Mumford, NY – January 15, 2014 – On June 7 and 8, 2014, the hunt world of years gone by will intersect with the world of modern day show hunters at only the nation’s third stand-alone USHJA International Hunter Derby – The Derby at the Genesee Country Village & Museum.
Set on the picturesque Great Meadow of the Genesee Country Village & Museum (GCV&M), The Derby will offer an alluring $35,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Sun., June 8, as well as a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby on Sat., June 7.
In the world of derbies, The Derby at GCV&M provides an exciting and exclusive opportunity for riders and spectators alike. As a stand-alone derby, the event is solely and fully dedicated to showcasing and perfecting the derby classes.
“What the USHJA has outlined in their derby specs represents very much where our hunters today come from, from the hunt field,” said show organizer and producer Brian Brown of The Showtime Group. “At the [Genesee Country] Village and Museum, we are able to provide a canvas that meets those specs and reflects that heritage.”
Brown continued, “The Great Meadow [at the Genesee Country Village and Museum] really is just an amazing canvas for a derby. It’s a level field, but it does have three different plateaus on it. So we will have that rolling ground, which just makes it even more exciting and more authentic to a hunt field.”
The Genesee Country Village & Museum is reflective of that area’s history, as one of the largest living history museums in the country. It features costumed interpreters in restored historic buildings set in a beautifully preserved rural landscape that paints the perfect backdrop for the USHJA National and International Derbies.
“There’s such a strong horse heritage in the area, and with an event like this it’s going to be wonderful to be able to bring that back and showcase that for the riders and for Western New York as a social event,” Brown said. “It’s not just a horse show. With the prize money involved, the people involved and it being a stand-alone event, it’s really going to be something special for our spectators and competitors.”
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