Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy Win Inaugural $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Ridge at Wellington

RELEASE: February 8, 2014
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy
Jennifer Alfano and Jersey Boy
Wellington, Fla.
- The top riders from across the nation gather at the Ridge at Wellington today for the inaugural Hunter Derby Days, part of the Ridge at Wellington's Turf Tour. Under sunny skies and beautiful conditions the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby commenced this afternoon, featuring derby sensation Jersey Boy with Jennifer Alfano in the saddle riding to the top of the ranks. Besting a field of top-tier competitors, Alfano and Jersey Boy led the field from start to finish. Havens Schatt and Just Fred took the second place, while Kelley Farmer and Unspoken captured third. Earlier in the day Keri Kampsen and Silhouette took home the victory in $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby.

Kenneth Krome of the United States captured the essence of a traditional hunt field as he transformed the sand arena at the Ridge at Wellington into a beautifully set course. He utilized natural objects such as logs, brush and birch to set the scene, while challenging riders with a serpentine of obstacles. Riders had to use the entire expanse of the large arena. Riders had the option to earn valuable handy points and high option points throughout the course, adding crucial tallies to their already impressive score.

Twelve horse and rider combinations would find their way into the challenging handy course, but it was Alfano and Jersey Boy, owned by SBS Farms, Inc. of Buffalo, NY, who were the class pathfinders with their score combined score of 179 points from the first round.

"He jumped great in the first round, and he hadn't been in the ring or anything, so it was all pretty new to him. He was in it to win it today," Alfano explained.

Havens Schatt came back in the third position, but her seemingly flawless handy round earned them the top marks with scores of dual scores of 87 awarded from both judges. Their points for handiness and utilization of the high options led to a total of 191 points. Kelley Farmer and Unspoken also rode to a beautiful handy round with a beautiful transition to the trot fence, and smooth inside turns for a second-round score of 185.5 points.

Alfano and Jersey Boy returned to the ring with a first round total of 179 points, and Jersey Boy once again rose to the handy challenge. They navigated the inside turns with ease while keeping a forward pace. They earned a score of 191.25 points, to keep the lead and claim the winning honors with an overall score of 370.25.

"It's great, he is a little older now, so he has gotten easier and easier," Alfano said. "It is nice because he hasn't shown since Harrisburg, and he went to Jacksonville and went right in the derby, and then came here and went right in the derby. These are the only two classes he has done this year, and he has won both. I am thrilled with him, he feels better than ever."

Earlier today, the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby welcomed 23 riders to the ring. In the end it was Keri Kampsen and Lyn Pedersen's Silhouette that wow'd the judges with their consistency and to take home the winning prize, earning the overall score of 350.5 points. Hannah Isop and Red Ryder, owned by Tracy Freels, rode to the second place finish with a score of 346 points, while Jennifer Bauersachs ranked third.

"I just started riding Silhouette the second week of WEF, John French normally rides her, but since he is at Thermal, I get to show her," Kampsen said. "She is a blast to ride. She just likes confidence, and consistency. She is a really great mare. She tries 110% all the time."

Kampsen concluded, "The courses were very nice. It was a friendly way to do her first derby in Wellington. It was enough course, and it had enough jump. There were some great options in the handy course, and although I couldn't pull off the inside turn that Jennifer [Bauersachs] did for the inside turn to the double, I think it was our consistency that put us ahead. It was a conservative round, but she really did well. We are already planning to return for the March derby."

$15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
ORD    #    Horse Name    Rider Name    Score     
1    401    Jersey Boy     Jennifer Alfano     179.000    191.250    366.250
2    433    Just Fred     Havens Schatt     173.000    191.000    364.000
3    410    Unspoken     Kelley Farmer     176.000    185.500    361.500
4    409    Scripted     Kelley Farmer     161.000    194.000    355.000
5    429    Verona     Patricia Griffith     167.000    185.000    352.000
6    405    So To Speak     Kelley Farmer     159.000    189.000    348.000
7    421    Kennzo     Molly W. Ashe     165.000    162.000    327.000
8    428    Answer Me This     Brady Mitchell     151.000    174.000    325.000
9    411    Sundance     Meredith Lipke     160.500    162.000    322.500
10    437    Friday Night     Keri Kampsen     167.500    141.000    308.500
11    439    Small Kiss     Keri Kampsen     152.000    151.000    303.000
12    403    Alavanta     Jean Sheptoff     155.000    121.000    276.000

$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
ORD    #    Horse Name    Rider Name    Score         
1    452    SILHOUETTE     KERI KAMPSEN     350.500
2    425    Red Ryder     Hannah Isop     346.000
3    443    Graffiti     Jennifer Bauersachs     345.500
4    432    Game Day     Kelley Corrigan     340.000
5    441    Name Game     Caroline Dance     336.000
6    427    Revelstoke     Hannah Isop     335.000
7    431    Obadiah Finn     Joanne Kovacs     321.000
8    444    Stone Town     Keri Kampsen     321.000
9    413    Wonderland     Stacey Arani     313.500
10    422    Affirmed On Appeal     Krysia Nelson     304.000
11    446    Nomad     Alanna Wagstaff     298.000
12    449    Ragtime Star     Miranda Scott     159.000