Alliy Moyer Hunts to the Win with Carlson in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

Alliy Moyer and Carlson win the 5,000 National Hunter Derby.
Alliy Moyer and Carlson win the 5,000 National Hunter Derby.

Antioch, IL - A field of 39 horses galloped back-in-time over old fashioned coops, stone fences, logs and brush jumps in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by ABBA Vet Supply. The derby is part of a special stand alone event at the 2013 Chicago Hunter Derby at Rush and Caroline Weeden's Annali Farm in Antioch, IL. Hunting to the top of the class was Alliy Moyer of Carmel, IN, and her nine year old Hanoverian, Carlson.

The rustic course was designed by George H. Morris of Wellington, FL and Bobby Murphy of Lexington, KY. The course was open and flowing, up and down hills and through the woods, resembling a fox hunting track. "I really liked how open the course was," said Moyer. "You could just gallop around."

This was Moyer's first derby win. Moyer, 19, spent this year showing in the Amateur Owner Hunter Divisions and now is trying her hand at the derbies. "My horse was really confident," said Moyer. "My trainer (Tammy Provost) usually rides him in the bigger derbies so he's easy to ride."

Moyer came back in third place and just decided to be as handy as she could. "My horse is really handy, he's little and compact so he's easy to turn," added Moyer, "so it worked out for the best!"

Moyer goes off to college now as a freshman at The University of Indianapolis to study Biology.

Riders rode back in time over the classic hunting course.
Riders rode back in time over the classic hunting course.

After the first round, it was Taylor Adams and In Print, owned by David Glefke, who took the lead. Following Adams was Tammy Provost and Sigfried owned by Susanne Stroh for the second spot and Moyer in third.

In the handy, Adams scored an 81 and an 82 with four high options for a total of 171 but Moyer edged her out with tighter turns earning an 86 and an 85 plus four high option points for a total of 179. Provost had an unfortunate stop at the first jump, knocking her into eleventh place.

Thanks to all the great sponsors, Moyer won an Animo jacket from Barrington Saddlery and a Le Fash gift certificate courtesy of Le Fash along with an ABBA custom jacket and gift certificate. Moyer also was the High Scoring Amateur in the class, winning a pair of Pikeur breeches sponsored by Frantisi, and also was wearing a Le Fash shirt, which made her a winner for the "Wear it and Win it Challenge" class. Le Fash will be donating $500 to the charities in Moyer's name because she was wearing a Le Fash shirt.

Clare Sargent was the High Scoring Junior rider and also won a pair of Pikeur breeches. Doug Boyd was the High Scoring Gentleman, winning a custom belt from Good Threads.

Barrington Saddlery also awarded Animo breeches to Taylor Adams and Samantha Segedy for second and third place. Riders placing second through sixth also received gift certificates for Le Fash shirts.

Mythical and Kelley Farmer win the Classic Round of the ,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Chicago Hunter Derby.
Mythical and Kelley Farmer win the Classic Round of the ,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Chicago Hunter Derby.

The 2013 Chicago Hunter Derby is presented by Chicago Equestrians for a Cause. The Mission of the group is to showcase high-level equestrian events with the express purpose of raising funds for selected charitable institutions in the Chicago area. The event features the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by ABBA Vet Supply and the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, generously sponsored by Canadian Pacific (CP). The proceeds from this unique stand alone event benefit three charities; Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, The United States Hunter Jumper Association Foundation, and the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation.

The excitement continues Sunday, September 8th, with the final round of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Twenty horse and rider combinations from today's Classic Round competition will hunt around the course again in the Handy Round for the coveted first prize. The riders returning tomorrow are:

Returning for the Handy Round - $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Horse  Rider  Owner  Score 1  Score 2  Total
Mythical  Kelley Farmer  Kenneth Garber  94+4 92+4 194
Jersey Boy  Jennifer Alfano  SBS Farms, Inc.  90+4 89+4 187
Skorekeeper  Kelley Farmer  Quail Run Partnership  89+3 87+3 182
Taken  Kelley Farmer  Jessica Stitt  86+4 86+4 180
On Q  Kelley Farmer  CH Farm LLC  87+4 89+4 179
The Spy  Caroline Weeden  Glory Days Farms LLC  88+3 82+3 176
Kallisto  Tammy Provost  Kim Calamos  89+4 80+4 172
CR Beethoven  Martien Van Der Hoeven  Margaret Anderson  83+4 81+4 172
Westray  Tammy Provost  Catherine Hanlon  80+4 83+4 171
Nuateloe  Martien Van Der Hoeven  August Pines Farm  81+3 78+3 165
Condanas  Lacey Gilbertson  Lacey Gilbertson  63.5+1 79+1 164.5
Bronziet  Stephen Foran Liberty Equine Ventures  78+4 77+4 163
Safari  Alliy Moyer  Alliy Moyer  78+4 70+4 156
Castlewellan  Maria Rasmussen  Use the Ring LLC  74+4 74+4 156
Rose Hill  Jennifer Alfano  Sharon O'Niell  75+1 73+1 150
Santerno  Tammy Provost  Brenda Christenson  70+4 72+4  150
Bonefeuer  Serah Vogas  Jan Milani  68.5+4  71+4 147.5
Seneca  Kathleen Caya  Kathleen Caya  69+4 68+4 145
Speak Kindly  Ashleen Lee  David Walmon  69.5+3 67+3 142.5
Ferrari  Russell Frey  Alexis Cohen  68+4 63+4 139

Results - $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
Horse Rider Owner Score Round 1 Score Round 2  Total
Carlson  Alliy Moyer  Alliy Moyer  177 179 356
In Print  Taylor Adams  David Glefke  181 171 352
Nandino  Samantha Segedy  Ellen Malson  173 156 329
All the Talk  Kelley Farmer  Kenneth Garber  167 160 327