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Louise Serio and Rock On earned the First Year Green Working Hunter Championship at the Lexington Spring Premiere. (Pictured at WEF)

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Top Tricolors for Derbydown and Louise Serio at Lexington Spring Premiere

Written by: Rebecca Walton
Client: Derbydown
Release Date: 2011-05-14

Lexington, VA– May 14, 2011 – It was an excellent week for the horses and riders of Derbydown during the Lexington Spring Premiere, held April 27 – May 1, 2011, at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA. The talented group took home three tricolor ribbons and multiple winning results after successfully competing in the show’s challenging hunter divisions.

Louise Serio and Bright Star 158, LLC’s Rock On kicked off the week by taking home the championship award in the First Year Green Working Hunter division. The duo was awarded a first place ribbon, two second place ribbons, and two third place ribbons to receive the division’s highest honor.

In the 3’ Pre-Green Hunter division, Serio showed Lucky Strike, owned by Sarah Ingle, to the reserve championship prize after earning a first place ribbon and a second place ribbon over fences.

Representing Derbydown in the Junior/Amateur Schooling Hunter division, Jane Maguire piloted Fun & Games to the Reserve Championship award. In the Adult Amateur 36-46 Hunter division, Blair Balmer and Deer Hill Farm’s Black Tie had excellent results and were presented with the winning ribbon in an over fences class.

Kristen Bowman made her debut in the Small Junior 15 & Under Hunter division with Rhinebeck at the Lexington Spring Premiere. The duo proved to be very successful and earned the top call in an over fences class against stiff competition.

Serio and Derbydown are now gearing up for the rest of the spring season, which will include the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows in Lexington, KY later this week, 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 Rock On earned the First Year Green Working Hunter Championship at the Lexington Spring Premiere. (Pictured at WEF) Photo By: Heather Bellock/PMG. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.


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