Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation Benefit: Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby |

Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation Benefit: Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby

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CARSON CITY and#8212; Excitement runs high for competitors, sponsors and equestrian enthusiasts this weekend. The Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby (FM Hunter Derby Sunday, Sept. 19, jumps into the scene, touted as the best Hunter Derby in the country and first in the West, to benefit Incline Villageand#8217;s Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.

and#8220;The back gate and#8216;buzzand#8217; is all about Franktown Meadows,and#8221; said Aimee LaFayette, a family spokeswoman for the host equestrian facility, 4200 Old Highway 395, Carson City, Nev.

Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and the champagne brunch, classic car display, promenade of shops, calling of the Hounds and Calcutta auction will not disappoint.

Calling of the Hounds

Itand#8217;s hard to beat the excitement level 50 participating hounds will exhibit just before the Derby gets underway. All 50 hounds will parade the FM Derby course with their master. The inclusion of the celebrated and#8220;Calling of the Houndsand#8221; acknowledges the historical role hounds played during fox hunts.

Calcutta Auction

Prior to the start of the competition there will be a Calcutta Auction where bidding on each contestant and its rider allows members of the audience to and#8220;buyand#8221; a contestant. The winning contestant then and#8220;splitsand#8221; its portion of the purse with the audience member who purchased the team. Since the and#8220;Calcuttaand#8221; is done in good fun and the audience portion of the proceeds is typically donated to charity.

FM Derby

The Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby will feature the nationand#8217;s best horses and riders competing for a $25,000 purse, which is split among the top winners. FM Derby is a member event of the Chronicle of the Horse/United States Hunter Jumper Association International Derby Series presented by Dietrich Insurance. The series is designed to bring the basic principles of riding back into hunter derby competitions by using challenging courses, interesting jump materials and a wide variety in fence construction.

Horses and riders will soar over 10 jumps, some more than 4 feet high, with obstacles similar to those found in fox hunting such as a stone wall, a board fence or gate, a coop, hedge, brush logs and natural foliage.

Hunter derby horses are judged not on time but on conformation and their ability to maneuver the course during the competition. Judges look for the correct number of strides between jumps, the appearance of the horse during the jump and how well the horse listens to the rider.

The Charity

This event is a unique fundraiser for Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides grants and assistance to several organizations in Northern Nevada and Northern California. Parasol was founded in 1996 and it supports public learning and charitable giving, focusing on long-term commitments to the community well being.

The Host Facility

Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility is owned by the MacLean family, which has been in the area since the 1960s. Lynne Garnett, a MacLean family member who runs Franktown Meadows, says hosting an event such as the Hunter Derby has been a long-time goal for the 41-acre state-of-the-art facility between Reno and Carson City. Franktown Meadows is the perfect setting to showcase the event.

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2010

10:30 a.m. Gates open

11 a.m. Champagne brunch served

Enjoy the promenade of shops, classic cars, Calcutta, calling of the hounds, and an opportunity to walk the course

1 p.m. Hunter Derby begins

3:45 p.m. Awards ceremony

Tickets are $200 each or $2,500 for a table of 10 with proceeds benefiting the Parasol Foundation. Visit or contact Lynne Garnett at 775-722-4261.

Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation contact Claudia Andersen at 775-298-0187 or e-mail

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