2018 WAYNE EVENTING DERBY RECAP - APRIL 20-22
Whatever weather gods the Wayne Eventing Derby committee prayed to deserve a ton of thank yous, especially considering that there was a covering of newly fallen snow on the ground the day competitors’ horses started arriving at Lamplight Equestrian Center, the site of the competition. “People chilly, horse perfect,” was how one person described the weekend’s temperatures.
The “extras,” in addition to five well-filled, well-managed levels of competition, are what make this early spring weekend special. Midwestern eventers and a handful of foxhunters brave riding outside the confines of indoor rings in order to shake the rust off and hone their skills before the serious USEA Area 4 competitions begin. Horses of all breeds and riders of all levels romped around Jon Wells’ beautifully designed and built courses, and fine-tuned their dressage skills under the watchful eyes of judges Cindy dePorter and Jennifer Kotylo.
For the ninth year, Thoroughbreds were honored by The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program, the T.I.P. awards. This year’s winners were La Ferrari and Bonnie Bowman at Training level, Bora Bora Bound and Erin Loitfellner at Novice, and Sazerac and Erinn Tobin at Beginner Novice. The new Golden Oldie Award for the best placed, highest combined horse and rider ages went to Susan Schacht and Fun on Ice.
The highest placed Pony Club member at any level was honored on Sunday. Melissa Filson on Tipperary Keelin was the well-deserved winner
The Move Up Challenge was inaugurated last year and was an instant hit. After competitors complete the final round in their division, Move Up Challenge riders then jump a course one level higher. The winner of the Move Up Challenge was Kyra Bergmann and her Thoroughbred, Quid Pro Quo.
All in all, it was a successful weekend for all. Smiles outnumbered frowns, the Derby’s two beneficiaries, Midwest Dachshund Rescue and IL-WIS Search and Rescue Dogs, each received healthy donations and miraculously, not one flake of snow or drop of rain fell.
Congratulations!! The winner of the 2018 Wayne Eventing Derby Move Up Challenge was Kyra Bergmann and Quid Pro Quo, and the winner of the Golden Oldie Award was Susan Schacht and Fun on Ice, owned by Christina Cressey.
2018 Wayne Eventing Derby OFFICIALS
JUDGES | Cindy dePorter, Jennifer Kotylo, Jennifer Quagliata
SECRETARIES/SCORERS | Anna Margolef, Evententries.com, Bridget Moran
COURSE DESIGNER/BUILDERS | Jon Wells, Stormy Daniels
ANNOUNCER | Cyndi Kurth
PHOTOGRAPHER | Rare Air Photography
WEBSITE & GRAPHICS | TypaGraphics
TIMING | Bill Wheaton
VOLUNTEER COORDINATORS | Becky Bowen, Pat Bunge
AWARDS | Becky Bowen
MEDIAL | Evanston F.D. Paramedics
VET ON CALL | Illinois Equine Field Service
CATERING | Classic Cuisine
LAMPLIGHT LIAISONS | Nina Moore, Salvadore Gomez
IDCTA & PONY CLUB LIAISON | Allison Volpentesta
2018 Wayne Eventing Derby
SPONSORS, SUPPORTERS & DONORS
Little Foxes, Inc.
Bits ‘N Spurs
John and Susan Clarke
Margaret MacHarg and Ron Illian
Sheila Strickler and Cyndi Kurth
Red Roses Farm