Peyton Addington Outdoes the Adults to Win $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Pin Oak Charity Horse Show

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    Peyton Addington and Semi-Automatic C were presented as the winners of the $30,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby - Hunt & Go. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

    Katy, TX – Peyton Addington, 17, and Semi-Automatic C earned victory in the $30,000 United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) International Hunter Derby – Hunt & Go on Friday, April 1, during Week II of the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in Katy, TX. 

    The junior rider from Dallas, TX, topped a field of 27 professionals, juniors, and amateurs alike to earn her first international derby victory. 

    I’m so excited! There were a lot of professionals, so it was fun to win as a junior,” said Addington, who only last year was competing in the pony divisions during her first time at Pin Oak.

    On their way to the win, Addington and Semi-Automatic C completed an eight-fence Classic Hunter Round set in one ring by course designer Joseph Carnicorn before immediately entering a connecting ring and continuing on to an additional six-fence Handy Hunter Round.

    In the Classic Hunter Round, Addington earned a base score of 87 plus two high options, and in the handy portion of the hunt & go-format class, the pair earned a total score of 89.25 for an overall score of 178.25.

    The top score in the Handy Hunter Round, and the second-place overall award, went to Lilly Goldstein and her own Captain Braunbaer who earned scores of 85 and 93 for a 178.00 cumulative total. Also earning a total score of 178.00 were Rory Caskey and Checkpoint Charlie, owned by Nourah Caskey, who took third place with base scores factoring in as the tie breaker. For full results, click here.

    Peyton Addington and Semi-Automatic C. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

    “The first jump, I definitely had to ride up well to it, and then the rest of it was really smooth,” said Addington, who trains with Matt Cyphert and Audrey Norrell of Woodhill Farm. “You had to sit down a little bit for the curvy wall, which was difficult, and then settle for the go part before a nice big canter down to the last jump. [Semi-Automatic C] gave a really great effort over the last fence, and I thought he jumped it great!”

    Addington has been partnered with Semi-Automatic C since August 2021 and meshed quickly with the 13-year-old grey Belgian Warmblood gelding.

    Paul Ransdell (pictured second from left), Senior Development Officer for The Foundation of the Horse, presented Emma Rupinski and C’est La Vie as the winners of the $10,000 USHJA Jr./Amateur National Hunter Derby. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

    “He’s perfect; he’s really smooth,” said Addington, who attends a high school geared toward athletes, which allows her to spend extra time focused on riding Semi-Automatic C. “He has a really good canter that’s easy to find the jumps off of.

    “It’s fun to be in the derbies with him,” continued Addington. “Thank you to everyone that put this show together. It was a great night!”

    Earlier in the day, two additional derby wins were awarded to Emma Rupinski on C’est La Vie and Natalee Haggan on MTM Tourino.

    For the second week in a row, Rupinski and C’est La Vie, owned by River Run Farm, LLC, earned the win in the $10,000 USHJA Jr./Amateur National Hunter Derby, presented by The Foundation for the Horse. In the $10,000 USHJA Open National Hunter Derby, also presented by The Foundation for the Horse, Haggan and MTM Tourino took the top call.

    The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious horse shows in the United States, and today features three weeks of top hunter, jumper, and American Saddlebred competition. Founded by J.S. Abercrombie in 1945, it’s also a unique social and fundraising event, supporting the healing of sick children through financial donations, outreach, and volunteer support for Texas Children’s Hospital. The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show was the first show in the country to be designated as a Heritage Competition by the United States Equestrian Federation.

    This year’s 76th annual event continues through April 10, with highlight events of Week II including the $50,000 Hildebrand Fund Grand Prix on Saturday, April 2, beginning at 7 p.m.

    General spectator admission is free for all events. Learn more about the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show by visiting www.PinOak.org, and find the horse show on Facebook and Instagram for the most recent updates. To purchase competition photos, visit www.AndrewRyback.com.

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