Tommi Clark Rides Home with Blue in $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
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Mill Spring, NC – April 15, 2019 – Dr. Fernando Cardenas Jr. (New Hill, NC) topped the $25,000 Jumper Classic earning first and second place aboard two of his own mounts. For the first place victory, Cardenas Jr. completed the jump-off in 39.684 seconds with Quincy Too. To secure second place, Cardenas Jr. earned a time of 46.171 seconds with Calvados. August Torsilien (Flemington, NJ) took third place with Samy Du Reverdy owned by Briland Farm Ventures, LLC with a time of 39.92 seconds.
Dr. Fernando Cardenas Jr. and Quincy Too ©Charly Miller/Tryon Resort
With 12 pairs and only six in the jump-off, Cardenas Jr. remained ahead in the course set by Gerry Briggs (Smyrna, TN). On the course, Cardenas Jr., who is also a full-time veterinarian, remarked, “It was a very nice course. It was a long course, and I thought the time allowed was going to be very lenient, but in reality, it was just right. We had to shave our corners and keep cantering,” he stated.
On his first-place mount, Quincy Too, Cardenas said, “We need to work on getting him a little bit more fit. I’d like for him to go to the Pan American Games in August, so our goal is to only show at Tryon, and get ready at the FEI events for that competition.”
Dr. Fernando Cardenas Jr. and Quincy Too in their awards presentation photo ©Charly Miller/Tryon Resort
In the $5,000 1.35m Welcome Stake, Erin Hass of Ann Arbor, MI, rode home with blue aboard Umano Des Dragons owned by North Face Farm with a time of 36.407 seconds. Ricardo Villa (Campobello, SC) earned second place with Walnut owned by Juan Pablo Betancourt. Villa completed the course in 39.254 seconds. August Torsilier of Flemington, NJ, claimed third place with Samy Du Reverdy owned by Briland Farm Ventures LLC. The pair finished the jump-off in 36.148 seconds.
The 1.30m Open Jumper awarded Marquee Cincotta of Palm Harbor, FL, with first place aboard Granaat owned by Allen Nabors Jr. The pair stopped the timers in 67.034 seconds. Camille Maddrix (Mountain Brook, AL) earned second place riding Skyfall owned by Caroline Michele Dugas. Maddrix stopped the timers in 74.45 seconds. Phillip Dutton (West Grove, PA) took third place with Fernhill Singapore owned by Ann Jones. Dutton completed the course in 78.859 seconds.
In the 1.20m Open Jumper, Phillip Dutton of West Grove, PA, topped the podium and earned first, second, and third place. Dutton claimed first place with Sea of Clouds owned by Sea of Clouds Partnership jumping the course in 71.955 seconds. For the second place finish, Dutton earned a time of 75.098 seconds aboard Fernhill Singapore owned by Ann Jones. Dutton finished in third place with Fernhill Pick Pocket owned by Cordelia Jones with a time of 77.558 seconds.
The 1.15m Jumper awarded first place to Jillian Minahan (Milton, GA) aboard Claudio 23 owned by John Darst. The pair earned a time of 35.586 seconds. Second place was congratulated to Clayton Russell (Columbus, NC) with Folsom owned by Vick Russell. Russell completed the course in 39.499 seconds.
Christina Fisher (Alpharetta, GA) rode home with blue in the 1.10m Jumper aboard her own, Zanzibar, earning a time of 30.576 seconds. D.J. Volandre of Franklin, MA, claimed second riding Hey Jude owned by Bickford Hill Show Stables with a time of 33.522 seconds. Camille Maddrix (Mountain Brook, AL) claimed third with Ophelia Koroleva owned by Jordan Keay Dillenberg with a time of 34.076 seconds.
In the $500 DJS 6/7 Year Old 1.20m-1.35m Jumper, Melissa Blades (Grass Lake, MI) rode home with blue aboard Betty Balou owned by Nyharn LLC with a time of 39.685 seconds. Anthony Sauriol (Laval, QC) earned second place with Rozsa owned by Mi Casa Stables Inc. The pair finished the course in 85.788 seconds. Erin Haas (Ann Arbor, MI) claimed third with Hagelin owned by North Face Farm with a time of 82.56 seconds.
John Angus of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, topped the Children’s/Adult Amateur 1.10m Jumper with First Impression owned by Brenda Peurifoy. Angus earned a time of 35.117 seconds for the first place win. Katalena Prusso (Woodstock, GA) claimed second place with Fit To Print Farm’s Camera Ready. The duo dashed through the timers in 36.694 seconds. Maggie Huffman (Birmingham, AL) earned third with her own, Nighvale, jumping the course in 37.267 seconds.
The $400 Low/Medium Junior/Amateur 1.20m-1.30m Jumper awarded Ryleigh Threat (Concord, NC) with first place aboard Alladin V owned by Crown Sage/Vartech Systems. Threat earned a time of 35.332 seconds. Second place was awarded to Caroline Michele Dugas (Vestavia, AL) riding her own, Skyfall. The pair completed the course in 37.21 seconds. Cayman Szegda (Marietta, GA) took third with Kira Van De Vaartdijk owned by Alix Nadi with a time of 40.267 seconds.
The $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby awarded Tommi Clark (Tryon, NC) with first place aboard Expectation owned by Stephen Borders. Clark topped the derby with a score of 178. Laurel Tinney (Cary, NC) earned second place with Nautical owned by Meredith Huddle with a score of 170. Third place was awarded to Devney Hoft (Roseville, NC) aboard In Unison owned by Courtney Canizares. Hoft secured a score of 168.
Among 28 entries on the course set by JP Godard (Aiken, SC), Clark rode to the top, and remarked, “It was a really well-designed course. We had a lot of fun!
“I have a really green up-and-coming horse, so I was really excited that he bravely jumped around. He’s still green; not so much in age, but experience, so he can be a little spooky. He’s a really good boy. He actually loves going in the rain, too, so that worked to our advantage,” she said.
“We had a pretty successful barn in California, and then relocated out here. Honestly, I think our biggest reason for our success is this facility. We live just a few minutes down the road. It’s so nice to be able to bring our horses to either the smaller horse shows to get them more experience, or the big ones to do the money classes. We are loving living here, for sure! The facility is actually why we moved here. We used to travel around a ton for the International Hunter Derbies, so we came to show here and just fell in love with it,” she concluded.
Tommi Clark and Expectation in their awards presentation photo ©Reagan Ibach/Tryon Resort
The $1,000 3’/3’3″ Green Hunter Incentive congratulated Jennifer Ritucci (Franklin, MA) with first place aboard Soul Kiss owned by Jessica Elliott. Ritucci earned a score of 81. Melissa Blades of Grass Lake, MI, claimed second place with Vintage Veuve owned by Brie Tiffany with a score of 80. Robert Stucky (Waxhaw, NC) took third aboard Gyimes owned by Delaney Hughes. Stucky earned a score of 79.5.
In the $1,000 3’3″/3’6″ Junior Hunter Classic, Salter Hydinger (Birmingham, AL) rode home with blue with her own, Anthem. Second place was awarded to Brooke Brombach of Wimberley, TX, aboard Extraordinaire owned by Stephen Borders. Ellie Aronson (Atlanta, GA) took third with Capitalist owned by Aubrey Hill Equestrian.
The USHJA Hunter 2’9″ Division congratulated Jennifer Ritucci (Franklin, MA) with the champion title aboard Quaterline owned by Christine Kass. Reserve honors were awarded to Gisele Beardsley O’Grady (Tryon, NC) with Januar owned by Virginia Barnette.
Champion honors were awarded to Brooke Duffy of Marietta, GA, in the Small Pony Hunter Division with her own mount, Glenhaven Astoria. Reserve honors were bestowed upon Finley Morgan (Concord, NC) with the self-owned mount, Howie Do It.
The Medium Pony Hunter Division awarded top honors to Savannah Welch (Elon, NC) with her own, Mapleside Magic Wish. Linen Owens (Marion, NC) claimed reserve honors with her own mount, Bel Air.
In the Large Pony Division, Ellie Aronson (Atlanta, GA) claimed champion honors with her own, Wengelo’s Willem. Leigh Ashby (Lincolnton, NC) earned reserve honors with her own mount, Onyxfords Blue Magic.
Cecelia Caldwell of Charlotte, NC, claimed first place in the Children’s Hunter Pony Challenge riding Gayfields Easy Button owned by Andrea Guzinski. Caldwell earned a score of 82 points. Reagan Williams (Brookhaven, GA) earned second aboard the self-owned mount, Dressed Up, with a score of 78. Emma Hodes of Asheville, NC, took third place with True Blue owned by Callie Deines. Hodes secured a score of 64.
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