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Christopher Payne Tops Hallway Feeds Leading Rider Standings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Walton   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:53

The fifth event in the 2014 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series was held last Sunday at the Kentucky Horse Park during the Bluegrass Festival Horse Show. Coming back from two second place finishes during the first two weeks of the Kentucky Summer Series, Christopher Payne took home the winning honors with Harlen during the highlight event, increasing his lead in the Hallway Feeds Leading Rider standings.

The Hallway Feeds Series consists of seven national hunter derby events to be held during the 2014 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. 


Following the final event, cash prizes totaling $15,000 will be awarded to the series’ leading riders. Molly Sewell has jumped ahead of the winner from the Kentucky Summer Classic, Steve Heinecke, taking over the second place position after placing second on Sunday. Heinecke now sits in the third place position. Vivian Yowan leads the Junior standings, while Adele Norton leads the Amateur standings.

The USHJA National Hunter Derby program is in its fifth year and is growing in prestige and popularity. Amateurs, juniors and professional riders are eligible to compete, giving it a broad base of support and interest. The $15,000 Hallway Feeds Leading Rider Awards will present a $10,000 cash prize to the professional rider accumulating the most points in the seven classes that make up the Series. The amateur rider and junior rider accumulating the most points will each receive a $2,500 cash prize. Riders will receive points only on their highest placed horse in each of the classes. The awards will be presented at the conclusion of the Hallway Feeds class at the Kentucky National Horse Show on September 20, 2014.

Pablo Barrios Furthers Lead in Hagyard Challenge Series Standings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Walton   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:52
PablePablo Barrios has all but wrapped up the $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus in Hagyard Challenge Series, but the race for the $10,000 bonus being awarded to the second place finisher is just heating up. Barrios and Antares captured the top prize during Friday’s $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, which coupled with three other wins gives him a clear lead in the standings.

However, Friday’s second place finisher Ramiro Quintana is just 150 points away from Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam in the standings. Sweetnam took home the victory during the Kentucky Summer Classic, but Quintana’s consistent efforts have also kept him in the running for the second place spot and a chance for $10,000. 
Don’t Rain on Christopher Payne and Harlan’s Parade, Winners of $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby PDF Print E-mail
Written by Amanda Oppold   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:51

Despite a consistent drizzle for most of Sunday afternoon, the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby displayed 46 horse and rider pairs, with Christopher Payne and Harlan claiming the blue ribbon. Molly Sewell aboard El Raymond took second place.

While observers and waiting mounts stood under trees and other cover, rider and horses tried to navigate the course with ease and fluidity. Payne said he liked today’s course, which featured an interesting set-up and a Hallway Feed jump as the Derby’s sponsor.

“It was an interesting course because all the jumps were kind of in the middle of the ring, there weren’t any outside lines so it was a lot of curves and turns, which seemed to work well for me,” said Payne.

Small And Mighty Ammeretto Takes Top Spot With David Beisel In $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ann Glavan   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:49

He may be the smallest horse in the class, but do not let his size fool you. The just barely 16 hand stallion Ammeretto is a fierce competitor with rider David Beisel, and he makes up for what he lacks in height and galloping speed with nimble turns. It was just such a turn that clinched the top spot in Sunday’s $40,000 Bluegrass Festival Grand Prix, sponsored by Audi. Beisel was able to beat out second place finisher Michael Dorman by taking a very tight inside turn in the jump-off that Dorman chose to forgo.  

“He’s a very nimble horse, and he’s a very little guy,” Beisel said of Ammeretto.  “I think I was a little fortunate, two weeks in a row in Michigan I couldn’t beat Michael [Dorman], he chased me down both times, and both courses were very long galloping courses.”

Brunello and Boyd Defend USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals Title at Bluegrass Festival Horse Show PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Bozan   
Sunday, 17 August 2014 12:12

 “I feel like it’s a bit of a dream, like pinch me. I’m still a little bit in shock.” That is what the winner of the 2014 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals had to say after her finish, and it is no wonder Liza Boyd thought winning derby finals twice in a row aboard Brunello was a long shot. She gave birth to her second child just two and a half months prior to the competition, giving her­ a very tight timeline to prepare herself and her horse Brunello, who is co-owned by Janet Peterson.  

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