Temecula, Calif. – June 6, 2021 – Competition concluded at Nilforushan Equisport Events’ Temecula Valley National III, presented by Interactive Mortgage, with the highlight hunter event of the week, the $2,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby sponsored by Rusty Brown Jewelry. A talented field of beautifully turned-out hunter exhibitors gathered at the venue’s scenic Grand Hunter Arena one last time to see if they could add one more tricolor ribbon to their collection. After two impressive trips around the course, it was Morgan Beyler and HD Kuala Lumpur who were named champions of the final hunter derby.
Kate Parker and Simply Irresistible, a 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Kate Parker, were awarded the highest score of the first round efforts, clinching a base score of 86, plus 4 points for the high options on course, to sit on top of the leaderboard with a total of 90 going into the second round. Mimi Harwell on Gold Coast, a 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Alexa Collins, held the second place position going into the handy round, earning a base score of 84, plus 4 for high options, totaling 88.
Beyler and HD Kuala Lumpur, a 6-year-old KWPN gelding owned by HD Horses LLC, entered the Grand Hunter Arena on Sunday morning with their eyes on the prize, looking to put in clean and smooth rounds and end the Temecula Valley National on a high note. Successfully navigating around the field and making a nice impression on the judges, the pair was awarded a base score of 83 for their first round effort, plus 4 points for the high options on course to offer a total of 87. Sitting in the third place position after the first round, the pair returned to the arena for their handy round, riding the tricky track to the best of their ability in hopes of jumping up in the placings before the conclusion of the class.
Piloting around the handy course with the ease of an expert, Beyler earned a base score of 82, plus 4 for high options, to hold a second round score of 86. The pair’s consistency paid off, and combining the handy score with their first round total of 87, Beyler and HD Kuala Lumpur finished with the highest score of 173 to take home the crown jewels.
Parker and Simply Irresistible took home the second place ribbon at the conclusion of the national derby’s handy round. Although the pair started off with a strong handle on the lead, their handy round, earning them a 74 plus 4 for high options, was not enough to let them remain in the top position. Parker and Simply Irresistible ended the class with a total combined score of 168 and the red ribbon.
Everardo A Hegewisch and Carlubeto, his own 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, rounded out the top three with a total combined score of 159.5. The duo earned a base score of 73.5 in their first trip, plus 4 for high options taken, to start out with a total of 77.5. Returning for their handy, Hegewisch and Carlubeto improved upon their first effort, taking home a base score of 78, plus 4 for high options, to claim a handy total of 82 to move up the leaderboard and settle into third place.
FROM THE WINNERS CIRCLE
Morgan Beyler – $2,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby First Place
On HD Kuala Lumpur:
“He is young, he actually just turned 6 [years-old.] He is super special. I have never been as consistent as I am on a horse before, except for him. He takes care of me and I trust him completely. He amazes me every day.”
On the course and her rounds:
“The course looked really nice. We walked out and I knew he would jump one pretty well, he jumped me pretty loose, so the first jump was super nice. I was really excited. The score kind of caught me by surprise, and I thought to myself, ‘Wow! Really? An 83?’ But then I forgot I did the four high options [fences], so that was exciting. I knew I couldn’t get in my head too much because I did not think I would win or anything like that!”
On Nilforushan Equisport Events:
“Ali [Nilforushan] goes above and beyond. The ambiance is awesome, and he really takes care of his people. The jumps are beautiful and he goes the extra mile whereas I do not think other horse shows do. I love coming here and we were at his first horse show. I love coming back each and every time.”
$2,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby First Pl
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Score / R2 Score | Total
1 HD Kuala Lumpur / Morgan Beyler / HD Horses LLC / 87 / 86 | 173
2. Simply Irresistible / Kate Parker / Kate Parker / 90 / 78 168
3. Carlubeto / Everardo A Hegewisch / Everardo A Hegewisch / 77.5 / 82 | 159.5
4. Oscuro / Emily Esau Williams / Megan Camaisa / 70 / 89 | 159
5. Hollywood / Mackenzie Greer / Mackenzie Greer / 81 / 77.5 | 158.5
6. Bonne Starlight / Skylar Wireman / Lillian Muzzy / 71 / 87 | 158
7. Speakeasy / Lisa Wall / Emily Uffenheimer / 78 / 79 | 157
8. Eliza G / Lexi Wedemeyer / Jessica Dombroff / 80.5 / 76 | 156.5
9 . West Port / Kate Parker / Kate Parker / 80 / 74 | 154
10. Cassandro / Mimi Harwell / Cameron Cox / 77 / 71 | 148
11. Knock Your Socks Off / Ariel Marx / Karen Smith / 72 / 59 | 131
12. Gold Coast / Mimi Harwell / Alexa Collins / 88 / 34 | 122