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Augusta Iwasaki Takes Top Two in $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, Presented by Taylor Harris Insurance Services

Augusta Iwasaki and First Draft

San Juan Capistrano, CA - Junior rider Augusta Iwasaki simply dominated the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Taylor Harris Insurance Services. With final scores of 182.5 and 179, she took home first and second, topping a field of forty-two entries. Her winning entry was First Draft, owned by Joann Goldsman. Scoring an impressive 92 in the Classic Round and then a 90.5 in the Handy, Iwasaki and First Draft held their lead and led the victory gallop, sporting a blue ribbon and a Blenheim EquiSports embroidered cooler. Iwasaki was also presented with a pair of Roeckl Sports gloves and an engraved Blenheim pewter plate. And once again, the twelve-year-old took home The Plaid Horse Highest Placing Junior Award.

Iwasaki aboard Cavalier

"He's so much fun to ride," Iwasaki boasted of her winning partner, whom she sat on for the first time last week. She noted their unique routine, which works well because the young rider has several mounts in the same class. "I don't really warm up; I just get on him and go in the ring, which is pretty cool."

Iwasaki competes in the Junior Hunters with First Draft. With her second place finisher, Georgy Maskrey-Segesman's Cavalier, she plans to venture east to compete in the 2017 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship in Kentucky later this season. Iwasaki was also eighth aboard Illusion.

Iwasaki and First Draft with Joann Goldsman, Hunter Messineo, Traci Brooks, Adam Ottomanelli, Melissa Brandes, Lily Carella, and Leslie Bulechek

Blenheim June Classic III's large National Hunter Derby attracted a crowd to the eye-catching course set by course designer Joe Lombardo. Both rounds featured classical derby-style hay bale fences adorned with colorful flowers, in addition to interesting lines and turn options. Betty Oare and Robert Crandall were the judges.

Special competitors earned sponsored awards upon the conclusion of the class. First Draft's owner, Joann Goldsman, won the Balmoral Winning Owner Award. The Blue Ribbon Blankets Winning Trainer Award went to Lesley Bulechek and Adam Ottomanelli. Jamie Krupnick, who rode Georgy Maskrey-Segesman's Conux to a third place finish, won the One K Helmets Highest Placing Amateur Award. It was Serafin Martinez who took home the EquiFit Groom's Award for Best Turned Out Horse for his stellar work with Columbus, a Peter Lombardo entry who picked up tenth.

Blenheim EquiSports will host a $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby this summer in July during the Showpark Racing Festival. The USEF Junior Hunter National Championships West as well as the USHJA West Coast Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic will draw the top junior riders earlier that week on the beautiful grass field at the Del Mar Horse Park.

$5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, presented by Taylor Harris Insurance Services

Place - Horse - Rider - Owner - Rd 1 Score/Rd 2 Score/Overall Score
1. First Draft - Augusta Iwasaki - Joann Goldsman - 92/90.5/182.5
2. Cavalier - Augusta Iwasaki - Georgy Maskrey-Segesman - 86/93/179
3. Conux - Jamie Krupnick - Georgy Maskrey-Segesman - 84.5/90/174.5
4. Oboras Split - Katie Taylor - Shannon Nugent - 84/89.5/173.5
5. Holland - Katie Taylor - Shama Alghurair - 85/88/173
6. Black Label - Jacqueline Attwood-Dupont - Catherine Guyman - 85/87/172
7. Fine Design - Stella Wasserman - Laura Wasserman - 85/86/171
8. Illusion - Augusta Iwasaki - Iwasaki & Reilly - 79/91/170
9. Typecast - Sybil Rose - Homestead Lane Farm - 81.5/86/167.5
10. Columbus - Peter Lombardo - Ann Turley-Adams - 88/79/167
11. Cambridge - Brenna Bollig - Nola Dyal - 82/84/166
12. Skyhawk - Stella Wasserman - Laura Wasserman - 79/86/165

Photos by McCool



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