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Garson and Kappler Take Students to Practice Natural Obstacles

Princeton, NJ - September 23, 2006 - The tenth Annual Princeton Show Jumping Derby held September 20-24 at Hunter Farms provided a unique opportunity for professional and amateurs to practice and compete over natural obstacles.

Show jumping derbies are the longest and most unusual Grand Prix equestrian competition. Horses and riders must negotiate 25 obstacles which include tough natural jumps rarely used in competition in the United States. Tall slide banks, drop jumps, the sunken road, and dry ditches are just some of the exciting elements that are featured.

Sydney Olympics team member Nona Garson had a number of students at the unique event. Thirteen year old Clarice Davey of Maplewood, NJ has been with Garson at The Ridge stable for two years. She rode Lucifer in the Children’s /Adult Jumper division and placed second and third. "I have been to this show before, but not on Lucifer," Davey said. "He is only six, and he was really brave over the different jumps," she added. "Nona’s assistant trainer Sarah Totten rode him in a warm-up class for me yesterday to make sure he got a chance to see the different jumps." Davey seemed to have no problem negotiating the unusual course. "I had to sit way back going down the big bank," she laughed. "It was a lot of fun."

Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ had three students in the top ten placings of the $3,500 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Allyson Hawkes rode her bold mare Crazy Madam to a second place finish, followed closely by Charles Buxton aboard Alexandra in third. Miasha Fisher finished sixth on her new mount Original and was pleased with the results. "Original was super today," Fisher said. "The Hampton Classic was my first real show with her. She has been straight forward to ride in stadium rings, but I always breathe a sigh of relief when a new horse jumps naturals easily," she smiled.

Fisher showed her famous derby horse Tango in the $25,000 class on Sunday, September, 24. He was the winner of the biggest Ditches and Banks class in the world in Aachen, Germany with Kappler aboard for Team USA. Hawkes was be there to challenge her on Crazy Madam. In 2005, Hawkes was second in the derby on her mare Tuesday.

The competition on Sunday was fast and furious with a handful of Olympians competing in the main event, including Peter Leone and Kevin Babington. Event Manager and course designer Andrew H. Philbrick was very pleased with the results. "The Derby Field has really matured, and the horses jumped beautifully today. I'm very impressed with the great job the trainers here are doing with their students! Most riders went over all the natural options on the course."

Results of $25,000 Princeton Show Jumping Derby Level 7

1. LA ROCCO JR. - Michael Walton - 4.00 - 146.169 - 0.00 - 48.361

2. REX THE RASCAL - Douglas King - 4.00 - 148.002 - 4.00 - 56.119

3. WARSAW - Callan Sollen - 4.00 - 139.643 - 8.00 - 57.005

4. CELESTE - Stella Manship - 8.00 - 141.864

5. HOLIDAY - Darlene Sandlin - 8.00 - 145.730

6. JULIA DU BRIO - Peter Leone - 8.00 - 147.007

7. ALASKA - Nicole Lakin - 8.00 - 155.094

8. CRAZY MADAM - Allyson Hawkes - 8.00 - 156.253

9. TANGO - Miasha Fisher - 21.00 - 155.258

10. MON GAMIN - Brianne Goutal - 24.00 - 136.005


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