Liza Boyd found a perfect way to celebrate her 32nd birthday: riding Brunello to the top of the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Aiken Spring Classic. She had to face some fierce competition to get there, especially from Kelley Farmer, who brought a trailer load of horses to Aiken, S.C., to take a run at the title.
Farmer still left with plenty of loot, having picked up second (Praise), third (Taken), fourth (Crown And Scepter) and 10th (Bases Loaded).
The Japanese Equestrian Federation released an update on the state of the Japanese equestrian community in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country. Northeast Japan, where the disasters struck, is home to many breeding and training operations, especially in the Tohoku region.
When Michelle Parker trotted into the ring for the second round of the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix on March 13, she couldn’t ward off a feeling of déjà vu. Two weeks earlier she’d found herself in the same situation, following Bjorn Ikast and Brave Heart in a two-horse jump-off.
But while last time a rail relegated her to second in the victory gallop, this week Parker managed to find a quicker way around the course and leave all the jumps in the cups, scoring the top check aboard Reina during the final day of the HITS Arizona circuit.
Jersey Boy and Jennifer Alfano came to the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival for one reason and one reason only: to win the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. And sure enough, Alfano and Jersey Boy will bring another blue rosette back to Buffalo, N.Y., for SBS Farms.
While Japanese citizens grapple with the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that left 10,800 dead and 16,200 missing, news from the Japanese sport horse industry is beginning to trickle out.
Managing director of the Japanese Equestrian Federation, Yasuhiko Haruta, struggled to track down news from horsemen immediately following the disaster.