Christopher Coberly Bookends Podium in $15,000 WEC Derby 3′ Non Pro

Christopher Coberley earned 1st and 3rd in the $15,000 WEC Derby 3′ Non Pro. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Thirty-four entries took to the course in the $15,000 WEC Derby 3′ Non Pro. Junior and amateur riders rode like seasoned professionals with several scores ranging into the 90s. Christopher Coberley owned the class this afternoon, taking 1st and 3rd place aboard Havens Schatt’s Actender PS (Action Breaker x Conpila) and David Glefke’s Undercover (Untouched x Tosca), respectively.

Christopher Coberley earns 1st and 3rd in the $15,000 WEC Derby 3′ Non Pro.

Coberley and Havens Schatt’s Actender PS (Action Breaker x Conpila) earned 2nd place in the $15,000 WEC Derby 3′ Non Pro during Week 3 and returned today with the same polished look to their ride. The duo wowed the judges in the first round, taking all four high options and earning a score of 92. Coberley and the 8-year-old Oldenburg gelding returned last in the handy round with the highest score of the first round. They flowed easily through the course, taking inside turns where available. Coberley and Actender PS earned a score of 93 for their efforts, bringing their overall score to 185 for the win.

Coberley also had a stellar ride aboard David Glefke’s Undercover (Untouched x Tosca). He and the 8-year-old Westphalian gelding took 3rd place in last week’s $15,000 WEC Derby 3′ Non Pro and had an identical performance this afternoon. The pair was consistent and chose all four high options in both round, earning a pair of 86 scores for a total of 172 and 3rd place.

Addison Reed and Bridget Phillips’ Dreamland (Landlord x Pamela) also impressed the judges in the non pro derby. The 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding regularly shows in the jumping ring with Phillips, but Reed had the ride today in the hunter ring. Reed and Dreamland nailed the first round, taking all four high options for a score of 88. The duo returned with a foot-perfect handy round, earning a score of 90 for a total of 178, sliding into 2nd place.

We caught up with Coberley after the class to chat about his rides, “I thought my horses listened and went really well. They proved themselves today. I did all of the turns that I planned in the handy and the horses went through those turns very well.”

$15,000 WEC Derby 3′ Non Pro Results

  1. Actender PS, Christopher Coberley – 92 | 93 | 185 4,4,i8
  2. Dreamland, Addison Reed – 88 | 90 | 178 4,4,i8
  3. Undercover, Christopher Coberley – 86 | 86 | 172 4,4,i8
  4. Cristallo’s Carlchen P, Alivia Kohus – 77 | 91 | 168
  5. Chatender, Madeline MacNeill – 78 | 89 | 167
  6. Thomas O’Malley, Sophia Deel – 82 | 84 |166
  7. Quasar, Joshua Graves – 76.5 | 80 | 156.5
  8. Terrafino, Betsy Aliffi – 79 | 76 |155
  9. Dolita, Shannon Jones – 75.5 | 79 | 154.5
  10. KT Quinn, Michael Teto – 76 | 77 | 153


Melissa Donnelly receives the Style of Riding Award.

Before the start of the handy round in the $20,000 WEC Hunter Derby 3’6″-3’9″, the prestigious Style of Riding Award was presented to Melissa Donnelly for her classic style and her sportsmanship. The Style of Riding Award is generously donated by Bill Rube to be awarded to the rider who best displays the American Style of riding in the ring and sportsmanship outside of the competition arena. The recipient serves as a role model for preserving the integrity and tradition of equestrian sport. “This award is very special to me because the recipient of this award pays it forward both in and out of the show ring,” says Rube. Donnelly received an elegant leather duffel bag and wore a white rose corsage on her lapel throughout the handy round to signify her achievement.

Eduardo Gonzalez is awarded the Shapley’s Champion Groom Award.

Sally Stith-Burdette, Director of Marketing for Shapley’s, was on hand to present The Shapley’s Champion Groom Award to Eduardo Gonzalez, groom of the 1st place finisher in the $20,000 WEC Hunter Derby 3’6″-3’9″, Jordantinus, for the best turnout in the class. Shapley’s is a proud sponsor of the World Equestrian Center and is thrilled provide an award each week of the Winter Spectacular to the groom of the best turned out horse. Gonzalez received a Shapley’s Award Bucket for Jordantinus’ stunning turnout.

Photos courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.