Hunter Derby Series Awards Presented
Showplace Productions offers the Marketing4Equestrians Derby Finals and the IHJA "B" Medal Finals to prepare riders for future advanced championships. Photo Andrew Ryback Photography Roscoe, IL – September 18, 2023 – Showplace Productions hosted the Illinois Hunter Jumper Association's (IHJA) B Circuit Medal Finals and the Marketing4Equestrians Hunter Derby Finals, September 14-17, 2023, as part of the impressive finale to the local circuit lineup for the season. Showplace Productions prides itself on making every event for every level of riding a spectacular and memorable experience. The IHJA Finals is a favorite of competitors who look forward to the fantastic courses, fabulous awards, and victory gallops to celebrate the winners. IHJA hosted a lovely brunch for exhibitors and spectators during the medal classes. "We now have a way for our B-rated shows to have our exhibitors qualify for the USHJA Las Vegas National Championships through the USHJA Outreach classes. The Championships in Vegas include all riders from the grass-roots up to the highest FEI level show jumpers," Showplace's Patrick Boyle commented. "This is why we have always believed in running our IHJA B Rated shows at the same high level as all of our A-rated shows, so all of our riders and their horses will have seen and practiced everything they need to be confident when they step up to a higher level. The IHJA B circuit has always been a more affordable option for people starting out as they develop their skills before graduating to the A circuit." The season finale included the $1,000 Marketing4Equestrians Hunter Derby Finals along with bonus awards for Leading Horse, Leading Professional Rider, Leading Junior Rider, and Leading Amateur Rider. Marketing4Equestrians (formerly Chicago Equestrian) has supported the hunter derby experience for local riders since the inception of the class, offering riders a chance to experience a hunter derby at heights appropriate to their level of riding. Showplace Productions makes the derby finals possible while providing fun and exciting competition over beautifully designed courses in the Grand Prix arena. Marketing4Equestrians began in 2009 as Chicago Equestrian, reporting and promoting businesses and riders in the Midwest. It quickly grew to include businesses, horse shows, clinics, and barns across the country. Fourteen years later, Marketing4Equestrians provides numerous marketing ideas, media training, and professional skills to their clients. "I'd like to thank Showplace Productions for continuing to host the derby at every B show," said Brenda Mueller of Marketing4Equestrians. "It means a lot to me to see the derby available at all levels of experience. Everyone has to start somewhere and I've always been a fan of the local riders and trainers."
Congratulations to the 2023 Winners! Marketing4Equestrians Open Hunter Derby Winner
Kathleen Caya of Integrity Farm (Oconomowoc, WI) took the top spot with Credible De Bornival Z owned by Colleen Nagy White. Andrew Ryback Photography Marketing4Equestrians Junior/Amateur Hunter Derby Winner
Britannia and Alisa Comber (Marshall, WI), trained by Mark Aplin, lead the victory gallop out of 39 junior and amateur riders. Andrew Ryback Photography Leading Professional Rider in the Derby Series
Carmine D'Aversa (Perfecta Farm) and Leading Horse, Can't Beat the Feeling, owned by Jennifer Aniolowski (Hoffman Estates, IL) secured the leading circuit awards. Andrew Ryback Photography Leading Junior Rider in the Derby Series
Hadley Feighner and Flirtatious, owned and trained by Christine Weaver and Stonebrooke Farm (Campton Hills, IL) finished the season on top. Andrew Ryback Photography Leading Amateur Rider in the Derby Series
Leading Amateur Rider Paige Marquis and Mamba, trained by Sam Gorbette. Andrew Ryback Photography Showplace Equitation Classic
Avery Sterricker (Hoffman Estates, IL) and Fendi WF trained by Perfecta Farm, rose to the occasion for the 2023 Equitation Classic. Andrew Ryback Photography IHJA Limit Medal Final
Kate Storm (Wauwatosa, WI) and Great As Iz, trained by Jodie Hansen. Andrew Ryback Photography IHJA Beginner Medal Final
Jen Wallace and Valentina, trained by Perfecta Farm. Andrew Ryback Photography IHJA Pony Medal Final
Brynn Huberty (Mt. Prospect, IL) and Peppermint Twist, trained by Perfecta Farm. Andrew Ryback Photography IHJA Adult Mini Medal Final
Ellen Darmstadter (Sun Prairie, WI) and The Sweet Life, trained by Ginny and Abbie Dvorak (Breakaway Farm). Andrew Ryback Photography IHJA CHildren's Mini Medal Final
Savannah Richardson (Oswego, IL) and Take a Chance trained by Susan Kovalik (Camelot Farm). Andrew Ryback Photography IHJA Junior/Adult Medal Final
Eleanor Gentry (Bristol, WI) and Hallowberry Knight, trained by HBG Equine. Andrew Ryback Photography The B Circuit series boasts top-of-line jumps and courses, awards and ribbons through 8th place, special awards for the highest hunter classic score, special prizes for classic and derby winners, and first-place prizes for every class. They also offer USHJA Outreach classes and the Outreach Festival along with classics for every division. Congratulations to all the USHJA Outreach Festival Winners!! For more information on other Showplace Productions’ events, visit the website at www.showplaceproductions.com.
To keep up with the latest news, visit Marketing4Equestrians.com. Like them on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for e-news! #weloveledges - Follow Showplace Productions on Facebook and Instagram!! About Showplace Productions Conveniently located at Ledges Sporting Horses on Love Road in Roscoe, Illinois, directly off HWY 90/51 with easy access from Wisconsin and the greater Chicago area, the location boasts numerous hotels and restaurants nearby. Ledges offers great permanent stabling, multiple outdoor arenas and schooling areas, great footing, beautiful jumps, and food located on-site. Ledges has hosted national grand prixs as well as USHJA zone championships for both hunters and jumpers and is one of Chicago's favorite places to horse show year-round. Showplace Productions offers a complete circuit of quality A and B-rated horse shows including over $30,000 of Hunter Derby Prize Money with the Alltech USHJA Hunter Derby Series. Showplace Productions is proud to be the show management for the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the Marshall & Sterling USHJA Championships at the Las Vegas National Horse Show, and the Devon Horse Shows. Visit the website for Minnesota Harvest schedule and prize list.