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Chicago Hunter Jumper Derby raises $200,000+

Mary Ellen Connellan of Chicago (from left) and Lidia and David Devonshire of Lake Forest | Photo courtesy of Mantas Ivanauskas
Charlotte (from left), Cathy and Caroline Busch, all of Winnetka | Photo courtesy of Mantas Ivanauskas
Claire Vaughn of Lake Forest | Photo courtesy of Mantas Ivanauskas
Monique and Estelle Kraft of Lake Forest (from left) and Hannah and Julie Bernstein of Glencoe | Photo courtesy of Mantas Ivanauskas
Lauren Gorter of Lake Forest, Women's Board president of Lurie Children's Hospital, (from left), Margaret Benjamin of Lake Forest, Hunter Jumper chairman and Jill Pollock of Chicago, Women's Board president, University of Chicago Cancer Research Chicago | Photo courtesy of Mantas Ivanauskas
Horses and Hounds | Photo courtesy of Mantas Ivanauskas
Bobby Murphy of Kentucky, course designer and Margaret Benjamin of Lake Forest, Hunter Jumper chairman | Photo courtesy of Mantas Ivanauskas
Sterling Berry (from left) and Michelle Molise, both of Chicago, Marion Maybanks of Kentucky, Lynne Jayne of Elgin, USHJAF President, Caroline Weeden, owner of Annali Farm, Margaret Benjamin, Hunter Jumper Chairman and Rush Weedon, owner Annali Farm, all of Lake Forest  | Photo courtesy of Mantas Ivanauskas
Bill and Liz Adams of Chicago | Photo courtesy of Mantas Ivanauskas
Lynn Jayne of Elgin (left), USHJAF president and Margaret Benjamin of Lake Forest, Hunter Jumper chairman | Photo courtesy of Mantas Ivanauskas
Bizzy and Terry Brumfield of Chicago | Photo courtesy of Mantas Ivanauskas
Nicki Greisch of Chicago (from left), Blair Spencer, Charlotte Busch and Caroline Busch, all of Winnetka | Photo courtesy of Mantas Ivanauskas
David Coleman (from left), Kandis Wrigley and Neil Zuleta, all of  Chicago | Photo courtesy of Mantas Ivanauskas

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Chicago Hunter Jumper Derby Benefiting: University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and United States Hunter Jumper Association Foundation Dates: Sept. 7 and 8 Location: Annali Farm, Antioch Attended: 550+ Raised: $200,000+ Website: chicagohunterderby.com

The 2013 Chicago Hunter Jumper Derby presented by Equestrians for a Cause took place at Annali Farm in Antioch, Sept. 7-8. The event, now in it’s fifth year, raised over $200,000 to benefit the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and the United States Hunter Jumper Association Foundation.

Festivities on Sept. 8, began with the ringing of the bell by Annali Farm owners and Chicago Equestrians for a Cause co-founders, Rush and Caroline Weeden of Lake Forest, joined by USHJAF President Lynn Jayne and Chicago Hunter Jumper chairman Margaret Benjamin of Lake Forest.

The Mill Creek Hunt Club and Foxhounds signaled the opening of the show with a run on the course. Guests watched the riders under the shade of a tent, while enjoying a brunch and open bar courtesy of Gene & Georgetti. Younger guests were treated to a petting zoo and face painting. More than 550 guests attended during the two-day event.

The main event of the Derby featured the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Canadian Pacific. This year’s first place winner was Kelley Farmer of Keswick, Va., who flawlessly rode Mythical, owned by Kenneth Garber. Started by a small group of Chicagoland equestrian philanthropists, Chicago Equestrians for a Cause has grown the Chicago Hunter Jumper Derby into the premiere stand alone USJHA Derby event in the country. The mission of Chicago Equestrians for a Cause is to showcase high-level equestrian events with the express purpose of raising funds for selected charitable institutions in the Chicago area.

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Chicago Hunter Jumper Derby Benefiting: University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and United States Hunter Jumper Association Foundation Dates: Sept. 7 and 8 Location: Annali Farm, Antioch Attended: 550+ Raised: $200,000+ Website: chicagohunterderby.com

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