Upperville, VA – June 12, 2012 – National Show Hunter Hall of Fame trainer Louise Serio garnered top honors in the hunter ring with the horses and riders of Derbydown during the 2012 Upperville Colt and Horse Show. Serio piloted Dorado to the championship prize in the Three and Four-Year-Old Working Hunters for owner Bryan Baldwin. She also took home reserve championship titles in the Performance 3’3” Working Hunters with Gillian Grant’s Ledger, as well as the First Year Green Working Hunters with Bridget Hallman’s Casino.
Serio and Dorado were in top form for the Three and Four-Year-Old Working Hunter division, where they earned the top call in the second over fences class and the under saddle, as well as placing fourth over fences.
In the Performance 3’3” Working Hunters, Serio garnered excellent ribbons with Rock Star, owned by Jennifer Burger, and Lucky Strike, owned by Sarah Ingle, but it was Ledger who took home the reserve championship after winning the over fences class. Ledger also had good results later in the week with Grant in the irons during the Amateur-Owner 36 & Over Hunters.
Serio’s final mount in the professional hunter divisions was Casino, who won the First Year Green Working Hunter Reserve Championship. The pair placed first over fences and also claimed second in the handy round to earn the tricolor prize.
“Dorado was awesome,” noted Serio. We purchased him at the VDL Auction and he’s just doing a couple of horse shows right now. He’s very quiet and he has really settled in nicely. Ledger was good and we just wanted him to get in the ring after Devon. Casino also loved Upperville and really performed nicely.”
Serio added, “The whole venue at Upperville has changed so much. I don’t think I’ve been there in almost 10 years. The weather was outstanding and the new footing was wonderful, it was a great horse show.”
Over the weekend, it was Clementina Brown and Isis who earned top billing, claiming excellent results in the Adult Amateur 46 and Over Hunters. Paige Cole also had good results in the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunters along side Kendall Sharkey riding 21-Gun Salute.
The horses and riders of Derbydown will travel back to the Devon, PA, for the second annual Brandywine Valley Summer Series at the beautiful Devon show grounds.
About Louise Serio and Derbydown:
Owned and operated by top hunter trainer Louise Serio, Derbydown is nationally recognized as one of the foremost show hunter barns in the country. It is a training, boarding, showing and sales business with a multi-level horse facility providing all levels of instruction to A-quality showing in Kennett Square, PA. Serio began training at Derbydown in 1975 and she consistently trains and rides champions in every division at the most prestigious shows on the East Coast. Serio also travels the country to judge at those top shows in which she is not competing. Some of her championship mounts include Gray Slipper, Rock On, Rock Star, and Phillipa. Most recently, Serio was victorious in the 2011 WCHR Pro Hunter Spectacular aboard Castle Rock at the Winter Equestrian Festival.
Photo Credit: Louise Serio and Casino earned the First Year Green Working Hunter Reserve Championship at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show. Photo By: Shawn McMillen. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.