Carson City, Nevada February 22, 2010 The Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby is pleased to announce $25,000 of prize money. Comparable to hunter derbies in the east, this event will be the first west coast derby to supply such substantial prize money. The Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby (FM Hunter Derby) will take place at the Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility in Carson City, NV, and will mark the commencement of the first standalone high caliber west coast hunter derby competition. On September 19, 2010, the FM Hunter Derby will open their derby field to top competitors from around the country.
The FM Hunter Derby will be a member event of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) International Hunter Derby Series. The purpose of the hunter derbies is two-fold. According to the USHJA, the derbies are in existence to increase the appreciation of the hunter world, and to increase sponsorship and spectators who invest and attend this event. The second reason for these events are because the USHJA wants to bring the hunter sport back to its roots by adding elements such as natural fences, stone walls, and interactive gates set out on land that inspired riders to gallop their horses across fields and over fences during a hunt. Aimee Lafayette, family member of The MacLeans who own Franktown Meadows commented about the prize money, We have such a beautiful facility to host this event and we want to share that with everyone. Located on the foothills of the Sierra Mountain Range, we have always been very lucky to have such breathtaking grounds. The riders and participants will feel the same as the riders that originated our sport felt each time they embarked on a hunt. Our main goal in offering a great amount of prize money is to align our goals with those of USHJA. We want more spectators, media, and sponsors to increase their appreciation and adulation for the hunter sport. We have a strong passion towards this sport and are so happy to share our facility with everyone.
The hunter derby series is in its beginning stages, but has a bright future as horse shows, riders, and trainers are all taking advantage of many of the derby classes already being offered. As seen at the Chicago Hunter Derby, offering a derby as a standalone event gives the sport a great way to focus on the derby experience. Offering multiple events over the course of three days, the FM Hunter Derby will undoubtedly be a derby experience that nobody will want to miss.
The $25,000 Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby Fast Facts
EVENT: The Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby will be the first standalone hunter derby on the west coast. The derby will be a member event of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) International Hunter Derby Series. This charitable event benefits the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that aids the Northern Nevada area.
WHAT: Over the course of three days, riders and spectators will enjoy a variety of exciting events that offer the highest quality judges, the best course designers, great food, multiple exhibits for all ages, and first class hospitality for two- and four-legged competitors alike.
WHERE: Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility is located 15 minutes south of Reno at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in historic Washoe Valley
Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility
4200 Old Highway 395
Carson City, NV 89704
WHEN: Sunday September 19, 2010
DERBY MANAGER: Bobby Murphy of Kentucky Horse Shows LLC
Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility
Located on 41 acres of foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range
Carson City, Nevada
61 12 x 12 Box Stalls with 12 x 24 Outdoor Runs
3 12 x 16 Box Stalls with 12 x 24 Outdoor Runs
Individual Tack Lockers
Warm and Cold Water Wash Racks
15 Grass Turnouts
125 x 225 Indoor Arena
125 x 215 Outdoor Jumping Arena
125 x 100 Small Arena
Dressage Court and Adjacent Warm-Up Area
Bridle Path and Extensive Trails within Minutes
24-Hour Security with Gated Entrance
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