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.