Jeff Gogul Maintains USHJA National Hunter Derby Winning Streak 

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Written by Annan Hepner   
Sunday, 06 August 2017 12:12

On a beautiful afternoon at the Kentucky Summer Classic, Jeff Gogul continued to dominate the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by the World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC. During the first week of the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, Gogul of Wilmington, Ohio, won the derby aboard Cortese, a 7-year-old gelding owned by Stadium Horses LLC. He returned to the Stonelea Ring on Saturday to top the leaderboard with Quite Ruffy, a 15-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Pamela Kahn. The pair won the Cleveland Derby in July and placed tenth in last week’s derby at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show.

During the first round, Gogul and Quite Ruffy earned an 88 plus four additional points for taking all of the high options. Earlier in his career, Quite Ruffy was a grand prix jumper before transitioning to the hunter ring about four years ago.

Out of 49 entries in this week’s derby, only the top 12 combinations from the classic round were invited back to compete in the handy. In the handy round, Gogul and Quite Ruffy confidently tackled the trot jump and took advantage of the inside turns to earn a score of 92 after also taking all of the high options once again. Gogul is no stranger to the USHJA National Hunter Derby winner’s circle and he received a pair of F. Lli Fabbri tall boots in addition to his commemorative blue ribbon at the conclusion of Saturday’s competition with a final tally of 184 between both rounds.

David Beisel, who won the $50,000 Rood & Riddle Grand Prix aboard Ammeretto on July 30, enjoyed competing in the Stonelea Ring on Phyllis Harlow’s Lavish, a 12-year-old Westphalian gelding. In the first round of the derby, Beisel and Lavish earned a total of 90 after the four high options were calculated into the total. In the handy, they received a score of 93 with the four high options, and they were only one point behind Gogul and Quite Ruffy with a total of 183.

Sophie Gochman placed third on Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s Trumpet, a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, after earning an 85 in the classic round and a 91 in the handy.

The six-day long show will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 6, with grand championships awarded to amateur-owner, adult amateur and pony hunter divisions.



Jeff Gogul

On his win:
“I was quite excited and it was a bit of redemption from last week when I chipped with Quite Ruffy in the first round and only squeaked into the second round. I’m still getting to know him. The first time I rode him was when we won the Cleveland Derby a few weeks ago. He had a great week with good results in the junior hunters. We smoothed some things out with his rider and I rode him in a few practice rounds earlier this week. I had a better idea and I just hoped I had enough horse with gumption for the inside turns.”

On Quite Ruffy:
“He’s a unique combination between brave and careful, which is nice for the derbies. He can study the jumps sometimes in the junior hunters but he’s an overachiever. We try to never jump too big or get a hard rub in the schooling ring because he is always a trier. He always gives his all. I honestly have never felt him as quiet as he was today, but I was hoping that he rose to the occasion.”

On the handy round:
“I took a chance at the first jump — I saw the first distance and it was quite a slice with probably only seven canter strides from the gate to the log. His trot is so rhythmic and I can gallop him to a trot jump and just whisper, ‘Whoa,’ and he will break to the trot. I took the last inside turn as well. I was debating where it was a necessity, but then David did it so well.”

David Beisel 

On Lavish:
“I’m tickled. He jumped really well this week. It was a blast! He was jumping nice and having fun today. He’s a cool cat. He shipped in yesterday because he was at home all week hanging out with his mother Phyllis Harlow. She was nice enough to let him come down here for me to ride today. In the derby last week, we had a few rubs, so I think I had him a little too quiet then. He came in here for about 10 minutes to hack this morning. I told him today that he could flat for 5 minutes!”

On the handy round:
“I thought he jumped really well for me in the first round and I didn’t want to worry too much about being handy. I wanted to give him the opportunity to jump well, but after the eight, there weren’t too many options. There was an option to go inside. He is a very nimble horse so I wanted to try to get the inside turn, which we did.”


$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, sponsored by the World Equestrian Center and Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC:
1. Quite Ruffy / Jeff Gogul / Pamela Kahn / 92.00 / 92.00 / 184.00
2. Lavish / David Beisel / Phyllis Harlow / 90.00 / 93.00 / 183.00
3. Trumpet / Sophie Gochman / Gochman Sport Horse LLC / 85.00 / 91.00 / 176.00
4. Contessini / Samantha Schaefer / Brittany Warden / 89.00 / 86.50 / 175.50
5. Cavalier / Augusta Iwasaki / Georgy Maskrey-Segesman / 85.50 / 88.00 / 173.50
6. Fondant / Virginia Ingram / Virginia Ingram / 81.50 / 90.00 / 171.50
7. Cortese / Jeff Gogul / Stadium Horses LLC / 86.50 / 83.00 / 169.50
8. Enrico JS /Clair Kellner / Sydney Wright / 87.00 / 82.00 / 169.00
9. Quote Me / Courtney Calcagni / Mercedes Flett / 84.50 / 80.00 / 164.50
10. Timberline / Rachel Kennedy / Sarah Brooks / 86.00 / 73.00 / 159.00
11. Charming / Tyler Weith / Tyler Weith / 82.00 / 74.00 / 156.00
12. Pappy Van Winkle / Mimi Gochman / Gochman Sport Horse LLC / 84.00 / 71.00 / 155.00

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