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Louise Serio and Castle Rock won the WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Classic Spectacular.

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Derbydown and Louise Serio Wrap-Up Stellar 2011 Winter Season at WEF

Written by: Rebecca Walton
Client: Derbydown
Release Date: 2011-04-21

Wellington, FL – April 21, 2011 –Throughout the 2011 winter season, Louise Serio and her team of horses and riders from Derbydown had incredible success at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. The top horse and riders from around the world gather at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center to compete for top prizes at the international event, and Derbydown was one of this year’s top winners.

The highlight of the 2011 season was Serio’s victory in the WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Classic Spectacular aboard Castle Rock, owned by Bryan Baldwin. The duo earned a score of 90.50 during the second round of competition to win the prestigious title. Serio and Castle Rock also earned multiple victories in the High Performance Working Hunter division, scoring the championship honors during Week Two, Week Five, and Week Six, as well as the reserve championship tricolor during Week Ten.

Serio and the talented mount Rock Star, placed fourth after an incredible performance during the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Rock Star is owned by Bright Star 158, LLC, and also successfully competed in the Amateur-Owner 3’3’’ 36 & Over Hunter division by Jennifer Burger.

During WEF, Serio also competed with Do Tell, owned by Bridget Hallman, in the High Performance Working Hunter division. They scored the championship prize during Week Eleven. Hallman and her talented mount also competed in the Amateur-Owner and 35 and Over Hunter division, where the scored the championship title during Week Eight and Week Nine. During WEF, Hallman also had great success with her second mount, Hearsay, in the Amateur-Owner and 35 and Over Hunter division.

In the professional hunter divisions, Serio also had mounts in the First Year Green Working Hunter division, Green Conformation Hunter division, the Performance Working Hunter division, and the Pre-Green Hunter divisions. Her First Year mount, Rock On, is owned by Bright Star 158, LLC, and was the reserve champion during Week Eight. In the Performance Working Hunter division, Serio showed Ledger, owned by Gillian Grant, to the reserve championship prize during Week One, and Marshall, owned by Bryan Baldwin, to the reserve championship prize during Week Three. Blair Balmer’s Black Tie also earned many good ribbons in the Green Conformation Hunter division with Serio in the irons. Throughout the season, Balmer and the talented mount earned excellent results in the Adult Amateur 36-50 Hunter division.

Bryan Baldwin also had two horses competing the Pre-Green 3 & 4 Year Old division. Serio piloted Willow to the reserve championship tricolor during Week Two and Week 10. Baldwin’s second horse, Cinemagic was champion during Week Three. Lulu, owned by Bridget Hallman, also earned top ribbons in the competitive division. Derbydown also had success with Envy, owned by Bright Star 158, LLC, and Bayside, owned by Orysia Bezpalko and ridden by Christina Serio, in the Pre-Green 3’3’’ Hunter division. Lucky Strike, owned by Sarah Ingle, represented Derbydown in the Pre-Green 3’ Hunter division for many good ribbons.

Serio’s daughter Christina represented Derbydown in the Baby Green Hunter division aboard What’s To Say for top ribbons. Christina was also the winner of the 1.30m Open Jumper class aboard First Lady during Week Three. Later this year, Christina will be campaigning her newest mount, Navarre, which she purchased at the end of the WEF.

Gillian Grant had her own success aboard Ledger during Week Eleven, winning the championship prize in the Amateur-Owner 35 & Over Hunter division. In the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunter division, Jennifer Rowland successfully competed with All About Eve, while Rachel Geiger showed Midnight Date to top ribbons. Geiger and her second mount, Aeropostal earned the Amateur-Owner 3’3’’ 18-35 Hunter Reserve Championship title during Week Three, while Ashley Hotz and Summer Catch scored the honor during Week One.

In the jumper ring, Hotz, Rowland, and Deb Beebe represented Derbydown. Hotz showed her Medium Amateur-Owner Jumper Weston L to many top finishes, while Rowland competed with World Lady, Darn It, and Split Second with many top finishes. Beebe showcased her skills with Lennox in the Masters 50 & Older Jumper division, and rode Casall to good ribbons in the Low Adult Jumpers.

In the Children’s 15-17 Hunter Horse division, Jane Maguire proved to be a dominating force with Fun & Games and Barnes Brook’s Nickleback. Maguire scored the championship title aboard Nickleback during Week Two and Week Five, and the reserve championship prize during Week Eight. She also scored the reserve championship award with Fun & Games two weeks in a row, during Week One and Week Two.

Kristen Bowman successfully competed in the Children’s 14 & Under Hunter Horse division with her talented mount Rhinebeck, earning top ribbons for her efforts. In the Large Junior 16-17 Hunter division, Katheen Fisher and North Shore were awarded many top honors. Lucy Matz and Wiseguy showed in the Pony Jumper division, where they won a class during Week Eight. Her brother, Alex, had similar success in the Children’s 14-17 Jumper division through the winter season with Counterfoil and Power Point.

The winter season concluded with the exciting purchase of grand prix mount Phillipa from McLain Ward by Bright Star 158, LLC. Phillipa will now be aimed at the hunter ring in the hopes that she will become a successful Derby horse. Another new horse that will be added to the Derbydown roster is Marinelo, who was purchased by Bryan Baldwin for the Adult Hunter division.

Serio has now returned home to Derbydown in Kennett Square, PA, with her horses and riders to begin preparing for the spring horse show season, which will include the Kentucky Spring Horse Show in Lexington, KY, and the Devon Horse Show in Devon, PA.

About Louise Serio and Derbydown:

Owned and operated by top hunter trainer Louise Serio, Derbydown is nationally recognized as one of the foremost show hunter barns in the country. It is a training, boarding, showing and sales business with a multi-level horse facility providing all levels of instruction to A-quality showing in Kennett Square, PA. Serio began training at Derbydown in 1975 and she consistently trains and rides champions in every division at the most prestigious shows on the East Coast, as well as traveling the country to judge at those top shows in which she is not competing. Some of her championship mounts include Gray Slipper, Dream Date, Red Panda, LaFayette and Hat Trick. Most recently, Serio was victorious in the 2011 WCHR Pro Hunter Classic aboard Castle Rock at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

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Photo Credit: Louise Serio and Castle Rock won the WCHR Palm Beach Hunter Classic Spectacular. Photo By: Rebecca Walton/PMG. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

Photo Credit: Louise Serio and Rock Star placed fourth in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Photo By: Heather Bellock/PMG. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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