Chicago Hunter Derby


About The Chicago Hunter Derby

Held in September, the Chicago Hunter Derby is the premiere fundraising event hosted by Chicago Equestrians for a Cause. It is a chance for philanthropic individuals and companies to witness some of the finest hunter competition in the nation, while enjoying a spectacular weekend in the country.

Top ranked riders flock to the beautifully landscaped infield of Annali Farm in Antioch, Illinois to compete flawlessly for top prizes. The Derby attracts more than 700 guests each year; on Sunday, they enjoy a champagne brunch, shopping, exciting Calcutta, a children’s horseless horse show, petting zoo and more!

The Derby is the perfect opportunity for sponsors to support important charitable causes while granting themselves access to some of the most influential Chicagoans. Equine enthusiasts are four times more likely to have $100,000+ incomes than non horse enthusiasts. The attendees of the Derby are either equine enthusiasts or philanthropists who are certainly part of an important target audience!

About The Derby Program

The discipline of hunters is deeply rooted in tradition and the Derby programs were created to bring the tradition and art of horsemanship back to the show ring.

National & International Derbies

Both the National and International Derbies will feature obstacles that are reminiscent of the hunt field, such as natural post and rail, stone wall, white board fence or gate, coop, aiken, hedge, oxer, brush, logs and natural foliage.

Chicago Hunter Derby

Judging & Points

Each Derby will have two rounds of competition, a Classic Hunter Round and a Handy Hunter Round. The first round will be judged on performance, hunter pace, jumping style, quality and substance, and movement of the horse. The score from this round will rank the top horse and rider combinations and they will come back to compete in the second round. The second round scores reflect brilliance of pace and handiness. In each round, one point will be added to the base score for any high-option fences jumped without major fault, for a maximum of four additional points. First round scores will be added to the second round scores and determine the final placings of the class.

The Differences

The primary difference between the International and National Derbies are the height of the fences. The National Derby fences are set at 3′, with four high-option fences set at 3’5″. The International Derby fences will be set 3’6 to 4’0” in height, with higher option fences set at a minimum of 4’3”.

The International Hunter Derby Program was created to bring show hunters to the international level, to increase spectator interest, media and sponsorship interest, and to bring tradition and basic riding principles back to the sport of showing hunters.