Vivian Yowan and Sandstone Secure the Win in USHJA National Hunter Derby at ESP Holiday II

Vivian Yowan and Sandstone. Photo ©Anne Gittins Photography

Edited Press Release

The $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Platinum Performance, took place Friday at ESP Holiday Festival II. Vivian Yowan of Darien, CT took the win with Sara Hogan’s Sandstone as the highest scoring duo.

Nineteen riders competed in the derby, which was held in the “Hunt and Go” format. In total, the course consisted of 13 obstacles, including four high options. Fences one through eight made up the Classic phase of the course, while fences nine through twelve made up the Handy phase. Yowan and Sandstone were third to go in the order and took an early lead after receiving a 91 in the Classic phase and a 90 in the Handy phase for a combined score of 181. The pair managed to hold the top score all the way through the class.

“He’s kind of a dream; he’s very straight forward and does his own thing. I feel very lucky that I get to show him in some of these derbies,” said Yowan regarding Sandstone. “I thought the course was really nice. The transition into the handy phase in a hunt and go format can sometimes be tricky but it played out nicely. There were a lot of questions in this handy phase, which sometimes in a big ring can be hard to include, but I definitely thought they were tricky enough.”

National Derby Presentation
Vivian Yowan and Sandstone won the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Platinum Performance. ©Anne Gittins Photography

Taking the second-place ribbon was Ariana Marnell, of Las Vegas, NV, and Ocean Road, owned by Marnell Sport Horses, with a combined score of 180, earning a 92 in the Classic phase and an 88 in the Handy phase. Completing the podium was Wellington, FL native, Jennifer Bliss and Sugarman, owned by Harris Hill Farm, LLC. The pair scored an 87 in the Classic phase and an 89 in the Handy for a combined score of 176.

Dever Derby
Pavlina Escobedo and Chacco Blue Moon won the $1,000 Dever Golf Carts 2’6″/2’9″ Hunter Derby. ©Anne Gittins Photography

The Holiday Festival ll featured another derby on Saturday with the $1,000 Dever Golf Carts 2’6”/2’9” Hunter Derby. Held in a “Hunt and Go” format, the course consisted of twelve obstacles, jumps one through seven represented the Classic phase, while jumps eight through twelve made up the Handy phase. Completing both phases with the highest combined score of 177 was Pavlina Escobedo, of Coral Gables, FL, and her own Chacco Blue Moon. The pair earned an 83 in the Classic phase and a 90 in the Handy phase. Taking the second spot was Jennifer Papiernik, of Wellington, FL, and Camelia, owned by Nadine Larkin, with a Classic phase score of 84 and a Handy phase score of 88, earning a combined score of 175. Pavlina Escobedo rounded out the podium with her second mount, Quiwi, owned by Ashland Farms, earning a combined score of 173, scoring an 82 in the Classic phase and an 87 in the Handy phase.

For the full results of the $5,000 USHA National Hunter Derby, click HERE.

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