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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.