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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.

September 6, 2015

Kelley Farmer Goes 1-2-3 At USHJA Chicago International Hunter Derby

Antioch, Ill.—Sept. 6   

Kelley Farmer was on fire at the $50,000 USHJA Chicago International Hunter Derby, and it wasn’t just due to the 91 degree temperatures in Illinois. The powerhouse rider took the top three places, with her super horse Mindful grabbing the top spot, and Dalliance and So To Speak taking second and third, respectively.

September 5, 2015

Provost Grins Through A Great Ride In The $5,000 USHJA Chicago National Derby

Sept. 5—Antioch, Ill. 

It’s a good day to be Tammy Provost, and she knows it. A smile finds its way into every picture snapped of her, whether she’s galloping, jumping or accepting the top ribbon in the $5,000 USHJA Chicago National Derby aboard the bay gelding Essential.

“He’s a sale horse, but we're not too excited to sell him now, because he’s just coming into his own,” Provost said (with, you guessed it, a smile).

August 15, 2015

Brunello Proves Age Is Just A Number At Derby Finals

Lexington, Ky.—Aug.15

You could hear a pin drop.

It sounds like a cheesy line for a movie, but it is the truth.

Watching the livestream doesn't even come close.

The crowd’s applause was thunderous after Kelley Farmer and Mindful finished their trip, but after Liza Boyd and Brunello’s names were announced over the loud speaker, everything went quiet. The sound of the frogs and bugs in the adjoining lake were louder than anything coming from the Rolex Stadium. 

August 14, 2015

Brunello Sets Himself Up Nicely For A Potential Derby Three-Peat

Aug. 13—Lexington, Ky.

The question all derby season has been: Is Brunello retired?

The 17-year-old chestnut gelding and longtime rider Liza Boyd answered with an emphatic "no" from the moment they walked in the ring, scoring in the 90s to finish on a 287, just one point ahead of Kelley Farmer and Mindful who led for 32 trips.

August 14, 2015

What You Need To Know About The USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships

When? The first round kicks off with the opening ceremonies at 8 a.m. EST on Friday, Aug. 14 with the first horse on course at 8:15 a.m. There will be a challenge round for those who didn't make it to the handy round on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 3:00 p.m. A mimimum of 20 horses will qualify for the handy which starts with opening ceremonies at 6:00 p.m.

Where? The USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

August 14, 2015

Brandon Gibson Brings Some Color To The Derby Jog

Three years ago Brandon Gibson made headlines not just for winning Best Young Horse at Devon (Pa.) in 2012 with Arbor Day, but also for wearing bright red pants in the Dixon Oval.

“The pants really got more attention than my horse did,” he said with a laugh. “Then from there it became tradition. The three big shows I wear them always.

“In 2012 I wore Nantucket Reds, but everyone called them pink, so I was the boy in the pink pants,” he continued.

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