Wellington, FL – January 23, 2014 - Mark your calendars now for the Ridge at Wellington’s inaugural Hunter Derby Days! The Ridge at Wellington will give a new meaning to “TGIF” when their $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby take center stage at the Ridge at Wellington on Friday, February 7 and Friday, March 21, 2014. Entries will fill fast as the top hunter riders in the nation gather for a battle of the best on the turf. Part of the Ridge at Wellington’s Turf Tour, the International and National Hunter Derbies are the perfect fit into the Wellington Winter Circuit as riders prepare for the steadily approaching hunter derbies at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).
“I am very excited to have some new options for the hunter derbies during the circuit,” professional hunter rider Louise Serio said. “I think it is a great opportunity for the horses and the riders to show at a new location. It gives us more options. There is only one derby during WEF, and it is at the end of the season. It is also one of the hardest events we do all year. Hopefully this will offer some courses that the young horses can gain some experience over and the more seasoned horses can compete, too.”
On February 7 and March 21, 2014, the turf at the Ridge at Wellington will transform into a picturesque hunt field, reminiscent of the traditional hunt fields of the past. Shrubbery, flowers and natural obstacles will fill the open field as the inaugural $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby will commence. Running concurrently in the sand arena will be the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby.
Kenneth Krome will design the first derbies of 2014 at the Ridge of Wellington, testing both horse and rider alike as they take on the daunting obstacles. Robert Crandall, Nancy Hall, Leo Conroy and Holly Orlando will judge the first week of the Ridge at Wellington Hunter Derby Days. For the second event of the series Dee Thomas, Linda Andrisani, Gary Duffy and Daniel Robertshaw will scrutinize each round and name the winner.
The Ridge at Wellington Hunter Derbies are the epitome of what the show world strives to accomplish. With unparalleled hospitality, and the careful and knowledgeable minds of Olympian Nona Garson and George D’Ambrosio, the Hunter Derby Days are a horse show run by horsemen for horsemen.
In the world of hunter derbies, The Ridge at Wellington provides an exhilarating opportunity for riders of all levels. As a stand-alone derby day, the national and international classes are fully dedicated to showcasing and perfecting the derby classes with ideal turf that rivals the traditional fox hunting fields, reveling in the sport and athleticism of the horse.
This premiere state-of-the-art facility offers the best of the equestrian sports with varying competition levels. Their shows offer a wide array of classes, as well as generous prize money and sponsorship opportunities. Located only two miles from the prestigious Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the Ridge at Wellington offers one of the most centrally located horse shows in Wellington.
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