Mill Spring, NC - Holly Shepherd of Grand Bay, AL, and Barbara Risius' Longstreet scored an impressive 178 in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby to handily take the class of 23 original entries. Shepherd has dominated the circuit so far at TIEC, continues to accumulate top finishes in both the jumper and hunter rings aboard several different mounts.
"Both of my horses were really comfortable today and they're not the most experienced at the 3' level, but I felt like they really went out there and gave me consistent rounds," said Shepherd. "I think I was the only trip to do a double inside turn in the handy round on Longstreet to the trot fence which definitely helped add to my score."
"I've been riding him since Gulfport in February and we're planning on doing Tryon for the Summer Series and then we'll head to Chicago for the Derby at the end of July and of course Derby Finals in Lexington, KY, in August," she stated. "The big plan is to keep doing really well across the board and in the FEI classes for my jumper horses. We'll have a pretty light week next week, but I have several clients who are shooting for the moon right now," she smiled.
Continuing the season at TIEC is a highlight for Shepherd, who enjoys the convenience the facility offers to riders with horses in both the jumper and hunter classes throughout the day.
"The horse show has been fantastic both times I've been here, including last fall. We're really happy with everything and everybody has been tremendously nice and so helpful," commented Shepherd. "The crew is amazing. They help to make my job so much easier. It's great to be able to have a team to help me balance all of my horses and have a great show staff that is so willing to adjust and work with us."
Margaret Camp and Cascaron finished in second with a 172 and Paige Caskey aboard Waterford VDL rounded out the top three with a total score of 170.
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