Caroline Weeden and The Spy Win $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show
Brookwood Farm Continues Winning Streak
Caroline Weeden rode Glory Days Farm's The Spy to the top spot in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Photo by Flashpoint Photography..
Zionsville, IL â€“ August 11, 2014 â€“ Brookwood Farm of Antioch, IL continued their winning streak during the Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show at Mrs. Sylvester Johnsonâ€™s Wild Air Farm in Zionsville, IN. Rush and Caroline Weeden were front and center with Mrs. Johnson looking on as the hunters returned to the famous grass ring for competition.
Topping off the week of hunter competition was the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby which brought the best of the hunters to the main ring for the two round class. Caroline Weeden took the lead with The Spy with a 175, leaving her seventeen points ahead of the next pair, Hillary Johnson and VDL Zingaro H. For the handy round, Weeden pulled off a beautiful and economical round to finish with a score of 191 for second place in the handy round and taking the overall win almost 20 points ahead of the rest of the field. Brookwoodâ€™s junior rider, Piper Benjamin took the fourth place spot in the handy round and finished seventh overall with her mount, Corvine.
Caroline Weeden and The Spy were Champion in the Conformation Hunters. Photo Chicago Equestrian.
Weeden started the week by winning both the Championship and Reserve Championship in the Conformation Hunter Division with The Spy, owned by Glory Days Farm and Piper Benjaminâ€™s Corvine in reserve. Weeden continued to collect top ribbons in the Pre-Green working Hunters with Glory Days Farmâ€™s Cascor W taking home the Reserve Championship in the division.
Remaining major contenders in the hunter divisions, Brookwoodâ€™s junior hunters took to the rings taking home top honors. Benjamin and her Corvine won the Championship in the Junior Hunters 16-17 and swept the division by also taking home the Reserve Championship with Texas, owned by Wendy Hofmeister.
Benjamin and her mount No Excuses were the winners of Sundayâ€™s main hunter event, the $5,000 Nutrena USHJA National Hunter Derby with scores of 91 and 92. Clare Sargent and Exposure took the fourth place spot with scores of 87 and 81.
Piper Benjamin and Corvine won the National Hunter Derby and Clare Sargent and Exposure were fourth.
Brookwood Farm has already added Championships to their winning summer with the Grand Hunter Champion at Lake Placid with Glory Days Farmâ€™s Cucinelli with Weeden in the irons.
Benjamin adds wins from Junior Hunter Finals, Lake Placid, WEF and Equifest to the Brookwood banner and Clare Sargent with her hunters, also has collected top places from Junior Hunter Finals and Equifest.
The group heads to Kentucky for the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals.
Piper Benjamin and Corvine won the Large Junior 15-17 handy round at Junior Hunter Finals. Photo by Cathrin Cammett
Brookwood Farm is a successful training facility with many National wins to their credit including High Point Junior Rider/Owner at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL with Piper Benjamin and Corvine this past winter. Rush and Caroline Weeden, both USHJA Certified Trainers, have trained many horses to USEF Horse of the Year Awards in addition to supporting the industry. Caroline serves on the board of the USHJA Foundation, the World Championship Hunter Rider Committee, the High Performance Hunter Committee and is President of Chicago Equestrians for a Cause.
The couple also supports the industry by holding numerous National events at their Annali Farm including the George H. Morris Gladstone Program last month, The Chicago Hunter Derby September 5-7, 2014 and the George H. Morris Chicago Clinic November 28-30, 2014. They also organized and hosted the 2012 Emerging Athletes Program Finals.
For more information on Brookwood Farm, contact Carl at 847-951-0826 or Rush at 847-951-1148. You can â€œLikeâ€ them on Facebook at Brookwood Farm.
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