Jamie Sailor and Hopeful Capture USHJA International Hunter Derby Win

Apr 5, 2019 | Featured, Press Releases, Videos

Jamie Sailor with Traci Brooks of Balmoral, Melissa Brandes and Paul Bennett of Blenheim EquiSports

April 5, 2019 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coming into the handy round in third place, young professional Jamie Sailor moved up to win the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby aboard Hopeful, owned by Astrid Van Leeuwen. Both Horse and rider earned their first derby victories. The pair finished with a two-round total of 370.5 points, while Karli Postel rode Get Rowdy, owned by Teton Farms, LLC, to a second-place finish, scoring a total of 368 points. Nick Haness and Lindsay Schiefelbein’s Verdict finished a close third place, with a final score of 364.5 points.

Watch Jamie’ post-event interview (below).

Dressed up for the affair, The Oaks International Grand Prix Field welcomed twenty hunters over the gorgeous course set by Canada’s Peter Holmes. The two judging panels consisted of Don Stewart and Patrick Rodes as panel one, while Joni Osteen and Chris Wynne made up panel two. Twelve horses advanced to the second round, where open gallops, tight inside turns, and rollbacks combined to show off a hunter’s handy traits.

“I really enjoyed building this course,” Holmes explained. “This is how horses are meant to be shown. Beautiful animals showing off at the gallop and over fences. And showing how nimble the horses are in the handy round. It’s a special treat to be able to use such fantastic equipment here at Blenheim EquiSports.”

Watch “R” Judge, Chris Wynne discuss the USHJA International Hunter Derby Course designed by Peter Holmes

After galloping the handy course on her two other mounts, Sailor gave the seven-year-old Hopeful a confident ride, earning them both their first USHJA International Hunter Derby victories. It was the young bay horse’s second Derby of his career, but certainly not his last. Sailor led the victory gallop not only with a big smile but dropped the reins and gave two fist pumps.

Jamie Sailor is elated aboard Hopeful as she enjoys their victory gallop

Along with earning the tri-color ribbon, Sailor takes home a USHJA Boot Bag and a pair of Roeckl Sports gloves. She also earned fifth and sixth place ribbons on Matador and Quarter Note, respectively.

In between the two rounds of competition, Janie Andrew of Rancho Mirage, CA was awarded the Arthur J. Hawkins Award for Excellence for her decades of support of the show hunter industry. As Vic Carmen announced the credits to her name, she’s owned and shown a long list of top hunters, it was clear she belonged on the list of talented horsemen and horsewomen who have won the award over the last eleven years.

Janie Andrew is presented with the Arthur Hawkins Award of Excellence by Melissa Brandes of Blenheim EquiSports

Special sponsored awards also went to riders, owners, trainers, and grooms. Astrid Van Leeuwen received the Balmoral Winning Owner Award, a HE Tex Sutton Forwarding Company Equine Travel Voucher, a trophy and a USHJA embroidered cooler for Hopeful’s victory. It was Sailor who earned the Blue Ribbon Blankets Winning Trainer Award.

Eve Jimenez with Liz Reilly of Makoto Farms and by Melissa Brandes of Blenheim EquiSports

Morgan Garnett with Paul Bennett and Melissa Brandes of Blenheim EquiSports

Augusta Iwasaki with Cynthia Krantz of barnstyle and Melissa Brandes of Blenheim EquiSports

As the Blenheim Spring Classic III competition continues, the weekend highlights include Saturday’s $50,000 Spring Classic IV Grand Prix, presented by EQU Lifestyle Boutique, and a plethora of classics for the hunter and jumper divisions.


$15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Place –Number – Horse – Rider – Owner – R1 Score / R2 Score = Total

1. 711 – Hopeful –- Jamie Sailor – Astrid Van Leeuwen – 174 /196.5 = 370.5

2. 240 – Get Rowdy – Karli Postel – Teton Farms LLC – 174 / 194 = 368

3. 747 – Verdict – Nick Haness – Lindsey Schiefelbein – 176 /188.5 = 364.5

4. 452 –Vanderpump – Augusta Iwasaki – Ashland Farms – 165 /191 = 356

5. 713 – Matador – Jamie Sailor – Taylor Cusmano – 160 /187 = 347

6. 726 – Quarter Note – Jamie Sailor – Sheila Ryan – 153 / 193 = 346

7. 192 – L’Con Reyes – Katie Taylor – Bravado Farms LLC – 174 /166 = 340

8. 297 – Icon – Leslie Steele – Bridgeport Farms LLC – 159 / 177 = 336

9. 180 – Castle – Lexi Wedemeyer – Eaton Place LLC – 171 / 161 = 332

10. 243 – Beach Boy – Emily Williams – Emily Williams – 150 / 173 = 323

11. 650 – C’est la Vie – Morgan Garnett – Morgan Garnett – 137 / 153 = 290

12. 450 – Small Kingdom – Jamie Taylor – Iwasaki & Reilly – 177 / 108 = 285


Photos by McCool Photography

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Blenheim EquiSports, an equestrian event management company based in San Juan Capistrano, CA, produces events in three locations: San Juan Capistrano, Del Mar and Las Vegas, NV. The events include 19 USEF “Premier” rated hunter-jumper shows featuring five FEI CSI events, including a Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League event; the Markel Insurance 1.45m Jumper Series & Final, Developing Jumper Qualifiers & Championships, USHJA International & National Hunter Derbies, Pony Derby Finals, the Whitethorne Equitation Challenge, Medal Finals and more.