Augusta Iwasaki and Attendu de Lannois Z Continue Success in $12,500 WEC Ocala 3’6″-3’9″ Hunter Derby

Augusta Iwasaki & Attendu De Lannois Z winning the $12,500 WEC Ocala 3’6″-3’9″ Hunter Derby. Photo courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.

Edited Press Release

The final Hunter Derby Friday of the 2022 USEF Fall Show Series saw nearly 70 horse-and-rider combinations compete for the top prize in the $12,500 WEC Ocala 3’6”-3’9” Hunter Derby, $10,000 WEC Ocala 3’ Open Hunter Derby and $10,000 WEC Ocala 3’ Jr/Am Hunter Derby. Pat Muskus (USA) built the open tracks that allowed competitors to earn scores in the high 90s.

The $12,500 WEC Ocala 3’6”-3’9” Hunter Derby saw the best-of-the-best compete for the blue ribbon, but it was Augusta Iwasaki and Ashland Farm’s Attendu De Lannois Z (Arko III x Caletina V/D Bremboshoeve) that navigated two foot-by-foot perfect rounds to score the ultimate victory.

Iwasaki and the 9-year-old Zangersheide gelding won the $75,000 WEC Ocala 3’6”-3’9” Hunter Derby during the 2022 Winter Spectacular Show Series. The pair continued their successful streak at World Equestrian Center – Ocala this afternoon.

The pair entered Hunter 1 toward the end of the order navigating a textbook round to secure a score of 91.

Iwasaki and Attendu De Lannois Z were the last pair to return for the handy. “We planned to do the inside turn after the high option oxer when we walked the course. ‘Attendu’ is very handy and excels in the derbies, so I knew the turn wasn’t going to be a problem for him,” Iwasaki said.

Augusta Iwasaki & Attendu De Lannois Z accepting their first place award. Photo courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.

The pair floated around the handy track taking every inside turn offered while jumping all four high options to earn a high score of 96 for a two-round total of 187 for the win.

“Attendu is such a fun horse to ride. I have been showing him in the derbies for almost two years now,” Iwasaki said. “I am excited to continue to show him and I am looking forward to coming back this winter.”

Kate Conover & Cover in the $10,000 WEC Ocala 3′ Open Hunter Derby. Photo courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.

Kate Conover and Cover (Coolidge x Zeruta) snagged an overall score that was nine points best in the $10,000 WEC Ocala 3′ Open Hunter Derby. Conover and the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding found an effortless first round to secure a high score of 92. The pair navigated a superb handy round, jumping all four high options with ease to receive a score of 95 for a two-round total of 187.

“I showed ‘Cover’ as a first-year horse back in 2020. I used to ride him for Carol Stillwell with guidance from Bill Ellis and David Connors. Then he was sold to California and just came back into my life,” Conover said. “Makoto Farms and Don Stewart gave me the ride on him, and it has brought back so many amazing memories of Bill who sadly passed away last year. Bill Ellis gave me this jacket that I am wearing today, so it felt like he was with us and watching over us.”

Mary Beth McGee & C-Star in the $10,000 WEC Ocala 3′ Jr/Am Hunter Derby. Photo courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.

Mary Beth McGee and her own C-Star that snagged their second consecutive win in the $10,000 WEC Ocala 3′ Jr/Am Hunter Derby with two scores in the high 80s. McGee and the 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding produced a smooth first round to earn a score of 87. The pair then galloped around the handy track, taking each inside turn available for a score of 89 and an overall score of 176 for the victory.

“I was third coming back, so I knew I had to risk some inside turns to win,” McGee said. “C-Star is surprisingly very handy for being an 18h horse with a giant stride, but he is soft in the bridle, you just need to look where you want to go and he is right there with you.”

$12,500 WEC Ocala 3’6”-3’9” Hunter Derby Results:

1 Attendu De Lannois Z, Augusta Iwasaki, Ashland Farms: 91 | 96 | 187
2 In The Know, Samantha Schaefer, Madeline Schaefer: 88 | 97 | 185
3 My Time, Kate Conover, R&R Sport Horses, LLC: 90 | 92 | 182
4 Ice, Julie Curtin, RPW Show Horses, LLC: 77 | 91 | 168
5 MTM Nabilli, Jenny Miller, Erica Prockow: 80 | 84 | 164
6 Likely Story, Shiloh Roseboom, Enchantment Farms LLC: 85 | 77.5 | 162.5
7 Fidonna, Shannon Popp, Shannon Popp: 82 | 78 | 160
8 Bruce Wayne Z, Juliette Joseph, Citrus Hill Farms, Inc.: 79 | 72 | 151
9 Hollywood, Erika Moore, Moore Acres, LLC: 76 | 64 | 140
10 Small Kingdom, Augusta Iwasaki, Chris Iwasaki & Liz Reilly: 89 | 44| 133

$10,000 WEC Ocala 3’ Open Hunter Derby Results:

1 Cover, Kate Conover, Walkenbach Equestrian LLC: 92 | 95 | 187
2 Royal Balou, Jake Evans, Opening Bell Sporthorses, LCC: 84 | 94 | 178
3 MTM Waypoint, Jenny Miller, Coventry Berg: 83 | 88 | 171
4 Clapton, Julie Curtin, RPW Show Horses, LLC: 87 | 79 | 166
5 Carsten S, Jennifer Tate, Barbara Kravetz: 81.5 | 84 | 165.5
6 Citation, Lilly French, Douglas Wheeler: 75 | 86 | 161
7 Pepita, Jessica Cross, Karen Kogon: 85 | 75.5 | 160.5
8 One Request, Haleigh Landrigan, Deer Creek Farm LLC: 80 | 80 | 160
9 Debonair, Jennifer Tate, Barbara Kravetz: 78 | 75 | 153
10 Coffee, Kirsten Malacarne, Oak Run Farm:  74 | 78 | 152

$10,000 WEC Ocala 3’ Jr/Am Hunter Derby Results:

1 C-Star, Mary Beth McGee, Mary Beth McGee: 87 | 89 | 176
2 Delightful, Madeline Schaefer, Madeline Schaefer: 77 | 95 | 172
3 Euphoria, Schuyler Dayner, Stefano Baruzzo: 89 | 77 | 166
4 No Secret, Isabelle Ehman, Donald Stewart: 71.5 | 92 | 163.5
5 Spindale, Lily Epstein, Donald Stewart: 84 | 78.5 | 162.5
6 PS Copy That, Sara Setian, Sara Setian: 88 | 74 | 162
7 Hanko, Lyndsey Keen, Stephanie Keen: 74 | 82 | 156
8 Prado, Katalena Prusso, Falcon Ridge Stables: 80 | 75 | 155
9 Scertainly, Katie Giddings, Olivia Sullivan: 75 | 71 | 146
10 Duplicate Copy SF, Taylor Matalon, Joan Fontes: 82 | 62 | 144

Photos courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.
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