Hunter Derby Friday at World Equestrian Center – Wilmington took over the outdoor main hunter arena for a day of top competition.
Nearly fifty partnerships challenged Bobby Murphy’s tracks during the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby 3’ Open and the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby 3’ Non Pro. The well-designed courses featured long approaches, beautiful live-edge wood jumps and an abundance of colorful floral arrangements. Scores soared but none could top Catherine Rinehart and Hero.
WEC caught up with Catherine to chat about her winning ride. “This is my son’s horse! He’s in California this week at surf camp, so I borrowed him to show! I’ve shown him one other week at WEC Ocala, and he is such a blast. We won our class there, too.”
Her son, Luke Rinehart, typically pilots Hero (Brainpower x Corini W) but Catherine stole the show today, taking top honors in this afternoon’s $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby 3’ Open. Rinehart and the 10-year-old KWPN gelding navigated a stunning first round, jumping all four high options with ease to earn a score of 91.
“He jumped the options so well through both rounds. He is such a classic jumper and that is why I wanted him for Luke. He’s just so good for us. I don’t ride very much anymore, but I really enjoy riding this guy.” said Catherine.
Rinehart and Hero completed a fancy handy round to earn a score of 88 from the judges, for a two-round total of 179.
Melissa Donnelly and Hunter Derby extraordinaire, Corlando 49 (Cartani x Olanda I), delivered their usual stylish performances. The mighty gray gelding floated seamlessly to earn a score of 81 in the first round, followed by a class-topping 93 in the handy, for a combined score of 174 to win second.
Last week’s $10,000 WEC Hunter Derby 3’ Open winners, Udefix and Colleen Holton turned out two nice rides for scores of 85, 88 and 173 to finish in third place.
$10,000 WEC Wilmington 3’ Open Hunter Derby Results:
- Hero, Catherine Rhinehart: 91 | 88 | 179
- Corlando 49, Melissa P. Donnelly: 81 | 93 | 174
- Udefix, Colleen Holton: 85 | 88 | 173
- Blush, Christopher Coberley: 87 | 85 | 172
- Decorated Hero, Liz Hutchinson: 83.5 | 86 | 169.5
- MTM Bentley, Allie L. Mcbreen: 83.5 | 80 | 163.5
- Mo Bandit, Melissa Rega: 82 | 80 | 162
- Levidinus, Jonathon Fischetti: 73 | 80 | 153
- KSI Forty, Chloe Johnson: 77 | 68 | 145
- News For You, Christopher Coberley: 80 | 47 | 129
Emma Paul and The Huntsman Dominate the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby 3’ Non Pro
Twenty-nine Non Pro contestants tried their hand at Bobby Murphy’s forward track, but it was Emma Paul and Fox Meadow Farm’s The Huntsman who collected top scores to win the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby 3’ Non Pro.
“I’m so grateful to Polly Howard for allowing me to ride this guy. He is a very good boy! He was so attentive to me, did everything I asked of him, and he helped me in a few spots for sure,” mentioned Emma.
Drawing an early ride, Paul and the glistening chestnut gelding were sure to put on a show. The pair impressed the judges, notching a first-round score of 90, making the top twelve cut-off to secure a spot in the handy round.
Later returning for the second round, Paul and The Huntsman seized their first-place fate, riding exceptionally to earn an 83 score, combined to 173 for the first-place ribbon.
Taking home the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby 3’ Non Pro second place award was Kiera Phlipot and her own Red Roc (Roc USA x Rhea). Just barely reaching the cut-off in round one with a score of 79, Phlipot and the talented gelding reached monumental heights in the second round. Their pair graciously marked a 91, making a leaderboard comeback to notch second place honors.
First place rider Emma Paul and her own Full Count rounded out the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby 3’ Non Pro top three with scores of 82 and 86 for a combined 168 for a third-place finish.
$10,000 WEC Hunter Derby 3’ Non Pro Results:
- The Huntsman, Emma Paul: 90 | 83 | 173
- Red Roc, Kiera Phlipot: 79 | 91 | 170
- Full Count, Emma Paul: 82 | 86 | 168
- Cinda, Elizabeth Becker: 85 | 80.5 | 165.5
- Cotentin Des Roques, Autumn Bradbury: 83 | 82 | 165
- Campari, Marie Lafond: 81 | 79 | 160
- Soho, Daphne Meadows; 88 | 64 | 152
- Incanto, Kristen Jones: 84 | 62 | 146
- Trusted, Claire Leckow: 84 | 55 | 139
- Donatello, Addison Mae King: 81 | 50 | 131