Carson City, Nev. – June 25, 2018 – The 9th Annual Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby Sunday got off to an early start this year with the addition of the $5,000 Non-Pro Hunter Classic Presented by Balmoral. This inaugural class gave the riders an added twist as they were asked to complete their classic round then immediately continue on to their handy round to complete 17 fences in total.
The USHJA International Hunter Derby brought an exceptional field of riders and many of the top hunters and derby horses in the country to contend for the $30,000 purse offered at this prestigious event. John French and Soldier returned to Franktown Meadows to defend their 2017 title. Mary Eufernia of Palm Harbor, Florida and Wendy Paralta of Geneva, Florida were joined by Keri Kampsen of Wellington, Florida and Hap Hansen of Ranch Santa Fe, California to judge the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.
Jenny Karazissis and Big Shot, owned by Dulcie Lou Morris, earned the highest score to take first place in the classic round, followed by John French in second with Center Court and Soldier in third. French and Center Court led the way with the highest score in the handy round with a score of 191, only a half point ahead of Karazissis and Big Shot on 190.5. However, Karazissis and Big Shot’s overall score of 362.5 gave them the big win.
Dulcie Lou Morris was delighted with Big Shot and Karazissis’ success. “I got him last year when he was just a 7-year-old and Jenny started riding him while we were at Thermal. I show him in the Junior Hunters and will continue to do that into 2019. Big Shot is hopefully going to do the Pre-Green Finals in Kentucky, then maybe Derby Finals and we will go on to Capital Challenge.”
Karazissis could not be prouder of her derby partner, saying, “This is his first International Hunter Derby win. Although he has competed in about four now, this is a really special win. He is such a special horse and I can really count on him to be brave and turn wherever I ask him to. He is just a lovely horse. One time I was in a position where I did not have to take the high options and put the pressure on, I went in super careful and had a rail down. My husband, Kost, is my ground man he said you don’t have to do the high options but don’t be careful. I felt like I did all the inside turns and took one high option; Big Shot just gave me his all. I just love coming here and I can’t wait for next year already. Franktown Meadows is quite a long drive for us, but it is fun and a lovely drive; the only time that I have the opportunity to ride in the truck with Kost and the horses.”
$30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner
1. Big Shot / Jenny Karazissis / Dulcie Lou Morris
2. Center Court / John French / Hiller Farms, LLC
3. Soldier / Meadow Farm LLC / John French
4. Earl Grey / Kylee Arbuckle / Leslie Shein
5. Ask Anyone / Kylee Arbuckle / Ariana Snowdown
6. Camera Ready / Stephen Pellett / View Point Farms
7. Lucky In Love / Jaime Taylor / Ava Peck
8. Hendrix / Hugh Mutch / Alexa Lallos
9. Legacy / Jenny Karazissis / Emily Sukert
10. Vanderpump / Augusta Iwasaki / Ashland Farms
11. DeNina / Chloe Bell-Wilson / Chloe Bell-Wilson
12. Sambucca / Augusta Iwasaki / Kaylin Faidi
King Of Hearts Made Avery Glynn His Queen to Top the Leaderboard In The $5,000 3′-3’3″ Non-Pro Hunter Classic
There was an air of excitement amongst the non-pro riders as they prepared for their new event. Mary Eufernia of Palm Harbor, Florida and Wendy Paralta of Geneva judged the 16 contenders, who all stepped up to the challenge of the 17 fence course in this creative continuous two round format class, each rider flowing from classic to the handy round with ease.
Avery Glynn and her own King Of Hearts were last to enter the Derby Field, with the highest score being 84. A well-matched pair, they were completely in tune as they completed the course to leave the ring seven points ahead to win the class on a score of 91.
Glynn was very happy with her first outing at Franktown Meadows with King Of Hearts, saying, “I got King Of Hearts as a surprise last week it was super exciting. He is 9 years old, really sweet and he takes really good care of me. I was nervous going into the handy round as there were some really good scores. I knew there were some inside turns I wanted to make, I really love King and it all came together he is a wonderful horse and it worked out well for us.”
Ned Glynn of Sonoma Valley Stables commented on his daughter’s win and said, “Avery was fantastic, she rode a smooth round and King Of Hearts jumped great for her. I am always proud of Avery, but I am especially proud of her competing on this big field and performing so well. I see a great future for Avery and this horse, she was so excited to have him as her own.”
$5,000 Non-Pro Hunter Classic
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner
1. King Of Hearts / Avery Rose Glynn / Avery Rose Glynn
2. Whimsy / Samantha Finnegan / Samantha Finnegan
3. Triumph / Emma Farber / Emma Farber
4. Qudento VDL / Emma Townsend / Emma Townsend
5. Cymplify / Dulcie Lou Morris / Donald Stewart
6. Illusion / Ella Sherman / Iwasaki & Reilly
7. Galactic / Tonya Johnston / Tonya Johnston
8. Sambucca / Ava Peck / Kaylin Faidi
9. Moonlight Sonata / Tiffany Coury / Tiffany Coury
10. Lucky In Love / Ava Peck / Ava Peck
11. Clavileno / Renee Marshall / Covenant Farm
12. Wow The Crowd / Alexander Miller / Alexander Miller