May 2018 - Winner's Circle
Written by CRM
Saturday, 28 April 2018 19:34

Lisa Wall and Tangled Up in Blue top the USHJA National Hunter Derby at LEG Gold Coast April. Photo: Kristin Lee Photography

LEG Gold Coast April Highlights

Out of a field of 24 horse and rider combinations, it was professional Lisa Wall aboard Mia Dimson’s Tangled Up in Blue who earned the top honors.

“This was her first hunter derby win,” Lisa said. “This mare just recently moved up to the 3’6” level. She is still learning, and we are putting her together. She rode really well. Each horse show, she’s consistently getting more broke.”

Tangled Up in Blue was leading the pack after the first round with a score of 89. “The handy round started with a trot fence, which was different,” she explained. “I just went to the first jump and took it from there. I felt very confident because I knew her brain was in the game even though she’s very green.”


Deborah Muellner and Coran earned first place in the Carousel Hunter Derby. Dylan Laiken and Callao were the ones to beat in the $1,000 NAL 1.10m Child/Adult Amateur Jumper Classic.

Really and Jenny Karazissis win the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Blenheim Spring Classic 4. Photo: McCool Photography

Blenheim Spring Classic 4 Highlights

Aboard Michelle Cobb’s Really, derby queen Jenny Karazissis came into the handy round of the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby in second place. But after galloping her way across the grass at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano, Karazissis topped the field of 31 entries. The pair finished with a two-round total of 390 points, while John French, the derby master, rode Laura Wasserman’s Skyhawk to a second-place finish, scoring a total of 389 points.

Twelve horses had advanced to the handy round where tight inside turns combined with spaces to gallop made for an exciting finish. The high-option fences were set up to 4’9”, and Karazissis took full advantage of the extra points, steering for all four high-option fences in each round with ease.

“This is Really’s first derby win, and he’s really special; he’s really relaxed. We’ve been second in a few derbies together, but he really felt like he was relaxed today. He has all the scope in the world. I never doubt him at the high options,” Karazissis said of her winning mount.

Twin Rivers CIC3* Recap

With Heather Morris in the irons, Charlie Tango (Shannondale Sarco St Ghyvan x Our Queen Bee, Ricardo Z) has eight top-two finishes in 13 career international completions. He has now added another to his record, earning his second CIC3* victory at Twin Rivers Spring CCI, CIC and Horse Trials in Paso Robles.

Leading from start to finish, Heather and the Team Express Group’s 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse added only 6.8 cross country time penalties on James Atkinson’s testing track to finish on a final score of 37.1 in their first Advanced run since the Fair Hill International CCI3* last October.

Reports excerpted from press releases from LEG Up News and Blenheim EquiSports Management Company and a report from Eventing Nation.

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