By Brenda Mueller for Chicago Equestrian
Patty Van Housen and Rinka won the Cedar Creek Four Bar Challenge at the Wisconsin Equine Derby Weekend.
West Bend, WI – August 14, 2015 – Clinicians took to the rings to kick off the weekend at the Washington County Fairgrounds for the third annual Wisconsin Equine Derby Weekend presented by Old Seoul Equestrian and founder Courtney Hayden-Fromm of West Bend, WI. Friday kicked off the spectacular Derby Weekend, with a day of education by top trainers and riders, Maggie Jayne and Haylie Jayne-Rolfe of Elgin, IL.
Maggie Jayne worked with jumper riders.
Clinician Maggie Jayne taught more than fifty jumper riders throughout the day. Jayne has an impressive resume in the equitation ring, hunter ring and jumper ring. In 2000, Jayne won the Junior Jumper Prix de States Individual Gold Medal at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and in 2002, she was a USEF Medal Finals winner. In 2009, Jayne won the title of Leading Hunter Rider at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. After a successful junior career, Jayne turned professional and now works for the family business, Our Day Farm. Jayne also has won numerous championships riding for Pony Lane Farm and the Thatcher Family, earning them the USEF Leading Hunter Owner Title from 2009- 2012.She has trained riders to top indoor and National Championships in the Junior and Amateur Owner hunter and jumper divisions.
Haylie Jayne-Rolfe worked with hunter riders on the basics of showing a hunter.
In the hunter ring, Haylie Jayne-Rolfe worked with the hunter riders. Jayne-Rolfe is the youngest of the Alex Jayne family but has a resume as long as the rest of the family. As a junior, she helped win a Prix De States Team Gold Medal at the 2005 Pennsylvania National Horse Show and claimed the Low Junior Jumper Circuit Championship at the prestigious Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) with Kinda Blue. In the equitation ring, Jayne-Rolfe earned ribbons in every major equitation final, including the reserve championship during the 2006 Washington Equitation Finals. She was the consecutive winner of the ASPCA Maclay Regionals for Region 4 in 2004 and 2005, having also won the Illinois Medal Finals in 2004. Later in 2006, she took home the Christy Conard trophy during WEF after winning the equitation circuit championship. Jayne-Rolfe is due to have her first child in November and has become an invaluable ground person to the Our Day Farm team while pregnant.
Erica Peters won most improved clinic rider on a hunter. Photo Lily Kubly.
Taylor Hampton won most improved clinic rider on a jumper.
Two riders received the $100 Incentive for most improved rider in the clinic, sponsored by Seoul Creek Farm, West Bend, WI, and Hidden View Farm, Mequon, WI. Each clinician nominated the rider they thought improved the most during the clinic. Maggie Jayne nominated Taylor Hampton and Haylie Jayne-Rolfe nominated Erica Peters.
Peters rides with Deb Nellis at New Heights Farm in Green Bay, WI. She will show in the hunter derby section on Saturday and rode in one of the hunter sections Jayne-Rolfe taught.
“I think the clinic will really help me in the ring,” said Peters. “Haylie was really patient with me and helped me work through some issues with my horse. It was a great experience.”
Dr. Borzynski talked about lameness and lameness evaluations.
Equicoach, Equestrian Performance Coaching by Cathy Penrod, (pictured below/right) offered complimentary sno-cones to keep everyone cool during the afternoon sessions and Wisconsin Equine Clinic & Hospital’s Dr. Borzynski gave a talk on lameness and lameness evaluations.
The highlight of Friday was a Four Bar Challenge sponsored by Cedar Creek Equestrian Center, Cedarburg, WI, and Stacy Oppermann. Spectators and exhibitors enjoyed a pizza party sponsored by media company ChicagoEquestrian.com, during the exciting event. Patty Van Housen was victorious, clearing 4’6″ on the final jump.
“I think this is the highest she’s ever jumped,” said owner Barb Van-Heusen of the eleven year old Roc baby. “At home she just does whatever we are doing from swimming to cutting cows to trail rides.”
Both Patty and Barb Van-Heusen have been supporters of the derby weekend since it’s inception. They say they are always the first sponsors on board for the next year.
“It’s such a great event, why wouldn’t we want to be involved?” added Barb.
The VanHousen’s also gave cart rides with their donkey to raise funds for Healing Haven. Proceeds from the ticketed warm up and the lead line class also are donated to various charities.
With the Jayne sisters as the judges for Saturday’s competition, riders will be able to practice what they learned from the clinic sessions. The weekend continues with the $500 Hall Saddlery 2’3” Hunter Derby, the $500 Le Cheval 2’6” Hunter Derby, the $1,000 Hope Memorial 2’9”-3’ Hunter Derby and the $1500 Purina 3’6” Hunter Derby. Saturday is capped off with the $2,500 Walsh Products Mini-Prix.
Saturday morning coffee and donuts are sponsored by Blue Gate Farm. Enjoy the afternoon with an ice cream social presented by Stonewall Ponies and then Saturday night’s exhibitor’s party, sponsored by Wisconsin Equine Clinic & Hospital complete with a full bar sponsored by Manchester Farm and Old Seoul Equestrian. Top off the events with the Barbara Biever Leadline class and the Parade of Champions to make Saturday unforgettable.
Sunday is Jumper Derby Day with a 3’6″ Jumper Derby and a fantastic brunch sponsored by GastroGuard and UlcerGuard and Bloody Mary Bar sponsored by Foremost Stables for exhibitors to enjoy.
In addition, the event is recognized by Chicago Equestrian as a double point derby event in the series. The 2′, 2’6″ and 3′ Hunter Derby sections will receive double points toward the series award.
For more information or a prize list, please vistwww.oldseoulequestrian.com.