Brian Feigus and Corragio Take the Win in $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Ocala, Fla. - February 11, 2023 - After a clean sweep of the over fences classes in the Green 3’9 Hunters, Brian Feigus and Redfield Farm’s Corragio came to win in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. The pair ended on a total score of 357 to secure the overall winning title. In second place was MTM Lolah LOL and Dorothy Douglas, while Morgan Ward and Comissario rounded out the top three.
“Corragio always jumps amazingly,” Feigus explained, “Every jump he puts in a ten effort and there's no better feeling. He's got a great canter. He is just so nice to ride in big rings like this, even today when he was a little fresher.”
Brian Feigus and Corragio
The country’s top hunters gathered to show over Rian Beals’ course in the Grand Prix Stadium, with the top twelve pairs from the classic round being invited to come back for the handy. Feigus and the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by Redfield Farms had come back to the handy round in second place, but their consistent scores throughout both rounds allowed them to move up to win the overall title.
“It means a lot to win this class just because of who I get to do it with,” expressed Feigus, “Cassie Kahle and Emil Spadone are family to me, so to be able to go out there and perform well for them and for their horse is amazing. Eventually, Cassie is going to be back out there on him and I'll be her biggest cheerleader. I can't wait for that day, and I hope it's sooner rather than later.”
Brian Feigus and Corragio
Feigus is no stranger to the HITS Horse Shows, so when he came to Ocala this year and saw the new improvements, he was impressed.“Every single time I come to HITS, I feel like I'm at home,” he concluded. “It's quiet, it's peaceful, everyone's willing to work with you and everyone's happy here. The new improvements have definitely been amazing to some of these rings. I'm so excited for the future of the rest of the facilities.”
Dorothy Douglas and MTM Lolah LOL
MTM Lolah LOL and Dorothy Douglas demonstrated their consistency in the handy round as well, moving them up from sixth to second overall with a total score of 355. Morgan Ward and Commissario moved up from seventh to win the handy round with a score of 168 and earn an overall score of 351 to take the third place honors.
Morgan Ward and Commissario
Hunter action at the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit will continue next week with the first $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, as well as the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix. Horses and riders hoping to make their derby debuts will have the opportunity to showcase their skills during the Post Time 2'6" and 2’ Hunter Derbies. Top horses and riders should mark their calendars today for the next $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, which will be held during Week 9 at Post Time Farm. For more information visit the horse show office or www.hitsshows.com.