Copper Fox LLC Returns to Sponsor $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Kendall Meijer (left) of Copper Fox LLC presented Peter Pletcher and Quintessential with their awards following their win in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the 2018 Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. Photo: Diana Hadsall Photography

Traverse City, Mich. – May 21, 2019 – Set along the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City is home to the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF), where the nation’s leading horses and riders come together each summer for six consecutive weeks of top-notch competition. One of the most highly anticipated events of the circuit is the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, which is once again proudly sponsored by Copper Fox LLC.

Scheduled to take place in the spacious Grand Prix Ring during Week IV of GLEF on Saturday, July 27, at 5 p.m., the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby always draws a large crowd of spectators for an exciting and competitive two-round competition with some of the country’s top hunter derby combinations.

In 2018, the prestigious class was claimed by Peter Pletcher of PJP Farm based in Magnolia, Texas, aboard the aptly named Quintessential after an impressive display of athleticism and style, which earned them the overall high score of 379.

GLEF is thrilled to partner with Copper Fox LLC, a distinguished equestrian sales business specializing in buying, selling and importing elite hunter/jumper horses, for the second year in a row as the generous sponsor of the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.

Similar to GLEF, Copper Fox LLC takes pride in its strong values of excellence and integrity. Based in Michigan, Copper Fox LLC is dedicated to sourcing promising young horses and developing them to excel in the show ring at some of the finest competitions in the country with both professional and amateur riders.

The team at Copper Fox LLC consists of Kendall Meijer and mother-daughter duo, Cathy and Hillary Johnson. Meijer is a decorated rider who hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and currently competes in the Amateur-Owner Hunter and Adult Hunter divisions, where she has collected numerous top results with many of the talented Copper Fox LLC horses.

“As a born and raised Michigander, I am proud to sponsor my favorite horse show, which happens to be right here in Michigan,” said Meijer. “The hunters hold a special place in my heart and I think the international derbies are one of the most exciting hunter events to exist. I am thrilled to be involved. Since the bulk of Copper Fox LLC’s horses are hunters, sponsoring the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby was a perfect fit! Good luck to everyone this summer and see you at the ring!”

This year’s closing date for entries for the first three weeks of competition is June 3. Trainers and riders are encouraged to submit their entries and stall reservations as soon as possible to ensure acceptance. Exhibitors can submit their entries for GLEF 2019 online at The entry deadline for Weeks IV, V and VI is July 1. Click here for the stabling form and reserve your stalls today!

The team at GLEF and Morrissey Management Group is dedicated to providing top-notch customer service for those attending this year’s event. With its convenient location in the heart of Traverse City, traveling through the Cherry Capital Airport – TVC is the ideal situation for those participating at GLEF this summer. In addition, if you would like assistance in booking housing arrangements for the 2019 circuit, please email

A variety of sponsorships are still available for this year’s circuit and include the opportunity to reserve camper spaces onsite before they are available to exhibitors. For more information on how to become a sponsor, click here and contact Nicolle Meyer at nicky@mmg.managementor call 440-258-5099.

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