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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.”

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.

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