THE 2021 WAYNE EVENTING DERBY
WAYNE EQUESTRIAN CENTER
** APRIL 30, MAY 1, MAY 2, 2021**
We're looking forward to bringing you the same fun competition at a new location:
33W219 Army Trail Road | Wayne, IL 60184
The Wayne Eventing Derby would like to thank you all for your support throughout the years, and we're looking forward to celebrating our belated 10 year anniversary at the 2021 Wayne Eventing Derby!
The 2019 Wayne Eventing Derby is in the Books
When the 2019 Wayne Eventing Derby wrapped, we were able to donate a significant amount of money to our two non-profits: Midwest Dachshund Rescue, and Illinois-Wisconsin Search & Rescue Dogs. These two organizations are entirely volunteer-based, and the money donated will go directly to their efforts.
The Derby was held on a weekend sandwiched by two snowstorms. The original weekend for the Derby saw 8-1/2” of snow, but due to conflicts, the Derby was rescheduled to the first weekend in May. This was a stroke of luck, because Mother Nature dropped another 5-1/2” of snow on the weekend following the Derby. However, Derby competitors were treated to a lovely spring weekend with dry, cool and sunny weather. We must be doing something right!
This year, the Wayne Eventing Derby saw a record number of entries. As usual, Jon Wells’ courses proved to be both challenging and educational. One Starter division competitor said that when she first looked at the course, she thought, “There’s no way!” But after successfully completing both rounds, she happily reported that she now felt ready to compete at a recognized horse trial. This is exactly the purpose of the Wayne Eventing Derby; to provide a great warmup and confidence-building experience for the eventing season.
A high point of the weekend was presenting long-time Derby volunteer Becky Bowen with a special four-foot long tri-color rosette to recognize her as the Best Volunteer Ever, as well as to mark the occasion of her new title: Competition Director. Congratulations, Becky, and we can’t say this enough: Thank you for all you do!
This year the derby also saw a record number of wonderful volunteers and generous sponsors, for which we are eternally grateful. With our final thanks to all, we wish you a good eventing season. See you next year!
Photos from the 2019 Wayne Eventing Derby
by Rare Air Eventing Photography
Jon Wells, doing his fence building magic. A pile of lumber overnight became Derby jumps, and went from an urban garage work space to their winter storage site.