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High Performance Hunters

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.

March 28, 2015

Mindful And Farmer Are On Form In Round 1 of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

March 28—Wellington, Fla.

Kelley Farmer and Mindful topped Round 1 of the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby today at the Winter Equestrian Festival. The 2014 Chronicle of the Horse Hunter Horse of the Year earned matching scores of 90 and topped all the high option fences on their way to the top of Round 1. She has a 10-point lead over Say When and Canadian Darcy Hayes, with Tori Colvin riding Heritage Farms’ Vaillero into third.

March 6, 2015

Experience Pays Off For Cellino In Gulfport

March 6—Gulfport, Miss.

Martien van der Hoeven only came to Gulfport, Miss., for one week this winter, but he made it worth his while when he rode Cellino to the top of today’s $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.

That derby specialist spends most of his time in a paddock and enjoying light hacks in a field at home, only getting his mane braided when there’s a big derby on the schedule. And today Cellino’s experience came in handy today, helping him top the field of 35 to take the blue for Julie Thompson.

February 5, 2015

Mindful Named WCHR Hunter Of The Year

World Championship Hunter Rider program officials have selected Mindful as their Hunter of the Year. The 11-year-old gelding will receive the Peter Wetherill Cup during the $100,000 WCHR Peter Wetherill Palm Beach Hunter Spectacular for his achievement.

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.”

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