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High Performance Hunters

October 22, 2014

Mindful Makes A Magical Trip To Washington

Washington D.C.—Oct. 22

Kelley Farmer and Mindful couldn’t have had a much better trip to the Verizon Center for the Washington International Horse Show. They won every single class they entered, sweeping the high performance and the regular conformation divisions to win the grand hunter championship for owners Ken and Selma Garber.

“Good horses try to win, and he tries to win all the time,” said Farmer, Keswick, Va. “If he doesn’t, it just because I’ve gotten in his way.”

October 22, 2014

Trading Colored Poles For Braided Tails

Washington D.C.—Oct. 22

Todd Minikus is used to getting nice ribbons at the Washington International Horse Show. After all, the veteran grand prix rider been coming here for years, and he's won the show’s biggest class, the President’s Cup CSI-W twice, most recently in 2009 on Alaska. But this year he’s found his schedule busier much earlier in the week.

Minikus rode LPF Woodford to the high performance reserve championship behind Kelley Farmer and Mindful for Susan Wagner of LPF LLC.

August 14, 2014

Finding Your Derby Championship Favorite

If you’re a serious hunter fan, chances are you already have a favorite or two for the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship on Aug. 15-16. It’s easy to name the top contenders, but it’s always fun to have another reason to have a sentimental favorite. After all, you already know why you should cheer for frequent winners Brunello and Jersey Boy.

I’m lucky enough to follow the derby circuit and many of its participants pretty closely for the Chronicle, and can attest that there are lots of interesting pairs that will be at the Kentucky Horse Park.

August 12, 2014

Torano To Take Over Farmer’s Rides At Derby Championship

Jimmy Torano will be putting his saddle on the Lane Change Farm entries at this year’s USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships, Aug. 22-23 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

Kelley Farmer was slated to ride seven Lane Change horses at Championships, but she broke her collarbone on Aug. 3 during a fall at a derby at Equifest II (Ill.). She went in for surgery yesterday, Aug. 11.

August 8, 2014

Banderas Banks A Big Win At Menlo

Menlo Park, Calif.—Aug. 8

Last year Nick Haness left the Menlo Charity Horse Show with a red ribbon from the biggest hunter class of the competition, and an itch to come back and do even better. So he came back this year and made it happen.

He tacked up Ecole Lathrop’s Banderas to jump to the top of the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and edge out last year’s winners, Hope Glynn and Kings Peak. Junior Halie Robinson galloped up the standings on Captiva to take third.

August 3, 2014

Kelley Farmer Breaks Collarbone

Professional hunter rider Kelley Farmer suffered a broken collarbone today, Aug. 3, after falling during the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Equifest II at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Ill.

Farmer fell in the handy round, off Scripted, the first of her six rides in the class. Scripted crashed at the second element of a two-stride in-and-out made of split rails. Scripted was uninjured in the fall.

July 8, 2014

Scott Stewart Breaks Clavicle

Top hunter rider Scott Stewart broke his clavicle on July 3 while showing in a pre-green hunter class at Horse Shows By The Bay I in Traverse City, Mich.

“The horse jumped into the line fine, and he just tripped, buckled and went to his knees, and rolled into the dirt on my left clavicle,” said Stewart, Flemington, N.J. “The footing was good; it was just a freak thing. The horse is fine.”

June 9, 2014

Fabled Earns A Fairytale Win

Mumford, N.Y.—June 8

Larry Glefke didn’t send six horses to the Genesee Country Village and Museum for today’s $35,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby just for fun, especially since he had his hands full the day before two states away at the $20,000 class at the Upperville Horse Show.

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