Lexington, Ky.—August 5, 2019—Riding Winter Tietjen’s Pokerface, Kierstin Antoniadis earned the top scores in the Classic Hunter Round and Handy Hunter Round to win the inaugural USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Championship-East, during the Kentucky Summer Classic, August 4, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
2019 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby East Champions Kierstin Antoniadis and Pokerface, owned by Winter Tietjen and trained by Shannon Cunneff. Photo: Shawn McMillen Photography
“It feels pretty awesome because I’ve known this pony for over a year now, and I feel like we’ve kind of figured each other out between then,” said Antoniadis after her big win. “He’s a really special pony to me so it was really cool winning all of this today.”
Earning an 87 and an 88 in the Classic Hunter Round, Antoniadis took the lead on the Large 11-year-old Dutch Riding Pony, trained by Shannon Cunneff. The now working student for Andre Dignelli at Heritage Farm pulled from her equitation experience for the Handy Hunter Round.
“I definitely tried to shave off as much space as I could while still making it look smooth,” said Antoniadis. “I think the judges—which I’ve learned a lot from the equitation is when you come off a trot jump or a sharp turn and then you’re going to a long single jump—they really want to see a change in pace and some type of ambition and I think that really helped me with him.”
Antoniadis with Jennifer Matts of Champion Floral Blankets by Susan Garrett, trainer Shannon Cunneff, and Ashley and John Buehler of Sea Horse Tack Trunks. Photo: Shawn McMillen Photography
Going all in for the Handy Round, Antoniadis’ boldness paid off earning her scores of 85 and 90, securing her spot as the inaugural Champion, as well as the Overall High Score Award winner for the Large section. As the overall Champion, Antoniadis also won a tack trunk from Sea Horse Tack Trunks, a belt from Boy O Boy Bridleworks, a show shirt from Essex Classics, and a gorgeous custom floral blanket from Champion Floral Blankets by Susan Garrett.
Vivian Golden’s consistency on Hidden Springs Waltz, a Medium 12-year-old Welsh Pony Cross gelding, owned by Renaud Farm LLC, earned her the Reserve Champion title with an average score of 84.87 in the Classic Round and an 84 in the Handy Round. As the Reserve Champion, Golden received a tack trunk from Sea Horse Tack Trunks, and a belt from Boy O Boy Bridleworks. Golden also earned the High Score Award for the Medium section and finished in 12th place aboard her own Goldhills As You Like It.
2019 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby East Reserve Champion Vivian Golden and Hidden Springs Waltz, owned by Renaud Farm LLC. Photo: Shawn McMillen Photography
In seventh place after the Classic Hunter Round, Isabella David laid down a Handy trip that earned her an 82.75 and an 86, securing an overall third place finish aboard her own Wellspring’s Roxstar, a Large 11-year-old Welsh Pony Cross. As the third place finisher, David rode away with prizes from sponsors including a grooming tote from Sea Horse Tack Trunks and a belt from Boy O Boy Bridleworks.
Third place finisher Isabella David and her own Wellspring's Roxstar. Photo: Shawn McMillen Photography
Earning the High Score Award for the Small section and placing sixth overall was Shiloh Roseboom, riding Enchantment Farms LLC’s Heavenly Patch of Blue.
The top 12 riders each received flowers from Champion Floral Blankets by Susan Garrett and a gift from Sea Horse Tack Trunks.
Shiloh Roseboom and Heavenly Patch of Blue, owned by Enchantment Farm LLC, earned the High Score Award for the Small Section. Photo: Shawn McMillen Photography
Taking place in the same ring where the Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship will be held August 15-17, the inaugural Pony Hunter Derby Championship saw 106 small, medium and large ponies contest Bobby Murphy’s Classic Hunter Course in the Rolex Stadium of the Kentucky Horse Park. The top 20 returned for a jog and Murphy's Handy Hunter course consisting of three options and a trot fence. The Championship was judged by Scott Williamson, Claudia Roland, John Roper and James Giblin.
Entries are currently open for the 2019 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Championship-West, which will be held September 15 during the Blenheim Fall Tournament in San Juan Capistrano, California.
The USHJA thanks Hugh Kincannon, J.P. Bordeleau and the entire Kentucky Summer Horse Shows team for hosting the USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Championship-East.
USHJA extends its gratitude to official sponsors Charles Owen, CWD, Parlanti and Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and award sponsors Essex Classics, Sea Horse Tack Trunks, Champion Floral Blankets by Susan Garrett and Boy O Boy Bridleworks.
For more information about the USHJA Pony Hunter Derby, visit ushja.org/PonyHunterDerby
USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Championship-East winners rode away with prizes from Awards Sponsors, Sea Horse Tack Trunks, Essex Classics, Boy O Boy Bridleworks and flowers from Champion Floral Blankets by Susan Garrett. Photo: USHJA
USHJA Pony Hunter Derby Championship-East Results
Placing / Horse / Rider / Owner / Overall Score
1. Pokerface / Kierstin Antoniadis / Winter Tietjen / 175.00
2. Hidden Springs Waltz / Vivian Golden / Renaud Farm LLC / 168.87
3. Wellspring's Roxstar / Isabella David / Isabella David / 165.12
4. Half Moon Bay / Anna Marie Mayes / Heather Hornor / 163.25
5. Spot On / Sofia Moskowitz / Sofia Moskowitz / 162.50
6. Heavenly Patch Of Blue / Shiloh Roseboom / Enchantment Farms LLC / 162.50
7. Bit Of Laughter / Lauren Gee / Iwasaki & Reilly / 161.25
8. Misty / Carsyn Korotkin / Montoga Inc. / 160.50
9. Tina Turner / Lauren Gee / Team Weston LLC / 159.50
10. Watchusayin / Madison Moore / Madison Moore / 159.50
11. Al Schoponi / Grayson Hutchins / Grayson Hutchins / 157.00
12. Goldhills As You Like It / Vivian Golden / Vivian Golden / 156.25
About the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association
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