Antioch, IL - Land Rover Lake Bluff proudly presents the Derby After Dark Party at the 2014 Chicago Hunter Derby presented by Chicago Equestrians for a Cause, September 5-7, 2014. The party will take place Saturday night after a full day of exciting competition, which includes the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by Sapphire Riding Academy and the first round of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby sponsored by Canadian Pacific.
The prestigious Chicago Hunter Derby at Annali-Brookwood Farm in Antioch, was created by Chicago Equestrians for a Cause to showcase high-level equestrian events with the express purpose of raising funds for selected charities in the Chicago area. This year, three charities will benefit from the event: 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 event has raised over $400,000 for local charities in its five-year history.
After rave reviews from last year's Derby After Dark Party, Land Rover Lake Bluff invites you to an evening which includes a fajita bar by Paramount Events, bourbon cocktails by Angels Envy, beer and wine by Constellation Brands and back by popular demand, the band blitzFM. The band boasts a collection of some of the most talented musicians in Chicago, who take time from their professional bands to get together for a few performances a year. From Bowie to Adele and from the Pretenders to Daft Punk, blitzFM plays a wide range of songs, drawing from four decades of great music that will have everyone dancing into the night. BlitzFM Founder Matt Walker, the former Smashing Pumpkins' and current Morrissey drummer, welcomes, as a special guest star, singer and musician, Scott Bennett, of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys. The party will begin at approximately 5:00 pm after the competition.
Tickets are now available to purchase for Sunday's event for the final round of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. The admission includes a delicious Champagne Brunch, children's activities sponsored by Rice Dairy, Vendor Row shopping and the Children's Horseless Horse Show. Gates open at 10:30 am and competition begins at 1:00 pm.
Tickets are $275 per seat, $75 for children or $2,500 for a Blue Ribbon Table for 10, $5,000 for a front row Champion Table, and $10,000 for a Grand Champion Table front and center. Tickets are tax deductible and net proceeds benefit the charitable organizations. Click here to purchase tickets for Sunday, September 7, 2014.
Friday and Saturday events are open to the public for a suggested donation of $25 at the door. Friday, September 5th, features the $7,500 International Derby Welcome Stake at 10:30 am and the National Derby Welcome Stake at 1:30 pm. Lane Change Farm and Kensel, LLC sponsor both events.
Saturday, September 6th, features the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by Sapphire Riding
Academy at 10:00 am. Lunch will be served at noon, with the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby sponsored by Canadian Pacific at 2:30 pm. The fantastic Derby After Dark Party follows the conclusion of the day's competition.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.chicagoequestriansforacause.com.