|Molly Sewell and El Raymond Conclude Kentucky Summer Horse Show with Win in $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA Hunter Derby|
|Written by Annan Hepner|
|Monday, 01 August 2016 13:02|
The Kentucky Summer Horse Show wrapped up today with Molly Sewell clinching the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby. Sewell was aboard Leslie and Stuart Campbell’s El Raymond and pair earned an impressive score of 186.00 to best a field of 36.
“I thought my rounds went really nicely today,” Sewell said. “The first round was quite smooth. Raymond was wonderful and the handy is usually his best round where he really shines. He always delivers in the handy. “
This year marks the third year that Sewell, who is a professional based in Orlando, Florida, has won the Kentucky Summer Derby on El Raymond. Last year Sewell captured the $10,000 Hallway Feeds Leading Professional Rider Award for the 2015 USHJA National Hunter Derby Series. She returned to the Kentucky Summer Horse Show to defend her derby domination on the 18-year-old Warmblood gelding.
“You would know never know he was 18! I swear he has found the fountain of youth and I want to drink whatever water he is drinking,” Sewell laughed. “He is the best horse and you can count on him for anything, especially when the pressure is on, he always rises to the occasion.”
“I really liked the course today; it flowed nicely and the handy had a lot of different options,” she explained. “Raymond is a seasoned, been there, done that horse and if there is an inside turn, he can do it.
The duo delivered a fluid first round and lead the pack with a score of 90 from earning an 86 plus an additional 4 points for taking the high options. In the handy, they received a score of 96, which gave them a total score of 186.00.
“Raymond is amazing, but his real job is actually as an Adult Hunter for his owner, Leslie Campbell,” Sewell said. “He is very special and she has owned him around five years. Leslie is the most generous person. If it means sacrificing showing in her classes in order for me to compete, she would rather have me ride, and there are not many people who would do that. I feel so lucky to have her support me as a professional.”
Throughout August Sewell plans on competing El Raymond in the derbies of Kentucky Horse Show LLC. Sewell placed third in the derby on her other mount, Acado, with a total score of 179.00. Acado is owned by Sidney Porter,
“Kentucky Summer is 100% my favorite show of the entire year,” Sewell explained. “I love the facility, especially that you can ride out in the fields. It is so great for the horses, the footing is immaculate, and they do a great job running the show. I love it here!”
“This was our first derby together,” Kain said. “Rio’s Figaro felt great! I wanted to practice galloping, setting the pace and not doubting myself in the turns. He jumped incredibly! He is brave and scopey. He is fun like a rocking horse and has a big stride.”
“I was not expecting the 90,” she continued. “That was shocking, but he was unbelievable and he is always really game.”
She plans on doing more derbies with him in the future, while his owner competes him in the Adult Amateur Hunter 50 and Over division.
“I’d like to thank his owner, Daryl,” Kain concluded. “She has been the most amazing person that has come into my life. She is fully supportive and I would not be here without her.”
The $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby is part of the $40,0000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby series which is returning for the fifth year in a row at the Kentucky Horse Park. The five-part series a $15,000 Hallway Feeds Leading Rider Bonus presented at the conclusion of the series.