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Patricia Griffith is Victorious in $10,000 ASG/USHJA International Hunter Derby at Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II
and Patricia Griffith won the $10,000 ASG/USHJA International Hunter Derby at
the Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular II. Photo (C) 2008 Jennifer Wood.
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Elgin, IL - June 17, 2008 - At the Wachovia Showplace Spring
Spectacular II Horse Show, the $10,000 ASG Softwear Solutions/USJA
International Hunter Derby presented by Dietrich Insurance featuring Walsh
Harness & Saddlery sponsored event was won by New Yorker Patricia Griffith
on North Country, owned by Laura King-Kaplan.
The class of more than forty entries produced flawless
performance after flawless performance, only one managed to come out on
top. Patricia Griffin was the star of
the day aboard North Country, an eight-year-old bay Warmblood, owned by Laura
King-Kaplan of Irvington, NY.
The course, designed by Skip Bailey, consisted of ten jumps
in two rings. Obstacles included wooden
coops, banks and an in-and-out that riders jumped out of one ring and into
another. Several of the fences were
created as 3'6" or 4'option jumps.
The jumps are created specially to emulate obstacles that
one would come across while field hunting. Natural elements were used, such as birch poles, logs, gates and brush.
Both rounds produced plenty of different options to test
both horse and rider. The course
included option fences; two fences set up next to each other at different
heights, which created different choice tracks to the next fence.
"He went out and jumped every jump like a ten. He was really
on," said Griffith. With a first round score of 183 and a second
round score of 186, she had the highest scores in the first round and was
second in the handy round.
The horses are judged and awarded points based on several
criteria: how well the horse moves, how well the horse jumps and how well the
horse handles itself while on course.
In the first round all 44 horses competed. In the second round, only the horses with the
top twelve highest scores were invited back to compete over a handy hunter
round. In this round, the course was shorter
and riders who made bolder choices, such as galloping or taking the higher
option fence, were rewarded with bonus points added onto their score.
Also the topic of conversation for many today was the show
grounds itself. Everyone seemed to be
commenting on grandeur of it all. Many
upgrades have been made to the ground over the past several years.
"This is our first time in Chicago. We stayed and showed last week and had
such a great time," Griffith
commented. Extensive landscaping, VIP
booths along the rings and even a large tiki bar are just a few of the things
that are pleasing both patrons and competitors.
facility. We love it. We are not used to such landscaping. The
trees and the jumps are so beautifully decorated and the courses all last week
were amazing. We love Chicago,"
Final Results: $10,000 ASG/USHJA International Hunter Derby
1. North Country, Laura
King-Kaplan, Patricia Griffith
2. Mid Accord , Bever
Brook Ponies, Maggie MacAlary
3. Jersey Boy, SBS Farms, Inc., Jennifer Alfano
4. Almost Majic, Alliy Moyer, Tammy Provost
5. Sting, Helen
Lenahan, Jennifer Alfano
6. Charade, Laura King-Kaplan, Kirsten Coe
7. Peridot, Stephen Martines, Charlie Jayne
8. Pankai, Jill Vannatta, Freddie Vazquez
Heritage Farm, Victoria Birdsall
10. Vida Blue, Laura King-Kaplan, Patricia Griffith
11.Insignia, Mary Beth Canfield, Alex Granato
12. Contender, Micaela Kennedy, Alex Granato
The Wachovia Showplace Spring Spectacular
II Horse Show will
continue tomorrow with the professional hunter divisions. For more information about the horse show,
classes and more, please visit www.showplaceproductions.com.
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