Vivianne Kassin and California Blue Win the Blue in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, Presented by CCTV Agent

Oct 31, 2021 - 5:01 PM

For Immediate Release

Wellington, FL – Oct. 31, 2021 – It was a tight race for the blue ribbon in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by CCTV Agent, during the ESP Fall II show, with only three points separating the podium finishers. In the end, Vivianne Kassin of Miami, FL, and First Blue LLC’s California Blue edged ahead of the pack to claim victory thanks to a final score of 153 points.

Vivianne Kassin and California Blue, pictured with Tatiana Yaques, CEO of CCTV Agent, won the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by CCTV Agent. ©Anne Gittins Photography
Vivianne Kassin and California Blue, pictured with Tatiana Yaques, CEO of CCTV Agent, won the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by CCTV Agent. ©Anne Gittins Photography

ESP Fall III was the final show at Equestrian Village for the ESP Fall Series, and the remainder of the events in the Fall and Holiday Series will take place at the main grounds of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Competition will continue beginning November 3 with the ESP Fall Finale, and the Fall Series will conclude with the ESP Pre-Charity CSI3* from November 17-21, 2021.

“California Blue is being leased by one of my students, Bess Bryan, and she went out of town this weekend so I promised her that I would give the horse a great experience on the grass because her dream is to do a derby before she graduates,” commented Kassin. “Now, she is absolutely ready to go in the derby with her rider and be honest and kind to get a great round together.”

Click above to watch the winning derby pair!

Following the classic round of riding, Alexa Davis of Wellington, FL, and Ulster/SGA’s Castle sat atop the leaderboard with a score of 82. With an initial score of 75, Kassin and California Blue were in third place but managed to improve in their handy round with a score of 78, which pushed them to the top of the leaderboard with only two pairs left to ride. Ultimately, the subsequent duos could not match the performance of Kassin and her mount, solidifying them as the winning partners.

“I loved the first course, especially the long approaches in the big field. This horse happens to be really good at that because she lets you pick a distance and she stays there,” remarked Cassin. “As far as the handy, I just wanted to test her handy skills and ride it a bit more like a jumper to get her excited, so we did the inside turns and she really stepped up to the plate.”

Vivianne Kassin and California Blue ©Anne Gittins Photography
Vivianne Kassin and California Blue ©Anne Gittins Photography

Behind Kassin and California Blue, Kierstin Antoniadis of Loxahatchee, FL, rode Castlewood Farm Inc.’s Con Capitano finished just one point behind the leaders with a final tally of 152 points to be awarded the red ribbon. Third place went to Lexy Reed of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Horselux LLC’s Rock Angel with 150 points.

Nestor Maceda-Johnson and Prometido Z ©Anne Gittins Photography
Nestor Maceda-Johnson and Prometido Z ©Anne Gittins Photography

Saturday featured the $1,000 Equestrian Team Apparel 2’6″-2’9″ Hunter Derby, during which Nestor Maceda-Johnson of Southwest Ranches, FL, and Prometido Z, owned by Adelle Alletto, stood out as the clear victors with scores of 86 and 85 for a final tally of 171 points. The leader after the classic round with 88 points, Susannah Morrell of Lakeland, FL, and Elizabeth Blaisdell’s Con Figaro ended up in the runner-spot following a handy score of 75 to finish on 163 points. With scores of 83 and 67 for a cumulative total of 150, Pavlina Escobedo of Coral Gables, FL, rode her own Chacco Blue Moon to third place overall.

Nestor Maceda-Johnson and Prometido Z, pictured with Aliza Guerreiro, were the winners of the $1,000 Equestrian Team Apparel 2'6"-2'9" Hunter Derby. ©Anne Gittins Photography
Nestor Maceda-Johnson and Prometido Z, pictured with Aliza Guerreiro, were the winners of the $1,000 Equestrian Team Apparel 2’6″-2’9″ Hunter Derby. ©Anne Gittins Photography

Cassidy John of Jupiter, FL, earned champion honors in the Low Children’s/Adult Hunter division, presented by Santa Cruz Animal Health, with her own entry, Good Question. The pair topped three of the division’s five classes to place them at the top of the overall scorecard. Reserve champion was awarded to Grayson Corry of Jupiter, FL, and his Gotta Believe after receiving a first, a second, and three third-place finishes.

Sunday morning welcomed a crew of creative riders to the ring for the Halloween Costume Class to celebrate the holiday. Horse-and-rider pairs donned outfits such as Harry Potter, an M&M, the Chick-fil-A cow, a hippie, and other inventive ideas.

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©Anne Gittins Photography

To view the prize list for the 2021 ESP Fall Series, please click HERE.

To learn more about the safety protocols and procedures at the horse show, please click HERE.

Photo credit ©Anne Gittins Photography. These photos may only be used once in relation to this press release with proper credit.

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