Legolas and Jessica Borton Amass Top Scores for $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby Win at WEC Wilmington

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Jessica Borton and Legolas sweep the Open Derby. Photo Courtesy of Winslow Photography

Edited Press Release

Wilmington, OH – Over thirty beautiful hunters graced Friday’s feature classes in World Equestrian Center Wilmington’s R+L Arena. The stunning natural tracks during the $10,000 USHJA Hunter Derby 3′ Open and $10,000 USHJA Hunter Derby 3′ Non Pro classes were designed by Bobby Murphy of Lexington, Kentucky, and featured a whimsical Ferris wheel option and a horse-carriage hay bale effort. 

The $10,000 USHJA Hunter Derby 3′ Open division saw a field of 13 competitors delivering their best efforts in the beautifully adorned indoor arena. Jessica Borton of Hunters Court Farm in Johnstown, Ohio and Kim Tarnapoll’s Legolas (Rasch x Landfee I) towered over the competition, scoring 85.5 in the first round and 88 in the handy, totaling 173.5 to take home the big win. 

Accepting their first place awards in the winner’s circle. Photos courtesy of Winslow Photography

Although six months pregnant, that didn’t stop Borton from delivering top-notch performances. “I’ve ridden Lego for three years now and we have competed in the national derbies the whole time we have had him,” she said. “He is wonderful and always a great ride. All of the singles and turns on today’s course were great so I could really show him off – he is super handy!”

Sophie Carlin and Cabochon take top honors in the Non Pro class. Photos courtesy of Winslow Photography

Twenty-two year old Sophie Carlin of Columbus, Ohio and her own Cabochon (Cabardino x Kountdown) captured first place honors against a field of 19 entries during the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby 3’ Non Pro. Carlin and the 7-year-old chestnut Warmblood mare delivered two foot-perfect rounds for matching scores of 90s and a 180 total for the well-deserved derby win. 

“Hazel was perfect for me. This was my first derby win at WEC and my second USHJA Derby win!” Carlin exclaimed.

$10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby 3′ Open Results:

  1. Legolas, Jessica Borton – 85.5 | 88 | 173.5
  2. Astra Road, Michaella T. Gerlacher – 89 | 84 | 173
  3. Calisandro, Michaella T. Gerlacher – 80 | 89 | 169
  4. Corlando 49, Melissa Donnelly – 84 | 83 | 167
  5. Dalliance, Michaella T. Gerlacher – 78 | 82 | 160
  6. Cinda, Melissa Donnelly – 81 | 70 | 151
  7. News For You, Meg A. Howard-Fuleky – 64 | 84 | 148
  8. Aviatrix, Taylor Avann – 70 | 65 | 135
  9. Ohana, Holly A. Kalso  – 47 | 84 | 131
  10. Quintus, Adam Gray  – 65 | 64 | 129

$10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby 3′ Non Pro Results:

  1. Cabochon, Sophie Carlin – 90 | 90 | 180
  2. Ethereal, Sophia Keoleian – 78 | 89 | 167
  3. Checkmate, Victoria Kountouriotis – 78.5 | 85 | 163.5
  4. Donatello, Addison Mae King – 81 | 81 | 162
  5. High Five, Katie Gould – 67 | 84 | 151
  6. Xzplendor, Annie Marvin – 70 | 80 | 150
  7. Viva Las Vegas, Emma Lena Green – 69 | 70 | 139
  8. Ne-Yo, Ella Ballard – 82 | 49 | 131
  9. Actender Ps, Lydia Rae Howard – 79 | 42 | 121
  10. Zavier, Claire Noble –  71 | 44 | 116

Photos courtesy of Winslow Photography.