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Kathleen Caya Dominates Bull Run Equestrian Center's Derby Challenge Series

Kathleen Caya and Susan Schmitt's Landia 5 took home the top prize in the Bull Run Equestrian Center Derby Challenge Series Finale. Photo Andrew Ryback Photography

September 11, 2019 – Kathleen Caya of Integrity Farm in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, dominated the Bull Run Equestrian Center Hunter Derby Challenge Series at Ledges Sporting Horses in Roscoe, Illinois, by earning the top three spots in the series finale. Showplace Productions hosted the summer series, which offered $22,500 in derby prize money with three $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derbies, one $5,000 and one $10,000 finals derby sponsored by Bull Run Equestrian Center.  Caya took the top spot on Susan Schmitt’s Holsteiner mare, Landia 5.

Not only did Caya take the top spot but she also rode to second place on her own Zorro and captured third on McKenna Nagy’s Calvin, fifth on Schmitt’s Scirocco and seventh on Sweet Oak Farm’s Just Kidding, taking home $7,500 in prize money for the day. 

“I’m so grateful to have such amazing owners and horses,” said Caya. “I wouldn’t have these great opportunities without them and I want to thank my team who is with me every step of the way along with Bull Run and Showplace Productions for coordinating the series. It was a great opportunity and an amazing event.”

“We love Ledges and Showplace Productions and are happy to support them,” said Lynda Zema, trainer at Bull Run Equestrian Center. “Ledges has been a part of showing in Chicago for a very long time and we are happy to contribute to their great line-up of events. We love the derbies and have sponsored them in the past. Showplace Productions always makes it a great event so we enjoy doing it.”

Kathleen Caya and Landia 5. Photo Andrew Ryback Photography

Caya is a frequent visitor to the winner's circle in the derbies and has a barn full of great horses and super junior and amateur riders. Landia 5 has earned numerous championships in the 3’3” Performance Hunters and Non-Thoroughbred Hunters with Caya, while owner, Schmitt, shows the horse in the Adult Hunters adding plenty of accolades to the horse’s resume. 

Scirocco won the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby in June and Landia 5 was 2nd with Caya in the irons. Photo Andrew Ryback Photography.

Zorro is a 10-year-old warmblood currently showing in the 3’9” Green Hunters. The horse has had a successful upbringing in the Green Hunter divisions earning numerous wins in the Green Hunter Incentives and Challenge classes throughout its career. 

Calvin and McKenna Nagy in the Large Junior Hunters. Photo Andrew Ryback Photography.

Calvin is shown by Nagy in the Large Junior Hunters 15-17, with Caya showing the horse in the 3’6” Performance Hunters. 

Cilke Quality SC and Halle Quadracci won the $1,500 M&S High Child/Adult Jumper Classic. Photo Andrew Ryback Photography.

Congratulations also goes out to Cilke Quality SC and Halle Quadracci, winners of the $1,500 Marshall & Sterling League High Child/Adult Jumper Classic during the show.

Caya runs Integrity Farm in Wisconsin with 2 locations. Assistant trainer Natalie Hansen helps with the workload and riding sale horses. The farm provides customized programs to fit each rider’s goals in a fun and relaxed environment.

The group is attending the IHJA A Finals at Balmoral Park this week and plans to head to Ledges Sporting Horses for the Showplace Fall Classic, Minnesota Fall Harvest, Harrisburg, and Las Vegas.

Bull Run Equestrian Center Derby Challenge Results:

Place Horse Rider Owner

1 Landia 5 Kathleen Caya Susan Schmitt

2 Zorro Kathleen Caya Kathleen Caya

3 Calvin Kathleen Caya McKenna Nagy

4 Bisous Katie Leverick Char Suter

5 Scirocco Kathleen Caya Susan Schmitt

6 Monique Molly Struve Donna Struve

7 Just Kidding Kathleen Caya Sweet Oak Farm

8 Sheldon Cooper Sara Rhodes Heather Concklin

9 Lanesborough Josey Gentry Lindsay Ianello

10 Magnus Flora Mail Charlotte Ruff Charlotte Ruff

11 Poetic Ryan Sassmanshausen Melissa Williams

12 Astaire Josey Gentry Jessica Ianello Brosche

About Integrity Farm

Integrity Farm has two locations in Oconomowoc, one on the north side of town on Mapleton Road and one on the south side of town on Golden Lake Road. Both facilities have large stalls, heated indoor arenas, wash stalls, large outdoor arenas, spacious tack room, lounge areas, and ample turnout. They always have a large selection of horses for sale to suit any budget and any job.

Contact Integrity Farm for more information on their services and facilities at


Kathleen - (608) 217-4805 



N87W36615 Mapleton Road, Oconomowoc, WI 53066

1327 Golden Lake Road, Oconomowoc, WI 53066

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