Lake Placid, New York - Adrienne Iverson of Oakville, Ontario rode Chapman ET to victory in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Eastern Hay and Purina Animal Nutrition Saturday at the 46th annual Lake Placid Horse Shows, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC.
Chapman ET, owned by Doreen Toben of Califon, NJ, proved himself the class of the 24-horse field that rode over the two courses designed by Richard Jeffery and Bobby Murphy in the all-grass Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field at the North Elba Show Grounds. The two judging panels of Chance Arakelian with Mindy Minetto and Jeff Ayers with Scott Williamson gave the 8-year-old, Dutch Warmblood winning scores in both the Classic (178.5) and Handy Hunter (193.0) rounds. His two-round total of 371.5 easily outdistanced the 347.0 scored by second-place finisher Captain 33, owned by Remeta Sky LLC and shown by Elle Young. Lori Gaudet's Generous, shown by David Oliynyk, scored 345.0 to finish third for the second straight year.
"He really is such an amazing horse," said Iverson. "He was born to do this; it's so easy for him. He's so brave and has so much scope that a class like this shows off all his best qualities. I started riding him this winter and at first we had him in the first-year division but we quickly realized that he was ready for high performance. We made the move and he did well right from the start. Doreen shows him in the amateur division and does very well and I really appreciate her letting me show him in this division.
"Riding in this big Grand Prix field was so much fun," she continued. "I thought that Richard and Bobby did a great job. It was a challenging course but it didn't overface anyone. It was really fun to ride."
Show jumping fans that are not able to make it to the Lake Placid Horse Shows will still be able to watch the competition. ShowNetVision.com is offering live webcasts of all classes at www.ShowNetVision.com. Video clips of competition, as well as schedules and live scoring, are available at www.ShowNet.biz.
Further information on the Lake Placid Horse Show Series, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or on line at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.