Halie Robinson and Djuna Lauder Land USHJA National Hunter Derby Victories at Blenheim Summer Classic
Friday, August 19, was a double derby day at the Blenheim Summer Classic, with USHJA National Hunter Derby victories awarded to both Halie Robinson aboard Catniss and Djuna Lauder on Cervino.
Lauder and Cervino, owned by Roaring Fork Farms LLC, were the first in the winner’s circle after topping a field of 24 entries to win the $5,000 Junior/Amateur USHJA National Hunter Derby.
“I’m over the moon,” said Lauder, 15. “I’m really excited because I’ve done a lot of derbies; I’ve come really close to winning before, but I’ve never actually won a derby. I was like, ‘You know what, I’m going to really go for it,’ and I did. It worked out so well! My horse could not have been more perfect. I was just so excited because I prepared him myself too.”
Lauder, who has trained with Carleton and Traci Brooks for nearly 13 years, led the class from beginning to end with a score of 92 in the first round, followed by a 90 in the handy round for a winning total score of 182. Finishing in second place with an overall score of 180 were Lillian Muzzy and Baldeur, and third place went to Skylar Wireman and Bonne Starlight with a score of 179.5.