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Kelley Farmer Takes Top Spots in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the 2013 Chicago Hunter Derby


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



 
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 Mill Creek Hunt Club was part of the opening ceremonies.

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 was some history in the course design from the 1700's.


“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 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 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 LeFash 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.

 
Alliy Moyer and Carlson win the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby.

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.
 

$50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby – Overall Results
Horse Rider Owner Round 1 Round 2 Total
Mythical Kelley Farmer Kenneth Garber 194 204 398
Skorekeeper Kelley Farmer Quail Run Partnership 182 199 381
Jersey Boy Jennifer Alfano SBS Farms 187 194 381
On Q Kelley Farmer CH Farm LLC 179 201 380
The Spy Caroline Weeden Glory Days Farms LLC 176 186 362
Taken Kelley Farmer Jessica Stitt 180 181 361
Seneca Kathleen Caya Kathleen Caya 145 196 341
Santerno Tamara Provost Brenda Christenson 150 186 336
Westray Tamara Provost Catherine Hanlon 171 163 334
Bronziet Stephen Foran Liberty Equine Ventures 163 169 332
Kallisto Tamara Provost Kim Calamos 172 154 326
Condanas Lacey Gilbertson Lacey Gilbertson 164.5 151 315.5
 
$50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby – Classic Round 
Horse Rider Owner Score 1 Score 2 Total
Mythical Kelley Farmer Kenneth Garber 94+4 92+4 194
Jersey Boy Jennifer Alfano SBS Farms, Inc. 90+4 89+4 187
Skorekeeper Kelley Farmer Quail Run Partnership 89+3 87+3 182
Taken Kelley Farmer Jessica Stitt 86+4 86+4 180
On Q Kelley Farmer CH Farm LLC 87+4 89+4 179
The Spy Caroline Weeden Glory Days Farms LLC 88+3 82+3 176
Kallisto Tammy Provost Kim Calamos 89+4 80+4 172
CR Beethoven Martien Van Der Hoeven Margaret Anderson 83+4 81+4 172
Westray Tammy Provost Catherine Hanlon 80+4 83+4 171
Nuateloe Martien Van Der Hoeven August Pines Farm 81+3 78+3 165
Condanas Lacey Gilbertson Lacey Gilbertson 63.5+1 79+1 164.5
Bronziet Stephen Foran Liberty Equine Ventures 78+4 77+4 163
Castlewellan Maria Rasmussen Use the Ring LLC 74+4 74+4 156
Rose Hill Jennifer Alfano Sharon O’Niell 75+1 73+1 150
Santerno Tammy Provost Brenda Christenson 70+4 72+4 150
Bonefeuer Serah Vogas Jan Milani 68.5+4 71+4 147.5
Seneca Kathleen Caya Kathleen Caya 69+4 68+4 145
Safari Alliy Moyer Alliy Moyer 68+4 69+4 145
Speak Kindly Ashleen Lee David Walmon 69.5+3 67+3 142.5
Ferrari Russell Frey Alexis Cohen 68+4 66+4 142
           
 
 
$50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby – Handy Round
Horse Rider Owner Score 1 Score 2 Total
Mythical Kelley Farmer Kenneth Garber 88+7+4 93+8+4 204
On Q Kelley Farmer CH Farm LLC 87+9+4 88+9+4 201
Skorekeeper Kelley Farmer Quail Run Partnership 89+3 87+3 199
Seneca Kathleen Caya Kathleen Caya 85+8+4 87+8+4 196
Jersey Boy Jennifer Alfano SBS Farms, Inc. 82+8+4 87+9+4 194
The Spy Caroline Weeden Glory Days Farms LLC 79+6+3 86+7+3 186
Santerno Tammy Provost Brenda Christenson 81+8+4 83+6+4 186
Taken Kelley Farmer Jessica Stitt 78+6+4 82+7+4 181
Bronziet Stephen Foran Liberty Equine Ventures 73+5+4 76+7+4 169
Speak Kindly Ashleen Lee David Walmon 72+6+3 75+5+3 166
Ferrari Russell Frey Alexis Cohen 74+6+4 67+9+4 164
Westray Tammy Provost Catherine Hanlon 70+5+4 74+6+4 163
 
 
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
Horse Rider Owner Score Round 1 Score
Round 2
Total
Carlson Alliy Moyer Alliy Moyer 177 179 356
In Print Taylor Adams David Glefke 181 171 352
Nandino Samantha Segedy Ellen Malson 173 156 329
All the Talk Kelley Farmer Kenneth Garber 167 160 327
Rintoo Vanessa Berger Christine Lies 171 150 321
Risque Tammy Provost Rebecca Horwitz 157 160 317
Connelly Kathleen Caya Susan Schmitt 168.5 134.5 303
Charlie Brown Molly McAdow Lanie Bricker 159 139 298
Liv it up Douglas Boyd Betty Hutton 157 133 290
Coup de Coeur Clare Sargent Clare Sargent 154.5 133 287.5
Sigfried Tammy Provost Susanne Stroh 180 85 265
Clandetine Douglas Boyd Douglas Boyd 173.5 88 261.5