remain cutting-edge to provide exciting, yet proven results.”
Hallway Feeds’ close proximity to the Kentucky Horse Park provides the opportunity to utilize the freshest feed, manufactured with time-honored commitments to high standards of quality and the latest scientific advances. Combining a premium nutrition package with a professional level of dedication in horsemen and women provides equine athletes with the Formula for Success.
For more information on Hallway Feeds please visit www.hallwayfeeds.com.
The Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series would not be possible without many generous sponsors including Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Central Equipment, Alfagreen Supreme, Sweet PDZ Horse Stall Refresher, Caddel Equine Therapy Center, KER Sport Horse Nutrition, The Tack Shop of Lexington, Turf Town Properties, Trouw Nutrition and PNC Bank.
Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International