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Tammy Provost and Essential win the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby during the Chicago Hunter Derby presented by CP.

Essential won the USHJA National Hunter Derby and the $2,500 National Welcome Stake at Annali-Brookwood Farm.

Russell Frey and Kodachrome finished in second place in the USHJA National Hunter Derby.

Ashley Vogel receives the Leading Junior Rider Award from Mimi Rothmans and Doug Boyd of Sapphire Riding Academy.

Alliy Moyer won the Leading Amateur Rider Award sponsored by Sapphire Riding Academy.

Mindful and Kelley Farmer won the $7,500 International Welcome Stake and are leading after round 1 of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by CP.

Caroline Weeden and Corvine with Margaret Benjamin accepted their award for third in the first round of the USHJA International Hunter Derby and also placed second in the International Welcome Stake.

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Tammy Provost and Essential Gallop to Win the USHJA National Hunter Derby During The Chicago Hunter Derby Presented by CP

Written by: Brenda Mueller
Client: Chicago Equestrian
Release Date: 2015-09-05

The Chicago Hunter Derby presented by Canadian Pacific, kicked off with the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby followed by the first round of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Riders took to the beautiful Bobby Murphy designed course in the field at Rush and Caroline Weeden’s Annali-Brookwood Farm in Antioch, IL. Tammy Provost and Essential lead the pack in both rounds. Receiving 90 and an 86, plus three high options for a 182, to take the lead in round one. Provost is always game to go for the win, as she galloped her way to another 90 and an 86, with four high options in the handy round for a total of 366 for the win. Provost, Wendy Hofmeister of Aurora, IL and Dean Berger own the handsome bay Hanoverian, Essential.

“It’s really nice to have your own horse win.  It’s just a horse that gets better and better,” said Provost of the seven-year-old. “We got him from Germany and he’s very forgiving. It’s fun to see him move up. Maybe next year he’ll do the junior hunters with a good junior rider.”

Provost, Sheridan, IN, was a big contributor to the Score 90 Challenge with her sets of scores. In the Score 90 Challenge, pledges are made for every score of 90 or higher a horse and rider receive from the judges. Money is racked up for charity each time a score of 90 is earned. Provost did just that in both rounds with Essential and on another mount, Profit, Provost earned a 90 in round one, which helped them finish in third place.

Maria Rasmussen and Aspen and Russell Frey and Kodachrome, also helped the charities out with their scores of 90 or higher.

Frey and Kodachrome, owned by Nina Moore, gave Provost a run for her money, but finished a half a point shy of the win. Frey earned a 91 and a 90, with four high options in the handy round, closing up the gap from round one, but not enough to steal the blue, finishing with a 365.5.

“This venue is a bit of a challenge because of the open field and natural jumps,” said Frey. “Foster (Kodachrome) has only been a hunter a short time and done a handful of derbies, so for him to gallop around and perform the way he did is very promising for the International classes.”

“This is a premiere event in every way,” added Frey, “the venue, hospitality and the “Cause” included. There’s a lot of camaraderie between everyone.”

Glory Days Farm and Gene and Georgetti sponsored the USHJA National Hunter Derby. A perpetual trophy was donated by Sapphire Riding Academy in Mettawa, IL and Mimi Rothman with trainer Doug Boyd presented. Ashley Vogel, Mequon, WI, rides with trainer Cookie Beck and won the Leading Junior Award and Alliy Moyer, Carmel, IN, won the Leading Amateur Award, both sponsored by Sapphire Riding Academy. Moyer rides with Provost at Meadow View Farm.

Provost came out winning from the get go, earning the top honors in the $2,500 National Welcome Stake class on Friday, sponsored by Sea Change Farm, with an 88 on Essential. As if that weren’t enough, Provost and Alliy Moyer’s Valiant, took second with an 87.  Margo Lyon’s Kadence Darco with Caitlyn Shiels aboard, landed in third place with an 84.

Friday’s $7,500 International Welcome Stake class, sponsored by Sea Change Farm, got riders and horses out on the field to get the lay of the land. Coming out in top form right off the bat was Kelley Farmer and Kensel, LLC’s Mindful, winning the class with a score of 88. Carl Weeden and Piper Benjamin’s Corvine took second with an 86 and Farmer took third with Dalliance, owned by Avatar Real Estate.

Twenty horses took on the challenge in the field this afternoon for the first round of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Canadian Pacific. Leading after todays round were two of Kelley Farmer’s rides. Mindful, earned a 195 for the top spot and Jessica Stitt’s Taken scored 190 for second.  Caroline Weeden with Corvine, rounded out the top three with a 177.5.

Sunday features the final handy round plus a champagne brunch for VIP ticket holders.  The farm is a gorgeous setting for the event, with the pond and fountain in plain view from the spectacular VIP tent. High-end shops will display fantastic items for purchase and children’s events are sponsored by the Novy and Vogel families. The CP Puffer Belly Express train will be giving rides and the petting zoo and horseless horse show will keep kids busy for hours.

Adults can shop horsepower of a different kind with Lake Forest Sports Cars offering Ferrari test drives and Land Rover Lake Bluff has vehicles on site to check out the latest models.

If you can’t make it in person, will be taping the event to air on Monday evening.

For more information, please visit the website at

$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby (overall)
place    horse            rider            owner
1    Essential        Tammy Provost    Wendy Hofmeister
2    Kodachrome        Russel Frey        Nina Moore
3    Profit            Tammy Provost    Wendy Hofmeister
4    Aspen            Maria Rasmussen    Whitney Sinclair
5    Pilot            Geoffrey Hesslink    Lana Broussard
6    Subject to Change    Maria Rasmussen    Ashley Netzky
7    Poetry            Caroline Weeden    Glory Days Farm
8    Kadence Darco    Caitlyn Shiels    Margo Lyons
9    Truth Be Told    Tammy Provost    Marianne Ash
10    Valiant        Alliy Moyer        Alliy Moyer
11    JosVan KouterhoeveGeoffrey Hesslink    Salim Radi
12    Carlson        Alliy Moyer        Alliy Moyer

$2,500 National Welcome Stake
1    Essential        Tammy Provost    Wendy Hofmeister
2    Valiant        Tammy Provost    Alliy Moyer
3    Kadence Darco    Caitlyn Shiels    Margo Lyons
4    Aspen            Maria Rasmussen    Whitney Sinclair
5    Kodachrome        Russell Frey        Nina Moore
6    Carlson        Tammy Provost    Alliy Moyer
7    Chandon        Geoffrey Hesslink    Olivia Weaver
8    Subject to Change    Maria Rasmussen    Ashley Netzky
9    Troubadour        Tammy Provost    Jill Donaldson
10    JosVan KouterhoeveGeoffrey Hesslink    Salim Radi
11    Profit            Tammy Provost    Wendy Hofmeister
12    Truth Be Told    Tammy Provost    Marianne Ash

$7,500 International Welcome Stake
1    Mindful        Kelley Farmer    Kensel, LLC
2    Corvine        Caroline Weeden    Piper Benjamin
3    Dalliance        Kelley Farmer    Avatar Real Estate
4    Jersey Boy        Jennifer Alfano    SBS Farms
5    Miramar        Jennifer Alfano    Jennifer Alfano
6    Taken            Kelley Farmer    Jessica Stitt
7    Quite Chocolate    Maria Rasmussen    Over Fences Farm
8    Calido’s Son        Doug Boyd        Mimi Rothman
9    Valentino Now    Kelley Farmer    MVB Group
10    So to Speak        Kelley Farmer    Glefke, Kensel
11    Charlie Brown    Molly McAdow    Lanie Bricker
12    The Spy        Caroline Weeden    Glory Days Farm   


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