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Chicago Hunter Derby Kicks Off Weekend with Welcome Stakes

Tammy Provost and Alliy Moyer's Libretto won the $7,500 International Derby Stake

Weekend Schedule Change Due to Weather

Antioch, IL – September 5, 2014 – The premier Chicago Hunter Derby at Annali-Brookwood Farm presented by Chicago Equestrians for a Cause, kicked off with the $7,500 International Derby Welcome Stake and the $2,500 National Derby Welcome Stake sponsored by Lane Change Farm and Kensel, LLC. The weekend charity event features the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby sponsored by Canadian Pacific and the $5,000 National Hunter Derby sponsored by Sapphire Riding Academy in Mettawa, IL. Three charities will benefit from the event; the USHJA Foundation, University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation and Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Despite Mother Nature’s curveball loaded with some heavy rain, course designer Bobby Murphy and his crew moved a course off the grass field and into the sand ring for the day’s classes, saving the field for Saturday and Sunday’s events.  The crew had a new course set in no time with only a slight delay in the start time.
In the $7,500 International Hunter Derby Welcome Stake, it was Tammy Provost of Sheridan, IN, aboard Alliy Moyer’s Libretto who topped the field with an 87, the highest score of the day. Libretto is no stranger to the winner’s circle, the eleven-year-old warmblood gelding has earned multiple championships with Provost in the Performance Working Hunter Division and owner Moyer, has shown the horse to numerous wins in the Amateur Owner Hunter Division. Provost supports the Chicago Hunter Derby and has returned every year to show multiple horses in the two derbies. 

Rush Weeden and Clare Sargent's Coup de Coeur.

Second and third place went to Annali-Brookwood Farm owners Rush and Caroline Weeden.  Rush Weeden scored an 84 with Clare Sargent’s Coup de Coeur and Caroline was right behind with an 82 on The Spy, owned by Glory Days Farms. The Spy and Caroline Weeden won the USHJA International Hunter Derby recently at the Traders Point Charity Show in Zionsville, IN.

Caroline Weeden and The Spy owned by Glory Days Farms.

Jennifer Alfano and Me Again won the $2,500 National Derby Stake.

In the $2,500 National Hunter Derby Welcome Stake, Jennifer Alfano and Helen Lenahan’s Me Again took the blue ribbon out of 41 starters. Alfano is from Buffalo, NY, and has been to the Chicago Hunter Derby almost since its inception. Alfano and Me Again recently won the USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Equifest horse show at Lamplight Equestrian Center and also won the Genesee Country Village & Museum’s National Derby. The gray warmblood gelding will just be turning six in October and already has a successful career in the Pre-Green Hunter Division. Alfano is a three-time winner of the USHJA International Hunter Derby at Annali-Brookwood Farm on her crowd-pleasing mount, Jersey Boy, owned by SBS Farm.

Caroline Weeden and Amanda Williamson's Nairobi News.

Second place in the National Derby Welcome Stake went to the home team of Caroline Weeden and Amanda Williamson’s Nairobi News and third went to Molly McAdow aboard Lanie Bricker’s Charlie Brown. McAdow rides for Galway Farm and Lorrie Canady in Long Grove, IL.

Molly McAdow and Lanie Bricker's Charlie Brown.

A television crew from WGN interviewed Chicago Equestrians for a Cause founders, Lynn Jayne and Caroline Weeden, along with riders Jennifer Alfano and Caitlyn Shiels, to spread the word to the public of the great charity event.  Molise PR arranged for the television coverage.

Lynn Jayne, Caroline Weeden and WGN.

The weekend continues with the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by Sapphire Riding Academy at 2:00 pm Saturday, September 6th. Please note the time change as revisions were made due to the weather. A fantastic lunch will be served at noon and vendor row will be open for shopping. The very special Derby After Dark Party follows the conclusion of the day’s competition with the band blitzFM returning by popular demand. Admission is a suggested donation of $25.
Sunday is the $50,000 International Hunter Derby sponsored by Canadian Pacific featuring a delicious Champagne Brunch at 11:00 am, a Calcutta at noon, children’s activities sponsored by Rice Dairy and the Children’s Horseless Horse Show at 11:30 am. WGN's Dina Bair will be the emcee inside the tent for the big day. The first round of the competition will begin at 8:30 am and the second round begins at 1:00 pm.
Stylish shopping opportunities include vendors with the latest in equestrian fashion and design. Some vendors are offering special donations to the charities for every purchase so please shop away!
In addition to fantastic raffle prizes, the Calcutta, auction and silent auction items, the Chicago Hunter Derby is holding the Score 90 Challenge, all to raise funds for the charities. For those that take on the Score 90 Challenge, a dollar amount is selected and each time a horse and rider combination gets a score from the judges of 90 or above during the competition on Saturday and Sunday, bonus money is raised for the charities.
Come and enjoy the event where there is something for everyone during this prestigious equestrian competition.
Tickets can be purchased at for Sunday’s main events. The revised time schedule is also available on the website.
Annali-Brookwood Farm is located at 18752 Edwards Road, Antioch, IL 60002.
WGN Link for News Clip

$7,500 International Hunter Derby Stake
1. Libretto                 Tammy Provost       
2. Coup de Coeur       Rush Weeden
3. The Spy                Caroline Weeden
4. Maggie May           Jennifer Alfano
5. Quite Chocolate     Maria Rasmussen
6. Santerno               Tammy Provost
7. Ulex                      Kyle Dewar
8. Cucinelli                Caroline Weeden
9. King Bee               Lisa Goldman
10. Kallisto                Tammy Provost
$2,500 National Hunter Derby Stake

1. Me Again               Jennifer Alfano
2. Nairobi News         Caroline Weeden
3. Charlie Brown        Molly McAdow
4. Chrisma                Rachel Johnson
5. All In                    Tammy Provost
6. Let’s Talk              Tammy Provost
7. Memorable            Maria Rssmussen
8. Sigfried                 Emma Lena Green
9. Asscher                 Tammy Provost
10. Veni Vidi Vici        Kathleen Caya
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2014 Chicago Hunter Derby Sponsors Include:
Canadian Pacific
Sapphire Riding Academy
Land Rover Lake Bluff
Lane Change Farm
Kensel LLC
Angel’s Envy Bourbon
Brookwood Farm
Camping World
Constellation Brands
DbY Invitations
Duane Morris
Exquisite Designs Chicago
Glory Days Farm
Gene & Georgetti
H'n D Stables, Inc
Horse & Style Magazine
Land Rover Lake Bluff
Millcreek Farm
Our Day Farm
Paramount Events
Rice Dairy
Rocco Fiore & Sons
Salamander Resort and Spa
Sandor de la Pomme LLC & the Tyree Family
Siren Partners
Diane & Mike Thomas
Buck Brothers
Moyer Family
Rudolph Libbe
Feller, Finch & Associates
Telluride Farm
Aprile Horse Transport
Lefton Glick Family Foundation 
Mountain Hides
Liza Hennessey
Barrington Saddlery
Alyssa Norton
Burning Bush/Oh La La Millineries
La Mundial
Bizi Bee Boutique
Fast Facts

Event: Chicago Hunter Derby
            Features the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. New in 2014, the $7,500 International Hunter Derby Welcome Stake and the $2,500 National Hunter Derby Welcome Stake.
Date: September 5-7, 2014
Time:  Saturday, September 6th – 2:00 pm
            Sunday, September 7th – 8:30 am round one
                                                      1:00 pm round two
Location: Annali-Brookwood Farm
            18752 Edwards Road, Antioch, IL 60002
Feature Sponsors: 
            Canadian Pacific: Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit to see the rail advantages of CP.
            Sapphire Riding Academy: Sapphire Riding Academy, Mettawa, IL, is a full service training facility with an experienced staff and on-site management overseeing all operations. With seasoned trainer Doug Boyd at the helm, Sapphire Riding Academy recently purchased the beautiful facility on Little St. Mary’s Road, complete with a large outdoor riding arena, heated indoor arena, all-weather and grass paddocks, luxurious tack room and viewing lounge. Boyd is one of the many professionals supporting The Chicago Hunter Derby. Sapphire Riding Academy