Kelley Farmer Breezes to Bookend Podium in $40,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Kelley Farmer and Meaningful ©Sportfot

Mill Spring, NC – July 3, 2020 – Kelley Farmer (USA) and David Glefke’s Meaningful scored a total of 377 points over two rounds to take top honors in Friday evening’s $40,000 USHJA International Derby at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), also claiming third with In Writing, the 2009 Holsteiner gelding (Quirado x Pandora VLL) co-owned by David Glefke and Wendy Hofmeister, on a score of 374.5. Daniel Geitner (USA) and his own mount Banks Mill, a 2011 Warmblood gelding of unknown breeding, claimed reserve with a total score of 375.5.

The Dean Rheinheimer (USA) course tested 24 entrants over the initial track, with the top 12 scoring a minimum of 152 in order to qualify for the handy round. Farmer and the 2013 Oldenburg gelding (Almoretto x Romisch Blau) walked into the second round with a score of 168, adding 209 to top the field – in Meaningful’s second competition since arriving in North America. “I thought the course was very nice – I was very happy with it. This is only his second show in America! He’s already learning how to become a top hunter,” she explained. “He was also champion in the High Performance [4’ division], winning every class this week. I could not be more thrilled with him.”

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Sandra Ferrell and Dan D’Angelo ©Sportfot

Sandra Ferrell Puts Dan D’Angelo and Undercover on the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby Podium

Sandra Ferrell (Wellington, FL) took first and second place in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby Friday morning, piloting Amy Guth’s Dan D’Angelo, a 2003 Mecklenburger gelding (Elite Carrico x Lorgano), to first on a two-round score of 171, just a half a point behind with Undercover, a 2012 Westphalian gelding (Untouched x Tosca) owned by Maya Grove, scoring 170.5. Abbygale Funk (Saint George, KS) landed the remaining podium position with Asteri, a 2013 Warmblood gelding of unknown breeding owned by MMK Equestrian LLC, scoring a 168 after two rounds on the Dean Rheinheimer (Sheridan, IN) course design.

For full results from the $40,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, click here.

For full results from the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, click here.

Tryon Summer 4 competition continues through Sunday, July 5, with competitions closed to spectators and with highlight classes streaming live at Saturday features the $10,000 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby at 8:00am in Tryon Stadium, as well as the 8:00pm $137,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI 3*.

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