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Woodside Circuit Opener Kicks Off!

Marisa Metzger and Inkwell (Tami Cabaniss, owner)
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In the USHJA National Hunter Derby, it was trainer Marisa Metzger of Avalon Hunters and Inkwell (Tami Cabaniss, owner) who topped the class of nearly 35 horse and rider combinations. “This was our first derby win together,” Marisa said. “He’s six-years-old and we bought him for one of our clients from John French.”

Marisa has been working hard to get to know and understand Inkwell. “He had a lot of success before we bought him, but we have really been trying to take our time to get to know him. He’s everything you want in a derby horse,” she said. “He’s brave and has a lot of scope. I just wanted to take it one jump at a time and give him the best ride I could.”

Marisa and Inkwell received a score of 90 in the first round, so the pressure was on for the handy round. “In the handy round, the second and third jumps had higher options. I decided to take the higher options to get his attention and put it together from there,” she said. “He’s the kind of horse that likes to be challenged. It was a nice course without being overwhelming. There were plenty of options to take inside turns and show off a gallop.”

Marisa and Inkwell clinched the win with a handy score of 89, making for an overall score of 179.

“I had a great time-- the class was competitive, the course was beautiful, and the footing was nice,” Marisa added.

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