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Ralph Caristo, Danny Robertshaw, Randy Roy and Geoff Teall Give The Derby at Genesee Country Village & Museum Rave Reviews

Written by: Emily Riden
Client: The Derby at The Genesee Country Village & Museum http://www.thederby.us
Release Date: 2015-06-11

Mumford, NY – June 11, 2015 – The Derby at the Genesee Country Village & Museum kicked off for the second year on Saturday, June 6, and by Sunday afternoon it had everyone talking. Riders, owners, trainers, spectators and judges alike came away from The Derby with high praise for the stand-alone hunter derby event, created and managed by Brian Brown, Craig Brown and Liz Keller of TSG Equine Events.  

The two-day event featured a $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, a $35,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and a newly added $5,000 Pony Derby. The highly acclaimed judging panel for this year’s classes included Ralph Caristo, Danny Robertshaw, Randy Roy and Geoff Teall. All four judges expressed high praise for all aspects of The Derby. Read what they had to say here:

Ralph Caristo: “It’s one of the nicest events I’ve ever judged. It’s very well run. It’s what all derbies should be like. It’s in an open field. It’s beautiful jumps. Lucky for all of us we had a beautiful day with quality riders and quality horses.

“The location of it makes it special too. The museum and the people dressed up in their 19th century attire – there’s just something special about it. As soon as you see the field with all those jumps in it and the people lined up and sitting on the grass hill, you know it’s something special. It was so well attended. It was exciting. Even the class itself got to be exciting with the ending. It was a special day for a special class. Brian Brown did a fantastic job of putting this event together.”

Danny Robertshaw: “I thought the setting was absolutely stunning, and I thought Bobby Murphy did a sensational job making beautiful jumps. They had so much authenticity of age about them that they didn’t look like newly made ‘old’ jumps.

“So often when the derbies are included in the horse shows, trainers and riders have to run over here and there. It’s hard to get the enjoyment they should out of them. It was fun because when I observed the schooling at The Derby it looked comfortable and peaceful where people were riding; it didn’t seem to have that clutter of so much going on. It showcases the derby itself so much, and I think when people aren’t tied down with all of these other duties, people really enjoy them.

“These stand-alone events become very marketable, as we saw so many people here. It was fun seeing the turnout; it made it feel very special. I hope to see more of them, because I think it’s an event that should be showcased, and I think it’s just nice to give the riders the time and the moments they need to enjoy what they’re doing without the pressure of everything else that normally scurries them around.

“It’s an amazing setting there at this particular place, and I think the jumps were spectacular. I don’t usually do it, but I took pictures of them to show people and send people. I thought the courses rode well, and I think Bobby Murphy did a wonderful job with that. The management did really well and paid attention to very detail.”

Randy Roy: “I was thrilled. It was really just a first-class event. It was so well done, so well presented. The jumps were magnificent; the turnout was great. We got very lucky with the weather, and everyone was so friendly and nice in a very professional way. It couldn’t have been a better event, and it couldn’t have gone any better.

“The jumps were out of this world. The horses went really well; we had great competitors. I love to add it had really great judges! It was a great turnout, and it was a great day. It was totally enjoyable. It was a pleasure to be there and see it, and I’m really honored to be a part of it. I’ve done a lot of horse shows in my life, and that was one of the best.

“The course was beautiful, and the people were great. You had such a scenic, picturesque place for it to happen, and I’ve never seen the jumps look better. You could tell a lot of thought went into the jumps and the course to make them extremely appealing. The whole scene was beautiful, and I thought the hounds starting off the event were a great start to the whole show. It couldn’t have been a more friendly, inviting and professional competition. I’ve been talking to everyone about it.

“Honestly, I feel it is usually very difficult to warrant judging a one-day show, and I don’t usually do it. I’m really glad I agreed to do this one-day show; I was in awe when I got there, and it was definitely worth it. Everyone was friendly and went above and beyond.”

Geoff Teall: “I think the venue is outstanding, I think the jumps were outstanding, and I think the management and course designing team were outstanding.

“I think it’s very, very interesting to have an event that is based on, and steeped in, history in that historic setting. I can say that I am from that area originally, and I grew up foxhunting in the Genesee Valley Hunt, so for me, knowing the history of that area is such a big part of it. It’s especially good to see that, and a lot of my old friends from the horse show world and from the foxhunting world were there in attendance enjoying it and understanding it. It’s a very nice way to bridge the two worlds. Everything around there was very nice, and you have enough time to actually enjoy the area and the venue, all while getting an incredible history lesson. I don’t particularly love history, and by the time I left I was very interested in it.

“I just really applaud Craig [Brown] and Brian [Brown] for finding that situation, that opportunity, and being committed enough to the sport, and derbies in particular, and making that effort. I know the effort to do something like that is incredible, and they really stuck it out. They saw something they believed in and followed through with it.”

For more information and the latest updates on The Derby at the Genesee Country Village and Museum, visit the event on Facebook here, and find the event online at www.tsgequineevents.com.

 

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