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Tammy Provost and Essential Gallop to Win the USHJA National Hunter Derby During The Chicago Hunter Derby Presented by CP

Tammy Provost and Essential win the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby during the Chicago Hunter Derby presented by CP.
The 2015 Chicago Hunter Derby
September 4-6, 2015

Kelley Farmer Takes The Top Two Spots in Round One of the USHJA International Hunter Derby

Antioch, IL – September 5, 2015 – The Chicago Hunter Derby presented by Canadian Pacific, kicked off with the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby followed by the first round of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Riders took to the beautiful Bobby Murphy designed course in the field at Rush and Caroline Weeden’s Annali-Brookwood Farm in Antioch, IL. Tammy Provost and Essential lead the pack in both rounds. Receiving 90 and an 86, plus three high options for a 182, to take the lead in round one. Provost is always game to go for the win, as she galloped her way to another 90 and an 86, with four high options in the handy round for a total of 366 for the win. Provost, Wendy Hofmeister of Aurora, IL and Dean Berger own the handsome bay Hanoverian, Essential.

Essential won the USHJA National Hunter Derby and the $2,500 National Welcome Stake at Annali-Brookwood Farm's Chicago Hunter Derby presented by CP.

“It’s really nice to have your own horse win.  It’s just a horse that gets better and better,” said Provost of the seven-year-old. “We got him from Germany and he’s very forgiving. It’s fun to see him move up. Maybe next year he’ll do the junior hunters with a good junior rider.”
Provost, Sheridan, IN, was a big contributor to the Score 90 Challenge with her sets of scores. In the Score 90 Challenge, pledges are made for every score of 90 or higher a horse and rider receive from the judges. Money is racked up for charity each time a score of 90 is earned. Provost did just that in both rounds with Essential and on another mount, Profit, Provost earned a 90 in round one, which helped them finish in third place.
Maria Rasmussen and Aspen and Russell Frey and Kodachrome, also helped the charities out with their scores of 90 or higher.

Russell Frey and Kodachrome finished in second place in the USHJA National Hunter Derby.

Frey and Kodachrome, owned by Nina Moore, gave Provost a run for her money, but finished a half a point shy of the win. Frey earned a 91 and a 90, with four high options in the handy round, closing up the gap from round one, but not enough to steal the blue, finishing with a 365.5.
“This venue is a bit of a challenge because of the open field and natural jumps,” said Frey. “Foster (Kodachrome) has only been a hunter a short time and done a handful of derbies, so for him to gallop around and perform the way he did is very promising for the International classes.”
“This is a premiere event in every way,” added Frey, “the venue, hospitality and the “Cause” included. There’s a lot of camaraderie between everyone.”

Ashley Vogel receives the Leading Junior Rider Award from Mimi Rothman and Doug Boyd of Sapphire Riding Academy.

Glory Days Farm and Gene and Georgetti sponsored the USHJA National Hunter Derby. A perpetual trophy was donated by Sapphire Riding Academy in Mettawa, IL and Mimi Rothman with trainer Doug Boyd presented. Ashley Vogel, Mequon, WI, rides with trainer Cookie Beck and won the Leading Junior Award and Alliy Moyer, Carmel, IN, won the Leading Amateur Award, both sponsored by Sapphire Riding Academy. Moyer rides with Provost at Meadow View Farm.
Alliy Moyer won the Leading Amateur Rider Award sponsored by Sapphire Riding Academy.

Provost came out winning from the get go, earning the top honors in the $2,500 National Welcome Stake class on Friday, sponsored by Sea Change Farm, with an 88 on Essential. As if that weren’t enough, Provost and Alliy Moyer’s Valiant, took second with an 87.  Margo Lyon’s Kadence Darco with Caitlyn Shiels aboard, landed in third place with an 84.

Mindful and Kelley Farmer won the $7,500 International Welcome Stake and are leading after round 1 of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by CP.

Friday’s $7,500 International Welcome Stake class, sponsored by Sea Change Farm, got riders and horses out on the field to get the lay of the land. Coming out in top form right off the bat was Kelley Farmer and Kensel, LLC’s Mindful, winning the class with a score of 88. Carl Weeden and Piper Benjamin’s Corvine took second with an 86 and Farmer took third with Dalliance, owned by Avatar Real Estate.

Kelley Farmer leads round 1 of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby with Mindful and Taken.

Twenty horses took on the challenge in the field this afternoon for the first round of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Canadian Pacific. Leading after todays round were two of Kelley Farmer’s rides. Mindful, earned a 195 for the top spot and Jessica Stitt’s Taken scored 190 for second.  Caroline Weeden with Corvine, rounded out the top three with a 177.5.

When Farmer was asked what her game plan was for round two on Sunday, she simply replied, "Don't change a thing."

Caroline Weeden and Corvine with Margaret Benjamin accepted their award for third in the first round of the USHJA International Hunter Derby and also placed second in the International Welcome Stake.

Sunday features the final handy round plus a champagne brunch for VIP ticket holders.  The farm is a gorgeous setting for the event, with the pond and fountain in plain view from the spectacular VIP tent. High-end shops will display fantastic items for purchase and children’s events are sponsored by the Novy and Vogel families. The CP Puffer Belly Express train will be giving rides and the petting zoo and horseless horse show will keep kids busy for hours.
Adults can shop horsepower of a different kind with Lake Forest Sports Cars offering Ferrari test drives and Land Rover Lake Bluff has vehicles on site to check out the latest models.
If you can’t make it in person, will be taping the event to air on Monday evening.
For more information, please visit the website at
$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby (overall)
place   horse                           rider                             owner
1          Essential                   Tammy Provost        Wendy Hofmeister
2          Kodachrome              Russel Frey              Nina Moore
3          Profit                          Tammy Provost        Wendy Hofmeister
4          Aspen                         Maria Rasmussen   Whitney Sinclair
5          Pilot                            Geoffrey Hesslink    Lana Broussard
6          Subject to Change      Maria Rasmussen   Ashley Netzky
7          Poetry                         Caroline Weeden    Glory Days Farm
8          Kadence Darco           Caitlyn Shiels           Margo Lyons
9          Truth Be Told              Tammy Provost        Marianne Ash
10       Valiant                          Alliy Moyer               Alliy Moyer
11       JosVan Kouterhoeve   Geoffrey Hesslink     Salim Radi
12       Carlson                        Alliy Moyer                Alliy Moyer
$2,500 National Welcome Stake
1          Essential                   Tammy Provost        Wendy Hofmeister
2          Valiant                       Tammy Provost        Alliy Moyer
3          Kadence Darco          Caitlyn Shiels           Margo Lyons
4          Aspen                         Maria Rasmussen   Whitney Sinclair
5          Kodachrome               Russell Frey             Nina Moore
6          Carlson                      Tammy Provost         Alliy Moyer
7          Chandon                    Geoffrey Hesslink    Olivia Weaver
8          Subject to Change     Maria Rasmussen   Ashley Netzky
9          Troubadour               Tammy Provost        Jill Donaldson
10       JosVan KouterhoeveGeoffrey Hesslink      Salim Radi
11       Profit                           Tammy Provost        Wendy Hofmeister
12       Truth Be Told              Tammy Provost        Marianne Ash
$7,500 International Welcome Stake
1          Mindful                      Kelley Farmer           Kensel, LLC
2          Corvine                     Caroline Weeden      Piper Benjamin
3          Dalliance                   Kelley Farmer           Avatar Real Estate
4          Jersey Boy                Jennifer Alfano         SBS Farms
5          Miramar                     Jennifer Alfano        Jennifer Alfano
6          Taken                         Kelley Farmer          Jessica Stitt
7          Quite Chocolate         Maria Rasmussen   Over Fences Farm
8          Calido’s Son               Doug Boyd               Mimi Rothman
9          Valentino Now            Kelley Farmer           MVB Group
10       So to Speak                Kelley Farmer           Glefke, Kensel
11       Charlie Brown             Molly McAdow           Lanie Bricker
12       The Spy                     Caroline Weeden      Glory Days Farm     
2015 Chicago Hunter Derby Sponsors Include:
Canadian Pacific
Gene & Georgetti
Glory Days Farm
Sapphire Riding Academy
Sea Change

Aullmyn Photography
B. Weinstein Associates
Brookwood Farm
Catering by Michael's
Chicago Equestrian
Constellation Brands
DbY Invitations
Delta Dental
Exquisite Designs Chicago 
Integra Graphics
Lake Forest Sports Cars
Land Rover Lake Bluff
Lefton-Glick Family Foundation
Marcin Cymmer Photography
Meadowview Farm
Mirar Productions
Molise PR
Novy Family
Rocco Fiore & Sons
Sophisticated Living
Taylor Harris Insurance Services
Upper Echelon Academy
Vogel Family

Barrington Saddlery
Oros Saddlery
Tom James

Fast Facts
Event: Chicago Hunter Derby
Date: September 4-6, 2015
Location: Annali-Brookwood Farm
            18752 Edwards Road, Antioch, IL 60002

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Sponsorship Contact:
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