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Hunter Derby Opportunities in Final Week of 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival

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Wellington, FL – March 26, 2017 – During week 12 of the 2017 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), hunter exhibitors have the opportunity to show on the picturesque grass derby field at Equestrian Village (AGDF show grounds).

The twelfth week of WEF features CSI 4* and USEF Premier “AA” competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on March 29 – April 2, 2017. Feature hunter events include the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby.

Attention Exhibitors: The USHJA International Hunter Derby has a 24-hour check-in at Equestrian Village (AGDF show grounds) on Friday, March 31 between 12 noon – 1pm in front of the Dressage office. After check in, all horses must remain on the Equestrian Village show grounds until their Derby completion.

Schedule of Hunter Derbies:

  • Friday, March 31, 8:30 a.m.: $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
  • Saturday, April 1, 12 p.m.: $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Round 1
  • Sunday, April 2, 1 p.m.: $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Round 2

Exhibitor Information:

Thursday, March 30, 3-5 p.m. – Equestrian Village – Derby Field
Derby horses – Open Flatting WITH DERBY BACK NUMBER – WALK/TROT ONLY
*Weather permitting*

Friday, March 31, 7:15-8:25 a.m. – Equestrian Village- Derby Field
National Derby hand walking

Saturday, April 1 – Equestrian Village- Derby Field
International Hunter Derby Jog – 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Riders’ Meeting – 10:45 a.m.
Course Walk – 11-11:30 a.m., Hand Walk 11:30-11:50 a.m.

Exhibitors are encouraged to sign up for these derby opportunities in the horse show office.

Spectators are welcome at Equestrian Village (13500 South Shore Blvd.) to watch these special classes!

For more information and full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

USEF Announces Moratorium on Federation-Generated Protest Measurements

Lexington, Ky. – The USHJA and the USEF have announced that there will be no Federation-generated protest measurements of equines competing in hunter and jumper divisions in the 2015 competition year. This moratorium on Federation-generated protest measurements does not preclude members from protesting other members during the 2015 competition year.

As discussed at the annual meetings, USEF and USHJA are dedicated to producing a better equine measurement system. It is our goal to develop a fair and accurate system for our members. Numerous issues have been identified and will be addressed over the 2015 competition year in order to have a new system in place for the 2016 competition year.

The action plan includes:

  • An enhanced measurement device
  • An appropriate height variance for equines identified for a Federation Measurement Verification
  • An age limit for a Federation Measurement Verification
  • A photo identification system for equine measurement linked to the equine’s file
  • A limit to Federation Measurement Verification to once in each equine’s lifetime
  • Options for owners to present their equine for a Federation Measurement Verification at either the competition where it was selected or at an Appeal Measurement
  • Educational materials for owners, trainers, riders, and officials
  • An enhanced training program for measurement officials and personnel

The USHJA and USEF encourage all owners and trainers to do their due diligence in conducting any purchase or lease transactions involving equines that require measurement to compete at USEF licensed competitions. We will keep our members current as we develop resolutions to these issues.

From the USEF Communications Department

Sponsorship Opportunities Available for Highly Anticipated Derby at Genesee Country Village & Museum

Mumford, NY – March 14, 2014 – With only three stand-alone USHJA International Hunter Derbies in the country, the opportunity to be involved in such a coveted event is a rarity. When the event is held in an area of deep equestrian heritage as Western New York the opportunity becomes exceptional.

On June 7 and 8, 2014, and leading up to the event, interested companies, individuals and organizations can reach an influential audience through sponsorship of The Derby at the Genesee Country Village & Museum. The generous sponsorship packages are carefully designed to provide meaningful marketing value.

The two-day event will feature both a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby and a $35,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on the picturesque Great Meadow of the Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford, NY. Situated less than an hour away from the major hubs of Rochester and Buffalo, NY, the 19th-century living history museum is the ideal location for The Derby and for sponsor promotional reach.

Proceeds from the event all go to benefit The Rochester Women’s Giving Circle. Supporting The Derby is the perfect way to enjoy a fabulous day with friends, clients or colleagues, all while helping others and gaining valuable marketing and brand exposure.

Available sponsorship opportunities include the following:

International Derby Day Sponsor – $35,000

  • Three Grand Champion Tent Tables (Front Row) for Saturday and Sunday
  • Sunday Champagne Brunch for 30 guests
  • Name and/or logo on t-shirts worn by Derby
  • Day Ring staff and event volunteers on both days
  • Name and/or logo on all print advertising
  • Featured in relevant press release
  • One full page inside front or back cover advertisement in Commemorative Program
  • Public announcement throughout Sunday’s event
  • Event signage throughout The Derby Tents
  • Banner signage on scoreboard
  • Presence on event website (www.thederby.us)
  • Logo on International Derby presentation cooler
  • Participation in the presentation of Sunday’s Awards
  • Professionally written featured advertorial on The Derby’s blog
  • Presence on The Derby’s Facebook page

Great Meadow Sponsor – $20,000

  • Two Grand Champion Tent Tables (Front Row) for Saturday and Sunday
  • Sunday Champagne Brunch for 20 guests
  • Coverage in relevant press releases
  • Product placement via spectator/exhibitor tent for Saturday and Sunday
  • Name and/or logo on all print advertising
  • Full page advertisement in Commemorative Program
  • Event signage throughout The Derby Tents
  • Banner signage on scoreboard
  • Presence on event website (www.thederby.us)
  • Public announcements throughout both days
  • Professionally written featured advertorial on The Derby’s blog
  • Presence on The Derby’s Facebook page

National Derby Day Title Sponsor – $10,000

  • One Grand Champion Tent Table (Front Row) for Saturday and Sunday
  • Sunday Champagne Brunch for 10 guests
  • Name and/or logo on all print advertising
  • Featured in relevant press release
  • One-half page advertisement in Commemorative Program
  • Public announcement throughout Saturday’s event
  • Event signage throughout The Derby Tents
  • Banner signage on scoreboard
  • Presence on event website (www.thederby.us)
  • Logo on National Derby presentation cooler participation
  • Professionally written featured advertorial on The Derby’s blog
  • Presence on The Derby’s Facebook page

Gold Level Sponsor – $7,500

  • One Blue Ribbon Table for Saturday and Sunday
  • Event signage in high traffic area (3)
  • Logo on scoreboard
  • Champagne Brunch for 10 Guests
  • One-half page advertisement in Commemorative Program
  • Public announcement
  • Sponsor Level Recognition in Commemorative Program
  • Professionally written featured advertorial on The Derby’s blog
  • Presence on The Derby’s Facebook page

Silver Level Sponsor – $5,000

  • One Blue Ribbon Table for Saturday and Sunday
  • Event signage in high traffic area (2)
  • Logo on scoreboard
  • Champagne Brunch for 10 Guests
  • One-quarter page advertisement in Commemorative Program
  • Sponsor Level Recognition in Commemorative Program
  • Professionally written featured advertorial on The Derby’s blog
  • Presence on The Derby’s Facebook page

Bronze Level Sponsor – $2,500

  • One Blue Ribbon Table for Saturday and Sunday
  • Champagne Brunch for 10 Guests
  • Event signage in high traffic area (1)
  • Sponsor Level Recognition in Commemorative Program
  • Professionally written featured advertorial on The Derby’s blog
  • Presence on The Derby’s Facebook page

Click here to learn more about The Derby sponsorship opportunities or contact us here!

Stay up to date with all the latest announcements and updates from The Derby by liking the event on Facebook here!

The Derby at the Genesee Country Village & Museum Fast Facts:

What:
The Derby at the Genesee Country Village & Museum:
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
$35,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Where:
The Genesee Country Village & Museum
1410 Flint Hill Road
Mumford, NY 14511

When:
June 7 & 8, 2014

Website:
www.thederby.us

Beneficiaries:
The Rochester Women’s Giving Circle

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Supporting The Derby is the perfect way to enjoy a fabulous day with friends, clients or colleagues, all while helping others and gaining valuable marketing and exposure!

To learn more about the numerous available sponsorship opportunities, click here or contact us online for more information!

The Derby Producers & Management:
Brian Brown – browndawgroger@hotmail.com
Craig Brown – cmbrown@rochester.rr.com
Liz Keller – lkeller6@rochester.rr.com

TSG Equine Events, LLC
http://www.tsgequineevents.com/

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USHJA Zone 4 Free Clinic Returns to Wellington February 17, 2014

Wellington, FL – January 13, 2014 – Mark your calendars today! The USHJA Zone 4 Free Clinic will return to the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, FL, this February 17, 2014. Traveling all the way from Reno, Nevada, Julie Winkel will fly to the sunshine state to be this year’s clinician. Spots will fill fast as riders line up this Presidents’ Day to learn from Winkel’s vast experience and knowledge.

Winkel boasts an impressive resume: along with her many wins in both the Grand Prix and hunter rings, she is an Emerging Athletes Program (EAP) talent scout and an “R” rated USEF judge. She has judged at Devon, Harrisburg, The National Horse Show, The Hampton Classic, and Wellington. Winkel has also designed courses and judged at the ASPCA Maclay Finals, and judged the 2010 USEF Medal Finals alongside George Morris.

The USHJA Zone 4 Free Clinic will consist of four groups: one group at 2’6″, two groups at 3′, and one group at 3’6″. The clinic is open to any amateur who is an active USHJA Zone 4 member.

To view a video of Julie Winkel teaching students in a past clinic, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd3GABa6tkw.

USHJA Zone 4 Free Clinic Fast Facts

What: USHJA Zone 4 Free Clinic

Clinician: Julie Winkel

When: February 17, 2014

Time: 8 am – 5 pm

Where: Jim Brandon Equestrian Center
7500 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL, 33413

Who: The clinic is open to all amateurs who are active USHJA Zone 4 members, and to auditors.

How to Register: E-mail Carrie Buxton at freezone4clinic@att.net to reserve a spot in the clinic. A $100 deposit is required to reserve a spot, which will be refunded upon arrival at the clinic on February 17. Stalls are available upon request for $30.

Title Sponsor:
Floridian Community Bank

Presenting Sponsor:
Phelps Media Group
Florida Parks & Recreation

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Julie Winkel Announced as USHJA Zone 4 Free Clinician

Wellington, FL – January 18, 2014 – The USHJA Zone 4 Free Clinic is excited to welcome Julie Winkel for their 2014 clinic, to be held February 17 (Presidents Day) of this year. Amateur riders from all over the zone will put their day off of school or work to good use with Winkel, who will combine her top-notch hunter jumper industry experience with her passion for teaching in this one day, four session clinic at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center.

In an interview regarding this clinic, Winkel laid out her philosophy on riding and teaching horses and riders, “I feel that every problem can be solved through basics, and so the more solid people are on their basics, the better chance they have of being successful.”

Julie Winkel certainly knows what it takes to be successful. Along with her many wins in both the Grand Prix and hunter rings, Winkel is an Emerging Athletes Program (EAP) talent scout, and an “R” rated USEF judge.

She has judged at Devon, Harrisburg, The National Horse Show, The Hampton Classic, and Wellington. Winkel has also designed courses and judged at the ASPCA Maclay Finals, and judged the 2010 USEF Medal Finals with George Morris.

Zone 4 members planning on competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) following this clinic should be particularly interested in picking Winkel’s brain on all things equine, as she will be judging at WEF immediately following the clinic.

Winkel expressed the following attitude when it comes to showing: “I think that it’s really important for me to stress that the attitude about riding and competing should be what can you do for your horse, not what can your horse do for you. I think that at the end of the day that it should be for the horse. It’s a key thing for me.”

Wondering what Winkel will require of riders in her ring? It all comes back to her belief in the basics. “What we’ll do is we’ll start with the lowest group in height, and build up, and I’ll do something different with each group. What I like to do is have half the lesson on flat work that pertains directly to what we’re going to do over jumps, so they can master the basics on the flat and then use those tools with the exercises over jumps.”

Winkel also warns people not to over-face themselves when it comes to selecting one of the clinics three height sections to participate in. “I really would encourage people to jump or sign up for groups lower than what they are aspiring to,” Winkel recommended. “I think you get more out of the clinic by perfecting yourself and your horse at lower stuff. My suggestion is to be at the top of the lower group instead of the bottom of the higher group.”

Riders and auditors looking to their homework prior to attending the clinic will want to crack open a few of Winkel’s recommended reads: “I’m very passionate about conformation, and I do the column every month in Practical Horsemen about judging conformation, so I love the Conformation Handbook by Heather Smith Thomas.”

Winkel also recommends the manual for Trainer Certification Program through USHJA, a work she helped author. “I’m really proud our trainer certification manual that we put together for USHJA. Our committee worked really hard on that and I think that it encompasses a lot of basics across the board.” The manual can be ordered through USHJA.

To sign up for the USHJA Zone 4 Free Clinic, e-mail Carrie Buxton at freezone4clinic@att.net. A $100 deposit is required to reserve a spot, which will be refunded upon arrival at the clinic on February 17. Stalls are available upon request for $30. The three height sections offered are 2′-2’6″, 2’9″-3′, and 3’3″-3’6″. There will be two sessions with a ten rider maximum at 2’9″-3′, and one session of ten riders at each of the other heights. This is a starting point for sections- heights may be modified to cater to the participants riding in the clinic.

The schedule for the clinic is as follows:

8:30-10:00 – 2′-2’6″ group
10:30-12:00 – 2’9″-3′ group
12:00-1:00 – LUNCH BREAK
1:00-2:30 – 2’9″-3′ group
2:30-4:00 – 3’3″-3’6″ group

Winkel looks forward to meeting all the Zone 4 riders and auditors who come out, saying, “I’m thrilled and honored to have been asked to do this Zone 4 Clinic!”

USHJA Zone 4 Free Clinic Fast Facts

What: USHJA Zone 4 Free Clinic

Clinician: Julie Winkel

When: February 17, 2014

Time: 8 am – 5 pm

Where: Jim Brandon Equestrian Center
7500 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL, 33413

Who: The clinic is open to all amateurs who are active USHJA Zone 4 members, and to auditors.

How to Register: E-mail Carrie Buxton at freezone4clinic@att.net to reserve a spot in the clinic. A $100 deposit is required to reserve a spot, which will be refunded upon arrival at the clinic on February 17. Stalls are available upon request for $30.

Title Sponsor:
Floridian Community Bank

Presenting Sponsor:
Phelps Media Group
Florida Parks & Recreation

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Application Deadline Approaching for USHJA Emerging Athletes Clinic at Colorado Horse Park

Parker, CO – April 22, 2013 – The Colorado Horse Park is pleased to announce that they will be hosting the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), Zone 8 Emerging Athletes Program (EAP) June 25-28, 2013.  The deadline for application is fast approaching. Young riders have until Monday, April 29, 2013 to apply.  Each year, hundreds of young riders apply to the Emerging Athletes Program in hopes of furthering their education, not only as riders, but as complete horsemen.

The EAP creates opportunities for young riders to advance their education as they strive to become knowledgeable horsemen within the hunter/jumper community. The Colorado Horse Park will be the ideal setting and athletes will be at the facility in the midst of the amazing Colorado Horse Park “Summer Circuit”.  The place will buzz with activity!

Ten EAP Regional Clinics are offered throughout the country during the months of June, July and August, with a total of 24 riders selected for each clinic. During these four-day clinics, riders have the opportunity to work with top riding clinicians and stable managers. Regional Clinic attendees are instructed on flatwork, gymnastics, related distances and course work, in addition to participating in an intensive stable-management curriculum. Riders also complete a written test as part of their evaluation for the National Training Session. Sixteen riders are selected to advance to the EAP National Training Session where one rider is named the EAP Champion and receives a $3,000 grant for advanced training.

The Colorado Horse Park is pleased to have Cynthia Hankins as the Zone 8 clinician this year. Hankins was a junior equitation star, having placed in the top ten of several equitation finals before winning the USEF Medal Finals in 1975. She spent much of her professional career traveling between the U.S. and France, where she rides and trains at a top breeding farm.  Many of her students have gone on to become successful professionals within the hunter/jumper community.

Hankins holds an “R” judge’s license in both Hunter and Hunter Equitation and has judged numerous shows in the United States and France including several equitation finals and most recently the 2011 Maclay Finals at the National Horse Show in Lexington, KY.

In addition to judging and training, Hankins shares her knowledge and expertise with riders as a top clinician and in the articles she contributes to publications such as The Chronicle of the Horse and Practical Horseman.

In order to be considered for the Emerging Athletes Program, riders:

  • Must be a current member of USHJA in good standing.
  • Must not have reached their 21st birthday before December 1 of the current competition year according to USEF rules.
  • Must be able to display proficiency in completing jumper style courses set at 1.10m or higher. Riders are expected to supply the horse they ride in the Regional Clinic, and the horse should be comfortable jumping a course at 1.10m.
  • May not have competed in classes over 1.35m in height at the time of application and may not have competed in FEI Championships for jumping, such as Young Riders or Children’s International Jumping Competition.
  • Must pass the Level One USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge with a score of 80% or higher.

For application procedures, please visit: http://www.ushja.org/programs/eap/eap_apply.aspx.

For more information, contact clinic organizer Vivien Van Buren at VNIVIV@CS.com.

About the Colorado Horse Park

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Colorado Horse Park was founded by visionary Helen Krieble who acknowledged the need for a high-volume horse show and horse boarding facility to serve Colorado.  The Colorado Horse Park welcomes more than 75,000 visitors per year and hosts over 40 competitions annually.  CHP features a derby arena designed by Olympic-designer Linda Allen and a cross-country course designed by Olympic Gold Medalist David O’Connor and eventing super-star James Atkinson. There are 300 permanent stalls with capacity for more than 1,000 stalls.

The picturesque property, located only minutes from the town of Parker, hosts international equestrian events in multiple disciplines. Visitors enjoy the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountain surroundings and access to miles of trails and open space.  The Colorado Horse Park is committed to supporting equestrian education and amateur athletics, preserving open space, fundraising for local charities and supporting the community.

Visit CHP at:  http://coloradohorsepark.com/.

The Colorado Horse Park USHJA EAP Fast Facts

About Emerging Athletes Program: The EAP was created specifically to provide opportunities for young riders to advance their education, as they strive to become knowledgeable horsemen within the hunter/jumper community, which may or may not include a career in the horse industry.

What: USHJA EAP Clinic with Cynthia Hankins

Event Dates: June 25-28, 2013

To Apply: Click here.

Application Deadline:  Monday, April 29, 2013

Directions:

Show Grounds Address: 7375 E Bayou Gulch Rd, Parker, CO 80134

From North: I-25S exit Ridgegate Parkway – go east under the freeway.  Ridgegate Parkway to S. Chambers Road, approx 3 miles (Traffic light) – turn right/south onto Chambers Road. At end of Chambers Road turn left/east onto Hess Road.  Hess Road to Parker Road/Hwy 83 – turn right/south onto Hwy 83 approx 4 miles to Bayou Gulch Road. (Traffic light). Follow signs to Colorado Horse Park.

From South: I-25N, exit Founder’s Parkway.  Founder’s Parkway to Highway 86, approx 4 miles (traffic light). Turn east/left onto Hwy. 86 to Franktown/Hwy 83. At Franktown go north on 83 approx. 7 mi. to Bayou Gulch Rd. (Traffic light), turn right/east onto Bayou Gulch Rd. Follow signs to Colorado Horse Park.

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Get Ready for the Floridian Community Bank USHJA Zone 4 Free Clinic Monday

Wellington, FL – February 20, 2013 – Polish those boots, prep those horses and clean that tack, to get ready for the USHJA Zone 4 Free Clinic that is less than a week away. Open to all amateur riders in USHJA Zone 4, this clinic will take place on Monday, February 25, at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Cynthia Hankins will be the clinician for the event.

Hankins, a Pennsylvania native, comes to the clinic with an extensive riding and showing resume. Throughout her junior career, she achieved many prestigious awards including the USEF Hunter Seat Medal and being named Best Child Rider at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

The Floridian Community Bank USHJA Zone 4 Free clinic will be broken down into four groups: a group at 2’6″, two groups at 3″, and a final group at 3’6″. The spots are filling up fast as amateur riders across Zone 4 try to reserve a spot in their group. However, there are still spaces available to amateur USHJA Zone 4 riders only by contacting dudeville@bellsouth.net.

There has been a growing interest in the clinic from professional riders; however, this clinic is only open to USHJA Zone 4 amateur riders. The professional riders that are interested in attending are more than welcome to audit the clinic for free.

To view video segments from EquestrianCoach.com featuring Cynthia Hankins, please visit: http://www.equestriancoach.com/content/form-follows-function and http://www.equestriancoach.com/content/form-follows-function-over-fences.

Floridian Community Bank USHJA Zone 4 Free Clinic Fast Facts:

What: Floridian Community Bank USHJA Zone 4 Free Clinic

When: February 25, 2013

Time: 8 am – 5 pm

Where:
Jim Brandon Equestrian Center
7500 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL, 33413

Who: All active USHJA Zone 4 members and auditors

Clinician: Cynthia Hankins

How to Register:

E-mail: dudeville@bellsouth.net

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Congratulations, Bob Bell!

Paige Parker/$25k Pony Classic

Classic Company is proud to announce that its President, Bob Bell, was recently asked by United States Equestrian Federation’s President David O’Connor to take his seat on the American Horse Council’s Horse Show Committee. In this capacity, Bell will replace O’Connor and represent both the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) on the Council’s Show Committee. “I am very excited and honored that David selected me as his replacement,” commented Bell. “I take this responsibility very seriously and will represent both the USHJA and USEF to the best of my abilities,” he added.

The American Horse Council is a trade organization in Washington, DC representing the horse industry. The organization lobbies before Congress and Federal agencies for the interests of the horse industry, and serves as a unified voice for the equine industry. Bell’s position of representing both the USEF and the USHJA on the American Horse Council’s Horse Show Committee is critical in the promotion and advancement of the hunter jumper sport in the country.

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Peter Pletcher and NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm Win $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Country Heir Horse Show

Peter Pletcher and NLF Shakespeare's Rhythm won the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Country Heir Horse Show. Photo By: Anne Gittins

Lexington, KY – June 20, 2012 – Professional rider Peter Pletcher once again captured the winning honors with NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm in a derby event. The pair earned the top call during the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Country Heir Horse Show for Nordic Lights Farm and the Bruheim Family. A flawless handy round helped them receive high scores and eventually head the event’s victory gallop.

Pletcher and NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm’s smooth trip during the first round landed them in the second place position going into the handy round during the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Using an inside track to slice one of the oxers and jump brilliantly through the challenging two-stride, the duo quickly jumped to the top of the leaderboard with their high scores and added bonus points. Pletcher and NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm’s earned the winning title and led the evening’s lap of victory in the Walnut Ring of the Kentucky Horse Park.

“NLF Shakespeare’s Rhythm was really good and super smooth,” commented Pletcher. “He was amazing during the handy round, really the best he has been all year. He has worked his way up and did the High Performance division. After Devon I decided that he’s good to just be a derby horse now and focus on that instead of the High Performance. He’s come along beautifully. He’s so brave and honest; he’s right on track. We’re hoping he stays like this through the Finals.”

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Kelley Farmer and Taken Gallop to $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Victory

McArdle and Bravoman, Dayton and Caballero 81, Crown and Can Be Good Win in Junior and Amateur-Owner Jumpers; Mack-Gorin Tops Beval Palm Beach Adult Medal, MacNamara Takes Overall Title; Raposa Sweeps 16-17 Junior Hunters

Kelley Farmer and Taken. Photos © Sportfot

Wellington, FL – April 1, 2012 – The 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival drew to a close today. The feature attraction of the day was the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at The Stadium, and Kelley Farmer rode Nancy Amling’s Taken to victory. Competition concluded in the International Arena on Sunday with the junior and amateur-owner jumpers competing in their final classics. Beginning the morning, Abigail McArdle jumped to victory in the $10,000 Griffis Group High Junior Jumper Classic aboard Bravoman. Cara Dayton and Caballero 81 earned top honors in the $10,000 Charles Owen Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, and Alexandra Crown and Can Be Good won the $10,000 South Florida SportChassis Low Junior Jumper Classic. In the Beval Palm Beach Adult Medal, Tracey Mack-Gorin won the final class, while Devon MacNamara won the circuit award. Schaefer Raposa wrapped her last week with wins in the Marley Goodman Small and Antares Large 16-17 Junior Hunters.

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