Patricia Griffith and Travino Take Hunter Derby at Old Salem Spring Show

May 28, 2010

Patricia Griffith and Travino, owned by Heritage Farm, kept their winning streak alive at the Old Salem Farm How Shows in North Salem, N.Y. and came home with the big one, a win in the $10,000 The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by The Premier Collection/Land Rover of Mt. Kisco and Land Rover of Larchmont.

The winning duo had a first round score of 199, placing themselves at the head of the class going into the second “handy” round of competition. Griffith and Travino displayed their talents as they mastered the nine-fence test and emerged from the ring with a score of 211 to take the top spot. They finished with a total score of 410 points.

Lillie Keenan and Chansonette Farms’ Genuine took the reserve position with a final total of 391 points. Poetic and Maggie Boylan were third with 380 points. Heritage Farm’s Drumline finished fourth with Laena Romson aboard.

"The Derbies are a great thing for our sport," Griffith said in a release from Old Salem. "The hunters were really dying and there was no atmosphere and no crowd—no draw. The Derbies are a huge draw now. People are excited about it and the crowds love it. This is just as hard as some of the jumper classes where they are giving away a significant amount of money, so the money is great. It’s nice that we can get this kind of recognition in the hunter ring. It is not easy to do this smoothly, without touching the reins, clear, it is hard—just as hard as the jumpers. This is our system here in the states—the hunters are very important and the classes like this are what it is all about."

The Top 12 Finishers in The Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby at Old Salem:

1—Travino (Griffith, Heritage Farm)

2—Genuine (Keenan, Chansonette Farm)

3—Poetic (Boylan)

4—Drumline (Laena Romon, Heritage Farm)

5--C Coast Z (Keenan, Chansonette)

5—Allejandro ( Katherine Dinan, Katie Dinan LLC)

7—Spock (Sylivia De Toledo, Brianne Link)

8—Amalfi (Danielle Cooper)

9—Curacao (Kate Mahoney)

10—Bartholomous (Hannah Isop, Ghylaine Manning)

11—Elysium (Danielle Franchi)

12—Wind Dancer (Naomi Weirens, Charlotte Jacobs)

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