Edited Press Release
Twenty-four polished duos competed for top honors in the $15,000 USHJA National Non-Pro 3’ Hunter Derby at Winter Classic 8 in Wilmington, OH. Alexa Bing (USA) and Subtil claimed the win, distinguishing themselves as the only pair to notch a score in the 90s.
Bing from Royersford, Pennsylvania and training out of Kimber-View Stables, is no stranger to the winner’s circle in the R+L Arena, as she took the win in $15,000 USHJA National Non-Pro 3’ Hunter Derby at Winter Classic #3. Bing returned to WEC Ohio in the new year looking to maintain her winning reputation.
With a first-round score of 85, the pair sat in fifth place returning for the handy round.
“The handy offered a lot of places to use inside turns and stay on the inside tracks to get bonus points. My goal was to make all of the turns but to also stay consistent and it worked out nicely,” Bing said. “I love the handy [rounds] with him. I knew I was coming back sitting in fifth, so I wanted to pull out all the stops and try everything. I knew that he could do it, so I just trusted it, and it all worked out smoothly.”
The 16-year-old Selle Francias gelding Subtil glided effortlessly around Murphy’s tracks. The longtime partners returned for the second round taking each handy effort in synch to impress the judges and earn a score of 92 for a two-round total of 177 and the win.
$15,000 USHJA National Non-Pro 3’ Hunter Derby Results:
1 Subtil, Alexa Bing, Alexa Bing | 85 | 92 | 177
2 The Politician, Meredith Smith, Meredith Smith | 86.5 | 87.5 | 174
3 Fusion, Lauren Schmitt, Lauren Schmitt | 88 | 83.5 | 171.5
4 Donatello, Addison Mae King, Addison Mae King | 86 | 85 | 171
5 Halouet, Elizabeth Lile, Donald Stewart | 80.5 | 86 | 166.5
6 Fitzgerald, Emilie Smith, Emilie Smith | 87 | 78.5 | 165.5
7 Nureyev SCF, Jaclyn Fisher, Jaclyn Fisher | 78 | 87 | 165
8 Gentlemen Jack, Mary Skey, John Skey | 81 | 78.5 | 159.5
9 Indigo, Addison Kane, Addison Kane | 80 | 79 | 159
10 MTM Passport, Natalie Coffin, Natalie Coffin | 74 | 81 | 155