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High Performance Hunters

November 8, 2015

Dalliance Doesn’t Dally To Win The $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Thermal, Calif.—Nov. 8

On the way to the last fence in the handy round of the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Kelley Farmer had one phrase going through her head: Use your better judgment.

Course designer Rian Beals had hiked that oxer up to 4'9" for the handy round and she’d watched Burnistar (Hugh Mutch) lay down a slick trip only to fall from contention when he clicked that pole out of the cups there.

November 7, 2015

Hough Goes Hunter At Thermal

Thermal, Calif.‚ Nov. 7

Look out John French. Step aside Jenny Karazissis. You’ve got a new contender in today’s $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby during the HITS National Sunshine Circuit II: Lauren Hough.

The Olympian and world No. 31 decided to give this evening’s class a go on a whim aboard Reconnaissance.

August 11, 2015

Choose Your Derby Championships Darling

Whether you’re watching this year’s USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship from the Kentucky Horse Park, or your desk at the office, you’ll want to have someone to cheer for. It’s easy to pick out the obvious choices whose names are on top of the money-won standings, and we we’re excited to see perennial favorites like Mindful and Jersey Boy compete. But there are lots of reasons to cheer for someone, and with 89 entries set to jog on Thursday, there’s bound to be a derby finalist who will suit your personal style.

August 7, 2015

Countdown Tops The $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby At Menlo Charity

Menlo Park, Calif.—Aug. 7

For the second year in a row, Nick Haness topped the $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Menlo Charity Horse Show, this year aboard Countdown. John French took second on derby veteran Soldier, and Bert Mutch rode Dinner For Two into third. French headed into the handy round on top aboard Center Court, but a late lead change relegated that pair to fourth.

July 11, 2015

Mindful, By The Numbers

Parker, Colo.—July 10

Just how good is Kelley Farmer? Just ask her partner at Lane Change Farm, Larry Glefke. After he’s done extolling the praises of Mindful, who just notched another major derby win at Summer In The Rockies V, and Symbolic, who took second, he has multiple statistics at the ready.

June 7, 2015

Social Hour Lands In The Spotlight At Blenheim

June 6—San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

Most people heading into an open hunter classic would put their money on an experienced competitor, but green horses ruled the day at the third $25,000 WCHR West Coast Spectacular. John Bragg piloted Social Hour to the top of the two-round class just seven months after that horse landed stateside for the first time. John French finished right on his heels with Boss, who’s also just out of the pre-green ranks.

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