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Mollie Bailey

October 4, 2011

Format For 2012 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals Announced

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association announced new specifications for the fourth USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals. The 2012 Finals will be held Aug. 17-18 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington in conjunction with the Bluegrass Festival.

August 30, 2011

Kate Haley Turned A Good Opportunity Into A Great One

For most riders, winning 30 days’ advanced training with a top instructor would have been opportunity enough. Not for Kate Haley.

August 29, 2011

Darst Resigns From USHJA And USEF Committees

Mindy Darst stepped down from five U.S. Hunter Jumper Association committees and task forces and one U.S. Equestrian Federation committee on Aug. 17.

August 26, 2011

Entries Open For Junior North American Field Hunter Championship

The ninth annual Junior North American Field Hunter Championship will take place Nov. 6 at the Warrenton Hunt kennels (Va.).

Junior foxhunters earn a spot at the championship by attending qualifier meets, where judges will evaluate the riders’ skill in the hunt field and suitability between riders and ponies or horses. At the end of each meet, judges will select riders to advance to the championship.

Three divisions will be offered: hilltoppers; first flight, 12 and under; and first flight, 13 and over.

The qualifying meets are as follows:

Southern Hunts

August 20, 2011

Round 2 Order of Go

The top 25 horses from yesterday’s qualifying round of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals will return with a clean slate for Round 2, the Classic Round of the Final starting at 6:45 p.m. tonight, Sat. Aug. 20. The top 12 with return in reverse order for Round 3, the handy round.

Round 2 Order of Go

August 19, 2011

Derby Finals Round 1 Order Of Go

The qualifying round of the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals kicks off today at 8:15 a.m. The top 25 horses will return with a clean slate tomorrow, Aug. 20, for Round 2, another classic round, at 6:45. The highest-placed 12 horses will advance to Round 3, a handy round, which follows immediately.

August 16, 2011

Hunt Tosh And Lone Star Reunited

Hunt Tosh has a new addition at his barn aisle in the form of a very familiar face: Lone Star.

The pair won the 2010 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals (Ky.), the 2009 Protocol Trophy and back-to-back regular working hunter and grand hunter championships at the Pennsylvania National in 2009 and 2010.

August 15, 2011

No Derby Finals For Peter Pletcher

Top hunter rider Peter Pletcher has been sidelined for at least four weeks following a back injury.

August 14, 2011

Goetzmann Gets It Done In The USEF Pony Medal Final

Aug. 14—Lexington, Ky.

Madison Goetzmann had just one word for the final day of USEF Pony Medal Finals: awesome. 

That sentiment summed up her win in the Equisport Insurance/USEF Pony Medal Final. Goetzmann grabbed the lead with a perfect first round aboard Denmark, then repeated her performance in Round 2. Judges Kip Rosenthal and Bill Ellis were so impressed they opted to pin the class without testing.

Watch Goetzmann’s first round here.

August 13, 2011

For The Laughter Finishes On Top At Pony Finals

Lexington, Ky—Aug. 13

It’s pretty tough to follow up two consecutive titles at USEF Pony Finals. Pretty much all you can do is win again.  So that’s what Maddy Darst did with For The Laughter.

That Betsee Parker entry claimed the large pony championship the last two years. This time around she came into the over fences with a 22-point lead, but a bobble at the first fence meant she nearly lost the chance at a title.

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