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Evana Somareddy and Goldrush Win $10k USHJA Pony Hunter Derby

Evana Somareddy and Goldrush ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – July 10, 2021 – Ponies stepped into the spotlight in Tryon Stadium during Tryon Summer 4/Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity II at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC) during Saturday’s $10,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby presented by Star Stable. Evana Somareddy (Clearwater, FL) aboard her own Goldrush took first place honors with a combined score of 170. Elle Boyd (Camden, SC) received second and third place honors on Finally Farm’s Sugarbrook Pink-N-Blue, the 2007 medium Welsh Pony (Blue Who x Tropical Breeze) producing a score of 168, along with Baby Blue, the 2003 small Welsh Pony (Blue Rain x Unknown), who earned a two-round total of 167.

Thirty-six pony riders cantered around the Andres Christiansen course resulting in a handy cutoff score of 76. Somareddy and the 2008 medium Welsh Pony Cross with unknown breeding tackled the classic round with a score of 85, and earned another 85 in the handy round to come out on top. Somareddy said she owes all success to “Monty,” who was “perfect” and “so much fun.” Somareddy enjoyed riding the course, saying, “I kind of was just going around saying, ‘Okay! We’re doing this! First line is done. I love this!’ And before I knew it, it was at the end and we were jumping through the two-stride! And I was just like, ‘Good boy!’”

Somareddy walked in the ring with a mix of jitters and confidence, saying, “I was kind of nervous because I’ve never shown in a big stadium before. But Monty just came in for me and he was amazing. Also, I just want to give my thanks to Schuler Dayner for helping me prep Monty and making him perfect. It was really so much fun! I couldn’t have done it better.”

For more info and results, visit www.Tryon.com.

Tori Colvin and Ipso Facto Finesse the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at TIEC

Tori Colvin and Ipso Facto ©Mackenzie Clark.

Mill Spring, NC – May 21, 2021 – Victoria Colvin (USA) and Glade Run Farm LLC’s Ipso Facto scored a two-round total of 391 to claim the win in Friday’s $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, concluding a double derby day at Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC), which also featured a $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. Claiming reserve honors in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, Greg Crolick (USA) and Testify, the 2014 Hanoverian gelding (Cassini II x Valencia T) owned by Jon Cotton, earned a two-round score of 387. Crolick also earned fifth aboard Kuore, the 2012 Polish Warmblood gelding owned by Renaud Farm, LLC, on a total of 364. In collecting both third and fourth place, Michael Britt-Leon (USA) received a total score of 371.5 aboard Kelly Sims’ Private I, the 2012 Oldenburg gelding (Corrado x Verdi). Britt-Leon guided Kelly Sims’ entry Bacchus to fourth on a score of 370.75 with the 2013 Hanoverian gelding (Bisquet Balou x Feliz V/D Donkhoeve).

The course set by Andres Christiansen (USA) challenged 23 entries in the first round, with the cutoff to challenge the handy round set at 159. When the top 12 riders had concluded their second performance, it was Colvin who topped Crolick’s first-round lead for the win. As it was only the second international derby for the 2013 NRPS gelding (Douglas x Emmasinaa-a), Colvin was proud of her mount’s performance and thankful that the first round track “wasn’t too difficult or scary” for him.

“The first round rode nicely. It was a nice course, and it wasn’t too difficult or scary, which was nice for him. This is only his second derby,” she revealed. “He was [recently] champion in the Low Children’s at Aiken, with a 12-year-old. So, yeah, he went very well! I did one international derby with him, and this is my second. He’s very good at it!”

After watching the second round unfold, Colvin saw that tight turns were the name of the game if she wanted a competitive score. “Everyone went pretty handy [in the second round] and almost all of them had good scores, so I thought that I had to do all of the inside turns and hope he knew where I was going,” she detailed.

“There were lots of inside turns, but he was great. The tightest one was to the last jump – that oxer came up really quickly!” Colvin concluded, “He went fantastic, and I’m thankful to have the ride on him.”

Greg Crolick and Calisto Claim $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Greg Crolick (Clarkston, MI) and Jon Cotton’s Calisto conquered a field of 40 entries to earn the win in Friday morning’s $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby at TIEC, scoring 184 over two rounds with the 2012 Selle Francais gelding (Arko x Kambera Vilelongue). Matt Cyphert (Argyle, TX) and Katie McDonnell’s Crimson Tide, the 2008 Hanoverian gelding (Lordanos x Elfe), claimed reserve on a score of 181. In third, Jimmy Torano (Wellington, FL) and Moonlight, the Isalou, Inc. entry and 2012 Hanoverian gelding (Conthargos x Chacco Bella), added 87.5 to their first-round score to collect third and a total score of 180.5.

Crolick and Calisto have been partnered for a year and a half, he reported, and “held their own” in the first round over the Andy Christiansen track despite a tiny bobble. “He rode really smoothly in the first round. He did everything I asked him to do. He had a light rub in the first round, unfortunately, but still held his own in the score.”

Though he was hoping to navigate the handy round without executing an inside turn after the second jump, “a couple of other people did it, so that put the pressure on and I had to do it,” Crolick explained. “It worked out really well. He’s a wonderful and kind horse, and he does everything we ask him to do.”

When not dominating USHJA National Hunter Derbies, Calisto is ridden by Katherine Cotton, Crolick concluded. “Calisto is owned by Jon Cotton and his daughter, Katherine. He’s a wonderful horse. He’s a great horse for her, and he’s become a wonderful National Hunter Derby horse for me.”

For more info and results, visit www.Tryon.com.

David O’Brien and La Belle SCF Capture Win in $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix

David O’Brien and La Belle SCF.

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 18, 2019 – The final day of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park concluded with the $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi of Lexington. Despite high temperatures, 28 horse-and-rider pairs contested Ken Krome’s course attempting to walk away with the lion’s share of the prize money. At the end of a competitive jump-off, it was David O’Brien and La Belle SCF who walked away with the day’s top honors, in addition to winning the Envisian Leading Rider of the Week award thanks to accumulating the most points in the jumper divisions throughout the week.

Luminosity Shines Bright with Geoffrey Hesslink to Win $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

The Bluegrass Festival Horse Show was bookended by the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows, on Sunday to complete a week of exciting equestrian action. In their first ever class together, Geoffrey Hesslink and Luminosity topped the scorecard following two standout rides to top the field of 40 starters and earn the lead spot in the victory gallop.

Website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

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Victoria Colvin and El Primero Lead First Day of USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship

Victoria Colvin and El Primero.

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 16, 2019 – The 11th edition of the Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship returned to the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park on Friday morning, showcasing the best hunter horses and athletes in the country for the first of two days of competition. Offering more than $250,000 in prize money in 2019, the event has become a popular goal for challengers with exceptionally skilled horses that possess noteworthy movement and jumping style. With 76 entries tackling the classic phase of competition, horse-and-rider combinations were in top form, all fighting for a coveted spot in the top 40 to advance to Saturday evening’s championship handy round. Ultimately it was defending champion Victoria Colvin aboard El Primero who stepped up to the plate to earn the highest day one score and lead the pack.

Brian Moggre Notches Another Kentucky Win in $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix

Jumper competition took center stage Friday evening at the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show, where 32 exhibitors challenged the course in the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic Grand Prix in an attempt to lead the victory gallop. As the fifth jewel of seven in the Hagyard Challenge Series, the evening class offered competitors a chance to earn a share of the day’s prize money as well as accrue points toward the season-ending $50,000 Leading Rider Award. Adding another victory to his ever-growing collection, Brian Moggre (USA) jockeyed MTM Los Angeles to the swiftest double-clear performance of the night to capture the greatest share of the prize money and extend his domination of the 2019 Hagyard Challenge Series.

Website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Contact: Rebecca Walton
phone 561.753.3389
rjw@phelpsmediagroup.com

Scott Stewart and Sara Taylor Top Scorecards in USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship

Scott Stewart and Sandstone.

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 15, 2019 – The finale of the 2019 Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championship took place at the Kentucky Horse Park on Thursday afternoon, with champions crowned in both the 3’/3’3″ and 3’6″/3’9″ sections. After leading the first two days of riding, Scott Stewart held onto his top placings to capture the win in the 3’/3″ section with Dr. Betsee Parker’s Sandstone, while Sara Taylor and Ingrid Avera’s Noah emerged victorious over the larger fences to clinch the 2019 title for the 3’6″/3’9″ group.

Hardin Towell and Angel Twist Top the Leaderboard in Classic Champions, Inc. Developing Jumper Tour 7-Year-Old Jumpers

Young, developing horses were the focal point of the Rolex Stadium on Thursday during the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show as pairs gained valuable show experience as well as chased qualifying points towards the Classic Champions, Inc. Developing Jumper Tour weekend championships. Many horse-and-rider partnerships were also using Thursday’s classes as one of their final opportunities in the show ring to prepare for the year-end championships in September. Proving to be the best of the day in the Classic Champions, Inc. Developing Jumper Tour 7-Year-Old Jumpers, Hardin Towell and Taboo Holding’s Angel Twist sped to victory to add a win to the horse’s growing record. In the 6-year-old section, Mattias Ekeroth and Haydee M led the pack, while David O’Brien and Octavius SCF topped the leaderboard for the 5-year-old class.

Website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Contact: Rebecca Walton
phone 561.753.3389
rjw@phelpsmediagroup.com

Scott Stewart and Mayflower Lead Day One of USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships

Scott Stewart and Mayflower. Photo: Shawn McMillen Photography.

Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 13, 2019 – Day one of the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show kicked off with the first round of the 2019 Platinum Performance/USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Championships. After 141 horse-and-rider combinations tried their hand at the 3′ and 3’3″ heights during Tuesday’s competition, it was Scott Stewart and Dr. Betsee Parker’s Mayflower who stole the show with a score of 267 points to take the lead and the blue ribbon. Heading into Wednesday’s second phase of competition, the pair looks to earn a slot in the top 30 that will qualify to compete in Thursday’s championship round.

Website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Contact: Rebecca Walton
phone 561.753.3389
rjw@phelpsmediagroup.com

Gisele Beardsley O’Grady and Januar Jump to $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby Victory

Gisele Beardsley O’Grady and Januar ©TIEC.

Mill Spring, NC – August 12, 2019 – Friday’s $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby awarded Gisele Beardsley O’Grady (Tryon, NC) the winner cooler and ribbons for her efforts aboard Ginny Barnette’s Januar, earning a two-round score of 172 to take the win. In second, Allen Nabors Jr. (Odessa, FL) piloted Lookalike, the 2010 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Levistano x Paola), for Margot Hirsch on a score of 169, while Robert Stucky (Waxhaw, NC) and The Girl From Ipanema, a 2009 Hanoverian mare (Clinton I x Vorbuch) owned by Allie Rae Hayes, claimed third after earning a score of 166 after two rounds.

Fifteen pairs challenged the first-round course set by J. P. Godard (Aiken, SC), and it was Januar all the way after his initial score of 87. Beardsley O’Grady called the 2006 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Junior Mariner x Poetri) “perfect” and “playful” on the way to victory.

“It went really well, so I couldn’t be happier,” said Beardsley O’Grady. “The course was nice. He’s a blast to ride, and he’s got a ton of experience, and I’m lucky to get to ride him. He’s a showman; he goes in there and shows off! So, that works in our favor.

“Everything pretty much rode to plan today. I had a couple lucky moments in the handy round, where he got a little playful, but I think they liked the way he jumped and forgave us for it! I think I could have helped him out just a little better, but everything pretty much rode to plan today. I got the advantage by riding a good horse that jumps so well! He’s perfect!”

Beardsley O’Grady emphasized that Januar is happiest in limited competition with National Derbies only, but he makes the most of every trip around the ring: “His story is a little long – he was imported a couple years ago, and has had a long recovery from a couple injuries,” she explained. “We’re lucky enough that he is back and fully recovered to be in the show ring. He has always loved showing, so I think that’s honestly also helped his recovery. He’s done really well here [at TIEC]. We do a limited amount of shows, and he just loves it every time.

“Jeanne [Smith], our trainer, and his owner, Ginny, have both obviously played a huge part in him,” Beardsley O’Grady continued. “He’s just perfect, and we love him. He’s awesome. Going forward, he will remain a National Derby horse. We want to protect him and keep him happy and sound. He’s not old, but with his prior injuries we want to keep him protected. Ginny just loves her horse, and Jeanne is such a good horseperson that she’s never going to push him,” she concluded. “They’re a really good team for him!”

For full results from the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, click here.

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

TIEC Welcomes USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Jumper Team and Platinum Championships

Laura Bishop and Vinyasa ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – July 13, 2019 – The USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Jumper Team and Platinum Championships are proudly hosted at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) July 11-14 as part of Tryon Summer 5 competition. Welcoming those who qualified in the 1.10-1.15m Children and Adult Amateur, 1.20-1.25m Junior and Amateur, and 1.30-1.35m Junior and Amateur Divisions, the event consists of three days of team and individual competition. 2019 USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Jumper Team and Platinum Championships participants are navigating courses designed by Bernardo Costa Cabral (POR) in Tryon Stadium at TIEC, taking center stage at the venue. The week began with Individual competition on Thursday, with Team competition hosted Friday ahead of Saturday’s Individual finals.

Zone 3 & 4 Adult-Amateur Jumper Team Competition Captured by Zone 3 Team 3

On Friday afternoon, 19 pairs competed in the Zone 3 & 4 Adult-Amateur Jumper Team Competition. Zone 3 Team 3 was victorious after the second round of competition, taking home the gold medal. The team was comprised of Diana Harris (Creedmoor, NC) on Flair WS, Megan Kutcher (Fletcher, NC) on So High, Laura Bishop (Washington, DC) on Vinyasa, and Juliette Landis (Daniels, WV) on Shiraz.

The team unanimously agreed that they have enjoyed the courses Cabral created for competitors. Bishop revealed she had to adjust some of her strategy going into round two: “I thought it was a really fun course. In the first round I couldn’t get him off my right leg, so I went into the second round and really got him off the right leg and he jumped clean for me!”

Bishop, competing at Zone Championships for the first time as part of a team, was unsure if she would get the opportunity to participate in USHJA Zone Championships again once she started college, she revealed. “I go to George Washington University, and my parents were going to make me sell my horse when I [went to college], but I got a full-ride scholarship through ROTC. I was like, ‘can we keep the horse now?’ So I still have a horse and, hopefully, will be a Marine Corps Officer in two years.” Bishop continued, “I went in Zone 9 Champs in 2015 and didn’t have a team, so it was really nice for me to come back and have a team experience. USHJA has done a great job at developing this program over the past four years since I did it.”

First-time Zone Championship qualifier Kutcher, an Asheville native, was excited to share this experience so close to home. “This is my first year qualifying for Zones, so it’s been a very exciting experience and I feel like it’s a wonderful team experience to go through,” Kutcher commented. “This is actually our home base; we live in Asheville, and love coming down here. It’s been a little hot, but it’s such a wonderful facility and we’ve really enjoyed it.”

Children’s Team Championship Dominated by Zone 4 Team 4

Zone 4 Team 4 took Gold in the Children’s Team Championship, finishing two rounds with a total of one fault to claim the win. Naomi Hartman (Milton, FL) aboard her own La Vita Loca, Ana Ramos (Ocala, FL) aboard her own Jorno, Avery Moore (Atlanta, GA) riding her own Papaver LS, and Caterina Sinibaldi (Hoover, AL) riding her own Cartegena handled the pressure of the Tryon Stadium atmosphere as a team to earn the victory for a memorable experience that was “stressful, but really fun,” they shared.

“It has been a journey to get here, definitely,” said Hartman. “I have not really been doing 1.10m a whole lot because my horse and I have been kind of in-and-out. So, this has been a really good experience for me to get back into the saddle and win this! We have never been to a horse show this size. I’ve had my Thoroughbred for about two years now, and doing this is the biggest accomplishment – especially doing Zones for the first time and to win with my team – it is amazing.”

Ramos, who’s been paired with her horse since January, shared, “It was really fun; it has always been like a dream, and this is my first Zone Championships. I am used to only controlling what I can do [as an Individual] and obviously you can’t control what other people do. So you really have to put your trust in other people.”

Teammate Moore echoed: “This is my first year here, and in past years I’ve gotten to see my friends come and compete. I never had the chance to, and now I have, and it is a dream come true. It was super exciting and I am really happy that I got to come,” she said. “This is my favorite show venue, and we come here all the time. I am so excited to participate in such a big event.”

Sinibaldi agreed, sharing, “It was my first year competing in the US, and so coming here is a dream and to win is amazing. I love it. I want to come back next year!”

Team chef d’equipe Megan Thiel is a second-year coach, and got involved after bringing her students in the past. “I love this program. It is a great educational program; it goes farther than their ribbons today. They get [free] clinics after this, and they get to be gold star athletes. The trainers also get to be gold star coaches, and it really helps everybody.” She concluded, “Also, I think it is a super interesting way for them to compete, on a team versus individually. You never know, some of these divisions today were really anybody’s luck. It is really cool, and keeps you on your toes all day.”

USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Jumper Championships and Platinum Championship Team Results:

In Zone 3/4 Platinum Jumper 1.40m-1.45m Team Competition, Zone 4 Team 1 took Gold after the performances by Marquee Cincotta (Odessa, FL) aboard her own Granaat, Ashley Pace (Atlanta, GA) and her own ZZ-Top VH Schaarbroek Z, Jesse Smith (Wellington, FL) and her own Charles Pinckney Windsor Z, and Lauren Balcomb (Citra, FL) and her own Verdini D’Houtveld Z.

Zone 3 dominated Zone 3/4 Junior/Amateur 1.30m-1.35m Team Competition, with rides from Angela Pollex (Troutman, NC) and her own Elbo VDL, Kara Jones (Cornelius, NC) and her own End Game, Emma Pell (Winchester, VA) and Santos, Judy Sutton (Maggie Valley, NC) and her own Win A Date.

Zone 4 took the win in Zone 3/4 Amateur 1.20m-1.25m Jumper Team Competition, on the effort of Ashley Ann McGehee (Jacksonville Beach, FL) aboard her own Mr. Snuffleupagus, Caroline Monaghan (Birmingham, AL) and Sevani, and MacKenzie McGehee (Jacksonville, FL) riding her own Fiona Van’t Paradus.

In Zone 3/4 Junior 1.20m-1.25m Jumper Team Competition, Zone 3 took the win, with the following riders contributing to the score: Lucy Reich (Birmingham, AL) aboard her own Cuchio Z, Madison Jones (Longwood, FL) riding her own Bijoux Z, Celia Cram (Aiken, SC) and her own Auspicious, and Anissa Jessee (Tampa, FL) riding Stransky’s Mission Farms Inc.’s Nenuphar’Jac.

USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Jumper Championships and Platinum Championship First Round Individual Results:

In Thursday’s first round of USHJA Platinum Jumper Championship division, Nicole Loochtan (Lincolnshire, IL) and her own Caiman des Sequoias rode to victory, stopping the timers at 70.3 seconds. Lauren Balcomb (Citra, FL) and her own Verdini finished in second with a time of 70.758 seconds. Finishing off the podium was Marquee Cincotta (Odessa, FL) and her own Granaat, finishing with a final time of 71.738-seconds.

The first Individual round of competition for the USHJA Zone 3/4 Junior/Amateur 1.30-1.35m Jumper Division saw Roberto Teran (Malabar, FL) and his own Arnac Du Mazes earn the first-place position with a clear round and time of 60.596 seconds. Second place in the division was awarded to Fox View Farm’s FVF Sailor Man with Christina Webb (Raleigh, NC), navigating the course fault-free in a time of 62.647 seconds. Hallie Rush (Prospect, TN) and her own Emiel earned third-place honors with a clear round in a time of 65.736 seconds.

Fiona Van’t Paradijs, owned and ridden by Mackenzie McGehee (Jacksonville, FL) was awarded first-place honors in the first round of the USHJA Zone 3/4 Amateur 1.20-1.25m Jumper Division, stopping the clock with 57.358 seconds. Susie Fried (Macon, GA) piloted Highridge Farm LLC’s Hakini to a second-place finish with a time of 60.948 seconds, and Ashley Ann McGehee aboard her own Mr. Snuffleupagus received third for their effort with a time of 63.434 seconds.

Natalie Pedley (Wellington, FL) and her own True Blue Mate came out on top during the first round of the Individual Zone 3/4 Junior 1.20-1.25m Jumper Division, finishing with a time of 55.848 seconds. Reed Training & Sales LLC’s Goliath, ridden by Addison Reed (Mechanicsville, VA), stopped the clock with 61.131 seconds to finish in second place, while Maya Aryal (Fairfax, VA) and her own mount Ra finished closely behind with a time of 61.28 for third place.

Alexis Mierzwa (Winchester, VA) and her own Ever Sinful raced to first place in the first round of the USHJA Zone 3/4 Adult-Amateur Jumper Championship Division with a time of 56.197 seconds. Laura Bishop (Washington, D.C.) followed closely behind with a time of 56.698 seconds aboard her own mount, Vinyasa. Tinita Hughes (Athens, GA) finished with third-place honors with Proximo, stopping the clock at 57.684 seconds.

The first round individual competition for the USHJA Zone 3/4 Children’s Jumper Division saw Ana Ramos (Ocala, FL) aboard her own Jorno gallop to victory, stopping the clock at 56.515 seconds. Avery Moore (Atlanta, GA) and her own Papaver LS followed closely behind with a final time of 56.659 seconds, earning second place. Finally, Ella Domenicone (Alpharetta, GA) and her own S-Acorada Donaldson finished with a time of 58.967 seconds, granting them third-place honors.

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Julie Curtin and Cassico Defend $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Title at TIEC

Julie Curtin and Cassico ©Sportfot.

Mill Spring, NC – July 5, 2019 – Julie Curtin (USA) and Cassico repeated their 2018 victory in Friday’s $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, earning a first-round score of 182 and receiving a handy score of 212 for a grand total of 394 to top the field. Harold Chopping (CAN) and Barbara Scott’s Catchphrase, a 2010 Zangersheide gelding (Marome NW x Prelude), collected scores of 160 and 193 to land in second place on a total of 353, while Kelley Farmer (USA) and As Quoted, the 2013 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Zambesi TN x Bybalia SMH) owned by David Glefke, produced rounds garnering scores of 178 and 172.5 to claim third with a total of 350.5.

Curtin and the 2011 Holsteiner gelding (Carrico x Trevigiana) owned by Rebekah Warren were able to earn a repeat victory from last year’s USHJA International Hunter Derby during Tryon Summer 4, besting a competitive field of 21 entries over the Dean Rheinheimer (USA) course design. “The course rode really nicely,” Curtin reported. “There were a lot of long lines out there, which is nice, but it’s sometimes kind of easy to get lost. This is the first time I’ve ridden in this arena – Cassico actually won this same Derby last year here on the grass! It was nice – the footing is great, and the course rode really great.

“We were eight points behind [going into the handy], so I had to just go for it all,” Curtin explained of her winning strategy. “We took every tight turn, high option, and just tried to lay it down, because I knew I had some ground to catch up. We’re getting ready for Derby Finals, so I knew I had to practice. I knew it would either work or it would not, and today it worked! He’s such a scopey horse. The jumps were big, and it was hard, but he was good.”

They made up the difference – and earned their 41-point lead – in two areas, Curtin believes: in their first jump, choosing the high option, and in overall handiness. “Jump one was hard – that was a blind turn for a high option, but he handled it so well. But otherwise, I just tried to keep it tidy everywhere. And he’s so scopey that on all the tight turns it just kept coming up nicely. The two-stride came out a little long, but he just got right up there and handled everything beautifully.”

While Derby Finals is the next goal in focus, Cassico will be Curtin’s ride in National and International Derbies for a long time to come, she hopes. “He’s still young and has a big future, so we’re really excited. Hopefully, Derby Finals will go well, but then his mother is going to start showing him; I will just do Derbies with him and let him be an amateur horse. Right now, I’m doing Derbies and High Performance with him, but we’ll back down a little bit and let her ride him in the Amateurs. Hopefully, I’ll have him for the next eight years to do Derbies on!”

Curtin, who also earned second in Friday morning’s $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, concluded, “It was a very good day! Tough competition – it’s always a tough competition when Kelly [Farmer] and Evan [Coluccio] have as many horses as they had each! I’m very happy about the win.”

For full results from the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, click here.

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.

Daniel Geitner and One Request Granted $50k USHJA International Hunter Derby Win

Daniel Geitner and One Request ©Sportfot.

Tryon, NC – June 7, 2019 – Daniel Geitner (USA) and Elizabeth Tarumianz’s One Request were awarded top honors in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) with an overall score of 371. Holly Shepherd (USA) with Tybee, a 2007 Hanoverian gelding by Black Tie owned by Helen Brown, finished in second place on a total score of 349. Erin Floyd (USA) claimed third place aboard Any Given Sunday, a 2003 Oldenburg gelding by Indoctro x Victoria owned by Hays Investment Corp., with a score of 347.

Out of 21 pairs to take part in the highlight Hunter class of the Tryon Spring 6 Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Charity Show, Geitner and the 2010 Selle Francais gelding impressed the judges over the course set by Dean Rheinheimer (USA) and secured first place after their handy performance. Last to go in the second round, Geitner was able to observe competitors ahead of him and adjusted his strategy accordingly, he explained.

“It was a beautiful course. It rode a little trickier than it walked. It walked relatively simple and it just rode a little bit trickier than I think we first thought,” Geitner said. “My original plan [in the handy] was to go to the inside to the two stride, but once I realized I probably didn’t have to, it made it relatively easy. Honestly, his [One Request] jumping style is just spectacular, so I just tried to stay out of his way.

“The jumps were beautiful and my horse obviously jumped amazing,” Geitner continued. “This is only his third Derby, and he’s won two of them now. Last year he did the first years, green conformation, and the amateurs with his owner. This year we’ve done just a couple shows.”

Despite his horse’s newness to the International Derby ring, Geitner reported that One Request took to the atmosphere of Tryon Stadium well: “He was great [in the atmosphere]. Not much phases him, and actually it really had him jumping. He was not close to any jump, and really rose to the occasion,” he said. “I thought the first round was great, and I thought he was even better in the handy. He just jumped higher and higher the more we went.”

Geitner will keep competing One Request in more Derbies, hoping to continue their success thus far, and plans to aim for Derby Finals ahead of the indoor season, he explained. “We just got back from Devon. We sent some ponies here a couple weeks ago with our assistant, but this is our first week. We are happy to be back.

“Unfortunately, we go back home next week, but we come back in July for a couple weeks and for sure a few weeks in the fall,” concluded Geitner. “I personally won’t come back here for Pony Spectacular [Tryon Summer 3] but I hope my wife and some of the pony kids are!”

For full results from the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, click here.

For more information and results, please visit www.Tryon.com.