Mill Spring, NC - It was a day of firsts at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) as the venue hosted their inaugural $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the first $25,000 Under 25 Grand Prix of the series. Kelley Farmer and Kensel, LLC's Mindful took the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby in fashionable form, which is Mindful's fourth consecutive derby win.
Kelley Farmer and Mindful led from start to finish in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby with an overall score of 380.5 to best the class of 20 entries. Farmer and Mindful laid down their usual smooth and crisp rides to earn a 181 in the first round and a 199.5 in the second handy round.
"He absolutely tries his heart out. He wants to win that ribbon as much as you do when you go into the ring," commented Farmer about her successful relationship with longtime partner, Mindful. "He knows his job and he's just a total class act."
The duo took each of the high options during their handy round, greatly improving their final score with the additional points awarded for their decision to do so. Mindful, a true competitor in the ring, made the difficult rollback turns and large options look simple and easy.
"We're trying to save him for Derby Finals in Lexington, KY, later this year. This weekend will help to prep for Devon next week. We learned in Florida this past season that he just loves to work. We tried to give him time off, and he wasn't happy. He wants to be ridden and wants to win as much as anyone out there," said Larry Glefke, Farmer's trainer.
Farmer had an extremely successful night piloting three other horses in the class to top ten finishes. She placed third aboard Derby Hill's Point Being, fifth aboard Avatar Real Estate LLC's Dalliance and seventh aboard Glefke, Hill & Kensel LLC's In Private. Farmer currently has six mounts entered in Sunday's $50,000 WCHR Open Hunter Classic, which was the reason her team made the trip to TIEC this week.
"We always feel like when there is a support of our sport, it's our job to be here competing," she explained. "We don't see that kind of money and support for our sport very often and when it is there, we are big believers in whether you have to travel or not, when someone finds a way to support the sport like that, whether it be a derby or a classic, you need to be there."
Final Results for $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Place/Horse/Rider/Owner: Total Rnd 1/Total Rnd 2/Overall
1. Mindful, Kelley Farmer, Kensel, LLC: 181/199.5/380.5
2. Sterling, Liza Boyd, Pony Lane Farm: 172/205/377
3. Point Being, Kelley Farmer, Derby Hill: 180/183.5/363.5
4. Any Given Sunday, Hunter Holloway, Hays Investment Corp: 153/203/356
5. Dalliance, Kelley Farmer, Avatar Real Estate LLC: 162/193/355
6. Poker Face, Jennifer Bliss, Harris Hill Farm, LLC: 165.5/187/352.5
7. In Private, Kelley Farmer, Glefke, Hill & Kensel, LLC: 171/175/346
8. Allawishus, Daniel Geitner, Kathryn Mittauer: 153/187/340
For more information on TIEC and a full list of results, please visit www.tryon.com.