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Amanda Derbyshire and Lady Maria BH

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Amanda Derbyshire and Lady Maria BH Celebrate One Year of Partnership with $25,000 Devoucoux Welcome Stake Victory at Great Lakes Equestrian Festival

Written by: Kendall Bierer
Client: Morrissey Management Group (MMG)
Release Date: 2016-07-22

Traverse City, Mich. – July 22, 2016 – Amanda Derbyshire and Lady Maria BH celebrated their one-year partnership with a victory in the $25,000 Devoucoux Welcome Stake at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) Week Three. The grey mare rose to the occasion, out jumping 32 contenders for the lion’s share of the prize, tripping the timers in 33.649 seconds.

“Maria is my princess,” Derbyshire smiled. “She is the best horse I have ever had. She just tries every time she is in the ring. No matter what you do, she always tries to win. She is so laid back in every way, but she gets wound up in the ring if you want her to be. She is very careful. You can take her in any ring, and she is just an easygoing horse. I have actually had her one year exactly today.”

Derbyshire and Lady Maria BH, owned by David and Becky Gochman, were one of only three to clear Pierre Jolicouer’s jump-off track, and one of only six to master the first round course. Aaron Vale and Quality On Top, owned by North Face Farm, took second place, while David Beisel and Call Me Hannes, owned by Harlow Investment Enterprises LLC, earned third.

“My plan was to go as fast as I could,” Derbyshire said. “Aaron [Vale] beat me last week in the grand prix, and I watched him go in the jump-off today so I knew that I needed to go fast to beat him today. I was pretty fast going from one to two, and I was tight back to the double combination. Ken Berkley was helping me today, and he told me that if I thought I was up by the last fence I should take an extra stride and be cautious to the final fence, which I did, so I didn’t knock it down.”

Derbyshire and Lady Maria BH have proven themselves as formidable opponents in more than one arena including the 2016 Longines Global Champions Tour Miami, where they won the Miami Beach CSI2*.

“I am so grateful to David and Becky Gochman for supporting me, allowing me to do this, owning such a great horse and keeping her for me,” Derbyshire stated. “They try to come to every show, and having them here today was great. They are so supportive, and the happiest people. They are always my cheering squad. Even if you don’t always have a good time, both them and their kids pick me up. We are a pretty good team.”

Vale took the second place finish with North Face Farm’s Quality On Top, leading the class from the beginning until Derbyshire stole the limelight. Vale said, “It was a fun course today, it was quite busy. It was technical; you had a lot of stuff that came up quick and you really had to have the horses focused. It was a good, fair course. It let you turn or do strides to make the time.”

Vale continued, “It's his first grand prix. He did the 1.40m during Florida, moved up to some 1.45m classes in the spring at Kentucky and then in his first prix, jumped around out there just like he knew what he was doing. Since I was the first one in, I went pretty fast but I didn't take the biggest chances. I wanted to get a good clear in so it was a great class for his first bigger one.” 

Both Derbyshire and Vale plan to face off once again during the $50,000 Great Lakes Grand Prix, presented by the Ingram family, on Sunday, July 24.

David Beisel tends to ride the “little horses that could,” surpassing numerous contenders with his slight and speedy mounts. On Friday, it was the little chestnut mare, For Sunday, owned by Harlow Investment Enterprises, LLC of Mason, Ohio, that took the Young Jumper Championship (YJC) 6-Year-Old Qualifier victory.

“She’s a little fireball,” Beisel laughed. “She is teeny and she loves it. For as much of a firecracker as she is, you come out of the ring and she is just totally relaxed. She really loves show jumping. She just started a year ago, here at GLEF, doing the 5-year-old jumpers. Since then, she has done the 6-year-old jumpers all season.”

For Sunday holds a special place in Beisel’s heart, especially because he had so much success with her dam, For Pleasure. Bred by Beisel and Harlow Investment Enterprises, For Sunday came to be due to an award Beisel earned with For Pleasure at HITS Ocala for “Best Mare.”

“We won a free embryo transfer, and that is how we ended up with the baby,” Beisel smiled. “We want to get to the Young Jumper Championships in Kentucky in September. She loves it out there. I have to keep her straight, and try not to go too fast. She is little enough that you need to let her go fast, but not quite full-throttle. I would like to thank the Harlows for letting me ride such a great horse. Also, CWD for such great saddles.” 

Beisel was the only contender of the qualifying class to navigate the opening track clear, riding both of his 6-year-olds into the jump-off. Although he jumped clear with his first horse, La Dolce Vida VDL, owned by Makayla Weber, he took a conservative approach, which left room for his return with For Sunday. They broke the beam in 42.473 seconds with a double-clear effort sealing the win as well as their third consecutive victory of the GLEF series. For Sunday currently leads the YJC 6-Year-Old Mid-West League with 85 points after their win Friday.

Third and fourth place finishes were awarded to Charlotte Clark with Kinsella and Amalee, respectively.

GLEF will continue to welcome riders and thrill spectators over the next two weeks throughout the first series of competition, which runs July 6–31. Week Three runs July 20–24 and will feature highlighted jumper events such as the $50,000 Great Lakes Grand Prix, presented by the Ingram family, on Sunday, July 24.

For more information or to view schedules, please visit mmg.managementor


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