Kim Barone and Enjoy Seal the Deal in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby

(Last Updated On: December 17, 2023)
Kim Barone & Enjoy © Sportfot

he future of U.S. show jumping looked bright as junior equitation riders took center stage at Wellington International Wednesday for the WIHS Jumper Phase during ESP Holiday I Equitation. Rising to the occasion in the WIHS Jumper Phase was USA’s Caroline Olsen and Spark of Phoenix, owned by Olsen LLC, with a score of 84. The pair was crowned the winners of the class by the two judges on the panel, Geoffrey Case and Thomas Carlson. Earning the red rosette was Reese Merna (USA) with a score of 82. Merna navigated the course with Independence M, owned by Dachis Sporthorses LLC. Earning the third-place title was Rylnn Conway (USA) aboard her own entry, Justify.

Continuing with competition for the week was the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Platinum Performance. The judges on the panel, Mary Eufemia and Kevin Eufemia, saw a total of fourteen horse-and-rider pairs in the class.

Kim Barone (USA) and her own entry, Enjoy, claimed the blue ribbon as the highest-scoring duo, posting tallies of 85 and 88 for a combined score of 173. With a total score of 170, Colin Syquia (USA), claimed second with Whatatime, owned by Mary Lannan-Cookingham. Barone also claimed the third-place title, earning a total score of 169 with Proud to Be VH for Sheryl Scolnick.

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