Kids For Wishes Invitational Derby Benefits Make A Wish Foundation

Sagamore Farms played host to the Kids For Wishes Invitational Hunter Derby held last month in Wellington, raising nearly $9,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Florida.

The brainchild of Linda Smith-Faver of Happy Endings Farm, Debbie Dolan-Sweeney and acclaimed hunter derby course designer Brian Brown, the three conjured the event as a season-ending celebration of the Wellington show season.

“The Sweeney triplets have a birthday in the early spring, and instead of having a traditional birthday celebration, we thought it would be fun to create an invitational hunter derby with a charity component,” Smith-Faver said.

A highlight of the day was the presentation of a check made out to Make-A-Wish for $8,500 by all exhibitors, ribbons, as well as trophies and key chains bearing the name and date of the event were awarded. For more information about Happy Endings Farm visit

ABOVE: Participants in the Kids For Wishes Invitational Hunter Derby.