Not to Worry and Tiffany Cambria Win the $5000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
Despite a rain delay this morning, the skies cleared up and all were treated to a nice spring day at the Virginia Horse Center.
Today’s main event was the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by the Heisley Family Foundation. Twenty-three horse and rider teams took to the Wiley Arena over the well decorated course designed by Joe Carnicum.
Not to Worry, owned by Sabrina Hellman and ridden by Tiffany Cambria of Upperville, Virginia took top honors with their combined score of 179.
The Hellman family sent Not to Worry to Tiffany Cambria and her husband Guy a couple of months ago. Cambria commented, “He’s a bit of a new ride for us. He is a very fun horse to ride, very straightforward and sweet. He’s just a beautiful, nice horse to ride.”
“For the Handy round, I kind of had a game plan and knew what I needed to do. Guy and I had a strategy and I just kind of played to my horse’s strengths and knew where I could be a little handier,” said Cambria.
“Joe [Carnicum] did a great job and set a nice course, but it had its challenges. The show did a beautiful job with all the flowers and the jumps. That is not an easy ring to set up nicely and the derby looked great. The footing wasn’t too bad. Once we got in there it felt sure footed and the more you rode on it, it just got better. Considering all the water we had the footing was pretty decent,” said Cambria.
Lee Cesery’s Hela, ridden by Megan Young of Jacksonville Beach, Florida took second place honors after earning a combined score of 178.500.
Mahalo, owned by RFC, LLC and ridden by Ashley Foster-Worthington placed third with their combined score of 176.500. First and Goal, owned by Karen Robinson Dickman and ridden by Jessica Gulden earned a fourth for their combined score of 176.
Amy Squier Perez’ Figure of Speech, ridden by Guy Cambria of Upperville, Virginia earned a fifth place finish for their combined score of 169.500 and Maximo, owned and ridden by Jan Bitzberger of Midland, Virginia placed sixth with their score of 164.
Jinter Van Het Hagehof, owned and ridden by Sally Ives of Durham, North Carolina earned a combined score of 163 which placed them seventh overall. Girl Crush, owned and ridden by Tillie Hall placed eighth for their combined score of 148.00.
Ninth was awarded to Cronos Du Leon, owned and ridden by Isabella Salas of Oakton, Virginia and Jane Gaston of The Plains, Virginia rode her own All On to a tenth placing.
M2 Equestrian’s Countryside, ridden by Melissa Marshall of Middleburg, Virginia, earned an eleventh placing and Advocat, owned and ridden by Krysia Nelson of Keswick, Virginia wrapped up the class with a twelfth place.