Briarwood Derby Day Honors Jack Benson and Helps Cancer Patients

Erin and Sambuca compete in the Adult Hunters. Photo © Kelly Lemenze

Briarwood Derby Day is a yearly fundraising event that benefits patient care at the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center in memory of Jack Benson. Jack was a great friend and teacher in the New Jersey horse show community who passed away in 2010 after a courageous fight with cancer. His wife, Katie, has organized Briarwood Derby Day every year since to honor Jack and continually express her gratitude for the healthcare workers that helped treat him. To learn more from Katie, watch the video below.

Leah and Compass Point strut their stuff in Beginner Hunter. Photo © Kelly Lemenze Photography
Annabelle shares kisses with Strawberry Shortcake before Mini Stirrup begins. Photo © Kelly Lemenze Photography
Tristan and Rififi finish their Beginner Hunter trip. Photo © Kelly Lemenze Photography
Leah wears a blue lapel ribbon to honor her father. Photo © Kelly Lemenze Photography
Gabriel gives Top Shelf well deserved pats after their round. Photo © Kelly Lemenze Photography
Lauren and Evening Gown take the high option in the derby ring. Photo © Kelly Lemenze Photography
Liliana and Top Shelf walk the warm-up ring between trips. Photo © Kelly Lemenze Photography
Top Shelf eagerly awaits his post-trip cookies. Photo © Kelly Lemenze Photography
Emma and Strawberry Daiquiri prepare for a tight turn. Photo © Kelly Lemenze Photography
Sarah and Citizen speed around their jumper course. Photo © Kelly Lemenze Photography
Feeling those post-jump-off feelings. Photo © Kelly Lemenze Photography
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