Penny Lombardo and Party Started Celebrate Victory in $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby Presented by Pilates Rocks

Penny Lombardo and Party Started. Photo ©Anne Gittins Photography

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Wellington, FL – Oct. 15, 2022 – Hunter competition returned to Equestrian Village during the ESP Fall I horse show, which featured the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Pilates Rocks on the grass. The class was a tight race, with the top two finishers separated by only a single point. In the end, Penny Lombardo of Loxahatchee, FL, and Party Started, owned by Tricia Barr, captured the top spot on the overall scorecard to lead the victory gallop. 

“We bought him as a three-year-old stallion bred in the United States. He didn’t know how to jump and had only been broke a month, so we’ve taught him to this level,” commented Lombardo of Party Started. “He’s six now, and he is brave, a good jumper, and does everything that we ask him to do. He’s a good-minded horse and lots of personality. When we first saw him we didn’t ride him then because he had just been broken, so we just viewed him and thought he was a beautiful mover. He did some free jumping and we thought it looked like he had some great instincts.” 

The class was held in a “Hunt and Go” format, with the first portion of the course judged as the Classic round, and the latter half of the trip scored as the Handy phase. As the second-to-last duo to jump the course, Lombardo and Party Started were up against a leading score of 162, which had held the top position for most of the competition. Laying down a stellar round, the partnership propelled to the top of the standings with a total score of 173, composed of a score of 88 from the Classic fences and 85 from the Handy portion of the track. Though the final pair to go, Keri Kampsen of Wellington, FL, and Cindy Fox’s Chelestina, gave the leaders a run or their money, they finished just off the lead with 172 points for second position to secure the blue ribbon for Lombardo and Party Started. Third place was awarded to Kimberly Maloomian of West Palm Beach, FL, and her own Finch Hatton with 162 points. 

“He jumped on the grass over here during WEF for a derby. He has probably done three or four derbies now, so it is exciting that he is winning as a six-year-old,” remarked Barr. “He has never owned a pair of shoes; he’s barefoot from birth and still never has gone in shoes. When Penny isn’t competing with him, I also ride him in the Adult Amateurs.” 

Penny Lombardo and Party Started, pictured with Elissa Salzman and Wyatt Bateman of Pilates Rocks, won the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter derby, presented by Pilates Rocks. ©Anne Gittins Photography

For the full results of the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Pilates Rocks, please click HERE

Saturday featured the $1,000 2’6″/2’9″ Hunter Derby presented by Score At The Top, which saw  Kim Barone of Wellington, FL, and Page Tredennick’s Tarragon take top call with a final score of 176. The duo earned a score of 86 in the Classic round and then improved upon their performance with 90 points in the Handy phase. Kimberly Narlinger of Laguna Beach, CA, and her own Rendez-vous jumped to second place with 170 points, trailed by Adelle Alletto of Miami Beach, FL, on First Blue LLC’s Central Park West to round out the podium with a score of 147. 

Kim Barone and Tarragon won the $1,000 2’6″/2’9″ Hunter Derby presented by Score At The Top. ©Anne Gittins Photography

In the Performance 3’3” Hunters presented by Gold Coast Feed, Kampsen and GN Equestrian LLC’s Kilkenny earned the championship tricolors after consistent performances across five classes. The duo finished the division with three first-place finishes, as well as a second-place ribbon and a third-place result. Jessica Cross of Apopka, FL, and Karen Kogon’s Pepita were awarded the reserve championship in the division. 

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The Pacific Coast Horse Shows Association (PCHA), a non-profit corporation, has as its main purpose the promotion and development of the sport of horse showing, primarily in the Hunter/Jumper, Western and Reining disciplines. These objectives are accomplished by setting the standards for showing on the West Coast and approving shows that meet these criteria. 

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