Amanda Steege and Lafitte de Muze Land WEC 3’6″-3’9″ Hunter Derby at Winter Spectacular 4

Amanda Steege & Lafitte De Muze slicing their way to victory during the handy round of the $20,000 Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club 3’6″-3’9″ Hunter Derby. Photo courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.

Edited Press Release

A large field of impeccable horse-and-athlete combinations vied for the top prize in the $20,000 Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club 3’6”-3’9” Hunter Derby Friday at the World Equestrian Center – Ocala, with Keith Bollette setting beautifully decorated tracks that allowed riders to show off their horses’ adjustability and brilliance.

Amanda Steege piloted Cheryl Olsten’s Lafitte De Muze to a second $20,000 Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club 3’6”-3’9” Hunter Derby victory after laying down two impressive rounds that scored in the 90s.

Steege and the 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding’s first round performance topped the leaderboard with a score of 96. The pair returned to the handy on top and laid down another brilliant round for a score of 93, and a two-round total of 189.

“The handy was a bit harder than it seemed. The turn right after the trot was pretty tight,” Steege said. “The birch fence was right there when you landed, and then it was a bit tough to get your horse’s eye on the red vertical. Luckily, Lafitte has some experience with that sort of approach and knows what’s coming.”

Amanda Steege & Lafitte De Muze accepting their first-place award. Photo courtesy of Andrew Ryback Photography.

“It’s funny to look back and think about how much he has developed in two years. He feels so mature, and our partnership has really jelled. We have come so far in the handies, especially with our turns,” shared Steege. “I am just very grateful to have these classes each week to hone our skills and get prepared for the rest of the year.”

$20,000 Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club 3’6”-3’9” Hunter Derby Results:

1 Lafitte De Muze, Amanda Steege, Cheryl Olsen: 96 | 93 | 189
2 In The Know, Samantha Schaefer, Madeline Schaefer: 89 | 97 | 186
3 Candid Traveler, Timothy Maddrix, Michelle Guardino-Dettelbach: 85 | 94 | 179
4 Coltrane, Daniel Geitner, Magnolia Lane Stables, LLC: 90 | 88.5 | 178.5
5 MTM Lolah LOL, Dorothy Douglas, Abigail Davenport: 88 | 90 | 178
6 Attendu De Lannois Z, Kate Conover, Ashland Farms: 80 | 92 | 172
7 Oswald Van De Leeuwerk, Calogera Borrello, Calogera Borrello: 83 | 88 | 171
8 Hendricks, Ehrin Rittmueller, Bitsy Woods: 79 | 84 | 163
9 St Tropez, Daniel Geitner, Laura Cramer: 82.5 | 79 | 161.5
10 Folklore, Alexandra Ansteth, Amberlea Tribble: 78 | 80 | 158

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