Who Jumped It Best?: $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Edition

Sep 7, 2018 - 4:59 PM

Saugerties, N.Y.—Sept. 7

For $500,000 on the line, you can bet that the hunters are on their huntering game. Walk through the course with us on the first day of  this year’s Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Finals and decide for yourself which one is the best.

Fence No. 1: Who made the best first impression?

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Cassandra Kahle’s beautiful ride from start to finish earned her a third-place finish on Atlantico. Photo by Laura Lemon.
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Could Deirdre Catani ask KT Dizzio to snap better? Photo by Laura Lemon.
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Red Ryder looked as cute as a button jumping though the HITS standards with Hannah Isop. Photo by Laura Lemon.

Fence No. 4: Who looked the best through the barn doors?

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Kristy Herrera and Easy Street HU made it look so easy and effortless. Photo by Laura Lemon.
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Tracy Fenney and MTM Silver Alert took the highest score in the $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final – Phase 1. Photo by Laura Lemon.
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Dominique Damico showcased Nemesis 11’s effortless snaps. Photo by Laura Lemon.

Fence No. 6A: Who can top the in of the in-and-out?

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Knees to nose with Amanda Steege and Lafitte De Muze. Photo by Laura Lemon.
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Can the expression be better than Brian Feigus and Commander? Photo by Laura Lemon.
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Does your heart stop for Prolific with Patricia Griffith in the irons? Photo by Laura Lemon.

Fence No. 12: Are they still going strong after conquering the outside course?

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Grand prix rider Aaron Vale has won this class twice, and he once again made a switch to the hunter ring to guide Monday Balous around the course. Photo by Laura Lemon.
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Most likely voted the cutest? Most Likely and Meghan Knapic. Photo by Laura Lemon.
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After showing last year in the Stal Hendrix Green Futurity, Trademark jumped into the big boy ring with Samantha Schaefer. Photo by Laura Lemon.

The Final Fence: Who made that lasting impression?

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After winning the $100,000 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix last year, Augusta Iwasaki came back to Saugerties this time with Small Occasion. Photo by Laura Lemon.
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Talk about a fashionable exit for Brian Moggre and MTM Fashion. Photo by Laura Lemon.
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Callie Seaman and Chicago ended their round in the prettiest hunter way. Photo by Laura Lemon.

Bonus: who had the best pat?

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Brian Feigus showed Commander all the love. Photo by Laura Lemon.
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Another jumper rider taking to the outside course was David Raposa, and he gave his Ivy Too a proud pat. Photo by Laura Lemon.
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Woot woot! Who knew they just nailed it! Dorothy Douglas celebrated as MTM Exceptional took second place. Photo by Laura Lemon.

The Chronicle will be on site bringing you all the gorgeous photos, great interviews and behind-the-scenes stories. Make sure to follow along at www.coth.com, as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @Chronofhorse. For more results, click here.

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