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Greg Crolick and Grey Street bested a field of 31 horses to win the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by Walgreens

Greg Crolick and Grey Street bested a field of 31 horses to win the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by Walgreens

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Greg Crolick and Grey Street Win $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby at Horse Shows By The Bay

Written by: Emily Riden
Client: Top Call Farm
Release Date: 2013-07-10

Williamsburg, MI – July 10, 2013 – Greg Crolick and Top Call Farm returned to Michigan to make their home state proud this past weekend. After an extremely successful spring season on the road, Crolick kicked off the Horse Shows By The Bay Equestrian Festival by winning the $2,5000 USHJA National Hunter Derby on Sunday, July 7 with Grey Street, owned by Adrienne Marciano.

Crolick and the 10-year-old Brandenburg gelding delivered a seamless trip over the classic first round course, designed by Evie Frisque (Ontario, Canada), earning them an initial score of 90. That score put them in the second place position to come back for the handy round just behind Kelley Farmer and Praise who had earned a score of 91.

“The courses were great. I liked both rounds, and they weren’t too difficult. I had a few options for the second round,” Crolick explained. “There were three different tracks that you could take so that you were either really tight and really handy, a happy medium track or one that had you moving out a little wider and around.”

Out of a field of 31 horses, Crolick also made the top 12 cut off to return for the second handy round with his other two mounts, Beyond Belief, owned by Cloverlane Farm LLC, and Borencio, owned by Orchard Lake Farms LLC.

“Having the other horses go before Grey Street in the second round gave me a chance to change the ride with each horse,” shared Crolick.  

Once he returned with Grey Street, Crolick seemed to have the course perfected, earning the highest score of the class, a 94, and successfully clinching the blue ribbon honors. Earlier in the week, Crolick also consistently rode Grey Street to high placings in the First Year Green Hunters.

Watch both of Crolick and Grey Street’s derby rounds here.

“Grey Street was wonderful for the derby. We left him a little bit fresh since it’s week one, and now he’ll be even more prepared for this week and next week’s derby,” said Crolick.  

Grey Street’s win was not the first derby success for Crolick and Top Call Farm this summer. Prior to returning to Michigan for the Horse Shows By The Bay Equestrian Festival, Crolick earned a sensational second place with Carson, owned by Orchard Lakes Farm LLC, in the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Country Heir II Horse Show in Lexington, KY. While in Lexington, Crolick and Carson were also named champions in the High Performance Hunter division. 

Crolick will return for week two of Horse Shows By The Bay today, this week joined by several other members of the Top Call Farm.

About Top Call Farm:

Located at the beautiful Bloomfield Open Hunt Club, Top Call Farm is a full service riding and training program for horse and rider, owned by Greg and Jessica Crolick. Top Call Farm offers training of the show horse and rider as well as riding instruction for those just starting out. Top Call can also aid in the purchase or sales of your show horse. For more information please visit Top Call Farm on Facebook


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