Come Jump Outside The Box

Palm Beach Point East FL - March 25, 2011 - Foundation Farm invites you to school a hunter derby practice course during Week 12 of the Winter Equestrian Festival, before the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.  The practice is being hosted by Visse Wedell, Eight Fences, and CEO Stables and will be held at Wedell's Foundation Farm, located between 40th Street and Stables Way.   

March 29 - April 1, 2011 between 9a.m. and 3p.m. you are invited to school over a derby course with heights ranging from 3'3'' - 4'. The cost is $75.00 per horse. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief. The practice is to help prepare horses and rider for Saturday night's $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, but it is open to anyone interested in riding out on a grass field over a beautiful course.

"Kate Oliver, Lymann T. Whitehead, and I were talking about setting up our own derby school out on the grass field a few weeks ago to prepare some horses at the farm for the Derby.  We realized that not everyone has access to a place where they can jump around an open course and work on some of the questions that might be presented during a Derby," commented Visse Wedell. "With the horrific events that happened in Japan, we thought it would be a great way to show our support by donating a portion of the proceeds to the Red Cross. It's also a great way to give anyone- even those not competing in the derby- a chance to ride at a new place over a well-dressed course on a fantastic field."   

The practice is an opportunity for riders and horses to have a venture out and utilize a beautiful facility. There is no limit to the number of fences you can jump and the fence heights can be adjusted.  Riders will be required to wear approved headgear and sign a release before schooling.

"It will be a good and useful practice, but fun at the same time to get a change of scenery. It's so rare you are able to jump on a nice big grass field with derby style fences because they just don't exist. Instead of the going around the same jumps day in and day out, it will give everyone an opportunity to try something new and jump out of the box so to speak.  We believe people will really enjoy it, and I think the horses will as well. It will be a good test of your riding, your horse's ability and great practice for the derby," commented Whitehead.

Professional rider Louise Serio is teaching a clinic on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 in the International Arena at 4:00pm on how to ride a Derby, and will also bring three horses to school at Foundation Farm before she competes in Saturday evening's Derby.

"You use a different strategy when you are doing a Derby, so it's nice to have an opportunity to practice over a real course," noted Serio.  "Most people don't have a facility like this to school their horses at, and this event is their chance!"

Kate Oliver added, "We have so much fun riding and schooling at home because we have a fabulous field with great footing and beautiful jumps. T and I thought it would be fun to design a derby course featuring some creative jumps and invite people to come and do something a little different and fresh."

For more information or to schedule your schooling time contact: Visse Wedell. 203-856-7882 .