$25,000 Chicago Hunter Derby to Benefit Chicago Equestrians for a Cause

The inaugural $25,000 Chicago Hunter Derby will be the beneficiary of many people this year, and credit goes to the USHJA and Kentucky Horse Shows LLC. The $25,000 Chicago Hunter Derby will be held on August 30, 2009, at Annali Farm in Antioch, IL, and is hosted by Chicago Equestrians for a Cause. The title sponsor of the $25,000 Chicago Hunter Derby is CN.The inaugural $25,000 Chicago Hunter Derby will be the beneficiary of many people this year, and credit goes to the USHJA and Kentucky Horse Shows LLC. The $25,000 Chicago Hunter Derby will be held on August 30, 2009, at Annali Farm in Antioch, IL, and is hosted by Chicago Equestrians for a Cause. The title sponsor of the $25,000 Chicago Hunter Derby is CN.

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The inaugural $25,000 Chicago Hunter Derby will be the beneficiary of many people this year, and credit goes to the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) and Kentucky Horse Shows LLC. The $25,000 Chicago Hunter Derby will be held on August 30, 2009, at Annali Farm in Antioch, IL, and is hosted by Chicago Equestrians for a Cause. The title sponsor of the $25,000 Chicago Hunter Derby is CN.

The derby is managed by Bobby Murphy, who will also be the course designer. Chicago trainers Caroline Weeden and Lynn Jayne are on the advisory board of Chicago Equestrians for a Cause, and the Board Chairman is Karen Lackinger.

The Chicago Hunter Derby is very thankful for the many people that will help make this such a special event. Special recognition goes to the USHJA for their support of the event. Last weekend’s $100,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals was a groundbreaking class and was held in conjunction with Kentucky Horse Shows LLC. The USHJA is donating more than 100 plants used at the finals, as well as decorations and the custom-made USHJA jump that was used in the course.

Ron Danta, Chairman of the USHJA High Performance Hunter Committee, stated, "I am so proud of how the derbies have developed so much dimension. We are seeing many management teams, course designers, and horse shows, along with the USHJA, wanting to share jumps, plants, brush, trees, logs and even ideas, as a means of making the next venue’s derby a success. Our horse community has come together sharing in a dream while raising the artwork of hunters to the highest standards ever!"

Kentucky Horse Shows LLC is sending two trailers full of equipment to the Chicago Hunter Derby. This will include brush, flowers, fencing, ferns, flags, radios, and more. Kentucky Horse Shows LLC manager Hugh Kincannon thought that the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals was "one of the best things I’ve ever seen in the equestrian world for a one-time event."

He added, "A good bit of credit goes to the USHJA and the High Performance Hunter Committee. This was their concept, and it really worked. It was special. I’ve never heard so many people say they’ve had goosebumps watching hunters before. It was an awful lot of work by the USHJA, our staff, and everyone, but it was worth it. That was a universal opinion of it. The riders had fun too, and it was a great evening."

Kincannon also gave credit to the course designers for their inventive design and use of the jumps. Some of these unique jumps that were made for the derby finals will be sent to the Chicago Hunter Derby as donations and will help make the course stand out among series events this year. "We let them use what they needed, and they got a great selection," Kincannon mentioned.

Kincannon is happy to help the Chicago Hunter Derby, and hopes that the success of the derby finals in Kentucky will continue on through the various derbies held around the country. "There was no point in letting things go to waste," he pointed out. "We sent supplies because we think it will make the event nicer. It’s nice to be able to pass that on. We need to share as much as we can in this sport."

Bobby Murphy stated, "It’s amazing that people are coming together to make events like the Chicago Hunter Derby successful. The finals in Kentucky showed how magnificent the hunter derby class can be. It’s a different concept for horse shows to share, but it will help make the sport better and stronger. We owe a huge thanks to Hugh Kincannon and the USHJA."

The Chicago Hunter Derby will be held to raise money for Chicago Equestrians for a Cause, and the net proceeds will benefit The Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL.

Children’s Memorial Hospital is one of Chicago’s most precious civic assets. As Illinois’ only freestanding hospital exclusively for children, Children’s Memorial currently cares for more than 126,000 young people annually. The hospital is consistently recognized as one of the top pediatric institutions in North America, and many of its physicians and researchers are among the world’s top experts in their areas of specialty. In today’s challenging health care environment, the hospital relies on philanthropic support to help ensure that all children have access to the highest quality care.

The Chicago Hunter Derby is a series event for the Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals. The Chronicle of the Horse is the title sponsor for the 2009-2010 USHJA International Hunter Derby Series, and it is presented by Dietrich Insurance. Major sponsors for the series include Charles Owen & Co. and Dover Saddlery. Award sponsors for series are Essex Classics and The Clothes Horse.

The judges for the derby include USEF Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe George H. Morris, Louise Serio, Geoff Teall, and Scott Williamson.

For more information on the 2009 $25,000 Chicago Hunter Derby, please contact Bobby Murphy by emailing bobbymurphy1@gmail.com or calling 859-229-7323.

Please visit the $25,000 Chicago Hunter Derby website for more details at www.chicagohunterderby.com.