The weather on the Gulf Coast couldn’t be more beautiful as the Gulf Coast Winter Classic headed into Week IV with increased entries in the hunter rings as momentum continues to build for the upcoming Week V $77,700 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Brook Ledge Horse Transportation.
Yesterday thirty six horse and rider teams took to the hunt in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Tucci. Sarah Young of Spring Hill, Kansas, winner of last week’s $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Tucci in the irons of Beyond Time, returned to the winner’s circle, this time in the irons of Amanda Shaw’s Contemporary, after earning a first round score of 88 and a Handy score of 92, for a total score of 180.
Micaela Kennedy’s Magnus Hermes, ridden by Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, Alabama, earned second place after posting a first round score of 87 and a Handy score of 90 for an overall score of 177.
Young returned to pick up the third place ribbon with Samantha Hall’s Beyond Time after earning a first round score of 86 and a Handy score of 88 for an overall score of 174.
Isabella Baxter of Wright City, Missouri and her own Chief picked up fourth place after being awarded a first round score of 83 and a second round score of 87 for a total of 170.
Fifth place was awarded to Seth Vallhonrat’s Nemesis 11, ridden by Dominque Damico of Berwyn, Pennsylvania after earning a combined score of 168 and sixth place went to James Fisher’s Amara, ridden by Christina Fisher of Alpharetta, Georgia with a combined score of 167. Seventh place was awarded to Courtney Calcagnini’s Casting Call, ridden by Catherine Castle of Folsom, Louisiana after posting a combined score of 161 and eighth was awarded to Little Rock, owned by Ramble On Farm and ridden by Kaitlyn Williams of Wayne, Pennsylvania.
Thinks Like a Horse Farm’s Friend Request, ridden by Brooke Van Nortwick of Leesburg, Virginia placed ninth, Sabina Holtzman’s Re Chiste, ridden by Shepherd earned tenth. Maida Clifton’s More Optimistic, ridden by Ashley Hotz of Eads, Tennessee placed eleventh and Roland Park, owned and ridden by Dudley Macfarlane of Crozet, Virginia wrapped up the class in twelfth place.
“Our hunter numbers continue to grow each week and I am confident that offering the second largest hunter purse in the country is contributing to this weekly climb in numbers,” commented Bob Bell, President of the Gulf Coast Classic Company.