Lexington, KY - October 13, 2014 - After winning this year's first Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, Christopher Payne took over the top of the Leading Rider standings and never relinquished it. The talented professional of New Hope LLC went on to capture multiple top placings throughout the spring and summer. At the end of the Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series, Payne accumulated 1375 points to take home the coveted $10,000 Hallway Feeds Leading Professional Rider Award.
The Hallway Feeds Series consists of seven national hunter derby events held throughout the 2014 show series at the Kentucky Horse Park. During the final event at the Kentucky National Horse Show, Payne's achievements throughout the year were recognized with the $10,000 Hallway Feeds Leading Professional Rider Award, which went to the professional rider accumulating the most points in the seven classes that make up the series. Payne also received a free flight for a horse, in the continental US, provided by Tex Sutton.
"It's my first year participating in this Derby series and it's absolutely amazing," expressed Payne. "I can't thank Hallway Feeds enough for sponsoring this opportunity for hunter riders. For junior, amateurs and professionals to be able to compete and get something out of it is very special. Nobody else in the country does anything like that for the hunter riders and I can't thank them enough. It's an honor to be a part of it, and I really enjoyed it."
"Hallway Feeds would like to congratulate Chris and all of the other competitors, as well as their equine partners, for a successful series," said Morgan Akers-McQuerry of Hallway Feeds. "We look forward to seeing everyone back next year."
In addition to the $10,000 Hallway Feeds Professional Rider Award, there were also awards for the amateur rider and junior rider accumulating the most points. Vivian Yowan scored the $2,500 Hallway Feeds Junior Rider Award after earning multiple top ribbons throughout the spring and summer. There was a tie between Adele Norton & Didi Mackenzie, and they shared the $2,500 Hallway Feeds Amateur Rider Award.
Hallway Feeds' close proximity to the Kentucky Horse Park provides the opportunity to utilize the freshest feed, manufactured with time-honored commitments to high standards of quality and the latest scientific advances. Combining a premium nutrition package with a professional level of dedication in horsemen and women provides equine athletes with the Formula for Success.
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The Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby Series would not be possible without many generous sponsors including Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Alfagreen Supreme, Sweet PDZ Horse Stall Refresher, Caddel Equine Therapy Center, Trouw Nutrition, EquiVision, Sallee Horse Transport, Tack Shop of Lexington, Tex Sutton, Turf Town Properties, BB&T Insurance and PNC Bank.
For more information about the Kentucky Horse Shows, please visit http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com/.