LAKE VIEW TERRACE, Calif.— Consistency was key for Ashley Brien (Michelle Morris, trainer) and her horse, Stand and Deliver, as they clinched the win in the USHJA National Hunter Derby at Verdugo Hills June (June 15-17).
“This was my first hunter derby with this mare,” Ashley explained. “I’ve had this mare for about three years. I got her while I was attending college in North Carolina at Duke University. Eventually, when I moved back to Los Angeles, which is where I’m originally from, she also came with me. She was perfect in the derby, and I couldn’t be happier.”
Ashley and Stand and Deliver earned a first round score of 80, putting them in second place behind Halston (Ariana Madix, owner) piloted by professional rider, Natasha Pappas.
Ashley carefully planned her track for the handy round, which worked out well. “I wanted to be able to get the inside turns done,” Ashley explained. “However, the main goal was to make my handy round smoother than the first round. For me, the most challenging aspect of the course was the turn to the two stride after the trot jump. I had to remember to stay straight coming off such a short turn.” The pair received an overall score of 161, putting them in first place, just one point ahead of professional rider, Leila Ward-Maroney and her LWMSonador who earned an overall score of 160.
Ashley celebrated her first derby win together with her horse, and Langer Equestrian Group was excited to celebrate Father’s Day weekend. Langer Equestrian Group honored horse show dads with special Father’s Day Starbucks gift certificates.
It was a enjoyable weekend filled with excitement at Verdugo Hills June. The Verdugo Hills Show Series sponsored by Valencia Sport Saddlery continues with the VH August Aloha (Aug. 17-19) and culminates with the VH Fall Festival (Oct. 4-7), which will feature Verdugo Hills Series Year-End Awards, $15,000 LEG Jumper Championships, LEGIS League Finals, and a 1.35m grand prix. Don’t miss out on the fun!