Hunter derby superstar Brunello has won the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships a record three consecutive times, the USEF National Horse of the Year title twice in a row and been named The Chronicle of the Horse’s Show Hunter of the Year. This summer he’ll be collecting a new honor as Breyer announced that the Brunello portrait model will debut at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Tryon, N.C., during Tryon Spring 8 CSI*****.
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.
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.