Edited Press Release
July 15, 2022 – Megan Rosenthal (Charlotte, NC) and Selwyn, owned by Fairy Tale Farms LLC, came away with the blue ribbon in Friday’s $10,000 Standlee/USHJA Open Hunter Derby Regional Championships. Coming in second was Brooke Kemper (Reddick, FL) with MTM Kappa Kappa Gamma, a 2013 Warmblood gelding (Casiro x Sue) owned by Caroline Blum. Third prize was awarded to Liza Boyd (Camden, SC) and Cassico, a 2011 Holsteiner gelding (Carrico x Trevigiana), owned by Rebekah Warren.
Selwyn, a 2015 Swedish Warmblood gelding (Common Sense x Amazing FLB) has been moving up the ranks in the States this past year. “His name is Selwyn, but his barn name is Noodle,” said Rosenthal about her winning mount, “He’s been in the country for about a year now. We started him in the 2’6” baby greens last year, then started the 3’ greens this year and just moved him up to the 3’3”. We love him, he’s beautiful, he does his job well as long as we do things his way! We’re really excited for the future with him, he’s really brave.”
“In the first round I really just tried to take it one jump at a time,” Rosenthal said, “Since he is a young horse, we just wanted to make sure he was confident and secure going around.”
A rough handy round warm up made for a successful day for the pair. “In the handy round, we had a little bit of a rough warmup, so I really just went in hoping that we could just smooth out the tracks between the jumps for the second time. He was really great, he really rose to the occasion. He jumped a little higher in the handy round than in the first round so I think he’s eventually going to be really good in this environment.”
“We love [Tryon],” Rosenthal said, “We’re local: we’re from Charlotte so we end up here quite a bit during the summer. When I first started coming here and did some of the international derbies on the grass it was a lot of fun, and I kind of missed that it was gone for a little bit, and I’m glad that the grass is back! It just really shows a new environment for young horses and is a great experience for them. It was a lot of fun today!”
For full results from the $10,000 Standlee/USHJA Open Hunter Derby Regional Championships, click here.