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Thursday evening at the Giant Steps Charity Classic provided double the entertainment with the $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by the Lindemann-Barnett Family and the $10,000 Rombauer Vinyards Welcome Prix providing competition in both the Equine Insurance and Wells Fargo rings.
Shelly Kerron and Papillon, owned by Krista Taylor raised the highest overall score in the USHJA International Hunter Derby to win the class.
“Papillon is wonderful we showed him in a 3’6″ and a 4′ class to prepare him for this evening and he was fabulous.” Kerron explained, “He has a super jump and he floats across the ground. He is owned by Krista Taylor and it will be our third year together and I really want to thank Krista and Lisa Taylor for having this horse in my care, I love him, and they are great people. We now head back to Washington State for the Evergreen Classic and on to Canada.
Papillon came from Spruce Meadows and in his first year of competition he took his owner Krista Taylor all the way to the Maclay Finals, it was her first year in the 3’6″ and his first year after being a 1.35m horse.”
$10,000 Rombauer Vineyards Welcome Prix
Zazou Hoffman and Samson II stormed ahead in the $10,000 Rombauer Vineyards Welcome Prix against a field of 33 riders. “Samson II is owned by a good friend and Meadow Grove Farm client, Saree Kayne, who recently bought him for me to continue riding.” Hoffman explained, “It’s nice to come to a different showground and jump new jumps. I really like it here, they have put a lot into the facility and it is great to jump on such nice footing and to have excellent classes like this. It really is fun for us to come up here.”