Ava Hartman Continues Derby Success & Wins 3 Circuit Champion Awards at the Aiken Spring Classic

April 30, 2023, Aiken, SC – Ava Hartman, Impression (Poe) and Bronson CR were on fire at the 2023 Aiken Spring Classic. Ava and Bronson moved up to the 1.20M division for the first time and didn’t miss a step. The pair took second in the 1.25M classic both weeks and finished with the Champion tri-color in week 2. For their efforts, Ava and Bronson won Circuit Champion in both the Low/Med Junior-Amateur Jumper and the 1.15M Jumper Divisions.

Not to be outdone, Impression (Poe) put in some of his most consistent rounds of the year in week 2. Ava and Poe started off on Friday by taking 3rd place (out of 28) in the USHJA National Hunter Derby with scores of 85 and 90, which was the top performance by a non-professional rider.

On Saturday, Ava and Poe won both over-fences rounds in the combined 3’6″ Junior Hunters / Amateur Owner division and finished 3rd in the Hack. The pair came back on Sunday and finished 1st and 3rd over fences. Ava and Poe finished as Champions in the division and also won the Junior Hunter Classic with scores of 83 and 86. The performance, combined with the previous week’s performance, gained the pair the title of Junior Hunter 3’6″ Circuit Champions.

Asked about her performance, Hartman commented “Aiken was great, especially in week 2. It was one of those weekends where I really felt like I could see all of my distances and both of the boys were focused and consistent. We were all far more consistent in week 2 than in week 1, but I was really happy with both weeks. Big thanks to Patchwork Farm for all of the great coaching.”